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Saturday, March 15, 2008
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 fur-
ther information, you are able
to leave a voice mail and one
of our members will call you
and answer your question. So
by calling 863 467 1690 you
will be in touch with the daily
events at the fair.
To support their scholar-
ship fund, Kiwanis members
will also be holding their an-
nual Pancake Breakfast on
Easter Sunday, March 23, at
7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the
Freshman Campus Cafeteria.
Pancakes and whole-hog sau-
sage all you can eat for $5. Eat
in or take out. All proceeds go
towards Kiwanis scholarships
for which they have received
90 applications this year. Four
scholarships will be awarded
on Scholarship Night at OHS.
For additional information
contact Frank Irby at (863)
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 children during the sum-
mer 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. Deadline for submis-
sions is March 28. There will
be 9,000 copies of the Summer
Activity Guide printed and dis-
tributed in early May to public
school children and in local
.businesses. For more informa-
tion contact (863) 462-5000
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Clues sought in double homicide
By Eric Kopp
Investigators are actively
searching for clues concerning
a shooting Thursday night in
Douglas Park that left two Miami
A third shooting victim was
found in a rental car in the park-
ing lot of the Economy Inn Motel
on North Parrott Ave.
Killed in the shooting were
Cameron M. Richardson, 20, and
Nixon Astre, 22. Flown out to
an -undisclosed hospital on the
coast was Antwan M. Fussell, 27.
According to Detective Captain
Dale LaFlam of
Fussell is listed
in critical but
stable condi- I
C a p t Nixon
LaFlam said Astre
early Friday af-
ternoon that he wasn't sure if the
men were staying at the Econo-
The OCSO was notified of
at 11:28 p.m.
sponded to the
700 block of
N.E. 16th Ave.
glass and spent
shell casings Antwan
from a firearm Fussel
The type of weapon, how
many shots were fired, where
the victims received their injuries
Flag football: OHS downs Pahokee 33-0
UKeecnoDe, News/Unares murpny
Macin Raulerson of the Okeechobee High School Flag Football team scampers for a'
second half touchdown during Okeechobee's big victory over Pahokee.
OHS flag football team wins
By Charles M. Murphy
Pahokee is known for their
success in high school football
as their boy's teams routinely
win state championships.
The aura of Pahokee
though didn't mean a thing to
Okeechobee Thursday as the
Brahman girl's flag team wal-
loped the Blue Devils, 33-0, to
win their home opener.
"It was very good," Coach
Heather Johnson said, "We
showed them what we got.
They didn't know how they
could play until tonight and
they showed Pahokee."
QB Emilia Moros (7-15)
through the air, threw for three
touchdowns, and 124 yards,
and ran the offense very ef-
ficiently. Running back Taylor
Woods was outstanding as
she rushed for 89 yards. She
also caught four passes for 102
yards and two touchdowns.
"They were all good. There
was no one that I saw who
needed to improve anything for
the next game," Coach Johnson
remarked, "It was awesome."
Okeechobee started on of-
fense and after an incomplete
pass and a 10 yard loss on a bad
snap, they faced a third down
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The Brahmans flag football team takes to the field before
Thursday's blow out of Pahokee.
at their own 10 yard line. Enter
Taylor Woods and the senior
got everyone's attention as she
took a handoff and flew down
the field for a 60 yard touch-
down run. Moros caught a con-
version pass and Okeechobee
led 7-0 in the first quarter.
The Lady Brahman de-
fense forced a punt and the
offense responded again with
a quick touchdown. This time
Okeechobee went to the air. On
second down Moros hit Woods
with a 24 yard touchdown pass
and the extra point conversion
made it 14-0 barely six minutes
into the game.
Pahokee was able to move
the ball on their second pos-
session as they moved the ball
from their own 15 down field to
their 45 yard line. However the
defense held and this time the
punt traveled 19 yards to the
Brahman 30. From there it was
.See Football Page 2
and how many times they were
shot has not
tors also are
the name of the
Mr. Fussell was
As deputies Cameron
were securing Ricahrdson
the crime scene,
officers from the Okeechobee
City Police Department were dis-
patched to the motel on North
Parrott Avenue. Once there they
found the victims in a white Pon-
tiac rental car. It was quickly de-
termined the men were victims
of the shooting in Douglas Park.
Capt. LaFlam said the car was
rented from an Enterprise Rent-
A-Car but he did not know Friday
where that rental agency was
After the shooting the car was
driven to the motel by Mr. Fus-
"Why he went here, we
See Homicide Page 2
Theft of dead man's
name causes money
problems for widow
By Eric Kopp
A man who is said to be in
the United States illegally was
arrested Thursday and charged
with using someone else's
identity in order to get work
and stay in the U.S.
Jaime Soto Samperio, 25,
U.S. -1-I f is accused of steal-
ing the identity of an Okeecho-
bee man who died nearly a
year ago. He was finally caught
when the man's widow re-
ceived notice from the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) that she
owed over $900 more on this
The widow has also been
denied Social Security benefits
for her three children because
records indicated that her "hus-
band" was still alive and work-
Samperio was arrested
Thursday evening near a local
dairy where he worked as a
foreman, said an arrest report
by Detective Susan Morrison of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO). He was
charged with fraudulent use
of personal identification of a
deceased person, and booked
See Theft Page 2
War hits home
solider dies in Iraq
VFW Post 10539 this week
mourns the loss of one of their
"0 k eecho -
dierto be killed
in Iraq. 0 .
Army SFC ,
32, was among Shawn
the five sol- Suzch
Monday in Mansour -- a wealthy
section of Baghdad -- when a
man approached the soldiers and
detonated the bombs he wore on
a suicide vest.
SFC Suzch's mother, Pam
Nettle, lives in Okeechobee and
is the VFW 10539 Ladies Auxil-
iary, Assistant Conductress.
SFC Suzch grew up in Bucks
County, Pennsylvania and
graduated from Pennridge High
School in 1994. He enlisted in
the Army while in is senior year
and went to Germany shortly
after basic training. There, he
met and married Angela.
He served a tour in Kosovo
and was on his third tour in Iraq.
He was promoted last year to
Sergeant First Class and signed
on for another six years of duty.
He was scheduled to return to
his home base of Fort Stewart,
Georgia in May. Friends say his
family and military career were
the two loves in life and he was
very proud of both.
SFC Suzch was a member of
VFW Post 10539. He was well
liked and admired by the veter-
ans and members of the Post. A
memorial service is planned at
the Post following his funeral in
Georgia. An announcement will
be made once the preparations
are finalized. Everyone is wel-
come to attend.
SFC Suzch was preceded
in death by his infant son, Jay
See War Page 2
Don't forget the 'other' bass
By Tonya Harden
To many local and visiting
fishermen making that big catch
is considered a triumph. The
goal is often catching the large
mouth bass. However, there are
at least seven other bass species
swimming in our waters worthy
One of the more familiar of
these "other bass" is ,the but-
terfly peacock bass. In 1984 the
Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission introduced
this South American native into
Florida waters. The intent was to
help control some of the other
,species like the spotted tilapia.
! The same techniques use
when fishing for the large mouth
bass will work with the peacock
basss. In the Game Commis-
sion's Everglades Region Fishing
Guide it is recommended to use
live shiners for bait. However,
artificial lures will work just as
well. Try Jerk'n Sam's, Uil Chris'
and Baby or Tiny Torpedos. The
single most distinctive difference
between these two types of bass
when fishing for them is that the
peacock bass does not feed at
night. So do your fishing during
. A cousin to the peacock bass
that swims the same waters is
the speckled peacock bass. Dis-
tinguished by large black marks
on its cheeks, this fish is a very
infrequent catch in any waters.
See Outdoors Page 2
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Nick and Jimmy Palmer from Tennessee show off two
nice Okeechobee bass they caught on shiners. Captain
Mike Shellen has not found the low water levels bad for
business. He says he can take visitors out daily, with his
guide service, and "definitely" get a catch.
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Taylor Woods scored twice and had close to 150 yards in to-
tal offense during Thursdays victory in Flag Football.
Continued From Page 1
freshmen Macin Raulerson's turn.
She took the first handoff 42 yards
for a touchdown and Okeecho-
bee led 20-0.
"It was exciting," Raulerson
said, "I was like, oh my gosh. I
checked to see if anyone was
coming and I told myself just go,
Raulerson ended up with
89 yards in total offense on the
Okeechobee scored again
just before the half but the touch-
down was called back by a pen-
alty. Woods ran up the right side
for 59 yards but the penalty put
the ball on the Pahokee 17.
Okeechobee took a 20-0 lead
into the locker room.
Pahokee had the ball for much
of the third quarter as they moved
the ball 41 yards in seven plays.
However they were stopped at
the Brahman 39. Moros made her
only mistake on the next posses-
sion as she threw an interception
to give Pahokee the ball on the
Okeechobee 31. The Blue Dev-
ils threw two long passes that
appeared to be first downs but
both were called back on penal-
ties. The Blue Devils reached the
+ Continued From.Page 1 ,
Anthony. Besides his mother, he
is survived by his wife, Angela and
baby daughter, Alyssa Jayden who
was born September 2007. He is
also survived by his two brothers,
John Nettle and Joel Nettle; neph-
ew, Warren Nettle- all of Ft. Myers
and Gene Decerio of Okeechobee,
whom SFC Suzch fondly called
Operation Shoebox sponsored
by the VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary, puts together "care pack-
ages" for military service members
overseas. Through the program,
the VFW members have become
Brahmans five yard line before
the drive was stopped on fourth
Okeechobee got an intercep-
tion of their own early in the
fourth quarter and the capital-
ized as Woods ran 17 yards for a
first down and Raulerson scored
.her second touchdown with a
six yard run to the corner of the
end zone. Okeechobee ended the
scoring when Moros found Kylie
Eckhardt with a four yard touch-
down pass late in the game.
Shanika Small had 142 yards
in total offense for Pahokee. She
completed three of 15 attempts.
QB Jenaria Holloway accounted
for 17 yards in offense and com-
pleted two of eight passes.
On defense, Jasmine Mendo-
za had for stops for Okeechobee.
Erica Cervantes had three stops,
Karalyn Wyman had three stops,
Crashai Williams had two stops,
an interception and three pass
.Coach Johnson said she ex-
pects her team to really gain con-
fidence from this victory, "We
don't have a lot of games but the
girls would like to go to- districts.
The team hasn't been there for
three or four years so this would
be a great year to do it."
The girls' next home game is
Wednesday against Glades Cen-
"pen pals" with many of the ser-
-ice members who received the
packages In JanuaIl, the3 hosteda
celebration fora grdotp of these setr-
vice members who were on leave
in the United States. Sailors from
the VS-32 "Maulers," squadron on
U.S.S. Enterprise were treated to
a weekend of fun in their adopted
hometown of Okeechobee. The
VFW and VFW Auxiliary orga-
nized the homecoming weekend,
as a way to say thank you to the
troops and to let those who support
Operation Shoebox meet some of
the service members in person. The
weekend's activities included din-
ners, golfing, motorcycle riding,
duck hunting, fishing, a barbecue
and music and dancing at the VFW
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haven't been able to ask him,"
said Capt. LaFlam.
He said the families of the
victims were on their way to
Okeechobee shortly. after noon
on Friday and it was hoped they
would be able to shed more light
on the killings.
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man, that agency's public infor-
mation officer, said the shoot-
ing apparently took place in a
residential area but there were no
The detective said ,they have
yet to come up with a motive for
"We're not ruling out the pos-
sibility it was gang related," he
Information released by OCSO
investigators states the victims
were "traveling in their car on
That weekend included a som-
ber note-when service members
participated in a memorial service
for SPC John' Sigsbee, an' Opera-
tion Shoebox soldier who died in
Iraq the week before the barbecue.
The VFW Auxiliary's Opera-
tion Shoebox care packages drive
"Operation Shoebox will
continue until we bring them all
home," said Cheryl Benoit, of the
VFW Post #10539 Auxiliary.
Operations Shoebox collection
bins are available at: Clock Res-
taurant, Lunkers Restaurant, R.J.
Gator's, Good Spirits, KOA Mail
Room, Zachery Taylor RV Park,
Antoinette's, Beall's Outlet, Sears,
Radio Shack, Gilbert Chevrolet,
Movie Gallery, Brahma Bull and
Continued From Page 1
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $50,000.
Detective Morrison said Sam-
perio apparently stole the man's
personal information about four
years ago. He used that informa-
tion on his employment applica-
tion and was going by the dead
man's name, said the detective.
The names of the man who
died in April of 2007 and his fam-
ily has not been released.
"He had been working at the
dairy for four years, as of March
12," said Detective Morrison.
She went on to explain that
the IRS had continually sent no-
tices to the man and his wife that
they owed more on their taxes
than what they had claimed and
the couple paid their tax bills.
Detective Morrison estimated
the couple had paid over $6,000
in additional taxes.
When the man's wife received
a notice that she owed an ad-
ditional $900 this year, she con-
tacted the IRS and said that was
impossible because her husband
had been dead nearly a year. But,
N.E. 16th Avenue when they were
Investigators were still trying
to find out more about the vic-
tims Friday, but it was learned
that Astre had been arrested by
the Seminole Police Department
(SPD) in 2006. A spokeswoman
for the Hendry County Jail said
he was transported there by the
SPD for holding, but the Hendry
County 'Sheriff's Office spokes-
woman didn't have any additional
A call to the SPD requesting
that arrest information had not
been returned as of newspaper
Detective Van Deman said the
two men were pronounced dead
at the motel by medical person-
nel from the Okeechobee County
OCSO Detective Sergeant T.J.
Brock is the lead investigator on
Blue Cypress Golf Club.
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However, if you do catch one it
must be released unharmed im-
The other five species are lo-
cated just north of us. The lakes
and rivers of northern Florida are
well po 6ilated with fish'like 'the
striped bass. Although this spe-
cies is often caught along the east-
ern seaboard in saltwater areas
in Florida it is strictly a freshwater
catch. Once a rare find in Florida
the Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission and the US Fish and
Wildlife Service introduced them
to these areas. Now there is a
bountiful catch available.
A smaller bass, which usually
doesn't exceed 3 pounds, is the
white bass. Generally it shares the
same waters as the striped bass,
however it is a native to Florida.
These bass swim in schools up-
river in the spring time. They are
usually caught on a light crayfish
or live shrimp and they also like
yellow jigs and it is possible to
catch a white bass when fishing
for a striper.
WhPje the white bass are a very
fun catch they have a greater im-
portance to our Florida ecosystem.
Biologist have created a hybrid
bass by crossing the white bass
and striped bass. This has become
the sunshine bass. This artificially
created bass, like its parents, does
not adapt well to warm waters.
Centralized in north Florida they
have been stocked, into selected
rivers and lakes. February and
March as well as September and
October are the best months to
fish for this species. The sunshine
bass is best caught with live shad
and the same artificial lures used
to fish for striped bass.
The smallest species of bass is
the Suwannee bass only found in
northwest Florida. This fish rarely
reaches a weight above one and
a half pounds. Because of is spe-
cific location and less than desir-
able size the Suwannee Bass is far
lesser known than any other bass
If you are looking for a small
mouth bass head to northwest
Florida. The waters there are
populated with spotted bass. But
don't be fooled this one is not the
real McCoy. Although it looks very
,similar to the small mouth bass
it is quite different. Reccommen-
dations for catching this fish are
to fish where there is quite a bit
of cover and use a small spinner
Finally, the rarest of the bass
species in Florida is the shoal bass.
With nearly total red eyes it has
been given the nickname red eye.
This bass is considered the rar-
est because it is most commonly
found in Georgia and Alabama. It
can only be found in the Chipola
River and parts of the Apalachico-
la River. Fishing near rock shoals
will guarantee a catch because
this type of fish prefers the cover
provided. A big fish catch for this
species is on average 3 pounds.
The state record is 7.83 pounds.
Those of you anglers out there
trying to make a name for yourself
the feat of catching all 8 Florida
bass species would do the trick.
Yet catching a Big Fish catch of
each would definitely provide that
distinction amongst your colleg-
Hunting, not killing
Many people have looked
down on the sport of hunting,
often because there was no un-
derstanding of what the sport is
about. Like any other sport, time
for preparation is taken to make
the sport challenging and suc-
There are seasons -- like foot-
ball, baseball and basketball --
when hunting can be done. There
are techniques used and game
plans made. There are even spe-
cific "arenas" that hunting can
take place at. Although more
varied than a baseball diamond,
basketball court or football field,
hunting does indeed' require a
specific area to take place.
To better understand what
goes into the sport try talking to
a hunting enthusiast or reading
some articles on a recent season.
In preparation for an upcoming
season many enthusiasts stake out
"hot spots" for their outings. Tools
are cleaned and made ready, the
same is done to their gear. Hunt-
ers have to manage their players
and take into consideration the
best way to reach their goal. ,
Like any sport a successful sea-
son is not a guarantee but with the
right preparation a 50/50 chance
is. And as with all other sports a
season is aimed towards receiv-
ing that elusive trophy. Although
theirs may be mounted on the
wall rather than sit on a shelf, it is
This sport requires the same
practice and perserverance as any
THe 56th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve
Hours of Sebring is presented by
Fresh from Florida, opening event
of the 2008 American Le Mans Se-
ries and North America's premier
sports car endurance race.
The race will be televised live
on the SPEED channel beginning
at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March
15. It will also be aired on ALMS
web radio and broadcast locally
on WWTK 730 AM.
Tickets are available by calling
800-626-7223 or (863) 655-1442.
Tickets can also be ordered online
at www.sebringraceway.com or
purchased at the gate.
Hook, line and sinker
Captain Michael Shellen
provided the following report:
"Winter season is rolling along
quite nicely here in Okeechobee
and fishing on the Big "0" is ac-
tually very good. There have been
a lot of negative comments about
our great lake this winter and I at-
tribute most of them to folks that
just do not know any better. Yes
our water is low, but there are
still numerous places to fish, not
to just fish, but to catch fish'. The
low water situation is an inconve-
nience, but the fact is low water
"This winter I have traveled
around the entire circumference
of the lake looking for fish, and
have been fortunate enough to
find them nearly everywhere we
fished. The Rim Canal is teeming
with fish, not just Bass but Speck,
Blue Gill and Cat Fish. Pahokee
has been a hot spot for Specks all
season and as far as I know it still
is. The new marina is about done
and they have a very nice opera-
tion. The day we visited they were
catching specks off of the seawall
at the Marina. Slim's Fish Camp
in Belle Glade still offers a nice
safe place to launch your boat but
is not the same thriving place it
.once was. Clewiston still. has the
best boat ramps and launch areas
on the lake and the fishing is great
in the Rim Canal and Clewiston
Channel as well.
"It is a sad statement for the
town of Okeechobee that our
ramps are second rate, Scott
Driver Park was built at great ex-
pense, but with poor planning,
why the channel to the lake was
not properly dredged when the
new ramps were built is the num-
ber one question every angler that
launches there is asking, after all
the Kissimmee River is still home
to more fish than any where else
on the lake. The Lakeport area
has been very good this winter;
Sportsman's has been depend-
able for both Bass and Speck. Har-
ney Pond is still a viable alternative
for Bass, Speck, and Blue Gill, as
is Indian Prairie. If you are one of
those folks that prefers to sit home
and grouse about the low water,
then I'm sorry, but someone else
is going to catch a lot of fish while
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the IRS replied that wasn't pos-
sible since he was working at the
"The victim had never worked
at the dairy," said Detective Mor-
rison. "The victim was born in the
United States. Samperio is here il-
She added that the widow's
. husband was also Hispanic.
Detective Morrison said they
contacted the dairy about Sam--
perio, but when she and Detec-
tive Ted Van Deman went there
to arrest him he was gone. She
said they found him later at home
near the dairy.
Samperio was arrested at 6:30
p.m. as he was trying to flee out
the back door of the home, she
The detective said it's not
known if the IRS will return any
of the money paid to them by the
Detective Morrison said the
widow found out two days after
her husband had been killed in an
accident on the coast that she was
pregnant with their third child.
The detective said she will
now contact Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) of
State Park celebrates anniversary
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Kissim-
mee Prairie Preserve State Park will celebrate its 10-year anniver-
sary on Saturday, March 15.
The event will commemorate 10 years of protecting the Florida
dry prairie ecosystems with prairie buggy tours, butterfly walks, a
prescribed fire demonstration and nature viewing.
The event is free of charge. Iced tea and cake will be provided.
For more information, contact the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State
Park office at (863) 462-5360 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.
Citizen boards have openings
The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interested applicants in
serving on the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board and the
Planning Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Membership of
either Board, shall consist of any of the following: architect, general
contractor, realtor, business person, and lay persons. Terms are
for three years. City and County residents may apply. Applications
may be printed from the City's web page, www.cityofokeechobee.
com or obtained from the City Clerk's Office at 55 SE 3rd Avenue,
Okeechobee. For more information, call (863) 763-3372 extension
215. Applications must be returned to the City Clerk's office by 4:30
p.m. Monday, April 7. City employees and elected city officials are
not permitted to serve on the city's citizen boards.
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
POLITICS: In my younger days the logos on the old paper fliers
and media use to be a log cabin for the Republicans and the Roost-
er for the democrats. When did we change to the elephant and the
donkey and why? Editor's note: If you remember a rooster symbol,
you are probably from the Midwest. The rooster and log cabin sym-
bols were regional. The elephant and donkey symbols have been
around for more than 100 years. According to William Safire's "New
Language of Politics," the elephant symbol of the party came from
a cartoon byThomas Nast which first appeared in Harper's Weekly
on Nov. 7, 1874. According to Mr. Safire, an 1860 issue of Railsplitter
and an 1872 cartoon in Harper's Weekly connected elephants with
Republicans, but it was Mr. Nast who provided the party with its
symbol. At the time, the term "Ceasarism" was used in connection
with the prospect of President Ulysses S. Grant seeking a third term in
office. Mr. Saffire wrote, "While the illustrated journals were depict-
ing (President) Grant wearing a crown, the Herald involved itself in
another circulation-builder in an entirely different, nonpolitical area.
This was the Central Park Menagerie Scare of 1874, a delightful hoax
perpetrated by the Herald. They ran a story, totally untrue, that the
animals in the zoo had broken loose and were roaming the wilds of
New York's Central Park in search of prey. Cartoonist Thomas Nast
took the two examples of the Herald enterprise and put them togeth-
er in a cartoon for Harper's Weekly. He showed an ass (symbolizing
the Herald) wearing a lion's skin (the scary prospect of Caesarism)
frightening away the animals in the forest (Central Park). The caption
quoted a familiar fable: An ass having put on a lion's skin roamed
about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish
animals he met within his wanderings.' One of the foolish animals in
the cartoon was an elephant, representing the Republican vote not
the party, the Republican vote which was being frightened away
from its normal ties by the phony scare of Caesarism. In a subsequent
cartoon on Nov. 21, 1874, after the election in which the Republicans
did badly, Nast followed up the idea by showing the elephant in a
trap, illustrating the way the Republican vote had been decoyed from
its normal allegiance. Other cartoonists picked up the symbol, and
the elephant soon ceased to be the vote and became the party itself:
the jackass, now referred to as the donkey, made a natural tran-
sition from representing the Herald to representing the Democratic
party that had frightened the elephant. "Another explanation for the
donkey symbol comes from C-Spann: "Another explanation for the
donkey as political symbol stems from the 1828 presidential cam-
paign -- during which Andrew Jackson was labeled a '"jackass," for
his populist views. Jackson proudly seized the label and began using
donkeys on his campaign posters. During his presidency, cartoonists
sometimes used the donkey to illustrate President Jackson's stub-
bornness on certain issues. After Jacksohn, the donkey symbol largely
faded, to be revived again by Thomas Nast in his 1870's cartoons.
- Over time, Republicans came to view the elephant emblem as a sign
of strength and intelligence, while their opponents portrayed it as a
timid and clumsy behemoth. Democrats seized the Jackass' label,
and transformed it into a clever and courageous donkey. "In the early
20th century, the traditional symbol for the Democrats in the Midwest
was rooster and the Republicans used an eagle or a log cabin (for
Abe Lincoln's party) For most of the 20th century, Missouri Democrats
used the Statue of Liberty as their ballot emblem. This is why when
the Libertarian candidates received ballot access in Missouri in 1976,
they couldn't use the Statue of Liberty as their national symbol. As a
result, the Libertarians chose to use the Liberty Bell.
DIGITAL TELEVISION: I recently learned that we will have to'
switch our television because the satellites are all going to a different
frequency and this is also going to do away with anybody who has
an antenna who picks up three or four channels and I just think this
is wrong forcing everybody to get on this bandwagon. It's going to
pollute this country because all these perfectly good TV's are going to
have to be thrown away. With everything else that is happening like
the gas prices and the low economy they now want us to go and buy
a new TV and I just think this is wrong. What are we, in Russia? I just
think this should be put to a popular vote or something. Editor's note:
Those with older televisions can use a converter box. The govern-
ment is even offering up to two coupons per household to help pay
for the converters. For more information online go to http://www.
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At Your Service On Page 2
This photo of "Pogy Bill" Collins comes from the State
of Florida Archives. William E. Collins was born May 24,
1884, on an American Vessel which was anchored in the
harbor of Sydney, Australia. He worked in central Florida
clearing land and ended up in Tampa working as a boil-
ermaker. By 1919, he had arrived on the shores of Lake
Okeechobee, and it wasn't long before he had his own fish
camp and the lake soon learned of his fists. He was a nat-
ural for the commercial fishing life on Lake Okeechobee,
but he would play a bigger part in the area's history. "Pogy
Bill" would become of one of the area's first and most fa-
mous lawmen. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it
to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it by the newspaper
office, or mail it to the Okeechobee News, 107 S.W. 17th
Street, Suite D, Okeechobee, 34974.
Saturday, March 15
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership. required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo
at (863) 634-0087.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Sunday, March 16
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
Monday, March 17
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N.
Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting.
The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September. For
information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
Yard sale to sponsor youth
The Church of God of Prophecy will be holding a yard sale today,
March 15, at Pat's Floral Design to sponsor their youth to go to church
camp. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m., and continue through late
afternoon. Pat's Floral Design is located at 300 N. Parrott Ave., just
across from Bank of America. Come out and help make a summer
with God possible for our youth.
Hams for Easter on sale
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Easter. Spiral hams, mini hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, side
dishes and desserts are available. Order now for pickup on Friday,
March 21 at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Avenue. For more
information, call (863) 357-MAIN or (863) 763-2225.
Heroes for the American Red Cross fundraiser
Heroes for the American Red Cross will hold Fund-Raiser Saturday
and Sunday, March 15-16 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Trading Post
Flea Market. Many items for sale such as, Jeans for $3 a pair, Tops for
$2, T-Shirts for $1 as well as Ladies Suits for $5. New car seats will
also be available for $10, along with many household items. Please
come out and support your local Red Cross and remember ALL nion-
ies raised remain in Okeechobee County.
Guardians are topic of radio show
On Saturday, March '15, at 7:30 a.m. WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3
FM will have Michelle Hollister, Executive Director, Statewide Public
Guardianship Office, on to speak on the topic of Public and Profes-
sional guardians and incompetent vulnerable seniors with limited
means who have no one to answer for, or make decisions for them.
The discussion will be re-broadcast again at I and 6 p.m. that day. For
information on this talk, please contact, Florida Deparment of Elder
Affairs (850) 414-2000 or your local Clerk of Courts office. elderaffairs.
Masonic Lodge host Annual Hog Roast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host thi-
er Annual Hog Roast on Saturday, March 15, from 4 until 7 p.m. The
menu will be a traditional barbecue. The roast is open to the public.
Tickets are available for $7 per person. Eat in or take out. All. proceeds
will benefit the Scholarship fund. For information or tickets please call
Jose Verano, W.M. at (863) 634-2071.
Farm Bureau holds 26th annual scholarship
The Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will sponsor their 26th An-
nual Young Farmers and Ranchers Scholarship Barbecue on Saturday,
March 15 at the Agri-Civic Center. The 4-H and FFA Livestock sale will
be starting at 2 p.m. This year the barbecue will begin at I and end at
5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Farm
Bureau office, from an FFA member, 4-H member or on the day of the
barbecue. For information call (863) 763-3101. All proceeds go to the
Young Farmers and Ranchers Scholarship Fund.
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.
Thomas Shelton in concert
Thomas Shelton will be in concert Sunday evening, March 16, at
6 p.m. at the Westside Christian Church, 8082 State Road 70 West,
Okeechobee. The public is invited. A love-offering will be accepted.
Thomas Shelton is a gifted soloist and has been singing the gospel of
Christ for over 30 years. His program is worth the 5 minute drive west
from the 441 and 70 intersection. For more information contact Wil-
lard DeLaney at (863) 467-2278.
Butterfly gardening workshop and plant sale..
On March 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Florida Atlantic University's
Center for Enviromental Studies (CES) at the Riverwoods Field Lab
in Lorida will conduct a native Butterfly Gardening Workshop. The
workshop fee is $10 payable in cash or check to FAU Foundation. Res-
ervations are required, so to get a sign up form or for more informa-
tion call (863) 763-6469. The workshop will introduce you to our local
plants and the native butterflies that they will attract to your garden.
You will have the opportunity to purchase native butterfly plants pro-
vided by Hickory Hill Nursery in Sebring.
Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will be hosting a Easter
Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 at 8 a.m. (following Sunrise Service)
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Churches plan Easter services and events
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee area churches
have lots of holiday activities
planned in the coming weeks.
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 un-
til 4 p.m. There will also be Irish
entertainment from 2 until 4 p.m.
A community wide Easter
Sunrise Service will be spon-
sored by First United Meth-
odist 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 addition, other area church-
es are planning special activities.
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St., is a having a special
Good Friday event -- a light sup-
per for $2.50 per person. Please
place reservations by Wednesday,
March 19. Phone (863) 763-3519
to make reservations. There will
be a Good Friday presentation fol-
lowing supper. On Easter Sunday,
a special Easter praise and wor-
ship music/dramatization at 10:30
Oakview Baptist Church
Drama Team will present the play
"No Name in the S&reet" written
by Edward Murch on Sunday,
March 16 at 6 p.m. This dramatic
presentation unfolds the events
leading up to the crucifixion as
seen through the eyes of those
in the streets in and around Jeru-
salem. Simple and moving, this
play has a strong message for
today. The church is at 677 S.W.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.,
will host 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 also hold
a Maundy Thursday Service,
Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House
Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene will have a supper for
$4 donation per person. Reserva-
tions must be made by Mondays
(dinners are only available by
reservation!) Phone the church
office at (863)763-3519 to reserve
and find out the menu..Follow-
ing the supper, the church has
a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots -- a year
long journey through the Bible,"
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects." They are
just starting the New Testament,
studying the gospels. Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
"Sunday School" on Wednesday
nights. On April 5 the church will
have a pancake breakfast from 8
to 10 a.m. For a $5 donation you
will receive sausage links coffee
or juice and extra fluffy pancakes.
Tickets are available at the church
office by calling (863)763-3519.
Proceeds will go toward Vacation
an Church now has a website.
Check it out at www.okeecho-
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dent in oradeic nn thrronh sciv
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.
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
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, 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, 401
S.W. Fourth St., former pastor,
Rev. Richard Whipple, is lead-
ing a study on the Book of Rev-
elation each Sunday evening in
the sanctuary at 5:30. Rev. Steve
Wegmann, pastor of education/
senior adults, will be teaching
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
International Prayer Warriors for
Is there really a
Some choose to ignore the re-
ality that there is a literal devil who
seeks to devour and destroy. The
language of Jesus certainly indi-
cates His own belief on the devil's
He has a kingdom. (Matthew
He snatches the Word from
hearers. (Matthew 13:19, Mark
4:15, Luke 8:12)
He is the evil one. (Matthew
He is the enemy. (Matthew
He has angels (Matthew
Eternal fire is prepared for him.
Eternal fire is for those who
have turned away from Christ.
He is a liar and the father of
lies. (John 8:44)
He is a murderer. (John 8:44)
He is the Prince of the World.
(John 12:31, 14:30)
Jesus saw him fall from Heav-
en. (Luke 10:18).
He bound a woman for 18
years. (Luke 13:16)
He desired to have the disciple
Peter. (Luke 22:31)
Jesus knew what he was talk-
ing about, but also the Old and
New Testaments speak of the dev-
il as being real in several places in
the Holy bible.
He is the seducer of Adam and
Eve. (Genesis 3:1-20)
He moved David to sin (I
He caused Job's troubles (Job
He was the adversary of Josh-
ua. (Zechariah 3:1-9)
He is the tempter. (Matthew 4:3)
He perverts the Scripture. (Mat-
thew 4:4, Luke 4:10-11)
He is the source of demon pos-
session. (Matthew 12:22-29,
He is the prince of demons. (Mat-
thew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15)
He put betrayal in the heart of
Judas. (John 13:2,27)
The Gentiles are under his
power. (Acts 26:18)
He tries to outwit Christians. (II
He is the god of this world. (II
He blinds the minds of unbe-
lievers. (II Corinthians 4:4)
He fashions himself into an angel
of light. (II Corinthians 11:14)
He is the spirit that works in
the disobedient. (Ephesians 2:2)
He is the moving spirit of apos-
tasy. (II Thessalonians 2:9)
He will flee if resisted. (James 4:7)
Like a roaring lion he seeks to
devour Christian. (I Peter 5:8)
He is overcome by faith. (I Pe-
False teachers are a synagogue
of Satan. (Revelation 2:9, 3:9)
He is the deceiver of the whole
world. (Revelation 12:9,20:3,8,10)
He is the great dragon, the ancient
serpent. (Revelation (12:9, 20:2)
Oh, the realization of the reality
of the devil could transform peo-
ple's lives if they would respond
by turning to the Great Protector
and Savior, Jesus!
Remember, it is your choice.
a senior adults Bible study on
"God's Amazing Grace Studies
in Romans" Tuesday morning
March 18 in the fellowship 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. Meals to go are available.
For information call (863) 447-
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 4th Street, Okeechobee,
FL 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
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email
call Pete Gawda at (863) 763-
3134, extension 4225.
Submitted photo/Peace Lutheran
Friday was "Spirit Day" at Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten. The children came
dressed as a Bible character and there were games, all with a Biblical theme played all
morning. Dakoya Nunez, (left) from Mrs. Brandel's 3-year old class and Autumn Melear
(right) from Mrs. Daniel's 4-year old class dressed as Samson and Delilah.
Welcomed by the bunny
During breakfast with the Easter Bunny on March 13, Morgan Holliday was welcomed by
the Easter Bunny. The event was hosted by First United Methodist Church and enjoyed by
some local preschoolers.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Oakview Baptist Church tells us how to set priorities in giving.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Grace Christian Church tells us to accentuate the positive
and eliminate the negative.
.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
200 NW 2nd Ave.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
March 14 March 15 March 16
7PM 7PM 3PM
The heavenly selections will be gloriously sung by a 66-voice choir
comprised of singers from the following 13 local
churches: Buckhead Ridge Christian, Church of
P( Our Saviour, First United Methodist, His House
Fellowship-Church of the Nazarene, KOA
Community, Northside Baptist, Okeechobee
Presbyterian, Peace Lutheran, Sacred Heart
Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Saint
Theresa's Catholic, The Gathering, and
Justin Allen, Paul Beatty, Betsy Cheney, Reid
and Erin Ellinger, Michael Hutchison, JoAnn
Kane, Kevin Kinnaird, Lonnie Kirsch, John & Chris
Sufficool, Sydney Thacker, Kathryn Wilkinson &
Accompanist: Michael Hayes Narrator: Nicolle Wood
Sound: Sheila Brown
Admission is free A Love Offering will be taken
Questions? Call 634-7714
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Pauline Catoe Bryant Robert Wayne
Pauline Catoe "Aunt" Bryant,
96, died on Friday, March 7, 2008
at Homestead Hospital. She was
a resident of South Florida for 74
Mrs. Bryant was born on Aug.
30, 1911, the oldest of 11 children
of Robert and Eula Catoe. Her
mother died at an early age leav-
ing her and older siblings to care
for the younger children. She also
helped with care of young nieces
and nephews along the way.
She always welcomed family
members to come and stay over
and fixed their favorite meal.
Mrs. Bryant and her husband,
Robin, along with other family
members moved to South Florida
in the 1930s. She, her husband
and a business partner became
one of the largest tomato farmers
in the U.S., owning B&L Farms
Company in Princeton, Fla. The
couple loved to fish and Okeecho-
bee was a second home to them.
The couple retired in Okeechobee
after many years of hard work.
"Aunt" Bryant will be missed
greatly. She fought hard during
the last three weeks of her life.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Robin Bryant in
She is survived by many niec-
es; sisters; in-laws and a brother
who loved her dearly. Her niece,
Martha, sister, Raye and caretak-
er, Shirley, cared for her for many
Graveside services for Mrs.
Bryant were held on March 10, at
Palms Woodlawn Cemetery with
burial held after services.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Branham Funeral
Elmer Lee Fellers
Elmer Lee "Frog" Fellers, 72,
of Okeechobee and formerly of
Ohio, died Thursday, March 13,
.2008, at his residence. He was
'born April 28, 1935 in Rudolph,
Ohio to Valentine and Ada Fell-
He served in the United Sates
Army and was a member of the
VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead
-Ridge and was a retired -factory
worker for Union Carbide in Fos-
-toria, Ohio, member of the In-
ternational Union of Electronics,
electrical, salaried machine and
"furniture workers AFL-C10 Local
In addition, he had been a
_- member of the Moose Lodge and
Moose Legionnaire Moose Lodge
#2417, and the Buckhead Ridge
He is preceded in death by his
second wife, Janet Fellers; and
son, Thomas Fellers. He is sur-
vived by his son, Timothy Fellers
of Okeechobee; daughter, Tamela
Rogers and grandsons, Dalton,
Kevin, and Garret Rogers, all of
Findlay, Ohio; and first wife, Mary
Franks of Findlay, Ohio.
There are no public services
planned. All arrangements are
under the care and direction of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
Robert Wayne Fountain, Jr., 36,
of New Port Ritchie, died March
12, 2008 at his home. Born Oct.
13, 1971, in Okeechobee, he was
a frog hunter and catfisherman.
Mr. Fountain is survived by his
mother and stepfather, Judy and
Glenn Harmon of Okeechobee;
father, Wayne (Margie) Fountain
of Alabama; three daughters, Ha-
ley Fountain of Tennessee, Rachel
and Reiley Fountain of Okeecho-
bee; three brothers, Ricky
Fountain of Okeechobee, Ryan
Fountain of Conn. and Richard
Fountain of Ala.; and two step-
sisters, Margaret Scaffa and Missy
No services will be held.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Shelly Ann Harmon
Shelly Ann Harmon, 26, for-
merly of Okeechobee but resident
of Ocala for the past five years,
died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 in
Venice, Fla. She was born August
9, 1981 in Melbourne to Earl Har-
mon and Belinda Willis.
She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Lillie Ann Harmon; father, Earl
(Regina) Harmon of Okeecho-
bee; mother, Belinda Willis of
Ocala; brothers, Earl Harmon, Jr.
of Ocala and Ryan Chance Bald-
win of Okeechobee; sisters: Keri
(Carl) Childers of Tenn., Victoria
Graham of Okeechobee, Laiten
Harmon of Okeechobee, and
Casey Harmon of Okeechobee.
In addition, she is survived by
several aunts and uncles in the Ft.
Visitation will be held on Tues-
day, March 18, 2008, at the Bux-
ton Funeral Home, from 1 p.m.
until service time of 3 p.m., with
Pastor Larry Kilgore officiating.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
James C. Hayes Jr.
James C. "Jimmy" Hayes Jr.
, 47, of Springfield, Ohio, died
March 3, 2008 in Community
Hospital, Springfield, Ohio. He
was born and lived most of his
life in Okeechobee. Jimmy loved
to fish and play pool.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, James C. Hayes Sr.
and Velma Chance Fitzgerald,
and his loving wife, Shirley.
He is survived by his sister,
Sharon; and her sons, Shane and
Trent Myers, of Ocala. He also
leaves behind a good friend and
companion, Alice Faye Castle, of
Services will be held at Little-
ton and Rue Funeral Home in
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Holocaust Survivor presenta-
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March 21 Good Friday No
March 27 End of Third Nine
March 28 Teacher Work Day -
March 31-April 4 Spring Break
- No School
The Dolphins team celebrated little known holiday, "Pi Day",
on March 14 in honor of the helpful math number Pi. Students
made a paper chain, assigning a color to each digit, to help
them visualize that Pi never repeats and does not have a pat-
tern. Although they carried out the calculation to 1500 digits,
they did not set a record, which is over 31,000.
Congratulations to OMS eighth grader Pauline Aguilar for fin-
ishing sixth at the Regional Spelling Bee held in West Palm
Beach on March 10. Pauline was flanked by district winners
and runners up from Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, and Palm
Beach counties. The winner of the bee received an all-ex-
pense-paid trip to Washington DC for the National Spelling
Bee in May.
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tub. Two car garage (200064) $323,000 forever! (200639) $82,500
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News in Brief
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members
of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality
of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed
by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on
the second Tuesday of the month
in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper
at (800) 342-0825 for information;
or, visit www.floridasac.org.
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day
and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call
(863) 462-5877 for registration.
Career Center helps
in job search
The One Stop Career Cen-
ter, has services available at no
charge to help people in their
search for the right employee or
job. For more, visit their web site
at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
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Red Cross presentation
At their meeting on March 13 the Okeechobee County
Board of Commissioners proclaimed the month of March
to be American Red Cross Month in Okeechobee County.
Commission chairman Clif Betts presented a copy of the
proclamation to Julie Shook of the American Red Cross.
"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"
We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
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Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties proclaimed April 6
to be Children's Day in Okeechobee County. Commission chairman Clif Betts presented
a copy of the proclamation to organization members. They in turn presented him with a
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OHS Girls' tennis defeats
Fort Pierce Westwood High
By Charles M. Murphy
High School tennis match with
Westwood turned out to be mis-
matches as the Okeechobee girls
swept through all five singles
matches in short order and went
on to defeat the Lady Panthers.
Shaina Ragamat had an
easy time with Claudia Jean as
she swept her opponent, 6-0,
6-0, and barely faced any break
points or tough situations in the
fourth seeded match.
Ragamat broke her tennis
racket during warm-ups, but had
no problems after the equipment
'A more competitive match
would have been more fun," Rag-
amat said afterward. She is the
third of three Ragamat girls who
have played tennis for Okeecho-
bee High School. Brooke Rag-
amat graduated last year and
younger sister Katherine is also
on the tennis team this year. .
* "We played a lot since we
were little," Shaina remarked,
noting the competition with her
sisters has helped her become a
better tennis player.
Thursday's match was really
practice for Shaina as she con-
stantly hit winners and won the
match in just over 40 minutes.
"It was basically just a warm-
ing up kind of thing," she noted.
Ragamat broke Jean's serve
in the second, fourth, and six
games in the first set. Jean was
able to win two points per game
pretty consistently but couldn't
break through to win any of the
games. She had only one break
point in the first set and pushed
only one game to deuce.
"I'd rather have a real
close match, that's
just me. I like to play
someone who is at my
level or better"
The second set was even
shorter as Ragamat held serve in
the first games, broke Jean on a
nice backhand at double break
point in the second game and
went on from there. She breezed
through the final four games,
winning two of them at love.
Kari Berger won the 3rd seed
match in style as she overpow-
ered Daisy Cendejas, 6-0, 6-1.
Berger displayed a powerful
serve and ground strokes and
kept her opponent on the defen-
sive all afternoon. She won the
match in barely over 50 minutes.
"I felt good. I was pretty sick
(upper respiratory infection) but
I felt I did pretty good," Berger
There were some long points
and competitive tennis at times
but Berger struck the ball much
better than her opponent. She
also displayed a deadly drop shot
that gave her some easy points at
"I worked on my serve a lot
today, I hit it a lot harder," she
Berger won the first game
at 30 and broke Cendejas with
a nice drop shot in the second
game. She broke again in the
fourth and sixth game and did
not face any break points on her
serve in the first set.
The second set was basically
the same as Berger continued
to slam away with her ground
strokes. She broke in the sec-
ond and fourth game of the set.
Cendejas avoided the shutout
when she won the sixth game as
he held her serve after a couple
of deuce points. She also pushed
Berger to deuce in the fifth
Berger won the set at love
in the seventh game to improve
her.match record to (3-2) on the
"I'd rather have a real close
match, that's just me. I like to
play someone who is at my level
or better," she added.
The girl's team played without
their top seed Alyssa Wright. Ja-
mie Fadley filled in at the number
one match and won easily. Kath-
erine Ragamat and Rina Boswell
also played well in their single's
The girls travel to Lincoln Park
for a district contest on Monday
and return home Tuesday to
meet St. Lucie West Centennial.
Match time is 4 p.m.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee High School's Kari Berger returns a volley during her victory Thursday over
Boys' tennis rolls over Westwood
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee boys had to
wait another 30 minutes before
they could start their match with
Fort Pierce Westwood Thursday.
As some would say, good things
happen to those who wait.
The boy's blanked their St.
Lucie County neighbors, 7-0, to
improve their match record to
(5-2) on the year.
"Our boys were ready to play
tonight," Coach Dave Ellis said,
"We played real well. We need
a few more tough matches to
get ready for districts."
They'll get tjiem too as the
boys travel Monday to play Lin-
coln Park, which is considered
one of the top teams in the
Thursday though was an en-
joyable afternoon as the boys
showcased their skills against
the outmanned Panthers.
Bobby Spelts won the top
seed match 6-1, 6-3 over Tyler
Burford. Corey White blanked
Richie Lin in short order 6-0, 6-0.
Elj Cabansay also pitched a shut
out against Stephan Lind-Orjlas,
6-0, 6-0. Zack Fowler matched
his teammates performance
with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over
Robert Rowland. Alex Nielson
had the toughest match of the
afternoon as he outlasted John
"Our boys were ready
to play tonight. We
played real well. We
need a few more tough
matches to get ready for
-Coach Dave Ellis
Clements, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5 in the
tiebreaker), and 10-5 in the thjrd
set tie breaker.
"Alex played a great match,"
Ellis said, "He came back to win
after down a set and down 2-5
in the second."
In the doubles matches Spelts
and Cabansay defeated Burford
and Lind-Orjlas, 6.-3, 6-0, and
White and Fowler defeated Lin
and Rowland, 6-1, 6-1.
The boys match was played
well overall. With Spelts and
White playing hard and Ca-
bansay and Fowler doing the say
the afternoon was a triumph for
the Boy's OHS tennis team.
Their skills proved them-
selves overall. Nielson's tough-
est match of the afternoon and
win was a powerful contributor
to the teams ranking.
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Preparing a special holiday dinner does not
have to be complicated and time consuming.
For a 6-8 Ib semi-boneless fully cooked ham (12-16 servings)
prepare ham following recipe instructions; begin the ham
about 2-2 1/2 hours before you would,like to serve.
About 1 hour before your ham is done, rinse sweet potatoes,
pierce several times with a fork, and wrap in foil.
Place in oven, directly on oven rack, with ham. If your family
and guests are hungry, prepare some appetizers with
Publix Deli Spinach Dip served on Nabisco crackers.
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Even with a busy day and guests on the way,
Easter dinner can be joyous and easy.
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recipe, Publix Semi-Boneless Ham makes a delicious option fresh daily in the Publix Bakery. Heat them in the oven for sweel potatoes add a lot of nutritional value to your
for your Easter meal. Plus, it's convenient too: this ham a minute or two, and place them in a breadbasket lined Easter meal: They're excellent sources of vitamins
comes-fully cooked,-ready to heat and eat. with a linen napkin to help keep them warm. 18-oz pkg. A and C-and also naturally fat- and cholesterol-free.
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Family and guests will love
this simple and flavorful ham.
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Ham With Pineapple
Prep and Cook: 2 hours, 45 minutes
(Makes 1.2-16 servings)
1 semi-boneless fully cooked ham half (6-8 Ibs)
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons pre-diced onions
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup water
8 ounces pineapple tidbits in juice (3/4 cup, well drained)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 packet pork gravy mix (about 1 ounce)
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Remove all packaging and wrap ham
in foil; place in shallow baking pan. Bake about 20 minutes per
pound or just until internal temperature at center of ham is
140*F Use meat thermometer to accurately ensure doneness. '
Remove ham from oven and let stand 10-20 minutes
2. While ham stands, prepare sauce. Preheat medium saucepan
on medium-high 2-3 minutes. Place butter in pan; swirl to coat.
Add onions; cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, or until onions
begin to brown.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring mixture to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to low; cook 10 minutes, stirring often, or until
sauce thickens and fruit softens. Sauce can be blended smooth
with a stick-type hand blender or potato masher, if desired.
Slice ham and serve with sauce. (Ham makes 12-16 servings;
sauce makes about 12 servings.)
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Serve With Crackers or Tortilla Chips, For Fast Service, Grab & Go!, 16-oz cont.
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(Nabisco Easy Cheese, 7.25 or 8-oz can ... 2/6.00)
Tidbits, Slices, Crushed, or Chunks, In 100% Pineapple Juice, No Sugar Added;
or in Heavy Syrup Sweetened High in Aritioxidant Vitamin C Chunks, 20-oz can
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Salted, Light Salted, or Unsalted, 4-sticks, 16-oz box
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Set the oven temperature tb63250F. Use a meat thermometer to (
Remove all packaging and then wrap temperature in the center
the ham in foil; place the wrapped ham (not touching bone or fa
ham in a shallow baking pan. Allow 20 the internal temperature of 1
minutes per pound for an approximate reaches 1400F, remove from 1
heating time. If ham is over 10 pounds,
allow 15-18 minutes per pound.
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