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Vol. 99 No. 53


Inside

Man charged in theft
of newspaper box
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested and booked
into the county jail on charges
that he stole a newspaper box,
which is his second arrest on
the same charge in less than a
month.
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Briefs

Water restrictions
in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme Dis-
trict-wide water shortage, di-
rectly 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, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hen-
dry and Glades counties are
limited to a one-day-per-week
landscape irrigation schedule
with two "watering windows."
Odd street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes
on Monday between 4 a.m.
and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
6n 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 ir-
rigation hours, between mid-
night and 8 a.m. OR 4 p.m.
and-11:59 .p.m. on their des-
ignated 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
die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet 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 landscapes.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).

Drought Index

Current: 504
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels


10.11 feet
Last Year: 11.33 feet



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

Index
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Com ics ...................................... 5
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword ....... 8
Opinion .......... 4
Speak O ut ................................. 4
'Sports............. 10
TV ........................ 9
Weather ........................ 2

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Bomb threat suspect sought


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Investigators are trying
to ascertain the identity of a
black female who they say
made a threatening phone call
Wednesday afternoon stating
that bombs were set to explode
at the sheriff's office and two
local businesses.
Major Noel Stephen of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) said the un-
known caller simply said that


bombs had been placed at the
sheriff's office and jail, Wal-
Mart and Publix. He said the
caller told 9-1-1 dispatchers
"you are going to blow up."
Maj. Stephen said it's not
known at this time if this per-
son is the same one who made
a similar threat on Jan. 27.
He went on to say the latest
threat was "very generic in na-
ture" and gave no specifics.
The major said they believe
the threatening call was appar-
ently made by a black female


due to "... the tone of her voice
and the manner in which she
spoke."
Wednesday's call came in
to the 9-1-1 center about 2:45
p.m. Maj. Stephen said neither
the sheriff's office nor the jail
was evacuated. He said depu-
ties did a perimeter search of
both buildings and found noth-
ing suspicious.
He added that deputies
were also dispatched to Pub-
lix, 3551 U.S. 441 S., where
they searched both the perim-


Better fire protection: Faster response time


Okee6;hobee News/Pete Gawda
On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Okeechobee County Board of ii-ty Commissioners held
a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest fire station, station 4 on N.E. 168'" Street.
Taking part in the ceremony were, left to right, commissioner Ray Domer, Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins, Terry Parrish, fire fighter medic who will be
in charge of the station, Commissioner Elvie Posey, Commission Chairman Clif Betts,
Commissioner Noel Chandler and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell. The station was de-
signed so that the same floor plan could be used to build additional fire stations as
needed. With the completion of this station, which is halfway between downtown and
Fort Drum, most of the county's main population corridor, along U.S. 441, is within five
miles of a fire station. The new station will cut response time to the turnpike by 12 to 15
minutes. It is anticipated that the new station will receive 1,000 calls a year.


New fire station open


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It took about two years of
effort and an estimated $1.7
million in investment, but
Okeechobee County has a new
fire station open and operat-
ing.
The new station at 1199 N.E.
168th Street will be staffed 24
hours per day and seven days
per week. They'll have two
men in each shift. The station
will be fully equipped and will
have both fire fighting units and
an ambulance.
"This has been a long time
coming, we needed it bad,"
Terry Parrish noted. He'll be
the officer in charge. He has 23
years of service to the County.
Joining Lt. Parrish at the sta-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The new fire station at 1199 N.E. 168th Street will be
staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
tion are five veteran firemen. four years, Ryan Hathaway, and
They include Jay Curtis and Donny Arnold, who has served
Earl Wooten who have eight six years.
years apiece with the County, '
Jacob Stevens, who has served See Fire Page 2


eter and the inside of the store.
The supermarket did not close,
added Maj. Stephen.
"We didn't find anything.
to corroborate the threat," he
said. "Nothing was found and
they (Publix) chose not to
evacuate."
But that wasn't the case at
Wal-Mart, 2101 S. Parrott Ave.
Detective John Zeigler of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) said after store
officials were notified of the
threat the entire building was


evacuated in eight minutes.
"The management per-
sonnel at Wal-Mart handled
the evacuation of their build-
ing very well," said Detective
Zeigler, in a phone interview
Thursday.
Once the large department
store was evacuated, law en-
forcement teams scoured the
building.
"But we didn't find anything
suspicious in nature," added
See Bomb Page 2


IRCC hosts



College Goal



Sunday event


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Indian River Community
College has been well known
for its contribution to the local
community not only as an edu-
cational resource but in helping
IRCC students to attend courses
regardless of their financial situ-
ation.
IRCC will hold their third an-
nual College Goal Sunday on
Sunday,-FeL'. 24, -where-new
and returning students go to
apply for financial aid.


College Goal Sunday will oc-
cur at all campuses across the
Treasure Coast, including the
Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229
N.W Ninth Ave., at 1:30 p.m.
and 3 p.m.
At this event college-bound
students of any age can get no-
cost, professional assistance
completing the Free Applica-
tion for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) form. The FAFSA is re-
quired for any student seeking
federal and state financial aid,'
See IRCC Page 2


School code of


conduct updated


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board Code of Student
Conduct Committee met on
Tuesday, Feb. 19, to complete
the revisions to the School Code
of Student Conduct, which has
not been revised completely
since 1998.
The committee went
through the code page by page
making any changes that were
deemed necessary according
to statutes and to the commit-
tee as a whole throughout the
four meetings. Each member of
the committee has volunteered
countless hours of time study-
ing the code and attending the
meetings.
These changes will now be
approved by legal counsel and


then be brought before the
board in order to be approved
before the 2008-09 school year.
The committee it made up
of various levels of school em-
ployees from administration
to teachers; local law enforce-
ment; and strategically chosen
community members who
have experience with children
in the community. There are
also individuals who work in
the local juvenile justice system
facilities.
Members are as follows:
Joni Ard; Andy Bowers; Gay
Carlton; Linda Davis; Tracy
Downing; Brian Greseth;
Wayne Harrel; Cesar Marin;
Randy McCall; Brad .Mims;
Dawn Nichols; Anita Nunez;
Dr. Chris Robshaw; Heather
See School Page 2


Top of the Lake Art Fest


to be held February 23-24


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The time of year for local
artists to show Okeechobee
all their artistic skills is nearing
again. The second annual Top
of the Lake Art Fest is a time
where local professional and
student artists come together
with other professionals from
throughout the state and be-
yond.
There will be profession-
al artists showcased from
throughout Florida and from as
far as Georgia, New Hampshire
and Maryland.
Okeechobee Main Street's
2008 Top of the Lake Art Fest
will be in Flagler Park for all
to enjoy on Saturday, Feb. 23,


from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and
Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m.
The art fest is a juried out-
door fine art show presented
by Okeechobee Main Street.
The purpose of the Art Fest is to
bring talented fine artists to the
community to showcase and
sell their work. Food, art dem-
onstrations, caricatures and
children's art programs will be
featured on both days of the
show.
All posters for the 2008 Top
of the Lake Art Fest will have
the winning artwork from the
first art fest which was created
by Rafael Pacheco. The title
of the winning piece in digital
photography is "At the Rodeo."
There will also be a 2009


Top of the Lake Art Fest Poster
Award. The winner's art will
be featured on the 2009 official
Top of the Lake Art Fest Poster.
Jazz music will fill the air
throughout the event. Special
shows on Saturday, Feb. 23,
will be performed by Leslie's
Dance Studio at 10:30 a.m. and
the Okeechobee High School
band at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Feb.
24, KidSpace will perform at 11
a.m.
The art fest will feature
artists in three juried art cat-
egories: booth artists division;
adult division; and the student
division.
The booth artists division is
for artists with a body of work.
See Art Page 2


Submitted photo/OKMS
The 2008 Top of the Lake Art Fest chair Bridgette Waldau (left)
shares the honor of the 2008 Top of the Lake Art Fest poster
award with winner Rafael Pacheco (right) who entered in his
digital media artwork entitled "At the Rodeo," in last year's
competition.


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Bomb
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the detective.
Detective Zeigler said the
store re-opened for business
around 4:45 p.m.
Both the sheriff's office and
Wal-Mart were the targets of a
similar threat called in to the 9-
1-1 center on Sunday, Jan. 27.
When the call was received at
4:07 p.m. the caller said a bomb
was set to go off at 4:30 p.m. at
the sheriff's office, and another
was set to explode at 5 p.m. at
Wal-Mart.
And like on Wednesday, the
call was a hoax.
"We could not evacuate the
jail, so we locked down the in-


mates and did a search of the
complex," said Maj. Stephen
of that January threat. "We
checked for suspicious vehicles
but didn't find anything out of
place or out of the ordinary."
He said investigators are still
trying to determine if the same
person made both calls.
"There's nothing at this point
where we can put the two to-
gether," said Maj. Stephen.
If anyone has any informa-
tion pertaining to either of these
two cases, they are asked to
contact Detective John Zeigler
or Detective Bettye Taylor at the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (863) 763-5521; or, Detec-
tive Sergeant T.J. Brock at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (863) 763-3117.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Some customers at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2101 S. Parrott
Ave., milled around under this tree near the end of the store's
parking lot after being evacuated from the store Wednesday,
Feb. 20, due to a bomb threat. An unknown caller also said
bombs were placed at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice, the Okeechobee County Jail and Publix Supermarket,
3551 U.S. 441 S.


IRCC
Continued From Page 1
including grants and loans.
"Don't let concerns about
money stop you from getting a
college education. At College
Goal Sunday, you will get the as-
sistance you need to apply for fi-
nancial aid for college so you can
get started on a brighter future,"
said MarysLewis, IRCC Director of
Financial Aid.
There will be a $500 scholar-
ship drawing awarded at each
campus.


Fire
Continued From Page 1
The full service station mea-
sures 6,624 square feet. It includes
a full kitchen, and living room,
office space and four bedrooms
for the firemrne It also includes a
locker room and a weight room to
help the firemen keep in shape.
Ocean Gate builders construct-
ed the station.
Fire Chief Nick Hopkins said
the station will include an ambu-
lance, fire engine, a brush truck
and a tanker. He noted that the


School
Continued From Page 1
Siler-Dobbs; Dana Tedders; Kim
Wolf; Ethan Hales; Mary Hurley;
Mary Anne Dana; Jeremy Ellis;
Maria Jimenez; Andrea Mitchum;
Gordie Morgan; Malissa Morgan;
Matt Pearce; Daron Washington;
and Toni Wiersma.
Assistant Superintendent for
Administration Services Ken Ken-
worthy facilitated the meeting.
The Code of Student Conduct
was initially used during the 1997-
98 school year. While changes
have been made annually to
comply with changes in legisla-
tion and to modify certain parts
of the code, an overhaul revision
has not been addressed since its
adoption.
The purpose of the committee
is to review the code and make
recommendations to the super-
intendent. The superintendent
can accept, reject and/or request
clarification on recommenda-
tions. The superintendent will
recommend the revised code to
the School Board for approval.
Many issues with the code are
just correcting errors that are sim-
ply out of date and need harsher
penalties or clearer wording due
to issues that have come up in the
last ten years as the environment
in the schools have evolved.
The code is also being revised
to reflect the same codes in the
School Environmental Safety Inci-
dent Reporting (SESIR) codes and
definitions. The SESIR codes were
developed to help school districts


Art
Continued From Page 1
In this division one will find 2-
D art; clay/pottery; glass/metal;
jewelry; mixed media; photogra-
phy/digital; kulpture/wood; and


With the introduction of four-
year degrees now being offered
at IRCC, soon to be Indian River
College, IRC the need for financial
aid has increased. Individuals can
now apply to obtain financial as-
sistance to send them to obtain
their bachelor's degree in the fol-
lowing areas: teacher education
for middle and high school math
and science; exceptional student
education (ESE); nursing; orga-
nizational management; public
safety administration; and health
care management.
IRCC chose to add degree
programs which address the criti-


station will serveabout half of the
County geographically. He noted
right now that area has about
1,000 calls for service per year.
Lt. Parrish said there might
even be more calls because right
now a lot of people in Fort Drum
that might call an ambulance
chose not to do so because they
can bring the injured or sick per-
son to town quicker than waiting
for an ambulance.
For example the response
time from the main station to Fort
Drum is roughly 26 minutes. The
new station should cut that re-
sponse time in half.


correctly code data used to report
incidents that are against the law
or represent serious breaches of
the code of student conduct, in-
cluding those considered severe
enough to require the involve-
ment of a school resource officer
or to be reported to law enforce-
ment.
While the Student Code of
Conduct details minimum con-
sequences which vary according
to the grade level of the student,
it was reformatted to bring atten-
tion to the fact that "More severe
punishments may be assigned by
the principal, depending on the
facts of the specific case and the
student's previous discipline his-
tory."
All charts were detailed that the
consequences listed in the charts
are minimum consequences that
are progressive and vary accord-
ing to the grade level of the stu-
dent.
Some changes to the chart on
alcohol and drugs consequences
were dealing with the prescrip-
tion drugs section. The commit-
tee is suggesting adding verbiage
to make possessing prescription
drugs, other than topicals, for
which the student does not have
a valid care plan allowing them
to carry the medication on their
person, i.e. inhalers, epi pens, in-
sulin, etc.
It was also added that infrac-
tions dealing with alcohol and
drugs of any kind will be reported
to law enforcement and may be
reported to the Department of
Children and Families depending
on the age of the student.


fiber/leather artwork.
In the adult division, which
will be showcased in a gallery
tent, you will find artwork such as
oils; watercolor; acrylics; draw-
ing; photography; clay/pottery;
sculpture; and mixed media.
Okeechobee High School art
students as well as students at all


cal employee shortages that are
prevalent in the Treasure Coast
area and throughout the state.
The programs were developed in
direct response to the educational
and workforce needs of the IRCC
community.
Across the country, College
Goal Sunday connects students
with assistance for school. Col-
lege Goal Sunday first started in
1989 in Indiana. Since then, it has
expanded to nearly 20 states and
will serve more than 100,000 stu-
dents and families this year. This
free event for college-bound stu-
dents and their families will pro-


"It's a pretty station, a big sta'-'
tion. It's is going to make'our re-
sponse time a lot better. Hopefully
in the future we'll have four men
per shift. I think it will be a good
thing for the community because
we can get to them a lot quicker
and a lot better," he said.
Lt. Parrish also predicted that
people will find out about the sta-
tion as they drive by in the coming
weeks and that will also increase
calls. He noted a similar phenom-
enon occurred when the Trea-
sure Island station was opened
up. When it first opened they had
maybe three calls per week. Now


Another key area where the
committee is adding additional
teeth to the code is dealing with
sexual offenses and bullying/ha-
rassment. These sections were
previously handled under other
codes and are now being sepa-
rated with their own set of spe-
cific consequences to mirror the
SESIR codes and definitions.
The committee has written a
set of consequences for sexual
offenses through research from
Florida Statutes and other codes
of conducts from neighboring
school districts. It was also noted
in the code that all sexual offenses
must be reported to law enforce-
ment.
Bullying and harassment was
added to the violence section of
the code, and defined as "un-
wanted and repeated written,
verbal, or physical behavior in-
cluding any threatening, insulting
or dehumanizing acts pervasive
enough to create a hostile or of-
fensive environment."
This definition was taken from
the SESIR codes, for bullying and
harassment.
Bullying/harassment and
threat/intimidation/verbal as-
sault are all being proposed to
be counted consecutively. For
example, if a student violated
the bullying code and then had a
new offense of verbal assault, the
student would receive at least the
minimum consequence for the
second offense in that category.
Physical aggression was taken
out of the previous category and
was given its own consequences.
Another key note that was de-


other grade levels in the county
will have their artwork displayed
in a gallery tent for young artists
who are competing in four age
groups: pre-school/kindergarteri;
elementary; middle school; and
high school.
In each age group the students
were given the opportunity to


vide one-on-one assistance with
filling out forms and answering
questions.
College Goal Sunday is a na-
tional initiative to overcome one
of the main barriers to higher ed-
ucation -- high cost. Plan to attend
College Goal Sunday at the IRCC
campus nearest you. For more
information on College Goal Sun-
day, call IRCC the local campus at
(863) 824-6000 at 1 (866) 866-4722
toll-free or visit www.ircc.edu.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


there are five or six calls per day.
"Once people start realizing
that the fire station is here, they
will call us more, because we can
get there a lot quicker," he noted.
The station also has a large
generator, 275 kilowatt, to provide
power in case of an outage. It also
has a fire prevention system. The
station can also provide potable
water to the community in the
event of a hurricane and power
outages. The fire trucks can also
be filled with water on site as a
special well was dug by the con-
tractor. There also is a pond on
the five acre property.


tailed due to some past incidents
noted that, "A student is respon-
sible for any item brought to
school, intentional or unintention-
al, whether it is in his/her locker,
book bag, and/or vehicle."
Due to the excessive use of
wireless technological devices,
the committee also chose to add
that the repeated use of wireless
technological devices can be con-
sidered defiance of authority or
disruptive behavior and may be
subject to principal's discretion
for disciplinary consequences.
While Federal Statutes allow
students to possess wireless com-
munication devices, they are not
supposed to be turned on dur-
ing the school day. They are only
supposed to be used after regular
school hours such as during after-
school activities.
Under bus rules, it was noted
to inform parents that riding a
school bus is a privilege and not
a right. If bus rules are repeatedly
violated, one can be permanently
removed from the bus for the re-
mainder of the school year.
If you have any questions
please contact the Okeechobee
County School district at (863)
462-5000.
A copy of the current code can
be seen online at http://www.
okee.kl2.fl.us/policies.html.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


submit artwork: in crayon; chalk/
pastels; paints; drawing; collage;
photography; and 3-D art.
For more information about
the art fest call (863) 357-MAIN.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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Man charged in theft of newspaper box


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested and booked into
the county jail on charges that
he stole a newspaper box, which
is his second arrest on the same
charge in less than a month.
John Howard Cowles, 27, S.R.
710, was arrested Tuesday, Feb.
19, on a felony charge of grand
theft, and a misdemeanor charge
of criminal mischief. He is being
held in the Okeechobee County
Jail without bond.
Cowles will likely stay in jail
until March 7 when he is slated to
go before a circuit court judge to
be sentenced following his plea
deal whereby he entered a plea
of no contest to charges of grand


theft and criminal mischief. Court
records indicate Cowles entered
that plea on Jan. 30.
According to an arrest report by
Deputy Wayne
Douglas of the
Okeechobee
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO),
Cowles was ar- I
rested early on
Tuesday, Feb. '
19, after infor-
mation was re- John
ceived that the Cowles
man had stolen
an Okeechobee News newspaper
vending box from a convenience
store on S.R. 70 E.
The deputy's report indicates
that the box was found in a shed
at Cowles' home.


OCSO records indicate that
Cowles was also arrested for tak-
ing an Okeechobee News box on
Jan. 29. Those same records state
that Cowles was released from
the county jail on his own recog-
nizance pending his sentencing
hearing on March 7.
Cowles is also scheduled to go
before Circuit Court Judge Law-
rence Mirman on Wednesday,
Feb. 27, when he will be arraigned
on dealing in stolen property and
grand theft-firearm charges.
Court records show that
Cowles is already on probation
after he was found guilty in 2007
on seven counts of uttering a
forged instrument and one count
of grand theft.
OCSO records also show that
Cowles was arrested Dec. 13,


2007, on felony charges of grand
theft and criminal mischief. He
was also charged with two counts
of violation of probation.
Then, on Dec. 17, he was ar-
rested on a charge of driving
while license suspended. He was
arrested the next day on a warrant
charging him with two counts of
violation of probation, state those
OCSO records.
On Jan. 3, Cowles was again
arrested on Okeechobee County
warrants. Those warrants charged
him with eight counts of violation
of probation in regard to his 2007
conviction on the seven uttering
a forged instrument charges and
one count of grand theft.
The newspaper boxes, state
Deputy Douglas' arrest report, are
valued at $1,500.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
BIBLE: This is to the person who called in about the bible who said
that he/she thought that it was written just by some good men. Well you
are partly right, the prophets were good men, but the bible says that no
human initiative wrote the bible it was written through the Holy Spirit
by men of God. The word of God was spoken from God through the
prophets. And that is how the bible was written. It is in Second Peter if
you would like to read it. Hope this helps you.

HISTORY: I was watching the history channel about how the Bible
was gathered into one book. When Christianity was first getting started,
with the disciples out preaching, there were many holy men writing
scriptures. But it was about 300 years before they decided to put them
together in one book. And at that point, they had to decide which ones
to include and which ones to leave out, and there were a lot of disagree-
ments. That is one reason there are different versions of the Bible.

AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: People keep calling in complaining about
the Agri-Civic Center, that's kind of like beating a dead horse. Its there
and we are stuck with it like we are George W Bush.

DEMOCRATS: Not only did the Democratic candidates agree not
to campaign in Florida, then they decided that the delegates would not
count. Many voters stayed home thinking it was a waste of time.

TAXES: This is about the property taxes here in Okeechobee. I live
in the city on the east side of town. I have lived here for 37 years. When
I moved here in the 60's the taxes here were only about $200 a year.
Today I live in the same place with very few changes to the house at all.
There is no swimming pool and we have repainted the house, nothing
spectacular has changed at all. Now taxes are $900 a year when before
they were only $200. How has this happened and why?

RESTAURANTS: I was just wondering if the Mayor of this city or
the City Council people could see about getting some restaurants here
in Okeechobee. People must think there is only one restaurant here,
but we have several. And on Sundays, the family type restaurants that
we have here are so overcrowded. And I think that the fire department
and the building department or whoever should look into this. There
are too many people in the building and something should be done
about it. Either people should be turned away or we need some new
restaurants here.

MISSILE: I almost fell out of my chair when they said that it would
cost between $40 and $60 million to try and shoot that satellite down.
I feel that if God had intended for someone or anything to be in space
or on the moon, he would have put them there. The cost of NASA is
absurd I can think of better places for the money to be spent.

TV RECEPTION: It's my understanding that with this new high defi-
nition TV coming out next year, that as long as we have Comcast or a
Dish we will not be affected by buying boxes for our TV sets. Do you
have any information on this? Editor's note: We had an article in
the paper on this recently. Those with cable or satellite televi-
sion.should not have a problem. For more information, online
go to http://www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html.

HATS: Here we go again with people complaining because the men
don't take their hats off in the restaurants. Years ago, restaurants had a
place to check your hat, but those days are long gone. If you take your
+ hat off, where can you put it? There is no where to hang it. There is no
room to put it on the seat and no one wants it on the table with the
food. Guess you could put it in your lap and drop food on it. Also, many
men who keep their hats on do so because they are embarrassed either
because they have a bald spot or because they hat "hat hair." Leave the
poor guys alone. Looking at their hats is probably more appetizing than
looking at their bald spots. Besides, wearing a hat or not wearing a hat
is a matter of custom and fashion. They mean no offense and there is no
reason for anyone to be insulted or upset over a hat. Get over yourself.

HONESTY: After hearing about the returned purse and the honesty
that people showed, I must say the same thing happened to me at the
Dollar Tree. Isn't it great to live in a community where honesty is a nor-
mal way to be. It makes you proud to be a part of this small town.
Thank you.

AT THE FAIR: I just want to congratulate everyone from Okeechobee
who went to the Florida State Fair. Our little county was well represent-
ed at the livestock shows, the horse competition and with a member of
our community inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame.

FISH PHOTO: I can't believe someone complained because of the
way a fisherman was holding his fish in a photo. Guess some people
just aren't happy unless they have something to complain about. Per-
sonally, I would like to see a lot more fish photos in the newspaper, and
I don't care whether or not they hold them forward to make them look
bigger. We need to get the word out that our lake is not dead. There
are plenty of fish out there and there are some fishing guides who can
show you where to find them. I hope more fishermen start sending in
their photos. I would love to see them in the paper. Editor's note: We
welcome photos from the public. Email them to okeenews@
newszap.com or bring them by the newspaper office, 107 S.W.
17th Street in Okeechobee.



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Letters to the Editor


Schools unaffected
by meat recall
Calls have been received
concerning the current status of
Okeechobee County School Food
Service's food inventory, particu-
larly with regard to the current re-
calli of ground beef products which
originated with Westland Meats.
In order to assure that full, accu-
rate information is being provided,
and since school board employees
are reporting public queries, please
note the following:
1. Okeechobee School Food
Service does not purchase any raw,
uncooked, frozen or fresh beef,
poultry, fish or pork.
2. Okeechobee County did not
receive any products from USDA
under the affected contract num-
bers. USDA has cancelled all con-
tracts with Westland Meats
3. We currently have no prod-
ucts on our Order Guide or in
stock at any location that may have
contained product from Westland
Meats.
Information received from
USDA and from the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Consumer
Services is being closely monitored
throughout each day for additional
bulletins.
As always, every precaution is
taken to assure the highest level of
food quality and safety. Please do
not hesitate to contact the Food
Service Office should additional as-
sistance be required.
Michelle Perkins
Supervisor, Food Service
Okeechobee County School
Food Service
"Achieving Excellence -
One Meal at a Time"

Chamber responds
to car show questions
We would like to respond to
certain individuals who are con-
cerned why the Brent Teany Schol-
arship Car Show was cancelled for
the Speckled Perch Festival, Feb.
9-10, 2008.
The Chamber has always sup-
ported and promoted this car show
in memory of the fine young man
who was severely injured play-
ing baseball at Okeechobee High
School several years ago, and who
has since suffered a fall last year
and lost his life.
All we can say is the car show
was not cancelled by the Chamber
of Commerce, and the area for the
car show was saved and set aside
for the Brent Teany Car Show until
it was cancelled at approximately
10:30 a.m., Friday morning, Feb. 8,
by the organizer of the show.
If anyone wishes any more spe-
cific information, they may call the
Chamber office at (863) 763-6464
and request a meeting with the
board members that were present
during this time in the park.
Candace Burke
Executive Director

Golden Oldies Dinner
Dance a success
The members of the Women
of Tomorrow Chapter of ABWA
(American Business Women's
Association) would like to thank
everyone who helped make our
First Annual Golden Oldies Din-
ner Dance Party such a success on
Saturday evening. If you missed it,
we're already planning next year's
event.
A big applause to the music,
provided by DJ Jerry Chambers
and the Party Dolls and ShaBoom -
great talents -- and to all those who
attended and had such a wonderful
time.
Special thanks go to the busi-
nesses who purchased tables:
Okeechobee the Magazine, Syble's
Florists and Gifts, Seacoast Na-
tional Bank, Law Offices of Philip
DeBerard, The Alarm Company,
Custom Windows and Blinds, Ed-
ward Jones, K-Builders, The Tucker
Group, National City Bank, and
Riverside National Bank. Thanks
also to groups who bought tables:
Members of KOA Campground and
OEA (Okeechobee Entertainment


Authority-your hometown karaoke
groups).
A special thanks is extended
to Greg and the servers from Beef
0' Brady's for a tasty and plentiful
smoked chicken dinner. Thanks
to Publix for donating the desserts
and soft drinks and to Seacoast Na-
tional Bank for the printing of tick-
ets and providing bottles of water.
A hearty hurrah goes out to JR and
his KOA crew for the facilities and
set-up, and to the friendly bartend-
ers at the cash bar.
The local businesses and in-
dividuals who helped make this
a successful fundraiser for our
scholarship and professional de-
velopment programs are a truly
awesome community. Help us re-
turn the favor by supporting these
businesses. And plan to join us next
year for another rousing evening of
song and dance.
Marilyn Rinear, President
Kathleen Shatto, Event Co-
ordinator

Problems with
Medicare Advantage
I feel compelled to write this let-
ter due to the action of one of the
plans currently providing care in
the Okeechobee area who, is refus-
ing to provide convenient specialty
coverage to their patients. The plan
is Advantage Care, based in Palm
Beach. This particular plan has
made the decision to provide Ex-
clusive Contracts to specialty pro-
viders outside Okeechobee County
in the field of Radiation Oncology
and Medical Oncology and possibly
others as well. While this is allowed
under Medicare rules and is not il-
legal, it subjects patients with prob-
lems related to Cancer and possibly
others diagnosis' with the necessity
of driving nearly 100 miles or more
daily and spending many hours on
the Road to receive treatment, that
could be delivered locally and con-
veniently. While they say they offer
transportation to and from treat-
ments, this still does not change
the amount inconvenience, time
and sometimes expense to some-
times very sick patients, which
constitutes and extreme hardship
to them. This situation has resulted
in patients being, refused care AND
limited some patients' options for
appropriate treatment. I person-
ally have received consultations
on multiple occasions where ap-
propriate treatment was denied
locally, even when recommended.
and appealed for by their Primary
Physician and sometimes Specialty
physician as well.
I feel the patients of Okeechobee
who have signed up for this plan are
unaware or not fully aware of the
problem should they contract or be
diagnosed with Cancer and maybe
other Medical problems. Currently
there are other options available
in Okeechobee County where this
problem does not exist. This partic-
ular plan is not the only Plan avail-
able. In the past, this was true but
not currently. I encourage the Pa-
tients of Okeechobee to investigate
their other options in this county
where they can obtain the widest
spectrum of care, without having to
travel long distances. TIME IS LIM-
ITED! The open enrollment period
for signing up or changing plans is
ending soon. Don't end up being
stuck in a plan that does not pro-
vide full care within the local area
or even your county.
I have spoken to the Admin-
istrators at Advantage Care per-
sonally and they are steadfast in
their opinion it Ok for the patient
to travel potentially thousands of
miles t6 receive treatment when
Quality treatment can be delivered
Well (care) within the county. This
is the reason for this letter and this
issue should be duly considered by
both this plans current patients and
those considering participating in a
Medicare HMO.
Ronald H. Woody III MD
Okeechobee Cancer Center


Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb. 22
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-
5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will
be held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Res-
taurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch
will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and informa-
tion to promote their business. The meeting provides networking
opportunities for women in business and is open to the public. No
membership is required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at
(800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.


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Looking back
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Community Events

Feb. 22

Oak-Fest Celebration
The community is invited to a fun night for the whole family. Fri-
day, Feb. 22, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W 32nd St. Oak-Fest will provide food, crafts, and games for everyone,
including hotdogs, popcorn, snow cones, funnel cakes, nachos, face
painting, rock-climbing wall, inflatables, horses, live musical entertain-
ment, and more. This is a free event. For information call the church
at (863) 763-1699.
Feb. 23

West Virginia Day planned
West Virginia Day will be held at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W
Fourth St. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. For information call Ray
or Phyllis Stone at (863) 467-8636 or (863) 634-1427. Bring a covered
dish.

Fountain of Life Church holds garage/bake
sale
Fountain of Life Church will hold a garage sale/bake sale on Feb. 23,
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to World Vision 30 hour Fam-
ine to feed hungry children in the U.S. and around the world. Dona-
tions are welcomed. For information, call Sue Ford at (863) 697-8031.

VFW #4423 plans karaoke contest
VFW Post #4423 is planning their Second Annual Karaoke Contest.
First prize this year is $500 provided by the Men's and Ladies Auxiliaries.
This contest is open to the public (as the VFW's guests). Preliminaries
are Saturday Feb. 23, Saturday March 1 and Saturday March 8. Warm-
up and practice is at 7 p.m. The contest starts at 7:30 p.m. The top three
winners each week go to the finals on March 22. On March 15, there
is a practice week for the finals. If you aren't in the top three, you can
enter each week until you do win or until the preliminaries are over.
There is a $10 entry fee. All entry fees go to the winners. The contest
will again be hosted by David Lee. They want all of the veterans, their
families and their guests in the Okeechobee area to know that there is
a VFW on the North side of town that most people don't even know
about. The North VFW is a small but extremely friendly Post and they
welcome all guests and potential new members with a smile. They
have weekly meals and entertainment Call the Post at (863) 763-0818
for the schedule of events weekly at the Post. The address is 300 NW
34th St. Go past the High School and take the second left. For more
information, call David at (863) 697-9002 or Bill at the VFW at (863)
763-0818 for more information.
Jail and bail at Moose Lodge
Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold an open house on Feb.
23 at 2 p.m. There will be barbecue ribs, cake auction, K9 Police Dog
demo, Moose races, A Jail and Bail fundraiser all afternoon and more.
Feb. 24

A New Song in concert
A New Song direct from Chile, South America will be in concert
at the First United Methodist Church, on Sunday, Feb. 24. They will
be performing in all three morning worship services: 8, 9:30 and 11
a.m. The Community is invited to attend. For information call (863)
763-4021.

Breakfast at Masonic Lodge
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will spon-
sor a breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Ave. Serving time will be from 8 until 11 a.m. Menu will
include biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, scrambled eggs, hash brown
casserole, bacon and sausage, fruit, Florida orange juice and hot cof-
fee. $5 per person. For information, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-
7068 or Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087.

Trust Quartet in concert
The Trust Quartet, four part harmony, will be in concert on Sunday,
Feb. 24, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, Hunter
Road/Cypress Street. For more information call, (863) 763-3442.
Feb.25


Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club meets on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.
at the Cooperative Extension Office. Grower Harry Hoffner will speak
on, "Getting Ready for Spring." He also will answer questions and help
diagnose problem orchids. Members and the public are encouraged to
bring ideas for programs. For more information please call the exten-
sion office at (863) 763-6469.

Auditions for Childrens Theatre
Auditions for the First United Methodist Children's Theatres produc-
tion of Allen Pote's, "O, Jonah," will take place Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4:15
p.m. Children who can read through high school are invited to try out
for all parts. The free performance will be held on Sunday, May 18, at 6
p.m. in the Sanctuary. For information contact Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy
Vaughan at (863) 763-4021.
Feb.26

Collaborate Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.
in the board room of the School Board office. Guest speakers will be
Stephanie Locke Martha's House, Sandy Akre FDLRS and Frank
Avilla Heart Gallery. Immediately following the CCC meeting (ap-
proximately 11 a.m.) we will hold a "debriefing" for the Health and
Safety Expo. If you had a part in the Expo as a volunteer, vendor, donor
or attendee, please stay for this meeting. They would like to gather as
much information as possible to assist in planning an even bigger and
better Expo next year. For information call (863) 462-5000.
Feb.27

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At the Movies
', The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 22,
through Thursday, Feb. 28, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Spiderwick
Chronicles" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Jumper" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre Ill "Bucket List"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at2, 4:15,7 and 9 p.m., Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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Congratulations
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Heather Hawk, teacher at
Everglades Elementary
as well as, Okeechobee
County Teacher of the
Year, was honored with a
at celebration party. Con-
gratulations!


Students achieve excellence at Everglades
Everglades Elementary School students who achieved excellence in the classroom for
the week of Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 included -- Kindergarten: La'Dora Taylor, Yamilet
Jimenez, Bianca Fulks, Alkeecia Clayton; First Grade: Faith Pritchett, Macy Collier, Tia
McCoy; Second Grade: Nina Nunez, Justin Bryan, Erick Garcia, Breaira Smith, Elton Pelt,
Kyle Morgan, Destinee Brower; Third Grade: Mackenzie Delacruz, Mariela Cancino, Adrian
Gonzalez; Fourth Grade: Jessica Cason, Javian Diaz; Fifth Grade: Josh Sieracki, Lynn
Romer, Hayley Johnson.


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DAR offers scholarship
A $500 scholarship known as the Essie D. Millspaugh scholar-
ship is available at the high school. Applications are available from
Bill Black, Career Counselor.

OHS Scholarship Drive under way
College costs continue to increase each year and the students
of Okeechobee are always in need of financial assistance. The
Okeechobee High School Scholarship Program is currently recruit-
ing to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to these
students. If you or your business would like to offer a scholarship
in your name, or if you have any questions regarding scholarship
contributions, please contact Bill R. Black at (873) 462-5025 ext.
3113. The scholarship commitment deadline is Jan. 11, 2008 so
new scholarships can be included in the scholarship booklets. If
this is not convenient for you please call and we will work out the
details.

+ Parenting classes are offered
Free parenting classes are held every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School. Classes include topics about chil-
dren from birth to teens. For information or to have an interpreter
available call Lori Jaquith at (863) 697-6320 or (863) 462-5000, ext.
282. '

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will offer par-
enting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive
a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour
classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of com-
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Weekend Patricia Louise Goolsby,

Art is in the air this weekend 7 L -_. _,


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Art is in the air this weekend.
Artists of all ages will be show-
cased in the second annual Top of
the Lake Art Fest in Flagler Park.
Come get a taste of the arts or
even bring some home with you
at the 2008 Top of the Lake Art
Fest on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb.
24, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The
art fest is a juried outdoor Fine Art
Show presented by Okeechobee
Main Street.
The purpose of the Art Fest
is to bring talented fine artists to
the community to showcase and
sell their work. Student artwork is
also featured at this event where
they are judged in their own cat-
egories. Professional artists will
have booths setup for vending of
their artwork of all kinds.
Food, entertainment, art dem-
onstrations and children's art
programs will be featured on
both days of the show. Children
from KidSpace and Leslie's Dance
Studio will provide entertain-
ment at the art fest as well as the
Okeechobee High School band.
Some hearty family fun will
be found at the Oak-Fest Cel-
ebration on Friday, Feb. 22,
from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.
32nd St. The community is invited
to a fun night for the whole fam-
ily for Oak-Fest which will provide
food, crafts, and games for every-
one, including hotdogs, popcorn,
snow cones, funnel cakes, na-
chos, face painting, rock-climb-
ing wall, inflatables, horses, live
musical entertainment and more.
This is a free event. For informa-
tion call the church at (863) 763-
1699.
If you would like to get in-
volved in future entertainment
and you are a child/student who
can read at the high school level,
you are invited to audition for the
First United Methodist Children's
Theatre production of Allen
Pote's, "0, Jonah," on Sunday,
Feb. 25, at 4:15 p.m. in the church
sanctuary.
The free performance for the
community will be held on Sun-,
day, May 18, at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, contact Lonnie Kirsch
or Nancy Vaughan at (863) 763-
4021.
Go try out your karaoke skills
+ at the VFW # 4423,300 N.W. 34th
St., where they are holding an
open house in conjunction with
a karaoke contest. First prize is
$500. This contest is open to the
public (as guests). Preliminaries
are Saturday, Feb. 23, Saturday
March 1, and Saturday, March 8.
Warm-up and practice is at 7 p.m.
each evening with the contest be-
ginning at 7:30 p.m. The top three
winners each week go to the fi-
nals on March 15.
If you don't make it to the top
three, you can enter each week
until you do win or until the pre-
liminaries are over. There is a $10
entry fee. All entry fees go to the
winners. The contest is hosted by
David Lee.
The VFW wants all veterans,
their families and their guests in
the Okeechobee area to know that
there is a VFW on the north side of
town that most people don't even
know about. The North VFW is a
small but extremely friendly post
and welcomes all guests and
potential new members with a
smile. They have weekly meals
and entertainment. Call the post
at (863) 763-0818 for additional
information. Take U. S. 441 past
Okeechobee High School and
take the second left. Call David
at: (863) 697-9002, or Bill at the
VFW at (863) 763-0818 for more
information.
Tickets are now available
for the final production of the
Okeechobee Community
Theatre's 29th season with the
production of the classic Neil Si-
mon comedy, "Plaza Suite." The
production is scheduled for Friday


File photo/Chauna Aguilar
Juliana Sheldon, now 5 years old, visited the first Top of the
Lake Art Fest last year where she took part in coloring on the
mural that was available for children and got her face painted
by the Okeechobee High School art students.


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Guide
Share your news and photos
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and Saturday nights, March 7, 8,
14, and 15, at 8 p.m. at the theatre
on S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh
St. at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus.
Reserved seat tickets to the
live show are on sale for $10 each
at the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce during regular busi-
ness hours.
The community theatre. has
made arrangements for special
discounts for dinner for theatre
goers on the evenings of the per-
formances at three area restau-


rants.
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Theatre is an all-volunteer
organization of local perform-
ers who have, for 29 years, pro-
duced Broadway style com-
edies, dramas, and musicals for
Okeechobee audiences. Anyone
wishing for more information on
the OCT may call Ron or Jaque
Hayes at (863) 763-1307.
Local square dancers can
continue to join in at the club-
house in Seminole Cove, 1799 S.
W. 35th Circle, off S. W. 16th Ave.,
on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Lessons
will also be starting for beginning
dancers. For information contact
Marilyn Zody at (863) 357-0122.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special commu-
nity events, contests, etc to me at
caguilar@newszap.com. Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits. the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at (863) 763-
3134 ext 4242.


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Office:
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763-4010


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Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
Bobby Tucker 634-8677
Brandon Tucker 772-201-8722


Associates:
W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 Lori Mixon 634-1457
John Pell 357-8769 Sharon Johnson 634-6241
Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007
Mark Goodbread. 634-6999 Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433


104 N.W. 7th Ave.
Okeechobee
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ACIONS
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10 ACRES
7071 Highway Rt. 98
Spring Lake, FL, Highlands
County, Across from
Spring Lake Golf Course.
10 acre parcel #27 .
OPENING BID: $50,000,
2:30 PM
2 20 Acre Parcels
Bluefield Road, St. Lucie
County, Property next
to 3200 acre preserve
hiking & equestrian trails.
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red collar, vic of N. Park St.
Call to Identif y.
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ENGLISH BULL DOG Female.
Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
hole. Dearly missed. Needs
medication! (863)228-4694
JACK RUSSEL white, long
haired, female, striped collar,
on 2/14, vic. SW 3rd Ave.
(863)697-1223


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

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

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


Big Sale
ANNUAL PARK YARD SALE
Zachary Taylor RV Park
2995 Hwy. 441 SE
Sat., Feb. 23rd 7am-2pm
20+ Families Participating
~ Don't Miss
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Saturday, 2/23, 8am-
12Nnoon, 2130 SW 22nd
Circle South. Toys, Adult
& Children's Clothes,
Misc. HH Items

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Avenue, behind Bill's Mini
Mart, Fri, 2/22, Sat, 2/23 &
Sun 2/24, 8am 3pm.
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Deals! Too much to list
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OKEECHOBEE Sat., 2/23,
8am til 6pm, 681 NW 26th
Ave. 2 New Air Conditioners,
Couch, 32" TV, Knickknacks,
& Clothes
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Feb. 24th, 7am-?,
180 SE 80th Ave. Off from
Mosquito Creek. HH items,
Tools, building materials &
farm animals. (561)723-1199



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APPOINTMENT GENERATORS
FT & PT. Will be working in
Okeechobee area.
Call Rena at 772-465-1606.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
BILLING SUPERVISOR
Qualified candidate must have
previous management expe-
rience with ability to be a
team leader. Analyze data,
create reports. Have knowl-
edge of Microsoft Office ap-
plications, including Excel &
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Local homebuilder needs
qualified Sales Professional.
Must be self-motivated &
organized w/excellent
interpersonal & presentation
skills. Flexible schedule a
must. Salary plus commission.
Call 863-763-6376
or 863-357-2700


EXPERIENCED
COMMERCIAL
ELECTRICIAN
Must have good
driving record.
Immediate opening.
Bass Electric
2801 SW 3rd Terrace
(863)467-8705
EXPERIENCED TEAM LEADER
For Community Bank
Excellent sales, interpersonal
and communication skills.
Bilingual a plus.
Send resume to
RO. Box 943
Okeechobee, FL 34973-0943
GRILL COOK
Now Hiring
Experienced Cook
Apply in person @
Crossroads Restaurant
5050 NE 128th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL
(863)763-8333

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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
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Children's Items 555
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Clothing ,565
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Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590.
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs ,615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
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Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695,
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television./Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740





EPSON RIBBON CARTRIDGES
(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
okeeadmin@newszap.com
TOSHIBA COPIER TONER (6)
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
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calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-
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One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-
fleds.


CIGARETTE URNS Terra
Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
email to okleeadmin@news-
zap.com
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell It In the
classifieds.


BLUE HEELER male, neu-
tered, current shots, $300 or
best offer. (863)801-3291
YORKIE P00 PUPPIES (3) -
small, purebred, no papers,
2 males $300 ea., 1 female
-$400. (863)467-8108

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


AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar-
age, bring pets, 1200/mo &
up. (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD 3 BR, I BA,
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, OKEE.
3 beautiful New 3br, 2ba. on
large lots. $1050 mo. +
Sec. dep. (754)423-8202
BASSWOOD SUBDIVISION -
3br, 2ba, lease $1000/mo +
$1000 sec dep. take over
last 6 mos. (863)677-1938
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 s ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
FORT DRUM 2br, 2ba home,
on 5 beautiful country acres,
private lake & pond, garage,
fenced yard, (305)944-2721
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Bi.
2 Ba. $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & iefs. Call Bany for
more info 772-216-1461
IN TOWN 2br/2ba, laundry
rm., wid, screened in porch,
Lawn serv. No Dogs. Non
Smnik. Env. $800 mo. +
sec. (941)504-3954
-NICE AREA-
3BR/2BA. $1,000 mo.,
1st, last + $500 sec. dep.
(863)634-0432
Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, Ig.
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$750 mo. (863)634-4581 or
(863)634-8726
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
-ON CANAL-
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec. dep.
(863)634-0432
TAYLOR CREEK 2/2 CBS Exc.
cond. on canal w/lake ac-
cess $1100 mo. + 1st, last
& $800 sec.(561)714-9827
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
(954)610-5345



OKEECHOBEE Office Space
rental. 18'xl2' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
fleds.



BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3 BR, 2
BA, Fully furnished. On the
canal. Avail. March & April.
No pets. (863)763-2059


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property -Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warelis, Hwy 78W,
1000- homes B)R
$75k/acire (863)801 3133


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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
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



BEAUTIFUL
SAMANTHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313



VILLA 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251
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POWER BOAT 3.7' WILLIAM E.SMITH AND
JEAN B. SMITH
$3500 ?39-823-258 or eT'dants
863-234-1226
863234-1226 OTICE OF ACTION
SAIL BOAT 37' Irwin TO: WILLIAM E SMITHANDJEANB.
$7500 239-823-2587 Or SMITH, AND ALL OTHERS WHOM IT
863-234-1226 MAY CONCERN


CATTLEMENS RV PARK Lot
12, trailer & Fla room, on
Rim Canal, (859)339-0283
MOTORHOME '99 loaded,
12K miles, $25,000
863)763-2469 or
863)634-5824
SPORTSMAN FEATHERLIGHT
-04, 22FT, exc cond., $7500
or best offer (863)467-2887


Automobiles



Automobiles 4)05,
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 41i115
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
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YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
quiet title to the following property in
Okeechobee County, Florida:
LOTS C & D OF TRACT 11, OF THE E1'
OFWY/ OFN'./OF N OFTRACT
11, SECTION 17; AND WV",OF NI/,
OF N0V, OF TRACT 11, SECTION 17,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33
EAST according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D in-
clusive, of thie public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shellyh A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/11/2008 and file the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the riele demanded in the complaint or
petition.
DATED this 4th day of Feb. 2008
SHARON R. ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
KATHY ARNOLD
Oeputy Clerk
260071 ON 2/8,15,22,29/2008

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO: 2007-CA-395
DOUGLAS L.CUREY, JR.
Plaintiff
V.
GEORGE DAVIS
Defendant
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: GEORGE DAVIS, AND ALL OTHERS
WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
quiet title to the following property in
Okeechobee County, Florida'
LOT L OF TRACT 25 W2/ OF W'/OF N
'/1 OFSl/OFTRACT25 34S33E
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/11/2008 and file the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
petition.
DATED this 4th day of Feb. 2008
SHARON R OBERTSON
As Clerk of the Coert
KATHY ARNOLD
Deputy Clerk
260081 ON 2/8,15,22,29/2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO: 2007-CA-391
DOUGLAS L. CUREY, JR.
Plaintiff


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IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE NINETTENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO,: 2007-CP-396
DOUGLAS L. CUREY, JR.
Plaintiff
vs.
DIMITIROS KAPTIS,
Defendant.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: DIMITIROS KAPTIS, AND ALL OTH-
ERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
uiet title to the following property in
keechobee County, Florida,
LOT C OF TRACT 8 EAST 1/2 OF WEST
1/2 OF NORTH 1/2 OF NORTH 1/2 OF
TRACT 08 SECTION 28 TOWNSHIP
34S RANGE 33E, according to the plat
book thereof recorded in Plat Book 4 at
ages 3A-D inclusive of the Okeecho-
ee County Public Records.
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, F-r the Plaintiff's attorney.
whose l,.-. is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/11/2008, and file the original
with the clerk ot this court either be-
fore service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
petition.
DATED this 4th day of Feb., 2008.
SHARON R. ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
260092 ON 2/8,15,22,29/08


NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
Tihe Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday. March 4, 2008. @ 3:30 PM. The public meeting will be
held at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more infor-
maton, contact Barbara Cash at the Planning and Development Department, 499
N W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-55480
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official record of the Department,
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
261314 ON 2/15,22/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
The County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and the St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon will hold its regular
session on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Cen-
ter located at 1750 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida.
Please take notice and he advised that if any person desires to appeal any decision
made by the Coalition with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, such
interested person wilt need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose
may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based,
Cil Belts, Jr, Chairman
County Coalition for Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries
262237 ON 2/22/08






10 SPORTS _idlay, February 22, 2008
10 SPORTS ...


Jessica Ziglar


Chasey Bass Chris Davis


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Breanne Lee Cole Fulford Joe Summerford Jacoby Johns

OHS Rodeo Team brings home championship title


OHS Rodeo Team did not have
to travel far to their last rodeo
since it was held on their own
stomping ground at the Cattle-
men's Arena in Okeechobee on
Feb. 2 and 3. The weather was
perfect for the team to rodeo for
two full days.
The OHS Rodeo Team lead
the grand entry -- which is the
start of the rodeo into the arena,
and OHS seniors Chasey Bass,
Chris Davis, Brittany Nethers
and Jessica Ziglar were ac-
knowledged.
The OHS team represented
Okeechobee very well winning
a championship title. Chasey
Bass tied for first in the Boys Cut-
ting event held Saturday night at
Adams Ranch on the State Road
70 west, earning him a Cham-
pionship Buckle. The following
team members earned points in
the following events:
Barrels -- Jessica Ziglar
placed ninth on Sunday and Ray-
bon Durrance placed seventh
on Saturday.
Breakaway -- Breanne Lee
placed fifth on Saturday and sec-
ond on Sunday, Jessie Cofield
placed fifth on Sunday.
Goat Tying -- Shelby Carden
placed fifth on Sunday.
Pole Bending -- Jessica Zi-
glar placed fourth on Sunday.
Bareback -- Jacoby Johns
placed second on Saturday and
on Sunday Chris Davis tied for


Trey Cofield J.R. Gomez


third on Saturday and placed
fourth on Sunday.
Steer Wrestling -- Cole Ful-
ford placed fifth on Saturday
and first on Sunday, J.R. Gomez
placed seventh on Saturday and
third on Sunday.
Tie Down Roping (Calf Rop-
ing) -- Trey Cofleld placed third
on Saturday.
Team Roping J.R. Gomez
placed sixth on Saturday and on
Sunday, and Justin Wolff placed
fifth on Sunday.
All of the rodeo events were
held over a two-day period. How-
ever, the boys and girls cutting
events were held back to back
and count as two separate cut-
tings.
Girls Cutting Brittney Neth-
ers picked up second on the first
go. Carlie Lanier tied for sixth


on the first go and tied for tenth
on the second go. Kayla Davis
placed eighth on the first go and
ninth on the second go.
Boys Cutting Chasey Bass
placed second on the first and
second go. Joseph Summer-
ford placed first on first go and
fifth on the second go.
The winner of the buckle goes
to contestant with the highest av-
erage score. Therefore, Chasey
Bass and another contestant
from Kissimmee both earned
buckles because they tied.
The team will be traveling the
weekend of Feb. 22 and 23 to
Ocala to compete.
The remaining high school ro-
deo includes:
Feb. 22 and 23 Ocala;
March 29 and 30 Pierson.
(Tentative) Cutting at 7 p.m. or


Sports News in Brief


Men's benefit
softball tournament
On Feb. 23 there will be a
men's benefit softball tourna-
ment held as a fundraiser for the
family of Daniel Rickards who
was recently paralyzed in a car
accident. The family is in need
of financial help to cover the ex-
penses of the hospital and care
of Daniel. There will be a $200
entry fee, ISA rules, bring your
own balls, 44's CORE, 5 home
runs 1 up. For information,
contact J.R. Suarez at (863) 697-
1710.

Wrestling Club
sign ups open
The Chobee Wrestling Club
will begin sign ups for the spring
season on Feb. 26, 27 and 28.
Kids ages 5 18 are welcome to
join, the cost is $40. Practices
are Tuesdays, and Thursdays
from 6 until 8 p.m. in the O.H.S.
gymnasium. Practice will begin
on March 4. If you have any
questions contact Coach Jahner
(863) 634-9411 or at the high
school.

Seacoast sponsors
March for Babies
benefit
Okeechobee Seacoast Na-
tional Bank will hold the 61" An-
nual Bass Tournament to ben-


efit the March of Dimes/March
for Babies on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The tournament will be held at
Okee-Tantie Marina.
Early registration is available
at www.seacoastnational.com
or by picking up an application
at any Seacoast National Bank lo-
cation. The tournament is based
on a 100-(2 angler) boat field, 1st
place payout will be 3,000, 2nd
place $1,500, 3rd place $750,
4th place $500 and 5th place
$250. Biggest fish pays $1,000. A
smaller field will result in lower,
prorated payouts. Advance regis-
tration will be closed on Feb. 20.
Anglers will begin at safe light
with a weigh-in at 3 p.m, The
cost of the tournament is $110
per boat.
The general public is invited
to attend the weigh in and par-
ticipate in the 50-50 drawing.
Come on out and help support
the March of Dimes/March for
Babies!

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who ac-
tively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
missions.


The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,
administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, call (863)
763-0165.


shortly after the day runs on Sat-
urday;
April 5 Green Cove Springs;
April 26 and 27 Williston;
May 3 and 4 Arcadia;
June 19-22 -- State Finals at the
Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee;
July 14-19 -- International
Youth Finals Rodeo in Shawnee,
Okla.; and,
July 20-26 -- National Finals in
Farmington, N.M.
More rodeo events may be
added to this schedule. For ad-
ditional information about the
team, contact Darlene Bass at
(863) 634-5815.


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