Vol. 99 No. 92
News in Brief
to visit OHS
Bits 'N Pieces Puppet The-
atre's production of "Cinder-
ella and the Chinese Slipper"
comes to Okeechobee High
School on Tuesday, April 8 at
7 p.m. This original musical
production features towering
9 foot tall puppets. The play
lasts approximately one hour
and is appropriate for all ages.
General admission tickets are
$5 per person. No reservations
are needed. The production is
sponsored in part by the State
of Florida Department of State,
Division of Cultural Affairs, the
Florida Arts Council and the
National Endowment for the
Fort Drum Day
set for April 5
Thel6th annual Fort Drum
Day will be hosted by Fort
Drum Community Church on
April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day will include live music,
a pie bake off, games and a pot-
luck feast. Bring a favorite dish
and/or dessert. For more infor-
mation, call 863-357-1581.
Exotic Bird Expo at
The Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 East State Road
70, will be the stie of an Exotic
Bird Expo on Sunday, April 6.
The expo will be from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. Chil-
dren under the age of 10 will
be admitted free. The expo will
also include exotic plants and
BHR church plans
to host car show
The Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian Church will host their
Fourth Annual Car Show on Sat-
urday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. The church is located di-
rectly behind the Moose Lodge
on Linda Road in Buckhead
Ridge. Trophies will be award-
ed for first and second place in
the following categories: best of
show, pastor's choice, people's
choice, best paint, best interior,
pre '70 winner, post '70 winner,
best domestic, best import and
club participation, there will
be a grilled lunch and baked
goods for sale. Bring your car
and friends and join a day of
fun. For more information, call
863-467-7604 or 863-634-8964
or visit the web site at buckhea-
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Truckers protest fuel prices
is no April 1 joke
By Tonya Harden
Soaring prices from the gas
pumps to the supermarket
shelves have many Americans
fed up. Today, April 1, a large
group of Americans are planning
to take a stand.
Nationwide Truckers Strike
'08, has begun in an effort to
show the government just how
tired of rising fuel prices the in-
dependent owner/operators and
several major companies are.
Scheduled to begin today, the
strike is tentatively scheduled to
last for one to four days. Some
will participate in the form of
refusing to buy diesel, some
will refuse to work in any way
throughout the strike and some
will make their way to the state
and the nation's capitals to pro-
"I lose money just cranking
up my trucks," said local owner/
operator Roy Thomas. Diesel
fuel has reached an all time high
across the country. In some plac-
es, like California, the price per
gallon is more than four dollars.
Locally the average is $3.99 per
"It costs me about $1,160 to
fill up my tank in just one truck
and that only lasts about two to
three days," Mr. Thomas said.
Mr. Thomas, who has been in
the trucking business for more
than 30 years has felt the angst of
"There ain't no reason for it
to be this way, for these prices,"
he said. Mr. Thomas has hauled
cross country as well as in-state
and says he's never seen the fuel
cost as much as it does now.
It is speculated that not only
will the strike include more than
1,000 owner/operators across
the country but also many larger,
well known, companies such as
"We can't live on this. The
fuel goes up but the pay rates
stay the same," said Mr. Thomas.
With the lack of compromise
between the two necessities for
Spring babies: Sandhill cranes
Early spring morning calm brings "The Crane Family" out for a walk.
Protected cranes common sight locally
Sandhill cranes, often seen
in the Okeechobee area, are
a threatened species, protect-
ed by state and federal laws.
There are two species of san-
dhill cranes found in the Sun-
Florida sandhill cranes,
numbering 4,000 to 5,000, are
non-migratory Florida resi-
They are joined every win-
ter by 25,000 migratory greater
sandhill cranes from the Great
Sandhill cranes occur in
pastures, prairies and fresh-
water wetlands in peninsular
Florida from' the Everglades to
the Okefenokee Swamp.
The two subspecies found
in Florida are indistinguishable
from each other; both have
gray plumage and an unfeath-
ered carmine red crown. Adults
stand about four feet tall.
Cranes can live to be over
30 years old. They form pair
bonds that may endure for
Nests are usually built over
standing water. Within 24
Baby Sandhill Crane is under the watchful eye of mother during a recent spring morn-
hours of hatching, the young
are capable of following their
parents away from the nest.
Pat Grant, Yearling Middle tunities and connect teens with
School Migrant Advocate, ar- positive adult models from the
ranged for 17 migrant students world of work.
from YMS to attend the 2008 Along with Ms. Grant, Gua-
Treasure Coast Youth Summit, dalupe Sanchez, ESOL parapro-
"The Power in Me!" fessional at North Elementary
The summit was held on School, chaperoned students
Saturday, March 15, at Indian on the trip. Ms. Sanchez is a
River Community College in Ft. former migrant student and
Pierce. knows first-hand the impor-
The Youth Summit of the tance of students having this
Treasure Coast is an annual type of opportunity.
full-day conference for teens Students from St. Lucie, Mar-
ages 14-18 held at the Ft. Pierce tin, Indian River and Okeecho-
campus of Indian River Corn- bee packed the gym at IRCC to
munity College. The goals of the hear the dynamic speaker, Jon-
Youth Summit are to encourage athan Sprinkles. Mr. Sprinkles is
young people to make positive the 2006 College Speaker of the
life choices, increase awareness
of career and education oppor- See Students Page 2
Together, they forage for seeds
and roots, crop plants such
as corn and peanuts, insects,
snakes, frogs and occasionally
truck drivers many have settled
on the idea of "going bust".
From New Jersey down to
Georgia and even out to Cali-
fornia truckers will be taking
a stand together to prove their
point. With many drivers refus-
ing to lfad and tackle the road,
the concern is how are consum-
ers going to get the products.
Drivers who haul hay, cattle and
even fuel have pondered the
same question and say that's the
See Truckers Page 2
Okeechobee County -
By Pete Gawda
It looks like the wait is over.
Okeechobee County has a new
In a special meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
countyy Commissioners on Mon-
day afternoon, March 31, details
of the contract
Lyndon Bon- Bonner
ner were ham-
have an agree-
ment, sir," Mr.
Bonner said to Lyndon
Betts at the conclusion of talks.
County Attorney Laura McCall
had previously drafted a contract
and sent it to Mr. Bonner. He
replied with a list of counterpro-
"I was a little disappointed in
what he asked for," said Com-
missioner Ray Domer. "We have
other people just as qualified not
asking as much."
Commissioner Marvin Wher-
rell expressed a different opin-
"Part of the reason I wanted
Bonner is that he can negotiate
a contract," stated Mr. Wherrell.
"He has shown us he can. do
Mr. Bonner presented his
counterproposals t in person at
The biggest difference be-
tween the two sides was on sal-
ary. The county's original offer
was $120,000 annually. Mr. Bon-
ner requested $148,000. Howev-
er, he agreed to the $125,000 the
See County Page 2
I' Suomittea pnoto
Students from Yearling Middle School attended the Treasure Coast Youth Summit at In-
Sdian River Community College in Ft. Pierce on Saturday, March 15, where they heard from
speaker Jonathan Sprinkles.
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2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Investigation of woman's death continues
By Eric Kopp Okeecl
Okeechobee News being
A detective said Monday he is bond.
waiting on the results of a toxi- Det
cology report to learn the official was al
cause of death for 18-year-old cause
Amber Nicole Martin. step-da
Ms. Martin was found dead in Althou
room 105 of the Budget Inn Mo- the roc
tel, 201 S. Parrott Ave., on Friday, morning
March 28. was fo
Also in the motel room with "LuL
Ms. Martin was Lucinda Billie withh i
Lamb, 35, N.E. 11th St., Okeecho- motel
bee, and Lamb's 16-year-old step- plainec
Detective Bill Saum of the been ti
Okeechobee City Police Depart- detecti'
ment (OCPD) arrested Lamb were
Friday and charged her with ag- Martin.
gravated child abuse and con- App
tributing to the delinquency of a Saum,
minor. She was booked into the for abc
By Pete Gawda providi
Okeechobee News permit
When they meet this evening If the
the Okeechobee City Council will minim
be discussing grant programs shall b
and ordinances dealing driveway inches
construction, zoning changes and increas
resubmission of certain requests Unc
after the original request was de- counci
nied. the firs
Nancy Phillips, grant adminis- as a fir
trator, is expected to be present a rezo]
to discuss the Economic Devel- Muhan
opment Grant Program for fiscal plannii
year 2007 and the Community ed app
Development Block Grant Pro- from h
gram for fiscal year 2008. cial. A
The council is also scheduled constri
to take final action to adopt an offices.
ordinance clarifying the standards is a vac
for installation of driveways and Also
Continued From Page 1
"This country is supplied by us
who drive. We get what is needed
where it needs to be," said Mr.
Many forums have been post-
ed on the internet discussing the
issues of the strike. Drivers are
concerned not only with the pric-
es of fuel but also with the idea of
rates not adjusting appropriately
for owner/operators and larger
companies to survive. However,
many feel that this strike will only
show the government that these
drivers have reached their toler-
According to AAA the average
nationwide diesel price has set
record highs in March and will
continue to rise. With oil hitting
$110 a barrel the prices of both
gasoline and diesel are soaring to
compensate. According to Tom
Kolza, publisher and chief oil an-
alyst at the Oil Price Information
Service, which compiles data for
AAA, the reports of diesel reach-
ing $4 a gallon and over in some
states "really is unprecedented."
Jim O'Neal, chairman of the
Truckload Carriers Association,
has stated that "now we're look-
ing at the dreaded stagflation:
a soft economy and increasing
hobee County Jail and is
held there on a $500,000
active Saum said Lamb
rested on the charges be-
she reportedly gave her
tughter powder cocaine.
gh no drugs were found in
om Friday, he said Monday
ug that drug paraphernalia
cinda got into an argument
er husband and went to the
to let things cool off," ex-
d the detective.
said the teen is OK and has
turned over to her dad. The
ve also added that there
no visible injuries to Ms.
parently, added Detective
they had been in the room
tut a day and a half.
Ms. Martin's body was report-
edly found by her roommates
around 10 a.m. Friday.
The District 19 Medical Exam-
iner's Office in Fort Pierce has
completed the autopsy. It's not
known just how long it will take
to the oet the results of the toxi-
Detective Saum said Monday
morning that the medical exam-
iner hasn't found anything that
leads him to believe that Ms.
Martin's death was due to natural
Shuttle launch delayed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Center from its assembly plant in
NASA's next space shuttle launch New Orleans last week.
has been delayed until May-31, NASA also wanted to avoid
nearly a week late because of having the launch team work
extra time needed to get the fuel through the Memorial Day week-
tank to Florida. Discovery had end. Discovery will ferry Japan's
been scheduled to blast off May massive Kibo lab to the interna-
25, but the external fuel tank for tional space station. The first sec-
the space station mission got held tion of the lab went up on the last
up by bad weather. The tank fi- shuttle flight, which ended last
nally arrived at Kennedy Space Wednesday.
ing for an increase in the
fee for their installation.
ordinance is approved the
um diameter of a culvert
be 12 inches instead of 15
and the permit fee will be
sed from $5 to $40.
ler zoning changes, the
1 is scheduled to conduct
st reading and set April 15
nal public hearing date for
ning request submitted by
imad Nooruddin. The city
ng board had recommend-
roval of the zoning change
holding to heavy commer-
.pproval would allow for
action of physical therapy
; The property in question
cant lot on N.E. 12th Street.
on the agenda is an item
prices on everything, especially
Because many of the compa-
nies that are dependant on diesel
are discretionary companies, they
are forced to pay the higher pric-
es for fuel. Last year Americans
burned about 142 billion gallons
of gasoline and more than 65 bil-
lion gallons of diesel and heating
oil. This data from the Energy
Information Administration illus-
trates how dependant Americans
are on this commodity as well as
how freight businesses can't sur-
vive without it.
The rising cost of fuel not only
effects travel but will also be felt
in many other markets. With
the construction and real estate
markets already feeling a slump,,
Bob Costello, chief economist
of the American Trucking Asso-
ciation has said that "rising diesel
costs will almost certainly lead to
higher consumer prices and more
According to Dan Little with
uscattlehaulers.com the news of
the impending strike has reached
many government offices and
concerns are forming. Mr. Little
stated that "Senator Clinton's of-
fice has called. They are on a fact
finding mission. Mr. Phil Spector
was wanting to know if we had
any support for our shutdown on
Some have said that "we don't
really think this is gonna make
If you go ...
What: Bimonthly meeting of the Okeechobee City Council
When: 6 p.m. this evening
Where: Council chamber, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
to conduct the first reading and quest or a variance request has
set April 15 as the final public been denied, the applicant must
hearing date for a proposed ordi- wait at least 60 days after denial
nance dealing with resubmission to resubmit.
of applications after they have Turning to another matter,
been denied. The proposed ordi- the mayor expected to proclaim
nance states that after a request the month of April as Water Con-
for a comprehensive plan or land servation Month in the City of
development regulation amend- Okeechobee.
e gan e Post your opinions in the Public
ment, a zoning change request, Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
an appeal of an administrative Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
decision, a special exception re- at firstname.lastname@example.org.
any changes overnight" and
some would like a deal to be met
that allows "federal fuel taxes to
be suspended until the economy
Many drivers are expected
to take a stand on Pennsylvania
Avenue and in Tallahassee with
the hope of making law makers
understand the serverity the prob-
lems the steady increases at the
pump are causing.
Mr. Little has also stated that
the strike will not include just
owner/operators but also unions.
The IWW Union has implied par-
ticipation. With 16,000 trucks in
their union that kind of action, is
sure to be noticed. Taking those
16,000 trucks off the road for even
one day will save $5,066,400 in
fuel costs, estimated at low fuel
Mr. Little is also an owner/op-
erator out of Carlton, Mo., and is
feeling the pain the rising diesel
prices are causing. Mr. Little said
he has been contacted by many
owner/operators as well as major
companies stating they are pre-
pared to take part in this.
"There are four ports serviced
by IWW Union who are ready to
shut down. They are in Texas, Cal-
ifornia, Southern Florida and New
Jersey," he said. "We all know if
something doesn't change these
guys, the little guys, are on their
way out anyhow."
Mr. Little said he expects to
see a huge rally behind this cause
with "convoys to state capital,
-truckers driving slowly and even
a bobtail outfit (group of semis
without trailers) headed to D.C.
We hope to draw some attention
to what's going on."
The strike has every intention
of taking a stand against the per-
petually rising cost in diesel fuel
as well as other hardships that
have caused many drivers to park
their trucks, "go bust," or feel the
stress in other areas of their lives.
Other issues that truckers would
like addressed include exces-
sive regulations, fuel, federal and
state federal taxes, excessive DOT
regulations on non-safety related
items and insurance premiums.
Although the strike consists of
mostly independent owner/oper-
ators larger companies hearing of
this strike empathize. "Those are
the people this is hurting. They
have to pay out of pocket for their
fuel. And when they don't get
better pay rates they suffer. They
can't afford it," stated one corpo-
Keith Walpole of Walpole Inc.,
has commented that although his
company is not participating in
the strike he does think that "peo-
ple should pay attention and talk
to their legislature. It's important.
The cost of fuel is an extremely
volatile situation for everyone in
He added that everything we
use "is on a truck at one point."
He said of the shutodwn "it's
not overly organized and it's
mostly through the owner/ope-
artors, it is gaining momentum."
The strike in many ways is con-
sidered a "revolt against brokers
who are taking a bit of advantage
of the owner/operators in refer-
ence to fuel surcharges, so they're
hurting," said Mr. Walpole.
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Trucks like these, independantly owned and operated, are
feeling the pressure of the rising costs of fuel, taxes and in-
surance premiums. With many 0/0's contemplating going
out of business many hope that the Truckers Strike '08 will
"open eyes" and help make a difference.
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commissioners offered him.
There were several other ma-
jor issues and some minor issues
the two sides disagreed on. How-
ever, agreement was reached on
the other major issues and Mrs.
McCall was confident she and Mr.
Bonner could work out the minor
"This is not a take it or leave
it document," Mr. Bonner said of
his list of counterproposals.
The commission wanted a
one year contract to be renewed
annually. Mr. Bonner wanted a
three year contract. However, he
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Year. His topic for the summit was
"Sprinkles of Wisdom on Leader-
Mr. Sprinkles inspires students
to aim high and reject excuses.
agreed to the one year contract.
It was agreed that Mr. Bonner
would have the same vacation
and sick leave policy as other
county employees. Mr. Bonner
will have the use of a county au-
tomobile according the same pol-
icies as other county employees
who have use of county vehicles.
Mr. Bonner requested insur-
ance for his family. Commission-
ers would only provide insurance
"We cannot pay his family's
health insurance," Mr. Wherrell
It was agreed that Mr. Bon-
ner would pay for a second line
for personal calls on his county
owned cell phone.
He empowers them to exceed
even their own belief about their
Students were divided into
small groups along with chap-
erones where they participated
in exciting power-session work-
shops, youth forum and a career
fair targeting teens. There were
many door prizes awarded to the
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Diesel prices are borderlining $4 a gallon here in Okeechobee
while across the country they have topped $4. These prices
and other stimulants have become the cause of the Truckers
Strike '08 taking place today and throughout the week.
Mr. Bonner requested 12
months severance pay. Commis-
sioners had originally offered four
months, but compromised at six
The board directed Mrs. Mc-
Call to draw up a contact incorpo-
rating the agreed upon terms and
have the chairman and Mr. Bon-
ner sign it as soon as possible.
"We plan to stay here and start
looking for a place tomorrow,,"
said Mr. Bonner who brought his
wife and small son to the meet-
He will start to work on April
Commissioner Noel Chandler
was in Tennessee due to a previ-
ous commitment. Upon the ad-
Students also toured IRCC and
got a sense of what it is like to be
on a college campus. The sum-
mit empowers students to think,
"Every setback will either be an
excuse to quit or motivation to
get back up and try again. The
Choice is yours."
The Treasure Coast Youth
vice of Mrs. McCall and the vote
of the commission, he took part
in the discussion and voting by
means of a conference call.
In another matter the board
voted for, the consulting firm of
Applied Technology Management
of West Palm Beach to offer pro-
posals for renovation of OKee
Tantee Marina and Campground.
Their fee is based on the extent of
work done. Staff will contact the
firm and present a definite cost
and scope of work to the board at
a later date for approval.
In memory of recently de-
ceased former commissioner Na-
thaniel Hazellief, commissioners
voted to fly the courthouse flag at
Summit was sponsored by the
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast. Ms. Grant,,
along with participating students
would like to thank Ms. Sanchez
for chaperoning the trip and Mrs.
Leslie Lundy, coordinator of the
Title I Migrant program for spon-
soring attendance at this enjoy-
able and educuational event.
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SPECIAL THANKS: Special thanks to President George W. Bush,
Florida Senator Bill Nelson, and Senators Hillary Clinton and John Su-
nunu for the bipartisan development, sponsoring and signing, into law
this bill. Florida, in the last year, has had 11 fatal vehicle back-overs in
at least 21 non-traffic incidents. Nationally, according to Kids and Cars,
a national nonprofit organization protecting unattended children in
and around motor vehicles; where back-overs account for 7.1 percent
of fatalities. Power windows closing on a child accounts for 2.1 per-
cent of fatalities. A backing vehicle has an unacceptable blind zone
and lack of warning, which accounts for 49.5 percent fatalities. This
act requires vehicles to have systems by 2010 that prevent this tragedy.
Okeechobee County allows large commercial trucks and school bus-
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What's wrong with this picture?
MCCAIN: The more I see on television about Mrs. Clinton and Mr.
Obama, the more I think we will be calling John McCain, Mr. Presi-
dent. I think McCain is going to win by default after the two Democrats
sabotage each other so badly that neither one can recover. They have
lifelong Democrats considering the Republican ticket.
COLD CASE FILES: I was reading an article in AARP about retired
cops who volunteer to work on cold case files. I think they should try
that here. Maybe they could work on the old Danny's Cafe murders.
That was about 20 years ago and it was never solved. They tried to pin
it on some guy, but the case didn't hold up. They never did find out
what really happened.
CANALS: Well, I see the county commissioners fell down on their
job. They paid all that money to have the vegetation cleared from the
canals. If they visited the canals recently the commissioners will see
that they have wasted the taxpayers' money because there is vegeta-
POSITIVE COMMENTS: I was injured in an auto accident a cou-
ple of years ago with permanent head, neck and back injuries and
have used a cane to walk. I finally gave in the other day at a local store
and used one of their motorized grocery carts. I could not get over
how helpful customers were. I dropped some papers on the floor and
right away two women came over and picked them up before I could
even begin to get out of my chair. Then I was reaching up for an item
on a shelf and another customer came over, asked me what I was
reaching for and got it down for me. You hear so many negative things
from people, but I believe the positives far outweigh anything negative
people have to say. Thank you to the wonderful people who helped
me and God bless you.You made my day for me. I think we should
have at least one full day of "Speak Outs" that are nothing but positive
remarks. Let's try it.
RESTAURANT: I was in one of the restaurants in town this morn-
ing, and the waitress brought all four of us at the table, a large glass
of ice water. With the shortage of water, unless a customer asks for
water, I only see it as waste, when water is brought and not drank.
Maybe the restaurants could get with this program, as they did years
ago when there was a water shortage, a very good way to conserve
needed water supply. Thank you for listening.
NOISE: I completely agree with the comments about the loud ra-
dios or stereos on some of these cars and trucks. The sound rattles the
windows of my office when these vehicles pass by on the highway
-- and my office doesn't even face the highway. It's crazy that they
need the music that loud. They must be nearly deaf. Of course they
are probably nearly deaf from playing the music that loud. It can cause
permanent hearing loss when you play music that loud over a long
period of time.
CRIME: I could not believe all the crime stories in the newspaper
this week. We like to think small towns are quiet little places, but it just
isn't that way anymore. Maybe it never was.
SPORTS: I am really glad the newspaper is running so many pho-
tos and stories about the high school sports teams. These young peo-
ple deserve recognition. It means a lot to them to have their photos in
the paper. I think it's great.
EASTER: In church on Easter Sunday, as usual we had a big crowd.
It makes you wonder where these folks are the rest of the year. Well
now you knowwhere the church is and what time the service is, don't
be a stranger.
WAR: Every time I hear about another American soldier dying in
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Don't let sports add to family stress
From the American
Spring means more outdoor
activity for most kids and today
that often means organized sports
programs. Whether it's baseball,
soccer, track, or the numerous
other athletic opportunities avail-
able in most communities, orga-
nized sports can offer children
opportunities to be active and
have a good time.
Unfortunately, there's also in-
creasing evidence that too often
organized athletic activities for
kids mean increased pressure
and stress because winning is be-
There are a number of reasons
for such developments. The ex-
ample too often seen in profes-
sional sports is one contributing
factor. From increased fighting
to reports on steroid and growth
hormone usage, winning at any
cost is the example our kids are
On a more personal level, par-
ents often add pressure for their
children to perform well and be
a "winner." Most national youth
sports associations now report
frequent incidents of fights or
abusive behavior involving par-
ents and coaches.
More subtly, parents may,
though usually with good inten-
tions, place such a high empha-
sis on athletic achievement that
a child may feel a failure unless
he or she is winning and making
Mom and Dad proud.
Is there an over-emphasis on
athletic achievement in your fam-
ily? Try answering yes or no to the
Tuesday, April 1
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.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi
at 863-467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards
Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 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, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
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. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
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.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. 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
information call 863-357-3053.
Our family's life revolves
around our children's sports ac-
When my children win I re-
ward them with gifts and verbal
When my children lose I may
tease them, put them down, or
not speak to them.
My children's athletic activi-
ties get more of my attention than
their academic achievements.
I push my children to train
harder and not be "lazy".
I usually say "WE are playing
against ..." not, "My son is playing
I often brag about my child's
I get angry and upset when my
child's team loses.
If several of these statements
describe you, or you do things like
get upset with coaches and other
parents, make fun of other teams,
almost lose control at competi-
tions, or experience mood swings
related to your child's sports suc-
cess, you're probably putting far
too much pressure on your child.
Your school counselor or a
local mental health counselor
can offer suggestions for getting
sports into proper perspective.
Sometimes informal, unstruc-
tured sports experiences might
Whatever the answer, athletics
should be a positive, enjoyable
activity for our children, not a sit-
uation where stress is a constant
and winning is everything.
"The Counseling Corner" is provided
as a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling
professionals. Learn more about
the counseling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.org.
Eagles plan benefit for Warren Martin
The F.O.E. #4137 is planning a benefit for Warren Martin on Satur-
day, March 29 starting at noon. There will be barbecue meals avail-
able for a donation. There will be an auction. Donations for the auc-
tion are greatly appreciated and all donations can be dropped off at
the Eagles Club, 9983 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds will go to help with
Warrens medical bills due to injuries in a motorcycle accident he is
unable to work and has no insurance. For information call the club at
Group to see 'The Story of Jesus'
Oakview Baptist Church is taking a trip to see "The Story of Jesus"
Wauchula, Florida's Passion play on Friday, March 28. They will be
leaving from Oakview at 5 p.m. and will be returning at midnight. Cost
is $30 per person, which includes the chartered bus and performance.
If you are interested in going, call the church at 863-763-1699.
Angel Food orders coming up
Angel Food orders will take place Thursday, April 3 from 4 until 7
p.m. at the ROC. Orders can be submitted at the church office Mon-
day-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those orders must be Money Order
or EXACT change. If you want to order with Food Stamps you must
show up on one of the Thursday nights. Order cut-off date is March 8.
Distribution date is April 26, from 8 until 10 a.m.
16th Annual Ft. Drum Day
The Ft. Drum Community Church will hold their 16th Annual Ft.
Drum Day on April 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be games,
live music, food, and even a pie bake off. For information call Judy at
863-357-1581 or the church at 863-467-1733.
Healthy Start directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m., in their office, 575
S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School building. This meeting
is open to the public. For information please contact Executive Direc-
tor, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, 863-763-5877.
Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
Proud to be an American
Fawn Lake Press is offering free "Proud to be an American" flag de-
cals for a self-addressed stamped envelope. The decals are 2x3 inches
and are printed in full color. This offer is valid as long as our troops are
deployed. Members of the military need not attach postage to their
self addressed envelope. Fawn Lake Press pays the postage. Send your
request with the self addressed envelope to Fawn Lake Press, 54 Fawn
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Eggs are a good source of protein Health News in
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If you have any hard boiled
Easter Eggs left in the refrigerator,
it's time to throw them out.
According to the USDA, after a
week, cooked eggs are no longer
safe to eat, even if they have been
refrigerated. (Hard boiled eggs that
have not been refrigerated are no
longer safe to eat after two hours.)
Raw eggs can be stored in the
refrigerator a lot longer. According
to the USDA, eggs may be kept for
up to five weeks in the refrigerator.
Hard boiling an egg reduces its
"shelf life" because cooking the egg
changes the shell, removing some
of the egg's natural protective cover.
This allows bacteria to get through
the egg shell and contaminate the
egg. (This is why it is not a good
idea to use real eggs for Easter Egg
hunts in warm climates.)
Eggs are an inexpensive and
low-calorie source 9f protein. A
medium egg only has about 70 cal-
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ories, with 6 grams of protein. Eggs
contain potassium, vitamin A, cal-
cium, iron, Vitamin B-12, Ribofla-
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vin, phosphorus and zinc. They are
a "brain Ifood"-source of oimega-3
fatty acids, which are important for
good brain function.
Years ago, eggs were unfairly
blamed for high cholesterol. Re-
searchers later found that choles-
terol is affected by many lifestyle
factors. Diet alone does not de-
termine cholesterol levels. For ex-
ample, smoking increases "bad"
cholesterol levels; regular exercise
decreases cholesterol levels. Even
heart patients are now allowed
to include eggs in their diet a few
times a week.
Some tips from the American
Use only properly refrigerated,
clean, sound shelled, fresh, grade
AA or A eggs.
Buy eggs from refrigerated
cases. Always refrigerate eggs at
home. Store eggs in the carton
on a shelf (not in the door) in the
A al-.l a Aa a A a 11
refrigerator to ensure freshness.
Egg shell and yolk color may
vary, but color has nothing to do
with egg quality, flavor, nutritive val-
ue, cooking characteristics or shell
Poach eggs instead of frying
to cut back on fat, or use non-stick
pans or non-stick vegetable pan
spray to reduce fat when preparing
Prepare and serve eggs with
low-fat foods such as vegetables,
fruits, whole grain breads, and low
fat or skim-milk cheeses.
Serve egg dishes promptly or
keep them refrigerated.
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise program, con-
suit your doctor. This is especially
important if you are on any pre-
scription drugs. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would other-
wise be considered "healthy."
Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat Qui SmokingNow
By Rebekah Bernard, M.D.
"I started getting a scratchy
throat this morning," a patient
told me this morning. "Last time
this happened my doctor gave me
an antibiotic that knocked it right
out." Later on that day, another
patient told me, "I've been taking
my mother's leftover penicillin for
a sinus infection." Still another pa-
tient told me that she was taking
an antibiotic from Mexico that she
got at a local store. Although they
don't realize it, these three patients
are contributing to a very serious
crisis in medicine: the develop-
ment of super-strong bacteria that
are resistant to available antibiot-
Antibiotics were introduced
during the 1940s, and have helped
to save the lives of many people
with serious bacterial infections.
Unfortunately, many bacteria have
learned to mutate or change in
order to prevent being destroyed
by antibiotics. This mutation is
known as "antibiotic resistance."
If wedo not stop this problem, our
society faces a future of increased
illness and death from these pow-
erful mutated bacteria.
To prevent antibiotic resistance,
follow these recommendations:
1. Antibiotics should only be
prescribed by a trained health
care professional. Doctors spend
many years in school to learn
when antibiotics are necessary,
and what antibiotic is most useful
for a specific infection. It is a very
bad idea to get antibiotics from a
friend, relative, or local store. In
the United States, it is illegal to
sell antibiotics without a prescrip-
tion. However, in other countries
like Mexico, many medicines are
available over-the-counter. Some-
times these medicines are brought
into the United States and sold
at small shops. Not only can this
contribute to antibiotic resistance,
but it could be dangerous to your
health, as many antibiotics have
serious side effects.
2. Antibiotics should only be
prescribed for definite bacterial in-
fections. Antibiotics do not help vi-
ral infections, such as the common
cold or the flu. These illnesses will
generally get better by themselves
within a few days to a week. Your
doctor may recommend medi-
cines to treat the symptoms of
these viruses, such as pain reliev-
ers, cough syrups, and deconges-
tants, although over-the-counter
and prescription cold medicines
are no longer recommended for
children due to the risk of adverse
reactions. The best treatment for
viral infections is plenty of rest,
fluids, and avoidance of cigarette
3. If antibiotics are prescribed,
take every pill until the bottle
is empty. It is difficult for many
people to finish their dose of an-
tibiotics, because they usually feel
better before the antibiotics are
completed. However, not finish-
ing the medicine can allow any
remaining bacteria to become
stronger and develop resistance
in the future. In some cases, not
completing a course of antibiotics
can lead to serious personal health
consequences. For example, anti-
biotics are given to people with
strep throat to prevent a heart
condition called rheumatic heart
disease. Not finishing the course
of antibiotics may increase the
chance of developing this danger-
4. Try not to pressure your
doctor into prescribing antibiot-
ics. Doctors are human too, and
although we try to do our best to
provide evidence-based care for
our patients, we sometimes feel
pressure to give unnecessary treat-
ments. It can be hard for doctors
to face the disappointment of their
patients, who generally expect to
leave the office with some kind
of prescription, and may become
upset when no medications are
advised. The truth is that for many
viral infections the best treatment
is simply time to let your body's
immune system clear the illness.
Of course, in some cases, what
seems to be a simple viral infec-
tion mnay deteriorate into a more
serious bacterial infection. Be-
cause of this risk, your doctor will
explain to you the warning signs of
severe infection, and may ask you
to return in a few days or sooner if
you are worsening for a recheck.
We don't do this to try to get more
money from you, or to inconve-
nience you, but because this tech-
nique has been found to be the
best way of avoiding unnecessary
antibiotics without compromising
patient care and safety.
5. Prevent infections before they
start. One of the best ways to pre-
vent infection is by frequent hand
washing or the use of hand sanitiz-
ers. Cover your mouth when you
cough or sneeze, and avoid work
or school when you are very ill to
prevent spreading infection. Vac-
cines are very useful in prevent-
ing infections such as pneumonia
and the flu. Also, don't smoke, as
smokers are much more prone to
developing viral and bacterial in-
Doctors and patients can help
prevent antibiotic resistance by
working together against this very
serious problem. Talk to your
health care provider if you have
questions about antibiotics.
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD)
offers a Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program for
the community. The purpose
of the program is to reduce
adult and youth tobacco use,
and provide tobacco resources
to residents, businesses and
community organizations in
For information, call 863-
health support group
Do you suffer with depres-
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illness? The Christian Mental
Health Support group meets
on the second and fourth
Thursday of the month at 6
p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for informa-
tion. Family members are wel-
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which meets on the second Thursday
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please call the program coordina-
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Depending on Christ is a new
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suffering from depression. They meet
every Thursday. For information, call
Red Cross offers
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Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
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Nathaniel Hazellief, age 81 of
Okeechobee died March 30, 2008
at his home. Mr. Hazellief was
born, March 23, 1927.
Mr. Hazellief was preceded in
death by his son, Nathaniel Bruce
He is survived
by his wife, Patty
ter, Pearl Hazel-
lief; son, David Nathaniel
(Betty) Hazellief Hazellief
all of Okeecho-
bee; four grandchildren, Michael,
Clint, Erick and Justin and four
He was a lifetime resident of
Okeechobee and a well known
rancher. He was the Florida State
All Around Cowboy Rodeo Cham-
pion in the mid 1940s. Mr. Hazel-
lief was a member of the North
Okeechobee Church of God. Mr.
Hazellief served as County Com-
missioner during the 1970s as
well as the late 1980s and 1990s.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7
p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral ser-
vices will be at 10 a.m. on Thurs-
day, April 3, at North Okeechobee
Church of God with Pastor Don
Leon and Pastor Noah Taylor of-
ficiating. Interment will follow at
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Winifred D. Goolsby
Winifred D. Goolsby, age 86 of
Okeechobee died Saturday, March
29, 2008 in the Hamrick Home.
Born Sept. 12, 1921 in Brooklyn,
N.Y., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1976.
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Zedra Goolsby and
son, David Goolsby.
She is survived by her sons,
Robert (Amanda) Goolsby of
Okeechobee, Hank (Joan) Tu-
liszewski of Davie; daughter, Joan
(John) Shute of Sebastian; sisters,
Tillie of Texas, Betty and Emma
of New York and a brother, Ted of
A memorial service will be
held Wednesday, April 2, at 11
a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Lola Catherine Murray, age
87 of Okeechobee died, Monday,
March 31, 2008 in Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center. Born
Nov. 16, 1920 in New Westville,
Ohio, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 21 years
and was a member of Society of
Friends. (Quaker) She enjoyed
reading and crocheting.
She is preceded in death by
her brother, Marion.
She is survived by her husband
of 68 years, Eugene of Okeecho-
bee; sons, Gene Murray of Phoe-
nix, Ariz., Tom (Mary Ann) Mur-
ray of Okeechobee; daughter,
Dee (Alan) Hemmelgarn of Rich-
mond, Ind.; grandchildren, Seth
(Angela) Hemmelgarn of Rich-
mond, Ind., Marc (Maggie) Hem-
melgarn of Ohio, Brent (Heather)
Hemmelgarn of Richmond, Ind.,
Michael (Dina) Murray of Paho-
kee, Laura Murray of Okeechobee
and nine great grandchildren.
The family will be accepting
friends on Wednesday, April 2,
from 4 until 6 p.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral
services will be conducted on
Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at the
Doan and Mills Funeral Home in
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
Speaking Contest will be held
at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at
the Okeechobee USDA Service
Center at 452 Hwy 98 North,
Okeechobee. The contest is
open to any Okeechobee Coun-
ty student enrolled in Grades 6
through 12. The topic is "What
is the Future of Florida's Renew-
able Energies?" Speeches will be
6 to 8 minutes long. Prizes for the
District Contest are $150 for First
Place, $100 for Second Place and
$50 for Third Place. There will be
a participation prize of $15 to all
Any student interested in par-
ticipating may contact Audrey Dri-
ggers at the Okeechobee Soil and
Water Conservation District at
863-763-3619 or stop by the USDA
Service Center for complete con-
begins in March
The Okeechobee County
School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
program in March. The Pre-K pro-
gram is located at New Endeavor
High School. To be eligible to
participate in the Pre-K program,
children must turn 4 on or before
Sept. 1, 2008. For information re-
garding the Pre-K program or to
place your name on a contact list,
please call Donna Kersey at 863-
462-5363 or Rhonda Morton at
863-462-5000, ext. 235.
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the
coming school year. They have
openings in Jr. Preschool, 3 and 4
year old's and Kindergarten. Call
the school for more information,
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about
children from birth to teens. For
information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith
at 863- 697-6320 or 863-462-5000,
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will offer
parenting education classes for
infants to age 3. 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.
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Visit www3.newszap.com/memorials for sample ads and an
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Okeechobee Cancer Center
Board Certified Radiation Oncologists
David J. Harter, M.D. Alan S. Krimsley, M.D. Ronald H. Woody, M.D.
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Our State-of-the-Art Treatments Include:
Ultrasound and CT Based Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
* Mammosite Breast Cancer Therapy High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
3-D Image Guided Therapy CT/MRI Fusion Technology
We offer Courtesy Transportation, Mileage Reimbursement,
FREE Second Opinions and FREE Prostate Cancer Screenings.
Now Accepting New Patients
Okeechobee Cancer Center
301 NE 19i, Drive Okeechobee
-Florida Cancer Center (863) 357-0039 Port St. Lucie Cancer C
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Like Having a Doctor in the Family
The office of Dr. Mishelevich provides Primary and Preventive care for adults.
With the most advanced equipment and resources, Dr. Mishelevich takes care
of the physical, mental and emotional health. Our philosophy is based on the
creation of caring relationships with patients and their families.
Sick Visits for acute and chronic diseases
Comprehensive management of chronic diseases.
* Preventive Medicine: Annual Physical Exams including comprehensive health assessment, labo-
ratory work and age appropriate cancer screening; vaccinations; healthy living counseling
Office Gynecology: Pap Smears, Breast Exams and Counseling
Dermatologic procedures, skin cancer screening, cosmetic procedures
Accepting New Patients We Accept Most Insurances
1004 N. Parrott Ave Okeechobee
Give us a call at (863) 763-6496 for all your health needs.
H Ricardo J. Quintero-Herencia, MD
is pleased to announce
the opening of his eG
Green Day medical
Oncology & Hematology
of Fort Pierce and Okeecho0bee
-Specializing in evidence based medicine for the treatment of Cancer.
-Combined Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy treatment.
-Medicare/Medicaid Assignment Accepted
-Consulting and Free Second Opinions Regarding Cancer
-All insurance plans accepted and filed.
-Courtesy Transportation provided
Now Accepting New Patients
Se Habla Espanol
1231 N. Lawnwood Circle 1006 N. Parrott Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Okeechobee, FL 34972
(772) 460-5501 (863) 357-4138
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Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
BEAGLE Female. Call to iden-
BILLFOLD found on 18th
Terrace, Taylor Creek Isle.
Call to identify
ROTT/LAB MIX? Black male
pup, approx 4 months old.
Call to identify
CAMERA Sony W100 3x
zoom digital Cybershot, vic
of Basswood on 27th Ave or
CAT male, solid black, vic. of
Ousley Estates, owner ill
over loss, REWARD!
DIGITAL CAMERA In a black
& white bag. Vic. Okeechobee
Park Tues. 3/25. Cell #
LOST: CAT/Ig male, white/tan
w/dark brown/black mark-
ings. Vic. of Laurel Oaks Vil-
lage. Call 863-674-1823
Need a few more bucks to
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
PUPPIES mixed breed, vic.
of Highway 78, to good
homes only. (863)763-7240
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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Calooso Belle, Clewiston' News, Glades County Democrat,
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Full Time -
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
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:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
HIRING for RETAIL/SALES
MGR. SALARY + COMM/
BONUS. SUNDAYS OFF,
Room for growth to GM.
Must have 2 yrs Mgmt. exp.
pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR, 21yrs or older,
45hr work wk. email resume
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 South 34974
ADMIN. SECRETARY NEEDED
Kissimmee Prairie State Park,
M F 8-5 Contact Charles
PERSON Full or Part Time.
For Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery.
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
How do you find a job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
Call Janet Madray, Circulation Manager
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
BUNK BEDS heavy duty
frames, Full size top & bot-
tom, $250. (863)610-3147
BEARDED DRAGON Male, 3
yrs. old. Aquarium & acces.
BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES -
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
PANDA FERRETT Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & acces. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824
3000 like new, $300.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
jor apple's. included. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smok.
env. no pets, $600/mo, 1st,
last, sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
BASSWOOD Pets OKI 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
Call Lex (561)715-1768
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
Mobile Home. Lots 2065
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $950/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BHR 2 MH for rent, 1br, 1ba,
from $375-$425 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, Clean. In
nice park. 7650 Hwy. 78 W.
McIntyre MH Park. $450 mo.
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
PINE OAKS VILLAGE D/W on,
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
$125K. Opt. to Rent. Call for
more details. (863)447-0965
GET INVOLVED IN
more 1unl a
Brand New 3/22
AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
ar. Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100 & Up (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K Financing
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. last last & sec.
EAST OF TOWN 3 BR, 1 BA,
$850 mo. (863)634-2121
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
ON LAKE ISTOKPOGA -
Lorida, panoramic view, 2/2
w/dock. Low price $850/mo
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit, & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
WATERFRONT 2br, 1ba
M/Home $550/mo. & 1 Rm
Cottage w/Dock & Porch
$450/mo. For both 1st, Last &
Sec. req'd. City water incl.
Business Places '-
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
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property .
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$225,000 or best offer. Rent
or Buy. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
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For Legal Ads:
For All Other Classified Ads:
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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Parts Repairst 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Utility Traileris 4065
MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE -
'95,Tow pkg 454 Big BC, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
PONTIAC GRAND AM '95 -
75K miles, Auto., Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500
GMC SURBURBAN '88, HD
Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
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o wonder newspaper
readers are more popularl
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
Change In April School Board
The regular meeting of the Okeechobee
Cuunly School Boadl for April wil take
place on TResday, April 15, 2008, at
:00i pm. in Room 303 of the School
Board Admnistrative Ofllice located at
700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. Thie nineing is
open lto lie public, TheoM will be no
meeting as regularly scheduled on
April 8, 2008.
Patricia G. Cooper;Ed.D,
Suipedintenrdent of Schools
264710 ON 1/1,8/08
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008CP42
IN RE: ESTATE OF
a.k.a. MAXIE BRICKER, SR.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ES-
You are hereby notified that an Order of
Summary Administration has been en-
tered in the estate of MAXIE BRICKER
a.k.a. MAXIE BRICKER, SR., de-
ceased, File Number 20080P42 by the
Circuit Court tor Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is RO. Drawer 700, Fort
Pierce. FL 34954; that the decedent's
date of death was May 1, 2007; that
the total ue of the estate is $0.00
and that the names and addresses of
those to whom it has been assigned
by such order are:
Name and Address
Maxie Bricker Jr
12725 NE 76th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI-
All other credtors of the estate of the de-
cedent and persons having claims or
demands against decedent s estate of
the decedent other than those for
whom provision for full payment was
made in the Order of Summary Admin-
istration must file their claims with this
court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice
is March 25th, 2008.
Person Giving Notice:
Maxie Bricker, Jr.
12725 NE 76th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Kevin H. Hendrickson, Esq.
Attorney for Pears, Rep
310 South Second Street
Fort Pierce, orida 34950
ondda BarNo. 618454
266681 ON 3/25;4/1/08
READING A NEWSPAPER,
HELPS YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
RFQ # 2008-1
Notice is hereby given that The Okeechobee Utility Authority, hereinafter referred to
as the "OUA", hereby issues this request to procure Professional Architectural and
related Services pursuant to Section 287.055 Florida Statutes.
Proposals to provide Professional Services within the scope of the practice of archi-
lecture, professional engineering, and project management shall include: a letter
of transmittal requesting that the firm e certified as qualified to provide the re-
quired professional services, organizational profile and Firm's qualifications, re-
sumes of individuals to perform the work, scope of services proposed, public
entity crimes affidavit, standard forms SF 330 and other pertinent data as outlined
in the information regarding the Firm.
The OUA is soliciting Requests for Qualifications from qualified firms interested in
providing Architectural Design and related services for the design and project
management for the construction of a proposed approximate 10,000 square foot
administrative building to be located on a 1.32 acre vacant property to wit: Parcel
ID# 3-15-37-35-01-01-1640-0040, to provide space for twenty four (24) cur-
rent staff, board room and future expansion for ten additional staff. The OUA will
require that the selected professional firm take the proposed project from incep-
tion to completion which will include, a conceptual preliminary site analysis, con-
ceptual layout, site civil work, conformity with LDR aior other regulatory issues,
permitting of final design plans, evaluation and specification of building materials,
cost estimating, construction bidding, and overall project management. While the
degree of emphasis is likely to vary, all skills are necessary to achieve a cost ef-
fective and optimum design.
Background and other information relating to this RFO is available at the location
specified herein for submission of proposals. Related inquiries shall be directed
to John F Hayford, Ill, Executive Director, of the OUA at (863) 763-9460.
Time is of the essence! All firms interested in Dprvldino these services shall mail
or deliver an original Oroesal and six (6) copies to arrive ON OR BEFORE
Agri12. 2008 at 3:00 D.m.
Mall in a Sealed Envelope as Follows:
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974-4221
Proposals received after the time and date specified will not be considered.
The OUA accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery
of proposals. The OUA reserves the right to: reject any and all proposals, select
the firm most qualified for each individual referenced project or for all referenced
projects, waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal,
which, in rs sole judgment, best serves the OUAs interest.
The OUA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free workplace.
John F Hayford, III
Okeechobee Utility Authority
267536 ON 4/1-7/08
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehloles/ATVs 3035
'CARU'S RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
PARK MODEL 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$ 8 2 5 0 0
(863)467-5601 (will the party
tat called & left number
637-1971 please call again
and give area code)
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at
'the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
'day, March 28, through Thursday, April 3, are
Theatre I "Dr. Suess: Horton Hears a
4Who" (G) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
'at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
* Theatre II "Super Hero Movie" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15,
.7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Shutter" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
A4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-7202.
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 1, 2008
OHS wins third straight game OG. & C.C. Weekly Results
By Charles M. Murphy
Things are looking up for the
boy's baseball team as they en-
tered the Spring Break recess on
a high note Friday night with a 7-1
victory at Forest Hill.
Okeechobee (7-12), got some
positive contributions from two
veterans on their team and also
saw their staff ace return to form
in the victory over the Falcons,
Seniors Clay Coleman and
Mitchell Bryner combined to
have four hits in the game to lead
the offense and Junior Dustin
Stokes (3-3) pitched five strong
innings with six strikeouts to lead
Okeechobee on the mound.
Stokes added a double at the
plate for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee scored four runs
in the first three innings and
added two runs in the top of the
seventh to close out the victory.
It wasn't a great fielding night
for each team as the two squads
combined to make 10 errors.
Pitching Coach Mark Ward
said Stokes pitched very well and
Jonathan Crawford pitched well
in relief. He had four strikeouts in
Ward said he has given Craw-
ford a new pitch to work on and
it appeared to work for him. He
noted Crawford will be very im-
portant to the team's success.
"We need a right hander that
will come in and throw strikes.
He throw's some nasty stuff if he
throws strikes," Ward noted.
Ward also praised the hitting
as everyone in the batting order
contributed. The team had nine
hits in the game, eight of them
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March 17: First place-Diann
Whitacre. Second place-Max
Sherry. Last place-Randy Ketch-
erside. Closest to the pin-(2) Russ
Adams, (8) Mike Frost, (11) Mike
Frost and (17) Ann Schroeder.
March 19: First place-Jim
Benoit. Second place-Levi Clem.
Last place-George Earle Goudy.
Closest to the pin-(2) Max Sherry,
(8) Levi Clem and (11) Joe Al-
brechta, (17) John Nicholson.
March 21: First place-Kenny
Curran. Second place-Randy
Whaley. Last place-Vinnie Malone.
Closest to the pin-(2) George Earl
Goudy, (8) Max Sherry, (11) Max
Sherry, and (17) Penny King.
Vinne Malone and Eagle on
March 24: First place-John
Nicholson. Second place-Frank
Noble. Last place-George Earl
Goudy. Closest to the pin-(2) Jack
Forde, (8) Kenny Curran, (11) Max
Sherry, (17) Jack Forde.
March 26: First Place-Russ
Papy. Second place-Bill Kenney.
Last place-John Nicholson. Clos-
est to the pin-(2) Randy Ketcher-
side, (8) Russ Papy, (11) Kenny
Curran, (17) Max Sherry.
March 28: First Place-Harry
White. Second place-John Nich-
olson. Last place-Randy Ketch-
erside. Closest to the pin-(2) Ida
Curtis, (8) J.W. Cain, (11) George
Earl Goudy, (17) Randy Ketcher-
March 18: First place-Sunni Ad-
ams. Second place-Diane Gaul.
March 20: First place-(tie)
Nancy Haldeman, Sunni Adams,
Diane Smet and Kay Duball, Fran
Dierig, Eilene Hammond, Mary
Odd and Even
March 27: First place-(tie) Sun-
ni Adams and Nancy Pullen. Sec-
ond place-(tie) Shirley Esterline,
Nancy Haldeman, Diane Smet.
Third place-Jeannette Butler.
Fourth place-Mary Varnes. Fifth
Okeechobe News/Charles Murphy
Dustin Stokes pitched five Jonathan Crawford pitched
strong innings for OHS. well in relief for OHS
Adam Tewksbury also had a
good night at the plate.
"The guys looked good. They
played good defense. We also hit
and run a little, bunted guys over.
It wasn't a bad effort," he said.
Ward said the momentum
gained from these victories will
help at the end of the season. He
noted even if the team loses close
games, they are showing some
"We have bounced back and
won three games in a week. The
kids are practicing hard. We'll
continue to work. That's a good
sign that we are making it fun
for them. The kids believe right
now," he said.
Ward also noted the team's
three left-handers are beginning
to round into form. He noted that
should be a good sign for the rest
of the season.
The kids will enjoy a week off
from the grinds of baseball and
will return to the field next Mon-
They will have a tough task
as they take on John Carroll and
South Fork next week. Both of
those teams are having strong
OHS girl's softball season going well
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee went into the
spring break with a pair of wins
against Forest Hill and South Fork
on the road last week to improve
their record to (11-2).
Against Forest Hill, Okeecho-
bee had very little trouble. They
defeated the Lady Falcons, 11-0 in
five innings. That district victory
set Okeechobee's seed for the dis-
trict tournament. They will be the
number two seed behind Jensen
Beach when the districts begin on
April 15th. The districts are held at
Lawnwood recreation area in Fort
Pierce this year.
Mary Huff did the almost im-
possible against the Lady Falcons.
She struck out 10 batters in three
innings. She recorded nine outs
and one runner reached base
when the pitch got past the catch-
er. From there Katarina Suarez
continued her recent success on
the mound with a strong two in-
ning performance. She retired all
six batters she faced. Huff now
has 10 victories on the mound
At the plate, Elia Suarez had a
big night with two hits, a stolen
base, a run scored, and a run bat-
ted in. Taylor Douglas had two
hits, two RBI's, and scored a run.
Jordan Marcum tripled and drove
in two runs.
The competition on Thursday
against South Fork was much
tougher. Okeechobee prevailed in
a tight game, 2-0.
"It was a big game for us
regarding bragging rights in lo-
cal polls," Coach Kim Hargraves
noted, "The great win over South
Fork should improve our num-
Mary Huff pitched a complete
game as she allowed just two hits
and improved her personal re-
cord to 11-2.
At the plate Naomi Stevens
continued a marvelous freshman
campaign with three hits, a run
scored and a stolen base. Megan
Clements had two hits and a run
batted in. Ashtyn Brown had a
base hit and Elia Suarez had one
hit and a run scored. Jordan Mar-
cum added a hit for the Brahmans
On defense the team contin-
ues to play very well. Elia Suarez
made two excellent catches in left
field, robbing the Lady Bulldogs
of two extra base hits. Catcher
Megan Clements filled in nicely
for senior leader Lauren Throop
, who missed time due to a medi-
cal procedure last week.
On the season the girls have
five players batting over .350. Lau-
ren Throop has batted .432 in her
12 games. Naomi Stevens is bat-
ting .412 (16 games), Jordan Mar-
cum .408 (16 games), Mary Huff
.389 (16 games), and Elia Suarez
.358 (16 games).
Huff leads the pitching staff
with a 1.09 earned run average
in 14 starts, 83.2 innings, and two
shutouts. She has struck out 99
batters this season.
Katarina Suarez has picked up
two victories with a 1.17 earned
run average in two starts. She has
thrown 12 innings and struck out
Mary Huff struck out 10 bat-
ters in three innings.
Courtney Wilson has also
pitched well in four appearances.
She has thrown five innings and is
yet to give up an earned run.
Stevens leads the team with
nine stolen bases. Jordyn Nealis
has five steals.
The Lady Brahmans are prac-
ticing hard this week to compete
in the Kissimmee Classic, one of
the most prestigious tournaments
in the state. They will play three
games in this tourney between
Thursday and Saturday.
Sports in Brief
Lobster season closes
The recreational and com-
mercial harvest season for spiny
lobster in Florida waters closes
on April 1. The regular season
will reopen as usual on Aug. 6.
The special two-day sport'sea-
son for recreational harvesters of
spiny lobster will occur on July
30 and 31.
2008 Spring Adult
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball
Leagues are being organized.
Team fees will be; Men's League,
$350 (+ $25 Annual ISA fee),
women's league; $300, and co-
ed league; $300. If you would like
to participate in these leagues,
team fees must be paid no later
than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
For more information contact
Okeechobee Parks & Recreation
Communities in Schools Po-
lice Athletic League will host their
8th Annual Golf Tournament at
the Okeechobee Golf & Country
on April 12, starting at 8 a.m. with
a shotgun start. The cost for play
is $45 person or $180 per team.
Awards and prizes will be given
to first place, eighth place, and
next to last place. There will also
be a chicken and ribs barbecue
lunch. For more information call
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
programs. The Auxiliary is a
volunteer service organization
composed of men and women
who actively support recreation-
al boating safety and other Coast
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved in
patrols, communications, admin-
istration, seamanship, piloting/
navigation, weather or search
For information, call (863)
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 McAl-
lister Memorial Kid's Fishing Fes-
Ten All Star
Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten All Star
Summer Basketball Camp. The
Ten All Star Basketball Camp is
by Invitation Only. Boys and Girls
ages 10-19 are eligible to apply.
Past participants include: Mi-
chael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince
Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant
Hill and Antawn Jamison. Play-
ers from 50 States and 10 For-
eign Countries attended the 2007
camp. College Basketball Schol-
arships are possible for players
selected to the All-American
Team. Camp Locations Include:
Babson Park, FL, Prescott, AZ,
Thousand Oaks, CA, Gainesville,
GA, Champaign, IL, Glassboro,
NJ, Lebanon, TN, Commerce,
TX, and Blacksburg, VA. There is
also a Summer Camp available
for Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of
all skill levels. For a free brochure
on these Summer Camps, please
call (704) 373-0873 ANYTIME or
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