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Sunday, January 20, 2008

PO BOA FL 32611

750 Plus tax


Adopt an
American legend
The U.S. Department of the
Interior, Bureau of Land Man-
agement-Eastern States (BLM-
ES) will hold a special wild
horse and burro adoption at
the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center in Okeechobee,
Florida, on Feb. 2. For only
$125, you can take home your
own young mustang or burro.
Page 13

Walker arrested
on cocaine charge
An Okeechobee man was
arrested on felony drug charges
after being stopped by a deputy
as he was walking along U.S. 441
Dennis Mark Hoy, 47, S.E.
Fourth St., was arrested Jan.
17 on. a charge of possession
of cocaine. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail in lieu of $2,500 bond.
Page 2-

Florida beef cattle
short course planned
producers continue to face chal-
lenges that affect the potential
for profitability of their beef
cattle enterprise. Increasing
production costs coupled with
unfavorable weather patterns
continue' to drive cattlemen to
examine their bottom line. To
that end, today's cattlemen
continue to explore potential
marketing options, means to
improve the quality of the calves
they market, and improved
production practices as well.
Page 7


Discount cards
aid youth activities
Communities in Schools
and the Police Athletic League
of Okeechobee have discount
cards available. The cards are
$10 and are good for one year at
selected businesses. Cards can
be purchased at CarQuest, 300
N.W Park St. For information,
call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds
will go toward youth activities in
our community.

Drought Index

Current: 579
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Bum Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.06 feet
Last Year: 11.94 feet
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Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Classifieds ........... 11-12
Community Events..................... 4
Crosswordi ................................. 8
M ini Page .................................. 9
O bituaries................................... 6
Opinion ............................. ..... 4
Speak Out............................. 4
Sports.................. ................. 10
TV ...................... ................ 8
Weather.................................. 2
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Living history: The Battle of Okeechobee

Submitted photo/Gary Ritter
Jack Williamson who has played the part of Zachary Taylor in past re-enactments will be back in uniform for the 2008

Re-enactment is set for Feb. 2 & 3

OKEECHOBEE -- The Battle
of Okeechobee of the Second
Seminole War will be re-en-
acted at the newly created
Okeechobee Battlefield Histori-
cal State Park in Okeechobee
County on Saturday, Feb. 2 and
Sunday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. The last reenactment in
2004 drew large crowds.
Okeechobee Battlefield
Friend, Inc. is-coordinating the
opening ceremony at 11 a.m.
Saturday. Special guests and
speakers will include State Rep-
resentative Richard Machek,
local County and City officials,
Seminole Tribal Leaders, Flor-
ida National Guard Seminole
Battalion's Color Guard 2/124
Infantry Battalion, Seminole-
Tribe of Florida's Color Guard
and Elizabeth Gentry Sayad,
Mrs. Sayad is the great-great
granddaughter of General Rich-
ard Gentry of the Missouri Vol-
unteers and relates fascinating
facts about the history of her
famous ancestor. Re-enact-
ments willbe held both days,
Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday
at 1 p.m.
Seminole Tribe Member and
historian Willie Johns of Brigh-
ton will narrate the dramatic
This historic battle fought
on Christmas Day in 1837 was
the largest and fiercest battle
of the Seminole Wars. A tal-
ented cast of re-enactors will
portray fierce Indian warriors
such as the great Indian chiefs
Abiaca, Coacootchee, Halleck
Tustenuggee and Alligator.

File photo/Okeechobee News/M.W. Muros
A re-enactor on the Seminole side taunts the soldiers
during the 2002 Battle of Okeechobee re-enactment.

As the drama unfolds, it
shows how the Seminoles,,
greatly outnumbered, battled
the massive militia and US
Army troops led by the feared
Colonel Zachary Taylor.
The Okeechobee Battlefield
received designation by the Na-
tional Trust for Historic Preser-

vation in the summer of 2000
as one of America's 11 most
historic endangered lands due
to encroaching development.
Dedicated individuals formed
an organization to save the
land for historical preservation
and after several years of peti-
tioning the State of Florida, the

site was purchased for a state
park in 2006:
The Okeechobee Battlefield
is located on 38th Avenue on
what was once a cattle range
off of U.S. 441 South. When
the park is ready for public use
it will become a tremendous
asset for Okeechobee County
Mr. Johns, a member of the
Florida Seminole Wars Foun-T
nation, cni~lders the Battje of'
Okeechobee to be one of the
most important battles in Semi-
nole history and preservation
of this 145-acre battleground
site of great significance for the
Seminole re-enactors and
.U.S. Military re-enactors, includ-
ing many from Okeechobee,
perform the reenactment.
Okeechobee City Councilman
Dowling Watford and resident,
Jack Williamson will partici-
pate. Among the Seminole per-
formers will be Brian Zepeda
and Moses "Big Shot" Jumper
who have performed in many
other exciting Seminole war
re-enactments throughout the
Seminole artisans and peri-
od vendors with crafts, clothing,
goods and arts of the 1830's will
be featured, as well as enter-
tainment, horse rides, alligator
and falconry demonstrations,
music, storytelling, historic and
cultural demonstrations, and a
live Florida panther and other
Florida wildlife.
The state park is not yet of-
See Battle Page 2



won't help


Save Our Homes
portability benefits
longtime owners

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
The Save Our Homes Law
put a statewide limit or "cap"
on the amount that property
taxes could be increased in
any one year for "homestead-
ed" property, property owned
by a full-time legal resident
of Florida as a primary resi-.
Over the years, if you stay
in the same house, the ben-
/;efits accurmulateyear, upon
Currently, when you then
move, you lose that advan-
tage and start all over. In your
new house, they will conduct
a new property assessment at
the current going rate and the
SOH tax savings are lost.
*Under the proposed tax
amendment to the state con-
stitution, the benefits you have
accumulated "can be taken
with you" or "ported" and ap-
plied to your new house.
This means that if you
have lived in your house for a
while, say six years or more,
you could have a significant
tax savings from Save Our
Homes to use. If you have not
lived there very long (less than
thrweyeass), there are unlikely
to be any accumulated ben-
efits. First time homeowners
would have no benefit from
this system.
"I have taken a position
against this, since there is no
benefit to first-time buyers
who typically are young peo-
ple and part of our workforce.
Also, since under the home-
stead exemption portion of
the amendment, the second
$25,000 ($25,000 to $50,000)
is taxed," said Okeechobee
Property Appraiser Bill Sher-
If you move from a less
expensive house to a more
expensive house, you can
take the difference in dollars
between the market value
and the assessed value of the
old house, up to $500,000 off
the market value of the new
For example, if you have
owned a house for many
years. It has a "just value" of
$200,000, its taxable value is
$100,000. The $100,000 dif-
ference is the amount you
See Savings Page 2

Robbie Elsemiller is named

Pre-Season All-American

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brahman alumnus Rob-
bie Elsemiller (2004) has been
named as a 2008 Louisville
Slugger Pre-Season All-Ameri-
can. The closer for the Stetson
University was named to the
second team.
Elsemiller has developed
into one of the better closers
in college baseball in his three
seasons at Stetson. Last year,
he was (3-1) with a solid 2.36
earned run average. He had 12
saves and pitched in 30 games

for the Hatters.
"I was surprised," Elsemi-
Iler said of being named All-
American. "They don't give me
too much love in such a small
Elsemiller said being named
an All American is a very big
deal and that he could never
have imagined reaching the
level he is at now when he was
pitching back at Okeechobee
high school three and four
years ago.
He won't have very much
time to rest on his laurels.

Workouts have already begun
and the full team begins prac-
tice on Feb. 1. They play their
first game on Feb. 27.
Elsemiller said he fully ex-
pects to be the team closer
again this year. However,
coaches said he should be
ready to start games if the team
needs him, "I'm pretty sure I'll
still be the closer. Coaches said,
"Be ready to start, but I'll do
whatever the team needs."
Elsemiller, who admits his
first love in baseball, was as a Submitted photo
Robbie Elsemiller has played baseball for three seasons at
See Baseball Page 2 Stetson University.


2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 20, 2008

Walker arrested

on cocaine charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on felony drug charges after
being stopped by a deputy as he
was walking along U.S. 441 S.E.
Dennis Mark Hoy, 47, S.E.
Fourth St., was
arrested Jan. 17
on a charge of
possession of
cocaine. He was
booked into the
County Jail in
lieu of $2,500
bond. Dennis
Hoy was ar- Hoy
rested shortly
after 10 p.m. Thursday after being
stopped by Deputy Justin Akins of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) in the 3000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
Acting on a tip, the deputy
pulled up to Hoywho was walking
along the highway. When Deputy
Akins approached him, Hoy start-
ed walking toward the patrol car
with his hands in the front pockets
of his pants.
As Hoy neared the marked unit
he pulled his left hand out of his

pants pocket and threw two small
white objects to the ground by the
car's left front tire, stated the dep-
uty's arrest report. The deputy got
out of his car and had the man put
his hands on the front of the car.
At this point, Deputy Akins looked
down and saw the two objects ly-
ing on the ground.
After placing the man under
arrest, the deputy retrieved the
objects. When field tested, the ob-
jects indicated a positive result for
the presence of cocaine. The two
suspected cocaine rocks weighed
1.7 grams, stated the deputy's re-
Court records indicate that Hoy
was arrested in May of 2005 on a
charge of purchase of a controlled
substance cocaine. He was
found guilty and sentenced to 18
months probation.
In October of 2005 he was ar-
rested again on a charge of pur-
chase of a controlled substance
- cocaine. Hoy was found guilty
and sentenced to 18 months in
Department of Corrections re-
cords indicate that he was released
from the Madison Correctional In-
stitute on Oct. 18, 2007.

SC inference, $150,000, is 50 percent.
SaVIllgs You move to a house that will
have a just value of $200,000. You
Continued From Page.1 take 50 percent of that $200,000
can apply to your new house. and the SOH benefit at your new
Say the new house has a just house is $100,000 (50 percent of
value of $400,000. You may sub- $200,000). So the assessed value
tract the $100,000 from the old, that you pay taxes on at your new
less expensive house from the house is $100,000.
$400,000 to give you $300,000 If you have only owned
in just value for the new house. your house for a short time
Thus, you would be taxed on whether you want to move up
the $300,000 value instead of or down, there will be little or
the house's actual value of no accumulated SOH benefits
$400,000. to "port."
S If you move from a more ex- Just value is the appraised
pensive house to a less expensive value less the cost the sale, up
house, youscan take the difference to 15 percent as determined by
in percent between 'the market the property appraiser per the
value~and the assessed value of Okeechobee County Property Ap-
the old house, up to $500,000 praiser.
off the market value of the new The Okeechobee County
house. Property Appraiser's Office en-
For example, ifyou have owned courages residents to call them
adhouse for many years. It has a with any questions. Their office is
just value of $300,000. Because at 307 Northwest 2nd Avenue, or
of Save Our Homes, the assesse.,, telepkone (863) 763-3084 ,
taxable value did'not increase '-.... " ...
+ rapidly as the actual value, Sff 1 Aun orris may be con acted at
taxable value is $150,000. The dif-

Battle a portion of the grounds for the
Battlev occasion.
Continued From Page 1 Many civic groups, business-
es and private individuals' are
ficially open to the public as the
grouids are in earlystages of the sponsoring this event including
planning and development pro- the Semnole Tribe of Florida.
cess. Nevertheless, the re-enact- Please call the event chairwom-
ment has received great support an, Shawn Henderson, if you are
from Park Manager Mark Nelson interested in being a vendor or a
and his staff who have prepared volunteer at 863-634-9587.

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Continued From Page 1
starting pitcher, said he kind of
enjoys working out of the bullpen
now, "I've grown to like closing.
There's a lot of pressure and usu-
ally the fans are into it in the late
Elsemiller said he still hears
from his old fans at Okeechobee
High School. He notes his mom,
Reba, still lives in the area and
gets a lot of comments and ques-
tions about her son.
"You appreciate the fans. It
makes me feel good that people
are interested and that they are
rooting for me and are back-
ing me up. I try to make them
proud," he noted.
Elsemiller's roommate at Stet-
son is Blake Marsocci, another
Brahman alumnus. Elsemiller
said Marsocci works very hard
and is still very important to the

Stetson team. Marsocci struggled
a bit as a sophomore with the
command on his pitches.
"He regained his mechanics
and confidence this summer, I
think he'll be very good this year,"
Elsemiller noted.
The members of the Louisville
Slugger All-American team are
selected by Collegiate Baseball
Newspaper and feature a who's
who of NCAA Division 1 baseball
Last year Elsemiller was
named second team all-confer-
ence in the Atlantic Sun. He led
the conference in appearances,
and was second in saves.
Elsemiller was also recently
named to the 2008 pre-season
"Wallace Watch" List. The list
consists of the collegiate base-
ball players considered potential
winners of the prestigious Brooks
Wallaoe Player of the Year Award.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 20, 2008 3

Okeechobee Elementary Schools Menu

Submitted photo/NEHS

Soil & Water Class
Soil & Water Conservation representatives, Sara May and Audrey Driggers presented trees
to Ms. Johnston's Fourth grade Alpha Class. The Alpha class is Perla Palacios, Christen
Bennett, Daniel Gonzalez and Travis Shockley.

Monday Jan. 21
No school Holiday

Tuesday Jan. 22
WW Toast
Chicken Nuggets
Honey wheat rolls
Hot ham &cheese sandwich
Chef salad
Green beans
Fruit cocktail
Tossed salad
Fresh fruit

Wednesday Jan. 23
Pancake & sausage wrap
Cinnamon toast

Shepherds Pie
Chicken patty sandwich
Chef salad
Yellow corn
Tossed salad

Thursday Jan. 24
Sausage pizza
Cinnamon toast
Spaghetti w/ Mt. Sc Elem.
Deli turkey w/ bun
Yogurt, fruit & cheese plate
Mixed vegetables
Fruit gelatin
Tossed salad

Friday Jan. 25
Cinnamon toast

Toast & scrambled eggs
Stuffed crust cheese or pep-
peroni pizza
BBQ Chicken sandwich
Chef Salad
Vegetables California blend
Diced pears
Tossed salad
Elementary menus:
Each breakfast includes: Juice,
choice of entree or cereal and
toast; fresh fruit, choice of whole,
reduced fat or low fat chocolate
Each lunch includes: Choice
of one entr6e, choice of two (veg-
etables, fruit or fruit juice), choice
of whole, reduced fat or low fat
chocolate, milk.
Meal prices:
Regular $.75
Reduced $.30
Regular $1.50
Reduced $.40

Where have all the Honey Bees gone?

By Angela Sachson
Florida Yard and Neighbors
You have no doubt heard that
honey bees are disappearing all
over the country. This is not a ru-
mor. Beekeepers in 35 states re-.
port as much as a 50 percent -90
percent decline in local popula-
tions and over 30 percent of hon-
eybees nationwide have died out
so far in 2006-2007.
This is important to you and
me because bee pollination is
needed for 35 percent of our food
supply. It is common practice for
beekeepers to travel cross coun-
try pulling their bees behind them
and renting them to farmers for
pollination of crops.
Here is what is happening.
Large numbers of worker bees in
an individual hive simply wander
off. They leave behind the queen,
her eggs and a few younger bees
which then starve. It is as though
the field-workers have become
disoriented or amnesic or have
lost their sense of direction. Even-
tually they die far from their hive
where researchers trying to study
this problem have trouble even
finding them. Ordinarily, other
insects or wild bees would take
over such a vacant hive but none
will come near these abandoned
homes until, a great deal of time
has passed or the hive has been
Scientists have named this
ailment Colony Collapse Disor-
der (CCD) and have been work-
ing hard to determine the cause.
Thanks, to advances in gene
research top bee researchers
have been able to learn which
diseases, pesticides, fungus and
parasites are, and are not, pres-
ent in honey bees with the disor-
der. It looks like a combination of
factors must be present for CCD
to occur but a new virus called
Israeli acute paralysis virus is al-
most always found in affected
bees. This virus can be transmit-
ted by the Varroa mite and was
first identified in Israel in 2002.
Further research will concentrate
on determining actual cause and,
hopefully, control.
In the meantime, here is some
good news. Native pollinators
are already beginning to become
more active. Even in fields where
rented honeybees are present,
pollinators such as flies, moths,
and wild bumblebees supplement
honeybee pollination. There are
more than four thousand species.
of Native American pollinators;
and it appears that their activity
and that of other pollinators will
increase if the honeybee popula-
tion continues to decline.

Some research indicates a de-
cline in native species is also oc-
curring and that is where you and
I have a role to play.
Here is how you can
Attract native pollinators to
your garden.
Pollinators are essential for
high yield and high quality- of
many vegetables and fruits in the
garden. For example, strawber-
ries, squash, melons, citrus, sweet
cherries, and apples must have
pollinators to ensure a high yield
of good produce
When people think of pollina-
tion, many focus on bees. Bees are
the principal pollinators, but there
are other important pollinators as
well. These include other, insects
such as flies, moths, butterflies,
wasps, and even some beetles.
They also include hummingbirds
and bats.
Gardeners can do several things
to preserve, protect, and attract
1. Diversify garden plantings
to offer a variety of flower colors,
fragrances, and shapes through-
out the growing season. Different
flowers attract different pollina-

2. Consider leaving flowering
weeds such as Spanish needles
or beggar's-ticks (Bidens alba) to
serve as alternate nectar sources
for pollinators.
3. Limit pesticide use. When in-
secticides are necessary, use those
that are least disruptive and apply
when pollinators are least active
(very early morning, late evening,
or after dark).
Never apply insecticides to
plants that are blooming or when
it is windy.
Provide a source of water .-
much like what you give your but-
4. Leave some bare patches.
Some female bees nest in tunnels
they dig in the dirt!
Bees, including Africanized
bees, visiting flowers are not a con-
cern. However, keep your distance
from any bee nest. The Africanized
bee will be VERY defensive when
protecting its hive. Call a profes-
sional to remove any bee hive. If
you, are attacked, run as fast as
you can to cover (a house, a car).
For more information, contact
your ,local extension office. In
Glades County call 956-0244, in
Highlands County call 402-6540,
and in Okeechobee County call
763-6469. Ask when the Master
Gardeners are available!

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comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
HOMESTEAD: I have been reading about this proposal to
amend the Florida Constitution to change the Homestead exemp-
tion. It seems to me that this will hurt the cities and counties and
will hurt those whose homes are assessed at $50,000'or less. If your
home is assessed at $50,000 or less, you get no savings. Others
do get savings so a greater portion on the taxes will fall on you. If
the property assessments decline due to the new exemption, then
the boards will have to raise the millage rate just to get the same
amount of revenue as the previous year. That doesn't even take
into consideration the fact that county and city employees want at
least a cost of living raise every year. The way I see it, the people
who are least able to pay will wind up paying a larger share of the
taxes. Regarding the portability of Save Our Homes benefits, that
helps the people who have owned their own homes for 6 years
or more, but it hurts everyone else. Again, it winds up shifting a
greater share of the tax burden on the people who can least afford
it. If people "vote their pocketbooks" instead of their conscience
and vote this thing in, a lot of people who are just scraping by now
will be in an even more difficult situation.

TAXES: With the way the value of property has gone up in re-
cent years, it doesn't matter how old your home is or that you have
not improved it. The value of the land underneath it keeps going
up, and the government expects you to pay taxes on that increased
value. The only choice you have is to sell out and move, but where
would you go? You can't afford to buy a home anywhere else either,
unless you are willing to move north to a small town in Kansas or
Oklahoma or some place that the housing boom didn't hit.

HOMESTEAD AMENDMENT: Regarding this amendment, I
don't see why we have to add something to the State Constitution
for people to get tax relief. If you don't like your county tax rate,
go to the public hearings when they are discussing the budget and
voice your opinions. If enough people show up, the officials will
listen. And if they don't listen, vote them out of office and replace
them with someone who will listen. This whole tax thing seems to
have come from the big counties where the county boards were
wasting money on all kinds of special projects. The voters there
could have taken care of this by actually attending the budget hear-
ings and getting involved in how their county government works.
Because they are too lazy to attend county meetings, they want the
state to fix their problem. I say vote NO on the amendment and
if you don't like your tax rate, get involved in local government
and elect new officials who will make the necessary cuts to lower
taxes. Of course then you have to live with reduced services,- but
that is the choice.

PART OF THE SOLUTION: I want to respond to the callers
who bash Florida and say how bad things are here. Either you are
part of the solution or you are part of the problem. If you don't like
it here, either work to change it for the. better or go somewhere
else. The same roads that brought you here go both directions. If
where you came from was so wonderful, no one is stopping you
from going back there. If you want to help us work to improve our
community, you are welcome. There is plenty of work for all of us
to do. The paper often runs lists of organizations that need volun-
teers. Donate some of your time and help make this community
a better place to live. If all you can do is complain, just go back
where you came from.

WHICH WITCH: There are many dictionaries and many defini-
tions of the word "witch." According to some scholars, "witch" is
a corruption of the word "witega", which, to the Anglo-Saxons, re-
ferred to a wise person or a prophet. Some people have even made
the leap to connect this idea of witches being the original "wise
people" with the term "Wicce", also an Anglo-Saxon term, and
the origin of the modern word "witch." Incoming Christians went
out of their way to blacken the reputation of every pre-Christian
religious element in society; as well as those they found immoral.
Let's face it: 1,000 years of using a word to mean "evil" and "dan-
gerous," regardless of what it originally meant, has a way of firmly
altering its meaning in the ears and minds of the people. "Witch"
does, and always has, referred to a person who had extraordinary
capabilities, whether those be for good or ill, or. even ambiguous
enough for both. It does refer to a "magical" person; a person who
knows things, perhaps things forbidden, or perhaps things secret.
It refers to a person who experiences life in a different way, in.a
more extreme and hidden way. Most modern Pagans seem to like
the word "witch." They use it. This has some unfortunate-side-ef-
fects; modern fundamentalist Christians can't get enough glee at
the chance of actually having "real witches" to combat. Modern
Pagans may not be doing themselves a favor by using the word
"witch." But that doesn't stop them. In the end, it might turn out
to be a good thing. Today "witch" tends to mean a follower of an
earth-based religious path. It tends to mean a follower of older
gods. It tends to mean a practitioner of older crafts and mystical
arts from pre and post-Christian Europe, or even Africa or other
parts of the world. Somehow, this word sums up something about
me, and some of my fellow pagans, that I feel is real and quite

ATTORNEYS: I have lived here nine years, but I would like to
know if we have any Christian attorneys that do probate?

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The Counseling Corner

Give resolutions

a second chance

From the American
Counseling Association
Okay, so you've already bro-
ken most, if not all, of those New'
Year's resolutions you made. So
what? There's no Jaw that says
you only get one chance and that
it only can happen on January
first. In fact, waiting until after the
activities and tensions of the holi-
days end can often make change
So how about giving this year's
New Year's resolutions a second
chance, but doing it in a way that
will help you to succeed?
Start by being realistic. Expect-
ing giant lifestyle changes! to hap-
pen quickly or easily is not being
Our bad habits usually came
about in small increments over a
long period of time. That usually
means changing them will also-
take time and probably will hap-
pen in small units. You're not go-
ing to lose 35 pounds next week,
but you might lose 4. or 5 pounds
next month.
In some ways,.changing'habits
or behaviors is similar to under-
taking a home remodeling proj-
ect. You need to start by accepting
three basic things:
'It's going to take longer than
you hoped.
It's going to be more difficult
than you expected.
It may even take more than
one try to reach your goal.
Accepting these concepts can
give you a realistic foundation
from which to plan and take ac-

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A first step is to forget rigid
time deadlines and instead set
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You probably can't stop smoking
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feel depressed and like a failure
when you don't drop five pounds
in week one, or when you slip up
and eat that dessert. So instead,
set smaller goals that are easier to
achieve. Maybe it's just skipping
that morning donut this week.
Next week, perhaps it's taking a
daily walk after dinner.
Most important is not giving
up. Yes, you will make mistakes.
Yes, you might even fail one or
more times. Studies report losing
weight often takes several tries,
and quitting smoking as many as
eight attempts.
Just accept that you're human
and fallible, but also capable of
giving it another go. Try again,
and you just might have one less
resolution to make next New
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Community Events

Sunday, Jan. 20

-Trust Quartet to perform Jan. 20
The Trust Quartet, singing Gaither style four part harmony are
scheduled to perform in concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the
North Lake Estates Clubhouse. The exciting Trust Quartet, a Florida
based, Nashville recorded mixed group, will perform their enthusi-
astic approach to some of gospel's finest songs. Trust not only has
great harmony but also unique ministering ability with song. You
will not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a great concert.

Gospel music Melton style
The Meltons will be in concert at Westside Christian Church of
Okeechobee, 8082 S.R. 70 W on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 467-2278.

Monday, Jan. 21

Health Fair scheduled
Church of the Brethren in Lorida will put be hosting a Health
Fair, "Fit and Great for 2008." It will be held Monday, Jan. 21 from
8 a.m. until noon. Health providers, screenings, door prizes, and
refreshments will be present. It is open to the public. For iriforia-
tion call (863) 655-1466.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Collaborative Council meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee.Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. ip the Board Room of the Okeechobee
School Board Office. Angela Kelly and Barbara Godejohn both from
the Okeechobee County Health Dept. will be guest speakers at this
meeting. The public is invited. For more information, call Sharon
Vinson at (863) 462-5000 Ext: 257.

Hospital sponsors Ladies Health Day
Raulerson Hospital presents "Ladies Only Health Day," a lun-
cheon on Jan. 22, 2008 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
Express. The guest speakers for the Ladies Only Health Day will be
board certified physicians, James Bradfield, M.D. FACOG (Gynecol-
ogy) and Rene Loyola, M.D. FACS (General Surgery). Dr. Bradfield
will discuss new healthcare services offered to women of all ages
and Dr. Loyola will discuss new "State of the Art" surgical proce-
dures that are opening up regularly at the Hospital. Reservations
are required. Please RSVP to Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702. Only 50
seats are available for this event.

Top Broadway Composers discussed
Presented by Ian Nairnsey at the Okeechobee Library, Broadway
Music Authority Ian Naitnsey will present Top Broadway Compos-
ers at the Okeechobee Library at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library
Meeting Room. They are free and open to the public. The topic
Jan. 22 will be. "John Mercer" on Jan. 22- The third installment will
discuss "Bob Merrill" on Jan. 29. Next, "Frank Loesser, will be the
topic on Feb. 5. "Jerome Kern Part 1" .is the topic on Feb. 12, and
"Jerome Kern Part II" on Feb. 19. For information call Jan Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Fair planning meetings scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will hold a fair plan-
ning meeting on Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Ex-
tension Office. The fair is finalizing plans for the upcoming March
Fair and would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering with
the fair to attend. If you have any questions you may contact Linda
Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.

Democratic Party meeting
Get fired up about the primary at our first meeting of the year!
Join us at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Village Square Restaurant. Guest
speakers will be: Supervisor of Elections, Gwen Chandler and can-
didate for Public Defender for the 19t" Judicial Circuit, Donald Chin-
quina. For information call (863) 357-8680.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Health and Safety Expo planned
The Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held at
the Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. We are currently seeking vendors to share health and safety
related information at the Expo. If your business/organization is not
health related, you can still participate, call for more details. Free
admission, free parking, free lunch, and free prizes to all who at-
tend. For information please call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000
Ext. 257, Angela Kelly Okeechobee County Health Department
(863) 462-5781 or Donnie Arnold Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue (863) 634-6464.

Upcoming Events

Sunday,Jan. 20
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call (863) 634-4780.

Monday,Jan. 21
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or
to schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850
U.S. 98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a
business meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are
due in September. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite. K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
in Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen
Graves, Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to
any interested persons to come by and see what they are about. For
information call (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-311.0.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 20, 2008 b

New Endeavour High School celebrates excellence

submitted photo/NEMS
New Endeavor staff would like to congratulate the Students
of the Week for Jan. 14 18. Students are, Javas Jones,
Carson Williams, Brent Heasley, Doug Wadlington, Ana
Gomez, Angel Alvarez, Charles Booker and Angelica Salm-
eron-Jaimes. Keep up the good work!

Submitted photo/NEHS
NEHS honored School Related Employee of the Year, Laura
Fonseca and Teacher of the Year, Dawn Nichols, with lunch,
cake and presents on Thursday, Jan. 17.

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In recognition of their achievement as School Related Em-
ployees of the Year, Laura Fonseca and Teacher of the Year
Dawn Nichols enjoyed lunch with cake.

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NEHS Alpha Fourth graders, Perla Palacios and Christen
Bennett received the Good Citizenship Award for the Sec-
ond nine weeks.

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NEHS Alpha Fourth graders, Christen Bennett and Alexis
Submitted photo/NEHS Cornell received awards for Honor Roll for the second nine
NEHS Alpha Fourth graders, Jaquan Smith, Christen Ben- weeks.
nett, Gisel Alarcon, Perla Palacios and Lane Everhart re-
ceived awards for Perfect Attendance for the second nine

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Central Elementary School students are back and at it again!

Kindergarten students enjoyed
the holidays and came back to
school eager to share their experi-
ences and continue to learn new
We are working on the season,
winter. The students, are learning
about animals and how they adapt
to the environment. We also are
looking at the differences in cloth-
ing we wear, foods we eat, and ac-
tivities we do in winter.
Some students are studying spe-
cific authors, such as Jan Brett who
wrote the winter stories, The Hat
and The Mitten. Reading and dis-
cussing these stories help us work
on comparing and contrasting se-
quencing, and recognizing fiction.
In math, we have been learning
about solid figures, plane shapes,
symmetry and equal parts. Some
students are moving on into study-
ing numbers 10 to 30. Learning
about larger numbers is fun and
soon we will recognize, count, and
write numbers to 100.
On Jan. 21 we will observe a
special holiday in honor of Martin
Luther King, Jr. So, we have been
reading stories about his life and his
We all have dreams too and are
writing about them. We will display
those writings on Writing Display
Day at the end of the month, hope
to see you there. "

Third grade
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
class have celebrated earning their
required Accelerated Reader points
for the semester with a trip to Gold-
en Corral. Thank you to the won-
derful Staff who helped to make
our trip a delight. Students are ex-
cited about the rest of the school
year. They are reading and writing
with a vengeance. We have started
our worm farm and will be exam-
ining the effects of water and dirt in
the worm environment as well as
the anatomy of the worm.
Welcome to our new students,
Apple Nunez and Alysa Osterman.
Alysa Osterman is our student of the
week. Congratulations to Amanda
Tinsley, Brandon Rodriquez, and
Kara Adams, our past students of
the week. Don't forget to read.
Ms. DelPrete and Mrs. Lopez
are very proud of the students who
earned their AR goal for the second
nine weeks. We will be going to
Dairy Queen for lunch and a treat.
Keep up the good reading so you
can meet your 3rd nine weeks goal.
Congratulations to: Sabree Hall and
Faith Roddenberry who won the
classroom spelling bee. In Writing,
we are working on elaboration in
our expository writings, and will
be writing narrative stories soon.
In Science, we are learning about
Rocks and Minerals. In Math, we
are working on division facts. In
Spanish, we will be learning about
Spain. Parents- thankyou for check-
ing agendas and homework. Con-
gratulations to our recent Students
of the Week- Jaen Torres, Lynnette
Casiano, Alyssa Bessenbacher, and
Noemy Gomez.
Welcome back Miss L's Third

Okeebechobee County Middle

Schools Menus

Holiday No School
Egg Roll w/Fried Rice
Chicken Nuggets
Honey Wheat Rolls
Chicken Oriental Salad
Deli Turkey Grab & Go
Seasoned Green Beans
Fruit Cocktail
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Fresh Fruit
Tossed Salad
Milk Variety
Shepherd's Pie
Country Style Biscuit
-+ Pepperoni Hot pocket
Deli Turkey Grab & Go
Chef Salad
Golden Yellow Corn
Chilled Peaches
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Fresh Fruit
Tossed Salad
Milk Variety
Spaghetti w/ Mt Sc-Sec
Breaded Chix Patty Sandwich
Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Deli Turkey Grab & Go
Mixed Vegetables
Fruit w/ Gelatin
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Fresh Fruit
Tossed Salad
Milk Variety
Cheese Stuffed Crust
Pepperoni Stuffed Crust
BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Chef Salad
Ham Sandwich Grab & Go
Vegetable California Blend
Diced Pears
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Fresh Fruit
Tossed Salad

Milk Variety
Mon 1/28/2008
Chicken Quesadilla
Corn Dog, Low Fat
Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Deli Turkey Grab & Go
Broccoli Florets w/Lemon
Chilled Peaches
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Fresh Fruit
Tossed Salad
Milk Variety
The 1/29/2008
Garlic Bread Sticks
Deli Turkey on Bun (rev)
Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Turkey / Whole Wheat
Grab and Go REV
Corn on the Cob
Fruit Cocktail
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Tossed Salad
Milk Variety
Wed 1/30/2008
Country Style Biscuit
Deli Turkey on Bun (rev)
Chicken Ceasar Salad
Ham Sandwich Grab & Go
Vegetable California Ble
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Tossed Salad
Milk Variety
Thu -1/31/2008
Taco Salad (Beef)
Ham & Ch/Bun Sec REV
Deli Turkey Grab & Go
Chicken Nugget Salad
Seasoned Green Beans
Fruit w/ Gelatin
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice, 6 oz
Milk Variety
Tossed Salad

Graders! I hope everyone had a
restful break. The students are
back in the groove of things and
are working very hard. We have
started our new theme in reading,
"Telling a Story." The students are
continuing to work on their read-
ing skills. Right now we are focus-
ing on Author's Purpose. Writing is
fun when science is involved. We
made 'blob' and are now writing a
how-to on making it. The students
had a lot of fun and it shows in their
writing. Math is talking about divi-
Students really need to know
their multiplication facts for this
We have also learned three oth-
er methods to figuring out division
problems, repeated subtraction,
make a number line and make an
array. In Science, we just finished
learning about work and simple
machines. We will be starting
Chapter 6: Minerals and Rocks. So-
cial Studies continue in the news-
The students just learned about
the countries that make up the
Eastern Hemisphere. We will be
listening to Dr. Martin Luther King's
speech and talking about what it
means to us. As we continue on
with the second half of the year,
please be reading for 100 Book
Challenge at home. Also, study
those multiplication facts!
Miss J's class had a wonder-
ful holiday break and is back at it
Students of the week have been
Austin Margerum before Christmas
Break and this week Adam Alt. The
story this week in Reading was
'Papa Tells Chita a Story' and next
week we will be reading 'Coyote
Places the Stars'. In Math, we just
finished up working with time and
are going to start back working on
Multiplication again. Science we
are learning about rocks and min-
erals and how they are formed.
For the school spelling bee, Lovey
Olsen was our class representa-

tive and Apolonia Nunez was our
class alternate. Way to go girls! For
awards for the second 9 weeks, the
following students received these
awards. For Citizenship Rosie
Cortez, Apolonia Nunez, Candace
McGlamory, Jennifer Ehrlich, Jesse
Mond. For Effort-Jesse Mond, Tay-
lor Pelham, Wilian Lopez, Rachelle
Baptiste-Blair, and Rosie Cortez. For
Red Award Marcel "Alex" Lopez,
Adoniel Martinez, and Apolonia
Nunez. For Silver Jennifer Ehrlich.
For Gold Candace McGlamory.
Congratulations to all of those stu-
dents! Keep up the good work!
Fifth grade
Mrs. Achong and Mr. Hall's
classes are getting back into the
routine. There were many stories
to share after our break. We are
just completing our reading theme
about the earth and we will be
moving on to a new theme this
month. In math, we are working
hard to learn Multiplication prop-
erties, variables, and patterns in
numbers. Our focus in Science has
been over Forces and Motion in-
cluding Newton's Laws of Motion.
Our students of the week since we
returned has been Eunice Crowell
and Maria Garcia. We have also cel-
ebrated the birthdays of Matt Riley
and Enrique Santillorr.
In Miss M's class we are SUPER
busy preparing for the FCAT this
Students are sharpening their
skills on many new concepts.
We also just finished up our 2nd
Nine Weeks and several students
reached their goal for Accelerated
Reader and will be going to Golden
Corral for lunch as a reward. Those
students who earned this are: Lo-
gan Arnold, Jose Baltazar, Kyle
Bryner, Sandro, Fernandez, Em-
manuel Gaona, Stephen Hoo, Mic-
co Randall, and Roshell Thomas.
Way to go Boys! Miss M is so proud
of you.

Alsowith the end of our 2nd Nine
Weeks, several students achieved
goals academically. Students receiv-
ing the Red Award are Airi Nunez
and C. W Simpson. Those who
achieved the Silver Award are: Em-
manuel Gaona, Sandro Fernandez,
and Jessica Mond. All three of these
students were very close to mak-
ing the Gold Award (all A's). Our
Proud Panther this Nine Weeks is
Katie Muldoon. The Proud Panther
is a very prestigious award for te
5th graders to earn, as it represents

who is an academic achiever, com-
munity oriented, and leader. Katie
represents all of the characteristics
and deserves this award. Several
other students also received the Ef-
fort and Citizenship awards. They
are Ailyn Garcia, Karina Gonzalez,
Alyssa Weeks, Katie Muldoon,
C.W Simpson, Courtney Watkins,
Teresa Jaimes, Jesus Ordonez, Jes-
sica Mond, and Beth Hayden. Way
to go to everyone who earned an
award!!! You're truly are Shining


Joel Raymond
Joel Raymond Leonard, Sr. of
Okedchobee, age 86 died, Friday,
Jan. 18, 2008. Born March 12,
1921 in Jasper,
Ala., he had
been a resident
of Okeechobee
since 1959 and
was a member
of the Church
of the Nazarene
and Florida Fly
Wheelers. He Joel
enjoyed fishing Raymond
and hunting andeonar
was a trader of general merchan-
. dise.
He is preceded in death by
three brothers, and a great grand-
son, Justin Levi Undershill.
He is survived by his
wife, Avalou M. Leonard of
Okeechobee; sons, Joel Raymond

Leonard, Jr., of Okeechobee, David
Allan (Susan) Leonard of St. Peters-
burg, George Cleveland (Lynnette)
Leonard of Okeechobee; daughter,
Rebecca Leonard of Okeechobee.
In addition, he is survived by nine
grandchildren, Mary Bullington of
Okeechobee, James Leonard, Ja-
son Leonard, Justin Leonard, all
of St. Petersburg, Jeffery Leonard,
Jessie Leonard, Wayne Leonard,
William Leonard, Charlie McCoin,
Jr., all of Okeechobee; great grand-
child, Caleb Bullington and a host
of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, Jan.
21, from 10 a.m. until service time
at 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth St.
Friends may sign the guestbook
at www.buxtonfuneralhome.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

Wesley Mobley has lived in Okeechobee since 1949. He
takes his job at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
& Crematory seriously, saying, "I find my work with
families to be a ministry to the public."
At Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory, we don't
take our jobs lightly. That's because we realize how
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Okeechobee News,~Sunday, January 20, 2008 AGRICULTURE 7

The American Farm Bureau

honors its state members

NEW ORLEANS -- Florida
Farm Bureau and its members
were honored for organizational
performance, lifetime service to
agriculture and county programs
during the American Farm Bureau
Federation's 89th annual conven-
tion Jan. 12-15 in New Orleans.
Two Young Farmer and Rancher
couples also placed highly in their
respective competitions.
Florida Farm Bureau was rec-
ognized with five Awards for Ex-
cellence, which were presented
to the state Farm Bureaus that
have outstanding programs.
Florida was recognized in the ar-
eas of Education and Agricultural
Promotion, Leadership Develop-
ment, Policy Implementation,
Member Services and Public Re-
lations and Information.
During the convention, Carl
B. Loop Jr., who for 23 years was
president of the Florida Farm Bu-
reau, was honored with the Dis-
tinguished Service to Agriculture
Award for his service to national
agriculture issues and to the
American Farm Bureau Federa-
tion. Loop was honored during
the general session on Jan. 14. He
had served on the AFBF board for
two decades and was vice presi-

dent for six years.
Chris and Kelly Lyons of Mayo
were runners-up in the Achieve-
ment Award contest. They will
receive a Case IH DX compact
tractor, courtesy of Case IH, and
a $500 product voucher from Val-
voline. The Achievement Award
recognizes young farmers and
ranchers who have excelled in
their farming or ranching op-
erations and exhibited superior
leadership abilities. Participants
are evaluated on a combination
of their agricultural operation's
growth and financial progress,
Farm Bureau leadership and lead-
ership outside Farm Bureau.
Charlie and Kelli Hofer of Oca-
la were among the top 10 finalists
in the Excellence in Agriculture
competition. The Excellence in
Agriculture award recognizes
young farmers and ranchers who
*do not derive the majority of their
income from their agricultural
operation, but who actively con-
tribute and grow through their
involvement in agriculture, their
leadership ability, and participa-
tion in Farm Bureau and other
Dade County Farm Bureau
was among 15 recognized by the

American Farm Bureau Federa-
tion through the County Activities
of Excellence (CAE) program for
outstanding county Farm Bureau
programs and initiatives. Rep-
resentatives from Dade County
staffed a booth in the trade show
area of the convention showcas-
ing their "Tropical Fruit Industry
Media Tour." This tour introduced
members of the media, chefs,
food writers and restaurant own-
ers to local tropical fruit grow-
ers and showcased the county's
tropical fruit industry. Agriculture
is one of Miami-Dade County's
leading industries, providing
more than $1.09 billion in eco-
nomic impact and 20,000 jobs,
The tour allowed growers to high-
light the positive aspects of their
businesses while communicating
Farm Bureau's positionon on key is-
sues such as immigration reform
and property rights.
Florida Farm Bureau Federa-
tion is the state's largest general-
interest agricultural organiza-
tion with approximately 143,000
member-families, statewide. For
more information on the annual
meeting, visit http://FloridaFarm-

Cheese product gets recalled

culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging retail stores to check
their inventory for Santa Rosa
Cheese, Naturally Aged White
Cheese. The cheese may be con-
taminated with E. coli bacteria.
The potential for this con-
tamination was determined after
recent testing performed by the

Florida Department of Agriculture
.and Consumer Services revealed
the presence of generic E-coli
bacteria not the more danger-
ous E-coli 0157: H7 strain in
samples of the cheese collected
from the manufacturer's Miami
The affected codes for Natu-
rally Aged White Cheese are 565
and 589, various package sizes.

Retailers who have purchased
this product are urged to return it
to the manufacturer Santa Rosa
Cheese, 4795 N.W 72nd Ave., Mi-
ami, 33166. Consumers who have
purchased the product should
return it to the store from which
they bought it.
No illnesses have been report-
ed to date in connection with this

Florida beef cattle short course planned

producers continue to face chal-
lenges that affect the potential
for profitability of their beef cattle
enterprise. Increasing production
costs coupled with unfavorable
weather patterns continue to
drive cattlemen to examine their
bottom line. To that end, today's
cattlemen continue to explore po-
tential niarketing options, means
to improve the quality of the
calves they market, and improved
production practices as well.
The 57th Annual Florida
Beef Cattle
Short Course continues the
rich tradition of quality programs
from the UF/ IFAS Department of
Animal Sciences that address the
issues facing the beef cattle indus-
try. The 2008 Florida Beef Cattle
Short. Course begins Wednesday
afternoon with the annual market
outlook. Looking at current mar-
ket trends is important as the beef
industry faces increasing .produc-
tion costs and expansion of the
ethanol industry and the associ-
ated implications. The afternoon
program continues with a pair
of current topics that outline the
implementation of instrument
grading for beef carcasses, mar-
keting and alternative production
systems. The final installment of
the program that afternoon is an
economic comparison of alterna-


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tive production systems for beef
cattle producers. The afternoon
program concludes with an op-
portunity for the participants to in-
teract and exchange information
during the evening reception and
Allied Trade Show. Thursday's
program is entirely dedicated to
bulls. A wide spectrum of impor-
tant topics related to bulls will be
addressed throughout the day,
Thursday starts with a discussion
that addresses EPDs to select and
evaluate bulls. The theme contin-
ues with a discussion of genetic
markers that should help clarify
fact from fiction in this emerg-
ing genetic selection tool. The
program shifts from selection to
production as we look at how to
adapt bulls to the Gulf Coast re-
gion and bull management con-
siderations for commercial pro-
Finally, because buying a bull
is a financial investment, it is im-
portant to address how much a
producer can pay for a purchased
The afternoon program con-
tinues to address the bull compo-
nent of the beef cattle enterprise
through live animal demonstra-
tions. Three different assessment
and evaluation criteria will be
applied to bull selection. Demon-
stratibns and discussion of pheno-
typic-live anifnal, ultrasound, and
fertility and breeding potential
evaluations, along with matching
bull selection to the cow herd will

give participants a comprehen-
sive experience in bull selection
and evaluation. The annual Cat-
tlemen's Steakout on Thursday
evening provides an event for all
participants to enjoy a prime rib
The program will present
some of the recent research and
production methods that UF .re-
searchers are exploring to irm-
prove beef production in Florida.
Topic areas will include back-
grounding calves with co-prod-
ucts, replacement heifer manage-
ment, factors affecting the value
of calves from Florida, application
of biosolids as fertilizer sources,
and utilization of limpograss for
grazing. The 2008 Florida Beef
Cattle Short Course promises to
continue the tradition of being the
best educational event for beef
cattle producers in the Southeast.
The spectrum of topics related to
beef production, marketing, and
selection of bulls should provide
something for %every beef cattle
producer regardless of size. Make
plans to attend the Short Course
and come away with new and
innovative knowledge about the
beef cattle industry. Complete
information, schedules, and reg-
istration can be found online at
sion/beef/short.shtml, or contact
the University of Florida, Depart-
ment of Animal Sciences at (352)
392- 1916.

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Calves 632 893
Cows 113 270
Strs 47 16
Hfrs 3 26
Bulls 25 32
YrIngs 15 34
Mix 33 8
Total 868 1279
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
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250-300 129-145 117-122
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still\strong, even at $1 lower this week.
High grain prices and fuel costs are
adding to the strife. Don't look for a lot
of improvement till Spring. Larry Overton,
Loxahatchee topped the calf market with
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Brahmans fall short against Fort Pierce

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee fell 60-53 Friday
night to Fort Pierce, (13-5), but it
sure wasn't from a lack of effort.
Okeechobee hustled all night
and battled the Cobras for all 32
minutes, leading most of the way,
before falling in the final minutes.
Simon Cummings, 25 points,
hit some key shots down the
stretch, and found some open
teammates for big baskets, to lead
the Cobras.
"Both teams played hard. We
came out here in the second half
and pulled it together. A couple of
guys hit big three pointers. It was a
team effort, and everybody played
hard," the senior noted.
An emotional Brahman Coach
Jon Enrico said he was very proud
of his team and the intensity they
showed. "That's what I told them,
they don't have to hang their
heads tonight. I was proud of
them tonight. That's all I've ever
asked of them was to work hard
and tonight they did."
Senior Chris Hall was a key rea-
son that Okeechobee was able to
stay close to Fort Pierce. He had
13 points and four steals.
Hall noted the season hasn't
gone the way the team had hoped
but there is still time to turn it
around, "We decided to show ev-
eryone why we should be number
one in our district. We came to
Early on it looked like a good
night for Okeechobee. The Brah-
mans built an 8-1 lead after four
minutes thanks to two threes from
Corey White, eight points, and
Hall. The Brahmans held Cum-
mings scoreless in the first quarter.
Still Fort Pierce rallied with eight
straight points and took an 11-10
lead late in the quarter. White's
jumper in the final minute gave
Okeechobee a 12-11 lead after the
first quarter.
Cummings came to life with
nine points in the second quar-
ter as the two teams traded bas-
kets. David Jeune, 17 points,
had six points in the quarter and
played very tough inside, (nine re-
bounds). His follow of a missed
shot gave Okeechobee a 27-26
lead at the half.
Hall said the team had a good
practice before the game, and a
shoot around where they got to
work on their shooting. He noted
that played a role in the game.
Enrico said he couldn't be hap-
pier with how his players ran the
offense and defense. He mixed in
some half court traps in the first
quarter that paid dividends. "That
might have been one of the best
games we've played all year. I'm
very happy with the defense and
the offense. We shared the ball,
we worked hard on defense, and
we came and gave it everything
we had."
In the third quarter Okeechobee
continued to play well as they out-
scored Fort Pierce, 17-15 to hold a
44-41 lead after three. Jeune had

Sports News
in Brief

OCRA sign-ups for
Signups for the 2008 OCRA
Baseball/Softball season continue
Sat. Jan. 26, Saturday, Feb. 2, and
Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. until
2:30 p.m. Birth certificates of the
child will be needed when sign
ups are done. For more informa-
tion please call OCRA at (863)

Tennis fundraiser to
benefit OHS teams
Costopoulos & Helton, P.A.
will host their Sixth annual adult
tennis fundraiser to raise funds for
the Okeechobee High School Ten-
nis teams.
The event will be held Satur-
day, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27
at the Okeechobee County Sports
Complex tennis courts, 580 N.W
27th Lane.
For an entry form or infor-
mation, stop by Costopoulos &
Helton, P.A., 195 S.W 28th St. or
call (863) 763-1120. You may
also call Dave Ellis at (863) 763-
4518. If there is no answer, leave
a message and your call will be
Entry fees are $30 per group
entry. All entrants will receive an
event T-Shirt, along with a chick-
en dinner with sides and a drink
on the first day of the event. Din-
ner tickets can also be purchased
from members of the OHS Tennis

team for $7. The event is open to
any adult and consists of A and
B levels in doubles men, women
and mixed doubles.

Little League Baseball
Softball Sign-ups
Okeechobee Little League
baseball and softball sign-ups are
set for Jan. 26, 27 from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Chris Hall led a solid Brahman effort with 13 points and four
steals during the Friday night game against Ft. Pierce.

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to do it. You have to be confident
and you have to step up to the
show. You don't see (Lakers star)
Koby Bryant step away from the
ball. That's my favorite player."
Cummings had three 're-
bounds, three assists, and 10
steals, most of them in the final
quarter, to help Fort Pierce pull
out the win.
Hall, who committed some
costly turnovers in the final two
minutes, admitted it was mistakes
that did in the Brahmans, "We
were in the game, it was just a
few turnovers that tilted the game
their way. We lost at the end
due to turnovers, but we played
Henderson had seven points,
four rebounds, and three assists
for Okeechobee. Jeune added
four steals. Cory White had three
rebounds and three assists. Ricky
Nieto had two rebounds and two
Watson had nine points and
four rebounds for Fort Pierce.
Coach Enrico said he felt this
was a good game for the Brah-
mans to build on. Although
they've lost four in a row now, (8-
10), he said the team is still play-
ing hard.
"Fort Pierce Central is a good
team but I thought we could beat
them, I still believe that. They just
made a couple more shots than
we did tonight," he noted.
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tough loss Friday night to Ft. Pierce.

nine points in the quarter, most
of them on tough baskets inside.
Henderson and Matt Skipper hit
three pointers to keep Okeechobee
ahead. Cummings had seven
points, and Trever Banks, (nine
points), hit a three to keep Fort
Pierce close.
The fourth quarter was tense
and action packed. Earl Watson
hit a dunk off a nice pass from
Cummings to get Fort Pierce fired
up. The basket tied the score at 45.
Fort Pierce went ahead 50-45 as
Cummings had nine points in the
quarter. A three pointer by White

pulled Okeechobee to within 52-
50 with two minutes left. He had
another chance for a three but the
shot was just a little long and Fort
Pierce pulled down the miss.
Okeechobee had their chances
down the stretch but couldn't get
anything to fall. Jeune missed a few
tough follows, and James Shanks,
(1-10) couldn't buy a bucket. Hen-
derson, the Brahman's go to guy,
didn't score in the fourth.'
Meanwhile, Fort Pierce's go to
guy, Cummings, found the range.
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is the time spent reading
with your child from
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for the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Must possess
a High School Diploma or equivalent and a valid
FL Drivers License. Only those with a three year
clean driving record need apply. Shift work and
week-ends are required. Applications will be ac-
cepted until opening is filled at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority located at 100 SW. 5th. Avenue,
Okee, FL 34974. An Equal Opportunity Employer,
Drug Free Work Place.

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing'Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Has openings for the following positions:
*Service Technician *Truck Mechanic *Collision Technician
Benefits include paid holidays, paid vacations,
health insurance, 401 K plan.
Apply in person at our Service Department or Collision
Center, or call (863)763-3154 Mon-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

FulTime 'I'll

(Social & Human.Service Assistants L1)
Home visitor position with Healthy
Families Program at Hendry County
Health Department in Clewiston;
knowledge of child development &
cultural diversity; must have valid
Florida driver's license, reliable
transportation, & ability to travel;
Background screening & fingerprinting
required. EEO/AA. Apply on line: or
Call Jeannie @ 863-983-1408
x 532 for more details



Has the following openings:
Must have current FL LPN Lic., and 1 yr exp.
Must have 1 yr exp.
Bilingual Spanish/English pref.
Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
Fax resume to: (863) 357-2991 or apply at:
FCHC, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL

Seeking Other Couples w/
Similar interested to hang out
with. 863-261-7589

Will pick up your junkl
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @

Employment -
Medical 210:
Employment 2
Wanted 220;
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
has immediate openings
for the following positions:
Manager Trainee
Sales Clerks
Benefits Include:
Health, Life & Dental
Paid Vacations & Holidays
Paid Personal Time Off
401k Retirement Savings
Tuition Reimbursement &
Apply in person at the
following location:
601 E.N. PARK ST.
Tue. 1/22- lOam-3pm
EOE Employer

Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-

for plumbing company,
.FT w/benefits,
(863)763-6461 DFWP
Looking for Reps. Earn Cash,
Be your own Boss, Travel for
Less. No obligation Seminar
Jan 22, 6:30 pm Beef O'Bra-
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Must be a RN Assist with
overall management of the
nursing dept. assist in
ensuring quality nursing care.
Must be flexible and a team
player. Long term care
experience preferred.
Wound Care
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Assist in ensuring quality care
for all patients with wounds,
must be team player and
Please submit your
application to:
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301 South Gloria Street
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Please apply in person:
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projects for facility in
addition to regular duties.
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Storage/Auto Business
Warehouse space available
Located behind U-Save in Okeechobee
Approximately 850 sq. ft. $650 a month

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AKC YORKIES 1 female
$600, 3 males $500 ea,
CHIHUAHUAS 2 males, 1 yr
old, 1 black 1 brown, all
shots. $150 each

In Town, 2br/2ba,$900
mo. + $600. sec. dep,
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
BEAUTIFUL 2br in quiet area,
Ig. kitchen, full wall closets
in BR, plush carpet, 25'
screen room & utility room.
$750/mo. (863)467-2784
EFFICIENCY APT 1br, All util.
paid. Clean. Furnished with
washer facilities. $450 mo.
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, lba, Near
town. $800 mo. inclds wa-
ter. 1st month FREE! Annual
Lease. Call 561-255-4377
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
Park Apt, 1 br avail, on the
Rim Canal. For details. 863-

KINGS BAY, 2BR/2BA, $750
mo. (863)763-7301 or
Taylor Creek Condos -
1BR/1BA, fully furnished,
$650 mo. + $350 sec.
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba, remodeled
kitch, w/d, covered screened
patio, Irg yard, avail 2/1/08.
May be seen now by appt.
(863)634-3414 or

BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or

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Home I^mprovemen



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Yard Sales



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BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. 100% applied to pur-
chase of $168,500 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
turn, on canal, seasonal &
yearly, (863)824-0981
2ba, $1000 / mo
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
aorch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
ast, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEE. B-15 2br, 1ba CBS on
4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEE-1011 SW 10th Ave. 3br,
lba, den, custom kitch, tile,
$1150/mo, 1st & $1000 sec
OKEECHOBEE 3/2 on 20
acres, 15 minutes North of
town. $1500/mo

OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba, 819
SE 10th St. Must have refer-
ences. Call 863-763-2416 or
3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st & sec.
Call to see (863)885-1347
3br, 2ba, Fenced yard
$1050 mo.
front, 265' Sea wall with boat
dock. Unfurnished. 3br, 2ba,
W/D. C/Air. $1400 mo.
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$850 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.

Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
B A. $135 wk. Call
(863)824-6112 or

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

Business Places.
Sale : 1005
Commercial ios:
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses -Sale 1015
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 lnspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

CHEVRON Gas Station,
C- Store, Deli, Carwash. $1.1
million Fin avail. Broker
owner. (800)230-0030

When doing those chores
Is doing you n, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classifleds.

Corner lot with 24' trailer,
with 2 room add-on, 20x21'
carport, Block 8, Lot 3. Ap-
praised at' $37,000, asking
$28,000.863-467-8507 ,


2001 CBS Close to Sports Complex
Charming Arts & Craft Style Home
3/2 Brick Home Fireplace & Pool
SBlue Heron 3/2 CBS House Only
Lg Waterfront House Taylor Creek
Executive Home w/ Efficiency on
Rim Canal $399,000
Gail Brown Realtor

P.Oy ,r- Real Estate e
CBS HOME 3/2/2 In gated
community. Open fir plan w/'
family rm. Vaulted ceilings.
Community pool/club house.
Safe area for walks & biking.
$229,500 (863)763-7721
Builder has 3 nice lots
left in good area.
Ready to build
Your plans or ours. Call for
more details 561-762-2233
OKEECHOBEE: Completely
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
family room, 2000 sq ft, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must See!
$145,000 (863)824-6112 or
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
Lot #47, 28'x48' Palm Harbor,
3br w/walk in closets, 2ba
28'x20' carport, 12'x15' porch,
Furnished w/W/D, Ready to
move in! (863)357-2794

Land for Sale-10 acres,
drop dead gorgeous land,
tons of oaks & palm trees,
with a creek, close to town,
$30,000 per acre.
Dreamcatcher Realty
OKEECHOBEE 2.5 beautiful
acres, 2 ponds, Call
(954)258-8565 for informa-

Lot, Lg. pad. Screen rm.,
Pool/Club House. Jayco 5th
WhI. 35 Ft. 304-543-6107
waterfront lots, large pads,
pool & clubhouse, 9 hole
golf course, (239)945-7666

OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
or 502-598-9115


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Rental, SE 23rd Court,
For information.
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419

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The Florida Wing of the
Civil Air Patrol -- United States
Air Force Auxiliary has formed
a CAP unit in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron 453 currently has 26 mem-
bers. Senior members and ca-
dets are being recruited for the
unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and :18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to admin-
ister the unit and provide super-
vision for the cadets. The three
main missions of the Civil Air
Patrol are emergency services,
erpospaee education and cadet
bograms. Senor members and'
cadets work side by side to ac-
complish 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.

Heritage Village donates to Mission
Bruce Swinford (left) of Big Lake Missions Outreach presents a certificate to Yvan Ouellet
and Paul Brunet of Heritage Village, for their community food drive for the mission. They
collected approximately 1,500 Ibs of canned and packaged foods, and monetary funds.

Submitted Photo

Old Men Riders help mission
Bruce Swinford, Big Lake Missions (left) presented
Gene Rodenberry, Old Men Riders, with a certificate of
appreciation for the 125 mile bike run that they sponsored,
on Dec. 1 to help benefit the Big Lake Missions Outreach


Submitted photo
Douglas Curey Jr., and Dorrie Jones to wed in June.'

James Drinkwine and Suzanne
Jones of Syracuse, N.Y. are proud
to announce the engagement
of their daughter Dorrie Jones
to Douglas Curey Jr. of Jackson,
The prospective groom is the
son of Doug Curey and Donna
Butler of Jackson, Mich.
The wedding is planned for
June 7, 2008 at Oakview Baptist

The bride to be is a 1996 grad-
uate of East Syracuse Minoa High
School. She is employed as a Cor-
rectional Officerwith Okeechobee
Correctional Institution.
The groom is a 1994 graduate
of Port St. Lucie High School. He
is employed as a Correctional Of-
ficer Sergeant with Okeechobee
Correctional Institution.
After the wedding the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.


Submitted photo

50th Anniversary
Jack and Flo Murphy are celebrating their 50th wedding
anniversary this month. There will be a potluck dinner,
with meat and drinks provided, held for the couple at the
Flamingo Motel cabana building on Jan. 26, from noon
until 4 p.m. Whether you are a friend or a family member,
please come and help honor these remarkable people on
their special day.

Submitted Photo
Bikers who participated in the 125 mile Bike Run included Vinny Marcellino, Tom and Sheryl Yackamovich, Buck Gerby,
Mike Russillo, Mike McCoin, Ira Adkins, Dennis Rutherford, Bill Shawfield, Dan Corwin, Pat Werne, Dale Burk, Linda Burk,
Dutch and Shirley DeJong, Ken Bast, Wade Barnhill, Chris Week, Jim Haddix, Travis White, Jim White and Ed Somers. Thank
you to all who participated and a special thanks to all of the sponsors: Bass Funeral Home, Buxton Funeral Home, U-Save,
Perry's Pest Control, Palm Dale Express, Inc., Badcock, Linda Meares, Fantasy Lighting, Gretchen Robertson State Farm,
Bruce Homer, Communication Equipment and Engineering Co., Pritchard's and Associates, Ambassadors for Jesus Pine,
Thomas and Sheryle Yackamovich, Mike McCoin Charlie's Tree Service, Donald and Linda Burk, North Park Tire Center,
TJ Truss Corp., and Seacoast National Bank. Thank you to all!

Trystin Nickolas
Mitchell and Chanley Arnold
of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son,
Trystin Nickolas Arnold.
He was born on Oct. 19, 2007
at St. Lucie Medical Center in St.
Lucie. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz.
and was 20 inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are
Carl and Rebecca Maxwell,
Jim and Becky Barnhart of
Paternal grandparents are
Marvin and Cindi Arnold of
Great grandparents are
Lowell and Marylyn Pritchard
of Okeechobee, Delbert and
Delores Maass of Watertown,
Wis., Cecil and Gloria Arnold of
Okeechobee and Melba Walters
of Summerville, Ga:.

Ragyn Owen Mohney

Ragyn Owen Mohney
David Mohney and Kayla Cher-
ry of Okeechobee are proud to
announce the birth of their son,
Ragyn Owen Mohney.
He was bor n on Dec. 14, 2007
at Lawnwood in Ft. Pierce. He
weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20
inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are
Karon and Ryan Etherton of
Okeechobee and Bruce and Sandy
of Greensboro, Ala.
Paternal grandparents are
David and Maleena Mohney of
Okeechobee and Maria and J.C.
Rodriguez of Haverhill.
Great grandparents are Carolyn
Matthews of Okeechobee, Bobby
Cook of Okeechobee, Kathy Ail-
lian of Okeechobee, and Chris and
Maria Santos of Palm Beach.

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12'x60', 2BR, 1BA, Florida
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on canal to Lake Istokpoga.
Call 863-655-3791
Manufactured Home
(For Sale)
Statewide Sales
Save Thousands
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Manufactured Homes (Own)
All Homes In Stock
Massive Markdowns
Financing Available
Ortona-14x70 Single Wide
with Ig. screened rm. on 1/4
acre lot. City water & Sewer.
1 blk. to boat ramp. 15 mm.
to LaBelle. $56,000 with low
down pymt. (321)733-7120
NEW 3 BR / 2 BA Doublewide
$39,900 includes set up &
A/C. Very easy financing
avail. Call (863)675-8886 or
Nueva casa manufacturada de
3/2banos a solo $39,900
Incluyendo instalacion com-
pleta y aire centrol. Para mas
info'rmacion. Llamee a
(863)675-4949 o
3br, 2ba, $25,000 or best
offer, you move
No Money Down... with your
old homes equity. Very easy
financing. Low prices on all
New 3 & 4 Bdrm. Homes.
Call (863)675-8888 or

4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010

SEAQUEST 20, Center con-
sole. 150 Johnson Kicker mo-
tor. Tandem trailer. Very good
cond. $3950. (863)214-9747

3 slides, awnings, full size
W/D, many extras, can be
seen in Clewiston
(863)983-8229 will return

SAVANNAH '95, 5th Wheel
or Gooseneck. Large slide
out. Excellent condition
$12,500 or best offer.
(863)467-5447 or 447-3357
TRACKER '2000, 26', Wood
slide out, A/C, Sleeps 6, Walk
around bed, New tires. Great
cond. $4350 (863)214-9747



Automobiles 4005
AutiosWanted 4010
Classic Cars4:. 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty -Trucks 4040
Parts 'Repairs 4045
PickupiTrucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 40 65
Vans 4070

cond. 1 Non Smoking owner.
Only 9K mls. Clear title.
$16,000. (863)357-3627
low miles, leather, TV,
$23,000 (863)674-1239


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Adopt an American legend in Okeechobee

The U.S. Department of the
Interior, Bureau of Land Man-
agement-Eastern States (BLM-
ES) will hold a special wild
horse and burro adoption at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center in Okeechobee, Florida,
on Feb. 2. For only $125, you
can take home your own young
mustang or burro.
"This is your opportunity to
adopt a wild horse or burro from
America's West," said BLM-ES
Wild Horse Program Manager,
Karen Malloy. Additionally, by
adopting one horse or burro,
you may now take home a com-
panion animal for only $25.
Approximately 70 horses and
10 burros will be available in
Okeechobee. "A great assort-
ment of wild horses and burros
are looking to make their new
home with you," Malloy said.
The wild horse and burro
adoption will be from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Re-
maining animals will be avail-
able for adoption Sunday, Feb.
3, from 8 a.m. until noon. Addi-
tionally, animals can be viewed
by the public between 1 p.m.
and 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.
Call 1-866-4MUSTANGS for
information and applications for
the Okeechobee adoption. Po-
tential adopters are asked to call
early to be pre-approved and
avoid waiting in line. You can
also visit http://www.wildhorse- or
to get requirement information
and download an application
and instructions to become a
qualified adopter.
Once they are gentled, wild
horses in the southeastern Unit-

ed States are used for dressage,
trail riding, western events, and
other disciplines. They are noted
for their endurance, sure-foot-
edness and intelligence, making
them great for work or recre-
ation. Burros are great compan-
ion animals and are oftentimes
used for predator control.
"These horses and burros
are diamonds in the rough, with
excellent legs and hooves, and
they have plenty of stamina.
They can be trained to ride or
drive and love to work," said
Ms. Malloy. "You'll not only be
caring for your own Living Leg-
end, but also helping to save the
horses left on the range from

over competition for limited
food and water," she said.
While the adoption process
is simple and straightforward,
anyone considering adoption
of a wild horse or burro should
remember that the animals are
wild and require gentling and
training. Since the Adopt-A-Wild
Horse & Burro Program began in
1973, over 214,000 animals have
been adopted nationwide. Of
those, nearly 5,000 have found
adoptive homes in Florida. Con-
sider bringing your family out to
the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center to view the animals
and learn more about the BLM's
Wild Horse and Burro Program.


14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 20, 2008

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