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Local man dies after bee attack


Africanized bees in
Viking subdivision

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man Thursday
may be the first person in Florida
to die of stings from an attack of
Africanized honey bees.



Briefs
Technology helps
reduce dairy waste
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) will
hold a public meeting on Tues-
day, April 15, at 6 p.m. to'discuss
BATs -- Best Available Technolo-
gies (BATs) for dairies in the Lake
Okeechobee watershed.
Project results from the
Edge-of-Farm treatment systems
constructed on. four dairies in
the Okeechobee Basin to re-
duce phosphorus loads to Lake
Okeechobee will be presented.
Discussion of the future use of
these technologies for the North-
ern Everglades restoration efforts
will take place.
The meeting will be held
in the SFWMD Okeechobee
Service Center Auditorium on
the second floor of the Bank of
America Building in downtown
Okeechobee, 205 N. Parrott
Ave., Suite 201, Okeechobee,
FL 34972. For more informa-
tion about the meeting, or to
get directions, please phone the
SFWMD Okeechobee Service
Center at -800-250-1200 or 863,
462-5260.

Main Street plans
Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street
will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot
on Saturday May 17, at beauti-
ful Quail Creek Plantation. The
proceeds from the event will
enefit Main Street's beauti-
fication and restoration proj-
ects. Check in begins at 8 a.m.,
course opens at 8:30 a.m., with
last shooter by 10 a.m. Door
prizes, raffles, and barbecue
lunch will be provided. For
more information about the
fun shoot please contact Pro-
gram Manager Karen Hanawalt
at 863-357-6246, reservation
forms are available at Mike's
Okeechobee Guns, The Gun
Shop and the Main Street office,
111 NE Second Street.


Drought Index


Current: 125
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.53 feet
V Last Year: 10.09 feet



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

Index
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Com ics ................................. ..... 8
Community Events................... 4
Crossword.............................. 8
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out ................................. 4
Sports.................................. 11
TV ............................... .............. 4
W eather..................................... 2
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Robert Davis, 51, N.W 262nd
St.,was stung more than 100 times
while working at an abandoned
hunting camp just off of 101
Ranch Road in the Viking Subdivi-
sion Wednesday, April 9. He was
apparently stung while demolish-
ing a utility shed and disturbed a
nest of bees, said Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeechobee


County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
"This is an unfortunate thing
for Okeechobee," said Dan Cul-
bert from the Okeechobee County
Extension Office. "This is the first
Florida fatality from Africanized
Honey Bees."
Detective Van Deman said a
9-1-1 call seeking medical assis-
tance to the scene was received


at 10:44 a.m.
Friends of Mr. Davis started to
take him to Raulerson Hospital.
The Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue emergency personnel
met Mr. Davis and his friends on
U.S. 441 N. at Eagle Island Road.
Mr. Davis required CPR from there
to the hospital, said Detective Van
Deman.


K-9 certification: Sniffing out crime


Y Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Deputy Barry Boger of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and his K-9 partner Mollie
went through the K-9 certification process Thursday morning. Area deputies and their
K-9s spent this week in Okeechobee training in various workshops and were then test-
ed Thursday to receive their certification. The K-9s had to alert to the four drug odors
- marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Here Mollie alerts to cocaine hid-
den among the wooden pallets.


Bill Huston (second from left) and Tommy Peterson (second from right) from the Cy-
press Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles #4509 were on hand Wednesday evening to pres-
ent officials with the Police Work Dog Association of Florida (PWDAF) with a check for
$600. The money was raised from a dinner and prize giveaway held Tuesday night at
Cypress Hut for the PWDAF members who were in Okeechobee this week training and
being certified. Mr. Huston, lodge president, and Mr. Peterson, secretary for the lodge,
said this will become an annual event to which the 450-member lodge will donate to
help the law enforcement officers and their K-9s. Receiving the donation was Detective
Rick Voss (far left), of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, and K-9 training officer
Alan Kalfus (far right). Detective Voss is the treasurer for the PWDAF. Mr. Kalfus is a
retired K-9 officer from the Port St. Lucie Police Department and now trains and certi-
fies law enforcement K-9s.



Judges ask for travel expenses


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
County judge Jerry Bryant
was successful in his bid to get
funds from the Okeechobee
County Commission while the
circuit court was not.
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, April 10 the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners also looked at road
repair, use of the health depart-
ment building and a redevel-
opment plan for Okee-Tantee
Campground and Marina.
A request to fund travel ex-
penses for judges and judicial
assistants in the circuit court
not living in Okeechobee Coun-
ty fell on deaf ears.
Thomas Genunz, trial court
administrator told commission-


ers that there are no resident
judges or judicial assistants liv-
ing in Okeechobee County. He
said that court officials have
to travel 90 to 100 miles a day
to go to work. He asked for a
maximum of $300 a month for
each judge and judicial assis-
tant. He noted that two other
counties have provided a travel
allowance.
Interim county administra-
tor Robbie Chartier informed
the board that this would be
a recurring expense that is not
budgeted.. She also said that
the county's revenues might be
down due to recently enacted
tax laws.
"I feel the state is passing its
responsibility to the county,"
was the opinion of commis-


sioner Elvie Posey, "I just don't
agree."
The other commissioners
echoed his opinion and no ac-
tion was taken on the request.
Later in the day Judge Bry-
ant appeared before the board
to request $10,000 for treat-
ment/urinalysis of indigent
participants in the county drug
court. The judge gave a report
on the number of people who
have participated in the drug
court program since he insti-
tuted the program after taking
office in Jan., 2007.
Drug court allows par-
ticipants to remain under the
judge's supervision rather than
just a probation officer. A team
of individuals participates in the
See Judges Page 2


Mr. Davis was placed in inten-
sive care where he died the next
day.
Detective Van Deman said an
autopsy to determine the cause
of death will be performed by the
District 19 Medical Examiner's Of-
fice Saturday, April 12.
"The death may not be due to
bee stings, but probably is," said


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
A long legal battle dating
back to Nov. 15, 2006 is now
put to rest ... or is it?
The federal lawsuit over
whether the Gay and Straight
Alliance (GSA) at Okeechobee
High School should be able
to meet on campus was dis-
missed and the case closed on
Wednesday, April 9.
The U.S. District Judge K.
Michael Moore said in the or-
der that the case was moot
because Yasmin Gonzalez, the
former president of the GSA of
OHS who filed the lawsuit, had
graduated.
"In cases where high school
students seek injunctive relief
against- actions taken by the
high school, the case becomes
moot upon graduation of the
plaintiffs because no possibility
exists that the students will be
subjected to the same action


the detective.
An apiary inspector from the
Florida Department of Agriculture
was sent to the scene where he
sprayed the hive to kill the queen.
While some of the bees are still
alive, they will all die within the
next few days, said Detective Van
Deman.
See Bees Page 2


again," Judge Moore stated in
the order.
According to Rob Rosen-
wald, director of the American
Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU)
of Florida's LGBT Advocacy
Project, even though this case is
dismissed, due to the Okeecho-
bee County School Board's
passing of new policy regard-
ing clubs and organizations,
the fight to for Equal Access for
the GSA continues.
Mr. Rosenwald stated, "there
are current students who wish
to met with the ACLU and they
will then seek to enforce their
rights in the coming days ... un-
less the school' allows the GSA
to meet, legal action will con-
tinue."
The ACLU is dedicatedAo .in-.
validating the new policy which
reads as follows adding a para-
graph dealing with "sex-based"
clubs: "To assure that student
See Lawsuit Page 2


FHP investigates


accident involving


deputy's vehicle


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The investigation is continu-
ing into a traffic crash on S.R.
70 W where a one-ton pickup
truck struck a deputy's patrol
unit.
Deputy Sarah Green, 53, re-
ceived minor injuries Thursday,
April 10, when she was struck
by a white Chevrolet dually
pick-up truck. Deputy Green
was on a special detail and
was sitting in her patrol car on
the highway at 8:24 a.m. with
her blue and red emergency
lights flashing. She was sitting
there to slow traffic because an
Okeechobee Utility Authority
crew was working nearby.
The crash occurred in the


2300 block of S.R. 70 W
According to a Florida High-
way Patrol report, the 2008
pick-up was driven by Jarrell
Adonis Molina, 22, of Okeecho-
bee. The report by FHP Trooper
B.K. Timmons states that Mr.
Molina had minor injuries but
refused medical treatment.
Deputy Green, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), was transport-
ed to Raulerson Hospital where
she was treated and released.
The trooper's report 'states
that Mr. Molina was trying to
make a left turn into the Town
Star convenience store when
he failed to see the deputy's
2007 Ford Crown Victoria pa-
See FHP Page 2


Submitted photo

Library hosts book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book sale continues
Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hard cover books
are $2. Paperbacks: $1, Children's hard cover: $1, Chil-
dren's paperbacks: $.50. DVD's are $1. Library discards
are half price. On Saturday, a box of books will be $5 and
a bag of books will be $2. This is a major fund-raiser for
the Friends of the Okeechobee Library. For more informa-
tion please call the library at 863-763-3536.


Vol. 99 No. 103


Judge dismisses


lawsuit against


school board


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Bees
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Although these bees are some-
times referrred to as 'killer' bees,
the detective said the Africanized
bee is no more toxic than any oth-
er bee. Injury or death is caused
by the bee's aggressive nature and
the number of stings delivered as
they swarm to protect their hive.
Because of the remote loca-
tion, the distance from there to
the hospital may have been a
contributing factor to the death of
Mr. Davis.
"There is a time frame from
when a sensitive person is stung
to when treatment begins," said
Mr. Culbert. "Due to the distance
from where he was to the hospi-
tal, that may have been a factor
and the quantity of stings may
have contributed to it."
The Africanized honey bee in
the western hemisphere descend-
ed from 26 Tanzanian queen bees
accidentally released by a replace-
ment bee keeper in 1957 in the
southeast portion of Brazil, states
Wikipedia.
Those hives were being op-
erated by biologist Warwick E.
Kerr, who was trying to breed a
strain of bees that would be bet-
ter adapted to tropical conditions
than the European bees used in
North American and southern
South America.
The first swarm of Africanized
bees was found in the U.S. in
October 1990 in Hidalgo, Texas.
Colonies were first reported in
Arizona and New Mexico in 1993
and in California in October of
1994.


One problem facing profes-
sionals is that there is virtually no
way to tell the difference between
the Africanized bees and other
honey bees except by DNA analy-
sis.
Mr. Culbert said a bee hive
inspector along with the deputy
fire chief from the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Department
went to the site where Mr. Davis
was attacked.
"Their task was to collect the
bees and submit them to the Di-
vision of Plant Industry for DNA
analysis," he continued. "They
had to collect 50 bees that were
freshly killed."
According to the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture, African-
ized bees spread from Brazil to
the United States.
Since their initial discovery in
Florida in 2002, they have been
found in every Florida county
south of Marion County.
The bees reportedly spread at
a rate of about 1-mile a day.
While these bees have been
found as far north as Kansas City,
Mo., they are more commonly
found in the South. The bees are
expected to reach as far north as
the Chesapeake Bay in the East.
In California, they have been seen
as far north as Santa Barbara and
are expected to eventually occupy
the San Francisco Bay area.
"As we get more urbanized,
people are more afraid of bees in
general," said Mr. Culbert. "There
is a lack of knowledge of how
bees work and how important
they are to our economy and food
supply."
He went on to say that a good
portion of our food crops are de-


If attacked by bees:


* Any covering for your body --
especially for your head and face
-- will help you escape. Grab a
blanket, coat, towel -- anything that
will give you momentary relief while
you look for an avenue of escape.
If you have nothing else, pull your
shirt up over your face. The stings
to your chest and abdomen are far
less serious than those to the facial
area.
* Try to find shelter as soon as
possible. Take refuge in a house,
tent or a car with the windows and
doors closed.
- DO NOT JUMP INTO WATER!
Bees will wait for you to come up
for air.


pendent on insect pollination.
"We have a shortage of bees
for pollination," he added.
To help people learn more
about the Africanized honey bee,
a free training seminar will be
held at the Extension Office, 458
U.S. 98 N., on Tuesday, April 15.
The seminar will be divided into
three parts.
The first session will be from
10 a.m. until noon for first re-
sponders, firefighters, EMTs, law
enforcement officers, 9-1-1 su-
pervisors and those who head up
agricultural operations.
The second session will be
from 2 until 4 p.m, for outdoor
workers such as parks work-
ers, utility workers, road crews,
school maintenance workers and
agricultural workers.,
The third session will be held
for the general public from 5 until
6:30 p.m.,


* Once you are away from the
bees evaluate the situation. If you
have been stung more than 15
times, or if you are having any
symptoms other than local pain
and swelling, seek medical atten-
tion immediately.
* If you see someone else being
stung or think others are in danger,
call 9-1-1 immediately.
* Remove stingers as soon as
possible to lessen the amount of
venom entering the body. Scrape
stingers off the skin with a blunt
instrument or plastic card. DO NOT
remove bee stingers with fingers or
tweezers -- this only forces toxins
into the victim's body.


Mr. Culbert said they can ac-
commodate up to 50 people at
the office and if there is a large
response from the general public
the seminar may be moved.
"If. we get an overwhelming
response, we do have permis-
sion to move to the Okeechobee
County Civic Center," he said.,
The Civic Center is located on
U.S. 98 N.
He suggested that those who
interested in attending the eve-
ning seminar call the Extension
Office on Monday, April 14, to see
where it will be held. Their phone
number is 863-763-6469.
The first person to die in the
U.S. from Africanized honey bee
stings was Lino Lopez, 82, on July
15, 1993. He was stung more than
40 times while trying to remove a
colony from a wall in an aban-
doned building on his ranch near
Harlingen, Texas.


Bee Precautions


* Wear light-colored clothing. Bees
tend to attack dark things. Dark
clothing, dark hair or anything dark
in color could draw an attack.
* Bees are sensitive to odors
-- both pleasant and unpleasant.
The smell of newly-cut grass has
been shown to disturb honey bees.
Avoid wearing floral or citrus after-
shaves or perfume.
* Check your house and yard at
least once a month to see if there
are any signs of bees taking up
residence. If you do find a swarm
or colony, leave it be and keep


family and pets away. Find a pest
control company or a local bee-
keeper to solve the problem.
* To help prevent honey bees from
building a colony in your house
or yard, fill all cracks and crevices
in walls with steel wool and caulk.
Remove piles of refuse -- honey
bees will nest in an old soda can or
an overturned flower pot. Fill holes
in the ground.
* If you are allergic to bee stings,
always have a bee sting kit with
you.


Bee Safety


The best safety advice is to avoid
an encounter with unfriendly Afri-
canized bees. Be alert for danger.
Remember that the bees sting to
defend their colony, so be on the
lookout for honey bee swarms and
colones.
* Be alert for bees coming in and
out of an opening such as a crack
in a wall or the hole in a utility box.
* Listen for the hum of an active
bee colony..
* Look for bees in holes in the
ground, holes in trees or cacti, and
in sheds.
* Be extra careful when moving
junk that has been lying around.
* Be alert for bees that are acting


strangely. Quite often bees will
display some preliminary defensive
behavior before going into a full-
fledged attack.
* When you are outdoors -- in a
rural area,' park or wilderness re-
serve -- be aware of your surround-
ings and keep an eye out for bees
the way you would watch out for
snakes and other natural dangers.
* Don't panic at the sight of a few
bees forging in the flowers. Bees
are generally very docile as they
go about their normal activities.
* NEVER spray bees with insecti-
cide sold to kill wasps and hornets.
Not only will it not kill the bees, it
could also cause them to swarm
and attack you.


Lawsuit
Continued From Page 1

clubs and organizations do not
interfere with the school board's
abstinence only sex education
policy and the school board's
obligation to promote the well-
being of all students, no club or
organization which is sex-based
or based upon any sexual group-
ing, orientation or activity of any
kind shall be permitted."
Mr. Rosenwald explained that
the attorneys for both parties
agreed that the case still could go
forth for nominal damages, but
Judge Moore decided differently.
Previously, Judge Moore had
granted a preliminary injunction
ordering OHS to officially recog-
nize and allow equal access to
the GSA. This was a landmark de-


cision in that it was the first ruling
in which a judge found that GSA's
are not by definition "sex-based"
clubs.
Judge Moore rejected the
school's argument that the club
would violate its abstinence-only
education policy. The preliminary
injunction also allowed the les-
bian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender
and straight students to meet on
campus during the course of the
lawsuit to discuss issues about
bullying, tolerance and discrimi-
nation.
The lawsuit ultimately seeks
guaranteed equal access for the
Okeechobee GSA. Under the fed-
eral Equal Access Act, schools
that allow one club to meet on
campus are required to allow
any club to meet on campus. The
ACLU has won several similar
cases across the country.


Mr. Rosenwald also pointed
out previously 4hat "... the court
has already ruled that a GSA is
not a 'sex-based club' so this new
rule would not impact the GSA,
except that the proposed- rule
goes even further and bans clubs
'based upon' sexual orientation.
This rule cannot be reconciled
with the law or the court's pre-
liminary injunction."
"The term 'sex based clubs' re-
fers to clubs that are built around
issued of sex and sexual activity.
Homosexuality refers to a stu-
dent's identification with a specif-
ic type of sexual activity and this
school has an abstinence based
sex education policy," said Mr.
Gibbs. "It is not only 'gay' clubs
that are banned, but also 'straight'
clubs."
On Nov. 15, 2006, the ACLU
brought suit in U.S. District Court


against the Okeechobee County
School Board and the principal
of O.H.S., after school district
administrators refused to allow
students to hold GSA meetings on
high school property.
On Feb. 28, 2007, a motion
to dismiss by the school board's
counsel was dismissed by Judge
Moore. Since Judge Moore found
that the school board could be
held liable to the GSA students,
the ACLU agreed to release O.H.S.
principal Toni Wiersma from the
lawsuit.
The school board's counsel
Steve Cluth with Gibbs Law Firm
was contacted and stated on be-
half of the OCSB, "we do not have
a comment at this time."
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treatment program. The individu-
al has to see the judge every two
weeks and a treatment plan is
created for each individual. Upon
successful completion of the pro-
gram, charges are dropped.
Funding for the judge's request
came from the Drug Abuse Trust
Fund which accounts for funds
collected by authority of Florida
Statutes to be disbursed as assis-
tance grants on an annual basis to
drug abuse treatment and educa-
tion programs.
The board also considered a
very serious road situation.
"My concern is we have a very
dangerous situation," said Paul
Smith, a resident of N.W. 12th Ter-
race. "The road could fall in at any
time on the west bound lane."
"It is eroding, it is collapsing,"
said Gene Schriner of the engi-
neering firm of Craig A. Smith.
"There is undermining and it
needs to be fixed right away."
The board awarded a contract
to Craig A. Smith in an amount
not to exceed $18,710 to pro-
vide construction management,
survey and engineering services


FHP
Continued From Page 1

trol unit. The report states he
struck the OCSO car head-on and
pushed the patrol vehicle an esti-
mated 115 feet.
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man said the deputy had the
transmission of her car in the park
position.
Damage to the patrol unit
was estimated at $20,000, stated
Trooper Timmons' report. The


for repairs on N.W. 12th Terrace.
This will involve the installation
of three 48 inch culverts, erosion
control material, rip rap and res-
toration of the roadway.
After considerable discussion
on whether or not to renew the
lease with the Department of Chil-
dren and Families for the south
end of the health department
building or other possible uses of
the building, the board delayed
action until next meeting.
Turning to Okee-Tantee Camp-
ground and Marina, the board ap-
proved a $69,750 contract with
Applied Technology and Manage-
ment for a redevelopment plan.
The first step in the program is
a market assessment which will
identify the need of or potential of
certain facilities. The second stage
will develop two or three concep-
tual plans to incorporate the facil-
ities identifies during the market
assessment. Last will come the
financial analysis which will pro-
vide an estimate of the potential
profitability and overall factors af-
fecting the financial performance
of the facility. The entire process
should take nine or 10 weeks.
It was the consensus of the
board to try to keep the drivers' li-
cense office in Okeechobee, pos-


car has been declared a total loss.
Damage to the pick-up was esti-
mated at $10,000.
The 2007 Crown Victoria
weighs in the area of 4,100 pounds
empty. Loaded with equipment,
lights and siren and a driver that
weight could go up by as much as
400 pounds, said the detective.
Deputy Green has been with
the OCSO for nine years. She
started as a detention deputy in
1999 and has worked her way up
to the OCSO road patrol division.
Detective Van Deman said
traffic was stopped and rerouted


sibly by having the tax collector
take on those duties.
In other items, the board:
*approved the purchase of
two trucks for the facilities main-
tenance department rather than
the mower than had been bud-
geted;
*received a certificate of ap-
preciation for supporting the
2008 Okeechobee County Family
Health and Safety Expo;
*waived the fees for use of the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center for the 2009 Family Health
and Safety Expo;
*approved a change order to
Dickerson Florida, Inc., for reha-
bilitation work at the airport for
an additional $15,746,90;
*awarded a contract to AV-
CON, Inc. for professional design
and permitting services in the
amount of $24,968.20 for runway
improvements;
*amended previous action and
purchased a John Deere loader
from John Deere Retail Sales of
Moline, IL rather than Everglades
Farm Equipment Company;
*voted to remain a participant
in the Highlands County Home
Consortium;
*appointed Ken Kenwor-
thy, assistant superintendent of


around the scene for at least two
hours.
This was the same stretch of
highway where another OCSO
deputy was injured in a traffic ac-
cident on April 1.
Deputy Adrian Rogers, a mem-
ber of the OCSO motorcycle traf-
fic enforcement unit, was badly
injured when he was struck by a
2004 Mercury minivan driven by
Rudolph G. Bublitz, 84, of Cincin-
nati, Ohio.
Mr. Bublitz was arrested by
FHP investigators and charged
with leaving the scene of an acci-


schools, to the affordable housing
advisory committee with a term
to expire Sept. 13, 2009;
*rescinded a previous bid for
tile work at fire station 1;
*approved payment of the
Okeechobee County Fire Control
Assessment of $12,123.90 to the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services;
*appointed the director of
public safety to be the E-911 co-
ordinator;
extended the date for comple-
tion of the Taylor Creek sediment
removal project past the February
deadline to Aug. 30, 2008. Funds
on the project have been exhaust-
ed, but the project went beyond
the original cut off date;
*did not go forward with pur-
chase of two tracts of land south
of the old jail for county use;
approved expenditure of
$36,460 for additional architec-
tural and engineering services for
the new emergency operations
center; and,
*accepted donation of two
ambulances from Collier County
EMS.
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dent with great bodily injury and
property damage, and failure to
yield to an emergency vehicle.
With his red and blue emer-
gency lights flashing, Deputy Rog-
ers was trying to turn his 2008
Harley Davidson around to stop
a speeding vehicle when he was
struck in the left side by the mini-
van.
Deputy Rogers was flown to
St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach where he underwent sur-
gery on his badly injured left leg.


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Treasure hunting via GPS


By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
On May 2, 2000, at approxi-
mately midnight, eastern savings
time, the great blue switch con-
trolling selective availability was
pressed. Twenty four satellites
around the globe processed their
new orders and instantly the accu-
racy of GPS technology improved
tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPS
receivers around the world had an
instant upgrade.
The announcement a day be-
fore came as a welcome surprise
to everyone who worked with
GPS technology. The government
had planned to remove selective
availability but had until 2006
to do so. Now, said the White
House, anyone could "precisely
pinpoint their location or the loca-
tion of items left behind for later
recovery."
For GPS enthusiasts this was
definitely a cause for celebration.
On May 3, one enthusiast,
Dave Ulmer, a computer consul-
tant, wanted to test the accuracy
by hiding a navigational target in
the woods. He called the idea the
"Great American GPS Stash Hunt"
and posted it in an internet GPS
users' group. The idea was sim-
ple: Hide a container out in the
woods and note the coordinates
with a GPS unit. The finder would
then have to locate the container
with only the use of his/her GPS
receiver. The rules for the finder
were simple: "take some stuff,
leave some stuff."
On May 3, he placed his own
container, a black bucket, in the
woods near Beaver Creek, Or-
egon. Along with a logbook and
pencil, he left various prize items
including videos, books, software,
and a slingshot. He shared the
waypoint of his "stash" with the
online community on sci.geo.
satellite-nav: N 45 17.460 W 122
24.800.
Within three days, two different
readers read about his stash on
the internet, used their own GPS
receivers to find the container and
shared their experience online.
Throughout the next week, others
excited by the prospect of hiding
and finding stashes began hiding
their own containers and posting
coordinates. Like many new and
innovative ideas on the internet,
the concept spread quickly but
this one required leaving your
computer to participate.
Within the first month, Mike
Teague, the first person to find
Ulmer's stash, began gathering
the online posts of coordinates
around-the-world and document-
ingtliemnon, his personal. home,
page. The "GPS Stash Hunt" mail-
ing list was created to discuss the


Outdoors
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emerging activity.
Geocaching became a new
way to spend quality time with
your family and friends. This is an
entertaining adventure game for
gps users. Participating in a cache
hunt is a good way to take advan-
tage of the wonderful features and
capabilities of a GPS unit.
The idea is for individuals and
organizations to set up caches all
over the world and share the lo-
cations of these caches on the in-
ternet. GPS users can then use the
location coordinates to find the
caches. Once found, a cache may
provide the visitor with a wide va-
riety of rewards. All you are asked
to do is if they get something they
should try to leave something for
the cache.
Geocaching is also known as
GPS stash hunt as well as Global
Positioning Stash Hunt.
The word geocaching broken
out is GEO for geography, and
CACHING for the process of hid-
ing the cache. A cache in com-
puter terms is information usu-
ally stored in memory to make it
faster to retrieve, but the term is
also used in hiking/camping as a
hiding place for concealing and
preserving provisions.
To play the geocaching game
you'll need to know how to en-
ter waypoints into your GPS unit.
Once you enter the waypoints,
given at the geocaching website,
you then go out and hunt for the
particular point. It's like a treasure
hunt shared with people around
the world.
Geocaching does have rules to
adhere to. They are as follows:
Take something from the
cache;
Leave something in the
cache; and,
Write about it in the log-
'book.
You may place a cache where


ever you choose. Just make sure
you put the exact locations in cor-
rectly so others can find it.
A cache may come in many
forms but the first should always
be the logbook. The logbook con-
tains information from the found-
er of the cache and notes from the
cache's visitors. The logbook can
contain much valuable, reward-
ing and entertaining information.
A logbook might contain infor-
mation about nearby attractions,
coordinates to other unpublished
caches, and even jokes written by
visitors. If you get some informa-
tion from a logbook you should
give some back. At the very least
you can leave the date and time
you visited the cache.
Larger caches may consist of a
waterproof plastic bucket placed
tastefully within the local terrain.
The bucket will contain the log-
book and any number of more
or less valuable items. These
items turn the cache into a true
treasure hunt. You never know
what the founder or visitor of the
cache may have left there for you
to enjoy. Remember, if you take
something, its only fair for you to
leave something in return. Items
in a bucket cache could be: maps,
books, software, hardware, cd's,
videos, pictures, money, jewelry,
tickets, antiques, tools, games,
etc. It is recommended that items
in a bucket cache be individually
packaged in a clear zipped plastic
bag to protect them.
The location of a cache can
be very entertaining indeed. As
many say, location, location, lo-
cation! The location of a cache
demonstrates the founder's skill
and possibly even daring. A cache
located on the side of a rocky cliff
accessible only by rock climbing
equipment may be hard to find.
An underwater cache may only be
accessible by scuba. Other caches
may require long difficult hiking,
orienteering, and special equip-
ment to get to. Caches may be
located in cities both above and
below ground, inside and outside
buildings. The skillful placement
'of a small logbook in an urban en-
vironment may be quite challeng-
ing to find even with the accuracy
of a gps. That little logbook may
have a hundred dollar bill in it or
a map to greater treasure. It could
even contain clues or riddles
to solve that may lead to other
caches. Rich people could have
fun with their money by making
lucrative caches that could be bet-
ter than winning the lottery when
you find it. Just hope that the per-
son that found the cache just be-
fore you left a real big prize!.
Caches should not be moved.
Often times responsible cache
owners check on their caches. As


opposed to moving a cache, it is
recommended to use a trackable
item. For example a candle that
has traveled from Australia to
Arizona or a Mr. Potato head that
leaps from cache to cache.
The development of such an
exciting activity using technology
has become a phenomena around
the world. Nearly every country
has hidden caches. Florida hosts
a plethora of caches, more espe-
cially around the Treasure Coast.
It has been rumored that there are
even a few here in Okeechobee to
find, that is if you don't mind get-
ting a little dirty.
The idea of going on a treasure
hunt, with a guaranteed prize and
the convenience of technology
has spread like wildfire globally.
A South Florida resident who has
endeavoured in many hobbies
with her young children said "this
is the best one yet. It's fun, it keeps
their interest and mine, and it's ac-
tive. We actually have to get out
and do it. Not just sit at home."
For more information about
this exciting activity log onto
www.geocaching.com. There
you will find the rules, the sign up
form, history of geocaching and
even some sample coordinates.
All you need to participate is a
navigational device, even your cell
phones navigation would work,
and some enthusiasm.
From the time we were all
little kids in school treasure hunts
have been exciting and fun. Now
there is a way to enjoy that same
excitement as an adult, share it
with others and find something
rewarding in more than one sense
of the word.
Information in this article was
provided by the geocaching website,
www.geocaching.com.

Hook, Line & Sinker
By Captain Mike Shellen
Indian Prairie has been the hot-
test spot on the Lake for Specks
for the last several months. One of
Okeechobee's most knowledge-
able Speck fishermen told me
yesterday that he thinks there are
more fish in Indian Prairie now
than there was earlier in the year.
I do know that there are a lot of
anglers catching limits of Specks,
whether on minnows or jigs, how
long the bite will last is anybody's
guess.
The Blue Gill bite on the north
end of the lake has been hit or
miss, there are a few anglers
catching fish but most anglers are
not catching many fish and the
fish they are catching are running


Submitted photo/Michael Shellen
Tate McDonald from Okeechobee received a Bass Fishing
trip from his parents for his 14 birthday, these are two of 29
Bass he caught while using Shiners and artificial baits fishing
with Captain Mike Shellen.


on the small side. The Rim Canal
on the west side of the lake is a
different story there are a lot of
Blue Gills and some large ones
also. Grass shrimp are the num-
ber one bait with crickets and red
worms running a close second.
There have been as many as 40
to 50 anglers fishing and catching
Gills from the bank daily. Once
the word gets out about a hot bite
anglers from all around the state
make the trek to the lake to catch
fish. Last week I spoke to anglers
from Ft. Myers, Miami, and Or-
lando that were all catching good
numbers of big Gills on Grass
shrimp.
Bass fishing whether with shin-
ers or artificial bait is still good, we
are still catching 25 to 40 fish per
day on shiners. Artificial baits are
still working well in the Rim Canal
areas all around the lake, although
the Rim Canals that are inside the


dike seem to be producing bet-
ter. Top Water baits are catching
a lot of fish early morning before
the sun reaches high into the sky.
Shaky Head jigs are still a reliable
and effective way to catch fish
on the bottom once the sun gets
high in the sky and throughout the
day.
If you would like to share any in-
formation with the Okeechobee News
about an outdoors event please email
Tonya Harden at tharden@newszap.
com or call 863-763-3134. We welcome
news on all sporting events, outdoors
activities and nature inspired hob-
bies. Please include your name, phone
number and specific dates of the
events. The Okeechobee News Out-
doors column will run every Saturday
so please be sure to have all your In-
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5p.m. Thursday. Information can also
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DEPUTIES: I just want to say that I think the motorcycle deputies
do a great job and I hope the one who was injured gets better soon.
It's a tough job out there in the Florida heat on a motorcycle. I ap-
preciate that they have caught a lot of speeders in the school zones
and slowed a lot of people down. That is important for the children's
safety. People go flying through school zones and residential neigh-
borhoods without a thought of the children. Unfortunately, they will
only follow the law if they think they might get caught. So having those
traffic officers out there really does make a difference. Get well soon,
Deputy Rogers. There are a lot of people in Okeechobee praying for
you.
ATVS: I know people are probably getting tired of reading about
ATVs so I will keep this. short. I often seen very young children on
ATVs and these kids do not even have on helmets. Parents, if you love
your kids, make sure they wear helmets and supervise them at all
times. If you don't think ATVs are dangerous, spend a weekend in the
ER and see how many children are brought in with injuries from ATV
accidents.
SR 70: With all these accidents on that stretch of State Road 70
just near S.W. 24, maybe we need to look at lowering the speed limits
somewhere between S.W. 48th and S.W. 24th. The drivers are going
way too fast in that area, and then we wind up with bad accidents. It
is only a two-lane road. Of course, just enforcing the existing speed
limits might help because there are a lot of speeders. Maybe one of
those machines that show you how fast you are going and showing
the posted speed limit would help, especially if they could put some
deputies out there in the morning and just after 5 p.m. to pull the
speeders over and write some tickets.
VISION: I just have to wonder -- how can you not see a stopped
emergency vehicle with the flashing lights on in broad daylight?
DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICE: I think that ever since Crist got into
the Office of Governor, we have had nothing but problems with bud-
get cuts. His bright idea of the New Homestead Law that was just
passed has only hurt Florida in a time that we are fighting off a reces-
sion. He will certainly not get re-elected. We Need someone who is
helping to stimulate Florida, not someone who is cutting our officers,
firemen, state jobs, and now our Drivers License Office.
DMV: I believe that retaining the local Florida DMV Driver's License
Office in Okeechobee is important enough to warrant having the
Board of Commissioners donate office space, if necessary to do so.
The people of Okeechobee County should not be treated like second-
class citizens by being denied the same convenient access to State
services offered to others.
BUDGET CUTS: The Citizens of Okeechobee deserve to have a
drivers license office within the community. Instead of looking at the
tiny towns, look at the larger counties that possible have two or three
offices. This reminds me of when they stopped Social Security repre-
sentatives from being in Okeechobee. They played the same game
with "the majority can be done on line." Which of course is not true
and it is an all day event to take care of on the coast! The major and
important actions having to do with your drivers license have to be
done in person. If we allow the drivers license office to be closed here
in Okeechobee, you might as well plan an all day event in Fort Pierce
or Port St. Lucie when you have to get your learner's permit, take a
driving test, etc. Has anyone here ever been to the two mentioned
drivers license offices? Even with an appointment, you are going to
be waiting a long time. They are targeting Okeechobee because we
are a small community "they can drive to the coast." They already do
it to see doctors, do major shopping, social security offices, veterans
administrations etc. It has to stop.
ACCIDENT: Can you believe it, another officer was hit on State
Road 70 W. This is two in one week. Officer Green was in her car with
her red and blues on, to slow traffic because of upcoming road work.
She was hit sitting in a parked car. Sources are saying she will be fine,
but her car will not. I'm wondering if anyone saw this accident? and
what was the other driver doing that they couldn't see red and blue
lights flashing.
TAXES: All of you people who voted for the change in the Home-
stead Exemption because you wanted to save your own pocketbook,
I hope you are happy now. It is your own fault that we don't have
enough money to pay for services. How is the county supposed to pay
for emergency services if no one will fund it?
SR 70: Is that stretch of State Road 70 West some kind of mys-
tery like the Bermuda Triangle? Planes stop working ... people get
confused and can't see emergency vehicles ... maybe there is some
strange energy at work there.
TRANSPORTATION: With the cost of gasoline going up and up,
why doesn't the State of Florida do something to provide some mass
transportation options. What about trains or buses? Why don't we
have public transportation? If enough people start demanding it, may-
be the state will do something. Not only would public transportation
help people who can't afford to run their cars, it would also reduce the
congestion on Florida highways.



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Community Events Community Calendar


Library has book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book sale will run Saturday,
April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hard cover books are $2. Paperbacks:
$1, Children's hard cover: $1, Children's paperbacks: $.50. DVD's are
$1. Library discards are half price. On Saturday, a box of books will
be $5 and a bag of books will be $2. This is a major fund-raiser for the
Friends of the Okeechobee Library. For more information please call
the library at 863-763-3536.

Men's Health Fair planned April 13
The Walker Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church will host a Health
Fair "Just for Men" on Sunday, April 13, at 7:30 a.m. Fasting blood work
for lipids (cholesterol), glucose and PSA (prostate) will be offered, for a
fee. Many other tests will be performed. Breakfast will be served. Pre-reg-
istration is required. To register call the Parish Nurse Resource Center at
863-453-0700.

Nutritional analysis class offered
CRA Nutritional analysis class will be held, Monday, April 14, at
5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center. The class will
be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For more information call 863-763-
4320.

Okeechobee Main Street's Monthly Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's Monthly Mixer will be held Wednesday,
April 16, from 5 until 7 p.m. at The Law Office of Philip DeBerard,
114 North Parrott Avenue Light refreshments served. Our Mixers are
great for meeting new people and networking with the community.
Mega 50/50 tickets are only available at the monthly mixers so don't
miss out! One drawing in December! For more information call Karen
Hanawalt at 357-6246.

Seminole Elementary plans family fun night
April 18, from 6 until 8 p.m. will be the annual Family Fun Night at
Seminole Elementary. The night will be filled with games, food, and
more! Tickets are .25 cents each, and they can be used to purchase
pulled pork sandwiches or dunk the principal in the dunk tank. We'll
see you there.

Earth Day celebration set
Celebrate Earth Day at DuPuis Management Area on April 19. The
theme is "Protect Wild Florida" and it features and up close view of
Florida's wildlife brought by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. There will
be food, and drinks, booths and lots of activities for the kids, even a
presentation on endangered Red Cockaded Woodpeckers and the ef-
forts that are being made to bring back these birds. For information
call 1-800-432-2045 ext.3339.
Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the following
classes in April: 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 Jocated at 323 N. Parrott Ave. or call 863-
763-2488.


Saturday, April 12
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeecho-
bee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month begin-
ning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attendant and all Christian singers
and musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78. Any-
one is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at 863-
634-0087.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational mate-
rials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for infor-
mation.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information, call
Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office at 863-
763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.
Sunday, April 13
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of OurSaviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
863-634-4780.

Monday, April 14
SA.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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry. The
annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For infor-
mation, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://www.
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6 Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 12, 2008



FFA Members read to Central Elementary Students


Submitted photo

FFA participates in Literacy Day
FFA members from Osecola Middle School participate in Florida Agricultural Literacy Day.
Left to right: Joshua Lea, Jenna Wolff, Kaylee Peaden, Megan McNabb, Allyson Trimble,
Alexis Smith, Tabitha Cannon, and Jessica Humphrey.


Osceola Middle School FFA
members recently took a trip to
Central Elementary School to
read to the youngsters there.
The trip was in honor of
Florida Agricultural Literacy Day
through Ag in the Classroom
Program. Students read the book
"These Florida Farms" to each of
the classrooms to help young stu-
dents become aware of agricul-
ture in the state of Florida. Many
thanks to Central Elementary, the
teachers who welcomed FFA into
their classrooms, and these future
leaders for reaching out to young-
er students.

Tropicana Speech
Winners announced
Sixth graders participated in
the Tropicana Speech program
before Spring Break, and class-
room winners went on to com-
pete at the OMS school contest


on April 10. Speaking on topics
ranging from motivation to fish-
ing to family to alternative fuels,
students captured the judges' at-
tention and impressed them with
their poise and depth of knowl-
edge.
Congratulations to the OMS fi-
nalists. White third-place ribbons
will go to Ben Levins and Prissy
McDonald. Red second-place rib-
bons will go to Bethany Stuart
and Jake Menendez. Blue first-
place ribbons will be presented
to Kayla Orr and Caleb Bockoras.
The first and second place win-
ners will go on to compete in the
district level speaking contest on
May 5. Good luck, students!

Upcoming Events
April 14 -- Report Card Day"
April 24 -- Osceola Idol evening
performance, 7 p.m.
May 18 -- grade Reality Store
and Early Release Day.


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Students of the Week
Congratulations to this week's Students of the Week! From left to right in the front row are:
Joshua Ragasa, Hayley Palmisano, Lucas Richey. Back row: Kodie Roberts, Ana Godinez,
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Osceola Idol contest
OMS students are in the process of auditioning for the up-
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peting for spots in the show, which will be held at an evening
performance on April 24 and a during-school performance
on April 25. Eighth grader Judd Harris is one of the students
who auditioned for Osceola Idol.


Obituaries


Mary Frances Dixon.
Mary Frances Dixon, age 83, of
Okeechobee died April 10, 2008.
Mrs. Dixon was
born March 5,
1925 in Haines
City, Florida to
Burr Thomas
Jennings and
Mae Wise. She
livedinOkeecho-
bee for 56 years,
and was an ac-
tive and devoted Mary Frances
member of the Dixon
First Baptist Church, serving as
the church secretary for many
years as well.
Mrs. Dixon was preceded in
death by her husband, Ben Dixon
and her son, Steve Dixon.
She is survived by her three
sons, Ben F. (Ruth) Dixon, Jr. of
Gainesville, Rick (Robyn) Dixon
of Tallahassee and Dave Dixon
of Davenport; daughter in law,
Jenny Dixon of Birmingham, AL;
brother Charles (Vera Mae) Jen-
nings of Haines City; sister in law
Robbye (John) Jennings-Major


of Lake Hamilton; six grandchil-
dren, Weston, Garett, Aaron, Ra-
chel, Alex and Madelyn and three
great grandchildren, Emily, Austin
and Cade.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5
p.m. Saturday, April 12, at First
Baptist Church of Okeechobee.
Funeral services will follow at 5
p.m. with Pastor Richard E. Whip-
ple officiating. Graveside services
will be Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m.
at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines
City.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the University of
Alabama Comprehensive Cancer
Center, Gift Records, AB 1230,
1530 Third Ave. South Birming-
ham, Ala., 35294-0112.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

John Allen Wilcox, Sr.
John Allen Wilcox, Sr., age 64
of Hobe Sound and formerly of


.Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
April 9, 2008.
Born, June 5,
1943 he had
been a resident
of Okeechobee ,
for 32 years and
Hobe Sound for
the re mainder.
He is sur-
vived by his son,
John A. (Judy) John Allen
Wilcox, Jr., of Wilcox, Sr.
Okeechobee; daughter, Jeanie
Lee of Palatka; brother, Rucker
Wilcox of Okeechobee; sister, La-
neve (Eddie) Gillican of Ft. Myers.
In addition he is survived by eight
grandchildren, three great grand-
children, and girlfriend, Marcia
Wooten of Hobe Sound.
The family will be receiving
friends on Monday, April 14 from
2 until 3 p.m. with services fol-


lowing at 3 p.m. in the Buxton Fu-
neral Home Chapel, with Pastor
John A. Wilcox, Jr. officiating.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Virginia Y. Brown
Virginia Y. Brown, age 95 of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
April 9, 2008 in the Fort Pierce
Health Care Facility. Born June
27, 1913 in Canada, she had been
a resident of Okeechobee since
1978 and enjoyed hiking.
She is survived by her friends,
Martin and Lorraine Robinson of
Ft. Myers.
There will be no visitation or
services.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


David Hazellief- 610-1553
Betty Hazellief- 610-0144
Sharon Prevatt- 634-7069
Dee Reeder- 610-2485

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1000-H: 3BR/4BA CBS home
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Al enclosed screened in-ground
pool, utility room and more to
offer. Call today to schedule a
showing. MLS# 200763

1002-H: Okeechobee Park new
3BR/2BA CBS house. open
concept, high ceilings, tile
floors, appliances and ceiling
fans included. Ready for occu-
pancy. $157,000 MLS# 200109
1004-H: Condominium has
screened patio (11 X 17) con-
crete floor, hurricane Shutters,
located in a great location
close to everything in town.
$79,900 MLS# 93728
~1005-H: Lake Okeechobee access
home with dock overlooking the
water. Great location in
Okeechobee Estates, paved drive-
way. Home next to this one is also
for sale. MLS# 200744

1004-H: Lake Okeechobee
access home with screened
porch. Home next door also
for sale. MLS# 200764

5011-M: Otter Creek 3/2 DW
MH with in-ground screened
in pool on 3.5 fenced acres.
Additional buildings on prop-
erty, one could be used as a
guest house. MLS# 200514
Basswood Lots available starting @ $25k
SLake access Big "O" RV Resort Lots starting @ $25K
R-Bar Estates 2+/-acres MLS# 93596
Sherman Wood Ranches 10+/-acres MLS# 90859
SDixie Ranch Acres 1.69+ /-acre barn/workshop and horse stall
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port & open front porch. Great property. (200125) Community pool, clubhouse and shuffleboard
S n courts. $79,900 #200297


Reduced on Rim Canal 2 Story beauty, 5 1.4 acres off of Hwy 441 SE on Rim Canal.
BD, 3 BA, hardwood floors & ceramic tile, This property hosts 25 RV Lots, 11 Annual
vacant lot on each side of the home also for RVlots, 3Apartments, 2 Park Models bath
se.c ad vt i house 'laundry room, recreation room on
sale....come an move the entire family. Rim Canal, dock and boat ramp. #200571
$380,000 (94541) $1 200 000


"CUTE AS A BU TON" '.OOO.R ALL YOUR TOYS"
'92 2/2 DWMH 48x26 on a beautifully land- 3/2 custom u ome 2 car garage, con-
scaped lot in Pine Oaks Village. Easy commute crete drive on Taylor Creek Large oa house
to the Fast Coast Call for your appoinlment 2nd covered boat slip w/ sling lift. Sep. lot
Ska net at o eno avail also Taylor Creek with 2 covered sheds
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$125,000 end 12x21(200397) $245,900
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Information believed accurate, but not warranted."







Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 12, 2008 7


Pig roast benefits Red Cross


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Support for the American Red
Cross is continued through the
upcoming pig roast that is being
held at the J & S Fish Camp, just
south of 15-B on U.S. 441.
The roast will be held at noon
on Sunday, April 13.
The event will feature live mu-
sic by Ben Prestage. There will be
50/50 drawings and give aways.
This is just one more celebra-
tion to benefit the local Okeecho-
bee American Red Cross which is
led by chapter manager, Debbie
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Riddle.
The local Okeechobee office
began as an all volunteer chapter
in 1918 when they were provided
office space in the Okeecho-
bee County's Division of Emer-
gency Management Office. The
Okeechobee chapter was added
to the Greater Palm Beach area
chapter in 2002.
Our local branch is celebrating
their 90th year of reaching out to
the community.
The American Red Cross is a
non-profit organization that is not
government funded yet is man-


uDmitnea pnoto
Ben Prestige will be performing the musical entertainment
at J & S Fish Camp on Sunday, April 13, where they will be
holding a pig roast to benefit the Okeechobee American Red
Cross.


3/2 split plan in e South west section. Large TIO OR 2/2 home w/ 1 car garage. New Electrical fix-
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landscaped w/ breathtaking views on the
rim canal. Call Elbert @ 863-634-7460 to
view home. MLS # 200771

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dated by a Congressional Charter
to provide disaster relief.
The Heroes for the American
Red Cross is an annual fundrais-
ing campaign that helps chapters
of all sizes raise significant rev-
enue from new sources while al-
lowing chapters to increase local
awareness of the Red Cross mis-
sion within the community.
The American Red Cross is
funded through donations and
the revenue from their health and
safety classes. Donations are their
number one source of revenue.
Without the help from local in-
dividuals and businesses, they
would not be able to offer these
services and many others to those
in need.
The Red Cross is a non-profit
organization which operates a Di-
saster Action Team (DAT) which
is currently looking for caring indi-
viduals to volunteer. All Red Cross
volunteers receive free health and
safety training and above all re-
ceive that great feeling of know-
ing that they have helped better
someone's life.
For more information about
the Okeechobee Red Cross chap-
ter call 863-763-2488.
For more information about
the pig roast contact J & S Fish
Camp 772-597-4455.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
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Campaign." Servers raised over $1,000! All proceeds will go the. local chapter and serve
Okeechobee County directly. Thank you to Golden Corral and all the servers who donated
their time! Celebrity servers were: Mike Faulkner, Dowling Watford, Ronnie White, Billy Dean,
Terry Burroughs, Rick Amiet, Juanita White, Elvie Posey, Debbie Riddle, Brian Whitehall,
Donna Huth-Heroes Co-Chair, Paul May and Marnie Lauter-Heroes Chair.



Man gets suspended sentence


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spacious area storage. A new kitchen, intercom system, spniriklei
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man avoided
state prison time when he pled no
contest to vehicular homicide charg-
es in Glades County Circuit Court in
February.
Michael Brown, 54, was sen-
tenced March 29, to 1,129 days in
jail, but the sentence was suspended
by Glades Circuit Judge Jack Lundy.
Instead Brown will serve 364
days in the Glades County Jail and
then spend 10 years on probation.
Brown was behind the wheel of
a 1990 Ford box truck that collided
head on with a,2000 Chevrolet pick-
up operated by Recca Louise Mills
on July 6, 2005, about three miles
west of Buckhead Ridge on state
road 78 west.
The crash report from Florida


Highway Patrol Corporal Gregory
Freimuth noted that Mr. Brown test-
ed positive for amphetamines. It also
noted that Brown had a suspended
Class E operator's driver's license.
The license had been suspended on
Feb. 3, 2005 for failure to appear in
court for a traffic summons.
Brown had faced a maximum of
15 years in prison for the accident.
He was represented by Attorney
Franklin Prince of West Palm Beach.
The State Attorneys Office was rep-
resented by Dennis Wallace. .
The crash report stated Brown
was east bound on State Road 78,
and Mills was headed east bound.
Mills had just left her work place at
Raulerson Hospital and was headed
to her home on the Brighton reser-
vation when she was killed.
Corporal Freimuth's report stated
the truck crossed the center line and


collided head on with the pickup.
.The report noted there were no road
or weather conditions that contrib-
uted to the collision. Both vehicles
then left the pavement and collided
with guardrails along the road.


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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 11, through Thursday, April 17, are
as follows:
Theatre I "Vantage Point" (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 II "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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DOG White, Male, Orange
collar. Vic. of N.W. Section.
Call to ID. (863)763-4414


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


LAB RETRIEVER MIX female,
red coat, vic. of Ft. Drum off
of 342nd. REWARD!
(863)697-1339
ROTTWEILER female, 8 yrs.
old, gentle, needs meds, vic.
of Ft. Drum off of 342nd. RE-
WARD! (863)697-1339
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classified.

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MINISTRY
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912 NW 2nd St. (2 blocks
W of the Meat Shop). Clothes,
Toys, Furniture, Tools,
Electronics & Food!


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IMMEDIATE OPENING

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR/
TRAINEE for the Okeechobee Utility Authority.
OUA will consider a non-certified operator for
training in lieu of a certified operator. Must
possess a valid FL Drivers License. Only those
with a three year clean driving record need apply.
Shift work and week-ends are required.
Applications will be accepted until opening is
filled at the Okeechobee Utility Authority located
at 100 SW. 5th. Avenue, Okee, FL 34974.
An Equal Opportunity Employer,
Drug Free Work Place.


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 CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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


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SENIOR REGISTERED
NURSE

Registered Nurses L1
(#64063675)
Public Health Nurse position in Moore
Haven; makes family home visits
and assists in clinics; two years
nursing experience; bi-lingual a plus.
Pre-employment Drug Testing,
Background screening/fingerprinting
required. EEO/AA. Apply on line:
https://peoplefirst.myflorida. corn
Call Alina @ 863-946-0707 x208
or Patti @ 863-674-4041 x135
for more details.





Family Practice ARNP providing medical
services in infant/child/adult Primary Care
Clinics @ Glades County Health Department.
Pre-employment Drug Testing, Background
screening/fingerprinting required. Bi-lingual
English/Spanish helpful. EEO/AA. Apply on line:
https:l/peoplefirst.mvflorida.com or
Call Alina@ 863-946-0707 x208 or Patti
@863-674-4041 x135 for more details


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Okeechobee News
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand Time to clean out the
the world around you. attic, basement and/or
No wonder newspaper garage? Advertise your
readers are more suc- yard sale in the classi-
cessful peoplel lieds and make your
clean un a breezel


Employment
Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment-
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




EXPERIENCED
PLUMBING ESTIMATOR
for plumbing contractor. FT
Good pay, benefit pkg.
DFWP (863)763-6461
EXPERIENCED PLUMBING
SERVICE TECH FT
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP
(863)763-6461
SOD FARM HOBE SOUND
Seeks Semi-Truck Driver
CDL-A Equipment Operator
year round (772)546-4191






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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
tax Preparation 315


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sidered fraudulent. In all
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ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
y ou check with the Better
usiness Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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NEWSPAPER...
leads you
I to the
L. -.,-) best products
W.- .and seorvikoes.


Services



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





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3 Based
"L-~' Family
-L1. Daycare!
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Classroom Settng, Fenced
Playground and much more
Preschool Ages: 1vr- 5vs old


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& Pressure Washing
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READING A NEWSPAPER
HELPS YOU GET
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Roofs
Carpentry
Window washing
Pressure washing
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SLicensed and Insured Lic. #1644


Merchandise


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 6 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies polw625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Suppies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Tickets 720
Tools 725>
Tos & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to eBuy 740




Couch w/ air bed mattress,
full size, floral beige w/green
& orange, $500 neg.
(863)763-4461
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-
sifleds."


DASCHOUND PUPS (F),
Min., 8 wks, 1st shots. 1-
Choc, 1-Red, 1-Blue & tan.
CKC reg $400. 863-634-3758
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NEWSPAPER
HELPS YOU
GET INVOLVED IN
THE COMMUNITY
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TRACTOR '58 Allis Chalmers
WD model, restored, runs &
looks great! $4800
(321)403-7805 Okeechobee
TRACTOR- '57 641 Ford, mo-
tor runs, tranny broke, has
extra parts, $1500
(321)403-7805 Okeechobee
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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



BHR Duplex, Lake Okee. Ac-
cess. lbr, lba. Completely
rentavated. W/D & Dishwasher
$125. wkly (561)202-7703
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
'no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313





Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
Payments
From $895
per month


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BASSWOOD Pets OK! 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuyshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
-BEST VALUE IN TOWN-
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
BHR 4BR/2BA, fenced yard,
on canal, $850 mo. + sec.
dep., 863-824-0981
LOG CABIN New Const on
Rim Canal w/Pool & Dock,
2BR-1BA, Full Furn incl/
Bedding, Linens & Cookware.
W/D & D/W Cbl, Elec,Wat
Incl. (561)234-0277
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
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
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
(561)792-9431 6am-1 1pm
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
you looked for It?


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STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have you
looked for It?


SINGLE, no children, female
pref. to share 3BR, 2BA
home with family. Pool.
$700/month. 863-697-0218


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wantedi 065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


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OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba,
Kings Bay house. $950. meo.
$500. Sec. dep
863-634-7460 or 634-7895
When doing those chores
Is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classifieds.


AMAZING LAND
DEAL!!!
10 acres inpvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty (561)385-7888
www.okeelandforsale.com
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
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Churches plan revivals, classes and special events


By Pete Gawda

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An all-day scrapbooking crop
will be held on Saturday, April
19, from 10ww a.m. until 6 p.m.
at the First Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. All levels
of scrapbookers are welcome.
Please bring a covered dish if you
are interested in participating in
our pot luck luncheon. We are
also having a "Punch Your Art
Out" day, complete with a dem-
onstration and free use of an
assortment of various types of
punches to enhance your scrap-
booking, cardmaking and craft
projects. Carolyn Jones will be
available to assist with your scrap-
booking questions and supplies.
Refreshments will be served and
there will be plenty of door priz-
es. Bring any scrapbook pages on
which you are currently working.
For more information call Joan at
863-467-0290 or Carolyn at 863-
634-1885.
Okeechobee Health Care,
1646 U. S. 441 N., will be host-


ing a revival May 5 through 9 at
7 each evening. The public is
invited. There will be a different
speaker each night.
Okeechobee Church of
Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will
be having a Gospel Meeting April
13 through 16. Sunday Bible study
will be at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday
worship services at 10:30 a.m.
and 6 p.m. Services Monday
through Wednesday will be at 7
p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Oakview Baptist Church is
sponsoring a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 17, at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Cost is
$45 (includes green fee, cart, and
barbecue lunch.) Proceeds will
aid youth in doing random acts of
kindness, attend M-Fuge in South
Carolina which will assist them in
team building and strengthening
relationships to God, family and
community. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. For information call 863-
763-1699.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church will hold their Fourth
Annual Car Show on Saturday,
April 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
at Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church. Classic Cars, Muscle
Cars, New and Old. There will
be a $5 registration fee for each
car .entry at the door. There will
be trophies awarded, door prizes,
lunch, snack and drinks for sale.
For information call 863-467-7604
or 863-634-8964.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel,
1963 N.W 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper the church


Reflections from the Pulpit


Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson,
Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for
Christ
There was a blind girl who hat-
ed herself because she was blind.
She hated everyone, except her
loving boyfriend. He was always
there for her.
She told her boyfriend, "If only
I could see the world I would
marry you." One day, someone
donated a pair of eyes to her.
When the bandages came off,
she was able to see everything,
including her boyfriend. He asked
her, "Now that you can see the
world, will you marry me?" The
girl looked at her boyfriend and
saw that he was blind. The sight
of his closed eyelids shocked her.
She hadn't expected that.
The thought of looking at them
the rest of her life led her to refuse
to marry him. Her boyfriend left
her in tears and days later wrote
a note to her saying: "Take good
care of your eyes, my dear, for be-
fore they were yours, they were
mine."
This is how the human brain
often works when our status
changes. Only a very few remem-
ber what life was like before, and
who was always by their side in


the most painful situations. LIFE
IS A GIFT -- Today before you say
an unkind word, think of some-
one who can't speak. Before you
complain about the taste of food,
think of someone who has noth-
ing to eat. Today before you com-
plain about life, think of someone
who died too early.
Before you complain about
your children, think of someone
who desires children but they're
barren.
Before you argue about your
dirty house someone didn't clean
or sweep, think of people who
are living in the streets.
Before whining about the dis-
tance you drive, think of some-
one who walks the same distance
with their feet.
And when you are tired and
complain about your job, think
of the unemployed, the disabled,
and those who wish they had
your job.
But before you think of point-
ing the finger or about condemn-
ing another, remember that not
one of us is without sin and we all
will answer to one Maker.
Thought for the day: Remem-
ber, when the world pushes you
to your knees, you're in the per-
fect position to pray!


has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" a year
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects". Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
-"Sunday School" on Wednesday
nights.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dent in grades one through six
and seven through 12. Programs
afe from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up and tak-
en them home. For information,
call 863-801-4307.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St., is
hosting God's Time -- a morning
of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction
and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The
event will be held each Tuesday


from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, call 863-467-1733.
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
is offering free classes in martial
arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for sub-
stance abuse. They also have Al-
Non meetings on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics.
For information call Chris at 863-
467-5714,


At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 863-763-
2171.
Abundant Blessings
Church,4550 U. S. 441 N. is
hosting Financial Peace Univer-
sity, led by nationally known
radio and television personality
Dave Ramsey. Classes began
Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. and each
Monday following for 13 weeks.
The church is located at 4550
Hwy 441 N. (1 mile north of the
high school.) For information
call the church at 863-763-3736
or go to Daveramsey.com.
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 41" Street, Okeechobee,
Fl. 34974 (entrance is the door


to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
information.
The following is from "Road
Signs" by Harvey W. Samp-
son.
"While traveling through this
old world it's easy to lose our
way. We're always looking for
road signs and help our brother to
know the dangers of the detours
there as they through this dark
world go.
"We can be a road sign today
and point some soul to Jesus, just
as someone was our road sign
and pointed the way'for us.
"Our Bible is the best road sign
and it's always up to date. It will
guide us as we travel and will lead
us the Heaven's gates."
The Okeechobee News
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email
okeenews@newszap.com or
call Pete Gawda at (863) 763-
3 134. extension 4225.


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Charitable faith
Jim Dawson, associate minister of the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee presented a check from donations
Easter Sunrise Services collection to MaryAnne Swinford of Big Lake Missions Outreach Center on Wednesday, April 9.
The check for over $900 will go to benefit the needy of Okeechobee with help from the center.
Feeling down? The Adundant Blessings Assebly of God Church invites you to come in for a spiritual "lift" with the church
welcome sign. The church is located on U.S. Hwy. 441 just north of town.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Grace Brethren Church reminds us of the goodness of God.


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PUBLIC NOTICE
Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating
potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may
notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after April 14, 2008,
These conditions will last thru May 9, 2008,
These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are
on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions con-
cerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact
you local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you
have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium.
The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and
discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please
keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okee-
chobee Utility Authority,
If additional information is needed, contact Roy Reno at 763-3239. We regret any
inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
OKEECHOdEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
267115 ON 4/11,12,13/08
NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enlorcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
April 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548 ext. 3001.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary lo the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 12, 2008


Submitted photo

OHS Cheerleaders are celebrity servers
The Okeechobee High School Cheerleaders raised approximately $500 as "Celebrity Servers" at Golden Corral on Tuesday,
April 8. Try-outs for OHS Football Cheerleading will be held on Friday, May 9 at OHS. There will be a mandatory parent meet-
ing on Monday, April 28 at OHS Media Center 6 p.m. For more information, please contact: Pattle Mullins or Karen Matthews
863-462-5025. The cheerleaders would like to thank Golden Corral and the community for their support with this fundraiser.
The coaches would like to thank Cari Pickering (parent volunteer) for her help. Cheerleaders are: Carl Pickering, Whitney
Godwin, Cherie Huddleston, Macin Raulerson, Crashai Williams, Billie Jo Freeman, Carleigh Alderman, Amanda Lamberti,
Blayke Miles, Tiffany Etchison, Marie Franklin. Not pictured: Katelyn Stuart, Samantha Rexroad, and Courtney Beamer.




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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Five fielding errors in the third
;inning led to a big rally for Fort
,Pierce Westwood as the Panthers
defeated Okeechobee for the sec-
ond time this year Thursday night,
9-2, in Okeechobee.
Left hander David Carmona
silenced the Brahmans hitters for
the second time this year as he
earned his second win of his ca-
reer against Okeechobee. Carmo-
na pitched five innings, scattered
eight hits and struck out three.
Okeechobee's Mike Minondo
took the loss. He was the victim
of some fielding problems in
the third but was charged with
eight earned runs in two and two
thirds. He walked six and allowed
three hits.
Brahman Coach Dylan Ted-
ders called it a night to look over
.the team, and work on some
things. He noted Minondo threw
a lot of changeups and continues
to try and get confidence with his
pitches.
"You always try to win, but if
you don't win it's not the end of
the world," Tedders said.
Okeechobee's last district
game doesn't mean they know
who they will match up with in
the first round of the district tour-
nament in two weeks. Lincoln
Park and Westwood completed
an earlier game on Friday. The
winner of that game will face
Okeechobee in the first round.
Coach Tedders said he is confi-
dent the Brahmans can compete
with either team, "We are not go-
ing to tell kids to go out and lose
this game. We got kids in that
hadn't played in awhile. This was
,a good game to get them in and
* see what we got. The kids played
'hard."
Westwood took a 1-0 lead in
the top of the first. Carmona, two
hits, doubled into the left field
corner with one out, moved to
third on a ground ball, and scored
on a wild pitch.
o Okeechobee was aggressive
early and that resulted in two
players being thrown out trying to
steal second in the first. Mark Weir
'led off the inning with a walk. He
stole second and was in scoring
position when newcomer Aaron
Suarez singled to right field. How-
ever Jose Ward came up throw-
ling and- threw Weir' out at the
plate with a strong throw from
right. Suarez was caught stealing
for the third out and after Stokes
reached on an error, he too was
thrown out trying to steal.
Okeechobee broke through
with a run in the bottom of the
second to tie the score. Evan
King singled and stole second. He
moved to third on an infield single
by Mitchell Bryner. King scored
on a single by Mike McClain to
tie the score. The Brahmans had
two base runners thrown out in
the inning to perhaps squash a
big rally.
Minondo got in trouble with
his control and five errors behind
him in the third. Westwood bat-
ted for 34 minutes and got a two
run single by Robert Allen. Mi-
nondo walked five batters in the
inning. When reliever Mike Mc-
Clain retired Jay Coffman for the
third out, Westwood was firmly in
control with an 8-1 lead.
"We gave up seven runs in the
third. We know we can't do that.
If we don't give up those runs
we win the ball game," Tedders
added.
Okeechobee did have their
chances to get back into the
game. Okeechobee had two run-
ners aboard in the third but a
great defensive play by Coffman
robbed Evan King of at least a
single to strand the runners. Bran-
don Farless got his first varsity hit
in the fourth but was left stranded
when Joey Voss grounded out.
Okeechobee got a run across
in the fifth as Jake Davenport
walked, stole second, and scored
on a single by Dustin Stokes.
Westwood scored their final


run against reliever Jonathan
Crawford in the sixth. Coffman
walked, moved to third on two
wild pitches, and scored on a sac-
rifice fly by Jeff Robinson.
Davenport was on base three
times for Okeechobee. Brice
Buckner tossed two scoreless in-
nings of relief.
Six Brahman starters were not
in the opening lineup as Suarez,
Joey Voss, and Mark Weir started
on the infield.
Evan King left the game when
he was spiked on his foot at first
base by a base runner.
The Brahmans will host South
Fork next Wednesday at 6 p.m.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Sophomore Aaron Suarez tags out Westwoods Jay Coffman
between first and second during a run down in Thursdays
contest between Okeechobee High School and Westwood
High School. Westwood prevailed 9-2.


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