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Vol. 99 No. 61 Saturday, March 1, 2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Local man faces
forgery charges
Additional charges have
been filed against an Okeecho-
bee man currently being held in
the county jail without bond on
burglary and forgery charges..
Page 3

Big Lake Juniors at
Disney Classic
The 14 Elite Volleyball team
took Orlando by storm on
January 26-27, at the first tour-
nament of the season "The
Disney Classic." They played
Saturday and beat all three of
thier opponents: Spirit, OVA
and Napels in pool play,, tak-
ing the first place spot in their
Page 11

News in Brief

Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee
Soil and Water Conservation
District, Speaking Contest will
be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April
8, at the Okeechobee USDA
Service-Center at 452 Hwy 98
North, Okeechobee. The con-
test is open to any Okeecho-
bee County student enrolled
in Grades 6 through 12. The
topic is "What is the Future of
Florida's Renewable Energies?"
Speeches will be 6 to 8 min-
utes long. Three independent
judges will score contestants
on content, composition and
delivery. Prizes for the District
Contest are $150 for First Place,
$100'for Second Place and $50
for Third Place. There will be a
participation prize of $15 to all
contestants. For information,
contact Audrey Driggers at the
Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation District at (863)

Pre-K registration
begins in March
The Okeechobee County
School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
ReadinessNPK Pre-kindergar-
ten program in .March. The
Pre-K program is at New En-
deavor High School. To be eli-
gible to participate in the Pre-K
program, children must turn 4
on or before Sept. 1, 2008. For
information call Donna Kersey
at (863) 462-5363 or Rhonda
Morton at (863) 462-5000, ext.

Drought Index

Current: 511
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.05 feet
Last Year: 11.26feet

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

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C om ics ...................................... 8
Community ,Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
Obituaries................ .............. 6
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak Out................. ....... 4
Sports.................... .... ..... 11
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The bare facts: Living with Florida's black bear

Courtesy photo/FWC
Adult black bears typically weight 150 to 400 pounds. The largest male bear on record
in Florida weighed 624 pounds; the largest female weighed 342 pounds.

Is your yard attracting
By FWC staff
Florida's black bear adapts Black Bear Populationsin Floric
quickly to its changing environ-
ment, which may be its great-
est asset as well as its greatest
Diminishing hL t'iidl in Flor- ..- -
ida have led to more instances Eglin
of black bears in backyards, .,v. p .
pools and garbage a.,, is seek- Apalachicola Ocla
ing an easy source of food and
water. While seeing a bear for / v
the first time creates an oppor- Chassahowitzka
tunity for the shutterbug, it also
causes concern for some peo-
ple who do not understand the
behavior and habits of the Flor-
ida black bear, Florida's largest Primary Range
land mammal and a subspecies aoSecondary Range : ;
of the American black bear. Secondary Range
Unfortunately, if a bear finds
a source of f6od that is easily
accessible, such as a garbage. This map shows'the normal rangeE
can or a dog's food dish left on Florida. However, due to diminishing
the back porch, the bear will are migrating to urban areas.
keep coming back, regardless tive exp
of human activity in the vicinity. "If you are attracting Pres
Encouraging bears to associate a multi
humans with food -- no mat- opossums and dents n
ter how unintentional -- may raccoons into your larly in
result in a death sentence for Orland
the bear. When bears become yard, yOU can also Nationa
accustomed to this convenient attract bears." handle.
way of finding food, situations person
can occur where bears may act Stephanie Simek, gion, sE
in an aggressive way in their ef- Florida Fish and calls re(
forts to secure food. Thtn wild- Wildlife Conservation "The
life officials may have to inter- Conmmssion ended s]
vene and euthanize bears that Hill sai
have become too comfortable animals is every- ae th
in the presence of people. from all wesponsibild animals s every- actions
Stephanie Simek, Black Bear Thone's responsibility." act biology
Management Program coordi- The Florida black bear ex- biology
nat6r with the Florida Fish and ists in fragmented populations continue
Wildlife Conservation Commis- throughout the state. However, address
sion (FWC),. advises that the with diminished habitat from the bes
responsibility for keeping bears encroaching development and negative
and people safe requires an ef- the human population con- resident
fort on the part of residents, as tinually increasing in the state, for wild
well as government entities. human-bear interactions are be'in th
"If you are attracting opos- occurring more frequently. The The
sums and raccoons into your FWC recognizes the impor- vides
yard, you can also attract tance of addressing the role of tions fo
bears," Ms. Simek said. "Keep- people to ensure that encoun-
ing garbage and. food away ters with bears remain a posi- S


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Courtesy graphic/FWC
s for black bears in
habitat, more bears

ently the FWC receives
tude of calls from resi-
egarding bears, particu-
counties in the greater
o area, around the Ocala
il Forest and in the Pan-
Joy Hill, FWC spokes-
for the Northeast Re-
ays answering residents'
quires a balancing act.
e black bear is a threat-
pecies in Florida," Ms.
d. "So we have to man-
ese human-bear inter-
while maintaining a
cally and socially accept-.
ar population. The FWC
[ally tries new ways to
s these situations, but
st way to help lessen
e encounters requires
ts to take responsibility
Life attractants that may
heir own back yard."
FWC's Web site pro-
downloadable instruc-
r building bear-resistant

3ee Bears Page 2

Fishermen raise money

for annual kids day

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News

Hook, Line, and
Captain Michael Shellen re-
ports that bass fishing around
the Big "0" cooled somewhat
this week, which is to be ex-
pected after a full moon. The
hottest artificial bait for us this
week was a Senko, in water-
melon, or black with blue fleck,
both accounted for a good
numbers of fish.
"We fished them with and
without weight and both per-
formed equally. We are still
catching Bass on a shaky head
jig with a trick worm, and black
seems to be the most consis-
tent color," he stated. "In areas
where rocks are the predomi-

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nant cover a shad pattern or fire
tiger crank bait will work well at
times. The fish do not seem to
be concentrated nearly as much

as they were, but the River and
the Rim Canal are still holding
tremendous amounts of fish.
"Speck fishing is still very
good around Point of the Reef
and inside Indian Prairie Canal.
A jig worked on or near the
drop off is the hot ticket; most
anglers are scoring 20 to 30 fish
in the first couple of hours of
daylight and then the bite slows
considerably. Minnow fishing is
not nearly as fast and furious,
but the minnow fishermen are
able to catch a few fish after
the jig fishermen are done. The
cold front that blew through
Wednesday night will hinder
the Bass bite for a few days, but
could possibly ignite a good
speck bite in the River."
See Outdoors Page 2

Water woes

could worsen

By Pete Gawda trict wide, February rainfall has
Okeechobee News been 2 inches above average.
The wat rtage is bad However, predictions call for
and is expected to g se March to be drier than usual.
That's the message tha The year 2007 was the driest
delivered to the County Coali- ar since 1932.
tion for Responsible Manage- the drought is now
ment of Lake Okeechobee, consider derate on the
St. 'Lucie and Caloosahatchee Okeechobee.nd Lake
Estuaries and Lake Worth La- Since'June 3, 2007 t
goon. The organization, made have been 269 consecutive
up of representatives from the days of daily record low lake
counties surrounding the lake, levels.
met'in Okeechobee on Friday, There is some good news,
Feb. 29 and heard reports on the upper Kissimmee chain of
the condition of the lake from lakes are at or above the level
government employees and of a year ago. At the south end
private citizens., of the lake the Water Conserva-
Government purchase of tion Areas are at or above regu-
lands in Glades County has nation schedule which is better
caused concern because these than last year..
lands are taken off the tax rolls. The current lake level is 4.5
Glades County Commissioner feet below average.
Russell Echols read a resolution The outlook for March and
passed by the Southwest Flor- through the dry season calls for
ida Regional Planning Council below normal rainfall.
dealing with this issue, The There is a 50 percent chance
resolution called for payment that by the end of dry season
in lieu of tax to be paid in per- the lake level will be between
petuity. It also called for further 8.6 to 10.3 feet. That means
procurement of Glades County there is a 25 percent chance the
lands by South Florida Water lake will be above 10.3 feet and
Management District (SFWMD) a 25 percent chance the lake
to proceed only after alternative ,will be below 8.6 feet.
studies have been conducted to Rebecca Elliott of the Florida
see if other land could be used Department of Agriculture and
just as effectively. Commis- Consumer Services presented
sioner Echols also stated that statistics showing how the
the lack of lake access due to drought has affected crops,
the drought has had sever eco- beef cattle and dairy cattle. Be-
nomic impacts on his county. tween July 2006 and June 2007
Cal Neidrauer of SFWMD the tomato crop was down 90
gave a summary of drought
conditions. He said that, d's- See Water Page 2


learn about

special districts
special i

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On Thursday afternoon,
Feb. 28 'Okeechobee County
Commissioners went to school.
They held a workshop meet-
ing that afternoon to become
informed on something new
to Okeehcobee County com-
munity development districts
A CDD is an independent
district established by Florida
Statute "to manage and finance
basic community development
services." The annual assess-
ment for operation of a CDD is
paid by the property owners in
the CDD and it is governed by
a board of supervisors elected

by the property owners in the
Commissioners heard pre-
sentations by attorney Thomas
Baird who has a number of gov-
ernment clients and is familiar
with CDDs and Pete Pimentel
of Special District Services, an
organization that sets up and
operates. CDDs. Mr. Pimentel's
organization currently man-
ages 65 CDDs in Florida.
The developers of North-
shore Village, a proposed 390
acre development of single
and multifamily dwellings and
commercial property have re-
quested to form a A CDD. Be-
fore that can happen ,a public
See Districts Page 2

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp

Anybody in there?
This sandhill crane was peering into the front door of the
Big 'O' Boats building, 1000 N.W. Nihth St., Friday morn-
ing. The bird was either checking to see if the business
was open or simply admiring itself.

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Courtesy photo/FWC
: Florida bears are black with .brown muzzle and may have a
white chest marking called Alaze. ,.

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trash container caddies and for
installing electric fences at My-
In addition, some commu-
nities in Franklin County in th&
Panhandle and Collier County
in Southwest Florida are taking
initiatives to put wildlife-resistant
trash containers in schools, pub-'
lic parks and residential commu-
nities. These efforts prevent bears
from making trash containers
their source for meals and cut

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2008 Kids Day Benefit
Bass Tournament
Taylor Creek Bass Club is
pleased to sponsor 9ur sixth an-
nual, Bill Sprigle Memorial "Kids
Day" benefit bass tournament.
Tournament will launch from
Scott Driver Ramp at safe light on
Saturday, March 15. Start position
will be based on sign up order.
The 5-fish per boat weigh in will
be at 3 p.m. The two-man team
entry fee is $110, including Big
Bass can be paid in cash at the
ramp, or by check made out to
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc. and
mailed to Bill Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st
St., 34974. Mailed forms must be
received by March 8. Tournament
permits and tickets for a 50/50
drawing will be available at boat
check the morning of the tour-
nament. Entry forms are avail-
able at several local tackle shops,
businesses and restaurants, or by
contacting Bill at (863) 763-2926.
Based on 50 boats, the 70 percent
payout will be for the top seven
places, and first and second big

Continued From Page 1

hearing must be held. Then the
county would have to pass an or-
dinance establishing a CDD.
If a CDD is established for
Northshore Village it would be
the first one established by the
county. The Grove, a nine square
mile planned development in the
northeastern part of the county, is
a CDD. However, because of the
size of The Grove, state law re-

down on the number of negative
human-bear encounters.
To find out about wildlife-resis-
tant trash containers, visit'FWC's
Web site for links to manufac-
turers and distributors. Anyone
who experiences bear problems
should contact the nearest FWC
regional office. The phone num-
ber can be found in the State
Government section of the phone
"Black bears are not generally
aggressive, even when confronted
by humans," Ms. Hill said. "How-
ever, they are large and powerful
wild animals that need to be re-

fish. The retained 30 percent will
be used to help fund the club's
23rd,annual, Lee McAllister Me-
morial "Kids Day Fishing Festival"
to be held the last Sunday in Octo-
ber at the Agri-Civic Center.

George Oliver Cup at
Port Mayaca Polo Club
The George Oliver Cup will
be held today at the Port Mayaca
Polo Club. In addition to the pro-
fessional sportsmen there will be.
36 junior players. These are some
of the very top young polo profes-
sionals and amateaurs that are
coming from throughout North
America to participate in this
event. These junior players are:
Julio Gracida, West Palm Beach;
Pelon Escapite, Mexico; Jason
Crowder, Palm Springs, Calif.; Rob
Stenzel, Toronto, Canada; George
Krabbe, Greenwich, Conn.; Matt
Dougherty, Washington, D.C.; Rob-
ert Orthwein, St. Louis, Mo.; Ezra
Stevenson, New York, N.Y; Bo
Goodman, Lexington, Kent.;Alex
Matz, Dallas, Texas; Hayden
Walsh, Vero Beach; and, Taylor
Freeman, Okeechobee.
The George Oliver Cup, a tour-
nament for young American polo
players, age 11-25, will be played

quires that approval of that CDD
come from the state.
Mr. Baird said a CDD has much
the same power as a city or coun-
ty government. He called a CDD,
"a single purpose government."
A CDD is usually formed to pro-
vide infrastructure for a large de-
velopment. The elected board of
supervisors who govern a CDD
are subject to the Sunshine law.
Their meetings must be adver-
tised and open to the public. The
CDD board of supervisors has the
power to issue tax-exempt bonds
to construct community develop-

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percent. In 2006 the grapefruit,
crop was down 38 percent.
Ranchers and dairy farmer
have been forced to sell off their
Farmers Will go into the spring
growing season knowing they
have a greater than 50 percent
chance of not having sufficient
water fpr crops.
"Where is the light at the end
of the tunnel?" asked Mary Ann
Martin operator of Roland Martin
Marina in Clewiston.
"We hear talk, we want ac-
tion," she said as she urged clean-
ing up. the lake. She said that if
lake levels rise and the lake is not
healthy, the tourist industry will
still suffer.
Dredging canals that are too
low to offer entrance to the -lake
was suggested. However, Don
Fox of the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) asked what would be
done with the dredged material.
Scott Watson of Indiantown
Marina, one of largest marinas
in Martin County, told how his
business was suffering because
of the drought. He offered one
solution, saying he would pay to
dredge the St. Lucie Canal arid the
dredged material could be stored .
on his property.
Lynn Topel of Florida Heartland
Regional Economic Development
Initiative said that for six month
her organization has been com-
piling a study of how the drought
has affected the economy.
"This is one of the few good
news stories," Dave Unsell of SF-
WMD said as he described lake
clean up projects that have ben-
efited from the low lake levels.
Muck, exotic vegetation and de-
bris has been removed from the
"It is obvious our water man-
agement system can't do what
we need," asserted Paul Gray of

March 1 at the Port Mayaca Polo
Club in Martin County, Florida.
Inaugurated last year, the Cup is
named in honor of George Oliver,
a nine goal, Hall of Farie polo
player, who not only won five US
Open titles, but also coached the
University of Miami Polo team
to four intercollegiate titles, won
the National 20 goal three times,
and captained the American side
vs. Argentina in the Cup of the
Americas in 1950. Mr. Oliver in-
fluenced countless young Ameri-
can polo players throughout his
lifetime, and the Cup was created
in an effort to not only. honor Mr.
Oliver, but to also highlight North
American polo talent. Interesting
to note, George Oliver played for
a longtime with Michael Phipps,
who had a polo field just outside
of Indiantown at Payson Park;
so, the George Oliver Cup at Port
Mayaca is somewhat of a home-
Last year's inaugural Cup
was won by The Tackeria over
Polo Gear, 17-9, and featured top
American talent Joseph Stuart,
Shane Rice, Jason Crowder, and
Frederick Mannix for the Tackeria,
and Miguel Torres, Kris Kampsen,
Del Walton, and Julio Gracida for
Polo Gear. The event also featured

ment infrastructure.
Mr. Baird gave an overview of
the general powers of a CDD and
the criteria for setting up such a
Under a CDD, the county can
be relieved of providing infra-
structure. However, the county
may later be asked to take over
maintenance of CDD infrastruc-
A.CDD could provide a higher
level of service than county gov-
ernment. However, some resi-
dents might consider it another
layer of government and feel that

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the Audubon Society. The lake
gets too deep and too shallow, he
said, because you can't hold wa-
ter north of lake. He said that with
storage areas north of the lake,
the lake level could be held to be-
tween 12 and 15 feet most of the
time. When droughts come there
would be water stored north of
the lake. He added that storing
water north of the lake would
prevent harmful discharges to the
estuaries. Mr. Gray said this water
could be stored on private land,
without taking any land off the tax
rolls by government acquisition.
Deanna Reppen of SFWMD re-
ported on the process of develop-
*ing a comprehensive year round
water conservation program. This
would eliminate wasteful use bf
water and promote efficient use
of water. The program would
be based on regulatory initia-
tives and voluntary and incentive
based initiatives. The plan should
be completed in April, she said.
Martha Musgrove, represent-
ing Decision Maker Forum, stat-
ed that if the lake is taken care
of, some of our other economic
problems will take care of them-
Floyd Driggers of Buckhead
Ridge advocated dredging the
muck from Pierce Canal which
connects Buckhead Ridge to the
lake. He predicted that' it codild
be done much cheaper than pro-
jected figures.
Bubba Wade, SFWMD gov-
erning board member, said the
repair of the dike is the key to the
problem. While water storage ar-
eas north of the lake might not be
available for some time, he said
the dike could be repaired in a
much shorter time. With the dike
repaired he said the lake could
be held at a much higher level.
While he admitted that higher
levels might not be best for the
health of the lake, he felt it would
solve other problems.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

the participation of North Ameri-
ca's best polo players as Coaches
for .the teams, Judges for MVP
and Best Playing Pony, and Judge
for Best Mounted Player.
This year's event looks even
-more promising having already
signed-up to play four times as
many North American polo play-
ers compared to last year. There
will be coaching and judging
from polo greats including Mike
Azzaro, Memo Gracida, Owen
Rinehart and Sunny Hale.
If you would like to share any
information with the Okeecho-
bee News about an outdoors
event please email Tonya Hard-
en at or
call (863) 763-3134. We welcome
news on all sporting events,
outdoors activities and nature
inspired hobbies. Please include
your name, phone number and
specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors col-
umn will run every Saturday so
please be sure to have all your
'information into the office no
later than 5 p.m. Thursday. In-
formation can also be emailed to or faxed
to (863) 763-5901. Refer all mate-
rial to Tonya Harden

they are being double taxed since
they would pay both county taxes
and CDD assessments.
In some ways a CDD is similar
to a homeowners association.
Mr. Pimentel stated that CDDs
have no police power, they can-
not change zoning or approve
"A CDD provides a mechanism
for growth to pay for itself," He
.Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

News Briefs

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month
in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information;
or, visit

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services
available at no. charge to help people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit their web site at;
or, call (863) 462-5350.

CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee
Composite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior
members and cadets are being .recruited for the unit. Youths
between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the
cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency
services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members
and cadets work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you
are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene
O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863)





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.,Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 1, 2008

Man accused of

fighting deputies

By Eric Kopp
'Okeechobee News
A 26-year-old local man was
arrested early Friday morning af-
ter he became involved in a fight
with his girlfriend that escalated
into his fighting with three depu-
James Lemuel Pierce, Jr.,
"S.E. 34th Ave., was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail on
'charges of resisting arrest with
violence and escape. His bond
has been set at $15,000.
An arrest report by Deputy
-Donna H. Lee of the Okeechobee
:.County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
.indicates that Pierce was also ar-
rested on a warrant out of Polk
County that charged him with
fleeing and eluding a law en-
forcement officer. His bond on
that charge is not known.
The man's arrest came about
after he and his girlfriend began
S,to argue and Pierce reportedly
started vandalizing the woman's
car. The OCSO report states he
took the gas cap off the car and
,hrew it, then started ripping
wiresoff the motor.
.., Pierce reportedly told Deputy
Lee that he was leaving and
that his cousin was coming to
-get him. But before the cous-
in arrived, Deputy Lee along
with Deputy Augustin Saucedo
learned of the Polk County war-
Deputy Sucedo then placed
"Pierce under arrest and put him

in the back of another deputy's
patrol car. Once inside the car
Pierce reportedly began to kick
the car door. The deputy's then
removed Pierce from that car
and tried to put him Deputy
Lee's patrol
But Pierce
reportedly re-
... fused to walk,
so Deputy
with Deputy
Joseph Hall
James "escorted"
Pierce, Jr., him to Deputy
Lee's vehicle.
As the men tried to get him
into the back seat of the OCSO
Crown Victoria he began twist-
ing and resisting, and at one
point he rolled into a ball and
began kicking the deputies, add-
ed the OCSO report.
When the deputies stepped
back to keep from getting
kicked, Pierce allegedly jumped
out of the car, rammed his body
into the deputies then tried to get
past them.
As Deputy Saucedo attempt-
ed to grab him, Pierce began to
head butt both Deputy Saucedo
and Deputy Hall, continued Dep-
uty Lee's report.
Even though he continued to
fight them, the three deputies fi-
nally managed to get Pierce into
Deputy Lee's vehicle.

Man accused of

stealing engine parts

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested and charged in
connection with the theft of en-
gine parts from a local business.
James Bradley Winters, U.S.
441 S.E., was
arrested Feb. 28
on charges of
'dealing in sto- r.
Jen property and .
tampering with
a witness He
was booked inlo
t'heb)keechdbee :
County Jail un- James
der a bond of Winters
, $26,000.
Winters was arrested by Offi-
cer P.C. Eddings of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department after
he reportedly sold some truck
parts at a local recycling center.
According to an OCPD arrest
report, a number of vehicle parts
were stolen from a local busi-

ness sometime Sunday, Feb. 24.
Among the items missing was
the rear end from a Chevrolet
3/4-ton pickup, motor heads
from a generator, six crankshafts
and four aircraft cylinders. The
report states the items had an
estimated value of $1,600.
When Officer Eddings went
to the recycling center he re-
portedly found the rear end of
the truck. The owner was then
called to the scene and identified
the truck part as well as the gen-
erator engine heads.-"
The officer was then given
a copy of the receipt from the
owner of the recycling com-
pany that indicated the items
were sold by Winters, stated the
OCPD report.
Winters was also charged
with witness tampering because
he supposedly threatened a wit-
ness with physical injury, stated
Officer Eddings' report.

Law Enforcement Calls

SThe Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office received the fol-
lowing calls from Friday, Feb. 22,
"through Thursday, Feb. 28:
r Friday, Feb. 22;
burglary in the 3500 block
of N.W 21st Ave.
theft in the 4000 block of
S.E. 24th St.
theft in the 1800 block of
N.W. Ninth St.
lewd and lascivious act in
the 2600 block of N.W 42nd
fraud in the 3200 block of
N.W 40th Drive
theft in the 8700 block of
N.W 240th St.
burglary in the 3500 block
of N.W 35th Ave.
burglary in the 3000 block
of S.R. 70 E.
Saturday, Feb. 23:
Svandalism in the 300 block
of S.E. 36th Terrace
assault in the 1400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
fraud in the 1400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 3700 block of
S.E. Eighth St.
Sunday, Feb. 24:
stolen vehicle in the 3100
block of U.S. 441 N.
vandalism in the 3100 block
of S.E. 35th Ave.

theft in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
Monday, Feb. 25:
vandalism in the 700 block
of N.E. 16th Ave.
gang activity in the 500
block of 500 N.W 27th Lane
theft in the 800 block of
U.S. 441 N.
Tuesday, Feb. 26:
gang activity in the 500
block of N.W. 27th Lane
vandalism in the 1100 block
of N.E. 39th Blvd.
theft in the 3200 block of
U.S. 441 S.
larceny in the 1900 block of
S.E. 29th St.
Wednesday, Feb. 27:
theft in the 800 block of
N.E. 34th Ave.
theft in the 400 block of S.E.
34th Court
fraud in the 1000 block of
N.W. 364th Road
vandalism in the 3700 block
of N.W 24th Ave.
Thursday, Feb. 28:
theft in the 3600 block of
S.E. 34th Ave.
burglary in the 3200 block
of S.E. 34th Ave.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into
this column.

Agriculture vital to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At a time
when the nation's slowing econ-
omy is tipping toward recession,
one of the largest and most sta-
ble sectors of Florida's economy
continues to thrive, according to
a new University of Florida study
released last month.
In fact, the $101.9 billion an-
nual value-added impact of ag-
riculture, natural resource, food
and fiber product manufacturing,
distribution and related service
industries is larger than ever, and
these industries will continue to
play a vital role in Florida's econ-
omy for 21st century as they have
in the past, say economists with
UF's Institute of Food and Agricul-
tural Sciences, or UF/IFAS.
"This sector of Florida's econ-
omy continues to be strong,"
said Alan Hodges, an agricultural
economist and lead author of the
study. "When industries such as
construction, travel and entertain-
ment are affected by an econom-
ic downturn, agriculture, natural
resource and related industries
continue to be more stable com-
ponents of the state's economy."
Mr. Hodges said that this eco-
nomic sector generates the sec-
ond largest number of jobs in the
state, behind professional and
technical services and ahead of
real estate and financial services,
construction, education, and trav-
el and entertainment.
"From 2001 through 2006, Flor-
ida agricultural, natural resources
and related industries have grown
at a rate roughly equal to overall
economic growth in the state, at
an annual average of about 4 per-

"From 2001 through 2006, Florida agricultural,
natural resources and related industries have
grown at a rate roughly equal to overall economic
growth in the state, at an annual average of about
4 percent."
Alan Hodges,
agricultural economist

cent," Hodges said. "Moreover,
these industries manage about
two-thirds of the state's land area
-- 24 million acres -- land that is
critical to water supplies, water
quality, pollution abatement, ero-
sion control, shoreline protection,
carbon sequestration and climate
stabilization, wildlife habitat and
outdoor recreation."
' He said that agriculture, natu-
.ral resource and related industries
not only produce food and fiber
commodities, but they are closely
linked to a broad range of eco-
nomic sectors for food process-
ing, wholesale and retail distribu-
In addition to farms, forests
and fisheries, the economic sec-
tor includes activities such as
mining, fertilizer manufacturing,
sawmills, fruit and vegetable pro-
cessing, landscaping, food stores,
restaurants, building material and
garden stores, pest control, golf
courses and recreational fishing,
he said.
The total economic impacts
.of these industry sectors were
estimated using a regional input-
* output model, which captures

the multiplier effects of the in-
put supply chain and employee
household spending. Assisting
Hodges with the study were Da-
vid Mulkey, a professor in the UF/
IFAS food and resource econom-
ics department, and Mohammed
Rahmanni, an economic research
coordinator in the department.
Mr. Hodges said output, em-
ployment and value-added im-
pacts are the three principal
measures of economic activity.
Industry output represents total
income or sales plus inventory
change. Employment includes
both full-time and part-time or
seasonal positions. Value-added
impacts represent the value of
output less the value of pur-
chased inputs used the produc-
tion of goods or services for final
Agriculture, natural resource
and related industries produced
$137 billion in output or sales rev-
enues, expressed in 2007 dollars.
They also generated $61 billion in
revenues for other economic sec-
tors due to supply chain and em-
ployee spending multiplier effects,
thereby providing nearly $200

billion in total output sales. The
economic sector also had foreign
and domestic exports, and sales
to Florida visitors valued at $46
billion, which represents "new"
money to the state and gives rise
to the multiplier effects.
When it comes to value-added
impacts, the industries generated
$66 billion in personal income
and business profits, which repre-
sented 9.3 percent of the $704 bil-
lion gross state product. Including
multiplier effects, the total value-
added impact was $102 billion.
Since 2001, the growth in value-
added impacts has increased by
$27 billion, representing an av-
erage annual growth rate of 3.9
Agriculture, natural resource
and related industries provide di-
rect employment of 1.5 million
people in fulltime and part-time
jobs, representing 14.2 percent
of all jobs in the state and ranking
second among Florida's top five
major industry groups. Including
multiplier effects, these industries
generated total statewide employ-
ment impacts of nearly 2 million
jobs. They also generated labor
income impacts of $65 billion,
and indirect taxes paid to local,
state and federal governments
amounting to $11.4 billion.
The study, "Economic Con-
tributions of Agricultural, Food
Manufacturing, and Natural Re-
source Industries in Florida in
2006," is available at the UF/IFAS
Extension EDIS (Electronic Docu-
ment Information Source) Web

SFWMD awards $650,000 for protection

South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) Govern-
ing Board authorized $650,000
in funding for partnerships with
the cities of Orlando and Kissim-
mee to improve flood protection
in older neighborhoods where
homes, businesses and a ma-
jor road flood during extreme
In Orlando, the SFWMD is pro-

viding half of the project cost of
$800,000 to improve flood protec-
tion in the Holden Heights neigh-
borhood of south-central Orlan-
do. The funds will be used in the
latest phase of a multi-year effort
to reduce the likelihood of flood-
ing of residential and industrial
areas of Holden Heights, which is
located in the Boggy Creek drain-
age basin.
In Kissimmee, a drainage ca-

nal that serves Kissimmee Gate-
way Airport hits a bottleneck at
Hoagland Avenue, a key transpor-
tation route where street flooding
occurred, following four hurri-
canes in 2004. SFWMD is provid-
ing $250,000 toward the $500,000
project to improve water flow un-
der Hoagland Avenue, which is in
the Shingle Creek drainage basin.
"These projects demonstrate
how the South Florida Water

Management District strives to
work with local partners to solve
problems for our constituents
within the Greater Everglades wa-
tershed," said Harkley Thornton,
who represents Central Florida
on the SFWMD Governing Board.
"This funding will go a long way
toward improving drainage, pre-
venting flooding and enhancing
the quality of life in Orlando and

Consumers warned of tax rebate seam

TALLAHASSEE -- FloriQd Ag- hasn't even approved a tax rebate
riculturs arid consumer Seryices' plan yet." ... ..
Commissioner Charles H. Bron- '''The scamr 'egan sweeping
son is warning consumers about the country in recent days, and
scam artists who are seeking per- some Florida residents have ac-
sonal information and in some knowledge in phone calls to the
instances money while claiming department's Consumer Services
to help consumers in obtaining Division this week that they have rebate from the federal gov- been contacted by the scam art-
ernment. ists.
"If you receive a phone call or In one variation of the rip-off, a
e-mail with a promise of assis- company calling itself the Federal
tance in getting a check, hang up Commission Refund Department
on the caller or delete the e-mail," is promising consumers help in
Mr. Bronson said. "Congress obtaining a tax rebate check for

a $29 fee that it offers to with- bers, so they can clean out your
draw from the consumer's bak' k chckinig. or- savings account -
account. In a second varitit and n ineofcredit
and e obe'a line of credit in your

scammers portraying themselves
as IRS agents are calling and ask-
ing for Social Security numbers
and other personal information
to verify the person's eligibility for
a refund. That information can
make consumers extremely vul-
nerable to identity theft.
"What these scam artists are
trying to do is to obtain personal
information, including bank ac-
count and Social Security num-

name," Mr. Bronson said. "Dont:
fall for it."
Congress is considering a tax
rebate plan in an effort to stimu-
late the economy. The IRS, which
is the agency that would issue
checks if legislation is passed for
approving a rebate, does not ask
for personal information on the
phone or in an e-mail.

Local man faces more forgery charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Additional charges have been
filed against an Okeechobee man
currently being held in the county
jail without bond
on burglary and
forgers charges
Rick Durfee ol
the Okeechobee
County, Sheri f's
Office I)CSO I
filed additional
forgery and ut-Robert
tearing a forged in-Leitner
strument charges
against Robert James Leitner on
Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Leitner, 21, N.W. 39th Ave.,
was originally arrested Friday,
Feb. 22, on felony charges of bur-
glary, grand theft (five counts),
forgery (four counts) and utter-
ing a forged instrument (four
counts). He was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of crimi-
nal mischief.
. Leitner is being held without
bond on those charges.
Additional charges of forgery
(two counts) and uttering a forged
instrument (two counts) were
filed against Leitner on Tuesday.

His bond on those charges was
set at $10,000.
The additional charges stem
from the same case in which Leit-
ner is accused of breaking into an
Okeechobee business and taking
a computer, checkbooks, safe,
cash, a credit card and keys to a
company car.
Detective Durfee's original re-
port states Leitner went to a lo-
cal supermarket on Feb. 18 and
cashed a check on the business
for $500. On Feb. 17, added that
same report, Leitner had cashed
another check for $283 at another
Okeechobee business.
The most recent charges stem
from the man's cashing checks
from the burglarized business on
Feb. 19 and Feb. 20.
Leitner, said Detective Durfee,
used his driver's license number
and ID to cash the checks. The
checks were signed by a man who
has been dead for over two years,
added the detective's report.
According to Detective Du-
rfee's original arrest report, he
found the stolen safe along a trail
in a pasture located near the bur-
glarized business. Inside the safe
were the missing car keys and
three checkbooks. One check-

* book appeared to have 20 checks
missing, continued the report. No
checks were missing from the
other two checkbooks.
Sometime later, added the
detective, the computer, moni-
tor, keyboard and mouse were

The credit card was not used
and was found later in some
bushes in the area, added Detec-
tive Durfee's report.
As to the most recent charges,
the detective's report did not state
the dollar amounts for which the
checks were written.

Today in History

The Associated Press
Today is Saturday, March 1, the
61st day of 2008. There are 305
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On March 1, 1932, Charles A.
Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old
son of Charles and Anne Lind-
bergh, was kidnapped from the
family home near Hopewell, N.J.
(Remains identified as those of
the child were found the follow-
ing May.)
On this date:
In 1961, President Kennedy es-
tablished the Peace Corps.

In 1967, U.S. Representative
Adam Clayton Powell of New
York, accused of misconduct,
was denied his seat in the 90th
Congress. (The Supreme Court
ruled in 1969 that Powell had to
be seated.)
In 1981, Irish Republican Army
member Bobby Sands began a
hunger strike at the Maze Prison
in Northern Ireland; he died 65
days later.
Five years ago: Suspected
9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed was captured by CIA
and Pakistani agents.
One year ago: Tornadoes
killed 20 people in the Midwest

and Southeast, including eight
students at Enterprise High School
in Alabama.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Robert Clary is 82. Singer Harry
Belafonte is 81. Former U.S. So-
licitor General Robert H. Bork is
81. Actor Robert Conrad is 73.
Rock singer Mike D'Abo (Manfred
Mann) is 64. Former Sen. John
Breaux, D-La., is 64. Rock singer
Roger Daltrey is 64. Actor Dirk
Benedict is 63. Actor Alan Thicke
is 61. Actor-director Ron Howard
is 54. Actress Catherine Bach is
54. Country singer Janis Gill (AKA
Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweet-
hearts of the Rodeo) is 54. Actor

Tim Daly is 52. Singer-musician
Jon Carroll is 51. Rock musician
Bill Leen is 46. Actor Russell Wong
is 45. Actor John David Cullum is
42. Actor George Eads is 41. Actor
Javier Bardem is 39. Rock musi-
cian Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is
35. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is
34. Actor Jensen Ackles is 30. TV
host Donovan Patton is 30. Rock
musician Sean Woolstenhulme
is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer
Sammie is 21.
Thought for Today: "If you
are able to state a problem, it
can be solved." Edwin H. Land,
American inventor (born 1909,
died this date in 1991).

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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
YOUTH ACTIVITIES: I attended the high school for one year, af-
ter moving from Miami, and I have to say I was totally thrown from
culture shock and I don't know if I've still fully recovered. There are
some great kids in this town, but those kids are usually surrounded by
a great support group in their family and community. Too many young
people here fall through the cracks. I've always wanted to start a non-
profit and I was thinking this town could seriously benefit from a place
where kids can hang out and be safe, and learn that they can do so
much with their lives, there is no need to throw it away. If I had the
money, I would buy the building that was once Locals and use that. I
know a lot of the churches in this town have youth nights, which are
amazing -- my sister goes to one. I just wish there was more.
DIE HARD VOTERS: We the fans of John McClane, in order to
form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, stop the bull, kick some
butt, have some fun and save the World, do hereby insist that the No-
ble Name of John McClane be added to the Ballot for the Presidency
of the United States of America in 2008.
FIRE STARTERS: If you want to start a fire then keep throwing
those cigarette butts our your car/truck windows. Goodness knows
that in our current dry condition it won't take long before one of those
little things starts a huge fire. I can't believe I still see people doing this
on a daily basis!
MARIJUANA: I have seen so much on TV lately about the move-
ment to legalize marijuana -- both pro and con. I'm still out for de-
liberation on this subject. Anyone else have feedback? Florida will
soon face this subject as other states have and I am curious where,pour
majority stands.
TAKE A PICTURE: Here we go again! Using Tax payers money
here in Okeechobee to restore an old building. WHY? Just get rid of it,
it's old & an eyesore. Quit wasting money, time and effort to a project
like this. If you want to remember it, just take a picture, it'll last longer
in the long run!
HOME REMEDIES: For a cold, I've found that eating "spicy" food
helps me.
CURES: I had ground itch in my foot once and a women told me to
get a bunch of dog fennels ,stew them in water for a while, let it cool
off after cooking and soak my foot in it. It worked.
REMEDIES: In regard to home remedies, oatmeal "baths" will
help in itchy situations. If you get a bad burn, tray mixing aloe with
liquid vitamin E. After cleaning the area, slather it on and keep it com-
ing for a while.
ALOE: In response to the home remedies question, on one of the
ships I served on, we took a pretty violent -- and unexpected -- roll. I
lost my balance. I was below in the main space. I tried to keep myself
from falling by reaching out. Unfortunately, I was unable to grab a
rail, instead my palm made contact with a steam generator's exhaust
manifold. The burn was a second to third degree. The hospital corps-
man "disemboweled" his pet aloe plant and used the juice along with
Vitamin E from capsules to make the concoction mentioned. Twenty-
four hours later the burn was vastly improved. I've since used the
same "potion" on my children when needed, with excellent results.
On a side note, when we came back to port I bought the corpsman a
replacement "pet."
STINGS: In response to the question about home remedies, I've
heard that if you get an ant ,bee, mosquito or the like you can dab a
4 little ammonia or vinegar to take the sting out of it, I have used wet
tobacco on wasps stings.
MUSTARD: For an insect sting, put mustard on it. As it dries, it
takes out the sting. I have found this worked with fire ants, wasps and
even with a small scorpion sting.
VICKS: I use Vicks for just about everything. When I hear my kids
coughing over the phone I say "now grease up" and they say "ya, Ma."
Some will and some would rather stay sick for an extra week than
put up with the fumes. You can Google home remedies and come up
with hundreds of them. One I found that works for coughing is: 1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 Tablespoon
honey, 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 Tablespoons water. Mix
and take by the teaspoon. This one works and doesn't give you the
feeling that you couldn't cough if you wanted to as some of the over
the counter preparations do.
HOME CURE: For a cough or sore throat, my grandmother mixed
equal parts of lemon, whiskey and honey. It felt warm going down
your throat, and it certainly helped you sleep.
SOAP: For mosquito bites, I use liquid laundry detergent. Rub it
on the spot and let dry. The liquid soothes the skin, dries the bite to
reduce irritation, and seals the area from outside irritants. When I'm
not being too lazy, I make my own laundry soap. Does anyone else
make their own?
THAT FRESH LAUNDRY SMELL: I know that hikers on the Ap-
palachian Trail often used (wore) dryer sheets to keep gnats away.
Plus it had the "bonus" of smelling better than several days without
a shower.
OLD REMEDIES: Best thing I ever found for a cough was the old
dreaded turpin hydrate, it would stop the cough or cold but it tasted
and smelled like rotten orange peels. I don't even think you can pur-
chase it any more.

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Letters to the Editor

Car show cancelled
due to space problem
This letter is in response to an
article submitted by the Chamber
of Commerce in regard to the car
show that was cancelled during
the Speckled Perch Festival. First,
the car show was not cancelled
by the Chamber of Commerce. It
was cancelled by me after a dis-
agreement, with members of the
Chamber over available space for
the show cars. Second, the car
show is the Bob Teany Memorial
Scholarship Car Show and is the
main fundraiser for the Robert
L. Teany Memorial Scholarship
Foundation, Inc. Although Brent
Teany, Bob Teany's son did pass
away due to a tragic accident last
year, there is currently no scholar-
ship fund or car show founded in
his name.
The Robert L. Teany Memorial
Scholarship has been in opera-
tion for 20 years and was formed
shortly after Bob Teany's death in

1987. The Scholarship provides
scholarships for graduating high
school seniors entering medi-
cally related fields of study. Last
year alone, six Okeechobee High
School Seniors received $1500
scholarships each. Since 1987,
in excess of $100,000 has been
given to high school seniors for
medically related scholarships.
In recent years the scholarship
has been chosen as the charity for
AAHAM, American Association of
Healthcare Administrative Man-
agement, who with their own
fundraiser, provides several thou-
sand dollars of additional scholar-
ship money for Okeechobee High
School Seniors each year. If you
would like additional information
concerning the scholarship or the
car show, please contact me at
(863) 763-7253.
Dale Barrett, President
The Robert L. Teany
Memorial Scholarship
Foundation, Inc.

God always answers
When people cry to God he
always listens. Shelter, a house
some people are able to call it
home. Food, a healthy balance
three meals, but if you are a child
or elder a healthy snack has to
be included. Health is so impor-
tant that socialist and communist
countries give it for free; espe-
cially for the children; because
the children are the future of
the nation. Protection is needed
to, as in work safety, no lead in
house painting, or toys. During
childhood, parents have to pro-
tect their children unless there is
abuse or neglect that society has
to intervene. The same precau-
tion and care has to be provided
to elders. You know God is watch-
ing you. In case of natural disas-
ter, a plan for the protection to
the families has to be developed.
Taking good care of the environ-
ment and animals. Always recall
that God created the earth, air, the
trees and the animals, and that hu-
man kind is only the custodial of

God creations. Self-esteem; love
and being loved, feeling proud or
your accomplishments. Valoriz-
ing of all human life, bed ridden
people; children, young adults or
elders, the people with special
needs those too are God creation.
We the people are just the custo-
dial of God's creation we cannot
harm it, destroy it or mistreat.
For human kind and the pro-
tection of God creations, there:
ways to accomplish it by the'
Good way -- Democracy, by the
bad way -- socialism or by the
ugly way -- communism. Only the,
people can decide it, if it will do:
by the easy way or by the hard;
way? To love God and be loved by
God should be made in the easy
Shelter, food health, protec-
tion those are the basic needs of
the people. The people cannot
live without them. How will the
people acquire them in a good
way, a bad one or with the worst
Ana Vazquez

Upcoming Events Community Events

Saturday, March 1
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of'Hwy'441 and 78:!
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues;,or membership required. For:
information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo
at (863) 634-0087.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets -the first Saturday of every
month October-May at OakviewBaptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Sunday, March 2
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call. (863) 634-4780.
Monday, March 3
AA. 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 meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at (863) 467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For-
more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-6952.
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
meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.

Community Events

Amateur Radio Club sponsor testing session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing ses-
sion for all classes of Amateur Radio License (Technician, General and
Extra) on March 1, at the Okeechobee EOC training room, 449 N.W
Fifth Ave. in Okeechobee. The cost is $14 per session and $14 for a re-
take of a test'failed at this session. You need to bring a picture ID and a
photo copy of any license you now hold and your FRN number if you
have one. For information contact, Harry Robbins at (863) 467-7454
or redbirds(ipstrato,net,

VPK Pre-K registration open
The Okeechobee County School Board will begin registration
for Ihe 2008-09 School Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten program in
March. The Pre-K program is located at New Endeavor ligh School.
To be eligible to participate in the Pre-K program, children must turn 4
on or before September 1, 2008. For information regarding the Pre-K
program or to place your name on a contact list, please call Donna
Kersey al Mit'il I*l2.-~ id1.. or Rhonda Morton at (863)-462-5000, ext.

Osceola PTO to meet
The Osceola Middle School PTO will meet on Thursday, March 6, at
5:30 p.m., in the school Media Center. All Osceola parents are highly
encouraged to attend; as we will be deciding on how to best use the
profits from our fall fundraiser. W\e wil' also be hearing from a few
guest speakers who will be presenting some very important informa-,
tion about the upcoming FCATs.

Dinner and theatre planned
The Okeechobee Community Theatre, in cooperation with Beef O'
Brady's and Golden Corral, are offering Dinner and the Theatre. Just
show your ticket for the night you are attending the production and
the restaurant will give you 10 to 15 percent off your dinner bill. Each
ticket can only be used one time. The O.C.T. production is Plaza Suite,
a comedy in three acts. It will be presented March 7, 8, 14 and 15. Tick-
ets are on sale now at the Chamber of Commerce for only $10.

2008 Kids Day Benefit Bass Tournament
Taylor Creek Bass Club is pleased to sponsor their sixth annual, Bill
Sprigle Memorial "Kids Day" benefit bass tournament. Tournament
will launch from Scott Driver Ramp at safe light on Saturday, March'
15. Start position will be based on sign up order. The 5-fish per boat
weigh in will be at 3 p.m. The 2-man team entry fee is $110, including
Big Bass can be paid in cash at the ramp, or by check made out to
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc. and mailed to Bill Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St.,
34974. Mailed forms must be received by March 8. Tournament per-
mits and tickets for a 50/50 drawing will be available at boat check the
morning of the tournament. Entry forms are available at several local
tackle shops, businesses and restaurants, or by contacting Bill at (863)
763-2926. Based on 50 boats, the 70 percent payout will be for the top:
seven places, and first and second big fish. The retained 30 percent.
will be used to help fund the club's 23rd annual, Lee McAllister Memo-'
rial "Kids Day Fishing Festival" to be held the last Sunday in October at
the Agri-Civic Center.

AARP driver safety class offered
An AARP driver safety class offered at the American Legion Post
64, 501 S.E. Second St. (behind the fire station) on Tuesday, March 11
and Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuition fee is $10 per
person to cover work books. There are no tests required, but you must
attend both sessions to complete the course to qualify for the discount
on your Auto Insurance. You must be 50 or older to qualify for this dis-
count. You will need to contact your own insurance company to see if
they participate in this program. Please make a check or money order
payable to AARP DSP. They cannot accept cash. For information or to
sign up for class, contact Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.

Do you like pizza?
Okeechobee Christian Academy, A/K/A Grace Christian School, a is'
having a Spring fundraiser in order to help with the expenses of run-,
ning the school. The students will be selling a Dominos discount card
for the price of $10 each, which will allow the customer to use up to
20 times during the year of 2008. With the card you are allowed to buy
any pizza at regular price and receive a second one of equal or lesser
value for free. The student who sells the most cards will receive a cash
bonus as a prize. For information or to purchase a card, you can talk
to any OCA student or call 863-763-3072.

CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to 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.

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Real love
Peace Lutheran Church tells us the source of real love.

Churches plan weekend events

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
McMillan & life will ap-
pear in concert Saturday, March
I at 6:30 p.m. at Brighton Baptist
Church, located 17 miles west
of OKeechobee at 24050 S.R.
70. The public is invited to a fel-
lowship dinner from 5 to 6 p.m.,
followed by a musical prelude
and the 6:30 concert. A freewill
offering will be received for the
singing group. For information
call 763-9377.
The gospel group "Pure
Heart" will be performing Sun-
day, March 9 at the First United
Methodist Church morning wor-
ship services, 8 and 11 a.m; and
at the Okeehcobee Christian
Church at 6 p.m. You are encour-
aged to attend.
Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 N.E. 18 Terrace,
would like everyone to know that
they now have a blended service
on Sunday mornings at 10:30.
The Cornwell Twins will be
in concert at the church at 1030
a.m. on Feb. 24. Rev. Dennis
McCune is interim pastor.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church youth van runs through
Treasure Island and surrounding
areas. Programs are available for
student in grades one through
six and seven through 12. Pro-
grams are from 6:30 p.m. until
8 p.m. Wednesday nights. The
church van will pick children up
and taken them home. For infor-
mation, call (863) 801-4307.
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will
be offering religious education
classes for children. Registra-
tions for Catholic Christian Doc-
trine (C.C.D.) are now being
accepted. Classes for children
in grades kindergarten through
ninth will be held every Sunday
from 11:30 a.m; until 12:35 p.m.
For information,, call the parish
office, (863) 763-3727.
"The Seasons of Our
Lives" is the theme for the 2008
Ladies' Day to be held Saturday,
March 1, at the Okeechobee
Church of Christ, 1401, S.
Parrott Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1:30
First Baptist Church of
Basinger will be having their
97th homecoming on March 2 be-
ginning at 11 a.m. The Bereave-
ment Bluegrass Band will be
performing as well as the Hold-
ers and the Selphs. There will
be good music, good preaching,
. good food and good fellowship.
The church is located at 19836
U. S. 98.
Nancy Vaughan, Director
of Christian Education at First
United Methodist Church,
invites local mothers to take ad-
vantage of the church's Mother's
Day Out babysitting service on
Tuesday mornings. This pro-
gram will run though March.
Space is limited, so registration
is required. Call (863) 763-4021
for information. The First United
Methodist Church is also hosting
God's Time -- a morning of free
organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction, and in-
teraction for parents and their
pre-school children. The event
will be held each Tuesday from

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McMillan & Life will appear in concert Saturday, March 1 at
6:30 p.m. at Brighton Baptist Church.

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9:30 a.m. until noon.
. The Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church will hold a men's
fellowship breakfast at Ruck's
Pit every other Saturday start-
ing at 6:30 a.m., and a women's
fellowship every other Monday
starting at 6:30 a.m. For informa-
tion or if you need transportation
to and from these activities, call
(863) 467-1733.
The Family Outreach Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church is offering free classes in
martial arts. The classes are cur-
rently taught four days a week on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Satur-
day from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thurs-
day from 7 until 8 p.m. at the
church. For information contact,
Tony Santamarina at (863)
467-5474 or Jo Norris at (863)
746-5152. The church also hosts
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
form 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for sub-
stance abuse. They also have Al-
Non meetings on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics.
For information call Chris at
(863) 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church for-
mer pastor, Rev. Richard Whip-
ple, is leading a study on the

Book of Revelation each Sunday
evening in the sanctuary at 5:30.
Rev. Steve Wegmann, pastor of
education/senior adults, is teach-
ing a senior adults Bible study on
"God's Amazing Grace Studies
in Romans" on Tuesday morn-
ings in the fellowship hall. The
studies will be held from 9:30 to
10:15 on March 4 and 18. Food
and clothing will be disturbed
by First Baptist Church Mission
House by appointment only. Call
St. Theresa of the Child
Jesus Catholic Church, on
State Road 78 at Chobee Loop
in Buckhead Ridge, is offer-
ing Sunday Mass in French at
9:30 a.m. through the end of
March. English Masses are 4
p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sun-
day. Spanish Mass is at 12:30
p.m. on Sundays. St. Theresa
Knights of Columbus Coun-
cil 11284 will have a fish fry in
the church hall from 5 p.m to
6:30 p.m. every Friday in Lent
for a donation of $7. For infor-
mation call (863) 447-0368.
Abundant Blessings
Church will host Financial
Peace University, led by nation-
ally kpown radio and television
personality Dave Ramsey.
Classes begin Jan. 28 at 6:30
p.m. and each Monday follow-
ing for 13 weeks. The church is
located at 4550 Hwy 441 N. (1
mile north of the high school.)
For information call the church
at (863) 763-3736 or go to Dav-
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month
at First Baptist Church. All
cancer patients, survivors and
supporters are welcomed to at-
tend, support and encourage
each other. They meet the first
Thursday of each month at 5:30
p.m. at the church, 401 SW 4"'
Street, Okeechobee, Fla. 34974
(entrance is the door to the West
in front of church). Please con-
tact Susie Pickering at 863-
467-5831 or First Baptist Church
at 863-763-2171 for more infor-
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email or
call Pete Gawda at (863) 763-
3134, extension 4225.

Lawsuit to block construction of mosque is dismissed

By Matt Sedensky
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) -- A lawsuit fight-
ing construction of a mosque in
a suburban neighborhood has
been dismissed, though its back-
ers vow to return to court.
The lawsuit was filed last year
by lawyers for Rodney Wright,
who claimed the relocation of the
Islamic Center of South Florida to
a new, larger building in his Pom-
pano Beach neighborhood threat-
ened the well-being and safety of
the community.

The complaint was dismissed
Monday, a move applauded by
the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, which fought the litiga-
"These people were not really
interested in doing something for
the community. They were try-
ing to further a political agenda
of trying to restrict Muslims from
worship in America," said Ahmed
Bedier of CAIR. "And that's un-
Wright's lawyer Peter Feaman
said he planned to further inves-
tigate the case before returning to

court. The case has been backed
by others who have been highly
critical of major Muslim groups.
"If they're foolish enough to try
this again and be embarrassed,
then we'll see them in court,"
Bedier responded.
Wright, who identifies himself
as a Christian, made bold claims
in the lawsuit, saying the leader of
the mosque, Imam Hassan Sabri,
has repeatedly been associated
with others who are tied to ter-
rorist groups including Hamas, al-
Qaida and the Palestinian Islamic

Reflections from the Pulpit

The biggest mathematical

miracle ever in the world

By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for
Moses and his people were
in the desert, but 'what was he
going to do with them? They had
to be fed. It is reported that Moses
would have to have 1,500 tons of
food each day. Do you know that
to bring that much food every
day, two freight trains, each a mile
long, would be required!
Besides, you must remember,
they were out in the desert, so
they would have to have firewood
to use in cooking the food. This
would take 4,000 tons of wood
and a few more freight trains,
each a mile long, just for one
day. And just think, they were
40 years in transit. And also they
would have to have water. If they
only had enough to drink and
wash a few things, it would take
11,000,000 gallons each day, and
a freight train with tank cars 1,800
miles long.
I And then another thing! They
had to get across the Red Sea at
night. (They did?) Now, if they

went on a narrow path, double
file, the line would be 800 miles
long and would .require 35 days
and nights to get through. So,
there had to be a space at the
Red Sea three'miles wide to they
could walk 5,000 abreast to get
over in one night.
But then, there is another
problem. Each time they
camped at the end of the day, a
campground two-thirds the size
of the state of Rhode Island was
required,., or total of 750 square
miles, just for camping. Do you
really think Moses figured all this
out before he left Egypt? I think

You see, Moses believed in,
So God took care of these,
things for him. Now I must ask
you, "Do you really think God has
any problems taking care of all'
your needs?" If you would, share
this with someone else, for this
could help whoever you share it
with change their point of view
on the elections this year, and
on accepting Jesus Christ as their
personal Savior!
Try in your heart to remember
that God came first and we need
to keep him first!

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"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"
-, We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
Sunday School Church
9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
51 NW, 98St. Okeechobee, 34972 (P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)
Church:(863)763-m :863),763-7165

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School this week. Students of the Week are: Sarai Gomez,
Heidy Almanza, Amairany Carias, Niki Koedam, Ashley
D'Agostino, Savannah Neese. Congratulations students and
keep up the good work.

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David A. Kanady Sr.
David A. Kanady, Sr., 61, of
Okeechobee died Feb. 21 at his
home. Mr. Kanady was born Jan.
12, 1947 in Kansas City, Kan. to
Moses and Gayle Kanady. He was
a salesman. He proudly served
our country in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his daughter,
Yvette'M. Kanady of Wilmington,
Ill.; two sons, David A. (Doreen)
Kanady, Jr., of San Angelo, Texas
and James G. Kanady of Califor-
nia; two brothers, Doug Kanady
of Fort Walton Beach and Bruce
Kanady of California; and one
granddaughter, Danielle Kanady
of San Angelo, Texas.
No services or visitation will be
In lieu of flowers, please make
memorial contributions to AM-
VETS, AMVETS National Service
Foundation, 4647 Forbes Blvd,
Lanham, Md., 207061.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara L. King
Barbara L. King, formerly of
Ovid, died Feb. 26, 2008 at Gene-
va Living Center South at the age
of 67. Born in Montour Falls, N.Y.
to Kenneth C. and Helen M. (Pop-
pleston) Robinson.
She was employed for many
years as a Therapy Aide at Wil-
lard Psychiatric Center. She was
a member of the Ovid American
Legion and VFW Auxiliary, as
well as the Okeechobee Moose
and Elks Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, she
was preceded in death by her
husband, Harold and a brother,
She is survived by her chil-

dren, Lisa (Mike Felice) Farr of
Ovid, Scott (Joan Hendrix) Smith
of Ovid, Sam (Shelly) Farr of Lodi,
and Ronnie (Sherry) Smith of Ro-
mulus; 14 grandchildren, seven
great grandchildren and her sister,
June Updike of Trumansburg.
A memorial service officiated
by Rev. Diane Walker of the Ovid
Federated Church will be held
at Covert Funeral Home, 7199
S. Main, St. Ovid. On Saturday,
March 1, at 4 p.m.
Those wishing to remember
her in the form of contribution
are asked to kindly consider the
Four Towns Youth Program, P.O.
Box 91, Ovid, N.Y. 14521.

Doris Merle Koether
Doris Merle Koether, 79, of
Okeechobee died Thursday,
Feb. 29, 2007 at her residence in
Okeechobee. Born in Grant, she
had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past 19 years and was
a member of the Resurrection of
Life Church.
She is preceded in death by
her husband, William R. Koether.
She is survived by her son,
Bruce R. Koether of Melbourne;
daughter, Terry (Cullen, Jr.,)
Toole of Palm Bay; sisters, Patri-
cia Stoltz of Newnan, Ga., and
Frankie Shaw also of Newnan,
Ga. In addition, she is survived by
five grandchildren and eight great
There are no services planned.
Memorial contributions can be
made to the Resurrection of Life
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Education News in Brief
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will offer parent-
ing education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and
parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a gift.
This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes. You
must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We now
have day and evening classes available. No child care will be available.
Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school
supplies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner
cartridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd Lane, or at
the Stichin' Post, 62.0 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or :
Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.

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Sign up now for FWC summer camp

Do your children long to spend
their summer days in the great
outdoors? Would they love the
chance to learn about wildlife
from experts, and hike or canoe
'with other children their age?
Then it's time to sign them
up for the Ocala Outdoor Adven-
ture Camp at the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion's (FWC) Ocala Conservation
,Center in the Ocala National For-
est. Registration for the 2008 sum-
mer sessions has already begun.
The summer camp is for boys
and girls, ages 9-16, and focuses
on wildlife conservation, outdoor
skills and firearm safety. This year,
the camp offers six one-week ses-
sions beginning June 15.
The primary goal of the camp
program is to help children be-
come good, conservation-minded
sportsmen and wildlife stewards.
They learn these skills and val-
ues through fun and educational
programs and activities such as
fishing, canoeing, swimming,
hiking and many other outdoor
Tuition is $295 per camper,
per week and includes lodging,
*food, program materials and in-
struction for each session. Each
week-long session is divided into
four groups, each with a different
"Campers in the wildlife and
conservation group go wild ex-
ploring nature," said Greg Work-

man, director of the Ocala Con-
servation Center. "They learn
about wildlife concepts and enjoy
many traditional camp activities
as well as gun safety and other
fun, hands-on outdoor activities."
For the camper who wants
to take the hunter safety course,
the hunter safety group is the
way to go. This program teaches
campers how to be safe and ethi-
cal outdoorsmen and women.
They'll learn about wildlife and its
habitat and be able to apply what
they learn when they go into the
woods. In addition, they will have
a chance to get their certification,
which is required by law before
they can get their hunting license.
"They will receive firearm and
archery safety instruction from
certified range safety officers.
They'll also learn basic outdoor
skills and field first-aid training,
and do other traditional camp ac-
tivities," Workman said.
After the camper completes
their hunter safety certification,
they're eligible for the advanced
hunting skills program. This
program is designed to pick up
where the hunter safety program
leaves off. The campers explore
hunting with a special empha-
sis on wildlife management and
hunting skills.
"This exciting new program
teaches the campers essential
management techniques, like
learning how to age and score

deer, as well as teaching turkey-
and duck-calling skills," Work-
man said.
The final program is spon-
sored by the African Safari Club
of Florida and focuses on wilder-
ness outdoor skills.
"This program is for campers
who have an avid interest in the
outdoors. They'll get to experi-
ence several outdoor adventures,
including an overnight primitive
camping trip into the forest and
hiking on the Florida Trail," Work-
man said. "Before leaving base
camp, campers prepare for the
experience by learning the funda-
mentals of surviving in the wilder-
ness, orienteering, backpacking
and preparing a campsite."
The Ocala Conservation Cen-
ter is on a 57-acre peninsula, rich
in history and wildlife, located
in Marion County in North Cen-
tral Florida. It is 20 miles east of
Ocala, on Lake Eaton, in the heart
of the Ocala National Forest. The
facilities are rustic, yet comfort-
able, with air-conditioned cabins
and dining hall. The classrooms
have no walls and include fish-
ing piers, shooting ranges, nature
trails, Lake Eaton and the vast
.,Ocala National Forest.
, For more information or for
registration materials for the sum-
mer program, call 352-625-2804
or go to www.OcalaAdventure-

Wildlife brings welcome revenue

Florida's rich and varied land- Associated Recreation" from the ing through projects such as
scape and wildlife offer a wide U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the Great Florida Birding Trail, a
array of opportunities for resi- and the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,000-mile, self-guided highway
dents and tourists. While many In 2006, 3.3 million Florid- tour, unifying 445 birding sites
Floridians enjoy wildlife view- ians viewed wildlife at or near throughout Florida. Free guide-
ing in their back yards or close their homes, and 1.6 million books containing directions and
to home, almost a quarter of Floridians and tourists traveled maps make wildlife viewing a
a million tourists with wildlife- around Florida for the sole pur- simple task for residents and visi-
watching plans travel to Florida pose of wildlife viewing. These tors alike.
each year, making Florida the viewers generated more than ."The total economic impact
No. 1 destination in the country $3 billion in total economic im- of wildlife viewing in Florida is
for wildlife viewing, pact throughout Florida. Retail strong and growing, almost dou-
The Florida Fish and Wild- sales account for approximately bling in the past five years," said
life Conservation Commission $1.8 billion of this total. While Ken Haddad, executive director
(FWC) released a report today other areas of the economy may of the FWC "We hope this retor
showing the valuable economic be experiencing a downswing, of the FWC. "We hope this re-
contribution to the state from the FWC's report finds retail port underscores that conserving
resident and visitor wildlife- sales for wildlife-viewing activi- habitat for fish and wildlife can
,ininr activities The reonrt ties hav almost doubhld frnm be a valuable means of sustain-

v ivving cuv uto. pM ,., .iL,
"The 2006 Economic Benefits
of Wildlife-Viewing Recreation
-in Florida," prepared by South-
wick Associates, Inc., uses data
from the "2006 National Survey
of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-

$1.575 billion in 2001. Overall,
4.2 million people participated
in some form of wildlife viewing
in Florida in 2006.
The FWC provides further
opportunities for wildlife view-

able economic development."
The annual economic impact
of recreational hunting, fishing
and wildlife viewing in Florida
tops $11 billion, according to the

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Sat, Feb 29th & March 1st.,
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 1, 2008 11

Big Lake Juniors 14 Elite

team brings home gold

The 14 Elite Volleyball team
to6k Orlando by storm on Janu-
ary 26-27, at the first tournament
of the season "The Disney Clas-
They played Saturday and beat
all three of thier opponents: Spir-
it, OVA and Napels in pool play,
taking the first place spot in their
on Sunday, they began playing
the single elimination games that
saw them playing from-9 a.m. till
6 p.m. to reach the Champion-
ship match. They dominated the
matches they played against Tal-
lahassee State 14, MAV 14 Travel,
Champions 14 Elite, and then won

IRCC hosts


Get ready to dive into the com-
petitive world of collegiate sports
as Indian River Community Col-
lege prepares to host the 2007-
2008'National Junior College Ath-
letic Association Swimming and
Diving Championships March 5-8
at the Anne Wilder Aquatic Com-
plex on the IRCC Main Campus
in Fort Pierce. Be immersed in
the sport as the IRCC swim team
competes for the chance to ex-
tend its amazing winning streak
to 34 consecutive men's swim-
ming titles. The women's team
looks to extend their number of
consecutive titles to 27.
Sixteen college swim teams
from around the country will be
vying for wins, and for the NJCAA
Championship title, as they swim
in competitions including the 500
Freestyle, 400 Medley Relay, 200
Freestyle Relay, 1M and 3M diving.
Each day swimming preliminar-
ies will start at 10 a.m. Diving will
start around 1 p.m., and all swim-
ming finals will begin at 6 p.m.
Spectator admission is $4 per
session or all-session passes can
be purchased for $25. Parking is
available on the IRCC Main Cam-
pus. The southeast parking lot,
located off of13011' Street, behind
the Science Center is the parking
closest to the Anne Wilder Aquat-
ic Complex.
With 33 consecutive wins,
IRCC currently holds title to the
longest unbroken U.S. cham-
pionship winning streak in any
sport at the collegiate level. This
record includes wins at the Na-
tional Championship Swim Meet
in March of 2007 hosted in Buf-
, falo, New York. At that meet, the
IRCC Men's Team secured its 33rd
straight National Swimming and
Diving Championship title, cap-
turing 19 out of 20 events. The
* Women's Team brought home
their 29th overall title, capturing
20 out of 20 events and extended
their consecutive titles to 26.
For more information, please
contact Robert Lane at 1-866-
866-4722, Ext. 7506 or e-mail at

O.G. & C.C.


PI.G.S. League
Feb. 18: First place-Terry
Malaster. Second place-John
Nickelson. Last place-Kenny Cur-
ran. Closest to the pin-(2) Terry
Malaster, (8) Terry Malaster, (11)
Kenny Curran and (17) J.W. Cain.
Feb. 22: First place-Ernie Wha-
. ley. Second place-Randy Whaley.
Last place-Bill Kenney. Closest to
the pin-(2) Ida Curtis, (8) Bill Wh-
itaker, (1.1) George Earl Goudy
and (17) Fred Marshall.

Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association
Low Net
Feb. 18: First place-Elma Mot-
ley. Second place-Barbara Smith-
berger. Smet.
Feb. 21: First place-Dale Bry-
ant, Jeannette Butler and Nancy
Pullen. Second place-Nancy Hal-
deman, Sunni Adams, Eilene
Hammond and Diane Smet.

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is a dick away!

"Because I believe they
would of been hard
to beat in the Middle
School League."
Coach Karen Cotton

the Championship match against
the team from Central Florida Vol-
leyball Club.
"It was the girls first tourna-
ment of the season and they rose
to the occasion," said Coach Cot-
ton. There is a lot of talent on this
team and they have been playing
together for quite some time. It is
a shame they had to divide and go

to different middle schools.
"Because I believe they would
of been hard to beat in the Middle
School League," the coach con-
"I am working these girls to
prepare them for our high school
teams," said Coach Cotton. "We
have had Coach Robinson at
practice to help and show the
girls -the work that it takes to be
an awesome player. Coach Rob-
inson was impressed with the
girls and their abilities.
"We are looking forward to
continuing our success on the
court and prepare for the Nation-
als in June."

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Big Lake Juniors 14 Elite Volleyball Team members are: Rebekah Bryan, Jordan Maynard,
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mavem- II C Sports News in Brief
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Wrestling sign ups
The Chobee Wrestling Club
-* will begin sign ups for the spring
season through March 5, 6, and 7.
- -- 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. gym-
- nasium. Practice will begin on
- March 4. Call (863) 634-9411 or at
S- the high school.

S"- "--" Flotilla seeks members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-'
fA rC o iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
ide rs" is seeking new members to be-
S-, .come involved in the Auxiliary's
* do programs. The Auxiliary is a yol-
*. unteer service organization com-
. - posed of men and women who
S- actively support recreational boat-
S -- ... ing safety and other Coast Guard

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

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.


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