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Vol. 99 No. 62 Sunday. March2. 2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611
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 Osce-
ola parents are highly encour-
aged to attend, as we will be
deciding on how to best use
,the profits from our fall fund-
raiser. We will also be hearing
from a few guest speakers who
will be presenting some very
important information about
the upcoming FCATs.
Dinner and Theatre
The Okeechobee Communi-
ty Theatre, in cooperation with.
Beef 0' Brady's and Golden
Corral, are offering Dinner and
the Theatre. Just show your
ticket for the night you are at-
tending 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. produc-
tion is Plaza Suite, a comedy in
three acts. It will be presented
March 7, 8, 14 and 15. Tickets
are on sale now at the Cham-
ber of Commerce for only $10.
2008 Kids Day Bene-
fit Bass Tournament
Taylor Creek Bass Club is
pleased to sponsor our sixth
annual, Bill Spriglq Memorial
"Kids Day" benefit bass tourna-
ment. 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 nrade 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. Tourna-
ment permits 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 McAl-
lister Memorial "Kids Day Fish-
ing Festival" to be held the last
Sunday in October at the Agri-
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Local Burn Ban: None
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given in feet above sea level
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March of Dimes: March for Babies
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
The March of Dimes, March for Babies race began at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. With the long walk ahead the
crowd was ready to go. The walk took them from Flagler Park, down 441 South, turning right at the Wal-Mart redlight
and right again on South West 5th Street, ending again in Fladler Park. With over 500 walkers in attendance everyone
was "very excited" said Laura McCall, coordinator for the event.
"" .,. I Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
SaSeacoast National Bank was a Premiere Sponsor for
_______ .. .. ____the March of Dimes March for Babies Event. The bank
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden not only participated in the walk but also set up a booth
Heith West, of Wavv 92.7, and his wife participated in the March for to provide breakfast and lunch to all those who took
Babies. They had premature twins Casey and Jacob. part in the walk.'
UKeechobee News/ lonya Harden
The March of Dimes Walk initiated its new name March for Babies this year in Okeechobee. The first walk across the
nation to initiate the new name was considered a success. "We are excited to have so many people. We met our goal.
This community really comes out year after year and really makes a difference" said an event coordinator.
protect heritage, ecology
ranchers for four of
the Adams Ranch
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
-- The importance of keeping
working ranches in business to
.not only maintain the economy
but protect wildlife and natural
resources was stressed by Com-
missioner of Agriculture Charles
Bronson in a visit Friday to Ad-
ams Ranch in Osceola County.
Rancher Bud Adams and The
Nature Conservancy hosted a
variety of government officials
and neighboring ranchers to
talk about the important use of
An 11,057-acre piece of
Adams Ranch is a proposed
Florida Forever conservation
easement project and was just
included on a priority acquisi-
tion list by Gov. Crisl and the
Cabinet Tuesday. The state ben-
efits by buying easements over
conservation property because
the price is much lower than
outright purchase and the proj-
ect is maintained by the private
"Having people who know
how to manage there is a better
deal for everybody," Mr. Bron-
He is focused on helping
protect Florida's agriculture in-
dustry, the second largest in the
Mr. Adams said the fourth
generation of his family is now
working the ranch. He wor-
ries about many of the large
Florida ranches that are com-
plete ecosystems being broken
up for development. The ease-
ment seeks to conserve natural
communities -- including basin
See Easement Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Here we go again.
Okeechobee County Com-
missioners will once again try
to select a new county adminis-
trator. A new list of names along
with resumes and background
information was delivered to;
commissiQners oh Tuesday;
In December, commission-
ers rejected all the candidates
submitted by recruiter Colinr
The new list contains 11,
names. In the first round Mr.
Baenziger only furnished eight
Of the 11 names submitted,
one served as interim county
administrator of this county in
1998. There is one female and
only three Florida applicants.
The rest come from states rang-
ing from Michigan to Nevada
to North Carolina and states in
On March 3 Mr. Baenziger
will meet with each commis-
sioner individually to discuss
the finalists and on that date
they will cut the number down
'to about five.
On March 13 there will be a
reception for finalists anrd their
spouses which will be open to
the public. On March 14 the
commission will interview the
finalists and then.-- if everything
goes as planned -- on March 17,
the county will have a new ad-
In 1998, L. Dennis Whitt
was interim deputy county
administrator for Okeechobee
County. He is currently serving
as county auditor for Courtland
County, New York. His govern-
ment career extends back to
1980 and includes the positions
of: city manger, South Miami;
city administrator, Sweetwater;
city manager, Opa-locka; town
manager, Lake Park; public
safety director, Virginia Gar-
dens; and, chief of police, Vir-
.Mr. Whitt is also owner of a
small consulting firm in Miami
that provides service to mu-
nicipal.and county government,
law firms and companies doing
business with municipal and
county governments. He has ari
AA from Miami-Dade College
and a BS in pubic'affairs from
Florida International University;
Courtland County has a popula-
tion of 48,000 with 772 employ-
ees and a total budget of $114
million. Mr. Whitt also serves
as deputy county administrator
with eleven department heads
reporting to him.
"Confident, friendly, straight-
See County Page 3.
Courtesy photo/Florida Nature Conservancy
White pelicans are among the birds that find habitat at
the Adams Ranch. Conservation easements keep the
land in its natural state.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 2, 2008
Continued From Page 1
marsh, dry prairie, dome swamp
and mesic flatwoods -- within the
agricultural land that provide im-
portant habitat for an abundance
of listed species as well as aquifer
recharge and wetland and wa-
tershed protection. Adams said
more than 130 species of birds
are found on the ranch at some
time of the year.
"We think a conservation ease-
ment is the way to go because we
want to continue here -- we don't
want to see it become houses,"
Mr. Adams said.
The Florida Forever program
is nearly out of money and the
"We think a
is the way to go because
we want to continue
here -- we don't want to
see it become houses."
legislature this year will discuss a
successor program. The amount
allocated has not changed in 18
years while land prices have near-
ly tripled in some areas. A coali-
tion of nearly 50 groups is urging
a new program be authorized at
double the funding to take advan-
tage of lower land prices and in-
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forward and fiscally conserva-
dtive," is how Mr. Baenziger's in-
'terviewer described Mr. Whitt.
Kelvin L. Baker of Pembroke
Pines is currently deputy city
!manager of North Miami Beach,
ia position he has held since 2006.
In all he has been serving North
iPalm Beach for four years. Before
comingg to his present position, he
Pvas assistant city manager, direc-
Kor of pubic services and director
of public works. Before that Mr.
taker served six years as assis-.
Jant to the director, department of
general services administration,
Miami. He has a BS in human re-
sources management from Trinity
university in Miami, a BS in bibli-
cal studies from Trinity University
and an MS in management from
St. Thomas University, Miami. Mr.
,Baker told the interviewer that his
,goal for 2008 is to become a city
or county manager. "Straightfor-
ward, concise, competent and
-nowledgeable," is how the in-
terviewer described him.
Lyndon L. Bonner of Ocala
served as interim assistant county
administrator of Sumter County
ifor several months in 2007 while
,the county administrator was
called to active military duty. He
,held that position from February
'until the county administrator's
.return in June. Then for the re-
!mainder of his contract, which
;ended Dec. 31, 2007, he served
,as special projects manager and
interim community services di-
rector. From 2002 until 2007 he
;served as city manager of Bun-
,nell. He was director of public
,services for the City of Dunnellon
from 1998 to 2001. For the five.
!years previous to that he served
'the City of Wildwood as senior
;planner, emergency management
coordinator and grants coordina-
tor. Mr. Bonner has an MBA from
'Webster University, St. Louis, and
ja BS in business administration
from the University of Florida.
'His interviewer describes him as
"capable and friendly' and stated
that he enjoys is working with city
iand county government and 'is
confident in his ability to lead an
Paul J. Brake, of Laingsburg,
'Mich. is currently assistant town-
;ship manager of Meridian Charter;
Township in Michigan, a position
ihe has held since 1998. He has
also served as chief administra-
tive officer for Shiawassee Coun-
ty, Mich., assistant city manager/
finance director of Belding, Mich.
an township manager for Union
ship, Mich. He attended the
senior executive institute at the
,.University of Virginia, and earned
an MPA in financial and personal
,administration from Western
'Michigan University and a BS in
public administration from Grand
.Valley State College. Mr. Brake
has had significant experience
with semi rural communities and
considers himself to be a strong
leader who supports inclusion.
He desires to return to an ad-
ministrator position. He wife is a
teacher and would have more op-
portunities to teach in Florida.
Shane Benjamin Crawford of
Pewaukee, Wisc. is currently dep-
uty county administer ofWalworth
County, Wisc. He also served that
county as deputy county admin-
istrator/director of public works.
He spent four years in Buffalo
County, Wisc. as county admin-
istrator and administrative coor-
dinator. His other government
experience includes serving as a
city council member and county
board supervisor. Mr. Crawford
has a BS in public administration
and political science from the
University of Wisconsin. He grew
up with government because as a
child his father was a mayor. Mr.
Crawford told Mr. Baenziger's in-
terviewer that the Florida county
board structure attracts him to
Okeechobee County. He noted
that the size and challenges of
Okeechobee County are similar
to those of Buffalo County.
Gary Dumas hails from Fayette-
ville, Ark. where he is currently
director of operations for the City
of Fayetteville. In his 28 year gov-
ernment service career, he served
as: public works director and di-
rector of planning for Sioux City,
Iowa; director of planning for San
Angelo, Texas; planning director
of Victoria, Texas; and, planning
division head for Corpus Christi,
Texas. He has a BA in political
science from North Texas State
Mr. Dumas believes the is
county ready for growth and that
he has the skills and experience
the county will need in coming
years. He has family in south
Florida and he believes this would
be an excellent place for his fam-
Langhorne, Penn. is the home
of applicant Richard G. Gestic.
However, he also has Florida con-
nections. Before assuming his
present job as township manger
of Middletown Township in Penn-
sylvania, he was town manager
for Jupiter Island. The 23 years
before that he served as town
manger for Upper Makefield
Township in Pennsylvania. Mr.
Gestrick has a law degree from
the University-of Pittsburgh, an
MS,|n puic,.admioistratiQn from
,Shippensburg State College and
a BA from Indiana University of
Pennsylvania. The interviewer de-
scribed him as "confident, articu-
late and excellent communication
skills." He feels it was a mistake to
leave Florida and is eager to come
Henderson, Nev. is the current
of home of applicant G. Andrew
Hall. He is planning manger of
that city. He spent nine years as
city manager and two years as
community development direc-
tor for Payson City, Utah. He also
served a community planner for
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Governments and county plan-
ner for Summit county. Mr. Hall
has an MPA from the University
of Utah, and a BS in geography-
urban studies from Arizona Stare
University, His management style
has been described as participa-
tory. The two primary challenges
he sees in Okeechobee County
are preparing for growth and fi-
nances. From the interview, it
appears that he is looking for a
smaller community to serve.
The lone female, Constance
Kinnard, is currently operations
administrator for Dallas County
Iowa, a position she has held
Her experience includes serv-
ing as comptroller, soil and water
conservation society, Ankeny,
Iowa and accounting for the Iowa
Department of Corrections. She
has a BA in business administra-
tion from Buena Vista University,
Storm Lake, Iowa. MS. Kinnard is
interested in Okeechobee County
because of its challenges and
opportunities for professional
"Knows her business, is genu-
ine to it, and truly enjoys a chal-
lenge," is how Mr. Baenziger's in-
terviewer described Ms. Kinnard.
, Mohammed Shalati, former
county manger of Union County,
N.C., has also applied for the
Okeechobee County position.
He currently lives in Marvin, N.C.
His other government positions
include public works director for
Union County, and project man-
ger for the City of Monroe, N. C.
He has an MBA from Queens Uni-
versity, Charlotte, North Carolina
and a BS in urban environmen-
tal engineering/civic engineering
from the University of North Car-
olina. He has also has business
experience in the private sector.
Union County is the sixteenth
fastest growing county in the na-
tion and holds the highest aver-
age household median income in
North Carolina. The interview de-
scribed Mr. Shalati as "dynamic,
knowledgeable and focused."
Rounding out the list is Timo-
thy A. Zisoff, of Indianola, Iowa
where has served as city manager
since 1987. For eight years previ-
ous to that he was administrative
assistaIt to' the, city manager ,in
Indianola. He is also a mediator
with the Iowa Public Employer
Relations Board. He has a MPA
from the School of Public and
Environmental Affairs, Indiana
University, and a BA in physiology
from Indiana University. Mr.. Zisoff
said that Okeechobee County is
similar to his current position. He
is familiar with rural south Florida
and considers it is a desirable lo-
cation for him and his wife.
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
CONGRESS: Currently in the USA we are in what could be ar-
gumentatively called crisis mode. Pollution, electrical grids overtaxed,
our infrastructure old and decayed, possible recession and many
many other items. So what does Congress do? They start hearings on
Baseball players and possible drug use. My personal choice at this
time is to vote out the lot of them. Let's have "new" blood in there.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT: I completely agree that we need some
new county commissioners. The ones we have in there now just want
to spend all of the taxpayers' money.
DEPUTIES: I completely understand that the deputies are upset
about their low pay, however, I think joining a union is not going to
help them. The sheriff's budget has to be approved by the county
commission. If the county won't give the sheriff more money, the only
alternative he has is to go to the Florida Legislature. Other county sher-
iffs have done that in the past but it isn't a good solution because it
takes a long time and it causes a lot of hard feelings. If the deputies
want more money, they should get the public to vote for commis-
sioners who see law enforcement as a top priority. I know a lot of
deputies and I know they are not in the job for the money. They could
easily make more money in other fields. They are in law enforcement
because they feel it is their calling. However, these men have families
to support and they deserve a fair wage. Still I think the union is the
wrong way to go.
AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: The agri-civic center costs more to oper-
ate than it brings in. There are limited events it is useful for since it
is not enclosed and so it. is not air conditioned, has a dirt floor, metal
stadium seats, etc. They do seem to be doing better at booking it most
weekends in the winter season, when the weather is cooler. I don't
know if any of you were at the rodeo there in the summer, but in the
summer if you fill it with people, it's pretty hot in there. So it isn't going
to be easy to book it much of the year.
EMS: I would gladly pay a tax for Emergency Medical Services, but
it seems only the property owners support the majority of services in
this county. I just wish Florida would do as Georgia, Arkansas, and
other states by putting a tax on everything that is purchased includ-
ing groceries. That way even the transients help support our county
budget, not just the land owners.
FAIR TAX: Has anyone read about the Fair Tax proposal? It would do
away with income tax and fund everything through sales tax, and then
every family would receive a tax "prebate" which is like a rebate you
get in advance -- to offset the taxes paid on necessities. Since the poor
folks wouldn't spend as much money and thus wouldn't pay as much
in sales tax, their "prebate" would probably cover all the tax they spend.
The prebate would be a flat amount based on the number of people in
your family and all American citizens would get it. This would encour-
age people to save. Since sales tax would only be paid on new items, it
would also encourage people to recycle and to repair things rather than
throw something away and just buy new all the time. I think it is really
an interesting concept. If you want to read more about it, go to www.
fairtax.org. Mike Huckabee spoke about this in one of the debates and
it really does seem the most fair way to raise the money needed to fund
DEPUTIES: I think it is a shame that our deputies are so low paid.
How do they expect to attract and keep qualified law enforcement of-
ficers if they aren't paying enough for even one person to live on, and
these men have families? Look at the rents in this town. How can anyone
afford to live here on a deputy's paycheck? The county residents want
+ law enforcement officers to be professional, but the pay scale is not go-
ing to make it easy to attract qualified applicants.
OLD JAIL: I think the county should find some grant money to restore
the old jail. It is a historic building and should be saved, but Okeechobee
County does not have the money. Surely there are some state or federal
grants they could apply for. There should be a way to come up with the
money to save this building.
MARIJUANA: I think marijuana should be made legal, and not only
for medicinal purposes. Some people that have mental illnesses could
benefit from it as well. it would make for a great stress reliever as well.
I personally would rather see one smoke marijuana than drink. Drink-
ing just causes so much trouble and pain to many. They should make
DOCTORS: In response to the caller who complained about not be-
ing able to get an appointment, many of the doctors in this town are
just that busy. It takes a while to get an appointment because they are
booked up with other patients. And usually when they are running late
on a given day it is because they had another patient with an emergency
they had to squeeze in or they were called to the hospital for an emer-
gency. There are not. enough doctors here but that is not the doctors'
fault. The best way to ensure you will have medical care when you need
it is to go to the doctor regularly. Have annual checkups so you have
established a relationship with a doctor as their patient. If something is
wrong that doctor can't handle, ask for a referral. Then when you have
a problem, you have doctors to go to. If you even get an appointment,
consider yourself lucky..Some doctors are no longer accepting any new
patients because they already have all they can see. And if you decide
to go to the coast for medical care, that will not insult the local doctors.
They already have more business than they can handle anyway. But if
you are too busy to wait an hour or two hours in a waiting room, I would
think you would be too busy to spend two hours driving to and from the
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YMS students to
Forty-four Yearling eighth
grade students and 16 adults will
be spending their spring break
in Washington D.C. The tour is a
four day three night tour of Wash-
ington D.C., Colonial Williams-
burg and Gettysburg which will
give students and adults an op-
portunity to physically experience
our past, present and future. The
eighth grade English and History
classes place a great deal of em-
phasis on American democracy,
famous American battles, and
historical characters contributing
to the fundamental ideals of our
country. The D.C. trip is a tre-
mendous opportunity for our stu-
expand and apply the con-
cepts introduced in their classes
The original cost of the trip
was $875 per person. Students
were able to earn money towards
their trip through several fund
Actual tours the students will
see include: The Smithsonian/
Natural History, National Ca-
thedral, Jefferson, Lincoln and
Roosevelt Memorials, Viet Nam
and Korean War Memorials, Na-
tional Archives, The Capitol, Su-
Court and White House,
Mount Vernon, Arlington Cem-
Williamsburg, and Gettys-
Students representing Yearling
Middle School have to meet the
Must have a 2.0 grade point
average, no major referrals from
the current school year, in good
standing within the school and
community and must have ac-
ceptable conduct grades.
Regional Science Fair
Congratulations to our Yearling
Middle School Regional Science
Fair entrants! Sixteen Yearling stu-
dents earned either a first, second
or third place ribbon for their ex-
cellent Science Fair Projects.
First place award winners in-
cluded; Christopher Boney Bot-
Gamiotea Physics, Brittany
Serrano Environmental Science,
and Savanna Whitlock Physics.
Second place award winners
included: Brittany Ball Zool-
ogy, Tyler Finney Mathematics,
Monica Hernandez Medicine/
Health, Vicki Lopez Botany, Sar-
+ ah Peoples Physics, and Emily
Third place award winners
included: Michael Carter Chem-
istry, Joseph Chandler Botany,
Cutter Davis Behavioral Science,
Sarah Davis Zoology, Richard
Donegan Mathematics, and Da-
vid Jansen Physics.
Four of the eight students
projects selected to go on to the
State Science Fair, along with the
alternate, came from Yearling
Middle School. The four State
qualifiers and alternate included:
Christopher Boney, Macy Gami-
otea, Monica Hernandez, Brit-
tany Serrano, and alternate Sarah
Our eighth grade students
were able to talk to members
of our community about educa-
tional requirements, advantages,
disadvantages, salaries and duties
related to their job fields at the
Career Fair on Friday, February 8,
Students were previously giv-
en a career interest survey that
included not only what the stu-
dents like to do, but characteris-
tics needed to perform
the job well. Then, the stu-
dents were taken to Indian River
College to meet with com-
munity members from their top
clusters. They were required
to ask questions of each present-
er and have
their Passports signed. This
indicated that they listened well
participated in the discussion.
Their passports were collected for
a grade then returned to them to
share with their parents.
This is one activity that Year-
ling has implemented in order to
students to as many career
opportunities as possible. The
Department of Education re-
quires that all students starting
2008-2009 school year receive
instruction in career exploration.
We would like to express our
gratitude to all of the people who
event possible. A heartfelt
thank-you to Communities in
Schools, all of
the community members who
attended the event, Sem Smith
for their hospitality, and the
teachers at Yearling.
Yearling now has a lightning
prediction system that was recent-
ly installed at the Sports Complex
and our school. The horn was
placed on the roof of the gym and
can be heard by our school, North
Elementary, and the Sports
Complex. You will be warned
by Thor Guard Lightning Predic-
which sounds ONE 15 second
blast of the horn signaling suspen-
sion of all outdoor activities (a
strobe light will begin flashing and
remain flashing until safe condi-
tions return). You should imme-
diately seek an appropriate, safe
shelter., You may resume outdoor
activities only after THREE 5 sec-
ond blasts of the horn are sounded
and the strobe light stops flashing.
Lightning is a severe hazard that
must be viewed seriously. Every-
one should immediately seek shel-
ter any time they believe lightning
threatens them, even if a signal has
NOT been sounded.
FCAT NIGHT AT PUBLIC Year-
ling Middle School would like to
say thank you to Publix manager
Folsom and to the rest of the
Publix employees for helping
make our FCAT Night at Publix a
huge success! Twenty-seven stu-
dents, along with their parents,
were given the opportunity to
practice their math skills through
CES learns about famous Americans
class have been
cans in history,
heroes, and former Presidents. Stu-
dents have reviewed for the FCAT
test and are practicing their read-
ing skills. The stories in their reader
has been about the old west and
cowboys and cowgirls so they are
especially eager for the Rodeo Day
coming up next week. The stu-
dents in Ms. Enfinger's class have
written stories to go on display at
the county Fair next week.
Congratulations to Marizol Jai-
mes, Nick Wiggins, Brandon Leal,
Jose Drosco, our Students of the
Week. Don't forget to read!
We are preparing for the up-
coming FCAT test. We are fine tun-
ing our reading and math skills, but
we are sure that our students will
Congratulations to our students
of the week: Eric Gaucin, Ramon
Liberato, Mckayla Skinner, and Ju-
WOW! Where has the time gone
for Miss L's third grade? The FCAT
test is fast approaching. In prepara-
tion for the test, we are strength-
ening all of our reading skills. We
are really focusing on cause and
effect, sequencing, making predic-
tions and making inferences. The
students are doing a great job at
staying focused and motivated. We
are continuing to strengthen and
learn all our math skills. We are
learning about measurement of
length, capacity and weight in both
the English and Metric systems. We
will soon be focusing on geometry
and fractions. Parents, please in-
corporate any and all of these skills
anytime you get a chance.
Please keep working on those
Miss J's class is finishing up re-
viewing for the upcoming FCAT. To
students: Don't stress out, you
will be fine, just take your time
remember the strategies we
have gone over all year. Good Luck!
following students have earned
their trip to Golden Corral for meet-
ing their AR goal: Adam Alt, Rachelle
Baptiste-Blair, Jennifer Ehrlich,
Marcel "Alex" Lopez, Gerneisha
Louis, Adoniel Martinez, Candace
McGlamory, Taylor Pelham, Noah
Vidal, and Chance White. Way to
go!! Keep up the good'work!
In our 5th Grade BASE class we
are working hard preparing for our
FCAT testing in March. We have re-
viewed so many concepts that we
are confident we will be able to do
Last week we had an awesome
field trip to the Manatee Observa-
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all. We even saw a pod of dolphins
with a new baby dolphin. Thank
You to the Captain of our boat and
his helper, we learned some new
things about the lagoon and the
wildlife that lives there. We are
looking forward to Rodeo Day next
week our FCAT tests, and finally
Our Students of the Week for
January & February were: Claudia
Florez, Lizbeth Casiano, Osslemy
Gomez, Harlie Maggard, and Brian
Garza. Way to show your Panther
Pride. Birthdays for January & Feb-
ruary were: Lizbeth Casiano, Tif-
fany Frederick, and Aalia Murphy.
Happy Birthday Girls!
The students have been work-
ing very hard to prepare for the
FCAT! We have been reviewing
in Math, Science, and Reading in
preparation for the upcoming test.
We have finished a theme in read-
ing that covered many stories over
people using hard work and deter-
mination to use their talents.
In Math, the students have been
learning fractions, decimals, and
We had great fun going on a
field trip to the Indian River La-
goon in Fort Pierce. We took a
boat ride in search of dolphins and
manatees. We learned many things
about the ecosystem that exists in
the lagoon. We are just finishing
the Drug Resistance Education Pro-
gram and wrote essays about what
we learned during this program.
Our students of the week have
been Miguel Maldonado, Carley
McCoin, Matthew McClanahan,
and Allen Perry. Austin Walker and
Maria Garcia celebrated their birth-
days in February.
In Mrs. White's class we have
been working hard on our bare
essays, and F-CAT preparation.
Last Friday's boat trip was a suc-
cess! The students enjoyed them-
selves and learned quite a bit'about
the lagoon ecosystem.
Our student of the month for
February is Matthew Asmussen
and our student of the week is Brit-
We have had a fun time the last
couple of weeks in Mr. Weigand's
class. We had our first filed trip of
the year outside of Okeechobee last
week. We went to the Manatee Cen-
ter in Ft. Pierce. It was fantastic!!!
We got to ride in a pontoon boat
and enjoy the wildlife. Even though
we did not actually see manatees,
two dolphins popped up right next
to the boat arms length away. The
students absolutely enjoyed it.
We finally finished our Disney's
Environmentality Challenge Project
this week. We have been trying to
promote recycling at our school.
We have made posters about recy-
cling, interviewed people, picked
up garbage around the school, set
up our own "recycling station,"
and spoke to Waste Management
about how we can get recycling
at our school. Even though the
project is done, we are still con-
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a better place. Our next goal is to
get recycling for all of the schools
in the district. We are currently
trying to think of ways that we
can raise the money for recycling
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SFWMD partners Livestock Market Report
Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, 2008 250-300 142-145 117-124
with cattlemen to
clear STA land
STUART -- To mow grass and
clear vegetation on a 10,500-acre
parcel of land needed for the
C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater
Treatment Area in western Martin
County, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) is
partnering with the Florida Cattle-
man's Association to harvest the
hay and, at the same time, help
ranchers through a drought-
plagued hay harvest. The SFWMD
Governing Board. approved an
agreement with JWS Agricultural
Services, L.L.C. for the removal of
vegetation on the property at no
cost to the District.
"It's a win-win situation," said
Melissa Meeker, SFMWD Govern-
ing Board member. "Not only is
this agreement a fiscally respon-
sible way to manage this project
site, but the agriculture industry
will benefit with no-cost feed for
their livestock-- everyone involved
benefits, including the cattle!"
At an estimated cost savings of
$20 to $25 per acre to mow, the
SFWMD entered into a license
agreement with JWS Agricultural
Services for the removal of vege-
tation on the property. It will take
an estimated five to six months to
mow the entire area.
"In this time of tighter bud-
gets, it is important that the Dis-
trict looks for innovative ways to
leverage taxpayer dollars to ac-
complish our goals and mission,"
said Carol Ann Wehle, SFWMD
Executive Director. "This agree-
ment is not only creative, but
most importantly, it does not cost
the taxpayers of South Florida a
The C-44 (St. Lucie Canal) Res-
ervoir and Stormwater Treatment
Area is part of Acceler8, the State's
initiative to fast track the restora-
tion of America's Everglades. The
3,400-acre, aboveground reser-
voir and 6,200-acre constructed
wetland will capture, store and
treat water from the C-44 basin to
improve water quality, revitalize
wildlife habitat and improve the
health of the St. Lucie Estuary and
Indian River Lagoon. The District
has acquired 100 percent of the
12,037 acres of land needed to
construct the reservoir and treat-
ment wetlands at a cost of $168.5
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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsker
At the Florida State Fair
Members of the Okeechobee Diamond Divas Mounted Drill
Team enjoyed a recent visit to the Florida State Fair. The Di-
vas will perform at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Rodeo on
March 8 and 9 at the new arena at the Agri-Civic Center. The
entrance to the Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710.
SFWMD offers speakers bureau
The South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service
Center staff members are available to meet with groups about watei
resources and environmental restoration projects in the Okeechobee
Glades and Highland County service area. Technical experts, scientists
and other specialists can tailor a presentation to meet specific needs
or answer questions regarding many water-related topics. This service
is free and available by contacting Victoria Nowlan at (863) 462-526C
or 800-250-4200, ext. 3045, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Fol
more information, visit www.sfwmd.gov or call the Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center at (800) 250-4200.
Breaking $63.00 $68.00
Cutter $52.00 $63.00
Canner $45.00 $50.00
1000-1500 $60.00 $71.00
1500-2000 $73.00 $81.00
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
150-200 180-200 160-200
200-250 140-180 115-132
300-350 131-135 112-115
350-400 127-133 104-113
400-450 119-129 98-110
450-500 116-124 96-105
550-600 101-110 90-97
600-650 101-104 85-100
We had a good run this week and
prices still good. Cows and bulls
were a little cheaper but not much.
We had a lot of good quality calves
this week and they were dollars
higher. Everything's selling good.
Brood cow sale next Friday. B & H
Catttle, San Mateo topped the calf
market with a high of $2.25.
Ed Walpole, Okeechobee topped
the cow market with a high of $65.
See ya next week
TALLAHASSEE Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son announced today that two
North Florida properties have
qualified for recognition as Centu-
ry .Pioneer Family Farms. Recog-
nition in this program means the
families have maintained continu-
ous ownership of the property for
at least 100 years.
The families who qualified are
the heirs of the William and Cor-
nelia Harden family in Wakulla
County, and the Nelson and Karen
Clark family in Gadsden County.
"These families have been able
to retain ownership of their land
through the depression, diseases,
droughts, freezes and the urbaniza-
tion of Florida," Mr. Bronson said.
"That is a great tribute to the many
generations of these families.
The 100 acre Harden property
is mostly surrounded by National
Forest land and is used for vegeta-
ble gardening and timber produc-
tion. The 56-acre Clark property
has been used for cattle grazing
and row crop production, and also
contains 17 acres of pine trees.
Since the program began 25
years ago, 139 family farms have
received the Century Pioneer
Farm designation. The program
is administered by the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services with assistance of
the Florida Agricultural Museum.
For more information about
the program or to apply for mem-
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
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Land Rent 935
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Includes Washer & Dryer
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OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
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$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
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DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
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2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call ,Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
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OKEECHOBEE Office Space
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Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
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Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
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Waterfront Property 1080
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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
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Commercial Trucks 4020
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Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
The Healthy Start Coalition of Okeechobee joined the March of Dimes March for Babies,
Saturday morning. Their team was one of the largest in attendance. With over 500 people
participating the march was considered a success by the coordinators.
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As a warm up before the march began on Saturday morning
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Signs like these were placed in Flagler Park and at the Fam-
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Will Davis chases after a pickoff throw in the first inning of Fridays game at the Lawnwood -hin, .ni gs office _
Sports Complex in Fort Pierce. b
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Brahmans fall to Rams, 90-0
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News Lm m I S
The value of experience was
shown on the field Friday as a vet- TOTAL CAR CARE
eran John Carroll Rams baseball
squad defeated Okeechobee 9-0, Marp I I
at, the Lawnwood Recreational IIIIIlfB
Senior right hander T.J Mullins
limited Okeechobee to one hit, a
fifth inning single by Will Davis, to
lead the Rams to their eighth win
in nine tries. Mullins increased his
personal shutout streak to 14 in-
nings. He also had 11 strikeouts.
"I felt pretty good tonight," Mul-
lins said, "The fast ball was on and
the breAking ball was working. I our choice:
.had lot of confidence. When ....
everything is working out there Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy FaONT END ALIGNMENT. L CHANGE
you defift ly think your going to Dustin Stokes releases a pitch in the first inning of Friday's OROIL CANGM
Succ(3-5) goed only loss to John Carroll High School.
r re n bse in the and allowed four runs, three great hitting team and did alright Tires Purchasd 21 Point Inspection. Frequent, vital en ine maintenance clues refill
game. 'addion po Davis' hit, earned. He walked three batters. tonight. Jensen Beach is not a rotr e upto5 qts.sOa0W-3 0iI
DustId Sokes reached on an er- Jonathan Crawford relieved and great hitting team and he should
rm in the first. Jonathan Crawford threw well at times. He allowed do well and keep us in the game -'g g I BA ESP-"
waike~q lead off he. sixth. three hits, five runs, four of them Tuesday," henoted. Sil
Muns along with an excel- earned in two innings. He walked The home game Tuesday nightum1658R13Radl2157514
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also try and hide theball and be e ennial is a sch berth is year. e first pitch is includes 4 res, Mounting, Balancing, I': f 1*. ,
deceptive. I'm kind of surprised who is playing well. John Car- at 6 p.m. at Okeechobee High Valve Ste, FREE 000 Mile Rotation II ic. .w a.I
they didn't hit more because there roll is just good. Dustin faced a School.
a good hitting squad," Mullins
H' teammates didn'thave any.
troub, hitting They pounded
out 10 hits and took advantage of
three Brahman errors to put runs
on the board in five of their six at
An error by Drew Selvey on a
routine grounder by Colton Grif-
fin led to a run in the bottom of
the first. Mullins drove a ball to
the gap in right center to score the
run. It could have been a big, in-
ning but Stokes caught a line drive
Son the mound and turned it into a .
double p lay.
The John Carroll team scored i
three more times in the third as,
Mullins drove home Shane Mc-
Cain with his second double in 1,:s
as many at bats. He scored on a ..
single by Tre Goodwyn.
From there the Rams used '
solid defense and Mullin's strong
right arm to get the victory.
"He was the best pitcher we've
faced all year," Brahman Coach .
Dylan Tedders noted, "The guy's
got a good fast ball and a good
slider. We didn't trust ourselves
that we could sit back and hit the
ball the other'way. That's my fault.
We'll keep working on it."
Tedders said the difference in
the game was the Rams did go the
other way, while Brahman hitters
"I don't think they pulled a ball
all night. They hit the ball to right "
and right center which is what I ". ,";
want our hitters to do. They were
patient at the plate and they took". .
advantage," Tedders added. ,
McCain added an RBI single in
the fifth, and Griffin added a two
Only a diving catch by Stokes on
a sinking line drive by Goodwyn ." w__
in the bottom of the fifth' saved ... ..
the Brahmans from their second
straight 10 run defeat.
"Okeechobee is a young team,. '
but I liked their two pitchers ando .J -& I "e e. ..O.- t.*OS
their shortstop," Rams Coach .i
Mile Easom remarked, "I know 4.
the coaches over there and they ,if :r
They made some mistakes which 7 rvatlo d '
is typical for a young club." b1 t' ho'0B, FLat4' .w n oavy Z
Easom, the former coach at M1.862. -T- c.-
Indian River Community College, q ..W.iAe *.nol ciinobrlio dlceive
went back to the high school ( 52 P w a of Okeot.Ca
ranks last year and said he hasn't rouee 8r&iSn eminole Indsin n
regretted the decision. He said Casino Open'.Dally at4b l
high school kids are more likely to "0 ., .P
listen than college players. vu -.T
"We've been playing very well hiough 03112008
and we've been getting great, upBNWO30N
pitching. We swung the bats well mom..
and did well in certain situations Valr !a r plaMDI he been
tonight. We just played better," he .- ._-O E
Stokes pitched three innings
14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 2, 2008
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