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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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Man charged with
burglary, grand theft
An Okeechobee man is be-
ing held in the Okeechobee
County Jail without bond fol-
lowing his arrest in connec-
tion with the alleged theft of
a safe and checkbooks from a
local business.
Robert James Leitner, 21,
N.W. 39"' Ave., was arrested
Friday, Feb. 22, on felony
charges of burglary, grand
theft (five counts), forgery
(four counts) and uttering
a forged instrument (four
counts). He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of
criminal mischief.
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Two injured in
vehicle crashes
The Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
worked two separate acci-
dents over the weekend that
resulted in two people being
airlifted to a hospital on the
One -of the single-vehicle
accidents involved, a motorcy-
cle, while the other involved a
. four-wheel All Terrain Vehicle
(ATV). Both accidents were
worked by OCSO Deputy Mi-
chael Hazellief.
Page 2


AARP driver'
safety class offered
There will be an AARP
driver safety course offered
at the American Legion Post
4, on Tuesday, March 11 and--.
Wednesday, March 12 at 9
a.m. and 1 p.m. The address
is 501 S.E. Second St. (behind
the fire station) Tuition fee is
$10 per person to cover work
books. There are no test re-
quired, but you must attend
both sessions to complete the
course to qualify for the dis-
count on your Auto Insurance.
You must be 50 or older to
qualify for this discount. You
will need to contact your own
insurance company to see if
they participate in this pro-
gram. Please make a check or
money order payable to AARP
DSP. They cannot accept cash.
For information or to sign up
for class, contact Nell Bost-
wick at (863) 763-4134.

Drought Index
Current: 511
Source: Florida Division
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Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.12 feet
Last Year: 11.28 feet

Source: South Florida Water
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given in feet above sea level

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Man pleads

no contest to

drug charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A n
man who ap-
parently could
not stop sell-
ing illegal nar-
cotics pleaded
no contest to
a felony drug
charge Mon- imeon
.day nsrn Washington
ing and will be going back to
Simeon Leon Washington,
32, S.W. 17" St., was sentenced
by Circuit Court Judge Law-
rence Mirman to 15 years in

Submitted photo/Susan Etchey
On Feb. 14 the new Brighton princesses were crowned at the 30th Anniversary Brigh-
ton Seminole Princess Pageant. The 2008-2009 Brighton Miss Seminole Princess is
Jarayaca Baker. The 2008-2009 Jr. Brighton Miss Seminole Princess is Rumor Juarez.
The princesses represent the Tribe at many local festivals and pow wows and national
gatherings throughout Indian Country. Rumor Juarez, 9 year-old daughter of Wendy
and Rudy Juarez, attends Central Elementary in Okeechobee and serves on the stu-
dent council, likes to sing, dance and enjoys writing. Jarayaca Baker, 13, is the daugh-
ter of Mona and Preston Baker. She is a seventh grader at Yearling Middle School in
Okeechobee and plays softball.

prison, which is to run concur-
rently with the 30-year sentence
he received on Aug. 30, 2007.
Records from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) indicate that
Washington drew the 30-year
sentence following his Sept. 25,
2006, arrest on felony charge--
of possession of cocaine=with
intent to-sellta session of
a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was' also charged'-with'-the-4
misdemeanors of possession of
marijuana less than 20 grams
and possession of drug para-
See Charges Page 2

Locals take

top honors

at art fest

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Locals took top honors
in several categories at the
Okeechobee Main Street sec-
ond annual Top of the Lake Art
Fest which was held in Flagler
Park on Saturday, Feb. 23 and
Sunday, Feb. 24.
OKMS annually sponsors
the art fest which is a juried
outdoor fine art show involving
professional and amateur art-
ists of all ages. The purpose of
the Art Fest is to bring talented
fine artists to the community to
showcase and sell their work.

Food, art demonstrations
and children's art programs
were featured on both days of
the show.
All posters for the 2008 Top
of the Lake Art Fest portrayed
a print of digital photography
artwork created by local Rafael
Pacheco. The title of the win-
ning piece is "At the Rodeo."
Entertainment by the
Okeechobee High School
band, KidSpace and Leslie's
Dance Studio were all a part of
the day's festivities.
The art fest featured artists in
See Festival Page 2

Dog provides local woman

help and companionship

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
"He's not just a pet, he's my
service dog," explained Cheryl
Gonzo is Mrs. Birgholtz's 2-
year-old Golden Retriever-Rott-
weiler mix dog.
After a slip and fall, Mrs.
Birgholtz was incapacitated. It
had taken the doctors nearly 18
months to come to a conclu-
sion about her injuries. She said
they finally determined that she
had fibromialgia.
Mrs. Birgholtz said she was
in a great deal of pain and could

barely function. After she had
been bed ridden for nearly a
month, her husband suggested
she get a pet.
"I got Gonzo when he was
six weeks old. Initially he was
just as a companion but very
quickly I realized he could be
more," she said. "It only took
a few weeks to train him. He
learned very quickly to get
things for me, to pick up some-
thing I've dropped, to be there
for me, He learns something
new every day."
Gonzo is still a puppy in
many ways. He's a very active
dog and likes to play when

shown he's allowed. However,
according to Mrs. Birgholtz he's
very mature for his age.
"He protects me and knows
the difference between right
and wrong," she said.
Lately Mrs. Birgholtz and
Gonzo have been running into
more and more conflict if they
leave their home.
"It just seems no matter
where I go I'm in trouble," she
She said due to an onslaught
of negative remarks regarding
Gonzo, she's begun to question
See Dog Page 2

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Cheryl Birgholtz is thankful for her mixed-breed dog, Gonzo,
who she has trained to help her with tasks made difficult due to
medical problems.

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Man charged with burglary, grand theft

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is being
held in the Okeechobee County
Jail without bond following his
arrest in connection with the al-
leged theft of a safe and check-
books from a local business.
Robert James Leitner, 21, N.W.
39"' Ave., was arrested Friday, Feb.
22, on felony charges of burglary,
grand theft (five counts), forg-
ery (four counts) and uttering a
forged instrument (four counts).
He was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of criminal mischief.
Detective Rick Durfee of the

Continued From Page 1
three juried art categories: booth
artists division; adult division;
and the student division.
-The booth artists division is
for artists with a body of work in
the following categories: 2-D art;
glass/metal; jewelry; and photog-
raphy/digital. Brad Phares won
first place in the two dimensional
category with second place go-
ing to Fawn McNeil-Barr. Kelvin
Henderson was awarded the
judge's choice award in the two
dimensional category.
In the jewelry category Oscar
Rivero took first place and Mary
Ann Marshall took second place.
The duo of Burke and Carter Even
came out on top in the photog-
raphy category with Jane Irwin
coming in second place. Steven
Karafyllakis received the judge's
choice award in photography.
In the adult division, which
will be showcased in a gallery
tent, you will find artwork such as
oils; watercolor; acrylics; photog-
raphy; pencil; and mixed media.
Mary Ann Kruger was awarded
first place in the oil category with
her piece entitled "The Gate."
.Kathleen McDonough came in
first place with "Seaside New

Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) said Leitner is ac-
cused of break-
ing into the
business and
taking a com-
puter, computer
monitor, mouse,
k e y board,
speaker, check-
book, safe, cash, I
a credit card and Robert
keys to a comrn- Leitner
pany car.
The detective's report states
that Leitner went to a local su-
permarket on Feb. 18 where he
cashed a check on the business

for $500. On Feb. 17, Detective
Durfee wrote that Leitner had
cashed another check for $283 at
another Okeechobee business.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the
OCSO detective followed up on a
lead which resulted in his finding
the safe along a trail in a pasture.
The pasture is located near the
business that had been burglar-
ized, said the detective's report.
Inside the safe the detective
and OCSO Crime Scene Techni-
cian Kathleen Watson found the
missing car keys, as well as three
checkbooks. One checkbook ap-
peared to have 20 checks missing.
No checks were missing from the

Submitted photo/OKMS
The 2008 Top of the Lake Art Fest team (back row-left to right)
OKMS President Maureen Burroughs, secretary Toni Doyle,
program manager Karen Hanawalt, arts and culture chair
Bridgette Waldau (front-left) and poster award winner Rafael
Pacheco (front-right) gathered in Flagfer Park for the second
annual event.
England." "Hunting for Blue Crabs" in the
Sharon Burk won first place photography category where she
in the acrylics category with her won first place. Anastasia Letcher
rendition of a "January Morn- was "Lost in Thought" with her
ing" at the Okeechobee' Live- pencil artwork which also won
stock Market. Pam Jackson went first place.

other two checkbooks.
Sometime later Detective
Durfee found the computer, mon-
itor, keyboard and mouse.
The detective went on to state
in his report that Leitner had al-
legedly cashed two more checks
for an undisclosed amount of
cash. The two recovered checks
were made out to Leitner and had
his signature on the back of the
checks, said Detective Durfee.
Apparently the credit card was
not used, and was thrown into
some bushes in the area, accord-
ing to the report.

In the mixed media category
DeMitre Efremov won first place
with a colorful rendition of "The
High School students com-
peted in the same categories
where Best of Show was award-
ed to Megan Kirby for the second
year in a row with her artwork
entitled "Watering Maze" which
was done with pencil-prisma
color. Ms. Kirby is a senior at
Okeechobee High School.
Tenth grader Maria Ruiz was
awarded first place in the acrylic
category with "Paradise." Junior
Renee Almond won first place in
the' digital photography-surreal
category with "Eat or Be Eaten"
and junior Brian Ranftle was
awarded first place in photog-
raphy for his piece "Dangerous
Junior Kayla Frankum won
first place with her pencil rendi-
tion entitled "Never Was It Clear-
Many of these student artists
were also awarded fist place rib-
bons at last year's event.
For more information about
the art fest call (863) 357-MAIN.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at

Two injured in

vehicle crashes

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) worked
two separate accidents over
the weekend that resulted in
two people being airlifted to a
hospital on the coast.
One of the single-vehicle
accidents involved a motorcy-
cle, while the other involved a
four-wheel All Terrain Vehicle
(ATV). Both accidents were
worked by OCSO Deputy Mi-
chael Hazellief.
The first accident occurred
Saturday, Feb. 23, around 3:50
p.m. when Salvator Moccia Jr.,
40, Golden Silence Road, River-
view, lost control of the four-
wheeler he was riding. Accord-
ing to the deputy's report, Mr.
Moccia and his 12-year-old son
Dominic Moccia Jr., were rid-
ing the four-wheeler in a ditch
in the 15000 block of N.W. 258"'
St. Apparently, Mr. Moccia tried
to turn the vehicle around and
the 2002 Honda Rancher four-
wheeler turned over.
The handle bars reportedly
struck the man in the fore-

He was treated at the scene
by medical personnel from the
Okeechobee County .Fire/Res-
cue Department then airlifted
to Holmes Regional Medical
On Sunday, Feb. 24, Deputy
Hazellief was dispatched to the
30000 block of N.W. 220"' Ave.
in regard to a motorcycle ac-
The' deputy's report .states
Michael Christopher McCarsky,
23, S.W. Coquina Cove, Palm
City, was riding a 1994 Kawa-
saki KX 250 along N.W. 220"'
Ave. when he rode through
some soft sand and lost con-
trol of the motorcycle around
5:15 p.m.
The report goes on to state
that Mike Zappier of Port St.
Lucie was a passenger on the
blue motorcycle at the time of
the crash.
Mr. McCarsky was treated at
the scene by medical personnel
from the Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue Department then
airlifted to Holmes Regional
Medical Center in Melbourne.




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that quality of human nature that
everyone should have, compas-
Mrs. Birgholtz explained that
when she walks Gonzo, some
people yell at her..When she takes
the dog out in public she is asked
to show proof Of'his status or
some form of certification. Even
when she's in a public place she
hears the negative remarks about
Gonzo's presence.
"Because he doesn't wear
a jacket, I've been called a liar,
-been asked for proof. I've been
told it doesn't matter that I need
him. I've even had the police
called on me," she said. "I just
.had to remove myself from the
situation only to be followed and
Continuously harassedd"
Following an incident where
Mrs. Birgholtz said she was
"kicked out" of one of the local
flea markets for having Gonzo
there, she decided "it's just bet-
ter for me to stay at home. I have
to have him and I can't take him
with me. I don't want to deal with
this kind of public. I don't think
I should have to explain myself.
He is my service animal and I
can have him without someone
questioning me."
Gonzo is a very responsive
animal who rarely barks, is not
aggressive and rarely leaves his
owner's side. Yet he is a dog. He
is going to do normal things a

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He was later released from
the Okeechobee County Jail after
posting his $22,000 bond.
Then, just three days prior
to his being sentenced on those
charges, Washington was ar-
rested again on a felony charge of
possession of cocaine with intent
to sell. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of possession
of marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
This time he was booked into the
County jail and held there without
OCSO arrest records show
that members of the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force executed a
search warrant on Washington's
home on Jan. 1, 2007. Washing-
ton was slated to be sentenced on
Jan. 4, 2007.

dog would do, she explained. He
plays, he can become protective,
and he has to be taken out for a
"I just can't believe people
get so upset with me for walking
my dog. It's natural. It's a normal
thing that has to happen," she
said. "Everyone around me has
.a dog or cat. They should, under-
stand but they don't. I just don't
'think I should have to explain or
be this offended because he's a
necessity in my life."
While walking Gonzo be-
neath a bridge by her home she
was threatened by an onlooker
to have the police called. While
walking him down a public road,
near a hotel close to her home,
she was threatened with tres-
passing. But for Mrs. Birgholtz
she says the worst thing is "the
words these people choose. It's
so hateful, so mean. I just can't
believe what they're saying."
It seems the one thing in par-
ticular about Gonzo that people
are having the biggest problem
with is that he, like any other
dog, has to be taken out to def-
ecate. Mrs. Birgholtz has assured
those around her that she will
be as neat and clean as possible
with this situation but it can't be
helped. "If I have to I'll even pick
up the mess, but he's a dog, he
has to do it. I can't train him to
use the bathroom," she said. She
explained that she has a special
tool with a long handle she can
use to pick up after her dog.
"I get so angry when people

Those reports indicate that de-
tectives found 15.6 grams of co-
caine in Washington's 1997 Nis-
san Pathfinder SUV
In the home the detectives
found 9.3 grams of cocaine, stat-
ed the report. They also report-
edly found another 1.4 grams of
cocaine on his person.
Along with the cocaine and
marijuana, the detectives said
they found $1,605 in cash. Wash-
ington, states the arrest reports,
was unemployed.
Prior to Monday's sentenc-
ing Washington addressed Judge
Mirman and told him he wanted
to discharge his court appointed
attorney Ashley Minton. Washing-
ton claimed that she was ineffec-
tive and had advised him that his
sentences were to run consecu-
tively instead of concurrently.
Mrs. Minton told the judge that
statement was not true.
And, after 'listening to Wash-

treat me like they do. I think
that's the main thing. It doesn't
matter what I say to people they
don't care," she continued. She
said that after sustaining debilitat-
ing injuries, struggling to regain
some composure and ability to
function and spending valuable
time training her companion to
provide services for her it's hard
to believe others would inflict
more challenges on her.
"I just want people to under-
stand," she said. "He is a dog but
he's also my service animal. I will
be as neat and respectful as pos-
sible to others but others need to
realize he's a dog and try to be
For Mrs. Birgholtz Gonzo has
become not only a friend but a
valuable part of her day to day
activities. He does what she can-
"When you suffer you learn
to appreciate all the help you
get. Even if it's from an animal.
It's like he was destined to be
that dog. I had full intentions of
sending him to obedience school
but I didn't have to because he
learned so quickly," she said.
With all that she has endured
she is not only greatful for the
gift and joys Gonzo adds to her
life but feels lucky to have him.
Mrs. Birgholtz just wants others
to understand that just because
doesn't wear a jacket or have 'a
certificate does not mean he isn't
important to her life.
According to the National
Association of Attorneys Gen-

ington, the judge agreed with the
"Do you want me to be in-
volved between you and your
attorney? That's not a wise thing
to do," Judge Mirman warned
But the defendant maintained
that Mrs. Minton told him Friday,
Feb. 22, that the 15-year sentence
would run consecutively, not con-
Assistant State Attorney Carlos
Wells told the judge that the state
was ready to go to trial on the
Jan. 1, 2007, case. But, if Wash-
ington chose to plead no contest
the state would go along with the
sentences running concurrently.
"But we do ask for the full 15
years," said Mr. Wells.
After some time, Washington
elected to enter the plea.
Now it was Judge Mirman's
-turn to speak and he told the man
standing before him in the county

eral (NAAG) they have found
that many businesses across the
country have prohibited individu-
als with disabilities who use ser-
vice animals from entering their
premises, in many instances "be-
cause of ignorance or confusion
about the animal's appropriate
The ADA defines a service
animal as any guide dog, signal
dog or other animal individually
trained to provide assistance to
an individual with a disability. If
they meet this definition, animals
are considered service animals
under the ADA regardless of
whether they have been licensed
or certified by a state or local gov-
Although it is suggested that
the owners of the animals have
them certified or provide the
animal with a special harness or
jacket to identify the animal as a
service animal, it is not a deter-
mining factor in the status of the
Service animals perform
some of the functions and tasks
that the individual with a disabil-
ity cannot perform for him or
herself. There are many service
animals that assist persons with
many kinds of disabilities in their
day-to-day activities.
For more information about
guidelines and rules of a service
animal or permitting a service
animal within the premises of a
business go to

jail-issued blue jumpsuit that he
was thinking about making the
sentence stiffer.
"I'm tempted to give a consec-
utive sentence," said the judge.
"I have a feeling you're just play-
ing around with the system. But,
that's not a reason to sentence
you consecutively."
With that he handed down his
A check of Department of Cor-
rections records show that Wash-
ington was sent to prison on Feb.
19, 1997, and released on July 6,
1998. He was convicted of several
felonies including the sale of co-
caine, possession of marijuana
over 20 grams, possession of co-
caine and escape.
He was sent back to prison
on July 2, 2003, after being found
guilty of possession of cocaine.
He was released from the Martin
County Correctional Institute on
Feb. 25, 2005.

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Local student takes top honors again
Senior Megan Kirby took top honors at the second annual Top of the Lake Art Fest with her
pencil artwork entitled "Watering Maze" of three zebras. Ms. Kirby has won best of Show
two years in a row in the student category.

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Education News in Brief

Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
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 Fu-
ture of Florida's Renewable En-
ergies?" Speeches will be 6 to 8
minutes long. Three independent
judges will score contestants on
content, composition and deliv-
ery. 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.
Any student interested in par-
ticipating may contact Audrey
Driggers at the Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
at 763-3619 or stop by the USDA
Service Center for complete con-
test rules.

Pre-K registration
begins in March
The Okeechobee County
School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten
program in March. The Pre-K pro-
gram 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 re-
garding 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.

you please call and we will work
out the details.

Parenting classes
are offered
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about
children from birth to teens. For
information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith
at (863) 697-6320 or (863) 462-
5000, ext. 282.

YMS collecting
printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS)
is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are
sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all
students. To donate empty print-
er or toner cartridges, they can
be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W
23rd Lane, or at the Stichin' Post,
620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at
(863) 462-5056, or Linda at (863)
467-1484 for free pick up.

Free GED classes
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English

as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30
p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a
second language classes, Monday
-Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.;
Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged 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 cer-
tificate of completion. We now
have day and evening classes
available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for

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College costs continue to
increase each year and the stu-
dents of Okeechobee are always
in need of financial assistance.
The Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Program is currently
recruiting to increase the amount
of scholarship funds available
to these students. If you or your
business would like to offer a
scholarship in your name, or if
you have any questions regarding
scholarship contributions, please
contact Bill R. Black at (873) 462-
5025 ext. 3113. The scholarship
commitment deadline is Jan. 11,
2008 so new scholarships can be
included in the scholarship book-
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Frankum takes first place
Junior Kayla Frankum won first place in the pencil category
in the student division with her artwork entitled "Never Was
It Clearer." Ms. Frankum also won first place in last year's
Top of the Lake Art Fest in the watercolors category.

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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!
AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: I was taught that the role of government is
to protect the public's health, safety and general welfare. So, I believe
that the county government should not have built the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter in the first place. Furthermore, I do not believe that it should not be
a function of the county government to operate it, thereby adding to
the expense to taxpayers. Instead, it is my opinion that the operation
of the Agri-Civic Center should be privatized, either as a commercial
enterprise (through lease or sale), or by a non-profit community as-.
sociation. For example, an "Agri-Civic Center Association" could be
created comprised of the County Fair Board, Cattlemen's Association,
4-H, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boy/Girl Scouts, and other
interested community groups. Each group would have one member
on a board of directors. The association would be responsible to op-
erate and maintain the facility at no cost to taxpayers, and any funds
in excess of operating and maintenance costs would be returned to
the county government to assist in paying-off the debt on the facility.
In my opinion, for the county government to continue to operate and
maintain the Agri-Civic Center at taxpayers' expense is irresponsible.

MUDFEST: Regarding the MUDFEST, I can understand the need
for fixing the traffic problem, but many of the people are digging dirt
that has no bearing on this. Also complaining about it being unsafe at
the event but they are not there, so don't worry about it. The county
would not be sued if an accident happened on the property because
they issued the permit. One small group should not dictate what hap-

PERSONAL INFORMATION: This scam with the electric compa-
ny is just one more example of why you should NEVER give out any
personal information over the phone, no matter what the person on
the other end says.

YESTERYEAR: Did any of you go to the state fair? Did you see the
yesteryear village? Wouldn't that be a great idea for the Okeechobee
County fairgrounds? There is quite a bit of property at the Agri-Civic
center area. Surely they could find room for something like this and it
could be a tourist attraction. It would be a great way to preserve some
of the old cracker buildings. The Cracker Cowboys are our history.
Let's preserve it and celebrate it. They could even do some re-enact-
ments as part of the fair. Maybe have someone play Sheriff Pogy Bill
Collins. Get Gordy Peer out there to show how to make and use cow
whips. Maybe get the gunfighter club to put on some shows.

SCHOOLS: Just what do we want from our schools? What is their
role? The role of the school is to provide a basic education for all chil-
dren. That is enough responsibility. It is not the responsibility of the
schools to feed the kids, or teach them morality or about sex. The par-
ents should accept the responsibility for raising their own kids, feeding
them, teaching them right from wrong and teaching them whatever
the parents think they should know about sex. Let the schools concen-
trate on Reading, Writing, Math and today's essentials like computer
skills. But the parents have to take some responsibility for the kids'
welfare and upbringing or they have no business producing children
to begin with.

SOCIAL SECURITY: I recently had to go to the Social Security of-
fice to change my kids' names on their cards after an adoption. They
said they no longer come to Okeechobee; I had to go to the Port St.
Lucie office. I strongly encourage you to make an appointment first! I
waited an hour before I got called up there. People with an appoint-
rrmnt were called at their appointment time. You may also want to.
check and see if you can handle what you need done online. There
are some things you can take care of via the Internet and not even
have to go to the office.

LANDSCAPING: I think it would be interesting to know why it cost
the tax payers for the landscaping out in Okee-Tantie? It would have
been cheaper if we'd just kept it in grass.

AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: I remember thinking when I first went to
an event at the Agri-Civic center, a mini horse show, what else could
this expensive facility be used for other than livestock related events.
With bench seating, a dirt arena, and no air conditioning this elimi-'
nates the majority of money making events other than rodeos. Pos-
sibly a bunch of bird lovers will descend on Okeechobee in April with
.pockets full of cash for our local merchants.
Here are the events listed for March & April:
March 7-161: Annual Okeechobee County Fair
March 8-9: Okeechobee Cattleman's Spring Rodeo
March 12 15: Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show
March 29-30: Okeechobee Cowhorse Challenge
April 1: Recreational Riding
April 6: 12th Annual Treasure Coast Exotic Bird Expo
April 15: Recreational Riding
April 26 & 27: Dennis Reis Clinic
Undoubtedly, the political pressure felt by Mr.-Verwey for the cur-
rent modifications was also present during the planning of this facility.
Mr. Verwey, good for you to stand your ground and follow the law. I
hope it does not cost you a job. Our esteemed county leaders do not
appear to care what is right and good for the citizens of Okeechobee.
They care only about their interests and the monetary gain of those
behind the scenes pulling their strings. Taxpayers, please read the
agenda and meeting notes of the commissioners meetings.

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Looking back ...
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Hayden, Dahlberg." Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to or bring it by the newspaper
office at 107 S.W. 17th Street, during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Letters to the Editor

Schools not affected
by meat recall
Calls have been received
concerning the current status of
Okeechobee County School Food
Service's food inventory, particu-
larly with regard to the current
recall of ground beef products
which originated with Westland
In order to assure that full, ac-
curate information is being pro-
vided, and since school board
employees are reporting public
queries, please note the follow-
1. Okeechobee School Food
Service does not purchase any
raw, uncooked, frozen or fresh
beef, poultry, fish or pork.
2. Okeechobee County did not
receive any products from USDA

under the affected contract num-
bers. USDA has cancelled all con-
tracts with Westland Meats
3. We currently have no prod-
ucts on our Order Guide or in
stock at any location that may
have contained product from
Westland Meats.
Information received from
USDA and from the Florida De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services is being closely
monitored throughout each day
for additional bulletins.
As always, every precaution is
taken to assure the highest level of
food quality and safety. Please do
not hesitate to contact the Food
Service Office should additional
assistance be required.
Michelle Perkins
Supervisor, Food Service

Upcoming Events

,Tuesday, Feb. 26
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 Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
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) 763-4320.
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.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For 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 9:30 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, 101 Fifth
Ave. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served
at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Report disputed
This letter is in response
to the front page article in the
Okeechobee News, Wednesday,
Jan. 9, 2008, titled, "Judge Grants
Order Against Area Rancher."
This non-event was factual to
a point. Mark was accused, by
his neighbor of 23 years (who he
has always protected, loved and
served,) of physical assault.
There were three credible
eye witnesses, who swore under
oath, that Mark never touched
my aunt's husband. Only two
witnesses were reported in the
article. He did verbally assault her
husband for the way he is cur-
rently and has been treating my
Aunt Sibby! I think three credible
eye witnesses are more believ-
able than one envious man.
Two deputies responded to the

call in approximately 20 minutes.
Howard never said one word
about being physically assaulted.
He said he was verbally assaulted,
which is true!
Days later a gentleman drove
Howard to the Sheriffs office,
where this gentleman wrote out a
complaint only this time assault
charges were added! Said gentle-
man was in an adjoining county
when this non-event occurred!
I personally witnessed this non-
event, and Mark absolutely, posi-
tively never touched Howard in
any manner. No matter how many
times you repeat a false story, it
will never become the truth!
Mark does not covet any
of Aunt Sibby's land, home or
money! He is attempting to carry
out her wishes that she never be
placed in a nursing home.
D.L. Pearce

Community Events

Tuesday, 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)
Thursday, 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.
Friday, Feb. 29

Ballroom dancing held in Sebring
Highlands Social Dance Club hosts ballroom dancing ever Friday
from 7 until 1.0 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on Sebring. Parkway.
Friday, Feb. 29 the music will be provided by the Big Band Sound of
the Skylarks. Free ballroom dance instructions from Walt and Sue
is available at 6:30 p.m. Dance the night away to waltzes, cha-chas,
foxtrots, rumbas, and other ballroom favorites. All club dances are
open to the public. Appopriate dress is required. Admission is $4
for members and $6 for non members. Club membership is avail-
able. For information call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

Saturday, March 1

Red Cross class dates slated
Saturday, March 1 FULL CLASS which includes Adult & Infant/
Child CPR and First Aid Basics This class is held from 9' a.m. un-
til 5 p.m.; Thursday, March 13 First Aid Basics; Monday, March
17 Adult CPR/AED; Wednesday, March 26 Infant/Child CPR. All
classes are held at 6pm EXCEPT the Saturday March 1st class which
begins-at 9AM. They are also all held at our local office located at
323 N. Parrott Ave. For more information or to register for any of
these classes please stop by our office or contact us by phone at
(863) 763-2488.

Amateur Radio Club sponsor testing session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing ses-
sion for all classes of Amateur Radio License (Technician, General
and Extra) on March 1, at the Okeechobee EOC training room, 449
N.W Fifth Ave. in Okeechobee. The cost is $14 per session and $14
for a retake of a test failed at this session. You need to bring a picture
ID and a photo copy of any license you now hold and your FRN
number if you have one. For information contact, Harry Robbins at
(863) 467-7454 or

VPK Pre-K registration will begin
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 September 1, 2008. For information re-
garding 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.

Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 26, 2008 5

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 pm. 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 Ill "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
For information, call (863)

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IRCC presents "Once Upon a Mattress"

Come and find out if there
really is such a thing as a fairy
tale ending as the Indian River
Community College Fine Arts
Program presents the musical
comedy "Once Upon a Mattress"
February 26-29 and March 1 at 8
p.m. and March 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.
at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center
located on the IRCC Main Cam-
pus in Fort Pierce.
In a medieval kingdom ruled
by Queen Aggravaine and the

mute King Sextimus, Aggravaine
has decreed that no one in the
kingdom will marry until the her
son, Prince Dauntless the Drab,
marries. Unfortunately, no one
can pass the Queen's. "tests."
Then a brash, unrefined and
muscular Princess, Winnifred the
Woebegone, arrives and charms
the Prince and the Kingdom
- but offends the Queen. Come
and find out if Winnifred wins
the day with the pea-brained test

that Aggravaine devises. "Once
Upon a Mattress" is adapted
from the classic Hans Christian
Andersen fairy tale "The Princess
and the Pea," and features music
by Mary Rodgers with lyrics by
Marshall Barer and book by Jay
"Once Upon a Mattress" will
be performed at the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center on February 26-
29 and March 1 at 8 p.m. and
March 1' and 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets

are $12. Purchase tickets at the
box office located in the McAf-
pin Fine Arts Center lobby at
the IRCC Main Campus at 3209
Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce,
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m., or by phone with VISA,
MasterCard, Discover or Ameri-
can Express. Call the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center Box Office today
at (772) 462-4750 or toll-free at
1-800-220-9915 to reserve youth
seats, as shows sell out quickly.

IRCC plans sessions for new bachelor's degree programs

Submitted photo

Okeechobee Historical Society
The Okeechobee Historical Society was well represented
by members of their organization at the Re-enactment of
the Battle of Okeechobee. Dot Kinsaul, Kay McCool, and
Zelda Mixon enjoyed the festivities and agreed that it was
a very entertaining day.

Indian River Community Col-
lege, soon to be Indian River Col-
lege, has introduced nine Bache-
lor's Degree programs. With the
launch of the four-year degree
programs, Treasure Coast resi-
dents have new opportunities to
earn a Bachelor's degree close-
to-home in Nursing, Education,
Organizational Management,
Public Safety Administration and
Health Care Management.
To provide more information
on how to get started, IRCC will
hold Bachelor's Degree informa-
tion sessions at 6 p.m. on March
10, 11, 12 and 13 according to

the following schedule: Wednes-
day, March 12:Dixon Hendry
Campus at 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
Bldg B, Okeechobee
The Bachelor's Degree pro-
grams are offered with the same
emphasis on quality education,
small classes and personal atten-
tion that has characterized IRCC
for over 48 years, all at reason-
able cost within easy driving dis-
tance for all Treasure Coast resi-
dents. Tuition is $79 per credit for
Florida residents, about 1/3 less
than the per credit cost at Florida
public universities.
Students can attend full-time

or part-time and choose online
classes, traditional classes or
blended classes that combine
both online and in-classroom
experiences. Courses from other
colleges and universities can be
transferred into the IRCC pro-
IRCC's Bachelor of Science
Degree in Teacher Education
arms students with the educa-
tion they need for rewarding
teaching careers in math, sci-
ence and Exceptional Student
Education (ESE). The Bachelor
of Science in Nursing program
prepares registered nurses with

an Associate Degree in Nursing to
advance to leadership and man-
agement positions. The Bachelot
of Applied Science (BAS) degree
opens the door to advancement
in a wide variety of fields, provid-
ing seamless transfer into a four-
year degree program for those
who have earned an Associate
in Science Degree or Associate
in Applied Science Degree inany
career field.
For more information, call
the IRCC Information Call Center
toll-free at 1-866-866-4722 or visit

Health News in Brief

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden

College paperwork
With all the requirements of the FAFSA filling it out correct-
ly can be overwhelming, as these two have known. Yet the
College Goal Sunday program has helped simplify what is
needed to receive financial aid for college.

Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
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.

Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-

ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.

Blood donors
are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus
mobile unit will be at the Wal-
Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott
Ave., on the last Saturday of each
month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call (561) 845-


Martha Ann
Martha Ann Hawthorne, age
65 of Okeechobee died Sunday,
Feb. 24, 2008 in Lawnwood Re-
gional Medical Center. Born Sept.

15, 1942 in Ft. Pierce, she had
been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1990.
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Gene Hawthorne.
She is survived by her son,
Ronald L. (Brenda) Hawthorne
of Okeechobee; daughter, Des-,

tie Hawthorne of Ft. Pierce; five
grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren. In addition, she is
survived by her mother, Dorothy
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ter, Mary (Anthony) Fountain of
Visitation will be held Wednes-

day, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. until ser-
vice time at 11 a.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel, 110 N.E.
Fifth St.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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All blood types are needed. There
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medications and conditions are
acceptable. Diabetes and blood
pressure donations can also be
accepted. A picture ID is needed
for all donors.

Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at (863) 462-5877.

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Health News in Brief

Childbirth classes planned
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering Child-
birth Education Classes. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Quit Smoking Now classes offered
The Okeechobee County Health Department (OCHD) offers a
Tobacco Prevention and Education Program for the community.
The purpose of the program is to reduce adult and youth to-
bacco use, and provide tobacco resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in the county. Freedom from Smok-
ing classes will be held every Tuesday at the Okeechobee County
Public Library, 206 S.W. 161" St., from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 462-5781.

Diabetes Support Group at Raulerson Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thursday of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at (863) 763-

Depression support group
Depending on Christ is a new support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression. They meet every Thursday. For infor-
mation, call (772) 597-0463.

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

Addiction consultation offered
Problems with drug or alcohol addiction in someone you know,
but don't know where to turn? The Drug Rehab Resource service
can give you the help you need. Contact the Drug Rehab Resource
at (866) 649-1594 for a free confidential consultation. Or, go to the
website at

Cancer support group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All cancer patients, survivors and support-
ers are welcomed to attend, support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact Susie Pickering at (863) 467-5831
or First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171 for more information.

Cancer Society seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a.difference in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer Society's Florida Division participate
in programs that support research funding, educate the community,
deliver services to patients and advocate for policies that help defeat
cancer. To get involved, call the American Cancer Society at (800)

Know the warning signs of a stroke

Do you know the warning
signs of a stroke?
If someone suffers a stroke,
their chance of recovery often
depends on getting help quickly.
The American Stroke Associa-
tion says these are the warning
signs of stroke:
*Sudden numbness or weak-
ness of the face, arm or leg, espe-
cially on one side of the body;
*Sudden confusion, trouble
speaking or understanding;
*Sudden trouble seeing in
one or both eyes;
*Sudden trouble walking, diz-
ziness, loss of balance or coordi-
nation; and,
*Sudden, severe headache
with no known cause.
If you or someone with you
has one or more of these signs,
don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-
1 or the emergency medical ser-
vices (EMS) number so an ambu-
lance (ideally with advanced life
support) can be sent for you.
Also, check the time so you'll
know when the first symptoms
appeared. It's very important to
take immediate action. If given
within three hours of the start of
symptoms, a clot-busting drug
can reduce long-term disabil-
ity for the most common type of
Some people may have sev-
eral "small" strokes before the
condition is ever diagnosed. The
sooner the problem is diagnosed
and treated, the greater the
chances for a recovery.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) a stroke
occurs either when the blood
supply to part of the brain is
blocked or when a blood ves-
sel in the brain bursts, causing
damage to a part of the brain. A
stroke is also sometimes called a
brain attack.
Stroke is the third leading
cause of death in the United
States, states the CDC. Among
survivors, stroke can cause sig-
nificant disability including paral-
ysis as well as speech and emo-
tional problems. New treatments
are available that can reduce the
damage caused by a stroke for
some victims. But these treat-
ments need to be given soon af-
ter the symptoms start.
The CDC offers the follow-



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ing tips for reducing your risk of
*Prevent and control high
blood pressure. High blood pres-
sure is easily checked. It can be
controlled with lifestyle changes
and with medicines when need-
ed. You can work with your doc-
tor to treat high blood pressure
and bring it down. Lifestyle ac-
tions such as healthy diet, regu-
lar physical activity, not smoking,
and healthy weight will also help
you to keep normal blood pres-
sure levels. All adults should have
their blood pressure checked on
a regular basis.
*Prevent and control diabe-
tes. People with diabetes have a
higher risk of stroke, but they can
also work to reduce their risk.
Further, recent studies suggest
that all people can take steps to
reduce their risk for diabetes.
These include weight loss and
regular physical activity.
*No tobacco: Smoking can
affect a number of things that
relate to risk of high blood pres-
sure, heart disease, and stroke.
Not smoking is one of the best
things a person can do to low-
er their risk of stroke. Quitting
smoking will also help to lower
a person's risk of stroke. The risk
of stroke decreases a few years
after quitting smoking. Your doc-
tor can suggest programs to help
you quit smoking.
*Treat atrial fibrillation. Atrial
fibrillation is an irregular beating

of the heart. It can cause clots
that can lead to stroke. A doctor
can prescribe medicines to help
reduce the chance of clots.
*Prevent and control high
blood cholesterol. High blood
cholesterol is a major risk fac-
tor for heart disease, which can
increase the risk for stroke. Pre-
venting and treating high blood
cholesterol includes eating a diet
low in saturated fat and choles-
terol and higher in fiber, keeping
a healthy weight, and getting reg-
ular exercise. A lipoprotein pro-
file can be done to measure sev-
eral kinds of cholesterol as well
as triglycerides (another kind of
fat found in the blood). All adults
should have their cholesterol lev-
els checked once every five years,
and more often if it is found to
be high. If it is high, your doctor
may prescribe medicines to help
lower it.
*Use moderation with alco-
hol. Excessive alcohol use can
increase the risk of high blood
pressure. People who drink
should do so in moderation.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Healthy weight status in adults is
usually assessed by using weight
and height to compute a number
called the "body mass index"
(BMI). BMI is used because it
relates to the amount of body fat
for most people. An adult who
has a BMI of 30 or higher is con-
sidered obese. Overweight is a
BMI between 25 and 29.9. Nor-
mal weight is a BMI of 18 to 24.9.

Proper diet and regular physical
activity can help to maintain a
healthy weight.
*Exercise regularly. The Sur-
geon General recommends that
adults should engage in moder-
ate level physical activities for at
least 30 minutes on most days of
the week.
*Eat a balanced diet. Along
with healthy weight and regu-
lar physical activity, an overall
healthy diet can help to lower
blood' pressure and cholesterol
levels. This includes eating lots of
fresh fruits and vegetables, low-
ering or cutting out salt or sodi-
um, and eating less saturated fat
and cholesterol to lower the risk
of high blood pressure and heart
disease which can lead to stroke.
*Know your genetic risk fac-
tors. Stroke can run in families.
Genes play a role in stroke risk
factors such as high blood pres-
sure, heart disease, diabetes,
and vascular .conditions. It is
also possible that an increased
risk for stroke within a family is
due to factors such as a common
sedentary lifestyle or poor eating
habits, rather than hereditary fac-
Before making any change
to your diet or exercise pro-
gram, consult your doctor.
This is especially important
if you are on any prescrip-
tion drugs. Some drugs in-
teract badly with foods that
would otherwise be consid-
ered "healthy."

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

In Town, 2br/2ba, $850
mo. + $500. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classified.

KINGS BAY- 2br,1lba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking ,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:

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

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
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
(561)248-3888 or
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, 2tf 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
IN TOWN 2br/2ba, laundry
rm., w/d, screened in porch,
Lawn serve. No Dogs. Non
Sink. Env. $800 mo. +
sec. (941)504-3954
3BR/2BA, $1,000 mo.,
1st, last + $500 sec. dep.

OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
Okee, 715 NE 29th Ave.,
2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, Ig.
Fla. rm., Owner/Agent, own-
er financing, lease option,
$750 mo. 1st., last & sec.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330

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

Real Esla

Business Places.
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land -Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$75k/acre (863)801-3133

'I * S ,
Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

purchase Trailer park or RV
park. 8 units & up in size.
Call (954)946-6494 Iv. msg.

Mobile Homes

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

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, 1 or 2
people, $800/mo, complete-
ly furn, inclds cable, elec,
water. (772)597-5841
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
'Wide on 1,Ac. $975/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
1BA, Furnished, Avail. 4/1st.
$650 mo. + sec., 1st & last
mo. rent. (906)231-1204
3br, 2ba, 1 car garage.
Lake access on canal.
$800/mo. (561)441-2668

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
Mobile Home Angels
D/W, 3br, 2ba, Open concept
Kit. & bar area. Sea wall,
& Tool shed. $139,000.
& Adjoining. Lot $98,000.
Call (863)763-0557



Boats 3005
Campers.. RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles'ATVs 3035

Affordable dock space
Fresh water. Private & safe
inlet off of Caloosahatchi River

AUCTION '06 Open Road,
Model 389, 4 slideouts, all
options, all standard kit. fea-
tures, incl. dishwasher &
w/d, less than 200 miles,
very little use, bids start at
$24,,000. Sat., 3/1, noon til
1 pm. For info call
(863)467-7520 or for pics-
MOTORHOME '99 loaded,
12K miles, $25,000
86.3)763-2469 or
-04, 22FT, exc cond., $7500
or best offer (863)467-2887
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Tralilers 4065
Vans- -4070

tractor, Headache Rack for
semi trir., $500 will sell sep.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

IN RE: The license to nursing of
Zilla Forsthye, L.RN.
5430 Lot # C3 Highway 441 SE
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CASE NO. 2007-15892
LICENSE NO.: PN5150765
The Department of Health has filed an
Administrative Complaint against you,
a copy of which may be obtained by
contacting, Michael G. Lawrence Jr.,
Assistant General Counsel, Prosecu-
tion Services Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress
Way, Bin# C65, Tallahassee, lorida
32399 3265, (850)245-4640
If no contact has been made by you con-
cerning the above by March 17, 2008,
the matter of the Administrative Com-
plaint will be presented at an ensuing
meeting of the Board of Nursing in an
informal proceeding.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact the
individual or agency sending this no-
tice not later than seven days prior to
the proceeding at the address given on
this notice. Telephone:
(850) 245-4640, 1-800-955-8771
STDDo) or 1-800-955-8770(V), via
Florda Relay Service.
261194 ON 2/19,26 &3/3,10/2008
IN RE: The license to nursing of
Yvoeneya A. Gary, C.N.A.
5430 Lot # C3 highway 441 SE
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CASE NO. 2007-10945
The Department of Health bas filed an
Administrative Complaint against you,
a copy of which may be obtained by
contacting, Shienika Harris, Assistant
General Counsel, Prosecution Services
Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin#
C65, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3265, (850)245-4640
If no contact has been made by you con-
cerning the above by March 17. 2008,
the matter ol the Administrative Com-
plaint will be ,,,, ,r-l -l I,,i ,'
meeting of the i".,,,,i ,i i ,,, ,h ,,
informal proceeding.
In accordance with tlie Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact lie

this notice, telephone:
S 50) 245-4640, 1-800-955-8771
TTDo) or 1-800-955-8770(V), via
Florida Relay Service.
261188 ON 2/19,26 & 3/3,10/2008

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Need innovative golf balls?

While in Orlando at this year's PGA Mer-
chandise Show I had an opportunity to try
out several of the latest innovations in golf
balls. The technology is impressive. If you are
searching for more distance, better feel, a dif-
ferent trajectory, straight flight or more roll on
the greens, there is a ball for you!

Srixon AD333
"We have made the new AD333 a better
ball for the everyday golfer by redesigning the
cover and core and applying new aerodynam-
ics resulting in optimal performance," said
Mike Pai, Srixon's Vice President of Marketing
and Advertising.
I hit this ball and did find it to be long with-
out sacrificing feel with my irons and around
the green. The AD333 has a suggested retail
price of $29 per dozen. For more information
visit -

Callaway Tour ix
Callaway has also introduced a new ball
with technology to improve distance. The
Tour ix is a 4-piece ball with inertia technol-
ogy and dual core construction. The tungsten-
infused, high-density outer core is designed to
move weight away from he center of the ball
for increased moment of inertia (MOI). Ac-
cording to Callaway, this reduced driver spin
resulting in increased distance and speed.
I also liked the Tour ix for distance. It retails
for $44.99 a dozen. Check it out at

Caesar Featherie
The Featherie from Caesar Golf takes a
different approach. The company makes no
claims about distance. To the contrary, they
readily admit that this ball is made for accu-
racy, not distance.
The Featherie has no dimples. It looks
more like a cue ball or ping-pong ball than
a golf ball. According to Vin Lee, the founder

Fairways and Highways
by Daniel Shube


Courtesy or Srixon
The Srixon AD333 is new and improved
for distance and accuracy.
of Caesar Golf Company, "Dimples create lift
at high velocities, increasing the distance the
ball will fly, but they are also responsible for
side spin, a major cause of hooks and slices."
This ball is made for short courses, such
as par-3's or executive courses and for golfers
with slow swings.
I admit that I tried to hit it off the tee with
my 3-wood and my 100+ mph swing. It went
nowhere. However, if you have a slow swing
and play short courses, this might be a.ball
for you! ,: + ')
Another good place for the Caesar is on the
putting green. Devoid of dimples, it rolls very
true, even over ball marks. The Caesar retails
for $30 a sleeve and can be purchased direct

Bass Busters recaps tournament

Bass Busters and Lake Okeechobee a
winning combination. The February Silver
and Gold tournaments had great turnouts and
the weights were unbelievable for this early
in the year. Special thanks to all those anglers
joining our trail for the first time and we look
forward to seeing you again.
Silver Division Results: first place overall
and first place Big Bass went to the team of
Jeff and Jared McMillian of Belle Glade. They
weighed in a total of 25.64 pounds and a Big
Bass weighing 8.21 pounds. Winning weight
came from the south end of the lake on a mix-
ture of soft baits. Second place went to the
team of King and Payne with a total weight of
22.21 pounds. Third place went to the team of
Ron Veale and Brandon McMillian weighing
in a total of 19.86. Fourth place went to Sean
Stickler Sr. and Jr. with a total weight of 19.83
pounds. Fifth place and second place Big Bass
went to the team of HB and WB Chambliss
with a total weight of 19.81 and Big Bass of
8.20 pounds. As you can see the weights were
very consistent. There were 39 teams com-
peting and there were 34 limits of 5 fish per
team weighed in at the end of the day. Lake
Okeechobee is producing great fishing.

Gold Division Results: First Place Over-
all went to the team of King and Payne of
Okeechobee. They fished in a variety of
places during the day including the rim ditch
West of Clewiston. They weighed in a total of
30.64 pounds and the second place Big Bass
at 8.73 pounds. Second place went to the
team of Jimmy and Dillion McMillian of Belle
Glade with a total weight of 28.53 pounds.
Third place and first place Big Bass went to
the team of Val Osinski and Byron Childers
with a total weight of 22.83 and the First Place
Big Bass weighing 9.56 pounds (Yeah man!).
Fourth place went to Tony Bennett and Allen
Walls with a total weight of 20.34 and fifth
place went to Steve Lake and Jim Dubick with
a total weight of 19.81 pounds. There were 26
teams on Sunday and 20 teams weighed in a
limit of five fish at weigh-in. Lake Okeechobee
is still PRODUCING.
For more information aboft Bass Busters
and all our upcoming events visit our official
website at Our
next events are March 15 and 16, for the Silver
and Gold Tournaments in Clewiston. See ya'
at the ramp!

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee coaches Dylan Tedders and
Mark Ward admit they are good friends with
Port St. Lucie Coach Tony Malizza. However,
that doesn't mean they don't want to beat
,Okeechobee had their best hitting day of
the year Saturday as they walloped Port St.
Lucie, 11-5.
"We just had solid hitting, we swung the
bats and we were aggressive," Brahmans
Coach Dylan Tedders said, "'We had a num-
ber of hard hit balls."
Dustin Stokes went 2 for 4 with a three
run homer to lead the way. Senior Will Davis
went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and a
run batted in. Mike McClain also had a home-
run for Okeechobee. Jonathan Crawford
chipped in with two hits, including a double,
a run scored, and two runs batted in. Five
Okeechobee batters had two hits in the con-
"The kid pitching had some good stuff, he
threw a curve, fastball, it just we had an ex-

ceptional day," Tedders added.
The victory was the third in a row, and the
third in less than five days as the Brahmans
try to erase the memories of their slow start.
"For the first time our hitters started mak-
ing adjustments at the plate. If we do that were
going to be good," Coach Tedders noted.
Colton Rudd went 2 for 4 with two runs
scored for Port St. Lucie (3-2).
Stokes also did well on the mound as he
scattered four hits over four innings to get
the win. He was charged with three runs but
only one run was earned. He walked four and
struck out two.
Brice Buckner relieved and pitched the
final three innings to pick up the save. He al-
lowed two runs on three hits. He walked one
and struck out two.
Port St. Lucie had defeated Okeechobee,
8-3 in the preseason classic at Okeechobee
High School just 16 days before Saturday's
wipe out.
Tuesday the Brahmans traveled to St. Lucie
West Centennial for a matinee at 3:45 p.m.

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Second annual art fest: Full of talent

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Tenth grader Maria Ruiz won first place with her artwork entitled "Paradise" which was done
with acrylics.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Sharon Burk won first place with her acrylic artwork entitled 'January Morning" which is a
rendition of the Okeechobee Livestock Market.

Community Event

Osceola PTO to meet
The Osceola Middle School
PTO will meet on Thursday,
March 6, at 5:30 p.m., in the

school Media Center. All Osceo-
'la parents are highly encour-
aged to attend, as we will be
deciding on how to best use the
profits from our fall fundraiser.

We will also be hearing from a
few guest speakers who will be
presenting some very important
information about the upcom-
ing FCAT.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Eleventh grader Renee Almond won first place in surreal digital photography at the Top of the
Lake Art Fest with her work entitled "Eat or Be Eaten."

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Eleventh grader Brian Ranftle was awarded first place in pho-
tography for this piece entitled "Dangerous Heights" which is
a photograph of a tree looking up from the ground.

Community Event


Do you like pizza?
Okeechobee Christian Acade-
my, A/K/A Grace Christian School,
a is having a spring fundraiser in
order to help with the expenses
of running the school. The stu-
dents will be selling a Dominos
discount card for the price of
$10 each, which will allow the
customer to use up to 20 times

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during the year of 2008. With the
card you are allowed 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 in-
formation or to purchase a card,
you can talk to any OCA student
or call 863-763-3072.

Development Board

seeks 14,00 contiguous square feet of
built-out, professional office space
(ADA compliant) in St. Lucie County
with ample parking and occupancy no
later than 12/15/2008 for a One-Stop
Career Center.

Email: to request specifica-
tions. Quotes must be submitted by 03/07/08,

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