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Woman dies after
jumping from truck
A Virginia woman died Feb.
23 after she reportedly jumped
to her death from a moving ve-
Meegan Amanda Rose, 31,
Big Stone Gap, Va., died Monday
around 2:45 p.m. after jumping
from a Ford F-350 pickup truck
on S.R. 70 E. at S.E. 87th Court,
stated a Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP) accident report.
The report states that Rich
ard A. Chaney, 37, of Celina,
Ohio, said Ms. Rose "willingly
exited" the truck as he was
driving the vehicle east on S.R.
70, stated FHP Corporal Robert
G. Leatherow's report.
Frank Carson Weaver, 53,
York, Pa., was also a passenger
in the 1995 truck.
Cpl. Leatherow's report
does not state why Ms. Rose
got out of the vehicle as it was
traveling at highway speed.
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Choir in its 11th year under
the direction of Sandy Perry,
will be rehearsing for the pre-
sentation of the Easter Cantata,
Alpha and Omega, on Sunday
afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
at the First United Methodist
Church on Second Avenue.
The cantata will be presented
Palm Sunday weekend, April 3,
4, and 5. All interested singers
who can match pitch and read
music just a little are encour-
aged to join. Practice CDs are
provided, as well as the music.
Nineteen local churches were
represented in the presentation
of the last Cantata. Participating
in this group is a great way to
meet new people who share a
similar love of singing. Come
join in the creation of glorious
harmonies celebrating the risen
savior. Call 863-634-7714 if you
have any questions.
The Guardian ad Litem Pro-
gram, the voice for Florida's
Abused and Neglected Chil
dren needs volunteers. Volun-
teer Guardians ad Litem give
a voice to children who are
victims of child abuse and are
involved in court proceedings.
For information, contact Pattra
Dodd at 772-871-7225.
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County OKs new radio system
Federal grant to
cover 75% of cost
of law enforcement
By Eric Kopp
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) can put
away the paper clips and duct
tape -- they're getting a new ra-
OCSO Major Noel Stephen
said Wednesday, Feb. 25, that
the sheriff's office will be hook
ing up to Florida's Statewide
Law Enforcement Radio System
(SLERS) and getting rid of their
antiquated 30-year-old system at
the sheriff's office.
Maj. Stephen went before the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners Thurs-
day, Feb. 26, and, by a 4-0 vote,
was told to go ahead with the
"We'll still have to negotiate
a contract with SLERS and then
make implementation," he said.
Since the county already
knows how much the system
will cost, the negotiations are
more contractual in nature.
Okeechobee County had de-
cided to replace the old radio
system and had narrowed their
choices for a new system to the
state-operated SLERS, or a Mo-
The state system is a leased
system by which the county will
pay $9 per radio, per deputy. This
means the sheriff's office will pay
$18 per deputy (one hand held
radio and one mobile unit). With
Road patrol: OCPD has new cars
Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Okeechobee Chief of Police Denny Davis (left) Thursday, Feb. 26, hands the keys to the
department's new 2009 Dodge Charger patrol car to Sergeant Russ Cale (right). The
Okeechobee City Police Department has purchased five new Chargers to replace that
same number of Ford Crown Victorias as patrol units. While the two makes of automo-
biles are very similar, the Charger gets more miles to the gallon of gasoline which will
mean big savings to both the department and the City of Okeechobee.
Chargers get attention
By Eric Kopp
As Police Chief Denny Da-
vis and Sergeant Russ Cale ad-
mired the department's new
Dodge Charger patrol unit,
motorists driving by on S.R. 70
E. honked and yelled at them:
The Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD) ventured
away from the norm this year
and will be purchasing five
2009 Dodge Chargers to use as
patrol vehicles. For years, the
Ford Crown Victoria has been
used almost exclusively by law
enforcement agencies across
the U.S. But more agencies,
such as the OCPD, are looking
for ways to save money.
Both vehicles, added Chief
Davis, have the same police
Although Sgt. Cale has only
used one tank of gas so far, he
calculated his mileage at 13 to
14 miles per gallon (mpg). He
said the Crown Victoria's mile-
age was 9 to 10 mpg. Accord-
ing to the City of Okeechobee,
as of December 2008, they are
paying $1.44 per gallon. This
would then translate --figuring
10 mpg vs. 14 mpg -- to a sav-
ings of roughly $5.76 per tank
to the department.
According to their respective
web sites, both vehicles have a
19 gallon gas tank. According
to police package specifica-
tions, the Charger is rated at 17
mpg in the city and 24 mpg on
The new and sporty look-
ing Charger, with its 120-inch
wheel base, also has more in-
terior space than the Ford. The
Crown Victoria's wheelbase is
listed at 114.6 inches.
"And that's important for
these guys. They sit in them 12
to 14 hours a day," said Chief
Davis. But, according to Sgt.
Cale, the biggest advantage of
the Dodge over the Ford can't
"The biggest difference is the
braking," he said. "The brakes
are 10 times better. They had to
put 18-inch tires on to cover the
brakes (because of their size)."
Chief Davis said the city pur-
chased the Chargers on state
contract from Maroone Dodge
in Miami at a lease price of
$21,130. The Crown Victoria
priced by the city would have
Another plus for the Dodge
is its power plant. The 3.5 liter
V-6 in the Charger delivers the
same amount of horsepower
(250) as the 4.6 liter V-8 in the
The OCPD chief said they
also chose the Dodge because
it's a rear-wheel drive vehicle,
which is the same as the Ford.
Other police vehicles, he said,
are front-wheel drive.
"They (Dodge) put together
a good police package," he
Sgt. Cale first got behind the
wheel of the Dodge Charger
during a police conference in
Daytona Beach where all the
manufacturers bring their ve-
hicles -- cars and sports utility
vehicles -- for cops to test drive
and evaluate. And after using it
on the streets of Okeechobee
he's more than pleased with
the car. "The car handles and
drives better," he said. "It has a
good ride and it's solid."
Chief Davis indicated that
his department will be getting
the other four Chargers later
He said the city bought a to-
tal of 22 new vehicles this year,
including the five new Char-
the Motorola system, the county
would have had to purchase all
of the radios and consoles.
The statewide system will
cost the county just over $6 mil-
lion, but a federal grant will pick
up about 75 percent of that cost.
The Motorola system had a 10-
year projected cost of around $6
million, but the company did not
qualify for the federal grant.
With the SLERS system, the
countywill receive free upgrades,
updates and maintenance by the
state. Local users will also have
the ability to talk to any state
agency or any other law enforce
ment agency in the state of Flor-
ida by simply switching to that
This is unlike other systems
which only allow the user to talk
as far as their tower will reach.
Besides negotiations, the
county will also need to find a
site in the southwest portion of
the county where they can erect
a tower. According to Deputy
County Administrator Jim Three-
wits the anticipated cost of the
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Perez will return to
By Eric Kopp
Even though Alajandro Perez
bills himself as Houdini, he ap-
parently has a way to go before
he reaches that stature because
he is once again behind bars.
Perez, 45, escaped from the
Okeechobee CountyJail around
2:21 p.m. on Feb. 6 and was
recaptured Tuesday, Feb. 24,
by the United States Marshal's
Service Florida Regional Fu-
gitive Task Force. He was taken
into custody on an Okeecho-
bee County arrest warrant that
as soon as he
window of a
home in rural
was taken into Alajandro
custody Tues- Perez
day he reportedly was found
to be in possession of 2 grams
of suspected cocaine, and was
See Prisoner Page 7
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County
School Board met in the board-
room on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with
all of the administration, both
principals and assistant princi-
pals, to discuss revisions to the
Student Code of Student Con-
While the Code of Student
Conduct was revised in July,
2008 by a committee made up
of various levels of school em-
ployees from administration
to teachers, local law enforce-
ment, and strategically chosen
community members who
have experience with children
in the community, the board
has already had an incident
where they were compelled to
go against their own policy and
not uphold an expulsion.
Because of this, they chose
to hold a workshop to go over
the code once again with all of
the administration present to
get their feedback on each in-
fraction and consequence.
The group first went through
the language in the code and
made a few changes. This in-
cluded making the steps to fol-
low if they accidentally obtain
possession of alcohol, drugs,
tobacco or over-the-counter
medications stand out more in
the code and draw more atten
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Art fest is this weekend
By Chauna Aguilar
Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sun-
day, March 1, the Third Annual
Okeechobee Mainstreet Top of
the Lake Art Fest will not only
provide some pleasant sights
with all of the beautiful and
creative artwork, but will fill the
Flagler Park with music as well.
This event will take place in
beautiful downtown Okeecho-
bee, Flagler Park #3 and #4.
This event will be open to the
pubic from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
on Saturday, and from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Sunday and is
FREE to the public.
There will be both adult and
student artists as well as profes-
sional artists in this juried fine
The public is invited to
join in the fun for a relaxing
weekend featuring artists from
Okeechobee as well as national
artists who will be showing and
selling their award winning art.
In addition to the artwork,
this year's fest will feature a
wide range of entertainment
which was coordinated by
OKMS volunteer Kathleen Shat-
to. The headliner will be South
Florida's premier contempo-
rary musician and entertainer
Billy Bones. He will perform on
Sunday at 1 p.m. at the gazebo
in park #4.
Billy Bones showcases his
superb abilities as a vocalist
and on the saxophones, flute,
harmonicas and percussives.
He has performed at the larg-
est South Florida events such
as West Palm Beach's Sunfest,
Delray Beach's Garlic Fest, Or-
lando's Disney World, Artigras
and others. He is also a regular
in Miami's South Beach.
Bring your own lawn chairs
and enjoy the entertainment!
Saturday will feature a va-
riety of performers including
Leslie's Dance Studio Dancers,
Carl Adams, a nationally rec
ognized flutist, the Sounds of
Sebring Barbershop Quartet.
For more information about
the festival or about performers
and times, go to the website
com, or call OKMS at 863-357-
MAIN and Bridgette Waldau at
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee Mainstreet President Maureen Burroughs (left)
spoke at the Okeechobee Rotary Club on Tuesday, Feb. 24,
where the President Elect Mike Costopoulos (right) and other
Rotarians learned about this weekend's Top of the Lake Art
Fest in Flagler Park.
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A poor choice of words was
used in an article with the head-
line "Rooney asks for return to
values" appearing on the front
page of the Sunay, Feb. 22, is-
sue of the Okeechobee News.
The first sentence stated: "The
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and rancor. That was not the case
at all. While the congressman
did talk at length about the differ-
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and polite in his remarks. There
was no rancor. We apologize for
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Shooting suspect returned to Okeechobee
By Eric Kopp
A man wanted locally on a
charge of attempted felony mur-
der has been returned to Okeecho-
bee County following his arrest on
traffic charges in Lake Wales.
Luis Lopez, 23, Duck Key
Road, Frostproof, was returned
to Okeechobee Friday, Feb. 20, to
face additional charges of home
invasion robbery with a firearm
and shooting or throwing a deadly
missile at or within a vehicle.
He is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a $15,000 bond on the deadly
missile charge. He is being held
without bond on the other two
Lopez was wanted for his al-
leged connection with an Aug. 15,
2008, shooting in Fort Drum.
According to Detective Susan
Morrison, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
it is believed that Lopez and three
other Hispanic men took part
in the shooting that sent a male
A couple were arrested late
last week and charged with trying
to take $300 worth of items from
a local department store.
Diego Hernandez, 18, Immoka-
lee, was arrested Saturday, Feb.
21, on a charge of grand theft. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
Also arrested was Carmela
Ramirez, 17, also of Immokalee.
She was charged with grand theft,
and after being booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail she was
transported to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Center
in Fort Pierce.
An arrest report by Officer
Chad Troutman of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD) states that Hernandez
and Ramirez were seen on video
cameras walking about Walmart
and taking items off shelves and
The couple would take turns
placing items into a diaper bag
and inside a child carrier, said the
Officer Troutman stated Ramir-
ez had her two young children
with her during their time in the
store on South Parrott Avenue.
Hernandez, continued the
report, was seen placing stolen
merchandise inside the carrier
then covering the items with a
Items found or damaged in-
clude: a child's blanket, digital
camera, hot wings, mechanical
pencil, avocados, ribs, a roast, ce-
real and infant shoes.
Officer Troutman said the
items were valued at $300.28.
The couple was arrested by
the officer as they were walking
out of the store with the items.
According to the officer's re-
port, Ramirez was also reported
victim to a local
She said the
for the shooting
was that some-
one in the home
owed the men
Morrison said Lopez
she couldn't dis-
cuss why the money was owed to
Lopez was arrested Dec. 31,
2008, by Deputy Matthew Pearce
of the Polk County Sheriff's Office
(PCSO) after he struck a utility box
while driving a 1984 Buick, stated
the deputy's arrest report. The
report went on to say that Lopez
fled the accident scene but was
arrested a short time later.
He was arrested on misde-
meanor charges of leaving the
scene of an accident with property
damage, resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence and
driving while license suspended/
When Deputy Pearce did a
background check he learned that
Lopez was wanted in Okeecho-
bee County and that arrest war-
rants had been issued.
Detective Morrison said
Wednesday, Feb. 25, she doesn't
know what Polk County did about
their charges against Lopez.
The OCSO detective said
around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 15,
2008, two men burst through the
front door of a singlewide mo-
bile home on N.E. 23rd Way and
sprayed the inside of the home
with rounds from semi-automatic
weapons. As many as two other
men were waiting outside the
mobile home in a green Chevro-
let pickup truck, she added. The
truck had a dark colored camper
shell over the bed.
The two men stood in the door-
way of the home and shot into the
kitchen area where a woman was
sitting. She was not injured.
The woman, who was de-
scribed as being in her 40s, "hit
the floor and they shot over her
head," said OCSO Detective Ted
A total of 10 rounds were found
in the home.
Before the two men left the
home they took a small safe that
contained an undisclosed amount
As the men were leaving the
scene, a 32-year-old man was
pulling into the driveway. When
he saw the armed men he backed
out of the driveway and proceed-
ed along N.E. 23rd Way in reverse,
said Detective Van Deman.
He went on to say that the man
is a friend of a occupant of the
The suspects chased the flee-
ing man and when they caught up
to him they again opened fire and
shot the victim's car 11 times, said
The car quit running and the
man got out and fled from the
paved street into some nearby
woods. He had suffered puncture
wounds to his left thigh and rib
Parking lot argument ends with arrest
By Eric Kopp
A Michigan man was
following a ver-
in the Walmart
parking lot dur-
ing which he
ened to shoot a
Logan IIl, 50, John
Heights Ravena Logan
Mich, was arrested Feb. 23, on
felony charges of impersonating
a law enforcement officer and ag-
gravated assault. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $7,000.
Jail records indicate he has
According to an arrest report
by Officer PC. Eddings, of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), Logan became
involved in an argument in the
store's parking lot Monday after
the two had narrowly avoided a
The report states Logan and
the driver of the other vehicle, Je-
sus Santiago-Latorre, parked their
vehicles then approached each
other. Santiago-Latorre reported-
ly told Logan he should watch his
driving, to which Logan report-
edly replied "I am a cop. Do you
want to get arrested?"
Officer Eddings then stated
that Logan went on to ask San-
tiago-Latorre: "Do you want me
to put a cap in your ...." Logan
then lifted his shirt tail to display
a small black automatic handgun,
said the OCPD officer. As he was
making this statement, Officer Ed-
dings stated that Logan tapped on
According to the officer's re-
port, the weapon was a Bersa
.380 caliber handgun. The maga-
zine was fully loaded with seven
rounds, but there was no round
in the chamber, the officer stated.
Officer Eddings went on to
state in his report that there were
also three small children in the
vehicle with Santiago-Latorre, as
well as three other adults.
Man accused of trying to flush evidence
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was
charged with tampering with evi-
dence after he reportedly failed in
an attempt to flush a bag contain-
ing suspected marijuana down a
motel room toilet.
Ryan Anthony Egan, 19, S.E.
21st Court, was arrested Wednes-
day, Feb. 25, on a felony charge of
tampering with evidence. He was
also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of possession of marijua-
na under 20 grams.
Egan was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $5,500.
An arrest report by a detective
with the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force indicates that Egan
had rented a motel room and
when the task force arrived at the
motel there were two women in
the room with Egan.
The report states that task
force detectives placed the mo-
tel on U.S.
441 S.E. under
and saw Egan
and the two
the room. The
a short time
later. Ryan A.
When the Egan
task force en-
tered the room, Egan was just
walking out of the bathroom. The
detective said the toilet had just
The detective immediately
went to the bathroom and found
a plastic sandwich bag contain-
ing suspected marijuana floating
in the water. He then retrieved the
Besides their arrest, Hernan-
dez and Ramirez were also tres-
passed from the store.
The contents of the bag was
field tested and indicated a pos-
itive result for the presence of
According to the arrest re-
port, the suspected marijuana
weighed 18 grams.
Neither of the two women
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to Raulerson Hospital where he
was treated and released.
Both OCSO detectives said
more rounds were fired that
struck some nearby homes, but
those have not been recovered.
Both detectives said they are
still trying to learn the identities
of the other men involved in the
shooting, and that none of the
weapons used have been recov-
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4 OPINION Okeechobee News, Friday, February 27, 2009
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LOANS: A big part of the current financial mess is that govern-
ment agencies pressured lenders to give loans to people who could
not repay them. Will the agencies and those responsible ever be held
accountable? Probably not.
LAW: Unfortunately, the law protects deadbeat tenants more than
law abiding landlords. If anyone doubts it, get hold of a landlord/ten-
ant handbook and see what you can legally do, or should I say not
do?) You are practically forced to rent to anyone who applies even if
you know they are a bad risk. The only way you can begin to protect
yourself is to ask the absolute top dollar for rent and forget about
recovering any back rent. You can't garnishee wages when they don't
Cutting off the water
COST: I think they should shut the water faucet at Jaycee Park/
Lock 7 down if it is costing taxpayers. I drive by there every day and
always see people filling up bucket after bucket. It's really not fair that
everyone else should have to pay for their water consumption. Would
you want people stopping by your house and use your spicket to fill
six five gallon buckets every day?
SHUT IT OFF: The county had to pay the utility authority for that
water and that means our taxes had to pay for it. I think they were
right to shut it off. If it had just been used for drinking water for people
enjoying the park, theywould not have run up the bill so much. When
they were running up bills for more than 7,000 gallons a month, that
is not just people filling up a water bottle now and then.
WONDERING: I was wondering when someone was going to do
something about that faucet. I live in the area close by and see that
faucet in use eight out of 10 times that I drive by there a day. A few
weeks ago I almost wrecked the car when I witnessed a man and
woman in their RVpulled up there and the man had his hose attached
to the faucet washing down his motor home while the woman filled
several jugs she had situated in two laundry baskets. I was absolutely
amazed. The entire area was flooded from the water running down
his RV It's a shame for the people that used it for what it was intended
for. I walk the dike with my dog and she loves to run down there and
drink from it when she gets wore out! I also used it one time to wash
off my foot after stepping in an ant pile. Looks like Ill be running to
the lake shore the next time!
WATER FOUNTAIN: The faucet by the road should have been shut
off years ago. They should have a water fountain near the building for
people who walk or run on the dike or fish on the pier. if there isn't a
fountain near the pier. There is no reason for a faucet near the road.
The bathrooms should be in working order and the park cleaned up.
Years ago there was a nice covered pavilion for picnics or barbecues.
It is a shame we don't have a more presentable and useable park near
the lake -the main attraction to this area.
Something for the kids
FISHING: The schools, city gov, county gov need to start fishing
programs. I never seen a kid get in trouble yet with a fishing rod in
their hand, besides this is the fishing capital of the U.S. Kinda makes
sense, if you ask me.
BOXING: Mickey Rourke's face is living proof on why not to have
a boxing gym, boxing is like legalized dog fights except humans are
used. There's too many contact sports where kids can get hurt the
way it is. I'm against the senseless battering of humans. Especially
when kids are concerned.
WATERPARK: I know a lot of teenagers who are already busy ev
ery night of the week. I do not think the problem is there is 'nothing
to do.' I think the problem is there is no transportation for those who
cannot afford cars or are not old enough to drive. However, it would
not hurt to have more local attractions for the whole family. None of
the teenagers I know are interested in boxing. Now a waterpark, that
would get their attention.
Calls by topic
SPEAK OUT: I think in your speak out column the way you cat-
egorize everything now, is like really bad. I think you need to go back
to the way people just randomly made a speak out comment and let
people categorize it in their own head. I think a lot of speak outs are
being left out for that reason. I don't know why you started doing that.
I want to commend you on putting the poor animals in there, that's
a really good thing. But the way you are doing the speak out now,
to where you're categorizing everything, I don't even want to read
it anymore. Editor's note: We still accept all comments. We haven't
changed our policy regarding accepting comments for publication.
Wejust started grouping comments together by topic on the page, to
better organize the column. The topic headers are also the same as
the names of the 'threads' of online discussion, so it's easy to find if
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CAN'T TELL BY LOOKING: Just because the person's handi-
capped isn't immediately visible does not mean they don't need the
parking space. You can't tell just by looking that a person has a heart
condition and can't walk long distances. A much bigger problem, in
my opinion, is when other family members drive the car and use the
handicapped parking even though the handicapped person is not in
the car. That is illegal, but it is hard to catch.
ABUSE: I have been eligible for a handicap placard for quite a few
years, my doctor insists that I should use one. I look at it this way,
there's a whole lot of people out there who needs it far more than
I do. When I get to the point of having to crawl around to get into
places I might think about it, but until then I'll hobble and stumble my
way in. Yes, the abuse is rampant. I've been known to say something
to a few people about it from time to time especially when I feel they
are using it to beat the system.
LIMITS: You cannot tell by looking if a person is handicapped. I
have cardiac myopathy, which is dead heart muscle, and my heart
function (called ejection fraction) is 17. Normal is 65. I have a handi-
cap placard. On good days, I don't use it, but it's there for the bad
days. To see me getting out of the car, you'd think I was healthier than
you -- but you cannot tell by looking. Limiting it to wheelchair patients
or those on oxygen is ignorance.
Florida School for Boys lawsuit
BOYS SCHOOL: I just want to say that I agree with the caller
who called in about the Boys School over there and what might have
happened. That's why they put these places over here in Okeecho-
bee. They figured out of sight, out of mind, put them out here in the
woods. Put all of the prisons out here and all of the reform schools
and let these people do what they want.
ENFORCEMENT: I would like to ask the sheriff to please have a
deputy or two sit on the curve at Highway 98 and 80th Street. When
turning into Dixie Ranch you can barely make the turn before you
are nearly run down by someone trying to pass. Big semis, smaller
vehicles, it is the same. They are constantly trying to get around in a
NO PASSING ZONE, and it will cause more accidents. We just had a
fatality on this road less than a month ago, and I sure do not want the
next few to be me or mine.
Letters to the Editor
My Aunts House
Thank you to all who donated
new toys, clothes and or funds
to My Aunt's House (The Closet)
for our annual Christmas drive.
Thanks to you, over 260 disad-
vantaged and foster children in
the Okeechobee area, woke up
Christmas morning to a beautiful
Thank you. Butch's Redneck
Yacht Club, who have been great
supporters of My Aunt's House
for several years, out did them
selves this year with a huge check
for $3000. Riverside Banks' Teller
line sponsored several children,
the President of Riverside also
gave MAH a sizeable check, as
did the Riverside Bank with a
check for $1000. Glades Electric
sent a check for $750, Florida
Power and Light sent gift cards
for $250, Bass Funeral H
Mary Magdeline Sunday Sc
Class at United Methodist, P
Lutheran School, WW Lur
and several other businesses
The Childrens Services C
cil collected toys and cl
for two months for the 'ClI
as they have for the past se
years. Thank you all. And t
you Sharon Vinson for spread
Seacoast Bank and Ban
America allowed us to put a
decorated box in their lobby
collect gifts. Thank you. Also
er businesses allowed the sai
Sue's Place, on S.W Third
race, a local beauty salon,
their box. Thank you ladies.
We had many individuals s
sor a child or family. Some o
sponsors wanted their own
dren to purchase gifts for chil
March of Dimes
The March of Dimes has made
a difference in the lives of many
Okeechobee area residents, in
cluding Jim Vensel Mr. Vensel is
the Director of the Okeechobee
Substance Abuse Coalition. He
was formerly employed at Eck
erd Youth Alternatives, for 16
years. He is the president of the
Okeechobee Kiwanis Club. He
and his wife Sue have three chil
dren and four granddaughters.
As a young boy of 5 years old
in 1949, living in Texas, 1 believed
all was okay until one day I woke
up feeling poorly, body hurting as
if a train hit me.
I was taken to a military hospi-
tal and I remember vividly being
asked to lie on an examination ta
ble. I was requested to touch my
head to my knees for the purpose
of having a long needle placed
into my spine to draw fluid. The
results -- "poliomyelitis," an in-
fectious viral disease occurring
mainly in children, attacking the
of their own age. This is a great
way to let their children see and
participate in Christmas 'giving.'
The Brighton Indian Reserva-
tion were a great help to MAH.
They sent us so many toys and
also, so many beautiful clothes.
Thank you. Thanks to everyone
for making this Christmas brighter
for so many of our less fortunate
children in Okeechobee.
Reba Folsom, founder of MAH,
lives in Palm Beach Gardens. She
several Christmases, Palm Beach
Gardens has been a huge support
to our toy drive. Reba has more
than once during the years, rented
a U-Haul to bring clothes, shoes,
new jeans, underwear, socks
and furniture from her neighbor-
hood to our neighborhood. Reba
Folsom has devoted so much of
herself to make MAH a success.
Thank you Reba.
My Aunt's House provides
ik of has many friends and neighbors clothing, shoes, linens, etc.
large who have been big supporters children in need, and thei
y to to My Aunt's House for several lies, in Okeechobee. We an
oth- years. Clothing from Palm Beach five days a week. Janet Ber
me. Gardens, is brought into the Judy Watts, volunteers, ar
ITer- Closet on a monthly basis. High
filled School students in Palm Beach and willing to help our c
Gardens have repeatedly had in need and their families.
pon- clothes drives, underwear drives you again, Okeechobee f,
f our and school supply drives. All do- help at Christmas for our
chil- nated to My Aunt's House. ing children.
Idren This Christmas, and the past My Aunt's House
making a difference
central nervous system, causing
paralysis, muscular atrophy and
I was placed in a ward with
other children experiencing the
same. I was scared because as
I looked around the room, I ob-
served for the first time "iron
lung" machines. I lost my mobil-
ity and had to learn how to walk
all over again.
It was by the grace of God and
the care of the military staff that I
was a lucky child. Recovery rates
were one out of thousands. I wit-
nessed several of my roommates
pass away and others leave in
wheelchairs and braces -- never
to walk again.
The disease left me with sev
eral defects that would remain for
the rest of my natural life. If it was
not for the March of Dimes early
funding research for research ini-
tiated by President Franklin Del-
ano Roosevelt, I probably would
not have been one of the lucky
I have been a lifelong support-
er of the March of Dimes and I
urge the community to join in the
march, so that funding donated
will continue to be used for re-
search in saving our children.
This year's annual March of
Dimes fundraiser, March for Ba-
bies will be held March 7, start-
ing in Flagler Park. The walk will
cover four miles and will start at
8:30 a.m. Registration is at 7:30
a.m. Teams and individuals are
encouraged participate. For more
information go to www.march
forbabies.org, or call Laura Mc-
Call at 863-763-3131.
Submitted photo/Sandra Pearce
Rodeo team appreciates support
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Okeechobee County Commissioners and the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Association
for their recent sponsorship of the Okeechobee High School Rodeo Team. The commissioners donated the use of the Agri-Civic
Center on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, where the rodeo was held. Commissioner Cliff Betts, Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton,
John Williams Treasurer Cattleman's, Denise Colgan Secretary Cattleman's, David Hazellief- Vice President Cattleman's, Dud-
ley Kirton President Cattleman's, Commissioner Noel Chandler.
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Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee, a group class in ballroom
dancing is being offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The
cost for the hour lesson is $10. Private instructions are also available.
Come and enjoy the fun with or without a partner. For more informa-
tion call 772-794-9040.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee News, Friday, February 27, 2009 5
Blood drive planned
A blood drive will be held at
Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28. All donors will
receive a T-shirt and Beef O' Bra-
dy's ten wings coupon.
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Gaila Fisher, 51
OKEECHOBEE Gaila Fisher, age
51, lifetime resident of Okeechobee
died Feb. 25, 2009, at Raulerson
Born July 11, 1957, to Owen and
Bessie Caldwell she was a home-
maker. She enjoyed fishing.
She is survived by her husband,
Donald Fisher of Okeechobee; sister,
Della Thompson (Charles) of Bran-
ford; brother, John Caldwell of Lake
Placid; stepson, Donald Fisher Jr. of
Vero Beach; niece, Brenda Merritt of
Okeechobee; and nephew, Steve
Caldwell of Lorida.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, at Lock 7.
Friends may sign the guestbook at
All arrangements are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Anne Marie Wheeler, 44
OKEECHOBEE Anne Marie
Wheeler, died Thursday, Feb. 26,
2009, in her home. She was 44.
Born May 5, 1964 in Flint, Mich.,
she had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since October 2008.
She is survived by her husband of
25 years, Ervin Wheeler of Okee-
chobee; sons, Bryan K. Wheeler of
Fayetteville, N.C., and Brett Wheeler
of Miami; daughters, Holly Domin-
guez of Brunswick, Ga., Heather
Fecca (David) of Okeechobee, and
Hiede Alseed (Mohammed) of Saudi
Arabia; stepdaughter, Elaine Picker-
ing of Okeechobee; brothers, Virgil
Hall of West Palm Beach, and Nor-
man Hall of Cross City; and six
A Memorial service will be 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2009 in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel, 110 N.E. 5th
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee.
Imagene Oliver, 67
OKEECHOBEE Imagene Oliver,
age 67, of Okeechobee, died Satur-
day, Feb. 21,
2009, in Colum-a
Born June 21,
1941, in Yerkers,
Ky., she had been
a resident of
the past 38 years
and was of the Baptist Faith.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, Adam Oliver; sons, Wayne
ad Timothy Oliver; and daughter,
and Wanda Faye Garcia.
She is survived by her sons, Jesse
Oliver (Kayla) of Okeechobee, and
Adam Oliver of Okeechobee; daugh-
ters, Helen Oliver (Alberto) Channel-
view, Texas, Rosetta Siers (Elisha) of
Corinth, Miss., Peggy Longoria (Artu-
ro) of Okeechobee, and Andrea
Garcia (Jesus) of Okeechobee;
brothers, Dave Baker of Mississippi,
and Willie Baker (Stella) of Cincin-
nati; and sister, Alta Couch (Carlos)
of Hazard, Ky.
The family will received friends
Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Buxton Fu-
neral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th
Street, Okeechobee. Interment fol-
lowed in Evergreen Cemetery.
Sign guestbooks at
Masonic Lodge has
food tent at ArtFest
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237 will be serving food
in Flagler Park during Artfest on
Feb. 28-March 1. Look for our
tent for hot dogs, hamburgers,
Jadavben M. Patel, 74
ENGLAND Jadavben M. Patel,
of England, passed away Wednes-
day, Feb. 25, 2009, in Lawnwood
Medical Center. She was 74.
Born Nov. 20, 1934, in Kholvod, In-
dia, to Nathubhai and Divaliben Pat-
She is survived by her sons, Ashok
M. (Pratibha) Patel of Okeechobee,
and Hitendra M. (Nila) Patel of Sale,
Cheshire, England; daughter, Chan-
drika (Hasmukhlal) Patel of West
Bromwich, England; one sister of In-
dia; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from
5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 and services
will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel, Okeecho-
bee, with Priest Ramesh Bhai
Johnny Benny Colton, 57
FORT PIERCE Johnny Benny
born on June 6,
1951, in Fort
Pierce, to the late
and Beatrice Gil-
pleted his primary
education in the
public schools of
Fort Pierce, and
in the year of
1968, he moved to Okeechobee, and
began working in the construction
Later, Johnny accepted Christ as
his personal Savior and at the time
of his death, he was a member of
First Missionary Baptist Church of
Dean's Court, under the leadership
of the Reverend Leroy Smith.
Johnny had a smile that would
brighten your darkest day and
enough love and kindness to go
around anyone he ever knew, even
to those he did not know. He will
certainly be missed by all who knew
him and loved him.
Finally, in the early morning hour
on Feb. 19, 2009, he heard his Fa-
ther call his name saying, "Johnny,
my child, lay down your cross and
sword, my good and faithful servant;
you've fought a good fight, you kept
the faith, and the victory has been
WON come on home and take
Johnny was preceded in death by
his parents, Tweety Colton and Bea-
Left to celebrate his "HOME-GO-
ING" and to cherish his loving spirit;
is his loving companion of 16 years,
Minnie Stallworth of Okeechobee;
son, Scottie Montgomery of West
Palm Beach; daughter, Laura (Ron)
Bell of Lakeland; sister, Joann "Tina-
Momma" (Robert) Thomas of Okee-
chobee; aunt, Diane Gilchrest of
Okeechobee; grandchildren, Brittany
and Brandee Graves of Lakeland,
Brinea McPherson of West Palm
Beach, and Scottianna Montgomery
of Sebring; stepchildren, Aretha
(Greg) Thomas, Catrela Stallworth
and James Stallworth Jr. all of Okee-
chobee; step-grandchildren, Gregory
Thomas Jr., Amber Thomas, Nicolas
Thomas, Yonteria Stallworth, Ryan
Thomas and Chad Thomas, all of
Okeechobee; and godchildren,
D'Anthony Lewis and Ahmadrick
Thomas, both of Okeechobee. In ad-
at First Missionary Baptist Church,
tist Church with the Pastor, Rev. Le-
roy Smith officiating.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeeeechobee.
pulled pork sandwiches and the
latest special entry Shish-ke-
bobs! Look for us from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
Calling all brands
The American Cancer Soci-
ety Committee is planning the
2009 Cattlebarons' Ball. The ball
will be held on April 4, at Quail
Creek Plantation. The committee
has built a beautiful picnic table
which will be branded and auc-
tioned at the ball. If you would
like your brand to be included
on the table, please join us at the
Branding Event on Saturday, Feb.
28, from 1-3 p.m. The location
address is 1690 S.W. 28th Street,
Okeechobee. For more informa-
tion, please contact Billy Dean at
863-467-1570 or Shannon Martin
Church holds third
bi-annual quilt show
The Women's Ministryof Buck-
head Ridge Baptist Church will
sponsor their third bi-annual quilt
show on Saturday, Feb. 28, from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The showwill
be held in the fellowship hall of
the church, 1731 Hunter Road.
Admission is free, there will be
refreshments and door prizes.
For more information or to enter
items call Wilma 863-763-2047 or
VFW plans benefit
The VFW Post 9528, 29012 E.
SR 70, Buckhead Ridge, will hold
a benefit dinner to help with medi-
cal bills for Jack Law, on Saturday,
Feb. 28 from 5 until 7 p.m. The
menu will consist of steak and
shrimp, french fries, onion rings
and cole slaw with ice cream for
dessert. All tickets are being sold
in advance at the Post home in
Buckhead Ridge. No ticket sales
at the door on day of dinner. Tick-
ets are $12 per person. The public
Applications for Homestead
Exemption for person's 65 years
or older, Agriculture Classifica-
tion and all other exemption ap-
plications should be filed with
the Property Appraiser's Office
by March 1, 2009. Agriculture
renewal cards (green cards) are
also due March 1. The property
appraiser's office is located at 307
N.W Fifth Ave. in the Alderman
Building. Exemption for seniors
65 and older is subject to income
limits. For more information con-
tact the office at 863-763-4422.
A public meeting of the Board
of Directors for Florida's Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop-
ment Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier, Inc. is set for
Monday, March 2 at 10 a.m. and
will be held at the Bert J. Harris,
Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George
Boulevard, Sebring, Fla., Confer-
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Benefit Bake Sale
Seacoast National Bank will be
hosting a bake sale on Thursday,
March 5 and Friday, March 6 to
benefit the March of Dimes. The
March of Dimes walk will be held
in Flagler Park #4 on March 7.
Registration begins at 7:30 and
walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Come
into both Seacoast branches on
Friday and enjoy homemade
bakes goods! All proceeds from
the bake sale will benefit the
March of Dimes. For more infor-
mation, please call 863-697-6819.
Hospice to hold yard
sale on March 5
Hospice of Okeechobee will
host a yard sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building next to the Ham-
rick Home (411 S.E. Fourth St.) on
Thursday, March 5 and Friday,
March 6 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
and Saturday, March 7 from 8
a.m. until noon. All monies raised
will go to the continuing care of
patients in the Hamrick Home
and patients who choose to stay
in their own homes. For informa-
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Trinity Free Will Baptist
Church, 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd., will
have Homecoming, March 1 be-
ginning at 10 a.m. Dinner on the
ground will follow the service.
March 2-7 there will be a revival
serivces at 6 p.m. each evening.
There will be a different speaker
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Friday, March 6, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m., the Alzheimer's
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Visiting Nurse Association, 208
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pointments are needed, please
call Donna True at 1-800-861-
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Sam Davison named employee of year at EYDC
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Sam Davison (right) accepts Employee of the Year from Su-
perintendent Ivan Tate.
By Charles M. Murphy
As clients inside heard speech-
es about inspiration, an employee
honored as the EYDC employee
of the year, admitted he had got-
ten his inspiration already.
Sam Davison accepted the
award of employee of the year
at EYDC last week during their
annual Black History Month lun-
"I don't like it, I love it here,"
he said. "I had a chance to work
here in 1988. I left for Germany
for three years, but my first choice
when I came back was to come
here and work again. I've been
laughing every Friday."
Mr. Davison said he has
worked at EYDC for 18 years in
a number of jobs. He said that
probably helped his cause as he
has worked with almost every
member of the staff at one time
"It was a genuine choice. Ev-
erybody congratulated me. I think
it was my time," he said.
Mr. Davison is from Century,
Fla., a small town near Pensacola,
mentioning that it is even smaller
than Okeechobee. He said that
is what attracted him to come to
EYDC many years ago.
"I love working with the kids.
It's been said to stay young, sur-
round yourself with young peo-
ple. A lot of people don't believe
I'm 45 years old," he added.
As clients listened to Robert
Maldon, the Supervisor of the
Washington County School Board
education program speak about
black history, and the importance
of inspiration, Davison reflected
on the time he has spent at EYDC
helping the clients become pro-
ductive members of society.
He said he never expected to
win the award, "I was kind of
surprised," he said. "I've been
working here for a long time. This
was probably my best chance of
winning. I've been in different
environments, in-take, the Eagle
cottage, and the in-take cottage
in a short time frame. I've worked
in transportation and a myriad of
jobs since I've been here. This
was my best chance (to win). I've
worked here for 18 years. I guess
you just persevere."
Mr. Maldon spoke on the inspi-
ration it took for black Americans
to achieve. Throughout the lunch
room were art work and pictures
of important events in the history
of black America. He noted it took
talent to make these scenes, and
that clients there have the poten-
tial to be successful.
"Work to change and become
inspired," he said. "I believe no
job is too big or too small. I will
ask nothing of you that I won't
do myself. It's a great thing to
be inspired. We can get a lot ac-
complished through inspiration.
Look around this room and you
can see 200 years of inspiration.
You're talking about coming from
the hardest of times to the best of
times. You're talking about lots of
sweet, heartache and tears. Any-
thing worth having is worth wait-
ing on as well as working on.
Mr. Maldon said it might take
some time but if the clients per-
severe and work hard, they can
achieve their goals and dreams.
"It takes time. If you are really
inspired to do something, regard-
less of how long, you can get the
job done. Envision where you are
and where you will be, and don't
lose sight of where you want to
be. Once you have a desire to go
places and do things, you will."
Mr. Maldon also asked the clients
if they have a dream. "How many
of you have a dream? To be suc-
cessful in life you have to have
a dream. If you do not have a
dream you can't accomplish any-
thing. Get focused, sit down, and
know what you want to do with
your life," he said.
Clients put on skits at the di-
rection of Mildred Woods about
black history. Ishmael Angervil
and Presley Isaac provided inspi-
rational music like the Negro Na-
The full list of employees hon-
ored this year at EYDC included:
Employee of the Year Sam
Davison (Kennedy Cottage Man-
Counselor of the Year Jer-
maine Moore (Counselor)
Manager/Supervisor of the
Year Kelvin Koger (Eagle Cot-
Indirect Care Employee of
the Year Carolyn Wilcox (Food
Rising Star Award Rashekia
Award Sharon Williams (Trans-
Group Treatment Coordi-
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(Group Treatment Coordinator).
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Robert Maldon, Superinten-
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three-legged tower is somewhere
between $400,000 and $700,000.
However, the grant will also pay
about 75 percent of that cost.
Sites on the tower can also be
rented out to other entities.
"From start to finish, we're
looking at a six-month imple-
mentation, providing there's no
significant delays in the land ac-
quisition," said Maj. Stephen on
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then charged with possession of
"It wouldn't surprise me if
they postpone their charges to
get him back in Okeechobee to
do what we've got to do," said
Detective Ted Van Deman of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
Perez escaped from the
Okeechobee County Jail while in
a 4-foot-by-8-foot outdoors recre-
ation pod. His orange jump suit
was found on the roof of the jail,
said OCSO case officer Detective
Sergeant Brad Stark. When he
fled the complex Perez was clad
only in his boxer shorts and a T-
shirt, added Sgt. Stark.
It is suspected that Perez had
help fleeing from Okeechobee
Perez was a member of the
jail's Pumpkin Patch -a name
given those high-risk inmates
who are assigned orange jump
suits -- and had attempted to es-
cape his confines by breaking out
a window at the jail on Jan. 1.
He was being held in the coun-
ty jail following his Dec. 16, 2008,
arrest on charges of burglary,
grand theft and possession of
burglary tools. His bond on those
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tion to it.
The steps are as follows:
1. Always say "no" if offered
any alcohol, drugs, tobacco or
2. A student who has posses
sion of a contraband substance
must turn it in to a teacher or
administrator. This must be done
before an investigation has been
initiated to avoid consequences.
3. An explanation must be pro-
vided regarding the possession of
the contraband substance.
4. Consequences for not fol
lowing the steps above may be
found in the corresponding viola-
tions chart within the Code.
This addresses some of the
board's concerns and provides
parents and students the oppor-
tunity to educate their children
by letting them know if they find
something on them such as a
prescription medication or are
offered something, the steps that
they must take in order to avoid
consequences set forth in the
violations charts which include
expulsion from school.
In addition to a few other mi
nor changes to consequences
based on suggestions from ad-
ministration, the major changes
deal with the alcohol and drugs
category and making a new cat-
egory for prescription drugs.
Previously, if a student had
their own prescription drug on
their person at school, it was
treated as if it were a controlled
substance. If approved by the
board for revision, the code will
now read that for the first offense
of being caught with prescription
drugs for which the child has a
valid prescription for all grades:
principal's discretion, may in
clude out of school suspension
up to nine days and mandatory
parent conference with principal
The second offense for having
prescription drugs on campus for
kindergarten through fifth grade
will be: principal's discretion, par
ent conference and out of school
when the new system will be up
and running. "We'll soon be get-
ting into hurricane season and
that could cause some tower
construction delays. But I think
everything will be working by this
time next year."
He said one of the grant re-
quirements is that the funding
must be spent by Aug. 31, 2010. It
is also required that the system be
fully operational by that date.
Another benefit to the SLERS
system is that the entire system
-tower, radios and consoles
will be maintained by the state.
charges had been set at $46,000.
After his failed break-out, Per-
ez was charged with attempted
escape and felony criminal mis
chief. His bond on those charges
was set at $15,000.
Sgt. Stark did not know what
bond amount had been set for
Perez on the cocaine charge in
Palm Beach County, but added
it really made no difference since
there is no bond on the escape
It is believed that Perez wrote
a note to law enforcement that
was found above the door of his
Okeechobee jail cell that read:
"Your job is to keep me here. My
job is to find a way out of here."
That message was simply signed
Another message was vertical-
ly written down the left side of the
metal door frame that read: "The
last laugh is the one that counts."
"And the last laugh is ours,"
said Detective Van Deman.
The detective said it appeared
the messages were written with
some sort of felt tip pen.
Sgt. Stark said Perez was living
in an apartment in the back of a
house in the 1-95 and 45th St. area
of West Palm Beach. The escapee
was working as a painter, Sgt.
During their investigation the
fugitive task force went to the
house and asked for Perez. Given
suspension with a minimum of
one day. The second offense for
middle school and high school
will be: expulsion or alternative
placement in lieu of expulsion
with first time offender program
for possession/use only. The third
offense for all grades is expul-
As explained in the code, these
consequences are simply mini-
mums that are set forth for ad-
ministration to use as a guide.
These consequences are the
least type of corrective action that
may be assigned to the student to
attempt to change the unwanted
behavior. When deciding what
disciplinary action should be tak
en, the principal or his/her desig-
nee shall consider the student's
age, exceptionality, previous con-
duct, probability of a reoccurring
violation, attitude, severity of the
offense, and whenever possible,
shall impose disciplinary action
in a progressive manner. For this
reason, punishment may exceed
the minimum consequence and
is expected to be more of a con-
sequence than assigned before
for the same incident. For all
levels, any incident that is hate-
related and/or gang-related shall
be grounds to increase disciplin-
In response to the recent ac-
tions the board also spoke to the
administration explaining to them
that there may be times when the
board chooses to vote against
the code of student conduct.
The board as a whole expressed
that they are willing to take the
heat from the public and parents
when they have to make a deci-
sion which teeters with going for
or against board policy.
At times when they choose to
go against the policy, they also ex-
pressed that it in no way means
that they are not upholding their
administrations actions. Their ad-
ministration upheld policy as they
are required to do. As a board,
they can make those tough deci-
sions as needed on a case by case
basis which allows the adminis-
tration to not have to deal with
intent or other issues surrounding
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If a hurricane should damage
the tower, the state is required
to be on site within two hours of
the storm passing and they must
have Okeechobee County back in
operation within six hours.
The state system is monitored
24/7 by a network operations cen-
ter in Orlando, which means no
in-house technician is needed.
Besides all county depart-
ments, it is anticipated that the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), the Okeechobee
County School District and the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
the man's background, they also
had officers stationed at the back
of the house.
As task force members en
tered the home, Perez appar-
ently removed some panes from
a jalousie window in a bathroom
and was reportedly trying to once
again escape. This time, however,
task force members were waiting
for him outside the window, said
Detective Van Deman ex-
plained that after the Okeecho
bee escape, an administrative
investigation was done and some
changes in procedures were
made in regard to prisoners in the
outdoor recreation area.
"It is my understanding some
new procedures have been initi-
ated," he said.
The OCSO detective said three
new procedures have been put in
place. Guards will be stationed on
towers, similar to those used by
lifeguards, that will be strategical-
ly located so they can see what's
going on in the recreation yard.
A new policy has been instituted
that improves communications
between the outside guards and
guards inside the jail as to how
many prisoners are in the recre-
ation yard; and, high risk prison-
ers will no longer be allowed to
use the recreation yard.
Detective Van Deman said
there are currently 36, high-risk
es Board member Joe Arnold also
asked all of the administration to
lookinto their everydaywork prac-
tices to help him gather a toolbox
of ideas for discipline with excep-
tional student education students
(ESE). No one wants to talk about
these issues with discipline with
an ESE student, but it needs to be
lobbied at a national level.
He explained that we are re-
ally doing these ESE students a
misjustice by not giving them
the same consequences as other
students since when they reach
the real world, they will be given
(OUA) will join the county on the
new system and will share in its
According to OCPD Major Bob
Peterson, the city would need two
base stations, 35 mobile radios
-- which includes patrol units as
well as the City Fire Department
and the City Street Department --
and 27 hand held units.
Maj. Stephen said all depart-
ment heads will now have to get
together to see if they can afford
to join in on the new system.
"The original concept was for
a countywide system. I hope all
prisoners in the county jail. When
Perez is returned there will be 37.
Prisoners are classified as high
risk due to prior escape attempts
or the severity of their crime.
"Those (high risk) are inmates
wearing orange jumpsuits," said
Detective Van Deman. "They call
them the Pumpkin Patch."
Instead of going outside, these
inmates will have to recreate in
the commons area or in a jail
"They are not going to leave
the confines of the jail," he add-
Detective Van Deman said
escape is classified as a second
degree felony and, under Florida
law, if Perez is found guilty of
escape his sentence will run con-
secutively to any other sentence
he may receive if convicted on
any other charges.
Sgt. Stark said Perez has an
extensive criminal background
that includes multiple arrests for
burglary, vehicle theft, criminal
mischief, drug possession, ag-
gravated battery and aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon.
All of his prior charges stem from
his arrests in Miami, added Sgt.
It is believed that Perez is the
first inmate to escape from the
Okeechobee County Jail.
the same treatment regardless of
This new Code of Student
Conduct will also include other
language changes and be brought
before the board for advertise-
ment and then approval.
The current policy with the
July 2008 revisions is available on
line at http://www.okee.kl2.fl.us/
Student Code 08-091.pdf
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The sheriff's office will also re-
ceive four new consoles for their
The OCSO major said the new
system and the county's current
9-1-1 system will all be integrat-
He went on to say that the old
system will remain in place even
after the new system is installed
until all "the bugs are worked
Even though the SLERS sys-
tem is currently an 800 megahertz
(MHz) system, the new radios will
be P-25 capable which is an even
greater benefit to users.
"The push is for the state to go
P25 by 2012," said Maj. Stephen.
When it does, dispatchers
will then have the ability to send
data to deputies on the road.
Maj. Stephen explained that if a
deputy has a motorist stopped a
dispatcher can electronically send
that deputy a photo of that person
to aid in their identification.
The system would also have
the capabilities of sending photos
of homes from the Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser's web
Finally, the SLERS system is
encrypted so that the radio traf-
fic cannot be picked up on scan-
"This is just a step up to a place
we haven't been," said Maj. Ste-
phen of the new system. "The up-
grade will assure proper response
to the community and safe com-
munication for our staff."
A new radio system was des
perately needed by the sheriff's
office because often times depu
ties would find themselves in
dead spots where they had no
"We have rural areas being
populated and our antiquated
system is not geared to pick up
those areas," said Maj. Stephen.
"There are more areas than I re-
ally feel comfortable with, and it
causes me great concern."
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Psychiatric care shortage reported locally
By Charles M. Murphy
There is a shortage of psychiat-
ric care beds on the Treasure Coast
and in Okeechobee County and
things could get worse before they
That was the subject of a pre-
sentation by Pamela Springer be-
fore the Okeechobee Community
Collaborative Council on Tuesday.
Springer represents the Port St.
Lucie Behavioral Hospital which
is the only facility that handles
patients with Medicaid and some
other forms of health insurance on
the Treasure Coast. New Horizons
serves the indigent but has a small
facility, while Indian River Medical
Center and Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center have small facilities
for psychiatric care.
"Our facility is basically full
all the time, that is bad news for
those that need the services," she
explained to the group. The facility
does work to find beds for those
in need but many times those pa-
tients must travel as far as Fort Lau-
derdale and even Miami.
There is also a great need for
adolescent psychiatric care. New
Horizons is building a new wing
for additional beds but funding has
been cut for the project.
The PSL facility also has 15 beds
for psychiatric patients that are over
65 years old. These are guaranteed
for senior citizens and no other age
"Mental health is a huge issue.
You are affected by this issue per-
sonally. It is something that impacts
everyone,' she added.
Treatment services at the facility
include group therapy, family ther-
apy, medication evaluation, psycho
educational groups, and therapeu
tic activity groups. They also pro
vide services for detoxification, ill
ness education, and other needs.
Ms. Springer said her facility
deals with a lot of addictions to pre-
scription drugs. She noted it is rare
to hear of a pharmacy being robbed
or thefts going on at pharmacies.
She noted most of these drugs are
obtained legally, and some people
sell them, or swap them for other
drugs. Another problem is simple
thefts from home. People get pre-
scription pills and put them in their
medicine cabinets. Visitors to the
home, who you don't know very
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Pamela Springer of the Port
St. Lucie Behavioral hospital
speaks to the Okeechobee
well, can easily steal them and you
never know it. She advises residents
to have safes to put their prescrip-
Ms. Springer also spoke on a
high rate of suicides among the
elderly population. In one survey,
75 percent of seniors who have at
tempted suicide have visited their
primary care physician within one
month of the suicide attempt. She
urged people to act if they know a
senior citizen who is depressed.
Another presentation was made
by Rhonda Throop, Director of
Community Relations for the 211
program. She noted the service is
nation wide and that 78 percent of
the American public has access to
the service, more than 232 million
Fortynine out of 67 Florida
counties have access to the pro-
gram, including Okeechobee.
Ms. Throop said every hour
of every day someone is in need
of services, "Many times people
don't know that help is available
to them," she noted. This service
helps get those in need the help
Ms. Throop said many times
early intervention into problems
can avoid crisis in the future.
She noted staff is trained in all
forms of incidents and emergen
cies. She noted many times people
are more likely to be honest when
they talk to a complete stranger
about the things that are wrong in
211 officials reported an 89 per-
cent increase in suicide related calls
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Rhonda Throop of the 211
program speaks to the
last year. Ms. Throop attributed that
to the worsening economic condi-
tions. She noted suicide is also the
third leading cause of death for the
nation's young people. 12 people
between the age of 15 and 24 die
each day of suicide in the United
States. One in seven U.S. residents
has had their lives impacted by a
In the Treasure Coast area, 211
received 11.5 percent more calls
in 2007. There were 175,105 total
calls in the area. Their website also
had 225,000 hits. They also have
services available on America On-
line and with my space so they can
reach more young people.
Throop also predicted trouble
with violence and guns if the econ-
omy continues to struggle. She not
ed guns are more readily available
and she predicted more violent
confrontations at work places that
down size. "We've heard the term
going postal. What we are seeing
statistically is alarming," she said.
Representatives of the Hibiscus
Children's Center also updated
the group on their family safety
and awareness program. It seeks
to help families impacted by sex-
ual abuse. Officials note there are
crime victim compensation funds
that are available to fund counsel
ing for children and adults.
In other actions, the Okeecho-
bee Children Services Council is
now accepting applications for
summer program grants. The dead
line for applications is March 2.
Shared Services Facilitator Sha-
ron Vinson said more than 2,000
people and 100 vendors attended
their health expo at the Okeecho-
bee Ag Center in January.
There also is an effort to form a
Kid Care Coalition in Okeechobee.
Kid care provides low cost insur
ance for children in Florida. Meet-
ings will be held on March 3 and
March 20. For information contact
Becky Smith at the Okeechobee
Health Start Coalition at 863-462-
Communities in Schools Co-
ordinator Jill Rogers reported that
69 presenters took part in a career
day and exposition for local middle
school students last month at In-
dian River State College. She noted
84 teens attended a recent teen
dance sponsored by her organiza-
tion. Another dance is planned for
April 25, at the Okeechobee Shrine
CIS and Chaka's Stars will hold
a fundraiser softball tournament on
Saturday, Feb. 28, at the OK Softball
fields near Yearling Middle School.
Girl Scout officials reported
that sales for Girl Scout cookies
were down about 19 percent na-
tion wide this year. In Okeechobee
though, sales were about even with
the 2007 sales.
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Firemen extinguish brush fire
By Charles M. Murphy
City and County firemen re-
sponded quickly to extinguish a
brush fire in the 200 block of S.E.
Sixth Avenue last Friday.
City Fire Chief Herb Smith said
his department was on the scene
three minutes after the first call
and put out the blaze before it
Two units from the city arrived
around 8:40 a.m. and four city
firemen and volunteers found a
small area burning comprised of
grass and brush, a report from Lt.
Glenn Hodges said.
Approximately 500 gallons of
water was used to put out the
flames. There were no injuries
and no property damage report-
ed. The cause of the blaze was
not immediately known.
County Firemen also got assis-
tance from City Firemen on Mon-
day after a blaze at 535 N.E. 17th
Avenue in Douglas Park.
A report from Lt. Douglas Werk
said a spark from an extension
cord used to power a small space
heater, caught a pile of clothes on
fire in the bedroom area of the
An estimated $6,500 in prop-
erty damage was reported in the
blaze. Two units and four firemen
from the County responded and
were on the scene for about an
hour. The homeowner, Marcus
Barrett, apparently was awak-
ened by the fire and was able to
flee unharmed at around 1 a.m.
The American Red Cross and
the State Fire Marshall were also
on scene to assist the firemen and
determine a cause. At this point
the cause was listed as acciden-
Firemen advise residents to be
very careful when using space
heaters. They also warn against
using extension cords when you
power portable heaters. They ad-
vise to keep space heaters away
from anything flammable like
clothing. bedding. and curtains.
Submitted photo/Bill Saum
Accidental fire, probably from a camp fire the wind picked
up to 30-35 mph and It flared back up. Thank you, our heroes
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When doing tse chores is
doing you in, its tme to
look for a helper in the
IIONIZERS 2 Like new,
black tower model. $175
Large Musical Carousel with
table $200 (772)205-0121
MANY ITEMS for sale Lg ca-
pacity floor freezer $75, Lg
wood dining table & hutch
$150, Office Desk $75, Re-
tired mechanic tools $5 and
up, Patio fumrn $50.
WATER SYSTEM Complete,
1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932
FEMALE SHIHTZU Black &
White, short haired, great
with kids, mostly indoor dog.
Spade $400 (863)467-8743
Golf Clubs 300 misc clubs,
including sets, dnvers, put-
ters & FW. woods, $1700
will separate (863)946-3123
THREE Color 27' TV's $40
each. FIRM (863)610-0685
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
HAY Fertilized. Argentina Ba-
hia 4x5 Round Bales. $30ea
or $25 for 4 or more. South
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
PASTURE GATES -From 4' to
16' Like new but half the
cost. Starting @ $31.00 to
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
aster when you sell it
in the classified.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets. Avail
863 763-7301 or
KINGS BAY 2/2, $695 per
mo 1st & last, no pets
(863 763-7301 or
KEECHOBEE, 2BR, 1 BA
Near town. t~ me. An-
nual Lease Sec-8 OK.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
Rent to Own
with 10% down
2/2 on the rim canal,
washer & dryer,
large storage shed,
$850 plus utilities
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $950/mo will take
Section 8, will rent with op-
ion to buy (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD ESTATES 3 BR, 2
BA w/Den, All appl. including
W&D. 1 Car Garage. $1050
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep., includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
DUPLEX 2/1, CBS, screen
porch, W/D, yard, inclds wa-
ter, 1 month free $550/mo
HOME 2/1, large yard, car-
port, CBS, $695/mo, 1
Century 21 Honzon
FT DRUM 1/1 on four acres,
new cabinets and carpet
$625 mo. (912) 224-4658
or (734) 637-2697
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. $750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $800
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, iba, fully fum. W&D,
lec & satellite, HBO incld.,
Rent to own or sell 3/1 CBS,
new roof, newly renovated
FEMALE looking for female
roommate for house in Oak-
park. $325/mo. All utils. incl.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
RIVER OAK ACRES New
Home (Off Hwy 70 Full
house priv. $550. mo. All until.
F0 IIIII .
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Property- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
INDIAN HAMMOCK New 3/2
two story on 2.89 acres,
$275000. Also have a 2.85
acres lot $59,900. Okeecho-
bee 36th st N. 2/1/1 CBS
$65,000 Canal Point rdge
facing lake 3/1 on half acre
$70,000. And 3/2 $85,000
LAZY 7 AREA 4/2 CBS, Po-
tential short sale, motivated
seller, 8350 SW 9th St.
LaBelle 2280 Phillips Rd. 6
acres, 3 septic tanks, 2 mo-
bile homes (ready for in-
come). Can build 3 houses
5 Acres- 5 minutes north of
town off 441, cleared
BHR Fum Modular home 3/2
w/FI Room, Incl 3 HD TV's.
Just updated plumbing,
elect, new sod & sprink sys,
fenced, boat ramp, dock,
conc drive, car port, shed.
LAKEPORT- Lake Okeechobee
access 2/1 CBS, fully fum, 2
boat-boathouse w/1.5 bath,
laundry, shop w/auto doors,
fish cleaning screenroom.
Too many extras to list, In-
cludes Bass boat and air
boat $250,000 Bill Smith
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
CABIN 1/1, IN ADULT COM-
MUNITY 55 +, $525. MO +
KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES -
2/1, 2 Car garage, $500 MO
+ dep. (863)467-8062
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
TAYLOR CREEK 3/2 Lake Ac-
cess. $975 plus utilities, 1st,
last & sec. No pets. Rent or
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ha, nice comer lot,
LARKEE LAKES- 2BR/1BA, on
culdesac, has renter in
place. $50,000. Call
KINGS MH PARK 48 x 12
Furn 1/1 w/21' concrete
porch & root, in good cond.
On rented lot. Must see to
appreciate. Reduced $7000
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Acceories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
AIRBOAT 220 Ground power,
12'4", alum sides, fiberglass
hull. $6500 OBO
(863)357-3567 after 5 pm
Aluminum Star craft boat -14'
with 15 horse motor and
trailer $900 (269)240-0797
TRACKER Alum boat, 2001,
16', 1999, 40 hp mere, 2
depth fdrs, trolling mtr
$3500 or best offer
MUST SELL NOW Loaded
2009 Puma, 33 ft, 2 br, 2
slides, 19" color TV-
TRAVEL TRAILER 31' with
screen room attached, can
be seen at Lakeside RV Park
4074, 441 SE Lot#4. Okee.
HARLEY DAVIDSON Heritage,
1994 18,000 miles, runs
great, $8000 or trade for
travel trailer (863)357-1340
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy DutyD Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
BUICK PARK AVENUE One
owner, 28450 actual miles
OTHER 1999 Reetwood Dis-
covery Motorhome w/2 pull-
outs. Exc. Cond. $78000.
TOYOTA COROLLA 2001
Grey, 47000 miles. Autotit,
cruise. Excell cond. $4,950
TWO STOCK CARS One
1979 Malibu and one 1979
Z28 Camaro $2400 for both
or will separate.
GOLF CART Club Car, 48
volt, elect, sun roof, used,
Excellent cond. $1750 or
best offer (863)467-2824
CHEVY SILVERADO 2002
One owner, 47450 Actual
FORD 2000 Pickup truck,
Exc. Cond. Auto. V-8,50,000
miles $7000/or best offer.
Haulmark 2006, 6 x 12 V-
Nose, fold down rear ramp,
side door $1,850
TANDEM double axle 19' $800
OBO, 32' heavy duty $400
OBO (863)357-3567 after 5
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
of the classified
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CP-255
JUDGE: F SHIELDS McMANUS
IN RE, The Estate of
JULIA MAY JONES
akla JUUA MAY PAGE,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The adnirisabon of te Estate of JULIA
MAY JONES aIta JULIA MAY PAGE,
Deceased, whose dae of death was
June 12, 2008, and whose social se-
cuy number is 455-42-7879, Case
Number 2008-CP-255, is pending in
the Circui Court for Okeechobee
County, Flonda, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Suite 125, Okeechobee, Rida
34972 The names and addresses of
the Personal Reresentaives and the
Personal Representave's atrney are
set forth below
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims a demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this nobce is required to be
served must file their clams wi this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
TE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY 1a30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other pris having claims or de
mands against the deceden's estate,
must ile their clams with hs Court
WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER
HE DATE OF TH FIRST PUBLICA-
ION OF THIS NOTICE.
AL CLAIMS NOT RLED WITHIN THE
ME PERIODS SET FORTH In SEC-
ON 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
ATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
ET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2 YEARS OR MORE AF-
ER THE ECEDENTS DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is February 20, 2009
MARY ANN TEMPLE
9124 SE 63rd Drive
Law Office of
CASSELS & McCALL
BY JOHN D. CASSELS, JR.
Aorne;y tor Persas Representatve
400 NW d SkeefPO Box 968
Okeechobee, Roda 34973
la Bar No, 0261521
311073 ON 2/20,27/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
KEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
File No. 2008 CP 214
IN RE ESTATE OF
JUAN LEON PANTOJA-GARCIA
A/K/A LEON JUAN PANTOA-GARCIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The admnisation of he estate of Juan
Leon Pantoja-arcia a Leon Juan
Pantla-Garcia, deceased, whose date
of death was October 10, 2006, is
pending in the Crcut Court fr Okee-
chobee County, Honda Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
The names and addresses of the per
sonal repesentabve and the personal
representae's attorney are set forh
All creditors of he decedent and other
persons having claims o demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this nobce is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
All other creditors of the decent and other
persons having claims o demands
aoanst decedent's estate must file
their clms wit his court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO t2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of first publicabon of this icbce
is February 201h, 2009
Frederick C H0 eerd
600W Hillsboro Blvd Sute 20
Deernied Beach, Fonda 33441
Attorney o Persa Reprsentatve
Fredenck C Heidgerd, Esq
Attorney for Fredericek C Heidgerd
Flonda Bar No 215244
Fredenck C Heidgerdo, RA,
Deerfeld Beach. FL 33441
Telephone 954) 429-3115
311054 ON 2/20,27/09
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
Authority Olces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Fonda
PU -- ..- -. -. ^.- r- -- -
I s rhe re d I
or, stenmgrapher oriav recorderfor such veibal m record
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN hat the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet
n regular Session on' i .... i "
Ave Rm 200, Okeech I, i ,
tend, A copy of the aug i
chobee com, or contact City Administration at (863) 763-3372 x212
PLEAS TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVSE tha it any person desies to appeal any
decision made by the City Caoun with respect to any mater considered at this
meebng, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of te proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal s to be
based City Cerk media are used or the sole purpose of back-up for the Clerk's
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilies Act (ADA) and Flonda Statute
By James E Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamoea, CC, City Clerk
312067 ON 2/27/09
IN IHE CIRCUIT COUNT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN ANO FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO 20t08CA-173
MARK RINEHART; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF MARK RINEHART, IF ANY, AND
ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDI-
VIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHERCLAIMANTS,
JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Order Granting the Motion to Reset
Foreclosure Sale dated January 21,
2009 entered in Civil Case No 2008-
CA-173 of the Circu Court of the 19th
Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHO-
r r- 1 -I- .....
2nd Floor of the OKEECHOBEE Judicial
Center 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Forda, at 1100 am on the 4th
day of March 2009, the following de-
scnbed property as set forth in sad
Summary Final Judgment, towit
LOT 2, BLOCK 52, BASSWOOD, UNIT
5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF, AS RECORDED, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 51, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of te
is pendens, must file a clam within 60
days after the sale
Dated this 18Th day of February 2009
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY/s/SANDRA L CREECH
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT persons
with disabilities needing a epecia ac-
commodaton to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact COURT
ADMINISTRATION at 250 NW Country
Club Dnve, Port St Lucie, L 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370, 1-800-955-8771
TDO) or 1-800-955-8770, via Flonda
DAVI DJ STERN, PA
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
311326 ON 2/20,27/09
Okee Warehouses, 2671 I I 70
West, Okeechobee, FL, con-
ducting a public sale or otherwise dis-
pose of contents of the following units
to satisfy the delinquent storage lien
This ad placed in accordance with
Flonda Statutes 1985, Section 83 806
NAME UNIT #
Steanie Anld 9-46
Gilbert Chapa 6-49
Frank Coleman 9-11
Angela Davis 9-33
Roy Douglas 4-04
Thaddus Henderson 7-7
Rosta Mariner 6-18,7-01
Chns Stanley 8-54
Jason Wheeer 2-03
Mary Willis -52, 9-36
Sale ull be conducted at Okee Ware-
aouses at the above address on Satur-
day, March 7, 2009 at 9 00 AM
The office is located at Galaxy Ware-
houses 3050 S W 3rd Terrace Oee-
items for dispsiton include miscellane-
ous household iems, oflie equp-l
ment, toys and tools
Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 SW 3rd Ter-
race, Okeechobee FL, will be conduct-
g a public sale or otherwise dispose
of contents of the following uns to
Statutes 1985, Section 83806
UnitsTo Be Sold Are Unit #
David Holmes 73
Cathy Odom 131
Okeechobee Abstract 135
Disposihon will take place at Galaxy
Warehouses at the above address on
Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 8 00 AM
The Office is located at the same ad-
items for sale include miscellaneous
household items, office equipment,
toys and tools Open door sate Cash
only A $20 00 cleaning deposit will be
taken and will be refunded when unit
has been cleaned out
3113170 ON 2/20,27/09
A public auction will be hed at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave
ue, Okeechobee, Florda 34974 on
Friday he 13th day of March, 2009
from 100001100 AM Pursuant to
Flonda statute 71378 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows
1990 White Ford PU
Terms of sale ae cash, and no checks
will be accepted The seller reserves
bles will be sold in "AS IS" wilh no
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
AFRC REALTY CORP,
a Flonda Coiporation,
WATEROANCE AT OKEECHOBEE, LLC, a
Florida Limited Liability Company,
REYNALDO DIAZ; MODABI HOMES
OF FLORIDA CIY, LLC, a Florida
Limited Liablitly Company,
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order of Fil Judgmen of Foreclo-
sure dated December 5, 2008, and en-
tered in Case No 2008-CA-45 the
Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida wherein AFRC REALTY CORP, is
Plaugnif and WATERDANCE AT OKEE-
CHOBEE LLC and MODABI HOMES OF
FLORIDA CITY LLC are Defendants, the
Clerk of the Court of Okeechobee County
Florida will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center 312 North West
3rd Street 2nd Floor Jury Assemiv
Room. Okeechbee. Frlolla at 1100
o'clock AM on the 11th day of March
2009, the property descnbed as follows
THAT PORTION OF PROPERTY DE-
SCRIBED IN OR BOOK 582, PAGE
1311, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY FLORIDA IN SECTION 34,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE
OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH
RANGE 35 EAST, THENCE RUN WEST
ALONG THE 1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A
DISTANCE OF 1,68834 FEET THENCE
BEAR SOUTH 00212/ WEST A DIS-
TANCE OF 66004 FEET TO THE NORTH-
EAST CORNER OF SAID PROPERTY
DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 582, PAGE
1311, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE POINT
THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 002'12"
WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY OF
THAT PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OR
BOOK 582, PAGE 1311, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA TO THE INTERSECTION WITH
A CURVE IN THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-
OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NUMBER
15,A DISTANCE OF 72473 FEET,
SAID CURVE CONCAVING TO THE
NORTHWEST AND HAVING A RADIUS
OF 5,696 58 FEET AND A CENTRAL AN-
GLE OF 35T749"
THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG ARC
OF CURVE IN THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-
OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NUMBER
15 A DISTANCE OF 394 09 FEET TO THE
POINT OF TANGENCY,
THENCE BEAR SOUTH 69024'55 WEST
ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NUMBER 15
TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE
WESTERLY BOUNDARY OF THE PROP-
ERTY DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 582,
PAGE 1311 PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, A
DISTANCE OF 21164 FEET,
THENCE BEAR NORTH 0132'52" WEST
TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THAT
PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK
582, PAGE 1311, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA A DIS-
TANCE OF 94441 FEET
THENCE BEAR NORTH 8923'16" EAST
A DISTANCE OF 58798 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING
COMMENCE AT A POINT ON THE
SOUTHERN RIGHT-OFWAY OF SR 15
WHERE THE EAST BOUNOARD OF THE
WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST
1/4 OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST INTERSECTS
SAID SOUTHERN RIGHT-OF-WAY OF
SAID SR 15, AND PROCEED IN A
SOUTHERLY DIRECTION ALONG THE
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF SAID RIGHT-
OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 15759 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE
CONTINUE ALONG THE SAID SOUTH
BOUNDARY OF SR 15 RIGHTOF-WAY
IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION A
DISTANCE OF 10434 FEET TO A POINT,
THENCE SOUTH OOW01 05 EAST A DIS-
TANCE OF 13260 FEET TO A POINT,
THENCE PROCEED NORTH 74035 42"
EAST A DISTANCE OF 104 25 FEET TO A
POINT, THENCE NORTH 01i21'18
WEST A DISTANCE OF 14466 FEET,
MORE OR LESS THE POINT OF BE-
GINNING ALL BEING IN SECTION 34,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST
The above land lying and being in
Okeechobee County, Florida
Address 949Hwy441 SE,
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, d any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
is pendens, must file a clam within 60
days after the sale
Any persons needing special accom-
modations for disabilites should contact
the Court administrator at
1-702-807-4370 Those persons who
are heanng impaired may contact
1-800-955-8771 for accommodations
Those persons who are voice impaired
may contact 1-800-955-8770 for ac-
WITNESS my hand and Sea of the
Court on February 3, 2009
As Clerk of the Court
By /s Sandra L Creech
Paul J Lane Esquire
2755 East Oakland Park Blvd, Site 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
311304 ON 02/20,27/09
By Charles M. Murphy
Both the Okeechobee boy's and
girl's tennis teams had an easy time
Tuesday as they defeated Lake Placid at
the Okeechobee sports complex.
The Lady Brahmans swept their
match 7-0 while the boy's team won
their match, 6-1.
Kari Berger led the Lady team with
a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jessica Landers
in the top seed match. Shaina Ragamat
defeated Jalitza Serrano, 6-1, 6-0, and Al-
isha Wilcox defeated Johnessia Sholtz,
6-1, 6-0. Katie Walker won a competitive
match with Sierra Weaver 6-4, 7-6 (7-5
in the tie break). Katherine Ragamat fin-
ished off the sweep in singles with a 6-3,
6-1 win over Colby Royce.
In doubles the team of Berger and
Shaina Ragamat defeated Landers and
Sholtz 8-0. The team of Wilcox and
Katherine Ragamat won their doubles
match over Serrano and Royce, 8-3.
The girls team improved to (3-0) on
Corey White led the boy's team with
a 6-0, 6-1 win over Martin Oseguera. He
noted he didn't try to do too much with
his shots because of the windy condi-
"I played the same kid last year and
we had a very competitive and intense
match. I think today with the wind I
just got more shots in than he did," he
White was never really pushed in the
match as he held serve and broke Os-
eguera's serve several times. He praised
his teammates for holding up their end
I"did struggle with my serve due to
the wind today. I slowed up the pace of
my ground strokes so I could get more
of them in. He kept trying to power the
shots in and that's why he missed more
Zach Fowler won the second seed
singles match over Andy Olivares 6-2,
6-0. He showed an improved serve and
was able to win a lot of easy volleys.
"I feel like I'm playing very well,"
Fowler said, "My serve is getting better.
I just want to increase (the velocity) a
Fowler said the key to his success is
to be calm and patient and not try to do
too much with his shots. Against Oli-
veras he continuously took advantage
of unforced errors on ground strokes.
"I try to make my opponent run.
Sometimes they make me run, but I can
get it back," he said.
Fowler said his goals this year are to
win districts and to defeat Martin Coun-
ty. He improved to (3-0) on the season
and the team also improved to (3-0).
Alex Nielson won his singles match,
Local Hospice fun shoot to be held
By Teresa Mataushek
Saturday, March 7, a 100 target fun
shoot will be held at Quail Creek Planta-
tion, to benefit Hospice of Okeechobee,
Registration begins at 8 a.m., course
opens at 8:30 a.m., last shooter by 10
The shoot will be presented by: 5th
Street Pharmacy, Gilbert Chevrolet/Gilbert
Oil, Raulerson, Lawnwood and St. Lucie
Medical Centers, Syfrett Feed Company/
Joseph Farish, Jr, Town Star Food Stores
and Walpole Inc. and Walpole Feed.
George and Mary Beth Cooper will be
serving lunch and Davey Raulerson will
have a pot of his famous swamp cab-
There will be a drawing for lots of
great participation prizes.
Now is the time to register your teams.
Participation levels are:
Gold sponsorship $600: includes,
up to 6 shooters, lunches, sign and rec
ognition during awards ceremony.
Team sponsorship $375: includes,
4 shooters, lunches and station sign on
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Station sponsorship $100: in-
cludes, lunch for two and station sign on
Individual shooter $70: includes,
100 target shooting round and lunch.
Lunch only $20.
All levels include one ticket for the
drawing, per registered shooter. Extra
tickets for great prizes will be available at
For more information call 863-467-
2321 or fax inquiries to 863-763-7856.
Bass Busters Team Tourneys set
Anglers: Month two is upon us for
the 2009 Bass Busters Team Tournament.
The Silver Division tourney will be held
on Saturday, Feb. 21. Team entry will be
$60 (cash only please).
The Gold Division Tournament will be
held on Sunday, Feb. 22 and entry will be
$100 (cash only please.)
Tournaments start at safelight and
end at 3 p.m. Weigh-ins are held at Ro-
land and Maryann Martin's Marina at 3
p.m. each day. There is a five fish limit
for each team and a 12 inch minimum
size limit for the tournaments. State limit
exemptions will be issued.
Look forward to seeing everyone
there. For more information or current
team standings, please visit our Web site
at: www.bassbustersflorida.com or call
Chris Fickey, tournament director at: 941
Taylor Jennings, 7 and Lexie Jen-
nings, 4, show off the results of
Taylor's first hunting trip with their
Papaw. Do you have a picture of
your prize kill or prize fish this
hunting/fishing season? Send it
to us at tmataushek@newszap.
com or bring it to the Okeechobee
News office, and look for it in the
If you would like to share any information
with the Okeechobee News about an out-
doors event, or iryou have a suggestion on
something you have seen or would like to see
in the outdoors column, lease e-mail Teresa
Mataushek at email@example.com,
call 863-763-3134, fax 863-763-5901 or log
on to www.newszap.com and pleae it on the
Post Your News forum.
FWC: Primates don't make good pets
Primates, and other potentially danger
ous animals, don't make good pets
A violent attack on a woman in Con
necticut last week by a 200-pound pet
chimpanzee has sparked renewed nation-
wide debate about exotic animals as pets.
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The Feb. 16 attack left a 55-year-old
woman in critical condition with "life-alter-
ing" injuries to her face and hands.
The case is a sobering reminder that no
matter how well the owner treats, or bonds
with, a Class One (potentially very danger-
ous) animal, its instincts will take over at
some point, and it will behave like the wild
animal it is, and it can pose a threat to peo-
ple. These are, after all, huge, strong, wild
animals with sharp teeth.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC), which licenses
and monitors ownership
of exotic species, reminds
people to be cautious around
wild animals and to do their
homework regarding state
regulations, here and else-
where. People can go to the
FWC's Web site, MyFWC.
cor, and click on "Ask FWC"
to learn more about regula-
tions governing Class One
animals and other captive
wildlife. Those who live in
the same neighborhoods as
captive chimpanzees, lions or
other potentially dangerous
animals should make sure the
owners' permits are in order.
Florida banned possession of
primates as pets in 1980. Flor-
ida authorities recognized the
need for the prohibition after
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a series of attacks here during the 1970s.
However, there are still many exotic pets in
this state, particularly in Southwest Florida.
A handful of people who owned Class One
animals before the law took effect still have
permits for their pet chimpanzees, tigers,
lions and others. As the pets die, the state
revokes the licenses.
Nineteen other states and the Distnct of
Columbia have similar laws on the books,
but efforts to pass a federal law, in the
wake of two chimps mauling a California
man, have stalled since 2005.
Sanctuaries in Florida are allowed to
have primates. A monkey given up by a Min-
nesota owner and transferred to a Gaines
ville facility had attacked the woman's two
daughters. She described the monkeys as
"unpredictable" and said they have atti-
tude problems. That's a typical reaction of
Individuals who took in such pets without
a thorough understanding of the animals'
needs or the instincts that drive them.
Meanwhile, people across the country
should think twice about whether they
want to share space with a chimpanzee or
other animal that is quite capable of injur
ing or killing a human being.
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Corey White returns a volley dur- Zach Fowler returns a shot from the
ing Tuesday's match with Lake base line during Tuesday's match
Placid. with Lake Placid.
6-4, and 6-2 over Andreas Berg. Michael
Sweat of Lake Placid won their only
match, 6-4, 6-3, over Max Norman. Kyle
Lunt defeated Evan Chaput, 6-1, 6-0.
In the doubles matches, the team of
White and Fowler defeated Oseguera
and Oliveras 8-3. The team of ChrisWeg-
man and Austin Willard of Okeechobee
defeated Berg and Michael 9-8 (7-5).
By Charles M. Murphy new clay apparently wasn't packed for Okeechobee. have got to work. We still got to play infield. It will be a day by day learn- Stetson Tuesday night in their 4-2
Okeechobee News down. Stokes is a big boy, and he's Forest Hill, (0-5), scored two runs the games. ing curve. We'll get through it. The loss to Bethune Cookman.
Jonathan Crawford is in a groove
at the plate and other teams better
The Brahman junior hit another
homerun Tuesday, his third of the
year, as Okeechobee pounded the
Falcons of Forest Hill, 12-4, in boys
baseball action in West Palm Beach.
Crawford's blast to 1-95 in the
third inning tied the game at four and
Okeechobee went on from there to
claim an easy district victory.
"He's always had this kind of po-
tential," Brahman Coach Mark Ward
said. "He had a pretty rough year last
year and got down on himself and
couldn't pull himself out of it. This
year he's got his confidence back,
and he's walking around with a big
Drew Selvey added three hits for
Okeechobee who scored six runs
in the fifth inning to break open the
game. Selvey had two doubles in the
Dustin Stokes got the victory on
the mound. He allowed four runs in
four innings, but none of the runs
were earned. He struck out six Forest
Coach Ward said he could have
used Stokes deeper into the game but
that he didn't want to see his pitch
count get high early in the year. Early
in the year you don't want to get too
high with pitch counts. He's strong
enough, but we've got enough arms
and we don't have to push the enve-
lope. We got guys that get after it and
we're pretty confident with them."
Ward said the pitching mound at
Forest Hill was in terrible shape. He
compared it to cake mix. He said the
team was fortunate that none of their
pitchers were injured. "It was too
soft and he couldn't plant. When he
planted his foot, he was sliding. The
at state tourney
By Charles M. Murphy
Tyler Hayes and Donny Bush
wrapped up their careers with
their fourth appearance at the
state tournament in Lakeland this
While neither wrestler won a
championship or made it deep
into the tournament, both set
records for OHS as they became
the first wrestlers to qualify for the
state tournament in each of their
four years of eligibility.
"We had high hopes on bring-
ing home a few pieces of hard-
ware, but that was not the case as
all. Three wrestlers were unable
to make it to the placing round,"
Wrestling Coach Bruce Jahner
Josh Gruber, 119, competed in
his first state tournament. He also
lost in the opening round.
Coach Jahner said his kids
did their best and wrestled well,
"It wasn't because they did not
wrestle to their potential but at
this level any mistake or extra
takedown changes the match
score," he noted.
Both Bush and Hayes expect
to sign college scholarships to
wrestle in the near future.
Civil Air Patrol meets weekly
The Civil Air Patrol is "Ameri-
ca's Air Force Auxiliary, building
the nation's finest force of citizen
volunteers performing Missions
for America" Our Mission is to
"perform Homeland Security and
humanitarian missions for our
communities, states, and nation;
developing our country's youth;
and educating our citizens on
the importance of air and space
power." The Civil Air Patrol meets
every Tuesday at the Okeechobee
County Airport at 7:30 p.m. No
experience is required, we pro
vide the necessary training. If you
are interested in Supporting your
Community, Emergency Services,
Aircraft, Radio Communications
or our Cadet Program please stop
by, guests are always welcome.
For information please call Cap-
tain Joe Papasso at 561-252-0916
or Lt. Greg Gernat at 863-697-
2010 Lake Okeechobee
Calendar Photo Contest
Calling all shutterbugs! The
South Florida Water Management
District's Okeechobee Service
Center is seeking Lake Okeecho-
bee, Lake Istokpoga and Lower
Kissimmee River Basin area digi-
tal photographs for the 2010 Lake
Okeechobee Area calendar. Win-
ning images will be published
as the featured monthly photos.
Entry forms and contest rules are
available on our website at: www.
sfwmd.gov/okee -- select "Info &
Education." This contest is open
to amateur photographers only;
individuals may submit up to
three digital photos until July 31,
2009. Please call 863-462-5260
with any questions.
throwing his weight around. He just in the first and led 4-2 before Craw- I still think our guys are good.
didn't have a solid foundation." ford's blast over the left field wall. There's no doubt about it we have
Cameron Tewksbury pitched one The Falcons scored twice when pick- some pop in the lineup, which is
inning of relief and Brandon Farless off plays at third were dropped by exciting. We should come around.
added two innings of scoreless relief third baseman Mark Weir. "We still We're still young and we have a new
guys should get better. With the bats
and the arms we have, it could be a
pretty good formula."
Former Brahman Blake Marsocci
tossed a scoreless inning of relief for
ihe LBrahmans return home on
Friday night to host Glades Central.
Game time is 7 p.m. The boys travel
to John Carroll on Saturday. First
pitch is 6 p.m.
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