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Vol. 99 No. 68


Briefs

Heroes For

the Red

Cross event

planned

Heroes for the American
Red Cross Fund-Raiser to be
held this weekend, Saturday
& Sunday, March 8 9, from 8
a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Trading
Post Flea Market.
There will many items for
sale and chances to enter the
drawings cings coming up at the
conclusion of our Heroes Cam-
paign.
ALL proceeds will remain in
Okeechobee County.

Kindergarten Regis-
tration opens
The Okeechobee County
School Board will be holding
Kindergarten registration at the
following schools:
April 14, South Elementary
School 462-5087
April 15, Everglades Elemen-
tary School 462-5108
April 16, Seminole Elemen-
tary School 462-5116
April 17, North Elementary
School 462-5100
April 18, Central Elementary
School 462-5077
If your child will be 5 years
old on or before September 1,
2008, you should begin gather-
ing the following information
required by law to enter public
school:
Legal Proof of Birth Date
Up-to-Date Immunization
Record
Health Exam Record- that
has been completed by a physi-
cian since September 1, 2007
Proof of Residence (FPL
statement; OUA statement,
etc.)
Please contact the school
your child will attend to sched-
ule an appointment for kinder-
garten registration. If you do
not know which school your
child will attend, contact the
Student Services Office at 462-
5000 extension 260.
14 de abirl, South Elemen-
tary School 462-5087
15 de abril, Everglades El-
ementary School 462-5108
16 de abril, Seminole El-
ementary School 462-5116
17 de abril, North Elemen-
tary School 462-5100
18 de abril, Central Elemen-
tary School 462-5077
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Drought Index.


Current: 413
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.12 feet
t, Last Year: 11.11 feet
f ,


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

Index
Classifieds......................... 8,9
Com ics .... .......... .............. 5
Community Events.................. 4
Crossword............................ 5
Obituaries .............................. 6
Opinion...................................... 4 "
Speak Out........................... ...... 4
Sports ................................. ....... 9
TV .......................................... 4
W eather..................................... 2
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Neal sentenced t


Former football star
convicted of cocaine
possession and sale

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A former grid star at Okeecho-
bee High School who went on to
play a short while with the Green
Bay Packers was sentenced Fri-
day to spend the next 30 years in
prison
After being convicted of the
sale of cocaine and possession


of cocaine earlier Frankie Leon
Neal, 42, was determined Friday,
March 7, to be a habitual felony
offender and was sentenced by
Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer
Jr. to 30 years in prison on each
charge. The sentences are to run
concurrently.
Despite arguments to the
contrary by defense attorney
Samuel Montesino, Judge Bauer
said there was little doubt in his
mind that Neal was a habitual of-
fender.
To be classified as a habitual
offender one must have been


convicted of two or more felo-
nies within a five-year period.
Neal, a former wide receiver at
Fort Hays State College in Kansas
who was with the Packers for a
little more than one season, was
convicted of theft by shoplifting
in Georgia in 2002 and spent a
year in prison there. He was then
arrested on the cocaine charges
in Okeechobee County in 2005.
"The prior record is impor-
tant to me. When you impose a
maximum sentence it had bet-
ter be for a guy who deserves
it," said Judge Bauer. "In the last


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee news
The Russians are com-
ing! The Russians are coming!
This weekend the skies over
Okeechobee will be invaded by
Chinese and Soviet Cold War
era aircraft.
About eight Chinese Nanch-
ing CJ-6A and Soviet Yakovlev
Yak 52s will be in Okeechobee
this weekend. A larger number
was expected but bad weather
in the northern part of the state
caused many pilots to cancel.
The occasion is the First An-
nual RedStar Pilots Association
(RPA) Okeechobee Fly-In. The
mission of RPA is "to promote
and preserve the safe opera-
tions, display and enjoyment of
all aircraft, jet to prop aerobatic
sport, warbird and utility, origi-
nating in the current and for-
mer Communist bloc nations."
It is a 501 (c)3 not for profit or-


OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This Nanchang CJ-6A, painted in the colors of the Chi-
nese Navy, is in Okeechobee this weekend as part of the
Red Star Pilots' Association (RPA) Okeechobee Fly-In.
The organization is make up mostly of pilots who fly
Eastern Block Cold War era aircraft.
ganization that strives to con- The organization has 460
vert Soviet Cold War swords to members around the country
plowshares and inspire young who all own their own aircraft.
and old who are fascinated by
the world of aviation. See Planes Page 2


Florida home to gators, crocs


By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
With our local scenery of
open land and sparse waters
the wildlife of Florida has been
seen more and more frequently
in unexpected places. Two of
the more noticeable and dan-
gerous wildlife creatures famil-
iar to Okeechobee are the alli-
gator and crocodile.
Although equally dangerous,
their features are quite different.
A close up view, to see the dif-
ference, however, is not recom-
mended. There are a few things
you can look for at a distance
to tell the difference. The most
dominant difference is that be-
tween the snouts. An alligator
will have a broad round snout,
whereas a crocodile's will be
narrow and longer. The color
differences between the two
are unique as well. A crocodile
will have an olive brown color.
Alligators are much darker, and
can be almost blackish in color.
The jaws on the two are quite
different also. When the jaws


Outdoors
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
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are closed on an alligator only
the teeth on the upper jaw are
visible. With a crocodile both
bottom and top teeth are vis-
ible when the jaws are closed.
While exploring the out-
doors of Florida you may come
across a nest of one of these
creatures. The nests are also a
good way to recognize the dif-
ference between an alligator or


crocodile. A crocodile will lay
eggs in mud or sand in brack-
ish or saltwater environments.
An alligator, however, will nest
in a mound of vegetation con-
structed by the female alligator
in freshwater environments.
South Florida is the only
place in the world where both
alligators and crocodiles can be
found together. While the al-
ligator is found in many areas
of the southeastern part of the
United States the crocodiles are
unique only to the southern tip
of Florida in the United States.

Hook, Line, and
Sinker
Captain Michael Shellen
gives the following fishing re-
port:
"We finally received some
much needed rain around
the Lake Okeechobee area,
the lake has been hovering
around the 10 foot mark for
the last month, with the recent
See Outdoors Page 9


o 30 years

18 years you have committed viction were valid.
crimes -- one after another -- and He was presenting this a
most of them violent. Society is mert to protect his client aga
safer without you in it." being sentenced as a habitua
The judge was referring to fender.
Neal's four arrests and convic- 'Since the state can't tie
tions for resisting arrest with vio- Neal to the Georgia convict
lence. One of those convictions then he can't get habitual
was on Aug. 18, 2004. tus,' argued Mr. Montesino.
Prior to Neal's sentencing, Mr. Although the argument
Montesino tried in vain to con- presented quite eloque
vince the court that there was no Judge Bauer wasn't swayed.
documentation to prove that the 'We don't want to avoid c
charge in Georgia was a felony, sense," answered the ju
and that there was no evidence m sense, answered the ju
to show that the charge and con- See Prison Pag




Three arrested


in connection


with vandalism


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two local men and a juve-
nile have been arrested and
charged in connection with last
month's gang 'tagging' incident
at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex.
Arrested Thursday, March 6,
were: Thomas Jay Draughon,
18, U.S. 441 S.E.; Christopher
Shawn Miner, 19, U.S. 441 S.E.;
and Frederick William Ebeling
Jr., 17.
All three were charged with
the felony of criminal mischief
- gang related and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail.
The charge is,. '1ii di .
felony.


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Draughon and Miner were
being held in the county jail
without bond, according to ar-
rest records Friday afternoon.
Ebeling was booked into the
county facility then taken to the
Department of Juvenile Justice
center in Fort Pierce.
The three were arrested in
connection with the Feb. 26
tagging of various buildings,
sidewalks and roads at the
sports complex. According to
arrest information, the damage
was estimated to be $5,000.
*The graffiti was painted over
by employees of Okeechobee
County. ,
The arrests came about as a
See Gang Page 2


Local teenage



girl missing


Say ,Fit .
Sady Fite


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Investigators are currently
searching for local girl who has
been reported as missing since
Feb. 29.
Sady Fite, 15, is described
as a white female with blonde
hair and hazel eyes. Miss Fite is
5-foot-2-inches tall and weighs
115 pounds.
Although she is missing
from 2228 S.E. 32nd St., inves-
tigators don't know what she
was wearing when last seen or
in what direction she was trav-
eling.
See Missing Page 2


Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
First place and Big Fish winner in the 15-18 age group
was Kyle Monti His big fish weight was 2.05 lbs and his
total weight for his two fish caught was 3.55 Ibs.


The Russians are coming: Red Star Pilots fly in


(";eechobee news/Pete Gawda
Major Drev Brahniclk, USAFR. of We-sl Palm Beach. flew' hip. 'h;nese marie l'!.'.ih,:'
CJ-6A aircraft into Okeechobee this weekend. He is a member of Red Star Pnous As-
sociation (RPA), an organization whose members own and fly Cold War era aircraft.
Pilots from around Florida who belong to RPA gathered in Okeechobee this weekend
to practice for airshows.


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Bob Teany Memorial Car Show Saturday at the Fair


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Bob Teany Memorial Car
Show will be "Lassoing Some
Horsepower" at the Okeechobee
County Fair on Saturday, March
8, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center. Remember everyone en-
ters on the State Roade 710 en-
trance.
The show will be in process
from noon until 4 p.m.
In the show will be outstand-
ing customs, hot rods, antiques,
trucks and muscle cars. There
will also be tickets sold for draw-
'ings with all proceeds benefiting
'the Robert L. Teany Memorial
Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The foundation has been pro-
viding Okeechobee High School
seniors with medically related
scholarships since 1987.
According to a press release


by Dale Barrett, president of the
foundation, Mr. Teany loved to
work with the high school stu-
dents on conditioning exercises
and weight training. All of his four
children were involved in sports
in some way.
His son, Brent Teany was a ju-
nior and playing varsity baseball
when there was a pop fly. Brent
and another player charged the
ball and they collided. As the two
players collided, the chin of the
other player crashed into Brent's
temple.
Due to the injury x-rays
showed a large hematoma put-
ting pressure on the brain. He had
brain surgery in Orlando where
he went into a deep coma and re-
mained there for several months.
His father remained by his
side, not giving up even though
the doctor's prognosis was not
good. Weight and muscle loss be-


came a serious problem.
Due to Bob's dedication and
that of the entire Teany fam-
ily, Brent came out of the coma.
Through months of physical
therapy and learning to eat, talk
and move all over again; Bob was
always there.
Mr. Barrett was an assistant
principal at the Okeechobee Ju-
nior High School at the time and
lent Bob an old universal weight
machine to use at their home. To-
gether they would lift Brent from
position to position on the ma-
chine, most times encouraging
him to do muscle strengthening
exercises at low weights.
Brent would also work on the
stationary bike to work his legs,
as Bob was dedicated to seeing
his son walk again. Eventually,
Brent went to a physical therapy
center in Alabama.
Bob was able to see Brent


progress to the level of walking,
talking and basic assisted living
skills before doctors discovered
that Bob himself had a serious
brain tumor called pleoblastoma.
Through surgery, Bob had 98
percent of the tumor removed
and went back to work with ra-
diation and chemotherapy. That
same year Bob spoke at Mr. Bar-
rett's athletic banquet and en-
couraged the young athletes to
never give up.
The tumor-regenerated faster
than expected. After ten months
of continuing to lift weights and
jog to stay in the best shape pos-
sible, it was apparent that his
condition was worsening. Bob
was accepted for an experimental
procedure but died due to com-
plications.
According to Mr. Barrett, Bob
was still jogging and working out
the week he went in for the sur-


gery.
Mr. Barrett had held a Hal-
loween Carnival to raise money
to help the family when Brent
was injured to help offset costs
of medical bills. At that time, Mr.
Barrett discussed it with Bob who
expressed that if any funds were
left over to give them to a high
school student going into physi-
cal therapy or sports therapy.
After Bob died in October of
1987, Mr. Barrett started the Bob
Teany Memorial Scholarship in
his name and expanded it to in-
clude all medically related fields.
Each Spring Mr. Barrett holds
the Bob Teany Memorial Schol-
arship Car Show in Okeecho-
bee along with other activities
throughout the year to earn funds
for the scholarship.
Since 1987, the scholarship
has given an excess of $100,000
to high school seniors in medical


fields such as pharmacology, x-
ray technology, pre-med, nursing,
dental assistant, physical .therapy,
speech therapy and many others.
The Bob L. Teany Memorial
Scholarship is given with the de-
termined spirit and dedication of
Bob himself in mind.
Come support this cause and
remember those whose lives
have been touched by the caring
and determined spirit that Bob
has instilled in all of those around
him and his family.
All funds from the car show
go toward the scholarship foun-
dation. There is no additional
charge to attend the car show be-
yond admission to the fair.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Planes
Continued From Page 1

About 40 percent of RPA pilots
are military aviators who also
have their own private aircraft.
Although some own jet trainers,
about 80 percent of RPA Ailots
own and fly Yak 52 and CJ-6As
according to RPA member Major
Drew Blahnick, USAFR of West
Palm Beach. Major Blahnict flew
his CJ6, painted in the colors of
'the Chinese People's Liberation
.Army Air Force (PLAAF) into
Okeechobee on Friday, March 7.
Pilots of RPA form teams of
5 to 25 aircraft that perform at
airshows across the county. The
purpose of the Okeechobee Fly-


In is for Florida RPA members to
gather and practice flying in for-
mation. Although there will be no
public performances, people will
be able to see the aircraft at the
Okeechobee County Airport and
watch them take off and land.
Their training maneuvers, which
consist of standard flight forma-
tions taught to military pilots,
will be flown in the area of the
airport.
Major Blahnick said the reason
for the popularity of the Yak 52
and CJ-6A is that they are cheaper
to buy and operate than Ameri-
can World War II era trainers.
The aircraft were once produced
by state owned companies. After
the fall of communism they were
declared surplus by the state and
were sold relatively cheaply. Now


UKeecnooee News/reie uawaa

Qkeechobe Airport visit, ,
"Trfi'oviet made Yakolev Yak 52 is in Okeechdbee hls week-
en*d'a part of'a fly-in'by members of the Red Star Pifots As-
sociation. Members of this organization own and fly Cold War
era aircraft. Florida RPA members are in Okeechobee this
weekend to practice for air shows. The aircraft is owned by
Fred Furgang of Miami.


OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This Chinese made Nanching CJ-6A with tail markings of the
People's Liberation Army Air Force is in Okeechobee this
'weekend as owners of Cold War ear aircraft gather to prac-
tice for airshows. The aircraft is owned by Major Drew Blah-
nick, USAF of West Palm Beach.


Prison
Continued From Page 1

"'There's absolutely no doubt in
the court's mind that the Frankie
Neal in this documentation is the
Frankie Neal in this court."
To bolster the state's case for
the maximum penalty, Assistant
*State Attorney Ashley Albright
put a correctional probation offi-
cer from the Florida Department
of Corrections on the stand, as
well as a fingerprint expert from
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office.


Gang
Continued From Page 1

cooperative effort of the Okeecho-
.bee Narcotics Task Force and the
*Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
!fice (OCSO) Gang Task Force.
All three are allegedly mem-
bers of the Insane Gangster Disci-
'ples, a local gang that was phased
out a few years ago but is making
a comeback.
The tagging was done in blue
spray paint which is the color of
the Folk Nation, a large nation-
wide gang that includes the local
gang sets of Insane Gangster Dis-
ciples and the Rookerville Raid-


DOC's Joann Martin testified
that her department had received
paperwork upon Neal's release
from the Central State Prison in
Georgia that Neal's parole was
being transferred from Georgia
to Florida. Although she did not
supervise Neal, she did present
the paperwork.
Mr. Montesino argued that the
information from Georgia was
hearsay because Ms. Martin was
not the official record keeper for
DOC. Mr. Albright pointed out to
the court that the documentation
had photos that identified Neal.
Judge Bauer agreed and ruled
that there was sufficient docu-


Rookerville is the area sur-
rounding the rodeo grounds. The
rodeo grounds are located on
U.S. 441 N.
The tagging not only displayed
gang signs, but derogatory state-
ments toward law enforcement
and symbols indicating the gang's
territory.
"This is a crime against every
citizen of Okeechobee County,"
said Sheriff Paul May.
"I'm very proud of the inves-
tigation by the Gang and Narcot-
ics Task Force that resulted in the
arrests. This kind of behavior has
to stop and I hope, when this is
tried in court and a conviction is
obtained, that the punishment fits


they are produced by privately
owned companies.
Although owners of any type
aircraft are welcomed into RPS,
the organization is made up
mostly of owners of Eastern Block
aircraft.
The CJ-6A was designed and
built in China for use by the
PLAAF as a basic and advanced
trainer. It has an all metal struc-
ture and mixed fabric/metal cov-
ering. AS well as being produced
manufactured for the PLAA, CJ6s
were exported to other countries
including Albania, Bangladesh,
Cambodia, North Korea and Sri
Lank.
The Yak-52 first flew is 1976
and is still being produced in Ba-
cau, Romania By Aerostar. It was
built as a trainer for students who


would later transition to Soviet
aircraft. It is all metal and pow-
ered by 360 hp radial engine, the
Ivchenk M-14P with an inverted
fuel system that permitted invert-
ed flight for as long as 2 minutes
while drawing from a five gallon
reserve tank. The engine drives
a 2 bladed counter clockwise
rotating variable pitch wooden
propeller. It is easy to fly and has
a fast roll rate. It is light and agile
and has retractable landing gear.
It can be operated from unim-
proved grass runways.
The airport is located off S.R.
98 N. at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-
da@newszap.com.


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Cold War aircraft .
This Chinese Nanchang CJ-6A was is in Okeechobee this
weekend as part of the Red Star Pilots' Association (RPA)
Okeechobee Fly-In. The purpose of the fly-in is for Florida
RPA members to get together to practice for airshows.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Fred Furgang of Miami stands in front of his Yakovlev Yak 52,
a Soviet trainer from the Cold War era. Mr. Furgang is a mem-
ber of Red Star Pilots' Association who own and fly aircraft of
this era. He and other Red Star pilots are in Okeechobee this
weekend to practice for airshows.


mentation and admitted the pa-
perwork into evidence.
When Mr. Albright asked
Ms. Martin to identify Neal, she
looked at the man in the orange
jumpsuit sitting at the defense ta-
ble and before she could answer
he waived to her. Although he'
said nothing, the gesture did not
go unnoticed by Judge Bauer.
He repeated the gesture when
the next witness, OCSO crime
scene technician Jackie Moore,
was asked to identify him.
She took the stand to testify
that she had taken Neal's finger-
prints and compared them to the
prints on the records from Geor-


the crime."
If convicted, each suspect
could face a maximum of five
years in prison.
Besides the normal gang sym-
bols, the tagging also contained
the number 974 which is a num-
ber used to designate the Insane
Gangster Disciples.
"They did this (the tagging)
as a mission for the gang," said
OCSO Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark.
He went on to explain that a
mission is a task given to a gang
member as something to do for
the gang.
According to another OCSO
detective, information received
from residents aided the investi-


gia. She testified that both sets
were Neal's.
Again, despite the rigorous
objections and arguments by Mr.
Montesino, Judge Bauer ruled the
documentation was sufficient.
"The court finds that the
Georgia booking report and pa-
role certificate does establish
that Mr. Neal was convicted of
theft by shoplifting ind, because
his sentence was more than one
year, that proves it was a felony,"
said the judge. Neal will get credit
for the 1,072 days he has already
served in the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Jail.


gation and subsequent arrests.
"It's still nice to know that
good honest citizens are still will-
ing to provide information to law
enforcement when they truly
know their information and name
will remain anonymous," said the
detective.
Despite the three arrests, the
investigation is continuing.
If anyone has any informa-
tion concerning this incident, or
any other information pertaining
to local gangs, they are asked to
contact Sgt. Stark at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office, (863)
763-3117.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 8, 2008


Reflections from the Pulpit


By Rev. Bruce Simpson
First United Methodist Church
My mother is gradually [i'tiiii
led into another world. Her dis
ease will eventually leave her in a
world of her own. The time will
come when she will not even rec-
ognize her eight children.
Last year, I was in the hospital
three times. I learned this week
that I will be in the hospital at
least two times this year. My left
total knee replacement is infected
and will have to be taken out.
I am learning that I have very
little control about how life plays


out. Diseases come upon the just
and the unjust. Infections come
upon the just and the unjust.
Cancers come upon the just and
unjust. How do we cope during
these seasons of life? It gets lonely
in the valley. When pain and the
effects of the medication have
your body totally messed up, St.
Paul brings to the surface these
words: "Praise be to the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the
God .of all comfort, who comforts
us in all our troubles, so that we
can comfort those in any trouble


with the comfort we oui
have received from God. F
as the sufferings of Chris
over into our lives, so also th
Christ our comfort overflow
(II Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV
Would I wish that my r
did not have Alzheimer's? '
I rather not have gotten MR
my knee? Yet, I have more
passion now for persons w
dealing with Alzheimer's
knee replacements, and Ml
In life, our sufferings p
us to be instruments of I
others. Christ was acqu


-- with suffering and grief. He un-
rselves derstands what we are experi-
or just encing. The truth of the matter is
t flow the following: diseases, infection,
rough cancers come upon the just and
,S." unjust, but the just have a Com-
s. forter (Holy Spirit) to come along
}) side them as they travel through
other these valleys of life.
would What about the unjust, those
RSA in who have not allowed the blood
com- of Christ to cleanse their sins,
ho are could they still have help through
, total life? All anyone has to do is cry
RSA. out "Lord, Please help me!" Im-
repare mediately, the saving hand of God
ove to Almighty will reach down and
tainted save their soul.


Churches plan play, dinners, concerts


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Oakview Baptist
Church Drama Team will present
the play "No Name in the Street"
written by Edward Murch on
Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m. This
dramatic presentation unfolds the
events leading up to the crucifix-
ion as seen through the eyes of
those in the streets in and around
Jerusalem. Simple and moving,
this play has a strong message
for today. The church is located at
677 S.W 32nd St.
There will be an all-day scrap-
booking party on Saturday, March
8, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at
the First Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. All levels of
scrapbookers are welcome. They
will have a die-cut extravaganza
which will include the Cricut, Wish-
blade, Spellbinders, Sizzix and
the Big-Kick. There will be dem-
onstrations on the use of these
various machines and hands-on
availability so you can make your
own die-cuts to enhance your
scrapbook pages. Refreshments
will be served and there will be
door prizes throughout the day.
Bring your own lunch. For more
information call Joan at (863)
467-0290.
Pure Hearts, a Bluegrass
Gospel group, will be in con-
cert at Okeechobee Christian
church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace
on Sunday, March 9 at 6 p.m.
Thomas Shelton will be in con-
cert Sunday evening, March 16, at
6 p.m. at the Westside Chris-
tian Church,..8082 State :Rpad
70 West, Okeechobee. The public
is invited. A love-offering will be
accepted. Thomas Shelton is a
gifted soloist and has been sing-
ing the gospel of Christ for over 30
years. His program is worth the 5
minute drive west from the 441
and 7jntersection. For more in-
formation contact Willard DeLa-
ney at (863) 467-2278.
The Okeechobee Presby-
terian Church invites the com-
munity to participate in a Pass-
over Seder for Christians at 7 p.m.
on Maundy Thursday, March 20,
2008. Just as Jesus adopted the
Passover service as a sacramental
remembrance of God's promise
of eternal life through the Christ,
we as Christians gather to tell and
be part of God's story of deliver-
ance through the celebration of
this ancient festival.

Mt. St. Helen slide
show at Church
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue, is
hosting a lecture/slide show pro-
gram on March 16, 2008 at 7 p.m.
The program titled, "Eruptions of
Mt. St. Helens: God's Power in Na-
ture," is a slide-illustrated presen-
tation of the eruptions of Mt. St.
Helens from May1980 forward.
The program is being presented


Places of

Worship
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by Dr. Clarence Meoninga., Profes-
sor of Geology, Emeritus, Calvin
College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Light refreshments'will be served
in the Fellowship Hall following
the program. This presentation is
free and open to the public.
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 901 S.W. 6th St., will
host a St. Patrick's Day Festival,
Saturday, March 15. A corned
beef and cabbage dinner will be
served from noon until 4 p.m. at
a cost of $6. There will a martial
arts exhibition from noon until
1 p.m. and a bake sale for noon
until 4 pm. There will also be Irish
entertainment from 2 until 4 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Service will
be sponsored by First United
Methodist Church at 6:30 a.m.
at Jaycees Park on Easter Sunday.
Seating will be limited so please
bring a chair if you'can. In addi-
tion, the church will be having an
Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday,
March 22 at 10 a.m. with games,
contests, prizes and lunch. Bring
your children, an empty Easter
Basket or bag and a smile. The
church will hold a Maundy
Thursday Service, Thursday,
March 20 at 7 p.m. The church is
located at 200 N.W. Second St.
The gospel group "Pure Heart"
will be performing Sunday, March
9 at the First United Method-
ist Church morning worship
services, 8 and 11 a.m; and at
the Okeechobee Christian
Church at 6 p.m. You are encour-
aged to attend.
Okeechobee Presbyteri-
an Church now has a website.
Check it out at www.okeecho-
beepresby.com
Treasure Island Baptist
Church youth van runs through
Treasure Island and surrounding
areas. Programs are available for
student in grades one through six
and seven through 12. Programs
are from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Wednesday 'nights. The, church
van will pick children up and tak-
en them home. For information,
call (863) 801-4307.
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will
be offering religious education
classes for children. Registrations


for Catholic Christian Doctrine
(C.C.D.) are now being accepted.
Classes for children in grades
kindergarten through ninth will
be held every Sunday from 11:30
a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For informa-
tion, call the parish office, (863)
763-3727.
Nancy Vaughan, Director of
Christian Education at First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, invites
local mothers to take advantage
of the church's Mother's Day Out
baby sitting service on Tuesday
mornings. This program will run
through March. Space is lim-
ited, so registration is required.
Call (863) 763-4021 for informa-
tion. The First United Methodist
Church is also hosting God's Time
-- a morning of free organized
Christian activities that includes
play, instruction and interaction
for parents and their pre-school
children. The event will be held
each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until
noon.
The Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church will hold a men's
fellowship breakfast at Ruck's Pit
every other Saturday starting at
6:30 a.m., and a women's fellow-
ship every other Monday starting
at 6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)
467-1733.
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
is offering free classes in martial
arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian Church, 3 Linda Road, has
a Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thursday
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the church.
For information contact, Tony
Santamarina at (863) 467-5474
or Jo Norris at (863) 746-5152.
The church also hosts open meet-
ings for Alcoholics Anonymous
on Monday nights form 7 p.m.
to 8 p.m. for substance abuse.
They also have Al-Non meetings
on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to
8 p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information call
Chris at (863) 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church for-
mer pastor, Rev. Richard Whip-
ple, is leading a study on the
Book of Revelation each Sunday
evening in the sanctuary at 5:30.
Rev. Steve Wegmann, pastor
of education/senior adults, will
be teaching a senior adults Bible
study on "God's Amazing Grace
Studies in Romans" Tuesday
morning March 18 in the fellow-
ship hall from 9:30 to 10:15. Food
and clothing will be disturbed
by First Baptist Church Mission
House by appointment only. Call
763-2171.
St. Theresa of the Child
Jesus Catholic Church, on


State Road 78 at Chobee Loop
in Buckhead Ridge, is offering
Sunday Mass in French at 9:30
a.m. through the end of March.
English Masses are 4 p.m. Satur-
day and 11 a.m. Sunday. Span-
ish Mass is at 12:30 p.m. on
Sunday. St. Theresa Knights
of Columbus Council 11284
will have a fish fry in the church
hall from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ev-
ery Friday in Lent for a donation
of $7. For information call (863)
447-0368.
Abundant Blessings
Church will host Financial
Peace University, led by nation-
ally known radio and television
personality Dave Ramsey.
Classes begin Jan. 28 at 6:30
p.m. and each Monday follow-
ing for 13 weeks. The church is
located at 4550 Hwy 441 N. (1
mile north of the high school.)
For information call the church
at (863) 763-3736 or go to Dav-
eramsey.com.
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW Fourth Street, Okeecho-
bee, 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
information.
The Okeechobee News welcomes
news from area churches for this
column. Email okeenews@newszap.
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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!
ADMINISTRATOR: Believing in the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't
fix it," perhaps the county commissioners would be well advised to
leave well enough alone. Postpone choosing a new county adminis-
trator until after the coming election, especially considering that three
of the five may or may not be re-elected. After the election, let the new
board choose the next county administrator. Until then, why bother?
The county government appears to be working quite well as is.
TRASH: I can tell it's Wednesday because there is trash blowing
all over my yard again. Tuesday is garbage pickup day on my street.
By Wednesday morning everything that spilled on Tuesday has had a
chance to blow around the neighborhood. All of my neighbors use
trash cans with lids, so it isn't a matter of dogs tearing open the trash.
Why can't the trash collectors actually collect all the trash, instead of
leaving some of it to blow in the wind? I spend at least 15 minutes a
week picking up the trash that blew into my yard. Arid I know none of
it came from my trash can because the wrappers, plastic bottles, etc.
are not even from things I buy. Felon: Friday in the newspaper it said
that an ex convict who had been charged with felonies of carrying a
concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by convicted felon. He
has some marijuana and drug paraphanailia and then it later says that
he was not taken into custody this time. That is why we have so much
violence in Okeechobee County, because they let them out on an RO
bond or they don't charge them at the time.
DEMONSTRATING: The people demonstrating at the FPL plant in
West Palm Beach need to get a job and go to work.
STEAMERS: In regards to steamers, unless that was an attempt at
sarcasm, I'd like to have your home address so all those proud parents
can leave their kids' proud moments oh your doorstep and lawn.
DOCTORS: Obviously my friend, you have never been to a doctor
outside of Okeechobee, because when I go to mine over in West Palm
Beach, I no more than walk in the office, sign my name, sit down in
the chair, and my doctor is there personally to greet me. I can go to my
other doctor and I sign my name, sit down in the chair and next thing I
know the nurse is there to. take me back to see the doctor. You do not
wait, these doctors are highly organized and have beautiful practices
and you don't sit in a waiting room with people sneezing and cough-
ing and hacking around you, to where you feel as though, but the time
you leave, Germ Fest has given you something before you even get out
of there. So try using a doctor out of town, it will amaze you.
DIAPERS: The call about 'steamers' which I know was meant in
jest, probably went over the heads of those who are creating the prob-
lem. Anyone who would just throw a dirty diaper in the street or on
the side of the road has obviously not been raised properly and I doubt
they understand satire.
DEPUTIES: this is in reference to the deputies getting paid more
money. I don't think they should. I don't think they are getting paid for
what they are worth.
ANOTHER NEW TAX: It started with the impact fee tax, then we
had the 7 cents a gallon gas tax, not eliminated, but 5 cents added for
a total of 12 cents a gallon. Then $362,000 spent on the Agricultural
Center for additional seating and more employees and now more toi-
lets are needed. Renovating the old courthouse, $3.5 million and now
the EMS tax, the County Commissioners waste our money and will
continue to tax and spend and taking money from our pockets. And
by the way, they are all Democrats.
DIAPERS: this is to the person who wrote in about the diapers be-
it ig like a trophy to the arerits, when the baby does its business in a
Sdiaper. Why don't you take the diaper yourself when you see it on the
ground and go put it in the garbage, cause that is where it belongs.
The parents need to carry a bag around so that they can put the messy
diapers in it instead of on the ground. You may do that in your country,
but this is America, we don't do it in the United States.
MORE DIAPERS: In response to the diaper issue in the speak out
on Monday, was that supposed to be a joke? I hope so.
OKEECHOBEE NEWS: The person who was supposed to deliver
the newspaper just put piles of papers at different businesses instead
of delivering the papers on Sundays. Editor's note: Recently, we have
left some bundles of sample newspapers at various places around the
community on Sunday. However, everyone who has a paid subscrip-
tion still received their home-delivered paper. If you have a paid home
delivery subscription and did not receive a paper, please contact the
newspaper's circulation office.
MARIJAUNA: This is in reference to the comment on the marijauna,
I do believe they need to legalize it. There is people on death row for
drinking and driving and killing somebody. And I believe that drinking
ought to be illegal. And marijauna ought to be legal, because there is
no body in jail because they killed someone while they were smokirig.
It does good for people and its a good stress relief, and it does work.
It does not alter your mind like alcohol does. And they open bars up
on every other corner, so that you can get drunk and then leave. It is
totally sick, I am totally against alcohol and for marijauna.
CHAMBER: I would like to know who is in charge of the Chamber
of Commerce. Who makes decisions? Editor's note: The Chamber of
Commerce is a private organization made up of member businesses.
The businesses pay annual dues. The members elect a board of di-
rectors from their membership. This board of directors is in charge of
the chamber and has regular meetings to conduct chamber business.
The chamber's monthly meetings are listed in the newspaper and
those interested in joining are welcome to attend.




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Stay involved in your teen's schooling


Counseling Corner
From the American
Counseling Association
When children enter high
school, many parents become
less involved in their teens'
education. As their teenagers
become more independent, par-
ents may pay less attention to
school work, feeling it's an area
where the teen needs to learn
responsibility and deal with the
consequences.
While teenagers do need
more freedom, it's not unusual
for teens, especially those with
busy schedules, to make poor
decisions about time usage, of-
ten relegating school work to
the bottom of the priority list.
As a parent of a teenager,
it's great to encourage teen re-.
sponsibility, but you also want


to offer much needed guidance
regarding time management and
achieving school success. Staying
involved in your teen's schooling
can help achieve academic ben-
efits and a stronger relationship
with your child.
Some things you can do in-
clude:
Take an interest in your teen-
ager's classes. Encourage discus-
sion of the school day and indi-
vidual classes. Yes, starting such
communication can be difficult.
Often you'll hear only complaints
or refusals to talk. But stick with
it and offer positive, understand-
ing feedback, rather than criti-
cism. In addition, keep in contact
with the school. Go to parents'
nights, schedule teacher or coun-
selor conferences when there are
problems, and pay attention to
progress reports and test grades.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 8
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeecho-
bee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month begin-
ning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers
and musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at (863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at (863) 763-3373; or, Sis-
ter Yvonne Price at (863) 467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78. Any-
one is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
(863) 634-0087.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational mate-
rials and prevention tools. Call (863). 634-9340 or (863) 357-6248, for
information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist, Church in Avon Park. For information, call
Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up .at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office at (863)
763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
The Treasure Coast Base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans
meets on the second Saturday of every month at 1816 S. 33rd Street,
Ft. Pierce. Meetings begin at 2 p.m. with a social hour preceding the.
meeting at 1 p.m. All veterans of the U.S. Submarine Force are invited
to join us. For more information, please call (772) 467-8954.
Sunday, March 9
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
(863) 634-4780.

Monday, March 10
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St.


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Actively help your teenager
manage his or her time. Work
with your teen to set up a sched-
ule that includes not only home-
work time, but also time for
friends, sports and fun activities.
Set clear, reasonable expecta-
tions for grades and schoolwork.
Talk with your teen about his
or her goals, abilities, interests,
classes and teachers, then make
the final expectations a joint de-
cision. Jointly decide on conse-
quences if expectations aren't
met, then monitor school prog-
ress. Let your teen know you're
there to help with trouble spots,
not just to criticize or punish.
Although most teenagers are
desperate to be more indepen-
dent and to make their own de-
cisions, it's easy for teens to be
overwhelmed at times by all the


choices, the responsibility and
the consequences that come
with that decision making.
Your child's education is too
important to leave it all in your
teen's hands. Find ways to stay
involved with your student's
schooling while still supporting
of his or her growing indepen-
dence and you'll have a teen
who will do better academically
and may even appreciate your
efforts, though it might be years
before that's ever said out loud.
"The Counseling Corner"
is provided as a public service
by the American Counseling As-
sociation, the nation's largest
organization of counseling pro-
fessionals. Learn more about
the counseling profession at the
ACA web site, www.counseling.
org.


Community Events
School board to discuss federal grants
Okeechobee County School Board will be hosting a meeting to
inform private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2008-09
school year. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at 10:30
a.m. and will be held in room 303 of the school board office.

Library welcomes Mark Smith
The Okeechobee County Library welcomes Mark Smith as he pres-
ents "A Musical Journey through Florida," on March 14, at 7 p.m.
Mark Smith has been a regular on the Florida Folk Music circuit since
.1992. His original songs have been heard on commercial and public
radio stations around the state, with lyrics highlighting Florida's people
and landscapes. A fourth-generation north Florida native, Mark has
worked for 18 years with Florida State Parks, which allows his even
further insight into Florida's natural and cultural history. He has pro-
duced three CDs of original music and is working on a fourth. This
program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and
open to the public.

VFW to host annual dinner
V.F.W. Post #9528, 2002 Hwy. 78 West, Buckhead Ridge, will host
the Annual Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Sunday, March 16, from
12:30 until 3 p.m. Donation is $7 per person. Everyone is welcome to
come and enjoy dinner and music. For more information; please call
(863) 467-2882Z
AARP driver safety class offered
An AARP driver safety class offered at the American Legion Post
64, 501 S.E. Second St. (behind the fire station) on Tuesday, March 11
and Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuition fee is $10 per
person to cover work books: There are no tests required, but you must
attend both sessions to complete the course to qualify for the discount
on your Auto Insurance. You must be 50 or older to qualify for this dis-
count. You will need to contact your own insurance company to see if
they participate in this program. Please make a check or money order
payable to AARP DSP. They cannot accept cash. For information or to
sign up for class, contact Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are currently being
requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County School Board
Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities for chidrendur-
ing the summer months in Okeechobee. To have your eventincluded,
just complete the submission form to include information in the guide,
at no charge. The mission of the guide is to keep our children safe, se-
cure and active during the summer months. Deadline for submissions
is March 28. There will be 9,000 copies of the Summer Activity Guide
printed and distributed in early May to public school children and in lo-
cal businesses. For more information contact (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.

A Childs World offers VPK sign ups
VPK is a quality early education program aimed at helping your child
toenter school ready and eager to learn. The Summer 2008 program is
available to children who are eligible for kindergarten in Fall of 2008
and have not attended VPK, birth date ranges Sept. 2, 2002 Sept. 1,
2003. The Fall 2008-2009 program is available to all children who will
be 4 years old, but not 5 years of age or older, on Sept. 1, 2008 and
are eligible for kindergarten in Fall of 2009. Birth date range Sept. 2
2003 Sept. 1 2004. To register, bring proof of Florida residency Drivers
License, utility bill, residential rental agreement or Florida identification
card, (no PO Box) Birth Certificate/proof of age. Staff from the Early
Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee will be on
hand to answer questions and inform parents of program specifics.


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OMS seeks Hamburger Helper grant


The Okeechobee County
School District is seeking fund-
ing from Hamburger Helper for
various projects and needs. One
such project is the addition of
backstops around the district to
benefit the town's ball leagues
and PE classes at schools, includ-
ing Osceola Middle School. Ham-
burger Helper is giving away up to
$100,000 to fund hometown proj-
ects all over America, and your
support would be helpful! Please
go to www.MyHometownHelper.
corn to voice your support of the
school district winning this grant!

FCAT days are here
The students are gearing up, as
FCAT testing begins Tuesday. Stu-
dents should be sure to get plenty
of rest and eat a well-balanced
breakfast each morning to enable
them to do their very best. Please
be sure students arrive to school
on time to prevent a stressful start
to the day. We know our students
are prepared, and we wish every-
one the best as they demonstrate
their knowledge gains this year.

Upcoming events
March 10 Regional Spelling
Bee, West Palm Beach
March 11 FCAT Testing Sun-
shine State Standards Reading
March 12 FCAT Testing Sun-
shine State Standards Math
March 13 FCAT Testing Norm
Referenced Reading and Math
March 17 FCAT Testing Sun-
shine State Standards Science
(8th
grade)
March 21 Good Friday No
School
March 27 End of Third Nine


Submitted photo/OMS
Congratulations to this week's Students of the Week! Students of the Week are: Kayla Orr,
Adrea Ford, Mrs. Bass, Carissa Tyson, Gabriela Aguilar, Savannah Simpson, Nancy Sixto,
Jose Garcia, and Victor Pineda. Way to go students!


Weeks
March 28 Teacher Work Day -
No School
March 31-April 4 Spring Break
- No School

Milers of the Week
8th grade: Erik Velez, Dillon
Resendiz, Kevin Monnette, Jes-
sica Wackier
7th grade: Victor Pineda, Fran-
cisco Sanchez, Paige Rivero
6th grade: David Alvarez, Fredy
Valdez, Alfonso Portocarrero,
Christian Crews, Tiffany Bowers,
McKenzie Richey.


Tropicana Speech
Contest
OMS sixth graders participated
in the Tropicana Speech Con-
test, presenting speeches to their
classmates over the past week.
The following students placed
third in their classroom compe-
titions: Kendall Collier, Bradley
Zabitosky, Ashley Baggett, Joshua
Ragasa, Tiffany Bowers, Carrie
Facente, Rebekah Bennett, Toni
Pogue, Drew Arrants, and Brian-
na Nunez. Second and first place
winners will compete, again in
the school level contest on April


10. Congratulations to the second
place classroom finishers: Kyle
Selwyn, Bethany Stuart, Osbeida
Benitez, Dezirae Fonseca, Mary
Baker, Hannah Bostwick, Alexis
Wolfinger, James Stafford, Jake
Menendez, and Autumn Wofford.
The students earning first place
in their classroom competitions
were: Hayley Palmisano, Kayla
Orr, Katie Hill, Devonte Montoya,
Ben Levins, David Blount, Kourt-
ney Buhlmaier, Caleb Bockoras,
Cheyenne Arnold, and Prissy
McDonald. Congratulations to all
of the students who participat-
ed, and We look forward to the.
school contest on April 10!


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Kindergarten
Registration opens
The Okeechobee County
School Board will be holding Kin-
dergarten registration at the fol-
lowing schools:
April 14, South Elementary
School 462-5087
April 15, Everglades Elemen-,
tary School 462-5108
April 16, Seminole Elementary
School 462-5116
April 17, North Elementary
School 462-5100
April 18, Central Elementary
School 462-5077
If your child will be 5 years old
on or before September 1, 2008,
you should begin gathering the
following information required
by law to enter public school:
Legal Proof of Birth Date
Up-to-Date Immunization Re-
cord
Health Exam Record that has
been completed by a physician
since September 1, 2007
Proof of Residence (FPL state-
ment; OUA statement, etc.)
Please contact the school your
child will attend to schedule an
appointment for kindergarten
registration. If you do not know
which school your child will at-
tend, contact the Student Services
Office at 462-5000 extension 260.
14 de abirl, South Elementary
School 462-5087
15 de abril, Everglades Ele-
mentary School 462-5108
16 de abril, Seminole Elemen-
tary School 462-5116
17 de abril, North Elementary
.School 462-5100
18 de abril, Central Elementary
'School 462-5077


"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"


We still sing the old inspired hymns.
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John Pell 357-8769 Sharon Johnson 634-6241
Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007
Mark Goodbread* 634-6999 Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433


104 N.W. 7th Ave.
Okeechobee
www.Tucker-Group.com


Submitted photo/OHCF

Family celebrates 96th birthday
Leona Hartley, surrounded by children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and a
dear pet, recently celebrated her 96th birthday at Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Fes-
tivities included cake and a magic show. Miss Leona extends her appreciation to all who
made her birthday a very special memory.


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Auctions 105
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BICYCLE Call to identify.
(863)634-8253
BOSTON TERRIER Male, in
Four Season's area. Call to
identify. (863)634-2411
MALE GOAT Large, on
3/1/08 on Evans Road, tag in
ear, call to identify.
(863)675-4098
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neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
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ENGLISH BULL DOG Female.
Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
hole. Dearly missed. Reward
offered (863)228-4694
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OKEE 250 SW 19th Ave,
turn between the Faith Farm
Thrift Store & Old Black Angus,
Sat., 3/8, 7am-2pm.
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Eimploymen
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/ training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Employment



Medical 210
Employment.
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales g 230



EXPERIENCED TEAM LEADER
For Community Bank
Excellent sales, interpersonal
and communication skills.
Bilingual a plus.
Send resume to
PO. Box 943
Okeechobee, FL 34973-0943
F/T LICENSED
COSMETOLOGIST -
With clientele
*P/T NAIL TECH clientele
not necessary.
Commission or booth rental
are now available. The most
beautiful and pleasant place
to work in Okeechobee!!!
Call ask for Sharon Cannon
[863]763-0404
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
classifleds.


RN POSITION
For Medical Oncology Office.
Fax resume to (772)460-5503


The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




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Services



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



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ENROLLING
Infants
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In Okeechobee
\ Breakfast
*I-mch2Snacks
Mon-Frl-230am- 5d30pm


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


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License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
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or (863)261-6425
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local references. 40 years exp
in Residential construction. We
do it all!! (863)532-9224

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breezel


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



BUNK BEDS Brand new.
Wooden. Extra brand new
mattress. $200
(352)615-1835 Okeechobee
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Light Oak w/27" Color TV &
Stereo w/Remote. $250 for
all. (352)615-1835 Okee



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READING A
NEWSPAPER...
makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful!



PISTOL WALTHER Model
PPKS-1, 380 cal., S.S. 2
clips, 250 bullets. Like new.
$625 (863)763-3280
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classfleds.


RING Near full ct. solitaire w/
14 kt. white gold. Lifetime
warranty. Paid $600, $400
or best offer. (863)484-0803


PEKINGNESE PUPS 10 wks
old, Call (863)634-2110 or
(616)350-0122


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




DIXON CHOPPER 50" cut;
low hours, exc. cond.
$4,995. Call 863-763-4774


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep.(863)467-2302
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep.(863)634-3313



KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking ,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
postmac@bellsouth.net
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately, Newly
furnished, New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1lbr, 1
ba, $750 + util. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nice!!!
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -Avail
Immediately, Newly furnished,
New carpet. Pool, Tennis &
Boat dock. 2 br, 1 ba, $975.
mo + util. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nice!


BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
BASSWOOD 3 BR, 1 BA,
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768


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Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
Payments
From $895
per month



AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, large yards.
(561)723-2226
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050/Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202,
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
(863)357-6700
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/1 ba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st md &sec dep to move in.
No Dogs! Call 561-746-5852
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN A-Frame, Clean,
3br/2ba, w/d hook up,
screened porch, gar, lawn
serv, non-smoking environ,
sm pets. $1200/mo + sec
dep. (941)504-3954
OKECHOBEE 3 BR, 1 BA Du-
plex, C/Ai, .DW, Laundry
Rm. $775 mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call (863)763-4414


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Rent from $750 month (F/US)
Adults/Private
Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Deep Water
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
863-824-6190*OkehbeCut


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OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330


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ON RIM CANAL 3 br, 2.5 ba,'
carport, shed & dockhouse.'
$1300/mo + last & sec.
(772)834-1506 Steve


CLASSIFIED AD


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YARD SALE
ad today!

Get FREE signs!


Call Classifieds
877-353-2424


OPEN HOUSE
5 HOMES
FOR SALE
BUCKHEAD RIDGE
CHOBEE ST, LISSIE LN
ANDREA LN, CASEY LN
2 & 3 BEDROOM, SOME LAKE ACCESS
LOOK & TOUCH MAKE AN OFFER
WE WANT TO SELL
SAT. & SUN. 3/8 & 3/9
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Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, Ig.
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$750 mo. 1st.,-last & sec.
(863)634-4581/634-8726
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba cot-
tage, on canal, partially furn.,
Direct TV, water, yard maint
provided, car port, screen
porch, $675/mo + $600
dep (772)794-2438 or
(772)538-8183
OKEECHOBEE beautiful, im-
maculate on Taylor Lake,
w/dock, newly renovated,
unfurn or turn., 3/2/2,
$1800/mo (561)625-4306
or (561)214-0636
THE BIG 0 RV LOT
Yearly rental
@ $200 mo.
(863)763-0445
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t3ay 's cmptitbe
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Real Estate 1



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property, Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$250,000 or best offer. 475
NW 363rd Court, Okeecho-
bee, FL (954)599-4673


OAK PARK '97 CBS 3/2, has
carport, screened porches,
new kitchen. $162,000
(863)357-3490/634-6963
SEMINOLE COVE Senior
Community. 40x40 DW on
Corner Lot. 2 Master Suites
w/Bath's. Lg. Liv. Rm, Din.
Rm & Fam.. Reduced to
$93,000 Call 863-610-0020


FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$75k/acre (863)801-3133


WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or(239)822-9696



TIME SHARE 3 miles from
Disney with guaranteed week
in April (weeks can be
flexible). Original price
$5,700. Owner eager to sell-
$4,500. Call (863)763-5152


MobileHomes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes. Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $900/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BIG 0 Park Model, 1BR/1BA,
w/d, pool, gated community,
clubhouse, $695 mo.
561-568-7767/253-4299
OKEE 1 br, 1 ba, non-smok-
ing environment. $400/mo
+ utilities. (863)634-8253
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
dep. (863)763-4031
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MOVE TO YOUR LAND
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561-385-4694
DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME
in Winter Springs, FL. See
online at http://rdalute.goo-
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RIVER BEND 55+ Adult
park, doublewide, newly re-
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, com-
pletely furnished, carport &
workshop. Owner financing.
$25,000 (863)610-9466
SEMINOLE VLG Adult park,
52x14 MH, recently remod-
eled, finished Fla Room,
must see to appreciate
(863)357-0240


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035


Automobiles

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MOTORHOME '89 ALLEGRO
'85K mi. $6000
(863)675-6245
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FIFTH WHEEL '03 27 ft, s/o,
15k hitch, Laredo by Key-
stone, '03 3/4 heavy duty hd,
4 wd, fully equipped Chevy
Silverado, towing. package,
custom through out. Ready
to travel. $35,000 or will sell
sep. (863)467-9868
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HD SOFTTAIL HERITAGE '05,
2955 mi., Burgundy/gray.
Wind shield, Saddle bags.
Orig. Chrome from factory.
Garage kept. $12,800.
(863)983-8055
TRIKE 2005 Suzuki VL800 /
Lehman, low miles,
$14,000. (863)227-0336


Okeechobee Cattlemen's Rodeo this weekend


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Bronc riding, bareback riding,
steer wrestling, tie down roping,
barrel races, and bulls will fill
the Okeechobee Agricivic Center
this weekend for the 57th annual
Spring Rodeo. This is the first year
the rodeo has been held in con-
junction with the Okeechobee
County Fair and Livestock Show.
The featured acts this year in-
clude Keith Isley, the PRCA Clown
of the Year, and Jerry Wayne
Olson, a third generation rodeo
performer. He is known for Texas
Trick Roping. He is. joined by his
miniature horse, Bucko, and his
trick horse, Classical Dude. Jerry
Todd will return as master of cer-
emonies.
The event will also include
mutton bustin for the little ones
and a calf scramble for kids.
The rodeo will also include
the traditional events spectators
have been accustomed to.
Bull riding requires balance,
coordination, quick reflexes, flex-
ibility and above all a positive
mental attitude. What better way
to ride a 2,000 pound animal.
The rider holds a flat braided
rope during the eight second
ride. He pulls the tail of the rope
through a loop, and then wraps
the rope around his riding, hand


for a better grip.
Riders can only use one hand
and not touch themselves or the
bull during the ride. Two judges
give the cowboy between 1 and
25 points. Two judges give I to 25
points for the bull's performance,
with a maximum score of 100.
Bull riding, considered to be
the most dangerous of the rodeo
events, is also the most popular
in the sport. Cowboys can get ex-
tra points for spurring the animal,
but the main goal is to stay on the
bull for the eight seconds.
Bareback riding is one of
the most physically demanding
events in the rodeo. Cowboys
ride the horses without a saddle
or rein. The cowboys ride one
handed and cannot touch them-
selves or the animal with their
free hand.
The cowboys spur the horse
from shoulder to rigging, in a fran-
tic style trying to make a qualified
ride of 8 seconds. Once the ride is
completed, pick up men swoop
in to 'pick-up the cowboys. Cow-
boys are judged on their control
and spurring technique, and the
horses are judged on their power,
speed, and agility.
Cloverleaf Barrel racing was
first established in 1957. It be-
came'the competitive event for
cowgirls that would determine


who would be named the All-
Around Champion Cowgirl. An
important part of barrel racing
is a well trained and seasoned
horse. It takes an awful lot of time
and energy to prepare a horse for
these competitions.
The barrel horse must have
speed, stamina and strength.
They must also run fast.
In the barrel racing, the arena
is cleared and three barrels are set
up at different marked locations.
The riders then enter the arena at
full speed, quickly rounding each
barrel in a cloverleaf pattern and
then. exit the way they entered.
A stopwatch or times is used to
register the time right down to a
hundredth of a second.
Speed is what this event is all
about. The riders steer their hors-
es as close as they can to the bar-
rels to shave precious seconds off
the clock.
Saddle bronc riding is a clas-
sic rodeo event. It evolved from
ranch work of breaking and train-
ing horses.
There have been some mod-
ern additions to the event. It re-
quires lightweight saddles with
no saddle horn. The cowboys
also use a long thick rein that
is known as a hack rein. It is at-
tached to a halter and placed
around the horses head.


Saddle bronc relies less on
strength and more on timing, and
finesse. The cowboy spurs from
the front of the horse to the back
of the skirt of the saddle in an
arching motion.
The cowboy must constantly
life on the hack rein to keep his
seat in the saddle.
Scoring is the same as bull
riding as cowboys are given be-
tween 1 and 25 points for their
performance by two judges, with
the same scoring system for the
horse. Cowboys are judged on
their control of the horse, spur
motion and timing. The broncos '
are judged on their bucking abil-
ity.
Steer wrestling is the quickest
event in rodeo. The objective is to
wrestle a steer to the ground us-
ing leverage and strength.
The bulldoggers start out in a
box with a barrier placed across
the box. The steer is loaded into
an adjacent roping chute. The
cowboy nods his head and the
steer is released.
The cowboys then charges af-,
ter it with his horse, catches up
to it as soon as possible and then
leans over, jumps off his mount,
and grabs the steer by its head.
The Bulldogger then plants his
feet and tosses the steer onto its
side, stopping the clock.


The quickest time wins the
.prize money in this event.
Tie down roping is another
event in rodeo that dates back to
the old west. Sick calves would
have to be caught quickly and
kept away from the rest of the
herd in the old days. Ranch hands
prided themselves on how quick-
ly they could catch, rope and tie
calves. A cowboy must be quick
and accurate with a rope and
must be a good horseman.
Like steer wrestling and team
roping, the cowboy sits atop his
horse in a box ready to com-
pete. Once the calf is released
the cowboy tries to catch up to
it and rope it as quickly as pos-
sible. Once the catch is made, the
cowboy dismounts, sprints to the
calf, tosses it onto its side and ties
its legs securely. Time stops when
the cowboy throws up his hand.
The calf must be kept tie up
at least six seconds more for the
score to count.
Some of the top contestants
this year include Juan Alcazar,
MacKenzie Johns Bowers, Gin-
ger DeCarlo, Molleetha Gomez,
Carrera Gopher, Bobbie Jo Hab-
erlandt, Dalton Hamrick, Jason
Hanchey, Mary. Johns, Boogie
Jumper, Naha Jumper, Dudley
Kirton, Seth Louthan, Matt Mazzil-
li, Nick Mazzilli, Bobby Peadon,


Kevin Pesden, Rabe Rabon, and
Lee Williams of Okeechobee.
Some of the best in the South
Eastern Circuit will also be on
hand like all around standings
leader Matt Bright of Loudon,
Tennessee, Chip Dees of Phila-
delphia, Mississippi, Tim Hensley
of Butler, Georgia, and Brandon
Holmes of Livingston, Alabama.
Long time award winning,
veteran cowboys like Rabe Ra-
bon of Okeechobee, Spunk Sass-
er of Dade City, and Jim Burnette
of Kenansville will also be com-
peting.
Susan Clemons, member of
the Rodeo Committee for the
Okeechobee. Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation, said some top rodeo per-
formers will be at the rodeo.
"I think it will be a great ro-
deo. We have some really good
entertainers, the PRCA clown
of the year Keith Isley, he hasn't
been here in 15 years. Were just
tickled to have him," she said.
I think the rodeo will be ex-
cellent. Were anxious on h6ow
it will go with the fair, but we'll
work through it and "see what'
happens," Mrs. Clemons added.


uKeecnoDee News/ ionya Haraen
The Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc. second place winner for the
15-18 age group went to Garrett Folbrecht for his two fish
weighing a total of 2.75 Ibs. The competition held at Lake
Josephine, Sebring, was a struggle for all the


Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
April Floyd was the first place winner as well as the Big Fish
winner for the 11-14 age group with a total weight of 1.95
at the Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc. competition held on Lake
Josephine.


Outdoors
Continued From Page 1

rain the lake should remain at a
stable level instead of continuing
to fall. Bass fishing has been very
good for the last month, the water
temps are up around 73 degrees
and the Bass are feeding. We have
been catching quite a few fish on
top water baits, the two that have
been working best for me are a
Pop'r and a Sam Griffin Little Zip.
I am sure there are many other
lures that would Work, but I have
had good success with these two
and probably am guilty of throw-
ing them when another lure may
work better. We are also catching
a. lot of fish on a Spot Remover
Jig, using six to eight pound
test line and a very light 1/16 to
1/8 ounce head, a black finesse
worm seems to produce as well
as any color we have tried.
Speck fishing is still very good,
judging by the number of lighted
boats I see when I cross the Kis-
simmee every morning the night
time bite is still producing. The
Point of the Reef is still churning
out good stringers of fish, whether
on minnows or jigs. Indian Prairie
canal is still a hot spot, the bite is
very early and the most success-
ful anglers here are launching
well before light and fishing until
10 a.m., or so and the bite then is
over. The area around the Paho-
kee Marina has been producing
for quite a while now, with a lot
of fish being caught off the retain-
ing wall.
"Blue Gill are starting to move
closer to the bank and as is always
the case, nothing outperforms a
grass shrimp.
"I have seen several fly rod
anglers catching them on a pop-
ping bug, but they related to me
that the bite is not quite right yet,
they were averaging 10 to 15 nice
sized Blue Gill per outing."

Big "0" Teen Anglers
'"It was so windy, I'm surprised
they caught as much as they did,"
said Janice Floyd of the recent Big
"0" Teen Anglers, Inc. competi-
tion. The tournament took place
on Feb. 23, on Lake Josephine in
Sebring. Mrs. Floyd said the cold
front that was coming through


made fishing more difficult but
the kids did well, all things con-
sidered.
In the 11-14 age group, first
place and the Big Fish award both
went. to April Floyd. Her catch
totaled 1.95 lbs and her big fish
weight was 1.15 lbs.
Winners in the 15-18 age
group were: first place, Kyle Mon-
ti, 3.55 lbs; second place, Garrett
Folbrecht, 2.75 lbs; third place,
Mike Cornell, 1.55 lbs; and Big
Fish, Kyle Monti, 2.05 lbs.
The full team standings are as
follows:
Boat one with Roy O'Dell as
guide included James Stafford,
12, and Chris Eaton, 15, neither of
the boys had a catch.
Boat two with Kenny Farmer
as guide included Buddy Mar-
shall, 12, and Luke Farmer,7, as a
guest. Neither of these boys made
a catch.
Boat three with Hooker Brown-
ing as guide included Mike Cor-
nell, 16, with one catch weighing
1.55 Ibs, and Luke Joles, 15, with
one catch weighing 1.45 lbs.
Boat four with Glenn Miller as
guide included Bryce Breslin, 17,
and Melissa Floyd, 15, neither had
a catch.
Boat five with Bob Stafford as
guide included Ryan Folsom, 12,
and Tyler Browning, 14. Neither
fisherman caught a fish.
Boat six with Mike Krause as
guide included Kyle Monti, 16,
with two fish weighing in at 3.55
lbs and April Floyd, 11, with two
fish weighing 1.95 lbs. Boat seven
with Mike Ingram as guide includ-
ed Garrett Farmer, 15, who caught
one fish, 1.25 lbs and Garrett Fol-
brecht who caught two fish for a
total weight of 2.75 lbs.
The final boat, boat eight with
Mike Zubricky, included Ahsley
Marshall, 15, and Robert Stafford,
13, neither caught a fish.
Big fish standings were held by
Mike Cornell, 1.55 lbs; Kyle Monti,
2.05 lbs; April Floyd, 1.15 lbs; Gar-
rett Farmer, 1.25 lbs and Garrett
Folbrecht, 1.85 lbs.
With only a total of nine fish
caught, the young anglers hope to
improve their stats with the next
competition.

Up the creek
without a paddle
If you've ever found yourself


hunting, fishing, camping for
simply enjoying the outdoors
Okeechobee has to offer and you
get lost, don't panic. There is a
simply solution to help you find
your way back, it's an acronym
actually, S.T.O.P. The acronym
stands for sit,. think, observe and
plan. Allowing yourself to do this
will help to maintain composure
in a stressful situation and control
panic. Psychologists have found
that in this mental state a mind
without a known point of refer-
ence will begin to race in order to
find one and if not found quickly
then panic will set in.
So while you are employing
the S.T.O.P method ask yourself
these questions:
What was the last point you
recognized?
Can you retrace your steps?
(in.most search and rescue case
studies there was a point at the
'beginning or just prior to panic,
when the victim could have re-
traced their steps, failed to do so),
is there a place, trail, or landmark
you can focus on that gives you
direction?
If the answer is no to these
questions, try the slow systematic
approach.
With this you analyze the ter-
rain around you. Try to, find a
landmark that you recognize
(peaks, fire towers, power lines,
lakes, human structures, etc..).
Look at the stream flow (which
way is it flowing, what side of the
stream were you on).
Start a terrain feature search
by traveling short distances to
locate landmarks or familiar ter-
rain. Travel 10 minutes in the best
guess direction, marking your trail
back. Return to your original posi-
tion and try another direction, if
that wasn't the right direction. In
a dense forest use the prominent
object method. Mark directions
to travel or the trail along the way
and then repeat. If you do not find
a known location return to your
starting point. Be sure to mark
your trail with something that is
easily seen, something that can-
not be removed or washed away.
According to Greg Rouse,
feature columnist with Florida
Outdoors sometimes it's best to
"hunker down" and wait for a
change in the weather, the morn-
ing or a rescue.
"Also remember that trained


searchers will assume that
streams, roads, trails, power lines
and lakes are barriers. So if an or-
ganized search is expected stay at
the barriers," he advises.

Tips for successful
bird watching
Local bird watching has got-
ten into full swing lately as the
migration resumes. Our trees, sky
and power lines are becoming
more and more populated with
these creatures of the air. Accord-
ing to Chuck Fitzgerald, owner
and President of Arizona based
BackCountry Toys, there are five
tips that insure a successful bird
watching experience. .
Get to where the birds are!
Although it sounds kind of obvi-
ous, many birders spend much of
their time in poor locations.
Know what species to ex-
pect. With nearly 900 different
species in the United States, it is
almost impossible to recognize
each of them. So do your research
before visiting an area.
Get a great pair of binoculars.
Time and money spent can be a
total waste if when you arrive you
don't have the right equipment.
Practice before you go. A key
to viewing wildlife, and especially
birds, is to have the ability to very
quickly put your binoculars on
target.
Take someone with you. Life
is always better when shared.
The best part about wildlife
viewing is that you the viewer,
control almost every aspect of
the experience. The more you
are prepared, the more reward-
ing your time in our backcountry
will be.
If you would like to share any
information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event
please email Tbnya Harden at
tharden@newszap.com or call (863)
763-3134. We welcome news on all
sporting events, outdoors activities
and nature inspired hobbies. Please
Include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors column
will run every Saturday so please be
sure to have all your information
into the office no later than 5p.m.
Thursday. Information can also be
emalled to tharden@newszap.com
or faxed to (863) 763-5901. Refer all
material to Tonya Harden**


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