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Vol.99 No. 97

*********ALL FOR ADC 320
Sunday, April 6, 2008 Po BOX 117o07
..-....,... ..--...... GAINESVILLE FL 32611

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
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into 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 Thursdays 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 restric-
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: 319
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.34 feet
Last Year: 10.34 feet

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

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Kissimmee River: Birds returning

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Bends in the river such as this were reconstructed in the historical fashion of the natural Kissimmee River flow.
The restoration of the river has made vast improvements on both the rivers ecosystem as well as the water flow

Wildlife responds to restoration project

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Just north of the Okeecho-
bee County line is the River-
woods Field Laboratory. There
a team of scientists have been
collecting and calculating data
through the past few years
to conclude whether or not
the Kissimmee River Restora-
tion Project is indeed meeting
it's goals. Thursday, April 3, a
group of Scientists and visitors
took a tour of the Kissimmee
River to see first hand the very
answer to that question.
The restoration of the Kis-
simmee River is being mea-
sured in part by the number
of bird species benefiting from
the $578 million, 12-year envi-
ronmental recovery effort.
According to Lawrence
Glenn, Division Director, "this
is the largest river restoration
project of its type ever attempt-
The Kissimmee River once
meandered 'for 103 miles
throughout central Florida. The
floodplains of that 103 miles
once reached up to three miles
wide and was inundated for
long periods of time by heavy
seasonal rains. During that
time wetland plants, wading
birds and fish not only made
their home in these floodplains
but also thrived there.
While the natural wildlife
thrived the human impacts
were severe during these pro-
longed flooding periods. As a
direct result of this impact to
humanity the U.S. Army Corp
of Engineers made the decision
to cut and dredge the 103 miles
of the Kissimmee River into a
30 foot deep straightway. This
cutting and dredging which
took place between 1961 and
1972 left what has became
known as the C-38 Canal. This
channelization of the river de-
creased the waterfowl habi-
tants by more than 90 percent.
Bald Eagle nesting declined by
75 percent, and wading bird
numbers severely dropped.
In June of 1999, following
the conclusion that .creating

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
The return of many water fowl that have not been present
in over 40 years to the Kissimmee River and the flood-
plains has become a clear sign to the SFWMD that the
restoration project they have undertaken is proving a

this straightway "wasn't such a
good idea," extensive planning
and construction proceeded,
moving towards environmental
restoration of the Kissimmee
River. The C-38 Canal would
be backfilled for seven and a
half miles in an effort to cre-
ate a more historically physical
and environmentally beneficial
flow of waters.
Two construction phases of
the project are now complete
and have helped reestablish
continuous water flow to more
than 19 miles of the Kissimmee
River. That 19 miles of flood-
plain is now, once again, be-
coming inundated with sum-
mertime rains. This inundation
has helped restore a more
sound ecosystem and benefi-
cial water flow structure from
the nine lakes atop the Kissim-
mee River leading straight to
Lake Okeechobee.
Throughout the past five
years results of these efforts
have been documented and
have shown that the once
channelized areas are surpass-
ing expectations of improve-
ment and environmental re-
The return of waterfowl
to the area is one measure in
which the scientists working

with the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
have been able to track the
success of the Kissimmee Riv-
er Restoration Project. "Their
very presence on the river and
its wide floodplain, dozens of
waterfowl and shorebird spe-
cies -- once absent from the
area -- are vividly demonstrat-
ing that the Kissimmee River. is
on the mend," according to the
Statistics gathered relate
how improved the conditions
have become as compared to
before the restoration began
The wading bird popula-
tion in the restored river and
floodplain regions have more
than tripled;
Duck species including
Fulvous Whistling Duck, North-
ern Pintail, Northern Shoveler,
American Wigeon and Ring-
necked Duck have returned
to the flood plain after being
absent during the 40 plus years
that the system was channel-
Several shorebird species,
including American Avocet,
Black-necked Stilt, Dowitcher,
Greater Yellowlegs, Semipal-

Abuse victims need understanding

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Although the world is full of
suffering, it is also full of over-
coming it," Helen Keller
The month of April has been
proclaimed Sexual Assault
Awareness Month by many
family service organizations
and counseling groups. Activi-
ties during the month address
sexual violence issues and pro-
vide education and awareness.
Sexual and domestic abuse
are real problems that can
cause deep emotional hurt
to the victims. According to
Family Services of Northeast
Wisconsin, sexual assault is a
complicated issue that impacts
one in three females and one in
six males at some time during
their life. Here in Okeechobee

there are organizations and in-
dividual counselors dedicated
to helping victims and their
"I'm doing this for the real
people," Clare Smith-Bennett
said as she related her expe-
riences. Mrs. Smith-Bennett,
from Woodbury Connecticut, is
a winter visitor to Okeechobee.
Unlike some victims of abuse,
she is eager to tell her story. She
considers it a part of therapy.
"Being able to tell my sto-
ry, that's the most important
"I don't want anyone to feel
sorry for me. she added.
"My father touched me inap-
propriately many times," Mrs.
Smith-Bennett said. "The sad
part is that my mother knew."
She was born in 1944 in an

affluent town and her family
has a social background.
"I could never understand
why I was so frightened grow-
ing up," she said. As a child she
was beaten severely when she
did something wrong.
There was the occasion
when she had a wreck on her
bicycle. She was not hurt but
her bicycle was badly dam-
aged. Her father was very po-
lite to the man who brought
her home. However, when he
left her father beat her severely.
When she was 14, her par-
ents divorced. Mrs. Smith-Ben-
nett was thrilled, thinking she
would live with her mother.
However, her mother left her
with her father.
See Abuse Page 2

mated Plover, Least Sandpiper,
Spotted Sandpiper and Western
Sandpiper have also returned
to the river and floodplains;
The number of wading
birds, including white ibis,
great egret, snowy egret and
little blue heron, has increased
significantly, and in some years
has more than doubled the res-
toration target;
Organic deposits on the
river bottom decreased by 71
percent reestablishing sand
bars and providing new habi-
tat for shorebirds and inverte-
brates, including native clams;
Dissolved oxygen levels
have doubled, which is critical
for the long term survival of
fish and other aquatic organ-
isms; and;
Largemouth bass and
sunfishes now comprise 68
percent of the fish community,
which is up from 38 percent.
According to Carol Ann We-
hle, Executive Director of the
SFWMD, "returning wildlife in-
dicates that we're on the right
path in restoring the Kissim-
mee. While we're still docu-
menting our progress, early
results are very promising."
"Birds are just one group
that are enjoying a remarkable
comeback on the Kissimmee,"
said Mr. Lawrence. "Through-
out the food web -- from tiny
invertebrates to upper level
predators --we're seeing prom-
ising results."
The SFWMD has invested
nearly $300 million since 1992
to acquire the 102,064 acres
needed to make this restora-
tion effort possible. The tenta-
tive completion of the Kissim-
mee River Restoration Project
is scheduled for 2012. By then
a total of 39 square miles of riv-
er floodplain ecosystems will
be restored, including 20,000
acres of wetland and 40 miles
of historic river channel.
Although the original Kis-
simmee River area consumed
103 miles, what is calculated
at almost half of that area was
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Clare Smith-Bennett, right, a victim of sexual and domes-
tic abuse shares her experiences with groups from Mar-
tha's House as part of her healing process and to help
victims. Martha's House is an organization that provides
shelter, counseling and legal services for victims of sexu-
al and domestic abuse. Stephanie Locke, right, is execu-
tive director of Martha's House.

2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, April 6, 2008

Continued From Page 1

Her father never touched her
again after that. While he was still
her legal guardian, she never lived
with him. She was sent to board-
ing schools, summer camps and
foster homes.
Eventually her father sent her
a letter, stating "I am letting you
know I am disowning you."
Finally, Mrs. Smith-Bennett
married a man twice her age be-
cause she though he could take
care of her. However, he turned
out to be an alcoholic and was
verbally and emotionally abusive.
"Domestic violence was some-
thing no one spoke of in the '70s
and '80s" she said.

When she was 46 her hus-
band died and she eventually re-
"At 46 anger and fear were the
only feelings I knew."
It is not that bad now for her.
"The fear and anger have al-
ways been there. They are not as
prominent now."
"I never lived. I survived," she
said of her early years.
"When someone severely
abuses you, they take something
that is not theirs, they take your
"I attribute this place to be the
first step in healing," she said of
Martha's House, an Okeechobee
organization that provides shelter,
counselling and legal services for
women who are victims of sexual
and domestic violence.

"They believed me and al-
lowed me to share. Martha's
House validated me as human
"I learned that I never knew'
who I was," she said after coun-
Even today Mrs. Smith-Bennett
has a hard time going to a den-
tist because she feels vulnerable.
She is careful about being shut in
a room with someone else. She
said that victims are panic strick-
en about being abandoned. That
is why they stay in a bad relation-
In order to cope, Mrs. Smith-
Bennet has adopted the 12 steps
of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to
her situation. She refers to the 12
step manual as her bible.
"That is how I learned about

"I needed something to the
take the place of what I lost. I had
to find something to believe."
"There has to be a God," Mrs.
Smith-Bennett asserts. One of
the tenants of AA is a belief in a
higher power.
She describes herself as spiri-
tual rather than religious and calls
the process she is going through
as a spiritual journey.
"You have to forgive yourself,"
she said. "You have to learn how
good you are."
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

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Traffic stop leads

to drug arrest

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on a felony drug charge
Thursday night after he was
stopped for allegedly driving 66
mph in a 60 mph zone.
Samuel David Baggett, 44, S.E.
25th St., was charged with pos-
session of cocaine and booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $5,000.
An arrest report by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force indicates that Baggett was
stopped in the 7400 block of U.S.
98 N. around 11:30 p.m. on April
3. During the stop Baggett ap-
peared nervous, his hands were
shaking and he never made eye
contact with the detective, contin-
ued the report.
When asked he also refused
to allow task force detectives to
search his 1994 green GMC sports

utility vehicle, added the report.
At that point Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
K-9 Rex was used to conduct a
free air sniff of the vehicle's ex-
terior. The K-9, stated the report,
alerted to the driver's side door.
A second K-9, Widgen, was
then used to sniff Baggett's per-
son. According to the arrest re-
port, the K-9 alerted to the man's
crotch area.
Baggett was then searched by
the detectives and .7 grams of a
white powder was found in the
right front change pocket of the
man's jeans, stated the arrest
report. It was also stated in the
report that 15 grams of a white
powder was found in the right
front pocket of his jeans.
When field tested both sub-
stances indicated a positive result
for the presence of cocaine, add-
ed the report.

Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office received the fol-
lowing calls from Friday, March
28, through Thursday, April 3:
Friday, March 28
burglary in the 3300 block
of N.W. 301st Blvd.
vandalism on U.S. 441 S.E.
theft on U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 3600 block
of U.S. 441 S.
vandalism in the 600 block
of S.E. 25th St.
burglary in the 30000 block
of N.E. 65th Terrace
vandalism in the 700 block
of N.W. 23rd Lane
assault in the 3000 block of
N.E. Fourth Trail
Saturday, March 29
vandalism in the 2000
block of N.W. 46th Ave.
vandalism in the 3200
block of U.S. 441 S.
burglary in the 9900 block
of S.W 40th Terrace
burglary in the 3000 block
of N.E. Seventh Lane
fraud in the 200 block of
S.E. 37th Court
burglary in the 200 block
of N.W 24th Ave.
burglary in the 5900 block
of N.E. Third Lane
Sunday, March 30
fraud in the 2700 block of
N.W 36th Ave.
burglary in the 400 block
of N.E. 64th Ave.
Monday, March 31
burglary in the 4000 block
of S.W. 16th Ave.
burglary in the 10000 block
of N.W. 33rd Terrace
theft in the 2700 block of
N.W. 34th Ave.
Tuesday, April 1
vandalism in the 17000
block of N.W. 176th Ave.
fraud in the 3000 block of
S.R. 70 E.
theft in the 1000 block of
N.E. 62nd Ave.
Wednesday, April 2
burglary in the 900 block
of N.W. 23rd Lane
burglary in the 3000 block
of N.W 36th St.

theft in the 3500 block of
S.E. 36th Ave.
assault in the 42000 block
of U.S. 441 N.
theft in the 2300 block of
S.W. 28th St.
burglary in the 3300 block
of N.W. Fourth St.
larceny in the 2400 block
of N.W. 16th Blvd.
larceny in the 600 block of
N. W. 36th St.
assault on N.E. 11th St.
Thursday, April 3
theft on U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 1000 block of
N.E. 39th Blvd.
theft in the 2800 block of
N.E. 11th Lane
burglary in the 4000 block
of U.S. 98 N.
Editor's Note: Only calls
dealing with either a felony or a
potential felony are entered into
this column.


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AARP-Taxaide offers free, tax preparation and E-Filing. This free
service can answer most of the tax issues faced by all middle to low
income taxpayers. With special attention to taxpayers, age 60 or
older. This service begins Feb. .11 until April 15, on Mondays and
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hall, 501 S.E. Second St. (doors open 8:45 a.m. no sooner.) You
must bring last years tax return, all W-2's; 1099s; Interest, Dividend,
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, April 6, 2008 _

lp Livestock ales:
Rain helping water levels Market Report Mondaytm
SarketMondayt 12 .m.

Water restrictions
still in effect

. The South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) last
week announced that in March
the region received above-aver-
age rainfall for the second month
in a row. Rainfall in both February
and March has helped improve
surface and groundwater levels
in most areas of the District's 16
counties. South Florida remains
in a regional water shortage,
however, and continues to re-
cover from a multi-year rainfall
deficit. Landscape irrigation re-
strictions remain in place.
"These two wet months have
brought much-needed relief to
our two-year dry spell," said SF-
WMD Executive Director Carol
Ann Wehle. "The rainfall -- com-
bined with proactive water man-
agement and Florida's citizens,
farms and businesses doing their
part to conserve water -- has
helped improve water resource
District-wide March rainfall
averaged 3.35 inches, slightly
higher (about orie-third inch)
than the historical average for
the month. February rainfall av-
eraged 2.99 inches, about an
inch higher than the historical
average. Early April also saw
above-average rainfall District-
wide, with 0.50 inches recorded
in three days, or about one-quar-
ter inch above average.
Since the start of the dry sea-
son in November, District me-
teorologists have recorded an
average of 9.79 inches of rain
District-wide. While this is only
79 percent of the historical aver-
age, or a deficit of 2.55 inches, it
is a significant improvement over
this same period last year, when
an average of only 6 inches of
rain fell across the District, or 50
percent of the historical average.
In some areas of the District,
dry season rainfall is now close
to historical averages as a result

of the February and March rains.
Hendry County through western
Palm Beach County and east-
ern Broward County received
over 90 percent of that region's
historical average. The District's
four northernmost basins -- Up-
per Kissimmee, Lower Kissim-
mee, Okeechobee and Martin/St.
Lucie County basins -- received
66-76 percent of historical rain-
fall average since November. The
basin along Florida's southwest
coast (Lee and Collier counties)
received 70 percent of the his-
torical average.
The recent, much-needed
rainfall is considered a rarity dur-
ing the current La Nifia condi-
tions. La Nifia is a strong weather
anomaly in the equatorial Pacific
that almost always signals below
average rainfall for Florida in
April. Because of La Nifia con-
ditions, all official long-term cli-
matic forecasts continue to call
for below-average rainfall for the
Groundwater and surface wa-
ter levels across most of the Dis-
trict have responded favorably to
the moderate gains from Febru-
ary, March and early April rain
events. Grotindwater levels are in
good shape and are higher now
than this time last year, with the
exception of a few wells in Lee
and Collier counties that remain
low. Water levels in the Kissim-
mee River are at their regulation,
or optimum, levels and higher
than this time last year.
Water levels in the three Ever-
glades Water Conservation Areas
in western Palm Beach, Broward
and Miami-Dade counties are
near or above their, regulation,
or optimum, levels for this time
of year and nearly a foot higher
than this time last year.
At 10.32 feet above sea
level Saturday morning, Lake
Okeechobee levels have risen
three-quarters of an inch over
the past week and are expected
to continue this upward trend.
However, levels remain about

4 feet below the historical aver-
age for this time of year. Lake
Okeechobee is the source of wa-
ter for 500,000 acres of farmland
in the Everglades Agricultural
Area and serves as a primary
backup supply to more than five
million South Floridians.

April is- Water
Conservation Month in
South Florida's dry season be-
gins in November and ends with
the start of the wet season, typi-
cally in June. One of the year's
driest months is April, which his-
torically averages only 2.5 inches
of rain District-wide. Next week,
the SFWMD Governing Board
will consider a resolution declar-
ing April as Water Conservation
Month in Florida.
"April is the ideal time to
heighten water use awareness,"
Ms. Wehle said. "We must create
a long-term culture of conserva-
tion to protect South Florida's
limited water resources, not only
in April' but every month of the
To achieve that, stakehold-
ers have been meeting with the,
District to develop a year-round
water conservation program for
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'Peanut hay' becoming popular

From the Florida
Department of
Perennial peanut is a high-
quality persistent tropical forage
legume which can be grazed
or fed to horses, dairy and beef
cattle, hogs, goats, sheep and
rabbits. It can be stored as dry
hay or silage and is a substitute
for alfalfa. Florigraze and Arbrook
cultivars of perennial peanut, or
rhizoma peanut, as it is some-
times called, have been selected
in Florida for their high yield,
quality, persistence, disease resis-
tance, and drought tolerance.
Perennial peanut is well-'
adapted to dry, sandy soils, and
has the potential to persist indefi-
nitely. Perennial peanut is planted
using rhizomes, or underground
stems, dug from a nursery plant-
ing. It does not require nitrogen
fertilizer, and once established,
can be maintained with low level
management. Hay yields in North
Florida range from 3 to 5 tons per
year for well-established stands.
Quality and uses are so similar to
that of alfalfa that perennial pea-
nut has been coined "Florida's
Perennial peanut grows well in
Florida, south Georgia and south-
ern portions of the Gulf States. It
requires no pesticides for control

.of insects or diseases nor does
it require applied nitrogen as do
traditional grass forages. These
characteristics make peren-
nial peanut an environmentally
sound, low resource consuming
crop that ranks it as an important
component for ,sustainable agri-
cultural systems.
Perennial peanut evolved
under tropical conditions, how-
ever, it adapts well to subtropi-
cal or warm temperate climates.
In the northern hemisphere,
this includes locations below 31
degrees to 32 degrees latitude
which have a longer warm grow-
ing season.
Perennial peanut grows best
in full sun. Specific rainfall re-
quirements have not been deter-
mined, however, it grows best in
Florida when days are long, hot,
and humid. Irrigation has proven
beneficial during establishment
in spring droughts.
Perennial peanut persists in a
variety of well-drained soil types
and does well in the deep sands
of Florida. Rocky areas and high
clay soil should be avoided if the
objective is to produce for dig-
ging. In northern production re-
gions, clay soils with excess mois-
ture may freeze during prolonged
periods with temperatures below
32 degrees F. Rhizomes located
in the zone of, frozen soil will be

uourtesy pnoto/uepartmem oT
Peanut hay is becoming more
commonly grown in Florida.

killed. Due to this and the slow
spread of rhizomes in clay soils,.
the selection of a well drained
soil for planting is particularly
important in northern produc-
tion regions., Recent experience
has demonstrated that perennial
peanut grows well in reclaimed
phosphatic, highly colloidal clay
soil in South Central Florida.

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Speak Out
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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
TEENS: Every parent of a child who has an ATV needs to sit them
down and find out if they were involved in that business of tearing
up the yards in Bassinger. Do you know where your teenagers are at
night? Do you know who they are with?
MISSING CALLS: I called into Speak Out two weeks ago and have
not seen my comment in the paper. What's the problem? It wasn't
anything bad. Editor's note: Due to an equipment problem, we could
not transcribe some of the calls as the tape was damaged. If you
called and have not seen your comment in the paper, please call
again. You can also email comments to
or post your opinions on our online forum, at
ATVS: This is in regards to the people who vandalized and terror-
ized the elderly woman: This problem is due to 3 things. 1.) Bad par-
enting 2.)Week-minded judges and 3.) The do-gooders of the world.
The way to solve this problem, is set up tent city prison like Arizona
has. Fence in 50 acres, tents only, peanut butter sandwichs, pink uni-
forms, no air conditioning and no luxury at all. First offense for van-
dalizing. One year in this prison. Second offense: 5 years. This will get
everybody's attention. Problem solved. They are now in tent prison.
Get tough, Floridians. .
WHO THEY. ARE: In every community,
boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship
in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no
adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone
cares about them.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS: Boys and Girls Clubs programs and ser-
vices promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by in-
stilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys and Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow -- all while
having fun. They are truly The positive place for kids. Okeechobee
needs Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
FLAG: While I am sure the county commissioners meant well
in lowering the flag to half staff to honor a former member of their
board, I believe they violated the federal statutes regarding the Ameri-
can flag when they did so. I think if they would look it up, they will
find that only the president of the United States or the governor of
the state involved can order flags be lowered to half staff. I know this
has been done for various people and various reasons. But the rules
state that city and county boards just don't have the power to make
that decision. It is just not proper. If you don't believe me, look it up.
Editor's note: According to federal statute, you are correct. Only the
President and state Governors can decide when and how long the
flag should be flown at half-staff to honor a national or state digni-
tary. It is customary to fly the flag at half staff for 30 days after the
death of a president or former president; for ten days after the death
of a vice president, the chief of justice or a retired chief of justice or
the speaker of the house of representatives; until the burial of an
associate justice of the Supreme Court, secretary of a military depart-
ment, a former vice president, or the governor of a state, territory,
or possession; and on the day of and the day after the death of a
member of Congress.
It is also customary to fly the flag at half staff on Memorial Day, the
day set aside to honor all the people who have died while serving
the United States. On that day, flag is flown at half-staff until noon,
then raised to full staff until sundown.
In addition, it is customary to fly the flag at half staff on Peace Offi-
cers Memorial Day, May 15; Korean War Veterans Day, July 27; Patriot
Day, Sept. 11; and on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7.
To fly a flag at half-staff, always raise it briskly to the top of the
flagpole for a moment before lowering it. When taking it down for
the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again and lower it to the
With a telescoping pole it. is acceptable to put the USA flag on
the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set
would be left empty.
When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, State and other
flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.
For flags that can't be lowered, such as those on many homes, at-
taching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an accept-
able alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe
bn the flag and the same length as the flag. For a wall mounted flag,
three black mourning bows should be attached to the top edge of the
flag, one at each corner and one in the center.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

God's Army

By Rev. Ed Stewart
Pastor, New St. Stephen AME
Are you a part of the Army of
God? Are you on the battlefield for
the Lord? Now is the time to join
others in the spiritual warfare, pre-
paring to fight a good fight against
Satan and his demonic spirits.
Scripture clearly states in chap-
ter 6, verse 12 of Paul's letter to
the Ephesian church: "That we
do not wrestle against flesh and
blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rul-
ers of the darkness of this age
(world), against spiritual hosts
of the wickedness in heavenly
God wants you in His army. He
will not draft you for it is a strictly
voluntary decision to be in God's
Whether we are drafted or
volunteer in any of the armed ser-
vices, be it army, navy, marines,
air force, or coast guard, we are
required to go through what is
called basic training (boot camp).
God's military personnel must be
well trained to fight spiritual in
We all that are a part of the
Army of God must complete
God's Basic Training, study his
instruction manual/methods and
procedures (the Bible), and com-
plete physical training because
our bodies should be prepared
for whatever Satan tries to do to
God is our commander in
chief, Jesus is our captain and the
Holy Spirit is our drill sergeant.
The call has been issued. You
have been summoned to battle
for the Lord. He does not call us
to a battle that he does not let us
know why we should go into bat-
tle as some of the wars we have

witnessed here on earth.
There is a sure purpose to this
war. Our purpose is to stop Satan
from killing, robbing, and de-
stroying our loved ones, friends,
and families.
God is strong and He wants
you to be strong in the Lord Je-
sus. So take everything that has
been given to you, well made
weapons of the best materials,
put them to use so that you will
be able to stand up to everything
that the Devil throws your way.
For this is a life or death fight to
the finish against the devil and all
of his angels. Stay prepared for
you are up against far more than
what you can handle alone or on
your own.
Pray continuously.
Your uniform is the whole ar-
mor of God which includes the
helmet of'salvation. Your loins are
girded with the truth. You have
the breast plate of righteousness.
Your feet have been covered by
the preparation of the Gospel of
Peace. Your weapon is the Sword
of the Spirit, the Word of God.
You take the Shield of Faith that
you may withstand all of the fiery
darts of the evil one.
Victory is ours, victory today is
ours. You can tell Satan "the vic-
tory today is mine.".
There is a song that the saints
of old would sing titled "I Am on
the Battlefield for my Lord." In
the first verse these words are
printed: "I was alone and idle, I
was a sinner too; I heard a voice
from heaven say there is work to
do. I took the Master's hand and
I joined the Christian band; I am
on the battlefield for my Lord; I
promised Him that I would serve
Him till I die, I am on the battle-
field for my Lord."

Community Calendar

Sunday, April 6
AA. meeting fiom 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 informa-
tion please call. 863-634-4780.
Monday, April 7
A.A. meeting will be held from
noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Model Air-
plane Club will meet at the
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W.
23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion, contact Robert Rosada at
Narcotics Anonymous
meets at 7 p.m. for open discus-
sion at the Just for Today club, 101
Fifth Ave. For information call 863-

Okeechobee Senior Sing-
ers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North 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 recent-
ly 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-
A.A. meetings Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, holds open meetings for
Alcoholics Anonymous on Mon-
day 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 alcoholics.
For information call Chris at 863-

Community Events

Benefit for Amber
RJ Gators, 102 S.W 14th St, will
hold an all day. benefit for former
employee, Amber Martin, 18, who
passed away last week. The ben-
efit will be held on Tuesday, April
8 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (open
to close.) RJ Gators will donate 10
percent of their gross sales for Tues-
day to help cover funeral costs at
Buxton Funeral Home. Any money
raised in excess of the funeral costs
.will be used for the benefit of Am-
ber's two brothers. A benefit ac-
count has been set up, at Seacoast
National Bank in Amber Martin's
name. Contributions may be made
at Seacoast National Bank or at RJ
Gators. For more information or if
there are any questions concerning
the event please contact Joe Estes,
Manager, or David Helms, General
Manager at 863-763-2800.

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brary Book sale will run Thursday,
April 10 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to
5:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 12
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hard cover
books are $2. Paperbacks: $1, Chil-
dren's hard cover: $1, Children's
paperbacks: $.50. DVD's are $1.
Library discards are half price. On
Saturday, a box of books will be
$5 and a bag of books will be $2.
This is.a major fund-raiser for the
Friends of the Okeechobee Library.
For more information please call
the library at 863-763-3536.

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 informaion call
-Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.

Red Cross class dates
The Okeechobee American Red
Cross will be offering the following
classes in April: Tuesday, April 8 -
Adult CPR; Monday, April 21 In-
fant/Child CPR; Thursday, April 24
First Aid Basics. All classes will be-
gin at 6 p.m. and all classes will be
held at the branch office. To regis-
ter, or for more information please
stop by their office located at 323 N.
Parrott Ave. or call 863-763-2488.

Healthy Start
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The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, April 9, at
11:30 a.m., in their office, 575 S.W
28th St. within the New Endeavors
School building. This meeting is
open to the public. For information
please contact Executive Director,
Kay Begin at the Coalition office,

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, April 6, 2008 5

Dunklin provides City of Refuge for addicts

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A "friend raising" event was
held Friday night, April 4 at the
Recreation Outreach Center
of First Baptist Church. A large
group of people gathered there
for a prayer banquet to honor a
man and an institution that have
become legends in this commu-
nity, Rev. Mickey Evans and his
City of Refuge Dunklin Memorial
Camp, located on C.R. 714.
Rev. Fred Treadwell, who
served as master of ceremonies,
called it an incredible turnout."
He is a former pastor of First Bap-
tist Church and is now on the staff
at Dunklin.
"I want this to be a praise
and worship time where people
get hope God's hope," Rev.
Treadwell said.
Friday night was an evening of
praise, song and testimony with
a slide show tracing the devel-

opment of Dunklin though the
Rev. Evans' City of Refuge is
patterned after the Cities of Ref-
uge in the Old Testament. Mo-
ses was instructed to dedicate
six captured cites to be Cities of
Refuge under the direction of the
Levites where people could find
impartial judgement when they
were involved in the accidental
death of one of their countrymen.
The Levites were a tribe of priests
that administered worship servic-
es and served as teachers of the
Mosaic law as well as musicians
and judges. The original Cities of
Refuge were the first rescue mis-
sions and homeless shelters.
Rev. Evans started Dunklin 46
years ago after receiving a vision
from God to establish a Christian
addiction recovery center. In the
beginning the center treated old-
er alcoholics who were mostly
widowed or divorced. However
with widespread use of cocaine,

Dunklin began treating younger
drug addicts and ministering to
their families as well. What began,
with a. tent, a few cabins and an
old saloon building has grown
to a large campus with such
amenities as dormitories, a din-
ing hall, staff housing, a medical
clinic, a church, a distance educa-
tion center, a print shop, a pallet
shop, a sawmill, a stake factory,
and a butcher shop. Some of the
residents work in Dunklin's citrus
groves or help raise cattle. The
City of Refuge now includes youth
programs and a resident program
for women. The concept for this
type ministry has now spread to
several states and foreign coun-
"I'm blessed out of my socks,"
Rev. Evans said of the event. "This
is like homecoming."
A large portion of the audience
stood when all were asked to
stand who had been influenced
in some way by Dunklin.

Rev. Evans explained the 10-
month program residents go
through. While being rehabili-
tated spiritually, the residents also
learn good work habits.
"It's not Dunklin, it's Jesus,"
said Rev. Treadwell, "All we can
do is point people that way."
Staton Grant said that his past
was dark and full of bad things
before he came to Dunklin. He
was on crack cocaine and alco-
hol and he said he had to reach
out for help.
"It wasn't Dunklin that saved
me," Mr. Grant asserted. "It's the
Lord I met at Dunklin."
His wife, Tabitha, said she vis-
ited him every weekend and that
Dunklin "fixed her life" as well.
"I'm grateful Dunklin exists and
the Lord has placed us here".
"That story happens over and
over and over and over," said Rev.
Peter Burggraf had been a co-
caine addict for 26 years before

coming to Dunklin.
"It was a place I was accepted
and loved when I was unlovable,"
he said. "I stand here a changed
man because of what happened
at Dunklin."
"Addiction brought me to a
point in my life where I recog-
nized my need for the Lord," said
Hugh Murrow, camp administra-
When Fred Beeson, chairman
of the Dunklin board of trustees,
first came to Dunklin he com-
pared it to stepping into the Book
of Acts. He announced that the
board of trustees had formed the
Mickey and Laura Maye Evans
International Christian Training
Sonny Williamson, a trustee
who cleared the land for Dunklin,
observed that Dunklin deals with
alcohol-and narcotic addiction.
"We are all addicted to some-
thino." he added. "We are addict-

ed to materialism."
He said the audience could do
something about that addiction
by donating to Dunklin.
"Dunklin has a spot in my
heart because we have seen so
many miracles," said trustee Jerry
On the musical side of the
program, Kaye Smith, Ginny Bry-
ant and Rev. Treadwell sang so-
los. Rev. Treadwell also teamed
up with fellow ministers James
and John Garner to form a trio
and with Darren Burch to form a
The closing prayer was offered
by Rev. Randy Huckabee, pastor
of First Baptist Church.
Post your opinions in the
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OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Rev. Mickey Evans and his three year old grandson, Zeke Bryan were at a prayer banquet for
Dunklin Memorial Camp, a Christian addiction recovery center. Rev. Evans is the founder of
Dunklin. The event was held Friday evening, April 4 at First Baptist Church.

UKeecnooee News/Pete uawaa
Rev. Mickey Evans was hon-
ored at a prayer banquet for
his work with Dunklin memo-
rial Camp. Rev. Evans found-
ed the Christian addiction re-
covery center 46 years ago.
The event took place Friday
evening, April 4 at the Rec-
reation Outreach Center of
First Baptist Church.


Kenneth E. Bray
Kenneth E. Bray, age 81 of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, April
3, 2008 at Raulerson Hospital. A
25-year resident of Okeechobee,
Mr. Bray served in the United
States Navy and enjoyed fishing
and reading.
Mr. Bray is preceded in death
by his wife Mary, daughter Marcia
and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by one son, Ken-
neth E. (Georgia) Bray, Jr. of Palm
Harbor; three daughters, Jacque-
lyn Bray, Karol (Charles) Stratton,
and Karen (Tom) McArthur all
of Okeechobee. In addition, he
is survived by 16 grandchildren,
38 great grandchildren and one
sister, Katherine DeWitt of New-
berry, Mich.
There are no services
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Eli William Renfranz
Eli.William Renfranz, age 17, of

Okeechobee, died Tuesday, April
1, 2008. Born
June 22, 1990 in
Pahokee, he was
a lifetime residen
of Okeechobee.
Eli was a senio
at Okeechobee
High School and
a member o'
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Church. He had aRenfranz
passion for skate-
He is survived by his parents
Donald and Lisa Renfranz, sisters,
Christy R. (Tyler) Williams and
Amy A. (Kevin) Renfranz-Patter-
son, all of Boone, N.C.; sister, Ma-
rie E. Renfranz and brother, John
R. Renfranz, both of Okeechobee.
In addition, he is survived by his
maternal grandparents, Carol S
Hales and Norman F. Hales, both
of Okeechobee; and paternal
grandfather William C. Renfrantz
of Lakeland. He is also survived
by numerous aunts, uncles, cous-
ins and friends.
The family will receive friends
at the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-

pel on Tuesday, April 8 from 6
p.m. until 7 p.m. A Celebration of
Life service will be conducted in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel
at 7 p.m. with Pastor John Glenn
of Freedom Ranch officiating.
In lieu of flowers, to honor
Eli's memory, those who wish
may purchase a new skateboard
and bring it to the memorial ser-
vice. Those skateboards will be
given to those in need without
the means of obtaining one. For
those who prefer, contributions
may be made in his memory to
the American Foundation for Sui-
cide Prevention, 120 Wall Street
22nd Floor, New York, NY 10005.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Milagros Claveria
Milagros Claveria, age 76, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday April
3, 2008.
A resident of Okeechobee
since 1991, Mrs. Claveria was born
on December 7, 1931 in Santiago,
Cuba. She was preceded in death

by her parents Martin and Rosa
Milagros is survived by one
son, Miguel Aguirre.of Okeecho-
bee, three grandsons, Miguel
Aquirre II (Sandra) of Panama
City; Jeremiah Aguirre (Leigh
Anne) and Nicholos Aguirre all of
Okeechobee. She has one great
grandson, Luke Aguirre and two
great granddaughters, Mariah and
Naomi Aguirre all of Okeecho-
bee. In addition, she is survived
by four brothers, Tony Claveria of
Sebring; Benny Claveria of Flora,
Ala.; Louie Claveria of Andalussa,
Ala. and Raymond Claveria of
Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also
survived by two sisters, Rosita
Lisabet and Maria Muela both of
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral home on Monday, April 7
from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will
be a rosary recited at 6 p.m. Fu-
neral services will be conducted
in the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-
pel on Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Today in History

Today is Sunday, April 6, the
97th day of 2008. There are 269
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 6, 1909, explorers
Robert E. Peary, Matthew A. Hen-
son and four Inuits became the first
men to reach the North Pole. (The
claim, disputed by skeptics, was
upheld in 1989 by the Navigation
On this date:
In 1830, the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints was
organized by Joseph Smith in Fay-
ette, N.Y.
In. 1862, the Civil War Battle of
Shiloh began in Tennessee as Con-
federate forces launched a surprise
attack against Union troops, who
beat back the Confederates the
next day.
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In 1954, after being criticized
by Edward R. Murrow on CBS'
"See It Now," Sen. Joseph McCa-
rthy delivered a filmed response in
which he charged that Murrow had
in the past "engaged in propaganda
for Communist causes."
In 1965, the United States
launched the Intelsat I, also known
as the "Early Bird" communica-
tions satellite, into orbit.
Ten years ago: The Dow Jones
industrial average closed above
9,000 points for the first time. En-
ergy Secretary Federico Pena an-
nounced his resignation. Country
singer Tammy Wynette died at her
Nashville, Term., home at age 55.
Five years ago: U.S. forces en-
circled and began flying into Bagh-
dad's international airport. British
forces in the south made their
deepest push into Basra, Iraq's
second-largest city.
Today's Birthdays: Nobel

Prize-winning scientist James Wat-
son is 80. Composer-conductor
Andre Previn is 79. Country singer
Merle Haggard is 71. Actor Billy
Dee Williams is 71. Movie direc-
tor Barry Levinson is 66. Actor
John Ratzenberger is 61. Actress
Marilu Henner is 56. Actor Mi-
chael Rooker is 53. Rock singer-
musician Frank Black is 43. Au-
thor Vince Flynn is 42. Actress Ari
Meyers is 39. Actor Paul Rudd is
39. Actor-producer Jason Hervey
is 36. Rock musician Markku Lap-
palainen (Hoobastank) is 35. Actor
Zach Braff is 33. Actress Candace
Cameron is 32. Actor Bret Harri-
son is 26.
Thought for Today: "After
the age of 80, everything reminds
you of something else." iE" Low-
ell Thomas, American author and
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Agriculture ........... 800
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Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

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

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

Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store
Must pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR,
21 yrs or older, FT,
email resume
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 S., 34974

CAT male, solid black, vic. of
Ousley Estates, owner ill
over loss, REWARD!
red coat, vic. of Ft. Drum off
of 342nd. REWARD!
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classilfleds

LOST: CAT/Ig male, white/tan
w/dark brown/black mark-
ings. Vic. of Laurel Oaks Vil-
lage. Call 863-674-1823
w/bobbed tail, front white
paws. Elm St. Approx 3/14/08.
Please call (863)673-0696
Shop here first
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The Okeechobee County Health Department
currently has an opening for a
County Health Department
The State of Florida offers a competitive salary and a wide array of benefit and retirement options.
Monday-Friday Work Schedule: Day Hours (8AM-5PM Core Hours), NO WEEKEND SCHEDULE;
9 Paid Holidays, 1 Personal Holiday per year; Paid Time Off Earned Monthly: Annual &
Sick Leave; Retirement Plan, Deferred Compensation, Direct Deposit, Jury Duty and Bereavement
Leave, and other Administrative Leave Available; Tuition Waiver Program available upon
immediate hire for State Universities and Community Colleges; Educational Leave with
Pay Opportunity and Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program Available.
View the job announcement and apply online at
Requisition # 64051297-51235126-20080313135323
Date Closes 04/14/2008
For assistance with the People First website, you may contact the applicant customer service
via telephone at 1-877-562-7287, TTY users call 1-866-221-0268
EEO/AA/VP Employer Background screening and fingerprinting required.

3/28, vic. of Platts Bluff Boat
Ramp, black, thin design,
REWARD! (863)467-6960
ROTTWEILER female, 8 yrs.
old, gentle, needs meds, vic.
of Ft. Drum off of 342nd. RE-
WARD! (863)697-1339
XBOX 360 W/Superman de-
signer face, Nintendo Wii &
several games $300 RE-
WARD! (863)673-4328
SW section, no collar, mixed
breed, lost 3/24 Call

LAKEPORT -78 & Pine Way,
Sat. 4/5 & Sun. 4/6, 8am-??
Furniture, palm tree dishes,
clothes, books, &
much more!!!

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breezel


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Cook. Experienced only.
6AM 2 PM. $10 per hour.
Call Oscar @ 863-673-5071

Palm Terrace of
a 155-bed skilled
nursing facility, is currently
accepting applications
for experienced:

Certified Dietary
Experience working in
long term care
environment preferred.
Ideal candidates will have
successfully completed
the CDM course
and have experience as a
certified dietary manager.
Please submit your
resume to:
Palm Terrace of Clewiston
301 South Gloria Street
Clewiston, FL 33440
Ph: 863-983-5123.
Fax your resume to:

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
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Wanting a career
change & extra money?
Century 21 Horizon
Properties in Okeechobee
is offering real estate
school locally for $199.
Free training and
reimbursement also. We
offer a chance to excel In
the market. Sealing limited.
Must be 18 and H. S.
diploma or equivalent. Call
today 863-441-7233.
Class starts April 24th.


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

home alternative at 1/3 the
cost! Bring your loved one
for individualized TLC in
small family environment
by exp Reg. Nurse.

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

Thinking about new carpets?
Let one of our professionals help you!

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extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.

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is the time spent reading
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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
Fur's .... 6.15
Healsthl& Reducing6
Equipmenoutem 20
Supplies 625

Lamp/Lights 60
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photogtrapphy 75
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment71 0
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To s & Games 730
Wanted~to Buy 740

Why Rent When
You Can Own?
We Finance Everyone!
All Size Sheds Available

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables.
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

TABLE 48" Round, 4 Chairs,
Bakers Rack, 3 Shelves,
Wine rack. 3 Match Bar
stools. $350 (863)763-7386
Rocking Recliners glass
holder/storage between. Ma-
roon. $350 (863)763-786

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We Buy Scrap Gold,
Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St* (863) 763-5553

CASTLE The Parenting
CAS L Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771


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Turn your Gold into Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974

Sport 20, roof rack, 20 cu ft,
like new. $100
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classifieds.

yrs. old. Aquarium & acces.
included. $250
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & acces. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824


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
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

Skid Loader w/fork, bucket,
rapple & treeboom -
GENERATOR Generac 30Kw
w/ATS,30 hours, $9,000
gal w/120v pumps, $500
PROPANE TANK New 500 gal
$1200 (772)342-6354

Hay For Sale
Top quality
Allecia Bermuda
Square or Round bales


Apartments 905
BusnessaPlaces 910

Townhouses Ront20
Farm Propert y -
Re hont Re925
House Rent 930
Land Rent' 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950,
Rooms to Rent 955,
Storage Space -
Rent 96G

rent. (863)763-7783 or
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
$700/mon. No pets
Century21 Horizon
NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
r appl's. included. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
eted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
ncl. dishwashe, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
@ $695 per month.
Century21 Horizon

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, April 6, 20089

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

Thousands of marine items at
half or less off of retail.
Fast Canvas Repairs!
Port Salerno, FL (772) 463-6610

PRIME commercial corridor.
Multiple uses available for
this 2800 SF building
Located at 3729 SE Hwy 441
call: Exit Realty Neighbors

Brand New 3/212
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
From $895
per month

1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
Call Lex (561)715-1768
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$800/mo (863)763-0445
$850 mo. (863)634-2121
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
OAK PARK 3/1/1 newly re-
modeled CBS, non-smkg.
env., no pets, $950 mo. +
$1000 sec. (863)697-2818
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
Lorida, panoramic view, 2/2
* w/dock. Low price $850/mo
-OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
'1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
min N. of town. $1500/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)447-0352
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo

FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831

-Home (Off Hwy 70 W). Full
house priv. $550. mo. All util.
included. (561)723-1849

Cenlury21 Horizon

4/2 CBS Waterfront
$1295/mo. file, sun room

4/3/2 Waterfront Pool Home
3000 sq ft. Dock,boathouse

3/2/2 CBS Waterfront
Fireplacescreened patio,
fireplace, granite

3/2 Waterfront Cottage
24ft Dock,patio 2 story



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Real Estate

Business Places -
sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms-Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1,025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

10 acres in pvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty (561)385-7888
FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133
ACRES for sale, off of N W
12TH Terrace. Asking
$95,000. Call (863)634-3280

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


Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home'- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020,

BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $950/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BHR 3/2 Waterfront
$925/mon- furnished only
Century21 Horizon
BIG 0 Park Model, 1br 1ba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba with
large back porch. Front
porch on large scenic,
wooded, fenced lot. $850
mo. Also. a 1 br, 1ba $600
mo. Call 863-634-3451
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$750/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
ON RIM CANAL in Okeecho-
bee Small, 1 Bdrm., $450
mo. (includes utils). + $300
OTTER CREEK- 3/2 on 1 acre,
$850/mo, 1st, last & sec.
Will work w/right person.
furn SW, screened porch, stor-
age, private lot. $750/mo +
1st, last & sec.(863)610-2126
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
dep. (863)763-4031

ANCIENT OAKS- 55+, Gated,
1br, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carporl, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Ulil.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
Mobile Home Angels
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
$125K. Opt. to Rent. Call for
more details. (863)447-0965
TRAILER, '96 Terry, 30', hy-
draulic slide out, new a/c, 2
stage heater, refrig., roof,
toilet, awning, w/spare, 12v
30a solar panel, $10,000.

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

PARK MODEL 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$ 8 2 5 0 0 .
(863)467-5601 (will the party
that called & left number
637-1971 please call again
and give area code)

FIFTH WHEEL '96 Jayco Ea-
gle 29 ft, extra clean, ready
to go, new tires & more, re-
duced to $8900


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

- excellent condition, $6,000.
863)357-0803 or
'97 Loaded, leather, runs
great, 6 cyl, auto. $1950
MAZDA PU '94 4x4, asking
$2000 (863)467-8113 after
5pm. "
'95, A/C, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
75K miles, Auto., Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500

Pay Cash, Free Pickup

FORD F150 '94 LWB, 6 cyl,
auto, cold a/c. $1650

Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500,
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Case No. 2008-CA-76
if Living, and if dead, their unknown
spouses, devisees, heirs, grantees,
creditors and other parties claiming by,
through, under or against them and all
parties having or claiming to have, any
ght, title or interest in andI to the real
property herein sought to be fore-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in Okeechobee County, Flon-
Lot 34, Block 2, DIXIE RANCH ES-
TATES, according to tie plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 3. Page 33,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Forida
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on JOHN JAY
WATKINS, ESQUIRE, plaintiff's attor-
ney, whose address is: Post Office
Box 250, LaBelle, Florida 33975, on or
before April 30, 2008,. and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on the plaintiff's at-
torney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a Default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the Complaint or Petition.
DATED this 24th day of March, 2008.
As Clert of the Court
By:/S/ULndaE. Young
Deputy Clerk
267266 ON 3/30;4/6/08
Wright Construction Group is
requesting bids and proposals
from subcontractors and suppliers
for the Renovation of the Glades
County Jail Annex. The project
includes interior and exterior
selective demolition, renovation of
day rooms, holding facilities, and
detention areas with new detention
equipment, structural repairs, and
fence and site improvements. The
project is located adjacent to the
Courthouse in Moore Haven, Florida.
Base bids and proposals must be
based upon plans and specifications.
Alternates and value engineering
suggestions will be considered
but must be clearly identified. Plans
can be obtained at the offices
of Wright Construction Group
located at 5811 Youngquist Road,
Fort Myers,.FL 33912. viewed at
our on-line plan room, and at
other locations by calling
(239)481-5000. Bids and proposals
must be submitted on or before
April 17. 2008 at 2:00 p.m. to the
Wright Construction Group office or
by fax at (239) 481-2448. Bids
received after 2:00 pm will be
considered non-responsive
268278 ON 4/5,6 CGS 4/10/08





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hosts L.O.S.T. event

RFQ # 2008-1
Notice is hereby given that The Okeechobee Utilty Aulhority, hereinalter referred to
as the "DUA hereby issues this request o procure Professional Architectural and
related Services prsuant to Section 287.055 Florida Statutes.
Pioposals to provide Professional Services within the scope of tire practice of archi-
tecture, professional engineering, and project management shall include: a letter
of transmittal requesting that the firm be certified as qualified to provide the re-
uired professional services, organizational profile and Firm's qualifications, re-
sun1es of individuals to perform Ihe work, scope of services proposed, public
entity crirms affidavit, standard forms SF 330 and other pertinent data as outlined
in the information regarding the Firm.
Proiecl Summary
The OUA is soliciting Requests for Qualifications from qualified firms interested in
providing Architectural Design and related services for the design and protect
management for the construction of a proposed approximate 10,000 square lot
administrative building to be located on a 1,32 acre vacant property to wit: Parcel
ID# 3-15-37-35-0010-01640-0040, to provide space for twenty four (24) cur-
rent staff, board room and future expansion for ten additional staff. The OUA will
require that the selected professional firm take the proposed project rom incep-
tion to completion which wilt include, a conceptual preliminary site analysis, con-
ceptual layout, site civil work, conformity with LDR and/or other regulatory issues,
permitting of final design plans, evaluation and specification of building materials,
cost estitimating, construction bidding, and overall project management. While the
degree of emphasis is likely to vary, all skills are necessary to achieve a cost ef-
fective and optimum design.
Background and other information relating to this RFQ is available at the location
specified herein for submission of proposals. Related inquiries shall be directed
to John EF Haylord, Ill, Executive Director, of the OUA at (863) 763-9460.

Time is of the essence! All firms interested in providing these services shall mall
or deliver an original proposal and six (6) coolpies to arrive ON OR BEFORE
Aprit23.2008 at 3:00 p.m.
Mail in a Sealed Envelone as Follows:
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Cyclists, runners and
walkers traveled this natural
venue where they could ap-
preciate the nature of Lake
There were approxi-
mately 100 participants in
this year's event and over 20
Rotarian volunteers joined
forces with the Boy Scouts
who manned two stations
along the route.
Sponsorship and volun-
teer opportunities are still
available to help support
the youth of Okeechobee.
There were 55 partici-
pants pre-registered for the
event and over 40 registered
the day of the event. Com-
pared to years past, more
participants completed the
whole 54-mile trip than be-

Members of the Boy
Scout Troop 955 participat-
ed by setting up two booths
to provide a rest area, wa-
ter and a snack during their
bike trip.
Participants had choices
of four different round trips
ranging from 12 miles to
54 miles all beginning and
ending at the Scott Driver
Boat Ramp, S.R. 78 W
Concerns for next year's
ride are to condense it to
just a Bike Ride in order to
coincide with other rides
on the bike rider's circuits
throughout the state in or-
der to draw more riders for
the fundraiser. They will
also be starting earlier with
planning so that their ride
is put on all the state cyclist

Rotarian scholarships
are given out yearly to
Okeechobee High School
students who demonstrate
qualities such as the Four-
Way Test. These include
community service, which
demonstrates service above
self. Students who receive
the Rotarian scholarship
also maintain at least a 3.0
grade point average.
For more information
about the L.O.S.T. Bike
Ride-Run-Walk contact Jim
McInnes at 863- 763-3101.
Post your opinions in
the Public Issues Forum at Re-
porter Chauna Aguilar may
be reached at caguilar@

Submitted photo/Maureen Budjinski
The Okeechobee Rotarian L.O.S.T. Bike Ride-Run-Walk was a success with almost 100 participants that
rode the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail on Saturday, March 29.

Submitted photo/Maureen BudjinsKi
Some of the Rotarian L.O.S.T. Bike Ride-Run-Walk committee members (standing-left to right) Susan
Barber, Eric Pope, Kristy Crawford, (kneeling-left to right) Jeanette Hodges, Jim McGinnes, Maureen
Budjinski and Colin Cameron took time out of their busy morning during their main fundraiser which
takes participants along the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.

SBAs wins 'Excellence.Gov" award

Business Gateway Initia-
tive has been awarded the
ACT/IAC Excellence.Gov
Award for its
website, demonstrating
best practices in a federal
e-government program
and improving organiza-
tional performance using
information technology.
Presented by the
American Council for
Technology (ACT) and its
Industry Advisory Council
(IAC), the awards were
established to recognize
successful programs that
improve delivery of pro-
grams and information to
citizens, businesses, tax-
payers, government agen-
cies, and other end users
through the use of IT.
"This award clearly
demonstrates the intitia-

tive in technology that
excels within the SBA and
its leadership team," said
Steve Preston, administra-
tor of the U.S. Small Busi-
ness Administration. "We
are proud of the work has done
to help our nation's busi-
This Excellence.Gov
Award represents the
program's second win
so far this year. In March, won the
Governmental Informa-
tion Technology Execu-
tive Council (GITEC) 2008
Project Management Ex-
cellence Award for project
management excellence
in the category of Delivery
Mission Critical Services/
Practical Innovations.
Nancy Sternberg the
Business Gateway Pro-

gram Manager is also in
the running for the 2008
Government Computer
News (GCN) Technology
Leadership Award, which
recognizes distinguished
individuals for their out-
standing work and lead-
ership in the field of
government information
"It is truly an honor to
be gaining so much rec-
ognition for doing some-
thing we at
feel so passionate about,"
Mrs. Sternberg said. "At
the end of the day, as long
as we're saving business
owners' time and mon-
ey, we've done our jobs.
These awards are icing on
the cake."
SBA's Disaster Credit
Management System,
managed by Michael Sor-

rento, was also identified
as a top 20 finalist in the
governemnt wide compe-
About is the
official business link to
the U.S. Governement. is managed
by the INA. This partner-
ship, known as Business
Gateway, serves as an in-
cubator of technologies
designed to improve the
delivery of services and in-
formation to the nation's
small business commu-
nity. Origianally launched
in 2004, pro-
vides a single access point
to government services
and information to help
the nation's businesses
with their operations.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Rotary
Club held their fifth annual
Lake Okeechobee Scenic
Trail (L.O.S.T.) Bike Ride-
Run-Walk on Saturday,
March 29, which began at
the Scott Driver Recreation
area off of S.R. 78 West.
The event was held to
raise funds to go toward
local Rotarian scholarships
that are given to Okeecho-
bee High School seniors
each year and to the Boy
Scouts of America Troop
The event began and
ended at Scott Driver at the
Okee-Tantie Recreation for
many riders who chose to
take the full 54 mile trip.


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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, April 6, 2008

Annual Tiger Jam supports charity

By Daniel Shube
What can I say about Tiger
Woods that has not already been
said? You already know that hlie is
the best golfer in the game and
will likely be the best to ever play
the game. He may be the most
dominating athlete ever in sports.
Another part of the legacy
that is Tiger Woods is what he
gives back to the game and the
people he touches. Tiger and his
father Earl established the Tiger
Woods Foundation in 1996. Since
its inception it has reached an es-
timated 10 million young people
through character development,
career exploration, scholarships
and grant making programs.
One of the largest fundraisers
for the Tiger Woods Foundation
is the annual Tiger Jam which
has raised more than $10 million
dollars. Proceeds from previous
Tiger Jams have supported Child
Haven, Center for Independent
Living, Greater Las Vegas Inher
City Games, Boys & Girls Club

of Las Vegas, GRAMMY in the
Schools, and VH1I Save the Music
Past Tiger Jam's have featured
the likes of The Eagles, Celine
Dion, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn
Rimes, Seal, John Mellencamp,
Bon Jovi, Prince, Stevie Wonder,
Sting and Daughtry.
This year's event, Tiger Jam XI
Presented by AT&T will take place
Saturday, April 19 at the Mandalay
Bay in Las Vegas. The headlin-
ers will be none other than Van
Van Halen, back on the road
with front man David Lee Roth,
have been touring the country to
sold-out crowds. I recently saw
the band in Orlando and they
were as hot as ever!
Tiger Jam XI is sold out. But,
there is one way you can still go
to see Rock and Roll Hall of Fam-
ers Van Halen play at Tiger Jam.
Visit the
where you will find many auc-
tions for charity, including a Tiger
Jam package.

Tiger will once again put on a private clinic at Tiger Jam XI.

The package includes (all for
two) tickets within the first ten
rows to see Van Halen, tickets to
a private golf clinic 'with Tiger, an
opportunity to mingle with some
of Tiger's friends (how about
Angie Harmon, Dwayne Wade,
Alonzo Mourning and Samuel L.
Jackson?) via VIP tickets to the
Friday night Pre-Jam Jam, VIP
tickets to the Tiger Jam Reception
and Dinner, a special Tiger Woods
autographed item, spa treatments
at Spa Mandalay, two night lodg-
ing at Mandalay Bay Resort and
So if you love Tiger, want to
party like a rock star and have
an opportunity to see rock and
roll legends, Van Halen, all while
helping kids, why not place a bid?
Bidding starts at a mere $5,000.
That's less than your average rock
star's bar tab!
For more information about
the Tiger Woods Foundation, visit

Courtesy photo/Tiger Jam

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purchased and dechannelized
"because the same level of flood
protection" couldn't be offered
had the entire area been restored.
There are 99 management mea-
sures being created to manage
flow from the upper basin to Lake
Okeechobee. These measures
will help to control the flooding
of the upper basin and portions
of the newly restored floodplains
and river will serve as holding res-
ervoirs for the waters to maintain
a stable delivery system through
central Florida to Lake Okeecho-
bee and beyond.
: Along the outer edges of the
32 square miles the project foot-
prints Public Use Area's (PUA's)
have been established for outdoor
enthusiasts to enjoy the natural
simplicity of the Kissimmee River.
"Before beginning the project we
sat down with everyone -- hik-
ers, boaters, campers, kayakers,
air boaters, everyone -- to find
out what they wanted to see out
here," said Mr. Lawrence. The
conclusion was to create specific

areas of use for each individual
group along the river that allowed
everyone to enjoy their activities
without the interruption of oth-
A project that has been ongo-
ing since 1999 and is nearly com-
plete has proved to be beneficial
to all concerned. With wildlife
now thriving in what was once
dried pasture and human inter-
ests safely assured a project that
began in an attempt to remedy a
disastrous decision is well on its
way to providing a strategically
restored Kissimmee River. As well
as to becoming a key component
in solving the water issues we
face south of the river, in our di-
lapidated lake.
The next phase of backfilling
the C-38 Canal is scheduled to
begin in the summer of this year.
Since 2001 over 16 bird species
have returned to the restored area
of the Kissimmee River and flood-
plains; greater than 160 residents
and migratory bird species can
be found there. With the return
of waterfowl and the increase in
numbers of other inhabitants the
Kissimmee River Restoration Proj-
ect success is evident not only in
the waters, but the air as well.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Thursday, April 3, the South Florida Water Management District used airboats to show a group of visitors just how improved
the river and floodplains have become since restoration began in 1999.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Vegetation along the Kissimmee River has renewed itself in
more beneficial areas for the ecosystem as the restoration of
the river has progressed.

UKeecnoDee News/ onya Haraen
Birds such as the Great Blue Heron have not been known
to the Kissimmee River floodplains since its channelization.
However, while restoration efforts have been progressing the
return of these wading' birds has increased substantially in
the nine years the project has been underway.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Lawrence Glenn, Division Director, for the SFWMD lead the
tour of the Kissimmee River held Thursday, April 3, which
showed guests how improved the floodplains and wildlife
have become since the beginning of the restoration project
in 1999.

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Brahmans fall to Tallahassee-Lincoln

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
For nine innings all the
scoreboard operator had to
do was yawn, perhaps turn
over, and go back to sleep.
In other words there wasn't
much scoring going on at the
Kissimmee Softball Classic
as two state powerhouses,
Tallahassee-Lincoln and
Okeechobee battled each
other Thursday night.
Starting pitchers Sara
Scott for Lincoln and Mary
Huff for Okeechobee were
locked into a pitchers duel

of historic proportions as
neither pitcher would al-
low the other team to score.
They didn't actually let them
get many hits either. Unlike
many famous duels, it was
long after the sun had settled
in the west that this duel was
Huff ended up the hard
luck loser as she allowed a
single by Katelyn Baxley in
the bottom of the ninth in-
ning that scored Alexa Fair
and gave Lincoln (19-1) a
hard fought 1-0 victory.
The loss pushed Okeecho-

bee (14-3) into the consola-
tion bracket of the prestigious
tournament being played at
the Osceola County Sports
Complex in Kissimmee. Lin-
coln moved on to the cham-
pionship rounds. The loss
snapped Okeechobee eight
game winning streak.
.Huff (11-3) ended up pitch-
ing eight strong innings. She
allowed ten hits and didn't
walk a batter. She ended up
with seven strikeouts.
Okeechobee didn't do
much against Scott. They
managed just five hits. Senior

Elia Suarez went 2-4 but her
teammates couldn't manage
to scratch across a run.
Okeechobee shouldn't
feel badly because Scott has
had a magnificent year. She
has won 18 games in 19 deci-
sions and continued that suc-
cess Thursday. She finished
with nine innings pitched,
with 10 strikeouts, and no
walks allowed.
Caitlin Boles, Alexa Fair,
and Shantell Canington each
had two doubles for Lincoln,
ranked number one in Class
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