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Vol. 98 No. 151 Thursday, May 31, 2007 50 Plus tax
Farm worker faulted in fatal crash
lawsuit is filed
against area farm
By Eric Kopp
A wrongful death lawsuit has
been filed in Okeechobee on
behalf of a local woman who
was killed when a McArthur
lock will be closed
The S-65E navigation.lock at
Lake Okeechobee and the
Kissimmee River will be closed
to navigation as of Thursday, May
31, due to safety hazards caused
by low water levels in the lake.
This navigation lock, which is
operated by the South Florida
Water Management District, will
remain closed until water levels
in Lake Okeechobee have
returned to safe operating levels.
For information call the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Okeechobee Service Center
at 800-3250-4200 or (863) 462-
OCHD to launch
The Okeechobee County
Health Department will launch
its Tobacco Prevention and Edu-
cation Program for county resi-
dents Thursday, May 31, World
No Tobacco Day. Tobacco Pre-
vention Specialist Coordinator,
Ms. Angela 'elly, will register
individuals who want to quit
smoking for cessation classes,
give out Tobacco Quit Kits and
information on second-hand
smoke. For information call
SFWMD web site
offers water info
Due to the extreme water
shortage situation in South Flori-
da, water restrictions have been
placed throughout the region
based on impact to the resource
and they vary from one area to
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD)
recently implemented an interac-
tive option on their web site at
www.sfwmd.gov that allows res-
idents to enter their zip code to
find' the water restrictions for
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban:
Farms truck ran a stop sign on
U.S. 441 N. and struck her vehi-
Sheila Brown Roysdon, 58,
was killed March 6, 2007,
-around 6 p.m. when the 1998
International truck driven by
Jose Melecio Torres-Ramirez
struck the front panel on the dri-
ver's side of her 1989 Chevrolet
According to an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
accident report, Torres-Ramirez
was cited for violation of a traffic
control device. The report also
states that the McArthur Farms
employee was at fault.
"She was northbound (on
U.S. 441 N.), and he ran a stop
sign," said Theodore Leopold,
the attorney representing Mrs.
Brown's husband James Roys-
don in the suit. "There are puni-
tive damages that may be war-
ranted due to McArthur Farms'
negligently hiring a driver who
should never have been on the
Mr. Leopold was referring to
the past arrests of Torres-
Ramirez, 32, that include two'
arrests for driving under the
Court records at the Okee-
chobee County Clerk of Courts
office indicate that Torres-
Ramirez, of a N.W. First St.
address in Okeechobee County,
was also an employee of
McArthur's at the time of his
According to those court
records, Torres-Ramirez was
arrested on Feb. 16, 1998, by the
OCSO on a charge of driving
under the influence. In August of
that year he was sentenced to
Wildfire spreads: City of Lakeport is in its sights
Okeechobee News/Loma Jablonski
Flames ate at the dead Melaleuca trees along the Herbert Hoover Dike near Lakeport, while clouds cast an eerie
red glow throughout the area as 12,000 acres burned at the lake's edge.
12,000 acres burnt along
By Loma Jablonski
A brush fire that started late
Sunday night near Buckhead
Ridge has spread south along
Lake Okeechobee's western
shore, jumping across the Indi-
an Prairie Canal and continuing
to make its way toward Harney
Pond and the town of Lakeport.
The blaze left approximately
12,000 scorched acres in its
wake and was continuing to
Late Tuesday afternoon por-
tions of S.R. 78 were closed to
traffic because of heavy smoke
in the area. Residents of Rober-
son Drive were advised to evac-
uate their homes.
Wednesday morning, offi-
cials were concerned about 40
more homes in the fire's path.
The Glades County Office of
opened the Maple Grove Bap-
tist Church as a shelter in the'
event that people were forced
from their homes.
"We had one couple from
ukeecnobe fNews/L-oma J
A staggering amount of manpower, both on the
and in the air, fought a brush fire along Lake
chobee's western shore that had consumed 12,00
by noon on Wednesday.
Roberson Drive come to the
church last night around 7:30
p.m.," stated Patty Garvin, wife
of the church's pastor, Scott
Garvin. "At 10:30 last night, we
received a call that it was safe to
send the couple home. We are
sitting here today waiting to
hear if the shelter will be re-
Firefighters from the Semi-
nole Tribe of Florida, th
Florida Water Managem
trict, Florida Fish and
Division of Forestry,
County Fire/Rescue, the
County Sheriff's Offi
Army Corps of Engineer
port Fire/Rescue, Moor
Fire Department and P
Fire Department and
continued to battle the blaze
that would burn itself out, only
to rekindle when the wind
-, picked up.
"There is the potential to
lose another 12,000 acres
before this burns out," stated
Melissa Yunas, public informa-
tion officer for the Division of
Forestry. "We had lost 4,000
acres by 11 a.m. yesterday
(Tuesday) and were up to
approximately 12,000 by this
morning. Yesterday there were
ablonski dust devils 300 feet tall' loaded
ground with embers."
Okee- In addition to the large
acres amount of manpower, there
acs were Division of Forestry heli-
copters dropping water and
ie South fireballs on the blaze. The fire-
lent Dis- balls were being used to back
Wildlife burn the fire with the help of
sion, the the wind.
Glades The U.S. Department of
e Glades Homeland Security's Federal
ce, the Emergency Management
rs, Lake- Agency (FEMA) has authorized
-e Haven the use of federal funds to reim-
almdale burse costs to Florida to fight
others See Fire Page 2
one year probation and his
licensed was suspended for six
Court records also show that
Torres-Ramirez has a sixth grade
education and neither speaks
nor reads any English.
On May 29, 1998, he was
arrested again and charged with
the felony of possession of
See Crash- Page 2
By Pete Gawda.
After many months of discus-
sions, the Okeechobee County
and the City of Okeechobee
building departments will soon
begin collecting impact fees.
School board impact fees will
go into effect on Saturday, June
16, and county impact fees will
be collected beginning Friday,
An effective date for city
impact fees has not yet been
School board and county
impact fees must be paid for all
new single family and multi-
family dwelling units, including
manufactured homes and
mobile homes unless it can be
demonstrated that the new
dwelling unit is replacing a
dwelling unit that lawfully exist-
ed on the property within five
years of the date of the permit.
County impact fees must be
paid for most new non-residen-
tial development including addi-
Anyone wishing to beat the
deadline is reminded that in
order to avoid paying the school
impact fee, a complete building
application permit must be sub-
mitted before 4:30 p.m. on Fri-
day, June 15. All attachments
and the required number of
copies of each must be submit-
ted. Check with the city or coun-
ty building departments to find
out exact requirements.
Beginning June 16, school
board impact fees must be paid
before a building permit will be
To beat the deadline for pay-
ing the county impact fees, a
complete building permit appli-
cation with all required docu-
See Fees-Page 2
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Lake area now
By Pete Gawda
The near-record low level of
Lake Okeechobee has forced
tighter water restrictions in the
areas around the lake.
'History was made on
Wednesday, May 30, when
Lake Okeechobee matched its
previous all time recorded low
of 8.97 feet. That low prompted
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) to
impose Phase III water restric-
tions for the area around Lake
Okeechobee including the
Mandatory Phase III water
use restrictions are now in
effect for parts of Hendry,
Glades, Okeechobee, Lee, Mar-
tin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach
counties roughly the area
encircling Lake Okeechobee
and along the Caloosahatchee
Rivers. This includes utility cus-
tomers in South Bay, Belle
Glade, Pahokee, Okeechobee
Agriculture users in this area
are required to reduce water
use by 45 percent. Residential
users must restrict lawn water-
ing, boat and car washing to
one day per week.
See Limits Page 2
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
On Wednesday, May 30, Lake Okeechobee tied the record low of 8.97 feet. This low has
exposed many areas of the lake bottom; allowing water mangers to scrape muck from the
dry lake bottom and haul it off. Here the muck from around the pier at Jaycees Park is
being scraped up and hauled off. It Is being spreading on public and privately owned
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Developer holds meeting on The Lakehouse project
By Chauna Aguilar
Those in attendance were ami-
able towards The Lakehouse proj-
ect after the developer, Jose Rasco,
explained in detail all the concur-
rency aspects of the project.
The new development will be
going to the Okeechobee City
Council with a recommendation
for denial from the City Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments and
This negative recommendation
was given by the board at their
meeting on Thursday, May 17,
despite the positive recommenda-
tion given by the City Planner Jim
Mr. LaRue and his associate
said after the density was reduced
to that of the existing residential
single family requirements and
other traffic issues were dealt with,
they would recommend the large
scale map amendment to be con-
sistent with the comprehensive
The City Council will hold a
special session at the Okeechobee
High School auditorium on Thurs-
day, June 7, at 6 p.m. to accommo-
date all the local citizens who
choose to attend.
Mr. Rasco, a local developer of
Straat Real Estate, held a town
meeting regarding The Lake-
house. This new project is located
between Southwest Sixth Street
and Southwest 15th Street, and
between Southwest Seventh
Avenue and S.W. 10th Avenue on
Mr. Rasco and his family own
other areas in Okeechobee includ-
ing a 2,300 acre ranch off ofS.R. 70
that has been in operation for
approximately 20 years.
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Jose Rasco of Straat Real Estate spoke to local citizens of
the southwest section of town where his company is plan-
ning a development called The Lakehouse. The development
will contain 254 residential units with a mix between single
family homes, townhomes and rental villas on 64 acres of
land in the southwest section of town.
"It would be detrimental to our
project, our name, our company
and it would hinder our own
homeowners' values to not deliver
the product we are promising," he
Carol Landrum, a local citizen
who lives next to the proposed
development on Southwest Ninth
Street, helped to organize Tues-
day's meeting to allow the neigh-
borhood to get a full perspective of
the proposed plans and the oppor-
tunity to make an open-minded
decision on the project..
"The townhomes will be right
at my back door. I would be proud
of the whole entire development
there," said Mrs. Landrum. "I just
wanted the community to come
listen to the developer with an
open mind. I would love to be able
to utilize the trails around the lakes
and the park."
The developer began creating
this project approximately two
years ago when he was told by
locals that there was a need for
rentals and multi-family housing
due to the lack of housing for
teachers, medical professionals,
police officers and other profes-
sions needed in Okeechobee.
According to Mr. Rasco, he took
that need and strived to develop a
product that would be aesthetical-
ly pleasing to the neighborhood,
and would attract these profes-
sionals to the area.
There will be a total of 254 units
which equals the density currently
allowed in a residential single fam-
ily zoning district for this amount
The proposed comprehensive
plan amendment will include lim-
iting language to keep the density
level to that of residential single
family, to lock the developrhent to
a planned unit development
(PUD) and to designate the eagle's
nest in the narrative language as
well as the land use map.
This allows protection for the
city so that another developer will
not be able to come in and devel-
op a true multi-family density
development. And even if the
eagle does not remain at its nest,
the area will be preserved through
In the planning of the develop-
ment, which will be built in phases
spanning four to five years, they
chose to place the lower density
with single family homes to begin
on the south side of.the project.
These single family homes will
consist of nine plantation homes,
15 village homes, 24 bungalow
homes and 22 cottage homes. This
totals 94 single family homes for
the proposed development. The
smallest of these homes, the cot-
tages, will be priced at approxi-
As you move north, past the
eagle and wetland preserves the
density increases where they are
proposing 96 townhouses to be
for individual sale with a price
point in the mid $200s.
The far north section of the
property, which is detached from
the property as a whole by South-
west Ninth Street, would be occu-
pied by 88 rental apartment villas
and a 1.5-acre park that would be
available for public use.
This placement of homes in a
clustering format allows the devel-
oper to provide common open
space where there will be pedestri-
an friendly sidewalks and trails to
provide citizens with an adequate
way to enjoy the preserved wet-
lands, lakes, park and other open
Due to the preservation of the
wetlands and the eagle's nest, and
their other aesthetic features, the
developer is only proposing to
develop 55 percent of the property
"Multi-family has become a
bad word in Okeechobee," said
Mr. Rasco. "When you see our
multi-family product, I believe it is
something anyone could be proud
Their product consists of an
"Old Florida" or "cracker" style
home. They are also including
green or environmentally sensitive
building practices such as
installing energy saving appli-
In response to issues with
drainage, Jeff Sumner of LBFH,
Inc. stated that "new projects have
to be designed to meet South Flori-
da Water Management District's
(SFWMD) standards from Chapter
40(e) of their administrative code."
Mr. Sumner went on to explain
that the offsite discharge of any
development by law must be no
greater and often is less than what
is currently present. The develop-
ment cannot adversely affect any
Sewer issues were also raised
as existing homes in the neighbor-
hood have been unable to hook
up to the Okeechobee Utility
Authority sewer system. Due to the
developer paying to have lines
brought to the development, it will
increase the chances of neighbor-
ing areas being able to benefit
from this and hook up to the sewer
system as well.
Traffic issues were also
addressed during the planning of
the type of homes and the way
they are located in the develop-
ment. The single family homes will
all have garages set back on an
alley oriented system so that they
do not affect Southwest 15th
Street. There will be three
entrance/exits along Southwest
While the size of the crowd
was not as large as expected, the
answers to questions and con-
cerns of that were posed were well
received by those in attendance.
The main concern seemed to stem
from other developments in Okee-
chobee that have not held up their
end of the bargain and did not
develop as planned. The PUD
process locks the project into
place to be developed as the site
The next step for this develop-
ment will be held at the OHS audi-
torium before the City Council
where they will either approve or
deny the first reading of the large
scale future land use map amend-
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cocaine, and the misdemeanors
of driving under the influence,
fleeing and eluding a law
enforcement officer, driving
while license suspended, DUI-
refusing urine test, possession of
drug paraphernalia and operat-
ing a motor vehicle while in the
commission of a felony.
He pleaded no contest to
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ments and the required number
of copies must be submitted by
4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.
Beginning July 20, school
board and county impact fees
will be collected before a build-
ing permit is issued.
The school board impact fees
require $3,384 per single family
Continued From Page 1
the Okeechobee Fire Complex in
Glades, Indian River, Martin, Okee-
chobee and St. Lucie counties.
Florida requested a Fire Man-
agement Assistance Grant
(FMAG) late yesterday afternoon,
and it Was approved last night.
The complex includes about 20
fires, the largest being the Frog
Light Fire which is burning on the
Lake Okeechobee lake bed.
With the origin of the fire
unknown, the Division of Forestry
has requested that anyone having
information regarding the fire con-
tact them at the Arson Alert Hot-
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People with odd numbered
addresses can water their lawns
on Saturday from 4 until 8 a.m.
Those with even numbered
addresses can water on Sundays
between 4 and 8 a.m.
These restrictions. do not
apply to people who use a well.
Officials with SFWMD urge
people to use every means pos-
sible to conserve water even as
we enter what is traditionally the,
"In response to the rapid
drop in Lake Okeechobee's
water level, we are continuing to
make the necessary decisions to
help stretch water supplies,"
said Carol Ann Wehle, SFWMD
executive director. "Tighter
restrictions on the use of lake-
connected surface water is one
way to help us better manage
the regional system."
On Wednesday, the lake level
continued its fall of over a year
as it dropped to 8.97 feet above
sea level tying the record low
reached May 24, 2001.
these charges and received a
total of two years probation and
his driver's license was revoked
for six months.
Then, on June 5, 1998, he
was arrested on a charge of vio-
lation of probation driving
under the influence.
Court records also indicate
that he has paid all fines and fees
,associated with the cases.
At the time of the March 6
crash, Torres-Ramirez held a
valid Florida driver's license.
Mr. Leopold also indicated
home, $1,977 per unit on a
multi-family home and $2,366
for a mobile home.
Total county impact fees for a
single family dwelling including
a mobile home on a single fami-
ly lot are $1,790. Apartment
impact fees are $1,180 per unit
and a manufactured home or
mobile home in a mobile home
park or RV park will be charged
In addition to residential
there may have been some
faulty equipment on the truck,
including the brakes.
"His inability to stop the truck
played a part in this," said Mr.
Leopold. "Clearly, Mrs. Roysdon
did nothing wrong. They
(McArthur Farms) are responsi-
ble for everything that transpires
with the truck, including the
When contacted, a McArthur
Farms official said he could not
comment on pending litigation.
Calls to Terrence Porter, the
developments, county impact
fees will be charged for com-
mercial buildings. Generally,
commercial fees are based on
square footage and the type of
Builders will also have to a
pay an administrative charge
equal to 3 percent of the total
School board impact fees will
be used for construction of
school buildings. County impact
Fort Myers attorney who is han-
dling the case for McArthur
Farms, were not returned as of
The lawsuit, filed May 14, is
seeking damages in excess of
$15,000, which would be exclu-
sive of costs, interest and attor-
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-fees will be used for roads, EMS,
corrections and fire. City resi-
dents will not pay a fire impact
fee to the county. However, they
will pay all other county impact
fees in addition to paying city
impact fees when those fees go
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Thousands of acres were left parched as a massive fire raged along the western shore of
Lake Okeechobee. The fire began late Sunday night near Buckhead Ridge and worked its
way south toward Lakeport by Wednesday morning.
That measurement was
derived from the average of four
gauges scattered around the
lake. One of the gauges is locat-
ed in the northern area of the
lake near Okeechobee. One is
located on the west side of the
lake west of Fisheating Creek. A
third gauge is in the center of the
lake, while the fourth is at the
southern end of the lake near
John Hayford, executive
director of Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA), said the utility
has not experienced any prob-
lem yet with their water intake.
He was guessing that the intake
would be good for at least
another 12-inch drop in lake lev-
els. However, he noted that was
just a guess since they are oper-
ating under unfamiliar condi-
The utility has a backup plan
if their lake intake becomes
unusable. A temporary rented
pump has been installed on the
Rim Canal. In about two months
it will be replaced by a perma-
nent pump to provide emer-
gency water supplies in time of
drought or hurricanes.
The lake level is 3 feet below
average for this time of year.
However, the plummeting
lake levels have at least one posi-
tive quality. The drought has
exposed large areas of lake bot-
tom. This allows water man-
agers to scrape up accumulated
muck from the now dry lake
bottom and haul it off.
"While the record level of
Lake Okeechobee means that
drought conditions are continu-
ing, seizing this opportunity to
clean the bottom of the lake
now will ensure a healthier lake
when the rains return," said
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection Secretary
Michael W. Sole.
Work is currently going on at
South Bay, Fisheating Creek,
Hainey Pond, Horse Island, the
northwest marsh near Buckhead
Ridge and Eagle Bay. -Muck
removed from these areas is
being hauled to inland sites.
The work going on around
the pier at Jaycees Park is part of
the Eagle Bay project. That
muck is being trucked to
SFWMD-owned property on
Limpkin Creek and to privately
Ironically, rainfall 'levels
recorded for the months of April
and May at the Okeechobee
County Airport have been higher
than normal. As of midnight on
May 29, 6.86 inches of rain fell at
the airport during the month of
May. The normal for the month
is 3.93 inches.
Vernon Gray, director of the
airport, said that high total was
due to thunderstorms on May
13, 14 and 18. Those three thun-
derstorms dropped an accumu-
lation of 6.33 inches of rain on
For a normal year, the rainfall
accumulation by the end of May
is 13.41 inches. As of midnight
on May 29, 11.17 inches of rain
had fallen for the year. For the
past 17 months rainfall for Okee-
chobee is 5.64 inches below
For additional information on
water restrictions, residents can
call SFWMD's toll-free water
shortage hotline at 1-800-662-
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thunderstorms then a chance of showers after midnight. The low will
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A Thoulght To
How important is today?
Someone has wisely said, "It is
our most valuable possession."
And we all agree, after a few
moments of thought, that this is
know that if
you lived to
old, you have
By Paul some 27,300
Buxton days? Just
imagine -- less
than 30,000 days.
It is not really important that
we count our days -- as how we
make our days count. Our rich-
es are compiled on a day-to-day
basis. The great challenges of
tomorrow will come tomorrow
and the accomplishments of
today can only be made today.
We don't mean that a person
should live in disregard of tomor-
row that would be foolish! But if
you miss the fullness of today, you
will never recover it.
Thought to Remember: "...as
a man thinks, so shall he be."
Finance Academy honors students of the year
The Okeechobee High School
Finance Academy proudly congrat-
ulated Kavisha Zaveri and Jason
Knapp, the Academy's Co-Stu-
dents of the 2006-2007 school year.
Miss Zaveri and Mr. Knapp
were recognized at the O.H.S.
awards night presentations held
on Tuesday, May 22, for their out-
standing service to the Academy
over the last three years.
"These two students were
much too close to have to
choose one of them for this
honor," stated Daryl Roehm,
Academy director. "They both .,. .
graduate with all A's in Academy .
courses. They both received rave., .
reviews from their internship
hosts. They both attended nearly
every activity the Finance Acade-
my was involved with over the .
last three years, and they both P
are phenomenal citizens, both. of
the school and the community." / I
The Finance Academy is for -.%
those students wishing to pursue
careers in the business world,
with an emphasis on the finance
industry. Students must pass a
list of prescribed courses during
their high school years, along,
with a paid internship.
"These two students, and
really all of the eight graduating .,
members of the Academy, have
worked extremely hard over the
last three years to complete the Submitted to Okeechobee News/Daryl Roehm
program," explained Mr. Roehm. Jason Knapp (left) and Kavisha Zaveri (center) were honored by Daryl Roehm, Academy
"I believe they will all continue director (right) for their outstanding service to the Academy over the last three years. They
that hard work and become busi- received their honors at the Okeechobee High School awards night presentations on Tues-
ness leaders in the future." day, May 22 at the school's auditorium.
IRCC offers new bachelor's degree programs
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bachelor's degree programs by
Indian River Community Col-
lege, Treasure Coast residents
have new opportunities to earn
a four-year degree close-to-
home in Nursing, Education,
Public Safety Administration and
Health Care Management. IRCC
Bachelor's Degree courses will
begin January, 2008, and stu-
dents can get a head start now
by earning general education
credits during the 2007 summer
and fall semesters.
To provide more information
on how to get started, IRCC will
hold Bachelor's Degree informa-
tion sessions at 6 p.m. Wednes-
day, June 13 at Dixon Hendry
Campus, B-I 11 2229 N.W. Ninth
Ave. in Okeechobee.
The Bachelor's Degree pro-
grams will be offered with the
same emphasis on quality edu-
cation, small classes and per-
sonal attention that has charac-
terized IRCC for over 48 years, all
at reasonable cost within easy
driving distance for all Treasure
Coast residents. Tuition will be
approximately $79 per credit for
Florida residents, about 1/3 less
than the per credit cost at Florida
Students can attend full-time
or part-time and choose online
classes, traditional classes or
blended classes that combine
both online and in-classroom
experiences. Courses from other
colleges and universities can be
transferred into the IRCC pro-,
IRCC's Bachelor of Science
Degree in Teacher Education
will arm students with the edu-
cation they need for rewarding
teaching careers in math, sci-
ence and Exceptional Student
Education (ESE). The Bachelor
of Science in Nursing will pre-
pare registered nurses with an
Associate Degree in Nursing to
advance to leadership and man-
agement positions. The Bache-
lor of Applied Science (BAS)
degree will open the door to
advancement in a wide variety of
fields, providing seamless trans-
fer into a four-year degree pro-
gram for those who have earned
an Associate in Science Degree
or Associate in Applied Science
Degree in any career field.
For more information, call
the IRCC Information Call Center
toll-free at 1-866-866-4722 or
Beatrice Clements Gower, 89,
of Richmond, Va., formerly of
West Palm Beach went to be with
the Lord, May 28, 2007. She was
an active member of the Altar
Mrs. Gower was the widow of
Julian Clements and Bruce
She is survived by her two
daughters, Judy (Ron) Winchell
and Robin Williamson, all of
Richmond, Va.; and, three grand-
children, Debbie Winchell of Den-
ver, Colo., Scott Winchell of
Alpine, Wyo., and Charlie
Williamson of Richmond, Va.
Funeral services will be held at
2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Christ
Church Episcopal, 5000 Pouncey
Tract Road, Glen Allen, Va. Inter-
ment will follow at Westhampton
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Karen G. Komen
Foundation for Breast Cancer.
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STRUCTURE: Please let me know what the building on the north
side of the Kissimmee River, just north of the big bridge.
Editor's Note: We spoke with the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District and were told the structure is a pilot project for an
aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) well. It is part of a 10-year
study to see if ASR wells will lower the amount of phosphorous
entering Lake Okeechobee. Under consideration is the possibility
of putting 10 wells in a cluster that will hold water during times
when the water level is high.
BANQUET: Compliments go to Mr. Buddy Mills for a lovely, pro-
fessional banquet. How wonderful to see a very, clean, organized
banquet with such beautiful, knowledgeable and advanced stu-
dents receiving awards. Thank you for all you do and for having
such marvelous organizational skills.
FLAGS: I want to give the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts a big thank
you. On Saturday, May 26, they went to Evergreen Cemetery and
placed flags on all the crosses for our veterans.
STREET LIGHTS: This is concerning the street lights. Back when
they put the Christmas decorations up there was probably 30 or
more lights out. I called and spoke with a man and he said they had
to borrow a boom truck to put the lights up. I think it is about time
somebody did something because the taxpayers are paying for
street lights and they are not working. There are several out in differ-
ent places in town.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding free basic
and advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word
processing sills will be demonstrated, as well as how to access
and navigate the internet. For the dates and times of these classes,
contact the Okeechobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., Eng-
lish as second language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9
a.m. until noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a
second language classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30
p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The class-
es are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until
Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tues-
day from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for
infants during the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offer-
ing religious education classes for children. Registrations for
Catholic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being accepted.
Classes for children in grades kindergarten through ninth will be
held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For informa-
tion, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.
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Letters to the Editor
Here we go again with unac-
ceptable management practices
at the Post Office.
I am a city carrier. I always
hear customers complaining
there are not enough clerks, long
lines in the lobby and the mail
being delivered late. The Post
Office continues the practice of
understaffing and refusing to hire
necessary help to get the job
Please don't blame the
employees that do their best
every day. It is not their fault and
they do try their best to provide
customer service in every way
Carriers work hard and we are
proud to wear our blue uni-
forms. Our raises do not coincide
with stamp price increases. Our
union contract has been up for
renewal since November 2006
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For Information
call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone Interested in finding who your ancestors are Is welcome
to attend. There Is Census, IGI (International Genealogical
Index), Social Security Death Index and military information
available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. In the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For Information, call (863)
KiwanIs Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For Information, contact
Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or
Hazel at (863) 763-4920, for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for
women who are, or have. been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships at 6 p.m. For information call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-
2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Social Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m.
until noon at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Second
Language classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support
group every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill
family member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step
Study meeting at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring
Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in
Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For infor-
mation, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker
and also an open discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For
information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring
Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S.27. For
information call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6621.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of
every month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W.
32nd Street at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service
on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Any-
one desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to
attend. The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For infor-
mation call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact
David Fox at (863) 763-3296,
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for open discussion
at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, For Informa-
tion call (863) 634-4780,
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing Is invited. For Information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skin-
ner at (863) 532-0449.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and
a more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she
has stopped using. We meet every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Llnda Road For Information, call
and has been in negotiation
since. It will be going through
arbitration in the next few
One of the big disagreements
we have is the practice of hiring
unqualified contract help. We
have seen what this practice can
do to mail service. Some of these
contract workers have not been
delivering mail, taking it home
on Saturday and delivering it on
Sunday or not at all.
Some of them have been hired
without even going through secu-
rity checks. They are hired for less
pay and no benefits. Do you want
someone with those credentials
delivering your mail?
It is likely carriers will be out
picketing some time in June. We
would appreciate support from
our customers. We know how
important your mail is to you and
feel you should have qualified
carriers ensuring your delivery.
Church hosting Southern gospel sing
The North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, will hold a Southern gospel sing with the Singing Reflect-
sons on Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, at 11 a.m.
For information, call (863) 634-0344 or (863) 467-6066.
Scrapbooking party is slated
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, June 1, from
6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will give a
demonstration on brag bags. She will also be available to assist
you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Bring your
hand-made name tag to enter the "name tag" contest. This
month we will also be voting on a name for our group. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any
scrapbook pages on which you are currently working. For infor-
mation call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885, or Joan at (863) 467-0290.
Drought topic of talk show
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
June 2, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest
will be Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist, Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of
Forestry, Okeechobee Forestry District. The topics of the show
will be low salaries resulting in high turn over of rangers in Martin
and Okeechobee counties, and drought conditions and wildfire
alert. For information, call Melissa Yunas at (772) 219-1248;
Yard sale benefits youth church group
Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship of Okeechobee, 1963 N.W.
38th Ave., will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m.
until 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the church youth group. For infor-
mation, call (863) 697-3923.
Church youth plan yard sale
The youth of the First United Methodist Church will hold a
yard sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the park-
ing lot of Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S. All proceeds will benefit
the youth mission trip to Asheville, N.C. For information, call Pas-
tor Jim Dawson at (863) 763-4021.
Vacation Bible school dates set
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will
hold vacation Bible school June 4-8 from 7 until 9 p.m. This year's
theme will be Wild West Witness: Riding in the shadow of the
cross. There is no cost to attend. The school is for children all
ages and adults. Snacks will be provided, as well as a nursery. For
information, call (863) 763-7743.
4-H hosting horse day camp
Okeechobee County 4-H will be hosting horse day camp.
Camp will begin June 4 with Basic Horsemanship. The week of
June 11 will be Horse Special Events week and the last week,
beginning June 25, will be Rodeo Week. This camp is for boys
and girls ages 8-18 that must be comfortable with horses. The
cost is $100 per week and children may sign up for multiple
weeks. Camp will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For infor-
mation and sign ups call come the Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office at (863) 763-6469, or come to the office at 458 U.S. 98
Church youth camp slated for June 4-7
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will host a
youth camp for children between the ages of 10 and 19. The
camp will run June 4-7 (five days/four nights). The fee is $80 per
camper and includes all expenses including three meals a day.
Donations of food and supplies would be appreciated. For infor-
mation, contact Rachel Velie at (863) 357-3053.
BHR church plans Bible school
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, Hunter Road/Cypress Street,
will hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) "Game Day Central:
Where heroes are made," for children ages three through sixth
grade June 4-8, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to
attend. Registration will be held Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.
until noon with hot dogs and snacks. For information call Janelle
Thomas at (863) 467-1015, the church office at (863) 763-7532 or
the pastor at (863) 763-3442.
Coalition board sets meeting date
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Wednesday, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600
S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open
to board members. For information, call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-
Bake sale benefits Red Cross program
Seacoast National Bank will host a bake sale to benefit the
American Red Cross Heroes campaign on Friday, June 8, from 9
a.m. until 6 p.m. at 500 N. Parrott Ave. For information, contact
Melody Hodges at (863) 467-5330.
Okee-Tantie hosting RCAA races June 9-10
The Radio Controlled Airboat Association (RCAA) will hold
radio controlled airboat races on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday,
June 10, at the Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina from 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m. This event is free for spectators and racers and every-
one is welcome to attend and/or participate. For information, call
Chris Selph at (863) 447-1735.
Bake sale aids missionary projects
A bake sale, sponsored by the ladies of the church, will be
held Saturday, June 9, at the Presbyterian Church USA, 312 N Par-
rott Ave. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go towards sev-
eral missionary projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse
at (863) 763-6928.
Genealogical Society to meet
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet on Mon-
day, June 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. There is always something for the
beginner as well as the more experienced. Visitors are always
welcome. For information, call Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674.
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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Janice Floyd
Ryan Edwards took first place honors in the 11-14 year-old
division of the monthly Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc. bass fish-
ing tournament held on May 26 at the River Road boat ramp.
He brought 13.3 Ibs. to the scale for the win. Edwards also
took big fish honors in his age group with a 5.55 lb. beauty.
Garrett Farmer hoisted 20.2 Ibs. of bass onto the scale last
Saturday afternoon (with the help of his little brother Luke) to
capture first place in the 15-18 year-old division of the Big "0"
Teen Anglers, Inc. monthly bass tournament.
Edwards, Farmer win Big "0"
Teen Anglers, Inc. tourney
By Lorna Jablonski
Ryan Edwards (11-14 years-
old) and Garrett Farmer (15-18
years-old) took first place in
their age divisions at the month-
ly Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc.
bass tournament Saturday at the
boat ramp on River Road.
Ryan Edwards brought five
fish to the scale weighing a total
of 13.3 lbs. for the win. He also
had the biggest fish of his divi-
sion. It weighed in at 5.55 lbs.
Melissa Floyd finished in sec-
ond place with five fish that
weighed 12.2 lbs.
Third place in the 11-14 year-
old division went to Tyler
Browning for his 9.6 lb. five fish
In the 15-18 year-old division,
Garrett Farmer pulled in five fish
that weighed a total of 20.2 lbs.
to squeeze by second place fin-
isher Bryce Breslin with 19.2 lbs.
to win the division. Breslin had
the big fish.
Luke Joles finished in third
place with 6.65 lbs.
The club's newest member,
Chris Eaton caught four fish in
his first tourney weighing a total
of 8.55 lbs.
There were 19 anglers in this
month's tournament. Fifty-five
fish were brought to the scale
weighing a total of 120.15 lbs. All
fish were released alive.
The club will hold its next
tournament on Saturday, June
30. Contact Charlie Hays at (863)
763-2332 for the location of the
Bryce Breslin had the big
fish of the 15-18 year-old
division of the Big "0" Teen
Anglers, Inc. bass tourna-
ment last Saturday. He
placed a 7.15 lb. lunker onto
the scale for the win.
Submitted to Okeechobee News
State Farm, sole sponsor of the high school sportsman-
ship award, presented the spring sportsmanship win-
ners with their awards. The recipients were (back row,
left to right) Bobby Spelts (junior), Robert Rodriguez
(senior), Kristin McCullough (senior), and Bryan Suarez
(junior); (front row, left to right) State Farm agent
Gretchen Robertson, Latesha Neal (junior) Kayla Jeffers
(senior) and Alyssa Wright (junior).
State Farm names
winners for spring
In continuing their campaign
that was initiated earlier this
year, State Farm, the sole spon-
sor of the High School Sports-
manship Award, recognized the
spring sportsmanship winners.
The spring athletes chosen
to receive this award were
selected from their respective
coaching staffs. Recipients from
spring sports were: girls' tennis-
Alyssa Wright; boys' tennis-
Bobby Spelts; girls' track-Late-
sha Neal; boys' track-Bryan
Suarez; girls' flag football-Kayla
Jeffers; girls' softball-Kristin
McCullough and boys' baseball-
The award winners were
treated to lunch and presented
their awards by State Farm rep-
resentative Gretchen Robertson
and Daryl Roehm, Okeechobee
High School athletic director.
"As we have finished this
year, I have realized that all of
the students selected by their
coaches are truly excellent
selections, and some of the ath-
letes have been chosen for two
separate sports, which speaks
volumes of their character,"
stated Mr. Roehm.
Mrs. Robertson congratulat-
ed the students for their hard
work and expressed her pleas-
ure that Sate Farm was sponsor-
ing such a wonderful promo-
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Caribbean 3" (PG-13) Show-
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day and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
only. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
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Theatre II "Shrek 3" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
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Theatre III "Spiderman 3"
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repairto
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-763-7675 or
New Lic. # 2423
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens I Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
To s & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740
A/C UNIT- 2.5 ton, Brand new.
AIR CONDITIONER: New, for
Mobilehome. 3 ton $1800.
863-675-0358 or 234-9901.
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
Package unit, with heat, 07
WINDOW UNITS, (2), 1 Ig., 1
small, both 110v, good
cond., used a little, $150 will
sell sep. (863)675-4858
CHEVY PICK- UP, '54, Good
for restoration. Runs good.
Needs brakes. $1500.
COMMERCIAL FREEZER- 2dr,
reach in, good for ice stor-
age, glass doors, $1500
Black, Excellent condition.
Works well. $75
FREEZER: Small, upright,
works well & clean. $90 or
best offer. 863-634-2724
Call anytime. Okeechobee
MICROWAVE $20. Call
239-657-2711 or Dana at
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
I Genra Cnt
side by side, white, $200 or
best offer. (863)946-1138
WASHER & DRYER- Full size,
stacked, Frigidaire. $250.
(772)461-8822 Ft. Pierce
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore.
Good condition. $50.
WASHER & DRYER: Whirl-
pool, almost new. Paid
$725, asking $500. Must
METAL SHED- 8x16, 6ft high,
with doors at both ends,
PLYWOOD- (50 sheets) $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
SLIDING GLASS DOORS (3):
White, in aluminum frame.
WOOD SEALANT: Behr Plus
5) 5 Gallon containers.
rand new. $250 for all, will
BABY BASSINET- 4 in 1 Win-
nie The Pooh. Excellent con-
dition. $50. or best offer. Call
BABY SWING- Brand new.
Used only briefly. Battery or
electric. Many settings. Very
nice. $150. (863)509-8179
CAPTIANS BED- Twin, w/
matching dresser. Lt color
wood. Good cond. $350. or
best offer. (863)675-0600
CONVERTIBLE CRIB: With
mattress. GRACO BOUNCER:
Good condition. $130 neg
for both. 863-673-2726
TODDLER BED- Fire Truck
Step 2. With mattress. Great
TODDLER BED- Wooden,
Complete. Newish, Used once.
BRIDAL GOWN beaded,
w/veil, new, never worn,
w/tags, designer Cassini.
WEDDING DRESS- from Da-
vid's Bridal. Floor length, sz 4
strapless. Veil & fullness slip
incild $500. (863)946-0307
WEDDING GOWN, White, size
10-12, $20 (863)675-0031
ELVIS COLLECTION: Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
19" monitor, CD burner, Win-
dows ME, $200. Call
I G n al
DELL COMPUTER SYS: Pen-
tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$249. (863)517-2782 Tony
BAR STOOLS- (3) 24", wood-
en, swivel, $100
BED- Beauty Rest, New condi-
tion. $200. (863)673-4534
BEDROOM SET: 4 piece, Solid
Oak, Bassett, brand new,
never used. $1000 will fi-
BEDROOM SET, Wicker, head-
board, dresser w/mirror & 2
night stands, great shape.
CHEST- Lighted, Mirror front,
Black, $150. (863)673-4534
COUCH & RECLINING CHAIR-
good shape, red/tan, $75
DINING ROOM TABLE oval
shaped, w/leaf, 6 chairs,
asking $300/best offer.
DINING ROOM TABLE w/4
chairs. $50. (863)610-1823
DRESSER: 6 drawers, folding
doors in center, mirror. $100
or best offer. 863-467-9892
FURNITURE: House full! Too
much to list! $2000 for all.
FUTON CHAIR: $50.
GLIDER- good condition, hard-
ly used, $25 (863)675-2503
HEADBOARD & FRAME,
white, metal, twin, w/mat-
tress & boxspring, $35.
(863)467-2679 Iv. msg.
HEADBOARD: Solid oak wood,
fits regular queen beds.
HUTCH & SIDE BOARD: Maple
wood. $500 negotiable.
LOVESEAT: 66", white, good
MATTRESS Brand new, 2
sided pillow top. $299.
OFFICE CHAIR, Black, swivel.
PARSONS CHAIRS (2): Con-
temporary. Florida colors:
Aqua, Pink & Cream. Exc
cond. $50. (863)467-8681
SOFA & CHAIR $60. Call
239-657-2711 or Dana at
SOFA & LOVESEAT- seafoam
green, needs to be cleaned,
good condition, $150 or best
SOFA: 92", queen sleeper,
white, good condition, $60.
SOFA SLEEPER- Queen Anne,
Queen size, Floral print.
Matching Loveseat & coffee
table. $250. (863)357-3773
TWIN BED, with mattresses &
rails, good condition. $80
GOLF EQUIP: Complete set of
clubs, cart & bag, 1-9, pitch-
ing wedge, putter, 1 doz golf
LYMAN 54 caliber Great Plains
Rifle, mint cond., all acces-
sories, A Steal! $400.
S&W Model 640 357mag
hammerless stainless, new
cond. $400 firm. Call
SCOOTERS (2): Electric, SunL,
with charger, new. $400 for
both or will separate.
SPINNING REEL, by The Bass
Professor, Doug Hannon
Wavecast, new in box, $70.
BASS SYSTEM: 2, 12" Pioneer
Speakers & Custom box w/
power acoustics LT980
amp. $600 (863)269-5263
MASSIVE AUDIO: 6000 watt
amp, brand new. $650.
FLAT SCREEN: #36 Sony,
with stand. $300. Call Ange-
la at 239-645-9155.
PHILLIPS- 60" Big screen,
Good condition. $500.
PLASMA TV: 42", only 2 years
old, with stand & remotely !
PROJECTION TV: 55" Philips,
only 4 years old, works
great, good condition!ll
TELEVISION- Philips 50",
w/DVD and VCR, $800 firm
AIR COMPRESSOR, 5hp, 22
gallon tank, like new, 1 yr.
old, $100 or best offer.
AIR COMPRESSOR- 7.5 hp
with Kohler engine on 2 cyl
compressor. $425. Or best
5hp, 60 gal. single stage
220V, $250 (863)763-5373
SPOT WELDER- 220 amps,
Good condition. $125.
TABLE SAW: $60.
YOU A MORE INFORMED
( o wonder newspaper
readers are more popular!
XBOX CONSOLE: With games
& accessories. $175.
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
TRACTOR- Ford, 3910,
FARM GATE- 10 ft, asking $30
BLUE ROAN STALLION- 1 1/2,
friendly, halter and lead
broke, $500 or best offer
FILLY, Paso Fino, 4 mos. old,
bay, up to date Coggins &
shots, $600 or best offer.
QUARTER HORSE: Bay, 8 mo.
old. $500 or best offer.
SORREL GELDING: Green
broke, very gentle, $500. or
best offer (863)673-0066
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/1ba, partially furnished.
Avail. June 1st. Call for
RENTAL: 2 STORE FRONTS
BHR, Office or Retail, High
traffic area. Reasonably
AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010
CBS: SW Section, 3/1, no
pets. $950/mo, $2400 to
move in. 2200 SW Third
Ave., close to Walmart. Call
(863)634-0512 for details.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call for more
info. Call Barry 772-216-1461
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150!/month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
TREASURE ISLAND: 2br/lba
unfurn duplex. Available now!
$700/mo + deposit. AppI
incid, w/d. (239)707-5155
Close proximity to new
court house. 8676-3-4740
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
ACREAGE IN LITTLE FARMS:
2/1, new c/a, new appliances,
recently remodeled, detached
garage, on 2/4 fenced acres,
pond. $175,000 firm. Call
863-467-8844 for more info.
COUNTRY HILLS: 2/1, c/a &
heat, 1BR/1BA guest house,
outbuildings, kennel, on 4
3/4 fenced acres, nice
fenced pond, $300,000.
Frame home, 100x150 lot,
motivated seller $75,000
Debra Pinson, Century 21
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, CBS,
on 5 acres, w/barn, near
schools & airport, only 2 mi
from town. Asking $390,000
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, old-
er Hoverround, like new
cond., $200. (863)467-4323
WEIGHT MACHINE: Dual sta-
tion, With cable weights & leg
press. Excellent condition.
$250 neg. (863)357-3773
WHEELCHAIR, Electric, Pride
Jazzy, swing away joystick,
exc. cond., $1100.
PENDENT LIGHTS (2): Like
new. $30. (863)467-8681
SWING- 2x4, A frame Good
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR: Med-
ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-357-5988
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond..
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1500. (863)763-6907
CARPORT- 20 X 20, you take
down and remove $250
TELESCOPE: Orion 127 mm
(5") aperture Star Max w/
case. $500. / trade for brand
name pistol. 863-447-3409
TRAMPOLINE, 18 Ft. w/entire
padding in tact. Shoe nets on
sides. No missing springs.
$100 Firm. (863)269-5263
VIDEO TAPES (10 pack): So-
ny, Hi-8, 8mm, digital, new,
still in box. $50 for all.
WELDING BENDER, Metal,
Ring & Arch Roller, for mak-
ing ornamental metal folk art,
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Squler by
Fender, w/ soft leather case.
Missing 5th string. $75.
863-885-1172 after 3pm
DRUMS: Lugwig, Professional
Set & much more! $1200
PIANO, Gulbransen, upright,
w/new damp chaser, $300
or best offer. (863)467-2679
AMERICAN PIT Bull Terrier -
female, 14 mths old, ADBA
reg., solid dark red, needs
home. $200. (863)634-6601
AQUARIUM, 100 gallon with
stand, $200 (863)228-2123
BIRD CAGE: Large, wrought
iron, black, w/playpen on
top. $35. 863-528-3235 W.
CHIHUAHAUA PUPPY, Fe-
male, 11 wks. old w/ shots.
$300. (863)357-0037 or
CHIHUAHUA, tan, female, 7
month old. Only 31/2 lbs.
(days) Barb LaBelle area.
MINI DOBERMAN PINSCHER:
Beautiful dog, but we can't
keep him, almost 1 year old.
PIT BULL PUPPY, 3 mo. old,
male w/health certificate.
POODLE, White, 2 yr. old,
Male w/papers. All shots.
SHIH TZU PUPPIES- 3 fe-
males left. 8 wks old. Ready
to go. Shots up to date.
HOT TUB: 2003, Excalibar
spa, with cover. $500.
863-673-1981 Call after 5
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Mobile Home Angels
MOBILE HOME- O, I 55+
Community. Park Model.
Screened in room. $6500. 2
MONTHS FREE LOT RENT.
REDUCED! 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CA/Heat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/ W&D, in adult
park on rim canal $25,000.
Campers :RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles.'ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT HULL, Apache, with
cage, $400. (863)885-2166
BASS BOAT, Ranger '82, 175
Mariner, Ranger trailer (new
tires), like new tolling motor.
$2500 neg. (863)697-9704
BAYLINER CARPI- '85, 19',
350 eng. OEM out drive. Runs
good. Very dependable. Needs
TLC. $3500. (863)699-2971
BOAT / UTILITY TRAILER: 12
-14 ft. $295. 863-635-3465
BOAT, 14ft., aluminum, '97
3hp OMG galvanized trailer,
BOAT: PADDLE WHEELER, 12
FT, Mid 80's. Ready to use.
BOAT TRAILER, fits up to 23'
boat, $250 or best offer.
ORLANDO CLIPPER 20',
cabin cruiser w/trlr, 90 hp
Evinrude, new transom,
Owner disabled. $6000.
SAIL BOAT: Hobie Cat, 14
feet, excellent condition.
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
SUNTRACKER PONTOON: '06,
21ft, w/ '07 galvanized trailer,
60HP 4 stroke Merc. $13,500.
863-414-2346 or 763-4079
ALEGRO, 1978 Travel Trailer,
25 Ft. w/generator. Runs
great. Needs minor repairs.
1500 neg. (863)673-1249
HUNTING CAMPER, 5th
wheel, no title, moderate
FISH FINDER- Wireless, Brand
new still in box. Great for any
type of fishing. $150.
'98 225hp Mercury, guages
& controls included. Quick
sale, $1500 (863)675-1634
HONDA CB 900 1982, Cus-
tom, Nice bike. $1500. or
best offer. (239)560-4604
MOTORCYCLE PARTS, JE Pis-
tons, rings & pins. For Suzu-
ki. Brand new, never used.
$600 neg. (863)447-6507
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER- en-
closed, raised lid, ramp door,
like new, $2000
SCAFFOLD: On Motorcycle
trailer, two story. $500 neg.
YAMAHA- '02, V-Star 1100,
Runs Great, Low miles.
POLAR 4 WHEELER- '02 Blue
w/spotlight as is $700. Ser
inq only, (863)801-3980
YAMAHA BLASTER '94, New
oversized piston/tires. Runs
good. Looks OK. $700 neg.
Autos Wanted 4010
Clnssic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CAMERO RS- '97, Conv. Runs,
Needs work. $2000.
CHEVY CAMARO- '98, New
brakes. Runs great. Cold
A/C. Good Shape. $3500. or
best offer. (863)697-6731
CHEVY CAVALIER '96, 4 cyl.,
auto., everything works.
CHRYSLER SEBRING- '01,
Good condition. Needs mo-
tor. $500. or best offer.
DODGE INTREPID: 1996,
great shape. Moving, must
FORD ESCORT '93- no air,
runs good, body needs work,
MUSTANG GRANDE COUPE:
'72, redone trans, black leath-
er, green hardback, V8-351.
GMC K30: 1988, 4x4, 1 ton,
ps, pb, 6 brand new tires
r' 16 Military's). $5000 w/ 9'
jill rody 772-201-7950
CHEVY 1994 Ext. Cab, 4x4,
Only lOOK mls. $2200.
CHEVY 810 BLAZER, '88, 4,3
mtr., motor runs good,
DODGE RAMCHARGER, '87,
4wd, one owner, $1500 or
best offer. (863)902-9855
SUZUKI SAMURAI '87, Excel-
lent shape, would make
great buggy. $2500
CARPET, brand new, out of
'07 Ford Superduty Crew
Cab, charcoal, perf. cond.,
$400 neg. (863)697-0328
CHROME WHEELS & TIRES,
P265/70/17, very nice, fits
GM Trucks '99-'07, $450.
ENGINE- factory new GM ZZ4,
0 hrs, w/engine stand,
$2500 firm or trade
JEEP ENGINE: 360, heads &
parts. $150. 863-528-3235
MOPAR PARTS: Early 70's.
Heads, engines, cranks,
carbs, trans, manifold &
more. $500.239 895-3269
OIL COOLER KIT: New, large,
for airboat or GM cars. Re-
duced to $50. Please call
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory;
Off '08 F350 King ranch, 4
door, tan, $600. Neg.
RUNNING BOARDS: Ford,
polyurethane, fits '99 & up Su-
perduty Ford Crew Cab, $400
SUPER SWAMPERS TSL, (4)
tires, 13x38x16, w14 16x10
Extreme Rock Crawler Rims,
$800 for all. (863)763-0665
TIRES (2), Goodyear,
235/45/R17. Good condi-
tion. $75 (863)261-2386 or
TIRES (4): 30 x 9.50 R15. All
TIRES (4): B F Goodrich,
P205/60/R15, very little
TIRES, 4 brand new Super
16/35/165, w/4 new rims,
TIRES (4) T275/651R18, BG
TIRES (6) Good Year, 245 /
70R's 19.5, 12 ply. G159
Unisteel. Good tread. $300
all, will sep. (863)824-0801
TOOL BOXES (2) 1 Brand New
and 1 Used. $100.
WHEELS & TIRES (6): Alcoa,
16" fits 88- 97 Dually. $450.
1 ^I I
CHEVY STEP SIDE: 1994, with
topper, $3500 or best offer.
DODGE PICKUP: 1983. $800.
DODGE RAM '96- 2500 4x4,
new trans & new tires, many
extras, $4500 or best offer
DODGE RAMCHARGER, '90,
4x4, 319, auto, lots of new
parts, 33" Bridgestone, 2"
ift, $2500. (239)369-3269
FORD F150: '86, XLT 5.0 au-
to, Runs good, with tool box
$700. 863-234-9901 or
FORD F150 XLT, '91, with lift
gate, heavy duty trailer hitch,
runs good, $2500.
FORD F250: 1990, 7.3 Diesel,
standard transmission, 4x4.
$2500 or best offer. Call
FORD F350: '00, dly, 7.3 die-
sel, auto, ac, long bed, tow
pkg, Ithr, stereo. Looks & runs
great! $15,000 954-328-8627
FORD RANGER XLT- '01, Ext.
cab, Great shape. $5900. View
-revwats. Phone # on Site
GMC 2500- '01, Duramax die-
sel, 4x4, 130K mi. & '2000
Lance truck camper 8.5'
stove, frig., Queen sz bed,
full ba. Fits shortbed ext
cab. $17,000. Will sep.
SCHOOL BUS: '80, Chevy, 20
passenger, 81k mi, rebuilt
engine and trans, runs great.
$1895 neg, 561-758-4337
J&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms 1
Ernest Lancaster 1863) 634-2044
FORD FOCUS SE '82, 4 cyl.,
new tires, 37k, exc. cond.,
$8500 neg. (863)697-3251
after 4pm. Okeechobee
GRAND MARQUIS '88- 89K
orig miles, asking $500
MAZDA '91, 4 cyl., manual
trans., everything works.
$2500 or best offer.
MERCEDES 500SEL 1985,
Runs good. $1500. or best
OLDS CUTLASS '95- runs
ood, good work car, asking
900 or best offer
SCION TC, '06, less than 5k
mi., auto, like new, 1 owner,
ask for Doris
LAWN MOWERS- Self pro-
pelled push mower. Works
great $35. (863)675-8937
MANTIS TILLER: $150.
MOWER 34" Gravely ZTR,
exc. cond., $1500 firm,
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Craftsman, LT1000, 17.5hp,
42" cut, new, mower deck,
RIDING MOWER, John Deere
165 Hydro, $550
RIDING MOWER: Murray '03,
42" cut, $400.
RIDING MOWER: Murray, 42"
cut, 16 HP. $400.
YARD SWEEPER- Huskee,
Heavy duty. Paid $250. will
sell for $150.
(863)467-7151 after 6pmn
YARD TRAILER, $75 or best
GOATS, ROOSTERS, CHINESE
GEESE: All healthy and very
gentle. Some registered.
Hand fed. (863)467-6388
LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. deposit. 863-763-4031
Indiantown lbr/lba $750/mo.
1 Room Cottage $475/mo.
321ft RV/BA $475/mo. Incl.elec
2br/1ba singlewide $550/mo.
1st, last & sec. All Incl. City
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
Okeechobee News, Thursday, May 31, 2007
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BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Advertisement No, 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will te received at District 1 State ol Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North lioadway Ave., Bartow, Florida. Sealed bids will be received until
2:00 PRM. (Barrow Local Time on Thursday, June 14, 2007 and will be opened and
publicly read aloud in the Professional Services Conerence Room. Bids received
after the deadline will be returned unopened to Hie bidding firm, Bidders may obtain
preliminary bid results at htto:/lwww.dot.state.fl.us/cc-admln/. Click on "LetBing Re-
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ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: BIDDERS MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FILLING OUT A FAX ORDER FORM AND FAXING IT
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Contracts Administrator, District Contracts Office, Mall Station 1-18, Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box
1249, Bartow, Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made
payable to the State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS & PROPOSAL HOLDER LIST: Proposals will not be
issued after 2:00 PM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Plan
holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Friday, June 8,2007.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G13) COUNTY: Manatee (DS FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO:
421740-1-52-01 The work under this contract consists of milling, resurfacing,
drainage improvements, traffic separator construction, traffic signal loop replace-
ment and signing & pavement markings on State Road 43 from a point at the Inter-
section of State Road 43 and State Road 45 eastern 0096 miles to a point east of
6th Avenue Drive. (Approx 30 Calendar Days). (Flexible Start Time 100 days).
NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Alan Autry, (863) 519-2228 L
rvdot.sta s. BUDGET AMOUNT $178,66.00. NO CHARGE FRPLANS
(CONTRACT NO. E1G16 COUNTY: District Wide (DS FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT
NO 404337-2-52-03 The work under this contract consists of pavement-core-
backfilling and maintenance of traffic for pavement coring at various locations. (Ap-
prox 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: AlanAutry,
863519-2228 alan.autr dot.stat.fl.. BUDGET AMOUNT $207,750.00. f
CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS,
CONTRACT NO. E1l17) COUNTY: Polk, Lee & Collier (DIS/DSB2 FUNDS): FINAN-
AL PROJECT NO: 421490-3-52-01 The improvements under this contract consist
of installing Ramp Closure Systems consisting of DO NOT ENTER signs, RAMP
CLOSED work zone signs, tied together with fluorescent straps on Interstate 75 and
Interstate 4 at several interchanges. (Approx 75 Calendar Days) (Acquisition Time
120 days). NOTE: PROJECT MANA : Alan Autry, (863) 519-2228 alanu
dotsateus. BUDGET AMOUNT $249,880.00.
NO CHARGEkFOR PLANS AND SPECS.
CONTRACT NO. E1G18-RO) COUNTY: Polk (0 FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO:
22836-1-72-01 The work specified in this contract consists of storm water pond
mowing and litter removal in various locations. Approx 365 Calendar Days).
NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Mike Yensco, (63 519-4313
scodot.statell.us BUDGET AMOUNT $50,000.00 CHARGE
(CONTRACT NO. E1G19-RO) COUNTY: Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto & Hardee (D
FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO:418564-1-72-01 The work specified Inthis con-
tract consists of repair andrelacement of guardrail on the primary system. (Ap-
prox 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Art Hall, 1941) 359-7310
arthur.halldot.statel.us. BUDGET AMOUNT$187,000.OO. N CHARGE FOR
PLANS AND SPECS.
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, Distict Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
ion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33831. Phone: (863) 519-2559.
Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of Transporta-
tlion. No refunds will be made. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Cheryl L. Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
211925 CGS/ON 5/24,31/2007
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment to four (4) regular and/or one (1) alternate
member positions on the Construction Industry Licensing Board.
This board determines requirements for issuance of Certificates of Competency
and will issue/reinstate certificates to those qualifying therefore; conducts hearings
on suspension or revocation of Certificates of Competency and takes other action
necessary to enforce the provision of related ordinance(s). An appointee must be a
resident of Okeechobee County.
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW
2nd Street, Room 106, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrators Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on June 20, 2007.
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
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CHEVY BLAZER '94- Great
gas mileage, 2dr, runs good,
low miles, needs minor body
work $2500 (863)467-0627
CHEVY BLAZER S-10: 1993,
4WD, 92k mi. Body & interi-
or worn but runs good.
$2500 firm. 863-467-1700
FORD EXPLORER XLT- '05, 4
dr, Leather, Low mi. Exc
cond. Factory warranty 1
owner $1 8K. (863)357-3026
HIGHLANDER 2002: Clean ti-
tle. 4 Door, Auto., Luggage
rack, C/C, A/C, PW, PL.
JEEP CHEROKEE: 1979, 360
motor, 36" Mickey Thomp-
son's, custom paint. $2500
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER:
1991. Runs! $2000 or best
RAV4 1998, 4x2, Great gas
mileage. Reliable, Clean.
78K, 1 Owner, Garage kept.
DUMP TRAILER '01, Goose-
neck, 7x12, double axle.
EQUIPMENT TRAILER- 8x20,
Tri axle, pintle hitch, good
UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. Like new.
Asking $500. (561)670-3636
UTILITY TRAILER- 4x8, wood
floor, new wheels and tires,
UTILITY TRAILER, 5x8 w/Alu-
minum Tool Box & Tilt
CHEVY CONV. VAN 1993,
Runs great. New battery and
DODGE RAM CONVERSION
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2000 (863)763-3451
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on Friday the 15th day of June 2007
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
'na .nd -t,-'nr Year, Make, Model &
1994 Blue Green Pontiac Grand Am
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales.are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
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CIS hosting skateboard camp
Communities In School will host a skateboard camp June 11-15 for ages 7 and
under; June 18-22 for ages 8-10; and, June 25-29 for ages 11-15. Sign ups for this
camp will be on June 4 beginning at 9 a.m. Registration will be held at the
CIS/PAL office located at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th St. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5863.
Methodist church plans Bible school
Lift Off, Soaring to New Heights is the theme of the Vacation Bible School to be
held at First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., June 11-15 from 5
until 8 p.m. A light dinner will begin each session. There will be adult classes as
well as three children's classes for ages 5 and under, those 6 to 8 and those 9 to
11. Childcare is available for babies and toddlers. For information, call (863) 763-
OSAC resource committee to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource commit-
tee will meet Monday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Sec-
ond Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to the public. For infor-
mation, call Keith Striping at (863) 763-6064.
OSAC training panel will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community outreach/training
committee will meet Monday, June 11, from 9 until 10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second
Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Ken Kenworthy at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 273.
OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will be held
Tuesday, June 12, from 11:30 until 12:45 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St. Everyone is welcome and lunch will be served. All parents and PTO
members from Okeechobee's public and private schools are encouraged to
attend and assist in developing the countywide prevention plan. For information,
call Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.
Church hosting Avalanche Ranch
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, invites children ages 3 years to
fifth grade to Avalanche Ranch: A wild ride through God's word, June 18-22 from
6 until 8:30 p.m. This summer our church will be a stampede of excitement as we
learn about: God in a fun, loving and relaxed setting. For information, call Becky at
Oakview hosting vacation Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will hold vacation Bible school
Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 6 until 9 p.m. The theme will be Game
Day Central: Where Heroes Are Made. Pre-registration is not mandatory but is
suggested. There will be a kick-off with fun and games on Saturday, June 16,
from 9 until 11:30 a.m. For information, call (863) 763-1699.
Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free summer pro-
gram, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Students Offering Solutions per-
formance troupe. Thirty youth between the ages of 12-18 will be trained to per-
form alcohol/drug prevention skits, write skits and learn to give presentations.
The program will run for six weeks, from July 6 through Aug. 10, and there are
two sites from which to choose: First Baptist Church and Douglas Park Commu-
nity Center.. For information and an application, call Val Marone at (863) 462-
Special summer camp is planned
Communities In Schools and the Okeechobee County Sheriff Office have part-
nered to host the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch Summer Camp. This camp will be
July 9-13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N.
The camp is for children ages 6-12. Sign ups will be held Monday, June 4, begin-
ning at 9 a.m. at the CIS/PAL office located at New Endeavor High School, 575
S.W. 28th St. For information, call (863) 462-5863.
Benefit beauty pageant is planned
The 12th annual Mr. & Miss Firecracker Fundraiser Beauty Pageant will be held
Saturday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee High School lecture hall, 2800
U.S. 441 N. Funds raised will go to the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue volun-
teers to be used to purchase needed equipment. Age groups for girls will be 0
months to 21 years. Ages for boys will be 0 months to 9 years. Categories are
beauty, photogenic, most beautiful/handsome, best dressed and the cover
queen/king for the program book. Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m.
No exceptions. For information call Donny Arnold at (863) 634-6464; Pat Yeates at
(863) 634-6985; or, Margie at Fire/Rescue during business hours at (863) 763-
Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd St., will be offering Vacation Bible
School to youth between the ages of 4 through 13. The school will be held Mon-
day, July 30', through Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6 until 9 p.m. For information, call
Carol at (863) 763-6602.
SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center is
seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008 Lake Okeechobee cal-
endar. Winning images will be published as the featured monthly photos. Appli-
cations will be taken until July 31 and entry forms and complete contest rules are
available at www.sfwmd.gov/okee select Info & Education. This contest is
open to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three photos.
For information, call (863) 462-5260.
Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview Weekend on
Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W 28th St. Speakers representing
Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham, David Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon
Howse, and Ron Carlson. The program is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets
can be obtained from Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171; or, online at www.worldviewweekend.com.
OHS class of'88 planning reunion
The Okeechobee High School class of 1988 has begun making plans for their
20th reunion. Any members of the class of '88 are asked to e-mail your name,
address and phone number to Larry Peterson, class president, at
email@example.com. We will update you after each planning commit-
tee meeting. Also, if you have any ideas or would like to be on the committee let
us know in your e-mail.
OHS yearbook sales continue
The Okeechobee High School Brahman yearbook has arrived. Extra copies
are on sale during both lunches in the Journalism room and after school until 3
p.m. The cost is $45 cash only. The books will be on sale as long as copies are
Church offering help to quit drugs
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, will hold a free drug deliv-
erance class each Friday during the month of May beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone
wanting to quit using drugs, or anyone who knows someone .who needs help
quitting drugs is welcome. For information, call (863) 357-3053.
Realtors establish new scholarship fund
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will be offering a scholarship in
memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime local Realtor, to any student studying
Real Estate. All scholarship donations can be mailed to the Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors Liz Weisser Scholarship Fund, 326 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee,
FL, 34972. Call Toni Doyle, association executive, at (863) 467-0004 for informa-
Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking cessation
classes for pregnant women, women, or family members living in the household
with children 0-3 years old at Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., 1100 N.
Parrott Ave. Call Leah Suarez at (863) 763-1951, ext. 24, for class dates.
Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of 1998 are
asked to please submit your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your maiden name if appropriate, address, phone number, etc. We are in
the process of planning our 10-year reunion. More details will be published as
they are available.
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid? Healthy Start
may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at .(863).462-5877.
Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAEP
grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with electric bills and you
must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863) 462-5180 for the required documen-
tation needed to apply.
ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second limited edition
Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament including a numbered certificate
with historical information. Ornaments are $15 and proceeds fund the ORE schol-
arship. The 2007 ornament will be the Southland Hotel. The 2006 ornament was
the first brick school 1916. A limited quantity of the 2006 ornaments is available.
Those who purchased ornaments last year and would like the same ornament
numbers) and quantity please call one of the following members: Gay Carlton at
(863) 763-5755; Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829; Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-
2487; Marion Davis at (863) 763-399.1; or, Regina Hamrick at (863) 763-8865.
Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free summer pro-
gram for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register early. To qualify for
the program the following requirements must be met: the child must have turned
4 by Sept. 1,2006; the child could not have participated in a VPK program during
the school year; and, the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early
Learning Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's Care to
Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share program is funded by
Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate funds. The program provides
emergency assistance funds to customers who are in a crisis situation and unable
to pay their FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
quality. If you are a FPL customer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your
name and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done over
the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation Army
are by appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.
Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence, which deals
with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing survivors of domestic vio-
lence. The date and time will be announced at a later date according to commu-
nity interest and response. Contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items such as furni-
ture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other items for infants and
toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the community. For information, call (863) 462-5877.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee have dis-
count cards available. The cards are $10 and are good for one year at selected busi-
nesses. Cards can be purchased at CarQuest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call
(863) 462-5863. Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.
Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Ctbss-Okitechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/AIDs instruc-
tion course that complies with Florida employment requirements for individuals
working in various vocations. This is a self-study course that includes text work
and the successful completion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the
course is $15. Call the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.
Volunteers needed at skate park.
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the skate park
during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the week. We will pro-
vide training and background screenings. For information, contact Mike Davis,
youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.
Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales on Thursday..
and Friday, every week from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for member-
ship. The members of the volunteer council protect and advocate for a better
quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volunteers are appointed by the
governor for a four-year term. Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of
the month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information;
or, visit www.floridasac.org.
YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy toner car-
tridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school supplies to be used by
all students. To donate empty printer or toner cartridges, they can be dropped off
at YMS, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, or at The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call
Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth education classes
at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth Ave. For information, call
the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877. '
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering parenting
education classes, for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and parents are
encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a gift. This adults-only parent-
ing class consists of six, one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a
certificate of completion. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for
Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee. The Big
Red Bus mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on
the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call
(561) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360. All blood types are heeded. There is
no upper age limit, and most medications and conditions are acceptable. Dia-
betes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed
for all donors.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services available at no
charge to help people in their search for the right employee or job. For more, visit
their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary has
formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite Squadron 453 cur-
rently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets are being recruited for the
unit. Youths between the- ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three
main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace educa-
tion and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to
accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center,
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money. Martha's
House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If you have any used
cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative
office at 103 N.W. Fifth SL
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12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, May 31, 2007
Okeechobee News/Connie Hawse
These colorful, custom made bikes were on display at the
Memorial Day Bike Rally held Memorial Day Weekend, May
27 and 28 at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center.
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and cadet members
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The Florida Wing of the Civil
Air Patrol United States Air
Force Auxiliary has formed a
CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okee-
chobee Composite Squadron
453 currently has 26 members.
Senior members and cadets are
being recruited for the unit.
Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior mem-
bers are needed to administer
the unit and provide supervision
for the cadets. The three main
missions of the Civil Air Patrol
are emergency services, aero-
space education and cadet pro-
grams. Senior members and
cadets work side by side to
accomplish these missions. If
you are interested in becoming a
cadet or senior member contact
Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee
Emergency Operations Center,
Service Club Briefs
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St. The
Post phone number is (863) 763-
American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 10
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open and serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday, Friday and
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos and margaritas
served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.;
Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Sunday NASCAR on big
screen TV Quarter pound hot dogs,
pizza and $1 draft beer will be
offered. David Copper from 3 until
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8
p.m. Draft beer $1
Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday nights beginning at 6
p.m. for members and guests.
Bingo is held every Sunday
night starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors
open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $12 dona-
tion. The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee
and tea. There will be entertain-
ment from 3 until 7 p.m.
Because of low attendance,
the Friday night dinners and Satur-
day night bingo has been canceled
until the first of October.
Post election will be on June
12, from noon until 7 p.m. Come in
The American Legion Auxil-
iary Unit #64, 501 S.E. Second St.,
will hold the election of officers for
the years 2007-08 on June 12, at 7
p.m. For information call Bea at
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Johnny Patton at
(863) 467-2882 or Jerry Lee Shields
at (863) 467-8779 or (863)634-
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call (863) 763-2552. -
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4p.m. until? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
Saturday and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the club
and events, call Matt Buxton at
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month start-
ing at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
*Tuesdays: bingo at noon.
Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you have a
game you wish to play, bring it.
Thursday: will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from 5
until 7:15 p.m. Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
Saturday: dinner from 6 p.m.
until ?. Call for the menu. Karaoke
will be at 8 p.m.
Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 150 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge dur-
ing the summer will be noon until 8
p.m., or later. For information and
meal menus, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership. The main hall and
kitchen are nearly completed. The
riext step will be to install the
Breakfast first Sunday of every
month from 8 to 11 a.m.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first and third Tues-
day at 7 p.m.
LOOM officers meeting First
and Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Every Thursday: horseshoes
at 2 p.m.
Every Sunday: horseshoes at 2
p.m.; free pool games all day;
music at 2 p.m.
Every Friday: dinner at 5 p.m.
for $3 donation; bar bingo at 6 p.m.
Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is served.
Every Saturday: dinner at 5:30
p.m. for a $7 donation; music to
dance by at 7 p.m.
Moose Races Saturday at 2
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday: Dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food will
be available. Karaoke will be from
6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food
will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke from 6 until 10
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
Big screen TV for all events.
The Post meeting will be on
Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. instead
of June Sunday, 17. The Auxiliary
meeting will remain on Sunday,
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information, contact Com-
mander Don South at (863) 467-
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and at 1 p.m.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will
start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W, members will meet the
first and third Thursday of each
month at 8 p.m. The club is also
available for weddings and parties.
For information call the club at
(863) 763-3378, or Keith at (863)
Information about Cypress
Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles can
be found by visiting
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