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Celebrate Earth Day at Du-
Puis Management Area on
April 19. The theme is "Protect
Wild Florida" and it features an
up close view of Florida's wild-
life brought by Treasure Coast
Wildlife Center. There will be
food, and drinks, booths and
lots of activities for the kids,
even a presentation on endan-
gered Red Cockaded Wood-
peckers and the efforts that
are being made to bring back
these birds. For information call
Main Street to
Okeechobee Main Street's
annual board election will
be held during the quarterly
membership luncheon on April
23, at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant. The meeting will begin at
Anyone interested in serv-
ing on the Main Street Board
can contact Program Manager
Karen Hanawalt. Descriptions
of each board position, Presi-
dent, Vice President, Treasurer,
Secretary and committee chair
positions, Design, Economic
Restructuring, Promotions, Arts
& Culture, and Volunteer are
available at the Main Street of-
Membership luncheons are
open to the public.
For more information,
please contact Main Street at
863-357-MAIN (6246), or visit
the Main Street -office at 111
N.E. Second Street.
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Saturday, April 19, 2008 PO BOX 117007
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Treasure Island helps clean up
By Chauna Aguilar
Local citizen Jay Davies has
created the Treasure Island Beau-
tification Committee in efforts to
clean up the appearance of the
Treasure Island neighborhood
including trash and hazardous
waste that has built up in the
Mr. Davies said he decided to
put forward this effort due to the
increasing number of derelict
buildings and other issues within
the neighborhood that are deter-
ring potential home buyers and
Mr. Davies stated that several
realtors have claimed that people
do not want to buy in Treasure
Island because of the trash and
drug trafficking issues.
In a response to this, he has
chosen to not just identify the
problem, but to be a part of the
solution through forming this
This committee will be work-
ing today, Saturday, April 19, to
assist the elderly and disabled
citizens with disposal of hazard-
ous waste that they are unable to
get to the Vehicle Maintenance
According to the Environ-
mental Protection Agency (EPA)
hazardous waste is a waste with
properties that make it danger-
ous or potentially harmful to hu-
man health or the environment.
Hazardous wastes can be liquids,
solids, contained gases, or slud-
ges. They can be the by-products
of manufacturing processes or
simply discarded commercial
At the ball game: OHS sophomore shines
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Clay Coleman runs down Brandon Houle of Fort Pierce during a rundown play in Thurs-
Brahmans win on senior night
By Charles M. Murphy
Thursday night was a night
for the seniors, but it was a
sophomore that saved the
Brice Buckner pitched six
strong innings of relief, and
scored the winning run in the
bottom of the ninth inning as
Okeechobee defeated upset
minded Fort Pierce Central, 6-5,
"This is exactly what hap-
pens in baseball," Brahmans
Coach Dylan Tedders said,
"You're looking so forward to
the district tournament that you
forget about the team that you
are going to play."
made it hard on themselves as
they improved to (10-15) on the
year. They fell behind 4-0 in the
third and trailed by five runs in
the bottom of the sixth against
the lowly Cobras, (0-25). That's
when the Brahmans got a big
clutch hit to get back into the
Coach Tedders noted his
team hasn't been able to put
big rallies together this year,
but they did Thursday night, as
they scored five runs in the bot-
tom of the sixth. The big blow
came from sophomore Cam-
eron Tewksbury in the form of
a bases clearing double.
Early on Fort Pierce didn't
look like a winless team. They
knew this might be their last
chance for a win this year and
they came out pumped and
.ready to go. Their starting pitch-
er, Edgar Rivera, tossed five
scoreless frames. He changed
speeds, and mixed in breaking
pitches to retire Brahman after
Brahman. He ended up with
10 strikeouts in six innings of
Senior Mitchell Bryner start-
ed on the hill for Okeechobee
and he tossed two scoreless
innings. He got out of a jam in
the first thanks to a double play
ball and worked around two
hits in the second, a double by
Brandon Houle and a single by
The Brahmans went to the
bullpen in the third and Mike
Minondo got in trouble after
he struck out Kenny Pierce.
Kyle Kemp and Ron Esmenger
singled and Minondo hit Brett
Bowes with a pitch to load the
bases. He retired Jay Cruce on
a pop up to short and looked
like he might get out of the
jam. However he threw two
wild pitches that scored runs
and allowed a two run single to
Houle to make it 4-0.
Brice Buckner came on in
the fourth and struck out five
of the first six batters he faced.
Fort Pierce touched him up
for a run in the sixth as Kenny
Wilson singled, advanced on
a wild pitch and scored on a
See Brahmans Page 2
Meetings to discuss
regional recreation plans
By Tonya Harden
Everglades recreation plan-
ners will host public meetings
throughout South Florida in
April and May to present and
receive feedback on regionally
based recreation plans.
U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, Jacksonville District and
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District planners are in the
final stages of developing the
Master Recreation Plan for the
Comprehensive Everglades Res-
toration Plan (CERP). Planners
will present regional recreation
analyses and conceptual plans
"We look forward to sharing
thoughts, goals and ideas with
those who live in and use the
areas that will be impacted by
the work we do," said Shauan
Allen, Master Recreation Plan
project manager. "Even more
importantly, we look forward to
hearing input about these plans.
Recreation is an important con-
sideration in the restoration ef-
CERP is designed to provide
a framework and guide to re-
store, protect and preserve the
water resources of central and
southern Florida, including the
Everglades. It covers 16 counties
and over 18,000 square miles.
The Master Recreation Plan is a
'living document' that will guide
planners in recommending rec-
reation activities and facilities
within individual CERP proj-
ects. In 2006, the planning team
See Everglades Page 2
products, like cleaning fluids or he hopes to stir up the neigh-
pesticides. borhood to clean up itself and
These items include hazard- beautify the area to make a gen-
ous waste such as batteries, old eral good domino effect for the
tires, used oil, paint, gas, etc. county as a whole.
, Anyone who wants to spruce If the community is cleaned
up their property and they are up, then because of that there
truly not in a position to do so could possibly be more home
should contact Mr. Davies at 863- buyers and in turn more money
467-8683 for more information spent within the county which
and how he can help them. makes everyone win.
If you would like to join the For additional information
committee's efforts and help contact Mr. Davies at 863-467-
clean up the neighborhood, also 8663.
contact Mr. Davies at the above Post your opinions in the Public Is-
contact Mr. Davies at the above sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
number. Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
Through this committee, reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
life of local teen
By Eric Kopp
A 19-year-old Okeechobee
teen died as a result of a single-
vehicle accident on Charles
Harvey Memorial Highway
early Friday morning.
A report by Deputy Sergeant
Gary Bell of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that Tillman Scott Cassel-
ton, U.S. 98 N., crashed around
2 a.m. on April 18.
Sgt. Bell's report states that
Mr. Casselton was driving a
1998 blue Ford SUV when he
left the road and crashed into
several trees and bushes. Mr.
Casselton was westbound on
the two-lane highway at the
time of the crash.
The accident occurred
three-quarters of a mile east of
the Palm Creek subdivision.
cocaine to teen
By Eric Kopp
While sitting in the county
jail under a $500,000 bond
an Okeechobee woman was
charged with an additional
felony Thursday for reportedly
giving her teenage stepdaugh-
Lucinda Billie Lamb, 36, N.E.
11th St., was arrested on a war-
rant that charged her with de-
livering a controlled substance
to a minor. Bond on that charge
has been set at $20,000.
Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright said Friday,
April 18, that he issued the ar-
rest warrant. The charge stems
from an incident in late March
when Lamb allegedly gave her
16-year-old stepdaughter pow-
der cocaine while they were in
room 105 of a downtown mo-
The investigation began
when the body of 18-year-old
Amber Nicole Martin was found
in that room at the Budget Inn
Motel, 201 S. Parrott Ave. on Fri-
day, March 28.
Shortly thereafter Detective
Bill Saum, of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), arrested Lamb on a
felony charge of aggravated
child abuse and a misdemean-
or charge of contributing to the
delinquency of a minor. Her
bond was set at $500,000 on
Detective Saum said Friday,
April 18, that he is still waiting
See Lamb Page 2
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Okeechobe citizens aren't the only ones enjoying the re-
cent rainfall. Wading birds have begun to gather at the lake
to take advantage of the standing water.
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Brush fire ignites semi trailer
By Charles M. Murphy
Four County Fire trucks, the
Division of Forestry and six fire-
men spent close to two and a half
hours battling a brush fire up on
the Prairie Thursday night.
Continued From Page 1
on the results of a toxicology re-
port from the medical examiner's
office to learn the official cause of
death for Ms. Martin.
Although he found no drugs in
the motel room, Detective Saum
said in a March 31 interview that
Continued From Page 1
double by Kemp that probably
should have been caught in short
That set the stage for Okeecho-
bee's big rally. With Rivera tiring,
the Brahmans sent nine men to
the plate and scored five times to
tie the score. Buckner started the
rally with a walk. He went to third
on a throwing error and Will Da-
vis drew a walk. With the bases
loaded Adam Tewksbury was hit
by a pitch to give the Brahmans
a run. Tewksbury followed with
a line drive double in the gap in
right center field that cleared the
bases and made it 5-4. Mike Mc-
Clain followed with a scratch
single to tie the game.
Buckner continued to pitch
well after that as he struck out
.the side in. the seventh, struck
out three more in the eighth, and
two in the ninth. Fort Pierce got a
runner in scoring position in the
eighth but Reif was stranded.
Buckner said he wanted to
give the team a lift when he en-
tered the game in relief. He noted
he gave the team some confi-
dence by shutting down the Co-
bras, "It felt really good out there,
especially for the seniors. Mostly I
did it for them. It was their game,
Buckner struck out 15 batters
in his six innings of work.
Okeechobee also had their
chances. as Bryner reached third
on an error and a double by
Continued From Page 1
hosted a series of meetings and
received public input on exist-
ing recreation conditions, future
recreation needs and recreation
trends and issues.
At the upcoming meetings,
planners will discuss how they
applied the information received
during the 2006 meetings, and
provide an opportunity for the
public to become more engaged
and involved with the process,
Mrs. Allen said. Ideas, comments
and suggestions are welcome.
Public meetings will begin
with an open house during which
attendees may meet and talk with
the planners. This will be followed
by a short presentation, and then
questions and comments. The
meetings, scheduled for 6:30 to 8
p.m. will be held at:
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center in Miami, April 21;
Tree Tops Park in Davie,
SFWMD Lower West Coast
Service Center in Ft. Myers, April
Okeechobee Civic Center
in Okeechobee, May 5;
Everglades Research and Ed-
ucation Center Conference Center
in Belle Glade, May 6; and,
University of Florida Indian
River Research and Education
Center in Ft.Pierce, May 7.
Comment forms, fact sheets
and other materials about the
Master Recreation Plan are avail-
able on the web at www.ever-
ter recplan.cfm. Comments
may also be directed to Rebecca
S. Griffith, PH.D, Planning Division
Chief, Attn: Paul Stevenson, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Jack-
sonville District, P.O. Box 4970,
Jacksonville, Fla., 32232-0019.
For more information, visit
www.evergladesplan.org or call
Quail Creek hosts
Quail Creek Plantation will
host their Florida Agri-Women's
Third Annual Sporting Clays Shoot
on Saturday, June 7.
The program of events will in-
clude welcome and registration
at 8 a.m., sporting clays shoot
at 8:30 a.m., and luncheon and
awards presentation at noon.
There are still plenty of spon-
sorship opportunities available
A report from Paramedic Ja-
cob Stevens stated that firemen
responded just after 6 p.m. to the
1300 block of N.W. 356th Court,
and found about a half acre burn-
ing along with a semi trailer.
Firemen protected nearby
structures and used 1,000 gallons
he did find drug paraphernalia.
He went on to say in that in-
terview that Lamb took the girls
to that motel room following an
argument with her husband.
"Lucinda got into. an argument
with her husband and went to the
motel to let things cool off," he
said in that interview.
He added that Ms. Martin was
a good friend of Lamb's step-
Cameron Tewksbury in the eight.
However McClain struck out and
Drew Selvey popped out to short
right field on a play that had some
drama. Esmenger struggled judg-
ing the ball and fell to the ground
as he caught the ball.
The Brahmans finally came
through in the ninth as Buckner
hit a long drive that was misplayed
for a triple. Clay Coleman's squib
toward first was thrown away
and Okeechobee was sent home
Buckner said he saw the ball
well and put a good swing on it,
"The ball looked like a beach ball.
The word this year is clutch and
that's when it came in."
Coach Tedders was impressed
with how Buckner threw and how
he handled himself at the plate.
"I can't say enough about Brice
tonight, he came in and pitched
six strong innings of relief," Ted-
ders said, "It was a special night,
the guys are pumped up and
mentally we needed to win this
Okeechobee will play Lincoln
Park Academy in the district tour-
nament next Monday at 7 p.m. at
the Lawnwood sports complex.
Tedders said he believes the team
has the ability to win a couple of
games in the tournament and sur-
prise some people.
"The 18 guys on this team
know we have a chance if we
play good baseball. We're the
only ones giving us a chance.
They know if we have a hiccup
like tonight our season will be
over very quick. We just need to
show up and play."
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
for the upcoming event. Door
prize donations are also greatly
Registration for the event,
which included luncheon, a
round of 100 targets and oppor-
tunity to win a trophy and lots of
great raffle prizes) are as follows:
Single Shooter $100 and
Team of four shooters -
Golf cart rental will be $25.
Those who wish to just attend the
lunch may do so for $15.
For more information about
the shoot please contact Katie
Edwards at 305-281-7323 or visit
Quail Creek Plantation online at
Hook, Line and Sinker
By Captain Michael
Bass fishing was good this
week; we spent our mornings
shiner fishing and then in the af-
ternoon we used artificial baits.
The shiners far outperformed the
artificial baits, both for size' and
numbers of fish.
If you look into the night sky
you will see that the moon is go-
ing to be full very soon. These last
few days are the first time that I
have been able to actually see
Shell Cracker on beds this year.
The fish were not in great num-
bers but they were on the large
side. Mixed in with these fish on
the beds was some rather hefty
Blue Gill as well. It has been a
rather strange season for Shell
Cracker and Blue Gill so far, it may
be due to the low water that they
are showing up to spawn so late
in April. We always have good
fishing for pan fish in April and
May, but the Shell Cracker usually
makes an appearance long before
now. There are not very many an-
of water to put out the brush fire.
About five acres burned in the
Another 500 gallons of water
and foam was used to put out the
The Florida Division of Forest-
ry also responded and their plows
The stepdaughter was turned
over to her dad, said the OCPD de-
tective. He added that there were
no visible injuries to Ms. Martin.
The three had been in the
room for about a day-and-a-half,
Ms. Martin's body was found
by her roommates around 10
a.m. on March 28.
were used to surround the blaze.
The origin and the cause of the
fire were unknown. The State Fire
Marshall's Office was contacted
to investigate the cause.
A fence that surrounded the
property was burned in the fire.
No injuries were reported.
Although the autopsy has
been completed by the District 19
Medical Examiner's Office in Fort
Pierce, it will take several weeks
to get the results of the toxicology
Detective Saum said in that
March interview that the medi-
cal examiner found nothing that
would lead him to believe that
Ms. Martin died of natural causes.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brice Buckner is congratulated by Brandon Farless, Dustin
Stokes (#22) and Mike McClain right after he scored the win-
ning run Thursday night.
Submitted photo/Mike Shellen
Kirk Andrew from Meriden, Conn, caught.this 8.5 Ibs Bass
fishing with Captain Mike Shellen on April 17.
glers on the water on this end of
the lake, so if you do discover a
bunch of fish, chances are you
will have them all to yourself.
The Rim Canal on the west
side of the lake is still a great place
to catch small bass on artificial
baits, the early morning top wa-
ter bite has been superb days we
catch fish for the first hour or two
of light, then other days the bite
is over as soon as the sun peeks
over the horizon. A Pop'r or Sam
Griffin Lil Zip prop bait have both
been working nicely. There has
been some water flowing into
the lake on the west side and
there are good numbers of small
fish congregated in those areas, a
lipless crank bait, Carolina rig or
Shaky head jig will work on these
The water level in the lake was
10.54 on April 11, since then it has
went down an inch and a half, the
confusing thing is that there is an
incredible amount of water still
coming into the lake via the Kis-
simmee River, it varies daily from
20,000 gallons a second to as high
as 35,000 gallons per second. I am
told by the SFWMD that evapora-
tion is responsible for this water
leaving the lake. Evaporation sure
is thirsty! I am not bright enough
to do the math that-would tell me
how much water is coming into
the lake daily at this rate, but it
seems very odd that the lake was
going up each day with the same
inflow of water and now is going
down. I would be willing to bet
that I am not the only person con-
fused by this phenomenon.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 19, 2008
New Horizons plans Mental Health Fair
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New Horizons of Okeechobee
and the Treasure Coast will host
the second annual Mental Health
Fair in Vero Beach on Friday, May
9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun
and informational event is open
to the public and will be held at
the Vero Beach Community Cen-
ter located at the corner of 14th
Street and 23rd Avenue.
"New Horizons is excited
about our 2008 Mental Health
Fair at the Vero Beach Commu-
nity Center," said Angela Guzen-
ski, Recovery Support Services
.Manager. "We want everyone
in the community to know the
resources and services that are
available," she said. "Attend-
ees can pick up information
on where to turn for a number
of mental health topics and we
are also offering depression and
"We are promoting good
mental health and have planned
some fun activities for every-
one," she said. "There will be
complimentary massages, prizes
Do you have a question about
Medicare or Medicaid? How to
access cQmmunity transporta-
tion and employment assis-
tance? Where to turn for a fam-
ily support group? More than a
dozen organizations will be on
hand to answer these questions
Organizations participating in
the Mental Health Fair include:
ACCESS Florida, Amedisys Home
Health Care, Brevard Achieve-
ment Center, Healing Hands, Hi-
biscus Children's Center, Indian
River Health Department, Men-
tal Health Association, Millers
Health Mart, Pfizer, and others.
New Horizons of Okeecho-
bee and the Treasure Coast is
your community mental health
center serving men, women and
children in four counties. The
main campus is located on Mid-
way Road in St. Lucie County and
there are outpatient sites in In-
dian River, Martin, Okeechobee
and St. Lucie Counties. For infor-
mation about New Horizons in
Okeechobee call 863-462-0040.
For additional information about
the Mental Health Fair contact
Angela Guzenski or Heather
Roberts at 772-778-7217.
New Horizons Board Member Beverly Whiteley and staff
member Heather Roberts share information with visitors to
the 2007 Mental Health Fair.
Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, April 11, through
Thursday, April 17:
Friday, April 11:
burglary in the 2700 block of
N.W. Sixth St. .
theft in the 900 block of N.W.
Saturday, April 12
theft in the 3500 block of
N.W. Third St.
vandalism in the 1100 block
of N.E. 39th Blvd.
burglary in the 2700 block of
N.W Third St.
Sunday, April 13
No felony investigations re-
Monday, April 14
burglary in the 2600 block of
S.R. 70 W
vandalism in the 42000 block
The following individuals
were arrested on felony or
driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD),
,the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Derek Royce Underhill,
22, S.W. Third Ave., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 17 by
Deputy Sergeant J. Royal on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with lewd or las-
civious battery. His bond was
set at $15,000.
Edward Fagan, 17, was ar-
rested April 17 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging
him with escape. He is being
held without bond.
Scheider Clermont, 17,
,was arrested April 17 by Dep-
uty Harold Hancock on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with escape. He
-is being held without bond.
, .* Michael E. Moon, 53,
'Dayard Ave., Port St. Lucie,
was arrested April 17 by Dep-
'uty Harold Hancock on an
iOkeechobee County warrant
,charging him with failure to
:appear for compliance. He is
'being held without bond.
I* Dewey A. Lightsey, 31,
'S.E. 59th Circle, Okeechobee,
was arrested April 17 by Depu-
ty Sgt. J. Royal on an Okeecho-
*bee County warrant charging
*him with tampering with a
witness. His bond was set at
, This column lists arrests
'and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
.ed here who is later found in-
,nocent or has had the charges
,against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.
of U.S. 441 N. 48th Ave.
assault in the 7000 block of theft
N.E. 11th Lane 67th Ave.
assault in the 900 block of burgl
N.W 39th Circle U.S. 441 S.
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
RESTROOMS: I'm not the one to complain, but I had taken my
children to the park, the one by the skatepark, earlier in the week,
my little girl had to go to the restroom. When we got to the public
restroom at the skatepark the door was locked, so needless to say,
my little girl had an accident. I think it is ridiculous that there are no
public restrooms by the park. I'm sure there are lots of children that
go to that same park and don't have a restroom to use. These children
need a place to go the restroom nearby. If there is an explanation of
the public restroom being locked I would surely like to hear it.
BEE STORY: Regarding the comment about the killer bee story, I
would like to know what difference does it make where this man lived
or how he lived? He died a horrific and painful death. Did you actually
read in the Palm Beach paper that he was living in this motorhome
for free? Did you read in the Palm Beach paper that his friend was not
paying taxes on this property? If not, then you're making assumptions.
The point is a man is dead and a family is grieving. The article had
nothing to do with squatting or people not paying takes. Do you have
something against friends helping out friends? By the way, you are
using the word 'squatting' in the wrong context. Here is the definition
of a squatter: To settle on unoccupied land without legal claim. Well,
since he was living in a motorhome on a friend's property, this defini-
tion does not apply to Mr. Davis, now does it?
NEWS: Looking at the Okeechobee News, it is really amazing how
much goes on in this little town. There really is a lot of local news. And
the funny thing is, when I lived in a bigger city I had a bigger paper,
but I only read the front page and the comics. So now even though
the Okeechobee News is a small paper, I feel I know more about the
place I live because I actually read more of the Okeechobee News
than I read of the big city paper.
KILLER BEES: The issue with the killer bees has been in the news
for some time. There was even a program on the Animal Planet televi-
sion program last week. One thing they said was very interesting and
something I had not heard before. The killer bees have sentry bees fly-
ing around outside the hive, in the buffer zone around their nest. These
bees try to warn intruders, by buzzing around them, even bumping
into them, but not stinging. If, when you see bees sort of bumping into
you, you turn around and walk away the way you came, they won't at-
tack you. If you keep going forward, you are getting closer to their nest
and they take that as a threat and start stinging you. Then hundreds of
bees will pour out of the hive and attack you. So if you see bees flying
around you, retreat. Turn around and go back the way you came. Do
not swat at the bees. If you kill one, it releases the threat pheromone
which signals all the other bees to attack you.
CAR STEREOS: I hear you about those blasted boom boxes.
There is this orange truck, low-rider, that comes by us and you can
literally hear him a half mile before he gets to us. It jars my windows
and pictures on the walls. I can "feel" it. One would think there would
be internal damage to their organs sitting that close to that kind of
percussion. I thought the law could do something about that. But then
when you get into "loud." where's the meter? Talk about wanting to
beat something with a hammer.
ATVS: I agree with the caller who said we should encourage kids
to walk, run and ride bikes instead of giving them motorized ATVs and
golf carts. A bicycle is good exercise and it doesn't take any gasoline.
Today's kids need more exercise. Too many of them are turning into
BEES: Now that we know the aggressive Africanized bees are in
Okeechobee County, anyone who is allergic to bees should carry an
appropriate emergency kit at all times. You can't take any chances.
And I would be very careful being out in the woods or the Viking area
since we know for sure the bees are there. There would not be -just
one hive. There are probably hives of these killer bees all through the
CORRECTIONS: One thing I have noticed, and I appreciate, about
the Okeechobee News is that when you make a mistake, you run
a correction. And it's not just a tiny box on a back page. It's where
people can see it.
PLANE: Regarding the plane crash on State Road 70, or rather the
emergency landing as it didn't really crash, I don't think the pilot had
much choice. The engine stopped and with a jet you don't have a lot
of options. It is going down and going down very fast. I think the pilot
did an amazing job landing that plane safely.
PLANES: The last two Mondays, in the late afternoon, we have had
plane crashes in Okeechobee County. If there is another plane crash
this Monday, I think they should start closing the airport on Mondays.
TROPICANA SPEECHES: I want to compliment the school sys-
tert on the annual Tropicana speech contest. I think it is wonderful to
teach kids how to write and give a speech and give them the experi-
ence of standing in front of an audience to give a speech. This is a skill
they will need later in life. Making it a contest makes it more fun for
them and gives them an incentive to really do their best.
ECONOMY: Have you noticed local stores having going out of
business sales? The economy is not good folks. We could be soon
facing another depression. We need to look for ways to cut expenses,
especially in city and county government as we have less money to
fund services. Maybe it is time take another look at consolidation of
city and county government.
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At Your Service On Page 2
Reflections from the Pulpit
The danger of
waiting on God
Rev. Loy Mershimer
One day I made my way to
the chapel, striding across the
lawn, unaware that I was being
watched. The sun felt warm on
my back, the clouds beautiful...
"Hey! "Hey, you got a minute?"
a voice suddenly called.
I turned to see a man walking
across the lawn. I met him half-
way and shook his hand.
"You got a minute?" he said.
"Sure," I replied.
"I know this sounds weird,"
he said, "but I wanted to talk to
someone about faith. I'm think-
ing of leaving Christianity, but I
promised that I'd talk to someone
today before turning away."
"Will you talk to me?" he
I nodded, yes.
"But you kind of looked like
you were going somewhere," he
said. "You sure you have time to
"I was on my way to the cha-
pel," I said. "Why don't you come
in with me and sit awhile?"
"God and I aren't so much on
speaking terms," he replied. "But
I'll come in and talk to you."
And so he did.
We sat in the quiet lamp light
of the chapel and he told me his
story. It was a story of pain and
heartache... a human story.
And finally, he talked about
the straw that broke the camel's
back. He really wanted God to
intervene on a specific issue, and
he promised the Lord he would
pray for 30 days straight. So he
prayed... and prayed. The 30 days
came and went, and he received
no answer. And now he sat, hold-
ing the shards of a broken faith: a
"I've concluded that God just
doesn't care all that much about
personal issues," he said. "How
could God care about me at all,
and allow me to go through such
things, and then not answer me
when I prayed honestly?,
"Is there some reason why I
should believe?" he asked. "Or
am I just one of the damned?"
His questions came like a
flood, and I tried to answer as
best I could.
We talked late into the night,
and then prayed together. I hope
it was enough.
A human story.
His story is fascinating, be-
cause though the details are
unique, the basic story line is so
human: life, dreams, silence, and
waiting on God.
It is dangerous to wait on God!
Waiting on God carries all kinds of
traps for humans. In waiting, we
are tempted, prone to other voic-
es, so willing to settle for God's
'second best' (or third, fourth, or
fifth, etc.). Just so long as we can
touch, taste and feel an answer!
In waiting we are vulnerable to
the serpent voice that says, "Did
God really say...? Really now, isn't
this forbidden fruit good?",
And so it goes an age-old
story: the danger of waiting on
But there is another side to this
waiting: the divine side, its delight
There are very few things that
God is said to delight in, but one
thing in which God delights is
when His children wait on Him,
Psalm 147:11 tells us that
God does not delight in creature
strength, but He does delight in
"those who await His gracious fa-
vor." Likewise, the prophet Isaiah
says that those who wait upon the
Lord will "renew their strength,
and soar on eagle's wings!"
As I consider this concept of
divine waiting, I see three things:
The temporal aspect: regret-
fully, waiting takes time! But it is
over time that the miracle intend-
ed by waiting works its transfor-
mation in us.
The expectant aspect: bibli-
cal waiting connotes waiting with
faith, in hope. In other words, the
waiting of a child with complete
trust in her father, knowing that
good will come!
The binding aspect: one
form of the biblical "wait" actu-
ally means to "collect," or.'bind
together' by twisting. It is in wait-
ing that God binds us to Himself,
a strong cord of love that eternity
And here is the great key: God
delights in those who wait in
hope for Him, for in this waiting,
He is binding, that soul to Himself.
In waiting, the delights of God
become our delights, and so He
grants the desires of our hearts.
Such soaring! Such eagle
strength! Such incredible life!
In waiting, we soar into the
divine life, the very life of God.
In waiting, we lose the childish,
spoiled things of self, and myste-
riously become childlike true
sons and daughters of God.
In waiting we find our true
Time, hope and binding:
these are the waiting delights of
God, delights which bring us to
ourselves, in Him. May we pass
through the danger to the glory!
Saturday, April 19
AA. 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. 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-
Courtesy photo/Florida State Archives
Looking back ...
This 1961 photo shows "Mir. Smith displaying his bass
catch at Lake Okeechobee." Do you have an old photo to
share? Email it to email@example.com.
See the Stars at IRCC
See The Constellations, Saturday, April 19, at 2 and 3 p.m. at the
Hallstrom Planetarium, IRCC Main Campus 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce. The constellations are very old, and the stories told about them
date back 5,000 years and more. Come and learn more about the stars.
Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC Box Office at 1 800-220-9915.
Everglades restoration topic of radio show
Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 a.m., 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
guest speaker, Malcolm "Bubba" Wade, Senior Vice President, Sugar
Operations, U.S. Sugar Corporation and Chairman of the South Florida
Water Management District Water Resources Advisory Commission,
Lake Okeechobee Sub-Committee and Dr. Paul Gray, Science Coordi-
nator for Audubon of Florida's Lake Okeechobee Watershed Program
and a board member of WRAC will be on to discuss the Everglades
Restoration, water issues and sustaining South Florida. The talk will
be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. For information contact U.S. Sugar
Corporation, 863-983-8121, www.ussugar.com or Audubon, Dr. Paul
Gray at 863-655-1831.
Class of '89 plans reunion
The Okeechobee High School Class of 1989 will hold their first
meeting to plan their 20 Year Class Reunion on Sunday, April 20, 5:00
p.m. at Beef O'Brady's. Any questions, please call Alisha Pearce at
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 located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. or call 863-
CCC to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Shared
Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday,
April 22, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be, Positive Behavior Support Pro-
gram Pam Chandler and Cathleen Blair, Healthy Start Becky Smith
and New Horizons Pam Stierwalt. This meeting is open to the public.
For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext.257.
IRCC Theatre to perform "Mulan"
The IRCC Theatre department will present "Mulan" on April 25
at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center at the IRCC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce. The action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's "Mulan," per-
formed by IRCC Performing Arts Academy students. Tickets are $8.
Call the IRCC Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
Earl Harmon Benefit
A benefit for Earl Harmon will be held on April 26 starting at noon
at the Eagles #4137, 9985 N. 441. There will be a live band, and auc-
tion, a cookout and a 50/50 drawing. Donations are being accepted for
the auction. For more information call 863-357-2552.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 18, through Thursday, April 24, are
Theatre I "21" (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, Wednes-
day 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
Theatre III "Other Boleyn Girl" (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.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-7202.
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Lisa L. Tindall
Lisa L. Tindall, age 46, of
Okeechobee died April 17, 2008
Hospital. Mrs. -
ber 4, 1961 in
Tampa to Bill
and Shirley Ted- '
ders. She came
from Tampa. Lisa L.
She was a ra-
diographer at Tindall
Raulerson Hospital. She was a
member of More to Life Church
and she enjoyed writing, decorat-
ing and gardening.
Mrs. Tindall is survived by
her husband, Dana Tindall; two
daughters, Brandie and Jamie
Tindall; mother, Shirley Tedders;
brothers, Lee (Bonnie) Tedders
and Lynn (Rita) Tedders; neph-
ews Dylan (Dana) Tedders and
Ryan (Stephanie) Tedders; and
her beloved dogs, Lady, Nala,
Baron, Duke and Princess.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 20, at Bass Okeecho-
bee Funeral Home. Funeral ser-
vices will be 11 a.m. Monday,
April 21, at First Baptist Church
of Okeechobee with Pastor Carey
McKee officiating. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the Susan G. Ko-
men Foundation, 5005 LBJ FWY
Suite 250, Dallas, Texas, 75244.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Allen Billy Adams
Allen Billy Adams, age 87 of
Okeechobee died on April 17,
2008 at Raulerson Hospital, sur-
rounded by his
son and close
friends. Mr. Ad-
ams was born
April 11, 1921 in
to Porter and >
He started work
at the age of 13
at RL Bat Ranch Allen Billy
to support his Adams
the depression earning one dollar
per day. At age 19, he joined the
Army, Second Infantry, training at
Fort Polk, La. He proudly served
five years during WWII. He was
involved in five campaigns; in-
cluding, Normandy Beach on
"D" Day, Battle of the Bulge, and
Czechoslovakia. He and ten other
men from his company held two
small towns in Germany against
many German soldiers, took out
four Tiger Tanks for which there
is a monument standing today
dedicated to the Second Infantry.
Involved in liberating concentra-
tion camps, he was also involved
in the capture of General Haans
Franks. After being discharged
from the Army he signed on as
a Texas Ranger with his horse
01' Pal. In 1953 he left the Rang-
ers and moved to South Florida
to manage cattle ranches for
the next 40 years of his life. He
moved to Okeechobee in the late
1980s where he worked for Rol-
lins Ranch until he retired in the
late 1990s with his wife Sissy. His
hobbies were roping, hunting,
fishing and growing tomatoes.
He was a hero in many ways and
to many people. He was one of
the most honorable men and his
son is very proud to be able to
call him his father and friend. The
whispers of his stories will always
echo in the heart and soul.of his
son. He will be dearly missed and
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Flora E. Adams.
He is survived by his brother,
Earl Adams of San Antonio, Tex-
as; son, Little Bill (Noelle) Adams
of Loxahatchee; grandchildren,
Pam, Christina, Leana, Cindy,
Amy, Jesse, and Brandon; great
grandchildren, Chad, Tyler, Dale,
Amber, Christopher, Justin, Blake,
Zachary, Christian, and Angelina.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m.
on Sunday, April 20 at,Freedom
Ranch. Funeral services will fol-
low with Pastor John Glenn of
Freedom Ranch officiating. Inter-
ment will be Monday, April 21, at
3 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park
Gardens in West Palm Beach.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Tillman Scott "Taitor" Cassel-
ton, age 19 of Okeechobee, died
Friday, April 18, 2008 in Okeecho-
bee County. Born on January 31,
1989, he had been a lifetime resi-
dent of Okeechobee.
He is survived by his father,
Martin (Jackie) Casselton, Sr., of
Okeechobee; mother, Tracy Cas-
selton of Okeechobee; brother,
Martin Casselton, Jr., of Orlando;
sisters, Crystal (Martin) Cassel-
ton of Okeechobee, Natasha
(Billy) Thompson of Okeecho-
bee; Fiance, Cecillya Lancaster of
Okeechobee; best friends, Travis,
Jordan, and Chuck. In addition
he is survived by a host of nieces,
and nephews and grandmother,
The family will be receiving
friends on Tuesday, April 22, from
1 until 2 p.m. with services, fol-
lowing at 2 p,m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Congratulations, OMS Students of the Week! Tim Saylor,
Ben Wilson, and Ashlee Rathbun, Josh Lea, Allyson Trimble,
Khadija Franklin, and Berneth Digao.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 19, 2008
Churches plan outdoor and indoor events
By Pete Gawda
Freedom Outreach Ministry
is sponsoring a monthly fishing
tournament. This month the tour-
nament will take place on Sun-
day, April 27 at Sportmen's Canal.
Registration is $70 per boat, and
there is a $10 big fish pot. You can
fish by yourself or with a partner.
Tournament begins at Safe Light
until 2 p.m. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-532-1718 or
Range Riders for Jesus will
sponsor a trail ride for Cowboys
for Christ on April 19, starting at
10 a.m at the Kissimmee Prairie
State Park, in Basinger. Tickets
are $4 per horse at the gate, Cog-
gins papers are a must per horse.
Lunch will be hamburgers and
hotdogs, and bring a covered
dish. For information call 863-
763-2285, 863-467-2855, 863-465-
4621, or 863-465-2010.
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
First United Methodist
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-
An all-day scrapbooking crop
will be held on Saturday, April 19,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m at First
United Methodist Church,
200 N. W Second St. All levels
of scrapbookers are welcome.
Please bring a covered dish if you
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
are interested in participating in
our pot luck luncheon. They are
also having a "Punch Your Art Out
Day" complete with a demonstra-
tion and free use of an assortment
of various types of punches to en-
hance your scrapbooking, card
making and craft projects. Caro-
lyn Jones will be available to as-
sist with your scrapbooking ques-
tions and supplies. Refreshments
will be served and there will be
plenty of door pries. 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.
Oakview Baptist Church is
sponsoring a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 17 at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Cost is
$45. This includes green fee, cart,
and barbecue lunch. Proceeds
will aid youth doing random acts
of kindness and attend M-Fudge
in South Carolina, which will as-
sist them in team building and
strengthening relationships with
God, family and community. Reg-
istration begins at 7 a.m. For infor-
mation call 863-763-1699.
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.
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 a $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 8,63-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
"Connecting the Dots" a year
long journey through the Bible,
which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects." Following
the supper, there are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
"Sunday School" on Wednesday
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dents in grades one through six
and seven through 12. Programs
are from 6:30. p.m. until 8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up and take
them home. For information; call
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
"227ACRES OF RELAXATION"
3 Existing home sites! Beautiful Ranch
Improved pastures, Hammocks Must see
to appreciate. May be subdivided.
BRING OFFERSI (#93436)
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 fam-
ily and friends of alcoholics. For
information call Chris at (863)
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by ap-
pointment only. Call 763-2171.
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 welcome 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 41t Street, Okeechobee
34974 (entranCe is the door to the
West in front of church). Please
"PERFECT STARTER HOME"
This is a great starter home for youting cou-
ple, located in Buckhead Ridge, which is a
tamilv orientated sub division. This could
even be your place to just "get-a-way"
contact Susie Pickering at 863- at 863-763-2171 for more infor-
467-5831 or First Baptist Church mation.
"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"
We still sing the old inspired hymns.
We still preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
Sunday School Church
9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
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access canal. Bring Offers!! $139,000 avail. (#200701 call listing office for more
(90743\ info.) #200700 $139,900
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Very nice lot with a single wide mobile BHR on Water CBS 3/2 home on canal with
home with screen porch overlooking seawall, dock, attached 1 car carport and 12x8
water in Buck Head Ridge with lake storage building. Bring your boat and enjoy the
access. Property has a storage shed and ou doors. (93430)
a seawall. #200698 $90,000
Note: These oferins are sub to ens, omissions or withdrawal without noe. Information believed accurate but notguaantee
1004-H: Oak Tree Place condo-
minium has screened in patio (11
X 17) tile floor, hurricane shutters,
and more. Located in a great loca-
tion close to everything in town.
$79,900 MLS# 93728
1002-H: Blue Heron Golf &
Country Club- 3BR/2BA CBS.
Split master bedrooms, break-
fast and dinning area, walk in
closets, circular paved drive-
way. $315,000 MLS# 200421
1010-H: 2- Story home with
screened in-ground pool..fire-
place...1/2 bath downstairs...appli-
ances plus built-in microwave,.dou-
ble attached garage...storaae
shed,(Sloans Sub. SW 9th LiN)
5003-M: Kissimmee River Esti
2/2 2005 DW MH, CBS garage,
Al. shed, new circular driveway,
underground utilities, All sits on 6
comer lots. NOW $125,500 MLS#.
5024-M: Four Seasons beautiful
landscaped 1+- acre
home....fenced, wood shed/car-
port detached plus attached car-
port..26 x 58 DWMH...11 x15
enclosed porch...11 x 26 carport.
$125,000 MLS# 200811
5031-H: 2-story home on 78+/-
gorgeous acres...over 4000 sq ft.
large brick fireplace, bam/stable
wih tack & feed room...RV hook.
up..ponds,walk up attic, 2 storage
areas, covered patio and
porch, equestrian wash area.
Basswood Lots available starting @ $25k
Lake access Big "0" RV Resort Lots starting @ $25K
R-Bar Estates 2+/-acres MLS# 93596
Sherman Wood Ranches 10+/-acres MLS# 90859
* Dixie Ranch Acres 1.69+/-acre barn/workshop and horse stall
Dark Hammock 78 acres with a 2-story home MLS# 200345
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Patricia Louise Goolsby,
Licensed Real Estate Broker
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#200058 BUY THIS
4 ISLES WATER-
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SE 31st St.! County-
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new air unit! Screened patio! Call Don
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"These offering are subject to prior sale, errors, omission or withdrawal without notice.
Information believed accurate, but not warranted."
Evenings & we
SOkeechobee News, Saturday, April 19, 2008
SQweeks .. It's e 0sy!
a All personal items under $5,000
Financial ........... ..300
Services ..... ....... 400
Merchandise .......... 500
Agriculture ......... .800
,Real Estate ............1000
Mobile Homes ... . .2000
Recreation ... .. . .3000
Automobiles ........ .4000
Public Notices .... ..... .5000
* All, personal items under
$5,000 ABSOLUTELY FREE!
* Price must be included in ad
* Private parties only
* 2 items per household per
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Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
501 SE 2nd St
(Behind City Hall)
Preview at 1 PM
Terms Cash or Check.
DOG Found in vic. of Platts
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HUGE 2 FAMILY SALE
Sat., April 19th, 7am-?,
4502 S.E. 28th St.
Items... Way too much to list!
Don't Miss It!!!
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has,
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
.then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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
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
Yr S 0 Employment
OKEECHOBEE Sat. April
19th, 8am- Noon, 1803 SW
3rd Ave. Resurrection Life
Church. Something for Eve-
Two Family Yard Sale
Furniture, Tools, Books
Too many extras to list
Sat. April 19th only 8-2
13114 NE 26th Ave
2525 NE 131st Lane
Find It faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classified
makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Organized and a
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sell-
ing them In the classl-
Registered Nurses L1
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,
required. EEO/AA. Apply on line:
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:
Call Alina@ 863-946-0707 x208 or Patti
@863-674-4041 x135 for more details
for plumbing contractor. FT
Good pay, benefit pkg.
SERVICE TECH- FT
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP
Lykes Bros. Ranch has an
immediate opening for a full
time receptionist at our
Responsibilities include but
are not limited to answering
phones, greeting guests and
assisting, in the Accounts
Payable department. This
position- reports directly to
the Office Manager.
Applicants shall possess a
high school diploma or
equivalent, be fluent in Eng-
lish and have knowledge in
both word processing and
spreadsheet skills. Bilingual
a plus. .
Apply Mon. Fri., 8AM to
4PM at 106 SW CR721,
Okeechobee, FL 343974.
Lykes Bros. offers a com-
etitive wage and excellent
FOR CALL CENTER
$8 to start, typing skills
req'd. Students & Retirees
welcome, Min. age req. 18.
Call Okeechobee 1 Stop Ctr
Dal wr Diy a
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
Experience A Plus!
Fax Resume To
HOUSEKEEPER 1 day, 3 hrs
wkly. $10 per hr. No heavy lift-
ing, Seminole Cove Resident.
(863)357-6949 Ref. needed.
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
4I. 1 Davcare!
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
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& Pressure Washing
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
1 3 Story Buildings
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure.Turn
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with an ad in the classi-
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China,6Glassware, Etc. 560
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Medical ltemns 650
M iscellaneous :655
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
COUCH beige background,
w/blue & burgundy flowers,
like new, $400.
BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES -
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
CHIHUAHUAS 15 wks, all
shots, inclds Rabies, 2F, 1M,
CKC, sweet, great w/kids,
$300 ea (863)610-1863
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815y
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services 825
Services Wanted 830
Lawn .& Garden 850
RIDING MOWER Zero turn.
42" Dixon. $800
Business Places 910
Farm i Property -
Resort Property. 5
Roopt For Rent- 2 br, 15 ba,
Storage Spaceck, n town
APARTMENT & RV SPOT for
rent. (863)763-7783 or
Apt. For Rent- 2 br., 1.5 ba.,
2nd floor, large deck, in town
on rim canal. Call for app.
DUPLEX 2 BR, 1 BA. Large,
Clean. Cathedral ceilings.
New carpet. C/Air $800 mo.
+ $500 sec. 863-697-2817
FURNISHED. APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm.daily (863)357-2044
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
AROUND YOU. 8,
Okeechobee News, Saturday, April 19, 2008
NEW 2 BR, 2/2 BA Apt., All
major apple's, included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, 1ew paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (772)215-0098
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
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
Brand New 3/2/2
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2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
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Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.
11am to 3pm Palm Village Ranch
3/2 Royal Concrete Home
4280 SW 13th Ave
BHR 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
Cottage For Rent- 1 br., 1 ba.,
on rim canal, located at 15B,
partially furn., Call for app.
OKEE: 3/1 on '/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
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. $1100 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
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
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OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 leave msg.
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ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Ufil.
& Cable TV included.:
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
BHR- 2 MH for rent, 1 br, ba,
from $350-$400 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
BIG 0 Park Model, lbr iba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
For Rent- Dbl. wide MH, 3/2,
quiet neighborhood, W/D
available, Call for details
(863)697-3240 Avail 6-1
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also a 1 br, 1ba $600
mo. Call 863-634-3451
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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
BASS BOAT '98 Stratos 19.9
Ft. Dual Console w/175 HP
Johnson Motor, Trolling Mo-
tor $7500 863-983-7835
1997 Hurricane, 30 ft.,
28,000 miles, excellent con-
FORD F350 LARIAT XLT '90,
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000
The bald eagle population in Florida is increasing, thanks to wildlife conservation efforts,
according to the Florida Wildllife Commission reports.
Birding trail adds more sites
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
,announces the expansion of the
'east section of the Great Florida
Birding Trail to include new sites
in 15 counties.
Both novice and expert bird-
watchers will enjoy the newly-
added sites, including such famed
birding destinations as Pelican
Island National Wildlife Refuge
near Vero Beach, and Viera Wet-
lands near Cocoa, as well as
little-known gems like Vaill Point
Park in St. Augustine and North
Sebastian Conservation Area in
"Many new sites feature species
highly prized by birders, including
snail kite, Florida scrub-jay, limp-
kin, crested caracara, red-cockad-
ed woodpecker, painted bunting,
and roseate spoonbill," said Mark
Kiser, FWC's coordinator of the
The 2,000-mile, self-guided
highway trail is a network of 489
bird-watching sites across the
state. The east section, which
opened in 2000, was the first of
the four Great Florida Birding Trail
sections to be completed and is
the first to undergo expansion.
In keeping with the Great Flor-
ida Birding Trail tradition, the 46
new sites offer a wide diversity of
experiences, providing something
of interest for all ages, mobility
and skill levels, Kiser said. Begin-
ning birders, families and those
who require paved or hard-sur-
face trails will find Chain of Lakes
Recreation Complex in Titusville,
Kissimmee Lakefront Park in Kis-
simmee and Alpine Groves Park
in Switzerland to their liking. Vi-
era Wetlands offers outstanding
birding by car, as well as by foot
or bicycle. Intrepid hikers will be
challenged by Platt Branch Wild-
life and Environmental Area in
Palmdale and the new Colt Creek
State Park near Lakeland. Macha-
ba Balu Preserve in Jacksonville,
Makinson Island Nature Preserve
in Kissimmee and Rainbow
Springs State Park in Dunnellon
all provide exceptional "birding
by boat" opportunities.
Florida is one of the most pop-
ular birding destinations in North
America. With 501 recorded bird
species, the Sunshine State has
the greatest bird diversity east of
the Mississippi River.
Wildlife viewing, of which
birding is, a major component,
generates $3 billion to Florida's
economy annually; according to a
new report titled "The 2006 Eco-
nomic Benefits of Wildlife-View-
The FWC is working on a new
guide booklet for the east section
of the Great Florida Birding Trail,
which will be available by De-
cember 2008. For more informa-
tion, please visit www.floridabird-
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Bald eagle rebound successful
Rodney Barreto, the chair-
man of the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC), applauds the work done
with the bald eagle's increasing
population in Florida.
"This is a historic occasion,"
Barreto said. "The bald eagle is an
icon of imperiled species protec-
tion, and conservation efforts for
the species have been a success
story that reflects great credit on
agencies and people who worked
tirelessly to make it happen. Good
news is hard to. come by some-
times, when we're dealing with
an imperiled species, but we've
all earned the right to celebrate a
On Wednesday, the FWC ap-
proved a final bald eagle manage-
ment plan and removed the bald
eagle from the imperiled species
Previously, the FWC classified
the bald eagle as a threatened
species on the state list, but the
change is consistent with the U.S..
Fish and Wildlife Service's deci-
sion to remove the species from
the federal list last August.
Robin Boughton, FWC bald
eagle management plan leader,
said the comeback of the beloved
bird has been astounding all over
the United States, but-in Florida in
"Surveys found only 88 active
nests in Florida when monitoring
began in 1973," Boughton said.
"In 2007, more than 1,100 active
nests were counted. That's a tre-
The bald eagle management
plan will serve as a conserva-
tion blueprint to ensure the eagle
continues to thrive in Florida. The
Commission also approved a bald
eagle rule and a permitting frame-
work that will continue to protect
the bald eagle in Florida.
"The goal of the plan is to
maintain a stable or increasing
bald eagle population throughout
the state in perpetuity," Bough-
ton said. "To achieve this goal,
the plan calls for conservation
actions, such as land manage-
ment, habitat acquisition, private
land incentives, public outreach
and the continued monitoring of
eagle nests and territories."
In addition, the bald eagle will
remain protected by the federal
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection
Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
and the state bald eagle rule pro-
posed in the plan.
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NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008 AT 10:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW
242nd STREET, OKEEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PRO-
POSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED.
F ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RE-
SPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED, AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL
NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PER-
SON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS
TO BE BASED, IS MADE, ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING
MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BE-
FORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DIS-
TRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND .
N ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S. OFFICES BY CALLING
(863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166
0125 ON 4/19/08
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