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Vol. 99 No. 60 Friday, February 29, 2008

In brief

Water restrictions
still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
has declared an extreme District-
wide water shortage, directly
affecting more than five mil-
lion South Florida residents and
thousands of farms and busi-
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into Jan.
15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Palm Beach, BiLoward,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Hendry
and Glades counties are limited
to a one-day-per-week land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and business-
es with more than five acres
have expanded irrigation hours,
between midnight and 8 a.m.
OR 4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on
their designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress relief
and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation,
including the use of drip and
microjet systems that apply
water directly to plant root
zones, is not restricted but should
be voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days and
times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and
No restrictions apply to other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pressure
cleaning of paved surfaces,
decorative fountains and water-
based recreation (e.g. swimming
pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including water
from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the
restrictions but are encouraged
to conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in cer-
tain counties is shared with other
water management districts, the
SFWMD has coordinated with
these agencies to simplify imple-
mentation and enforcement.

Drought Index

Current: 511
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.06 feet
Last Year: 11.28 feet

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Deputies may join union

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
In an effort to get an increase
in pay, deputies at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) may be joining the Fra-
ternal Order of Police (FOP). "
Joe Puleo, an FOP represen-
tative based out of Palm Beach
Gardens, said he met with some
members of the OCSO road pa-
trol around the first of February
and they expressed an interest in
joining theunion.

"What we do is represent
them in any disciplinary matters,
provide them with attorneys
and negotiate a contract with
the county," said Mr. Puleo in a
phone interview.
While the OCSO deputies may
decide to become unionized, the
Okeechobee City Police Depa
ment (OCPD) recently voted o,
their union. OCPD patrol office.
had joined the Police Benevoler
Association (PBA) about a yea
The FOP, which is made ucl

solely of law enforcement of-
ficers, boasts a membership of
over 20,000 in Florida and over
300,000 officers nationwide. If
the local deputies choose to join
the union it must be by a major-
ity vote of 51 percent of the 58
,al;"'-le OCSO deputies.
irty members of the OCSO
patrol have signed up to
e union.
e will negotiate strictly for
ad deputies. Right now
the only group orga-
explained Mr. Puleo, a

Chalo Nitka: Festival this weekend

Sumitted photo/Tracy Whirls
Seminole Jr. Miss Rumor Juarez, 9, wowed the crowd in traditional dress during the
Feb. 23 Chalo Nitka Queen contest held Saturday, Feb. 23. She and other tribal roy-
alty, as well as Seminole Tribal Council Chairman and vice president Mitchell Cypress,
President Richard Bowers and other tribal dignitaries will participate in the 60th annual
Chalo Nitka parade slated for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1 in downtown Moore Haven.

Glades County festival March 1

By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
visitors come to events in
Glades County, they are often
amazed to discover the charm
of old-fashioned hospitality,
f6lk crafts, and the comfort of
Southern food. Vistors
forget they ever punched a time
clock, or sat in traffic gridlock;
and that is the moment when
they have a really good time at
the Chalo Nitka Festival and Ro-
deo held in the county seat of
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The annual event celebrates
its 60th year March 1.
The festival will feature a
revival of Seminole Tribe cul-
tural contributions like gator
wrestling and Indian fry bread.
Alligator wrestling shows are
scheduled at 1 p.m. and 2:30 .S t utph. o ,Tac i
p.m. Submitted photo/Tracy Whirls
Festival goers can also get As part of the 60th annual Chalo Nitka Festival, the Chalo
a look at endangered big cats, Nitka Queen and her court will lead the parade through
antique cars, and listen to new Moore Haven Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Pictured
from left to right are: Chalo Nitka Princess Kaelee Rimes,
See Festival Page 2 and Chalo Nitka Queen Alisha Beck/.

0OHS senior is National

Merit Scholar Finalist

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School
senior Will Davis was recently
named 2008 National Merit
Scholar Finalist, a distinction
that places him in a group of
students representing less than
one percent of U.S. high school
graduating seniors.
The National Merit Program
is an academic competition
for recognition .and scholar-
ships that began in 1955. High
school students enter the pro-
gram by taking the Preliminary

SAT/National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test which serves as
an initial screening of approxi-
mately 1.4 million entrants
each year.
This month Will was noti-
fied that he was chosen from
the 16,000 semifinalists to be
awarded finalist standing. In
order to be a finalist, he had to
be fully endorsed and recom-
mended by Toni Wiersma, the
OHS principal.
In addition to the recom-
mendation, Will had to have a
record of consistently very high
academic performance in all

grades freshman through se-
nior and a comparatively high
score on the SAT Reasoning
test as a senior.
According to Wendy Padgett,
OHS guidance counselor, "he is
an outstanding senior that has
done well and continues to do
well both academically and ath-
letically. He shows great leader-
ship abilities as president of the
Crime Watch Club and is also
-involved in other clubs. He has
one of the most rigorous sched-
ules 'of advanced placement
See Davis Page 2

police officer for over 31 years
who retired eight years ago. "We
usually don't go any higher than
If the OCSO deputies choose
to put the matter to a vote, the
polls will be set up by the Public
Employees Relations Commis-
sion (PERC). PERC is a state or-
ganization that deals with public
employees and unions, and han-
dles all union hearings.
At the heart of the potential
move is the rate of pay for road
patrol deputies.

OCSO road patrol deputies
currently start at a rate of $13.99
per hour, or $31,284 per year.
There is no salary' cap for road
A check of surrounding coun-
ties that are similar in size to the
OCSO has shown that local depu-
ties do earn less than deputies in
those other agencies. The rate of
pay for those other departments,
from the starting salary to the top
for a deputy without rank, is:
See Deputies Page 2


of old jail


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After several years of talk,
it looks like there could be a
partial restoration of Okeecho-
bee County's original jail. That
topic was discussed at the
Thursday, Feb. 28 meeting of
the Okeechobee County Board
of' County Commissioners.
The board also discussed road
resurfacing and developing a
master plan for parks and rec-
"It's the same old thing, the
preserving of the old jail," said
Okeechobee Historical Society
President Betty Williamson.

"If we keep Waiting and
waiting there:might be nothing
For three years in a row
Okeechobee Main Street has
unsuccessfully has applied for a
grants to renovate the building.
Mrs. Williamson and her hus-
band, rancher Sonny William-
son, proposed that the more
extensive and costfy proposed
renovation to the old jail might
be scaled back. Instead of reno-
vating the building for use as a
museum or office space, they
proposed to just rebuild the
roof, seal the windows and
See Jail Page 2

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Highlands County Sheriff's
Office: $14.22 per hour to start;
$21.05 per hour is the top salary;
Hardee County Sheriff's Of-
fice: $15.87 ($34,660) to start;
there is no cap on the top salary.
Calls to the Glades County
Sheriff's Office and the DeSoto
County Sheriff's Office were not
"When I heard their salaries, I
was astounded," said Mr. Puleo,
of the rate of pay for OCSO depu-
ties. "I know they're in a rural area
but they still have the same stress
and dangers as a municipality.
Their salaries are way below the
. But, not everyone agrees that
th6 FOP is the best thing for the
local deputies.
"I don't feel collective bargain-
ing will help the agency," said
OCSO Major Noel Stephen. "I
can't see the benefit for the em-
ployees at this point. In 2005 there
was a push to join the PBA, but
they didn't get the vote. I think the
sheriff has the best interest of the
officers at heart."

Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May chose not to comment
on advice of counsel.
If the local deputies vote to
join the FOP, then Sheriff May will
be the bargaining agent for the
It should also be noted that
in December 2007 OCPD patrol
officers chose to terminate their
membership with the PBA.
"We voted it out because as a
small agency there wasn't really
anything they could do to help
us, as far as a benefit package.
There was no benefit we could
gain," said OCPEI Detective Bet-
tye Taylor. "Plus, they really didn't
contact us much and they weren't
very helpful."
OCPD Chief Denoy Davis said
the PBA was for patrol officers,
including detectives,, and covered
12 to 13 officers. He also said that
he never became involved with
the union.
Maj. Stephen pointed out that
in the last three years OCSO depu-
ties have received an' 18 percent
pay raise, including an 8 percent
across-the-board raise last year.
"They try to compare the dep-
uties to the firemen (Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue)," said Maj.
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based on a 240-hour work month,
while deputies work a 186-hour
month. When averaged out, the
deputies make more per hour."
He also said he doubted that
by the time the 58 deputies pay
their dues for the year they will get
that much good out of the union.
He estimated that all together, the
OCSO deputies would pay a total
of nearly $30,000 per year to the
"I don't think they'll get $30,000
worth of good out of it," said the
major. "I think they're better off
supporting the sheriff."
But, according to Mr. Puleo,
joining the union does not repre-
sent less support for the sheriff by
the road deputies.
"There's no animosity from
the deputies against the sheriff.
They're strong supporters of .the
sheriff," said Mr. Puleo. "We're
not looking to hurt the sheriff.
Let's face it, the sheriff has to go
to the county board for the mon-
ey and his hands are tied."
He went on to add that the
union may be able to help him get
more money from the Okeecho-
bee County Board of County
Commissioners for his deputies.
The current budget for the
sheriff's office is around $18 mil-

When Sheriff May ran for office
one of the planks of his platform
was instituting a career service
program whereby deputies up to
the rank of sergeant could not be
terminated when a new sheriff
took office, He has since had that
safety net put in place.
The career service act also
states that an incoming sheriff
can drop a lieutenant one pay
grade, but their rate of pay can
be no less than that of the high-
est paid sergeant. Those deputies
with the rank of captain or above
are unprotected by the act and
can be replaced.
OCSO deputies also get 12
paid holidays and one personal
paid holiday. Deputies are also
allowed to work special details
that can pay up to $25 per hour,
while the OCSO still pays their in-
Maj. Stephens also stressed the
point that if the deputies choose
to join the FOP, they will keep
their jobs.
"Absolutely," he said. "They'll
have job security."
Aall to the FOP office in Tal-
lahassee revealed that the union
has been in operation in Florida
since the 1950s.

News Briefs

Tax returns and E-filing done free
AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. Our 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 Neil9 Foreman, District Coordinator, (863) 357-1694.
County Fair seeks contest entries
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking adult and
youth contest participants for the upcoming, fair March 7-16, the
contests consists of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photogra-
phy, horticulture and woodworking. There will also be food compe-
titions such as home baking and canned goods, as well as a vegeta-
ble competition featuring garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and
largest vegetable categories. You may download the entry forms
and rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web site, www.okeecho- under the exhibits link. If you have questions,
please contact Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.

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. If you are an FPL customer and need help call the office at
(863) 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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Jeave the interior as it is for the
time being. There would be limit-
ed, if any access, to the interior of
- the building. Mr. Williamson sug-
gested that maybe people could
just look in to see the old jail cells
as they are now.
The Williamsons suggested
some sort of challenge grant from
the commission. The community
would be challenged to match the
grant with private contributions.
"We've always talked about
complete renovation," said com-
mission chairman Clif Betts. "This
is a good alternative."
There was some discussion as
to whether or not the foundation
needed to be rebuilt to support
roof improvements. Mr. William-
son was of the opinion that the
foundation has held help up all
these years so it might still be suf-
to consider the old jail renovation.
Commissioners agreed to reac-
tivate' that committee with Mrs.
Williamson as the. chair. Mem-
bers of the committee are former
superintendents of schools Phoe-
be Raulerson and Danny Mull-
ins, retired Circuit Judge William
Hendry who is a local historian
and Cossie Conrad who lived in
the jail as a child when his father
was sheriff.
The committee is to meet with
Donnie Oden, capital projects
manager for the county and the
architect who has been working
on the project. They will report
back to the commission at a later
"We should have already
done this," Mr. Betts said of the
countywide parks system master
plan that the board hired the con-
sulting firm of Glatting, Jackson,
Kercher, Anglin to develop. The
three phased project will start
with a level of service analysis.
Phase two is a needs and priority
assessment. Phase three involves
the development of a master plan.
The fee for part I is $42,900. Part
2 will cost the county $34,800,
while the fee for part 3 is $57,500.
Any additional services required
will be billed on'an hourly basis.
"You can accommodate
growth and preserve the qual-
ity of what you have," Dave Bart,
vice president of the firm, told
commissioners. "We think it's a
great time for planning."
Interim road department head
Vernon Gray proposed that a total
of about 12 miles of roads be re-
surfaced at a cost of $851,440. The
road department budget includes
$1.65 million for paving. Mr. Gray
said these particular roads were
chosen because little preliminary-
work would have to be done. The
list was compiled after consult-
ing with the sheriff's office road
patrol and the school system's

bus supervisor. He said he would
submit another list of roads that
would have to have some prelimi-
nary work done on them before
they could be resurfaced.
Commissioners approved the
entire' list except for N.W. 160th
Drive. The roads authorized to be
resurfaced include all or parts of
N.W 38th Avenue, N.W 144th Av-
enue, N.E./N.W. 144th Drive., N.E.
48th Avenue, S.W 67th Drive,
S.W 21st Parkway, N.W '10th Ter-
race, and S.W. Seventh Avenue. It
also includes roads in the Douglas
Brown area and Treasure Island/
Everglades Bloulevard/Conners
Gables area.
Turning to financing the EMS
program, county attorney John
Cassels told the board that they
could not legally impose. an as-
sessment for EMS as they do for
fire protection. He advised that
EMS could be financed by an ad
valorem tax. If the commission-
ers went that route, the proper
time to impose the tax would be
at budget time when tax rates are
In other action, the board:
received the annual report
of the workforce development
board describing job seeker as-
sistance and employer service
*determined that $300,000 in
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation enhancement funds for
fiscal year 07/08 "be earmarked
for Okee Tantie Campground and
Marina improvements;
authorized the chairman to
execute a grant application to up-
grade the E 9-1-1 system;
terminated a lease at the
industrial park and authorized a
new lease for the same property;
accepted a donated ATV
converted for medical use;
purchased a used ambu-
lance for $10,000;
appointed Mark Brandel, Jim
Davis and John Holcomb to the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center advisory committee with
terms to expire March, 1. 2012;
appointed Mark Brandel and
Ted Starr to the construction in-
dustry licensing board with terms
to expire March 1, 2011;
appointed Tony Stark to the
construction industry licensing
board with a term to end March
*appointed Christopher
Scruggs to the construction indus-
try licensing board with a term to
expire March 1,2009;'
appointed Jeff Sumner and
Mack Whorley as regular mem-
bers and Joshua Mixon as an
alternate to 'the planning board/
board of adjustments and ap-
peals with terms to expire March
1,2011; and,
*appointed Deborah Rauler-
son to the library advisory com-
mittee with a term to expire
March 1,2012.

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country tunes and old favorites
"from 'EZI Money. The pancake
breakfast at Moore Haven 'El-
ementary School begins at 7:30
The parade starts at City Hall
by the Caloosahatchee riverfront
at 10 a.m.
Featured in the parade will be
NASGRASS racing lawn mowers,
beauty pageant queens, Seminole
dignitaries on horse back, and
80 float entries. U.S. Congress-
man Tim Mahoney, Senator Dave
Aronberg, and Seminole Tribe
Chairman Mitchell Cypress will
participate in the parade as well
as Glades County officials and
Moore Haven city council mem-
bers. ,
The Chalo Nitka Park and
Bronson Arena will be easy to
find in Moore Haven. The small

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courses at the high school. Will
continues to make us proud."
Extra curricular activities, hon-
ors and community service were
also considered along with a per-
sonal essay.
Will is the son of Jim and
Candace Davis. He has attended
school in.Okeechobee County his
entire'life where he began his ed-.
ucation at Grace Christian School
before transferring to the public
school system in middle and high
Will has been accepted to the.
Honors College at the University
of Central Florida in Orlando. He

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town has only one fully function-
ing traffic light on U.S. 27, and is
located at the headwaters to the
Caloosahatchee River on the west
shore of Lake Okeechobee.
Chalo Nitka Festival is known
for its cuturally diverse comfort
food, ranch rodeo, clog tap danc-
ing and children's carnival. An
evening dance begins at 9 p.m.
with music from The Chase coun-
try band.
A festival ticket for adults is $3,
and a child's ticket is $2. Children
under age five get in free.
If you purchase an official Cha-
lo Nitka t-shirt before festival day,
you will be able to enter the festi-
val for free, if you are wearing it.
Go to the Doyle Conner Build-
ing in Moore Haven, or call (863)
946-0300 for information. You
may also purchase a t-shirt at the
Children's Day festival on Friday,
Feb. 29.
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at

hopes to pursue a career in medli-
cine as an orthopedic surgeon.
Every finalist competes for
the National Merit $2,500 schol-
arships which are awarded on a
state representational basis. Win-
ners are selected without consid-
eration of family financial circum-
stances, college choice, or major
and career plans.
Approximately 8,200 students
from a pool of 15,000 will be no-
tified beginning in March as the
winner of any of the three types
of Merit Scholarships: National
Merit $2,500 Scholarships; Corpo-
rate-sponsored Scholarships; and
College-sponsored Scholarships.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
'Reporter Chauna Aguilar cmn be.
reached at

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Local man faces felony gun charges

:By Eric Kopp
,.Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
-rested on felony gun charges
'Wednesday and booked into the
county jail under a $50,000 bond.
Shaun Eric Almodovar, 28,
N.W Seventh Ave., was charged
with the felonies of carrying a
.concealed weapon and posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
He was also charged with the
misdemeanors of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug parapherna-
An arrest report by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
states that at the time of his arrest

around 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 27, de-
tectives found several guns in the
trunk of a Lincoln Town Car being
driven by Almo-
dovar. Found
was a .22-caliber
rifle, a 12-gauge
shotgun and an
The report
goes on to state
that a round of
ammunition for Shaun Ericq
the AK-47 was Almodovar
found in the
car's glove box.
The report states that a task
force detective first had dealings
with Almodovar at 1:30 a.m.
Wednesday morning. At that time

a small amount of a green leafy
substance was found in a vehicle
that was occupied by Almodovar,
continued the report.
A marijuana "roach," marijua-
na grinder and a live .22 caliber
round were also found in the gold
Honda Accord, stated the report.
When the detective searched
Almodovar a set of brass knuck-
les was found in the man's back
pants pocket.
The green leafy substance
was field tested and indicated a
positive result for the presence of
marijuana, and had a combined
weight of 2.9 grams, states the
Almodovar was not taken into
custody at this time, stated the re-

Court records indicate Almo-
dovar has had several felony con-
victions. On March 14, 2000, he
was found guilty of driving while
license suspended habitual of-
fender. Then on Feb. 16, 2006, he
was found guilty of possession of
cocaine with intent to sell or deliv-
er and possession of a controlled
substance. And on May 18, 2006,
he was found guilty of possession
of cocaine, possession of mari-
juana in excess of 20 grams, pos-
session of a controlled substance
and possession of oxycodone.
He was sentenced to six
months in the county jail and
two years probation after being
found guilty as charged on May
18, 2006.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
Ythe Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC). ..
Jesse Lewis, Jr., 55, N.W
19th Ave., .Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Feb. 26 b~P uty _
ter on a. chargeof drvingiiner
the influence. His bond was set at..
Mack Jefferson Hubbard, 40,
N.E. 13th Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb'.27 by Deputy G. Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County

warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge and violation of probation
- driving under the influence. His
total bond was set at $1,750.
Michael Huggins, 42, 141st-
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 27 by Deputy G. Popovich on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the felony of
driving while license suspended
habitual offender. His bond was
,,a -eY, 2
.... T'Es'pirioz, 25, N. Agusta""
Road, Lake Placid, was arrested
Feb. 27 by DEP's Corporal John
Strenth on a felony charge of pos-
session of forged identification,
and a misdemeanor charge of
driving with no driver's license.

His bond was set at $3,000.
Jess Allen Yates, 19, S.R. 70
W, Okeechobee, was arrested
Feb. 27 by Deputy G. Popovich on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation cruelty to animals. He
is being held without bond.
William E. Beckett, 26, Brook
Circle, Daytona, was arrested Feb.
27 by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation possession of cocaine.
id 'vil!atio6inof probation pos-
session of marijuana. 'He is being
held without bond.
Charles Edward Brown, 42,
N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 27 by Deputy Cor-
poral Aric Majere on an Okeecho-

bee County warrant charging him
with felony battery prior convic-
tion. He was released on his own
It had been reported in this
column at a prior date that Me-
lissa Anne Harden was arrested
on a charge of aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon. According
to Assistant State Attorney Brenda
Sexton that charge against Hard-
en was dropped on Feb. 18.
T :,.,.This column,lists arrests. and-'
n, wo convictions,, unles4ptherwuise'
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

Citrus canker eradication program taken to court

- TALLAHASSEE-- Florida Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
,,Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is expressing disappointment
over the Feb. 21 decision in the
Broward County citrus canker
"compensation case but believes
"the Department will prevail in ap-
"pellate courts.
ABroward County circuit judge
"has ruled. the department is liable
Ifor paying Broward homeown-
ers for removing exposed citrus
'trees located within 1900 feet of
infected trees as part of the citrus
canker eradication program.
Bronson says it was truly un-
fortunate that residential and
commercial citrus trees had to
be destroyed and he appreci-

ated the sacrifices residents made
throughout the program. How-
ever, department officials say they
had to follow the proper course of
action in removing exposed trees
that scientists maintained would
eventually become infected, fur-
ther spreading the disease. Trees
that were already diagnosed as
infected are not included in the
"The facts are bearing out what
we feared would happen without
the eradication effort," Mr. Bron-
son said. "Citrus canker has now
spread to all 30 citrus producing
counties in Florida and regulators
have placed restrictions on citrus
exports to many areas."
Citrus canker causes severe

blemishing of the citrus fruit,
leaves and stems, causes prema-
ture fruit and leaf drop resulting
in lower yields, although it is not
harmful to people or animals.
"The eradication policies were
based on significant testing and

research into the spread of this
serious bacterial disease by scien-
tific experts on citrus plant pathol-
ogy," Mr. Bronson said.
The Department will appeal
the ruling.

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Glades County Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der.the influence (DUI) charges
'by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), 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).
Eliseo Sarmina-Mendoza, 43,
LaBelle, was arrested Feb. 17 on
charges of driving under the influ-
ence and no valid driver's license.
-His bond was set at $2,000.
Velva Mongillo, 52, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Feb. 23 on a

charge of driving under the in-
fluence. Her bond was set at
Alfredo Vega, 35, Moore
Haven, was arrested Feb. 23 on
a charge of battery (domestic
violence). His bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

FWC restricts use of ATVs

he Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) has passed new rules re-
garding the use of ATVs on Ever-
glades and Francis Taylor, Holey
Land and Rotenberger wildlife
management areas (WMAs).
Effective July 1, 2008, the use
of ATVs will be allowed for hunt-
ing purposes only and only dur-
ing the archery, muzzleloading
gun and general gun seasons. In
addition, ATVs will be allowed
for scouting purposes two weeks
before archery season and one
week before the start of muzzle-
loading gun and general gun-
walk seasons.
The unrestricted use of ATVs
, on these WMAs has resulted in

extensive resource damage and
public safety concerns. The FWC
took this action following its rule-
making process, which included
publicizing proposed rules on its
Web site in August and Septem-
ber 2007, publishing the proposed
rules in the Florida Administrative
Weekly and public meetings in
September and December 2007
and February 2008.
Final consideration of this
rule by FWC took place at the
February Commission meeting.
For further information, see the
meeting agenda at
htmlThe FWC is a member of the
Florida Off-highway Vehicle Advi-
sory Council.

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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!
OKEECHOBEE DOCTORS: I love Okeechobee and mostly ev-
erything about it, but, what is up with the doctors in this town? It
takes a month to get an appointment then when the time finally gets
here and luckily you haven't had a heart attack before then, you walk
into the office only to see the doctor is two hours behind. So you can-
cel the appointment and have to wait another month before you can
get in. This happens all the time it has nothing to do with the north-
ern's being here, and speaking to other people its ALL the doctors in
Okeechobee not just a few. We switched doctors to keep from going
over the East coast where the drive is long but the waiting time in bare
minimum. We are seriously thinking about switching back.
TAXES: The County Commission is just now starting to face the re-
ality of the budget shortfalls they are going to face due to the changes
in the Homestead Exemption law. It is going to become more and
more difficult to pay for basic county services. I think they are making
a big mistake spending all this money on non-essentials like more
seats at the Agri-Civic Center. When that reserve fund is gone, they are
going to be crying about how broke the county is and how they can't
afford to pay for anything. I guess the commissioners aren't worried
about their own paychecks as they all have other jobs, but plenty of
the county employees are getting worried.
SCHOOL FOOD:Since we are talking about School lunches, may-
be we should add breakfast in there too. Every morning I fix breakfast
for my elementary school children, but sometimes they are still hun-
gry and they don't have time to finish breakfast so I will send a small
box of cereal or a pop tart to school with them so that when they are
waiting in the cafeteria they can finish their breakfast. Recently my
children were told that they had to eat school breakfasts and were not
allowed to bring their own food in. So I would like to know from the
Elementary schools, specifically North Elementary why our kids can-
not bring -a small box of cereal to school with them to eat in the caf-
eteria while they are waiting and while the other kids are eating school
breakfast. Editor's note: According'to Michelle Perkins, the Food Ser-
vices supervisor, there is no policy that students cannot bring food
in to eat for breakfast or lunch. While school breakfast procedures
vary by school, typically students who eat breakfast at school sit at a
designated table while other students waiting for the bell to ring sit
at other tables. If a student brings in their own breakfast they have to
sit at those same designated breakfast tables. This limits the poten-
tial food mess to those tables. To eat breakfast, students must also
arrive by a specified time, since breakfast must be concluded before
the school day starts. According to North Elementary Principal Pat
McCoy they are always available to address any problems. "Please
contact me if any issues arise as this is the best way to remedy any
issues," she said.
FESTIVAL: I was disappointed with the festival this year because
they really didn't seem to have anything special. The parade was most-
ly just cars that weren't even decorated. It is a shame that these people
didn't bother to even put decorations on the vehicles. Who wants to
just see their company cars drive by? That is not much of a parade.
SCHOOL LUNCH: If you are wondering what the school lunch is
really like, go eat lunch with your child. Most of our schools offer this,
but you do need to call in advance because they need to know how
many people to plan for. However, be warned that these are institu-
tional type meals that are cooked for large groups and because young
children usually don't like spicey foods, the food tends to be bland.
I had lunch with my daughter one day and have been packing sack
lunches for her ever since. But don't take anyone's word for it. Check
it out for yourself. Make your own decision. If you don't like the school
lunch program, you can do what I do and pack a lunch every day to
send with your child.
RODEO: I saw in the paper that they are putting in more seats at
the new rodeo arena, and then they have to come up with more bath-
rooms to handle the crowd. I hope they also find a way to cool it off.
At the Labor Day Rodeo it was very uncomfortable because there was
no breeze. At the old rodeo arena, even when it was hot, there was
at least a breeze. Packing even more people into that new covered
arena, I am wondering how much all that extra body heat will affect
the temperature inside the building.
NEW ELEMENT DISCOVERED: The recent hurricanes and gaso-
line issues are proof of the existence of a new chemical element. A
major-research institution has recently announced the discovery of
the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has
been named Governmentium (Gv) it has one neutron, 25 assistant
neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giv-
ing it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together
by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of
lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no elec-
trons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every
action with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Govern-
mentium can cause an action that would normally take less than a
second to take over four days to complete. Governmentium has a nor-
mal half-life of 4 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a re
organization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy
neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actu-
ally increase over time, since each re-organization will cause more
morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of
moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmenti-
um is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. When
catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium an
element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it
has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

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Letters to the Editor

Feeding sharks affects
animals' behavior
As chairman of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC), I'd like to express
this agency's deepest sympathy
for the family and friends of the
diver who lost his life in an en-
counter with a shark recently.
In 2001, the FWC voted unani-
mously to prohibit divers from
feeding marine life while people
were in the water. The primary
concern at the time was that
feeding marine life was causing
animals to associate people with
food hand-outs, abandon their
natural feeding behavior, suffer
nutritional deficiencies and expe-
rience disruptions in the natural
predator/prey relationships that
sustain wild species.
Florida divers interacted pri-
marily with Caribbean reef sharks
and other relatively unaggres-
sive species that inhabit shallow
reefs. The dive boats that moved
to out-of-state waters to avoid the
feeding prohibition placed divers
in a situation where their interac-
tion with sharks involved much
more aggressive bull sharks, tiger
sharks, hammerheads and oth-
ers. We applaud the Bahamian
Diving Association for urging dive
boat operators to exercise caution
around those species and discon-

tinue shark diving trips that place
divers in the water around those
species without protective cages
for the divers.
Feeding any type of wild ani-
mal poses risks to the person do-
ing the feeding and people who
encounter the animals later. That
reality, coupled with the obvious
disruption of a shark's natural
feeding behavior, can result in
catastrophic encounters that put
the lives of divers, dive operators
and rescuers in jeopardy. This
should be a wake-up call.
Rodney Barreto,
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

Art fest a success
Way to go Art fest coordina-
tors! What a great job you did for
those of us who love to do our
profession and compete. It was
just so complete with the music
being played in the park, dancing
children, and gorgeous works of
art for all the town to take advan-
tage of and view.
Congratulations to all the
Okeechobee artists who came
out to display your fine images,
Brad Phares, Fawn McNeill, Lynn
Early, Wendy Gray, Lisa Faulkner,
Jane Erwin, each of you are mar-
velous at your craft.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb. 29
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at.the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.

Saturday, March 1
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
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. Any-
one is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
(863) 634-0087.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.

It was so rewarding to see the
younger folks who are trained
and educated in the field of arts
participate in this Art-fest. So nice
to see the God given talents being
used for such beautiful purpose.
You never know, that by display-
ing these works that it may inspire
some one else to go ahead and

give it a try also. I actually enjoy
seeing school age children com-
pete, they are the future genera-
tion of the arts.
Keep up the good work, and
see you next year.
Bobbi Poole

Courtesy photo/Clewiston Museum

Looking back ...
This photo from Lake Okeechobee's past shows F. Deane
Duff and his wife, Elizabeth Bryant Duff, right, and a lady
enjoy the sandy beach at Clewiston's pre-1926 hurricane
waterfront. Do you have a photo to share? Email your old
photos to

Community Events

Amateur Radio Club sponsors 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 opens
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 regarding the Pre-K pro-
gram 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.

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 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.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 29, 2008 5

Second annual Okeechobee County Fair rolls out soon

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Fair will be in full force for their
second go around beginning Fri-
day, March 7, and ending Sunday,
March 16, at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center. The entrance is
off State Road 710.
Opening day on March 7 be-
gins at 5 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.
with their first Midnite Madness
from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. The
Miss Okeechobee County Fair
Beauty Pageant will be held at 7
p.m. The winner will be qualified
to participate in the Miss Florida
USA or the Miss Teen Florida USA
The Fair will feature ventrilo-
quist Nancy Roth, Tadpole the
Clown and pig races daily.
On Friday, Saturdays and Sun-
days, the fair will remain open un-
til 1 a.m.
On Saturday, March 8, the fair
will open at noon and feature
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Spring Rodeo at 2:30 p.m. Tuc-
son, a country duo will open for
Aaron Tippin at 6 p.m. Aaron
Tippin will begin at 7 p.m. Tick-
ets for the concert are on advance
sale for $20 each.
On Sunday, March 9, the fair
will also open at noon and the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Spring Rodeo will begin at 2:30
Other events in the coming
weeks will include performanc-
es from Leslie's Dance Studio,
a Chobee Starz demonstration,
an Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office K-9 demonstration, a Tae
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Kwon Do demonstration, Kid-
space performances and many
other events to come.
Music City Brass will per-
form each night from Monday
through Friday during the fair
from Monday, March 10, until Fri-
day, March 14.
.On Friday, March 14, and Sat-
urday March 15, Hotel Califor-
nia, "Salute to the Eagles"
will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are
available for $15.
To see some crashin' fun visit
the Demolition Derby on the last
day of the fair Sunday, March 16,
at 4 p.m. Cost for this event is
Advanced concert tickets are
available at www.okeechobee- and Syble's Flow-
ers and Gifts.
Go try out your karaoke skills

at the VFW # 4423, 300 N.W 34th
St., where they are holding an
open house in conjunction with
a karaoke contest. First prize is
$500. This contest is open to the
public (as guests). Preliminaries
are Saturday March 1, and Satur-
day, March 8. Warm-up and prac-
tice is at 7 p.m. each evening with
the contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The top three winners each week
go to the finals on March 15.
If you don't make it to the top
three, you can enter each week
until you do win or until the pre-
liminaries are over. There is a $10
entry fee. All entry fees go to the
winners. The contest is hosted by
David Lee.
The VFW wants all 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 welcomes all guests and
potential new members with a
smile. They have weekly meals
and entertainment. Call the post
at (863) 763- 0818 for additional
information. Take U. S. 441 past
Okeechobee High School and
take the second left. Call David
at (863) 697- 9002, or Bill at the
VFW at (863) 763- 0818 for more
Tickets are now available
for the final production of the
Okeechobee Community The-
atre's 29th season with the pro-
duction of the classic Neil Simon
comedy, "Plaza Suite." The pro-
duction is scheduled for Friday
and Saturday nights, March 7, 8,

14, and 15, at 8 p.m. at the theatre
on S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh
St. at the Okeechobee Freshman
Reserved seat tickets to the
live show are on sale for $10 each
at the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce during regular busi-
ness hours.
The community theatre has
made arrangements for special
discounts for dinner for theatre
goers on the evenings of the per-
formances at three area restau-
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Theatre is an all-volunteer
organization of local performers
who have; for 29 years, produced
Broadway style comedies, dra-
mas, and musicals for Okeecho-
bee audiences. Anyone wishing
for more information on the OCT
may call Ron or Jaque Hayes at
(863) 763- 1307.
Local square dancers can con-
tinue get down at the clubhouse


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The traditional carousel at the midway of the Okeechobee County Fair was a hit with Jathen
Rodriguez, 2, at the fair last year. He was accompanied by his father, Joel Rodriguez at the
fair is returning this year to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. Fun for the whole fam-
ily is featured at the fair.

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The Okeechobee County Fair Association and state officials ushered in the first County Fair
last year, attending the ceremonial events, (front row-left to right) were Linda Syfrett, Presi-
dent of the Okeechobee County Fair Association, Florida,. Rep. Richard Machek, Florida,
Rep. Frank Attkisson, board member, Robbi Sumner, Diane Spann, fair association secre-
tary, John Gilliland, board member; (back row-left to right) Florida Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Charles Bronson, Bill Phares, vice president of the fair association, Bud Slay,
board member, Larry Davis,'board member and Terry Burroughs, treasurer of the county fair

File photo/Pete Gawda
The first Okeechobee County Fair is in full swing. There is a variety of food to please every
palate. Food booths feature, among other goodies, candy apples, ice cream, pizza, iced cof-
fee, barbecue ribs, smoked turkey legs, roasted corn, and scrumptious Philly cheese steak

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Students are achieving excellence at Everglades Elementary everyday. Students of the Week for the week of Feb. 25 29
are: Kindergarten: Calvin Davis, Shawn Bayless, Moises Elias, Maria Castaneda; first grade: Patricia Fussell, Oscar Long-
oria, Tyler Underhill, Sierra Pounds, Aubrie Hataway; second grade: Jimmy Bigford, Sierra Knapik, Reece Agnew, Riveca
Alvarez,Aleene Romero, Haylie Underhill; third grade: Madelyn Hubert, Sara Delgado, Briana Ingram, Michael Turbush,
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Memorial Tribute

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Expect
a call from your conscience this
week, telling you it's time to blow
the dust off that piggy bank.
The organizers behind Florida
Saves and UF Saves -- both part
of a national push called America
Saves -- don't mind nagging. Dur-
ing America Saves Week, which
runs nowthrough March 2, the
state and campus organizations
will host activities intended to get
residents focused on their finan-
cial futures.
In Okaloosa County, UF exten-
sion agents have organized every-
thing from a document-shredding
event to prevent identity theft, to a
"pageant" for piggy banks.
Palm Beach County extension
- agents will host an evening of
seminars that will include tips for
saving $1 million and how to safe-
ly use check-cashing services.
The America Saves campaign
theme this year is "Build Wealth,
Not Debt." UF is one of four uni-
versities in the country to coor-
dinate a Saves week event, said
Michael Gutter, a UF assistant pro-
fessor in family, youth and com-
munity sciences.
Florida Chief Financial Offi-
cer Alex Sink's Financial Literacy
Council issed a proclamation Feb.
26, marking Florida Saves week.
In recent years, the United
States has had a negative or zero
savings rate, according to the U.S.
Department of Commerce. That
means Americans have spent
more than they made.
"So that's definitely problemat-
ic, it's not a sustainable economic

trend," said Mr. Gutter, of UF's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences. "Especially with the
increasing responsibility people
have for their retirement, credit
card debt at an average of around
$8,000, foreclosures at an all-time
high and home prices dropping,
you name it, we're in a recession
or real close to it. We need people
to save."
And saving can make the dif-
ference between weathering a
recession or not, he said.
Okaloosa County extension
agent Elaine Courtney is a family
and consumer sciences special-
ist with IFAS who has organized
America Saves events for the last
five years. IFAS officials hope to
have Saves week events in all of
Florida's 67 counties.
In one of her programs, seven
financial institutions agreed to
help create incentives for low-
income residents to start savings
accounts -- by charging no penal-
ties or fees.
"Usually to avoid fees, you
have to have a balance of $400,
$500. For somebody just trying
to start out, that's a big deal," she
said. The institutions agreed to
let savers open an account with
$25, and not to charge fees for at
least one year. Ms. Courtney said
she encourages anyone helping
children save to make an impres-
sion by taking youngsters into the
financial institution, rather than
using an ATM or going online.
"It's a pretty abstract concept
to grasp that electronic transfer of
funds," she said.

Sweet Pea Pageant winner
Ashley Elizabeth Doverger, 6, shows off her trophy along
with her mother, Terry Harris. Ashley was the winner of her
age division at the Sweet Pea Pageant held on Feb. 24 at
the Civic Center. Ashley will go on to compete in the finals
in Cocoa Beach.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 29, 2008

Land buy benefits waterways

STUART -- Restoration of the
Indian River Lagoon moved an-
other step forward with the ap-
proval by the South Florida Water
Management District's (SFWMD)
Governing Board to purchase 553
acres in western Martin County.
The property is part of a complex
of Allapattah Ranch lands that
provide natural water storage and
water quality benefits across a
vast 20,000-acre area.
"The District's investment in
this land is an important mile-
stone in the restoration of the
Indian River Lagoon and St. Lu-
cie Estuary," said Melissa Meek-
er, who represents the Treasure
Coast on the SFWMD Governing
Board. "This addition to the Alla-
pattah natural lands site is critical
to storing and treating water that
impacts one of Florida's most im-
portant and beautiful estuaries."
The property will be acquired
through a joint partnership of the
District, Martin County and the
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wetlands Reserve Program. Mar-
tin County will contribute 50 per-
cent of the acquisition price, or
$4.2 million, with the remaining
50 percent being funded by the
District ($385,699) and the Wet-
lands Reserve Program ($3.8 mil-
lion). A cattle ranch owned by the
Williamson Cattle Ranch Inc. cur-
rently operates on the property.
The Allapattah Complex Natu-
ral Storage and Water Quality
Treatment Area is a component of
the $1.365 billion plan to restore
the Indian River Lagoon, a series
of. projects included in the state-
federal partnership to restore
America's Everglades. Federal
participation in these restoration
projects was recently authorized
by Congress as part of the 2007
Water Resources Development
The Indian River Lagoon-
South Project will return historic
flows of cleaner water across.
more than 90,000 acres of natu-
ral land spanning Martin, St. Lu-

cie and Okeechobee counties.
The plan includes construction
and operation of 12,600 acres of
inland reservoirs and 9,000 acres
of pollution-filtering treatment
marsh. The reservoirs and treat-
ment marshes, which will provide
approximately, 170,000 acre-feet
of water storage, will help to im-
prove water quality, restore natu-
ral habitats and return a natural
flow of fresh water to the St: Lucie
and Indian River estuaries.
Everglades restoration is a
key mission of the South Florida
Water Management District. The
Comprehensive Everglades Res-
toration Plan, which includes
the Indian River Lagoon project,
provides a framework and guide
to restore, protect and preserve
the water resources of central'
and-southern Florida. The State of
Florida and the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District have ap-
propriated $2.4 billion toward this
effort. For more information, visit

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Seminole traditions
In this photo from our area's past, Brighton ladies participate in a Seminole clothing con-
test. Seminole patchwork clothing, dolls and other arts and crafts as well as fry bread and
other tribal favorites will be available during the 60th annual Chalo Nitka Festival in Moore
Haven, Saturday, March 1.

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BLUE HEELER Female, on
2/26, vicinity of Publix park-
ing lot in Okeechobee. RE-
WARD!!! (863)261-7135
CAT Bik, Neut, 2 yr, "Talky
Boy", w/long tail. ZACK
needed back home.
RED HEELER Male, on 2/22
vicinity of Publix parking lot
in Okeechobee. REWARD!!!
Call (863)261-7135
WALLET Brown Leather ar-
row, Cash & ID's. Lost Sun.,
Feb. 24th in Publix Shopping
Center. (863)697-2253

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8am-?, #2 5th Street.
Large Variety of Assorted
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OKEE 2300 NW 50th Ave,
98N to 30th to 50th, Sat., 3/1,
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air compressor, weed eater,
mulcher, TV, rope, skates,
toys, generator, grill, electron-
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OKEE. Sun. Feb. 24th Sat.
Mar. 1st, 8am-?, 10001
Bluefield Rd. Off of 70 &
Bluefield. Furniture,
HH items & Much Morel
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sold, advertise In the

OKEECHOBEE Fri, Feb 29th,
8:30 am- ?, 604 SW 5th St.

loving Sale
Sat. Mar. 1st, 8am-?,
604 SW 11th Ave.
Sofa Sleeper, Recliner,
Table & Chairs, Microwave,
HH Items & Lots More!

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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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License #1126
or 1(863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
WE DO IT ALL! Excellent local
references. 40 years exp in
Residential construction. Call
Mike (863)532-9224


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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Computer/Video 580
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Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health S Reducing
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Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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phone calls. If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-

JACK RUSSEL parents on
premises, shots, papers,
short legs, $300



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
,Rent ,, .-.. i, 945
Roommate r .,950
Rodms to Ren" 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.
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep. (863)467-2302
OKEECHOBEE downtown,.
2br, 1ba, 1st & last,
$650/mo. (863)763-6344
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking ,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
VILLA- 2 br, 2 ba,
Remodeled Kitchen, W/D,
Covered screened patio,
(863)634-3414 or 634-3251

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

3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, 1200/mo
& up.(561)723-2226
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768
BHR 3/1, on water, Tile, Lg
Fam. Rm., carport. Partly
turn., 26 4th St. $875/mo,
+ sec. (561)968-4018
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1 000/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822

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Rent from $750 month (F/US)
Vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Deep Water
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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/NA/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 beautiful, im-
maculate on Taylor Lake,
w/dock, newly renovated,
unfurn or turn., 3/2/2,
$1800/mo (561)625-4306
or (561)214-0636
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 Estate

Business Places-
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1,010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale .,1035
Land Sale. 1 O
Lots .e- le' 'I%-I 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
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

Mobile Homes

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

BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $950/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
lbr, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
Mobile Home Angels
OKEECHOBEE 1br, large Fla
room, furnished, heat & air,
util furnished $6000
D/W, 3br, 2ba, Open concept
Kit. & bar area. Sea wall,
& Tool shed. $139,000.
& Adjoining Lot $98,000.
Call (863)763-0557

Recreation i


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

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
1pm. For inio call
(863)467-7520 or for pics-

SWINGER '95, made by
Georgia Boys, 34', 3- A/C's,
Awning, Rear walk around
bed. 4K mi. Level jacks, Ex-
cellent condition. $9750

Sleeps 6, A/C, Awning, Queen
sz walk around bed. Excellent
cond. $4250 (863)214-9747


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

FORD F350, '01, diesel, SD
XLT Lariat, crew cab, 2 whl.
dr., long bed, extra 100 gal.
fuel tank, running boards &
topper, new tires & brakes,
$18,200. (863)675-0016

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
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REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000015
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building. 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive
sealed proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on March 28, 2008 for flat mow-
ing services for the Okeechobee Field Station East & West Service Areas, includ-
ing but not limited to mowing and trimming of approximately 19,636 acres ol
grassed levees, berms, access roads of various widths, and around water control
structures using conventional high production, small machine and hand held
mowing equipment in the Okeechobee Field Station East and West service areas.
The District anticipates awarding two (2) contracts (one contract for each service
area) for this hid.
An OPTIONAL Site Visit will be held on March 14, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Transporta-
tion will be the responsibility of interested attendees. Casual attire is recommend-
ed for the site visits.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may
obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading
the solicitation from our website at ,W..wimd.guo; (3) by calling
(561) 682-2715; or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (00) 472-5290.
he public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further Information on the status
of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site
262960 ON 2/29/08

CASE NO: 2007-CA-395
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
quiet title tothe following property in
keechobee County, Florida:
'/ OFSl/2OF TRACT2534S33E
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/11/2008 and file the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
DATED this 4th day of Feb. 2008
As Clerk of the Court
Deputy Clerk
260081 ON 2/8,15,22,29/2008
CASE NO: 2007-CA.391
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
uiet title to the following property in
Okeechobee County, Flodda:
EAST according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3A-D in-
clusive, of the public records of
Okeechobee County, Ronrida.
has been iled against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wrt-
ten defenses, if any. to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
f,',,, "W i i .on8 .,,, iw rr,,: ,,; ,,i
flr, ]rt Ai: M IN 1ll Ii 'il [1-
'or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
DATED this 4th day of Feb. 2008
As Clerk of the Court
Deputy Clerk
260071 ON 2/8,15.22.29/2008

CASE NO.: 2007-CP-396
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
uiet title to the following property in
Okeechobee County, Florida:
1/2 OF NORTH 1/2 OF NORTH 1/2 OF
34S RANGE 33E, according to the plat
book thereof recorded in Plat Book 4 at
ages 3A-D inclusive of the Okeecho-
ee County Public Records.
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Shelly A.
McKay, Esq., the Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 207 SW 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or be-
fore 3/11/2008, and file the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the complaint or
DATED this 4th day of Feb., 2008.
As Clerk of the Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
260092 ON 2/8,15,22.29/08

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Unit #420 Sharon Vinson Is dOril you In, It's tUm
Unit #448 Pauline Camp
262930 ON 2/29;3/7/08 to look for a helper in
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Okeechobee News, Friday, February 29, 2008 11

OHS wrestlers end successful season

By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Brahman wrestling team
closed out another successful
season at the State Tournament
in Lakeland. Tyler Hayes capped
off an impressive junior season
with a Sixth place finish in the,.
152 lbs. weight division. Tyler
won big in the first two rounds
with major decisions. This is a
huge accomplishment for this
young man. His dedication and
commitment is undeniable. Tyler
practices and competes year
round with the Chobee WrestlingA
Tyler finishes the season with '-
a 26-6 record and helped the
Brahman team to a 28-6 dual
record in his three seasons at
the high school. Tyler has set his .
goals for the next season and this
is to win a State Title.
The Chobee Wrestling Club
is holding sign ups this week
and next week on Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday from
6-8 p.m. in the O.HRS. gym.
Practice will begin March 4. Ages
5-18 are welcome, cost is $40. If Photo submitted/Coach Jahner
you have any. questions, contact Coach Vidal Torres, Tyler Hayes qnd Head Coach Bruce Jahner were pleased with the wres-
Coach.Jahner at (863) 634-9411. tling team's successful season.

Track teams win at St. Lucie invitational

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Bryan Suarez, Eddie Guerrero,
and Lonnie Pryor.all had strong
performances as the Brahman
boys track team won their second
meet in three days on Wednesday
night at Lawnwood Stadium in
Fort Pierce.
Okeechobee boys defeated
John Carroll, Fort Pierce Central
and St. Lucie West Centennial in
the meet. The girl's team also
had a strong performance and'
finished second among the four
"The boys ran hard today
for the second time this week,"
Coach Brian Kendall remarked, "I
am proud of the quality work they
put in at practice."
Suarez won both the 800 me-

ters and the 1600 meter races. He
finished the 1600 in four minutes
34 seconds. His time in the 800
meters was two minutes four sec-
Lonnie Pryor won the 400 me-
ters with a time of 52.47. Eddie
Guerrero won the 3200 meters
with a time of 10 minutes 39 sec-
"Lonnie Pryor won the Golden
Spike award for the meet with his
strong finish in the 4X400 relay.
The team still needs to focus on
working hard everyday because
we are still a long way from being
the team we want to be," Kendall
The 4x800 relay team of Guer-
rero, Reynel Denova, Lionel
Jones, and Suarez won that race
with a time of eight minutes 41
seconds. The 4x400 meter relay

team of Brad Stark, Matt Buer,
Matt Skipper and Pryor won that
event in a time of three minutes
44 seconds.
The girl's team also had a
strong effort as they won two re-
lay races and the 400 meters.
"The effort the girls ran with
today was great," Kendall said,
"We are still early in the season
and need to build a stronger base
but those girls work hard on the
Monica Koger won the 400
meters with a time of one minute
three seconds. The 4x800 relay
team of Heather Tinsley, Laura
Serrano, Graciela Varela, and Lau-
ra Saucedo won with a time of 11
minutes 21 seconds. The 4x400
relay team of Gabi Rodriquez, Ca-
landra Youmans, Ciara Delegall,
and Koger won that event with a

time of four minutes 42 seconds.
"The Golden Spike award for
this meet goes to Monica Koger
with her open 400 victory and
for anchoring the 4x400 winning
team," Kendall added.
Things won't get easier for the
track team this weekend as they
participate in the Port St. Lucie
Invitational. More than 20 high
schools are scheduled to com-
pete in the event Saturday includ-
ing every school in the Treasure
Lake Conference.
The field includes defending
regional champions like Miami
Carol City (boys) and Boyd An-
derson (girls).
The invitational will be the sec-
ond largest track meet in the state
of Florida that is being held this

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Boy's tennis upset by Martin County

By Charles M. Murphy
Martin County tennis players
battled some tough conditions,
including high wind gusts, but
still prevailed over Okeechobee
on Tuesday at the sports complex,
Some of the matches were
competitive but Martin County
won them all in straight sets.
"Our boys struggled against a
good Martin County team," Coach.

Dave Ellis noted, "We fought
hard. We just weren't quite ready
for this level of team. It showed us
what we need to work on."
Bobby Spelts lost to Denny
Rinaldi, 2-6, 2-6, in a rather long
match that included some long
volleys. Scott Steger defeated
Corey White, but the same score,
6-2, 6-2. Again White hung in
there at times. Elj Cabansay lost to
Matt O'Neil 6-2, 6-2. Alex Nielson
fell 6-1, 6-0, to Will Davenport.'
Zach Fowler won the most

games for Okeechobee in singles.
He held a 5-4 lead in the first set
but then dropped nine straight
games to lose the match, 5-7, 0-6.
In the doubles matches the
team of Spelts and Cabansay fell
6-1, 6-3 to Rinaldi and Steger.
In the second doubles match
the team of White and Fowler
fell 6-2, 6-0 to Davenport and
The Boys travel to Treasure
Coast next week on March 4 and
also host John Carroll on March

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"Those should both be good
matches for us," Coach Ellis

Spring Turkey Season is here

Better start brushing up on
your turkey calling, because
spring gobbler season's here.
Whether you prefer to use a
mouth call, box call, slate or any
combination, March means it's
time to start talking' turkey.
One of the most coveted and
sought-after game species in
Florida is the Osceola turkey, also'
known as the Florida turkey. This
unique bird is one of five sub-
species of wild turkey in North
The Osceola lives only on the
Florida peninsula and nowhere
else in the world, making it ex-
tremely popular with out-of-state
hunters. They're similar to the
Eastern subspecies (found in the
Panhandle) but tend to be a bit
smaller and typically are darker
with less white barring on the
flight feathers of their wings.
The white bars on the Osceola
are narrower, with an irregular,
broken pattern, and don't extend
to the feather shaft. It's the black
bars of the Osceola that actually
dominate the feather. Similarly,
secondary wing feathers also
are darker. When the wings fold
across the back, the whitish trian-
gular patch formed is less promi-
nent on the Osceola. And, Osce-
ola feathers show more iridescent
green and red colors, with less
bronze than the Eastern.
The National Wild Turkey Fed-
eration and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) recognize, in their re-
spective turkey registry programs,
any wild turkey harvested within
or south of the counties of Dixie,
Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, Brad-
ford, Clay and Duval to be the Os-
ceola subspecies. Eastern turkeys
and crossbreeds are found north
and west of those counties in the
The highly anticipated spring
turkey season runs March 1 -
April 6 in the South Hunting Zone
and March 15 April 20 in the
Northwest and Central zones.
The exception is Holmes County,

By Tony Young

where the season rutns three days,
March 15-17.
Hunters- may take bearded.
turkeys and gobblers only, and'
the daily bag limit's one. The
season and possession limit on
turkeys is two, except in Holmes
County, where the season limit's
one. Shotguns are the best choice
when hunting turkeys, but if
you're so inclined, you may use
a rifle, muzzleloader or handgun,
or you can try your luck with a
bow or crossbow.
Shooting hours on private
lands are one-half hour before
sunrise to sunset, but on wildlife
management areas (WMAs), you
must quit hunting at 1 p.m.
Of course, you can use turkey
decoys to help entice that stub-
born old bird, but you're not
permitted to hunt turkeys with
dogs, use recorded turkey calls or
sounds, shoot them while they're
on the roost or over bait. You also
can't hunt them when you're
within 100 yards of a game-feed-
ing station.
To participate in spring turkey
hunting, you'll need a Florida
hunting license and a turkey per-
mit. If you plan to pursue a gob-
bler on one of Florida's many
WMAs, you also must purchase a
management area permit.
All of these licenses and per-

mits are available 'at county tax
collectors' offices, most retail
outlets that sell hunting and fish-
ing supplies, by calling toll-free
1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356)
or online at www.wildlifelicense.
If you didn't put in for a spe-
cial-opportunity or quota permit,
don't worry, several WMAs don't
require them. Visit
hunting and under "This Month's
Hunting Opportunities," click on
"2008 Spring Turkey Guide: What
you need to know" to see a list
of WMAs .where you only need
a hunting license, management
area permit and turkey permit to
hunt< spring turkeys.
If you take a turkey with an
I l-inch beard and 1 /4-inch spurs,
get your name listed in the FWC's
Wild Turkey Registry by apply-
ing for an "Outstanding Gobbler
Certificate." There also is a "First
Gobbler Certificate" awarded to
hunters under age 16 who har-
vest their first gobbler, regardless
of beard and spur measurements.
Applications for both are avail-
able at
Whether it's going solo after
that elusive old tom or double-
teaming a pair of birds with your
buddy, March means spring gob-
bler season's here.
Here's wishing you a success-
ful spring turkey season. Remem-
ber to introduce someone new to
the sport of hunting when you
can. As always, have fun, hunt
safely and ethically, and we'll see
you in the woods!

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Sports News in Brief
Wrestling Club sign ups open
The Chobee Wrestling Club will begin sign ups for the spring
season through March 5, 6, and 7. Kids ages 5 18 are welcome to
join, the cost is $40. Practices are Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6
until 8 p.m. in the O.H.S. gymnasium. Practice will begin on March 4.
If you have any questions contact Coach Jahner (863) 634-9411 or at
the high school.

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