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Court asked to
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)-
The Seminole Tribe and Gov.
Charlie Crist want the Florida
Supreme Court to reconsider
its ruling that invalidated a deal;
expanding gambling at Indian
The tribe and governor filed
motions asking for that on
The justices ruled 7-0 earlier
this month against a compact
Crist signed with the tribe to
allow Las Vegas-style slot ma-
chines, blackjack and baccarat
games at its Florida casinos.
The high court sided with
legislative leaders who chal-
lenged the compact. They ar-
gued Crist'cannot make such
an agreement without the Leg-
Rehearings are rarely grant-
ed, particularly when rulings
Teen dance party
A chaperoned private "Teen
Dance Party" will be held on
Sunday, July 27, from 5 until 9
p.m. at the Pier II Motel.
Pier II will be closed to the
public other than guests at the
The cost for the event is just
$5 for young people ages 12-16
and will feature a live D.J. with
the latest hip hop music. Party
goers can purchase pizza for $1
and sodas and chips for just 50
All proceeds from the event
will benefit the American Can-
cer Society - Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer Cam-
For more information, call
Teresa Chandler at 863-697-
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Last Year: 9.1 feet
Pogey's Family Restaamnt
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Glades considers gambling
offset job losses
By Eric Kopp
MOORE HAVEN - As a
means to overcome the adverse
impact to Glades County when
the U.S. Sugar Corp. closes its
doors, one county commissioner
is exploring the idea of legalized
Glades County Commis-
sioner Donna Storter-Long said
Friday, July 11, that county-wide
gambling is a viable revenue op-
tion to offset the loss of jobs and
revenue when the South Florida
Water Management.District (SF-
WMD) buys U.S. Sugar.
While she said she doesn't
want to blind side her fellow
Storter-Long will likely present
her idea at the Monda\, July 21,
meeting of the Florida Heartland
Rural. Economic Developiment
Initiative (FHREDI) in Clewiston.
It was announced in late June
that SFWMD had agreed to buy
the sugar company for $1.75 bil-
lion as a means to help clean up
the Everglades. SFWMD would
purchase 187,000 acres to help
clean water entering the Ever-
glades from the north.
The U.S. Sugar Corp. will shut
down its operation in six years.
But. with the sale of the na-
tion's largest producer of sugar
cane; 1,700 workers will be put
out of work. That does not in-
ile the devastating economic
Club Soccer: Back in Okeechobee
Ukeechnoee News/Unarles Murpny
Heather Tinsley (left) and Victor Nunez go after the ball during a recent scrimmage
Organizers have high hopes
By Charles M. Murphy
Celia Fox and David McGee
had spent nearly 15 years pur-
suing soccer opportunities for
Okeechobee kids. They saw
their own children play soccer
and want to provide that op-
portunity to other kids.
Okeechobee Club Soccer
returned this spring thanks to
their efforts and the efforts of
others including Okeechobee
High School, coach Lonnie
Sears, and board.members like
former OHS girls soccer coach
Brian King, former boy's coach
Shawn Poland, L.W Smith, and
The league is now affiliated
with the. Florida Youth Soc-
cer Association. Although they
See Hopes - Page 2
Fishermen take honors
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By Teresa Mataushek
Local fisherman Les Tory,
took top honors in the Taylor
Creek Bass Club of Okeechobee
Tournament held on Kissim-
mee Lake on July 12. Mr. Tory
brought a total of 8.77 pounds
to the scales for the win while
the team of Bill Seitz and Joe
Mastrion won the "Calcutta"
with total weight of 10.31 lbs.
Coming in second was Bill
Sietz with a total weight of 8.29
Ibs, Bryon Chastain finished
third with 6.50 lbs., with Ernie
Johnson placing fourth with a
total of 3.99 lbs.
The Big Fish award went to
Darrel Brackin with his 3.68 lb
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and
(especially) non-boaters are
For information call Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee Mcal-
lister Memorial Kid's Fishing
Dove Club permits on
Seven special opportunity
dove fields will be open to the
See Fishermen - Page
impact to businesses in Hendry
and Glades counties.
indicated that a casino could be
Glades County resident John
Austin Collier agrees.
"We need to be self-sufficient
from U.S. Sugar," he said Friday.
"The impact of the U.S. Sugar
deal will be long lasting and
we've gdt to find another source
The idea, said the commis-
sioner, was presented to her by
Mr. Collier about 10 days ago.
Since then both she and Mr.
Collier have been talking to resi-
dents of Glades County. So far,
both said they have received very
"I've talked to about 30 peo-
ple who liked the idea," said
Mr. Collier. "The only negative
response came from a Glades
said she, too, has talked to about
30 different people who liked the
See Gambling - Page 2
By Charles M. Murphy
Gary Ritter was selected by
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District to head the
Okeechobee Service Center
The selection followed a
seven month search to replace
Benita Whalen, and Mr. Ritter
didn't have far to go to change
jobs. A 30-year employee of the
district, he had been working
as the interim director since
Iwe ve story
cause I feel
like I can
we 'give to
.these com- Gary
Mr. Ritter said. "It is a great op-
portunity for me."
Gary Ritter has been in
See SFWMD - Page 2
O.K. to assisted
for Hospice staff
By Pete Gawda
Despite the objections of
some area residents, the City of
Okeechobee Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Ap-
peals granted two special ex-
ceptions at their meeting on
Thursday evening, July 17.
The Visiting Nurse Asso-
ciation was granted a special
.exception to allow an assisted
See Planners - Page 2
Les Tory took the top honors in the July tournament held
on Kissimmee Lake with a total of 8.77 Ibs.
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Vol. 99 No. 201
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Laura Saucedo (right) controls the ball while Paul Jack-
son (left) looks on during a recent Okeechobee Club soc-
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2 Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 19, 2008
Continued From Page 1
public this season through the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission's special op-
portunity Dove Club Program.
Dove Club permits can be
purchased by submitting a com-
pleted Special-Opportunity Dove
Club Permit Worksheet to any
county tax collector's office or
authorized license agent. Permits
can also be purchased online at
www.wildlifelicense.com or by
(486-8356.) Worksheets are avail-
able 'online at www.MyFWC.
corn/hunting under "Special-Op-
The Dove Club permits are
available on a first-come, first-
served basis as long as they re-
main, from now until the dead-
line at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 9.
The permit allows one adult
and one youth under the age of
16, to participate in all scheduled
hunts (up to eight days) for a des-
ignated dove field. These Satur-
day, half-day hunts cost $150 and
enable both the permit holder
and youth to each take a daily bag
limit of birds.
The seven special-opportunity
dove fields are: Brown Farm Pub-
lic Small-game Hunting Area (PS-
GHA) (Holmes County), Caravelle
Ranch (Putnam County), Combs
Farm PSGHA (Baker County),
North Newberry PSGHA (Alach-
ua County), Allapattah Flats (Mar-
tin County), Fussell Farm PSGHA
(Polk County) and Frog Pond
The team of Bill Seitz and Joe Mastrion won Calcutta with
Submitted po Darrel Brackin took the Big
S Cha Submitted photo Fish award with his catch of
Bryon Chastain took third 3.68lbs.
place with 6;,5Q\ 1, 4
S. ... o eJuly dlue to the frequent evening
Hopes thunderstorms. Once they get go-
ing, they will play most of,the.year
Continued From Page 1 and then take the summer off.
They won't have far to play
have yet to play official matches, other teams as there are several
they do have about 50 players club teams on the Treasure Coast.
who come out on Monday for * There are tournaments going on
practice; and Thursday for five on nearly every weekend. some-
five, short field matches. where between Melbourne and
The goal is to grow the' pro- Key West: It is a growing sport
gram and get.the league involved throughout the country and espe-
in tournaments throughout South cially in Florida.
Florida. "It's a big, sport," McGee said.
Mr. Fox said they hope to build "It is catching on here. There are
slowly, attract more kids, espe- a lot of fields and clubs to play."
cially girls, and hold their own He said he is impressed with
tournaments here that would the players who have come out
bring people to town and help so far. "We have a lot of talent
the economy, here, it.we can just get them to.
"I think it would be good for come out," he said.
the kids and also for the res- Coach Sears mentioned a
taurants and businesses in this number of his varsity boys play-
town," Mr. Fox said. ers are competing on the team. In
The group has already been the past they had to travel to the
working hard as they sign up Treasure Coast to play off season
more kids and collect donations soccer. He stated that this should
and sponsorships. They raised help the high school programs in
$1,500 from various sources in the future.
the community in order to affili- -The team practices at the recre-
ate with the Florida Association. ation fields across from North El-
Mr. McGee said in the past ementary School. It costs $75 per
there have been programs for person to play. That fee is used to
kids until they turn 12 years old. Ibu\ uniforms. Players must.have
He said the soccer club will pro- an updated physical or, sign a
vide more opportunities. - n medical waiver to compete.
"This is our first year. We will The league also needs finan-
get it going. We will draw kids out cial support and sponsors
here," he said. Anyone seeking information
Officials said they hope to start on the program, or who would
playing year round soccer. They like to volunteer, can call. Celia
note it can be difficult to practice Fox at 863-697-9614, or David Mc-
and play matches in June and Gee at 863-634-7491.
Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee since 1978. He
worked for SFWMD even before
they had a service center here.
He becomes the fourth person
to hold the position, and the first
with ties and long term roots to
Okeechobee. Other directors in-
cluded John Morgan, Bob Brown,
"I think my job now will be
to keep people-informed as we
move ahead with restoration
projects. I think people are more
informed today," he said.
Mr. Ritter started in the district
as a water quality technician. He
went on to hold various positions
in research, planning, regulatory
work, and land management. His
most recent job was as a liaison
to local governments and with
the emergency management de-
partments in the Lake communi-
Gary Ritter graduated from
Boca Raton High School in 1972,
and from the University of Florida
in 1977. He earned a degree in
forest resources and conservation
with a minor in ecology. He came
to Okeechobee to work for Jim
Attaway at Attaway lumber.
Mr. Ritter said he appreciated
all the support he received from
local officials as.he attempted to
interview and earn this promo-
tion to service center director. He
noted a number of county com-
missioners and city council mem-
bers made calls on his behalf.
"I feel I'm very well connected
to the community, and the people
in these communities really ral-
lied around me, I'm really thank-
ful to them," he said.
Mr. Ritter said he will'have
an open door policy and will be
willing to listen to any concerns
or suggestions the public has. "I
will take time to talk to them and
I think that is one of the most im-
portant parts of my job."
Gary Ritter takes over just as
SFWMDis attempting one of their
largest projects ever, the purchase
Daily dove permits will go on
sale on Sept. 18. For more infor-
matipn visit www.MyFWC.com/
Quota hunt program
Florida's quota program helps
prevent overcrowding and con-
trols the harvest of game on wild-
life management areas (WMAs)
providing hunters 'with qual-
ity hunting experiences. Quotas
(maximum number of hunters
permitted on WMAs) are based
on an area size, habitat, game
populations and rules. Hunters
that want to utilize WMAs dur-
ing quota periods must submit
the appropriate quota permit ap-
plication. There are several types
of quota permit applications and
eligible applicants are allowed
to submit one of each type. Most
quota permits are issued by ran-
'dom drawing. Quota permits are
Continued From Page 1
living center within a commercial
professional office zoning district.
This allows the organization to
build an assisted living center on
their S.E. Second Street property
that would care for up to 40 resi-'
dents and possibly provide adult
day care for up to 10 people..'
Neighborhood residents Karen
Brass and John Vanderschot were
against the special exception, Ms.
Brass did not think the area was
suitable for an assisted living cen-
ter. She felt that it was too close to
.the police and fire departr6iets.
She was also concerned about
traffic. While ingress would be-no
problem, she was concerned aObut
egress from the facility. She also.felt
that the proposed three-story build-
ing would compromise privd y in
the neighborhood and that it Would
be invasive to the neighborhood.:
Mr. Vanderschot was also con-
cerned about truck traffic that
would be brought about by deliv-
Continued From Page 1
"Produced without environ-
mental pollution and with little
demand on government services
and infrastructure, the revenue
can be used lo enhance services.
and inr ftastriu re \,%hilo v rng
ad \'aloem'tax millage,"' sheind
"That has been the consensus of
the many constituents that have
been approached by this idea."
Mr. Collier said the added rev-
enue could help raise salaries for'
county employees, teachers and
members of, local law enforce-
ment. He also hopes that it Would
help fund scholarships for area
high school students.
In addition, he said the added
revenue could help the county
take care of its elderly.
"And, we need to be able to
pay our volunteer firemen some
sort of salary," he said, in praising
the work they do.
said it will take 600,000 signatures
to get the initiative on the ballot
for Florida voters. If passed, it
will allow Glades County voters
to conduct its own referendum
to authorize gambling in Glades
At this .point, she had no idea
just when it would be put to a
"The Glades County referen-
dum would require affirmation by
60 percent of' Glades County vot-
ers," said the commissioner. "The
people would decide if the option
merits opportunity. Undoubtedly,
it's up to the people."
The commissioner said .Port
LaBelle has already expressed in-
terest in the idea.
Since gambling is legal, regu-
lated and already exists at the
Brighton Seminole Reservation,
of United States Sugar Corpora-
tion. At the-same time the District
is looking at ways to pay for the
purchase, and that could mean
scaling back other projects, de-
laying them, or eliminating them
Mr. Ritter said Okeechobee
shouldn't see much of an im-
pact. He noted the district is still
committed to cleaning up Lake
Okeechobee. Other projects in-
clude a storm water treatment
area at Lakeside Ranch which has
acreage in both Okeechobee and
Martin Counties. The District also
went through with a purchase of
the Brady Ranch which connects
to Lakeside Ranch.
The STA at Lakeside Ranch is
expected to begin construction in
Mr. Ritter said the district still
has other projects to pursue that
include a revitalization and resto-
ration of the Indian Prairie Canal
campground in Glades County.
The district funded a study to look
at how that project could be done
and both Glades County and the
issued free; however, unless ex-
empt, all applicants must have a
valid Management Area Permit or
license that includes a Manage-
ment Area permit when submit-
ting their quota permit applica-
tion. Archery/Muzzleloading Gun
and General Gun quota hunts
- Phase II application period is
going on now, deadline is Aug.
29. For more information on this
and other Limited Entry Hunts
go online to www.MyFWC.com/
hunting and click on Quota Hunt
Permit Information or call 850-
Get ready for the
annual Big O Hike
Plan now for November. It is
time to organize your schedule so
that you can take the time off dur-
ing Thanksgiving week to attend
the Big "O" Hike around Lake
The board-followed the recom-
mendation of senior planner Bill
Brisson who felt that an assisted
living center would be compatible
with the surrounding area. The
second special exception approved
was in the same neighborhood
and was requested by Hospice of
Okeechobee. The organization re-
quested a special exception for a
group home within a residential
multifamily zoning district. This al-
lowed for hospice medical staff to
live on the grounds of the facility
Mr. Vanderschot and Ms. Brass
protested the noise and traffic that
would be generated by the addi-
tional residents to the area.
However, once again the board
followed Mr. Brisson's recommen-
dation for approval.
Turning to other matters, the
board elected Devin Maxwell chair-
man and re-elected Dawn Hoover
as vice chair.
Post your opinions in the Pub-
lic Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.
Commissioner Storter-Long said
the idea of gaining revenue'from
gambling warrants further discus-
"The money (to Glades Coun-
ty) would be substantial. It's very
worth looking into," she said,
especially since many Floridians
travel to Biloxi, Miss., to'gamble.
"I also want to explore the nega- '
tihe Isidel of.the issue."
.Both Coiiimlssloner 'Slorner-
Long and Mr. Collier said they an-
ticipate some opposition from the
The commissioner. indicated
that they are already developing
plans for hotels and such at their
casino at Brighton. .
"So, yes, I would .anticipate
some concern on their part," she
While Mr. Collier expects some
opposition from Brighton, he said:-
Glades County sorely needs the
economic shot in the arm.
"They should be good neigh-
bors in our time of need," he said.
"To allow (a casino) in one part
of the county and not another is a
said Governor Charlie Crist is a
proponent of gambling in Florida
and she will be asking him to
direct resources to help Glades
County explore this revenue op-
"I'm tryingdto find a clean in-
dustry for Glades County with a
steady source of income," said
Mr. Collier of why he presented
the idea to the commissioner. "To
me, this is a no-brainer."
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, Glades County is one of
the smallest in the state of Florida
with an estimated population
of 11,230 in 2006. The median
household income in the county
in 2004 was $31,973, compared
to $40,900 for the state.
District have joined forces in pur-
suing the work:
Other recent projects include
a recreation area installed at the
former Grassy Island Ranch north
of Okeechobee on U.S. 441. Au-
thorities said a lot of people have
used this facility.
The District also has work
planned with the Okeechobee
Utility Authority which includes
the east side force main which
will provide additional sewer ser-
vice and eliminate septic tanks in
Treasure.Island and other areas.
The District also installed a tail
water weir at S-65E on the Kissim-
mee River to protect the structure
during low water levels.
Projects that will be placed on
the back burner are a reservoir
planned on Taylor Creek and the
Limkin Creek drainage project.
"I'm looking forward to the
challenge," he said. "I will re-
spond to everybody if they have a
question. I will find an answer for
them," he said.
The hike will begin in Pahokee
on Nov. 22 and end at Pahokee on
Nov. 30. That's nine days of walk-
ing from nine to 14 miles a day
to make it all the way around the
lake. There is a little bit of a chal-
lenge to this walk. Hundreds of
people have tried over the years
and (for some reason) only about
20 to 30 percent of the walkers
manage to finish the nine days.
So plan now and get in shape
for November. For further infor-
mation, call Paul at 561-963-9906.
***If you would like to
share any information with the
Okeechobee News about an
outdoors event please email Te-
resa Mataushek at tmataushek@
newszap.com or call 863-763-
3134. We welcome news on all
sporting events, outdoors ac-
tivities and nature inspired hob-
bies. Please include your name,
phone number and specific dates
of the events. The Okeechobee
News Outdoors column will
run every Saturday so please be
sure to have all your informa-
tion into the office no later than
5p.m. Thursday. Information can
also be emailed to okeenews@
newszap.com or faxed to 863-
763-5901. Refer all material to
Due to reportorial error, the
Okeechobee News printed a story
on Glades Electric rate increases
in error on Thursday. Glades Elec-
tric's Board of Directors has ap-
proved one rate increase this year.
This was.for $3.34 per kilowatt
hour. This increase was approved
in June. The earlier increase in
the fuel portion of member's bills
was not due to Glades Electric. It
was a pass down cost from their
power provider Seminole Electric
which amounted to $6.75 per
kilowatt hour. Glades Electric has
.had one fuel increase this year.
This in fact was their first rate in-
crease since 1996.
The article "Community
helps local OHS golf team with
funds" in the Friday, July 18, edi-
tion of the Okeechobee News,
incorrectled credited Noel Chan-
dler with helping the OHS goll
team. It was Noel Stephens, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice, who first contacted Mr. Ward
regarding the possibility of the
OHS Golf Team utilizing the KOA
We regret the errors and any
confusion or inconvenience they
may have caused.
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mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
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thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 20 percent.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 19, 2008 3
Farms benefit from alligator egg collections
By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
IN THE EVERGLADES, (AP)
- It's 7 a.m. in the marsh, and
like some sort of cigar-chomping
swamp cowboy, biologist Lindsey
Hord is about to reach for some-
thing that could cost him a few
fingers -- or worse -- if he's not
It's the first day of Florida's an-
nual alligator egg collection pro-
gram, a yearly ritual to replenish
stocks for the state's gator farm-
Hord and several other airboat
pilots fire up their engines, giant
fan blades spinning until they
growl, and slowly glide out into a
canal, voices crackling over their
Thwump, thwump, thwump.
A helicopter swoops overhead -
the nest spotter.
Hord roars up to a small island
and peers into the brush for a nest
that to the untrained eye looks
like just a patch of wet dirt.
He kneels beside the mound,
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, July 11, through
Thursday, July 17
* burglary ih the 100 block of
N.W 102nd St.
* fraud in the 700 block of S.E.
* burglary in the 39000 block
of N.W 19th Ave.
* burglary in the 800 block of
N.W 102nd St.
* burglary in the 1100 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* theft in the 1800 block of
S.W 28th Ave.
* theft in the 800 block of N.E.
* burglary in the 5200 block of
S.E. 44th St.
* theft in the 3000 block of S.E.
* robbery in the 2700 block of
N.W Fourth St.
* assault in the 1700 bjlok 'f
U.S. 441 N.
* vandalism in the 6300 block
of N.E. Eighth Way
* vandalism in the 6300 block
of N.E. Eighth Way
* vandalism in the 6300 block
of N.E. Eighth Way
* vandalism in the 6300 block
of N.E. Eighth Way
* vandalism in the 1000 block
of N.E. 64th Ave.
* vandalism in the 900 block
of N.E. 64th Ave.
* counterfeit money in the 100
block of N.W 23rd Lane
* theft in the 4200 block of S.E.
* burglary in the 3200 block of
S.E. 33rd Terrace
* vandalism in the 600 block
of N.E. 14th Ave.
* vandalism in the 500 block
of S.E. 36th Terrace
* burglary in the 1700 block of
S.W 28th Ave.
* theft in the 3600 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
* burglary in the 2600 block of
N.W Fourth St.
* theft in the 3700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
* assault in the 42000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
* burglary in the 600 block of
N.W 21st Lane
* burglary in the 800 block of
N.W 20th Lane
* burglary in the 500 block of
,N.E. 17th Ave.
* assault in the 5000 block of
N.E. 168th St.
* theft in the 2800 block of
N.E. Fifth Trail
* burglary in the 2700 block of
S.E. 44th Ave.
* vandalism in the 14000 block
of N.W. 294th St.
* burglary in the 9800 block of
* burglary on N.E. 98th St.
* theft in the 13000 block of
N.E. 26th Ave.
* burglary in the 9800 block of
* stolen vehicle in the 700
block of N.E. 80th Ave.
* burglary in the 9800 block of
N.E. First Way
* stolen vehicle in the 5700
block of S.E. 89th Terrace
* burglary in the 3300 block of
N.W 36th Ave.
* lewd and lascivious conduct
in the 6100 block of N.E. 72nd
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this
carefully pulling apart the mulch-
like mass of dark, damp weeds.
Over his shoulder, just a few feet
away, mama gator's bulbous
eyes float ominously on the wa-
ter's surface. She's watching, but
keeping her distance.
"Her cave is right here some-
where, that's why she's nesting
here," Hord says.
He gently pulls the eggs from
the dirt and swipes a line on the
tops with a black marker before
placing them carefully in a plastic
bin lined with muck to keep them
"If they're not marked and we
roll them over, it'll kill the em-
bryo," Hord says.
To some, this might seem,
well, crazy. For Hord, who helps
coordinate alligator management
in a state with more than a million
of the prehistoric, toothy reptiles,
it's another day at the office.
"You always have to watch
your back," Hord says. "Usu-
ally, they will hiss and snap and
make all kinds of noise, but I've
had them just literally sneak up
Each summer, scientists with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission help col-
lect up to 40,000 eggs for 30 farm-
ers who share in the catch.
Each farmer gets roughly 1,000
eggs for about $12 a pop, money
that pays for the hunt and funds
future alligator management pro-
By day's end, the crews collect
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A
former missionary turned police
officer was shot and killed along
with a suspect after police were
called to a disturbance outside a
downtown nightclub early Fri-
Rookie officer Andrew Wid-
man, 30, was shot in the face at
close range after he stepped in
to break up a dispute, between
a man and a woman at about
2 a.m., police Maj. Doug Baker
The suspect, who has not
yet been named, ran from the
scene while firing at other of-
ficers, Baker said. Four officers
returned fire, killing the suspect.
Witnesses told police that
before Widman arrived at the
scene, the suspect said "he was
going to go out Miami-style, and
he was going to take one of our
officers with him," Baker said at
a news conference.
Baker said the suspect had
addresses in the Fort Myers area
and in Naples to the south, but
he didn't know where the man
had been living.
Widman, who had previ-
ously done missionary work,
had been with the police depart-
ment since April 2007, Baker
said. He was married, with thrke
children between the ages of'2
and 5. Details of his missionary
work weren't immediately avail-
more than a thousand eggs. Not
a bad start to the roughly 20-day
The American alligator has
made a miraculous recovery,
bouncing back from the brink of
extinction. In 1967, after years of
over-hunting and habitat loss, the
gator was listed as an endangered
species. But conservation efforts
and hunting regulations led the
federal government to pronounce
the alligator fully recovered 20
Biologists say the egg collec-
tions don't harm the gator popu-
lation, since a typical female lays
about 35 eggs, the reptiles can re-
produce for 25 years and they only
need a few viable babies apiece
to keep their numbers healthy.
Experts say the collections can
actually help since the more al-
ligators there are, the lower the
survival rate for their young.
Since the collections began in
1988, roughly 600,000 eggs have
been gathered and distributed
to farmers, who can make up to
$100,000 a year in profits by sell-
ing the hides (flawless ones go for
about $240) and meat, which can
fetch about $12 a pound retail or
Each gator produces up to sev-
en pounds of meat, most of which
is sold in the U.S., while the hides
go to European tanneries to be
used for products such as boots,
belts, wallets and luggage.
Allen Register owns Gatorama
near Palmdale in the heart of the
Glades, an old Florida roadside
tourist attraction and alligator
farm. He's also the statewide co-
ordinator for the collection pro-
He's got some 3,000 gators
on his farm and slaughters about
1,000 a year. The stress of captivity
keeps female gators from laying
enough eggs to sustain a farm,
so the collections are needed to
keep the business going.
But only the pristine, unscathed
hides fetch the high prices. The
gators are fed daily to keep them
from being aggressive, and their
heated, indoor concrete pools are
kept clean of pebbles that could
scratch the skin.
One tiny mark, "about the
width of your fingernail," and the
hide's value can dtop 25 percent.
"How do you keep an animal
with 88 teeth -- when you've got
50 or 60 in the same pen -- from
getting a scratch on them?" Regis-
ter says. "The key is to raise them
fast. We want to keep them fat,
dumb and happy."
Back in the marsh, Hord is on
his knees, surrounded by a forest
of towering sawgrass. Tiny bugs
dance on the water around him.
Dragonflies flutter above spider
webs bigger than beach balls.
"It's not looking good," he
says, digging through yet another
potential nest. "We may have an
empty one here."
He stands briefly to swat sting-
ing fire ants from his legs, arms
and neck, then ignores the few
stragglers of biting insects and
hunches over again. Squinting his
eyes, Hord brushes away the dirt
to reveal a layer of soft-shell turtle
eggs that lay atop the real prize,.
the gator eggs.
"Hiding them to the side,
sneaky," Hord says, plucking
them up one by one, occasion-
ally glancing over his shoulder, on
the lookout for a defensive attack
from the female gator.
S"They're always here," he
says. '"Somewhere nearby. We
just have to be very careful."
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Christopher K. Baker, 24, S.E.
33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 17 by Deputy Marcus
Collier on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with deal-
ing in stolen property. His bond
was set at $15,000. Baker was also
arrested on another Okeechobee
County warrant that charged him
with violation of probation - bur-
glary of a dwelling while armed
and violation of probation - grand
theft. He is being held without
bond on those charges.
* Vander Johnson, 19, Han-
cock Lane, Pensacola, was ar-
rested July 17 by Deputy Michael
Hazellief on a charge of battery
on detention staff. His bond was
set at $20,000.
* Richard L. Watson, 32, N.W
363rd Court, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 17 by Deputy Anthony
.Kibler on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure
to appear - arson, failure to appear
- grand theft and failure to appear
- tampering with evidence. He is
being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
.dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SKUNK APES: In response to the person who said skunk apes
were scape goats for bums who don't shower, you got it wrong. Bums
get sweaty and stinky and don't bathe regularly. Skunk Apes on the
other hand bathe in the fresh water of the lake and river. The only time
they get a little raw in the scent department is when they are wet. Kind
of like a big old shaggy dog.
ALLIGATORS: Enough with the alligator comments. They have
been here long before man set foot in Florida. This is their territory.
Leave them alone and don't go jumping in the water with them and
they will leave you alone. It's their instinct to snap at anything that
splashes nearby. You can't blame them for that. Be smart enough to
stay out of the water where alligators are known to live.
SKUNK APE: I think it would be great if they actually found a skunk
ape in Okeechobee. But if there is one, they should leave him alone.
SPACE EXPLORATION: Disputing the productive advances that
space exploration has generated for mankind is futile, however I do
pose the question: "What advances for mankind would the explora-
tion of inner space have generated IF we had spent millions of tax-
payers dollars on it instead of space exploration?" Documenting the
past doesn't justify it. Look past the media propaganda you have been
spoon-fed and open your mind to possibilities that could exist today,
had we chosen a different path.
SOLAR ENERGY: We live in an area of the United states with the
greatest southern exposure. Why are we not harnessing the energy
from the most natural source -- the sun. You can install a system on
your property. You will have two meters, one incoming from FPL and
one outgoing to FPL. When you are not generating power but draw-
ing power it will flow in. When you are generating power, and your
storage resource is full, it will flow out to FPL registering a credit every
time those little wheels turn on the dial. CH-CHING! Oh, and this is
nothing new. People all around the country have been enjoying this
since the 1970s. An old magazine called Mother Earth News promoted
this way back.
GROW HOUSES: I think it is great that they are raiding the mari-
juana grow houses. We need to get the drugs off the streets and mari-
juana is often the first drug kids try. They often view it as something
that is not dangerous because they see it on television and people are
often joking around about it. It is not portrayed as a serious or danger-
ous drug on television. But when kids start using marijuana, they are
more likely to try other drugs as well.
SOLAR ENERGY: I was really impressed with the story about the
solar panels on the energy-efficient house. I just wish I had a metal
roof. Does anyone know if they have something like that they can put
'on a regular roof? I just replaced my roof after the 2004 hurricanes
and I couldn't afford metal roof. My insurance would only pay for a
regular roof with shingles.
SIDEWALKS AND BIKE PATHS: Okeechobee needs more side-
walks and bike paths. When the planners look at new developments
they should require sidewalks. Not only do we want to encourage
people to walk and ride bikes for their health, we also need to do
everything we can to use less fuel.
LOST DOGS: I talked to some men on Friday who were here from
Brunswick, Ga., to buy hog dogs. They had seen a video on the in-
ternet about nog hunters here in Okeechobee, and they drove down
here to buy dogs. Since I have had mine stolen, I have heard a lot off
men say that when they see a dog out anywhere away from its owner,
they pick them up and keep them to try them on hogs. If your dogs
are the breed that these guys use for hog hunting, this may happen.
Even though we never allowed ours to do it -- and I don't have any-
thing against it, until they steal dogs to do it -- because we didn't want
him hurt or cut up, it was in his blood line and he did want to catch
MISSING DOGS: I feel so sorry for the lady who wrote about her
dogs being missing, and that she found out the peoplewho were
supposed to be taking care of them for her took them fishing near
Lake Okeechobee and let them wander off. I am worried that those
dogs were probably eaten by alligators. No one who knows anything
about the lake area would take dogs near Lake Okeechobee. Lake
Okeechobee is home to thousands of alligators and dogs are one of
their favorite foods.
DRAFT: I don't think a draft is a bad idea. Many countries require
all young people to give two years military service or two years in a
public assistance program such as the Peace Corps. They can either
do it at age 18 when they finish high school, or they can go to college
and do their military service when they graduate college. It would give
these young people some.job skills and discipline and get them out
of their communities to see something else. It would also teach them
that being a citizen comes with responsibilities. I have children who
would be drafted and I would still support a national draft, so long as
there were not loop holes for the wealthy. Everyone should have to
FUEL: You know if you were around in the 1970s you will remem-
ber there is an easy way to save fuel -- slow down. Drive no faster than
55 mph on the highway. At stop lights, pull away slowly. Don't floor it.
Try to keep a steady speed instead of bursts of speed. You'll get there.
Don't be in such a hurry.
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Looking back ....
This photo of trees and vines on an Indian Mound was
taken in 1929 by John Kunkel Small. Do you have an old
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Saturday, July 19
Worship in Song at the LivingWord.of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to'attend 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.
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
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
A.A. 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 DickLaneau 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-HExtension office Monday !hr:.U',h Fliddy
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, callthe extension office
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
Sunday, July 20
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saiiour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 pem. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
Monday, July 21
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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 SeniorSingers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
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.
Stampede to vacation bible school at Fort Drum Community
Church. Avalanche Rance will bring you on a wild ride through Gods
word from July 21-25 from 6 until 8 p.m. each night. For more infor-
mation call 863-467-1733.
Summer Book Club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Book Club will meet on Thursday, July
24. The book for discussion will be Cannery Row by John Stein-
beck. The book for Thursday, Aug. 28, is The Book of Salt by Monique
Truong, and for Thursday, Sept. 25, it is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
Barbara Kingsolver. For more information call Jan Fehrman ,863-357-
9980. Free and open to the public.
Area Agency on Aging meets
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday,
Jtly 24, at the Area Agency on Aging, 4400 N. Congress Avenue, West
Palm Beach. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. Contracts
requiring the expenditure of funds are a regular agenda item of this
meeting. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Aging, at 561-684-
5885 for more information.
CCC to hold monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be Wanda Klesper with- My Aunt's
House and Mike Faulkner with Okeechobee Emergency Management.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Sharon Vin-
son at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.
Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 26. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road
70 East. The festival at the Agri-Civic center will include a ranch rodeo,
backyard beef barbecue contest, storytellers, poets, farriers and dis-
plays of the heritage of the American Cowboy. If you're interestedin
helping to sponsor this event, participant for the Backyaid BBQi. cQn
test or a vendor for the event, all forms and applications can be picked
up at the Main Street Office,. 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or e-mail Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will sponsor their monthly Ribeye
steak dinner on Sunday, July 27, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.
Orchid Club meeting planned
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
at he Cooperative Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 N. A DVD pro-
duced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be shown.
Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available-for orchid consulta-
tion. For more information call the extension office at 863-763-6469.
Membership drive at Moose Lodge
Come be a star at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St.,
Karaoke contest. Only non professional singers may participate. It will
go on for six Sundays starting July.20 and ending on Aug. 24. It will
be from 3 until 7 p.m. each Sunday. The contest is open to all mem-
bers and guests, potential new members are welcome. There will be
a 50/50 drawing every week. Door prizes will be given away and food
will be served. For information call Robert Williams at 863-357-5906.
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Support group holds yard sale
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group will hold a yard sale to
raise funds for their group on' Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m. at 2729 N.W. Fifth St. (right off Hwy 98 by Taylor Rental.)
For information or directions please call Danielle at 863-634-2095.
Dwindling economy discussed
On Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 a.m., 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
guest speaker Gwenda Thompson, CWDP, President/CEO Workforce
Development Board of the Treasure Coast to discuss the economic
downturn, unemployment, loss of funding and the changing face of
the workforce development board and the one stop career centers.
This discussion will be rebroadcast again at 1 and 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 1-866-482-4473 (1-866-482-HIRE) or go online to www.tcjobs.
Main Street Mixer planned
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to the Main Street Mixer on
Tuesday July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. This month's mixer will be hosted
by Western Living, located at 123 S.W Park Street. Mark your calendar
and invite a friend, this is a great way to network in the community
and meet our local business representatives. There will be door prizes
and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact
Main Streets Executive Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Fort Drum Church plans VBS
Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 19, 2008 5
Okeechobee Churches plan summer activities
By Pete Gawda
The following is from
"Crossroads," by Harvey
Sampson: "There'll always be
crossroads in life until Jesus calls
us home. There will be choices
we must make, but we need
not make them alone. When we
seek to walk with Jesus there'll
be many lures of the world, but
Christ will be our defender when
the darts of Satan are hurled. Sa-
tan often looks so attractive as he
knows we all are weak. As we
reach the crossroads of life we
must the strength of Jesus seek.
Greater is He that is us and His
strength is all we need. One day
we'll reach life's last crossword at
his bountiful table we'll feed."
Stampede to vacation Bible
school at Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church, 32415, U. S. 441 N.
The dates are July 21-25, from 6
to 8 each evening. The theme is
"Avalanche Ranch - A Wild Ride
Through God's Word:" For more
information call 863 467-1733.
Okeechobee Seventh Day
Adventist Church is interested
in selling their church pews, as
they are purchasing new ones.
The pews are wooden with top
and bottom padding. There are 15
available. For more details, please
call Linda at 863-610-0165.
Victory Baptist Church,
500 S.W Ninth St., will be having
Vacation Bible School July 20-25,
from 9 a.m. until noon each day.
The theme is "Friendship Trek, Je-
sus our forever friend," Kids will
discover the good news about Je-
sus at every camp site. They will
meet new friends at Friendship
Summit, play fun survivor games,
experience Buddy Porcupine's
Bible Challenge, enjoy delicious
backpack snacks, listen to camp-
fire stories, create wilderness
crafts and much, much more. All
while learning about their forever
friend, Jesus Christ! For more in-
formation call Joy Jarriel at 863-
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene,.,425
S.W. 28th, St., will be' having Cus-
tom Garage Vacation Bible School
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening
Aug. .4-8. The theme is "Lov-
ing God - Serving Others." The
church would prefer preregistra-
tion to ensure there are enough
tion packets can be obtained at
the church office Monday through
Thursday, through July 31, from 9'
a.m. to noon. Parents will have to
come in person to sign a medical
release form. The church is also
offering two Saturday preregistra-
tion dates at the church fellow-
ship hall on Saturday, July 19,
from 10 a.m. until noon and on
July 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The VBS.
will consist of four sites each eve-
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ning - the service center, (opening
and closing program), tool talk,
(Bible stories), road map (mem-
ory Bible verses), filling station
(snacks), tune up (music) and
custom design (crafts). Each night
an offering (those who want to
and are able to give) will be taken
up to purchase "Proclaimers." A
"Proclaimer" is a radio-sized de-
vice with a microchip that holds
an audio Bible in the language of
the listeners. "Proclaimers" will
be sent to pre-literate ateas of the
world. They can be powered by
battery, electricity, solar power or
hand cranked. Each participant
will have plenty to take home
at the end of the week, a "shop
rag," poster for their room, the
crafts they have made, a licence
plate, flashlight, sport water bot-
tle and any award they've earned
for memorizing verses. For more
information call the church office
at 763-3519 or e-mail hhfihf@em-
First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., will only have
one morning worship service
throughout the summer until
Aug. 31. Sunday School will begin
,at 8:45. Throughout the summer
there will be family and outreach
events each Sunday evening at
5:30. A luau willbe held in the
ROC on July 20. The movie "Fly-
wheel" will be shown on July 27.
Aug. 3, will be Youth Night with
the World Changers. A seafood-
fest and back to'school bash will
beheld Aug. 10.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.,
has changed their worship ser-
Vice arind Sunday School times for
the summer months. There will
be one worship service on Sun-
day at 10 a.m. and Sunday School
at 9 a.m.
Vacation Bible School ev-
ery Sunday? Yes! This summer
children in the community are
invited to attend at 9 on Sunday
mornings a Sunday School like
no other! At First United Meth-
odist Church, they will be go-
ing on "Son Safari" each week
from June 8 to July 20, learning
all about God's truths from the
natural world. Do you know why
pineapples are prickly? Have you
any idea why the eagle can soar
higher than any other bird? Each
Sunday morning we will have a
different learning station from
cooking to crafts, from games to
puppetry. To register, call Nancy
Vaughan at the church office 863
Bible study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth'
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 772-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenomi.
national Prayer Service is held
th6 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
Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene will have a supper for'
$4 donation per person. RESER-
VATIONS 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
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 student
in grades one through six and
seven through 12. Programs are
from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and taken them
home. For information, call 863
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St., is
hosting "Mother's Morning Out,"
a free cooperative morning of
childcare every Tuesday morn-
ing from 9:30 until noon. The
church is now receiving registra-
tions for the summer session,
June 3 through Aug. 12. Details
are available by contacting Nancy
Vaughan at 863 763-4021 or by
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Abundant Blessings Assembly of God gives us this formula for formation and transforma-
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
Warriors for Christ
This is a true- story which I
think each of you who will want
Back in the 1950 s there was
a well known radio host/come-
dian/song writer: in Hollywood
named Stuart Hamblin who was
noted for his womanizing, party-
ing, etc. One of his bigger hits at
the time was, "I won't go hunting
with you, Jack, but I'll go chasing
One day, along came this
young preacher holding a tent re-
vival. Stuart had him on his radio
show, presumably to poke fun at
him.. In order to gather more ma-
terial for his show, Stuart showed
up at one of the revival meetings.
Early in the service the preacher
announced, "There is one man in
this audience who is a big fake."
There were probably others who
also thought the same thing, but
Stuart was convinced that he was
the one that the preacher was talk-
ing about. (Some would call that
conviction), But Stuart was hav-
ing none of that. Still the words
continued to haunt him until a
couple of nights later he showed
up drunk at the preacher's door
around 2 a.m. demanding that
the preacher pray for him. But the
preacher refused, saying, "This is
between you and God and I'm not
going to get in the middle of it."
But he did invite Stuart in and
they talked until about 5 a.m. at
which point Start dropped to his
knees and-with tears, cried out to
But that was not the end of the
story. Stuart quit drinking, chas-
ing women, quit everything that
was "fun." Soon he began to lose
favor with the Hollywood crowd.
He was ultimately fired by the
radio station when he refused a
beer company as a sponsor. Hard
times were upon him. He tried
writing a couple of "Christian"
songs, but the only one that had
very much success as "This Old
House" that he had written for a
friend of his, Rosemary Clooney.
As he continued to struggle, a
long time friend named John took
him aside and asked him, "All
your troubles started when you
got religion, was it worth it all?"
Stuart answered simply, "Yes."
Then his friend John said, "I
don't understand how you could
give it up so easily."
Stuart's answer was, "It's no
big secret. All things are possible
To this John said, "That's a
catchy phrase. You should write a
song about it."
As they say, the rest is history.
The song Stuart wrote was, "It is
"It is no secret what God can
do. What He's done for others,
He'll do for you. With arms wide
open, He'll welcome you. It is no
secret, what God can do."
By the way, the friend was
John Wayne. And the young
preacher who refused to pray for
Stuart Hamblin? That was Billy
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 Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., is of-
fering free classes in martial arts.
The classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday,
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 Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Non meetings on
Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. to
help family *and friends of alcohol-
ics. For information call Chris at
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-
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month
at First Baptist Church. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each
other. They meet the first Thurs-
day of each month at 5:30 p.m. at
the church, 401 SW Fourth 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 Okeechobee News
"Where the Diffe
welcomes news from area
churches for this column. Email
call Pete Gawda at 863 763-3134,
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We.still preach the old infallible Book.
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Solar projects approved by PSC
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida
Public Service Commission (PSC)
has approved Florida Power &
Light Company's (FPL) request
for three new solar projects to be
eligible for environmental cost
recovery, continuing Florida's ef-
fort to promote the use of cleaner,
renewable sources of energy. The
three solar projects are expected
to generate up to 110 megawatts
of emissions-free electricity. PSC
approval of the eligibility of FPL's
projects for cost recovery is con-
sistent with recent legislation al-
lowing utilities to recover renew-
able energy project costs, up to a
total of 110 megawatts state-wide,
through the Environmental Cost
Recovery Clause. FPL is the first
utility to request cost recovery eli-
gibility under the new Florida stat-
ute. Before any customer charges
are approved, the Commission
will review the prudence of FPL's
solar project costs in a sepa-
rate proceeding. PSC Chairman
Matthew M. Carter II said, "The
PSC is responding to leadership
provided by our Governor and
our Legislature who are making
Florida a national leader in reduc-
ing man-made greenhouse gases
by encouraging electric utilities
to produce power from sources
such as solar and wind."
FPL's proposed solar projects
* The Martin Next Generation by year-end 2008 at the Kennedy
Solar Energy Center-- Planned for Space Center, the Space Coast
construction to begin by year-end project will provide 10 megawatts
2008 at FPL's existing Martin site, of new photovoltaic solar capac-
the Martin project will provide up ity. The PSC is committed to mak-
to 75 megawatts of solar thermal . s co
capacity as an alternative to exist- ing sure that Florida's consumers
ing natural gas combined-cycle receive their electric, natural gas,
capacity. telephone, water and wastewa-
* The DeSoto Next Generation ter services in a safe, affordable,
Solar Energy Center -- Planned for and reliable manner. The PSC ex-
construction to begin by year-end ercises regulatory authority over
2008 on FPL-owned property in utilities in the areas of rate base/
DeSoto County, the DeSoto pro]- economic regulation; competitive
ect will provide 25 megawatts of
new photovoltaic solar capacity. market oversight; and monitoring
* The Space Coast Next Gen- of safety, reliability, and service.
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Planned for construction to begin floridapsc.com.
Food safety worries change buying habits
By Ricardo A
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Trou-
bled by the tainted tomato scare,
nearly half of Americans are con-
cerned they may get sick from
eating contaminated food and
are avoiding items they normally
would buy, an Associated Press-
Ipsos poll has found.
Although three in four remain
confident about the overall safety
of foods, the poll found that con-
sumers overwhelmingly sup-
port setting up a tracing system
for produce in the wake of the
salmonella outbreak first linked
to tomatoes and; now, hot pep-
Eighty-six percent said pro-
duce should be labeled so it can
be tracked through layers of pro-
cessors, packers and shippers,
all the way back to the farm. The
lack of such a system frustrated
disease detectives working on the
salmonella outbreak. Although
federal officials lifted the tomato
warning Thursday, the cause of
the outbreak remains unknown.
The poll found that 80 percent
of Americans said they would
support new federal standards
for fresh produce. Meat and poul-
try have long been subject to en-
forceable federal safeguards, but
fruits and vegetables are not, al-
though produce increasingly is
being implicated in outbreaks.
Christy Taylor, a first-grade
teacher from Sacramento, Calif.,
said she has all but given up on
supermarket produce and is buy-
ing most of her fresh fruits and
vegetables at the local farmers'.
"I see the same farmers every
single week," said Taylor, 30, the
mother of 2-year-old twin girls.
"You meet the people and you
see where the (produce) is com-
Her twins love tomatoes, she
said, and chomp on them as if
they were apples. But until the
mystery of the tainted tomatoes
is solved, "I feel a little bit more
comfortable, a little more safe,
doing the local farmers' market,"
In addition to the salmonella
outbreak, this year has seen the
largest ground beef recall in his-
tory, raising consumer concerns
reflected in the poll.
Forty-six percent said they
were worried they.-might get
sick from eating contaminated
food and that they have avoided
foods because of safety Warnings
that they normally would have
purchased. Twenty-nine percent
have thrown out food earlier
than usual and 14 percent have
returned food to the store.
Such a level of uneasiness
among consumers is "very sig-
nificant," said Michael R. Taylor,
a former senior federal food safe-
ty official who now teaches at
George Washington University.
"When you have almost half
the population avoiding certain
foods because of safety con-
cerns, that's very significant from
the standpoint of economic im-
pact for the people selling the
food, and from the standpoint of
peace of mind for consumers,"
said Taylor. Tomato growers say
they have lost more than $100'
million as a result of the current
salmonella outbreak, which has
sickened more than 1,200 people
in 42 states since April.
The poll also found gender,
racial and economic gaps on atti-
tudes about food safety. Women,
who do most of the shopping,
were more concerned than men.
For example, 39 percent of men
said they were "very confident"
that the food they buy is safe, but
only 23 percent of women said
they felt that way. However, men
and women agreed on the need
for better federal oversight.
"We've got to protect our food
supply," said Stephan Weiss, 58,
of West Linn, Ore., who runs a
small engraving and embroidery
business. "And if more inspectors
are going to prevent people from
getting sick and dying, then it's
People with lower incomes
were less confident in food safe-
ty, as were minorities. Nearly half
of Hispanics had little or no con-
fidence in the safety of the food
In Congress, a leading advo-
cate of food safety reforms said
the industry would do well to lis-
ten to consumers on the need for
Today in History
Today is Saturday, July 19, the
201st day of 2008. There are 165
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 19, 1848, a pioneer
women's rights convention con-
vened in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
On this date:
In 1553, 15-year-old Lady Jahe
Grey was deposed as Queen of
England after claiming the crown
for nine days. King Henry VIII's
daughter Mary was proclaimed
In 1870, the Franco-Prussian
In 1943, allied air forces raided
Rome during World War II.
In 1944, the Democratic Na-
tional Convention convened in
Chicago with the renomination
of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
considered a foregone certainty.
In 1969, Apollo 11 and its as-
tronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrn .and Michael Col-
lins, went into orbit around the
In 1975, the Apollo and Soyuz
space capsules that were linked
in orbit for two days separated.
In 1979, 'the Nicaraguan capi-
tal of Managua fell to Sandinista
guerrillas, two days after Presi-
dent Anastasio Somoza had fled
In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A.
Ferraro, D-N.Y, won the Demo-
cratic nomination for vice' presi-
dent by acclamation at the party's
convention in San Francisco.'
In 1989, 111 people were killed
when a United Air Lines DC-10
crashed while making an emer-
gency landing at Sioux City, Iowa;
185 other people survived.
In 1993, President Clinton an-
nounced a policy allowing homo-
sexuals to serve in the military un-
der a compromise dubbed "don't
ask, don't tell, don't pursue."
Ten years ago: Seeking to
break a 16-month deadlock, Isra-
eLand the Palestinians held their
first high-level talks in months.
Hundreds of Serb police battled
secessionist guerrillas for control
of the central Kosovo town of
Five years ago: A chartered
aircraft carrying three families
to a game reserve plowed into
Mount Kenya, killing all 12 Ameri-
can tourists and the two South
African pilots on board.
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One year ago: A federal
judge dismissed a lawsuit brought
by former CIA operative Valerie
Plame, who was demanding
money from Bush administration
.officials she blamed for leaking
her agency identity. Taliban gun-
men abducted 23 South Koieani
who worked at an aid organiza-
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(Two hostages were fatally shot;
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Today's Birthdays: Former
Sen. George McGovern is 86. Ac-
tor Pat Hingle is 84. Actress Helen
Gallagher is 82. Country singer
Sue Thompson is 82. Country
singer George Hamilton IV is 71.
Actor Dennis Cole is 68. Singer
Vikki Carr is 67. Country singer-
musician Commander Cody is
64. Actor George Dzundza is 63.
Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie
(Average White Band) is 62. Rock
musician Brian May is 61. Rock
musician Bernie Leadon is 61. Ac-
tress Beverly Archer is 60. Movie
director Abel Ferrara is 57. Actor
Peter Barton is 52. Rock musician
Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets;
Bauhaus) is 48. Movie director
Atom Egoyan is 48. Actor Camp-
bell Scott is 47. Actor Anthony Ed-'
wards is 46. Country singer Kelly
AShiver is 45. Actress Clea Lewis
is 43. Country musician Jeremy.
Patterson (Flynnville Train) is 38.
Classical singer Urs Buhler (II
Divo) is 37. Actor Andrew Kavo-
vit is 37. Rock musician Jason
McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is
34. Actress Rachel Miner is 28.
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Family incredulous at birth
of unexpected bundle of joy
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DEAR ABBY: Our son "Sean"
is 20 and has been going with a
girl 2 1/2 years older than he is.
I'll call her "Taryn." When we
first met Taryn we liked her very
much. She was chubby, and Sean
told us she was on a diet. We
found out later. Taryn was 5 1/2'
As time went on, she grew
larger and larger. We asked Sean
if she could be pregnant. He told
us he had asked her and she said
no, that she was just built like her
mother. (She told her co-workers
the same thing.)
Late one night, our surprised
and upset son called to tell us
Taryn had just delivered a full-
term, 7-pound baby boy. Her doc-
tor and her friends have all said
she didn't know what was going
on. Even after the baby was born,
she asked the doctor "what was
happening." She couldn't believe
she'd had a baby. Taryn told Seah
she had had her period the whole
nine months and never felt the
The doctor told my son that
some girls don't know when they
are pregnant, so now he believes
her! We have had many family
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By Barry C. Silk
(c)2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
If you give a little, you'll get a little
back in return. The more time you
spend separating yourself from the
crowd, the better your chances are
to attract interest in what you do.
Do your thing. 4 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
As long as you aren't overly emo-
tional and you give straight facts,
conversations regarding business
and personal issues will go well.
You can resolve any misunder-
standings or make amends with
someone with whom you had a
recent falling out. 2 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Touch base with people you
haven't had a chance to see for a
long time..It will bring back mem-
ories and help fuel the fire within
you to do some things you used to
enjoy so much. Taking part in an
old interest will lead to new friend-
ships, as well. 5 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
You may be tempted to help some-
one out who should be responsible
for his or her own doings. Don't
invest in someone or something
for the wrong reasons. A change
at home will allow more time for
things you enjoy. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Love is certainly accentuated but,
whether it's hot and passionate
or argumentative will depend on
how you handle matters. Be hon-
est regarding your intentions. You
can end a relationship that is not
good for you or begin one that ex-
ceeds your expectations. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Take care of your health and well-
being or that of someone who de-
pends on you like a pet, child or
older relative. Dealing with other
people's problems will pay off in
what you learn. An idea you have
will make your home more acces-
sible for others. 3 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
The more time spent doing some-
thing creative that allows you to
develop one of your talents, the
better. A love connection will
strengthen if you share common.
interests. Don't go overboard with
spending. 5 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Stick to what you do best. Get-
ting into a lengthy discussion with
someone you are emotionally at-
tached to will not bode well. Focus
on a project you are involved in,
not dealing with someone who
is probably not telling the truth. 2
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): You may have things to iron
out but don't pass up an idea you
have because it's not convenient
for someone who wants you to do
for him or her. Put your needs first.
You will get important things done
today. 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): This is not the time to relax
and take it easy, especially if you
have personal issues with some-
one close to you. Someone will be
waiting for you to make a costly
mistake. A conservative invest-
ment you made a long time ago
will help you out now. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Love is on the rise so per-
suade someone you love to engage
in the things you want to do. Get-
ting involved in a particular hobby,
group or activity will enhance your
relationship and help build your
confidence. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You may end up in hot water if
someone leaks information you
don't want revealed. Admitting
something before it is brought
to everyone's attention will help
lessen the consequence. To move
forward, you have to deal with the
past. 3 stars
discussions about this. I am the
mother of six children, and I al-
ways knew when I was pregnant.
Is it possible that she didn't
know she was pregnant, even
though she had been asked di-
rectly more than once? We feel
Taryn has been lying to Sean the
whole time. We haven't seen her
since the birth. She's living with
and being supported by her par-
ents. Sean loves Taryn and the
baby and plans to marry her and
adopt the boy. Please help us. --
IN NEW MEXICO
DEAR PARENTS: Although
it is highly unusual, it is not un-
heard of for a woman to conceive
and carry a baby to term without
knowing she's pregnant. It does
stretch the imagination -- among
other things -- for her to deliver
the baby and still ask what's go-
ing on. Because her doctor says
this was the case with Taryn, who
are we to say otherwise?
Please remember, your son is
in love with this young woman.
He plans to marry her. So your
wisest course of action would be
to accept Taryn and the baby and
make the best of this uncomfort-
able situation. To do otherwise
will estrange your son from you.
Also, it's clear your daughter-in-
law-to-be needs the mentoring
of as many mature women in her
life as possible.
DEAR ABBY: In the past few
years several of my friends moved
out of state. Before they left, they
gave me items they couldn't take
along. They said I could keep the
stuff or have a yard sale.
Now these friends have re-
turned and are asking for their
things back. I feel like I was used
as a temporary storage facility.
This has happened to me three
I have been using the items
as mine, feeling they belonged to
me. I think I'm being used. How
should I respond to these people?
-- RESENTFUL IN SUNNY CALI-
DEAR RESENTFUL: Because
these people gave you the items to
do with as you wished -- to keep
or to sell -- they belong to you..
How you respond to their request
depends upon how much you
value their friendship, because
your refusal to return them could,
become a bone of contention.
By Eugenia Last
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 19, 2008 i
Okeechobee Softball team plans fundraiser
The Chobee Firestix Travel
Softball organization has been
providing opportunities for young
ladies for the past eight years in
Okeechobee. The Chobee Firestix
have five softball teams that travel
all over the state to play competi-
The Chobee Fire Stix have
provided opportunities for young
Ladies to gain exposure to college
recruits and have had numerous
athletes sign college scholar-
SOn Saturday, Aug. 9, the Cho-
lee Firestix will host a fundraiser
Io help with the costs of travel for
fe five teams.
They are arranging a Ben-
4fit Poker Tournament at the
Okeechobee Shrine Club off State
Road 78, that has been successful
in the past with the generous do-
nations of the Okeechobee com-
Monetary donations or items
that represent your business are
all greatly appreciated. Donated
items will be given away through-
out the tournament to the poker
players. Sponsorship will also be
recognized on the tournament T-
shirts and throughout the tourna-
ment and flyers.
The tournament registration
closes at 12:30 p.m. at the Shrine
Club with the games beginning at
1 p.m. Players may pre-register at
Pogey's Restaurant, Quality Tees
or with Kim Hargraves. You may
also mail registrations to P.O. Box
2959, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Please make checks payable to
Chobee Firestix/Kim Hargraves.
Sign up early before July 26,
and receive 200 extra starting
chips. Players donate $50 to enter
the tournament. There is a $20
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brothers Kayben, 4, and Kai Osceola-Emley, 5, enjoy the
swing at the wooden jungle. Kai is doing the pushing and
Kayben the swinging.
donation for re-buys and a $20
donation for add-ons.
First place winner will receive
their choice of a $1,000 Visa
Card or a Lane Recliner donated
by Morgan's Furniture valued at
$600 or an eight day/seven night
trip timeshare donated by Qual-
ity Tees. The top three places will
be Winner's Choice with the first
place getting the first choice of
the top three prizes and so on.
will be given out throughout the
Breaks will be held after every
three rounds of approximately 25
To show your support by ei-
ther entering the tournament or
making a donation contact Kim
Hargraves at 863-634-6322.
Two brothers from Milton are
the latest victims to get clobbered
by a leaping sturgeon.
Sam, 43, and Chris Parish, 25,
were enjoying a leisurely morn-
ing of bass fishing on the Yellow
River June 28, until a leaping Gulf.
sturgeon, estimated 5 to 6 feet in
length, came over the bow and hit
both men in their faces and up-
per bodies. They escaped the en-
'counter with minor cuts, scrapes
and bruises. The sturgeon ended
up back in the river.
Neither brother required medi-
The brothers said an elderly
couple who were bream fishing
saw the sturgeon strike them and
came to their assistance.
The United States Geological
Survey (USGS) estimated the Gulf
sturgeon population in Northwest
Florida rivers in 2002 and 2004.
They placed the number of stur-
geon in the Yellow Ri;\e at 500-
. 00 .flrit.t;*.- T estratel 2,000
sturgeon venture up the Choc-
tawhatchee River each spring.
Gulf sturgeon can grow to 8
feet in length and weigl more
than 200 pounds. They are a pro-
tected species in Florida:
To report sturgeon collisions,
call 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
The Chobee Firestix team includes (from left) Sarah Davis, Autumn Wofford, Gloria Suarez,
Stormy Stokes, Brianna Nunez, Jessi Osceola, Cristina Rojas, and Lexi Ward.
Sports News in Brief
Future Stars Camp
The second annual Future
Stars Baseball/Softball camp will
be held Aug. 11-15, from 7:30
a.m. until noon each day. Instruc-
tions will be provided by college
and highschool coaches. There is
no fee for the camp. Applications
can be picked up at Beef O' Bra-
dys and Hibbet Sporting Goods.
Applications are to be returned to
the Chobee Drive Thru. All appli-
cations must be notarized. Camp-
ers should bring lunches for the
first four days of the camp. On
Friday, hamburgers and hotdogs
will be provided. Drinks will be
provided throughout the week.
Bring an open mind and a desire
;i: learn Cain'p \\ill L'e reild at"
tORgf-ahbee Hierh SiIhool ,base-
oall and isoflball fields All applica-
tions must be turned in by Aug. 6.
For information call Bobby Steiert
Fishing tourney set
This weekend in Clewiston on
Lake Okeechobee, the.Big Bucks
Bass Tournament will be held on
Sunday, July 13. The Team Entry
is $150 and it includes Big Bass
Jackpot. There will NOT be a
Golf Tournament on Saturday, the
Clewiston Golf Course is closed
for renovations. The Bass Busters
Silver and Gold Divison Tourna-
ments will be held in Clewiston
on July 19 and 20, respectfully.
Silver Division entry is $60 and the
Gold Division entry is $100. Both
tournaments run from safelight to
3 p.m. each day. All Bass Busters
Tournaments currently offer Spe-
cial Low Water Exemptions for all
TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass. Club
my-eers at the Buckhead Ridge VFW'
Post 9.528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-
boaters are welcome. For infor-
mation call Dave Stout at 863-467-
2255. The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.
Glades Gun Club to
host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club
will hold an open range shoot-
ing event on Saturday, July 26.
The range is located at the Glades
County Sheriff's Gun Range at
Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi
N.E. of US 27.
Glades County residents are
welcome at no charge. Insurance
requires all guests to register, at-
tend a short range safety briefing
and sign a waiver.
Eye and ear protection is. man-
dato0 N and \\iill be a,. alabi by th
"club. The gate \\ill open at .s a m
registration from 8:15-8:45 a.m.,
briefing at 8:45. Shooting to begin
after briefing until about 11 a.m.
Guests will accompanied and su-
pervised by a club member at the
firing line for safety. Black Powder
guns are welcome. For further in-
formation call 863-946-2566.
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