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Vol. 99 No. 5 Saturday, January 5,2008 00 50 Plus tax
Area residents who have a de-
sire to perform on stage are be-
ing sought by the Okeechobee
Community Theatre (OCT) for its
spring production, Neil Simon's
classic comedy, Plaza Suite.
Auditions for acting roles in
the play.willbe held on Monday
and Tuesday evenings, Jan. 7 and
8 at 7 p.m. at the theatre on S. W.
Second Ave.. at Seventh St., one
block behind Golden Corral res-
No. prepared material is
required for the auditions, ac-
cording to OCT coordinator/di-
rector, Ron Hayes, and no prior
acting experience is necessary.
Jaguars try to win
again in Pittsburgh
Steelers of the South is the Jack-
sonville Jaguars' new nickname
up north in Pittsburgh, and it cer-
The Jaguars could almost be
accused of copyright infringe-
ment, so closely and carefully
are they linked to the Steelers'
methodical but long-proven
methods of winning.
The offensive line that's built
for a system that runs first, then
throws. They have running backs
who can run in the January chill,
not just the September warmth.
The defense that cares not about
the elements 'and is determined
never to allow the offense to dic-
tate the rhythm or tempo.
Coach Jack Del Rio is a Cali-
fornian, but it's almost as if he's
three rivers, so carefully does
he embrace all things Steelers.
Winterfest 2008 is
OKEECHOBEE Due to un-
foreseen circumstances Buck-
head Ridge Fire Department is
having to cancel Winterfest 2008.
We apologize for any inconve-
nience. We hope to see you at
Winterfest 2009. For information
please call Pat at (863) 357-1364.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 12.12 feet
given in feet
above sea level.
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Community Events................... 4
Crossword ........................ .... 9
Obituaries.... ............... ..... 6
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out............................. 4
TV ............................................ 10
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Road department reorganized
By Pete Gawda
Big changes are in store for
the troubled Okeechobee Coun-
ty Road Department. By the end
of next week the department
could be reorganized under a
new department head.
Interim county administrator
Robbie Chartier was directed
by the Okeechobee County of
County Commissioners to fill the
vacant position of road depart-
ment head. Mrs. Chartier con-
firmed that she will be submit-
ting the name of Michael Frey,
retired director of public works
for the City of Lake Worth, to the
commissioners for confirmation
at' their Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting.
At that same meeting the
board will consider reorganizing
the road department according
to a plan devised by interim road
department head Vernon Gray
and Mrs. Chartier. Mr. Gray, who
is also director of the Okeechobee
County Airport, has been serving
as acting road department head
for about a month.
If Mr. Frey's appointment is
confirmed by the commission-
ers, he will be placed on the
county payroll on Wednesday
Jan 9. His first two days.would
be taken up with indoctrination,
introductions and necessary pa-
perwork. Plans call for Mr. Frey
to officially take charge of the
road department from Mr. Gray
on Friday morning, Jan. 12.
The position of road depart-
ment head had been vacant for
s iths while the former
c it head Tommy Rimes
up his accrued vaca-
t before his November
r -. Assistant road de-
partment head Anthony Sweet
served for several months as act-
ing head of the department. He
has since resigned and returned
to his old job in Broward County
as environmental services in-
Mrs. Chartier said she chose
Mr. Frey from a field of about
16 or 17 candidates because of
his management skill and his
background in engineering. Mr.
Frey spent 23 years in the Navy,
retiring as a commander. During
his time in the Navy, he spent 17
years in public works. He has a
bachelor's degree in naval sci-
ence from the Naval Academy, a
bachelor and a master's degree
in civil engineering from Georgia
Tech and a master's degree in
public administration from the
University ofl Indiana.
Before coming to Lake Worth,
where, he served for four years,
Mr. Frey served as solid waste di-
rector in Indian River County for
two years. Before that he served
for 10 years as director of sold
waste disposal in Monroe Coun-
See Road Page 2
By Victoria Hannon
Caring for a new child is a
daunting task for many first time
parents, but the Okeechobee
County Healthy Start Coalition
is here to help. They are offer-
ing parenting education classes
for pregnant women and par-
ents of children through the
age of 3.
"I think we all need train-
ing," Glenda Jerriel, class in-
structor, said after sharing that
the class is not just for first time
parents. "We all forget from
time to time."
The class is geared toward
parents of young children and
aims to increase the parents'
understanding of how to care
for and keep their children safe.
The course is broken up into
six once a week classes, each
lasting a single hour.
See Class Page 2-
By Chauna Aguilar
Time is wasting for the
Okeechobee local BBQ cooks.
Okeechobee Main Street's sixth
annual Top of the Lake BBQ
Affair is just around the corner.
This is the first time the contest
will be a Jack Daniel's World
Championship qualifier con-
test, and cook spots are filling
The deadline to enter the
contest has been extended to
Thursday, Jan. 10.
This cook-off, slated for Fri-
day evening, Jan. 18, and Satur-
day, Jan. 19, at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, is set to draw
cooks from across the nation
due to this Jack Daniel's Quali-
fier status. Competitors will
compete for prize monies along
See Barbecue Page 2
By Pete Gawda
A project that began last
spring to clean up the water of
Lake Okeechobee should be
winding up this month.
Water managers took ad-
vantage of the extremely low
level of Lake Okeechobee last
year to scrape the muck off sev-
eral areas of exposed lake bed
on the northern and western
sides of the lake.
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) took charge of scrap-
ing the area of Eagle Bay Marsh
south of U. S. 78 W near the
intersection with S.W. 16th Av-
enue. That project removed
about 86,000 cubic feet of
muck a according to Steve Gor-
nak, spokesperson for FWC.
That material was temporarily
stored on site.
Mr. Gornak said the Depart-
ment of Environmental Pro-
tection, the state agency that
holds title to all state owned
land determined that the muck
has no value to the state since
it is composed of organic sedi-
ment. He said it was tested and
proved negative for hazardous
materials such as arsenic and
mercury. The goal was to move
it to an upland site with as little
cost to the state as possible.
The material is currently being
trucked to a nearby site across
U. S. 78 near the Okeechobee
Shrine Club. Mr. Gornak said
the property owner is required
to build a five foot berm to con-
tain the material. The project
started the week before Christ-
mas and is expected to last 45
Teens making a big difference
While striving to make a
difference this holiday season,
Senior Joe Savarese and Ju-
nior JT Cobb from the Kings
Academy in West Palm Beach,
helped My Aunt's House, Inc.
known to many as "The Clos-
et," through their "Gifts for
"Gifts for Children" pro-,
vides gifts to less fortunate
children in Okeechobee. Cli-
ents of My Aunt's House are
asked to fill out a wish list.
The child's name, age and
wish list are placed on an
Angel Tree. Once My Aunt's
House receives a child's name
a sponsor must be found to
fulfill the child's wish. Mr. Sa-
varese and Mr. Cobb selected
20 children from My Aunt's
House's Angel Tree.
Within a couple of weeks
they had found sponsors to
buy presents for all of them.
Feeling very good about their
effort, they requested more
names and once again found
sponsors for the additional
17 children. Some spon-
sors purchased gifts from
the child's wish list, others
made a monetary donation
which was used to purchase
the gifts, and some sponsors
not only purchased gifts for a
child they also purchased ad-
ditional toys to be distributed
to children remaining on the
These two teens hosted a
drop in on Dec. 16, 2007 at
Mr. Savarese's home in Palm
Beach Gardens to allow spon-
sors to drop off their gifts
and enjoy the excitement of
giving. While the sponsors
enjoyed drinks and ,food, the
teens played Christmas music
on their saxophones.
My Aunt's House "Gifts for
Children" drive as a whole
provided gifts to 293 children
this holiday season; these two
young men really made a dif-
ference. With Mr. Savarese
off to college next year, his
younger brother Nick Sava-
rese and one of Nick's best
friends Kate Lockamy will be
joining Mr. Cobb to make this
an annual community service
This in not the first time
Mr. Savarese and Mr. Cobb
have chosen My Aunt's House
as their community service
project. Last year Mr. Savarese
-collected many bags of new
socks and underwear and
$1,000 to help with school
supplies. This school year
Mr. Savarese teamed with Mr.
See Teens Page 2
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Senior Joe Savarese (left), and Junior JT Cobb (right), from
the Kings Academy in West Palm Beach, assisted My Aunt's
House, Inc. (known to many as "The Closet") with their "Gifts
for Children" campaign during the 2007 holiday season.
Muck removal: Big lake cleanup u
-- ^afc1-'\ V
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
A truck hauls some of the 86,000 cubic feet of muck that was removed from Eagle Bay
Marsh last spring. The material was stockpiled on site and is now being moved to a
Sediment tested free of hazards
92 Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 5, 2008
"Gifts for Children" campaign was a success
The My Aunt's House "Gifts
for Children" campaign provided
gifts from Santa to less fortune
children in Okeechobee this holi-
day season. Clients of My Aunt's
House were asked to fill out a
wish list. The child's name, age
and wish list were placed on an
Once My Aunt's House re-
ceives a child's name, a sponsor
was found to fulfill the child's
wish list. This year 293 children re-
ceived gifts from Santa. This was
made possible by the community
giving; toys collected by the Com-
munity 'Collaborative Council,
Toys for Tots, and the Children's
Home Society which were all do-
nated to My Aunt's House.
Local organizations such as
Glades Electric, FPL, Omega Beta
Chapter and Peace Lutheran Pre-
school gave monetary donations.
Many individuals and clubs spon-
sored a child or children and/or
gave a monetary donation for us
to do the shopping for them.
Just a few of these sponsors
are: The Redneck Yacht Club
sponsored 13 children; an anony-
mous couple sponsored 12 chil-
dren; as a community services
project Joe Savarese and JT Cobb
students from the Kings Acad-
emy in West Palm Beach found
sponsors for 37 children; and ad-
ditional 54 children were spon-
sored by friends of Reba Folsom,
from West Palm Beach and Palm
With all the support every child
had a nice Christmas. A big part
of making this happen is finding a
place to store, sort and distribute
the gifts. Many thanks go to Chris
Newman of Newman's Air Condi-
tioning who donated a very nice
space in C & G Plaza for this task.
Mr. Newman also sponsored two
Once the gifts were received
volunteers Judy Watts and Janet
Berry sorted the gifts by gender
and ages. Ms, Watts, Ms. Berry,
Ms. Folsom and Anna Adamo
bagged gifts for children on the
non-sponsored list so every child
would receive gifts.
On Dec. 21, 2007, the gifts
were distributed to the families.
Additionally, My Aunt's House
distributed toys for Toys for
Tots. Toys collected by Toys for
Tots help many organizations in
Okeechobee as well as provided
toys for children not being spon-
sored. This year Toys for Tots pro-
vided toys for 62 children.
My Aunt's House also worked
very close with the East Coast
Migrant Head Start and Migrant
Head Start Chapter 1 to provide
toys to migrant children.
The board of directors, volun-
teers and especially e children
want to thank everyon. for their
support and wish you 'and your
family a very Happy and, healthy
T Both of these teens are phonic band. Mr. Cobb is also a goal is to provide slightly used &
1. eenS straight 'A' students. Mr. Sava- member of the National Honor new clothing and shoes to dis-
Continued From Page 1 rese is treasurer of the National Society and on the debate team. advantaged children and their
Cobb and collected 10 bags of Honor Society and the Kings My Aunt's House, Inc., a families. To learn more about
socks and underwear and $700 Academy nominee for the Palm 501 (c)3 organization was found- My Aunt's House visit their web-
to be used to purchase sizes not Beach Post Pathfinder award in ed by Reba Folsom of Palm site at www.myauntshouse.org
collected. science he is also in the sym- Beach Gardens. Their primary or call (863) 634-2306.
The Jack Daniel's World brisket must be cooked; if a con- On Friday night beginning at
Barbecue Championship Invitational Bar- test is the only contest in a state, 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon, the
becue held in Lynchburg, Tenn., it must have a minimum of 15 cook teams will be vending their
Continued From Page 1 is a by invitation only event with competing teams; and, first-year foods, so come on out and meet
with trophies for each category. U.S. competitors limited to the contests that have a state cham- the cook teams and enjoy some
Local cooks will also be eli- following criteria: there is no en- pionship proclamation from the home cooked BBQ. There will be
gible to compete in the HomeBoy try fee for the competitors; invita- governor of the state in which the a variety of foods available, such
category. Trophies will be given tions are sent only to the grand contest is held must have a mini- as roasted corn.
to the Grand Champion and the champion of qualifying contests; mum of 15 competing teams. On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m.
Reserve champion. Additionally, no "pass downs" are allowed; Okeechobee Main Street work- theOn'tusda Jan. ice t lla b.
there will be a trophy given out every U.S. team invited must earn ing with Senator Dave Aronberg's he people's choice tent will be
for there will be a t improphy given outmeBoyits way in the competition; inter- office received a proclamation open where individuals can pay
for the most improved HomeBoy national teams are encouraged from the state acknowledging $5 to taste as much as they desire
cook team. to compete but may not include their contest. from each team that enters that
Prizes range from $25 to $400. U.S. members; an orientation is Friday's events include several category. They must then select
Categories include chicken, held for international teams; and, competitions for sauce, apple the best pork butt and the respec-
ribs, pork shoulder/butt and bris-. experienced barbecue cooks and pie, anything butt and beer can tive cook will win that event.
ket. Each of these categories cost ambassadors are on site through- chicken. These events cost $25 to For information about the
$65 to enter. out the week preceding the con- enter. event, call Karen Hanawalt at
Friday's events include several test to answer any questions. Entertainment will be provid- (863) 357-MAIN.
competitions for sauce, apple Criteria to be a qualifying con- ed by the Timmy Bast Band on Post your.opinions in the Public
pie, anything butt and beer can test for the Jack Daniel's World both Friday night and Saturday. Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
chicken. These events cost $25 to Championships are that the cat- Okeechobee Main Street will be Reporter ChaunaAgullar may be
enter. egories of pork, chicken, and beef serving beverages for all ages. reached at email@example.com.'
ers," commented Ms. Jerriel. be at night. a post-test to show them how
Class "Husbands and boyfriends are "We have been getting a much they have learned," stated
Continued From Page I welcome." better response with the night Ms.. Jerriel.
ontinued rom Page 1 Each person who participates classes,", said Becky Smith from Most participants in the class
Each lesson covers an age in the class will be given a gift and the Healthy Start Coalition. "We are recommended through
range between one month to a receive a certificate of completion switch back and forth to try and Healthy Start or Mom-care,
a fsommodate the motors.
year in length and covers the mile- after attending the six classes. After six weeks in the course though some are also recom-
stones that a child should reach in The Coalition offers classes dur- ivamendd through the Department
that tiite .pp.rStoy 4s 1J ing the day or at nigtbeetermine ho'f GhAilren and Families.
as ho to deal v pbllsP'Athe schees of the ~rticii ~ they learned. They will be ."Afione interested in taking
sibling'rivar y ;andtf&per tantrum ,seeing as no child care will be able to use the handouts that they these classes should call (863)
are also discussed in class. available. The next classes, which received each week on the quiz. 462-5877 for more information
"The class is not just for moth- start on Monday, Jan. 7, will only "I give them a pre-test and and registration.
a tor who would take orders from sible road department head. He said the drive to form a union
Roau the board of commissioners. In Mr. Gray said the current orga- was because employees were not
the past there has been some nization of the road department treated fairly.
Continued Fron Page 1 confusion about the working re- is "rather convoluted." Under the The reorganization will call for
When contacted at his home lationship between an individual proposed reorganization there rewriting some job descriptions,
in Fort Pierce, Mr. Frey said' his county commissioner and county would be three divisions. One but Mr. Gray sees no need for
strengths were in road and bridge, employees, division would handle adminis- any employee to be reclassified
infrastructure and solid waste. Mr. Frey said he brings a wealth tration, permits and inspections, downward.
"I bring to Okeechobee Coun- of experience to the job. He be- Another division would be con- Mr. Gray called the road de-
ty education, experience and lieves his experience with storm- cerned with vehicle and equip- Gray called the road de-
professionalism," he asserted. "I water would be useful in imple- ment maintenance. The third di- partment employees an outstand-
want to provide a service and will menting the county's stormwater vision would handle road repair. ing group of people who are
do a good job," plan. During his time as road depart- very talented. He said they were
He said he saw the ad for road He is a native of New York City. ment head, Mr. Gray prepared the good people who needed a better
department, head and decided However, during his military ca- basic idea for department reorga- working atmosphere.'
to give it a shot. His opinion of reer he moved around extensive- nization and presented it to Mrs. With the absence of Mr. Sweet,
the road department is that it is ly, never living in any. one place Chartier who offered sugges- the number two position in the
manned by great people who for an extended period of time. tions. department is now up for grabs.
waut to do a good job. In fact, He said his tolerance to the cold He said the reorganization was Mr. Gray that the person to fill that
he said he was impressed with is not what it used to be so that is necessary because in the past position would be'a general fore-
everyone he met connected with one reason why he ended up in the road department employees man who has civil engineering
the county. Florida. were not being treated equally background.
As a military veteran, he firmly : Mr. Gray recently had a two and fairly. When he took over he Post your opinions ,inthe Public
believes in the chain of command. hour meeting with Mr. Frey. told the employees he would put Issues Forum at www.newszap.
He said his immediate supervisor "I think he will do well," was up with no nonsense and was go- com. Reporter Pete Gawdamay be
would be the county administra- iMr. Gray's assessment of the pos- ing to treat everyone with respect. reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and advo-
cate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volun-
teers 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;
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering par-
enting 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 parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes. You
must attend all six classes to, get a certificate of completion. We now
have day and evening classes available. No child care will be available.
Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able 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)
CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite 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 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 education and cadet
programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accom-
plish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.
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 par-
ticipants. 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.
Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than hap-
py to help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.
ABWA Golden Oldies Dinner/Dance
The Women of Tomorrow Chapter of ABWA (American. Busi-
ness Women's Association) will host an evening of fun at its Golden
Oldies Dinner Dance on Feb. 16, 2008, at the KOA Center. Live mu-
sic will be performed by DJ Jerry Chambers and the Party Dolls and
SHA-BOOM! Beef 0' Brady's will provide the buffet dinner and the
KOA cash bar will be open. Join us from 7-11 p.m. for an evening
of dining, singing, and dancing. Cost is $25 per.person. Funds are
being raised to "further the professional development of women in
business and to provide scholarships for young women pursuing
an education in a business field." Businesses and organizations/
groups may purchase tables (seat 8) in exchange for table plac-
ards advertising the firm's name and guaranteeing couples from
that business being seated together. For information or to purchase
tickets, call President Marilyn Rinear (863) 697-1807, Event Coordi-
nator Kathleen Shatto (863) 467-4663, or Secretary Marie Kirchhoff
Water restrictions still in effect
Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) of
the South Florida Water Management District are reminded that
Phase III Water Restrictions remain in effect. Under Phase III, most
residential water users in the LOSA are required to limit outdoor
irrigation times to one day per week and four hours per day. Resi-
dents with odd home addresses are allowed to water between the
hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Saturdays, while residents with
even home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of
4 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Sundays. Residents may also hand-water
(no sprinklers, automated or manual) on their designated day be-
tween 5 and 7 p.m. No domestic water use for outdoor irrigation
will be allowed Monday through Friday.
. In addition, residential users may wash their cars, boats and
other equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific times and
days where irrigation is allowed. Residents also are expected to
observe normal water conservation practices within the home.
The use of water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical
and other essential purposes is not restricted. Organizers of char-
ity car washes and outdoor water-based recreational activities are
required to obtain a variance. Application forms and instructions
are available on the District website at www.sfwmd.gov. For more
information, please phone the South Florida .Water Management
District Okeechobee Service Center at 462-5260. To report a vio-
lation, please contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at
Habitat accepting applications for housing
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee is accepting applications
for the opportunity to partner to build and purchase a families
first home. The applicant must be a legal resident of Okeechobee
County, be a first time home buyer, qualify within the income lim-
its that are set by Habitat, be willing to fulfill sweat equity hours
by partnering with HFHOC and meet other requirements. Applica-
tions are available in the waiting room of Habitats local office.
Please have your completed application returned to us no later
than Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. You should call for an appointment to
drop the application off or mail the application to Habitat for
Humanity of Okeechobee County, Inc., 1600B S.W. Second Ave.,
Okeechobee, 34974. If you have any questions please call the of-
fice at (863) 357-1371, leave your name and phone number and
we will call you back.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 5, 2008 3
Man is charged in aluminum theft __ ___
By Eric Kopp
The alleged thefts of alumi-
num and stainless steel items
day's arrest of
Smith, 21, N.W
294th St., was
arrested Jan. Eric
2 by Detective Smith
Dana of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO). Smith
was charged with burglary of a
structure, grand theft and dealing
in stolen property. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $7,500.
Sgt. Dana's arrest report in-
dicates that the victim called the
OCSO and told Deputy Lieutenant
Lester Yeates that there had been.
at least four thefts of different alu-
minum and stainless steel items
from the victim's property.
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Dec. 30 through Jan. 2
Sunday, Dec. 30
assault in the 5000 block of
N.E. 168th St.
burglary in the 2000 block of
N.W 38th Ave.
burglary in the 20000 block
of N.W 242nd St.
theft in the 4000 block of S.E.
burglary in the 16000 block
of N.W. 296th St.
shooting on N.E. 13th Ave.
assault in the 1000 block of
S.W Second Way
Monday, Dec. 31
assault in the 900 block of
N.W. 34th Ave.
burglary in the 3000 block of
S.E. 34th Ave.
sexual battery in the 300
block of N.E. 3661h Trail
stolen vehicle in the 400
block of N.E. 14th Ave.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Alex Torres, 37, N.W. 24th
St., Miami, was arrested Jan. 2
by Deputy G. Popovich on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with possession
of cocaine with intent to sell. He
was released on his own recogni-
Michael Elardi, IV, 47, N.E.
Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 3 by Detective Richard
Durfee on a charge of possession
of cocaine. He was released on
his own recognizance.
Brenda Lee Shaw, 31, Tan-
glewood Lane, LaBelle, was ar-
rested Jan. 3 by Deputy Corporal
Aric Majere on a Department of
Corrections warrant charging her
with violation of probation rob-
bery by sudden snatching without
a weapon or firearm. She was re-
leased on her own recognizance.
John Howard Cowles, 27,
S.R. 7.10, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 3 by Deputy Cpl. Aric
Majere on a Department of Cor-
rections warrant charging him
with violation of probation ut-
tering a forged instrument (seven
counts) and violation of proba-
tior grand theft. He is being
held without bond.
Elmer Paul Leitner, 19, N.W
10th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 3 by Deputy Patricia
Massung on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with bur-
glary of a dwelling or structure
(two counts). His bond was set
Leonti Ruiz, Jr., 20, N:W. 21st
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 3 by Deputy Patricia Massung
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with burglary
Sof a conveyance with an assault
or battery while armed. His bond
was set at $20,000.
LaCarris Howard, 18, N.W
34th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 3 by Deputy Cpl. Aric
Majere on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with sexual
battery on a child. His bond was
set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.
The items reportedly stolen
varied in price from $50 to $3,000
and included an aluminum lad-
der rack, aluminum fuel tanks,
two aluminum gates and a 4 x 12
flat sheet of stainless steel.
Sgt. Daha's report states that
he received a call from the vic-
tim that some of the property re-
portedly stolen was found by the
victim at a local recycling center.
Fellow OCSO Detective Jack Hill
responded and learned that Smith
had allegedly brought the items to
the recycling center.
On Dec. 29, the two detectives
returned to the recycling center
and.received a list of items alleg-
edly purchased from Smith. Ac-
cording to Sgt. Dana's report, they
found the stainless steel sheet,
along with aluminum tanks and
an extension ladder.
They also found items that did
not belong to the victim.
Sgt. Dana later received a call
from another recycling business
that Smith was there with some
items to sell, ,said the detective's
report. The detective responded
and arrested Smith without inci-
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All monies received are used to purchase supplies (paint, brushes,
easels and canvasses) for the Resident Art Program.
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
WITCHES AND CHRISTMAS: Yes I was just wondering why that
person called into the paper about being a witch right around Christ-
mas time. Why wouldn't you have waited until another time period to
send that into the paper? Evidently you don't want to be saved and all
of this, well maybe we don't want to be exposed to the way you talk
about religion. God help you. And if you ever need him, you know he
DEMOCRATS: If you like this 5 cent gas tax then you'll love what
the Democrats have in store for you later on.
SPEAK OUT: Well isn't that just great. You can call speak out but
you aren't going to get printed, but if you have a computer that's OK.
Well some of us don't have computers therefore the only way we can
give our opinions -- that do matter by the way -- is to call and hope you
print it. There are a lot of us who have computers and then there are
a lot of us who don't want them. Editor's note: You can still call
in to Speak Out. The online forums are an additional way to
use Speak Out, not a replacement. If you would like to try the
online version and don't have a computer, the Okeechobee
Public Library has computers available for public use.
GLOBAL WARMING: This is Thursday, Jan. 3 and I just called my
son in Michigan and I asked him if he is a believer in Global Warming
and I asked him how he is enjoying this Global Warming.
2007: I1 didn't realize how much had happened in Okeechobee last
year until I started reading the year in review pages. It really made me
stop and think. I don't always read the paper every day, but I guess I
should be. I was amazed how much had happened that I didn't know
.COUNTY: It looks like the county commissioners don't reallywant
a new administrator. I can't believe they went through that whole pro-
cess and rejected all the applicants. How much of our tax money do,
they plan to spend looking for a new administrator? I am really glad
the elections are coming up. I think we definitely need a change.
WWJD: I have been reading this back and forth with the witches
and the Christians. And you have to wonder, what would Jesus do?
You may think he was a man or you make think he is God, or you
may think he is both God and man. But think about it. What would he
do? How would he respond to the witches? Would he approach them
with harsh words or with love?
FIRE: The recent cold snap is going to make the fire danger even
worse. We are in the middle of one of the worst droughts in Florida
history. A cold.snap can kill off the vegetation and leave dry brush.
Everyone must be watchful and careful. Do not start any fires. Do not
drive any vehicles into brush or into wilderness areas the hot engine
can spark a wildfire. Do not throw cigarettes out of car windows. Do
not throw bottles on the roadsides they can act as lenses for sunlight
and ignite dry brush. It only takes one spark to start a wildfire, and
wildfires can be deadly.
DECORATIONS: The holidays are over, so let's try to get the
decorations and lights down before the end of January. Let's keep
Christmas in our hearts, and put the decorations away until next De-
- CALENDAR: O.K. I figure everyone has new 2008 calendars, so
let's, all write this down. The lighted Christmas parade is the second
Saturday in December: Every year, it is the second Saturday in Decem-
ber. So please try to make sure your club or organization doesn't plan
anything else for that night. We had a. lot of. conflicts this year and
hurt feelings due to the conflicts. Families had to choose between the
parade and other community activities and many have lots of commit-
ments. Let's plan now and avoid the conflicts. Thank you.
Saturday' Jan. 5
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobbe 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 Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251:
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.
Anyone desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is wel-
come to attend. The Gathering islocated at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave.
For information call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
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Congressman Mahoney on radio show
Congressman Tim Mahoney is scheduled to be the guest speaker on
91.7 FM and 100.3-FM on Saturday, Jan. 6 tq take a look back over 2007
as well as a look forward to the new year. Topics discussed will include,
the issues of Fiscal Discipline in Congress, Foreign Policy, Immigration,
homeowners insurance and health insurance as well as Veterans Issues
and the Mortgage industry. For information please contact Congressman
Tim Mahoney Martin County Office at (772) 878-3181, 'in Washington
at (202) 225-5792 or at www.mahoney.house.gov.
Book Club dates slated
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club, will meet at 7 pm in
the Library Meeting room on the following dates to discuss the title for
the month. All meetings will be on Thursdays, the dates and topics of the
meetings are, Jan. 31 "The Hummingbird's Daughter," by Luis Alberto
Urrea; Feb. 21- "Mademoiselle Benoir," by Christine Conrad; March 27 -
"The Believers," by Janice Holt Giles; April 24 "Kabul Beauty School,"
by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlsen; May 22 "The Magician's
Assistant," by Anne Patchett; and, June 26 "Water for.Elephants," by.
Sarah Gruen. These meetings are free and open to the public. For more
information, please call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Festival pageant deadline nears
Due to the change in date of the 401t annual Speckled Perch Festival,
the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce has also moved to an earlier
date, Sunday, Jan. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. the KOA Kampground. The
final deadline for applications apd sponsor fees is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 4
p.m. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office, 55 South Par-
rott Ave. There are five categories; for girls: Tiny Miss, 3yea'' olds;-Little.
Miss, 4 and 5 year olds; Princess, 6 through 9 yeais old; Junior Miss 10
through 13 years old; and Miss 14 through 19 years old. Categories for
boys are Tiny Mister for 3 year olds and Little Mister for 4 and 5 year olds.
For more information about the Speckled Perch Pageant, contact the
Chamber at (863) 763-6464. Remember to have your applications Cahd
money turned in to the Chamber for the pageant by Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Red Cross class scheduled
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer the following classes
in January at their branch office: Wednesday, Jan. 9 Adult CPR/AED
at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.
23 Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. To register, or for more information call
BHR VFD plans pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department'Pancake Breakfast
on Jan. 5, 2008 from 8 until' 11 a.m. All you can eat Pancakes, served
with Sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea. No charge, but donations are
accepted. For information call Pat at (863) 357-1364.
Weight loss program to begin
Devotional Weight Loss Program will begin new classes on Tuesday,
Jan. 8, 2008 at 9 until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship, 425 S.W 28th St.
These classes will continue through April. Additional information may.'
be obtained by calling (863) 467-6330.
Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., in their new of-
fice, 575 S.W 28" St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This
- meeting is open to the public. For information, please contact Executive
Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, (863) 462-5877.
Author to speak at library
Historian and author, Dr. Gary Mormino, will present his program,
"The Florida Dream," based on his book, "Land of Sunshine, State of
Dreams," which describes his nearly two decades of research into the
social history of modern Florida at the Okeechobee County Library on
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Florida
Humanities Countil and is free and open to the public. The Okeechobee
Friends of ihe Library will provide refreshments following the program.
Shared Service Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee.County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in the Board Room of the Okeechobee County
School Administration Building. This forum provides a mechanism for
dialogue and problem solving in our community though the collabora-
tive efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, please call (863) 462-5000 Ext. 257.
Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host 'a "Gigantic Yard Sale" at the Blue
Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street)
on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8
a.m. until noon. Many uew items are available. All monies raised will go
to the continuing care for our patients in The Hamrick Home and our
patients who choose to stay in their own homes. For information, call
Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.
Miniature Equine Extravaganza set
On Jan. 12, 2008 at Paddock Farms, off Hwy 710, the Miniature Horse
Club of South Florida will sponsor an "Equine Extravaganza." There will
be miniatures to see and touch, horse related crafts; used horse related
items for sale and also a clinic to show how to compete in showman-
ship with your miniature horse. If you own a miniature, if you would like
to own a miniature or if you would just like to know more about these
great animals, come to this event. There is no admission charge. For
information, call (863) 763-6376.
Lipsync is back at the American Legion Post 64
The American Legion Post 64 welcomes back the "Lipsync"
on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. There will be lunches served. The
public is welcome. For information call Anna Bush at (863) 357-
1566 (home) or (863) 532-9060 (cell).
VFW #9528 holds garage sale
The VFW Post 9528 will hold a garage sale on Friday, Jan. 17
and Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Post home on 78 West in BHR. Dona-
tions of items to the sale are needed. Please drop off at the post
home on Hwy 78 West, or call for local pickup on Jan. 15 & 16.
-For pickup call between noon and 4 p.m. at the Post home (863)
467-2882 or Frank at (863) 467-0840.
Square Dancing to start
All Square Dancers are invited to dance at the clubhouse'
in Seminole.Cove, 1799 S.W. 35t1 Circle, off S.W. 16th Ave. in
Okeechobee, starting Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. An excellent caller,
Mr. Gib Mattson from Vero Beach will be calling. Lessons will also
be starting for beginning dancers. We will be dancing every Tues-
day night. For information call Marilyn Zody at (863) 357-0122.
North VFW #4423 seeks auction items
The North VFW Post 4423 is seeking donations for an auction
to be held on Jari. 19. We are accepting household iterns, lawn-
mowers etc. Whatever you would like to donate that would be
good for an auction will be accepted. We can arrange for pickup
by calling Bill-at the Post at (863) 763-0818 or by calling David' Lee'
at (863) 697-9002. "
Top Broadway Composers discussed
Presented by lan Nairnsey at the Okeechobee Library, Broad-
way Music Authority Ian Nairnsey will present Top Broadway
Composers at the Okeechobee Library beginning Jan. 15 with a
"program on Rodgers and Hammerstein. Mr. Nairnsey brings a
wealth of music and backstage information on Broadway musi-
cals. The programs will begin at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library
Meeting Room. They are free and open to the public. 1. "Rodg-
ers and Hammerstein In A Minor Key" on Tuesday, Jan. 15' 2.
"John Mercer" on Jan. 22"-3. "Bob Merrill" on Jan. 29, 4. "Frank
Loesser on February 5th. 5. "Jerome Kern Part 1" .Feb. 12, 6.
"Jerome Kern Part !!" February 19. For information calf Jan Feh-
rman at (863) 357-9980.
Okee County Fair Pageant scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be holding
a Okeechobee County Fair Beauty Pageant'on Friday, March 7.
Competition includes three categories: personality and interview;
sports/swimwear; and evening gown. The pageant is open to
young women who are 17 years old by the date of the pageant
and not 22 years old before Jan. 1, 2009. Competitors must reside
in Okeechobee County, Buckhead Ridge or Brighton .Seminole
Reservation. The deadline to enter the competition is Saturday,
Jan. 26. For more information contact Donny Arnold (863)' 634-
6464 or visit www.okeechobeecountyfair.com.
Nutritional analysis class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas, of Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Cen-
ter, will be teaching a free CRA Nutritional Analysis Class on Tues-
day, Jan. 15, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the fitness center. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-4320.
AARP Drivers Safety Course set
Jan. 19, and Jan. 26, 2008 the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church,
will hold a AARP Drivers Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
in the Church fellowship hall. Tuition is $10-and they will take
checks only. You do not have to be a member of AARP or have
AARP Auto Insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Con-
sult you auto insurance agent for your three year discount upon
completion of this class. Please call ahead and sign up for class.
For information or to register, please call the Instructor, Mrs. D.J.
Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
Sign up for festival parade
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce-is accepting applica-
tions for the Speckled Perch Parade. The parade will be held on
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 am. Applications are available at the Cham-
ber office& The 40th annual Speckled Perch Festival will be held
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10. Applications are also available for
the 40th Annual Speckled Perch Festival. The Chamber welcomes
all non-profit arts and crafts vendors and retail businesses to join
them for their event in Flagler Park. A reservationqfee of,$75 for
non-profit arts & crafts booths and can include bake sale items.
The fee for non-profit food booths is $171.20. A reservation fee of
$100 is required for retail booths for promotion of sale of retail
items. The fee for commercial food vendors is $ 267.50. This fee
is collected at the time your reservation is made. Rules do apply
and.are available at the Chamber office. For more information,
contact the Chamber at (863) 763-6464. Remember to have your
applications and-money turned in to the Chamber for the pageant
by Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10
and are good for one year at selected businesses. 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
Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 5, 2008
Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 5, 2008 b
Wait a few days to prune your freeze damaged plants
By Victoria Hannon
With the recent, drops in tem-
perature, many of Okeechobee's
resident gardeners are left caring
for their frosted plants and attempt-
ing to keeI them warm.
The temperature briefly dropped
to 30 degrees on Thursday morning
and the temperature is projected to
stay cool for the foreseeable future.
"I would advise people to wait,"
stated Dan Culbert, horticultural
agent at the Okeechobee County
IFAS extension office. "Sometimes
it takes several days for a plant to
Simply because a plant appears
to have been frosted the day after
a freeze, does not necessarily mean
that that plant is a casualty.
"If they let it sit, make sure that
it's not in drought stress, the plant
will decide if it's all dead, if it's par-
tially dead, or if only the leaves are
dead," stated Mr. Culbert. "If you
start pruning, you could take off
food reserves that the plant needs
Area residents who have a de-
sire to perform on stage are being
sought by the Okeechobee Corn-
munity Theatre (OCT) for its spring
production,. Neil Simon's classic
comedy, Plaza Suite.
Auditions for acting roles in the
play will be held on Monday and
Tuesday evenings, Jan.. 7 and 8 at 7
p.m. at the theatre on S. W Second
Ave. at Seventh St., one block be-
hind Golden Corral restaurant.
No prepared material is required
for the auditions, according to OCT
coordinator/director, Ron Hayes,
and no prior acting experience is
"This is a perfect play for people
who have always wanted to try
acting, but have been reluctant to
take the first step," Mr. Hayes said.
"Each act in Plaza Suite has its own
cast, which means that everyone
has his or her chance to shine, but
without a lot of lines to learn, or a
heavy rehearsal schedule."
Parts are available for twelve
performers, including three men
and three women in their mid 30s
to mid 60s; two young women
from late teens to late 20s; and four
young men from late teens through
"Appearance is much more im-
portant than real age," Mr. Hayes
pointed out. "Those who are se-
lected for the cast may-not need to
be of the exact age of the character
they are'playing. We can do a lot
with make-up and costuming."
There is also a need for people
who have interest in working be-
hind the scenes to perform a host
of necessary responsibilities from
building sets and preparing cos-
tumes, to working back stage, or
running lights and sound. Anyone
wishing to volunteer for any of
these duties should also attend one
of the audition sessions.
Plaza Suite is by America's best-
known playwright, Neil Simon,
who is responsible for such Broad-
way and movie hits as The Odd
Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Brigh-
ton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues,
Broadway Bound, Lost in Yonkers,
and Rumors. He is the only play-
wright in history to have ever had
four shows running simultaneously
on Broadway. He is also a two-time
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for
The play, which was first per-
formed by the OCT back in 1983,
is made up of three separate sto-
ries that are linked only by the fact
that they all take place in the same
room in New York City's posh Plaza
The first act involves a couple
whose marriage is being strained
by the husband's mid-life crisis.
The second is about a woman who
becomes star-struck when, after
many years, she hears from an old
high school flame who has be-
come a successful movie producer
in Hollywood. The final act pits
a husband and wife against their
daughter who has locked herself in
the bathroom on her wedding day,
and refuses to come out for the cer-
The show was a hit on Broad-
way starring George C. Scott and
Maureen Stapleton,. and then on
the big screen with Walter Mat-
thau. It was later produced as a TV
special starring Carol Burnett, Hal
Holbrook, Dabriey Coleman and
The OCT production is sched-
uled for four performances March
7, 8, 14 and 15. An announcement
will be made at a later date when
tickets will' go on sale.
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre is an all-volunteer organi-
zation of local people who enjoy
producing Broadway-style dramas
and musicals. It is now in its 29"'
Anyone desiring more informa-
tion on auditions, or on any phase
of the group's activities, may call
Ron or Jacque Hayes at (863) 763-
to recover. Don't go at it too quick-
For a specific question, take a
picture of the plant and ask some-
one at the extension office.
After seeing that their plants
took damage, a lot of people feel
'the need to jump into action and
prune their bushes.
"Pruning encourages new
growth," said Mr. Culbert. "With
another two months of potential
freeze, new growth is more suscep-
tible to damage." If possible, leave
the old growth of tender plants
unpruned over the winter months.
This will help to protect the central
crown of the plant and take the
brunt of any frost damage.
Gardeners should wait until new
growth appears if severe pruning is
needed to ensure that live wood is
not removed. Cold injured wood
can be identified by examining the
cambium layer (food conducting
tissue) under the bark for black
or brown coloration. Prune these
branches behind the point of dis-
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
It was cold in Okeechobee Wednesday night, Jan 2. How cold
was it? The airport recorded an overnight low temperature
just below 32 degrees at 3:25 am. on Jan. 3. As a precaution
against freezing, many homeowners covered up their plants.
In preparation for future freezes, to a building. This will allow them
Mr. Culbert shared some advice to absorb some of the warmth
about how to protect from the from the building."
weather. If a person is unable to move
"If possible, bring plants inside," their plants,the best thing for them
he stated. "Put them in an area
protected from the cold, but failing
that, put them as close as possible
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We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
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to do, according to Mr. Culbert is to
dampen the soil around the plant.
Well watered soil will absorb
more solar radiation than dry soil
and will reradiate heat during the
night. This practice elevates mini-
mum night temperatures in the
canopy of citrus trees by as much
as 2'F (1C) However, prolonged
saturated soil conditions damage
the root systems of most plants.
"I saw a picture of some one
who turned on the sprinklers and
let them run in hopes of keeping
their mango tree warm," shared
Mr. Culbert. "Their plant will likely
not produce fruit this year. Sprin-
klers only work if the temperature
is 25, 26 degrees and there is no
Most people turn to covering
to protect their plants against the
colder nights in Florida. However,
coverings protect more from frost
than extreme cold and often blow
away due to wind conditions.
"Coverings are likely to blow off
in the wind and take a lot of time
to put in place; time that could be
better spent making sure that the
ground around the plant in wet."
If there is a single plant that a per-
son wants to protect, then several
blankets could be used to keep it
warmer if the air is still.
For more information about
how to care for plants in the win-
ter, call or visit the Extension Of-
fice at (863) 763-6469, 458 Hwy 98
North, or checA out these websites:
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The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on January '8, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of adopting budget
amendments to the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Budget for Okeechobee County to appropriate encumbrances from the
prior fiscal year and adjust projected cash balances for same.
FUND DESCRIPTION FY 2007-2008 Forward Revenues Total Reserves Expenditures Total FY 2007-2008
COUNTYWIDE FUND $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
General Fund (001) 12,80t,386 82,502 0 12,882,888 559,468 12,323,420 12,882,888 .12,882,888
Transportation Trust (101) 7,113,159 887,338 134,979 8,085,476 428,196 7,657,280 8,085,476 8,085,476
Unincorporated Services Fund (117) 3,088,459 125,563 0 3,214,022 126,533 3,087,489 3,214,022 3,214,022"
Fire/Rescue Fund (118) 6,440,200 489,400 0 6,929,600 821,845 6,107,755 6,929,600 6,929,600
SHIP (119) 1,195,391 17,068 0 1,212,459 358,503 853,956 1,212,459 1,212,459
CDBG (120) .* 155,468 8,167 0 163,635 147,301 16,334 163,635 163,635
HRS Building Maintenance (122) 409,463 125 0 409,588 239,594 169,994 409,588 409,588
Hurricane Housing Recovery Fund (125) 2,237,020 1,274,757. 0 3,511,777 308,424 3,203,353 3,511,777 3,511,777
Disaster CDBG Fund (127) 5,287,231 2,461,814 0 7,749,045 393,871 7,355,174 7,749,045 7,749,045
Capital Improvements (303) 12,575,508 2,400,591 0 14,976,099 885,464 14,090,635 14,976,099 14,976,099
Okee Tantie Enterprise Fund (401) 841,093 16,077 0 857,170 61,389 795,781 857,170 857,170
Landfill Enterprise Fund (402) 4,589,946 2,148 0 4,592,094 3,932,351 659,743 4,592,094 4,592,094
Agri-Civic Center (403) 615,564 5,500 0 621,064 184,283 436,781 621,064 621,064
Amended Funds Total 57,348,888 7,721,049 134,979 65,204,916 8,447,222 56,757,694 65,204,916 65,204,916
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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' Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 5, 2008
Church News in Brief
Redemption Yard Sale
The Ft. Drum Community
Church, 32415 Hwy 441 N., will
be holding,a Redemption yard
sale on Saturday, Jan. 12, from
9 a.m. until 3 p.m. All monies
raised will go to The Voice of The
Martyrs. For information, please
contact Pastor Fred Hodges at
Northside Baptist Church,51
N.W. 98th St. will have the Gulf
State Quartet at their church on
Jan. 6 at 10:45 a.m. For informa-
tion call the church at (863) 763-
Church holds revival
Westside Christian Church will
hold a revival with Minister Louis
Hall, Evangelist on Jan. 27 29 at
6 p.m. For information call (86A)
Believers Fellowship Church
will be delivering lunch to local
businesses on Friday, Jan. 11 be-
tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meal
consist of, 8 inch sub sandwich,
chips, beverage, and dessert. Cost
of meal is $6. Deadline to order'
is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m.
monies raised will go towards
building a playground. To order
call Nicki at (863) 634-4327 and
Linda at (863) 763-2938.
Concert in BHR
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church will hold a Blue Grass
Benefit Concert on Saturday, Jan.
12 at 5 p.m. at the Church, 8 Cy-
press St., in Buckhead Ridge. Fea-
tured bands will be: Tomorrow's
News, Potter Road, and the Bak-
ers. Tickets are a $5 donation at
the door. Proceeds from the con-
cert will help Jim Womble on
his missionary trip to Africa. For
information call Ralph Baker at
Fort Drum Church has
The Fort Drum Community
+ Church will hold a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
other Saturday starting at 6:30
a.m., and a women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at
6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)
Outreach 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
Believers Fellowship Church
at 300 S.W. 61h Ave. will have the
Southern Gospel Gr6up "The
Hyssongs" in concert, Friday,
Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion, please contact Phil Jones at
Methodist Church has
The First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,
will be hosting God's Time -- a
morning of free organized Chris-
tian activities that includes play,
instruction and Interaction for
parents and their pre-school chil-
dren. The event will be held each
Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until
noon. Child care will be provided
for infants during the class. For
information, call (863) 763-4021.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catho-
lic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.)
are now being accepted. Classes
for children in grades kindergar-
ten through ninth will be held
every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:35 p.m. For information,
call the parish office at (863) 763-
BHR Church holds
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, holds
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance
abuse. They also have Al-Anon
meetings on Monday nights from
*7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For infor-
mation call Chris -at (863) 467-
BHR Church holds
personal growth group
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thursday
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the church.
For information contact, Tony
Santamarina at (863) 467-5474
or Jo Norris at (863) 746-5152.
Hyssongs in Concert
The Hyssongs are a well-known Southern Gospel Music
family who' sing and travel extensively throughout the
United States and Canada. (right to left) Dell, Susan and
Richard have appeared on television, radio, and are Nash-
ville recording artists. With family vocal harmony, lively
energetic style, humor, brass instruments (trumpet and
trombone), and a love for God; they encourage and up-
lift people wherever they appear. The Hyssong family will
be at Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. on
Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. For information call Phil Jones at
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born Apr. 20, 1935 in De Soto City.
Her parents were Noah Edward
and the Mary Viola (Williams)
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Doyle L. Johnson
and brother, Albert Edward "Bud"
She is survived by daughters,
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Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W.
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Reflections from the Pulpit
Did we miss
By Rev. Calvin Fryar
Pastor, Brighton Baptist Church
'And it came to pass .in those
days, that there went out a de-
cree from Caesar Augustus that
the entire world should be taxed.
(and this taxing was first made
when Cyrenius was governor of
Syria.) And all went to be taxed,
every one into his own city. And
Joseph also went up'from Gali-
lee, out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judea, unto the city of Da-
vid, which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house
Sand lineage of David:) To be
taxed with Mary his espoused
,wife, being great with child.
'And so it was, that, while they
were there, the days were, ac-
S complished that she should be
delivered. And she brought forth
Usher firstborn son, and wrapped
-him in swaddling clothes,*and
laid him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in
the inn." ((Luke 2:1-7)
During his reign, King Ed-
ward VIII of England was espe-
cially concerned about social
conditions. He once decided
to visit some of the homes in a
slum. section on the waterfront,
where he was to christen.a ship.,
He- stopped first at a house in
which lived one of the most dis-
reputable men in the area. He
had become a social outcast.
Hearing a knock at his door, he
shouted in a gruff voice, "Who
is it?".The answer came back,
"I am your king,; may I came?"
Thinking it was a cruel joke, the
man refused to open the door.
,The king,- a gentleman who re-
spected the right of a man in his
own household, would not force
his way in, so he turned and left.
And this poor man missed see-
ing the king. Source unknown.
He missed a great blessing
because of ignorance. He could
have known his king in a very
personal way, and a memory
that could have comforted him
Look around; something is
missing in Christmas. Because
of our ignorance, we are missing
the reason for Christmas. The
Christian should never agree to
remove Christ from Christmas.
After all, it is the day we set
aside for His birthday.
Without Him something very
important is missing.
Two women who were hav-
ing lunch in an elegant hotel
were approached by a mutual
friend who asked the occasion
for the meal.
One lady replied, "We are
celebrating the birth of my baby
"But where is he?" inquired
"Oh," said the mother, "You
didn't think I'd brifig him, did
you?" Source unknown
How could'you have a birth-
day without the one having the
birthday? What a picture of the
way the world treats Jesus at
Dave Barry wrote: "To avoid
offending anybody, the school
dropped religion altogether and
started singing about the weath-
er. At my son's school, they
now hold the winter program in
February and sing increasingly
non-memorable songs such as
'Winter Wonderland,' 'Frosty
the Snowman' and -- this is a
real song -- 'Suzy Snowflake,' all
of which is .pretty funny because
we live in Miami. A visitor from
another planet would assume
that the children belonged to the
Church of Meteorology." Dave
Barry in his "Notes on Western
Civilization," Chicago Tribune
Magazine, July 28, 1991.
Do we even know what we
are celebrating? We are missing
The picture before us tells
the story of a people who have
lost their purpose or have com-
pletely ignored it -- I am not sure
A television interviewer was
walking the streets of Tokyo
at Christmas time. Much as in
America, Christmas shopping
is a big commercial success in.
Japan. The interviewer stopped
one young woman on the side-
walk and asked, "What is the
meaning of Christmas?"
Laughing, she responded, "I
don't know. Is that the day that
Jesus died?" -Donald Deffner,
Seasonal Illustrations, San Jose:
Resource, 192, p. 16.
There was some truth in her
answer. But she still missed the
Once, an artist was painting
a winter scene. As he began to
paint, the scene that unfolded
on the canvass was of snow
covered ground and pine trees.
The artist's hand brought the
day to a close and night fell on
the canvas, and the entire scene
was covered in semi-darkness.
A grim log cabin was barely vis-
ible in the shadows. Then the
artist dipped his brush in the
yellow paint of his pallet, and
with a few strokes placed in one
of the cabin windows the warm
glow of a lamp. As he finished
the painting, the gold rays of
the lamp reflected happily on
the fresh snow. The lonely light
totally changed the tone of the
picture, replacing the gloomy
chilled night with a warm and
secure homestead. What hap-
pened on that canvas happened
2,000 years ago on the world's
canvas. A tiny baby came into
a grim and dark world, shining
light across the barren land-
scape and offering all the hope'
of. eternal warmth and security.
-- Daily Bread
God put a touch of light into
this dark world. That is what
Christmas (the birth of Jesus)
is all about. Jesus came into the
world to bring light, Jesus said,
"As long as I am in the world,
I am the light of the world."
(John 9:5) 1 believe that if Je-
sus had never been born, our
world would have never known
the kind of freedom we have..
enjoyed in the United States.
,Quoted in "God Came Near"
Max Lucado, Multnomak Press,
1987, p. 21ff, 39ff
"Christmas is about God's
*gift to man, and much More!
/Twas much, /That man was/
Made like God before, /But that
God should/Be like man /Much
Church to host Financial Peace University
more. -- John Donne
The coming of Christ was
all about God's love, It was all
about John 3:16.
In "Family Circus," the little
boy opens the door and looks at
the first winter snow: "God gift-
wrapped the world!" A real good
point could be made about our
Heavenly Father gift wrapping
the world in love with the birth
of Christ. -- Dr. John Bardsley
His presence is the only
hope the world has. While the
people of the world turn more
and more to the UN and other
world organizations for hope,
they have missed the only light_
left in this darkened world.
In 1909 Arthur James Balfour,
a former Prime Minister of Eng-
land, was speaking at the Univer-
sity of Edinburgh on "The Moral
Values Which Unite Nations."
In his address, he discussed
different ties that bind together
the peoples of the world -- ties
of common knowledge, com-
merce, diplomatic relationships,
and bonds of human friendship.
When he was done, a Japanese
student studying at the Scot-
fish university got up and asked
this question: "But Mr. Balfour,
what about Jesus Christ?" Ac-
cording to an American profes-
sor who was there, you could
have heard a pin drop. Frank
Let us keep Christ in Christ-
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upgrades! $289,900 OR BEST OFFERI has been utilized as a den/guest
MLS#94340 room/workshop. $374,500
Dea UI Iul UISIhliedU 2/-l1 U o ,e InIIUu5
acres w/pond for the horses. 3 car garage
has been, transformed into add'l living
space, framed out and a/c ductwork in
place, waiting for your completion as a
family rm, workshop, add'[ bdrms or
mother-in-law suite. $319,000 *Add'l 5
acres available next door to make a total
of 10 acres.*
Huge 4uu, ub / t 4Car attachueud garag.
CBS HOME on 24.72 Acres. New roof in
'05, new appliances, new garage door, 2
wells, 4 stall pole barn, hurricane shutters
and many more extras! Asking $745K.
Adjoining 21 acres also 'available for
$555K. MLS#'s 200003 & 200010.
Please call Kelly for more information
your Hometown Mortgage Company
S* 100% Financing
First Time Homebuyers
ill Lot Loans
Pharr Turlington Debt Consolidation
Broker Lic. #326924 Self Employed? OK!
No Income Verification
Mobile Homes to 95%
401 SW 2nd St. (863) 763-8030
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Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News and Advertiser, and The Sun
Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.
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Car Pool 110
Share a ride' 115
Card of Thanks 120
SInem oriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
BEAGLE DOG found in Little
Farms area. Call to identify
OKEE. Fri; & Sat. 1/4 & 1/5,
8am-?, 2981 NW 8th Terr.
(Pass High School,
Left on 30th Lane).
To Much To List!
OKEECHOBEE, Sat. Jan. 5th,
8am-?, 831 NW 36th St.
Tools, Hunting, Fishing,
Nascar, Lawn, HH items,
Clothing & Much More!
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-
Tall Guy- Secure, Profes., To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
(863)946-3123 Lets meet!
Full Time 205
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
30 40 hours
Year round, must
Apply in person.
LAWN MAINT., Jup/TEO.
Good Driv/rec. $500. wkly
+ Bonuses .+ O/T &
Holidays pd. (561)746-1929
How do you find a Job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
Money Lenders. 31!0
,Tax Preparatron: 315i
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed Income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge,as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.
Feind It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfleds
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
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Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Safety & Training Coordinator
Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking
applicants for the position of Safety &
Training Coordinator. We seek an individual
with strong oral, written and organizational
skills, and a professional demeanor. Also
necessary is a minimum.of 5 years' experience
in the electric utility industry. We offer an
excellent salary commensurate with experience
and an outstanding benefit package.
Employee Applications may be obtained
at any GEC Office. Resumes may be e-mailed
to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed
to (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal
Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
The classilfeds are the
most successful sales-
person hin town.
Get a quick response to
any Item you may be sell-
Ing with a classified ad.
Full Time 020
ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST (Envi-
ronmen Scientist & Spec, IncI Hith -
L1) (#64081681) Environmental Spe-
cialist I; Hendry County Health Depart-
ment, Clewiston; providing technical
guidance; field investigations & inspec-
tions; code compliance enforcement. BS
Degree required; Bi-lingual a plus; Back-
ground screening/fingerprinting required.
EEO/AA. Apply on line:
Call Bill @ 863-674-4047 x 156
for more details.
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
(64080158) Tr~EI II
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3br,3ba, carport, $1200/mo
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with boat dock.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, January 5, 2008
1 in SPORTS
Merchandise Real Estate
Air Conditioners 505 Business Places -
Antiques 510 Sale 1005
Appliances 515 Commercial
Appliance Parts 520 Property Sale 1010
Beauty Supplies 525 Condos/
Bicycles 530 Townhouses- Sale1015
Books & Magazines535 Farms- Sale 1020
Building MateriaIs540 Ho uses Sale 1025
Business Equipment 545 Hunting Property 1030
Carpets/Rugs 550 investment
Children's Items 555 Property Sale 1035
China, Glassware, Etc. 560 Land Sale 1040
Clothing 565 Lots Sale 1045
Coins/Stamps 570 Open House 1050
Collectibles 575 Out of State 05
Computer/Video 580 Property Sale 1055
Crafts/Supplies 585 Property Inspection1060
Cruises 590 Real Estate Wanted1065
Drapes, Lnens & Fabrics 595 Resort Property -
Fireplace Fixture 600 Sale 1070
Firewood 605 Warehouse Space 1075
Furniture 610 WaterfrontProperty 1080
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620 W
Heating Equipment/ P
Household Items 630
Jewelry It 635 OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Lamps/Lights 640 Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
Luggage 645 $127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
Medical Items .650 or 502-598-9115
Musical Instruments 660 A mA
Office Supplies/ ile HIoes
pets/Supplies/ 670 ______
Services m Q- 670 III
Photography 675* ; 5
Plumbing Supplies 680 Mobile Home -Lots 2005
lRestaurant re Mobile Hoime Parts 2010
Equipment 690 Mobile Homes- Rent 2015S
Satellite 695 Moblile Homes Sale 2020
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710 Mo blH
Tool s 72 BH RIDGE 3/2 on Wat front,
To s & Games '30 Lake access. Fully furnished.
VaRS ~ 735 $950. mo. + $950. Sec.
Wanted to Bugy 740 dep. (772)370-1095
OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba.
AMERICAN BULLDOG PUP- on lot w/screened porch. Nice
PIES 4 males & 3 females, area. Will lease with option to
$300 each, vaccines & buy. $700/mo Owner
health cert's. (863)824-6175 Financing (863)634-3451.
RED BONE COON HOUND OKEECHOBEE2BR/1BA,
PUPS UKC, Purple ribbon No pets. Fenced yard.
bred, Health cert. included. $600/mo. & $500 security.
$300 each. (863)467-4149 (863)763-0648
YORKSHIRE TERRIER Fe- OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
male, CKC reg, small, par- $550/mo + 1st,. Last & Sec.
ents. $1500 cash Dep. In town. No pets.
(205)789-6393 Moorehaven (863)763-6232
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 3/2,
A/C furnished, boat dock, no
Rentls pets. Seasonal $900/mo.
SYearly $800/mo 1st & Sec.
RENT dep (954)260-1933
BuinessPlaces 910 BANKREPO'S
Commercial 915 MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Pnrope ty 9 Mobile Home Angels.
Farm Property MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
Rent' Ren;t S'925 river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
House Rent 930 room, extras, $35,000. Must
Land Rent 935 see inside (863)255-4935
Renlot Pro1 945 NAPLES Gated, furn., double
Roommate 950 wide, amenities. Reduced
Rooms to Rent, 955 $54,900 (239)732-6221 or
Storage Space (239)398-8993
Rent 960.._ OAK PARK 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
S $22,500. (863)763-4662
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
IMMACULANT 2 BR, 11/2 BA, In nice adult park, $5,000
-2 Story apt. Washer/Dryer. (772)546-3067
Fenced. Patio. $750 1st,
last, sec. (863)634-3313 PALM HARBOR HOMES
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
OAK LAKE APT, 2br/2ba, 'Car- Deluxe loaded, over
pet/tile. Avail 1/14 $750 mo 2,200 sq.ft.
1 st,.last & $500. sec. Water 30th Anniversary Sale Special
included. 863-697-2462 .Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
OKEECHOBEE- 1br, 1ba, 800-622-2832
furn/unfurn. $700/mo incids
water, garbage & lawn ser- SKYLINE '92, 28x60 DW
vice. (863)610-0559 3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
'I I I (863)634-9148 Iv msg
KINGS BAY-2 BR, 2 BA Twhs creation
.Clean. All appl., patio, water-
front view, pool. $925 mo.
Call (863)634-9521 for Info.
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095. Mi300Acei es d
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets Mr M le 3
3BR/1.5BA, 15 mnm. from
1st & sec. Call Debbie I
8a til 4pm. DUTCHMAN TRAVEL TRAILER
S '95, 36 Ft. w/slide. Sips. 6.
NICE 2 BR, 1 BA on large lot Boat dock on Lake Istokpo-
w/ oak trees. $145,000. or ga. $9500. 937-206-7936
$950 mo. (863)634-5586 or
(772)215-5858 READING A
OKEE: 3/1 on 1 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen NEWSPAPER SAVES
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st, nvuriokirvnn
ast, sec/refs 305-458-8659 TIME BY HErPIN YOU
ON THE CANAL 3 BR, 2 BA PAN YOUR TIME
Fenced yard. $1050. mo.
SEASONAL, 1BR/2BA, all
new, comp. turn., waterfront S
Sports News in
Taylor Creek Bass
Club to meet
Tailor Creek Bass Club will hold its next
monthly meeting on Jan. 10, at the Buckhead
Ridge VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7 p.m. The
club holds its meetings on the second Thurs-
day of each month with bass tournaments be-
ing held the following weekend. New mem-
bers (especially non-boaters) are welcome.
For more information contact Dave Stout at
2008 Youth Basketball
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee County Parks
and Recreation's Youth Basketball League will
be held through Friday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m.
until 5 p.m. Registration is $30 per child and is
being conducted at 640 N.W. 27h hLane at the
Okeechobee County Sports Complex. Please
call (863) 763-6950 for additional informa-
U.S.C.G. Flotilla seeking
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57
in Okeechobee is seeking new members to
become involved in the Auxiliary's programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer service orga-
nization composed of men and women who
actively support. recreational boating safety
and other Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides recreational
boating safety support to sate and local au-
Members could be involved in patrols,
communications, administration, seamari-
ship, piloting/navigation, weather or search
For information, call (863) 763-0165.
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YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND:
Treasure Coast Auto Mall's
5 DAYS ONLY
If you or anyone you know is
interested in buying a used vehicle,
you must attend this week's
Pre-Owned Vehicle Selloff at
Treasure Coast Auto Mall.
Truckloads of pre-owned cars, trucks, mini-
vans and SUVs from around the region have
been purchased for what may be the largest
automotive sales event in Florida history. For
a limited time get incredible deals on hun-
dreds of quality pre-owned vehicles, many
starting at $99* per month and many more
with factory warranties in full effect.
Select vehicles from manufacturers, all
priced well below NADA value. Banks and
credit unions have agreed to help buyers
finance these vehicles regardless of past credit
history. Since these vehicles are priced so low -
little to no down payment will be necessary to
get financing. Simply sign and drive with $0
down and take on the low monthly payment.
We do not want to pay to transport these
vehicles to auction and WILL sell them off
during this event. Hurry, the best deals
won't last long.
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Sign & Drive.
With anoroved credit.
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2 doors, 4 doors, Convertibles, Hatchbacks, sports cars li
trucks with regular cabs, crew cabs, full sized, 4x4s, duo
super dutys, minivans,fullsized, cargo vans,and somuch
IT IN O ATTE
HOW BADIT IBSdl
per household. With O
be reauired for credit
moved credit Example: (Name and year of car and stock #), $0 down payment, $77/mo. for 66 mos. @ 8.95% APR plus,tax, tag, title and fees. Additional
oval. Subject to credit approval and prior sale. **New and used vehicles. Acceptance does not mean approval. Pictures are for illustration purposes only.
ed in'this advertisement and its marketing firm are not responsible for late delivery of mailers due to the U.S.. Postal Service.
*Limit two ,