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Opinion 5
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Sunday, April 5, 2009


Heritage Day: History and culture
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OKEECHOBEE
AISTORICAL SOCIETY


Students and staff at the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
recently participated in Heritage
Day. Heritage Day is a celebra-
tion of the culture, history, and
.,,,: traditions of OFC students and
members of the community. Arti-
s facts and displays were present-
ed by students and volunteers.
Students performed dances and
skits and offered food from vari-
ous cultures. OFC staff members
Kay Duke, Bobble Ingram, and
Yolanda Gomez worked tirelessly
to make the day a huge success.
(Top left) Dulce Cardoso and
Pamela Tinajero show off their
beautiful quincenera dresses.
(Top right) Representatives from
the Okeechobee Historical So-
ciety shared the history of local
pioneers. (At left) Dowling Wat-
ford offers students a look at the
life of a Civil War soldier. (Be-
low) Florida cowboy Gordie Peer
teaches OFC students about his
tools of the trade.


75 Plus tax


Rainfall


shortage


brings


water


limits

Restrictions on
water use in effect
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When it comes to rainfall, it
seems its either feast or famine in
Florida. While some parts of the
state are feasting, in the Okeecho-
bee area we are in the midst of a
famine with stricter enforcement
of water restrictions likely in the
near future.
The contrast in conditions was
demonstrated on Tuesday night,
March 31. Overnight the Okeecho-
bee County Airport did not receive
a measurable amount of rainfall.
However, there were flood warn
ings Tuesday afternoon in north-
eastern Palm Beach County, Dur
ing the 24 hour period ending 7
a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2.89
inches of rain fell in that area.
Unfortunately, east of 1-95, when
the flooding conditions were, there
is no way to save excess rain water
and it just drains to the ocean.
The contrast is felt in other parts
of the state also.
"Rainfall varied widely through-
out the state over the weekend,
leaving areas in the Panhandle
flooded while the central and
southern peninsula still have high
wildfire risk," Florida Agriculture
and Consumer Services Commis-
sioner Charles Bronson said in a

See WATER Page 22








Palms for Palm Sunday: an Okeechobee story


Okeechobee man once made
Palm Sunday
services possible
around the country

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The faithful in Okeechobee will be join-
ing with other Christians around the world
today in celebrating Palm Sunday.
According to the Associated Press,
640,000 palm fronds will be used today in
Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episco-
pal and other churches across the country.
Most local churches in Okeechobee gather
their own palm fronds. Many of the palm
fronds used in other parts of the country
came from Guatemala and Mexico. Howev-
er, there was a time when many of the palm
fonds used in churches around this country
came from Okeechobee.
Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Sun-
day before Easter to commemorate the tri-


umphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as
recorded in Matthew 21. In some churches
palm fronds are waved in a procession
around the church and small crosses are
made from them.
The following year, the palm fronds are
burned and the ashes are used for Ash
Wednesday services.
In 1941, John A. Abney, grandfather of
John Wesley Abney, contractor and former
county commissioner, began hiring Semi-
nole Indians from January to April each year
to gather the buds from the Sable palm, or
the cabbage palm as it is commonly known.
However, the business is more closely as-
sociated with Parker Abney, father of John
Wesley Abney.
The bud of the Sable palm was cut with
a hatchet or axe without harming the plant.
They were gathered in bundles of 25 and
loaded onto trucks to be shipped all over
the country. About 60,000 palm buds were
shipped out each year.
Most tribe members lived in chickees


and had no transportation so Parker Abney
would come to Brighton every Saturday and
pick up the bundles of buds. So great was
their mutual respect there was no need to
make sure each bundle had 25 buds or re-
count the bundles. Because of their close
relationship three Brighton residents were
named after the Abney family.
So great was the bond between the
Seminoles and Parker Abney that on Dec.
20, 1969, the Seminoles, in recognition of
his qualities of leadership and benevolence,


made him an honorary chief with the name
Chief Dah-Lah-Moglo-Augee (Cabbage
Palm Spikes).
John Wesley Abney continued the sea-
sonal family business until 1996.
Editor's note: Some material in this story
came from the book, "Strolling Down Coun-
try Roads, Okeechobee County, A Pictorial
History" by Twila Valentine and Betty Wil-
liamson and from Okeechobee News files.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at rwww.newseap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


,: I- I r -. I I- Pele GiadB
Rev. Loy Mershimer of Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church will be joining
with other ministers around the coun-
try and around the world in celebrating
Palm Sunday today.


Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Historical Society
For many years each spring Parker Abney, center, father of contractor John Ab-
ney, hired the Seminoles to cut palm fonds to be shipped to churches all over
the country for Palm Sunday Services. With Mr. Abney are Billy Osceola, left,
and Bill Osceola, right.

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Courtesy photo/Betty C. Williamson
Many of the palm fronds used in Palm
Sunday Services around the country
in years past came from Okeechobee.
For many years Parker Abney hired
Seminole Indians to cut buds from Sa-
bal palms with axes or hatchets. These
buds were gathered in bundles of 25,
loaded on trucks and shipped all over
the country.


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Local man arrested after chase on ATV


By Eric Kopp attempt to flee and elude a law enforcement
Okeechobee News officer and possession of a controlled sub-
A man was charged with several felonies stance.
after he allegedly tried to run from a deputy He was also arrested on a misdemeanor
on a four-wheel All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). charge of resisting a law enforcement officer
Billy Cecil Bailey, 30, N.W 33rd Ave., was without violence.
arrested April 1, on felony charges of driving Bailey was booked into the Okeechobee
while license suspended habitual offender, County Jail under a bond of $15,000. Jail re

Teenager stabbed in fight


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man
has been charged with
stabbing another man
during a March 28 fight in
the Playland Park subdivi-
sion.
Ramiro Reyna, 18,
N.W 46th Terrace, was Ramiro
arrested Thursday, April Reyna
2, on a charge of ag-
gravated battery. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$5,000.
Jail records indicated Friday that he had


posted bond and had been released.
Deputy Mark Shireman, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), stated
in his arrest report that Reyna was charged
with stabbing another 18 year-old man in
the upper left thigh and buttocks.
According to the deputy's report, the
victim was going to a party on N.W 47th
Terrace on Saturday, March 27. As he ap-
proached the residence several men in the
driveway to the home "... began throwing
gang signs at him."
A fight ensued and Reyna stabbed the vic-
tim, the report stated. Deputy Shireman said
the victim was taken to Raulerson Hospital
where his wounds were treated.


Stolen TV found in man's home


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man was arrested after a search
warrant was executed at his home and de-
tectives found a television reportedly stolen
in a March burglary.
William Thunder Ihle, 29, N.W 30th St.,
was arrested April 1, on charges of dealing
in stolen property and possession of ammu
nition by a convicted felon. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $15,000. Records show that Ihle
was also arrested on a warrant for a civil
family offense of desertion/withholding sup-
port. His bond is a cash purge of $250.
Detective Marty Faulkner, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), applied
for and received the search warrant on
March 30. Then, along with the OCSO Spe-
cial Response Team, he served the warrant
at 7 a.m. Wednesday. During that search,


Detective Faulkner said a 46-inch Sony LCD
television was found. That television, he con-
tinued, was taken in a March 24, burglary of
a N.W 84th Court home.
The OCSO detective arrested Emanuel
L. Dunn, 23, N.W 84th Court, on March
25, in connection with that theft. Dunn was
charged with grand theft and filing a false
report to law enforcement. He was booked
into the county jail in lieu of $4,000 bond.
According to Detective Faulkner, Dunn al-
legedly stole the television and several other
items then took them to Ihle where he traded
the property for 20 to 30 roxycodone pills.
Detective Faulkner said Ihle did not take
part in the burglary.
While searching Ihle's home Wednesday,
the detective said two 9 mm bullets were
found in the man's bedroom closet. Because
Ihle is a convicted felon he cannot have a
firearm or ammunition in his possession.


cords show that Bailey has been released on
bond.
Records at the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) indicate that Bailey was
also arrested Thursday, April 2, on a mis
demeanor charge of domestic battery. His
bond on that charge was set at $1,000 and
he has since posted bond and has been re-
leased from jail.
An arrest report by OCSO Deputy Steven
McKinley indicates that he saw Bailey riding
a black ATV on N.W 36th St. around 10:50
p.m. Wednesday. When he tried to stop the
man, Bailey led Deputy McKinley on a chase
that reached speeds of up to 50 mph, the re
port stated.


The chase finally ended when Bailey
turned off the lights on the ATV turned into
a field and then overturned the 2008 Suzuki
Quad Runner he was riding, stated the dep-
uty. Deputy McKinley stated he placed Bailey
under arrest after a brief scuffle.
Prior to transporting Bailey to jail, OCSO
Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell searched the
man and reportedly found a 2 mg xanax pill
in the man's pants pocket.
The deputy's report goes on to state that
Bailey was issued traffic citations charging
him with improper use of an ATV, driving
while being a habitual traffic offender and
possession of a controlled substance while
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Taxed enough already
Instead of giving the stimulus money
to the businesses, they should just let us
keep our tax money so we could stimu-
late the economy by paying our bills.
Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the
table at which he's fed. Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule, Teach him taxes are the
rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works
for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his
goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his
ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his
dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax
him if he tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax
his beers, If he cries, tax his tears. Tax all
he has then let him know that you won't
be done, till he has no dough. Then tax his
coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in which
he's laid. Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom..." When
he's gone, do not relax, It's time to apply
the inheritance tax.
Congress says it is looking into this
Bernard Madoff scandal. It seems ironic
that the guy that made $65 billion disap-
pear should be investigated by the people
who made $750 billion disappear. The
economy is so bad that:
CEO's are now playing miniature
golf.
-- Even people who have nothing to
do with the Obama Administration aren't
paying their taxes.
Hotwheels and Matchbox stocks are
trading higher than GM.
People in Beverly Hills fired their nan-
nies and learned their children's names.
A truck of Americans got caught
sneaking into Mexico.
The most highly paid job is now jury
duty.
-- Dick Cheney took his stockbroker
hunting.
-- Motel Six won't leave the light on.
The Mafia is laying off judges.


Okeechobee News changes to
new compact format
I like the new format I was afraid
that it would have less room for stories
and photos but the first two papers in the
new size seem to have more stories and
photos than the old format papers did. It
seems every time I turn on the TV they are
talking about another newspaper going
out of business in this country. I am glad
our local paper is finding a way to make it
work and stay in business.
I think it's much better. In fact I have
been wishing for ages that all the papers
would publish in the smaller sizes. With
normal size papers, it seems one spends
half their time flopping and arranging the
thing so they can read it.

Want government assistance?
Say no to drugs
I think Florida should adopt the rule
that some other states have, that in order
to receive any government assistance, you
have to pass a drug test. The people who
work in many government jobs have to
pass a drug test. The people accepting
our tax money as government assistance
should prove they are not using it to buy
and use illegal drugs.
I just heard on the news, Florida is
implementing an on-line drug data bank
that will track prescription fills/refills and
compare to physician names. Long, long
overdue. This will cut down on so much
prescription abuse. There are going to be
some very unhappy pill poppers out there
before long.
It might affect regular people but it
won't affect veterans who get theirs filled
by the VA, but there is a problem with the
vets also. Some of them sell their pain
medication prescriptions, last time I was
in they checked me to see just how much
of the prescriptions were in my system. If
you don't have close to the correct amount
of the prescribed drugs in your system,
then your suspect of selling them.
There are a lot of people on pub-
lic assistance who just need a little help
due to the economy. I think it would be
degrading to make them take drug tests.
That is like accusing them of being drug
users. They are embarrassed enough al-
ready having to ask for help.


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Teachers losing jobs
I think that if a teacher is cut, it
should be because of repeated poor per-
formance.
They most definitely need to start
with administration but they won't.
They'd rather take from the poor people.
Those one year to three year teachers are
the least paid.
Administration in the schools also
have a full plate they just don't sit behind
their desks and look pretty.They are in
charge of every operation in the school fa-
cility, if something goes wrong they have
to answer to a higher up. If you haven't
been in any of their shoes I wouldn't be
saying to much. If everyone wants to help
they need to flood the legislature with
emails and phone calls like Candy said
in the paper. Also when the amendments
come up at election time like the savings
on your property taxes VOTE NO because
you don't see anymore money anyway.
If they want to save money, I think
they need to look at the "double dippers"
who are already getting a pension plus a
paycheck. The teachers who are being let
go appear to be those at the low end of
the pay scale anyway.
I thought it was interesting that the
page one story in the paper had the "of-
ficial" version of what happened, quoting
what the school officials said about it. But
the opinion page had the frank letter from
Candy Walker that told the rest of the story.
The public has the right to know what is
really going on. I'm glad Mrs. Walker took
the time to write that letter.

Pro-Life t-shirt worn to school
No matter which side of this issue
you're on, it appears the High School dress
code give the administration a lot of wig-
gle room in the interpretation, "Inappro-
priate dress may include, but is not limited
to." Judging by the controversy stirred up
in this discussion, by both sides, it would
seem the shirt is controversial and pos-
sibly disruptive. That is why it probably
should not have been worn to school.
I wonder if the reaction to the T-shirt
would have been different if it just said
something like "Adoption -- the loving op-
tion," or just "Pro-Life." Apparently the ad-
ministration thought "Abortion is murder"
on a shirt was too extreme for school.


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The Okeechobee County Courthouse

County lays off workers
Instead of cutting people's jobs, why
doesn't the county cut back on some of
its projects like all that money they are
spending on the old county courthouse.
The place has been there since the 1920s.
It could wait a little longer for rennova-
tions. I think the county needs to rethink
how they spend their money.
think the county commissioners
should donate part of their salaries to help
out with the budget. They all have other
jobs.
All you people who thought it was
such a great idea to change the home-
stead exemption because you thought
you would pay less in property taxes, well
I hope you are happy. We have to lay off
county workers and teachers because
there is not enough money in the budget.
When you wonder why you can't find
anyone to help you at the county offices or
why your child's classroom is so crowded,
just take a look in the mirror.
SNothing against the people who lost
their jobs, but I think it is obvious that dur-
ing the building boom we needed more
people n e in the building department, and
now there is not much construction going
on, we don't need as manyworkers there.
There aren't as many permits to process,
construction to inspect, etc. So even if the
budget weren't so short on funds, it would
still make sense to let some of those peo-
ple go. Even in good times, there is no
sense spending tax money for someone
to just sit around with no work to do.
I am wondering if the county needs
so many people in administration spots.
Those salaries seem to be pretty high.
Maybe we could save money there.


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April 5, 2009

Letter to the Editor

Gethsemane Ranch
has a different
kind of rodeo
So, you keep seeing stories written about
Gethsemane Ranch and I'm sure you are
wondering, "what is this place anyway?"
Well, let me tell you a little something about
it.
My first time out to visit was in September
of 2007 and I am telling you the honest truth
that my life has not been the same since. At
my first visit, there happened to be a rodeo
going on. Little did I know this was a youth
rodeo ministry and I would be encountering
more rodeos then I could ever imagine.
As I watched the kids run barrels and
poles, rope and finally ride bulls, I noticed
that this was much different than any other
rodeo I had ever been to. The music filled
the air with its angelic harmonies.
There were no attitudes when the contes-
tant didn't do as well as planned. All involved
cheered each other on as if they weren't
competing against each other. To top all that
off, as a young bull rider fell and was having
trouble getting up, a group circled around


him, not to call him names and tell him to
get up, no, they gathered to pray over him
that he rise without injuries.
I thought to myself, "there is something
truly extraordinary going on out here." I was
fascinated, and needless to say I have been
out there two to three times a week since.
Who knew that one day would change my
life forever?
It all started with the vision of God and
the obedience of a truly devoted servant,
Mr. Jesse Jones. And, he doesn't come
alone-his magnificent wife Karen stood by
him, completely committed to the purpose.
What is the purpose you ask? The purpose
of Gethsemane Ranch is to "provide a place
for the encouragement of today's youth, to
establish solid values and beliefs, and to be
come settled firmly in our Christian charac
ter. Our hope is that together, through team
work and dedication, looking to Christ as
our example, we will carry the champion
spirit into all areas of our life. In our com-
mon bond of love for God's creation and his
creatures, in a cowboy lifestyle we Press To-
ward These Goals.
As it says in Philippians 3:14 "1 Press
On Toward The Goal To Win The Prize For


Reflections from the Pulpit


Get Your Own Dirt

By Rev. Ed Skiba
Chaplain, Big Lake Hospice
Many people I have talked to lately are
very concerned about our economy, immi-
gration, foreign influence in our society and
a general change in the image of the USA in
the world. Some foreign nations want to see
us thrive because they depend on us for sup
port, both financial and moral. Others want
to see us fail utterly; some for ideological
reasons and others out of shear jealousy. My
concern is that the patriotism and dedication
that has brought us this far, through wars
both active and cold, and through financial
up and down turns, that patriotism is not
as deeply rooted as it was in "the greatest
generation" that saw us through WW II and
Korea. I'm afraid that our younger folks have
fallen into the deception that tells them that
everyone thinks the same way we do and


we just have to sit down and talk with our
perceived enemies to convince them that
we just want to "live and let live."
I'm afraid the forces of evil that we face
today will not settle for that compromise.
They will only be happy when we are gone
and they are in total control. Scripture ad-
monishes us to be "wise as serpents, and
gentle as doves." (Matthew 10:16) In the
realm of international politics we need to
seriously heed that admonition. A wise old
country gentleman once told me ... "I only
trust two people, me and momma, and I
ain't real sure about momma."
Our trust has to be in our Creator, in
the shed blood of Jesus, or our trust is mis-
placed. You can agree or disagree with that
statement as you choose. Acts 4:12 says ...
"for there is no other name (Jesus Christ)
under heaven by which we must be saved."
Man in his pride would like to think that by
being a "good person" he can save himself.
In the early 1990s I was a chaplain on "death


Which God Has Called Me Heavenward In
Christ Jesus." Never have I seen devotion,
determination and sacrifice to make a dif-
ference done with such a humble spirit as
Jesse and Karen. And while this all started
with their perseverance, they are not alone.
Many, just like myself, have found their way
to serve a new purpose and make a change
in their life.
What was once a small group gathered
for church has now flourished into a large
family. That is what we are family. We are
there for each other, through it all, encourag-
ing one another and most importantlywe are
all there to help with what was a vision given
by God to Mr. Jesse and to learn ourselves
what it means to truly be a servant of God. I
would like to thank Jesse and Karen for their
utmost devotion and for the love that they
have shown. Not just to me, but to all those
who have entered the gates at Gethsemane
Ranch. There are a lot of events and happen-
ings throughout the year and we would like
to welcome you to visit the website for more
information and schedules. See it at www.
gethsemaneranch.com.
Cherish Pilgrim




row" at Union Correctional in Raiford, Flor-
ida. The Lord allowed me to talk with men
that had committed the ultimate act of vio-
lence against their fellow human beings ...
murder. In my time with them, I grew to see
that they had a sense of shared experience
and that they were actually "good" to each
other. I wonder how their "good" actions
will stand up before a just God at the final
judgment? Unless they have appropriated
the shed blood of Jesus Christ as an atone
ment for their horrific action and have true
repentance in their hearts, I shudder to think
of their eternal fate.
I'm reminded of the panel of scientists
that decided they had advanced in knowl-
edge and ability to the point that they no
longer needed God. The senior scientist, a
gray bearded old evolutionist, was chosen to
go to God and tell Him that He could retire.
He approached the Creator with a sort of
smug attitude and made his announcement.
The Great I Am stroked His white beard and


On the horse are Mr. Jesse and Kar-
en Jones, founders of Gethsemane
Ranch.


answered the scientist with a contest; a chal-
lenge of sorts. He said, "before I retire, let's
have one last test. Let's each make a man, a
living human being." The scientist very con
fidently smiled in agreement and reached
down for a large clod of dirt to begin when
the Almighty interrupted him and said, "Oh
no my child, you must get your own dirt!"
No matter what may be happening in
the natural world, we know who is really
in charge. The next time you are upset by
the circumstances taking place in our soci-
ety, pray the Blood of Jesus over them and
remember where your trust needs to be. In
the One who created the heavens and the
earth, put the stars in the sky and breathed
life into your soul.
My "life verse", Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and
lean not unto your own understanding. In
all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will
direct your paths." Blessings.


KOA announces Sixth Annual 'Come Kamp and Care with Us'


Hundreds of Kampgrounds of America
(KOA) across the U.S. and Canada are pre-
paring for their 6th Annual "Come Kamp
and Care With Us" weekend event, May 8
and 9.
Campers who make reservations at par
ticipating KOA Kampgrounds pay for only
Friday, May 8, and camp for free on Satur-
day, May 9, at nearly 400 participating KOA
Kampgrounds in North America.
Each KOA Kampground holds its own
fundraising activities on the campgrounds
that include auctions, crafts and games.
"We look forward to this weekend in
May, when we begin the camping season
with an affordable event that brings families


and friends together in safe, healthy, outdoor
settings. It allows all of us to contribute to
a program that means so much for these
deserving kids who are facing the fight of
their lives," said Shane Ott, KOA president
and COO, in a new release. Ott is also on the
board of directors of Camp Mak A Dream, a
KOA Care Camp in Missoula, Montana.
KOA Care Camps are a network of 41 in-
dependent, specialized camps for children
under treatment or in recovery from cancer,
and their siblings. "Helping kids experience
the camaraderie and fun of the outdoors
with other cancer patients is in complete
alignment with the mission of KOA, the
goals of our KOA Owners Association, and is


the very nature of what we do," says Ott.
The KOA Owners Association created
the KOA Care Camps Trust in 1984 and
raised $8,000 that year. In 2008, the KOA
Care Camps Trust's total donation was just
over $250.000. from the combined efforts of


nearly 14,000 camping families who stayed
more than 32,000 nights at 370 KOA loca-
tions, along with matching funds from the
KOA Holdings board of directors.
A list of participating campgrounds is
available at KOA.com.


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Community Events

Masonic Lodge holds
breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth, will
hold an all you can eat breakfast on Sunday,
April 5 from 8 until 11 a.m. Tickets are $6
each and menu consists of eggs, bacon,
usage, grits, pancakes, biscuits and gravy,
juice and coffee. The public is welcome.

Church to host concert
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will host
Stan Shuman in Concert, Sunday, April 5,
11 a.m. Stan Shuman is an internationally
known singer/song writer. He was formerly
with Jerry and the Singing Goffs, Naomi and
The Segos. He is currently with Danny Fun-
derburk and Mercy's Way. Stan has written
for The Kingsmen, Gold City, The Anchor-
men, and many more! His product will be
set up for you to view and purchase. Every-
one is welcome! Buckhead Ridge Baptist
Church is located on Hunter Road, one mile
on the left after turning at the Sunoco Station
in Buckhead Ridge. For information, contact
Pastor Richard Postell, 863-763-3442 or 863-
634-6792.

Blood drive Sunday
The Big Red Bus Bloodmobile will be at
Golden Corral today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blood donors are needed to maintain a safe
blood supply in area hospitals. The need is
so great that currently there is a 24-hour turn
around meaning blood donated one day is
often needed for a patient within 24 hours.
Since blood testing and processing takes
about 18 hours, the situation could easily
become critical. If you have questions about
blood donation, visit the blood drive and
speak to the medical personnel there.

Red Cross to hold 'Health and
Safety' classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in April:
Tuesday, April 7-Infant/Child CPR/AED
at 6 p.m;
Monday, April 13-Adult CPR/AED at 6
p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.
Saturday, April 25 Adult/Infant/Child
CPR/AED & First Aid at 9 a.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Autism group holds meeting
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group
will meet on April 9, at 5:30 p.m. Adult at-
tendance only. For information and location,
please call Johanna at 863-467-0841.


Early Learning Coalition
meeting
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -
Okeechobee County Provider Meeting; Ad-
visory Council Meeting at conclusion of pro-
vider meeting Wednesday, April 8, at noon
ay the American Red Cross, 323 North Par-
rott Avenue, Okeechobee.

It's Honey Baked Ham time!
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey
Baked Hams for Easter. Spiral hams, bone-
less hams, whole smoked turkey breast,
side dishes and desserts! Orders must be
placed by Wednesday, April 8 for pickup
on Friday, April 10. Call 863-763-2225 or 357-
6246 to place your order or if you'd like to be
emailed a complete list of items available.

Area Agency on Aging to meet
The AreaAgency on Aging of Palm Beach/
Treasure Coast, Inc. is planning its upcom-
ing monthly Board of Directors Executive
Committee meeting, to be held at the Area
Agency on Aging, 4400 N. Congress Ave.,
West Palm Beach, on Thursday, April 9. The
meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Contracts requiring the expenditure of funds
are a regular agenda item of this meeting.
Please call Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Ag-
ing, at 561-684-5885 for more information.

FOE 4137 hosts children's
Easter party
The FOE 4137 Ladies Auxiliary, 9985 Hwy
441 North, will host a children's Easter party
on Saturday, April 11, from 2 until 4 p.m. for
children ages 0-16. Children must be signed
up in advance. For further information call
863-763-2552.

Parks and Rec holds egg hunt
The Parks & Recreation Department and
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), will host
an Easter Extravaganza on Saturday, April
11, from noon until 3 p.m. The event will
take place at the Rec Park at 350 NW Sixth
Ave., between Los Cocos and the Skate Park.
There will be an egg hunt for three separate
age groups starting at noon. There will be
lots of games and treats for free. For more
information call 863-763-6950.

Nutrition class to be held
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a CRA Nu-
tritional Analysis Class on Monday, April 13
at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fit-
ness Center. For more information call 863-
763-4320.


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Kiwanis to host annual
Easter breakfast
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will once
again host their annual Easter Morning Pan-
cake Breakfast on Sunday, April 12, from 7
until 11 a.m. The breakfast will include Lar-
son sausage, piping hot pancakes, fresh or
ange juice and Florida fresh milk. This year,
the breakfast will be held at Cowboy's Res-
taurant and tickets are $5. This is the major
fundraiser for the Kiwanis Scholarships. Ad-
vanced tickets are available at Syble's Flow-
ers. Please call J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778
for information on being a sponsor or pur-
chasing tickets.

Support group hosts seminar
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group
will hold a teacher/counselors/supporters
seminar on April 15 at 3 p.m. Contact Cath-
leen Blaire for more information at 863-462-
5000 ext. 256.

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Irene Mae Adkins, 84
OKEECHOBEE Irene Mae Adkins, of Okee-
chobee, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, in her
residence. She was 84.
Born March 27, 1925, in Bloxom, Va., she had
been a resident of Okeechobee for the past 15
years and was of Baptist Faith.
She enjoyed flowers and her family.
She is survived by her husband Everett Adkins
of Okeechobee; Becky Rasmussen (Danny) of
Parksley, Va.; Reny Taylor of Bloxom, Va.; Alisa
B. Durham of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Virgil
Wessells (Anne), Renee Crockett, Jenee Taylor,
Amy Borum (Stanley), Danny Chris Rasmussen,
Michael B. Durham, Candace D. Salmons (Ad-
am), Car D. Pippin (Nate), Kyle Durham, Ra-
chel Durham; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends today from 4 to
6 p.m. and services will be 11 a.m. Monday in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Al
Padgett officiating. Interment will follow in Ever-
green Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee.






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Agriculture census shows increase in area farms


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bron-
son said while the rest of Florida's economy
slumps, the numbers of farming operations
in the state are growing.
The 2007 Census for farms, released ear-
lier this year, showed an increase of 35 agri
culture operations in Glades County, and 28
more agriculture operations in Okeechobee
County, since the last census in 2002.
A survey from the United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture shows the number of
farms increased from 44,081 to 47,463.
Commissioner Bronson said agriculture
isn't making the money they used to, and
that young people aren't staying on the land
as much anymore. He did predict that the
future of Florida agriculture looks strong.
The number of farms, agriculture jobs
and total sales has substantially risen in the
past five years, but other economic pres-
sures have made farming less profitable, Mr.
Bronson added.
Florida ranked seventh in the nation in
overall sales. They were first in oranges and
grapefruit, foliage and squash. The state is
also second to Kentucky in horse sales and
second to California in various vegetable


sales.
The Ag census showed Okeechobee had
656 farms, an increase from 638 in 2002. The
number of acres in farm use is down from
392,495 in 2002 to 338,357 in 2007. The av-
erage size of an Okeechobee farm dropped
from 615 acres to 516 acres.
The census showed the market value of
production on the farms rose from $144.3
million to $177.6 million between 2002 and
2007. Crop sales accounted for 25 percent
of those numbers, just under $44 million.
Livestock sales made up 75 percent of the
market value, or just over $133.6 million.
Okeechobee was ranked 14th out of 67
counties in the total value of agriculture
products sold, and 410 among all of the
counties in the nation, some 3.079.
Milk accounted for just over $103.7 mil-
lion, cattle and calves just over $141 million,
and land used for hay, grass and other feed
accounted for just over $13.4 million. Har-
vested sod accounted for $3.8 million.
Okeechobee was number one in Florida
counties in Dairy products from cows, and
in cattle and calves inventories. They were
ranked 52nd in the nation in dairy products
and 67th in the nation on cattle and calf in
ventories.
The census stated the average age of the


primary operator of Okeechobee agriculture
operations was 57 years. A large majority of
these owners, over 90 percent, were white.
The census in Glades County showed 311
farms in 2007 and 231 in 2002. The number
of acres used for farming dropped from
407,950 to 402,478 over that five year period.
The average size of farms in Glades County
dropped from 1,766 acres to 1,294 acres.
The market value of production increased
from $72 million to $85.3 million. Crop sales,
$59.2 million accounted for 69 percent of
the production and livestock sales, $26.1
million, accounted for 31 percent.
The census showed that cattle and calves
accounted for $55.6 million, sugar cane for
sugar just over $25 million, oranges and cit-
rus just over $9.4 million, and fruits, tree nuts
and berries, just over $32.3 million. The ma-
jority of principal operators were male, 261
of 321, and the average age was 57.5 years.
461 of the operators were white.
Mr. Bronson reported that net earnings
across the state for agriculture operations
fell from 40 percent in 2005 to 22.1 percent
in 2007, "This means that our farmers are
working harder for less return. We're not
making quite as much money as we were
but were still making money, we know
we're going to face the same economic is
sues as anyone else. We've just been able to
do it with less heartache than some sectors
in the country."


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attended this gala event, representing Oasis, Heritage, Blue Cypress, Starlite and
Palm Village Ranch, as well as Lakeshore Title and Okeetantie Title. In addition to
a marvelous dinner, guests were entertained by Anne-Marie Lapointe and Gaetan
Chenard who performed Canadian clogging, Jerry Proulx who sang and played
his guitar and Nathalle Lockhead, who serenaded the group with a French Cana-
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AIDS cases

increase

in 2008

Not counting inmates in the
state prison, 28 AIDS cases
reported in county
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
You are more likely to survive AIDS than
ever before, and despite a slight increase in
the number of cases in Okeechobee County
last year, health officials are encouraged that
more people are actually getting tested, and
taking steps to protect themselves.
Linda Gordon with the State Health De-
partment compiles the annual HIV/Aids Sur-
veillance Report in District 15. She reported
116 cases of AIDS in Okeechobee, an in-
crease of four cases from 2007.
The report shows 71 of the Okeechobee
residents who have AIDS have died since the
statistics started being kept.
The latest report said 31 white residents,
60 black residents, and 21 Hispanic residents
have or have died from the disease. The most
common ages are between 20-29 which had
19 cases, 30-39 which had 29 cases, and 40-
49 which had 32 cases. "Four more cases
isn't something to be alarmed about," Ms.
Gordon said, 'I don't mean to trivialize it,
but there are fewer younger people infected,
I think the word is out to get tested."
The most common way of getting AIDS
is through sexual relations. Twenty-four resi-
dents contracted it that way. Fifteen of the
cases were related to injection of intravenous
drugs. In 31 cases, health officials were not
able to determine the risk factor involved.
In Okeechobee County 61 percent of
those with AIDS are males. That compares
to a 74 percent rate in the nation and a 76
percent rate in Florida.
Ms. Gordon said for the first time the fig-
ures in 2008 were available for the county
excluding inmates at the Department of Cor-
rections prison. She stated that this gives a
more accurate picture of what is really hap-
pening in the community.
The report said excluding the prison,
there are 28 HIV cases currently in Okeecho-
bee County. 61 percent of those cases are
black residents. 56 percent of the HIV cases
were men.
Ms. Gordon said the health department
still pushes hard for young people to get an
AIDS test. She noted there have been major
improvements in AIDS drugs. The disease is
now considered more of a chronic disease
than a fatal disease. She noted the econo-
m also has an impact on the treatment of
AIDS.
"Homeless people provide complications
because they often don't get the diet they
need and can't always take the prescriptions,
that is a growing problem," she noted.
Ms. Gordon added that the health depart-
ment will continue to push people to get
AIDS tests. She noted a concerted effort is
made to get out into the community and
raise awareness about Aids tests. She said
they have also increased their community
outreach and advertising, even leading bill
boards on the Treasure Coast.
"We are putting an emphasis on know-
ing your HIV status, the message is getting
out," she said.


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Man arrested after low-speed chase


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Buckhead Ridge man was arrested ear-
ly Friday after a brief low-speed chase from
that town into Okeechobee County.
Tracy Lee Bronson, 39, 10th St., was ar-
rested April 3 on felony charges of fleeing
and attempting to elude a law enforcement
officer and driving while license suspended.
He was also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of resisting a law enforcement officer
without violence.
Because Bronson was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail Friday.
Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
stated in his arrest report that Deputy Ser-
geant Steve Wikert, of the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO), contacted him at
2:23 a.m. about a van being stolen in Buck-
head Ridge from a 10th Street address.
At 2:31 a.m. OCSO Deputy Sergeant Rob-
ert Staton tried to stop the vehicle in the 9100
block of S.R. 78 W. It was learned later that
Bronson was driving the vehicle. Cpl. Fer-


rell indicated in his report
that Bronson refused to
stop and continued driv-
ing toward Okeechobee at
speeds of about 40 mph.
Cpl. Ferrell stated that
the van was finally forced
Soff the road in the 1600
Tracy Lee block of S.R. 78 W.
Bronson The OCSO corporal
went on to state in his report that he and
OCSO Deputy Steven McKinley then ap-
proached the van and found all of its doors
to be locked. They also saw Bronson sitting
in a chair in the back of the van, apparently
drinking a beer, added the report.
When Bronson refused to unlock the ve-
hicle's doors, Cpl. Ferrell broke a side win-
dow to gain entry. At this point the man tried
to get to the driver's seat, despite orders for
him to surrender, stated the report.
The OCSO corporal then fired his taser.
One barb struck Bronson in the stomach
and the other hit his right hand. At this point,
he was placed under arrest.


Fourth of July fireworks


may be cancelled this year


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Unless a benefactor steps forward very
quickly, there will be no Fourth of July
fireworks in Okeechobee this year. For
the past 18 years the Okeechobee Jaycees
have sponsored the fireworks. Accord-
ing to Mark Branel, who has headed up
the fireworks project for several years for
the Jaycees, hard economic times have
forced the Jaycees to drop their sponsor-
ship of the event. For the past several years
the county has donated $10,000 for fire-
works and the use of either Okee Tantee
Campground and Marina or the Okeecho-
bee County Agri-Civic Center. This year
the county did not contribute toward the
fireworks and other sources of donations
have dried up also. In years past the City
of Okeechobee contributed $1,000. This
year they did not budget for fireworks.
However, the Jaycees are hoping some


individual or organization will step forward
to make the fireworks happen. They will
have to act fast, though. Mr. Branel said he
has been in contact with the Zambelli fire-
works people they have dealt with in the
past. While no deadline was set for making
a commitment, the Jaycees were told the
fireworks season is fast approaching and
some sort of commitment must be made
soon. Also a suitable site would have to
be secured. Mr. Brandel said that $20,000
would put on a good fireworks show.
The minimum amount needed would be
$15,000. He said that anything less than
that amount would not make a fireworks
display worthwhile. Mr. Brandel will be
happy to share his fireworks information
with anyone wishing to tackle the project.
He can be reached by calling 634-7021.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached atpgawda@newszap.com.


Real ID Act makes it harder to get a drivers license


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
While the changes went into effect in
October 2008, many have not had to have
an encounter with the Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) to get a new driver's license.
It isn't as easy as it used to be thanks to the
Real ID Act.
The purpose of the Real ID Act is to
strengthen the DMV's ability to verify an ap-
plicant's identity and legal presence which
allows them to continue to protect citizens
and visitors while improving domestic secu-
rity. The changes will mean fewer visits to
the DMV for a majority of our customers.
Long gone are the days of going into the
driver's license office to get a new license
without proof of identity or your social se-
curity card. You must now have two of the
following which prove residential address:
Deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage state-


ment, mortgage payment booklet or resi-
dential rental/lease agreement; Florida Voter
Registration Card; Florida Vehicle Registra-
tion or Title; Florida Boat Registration or Title
(if living on a boat/houseboat); A statement
from a parent, step-parent or legal guardian
of an applicant.
The parent or guardian must reside at
the same residence address, accompany
the applicant and present Proof of Resi-
dence Address; utility hook up or work or-
der dated within 60 days of the application;
Automobile Payment Booklet; Selective
Service Card; Medical or health card with
address listed; current homeowner's insur-
ance policy or bill; current automobile in-
surance policy or bill; educational institution
transcript forms for the current school year;
unexpired professional license issued by a
government agency in the U.S.; W-2 form or
1099 form; Form DS2019, Certificate of Eligi-
bility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status; letter


from a homeless shelter, transitional service
provider, or a half-way house verifying that
the customer resides at the shelter address;
utility bills, not more than two months old;
mail from financial institutions; including
checking, savings, or investment account
statements, not more than two months old;
and mail from Federal, State, County or City
government agencies.
You also must have proof of your social
security number with either: Social Security
card; W-2 form; pay check; DD-214; school


record; or documentation from the IRS con-
taining your social security number.
Also keep in mind that you can "Skip the
Trip" to renew your driver's license by: visit-
ing www.GoRenew.com; or completing and
mailing the renewal form with a check or
money order.
Contact the Okeechobee DMV for more
information or to schedule an appointment
863-462-5225.
Postyour opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Chauna Aguilar
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If anyone goes away from 5 Guys Burger
and Fries'" hungry, it's their own fault. The
newly opened restaurant at 301 N. Parrott
Ave. is not your ordinary fast food restau-
rant. They undoubtedly serve the best ham-
burgers in town. A serving of french fries of-
ten proves to be more than one person can
eat. The walls are plastered with favorable
print reviews of 5 Guys in other parts of the
country.
In 1986 Jerry Murreel told his five sons
they could either go to college or go into


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Justin Oldham York of Okeecho-
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business. They decided to open a hamburg-
er restaurant. The rest, as they say, is history.
After several successful stores in the Arling-
ton, VA area, they decided to offer franchises
in other parts of the country. There are now
450 5 Guys nationwide.
The local 5 Guys franchise is owned by
Jerry Donovan and his two partners. They
operate another 5 Guys in Vero Beach and
hope to open one in Sebring. Mr. Donovan
said that at first, he was not convinced that
buying a franchise would be the right thing
to do. However, half way through a 5 Guys
hamburger, he changed his mind.
The hamburgers are 100 percent beef,
fresh, never frozen. The hot dogs are He-
brew National, also 100 percent beef. The
french fries, which are cut daily, are fried in
peanut oil.
Boxes of peanuts are readily available to
munch on while the customer waits for his
custom made hamburger. The restaurant
has a good family atmosphere.
Mr. Donovan said corporate headquarters
insists that all franchises be operated at the
same level of excellence. They constantly
inspect each franchise operation to ensure
quality of service.
With 10 percent unemployment in
Okeechobee, Mr. Donovan said he was glad
to be able to bring 26 jobs to the communi-
ty. In the future, 5 Guys plans to get involved
in community activities and sponsor bike
nights and classic car nights.
They are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
seven days a week. The telephone number
of 863-357-8732.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached atpgawda@newszap.com.


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and science is very *i... ire learn-
ing all about plants. After Spring Break, we
will study about bugs and insects. We are
anxiously awaiting the arrival of our caterpil-
lars. We can't wait to watch them turn into
beautiful butterflies, right before our eyes!
Congratulations to this week's student of the
week, Mary Beth Sullivan. Also, congratula-
tions to Gabriela Carrillo and Shane Hub-
bard, they both have 600 steps in our 100
Book Challenge.
Mrs. Davis' fourth grade class has just
finished a virtual ecosystem project that was
the culmination of about three weeks work.
Students first drew from a hat to choose
the ecosystem they were to build. They
then found their partner and began plan-
ning. They took a trip to the Media Center
to find books on their ecosystem. Students
were also introduced to the use of 'search
engines.' Googling was demonstrated and
then using the EETT laptops, students began
their journey.
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group then discussed what they wanted to


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ventured into graphic design, discovering
how to change the pen size to achieve the
thickness of a line which they then used to
draw elements in their ecosystem.
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Families raising chickens to help cut food bills


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Spring is a busy time for Pat Coffey,
Okeechobee's "chicken lady."
The Coffey family's incubator will hatch
hundreds of baby chicks in time for Easter.
This year, she said, more people seem to
be interested in egg production than how
cute the chicks are.
With an eye on the economy, buyers want
to start their own flocks of laying hens.
"About 90 percent of the chicken buyers I
see are people who want backyard flocks to
have their own eggs," she said. Along with
the chickens, she dispenses advice on rais-
ing them. "Some people don't realize you
don't need a rooster to have eggs," she ex-
plained.
Problems with the economy have marked
an increase in the demand for laying hens,
she said.
"Last weekend, I had a teacher come to
buy some hens. She said she heard there
would be layoffs and she wanted to keep
chickens to provide eggs for her family.
'An older couple came to buy chickens
and said they were concerned it was going
to be like the Depression and they wanted to
be more self sufficient," she added.















Becky Coffey enjoys raising chickens
as a 4-H project, and as pets.


Eggs are a good source of protein, she
said. They can be used for a main dish or
added to side dishes. Hardboiled eggs make
a nutritious snack.
Mrs. Coffey has been raising chickens
about three and a half years.
"We got serious about all the different
breeds year and a half ago," she explained.
"We wanted to get more options for the 4-H
kids. We went through the, -I1. r... 1 .
old chickens and got a variety oi bieets.
She explained that the big hatcheries sell
day old chickens which are shipped by the
U.S. Post office. Baby chicks don't eat for the
first 72 hours. The hatcheries keep them for
24 hours and then pack them and take them
to the post office. The chicks arrive at their
destination post office the next day.
"The post office likes to have you pick
them up by 9 a.m.," she said. It's important
to get the chicks home and have feed ready
for them when they do start to eat. The Post
Office also likes to get the chickens out of
their building as quickly as they can, she said,
because the little chicks are pretty noisy.
"We got ten different breeds between the
two hatcheries. We started raising them up
and collecting their eggs," she said. "We got
a big incubator so that we could hatch our
own chicks.
"There's nothing like a day old chick,"
she said. "They are just so cute.
"It takes 21 days at 100 degrees to get a
chick out of an egg," she continued. "I have
more fun watching the incubator and watch-
ing for the next ones to come out."
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and know which ones are which," she said.
Becky -- who will be 8 in May -- is very
serious about her 4-H chickens project, and
takes pride in being able to tell the breeds
apart, even when the chicks are tiny.
Mrs. Coffey said some people are calling
about getting chickens for Easter and there
are plenty of chickens ready to hatch.
"The week before Easter, we will take
about 200 chicks to Country Feed," she said.


Anyone who plans to give Easter chicks as a
present should do a little homework.
"If someone is giving chickens for Easter,
they should help the recipient be prepared.
Having the proper housing, feed and water
is important," she said. "Also don't set just
one chick -- they do better .. -. .
Mrs. Coffey said her chickens come in a
variety of colors -- black, black and white,
gray, yellow, gold and speckled.
"I never would have thought a couple
years ago I w.-.il.l t -- int- this -- they've
really grown .. ...- I.- 1 1
"I sell my chickens and eggs and then
I go to the grocery and buy chicken," she
said. "I eat the eggs but not the chickens."
She added that she knows some people
who buy chickens from her do eat them.
One man has a standing order for the excess
roosters.
She said after she got her first group of
hens she figured out that including the price
of the chickens, supplies and feed, the eggs
cost about $1.10 a dozen. That's a good sav-
ings over the grocery store prizes, she said,


especially since the eggs are fresh and pro-
duced without hormones or antibiotics.
"And the eggs are so much better," she
said. "You know what has gone into them."
She said almost anyone can raise enough
chickens to supply eggs for the family.
"Check with the city or county codes for
your area, and make sure there aren't any
deed restrictions," she advised. If you only
keep hens, it cuts down on the noise. Most
noise chicken-related complaints are about
roosters crowing at daybreak. However, "a
first time hen gets rather excited when she
lays her first eggs," she added.
Chickens need a cage about 5 feet by 5
feet and about 5 feet high, she said. "If it's
portable, that's better because you can get
them to fresh grass," she continued. "I move
mine once a week. It improves the yard. The
chickens pick out the weed seeds and bugs
and leave fertilizer behind."
Some people use a "chicken tractor" -- a
chicken coop on wheels -- to prepare their
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Central Elementary School hosts field day













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Outwit, outplay, outlast
Central Elemenlary school second grader Dylan Hodges lakes part in field day
activities at his school on Friday. April 3. He is taking part in a relay race where
he scoops up a cup ol waler Irom a barrel and races back to a teammate lying
on the ground holding a bottle. He Ihen pours Ihe water Irom his cup inlo the
bottle. The object of the race is to be the first to fill a bottle with walel. The theme
of the field day was Survivor." Participants were divided into tribes" and wore
their tribal colors. Instead ol ribbons, dog tags were awarded that had the Survi-
vor logo one side and the Central Elementary School logo on the other side.


Don't spill it!
Brenda Mealia. a second grader al Central Elementary School. carries a cup ol
waler in a relay race during the school's lield day on Friday. April 3. The theme
of he field day was Survivor." The students were divided into tribes" and she is
wearing the headband of her tribe. Instead of ribbons, participants were award-
ed dog lags with the Survivor logo on one side and the Central Elementary
School logo on the olher side.



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Central Elementary School held Iheir lield day on Friday. April 3. The theme ol
the event was based on the television program Survivor. Participants were
divided into Iribes.' Here students and parents compete in a sack race.











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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda Field day fun
Friday, April 3 was field day at Central Elementary School. Here students take
Catch it gently! part in relay race. While one team member lies on the ground and holds a bottle,
other team members race to a barrel of water, fill a cup and race back to pour
As part of the field day at Central Elementary School on Friday, April 3 students the contents of their cup into the bottle. The object of the game is to be the first
and teachers took part in a water balloon toss. The theme of the day's activities team to fill a bottle with water. The theme of the day's activities was "Survivor,"
was based on the television program "Survivor." PartIcipants were divided Into based on the television program. Students were divided into tribes and wore
"tribes" and wore their tribe's colors. Instead of ribbons, dog tags were awarded their tribe's colors. Instead of ribbons, dog tags were awarded with the Survivor
with the Survivor logo on one side and the Central Elementary School on the logo on one side and the Central Elementary School logo on the other side.
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Medical use of pot may be on '10 ballot


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While movies such as Cheech and
Chong's "Up in Smoke" view marijuana use
lightheartedly, for Kim Russell it's a much
more serious matter.
"Patients need a safe, affordable and ef-
fective medication. We hope Florida will
lead the nation in marijuana research to
further its uses as a medicine," stated the
chairwoman of People United For Medical
Marijuana (PUFMM). "We're talking about
real cancer patients, not recreational users."
On March 26, the Florida Division of Elec-
tions gave the go-ahead for PUFMM to start
gathering signatures on petitions that call
for a constitutional amendment on the 2010
Florida ballot that would allow the use of
marijuana for medical purposes.
The group will have to get 700,000 signa-
tures by Feb. 1, 2010.
"Everyone I speak with is completely for
this type of legislation -- we're on the right
track," she said in an April 2 telephone inter-
view. "There's overwhelming support it's
just getting the word out."


She said the medical use of marijuana
also has the support of state law enforce-
ment officials because it will reduce the
crime rate and will make the industry "a
safer industry."
Ms. Russell went on to say the marijuana
will be taxed and, based on a rate of 8 per-
cent, could mean up to $200,000 million to
Florida in tax revenue.
Legalizing the use of marijuana for medi-
cal purposes could also reduce health care
expenses, she indicated.
Marijuana is used by patients suffering
from cancer, HIV-AIDS, glaucoma and other
maladies that cause chronic pain.
Thirteen states have legalized pot for this
purpose, with Michigan being the latest. The
seriously ill and chronic pain sufferers of that
state can begin using marijuana legally this
month.
Other states are: Alaska, California, Colo-
rado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and
Washington.
Nine other states are in the process of try-
ing to make the medical use of marijuana


Planetarium puts on special show


Audiences will enjoy a retelling of the
many beautiful Native American Indian sto-
ries about the sky and its stars in Daughter
of the Stars at the Indian River State College
Hallstrom Planetarium, Main Campus, 3209
Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce. History and folk-
lore combine for a unique and entertaining
storytelling event. According to Indian leg-
end, Shenandoah, which means Daughter
of the Stars, came from the sky country, a
special place that could be visited by the
strong, the brave, or the fortunate. Hear her
story and more about the mystical sky coun-


try of the Native Americans.
Daughter of the Stars will be presented on
April 24-25, May 15-16, and June 5-6. Plan-
etarium show times are Friday evenings at 7
and 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 1 and
2 p.m. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased
online at www.irsc.edu or at the IRSC Box
Office, Main Campus, in Fort Pierce, Mon-
day through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by
phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or
American Express. Call the IRSC Box Office
today 1-800-220-9915 to reserve your seats,
as shows sell out quickly.


Bank sponsors CASTLE memory field


The CASTLE Memory Field of Flags,
sponsored by Seacoast National Bank, was
recently on display in one-week intervals
throughout Indian River, Martin, Okeecho-
bee and St. Lucie counties over the past
several weeks beginning Feb. 13, to help
raise awareness for the prevention of child
abuse.
The traveling exhibit of flags, culminated
in a final dedication at CASTLE headquarters
on Midway Road in Ft. Pierce on March 24. It
will remain at the Ft. Pierce location through-
out April, to commemorate Child Abuse Pre-
vention Month. The purpose of the field is to
memorialize each one of the 163 children, in
the state of Florida, who died as a result of
child abuse or neglect.
"Seacoast is committed to supporting the
Memory Field of Flags with the confidence
that by raising awareness of this issue, oth-
ers will support CASTLE and their efforts to
provide counsel to families that are in need
of their services," explained Susan Berg-
strom, Senior Vice President, Marketing Di-
rector for Seacoast National Bank and board
member for CASTLE. "Building strong and


healthy bonds within families in our com-
munity will help to nurture the children who
are our leaders of tomorrow."


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legal.
The use of marijuana for medical pur-
poses dates back 5,000 years. Marijuana
could be used legally until 1970 when the
federal government enacted the Controlled
Substance Act, said Ms. Russell.
Marijuana is currently a schedule 1 con-
trolled substance in Florida.
For Okeechobee County's top law en-
forcement officer, Sheriff Paul May, he has
no problem with marijuana being used to
relieve a person's suffering. But, he does see
the potential for problems.
"As far as people who honestly need it,
it's just another medicine to me," he said Fri-
day, April 3. "But, I can see problems. It will
have to be strictly controlled. I think it should
be administered in a controlled environment
-- such as a hospital or clinic -- and people
actually use it there."
Controlling the sale and use of marijuana
is critical, added Sheriff May. He alluded to
the prescribing of pain killers, such as oxy-
contin, and how the street sales of these
medicines are impacting law enforcement
and those who become addicted to them.
Ms. Russell agrees. She said pot must be
treated like any other prescription and regu-
lated by the state, regardless of whether it is
in tobacco or pill form.
As for who can legally grow the marijua-
na, the amount that can be legally possessed
and how it will be dispensed, these are con-
cerns that will have to be addressed by the
Florida Legislature.


In some states where the medical use of
marijuana is legal, the user or a caregiver
is issued a registration card. The user or
caregiver can then grow a small number of
plants in a room of their home that must re-
main locked.
These states then dictate the number of
patients to whom caregivers can give mari-
juana.
Patients or caregivers can only have a
small amount in their possession. That
amount varies from state to state, but gener-
ally seems to be from 1 to 2 ounces.
Some states also prohibit: marijuana
being used anywhere but in the patient's
home; operating any type of motor vehicle
or boat while under the influence; or, using
it near a school.
In some states, such as California, mari-
juana is legally sold for medical use by li-
censed businesses. In other states, pot can
only be sold by a prescribed non-profit
group which is where the PUFMM group
is leaning.
California recently had some problems
in this regard when federal authorities en-
forced federal laws against the sale and use
of marijuana. But, President Barack Obama
stepped in and said each state has the right
to "make up its own mind" on this issue.
"President Obama has taken the lead on
that and it's really encouraging for the entire
country," said Ms. Russell.
For more on this issue, or to download a
petition, go to www.pufmm.org.


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April 5, 2009








Faith Farm restores hope, one life at a time


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Some people are familiar with the Faith
Farm Thrift Store. However, there is much
more to Faith Farm than the thrift store. The
thrift store is just one means to help support
the resident alcohol and drug rehabilita-
tion ministry of Faith Farm. The thrift store
serves a dual purpose of helping to pay for
the rehabilitation program and providing job
training.
"The spiritual connection to God" is what
makes the program unique according to
executive director Dean Webb.
"Spiritual connections, time and relation-
ships are what make the ministry work," he
said.
Assistant director Brian Miller said the
program revolves around three "G"s -- get
God, graduate and get on with your life.
"We tell people the success rate is 100
percent if they do what we tell them," said
Mr. Miller.
The nine-month program provides spiri-
tual and jobs training. Residents attend class-
es as well as learning a trade. Those who do
not have a high school diploma are required
to earn a GED. Toward the end of the nine
months, residents are asked to write an exit
plan detailing what they plan to do when
they leave the ministry.
The Okeechobee campus, located on
N.E. 128th Avenue, in one of three Faith Farm
campuses. The other two much smaller
campuses are at Fort Lauderdale and Boyn-
ton. The Okeechobee campus houses men
only and has 1500 acres devoted to orange
groves, cattle, horses, sod and raising flow-
ering plants in hot houses.
Each of the campuses has a thrift store
to help support its ministry. There is no cost


to the residents to attend the nine-month
program. The $3,000 a month per person it
costs to operate comes from the thrift store
income and private donations.
There is no pattern to addiction," Mr.
Webb. Faith Farm residents range from the
homeless to a $900 an hour consultant.
They once treated a CIA agent who was on
drugs.
"Drugs and alcohol don't seem to have
any social or economic range," said Mr.
Webb.
Unlike some rehabilitation programs,
Faith Farm does not have a rigorous screen-
ing program. However, they do screen for
felonies and sex offenses. Faith Farm oper-
ates under the policy "Whosoever will may
come." The ministry started out 58 years ago
as the Fort Lauderdale Rescue Tabernacle
under the direction of Rev. Garland Eastham.
There a person got a meal, a sermon and
a bed for one night. Now they stay for nine
months. If a person voluntarily drops out of
the program, they have to wait 30 days be-
fore they can be readmitted.
"We have a lot of stories where lives were
totally turned around," said Mr. Webb.
"They give you God," said one of the resi-
dents. "With God in your life I believe you
can do anything."
For many years Faith Farm operated a
mattress factory, but it is no longer economi-
cally feasible for them to make mattresses.
That space is now devoted to rehabilitating
used donated appliances for sale in the thrift
store. Consequently, the Okeechobee thrift
store sells more used appliances than the
other two thrift stores.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Brian Miller, assistant director of Faith Farm, inspects the dormitory area at Faith
Farm, a residential addiction recovery ministry.

















Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
One of the ways Faith Farm, a residential addiction treatment center, supports
itself and provides job training for its residents is to renovate donated used ap-
pliances for sale at their thrift store.


$5M display makes stop at Brighton Casino


"We're hoping to help stimulate the officer of Seminole Gaming.
economy by creating some new millionaires This first-of-its-kind exhibit that consists
in Florida," said John James, chief operating of $100 bills encased in a 1.300-nound.


Submitted(
Have your picture taken in front of $5 million. The money is displayed in a
pound display case.


custom-made $90,000 bullet-resistant Lexan
showcase is currently being submitted to
Guinness World Records.
The display was manufactured in Las Ve-
gas especially for this record-setting event; it
will travel nearly 1,000 miles within the state
over the course of about 40 days, allowing
as many visitors as possible to experience
the once-in-a-lifetime sight of $5 million in
cash.
The traveling display, which debuted at
the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hol-
lywood on March 18, made a stop to help
celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Semi-
nole Casino Immokalee from March 21-
29. Seminole Casino Brighton will host the
display from April 6 until April 8; Seminole
Casino Coconut Creek is up next from April
14-19, Seminole Casino Hollywood Clas-
sic April 23-26, a return to Seminole Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on May 8
through 16 and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino Tampa from May 18-25.
In addition to its two Seminole Hard Rock
Hotels & Casinos, the Seminole Tribe owns
and operates five more non-Hard Rock Flori-
da casinos in Coconut Creek and Hollywood


on the Southeast coast, in Immokalee near
Naples, on the Brighton Reservation north
of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress
Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee. The
Seminole Tribe has long been recognized
for innovation in its gaming and other busi-
nesses. It opened the first high-stakes bingo
hall and casino in the United States in 1979.
That facility was the forerunner of the In-
dian Gaming movement throughout North
America.
Analysts believe the Seminole Tribe op-
erates one of the most profitable gaming
enterprises in the world. The Seminole Tribe
of Florida acquired Hard Rock Internation-
al, Inc. and other related entities from The
Rank Group Plc in 2007 for approximately
$965 million. The purchase is the first of a
major international corporation by a Native
American Indian Tribe and marks a mile-
stone in the growing economic power and
prominence of the Seminole Tribe of Florida
and other Indian tribes in today's business
world.


Okeechobee News


April 5, 2009




April 5, 2009

Community Calendar


Okeechobee News


Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W Fifth Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meet-
ing Open Discussion. The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
Monday
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W. Fifth Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Open Discussion at 7 p.m. The Just for To-
day Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club
will meet at the Peace Lutheran Church, 750
N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee Senior Singers 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.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. Turn left at the Moose lodge and go
around the curve just past the church. Bring
a lunch and join us for a fun day of applique.
Everyone is welcome. For more information
please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-
6952.

Tuesday
Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport
T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For
information please call Capt. Joe Papasso
561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-
9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets
each Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings

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are open to the public. For information,
contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W. Fifth Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group Open Discussion at noon. NA. Sick-
est Of The Sick Group Open Discussion. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af-
filiated with any 12 step fellowships.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger:
There is now an A.A. meeting in Basinger
on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger
Christian Brethren Church on 700-A, north
off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics
Anonymous will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellow
ship Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an
open discussion meeting. For more informa-
tion call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St.,
at 8 p.m. For more information, please call
Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St.,
at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8
until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1
until 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors
are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call
The Family History Center at 863-763-6510
or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
appointments.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning
at 7 p.m. The public is invited to participate
with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic
Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group
meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers
Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship
hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863
763 0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at
7 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information,
contact Elder Sumner at 863-763-6076.

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Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m.
Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. The public is
invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets
every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice
Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Brenda
Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
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.
The First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St., will be hosting God's
Time -- a morning of free organized
Christian activities that includes play,
instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event
will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for
infants during the class. For information,
call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W.
Third Terr., holds meetings for persons with
alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting, Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet
club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins.
The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
863-697-0206.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support
Group is for women who are hurting,
homeless or been abused. They meet on the
first and third Tuesday of every month from
noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth
Tuesday of every month from 6:30 until 8:30
p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For
more information call Donna Dean at 863-
801-9201 or 863-357-2106.
Freedom Ranch Al-Alon meets every
Tuesday and is open to all who deal with
someone with addictions. There is support
with this epidemic. The meetings are Tues
days at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Ranch, 11655
Hwy 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-467-8683
for questions or concerns.
Wednesday
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101


N.W Fifth Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) A.A. Grapevine Group
open discussion 6:30 p.m.; N.A. Nowhere
Left To Go Group 8 p.m. The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
Martha's House support groups meet
each Wednesday. Spanish groups meet from
7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero
is the group facilitator. Another group meets
in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6
p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For
information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church of Our 200
N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W
Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Ministerial Association meets the second
Wednesday of every month at noon at the
Clock restaurant. All area ministers are in-
vited to attend.


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damaged by fire
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A grease fire reportedly caused an esti
mated $20,000 in damage to a residence at
2948 N.W 128th Avenue Thursday night,
a fire report from paramedic Ricky Jones
said.
County Fire Rescue sent three units and
six firemen to the Judy Choate residence
just after 5:30 p.m. April 2 and put out the
blaze.
The fire report stated the homeowner
was cooking on the stove when the grease
caught fire and damaged the kitchen area.
The homeowner placed a wet towel over
the pot and was able to stop the fire.
The report said $10,000 in damage was
done to the property and $10,000 in damage
was done to the contents of the home.
There were no injuries reported. Firemen
were on the scene for under an hour.


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Habitat home ready soon
Remarkable progress is being made on the fifth Habitat house built in
Okeechobee. Supervising contractor Danny Creech brought his crew dur-
ing the week to supplement the work being done by the volunteers each
Saturday at 1367 N.W. 45th Terr. John Tyson and John Hunter of Quickframe,
brought their crew to the home and in one day set all the trusses, put on the
roofing plywood and "dried it in" with tarpaper. On March 14, 29 volunteers
erected most inside walls and put up the exterior sheeting in their second
week of work. The Methodist Men from First United Methodist Church pro-
vided last week's lunch. While awaiting inspection, this Saturday's primary
work will be preparing the yard. If you can help Habitat, call 863-357-1371.


Okeechobee Broker/Owner, Coldwell
Banker, Philip Berger with residential
real estate specialist, Jim Jones with
an award naming him among the Top
10 Sales Associates for the Southern
Region for 2008.

Realtor honored
Jim Jones, a specialist in residential real
estate who has been affiliated with Coldwell
Banker Berger Real Estate for three years, has
been named "2008 Regional Top 10 Sales
Associate, Adjusted Gross Commission In-
come" for the Southern Region. The award
was presented to Jim Jones by Jim Gillespie,
President & CEO Coldwell Banker.
"The strength of Coldwell Banker comes
from top-producing sales associates, like
Jim Jones, who give outstanding customer
service and produce excellent results," said
Broker/Owner Phil Berger of Coldwell Bank-
er Berger Real Estate. "It is an honor to have
him as part of our organization."


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April 5, 2009

News Brief

Parks and Rec softball
registration begins
Registration for the 2009 Spring Softball
Season will begin Monday, March 30, at
the Parks & Recreation office on 640 N.W
27th Lane (Sports Complex parking lot).
An organizational meeting for all interested
players, managers, and officials will be held
on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Civic Center located at 1750
Hwy. 98 N.
Team fees are as follows: Men's League
- $375 + ($25 ISA fee); Women's League
- $325; Co-Ed League $325. To participate
in these leagues, fees must be paid no later
than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. All checks
must be payable to "B.O.C.C." (Board of
County Commissioners). Games are tenta-
tively scheduled to begin the week of May
4. For additional information, please call the
Recreation Department at 863-763-6950.


Sports Briefs
Cheerleading camp planned
The First Baptist Church Summer Impact
Cheerleading Camp will be held from June
15-19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages run from
kindergarten through 10th grade. The cost
is $125 which includes lunch each day and
snacks. Registration forms can be picked up
at the ROC or the First Baptist Church office.
Deadline to register is May 15. If you have
any questions, please contact Teresa Arrants






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Tennis teams sweep Fort Pierce


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School Brahman ten-
nis coach Bryan Van Camp said he wanted
his team to get back on track before the dis-
trict tournament after two tough matches
with Martin County and Treasure Coast.
He got his wish Thursday as the Brah-
mans swept past Fort Pierce 7-0. Due to time
constraints the matches were condensed to
pro sets and Okeechobee only lost as many
as five games in any one match.
Corey White defeated Terrence Robin-
son 8-0 in the top seed match. Zach Fowler
swept his opponent Kraig Glenton, 8-0. Alex
Nielson was solid in an 8-2 win over Arthur
Domingos. Max Norman had the toughest
match of the afternoon as he defeated Derek
Hurd 8-5. Kyle Lunt finished off the sweep
with an 8-0 victory over Brian Mercer.
In doubles the team of White and Jona-
than Hudoff defeated Robinson and Hurde


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8-0. The team of Fowler and Nielson defeat-
ed Glenton and Domingos 8-2.
The boy's improved to 12-3 with the
victory. The district tournament will take
place on April 14 and 15, at South Fork High
School.
The girl's had a tougher time as they
hoped to break out of a short slump before
districts. They slipped past the Lady Cobras
4-3. Kari Berger led the way with a tough
9-7 victory over Terrice Robinson in the top
seed match. Shaina Ragamat had an easier
time with an 8-4 win over Laquesha Kleck-
ley. Alisha Wilcox fell to Kelsey Slaten of Fort
Pierce, 8-4. Melissa Flores defeated Katie
Walker 8-4 in the fourth seed match. Sashira
Mendes defeated Jessica Luna 8-1 in the fifth
seed match.
The Lady Brahmans had to win both
doubles matches to pull out the match and
they picked up their level of play to sweep
the Cobras. The team of Berger and Rag-
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and Mendes in doubles 8-1.
The girl's team is now 10-5 on the year.
The have next week off as they get prepared
for the district tournament on April 14 and
15, at South Fork High School.


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new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002
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large back porch & front
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wooded, fenced lot. $800
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TCBC holds



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tournament
By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
(TCBC) held their monthly tour-
nament on Lake Weohyakapka,
on March 14.
Jack Harrison took top honors
at the tournament. He brought a
total of 19.78 lbs. to the scales --
for a great win, with a three fish
limit in place.
The team of Jack Harrison
and Chan Garrett also won the
"Calcutta" with a total weight of .
22.26 lbs.
Coming in second place was r
Les Tory with a total weight of
15.02 lbs. with Larry Wise fol-
lowed in third place with 14.42
lbs. finishing in fourth place was Submitted
Jim Smith with a total of 12.54 Jack Harrison.
Ibs.
Mr. Harrison also took the Big
Fish award and Lunker award
with his 8.81 lb. catch.
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buck Head Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255. The club
also sponsors and presents the
annual Lee Mcallister Memorial
Kid's Fishing Festival.
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Okeechobee News April 5, 2009


Water
Continued From Page 1

press release on March 31. "More than 13
inches of rain fell in the far western panhan-
dle counties, while central and south Florida
received little rain."
Over the 16 counties served by South
Florida Water Management District (SFW-
MD), there is an 8.43 inch deficit in rainfall
between the beginning of the dry season,


Nov. 2. 2008, and March 31, 2009.
Because of the deficit in rainfall, viola-
tors of water restrictions may soon be facing
fines. A spokesperson for SFWMD said that
in the near future the organization will have
workshop meetings with local law and code
enforcement officials on enforcing water re-
strictions.
In Okeechobee County, landscape irriga-
tion, FROM ALL SOURCES OF WATER, is
limited to two day a weeks. Properties with
odd numbered street addresses can water
on Wednesday and Saturday. Properties
with even numbered addresses and systems


such as multifamily units and homeowners
associations that irrigate both odd and even
numbered addresses can irrigate on Thurs-
day and Sunday.
The hours for irrigating yards for both
even and odd numbered addresses are ei-
ther 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 11:59
p.m.
Exceptions are made for new landscap-
ing. New landscaping can be watered the
day it is installed, regardless of address. From
two to 30 days, the newly installed landscap-
ing can be watered any day except Friday.
Between 31 and 60 days it can be watered


on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sat-
urday.
Stressed plants may be watered 10 min-
utes per day on any day using a single hose
with automatic shut off nozzle. Vehicle wash-
ings, pressure washing, decorative fountains
and all other outdoor water uses are allowed
anytime, however, voluntary conservation is
encouraged. For more information call 800
432 2045.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached atpgawda@newszap.com.


Scientists study red tides


Bats driving you batty?


Red tide experts with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
have contributed to the most comprehen-
sive assessment of Florida red tide pub-
lished to date. This month's special issue
of the scientific journal "Harmful Algae"
summarizes current red tide research.
In 2006, FWRI, the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration and Mote
Marine Laboratory sponsored the "State
of the Research on Red Tide in the Gulf of
Mexico" scientific workshop. Nine articles
resulting from this workshop appear in this
special issue of "Harmful Algae," including
three landmark articles by FWRI scientists.
Having studied Florida's red tide for
more than 40 years, Dr. Karen Steidinger
provides historical perspective on red tide
research in the Gulf of Mexico. Drs. Jan
Landsberg and Leanne Flewelling review
recent research on how red tide toxins af-
fect marine life, including manatees and
birds, both during and after a red tide event.
Drs. Cindy Heil and Steidinger address how
the state monitors and manages red tide to


protect human and environmental health.
The articles in "Harmful Algae," which
also summarize Florida red tide biology,
research and technology, will help FWRI
scientists and their partners continue their
efforts to predict, monitor and manage red
tide's environmental impacts and will pro-
vide a benchmark for future research.
A Florida red tide is a dense concentra-
tion of a microscopic, single-celled, plant-
like organism called Karenia brevis. This
organism produces toxins that can kill fish,
birds, manatees and other marine animals,
affecting endangered species and impor-
tant fisheries. Red tide toxins in the air can
irritate the human respiratory system, and
eating shellfish exposed to red tide toxins
can cause food poisoning. To ensure pub-
lic safety, FWRI works with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services to monitor Florida's shellfish beds
for red tide toxins.
To learn more about FWRI's red tide
research programs, visit http://research.
MyFWC.com/redtide.


Okeechobee Forecast
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90.
South wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.
Windy, with a southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low
around 52. West northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 70. West northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts
as high as 20 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West northwest wind around 10
mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. North northwest wind around
5 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming
southeast.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind between 5 and
10 mph.

Lotteries
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Cash 3: 8-3-0; Play 4: 3-5-3-0.


Bats are beautiful because, most of the
time, they make life for humans much easi-
er. They are the most important controller of
night-flying insects. Experts with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) report that a single bat can eat up to
3,000 insects a night. But if they've taken up
residence in your home, this is the time of
year to get them out.
Most bats roost in the natural environ-
ment in places like tree cavities, foliage,
Spanish moss or caves. As areas of natural
habitat are lost, bats may move into struc-
tures such as buildings and bridges. Despite
their helpful role combating beetles, moths
(whose caterpillars destroy all kinds of
crops) and mosquitoes, bats usually aren't
welcome in people's homes, offices or bel-
fries. However, the window of opportunity
for getting them out of the house is open
only at certain times of the year, said FWC
bat expert and wildlife biologist Jeff Gore.
Killing bats is illegal because of their en-
vironmental value and declining numbers.
The FWC lists three species as endangered.
In February 2008, the agency clarified nui-
sance wildlife regulations pertaining to tak-
ing bats to better protect all species of the
flying mammals. The regulations now spec-
ify how and when it is legal to remove bats
from structures.
When bats take up residence in a struc-
ture where they are not wanted, there is only
one safe, legal and effective technique for
getting rid of them. The process is known as
"exclusion." Excluding bats from their roost
sites involves the use of a one-way device
that allows them to exit the structure but
prevents them from returning.
"That is often just a piece of screen or
plastic hung over the hole or crack they used
to enter the premises," Gore said.
The regulation requires "a minimum of
four consecutive days/nights for which the
low temperature is forecasted by the U.S.
National Weather Service to remain above
50 degrees before owners can permanently
seal off their structures." That's because


bats won't venture out when it's too cold.
Four warm nights is adequate to get most
bats moving and to activate enough bugs for
the bats to eat. Flying depletes a bat's energy
quickly.
Then there is maternity season from
April 16, to Aug. 14 -when adult bats gather
at roosting sites to have and raiseyoung. Dur-
ing this time, the newborns are dependent
on the adults for food. If they are separated,
the young bats will die. On the rare occasion
that bats do become your "summer guests,"
the legal, safe and responsible solution is to
exclude them between now and April 16, or
after Aug. 14, when both adults and young
can fly away safely. But don't worry, wildlife
biologist Gore said. "I've never seen a place
that couldn't be cleaned up of bats."
You also can help the excluded bats.
Building bat houses is a good idea before
exclusion, biologist and the FWC's Birding
Trail coordinator Mark Kiser said.
"About 90 percent of the time, evicted/
excluded bats will move into the bat hous-
es," he said. It gives them a readily available
place to live, instead of forcing them to seek
another way back into your home or your
neighbor's home.
Trapping bats isn't allowed, because they
tend to return without exclusion devices,
because avoiding contact between humans
and bats is the safest approach for both par-
ties, and because they're fragile.
"The membrane forming their wings is
very, very fragile," said Breanne Strepina,
another FWC wildlife biologist. "Actually,
people should avoid handling all wildlife."
For photographs and more information
about the only mammal that can truly fly,
the 13 resident bat species in Florida how
their echolocation allows them to rid the air
of detrimental bugs and how to build a bat
house, go to MyFWC.com/WILDLIFEHABI-
TATS/Specieslnfo_Bats.htm. There you will
find links to information on excluding them
from your structure and on building homes
for them.


Okeechobee News


April 5, 2009








Brahmans win another district game


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
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games and set up a first place showdown
with Jensen Beach with
a 5-1 victory over Lincoln
Park Thursday night in Fort
Pierce.
The arm of Cameron
Tewksbury and the bat
of his twin brother, Adam
Tewksbury, fueled the
Brahmans to their ninth
district win in 11 decisions.
Tewksbury pitched a Cameron
complete game, allowed Tewksbury
eight hits, and struck out
five. He also got a great
defensive effort from RF
Dustin Stokes. The Brah-
man senior made a big
play in the third inning as
he robbed Lincoln Park of
a hit on a sinking line drive.
He then threw to third base
and doubled off a runner
for a key double play. Adam
"We feel like we got Tewksbury
some home cooking on the
road, Dustin laid out and you didn't know if
he actually caught the ball," Brahman Coach
Mark Ward stated, "We felt the runner left
early and the umpire agreed with us. That
was a huge play for us."

Community Events

OCEA holds membership
meeting
The Okeechobee County Education As-
sociation (OCEA) will have its final General
Membership meeting of the 2008-09 school
year on Thursday, April 16, from 4:30 un-
til 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Osceola
Middle School, 825 S.W 28th St. A memo-
randum of understanding recently signed by
the President of OCEA and the Superinten
dent of schools concerning recent "ethics in
education" Board policies needs to be voted
on. Voting will occur from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All
bargaining unit employees are eligible and
encouraged to vote whether a member of
OCEA or not. OCEA members will hear re-


Tewksbury continued to impress with his
command on the mound. He has an excel-
lent walk to strikeout ratio and has beaten
Lincoln Park three consecutive times.
At the plate Adam Tewksbury went 2 for
| in a run. Mike Minondo
went 2 for 3.
"The biggest thing
right now for us has been
pitching and defense. We
haven't given up more
than three runs in any one
game lately. The kids have
definitely worked hard to
Dustin improve those parts of the
S s game," Ward said.
On offense Okeechobee continues to
employ the bunt play. Ward said all of the
kids have embraced bunting as a way to get
the offense untracked. He noted they are
putting pressure on the opposing defense to
make plays.
"It's a good sign of our maturity. Guys like
to hit homeruns obviously, but nobody is go-
ing to remember tomorrow how you got a
hit, whether it was a bunt or you knocked
one off the wall. The kids are excited be-
cause we are getting wins at the end of the
day," Ward noted.
Tim Frawley went 2 for 4 and Morgan
Miller had two hits for Lincoln Park, (8-6,
6-4). The win secured at least second place
in the District for Okeechobee, (11-7, 9-2).



ports on health insurance bids and recent
legislation affecting education. We'll have
a discussion on possible school cutbacks
and what to expect next year. Refreshments
will be served with door prizes at the con-
clusion. If you are not a member of OCEA,
.*l,.1 I; stay and join. For information
.11 i 1564.

Fun shoot date set
Okeechobee Main Street will hold their
Third Annual Fun Shoot at Quail Creek Plan-
tation on Saturday April 18. Check in will
begin at 8 a.m. Call Main Street's Executive
Director, Toni Doyle at 863-357-6246 if you
are interested in shooting or sponsorship.


Okeechobee will host Jensen Beach on
Wednesday, April 15, to decide who the top
seed for the district tournament is. The game
will be a 'free night' as no admission will be
charged to anyone who attends the game.


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