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Vol. 100 No. 29 Sunday, March 8, 2009 750 Plus tax


Health and safety
classes planned
The Okeechobee Service
Center of the American Red
Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health and Safety class-
es in March: Monday, March 9
- Adult CPR/AED; Wednesday,
March 18 Infant/Child CPR/
AED; Tuesday, March 31 First
Aid Basics. All classes are held
at their Service Center, located
at 323 N. Parrott Ave. All classes
will begin at 6 p.m. To register,
or for more information call

Controlling garden
pests seminar set
Are Bugs bugging you?
There are over ten thousand in-
sects in Florida but only about
ten that are harmful to plants.
Small in number, but they can
cause lots of destruction. Come
to our garden pest workshop
and learn easy and sensible
ways to control the terrible ten
without poisoning the planet.
We'll show you how to prevent
pests and also good ways to
deter them when they do show
up. The workshop will be pre-
sented by Angela Sachson, Flor-
ida Yards & Neighborhoods.
The workshop will be held
on March 10, from 1-2:30 pm
or 5:30 7 p.m. at the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Service,
458 Highway 98 North.
Space is limited and pre-reg-
istration is required. Call 863-
763-6469 to sign up.

'Business in a soft
economy' seminar
"Doing business in a soft
economy" a small business
seminar will be held at Indian
River State College, William-
son Conference Center Rm
c-105 on March 19, from 11
a.m. until 1 p.m. With a slow
economy affecting most areas
of business, the time has come
to make sure that business
owners are exploring every po-
tential issue that could be cost-
ing money. This seminar will
examine product and service
mix, advertising strategy, and
proper market identification
techniques to help ensure that
business owners are dotting ev-
ery "i" and crossing every "t" to
get through this rough period in
this tough economy. To reserve
your spot please contact Sean
Moore at 863-517-0097 or by

Drought Index

Current: 688
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

12.61 feet
Last Year: 10.12 feet

A Sponsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Prescription pills can kill

Abuse of prescription
narcotics growing

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Many pill junkies rationalize
that they aren't taking anything
that's going to harm them be-
cause the medication was pre-
scribed, but the statistics tell a
different story.
"Their perception is it's got to
be OK because the doctor pre-

scribed it," said a detective with
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force. "Right now, I'm convinced
the whole world is on dope -- I'm
According to a 2008 report
released through the Florida De
apartment of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) by the Florida Medical
Examiners Commission, pre-
scription drugs accounted for 73
percent of all drug occurrences,
when alcohol is excluded.
In Okeechobee County last
year 14 people died due to drug

overdose, according to a report
from the 19th Judicial Circuit
Medical Examiner's Office in
Fort Pierce.
The FDLE report was com-
piled from autopsies performed
by Florida medical examiners
from January through June
During that time period there
were about 89,000 deaths in the
state, with 4,055 of them having
one or more drugs specified in
their bodies, stated the report.
According to the report, the

three most frequently occurring
drugs found during those autop-
sies was alcohol (1,923), benzo-
diazepines (1,469) and cocaine
(955). The drugs that caused the
most deaths were oxycodone,
all benzodiazepines (with alpra-
zolam accounting for the most
deaths), cocaine, methadone,
alcohol, hydrocodone and mor
The three most lethal drugs
-- meaning more than 50 per-
cent of the deaths were caused
by the drug when it was found

-- were heroin (91.5 percent),
methadone (75 percent) and
oxycodone (60 percent).
In a similar 2007 report for
the same time period, the three
most frequently found drugs
were alcohol (1,902), all ben-
zodiazepines (1,167) and co-
caine (1,008). The four most
lethal drugs were heroin (84.4
percent), methadone (73.5 per
cent), oxycodone (56.9 percent)
and fentanyl (55.3 percent).
See Pills Page 3




By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The elephants are coming!
The elephants are coming!
The National Elephant Cen-
ter recently announced another
step toward completion of a
300 acre elephant sanctuary
on property leased from Waste
Management off Berman
News of the elephant sanc-
tuary was first announced lo
cally in the Feb. 8, 2008 edition
of the Okeechobee News. The
National Elephant Center re-
cently sent out a press release

stating that a contract had been
awarded to Richard K. Davis
Construction Co. of Ft. Pierce
to manage construction for
phase I.
The National Elephant Cen-
ter is a nonprofit organization
committed to ensuring the fu
ture of elephants in zoos and in
the wild by advancing science
in artificial insemination and
breeding; promoting elephant
research and conservation pro-
grams; providing specialized
training for elephant caregiv-
ers; and becoming a voice for
See Elephant Page 2

Two suspected

pot houses raided

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three peo-
ple were arrest-
ed Thursday,
March 5, when
detectives raid-
ed two suspect-
ed grow houses
and seized sus-
pected mari- -
juana plants Mario L.
valued at over Gonzalez
$1.7 million.
Arrested were: Mario L.
Gonzalez, 44, N.E. 22nd Ave.;
Leidys Y. Rodriguez, 25, N.E.
22nd Ave.; and Migueal Angel
Cadalso-Cagigas, 60, N.E. 18th

Leidys Y. Migueal A.
Rodriguez Cadalso-
Although arrested in sepa-
rate operations, all three were
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on felony charges
of trafficking in marijuana,
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell and cultivation of

See Pot Page 2

A champion reining cow
horse will compete later this
month for another title.
Peppy's Picasso, a 12-year-
old gelding, is owned by Mike
Ricker of Mi-Cin Ranch. Peppy's
Picasso (by Dual Peppy and out
of Kitty Banjo) was purchased
by Mr. Ricker in 2007 from Da-
vid Phillips.
This is a phenomenally
consistent horse. Some of his
triumphs are Open Bridle Re-
serve Champion in 2007 and
Champion in 2008. Also in
2007 he took home the Cham-
pion to the Dixie Reining Cow
Horse Association title in Ocala,
Florida and in 2008 he received
National Reining Cow Horse
Association Champion.

Peppy's Picasso has traveled
all the South Eastern states,
Georgia, Tennessee, Florida
and the Carolinas, to gain the
most earned points in many
competitions. He will run the
same scores week after week
and just keeps on going.
Mr. Ricker wants to make it
very clear that they do not push
their horses or harm them in
any way.
"By pushing a horse they
tend to get burned out with
just a very few shows, we do
not sacrifice our horses for
any show," Mr. Ricker stated.
"Even though these winnings
and titles are Peppy's Picasso,
it wouldn't have been possible

without his trainer Rick Steed.
I want to thank him for his in-
valuable training and his ex
traordinary horsemanship. He
will be world renowned and
it has been an honor to have
Mr. Ricker thanks his wife
Cindy, in appreciation for her
Keep your eyes out, and
wish him good luck, for this
local star, Peppy's Picasso, as
he will be in the Open Bridle
Spectacular later this month in
Idaho, representing Okeecho-
bee in this four-event show
with competitors from all over
the United States.

Local teams take top

spots at competition


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Okeechobee Xplosion All
Stars traveled to the "King of The
Jungle" All-Star National Cham-
pionships in Ft. Lauderdale in
More than 85 all-star teams
competed at this nationally
ranked competition, creating a
challenge for the Okeechobee's
only competitive all-star cheer-
leading and dance program.
All 46 athletes quickly rose to
this challenge, bringing home
a fourth place, third place and
a first place! The Mini level one
All-Stars consisting of athletes
from 3-8 years old brought
home third place out of 9 com-
peteting teams. The Junior level
2 All-stars consisting of athletes
from 7-14 year olds brought
home an impressive fourth out
of 11 competing teams.

Finally, Xplosions Senior level
3 consisting of athletes from the
ages of 12-18, brought home an
"amazing first" ranking the ath-
letes National Champions out of
10 competing teams. Congratu-
lations athletes!
Okeechobee Xplosion All-
Stars will be having evaluations
for 2009-2010 competitive teams
during the first week of May,
Xplosion All-Stars also offers
classes such as tumbling and a
fun non competitive cheer and
will be offering many summer
programs such as a week long
Hip-Hop Dance clinic taught by
World Champion TOP GUN ALL
STARS. Please call Coach Victo-
ria with any questions 863-441
3826, xplosionallstarcheer@ya,www.xplosionallstars.

Submitted photo/Victoria Osteen
The Okeechobee Xplosion Dance and Cheer teams took over the 'Jungle" during the Jan.
10-11, competitive cheer competition. All 46 girls on the teams in each age group excelled
bringing home one of the top spots.

Champion: Peppy's Picasso, reining cow horse

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Mike Ricker, of Mi-Cin Ranch, is here with his two-time world champion cow horse
Peppy's Picasso.

Champion cow horse will

compete for more honors

2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 8, 2009

Continued From Page 1

marijuana. All there were also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug parapher-
"We will continue to eradicate
these illegal grow houses from our
county, especially when they are
in our neighborhoods where our
kids are," said Okeechobee Coun-

Continued From Page 1

elephants nationally and inter-
nationally through advocacy and
Phase I involves the design and
construction of several savannah-
like elephant habitats, support
buildings and infrastructure. Oth-

ty Sheriff Paul May on Friday.
Bond for the trio had not been
set as of newspaper deadline be-
cause they had yet to have their
first appearance hearing.
Arrest reports indicate that de-
tectives from the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force executed a search
warrant on a home on N.E. 22nd
Avenue occupied by Gonzalez and
Rodriguez at 10:58 a.m. The detec-
tives then went to a garage behind
the home where they reportedly
found 100 suspected pot plants
with active root systems.

er contractors involved in phase I
are the Wantman Group of West
Palm Beach, conducting exten-
sive site surveying and mapping;
Construction Engineering Group
of Melbourne, providing civil and
structural engineering services;
PBS&J of Orlando, providing me-
chanical, electrical and plumbing
engineering and Universal Engi-
neering Services of Rockledge,
conducting geotechnical engi-

The plants had a combined
weight of 214.1 pounds, accord-
ing to the report, and had an esti
mated street value of $1.6 million.
That figure is based on each plant
producing 1 pound of marijuana
every three months with an esti-
mated street value of $4,000 per
pound, the report continued.
Besides the plants, detectives
reportedly seized timers, CO2 fil-
ters, ballasts, PVC piping, breaker
boxes, 1,000 watt light bulbs, irri-

Upon completion, the center
will have on-site staff housing and
two large barns, one for Asian
elephants and one for African El
"Elephants are among our
most endangered animals in the
world and their future depends
on innovative programs that inte-
grate science, research, education
and animal care expertise," Marc
C. Reed, president of the center

gation devices, hoses, water con-
tainers and air conditioning units.
These items, indicated the report,
are items found to be consistent
as those used in marijuana grow-
ing operations.
The task force investigation
then led them to a home on N.E.
18th Avenue that was inhabited by
Cadalso-Cagigas. Detectives then
applied for and received a second
search warrant and served it on
that home at 4:28 p.m.

board. "Waste Management's
support of the project, including
its nominal lease to the center of
the land will help."
The 77 North American zoos
accredited by the Association of
Zoos and Aquariums have nearly
290 elephants. This center will
support those zoos in a number
of ways. One of those ways is to
develop new habitat and land-
scape features that will be used

March is Red Cross Month Arrest Report

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
March marks American Red
Cross Month which is officially de-
clared each year by the President.
President Barack Obama of-
ficially declared March Red Cross
Month in a signed Presidential
Proclamation, marking the 66th
time the month has been cel-
ebrated in honor of the organiza-
tion since 1943, when President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt used
the declaration in support of Red
Cross efforts to raise funds for
World War II services.
The proclamation reads, in
part-"The Red Cross has contin-
ued to serve those suffering from
large-and small-scale disasters.
The organization is best known
for its work helping communities
deal with major disasters such as
hurricanes, floods and wildfires.
These large-scale disasters repre
sent a major part of the work of
the American Red Cross. Just as
important are the tens of thou-
sands of small-scale disaster that
occur every day in communities
nationwide, and the volunteers
who respond to them. These ef-
forts include supporting our mili-
tary and their families, collecting
and distributing blood, helping
the needy, delivering health and
safety education, and providing
aid abroad."
The Greater Palm Beach chap-
ter is joining more than 700 Red
Cross Chapters across the coun-
try in celebration of the occasion
by hosting 11 awareness events
during the month, which began
with its 19th Annual International
Polo Luncheon and Auction on
Sunday, March 1st. The Red Cross
will also hold over 56 Health and
Safety and emergency prepared-
ness courses.
The local Okeechobee Service
Center will also be doing their
own celebration efforts to spread
the word about the American Red
Cross through events like "Life's
a Beach Party" hosted by Good
Spirits under the Tiki each Thurs-
day in March from 5 p.m. until 9


Today: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 83. Calm wind becom-
ing east southeast between 10
and 15 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with
a low around 55. East southeast
wind around 5 mph becoming

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 83. Calm wind becom-
ing east southeast between 5 and
10 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy,
with a low around 57. East south-
east wind around 5 mph becom-
ing calm.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with
a high near 85. South southeast
wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy,
with a low around 58. East south
east wind around 5 mph becom-
ing calm..

Florida Lottery -Here are
the numbers selected Thursday
in the Florida Lottery: Cash 3:
7-6-9; Play 4: 3-1-6-3; Fantasy 5:
23-29-31-32-34; Mega Money:
5-12-21-31 MB 12 ; Florida Lot-
to: 1 5 8 36 37 44; Powerball:
1-6-44-49-55 PB36 x2. Numbers
drawn Friday, Cash 3: 0-2-9;
Play 4: 0-3-2-1.

There will be music, prizes,
a 50/50 drawing and good food.
Come out and join the fun and
support your local American
Red Cross. For more information
about this event call Toni at Good
Spirits at 863-763-2734.
Come ride for the Red and
support the Okeechobee Service
Center of the American Red Cross
which is hosting its first ever Red
Cross Motorcycle Poker Run. The
day-long event takes place on
Sunday, March 29. Riders begin
registering at 11 a.m. at Okeecho-
bee's J & S Fish Camp, with the
last bike out at 12:30 p.m.
Along the scenic route, rid-
ers will make three stops at lo
cal Okeechobee hot spots before
ending at the Seminole Brighton
Casino, which is sponsoring the
event. At each stop, participants
will receive cards for their poker
hands. The last hand must be in
by 4 p.m. for the Brighton Semi
nole Casino finale (17735 Reser-
vation Road). At the casino, each
participant will enjoy a $20 free
There is an Okeechobee Route
and a Glades Route that can be
taken to benefit the Okeechobee
Service Center. The cost for a pok-
er hand is $10 each or three for
$25 and there's no limit on how
many hands can be purchased.
Everyone is welcome to join the
festivities at the Seminole Brigh-
ton Casino where there will be

entertainment, raffles, contests
and food for purchase.
At the finale, the best and
worst poker hands will be tal-
lied and the winning hands will
receive a $500 cash prize for 1st
place, $300 for 2nd and $100 for
worst. The event will raise funds
for the humanitarian work of
the Okeechobee and Lakeside
Communities' Branches of the
American Red Cross, which both
provide life-saving services to the
community 365 days a year.
Red Cross CEO Larry Casey
said, "March is the time in south
Florida to begin preparing for
a busy storm season." He con-
tinued, "We will prepare our
community to be ready for what
nature can throw at us." The
Greater Palm Beach Area Chap
ter, which was chartered in 1917
and is deeply rooted in the history
of Palm Beach County, has been
celebrating March is Red Cross
Month since the tradition first be-
The American Red Cross is a
non-profit organization that is not
government funded yet is man-
dated by a Congressional Charter
to provide disaster relief.
For more information about
the Okeechobee Red Cross chap-
ter call (863) 763-2488.

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During a search of sheds on
the property, task force detectives
reportedly found 27 suspected
marijuana plants with active roots
that weighed approximately 100.6
pounds, as well as another 14 sus-
pected pot plants without active
roots that weighed .2 pounds.
Using the same formula as
with the other seizure, these
plants had an estimated street
value of $108,000.
The task force report goes on

by zoos across the country.
Ground breaking is expected
by the end of the year. The center
expects to have its first elephants
early next year. Once operational,
the center will be available for
group tours.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
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to indicate they found items used
for an alleged marijuana growing
operation as they found in the first
It is believed that Gonzalez,
Rodriguez and Cadalso-Cagigas
are from the Miami area.

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The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Casey Sammons, 19, U.S.
98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 2 by Deputy Sarah Green
on a charge of grand theft auto.
His bond was set at $5,000.
Walter Roy Powell, 40, N.E.
Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 2 by Deputy Michael
Hazellief on a felony charge of
possession of prescription medi
cation without a prescription.
He was also arrested on misde-
meanor charges of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. His bond was set at $5,000.
Osiel Lugo, 28, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested March 2 by
Deputy Sarah Green on a Hills
borough County warrant charg-
ing him with violation of proba-
tion grand theft auto, violation
of probation burglary of an
unoccupied structure, violation
of probation grand theft and vio-
lation of probation burglary of
an unoccupied conveyance. He is
being held without bond.
Eric Wayne Harris, 21, N.W
Sixth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 2 by Deputy G. Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation -driving under
the influence. He was released on
his own recognizance.
Willie Joe Harris, 30, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested March 2 by
Deputy Lieutenant Keith Murrish
on a warrant charging him felony
petit theft. His bond was set at
Jose Ramon Fernandez,
31, Ortiz Circle, Fort Myers, was
arrested March 4 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on a Hillsborough
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation lewd
or lascivious battery and violation
of probation failure to redeliver
leased personal property. He is
being held without bond.
Craig Bleil, 27, Deerfield
Drive, Jupiter, was arrested March
5 by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation -driving while license
revoked-habitual offender. He is
being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.



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During this reporting period
there were 87,500 deaths in the
state and 3,980 were found to
have died with one or more drugs
in their bodies.
In local deaths, acute metha-
done toxicity accounted for three
deaths, while one person died
due to fentanyl toxicity and an-
other died due to acute clonaze-
pam toxicity. In the remaining
overdoses, multiple drugs were
found including oxycodone cy-
clobenzaprine, diazepam, ben-
zodiazepines, phenobarbital and
Fentanyl is a powerful synthet-
ic opiate analgesic similar to, but
more powerful than, morphine.
Clonazepam, diazepam and
xanax are members of the benzo-
diazepine family.
Phenobarbital is a barbiturate
that is used to control epilepsy,
and as a sedative.
In Okeechobee, the pill of
choice right now is roxycodone --
also known as roxy -- followed by
xanax and methadone, said the
Roxycodone, as well as oxy-
contin, is a brand name of the
powerful pain reliever oxy-

"It's (roxycodone) a synthetic
heroin that's opiod based. It's
kind of legalized because doctors
are giving it," the detective added.
"Roxys are time release and once
you crush them, and snort or in-
ject them, it's an instant high."
Many people are taking roxys
-- as well as oxycodone or hydro-
codone -- by crushing them, mix-
ing the crushed pills with water
and injecting the mixture.
"When I arrestsomeone I'll ask
them what phase they're in," the
detective said. "The first phase is
denial, the second is snorting and
the third phase is shooting (inject-
ing). When you start crushing and
injecting, you're a junkie."
Many of the junkies will take
a roxy then follow it with alpra-
zolam or methadone to calm the
adverse effects of coming down
from the roxy high. This is also
known in the medical world as
polydrug synergy, and can many
times be a lethal mixture.
In looking at the medical ex-
aminer's report for local overdose
deaths, it should be noted that 13
of the 14 who died were white.
One American Indian male died
of polydrug synergism. Eight of
those who died were male and
nine were over the age of 40. Two
were under the age of 20 and two
were over 50.
"The trend in Okeechobee
is 21 to 30," the detective said.

"Older people are starting to get
in it as well. You start out with a
true injury and you just get on this
stuff and it takes over.
"And they're more white than
anybody -- usually white males 25
to 30. White females seem to start
a little younger. I've yet to arrest
a black or Hispanic for pill fraud.
There's rumor that blacks and
Hispanics are slinging them, but
most are white," he added.
And because these medica-
tions are so prevalent in today's
society, trying to stop the busi-
ness of pedalling the medications
is nearly impossible -- both on the
street and in the courtroom.
"They're the biggest market
now. They're easier to get rid of
with less trouble," the detective
explained. "You almost have to
catch them red handed. And, 90
percent of the juries today are
made up of people who are on a
handful of pills themselves."
Pushing pills on the street is a
big, and profitable, business. The
detective explained that a person
may have to pay up to $600 for a
doctor's visit, if they don't have
insurance, and will normally get
around 240 pills. Those pills can
then be sold for as much as $15
each, which means a tidy profit of
"It's a very lucrative business,"
the detective said.
Many times local people are

Women arrested after chase

Deputies seize
cocaine and pot

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A brief chase Friday morning
ended with two women being ar-
rested and a large amount of cash
and suspected powder cocaine
being seized.
A detective with the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force said
March 6 over 500 grams of white
powder substance, about 38
grams of a hard substance and
about 18 grams of a green leafy
substance was seized.
He went on to indicate that the
powder substance and the hard
substance were both field tested
and indicated a positive result for
the presence of cocaine. The leafy
substance was also field tested
and indicated a positive result for
the presence of marijuana.
Also seized were two sets of
scales and over $500 in cash.
The names of the two women
were not released since they were
still in the process of being booked

at the Okeechobee County Jail as
of newspaper deadline.
But according to the detective,
the driver of the vehicle could face

with the detective's K-9 Rex, the
driver put her automobile in drive
and tried to flee from the two of-
ficers, the detective said. As the

possible charges of aggravated car was speeding away the depu-
assault with a motor vehicle on ties at the scene saw several items

a law enforcement officer, felony
fleeing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer, trafficking in cocaine
over 400 grams and possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. The
passenger in the car could face
the same charges, excluding the
aggravated assault and fleeing
When the women were taken
into custody a 2-month old baby
was also found in the car. Another
task force detective said the baby
was turned over to the Depart-
ment of Children and Families
The chase began around 10:20
a.m. after a car was pulled over
on Berman Road just south of
the Okeechobee Landfill, said the
detective. Deputy Corporal Brian
Hagan, of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO), report-
edly stopped the automobile for
As another task force detective
arrived on scene as backup, along

being thrown from the car's win-
dow. Those items were picked up
and turned out to be the suspect-
ed cocaine and marijuana.
The detective went on to say
several attempts were made to
stop the fleeing auto, and as the
women were fleeing they nearly
struck OCSO Deputy Lieutenant
Gary Bell.
According to the detective, the
car was finally found abandoned
at a residence on N.W 136th Trail.
During the ensuing search the
two women were found hiding
in a van parked on the property.
Neither the property owner or the
van were involved in what had
One of the women is from
Clearwater, while the other is
from Port St. Lucie.
Because of the amount of sus-
pected cocaine seized, the task
force detective said the women
will likely be prosecuted at the
federal level.

Woman charged with meth possession

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested on a felony drug pos-
session charge after she was
stopped by a police officer be-
cause the license tag decal had
been altered.
Melinda Josephine Fredricks,
27, N.W Ninth St., was arrested
Thursday, March 5, on a felony
charge of possession of meth-
amphetamine. She was also ar-
rested on misdemeanor charges
of possession of drug parapher-
nalia (two counts) and driving
while license suspended.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $2,500.

An arrest re-
port by Officer
Justin Bernst, of
the Okeecho-
bee City Police
(OCPD), in-
dicates he
stopped a 1997
Dodge Ram Melinda J
pickup being Fredricks
driven by Fredricks and noticed
the tag decal had been altered
from "08" to "09." He said a
check revealed that the tag had
expired in December of 2008.
While he had the woman
stopped, Officer Bernst stated he
also learned that Fredricks' driv-
er's license had been suspended
for failure to pay traffic fines.

After placing the woman un-
der arrest, he began to inventory
the truck in preparation for it to
be towed. During this inventory
the officer reportedly found in
the overhead console a glass pipe
with a white residue, as well as a
small plastic bag that contained
a crystalline substance.
When that substance was
field tested it indicated a positive
result for the presence of meth-
amphetamine, stated Officer
The OCPD officer went on to
state that a second pipe, contain-
ing a similar white residue, was
found in Fredrick's purse.
Officer Bernst stated that the
suspected methamphetamine
weighed .208 grams.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following four people
are among Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons. There are active
warrants for each of them. The
criteria for making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five is based on
the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the war-
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the
option of remaining anonymous.
You can also receive a reward if
the information results in an ar-

Antonle Faust


Jackie Cottrill, 45, Grand
Theft Motor Vehicle, DOB 6-24-
Antonie Faust, 22, Burglary
w/assault. Bond: $100,000
Wilbert Perez-Borja, 25,

going to such areas as Fort Lau-
derdale to see a doctor and get a
script for roxys. That person will
then go to such places as Sebring
to get the script filled. By doing
all this travelling they are hoping
to avoid the law and a charge of
doctor shopping.
"You have some who don't
mess with it and are just selling,
but most are truly addicted," said
the detective.
Which means once they've
made their $3,000 profit, they im-
mediately turn around and start
looking to buy more pills to feed
their addiction.
"They're all searching for that
ultimate high," explained the in-
vestigator, "and their family finally
knows it when they find them in
the morgue."

Street Talk
Some Common
Street Names for
Prescription Drugs

Barbiturates: barbs, reds, red
birds, phennies, tooies, yellows,
Benzodiazephines: candy,
downer, sleeping pills, tranks
Fentanyl: Apache, China girl,
China town, dance fever, drop
dead, Fat Albert, friend, goodfel-
las, great bear, he-man, Incred-
ible Hulk, jackpot, king ivory,
Murder 8
Methadone: Amidone, fizzies
Morphine: dreamer, emsel,
firs line, God's drug, Miss Emma,
Mister blue, morf, unkie, monke,
white stuff
Oxycodone: Oxy, O.C., killer
OxyContin: Hillbilly heroin,
OCs, Os, Ox, pills
Phenobarbital: Karachi
Vicodin: vike
Source: National Institute on DrugAbuse;
Office of National Drug Control Policy




The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office is disclosing this infor-
mation to the public in order to
enhance public safety, awareness,
and protection. This information
is not intended to increase fear:
rather it is this agency's belief that
an informed public is a safer pub-
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the informa-
tion to threaten,
intimidate, or t
harass offend-
ers will not be
tolerated, in any
The individu-
als who appear
in this bulletin
have served the Scott
sentence im- Strohm
posed on them
by the courts. They are NOT
wanted by the police at this time.
Sex offenders have always
lived in the communities. The
only change is the public is now
better informed.
21525 NW 262 STREET
W/M; DOB: 8/19/49
Height: 5'8"; 159 lbs.
Hair: GRAY; Eyes: BLUE
Strohm was convicted of Lewd
& Lascivious Molestation, Victim
12-15 YOA, Offender 18 or Older,
in 2005 in Palm Beach County,
Florida; Strohm was also con-
victed of Sexual Battery by Adult/
Victim Under 12 YOA, in 2006 in
Palm Beach County, Florida. Vic-
tims were minors.
If you have any questions
regarding this bulletin, contact
Michele or Connie, Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 763-3117.

Commonly abused

Celebrity deaths

prescription drugs due to prescription

& their brand names pill overdoses

Barbiturates: Amytal, Nemb-
utal, Seconal and Phenobarbital



Halcion, Librium, Valium (diaz-
epam) and Xanax (alprazolam)
Fentanyl/Fentanyl analogs: Ac-
tiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze
phen: Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Anex-
sia, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus, Norco
Methadone: Diskets, Dolo-
phine, Methadose
Morphine: Roxanol, Du-
Oxycodone: Oxycontin,, Roxi-
codone, M-oxy, ETH-Oxydose,
Oxyfast, OxylR
Sources: National Institute on
Drug Abuse;

Heath Ledger -- Actor, Jan. 22,
2008; Age 28
Elvis Presley -- Musician, Aug.
16, 1977; Age 42
Marilyn Monroe -- Actress,
Aug. 5, 1962; Age -36
Dorothy Dandridge -- Actress,
Sept. 8, 1965; Age -41
Brian Epstein -- Music manager
(Beatles), Aug. 27, 1967; Age 47
Anissa Jones -- Actress, Aug.
28, 1976; Age -18
Keith Moon -- Drummer for
The Who, Sept. 7, 1978; Age 32
Margaux Hemingway -- Ac-
tress, July 1, 1996; Age -42
Dana Plato -- Actress, May 8,
1999; Age -34
Anna Nicole Smith -- Actress/
model, Feb. 8, 2007; Age 39





PH 863-357-9967 FAX 863-357-9969

Jackie Cotrill Benji
Sanders AKA
Juan Tapla
H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to
Benji Sanders aka Juan
Tapla, 33, FTA-Poss Cocaine,
DOB 3-12-1975.

U U _____ ____


200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974








4 OPINION Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 8, 2009

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pling of some of the discussions currently taking place.
Thanks for participating!
Mortgage bail out
WHY HELP: If you were so stupid as to get yourself in mortgage
trouble, would you please try to convince me that it's anyone else's
responsibility to bail you out?
FORECLOSURES: I don't think there should be bail outs for peo-
ple who bought homes they could not afford to begin with. They
knew they could not make the payments. And if you bail them out
with a new loan, they won't make those payments either. However, I
would like to see some help for people who lost their jobs through no
fault of their own and now don't have enough to pay the mortgage.
Perhaps they could refinance and give them lower monthly payments
or some kind of grace period until they can find another job. I don't
think it should be just free money, but give them a break until they
get back on their feet. When a lot of homes in a community are fore-
closed on, it hurts the whole community.
SYMPATHY: There are only two class of home owners that I have
any empathy for: those who got burned/caught in the cross fire after
they made reasonable purchases but after county re-appraisal their
land value plummeted below what was left on their mortgages; and
or those who lost jobs due to the failing economy. Other than those,
they should suffer their own consequences. I believe there will be
many that will get "help" that will simply allow the mortgages to fall
in arrears again ... a repeat of what got them there in the first place,
walking away with our tax dollars

Basketball games
OCRA: I was just wondering why the OCRA games are not played
at Osceola Middle School instead of Yearling. Osceola has a much bet-
ter court and its bigger and it should be utilized and I was just won-
dering what the problem is. Because Yearlings court is entirely too
small. And they should take turns and let Osceola have it sometimes
and let Yearling have it another. Editor's note: According to Parks and
Recreation Director Darrell Enfinger they use Yearling Middle School
because they have a long standing arrangement with the school and
the partnership has worked well. He noted the school has been very
accommodating to the county basketball program. He noted it is also
close to the county recreation department and is convenient for them
to use. They did use Osceola on a short term basis three or four years
ago. He noted if the programs continue to expand they will probably
ask to use Osceola Middle School's gymnasium in the future.

Opinion, pro and con of 4 day school week
BAD FOR THE KIDS: I have read about other communities going
to a four-day school week to save money -but I think it is a bad idea
for the kids. Either they wind up with less time in the classroom or
else they have longer days and they get too tired to pay attention. Plus,
being off three days means they have that much longer to forget what
they learned. Teachers think Mondays are bad now -imagine how
wild the kids would be every Tuesday after having three days off.
FAMILY TIME: Long weekends, every weekend. It would make
planning family events easier. So many times kids are bringing "Ex
cuse Junior from class Monday as we were away for a family event."
With the Long Weekend's there would be less days missed. I guess
there are lots of Pro's and Con's to this possibility. I asked our OFC 9th
grader if they have heard anything, or what his feeling is. According
to him the kids "know" that at least one school in West Palm Beach
and they cut one hour off the school day. Still 5 days a week just one
hour less. I asked what he thought of what we have been talking
about here... He said he didn't think it would be very good to extend
the day. The middle school kids are last picked up and last dropped
off. It could be 6:30 at night before they get home. Wednesday night
is church night for the majority of the kids. Homework would suffer
as the kids would be tired when they get home.
BAD IDEA: I think going to a four-day school week would be a
terrible idea because in nearly every family all of the adults work full
time. So one day week, there would be a big problem with daycare,
or else kids would be home alone. It's bad enough when they have all
these teacher workdays. If they actually consider an idea like this, they
should let the parents vote and I think the vast majoritywould want to
stay with the five-day school week.
STAY IN SCHOOL: My husband and I would just like to see the
kids actually do school work on the days they go to school. Every day
one or the other kid comes home and complains about what a waste
of time school was--and they are in advanced classes. I wish we could
get rid of all the teachers/administrators who are just taking up space
(and a paycheck) and get in more people who care about education
and the future of these kids. I empathize with those who are dedi-
cated to education and have to deal with some of their coworkers.

More fires
DRY CONDITIONS: Once again we find ourselves dealing with
very dry conditions with little rainfall over the last few months, and
the drought index is increasing fast. The recent very cold and freezing
weather, and damaging freezes has also set the stage for dangerous
fire ground conditions. Common sense and precaution when outside
with cigarettes, camp fires, motor vehicles and any burning, will help
keep unnecessary local fires from getting started. The only thing we
can't control is lightning with the onset of the storm season this up-
coming Spring.
CLUELESS: Now another neighbor is burning trash in his back
yard in all this wind. Some people are completely clueless.
BE PREPARED: If there is no burn ban there is nothing that can
be done, other than a smack on the hand telling them to watch it, just
get out your hoses and be ready for the worst. Being prepared is a lot
of your defense at this particular moment.
GARBAGE: I don't understand why people burn trash when we
have mandatory countywide garbage pickup. You have to pay for it
whether you use it or not. It's part of the tax bill.

Sex education for the older generation
GET THE FACTS: Sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS
are on the rise amongst the older generations, in some cases as much
as 127 percent. Reports cite the lack of sex education as a factor. For
anyone out there, regardless of age, don't be afraid to talk to your
doctors, use protection, and become educated.

FBLA bass tournaments
CLEWISTON: I was down in Clewiston last weekend and noticed
there was a big bass tournament going on down there. Virtually every
motel and hotel was packed. Why aren't we having more of these
tournaments in Okeechobee? It seems like they're all going out of
Clewiston this year.
LAKE LEVEL: The schedules for these tourneys were made up
last year when the lake levels had been extremely low. The higher
powers failed to notify those that did the scheduling and inform them
that tropical storm Faye would come along and raise the levels by sev-
eral feet. Therefore the decision was made to hold the tournaments
at a ramp that would be functional. Hopefully Okeechobee will get
some of the tournaments back at Scott Driver next year. Just what I
LOCATION: I've talked to quite a few of the bass pros out on the
lake while they were pre-fishing, most of them say they would rather
go out of Clewiston and most the them either fish the mid to lower
end of the lake or the west end. Clewiston caters to them, I don't think
Okeechobee can compete with that, having a decent ramp doesn't
mean anything. Most of the pro trails don't hold weigh-ins at the
ramp, FLW holds them at WalMart and the Chobee WalMart is too far
from the ramp area unlike Clewiston.

Looking back...
Shannon D. Thomas is shown in this "Rodeo Days" pho-
to, taken when she was selected as the Rodeo Queen of
Okeechobee in 1977.

Submitted photo/Humane Society Pet Rescue FL, Inc.

Pet of the Week
Pennie is very affectionate. We feel she would be easy to
train. Adoption fee, $135. Email or
call 863-532-1110. Okeechobee pets can be seen by pub-
lic adoption events and by appointments only. http://www. We operate our rescue
from the generosity of your donations. Please help us help
homeless pets.

Letter to the Editor

Thank you used each and everyone of you
to encourage and strengthen us
Chad, Niki and I would like to as we all said goodbye to him.
express a huge heartfelt thanks Please know that your kind words
to all the wonderful people who and deeds will never be forgot-
sent flowers, brought food or just ten.
came to "sit a spell" in the recent Sincerely,
illness and loss of our dad and Barbie Campbell
husband, Chip. I know that God Chad and Niki Campbell

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Community Calendar

Sunday, March 8
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon meeting
open discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.

Monday, March 9
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick open
discussion 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast
Guard Auxiliary Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on Road
78 on the second Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome to
come as a guest and inquire about membership. Watch the paper we
are planning a one day boat safety program in January 2009. Do get
your safe boating certification. Call to enroll for course or to inquire
about membership 863-763-0165.

Tuesday, March 10
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the Okeecho-
bee Airport T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group open discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group open
discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or have been abused. They meet on the first and
third Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, 401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of
every month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
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, Call Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
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. Everyone is invited.
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.
AA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
863-801-9201 or 863-697-9718.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to aweeklymeeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.

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Brantley code violation case comes up again

If you go ...
What: City of Okeechobee Code
Enforcement Board
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March
Where: City Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A code violation problem that
has been ongoing for at least 15
years will be heard again Tuesday
Marvin Brantley, operator of
a junkyard on S. Parrott Avenue
has been cited numerous times
for junk and public nuisances.

The case last came up during
the January code enforcement
board meeting. At that time code
enforcement officer Fred Sterling
said Mr. Brantley told him the
property was sold and the deal
would be closed in a few days.
Keith Duffy of Parrott Avenue
Partners told the board that he
was in the process of buying the
property and putting in a shop-

ping center. There were compli-
cations to the sale but he said they
were settled and he had financing
in place to buy the property.
"Once we close, we are com-
mitted to cleaning up entirely,"
Mr. Duffy promised.
In order to give Mr. Duffy time
to clean up the property, the
board postponed action on the
case for sixty days.

Turning to other cases, Jason
Estes and Kristy Petty have asked
for a reduction of the fine on their
S.E. 12th Avenue property. Gwynn
and Linda Johnson were cited for
having disabled vehicles and pub-
lic nascences on their N.E. Ninth
and Tenth Street properties.
According to code enforce-
ment officials, general cleaning
and beautification needs to be

done on the N.W Tenth Avenue
lot belonging to Financial Re-
sources of America. Marie Fenton
was also cited for the same rea-
son because of the condition of
her S.E. 12th Avenue property.
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Buckhead VFW recognizes outstanding officers

VFW Post 9528 in Buckhead
Ridge held their annual ham din-
ner/awards ceremony on Jan.
25. The dinner was great but the
awards were the hit of the day.
Each year, Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 honors those men who
serve their community by being a
Sheriff's Deputy, a firefighter or an
EMT. VFW Commander Robert
Hare gave a memorable speech
that garnered a standing ovation,
not to him, but to the men and
women who served their com-
munity. The awards were given to
Joseph Saruppo, deputy sheriff of
Glades County, William Ranson,
EMT of Glades County EMS, and
Scott Obenstine of the Glades
County Fire Dept.
"Every day of every week, in
every month of the year there is
an accident, a fire, a robbery, a
murder and many other modes
of mayhem occurring in the real

world. We have had a number of
these in little old Buckhead Ridge.
We had one such accident right
down the street just a week or
two ago. That incident was a trag-
edy that could have been prevent-
ed, but I am not going to delve
into that area," said Commander
Hare as he began his speech. He
continued by stating that what
happened after the emergency
occurred is what these awards
are all about.
"The Glades County Sheriff's
Dept, Fire Dept. and Emergency
Medical Services rushed to the
scene. No questions asked and
no thought about it, this is just
what they do," he said.
The first to be honored and
presented with a plaque Glades
County Deputy Sheriff, Joseph
Saruppo. Deputy Saruppo is a
dual certified law enforcement
and corrections officer and has

been with the department for
three years. His career in law en-
forcement spans nearly 20 years.
Officer Saruppo was also congrat-
ulated on being selected as one
of the first motorcycle officers for
Glades County.
The second award was pre-
sented to William Ranson and
EMT of Glades County for the past
three years. Officer Ranson is also
certified as a Firefighter II, and has
also become the fire inspector for
Glades County.
Lastly, Scott Obenstine, a 10
year veteran firefighter with the
Buckhead Ridge Fire Dept. with
the rank of lieutenant and was
named as fireman of the year.
Firefighter Obenstine was pre-
sented with the VFW Post 9528
Gold Medal for his service.

Community Events

IRSC to host annual
Classic Car Show
IRSC River Classic Custom
Car Show Sunday, March 8, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. on the IRSC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. Admis-
sion is free. Juried competition,
$25, Sound challenge, $25. Park-


Leopold (Paul) Fournier
OKEECHOBEE Leopold (Paul)
Fournier passed away quietly and
while in the care of staff at Okeecho-
bee Health Care Facility. He passed
away Saturday,
Feb. 25, 2009,
while Nurse Lou,

recited the Lord's
Prayer, which the
family thanks her
Paul was born
July 28,
1935, the eldest of 9 chil-
dren; he grew up on a small family
farm in rural Maine.
Following his honorable discharge
for his service in the U.S. Army at
Fort Hood, Texas, Paul returned
home to Maine and worked with his
father on the construction sites in
upstate New York for a few years.
Paul ultimately moved to Florida,
where he lived a happy fulfilled life.
Paul was a tough guy. He owned
P&R Bar in Cocoa Beach while he
worked as a machinist in that area.
Paul had a reputation for arm wres-
tling at his bar and he did his own
bouncing of unwelcomed visitors.
Paul gained skills in steel fabrica-
tion and later became high rise steel
erector, a rigging lead person. Many
years ago Paul suffered the loss of
one of his legs and significantly
damaged the other in an industrial
accident on the job. Even though he
only had one leg, which required a
brace, he was still capable of getting
around following the accident and
maintained a physically active life. In
fact he made his own prosthesis out
of a crow bar for his "stump" so he
could have a third hand when as-
sembling steel for welding on his
He loved work, life and people. He
had a huge heart and concern for
others; he especially loved his ranch
in Okeechobee. He raised beef cattle
on his ranch located on the outskirts
of town and continued to operate
the ranch up to a year ago, tending
to the cows, pigs and lots of dogs.
Paul lived a rough and tumble life-
style but it was his way of enjoying
his life and frequently shared his
thanks to the Lord for his many
blessings. He loved blue grass, and
frequently held week long fund rais-
ing parties on the ranch, where
bands would donate their time, res-
taurants would donate food, Paul
would butcher a few cows and pigs
and all would donate money to a
needy cause.
The family is grateful for the
quality at home care provided by
Rita Sovine to their oldest brother
over the past decade.
Paul was preceded in death, by his
father and mother; and his sister
He is survived by three sisters,
Joyce, Lillian and Pauline; and four
brothers, Don, George, LeRoy and
No services will be held.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd St.. Okeechobee.

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petition for 31 categories of cus-
tom and classic cars and trucks.
Participants may register from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Judging starts at 10
a.m.; trophies awarded at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www. or call 1-866-792-4772.

Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

Betty Jane Shaffer, 67
OKEECHOBEE Betty Jane Shaf-
fer, of Okeechobee, died Friday, Feb.
20, 2009, in Raulerson Hospital She
was 67.
Born Feb. 8, 1942, in Indiana, Pa.,
she had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1996 and was a member
of the Ladies VFW
She is survived by her husband,
Jim Shaffer of Okeechobee; sons,
Steven Shaffer of Pennsylvania, and
Justin Shaffer of Okeechobee;
daughters, Doreen Lihnec of Penn-
sylvania, and Georgian Woods (Jim-
my) of Colorado Springs;
granddaughter, Amanda Gensmar of
Colorado; and brother, Robert Beers
of Pennsylvania.
There will be no services or visita-
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.

Betty E. Polster, 89
OKEECHOBEE Betty E. Polster,
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past 25 years, died Feb. 27, 2009, in
the Arbor Village Rehabilitation Cen-
ter in Wildwood, after a short illness.
She was 89.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, she moved
to Okeechobee in 1983, and was a
member of St. Teresa's Catholic
Church in Buckhead Ridge. She vol-
unteered many years at St. Vincent
DePaul Thrift Store and also at Big
Lake Mission Outreach.
She is preceded in death by hus-
band, Norman E.; sons, Raymond E.
and Norman R.; sisters, Lena, Thel-
ma and Ruth.
She is survived by son, Tom (Judy)
Polster of Curtice, Ohio; daughter,
Carol Hunter (Dan) of Oregon,
Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-
grandchildren; and one great-great-
A Memorial Service is being held
today, March 8, 2009, from 1 to 3
p.m. at St. Teresa's Catholic Church,
Rt. 78, Buckhead Ridge, Okeecho-
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to Big Lake
Mission Outreach, PO. Box 1663,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th St., Okeechobee.

Free nutritional
class offered
Monday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a
CRA Nutritional Analysis class at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For more information call
863-763-4320. This is a free class.

OCEA holds
membership meeting
The Okeechobee County
Education Association (OCEA)
will have its third general mem-
bership meeting of the 2008-09
school year, on Thursday, March
12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Media Cen-
ter at Osceola Middle School, 825
S.W 28th St. They will: form the
financial review and negotiation
committees, hear reports from
the Medical Insurance Committee
and Rally attendees, and found
out what to expect with possible
budget cuts and educational legis-
lation. If you are not a member of
OCEA, you may join at the meet-
ing. There will be refreshments
and door prizes.

Support group has
special guests
Depending on Christ Mental
Health Support group will be
hosting authors of the book "Bro-
ken Minds," Steve and Robyn
Bloem from Heartfelt Counseling
Ministries on Thursday, March 12
at 6 p.m. For more information
call Lauralee at 772-597-0463 or

Area Agency on Aging
plans upcoming
The Area Agency on Aging of
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
is planning its upcoming month-
ly Board of Directors Executive
Committee meeting, to be held at
the Area Agency on Aging, 4400
N. Congress Ave., West Palm
Beach, on Thursday, March 12.
The meeting is scheduled to be-
gin at 8:30 a.m. Contracts requir-
ing the expenditure of funds are a
regular agenda item of this meet-
ing. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area
Agency on Aging, at 561 684-5885
for more information.

Library presents
free program
Paul Buster is an excellent
historian, storyteller and singer
of Seminole stories, legends, and
songs. Join Mr. Buster for a fun-
filled evening of Seminole cul-
ture at the Okeechobee Library
on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
The program is provided by the
Florida Humanities Council and
is free and open to the public.
The Okeechobee Friends of the
Library will provide light refresh-

School board to
discuss grants
The Okeechobee County
School Board will host a meet-
ing to inform private schools of
federal grant opportunities for the
2009-2010 school year. The meet-
ing is scheduled for Friday, March
13, at 3 p.m. and will be held in
room 301 of the Okeechobee
County School Board Office. Rep-
resentatives of all private schools
are encouraged to attend.

Submitted photo/Robert Hare
Glades County Emergency Officers were recently recognized by the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 for their outstanding service to the community in 2008.
Glades County Sheriff, Stuart Whiddon (left), Capt. Jeffrey Hill and Chief Dwayne Pottorff
stand behind Officer Joseph Saruppo as he accepts his award for Outstanding Deputy of
the Year.

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Honorable Marvin Wherrel

Honorable Noel Chandler

Honorable David Williams

Citizen Member Michael Sumner

Citizen Member Gene Woods

Board of County Commissioners District No. 4

Board of County Commissioners District No. 2

School Board District No. 5

Business Owner within the school district

Homestead property owner

The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) meets each year to hear petitions
and make decisions relating to property tax assessments, exemptions,
classifications and tax deferrals


Number of Parcels Reduction
in County Shift in
Type Exemptions Assessments* Both Taxable Taxes Due
of Value Due to Board
Property Withdrawn to Board Actions
Granted Requested Reduced Requested or Resolved Actions

Residential 1 2 4

Commercial 1 10 3 $89,463 $1,351


Agricultural or 17 3 5
Classified Use

High Water

Commercial or

Machinery and 1 2

Vacant Lots
and Acreage 1 22

TOTALS 18 1 17 36 $89,463 $1,351
*Include transfer of assessment difference (portability) requests.

Questions concerning the actions taken by this Board may be addressed
to the chairperson or clerk at the following telephone numbers:

CHAIRPERSON Noel Chandler 863-763-4559
(Name) (Phone)
CLERK Sharon Robertson 863-763-2131
CLERK(Name) (Phone)
(Name) (Phone)

Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 8, 2009 7

It's rodeo time at Gethsemane Ranch

By Cherish Pilgrim
Gethsemane Ranch is continu-
ing their purpose and "pressing
on toward the upward call" Phil-
lipians 3:14.
This is a ministry that keeps
growing and growing as more
people are brought together with
the same love for the rodeo and
for the Lord. Gethsemane Ranch
is organizing a Christian Rodeo,

Sunday March 8, at 2 p.m. at the
St Lucie County Fairground Arena.
Entry fee for contestants is $30 (8
contestants per event) with 100%
payback for 1st and 2nd place.
You may be asking how this
is any different from any other
rodeo? Well, the sponsor (which
you usually see tobacco and al-
cohol) is Jesus. As well as this
rodeo Gethsemane Ranch is

hosting monthly rodeos which
will include Barrels, Poles, Senior
Bulls, Junior Bulls, Mutton Bus-
tin, Break Away (Boys & Girls),
Team Roping, Calf Roping, Saddle
Bronc and Bareback riding. To
throw some extra excitement in
there they are also going to have
some ranch rodeo events : Steer
Saddlin' & Ridin', Buddy Pick Up,
Team Sorting, Roping and Brand-

ing, and the Wild Cow Milking.
For rodeo events it is $20 per
contestant per event with 50 per-
cent pay back and for the ranch
rodeo events it is $30 per team
(which includes 3). The dates for
the rodeos are March 13, April
10 and May 8 and they begin at
7 p.m. Please call in the Tuesday
prior to Rodeo between 6 and
9 p.m. Karen 772-260-9902 or

Jesse 772-905-7625. The Youth
Rodeo Spring break camps are
coming up again also which are,
as always, a gift and there is no
charge. For more information,
or to sign up please call Karen
or Jesse. The dates for camp are
Martin and Okeechobee County,
April 6 8 and St Lucie County
April 13 15. These camps have
always been a blessed time for

everyone to share their gifts and
guide our youth with purpose in
their life.
Events for the Christian Rodeo
Sunday March 8, at 2 p.m. are:
Steer Wrestling, Team Roping,
Barrel Racing, Bare BackRiding,
Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Calf
Roping, Break Away (girls only.)

Horse disease eradication announced

riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son has announced that the last
premises determined to have had
horses infected with Equine Piro-
plasmosis (EP) has now been re-
leased from state quarantine.
The Department's Division of
Animal Industry began to investi-
gate and respond to the outbreak
on Aug. 13, 2008, when an ill
horse was admitted to a veteri-
nary hospital and was diagnosed
with (EP).
"I believe a quick and thor-
ough response to the outbreak by
our Division of Animal Industry
helped to keep it relatively con-
tained," Mr. Bronson said. "I am
pleased and relieved that we have

been able to eradicate it in a short
period of time."
Equine Piroplasmosis is a
blood-borne parasitic disease of
horses and is listed as a foreign an-
imal disease in the United States.
The country was considered to
be free of EP since 1988 until the
outbreak in Florida. The disease
is primarily transmitted to horses
by ticks or contaminated needles.
EP is not directly contagious from
one horse to another but requires
direct blood transfer. Acutely af-
fected horses can have depres-
sion, fever, anemia (decreased
red blood cells) jaundiced (yel-
low) mucous membranes and
low platelet counts. EP can also
cause horses to have roughened
hair coats, constipation and colic.

In its milder form, the disease
causes horses to appear weak
and show lack of appetite. Some
horses become chronic carriers
of the disease.
During the disease investiga-
tion, 25 premises were quaran-
tined and 201 horses were tested
for the disease. In all, 20 horses
on seven premises were deter-
mined to have been infected
with EP although the majority
of the horses did not show any
symptoms. Currently no horses
testing positive for the disease
remain in Florida. Despite exten-
sive tick surveillance, the Division
of Animal Industry was not able
to locate any ticks that carry the
disease and believe it was spread
through contaminated needles or

blood transfusion.
In order for a quarantine to be
lifted from a premises, all horses
must test negative, have no ex-
otic ticks found, and no domestic
ticks determined to be infected
with the EP organism.
Because they can continue
to be carriers of EP, horses that
test positive for the disease must
remain quarantined for life, be
euthanatized, be shipped to a re-
search facility in the United States
or be shipped to another country.
Now that the last quarantine has
been released, Florida and the
U.S. mainland are considered free
of the disease EP.
For more information about
the disease, visit

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TALLAHASSEE -- Agricultural
producers as far south as Lake
Okeechobee are assessing crop
damage caused by the frigid tem-
peratures last week. Seventy mil-
lion citrus trees and tens of thou-
sands of acres of fresh fruits and
vegetables were in regions where
temperatures remained below 30
degrees for several hours on two
Florida Agriculture Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson said
that while initial reports are com-
ing in, the extent of the damage
will not be known for several
days. In addition to citrus, other
crops at risk include strawberries,
blueberries, snap beans, celery,

sweet corn, cucumbers, egg-
plant, endive/escarole, peppers,
radishes and squash, tropical fish
and horticulture.
"Many growers and produc-
ers implemented precautionary
measures such as running irriga-
tion pumps to help insulate some
crops from sub-freezing tempera-
tures," Mr. Bronson said. "This
is peak harvest season for many
Florida crops, so damage at this
time could have significant con-
sequences stretching far outside
Florida's borders. Most of the
United States' domestic supply of
fresh produce comes from Florida
during the winter months."
Temperatures dipped into the

Submitted photo/Vicki Anderson

Breakfast bunch
The monthly Realtors breakfast held at Ed and Rosa An-
derson's home showcased their beautiful house in Buck-
head Ridge. Local area realtors attending the breakfast
included (in the front row): Kathy Godwin, Preferred
Properties; Marcia Barber, Preferred Properties; Sharon
Johnson, Tucker Group; Velva Cannon, Exit Realty; Debra
Pinson, Preferred Properties; Vicki Anderson, Goolsby Re-
alty; Bill Seabolt, Exit Realty. In the second row are: Cindi
Fairtrace, Tucker Group; Eric Anderson, Goolsby Realty;
Pat Goolsby, Goolsby Realty; Donna Huth, Wells Fargo.


jumps to nearly

11 percent

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jobless rates jumped one per-
cent in Okeechobee to 10.7 per-
cent in January according to the
latest report released Friday by the
Florida Agency for Workforce In-
novation, Labor Market Statistics
Center, and local Area Unemploy-
ment Statistics Program.
There were 1,983 people out
of work in Okeechobee County in
January. That compared to 1,787
in December. It is one of the larg-
est jumps in a single month in re-
cent history.
In January, 2008, there were
1,020 people out of work, a rate
of 5.8 percent.
Glades County reported 7.8

percent unemployment in Janu-
ary, up from 7.3 percent in De-
cember. There were 392 people
out of work in Glades County
in January and 371 out of work
in December. In January, 2008,
there were 232 people jobless, a
rate of 4.8 percent.
Okeechobee was tied for 12th
highest among the state's 67
counties. 20 of the state's coun-
ties had double digit unemploy-
ment rates in January.
Glades County was ranked
45th among the 67 counties last

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upper-teens in parts of northern
Florida, while temperatures in the
20s were seen as far south as Col-
lier, Glades and Charlotte coun-
While the entire citrus belt
experienced very cold tempera-
tures and growers are reporting
damage, citrus industry officials
say that the Indian River region,
which produces the bulk of
Florida's fresh fruit market, fared
relatively well. They also report
that the current inventory of juice
oranges is high, which will help
minimize that market's losses
due to freeze damage. Strawber-
ry and blueberry industry officials
say that early assessments sug-
gest that crop damage is limited.
Sugar cane industry officials said
they are fortunate that the harvest
is two-thirds complete, since frost
can burn young cane plants back
to the ground and cause mature
cane to stop producing sucrose.
A week ahead of the cold front
Mr. Bronson requested an Emer-
gency Order through the Gov-
ernor's Office to ease highway
restrictions on weight, height and
width for vehicles used to trans-
port harvested crops to market.

Bronson's action has enabled
growers and producers to speed
up their harvest and transport
a larger portion of their crops
ahead of the arctic blast, thereby
helping reduce the potential for
widespread freeze damage.
The Emergency Order went
into effect on Jan. 14 and was to
remain in effect for 14 days. Bron-
son's office has requested that
the Governor's Office extend the
order for an additional 14 days to
further facilitate the speedy trans-
port of crops and help mitigate
financial loss, and is awaiting ap-
proval of the request.
Florida's more than 40,000
farmers grow more than 280 dif-
ferent commercial crops, which
furnish the nation with a depend-
able and safe supply of food and
provide Florida with a stable
economic base. Florida farmers
annually produce more than 35
billion pounds of food and more
than 1.5 million tons of livestock
feed. Florida is the nation's ninth
agricultural state overall, ranking
first in citrus production, and sec-
ond in the production of vegeta-
bles and horticulture products.

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8 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 8, 2009

Central Elementary students confident FCAT went well

Third Grade
At Central Elementary School
Miss Luchetta and Mrs. Atwell's
students have worked to hard on
their FCAT test. This week's read-
ing story is "Boom Town," a great
story about a girl and the town
she moves to. Writing is all about
the newspaper. Students are writ-
ing newspaper articles about a
topic they have chosen. Please
keep practicing your multiplica-
tion facts as they will be needed
for the rest of the year! Please
continue to read at home for 100
Book Challenge.
Ms. DelPrete is proud of her
class for doing their best on the
FCAT. This week we will finish
Unit 4 and read "Ramona Quim-
by, Age 8." We are working hard
to earn our AR goal for the third
nine weeks so we can enjoy a
pizza party.
Ms. Enfinger's Third Grade
Class has had a wonderful week.
Thanks for the snacks, moms and
dads! We are finally getting well
from all the colds and flu, how-
ever, we have run out of tissues.
Please send in a box or two. Stu-
dents were so confident on the
FCAT test.
Miss Cowden would like to
say thank you to her students
and their parents for all the effort
put forth for FCAT. To the parents
thanks for the donations and
your extra time going over work
with your child. Together, we can
achieve excellence! Student of
the week last week was Jenessa
Smith and this week it is Eric Diaz.
Mrs. Norman's class worked
very hard this week on FCAT. We
began testing on Tuesday and
finished Thursday. Next week we
will begin to learn about geomet-
ric shapes and start Unit 5 in our
reading series. Congratulations

to our students of the week Zack
Lara, Devin Tijerina, and Briyuna
Salazar. Parents, thank you for
the snacks! The students really
enjoyed them. Congratulations to
our students of the week: Sierra
Brydebell and Beatriz Perez.
Fourth grade
In Mrs. Fulleda's class stu-
dents are busy as bees! Students
had the privilege of having Mrs.
Fawn McNeill Barr, a local artist,
come in and teach them step by
step how to draw a blue heron,
panther, and alligator. They re-
searched and wrote a fact sheet
about these Florida Wildlife
animals. The student's work will
be displayed at the County Fair.
Thank you Mrs. Barr for sharing
your talent! Students of the week
for the month of February were:
Alexus Osceola-James, Sabree
Hall, Ramon Liberato, and Kailee
Alvarado. Happy Birthday Jaen
Torres and Mackenzie Mackin!
The fourth graders at Central
have been working on basic skills,
reading and reading, comparing
and contrasting, and practice with
different test taking strategies and
they are ready for their FCAT. Stu-
dents have not stopped writing
and you can see awesome limer-
icks and other types of poetry on
the walls of Building 14. And, the
fourth graders want to rule the
school and collect the most mon-
ey for Jump Rope for Heart later

this month! A big thank you to Mr.
Paulson and everyone at Central
who helped make our "testing"
week run smoothly.
In Mrs Pritchard's class, Ms.
Barscansky worked with the stu-
dents and reviewed problem solv-
ing strategies. Students listened to
a thriller by Gary Paulson and cre-
ated some pretty fantastic Black
History Charts. Sherry Altman,
Chance White, and Amanda Tin-
sley have been recent Students of
the Week. Happy belated birth-
day to Mikayla Corde and Apple
Nunez. And a big thank you to
every parent who donated snacks
for our testing week. Have a great
Mr. Goff's class has been
working hard on learning our
multiplication facts and hopefully
by the end of the year every child
will have them mastered. We are
reading a good story called Dear
Mrs. LaRue. We are also working
hard so we can meet our Acceler-
ated Reader goal so we could go
to Golden Corral at the end of the
quarter. In PE. students at Central
are gearing up for Field Day to be
held on Friday, April 3. This year's
theme is Survivor and we have
some great new games. Students
are also busy training for Hershey
Track to be held in May.
1st Grade
Miss Shineldecker's class fin-
ished Unit 4 in our reading series
and started Unit 5. In math, we
are learning about solid figures.
We're also learning about faces
and vertices on solid figures. Our
next chapter will be on Spatial
Sense. We'll see how good our
first graders are on directions!
Writing we are retelling the
story "Goldilocks and the Three
Bears." Students know that every
story has a beginning, middle,
and end which makes a story

complete. Soon they will be writ-
ing and illustrating their very own
Weather is a big deal, so we
are learning about it in science.
Students are very fascinated with
tornadoes and thunderstorms
and are wanting to learn so much
Students of the week were: Ar-
temio Virto and Allison Meara.
Good job!
Mrs. Klaffer's Super Kid Stu-
dent of the Week was Thayli Val-
dez Thhayli was also the Student
of the Month exemplifying the
word CARING! Other Student of
the Week students was Georgia
Harris, Mason Burke, and Chris-
tian Campos.
Recycling was a very interest-
ing week with the kids after they
heard the story of a woman who
actually built her house out of
bottles. I don't think they ever did
believe that it truly happened, but
man did it ignite the kid's enthu-
siasm on other things they could
build with (most I can't print here
in the column!).
The school's 50th B-day party
saw all the students participating
in a sock hop, an aerial photo, an-
tiques and memorabilia from the
50s and the indignation of hav-
ing the staff actually put photos
of ourselves as toddlers or small
children. Luckily after showing
the kids my old photos they didn't
believe it was me, so I just went
with them and told them it was
really Mr. Paulson with the black
horn-rimmed glasses in third
The Super kids were quite su-
per by simply blowing away that
DIBELS test with extraordinary
results! They had to revive Mr.
Klaffer when he saw the numbers
and asked three dozen or so times
if they did have the right results?!

South Elementary students honor Dr. Seuss

Submitted photo/Central Elementary

Exemplary students
Students that show exemplary behavior In the area of Fair-
ness for the month of January are: First row: Ella Martinez,
Noelia Martinez, Kai Ichimura, Chase Mangold, Makalyn
Jones, Sarah Harrison, Austin Allen; Second row: Megan Un-
derwood, Monica Ordonez, Hannah Holley, Raelyn Bell, Jay-
da Howell, Josh Osterman, Yasmine Adams, Jose Ramlrez,
Xaiver Peterson and Mrs. Friend; Third row: Alysa Osterman,
Wilian Lopez, Homer Bowers; Last row: Mr. Paulson, Sherry
Altman, Alicia Rodriguez, Steven Hull and Natalie Alt. Absent
are: Kymber Sauerwlne and Seena Fawzy.

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School kindergarten learned the
letter U and the sound it makes!
Along with the letter U, they can
read the words here and was.
These words are helping them
read and create sentences. With
all the letters they have learned so
far, they are becoming excellent
readers because we can sound
out the words.
It was Dr. Seuss' Birthday on
Monday so students have been
learning about him. Kindergarten
has been reading many of his silly
dilly books. Since he has many
funny animals in his stories, they
invented their own silly animals.
They gave them a name and
found out where they lived. You
can look for some of them at the
Okeechobee Fair.
Kindergarten is looking for-
ward to their trip to the Children's
Museum in Sebring. They will get
to see many neat tools and inven-
tions. Some kindergarten classes
will attend Thursday, while the
others will go on Friday. They are
very anxious to go!
Next Thursday, Third grade
will be making Terrariums and
we need all of your clear plastic
salad containers. If you could
please donate your salad con-
tainers by Wednesday, March 12.
Thank you!
Parents, it's time to mark your
calendars for abig celebration. We
are going to celebrate Dr. Seuss's
Birthday with Books on March 31,
at 6 p.m. in South's Cafetorium.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 8, 2009 9

Gobbler season: It's time to start talking turkey'

By Tony Young
Media Relations Coordinator
Better start brushing up on
your turkey calling, because
spring gobbler season's here.
Wether you prefer to use a
mouth call, box call, slate or any
combination, March means it's
time to start talking' turkey.
One of the most coveted
and sought-after game species
in Florida is the Osceola turkey,
also known as the Florida tur-
key. This unique bird is one of
five subspecies of wild turkey in
North America.
The Osceola lives only on the
Florida peninsula and nowhere
else in the world, making it ex-
tremely popular with out-of-state
hunters. They're similar to the
Eastern subspecies (found in the
Panhandle) but tend to be a bit
smaller and typically are darker
with less white barring on the
flight feathers of their wings.
The white bars on the sceo-
la are narrower, with an irregu-
lar, broken pattern, and don't ex-
tend to the feather shaft. It's the
black bars of the Osceola that
actually dominate the feather.
Similarly, secondary wing feath-

March has been proclaimed
guardian ad litem month by Gov-
ernor Crist. But what is a Guard-
ian ad litem?
A Guardian ad Litem or GAL is
a trained volunteer who follows
a child through the child welfare
system, and prevents them from
falling through the cracks. When a
child becomes a ward of the state
due to abuse or neglect many
people become involved; judges,
magistrates, lawyers, social work-
ers, foster parents, doctors, and
more. Sometimes the best inter-
est of the child can be lost in the
confusion. A GAL makes sure
that never happens, by speaking
with the child, and other involved
parties and presenting their rec-
ommendations and the child's

Outta" The

By Tony Young
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

ers also are darker. When the
wings fold across the back, the
whitish triangular patch formed
is less prominent on the Osceo-
la. And, Osceola feathers show
more iridescent green and red
colors, with less bronze than the
The National Wild Turkey Fed-
eration and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-

wishes to a judge. Anyone can
be a GAL, it does not require any
special background, just a willing-
ness to care, and not give up even
though the system can be frustrat-
ing. If you would like to become
a GAL or would just like more
information please contact the
Local Guardian ad Litem Office
for St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin,
and Okeechobee Counties at 772-
871-7225. Please come and help
us make a difference.
The next training sessions for
new volunteers will be held on
March 31, April 2, 7, & 14, from
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Guard-
ian ad Litem Program Office, 584
N.W. University Blvd., Suite 600,
Port St. Lucie.

sion (FWC) recognize, in their
respective turkey registry pro-
grams, any wild turkey harvested
within or south of the counties of
Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union,
Bradford, Clay and Duval to be
the Osceola subspecies. East-
ern turkeys and crossbreeds are
found north and west of those
counties in the Panhandle.
The highly anticipated spring
turkey season runs March 7 -
April 12 in the South Hunting
Zone and March 21 April 26
in the Northwest and Central
zones. The exception is Holmes
County, where the season runs
March 21 -April 5.
Hunters may take bearded
turkeys and gobblers only, and
the daily bag limit's one. The
season and possession limit on
turkeys is two, except in Holmes
County, where the season limit's
Shotguns are the best choice
when hunting turkeys, but if
you're so inclined, you may use
a rifle, muzzleloader or handgun,

or you can try your luck with a
bow or crossbow.
Shooting hours on private
lands are one-half hour before
sunrise to sunset, but on wild-
life management areas (WMAs),
you must quit hunting at 1 p.m.
Of course, you can use turkey
decoys to help entice that stub-
born old bird, but you're not
permitted to hunt turkeys with
dogs, use recorded turkey calls
or sounds, shoot them while
they're on the roost or over bait.
You also can't hunt them when
you're within 100 yards of a
game-feeding station, when feed
is present.
To participate in spring turkey
hunting, you'll need a Florida
hunting license and a turkey per-
mit. If you plan to pursue a gob-
bler on one of Florida's many
WMAs, you also must purchase
a management area permit.
All of these licenses and per-
mits are available at county tax
collectors' offices, most retail
outlets that sell hunting and fish-

Submitted photo

Thanks for help
Bruce Swinford, associate director of Big Lake Missions,
recently presented a plaque of appreciation to Heritage
Village, in appreciation of their donations to the mission's
holiday food and toy drives.

Submitted photo/Riverside Nat'l Bank

March of Dimes team
March of Dimes team members are Kristy Crawford,
Tabitha Trent, Megan Gwaltney, Sherri Enfinger and Jamie

ing supplies, by calling toll-free
888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356)
or online at www.wildlifelicense.
If you didn't put in for a spe-
cial-opportunity or quota permit,
don't worry, several WMAs don't
require them. Visit
Hunting and under "This Month's
Hunting Opportunities," click on
"2009 Spring Turkey Guide: What
you need to know" to see a list
of WMAs where you need only
a hunting license, management
area permit and turkey permit to
hunt spring turkeys.
If you take a turkey with at
least an 11-inch beard and 1
/4-inch spurs, get your name
listed in the FWC's Wild Turkey
Registry by applying for an "Out-
standing Gobbler Certificate."
There's also a "First Gobbler
Certificate" awarded to hunters
under age 16 who harvest their
first gobbler, regardless of beard
and spur measurements. Appli-
cations for both are available at
Whether it's going solo after
that elusive old tom or double-
teaming a pair of birds with your
buddy, March means spring gob-
bler season.
Here's wishing you a success-
ful spring turkey season. Remem-

ber to introduce someone new
to the sport of hunting when you
can. As always, have fun, hunt
safely and ethically, and we'll see
you in the woods!

Stig Rossen

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Top 12!
On Thursday, Feb. 19, Okeechobee Freshman Campus as-
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most recent Top 12 students for the 2008-2009 school year.
The students were entered into the drawing if they received
five positive signatures in the last three weeks. The winning
students from the class of 2012 received a book or t-shirt
and candy. Students are: Justin Morgan, Jacalob Akins,
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"A New You"
The Ladies 'Joy" Sunday School class of Oakview Bap-
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Saturday, Feb. 21. The highlight of the tea was a complete
makeover of one lucky lady. That lady was Marie Stout,
who is a member of Oakview. She received a facial, a hair
style, cut and color, a manicure and pedicure, new outfit,
jewelry, a hand-made quilt, flowers, a gift certificate for a
dinner for two and a gift certificate for a massage. There
were about 141 ladies who attended the tea and enjoyed
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Okeechobee store
Must pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR,
21yrs or older, FT,
e-mail resume
or apply in person
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Car Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Pools & Supplies 685
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Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
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Stero Equipment 710
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$3.50 per foot,

DELL Desktop Computer and
monitor with keypad $150
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in the classified

MATCHING triple Dresser with
twin mirrors, chest of draw-
er and night stand. Two
green velvet swivel chairs,
coffee table and end table,
two book cases, rot iron bi-
stro table & two chairs, three
shelf cart, two drawer metal
file cabinet set of wooden tv
trays. (863)357-1940

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

CLUB CAR, 1997- New paint,
batteries & tires w/folding
windshield & charger $1800
2000, w/folding windshield
& lights, charger $2,650

w/12 GA. Pump, Acces &
books $1000

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Bibles and Videos

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243

IIONIZERS 2 Like new,
black tower model. $175
Large Musical Carousel with
table $200 (772)205-0121
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the classified.
MANY ITEMS for sale Lg ca-
pacity floor freezer $75, Lg
wood dining table & hutch
$150, Office Desk $75, Re-
tired mechanic tools $5 and
up, Patio fumrn $50.
1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932

Puppies, 3 female and 2
male's. No papers $300
each (772)489-4125
weeks old. (863)634-1897

THREE Color 27" TV's $40
each. FIRM (863)610-0685

BOAT DOLLY Used for plac-
ing boat and trailer into small
storage areas/parking.
DAD with disabled Mom and
son, on steady fixed income
seeks owner finance. Need
3/2 on 1/2 acre + or water-
front. Neat and clean can ay
$800 mo. Can be fixer
upper. (863)697-9108
WANTED: 3 Wheeled bicycle


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Fed/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

HAY Fertilized. Argentina Ba-
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or $25 for 4 or more. South
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RETIRED MAN from Tennes-
see will care for your country
place. Call George

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and 2 heifers. Good for small
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cost. Starting @ $31.00 to
$57.00 (863)610-2206


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

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
On Lake wth dock, uilicable
included. No pets, $550 mo.
$300 sec. (863)697-3351
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
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Great location! High traffic
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Real Estale

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Propertylo30
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspection 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
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OAK PARK 3/1/1 newly re-
modeled CBS, non-smkg.
env., no pets, $975 mo. +
$1000 sec. (863)697-2818

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OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
lbr, iba, fully turn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
$99,900 (561)801-3002

Office Space
for Lease


Home (Off Hwy 70 W. Full
house priv. $550. mo. All util.
included. (561) 756-0436

2/2, BHR, seasonal or long
term. $700/mo. $500 move
in. Call 863-824-0981
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Newly remodeled 3BR/1.5BA
(or) 2BR/1BA situated on very
clean equestrian ranch 14
minutes from town center.
Please No Pets. Call for move-
in special M-F: 863-467-9800
two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point rdge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000

pnvate 3/2, w/d, jacuzi & Ig
deck. $850/mo, 1st last &
sec req'd (863)467-6472

5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
$79,900.00 (561)801-3002

BHR Fum Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, IncI 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & spring sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
cone drive, car port, shed.
$138.500 OBO
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully turn, 2
boat-boathouse w/1.5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, in-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
(941)772-8898 or
941) 448-0367

Mobile Homes

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

2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. (863)467-8062
util, $650 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
2/2,$610 mo., st, last
& security, 1st Month Free
cess. $975 plus utilities, 1st,
last & sec. No pets. Rent or
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Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

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NITRO 170 1995 17ft bass
boat,115llp.mariner out-
board.trailer included front
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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Grey, 47000 miles. Auto,il,
cruise. Excell cond. $4,950
1979 Malibu and one 1979
Z28 Camaro $2400 for both
or will separate.
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
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CASE NO.: 200h4-OP-08
RR. DOB 12/28/03
Mother of the minor child
Cheryl Rosier
(parental ngh terminaed)
TO Faster ofR Ri, baiuana
Resdence and Address Unknown
312 NW 3rd STREET
THIS 30 DAY OF DEC, 2008
By Kathy Arnold
306459 ON 2/15.22,3/1,8/09

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BID NO. FD 1-00-0-O09
Sealed Bids will be received by the ity of Okeechobee General Services Depart
ment, Room 101 at C5y Hall, 55 SE 3r Avene, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
8 763-3372 ext 218, no later than 100 em on Wednesday March 25.
009 at which lime they wll be pubhicy opened and read aloud ion the Crty Couri
Chan rs Bidsmay n be oed after id opening Any IDS received aler
the time specified will not be accepted
Bd Packets are available at the General Services Deparment, during normal hours
Monday through Frday, 8 am to 430 pm, except holidays, for a non-re-
undablei $1000 fee
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me specified will not be accepted
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handicap accessiblity at ity Hall
A complete set of specifications and scope of work can be obtained from the ofice
of the General Services Department, dunng normal hours, Monday through Fnday,
Sam to 4 30 pm m except holidays, for a non-refundable $50 00 fee

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Brahmans lose to Port St. Lucie

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kerwin Givens dives back to first during a pick off attempt in Dustin Stokes follows through with a pitch during the first in-
the second inning of Thursday's game. ning of Thursday's game.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Edgar Esquivel tossed a com-
plete game seven hitter to lead
the Port St. Lucie Jaguars to a 5-1
victory over Okeechobee High
School in boy's baseball action
Thursday night in Okeechobee.
Esquivel didn't overpower
the Brahmans but did enough to
avoid their big bats. The win was
the first against Okeechobee in
three tries this season for PSL.
"This was definitely a night
where we looked past them for
whatever reason," Coach Tedders
said. He noted his team didn't
have a good approach at the plate
and didn't get very many good
"He did a good job keeping us
off balance. He didn't go with the

fastball and beat us with off speed
pitches. We have to be patient as
hitters. We were jumping at his
ball and were too good for that."
Cory Reid hit a two run homer-
un in the third to start the scoring
for Port St. Lucie. Jesse Hunter
started the inning when he was
hit by a pitch. He was out on a
force play on a ground ball by
Kevin Stone. Reid followed with a
blast over the left field fence.
Things got chippy in that in-
ning when PSL Coach Tony
Malizia yelled toward the Brah-
man dugout after his top hitter
Steve McGee was hit by a pitch.
It followed the homerun by Reid.
Brahman coaches assured him
they weren't trying to throw at his
PSL made it 4-0 in the fifth as

Hunter and Stone opened with
singles and scored on a two run
single by McGee.
Stokes was dominant at times
but struggled at others. He al-
lowed just four hits in five innings,
but was charged with four earned
runs. Stokes struck out eight bat-
Mike Minondo pitched a score
less sixth but ran into trouble in
the seventh when he allowed an
opening double to Reid. Brandon
Farless relieved and allowed a
sacrifice fly by Kyle Hurley.
Okeechobee's only run scored
in the bottom of the seventh as
Jake Davenport drove in Farless
with an infield grounder.
Adam Tewksbury had two hits
for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee did have other

opportunities. They loaded the
bases but didn't score in the
second. Tewksbury and his twin
brother Cameron singled and
Jonathan Crawford drew a walk
but Esquivel worked out of trou-
ble by retiring Farless and Mark
Weir on ground balls.
The scoring opportunities
were few and far between on this
night, "We didn't show up at the
plate, that's my fault, we didn't
have these guys ready to play. We
can't cry in our soup. We just got
to get ready to go," Tedders said.
He hinted some lineup changes
may be in order if the team con-
tinues to struggle at the plate.
'A couple of guys aren't swing
ing the bat very well. Some of the
other guys will get opportunities.
We need to have better approach-
es at the plate," he added.
The Brahmans host Forest Hill
on Tuesday and travel to Glades
Central on Friday night.

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