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Vol.99 No.83 Sunday, March 23,2008

Vol. 99 No. 83 Sunday, March 23, 2008

"********ALL FOR ADC 320
PO BOX 117007

Water restrictions
still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFW
*MD) has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses. I
Modified Phase III water'
shortage order, went into effect
Jan. 15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, 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 businesses
with more than five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween 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
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet 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 landscapes.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, 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 restrict
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including wa-
ter from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the re
strictions but are encouraged to
conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in cer-
tain counties is shared with
other water management dis-
tricts, the SFWMD has coordi-
nated with these agencies to
simplify implementation and

Drought Index
Current: 429
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.17 feet
Last Year: xxx feet

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

Classifleds........................... 11
Mini Page ................................ 10
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................ 9
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion................ ............. 4
Speak Out................. ....... 4
Sports.... ................ 12,13,14
TV .............................................. 9
Weather................. ................ 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
No one wants to hear from
the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS). So if you get a phone call
from them, hang up.
Since the IRS does not contact
people by phone, if you get a call
from someone posing as an IRS
representative then that person
is a con artist. The latest scam

is tied to the economic stimulus
checks that will be sent to U.S.
taxpayers in a few months.
The scammers contact vic-
tims by phone, letter and e-mail
and tell them their check is ready.
However, some information
must first be confirmed, says the
con artist.
At this point the crook tries to
get the victim's name, address,

Social Security number and bank
account information. And if the
victim gives out this information,
then the con artist has success-
fully stolen the victim's identity
and will go ori to empty the vic-
tim's bank account.
With this in mind, there are
some important things to re-
member. First, you will only re-
ceive a check if you filed a 2007

tax return. And in this case, the
IRS will automatically send the
check to the address on the tax
return. Next, the IRS will not
contact anyone by phone or e-
mail to confirm personal infor-
Economic stimulus checks
will start being sent in May of
this year.
If you are contacted by phone

Tennis: OHS team serves up wins

Alyssa Wright serves

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
during her straight set victory on

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee High School's Alex Nielson won easily
on Friday.

OHS defeats St. Lucie West

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Friday was a good day for
Okeechobee tennis. The boys
and girls team easily defeated
St. Lucie West Centennial.
In the. boys match, Centen-
nial brought only three play-
ers so their chances for victory
were slim. They would have
had to sweep all the matches,
three singles and one doubles,
to take the match.
Okeechobee put a stop to
that 'pipe dream' with fine
play in their singles matches.
Bobby Spelts won in straight
sets, Zach Fowler won easily,
and Alex Nielson shut out Tyler
Baker, 6-0, 6-0.
"It was a great match for
me," Nielson said, "I look for-
ward to playing again."

Nielson is a second year
player on the boys team this
year. He has played tennis for
many years but only the two
years competitively. He enjoys
the game and took the oppor-
tunity Friday to work on his
serve and his conditioning.
"I tried to move the ball
around and throw something
new in there. I was also trying
to take it easy on him, and help
him learn the game while he's
playing," he said.
Nielson said Coach Dave El-
lis has shown him some new
techniques on his serve and he
took the opportunity Friday to
work on that serve.
It was not a pretty match
as Nielson pretty much over-
whelmed Baker. Rarely was
See Tennis Page 2


by someone claiming to be from
the IRS, hang up and call the IRS
at (800)366-4484.
If you receive an e-mail alleg-
edly from the IRS, forward it to
To learn more about other tax
refund-related scams and how to
protect yourself, go to www.irs.








Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Katie Walker got a chance to play doubles during the Brah-
mans victory in tennis on Friday.

Florida wildlife-associated

Florida holds claim as a
premier destination for activi-
ties involving wildlife, including
fishing, hunting and wildlife-
viewing. Nearly 6 million adults
- residents and nonresidents -
enjoy some form of wildlife-as-
sociated recreation throughout
the state annually, according to
the recently released "2006 Na-
tional Survey of Fishing, Hunt-
ing, and Wildlife-Associated
Recreation -- Florida."
The survey, conducted by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice and the U.S. Census Bu-
reau, involved interviews with

n is big bi
U.S. residents about their hunt-
ing, fishing and wildlife-viewing
activities, with emphasis on
participation and expenditures
of people aged 16 and older.
This survey is conducted ev-
ery five years and shows that
despite downturns in some ar-
eas of the economy, recreation-
al activities involving fish, wild-
life and nature have remained
steady nationwide, except for
an increase in wildlife viewers
and a decrease in the number
of anglers.
All these numbers point to
the economic importance of

outdoor recreation, as $8.1 bil-
lion from the wallets of people
who enjoy wildlife went toward
travel, equipment, licenses and
other associated items. The rip-
ple effects of these expenditures
brought more than $11.6 billion
to the state.
Dollars from fishing, both
freshwater and saltwater, led
the way, with anglers spending
more than $4.3 billion on fish-
related activities and merchan-
dise. Wildlife-viewing activities
brought in more than $3.1 bil-
lion, and total hunting revenue
See Wildlife Page 2











An early spring "foundling," this little "Easter Bunny"
hopped in to help with the egg delivery.

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Baker able to get two points in a
game. He did not have any break
points in the match.
Nielson took the match in
barely over 30 minutes to set the
tone for the boys team.
Cory White and Elj Cabansay
played the only doubles match

and easily defeated their oppo-
On the girls side it was almost
as easy. Alyssa Wright defeated
Jillian Borodemus 6-2, 6-0 in the
top seed match. Alyssa was as
solid as ever and got a good work-
out in.
Jami Fadley defeated Ashley
Simmons, 6-0, 6-4. Kari Berger
defeated Lillian Blackmon, 6-0,
6-1. Rina Boswell shut out Odette

Rodriques, 6-0, 6-0.
Shaina Ragamat filled out the
singles sweep with a 6-2, 6-4 vic-
tory over Kerri Gumm.
"The girls are playing very
well," Coach Jay Huffman noted,
"We practice very well and I
think it is all coming together. I
have very high hopes for them."
Wright and Katie Walker won
the doubles match in a pro set,
which basically is the first team to

eight games wins.
Huffman said he juggles the
lineup in singles because most of
the girls are very close in their lev-
el of talent. He noted that keeps
them on their toes.
"We hope we can peak at the
right time this year. That's the
game plan," he added.
The tennis teams have home
matches on Monday and Tuesday

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fishing state in terms of total "These statistics tell us that just makes good sense to con-
Wlildlife anglers, angler expenditures, managing and conserving serve all the assets that bring
angler-supported jobs, taxes Florida's natural environment money and jobs to the people
Continued From Page 1 generated, nonresident anglers are paramount not only to the of Florida.
... -........ ... ... and nonresident expenditures.- health of fish and wildlife, ;but. ."When all of these benefits'.
mopped out at $377 trillion, plus retaining its status as the Fishing 'to the economy as well," said :are added together, the qual-
a'riother $34 million coming Capital of the World. Florida is Ken Haddad, executive director ity of'life improves for everyone
from associated expenditures. second, behind only California, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife who enjoys outdoor recreation
Florida remains the No. 1
in terms of wildlife viewing. Conservation Commission. "It in Florida."

News in Brief


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Halfway house seeks
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House a Moderate Risk Commit-
ment Program for 13-18 year old
male youth is seeking volunteers
who can "make a difference in
the life of a youth". They are seek-
ing volunteers to read, be a guest
speaker, play music, tutor, edu-
cate youth on a trade, assist with
a project, instruct youth on build-
ing a project, or just hang out
with youth. Volunteer hours and
times can vary. Please contact
Tom Jones or Joshua Stoddard at
(863) 357 0047.

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

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

Career Center helps in
job search
The One Stop Career Cen-
ter, has services available at no
charge to help people in their
search for the right employee or
job. For more, visit their web site
at; or, call 1863)

CAP looking for mem-
bers .-
The Florida Wing of the Civil
Air Patrol-United States Air

Force Auxiliary has formed a CAP
unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee
Composite Squadron 453 cur-
rently has 26 members. Senior
members and cadets are being
recruited for the unit. Youths be-
tween the ages of 12 and 18 are
eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and
provide supervision for the ca-
dets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency
services, aerospace education
and cadet programs. Senior mem-
bers and cadets work side by side
to accomplish these missions. If
you are interested in becoming a
cadet or senior member contact
Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee
Emergency Operations Center,
(863) 763-3212.

Martha's House col-
lecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting
used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell

phones to donate call (863) 763-
2893, or drop them off at their
administrative office at 103 N.W.
Fifth St.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet.
The volunteer should commu-
nicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support
from city and county officials,
business executives and other or-
ganizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306
for information.

Center offers service
to children

The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m.

Group providing ani-
mal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service
of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and trans-
port of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild ani-
mal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer trans-
porter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863)
634-1755 or (863) 357-7955


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Florida agriculture is under pressure

By Patty Brant
INI Florida
Agriculture has long been one
of Florida's top industries. Still,
farming of all types is under pres-
sure even here, in the land of sun-
shine. Several years of drought,
development, rising costs, compe-
tition from around the world--all
are making it tougher on farmers
and ranchers to stay in the busi-
Florida Gulf Coast University
(FGCU) prepared an in-depth
study of Florida agriculture, its
challenges and its future. That
study was revealed last June and
provides a hard look at the good,
the bad and the unexpected.
The good
Southwest Florida, according
to the FGCU study, may have the
"best seat in the house" for con-
tinuing agricultural prosperity as
the East and West Coasts and Cen-
tral Florida attract more develop-
ment. The Florida Panhandle may
be the only section of the state
that won't be facing a build out in
the next 50 years, the study states.
The study purports to "reveal

the perceptions of ag business
executives toward the present
and future state of the ag business
industry in SW Florida ... reflects
a candid view of pressing issues
and the silver linings pervading
the industry. It is unique in that
it directly assesses the strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and
threats pervading the industry as
well as the revelation of five-year
trends and the importance of ag
business in SW Florida relative to
the rest of the state."
The gamut of stimuli affecting
agriculture are seen through the
eyes of agriculture's top execu-
tives as well as environmentalists,
politicians and real estate devel-
Ron Hamil, Executive Vice
President of Gulf Citrus Grow-
ers Association (GCGA), said the
University of Florida and FGCU,
along with growers, formed the
steering committee for the study.
FGCU was chosen to do the study
because its urban-oriented base
may be seen as more. impartial,
Mr. Hamil said. Surveyors met
with major agriculture companies
to produce the study, which was
two years in the making.

Although he said agriculture's
role is changing, Mr. Hamil be-
lieves this area will continue to
be important to Florida and the
region while other agriculture ar-
eas decline. Hendry, Glades and
Collier, he said, are the "last fron-
tier." It is a strategic, critical time
for agriculture, he added.
Climate, land, citrus, consoli-
dation and vegetables are seen
as strengths in local agriculture,
according to the study, as well
as labor, regulations and geog-
raphy. Ag management, science,
technology, water, natural mar-
kets and crop flexibility also give
Southwest Florida an edge over
other areas.
The bad
In Southwest Florida the need
for skilled and educated labor
is of top concern, with a lack of
qualified students coming out of
ag schools and universities. There
is also a down side to labor for
agriculture, since fewer people
want to work in the industry and
"sChools are not committed to de-
veloping a skilled ag labor force."
In addition, costs including

land are rising, intruding on profit
margins. Citrus is facing a number
of challenges, such as canker and
the much more damaging green-
ing disease. Another issue .is the
"nonlucrative nature of cattle."
Ongoing immigration issues
also hurt agriculture and cheap
foreign labor puts Florida-grown
products at a cost disadvantage
while fuel and fertilizer costs go
The cattle and hog industry
are feeling the pinch of rising feed
costs as more corn is diverted for
ethanol production.
Also, taxes are increasing as
land values rise.
Foreign competition: for cit-
rus this means Brazil, which has
a lack of regulation 'that puts the
highly regulated Florida industry
at a disadvantage.
Diseases such as canker and
greening are hitting the citrus in-
dustry hard.
The unpredictable
Agriculture has always been
plagued by the unpredictable
-- floods, drought, pests -- and it
remains so to this day. However,

It's time for Spring cleaning in the yard

test: 1st place: Janice Trent (cab-
UNIVERSITY OF bage, 7.2 pts); 2nd place Angela
Sachson (cherry tomato 2.1 pts.)
FL O R ID A I looked at the results of last
year's biggest vegetable contest
IFAS EXTENSION and found that the records from
the 2007 contest still stand. The
By Dan'Culbreth largest vegetable contest involves
multiplying the weight by a point
Extension Horticulture Agent value so that big cabbages can
Hope you had wonderful Eas- get "a-head" of smaller tomatoes.
ter. With spring now underway New to the fair were our or-
up here on the Lake, there's still namental.contests, where potted
plenty to do to help your Florida plants are judged, on their qual-
Yard get green with envy. Today's ity. Here are the winners among
column.will be an assorted col- those exhibitors:
election of news and ideas for the Cacti and Succulents Con-
Okeechobee lawn and garden. test: Youth 1st place Jordan Ca-
Okeechobee Fair Horticul- nevari (Pencil Cactus); Adult 1st
ture Contests place David Hench (Succulent &
At the recently completed Cactus Dish Garden); 2nd place
Okeechobee County Fair, I helped Angela Sachson (large-leaf suc-
out with two of the horticulture culent); 3rd place Janice Trent
contests that were on-going in the (flowering cactus).
Exhibit tent.-I'd like to recognize Flowering plants: Youth 1st
those youth and adults that en- place Joshua Canevari (Straw-
tered their home-grown produce berry pot); Adult 1st place Janice
and ornamental plants at the fair. Tent (African Violet); 2nd place
Here's the list of top exhibitors in Forest Trent (Petunia basket).
the Fruit an d egetable contest: ,......* ,oliage., plants; Youth 1st
YouthMIarket Garden BasA:et: place -David Daniels (Dill plant);
I lace T Joe AI i; 2 'ndcfila-eI Aduilt Is place Janice Trent (Wan-
Joshua Canevari deriig Jew).
Youth Produce Plate (3 of Ferns: 1st place Janice Tent
one kind): 1st place Joshua Cane- (Asparagus fern).
vari (cherry tomatoes) Upcoming Programs
Youth Biggest Vegetable con- This Monday night will be a
test: 1st place: Joey Allen (onion, green night here at the Extension
18 pts); 2nd place: Joidan Cane- office. The monthly meeting of
vari (carrot 16 pts.) the Okeechobee Garden Club will
Adult Produce Plate (3 of one enjoy a presentation by our FYN
kind): 1st place: Angela Sachsonr Program Assistant, Angela Sach-
(carrot); 2nd place: Janice Trent son. She will give a brief overview
(oranges) at 6 p.m. of what Florida's new
Adult Biggest Vegetable con- Fertilizer Rule will do to remove

phosphorous from turf fertilizers
and keep from moving from local
lawns to the Lake.
The Garden Club will be im-
mediately followed by the month-
'ly meeting of the Orchid Club at
7 p.m. Marilyn Marr and Peggy
Shaw from the Martin County Or-
chid Society will highlight some of
their group's activities, and will be
available to help solve problems
for local orchid enthusiasts. They
have promised am orchid basket
which will be raffled off at the end
of the meeting.,
The weekly Spring Gardening
ShortCourse will take this week
off, but will return next Wednes-
day April 4, with presentations
on Vegetable Gardening and Fruit
Gardening. The conferences start
at 9:30 a.m. and end by 2:30 p.m.
here at our Extension office. Fu-
ture. topics will be wildlife on
April 16 and Lawns on April 23.
Call and reserve your spot!
Reading up on Green
I've rediscovered two valuable
informational resources for local
garderers-that are ,worth sharing.
The first is a classic book pro-,
duced by recently retired Orange"
County Horticulture Agent Tom
MacCubbin, Month-by Month
Gardening in Florida. He's recent-
ly revised the whole book. Here
are a few examples from his sec-
tion on Annuals:
March is a good time to.
cleaning out the tired beds of
winter anfiuals and preparing the
beds for more heat and drought
tolerant flowering plants.
Rethink the irrigation system'
to be sure that annual beds are

not going to be over watered with
lawn sprinklers heads. Drip and
microjet heads on separate zone
are better for flowers and for con-
serving water too.
Fertilize with slow release
granular fertilizers rather that the
soluble products that don't last
long and can sneak into water-
ways if overdone.
Another resource I'd recom-
mend is the monthly magazine
Florida Gardenirig. I've met the
authors, Kathy and Wae Nelson
several times at plant shows and
events all over Florida. They seek
to publish down to earth articles
with wit and wisdom for Sun-
shine State gardeners. The April/
May issue has some great guid-
ance about growing Sunflowers,
Florida bulbs, Bananas, plus ideas
on drought condition your lawn
and creating great plant combi-
nations in the flower garden. You
can come by and take a peek at
our office copy, look for your own
copy in your favorite bookstore,
orieven haVe,'it sent to-yottr rmail-,
:box.. .... ,'.. .
I've -placed, more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
If you need additional informa-
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BHR man charged with drug possession

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
: Following a traffic stop for a
nion-working taillight, a Glades
County man was arrested on
felony drug charges early Friday.
i Cutter L. Pearce, 21, of Buck-
head Ridge, was arrested March
21 on a felony charge of cultiva-
tion of marijuana. He was also
charged with the misdemeanors
bf possession of marijuana un-
der 20 grams and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
Bond on the charges was un-
known since Pearce had not had
his first appearance hearing.
, An arrest report by Deputy
Corporal Chris Hans, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's

Office (OCSO),
indicates that
he stopped
Pearce around
1s :11, a.m.. Fri-
day because a
taillight was not
working. -
SAfter stop- Cutter Pearce
ping the 2005 Cutter Pearce
silver Toyota
pickup truck Cpl. Hans stated in
his report that he could smell a
strong odor of suspected mari-
juana coming from inside the
The report goes on to state
that 4.6 grams of a green leafy
substance was found in a pock-
et of Pearce's pants. When field

tested, the substance indicated a
positive result for the presence
of marijuana, added the report.
. Cpl. Hans also wrote that
he found rolling papers and a
grinder on Pearce's person.
Inside the truck, the deputy
said he found three suspected
marijuana cigarettes and 1.9
grams of a green leafy substance.
He also found an 18-inch plant

with active roots that weighed
approximately 8 grams.
The suspected cigarettes,
green leafy substance and the
plant were all field .tested and all
indicated a positive result for the
presence of marijuana.
Cpl. Hans' report does not
indicate if Pearce was issued a
citation for the alleged taillight

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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
MARIJUANA: Cannabis is one of the most beneficial plants on the
planet. The male plant (Hemp) has 30,000 uses, Biodiesel, Textiles,
Paper, Clothing, building materials, food, medicine, paint, detergent,
varnish, oil, ink, etc. It can replace many harmful products naturally
and save the small farmers in the U.S. Read http://www.jackherer.
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dicinally for 5,000 years. It Kills come cancer cells! When used recre-
ationally it has no overdose factor. Many intelligent, responsible, suc-
cessful, everyday people use marijuana~in place of alcohol. Medical
marijuana and hemp should be legal.
EASTER: I would like to wish everyone in Okeechobee a happy
and blessed Easter. And during the coming year, I hope all Christians
will try to treat each other with respect and courtesy and forgiveness.
Love your neighbor, even if you don't like him much.
MEMORIES: Isn't it a shame that Okeechobee is getting so big we
have lost some of our small town fun? I remember when the radio sta-
tion and the American Legion used to have a big Easter Egg hunt for
all the kids in Okeechobee. It was great. The kids would line. up and
just go crazy after all those eggs. They'd have someone dressed up like
an Easter Bunny going around to give eggs to any kids who couldn't
find some. Now some of the churches and other organizations have
egg hunts, but it's a shame that we don't have the big community one
anymore. I guess it takes a lot of work and volunteers and people just
don't want to make the effort anymore.
CELL PHONES: I would personally be in favor of a law banning
the use of cell phones while driving. I think this is very dangerous and
I should know. I was hit by a driver who was talking on the cell phone
and not paying attention to traffic. I will probably be in pain for the rest
of my life because that driver was on the phone instead of paying'at-
tention to driving the car. When you are driving, you should be paying
attention to driving 100 percent. Talking on a cell phone while driving
should be outlawed. It is illegal already in some countries and in some
states in this country. Talking on a cell phone is just about as bad as
drunk driving. You have a choice. Turn it off and if you have to make
or take a call, pull off the road.
SCHOOL LUNCH: I see where the folks are complaining about
the school lunches. If you ever had to cook for hundreds of kids, you
would have a better appreciation of how hard it is to run a school food
program. And for those who complain because kids who forget their
lunch money are given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, when I
was a kid that is what I had for lunch every day. That is what I brought
in my sack lunch and I was happy to have it. Peanut butter and jelly is
very nutritious and if the kids are hungry, they will eat it and be grate-
ful for it. It amazes me that someone who is given a free lunch has the
nerve to complain about it.
PHONES: About the cell phones, if a restaurant would put up a
"no cell phones" sign in the front window, and enforce it, I would
eat there. I can't stand the things constantly going off. And the rude
people who take calls and speak so loudly the whole restaurant can't
.help but hear should be shown the door.
TANK: I think it is very interesting they have added the tank to the
veterans', memorial in Flagler Park. The kids should really enjoy that.
Every time we go to the park, the boys have to check out the big guns.
Their grandfather tells them about what it was like to be in a war, but
it really makes an impression to see that artillery.
PARK: I was looking at the veterans' memorial in the park and was
+ surprised to see the inames:of men who are still alive on it. I have not
seen a memorial done that way before. It just seems odd to me.
MARIJUANA. I agree with the comments that marijuana should
be legalized for medicinal uses. When you consider the drugs that
are already available atthe pharmacy, marijuana is pretty tame, and it
is very-useful to treat some ailments. For example, I think cancer pa-
tients should be allowed to have it to help ease their nausea. Consider-
ing some of the other drugs these people are given, I can't see how
marijuana could hurt them. And glaucoma patients should certainly
be allowed to have it because it has been shown to help them. When
there are highly-addictive drugs being prescribed by doctors already,
I don't understand why marijuana should be treated as something so
bad. Marijuana is not nearly as addictive as some of the painkillers on
the market. I think the pharmaceutical companies are probably the
ones trying to keep marijuana illegal. They want to sell you their high-
priced chemical pills, rather than let you use a natural remedy that is
relatively inexpensive to grow.
GAS PRICES: I cannot believe the high prices at the gas stations.
I think the oil companies are using the Iraq situation as an excuse
to keep hiking the prices. They are raking in the profits and driving
this country into another depression. I hope our next president does
something to promote other sources of energy and mass transporta-
tion. We should have electric cars and a government sponsored mass
transportation rail system.
DELEGATES: It is not fair the Democrats will not seat the Florida
'delegates just because we had our primary before they wanted us to.
Why should the Democratic Committee get to tell each state when it
is "allowed" to have their primary. That is just not right. If this is the
way the Democrats are going to act,. I am going to switch to the Re-
publican Party. Obviously just because I live in Florida, the Democrats
don't care who I wanted as a candidate. Maybe the Republicans will
treat me a little better.

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Family time can improve relationships

Counseling Corner

From the American
Counseling Association
For many of us the world we
live in seems busier and more
stressful every day. Unfortunately,
our crowded schedules often ig-
nore those who should matter to
us most-our families.
Work obligations, school proj-
ects, social events and lots more
can leave us with little or no time
to spend with family members,
and the result can be a break-
down in communications or the
start of serious problems that are
often hard to recognize.
The key to building strong fam-
ily relationships is to make family
a priority. In practical terms, that
doesn't mean ignoring all your

other obligations, but simply in-
cluding family time in your plan-
ning and scheduling. It's a prior-
ity that has to apply to all family
Scheduling regular family
meetings are one simple way to
strengthen family ties. Getting to-
gether just once or twice a month
helps keeps everyone informed
and allows for problems and is-
sues to be addressed as a family,
rather than waiting for things to
become a disaster.
Successful meetings need
some simple ground rules. The
first is that every family member
has to attend. It's also not a time
for yelling, name-calling, accus-
ing or blaming. Give each fam-
ily member a turn to speak and
agree the goal is to communicate

Community Events

Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will host Easter Break-
fast on Sunday, March 23 at 8a.m. (following Sunrise Service) in the
Fellowship Hall 750 N.W. 23rd Lane: Donation $5 Adult $2 children
under 12. All proceeds will benefit the "Non-Alcohol Grad Nite." For
more information please call Debbie at 610-1738 or the church office

Calling allgardeners
At this month's meeting of Okeechobee gardeners, Angela Sach-
.son will explain the new Florida fertilizer lable and the best practices
for feeding your plants. The meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
Extension Office, 458 Hwy 98 on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. For
information please call (863) 763-6469.

Celebrity servers help Red Cross
Golden Corral Restaurant will host a Celebrity Server night Monday,
March 24, from 5 until 8 p.m. The proceeds will go to supporting your
local Okeechobee Red Cross and their "Heroes Campaign." Servers to
include Billy Dean with WOKC, city council members, county com-
missioners, county fire Chief Nick Hopkins, city administrator Brian
Whitehall as well as city and county law enforcement. Please come
out and show your support, as all monies raised remains in Okeecho-
bee. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at the local Red Cross
office or by contacting Marnie Lauter at (863) 697-1970 or Donna Huth
at (863) 610-0085.

Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
On Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee Orchid Club will
meet at the extension office, 458 Highway 98 N. The guest speaker will
be Marilyn Marr, President of the Martin County Orchid Society. Vice-
president Peggy Shaw will help members diagnose problem orchids.
An orchid basket will be auctioned as a fund-raiser. The public is in-'
vited to attend. For more information please call (863) 763-6469.

School advisory council meets
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet on
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the conference room in the
main office. The public is invited to attend
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Consejo
Consultivo para la escuela, el Miercoles 26 de Marzo del 2008 a las 4
p.m., se reuniran en el cuarto de conferencias de la oficina. Todo el
public estan invitados de asistir.
Presbyterian church holds annual bake sale
The annual Bake Sale at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA
312 N Parrott Avenue has been rescheduled for March 29. Doors will
open at 8 a.m. Sponsored by the Ladies of the church, proceeds will
benefit their missionary projects. For more information please call El-
eanor Newhouse 763-6928.

Eagles plan benefit for Warren Martin
F.O.E. #4137 will hold a benefit for Warren Martin on Saturday,
March 29, starting at noon. Warren was injured in a motorcycle ac-
cident and is unable to work due to his injuries. He had no insurance
at that time..There will be barbecue dinners available for a donation.
There is also going to be an auction held to help with Warren's medi-
cal bills. Donations ,are still being accepted and are greatly appreci-
ated. All donations can be dropped off at the Eagles Club, 9983 US 441
N. There will be enough fun for all ages. For more information call the
Eagles Club at 763-2552

Dunklin Memorial to hold prayer banquet
Dunklin Memorial Camp will hold a prayer banquet on April 4, at
the Recreation Outreach Center of First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth
Ave. Okeechob(e. It is an informative dinner that includes the meal,
testimonies, and music. The dinner is at 6 p.m. with the program to
follow. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling (863) 763-8865 or
(863) 697-0469.

Abundant Blessings holds yard sale
Abundant Blessings Church, 4550 Hwy 441 N. will hold a yard sale
on Saturday, April .,, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information call
(863) 634-0999.

and work out normal family prob- in preparing dinner or setting
lems together, the table. Steer dinner conversa-
Some families start meetings tion toward positive things and
on a positive note by having each updates on what's happening in
person relate something positive each family member's life.
or interesting that's happened It's unfortunate that in today's
since the last meeting. Next might busy world it often takes real effort
be working out everyday prob- to find the time to be with those
lems, such as chores, errands, and we love the most, but it's an ef-
schedules. Give fantily members fort worth making. Strengthening
a chance to bring up concerns so family ties can help us really get to
that all can work together to find know and enjoy family members
solutions. and to get the most from our rela-
Family dinners are anotherway tionships with them.
to strengthen relationships within "The Counseling Corner" is
a family. You might make a fam- provided as a public service by
ily rule that at least once a week the .American Counseling Asso-
everybody arranges their sched- ciatioh, the nation's largest or-
ules so that you all can sit down ganization of counseling profes-
to a friendly meal together. Make sionals. Learn more about the
it special with candles and favor- counseling profession at the ACA
ite foods. Get everyone involved web site,

Community Calendar

Sunday, March 23
A.A. meets.from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
(863) 634-4780.
Monday, March 24
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Method-
ist Chutrch, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Chil-
dren's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The
orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeecho-
bee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer
forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth
Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose Lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-6952.
AA. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings
on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of alco-
holics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.
Tuesday, March 25
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) 763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W
Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. 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)
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 vho 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.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. Thd public is.invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
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 information,
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 meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children.


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Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the follow-
-ing calls from Friday, March 14,
-through Thursday, March 20:
,Friday, March 14
burglary in the 2200 block of
U.S. 98 N.
assault in the 1600 block of
N.W. 47th Terrace
shooting on N.W. Fourth St.
vandalism in the 3500 block
,of N.W. Seventh St.
Saturday, March 15
vandalism in the 2000 block
of S.W Eighth St.
theft in the 3500 block of
'N.W. 16th Ave.
burglary on N.W. 98th St.
larceny in the 500 block of
'N.W. 21st Lane

burglary in the 2200 block of
S.W. 34th Terrace
Monday, March 17
vandalism in the 3800 block
of U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 2700 block of
N.W 63rd Terrace
theft in the 4400 block of S.E.
141st Ave.
burglary in the 15000 block
of N.W. 260th St.
forgery in the 4400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 7600 block of
n.W. 86th Court
Tuesday, March 18
vandalism in the 4800 block
of S.R. 710
theft in the 1600 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
0 theft on S.E. 30th Lane

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Wednesday, March 19
theft on U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 1400 block of
N.E. 79th St.
burglary in the 3200 block of
S.R. 70.W
Thursday, March 20
theft in the 2900 block of
N.E. 128th Ave.
assault in the 1100 block of
N.E. 39th Blvd.
Editor's Note: No call report
was generated for Sunday,
March 16. Only calls dealing
with either a felony or a poten-
tial felony are entered into this



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Central Elementary students focus on FCAT

Third grade news
Ms. Enfinger's third grade class
has been busy. They would like to
report that FCAT went smoothly,
and they are proud of their work.
They have been learning about the
Solar System as well. Ms. Coffey,
our FAU student, has been teaching
them about each planet and facts
about the Universe. Students have
learned about St. Patrick's Day and
the story of the child that became

St. Patrick. Rodeo Day was a suc-
cess. Students enjoyed the goat ty-
ing and Barrel Racing. They really
enjoyed the ole' cowboys that told
their stories, whip cracking, minia-
ture horses, and rodeo clowns. A
BIG thanks to Mrs. Friend for put-
ting everything together.

Fourth grade news
The 4th graders worked very
hard and kept their focus on FCAT

and the NRT last week. Students
will also be participating in the
Olympics before Spring Break
as well as tie dying shirts for the
In Mrs. Pritchard's room, Dan
Capungan was Student of the
Week as well as Tyler Maxey.
Heaven Peacock will probably be
one as well.
Happy Birthday to: Mrs. Brooks
next week and Alexis Muller and
Mrs. Jones. Mrs. Pritchard wants

to thank all the parents who were
generous and donated for the tie
dye supplies. Thanks! Enjoy the
week off-see you in April!

Fifth grade news
Central's 5th Graders are re-
lieved that FCAT is done. Thanks to
all the parents who sent in water
and protein for our students. Now
we are looking forward to Spring
Break. We know that after spring

Okeechobee County Schools Menu


Monday, March 24
Blueberry Mini Loaf
Assorted Cereal
Whole Wheat Toast (2)
Breakfast Fresh Fruit
Tuesday, March 25
Breakfast Burrito
Assorted Cereal
Cinnamon Toast (2)
Breakfast Fresh Fruit
Wednesday, March 26
French Toast Sticks
Assorted Cereal
Cinnamon Toast (2)
Breakfast Fresh Fruit
Thursday, March 27
Biscuit & Sausage Patty
Assorted Cereal
Cinnamon Toast (2)
Breakfast Fresh Fruit
Friday, March 28
'No School Work Day
Monday, March 31
Spring Vacation


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Chicken Quesadilla
Corn dog, low fat
Chef salad
Broccoli florets with lemon
Chilled peaches
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Tuesday, March 25
Honey wheat rolls
Breaded, Chicken patty sandwich

Cottage cheese and fruit salad
Corn on the cob
Fruit cocktail
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Wednesday, March 26
Turkey taco salad
Ham and Cheese sub
Yogurt, fruit and cheese plate
Seasoned green beans
Fruit with Gelatin
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Thursday, March 27
Cheese or pepperoni stuffed crust
Grilled cheese sandwich with
Tuna salad plate
Baby carrots with dressing
Mandarin orange sections
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Friday, March 28
No School Work Day
Monday, March 31
Spring Break begins

Middle School Lunch

Monday, March 24
Chicken Quesadilla
Corn dog, low fat
Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Ham and cheese sub grab and
Broccoli florets with lemon
Chilled peaches
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Tuesday, March 25

Honey wheat rolls
Breaded, Chicken patty sand-
wich I
Cottage cheese and fruit salad
Turkey on whole wheat grab
and go
Corn on the Cob
Fruit Cocktail
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Wednesday, March 26
Turkey taco salad
Ham and cheese sub
Chicken nugget salad
Seasoned green beans
Fruit with gelatin
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Thursday, March 27
Cheese or pepperoni stuffed
crust pizza
Grilled cheese sandwich with
Tuna salad plate
Ham sandwich grab and go
Baby carrots with dressing
Mandarin orange sections
Tossed salad
Friday, March 27
No School Work day
Monday, March 31
Spring Break begins

High School Lunch

Monday, March 24
Chicken Quesadilla
Corn dog, low fat
Santa Fe chicken salad
Ham and Cheese sub grab and
Pizza basket

Broccoli florets with lemon
Chilled peaches
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Tuesday, March 25
Honey wheat rolls
Breaded, Chicken sandwich
Cottage cheese and fruit salad
Turkey on whole wheat grab
and go
Pizza basket
Corn on the cob'
Fruit cocktail
Wednesday, March 26
Turkey taco salad
Ham and cheese sub
Chicken nugget salad
Turkey sub grab and go
Pizza basket
Seasoned green beans
Fruit with gelatin
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Thursday, March 27
Cheese or pepperoni stuffed
crust pizza
Grilled cheese sandwich with
Tuna salad plate
Ham sandwich grab and go
Pizza basket
Baby carrots with dressing
Mandarin orange sections
Tossed salad
Friday, March 28
No School Work day
Monday, March 31
Spring break

break we will be busy working
on Science Fair Projects and our
Tropicana Speeches. Since it is the
end of the 3rd nine weeks, we are
looking forward to our field trips
for behavior and for completing
our AR goals. We will also have our
field trip to Dolly Hand in April and

DARE Graduation in May. Time is
getting short and soon we will be
on our way to middle school, but
we still have a lot to learn before'
we make that transition. Thanks to,
all our parents who have helped
this year and have supported us in
all we do.



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funded over a three-year period with
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"Florida's new world-class math
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Wendell R. Morton
Wendell R. "Bud" Morton, 81,
a resident of Palm Beach Gar-
dens, Lake Par
and Okeecho
bee passed frontr .
this life to hi-
new life in heavy
en on March I1,
2008. Bud wa,
born in Atlanta,
Ga. on January Wendell R.
19, 1927 and Morton
lived in Florida
since 1969. He lived 15 years in
Okeechobee and enjoyed boat-
ing, speck fishing, and time with
his family and friends. He worked

in the test communications de-
partment for 35 years for Bell
South/ATT. He was a wonderful
gentleman who loved with all his
heart. He always had a good story
or joke to tell and the world was
a better lace by him being with
us. He was good at making oth-
ers smile. He was great at fixing
anything and was always willing
to lend a hand. He will be greatly
missed but his spirit will live on in
the lives of the family and friends
he touched.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 54 years, Jean W. Morton
, his two daughters, Kathy Ribeiro
and husband Carlos of West Palm

Beach, Beverly M. Elgin and hus-
band Russ of Jupiter and five
grandchildren, Daniel and Kyle
Donatto, Justin Odell and Aman-
da and Alina Elgin.
A celebration of life will be
held privately by the immediate
family in Palm Beach Gardens.
Wendell served in the Navy
during World War II as a CB (con-
struction battalion). Donations in
memory of and to help returning
soldiers can be mailed to: West
Palm Beach VA medical Center
(make check to WPB VA MC),
atten: Voluntary Service, 7305 N.
Military Trail, West Palm Beach,
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A million times we've cried.
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You never would have died.
Sh If all the world was ours to give,
SWe would give it yes, and more,
To see you coming up the steps,
TAnd walking through the door.
To hear your voice and see your smile,
To sit and talk a while,
To be with you that same old way,
Would be our fondest day.
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Rucks earns dairy co-op's top honor

Hank Rucks has been awarded
the top leadership honor for dairy
farmers younger than 40 in his
Mr. Rucks, who manages C&M
Rucks Dairy with his brother
Chad, has been named the Out-
standing Young Dairy Leader for
Southeast Milk, Inc. SMI is a dairy
co-operative in Belleview that has
members in Florida, Georgia, Ten-
nessee, South Carolina, Louisiana
and Alabama.
Each year, SMI honors one
producer under the age of 40
who displays strong leadership
characteristics and a vision for the
Hank grew up working on the
family's dairy farm until he gradu-
ated from Okeechobee High
School in 1995. That fall, he en-
rolled at the University of Central
Florida to study molecular biology
and microbiology.
But during his third year at
UCF, his father, Clifford, was.
involved in a serious accident.
Hank and Chad, who also was in
college at the time, assumed the
farm responsibilities. They took
turns, with one brother running
the farm while the other went
to college. Hank graduated from
UCF in May 1999 with a bache-
lor's degree in molecular biology
and microbiology.
Today, Hank and Chad split the
duties of the pasture-based C&M
Rucks Dairy. Hank is in charge
of the herd of 2,400 milking age
cows and manages production,
nutrition, herd health and repro-
duction. He also oversees the
1,600 head of young stock. Be-
tween the pasture and the dry


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Hank Rucks, his wife Cathy and daughters Callie, 4, and, Ayla, 1, were presented with South-
east Milk Incorporated's Outstanding Young Dairy Leader award by Calvin Covington, CEO
of SMI.

hay they make, grass is grown on
about 1,000 acres.
Not long after Hank and Chad
started running the dairy full time,

they increased the herd size and bee Farm Bureau. He is married
remodeled the milking parlor, to his high school sweetheart,
Hank is in his second year serv- Cathy. They have two daughters,
ing as president of the Okeecho- Callie, 4 and Ayla, 1.

Vaccinations protect horses Livestock Market Report
-March18 450-500 113-118 97-107

riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is reminding horse owners
to take advantage of the vaccines
available to protect their animals
against Eastern Equine Encepha-
litis (EEE) and West Nile Virus.
As the weather in Florida
warms up, the mosquito popu-
lations will increase as will the
potential for mosquito-borne dis-
eases. Already, nine cases of EEE
have been confirmed in Florida
since the beginning of the year
even though the peak season
does not begin until May. There
+ were a total of 18 cases of EEE in
2007 for the entire year.
Mr. Bronson said the major-
ity of cases can be prevented
through proper vaccinations and
booster shots against mosquito
borne illnesses and he is urg-
ing horse owners to take action
now. In the nine cases ip 2008,
six of the horses had not been

vaccinated and two had not got-
ten booster shots. Only one horse
was current with vaccinations.
"I am very concerned about
the high number of cases so early
in the year and I hope it doesn't
mean we are in for a bad year,"
Mr. Bronson said. "But we can
take steps to keep that from hap-
pening, and that is to get the vac-
cinations done as quickly as pos-
EEE is a viral disease that af-
fects the central nervous system
and is transmitted to horses by
infected mosquitoes. Signs of the
virus include fever, listlessness,
stumbling, circling, coma and
usually death. The disease is fatal
in horses in 90% of the cases.
So far this year EEE has been
confirmed in horses in Putnam,
Lake, Polk, Columbia, Clay and
Volusia counties, all of which
were fatal. Volusia has been hit
the hardest, with four of the nine
cases having been found there.


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- Reflecting fuel costs. Cows and
bulls were $2-3.00 lower. Light
weight calves 200-300 were $2
lower and heavier calves 400-600
were $2 higher -agaih, reflett-
ing higher fuel and cost of feed.
Westby Corporation, Lake Placid
topped the calf market with a
high of $2.10. Peeples Family
Ranch, Moore Haven topped the
cow market with a high of 56.00.
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The roll continues for Brahmans softball

t obe .....WilsonI is among arg
They play the game of freshmen who have played
softball but there is nothing key roles for the team this
in the rule book that states year. The others are first
the- players or coaches are basemen Taylor Douglas
soft., and short stop Naomi Ste-
Okeechobee High School vens. Wilson said the fresh-
Brahmans Coach Kim Har- en W on ad t
gesun wen emen are working hard and
graves underwent knee trying to make a statement.
surgery during the day on trying to make a statement.
Thursday but was still there, She praised her older
sitting in the dugout lead- teammates for giving good
ing her team to victory just advice and support to the
hours later, freshmen on the team.
By the way, Okeechobee Senior Mary Jluff was
defeated Sebring, 5-1, to solid again on the mound as
run their season record to she won for the ninth time
(11-2). in eleven decisions. She al-
"There's no way I was go- lowed just a scratch single
ing to miss this," Coach Har- and the one run. She had
graves noted, "The girls had eight strikeouts.
to play hard regardless."
Freshmen Courtney Wil- "Just the one hit tonight.
son -said all the girls were She's thrown multiple one
excited to see their coach hitter's and no hitters this
show up, "I was really ex- season, so she is doing very
cited. I was really happy well on the mound," Har-
that she came because of graves said.
her knee. That really means The victory ends an excel-
something because she is lent week for the Brahmans.
definitely dedicated to her They defeated Glades Day
team." on the road 18-0 on Mon-
Hargraves had ar- day. Tuesday they defeated
throscopic knee surgery for district rival Jensen Beach,
an old injury and learned62 to avenge
she has a partially torn 6-2, to avenge an early sea-
that will require more sur- son loss.
gery. She will be fitted with "We played them in the
a brace and still intends to second game of the season
play softball in recreation and you make errors that
leagues. She also won't miss early in the season. They
any games for the varsity, didn't have any earned runs
Heather Stillians filled in as against us in that game. We
the third base coach against 'legitimately beat them Tues-
Sebring. day," Hargraves said.
Lauren Throop went 2 Marcum hit a three run
for 3 with a double, triple, home run in the game Tues-
and four runs batted in for
Okeechobee. Wilson added day with a long drive over
.an RBI double to get the the fence in right center
team going during a two run field.
third. Hargraves said that gave
Coach Hargraves noted her team a lot of confidence
that hit kind of got the team 'that they can repeat that per-
going, "That hit was fol- formance when they meet
lowed up by the other girls. Jensen Beach again.
We had a solid short game "That is what we have the
and the girls rallied tonight." ability to do. I told the girls if
Wilson said she saw a you want a district title you

dle of plate and that her just come out and do it," she
work in the batting cage has continued.
started to pay off. "I thought The Brahmans will host
it was awesome," Wilson Fort Pierce Central on Mon-
said. "The defense backed day at 7 p.m. in a make up
- Mary up, we definitely had game from a rainout earlier
our hits going.-t-ade-me--this month.--_ ___

uKeecnooee News/hnarles Murpny
Naomi Stevens is among a trio of freshmen who are off to
good starts for Brahman softball.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy'
Lauren Throop had a big night Thursday as she drove in fourth
runs for Chobee.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jordan Marcum had the big blow on Tuesday as the Brah- Megan Clements continues to play solid ball for Okeecho-
mans defeated Jensen Beach. bee.

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Qkeechobee News,.Sunday, March 23, 2008 13

Poor track hurts girls' performance

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
. Moore Haven, spurred on by
strong performances in the run-
ning events, won the tri meet
between Okeechobee and South
Fbrk held at Brahmans stadium
. The Lady Terriers had 71 points
toedge South Fork, who had 65
points. Okeechobee trailed with
37 points to finish in third place.
Rain showers intermittently
came down to delay the events
and impact the performances of
the girls. Still Okeechobee strug-
gled in most of the events.
"With the poor conditions we
hhve for a track the runners for ev-
ero team had to be cautious while
running or participating in field
events," Coach Brian Kendall said
"[-feel bad for the visiting teams
iple to this. As a concerned Coach
Lhope this shows the importance
ofan upgrade to our facility."
a.Okeechobee finished second
in the 4x800, and 4x100 relays.
The girls won the 4x400 thanks
t'a great performance by Monica
teger during the final leg. She
made up at least a 20 yard edge
ift the final seconds. Koger also
finished second in the long jump
wJth a leap of 16'2". Markeisha
humanss finished fifth with a leap
'Robbie Erwin finished sec-
ond in the shot put with a toss of
In the running events, Moore
craven won the 100 hurdles and
100 meter dash, along with the
300 hurdles. Moore Haven had the
four finishers in the 100 meter
" Okeechobee did better in the
long distance events. They had
three of the top five finishers in the
1600 meters.
-"Our girls did not run very well
and have to learn in order to be-
come a better team we have to
put caution in the wind and feel
some pain to run fast," Kendall
;* Due to the weather conditions
the meet had to be cut short. Ken-
dall said that might have hurt his
team as they do better in some
of the events that had to be can-
"There are no excuses, we did
not run well, but I believe we could
have had a much better showing
as a girl's squad," he said.
Kendall thanked all the parents
arid volunteers who assisted in
making the track meet possible.
Ht said he will attempt to improve
the track surface to make it safer
in the future.

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14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 23, 2060

Okeechobee boys fall short in track meet

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Moore Haven. made it a clean
sweep at Thursday's track meet at
Okeechobee High School as they
defeated Okeechobee and South
Fork in a close meet mostly due to
their excellent performance in the
sprint races.
Moore Haven finished with
74.5 points, Okeechobee ended
up with 57, and South Fork man-
aged third with 46.5 points.
"I look at the results of this
meet and the Cobra relays (last
Friday) and see the boy's team
settling for mediocrity," Coach
Brian Kendall noted, "They are a
very good group of runners, but
mentally we are not focused. I
told them early in the season a
team goal was to win every home
meet and any other meet with
five or less teams." .4
In the field events the boys got
an excellent effort from Ricky Ni-
eto. He finished first in the high
jump with a leap of 5'8". He also
took the long jump with a dis-
tance of 19'8".

Kyle McGee won the shot put
with a long toss of 42'9", winning
the event by nearly four inches
over Shawn Fikki of South Fork.
Steven Smith finished third and
Tony Kibler finished sixth.
In the relays the Brahmans
took the 4x800 with a nice time of
8:31. That was 26 seconds better
than runner up South Fork.
Moore Haven showed off their
speed by winning the 4x100 an-
chored by star football QB Ant-
won McCloud. They also took the
"As a team we need to realize
what can be done at the end of
the season. I tell them everyday
at practice, what do we need to
do to make sure we are racing on
May 2?," Kendall remarked.
Coincidentally May 2 is the
date of the state finals.
Moore Haven won the 400
meter dash and 300 hurdles.
Jay Lawton finished eighth for
Okeechobee and Matt Skipper
10th in the 400. Lionel Jones won
the 800 meters with a nice time of
2:10. Alan Najara' finished second

three seconds back. Okeechobee
had the top four finishers in that
James Shanks finished second
in the 200 meter dash. Bryan Su-

arez easily won the 3200 meter
run with a time of 10:21. Eddie
Guerrero was second. Suarez also
worr the 1600 meter run with Ed-
die Guerrero finishing third.

"The success this school has
had so far this year is great, and
I hope to help end the school
year with the same quality perfor-
mances other sports have been

having," Kendall noted, "It is a
shame our kids have to train on
a facility that encourages injuries.
I hope this is plainly visible for ev-
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