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Sunday, February 3, 2008


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Cassels to chair
March for Babies
The March of Dimes Trea-
sure Coast Chapter is pleased to
announce that John Cassels of
Cassels & McCall and his wife
Karen of Everglades Elementary
will serve as Honorary Co-chairs
for Okeechobee County's March
for 'Babies. Formerly known
as WalkAmerica, March for
Babies is the March of Dimes
premier fundraising event that
benefits all babies -- those born
healthy as well as those who
need help to survive and thrive.
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Heroic effort to res-
cue Great Blue Heron
On Sunday, Jan. 27, a num-
ber of agencies and individuals
were involved in a heroic effort
to rescue a Great Blue Heron en-
tangled on a high voltage power
line on S.R. 710, a few 'miles
south of the junction with State
Route 15A. This effort is note-
worthy due to the caring, diligent
efforts of all those involved, and
exemplifies the concern of Flo-
ridians to protect and preserve
wildlife and our environment.
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Navigation lock
closed Monday
The S-65E navigation lock at
Lake Okeechobee and the Kis-
simrnmee River will be closed to
navigation as of Monday, Feb. 4,
due to safety hazards caused by
lo\\ water levels in the lake. This
navigation lock, which is.oper-
aled by the South Florida Water
main closed unul %.ait-r levels in
j Lake Okeechobee have returned
to safe operating levels.
ThelevelofLake Okeechobee
was at 10.07 ft. NGVD on Friday.
and is expected to continue to
recede until significant rainfall
occurs in the area. Low water
levels inside the lock chamber
have caused the concrete sill at
the entrance and the manatee
protection device installed in
the bottom of the lock chamber
to become a navigation hazard.
"Additionally, the lakeward ap-
proach to the navigation lock has
become to shallow for boaters to
navigate safely.
For more information con-
cerning this .action, please con-
tact the South Florida Water Man-
agement District Okeechobee
Service Center at 800-250-1200

Battle of Okeechobee: Re-enactment this weekend
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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park, off U.S. Highway 441 Southeast, is the site of the Battle of Okeechobee
Re-enactment this weekend. The original battle was fought oh Christmas Day 1837 and was the longest and bloodi-
est battle of the Second Seminole War. The battle will be re-enacted again today (Sunday) at 1 p.m. Willie Johns
will narrate the battle. Park events start at 10 a.m. and include music, alligator demonstrations and readings by poet
Moses "Big Shot" Jumper. Visitors can see the Army camp and the Seminole camp and shop at a variety of vendor
and food booths.

Re-enactors John Malloy (left) of Moutain View, Ark. and Dowling
Watford of Okeechobee were qmong the "militia" fighting in the
Battle of Okeechobee re-enactment on Saturday. The 1837 Battle
included volunteer militia from Missouri as well as regular U.S.
Army troops:

Drought Index

Current: 553
Source: Florida Division:
of Forestry.
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.07 feet
j Last Year: 11.64 feet

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

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Community Events......... : .......... 4
- Crossword.... ........ ..... 8
M ini Page ................................. 9
Obituaries.............................. 6
Speak O ut ................................. 4
Sports.................. .. .......... 13
TV ............... 8
Weather 2

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Little Miss Seminole, Krysta Burton, 5, (left) and
her sister, Leilani Burton, 3, of Brighton Semi-
nole Reservation, were among those in atten-
dance at the Battle of Okeechobee Re-enact-
ment on Saturday.

Commni ssioners

to move upstairs

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers will soon be moving up-
stairs into larger, more ornate
As part of the plans for
renovation of the historic
Okeechobee County Court-
house, the present commission
chambers will be removed and
the original open breezeway
will be restored. The com-
missioners will meet upstairs
into the main courtroom. Cur-
rently that room is not in use
since all courtroom functions
have moved into the new
Okeechobee County Judicial
Plans call for the courtroom
to be rehabilitated for use as a
multipurpose meeting room
with state-of the art audio vi-
sual equipment. The rest of the
courthouse will house county

Built long before modern
air conditioning, the courtroom
was designed io take advan:
tage of, natural breezes., It is
shaded on three sides by an
arcaded porch or loggia. Cross
ventilation was provided by
large wooden casement win-
ddws. Unfortunately, in recent
years, when windows no lon-
ger needed to be open because
of air conditioning, the view of
the courthouse grounds and
surrounding area were blocked
out by interior wooden shut-
One of the most prominent
features of the courthouse is
the arched two-story entrance-
way with a pair of stairs as-
cending to the entrance of the
According to retired Circuit
Judge William Hendry, whose
grandfather was one of the con-
See Move Page 2

Seminole re-enactors were dressed in the type of clothing that
Seminole Indians wore at the time of the Battle of Okeechobee.
During the battle, the Seminoles fired from the cover of the trees.
The actual battle was fought in a swamp, but due to the current
drought, the grassy battlefield was dry.

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Association of
Retarded Citizens
back in building

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The old Louisiana Raulerson
Hospital building, the first hos-
pital in Okeechobee, has been
renovated from hurricane dam-
age and is once again serving the
developmentally challenged
A few weeks ago the Associa-
tion of Retarded Citizens (ARC)
of Okeechobee completed res-
torations and have almost settled
into the rebuilt building.
In 1992 ARC entered into a
99 year lease with the county for
the old building on S.W Second
ARC is a 501(c) (3) organiza-
tion that advocates for the rights
and ne-eds ':,I people ith dis-
abilities. Its ,F-issiir, is to provide
social, educational, re(reationral .
and voca[ionrid :pp:ortunities lor
adults \xith diabililes. Ser,.Tces
of ARC range from adult day
trair ring for its, clients in dai]l\ li-
1m 1 .jls -. including acadermic
arid vocationall rairnin, -- to r': -i
dental rehabitiiatir re-spite care
and crompariJuon srr\-ces
After the hriricaries of 20)14,
polrtiflr LS or Lhe rI:ool i:i tihe build-
ing %\ere 'blovrin av.ay H,:\\,
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and there ,\,As e'.l nFLie \\aier
Because of st:'rnmi dan,
ARC mo'ed 'out of the it.1,i)(i)
squai e foti bjildrin to a much
smaller 2,800 square- foot build-
ing in Cedar Plaza formerly oc-
cupied by St. Vincent DePaul
Thrift Store. They had the stress
of being cramped into a smaller
area and also had the financial
responsibility of paying rent. The
county's lease agreement on the
hospital building calls for one
dollar a year rent.
"We were very grateful for
it, but very glad to go," Nancy
Ziegler, ARC's executive director,
said of those quarters. Restora-
tion of the hospital building was
delayed due to litigation with the
The county's position was
that ARC was in default of their
lease because they had aban-
doned the building and because
they did not carry the required
It was ARC's position that
they were not in default of their
See Building Page 2

uOkeecnobee News/eite Gawoa
The main courtroom of the Okeechobee County Courthouse will be renovated to accommo-
date meetings of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners. All courtroom
functions have been moved into the new Okeechobee County Judicial Center. The court-
room renovation is part of the overall rehabilitation of the historic courthouse.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee's first hospital building has been renovated
from hurricane damage and is once again the home of ARC
of Okeechobee.

Continued From Page 1
lease because they had not aban-
doned the building and because
they notified the county that they
had dropped insurance on the
After several attempts to settle
the issue, in May of 2006, the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners decided to
settle the matter in court.
The issue was finally settled last
year, allowing ARC to start reno-
vating the building in May of 2007
using FEMA (Federal Emergency
Management Agency) grant funds.
"Without these grant funds,
we would not have been able to
renovate the building" stated Mrs.
"One of the reasons that ARC
,was easy to work with was that
:.they were eager to follow the docu-
-mentation procedures," said Peggy
Kelmer, of the Florida Division of
Emergency Management, who
worked with the ARC in securing
FEMA funds.
Mrs. Ziegler said that Mrs. Kel-
mer has been terrific in helping her
navigate the system.
Mrs. Kelmer thought it was
amazing that ARC completed all
the required paperwork with lim-
ited staff and resources
The hc-spilal building has been
restore soit ist evni better than
Before because it w s rebuilt to
'.conform %%iLh ne%\er, stricter build-
ing codes. They now have handi-

Continued From Page 1
tractors who built the courthouse,
the judge's bench was originally
a concrete platform topped by a
large metal desk. Later, the judge
said, plywood was pacedd over,
the front of the aesk. !
As-.part of the renovation pro-
cess, the current judge's bench
will be removed and a raised
semicircular platform will seat
the county commissioners
Boy Scouts once held award
ceremonies in the courtroom.
In 1997, a pilot for the short-
lived television series, "Maximum
Bob" was filmed in the court-
room. The. dark paneling behind
the judge's bench was added at
that time to improve lighting for
the series.
This will be the third meeting
-place for the commissioners in
the courthouse. For many years
they met in the room at the south-
east corner of the first floor before
the breezeway was enclosed to
form their present meeting place.
As part of the renovation,
plumbing and electrical systems
in the building will have to be re-
worked. The building will have to
be made accessible to the handi-
capped and a sprinkler system
will have to be restored.
"I miss the old courthouse,"
said clerk of the courts Sharon
Robertson, who has been work-
ing for the county since 1984. In
the new judicial center, where
the clerks office is now located,
people have to go to one of three
counters and talk with employ-
ees through a glass partition. Ms.
Robertson said she misses min-
gling with the customers.
The Supervisor of Elections
currently occupies the area in the
courthouse that was originally the
home of the Clerk of the Courts.
The office has bars on the win-
dow and metal doors to protect
the records. One night, either dur-
ing the late 1980s or early 1990s, a
man broke into the clerk's office
by prying the bars back from the
window. However, he could not
get back out that window and
could not open the steel doors.
Therefore, he was still in there
the next morning when the staff
Hidden behind the dropped
ceiling in the old clerk's office is
a coffee can suspended from the
overhead water pipes. This cof-
fee can was hung up before the
ceiling Was lowered. Its' purpose
was to protect the office from
plumbing leaks. The can was
even painted to match the color
of the ceiling.
"This is a really unique build-
ing, "said architect Tom Hammer,
who is drawing up plans for the.
renovation. "There is nothing like
it in the state." On May 7 of last
year Mr. Hammer predicted that
the renovation of the building
would cost $3.5 million with the
main courtroom being the most
expensive to restore at about
$175 per square foot.

capped bathrooms and the build-
ing is handicapped accessible.
The restored building has a
reception area, offices, and class-
rooms. One room has been out-
fitted for a physical therapy room.
The ARC needs a stationary bicycle
and treadmill for that room.
There is also a renovated kitch-
en to teach clients cooking skills. It
has a serving window opening to
a back patio. Mrs. Ziegler said they
still need a stove and refrigerator for
the kitchen.
The area that Mrs. Ziegler has
been told was the morgue in the
old hospital is now a closet for
cleaning supplies.
She said that the clients are ap-
proaching their work more seri-
ously and thriving in the new en-
vironment which creates a bright,
cheerful atmosphere.
Now ARC is able to offer the
same level of service they offered
before the storms. Before the
storms, they had 40 clients. That
number dwindled to 13 after the
storms. Now it has risen to 32.
Staffing depends on the number
of clients.
'"As they grow, the staff will
grow," Mrs. Ziegler said.
ARC is the 6nly nonprofit organi-
zation of this type in Okeechobee,
according to Mrs. Ziegler.
'If we can help," she said, "pay-
ment is not a problem."
In years past ARC had several
greenhouses that earned an in-
come for the facility. Those green-
houses were not in use in the years
prior to the hurricanes and received

"I certainly think this build-
ing warrants being restored and
preserved forever, said commis-
sion chairman Ray Domer of the
courthouse restoration.
"This building is well built. It
has withstood many hurricanes,
added commissioner Noel Chan-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Fodrin at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.cotn.

Nancy Ziegler, executive director of ARC of Okeechobee,
stands in the completely renovated kitchen of the old Loui-
siana Raulerson Hospital. The ARC has a 99 year lease on
the building and recently moved back into the building after it
was rebuilt following extensive hurricane damage in 2004.

extensive damage., Plans call for
eventual restoration of one of the
greenhouses as a therapeutic tool
rather than a business operation.
Future plans call for developing a
special needs faculty at the old hos-
pital building for the clients. They
get very stressed during a hurricane
and Mrs. Ziegler feels that being in a
familiar place would Help them.
"One of the things I wanted to
do was see if that building will stand
the test of time," she said, "I'd like
to see this building get some type of
historical recognition."
The old Louisiana Raulerson
Hospital was the first hospital in
Okeechobee. It was built around
1948 or 1949 and remained in use
until a second larger hospital was
built in the early 1960s. The build-
ing department is now housed in

this second hospital building Which
is located on N.W. Fifth Avenue.
Special needs high school stu-
dents in the 11"' and 121" grades
come to ARC to learn job skills.
Indian River Community Col-
lege (IRCC) has provided a staff
member to teach people to read.
"This is the most rewarding pro-
gram we have done,;" Mrs. Ziegler
said of the reading program.
Through IRCC they received
grant funds from the department of
education for new furniture.
The ARC if still getting set up
in their new building and they still
need a paved parking lot for their
thrift store, but they are planning to
have an open house soon.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Sunday: It will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 80's,
Winds will be northeast around 5 mph becoming east 5 to 10 mph
in the afternoon.
Sunday night: The night will be partly cloudy with patchy fog
after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 60's with southeast winds
around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: The day will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower
$0's. Winds will be southeast 5 to 10 mph.
Monday night: The night will be partly cloudy with lows in the
lower 60's.
Tuesday: A partly cloudy day with highs in the lower 80's.
Tuesday night: A partly cloudy night with lows in the lower
Wednesday: There will be a slight chance of afternoon showers
throughout a partly cloudy day. The highs will be in the upper 70's.
Wednesday night: There will be considerable cloudiness with
a slight chAnce of evening showers. The lows will be in the upper
Thursday: It will be a partly sunny day with highs in the mid
Thursday night: The night will be partly cloudy also with lows
in the mid 50's.
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Some very hungry caterpillars to eat invasive plants

caterpillars with big appetites are
the newest weapon in the biologi-
cal battle against a destructive, inva-
sive plants in South Florida.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) in
partnership with the USDA Agricul-
tural Research Service is releasing
a thousand Neomusotima cons-
purcatalis moths at Jonathan Dick-
inson State Park in Martin County.
The offspring of this specialized
moth (caterpillars) are expected to
chew through dense stands of Old
World climbing fern (Lygodium
microphyllum) that are threatening
native plant species.
"We are pleased that this multi-
agency effort to combat invasive
t species is taking place at one of our
161 state parks," said Michael Sole,
Secretary of the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection. "The
project, to release the moths, is an-
other example of how the state is
seeking innovative solutions to the
challenge of restoring the South
Florida ecosystem."
Following five years of study and
.quarantine at the USDA Agricultur-
al Research Service laboratory in
Davie, the Neomusotima conspur-
catalis moths are being released
into the wilds of South Florida for
the first time. After release at the
park, they will be monitored to de-
termine whether they lay eggs and
develop self-sustaining colonies.
Research has shown that the
caterpillars feed on the invasive Old
World climbing fern but that they
cannot survive in climates where

Submitted photo Submitted photo
A tiny caterpillar is poised to make a big difference in Ev- The South Florida Water Management District released spe-
erglades restoration. The South Florida Water Management cialized moth caterpillars to eat Old World climbing fern.
District, in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research
Service, will release hundreds of Neomusotima conspurcata- .carpeting large swaths of native Until the early 1960s, climbing
lis caterpillars at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin vegetation with dense, green vines fern was imported or sold in seed
County. These tiny but voracious caterpillars have a big ap- and leaves. It is especially destruc- catalogs as an ornamental plant. In
petite for Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), tive because the climbing fern in- 1965, it was at Jonathan Dickinson
a destructive plant that has infested more than 200,000acres vades remote wilderness areas that State Park that the climbing fern
of natural lands statewide. are difficult to access or manage

they could threaten native North
American climbing ferns in the U.S.
The Neomusotima conspurcatalis
moths are native to Australia and
Asia, and were first collected by the
USDA in 1997.
In the last five years, the South
Florida Water Management District
has invested $825,000 in ongoing
studies of biological controls for
climbing fern at the USDA Agricul-
tural Research Service laboratory.
Several other promising insects are
being tested for their ability to target
Old World climbing fern and may
be available for release in the next

few years.
"Biological controls are a pow-
erful tool that we can use to restore
the environment," said SFWMD
Governing Board member Melissa
Meeker. "Naturally spreading in-
sects, like this moth species, can be
used to reach the most inaccessible
areas, reduce the spread of harmful,
invasive plants and restore nature's
balance to the greater Everglades."
The climbing fern is spreading
quickly through Florida's natural
areas, threatening the Florida Ev-
erglades. The fern competes with
native plants for soil and light, often

In 2007 alone, the District spent'
$1.6 million on chemical controls
of climbing fern. Biological con-
trols, such as the Neomusotima
conspurcatalis moth caterpillar, can
help reduce the dependence on
chemicals and manual removal.
The District spends more than
$20 million annually in invasive
species control over a 16-county
area, including 600,000 acres of
public waters, 1 million acres of
Everglades, 2,000 miles of canals,
45,000 acres of constructed wet-
lands and 350,000 acres of conser-
vation land.

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Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, 2008
Breaking $49.00 $56.50
Cutter $46.00 $55.00
Canner $35.00 $46.50
1000-1500 $56.00 $58.00
1500-2000 $63.00 $70.50



were steady to $1 high on good cattle. Had
some 500-550# good black steers at $1 to
1.10. Slaughter cows and bulls up $2-$3 I
McDaniel Ranch, Clewiston topped the calf
market with a high of $2.10 Adams Ranch,
Ft. Pierce and Cody Williams, Okeechobee
topped the cow market with a high of 58.50.
We will be selling about 300 head of good
bred cows on Friday, March 7.

was first documented as an es-
tablished plant in Florida's wilder-
ness. It currently infests more than
200,000, acres statewide, including
many areas of the Everglades.
Controlling invasive species is
an important component of Ever-
glades protection that, 'along with
water quality improvements, will
benefit native habitats, plants and
wildlife. As part of our efforts to
improve the Everglades, the State
of Florida has invested more than
$1.8 billion to enhance water qual-
ity in the Everglades. Over the last
ten years, constructed wetlands
and improved farming practices
combined have prevented more
than 2,600 metric tons of phos-
phorus from impacting the Ever-
For more information about
Everglades restoration and water
quality improvements, visit the
website at:
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St '.", Raulerson Hospital is a second
family to me. Everybody gets alorig. There's
good support and my voice is heard when
I have something to say. 55
Gloria, ICU RN

When you work at Raulerson Hospital, you won't get lost in the crowd.
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Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
POST OFFICE: I am calling in response to the Jan. 26 speak out
about the post office. They want to know what it is going to take to
get some extra help in the Okeechobee Post Office, its probably going
to take an act of Congress. I don't go there anymore. When I travel,to
Sebring, I go to the Lorida Post Office, which is right on the way. But be-
ware, because they are closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. which
is absolutely ridiculous.
LATE MAIL: Right after Christmas, I received two cards in the mail.
I was surprised that they were not Christmas cards. They were Hallow-
een cards and had been mailed back in October. The address and zip
code were correct and there was enough postage. I thought that was
very odd for the mail to take so long until the next week when I received
a letter that had been mailed in June. Again, the address was right as
was the zip code and the postage was correct. Something is seriously
going wrong with our mail.
NOT SAFE: The story in the newspaper abopt the AIDS cases in
our area .just underscores what we have been telling the kids all along.
There is no such thing as safe sex. You never know who has a sexually
transmitted disease. If there are 60 people who have confirmed AIDS,
there are probably twice that many or more who have it and don't know
about it. They might be exposing other people and not even knowing
they are carriers. From what I have read, you can have it for five years
or more and not show any svnmploms. Think how many other people
might be exposed in that fi,,e \ears 'iou hake to assume that anyone
anywhere could be infected. The high school teaches abstinence for
a reason. They are trying to sa\e ou Lchildren's lives. Living in a small
(O\\TI does iiot pr.'oec[t \ou Krow the facts about sexually transmitted
diseases and make sure your.children understand the dangers.
THANKS: NlM\ grandmother fo'i -OI her purse at Wal-Mart and just
w anted to send a Speal Out to Utvl pei son who was honest and brought
her purse back in and-beturnedji. Thank \ou and God bless.
PARKING: Ma\ be 1' b' mrSiloi med but I thought that all busi-
rnesses %\ere supposed tp' quipped \\nlh handicapped parking. Ed-
itor's note: For a ipec0 c case, check with the city or county
planning departWpel requirements may vary. For example, in
a plaza with seVer sinesses, there may be a certain num-
ber of handitaipp parking spots in the plaza, rather than
spots in frontof h individual business.
AIDS: I am' c L about ',our paper about the AIDS victims in this
tonT and l,voji ke to knou %tii i took you so long to publish this?
66 people ha kd din this lo\n from AIDS' And there are over 100 that
you t .wo .-, have i Ho\\ marin don t you know of? That should
have record a lorng time agoi t10 protect our kids in this town.
-t ,k'"Ie 0 die betore \ou publish this information? Editor's
noee AIDS crisis first came to light back in the 1980s,
the I per has published numerous articles about it and
aboitj cases in Okeechobee County. The story you refer to
was e'.egard to an annual report. It is not the first time the
topkof AIDS cases has been in the newspaper.

..GANGS: Our sheriff's dept. just had a gang free rally where I person-
- a altl volunteered The money was raised to fight the on going problem
.\\tiih garin- in our town. I-know it's sad what this town is becoming, but
S;1 guess that is the price we pay when the town continues to grow.

WATER: I can't believe that people are still watering grass in the
middle of the day. It's a drought, people. We are down to one day a
week for watering, and that is only early in the morning or just before
dark. Watering in the middle of the day just wastes water.
ELECTION: My mom and I went to vote. She and I are Registered
Republicans, and they handed her a Democratic Ballot. She told them
that she had changed her affiliation back in 2004. They told her 'no she
did not.' She did argue with them for a few minutes, but to no avail.
She couldn't cast her vote for her choice in the Republican Primary.
Editor's note: Paperwork regarding changing party affiliation
is filed at the Supervisor of Elections Office. If there is a ques-
tion or problem concerning your voter registration, you can
check with that office to straighten it out. For more informa-
tion, contact the Supervisor of Elections office.
TRAFFIC: This weekend will once again bring in the Okeechobee
Mudfest. I think it's great that thousands of people can get together and
show off their mechanical and fabrication skills with all the different
shapes and sizes of mud vehicles. It also brings a lot of revenue to our
local hospital, liquor stores, gas stations. Two issues that are of a major
concern are the fact that if you live on or off of State Road 70 East in the
general vicinity, it can take you as long as 45 minutes to get home with
the traffic backed up as far as Mosquito Creek or at times even to the
Ag Center. Secondly there is a water shortage in Okeechobee County
limiting the use of our water for things such as washing your vehicles
and watering your lawn. As for the traffic issue, it's a lot better than'it
originally was when the event first started and I hope that the Sheriffs of-
fice can make it even better. One way might be to line up all the vehicles
in rows inside the gate while they are waiting to pay their admission or
bring them in a different way.

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At Your Service On Page 2

Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and
are good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be pur-
chased at CarQuest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863)
462-5863. Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our commu-

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Lo-
cal meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or,

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Feb. 3
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call. (863) 634-4780.
Monday, Feb. 4
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 meet-
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at (863) 467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S,. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
,Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road;
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon
meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 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.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
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 Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 7634320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becom-
ing a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited,
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Chris-
tian activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for
parents and their pre-school children. The event will. be held
each Tuesday from 9:3.0 a.m. until noon. Child care will be pro-
vided for infants during the class. For information, call (863)
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S.
441 S.E., Suite K. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
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.

Community Events

DAR offers scholarship
A $500 scholarship known as the Essie D. Millspaugh scholar-
ship is available at the high school. Applications are available from
Bill Black, Career Counselor at Okeechobee High School.

Do you like pizza?
Okeechobee Christian Academy, A/K/A Grace Christian School,
a is having a Spring fundraiser in order to help with the expenses of
running the school. The students will be selling a Dominos discount
card for the price of $10 each, which will allow the customer to use
up to 20 times during the year of 2008. With the card you are al-
lowed to buy any pizza at regular price and receive a second one of
equal or lesser value for free. The student who sells the most cards.
will receive a cash bonus as a prize. For information or to purchase
a card, you can talk to any.OCA student or call 863-763-3072.

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, February 3, 2008

K m Cassels to chair March for Babies

Submitted photo
2008 Cattle Barons Ball planning Committee are: Frank & Debbie Riddle, Mr. & Mrs. Sonny
Williamson, Teresa Chandler, Billy Dean English, Carrie Heineman, Debbie Mathews, Maria
Fanizzi, Cindy Domer and Keith Stripling. (Not pictured) Teri Sauter.

Cancer Society 'back in the saddle'

Cattle Barons' Ball
set for April 12
The American Cancer Society
(ACS) is saddling up for the 2008
Cattle Barons' Ball! The event,
scheduled for April 12, 2008 held
at Quail Creek Plantation, has
been one of the hottest by-invita-
tion-only tickets in Okeechobee
County since it began in 2006. It
is also the most important fund-
raiser for the American Cancer
Society. Last year this event raised
a record $60,000 and drew an
amazing 250 participants.
The American Cancer Society is
the nationwide community-based
voluntary health organization
dedicated to eliminating cancer as
a major health problem through
research, education, advocacy,
and service. The American Can-
cer Society relies on events like
the Cattle Barons' Ball to support
national research, and local pro-
gramming in Okeechobee Coun-
ty important local programs like
R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Cancer
Kids) Camp, Florida's first and
only residential camp exclusively
for children with cancer; and
patient services like Look Good
Feel Better, Reach to Recovery,
Life Line Transportation, the Gift
Closet and more.
Leading the 2008 round-up are
event chair Teresa Chandler and
co-chair Billy Dean English. Ms..
Chandler and Mr. English have as-
sembled a terrific group of com-



2008 Cattle Barons
Chair & Co-Cha
Chandler, Seacoas
Bank Regional Sa
keting Manager
Dean English, Mor
Host and Progran
WOKC are leading
mitted community mr
business professional
June, have been har
produce "Give Cance
the 2008'theme. The
and Debbie Riddle,
Betty Williamson, T
dler, Billy Dean, Carrie
Debbie Mathews, M
Cindy Domer and Ke
and Teri Sauter.
To date, sponsors
has been pledged frc
National Bank and
Farm Equipment as

senting sponsors; Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Curtis, Mr. and Mrs..Sonny Wil-
liamson, Riverside National Bank,
Beef '0' Brady's, Okeechobee
The Magazine, Proforma Cre-
Sative Ideas, Stitchin Post, Mrs.
Betty Kelly, A Child's World,
,,a WOKC, Okeechobee News &
Okeechobee Times.
"We are fortunate to have this
kind of sponsorship support early
on, but we are still two months
and many thousands of dollars
U .K away from reaching our goal. We
-'.- are asking the Okeechobee Coun-
:.-- ; ty community to help the Ameri-
Ball Event can Cancer Society fight cancer
irs Teresa for one spectacular' evening, a
st National small sacrifice when we think of
les & Mar- the thousands of individuals and
and Billy families who fight this deadly dis-
rning Show ease every day. We hope you will
m Director join us," said Ms. Chandler.
I the round For more information on
this event, or to pledge sponsor-
ship support, please contact Keri
members and Hughes, American Cancer Society
s who, since (863)-467-2376 or
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y are: Frank
Sonny and
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aria Fanizzi,
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ship support
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Spotlight Okeechobee .

The March of Dimes Trea-
sure Coast Chapter is pleased
to announce that John Cassels
of Cassels & McCall and his
wife Karen of Everglades El-
ementary will serve as Honor-
ary Co-chairs for Okeechobee
County's March for Babies. For-
merly known as WalkAmerica,
March for Babies is the March
of Dimes premier fundraising
event that benefits all babies -
- those born healthy as well as
those who need help to survive
and thrive.
"I'm proud to be part of a na-
tional movement to ensure that
every baby has a healthy start
in life," Karen said. "Everyone
can be a champion for babies
by signing up for March for Ba-
bies," Mrs. Cassels continued.
John and Karen have been
involved with the March of
Dimes for almost 20 years, but
their involvement became more
personal when their grand-
daughter, Gabby, was born 14
weeks early, and weighing just
2 pounds, 7 ounces. Gabby had
to spend the first 2 months of
her life in a Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit. Fortunately, Gabby
is now a happy, healthy 2 year
Premature birth touches
over half a million babies and
their families every year. Babies
born too soon are more likely
to die or have disabilities. More
than 120,000 babies are born
with serious birth defects that
can mean a lifetime of disabil-
ity. Babies born healthy need
champions, too, to be sure they
have access to newborn screen-
ing and preventive health care.
The March of Dimes is there for
all babies.
In Okeechobee County,
March for Babies will take place
on Saturday, March 1 at Flagler
Park #4. Registration starts at
7:30 a.m. and the March starts

Submitted photc
2008 March for Babies' Honorary Co-Chairs John and Karer
Cassels, with their granddaughter, Gabby.

at 8:30 a.m. Residents can sign
up today to help fund lifesaving
research and educational pro-
grams aimed at helping moms
have healthy babies.
"It's easy to join us," said Mr.
Cassels. "Just visit marchforba-, or call the March of
Dimes office at 772-562-0115,
or call Laura McCall at 863-763-
3131, to sign up as an individ-
ual, start a corporate, family or
friends' team, or donate to help
babies be born healthy."
In 2008, National March for
Babies sponsors are CIGNA,
Continental Airlines, Famous
Footwear, Farmers, FedEx,.
Grain Foods Foundation, Lib-
erty Tax Services,,
and Kmarf the March of Dimes
number one corporate partner
which has raised more than $63
million for babies. Additional
national sponsorship is provid-
ed by, Discovery Health, Mead

Johnson Nutritionals, Outdoor
Services and Ther-Rx.
"In Okeechobee County we
are proud also to be sponsored
by Seacoast National Bank, The
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Riv-
erside National Bank, Bank of
America, Lakeview Builders,
Larson Dairy, Pritchards GMAC
Real Estate, Pritchards & As-
sociates Insurance, Wave 92.7,
Star 94.7, and Cassels & Mc-
Call." John said. "And there are
still many sponsorship opportu-
nities available."
The March of Dimes is the
leading nonprofit organization
for pregnancy and baby health.
With chapters nationwide and
its premier event, March for
Babies, the March of Dimes
works to improve the health of
babies. For the latest resources
and information, *visit mar- or nacersano.



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Benefit tournament
a success
The staff of Costopoulos &
Helton, P.A., would like to thank
everyone who participated, both
players and spectators alike, in
the Sixth Annual Okeechobee
High School Tennis Team benefit
tournament held at Okeechobee
Sports Complex on Jan. 26 and
27. Once again the OHS Tennis
Team coaches Dave Ellis and
Jay Huffman did a great job of
promoting the tournament and
enlisting players from the com-

Many thanks go out to Brian
and Beth White for serving up
the fantastic BBQ chicken din-
ners, and to Tabitha Trent and
the staff of Riverside National
Bank for lending us the popcorn
machine. Costopoulos & Helton,
P.A. is pleased to have sponsored
the tournament since its incep-
tion, and look forward to the
community's participation next
year. Again, thanks to everyone
who made this years' tournament
a success and for supporting our
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High School Rodeo
Florida High School Rodeo is competing atthe Okeechobee
Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 441 this week-
end. Rodeo events continue today (Sunday) at the arena at
9 a.m. Spectator admission is free.

Don't feed that bird

GAINESVILLE -- At virtually
every seaport mankind has ever
built, you're sure to see a pelican
at some time or another. The birds
roost on every continent except
Antarctica. Their scythe-like beaks
and snaking necks have adorned
human art dating back thousands
of years.
So, what's the harm in a fisher-
man tossing a bit of fish to the near-
by pelican kind enough to keep
him company? What's a scrap of
flounder between friends?
"You may think you're being
nice, but you could be setting them
up for a really painful death," said
Bryan Fluech, a Collier Cou'nty Sea
Grant extension agent with the
University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Each year, hundreds of pelicans
along Florida's coastline meet a
grisly end because of human ac-
tivity. As part of a statewide IFAS
educational program, including a
new video titled "Pelican's Point
of View," Mr. Fluech explains the
do's and don't of interacting with
The video was produced in
conjunction with the nonprofit or-
ganization Fish Florida.
"Maybe the scariest run-in you
can have with a pelican is if it
grabs your lure," Mr. Fluech said.
"On one end of the line, there'll be
a pelican that's confused because
+ this weird fish came with a hook
that's now stuck in its beak. On
the other end of the line there'll be
a fisherman who's probably even
more panicked."
Mr. Fluech said if an angler
does catch a pelican, he should
never cut the line.
"Your first instinct might be to
cut the line if you get a pelican
hooked," he said. "But leaving
that hook in there could be really
harmful to the bird."
The line can tangle around the
bird or get caught up in mangroves
where the bird roosts.
If possible, the fisherman
should try to gently wrangle the
bird into his grasp. He should then


Sandra "Sandy" Lee
S Mullens "Mamaw"
Sandra Lee Mullens died Jan.
31, 2008. She was born in West
Palm Beach to Ashbel and Wil-
ma Orton. She
moved to Indi-
antown in 1972
where she was
employed with
the school sys- ;
tem. She moved
to Okeechobee
in 1993 where
she retired. She Sandra Lee
loved the Lord Mullens
and her family
and enjoyed cake decorating.
She is survived by her husband
of 38 years, Harry; her sons, Rick
(Kellie), Billy (Lisa) and daughter,
Janice all of Okeechobee; grand-
son, Ricky (Wendy) Mullens of
Moore. Haven; granddaughter,
Kayla Crowley of Okeechobee
and Katie Kerley, Lane and Daneya
Register and a great granddaugh-
ter Riley Mullens of Moore Haven;
brothers, Jim (Cathy) Orton, Pete
(Carrie) Orton, both of West Palm
Beach, and Bob (Laura) Orton of
Georgia; sister, Judy (Joe) Mareno
of Ft. Myers; many nieces, neph-
ews, extended family and a host
of friends.
Memorial services will be at 2
p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Free-
dom Ranch in Okeechobee with
a reception immediately follow-
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that memorial contribu-
tions be made to Alpha Ministries
of Okeechobee, 11655 Hwy. 441
SE, Okeechobee Fl 34974.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
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grab the pelican loosely 'by the
beak before attempting to hold the
bird like a football, with its wings
pressed against its body.
A towel over the bird's head
will calm it and make it easier to
handle. The fisherman should try
to remove the hook by pushing
it through the skin until the barb
is visible. Snip the barb with wire
cutters and then back the hook
out before releasing the bird.
Birds that have swallowed a
hook or are seriously hurt should
be taken to the nearest rehabilita-
tion facility.
Some pelicans apparently don't
learn from mistakes and have so
many piercings they resemble
punk rockers, Mr. Flupch said.
The greater evil of feeding peli-
cans is that they lose their fear of
humans. A pelican with a natural
fear probably won't steal lures or
engage in other dangerous behav-
iors, he said.
But "people-friendly" pelicans
will often approach humans in
an aggressive way that often ends
with the bird being hurt. Or they
crowd into small areas where their
droppings can pose a health risk.
Besides helping the birds lose
their fear, feeding the pelicans can
hurt them. Scraps from fish large
enough for fishermen to legally
keep are almost always too big for
pelicans to eat.
If a fisherman tosses a peli-
can scraps after cleaning a legal
fish-or even just tosses them into
the water where they can be easily
scooped up-the big bones can
tear the pelican's pouch as it tries
to swallow. Instead, fishermen
should see if their dock or fishing
site has disposal tubes, vertical
PVC pipes that extend below the
water's surface too deep for peli-
cans to reach. If none exist, scraps
should go into a trash can.
Anglers should also be sure
to properly dispose of used fish-
ing line. Each year, the Audubon
Society and other groups remove
thousands of pounds of fishing
line from Florida's coastline. As
they do, they often find birds who
strangled or starved after being
tangled in the line, said Ann Hodg-
son of the Audubon Florida Coast-
'al Islands Sanctuaries.
The new video is available via
the IFAS Collier County Exten-
sion Web site at http://collier.ifas.
Those interested in a. hardcopy
DVD of the video should contact
Mr. Fluech via email at Fluech@

Who was that masked man?
Zero the Hero made an appearance at Central Elementary
School on Friday, Feb. 1. He taught students what zero is
and how it use it in counting. Here he used student volun-
teers to show that there are two zeroes in 100.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Learning about zero
These students at Central Elementary School spent the
100th day of school, Friday, Feb. 1 leaning about tens and
zero from Zero the Hero. They learned that a zero means
nothing unless it is used with another number. They also
learned to count to 100 by tens.

Model Plane Club visits CES
The Okeechobee Model Airplane Club hosted an informa-
tion and educational exhibit at Central Elementary School
on Jan. 24. The purpose was to introduce the students to
the theory of flight by showing and explaining how air-
planes fly. Bob Bales and several other club members
took turns showing different model aircraft to each class
and answering their many questions. After the question
and answer period, Robert Rosado, the club president,
flew several airplanes along with a helicopter so the stu-
dents could see how different aircraft can fly. At the end of
the day everyone was given a small glider to take home to
assemble and fly. All of the club members that participated
enjoyed and shared the enthusiasm of the children.



Zero the Hero
These students at Central Elementary School learned to
count to 100 by tens thanks to the help of Zero the Hero.
On the 100th day of school, Friday, Feb. 1, Zero the Hero
taught students the meaning of zero and how to use it in

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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Joyce Smith (left), the director of the First Presbyterian
Church food pantry visited the Kiwanis luncheon where they
concluded their Souper Bowl of Caring drive that collected
boxes of food and $156 to donate to the food pantry. Kiwanis
member Marcos Montes de Oca chaired the drive.

Kiwanis donates

to food pantry

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members brought
in boxes of non-perishable
foods and monetary funds for
the Souper Bowl of Caring food
All of the food and donations
collected, which included boxes
of food and $156, were donated
to the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry.
Joyce Smith, the director
of the local food pantry was
present to show her apprecia-
tion and accept the donation
on behalf of the pantry which
is located at 312 U.S. 441 N in
the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church fellowship hall.
According to Mrs. Smith, the
food pantry is low on money
and food this year due to the ris-
es in costs -that have continued
to increase as the general cost of
living keeps going up.
The food pantry, which has
received funds from the Federal
Emergency Management Agen-
cy (FEMA) in the past, has not
been given any funds this year.
Last year they received $3,789
from FEMA, .but their weekly,
costs average at $300 per week
which equates to approximately
$15,600 per year.
In 2007 the pantry served
2,196 families and 7,507 indi-
The pantry is blessed to re-

ceive $200 from the church, but
still struggles to maintain a good
supply for the need that is pres-
ent in Okeechobee.
The mission statement for the
Food Pantry is "as a part of our
expression of our love of God,
we are called to serve and care
for our neighbors by providing
emergency food for all those in
Their food pantry provides to
all people who are eligible with-
out discrimination of age, sex,
marital status, religious affilia-
tion, citizenship, etc. The pantry
is open Tuesday through Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. until noon.
To make them more effec-
tive in their ministry of provid-
ing food for those with modest
means they need more help.
Their needs include: food for
distribution, or, money for food;
volunteers to help distribute
food; grocery bags; clean seal-
able containers for cooking oil,
laundry soap and shampoo;
volunteers to repackage com-
modities that are bought at
large quantities; and volunteers
to help pick up food orders in
For additional information
call the church at (863) 824-
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
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Chicken Caesar salad
Pizza basket
Chicken sandwich basket
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The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 1,
through Thursday, Feb. 7, are as
Theatre I -"No Country for Old
Men" (R) Show times: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at

3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II "Over Her Dead
Body" (PG-13) Show times: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.

Theatre III "Juno" (PG-13)
Show times: Friday at 7 and 9
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POSTING DATE: February 3, 2008
CLOSING DATE: Until filled
SALARY: $ 50,000 $ 85,000
The Okeechobee Utility Authority is seeking a qualified appli-
cant to serve as the Director of Operations for the water treat-
ment ( 9,000 customers), wastewater treatment ( 4,200
customers) and maintenance departments. At a minimum, job
responsibilities will include: employee and customer relations,
regulatory compliance, budget preparation, monitoring, con-
struction oversight, meetings and other general administrative
The minimum qualifications for this position shall include high
school diploma and a clean Florida driver's license. Additional-
ly, a college degree in business administration, engineering or
other related field would be a definite plus.
The applicant should be able to provide a work history, listing
job responsibilities and years of experience at previous work
assignments which would directly relate to the expected work
assignments of this listing. Applicants are expected to provide
a salary history as the well as expected salary requirements.
A pre-employment drug screening will be required.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority offers a benefit package that
includes the standard paid time off for holidays and accrued
vacation and sick time. Additionally, various health, life and
medical insurances are offered.
Qualified applicants may send their letters of interest and re-
sumes to:
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Attn: John F. Hayford
Executive Director
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974-4221

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Full Time (Sat A Must)
Customer Service/Sales
Self Motivated

F/T.' Evening and weekend
hours. Responsible for
housekeeping duties.
Handyman skills helpful.
3:ilirgujig p 'et Fax resume to

A 120 bed skilled
nursing facility is seeking
a person to supervise and
direct the housekeeping
and laundry team. Must
have housekeeping
supervisory experience.
230 S. Barfield Hwy.
Pahokee, Fl
Fax. 561-924-9466
A Great Place To Work
Looking for
Commercial Experience and
4-40 License Preferred.
Competitive Wages & Benefits.
Fax Resume to 863-824-3179
F/T for Local RV Park.
Must have experience.
Call 863-634-8296
Local homebuilder needs
qualified Sales Professional.
Must be self-motivated &
organized w/excellent
interpersonal & presentation
skills. Flexible schedule a
must. Salary plus commission.
Call 863-763-6376
or 863-357-2700
PLUMBERS: Experienced only.
Please call Echols Plumbing
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today's competitive
market? In the employ-
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For FurtherFurther Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442



The Okeechobee County Health Department
currently has the following openings
Licensed Practical Nurse
Requisition #64004132-51358664-20080125095355
Closing date 2/11/08
Senior Clerk
Requisition # 64003650-51354276-20080129145252
Closing date 2/13/2008
The State of Flora offers a competitive salary and a wide
array of benefit and retirement options. Monday-Friday
Work Schedule: Day Hours (8AM-5PM Core Hours),
NO WEEKEND SCHEDULE; 9 Paid Holidays, 1 Personal
Holiday per year; Paid Time Off Earned Monthly: Annual &
Sick Leave; Retirement Plan, Deferred Compensation,
Direct Deposit, Jury Duty and Beverement Leave, and other
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available upon immediate hire for State Universities and
Community Colleges; Educational Leave with Pay Opportunity
and Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program Available
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Background screening and fingerprinting required
Has the following openings:
Must have current FL LPN Lic., and 1 yr exp.
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Selling In Three Tracts
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We have all your
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Payments as low as $795 per month.

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198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee
L .- -. (863) 357-2431

*Immediate Openings*
Relief Managers
& 3rd Shift Managers
Starting Pay: $11.00/hr.
with potential to make $50k
Full BenefitPackage
Monthly Bonus
Unlimited Growth Potential
All Shifts
Sales Associate
Starting Pay: $9.00/hr.
Advancement Opportunities
Scholarship Program
Weekly Pay Checks
Benefit Package
Management Applicants Call:
Associate Applicants Call:

Previous Experience
in LTC Required
**A Great Place to Work**
230 S. Barfield Highway
Pahokee, Florida 33476
Call 561-924-5561

Co i onal hal a lth Se/case
Explore the excitement of
Correctional Nursing with
Accepting applications for
RN's and LPN's for
per-diem shifts at the
located in Moore Haven, FL
Please e-mail resume to
or fax to the Attn: Sandy
at 863-946-6398.

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-

We do housekeeping, meals,
transportation. Full or Part
Time. Call Brenda
863)763-7510 or Carol


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310'
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

Find It faster. Sell it soon-
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435,

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974

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This commit reviews, monitors and provides reconmmeiidatlons concerning poli-
cy, )rocedure and specific Initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing
withi Oheechobee County,
A mneber lmust b a (eSiIentII of Okeechobee Conlly and, the committee must be
comprised of Individuals In connection with affordable housing and Include one
(1) citizen engaged in te residential home building industry; one (1) citizen who
is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry; one (1) citizen
who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building;
one (1 citizen actively engaged as an advocate for low-income persons; one 1)
citizen actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing; one (1) citi-
zen actively engaged as a real estate professional; one (1) citizen who actively
serves on the local planning agency pursuant to s.163.3174, Florida Statutes; and
one (1) citizen who resides within the jurisdiction of the local governing body
making appointments.
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobes. All applicants must complete a
board/commeifee application form
Applications must be submitted to thle County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on February 20, 2008
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259528 ON 2/3/08


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

old, very gentle, knows
poles, cones, barrels, jumps,
ropes and cardries flags, won
in bit & used in 4H, perfect
kids horse, teeth just floated,
all shots & current coggins.
$2000 neg. (863)467-7657


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

OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$800/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (772)215-0098
OKEECHOBEE- lbr efficiency,
utilities furnished, $800, 1st
& last month rent & sec dep.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2br, 1 ba, 2
story apt, screened porch,
very clean, no pets.
$750/mo, 1st, last & Dep.
Very clean! $500/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets.

LEASE with build outl In Okee-
chobee. $12 per sq ft. Call
Warren at (954)682-5933

Townhouse, W&D, Clean.
$875 mo. (863)634-9521
1BR/1BA, fully furnished,
$650 mo. + $350 sec.
VILLA 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
3br, 2ba, 2 gar Pool Home,,
Close to everything.
Dreamcatcher Realty

Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
From $895
per month

3/2, 3/1 % or 2/1
Available, no pets, for
move In special. Call
Canal, Pool & Dock. Fully
furnished w/bedding linens &
cookware. W&D. DW. Cable,
Electric, Water included.
NEW DUPLEX 3/2. $1000
per month + 1st, last &
$500 sec dep.
OAK PARK 2/1 home, avail-
3/1, fenced yard, pets okay,
W/D, dshwshr, fridge. 1 month
free rent. $800 includes H20
& lawn maint. (407)242-7205
or (863)467-8041
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
C/Air & Heat. Screen patio.
Fenced. All New! $900 mo.
+ last & sec. 863-202-0753
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
3BR/2BA, pool; fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st & sec.
Call to see (863)885-1347
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, lba, fully furn.
Elec & satellite incld.,
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Business Places .
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Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
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Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
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Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

1: l .. l .l iln r *i ,,,ii ,ln i.fn l ,, i

the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of-
fices, 100 SW 51h Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Forida,.
Pursuant to Section 286,0105, Florida
Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the An-
thority with respect to such
meetings, he or she will need a
record of proceedings and for such
purpose may need to ensure that a
nerbtiim record of the proceedings
Is made; which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which
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1,,,, ,M. I court reporter, ste-
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such vaebatim record,
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Executive Director,
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The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida Is seeking in-
terested applicants Ior appointment to three (3) vacant positions on the Agri-Civic
Center Advisory Commitlee.
The Committee consists of eleven members of which two shall be. nominated by
each member of the Board of County Commissioners. The eleventh member,
who slaall serve as Chairman of the Committee, shall be appointed by the Chair-
man of thie Board of County Commissioners.
This committee Investigates, considers and advises the Board of County Commis-
sioners on recommended opporlunilies and uses for the Agri-Civic Center Com-
plex including but not limited to fairs, exhibitions, sporting events, spectator
events, and other activities considered to be of interest and benefit to Okeechobee
County and its residents. The Committee also reviews and makes recommenda-
tion as to fee structures and operational protocols for the complex taking into
consideration both community need as well as minimizing the operational ex-
pense to the County and ultimately to the taxpayers of the county. The Commit-
tee also investigates and advises on such other topics relating to the use, function
and maintenance of the Agri-Civic Center as the Board of County Commissioners
may direct.
Applications may be obtained front the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on February 20, 2008.
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259511 ON 2/3/08

The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants lor the appointment to one (1) vacancy on the Tourist Develop-
ment Council (TOC).
The TODC, comprised of nine (9) members, makes recommendations to the Board
of County Commissioners for the effective operation of special projects or for uses
of the tourist development tax revenue and performs such other duties as may be
prescribed by county ordinances) or reasolutlon(s).
Two (2) o these vacancies must be filled by persons who are owners and/or op-
erators of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodations
in the county subject to the tourist development tax. One (1) vacancy must be filled
by a person who is engaged in the tourism industry, but not subject to the tourist
development tax. All members of the council shall be electors of Okeechobee
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW
2nd Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee, All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form,
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00PM on February 20, 2008.
Clif Beffs, Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259506 ON 2/3/08

The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida. s seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment to three,(31 regular and/ (1) alternate
member position on the Planning Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals.
This board conducts public hearings, studies, and reviews necessary to imple-
mentation or amendment of the Okeechobee County Comprehensive Plan and Land
Development Regulations; functions as the Local Planning Agency (LPA) for the
county; hears and decides appeals relating to development orders; renders deci-
sions on variance requests; and renders decisions on special exception requests. A
member must be a resident of Okeechobee County and, the board shall include two
(2) residents of the City of Okeechobee,
Applications may be obtained from County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must submit' a complet-
ed board/commiree application.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:OOPM on February 20, 2008. -
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259548 ON 2/3/07

The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment as Okeechobee County representative to the
Treasure Coast Health Council for a term ending December 2009.
The Treasure Coast Health Council is responsible for development and maintenance
of the district health plan,.establishing strategies, priorities and preferences for
development of health services and facilities, advising the county on health care
issues, promoting public awareness of county health needs and pursuing related
activities. An appointee must be a resident o Okeechobee County.
Applicahons may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/commitee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on February 20,2008. (
Clil Belts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259524 ON 2/3/08

The Board of County Corn .. .... 1 ...r , ,,r ,, ,
terested applicants for w i,,-i;, ,:,,,,- i-,l0, ., ,,: r,-, I ... ..,,' I,, r 1.
brary Advisory Board.
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committees application form,
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:OOPM on February 20, 2008.
Chl Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259546 ON 2/3/08

The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment to four (4) regular and/or one (1) aftemate
member positions on the Construction Industry Licensing Board.
This board determines requirements for issuance of Certificates of Competency and
will issue/reinstate certificates to those qualifying therefore; conducts hearings on
suspension or revocation of Certificates of Competency and takes other action
necessary to enforce the provision of related ordinancess. An appointee must be
a resident of Okeechobee County.
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on February 20, 2008.
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
259527 ON 2/3/08

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Heroic effort to rescue Great Blue Heron V." "AN "-M.m, "

On Sunday, Jan. 27, a number
of agencies and individuals were
involved in a heroic effort to rescue
a Great Blue Heron entangled on
a high voltage power line on S.R.
710, a few miles south of the junc-
tion with State Route 15A. This ef-
fort is noteworthy due to the caring,
diligent efforts of all those involved,
and exemplifies the concern of
Floridians to protect and preserve
wildlife and our environment.
In mid-afternoon on Jan. 27, an
Okeechobee couple traveling north
on S.R. 710 were horrified to see
a Great Blue Heron hanging help-
lessly on a highyvoltage power line;
one wing was broken in half across
the wire and mangled in such a
manner that it could not possibly
free itself.
Searching for a phone number
to report the endangered bird, the
woman checked her fishing license
and attempted to call the Florida
Fish and, Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) on her cell
phone, but the signal would not go
through. After repeated attempts
to call, her husband suggested that
they drive to the Okee-Tantie FWC
division, as well as the Scott Driver
ramp area, but they could not locate
any officers. The couple returned
to their home in Okeechobee and

successfully contacted FWC, the
Sheriff's office, and Animal Con-
trol to report the stranded Great
Blue Heron. They were also given
the name of Sue Arnold, who is in-
volved in animal' rescue and oper-
ates Arnolds Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the evening of Monday,
Jan. 28, the woman was surprised
to receive a call from Sue Arnold.
Sue had been notified by one of
the agencies that a woman had
first reported the stranded bird; in
fact, over 50 calls were made that
afternoon and evening by 'Good
Samaritans' who were also con-
cerned about the fate of the Great
Blue Heron. Ms. Arnold explained
that credit goes to all the agencies
called by the woman and others
that afternoon, and especially Flor-
ida Power and Light. She said that
FPL responded to the calls, and dis-
patched a truck on site on S.R. 710.
Sue also traveled there and stayed
throughout the effort to rescue the
bird, which extended until around 4
a.m. on Jan. 28. The first FPL truck
to arrive did not have a lift extend-
ing high enough to reach the Great
Blue Heron, as it was 80 feet in the
air. Unfortunately, a second truck
had to be dispatched from a great
distance away, as it contained the
equipment necessary to reach the

height of the power line.
During this heroic and humane
effort, Ms. Arnold and others in-
volved shivered in the frigid night,
with temperatures dropping in the
low 40s. She said that it was horri-
ble to wait ahd to observe helpless-
ly as the poor creature struggled to
free itself it appeared that its wing
might even break off and send the
bird plummeting to the ground. Fi-
nally, the second FPL truck arrived
and the workers carefully freed the
injured bird from the high voltage
line; the Heron was still struggling
and fighting for its life in spite of its
severe injuries. Sue took the Great
Blue Heron to her wildlife sanctu-
ary, but in spite of her best efforts
a and those of all involved to save it,
the bird had to be euthanized. She
explained that its wing was so badly
broken and mangled it would have
had to be amputated, leaving it off
balance and unable to walk. Had it
been operable, the Heron would
have been cared for and rehabili-
tated at Arnolds Wildlife Sanctuary
until a suitable environment could
be found for its release. Arnold
Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center
is located on Hwy 441 N. It includes'
a butterfly garden; the website is:


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Good crowd attends purple gray game

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brahman coaches got what
they wanted out of Friday's pur-
ple gray baseball scrimmage at
Okeechobee High School. They
got the kids some at bats, some
game situations, and most impor-
tantly started getting rid of the rust
from the off season.
"That is why we play these
games," Brahman Coach Dylan
-Tedders noted, "We want to see
some live pitching and put the guys
in some situations."
The gray ended up winning the
game 8-6 in a battle of junior varsity
versus varsity.
The eight inning game went like
this. Varsity fielders would take the
Field while junior varsity hitters face
junior varsity pitchers in the top of
each inning. In the bottom of the
inning, roles were reversed. Junior
varsity fielders would take the field
behind a varsity pitcher facing var-
sity hitters.
"Our pitchers were at a bit of a
disadvantage tonight because the
batters knew they'd only see fast
balls. We probably should have
seen some more hitting actually,"
Tedders noted.
Tedders said he preaches every
day to his hitters to keep working
and to keep honing their swings.
He noted the work will pay off in
the future.
Jonathan Crawford pitched the
first two innings for the varsity. He
had two strikeouts in the first inning,
Mike McClain, and Josh Bryner.
However, he ran into trouble
in the second as varsity hitters
scratched across two runs. Joey

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Voss walked, and scored on a triple
by Brice Buckner. He scored on a
pop fly double by Bryner to make
it 2-0. Crawford recorded three
strikeouts in the inning as he over-
matched Britt Barcia and Jake Dav-
enport, twice.
Robbie Coleman made a nice
grab in the top of the fourth to rob a
batter of a base hit. A little blooper
was hit behind second but Cole-
man was able to run it down with a
diving stab in short right field.
Mike Minondo pitched well in
the third as he struck out Craw-
ford, walked Drew Selvey, but got
Will Davis and Dustin Robinson on
ground balls.
Mike McClain did a good job in
the fourth inning as he retired Cole-
man on a fly ball to right, Evan King
on a ground out to third and struck
out Minondo.
The junior varsity scored three
times in the fifth against Ryan Miggs.
They bunched together three hits,
and took advantage of several wild
pitches and passed balls.
The varsity tied the score at three
in the bottom of the fifth against
McClain. Robinson walked and
scored on a double by Buckner.
McClain bore down and retired
Minondo, David Straight and Adam
Tewksbury to strand two runners.
The Junior Varsity scored three
runs in the sixth against Brent Dur-
rance. He made two errors in the
inning. He added two wild pitches
and a walk in his one inning of
Brice Buckner pitched the sixth
inning and mowed down the
Brahman hitters. He struck out
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hard grounder to short and Adam
Tewksbury on a routine ground
ball to second.
The junior varsity scored two
more runs against Justin Conrad in
the seventh. Joey Voss had a two
run single.
The varsity cut the lead to 8-4 in
the bottom of the seventh against
Buckner. Coleman singled to left,
and King doubled him home. The
varsity loaded the bases on a single
by Davenport and a walk to Robin-
son but Buckner struck out Straight
and Tewksbury to end the threat.
Brandon Farless took the mound
in the bottom of the eighth and was
touched up for two runs. Selvey
and Coleman drew walks and one
run scored on a ground out by
Robinson. Crawford drove home
the second run with a triple. How-
ever he didn't stop at third and tried
to score an inside the park home-
run. However a nice relay nailed
Crawford at the plate. Farless then
retired Evan King on a ground out
to end the game.
"There were a couple of guys
pressing a bit out there tonight be-
cause they know they are compet-
ing for positions. They were ner-
vous. I tell them if you relax, good
things will come," Tedders added.
The Brahmans host their pre
season tournament on Thursday
night when they host Port St. Lu-
cie. Port St. Lucie will play Pope
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