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Saturday, February 23, 2008 Po BOX 117007

'It's just poor planning'

Seating expansion at
arena means facility
needs more toilets

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
This spring's Okeechobee
Cattlemen's Association Ro-
deo should be able to provide
enough seats for all who come,
thanks to expanded seating at
the Okeechobee County Agri-

Civic Center. At last year's Labor
Day Rodeo there were reports of
people being turned away be-
cause of a sell out crowd for one
of the performances.
However, more bathroom fa-
cilities will eventually have to be
provided to accommodate the
increased number of spectators.
The exact number of seats
that will be available is uncer-
tain at this time. The originally
reported figure, 4,380, may not
be correct. That is because some

of the existing seats had to be re-
moved to make wider aisles and
ramps for the increased number
of spectators. Also, the increased
number of spectators required
more handicapped seating. Each
handicapped seat occupies the
space that would be taken up
by several regular seats. Those
numbers have to be deducted
from the total seating.
The figure 4,380 seats, was
reportedly based on seats 20
inches wide, but something

about that estimate doesn't add
up. Using the plans submitted by
the engineer, building official Ar-
nold Verway came up with 3,754
seats based on seating 16 inches
wide, the minimum required by
state law.
The Florida Building Code
contains formulas for calculating
the number of restroom facilities
required for various types of pub-
lic buildings. Using the formula
for arenas, Mr. Verwey calculated
that the additional seating, based

on a total of 3,754 seats, wouk
require 11 additional toilets an(
seven additional lavatories fo
men and 22 additional toilet:
and nine additional lavatories fo
However, a compromise ha
been worked out for the up
coming rodeo. Since the horse
barn will not be in use during
the rodeo, Mr. Verwey is allow-
ing the number of bathrooms
See! Arena Page 2

Bass Club plans
The Taylor Creek Bass
Club meets at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post 9528
on the second Thursday of
each month. Tournaments
are held the following
weekend. New boaters and
(especially) non-boaters
are welcome.
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News in Brief

Five apply for Glades
school board seat
Glades County residents have
recently applied for a vacant
seat on the Glades County
School Board.
Governor Charlie Crist ac-
cepted applications from Jen-
ness Allen, Robert Ahern II,
Matt Davis, Dr. Edward Elkow-
itz, and Dr. Harris Friedman,
staffers said.
'- Spokesperson for the Gov-
ernor, Suzette Roblejo said the
Governor has not set a date for
when he will appoint one of the
candidates to the position.
Cathy Peoples resigned the
post on Jan. 7 after she was
charged in an alcohol related
crash in Glades County.

Discount cards aid
youth activities
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 purchased at CarQuest,
300 N.W Park St. For informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth ac-
tivities in our community.

On the Cracker Trail: Keeping history alive

Annual FIorlda Lracker Trail Ride
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Utility warns

its customers

of phone scam

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A new telephone scam has
just surfaced where the caller
is posing as an employee of
the Glades Electric Cooperative
and then attempts to get the
customer's credit card or ATM
number to take care of an out-
standing bill.
A company representative
on Friday, Feb. 22, said only one
of their customers had reported
being contacted as of newspa-
per deadline, but as'soon as the

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Robbie Lynn Burnett of Zolfo Springs and her horse, Bubba, are taking part in their first
Florida Cracker Trail Ride. The annual ride from Bradenton to Fort Pierce recreates the
ride home after a cattle drive to the west coast. Each night the riders camp along the
way. They spent Thursday night, Feb. 21 at the Bass Ranch. On Friday, Feb. 22 the riders
traveled down C. R. 68 to the Adams; Ranch in St. Lucie County. In Okeechobee County,
traffic control was provided by the Citizens' Observation Patrol of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office.

Drought Index

Current: 504
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.11 feet
Last Year: 11.33 feet

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

Classifieds .8-9
Comics. ........ 5
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword .. 8
Opinion. .......4
Speak Out. 4
Sports 10
TV ..9
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Danny Ward of Lake Butler cracks a whip like the old the old time cracker cow hunters
did to drive cattle. He was taking part in his seventh Florida Cracker Trail Ride. The six
day ride, from Bradenton to Fort Pierce, re-enacts coming home from a cattle drive to
the west coast. The riders passed through Okeechobee County on Friday, Feb. 22.

IRCC ESL teacher to receive

national adult education award

Ed Musgrove, a Program
Developer/Trainer for the
English as a Second Language
(ESL) Program at Indian River
Community College, will re-
ceive the Edward M. Easley
Outstanding Teacher of the
Year Award from the Commis-
sion on Adult Basic Education
(COABE.) The national award
recognizes outstanding teach-
ing and support of adult learn-
An IRCC employee since
1992, Mr. Musgrove has taught
at every level of the College's
English as a Second Language
program, helping hundreds
of students to improve their

English speaking, reading and
writing skills. He has devel-
oped curriculum for many of
the ESL classes and trained
other teachers in effective
teaching methods.
Mr. Musgrove has also
worked closely with the IRCC
Health Sciences Department
to develop a certified nursing
assistant course for those in
the ESL program.
"Ed Musgrove is dedicated
to helping students develop
the English language and
career skills they need for a
productive and successful
life," said Dr. Anthony lacono,
IRCC Associate Dean of De-
velopmental Education. "He

is an enthusiastic, supportive
educator, who makes student
success his first priority."
Mr. Musgrove will be pre-
sented with the Outstanding
Teaching Award at the COABE
Conference in St. Louis, Mis-
souri in April, where he will
be honored with a plaque and
$1,000 award.
A Fort Pierce resident, Mr.
Musgrove served as a medic
during the Vietnam War and
spent 15 years in the building
industry before joining IRCC
as a teacher 16 years ago. He
is a graduate of Southern Illi-
nois University with a major
in English.

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company heard about the ruse
they began to warn everyone
they could.
"We're trying to contact ev-
eryone that we can to spread
the word," said Danielle Toms,
business development coordi-
nator for the utility.
Ms. Toms said apparently
someone called a customer of
Glades Electric and told them
they had an outstanding bill.
The caller then told the cus-
See Phone Page 2

Mathis named to

student Student

Scholars Institute

Indian River Community
College student, Tiffany Mathis,
has been selected by Florida
Campus Compact to participate
in the Student Scholars' Insti-
tute on Feb. 24-26, in Tallahas-
see. The Okeechobee resident
is presently enrolled in IRCC's
Honors Program and is a jour-
nalism and political science
major. Miss Mathis, 20, is an ac-
tive executive board member
of IRCC's student government
and will also be receiving an
Associate in Arts degree in May,
2008. She plans to continue her
education to the doctorate level
and become a political broad-
Students participating in the
Scholars' Institute will have a
unique opportunity to interact
with policy makers, elected of-
ficials, and dignitaries. Work-
shops will also cover the roles

of the media, advocacy, lob-
bying, and policy making.
The Florida
mission is
to foster the
of college
students and
help develop
a broader un- Tiffany
derstanding Mathis
of community
engagement and civic respon-
sibility. This year's Institute
entitled, "Millennial Talk .in
Tallahassee: Plugging into the
Public Discourse" focuses on
college-student engagement
in the political process.
For more information and
IRCC's Honors Program, con-
tact the Call Center at 1-(866)

Submitted photo
IRCC's Ed Musgrove will receive the Edward M. Easley Out-
standing Teacher of the Year Award from the Commission on
Adult Basic Education.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 23, 2008

News Briefs

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Taking a break
Horses and riders took a noon time break in the shade on Friday, Feb. 22 They were part of the approximately 100 horses
and riders taking part daily in the 21st Annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride. The trail ride, a six day journey from Bradenton
to Fort Pierce, commemorated early Florida cattle drives. The noon rest stop was a break by the side of C. R. 68 on that
day's ride from the Bass Ranch to the Adams Ranch.

Arrest Report

The following individu-
als were arrested on felony
or driving under the influ-
ence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the
Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Flor-
ida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Michael Dean Bryant, 50,
Tensley Drive, Orlando, was ar-
rested Feb. 18 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with failure to appear driving
under the influence and failure
to appear driving while license
suspended with knowledge. His

bond was set at $2,500.
Joshua B. Duke, 23, N.W.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 20 by Deputy Sergeant
J. Royal on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with vio-
lation of probation possession
of oxycodone and violation of
probation driving while license
revoked habitual offender. He is
being held without bond.
Jose Gabriel Ruiz, 30, N.W.
10' Ave., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Feb. 21 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with failure to appear driving
under the influence with damage
to property or person of another,
failure to appear driving without
a valid driver's license and failure
to appear leaving the scene of

an accident causing property
damage. His bond was set at
Crystal Nicole Smith, 20, N.E.
15"' St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 21 by Deputy M. Bobrowski'
on a warrant charging her with
aggravated battery. Her bond was
set at $10,000.
Deborah Keenan Sparkman,
42, S.E. 25"' Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Lt.
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing her with the felony of worth-
less check (over $150). Her bond
was set at $2,500.
Daniel Salazar, 25, was ar-
rested Feb. 21 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation possession
of marijuana over 20 grams and

violation of probation posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. He is
being held without bond.
Chad Garner, 20, was arrest-
ed Feb. 21 by Deputy Sgt. J. Royal
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation robbery and viola-
tion of probation possession of
cocaine. He is being held without
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

Tax returns and E-filing done free
AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. This free
service can answer most of the tax issues faced by all middle to
low income taxpayers. With special attention to taxpayers, age 60
or older. This service will continue until April 15, on Mondays and
Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Bingo
hall, 501 S.E. Second St. (doors open 8:45 a.m. no sooner.) You
must bring last years tax return, all W-2's; 1099s; Interest, Dividend,
Broker and Social Security Statements and any other financial docu-
ments for 2007. Picture ID, Social Security card and birth dates re-
quired for everyone to be listed on the return. For direct deposit of
refund must have a blank check. The program cannot help with
:state income tax returns. (Florida does not have state income tax.)
Help is first come, first served, no appointments. For information
call Neile Foreman, District Coordinator, (863) 357-1694. (Please do
not call the American Legion for information!)

Help with FPL electric bills available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPl's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to
Share Program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL
Corporate funds. The program was set up to help lower income
residents with their electric bill once a year under specific circum-
stances. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their first
FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
qualify. If you are an FPL customer and need help call the office at
763-6020, leave your name and number and they will call you back
for a phone interview to see if you qualify.

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Law Enforcement Calls


The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Feb.15 through Feb.
Friday, Feb. 15:
larceny in the 3100 block of
U.S. 441 S.
assault in the 20000 block of
U.S. 98 N.
burglary in the 1600 block of
N.W Fourth St.
larceny in the 32000 block of
- U.S. 441 N.
larceny in the 800 block of
N.W. 106th St
Saturday, Feb. 16:
assault in the 11000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 1600 block of
S.R. 70 E.
vandalism in the 2700 block
of S.E. 44th Ave.
burglary in the 600 block of
N.E. 17th Ave.
Sunday, Feb. 17:
vandalism in the 1100 block
of N.W. 42nd Ave.

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC):
Ray Prescott, 29, Kissimmee,

Continued From Page 1
in the horse barn to be used to-
ward the number required for
the arena. Signs will be posted on
arena bathroom doors informing
people of additional restroom fa-
cilities in the horse barn.
The horse barn is within the
required 500 feet for restroom fa-
cilities and Mr. Verwey said he is
wiling to make an exception for
this one event. If another event
were occupying the horse barn at
the same time, that option would
not be available.
Eventually, though, this short-
age of rest rooms will have to be
addressed. Mr. Verwey said he is
handling this like any other code
violation. As long as people are
acting in good faith to resolve
the problem, he will work with
"I want to be fair, "he said. "As
long as they are working on it, I

Continued From Page 1
tomer that the bill could be taken
care of over the phone by using
their credit card. Otherwise, their
power would be shut off.
"That's all false," said Ms.
Toms, in a phone interview Friday

assault in the 3700 block of
N.E. Fourth Trail
lewd and lascivious act in the
7200 block of N.W. 80'" Court
theft in the 3000 block of S.R.
70 E.
Monday, Feb. 18:
vandalism in the 14000 block
of U.S. 441 N
vandalism in the 1700 block
of U.S. 441 N.
burglary in the 60th block of
N.E. 106's St.
theft in the 1100 block of 39"th
vandalism in the 2700 block
of S.R. 70W.
vandalism in the 500 block of
N.W. 27th Lane
vandalism in the 2800 block
of N.W. 20"11 Trail
vandalism on N.W. Ninth
vandalism in the 2200 block
of N.W. Ninth Ave.
theft in the 4400 block of U.S.
441 N.

was arrested Feb. 9 on charges
of giving false identification to a
law enforcement officer, criminal
mischief, resisting arrest without
violence and three active arrest
warrants out of Osceola County.
He is being held without bond.
Artavistus Ware, 25, Moore
Haven, was arrested Feb. 10 on a
charge of possession of cocaine.
His bond was set at $5,000.

will help them."
Mr. Verwey said that "political
pressure" was exerted on him to
issue a permit for facility expan-
sion. "The word on the street is
that I better approve it quickly." '
One possible solution that has
been suggested is construction of
a restroom building between the
arena and horse barn. Mr. Verwey
said these facilities could be used
for the fair and other activities at
the agri-civic center.
Pete Keogh, agri-civic center
manager, suggested that Royal
Concrete Concepts provide a re-
stroom building in exchange for
advertising rights.
Mr. Verwey said that originally
the facility was built "just right"
with the required number of
bathrooms facilities for the origi-
nal seating.
"It's just poor planning," the
building official said of the situa-
Mr. Keogh said he was not
aware that additional restroom fa-

afternoon. "We do not do that."
She said customers are first
contacted by mail, and if they are
then put on a disconnect list a
meter reader will leave a note on
their door.
Ms. Toms said it's not known
at this time how the scam artist
got the name of the Glades Elec-
tric customer. She said the utility

Tuesday, Feb. 19:
burglary in the 1800 block of
N.W. Ninth St.
burglary in the 1800 block of
N.W. Ninth St.
vandalism in the 2200 block
of N.W. 21's Lane
theft on N.E. 3041' St.
assault in the 3400 block of
U.S. 441 S.
vandalism in the 3600 block
of N.W. 35"' Ave.
theft in the 1000 block of
N.E. 13th Ave.
vandalism in the 7600 block
of N.W. 83rd Court
burglary in the 200 block of
366'' Trail
burglary in the 68"' block of
N.E. 9811 St.
Wednesday, Feb. 20:
burglary in the 2600 block of
N.E. 11"' Court
burglary in the 10000 block
.of N.W. First Ave.
fraud in the 12000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.

*ShaninWest, 19,Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 10 on a charge
of possession of cocaine. Her
bond was set at $5,000.
Lorenzo Beaver, 44, Moore
Haven, was arrested Feb. 14 on
a warrant charging him with bur-
glary and petit theft. His bond was
set at $25,000.
was arrested Feb. 14 on a felony
charge of grand theft and a mis-

cilities would be required. He laid
the blame for the confusion on
the professional engineers who
drew up the plans for expansion.
"There is no way the board of
county commissioners could have
known about the problem," Mr.
Verwey said. He said that county
staff members, who might have
been aware of restroom require-
ments, were not asked to be part
of the decision making process.
The original plans that were
drawn up for expansion allowed
the current seating arrangement
to be left intact and did not make
allowances for the increased
aisle space and exit ramps and
stairs that would be necessary to
accommodate the increased seat-
ing. Plans were redrawn eliminat-
ing some existing seating to allow
for more room to enter and leave
the stands. However, no plans
have been considered yet that
would permanently solve the re-
stroom problem.
Another unanswered ques-

currently serves 16,000 custom-
The utility representative went
on to say that people should
be wary of anyone soliciting a
bill payment over the phone.
Ms. Toms said it's possible the
persons) making the calls may
also be posing as employees for
other utilities.

rape in the 42000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
larceny in the 7400 block of
S.R. 70 E.
fraud in the 8900 block of
S.E. 67th Way
burglary in the 1700 block of
U.S. 441 N.
vandalism in the 19000 block
of N.W. 27811 St
Thursday, Feb. 21:
burglary in the 11000 block
of N.E. Third Circle
assault in the 2800 block of
U.S. 441 N.
burglary in the 3900 block of
U.S. 441 S.
burglary in the 2300 block of
N.E. 131s' Lane
burglary in the 4000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
Editor's Note: Only calls
dealing with either a felony or a
potential felony are entered into
this column.

demeanor charge of possession
of drug paraphernalia. His bond
was set at $4,999
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 news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

tion at this point is if the sewage
treatment plant at Everglades El-
ementary School which serves
the agri-civic center will be able
to provide the additional capacity
required by the increased number
of bathrooms.
Mr. Keogh is confident the
problem can be resolved. He said
that different events were moving
to the agri-civic center from other
places because of the additional
space and the ease of ingress and
"It is your showcase facility,"
'he added
Mr. Keogh said that when he
was director of parks and rec-
reation for St. Lucie County, he
envied the competition from the
agri-civic center which is right
down the highway from the St.
Lucie County Fairground.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at

If you are a customer of Glades
Electric and receive a call such as
this, Ms. Toms suggested you call
either the Glades County Sheriff's
Office at (863) 946-0100 or 763-
1151, if you live in Okeechobee;
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office at (863) 763-3117; or
Glades Electric's main office in
Moore Haven at (800) 226-4024.

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Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 23, 2008

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participate in The Osceola Sportsman Show.
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Submitted photos
Steve Card (left) discusses an upcoming hunt with Mike from
Thunder Bow Outfitters.

.The tractor pull contest is one of the many exciting events
that take place at The Osceola Sportsman Show.

Sandy Miller and crew enjoy the four wheeler event at The
Osceola Sportsman Show.

Shiner fishing is hot on Lake Okeechobee

Share your news and photos
for this column by e-mail to
th ard en@newszap. corn

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News

Hook, Line & Sinker
Here is a fishing report from
Captain Mike Shellen: "Feb-
ruary is traditionally a great
bass fishing month on Lake
Okeechobee and this year is no
different. Whether you prefer
fishing with live bait or artificial
bait, it does not matter because
both methods are working very
well. Shiner fishing is hot, with
20 to 30 fish per day being the
'norm with numerous big bass
mixed in. For those of you on the
fence about "catch and release,"
it works! In the relatively small
area that we have been shiner
fishing we have caught and re-
leased the same 8 pound Bass
three times! If that fish had not
been caught, photographed and
released carefully each time she
was caught, two anglers would
not have been able to enjoy the
thrill of catching her.
"Top water baits, crank baits
and Senkos have been the go to
bait for us the last few weeks.
We have been having success
.rigging our Senkos either tradi-
tionally or wacky style, at certain
times the wacky rig performs
quite well. With the fish in.
spawning mode top water bait
Cast tight to the bank will draw
,some vicious strikes. The Rim
'Canal is holding loads of Bass
and as the water continues to
drop more and more fish of all
;species will seek refuge in the
deeper water.
"Speck fishing has cooled off

Mrs. Higgins and son Eddie
try their luck in the kids fish-
ing contest.

somewhat in the Kissimmee; the
hottest bite right now is in Indian
Prairie where jig fishermen are
averaging 20 to 30 fish per trip.
The bite is from first light until
9 a.m. and then it slowly fizzles
out until the next day. The ramp
at Indian Prairie is very steep
and you need to be very careful
about how far you back down,
one look at the black tire marks
all over the ramp will attest to
the difficulty some folks have
had getting there boats out, but
a nice bunch of crappie filets
.can quickly make amends for
any launching difficulties."

Osceola Sportsman
Show coming up
The Osceola Sportsman
Show is celebrating its fifth
year of having the most diverse
outdoor event in Florida! Some
events cater to only one gender.
It might be a boat show, where
the wife is bored within the first
20 minutes. Or an indoor expo
where the husband has looked
at a hundred different patio sets
and the kids are bored out of
their minds.
Well you're in luck! The
Osceola Sportsman Show at
Yeehaw Junction truly has
something for everyone. They
have brought together a profes-
sional group of instructors and
vendors who covers just about
every type of outdoor activity.
The event kicks off Friday,
March 14, with a family cam-
pout and wild game feast.
Activities for all continue
through Saturday, including:
live blue grass music, kid's fish-
ing tournament, monster truck
rides, instructional info on how
to get started in an outdoor ac-
tivity, previews on the newest
outdoor equipment, paintball,
skeet shooting, four wheeler ac-
tivities and more.
There will be something fun
for everyone!
The Osceola Sportsman
Show is set for March 14 and
15, at 1350 S. Kenansville Road.,
Sod Farms, Inc.
For more information and
directions, go to www.Osceola-
Vendor information, can be
found at www.osceolasports- or by calling (407)

2008 Kids Day Ben-
efit Bass Tournament
The Taylor Creek Bass Club is
pleased to sponsor their sixth an-
nual, Bill Sprigle Memorial "Kids
Day" benefit bass tournament.
The tournament will launch
from Scott Driver Ramp at safe
light on Saturday, March 15.
Start position will be based on
sign up order. The five fish per
boat weigh in will be at 3 p.m.
The two-man team entry fee
is $110, including the Big Bass
contest, and can be paid in cash
at the ramp, or by check made
out to Taylor Creek Bass Club,
Inc. and mailed to Bill Seitz,
2315 S.E. 311t St., Okeechobee,

Fla. 34974. Mailed forms must
be received by March 8. Tourna-
ment permits and tickets for a
50/50 drawing will be available
at boat check the morning of
the tournament. Entry forms are
available at several local tackle
shops, businesses and restau-
rants, or by contacting Bill at
(863) 763-2926. The fees and
prizes are based on 50 boats,
the 70 percent payout will be
for the top seven places, and
first and second big fish. The re-
tained 30 percent will be used to
help fund the club's 23," annual,
Lee McAllister Memorial "Kids
Day Fishing Festival" to be held
the last Sunday in October at the
Agri-Civic Center.

'Gentlemen ... start
your lawnmowers'
The Swamp Cabbage Festival
in LaBelle will begin today and
continue through tomorrow. A
unique addition to the festival
this year is that of lawnmower
races. The North American So-
ciety of Grass Racers and Sod
Slingers, NASGRASS, will join
the festival this year to offer
an exciting new attraction that
many people are "surprised to
see how fast the lawnmowers
can go and how competitive
the sport is" according to Carlos
Nevaro, a coordinator for the
The races will begin at 2
p.m. on Sat'urday following the
Swamp Cabbage Festival Pa-
rade. Racing will continue on
Sunday at 1 p.m. The race is set
to be held at the Hendry LaBelle
Community Sports Park at For-
estry Division Road in LaBelle.
The gates will open at noon
both days.
The lawnmower races will
feature everything from stock
mowers to home made souped-
up machines. "The speeds on
these machines can go any-
where from 60 to 70 mph" said
Mr. Nevaro. Many of the riders
choose to modify their mow-
ers for a better racing machine;
however, some do leave them
just as they come. All blades are
removed for the safety of the rid-
ers and audience.
The track is a half mile clay
track. The event will feature
everything from drag races to
races with 30 to 40 laps. There
are nine different races in all,
"something for everyone," ac-,
cording to Mr. Nevaro.
The average turnouts for the
races are between 600 and 650
participants and onlookers. This
year the committee is hoping for
a larger crowd considering that
the race is part of the Swamp
Cabbage Festival.
Admission is $5 for adults
and children 12 and under are
free. Mr. Nevaro commented
that there are a few sponsors
from the Okeechobee area and
many Okeechobians are often
seen enjoying these events.
All proceeds from the event
will benefit the Healthy Start of
Southwest Florida.
For more information about
the event log on to www.nas-
If you would like to share any
Information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event
please email Tonya Harden at or
call (863) 763-3134. We welcome
news on all sporting events,
outdoors activities and nature
inspired hobbies. Please include
your name, phone number and
specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors
column will run every Saturday
so please be sure to have all your
information into the office no later
than 5 p.m. Thursday. Information
can also be emailed to tharden@ or faxed to (863)

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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
RUDE KIDS: That's what you get when lawyers and doctors and
BIG Government run the country. The old saying too much of a good
thing can spoil the child could not be more appropriate. The manners
and rudeness in today's kids is despicable, although it is nice to come
across one once in a while who is respectable to adults. Of course
the parents looking to make a quick buck (suing) for every little thing
doesn't help either. Once again you can thank the governments and
lawyers for that.

MONEY: I saw on the news tonight that it will cost $70 million to
shoot the rocket and the satellite cost $1 billion. That's a lot of tax dol-
lars going down the tubes.

SCHOOL LUNCH: This is about the school lunch. When a child
gets older, they need more food. And they shouldn't have to pay for
it. No child should have to go hungry. Also the menu that they have,
if you will look at it in the paper that is not a well balanced meal.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, fish sandwich, all that mess is just quick heated
in the microwave and given those kids. Peanut butter and jelly sand-
wiches that are still frozen in the middle. Something needs to be done
about it.

VOTE: If you want to completely ruin this country and spend the
rest of eternity in wars, all you have to do is vote for McCain. He will
get the job done.

FESTIVAL: I am calling about the Speckled Perch Festival. I talked
to the people at the Chamber of Commerce and it makes sense to me.
They said that nobody complains that the Okeechobee County Fair
made their event the same day as the Speckled Perch Festival. So the
Speckled Perch Festival moved in order to not have the two events on
the same day. And now the Chamber gets criticized because they are
on the same day as the Mudfest. But it all originally started with the
Okeechobee County Fair.

TRADE: Why do we freely trade with China, a Communist country
and make such a big deal about Cuba?

DEMOCRAT: I am a 55 year old man and a lifelong Democrat, and
I have to say that if Barack Obama is the Presidential nomination, I will
vote for John McCain. It will be the first time I have voted Republican
in my lifetime.

LOOK CLOSER: To the person who called in about the $1 gold
pieces they said that there was no "In God We Trust" on them. But
there is, on the edge of the coin. You just didn't look close enough.

SCHOOL LUNCH: When did it become the government (aka the
taxpayers' job) to feed your kids? I am getting a little tired of people ex-
pecting government to pay for everything when that tax money comes
out of my pocket. I have kids in school. They don't like the school
lunches. I pack their lunches. I also get up every morning and make
them breakfast. And I cook dinner for them every night. That's my re-
sponsibility as a parent, to make sure my children are fed. It is not the
school's responsibility. It is not the government's responsibility. If you
think the lunches are too expensive, or too skimpy, then pack a lunch.
You do have a choice -- your kids don't have to buy the school lunch.
Yes it is expensive to support kids. My husband and I both work a lot of
hours to support our family. But those kids are ours, our responsibility
and it's our job to feed them and to provide for them.., ....

FARMLAND: I am becoming more and more concerned about all
of the farm and ranchland that is being turned into housing develop-
ments. If this keeps up the price of food will be even higher, because
there will be less land to grow food and so less food to go around, or
else we will be dependent on imported food from other countries.
The government needs to give the farmers some incentives to keep
their land in agricultural use instead of cutting it up into housing de-

COQUINA: There is a problem when Coquina Water District is
supposed to advertise a public hearing when they get together board
members and the board members are staying together after the
meeting telling all the residents they need to leave while the board
members stay and congregate. And don't leave the meeting open to
the public. There is something very wrong there, Coquina is up to
something. Editor's note: We spoke with one of the Coquina
board members. They had no knowledge of that ever hap-
pening. Coquina board meetings are governed by the Florida
Sunshine Law. Such an action would be a violation of sun-
shine laws. Our reporter attends all Coquina meetings and
has never seen such an action. If this did indeed happen, we
would like to know the date and the exact details so we could

WHEAT: On the news last night I saw the price of wheat has dou-
bled because less land is being planted with wheat in order to use
more land to plant corn for ethanol. I think we should be working
on other sources of power, such as solar instead of taking away our
food supply to produce fuel. We should also be doing more to provide
public transportation, which is more fuel efficient that each one driv-
ing their own car. The way things are going, we are going to wind up
having to choose between fuel and food.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

A Second Touch
By Rev. Calvin Fryar
Pastor, Brighton First Baptist
"And he cometh to Bethsaida;
and they bring a blind man to
him, and besought him to touch
him. And he took the blind man
by the hand, and led him out of
the town; and when he had spit
on his eyes, and put his hands
upon him, he asked him if he saw
ought. And he looked up, and
said, I see men as trees walking,
After he put his hands again upon
his eyes and made him look up:
and he was restored and saw ev-
ery man clearly." (Mark 8:22-25)
The story is told of a man
who was looking at an exhibit of
paintings. He gazed at the beau-
tiful sunset views and sea views,
and at last he said: "These are all
fanciful, the product of the artist's
imagination. I never could see
anything in the sunset like that;
I never could see anything in the
sea like that." The artist was there,
and he turned to the man and an-
swered, "No, you could not see
anything like that, but don't you
wish you could?" What the artist
had put upon the canvas was not
fancy, but fact. His was the trained
eye, and it had the larger power
and vision. -- "The Standard"
Have you ever wondered what
Moses saw when God caused His
glory to pass in front of him? Have
you ever seen the glory of God's.
kingdom? Don't you wish you
Let me make this question
more relevant to our needs to-
day. Wouldn't you like to se the
workings of God among men to-
day and understand it? I certainly
In our text the blind man was
healed but saw men as trees walk-
ing. His eyes were out of focus.
Therefore, Jesus touched them
again. Too many people have
spiritual eyes that are out of focus
today and need a second touch -
our eyes have been opened but
we have trouble seeing the work-
ing of God among men. Dear
Lord, touch us again that we may
see clearly.
The eye is a spherical, light-
catching device. It has a lens in
front for focusing the incoming
light rays and a retina at the rear
to record the images. Muscles en-
able the lens and eye to alter their
shapes slightly and adjust their
focus so that light from objects at
various distances may be clearly
recorded, on the retina.
There are a number of com-
mon defects of vision that come
about simply because of an in-
correct relation between the lens
and the eyeball. The two most
common defects are myopia
(nearsightedness) and hyperopia
(farsightedness). In the nearsight-
ed eye, the eyeball is too long for
the abnormal curvature of the eye
lens, and the rays of light are fo-
cused in font of the retina, instead
of on it. In the farsighted eye, the
light rays do not have enough dis-
tance to form the image properly
on the retina because of a lack of
proper curvature in the lens.
A stigmatism refers to a de-
fect in which the surface of the
lens is not spherical. The clarity
which one would see an object
would depend upon which por-
tion of the lens was used to pass
the light rays. All of these defects
are generally correctable by the
use of eyeglasses. -- Daniel Her-
shey quoted in "Encyclopedia of
15,000 Illustrations"
Spiritual eyesight can be eas-
ily corrected by a special touch
of the Master's hand. But first, we
must ask Him for that touch.
We need the Master's touch
because poor spiritual vision (fo-
.cus) can lead t trouble.
Butterflies can be deceived
into capture by decoys. Natural-
ists cement the wings of a dead

butterfly to a head and body that
been sketched on cardboard. The
object is then cut out and cov-
ered with cellophane to protect
it. When suspended from a twig
by a thread it will turn in a life-
like manner whenever a breeze
strikes it.
While real butterflies will not
stop or touch it, they will hesitate
or flutter around momentarily, so
that the naturalist has opportunity
to net them. -- "Encyclopedia of
15,000 Illustrations"
The Bible warns us to avoid
the very appearance of evil. But
if we have spiritual myopia (near-
sightedness) we may get too
near Satan's decoy and fall to his
Some are just the opposite and
have spiritual hyperopia (farsight-
edness). They try to stay so far
from the appearance of evil that
they are afraid to witness to the
lost. In John 17:15 Jesus prayed,
"I pray not that thou shouldest
take them out of the world, but
that thou shouldest keep them
from the evil."
There is only one way to cor-
rect our vision. We need another
touch from the Master's hand.
Too often we are out of touch
because we see the will of God
out of focus. And many times it
is because we have been looking
at things that destroy or harm our
vision. Our focus has been on the
wrong things. The result is poor
or weak vision -- only a touch of
the Great Physician can correct it.
Some years ago there arrived
in the City of Los Angeles an Eng-
lish mining prospector named
Courtenay, aged seventy years. For
50 years he had been hunting for
gold in the deserts of Arizona. He
asked about Queen Victoria and
was astonished to hear that she
was dead. As a motorcar passed
along, he jumped into a doorway
in alarm. When told about radio,
he flatly refused to believe it and
said people were trying to fool
him! He had been out of touch
with civilization while hunting for
gold. -- "Encyclopedia of 15,000
Notice the completion of the
cure: Jesus touched His patient
again. The first person he saw
was Jesus. Jesus bade him "look
up". At last he could see every
man clearly.
The prospector had been look-
ing down in the dirt of the Arizona
desert too long. However, when
he looked up to see what was
going on around him he could
not see with understanding. He
needed someone to touch him
with the facts of life.
Many times we let our focus
stray onto the wrong things and
only the Master's touch can cor-
rect our vision. The longer we put
off asking for the Master's touch
in our lives the more out of touch
we will be. Christian, why not let
God touch you so you can lead
others out of darkness to a touch
of the Master's hand?
One of the great wonders of
the present day has been the
marvelous manner in which Hel-
en Keller, the blind-deaf girl, has
been rendered able to take her
place in classes in Radcliff College
at Harvard University and to win
a distinguished place for scholar-
ship. This had been possible only
through the faithful ministrations
of her teacher, Miss Sullivan. The
latter found her as a little girl ut-
terly unable to comprehend the
life about her and only able to
make the crudest communica-
tions by signs to her family.
The teacher by patient persis-
tence, using all sorts of objects,
with infinite pains, taught the little
girl the sign language by touch
and when once communication
with the outside world was thus
established, educating proceeded.
Howard Wayne Smith quoted in
"Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustra-

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 23
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and
78. Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required.
For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Deb-
bie Izzo at (863) 634-0087.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation call (863) 634-4780.

Sunday, Feb. 24
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 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.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information
please call (863) 634-4780.
Monday, Feb. 25
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting
in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Cam-
pus, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Pro-
gram at 1-(800) 403-9311.

Community Events

Feb. 23

West Virginia Day planned
West Virginia Day will be held at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. For information call
Ray or Phyllis Stone at (863) 467-8636 or (863) 634-1427. Bring a
covered dish.

Fountain of Life Church holds garage/bake
Fountain of Life Church will hold a garage sale/bake sale on Feb.
23, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to World Vision 30
hour Famine to feed hungry children in the U.S. and around the
world. Donations are welcomed. For information, call Sue Ford at
(863) 697-8031.

VFW #4423 plans karaoke contest
VFW Post #4423 is planning their Second Annual Karaoke Con-
test. First prize this year is $500 provided by the Men's and Ladies
Auxiliaries. This contest is open to the public (as the VFW's guests).
Preliminaries are Saturday Feb. 23, Saturday March 1 and Saturday
March 8. Warm-up and practice is at 7 p.m. The contest starts at
7:30 p.m. The top three winners each week go to the finals on
March 22. On March 15, there is a practice week for the finals. If you
aren't in the top three, you can enter each week until you do win
or until the preliminaries are over. There is a $10 entry fee. All entry
fees go to the winners. The contest will again be hosted by David
Lee. They want all of the veterans, their families and their guests in
the Okeechobee area to know that there is a VFW on the North side
of town that most people don't even know about. The North VFW
is a small but extremely friendly Post and they welcome all guests
and potential new members with a smile. They have weekly meals
and entertainment. Call the Post at. (863) 763-0818 for the schedule
of events weekly at the Post. The address is 300 NW 34th St. Go past
the High School and take the second left. For more information,
call David at (863) 697-9002 or Bill at the VFW at (863) 763-0818 for
more information.

Jail and bail at Moose Lodge
Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold an open house on Feb.
23, at 2 p.m. There will be'barbecue ribs, cake auction, K9 Police
Dog demo, Moose races, A Jail and Bail fundraiser all afternoon
and more.

Feb. 24

A New Song in concert
A New Song direct from Chile, South America will be in concert
at the First United Methodist Church, on Sunday, Feb. 24. They will
be performing in all three morning worship services: 8, 9:30 and 11
a.m. The Community is invited to attend. For information call (863)

Breakfast at Masonic Lodge
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will
sponsor a breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Okeechobee Ma-
sonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. Serving time will be from 8 until 11
a.m. Menu will include biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, scrambled
eggs, hash brown casserole, bacon and sausage, fruit, Florida or-
ange juice and hot coffee. $5 per person. For information, contact
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068 or Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087.

Trust Quartet in concert
The Trust Quartet, four part harmony, will be in concert on Sun-
day, Feb. 24, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church,
Hunter Road/Cypress Street. For more information call, (863) 763-

Feb. 25

Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club meets on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7
p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office. Grower Harry Hoffner
will speak on, "Getting Ready for Spring." He also will answer ques-
tions and help diagnose problem orchids. Members and the public
are encouraged to bring ideas for programs. For more information
please call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.

Auditions for Childrens Theatre
Auditions for the First United Methodist Children's Theatres pro-
duction of Allen Pote's, "0, Jonah," will take place Sunday, Feb. 25,
at 4:15 p.m. Children who can read through high school are invited
to try out for all parts. The free performance will be held on-Sunday,
May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For information contact Lonnie
Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan at (863) 763-4021.

Feb. 26

Collaborate Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10
a.m. in the board room of the School Board office. Guest speakers
will be Stephanie Locke Martha's House, Sandy Akre FDLRS
and Frank Avilla Heart Gallery. Immediately following the CCC
meeting (approximately 11 a.m.) we will hold a "debriefing" for the
Health and Safety Expo. If you had a part in the Expo as a volunteer,
vendor, donor or attendee, please stay for this meeting. They would
like to gather as much information as possible to assist in planning
an even bigger and better Expo next year. For information call (863)

Feb. 27

Donut Sale
The Church of God of Prophecy is holding a donut sale. The
Krispy Kreme donuts are being sold through Feb. 27, to raise
money to send their youth to church camp. The church camp,
which is held in Brookesville, is held every year and is a great
opportunity for the youth to explore their faith and become
closer with God.
The sale will end Feb. 28 and all orders need to be placed
Feb. 27. To place an order or learn more about the church
camp call Deborah Bevis at (863) 763-4654 or Collen Thomas
at (863) 763-9232.

The Culinary Institute of the Treasure Coast

Come enjoy an exciting dining experience at an annual student
gala dinner featuring 4-course dinner and entertainment. 5:30-7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Richardson Center, Mueller Cam-
pus in Vero Beach $35 per person. Seating is limited. RSVP by Feb.
20. Phone (772) 462-7880.
Feb. 28

Free homebuyers course
Riverside Bank, Cumberland Realty Group, LLC, and Elite Title
Company will sponsor a free Homebuyers course on Thursday,
Feb. 28, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Bank, 1506 S. Par-
rott Ave. You will learn about home financing options and grants,
how realtors work, mortgage and closing paperwork and tips on
managing your new home. For information or to RSVP please call
Melissa Arnold at (863) 610-2280.


Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 23, 2008

At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 22,
through Thursday, Feb. 28, are as
Theatre I -"Spiderwick
Chronicles" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Jumper" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Bucket List"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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Education News in Brief

Soil and Water district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation Dis-
trict Speaking Contest will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 8,
at the Okeechobee USDA Service Center at 452 Hwy 98 North,
Okeechobee. The contest is open to any Okeechobee County stu-
dent enrolled in Grades 6 through 12. The topic is "What is the
Future of Florida's Renewable Energies?" Speeches will be 6 to 8
minutes long. Three independent judges will score contestants on
content, composition and delivery. Prizes for the District Contest
are $150 for First Place, $100 for Second Place and $50 for Third
Place. There will be a participation prize of $15 to all contestants.
6 Any student interested in participating may contact Audrey Drig-
gers at the Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District at
763-3619 or stop by the USDA Service Center for complete contest

Pre-K registration begins in March
The Okeechobee County School Board will begin registration
for the 2008-09 School Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten program
in March. The Pre-K program is located at New Endeavor High

School. To be eligible to participate in the Pre-K program, children
must turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2008. For information regarding
the Pre-K program or to place your name on a contact list, please
call Donna Kersey at (863) 462-5363 or Rhonda Morton at (863)
462-5000, ext. 235.

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.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will offer par-
enting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive
a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour
classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of com-
pletion. We now have day and evening classes available. No child
care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

OMS students win at Science Fair

Regional Science Fair
Several OMS students partici-
pated in the Regional Science Fair
held this week in the OMS gym.
The following is a listing of the
participants from OMS and their
First Place winners were: Sa-
vannah Simpson and Benjamin
Alyssa Saylor won a Second
Place ribbon.
Third Place winners were:
Judd Harris, James. Steiert, Em-
ily Murrow, Savannah Neese and
Erika Jones.
Alyssa Saylor received a cer-
tificate from ASM International

for the best materials engineering
Savannah Simpson and Benja-
min Kielbasa were also selected
to be nominated to two national
competitions: the Discovery
Young Scientists Challenge and
the Society for Science and the
Benjamin also received a cer-
tificate and medallion from the
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Savannah Simpson and Benja-
min Kielbasa will also represent
OMS at the State Science Fair in
Lakeland during April.
Other participants were: Marie
Renfranz, Bridget Ewing, Lauren

Halliday and Jenna Kissam.

Top Runners
Congratulations to the Milers
of the Week from the Osceola
Middle School PE classes. Turning
in top times for the mile run this
week were eighth graders Jessica
Wackler and Dean Radebaugh,
seventh graders Aubrey Robert-
son and Francisco Sanchez, and
sixth graders, Tiffany Bowers and
Christian Crews.

Upcoming OMS Events
March 10 -- Regional Spelling
Bee, West Palm Beach

March 11 -- FCAT Testing Sun-
shine State Standards Reading
March 12 -- FCAT Testing Sun-
shine State Standards Math
March 13 -- FCAT Testing -
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March 17 -- FCAT Testing Sun-
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March 27 -- End of Third Nine
March 28 -- Teacher Work Day
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March 31-April 4 Spring Break
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 N.E. 18 Terrace,
would like everyone to know that
they now have a blended service
on Sunday mornings at 10:30. The
Cornwell Twins will be in concert
at the church at 1030 a.m. on Feb.
24. Rev. Dennis McCune is in-
terim pastor.
"The Seasons of Our Lives"
is the theme for the 2008 Ladies'
Day to be held Saturday, March 1,
at the Okeechobee Church of
Christ, 1401, S. Parrott Ave. from 9
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Bas-
inger will host their 97th home-
coming on March 2, beginning at
11 a.m. The Bereavement Blue-
grass Band will be performing as
well as the Holders and the Selphs.
There will be good music, good
S preaching, good food and good fel-
lowship. The church is located at
19836 U. S. 98.
Fountain of Life Church will
hold a garage sale/bake sale on
Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Proceeds will go to World Vision
30 hour Famine to feed hungry
children in the U.S. and around the
world. Donations are welcomed.
For information, call Sue Ford at
(863) 697-8031.
Auditions for the First United
Methodist Children's The-
atre's production of Allen Pote's,
"0, Jonah," will take place Sunday,
Feb. 25, at 4:15 p.m. Children who
can read through high school are
invited to try out for all parts. The
free performance will be held on
Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the
Sanctuary. For information contact
Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan at
(863) 7634021.
West Virginia Day will be held
at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W
* Fourth St. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at
10:30 a.m. For information call Ray
or Phyllis Stone at (863) 467-8636
or (863) 634-1427. Bring a covered
The Trust Quartet, four part
harmony, will be in concert on
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
at Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church,
Hunter Road/Cypress Street.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church youth van runs through
Treasure Island and surrounding ar-
eas. Programs are available for stu-
dent in grades one through six and
seven through 12. Programs are
from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednes-
day nights. The church van will
pick children up and taken them
home. For information, call (863)
"A New Song" from Chile,
will be in concert at First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. on Sunday, Feb. 24 per-
forming at all three morning wor-
ship services: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and
11 a.m. "A New Song" will be per-
forming folk music with traditional
instruments from their homeland
and also will provide- a wide vari-
ety of styles and sounds, including
praise, country, hymns and more.
They will be sharing their hear, mis-
sion and challenge to reach their
country for Christ. Child care will
be provided for infants and children
under three. For more information,
call (863) 763-4021.
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
other Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m.,
and a women's fellowship every

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other Monday starting at 6:30 a.m.
For information or if you need
transportation to and from these
activities, call (863) 467-1733.
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 901 S.W Sixth St., has
religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catho-
lic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are
now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten
through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35
p.m. For information, call the parish
office, (863) 763-3727. The Family
Outreach Center at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church is offering free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on
Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a Per-
sonal Growth Group which takes a
more definite direction. If you think
you are experiencing symptoms
of depression or anxiety, this sup-
port group is for you. Meetings are
held every Thursday from 7 until
8 p.m. at the church. For informa-
tion, contact Tony Santamarina
at (863) 467-5474 or Jo Norris at
(863) 746-5152. The church also
hosts open meetings for Alcohol-
ics Anonymous on Monday nights
form 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for substance
abuse. They also have Al-Non meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 p.m.
to 8 p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information call
Chris at (863) 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church for-
mer pastor, Rev. Richard Whip-
ple, is leading a study on the Book
of Revelation each Sunday eve-
ning in the sanctuary at 5:30 p.m.
Rev. Steve Wegmann, pastor of
education/senior adults, is teach-
ing a senior adults Bible study on
"God's Amazing Grace Studies in
Romans" on Tuesday mornings in

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the fellowship hall. The studies will
be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on
March 4 and 18.
Food and clothing will be dis-
turbed by First Baptist Church
Mission House by appointment
only. Call (863) 763-2171.
Okeechobee Missionary
Baptist Church, 4212 Hwy 441 N.
will be having a Homecoming Re-
vival from March 16 through March
21. The service will begin at 7:30
p.m. each night. Evangelist, Brotl'er
Charles Colburn will be speaking.
For information please call, (863)
St. Theresa Knights of
Columbus Council 11284
will have a fish fry in the church
hall, on State Road 78 at Chobee
Loop, from 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m. ev-
ery Friday in Lent for a donation
of $7. For information call (863)
Abundant Blessings
Church will host Financial Peace
University, led by nationally
known radio and television per-
sonality Dave Ramsey, Classes.
begin Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and
each Monday following for 13
weeks. The church is located at
4550 Hwy 441 N. (1 mile north of
the high school.) For information
call the church at (863), 763-3736
or go to
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month at First
Baptist Church. All cancer pa-
tients, survivors and supporters are
welcomed to attend, support and
encourage each other. They meet
the first Thursday of each month
at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 401 SW
41n Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
(entrance is the door to the West
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.

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Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
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Zachary Taylor RV Park
2995 Hwy. 441 SE
Sat., Feb. 23rd 7am-2pm
20+ Families

23rd St, Sat, 2/23 & Sun 2/24,
not before 8am-2pm.
Rain dates 3/1 & 3/2.
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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 Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

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rience with ability to be a
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In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

VILLA 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251

3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar-
age, bring pets, 1200/mo &
up. (561)723-2226
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768
3 beautiful New 3br, 2ba. on
large lots. $1050 mo. +
Sec. dep. (754)423-8202
3br, 2ba, lease $1000/mo +
$1000 sec dep. take over
last 6 mos. (863)677-1938
IN TOWN 2br/2ba, laundry
rm., w/d, screened in porch,
Lawn serv. No Dogs. Non
Smk. Env. $800 mo. +
sec. (941)504-3954

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sqft, 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
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
FORT DRUM 2br, 2ba home,
on 5 beautiful country acres,
private lake & pond, garage,
fenced yard, (305)944-2721
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last + $500 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec. dep.
cond. on canal w/lake ac-
cess $1100 mo. + 1st, last
& $800 sec.(561)714-9827
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo

rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545

BA, Fully furnished. On the
canal. Avail. March & April.
No pets. (863)763-2059

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Houses Sale 1025
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Waterfront Property 1080

FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
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1000+ homes BHR
$75k/acre (863)801-3133

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Monte takes top honors
Kyle Monte took top honors in the Taylor Creek Bass Club
of Okeechobee Tournament held on Istokpoga Lake on
Saturday, Feb. 16, with a total of 10.78 Ibs at the scales
for the win, including the Big fish award with his 7.07 lbs
catch. The team of Les Tory and Eugene Castle won the
"Calcutta" with a total weight of 13.36 Ibs. Second place
went to Bob Adams with 8.96 Ibs Les Tory finished in third
place with 7.86 lbs followed by Joe Mastrion in fourth
place with 7.77. The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are held the following week-
end. New boaters and (especially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave Stout at (863)467-2255.

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Sports News

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Men's benefit softball
On Feb. 23 there will be a
men's benefit softball tournament
held as a fundraiser for the family
of Daniel Rickards who was re-
cently paralyzed in a car accident.
- The family is in need of financial
help to cover the expenses of the
hospital and care of Daniel. There
will be a $200 entry fee, ISA rules,
bring your own balls, 44's CORE,
5 home runs 1 up. For informa-
tion, contact, J.R. Suarez at (863)

Wrestling Club sign
ups open
The Chobee Wrestling Club
will begin sign ups for the spring
season on Feb. 26, 27 and 28.
Kids ages 5 18 are welcome to
join, the cost is $40. Practices are
Tuesday, and Thursdays from 6
until 8 p.m. in the O.H.S. gymnasi-
um. Practice will begin on March
4. If you have any questions con-
tact Coach Jahner (863) 634-9411
or at the high school.

Seacoast sponsors
March for Babies
OkeechobeeSeacoast National
Bank will hold the 6th Annual Bass
Tournament to benefit the March
of Dimes/March for Babies on
Saturday, Feb. 23. The tourna-
ment will be held at Okee-Tantie
Early registration is available at or by
picking up an application at any
Seacoast National Bank location.
The tournament is based on a
100-(2 angler) boat field, 1st place
payout will be 3,000, 2nd place
$1,500, 3rd place $750, 4th place
$500 and 5th place $250.- Biggest
fish pays $1,000. A smaller field
will result in lower, prorated pay-
outs. Advance registration will be
closed on Feb. 20. Atglers will
begin at safe light with a weigh-in
at 3 p.m. The cost of the tourna-
ment is $110 per boat.
The general public is invited to
attend the weigh in and partici-
pate in the 50-50 drawing. Come
on out and help support the March
of Dimes/March for Babies!

Taylor Creek Bass
Club meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass, Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

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