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Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Publication Date: March 19, 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
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PO BOX 117007
Vol. 99 No. 79 Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Area water restrictions
are still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses. Modified Phase III
water shortage order, went into
Jan. 15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses
of Okeechobee, St. Lucie,
Martin, Palm Beach,
Broward, Miami-Dade,
Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited to
a one-day-per-week landscape
irrigation schedule with two
"watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on
Monday between 4 a.m. and
8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Eveh street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres
have expanded irrigation hours,
between midnight and 8 a.m.
OR 4 p.m. and, 11:59 p.m. on
their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an. automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10
minutes per day for landscape
stress relief and to prevent plant
Low-volume irrigation,
including the use of drip and
microjet systems that apply
water directly to plant root
zones, is not restricted but
should be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
and l.'i,, o-
No 'restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved
surfaces, decorative fountains
and water-based recreation
(e.g. swimming pools, water
The mandatory restrictions
apply to all Water from
traditional sources, including
water from public utilities,
private wells, canals, ponds
and lakes. Users bf 100-percent
reclaimed water are exempt
from the restrictions but are
encouraged to conserve water
Because jurisdiction in
certain counties is shared with
other water management
districts, the SFWMD has
coordinatedwith these agencies
to simplify implementation and

Drought Index

Current: 403
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

Last Year: 10.80 feet

Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Building dept. gets good report

Department score
may help lower
insurance rates

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The often criticized Okeecho-
bee County Building Department
recently got a good report card
that could mean lower insurance
rates on future construction.
On an evaluation scale from

one to 10 with one being the
best possible score and 10 be-
ing the lowest possible score,
the local building department
received a class 4 rating for one
and two family dwellings and a
class 3 rating for all other con-
struction. In addition, the depart-
ment scored above the state and
national average in most areas of
These scores could result in
lower insurance rates for build-
ings built after the date of the

The scores were awarded by
the International Services Office,
(ISO) an organization that rates
building code enforcement agen-
cies according to a comprehen-
sive program called the Build-
ing Code Effectiveness Grading
Schedule (BCEGS). This sched-
ule assesses building codes in ef-
fect in a particular community as
well as how well the community
enforces those codes. It empha-
sizes building code requirements

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Matt Budjinski began the third Okeechobee Main Street mural project on the Embarq
building that will depict the. history of the telephone in Okeechobee. Watch him work on
the weekends to make our local buildings more beautiful.

Main Street starts third mural

By Chauna Aguilar ..
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
has began their third mural
project, which is being painted
by Matt Budjinski.
This mural will be painted
on the Embarq building locat-
ed at 115 South Parroti Ave. by
Mr. Budjinski.
This 26-year old artist was
chosen from 13 applicants that
responded to a call for artists
put out by Main Street. He is

currently a resident of West
Palm Beach.
The mural will celebrate the
telephone history of Okeecho-
bee and will feature the first
telephone operator, Byrd
Sizemore, and the first lineman
T.A. Sizemore.
Telephone service was pro-
vided by the Okeechobee Tele-
phone Company from 1917
until 1972.
On the left of the mural the
picture will represent the type
of switchboards that were in

use in. 1917 that the original
telephone operator would
have used.
The picture on the right will
be conceptual in nature depict-
ing a lineman and the way he
would have worked on a tele-
phone pole in this era.
The plans were presented
to the City Council back in
July 2007, where they unveiled
a conceptual drawing of the
project for their approval.

See Mural Page 2

designed to mitigate losses from
natural hazards.
The good scores were record-
ed in an ISO evaluation report
dated Sept. 12, 2007. The report
was based on quite extensive
interviews with building depart-
ment staff, records inspections
and follow up telephone calls
during August of 2007.
Building official Arnold Ver-
wey said this was a service ISO
does throughout the U.S. The in-
spection was initiated by ISO. Mr.

Verwey said he did not call them.
The reports are done at five year
intervals. Ho wever, for some rea-
son, no report on Okeechobee
County was ,done five years ago.
Mr. Verway stated that the re-
port showed some weaknesses
such as the fact that the staff
could use more education.
The build ing official said that
the recent agreement by the
commissioners to create anoth-

See Building Page 2

Man charged

with DUI for

January crash

Accident left

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has
been charged in connection
with, a January accident that
left a passenger in his vehicle
Casey Allen Hoover, 20, S.W.
24th Ave., was arrested Monday
evening on a charge of driving
under the influence involving
serious bodily injury. He .was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond .of

According to Detective Bill
Saum of the.Okeechobee City
Police Department, Hoover's
blood alcohol level was .153.
The legal linnit in Florida is .08.
Detective! Saum said Hoover
was found tio be at fault.
Following his investigation,
the OCPD detective applied for
and received an arrest warrant.
Hoover was arrested at 5:28
p.m. on Miarch 17 by Deputy
Marcus Colliler of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's .Office.
Daniel Rickards, 20, was a
passenger in the 2000 white
Chevrolet Silverado pickup
driven by Hoiover. The accident
See DUI Page 8;

County considers



By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina might soon see im-
proved facilities and increased
use. As a means of better uti-
lizing this county property,
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners held a special meeting
on Monday afternoon, March
17 to hear presentations from
three marketing firms.
At the conclusion of the
presentations, commissioners
took no action but decided to
schedule a session with staff to
get their input on the subject.
Phil Gonot presented the
case for PMG Associates. Mr.
Gonot said his firm has com-

pleted a number of marina
projects around the country
for governmental clients which
included recommendations on
how. to price facilities appropri-
He said that his firm would
look at the market area, look
at the surrou ending competition
and would interview people in
other campgrounds. He said
his firm was familiar with the
area, having worked with the
county's engineering firm of
Craig A. Smith. His proposed
cost was $35,000.
MacKinnon Campground
Consulting was represented
by David G orin. He said his
See Park Page 2

Rotarians plan

L.O.S.T. ride

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Rotarians will hold their
fourth annual Lake Okeecho-
bee Scenic Trail (L.O.S.T.) Bike
Ride-Run-Walk on Saturday,
March 29, beginning at 8 a.m.
The event will raise funds
to go toward local Rotarian
scholarships that are given to
Okeechobee High School se-
niors each year and to the
Boy Scouts of America Troop
The ride begins at Scott
Driver at the Okee-Tantie Rec-

reaction located off of S.R. 78
Last year, cyclists came from
as far south as Homestead, as
far north as Vero, as far west as
Sarasota and as far east as West
Palm Beach.
Cyclists, runners and walk-
ers are all welcome to this fam-
ily fun event where you can
appreciate the nature of Lake
Cost for the event registra-
tion packet is $20 for adults and
$10 for children ten and under;
See L.O.S.T.- Page 2

File photo/Chauna Aguilar
Cyclists from all over Florida as far north as Vero, as far west as Sarasota, as far east as
West Palm Beach and as far south as Homestead came to join in on the Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail Bike Ride-Run-Walk last year. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, March
29, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the ride-run-walk beginning at 8 a.m.

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er plans examiner position would
help them to do ewen better on
the next evaluation.
The evaluation revealed that
the annual workloa( for commer-
cial plans reviewers, in Okeecho-
bee County is much larger than
the annual worklciad for com-
mercial plans review vers in similar
communities. However, the annu-
al workload for a residential plan
reviewer is close to that of similar
communities. Cor nmercial in-
spectors have a much heavier an-
nual workload thar commercial
inspectors in similar communities
while the workload of residential
inspectors proved to be less than
that of residential inspectors in
similar communitiess.
Mr. Verwey ca iutioned that
since this survey was done the
building slump has caused many
agencies to 'lay off employees.

Continued Fromn Page 1

organization spe-cialized in
RV parks and campgrounds.
They have over 1 7 years con-
sulting and have worked on
many public sector projects. He

Continued From Page 1

. At that time, the City Coun-
cil suggested to Maiin Street that
the artist use either a picture of
the original telephone building
with the lineman working on the
telephone pole or some other
notable scenery from Okeecho-
bee in order to tie the history of
Okeechobee to the mural.
: The medium Mr. Budjinski
will be using is a spray paint tech-
nique. This medium is different
than those that have been used in
the previous mural projects and
will show some diversity in styles
of art.

Okeechobee County has not had
to lay off any employees.
Building code enforcement
agencies are graded in three cat-
egories, administration of codes,
plans review and field inspec-
Administration of codes makes
up 54 percent of the score. In this
category, ISO evaluates the ad-
ministrative support for code en-
forcement. This category looks at
such things as building codes and
modifications through ordinance,
code enforcement qualification,
experience and education, zon-
ing provisions, contractor/licens-
ing requirements, public aware-
ness program and administrative
policies and procedures. There
are 15 specific sections graded in
this category. Of those 15 sections,
Okeechobee County scored the
maximum score in four sections
in both residential and commer-
Plans review, which repre-
sents 23 percent of the analysis,

pledged to come up with a mar-
ket driven economic plan. He
would conduct a site evaluation,
a market analysis and provide a
pricing structure. His fee would
be $25,000 for the project that
he estimated to take 21 days. He
said that the park could be self
Next up was Kirby Marshall

Mr. Budjinski began the mural
on Saturday, March 15, where the
wind was his key issue due to the
spray paint medium.
According to Mr. Budjinski, he
should be able to complete the
mural within three to four week-
ends, depending on the weather
The title and year will be in
green which will match the col-
ors of the Embarq building's sign
and there will be some faux brick
inlays in the mural to reference
the original building, which was
made of red brick.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

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representing Applied Technology
and Management. They could
provide project feasibility and
planning and provide in house en-
gineering construction costs and
estimates. Mr. Marshall proposed
putting in facilities to attract peo-
ple during the summer months.
This firm has completed a num-
ber of Florida projects and Mr.

Continued From Page 1
which includes a goodie bag and
For registration only, cost is
$10 for adults and $5 for children
'ten and under.
Sponsorship and volunteer op-
portunities are still available to help
support the youth of Okeechobee.
Cyclists, runners and walkers
will take to the Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail to enjoy the beauty of
nature around Lake Okeechobee.
Members of the Boy Scout
Troop 955 will participate by set-
ting up two booths to provide a
rest area, water and a snack during
their bike trip.

Marshall said his firm could pro-
vide local service since they have
an office in West Palm Beach. His
cost would depend on the scope
of the services required.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Participants .have choices of
four different round trips rang-
ing from 12 miles to 54 miles all
beginning and ending at the Scott
Driver Boat Ramp, S.R. 78 W.
Rotarian scholarships are given
out yearly to Okeechobee High
School students who demonstrate
qualities such as the Four-Way
Test stand for. These include com-
munity service, which demon-
strates service above self. Students
who receive the Rotarian scholar-
ship also maintain at least a 3.0
grade point average.
For more information about
the L.O.S.T. Bike Ride-Run-Walk
contact Jim Mclnnes at (863)
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Fonum at

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looks at staffing levels, personnel
experience, performance evalua-
tion schedules and the level of re-
view of construction documents
for compliance with the building
code. There are four specific sec-
tions inspected under plans re-
view. Of those four sections our
building department scored the
maximum score in two sections
in commercial and in one section
in residential.
Field inspections looks at staff-
ing levels, personnel experience,
performance evaluation sched-
ules and the level of the agency's
review of building construction.
It is 23 percent of the analysis.
There are nine specific sections
evaluated in field inspections. Of
those nine sections, our building
department scored the maximum
score in four sections in commer-
cial and four sections in residen-
In all three categories of resi-
dential construction evaluated,
according to the ISO report, our

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building department scored above
the national and state averages.
In commercial construction, our
building department was above
average in administration of codes
and plans review and about even
with state and national averages
for field inspections.
ISO has been surveying and
evaluating building code adop-
tion and enforcement in commu-
nities around the country since
1995 and has evaluated over
7,000 building code enforcement
Good scores can translate into
a reduction in insurance rates.
Classifications one through three
receive the highest insurance
credits while classifications four
through nine receive intermediate
credits. No credit is awarded for a
score of 10.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. 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. Lo-
cal meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or,.

Parent education classes offered
The Qkeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. This adults-only par-
enting 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, 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; or, call (863) 462-5350.

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 adminis-
ter 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 accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Man jailed for part in rooster fights

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Fort Pierce man was sen-
tenced to 30 days in the county jail
after entering a plea of no contest
to a charge of attending an animal
baiting or fighting event.
Juan Alcantar Mondragon, 42,
Havanna Ave., Fort Pierce, was also
sentenced to one year's probation.
He will also have to pay fees and
costs totaling $845.50.
Mondragon was first arrested
along with 36 other men on Dec.
9, 2007, when 51 law enforcement
officers raided an illegal cockfight
being held at a home in Okeecho-
bee Little Farms.
All of the men were charged
with attending an animal or fight-
ing event, animal cruelty and pos-
session of animal fight parapher-
nalia. Mondragon is the last to go
to court in Okeechobee County.
Mondragon isn't finished with
his court appearances, however.
He will also have to appear in a St.
Lucie County circuit court to an-
swer to charges of possession of
fighting animals.
He was arrested in Fort Pierce
on Dec. 18, 2007, on 846 felony
counts -- one for each rooster. Ac-

cording to an ar-
rest report by De-
tective Rick Stuhr
of the St. Lucie
County Sheriff's
Office (SLCSO)
Mondragon was
in charge of the
property on Or-
ange Avenue
where the roost-

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Juan Alcantar

ers were being kept.
Detective Stuhr said in his report
that the roosters were being kept
in individual pen's to keep them
from fighting each other, and that
the comb had been removed from
the top of their heads. The roosters
were to be shipped to Puerto Rico
and Mexico for the sole purpose of
fighting, continued his report.
Monday, March 17, Mondrag-
on was directed by Circuit Court
Judge Lawrence Mirman to report
to the Okeechobee County Jail by
noon on April 21 to begin serving
his jail sentence. Due to special cir-
cumstances, he will serve a week,
then return to the jail on May 21 at
noon to serve another week. He
will continue in this manner until
his 30 days have been served. Mon-
dragon will receive credit for the
two days he has already served.

'It's unusual that we would do County Sheriff's Office show that
this but in your case it's appropri- seven live roosters were seized,
ate," said Judge Mirman. along with 28 dead birds that were
He also told Mondragon that found in a hole in the ground. An
if he was late or did not show up older grave was also found that
to serve his jail time he could be contained the bodies of more dead
facing five years in prison, which contained the bodies of more dead
is the maximum sentence for the roosters.
charge. Investigators also seized cages,
Records from the St. Lucie fighting equipment such as spurs
County Clerk of Courts office show and cutting knives, nine vehicles
that Mondragon and his attorney and $25,000 in cash.
Juan Torres must appear in circuit One man, Jose Herrera Reyes,
court there on March 19 for docket 41, Orlando, was arrested in both
sounding. the Polk County and Okeechobee
A multi-agency task force raid- County raids.
ed the concrete block home at Reyes was found guilty in an
650 N.W 102nd St. in Okeechobee O yes was found guilty in an
Little Farms at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. Okeechobee court and sentenced
9 and broke up the cockfight. They to 19 days in the Okeechobee
seized 58 roosters, 17 vehicles, County Jail. He was also sentenced
three firearms, three air guns and on Feb. 12, 2008, to serve one year
$33,000 in cash. Seven dead roost- on probation and pay $845.50 in
ers were found, along with five costs and fees.
injured birds. Four of those birds OCSO Lieutenant Billy Markham
had to be euthanized due to their said the traveling ring has staged
injuries, such fights in several different
Detectives Jack Hill and Willy .counties
Post from the Okeechobee County n o 7 m
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) put togeth- The names of all 37 men have
er the task force. been given to the Immigration and
In July of 2007 a similar raid Customs Enforcement (ICE) and
was held in Polk City, located in all could face deportation if they
Polk County. Records from the Polk are in the United States illegally.

Mobile home suffers damage in blaze

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

451 N.W. 98th Street for a struc-
ture fire. ,Six county firemen
nnltrg iit d n nipit

The American Red Cross as-
and three unts responded to
sister a local family last Friday the residence and saw heavy
Mitch 14, after a fire brqke.out dark smoke coming out of the
orf nt door and the garage as

walls, the report noted.
The occupants of the home
were able to get out unharmed
and were covered in dark soot
and trying to catch their breath
when firemen arrived A medi-

age was placed at $30,000.
There were no injuries re-
ported. The State Fire Marshall
was notified to investigate the
actual cause of the blaze.

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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FILTHY FRIDAY: Now just one minute folks. I just picked up a
card advertising Filthy Friday. Before all this gets out of hand, we need
to be stopping this. If this is what Okeechobee is going to promote, we
need to be very careful. I personally will be seeing the Sheriff because
this is already disturbing to me and mine. I would be more explicit in
what the card says, but will not because this column is read by chil-
dren. Can tell you it is despicable though. These folks must be from
another area. They need to have more respect for us."
CONGA DRUM: Please help me if you can. I am trying to find out
what happened to my son's conga drum. Kenny Fuller died last June.
He was friends with folks at Freedom Ranch. That is where he found
the Lord and changed his life at the age of 51. Sometimes, he played
his drum with the band and this made him very happy. We were all
proud of him. His brother would love to have his drum, but we don't
know what happened to it. If anyone can help us find thb drum, please
call the newspaper and they will contact me, his mother. We sure do
miss him and it would mean a lot to us to have his drum.
POLITICS: What does it mean to be a Republican or a Democrat?
It may mean something totally different in this day and age than it did
when the parties were formed. I may have the totally wrong idea of
what they stand for, but here is what I have believed. Basically I have
believed that Republicans have always represented the needs of the
farmers. And like farmers are an independent sort of people. They
believe in using ingenuity to be taking care of themselves the best they
can. I have personally needed help from the government, so I cannot
say that social programs that the government has come up with are
bad. What I see as bad is the misuse of any programs. Misuse always
seems to creep in and it is so unfortunate that it causes the need for
all kinds of necessary policing, which does not'seem to happen. Does
this make me one of those new guys, a Centrist?
ELECTIONS: Folks, we have an important county commission
election coming up. This is our chance to make some real changes for
the future of our county. Our county is in a terrible position right now,
with tax funds dwindling and more people needing services and with
so many people out of work. We need leaders who can find ways to
get the most out of each tax dollar, to find new sources of revenue and
to bring some better paying jobs to Okeechobee County. The same
old, same old is not good enough. I think we need some new blood
and some fresh ideas.
PHONES: I completely agree with the comments about the rude
way people talk on their cell phones, disturbing those around them at
public places. If you want to have a phone conversation, get up and
go somewhere private. No one else wants to listen to your conversa-
tion. Go into a hallway or outside or something. You don't need to
have a phone conversation in the middle of a restaurant, movie the-
ater, school program or church service.
FAIR: I thought the county fair was nice, but I am concerned that
there did not seem to be much attendance. Maybe I was just there on
the slow days, but it didn't look like they had enough of a crowd for
the Midway to make any money. I think they may need to do more
to advertise it and get people out there. Maybe they could have some
+ kind of special promotion like the circus does. The circus gives out
free tickets to all the school kids, but then the parents have to buy
adult tickets to take the kids. If the kids all have tickets, you know they
would be bugging the parents to take them. If they did something like
that, I think it might help boost attendance.
SPREAD IT OUT: Well the festival and the fair are over, and now
what do we have teolook forward to? I don't understand why they try
to cram every event into a couple months. February and March are
packed and then you have nothing going on. Why don't they spread
out some of these festivals? People in Okeechobee don't have a lot of
money to spend. When you put everything in a short time, they can't
do it all because they can only afford to spend a little each month on
CHURCH: Recently I was talking to a.young mother who had been
having a really hard time controlling her children. She said she finally
took the advice of some relatives and started taking the kids to church
and was very surprised at what a difference it made. It got me to think-
ing. If parents would just make the effort to get the family to church
every week, how much difference that can make in the children's
lives. If you want your children to have good morals and be respectful,
you have to teach them. And it isn't easy to teach them all by yourself.
There is plenty of help available but you have to take the first step.
There are probably 100 churches in Okeechobee that would.welcome
you with open arms.
ADMINISTRATOR: Will wonders never cease? The county com-
missioners were unanimous in choosing a new county administrator?
Are pigs flying somewhere? Seriously, I wish the new administrator
luck and I hope it works out well for all of us. But he shouldn't expect
many unanimous votes from that bunch.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday. March 19
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W..Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at
7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For
information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served
at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Thursday, March 20
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet
Topp at (863) 824-2899.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie 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.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the
Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863)
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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
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)

Community Events

Hams for Easter on sale
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Easter. Spiral hams, mini hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, side
dishes and desserts are available. Order now for pickup on Friday,
March 21 at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Avenue. For more
information, call (863) 357-MAIN or (863) 763-2225.

Butterfly gardening workshop set
On March 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Florida Atlantic University's
Center for Enviromental Studies (CES) at the Riverwoods Field Lab
in Lorida will conduct a native Butterfly Gardening Workshop. The
workshop fee is $10 payable in cash or check to FAU Foundation. Res-
ervations are required, so to get a sign up form or for more informa-
tion call (863) 763-6469. The workshop will introduce you to our local
plants and the native butterflies that they will attract to your garden.
You will have the opportunity to purchase native butterfly plants pro-
vided by Hickory Hill Nursery in Sebring.

Eagles plan Easter Party
The F.O.E. #4137 will hold their annual Easter Party on March 22,
2008 starting at 2 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt and every child
will receive a filled basket. All children who take part in this must be
signed up in advance. Sign up sheets will be posted at the Eagles Club,
9983 US Hwy 441 N. Ages may range from 0-16 and each child must
register in person. For more information please contact the Eagles
Club at 763-2552.

Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will a Easter
Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 at 8 a.m. (following Sunrise Service) in
the Fellowship Hall 750 N.W 23rd Lane. Donation $5 Adult $2 children
under 12. All proceeds will benefit the "Non-Alcohol Grad Nite." For
more information please call Debbie at 610-1738 or the church office

Calling all gardeners
At this months meeting Angela Sachson will explain the new Flor-
ida fertilizer lable and the best practices for feeding your plants. The
meeting will be held 'at the Okeechobee Extension Office, 458 Hwy,
98 on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. For information please call (863)

Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
On Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee Orchid Club will
meet at the extension office, 458 Highway 98 N. The guest speaker
will be Marilyn Marr, President of the Martin County Orchid Society.
Vice-president Peggy Shaw will help members diagnose-problem or-
chids. An orchid basket will be auctioned as a fund-raiser. The public
is invited to attend. For more information please call (863) 763-6469.

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Seminoles return to Chalo Nitka

The Seminole Tribe of Flori-
da was a key sponsor of Glades
County's Chalo Nitka Festival in
Moore Haven on March 1. The
Tribe funded entertainment, sup-
plied floats and entries for the
parade, and brought numerous
Seminole vendors.
The enthusiastic participation
by the Tribe and tribal members
added an extra touch of Florida
culture, education and entertain-
ment to this 60th annual festival.
Alligator wrestling, fabulous fry
bread, Native American crafts and
the colorful traditional clothing of
the Seminoles were some of the
This year, tribal officials includ-
ing Chairman Mitchell Cypress
and President Richard Bowers
made appearances and greeted
those who came to enjoy this lo-
cal festival.
"It was the first time in 20 years
the Tribe participated and we re-
ally stepped up to the plate," saic
Brighton Seminole Reservation's

Norman Bowers who served
on the 2008 Chalo Nitka Festival
Committee. "It was great reunion
and we hope to come back again
next year better than ever."

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Brighton Council Representa-
tive Roger Smith was among Submitted photo
the Tribal representatives at President of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. Richard Bow-
the annual Chalo Nitka Festi- ers was among those celebrating at the Chalo Nitka Festival
val in Moore Haven on March in Moore Haven.

Annual kayak fishing classic planned

The Southwest Fbrida Boy
Scout Council will holl the Third
Annual Kayak Fishing Classic on
Saturday, May 17, ir southwest
Florida waters. Thereivill be great
prizes in both the adilt and youth
divisions and trophi6 for the first
three places in boh adult and
youth divisions! Registration is
open to adults and louth, howev-
er, to qualify as a Youth Angler, the
participant must be 16 or younger
on May 12. Last yeatmore than 85
anglers entered thE tournament.
Entry .forms can be downloaded
and are also available at the Boy
Scout Service Center. Complete
rules for the tournament are also
available on the website.
A mandatory Cartain's Meet-

ing for all registered anglers will
be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May
16 at the Southwest Florida Coun-
cil Conference Center, 1801 Boy
Scout Drive, Fort Myers. Anglers
will then launch from any loca-
tion at first safe light on Saturday,
May 17. Lines must be out of the
water by 4 p.m., and angler score-
cards and camera memory cards
returned to the Lovers Key loca-
tion north of the boat ramp by 5
p.m. All memory card photos will
be loaded onto the tournament
score keeper's computer, and
the scorecards verified from' the
photos. Dinner and the awarding
of prizes will begin no later than
5:30 p.m. at the site near Lovers
Key State Park on the east side
of Estero Boulevard iust north of

the public boat ramp, 8700 Estero
Boulevard Fort Myers Beach.
For those that would like to par-
ticipate but don't have their own
kayak, two local kayak shops are
making fully rigged fishing kayaks
available for rent, and these boats
can be picked up at the captain's
meeting, May 16. Full details are
on the tournament website.
The International Game Fish
Association (IFGA) will be pre-
senting one hour seminars several
times during the day on Saturday
May 17, at the Lovers Key loca-
tion. These clinics will be geared
toward the beginning angler, ages
6 to 16. There will be no cost for
these clinics. Some of the topics
covered in the seminars will in-
clude: introduction to IGFA. their

'Celebrity servers raise money for Red Cross

Golden Corral vill host 'a
Celebrity Server nifht Monday,
March 24, from 5 until 8 p.m.
The proceeds wil go to sup-
porting your local )keechobee
Red Cross and tteir "Heroes

Campaign." Servers to include
Billy Dean with WOKC, city coun-
cil members, county commis-
sioners, county fire Chief Nick
Hopkins, city administrator Brian
Whitehall as well as city and

county law enforcement.
Tickets are available in ad-
vance for $10 at the local Red
Cross office or by contacting Mar-
nie Lauter at (863) 697-1970 or
Donna Huth at (863) 610-0085.

purposes and goals; discussion of
fishing equipment, including the
various types of rods and reels,
lines and tackle; the proper use
of basic equipment; basic knot ty-
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and correct fish handling meth-
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how to properly remove a hook
with injuring the fish. Finally, fish-
ing safety and Florida fishing reg-
ulations will be discussed. Go to to
view the clinic times and registra-
tion information.
For additional information
contact: Bill Stewart at (239)
936-4041, ext. 13 or Billstewart@, or Brad
Walden at (239) 936-8072, ext 110.

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March 22, 2008

Glades Electric Cooperative's 2008 Annual Meeting will be held at Clewiston Middle
School on Saturday, March 22, 2008. The purpose of the meeting being to elect
trustees and hear annual officers' reports. Registration, Entertainment and Voting
will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Business Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for great entertainment, fun, and prizes including a
1997 Chevrolet 4 x 4 truck for one lucky member
Plan Now To Attend!


Leh l o rig Jerry Hagin. Lucy 'Granny Hagin, Judy Campbell

After the passing of our mother, Lucy "Granny" Hagin, I thought about how
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Red Hat Society Council meets locally

The Mid-Florida Queens Coun-
cil, of the Red Hat Society, held its *
spring meeting in Okeechobee on -a
Thursday, March 13. The meet-

ing was held at the American
Legion. Forty-three women from
17 chapters attended. The event
was hosted by Red Hat chapters
from Okeechobee. Hostesses
were Anne Hurst, Unruly Udder-
ly Unique, Nancy Truscott, The
Okeechobee Chicks and Carol An-
gello, Real Extraordinary Dames.
They are the Queen Mums of their
respective chapters.
The Queens Council brings
Queens and Vice Queens together
in a workshop offering a voice to
all. The program brings up topics
of interest, issues, concerns, ideas
for discussion that are beneficial
to everyone. The ladies enjoyed a
style show in the afternoon pre-
sented by Marilyn Snow and Red
Hat models.

Submitted photo
The spring meeting was held at the American Legion. In attendance were: Anne Hurst,
Queen Mum, Unruly Udderly Unique, Mari Walther, Queen Mum, Foxy Divas of Okeechobee
Mary Little, Queen Mum, Red Hat Belles Joan Wilcox, PrinSis, Unruly Udderly Unique
Jackie Abbott, Vice Queen, The Light Hearted Ladies of Blue Cypress Marilyn Hadley,
Vice Queen, Foxy Divas of Okee Margaret Loomis, Queen, Red Hat Cove Cuties Norma
Davis, Vice Queen, Red Hat Cove Cuties Nancy Truscott, Queen Mum, Okeechobee Chicks
Carol Prince, Vice Queen, Real Extraordinary Dames Carol Angello, Queen Mum, Real
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Education News in Brief

Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
Speaking Contest will be held at
3 p.m., Tuesday, April. 8, at the
Okeechobee USDA Service Center
at 452 Hwy 98 North, Okeecho-

bee. The contest is open to any
Okeechobee County student en-
rolled in Grades 6 through 12.
The topic is "What is the Future of
Florida's Renewable Energies?"
Speeches will be 6 to 8 minutes
long. Three independent judges
will score contestants on content,
composition and delivery. Prizes
for the District'Contest are $150

for First Place, $100 for Second
Place and $50 for Third Place.
There will be a participation prize
of $15 to all contestants.
Any student interested in par-
ticipating may contact Audrey
Driggers at the Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
at 763-3619 or stop by the USDA
Service Center

Earl Raymond Cason
Earl Raymond Cason, 80, died
March 17, 2008 in Ft. Pierce, Flor-
ida after a short but courageous
battle with cancer.
Mr. Cason was born in
Okeechobee, Florida and moved
to Ft. Pierce in 1998 coming from
Vero Beach, Florida.
He was the Past District Dep-
uty, Grand Master 32nd Degree,
Scottish Rite
and York Rite,
Vero Beach .,
Masonic Lodge
250, 50 year
Mason, and
was a member
of numerous
art organiza- "
He was pre- Earl Raymond
ceded in death Cason
by his parents, Raymond and
Mona Cason.
He is survived by his daugh-
ters, Debbie (Jeff) Cason Rankin
of Tampa, and Janet Cason of Ft.
Pierce; brothers, Cecil Cason of
Jacksonville, J.W. Cason of Vero
Beach, and Thad Cason of Ten-
nessee; four grandchildren; sev-
eral nieces and nephews. Memo-
rial contributions may be made
to Treasure Coast Hospices, 1201
S.E. Indian Street, StOart, 34997.
Visitation will be held on
Wednesday, March 19, from
10:30-11:30 a.m. with a service.
to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Haisley
Funeral Home. Burial will follow
at Fort Drum Cemetery, Okeecho-
bee. Arrangements are under the
direction of Haisley Funeral &
Cremation Service.

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Okeechobee family rescued at Fort Pierce Inlet

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A family of five adults and a
3-year-old child from Okeecho-
bee were rescued in the Fort
Pierce Inlet after their 16-foot
boat capsized there on Monday
morning, the United States Coast
Guard reported.

Boatswain mate second class
James Huffman said the family
spent the weekend at Shark Is-
land camping and were headed
back to the boat ramp when
some waves went over the bow
of the boat and the boat capsized
just before 10 a.m. on Monday.
"Normally there is nobody out
there so they were pretty fortu-

nate that a Good Samaritan was
in the area and helped them,"
Huffman noted. The Samaritan
picked up the six people in his
boat after they had swam back
to Shark Island and brought them
to the boat ramp. Officials were
unsure if they were wearing life
Huffman said the family was in

good spirits and in good health.
"We had some false informa-
tion on their location and it took
some time to locate them," Huff-
man said. "The Samaritan picked
them up, but the boat is still miss-
ing. They were kind of bummed
out about the situation, but they
were safe."
The high tide and rough seas

Monday probably took the boat
out to sea. Coast Guard officials
noted they did locate the fuel
tanks from the boat after it cap-
sized so there was no environ-
mental threat from the fuel. The
water is about 25-30 feet deep in
the inlet so it was a vefy danger-
ous situation for the local family,
Huffman said

"They were pretty lucky some-
body was in the area, it was a
pretty poor day to be on the wa-
ter," he said. The coast guard dis-
patched a motor life boat or MLB
with five crew members to the
scene. The situation was solved
so quickly they did not send a
helicopter. Fort Pierce Police as-
sisted in the operation.

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left Mr. Rickards paralyzed from
the chest down.
Detective Saum said Tuesday
afternoon that a blood alcohol
test on Mr. Rickards indicated he
had no alcohol in his system at
the time of the crash.
The accident occurred in
the 400 block of S.W. 12th Ave.

shortly after 9 p.m. on Jan. 27. An
accident report by OCPD Officer
Charles Green states that when
he arrived at the scene both men
were lying outside the overturned
Hoover, said the report, was
found in a nearby yard, while Mr.
Rickards was found in a ditch.
The truck was resting on a fence
and was severely damaged.
Mr. Rickards was flown to St.
Mary's Medical Center in West

Palm Beach, while Hoover was
flown to Holmes Medical Center
in Melbourne.
Blood was collected from both
men by Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue personnel.
There had been a question as
to who was driving the pickup at
the time of the crash, but Detec-
tive Saum said he was able to put
Hoover behind the wheel through
witness statements.
Mr. Rickards is still under

medical care and has not been
released from St. Mary's. At this
time it's not known for sure when
he will return home.
A group of local businesses
and individuals are donating time
and supplies to customize the
back porch on the family's home
especially for Mr. Rickards.
For more information on this
effort or if you would like to do-
nate, contact Creech Construc-
tion at (863) 763-9225.

Office (OCSO), the uKeecnobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Mabry Milton Murphy, 69,
N.W 292nd St., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 16 by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a charge of posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
felon. His bond was set at $1,500.
Christopher Miller, 22, S.W.
22nd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 16 by DOC's Josh
Watkins on a charge of violation
of probation carrying a con-
cealed firearm. He was released

on his own recognizance.
Thomas Wayne Gibson, 23,
S.W 21st. Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 17 by Deputy M.
Bobrowski on a charge of dealing
in stolen property. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Lesley Garcia Billie, '35,
Clewiston, was arrested March 10
by Deputy Augustin Saucedo on a
felony charge of possession of co-
caine. She was also charged with
the misdemeanor of possession
of drug paraphernalia. Her bond
was set at $3,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
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Church News in Brief

Easter Sunrise
Service set
First United Methodist Church
invites everyone to attend an
Easter Sunrise Service on Sun-
day, March 23, 2008, at 6:30 a.m.
on the banks of Lake Okeecho-
bee, at Lock 7. Bring a chair if
you can as seating is limited.
For more information call the
church office at 863-763-4021.
Peanut Butter Easter
Eggs on sale
e Church of God of Proph-
ecy is having their Annual Peanut
Butter Easter Eggs sale. Large
eggs with names on them are
$4 and small eggs are $1. Peanut
butter Easter bunnies are also
available for four dollars. To place
an order, call The Church of God
of Prophecy at (863) 763-4654 or
(863) 634-4359. Orders will be ac-
cepted through Saturday, March
22. Delivery will be available to
businesses only.

Annual Egg
Hunt planned
First United Methodist Church
invites children and their parents
to take part in our annual Easter
Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 22,
beginning at 10 a.m. You can look
forward to games, contests, priz-
es, the Easter egg hunt and lunch.
Bring your children, an empty
Easter basket or bag and a smile.
Our church is located at 200 N.W.
Second Street, Okeechobee. For
information, call the church of-
fice, (863) 763-3134.
Fish fry on Friday
St.'Theresa Knights of Colum-
bus Council 11284 of Buckhead
Ridge, 20466 S.R. 78 W will have
a fish fry dinner in the church hall
from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday
for a donation of $7 per dinner.

Church to hold
Passover Seder
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church invited the community to
participate in a Passover Seder for
Christians at 7 p.m. on Maundy
Thursday, March 20. Just as Je-
sus adopted the Passover service
as a sacramental remembrance
of God's promise of eternal life
through Christ, we as Christians
gather to tell and be part of God's
story of deliverance through the
celebration -of this ancient festi-
Homecoming at
Missionary Baptist
Okeechobee Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 4212 Hwy 441 N. will
host a Homecoming Revival from
March 16 through March 21. The
service will begin at 7:30 p.m.
each night. Evangelist, Brother
Charles Colburn will be speaking.
For information please call, (863)

Presbyterian church
holds bake sale
The annual Bake Sale at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
USA 312 N Parrott Avenue has
been rescheduled for March 29.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. The
event is sponsored by the Ladies
of the church; proceeds will ben-
efit their missionary projects. For
more information please call El-
eanor Newhouse 763-6928.
Children Theatre at
First Methodist
First United Methodist Chil-
dren's Theatres production of Al-
len Pote's, "0, Jonah," be present-
ed on Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m.
in the Sanctuary. For information
contact Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy
Vaughan at (863) 763-4021.

Church van offers
Treasure Island Baptist Church
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas. Pro-
grams are available for students
in grades first through sixth and
in grades seventh through 12t.
Programs are from 6:30 8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up.and take
them home. For information, call
(863) 801-4307.
Church offers free
Mother's Morning out
On Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon, the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
offers free babysitting for parents.
This program will run through
March. Space is limited and reg-
istration is required. For informa-
tion, contact Nancy Vaughan, Di-
rector of Christian Education, at
(863) 763-4021 or email fumco@
Fort Drum Church has
fellowship activities
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
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday

at the Recreation Outreach Center
of First Baptist Church, 310 S.W
Fifth Ave. Okeechobee. It is an
informative dinner that includes
the meal, testimonies, and music.
The dinner is at 6 p.m. with the
program to follow. Tickets are $10
and are available by calling (863)
763-8865 or (863) 697-0469.

Abundant Blessings
holds yard sale
Abundant Blessings Church,
4550 Hwy 441 N. will hold a yard
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and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m.
Catholic religious
education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offer-
ing religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catho-
lic 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 information, call
the parish office at (863) 763-
BHR Church holds
A.A. meetings
Buckhead Ridge Christian
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meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous 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 alco-
holics. For information call Chris
at (863) 467-5714.
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.
Dunklin Memorial to
hold prayer banquet
Dunklin Memorial Camp will
hold a prayer banquet on April 4,

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Irish ballads for the over 300 people on hand Saturday
for the annual St. Patricks Day festival at Sacred Heart on
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March 29th
Consignment Equipment &
Machinery Auction
Auction Site: Go 20 miles west of
LaBelle to RivPerdale, at the
Tractor Supply store take a right
onto Olga Dr. Go a quarter mile
look for signs on site.
Call Now to Add
Your Equipment
Check Our Website
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to good home only, house-
broken, good with kids,

HUFFY Blue, Vic. Aqua Isles
Park. Approx early March. If
found please call
WHITE LAB Male, scar be-
hind shoulder, bik collar, vie
of KFC or 3rd St. If found,
call (863)634-7504

kids, great family dog, to
good home ONLY.
PUPS 7 weeks old.

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Real Estate & Contents Auction

9 AM, Saturday, March 29th, 2008
4785 SE Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL 34974
Directions: From Okeechobee go S. on 441 to Lake Okeechobee, Turn
Left on 441 go about 3 mi and watch for SIGNS!
10.76 Acres +/- with White Board Fence, Barn, Machine Shed,
Fruit Trees, Landscaped
2005 Jacobson Triple wide, Modular Home, 2312 SF, Handicap Equipt.
Screened Front Porch, Back Deck, 4Bedroom, 3 Bath, Large Country
Kitchen w/lsland & Built Ins, Breakfast Nook, Utility Room w/cabinets &
sink, Large Living Room, Separate Dining Room, Above Ground Pool &
Deck, City Water, Zoned AG, Stocked Pond, 40'x80' Barn w/Tack Room,
Feed Room, Cement Floor, Storage & WV ash Rack, Machine Shed 40'x60',
Fruit Trees, 10.76 Acres. Fenced & Cross Fenced, & Pond, located across
from Beautiful Lake Okeechobee!
Real Estate Terms: 10% Down Day of Sale (Non Refundable) Balance
Due at Closing 30 days or less, 10% BR Sold with confirmation of Seller in
As-Is Condition. All buyers to rely on their own inspection of property &
Real Estate Preview: Sunday March 23- 2-4 PM
For Alternate Viewing of Real Estate 386-965-2980
See our website for pictures of the property and a detailed list of items
being sold.
Antique Iurniture, Household Furniture, Kranich Baby Grand Piano
(Mahogany), Antiques & Collectibles, Horse Drawn Wagons &
Buggies, Car & Misc. Items.
Personal Property Terms; 10% BR Cash, Checks with approval. All items
sold in '"As-Is" Condition.
All announcements made by Auctioneer from Auction Block take precedence over
all advertising.
G.E. Johnson agent for G.E. Johnson Auctioneers & Real Estate, Inc.

G. E. Johnson Au6tioneers
Real Estate, Inc.
S 10350 176th Street, McAlpln, FL 32062
4AU101-8848-999-7653 or 386-330-2025 AB133L


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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Package Unit, w/heat, 3 ton
York, never installed, $1450
Goodman 48k btu, serviced
every year, like new. $2000
or best offer. (863)763-3932
GOODMAN 31/2 ton, outside
1 pc. unit for trir or mobile
home, used 6 mos., $500.

1950's, nice original. $250

works great, only $35.
RANGE HOOD- Maytag, Good -
condition. $75
REFRIGERATOR 21cu ft, apt
size, fridgefreezer, good
condition. $150
34 cu. ft. Ice maker & dis-
penser. $100 or best offer.
STOVE electric, 20" & stain-
less steel kitchen sink, $120
will sell separately.
STOVE GE, glass top, with
microwave, $100.
(863)357-4926 Iv. msg.
capacity, GE Refrigerator,
side by side w/icemaker &
water, $500. (239)333-5811

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duty, good shape, works
well. $275 for both
capacity, brand new, w/1 yr.
GE warranty, energy effic.,
Neptune stackable unit, 1 yr
old, used maybe 15 times.
$650 neg (863)675-6904

less steel, Magic Chef. $50

ROBIN SHED 12 x 24, elec-
tric ready, wood floor, 4 win-
dows, galvanized. $3000
Why Rent When
You Can Own?
We Finance Everyone!
All Size Sheds Available

BICYCLE Ladies, Schwinn,
12 spd. $50.(863)675-1900

Amore $10 (863)763-1059
lequin $10 (863)763-1059

Bottom Prices!" 25x30 Now
$4800. 25x40 $6100. 30x40
$7300. 35x50 $9990..35x70
$12,290. 40x80 $14,900.
RECT since 1980... Pioneer
Steel (800)668-5422.

GARAGE DOOR fits 7'x9' wide
opening, all hardware includ-
ed, Craftsman opening, etc.
$400. Call 863-634-8366
GATES (2)-12 ft & 8 ft, 6 rail,
like new, never used. $150
for both. (863)697-2032
PAN ROOFING (62 Sheets)
10 Ft. 15 Ft. Long. $395 for
all or will sell sep.
PLYWOOD 52 sheets, 3/4",
Form, Veneer 1 sided, free
oiled. $1500 or best offer.
32x80, good condition. $15
46x48, 2 pane, tinted,
w/screen & marble sill,
$100. (863)357-6952
WINDOWS (4) Aluminum,
very good cond, 1 30x27, 2
30x30, 1 45x40. $45 or will
sell sep (863)763-1997

BABY ITEMS Crib, Stroller,
High Chair & Walker, $179
will sell separately.
Price Rain Forest. $25
BABY SWING- Evenflo Very
good. condition. $30.00
CLOTHES, Baby Boy, 6-12
mos., Bath tub, bottle warm-
er, Graco car seat, $60 will
sell sep. (863p763-0959
condition. $50 or best offer.
(239)243-1588 for details.
fant car seat. $40
PACK N PLAY Graco play-
pen, w/changing table &
bassinet, dark blue & white.
$100 (863)228-2311
TOYS For infants to 3 years
of age. $60 takes all or will
sell separately.
(863) 763-6131 Okee area

ple items. $50 for all.
(239)243-1588 for details
Jovi style, lined w/zip out,
size 54. $100 or best offer.
Strapless, Size 18. $150

DREAMSICLES 36 in all.
$125 for all. (863)610-0020
SCALE 1000 Ib antique.
$250 or best offer.


(6) 8750 $6.00 ea.
(1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
$33.00, (1)S015086
$26.00, No phone calls
please. If interested e-mail to
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-

SHEET SET- boys 3pc, fits
crib/toddler bed mattress,
(Bob the Builder, & Thomas)
25 (863)763-6131

used brick look, 22"W x 59"
L, plug in and enjoy, $150
(863)357-2863 Julie

BAMBOO TABLE w/glas top
& matching chairs, from
smoke & pet free home,
$150 neg. (863)467-1396
BED FRAME Full size
w/brass headboard, solid
wood daybed. $60 will sell
separately. (863)675-2759
Qn/Full, 4 poster, head/foot-
board, real wood, dressers &
more. $500 (863)357-6315
BEDROOM SET Queen head
& foot board, dresser, mirror
& 2 night stands $250
platform bed, excellent con-
dition. $500 or best offer.
size, Good condition. $750
bed, 2 night stands, 2
chests, 2 corner stands, like
new. $500 (270)469-6011
BUNK BEDS Brand new.
Wooden. Extra brand new
mattress. $200
(352)615-1835 Okeechobee
el, walnut color, solid wood,
located in Loxahatchee.
$250 (561)793-9463 eves
COFFEE TABLE & 2 match-
ing end tables. Dark cherry in-
laid design, Hand carved legs
$150 (612)345-1484 Okee.
gloss. $80 (863)467-0031
walnut, bottom shelf wicker,
55 Lx 22 W x 15.H. $15
Thomasville, excellent condi-
tion, paid $1200 asking
$550 firm (863)467-0336
pc's. $200 or best offer.
Holds 30" TV, side cabinets,
glass shelves w/lights, $65
neg (863)801-9288
Large, Glass Doors, Many
Shelves. Pine color wood.
$50 neg. (863)763-8085
Light Oak w/27" Color TV &
Stereo w/Remote. $250 for
all. (352)615-1835 Okee
netic power, new condition,
cost $1100, sell for $800 or
best offer (863)357-5754
W/brass headboard & metal
frame, exc cond, full size.
$150 neg.(863)824-3412

Lamps $17,100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

blue. La-Z-Boy. Good condi-
tion. $100 (863)763-5067
RECLINER Tan, Leather like.
Good condition. $25
TABLE Wrought iron, seats 6
people, needs table top. $50
TWIN BEDS- Serta mattress-
es, spreads, dust ruffles, 2 N
stands, dresser w/mirror,
$300 neg (863)467-9892
WALL UNIT Lights, holds 32"
TV, glass doors, book
shelves, good condition.
$300 (863)357-3490

GOLF CART '06 E-Z Go shut
tie, gas, 900 hrs, full wind-
shield, horn, all lights, runs
great. $3500 (856)297-7397
GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
Many brands. Ping, etc.
any good. $600 for all, will
sep. (863)946-3123

GOLF CART Yamaha '99 gas
golf cart, runs & looks like
new, low hours. $2000

Ift handed, mint cond, gold
scroll, uses 2 3/4", w/case.
$750 neg (954)849-0941

new condition, cost $900
new, sell for $500 or best of-
fer. (863)467-1120
16RS Wolff home system,
like new, 120 volt connect.
$2000 (863)675-1570
Pulley system. Great condi-
tion. $125 or best offer.

RING 14 kt. white gold. 11/2
ct. 5 baguette diamond anni-
versary ring. Beautiful, Must
see! $2500 (863)634-0812
RING Near full ct. solitaire w/
14 kt. white gold. Lifetime
warranty. Paid $600, $400
or best offer. (863)484-0803
Turn your Gold into Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974

FLOOR LAMP Vintage Pot
Belly Stove, Cast iron. Umco.
Good condition. $550.

great condition. Asking $400
Call (863)824-8714. Leave

for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. Call Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.onli-
BEER COOLER hold 1/4 to
1/2 keg, C02 tank included,
$250. (863)675-1033
Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls, If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-
COLVERT, Aluminum, 14 Ft.
Long, 18" Round. $60
CULVERT 20 ft long, 15" in
diameter, plastic. $100
children, etc. Only one sig-
nature required! *Excludes
govt. fees! Call weekdays
(800)462-2000, ext.600.
am-6pm) Alta Divorce,
LLC. Established 1977.
GARBAGE CAN 32 gal. & 55
gal. both w/wheels. $50 for
both. Will separate.
step, side railing. $50
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
Large, Mounted, Fairly good
shape. $175 (863)946-3123
SKIDSTER Grapples, heavy
duty, like new, 66", fit any
other skidster. $1500

GUITAR Johnson, Acoustic /
Electric. $60 (863)763-5067
Front man 212R. Excellent
condition w/cover. $275
ORGAN Hammond, good
condition. $50 or best offer.
2000. Digital Studio Work-
station. .$2000

dition. $100 (863)398-4087

BAND GAME HENS -(2) with
biddies, $30 for all
DOG BOX'- 3x3x29", single,
diamond plate top & ply-
wood bottom, $300
DOG BOX 4x4x24", dbl. w/2
swing doors, diamond plate
top & center, plywood bot-
tom, $400. (863)467-7197
FISH TANK 29 gallon, with
stand, filter & fish, you pick
up, 420. (863)763-4098
HAPPY JACK(R) Mange Medi-
cine: promotes healing &
hair growth on dogs & hors-
es due to 'hot spots' fungus
or mane dandruff. At farm,
feed & hardware stores.
MCCAWS Hand fed &
weaned, 4-6 mos old, very
sweet, 4 colors. $750 & up
(863)824-0003 after 6pm
PEACOCKS (2) Tame, 1
male, 1 female. $100 sold
together. (863)467-6864
old, 4 left, purebred, all shots
& wormed. $250 each
(863)824-0003 after 6pm

BATHTUB White, w/jacuzzi
jets, motor, pump & all fit-
tings, 60 x 36, exc cond.
$250 (863)484-0395
TUB Cast Iron, Antique, Claw
Foot. $250 (863)675-1570

42" deep, pump, skimmer,
steps, filter, needs liner $500
neg (863)610-0851
POOL 5', above ground,
w/tennis game, cleaning
equipment & cover, $350.


Round. Filter, Pump, Ladder,
Cover & skimmer. Like new.
$75 (772)971-9474

Singer, foot pedal. $100 neg

COMP AMP 1280 real good
shape, like brand new, pd
$800, sell for $400.

RCA 32", HDTV, Still under
warranty. $20Q
TV RCA 25", good condition.
$50 (863)610-9748
TV & STAND 19" TV, Stand
is black, holds up to 32", Ex-
cellent condition. $400

Bolt & nut bin..$50 will separ-
ate. (863)902-0257
120/240. $2500
GENERATOR Coleman Power
Mate, 4000 watt. Comm.
grade. Like new. $495/trade
for guns 863-763-5110
GENERATOR Never used, 11
hp, 5650 watt. $500
GENERATOR Portable, Cole-
man, 6250 watts. B '& S. Used
20hrs $350
$300 (863)467-6363
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

VACUUM Kirby The Ultimate
G Series. All attach. Extra
bags. DVD Owners Manual.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

TRACTOR 2004 Branson
3820 w/ 20" turf tires, fron-
tend loader, 6' wood brush-
cutter, 6' boxblade & canopy.
205 hrs. $18,000 for all

size, leather, for driving a
wagon, dk brown, never
used. $200 (863)675-4098

ries, 23 hp, new. $4995
low hours, exc. cond.
$4,995. Call 863-763-4774
ets): Proform, all purpose.
$120 for all, will separate.
LAWN MOWER Push, $40
Gas. $35 (863)763-6576
MOWER DECK for Snapper
riding mower, $50
Ibs, 2 nozzles & hose. Good
condition. $500
New. $600 (865)255-1199
(863)228-0010 or to see
pictures go to:
TILLERS 2, Troy Built: 7hp
Horse model & 5hp Tuffy.
Both B&S eng. $1000 will
separate. (863)675-4858
WEED EATER Homelite, Gas.
Like new. $65

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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925,
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935-
Resort Property -'
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to'Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1 ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in town,
$700/mo, utils incl'd, no
pets, smoke-free env. 1st &
sec. (863)610-0861
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

KINGS BAY- 2br,1lba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or

Why Rent?

Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
From $895
per month

3BR/2BA Foreclosure!
$11,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 20 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $477/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, large yards.
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
'New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Pie's @
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD 3/1, fenced yard,
2 sheds, furnished, wash-
er/dryer, 1 dog allowed,
$800 mo. (863)763-0445.
Dixie Ranch Acres 3BR/2BA
on 1 acre, nice neighbor-
hood, 1st, last & sec.
1 BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN: 3br/2ba, New A/C,
2300 + sq. ft., Porcelain
Tile, W/D hook up, Lanai &
screen porch, gar, lawn serve,
non-smok env, $1000 mo.
+ $800 sec. (941)504-3954
OKEECHOBEE lbr, lba,
CBS, semi furn., 2 adults 55
& older only, No pets,
$500/mo, 1st, last & dep.
Inclds water, sewer, gar-
bage, lawn maint, located.
on 441 SE across from Ford
dealership. Call
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. .863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
$1100/mo + sec. 615 Hwy
78, (561)718-9784 Larry
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
Yearly rental
@ $200 mo.
tage, Dock, Porch $450/mo.
+ 1st, last & sec. City water
incl (561)346-4692/346-4646


SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831

We Buy Scrap Gold,
Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St* (863) 76-5553

1000+ Homes Must Be
Sold! Free Catalog
(800)963-4558 USHo-
Home located in 3br, 2bs, on
5 acres $225,000.
(863)763-3125. Leave msg.
LOG CABIN only $69,900.
Lake Access with FREE Boat
Slips. Own the dream! New
2,128 sf log cabin package
at spectacular 160,000 acre
recreational lake! Paved
road, u/g utilities, excellent
* financing. Call now
(800)704-3154, x 1752
3 br, 2 ba, open floor, tile
throughout, carpet in
bedrooms. Only $110,000
on our lots, $105,000 on
your lot! Sq Ft 1,623 living.
OKEE: Immaculate 4/3, shed,
pole barn, jacuzzi, $159,900
referred Properties, Debra
Pinson (863)801-9163
L an1"a 1 04 r 0;1b

FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$75k/acre (863)801-3133

acre lot, Tropical Gardens in
school district. Call
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or (239)822-9696

TY- 2 Acres with 2100 sq.ft.
Log Home Package. Direct
access to St. Marys River.
All underground utilities!
$99,900! Call now
(866)950-5263, Ext.103.
North Carolina gated Lake-
front Community 150 miles
of Shoreline and great moun-
tain views call now
TAINS-Almost two acres of
beautiful land with breathtak-
ing views near The Smoky
Mtns., large trees and great
building site. Only $39,500.
(800)632-2212 http://valley- valleytown-
acres on mountain top near
New River State Park, great
fishing, view, private,
$29,500 must sell. Call own-
er (866)789-8535.

Trade Newer 3/2/2 Down-
town Stuart 1 mi. to beaches
for house, barn & 2+ acres
near Okee. (772)463-6630

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 Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $900/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
Manufactured Homes (Rent)
Rent or Rent To Own
14 Available
EZ Approval
MOBILE HOME 2/2, Ig. lot,
shade & fruit trees, screened
porch, until. rm., clean quiet,
incl. lawn service, $750 mo.
+ sec. (863)467-7415

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Salel015
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 Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale Ppy1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

MOTORHOME -'87, Itasca
Winnebago, 36', $5000

Thousands of marine items at
half or less off of retail.
Fast Canvas Repairs!
Port Salerno, FL (772) 463-6610

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2BA, doubtewide, carport,
large lot, $900/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$650/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616

WHEEL '81 35ft, in Lake-
Port RV #86, $3000 inclds
1 yr lot rent (239)597-4973
Mobile Home Angels
Manufactured Home
(For Sale)
Statewide Sales
Save Thousands
Delivered & Set
Manufactured Homes (Own)
All Homes In Stock
Massive Markdowns
Financing Available


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehlcles/ATVs 3035

37', live aboard cabin boat,
$3500. 239-823-2587 or
AIR- BOAT Lycoming,
175-180 hp. Decked over.
Runs dry. Includes trailer w/
new tires & rims. $8500 or
best offer. (863)467-7197
BASS BOAT Ranger, 16 ft,
Evinrude motor, power tilt &
trim, trolling motor. $1700
1010 SW 11th Ave., Okee
BASS BOAT Stratos. $1000
or best offer. (863)675-1762
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,, new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153
BAYLINE 1986 350 Inboard /
Outboard w/ trailer. $1000
BOAT 17ft, Bomber Bass,
140hp V4 Johnson, will trade
for pontoon, or sell for
$3000 neg (317)445-5857
BOAT TRAILER 29', with
brakes. Needs fenders. $800
or best offer. (863)467-0222
JON BOAT 12 ft aluminum
w/3hp GameFisher & trailer,
trailer not registered. $400 or
best offer. (239)503-7091
70hp Johnson outboard,
must sell, no trailer, $2000
(863)357-6375 / 634-6919
berglass, 16 ft, Evinrude
-200 hours & trailer -new
tires. $2500 (863)634-0957
-Evinrude, runs very well,
$550. (863)673-6661
BRACKET stainless steel,
holds up to 20 hp, $70.
PONTOON BOAT 28ft Harris,
120 HP I/O, $2000
gy, 20ft, 80hp Mercury out-
board, trailer $3000
TRACKER 18'6" Grizzly
fish/duck boat, 25hp, Kohler
Go-Devil $4200 Must see
TRI HULL, 16', fiberglass &
trailer, 60hp Evinrude w/elec.
wench, troll, mtr. & more.
$2000. (863)763-7871
TRI-HULL 15.5', 60. HP
Yamaha, Less than 60 hrs.
50lbs trolling motor. Live
well. $4500 (863)357-6171
TOON BOAT fits bimini top
w/zipper, covers 4 sides,
$75 (863)763-0634

CAMPER 32' w/alum roof,
needs floor work. $600
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
(863)634-8617 or
top, Mechanically restored,
Receipts, $2500. or trade for
auto (561)254-7458 Clewist.
JAYCO 32' RV '92 Good
cond, new qn mattress,
clean, must sell. $4800 bill
of sale only (561)723-8455

POP UP CAMPER '90 12 ft,
Jayco, sleeps 6 people, great
condition, a/c. $1600 or best
offer. (239)839-0795
PROWLER 24 ft. For hunt
camp only. All electric works
A/C cold. Needs some work.
$750 neg (863)261-7135
TERRY '93 29 ft., Roof air,
Sleeps 6 w/walk around qn
size bed. Elec jack. Like new.
$2950 (863)214-9747
VANTAGE OAKS 2 br, 1 ba,
Irg Florida room, $5000.

Fits a full size Chevy or
GMC, Alum. louver. Pd $485
asking $275 (863)697-9704

BOAT MOTOR 60hp Yamaha,
Like new with 60 hrs. $4000
BOAT MOTOR 69 Elgin, 14.1
hp, antique, includes 3 pro-
pellers & gas tank, runs
good.,;450 (561)790-3681
plated rod holders. Like new
$300 (561)254-7458 Cle-
,rude. Elto, antique, from ex-
tensive collection, $250.

BOAT MOTORS (8) Antique,
Outboard, 1940's-50's. $400
for all, will sep.
EVINRUDE 150hp for parts.
Ran 4 years ago. $200

Buying a car? Look In the
classified. Selling a
car? Look In the classl-

mls. Runs good. Needs bat-
tery. $3500 (863)763-0829
TER '01 Silver, forward
controls, straight pipes, back
rest. $4900 (239)222-5710
HONDA MAGNA 750 '99 -
Clean bike, runs & rides ex-
cellent. $3200
ley, used once, $1.500.
SUZUKI GSXR600 '04 Blue &
white, good condition.
$5000 or best offer, will con-
sider trade (863)634-2839
150 CC, Elect. start. Auto.,
110 mls. Asking $1050
2000. Black w/lots of
chrome, 63K mi. + access.
$4000 Neg. (863)634-9403

How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

Excellent condition. New
tires. $1800 or best offer.
HONDA ATV 350 -.runs good,
$450 (239)691-0657
'05, 4X4, Very good condi-
tion. $3100 or best offer.
New cond, w/helmet, low
hours, gar kept. $2100 neg
'07 OD Green, back rest &
cargo box incld. $4900 or
best offer. (239)222-5710
Like new, runs great. $2200
cash (863)532-9495
auto, 4x4, w/ 5x7 utility trlr.,
new I-T-P 589 mud/snow
tires, $4500. (863)674-0865
4x4, 300 mi., like new,
$5,000 or best offer.
125, blue, like new. $1650


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
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
Vans 4070

Honda's, Chevy's, Jeeps,
Fords and more! Cars/Trucks
from $500! For Listings Call
(800)706-1759 x6465.
great, 4 cyl, good on gas;
auto. $1600 (863)532-0866
1997 4 Door, Power/Cruise
Original owner. $1200 or
best offer. (863)467-5521
good, good cond., $2800.
(863)467-6283 Iv. msg.
trans, new power steering
pump, runs great. $1500
great. $4000 or best offer.
863)467-9511 or
very clean, loaded, runs
great, $5000 (863)763-8027
FORD FOCUS '00- 4 cyl, auto,
loaded, cold a/c. $3600
New a/c unit, cd player, new
tires, excellent condition.
$1900 neg (863)983-7699
GRAND AM '91 39K miles, 1
owner, new tires, cold a/c,
excellent condition. $1950
Condition. $800
V6, red, 5 spd, man, runs
great, a/c, sunroof, pw, pl,
cc. $3500 (239)324-2399
MUSTANG '68 coupe, 6 cyk
3 speed, new paint, asking
$4000 or best offer
MUSTANG '98 Has blown
head gasket & leak in radia-
tor, runs exc, good shape.
$2500 as is (863)261-3568
good, looks good, $2000
Wagon 1994 Standard,
Runs fantastic. 37-40 mpg.
$1995 (863)763-5120
VOLVO 960 '96 4 dr sedan,
96k miles, sunroof, like new
tires, leather seats. $4500

FORD PICKUP, '51 1/2 ton, all
orig., runs great, 41k mi.,
S8, 12v alt., new tires,
3400. (513)260-6410

DODGE RAM '95 2500,
Heavy duty, V8 Magnum, reg
cab, 4x4, auto, 11 OK, new
parts,$4500 (863)634-2303
FORD BRONCO, -88 4x4,-
302 motor, runs & works
great, $2000 or best offer.
Wheeler, 4x4, $4200 or
trade for fishing boat or plat-
form buggy. (863)673-0920
REDO '98 4x4, runs great,
high miles, $2500

CLUB CAR golf cart, good
tires, w/charger, $595.
EZ GO used, 4 passenger,
good condition, charger,
900 or best offer.
GOLF CART 02 Club Car,
electric, w/charger, $1850.

AXELS (2) 2000 LB, $75 for
both. (863)447-1258

Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

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Goodyear 24570R17 tires,
fits Dodge 1Ram 1500,
$60-0. (863)357-5832
GRAMMER Fits '04-'05
Chevy Duramax 6.6 diesel.
$250 neg (863)697-0328
Dodge Cummings Diesel
Truck. $600 both, will sep
MAG RIMS (4) factory 16"
F150, asking $175 or best
offer (863)261-1989
RIMS 4/6 lugs, 16" Chevy
w/center caps,1 never used
Goodyear Eagle RS tire $200
will sep (863)763-4899
RIMS (12) 8 lug rims great
for a buggy, $100 for all
99-up Super Duty Crew Cab
PU. Brand new, asking $300
SIDE RAILS Fits a '04 Chevy
Silverado Ext Cab, tubed/flat
style, chrome. $150
TIRES 1 New & 1 50-60%
Tread. Off Acura TL. P235-
45R17 Bridgestone. $170
neg.(863)634-9620 Okee
TOWING HITCH Draw Tite for
LeSabre, Aurora, Bonneville.
$75 (863)467-2567
TRUCK BED LID Leer, 6 ft,
fits '04 Chevy Silverado Ext
Cab, black fiberglass. $500
bed truck.. $200
(865)255-1199 Okeechobee

TRUCK CAP- from 6/V2 ft
Dodge Dakota Pickup, white,
aluminum, $150.
(863)675-5929 Ortona
TRUCK TIRES (7) 10.00-20
& (2) 12.00-20. All mounted
w/ 90% rubber. $900 for all,
will sep. (239)657-4569
UTILITY BOX red, 8', $250
cash. You Haul.

CHEVY '94, Needs work.
$600 Call for details.
(863)261-3392 Okeechobee.
Custom, Step Side, ARE
Topper. Runs good. $4000
or best offer. (863)763-0829
DODGE 3/4 TON '88 runs
good, 'fair cond. $1800
FORD F-350 1999 4X4, 4
door dually, 7.3 pwr. stroke.
Runs good. Looks good.
Must sell. $12,000 or best
offer. (863)467-7197
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000
FORD RANGER '89, ext. cab,
4 cyl, 5 sp, new clutch top-
per, runs great, $1500.
FORD RANGER, 1987 Cus-
tom low rider, V6 engine,
$950. Call 863-675-4624
FORD RANGER '92 -.Ext cab,
white, clean, runs good,
good transportation. $1200
or best offer (863)634-4076

A/C, Auto., 3 Door, Club
Cab. 102 K mls. 1 Owner.
$4499 (954)260-1933 Okee
TOOL BOX Fiberglass, for
Pick-Up, A-i condition. $100

good, $800 or

'90 runs
best offerF

2x4 V6 engine, runs good,
needs a little work. $2500
(863)227-1218 Iv msg.
JEEP CHEROKEE '91 white,
runs good, $500
very good cond, asking
$4400 (863)763-6108
V6, 2WD, Exc cond Dark blue.
$8500 863-983-7617 or
TOYOTA RAV 4 '2000, Dark
green, Exc. cond., Economical;
Reliable $5900 863-983-761T7
or 225-571-9678-

DUMP TRAILER 6'x12', 10K
lb gvw, bumper pull, good
10 plys, ready for work."
$2200 neg (863)467-7415
metal. 3 axles, 6 tires, Pindel
hitch w/hydraulic tongue jack
$2000 (863)697-9704

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s bumper pill, pulled one time,
side rails & ramps, dual axle.
$1690 (870)820-1563
flatbed, 8ft x 8 ft, tilting,
spare 3 new tires. $650

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CHEVY VAN '86, V6, Rebuilt
transmission. Runs great
$900 (863)253-1777
water pump, rebuilt trans,
new tires, runs great, $1100
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Seminole contest winner
Riverside Bank sponsored a coloring contest for Kinder-
garten students at our public schools in honor of the up-
coming county fair. Seminole Elementary student winners
are: Eboni Koivunen. Cecilia Elliott and Tabitha Trent, from
Riverside Bank are with our mascot HUGS. Our.first place
winner received a US savings bond for $50WAll winners received'a-'
Riverside Piggy Bank and goodie bag.

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'The Mysterious gift': Local

woman writes children's book

Children between the ages of
9 through 12 can relate to Betty
Bockoras' newly published youth
novel "The Mysterious Gift."
Many young people are now
facing the same problems as
Caleb, the main character in' the
book. They'll be intrigued by the
strange, demonic characters that
only the reader can see.
The author named the book's
main character after her own
grandson, Caleb, because they
are so much alike: sensitive, shy
and a typical "good kid." The
story takes place in a little, central
Florida town, much like Okeecho-
Betty and her family moved
to Okeechobee in the mid 70's.
By then her three children, Da-
vid, Daren and Darlene, were old
enough to have cows and horses,
which they cared for themselves.
Betty raised a big vegetable gar-
den while the children's dad
worked at Pratt and Whitney in
West Palm Beach.
After Betty's own children
grew up and left home, she de-
cided, to take a few classes at In-
dian River Community College.
One day her teacher handed back
her assignment paper on which
was noted, "You should consider
a career in writing. You are very
creative." That was 20 years ago,
-but it was the spark that ignited

the passion that launched Betty
into the world of writing. She has
been studying writing techniques,
going to workshops and practic-
ing writing ever since them.
When this author isn't writ-
ing, she enjoys reading, working
in her yard and taking walks with
her husband, who is now retired,
around the Okeechobee Golf
Course where they live. She also
enjoys helping people and wants

her writing to encourage and in-
spire her readers.
"The Mysterious Gift" encour-
ages young people to "Listen for
the voice of truth ... sometimes
it's so quiet you can hear it only
with your heart."
Betty invites anyone who's in-
terested in learning more about
"The Mysterious Gift," to visit her
web site at


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Betty Bockora (left) named her new book's main character
after her 12-year-old grandson Caleb, and the small town in
the story is much like Okeechobee.

Sports News in Brief

2008 Spring Adult
Softball Leagues
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball
Leagues will be holding an orga-
nizational meeting for all inter-
ested managers, players and offi-
cials. The meeting will be held at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26,
at the Okeechobee County Civic
Center located at 1750 Hwy 98N.
Team fees will be; Men's League,
$350 (+ $25 Annual ISA fee),
women's league; $300, and co-ed
league; $300. If you would like to
participate in these leagues, team
fees musf be paid no later than 5
p.m. on Friday, April 11. For more

information contact Okeechobee
Parks & Recreation at 763-6950.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255

Golf tournament
Communities in Schools Po-
lice Athletic League will host their
8th Annual Golf Tournament at
the Okeechobee Golf & Country
on April 12, starting at 8 a.m. with
a shotgun,start. The cost for play
is $45 person or $180 per team.
Awards and prizes will be given to
first place, eighth place, and next
to last place. There will also be a

The club also sponsors and chicken and ribs barbecue lurch.

presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.


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Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and under-
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BID NO. P-01-1 3-08
Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Okeechobee, General Services Depart-
ment, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Dkeechobee, FL, 34974, (863) 763-3372 x 218, until 1:00
p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2008 after which time the bids duly submitted will be
opened and read aloud. Bids may not be revoked after bid opening.
The bids shall be based on providing all matenals, equipment and labor for the con-
struction ot City Commerce Center Lakes. The contractor all be responsible for
providing all materials, equipment and labor necessary to complete the project i er
the plans and specifications. Drawings, specifications and other contract docu-
ments may be examined and purchased at the General Services Department, dur-
ing normal office hours, Monday Fnday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays, for
a NON-REFUNDABLE fee of fifty dollars ($50.00). Checks made payable to the
City of Okeechobee. Questions regarding this bid should be directed to City Engi-
neer Oscar Bermudez at (863) 763-3372 x 225 or Fax (863) 763-1686.
Bidders shall confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be
considered. Each bidder shall submit with this bid evidence that they are licensed
to perform the work ha services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
A MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING will be held on Tlhursdav. March 26. 2008.
1:0 LAm. at City Hall, Rm 200,55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL, 34974.
Each bid shall be accompanied by a Certified Check or by an acceptable Bid Bond in
an amount equal to at least 10 percent of the amount of the bid payable to the
City of Okeechobee, as a guarantee that if the Bid is accepted the Bidder will exe-
cute the Contract and file acceptable Performance and Payment Surety Bonds
equal to 100 percent of the contract price within 10 days after written notice of
the Award of Contract.
Envelopes must be clearly marked: "CITY COMMERCE CENTER LAKES BIDNO,
PW-01-10-03-08" and may be hand delivered or mailed to the address listed
above. Facsimile or emailed bids witl not be accepted.
The City of Okeechobee reserves the right to reject any or all bids(s), with or without
cause, to waive technical errors deemed most advantageous to the City. All bids)
shall remain open for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the date of the
bid opening.
Women's Business Enterprises and/or Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged
to respond to this Bid.
By: Brian Whitehall. City Administrator
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 19, 2008 13

Track teams compete in Cobra Relays

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Boys Track Team finished and the
girl's team finished eighth at Fri-
day's Cobra Relays held at Lawn-
wood Stadium in Fort Pierce.
The boys' event was won by
Lincoln Park and Fort Pierce while
the girl's event was taken by Lin-
coln Park in impressive fashion.
Track Coach Brian Kendall
said all of the events were scored
as team events and not individual.
Field events and running events
that were not relays had to consist
of three members of each team.
The scores were added up to
make the teams distance, time or
height in that event. The top three
in each event received medals.
"The boys ran a pretty solid
meet overall," Kendall said, "I
was hoping to perform better in
the overall points, and come out
with a higher finish. I will make
sure the team is more focused and
prepared for the next chance."
The boys relay team in the
4x800 meters, Lionel Jones, Mis-
ael Alvarado, Eddie Guerrero, and
Reynel Denova finished third over-
all with a time of 8:50. The boys
200 relay team of Jarvis Lawton,
Froilan Santibanez, Matt skipper

and Bryan Suarez won their event
with a time of 3:45.
"This was an exciting race to
watch. Matt Skipper and Froilan
Santibanez ran into each other
knocking Matt into another run-
ner and Matt actually fell to the
track. He jumped up and ran a
very fast 400 meters. Our boys
came from behind to pull out a
first place," Kendall noted.
The distance medley team also
finished first overall. Lionel Jones
ran a fast 800 meters, passed
the baton to Brad Stark for the
next 400 meters, and then Eddie
Guerrero ran the next 1200 me-
ters. Bryan Suarez closed out the
long race with a 1600 meter run.
Okeechobee was able to win by a
large margin.
"I believe Lionel set the tone
with a time of 2:02 in the 800,"
Kendall remarked, "He was the
Golden Spike, winner of this
Jones ran a leg of the 4x400 in
just 53 seconds, set a personal re-
cord in the 800 meters with a time
of 2:02, and ran a strong leg in the
4x800 meter relay.
In the field events, the high
jump team of Ricky Nieto, Austin
Willard and David Jeune won the
event with jumps of 5'10 for Ni-

eto, 5'6" for Willard, and 5'8" for
In the shot put and discus the
Brahmans trio of Steven Smith,
Tony Kibler and Kyle McGee
placed third.
"They' have been working
hard in practice and now I want
to see them start throwing like
they should in meets," Kendall
said. "Its time for these boys to
start focusing, they are strong and
have a chance to do well the rest
of the season."
As for the girls, several of their
teams had strong performances
on Friday.
The discus team of Stephanie
Horvath, Brittny Henry, and Laura
Saucedo came in third place be-
hind Fort Pierce and Fort Pierce
Westwood. %
The co-ed 4x100 relay team
of Latesha Neal, James Shanks,
Markeisha Youmans, and Defor-
est Shanks came in third with a
time of 51 seconds.
The distance medley relay
team of Graciela Varela, Laura
Saucedo, Heather Tinsley, and Is-
abella Penido finished fourth and
were on the heels of the top three
"Isabella ran the closing mile
in 6:07 for a great effort and per-

Don't buy ducks for Easter

With Easter approaching,
many parents contemplate pur-
chasing mallard ducklings as gifts
for their children. The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) suggests buying
your child the stuffed-animal ver-
sion instead.
"Although these ducklings
might make nice pets while
they're young, they can live 10
years and quickly outgrow the
cute-and-fuzzy stage, leaving full-
size droppings on your patio and
outdoor furniture," FWC water-
fowl management coordinator
Diane Eggeman said. "When this
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and decide to turn them loose
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They may not realize, this is
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"These domesticated mal-
lards are interbreeding with the

mottled duck, producing hybrid already FWC biologists are saying
offspring," Eggeman said. "This as many as 12 percent of these
is a serious concern and if not ducks are showing genetic evi-
stopped, this hybridization could dence of hybridization.
result in the Florida mottled duck Today, the future of the mottled
becoming extinct." duck is uncertain, but its fate is in
Pet mallards will not migrate the hands of Floridians.
when they are released. They
become established, year-round

residents of our state. When they
mate with wild mottled ducks, it
pushes Florida's mottled ducks
closer toward extinction.
The Florida mottled duck
population is relatively small, and

Courtesy photo/FWC
The Florida mottled duck is
a unique subspecies found
only in peninsular Florida.
The mottled duck's future
may be endangered by the
release of domesticated mal-
lard ducks into the wild.

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formance to close the gap of 60
yards," Kendall said, "She took
the lead coming down the final
stretch but came up just a couple
of feet short."
Kendall also praised Isabella's
sportsmanship. She helped a run-
ner from Treausre Coast that had
fallen down after the race. She
earned the Golden Spike Award
for the girls.

"Her mile time is the fastest on
the team this season and is one
of the fastest in recent years for
OHS," he added.
Coach Kendall said the eighth
place finish for the girls might
have been a little disappointing,
but he expects better finishes in
the future.
"Some of the girls learned that
we have to run hard and push our-

selves to become a better team. I
feel as though the team is start-
ing to learn how to run hard, but
they still have a long road ahead
to reach the goals. Our mindset
needs to change to a competitive
team instead of just going out of
town for a few hours," he added.
The track teams host a meet
on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against
South Fork and Moore Haven.

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