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Man charged with
grand theft auto
A 23-year-old Okeechobee
man was arrested on a number
of charges, including a felony
charge of grand theft auto after
he was
involved in
a non-
injury, hit-
and-run -_
accident. "-
Meras, N.W
24th St., was L
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail Friday, March 2,
under a bond of $6,500. Besides
grand theft auto, Meras was also
charged with the misdemeanors
of driving under the influence,
leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage (two
counts) apd no driver's license.
.:.. Page 2

Samuels, Bush
are athletes of month
Two members of the Okee-
chobee High School wrestling
team were chosen as the Okee-
chobee News/Publix Super
Market athletes of the month
for January.
Evettah Samuels, a junior at
O.H.S., received the female ath-
lete of the month award for her
outstanding contributions to the
Lady Brahman wrestling team.
Samuels who has been
wrestling for two years, placed
in three tournaments in the
month of January. She was also
a runner-up at the girls' state
wrestling championship tour-
nament in Kissimmee.
Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 668
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

11.17 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
15.26 feet

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Coalition studies lake plan

Plan would have
excess lake water
sent into the EAA

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The latest meeting of the
County Coalition for Responsible
Management of Lake Okee-
chobee, the St. Lucie and
Caloosahatchee Estuaries and
Lake Worth Lagoon was calmer

than some previous gatherings.
It was not marked by the emo-
tional rhetoric sometimes heard
in previous meetings rhetoric
triggered by high lake levels caus-
ing large discharges of fresh
water into the estuaries.
The Thursday, March 1, meet-
ing was held at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse.
Even though record low rain-
fall amounts are currently caus-
ing low lake levels, considerable
discussion centered on Plan Six

- a proposal being studied by
the U. S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers (COE) that would send
excess lake water into the Ever-
glades Agriculture Area (EAA) for
treatment before its release to the
The coalition also considered
several other topics.
Dr. Paul Gray of the Audubon
Society made a presentation. Dr.
Susan Gray (no relation) from the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) reported

It's Rodeo Time: Spring rodeo is this weekend

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The Arm Bandit will be the featured specialty act at this year's Okeechobee Cattle-
men's spring rodeo.

Specialty acts highlight rodeo

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Dust off your hats, polish
your boots and head out to the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N.
next Saturday and'Sunday for
the Cattlemen's annual spring
There will be plenty of free
parking and enough food to sat-
isfy the largest cowboy appetite.
So, stock up on grub and set-
tle in for one of the finest rodeos
in the South. Cowboys and cow-
girls from across the country
will arrive in Okeechobee this
coming week to compete in
events such as bull riding, sad-
dle bronc riding, bareback rid-
ing, calf roping, steer wrestling,
team roping and ladies barrel
racing. There will also be mut-
ton bustin' and a calf scramble
for the little ones.
The wild horse race, always a
fan favorite, is also on the pro-
John Payne, also known as
"The One-Arm Bandit" and
Company will provide one-of-a-
kind entertainment.
Mr. Payne was born in Okla-
homa in 1953. He has spent his

Rodeo clowns put their lives on the line every time a cow-
boy climbs aboard a bull. The cattlemen's spring rodeo
attracts some of the best rodeo clowns and bull fighters
in the business.
entire life on the back of a horse Alsbaugh, who hired him to pen
with dogs at his side. He breeds some bucking bulls that Mr. Als-
and trains Florida cur head baugh had purchased. The bulls

He was "discovered" on a
ranch in Oklahoma by Walter

didn't seem to know any bound-
See Rodeo Page 2

on the condition of the lake and
SFWMD's David Unsell reported
on the Eagle Bay dredging proj-
Don Fox, biologist with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC), deliv-
ered a Lake Okeechobee fish-
eries update.
The coalition had been made
up of commissioners from nine
counties around the lake. At this
meeting a 10th county was
admitted to membership Polk.

The other nine counties are
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Lee, Palm Beach, Hendry,
Glades, Highlands and Osceola.
In his request for member-
ship, Polk County Commissioner
Bob English stated that 450
square miles of Polk County drain
into the Kissimmee Basin.
"What we do upstream
affects you downstream," he
See Plan -Page 2

City may

change its

code process

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil will discuss changing their
code enforcement process to
that of a magistrate process as
the county recently did at their
regularly scheduled meeting
on Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m.
The county changes to spe-
cial magistrate were made to
streamline the process by
allowing more cases to be
heard in a quicker and
smoother process.
The county's process con-
sists of.,a special magistrate
who is a local attorney that was
hired to oversee the code
enforcement process. The

magistrate hears the case as
presented by the code enforce-
ment officer and then hears
from the applicant, if present.
The special magistrate then
makes the decision based on
the information given. Current-
ly, decisions are made by the
code enforcement board after
some discussion.
"This seems to be a way to
make the process more effi-
cient, from a management per-
spective," said city administra-
tor Brian Whitehall.
The special magistrate
process takes out some of the
-appealing from the violator
that currently takes place
See Code-Page 2

Post office

now offering

services on-line

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Customer service is very
important to the postal service,"
said Okeechobee Postmaster
Mark Pinson.
Mr. Pinson, who has been at
the Okeechobee Post Office for
two years, is a 20-year veteran of
the postal service and has risen
through the ranks from letter
Alternate access is the big
word nowadays in the postal
"We like to see them, but
they don't have to come in
here," said the postmaster.
There are several ways to

conduct postal business with-
out actually coming to the post
Stamps can be bought from
the privacy and comfort of your
home. Rural carriers will sell
stamps to postal patrons on
their routes. Using a credit card,
postal patrons can buy stamps
by calling 1-800-STAMP24, or by
sending in an order via fax.
For those who cannot make
it to the post office during busi-
ness hours, the postmaster is
,going through the channels to
have an Automatic Postal Cen-
ter (APC) installed in the post
office lobby at 1000 N.E. Park St.
See Services Page 2

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

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Rodeo bullfighters: saviors and athletes

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
When you are at the Okee-
chobee Cattlemen's spring
rodeo this coming weekend
watching the bull riding events,
look for two young bullfighters
in the arena. These athletes put
their lives on the line to protect
bull riders from the fury of bulls
the size of pick-up trucks.
Kevin Ellis, of Stone Moun-
tain, Ga., will take his place in
the arena this weekend as one
of the spring rodeo bullfighters.
He began his rodeo career as a
bull rider, but says that his inter-
est in the sport eclipsed his skill,
despite a few wins.
Five years ago, his mentor,
Marty Fink, found himself one
bullfighter short going into a
rodeo. He asked Ellis if he
would consider stepping into a
new role.
"I told him, 'You're crazy. I'm
not fighting bulls for you. I will

get on them, but I will not fight
them,'" stated Ellis. "He prom-
ised me he'd buy my lunch and
pay me a little bit, so I said OK. I
fell in love with it that day."
Ellis decided to go into bull-
fighting, the more aggressive
side of rodeo clowning.
For the past two years, Ellis
has been chosen to fight bulls at
the Southeastern circuit finals.
Of all the traits of a success-
ful rodeo clown, Ellis says that
his sense of impending trouble,
which came from his experi-
ence riding bulls, helps him the
"I can see guys getting into a
situation before some other
people can," stated Ellis. "If
there's about to be a wreck, I
can maybe stop it before it hap-
pens. It's your job to get in
there, take the heat and get
everyone out clean you, the
bull and the cowboy."
Another topnotch bullfighter
making his appearance at this

year's rodeo is Ben Lee. Lee
was born in Macon, Ga., on July
8, 1977. He attended Windsor
Academy and Abraham Bald-
win Agricultural College in
Tifton, Ga. He, his wife Stacy
and son Caleb live in Warner
Robins, Ga.
Lee was approved for his
Professional Rodeo Cowboy
Association card as a profes-
sional bullfighter in the fall of
2000. He received the 2001 out-
standing student award at Rex
Dunn's School of Champions.
He also earned is professional
card in saddle bronc riding that
same year and has been a four-
time qualifier in the Southeast-
ern Circuit Finals riding broncs.
In 2002 and 2003 he expand-
ed his horizons to include work-
ing rodeos in the Mountain
States, Turquoise, Badlands and
California circuits, as well as
See Bullfighters Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Miss Speckled Perch Queen
Cassandra Murray, 15, was crowned the 2007 Miss
Speckled Perch by the former queen Channing Williams
on Friday, March 2.

Vol. 98 No. 65

Speckled Perch Pa eantp- Page 8

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2 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 6,2007

Man charged with DUI, grand theft auto News Briefs

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 23-year-old Okeechobee
man was arrested on a number
of charges, including a felony
charge of grand theft auto after
he was reportedly involved in a
non-injury, hit-and-run accident.
Juan Meras, N.W 24th St.,
was booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail Friday, March
2, under a bond of $6,500.
Besides grand theft auto, Meras
was also charged with the misde-

meanors of driving under the
leaving the
scene of an
accident with
property dam-
age (two
counts) and
no driver's
reports from Juan
the Okee- Meras
chobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office indicate that

the victim aided in Meras' arrest.
The victim, stated the report, fol-
lowed Meras in the 2003 Lincoln
Aviator SUV he was driving until
he was stopped on U.S. 98 N. by
Deputy Joseph Gracie and
Deputy Mark Shireman around
8:07 a.m.
Deputy Shireman stated in his
report that the victim was south-
bound on N.W. 46th Ave. when
the white SUV being driven by
Meras crossed the center line and
hit the 2004 Ford Expedition that
was being driven by the victim.

The deputy's report states that
the left front of the Lincoln struck
the left front of the Expedition.
The report goes on to state
that Meras apparently fled the
scene with the victim following.
As he was leaving the area, the
victim saw him strike a mailbox,
added the report.
Deputy Shireman's report
goes on to state that neither vehi-
cle sustained significant damage.
The Lincoln was apparently
stolen in Okeechobee.

New York man is killed in S.R. 710 crash

A 78-year-old man was killed
late last week in a two-vehicle
accident on S.R. 710.
A press release from the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) states Robert Spugna of
East Meadows, N.Y., was killed
around 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1,
when the 2005 Jaguar he was
driving struck the back of a trac-


Continued From Page 1
Carl Wegstrem of the Rivers
Coalition presented a report on
the details of Plan Six that would
allow excess water from Lake
Okeechobee to flow south,
instead of going east and west
into the estuaries. The concept is
to send water south and treat it in
the EAA before releasing it into
the Everglades.
"In short, there are no rational-
alternatives that present the same
set of costs and benefits," the
report stated.
The report recommended the
coalition adopt a resolution in
favor of Plan Six.
Another Plan Six advocate was
Mark Perry of the Everglades
"Perhaps the most important
element is to connect the flow of
water from the lake to the Ever-
glades through a dynamic storage


Continued From Page 1
aries, nor would they respect a
cowboy on a horse. It didn't take
them long, though, to learn to
respect Mr. Payne's cur dogs. The
bulls were penned and Mr. Als-
baugh was very much impressed
with Mr. Payne and his dogs. This
led to Mr. Payne's appearance in
the rodeo arena.
One day Mr. Payne took the
place of an electrician for the day.
He thought that the electricity was
off. He sustained a shock of 7,200
volts for 10 seconds. He nearly
died in the accident, but the tough
Sooner fought back.
After two months in recovery,
he went back to ranching with
only the use of one arm. That's
when he became the One-Arm
The One-Arm Bandit and Com-
pany have performed throughout
the United States and Canada.
They have performed in front of
British royalty. Prince Philip, an
accomplished horseman,
expressed great appreciation of
the horsemanship displayed and
has invited Mr. Payne to Great
This entertainment has been
awarded the PRCA Specialty Act of
the Year in 1989,1990,1991,1992,
1993,1994,1995 and 1996.
This act has become a family
tradition with the addition of Mr.
Payne's son Lynn and daughter
Amanda. Together, the trio per-
forms in over 300 rodeos year.
There are three types of rodeo
clowns; the comedy clown, the
barrel man and the bullfighter.
The rodeo bullfighter's job is
the most dangerous in rodeo. He
must distract the attention of the
angry bulls weighing as much as a
full ton, away from fallen riders,
sometimes sacrificing his own
safety to allow the cowboy to
The barrel man works as both


Continued From Page 1
before the board, and allows a
legally-trained individual to order.
a fine that is legally appropriate
for the given violation.
In other business, the council
will consider a comprehensive
plan small scale future land use
map amendment application
submitted by property owners
Sylvester and Penny Butler regard-
ing .516 acres located on the cor-
ner of Northwest Ninth Street and
Northwest Eighth Avenue.
The request is to change the
future land use designation from
no designation to residential
This is just a housekeeping
issue as the property's current
zoning is residential multi-family
(RMF) and is being used accord-
ingly. The applicant has requested
to stay as RMF zoning and allow

tor-trailer as it was making a left
With him was Mary Spugna,
75, also from East Meadows, N.Y.
She was first taken to Raulerson
Hospital but was later flown to St.
Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach. She was in serious condi-
tion, added the release.
The 2000 Freightliner tractor-

flow way through the EAA," Mr.
Perry offered.
After some discussion, the col-
lation voted to ask for more infor-
mation from COE and SFWMD
before taking any action.
Commissioners Ray Judah of
Lee County and Sarah Heard of
Martin County cast the only dis-
senting votes.
Mr. Perry reported that the
Everglades Coalition had previ-
ously passed a resolution urging
COE and SFWMD to consider
Plan 6. The group also advocated
construction of an 11-mile Ever-
glades Skyway on the Tamiami
Trail to enhance the flow of water
to the Everglades and Florida Bay.
Dr. Paul Gray expressed hope
for a lake management system
that would eliminate high water
events in the future.
To emphasize the need for
more water storage upstream, he
said originally it took eight
months for rainwater falling at the
headwaters of the Kissimmee

a back-up bullfighter and a funny
man. He also has the most impor-
tant, dangerous function of being
a portable "island of safety" dur-
ing the bull riding or the danger-
ous Wrangler Pro-Bullfights often
seen at professional rodeos.
The "Crazy Cajun"' Rudy Burns
will serve as barrel man at this
year's rodeo. He is known as one
of the best. In 1995 and 2000 the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys
Association (PRCA) awarded him
the highest honor in his profession
- the prestigious title of barrel
man of the year. He was runner-
up for the same award in 1998,
1999 and 2001.
In 1996, Mr. Burns was chosen
to work all 10 performances at the
National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in
Las Vegas. His outstanding work
continued to bring him acclaim.
He was voted five times to be the
barrel man in the Bullfight World
Championship at the NFR.
Mr. Burns began his rodeo
career on top of a bull, instead of
in front of one. He began riding
bulls at a small Louisiana rodeo.
He joined the Louisiana Rodeo
Association and the Tri-State
Rodeo Association (Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama), win-
ning the rookie bull rider award of
the year in 1971.
Then one day a bullfighter
failed to appear at a rodeo and Mr.
Burns volunteered to take the bull-
fighter's place. He liked it so well,
he hung up his spurs and painted
his face.
Mr. Burns travels to rodeos 10
months a year with his wife Betty
Jane who, besides being the brunt
of many of his jokes, assists with
the novelty sales department.
When not staring down a
2,000-lb. bull, Rudy and Betty Jane
reside in Smithdale, Miss.
Tickets to the Okeechobee Cat-
tlemen's spring rodeo are now on
sale at Eli's Western Wear, 907 W.
North Park St., for $13 in advance
and $15 at the gate.

the future land use to also reflect
the same zoning in order to fur-
ther develop the property. This
amendment would make the two
zonings coincide with one anoth-
er and is being recommended by
the City Planning Board/Board of
Adjustments and Appeals.
In other business:
The council will consider
the final approval to change the
language from "occupational
license tax" to "business license
tax" in accordance with Florida
Legislature statutory changes.
The council will consider
the final approval to change the
department to handle all future
application, investigation and
issuance of business licenses for
vehicles for hire and taxicabs
within the city to be handled by
the Department of Finance
through the business license
office, instead of requiring council
approval as the current code pro-

trailer was being operated by
Timothy Otis Woods, 48, of Okee-
The release states that the trac-
tor-trailer was facing north, and
the Jaguar was southbound. Mr.
Woods reportedly did not see the
car as he attempted to make a left
turn into a private drive, contin-
ued the press release.

River to reach the lake. Now,
since the Kissimmee River has
been channelized, it takes one
month. This results in the lake
level rising faster because of the
rapid influx of water unfiltered by
the Kissimmee flood plain.
Dr. Susan Gray noted that
recent hurricanes churned up the
lake bottom but the water cleared
up by August of 2006. Even
though the phosphorus level was
up due to suspended sediment
right after the hurricanes, she said
that level has gone down.
There is other good news. Dr.
Susan Gray said that since Hurri-
cane Wilma, there have been no
algal blooms on the lake and that
bulrush is coming back.
The recent lake bottom fire in
Glades County has been getting
rid of unwanted melaleuca. She
said that tree planting is proceed-
ing on the lake islands.
The dredging of Eagle Bay is a
three-phase project according to
Mr. Unsell. The first phase, which


Continued From Page 1
An APC is similar to an ATM, and
allows people to mail packages,
buy stamps and look up zip codes.
Perhaps the best way to con-
serve time in postal transactions is
to use the post office website site
- A variety of
postal services is available online.
The website allows a person to
buy prepaid envelopes and mail-
ing boxes.
After setting up an account
using a credit card, a person can
even mail a package. Your com-
puter will print a mailing label.
Then, there are two options for
package pickup. Carrier pickup
allows a person to schedule a
package pickup date up to three
months in advance. On that date,
the letter carrier will pick up the
package at the time mail is deliv-
ered. For a fee, with the pickup on
demand service, packages can be
picked up at a specified time.
A neat feature of the postal
service website is NetPost. This


Continued From Page 1
selected PBR events. He was fea-
tured in a documentary for Turner
South Broadcasting called "Liars
and Legends," helping promote
the sport of rodeo.
In 2004 Lee was chosen by his
peers to work the Southeastern
Circuit Finals Rodeo. That same

The four-door car being oper-
ated by Mr. Spugna hit the back
right side of the trailer, stated the
Mr. Spugna was pronounced
dead by personnel from the Okee-
chobee County Fire/Rescue
The accident is still under

is going on right now, is charac-
terizing the sediment. This con-
sists of determining the depth and
type of sediment. The second
phase is to hire a consultant to
find the best method of sediment
removal and the third phase,
which should start next summer,
is removal and disposal of sedi-
Removal of sediment should
expedite recovery of aquatic
Mr. Fox expressed hope that
submerged aquatic plants would
return in other places along the
lake, giving the fish something on
which to feed.
The coalition passed two reso-
lutions. The first resolution
requested legislation and dedicat-
ed funding from the Florida Legis-
lature for Caloosahatchee and St.
Lucie Estuary protection.
The second resolution
requested COE to consider
increased storage of excess water
on public and private lands.

feature allows a person to design
and send cards. The postal patron
can choose from a variety of card
options for different occasions.
The cards will be printed and
mailed out. It is also possible to
send gift cards by mail using Net-
"It's all right here," Mr. Pinson
said, concerning the website,
which he states is very easy to use.
If you do go to the post office
and want to avoid long lines, it is
better to go toward the end of the
week. At midafternoon one recent
Thursday, postal patrons were
able to walk right up to the counter
without waiting.
Monday are a bad time to
come to the post office. Of the 60
employees at the Okeechobee
Post Office, 10 are clerks. Of those
10 clerks, eight are trained to work
on the windows. These eight have
to alternate between tasks in the
back of the post office and work-
ing up front.
Around 9 a.m. on Mondays, Mr.
Pinson said the back of the post
office looks Santa's workshop.

year Lee rode his way to the 4L
Mossy Oak Saddle Series Champi-
onship in saddle bronc riding.
Ben and his wife Stacey own
Christ Bar None Custom Leather,
specializing in creating custom-
made chaps, day planners, tack,
Bible covers and more.
Don't forget that Eli's Western
Wear, 907 W. North Park St., still
has advance tickets on sale for
$13. Tickets will be $15 at the

Community Events

Artists wanted for mural project
Okeechobee Main Street's Mural and Visual Arts committee is seek-
ing an experienced mural artist to paint an outside mural. The building
the mural will be painted on is the Embarq/Sprint building located in
the heart .of the City of Okeechobee at I10 S Parrott Ave. The expected
size of the mural should cover the front of the two-story by 30-foot
building. The theme of the mural will feature the history of the tele-
phone service in Okeechobee. Two portraits will be required for this
project. The mural committee is accepting designs and proposals for
this mural project. Project is to begin in the spring of 2007. Please con-
tact Bridgette Waldau at (863) 467-7300 for information.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment
requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a
self-study course that includes text work and the successful comple-
tion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call
the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Farmer's Market open each Thursday
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. For information
call (863) 357-MAIN.

OUA board members are sought
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee City Council is seeking inter-
ested applicants to serve on the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)
board of directors.
Applicants are being sought to serve as a regular member for a
term of four years, or as an alternate to serve a two-year term.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Okeechobee and must
live in the OUA service area.
To receive an application, contact the City Clerk's Office at 55 S.E.
Third Ave., or call (863) 763-3372, ext. 215.
No member of the citizen board shall be an employee of, or hold
an elective position with the government of the City of Okeechobee or
Okeechobee County.
Dinner, dance benefit scholarship fund
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Cattlewomen's Association
will be hosting their annual scholarship dinner and dance on Friday,
March 9, at the Shrine Club on S.R. 78 W
Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30
p.m., and will be followed by a dance at 9 p.m.
Ticket price is $25 each and can be purchased at Cowboys and
Indians, Eli's Western Wear, Riverside National Bank and Rustic
Ranch Furniture. Dance-only tickets can be purchased at the door for
$10 each.
The rodeo theme this year is "Are you tough enough to wear
For information, call (863) 634-1980.
Social club plans dance
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27.
Steve and Billy will play for your dancing and listening pleasure.
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Club
membership is available. The dance is open to the public.
Free ballroom dance classes continue throughout March, featuring
the tango, every Friday in March at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

Fair tickets on sale now
OKEECHOBEE Advance tickets for the Okeechobee County Fair
are now on sale at the Okeechobee County Fair website for $4.
This offer is good until March 7, after that the ticket will cost $5 per
Midnight Madness tickets will be on sale for $20 at the gate during
the fair. Midnight Madness tickets will be available on March 9, 10, 16
and 17. This provides the purchaser the ability to ride from 10 p.m.
until closing on each of the days previously noted for one price.
In addition, tickets are also on sale for the Bellamy Brothers con-
cert. The price is $20 and includes admission to the fair on the day of
the concert.
The website address is

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Tuesday: Mostly sunny with the high in the mid 70s. The wind will be
from the north at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the northeast around 10
mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear with the low around 50. The wind will
be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s. The wind
will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the southeast in the
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 50s.
Thursday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.-
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Patient safety awareness is top priority Arrest report

Patient Safety

Awareness Week

is March 4-10
errors account for more deaths
in America than breast cancer,
AIDS, or car accidents annually.
Taking charge in improving
patient safety and the
patient/provider relationship, the
Florida Patient Safety Corpora-
tion will sponsor Patient Safety
Awareness Week on March 4-10.
This week-long informative cam-
paign is directed toward patients
and healthcare providers, work-
ing to develop a more interactive
relationship, as well as teaching
patients to be more proactive
with their healthcare.
"We are dedicated to continu-
ous improvement in patient safe-
ty in the state," said Susan
Moore, president of Florida
Patient Safety Corporation. "Pro-
viding information to both

patients and providers about
medical well-being are the key
components to Patient Safety
Awareness Week."
During Patient Safety Week,
tips to enhance the quality of
patient care and protection are
provided at www.FloridaPa- Healthcare
providers and patients should
routinely practice the following
tips to reduce medical errors and
costs. Patients and providers can
visit the web site throughout the
year for insights on patient safety
and the patient-provider relation-
Tips for patients
Prepare a health profile.
Write down your medical condi-
tions, allergies and medications
including prescription and over-
the-counter medicine, and
dietary supplements such as vita-
mins and herbs.
When your doctor writes
you a prescription, make sure
you can read it.

Write down questions and
concerns you want to share with
your doctor before you go to
your appointment. Once you are
there it is easy to forget some of
If you have a choice, choose
a hospital at which many
patients have the procedure or
surgery you need.
If you are having surgery,
make sure that you, your doctor
and your surgeon all agree on
what that surgery is and are clear
on exactly what will be done.
Take notes or tape record your
conversations so you can review
the details later.
Tips for providers
Hold an open house, brown
bag lunch, or round table discus-
sion for patients and families
with a patient safety topic of dis-
Invite patients to bring in
their medications for review by
the prescriber or pharmacist.
Conduct a survey of staff

about their safety concerns and
Include patient safety in all
health professional school cur-
Bring in a patient/family
speaker to speak to staff about
an experience with a medical
error and about prevention.
Establish a Patient and Fam-
ily Advisory Council in your hos-
The Florida Patient Safety Cor-
poration is a nonprofit corpora-
tion created by the 2004 Florida
Legislature. The organization is
dedicated to continuously
improving patient safety in the
state by serving as a learning
organization, assisting health
care providers in enhancing the
quality and safety of health care
while reducing harm to patients
and working with a consortium
of patient safety centers and
other patient safety programs.
For information, visit www.Flori-


Food Pantry
is open
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry is open again.
We are located at 312 N. Parrott
,Ave. in the back parking lot of the
church. Our temporary gray box is
stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. All you need is
an I.D. The hours of operation are
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. until noon. -

Mentors make
a difference
'Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence
is a time of risk and opportunity.
The youth in Okeechobee County
need you. If you have a caring
heart and one hour a week to
share in the life of a teen, you can
be a mentor. For information, call
Lisa Coleman at (863) 462-5863.

This report lists arrests, not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated.
Anyone who is listed here, and
who is later found not guilty, or has
the charges against them dropped,
is welcome to inform the newspa-
per. We will confirm the informa-
tion and print it.
On March 1, Daphney Gail
Padgett, 29, of Southwest Seventh
Avenue, was arrested by Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) deputies and charged with
habitual driving with a licensed sus-
pended (DWLS), which is a felony.
Bondwassetat $750.
On Feb. 28, Gena Michelle Vil-
lareal, 35, of Northwest Fourth
Avenue, was arrested by OCSO
deputies and charged with tamper-
ing with evidence and possession
of cocaine. Bond was set at $1,000.
On Feb. 28, Brian Lollar, 18, of
Northwest Fourth Street, was
arrested in Hillsborough County on
an Okeechobee County warrant on
charges of battery on a detention or
correctional facility staff member.
He was released on his own recog-
On March 1, Samuel Lee
Smedley, 56, of Route 6, Okee-
chobee, was arrested by OCSO
deputies on charged of DWLS,
grand theft and possession of
ammunition by a convicted felon.
Bond was set at $21,000.
On March 1, Ronald Camp-
bell, 20, of State Road 710, was
arrested by Okeechobee City Police
on three counts of passing worth-
less checks. He was released on his
own recognizance.
On March 1, Edger Sanchez,
20, of Northwest Fourth Street, was
arrested by Okeechobee City Police
and charged with lewd, lascivious
or indecent assault or act. His bond

Indian River Community Col-
lege (IRCC) offers nursing pro-
grams that prepare students for
a career as a licensed practical
nurse or a registered nurse.
Deadline to apply for the fall
semester is March 16.
The programs include the
associate degree in nursing pro-
gram at the main campus and

the practical nursing programs
in Vero Beach and Okeechobee.
To find out more, attend an
information session on Thurs-
day, March 15, 4 p.m., at the
IRCC main campus, room H-
110, in Fort Pierce.
For information, contact the
IRCC Call Center at 1-866-866-
IRCC (4722).


Walter Lee Lusk, IV
Walter Lee Lusk, IV, age 44, of
Bastrop, La. died Feb. 22, 2007.
He was born May 7, 1962 in
Knoxville, Tenn.
Mr. Lusk is survived by: his
wife, Theresa Lusk; children, Ron-
nie (Charlene) Berry, Destiny
Berry, Jessica (Scott) Williams,
Matthew (Shellie) Berry; father,
Walter Lusk III; mother, Serena
(Gene) Raymer; brother, Terry
(Jennifer) Lusk; sister, Chantal
Lusk; sister-in-law, Brenda
Janzen; ten grandchildren,
MaKayla, Alana, Ryan, Katy,
Tiffton, Dalton, Ethan, Leviticus,
Halley and Kolton; and, many
nephews, nieces and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were
Floyd Scarborough, Milton Scar-
borough, Thomas Strickland,
Donnie Doyon, Matthew Berry,
Jonathon Smith, Luke Hester and
Eric Smith.
Services were held on Mon-
day, Feb. 26, 2007, at the Chapel
of Cox Funeral Home, Bastrop,
La., with Thomas Strickland offici-
ating. Interment followed at Hick-
ory Grove Cemetery under the
direction of Cox Funeral Home,
Bastrop, La.
Eugene Collins, Jr.
Eugene Collins, Jr., age 43, of
Okeechobee, died Sunday, March
4, 2007, at his residence. He was
born April 6,
1963, in
Louisville, Ky.
and had been a
resident of
for the past .
eight years.
He is sur-
vived by: his
loving wife of Eugene
14 years, Dawn Collins, Jr.
Collins; moth-
er, Ellona (Donald) Puckett of
Louisville, Ky.; father, Eugene
(Katie Rayburn) Collins, Sr. of
Horsecave, Ky.; sons, Timothy
and Joseph Collins; and, daugh-
ters, Laura and Brandy Collins, all
of Okeechobee. In addition, he is
survived by brothers, Kenneth
(Renea) Collins of Okeechobee,
Rodger Collins, Steven Collins,
Jerry (Carol) Collins, all of Horse-
cave, Ky., Terry (Marsha) Collins
of Bardstown, Ky.; sisters, Julie
Collins of Horsecave, Ky., and
Juanita (Daniel) Bardell of Bar-
fow. He is also survived by 11
nieces and nephews and soon-to-
be grandson, Baby Boy Zamora.
Visitation will be held on Tues-
day, March 6, 2007, at 4 p.m. Call
Buxton Funeral Home at (863)
763-1994 for the location of the

visitation. Funeral services will be
held Wednesday, March 7, 2007,
in the Buxton Home Funeral
Home Chapel. Reverend Joe Bish-
op will officiate.
Memorial contributions can be
made to Hospice of Okeechobee,
P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
Marion Dillard Pearce
Marion Dillard Pearce, age 86,
passed away peacefully at her
home in Okeechobee on March 2,
2007. Mrs.
Pearce was
born to Arthur
Gordon, Sr.,
and Nancy C.
N.C. Mrs.
Pearce came to
Okeechobee in
1941 after mar- Marion
trying her Dillard Pearce
beloved hus-
band the late J.O. Pearce, Jr. She
was a devoted wife, mother and
grandmother and was of the Bap-
tist faith. Mrs. Pearce was a mem-
ber of the Florida Cattle Women's
Organization and former director
of H.H. Raulerson Hospital.
Mrs. Pearce is preceded in
death by her husband, J.O.
Pearce, Jr.; parents, Arthur Gor-
don, Sr., and Nancy C. Dillard; sis-
ter, Nancy Raulerson; and, broth-
er, Arthur G. Dillard, Jr.
She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Nancy (Bill) Phares of Okee-
chobee; two sons, Joe (Kathy)
Pearce of Okeechobee, Keith
(Debbie) Pearce of Ft. Pierce; two
sisters, Jeanette Robinson of
Charlotte, N.C. and Edna Cuthrell
of Virginia; seven grandchildren,
Jason Pearce, Levi Pearce, Brad
Phares, Brian Phares, and Brent
Phares, Elizabeth Pearce and
Charley Gaughon; 11 great grand-
children; and, close family friend,
Hobert Lee.
Visitation will be held Monday,
March 5, 2007, from 4 until 7 p.m.,
at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral
The funeral services will be at
11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6,
2007, with the Reverend Richard
E. Whipple officiating. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Ceme-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Hospice of Okee-

chobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. Second
Street, Okeechobee.
Kenneth E Knight, Sr.
Kenneth F. Knight, Sr. was
born in Providence, R.I. on Aug.
28, 1927, to Ira Windsor and
Christina (Arnold) Knight. He
grew up in Providence and spent
summers at his family's beach
house in Green Hill Beach, R.I. He
was an avid boating fan his whole
life, owning both sailboats and
Mr. Knight served in the U.S.
Coast Guard during WWII and
graduated college in the spring of
He married Suzanne Lucy Cole.
of Geneva, N.Y. in the fall of 1950.
He worked in sales, sales man-
agement and as a manufacturer's
representative for most of his
career. He was primarily involved
in the radio communications
industry, selling two-way FM busi-
ness radios to police and fire
departments, and city emergency
services. He worked for Motorola
a majority of his career. He also
became a real estate broker for
ERA and started his own compa-
ny, Ken Knight Realtors, in
Charleston, R.I.
After losing his wife, Suzanne,
to cancer in the mid 1970s, he
married Mildred McKenna of
Rhode Island in 1976. In 1983,
Ken and Millie moved to West
Palm Beach where he worked as
general manager of Flagler Com-
munications until the company
was sold, and then as operations
manager of the Image Companies
of Lake Park.
Some of his other activities
over the years included being past
president of the Green Hill Civic
Association in Wakefield, R.I.,
past president of the Gaspee
Men's Club in Warwick, R.I. and
servicing for 12 years as Cub
Scout leader and then scoutmas-
ter of Boy Scout Troop 28 at
Asbury Methodist Church in War-
wick, R.I.
He was a 32nd degree Mason
and belonged to the Scottish Rites
and Amara Shriners. Amara Tem-
ple Mariner.
Mr. Knight had an inex-
haustible passion for many differ-
ent hobbies. He became an ama-
teur radio operator, (CB and HAM
radios), and talked to people all
over the world. He loved camping
and built his first pop-up camper
himself. That led to many more

pop-ups, pull-behinds, and ulti-
mately motor homes. His two
greatest passions were for cars
and boats. He restored many
antique automobiles, such as a
1910 Model A coupe, a 1916,
Model T hack, (the first woodie
station wagon), and a number of
MGBs and MGTDs. He also built
numerous kit-cars such as a
Bradley, Bradley GT II, and a Fras-
er-Nash. He loved boats and
owned too many to remember.
His first was an 8 ft. dingy he built
for his son in the mid-1950s
which traveled on roof racks dur-
ing all the camping trips. His last
was an 18 ft. pontoon boat he
used on Lake Okeechobee. In
between was a wide array from a
1950s wood Chris-Craft speed-
boat to 30 and 40 ft. diesel cruis-
ers. After his move to Florida, he
became actively involved with the
Palm Beach Power Squadron
whose primary responsibility is to
promote boating safety. He taught
numerous navigation and safety
classes, was the co-editor with
Millie of their newsletter "The
Afterdeck," and became
Squadron Commander in 1998.
He loved to go on raft-ups with
other squadron members. These
get-togethers ranged from Palm
Beach to the Keys to the Lake and
even the islands.
In 2000, he lost his second
wife, Millie, also to cancer. In Sep-
tember, 2004, he married for the
third and last time to Gail Penfield
Dawley, of Martha's Vineyard,
. Mass. and moved to Lake Okee-
chobee to retire.
He leaves behind a son, Ken-
neth F. Knight, Jr. of North Caroli-
na and his two children, Gregory
and Tonimarie Knight; a daughter,
Carolyn Susan Knight of Rhode
Island; and a daughter, Kristin
Anne Knight-Forest of Rhode
Island; her husband, Robert, and
their two children Rachael and
Matthew. He also left a step-
daughter, Donna Feinberg, her
husband Richard, and step-grand-
son Michael Feinberg, as well as
Gail's daughter Lisa Burke and
her two girls, Della and Gracie.
The family will receive friends
at the First United Methodist
Church from 10 until 11 a.m. on
Thursday, March 8. A service will
be conducted at the church as 11
a.m. with Reverend Bruce Simp-
son officiating, along with the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge and
military honors.
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions may be made to the
First United Methodist Church
Youth group, 200 N.W Second St.,

All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

was set at $1,500.
On March 1, Russell Carr, 23,
of Okeechobee, was arrested by
OCSO officers, after turning himself
in on a warrant for violation of pro-
bation (battery and contributing to
the delinquency of a minor.) No
bond was set. He was also charged
with felony DWLS.

They say all humans act or
react in three different ways.
We act as an adult, a child or as
a parent. The way we act is
entirely up to us. These three
courses are each important and
necessary. But most important
is that we act the right way at
the right time. In other words,
we need to be adults at times
and not children. There are
times when we should act like
children and we insist on play-
ing the adult role.
Think for a minute before
you act. Choose the kind of
person you are going to be,
and there will be less reasons
for remorse.
Our Thought to
Remember: Give us the wis-
dom to be what we should be,
.not what we would like to be.

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
LIMITS: They should limit the fishing poles to two per person.

ANNA NICOLE: I am so glad that Anna Nicole Smith is going to be
off the tube pretty soon. Every time I turn my television on I see her.
The kind of life she lived was nothing but pure out-and-out sin. She
was a simple woman and she put herself where she is today. I hope I
never hear or see her face or her name again. I'm just telling you how I
feel and how most other people feel. It's horrible.

EATERY: What happened to the new restaurant? It's been a couple
weeks since we've seen anybody there. Are they closed or what?
Editor's Note: The restaurant has dosed.

PHOTOS: I picked up some pictures today, March 2, at a local
supermarket. There were two packs in there. One was mine and one
was somebody else's. It looks like it was taken at the ocean and shows
them fishing and on the beach and a guy golfing. I just wanted to know
if anybody is missing any pictures. I will be returning them to the store
or you can get in touch with me through the Okeechobee News.
Editor's Note: This caller left their number with us. If these are your
photos and you would like to get in touch with this caller, please call
us at (863) 763-3134.

GAS PRICES: I was really disgusted when I got up to the gas station
and saw how much the gasoline was per gallon. I guess the $32 billion
they made last year wasn't enough and they want to make more this
year. Where is our government? Somebody ought to do something.

HOME DEPOT: Here it is March 4 and I'm still waiting to see some
progress at the Home Depot. I think they said they were going to be
starting the beginning of February. Was that February of 2007 or Febru-
ary 2020?
Editor's Note: We've tried to get more information, but little has
been provided. From what we told most recently, there has been
some sort of delay but the company official we spoke with wasn't
sure about the nature of the delay. The official did say the official
grand opening has been slated for January of 2008.

FAIR: I think it is great we have got a county fair coming to town but
is it really right for them to come in on the same weekend as Speckled
Perch Festival? Many directors worked hard to make the festival a suc-
cess since 1968 and if the fair is a success they should say thank you
Speckled Perch Festival committee for bringing a crowd to town and
we capitalized on it.

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Community Events I

VNA hosting memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free
memory loss screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association
on Friday, March 9, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The screenings will
be conducted by St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center staff for any-
one, of any age, who might be concerned about memory loss. The
screenings are free of charge and results are immediate. For infor-
mation and to make an appointment, call Donna True at (772) 285-
Bake sale helps missionary projects
The Ladies of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA, 312
N. Parrott Ave., will hold a bake sale on Saturday, March 10, from
9 a.m. until noon. Proceeds will go towards support for several
missionary projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse at
(863) 763-6128.

Speckled Perch Parade scheduled
The annual Speckled Perch Parade will be held Saturday,
March 10, in downtown Okeechobee. A car show will also be
held in Flagler Park. The annual festival, sponsored by the Okee-
chobee County Chamber of Commerce will continue on Sunday,
March 11. For information, call (863) 763-6464.
OSAC training group to meet
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, March 12, from 9
until 10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to the
public. For information call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040, or Ken
Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.

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Letter to the Editor

Mental health
funding threatened
We are all hearing and read-
ing that our lawmakers are fac-
ing a tight budget year.
Tough choices will have to be
made but funding mental health
and substance abuse services is
very smart policy.
Investment in community-
based services will continue to
result in short and long term sav-
ings from inpatient crisis servic-

es, outpatient and case manage-
ment services, shelters, jails,
juvenile detention centers, pris-
ons and even forensic beds, a
recent hot-button issue.
It is a long-established fact
that treatment and community-
based supports work and are
also cost effective. However,
Florida, our nation's fourth
largest state, spends $35.90 per
capital for mental health treat-
ment, ranking 48th of all 51

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at
(863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at8 p.m.
A.A. 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 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one 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 Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technolo-
gy and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds
will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
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-
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 357-0297.
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.
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 Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For
information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilita-
tor. Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health
Department, 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.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like
to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21
and 39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of
our community. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863)
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 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.

A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one 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 Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center locat-
ed at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until I
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost
is $6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good
Sams meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds
on Thursday. Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-
0984, for the next camping site.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby
at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletch-
er at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thurs-
day at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean
Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/rGED and English as a second lan-
guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
The Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa
Arnold at (863) 610-2280.
A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-

We have been fortunate to
have a local legislative delega-
tion with the likes of Senator Ken
Pruitt, Senator J. D. Alexander,
Representative Gayle Harrell,
Representative Stan Mayfield,
Representative Richard Machek
and former Representative Joe
Negron, and others who have
been very supportive for many
years regarding mental health
and substance abuse services.
Yet, more needs to be done.
Funding comprehensive com-

munity mental health and sub-
stance abuse treatment services
just makes good fiscal sense.
On behalf of the less fortu-
nate of our community, please
join me in urging our governor
and lawmakers to fund mental
health and substance abuse
services at a respectable level.
John Romano
New Horizons of Okeechobee
and the Treasure Coast

Community Events

Red Cross offers classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross, 323 N.
Parrott Ave., will hold the following classes in March: a baby sit-
ting class for teens aged 11-15 on Monday, March 5, from 6 until 9
p.m. The fee is $35.; adult CPR on Wednesday, March 7; first aid
basics on Monday, March 12; and, infant/child CPR on Wednes-
day, March 28.
Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers. group will host a discussion on
crime prevention for seniors at their Tuesday, March 6, breakfast
meeting at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Clock Restau-
rant, 1111 S. Parrot Ave. The program will be presented by
Wayne J. Picone. Mr. Picone is the regional director for Seniors
vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney General. The
purpose of the project is to not only inform seniors of possible
scams, but to aid them in disputes of overcharging, scams and
other problems that confront them. The public is invited. Non-
members should make a reservation by calling (863) 763-2004.
Healthy Start board meeting set
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m. at 575 S.W. 28
St., in the New Endeavor school building. This meeting is open to
the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a
statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and
implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The
Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy
families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For
information, call executive director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.
Health screening at Civic Center
Life Line Screening will be at the Okeechobee Civic Center,
1750 U.S. 98 N., on March 7. Residents living in and around Okee-
chobee can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Appointments will begin 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. A
complete vascular screening package, which takes less than an
hour to complete, is $109. A complete vascular package plus the
osteoporosis screening is $129. For information regarding the
screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or
OCT presents 'Dearly Beloved'
The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) will present
"Dearly Beloved," a new comedy that includes a bonus gospel
music performance. Curtain times will be 8 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, March 9 and 10, at the theatre on S.W. Second Avenue
at Seventh Street, behind the Golden Corral Restaurant. Reserved
seat tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce .office,, 55 S.
Parrott Ave., or, if available, at the door on 6te nightof the per-
AARP driver's course scheduled
'An AARP driver safety course will be held Wednesday, March
7, and Thursday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. Both days must be
attended to complete the course. The $10 tuition covers course
material. Make checks or money orders payable to AARP Driver
Safety Program. For information, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-
Airboat group meeting planned
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its
monthly meeting at the Pier II lounge, 2200 U.S. 441 S.E., on
Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m. The group's participation in the
Speckled Perch Festival will be the primary agenda item. All
members are encouraged to be present.
Ministry meeting slated for March 8
Hand and Hand Ministries will meet Thursday, March 8, at the
Palmdale Community Building on the corner of Fifth and Main
for food and fellowship at 6 p.m. Gospel music and the word will
follow at 7 p.m. The word will be brought this month by Pastor
Paul of Moore Haven. Also joining us will be the praise and wor-
ship team from LaBelle. Everyone is welcome. For information,
call (863) 612-0640.

OSAC board meeting slated
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Thursday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600
S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open
to board members. For information call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-
1977, orVal Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Church plans a gospel sing
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will hold a
gospel sing hosted by Sister Hampton on Friday, March 9, at 7:30
p.m. All singers and musicians are welcome to participate. Fel-
lowship will follow. For information, call (863) 357-0455.

Hospice volunteers hosting yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee volunteers will hold yard sales on
Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All
yard sale proceeds help with care at Hospice of Okeechobee and
The Hamrick Home. For information, call Rhonda at (863) 467-
2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest
participants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18. The con-
tests consist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography
and woodworking. There will also be food competitions such as
home baking and canned goods; and a vegetable competition
featuring categories such as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable
and largest vegetable. Entry forms and rules are available at the
Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation, contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann
at (863) 634-3327.

Church planning St. Patrick's Day parade
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold a St. Patrick's Day
parade in conjunction with the Speckled Perch Parade on Satur-
day, March 10. Parade entrants should assemble at 9 a.m. on the
grounds of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St. Indi-
viduals or groups who wish to participate may call Joe Michener
at (863) 467-2058. Also on Saturday, March 10, there will be a
bake sale from 10 a.m. until-? in the park. On Saturday, March 17,
the Saint Patrick's Day celebration on the church grounds will
include a corned beef and cabbage dinner from noon until 4 p.m.
at a cost of $6; a martial arts exhibition from noon until 1 p.m.; a
bake sale from noon until 4 p.m.; and splendid Irish entertain-
ment from 2 until 4 p.m. Admission and parking free.

The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 6,2007



Van Dyke and Buntinbach win Christian Team Trail tourney

Leroy Bauer pulled in a 7.29 lb. bass to take big bass honors at Submitted photo/Pat Ziglar
last Saturday's Christian Team Trail bass tournament. He Donny Van Dyke (left) and Rick Buntinbach (right) took first
received a $204 check for the award. The team of Bauer and place with 15.83 Ibs. of bass at the Christian Team Trail bass
Matthew Johnson finished in third place with 12.17 Ilbs. of bass. tournament last Saturday at Okee-Tantie Marina. They col-
They took home a check for $225 for their morning's work. elected a $680 check for their efforts.

Submitted to Okeechobee News/D. Roehm
Lady Brahman wrestling coach Bruce Jahner (left) presented
the Okeechobee News/Publix Super Market's female athlete of
the month award for January to Evattah Samuels (right).
Samuels placed in three girls' wrestling tournaments in January.

Brahman grappler Donny Bush (left) accepted the Okee-
chobee News/Publix Super Market's male athlete of the
month award for January from Brahman wrestling coach
Bruce Jahner (right).

Samuels and Bush named athletes of month

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Two members of the Okee-
chobee High School wrestling
team were chosen as the Okee-
chobee News/Publix Super Mar-
ket athletes 'of the month for Janu-
Evettah Samuels, a junior at
O.H.S., received the female ath-
lete of the month award for her
outstanding contributions to the
Lady Brahman wrestling team.

Samuels who has been
wrestling for two years, placed in
three tournaments in the month
of January. She was also a runner-
up at the girls' state wrestling
championship tournament in
She is also on the O.H.S. honor
roll with a 3.5 grade point aver-
age. Her future plans include
attending college for training in
crime scene investigation.
Samuels is the daughter of

Hubert Samuels, Sr. and Eva
Donny Bush, a sophomore at
O.H.S., received this honor for his
performance on the mat. Bush
was undefeated in all his matches
during the month of January. He
went on to become the Treasure
Lake conference champion for
the second year in a row. He leads
the team in points, pins, and over-
all record. He has also been a two
time state qualifier.

"Donny is a very tough
wrestler and still has two more
years with us," stated Brahman
head coach Bruce Jahner.
Bush has been wrestling for
seven years. He was a member of
the Okeechobee Wrestling Club
before going into high school.
He would like to either
become a firefighter or work for
Florida Power and Light upon
He is the son of Scott Bush.

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The team of Donny Van Dyke
and Rick Buntinbach took first
place with 15.83 lbs. in last Satur-
day's Christian Team Trail bass
tournament at Okee-Tantie Marina.
They received a $680 check for
their morning on the lake.
Thirty-four boats took part in
the final tournament before the
Christian Team Trail's Classic on
April 7.
Mike Evans and Jim Croslyn fin-
ished in second place with 15.12
lbs., earning them $340.
Third place went to the team of
Leroy Bauer and Mathew Johnson
for their 12.17 lb. catch, earning
them $225. They also received
$204 for bringing the biggest fish of
the tourney to the scale. It weighed
7.29 lbs.

Ken Goodwin and Bob Carney
took fourth place with 11.89 lbs.
They brought 12.14 lbs. to the
scale, but lost 0.25 lbs. for a dead
fish. The win earned them $175.
Bobby O'Bannon and Mike
Simpson took fifth place with 11.66
lbs. They received $134 for the win.
Sixth place and a check for $110
went to the team of Skip Jeslasky
and Dave Johnson for their 11.57
lb. sack of fish.
The teams of Jack Harrison and
Robert Delisle and Mike Krause
and Dick Morse tied for seventh
place with 11.33 lbs. They split $70.
Carroll Head and Larry Steele
took home $136 for the second big
fish of the tournament.
The Christian Team Trail will
hold its Classic on April 7 at the
Okee-Tantie Marina. Weigh-ins will
begin at 1 p.m.

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OHS Brahman Sports Schedules

Head coach (girls): Jay Huff-
Head coach (boys): Dave Ellis
Mar. 6: vs. Avon Park (Okee.
Sports Complex)-4 p.m.
Mar. 7: vs. Jensen Beach
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30
Mar. 8: vs. South Fork (Okee.
Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 13: at Ft. Pierce Central
(Lawnwood)-4 p.m.
Mar. 14: vs. Sebastian River
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3 p.m.
Mar. 27: at Martin County (Mar-
tin Downs Country'Club)-3:30'

Mar. 29: at Clewiston (Down-
town Clewiston)-4 p.m.
Mar. 30: vs. Hardee (Okee.
Sports Complex)-4 p.m.
Apr. 3: at Port St. Lucie High
School-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 5: vs. Ft. Pierce Central
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30
Apr. 10: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence Championship (boys-home,
Apr. 12: at, Sebring (boys)
(Country Club of Sebring)-4 p.m.
Apr. 12: at Sebring (girls) (Sun
and Lakes)-4 p.m.
Apr. 16-17: Districts-TBA-8

Flag Football
Head coach: TBA
Mar. 15: vs. Pahokee-7 p.m.
Mar. 26: at Seminole Ridge
H.S.-7 p.m.
Mar. 28: at Glades Central H.S.-
Apr. 11: at Wellington H.S.-
Apr. 13: at Royal Palm Beach
Head coach (boys): Ty Smith.
Head coach (girls): Brian
Mar. 6: Freshman/Sophomore
girls meet at Lawnwood-TBA

Mar. 8: Moore. Haven Meet at
Moore Haven-TBA
Mar. 10: Bill Wilson Relays at
Sebastian River-TBA
Mar. 17: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence Championship at Jensen
Beach High School-9 a.m.
Mar. 28: Tentative home meet-
Mar. 30: Trinity'Prep Invitation-
al at Trinity Prep-TBA
Apr. 3: Ft. Pierce Westwood
Meet at Lawnwood-TBA
Apr. 5-7: Florida Relays-TBA
Apr. 10: Astronaut Invitational
at Titusville-TBA
Apr. 16-20: District Meet-TBA
Apr. 26-27: Regional Meet-TBA
May 4: State Meet-TBA

OG & CC weekly results

Sports Briefs

PI.G.S. League
Feb. 27: First place-Richard
Maxwell. Second place-Stan
Louph. Last place-John Moore.
Closest to pin: (2) Richard
Maxwell, (8) Bill Whitacre, (11)
Bill Whitacre and (17) Dan Reck-
Feb. 28: First place-George
Guydosh. Second place-Joe
Juday. Third place-Orville Moore.
Last place-Harry White. Closest to
pin: (2) Joe Juday, (8) Orville
Moore, (11) George Guydosh and
(17) George Guydosh.
March 3: First place-Lee Arbo-
gast. Second place-Terry Millette.
Last place-Ben Rodriguez. Closest
to pin-(2) Max Sherry, (8) Penny
King, (11) Joe Albrechta and (17)
Lee Arbogast.

The Brahman boys' track team
traveled to the Warrior Invitation-
al at Jupiter High School on Fri-
day, March 2. They returned to
Okeechobee with an overall
fourth place finish against 17
other schools. The 4x100-meter
team beat power houses Dwyer
and Jupiter High Schools.
The results of the individual
events were: 100-meter: (6) Eric
Lodge. 200: (5) LeShawn Hender-

Okeechobee Ladies Golf Asso-
Feb. 20: (Low Net) First place-
Kay Duball. Second place-Penny
King. Third place- (tie) Ida Curtis
and Nancy McAlinden.
Chip-ins: Eilene Hammond-
No. 10 and No. 12. Wanetta John-
son-No. 1.
Feb. 27: (Low Putts) First
place-Nancy McAlinden. Second
place-(tie) Sunni Adams and
Wanetta Johnson.
Chip-ins: Fran Dierig-No. 1.
Nancy McAlinden-No. 1.
March 1: (Game-Closest to pin
on PAR 3's and Low Putts)-First
place-Sunni Adams. Second
place-Janice Rhynn. Third place-
(tie) Dale Bryant and Lois Alver-
son. Closest to pin-(8) Wannetta
Johnson and (17) Dale Bryant.

son. 400: (6) Lonnie Pryor. One
mile: (3) Bryan Suarez. Two mile:
(3) Suarez. 4x100: (2) Henderson,
Pryor, Malcom Rush and Lodge.
4x400: (6) Henderson, Pryor,
Lodge and Bradly Stark. 4x800:
(6) Suarez, Jarvis Lawton, Misael
Alvardo and Stark. High jump: (5)
Curtis Everett.
The boys' track team is
coached by Tyrone Smith.

Chobee Wrestling Club
to hold sign-ups
Sign-ups for the Chobee
Wrestling Club will take place on
March 6 and 8 beginning at 6 p.m.
at the Okeechobee High School
gymnasium. The club is open to
members 5-18 years old. Once
work outs begin, elementary
school members will meet at 6-7
p.m. Middle and high school mem-
bers will work out 7-8 p.m. The
cost to join is $40 per member. For
more information contact Bruce
Jahner, Brahman wrestling coach
at (863) 462-5025.
Rodeo tickets
now on sale
Reserved seat tickets for the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's spring
rodeo are now on sale at Eli's West-
ern Wear, 907 West North Park
Street. Tickets are $13 in advance
and $15 at the gate. The rodeo is
scheduled for March 10 and 11 at
the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on
U.S. 441 North. Both performances
will begin at 2:30 p.m. The rodeo is
sponsored by the Okeechobee Cat-
tlemen's Association, the Profes-
sional Rodeo Cowboys' Associa-
tion and the Women's Professional
Rodeo Association. For ticket infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2984.
Li' Brahmans baseball
and softball sign-ups
Chobee Lil' Brahmans baseball

Little League ages 5-16 and softball
Little League ages 8-16 sign-ups are
on going. for information call
James Shockley at (863) 634-3482;
or Albion Crowell at (863) 697-
Benefit softball
tournament scheduled
A softball tournament will take
place on March 17 beginning at 8
a.m. at the Okeechobee men's
softball field across'from Yearling
Middle School to benefit a new
men's baseball team that is form-
ing. The new baseball team will be
made up of men from Okee-
chobee who will play in the
N.A.B.A. league in West Palm
Beach. The cost to enter this dou-
ble elimination tournament is $200
per team. Trophies will be award-
ed for first and second place. For
information or to sign up a team
contact George at (863) 634-7657
or Gary at (863) 697-0282.
Bass club
will meet
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold
its monthly meeting on Thursday,
March 8, at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7 p.m.
The club holds its meetings on the
second Thursday of each month
with bass tournaments being held
the following weekend. New
member boaters and non-boaters
are welcome. For information con-
tact Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.


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Some cold remedies dangerous for kids

If anyone in your family has the
flu, be careful around young family
According to a report released
last week by the Centers for Dis-
ease Control (CDC), over-the-
counter cough and cold remedies
can be very dangerous for infants
and toddlers. According to the
report, over a two-year period
more than 1,500 toddlers and
babies were taken to hospital
emergency rooms and three died
because of bad reactions to cold or
cough medicine.
The CDC warns parents they
should never give over-the-counter
remedies of any kind to children
under the age of 2 without first con-
sulting the child's pediatrician.
Most cough and cold remedies
carry warning labels to that effect.
There are no dosing instructions
for such small children because it
may not be safe to give an infant or
toddler any of these medicines.
If a baby is sick, the CDC advises

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parents to call the doctor. A pedia-
trician who knows the child and is
family with the health history, may
sometimes prescribe some over-
the-counter treatments. But there is
no way for parents to know which
treatments are appropriate for
each child unless they consult the
child's doctor.
Since babies and toddlers are
among those most at risk should
they contract a disease, prevention
is important.
Some tips for keeping babies
and toddlers healthy during the

cold and flu season:
Those who take care of
babies and children should take
care not to spread germs. Wash
your hands a lot. Always wash your
hands after changing a diaper.
Always wash your hands before
preparing or touching any food.
Consider getting a flu shot.
You don't want to get sick and risk
exposing your child to disease.
Wash toddlers' hands before
giving them any meals or snacks.
Toddlers usually pick up food with
their fingers.
Keep babies and toddlers
away from anyone else who is sick.
Friends and family members with
coughs or colds should not be
allowed near an infant.
During flu season, try to avoid
taking babies and toddlers to large
public gatherings, where germs
will probably be spread.
If you are out in public, try not
to let anyone touch your child's
hands. Babies often put their fin-

Health Briefs

Red Cross offers classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott
Ave., will hold the following classes
in March: a baby sitting class for
teens aged 11-15 on Monday,
March 5, from 6 until 9 p.m. The fee
is $35.; adult CPR on Wednesday,
March 7; first aid basics on Monday,
March 12; and, infant/child CPR on
Wednesday, March 28.
VNA hosting
memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St., will host free

memory loss screenings spon-
sored by the Alzheimer's Associa-
tion on Friday, March 9, from 11
a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The screenings
will be conducted by St. Mary's
Memory Disorder Center staff for
anyone, of any age, who might be
concerned about memory loss.
The screenings are free of charge
and results are immediate. For
information and to make an
appointment, call Donna True at
(772) 285-6291.
Healthy Start
can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you

been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.
Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a
basic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida
employment requirements for
individuals working in various
vocations. This is a self-study
course that includes text work
and the successful completion of
a multiple choice written test.

The cost of the course is $15. Call
the local Red Cross office at (863)
763-2488 for information.
VNA offers
flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available
at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Fri-
day from 9 a.m. until noon and
from 1 until 4 p.m. There is no
charge with Medicare Part B; oth-
erwise, the cost is $30 for the flu
vaccine and $45 for the pneumo-
nia shot. For information, call
Anna or Debbie at (863) 357-

Heart disease risk high

for Hispanic women

gers in their mouths, so any germs
may easily be transferred. Have
sanitary wipes on hand to clean
your child's hands if someone does
touch them, or if the child grabs a
foreign object.
If your child develops a
cough, cold or fever, do not take
the child to daycare or play dates.
Don't put other children at risk.
Make sure your toddler eats a
balanced diet with plenty of fruits
and vegetables good nutrition
boosts the immune system helps
the body ward off disease.
Make sure your child stays
hydrated with plenty of fluids such
as milk, juice and water.
If your baby or toddler does get
sick, consult your child's pediatri-
cian. Depending on the symptoms,
an office visit may be advised.
Always consult the doctor before
giving a child any over-the-counter

ORLANDO Hispanic
women's heart disease risk is
comparable to the heart disease
risk level of Caucasian women
who are about a decade older.
This disagrees with a long-
held belief that Hispanic women
have less heart disease than Cau-
casian women, researchers
reported today at the American
Heart Association's 47th Annual
Conference on Cardiovascular
Disease Epidemiology and Pre-
"The prevailing theme in med-
icine has been that Hispanic
patients have fewer heart attacks
and strokes than Caucasians,
even though Hispanics seem to
have equal, if not worse, cardiac
risk factors and tend to be more
socio-economically deprived,"
said John C. Teeters, M.D., study
lead author and fellow in the
department of cardiology, Univer-
sity of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
"In clinical practice, however, we
see the opposite, with Hispanic
patients who seem to have heart
disease earlier than Caucasians."
To explain the disparity,
researchers have raised questions
about the quality of Hispanic pop-
ulation census gathering in the
United States, wondering if His-
panics are underrepresented in
the census, and health records
because they tend to migrate
back to their homelands to die
and are more likely to be illegal
To compare heart disease risk
among the ethnic populations,
Teeters and colleagues conduct-
ed a series of free community
health screenings at churches,
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ics. They performed medical his-
tories to determine cardiac risk,
as well as measured each sub-
ject's waist circumference, activi-
ty level, weight, height, blood
pressure, blood sugar and choles-
terol level.
They gathered the same data
in a Caucasian group of people
and compared data among the
women in the study.
There were 79 Hispanic and
91 Caucasian adult women in the
study. The average age in the His-
panic group was 53, versus 63
years in the Caucasian group.
Sixty-one percent of the Hispanic
women were postmenopausal
versus 85 percent of the Cau-
casian women.
When combined, the heart
disease risk for the two groups
was about the same, according to
"If you look at prevalence by
age, there is a clear trend for His-
panics towards increased preva-
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these cardiac risk factors," he
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diabetes, high cholesterol and
waist circumference, the
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and/or family members and
friends, to request free AMD edu-
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Lauren Halliday, 13, (middle) was crowned the 2007 Junior Miss Speckled Perch at the Perch Pageant held on Friday, March 2. Members of her court are: first runner-up Mariah
Speckled Perch Pageant held on Friday, March 2. Members of her court are: first runner- Aguirre, 7, (center) and second runner-up is Jessica Trent, 7, (right). This age group con-
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The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
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Movie times for Friday,
March 2, through Thursday,
March 8, are as follows:
Theatre I -"Wild Hogs" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Norbit" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3'
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
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p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m..
Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
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class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
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the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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

Affordable Computer Repair
Home/small office.
All work guaranteed.
Free pick up & delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447-1155

2 hours for $50
SIn your home
Network& Office PC's
Ask for Ron

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Construction &
debris hauling.
Insured. Call
Adam (863)441-5642

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698

Nursing Home Alternative
Will care for your loved
one. Private room from
light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
provided. 863-697-6383

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materiads540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 020
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Ughts 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VIAs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

4yrs old, good condition,
$75 (863)467-0122
dow units, $100 for both.

MIRROR 39"x29", Gold leaf, 3
sides. $75 (863)674-0482
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

white, works good, $110 or
best offer (863)635-0079
works fine. $40
FREEZER, Chest style, 7.2 cu.
ft. w/ 2 compartments. Ken-
more. Used 2 season's. Ask-
ing $125. (863)357-3203
small. $20. (863)467-4567
15.4 cu. ft. $60 or best offer.
side, water & ice in door,
good condition. $200
Almond color. Full size.
Looks & works good. $75.
STOVE, GE, Electric range,
$25 (863)946-3822

Washer & Dryer, Maytag Nep-
tune, new, digital, front load,
retail $1699, sell for $600.
Stackable, GE Space Maker.
$400 or best offer.
WASHER, Frigidlare Gallery
& Whirlpool Dryer, heavy du-
ty, super capacity, 3 yrs. old,
$325. (863)763-7017
WASHER: GE, large capacity,
heavy duty, multi cycle,
good condition. $65. Call af-
ter 5pm. 863-467-2040
W/D, Whirlpool Cabrio, New,
top of the line, mint cond.,
$1800 @ Best Buy, sell

MICROWAVE- Small, Good
condition. $15.

BICYCLE: 3 wheels, good con-
dition, good paint. $90.
BIKES (2) 26", 1 Girls & 1
Boys. $60 for both will sell
separately. (863)763-5011

Stainless sink, facets, spray-
er, garbage disposal & 12'
bar. $500. (863)467-8681
PLYWOOD, 50 sheets, $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765
TILE FLOOR, 3 boxes 16x16.
Roof shingles 9 bundles. 5
Bali blind. $145. Will separ-
ate. (863)467-1014
WOOD FLOORING: 300 sq. ft.
x 3/4" Thick TG, Solid Brazil-
ian Cherry. Undamaged.
Make offer. (863)675-7926

RUG, New, 8'2" x 10" Country
Garden Past, red, green, mus-
tard, brown & beige. Never
opened. $200 (863)674-0098

COMBO, 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $26500 (239)298-6160
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
BO, 1OxlO, Great condition.
$500 (239)298-6160 or
(863)675-1113 LaBelle
bed w/mattress & toy chest.
Very good condition. $100

PANTS & SHIRTS: size 3X,
new, name brands with tick-
ets, $30 will separately.
(954)237-4846 Clewiston
RAINCOAT: Mien's, size 2x,
black, washable, casual, like
new. Paid $160, asking $30.

standing, holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
Wall art. $100 or best offer.

tor, plays fight song & march-
es, never opened. Paid $60,
sell for $45 (863)674-0482

COMPUTER: Dell Dimension
4550, Windows XR Pentium 4,
30gb, 256k Ram, CD RW,
speakers. $350.863-763-5316
DELL- 4400 Pentium 4 Pro-
cessor, 17" monitor, Incid CD-
RW drive & more upgrades
$450. (863)634-4888
games, Fast, $125
(863)517-2782 Call Tony
80 GB, 512 MB. XP Pro,
DVD RW, KB/M/Spkr.
$299. (863)517-2782 Tony

BED- King size, Complete, in-
cludes comforter, Shams
with skirt. $200.
BED King Size, Sealy Posture-
pedic $150. (863)467-8464
BED: TRUNDLE w/2 Twin Like
new mattresses. $45.
BEDROOM SET, queen size,
pecan finish, exc. cond., incl.
triple dresser & mirror, nites-
tand, $325. (863)467-8924
BEDS, Twin: Matching Set,
Pine w/box springs & mat-
tresses & 2 matching ward-
robes. $300. (863)675-0378
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200. LaBelle area.
china cab, 4 side chairs, 2
arm chairs, $750 or best of-
fer (863)675-4696
DR SET, Table & 6 cane
chairs, upholstered seats, 2
Ig. leafs, hutch, very nice.
$500 (863)357-0709
Solid wood, Golden Oak fin-
ish, up to 42" TV. $350.
green, Sofa, Loveseat, recliner,
Big chair w/ottoman 18 mo old
$900. (863)357-0391. Okee.
LOVESEAT- Blue, burgundy
pin stripe, exc. cond. $100
MATTRESS- New, Therapeutic
Magnetic. Paid. $800. Ask-
ing $300. (863)357-5754
MICRO RECLINER, (2), camel,
end tables & coffee table,
$150 will sell separately.
OFFICE DESK: Metal, Steel-
case Brand, 30"x60" top.
Very good condition. $100.
SOFA Loveseat, Recliner &
Ottoman, Pine $300. for all.
TABLE: Round, 43". Only $50.
TABLES (3): Coffee (1), ends
(2), light oak, brand new.
$300 or best offer.
TWIN CAPT BED: Arbor Creek,
Rooms to Go, w/ nightstand,
excellent condition. $275 or
best offer. 863-763-6617

GOLF CART: Club car, gaso-
line, good condition. $1600.

BB GUN: 760 pellet, pump w/
scope, new. $40.
863-675-3032 (Labelle)
Brittish, synthetic stock,
peep sites, very accurate.
$175 neg. 863-467-2148

BOW FLEX SPORT- Great con-
dition. $400. (863)635-7616
TEM- competition set, like
new, used indoors only $200
neg (863)634-6636

ideal for workplace or home.
Only $40! Call Jan at
excellent condition. $90.
Great condition. Only a few
months old. Fits 36" window.
$20. (863)357-6315

EARRINGS- 10k gold, medium
size bamboo. Heart shaped
$75 (239)823-9804

TABLE LAMPS- 3, Excellent
condition. $30. will sep.

PATIO, 4 Chairs, Umbrella,
Good condition. $100.
PATIO SET- white with glass
top, 4 chairs & teal color
cushions, metal. 5ft long,
$125 neg. (304)582-2116

works like new, pd $5,000
new, asking $1,000.
4 wheel, good shape, $650
or best offer. (863)467-6009

ACRYLIC MIRROR, 4x8 sheet,
easy to cut, retails $85, ask-
ing $65 (863)610-1120
sight impaired. 16" color dis-
lay screen, easy to use.
any format features. Will
magnify print & pictures up to
100x. Unit complete with
stand. Half of original price.
$1500 neg. (863)635-5227
Motorola H500 pink (pink-
ish/purple) bluetooth wireless.
Used lightly w/charger &
manual. $35. (561)924-2208
used one time, MR7, Mag-
num, Books, Asking $500.
or best offer. (863)697-9704
SOLAR PANELS (2): 75 watts,
regulator & BATTERIES (6):
6 volt. $600 for all.
Tanning Canopy., $300. or best
offer. 863-634-5888
TRAILER HITCH- 2, Class 3,
H/D, Fits Chevy Silverado/GMC
2500/3500. '01-'06, $200. Or
Will Separate. (863)517-2249
like new, used only 4
months. $450 or best offer

$25 (863)983-7702
BULL CALF, $100.
CHINESE PUG, miniature,
$500. (863)634-6087
COCKATIELS (2), Females,
with cage. $75 or best offer.
yrs. old, with kennel, $450
for both or best offer.
male, 9 mos old, $350
Miniature Dachshunds (2):
Males, 9 wks old, w/papers.
$425 (863)634-2479 anytime.
PET CARRIER: Extra large.
$50. 863-357-1560
POMERANIANS (2): Males, 7
wks, registered. $600 each.
863-983-6999 or 677-0524.
parents hip certified. Blacks &
erles avail. Ready 3/26.
$1000-$1500. Now taking de-
posits. Okee 863-447-3357
w/shots & health certificates.
Must see! Various colors. Call
Melody @ (863)634-2110

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opportunities for New Independent
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excellent service to our readers.

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Must have a dependable car and provide excellent
service to our customers everyday.

Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.

WANTED: Female Cur to raise
1 litter of puppies w/my male
dog. (863)634-7023

Screen, 3 slide cases. All ex-
cellent condition. $60.
(863)357-0835 Jonnie

1000w amp & 1300w
speaker in box, brand new.
$300 neg. (863)447-5985
ROUND REC.- 6 channel in-
put, 2 spkrs, 15" woofers,
$300 neg (863)634-6949

PHILIPS 52" TV- With sur-
round sound. Good condi-
tion. $750. (863)467-9722
projection, exc. cond., pd
$1700, asking $1200 firm.
(863)357-2795 after 6pm
ZENITH, 27", $100 or best of-
fer. (863)675-4557 after

TICKETS: "Magic Kingdom"
(2) Adult, Florida resident, no
expiration. $120. for both.

Honda, wheelbarrow type,
factory reconditioned. lyr
warr $495 (863)763-4149
set, on a dolly. $450.
asking $75 or best offer

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classlfleds.

played 1 time, with Madden
2007. $650 (863)763-3550
SLOT MACHINE- electronic,
with tokens, $200.

Generation III, with tech
drive, $300. (863)763-5011

VIDEO KIT: Includes pull-down
screen, dvd & wireless head-
set, for vehicle. $500 for
everything. 561-281-4182


Christmas Trees 745,
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

$33 each, 3 bale minimum,
Floralta Hay, Located on the
Prairie, (863)610-1616

BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
Horse quality. $400 for all or
will sell separately.
Needs a little work but, stur-
dy. $500. Negotiable

yrs. old, very sweet, incl. all
tack & shots. $2300 firm.
tered Gelding, to good home
only, $2500 or best offer.
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1800. Neg. (863)201-3492
4-horse, fair condition,
'$1700 or best offer.
GELDING, to good home on-
ly, $2000 or best offer.
SADDLE, Western, Synthetic,
15-16" seat. Brand new!
$150. (863)467-2104 or
SADDLE, Western (Veech):
16.5 seat. Brand new! Paid
$2000, Now $1200.
Westfalen, Warmblood X TB.
Super sweet. 1 yr colt.
$2499. (863)357-5867

CADET CUB, Self propelled
mower, like new. 3spd.
trans., 6.5hp motor. $180
hydraulic dump, front & rear
hitch, great'shape, $5000.
RIDING MOWER: 43", cut w/
80 hours and 30 x 40 wag-
on. $1200. 863-675-3793
ROTO TILLER- Huskee, brand
new, never used. Tills 13,
22, 24" width. $300 or best
offer (863)801-3291
steel rack w/2 doors, on
trailer, pull behind your truck.
$2000 (863)697-6222

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

apt, single occupancy, unfur-
nished, no pets, smoke-free
environment. $600/mo +
$600 sec dep, utilities includ-
ed. Call 863-610-0861.
on quiet St. Kids & pets wel-
come. $850. mo. & $2200
Moves you in. 561-795-1965
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in town,
$625/mo, utils incl'd, no
pets, smoke-free env. 1st &
sec. (863)610-0861
pets. $700/mo. 1st, last &
$400 sec. to move in. 2 units
available. (863)763-9225

OAK LAKE, 2br/2ba, New
wood patio fence. Alum. roof.
Carpet/tile throughout
$85,000. Neg 863-697-2462

front 3 Bdrm., 1/2 Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come! $1100. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-346-3620
just 12 miles North of Okee-
chobee. 3br/1.5ba. $850/mo.
1st & sec: No pets. Call only
M-F, 9-3. 863-467-1717
Sleeps 4-6, lake access,
large yard. Seasonal, monthly
or weekly rates available.
Call 863-824-0981
after 5:00 pm.
"OKEE., New 4 br/2ba/gar. Spa-
cious/Open floor plan. $1100.
mo. (954)288-5602 Broker
Agents Welcome

Hurry! Only a Few Left!
DOWNTOWN, 1,000 sq. ft.
202 N.E. 2nd St.
$900. + Tax per month.

Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. East of Okeechobee. $125
wk. Call (863)824-6112
OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen privi-
leges, Cable, W/D, $150/wk,
first & last (863)634-8374.

2ba MH. Updtd Kit., Screened
porch, dock & W/D. Lake ac-
cess $795 mo. + 1st, Last &
Sec. Century 21 Horizon Prop.
Debra Pinson (863)801-9163

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Is doing you In, It's time
to look foa a helper In
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Waterfront Property 1080

BLUE HERON, 3br/2ba/2 gar.
CBS, Updtd, Granite counter
tops. 299K, Century 21 Prop.
Debra Pinson (863)801-9163
FORT DRUM, Adjoins Indian
Hammock, 3BR/2BA house,
barn & stocked fish pond.
(863)763-3451 or 824-0424
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
1 car garage plus den. Buy for
$1,175 per month. $165,000.
E-Z Financing. Can be seen at
3632 NW 5th St.

TAYLOR CREEK: Vacant wa-
terfront lot, 80 x 100.
$98,000. 863-467-2225 or

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-4031
Brand new, waterfront, all new
appl's incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345
OKEECHOBEE: Trailer for rent
on south end of Okeechobee
on Rim Canal. Call for details.

ADULT PARK: Waterfront w/
Lake access. 1991 Homes of
Mfeit 36x12 Ft. w/32x9 Ft.
Florida Rm. fully furnished. In-
cludes park membership. Ask-
ing $75,000. (863)357-3203
LARKEE LAKES, Older Single
wide on 2 lots at end of cul-
de-sac, 2br, lba. $69,000.
neg (863)467-2156
OASIS VILLAGE, Mobile home
& lot on water. Lot 90.
OKEE: Prowler 33ft, 11'x30'
Florida rm, 1br, W/D incld,
partially furn. $7800 neg.
room, CA/Heat, furnished,
W/D, freezer, carport. In adult
park. $14,400 (863)763-7927
OKEECHOBEE, Small trailer
w/room addition on rental lot
in Summer Breeze RV Park.
$2500 (863)763-6784
Sat., March 10th, 9am to 4pm
Ousley Estates
4197 SW 13th Way
REDUCED!- 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CA/Heat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
RIVERBEND MHP- 3br, 2ba,
furnished, golf cart, 3 shed,
Fla room. (863)824-0082
RIVERBEND MHP- #40, 2br,
2ba, furnished, elec boat lift,
on canal, Fla room, golf car,
2 sheds, 3 fruit trees.


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

ALUMINUM, V Bottom, 14',
Smokercraft w/like new trail-
re & 18hp Tohatsu motor.
$1600 neg. (863)763-4680
BASS BOAT '88: 16' Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
offer. (863)763-3660
V, 40hp Yamaha motor, trailer,
needs some work. Reduced
price. $900 (270)210-9385
Ft. Boat. New bunks & paint.
Good condition. $450.
w/trailer. Can be seen at The
Glades RV Resort Lot 38B.
$800. Neg. (410)924-5218
CANOE, Indian River, 14ft.,
square back, with 2.5hp Nis-
san outboard. $450
FISHING BOAT, 16'9" deep V
Hull, '85hp Suzuki mtr.,
w/trolling mtr., $1600 or
best offer. (863)357-6617
FLATS BOAT- 15 ft, Tri Hull,
50 hp Evinrude, trolling mtr,
batt, fish finder, 2 live wells
$2300 (863)697-9405
JON BOAT: 12 ft, game fisher,
excellent condition. $200 or
best offer. Call
17', 70hp Evinrude w/troll.
mtr. & trlr., other access.
incl., $3300. (863)946-0112
Stratton, 5HP, 4 cycle, no
tank, never used. $450. Call
after 5pm. 863-467-2040
PONTOON, 24' w/ 50 hp Merc.
Runs perfect, new carpet. No
trailer $1800.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454
PONTOON BOAT, with motor,
no trailer, $2500.

SEA NYMPH '80, 12 Ft., Deep
V Bottom & big 9 spd. trolling
motor. Heavy duty marine bat-
tery. $750.863-824-0899
SEASQUIRT- 16', Center con-
sole, w/ 50 hp Evinrude. Full
cover, Turn key, $2300.
(863)357-1784/ 634-2454
racing sale, fiberglass center-
port $1500 (863)467-7336

MeadowLark Campgrnd 30
Ft. Furn., built up roof Must be
moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell)
MOTOR HOME: 1973 Dodge
van camper, runs good, roof
ac. $1000 or best offer.

-'" Screen Rooms Carports
U Room Additions Florida Rooms
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (8631634-2044

12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, March 6, 2007

MOTORHOME- '91, Winneba-
go Elaindan. 33', 460 Ford
eng. 6500 watt gen. 72K Good
shape. $9500. 863-824-0365
PARK MODEL 35'- Furnished,
All appl., Florida Rm., Shed.
Located at Lakeside RV Park.
$6900 (863)763-7927
STOVE TOP, 3 burner, Wedge-
wood, for camper, brand
new. $100 (863)946-3822

FIFTH WHEEL: Avion, 29ft, w/
slide out, located at Mea-
dowlark Campground.
TAILGATE, Louvered alumi-
num, fits '96 '04 Dodge
Ram. $150 (863)357-5986

CARBURETOR, Airboat, re-
built, for ground power en-
gine, original equipment.
100 (863)610-1120
Parting out...$495 for all. Stop
by lot #48 in Summer Breeze
Mobile Home Park.
Evinrude & Johnson motors,
$110 (270)210-9385

BOAT TRAILER: 2007 King,
for 12-14 Ft. boat. $500.
(614)620-0670 Okeechobee
rude Zephyr, 4 cyl., 7hp, not
running, wall hanger. $200

BMW K75- '92, 81K mi., Cor-
bin seat & extra seat. Good
cond. New parts. $2400 neg.
(863)357-2233 Okee. area
DIRT BIKE: '02 Honda XR80R,
Excellent condition. $500.
firm. (863)634-2475
'05- less than 300 mi, black,
$6300 (863)467-1449
550cc. $1000 or best offer.
HONDA SHADOW 04- 750cc,
like new, $3900 or best offer
(772)618-0555 cell
low mi., liquid cooled shaft
drive, w/2 helmets, $975
neg. (863)946-3196
Sportster, with brackets.
$200 (863)634-1561
SCOOTER: 2004 Verucci, 50
cc, 152 mi. $1000 or best
offer. 863-467-4253
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $500
Lost title. (863)467-2609 af-
ter 3pm
YAMAHA YZF-R6 '03- black &
silver, low miles, $4000 or
best offer (561)436-9225

DIRT BIKE: 2002 Yamaha
TTR225, very nice condition.
GO CART- Murray, 2 seats,
runs, $300 (863)634-7706 "
HONDA 4 WHEELER-'01, 450
Foremen, 4x4, Camo., Alum.
wheels. Aggressive mud
tires. $2500. (863)634-0164

KAWASAKI-'88, 100 cc, Runs
great. Good shape. New tire.
550. (863)763-8797

TRAILER: 26ft, screen room,
storage area, all contents.
Must be moved. $1000.
863-674-0531 Labelle area


Autoo Mntud. 4010
Classic Care 4015
Commercial Tnwks 4020
Equipment 4025
ForeiaCar- 4030
Four Wml rivr 4035
Hewy Duty 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trhal 4050
Sport Utillty 4055
Tractor Trail r 4060
Utility Trailoer 4065
Vane 4070

133K, runs good, $1500
CAMARO Z28 80: 350 auto. Pwr
windows. Re upholstered seats.
Runs. Orig. Needs body & eng.
work. $1200. (863)634-6601
1yr on warr, 5 spd, AC, ask-
ing $6800 (772)618-0555

SELL great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
FORD FOCUS ZX3- '01, Auto.,
Custom paint. Body kit. Runs
Stood. $4200.
FORD TAURUS- '90, New al-
ternator, water pump & new
hoses. Does overheats. Must
move $200. (863)835-6015
HONDA CIVIC '89: $900.
Needs work. If interested,
call, 863-261-1158.
condition, low miles.
X Racing auto. trans., looks
& runs good. $1800
PLYM ACCLAIM '91- runs
great, $600 or best offer
Great body & new tires, but
has blown motor. $300 or
best offer. 863-697-0186
SATURN '93- needs AC, runs
well, $650 (239)690-2055
Alva, FL
SATURN '95- Twin cam V,
asking4-2891 $1000
TOYOTA CAMRY '91- runs
good, cold AC, $1000 or
best offer(863)261-1407

318 engine, needs restora-
tion, $1500 or best offer.

T-BIRD, '61, All original. Very
restorable. $1500.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454

CHEVY 4WD: 1978, 3500 se-
ries, 1 ton, $2500.
CHEVY '87, 4 speed, new.
clutch, good toy. $500
FORD BRONCO, '89, 4x4, 6"
lift, 33x12.50R16, $1500 or
best offer. (863)634-3878
Iv. msg

GOLF CART, Doesnt run, has
batteries, good tires & top.
$100 (863)763-0268 after

GMC WORK TRK '81- util.
body, 8.2 liter Detroit diesel,
3 ton elec auto crane,
$3500 neg (239)425-7016

DAYTON SR's- 4, White letter-
ing. 80% tread. $225.
Fifth Wheel Hitch for back of
truck & 3 sway bar sets,
$300 for all will sell separ-
ately. (863)763-9626
SEMBLY- For Camaro/Fire-
bird LS1 Engine. $400. or
best offer. (863)467-8856
LADDER RACK- fits smaller
trucks, $400 (863)983-7100

title. Selling for parts. $250.
or best offer.
(863)674-0126 (LaBelle)
RIMS & TIRES: 20", 6 lug,
used only a few months &
sold SUV, like new. $1500.
561-281-4182 Frank.
Fits '02 Pontiac Grand Am
$400 or best offer.

CHEVY PU '95- full bed, 5
spd, $3995, Call
CHEVY 4X4 '83- 350 eng, 4
speed, 39.5 Super Swam-
pers, $3500 (863)673-0951
CHEVY C10 1968: Runs good,
body needs TLC. $2500.
CHEVY DUALLY: 1 ton, 454
engine, 4 spd. $2500.
rebuilt engine, 6 new tires,
$1500 (863)634-3654
CHEVY S10 '93- good shape,
runs good, V6.5 spd, $1800
or best offer (863)983-7100
FORD E350, '98, 16' cargo,
38,700 mi., exc. cond.,
$12,900 or best offer. Cle-
wiston (313)319-3039..
FORD F150 '86- runs good,
$1200 or best of-
FORD F150 '96, 300 CID, in-
line 6 cyl., 5 spd. 0/D, green
.exterior, tan Interior. $2500
neg. (239)425-7016

NISSAN '86, Great motor &
transmission, no a/c or heat.
Needs TLC on looks. $600

DODGE SUV 1987, Runs
good. $1000 or best offer.
FORD EXPLORER 2000: 4x4,
transfer case & motor ONLY,
just pulled, runs good. $650.
863-763-0547 Okeechobee
end damage, good motor,
$500 (863)675-6432

GATE- 14x6, dual axle, 1 ft
sides, 14"tires, $1000 firm
goose neck, straight, 37 ft
long. $2500.863-824-6720
TOW DOLLY- '04, Like new.
Good tires & straps. Pulls &
looks good. $800. or best
offer. (863)697-9704
UTILITY TRAILER- 4x8, excel-
lent condition, $800 or best
offer (863)781-0484

CHEVY ASTRO 2000: Excel-
lent condition, 86k mi,
$7500. Call 863-824-0195
VAN '99, Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $3500 (863)763-3451"

FORD F350 '89- 16 passen-
ger, diesel engine, dual
wheels, $2490
GMC SAFARI 2000: White,
great condition. $3000.
battery, good tires. $800
miles, blown head gasket,
rest is good, as-is. $500

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5500

United for Families, Inc. (UFF), the Com-
munity-Based Care Agency in District 15,
is accepting proposals for an experi-
enced local service provider to provide
year-round services lor UFF's non-profit
accounting needs. The RFP (RFP
#0607-001-0708) contains important
activities and dates related to this solici-
tation, The RFP may be accessed at (under Publications, Re-
quests for Proposals), or a copy may be
picked up at United lor Families, Inc.'s
administrative location, 10570 S. Federal
Highway, Ste. 300, Port St. Lucie, FL
34952, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., M-F The intent to bid is
due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 23,
2007, and proposal Is due by 4:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 28, 2007.
ON 02/27,28:03/ 6.7.8/07

2007 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD
195516ON 3/6/07

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Community Events

OSAC panel schedules meeting
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource
committee will meet Monday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and
is open to the public. For information call Keith Stripling at (863) 763-
6064, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Prevention tops OSAC meeting plan
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will
be held Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Discussions will
include prevention needs in the community, as well as gathering data
to submit for further funding. The meeting is open to the public. For
information, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

TOPS hosting new-member event
Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) FL #669 will host a new member
open house on Friday, March 16, at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. TOPS is a weight-loss support group
which encourages successful, healthy weight reduction through good
nutritional habits and safe exercise regimens. For information, call
Diane Wistey at (863) 467-8929.

Sharron King in concert March 17
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present Sharron
Kay King on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Ms. King was nominated
for Christian music's Top Vocalist of the Year and Christian Bluegrass
album of the year. For information, call Lee Minton at (863) 697-8517.

Church hosting guest speaker
Janet Folger will be speaking at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., on Saturday, March 17, from 2 .until 4 p.m. She will be
speaking on many current events. Everyone is welcome. There is no
charge. For information, call Debi at (863) 634-3525.

Church hosting special speaker
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will present
Dr. Clarence Menninga on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. Dr. Menninga
is chemist, geologist and teacher from Grand Rapids, Mich. He will be
presenting a program entitled "Science and the Christian Faith."

Juvenile justice group plans meeting
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting on Friday, March 23, at noon in the meeting room at
Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okeechobee
County. The public is invited. For information, call Pat O'Connor at
(863) 763-3536.

Church hosting Ft. Drum weekend
Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will host the
15th annual Fort Drum Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 24
and 25, from 10:30 until 4 p.m. each day. There will be games and
prizes for the youth as well as food, music, and a baking contest. Pas-
tors Fred Hodges and Al Padgett will be speaking. Bring a covered
dish to share and a lawn chair. For information call Judy at (863) 357-
1581, or the church at (863) 467-1733.

New FOE is forming
A new Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. A membership
drive and fund raiser will be held on Saturday, March 24, at the old
Cypress Hut Flea Market on U.S. 441 S.E. beginning at 1 p.m. Boston
butt or chicken barbecue dinner will be served for a donation of $6
per plate. There will be a silent Chinese auction, give-aways and live
music. For information, call (863) 763-1187.

Fun shoot benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be held Saturday, March 24, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th St., to benefit Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Gorge and Mary Beth Cooper will provide lunch, and Davey
Raulerson will provide the swamp cabbage. There will also be prize
giveaways. Fax registration requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call Hos-
pice of Okeechobee at (863) 467-2321 for information.

School board hosting special meeting
The Okeechobee County School Board will host a meeting to
inform private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2007/08
school year. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26, at 1
p.m. It will be held in room 303 of the Okeechobee County School
Board office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.

Easter cantata set for March 30 & 31
This year's cantata "Lord of Lords" will be presented by the
Okeechobee Community Choir on Palm Sunday weekend, March 30
and 31, at The Gathering, 1735 S.W. 24th Blvd. Rehearsals are under
way at The Gathering on Sundays from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m., and
singers can still participate in the choir. For information, call Sandy
Perry at (863) 634-7714.

Prom dress rescue is being formed now
A prom dress rescue is being organized for girls who want to
attend their high school prom but cannot afford the price of a dress.
The Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., will be the fitting loca-
tion. Girls can come here to select and try on dresses on Friday, March
30, from 3 until 6 p.m. The plan is to assemble all the beautiful gowns
that were worn once and are now sitting idle in closets, and make
them available free to those who need them. Arrangements can be
made to pick up the gowns. For information, call Pam Chesley at
(863) 946-2736 or (863) 634-7158.

Activity guide being prepared
The Shared Services Network (SSN) is preparing the 2007 Summer
Activity Guide to assist you in selecting activities appropriate for your
children. The deadline for submitting your activity is Friday, March 30.
Our hope is that this guide will assist you in finding activities to keep
your children safe, supervised and active this summer. SSN is looking
for activities to promote for children in Okeechobee this summer in this
guide. If your organization,, club, church or neighborhood is sponsor-
ing a camp, day program or supervised activity for local children please
call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257, to submit your informa-
tion. There is no charge to submit your activity.

Give-away benefits March of Dimes
Tickets are available at Riverside National Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave.,
for a 2006 90 CC Adley four-wheeler. Tickets are $10 each and the pro-
ceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. The drawing will be held April 2.

Horse trainer to visit
Cornerstone Christian Home Educators will host horse trainer Skip
Calder on Thursday, April 5, from 2 until 4 p.m. The event will take
place in the empty lot at the corner of S.W Fourth Street and S.W. Fifth
Ave., across from the First Baptist Church and the ROC. Mr. Calder will
be presenting horse training techniques along with sharing how living
for God has many things in common with horse training. The event is
open to the public .

Masonic Lodge hosting hog roast
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237 F&AM, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.,
will hold their annual hog (domestic pork) roast on Saturday, April 7,
from 4 until 7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out will be available for a suggested
donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children. A traditional barbecue
menu will be served and the dinner is open to the public. For informa-
tion, call Jim Green at (863) 634-4401 or Jose Verano at (863) 634-2071.

AARP offers free tax service
AARP-Taxaide will hold a free tax counseling preparation and e-fil-
ing service each Monday and Tuesday through April 17, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Last
year's tax return, all financial documents for 2006, picture ID, Social
Security card and birth dates are required for everyone listed on the
return. For information, call Neile Foreman at (863) 357-1694.
Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day
Bike Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m. until
9 p.m. Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show, contests,
vendors, poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12 and under are
free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A full week-
end pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support
Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Min-
istries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning crews
and security personnel are currently being sought. For information call
(863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto; or by
mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee, FL 34973.

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008
Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published as the
featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31 and
entry forms and complete contest rules are available at select Info & Education. This contest is open
to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three
photos. For information, call (863) 462-5260.

Ladies FOE auxiliary forming
Treasure Island Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. Ladies
Auxiliary members are being sought to sign up as charter members.
The time and place for meetings will be announced. For information
call Bill at (863) 763-1187, or Diana at (863) 357-2009.

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of
1998 are asked to please submit your contact information to Include your maiden name if appropriate,
address, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.

ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second lim-
ited edition Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament including a
numbered certificate with historical information. Ornaments are $15
and proceeds fund the ORE scholarship. The 2007 ornament will be the
Southland Hotel. The 2006 ornament was the first brick school 1916. A
limited quantity of the 2006 ornaments is available. Those who pur-
chased ornaments last year and would like the same ornament num-
ber(s) and quantity please call one of the following members: Gay Carl-
ton at (863) 763-5755; Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829; Paulette Whipple
at (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis at (863) 763-3991; or, Regina Hamrick
at (863) 763-8865.

Martha's House in need of help
Martha's House Domestic Violence Shelter is in need of your help!
The screen porch at our shelter needs to be enclosed with windows.
We need a contractor, handyman or someone that could perform this
service and donate all or part of the supplies. We are also in need of two
new or gently used stoves. If you can help us out, we would be very
grateful. All donations are tax deductible. Contact Stephanie or Kim at
(863) 763-2893 or Stephanie at (863) 610-9192.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free sum-
mer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register
early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must be
met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not
have participated in a VPK program during the school year; and, the par-
ent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning Coalition
located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call Malissa at
(863) 763-5453.

Children's Ranch hosting yard sales
The yard sale at Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., is now
open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Please bring us all your unwanted treasures. Tax receipts are available at
the office. For information, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FP's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill. There
are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a FPL cus-
tomer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name and num-
ber. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done over the
phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation
Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.

Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid? Healthy
Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at (863) 462-

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence, which
deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing survivors of
domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a later date
according to community interest and response. Contact Shirlean Gra-
ham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items such
as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other items
for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items will be
used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the community. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5877.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Little Mr. Speckled Perch
Mason Burke, age 5, was crowned Little Mr. Speckled
Perch on Friday, March 2 at the 2007 Speckled Perch

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