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Friday, Apiril 4, 2008


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Briefs

100 Target Fun
Shoot helps Hospice
A 100 Target Fun Shoot will
be held on Saturday, April 5, at
Quail Creek Plantation to ben-
efit Hospice of Okeechobee.
Check in begins at 8 a.m. The
course opens at 8:30 a.m. The
shoot is presented by Brigitte
and Frank Irby, Gilbert Chevo-
let/Gilbert Oil, Riverside Bank,
Syfrett Feed Company/Josh Far-
ish Jr., The Medicine Shoppe,
Town Star Food Stores and
Walpole Inc. and Walpole Feed.
Lunch will be prepared by
George and Mary Beth Cooper
with Davey Raulerson's swamp
cabbage. Participation levels
start from $65 for an individual
shooter to $500 for a gold spon-
sorship which includes up to
six shooters. Tickets for spec-
tators who wish to sign up for
lunch only are $20. For more
information, call 863-467-2321
or fax 863-763-7856.

Benefit planned for
Amber Martin
R.J. Gators, 102 S.W. 14th St,
will hold an all day benefit for
former employee, Amber Mar-
tin, 18, who died last week. The
benefit will be held on Tuesday,
April 8, from 11 a.m. until 10
p.m. (open to close.) R.J. Ga-
tors will donate 10 percent of
their gross sales for Tuesday to
help cover funeral costs at Bux-
ton Funeral Home. Any money
raised in excess of the funeral
costs will be used for the ben-
efit of Amber's two brothers.
A benefit account has been
set up for her at Seacoast Na-
tional Bank in Suzanne Gunters
name. Contributions may be
made at Seacoast National
Bank or at RJ Gators. For more
information, contact Joe Estes,
Manager, or David Helms, Gen-
eral Manager at 863-763-2800.
For information on the account
please contact Suzanne Gunter,
863-261-5642

Puppet theatre visits
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. Tickets
are $5 per person. The produc-
tion is sponsored in part by the
State of Florida Department of
State, Division of Cultural Af-
fairs, the Florida Arts Council
and the National Endowment
for the Arts.

Drought Index

Current: 296
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.28 feet
ast Year: 10.425 feet



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

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Com ics .................................. 8
Community Events.................... 4
C rossw ord ................................. 8
O pinion.... ............... ........... 4
Speak O ut................................. 4
Sports.............................. 10
TV .............. .............................. 8
W eather .................. ............... 2

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Rock found guilty, faces up to 35 years


Man accused of
choking wife and
threatening deputies

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
For Corporal Paul Ferrell,
his decision was resolute: "I
wasn't going to die."
And after making that deci-
sion the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) dep-
uty fired two shots at Dennis
Keith Rock. One round struck


S I! Rock in the
left leg while
the other hit
him in the
right side of
his groin.
Thursday
S,: afternoon,
2 after deliber-
Dennis ating 25 mrin-
Rock utes, a juiy
of five men
and one woman found Rock,
40, guilty of battery and guilty
on two counts of aggravated
assault on a law enforcement


officer.
Rock's sentencing was set
for May 19 at 1:30 p.m. and,
according to Assistant State
Attorney Ashley Albright, Rock
is facing a maximum sentence
of 35 years.
Mr. Albright also explained
that the battery charge is nor-
mally a misdemeanor. Howev-
er, because Rock has a previ-
ous conviction on a charge of
battery the second conviction
is enhanced to a felony.
The charges against Rock
stemmed from an incident


on Aug. 11, 2005, when he
and, his wife Cathy became
involved in an argument. The
battery charge came from
Rock grabbing his wife of 11
years around the throat with
both hands and choking her
until she lost consciousness.
When she awoke on the
kitchen floor of her single
wide mobile home, Rock was
bent over her with his face
near hers.
She told the jury during
her testimony on Wednes-
day, April 9, that her husband


then drew back his hand and
formed a fist and said, "I'm go-
ing to kill you."
But, he choked her again
and threw her to the floor.
She, along with her 9-year-
old daughter, then ran to the
mobile home next to hers on
S.E. 57th Drive in Pioneer Es-
tates. Her neighbor just hap-
pens to be her sister, Karen
Craton.
It was Mrs. Craton who di-
aled 9-1-1.
See Trial Page 2




Charity


plans flag

football


tourney

Chaka's Stars
Foundation plans
events for local kids

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Chaka's Stars Foundation
will sponsor flag football tourna-
ment on Saturday, April 26, at the
soccer fields across from North
Elementary School.
This event will be a fundraiser
for the Chaka's Stars Foundation,
which was formed in 2007 to
create a support system for kids
in our community.
They are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit
organization.
The first game begins at 8:15
a.m. for the double elimination
tournament. Maximurh 12 man
teams entry fee is $175. Registra-
tion ends Tuesday, April 22. All
fees must be paid at that time.
Late entry fee of $25 will be
assessed for teams registering
after the deadline. All ages are
welcome.
The foundation began with
activities such as summer camps
and football camps held in Doug-
las Park at the Community Cen-
ter. They have also held talent
shows with cash prizes for the
children, kick ball tournaments,
teen dances and many summer
events.
Summer camps taking chil-
dren to places such as Islands
of Adventure, the Rapids, Skate
Town, bowling, swimming and
to the library. The Seminole
Tribe of Florida also sponsored
the summer camp's trip to the
Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum in Hol-
lywood where they also visited
the Culinary Arts School in Palm
Beach where they had lunch at
their cafe.
Through the foundation lo-
cal children have participated in
etiquette courses, seminars con-
cerning bullying and heard from
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice concerning gangs and sub-
stance abuse awareness.
See Stars Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Everybody talks about the
weather but nobody does any-
thing about it."
That remark, attributed to
Mark Twain, could have once
been used to describe the con-
dition of the canals in Treasure
Island. For years there was a
lot of talk about cleaning up
the canals, but no one took ac-
tion.
Then in 2004, using a South
Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) grant that
eventually totaled $950,000,
the county agreed to take the
lead in cleanup.
However, there are two
big questions remaining to be
answered. The first is if funds
can be found to finish the job.
Once the initial cleanup is
completed, the next question
is if a source of recurring funds
can be found for regular main-
tenance to keep the canals
clean.
In September 2004 the
county secured the engineer-
ing firm of Craig A. Smith to de-
velop a preliminary plan for ca-
nal cleanup. The contract was
awarded at a cost not to exceed


Nationally recognized but-
terfly expert and writer Robert
M. Pyle Ph.D. recently visited
Arnold's Butterfly Haten, a
half-acre garden shaped like
the zebra longwing, Florida's
state butterfly, at Arnold's Wild-
life Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Pyle not only spent the
morning in the garden, he also
met many of the animals at the
center.
Arnold's'was one stop along
the way of Pyle's year-long jour-
ney throughout North America
in a quest to find, experience
and identify as many of the
approximately 800 species of
butterflies in the United States
and Canada as possible. While


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This picture of the same Treasure Island canal, taken April 3, shows how it looks after
the clean up effort.


$47,500. That preliminary plan
was delivered to commission-
ers in December of 2005. A de-
tailed cross section was taken
of several canals. The report


recommended mechanical
harvesting rather than spraying
to remove aquatic growth and
hydraulic dredging.
In September 2006, the


county awarded a contract to
Devland Site Development for
Taylor Creek canals sediment
removal. Devland worked for
See Canals Page 2


Submitted photo
Butterfly expert Robert Pyle visited Arnold's Wildlife Center
recently for a stop at Arnold's Butterfly Haven. He is pictured
with Sue Arnold.


in'Arnold's butterfly garden, he
identified four butterfly species
to add to his list.
The results of Mr. Pyle's
project will be published by
Houghton Mifflin Company in
a book entitled "Swallowtail
Seasons: The First Butterfly Big
Year." Mr. Pyle has authored
a dozen books, including the
Audubon Society Field Guide to
North American Butterflies, and
received several book awards.
Arnold's Wildlife ,Rehabili-
tation Center is a 501 (C) (3)
non-profit, educational-based
wildlife care facility that oper-
ates solely on donations. The
center is dedicated to bringing
people and wildlife together to


develop community awareness
of the value of Florida wildlife.
Its ultimate goal is to rescue,
rehabilitate and return recov-
ered animals to their natural
habitat. Animals unable to re-
turn to the wild are provided a
permanent home at the center.
Arnold's Butterfly Haven is
an extension of the animal con-
servation and education efforts
of the center.
For more info about Mr. Pyle
and his butterfly journey, go
to www.xerces.org For more
information about Arnold's,
go to www.arnoldswildlife.org
or www.arnoldsutterflyhaven.
com.


Canal cleanup: Before and after


... Okeochbee Mews,'File hot,'Pc.'te Gawda
This picture, which appeared in the Jan. 7, issue of the Okeechobee News, shows the condition of Treasure Island
canals before Tarheel Specialties, Incorporated began their cleanup effort.



Grants help remove vegetation, muck


Butterfly expert visits Arnold's


Wildlife Center, Butterfly Haven


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When Cpl. Ferrell, along
with Deputy Donald Ellis and
Deputy Raul Marrero, arrived
at the Rock home it was pitch
black. Although there was a
small light shining from some-
where inside the 70-foot mo-
bile home, the outside area in
front of the home was in total
darkness.
As the deputies approached
the home along the outside of
the chain link fence a voice
called out to them: "C'mon,
I've got something for you!"
Cpl. Ferrell testified Wednes-
day morning that he and Depu-
ty Ellis then shined their flash-
lights on the screened porch of
the mobile home. At this point
Rock opened the screen door
and stepped out onto the car-
port. As he began to walk to-
ward the deputies they could
see he had a rifle in his hand.


"I had my eye on the sus-
pect," testified Cpl. Ferrell. "He
yelled again 'C'mon, I've got
something for you,' and came
off the porch. I had made up
my mind if he came past-the
car I was going to shoot him.
"He kept coming and saying
'C'mon, I've got something for
you.' I shot him," said Cpl. Fer-
rell.
The car to which Cpl. Ferrell
was referring was Cathy Rock's
red Pontiac Grand Am GT..
While being queried by Mr.
Albright, Cpl. Ferrell told the
jury that through his training he
has learned that under stress
he will shoot low. That night,
he said, he was aiming for
Rock's torso.
"For some reason that night,
I shot low," he told the pros-
ecutor.
Rock was charged with two
counts of aggravated assault
on a law enforcement officer
in regard to Cpl. Ferrell and
Deputy Ellis.
Deputy Marrero was sta-
tioned to the east side of the


home and Rock most likely
didn't know he was there.
In his closing Mr. Albright
told the jury that Rock most.
likely didn't know that Marrero
had a shotgun trained on him
and was ready to fire.
Defense attorney Steve Rog-
ers put his client on the stand
Wednesday and his testimony
was the antithesis of all the
other witnesses. He said he did
not touch his wife, but rather
left the house to avoid an ar-
gument as she returned home
from work around 7 p.m.
"She wanted to fight. She
wanted to argue," he told the
jury. "I told her I wasn't going
to argue and went out to the
pool."
About 11 p.m. he became
hungry and the mosquitoes
"were eating me up" so he
went inside the home. The ar-
guing continued and he told
the jury that he told his wife he
didn't want to argue.
"And if it's over, it's over," he
said.
At that point he began to


get his things together to leave
his wife and daughter. Those
'things' included a .22 caliber
semi-automatic rifle.
As he then left the house to
put the gun in his blue F-150
pickup parked outside Rock
said he stepped off the porch
and said to himself "there's a
cop there.
"And bam, bam, I was shot!"
he told the jury.
He stated that the depu-
ties never told him to stop and
"failed to even identify them-
selves to him prior to his being
shot.
The allegation that none of
the deputies identified them-
selves before the shooting did
not concern Mr. Albright.
"I didn't think that, under the
circumstances, not identifying
themselves was a problem,"
he said after the trial. "The only
concern I had was if the jury
felt sorry for him (Rock) be-
cause he was shot and would
compromise on the charges."
They didn't.


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Canals
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about three months at a cost to
the county of about $525,000 be-
fore low water levels forced them
to quit. The company was paid by
the truckload for debris removed.
"Devland did what they could
get done before it became too
time consuming and costly," said
Deputy County Administrator Jim
Threewits. Since the company
had to bring equipment from Cal-
ifornia and was hampered by low
water, Mr. Threewits speculated
they may have even lost money
on the project.




Stars
Continued From Page 1


Students were also involved in
community service.
The board for this foundation
is made up of community lead-
ers: Chris Branam; Valerie White;
LeShawn Miller; Margie Neal;
Suraiya Smith; Chaka Smith; and
Derek Koger.
The goal of the organization
is to create a support system for
all the children in the community
as a whole, not just one area of
town.
Future plans include beginning
a mentoring and tutorial program
and to reach beyond just the chil-
dren and into the families of the
community to lend support.
For more information about
the flag football tournament or
registration contact Darryl Allen
at 863-697-3850 or Chaka Smith
at 863-634-7424.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


In November 2007, the county
awarded a contract to Tarheel
Specialties, Incorporated based on
the volume of debris removed.
Tarheel Specialists was
equipped to work in either wet or
dry canals using a machine called
a minzy muck. The minzy muck
is a backhoe-like device mounted
on four long legs. Each leg has a
rubber tire mounted on the end
and each leg can move indepen-
dently from the other legs. It is
very versatile and maneuverable
and can operate on dry ground
as well as in water up to six feet
deep. This machine cleaned a 20
foot wide strip in the center of the
canals. Surface vegetation was
removed by hand and piled in a
boat.


Tarheel Specialities worked
eight to 10 weeks, exhausting
most of the remaining grant mon-
ey.
Mr. Threewits said the center
of most of the canals are clear.
He said that some canals that had
not been passable in several years
were opened up to boats.
The materials removed from
the canals was stored on the state
property across from the Treasure
Island Fire Station.. Mr. Threewits
said before any material was re-
moved from the canals it was
tested to make sure there were no
toxic material involved. He said
that the soil is rich in nutrients
and could be mixed with top soil.
The deputy county administra-
tor said if another round of fund-


ing is secured, the concentration
would be on removing vegeta-
tion near the shoreline. However,
he predicted that because of the
nature of the project, it would be
considered a new project, mak-
ing it harder to get funding than
for an older, established project.
Because of the current budget
situation additional funding may
be hard to secure.
Missie Barletto, spokesperson
for SFWMD said at this time there
are no funds for an additional
grant.
"We're looking, but we have
not identified anything," she said.
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Local man struck by vehicle


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A pedestrian who wore dark
clothing, and stood in a dark drive-
way with no street lights nearby
was struck and seriously injured
last week, Okeechobee County
Sheriff Deputies reported.
Ivan Natahel Lopez-Orozco,
23, of N.W. 36th Street, was flown
to Holmes Regional Medical Cen-
ter in Melbourne after he was
struck by a 1999 Ford driven by
Robert Adams, 28, of N.W. 4th Av-
enue, Deputy John Ashby noted.


The crash occurred at the en-
trance to a private driveway at
3544 N.W. Fourth Avenue just be-
fore 9 p.m. on March 26.
Deputy Ashby's report stated
that Mr. Lopez-Orozco had just
gotten off his bicycle and was
standing in the driveway. lHe was
standing in a dark area with no
street lights to light the area and
was wearing dark clothing with
little or no reflective material.
The report noted there were
no reflectors on the bicycle and
no lights.


Lopez-Orozco was injured
when he was thrown from the car
into a nearby drainage ditch.
Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue provided treatment at the
scene. An Aero Med helicopter
flew the. victim to Holmes Re-
gional.
Mr. Adams was cited for no
proof of insurance in this acci-
dent, Deputy Ashby said.
About $100 in damage was
done to the Road master moun-
tain bicycle that Mr. Lopez-Oroz-
co had been riding.


Pilot error is cause of plane crash


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The National Transportation
Safety Board completed their in-
vestigation into a plane crash on
Sept.1, 2007, that left a Port St.
Lucie man swimming in Lake
Okeechobee.
The report stated the single en-
gine homemade plane continued
to fly by itself after the pilot was
ejected into the water.
The final report listed the errors
of the pilot, Anthony Bencivenga,
66, as the cause of the crash.
Mr. Bencivenga had just taken


off in a home built Aventura II
aircraft from the Okeechobee
County Airport when he decided
to practice touch and go landings
on the water. The report stated he
arrived at the lake but turned into
the wind which caused the nose
of the airplane to rise. He over
corrected, and the nose dipped
sharply, and made a sharp left
turn.
Mr. Bencivenga was ejected
from the airplane when his seat
belt failed and he tumbled sev-
eral feet into the water, the report
noted.
The plane went on to fly by


itself for about a mile before it
flipped into some shallow water
and landed on its roof.
Luckily for Mr. Bencivenga, a
friend had been flying with him
in a gyrocopter and the friend,
Michael Bantum of Port St. Lucie
alerted a fisherman that came to
Mr. Bencivenga's aid.
The NTSB found nothing me-
chanically wrong with the air-
plane, the report noted. Benciven-
ga suffered only minor injuries in
the plane crash. About $65,000 in
property damage was done in the
crash.


Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
Charles M. Newberry, 34,
S.E. Jefferson St., Stuart, was ar-
rested March 31 by Deputy Justin
Akins on charges of driving under
the influence and driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge. His bond was set at $2,500.
Ann Marie Sales, 32, N.E.
Second Ave., Miami, was arrested
March 31 by Deputy Robbie Lamb
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with uttering a
forged instrument (five counts),
petit theft (two counts) and one
count of grand theft. Her bond
was set at $25,000.
Jeanie Marie Lozen, 42, S.
Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, was
arrested March 31 by the OCPD
on a charge of grand theft. Her
bond wasset at $5,000.
Manuel Alvino Huerta, 19,
S.W Monroe Ave., Indiantown,
was arrested April 1 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on a charge of in-
terference with child custody. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Richard Ellis Duncan, 41, S.E.
19th Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 1 by Deputy Marcus
Collier on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving while
license suspended. He is being
held without bond.
Vernita Marie Wilson, 28,
N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 1 by Deputy S-er-
geant Shannon Peterson on a
felony charge of aggravated as-
sault with a motor vehicle. She
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of criminal mischief. Her
bond was set at $3,500.
Milton Wayne Bishop, 41,
N.W. 13th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 1 by Deputy Patri-
cia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with felony battery. His bond was
set at $10,000.


Robert Cowart, 50, County
Road 305, Bunnell, was arrested
April I by Deputy Harold Hancock
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation cruelty to animals.
He is being held without bond.


This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped should inform this
newspaper.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DRUGS: It is a terrible shame when a child gets involved in drugs.
It just tears the whole family apart. Any adult who gives a child drugs
or sells a child drugs deserves to be shot. Kids don't just start doing
drugs all on their own. Someone has to talk them into trying it that first
time. I hope the courts throw the book at any adults found to be giving
drugs to kids or selling drugs to kids. Lock them up and throw away
the key. They are unfit to live in society.
FAIR: I don't know why some people have to be so negative about
the county fair. I thought it was very nice. It's only the second year. It
takes a few years to get things like that going. People complain there
is nothing to do, and then when someone goes to the trouble to bring
something here, they don't support it. All they want to do is complain.
If you think you can do better, then please do. Nobody's stopping you.
Volunteer to be part of the fair committee. Pitch in and help make it
better.
CRIMES: The comments about the murder case bring up some-
thing that I really think is a problem. These crime shows make it look
so easy to solve crimes. The investigators on these shows have unlim-
ited resources. They can run all the DNA tests they want and no one
complains about the expense. They have all this high tech equipment
and personnel to use it, working round the clock. Real life is not like
that. Equipment, personnel and tests are expensive and the taxpay-
ers do not like it when the sheriff's department wants to spend more
money. I think these shows are hurting our justice system because
jurors start asking themselves why these guys don't run all the tests
they see on CSI, and it makes the real cops look bad.
WATER: I have to respond to the person who said restaurants
waste water by giving everyone who comes in a glass of water. I want
to know where the restaurant is that still brings water to everyone. 1
haven't seen that in 20 years. I have eaten at most of the restaurants
in Okeechobee and have never been given a glass of water unless I
asked for it. So please call back and let us know the name of the res-
taurant. It is really rare to get that kind of service anymore and I would
like to go there.
CELL PHONES: Regarding cell phones, I think talking on a cell
phone in a restaurant is rude to the people you are eating with. If you
are out to dinner with someone, you are supposed to be talking to
them and paying attention to them. Taking calls from other people is
just rude. Unless it is an emergency, let the phone take a message. Or
if you aren't sure if it might be an emergency, take the call, but imme-
diately say, 'I'm at dinner right now, can I call you back?' To sit there
and just chat away on the phone is very rude. Why is the person call-
ing on the phone more important than the person you are sitting with?
And speaking very loudly, either on the phone or to someone you are
with, is also rude if you are so loud that you disturb other diners. Like
we tell the kids -- use your inside voice.
RESTAURANTS: I think maybe we need to include some kind of
manners class in school since parents apparently don't teach this at
home any more. The cell phones and loud talkers are bad enough. I
actually drove over to a nice restaurant with my family for a special
occasion and the people at the table next to us pulled out a portable
DVD player and put a movie in to watch while they ate. Apparently
they had to be entertained at all times. It was so loud we asked to be
moved to a different table just so we could hear our conversation over
the noise.
ACCIDENT: This story about the van hitting the deputy on the mo-
torcycle is just incredible. How can someone hit another human be-
ing and then just.drive away? What is happening to our society?
HUCKABEE: If John McCain is smart, I think he will ask Mike Huck-
abee to be his running mate. The Huckabee supporters are pretty well
organized and could really help the campaign. Also, during the debate
McCain and Huckabee seemed to really get along well. They were
joking around with each other and didn't really seem to disagree on
anything major. I respect both Mr. McCain and Mr. Huckabee. I think
they are both honest and honorable men who would try to do what
is best for the country,.and what they think is right. I don't think they
would be swayed by special interest groups. I don't trust Mrs. Clinton.
She has been caught in lies and didn't seem to care. And Mr. Obama
just doesn't have enough experience yet. He should stay in Congress a
while, get more experience and run again when he is older.
STAR TREK: Now that someone brings it up, I do see a resem-
blance between our new county administrator and the actor who
played Scotty on Star Trek. But what this county needs is some cold,
hard logic. Think we can find someone with pointed ears to run for
county commission?
COUNTY FAIR: I don't know if the county fair was a financial suc-
cess, but I thought it was great. It was really nice that we had cool
weather for the rodeo. I thought the rodeo was much better this time
that it was at Labor Day. There was plenty of room for everyone to sit.
The extra seating in the arena made a big difference.
CLINTON: Hillary Clinton just plain lied when she said she had
been under sniper fire when she visited Bosnia as first lady. The video
showed she and her daughter were greeted with flowers, not gun-
shots. How could she be "mistaken" about something like that? That's
not a mistake. That's an out and out lie. And it makes you wonder
what else she has lied about and what else she would lie about. I just
don't trust that woman and I never will trust her. It just blows my mind
that she has gotten so far already. She certainly seems to be good at
fooling people, or maybe they don't care if she lies about her own life
as long as she votes the way they want on certain bills.


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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 4
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets
are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-
0559 or 863-385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and
also an open discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club
of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or
863-467-5474.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. For information call
863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
Saturday, April 5
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.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
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, April 6
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. 863-634-4780.
Monday, April 7
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 Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.


Community Events

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.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth St. on Friday
April 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday April 5, from 8 a.m.
till noon. Bargains galore, All new items available. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick
Home. For more information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-
1995.

Indoor yard sale to be held
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star, will hold
an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, April 5 at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 NW 5th Avenue. No need to worry about rain or the heat!
Doors will open promptly at 8 a.m. Breakfast and lunch items will be
available for purchase. For information please call 863-634-8087 or e-
mail: rick4338@embarqmail.com.

Benefit for Amber Martin
RJ Gators, 102 S.W. 14th St, will hold an all day benefit for former
employee, Amber Martin, 18, who passed away last week. The benefit
will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (open to
close.) RI Gators will donate 10 percent of their gross sales for Tuesday
to help cover funeral costs at Buxton Funeral Home. Any money raised
in excess of the funeral costs will be used for the benefit of Amber's
two brothers. A account has been set up for Amber at Seacoast Na-
tional Bank in Suzanne Gunter's name. Contributions may be made at,
Seacoast National Bank in Suzannes name or at RJ Gators. For more
information or if there are any questions concerning the event please
contact Joe Estes, Manager, or David Helms, General Manager at 863-
763-2800. For information concerning the account you may contact
Suzanne Gunter, 863-261-5642.
Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the follow-
ing classes in April: Tuesday, April 8 Adult CPR; Monday, April 21
- Infant/Child CPR; Thursday, April 24 First Aid Basics. All classes
will begin at 6 p.m. and all classes will be held at the branch office. To
register, or for more information please stop by their office located at
323 N. Parrott Ave. or call 863-763-2488.

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.


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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
Beginning this Saturday, April
5, at the Pier II Resort, 2200 U.S.
*441, Y.B.E. Entertainment will be
holding their grand opening to
"Grown Folk Saturdays." Must
be 21 or older to enter. Ladies are
in free before 10 p.m. The music
begins at 9 p.m.
Y.B.E. will be holding "Grown
Folk Saturdays" every first and
third Saturday of the month. For
more information contact Y.B.E.
Entertainment at 863-801-4007..
On Sunday, April 13, J & S
Fish Camp will be holding a Pig
Roast with music by Ben Prestige
beginning at noon. The benefit is
to support the Okeechobee Red
Cross with 50/50 drawings and
give-aways.
J & S Fish Camp is located just
south of 15-B on U.S. 441. For more
information call 772-597-4455.
If you are interested in the
calmer side such as art and
Florida history, you might want
to check out the The South Flor-
ida Community College Museum
of Florida Art and Culture (SFCC
MOFAC) exhibit on Florida's
Legendary Highwaymen. The
exhibit will feature 24 of the best
paintings from the SFCC MOFAC
permanent collection and will
be on display April 16 May 9, at
SFCC MOFAC, Highlands Cam-
pus, Avon Park. It is sponsored by
Kelton Hill State Farm Insurance.
The Highwaymen are a group of
African-American artists including
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fred Hair, Al Black, and Mary Ann
Carroll, who began painting and
selling their Florida landscape
paintings in the 1950s.
They sold their paintings, of-
ten still wet, to business establish-
ments, professional people, and
governmental agencies by trav-
eling town to town throughout
central and coastal Florida. The
name, "Highwaymen," was a re-
sult of this sales technique.
Gary Monroe, author of The
Highwaymen, will tell the story of
Harold Newton and the Highway-
men, Monday, April 21, 1 p.m., at
the SFCC University Center Audi-
torium.
MOFAC is located adjacent to
the SFCC Auditorium, Highlands
Campus, Avon Park. It is open to
the public October through May,
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,
12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and by ap-
pointment for group tours. SFCC
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may visit the museum one hour
prior to every performance.
For more information about
the museum and its exhibits and
workshops or to request a muse-
um tour, contact Mollie Doctrow,
curator, MOFAC, at ext. 7240 at
863-453-6661, 863-465-5300,
863773-2252, or 863-494-7500.
Locally you can come watch
the youth in action at the First
United Methodist Children's The-
atres, production of Allen Pote's,
"0, Jonah," be presented on
Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in
the Sanctuary. For information
contact Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy
Vaughan at (863) 7634021.
Crafters and antique car gurus
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Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, where
they are holding their third annual
Arts, and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
' They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car owners
for their event which will be held
on May 31, and June 1, to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For more informaion call
Patricia Brown (772) 332-3149.
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homeowner 'marriage tax'


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Melissa Arnold @ 863-610-2280. $239,000 634-7460.



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TALLAHASSEE Legislation
to eliminate a marriage tax penal-
izing Florida homeowners who
marry passed the House Safety
& Security Council this week.
'Eliminating this marriage tax is
estimated to save taxpayers $2.6
million next year.
,The measure, House Bill 647
by Representative Matt Hudson
(R-Naples), would put an end to
the practice of assessing a new
documentary stamp tax upon the
addition of the name of a spouse
to an existing deed.
"As the law stands, if a Florid-
ian marries a homeowner and
adds his or her name to the deed


held by their spouse, they pay
what is in essence a marriage
tax," said Representative Hudson.
"Yet the tax does not apply when
a spouse is removed from a deed.
The state is rewarding divorce
and penalizing marriage."
"This common sense measure
ends an unfair double taxation.
While it won't solve all our prop-
erty tax problems, it is a small
step toward restoring fairness to
our current property tax system,"
added Rep. Hudson
On a new home worth
$300,000 and with a $240,000
mortgage, the tax savings would
be $840.


"The last thing newlyweds
need to see when they get back
from their honeymoon is another
tax bill," added Representative
Adam Hasner (R-Delray Beach).
"The $2.6 million we'll save hom-
eowners may not seem like a lot
to the local governments collect-
ing these taxes, however to the
young newlywed couple starting
out on a new life together, one
less $840 tax headache is wel-
come relief."
Companion legislation, Senate
Bill 376 was filed by Senator Eve-
lyn Lynn and is awaiting a hearing
in the Senate.


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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 4, through Thursday, April 10, are as
follows:
Theatre I "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 11 "Nims Island" (PG) 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. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre Ill "Drillbit Taylor" (PG-13) Show-
times: 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.
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.
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BEAGLE Female. Call to iden-
tify. (863)467-5469
BILLFOLD found on 18th
Terrace, Taylor Creek Isle.
Call to identify
(863)467-6313
ROTT/LAB MIX? -Black male
pup, approx 4 months old.
Call to identify
(863)467-5469


CAT male, solid black, vic. of
Ousley Estates, owner ill
over loss, REWARD!
(863)810-5710
LOST: CAT/Ig male, white/tan
w/dark brown/black mark-
ings. Vic. of Laurel Oaks Vil-
lage. Call 863-674-1823
MIXED PUPPY Black
w/bobbed tail, front white
paws. Elm St. Approx 3/14/08.
Please call (863)673-0696
NEXTEL PHONE on Fri.,
3/28, vic. of Plaits Bluff Boat
Ramp, black, thin design,
REWARD! (863)467-6960
XBOX 360 W/Superman de-
signer face, Nintendo Wii &
several games $300 RE-
WARD! (863)673-4328
YELLOW COW DOG female,
SW section, no collar, mixed
breed, lost 3/24 Call
(863)763-7571


PUPPIES mixed breed, vic.
of Highway 78, to good
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I would like to meet male &
female people that play
Bluegrass instruments &
play & sing Bluegrass music.
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Employment -
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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



ADMIN. SECRETARY NEEDED
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Sporting Goods 705
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TABLE 48" Round, 4 Chairs,
Bakers Rack, 3 Shelves,
Wine rack. 3 Match Bar
stools. $350 (863)763-7386
THEATER CHAIR 2 Seater, 2
Rocking Recliners glass
holder/storage between. Ma-
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CARGO TOP CARRIER Sears
Sport 20, roof rack, 20 cu ft,
like new. $100
(863)824-0835


BEARDED DRAGON Male, 3
yrs. old. Aquarium & acces.
included. $250
(863)697-6824
DASCHUNDS (2) male ( blue
& white pie dapple w/blue
eyes) & female (Red & white
pie), CKC, $300 together or
$200 each (863)467-9520
PANDA FERRETT Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & acces. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




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10,000
GENERATOR Generac 30Kw
w/ATS,30 hours, $9,000
GAS/DIESEL TANKS 2 x 285
gal w/120v pumps, $500
each
PROPANE TANK New 500 gal
$1200 (772)342-6354


Rentals



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



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NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
or appl's. included. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
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of Walmart $700 mo. +
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Payments as low as $795 per month.
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Multiple uses available for
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Located at 3729 SE Hwy 441
call: Exit Realty Neighbors
863-634-8378
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ar., Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100 & Up (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD Pets OK! 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuvshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$800/mo (863)763-0445
EASTOF TOWN 3 BR, 1 BA,
$850 amo. (863)634-2121
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
OAK PARK 3/1/1 iinewly re-
modeled CBS, non-smkg.
env., no pets, $950 mo. +
$1000 sec. (863)697-2818
OKEE: 3/1 on V'/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba, 2
car gar, pool home, very
nice, $750/mo, $500 sec.
dep. (772)834-5060
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
ON LAKE ISTOKPOGA-
Lorida, panoramic view, 2/2
w/dock. Low price $850/mo
(954)683-2407
OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
min N. of town. $1500/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)447-0352
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
(954)610-5345
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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 105Q
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property- :
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



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Starting at $180,000
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NORTH OKEECHOBEE-7
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BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $950/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BIG 0 Park Model, lbr lba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
561-568-7767/863-763-3033
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also a 1 br, 1ba $600
nio. Call 863-634-3451
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$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
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OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$750/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
imo. (includes tils). + $300
sec. dep. (863)697-0214
TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, Ig,
furn SW, screened porch, stor-
ag', private lot. $750/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
dep. (863)763-4031


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ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, iba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
PINE OAKS VILLAGE D/W on
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
$125K. Opt. to Rent. Call for
more details. (863)447-0965
TRAILER, '96 Terry, 30', hy-
draulic slide out, new a/c, 2
stage heater, refnrg., roof,
toilet, awning, w/spare, 12v
30a solar panel, $10,000.
(302)530-6448


Recreation



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



CARL'S RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted.
(863)634-8617 or
(863)763-0295
PARK MODEL 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$ 8 2 5 0 0 .
(863)467-5601 (will the party
that called & left number
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY

Notice is hereby given that t ie unideisigned, SHARON ROBERTlSON, Clerk of thi Cir-
cutl Court of Okeechobee nCoiuny Florida, will on the 213rd day of Aplil, 2008, al
11 00 AM, at their Okeechoble i Lounty Judicial Center, 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
July Assembly Room, Second floor, Okeechobee, Floidua 3'1972, in the City of
Okeechobee, in ffer ori sale and sell at pubilc outely to tilh highest and ost bidder
for cash, the following described personal properly situated in Okeechobeei
Coa nty, Florida, to-wit:
1988 Oak Springs model Skyline Manufactured Homo bearing VIN No's,
32620411BX & 32620411AX as well as FLA388414 & FLA388415 located at
Pine RIdge #2 located at 2942 Northeast 5th Trail, Okeechobee, Florida.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of wlich is:
WILLIAM GERNAT,
Plaintiff,
vs.
TAMARA CHAPMAN, DEWEY WORKMAN and MAXINE WORKMAN, his wife,
Defendants.
and the docket number of which is: 2007-CC-193
THE MOBILE HOME IS LOCATED UPON A RENTED LOT WITH NO RIGHT OF CON-
TINUED OCCUPANCY AND ABSENT WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE LANDLORD,
THE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASER MUST REMOVE THE UNIT WITHIN 15 DAYS
FOLLOWING ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE AMENDED
COMPLAINT MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 24th day of March, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Flodda
By:/S/Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
266941 ON 4/4,11/08t


Automobiles




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




CHRYSLER SEABRING CONV
'97 Loaded, leather, runs
great, 6 cyl, auto. $1950
(561)262-5735

MAZDA PU '94 4x4, asking
$2000 (863)467-8113 after
5pm.

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paint. Runs great. $3000
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JUNK CARS WANTED
Pay Cash, Free Pickup
(561)267-2260


FORD F150 '94 LWB, 6 cyl,
auto, cold a/c. $1650
(561)262-5735


GMC SURBURBAN '88, HD
Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
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NOOIlGNQECEGLQEGRUUSALEJIY
GLEK OFlTIHEE CIlCUIL CORL1
Notice is hereby gilven that he undersinOed, SHARONROOBERTSON, Clark ofl the Cir-
cuit Coufl of o kee hobeo Counit, Floiida, will onI tlih 23rd day ol April, 2008, at
11:0 A M., ait the Okeocholice County Judicial Ceniter 312 Northwest 3rd Sreoot,
Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okenchoine, Florida 34972, In tre City of
Okeechliobe, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to tlie highest and best bidder
for cash, the following described personal property situated in Oknechobee
County, Florida, to-wit
1974 SUTT mobile home bearing title number 11943466 and
VIN number 3M64FD37359
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is:
PIRATES COVE, JOE ROWLETT and DOROTHY ROWLETT, husband and wife,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
SARAH JANE EHRHART, MARK LINEBERRY, MARIO RODRIGUEZ and
EDWARD JOE GAUCIN
Defendants.
and the docket number of which is: 2007-CC-112
THE MOBILE HOME IS LOCATED UPON A RENTED LOT WITH'NO RIGHT OF CON-
TINUED OCCUPANCY AND ABSENT WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE LANDLORD,
THE SUCCESSFUL PURCHASER MUST REMOVE THE UNIT WITHIN 15 DAYS
FOLLOWING ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE AMENDED
COMPLAINT MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 24th day of March, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida
By:/S/Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
266922 ON 4/4,11/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday. April 15. 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1016: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO COMMERCIAL;
PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE
MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 08-003-SSA, submitted by Muhammad Nooruddin, on
behalf of property owner(s) Muzaffar Husain, Trustee. The request is to change the
Future Land Use designation from SF to C for vacant property located on Northeast
12 Street, Lots 19 and 20 of Block 15, Okeechobee, and is approximately 0.405
acress. The proposed use is to expand the current business of a Physical Therapy
Office.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8amn-4:3Opm,
except for holidays,
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based,
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Ganiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
268184 ON 4/4/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florinda will
on Tuesday. April 15. 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1017: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZON-
ING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM HOLDING (H) ZONING DISTRICT TO
HEAVY COMMERCIAL (CHV) ZONING DISTRICT: AMENDING THE ZONING MAP
ACCORDINGLY: PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Pettion No 08-003-R, submitted by Mu-
hammad Nooruddin, on behalf of property owners) Muzaffar Husain, Trustee. The
etition is to change the zoning district from H to CHV for vacant property located on
Northeast 12th Street, and is approximately 0.405 acre(s).
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm.
except lor holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered al this
hearing, such interested person will need a record ol the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabity Act (ADA) and Fronda Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
pior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215: if hearing or voice impaired, call
TD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY)l
Lane Gamiotea CMC, CITY CLERK
268181 ON4/4/08


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OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
RFQ # 2000-1
Notice is hereby Riven haul The Okeechobeoe Utility Authority, hereinafter referred to
as the "OUA', ihereby 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-
tecture, professional engineering, and project management shall include: a letter
of transmittal requesting that the firm be 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.
Project Sommary
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
10# 3-15-37-35-0010-01640-0040, 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 and/or 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 RFQ is available at the location
specified herein for submission of proposals. Related inquiries shall be directed
to John F Hayford, III, Executive Director, of the OUA at (863) 763-9460.
CR Is oICALhe essence rms Interested In these services shall mall
Time Is of the essencel All firms Interested In DroVidina these SerVtCeS Shall mall
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PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL AND RELATED SERVICES
Okeechobee Utlllty Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974-4221
Proposals received after the time and date specified will not be considered.
Thle 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 its sole judgment, best serves the OUA's interest.
The OUA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free workplace.
John F Hayford, III
Executive Director
Okeechobee Utility Authority
267536 ON 4/1-7/08


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm
in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, to consider a Special Exception to allow a video arcade in a
Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is Salina Hold-
ings, Inc. The property address is 8675 Highway 441 SE and is more particularly
described as follows:
A parcel of land lying in Section 9, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee
County, Florida, being more particularly describedoas follows:
Commencing al the Southwestedy comer of Lot 1, Block 1, Okeechobee Hammock,
Section One, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 31, pub-
lic records of Okeechobee County'lorida, and bear South 2717'206 West along
the Eastedry right-of-way line of SE 86th Boulevard (County Road 15 A), a dis-
tance of 160.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue South
2717'20' West along said Easterly right-of-way line of SE 86th Boulevard
(County Road 15A), a distance of 190.00 feet; thence bear South 1226'10'"East
along the Southeasterly right-of-way line of said SE 86th Boulevard (County Road
15A), to the intersection with the Northeasterly right-of-way line of State Road No.
15 (US Hwy 441), a distance of 76.90 leet: thence bear South 5209'40" East
along the said Northeasterly right-of-way line of State Road No. 15 (U.S. Hwy
441), a distance of 176.82 feet to the Southwesterly corner of land described in
Official Records Book (ORB) 503, Page 1219, public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida: thence bear North 33'51'11" East along the Westedy right-of-way
line of said land described in ORB 503. Page 1219, a distance of 246.80 feet to
the Southeastedy comer of lands described in ORB 284, Page 84, public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence bear N 56'11'46' West along the South-
westesly line of said land described in ORB 284, Page 84, a distance of 132.70
leet to the Southwest corner of said land described on ORB 284, Page 84. also
being thie Southeast comer of land described in ORB 503, Page 1217. public
records of Okeechobee County. Flonda; thence bear North 52"49 41" West along
the Southwesterly line of said land described on ORB 503. Page 1217, a distance
of 121.97 feet to the Southwest corner of said land described in ORB 503, Page
1217, and the POINT OF BEGINNING.
in the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to Wednesday, Aprild 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N 2nd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board
of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting
or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made
and thai the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
swil be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup
for official records of the department,
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2008-0687
26706B ON 4'408


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2002-CA-276
IVAN 0, DOVERSPIKE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
I.E. BYRD, Individually, NATHALIE A. BAUM,
Individually, JACOB NISSON, and Allese Price
Priddy, the personal representative of the Estate
John E. Price, Jr., and all unknown parties claiming
by, through or under named defendants,
Defendants,
NOTICE OF JUDICIAL SALE BY THE CLERK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in
the above styled cause now pending in said court, that I will sell to the highest and
best
bidder for cash at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 349072, at 11:00 o'clock A.M., on
April 16, 2008, the following described property:
LOTS 1 TO 12 INCLUSIVE OF BLOCK 7, AND LOTS 1 TO 6 INCLUSIVE OF
BLOCK 10, OKEECHOBEE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 17 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF ST LUCIE (NOW
OKEECHOBEE) COUNTY, FLORIDA, A COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING ALSO
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA; and
ALSO, A STRIP OF LAND 150 FEET WIDE LYING BETWEEN THE NORTH HALF
OF BLOCKS 40, 27, 2211, AND 6 ON THE EAST AND TUSCALOOSA STREET
ON THE WEST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF OKEECHOBEE RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 27 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF ST. LUCIE (NOW
OKEECHOBEE) COUNTY FLORIDA, A COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING ALSO RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5; PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEECOUNTY, FLORIDA.
ALSO, ALL THAT PART OF NORTH 14TH STREET LYING EAST OF WEST 9TH
AVENUE AND WEST OF THE WEST LINE OF LOT 1, BLOCK 6, IF SAID LINE
WAS PROJECTED NORTHERLY; ALL OF THE ALLEYWAY LYING WITHIN BLOCK
7; ALL THAT PART OF NORTH 13TH STREET LYING WEST OF WEST 8TH
AVENUE AND EAST OF WEST 9TH AVENUE; ALL THAT PART OF WEST 8TH
AVENUE LYING NOTH OF THE SOUTH LINE OF LOT 1, BLOCK 10, IF SAID LINE
WAS PROJECTED EASTERLY AND SOUTH OF NORTH 14TH STREET: ALL
LOCATED WITHIN AND ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF OKEECHOBEE, SECTION
16, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,
PAGE 10, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA,6ND A
COPY OF SAID PLAT BEING RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 5, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Property Address: 1202 NW 8th Ave., 102 NW 13th Street, Okeechobee County,
Florida.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.


Dated 3/24/08

Attorney:
William A. Zeiher, Esquire
Scott L. Cagan, Esquire
Katz, Barron, Squitero, Faust
100 N.E. Third Avenue
Suite 280
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Telephone: (954)522-3636
Fax: (954)5 2-5119
267099 ON 03/28;04/04/08


SHARON ROBERTSON,CLERK
/s/ Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk


PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1018: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING ORDINANCE NO.
995, CODE BOOK SECTION 70-338 CHANGING THE APPLICATION RESUBMITTAL
PERIOD FROM 60 DAYS TO ONE-YEAR AFTER DENIAL; PROVIDING FOR CON-
FLICTS AND SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
hearing. The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of
the public in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal
any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at
this hearing, such interested person will need a record o the proceedings, and
for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
is to be based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official
records of the Clerk,
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Stat-
utes 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to partici-
pate in this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2)
working days prior to the proceeding at 86 3-763372 x215; if hearing or voice
impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
268183 ON 4/4/08


NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD/'
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Planning Board'Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm inthe Commission Meet-
ing Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW, 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeecnobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of-
ficial records of the department.
Willim D, Royce, Planning Director
2679967 ON 4/4/08


FWC in need of


Feral hogs have a reputation
for destroying wildlife habitat with
their foraging habits and high re-
productive rates. Nowhere is that
more clear than on the Blackwa-
ter Wildlife Management Area,
Hutton Unit, near Milton.
Due to extensive damage and
a growing number of hogs on the
5,243-acre area, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) is offering five
three-day hog hunts this spring
and summer. The hunts are the
product of an agreement between
the FWC and the Florida Division
of Forestry -- the lead managing
agency for Blackwater River State
Forest.
Hunt dates are May 23-25, June
20-22, July 18-20, Aug.. 22-24 and
Sept. 19-21. A total of five quota
permits are available for each
three-day hunt. Up to two people
may hunt per quota permit.
And, the best thing yet for
some hunters is that hog-dogs
will be allowed during the hunts.
Hunters will be limited to a total
of three dogs, however.
Hog hunting has been legal
on the Hutton Unit since the late
1990s, according to FWC wildlife


controlling feral hogs


i-wu/Karia aranat
Feral hogs are not native to Florida. They cause destruction
and destroy habitat that is important to native wildlife.


biologist Fred Robinette.
"The trouble is they learn
pretty quickly when still hunters
are there, and hogs change their
habits. It's impossible to harvest
enough to control their numbers.
I think they've taken a half-dozen
or so over the years," he said.
Mr. Robinette said hogs come
out mostly at night, destroying
wildlife food plots of chufas, corn
and wheat. Recent surveys show
that ground-nesting birds, such as
quail, have declined in numbers
on the area, likely from hogs de-
stroying their nests and ground
cover.


Biologists collect tarpon


Biologists at the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission's (FWC) Fish and Wild-
life Research Institute (FWRI)
and Mote Marine Laboratory
need help from Florida anglers to
collect tarpon genetic informa-
tion.
The tarpon genetic recapture
study gives anglers throughout
Florida the opportunity to make a
direct contribution to advancing
scientific research for one of the
state's most popular sport fish.
FWRI provides a free and easy-
to-use sampling kit to anglers
who are interested in collecting
DNA samples. The kit contains
an abrasive pad that anglers can
use to remove skin cells from the


outer jaw of the tarpon. Anglers
should leave the fish in the water
unless they have a harvest or pos-
session tag to attach to the fish.
Biologists welcome samples
from any tarpon regardless of
size or capture location. Each
DNA sample identifies a tarpon's
unique genetic "fingerprint." Sci-
entists compare new tarpon DNA
samples with cataloged samples
to determine if the tarpon has
been caught and sampled pre-
viously. Scientists also use this
information to determine move-
ment of tarpon in waters off the
coast of Florida.
Participants can obtain a tar-
pon DNA sampling kit by e-mail-
ing TarponGenetics@MyFWC.


Anyone interested in applying
for the hunts can do so through
the Total Licensing System at
county tax collectors' offices or
online on a first-come, first-served
basis at MyFWC.com/license.
There will be no size or bag
limit on hogs. No live hogs may
be removed from the area.
Feral hogs are not Florida na-
tives. The first hogs to go wild in
Florida may have escaped from
Hernando de Soto's expedition
through Florida (1539 to 1540).
Today, Florida has more feral
hogs than any other state except
Texas.


information

corn, calling 1-800-367-4461 or
visiting http://research.MyFWC.
corn and searching for "tarpon."
Anglers who collect and re-
turn a DNA sample directly to
FWRI or to one of the statewide
collection centers will be entered
in a random drawing for various
prizes.
The FWRI and Mote research-
ers have successfully identified a
total of four recaptured tarpon
in state waters from the Miami,
Florida Keys, Sanibel and Tampa
Bay areas. FWRI will notify an-
glers if any of the fish they sam-
ple are recaptured.
To learn more about FWRI
research projects, visit http://re-
search.MyFWC.com.


Courtesy photo/FWC
The State of Florida allows wild hogs or feral pigs to be hunted to try to keep their numbers
in check.


Also known as feral pigs, wild
boars, and piney-woods rooters,
feral hogs are found throughout
Florida in a variety of habitats, al-
though they prefer moist forests
and swamps and pine flatwoods.
Feral hogs feed by rooting with
thI-r hrrm l nnbi ito on-, r /arn rait Ia


great damage to soils, vegeta-
tion, and native wildlife. Most of
the feral hog's diet is vegetation;
however, they are opportunistic
and also eat snakes, grubs, and
even carrion. Hogs have a huge
reproductive potential. Females
oiv birt hr ii p litp, v


ery year, with 5 to 10 babies pet
litter.
With such high reproductive
and destructive abilities, feral hogs
are hunted to keep their numbers
-- and the destruction they cause
in check.


2008 Spring Adult

Softball Leagues
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 at 863-763-
6950.

Golf tournament
planned
Communities in Schools Po-


lice Athletic League will host their
Eighth Annual Golf Tournament
at the Okeechobee Golf & Coun-
try 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 barbe-
cue lunch. For more information

call 863-462-5863.

Flotilla seeks members
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 vol-
unteer service organization com-
posed of men and women who
actively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call 863-763-
0165.


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Sports News in Brief


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