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Vol. 99 No. 104


Seminar about
Africanized Honey
Bees Tuesday
Following the death of an
Okeechobee man last week
connected with a bee sting at-
tack, and the confirmation that
the bees were the aggressive
Africanized Honey Bees, the
Okeechobee County Extension
Office has set up a free seminar,
open to the public. A seminar
about bee safety will be held on
Tuesday, April 15.
There will be three sessions.
The first session will be from
10 a.m. until noon for first re-
sponders, firefighters, EMTs,
law enforcement officers, 9-1-1
supervisors and those who
head up agricultural opera-
The second session will be
from 2 until 4 p.m. for outdoor
workers such as parks work-
ers, utility workers, road crews,
school maintenance workers
and agricultural workers.
The third session will be
held for the general public from
5 until 6:30 p.m.
The seminars are free, but
organizers ask those who plan
to attend to call in advance
so they will know how many
people to plan for. The sessions
are planned for the Extension
Office on U.S. Highway 98.
However, if a large number of
people attend, the program will
be moved to the Okeechobee
Civic Center. For more infor-
.mation, or to sign up for the
'seminar, call 863-764-6469.

Water restrictions
still in effect
Due to the continued wa-
ter shortage, those in the Lake
Okeechobee Service Area,
which includes all customers
of the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority, are limited to a one-day-
per-week landscape irrigation
schedule with two "watering
windows." Odd street address-
es may irrigate lawns and land-
scapes on Mondays between 4
a.m. and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated or
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).

Drought Index

Current: 138
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.59 feet
Last Year: 10.09 feet

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

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Community Events.... ............ 4
Obituaries.............. ... ........... 5
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out ........................ ..... 4
Sports.............................. 11,12
TV ...................................... ... 6
W eather..... ............................... 2

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It's a good day: Habitat for Humanity provides another family peace

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Saturday morning, April 12, was a good morning for Annette Russell and her family. Eloise Brown presented Mrs.
Russell and her family with the keys to their new home, built by Habitat for Humanity, and a bible blessing the

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Pastor Jim Dawson, a member of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, led the invocation and dedication
of the latest home built by Habitat for Humaity for Annette Russell and her family.

Russell family receives keys to new home

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Since its founding in 1976
Habitat for Humanity interna-
tional has built and rehabilitat-
ed more than 250,000 homes
for families in need. This chari-
table and much appreciated
cause has become a world
leader in addressing the issues
of poverty housing.
"When I met Annette, she
and her family were living in
a trailer with bad floors, poor
insulation. A home that had
seen it's last day," said Mrs.
Jean Murphy, President of Hab-
itat for Humanity Okeechobee
On Saturday, April 12, An-
nette Russell and her two sons
Michael and Sean received the
keys to their new home.
Habitat for Human-
ity Okeechobee Chapter (HF-
HOC) has built more than a
dozen houses, aiding families
in need. With donations, vol-
unteer work and love from our

Habitat homes are constructed primarily
with volunteer labor, reduced priced or
donated materials and are sold at no profit
to partner families. Partner families furnish a
down payment and are required to perform
a minimum of 400 hours of sweat equity.
Habitat works in partnership with God and the
people of our communtiy to provide simple
decent homes.
-Habitat for Humanity Okeechobee Chapter creed

community, they have been
able to make the dream of a
stable, safe home environment
possible for numerous families
around Okeechobee.
Although Mrs. Russell and
her family were nearly third on
the list of applicants when the
project of the newest Habitat
home began, special consider-
ation was given to her due to
her undesirable living circum-

Mrs. Eloise Brown, Family
Support HFHOC, mentioned
that as family support she had
the chance to get to know Mrs.
Russell and her boys and she
couldn't imagine anyone more
deserving of this opportunity
at the time. "Even though I'm
family support, I think I've
done a lot more than that, and
I'm glad we were able to do

Water conservation still important

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Despite recent rains, Lake
Okeechobee area residents are
still on restrictions, and limited
to lawn watering one day a
The April 10 action of the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) Board
of Governors easing water re-
strictions in some areas does
not apply to the Lake Okeecho-
bee Service Area which in-
cludes portions of Okeechobee
County and Buckhead Ridge
served by OUA.
Those who have OUA water
are still limited to once a week
watering. Even numbered street

addresses may irrigate lawns
and landscapes on Thursday
between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. or 4
p.m. and 8 p.m.
Odd numbered street ad-
dresses may irrigate landscapes
on Monday between 4 a.m and
8 a.m. or 4. p.m. and 8 p.m.
Hand watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed, for
10 minutes per day for land-
scape stress relief and to pre-
vent plant die-off. Residents
and businesses with more than
five acres have expanded irriga-
tion house, between midnight
and 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. and 11:59
p.m. on their designated irriga-
tion day only.
Low volume irrigation, in-

cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones is
not restricted by should be vol-
untarily reduced.
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.
This restriction includes wa-
ter from public utilities, private
wells, canals ponds and lakes.
Residents and businesses of
Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade,
Monroe, St. Lucie and coastal
areas of Lee, Martin and Palm
Beach counties are now al-
See Water- Page 2

this for Annette."
On hand Saturday morn-
ing were not only the HFHOC
Board of Directors but also
many guest, family, friends and
even a musical group.
Starting the morning off
with music was considered the
appropriate way to thank God
for this blessing and family.
Welcoming all to the joyous
day was Mrs. Jean Murphy who
also briefly replayed the begin-
ning process of this particular
Eloise Brown introduced
the family and handed over the
keys and a bible for the Rus-
sell family's new home. Pas-
tor Jim Dawson led the group
in prayer, with invocation and
a dedication of the home. Fol-
lowing the dedication of the
home Pat Dial and her Chris-
tian Singers sang "Bless This
House". Recognition of vol-
unteers and donors was given
by Shirley Matson and Mark
See Habitat Page 3


offer drug

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
If you get a phone call and the
caller offers you discount prices
on prescription medications do
what Carol Davis did -- ignore
the offer.
Late last month Ms. Davis re-
ceived an unsolicited phone call
from a man who said he could
save her money on her medica-
tions. Playing along, she told the
caller she was taking oxycontin
and paying $238 for one month's
supply. The caller told her he
could get her that same medica-
tion and amount for $175.
The give away to Ms. Davis
was that he didn't ask for a pre-
scription, nor did he ask for the
milligrams of the painkiller. ,
"The price changes with dif-
ferent milligrams," she said. "I
take a generic of oxycontin be-
cause I can't afford oxycontin."
She told him she also takes
xanax. He told her he could get
her 60 pills, one month's supply,
for $45.
The male caller then asked
for her bank account number
or a credit card number, saying
he couldn't send her the medi-
cations until his company had
been paid.
"I told him to '... send them
COD and that way I would know
I've got the medication and you
will be paid,'" said Ms. Davis in
a phone interview Monday, April
7. "I was just irritating him be-
cause I knew it was a scam."
And she was right.
The man with a Middle-East-
ern accent then became insistent
that she give him the informa-
tion, but Ms. Davis didn't budge.
"If you want me to use your
business, then I'll call your phar-
macy back every month and you
will send me your prescription
COD," she told the caller.
The next sound she heard
was a click -- the caller had end-
ed the conversation.
Prior to the conversation end-
ing Ms. Davis asked for the man's
phone number. He gave it to her
and she dialed it. But, the num-
ber was not in service. He then
gave her another number.
"It was for some pharmacy
but I couldn't catch the name of
it," she said.
So, the Okeechobee News
called the purported pharmacy
Tuesday afternoon.
A man answered the phone
and said, in a heavy Middle-East-
ern accent, that his name was
Sam and the name of the phar-
macy was LV Pharmacy. When
asked, he said the pharmacy
was located in Athens, Ga.
/ Sam did not give his last
See Scam Page 2

Courtesy art
This map shows the. Lake Okeechobee Service Area
(LOSA). Because these communities draw water from the
lake itself, they are still on water restrictions, despite re-
cent rainfall.

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lowed to irrigate lawns and land-
scapes twice a week.
The water use restrictions for
the OUA area have been in effect
since Jan. 15.
For the first time this year, the
April 8 lake level was higher than
the lake level on the same date
last year. Every reading from Jan.
1 to April 7 of this year was lower
than last year's reading on that

Average rainfall throughout
the 16 county area served by SF-
WMD has been above average for
February, March and early April.
However, that trend did not hold
true of Okeechobee County. As
of April 8, 9.29 inches of rain had
fallen for the year at the Okeecho-
bee County Airport. Average rain-
fall to that date is 9.48 inches.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Continued From Page 1
"We can't send hydrocodone
or xanax," he said. "We don't
have those products. We only call
when we have the prescription,
and then we will send them."
Sam, who said he's been a
pharmacist for four years, said no
one at the pharmacy ever called
anyone about selling discount
"Maybe it was one of our cus-
tomers," he offered.
However, that's not likely. Ac-
cording to the Chamber of Com-
merce for the Greater Athens
Area there is no listing for such
a pharmacy. Although the intern
who answered the phone didn't
know how many, she did say they
have received complaints about
the scam. Without asking for it,
she then gave the phone num-
ber which was the same number
called by the Okeechobee News.
And, a check on the listing with
telephone information indicated
thper ic nn lictino fnr an TV Phar-

macy in the Athens area. Also, the
number given is not a business
listing but a cell phone.
The Okeechobee News
called another number that Sam
said would also ring to his phar-
macy. Another check indicated
that listing is in St. Petersburg, Fla.
But when called, only an answer-
ing machine picked up stating
that the party trying to be reached
was unavailable.
Thankfully, Ms. Davis recog-
nized the ruse for what it was and
didn't fall for the offer of discount-
ed prices on prescriptions. Now,
she only wants to make sure that
no one else falls for the scam ei-
"Some people, if they can save
a dollar, would fall for this," she
said. She said she knows she
should never give out bank ac-
count numbers or personal infor-
mation over the phone.
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Ronkko, respectively. And closing
the ceremony again was Pastor
Jim Dawson of the First Methodist
Church of Okeechobee.
As the Russell boys played
football in their new front yard,
Mrs. Russell shared her joy with
her eldest son, daughter-in-law
and grandchildren. While the
guests shared in the goodness of
the Habitat mission, the morning
passed with gratitude and enjoy-
Habitat has many other homes
planned for the community of
Okeechobee and would like to
congratulate Annette, Michael
and Sean Russell on their new
"This exciting day would

not have happened without the
generosity of our community. In
addition to our local volunteers
many individuals, businesses and(
organizations donated materi-
als, labor, funds, and expertise.
Many thanks to everyone who
has helped make this possible:
Sheriff Paul May, Officer Fox and
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Work Release Program, the
Drafting Class of Okeechobee
High School, Mark McCree and
Okeechobee Architects Collab-
orative, Inc., Okeechobee Board
of County Commissioners, The
Hurricane Housing Recovery
Program, William and Catherine
Fagan who donated the lot, Gene
Woods, Carl Maxwell Electri-
cal Contractors, LLC., Quality
Air Conditioning and Heating of
Okeechobee, Park Construction,
Inc., Echols Plumbing, Co., Aus-
tin Sewer and Sentic. Mafuire's

Bobcat Services, Inc., Robertson
Realty and Appraising, Inc., Char-
lie's Tree Service, Hoss and Son,
Tap Land, Waste Management, R.
Mossel, Abney and Abney Con-
struction, Beef O'Brady's, Elite
FloorServices,WooleySheds, Inc.,
Accurate Pest Control, Mid Florida
Hardware, Big Lake Roofing, W &
W Lumber, R & R Drywall, Expe-
dition Surveying & Engineering,
West Coast Insulation, OkeeTan-
tie Title, Okeechobee Store and
Lock, Dan's Framing, Inc., Crystal
Clear Water Conditioning, LLC.,
Dee's Garden Shop, Roadside
Nursery, Foliage by Flores, Pel-
hams, Whirlpool, Square D, Val-
spar Paint, Yale Locks, Wendy's,
Popeyes Chicken, Winn Dixie
Deli, Publix, U-Save, Burger King,
Domino's, McDonald's, Los Co-
cos, Taco Bell, Arby's, Subway
and many, many more."

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Mrs. Jean Murphy, President of the Habitat for Humanity Okeechobee Chapter welcomed ev-
eryone to the Saturday, April 12, ceremony dedicating the latest Habitat for Humanity home
to Annette Russell and her family.

Arrest Report

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
As Mrs. Annette Russell watched in appreciation, Pat Dial and her Christian Singers started
the day with a song rejoicing and praising God for the opportunity to help a family in need.
The Saturday morning, April 12, dedication of the recently completed Habitat for Humanity
house also enjoyed a song by called "Bless This House."

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The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
James Henry Schock, 22,
N.W Seventh Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 9 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with grand theft and dealing in
stolen property. His bond was set
at $12,500.
Sheree L. Baer, 50, North

Lake Drive, North Palm Beach,
was arrested April 9 by Deputy
Harold Hancock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging her
with grand theft and dealing in
stolen property. Her bond was set
at $3,500.
Betty Mae Brown, 50, N.W.
12th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 10 by Deputy Ar-
lene Durbin on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. Her bond was set at
Joe Boy Albritton, 27, N.W
First St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested April 10 by Deputy Justin
Akins on an Okeechobee Count
warrant charging him with grand

theft and dealing in stolen prop-
erty. His bond was set at $5,000.
Jose Maria Leon, 25, N.W
15th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 11 by Deputy Paul Jack-
son on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the
felony of driving while license
suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later fdi66 innocent or has had
tethha `e 'ainst them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, April 4, through
Thursday, April 10:
Friday, April 4
burglary in the 12000 block
of U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 200 block of N.E.
60th Ave.
Saturday, April 5
burglary in the 1000 block of
N.E. 11th St.
theft in the 3000 block of S.E.
36th Ave.
vandalism in the 2000 block
of N.W. 35th Ave.
theft in the 900 block of U.S.
441 S.E.
strong-arm robbery in the
1700 block of N.W. Fourth St.
burglary in the 2000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.

Sunday, April 6
theft in the 3000 block of S.E.
33rd Terrace
theft in the 3000 block of
U.S. 441 S.
Monday, April 7
theft in the 9000 block of
N.E. 120th St.
vandalism in the 2000 block
of S.E. Fourth St.
larceny in the 500 block of
N.W. Fourth St.
vandalism in the 2000 block
of S.E. Fourth St.
assault in the 2000 block of
S.E. 28th St.
burglary in the 2000 block of
N.W 32nd Ave.
burglary in the 14000 block
of N.W 256th St.
Tuesday, April 8
vandalism in the 20000 block

of N.W 294th St.
fraud in the 7000 block of
S.W. 13th St.
theft in the 1000 block of
N.E. 62nd Ave.
Wednesday, April 9
vandalism in the 8000 block
of N.W. 80th Ave.
theft in the 300 block of S.E.
16th Ave.
Thursday, April 10
burglary in the 1000 block of
N.W. 42nd Ave.
theft in the 900 block of N.W.
10th St.
theft in the 1000 block of
N.W. Seventh St.
theft in the 2000 block of
S.W 28th St.
Editor's Note: Only calls dealing with
either a felony or a potential felony
are entered into this column.


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
TREASURE ISLAND: A big thank you to all the Treasure Island
residents who attended the Okeechobee Co. Board Meeting on Thurs-
day, April 10, 2008 to voice their ongoing frustrations with the Board.
There is power in numbers and hopefully the Board heard us this
time. A special thanks to Pete Gawda for reporting the proceedings.
SEMIS: I have mixed feelings about the big trucks in residential
neighborhoods. I understand a man has to make a living. And those
vehicles are expensive and your livelihood. But the other people in the
neighborhood have a right to use the roads and it is not fair to leave a
big vehicle like that parked on the road or on the shoulder of the road.
I think a good compromise is that no one should be allowed' to leave
a vehicle parked overnight on the shoulder of the road. All vehicles
should have to be pulled all the way on your own property, and com-
pletely off the county's right-of-way. That would be fair to everyone.
On occasion a truck might be making a delivery and park on the side
of the road. But to leave one there overnight would not be allowed.
PLANE CRASH: It is NOT too early to speculate about the causes
for that jet trainer emergency landing on Route 70. Mechanical, out of
gas, did they turn their crosswind leg too early and low? It is just too
early to KNOW all the facts. The decisions made after the engine quit
concern me most. Was it a selfish and reckless decision to land on that
highway with so many uninhabited fields, swamps, and woods reach-
able where their survival was just as assured -- but so was the plane's
peripheral destruction from "bad bounces" and spinning impacts? SR
70 is our major artery, carries heavy truck traffic, cars turning onto
it at intersections, and runs along a residential neighborhood. I love
airplanes as an expression of American freedom, a business tool, and
a recreational outlet. No more noise or danger than a garbage truck.
But pilots and owners must -- and usually do -- put public safety before
personal expense.
RAIN: Thank goodness for the rain. We so desperately need it.
What I'don't understand is why the weather people on televison say
thinks like 'bad news this weekend' and then talk about rain. Rain is
good news. We need the rain. Don't talk like rain is something that is
a disappointment. You have to look at the big picture, not someone's
personal weekend plans.
TRUCKS: I agree with the folks from Treasure Island who don't
want big semi trucks parked in residential areas. We don't need those
big trucks driving on those little residential streets. There is barely
room for two regular sized cars to pass each other. They need to find
somewhere zoned commercial to keep the big rigs.
ATVS: I wish the cops would get tough on the kids on the ATVs
and confiscate the vehicles the first time they see them on a road.
Right then and there, stop the kids, call someone with a truck and
trailer and take the ATV to an impound lot. If the parents have to pay
a fine to get the ATV back, then maybe they would keep those kids off
the roads. And if the kids were riding on the road without the parent's
knowledge, the parent could just teach them a lesson by leaving the
ATV in the impound lot for a while, or making the kid work to earn the
money to get it out. It is a shame that parents will not supervise their
own children and make sure they follow the law. Maybe confiscated,
some of these ATVs would wake people up.
DMV: If they close the Driver's License Office in Okeechobee, it
is going to create a real hardship on the people here. I don't think it
is right to take this service away and make people from here drive
40 miles. The state needs to find other places to save money. How
about cutting back on printing all these glossy full color reports and
calendars various state agencies put out? The same information could
be printed for much less money in black and white on recycled paper.
And do they even need to print so much up? Isn't -it available on the
web site anyway?
WATER: I don't understand South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict. They say the rain has helped the water situation, so now the
people on the coast can water their lawns more often. If we are get-
ting rain, they don't need to water their lawns. They should at least
stipulate that if it rains one day, that counts as one of your waterings,
and that you are not allowed to water your lawn on any day that it
rains, as the water will just run off and be wasted. I think the best solu-
tion is to plant native grasses and say no water for landscape irrigation
after it is established. That would be the best for the local environ-
ment. If it can't grow on what Mother Nature provides, don't plant it
here. Water is too precious to waste on exotic plants that don't belong
in this ecosystem in the first place.
LAWSUIT: I heard the judge threw out the American Civil Liber-
ties Union lawsuit about the gay club at the high school because the
student who filed the lawsuit graduated. So I guess by delaying and
delaying the school board wins by default.

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Letter to the Editor

Okeechobee County Fair a success

The Okeechobee County Fair
Association would like to thank
the Board of County Commis-
sioners, our sponsors, volunteers
and all those who attended this
year's annual 2008 Fair. The Fair
Board had a great time putting on
the event and hope all that attend-
ed had an opportunity to "Lasso
Some Fun."
We had some great entertain-
ment this year which included
Aaron Tippin. He put on a fantas-
tic show, had lots of fun interact-
ing with the audience, and even
built a bicycle, while singing on
stage that was donated to Toys for
Tots. Our own Todd Burke decked
in full Marine Dress was on hand
to receive the bike on behalf of
the United States Marine Corp.
Hotel California, a Salute to the
Eagles was also one of our head
liners. They sang all of the Eagles
hit songs and were a big hit with
the crowd.

The Demolition Derby had a
good turn out of over 1200 people.
Everyone enjoyed the excitement
of seeing the cars race around in-
side the barriers and smash into
each other. More bleacher seating
is planned for next year.
The Pig Races and Safari Pet-
ting Zoo were very popular.
Everyone agreed that our ven-
triloquist, Nancy Roth, was very
entertaining and talented. Kara-
oke was well attended and will
be expanded next year. Music
City Brass provided lively enter-
tainment and the Cunning-Hams,
a local Blue Grass Band put on a
great show.
The exhibit tent was educa-
tional and fun. It provided areas
for commercial as well as free
non-profit exhibit space. Our
schools, college and others had
wonderful displays. There were
211 entries in Competitive Events
in categories that included quilts,

Community Calendar

Sunday, April 13
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. 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 14
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-
VFW #10539 Ladies Aux-
iliary lunch and bingo will start
at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their
guests are invited. Please R.S.V.P.
to 863-763-2308.
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.
The Genealogical Soci-
ety of Okeechobee will meet
at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W
16th St. The meeting is open to
anyone interested in tracing his
or her ancestry. The annual mem-
bership is $10 per person, and $12
for a family. For information, call
Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their
web site at http://www.rootsweb.
Narcotics Anonymous
meets at 7 p.m. for open discus-
sion at the Just for Today club, 101
Fifth Ave. For information, call
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd
Lane at 7 p.m.
Artful Appliquers is a recent-
ly formed chapter in Okeecho-
bee. This chapter meets at the
Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen
Graves, Chapter leader would like
to extend a warm welcome to any
interested persons to come by
and see what they are about. For
information call 863-763-6952.
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-
Tuesday, April 15
Rotary Club of Okeecho-
bee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700
S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For informa-
tion, contact Chad Rucks at 863-
Alanon meeting will be held
at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meet-
ing from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
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 Lat-
ter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who
your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (In-
ternational Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey
at 863-763-6510.
The Camera Club meets ev-
ery other Tuesday from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses
of film; speeds and technology;
and, how to see your world and
capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration
is $20, and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at 863-467-2614 for infor-
mation. Some of the proceeds
will go towards Big Lake Mis-
sion's Outreach.
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-
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 Chi-
ropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church
Overcomers Group meets at
7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall,
1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a
men's only meeting. For informa-
tion, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions
Club meets at 7 p.m. at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in
becoming a member is welcome.
For information, contact Elder
Sumner at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living
Word of Faith Church, 1902 S.
Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. Every-
one is invited.

photography, painting, wood
carving, vegetables, fruits, sew-
ing, baking, canning, and new this
year leather working and horticul-
ture. There are different contests
for youth and adults. Start think-
ingn about entering your project
next year.
The Okeechobee County Cat-
tlemen's Spring Rodeo was held
in the arena the first weekend of
the Fair. The cattlemen put on a
great show that was enjoyed by
all. The Okeechobee Youth Live-
stock Show and Sale was also
held in the arena in conjunction
with the fair to give the 4-H and
FFA members an opportunity to
showcase their projects and for
all the fair goers to enjoy. They
had a great show and very suc-
cessful sale.
Deggeller Attractions put on
spectacular show on the mid-
way with exciting rides and fun
games. This year the midway was

in the larger newly completed
circle which allowed for 34 rides
rather than the 24 last year. There
was also some great fair food for
all to enjoy!
Attendance for this years'fair
was down slightly from a little
over 15,000 last year to a little
over 14,000 this year. This was
probably due to some bad weath-
er days like opening day with tor-
nado warnings and some other
days that threatened or actually
did rain. Overall, the fair was a
financial success. We continue
to learn a lot about putting on
a county fair. Our hard working
board is dedicated to bringing
you an even better fair next year.
We look forward to planning and
having more fun in 2009!
Linda Syfrett
Okeechobee County Fair

Community Events

Men's Health Fair
planned April 13
The Walker Memorial Seventh
Day Adventist Church will host a
Health Fair "Just for Men" on Sun-
day, April 13, at 7:30 a.m. Fasting
blood work for lipids cholesteroll,
glucose and PSA (prostate) will be
offered, for a fee. Many other tests
will be performed. Breakfast will be
served. Pre-registration is required.
To register calt[the Parish Nurse Re-
source Center at 863-453-0700.

Nutritional analysis
class offered
CRA Nutritional analysis class
will be held, Monday, April 14 at
5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center. The class will
be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas.
For more information call 863-

Seminole Elementary
plans family fun night
April l8from6until8 p.m.will
be the annual Family Fun Night at
Seminole Elementary. The night
will be filled with games, food,
and more! Tickets are .25 cents
each, and they can be used to
purchase pulled pork sandwiches
or dunk the principal in the dunk
tank. We'll see you there.
All day scrapbook-
ing party
An all-day scrapbooking crop
will be held on Saturday, April
19, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the
First Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. All levels of scrapbook-
ers are welcome. Please bring a
covered dish if you are interested
in participating in our pot luck
luncheon. We are also having a
"Punch Your Art Out" day, com-
plete with a demonstration and
free use of an assortment of vari-
ous types of punches to enhance
your scrapbooking, cardmaking
and craft projects. Carolyn Jones
will be available to assist you with
your scrapbooking questions and
supplies. Refreshments will be
served and there will be plenty of
door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently
working. For more information
call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Caro-
lyn at 863-634-1885.

Earth Day
celebration set
Celebrate Earth Day at DuPuis
Management Area on April 19.
The theme is "Protect Wild Flor-
ida" and it features and up close
view of Florida's wildlife brought
by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.

There will be food, and drinks,
booths and lots of activities for
the kids, even a presentation
on endangered Red Cockaded
Woodpeckers and the efforts that
are being made to bring back
these birds. For information call
1-800-432-2045 ext.3339.
Red Cross class
dates slated
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will be offering the
following classes in April: Mon-
day, April 21 Infant/Child CPR;
Thursday, April 24 First Aid
Basics. All classes will begin at 6
p.m. and all classes will be held
at the branch office. To register, or
for more information please stop
by their office located at 323 N.
Parrott Ave. or call 863-763-2488.

CCC to meet
The .Community Collabora-
tive Council of the Okeechobee
Shared Services Network will
conduct their monthly meeting on
Tuesday, April 22, at 10 a.m. in
the Board Room of the Okeecho-
bee School Board Office. Guest
speakers will be, Positive Behavior
Support Program Pam Chandler
and Cathleen Blair, Healthy Start
- Becky Smith and New Horizons
- Pam Stierwalt. This meeting is
open to the public. For informa-
tion, call Sharon Vinson at 863-
462-5000 ext.257.

Oakview Baptist
sponsors Golf
Oakview Baptist, Church is
sponsorin a golf tournament on
Saturday, May 17 at Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Cost is
$45 (includes green fee, cart, and
barbecue lunch.) Proceeds will
aid youth in doing random acts of
kindness, attend M-Fuge in South'
Carolina which will assist them in
team building and strengthening
relationships to God, family and
community. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. For information call 863-

Chuch holds car show
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church will hold their Fourth
Annual Car Show on Saturday,
April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
at Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church. Classic Cars, Muscle
Cars, New and Old. There will
be a $5 registration fee for each
car entry at the door. There will
be trophies awarded, door prizes,
lunch, snack and drinks for sale.
For information call 863-467-7604
or 863-634-8964.



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Family celebrates birthday
On March 8, 2008, Annie Tyson celebrated her upcoming 94th birthday, on March 13th, with 52 family and friends, at her
son's, Kenneth Tyson, home. In attendance were her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even a few great-
great grandchildren. Family came from as far away as Georgia, South Carolina and New Jersey to celebrate with a south-
ern style BBQ and family style home cooking.
Annie is a native of Okeechobee and has one remaining sister; Doris Heckert, six children; Kenneth Tyson, Jo Robinson,
Emily McDaniels, Paul Tyson, Edward Tyson (all pictured) and Boots Tyson (not pictured). In addition, Annie has 22 grand-
children and a multitude of great and great-great grandchildren.

Birth Announcements

Joshua Michael Radcliffe
Danielle and Michael Radcliffe of Live Oak, Fla., are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son Joshua Michael.
Born March 4 at 7:01 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and
was 20 1/4 inches long at birth.
Joshua Michael was welcomed home by his sisters Deborah and
Jessica and family pet, Jake.
Grandparents are: Jules and Elizabeth LaBrie of Lake City, Mary
Radcliffe of Clewiston. and William Radcliffe of Denton. Md.

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raped or sexually assaulted, we are
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referrals to sexual assault victims so they will be able
to make informed choices regarding their health, safety
and rights
All services are free and confidential.
This publication was made possible by the Rape Crisis Program Trust
Fund, administered by the State of Florida, Department of Health (DOH)

C oby Wayne Taylor
Shawna Martin and Travis Taylor of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son, Coby Wayne.
He was born on March 17, 2008 at Florida Hospital in Sebring. He
weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long at birth.
Coby was welcomed home by Justice and Zachary.
Maternal grandparents are, Jack and Janice Bayless of Okeecho-
Paternal grandparents are, Roger Taylor and Kitty Akerstrom of

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Today in History

Today is Sunday, April 13, the
104th day of 2008. There are 262
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On April 13, 1958, American
pianist Van Cliburn, 23, won the
first International Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow.
On this date:
In 1598, King Henry IV of
France endorsed the Edict of
Nantes, which granted rights to
the Protestant Huguenots. (The
edict was abrogated in 1685 by
King Louis the XIV, who declared
France entirely Catholic again.)
In 1742, Handel's "Messiah"
was first performed publicly, in
Dublin, Ireland.
In 1743, Thomas Jefferson,
the third president of the United
States, was born in Shadwell, Va.
In 1870, the Metropolitan Mu-
seum of Art was incorporated in
New York. (The original museum
opened in 1872.)
In 1943, President Roosevelt
dedicated the Jefferson Memo-
In 1964, Sidney Poitier became
the first black performer in a
leading role to win an Academy
Award, for "Lilies of the Field."
In 1965, 16-year-old Lawrence
Wallace Bradford Jr. was appoint-
ed by New York Republican Jacob
Javits to be the first black page of
the U.S. Senate.
In 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths
of the way to the moon, was crip-
pled when a tank containing liq-
uid oxygen burst. (The astronauts


managed to return safely.)
In 1986, Pope John Paul II visit-
ed the Great Synagogue of Rome
in the first recorded papal visit of
its kind to a Jewish house of wor-
In 1992, the Great Chicago
Flood took place as the city's cen-
tury-old tunnel system and adja-
cent basements filled with water
from the Chicago River.
Ten years ago: NationsBank
and BankAmerica announced a
merger which created Bank of
America, while Banc One and
First Chicago NBD said they would
unite. A 500-pound steel joint
fell from the upper level of New
York's Yankee Stadium, crashing
onto seats below. (No fans were
inside the park at the time).
Five years ago: U.S.-led
forces announced the capture
of Watban Ibrahim Hasan, a half
brother of and adviser to Saddam
Hussein. After three weeks of
captivity, seven U.S. POW's, in-
cluding Army Specialist Shoshana
Johnson, were released by Iraqi
troops near Tikrit, Iraq. Mike Weir
became the first Canadian to win
the Masters after the first sudden-
death playoff in 13 years.
One year ago: Iraq's parlia-
ment met in an extraordinary ses-
sion on a Friday, the Muslim day
of prayer, and declared it would
not bow to terrorism; a bouquet
of red roses and a white lily sat in
the place of a lawmaker killed in
a parliament dining hall suicide
Today's Birthdays: Movie

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director Stanley Donen is 84. For-
mer Sen. Ben Nighthorse Camp-
bell, R-Colo., is 75. Actor Lyle
Waggoner is 73. Actor Edward
Fox is 71. Playwright Lanford Wil-
son is 71. Actor Paul Sorvino is 69.
Movie and TV composer Bill Conti
is 66. Rock musician Jack Casady
is 64. Actor Tony Dow is 63. Sing-
er Al Green is 62. Actor Ron Per-
Iman is 58. Actor William Sadler
is 58. Singer Peabo Bryson is 57.
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
bandleader/rock musician Max
Weinberg is 57. Bluegrass singer-
musician Sam Bush is 56. Rock
musician Jimmy Destri (Blondie)
is 54. Singer-musician Louis John-
son (The Brothers Johnson) is 53.
Comedian Gary Kroeger is 51. Ac-
tress Saundra Santiago is 51. Rock
musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge)
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'Wax bumps' harmful Livestock Market Report Sales:
SAnril 1. 2008 Med #2 Steers Hfrs Monday

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent



There have been lots of things
are buzzing around our communi-
ty the past few weeks, including a
good number of ornamental plant
pest issues. When the same critter
comes in on homeowner plants
and is mentioned by some of our
local nursery growers, it does
catch your attention.
We will be busy this week with
Tuesday programs on the African-
ized Honey bee, and our Wednes-
day installment on our Spring Gar-
dening ShortCourse (Wildlife is
the subject). Our office continues
to offer help to local residents who
are now spending more time in
our Florida Yards.
What's that thing?
As new growth begins to ap-
pear on landscape plants, a close
look at some of the leaves may
show some small whitish bumps
on the leaves. A fingernail can flick
them off the surface, but it would
take a lot of time to remove all of
A local nursery grower has been
battling these bumps on Indian
Hawthorn shrubs for some time.
While I was visiting with her a few
weeks back, we also noticed that
her Gardenias had lots of these cu-
rious creatures on the tops of the
leaves. Larger ones remind me of
small turtles, and the small ones
look like little stars. They were clus-
tered on the veins, not scattered
across the leaf surface. The cause?
Florida Wax scale, a real sap suck-
er. If left untreated they may slow
down the plant's growth. Florida
wax scale (Ceroplastes floriden-
sis) is covered with a wet looking,
whitish wax which is tinged in
pink with some dark spots near the
edges. This protective waxy layer
on these critters gets thicker as the
insect gets bigger, and makes them
larger to control.
Scales like this one are often
found with a black sooty mold, and
if let untreated, will cause leaves to
drop off the plant. The black flaky
sooty mold is a fungus, but it grows
on the waste material left behind
by scales, whiteflies, aphids, and
other sucking plant pests. Control
the insects, and the sooty mold will
also disappear.
Managing Wax Scale
Since adult scale insects often
lack legs they stay in place, and are
good targets for attack. A careful
look under a magnifying glass at
colonies of many sap sucking in-
sects may show that some of these
scales'haves small holes in them.
This means the good guys are at
There are many different preda-
tory and parasitic insects that lay
their small eggs on scales, which
hatch and then bore into these
pests. These small wasps or flies

emerge as adults to lay more eggs
and reduce pest populations. Sci-
entists tell us that the use of highly
toxic pesticides will kill these scale
pests, but it also does in the good
guys as well.
In some cases, predators of
pests have been studied enough so
that specific insects can be grown
in laboratories and released as a
means to manage plant pests. In
one study, a researcher found that
released beneficial insects con-
trolled scale pests when pesticides
could not.
An alternate control measure
is to find products harmful to the
scales, but not so hard on the good
guys. With scale insects, an appli-
cation of an insecticidal soap is of-
ten enough to smother and dry out
the pest, insects, but is not as hard
on predators and parasites.
Another least-toxic approach is
to use horticultural oils. But when
weather gets warm, the sun gets
bright and new tender leaves ap-
pear there is a greater risk of burn-
ing the plant when oils are used.
With some of these pests, the
infestation may be so great that we
may have to rely on the standard
insecticides to jump-start our pest
control program. These should be
saved as the last resort, and not
relied upon as the normal way of
getting rid of scales insects.
Serious Pesticides
Pesticide recommendations
from the University of Florida are
required to be based on sound sci-
entific research. Our information
is subject to constant change as
new products are brought on the
market and less effective ones are
no longer sold. Any time a pesti-
cide recommendation is needed,
please be sure that the information
is up to date and suitable for the
kind of site that is being treated.
Homeowners needing more se-
rious "scale-icides" than soaps and
oils may look in the garden cen-
ters for products containing Mala-
thion or acephate ("Orthene"). In
all cases, READ THE LABEL to be
sure that it is legal to use it where
you intend to, and then also see if
the target pest is mentioned on the
label as one that can be managed
with this product.
Commercial growers and Li-
censed Pest Control companies
have a few more products avail-
able in their "pesticide tool kit."
They have the training and experi-
ence that allows them to use dif-
ferent materials. They also should
have the licenses that allow them
to legally buy and use these other
I've waxed on enough this
week, and it's time to buzz on
to other issues and events. I've
placed more information on our
Okeechobee web page, http:// If you
need additional information on
Florida Wax scale, please email us
at or call
us at 863-763-6469. Local residents
can stop by our office at 458 Hwy
98 North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from I to 3 PM on Tues-
day afternoons. Go Gators!

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Cows and bulls were steady
compared to last week. Calves
were off $3-5.00 but quality had
a lot to do with it. Good calves
are still bringing pretty good
money. Cattle On feed report and
grain report both fairly bearish.
Nobody has a very good feeling
right now about cattle prices
getting any better. Harvey Farms,
Okeechobee, topped the calf
market with a high of $1.95. Mike
White, Live Oak, topped the cow
market with a high of 60.50.
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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
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Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 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

DOG White, Male, Orange
collar. Vic. of N.W. Section.
Call to ID. (863)763-4414

OKEE. Sun. 4/13, 7am ?,
912 NW 2nd St. (2 blocks
W of the Meat Shop). Clothes,
Toys, Furniture, Tools,
Electronics & Food!


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

for plumbing contractor. FT
Good pay, benefit pkg.
DFWP (863)763-6461
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP



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TRAINEE for the Okeechobee Utility Authority.
OUA will consider a non-certified operator for
training in lieu of a certified operator. Must
possess a valid FL Drivers License. Only those
with a three year clean driving record need apply.
Shift work and week-ends are required.
Applications will be accepted until opening is
filled at the Okeechobee Utility Authority located
at 100 SW. 5th. Avenue, Okee, FL 34974.
An Equal Opportunity Employer,
Drug Free Work Place.

Raulerson Hospital has an immediate opening for
an Administrative Assistant. Must have excellent
communication skills, computer skills and be well
organized. This position also requires multitask-
ing, payroll and scheduling. We offer competitive
wages, excellent benefits and career development.

Please log on to our website for additional
information. Applications available in
Human Resources at Raulerson Hospital,
1796 Hwy. 441, North, Okeechobee, FL

Seeks Semi-Truck Driver
CDL-A Equipment Operator
year round (772)546-4191
Stat Diesel
Engine Op/Mech
Okeechobee, Fl
HS diploma or GED, and 2-4
years exp. maint & operation
of diesels. For more infor-
mation and to apply, visit
our website at
www.sfwmd.qov. Job Ref-
erence NB50085963. EDE.

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

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. Seating limited.
Must be 18 and H. S.
diploma or equivalent.
Call today 863-441-7233.
Class starts April 24th.
$8 to start, typing skills
req'd. Students & Retirees
welcome, Min. age req. 18.
Call Okeechobee 1 Stop Ctr
at: 863-462-5350
How fast can your car
go? it can go even faster
when you sell it in the

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Full Time i

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 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


Do you want to make a difference in
someone's life?
Do you provide quality care with a
warm heart?
Family Private Care is looking for
experienced and reliable nurses in the
Okeechobee County area to provide
assessment visits or hourly care to our
private care clientele.

For information call 772-545-3986 or
800-962-0884 and ask for Robin,
9AM-4PM, M-F only.
Lic# NR30210962

Do you want to make a difference in
someone's life?
Do you provide quality care with a
warm heart?
Do your prior clients or employers
recommend you highly?
Family Private Care is looking for experienced
and reliable caregivers in the Okeechobee
County area to provide CNA/HHA services to
our private care clientele.
For information call 772-545-3986 or
800-962-0884 and ask for Robin,
9AM-4PM, M-F only.
If this describes you, you may be exactly who
our clients are looking for.
Lic# NR30210962


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LPN for our Pahokee
Alzheimers adult daycare.
Excellent Clinical Skills Req'd.
Fax 866-843-0899

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classifelds.


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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
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numbers may require an
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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.

Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered4o
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
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.
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attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
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clean un a breeze

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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
omputer/Video 580'
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
iging quipme nt/
Supplies 6.. 25
Household items 630
Jewelry 6 35
Lampe/ Lights 40

Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
ice supplies/
EquilpmentWh 66
Services 670
Photography 675
Plu iing Supplies68
eools i&Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 69&
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

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W F I ,

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Dosks $97 ip,
3Pc Dropleat 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 Livingrooin tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

Turn your Gold into Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL
(next to UPS store)

CHIHUAHUAS 15 wks, all
shots, inclds Rabies, 2F 1M,
CKC, sweet, great w/kids,
$300 ea (863)610-1863
Min., 8 wks, 1st shots. 1
Choc, 1-Red, 1-Blue & tan.
CKC reg $400. 863-634-3758

Agriculture I

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
Flowers 865

TRACTOR '58 Allis Chalmers
WD model, restored, runs &
looks great! $4800
(321)403-7805 Okeechobee
TRACTOR- '57 641 Ford, mo-
tor runs, tranny broke, has
extra parts, $1500
(321)403-7805 Okeechobee

Hay For Sale
Top quality
Allecia Bermuda
Square or Round bales



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

BHR Duplex, Lake Okee. Ac-
cess. lbr, lba. Completely
rentavated. W/D & Dishwasher
$125. wkly (561)202-7703
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313
We have over 50 Rentalsl
They start at $695 mo.
Kings Bay, 2/2 CBS
W/D, $700 mo., No Pets
Century 21 Horizon

Newly renovated
building across
from courthouse.
(2) 475 sq. ft.
offices available
for immediate

LOG CABIN New Const on
Rim Canal w/Pool & Dock,
2BR-1BA, Full Furn incl/
Bedding, Linens & Cookware.
W/D & D/W Cbl, Elec,Wat
Incl. (561)234-0277

Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
From $895
per month

2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
BHR 4BR/2BA, fenced yard,
on canal, $850 mo. + sec.
dep., 863-824-0981
Century21 Horizon
Homes for Rent
4/2 CBS Hi-Lo Acres
$1295/mo. tile, sun room

3/2 New CBS Kings Bay
$995 Mo.

3/2/2 CBS Waterfront
Fireplace, screened patio,
fireplace, granite

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

OKEE: 3/1 on 1/ ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
closed porch, W&D, Ig stor-
age shed, large lot, $875/mo
inclds water (786)201-0306
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
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
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm

SINGLE, no children, female
pref. to share 3BR, 2BA
home with family. Pool.
$700/month. 863-697-0218

OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ.; private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 leave msg.

IHo, Sam

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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land -Sale 10,40
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Century 21 Horizon
Homes for Sale
4/3/3 Blue Heron
Executive CBS, pool,
waterfront, 4,000 sq ft.
Reduced $50,000
Rim Canal Round House
Crows Nest with direct
lake views. Wraparound
patio, dock on 2 acres
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba,
Kings Bay house. $950. mo.
$500. Sec. dep
863-634-7460 or 634-7895
When you want something
sold, advertise In the

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/WANarehs, 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

Investment Properties: 3 lots
& 3 M/H. Currently rented.
Income of $18,000. yearly.
$120K. or best offer.
For details call (561)261-0766


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

Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $800/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$875 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR 4/2 Waterfront
$925/mon- furnished only
Century 21 Horizon
BIG 0 Park Model, lbr 1ba,
w/d, pool, gated comm., club-
house, $695 mo
$850 mo. + electric. Also
Small, 1 BR, $450 mo. (in-
cludes utils). (863)697-0214
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba 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

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$475/mo. 954-610-5345
Mobile Home Angels


OKEE. '2000 DW M/H, 4br,
3ba, r/2 ac. Immaculate
$159,900. &'1992 DW
M/H, 2br, 2ba, $125K (off of
15A) Preferred Properties.
Debra Pinson (863)801-9163
3 lots, 3br, 2ba, 2 car gar.
$125K. Opt. to Rent. Call for
more details. (863)447-0965
SINGLEWIDE 2br, iba,
2005,14'x 54', excellent
condition, furnished, never
lived in, must be moved.
$15,000 or best offer

Recreation .

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

37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4500 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston

34.5', Triple axle, Roof air,
Awning, sleeps 6, Electric
jacks. Excellent cond. Seri-
ous inquiries only. $9850. or
best offer. (863)214-9747


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

FORD PICKUP, '51 V/ ton, all
orig., runs great, 41k mi.,
V8, 12v alt., new tires,
$3400. (513)260-6410

Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000

Public Notices

Public'Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Workforce Con-
sortium announces a meeting of the
Executive Comminittee to which all
persons are invited:
Date &Time:Friday, April 18, 2008
8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
PURFPOE: To discuss matters con
cerning the Workforce Investment
Act, Workforce Employment Oppor-
tunities, the Welfare Transition Pro-
gram, One-Stop Career Centers and
the Workforce Development Board.
A copy ol the agenda may be ob-
tained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Flodrida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they
will need to ensure a verbatim re-
cording of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which tihe
appeal is based, in order to provide
a record for udicial revie
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Book review: "Just Hit It"

By Daniel Shube

When you read the new book
"Just Hit It" by Frank Thomas you
immediately feel the passion he
has for the game and realize that
what he has to say contradicts ev-
ery commercial for golf products
you will hear or read.
Mr. Thomas spent 26 years as
the technical director for the Unit-
ed States Golf Association. There
are few men who know more
about clubs and balls than he.
Don't take my word for it;
listen to Jack Nicklaus when he
says, "Reading this book is like
engaging (Frank) in a discussion,
with the words, ideas and passion
flowing freely. There are few peo-
ple that I know more knowledge-
able about the technical aspects
of the game of golf, and very few
more passionate about the need
for integrity and vision in all as-

pects of the game."
In reading this book, you will
learn more than you need to
know about every club in your
bag. You might find out that the
ones you are hitting are not help-
ing your game at all. He is a big
proponent of having clubs that
are fit to you and your game as
opposed to purchasing clubs off
the rack.
Mr. Thomas also explains the
difference between balls. He
makes a note of the fact that the
better golfers may know the dif-
ference. The rest of the golfers
will likely land their expensive
balls in a lake before they figure
out if they hit the correct one.
While Mr. Thomas does get
into the rules, regulations and
science of equipment, his ex-
planations and theories are easy
to comprehend. When talking
about wedges, I now have a bet-
ter understanding of the leading
edge and the bounce.
I also can understand COR
(coefficient of restitution) and the
difference between IVS (Initial Ve-
locity Standard) and ODS (Overall
Distance Standard). If you want to
be able to join in the conversation
about "Tiger Proofing" golf cours-
es or about the shape and depth
of grooves, you need to read this
In addition to improving your
ability to "talk the talk" before you

spend yet another $500 on a new
driver, understand how to best
spend your money to improve
your game.
Don't listen to me that Frank
Thomas knows his stuff. Listen
to Nick Price, who said, "When I
first met Frank I was amazed by
how much knowledge he had of
equipment, golf and the history of
golf. Whenever I have a question
about equipment I pick up the
phone and ask Frank. He's been
invaluable to me."
You may not be able to call
Frank Thomas like Nick Price
does, but you can pick his golf

Frank Thomas

The right school makes a difference

The high school you choose
for your son or daughter can
make a real difference in the
transition to college. At the
Clark Advanced Learning Center
(CALC) students benefit from a
small school setting with per-
sonal attention, all on a college
Parents are invited to find out
more about the CALC by attend-
ing an Open House at the Clark
Advanced Learning Center at
2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart
on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30
A public charter high school
on the Indian River Community
College Chastain Campus in Stu-
art, the CALC serves about 200
high school sophomores, juniors
and seniors with diverse inter-
ests. CALC students participate
in learning experiences relevant
to their career interests and real-
world projects that inspire moti-
vation and achievement.
CALC students have the op-

portunity to earn college cred-
its at no cost while still in high
school. In fact, many CALC stu-
dents graduate with a year of
college completed, a savings of
at least $3,000 at a public uni-
versity and $20,000 at a private
The Clark Advanced Learning
Center provides students with
benefits they may not find at oth-
er high schools. These include
a small school environment
where students do not get'lost
in the crowd, opportunities to
use technology in every subject
and a personal laptop computer
assigned to each student for re-
search and projects.
CALC seniors participate in
internships based on their ca-
reer interests. Future veterinarian
Frank Coxon interned as a veteri-
nary assistant at God's Creatures
Animal Clinic in Stuart.
"I've seen the actual day-to-
day operations, and working
with the animals solidified my

desire to work in the veterinary
field," said Mr. Coxon, the CALC
valedictorian for the Graduation
Ceremony on May 31.
The school's salutatorian, Ste-
ven Dombkowski is among the
seniors who will graduate from
the CALC with an Associate in
Arts degree, ready to enter col-
lege as a junior. Mr. Dombkows-
ki combined his interests in busi-
ness and technology through
his internship at Websites Made
Easy. Mr. Dombkowski manages
the firm's affiliate program, es-
tablishing reciprocal agreements
with web design companies.
Applications for the 2008/2009
school year are now being ac-
cepted. For more information
about the Clark Advanced Learn-
ing Center, call 772-419-5750 or
visit www.clarkadvancedlearn-

Truck hits building
On Friday afternoon, April 11, a Dodge pickup truck unmistakably missed his turns and
crashed into the side of the Okeechobee Office Supply building. No injuries were sus-
tained. However, the building did incur some damage.

Brush fire guts campers

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A brush fire apparently burned
up two campers and a travel
trailer on the Viking Property on
Thursday night, Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue reported.'
A fire report from David
Kinchen noted firemen were
called to 17400 N.S. 272nd Street

just before 6:30 p.m. and found a
brush fire, and the campers fully
The report noted several spec-
tators, Florida Fish and Wild-
life Officers, and Okeechobee
County Sheriff Deputies were on
the scene when firemen arrived.
Three units and seven firemen
battled the blaze. They were on
the scene for close to two and a

half hours.
The estimate of property dam-
age was placed at $15,000. There
were no injuries reported.
The fire was being investigated
by the Florida State Fire Marshall.
The fire damaged the campers
so badly that firemen weren't im-
mediately able to determine their
make or models.

IRCC show promises 'stellar performance'

The stars will be out at Indian
River Community College on
Friday, April 18, at 7 and 8 p.m.
and Saturday, April 19, at 2 and
3 p.m. for the Hallstrom Plan-
etarium show "The Constella-
tions," at the IRCC Main Cam-
pus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce. Learn more about the
stars at this stellar experience.
The constellations are very old,
and the stories told about them
date back 5,000 years and more.
Learn more about their history

and origins.
The Hallstrom Planetarium
shows, at the IRCC Main Cam-
pus in Fort Pierce, are live mul-
timedia presentations that use
special effect projectors to tell
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Lady Brahmans enjoy senior night

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Six Okeechobee seniors, po-
tentially, played their final home
games in front of their adoring
fans Friday night.
Mary Huff, Lauren Throop,
Jordan Marcum, Jordyn Nealis,
Heather Fipps, and Elia Suarez
were honored in a pre game cer-
emony, and it was a rather emo-
tional event for the players and
their families.
That emotion might have dis-
tracted the girls early as they had
to rally to beat Vero Beach, 10-5.
"Senior night is tough and
the girls get a little emotional,"
Brahmans Coach Kim Hargraves
stated, "It's a big night, we do a
lot for the seniors, and we want to
send these girls off in style. They
worked hard for us and deserve
the recognition."
Vero scored a run in the top
of the first. Laura Adridge hit
a squibber towards first that
slipped under Megan Clements
glove for an error. She moved into
scoring position on a passed ball
and scored on a fielders choice
by Brooke Chapee. When Lynsie
Taylor reached on a single to right,
and Michelle Kaser reached on a
fielders choice to load the bases,
Coach Kim Hargraves came to the
mound with a simple message.
Senior night is over, no more
playing around.
Okeechobee scored two runs
in the second as Marcum walked,
and scored on a single by Court-
ney Wilson. Wilson scored on a
sacrifice fly by Naomi Stevens.
Okeechobee made it 5-1 in
the third as Huff singled, Throop
singled, Clements ripped an RBI
single, and Wilson drove in two
more with a double over the left
fielder's head.
Throop said those runs
seemed to calm her team down,
"It was very emotional for me, I
don't know what I'll do without
Okeechobee softball. It's been
my life for the past four years,"
she noted.
Okeechobee scored five times
in the fourth to take control of the
game. Stevens started the rally
with a walk, and stole second.
She scored on a throwing error.
Suarez reached on an error by the
left fielder. Suarez scored when
Throop reached on a throwing
error. The rally continued when
Jordan Marcum walked and Cle-
ments cleared the bases on a
double. The Vero Beach catcher
Caitlyn Miller threw the ball away
and Clements scored the fifth
run of the inning to make it 10-1
She also promised the team
would work hard over the next
few days to make sure they don't
have any problems at districts
next Wednesday.
Meanwhile Huff was domi-
nant on the mound for Okeecho-
bee. She entered the game with
a miniscule earned run average
and after the early run, got into
a nice groove. She struck out
the side in the second, third and
fourth inning. In the fourth she
actually recorded four strikeouts.
Lauren Throop picked up the
third strike against Lindsey Miller
and was poised to throw to first
for the out. However it appeared
the home plate umpire told her
not to throw and Throop held the
ball. The Okeechobee Coaches
argued the call but it was made
moot when Huff struck out the
next batter, Megan Boyette.
Vero Beach didn't go away qui-
etly as they rallied in the top of the
fifth. Megan McDonald reached
on a fielders error and Adridge
singled. Miller doubled to score
two runs and Brooke Chapee
singled in the third run. However,
Huff got Taylor to bounce into a
third to first to third double play.
Michelle Kaser followed with a
solo homerun to make it 10-5.
"They sure made it interest-
ing," Throop noted, "They defi-
nitely did that. It was a pretty
good game. I think we got a little
scared, but we stuck together and
finished up strong."
Vero Beach threatened but did
not score in the sixth. They load-
ed the bases twice, against Huff
on a pair of walks and a single.
However Huff pitched out of trou-
ble as she induced a force play at
the plate off the bat of Miller, and
struck out the Indians third hitter,
Qhapee, to end the threat.
Throop said she didn't want
her senior night to turn into the
senior night game she played
when she was a freshman a few
years ago. The girls lost that night
and the seniors cried.
"We were really pumped up
and ready to go. We were defi-
nitely on our game tonight," she
Now the girls get set for the
district tournament which for
them will begin on Wednesday
night. They will play the winner

of the game between Suncoast
and Westwood. If they win, they
reach the district championship
game, where they will play either
Lincoln Park or Jensen.
"The girl's really want it," Har-
graves noted, "We need to fine
tune some things, but we'll hit
all weekend, and scout our op-

ponents, and see what they have. Lawnwood Recreation complex
I think we'll be ready to roll on in Fort Pierce on Wednesday at 5
Wednesday." p.m.
The Lady Brahmans play at


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jordan Marcum is joined by her parents Danny and Teresa
Marcum at the Okeechobee High School's Senior Night, Fri-
day, April 11.

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