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Vol. 99 No. 84


Parent education
classes offered
- The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition offers
parenting education classes for
infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are en-
couraged 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. 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
(863) 462-5350.

Center offers service
to children
' The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service
to youth and children by giv-
ing 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
animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice of Okeechobee is currently
providing rescue, pick up and
transport of sick, injured, or-
phaned or otherwise impaired
Anyone who finds a wild
animal in need of help is en-
couraged to give us a. call. A
volunteer transporter, licensed
by the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission, will
be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
4This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863)
634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

Halfway house seeks
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House a Moderate Risk Com-
mitment Program for 13-18
year old male yofith is seeking
volunteers who can "make a
difference in the life of a youth".
We are seeking volunteers to
read, be a guest speaker, play
music, tutor, educate youth on
a trade, assist with a project, in-,
struct youth on building a proj-
ect, or just hang out with youth.
Volunteer hours and times can
vary. Please contact Tom Jones
or Joshua Stoddard at (863)
357 0047.

Drought Index

current: 361
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

vk0.17 feet
Last Year: 11. feet
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Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Danger: 'Wildfire season' starts

u Keecnooee rNews/inarnes murpny
Drought conditions increase the chance of wildfires. Last year's "wildfire season" was
a busy one as evidenced by this photo from 2007.

Forestry officials predict

'normal' wildfire season

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Is Okeechobee County a tin-
derbox ready to ignite or are is
; it a drowned swampland likely
never to burn?
The Division of Forestry says
With the wildfire season
now upon us, DOF officials in
Okeechobee maintain that they
don't expect anything historic
or disastrous about this year's
season despite the ongoing
drought and the low levels in
many local water ways.
The DOT maintains that the
drought is expected to worsen
during the height of this year's
wild fire season as the weather
phenomenon La Nina brings
below average rainfall and
above average temperatures.
They note the potential is there
for an active wildfire season.
"This is going to be a nor-
mal fire season for us," DOF
Spokesperson Melissa Yunas
explained, "The rain showers
lately have helped. That helps
with the dry conditions, high
winds and low humidity."
2007 was an active fire sea-
son in Okeechobee County.
There were 99 different wild
fires in Okeechobee County
that torched 3,387 acres. Twen-
ty of the fires were caused by
lightning; 21 fires were caused
by debris burns that got out of
control. Seven were caused by
equipment and nine by power
lines. Smoking cigarettes were
deemed the cause in four fires.
2007 was an active fire sea-
son in Glades County. There
were 62 different wild fires that
burned 71,431 acres. Most of
the acres came in a wild fire on
Lake Okeechobee last spring.
The fire was caused by arson
but no arrests were ever made.
The causes of 21 of these
wildfires were lightning. Eight
were caused by incendiary acts,
six by equipment, and four by
yard trash being burned.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Fire officials are asking for the public's help in preventing
wildfires, such as this 2007 blaze.

Okeechobee City Fire Chief
Herb Smith said he thinks it will
be an active wild fire season.
He said the recent rain show-
ers give residents a false sense
of security that they can burn.
"It soaks in fast. We are still on
water restrictions. There isn't
a burn ban but you do need a
permit to burn in the City."
Chief Smith said the wild
fire threat is lower in the city
because there aren't a lot of
wooded areas. He noted if
somebody is burning, normally
a neighbor will complain and
the burning will stop.

The chief noted there are
some areas on the edge of the
city that can have wild fires.
However the city fire depart-
ment is close by and usually
can respond quickly before the
fires get out of control.
"We work aggressively to
protect the community. The
main thing is property owners
should use common sense," he
Ms. Yunas said the Division
of Forestry has all of their equip-
ment ready to go to support the
See Fire Page 2

Wildlife 'rescues' discouraged

This is the time of year when
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) receives calls about
abandoned fawns and other
animals that people believe
may be in need of rescue.
However, the rescue could
do more harm than good.
After giving birth, adult
wildlife must forage to provide
food for themselves and their
young, leaving their newborns
for short periods. Having some
basic knowledge of wildlife and
the survival skills animals em-
ploy can help avoid misdirected
rescue, attempts of animals that
don't require rescuing.
One of the most, common
targets of misplaced rescues is
baby deer, temporarily left in a
safe place while their mothers

feed nearby. Many people who
find young fawns mistakenly
assume they have been aban-
doned, when in reality its par-
ents are in the process of ensur-
ing the infant's survival.
"In most cases, it absolutely
is not in the fawn's best inter-
est to try and rescue it," said Al-
lan Hallman, wildlife biologist
at the FWC's Camp Blanding
Field Office.
What typically happens is
that someone discovers young
deer waiting for the return of its
mother, Hallman said. Often
these discoveries are made in
palmetto patches or in recently
burned areas that are relatively
bare, where a doe has placed
her new offspring for protec-
tion. Such settings help depress
the fawn's scent, which pro-

vides good protection from the
keen nose of a predator.
People discover these seem-
ingly abandoned baby deer
and become concerned when
the parent is nowhere in sight.
The would-be rescuer falsely
believes the young animal will
perish unless it is saved or tak-
en to a wildlife rehabilitation
Unfortunately, actions of this
kind usually have the opposite
effect of a rescue. The stress
created by changing the baby
animal's diet and surroundings
is often fatal. Should the res'
cued fawn somehow manage
to survive the rescue, its return
to the wild becomes impos-
sible because of human im-
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Mahoney to

visit Tuesday

Congressman Tim Ma-
honey (FL-16) will be spend-
ing Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in
Okeechobee to meet with local
elected officials, students, busi-
ness people and citizens.
Early in the day. the Con-
gressman will meet with the
Okeechobee City Council at the
Village Square Restaurant, for
an update on issues and proj-
ects that are affecting Okeecho-
bee residents. He will also pro-
vide council with Congressional
updates. '
From 11 a.m. to noon, the
Congressman will visit busi-
nesses Main Street. He will talk
to owners and staff about the
current state of the economy

and the importance of small
business to America.
Next he will stop at Okeecho-
bee High School to meet with
government classes to talk to
the students about recent legis-
lation and issues. He will also
discuss the Veterans' History
Project, a national project to
match students with war veter-
ans to record their war stories
to be archived in the Library of
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Con-
gressman Mahoney will con-
duct a Town Hall Forum in the
Freshman Campus Auditorium,
610 SW Second Ave. (behind
Golden Corral Restaurant). The
public is invited.

Computer use

can affect vision

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
A survey of optometrists
indicated that 10 million pri-
mary eye care examinations
are provided annually because
of vision problems attributed to
computer use.
This statistic comes from
the American Optometric As-
sociation Web site and speaks
to the ever-increasing problem
'that most .people have with
"1I hear complaints almost
every day related to comput-
ers," Dr. Pat Brennan, of Bren-
nan Eye Care, said. "It seems
that people have more prob-
lem with computers than with
regular paper work."
With the advent of these
complaints, a title for them
"There is a complex eye and
'muscular issue known as Com-
puter Vision Syndrome," Dr.
Charles Bartels, of Big Lake Eye
Care, said.
Computer Vision. Syndrome
is a repetitive ,strain disorder
that appears to be growing rap-
Studies have estimated that
90 percent U.S. workers that
use computers for more than
three hours a day experience
it in some form, according to
Eyesight Action, a non-profit
Computer work is near
work, too much of which can
cause eyestrain and fatigue.
The permanency of the
problem depends on the sever-
ity of the problem.
"This could cause muscle
damage (in the neck and
back)," Dr. Bartels said. "It de-
pends on the length of time
more than anything."
Unlike other forms of local-
ized fatigue, which subside af-
ter the stress factor is removed,
the eye is unable to adapt so
that the fatigue no longer oc-
curs with exposure. Therefore,
the symptoms often return the
following day when work re-

sumes and it takes time for an
individual to fully recover, ac-
cording to the AOA.
To minimize symptoms or
avoid developing CVS, people
are encouraged to keep lighting
in mind. The computer screen
should be at the same bright-
ness as the room that it is in. A
difference can cause eyestrain.
"I recommend that when
people take a break that they
look through the window," Dr.
Bieiinar, said. "Tit-rc are il.
cles that contract and gets tight
when people look at comput-
ers. They should take a break
every 15 to 30 minutes, if only
for a minute or two." -
The problem can be worse
for people with contacts be-
cause their blink rate is lower.
That means that their eyes dry
out faster and can cause their
contacts to blur.
"This doesn't cause perma-
nent damage, from what ev-
eryone has said," Dr. Brennan
said. "Just fatigue."
Dr. Mark Moll of Okeecho-
bee Vision Care agreed.
"There -is not correlation
with the progression of near-
sightedness or farsightedness
with the use of computers," Dr.
Moll said.
Intense focus on the com-
puter can cause eye dryness
and fatigue, but use of a com-
puter has not been connected
with cancer or other permanent
eye problems, Dr. Moll said.
There was a consensus
among the professionals that
the best thing for a person's
eye health is to go for regular
eye exams. They should also
try to maintain overall good
health and watch for diabetes
and high blood pressure.
Another suggestion was that
people take vitamin supple-
ments with luteins, which help
to protect against macular de-
generation. Luteins are natu-
rally found in leafy green veg-
etables and eggs.
For more information on-
line, visit:

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A resident found this baby raccoon in the yard and
brought it to the FWC's Lake City office. The FWC be-
lieves the mother was probably moving her babies, and
if this one, whose eyes had not yet opened, had been left
alone, the mother would have returned.
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efforts of the City Fire Depart-
ment and Okeechobee County
Fire Rescue. They have a fixed
wing aircraft that flies daily in the
six-county district that includes
Okeechobee, Glades, Highlands,
Indian River, St. Lucie and Mar-
tin. They also have a helicopter
based at the Okeechobee County
airport that is available to fight
fires. This week the helicopter is
helping extinguish a large fire in
So far in 2008, there have been
seven fires in Okeechobee Coun-
ty that burned 4,042 acres. Two
were caused by a controlled burn
that went out of control. Those
two fires burned over 4,000 acres.
Glades County has had three fires
this year which have burned 88
Elsewhere in the state it has
been pretty active for fire fight-
ers. There have been 4,228 wild
fires state wide that have burned
375,992 acres. 2,151 homes have
been threatened by wildfires so
far this year. 20. of those homes
were damaged and 30 were de-
stroyed since Jan. 1.
The DOF recently took part in
Prescribed Fire Awareness Week
from March 3-9. It is designed
to encourage large land owners
to clear out dead vegetation and
reduce the risk of a catastrophic
wildfire. They also tout the en-
vironmental benefits as the fires

Continued From Page 1

printing or a lack of survival skills.
Had it not been removed from the
wild, the young deer would have
learned the necessary survival
skills from its mother.
If you find a fawn or other
baby animal, the FWC recom-
mends that you not touch it; but
quietly leave the area. Touching
the animal may cause the mother
to reject it because it is contami-
nated with human scent.
On the other hand, songbirds
have almost no sense of smell
and can be returned to their nest
without much chance of rejec-
tion. Young songbirds are a popu-
lar favorite of the would-be ani-
mal rescuer. Baby songbirds are
commonly found on the ground
+ at this time of year, looking a bit
dazed or confused. The young
bird may be trying to hide in tall
grass or in low bushes to avoid
being seen by predators. These
young birds are going through a
process called fledging.
During fledging, young birds
learn to fly and fend for them-
selves. The immature bird may
spend several days on the ground,

recycle nutrients in the soil and
help plant growth and wildlife
April, May and June are the
most active months of the Florida
wildfire season. Spring thunder-
storms with lightning and very
little rainfall can be a problem.
Florida is considered the lightning
capital of the United States. How-
ever 70 percent of all wildfires in
the state are caused by arson and
escaped debris burns.
There is a new Senior Ranger
at the Okeechobee Forestry Office
this year. He actually has served
before at the local office before
being transferred to Highlands
County for the past eight years.
Joe Dubree noted he is very ex-
cited about the new assignment.
"It's a totally different environ-
ment here, there are not as many
people as Highlands where I'm
from, I'm looking forward to it,"
he said.
Ranger Dubree said Okeecho-
bee doesn't have the wild fire
threat as some other rural coun-
ties because they do not have a
lot of wooded areas near homes.
Indian Hammock near Fort Drum
is one of the few spots in the
county where homes are sur-
rounded by woods.
"We are looking toward a
normal season. We are getting
prepared. We .have a lot of new
people on board so it will be a
good training tool for many of
us. Were ready for anything they
throw at us," he said.
School kids from Okeecho-
bee will be taking tours of the

during which the bird's parents
keep an eye out, feeding it and
helping it learn needed' survival
skills. You can help the bird's par-
ents by keeping any pets that may
harm the young birds indoors
during the flight lessons.
"We encourage people to help
these young birds by not interfer-
ing in this crucial learning pro-
cess," Hallman said.
Here are some important facts
that can help determine if a baby
bird needs rescuing.
According to biologists, the
only time a baby songbird should
be rescued is when it is on the
ground and has almost no feath-
ers, when the bird is injured by
pets or its tail is less than a half-
inch long, and it cannot hop
around on its own.
If you find a baby songbird
that you are sure needs rescuing,.
several things will help ensure its
Place the baby bird in a tis-
sue-lined box that has air holes in
the top;
Keep the box in a warm spot
away from drafts and air condi-
tioning and out of direct sunlight;
It is imperative that you do
not give the bird either food or

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Fire officials are asking for the public's help in preventing
wildfires, such as this 2007 blaze.

Okeechobee office in the near fu-
ture. They'll get to see a repaired
fire tower and could scale some
of the tower this year. Fire towers
were once the biggest way to no-
tify forest rangers about wildfires.
Most of these towers have now
been replaced by planes.
Ms. Yunas said residents in
Okeechobee can assist the DOF
by protecting their home from
wild fires. She noted landown-
ers can remove vegetation from
the roofs and gutters of your
home. She noted property own-
ers should create a 30 foot zone
of defensible space around your
home. Other ways to protect

your home are available at www. and
Motorists are urged to be care-
ful if they come across a wildfire.
They are urged to put on the low
beams on their headlights to help
with their visibility and to observe
and obey all traffic instructions
from law enforcement officials. A
major crash on 1-4 in Polk County
this year resulted from low vis-
ibility from a wild fire. Yunas said
they want the community to be
safe this year.
"It's pretty normal right now.
We try to be positive. We'll pre-
pare for the Worst and hope for
the best," she said.

Karen Parker/FWC
Someone brought this flying squirrel into the FWC office in
Lake City after finding it on the ground.

After you have ensured the
bird's safety, call a licensed wild-,
life rehabilitator in your area. To
find a rehabilitator contact the lo-
cal FWC office, the humane soci-
ety or a veterinarian. Some veteri-
narians work closely with wildlife
rehabilitators and can be a good
source of advice.
The FWC asks you to remem-
ber that removing an animal from

the wild to save it may actually
have the opposite effect. Seek ad-
vice from wildlife professionals
before attempting to rescue any
animal, and please remember,
in most cases, it is better to leave
wildlife in the wild.
For more information on Flori-
da's wildlife and what you can do
to help, go to MyFWC.conm/crit-

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Sports News in Brief

Golf tournament planned
Communities in Schools Police Athletic League will host their 8th Annual'
Golf Tournament at the Okeechobee Golf & Country on April 12, starting at 8,
a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost for play is $45 person or $180 per team.
Awards and prizes will be given to first place, eighth place, and next to last.
place. There will also be a chicken and ribs barbecue lunch. For more informa-
tion call (863) 462-5863.

2008 Spring Adult Softball Leagues
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball Leagues will be holding an organizational;
meeting for all interested managers, players and officials. The meeting will be;
held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the Okeechobee County Civic Cen-'
ter located at 1750 Hwy 98N. Team fees will be; Men's League, $350 (+ $25'
Annual ISA fee), women's league; $300, and co-ed league; $300. If you would'
like to participate in these leagues, team fees must be paid no later than 5'
p.m. on Friday, April 11. For more information contact Okeechobee Parks &'
Recreation at 63-6950.

Flotilla seeks members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seeking new
members to become involved in the Auxiliary's programs. The Auxiliary is a
volunteer service organization composed of men and women who actively
support recreational boating safety and other Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides recreational boating safety support to sate and
local authorities.
Members could be involved in patrols, communications, administration,,
seamanship, piloting/navigation, weather or search and rescue.
For information, call (863) 763-0165.

Ten All Star Basketball Camp
Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten All Star Summer Bas;'
ketbal Camp. The Ten All Star Basketball Camp is by Invitation Only. Boys'
and Girls ages 10-19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include: Michael,
Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn
Jamison. Players from 50 States and 10 Foreign Countries attended the 2007r
camp. College Basketball Scholarships are possible for players selected to the,
All-American Team. Camp Locations Include: Babson Park, FL, Prescott, AZ,,
Thousand Oaks, CA, Gainesville; GA, Champaign, IL, Glassboro, NJ, Lebanon,.
TN, Commerce, TX, and Blacksburg, VA. There is also a Summer Camp avail-.
able for Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these
Summer Camps, please call (704) 373-0873 ANYTIME or email www.tenstar-

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Nest boxes help attract endangered woodpeckers

Submitted photo/FWc
FWC biologist Ralph Holton removes wood from a pine tree
and forms sap wells around a future red-cockaded wood-
pecker home in the Osceola National Forest.

Installing nest boxes for red-
cockaded woodpeckers is not
a job for someone afraid of
heights, because the process
begins by climbing 20 feet into
a pine tree.
But Ralph Holton, a biolo-
gist with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC), made the job look
easy when he installed another
red-cockaded woodpecker nest
box in the Osceola National For-
est recently. Holton stalled the
process for a moment when he
heard a bird calling out nearby.
"They're really curious," Hol-
ton said. "As soon as we leave,
the woodpeckers will be over
here, checking out the new nest
Larry Wood, a contrac-
tor working with Holton, per-
formed ground support duties
for the installations. He had
already fulfilled his contract for

75 nest boxes but volunteered
to install an additional 25 with
Holton. Wood also builds the
boxes, which resemble a mu-
tant loudspeaker.
"The wire on the front of
the box keeps pileated wood-
peckers from enlarging the en-
trance and taking over the nest
for themselves. The white PVC
pipe lining the entrance keeps
out red-bellied woodpeckers,"
Wood said. "We can't keep out
everything because flying squir-
rels can still take over a nest, but
this gives the smaller red-cock-
aded woodpeckers a fighting
chance against the other wood-
To begin the installation, Hol-
ton first chose the tree, which
must have a diameter of at least
14 inches. He then scaled the
tree, encased in safety harness-
es and equipment.
"The higher, the better,"

Wood said. "When we have a
burn come through, either con-
trolled or wildfire, the nests are
better off if they're high in the
Once secure at about 20 feet,
Holton scraped off the bark of
the pine. He made small holes
in the tree for "sap wells" to
begin the flow of pitch around
the new nest. Sap covers the
area around the nest and will
help keep away tree-climbing
Using the box, he traced its
outline on the bark. He fired up
the chainsaw and cut the rectan-
gle shape. Using a hammer and
chisel, he removed the wood
and shaped the cavity for the
new nest box. Holton slid the
box into the hole and secured it
with shims. He coated the new
nest with wood putty and spray
paint to look more natural. Af-
ter climbing back to the ground,
Holton spray painted a white
ring around the base of the tree
to help identify where the nest
box had been installed.
"The installation of a nest
box takes 20 to 30 minutes,"
Wood said. "However, the first
one you do usually takes two
hours. It takes a lot of practice
to get as good as Ralph.
"Some people say we're cre-
ating 'lazy' birds by installing
these boxes and doing the work
for the woodpeckers. These
birds will normally carve out a
cavity in a mature pine tree, and
they are the only southeastern
bird that excavates cavities in
living pines," Wood said. "But
the trees we have in Osceola
simply aren't old enough. These
boxes allow for nesting in young
trees that normally wouldn't be
home for these birds."
The birds live in small, fam-
ily groups, composed of one
breeding pair and several help-
ers. The extra birds usually are
males from previous breeding
seasons; females rarely stay
with their parents. The helpers
assist in raising young, includ-
ing incubation, brooding and
feeding. The entire family usu-
ally forages as a group, moving
together from tree to tree. Red-
cockaded woodpeckers feed

primarily on ants, beetles, cat-
erpillars, wood-boring insects,
spiders, cockroaches and occa-
sionally fruit and berries.
In 1810, Alexander Wilson,
an English ornithologist, named
the bird "red-cockaded wood-
pecker." The name confuses
people today but was easily un-
derstood in the early 1800s.
"The American revolutionary
army couldn't afford brass for
badges of rank and often sub-
stituted a colored feather stuck
in the corner of the hat to indi-
cate rank.. These feathers were
called cockadess,'" Holton said.
"The male red-cockaded wood-
pecker has only a few red feath-
ers on the side of his head. And
that's how he got his name."
The bird, federally protected
as an endangered species since
1970, is listed as a "species of
special concern" in Florida.
Habitat destruction attributed
to logging, development and
aggressive control of forest fires
has had an impact on the popu-
lation decline of red-cockaded
woodpeckers. These actions
have wiped out most of the
South's longleaf pine forests and
put a stop to regular burning
necessary to maintain healthy
pines. Almost 97 percent of red-
cockaded woodpecker habitat
has been lost in the past 100
years, according to FWC .biolo-
Florida hosts approximately
25 percent of the nation's red-
cockaded woodpecker popula-
tion, with an estimated 1,100
active family groups. Many of
Florida's populations are care-
fully managed on public lands.
"We have approximately 300
red-cockaded woodpeckers in
the Osceola National Forest, liv-
ing in 100 active clusters," Hol-
ton said. "With our help, these
birds are making a comeback."

SuDmitted pnoto/FrW
The Red-Cockaded woodpecker, protected as an endan-
gered species since 1970, is listed as a "species of special
concern" in Florida.

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Boater died from head trauma

in collision with sting ray

Monroe County Medical Ex-
aminer Dr. Michael Hunter has
determined Judy Kay Zagorski,
55, of Pigeon, Mich., died from
blunt force-trauma to the head
when she was struck by a spot-
ted eagle ray. The male, 75- to
80-pound ray had leapt out of
the water and into the path of the
victim's boat.
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission

(FWC) investigated the mishap,
which occurred March 20, at ap-
proximately 10 a.m. near Vaca
Key in Marathon.
The victim was boating with
her mother, father and sister
when the collision occurred.
They immediately called for help
and took her to shore, but she did
not survive. She is Florida's sixth
boating-related fatality of 2008.
According to the FWC, eagle

rays are not aggressive toward
humans, but they do tend to leap
from the water. Spotted eagle
rays can have a wingspan of up
to 10 feet and can weigh 500
pounds. This particular animal
had an estimated wingspan of 5
or 6 feet.
More information on spotted
eagle rays is available at http://
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FWC sponsors free fishing weekend

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(-FWC) encourages families to en-
joy all the pleasures of fishing in
Florida this April.
"The FWC is proud of our
state's recreational fishing heri-
tage and designation as Fishing
Capital of the World," said Bob
Wattendorf, special projects coor-
dinator for the Division of Fresh-
water Fisheries Management.
'More people fish here than in
any other state, and more tourists
come here to fish and spend their
money than anywhere else in the
country, according to a recent na-
tional survey by the U.S. Census
* The FWC has designated the
weekend of April 5 and 6 as Free
Fishing Weekend. Both residents
and nonresidents can fish in pub-
(ic fresh waters across the state
without a license. All other fish-
ing rules apply (see
I With Florida's 7,700 public
takes and 12,000 miles of fishable
rivers and canals, opportunities
for families to reconnect with
nature and share quality time to-
gether are abundant.
. The FWC also is offering a spe-
cial five-year freshwater fishing
license bonus program, which
kicks off on April 1. This promo-
tion provides an extra incentive to
anglers in'the form of free tackle,
publications and fishing accesso-
Kies that add to the convenience

and cost savings already asso-
ciated with a five-year license.
Matched with the priceless mem-
ories created from family fishing
experiences, the FWC makes this
a deal difficult to resist. Five-year
licenses cost $79, plus up to $5.23
in convenience fees, depending
on where licenses are purchased.
The first 3,000 customers to
upgrade to a five-year freshwater
fishing license after April 1 not
only will save from $6 to more
than $20 in fees, but also receive a
free bonus package by mail with
samples, magazines and cou-
pons from fishing-related com-
panies. Some of the items offered
include free hooks from Daiichi
and Owner and lures from Culprit.
and Berkley, plus a coupon for
free sunglasses from Penn, a Lar-
chy dehooker and a lure retriever
mail-in coupon, with handling
In addition, innovative prod-
ucts -- like Worm-glo by Sure Life,
a fluorescent worm feed -- will
also be a part of the package.
Several publications, including
Florida Wildlife magazine, will
provide information about safe,
fun and successful fishing. Other
package inserts include a Polk
County Lakes Map and coupon
book, and coupons from Bass-
Online, Canoe Outpost, e-Angler,
Disney Fishing, Gambler Lures,
Ladies Let's Go Fishing, Mage
Eyes and Ocean Waves.
Fishing license fees are used


only for fish and wildlife conser-
vation purposes and are a major
source of funding for conserva-
tion programs, from habitat res-
toration to fish stocking and fish-
ing-access enhancement. Since a
resident freshwater fishing license
costs just $17 for an entire year, it
is already an outstanding recre-
ational value. The average angler
takes 17 trips a year, so that is ap-
proximately a dollar per trip that
typically lasts four to six hours.
Five-year licenses are avail-
able online at
cense and via the toll-free phone
number, 1-888-347-4356. In addi-
tion, they may be purchased at
any license agent, such as retail
stores that sell fishing supplies
and bait-and-tackle shops or at lo-
cal county tax collectors' offices.
Even if your current license hasn't
expired, you can order a five-year
license now and have the effective
date for the license set for 60 days
after the purchase. The package
typically arrives in three to four
weeks, without you or the agent
having to do anything else.
For information about local
fishing opportunities, visit My- You
can verify the offer is still in effect
and that you will be one of the first
3,000 by visiting MyFWC.conV
Fishing/5yr-2008.html, where you
can also see all of the contents.
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year licenses are sold.

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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
ELECTIONS: Obama is getting 80 percent to 85 percent of the
African Americans votes. Did anybody check out that he is not of Af-
rican American descent? His mother is a white woman and his father
is from Kenya. Everybody is saying he's an African American but he's
not. All of our good African American people are supporting this man
and I don't understand why. He is not an African American.
YELLOW RIBBONS: Why doesn't Okeechobee have any yellow
ribbons out? I put some out on the big trees on the main corners
and I travel a lot and haven't seen them. Why in the world wouldn't
they have yellow ribbons hanging? There's a war going on and people
have loved ones and neighbors, maybe they should see to it. I'm go-
ing to buy the ribbons and see if the flower shops will make the bows.
Some places have yellow ribbons all up and down the streets and we
have none. We need to get with it, Okeechobee.
RECYCLING: I try to recycle to help the environment for the fu-
ture. I put my bins out every week and I have been waiting for three
weeks now for them to empty them. It makes you so upset that I'm
ready to say the heck with recycling. Let the landfill fill up. Waste Man-
agement doesn't seem to care so why should 1. I saw three trucks go
by today and none stopped. I'm ready to go back to filling the earth
with the junk. I'm tired of looking at the junk so I'm going to dump it
all in the dumpster.
FCAT: When I was going through school we didn't have these tests
and guess what; I did just fine. This test has put more stress not only
on the kids but on the teachers that it needs to be abolished. If the kids
need extra training to learn then the teacher should give them that
time. This FCAT is making a lot of kids drop out of school and Charlie
Crist should know this.
STREET LIGHTS: The street lights that were put up in Basswood
and Whispering Pines look very nice. I drive that way every morning
to go to work and I was wondering when they were going to start
working on the Four Seasons section around 64th avenue, it's getting
really bad around there too.
GOSSIP: This is for the person who complained about listening to
the gossip while out to lunch. Maybe if they took a friend with them
next time they wouldn't have to over hear everyone else's conversa-
tion; of course, that's if they have any.
ELECTIONS: It is time for elections and it is time for thd concerned
citizens to take a vote. Change the dirty diapers and bring in clean dia-
pers. It's time for a change.
RODEO: We were at the rodeo and the little six year old boy that
won was never mentioned in the paper. A lot of other rodeo informa-
tion was in the paper but nothing about the little boy. Editor's note:
The list of rodeo winners was provided by the rodeo sponsors.
However, the children's events -- mutton bustin' and calf scram-
ble -- are for fun, not part of PRCA. If you have a photo of the little
cowboy winning, you can still send it in. Email to okeenews@
OCRA: Why would there be OCRA games scheduled every night of
the week during FCAT but no games are scheduled on Saturday? How
and why does this happen?
r...- STUDENT TRIP: I heard the there is a group from Okeechobee
- High School, that wants to take students to Europe to learn more
-about the Latin language. I presume that they have learned all there is
to know about the USA. Don't they realize this country is going broke?
Wake up, travel around your own country and learn all there is to
know about the good 'ol USA. Now if a church is going to finance the
whole trip then that might be something else.
OKEECHOBEE FAIR: The fair has improved greatly over the last
year; keep it up. We visited the fair just to see the talent at the karaoke
contest and in our opinion it was a complete disaster. The talent was
fantastic but the contest was a joke. It turned out to be a personal-
ity contest and not karaoke. Who ever heard of having an applause
meter to be the judge for the talent? If you brought a lot of friends and
relatives, you would win. That wasn't fair at all. The female ventrilo-
quist really, Nancy Roth, really put on a great show. You can sure tell
she was a professional.
DRUGS: It' no wonder why we have a drug problem. I was com-
ing home from work and I live in Fort Drum and I didn't want to hit all
the traffic so I cut through the back way. A man stopped me and said
"Do you want to buy some drugs?" What's wrong with this world?
JETS: I was wondering why there were six or seven jets in the air
over Okeechobee and letting out smoke at different times. Can any-
one tell me what's going on?
PRESIDENT ELECTION: I am an older man who has never voted
for a Republican. I cannot vote for Barack Obama because of his spiri-
tual leaders of 20 years. This pastor believes America is responsible
for 9-11, and he doesn't mask his distain for white America. I think the
man is prejudiced. The way it looks, right now I will probably be cast-
ing my vote for John McCain.
STORE: A lot of customers are being let down and the store man-
agers are not trying to help anybody. If they want to improve them-
selves then get the customer's point of view.

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Fight fair when you disagree

From the American
Counseling Association
Of course you love your spouse,
(or children, parents or best
friend). Of course you would never
want to fight or argue with any of
them. And, of course, those are
exactly the people with whom you
have the most arguments. No you
probably aren't constantly fighting
with each other (though if that is
the case, go talk to a counseling
professional, because that's not
how relationships with those we
care about are supposed to work),
but even the best of relationships
are going to have disagreements
and misunderstandings.
Working through those mo-
ments honestly an fairly can help
strengthen a' relationship for both

parties, but make disagreeing an
emotional shouting match and
you can easily do real damage to
an important relationship.
Instead, try these tips for dis-
agreeing without causing harm.
Remember your goal is to
solve the problem, not win" the
Don't let anger be your first
reaction. When anger clouds udg-
ment it's easy to insult and disre-
spect the other person resulting in
an emotional fight rather than an
attempt to deal with the issue.
Don't let misunderstanding
be the basis for the argument. If
you think you've been misunder-
stood, ask the other person to tell
you what he or she heard you say-
ing. Simply restating what you re-

Community Events

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. Okeechobee. 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 5, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information call
(863) 634-0999.

Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown (772) 332-3149.

Lincoln Day Dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee would like to invite you to
our Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, April 19, 2008. The speakers
will be Gayle Harrell, Hal Valenche and Tom Rooney, our candidates
for Congress. Please call the office at 357-4111 for more information.

A Childs World offers VPK sign ups
VPK is a quality early education program aimed at helping your
child toenter school ready and eager to learn. The Summer 2008 pro-
gram is available to children who are eligible for kindergarten in Fall
of 2008 and have not attended VPK, birth date ranges Sept. 2, 2002
- Sept. 1, 2003. The Fall 2008-2009 program is available to all children
who will be 4 years old, but not 5 years of age or older, on Sept. 1,
2008 and are eligible for kindergarten in Fall of 2009. Birth date range
Sept. 2 2003 Sept. 1 2004. To register, bring proof of Florida residency
Drivers License, utility bill, residential rental agreement or Florida iden-
tification card, (no PO Box) Birth Certificate/proof of age. Staff from
the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee
will be on hand to answer questions and inform parents of program

ally meant may straighten things
Listen to the other person's
side and make sure you really un-
derstand his or her position. We
can be just as guilty of not under-
standing, or sometimes not even
hearing, the other side of the argu-
Say what you mean, but say it
Stick to real issues. Launching
a personal attack on the other per-
son, focusing on emotional issues,
or dragging up past problems and
events wilEdo nothing to solve the
current problem.
Disagreements with loved ones
happen, but that doesn't mean you
both don't still love and respect
each other. Discussing problems

openly and in detail can often lead
to a solution, but even when it
doesn't, it's important to remem-
ber that the relationship itself is
always more important than the
current disagreement. If you can't
find an immediate solution, agree
to continue loving and respecting
each other, and remember that
there's always tomorrow to try and
work things out.
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service by the
American Counseling Association,
the nation's largest organization
of counseling professionals. Learn
more about the counseling profes-
sion at the ACA web site, www.

Community Calendar

Tuesday, March 25
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at thE
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, cal:
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information
June Scheer at (863) 634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information.
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:3(
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. ParrotI
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 thai
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 Unitec
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
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday al
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, '101 Fiftt
Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. Fol
information call (863) 357-3053.

Wednesday, March 26
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. SpanisIt
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church.
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 179E
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting, from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlear
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heartltholic Church.
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee.
101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served al
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Thursday, March 27
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information cal
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, cal:
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis anc
the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:3(
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please joir
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863)
763-4920, for information.

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Students of the week
Students of the week at South Elementary School include: Elisa Perez, Jan Calderon, Gianni Raciti, Kyle Padgett, Alley
Arellano, Emily Beaty, Wilniyha Jones, Rocky Chauhan, Ayan Desai, Jennifer Center, Thomas Coberly, Jerrius Fowler,
Michelle LaRowe, Mason Faulk, Angela Langdale, Jonathan Hedrick, John Lashley, Colton Smith, Pedro Nieto, Kriston
Manalo, Graceila Martinez, David Torres, Call Pearce, Michael Pickelmann and Robert Muniz.

Education News in Brief

Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District
Speaking Contest will be held at
3 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the
Okeechobee USDA Service Center
at 452 Hwy 98 North, Okeecho-
bee. The contest is open to any
Okeechobee County student en-
rolled in Grades 6 through 12.
The topic is "What is the Future of
Florida's Renewable Energies?"
Speeches will be 6 to 8 minutes
long. Three independent judges
will score contestants on content,
composition and delivery. Prizes
for the District Contest are $150
for First Place, $1,00 for Second
Place and $50 for Third Place.
There will be a participation prize
of $15 to all contestants.
Any student interested in par-
ticipating may contact Audrey
Driggers at the Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation District

at 763-3619 or stop by the USDA
Service Center for complete con-
test rules.
Pre-K registration
begins in March
The Okeechbbee County
School Board will begin regis-
tration for the 2008-09 School
Readiness/VPK Pre-kindergarten
program in March. The Pre-K pro-
gram is located at New Endeavor
High School. To be eligible to
participate in the Pre-K program,
children must turn 4 on or before
Sept. 1, 2008. For information re-
garding the Pre-K program or to
place your name on a contact list,
please call Donna Kersey at (863)
462-5363 or Rhonda Morton at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 235.

Parent education
classes offered
'The Okeechobee County

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

Free GED classes
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through

Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30
p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a
second language classes, Monday
-Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.;
Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

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

Hair & Tanning Keller

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f Yellow Box Shoes Hair & Tanning Accessories
3037 Hwy 70 East Okeechobee

Memorial Tribute
Remember a loved one
who has departed with a special
Memorial Tribute in this newspaper.

Your tribute can be published following the, memorial services, or to
commemorate an anniversary ofyour loved one's birth or passing. You
can add a photograph of your loved one, lines from a poem or
scripture, and special art or borders -- and we'll make sure it all comes
together attractively and tastefully.

Visit for sample ads
and an online order form, or call 1-866-379-6397 toll free.

School Program

The School District of Okeechobee County,
Florida is seeking proposals from qualified
businesses with operations in Okeechobee
County, Florida interested in partnering
with the district in A Business-Community
(ABC) School Program. The proposal is for
,. ^the business to provide a facility, including
the associated operating and, upkeep
.. expenses, in which the School District of
Okeechobee County will provide an edu-
cational program for the children of the
business'.employees for six hours per day
or as consistent with the School District of
SOkeechobee County approved elementary
school hours and calendar.
A Business-Community School is defined as a public school
offering instruction to students from kindergarten through
third grade in a facility owned or leased by a business,
Information regarding this ABC Program can be obtained
by calling Joni Ard, Director of Student Services for the
Okeechobee County Schools, at (863) 462-5000, ext. 260

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St. Lucie Batter & Tire of Okeechobee
wants to thank you for the letters and pictures
we received. We look forward to

Paige Arnold
Brittany Avant
Kristen Barnes
Gavin Beal
Rebekah Bennett
Colton Butts
David Butts
Kristi Butts
Katerina Cabrera
Billy Childers
John Conner
Bethany Enfinger
Kyle Folsom
Ryan Folsom
Jared Fountain
James Gainer
Hunter Hair
Johanna Hair
Karra Hair
Tori Hamilton
Tyler Hayes
Kristopher Hert

seeing you in 2009!
Georgia Hert
Kailey Hoover
Erin Hudson
Garrett Johnson
Brittany Jones
Jessica Julian
Nathan Lea
Joshua Lea
Carolanne Lundy
Nancy Mataushek
Colby McDugale
Megan Moore
Megan Mullin
Janna Mullis
Trevor Nelson
Brandon Parks
Mariah Parriott
Ethan Parriott
Sarah Payne
Forrest Pearce
Cali Pearce
Shayla Pendrey

Danielle Pitts
Traile Robbins
Brayden Rucks
Dustin Rucks
Reno Scroggins
Mcariel Sherwood
Aladin Sherwood
Quinton Smith
Preston Smith
Lane Spires
Josie Stratton
Nat Stratton
Jessica Suit
Justice Talley
Dalton Thomas
Hailey Venables
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Important Information: Please
read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
"advertisement". All ads
accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
style and are restricted to
their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
require advance payment.
These classifications are
denoted with an asterisk *.
Independent Newspapers will'
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
'CarPodol 110
,Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
-In Memoriam 125
'Found 130
Lost 135
'Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
'Personals 150
'Special Notices 155
,900 Numbers 160

Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
hole. Dearly missed. Reward
offered (863)228-4694
HUFFY Blue, Vic. Aqua Isles
.Park. Approx early March. If
found please call

Employment -
Full-Time 205
m loyment 210
Medical 210
employment -
art-Time 215
Wanted 220,
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Insurance Customer Service
Representative needed;
License a plus,
Experience a plus
Please fax resume to:
Accounts Payable/Payroll
Experience needed, 40
hrs per week.
Call (772)260-6671 or
Fax (772)597-4213
How fast can your car
go? It can go even master
when you sell It In the

Need to be computer
literate in data
processing. Fax resume
to 863-467-5804,
F/T Class A CDL required.
Local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfleds

saves you money by
providing information
about best buys.
No wonder newspaper
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Okeechobee News


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fieds and make your
clean un a breeze!


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Excellent local
references. 40 years
exp in Residential
We do it all!!
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry

makes you a more informed
and Interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful


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

- (6) 8750 $6.00 ea.
(1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
$33.00, (1)S015086
$26.00, No phone calls
please. If interested e-mail to
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-

Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
e-mail to okeeadmin@news-


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MCCAWS Hand fed &
weaned, 4-6 mos old, very
sweet, 4 colors. $750 & up
(863)824-0003 after 6pro
old, 4 left, purebred, all shots
& wormed. $250 each
(863)824-0003 after 6pm

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

TRACTOR 2004 Branson
3820 w/ 20" turf tires', fron-
tend loader, 6' wood brush-
cutter, 6' boxblade & canopy.
205 hrs. $18,000 for all

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/ For Legal Ads:
/ For All Other Classified Ads:

/ 1-877-354-2424 frToli Free)

/ Mon-Fri
8am -5pm

Bruce Homer/
Nationwide Insurance
Looking for Experienced
Licensed CSR/AGENT
Full or Part Time considered
Applied/AMS Systems exp.
a plus. Bilingual a Plus.
Fax resume to:
863-763-6010 or drop
off at 900 S. Parrott Ave.
NEW 500+ site "5-Star" Mas-
ter Planned RV Village being
developed in 2008 in Okee-
chobee. First rate sales people
wanted to sell deeded sites
and Park Model Homes.
Flexible hours commission-
based. Fax resume to
NEEDED: Aluminum & Steel.
Drivers License a MUST!
Benefits Available.
Apply in person.
Adron Fence Co.
2762 NW 4th St.
Mon- Fri, 7:30am to 3:30pm

How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

/ Mon-Fri
6 am .Opr,

/ Monday
Fnday 12 roon for Monday pubkcolon
/ Tuesday through Friday
11 am for nexi day s pubklcoon
/ Saturday
Thursday 12 noon for Sal publicaon
v/ Sunday
Fr-day 10 am for Sundoy publication i

Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


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

IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
OKEECHOBEE: 11BR in town,
$700/mo, utils incl'd, no
pets, smoke-free env. 1st &
sec. (863)610-0861
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:
KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750,
me. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba!
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 ori +

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

3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
ar., Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100 & Up (561)723-2226
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053

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I Real Estate
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825 6I
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
Call Lex (561)715-1768 Business Places-
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy Commercial
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage, Property- Sale 1010
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo. Condos/
rent. $5,000 applied to pur- Townhouses Sale1015
chase of $149,900 after 1 Farms Sale 1020
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr. Houses Sale 1025
Basswood. (561)718-2822 Hunting Property 1030
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor- Property Sale 1035
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet. Land Sale 1040
$950/mo neg. Lots Sale 1045
(863)763-0445 Open House 1050
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY 4 Br.,Out of State -
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last, Property Sale 1055
sec. & refs. Call Barry for Property Inspectionl060
more into. 772-216-141 Real Estate Wanted1065
more info. 772-216 Resort Property -
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with Sale 1070
garage. C/Air. 1st, last & Warehouse Space 1075
sec. 863-467-2541 or after Waterfront Property 1080
5 pm 863-634-9330
$1100/mo + sec. 615 Hwy S
78, (561)71'8-9784 Larry
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi- Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
Lo Acres. $1200 mo. 1000+ homes BHR
772-349-3848 or 597-1967 $75k/acre (863)801-3133
SE Okeechobee, 4BR/3BA, 2
car garage, w/swimming
pool, r1500 mo. + 1st &
poose, (561)254-9326 WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
sec. (561)254-9326 Cypress, golf, club-
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br, house, pool. (239)945-7666
1 ba, waterfront house, large or (239)822-9696
fenced yard. $750/mo
(954)610-5345 R-rPo t

PLACID, FL, New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
READING A amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
NEWSPAPER MAKES also avail. Call (863)465-2135
PERSON Mobile Homes

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Mobile Home Lots 2005
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-n 9 Mobile Homes -Rent 2015
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE Mobile Homes Sale 2020
SPACE available, w/in.hew _____
comm building, all utils incld. M ileH
$600/mo (863)467-1545
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft., BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
near Courthouse, $675 mo. Wide on 1 Ac. $900/mo. +
incl. cam. (863)467-0831 1st & Sec. 863-697-1494

ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$650/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
Annually, available
immediately. $750/ month
canal. Newly remodeled.
$750 dep. $175 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
lbr, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All UtII.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
Mobile Home Angels
wide on 2 lots at end of cul-
de-sac, 2br, lba. $65,000
neg (863)467-2156
OKEE Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
older m.h. $65,000 neg


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

BOAT 12', 15hp Evinrude
.mtr., w/trailer, $1200.
(561)254-9326 .
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,, new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153

Public Notices I
2 axle trr., new tap, console, -- -EECHOBEECOUNTY
steering whi., exc. cond., BANK NA1111ONAL TRU
$4,000. (863)824-0801 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
$4,000. (863)824-0801 COMPANY as Trustee under POOLING
Public Notice 5005 as of November 1, 2005 MORGAN
Need a few mope bDIuckS to State Public STANLEY HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST
purchase something Legal Notice 5500 2005-MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH
deer? Pick up some legal Notice CERTIRCATES, SERIES 2005-4,
extra bucks when y-vs- case #0 CA 28
d youP used Items I n Jose Villanueva; Mortgage Electronic
the la s. I Registrations systems, Inc. as nominee
far Wilmington Finance; Unknown Par-
ties in Possession #1; Unknown Par-
Ca p r/ s IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ties in Possession #2; If living, and all
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Unknown Parties claiming by, through.
CARS RV STORAGE OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR under and against the above named
A V A OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Defendant l) who are not known to be
455 US Hwy. 441 SE., CASE NO. 2007-CA-366 dead or alive, whether said Unknown
Okeechobee 34974 -Dirrectly Parties may claim an interest as
kEas of G 4 irits L nge. WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL AS- Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or
East of Good Spirits Lounge. SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR SECU- Other Claimants.
Units up to 45 Ft L RITIZED ASSET BACKED Defendant(s).
accepted. RECEIVABLES LLC 2006-OP1 MORT-
(63)7630295 .Plain TO: Jose Villanueva
furnished. Blue Cypress Defendants ResaOidence unknown, if living ;..u ;w,,
urnished. Bue press any unknown spouse of tr, .i, O
Condo Assoc. Lot 151. NOTICE OF FORECLOSiRESALE fendants, f either has remarried and if
$82,500. (863)467-5601n either or both of said Oefendants are
(863)467-5601 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a dead, their respective unknown heirs,
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated devisees, grantees, assignees, credi-
SpotsVehI c / 2/28/08 and entered in Case No. tors, lienors, and trustees, and all other
2007-CA-366, of the Circuit Court of persons claiming by, through, under or
the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and against the named Defendant(s); and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, the aforementioned named Defen-
HONDA FOREMAN 500 '05 wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA- dant(s) and such of the aforemen-
37 hours, excellent condi- TIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE toned named Defendant(s) and such
tin or b t offer FOR SECURITIZED ASSET BACKED of the aforementioned unknown Defen-
tion. $4800 or best offer. RECEIVABLES LLC 2006-OP1 MORT- dants as may be infants, incompetents
(863)673-2388 Clewiston GAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI- orotherwise not suiis.
KAWASAKI PRAIRIE 360 Plaintiff and JERRY G. RHODES, IF ton has been commenced to foreclose
'05, 4X4, Very good condi- LMNG, AND IF DEAD, THE UNKNOWN a mortgage on the following real prop-
05, 4X4, Very good conde SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT- erty, lying and being and situated in
tion. $3100 or best offer. EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI- Okeechobee County, Florda, more
(863)634-4438 TORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER particularly described as follows:
the Defendants. I will sell to the highest THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
and best bidder for cash Okeechobee 2, PAGE 100, OF THE PUBLIC
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
St., Okeechobee, FL, at 11:00 AM on FLORIDA.
S4/2/2008, .the following described more commonly known as 650 North-
property as set forth in said FinalJudg- west 102nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
ment, to wit 34972.
! This action has been filed against you
LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 25, NORTH- and you are required to serve a copy
WEST ADDIOOON, ACCORDING TO of your written defense, if any, upon
Automobiles 4005 PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 25, PUBLIC for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424
Automobiles 4005 RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, North Federal Highway, Suite 360,
Autos Wanted 4010 FLORIDA. Boca Raton, Florida 33431 within thirty
Classic Cars 4015 (30) days after the first publication of
C aAny person claiming an interest in the this notice, 4/17/2008 and file the
Commercial Trucks 4020 surplus from the sale, if any, other original with the clerk of this Court ei-
Construction than the property owner as of the date their before service on Plaintiffs attor-
Equipment 4025 of the is pendens must file a claim ney or immediately there after;
Forqu n Cars 4030 within 60 days after the sale. otherwise a default will be entered
Foreign Cars 4030 against you for the relief demanded in
Four Wheel Drive 4035 SHARON ROBERTSON the Complaint.
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040 As Clerk of the Court WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
Parts Re irs 4045 By: Linda F Young on the 13th day of March, 2008.
Parts Repairs 4045 As Deputy Clerk
Pickup Trucks 4050 Dated this 12th day of March 2008. SHARON ROBERTSON
SportwUtility 4055 Circuit and County Courts
TractorTrail rs 4060 In accordance with the Americans with By: Arene Nealis
Tractor Trailers 4 Disabilities Act, persons needing a mrea- Deputy Clerk
Utility Trailers 4065 sonable accommodation to participate 265529 ON 3/17,24/08
Vans 4070 in this proceeding should, no later than
_________ __ -sevear) days prior, contact the Clerk
of the Court's disability coordinator at
863, 763-2131 304 NW 2nd Stto
OKECHOBEE, FL 33472 If hearing
inpairmd, contact (TOD)
DODGE CARAVAN '96, pas- tem. -877via orida Relay sys-
senger van. $950 or best of- 265292ON 3/17,24/08 h w J d L ooI o
fer. (305)370-5647 LeoMoig oI a place to u i dii
FORD ECONOLINE 150 VAN ng yo lt? Look no
92, $950 or best offer. further than the classl- nl s
(305)370-5647 Reds.IlHUO

Flag football team loses to Glades Central

By Charles M. Murphy terback and was equally effective a stand and prevent a touch- for two touchdowns in the sec- "They had good arms. She read ceptions. They also mishandled
Okeechobee News in both positions. She noted she down. However. any momen- ond half for Glades Central as me just like I read her. If she saw several handoffs.

Deanna Everett made some
+ big catches and some even more'
impressive throws as she led the
Glades Central Raiders to their
first victory of the season Thurs-
day, 23-7, over Okeechobee High
Raiders Coach Sheldon Wash-
ington knows something about.
winning. He played football with
the likes of Johnny Rutledge,
Riedel Anthony and Fred Taylor
during his playing days at Glades
Washington repeatedly took
risks, going for it on fourth
down, and then relying on his
defense to keep Okeechobee off
the scoreboard.
Everett said that shows their
coach has a lot of confidence in
his team, "It was a great game, a
great win. It was our first win. I
can catch real well. I'm an awe-
some athlete."
Bille Joe Freeman scored the
only touchdown of the night for
Okeechobee in the third quarter
on a short run. The touchdown
was set up by a 45 yard pass
from QB Amelia Moros to Tay-
lor Woods. Freeman ran in the
extra point to account for all of
Okeechobee points.
Kylie Eckhardt had an ex-
cellent game on defense for
Okeechobee (1-2). She repeat-
edly put pressure on the Raiders
QB's and had three sacks on the
night. She almost had an early
interception due to her pass
rush. She added three tackles on
running plays.
"I feel we did well. We could
have done better. We have our
nights and our off nights, it hap-
pens," she noted. "The coach
was confident in me and told
me to rush the passer. It worked
out pretty good. A couple of oth-
er girls also got to rush and got
some good experience."
It appeared Okeechobee
would be off to the races against
Glades Central in the early going.
Freshman Macin Raulerson ran
up the sideline for 25 yards and
barely missed scoring a touch-
down on the opening play of
the game. However Moros was
intercepted one play later to halt
the drive and stop any momen-
tum the Lady Brahmans could
Glades Central drove to the
Brahman 35 but faced a fourth
down and long. That's when Ev-
erett got open in the secondary
and out fought the defense to
catch a 35 yard touchdown pass.
That play set the tone for the ag-
gressive Raiders.
"I had to step up, play big,
and make a big play," Everett
noted afterward. She alternated
between wide receiver and quar-

has played tackle football with
boys and isn't afraid of contact.
A second interception by
Glades Central set them up at the
Brahmans 19 later in the quarter
but the defense was able to make

tum from the defensive stand
was lost when the offense mis-
handled a handoff and it landed
in the end zone for a safety and a
9-0 Glades Central lead.
QB Rodkeisha Joiner rushed

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Macin Raulerson ran for 25 yards on this play against Glades

they built their lead to 16 points.
Lori Nicolas scored a late rush-
ing touchdown for the Raiders.
"There quarterbacks were
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me coming she tried to run, just
like anyone would."
Okeechobee's offense was
hurt by the turnover bug Thurs-


The Lady Brahmans traye0 fp
Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday
and Seminole Ridge on Thurs-

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