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Vol. 99 No. 71


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 infor-
mation, you are able to leave
a voice mail and one of our"
members will call you and an-
swer your question. So by call-
ing 863 467 1690 you will be in
touch with the daily events at
the fair. See you at the Fair!

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

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

CAP looking for
The Florida Wing of the
Civil Air Patrol -- United States
Air Force Auxiliary has formed
a CAP unit in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron 453 currently has 26 mem-
bers. Senior members and ca-
dets are being recruited for the
unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to admin-
ister the unit and provide super-
vision for the cadets. The three
main missions of the Civil Air
Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and ca-
det programs. Senior members
and cadets work side by side
to accomplish these missions.
If you are interested in becom-
ing,a cadet or senior member
contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Oper-
ations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Drought Index

Current: 450
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.12 feet
SLast Year: 11.24 feet

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


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Fair hosts first pageant: Miss Okeechobee County I..

Submitted photo/Rafael Pacheco
The First Miss Okeechobee County Fair court (left to right) Megan Whipple; Miss Congeniality Alaina Perviss; sec-
ond runner-up Rachel Holt; Queen Mary Barber; first runner-up and Miss Photogenic Cassandra Murray; and Chan-
ning Williams posed in their formal wear after the pageant.

County Fair

funl coill"Oes

By'Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News

The first Miss Okeechobee
County Fair Queen Mary Kath-
leen Barber won the opportu-
nity to go on to the Miss Florida
Teen USA pageant by taking the
crown on Friday, March 7.
Mary Barber is 15-years old
and a freshman at Okeechobee
Freshman Campus. She is cur-
rently an assistant dance teacher
at Leslie's Dance Studio and
likes dancing, acting, modeling
and being with friends and her
Ms. Barber plans to attend
Florida State University perform-
ing arts center to become either
a dancer or choreographer.
First runner-up Cassandra
Murray also received Miss Pho-
togenic. Second runner-up went
to Rachel Holt. Miss Congenial-
ity went to Alaina Perviss.
The second annual County
Fair is still rolling in full force
withseveral special events com-
ing up daily at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center. Remember to
use the entrance to the fair on
State Road 710.
Music City Brass will be en-
tertaining the crowds everyday
until Friday, March 14. Nancy
Roth, the ventriloquist will be
performing three shows daily
until Wednesday, March 12.
Tuesday, March 11, will fea-
ture "10 buck Tuesday" specials
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fair goers can purchase a wrist-
band for $10 for unlimited rides
on Tuesday evening. We also
have the Karaoke contest at 8
p.m. which is set to find the best
karaoke singer in the county.
The contest is open to ama-
teur singers only, no band mem-
bers, karaoke hosts or profes-
sional singers are eligible. The
winner will receive $100; sec-
ond place $50; and third place
is $25.
Wednesday, March 12, the
Youth Livestock Dairy show
begins at 5 p.m. along with the
Russ Adams Tae Kwon Do Dem-
onstration at 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, is Dollar
Nite at the Fair which means all
rides are $1 and fair admission is
$1. Youth Livestock Beef Breed-
ing and Steer Show begins at 5
The Kid Space Demonstra-
tion begins at 8 p.m.
Friday night is Midnight Mad-
ness with armbands being sold
from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Swine
Show begins at 4 p.m.
Special performance by Ho-
tel California (a salute to the
Eagles) concert will begin at 8
p.m. on Friday, March 14, and
Saturday March 15. Tickets are
$15 which includes admission
to fair.
Saturday is a special day all
around at the fair. Armbands
will be on sale from noon until 5
p.m. but be good for all day and
See Fair Page 2

Submitted photo/Rafael Pacheco
Mary Kathleen Barber (right) was crowned the first
Miss Okeechobee County Fair Queen on Friday, March
7, by Miss Firecracker overall Queen Brittany Nethers

)UA to elect new officers

Pete Gawda
eechobee News
The first order of business at
Okeechobee Utility Author-
(OUA) board of directors
meeting this morning will be
election of new officers.
The board will also discuss
o developer's agreements,
luisition of property and a
uth Florida Water Manage-
nt District (SFWMD) grant.
Okeechobee LLC proposed
)uild a housing development
S. W. 16th Avenue south of
m Village Ranch. The devel-
er's agreement with OUA to
erve sewer service stated
t work on the project must
rt within 24 months of the
e of the agreement. Other-
se, the agreement would be

null and void and OUA would
not be required to refund any
fees paid by New Okeechobee.
The 48 month period expired
Feb. 7 and no work has started
on the property. The agreement
stated that an extension of time
could be requested at least 60
days prior to the expiration of
the 48 months. That was not
done. The board is scheduled
to discuss rescinding the agree-
ment, forfeiture of funds al-
ready paid and a release of the
reserved wastewater capacity.
The developer has requested
to speak the board concerning
the agreement.
The board is also scheduled
to discuss the terms of a de-
veloper's agreement with the
developers of Silver Palms RV

Park, a planned development
south of S. W. 32nd Street and
east of Seminole Cove.
A space planning study by
staff determined that remodel-
ing or expanding the current
OUA building on. S.W. Fifth
Avenue would not be cost ef-
fective. Staff looked at several
properties and determined
that the best location for OUA's
needs would be a lot owned
by Memec, LLC on S.W. Park
Street and Seventh Avenue. As
a means of taking more septic
tanks off line, the board will
consider a $200,000 grant from
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District to build a pump
station that would serve the
Treasure Island area.
Pete Gawda can be reached at


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to meet

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Meet our county administra-
tor candidates Thursday eve-
ning. There will be a reception
for the finalists at the county an-
nex at 6 p.m., Thursday, March
The event is open to the
public. While members of the
public will not directly take part
in the selection process, those
who attend can form their own
opinions of the candidates and
make those opinions known to
the commissioners.
The next day, individual
commissioners will meet one-
on-one with each of the can-
didates. The commission as a
whole will then interview the
candidates at a special meet-
ing at 1:30 in the commission
chambers. This meeting is also
open to the public and mem-
bers of the public will be able to
address the commission if they
so desire.
The five finalists are: Lyndon
Bonner of Ocala, former interim
assistant county administrator
of Sumter County and former
city manager of Bunnell; Paul
Brake of Lainsburg, Michigan,
assistant township manager of
Meridian Charter Township in
Michigan and former chief ad-
ministrative- officer for Shiawa-
see County, Michigan; Shane
Crawford of Pewaukee, Wisc.,
deputy county administrator for
Walworth County, Wisconsin
and former county administra-
See County Page 2

Man dies

in 2-car


BHR man injured

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Buckhead Ridge man was
injured in a two-car accident on
U.S. 441 S.E. Saturday that re-
sulted in the death of a 53-year-
old Boca Raton man.
Dead at the scene was Anto-
nio Rojas, Spring Bottom Way,
stated a report by Deputy Adri-
an Rogers of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Transported from the scene
to Raulerson Hospital was Jack
Martin Geisz, 61, 20th St., of
Buckhead Ridge. The report
See Crash Page 2

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Calf scramble
The calf scramble was a big hit for the kids Saturday.
Lane Rhuda of Okeechobee was one of the winners. He
received a $20 gift certificate from Eli's Western Wear.
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tor for Buffalo County, Wisconsin;
G. Andrew Hall from Henderson,
Nev., planning director for Hen-
derson, and former city manager
of Payson City, Utah; and Larry
Stoever of Saline, Mich., former
city manger of Saline, and former

Continued From Page 1
does not state the extent of his
Also injured in the crash was
Maria Rojas, 53, Spring Bottom
Way, Boca Raton, who was a pas-
senger in the 1999 Ford Mustang
being driven by Antonio Rojas.
She was flown via LifeStar to St.
Mary's Hospital in West Palm

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city manager of Greenville, Ill.
Mr. Stoever was a finalist in
the first slate of administrator
candidates that the commission-
ers rejected. He will not be here
Thursday and Friday because of a
previous engagement. He was in-
terviewed by individual commis-
sioners earlier in the week.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Beach. Deputy Rogers' report said
she is listed in serious but stable
The OCSO report states Mr.
Rojas was southbound on U.S.
441 S.E. when the 2006 Ford
Ranger pickup truck driven by Mr.
Geisz crossed the center line and
caused a "partial head-on crash."
Medical personnel from the
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue Department transported Mr.
Geisz to Raulerson Hospital in

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Food and shelter board to meet March 14

A meeting of the local Emer-
gency Food and Shelter Board
will be held on March 14, at 3:30
p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, room 21, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond Street.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying
for Emergency Food and Shelter
Program funds should attend this
meeting and must present their
applications for these funds.
The deadline for application

Continued From Page 1
night until I a.m. The Youth Live-
stock Sale begins at 2 p.m. The
Cunning-Hams will perform on
Saturday evening at 5 p.m.
Sunday is the LAST BLAST
which will feature the Demolition
Derby which begins at 4 p.m. Der-
by admission is $10 and includes

School board
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board meets Tuesday,
March 11, at 6 p.m. where they
will consider eight expulsions
and several policy changes in ac-
cordance with Florida Satutes.
Two eighth graders and a ninth
grader from New Endeavor High
School and one eighth grader
from Yearling Middle School are
being recommended for expul-
sion for disobeying or disregard-
ing school personnel or school
rules and possessing using and/
or procurring, selling or dispens-
ing alcohol and drugs on school
premises, school buses, or at any
school activity or school-related
The NEHS students are being
recommended for suspension
for the remainder of the 2007-08
school year, which is the initial
period of their recommended
expulsion. The YMS student is be-
ing recommended for expulsion
for the remainder of the school
year and the first semester of the
2008-09 school year.
An eleventh grader at NEHS
is being recommended for ex-
pulsion for the remainder of the

is March 14. Okeechobee Coun-
ty will receive approximately
$17,500 to supplement emergen-
cy food and shelter programs in
the county.
A national board that is
chaired by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and
consists of representatives from
the American Red Cross; Catholic
Charities, USA; National Council
of the CHurches in Christ in the
USA; The Salvation Army and the

admission to fair. The fair opens
at noon and closes at 10 p.m. on
Sunday, March 16.
Free attractions daily include
the Show Me Safari Petting Zoo;
pig races; Tadpole the Clown;
and many exhibits and perfor-
mances. Come out and support
the Okeechobee County Fair.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

meets tonight
2007-08 school year for disobey-
ing or disregarding school per-
sonnel or school rules and as-
sault/battery on a school board
employee as defined in statutes.
An eighth grader at NEHS is be-
ing recommended for expulsion
for the remainder of the 2007-08
school year and the first semes-
ter of the 2008-09 school year for
disobeying or disregarding school
personnel or school rules and as-
sault/battery on a school board
employee as defined in statutes.
The board, will also. vote on
-the recommendation of a ninth
grader at NEHS who has been.
recommended for expulsion for
the remainder of the school year.
A sixth grader at NEHS has
been recommended for expulsion
for the remainder of the school
year for disobeying or disregard-
ing school personnel or rules
through possession of a knife or
other object that can be used to
cut,- including but not limited to a
razor blade, box cutter or knife.
The Board will also consid-
er the adoption of the 2008-09
school year calendar. School
board employees have voted for
two calendars, Calendar A has re-
ceived 233 votes while Calendar. B
has received 260 votes.

United Way of America made the
The local board was charged
to distribute funds appropriated
by Congress to help expand the
capacity of food and shelter pro-
grams around the country.
Under the terms of the grant
from the national board, local
agencies chosen to receive funds
must; be private voluntary non-
profits or units of government;
have an accounting system;

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practice nondiscrimination; have
demonstrated the capability to
deliver emergency food and/or
shelter programs; and, if a private
voluntary organization, they must
have a voluntary board.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying
for Emergency Food and Shelter
Program funds must contact local
board chair, MaryAnne Swinford
at (863) 763-5725 for an applica-

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Palm City man killed in two-vehicle accident on SR 70
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A two-car accident Friday eve-
ning at the intersection of S.R. 70
and S.E. 128th Ave. claimed the

life of a Palm City man, according
to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
Jesse J. Aultz was killed when
he pulled onto State Road 70 in
front of a 2002 tractor-trailer be-

ing driven by Charles E. Emlyn, northbound on S.E. 128th Ave.
54, of Lake Wales, states an ac- in his 2000 Ford Mustang around
cident report by Trooper Corporal 7:08 p.m. when he stopped for
David P. Nelson. the stop sign at the road's inter-
The report states Mr. Aultz was section with S.R. 70.

After stopping ne mthen entered
onto S.R. 70 in front of Mr. Em-
lyn's vehicle.
Trooper Nelson's report said
Mr. Emlyn took evasive action by

applying te aLKes andC steeringll
his truck to the left, but the front
of his Mack truck struck the left
side of Mr. Aultz's vehicle. The
crash is still under investigation.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
*Maurice Alonzo Smith, 56,
S.E. Camino Ave., Stuart, was ar-
rested March 6 by Trooper D.S.
Cox on a felony charge of driving
while license suspended/revoked
- habitual offender. His bond was
set at $1,000.
*Charles M. Newberry, 34, S.E.
Jefferson St., Stuart, was arrested
March 7 by Trooper D.S. Cox on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $1,000.
*Jonathon Eugene Reed, 25,
Santiago St., Sebring, was ar-
rested March 7 by Deputy G. Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
Nicki Lynn Gatlin, 28, S.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 7 by Deputy Corpo-
ral Aric Majere on a Department
of Corrections warrant charging
her with violation of probation -
driving under the influence. She is
being held without bond.
Byron Leonardo Williams,

45, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 7 on a De-
partmefit of Corrections warrant
charging him with violation of
probation escape and viola-
tion of probation fleeing a law
enforcement officer. He is being
held without bond.
*Leepore Hagins, 34, S.E. 33rd
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed March 8 by Deputy Paul Jack-
son on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with pos-
session of cocaine with intent to
sell. His bond was set at $5,000.
Brett Morgan Huff, 19, N.W
Fifth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 9 by the OCPD on a
charge of burglary. His bond was
set at $10,000.
William Christopher Watson,
23, N.W. Sixth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 9 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on a felony charge of
fleeing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer. He was also charged
with the misdemeanors of reck-
less driving and leaving the scene
of an accident. His total bond was
set at $2,250.
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 newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed..

Missing teen returns home

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 15-year-old girl who had
been reported missing since Feb.
29 returned home safely Monday
morning, said a detective with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-

fice (OCSO).
Sady Fite returned to her home
around 10 a.m. Monday, March
10. Her dad then notified the
OCSO that she was home safely,
said Detective Ted Van Deman.
The detective said the teen
was fine.


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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to 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!
GRANDPARENTS: Another sad day across this country and espe-
cially here in Florida is when the Supreme Courts said grandparents
had no rights. A few years back, I emptied our savings account to fight
for the right to see and be an active participant in my granddaughter's
life. The courts dealt me a double blow. Not only had I just lost my
so, now I was told I could not be a productive member to contrib-
ute to her well being. I didn't want to raise her or take her from her
mother. I just wanted to be a part of her life. I already was a momma,
now I just wanted to be grandmother. I let things alone, prayed for
her every night and vowed I would always be there. Then Hurricane
Francis happened. Her mother called and needed me. I drove as fast
as I could to get them and when I pulled in the driveway the little one
looks at me points her finger and says" I know you ... Where have you
been?" To make a long story short, we all are in her life now. All is
good and I thank the good Lord for Hurricane Francis, not the damage
we sustained but from something bad came something wonderful.
ADMINISTRATOR: The Board of County Commissioners is re-
sponsible to serve the county's residents. It is their job to know and
understand the residents, their will and their needs, and to make deci-
sions to resolve problems and secure the county's future. The admin-
istrator executes the will of the Board of County Commissioners, noth-
ing more, and certainly nothing less. The administrator absolutely is
supposed to serve the board. Hopefully, if the board members are
executing the will of the people of the county, the administrator will
serve the people by proxy. But it is not an elected position, and is not
subject to any citizen input. The fact that the county commission-
ers are providing opportunity for any public scutiny should be com-
COUNTY GOVERNMENT: I am responding to the person who
said the citizens don't have any input into who is chosen to be the
county administrator. Of course we have input. We vote and elect our
county commissioners and the commissioners pick the administra-
AARON TIPPIN: The Aaron Tippin concert was awesome. We
happened to sit next to a group of teenagers who must have been the
biggest Arron Tippin fans in the entire place. This guy from the back
kept yelling for them to sit down, and they tried but they couldn't help
themselves and kept standing up. Two police offices came over and
were kinda looking, but didn't do anything- but they still stood there.
When Tippin got his special guitar out to sing the starts and stripes, I
got on my chair and clapped and raised my huge red, white and blue
flicker. I had a great time. And no, the police did not tell me to get off
my chair, although they stood there the entire time trying to figure out
how to tell an old lady to sit her down, but how could they when I was
wearing a Coast Guard Sweat Shirt But it was freezing. It was great
when he brought out the bicycle and put it together. Every concert he
donates one for Toys for Tots, and they had a Marine come out and
accept it. Just an all around great show.
LITTLE LEAGUE: Thanks to everyone who came out this past
weekend to support the children and the Little League Organization.
We had lots of fun and the weather held out for us to play all of our
games. I actually got to watch all the games ,the children seemed very
happy with opening day. It is always nice to see the smiling faces of
children having lots of fun.
FCAT: I don't know who is responsible for when the fair comes
to Okeechobee. But don't you kinda think it's stupid to have the the
fair the same week as when the FCAT tests are. Especially for the the
+ kids who are in 4-H. How are they get a good night sleep,
when they will be at the fair late just about every night doing their 4-H
shows, and then go to school and take their FCAT tests and do good
on them?
CONFUSTION: Since there seems to be so much confusion these
days over which political side(s) the voting public prefers, I thought
maybe it could be decided by a simple scenario that everyone can
relate to, and then make a decision as to "Are you a Democrat, Re-
publican or a Redneck?" Here's the little scenario that will help you
decide. You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two
small children. Suddenly, a terrorist with a huge knife comes around
the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife
and charges at you. You're carrying a Glock 40 cal, and you are an
expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your
family. What do you do? Democrat's answer: "Well, that's not enough
information to answer the question! Does the man look poor! Or op-
pressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to
attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about
the kids or bystanders? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and
knock the knife out of his hand, with apologies, of course? Does the
Glock have appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded
gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and
to my children? Should I call 9-1-1 ? Why is this street so deserted and
the buildings so drab? We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed
day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage
such behavior. I need to discuss this with some friends over a latte and
try to come to a consensus. Let's just hold that thought..." Republican's
answer: "BANG!" Redneck's Answer: "BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click ... (sounds of reloading)
click. "Daughter: "Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester
Silver Tips or Hollow Points?" Son: "You got him, Pop! Can I shoot the
next one?" Wife: "You are not taking that to the taxidermist!"

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 11
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For infor-
mation contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
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.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Perera (863)
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 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.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.,
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 Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone isinvited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For infor-
mation contact Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30
until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone just
to care are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-9201
or (863) 697-9718.
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. The event will be held each Tuesday from
9:30 a.m. until noon. 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 informa-
tion call (863) 357-3053.

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 peo-
ple 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
produced 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 wel-
come to come and enjoy dinner and music. For more information,
please call (863) 467-2882.

Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are currently be-
ing requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee COunty School
Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities for chil-
dren during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have your event
included, 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, secure and active during the summer months. Dead-
line for submissions is March 28. For more information contact (863)
462-5000 ext. 257.

Benefit for Daniel Rickards planned
A benefit for Daniel A. Rickards will be held Friday, March 14, in the
cafeteria of the Grace Christian School at 701 S. Parrott Ave. Mr. Rick-
ards, 20, was injured in a Jan. 27 car crash and is now paralyzed from
the chest down. The benefit is to help defray medical costs incurred
by the family. Tickets for the meal are $10 each and can be purchased
at Domer's Inc., 204 S.E. 10th Ave.; the Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave; Grace Christian, 701 S.. Parrott Ave.; or, Laura
Sims Accounting, 203 S.E. Second Ave. Take-out lunches will be avail-
able for pick up from Grace Christian starting at 11 a.m. Deliveries will
be available for five or more lunches between the hours of 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. Dinner will be offered until 8 p.m., and can be either take-out
or dine-in. A live auction will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Grace
Christian cafeteria, and will be open to the public. For information,
contact Justin at'(863) 634-0217 or Audra at (863) 634-2710.

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Joseph Allen
Joseph Allen Cavanaugh,
age 65 formerly of Okeechobee
and was currently a professor in
China, passed away Jan. 3, 2008
in Huai AN City, China. Born May
2, 1942 in Philadelphia, Penn., he
served in the United States Navy
and Amry serving in Vietnam.
He had been a casual resident of
Okeechobee since 1980 and was a
member of the First United Meth-
odist Church of Okeechobee. He
received degrees from San Jose
City College, San Jose State Uni-
versity, and a Doctoral Degree in
Arts and Education from Belford
University. He taught as a Doctoral

Professor of History and English
and taught in Vietnam, San Jose,
California and China. In addition,
he had played
baseball and
served as a
policeman in
He enjoyed
hunting, fish-
ing, antique
and was re- Joseph Allen
guarded as a Cavanaugh-
Citizen of the
He is preceded in death by his
father, Rollo Cavanaugh; sister,
Pat Cavanaugh and granddaugh-

ter, Abigail Faith.
He is survived by his son, Tony
Cavanaugh Lee of Sebastian;
daughters, Kristina Mae (Pierre)
Bossaert of West Linn, Ore., J.C.
Amberlyn of Kingston, Ariz.;
granddaughter, Gabriella Bos-
saert of West Linn, Ore.; mother,
Mary Ellen Schuler of Okeecho-
bee; sister, Diane (Doc) Thrift of
Okeechobee; grandsons, Maslin
Joseph Patrick, Pierre Andrew
William of West Linn, Ore.; for-
mer wife and dear friend, Kim
Phoung Cavanaugh; nieces, Julie
(Adron) Chambers of Okeecho-
bee, Barbara (Rich) Ducko of Pen-
del, Penn., Celeste Blair Brown of
Bridge Port, Ohio; nephews, Tim
(Tami) Higgins of Okeechobee,

John (Veronica) Higgins of Penn-
sylvania, David (Tamara) Higgins
of Missouri, Chris (Connie) Hig-
gins of Germany and Alfred (Kit-
ty) Berger of Hawaii.
The family will received friends
from 6 until service time at 7 p.m.
in the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-
pel on Wednesday, March 12.
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-

Edward Eugene
'Buckshot' Webster
Edward Eugene "Buckshot"
Webster, age 85 of Okeecho-
bee died, March 6, 2008 at his

residence. Born Feb. 19, 1923
in Sharon, Penn. he had been
a resident of Masury, Ohio until
moving to Okeechobee in 1983.
He served in the United States Air
Force and was a retired Millwright
from Sharon Steel. An active long
time member of the Okeechobee
Church of the Nazarene, he was
the Master of the Jerusalem Ma-
sonic Scottish Rite and a member
of the York Rite. Mr. Webster was
also an avid fan of the Ohio State
Buckeyes and was a fishing ma-
He is preceded in death by his
wives, Angeline Webster and Ma-
rie Webster.
He is survived by his son, Ed-
ward (Donna) Webster, Jr. of Sha-

ron, Penn.; daughters, Georgene
(Raymond) Kurpe of Westerville,
Ohio, Robin R. (Kevin) Powell of
Hubbard, Ohio. In addition, he is
survived by four grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on
Tuesday, March 11, from 5 until
7 p.m. and services will be held
at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March
12, in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel. Interment will follow in
Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial
contributions may be made to the
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Seminole students preparing for FCATs

The purpose of the FCAT is
to assess student achievement
of the Sunshine State Standard
(SSS) Benchmarks in reading,
math, and science. The FCAT also
includes a Norm-Referenced Test
(NRT) that compares our students
to those across the nation.
. The SSS portion of the FCAT
tests a student's knowledge in
each of the following content
cluster areas:
*Words and Phrases in Con-
*Main Idea, Plot, and Author's
*Comparisons and Cause/Ef-
*Reference and Research
*Number Sense, Concepts,
and Operations
*Geometry and Spatial Sense
*Algebraic Thinking
*Data Analysis and Probability

*Physical and Chemical
*Earth and Science
*Life and Environmental
*Scientific Thinking
FCAT benchmarks
For each of the content clus-
ter areas, there are one or more
benchmarks that pertain to that
content area. Benchmarks are
skills a student must master to
show proficiency in the content
cluster areas.
For example:
Benchmark L.A.A. 1.2.3 states
that the student will use simple
strategies to determine meaning
and increase vocabulary for read-
ing, including the use of prefixes,
suffixes, root words, multiple
meanings, antonyms, synonyms,
and word relationships.
When taking the FCAT, stu-
dents must answer questions
that relate to each benchmark to
ensure they have a clear under-
standing of the skill. Questions are
asked in these ways:

Multiple choice;
*Short answer response;
*Extended response;
*Gridded response; and,
*Solve, think, explain.
Since students must score a
3 or higher on the SSS portion
of the FCAT in order to receive a
standard high school diploma, the
schools begin at an early age pre-
paring them so they will do well.
The FCAT measures skills a stu-
dent should know in order to be a
productive adult -- skills that have
been taught for many years.
Helping students
Using technology to view each
student's individual score report
from the previous year, Okeecho-
bee schools are able to determine
strengths and weaknesses. The
information is sorted by con-
tent cluster area, and they know
how many questions the student
answered correctly in each cat-
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to each teacher, and it is helpful
during small group instruction

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Mixer winner
The monthly Main Street Mixer was held at the American Red Cross office March 6. Jenny
Pung won a care package prize provided by Seacoast National Bank.

The Okeechobee Community Choir
in its 10th year under the direction of Sandy Perry,
will present the Easter Cantata,

The Day He Wore My Crown
and Other Easter Favorites, Including
The Holy City and Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus

Presented at The First United

Methodist Church

200 NW 2nd Ave.


March 15


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and teacher directed centers. It is
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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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Immediate Openings CNAs
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
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Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
for growth to GM. Must have
2yrs. college or 2yrs Mgmt
exp. pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR, 21yrs or older,
45hr work wk. e-mail resume
or apply in person 2302 hwy
441 S. 34974
Full Charge for local CPA Firm.
Quickbooks & Payroll
experience required.
Fax resume (863)467-3050

Minimum 5 years experience
Please call (561)204-4925

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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or (863)261-6425
local references. 40 years exp
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry

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


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
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Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
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Fireplace Fixture 600
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Health & Reducing
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Equipment 690
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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

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

Agriculture I

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
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

HORSES- 1-9 yr. old, black &
white gelding, $1800 & 1-3
yr. old paint mare, red &
white, $1100.

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915,
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

OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
When you want something
sold, advertise In the


Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
863-824-190 OecoeeCut

REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

KINGS BAY- 2br,lba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
Find It faster. Sen It soon-
er In the classifieds

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

3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, large yards.
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768 '
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050/Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
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
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN 2 Story 3br/2ba,
W/D hook up, 2 screened
porches, garage, lawn ser-
vice, non-smok'env, small
pets considered. $1200 mo.
+ $800 sec. (941)504-3954
plex, C/Air, DW, Laundry
Rm. $775 mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call (863)763-4414
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
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
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
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
ON RIM CANAL 3 br, 2.5 ba,
carport, shed & dockhouse.
$1300/mo + last & sec.
(772)834-1506 Steve
Yearly rental
@ $200 mo.

SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545

Real Estate

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

house on 5 acres w/pool.
$250,000 or best offer. 475
NW 363rd Court, Okeecho-
i bee, FL (954)599-4673
OAK PARK '97 CBS 3/2, has
carport, screened porches,
new kitchen. $162,000
Community. 40x40 DW on
Corner Lot. 2 Master Suites
w/Bath's. Lg. Liv. Rm, Din.
Rm & Fam. Rm. 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

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

Mobile Homes |

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
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR 2 MH for rent, lbr, iba,
from $425-$450 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
ark (863)763-7164
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
SW MH nice 2/1, w/addition
on 1 + acre, newly renovat-
ed, $650 mo. + $550 sec.

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

455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted. $40 mo. + tax.
(863)634-8617 or
MONTANA 2005 5th Wheel -
Like new! # 2955RL Dual
Air, Combo W&D, 2 Slides,
Power Jacks, Upgraded car-
pet., Arctic pkg. King bed.
$29,995 (561)719-2973


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

eng., 4 brand new tires,
$1500 firm. See at 937 NE
32nd Ave., Okeechobee
GRAND AM '91 39K miles, 1
owner, new tires, cold a/c,
excellent condition. $1950

CHEVY VAN '86, V6, Rebuilt
transmission. Runs great
$900 (863)253-1777

IPubli cNotice

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Case No.: 2008-DR-195
Tammle Lee Bridges,
Randal W. Bridges,
TO: Randal Wilson Bridges
16514 NW 192 St.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that ahn actuon.hs .
been filed against you and that ydd are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
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 Floor, 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, includincluding 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, Flodda 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, Florida 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
By:/S/Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
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Jessica Ziglar

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Cole Fulford

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OHS rodeo team brings home Championship Title

OHS Rodeo Team traveled
north to Ocala for their most
recent rodeo. The Florida High
School Rodeo Association's ro-
deo is the kick off to the Marion
County Fair and the stands were
packed with spectators cheering
the cowboys and cowgirls from
all around the state Florida on.
The team traveled north to
Ocala for their most recent rodeo,
even though the rodeo was over
a two day period this rodeo only
counted as one rodeo not like
most of their rodeos that count
as two rodeos. Once again the
team represented Okeechobee
well by placing in several events
and winning a championship,
title. Chasey Bass brought home
the Championship title in Saddle
Bronc earning him a Champion-
ship Buckle. The following team
members earned points in the fol-
lowing events:

Breakaway Jessie Cofield
placed tenth
Goat Tying Lexi Peaden
placed fifth and Maci Culligan
place tenth
Pole Bending Jessica Ziglar
placed fourth and Lexi. Peaden
Bareback Chris Davis placed
third and Jacoby Johns placed
Saddle Bronc Chasey Bass
placed first
Steer Wrestling Cole Fulford
placed fifth
Team Roping Jacob Anuez
placed ninth
The team has seven more ro-
deos before State Finals in June
where the top fifteen in each
event will compete for champi-
onship titles. Here are the state
standings for OHS Rodeo team:
Barrels Shelby Carden tied
for tenth, Raybon Durrance and

OHS baseball is a

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Several current Brahman
baseball players are following in
their father's footsteps as they
take the field this year. Jonathan
Crawford's father and his uncle
both were Brahmans.
His uncle David Crawford was
an excellent player at Okeecho-7
bee. He was a Freshman All
America at Jacksonville State Uni-
versity. He was the first player at
Indian River Community College
to bat .400 for a season. He was
drafted by the Philadelphia Phil-
lies. He now lives near Atlanta,
Georgia and works for the An-
heuser Busch Company.
Last weeks loss at John Carroll
brought back some memories
+ for long time Brahman baseball
coach Tim Gillis and one of his


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former players, Gary Davenport.
They recalled that on that same

Jessica Ziglar tied for 17th place.
Breakaway -Breanne Lee, 6th,
Maci Culligan 14th Jessie Cofield
15th, Shelby Carden 19th, Kayla
Davis 23rd, and Lexi Peaden tied
24th place.
Goat Tying Lexi Peaden 14th,
Maci Culligan 15th, Shelby Ca'rden
17th place.
Pole Bending Jessica Ziglar
3rd, Shelby Cardqn 18th, Amanda
Sheffield 19th, Breanne Lee and
Lexi Peaden are tied for 27th
Bareback Jacoby Johns 2nd,
Chris Davis 3rd place.
Saddle Bronc -. Chasey Bass
1st place.
Steer Wrestling Cole Fulford
1st, JR Gomez 8th, and Jacoby
Johns 9th place.
Calf Roping Trey Cofield
16th, Garrett Rucks 19th place
Team Roping JR Gomez 8th,
Justin Wolffe 14th, Jacob Anuez

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field in 1974 the Brahmans won
a marathon 17 inning game over
John Carroll, 4-3.
Davenport played a big role
in that game as he relieved in the
third inning and threw the next 14
innings of the game, picking up
the win when Tony Ard scored
the winning run.
"Jay Walpole nearly knocked
me down when we won," Dav-
enport remembered. Gary's son,
Jake, is also a member of this
years baseball squad.
Brahman senior soccer star
Giovanni Jimenez was named
to the South All star team which
played last week in the Florida
Athletic Coaches Association All-
Star Soccer Classic at Port St. Lu-
cie High School.
Brahman Coach Dylan Ted-
ders doesn't only follow high

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Jessie Cofield
18th, Shelby Carden and Breanne
Lee 20th place.
Girls. Cutting Brittany Neth-
ers 3rd, Carlie Lanier tied for 6th,
Kayla Davis 8th place.
Boys Cutting Chasey Bass tied
for 2nd and Joseph Summerford
5th place.
The team will be traveling the
weekend of March 29th and 30th
to Pierson, to compete. Whenev-

school baseball. He also follows
the pros. Tedders and his family
attended an exhibition game be-
tween the Los Angeles Dodgers
and the New York Mets in Port St.
Lucie on March 1.
J.J. Hirst did not reach his
dream of playing in the NCAA
college basketball tournament
for Stetson University. The Hat-
ters held an early 10 point lead
but couldn't hold it as they lost
to Gardner Webb, 82-63 at the
Atlantic Sun Conference tourna-
ment in Nashville, Tennessee,
held last week. Stetson finished
the season at 16-16 and had very
little chance of being selected for
the NCAA or the NIT basketball

Rodeo settles in at Agri-Civic Center

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Cat-
tlemen's Association Spring Ro-
deo enjoyed a successful run this
past weekend at the Okeecho-
bee Agri Civic Center with over
$25,000 awarded to cowboys and
$2,660 was handed out in
the bareback, $2,897 in the sad-
dle bronc, $2,660 for bull riding,
$4,963 for calf roping, $4,180 for
steer wrestling, and $7,148 for
team roping. An additional $780
was handed out for bull riders.
In the bareback event Matt
Bright, the leader in the South
Eastern Circuit in terms of prize
money this year, earned $1,064.
Bright, of Loudon, Tenn., earned
the high score of 80. Joe Mundork
finished second as he took home
$798. His top score was 79.
In the saddle bronc riding,
Dusty Hausauer and Jim Burnette
of Kenansville tied as both had top
scores of 79. Hausauer earned his
score with 307 Wacky. Burnette
won aboard 5 Romeo. Both cow-
boys took home $1,014.

The bull riding event was
pretty tough all weekend. Neil
Bowrne earned the top score of
75 and took home $1,064. Nick
Cocuzza finished second with a
time of 60. He earned $798.
Both cowboys took home an
additional $399 in ground money
in the bull riding event.
John Chandler, the son of
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner Noel Chandler, won the
steer wrestling with a time of 3.9
seconds on Sunday. He earned
$1,212. Mary Mundy finished sec-
ond with a time of 4.2 seconds.
She took home $1,003.
Derrick Traylor won the tie
down roping event as his top time
was 7.7 seconds. He defeated Joe
Beaver's top time of 8.4 seconds.
Traylor took home $1,439. Bea-
ver took home $1,191. Rabe Ra-
bon of Okeechobee finished tied
for fifth in the tie down roping.
Rabon had a top time of 10.3 sec-
onds and took home $347.
The team roping event was
won by J.T. Smith and Zak Rich-
ardson who had the fastest time
of 5.9 seconds. They barely beat

out Jason Tucker Jr. and Adam
Toole who had a time of six sec-
onds flat. Smith and Richardson
each took home $1,036. Tucker
and Toole earned $857 apiece.
The barrel racing was also
very competitive. Kelly Cumber
of Zolfo Springs had the fastest
time of 17.76 seconds. She won
$1,241. Amy Stevens-Watters
took second with a time of 17.94
seconds. She took home $975.
Ronda Butler tied Stevens with a
time of 17.94 seconds. She also
took home $975.
The Silver Spurs Five Star ro-
deo provided the stock for the ro-
deo. Mary MontsDeOca served as
the arena secretary. Kirt Hancock
and Fritz Brewer were the judges.
Danna McFarland and Jody Cox
were the timers. Jerry'Todd was
the announcer. Ben Lee and
Kevin Ellis were the bullfighters.
Keith Isley was barrel man and
Steve Whaley was flank man.
Shoat MontsDeOca and Seth Lou-
than served as the pickup men.

Okeechobee News/Charles Muprhy
Bull riding is one of the most
popular events in rodeo, and
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Spring Rodeo provided plen-
ty of excitement for rodeo

Submitted photo
Jacob Anuez
er you can come out and support
these young athletes.
Below is the schedule for this
year's season, watch for addition-
al rodeos to be added:
March 29 and, 30 Pierson, -
Cutting at 7 p.m. or shortly after
the day runs on Saturday
April 5 Green Cove Springs.
April 26 and 27 Williston.
May 3 and 4 Arcadia.

Submitted photo
Chasey Bass
June 19 -'22 State Finals -
Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee
v July 14 19 International
Youth Finals Rodeo Shawnee,
July 20 26 National Finals -
Farmington, N.M.
For additional information
about the team contact Darlene
Bass at (863) 634-5815.

TCBC meets monthly

The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following,
weekend. New boaters and (es-

pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255 The club
also sponsors and presents the
annual Lee McAllister Memorial
Kid's Fishing Festival.

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