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Vol. 99 No. 297 Sunday, December 28, 2008 754 Plus tax


Winterfest 2009
Winterfest 2009 will be held
on Jan. 31. There will be cat-
fish, cotton candy, popcorn,
crafts, music and more. For
more information, call 863-532-
9015 or John at 863-467-8220.
Anyone interested in renting
a booth for Winterfest 2009,
please call John at 863-467-
8220 or 863-532-9015.

Red Cross class
dates slated
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
holding the following the fol
lowing Health & Safety classes
in January: Tuesday, Jan. 6 First
Aid Basics at 6 p.m.; Wednes-
day, Jan. 14 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 20
- Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m. All
classes are held at their Branch
office located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more in-
formation call 863-763-2488.

Glades County
officials sworn in
The County Commissioners
and newly Re-Elected County
Officials of Glades County will
hold their Installation Ceremo-
ny on Tuesday night, January 6,
2009 at the Doyle Conner Cen-
ter at 7:00 P.M. County Com-
missioners Butch Jones; Dis-
trict 1, Paul Beck; District 3, and
Bob Giesler; District 5, along
with Sheriff Stuart Whiddon,
Clerk of Courts Joe Flint, Prop-
erty Appraiser Larry Luckey,
Tax Collector Gail Jones, and
Supervisor of Elections Holly
Whiddon will be sworn into
office. Everyone is cordially in-
vited to attend.

Drought Index

Current: 609
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.06 feet
Last Year: 10.28 feet

ored By:-

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

U.S. Census needs workers

For census jobs call

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The United States Census
Bureau has 300 jobs to fill in
Okeechobee -- and not enough
people applying for work.
"We have about 300 jobs for
Okeechobee County and we're
not getting the response we
need," said Mack Parker of the
Census Bureau.
He said the jobs are tempo

rary and most are part-time and
the pay range depends on the
"These are NOT minimum
wage jobs," he added.
In addition to the hourly
wage, Census workers will be
reimbursed 58 cents a mile for
The jobs range from five
weeks to one year of work.
Mr. Parker explained that the
Census has several phases and
some of the jobs do not require
knocking on doors to conduct

In the first phase, Census
workers verify addresses.
"Address canvassing verifies
every address on the map," said
Mr. Parker. "The workers doing
the canvassing would not be
knocking on doors."
Once the address canvassing
is finished, the Census sends out
a mass mailing to every address
in the county. Those sending out
the mailing would be doing of-
fice work.
Normally, said Mr. Parker, in
Okeechobee County they get
about a 60 percent return on the

mass mailing.
"That means we have 40
percent who don't respond and
those people have to be contact-
ed," he explained. That's when
census takers start knocking on
Mr. Parker said the hours re-
quired for different jobs vary
widely. In many cases, the Cen-
sus worker can set their own
hours. Some of the work can be
done nights and weekends, he
Applicants must be 18 years
old. The Census requires appli

cants pass a test, which can be
taken at the Okeechobee Public
Library or the One Stop Career
Successful applicants are then
given 10 days of training. They
are paid for the training time, Mr.
Parker said.
Bi-lingual workers are espe-
cially needed, he continued. The
Census gives first priority to U.S.
citizens, he said. But if enough
citizens do not apply for the
jobs, non-citizens who are in the
country legally may be hired. Ap-
See Census Page 2

Safe boating

begins with

boat owner

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While a missing boater on
Lake Okeechobee was found
safe and sound earlier last
week, authorities say if he had
followed some simple precau-
tions it would have saved time,
money and his friends a lot of
Jason Correll headed out
through the Taylor Creek locks
Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, to
spend a few hours fishing on
the big lake. However, he ran
out of gas and both he and
his pet dog spent a cold windy
night stranded on the lake.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The pile of rubble at the left of the picture is all that
remains of the tower at the rear of the courthouse that
housed an elevator. Renovation plans call for the eleva-
tor to be moved to the front entrance of the building. A
second tower at the other rear corner of the building is
also being torn down. The rear of the building will then
be restored to its original appearance with arched col-
umns all the way across the second floor porch.

mittee on a dedication program
for the new building. However,
it is unclear if such a dedica-
tion was ever held. Therefore,
a dedication ceremony for the
courthouse was held on Nov.
7, 1992, in connection with the
75th anniversary of the county.
The architecture is Medi-
terranean Revival, a common
style in south Florida at the
time. This is the same architec-
tural style of the city hall. The
building has many interesting
features that are not found in

modern buildings.
The distinguishing features
include the red clay tile roof
and white stucco finish exte-
rior walls. The most prominent
feature is the colonnaded and
arched two-story entrance with
a pair of concrete staircases and
decorative iron railings. This
entrance way will be preserved
in the restoration process.
In 1968 the open breezeway
in the center of the building
was enclosed to form a meet
See Courthouse Page 2

Mr. Correll and his dog were
found at 7:45 a.m. Monday an
estimated 3 miles south of Lock
7. Both he and his pet bulldog
were all right.
The angler and his dog
could have been found earlier
if: he had told someone where
he was going; made sure his
gas tank was full; had taken a
cell phone; or, turned on his
marine band radio.
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, as
well as the department's Search
and Rescue Unit, will respond
See Boating Page 2

County helps


stay prepared

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Be prepared," the Boy
Scout Motto, has special mean-
ing to the people of Okeecho-
bee because of hurricanes in
recent years.
The Okeechobee County
Office of Emergency Manage-
ment has several publications
available to help families to be

prepared for hurricanes. These
publications are available on-
line for downloading by going
to the emergency management
website www.okeechobeeeoc.
com and clicking on "Click here
to build your family emergency
plan today." For those who do
not have access to a computer,
See County Page 11

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The historic Okeechobee
County Courthouse is undergo-
ing a $3.8 million year long face
lift. Among other things, the
electrical wng will be redone,
a sprinkler system will be in-
stalled and the courtroom will
be made into a meeting room
for the county commission
with state of the art audio and
visual equipment.
"I certainly think this build-
ing warrants being restored
and preserved forever, said
Commissioner Ray Domer of
the courthouse restoration.
"This building is well built.
It has withstood many hurri-
canes," stated commissioner
Noel Chandler.
Through the years, the court-
house has housed the school
board, the county surveyor, the
county agent and the sheriff, as
well as private offices. Retired
Circuit Judge William Hendry
said his first law office in 1957
was in what later became the
prisoner holding room. The
judge said that the Okeecho-
bee Abstract Company and the
Department of Transportation
once had offices in the court-
Judge Hendry's grandfather,
John Duncanson, was one of
the contractors who built the
courthouse. The judge said the
original plans called for a dome
on the building. However, in
an effort to cut expenses, the
dome was eliminated.
In the upper left corner of
a panoramic photograph of
downtown Okeechobee taken
Nov. 16. 1926, scaffolding can
be seen around the courthouse,
which was under construction
at the time and was not com-
pleted until the following year.
On Feb. 12, 1927, the com-
mission chairman was appoint-
ed to work with the fair com-


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Battle of Okeechobee

re-enactment planned

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The 2009 re-enactment of
the Battle of Okeechobee will
be bigger and better than ever
this year, according to event or-
The re-enactment of the
battle that marked the turning
point of the Second Seminole
War will be held on Jan. 31 and
Feb. 1. The original battle took
place on Christmas Day, 1835.
While the re-enactment
has always been held on the

site of the battle, this will be
the second year it will be held
on public land. In 2006 the
state purchased a portion of
the battlefield to be used as
a state park. The wheels of
state government are turn-
ing to make the property into
a state park. However, recent
budget restraints are slowing
those wheels. Okeechobee
City Councilman, history buff
and Battle of Okeechobee re-
enactor Dowling Watford said
the area is still a long way from

a state park.
"The good thing is that we
got the land," he added.
Mr. Watford said that some
people are collecting artifacts
for a museum on the site. For
that purpose, he purchased an
Albany, N,Y. newspaper from
that era that has an account of
the battle.
The state-owned property,
across the road from the Trea-
sure Island Fire Station on S.E.
38th Avenue, will be open from
See Battle -Page 11

File photo
During this 2004 reenactment of the Battle of Okeechobee Sem-
inole Warriors prepare to defend themselves against the attack
of Colonel Zachary Taylor's forces.

Renovations: Work under way on historic courthouse

Breezeway to be restored


2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 28, 2008

Continued From Page 1
to a missing boater as quickly as
possible but many times a simple
check of a person's boat and mo-
tor will prevent their having to
search the 730-square-mile lake.
"Our marine unit can perform
a courtesy safety equipment in
section of a boat and trailer if a
boat owner comes to the sheriff's
office facility at Okee-Tantie," said
Sheriff Paul May. "We do recom-
mend that boat owners call 863-
357-1600 to set up a convenient
time and to make sure that our
personnel are available."
For winter visitors who leave
their boats here during the sum-
mer, checking out the boat and
trailer prior to the first launch of
the season is extremely impor-
Sheriff May said that along
with the boat and trailer, it is vi
tal that all emergency equipment
be checked prior to that initial
"A few minutes of preparation,
replacing or repairing anything
that is not in good working or-
der, may save someone's life and
property," he said. "If you are not
sure if your boat is in good work-
ing order visit one of our commu-
nity's many guide services, mari-
nas, local marine sales businesses
and repair facilities before going
It is equally important to let
someone know your plans. Tell
your spouse, a friend or even the
OCSO Marine Unit where you are
launching you boat, where you
plan to go and when you plan to
return. And no matter who you
alert to your plans, they should
have a description of your boat as
well as its registration numbers.

Continued From Page 1
ing room for the county commis
sioners. Plans call for that breeze-
way to be restored.
In later years, an elevator was
installed in a tower built at the rear
of the building. Renovation plans
call for the elevator to be moved
to the front entrance of the build-
ing. The original look of the rear
of the building will be restored by
demolishing the elevator tower
and a companion tower built at
the other rear corner of the build
ing to balance the appearance.
Originally there was a circu-
lar driveway to the southern en-

Continued From Page 1
plicants must be at least 18 years
old. Those who are near their
18th birthday can apply, be tested
and be certified to work, but will

The OCSO Marine Unit also
suggests the following to ensure
your safety.
Make sure the boat's naviga-
tion lights are working properly.
Operating a boat at night without
lights is not only dangerous, but
If the boat hasn't been used
for several months, charge the
cranking battery overnight prior
to launching the vessel the next
day. If the crank battery is over
three years old, replace it. Also, if
the boat is equipped with a troll-
ing motor make sure those batter-
ies are fully charged since it may
be possible to reach shore safely
by using the electric motor.
Fuel filters should be changed
everyyear. Also checkthe fuel line
and primer bulb for leaks.
Check to make sure the
boat is filled with fresh fuel and
the oil reserve is filled with fresh
oil. Don't use a fuel/oil mix that
has been sitting for three or four
Check the cotter pin on both
the engine and trolling motor pro-
Have the lower unit serviced
at least once a year according to
the manufacturer's instructions.
Have an anchor of the proper
size for your boat. If possible, put
two in your boat. You should also
have 60 to 80 feet of anchor line
securely attached to each anchor.
Instead of using a mushroom an
chor or cinder block, use anchors
with metal wedges that will grab
the bottom and hold you more
You must have U.S. Coast
Guard-approved life vests or per-
sonal flotation devices (PFDs) for
everyone in the boat. Make sure
these are in good condition and
fit properly.
Have a flare kit, spotlight,

trance, but that was replaced by a
wide cement sidewalk.
Built long before modern air
conditioning, the building was
designed to take advantage of
natural breezes with large win-
dows, high ceilings, transoms
over the interior doors and a first
floor hallway open at both ends.
The main courtroom is shaded on
three sides by an arcaded porch.
Cross ventilation was provided
the courtroom by large wooden
casement windows covered by
inside wooden shutters.
The courthouse served as a
morgue during the great hurri-
cane of 1928 with coffins stacked
in the corridors because the
ground was too saturated for

not called to work until they are
18, he said.
Anyone interested in working
for the Census Bureau should call
toll-free 1-866-861-2010 to set up
an appointment to take the test.
Mr. Parker encourages anyone
who is interested to call.
"In other counties, we are test-

Okeechobee Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. East southeast
wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming
south southwest around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers before lam.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Calm wind becoming west
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. North northwest wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. East north-
east wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind
around 5 mph.

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air horn, battery operated strobe
light and some basic tools on
board. The strobe, flares and air
horn can make it much easier for
rescuers to find you at night.
If you wear glasses or con-
tact lenses, have an extra pair on
board in case of emergency.
Take a fully charged cell
phone, as well as a plug-in 12-volt
cell phone charger.
Purchase a marine band ra-
dio or weather radio to monitor
weather conditions.
Finally, have an up-to-date
and water resistant map of the
lake on board so you can give res
cuers more precise information
on your location.
Boaters should also do a safety
check on the boat's trailer. Make
sure the tires are in good shape;
the winch strap is tight and not
frayed or twisted; the lights are
working properly; and, invest in
a safety chain hook for the boat,
safety chains for the vehicle hitch
and a hitch safety pin.
If something should happen
and you become disabled on the
water, the first thing to do is an-
chor the boat to keep it from drift
ing. Next, turn off all electronics
such as fish finders, depth gauges
and radios. But, leave on your
navigation lights if it is night time.
Then, check your fuel lines and
battery cables to make sure they
haven't come loose.
Before you call for help deter
minewhereyou are. This is where
a GPS or a cell phone equipped
with a GPS is very handy.
No matter who you call for
help -- whether it be a family
member, friend or the OCSO -- tell
them where you are, give a good
description of your boat and give
them your cell phone number.
While you're waiting to be
rescued, check your anchor line,

grave digging. The organizational
meeting of the Central and South
Florida Flood Control District,
now known as the South Florida
Water Management District, took
place at the courthouse on Oct.
6, 1947. According to "Strolling
Down Country Roads, A Pictorial
History," By Twila Valentine and
Betty Williamson, at least two
graduating classes from Okeecho-
bee High School in the 1950s held
their commencement exercises in
front of the courthouse. In 1997,
a pilot for the short-lived televi
sion series "Maximum Bob" was
filmed in the courtroom. Post your
opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgawda@

ing about 600 people a week,"
said Mr. Parker. "In Okeechobee
County last week, we tested five

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drink water and stay dry. If you're
stranded at night, remember it
could take several hours for help
to arrive so leave your phone on
but avoid making other calls.
If it's dark have your flares
available. If you have a battery
powered strobe light, turn it on
and secure it to the highest point
of your boat.
Finally, remember if you are
stranded that the OCSO will only
tow disabled boats if they are in a
navigable waterway or present a
hazard to other boats.
"If a boat is towed, it will only

be towed to the nearest boat
ramp in Okeechobee," said Sher-
iff May. "From that point, it is the
responsibility of the boat owner
to arrange for repairs or recov-
ery. Owners of boats under these
circumstances should contact a
friend or commercial towing or
salvage company -- or their insur-
ance company -for further ad
vice and assistance."
Sheriff May continued by say
ing that the sheriff's office does
not normally salvage or refloat
sunken or badly damaged boats.
"There is a very high risk in-

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volved to our personnel and our
departmental boats in these types
of situations and we must avoid
injuries or property damage," he
said. "If a boat sinks, the owner
should contact their insurance
company or a commercial sal-
vage company for recovery in-
He went on to say that those
boats disabled due to a lack of
fuel or a dead battery may be
responsible for the cost of fuel,
maintenance and personnel time
for the responding deputies and
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Motorcycle enthusiasts form club

The Okeechobee American Le-
gion Post #64 is currently forming
an American Legion Riders Chap-
ter. The American Legion Riders is
not a motorcycle club, but rather
a diverse group of motorcycle en-
thusiasts sharing common goals.
All are members or spouses of
The American Legion, American
Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of The
American Legion-and all are
united by patriotism. They an-
swer the call to ride in service to
America's military, her veterans,
and the children and youth of our
The American Legion Rid-
er's eligibility rules for mem-
bership are:
1. All members of the Ameri-
can Legion Riders must hold indi-
vidual membership in one of the
American Legion Family organi-
zations; (The American Legion,
The American Legion Auxiliary,
and The Sons of The American
Legion) in good standing.
2. Members must be the legally
registered owner of a motorcycle
or be the spouse of the legally reg-
istered owner within the state of

3. All operators must be prop-
erly licensed and insured per state
laws regarding motorcycles.
4. All members must obey the
motor vehicle laws in any states
in which they are operating a mo-
torcycle or riding as a passenger.
5. Motorcycles used on any
group rides or events must be
350c.c. or larger.
American Legion Membership
To join the American Legion,
you must have served honorably
on active federal service (active
duty), honorably discharged or
currently an active member of
a military component. Reserve
component members must have
served at least 1 day on active
duty. Eligibility dates are as fol-
lows for Army, Navy, Marine
Corp., Air Force, Coast Guard, or
*Merchant Marines:
April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918
(World War I)
Dec. 7,1941 to Dec. 31, 1946
(World War II)
Dec. 7, 1941 toAug. 15, 1945
(Merchant Marines)

June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31,
1955 (Korean War)
Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
(Vietnam War)
Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31,
1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31,
1990 (Operation Just Cause -
Aug. 2,1990 to present-ces-
sation of hostilities as determined
by the U.S. Government. (Gulf
War Operation Desert Shield/
Storm/War on Terrorism)
Photo copy of D.D. 214 is re-
quired as verification.
American Legion Auxiliary
Membership Eligibility:
To join the American Legion
Auxiliary you must be a woman
who is eligible for member-
ship in The American Legion;
or is the mother, wife, daughter,
sister, grand-daughter, great-
granddaughter, or grandmother
of a member of The American
Legion; or is the mother, wife
daughter, sister, granddaughter,
great-granddaughter or grand-
mother of a deceased veteran
who served in the United States

Armed Forces during the listed
qualifying eligibility dates. (step
relatives are eligible) In-law rela-
tives to the qualified veteran are
not eligible for membership.
A copy of The American Le-
gion membership card or D.D.
214 of the veteran through whom
you are qualified is required
Sons of The American Le-
gion Eligibility: (SAL)
To join the SAL you must be a
male descendant (including step-
sons and adopted sons), but does
not include son-in-laws. Your
sponsor must be a member of
The American Legion or a veter-
an who died in service during any
of the qualifying eligibility dates
or A veteran who served during
one of the qualifying eligibility pe-
riods of conflict, was honorably
discharged, and past away subse-
quent to their military service. A
copy of
The American Legion mem-
bership card or proof of veteran
status of the (D.D. 214), through
whom you are qualifying is re-
Membership applications

Local banks report increased deposits

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Nearly $550 million is deposit-
ed in Okeechobee banks accord-
ing to the latest Deposit Market
Share Report released earlier this
year by the Federal Deposit Insur-
ance Corporation.
Seven financial institutions
qualified in the annual report, the
same as last year. National City
Bank made the most gains while
Regions Bank showed the most
declines, the report noted.
The report was broken up into
zip codes with five banks in the
34974 zip, and four banks in the
34972 zip code. Both Seacoast
National Bank and Bank of Amer-
ica had bank branches in both
zip codes. The deposits in both
branches were totaled to get their
figures this year.
Bank of America had $111.6

million or 20.3 percent of the mar-
ket share. Those numbers were
slightly lower than 2007 when the
Bank had a 20.6 percent market
share and $111.6 million on de-
posit. Regions Bank had just over
$29 million, or 5.3 percent of the
market share, a reduction of over
$10 million, or 1.8 percent.
The report said Seacoast Na-
tional Bank deposits rose by just
under $3 million. They had 22
percent of the market share, an
increase of 3/10ths of a percent.
First Bank of Indiantown saw
deposits drop just over $1 million
to $9.9 million. They had a market
share of 1.8 percent.
Riverside National Bank had
$138.3 million in deposits, a mar-
ket share of 25.2 percent. That
compared to $133.5 million in
2007, a market share of 24.6 per-
National City Trust had a mar-

ket share of 13 percent with just
over $71.3 million in deposits.
That compared to $65.4 million
in 2007, a market share of 12.1
Suntrust Bank finished off the
list with over $68.8 million in de-
posits a market share of 12.5 per-
cent. In 2007 the numbers were
$64.4 and 11.9 percent.
In Glades County, Seacoast
National Bank owned the market
with a 66.5 percent market share
or 31.9 million. That was an in-
crease from $26.4 million in 2007,
a market share of 60.34 percent.
Bank of American's market
share dropped from 33.1 percent
to 27.3 percent. The bank re-
ported $13.1 million on deposit at
their Moore Haven branch.
First Bank and Trust Com-
pany of Indiantown's branch in
Lakeport reported $3 million on
deposit this year, a market share

Unemployment levels show little change

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Unemployment levels stayed
virtually the same in November
according to the latest report from
the Florida Agency for Workforce
Innovation, Labor Market Statis-
tics Center, Local Area Unemploy-
ment Statistics Program.
Okeechobee had 10 percent
unemployment in November, the
same rate as October. There were
1,832 people out of work in No-
vember and 1,849 in October.
Glades County had 7.6 per-
cent unemployment in Novem-
ber. That was down from eight

percent in October. Twenty more
people had jobs in Glades County
in November.
The unemployment rates this
year are much higher than the
2007 levels. There was 5.8 percent
unemployment in Okeechobee in
November, 2007 with 1,013 out
of work. Glades County had 4.8
percent unemployment last year
with 223 on the jobless line.
Okeechobee was tied for fifth
highest among Florida Counties
in November. The highest rate
was in Hendry County at 11.9
percent. Glades County was tied
with two other counties for 29th
in the state. The lowest rate in the
state was in Liberty and Alachua

County who had 4.9 percent un-
Martin County had 5.5 percent,
Palm Beach had 7.6 percent, St.
Lucie 10.4 percent, Highlands
nine percent, and Osceola had
8.2 percent unemployment dur-
ing November.

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of 6.2 percent. That compared to
deposits of $2.9 million in 2007, a
market share of 6.6 percent.
The FDIC report includes data
as of June 30, 2008. The annual
report comes out on that date
each year.

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ing five people
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Most Wanted
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are active war-
rants for each of
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Most Wanted top Joe Luis
five is based on Garza
the severity of
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age of the warrant.
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on the whereabouts of any of
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H/M, Poss Cannabis more than 20
Grams; possession with intent to
Jason Hormuth, 28, DOB:
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Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays!

Medicare users warned,

beware of health care fraud

It's that time of year again.
The Medicare enrollment period
runs from Nov. 15 until Dec. 31.
Again, its time to re-evaluate your
health insurance plans, whether
you have original Medicare, a
Medicare Supplement plan, a
Medicare Advantage plan (HMO/
PPO) and/or a Medicare Prescrip-
tion Drug plan. But, beware of
those who will be looking to take
advantage of you or your health
care accounts. This could be an
agent selling insurance plans in
a fraudulent manner or a doctor
charging for a service that was
not rendered.
Beware of improper market-
ing activities by insurance compa-
nies/agents/brokers selling Medi-
care Advantage and Prescription
Drug plans. They are not permit-
ted to:
Provide meals or subsidize
the cost of meals;
Contact potential enrollees
Promote plans or collect
enrollment forms at educational



Promote non-health care re-
lated products;
Promote plans or collect en-
rollment forms in healthcare set-
It is also important to beware
of fraud and scams that are com-
mitted by health care providers
and suppliers. Protect yourself
Guarding your Medicare/
Medicaid number like a credit
card number;
Keeping a journal of your
medical visits;
Keeping receipts of returned
medical equipment;
Reviewing your Medicare
Summary notice (MSN), explana-
tion of benefits (EOB), or health
care billing statements carefully
for any questionable charges or
services you don't recall receiv-
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pect such fraudulent activities,
contact the Florida Senior Medi-
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Speak Out/Public Forum
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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. What follows is a sam-
pling of some of the discussions currently taking place.
Thanks for participating!
GLADES ELECTRIC: I would like to know if I am the only cus-
tomer/member of Glades Electric Cooperative that feels their bills col-
lecting tactics are extreme? Are additional deposits for late payments
extreme? Do you feel that the heavy handed approach of sending bill
collectors to your door and or disconnecting your meter so quickly
is over the top? Do you ever feel harassed by their methods? If so I
would like to know your opinion, so please Speak Out.
BAIL OUT: Washington has done it again. They gave out billions
of taxpayers dollars to the financial industry in the form of the bailout
in an effort to save the economy. But instead of using the money to
get the economy going by making loans, the banks are either hoard-
ing the money or using it for corporate bonuses. How could the gov-
ernment just give out money without restrictions on how it would be
spent? I am so disappointed in our government and our president-
elect was a senator who helped approve that bailout, so they can't
just point the blame at the Bush Administration.
BANKS: $1.6 billion went to bailed out bank executives ... that is
MISTAKES: In response to the comment that equated the student
being suspended for forgetting a prescription pill was in the book bag
to an adult getting a speeding ticket, an adult who is driving too fast
is not "accidentally" speeding. You actively have your foot on the ac-
celerator and the speedometer is right there on the dash. If you aren't
checking it, then you are negligent, not "mistaken." If you aren't pay-
ing attention to traffic and to your speed you are endangering others
who are on the road. It's not the same thing as a child who took pre-
scription meds with her to an overnight, didn't realize there was one
pill left in the bottom of the bag, and then took the bag to school. The
pill was not in front of her face. It was not easy to see or find. From
what they said at the hearing, it had been in there for weeks while she
was taking stuff in and out of the bag and she never noticed it. If her
book bag is anything like my kids' I can understand how something
can get lost in there. The acne pill in the bookbag in the locker was
not endangering any others. Even if a kid found out it was there and
broke into the locker to get it, the worst thing that could have hap-
pened was that he would get sick to his stomach, according to what
the testimony said. In my opinion, accidentally having one prescrip-
tion pill which is your own prescription and is not even on the con-
trolled substances list should not be treated as equal to the kid who
brings pot to school. I think the school board made the right decision
in this case. I am basing my opinion on what I read in the paper. I
don't know the people involved and I wasn't at the meeting.
SANTA: I just want to say how much I enjoy the Okeechobee tra-
dition of Santa riding around on the fire truck. It gives the little kids
such a thrill. They are thrilled to see a fire truck. They are thrilled to
see Santa. Put them both together and you have little kids jumping
up and down. I don't know how this tradition got started, but I just
love it. Maybe someone who knows how it got started could share
the story.
UNEMPLOYED: I've ran across this scenario a few times in my
life, I have never asked or received assistance from any agency. I just
went out and found another job, they're out there and sometimes
you might have to work at something you didn't like until another
opportunity came along. The only way anyone should receive gov-
ernment assistance, is if they're disabled or have earned some type of
benefit while they were working before the prior employment came
to an end. Keep looking for a job and when you get offered a job,
don't turn it down because it's not your regular line of work.
APRONS: I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The prin
cipal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath.
Because she only had a few dresses, it was easier to wash aprons than
dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as
a pot holder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful
for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for clean-
ing out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for
carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be
finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons
were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was
cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons
wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips
and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From
the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been
shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring
in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company
drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old
apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready,
Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men
knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long
time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-
time apron' that served so many purposes.
ACTIVITIES: I hope that when they plan out the school activi-
ties, the school officials consider the financial situation of many of
the families in Okeechobee. When they start needing extra money for
this and that, some families just don't have it. And you might say the
kids can do fund raising, but there is a limited about the money any
business can donate and many of the businesses are having trouble
just meeting payroll so they don't have money to donate. Also, when
they plan the sports schedules, how about making sure that there are
at least as many home games as away games. We can't afford to drive
to the away games. It's only fair that sometimes you have to travel,
but at least half of the games should be home games.
DAYLIGHT CHANGE: Forget about the Climate Change hype for a
moment. I overheard some talk of a new disaster that puts each of us
in absolute peril, and we haven't a minute to lose. I'm talking about
Daylight Change. Last June a group of scientists began to document
the total amount of daylight each day. They soon noticed a disturb-
ing trend. Each day was about 2 minutes shorter than the previous.
There is scientific consensus that our days are getting shorter at an
alarming rate. The government must act very quickly to stop this. We
must tax and regulate each and every business in order to thwart
the impending darkness. At the current rate, we will be in total dark
ness by next summer. We are already beginning to see the effects of
Daylight Change. Many birds have migrated from their homes, and
crop production has totally ceased in most parts of the country. The
insects, flowers and even the leaves on trees have totally disappeared.
We will soon be faced with world-wide famine. We must act very
quickly to save our planet. I am currently working on a movie to raise
awareness about this, and hope to win the Nobel Prize for my work.
Editor's note: Since we are now past the winter solstice, perhaps
you can work instead on the theory that the days are now getting
SURVIVE: My husband was out of work at one time not too long
ago, which has been a first that we had to encounter. But you have to
do what you have to do to survive. I still had and have my job, so we
still had income coming in, but he is the bread winner in the family,
so when he was out of workwe had to juggle everything. First I had to
figure out what had to be paid first, and what bills had the highest late
fees. trying to determine what we could get away with being late. We
didn't spend money on unnecessary things, such as renting movies
or buying snacks. We got what we need in town all at once, not mak-
ing extra trips that we don't have to. Buying generic things, instead of
name brand things, being aware of the lights on in the house, I mean
these things really help. We survived, my hubby is back to work and
has been now for some time, and everything is back to normal, but
I am still being frugal. There are a lot of other ways to get by. I hear
a lot about people out of work turning down certain jobs because
that's not what they do, or it's not enough money. If you're down and
out enough you will do whatever it takes to make ends meet. A little
monev is better than no money at all.

Reflections from the Pulpit

New Year's

By Rev. Tommaso
Pastor, Corner Stone Baptist
At this time of the year you are
all making New Year's resolutions
and I as a pastor am no different.
You make new commitments to
do certain things. You say you
are going to go on a diet, you say
you are going to go to the gym,
you say you are going to be bet
ter organized, and you may even
say you are going to start going to
church. You make these commit-
ments because you know there
are things you are doing that are
not good for you or could be bet-
You make these commitments
because you want a change in
your life, but you tend to let those
commitments go by the wayside.
Why? You do this because you
are selfish and you like what you
like when you like it. You also let
them go because your heart is
not in it. Come on, who likes to
diet? Who likes to exercise? Well
there might be one or two. Who
likes getting organized? It is hard
to get organized. Come to my of
fice or my closet. Organization is
not easy. Who does not like to
sleep in on Sundays? You can say
you are going to do better, but it
will generally fail if there is not a
heart's desire with a supernatural
ability to follow through.
You will do what you are mo-
tivated to do. Paul sees a prob-
lem within the so-called body of
Christ and he is going to call them

out on it. The problem is not mak-
ing some kind of commitment, it
is truly committing to that com-
mitment. Paul wrote Romans 6
for the purpose of showing the
Romans that when they trust
Christ they are to live in newness
of life, but he points out that they
are not to live as though they have
a license to sin. So what is it that
you who are saved and are called
by His name need to do? You are
to see that your commitment to
Christ means that you are to live
in newness.
"What shall we say then? Shall
we continue in sin, that grace
may abound?" (Romans 6:1)
What shall we say? Say about
what? The chapter begins with a
question because it is referring to
something that has come before.
What came before was a discus-
sion on the stupidity of man. Why
do I say stupidity? Listen to these
"And changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image
made like to corruptible man, and
to birds, and fourfooted beasts,
and creeping things." (Romans
1:23) They gave up God who is
perfect and holy for an image that
was not. They wanted to worship
something that did not judge their
sinful hearts. "Wherefore God
also gave them up to uncleanness
through the lusts of their own
hearts, to dishonour their own
bodies between themselves."
(Romans 1:24) God gave them
up to their evil desires. "Who
changed the truth of God into a
lie, and worshipped and served
the creature more than the Cre-
ator, who is blessed for ever." (Ro
mans 1:25) They exchanged truth
for a lie. They worshiped the cre-

The Counseling Corner

Make New Year's
to be healthier
By the American
Counseling Association
It's almost time for those New
Year's resolutions and losing
weight will again top many peo-
ple's lists. It's a good resolution,
since health authorities now label
obesity as this nation's leading
health problem.
If someone close to you is try-
ing to lose weight this coming
year, you probably want to help.
Unfortunately, experts find that
the "help" usually offered can
actually have the opposite effect,
adding more pounds while possi-
bly hurting the relationship.
So here are some tips on what
to do, and not to do, if you want
to really help someone reach their
weight loss goals.
Nagging about those extra
pounds, buying exercise equip
ment, suggesting new diets or tak
ing the role of food police might
all seem helpful, but often leave
the other person feeling like a fail
ure who's bad, ugly, and unable
to lose weight and meet your ex
pectations. When you talk about
how losing weight is easy or just a
matter of willpower, you're send-
ing negative messages that trigger
destructive feelings and can push
the person to actually eat more.
A better way is to help the per-
son understand the issues that are
causing overeating and to be truly
supportive of his or her efforts.
Start by encouraging the per-
son to talk about his or her feel-
ings. Identify negative messages,
then help the person clarify and
face down such feelings. Is your
spouse feeling ugly because of

excess weight? Explain sincerely
and honestly the beauty you see
in him or her that has nothing to
do with what the scale says.
It can also help to identify
emotional issues that can lead
to overeating. We all "stress eat,"
but when someone is constantly
depressed or anxious it can be a
bigger problem. Knowing that a
loved one is there to listen and
understand can help fight such
You can also be an example.
That doesn't mean making food
rules, but rather eating a healthy
diet yourself with sensible por-
tions. Start an exercise routine,
and after a week or two, invite
the person trying to lose weight
to join you.
Your goal is for the person you
care about to see you as a source
of encouragement and support,
not a critic. Offer praise when
weight is lost, and encourage-
ment when weight loss plateaus
are encountered. Being involved
like this can bring you closer and
encourage your loved one to look
harder at what drives his or her
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service
by the American Counseling
Association, the nation's
largest organization of
counseling professionals.
Learn more about the
counseling profession at
the ACA web site, www.

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ated things instead of He who cre-
ated them. Why did man give up
God for a lie? "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of
God." (Romans 3:23) You have all
turned away and gone astray to
our own desires. "But God com-
mendeth his love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
But because God loved us fools,
He showed us His love when we
were in rebellion toward God. Je-
sus came as a babe and died on
a cross for our sins to pay for our
sins, while we were sinners. We
were His enemies and are now
reconciled to God through Jesus.
Should we keep on sinning
so grace will keep on coming?
Should we keep on sinning so
that we could keep on getting un-
deserved favor from God? No!!!
No!!! No!!! No!!! In fact Paul uses
stronger words than no. "God for-
bid. How shall we, that are dead
to sin, live any longer therein?"
(Romans 6:2) In the King James
Version we see the words "God
forbid." The two Greek words
literally translated mean "may it
never be." Other versions say:
"Certainly not!" "Absolutely not!"
"By no means!" The reason the
King James used "God forbid" is
because using God would show
The question we are going to
answer today is how shall we,
who are dead to sin, live any lon-
ger in sin? "Know ye not, that so
many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into his
death? Therefore we are buried
with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the
Father, even so we also should
walk in newness of life." (Ro-
mans 6:3-4) Don't you know that
you who were saved were bap-
tized into the death, burial and
resurrection of Christ? If you do
not you need to examine yourself.
Test yourself because Jesus lives
in you unless, of course, He does
not. If Christ dwells in you, you
need to live in newness of life. You
need to be dead to your sins and
alive in Christ. If you do not have

a new relationship to sin, you
do not have a relationship with
Christ. What does that mean? If
you do not look different from be-
fore you trusted Christ then you
probably did not trust Christ. "If
we say that we have fellowship
with him, and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth." (I
John 1:6) You can not say you fol-
low Jesus and live life in a manner
unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
Hate sin and love Christ and seek
to do things His way. How do
we live in newness? We need to
commit to Christ all that we are,
and seek to be like Jesus in our
word, actions and intentions.
"For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on
Christ." (Romans 3:27) Well how
do you put on Christ? Trust Jesus
as your Savior, have a new hate
for sin and a new love for the
things of God. You need to put on
the fruit of the Spirit. "But the fruit
of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, good
ness, faith, meekness, temper-
ance" (Galatians 5:22-23A). You
want to hold on to your commit-
ment to Jesus? You need to trust
Him with all that you are and stop
living in sin as if you have never
trusted because if you live in sin
you have never trusted.
Commitments come and go
when you really do not desire to
do the task with all that you are,
but when you say you follow
Jesus and there is no evidence,
then you made no commitment.
If this offends you, then you need
to take it up with God, because I
can only tell the truth. For a new
resolution, try making commit-
ments based on who God is
and what He has done. That will
give you the power to fulfill your
commitments because "whether
therefore ye eat, or drink, or what-
soever ye do, do all to the glory of
God." (I Corinthians 10:31).

Community Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 28
AA. 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.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts)
A.A. weekend noon meeting, Open Discussion; The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
N.A. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Discussion, 7 p.m.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.

Monday, Dec. 29
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis-
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda
Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring
a lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
Tuesday, Dec. 30
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts), NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group, Open Discussion, at noon NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863
763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from I until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
special appointments.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 -8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to weekly meeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 28, 2008 5

OHS football team celebrates success

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Every time the Okeechobee
football team took the field this
year it was an event. They kept up
that habit Friday when they held
the first big community event at
the new Indian River State Col-
lege Williamson Center.
The annual football banquet
honored the Brahman varsity for
their great season. Okeechobee
(8-3), qualified for the playoffs for
the second straight year, and con-
tinued to set records on offense.
Lonnie Pryor broke several of
his own records as he ran for over

2,000 yards again, 2,349 in fact,
and 24 touchdowns. He earned
all state as a junior and will cer-
tainly be all state again. He was
named the District 17 Class 4A
player of the year this year and
was also the district 17 most valu-
able player this year. To no one's
surprise, he earned the Brahmans
most valuable player award.
Pryor also shared, for the sec-
ond year in a row, the offensive
most valuable player award with
QB Garrett Madrigal. Madrigal
threw for 1,334 yards this year
and 18 touchdowns.
Coach Chris Branham said
Lonnie Prvor will go down as

the best player in Okeechobee
history. He noted his work ethic
and attitude separated him from
all other players, "He stays on an
even keel, works hard and doesn't
back down on anything. When
he knows what he wants he goes
and gets it."
Branham said Madrigal earned
the Co-MVP on offense because it
was impossible to separate Pryor
and Madrigal. He noted Madri-
gal's ability to pass helped Pryor
and Pryor's ability to run helped
open zones for Madrigal to com-
plete passes.
"We'll never know this, but
I don't know if either one is as
good without the other," Bra-

nham added.
Branham said the St. Lucie
West Centennial game showed
just how valuable Madrigal was
to the offense this year. With-
out Madrigal, Okeechobee was
pounded by the Eagles in the pre
season kick off classic.
Other awards went to Nate
Pollard for defensive MVP. Pollard
also won the Brahman award.
Jonathan Schrock won the Jo-
seph Julian award. Carson Wil-
liams won the most improved
player award. Jonathan Kemp
was named most valuable player
for the junior varsity. Thor Harden
was named the junior varsity de-
fensive player of the year.

Branham said Pollard won the
defensive award for his consis-
tency this year. He noted Pollard
continued to make plays all year
against players that were bigger,
stronger and faster than he was.
"He played his heart out all
year. He was the most consistent
player on the defense this year."
Schrock won for his dedica-
tion to the team and his leader-
ship skills. He intends to enroll in

the Citadel this fall.
Williams made huge strides
at linebacker this year. He was a
backup as a junior but was a key
player as a senior.
"We couldn't line up on de-
fense without him on the field. He
directed all the traffic and without
him we were not the same team,
there's no predicting how many
points we would have given up,"
Branham added.

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Community Events

U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary to do vessel
Okeechobee-The Lake is back
and so are we. Flotilla 57 U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary we are
ready to do vessel exams. They
are free and we will come to you,
we make house calls. Call 863-
763-9570 to make and appoint-
ment to examine your boat and
get it certified with a sticker.

Low cost spay/neuter
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@ Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and
meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for
ladies to join who want to do
things. For information call 863-
763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of
a nursing home or assisted living
facility? The Florida Department
of Veterans Affairs can help you.
The Department operates five
veterans nursing homes and one
assisted living facility throughout
the state, with a new nursing
home being built near St. Augus-
tine. The basic admission criteria
for all of the facilities is an honor-
able discharge, Florida residency
for one year prior to admission
and certification of need of as-
sisted living facility or skilled nurs-
ing care. The VA Nursing homes
are located in Daytona Beach,
Land O' Lakes, Pembroke Pines,
Springfield (Panhandle) and Port
Charlotte with the VA Assisted
Living Facility being located in
Lake City. For further information
on VA nursing homes contact the
County Veteran's Service Officer,
Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-8124.
Historical Society collects info
for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.

Ladies Auxiliary
Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you can
eat spaghetti, garlic bread and
salad for a $5 donation. The din-
ner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
call 863-763-2308.

Grief support group
for parents
A grief and healing group dedi-
cated to helping parents deal with
the loss of a child will meet at
the Red Cross Building on Thurs-
day nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information contact
Georgene at 863-763-2957.

Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife in
the Okeechobee area. We are
licensed by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to provide these services. If
you find a wild bird or animal in
need of assistance please contact
us at 863-634-1755.

Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the Boys
and Girls Car Campaign will ac-
cept most any car with no restric-
tions. Cars will be picked up any-
where in Florida, usually within a
week, and are sold at auction. To
donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds
obtained by the sales go directly
to help the Florida clubs.

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

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


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United Way supports 2-1-1
United Way members Terelle Peterson (left) and Jennifer Lafferty (center) presented a
check for the 2-1-1's Susan Buza (right) to help them continue their services in Okeecho-
bee County.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Area Agency of Aging gets help
United Way members Roslin Brown (left) and Jennifer Lafferty (center) presented a check
for the Area Agency on Aging's Donnia Smith (right) to help them continue their services
in Okeechobee County where they operate a Foster Grandparent Program which operates
in Elementary Schools in Okeechobee County.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

United Way helps Big

Brothers Big Sisters
United Way members (left to right) Cathleen Blair and
Nick Blount presented a check for Big Brothers Big Sis-
ters to board members Kristy Crawford, Sharon Vinson
and Pat O'Connor to help them continue their services in
Okeechobee County in three elementary schools.

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Silas J.'S.J.' Brown, 71
Brown, passed away Wednesday,
Dec. 24, 2008, in the Raulerson Hos-
pital, Okeechobee. He was 71.
Mr. Brown was a native of Bost-
wick and had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 48 years,
coming from Palatka. In 1986, he re-
tired from the Water Department
with the City of Stuart after 15 years
of service. He had previously
worked for 10 years in the construc-
tion industry in Jupiter. He enjoyed
camping and going up north for the
summers. In his earlier years he en-
joyed fishing in Lake Okeechobee.
He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Petrolia and Alice Driggers
Brown; and two sisters, Naomi
Brown Wilkinson and Madeline
Brown Tomlinson.
S.J. is survived by his wife of 48
years, Noreen Terwilliger Brown, of
Okeechobee; a niece and spouse,
Eunice and Jim Bruce, of Bardin;
three nephews and spouses, Curtis
and Yolanda Tomlinson, of Sacra-
mento, Calif., Eugene and Marilyn
Tomlinson, and Eddie and Bonnie
Tomlinson, all of Palatka; and sever-
al great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, Dec. 27, 2008 at the Masters
Funeral Home of Palatka, with Pas-
tor Wesley Taylor, Pastor of the Tab-
ernacle Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial followed in the Oak Hill East
Cemetery in Palatka.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the
American Heart Association, 210
N.W 75th Dr., Suite 1, Gainesville,
FL 32607.
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka
was in charge of arrangements.


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The One Stop Career Center,
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available at no charge to help
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Martha's House
collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting
used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call 863-763-
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My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet.
The volunteer should commu-
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should be able to seek support
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Center offers service to
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to youth
and children by giving free classes in
martial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 6 until
8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30
until 7:30 p.m.

Group providing
animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service
of Okeechobee is currently provid-
ing rescue, pick up and transport of
sick, injured, orphaned or otherwise
impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal
in need of help is encouraged to give
us a call. A volunteer transporter, li-
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more than happy to help you and
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This is a free service to the com-
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Students of the Week
Here is the list of students at Everglades Elementary School who are achieving excellence
In the classroom ending Dec. 19. Kindergarten: Chance Mohr, Anthony Salerno, Scotty
Crum; First grade: Anyssa Anselmo, Abel Garcia, Tristen Campbell, Shelby Haaka, Chris-
tian Flores; Second grade: Tia McCoy, Allan Portocarrero, Emily Barnes, Lita Landaberde,
Florivella Gonzales; Third grade: Carlos Campos, Seth Rodriguez, Quinn Nurrenbern,
Clerra White, Kassle Weldon; Fourth grade: Laura JImenez, Anallell Hernandez, Danlella
Navarro, Jeffery Bernhard; Fifth grade: Ismael Santamaria, Monica Sparks, Marcus Rucks.
Congratulations to our many outstanding students!

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Students of the week
Osceola Middle School is pleased to announce the names of the following students cho-
sen as students of the week for the week of Dec. 15. From left to right In the front row
are: Paola Prado, Kassondra Miler, Garrett Johnson, Cody Rhoden. In the back row from
left to right are: Tristan Buster, Jenna Rodriguez, Saraya Vanderhoff, Melissa Elias. Not
pictured due to absence: Kyle Mullins.

Submitted photo/SEM

Card award
Marie Koepke presents Kimmy Kemp, Brian Greseth, Rose Waldron, and Tracy Downing
of Seminole Elementary School a plaque for winning Best of Show for their Holiday Stroll
in the Park card.

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Big Bash
Seminole Elementary School recently held a Big Bash in
order to reward students for participating in a fund raiser.
Each year, Mrs. Davenport coordinates this fund-raiser,
and we wish to thank her for her dedication. Top sellers
are Layla Gaucin from Mrs. Jordan's class, Hailey Arm-
strong from Mrs. Fulwider's class, and Fransisco from
Mrs. McCranie's class.

Submitted photo/Hospice of Okeechobee

Best Tree
Sheila Spors (left) and Mimi Arnold (right) decorated the
Woman's Alpha tree Victorian Christmas which won first
place in the Best Tree category at the 2008 Hospice Fes-
tival of Trees.

SEM honors Jimmy Kemp

Home of the Chiefs
It is with great pleasure that
Seminole Elementary School an-
nounces that Mr. Jimmy Kemp
has been selected as the Seminole
Elementary School Related Em-
ployee of the Year. Mr. Kemp has
been a custodian at Seminole El-

the last
six years,
serving as
the SEM
dian this
past year.
He has
15 years of employment with the
Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict. He worked for two years as
a mechanic's helper after driving
a school bus for seven years.
Mr. Kemp and his wife of 37
years, Norma Sue Kemp, are both
employed with the school dis-
trict, and they have four children
who went through Okeechobee
schools. They became involved
with this community as coaches
shortly after moving here. Their
dedication to this community and
the school system is evident each
day at work.
Here at Seminole, Mr. Kemp's
vast knowledge of the plant
and facility is invaluable when
it comes to equipment upkeep.
Often times, it is unnecessary to
call the air conditioner repairmen
or the maintenance men because
Mr. Kemp can most likely de-
termine the problem, solve the
problem, and get the equipment
functioning again. He knows that
the students will do better in a
clean, organized classroom that
has all the lights working, a good
pencil sharpener, and is just the
right temperature.
Mr. Kemp's keen eye for
safety issues makes him a valu-
able member of our Workplace
Safety Committee. His contribu-
tions concerning playground
equipment, lawn maintenance,
pest control, and plant and facil-
ity have decreased the number of
potential teacher and student re-
ports. As a member of this com-
mittee, Mr. Kemp is responsible
for ensuring all equipment, inside
and outside, is in good working
condition and does not present a
safety hazard to our students.
Mr. Kemp interacts with every
member of this faculty and staff.
His commitment to the smooth
running of the classroom is en-
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school. He daily communicates
with teachers to ensure they have
all the supplies they need to see
the students through a day, a
month, a year. He makes him-
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throughout the day because he

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their desire to talk to him and

help him work. Sometimes, as a
reward for good behavior, teach-
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Kemp in the cafeteria.
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Extension Service: How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
What are the best veggies to
plant in the winter in Okeecho-
bee -anonymous
When choosing the right veg-
etables to grow, first consider
what you like to eat. Right now
at the onset of our "winter," the
cool season vegetables are grow-
ing the best. Cold crops plants
like broccoli, cauliflower, cab-
bage, collards and even Brus-
sels sprouts do well in cool
temperatures. English peas and
salad crops are superior now too:
lettuce, Swiss chard, Chinese cab-
bage, and spinach, will taste bitter
and go to seed if they are grown
in warmer weather. A number of
root and bulb crops can be tried
if the soil is well drained and rich
in organic matter: radish, beets,
carrots, and onions are good
examples. HOWEVER, most of
these cool crops should have
been planted already. If you start




them now, they will not be ready
to harvest until the warm season
- in 2-3 months. This is the time
to start planting the warm sea-
son plants like tomatoes, beans,
squash and corn. Take a look at
the Florida Vegetable Gardening
Guide for specifics: it is available
on-line [
document_vh019] or from our
Herbs year round
Are herbs like vegetables in
the sense that certain ones grow
better at certain times of the year?
Or can you grow any herbs year
round? -Nancy

I would also like more infor-
mation on growing herbs. Which
ones do well planted outside in
this climate? Which ones need to
be in pots so they can be taken in
when it is cold? -anonymous
Most of the familiar edible
herb plants do better in Florida's
cool season than in the warm
season. Summer heat and humid-
ity often bring on pests and dis-
ease that make many a challenge
to grow here. Since many herbs
are perennials, they don't get
mature enough to harvest. Sev-
eral do well in containers. Some
annual herbs that are easiest to
grow here include basil, chives,
parsley and various mints. Almost
any herbs can be kept in pots for
cold protection, but rosemary
and thyme do better in containers
because they need well drained
sunny locations. See our UF bul-
letin, Herbs in the Florida Garden, for

Storing seeds
What is the best way to store
seeds? I saved my pumpkin
seeds, will they grow here and
when do I plant them? Anony-
Vegetable seed should be
stored in cool dry conditions until
they are ready to be planted. After
they are removed from the "fruit,"
clean off any vegetable residues,
dry them on paper trowels and
place them in a plastic bag or
container. Refrigerators work well
as long as the container is sealed
- and remember to label them
with what they are and when
they were collected. If they are
"hybrid" seed, saving them for the
next year's planting will not give
satisfactory results. Purchased
vegetable seed usually cost very
little and give dependable results.
So unless this is a special heir-
loom vegetable, consider looking
for recommended varieties listed
in the Florida Vegetable Garden-

ing Guide: look for them in seed
catalogs or on-line.
Is it spiders?
I had a papaya plant but it got
a thin layer of white underneath
the leaves and died. Someone
told me it was a spider nest but I
did not see eggs or anything. The
white looked like elastic, plastic
like. Anonymous
It is hard to determine what
this growth was from your de-
scription. If it was a regular spider
nest, it would not have killed your
papaya plant. It sounds more like
some kind of fungal leaf diseases,
possibly powdery mildew. [see:
Some Common Diseases of Pa-
paya in Florida, http://edis.ifas. i. Iden-
tification of ANY pest is needed
before suggestions for managing
the problem can be made. Please
send us a photo or bring a sample
of the actual plant to the Exten-
sion office.

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in the past few days. To continue
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Merry Christmas and, Go Gators!

Researcher helps test plug-in car

By Stu Htuson
University of Florida
ating gas prices and environmen-
tal concerns are leading many to
electric-powered cars, and a new
University of Florida partnership
hopes to find out if it's really a
cleaner, cheaper and more reli-
able choice.
UF Institute of Food and Ag-
ricultural Sciences Extension re-
searcher Pierce Jones is working
with North Carolina-based com-
panies Progress Energy, Advanced
Energy and Duke Energy to test a
Toyota Prius modified to use elec-
tricity delivered through a regular
household electrical outlet.
"This isn't a new idea, but it
is one that now has to be closely
examined because it's likely to be
a reality in just a few years," said
Jones, who is participating in the
research as part of UF's Program
for Resource Efficient Communi-
ties. "There are a lot of questions
to be asked and a lot of details
that have to be ironed out before-
The UF car is one of 12 that
will be deployed throughout
Florida and North Carolina. The
researchers involved will chart
basic use patterns, such as how
much gasoline and electricity is
consumed. Similar vehicles can
travel more than 100 miles on a

gallon of gas.
Perhaps more importantly,
though, the project will also seek
to show that electric cars won't
overburden local electrical grids.
For years, the largely unspoken
concern about electric cars is
that they could become a victim
of their own success. Too many
electric cars plugged in at the
same time, some worry, could
cause power failures.
"Developing the necessary in-
frastructure to enable widespread
use of electric vehicles is part of
our balanced strategy to address
the challenge of global climate
change, while meeting growing
energy needs," said Bill Johnson,
CEO of Progress Energy.
The hybrid is equipped with
smart-charging hardware that
moderates the time and pacing of
the charging. Additionally, the car
will be tested with a technology
dubbed Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G)
V2G allows the car's charging
system to synch with the local
electrical grid. Not only does this
stop the car from drawing on an
overtaxed grid, it could contribute
small amounts of electricity (for
which the operator would be re-
imbursed) back in-thus helping
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cars from overburdening local electrical grids.

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Give a cheer: Headed to Las Vegas

Local cheer team
goes to national

Las Vegas Nationals here they
Congratulations to Okeecho-
bee Xplosion All Star Cheer lead-
ing and Dance Teams. On Nov.
23, three teams left for Tampa
to represent Okeechobee at The
Cheer Champion Express "Cheer
Blast" in Tampa. The three teams
ages range between 3-18 yrs. old.
Tiny Team brought home an third
place, Senior Team brought home
an second place and Junior Team
brought home first place.
Along with competing with
their specific team 3 individual
competitors each brought home
a first place in the individual
cheer competition. Katelyn Shaw
5 years old placed first in the Mini
division, Hanna Bostwick 12 years
old placed first in the Junior Divi-
sion and Taylor Lucas 15 years old
placed first in the Senior Division.
Along with bringing home four
first places, one second place and
one third place. The athletes also
qualified for a paid bid to the U.S.
Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is an amazing accom-
plishment and the Athletes will be
representing Okeechobee County
April 10-12 2009! This will be the
first time Okeechobee County
has been represented at an All
Star Cheerleading National Com-
petition. Okeechobee X-plosion
is looking for any help from the
community to get their athletes
there and back. Please call Coach
Victoria with any questions at:
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 28, 2008 11

South Elementary School third place
Deanna Brewers class at South Elementary was presented the third place prize for
the blood drop.

Id photos


Submitted photos

Hines family wins freezer
Checks are presented by Chairman Raye Duesinger to those organizations which brought
the greatest number of donors to The Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Crystal and John
Hines and daughter Grey are congratulated by Carlos Bohanon, owner of Okeechobee
Sears on the winning of this year's grand prize freezer at the Okeechobee Blood Roundup.
Submitted photos

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First place
Checks are presented by Chairman Raye Duesinger to
those organizations which brought the greatest number of
donors to The Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Jim Dawson,
Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church is pre-
sented the $500 first place check.

Submitted photos

Second place
Checks are presented by Chairman Raye Duesinger to
those organizations which brought the greatest number of
donors to The Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Marilyn Bux-
ton, president of Theta Omicron Sorority receives a $300
check for second place.

Submitted photo

Third place
Checks are presented by Chairman Raye Duesinger to
those organizations which brought the greatest number of
donors to The Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Toni Weirs-
ma, principal of Okeechobee High School receives the
third place award of $200.

Fourth place tie
Checks are presented by Chairman Raye Duesinger to
those organizations which brought the greatest number of
donors to The Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Pat McCoy is
presented the fourth place award of $100. A tie for fourth
place earned both units $100.

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Fourth place tie
Checks are presented by Chairman Raye Duesinger to
those organizations which brought the greatest number
of donors to The Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Jim Green,
representing The Masonic Lodge accepted the fourth
place (tie) award of $100.

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Continued From Page 1
printed copies are available from
the emergency management of
fice at 499 N.W Fifth Avenue, 863-
763-3212. Printed copies are also
available in large quantities for
distribution to civic organizations.
In addition, Emergency Manage-
ment Director Michael Faulkner
is available to speak to local or-
ganizations about hurricane pre-
These publications provide
practical and economical tips
for helping your family deal with
hurricanes. They list the supplies
your family will need to either
ride out a hurricane at home or
be self sustaining in a shelter for
three days. Mr. Faulkner said the
decision whether to stay in your
home or evacuate is a personal
one. Even if your home can sus-
tain hurricane force winds, if you
are not comfortable staying there,
Mr. Faulkner advises that you
Mr. Faulkner said that people
complain about the cost of the
necessary supplies. However,
when people check the list, they
find that many of the necessary
items are common household
items that most families already
have on hand. The pamphlet
"Emergency Management Sup-
plies Calender" makes being pre-

pared financially painless. Each
week for the six months during
the off season there is a list of
items to be purchased from either
the hardware store or the grocery
store and things to do each week.
Using this schedule, the average
cost is $15 to $20 a week.
"It allows people to do it slow
ly," Mr. Faulkner said of the calen-
Also available is the six page
booklet "Everybody Ready"
which is available in eight other
languages besides English. "Ev-
erybody Ready" provides a start-
ing point for emergency plan-
ning. It recommends a kit of nine
essential items water, food,
clothes, medications, flashlight,
can opener, radio, hygiene items,
first aid kit and the amounts or
quantities of each item.
Then there is the more detailed
46 page "How to Prepare for any
Disaster" and an index of family
emergency documents.
At this time, there are no local
shelters for an important mem-
ber of many families the family
pet. However, some local veteri-
narians will board pets during a
hurricane. Check with you pet's
veterinarian. However, the shelter
situation for pets may soon be im-
proving. Mr. Faulkner said that his
office will be working on trying to
secure a pet friendly shelter.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

United Way helps Children's

The Okeechobee County United Way board members Mel-
ody Hodges (left) and Nick Blount (right) presented Mark
Mayers (center) with a check to assist him in his work at
Real Life Children's Ranch.

Continued From Page 1
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the
event. The actual re enactment
will take place at 2 p.m. on Satur-
day and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Watford said there will be
more re-enactors this time. Jack
Williamson will once again por-
tray Col. Zachary Taylor.
New this time will be a dem-
onstration of making lye soap,
an authentic cracker cow camp,
a blacksmith and a cannon dem-
onstration. While the army used
canon in Florida during this era,
no canon were used in the Battle
of Okeechobee. Fort Bassinger,
across the Kissimmee River from
the present day community of
Bassinger, was established by
Col. Zachary Taylor to leave his
cannon while his men pursued
the Seminoles to the edge of Lake
The Spanish, and later the Brit
ish policy was to coexist with the
Indians but the U.S. policy was
to move them west of the Missis-
sippi River. When the Indians saw
what was happening, they took
up arms to defend their way of
In 1837, Col. Taylor, com-

mander of the army garrison at
Tampa Bay, was ordered to cap-
ture a band of Indians headed to-
ward Lake Okeechobee.
On Christmas Day his troops
were camped in the area of
Brindaban Forest. They crossed a
saw grass marsh and were fired
upon by Indians in the hammock
on the other side of the marsh.
Who won?" It all depends on
which source is used.
"The Seminoles withdrew and
the soldiers claimed the victory,"
wrote Lawrence E. Will in "The
Cracker History of Okeechobee."
The opposite story is told by
Betty C. Williamson and Twila
Valentine in their book "Strolling
Down Country Roads." These au-
thors state the Battle of Okeecho-
bee is "one of the few battles be-
tween the Seminole Nation and
the U.S. Army in which the Semi-
noles could claim victory."
The Seminoles claim they
have never been defeated and
never signed a peace treaty with
the U.S.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pryor plays in North versus South all star game

Lonnie Pryor takes a

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
breather during Tuesday's all star

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It wasn't the result he was
looking for, but as Lonnie Pryor
is often quoted to say, it was all
The North dominated the
South, 34-7, last Tuesday night in
the annual North South Florida
Athletic Coaches Association All
Star game at Sebring's Firemen's
The game features some of the
top high school seniors in Florida.
Normally it is played in Lakeland.
This was the first time it was held
in Sebring.
Pryor played about a third
of the game for the South as he
shared time with Clewiston's Dar-
ris Hughes and Brandon Oliver
of Miami Southridge at running
"I had fun, I met a lot of good
players and we had a ball. I was
just happy I got to play in the
game," Pryor noted afterward.
Pryor rushed five times for 16
yards and caught two passes in
the game for the South.
The South used a spread of-
fense formation and lined up in
the shotgun all night. The South
didn't get much going on offense
other than a 41 yard touchdown
catch by Anthony Williams of
Tampa Chamberlain in the sec-
ond quarter. Andrew Clifford of

Tampa Wharton threw the touch-
down pass.
Robert Ferguson of Glades
Central was named the South
MVP He had double digits in
tackles for the South defense. He
noted he plays this type of talent
all the time at Glades Central.
"I feel good about the award. I
stepped up and did what I had to
do and my team did their thing to.
We just couldn't pull it out."
Ferguson is undecided on
where he will play football next
Also appearing in the game
was Xavier Fagan of Moore Ha-
ven. He caught one pass for six
The North controlled things
in the first quarter and kept the
South offense off the field. The
South ran just three plays in the
first quarter. Meanwhile the North
drove 90 yards on their opening
drive only to be stopped at the
South one yard line on a fourth
and goal. A safety on a bad snap
gave the North the lead and they
added a touchdown by Hank
Farmer early in the second quar-
ter. A 35 yard catch by Otis Brown
of Gainesville High set up their
first touchdown.
A.J Graham of Tallahassee
Godby threw the touchdown
Rodney Scott of Cross City in
Dixie County scored on a 15 yard

Fall softball leagues wind down

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Three league champions
were decided in the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation soft-
ball league last week.

J-Wayco Boys dominated their
division this year as they finished
(16-0) overall and won both the
first and second half titles. They
earned the E Division Champion-
ship without a playoff.

James Shockley Electric won
the Men's Rec 2 title with a 17-14
victory over Syfrett Feed. Shockley
Electric won the first half title with
a 7-2 record. Syfrett Feed won the
second half title and the two met

in a championship game on De-
cember 17.
Okeechobee Mining won the
women's division with a tight vic-
tory over the Lady Seminoles, 17-
16. Okeechobee Mining won the
second half with a 7-1 record. The
Lady Seminoles won the first half
with a perfect 8-0 record.
The Men's Rec 1 champion-
ship and the co-ed division cham-
pionship were still to be decided.

touchdown catch late in the half
to give the North a 15-7 lead.
The South drove downfield
early in the third and appeared
poised to score but David Siler,
brother of former Florida Gator
Brandon Siler, intercepted a pass.
Brown caught a 53 yard touch-
down pass two plays later to
make it 22-7.
LaRoyal Beard of Citra-North
in Marion County returned an in-
terception 39 yards on the South's
next possession to make it 29-7.
The final points came on a 39
yard pass from Graham to Farmer,

who was named the North's most
valuable player.
The game was Pryor's final
high school game in Florida He
will play on January 2 in a nation-
al showcase in South Carolina.
"I tried my best tonight and
there was a lot of speed on this
field tonight and more hitting. I'm
looking forward to going to South
Carolina and experience some
new things," he noted.
Pryor has also committed to
play for Florida State University
next fall.

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