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Vol. 99 No. 64 Tuesday, March 4, 2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611


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Briefs

Water restrictions
in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme District-
wide water shortage, directly
affecting more than five mil-
lion South Florida residents and
thousands of farms and busi-
nesses.
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into Jan.
15,2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hendry
and Glades counties are limited
to a one-day-per-week land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and business-
es with more than five acres
have expanded irrigation hours,
between midnight and 8 a.m.
OR 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on
their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress relief
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation,
including the use of drip and
microjet systems that apply
water directly to plant root
zones, is not restricted but should
be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days and
times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and
landscapes.
No restrictions appl lto other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pressure
cleaning of paved surfaces,
decorative fountains and water-
based recreation (e.g. swimming
pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
percent.
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including water
from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the
restrictions but are encouraged
to conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in cer-
tain counties is shared with other
water management districts, the
SFWMD has coordinated with
these agencies to simplify imple-
mentation and enforcement.

Drought Index

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

Lake Levels

10.5 feet
Last Year: 11.26 feet



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

Index
Classifieds................................. 7
Comics ................. ................. 5
Health Briefs.............................. 6
C rossw ord................................. 5
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak O ut................................. 4
S ports ........................................ 8
TV ...................... .................... 4.
W eather................. ................ 2

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13 vie for administrator job


Commissioners to
interview candidates

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Will 13 be the lucky number
for Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners?
There are two more applicants
for county administrator making a
total of 13.
After commissioners disap-
proved of all the applicants re-
cruiter Colin Baenziger submitted


a few months ago, Mr. Baenziger
went through the process again
and submitted 11 new applicants
for the position. Added to that
list are two men, Ken Fields and
Larry Stoever, who were among
those eliminated in December.'
Apparently both men thought
they would fare better the second
time around. ,
From 2002-2006 Mr. Fields
was chief administrative officer
for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
The tride has over 3,000 members,
and employs a staff of 1,500. Mi.
Fields supervised tribal programs


in public safety, public works,
utilities, capital construction, rec-
reation, elder affairs, social ser-
vices, public health, education,
housing and aviation. Before that
he served the City of Hollywood
as assistant city manager and di-
rector of management and bud-
get. For 10 years served the City
of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania as as-
sistant director for labor relations,
budget and research officer, fiscal
officer and assistant executive
secretary to the mayor. He also
served as director of business op-
erations for Software Engineering


Red Cross: Kicking off Heroes campaign


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Marnie Lauter (right) is the chair of the 2008 American Red Cross Heroes campaign
along with her co-chair Donna Huth (left) they will coordinate the yearly fundraiser for
our local Okeechobee Red Cross Chapter.


March is Red Cross Month


y Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The -American Red Cross
Heroes campaign is kicking off
for 2008; March is Red Cross
Month.
Traditionally, beginning
back to Franklin D. Roosevelt,
President George W. Bush
declared March as Red Cross
Month, calling it a time to "hon-
or this charitable organization"
and "reflect on its remarkable
achievements and contribu-
tions to our country."
The local Okeechobee office
began as an all volunteer chap-
ter in 1918 when they were
provided office space in the
Okeechobee County's Division
of Emergency Management Of-
fice. The Okeechobee chapter
was added to the Greater Palm
Beach area chapter in 2002.
So, not only is it Red Cross
Month, this year our local
branch is celebrating their 90th
year of reaching out to the com-
munity.


The American Red Cross is
a non-profit organization that
is not government funded yet
is mandated by a Congressio-
nal Charter to provide disaster
relief.
The Heroes for the Ameri-
can Red Cross is an annual
fundraising campaign that
helps chapters of all sizes raise
significant revenue from new
sources while allowing chap-
ters to increase local awareness
of the Red Cross mission within
the community.
This year's chair for the He-
roes campaign is Marnie Lauter
and co-chair is Donna Huth;
both from Seacoast National
sank.
The Heroes campaign will
mark the beginning of Red
Cross Month where, they will
be putting forth an effort to
educate the public about what
the American Red Cross does
for the community.
Through this program in-
dividuals, schools, clubs, civic


organizations, businesses, and
many other groups raise $1,000
. for the American Red Cross.
To be a Hero means to
donate to much needed ser-
vices such as disaster services,
military services, international
services,, health and safety
services, volunteer resources,
youth services, and many other
services.
The local branch manager
Debbie Riddle, along with her
assistant Julie Shook, and all
the countless volunteers help
local emergency officials and
citizens in times of need.
For information about how
to become a Hero, contact Mar-
nie Lauter at (863) 697-1970 or
Donna Huth at (863) 610-0085.
For more information about
the Okeechobee Red Cross
chapter call (863) 763-2488.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Healthy Start seeks funding


Organization whnts
to help improve
local community

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
This spring, the Healthy Start
Coalition is determined to pur-
chase safe cribs and car seats
for the families of Okeechobee
through a grant application.
According to their ap-
plication posted online, the
Okeechobee Coalition recently
was forced to cut its budget
by 4 percent. This, means that
funding for safe cribs for the
World's Biggest Educational
Baby Shower and affordable
car seats for its monthly 'Car


Seat Safety education class
were lost. These educational
programs were cut, as these
were the "fat" in the county's
budget.
These classes were taught in
both English and Spanish.
The coalition educates the
community about car seat
safety and Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS) and needs
low cost cribs and low cost car
seats as incentives for partici-
pants. As part of its fundraising
efforts, it has applied for a grant
from "My Hometown Helper," a
nationwide initiative that helps
local groups make a difference
in their own community.
If awarded the grant, the
Healthy Start Coalition will be
one of up to 12 municipal or


civic organizations across the
country to receive a "helping
hand" from Hamburger Help-
er.
"The participants of these
educational classes receive a
thorough education about SIDS
and car seat safety. Before a
child might become a T-Ball
participant in need of a uni-
form, before a child might need
Red Cross training to become a
life guard, a child will need to
survive his first 3 years of life.
The Healthy Start Coalition of
Okeechobee County strives to
educate parents on SIDS, car
seat safety, breast feeding, nu-
trition, smoking cessation and
many other aspects of parent-
See Funding Page 3


Institute and manager for National
Government Services Group. Mr.
Fields has an MS in public policy
and management from Carnegie-
Mellon University and a bachelor of
industrial engineering/operations
research from Cornell University.
The interviewer said that Mr.
Fields takes a common sense and
direct approach to management,
and is strong in technical _J.Il..
"Very insightful and well spo-
ken, with a good sense of humor,"
was the interviewer's impression
of Mr. Fields.
The other second time ap-


plicant, Mr. Stoever, comes from
further away, Saline, Michigan
where he had been city manager
until October of last year. At that
time he resigned because of dis-
agreements with the mayor. He
had been city.manager of Saline
for nine years. The 13 years prior
to that he was city manager of
Greenville, Illinois, He also served
as acting president, Peoria Eco-
nomic Development Associa-
tion, city planner for Charleston,
Illinois,, planning director of East
See Job Page 2


Cuts could



cripple courts


By Fric Kopp
Okeechobee News


be filled -- again, just slowing
down the courts."
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In a cost-cutting move, state moUVC wvUUIU IiL a UUl-
lawmakers may soon require cial assistant (JA) in the county
judicial assistants to take an court the haride-t These people
unpaid leave of absence, also would be re iuII-d to take a 58-
known as a furlough, which day furlough without pay. In
will likely bog down an already the circuit court, the JA would
heavily burdened court system. be required to take 22 days off
This 4 percent budget cut without pay. And in the appel-
would reduce the state bud- late courts, assistants would
get by $14.7 million, said Lisa have to take a 13-day unpaid
Goodner, the state courts ad- furlough.
ministrator located in Tallahas- According to Chris Cate With
see. the state unemployment com-
"Basically, it's a $15 million pensation office in Tallahassee,
hit we would take to our bud- the employer for the judicial as-
get," she said. "I think if the fur- sistants would be responsible
. l. ugh, are upheld',- would for pa r,. their JI,,,... .. I ,,n
lose a.whole lot of our employ- compensation.
ees and we would be left with
a large number of vacancies to See Cuts Page 3





Only two items



on city agenda


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It looks like tonight's meet-
ing of the Okeechobee City
Council should be short and
sweet. There are only two ac-
tion items on the agenda.
The city council will conduct
the first reading of an ordinance
changing residential zoning
and setting a date for the final
reading. They will also consider
a memorandum of understand-
ing between Florida Trial As-
sociation (FTA) and the City of
Okeechobee.
Sheri Lachapelle has re-
quested that the zoning at 813
S.W. Second St. be changed
from residential single family
to residential multifamily. The
applicant states that the reason
for the request is to allow for
construction of two one story
triplexes.
The purpose of the memo-
randum of understanding is to
promote outdoor activities and


If you go'
Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee City Council
Council chambers. OKeecno-
bee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
hiking in Florida.
The FTA is dedicated to build-
ing and maintaining a 1,400
mile long hiking trial through
Florida. Okeechobee would be
designated a gateway commu-
nity. A gateway community is
near the trail and offers basic
tourism amenities. The FTA
would promote gateway com-
munities through its advertise-
ments. In return the gateway
community would include the
FTA in its promotional mate-
rials and promote businesses
that would support hiking and
outdoor activities.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.
corn. Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com.


Battle marker beautified
Ray R. Rivera, of 3 R Nursery and Accessories, thought
it was a shame the historic Battle of Okeechobee marker
on U.S. Highway 441 S.E. looked dirty and neglected. In-
stead of complaining, he decided to do something about
it. He pressure-cleaned the marker, cleaned up the area
around it, and put in some mulch and landscaping.


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St. Louis, Missouri and assistant
planning director for Rock Island,
Illinois. Mr. Stoever has an MBA
from Eastern Illinois University, a
BS in urban and regional planning
from Southern Illinois University
and a BA in geography with con-
centration in urban planning from
Southern Illinois University. Mr.
Stoever believes the two most se-
rious problems to face the next
county administrator are regulat-
ing growth while maintaining the
unique character of the communi-
ty and economic development. He
was described by his interviewer
as a hard worker who leads by
example and is extremely consci-
entious and detail oriented when
making a decision.


"Direct and to the point," was
the interviewer's impression of Mr.
Stoever. "A dedicated and capable
public servant who understands
government."
These two men will be joined
by 10 other men and one woman
vying for the administrator posi-
tion. Besides Florida, eight states
from Nevada to North Carolina are
represented by the applicants.
After studying the resumes, in-
terviews and background inform
tion on the candidates, commis-
sioners will narrow the field down
to about five. This will happen at a
special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday,
March 4. Then after private and
public interviews with the final-
ists, commissioners will hopefully
name a new administrator at a
special meeting on March 17.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at
pgawda@newszap.com.


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Habitat accepting applications for housing
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee is accepting applications for
the opportunity to partner to build and purchase a families first home.
The applicant must be a legal resident of Okeechobee County, be a
first time home buyer, qualify within the income limits that are set by
Habitat, be willing to fulfill sweat equity hours by partnering with HF-
HOC and meet other requirements. Applications are available in the
waiting room of Habitats local office. Please have your completed ap-
plication returned to us no later than Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. You should
call for an appointment to drop the application off or mail the applica-
tion to Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County, Inc., 1600B S.W.
Second Ave., Okeechobee, 34974. If you have any questions please
call the office at (863) 357-1371, leave your name and phone number
and we will call you back.

City has block funding
The City of Okeechobee has funding available for the Community
Development Block Grant Housing Assistant Buyout Program to as-
sist homeowners in repairs, replacement or relocation from Hurricane
Wilma. The minimum criterion is the home must have undergone
flooding from Hurricane Wilma and be owned by households at or
below the 80% adjusted median income level. For further information
please contact Deborah Belcher, Okeechobee County Grant Consul-
tant, (863) 467-6600.

Tax returns and E-filing done free
AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. This free
service can answer most of the tax issues faced by all middle to low
income taxpayers. With special attention to taxpayers, age 60 or older.
This service is available until April 15, on Mondays and Tuesdays from
9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Bingo hall, 501 S.E. Second
St. (doors open 8:45 a.m. no sooner.) You must bring last years tax
return, all W-2's; 1099s; Interest, Dividend, Broker and Social Security
Statements and any other financial documents for 2007. Picture ID,
Social Security card and birth dates required for everyone to be listed
on the return. For direct deposit of refund must have a blank check.
The program cannot help with state income tax returns. (Florida does
not have state income tax.) Help is first come, first served, no appoint-
ments. For information call Neile Foreman, District Coordinator, (863)
357-1694. (Please do not call the American Legion for information!)

Help with FPL electric bills available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share Pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL Corporate
funds. The program was set up to help .lower income residents with
their electric bill once a year under specific circumstances. The pro-
gram provides emergency assistance funds to customers who are in
a crisis situation and unable to pay their first FPL electric bill. There
are rules and guidelines that must be met to qualify. If you are an FPL
customer and need help call our qffice at 763-6020. leave your name
and number and we will call you back for a phone interview to see if
you qualify.

Need information about the Fair?
The Okeechobee County Fair has a new information line by which
you can call to hear about the daily events for that day. If you need
further information, you are able to leave a voice mail and one of our
members will call you and answer your question. So by calling 863 467
1690 you will be in touch with the daily events at the fair. See you at
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ing," states Becky Smith, Healthy
Start Community Liaison and
MomCare Supervisor.
"Dundee Elementary received
$8000 for a new playground, their
old one was deemed unsafe. This
project had a lot of community
support online. The community
posted bulletins of support and
encouragement on the school's
webpage, and so we were hop-
ing our community would do the
same for Healthy Start."


The webpage is http://
www.myhometown-
helper. co m/ViewProject.
aspx?tell=2&id= 36424.
You can also look up the proj-
ect by going to www.myHome-
townHelper.com and clicking on
"find a project." "My Hometown
Helper" funds are awarded based
on the merit of the project, includ-
ing its impact on the community.
Friends, neighbors and family
can support Healthy Start's efforts
by adding comments to the grant
application at www.myHome-
townHelper.com. All requests for
funding must be supported by a
municipal or civic organization
or public school. Applicants may


be awarded between $500 and
$15,000 for community projects.
For more information on the
"My Hometown Helper" grant
program and a complete set of
rules, visit www.myHometown-
Helper.com.
Grant winners will be notified
on or before May 15.
To extend your helping hand
to the Healthy Start Coalition log
on and comment their project so
that they can continue to educate
to protect our most precious re-
source, our children.
Postyour opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@hewszap.com.


Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
Markeith Mack, 18, Haverhill
Road, West Palm Beach, was arrest-
ed Feb. 29 by Deputy Sara Green on


a charge of battery on a detainee.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Trevor Harris, 18, Haverhill
Road, West Palm Beach, was arrest-
ed Feb. 29 by Deputy Sara Green on
a charge of battery on a detainee.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Willard Melear, 21, was ar-
rested Feb. 29 by DOC's William E.
McNiff on a charge of violation of
probation grand theft. He is being
held without bond.
Brad Wayne Battles, 34, S.E.


26th St., Okeechobee, wasarrested
March 1 by Deputy Donald Ellis on
charges of dealing in stolen prop-
erty and grand theft. His bond was
set at $20,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


"The state is not going to pay
into their unemployment tax, nei-
ther would a non-profit," said Mr.
Cate. "But they would be respon-
sible for paying unemployment
costs. The state would still be sav-
ing money in this scenario since
the maximum compensation is
$275 per week. While the state
would be responsible, it would
be more inexpensive than paying
their salaries."
Ms. Goodner pointed out that
this budget reduction has noth-
ing to do with the recent property
tax issue that was voted on and
passed in January. The court sys-
tem budget is based on general
revenue funds collected, not ad
valorem taxes.
"This is an unfunded mandate
being foisted down to the county,"
said Chief Justice William Roby.
"We're trying to work with our
legislators to help them under-
stand that we all took the same
oath. It's their obligation to fund
the courts as a third branch of the
budget.
"Less than seven-tenths of 1
percent of the state budget goes to
the court system -- that's a heck of
a bang for your buck," he added.
Judge Roby is the chief justice
for Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin
and Okeechobee counties and is
actively working with lawmakers
to find a solution to this problem.
If the furloughs are mandated
by the state, they must,be com-
pleted before June of this year.
The assistants cannot take these
days as personal time or vacation
days.
Judge Roby said since there
isn't much time left between now
and June, if this passes, there's a
good chance that the courts would
be shut down on certain days.
Okeechobee County Judge
Gerald Bryant said the move
would substantially increase a
judge's workload.
"We may have to answer our
phones," he said.
Judge Roby said the move
would force civil cases, and family
cases to some extent, to the back
burner.
Judge Roby said in Martin
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would be out for 22 days along
with court reporters, interpreters
"and all the people that make the
court run."
Locally, in the reduction would
impact three people in Circuit
Judge Lawrence Mirman's office.
"We have a plethora of folks
that support the court system. I
hope the legislature will under-
stand that," Judge Roby added. "I
wonder how they would feel if 40
to 50 percent of their staff was cut.
That would cripple them."
Ms. Goodner said the shortfall
was caused by a couple of prob-
lems. First, she said the salary
budget for the court system "from
the get-go is underfunded." Next,
the state wants these positions
controlled but her office has no
control over when the employees
come and go since the judges are
appointed by the state.
"We basically have asked them
to let us use other resources to pay
salaries rather than employees
having to take furloughs -- we're
bailing ourselves out, not taking
handouts," said Ms. Goodner.
"They are considering relaxing the
rules a bit."
She said there are several
meetings slated for this week and
expects lawmakers to produce a
final budget in the second week of
the session.
If upheld, the already over-
burdened system could virtually
come to a standstill.
"It would create a backlog.
Without a JA, I don't know how
they (judges) would even be able
to schedule what needs to be


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substantial amount of backlog un-
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of things a JA can handle, such as
talking to individuals who are liti-
gants in the same case."
Ms. Goodner, who works for
the chief justice and oversees all
the administrative functions for
the courts statewide, said she has
been working with legislators and
hopes the budget can be adjusted
so that the furloughs won't occur.
She said several proposals have
been made, but she doesn't know
if lawmakers will accept them.
But even if state lawmakers
accept the proposals for this year,
Ms. Goodner said the prognosis
for the upcoming years is even
more grim.
"In all my years in state govern-
ment (29), I've not ever had to do
this," she said. "But the bad news
is, this is just the first round.
"When we get ready to do the
budget for the next fiscal year it's
going to get a lot worse. The state
is going to reduce everyone's
budget next year by 6 percent.
The revenue situation for the
state is very, very serious in terms
of shortfalls."
For the judicial system and
judges at the local level, if the cur-
rent 4 percent reduction is put into
action it could have a deleterious
impact on the public's respect for
the judicial system as a whole.
"It's kind of like cheating on
your wife," said Judge Roby,
"once it happens, you lose your
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4 OPINION Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 4, 2008


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topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
COUNTY COMMISSION: With the upcoming county commission
race in mind, I have some questions for those who wish to run. Per-
haps you could all write into the editor at the newspaper and give your
stands on these issues. What do you think about the salary sched-
ule at the sheriff's office? Would you support raises for the deputies?
What do you think about recycling? Would you support a county wide
curbside recycling program as part of the regular county wide garbage
pickup? What do you think about the Agri-Civic Center? How do you
propose to make it pay for itself instead of being a drain on the tax-
payers? Would you consider leasing it out and letting a private agency
run it so that it would not be so costly to the taxpayers? What do you
think about Okee-Tantie? Do you think the county is doing a good job
running that facility? What would you like to see changed? Would you
support moving county commission meetings to the evening so that
working folks could attend? That's enough questions to get started on.
Answer those and I'll call in some more, and maybe other readers will
call in or send in their questions to. I hope that if the candidates do
write in to the editor with their stands on these issues, the newspaper
will print it for us and also post it on the forum. Editor's note: We
would be happy to. Letters to the editor may be mailed or brought to
the Okeechobee News, 107 SW 17th Street, Suite D, Okeechobee, Fla.
34973 or emailed to okeenews@newszap.com. The forum -- an on-
line version of Speak Out -- may be found at www.newszap.com.
MAIL ADDRESS: I read a Speak Out call about having the wrong
address, the caller said they always put "not at this address" and return
the mail into the mailbox. If you do that, the mail is going to go back
to the person that sent it. Then they are going to think that somebody
has moved because they don't have the right address. If you just write
"wrong address" they will understand that it is just the wrong address
for that person.
TRASH: I am calling about the Wednesday, Feb. 22 speak out about
"trash." I work at a service plaza in Florida and I agree with what she
says. I see people take the diaper and stick them underneath their car
on the ground, when a garbage can is only five feet away from them.
And she is right, people are just getting more trashy and more trashy,
they just don't care anymore.
LANDSCAPING: I don't think it is a waste of taxpayers money for
the City to plant trees at Okee-Tantie to beautify the community. What
is a waste is that the planting of these trees -- as well as the trees at
Jaycee park --was done in severe drought. Many of the trees are dying.
Only one tree at the Jaycee park is alive. I think it is a shame to let the
landscaping die. There are severe restrictions on watering. Did no one
consider the possibility of the restrictions when this was in the plan-
ning stage? Or is it the county just giving up on maintaining it?
MS. SENIOR: Does anyone else think it ironic that a school system
that is being sued over not allowing a Gay Straight Alliance tolerance
club to meet on school grounds holds an annual Ms. Senior contest
in which boys are encouraged to dress up as girls? Are we sending a
mixed message here? And more importantly, did anyone take photos?
You should send some to the newspaper as a lot of people would like
to see exactly what is going on at that school.
DIAPERS: About the dirty diapers left in parking lots, that is a sick
and disgusting thing to do, to leave such garbage for someone else
to clean up, drive on or step in. What, kind of people would do that?
I think we all know what kind of trash they are. But calling the news-
+ paper is not really going to change anything because I really doubt
the type of people who would leave a dirty diaper on the ground in a
public place are the kind of people who read newspapersif they can
even read at all.
PREGNANCIES: In regard to the comments about teen pregnan-
cies, boys need to take responsibility as well. But as a high school
teacher, I have heard girls say they want to have a baby. They tell
boys they are on the pill when they aren't and then the boy's life is
ruined too. These girls see their babies as fashion accessories. Our
community enables these teen parents by making things very easy
on them when they do have children. Why are they allowed to bring
their children to school with them and then have a county school bus
take those same babies to the day care and then pick them up and
have them waiting for them when their mom's school day is done?
And what about the fact that these babies ride the same school buses
as the other kids? Do you know how many fights happen on buses?
Some of these girls have children that are already 4 years old or older.
They are being exposed to the foul mouths and rowdiness of the teen-
agers on the buses. Thus enabling the cycle to continue. As a teacher,
I do.believe in making sure that my students get an education and
that we should help them as much as possible. But, once they have
children of their own, they need to be welcomed to the world of an
adult. It just isn't happening that way.
MARIJUANA: The surgeon general has reached a vast number of
smokers and we gave up the habit. That certainly took a toll on the
amount of tax revenue tobacco provided Washington for disburs-
ment. IF they were to make pot legal and controlled it in a fashion
similar to tobacco, alcohol and firearms it might generate enough to
cover the loss of tobacco revenue. I would guess that the tobacco
compaines who produce less then they did 30 years ago, due to loss
of the user base, would welcome the chance to grow a new crop. It
would generate jobs.




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Tuesday, March 4
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 0I a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
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until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technolo-
gy and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi
at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go to-
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Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For infor-
mation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant,l 111, S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group ments at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.. For information, contact Elder
Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Par-
rott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their
pre-school children. Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave.
For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For infor-
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Tuesday, March 4
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call Robert Massey
at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 111 S.. Parrott Ave., forbreakfast. For information,
:,Jurie Scheer at (863)'634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
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truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
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A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
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The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
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school children. Child care will be provided for infants during the class.
For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at noon.
Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
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Flu season: It's here again


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
South Florida's warm climate
doesn't stop cold and flu season.
In fact, it may help it to spread.
Tourists and winter residents from
other areas, seeking the comfort
of Florida sunshine, also spread
cold and flu viruses.
According to the Center for
Disease Control, (CDC) the flu is
a contagious respiratory illness
caused by influenza viruses. It can
cause mild to severe illness, and
at times can lead to death.
CDC records show that every
year in the United States, on aver-
age 5 percent to 20 percent of the
population gets the flu. More than
200,000 people in the U.S. are
hospitalized each year from flu
complications, and about 36,000
people die from flu.
Some people are more at risk
because their immune system is
already compromised by age or
illness. Most at risk are the very
old, the very young and those with
health conditions such as asthma,
diabetes or heart disease.
Symptoms of flu include:
fever;
headache-;
extreme tiredness;
dry cough;
sore throat;
runny or stuffy nose;
muscle aches: and
nausea.
Vomiting and diarrhea can oc-
cur but are more common in chil-
dren than adults.
The flu can also lead to more
serious illnesses. According to
the CDC, complications of flu can


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congestive heart failure, asthma,
or diabetes.
Flu viruses spread mainly
from person to person through
coughing or sneezing of people
with influenza, the CDC warns.
Sometimes people may become
infected by touching something
with flu viruses on it and then
touching their mouth or nose. In-
fected persons may spread the flu
to others before they even know
they are sick.
The CDC advises those most at
risk to be vaccinated against the
flu annually.
Good hygiene and common
sense can also help prevent
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of dedicated and energetic
service to this facility. Her
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The CDC advises:
Cover your nose and mouth
with a tissue when you cough or
sneeze -- throw the tissue away
after you use it.
Wash your hands often with
soap and water, especially after
you cough or sneeze. If you are
not hear water, use an alcohol-
based hand cleaner. Stay away
as much as you can from people
who are sick.
If you get the flu, stay home
from work or school. If you are
sick, do not go near other people
so that you don't make them
sick.
Try not to touch your eyes,
nose, or mouth. Germs often
spread this way.
If you get sick, get lots of rest,
drink plenty of liquids, and avoid
using alcohol and tobacco.
Over-the-counter (OTC)
medications may relieve the
symptoms of the flu. Consult your
doctor about which ones are best
for you. Some OTC medications
may interact with prescription
drugs. Some OTC medications are
not recommended for children or
for those with certain other health
issues. Ask your doctor which
medications are safe for you.
Before making any change
to your diet or exercise plan,
consult your doctor. This is es-
pecially important if you are on
any prescription drugs. Some
drugs interact badly with foods
that would otherwise be con-
sidered "healthy".


Childbirth classes
planned
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering Child-
birth Education Classes. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5877.

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity.
The purpose of the program is
to reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking
classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)
462-5781.

Diabetes Support
Group a hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
(863) 763-5093.

Depression support
group
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.


Pregnancy assistance
available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at (863) 462-5877.

Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with: Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-


tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

Addiction
consultation offered
Problems with drug or alcohol
addiction in someone you know,
but don't know where to turn?
The Drug Rehab Resource service
can give you the help you need.
Contact the Drug Rehab Resource
at (866) 649-1594 for a free con-
sultation. Or, go to the website at
www.drugrehabresource.net.

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
. Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each oth-
er. They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at (863) 467-5831
or First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171 for more information.

Cancer Society seeks
volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
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Obituaries


Richard McCollam
Richard W. McCollam Jr., 67, of
Belle Glade and formerly of Boul-
der, Colo., died Feb. 20 at Hospice
of Palm Beach County. Survivors
include his son, Irvin McCollam
and grandsons Kevin and Keane
McCollam.

Louise Marie
McDaniel
Louise Marie McDaniel, 78, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, Feb.
28, at her residence in Okeecho-
bee. Born Sept. 3, 1929 in Harris-
burg, Penn., she had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee since 1983
and was a member of the VFW
Auxiliary and Chaplain for more
than 16 years.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Samuel B. McDan-
iel.
She is survived by her son, Scott
William McDaniel of Okeecho-
bee; daughter, Linda Ruth Ruhl
(Steve) of South Lebanon, Ohio;
grandchildren, Joshua and Tessa.
A visitation will be held
Wednesday, March 5, from 1
to 3 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth
Street, Okeechobee. Services will
be held Wednesday, March 5 at 4
p.m. at the VFW.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth Street.


Shirley R. Perry
Shirley R. Perry, 81, of Clewis-
ton, died Feb. 16, 2008 in Port
Charlotte. She was born Aug. 23,
1926 in Gretna, La., to Frank M.
and Edna Mary (Strehle) Rodri-
guez. She moved to Clewiston in
1946. She was a graduate of Barry
College and had retired as an ex-
ecutive with the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers at the Clewiston
Area Office. She was a lay minis-
ter and long time member at St.
Margaret's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her sons,
William G. (Karen) Perry Jr., of
Cullochee, N.C., Frank L (Caro)
Perry Sr. of Port Charlotte; daugh-
ter, Cathy (William F. Smith) Perry
of Astatula. She is also survived by
six grandchildren and three great-
grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was
held Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.
at St. Margaret's Catholic Church
in Clewiston with Father Marcial
Garcia officiating. Interment fol-
lowed in Ridgelawn Cemetery in
Clewiston.

Sue Dianne Sims
Sue Dianne Sims, 70, long-
time resident of Pahokee and
Okeechobee, died Feb. 19, 2008
after a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 22, 1937, in
Paris, 11. She will be remembered
for her kind and loving spirit. She
was the first-born child of Marion
and Madonna Wright of Pahokee
and formerly of Paris, 111.
She was preceded in death
by her parents, her husband of


16 years, Bennie Simms, and her
brother-in-law Randy Woodham.
Survivors include her two
step-children, Rick and Jayne;
two borhters, Richard L. Wright
(Stephanie) of Tiger, Ga., and
Larry M. Wright of Pahokee; three
sisters, Barbara E. Millis (Roland)
of Pahokee, Linda Woodham of
Belle Glade and Donna Maguire
(Jim) of Ocala. She is also sur-
vived by a loving host of grand-
children, nephews, nieces, grand-
nephews and grand-nieces.
Funeral were held at Pahokee
United Methodist Church on Feb.
22. Burial followed at Port Myaca
Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to Hospice of Palm
Beach County, Alzheimer's Com-
munity Care or the Florida United
Methodist Children's Home.

Barbara R. Schroeder
Barbara R. Schroeder, 65, of
Okeechobee, died Friday afternoon
on Feb. 29, 2008. Born in Chicago,
Illinois she has been a member of
the Okeechobee Community since
1974.
She is survived by her life part-
ner Herbert Martin of Okeechobee,
her children Debra Adams, Tina
(Goodnight) Mc McCullough, and
Billy Goodnight, her sister Kathy
Appling, 6 grandchildren and 2
great grandchildren.
Anyone wishing to remember
Barbara in the form of a donation
is asked to donate in her name to
the Hospice Home of Okeechobee
(Hamrick Home) located at 411
S.E. 4th Street.


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Narcotics Anonymous will
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noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
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clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.

Blood donors are
needed locally
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
last Saturday of each month from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (561) 845-2323, ext. 1203
or (772) 215-8360. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
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Closed in gar. No pets.
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$650/mo. (863)763-6344
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screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313



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mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
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gar, lawn serv, non-smoking
environ, sm pets. $1200/mo
+ sec dep. (941)504-3954
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Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
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$750 mo. 1st., last & sec.
(863)634-4581/634-8726
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maculate on Taylor Lake,
w/dock, newly renovated,
unfurn or turn., 3/2/2,
$1800/mo (561)625-4306
or (561)214-0636
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, Washer &
Dryer, 6 mo or 1 yr lease,
$725/mo, $1500 to move in.
Great location. 907 SW 2nd
Ave. (863)634-0512
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330



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Utilities included. For ap-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2008-DR-195
DOvislon: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Tammle Lee Bridges,
Petitioner
and
Randal W. Bridges,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Randal Wilson Bridges
16514 NW 192 SL
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your wdt-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Tammie
Lee Bridges, whose address Is 16514
NW 192 St., Okeechobee, FL 34972
on or before April 2, 2008. and file the
original with the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
Court Operations 1st Foor. 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
before service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Rorida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: 2/12/2008
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CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 4, 2008



Track team competes in prestigious invitational


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee boy's track
team finished ninth out of 24
schools while the girl's squad
finished 16th out of 24 schools at
the Port St. Lucie Invitational held
Saturday at Port St. Lucie High.
School.
The meet was one of the
largest in the state of Florida last
weekend and attracted some top
squads from South Florida in ad-
dition to every school in the Trea-
sure Lake Conference.


Miami Carol City and Boyd
Anderson tied for the boys cham-
pionships. Boyd Anderson held
off Vero Beach to win the girl's
meet.
On the boys side, Bryan Suar-
ez continued his excellent senior
year with victories in both the 800
meters and the 1600 meters. He
finished the 800 meters with a
time of 1:58.89 just a split second
ahead of Brione Reid Carthan of
Palm Bay.
In the 1600 event Suarez won
with a time of 4:32.31. Jeremy
Wynn of Vero Beach was second


just five seconds off the pace.
'Overall the boys all ran per-
sonal records," Coach Brian Ken-
dall said, "After a week of compet-
ing, the boys have shown some'
positives and vwe hope to build
upon those."
Suarez also set the course re-
cords with his times in the 800
and 1600 meters.
Eddie Gurerro ran an excel-
lent race in the mile and finished
sixth overall with his career best
time of 4:43.40.
Lonnie Pryor finished sixth
in the 400 meters with a time of


52.22.
Ricky Nieto finished tied for
fifth in the high jump with a per-
sonal best jump of 5' 10".
"The boys will work on indi-
vidual -and team goals now that
we have meet results," Coach
Kendall added.
The boys 4x400 team finished
with a time of 3:37.71. That was
five seconds faster than'their time
during Wednesday's meet at Fort
Pierce. The team is comprised of
Brad Stark, Matt Bauer, Matt Skip-
per, and Lonnie Pryor.


The boys finished third
among Treasure Lake Conference
schools. Vero Beach finished
fourth and Lincoln Park finished
fifth.
As for the girl's it was a great
day for Monica Koger. She had a
personal best distance in the long
jump. Koger jumped 17'3" to fin-
ish third overall.
"The girls all set or matched
personal records for themselves,"
Kendall remarked, "I was glad to
see the girls get more aggressive
from the beginning of their re-


spective races. We need to learn
how to run from the gun."
Laura Serrano ran 6:23 in
the mile which was a 10 second
improvement over her career
best. Saucedo and Graciela Va-
rela ran well in the 800 meters as
well. Varela finished with a time
of 2:48.06. Saucedo finished at
2:48.08. The girls finished eighth
out of ten conference schools.
Okeechobee will travel to Moore
Haven this Thursday, March 6, for
their next meet. Field events be-
gin at 3:30 p.m.


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Chobee Wrestling Club plans sign ups
The Chobee Wrestling Club will begin sign ups for the spring sea-
son 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. gymnasium. Practice will begin on March 4. Call
(863) 634-9411 or at the high school.


By Angela Sachson
Extension Program Assistant
Most likely you consider your-
self very lucky to have shade on
your property. Here in Eden we
have plenty of sun and can use
all the shade we can get. But...
many people think gardening in
+ shade is difficult. It isn't. Not if
you follow the Florida Yards &
Neighborhoods first principle,
right plant, right place. Choose
plants which will thrive in your
shady spot.
Dark or Light?
How much.shade do I have?
Good question. Let's try for a
simple way to gauge your shade.
Shade is usually described as light,
partial, medium, full and dense.
One way to think about shade is
in terms of time.
Dense shade is under the
deck or stairs on the north side of
the house. Never sees the sun-a
cave, for instance.
Full shade lasts all day and
no sun shines there either but it is
a little brighter.
Partial or medium shade is
an area where the sun's rays are
blocked for much of the day but,
which receives sun in the morn-
ing and or evening. This shade
is under mature trees or a bright
northern exposure.
Light shade is characterized by
a short period of mid-day shade
with sun the rest of the day, or, fil-
tered or dappled sunlight most of
the day. Check shade in your gar-
den once in a while to determine
if changes in plant materials may
be needed due to increased shade


from a maturing landscape.
Competition
Plants growing in the shade of-
ten must also compete with roots
of shading trees for nutrients and
moisture. Roots competing for
water may cause shade gardens to
dry out somewhat quickly. Some
shade-tolerant plants are adapted
to low moisture situations, while
others require moist shade. The
key to Florida-Friendly landscap-
ing is to provide water accord-
ing to the needs of the plant and
group- those with similar needs
together.
Many shade loving plants are
woodland plants. They will ben-
efit from a layer of mulch such
as compost. Mulch helps retain
moisture and also breaks down
into soil nutrients.
Air circulation
Branches or walls that cast
shade can also block air move-
ment. Poor air circulation may be
coupled with lower light levels.
This means the leaves of plants
stay wet longer in the shade than
in sunny areas.
Most plant disease problems
are worse under these conditions
so space plants farther apart in
the shade to allow more air move-
ment. And if water is applied with
soaker hoses or drip irrigation
systems, foliage will not get wet.
Designing for
the Dark Side
Shade gardens are usually
more subtle and restful than
sunny ones. Plant textures, forms


and slight color differences be-
come important elements of the
design. Glossy leaves have more
impact than dull or velvety ones.
Choose your colors carefully.
Variegated or yellow-green foliage
is more noticeable in the shade
than is solid green or blue-green
foliage. Light colors -- white,
cream, yellow and pastel pink--
stand out in the shade.
If your shade is deep, you may
want to put some plants in pots
and rotate them to a brighter spot
every week or so. This works if
you have a lot of tree roots too.
Make a place for garden art
--put color where you'll see it.
Don't forget a place to sit and en-
joy. These specula spots need to
be considered when placing ac-
cent plants or pots in the shade
garden.
Shade Tolerant plants
Dense shade is a challenging
place for plants. I have an area
of dense shade where ferns grow
well. Ferns come in lots of shades
of green with many leaf shapes.
Some are also variegated. Some
spread readily by underground
rhizomes, while others are slow
to establish, needing frequent
watering for a while.
Also great in dense shade are
the ivies. There are several var-
iegated forms of this hardy plant.
Cast-iron plant, aptly named for its
determination to survive comes
in a variegated form and was re-
cently an FNGLA Plant of the Year.
Gingers are good in dense shade
as well. Note that all of these
plants will grow in full, partial and
light shade also.


For some color, add caladi-
ums, purple oxalis, purple queen,
begonias and impatiens. The last
two will benefit from pot culture
and, need a little more water and
an occasional vacation trip to
light shade. And, some of these
can spread -- another reason to
keep them confined in pots.
If you use a lot of purple-
leaved plants some lime-colored
or variegated leaves will provide a
nice contrast. Oxalis has a yellow
green variety that could be paired
with its purple sister. Spider plant
has lots of white foliage and pairs
well with purple plants too.
As you near the edge of the
tree canopy, or shady area you
can experiment with plants that
need a little more sun. Liriope and
other mounding grasses make a
nice transition to turf at the edge
of shade.
There is more information
about great shade plants on our
website and at the Florida Yards
& Neighborhoods site where you
can search the database for shade
lovers, http://www.FloridaYards.
org (We have placed a list of lo'-
cally adapted shade plants on otir
website.) With the right plant in
the right place shade gardening
can be (almost) effortless and
(very) satisfying.
If you need additional informa-
tion on shade gardening, please
email us at okeechobee@ifas.
ufl.edu or call us at 863-763-6469.
Okeechobee residents can stop
by our office at 458 Hwy 98 North
in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
deners from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tues-
day afternoons. Go Gators!


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