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The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil is seeking interested appli-
cants in serving on the City of
Okeechobee Code Enforce-
ment Board and the Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment
and Appeals. Membership of
either Board, shall consist of
any of the following: archi-
tect, general contractor, realtor,
business person, and lay per-
sons. Terms are for three years.
City and County residents may
apply Applications may be
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com or obtained from the City
Clerk's Office at 55 SE 3rd Av-
enue, Okeechobee. For more
information, call (863) 763-
3372 extension 215. Applica-
tions must be returned to the
City Clerk's office by 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 7. City employ-
ees and elected city officials are
not permitted to serve on the
city's citizen boards.
Submissions for the 2008
Summer Activity Guide are cur-
rently being requested by Sha-
ron Vinson at the Okeechobee
County School Board Office.
This guide is a comprehensive
list of activities for children
during the summer months
in Okeechobee. To have your
event included, just complete
the submission form to include
information in the guide, at
no charge. The mission of the
guide is to keep our children
safe, secure and active during
the summer months. Dead-
line for submissions is March
28. There will be 9,000 copies
of the Summer Activity Guide
printed and distributed in early
May to public school children
and in local businesses. For
more information contact (863)
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County Fair winds down: Pig races and carnival rides
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Show Me Swine Pig Races brought plenty of cheers at the Okeechobee County Fair on Sunday. The pigs race for
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Six-year-old Summer Lynnbass loves animals of all sizes and she found plenty to pet
at the Okeechobee County Fair on Sunday.
The flying carpet ride gave
riders a bird's eye view of
A friendly camel greeted
visitors to the petting zoo
at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Fair. Sunday was the
last day of the fair, and
sunny skies gave fair visi-
tors a great day to enjoy
all the fair attractions.
Beautiful handmade quilts were on display at the Okeechobee County Fair, along with
original artworks and crafts.
Mini-grants given in
honor of Mrs. Blair
By Chauna Aguilar
Local teachers and students
are being helped by. a mini-
grant program established in
the memory of a local wom-
Kiwanis members heard
from Marge Blair Mini-Grant
recipients at their weekly lun-
cheon on Thursday, March 13.
The Marge Blair Mini-grant
is given in honor of Mrs. Blair,
the wife of Kiwanis member
Dick Blair who recently passed
away. After the death of Mrs.
Blair, one of their daughters
Rikki Blair spoke to the club
about math and challenged
the club to do something to in-
crease math education in local
The Okeechobee Kiwanis
Club took the opportunity
to set up a memorial mini-
grant program in honor of her
mother Marge Blair to provide
mini-grants to local teachers to
enhance students math skills
through books, games, art,
manipulatives, music and oth-
er math enhancing programs.
See Grants Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
Students in Latin at the
Okeechobee High School could
soon have the opportunity to
travel abroad during Spring
Break 2009 to Italy.
Melissa Hargis, Latin teacher
at OHS, presented an "Educa-
tional Tour to Rome and Pom-
peii" to school board members
for their blessing.
Education First Educational
Tours allows educators to en-
rich their classroom teaching
through international travel. Stu-
dent groups "learn it by living it"
when they experience firsthand
the very best historic, cultural
and natural sights in the world.
Education First has been lis-
tening and responding to teach-
ers for over 40 years, creating
tours around their needs, She
said. A fully staffed customer ser-
vice department supports teach-
ers, students and parents every
step of the way, before, during,
and after tour.
Ms. Hargis' plan is to lead a
local group of 24 students and
six chaperones on an education-
al tour of Rome, its ancient port
Ostia, and Pompeii.
The trip will last for nine days;
seven days in Italy and two days
The trip will help students ex-
perience other cultures through
direct interaction, rather .than
vicariously through textbooks
which make them capable of
bringing new ideas and under-
standing into the community by
broadening their personal expe-
Students will receive elective
credit through doing an academ-
ic project associated with this
once in a lifetime trip.
The cost for the student will
be $2,400 and for the adult chap-
erones $2,700. Youth and student
rates are reflected in cost differ-
ence. Fundraisers would be held
in order to cut the costs down
for the trip so that students who
could not otherwise afford the
trip would be able to attend.
For every sixth paying mem-
ber, a chaperone goes free as
Cost includes: round trip air-
fare from Palm Beach Interna-
tional Airport; seven night stay in
hotels with private bathrooms;
two meals daily -- European
breakfast and dinner; full-time
bilingual Education First Tour
Director; five sightseeing tours
lead by licensed local guides
to Rome, Vatican, Ostia Antica,
Pompeii, and Capri Island; one
Education First walking tour of
Rome; six visits to special at-
tractions Colosseum, Sistine
Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Ostia
See OHS Page 2
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis member Dowling Watford (right) welcomed (left to right) Marge Merrill, Linda
Vaughn, Janelle Johns, and Rikki Blair to the Kiwanis luncheon on Thursday, March 13,
where Mrs. Vaughn and Mrs. Johns presented how they used their Marge Blair Memorial
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Antica, Pompeii, and Capri island
pizza making; and whisper head-
sets for tours of Rome, Vatican
City and Pompeii.
The students will have the
chance to meet students from
other schools around the United
States as the Education First tours
combine small groups into units
of 30-40 to help cut down on
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Dick and Marge Blair's daugh-
ters, Rikki Blair and Marge Merrill,
were both present for the presen-
The presentations from the
two recipients, Linda Vaughn and
Janelle Johns hit home with Rikki
Blair who taught math at the col-
lege level and even wrote several
Both grant recipients teach at
Central Elementary School. Mrs.
Vaughn is a first grade teacher
who has used her mini-grant
funds to purchase a multi-senso-
ry intervention program called
TouchMoney to help her enhance
While the school board voiced
that they were concerned for the
school board sponsoring an over-
seas trip; they encouraged Ms.
Hargis to organize the trip inde-
pendently so that liability did not
fall on the school district.
According to Ms. Hargis, there
is little political trouble for Ameri-
cans in Italy and a general rule
of international travel is to never
advertise where you are from, no
matter what nationality you are.
They are also planning to in-
quire into registering with the
American Embassy in Rome
should the need arise for English
the math skills of struggling stu-
TouchMoney is a program cre-
ated by TouchMath. It uses key
touch points on letters in order for
students to be able to complete
work quickly and more accurate-
ly than when using manipulatives
or counting their fingers.
This program extends into
many different areas and has
been used by Mrs. Vaughn with
students that she tutors with a
high success rate.
Mrs. Johns is a first grade
teacher at CES who had recently
attended a workshop prior to
applying for the mini-grant. The
workshop was presented by au-
thor Catherine Kuhns detailing
teaching strategies from her book
Speakers to leave and provided a
guaranteed method of contact for
emergencies in the United States.
All students will be instructed
to carry all items in zipped or
buckled carriers to avoid pick-
Ms. Hargis stated that she al-
ready had at least ten students
whose parents had already given
their blessing to this trip.
Education First is the only in-
ternational educational travel
company to be accredited by the
Commission on Trans-Regional
Accreditation (CITA), the Middle
States Commission on Elemen-
The key idea of the workshop
was to use literacy to improve
math skills and interlock educa-
tion of math with comprehension
While at the workshop, Mrs.
Johns did not know how she
would have the funds to get this
tool for her second grade team.
Through this grant she was able
to order the necessary books to
supplement such a program to
combine math through literacy.
Both teachers teach in the
BASE program at CES which is
a Bilingual class which is taught
in both English and Spanish.
Through this grant, Kiwanis mem-
bers were able to touch the lives
of a diverse group of students at
In other business, the Kiwanis
tary Schools (MSCES), the West-
ern Association of Schools and
Colleges, the North Central Asso-
ciation, and the Southern Associa-
tion of Colleges and Schools. This
means that all of Education First's
international and domestic tours
have been recognized for their
quality and educational value,
meeting the same rigorous stan-
dards as the best schools across
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members will also be holding
their annual Pancake Breakfast
on Easter Sunday, March 23, at 7
a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Fresh-
man Campus Cafeteria.
Pancakes and whole-hog sau-
sage all you can eat for $5.
Eat in or take out. All proceeds
go towards Kiwanis scholarships
for which they have received 90
applications this year. Four schol-
arships will be awarded on Schol-
arship Night at OHS.
For more information about
the Pancake breakfast contact
Frank Irby at (863) 467-1639.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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sale on Saturday, April 5, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information.
call (863) 634-0999.
Dunklin Memorial to hold prayer banquet
Dunklin Memorial Camp will hold a prayer banquet on April 4, at
the Recreation Outreach Center of First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth
Ave. Okeechobee. It is an informative dinner that includes the meal,
testimonies, and music. The dinner is at 6 p.m. with the program to
follow. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling (863) 763-8865 or
Abundant Blessings holds yard sale
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call (863) 634-0999.
Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to
support Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more infor-
maion call Patricia Brown (772) 332-3149.
A Childs World offers VPK sign ups
VPK is a quality early education program aimed at helping your.
child toenter school ready and eager to learn. The Summer 2008 pro-
gram is available to children who are eligible for kindergarten in Fall
of 2008 and have not attended VPK, birth date ranges Sept. 2, 2002
- Sept. 1, 2003. The Fall 2008-2009 program is available to all children
who will be 4,years old, but not 5 years of age or older, on Sept.
1, 2008 and are eligible for kindergarten in Fall of 2009. Birth date
range Sept. 2 2003 Sept. 1 2004. To register, bring proof of Florida
residency Drivers License, utility bill, residential rental agreement or
Florida identification card, (no PO Box) Birth Certificate/proof of age.
Staff from the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and
Okeechobee will be on hand to answer questions and inform par-
ents of program specifics.
Okeechobeg.News, Monday, March 17, 2008
The Okeechobee High School Drama Club will present the musical "Leader of the Pack," May 1, 2, 9, and the 10 in the school auditorium. All performances will start at 7:30.
OHS Drama Club to present 'Leader of the Pack'
By Steven Williams
OHS Journalism Class
The Drama Club is cur-
rently preparing for their
annual spring musical
"Leader of The Pack," the
Ellie Greenwich musical.
The musical will feature
liner notes by Anne Beatts
and additional material by
Jack Heifner. The musical
will also feature music and
lyrics from Ellie Green-
wich, Jeff Barry and others
as well as some of the best
hits from the 60's and 80's
such as: "Be my Baby",
"What a Guy", "Maybe I
Know", and much more.
Auditions for the musi-
cal were held Feb. 25 and
26. Anyone who audi-
tioned was required to
sing 16 bars of an upbeat
song of their choice. They
were also required to wear
comfortable clothes they
could dance in and read
from a script of the judge's
The drama club sponsor,
Ms. Deborah Raulerson,
the band director, Mr. Clint
Laflam and Everglades El-
ementary School Princi-
pal, Mrs. Pat McCoy chose
"Leader of The Pack,"
from three other musicals
which included "Choices,"
"Choosing the musical
wasn't as easy as people
ma think. [Myself] along
with the judges and other
creative directors had to
pick a play that was per-
fect for Okeechobee High
School (OHS). We paid
special attention to cast
size, story plot, and sim-
plicity of the set" said Ms.
The drama club will
present the musical May 1,
2, 9, and the 10. All perfor-
mances will start at :30.
"Although this is my first
year here at Okeechobee
High School I love my
job and Students. I've re-
ally grown to be attached
to my students and drama
club members," said Ms.
Ms. Raulerson came to
Okeechobee high school
with a very impressive re-
sume. "I'm definitely look-
ing forward to seeing the
"Leader of The Pack", I
have a lot of confidence in
the Drama club, the spon-
sor, and the creative direc-
tors" Said Joshua Jackson,
Junior at Okeechobee
FCAT week busy
BylHeather Menendez ', fi:ult taskh o accomplish all-in one
OHS Journalism Class
* The week of March 11 -16 was
a busy week for many students at
Okeechobee High School. Last
week was not only the week of
the Florida Comprehensive As-
sessment Test (FCAT), but also the
week of the Okeechobee Youth
Livestock Show (OYLS) and the
Okeechobee County Fair.
. At the OYLS, the youth of
Okeechobee County showed
their animals they raised for the
competition over the past year, ac-
cording to Mrs. Debbie Clements,
a Okeechobee County 4-H agent.
The FCAT has been keeping stu-
dents and faculty extremely busy
for weeks leading up to the test.
Students, are first administered
the test during their sophomore
year and must pass the test with
at least a 300 in order to gradu-
ate, according to Mrs. Karen Mat-
thews. If a student does not pass
on their first attempt, they will re-
take at a later date. Students can
expect their score reports some-
time in mid May.
Okeechobee County has a
large number of youth involved
in the OYLS. The OYLS kept par-
ticipants, judges, committee
members, family, many volun-
teers, and purchasers occupied
for the entire week. Even though
the students participated in the
OYLS, they were also required
by the state to take and pass the
FCAT. This.was an extremely dif-
week for many.
"I wish that whoever is in
charge of scheduling the livestock
shows would take into consider-
ation when FCAT is scheduled by
the state when they choose the
date of our shows," said Austin
Pluskot a sophomore at OHS
This statement has been
echoed all around Okeechobee
High School by students who
faced both challenges. Even stu-
dents in elementary school faced
the stressful week of testing and
showing. The OYLS allows chil-
dren as young as age 6 to show
their animals, and the state re-
quires students to start taking
FCAT in 1st grade.
"Every year I look forward to
the OYLS but not the FCAT. I get
to see old friends and meet new
animals at the OYLS. It's a lot of
fun and always exciting but the
FCAT just brings stress no one
wants to take it or hear anymore
about it. Teachers put too much
emphasis and stress out about us
taking it," said sophomore Sierra
In addition to the challenge of
FCAT testing and the Livestock
show in the same week, the
students faced even more chal-
lenges with daylight savings time
changes and the added lure of the
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FBLA wins honors
By Tesa Warthen
OHS Journalism Class
Future Business Leaders of
America (FBLA) is an organiza-
tion/club at Okeechobee High
School (OHS). FBLA helps the
students who are participants in
the organization work towards
their career goals for the future.
FBLA also gives students the op-
portunity to get an idea of how
business leaders work and also
gives them some experience to
continue on their career goals.
Q On Feb. 1, FBLA went to their
District seventeen .Leadership
conference at Indian River Com-
At this conference they had
competition and they came back
with five first place winners. The
following students won first place:
in Accounting 1 -Jarelle Con; Ac-
counting 2 Brian Suarez; Busi-
ness Ethics Steven Williams
and Faveola Hernandez; Business
Law Blair Clark.
OHS students schedule 2008-09 classes
By Emily Dreher
OHS Journalism Class
The end is near for our 2007-
2008 school year. Many changes
are already in progress. The se-
niors are beginning to realize that
this is their last few months of
school and they will be on their
ways to work or further their edu-
The seniors have also put in
their last minute college applica-
tions, and applied for scholar-
The underclassmen have start-
ed scheduling for their 2008-2009
school year., The freshmen vis-
ited the high school on March 18,
2008, and will continue to sign up
on March 25, 2008, April 8,2008,
April 15,2008, and April 22,2008
from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
The freshmen will also have a
course selector that Mrs. Padgett
will give them that will help them
choose their courses that are clos-
est to the areas of interest for their
The sophomores have had
these last few weeks to select
their courses with their guidance
"I enjoy the Guidance Coun-
selors coming to explain to us
about our classes that we can
choose from, because I am new
to these classes and I don't really
know which classes I should take
for my future occupation" stated
Samantha Radford, a sophomore
at OHS. They have chosen when
they wanted to go up to the coun-
selors office and speak to Mrs.
Bryant, their Guidance Counsel-
or. During their English class they
were given descriptions of each
class, and then they were helped
in choosing the right one-depend-
ing on their future careers that
"The guidance counselors
make it a lot easier to understand
which classes you will need for
your future jobs, especially if
you're a new student at OHS,"
stated by another sophomore,
The juniors received an in-
formative discussion on class
schedules during their history
class. They also had the chance
to choose when they wanted to
come up and talk to their coun-
The incoming freshmen of
2008-2009 school years guidance
counselor is Mrs. Sills.
The sophomores' new guid-
ance counselor for the 2008-2009
school year is Mrs. Padgett.
The juniors' guidance coun-
selor for 2008-2009 school year is
The seniors of the 2009 gradu-
ating class guidance counselor is
Mounted Drill Team competes at fair
Okeechobee High School's Mounted Drill Team, the Diamond Divas, took third place in their competition at the Florida
State Fair in February. Teams from all over Florida and Georgia participated.
Okeechobee News, Monday, March 17, 2008
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FAIR: We took our grandchildren, ages 5 and 4, to the fair Sunday
from 12:30 3 p.m., it was a nice fair, but a bit costly and not a lot in
attendance. Then, Monday night, I went back with my daughter to
take the children back and the attendance was poor. I feel sorry for
the vendors and those that put on the shows. It makes Okeechobee
residents, look bad. It is a very expensive night out, if you get anything
or do anything at the fair. Right off it costs $5 a person to get in -- no
charge for children under 6. Something better is going to have to be
MINIATURE GOLF: Why doesn't someone invest some money
into building one of those nice miniature golf courses here in Okeecho-
bee, like they have in Kissimmee? Everyone has time and money to
build new housing additions, but what about recreation for the rest of
us? I know this is different from all the other comments right now, but
can we change subjects for awhile?
LOTTERY: I am curious about the Florida Lottery. I notice that
the same towns win over and over again and again. So many people
play the Florida Lottery and it seems Okeechobee is not on the list for
winners. Sure we have had one Lotto winner, years ago, and that's
it. The Lottery should change it to where the computer picks out the
winning numbers and they should give every town in Florida a chance
to win. Just think how much it would contribute to the community.
I'm sure that monies won would stay in the community and help this
economy. Instead of giving it to Miami and West Palm all the time,
give it to the poor communities. I for one use to play the Lottery but I
gave it up. When I see a change in the Florida Lottery, I would take a
chance and play it again, but for now, Okeechobee is not on the Lot-
tery's list for winners.
PROPERTY OWNERS: Our intent, as a concerned group, is to
have a mutual respect with our neighbors, as to maintaining our prop-
erties in a respectable condition and appearance, as it should be, in
a residential zoned neighborhood. Anything short of this would be
disrespectful to our neighbors and would subject the properties to
be devalued and an embarrassment and lack of pride in our living
and health conditions. We request that our elected and appointed of-
ficials be proactive in the southeast area of Okeechobee by enforcing
compliances of the nuisance conditions, sanitation and care require-
ments, and the parking, storage and use of certain vehicles and struc-
tures, according to the code. This would be greatly appreciated by the
majority of the property owners and is within the county zoning and
code ordinances that should have been, and needs to be, continued
DOCTORS: I have been following the pieces on the doctors and
hospitals here in Okeechobee. The doctors I have visited as a patient
are very good and take time to listen to me. Everyone is entitled to
their opinion, but there are very good reasons that doctors fall behind.
We have greater problems with our health care systems in Okeecho-
TRASH: Driving to work along SW 48th Avenue and winding my
way to SW 16th Avenue, I am appalled by the amount of trash along
the byways. I see electric carts picking up trash along state road 70
before mowing, but see no trash being., collected along the byways.
Shame on people who feel the world is their trash can.
DOCTORS: I have been to several doctors in Okeechobee and
found them to be very caring and professional. I don't know who
+ is complaining, but perhaps they need to change doctors. However,
you also have to realize that we don't have very many doctors so they
are very busy. It it takes a while to get an appointment, it is because
they are booked up with other patients. There are only so many hours
in a day, and there is a limit to how many patients a doctor can take
care. You aren't hurting anyone's feelings by threatening to take your
business to the coast. If you think you would be happier doing that,
go for it.
FAIR: I have to agree that the fair was a little expensive at $5 a per-
son just to get in the gate. With two kids and two adults that was $20
just to walk around the Midway. Then we had to pay for ride tickets,
and the food prices are high as always. I think that gate fee kept some
people away, and if you don't have the crowds, the Midway does not
do well. Maybe next year they could consider selling some advance
passes around town for $1 a person per day if purchased a few weeks
in advance. I think they would not lose any money, as some people
would buy passes and then not even go. Or maybe they could do
some value-packs where you get several days for one price, again sold
in advance. I also wish they had opened the Midway earlier at lest one
week day. We would have taken the kids right after school and gotten
home before dark if the Midway had been open around 3 p.m. But it
didn't open until 5 p.m. and it's hard to take little kids out at night. I
hope they can take all the suggestions people have and improve on
the fair each year.
VOLUNTEER: I see comments where people complained about
the Fair. Well I recall seeing notices in the paper asking for volunteers
to join the Fair Committee and help with the fair. All you folks who
have idea and comments, go join the committee. Be part of the solu-
tion. I think the Fair Committee did a great job this year. Of course it
could be better and if everyone pitches in to help, it will be even better
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Monday, March 17
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This
will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave.
Everyone who enjoys singing is invited to join the group.
For information or to schedule an appearance, contact
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at
1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch,
followed by a business meeting. The dues are $16
per person, per year, and are due in September. For
information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open
discussion at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For
information call (863) 634-4780.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge on
Monday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to
any interested persons to come by and see what they are
about. For information call (863) 763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church,
3 Linda Road, holds open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. for
substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings on
Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of a coholics. For information call Chris at (863)
Tuesday, March 18
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open 'to the
public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA
meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the
Basinger Christian Brethren Church on 700-A, north off
U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310
S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding who your
ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds
and technology; and, how to see your world and capture it
on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614
for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards
Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for
breakfast. For information, June Scheer at (863) 634-
Hams for Easter on sale
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Easter. Spiral hams, mini hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, side
dishes and desserts are available. Order now for pickup on Friday,
March 21 at Syble's Flowers and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Avenue. For more
information, call (863) 357-MAIN or (863) 763-2225.
Butterfly gardening workshop and plant sale
On March 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Florida Atlantic University's
Center for Enviromental Studies (CES) at the Riverwoods Field Lab
in Lorida will conduct a native Butterfly Gardening Workshop. The
workshop fee is $10 payable in cash or check to FAU Foundation. Res-
ervations are required, so to get a sign up form or for more informa-
tion call (863) 763-6469. The workshop will introduce you to our local
plants and the native butterflies that they will attract to your garden.
You will have the opportunity to purchase native butterfly plants pro-
vided by Hickory Hill Nursery in Sebring.
Benefit for 'Non-Alcohol Grad Nite'
Peace Lutheran Church Thrivent Members will be hosting a Easter
Breakfast on Sunday, March 23 at 8 a.m. (following Sunrise Service)
in the Fellowship Hall 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Donation $5 Adult $2 chil-
dren under 12. All proceeds will benefit the "Non-Alcohol Grad Nite."
For more information please call Debbie at 610-1738 .or the church
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
To support their scholarship fund, Kiwanis members will also be
holding their annual Pancake Breakfast on Easter Sunday, March 23,
at 7, a.m. until 10;30 a.m. at the Freshman Campus Cafeteria. Pancakes,
and whole-hog sausage all you can eat for $5. Eat in or take out. All'
proceeds go towards Kiwanis scholarships for which they have re-
ceived 90 applications this year. Four scholarships will be awarded on
Scholarship Night at OHS.
For additional information contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Calling all gardeners
At this months meeting Angela Sachson will explain the new Flor-
ida fertilizer lable and the best practices for feeding your plants. The
meeting will be held at the Okeechobee Extension Office, 458 Hwy'
98 on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. For information please call (863):
Okeechobee Orchid Club to meet
On Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee Orchid Club will
meet at the extension office, 458 Highway 98 N. The guest speaker
will be Marilyn Marr, President of the Martin County Orchid Society.
Vice-president Peggy Shaw will help members diagnose problem or-
chids. An orchid basket will be auctioned as a fund-raiser. The public
is invited to attend. For more information please call (863) 763-6469.
Presbyterian church holds annual bake sale
The annual Bake Sale at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA
312 N Parrott Avenue has been rescheduled for March 29. Doors will
open at 8 a.m. Sponsored by the Ladies of the church, proceeds will
benefit their missionary projects. For more information please call El-
eanor Newhouse 763-6928.
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Seacoast National Bank names Mark Atom Smith President
Seacoast National Bank has
lamed Mark Atom Smith presi-
lent of Big Lake in South Central
Mr. Smith's appointment
:omes in anticipation of the re-
irement of 45-year career veteran
loe G. Mullins in July. Mr. Mullins
ias served as president directing
he operations of Seacoast's eight
)ranches in six counties sur-
*ounding Lake Okeechobee.
Prior to the Seacoast merger in
M006, Mr. Mullins served as presi-
lent and chief executive officer
)f Big Lake National Bank since
1988. Under his leadership, Big
Lake's geographic scope expand-
.d from one office in Okeechobee
:o nine offices in seven counties,
#rowing the bank's assets from
114 million to over $300 million,
forming one of the largest com-
,nunity banks in the region.
Mr. Mullins served on numer-
ous professional and civic affili-
ations including Florida Bankers
Association, Community Bank-
ers Association, Okeechobee In-
dustrial Development Authority,
and was a founding member and
past treasurer of the Economic
Council of Okeechobee. Mullins
also served on the boards of the
Okeechobee County Water and
Sewer Task Force, New Horizons
of the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce
Jaycees, Lions and Kiwanis clubs,
Okeechobee County Chamber of
Commerce 'and was a founding
board member, past treasurer,
and past president of the Welling-
ton Exchange Club of West Palm
A 20-year career veteran him-
self, Mr. Smith was executive vice
president, senior lending officer
and chief credit officer for the
Community Bank of Naples in
Naples, Florida. His career his-
tory includes positions with First
National Bank of Naples, Barnett
Bank of Naples and BancFlorida.
Smith earned a bachelor's de-
gree in economics from Virginia
Commonwealth University, Rich-
mond, VA and is a graduate of the
Florida School of Banking at the
University of Florida.
"We are delighted to wel-
come Mark as president of Sea-
coast's Big Lake Region. He has
an impressive record in Naples
for growing loan portfolios and
increasing production. We look
forward to his guidance and lead-
ership as we navigate the current
industry-wide challenges and
capitalize on the many opportu-
nities that lie ahead of us in the
region," said Russ Holland, Ex-
ecutive Vice President and Chief
Banking Officer for Seacoast.
Mr. Smith has been an active
member of the Florida Bankers
Association where he has held
the posts of: board member,
Leadership Division president,
Government Relations Com-
mittee member, and a BancPac
board member. He is a long time
volunteer with the United Way of
Collier County, prior chairman
for the Collier County Affordable
Housing Commission and a Cub
Scout den leader and pack coun-
The operating arm of Seacoast
Banking Corporation of Florida
(NASDAQ: SBCF) Seacoast Na-
tional Bank has 43 offices in Flori-
da and approximately $2.3 billion
in assets, and is one of the largest
independent banks headquar-
tered in Florida.
Pristine Properties expands into Okeechobee
Pristine Properties Internation-
al, the exclusive partner in Florida
and the Bahamas with Cabela's
Trophy Properties, is pleased to
announce the formation of a new
branch office in Okeechobee. Lo-
cated just north of Okeechobee
City, Pristine Properties and Ca-
bela's Trophy Properties special-
ize in Sporting and Recreational
Real Estate. This new branch
office will better serve the entire
Okeechobee, Buckhead Ridge,
Fort Drum, Indian Hammock,
Yeehaw Junction and Bassinger
areas with local service and sales
Speaking on the occasion,
Stephen Jara, COO, Pristine Prop-
erties, said "Okeechobee is a
key market for us hence we felt
the necessity for an office here."
Adding, "Okeechobee is a grow-
ing market for investors, retirees,
second home buyers and people
looking to get away from the hus-
tle and bustle of big city life. There
are numerous developments ex-
panding across this region from
upscale Sporting Club Communi-
ties, Equestrian Communities to
Active Adult Developments. We
are well positioned to nurture this
growth and develop markets for
Okeechobee properties, existing
and future products across the
Pristine Properties Interna-
tional is also pleased to announce
that Amy Davis and Brad Phares
have joined their firm specializing
in Okeechobee Real Estate. Amy
Davis started her real estate career
because she enjoys working with
people, especially when she helps
them to meet their goals and ex-
pectations. With 18 years experi-
ence in County Government, she
brings with her excellent service
skills, integrity, honesty and atten-
tion to detail.
"I live in Okeechobee because
I love the small town where ev-
eryone knows everyone's name,
Brad Phares, an eighth gen-
eration Florida Cattlemen, said
he understands and respects the
land. As a sportsman, accom-
plished artist, rancher, and real
estate professional, Mr. Phares
also holds a Law Degree from St.
Thomas in Miami.
Pristine Properties and Sun-
dance Trails Ranches are pleased
to invite the public to their Open
House and Family Fun day at The
Lodge at Sundance Trails, off
Dark Hammock Road. The fes-
tivities will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on
Saturday, March 29.
Pristine Properties Internation-
al and Cabela's Trophy Properties
specializes in Recreational and
Seacoast National Bank has named Mark Atom Smith presi-.
dent of Big Lake in South Central Florida.
Sharon Ming, an Edward
Jones financial advisor on
Okeechobee, has been ap-
pointed as a recruiting leader
for the firm's women's initiative
in Florida. She will lead a group
of seven Edward Jones financial
advisors who will work closely
with women interested in a ca-
reer with the global financial-
Edward Jones provides finan-
cial services for individual inves-
t+ tors in the United States and,
through, its affiliates, in Canada
and the United Kingdom.
Every aspect of the firm's
business, from the types of in-
vestment options offered to the
location of branch offices, is
designed to cater to individual
investors in the communities in
which they live and work. The
firm's 10,000-plus financial ad-
visors work directly with more
than seven million clients to
understand their personal goals
-- from college savings to retire-
ment -- and create long-term in-
vestment strategies that empha-
size a well-balanced portfolio
and a buy-and-hold strategy.
News in brief
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.
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Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
HORSES- 1-9 yr. old, black &
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Storage Space -
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
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$700/mo, utils incrd, no
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REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
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Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
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Pblic Nt i
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY as Trustee under POOLING
AND SERVICING AGREEMENT Dated
as of November 1, 2005 MORGAN
STANLEY HOME EQUITY LOAN TROST
2005-4 MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-4,
-vs- Case #08 CA 28
Jose Villanueva; Mortgage Electronic
Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee
for Wilmington finance; Unknown Par-
ties in Possession #1; Unknown Par-
ties in Possession #2; If living, and all
Unknown Paries claiming by, through,
under and against the above named
Defendant s) who are not known to be
dead or a Ive, whether said Unknown
Parties may claim an interest as
Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or
NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE
TO: Jose Villanueva
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of the said De-
fendants, If eitherftas remarried and if
either or both of said Defendants are
dead, their respective unknown heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees, credi-
tors, lienors, and trustees, and all other
persons claiming by, through, under or
against the named Defendant(s); and
the aforementioned named Defen-
dant(s) and such of the aforemen-
tioned named Defendant(s) and such
of the aforementioned unknown Defen-
dants as may be infants, incompetents
or otherwise not suil uris.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion has been commenced to foreclose
a mortgage on the following real prop-
erty, lying and being and situated in
Okeechotee County, Florida, more
particularly described as follows:
LOT 7, LESS THE WEST 113 FEET
THEREOF, BLOCK 9, OKEECHOBEE
LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
2, PAGE 100, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY.
more commonly known as 650 North-
west 102nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
This action has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy
of your written defense, if any, upon
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLP, Attorneys
for Plaintiff, whose address is 2424
North Federal Highway, Suite 360,
Boca Raton, Florida 33431 within thirty
30) days after the first publication of
tis notice, 4/17/2008 and file the
original with the clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on Plaintiffs attor-
ney or immediately there after;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
on the 131h day of March, 2008.
Circuit and County Courts
By: Arlene Nealis
265529 ON 3/17,24/08
GMC SONOMA SL 1999 V6,
A/C, Auto., 3 Door, Club
Cab. 102 K mls. 1 Owner.
$4499 (954)260-1933 Okee
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Ileds and make your
clean un a breeze
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er man's treasure. Turn
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
CASE NO. 2007-CA-366
WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR SECU-
RITITIZED ASSET BACKED
RECEIVABLES LLC 2006-OP1 MORT-
GAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-OP1,
JERRY G. RHODES, et. al.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
2/28/08 and entered in Case No.
2007-CA-366, of the Circuit Court of
the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida,
wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE
FOR SECURITIZED ASSET BACKED
RECEIVABLES LLC 2006-OP1 MORT-
GAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-OP1, is a
Plaintiff and JERRY G. RHODES, IF
LIVING, AND IF DEAD, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
TORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER
PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY.
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST TINA
K. RHODES; FORD MOTOR CREDIT
COMPANY; UNKNOWN TENANT are
the Defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidderr cash Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd
St., Okeechobee, FL, at 11:00 AM on
4/212008, the following described
properly as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment, Ito wit:
LOTS 5 AND 6, BLOCK 25, NORTH-
WEST ADDITION, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 25, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the is pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda E Young
As Deputy Clerk
Dated this 12th day of March 2008.
In accordance e Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a rea-
sonable accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should, no later than
seven 17 days prior, contact the Clerk
of the Court's disability coordinator at
(863) 763-2131, 304 NW 2nd St,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 33472. II hearing
impaired, contact (TDD)
(800) 955-8771 via Florida Relay Sys-
265292 ON 3/17,24/08
NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008 AT 10:00 AM. AT 17429
NW 242nd STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED
AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY
PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO
ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY
NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
CLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE
BASED, IS MADE, ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST
HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ONTHE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE
DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE
INVITED TO ATTEND.
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER
APPLICATIONS TO FILL THE VACANT SEAT ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S OFFICES BY CALLING
(863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
265488 ON 3/17/08
I Huse-Sa Ble
a Okeechobee News, Monday, March 17,2008
Brahmans handle Glades Central for win
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee got a much need-
ed win Friday when they traveled
to Glades Central and defeated the
Raiders for the second time in two
Cameron Tewksbury started
for the second time against the
Raiders and was once again domi-
nant, limiting the Raiders to only
two hits and a walk.
Tewksbury allowed just a sec-
ond inning single to Carlos Her-
nandez and a fifth inning single by
Victor Almazon. Glades Central
did not get a runner as far as third
base in the game.
Tewksbury got some early
help from his offense, which had
struggled of late. The Brahmans
were able to put three runs on the
board in the top of the first and
that seemed to take the fire out of
our neighbors from Belle Glade.
"We got a strong game from
Cameron, but our hitting still
struggled," Brahman Coach Dylan
Tedders said, "We're working, I
might have to go read more books
Will Davis started the big rally
with a two out walk Evan King
followed with a walk and Mike
McClain drove home two when
his ground ball was thrown away
by the pitcher. McClain scored
later in the inning on a passed ball
to make it 3-0.
Davis hit a one out double in
the third but was stranded at third
when McClain was caught looking
and King flied out to center field.
The Brahmans got three men
on base in the fourth but could
not pad their lead. Jake Daven-
port drew a two out walk and
Mark Weir reached base on an er-
ror. Cameron Tewksbury was hit
by a pitch to load the bases. Clay
Coleman ended the rally when he
bounced into a force play.
The Brahmans also got two
runners on in the fifth as Davis
singled and Jonathan Crawford
drew a two out walk. However
Mitchell Bryner struck out to end
In the sixth the Brahmans
scratched across a run as Camer-
on Tewksbury was hit by a pitch,
moved up on a throwing error
and scored on a passed ball.
Okeechobee made it 5-0 in the
top of the seventh as King reached
on a error at shortstop, and scored
on a double by Crawford.
Crawford got as far as third
base but was stranded when
Mitchell Bryner flied out to short
left and Davenport popped out to
short. Tewksbury didn't need any
of the insurance runs as he didn't
allow more than one runner on
base in any inning. He allowed a
walk to Hernandez in the seventh
Brahmans defeated by St. Albans
By Charles M. Murphy
St. Albans scored nine runs
in the top of the third and easily
defeated Okeechobee in the an-
nual battle between the schools
on Saturday at Okeechobee
Matt Suzich tripled and scored
in the first and had two singles
in the third to lead the Bulldogs
The Washington, D.C. school
takes an annual week long visit
to Florida and plays Okeecho-
bee, Port Charlotte, Vero Beach,
and other area schools. Usually
the battle in Okeechobee is pret-
ty competitive, but this year is
was only close for two innings.
Okeechobee knew they
Would have a tough time of it at
the plate as St. Albans put John
Hultzen on the mound. He al-
ready has signed a scholarship
to pitch for the University of Vir-
ginia. Joining him on this years
team were three other division
one recruits, and several who
could play small college base-
ball. They have. 12 seniors on
the team from Osquad that went
20-2 in t .'
"Wethis a'9few impact guys
this year"keechobee was very
nice to us. Our school has been
coming here for over 20 years,
and the people are nice, and
welcome us with open arms,".
Bulldogs Coach Jason, Laroeque
Adding to their advantage was
the fact this was their first game
on the week long schedule. That
meant their top pitchers were all
rested and ready to go.
The left hander Hultzen,
mixed in a 90 mile per hour fast-
ball and some nasty breaking
pitches to keep the Brahmans
"I looked at our lineup today
and we had two seniors, and
the rest were sophomores and
freshmen," Brahman Coach
Dylan Tedders said, "We knew
we were going to have to battle,
battle, and battle just to score
In the first, Suzich doubled
to. the gap in left center and
scored on a two out passed ball
by Adam Tewksbury. Simons
added a double to deep left but
was stranded when Brahmans
starter Mike Minondo retired
Thomas on a fly to right field.
St. Albans ran themselves out
of some runs in the top of the
second as they had two runners
picked off first base. Bouman
opened the inning with a single.
However Minondo made a nice
effort to pick him off and Bou-
man was tagged out at the bag
at second by Drew Selvey. Lon-
gosz added a triple and Balden-
werper was hit by a pitch to put
runners on the corner. However
Minondo kept a close eye on
Baldenwerper and picked him
off; Baldenwerper was tagged
out just, before *Longosz c6tild
score from third.
"I like how the guys compet-
ed today," Coach Larocque said,
"It was a good way to get the trip
Meanwhile, Hultzen looked
sharp on the mound against the
Brahman hitters. He struck out
Cameron Tewksbury and Clay
Coleman in the first and struck
out the side, Jonathan Craw-
ford, Brice Buckner and Mark
Weir in the second. He did allow
a scratch infield hit by Adam
Tewksbury in the third.
In the top of the third the
Bulldogs hammered four hits,
as 13 batters came to the plate.
Leadoff man Grieb was struck
out by Minondo to lead off the
inning but that would be the
last out he would record on
the afternoon. Suzich walked,
Hultzen singled, and Simons
added an RBI double. Thomas
added an RBI single and three
runs scored on wild pitches and
passed balls. Reliever Jonathan
Crawford allowed the first three
hitters to face him reach, and
the inning was prolonged by an
error by Drew Selvey. Brooke
added an RBI double, Suzich an
RBI single and Hultzen an RBI
single to make it 10-0.
"When you give up nine runs
like that, it is going to be hard for
a young team like ours to come
back. This is the best St. Albans
team I've ever seen," Tedders
Hultzen struck out the side
againrin the third as'he got Dav-
enport, Selvey and Clay Cole-
man with good fastballs. Cam-
eron Tewksbury was hit on the
left finger by a pitch and after a
brief argument over whether it
was a foul tip, was awarded first
base. Hultzen also struck out the
side in the fourth.
St. Albans threatened again
in the fifth. Grieb and Suzich
drew walks and after Crawford
struck out pinch hitter Tom Phil-
lips he walked Simons to load
the' bases. Thomas hit a come
backer but Jonathan juggled in
momentarily missing a chance
for a double play. He did throw
Thomas out at first but Grieb
scored from third to make it
11-0. Bouman hit an RBI double
to score Suzich to make it 12-0.
Pinch hitter Manny Alexander
added an RBI single to make it
Okeechobee had to score four
runs in the bottom of the fifth to
extend the game and faced a
reliever, Simons. Brice Buckner
greeted him with a looping line
drive for a double into right cen-
ter. Evan King struck out for the
first out. Davenport hit a double
down the line in right for a run
producing double to make it
13-1. Drew Selvey was called out
on strikes for the second out and
Cameron Tewksbury was struck
out to end the game.
The Brahmarns travel to Jens-
en Beach for a district game on
but retired Almazon on a fielders
choice and Jose Reyez on a pop
out to short to end the game.
Will Davis had two hits in the
game for Okeechobee, a double
and a single, and scored a run.
Evan King scored two runs.
Davenport reached base twice
via the walk, and Crawford also
reached base twice on a double
and a walk.
Coach Tedders said despite the
five runs, his team should have
had a lot more against Glades
Central. He noted they have to
start hitting the ball the other way.
"It's not just one guy struggling,
it's a couple of guys. We'll get out
of this funk if we start hitting the
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of offer vary by location. Non-refundable dispensing fee may apply. Limit one free trial per a customer. See your local Beltone practitioner for offer details.
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"We Can Handle All Your Canvas Needs"
"We've Got You Covered"
\ Covers for airboats, pontoons, house boats,
5th wheelers, swamp buggies,; 3 wheelers
Enclosures Carports, BBQ grills
Tops Bimini Frames Awnings
We Use Sunbrella Canvas
Exclusively in many colors
to choose from. S Lb re a
We also do custom work
We Have Moved to Sun Plaza
909 S. Parrot Ave. Ste. B Okeechobee
(863) 763-7500 (863) 763-6754 (fax)
Mon Fri: 8:30am 5:00pm Sat: 9am Noon
Audibel H.erin Car Center.35. 5 Hwy 4415.............. 86-
Audibel H6arin7Care Centers *3545 Hwy 441 S. -3401 5333
Over 75 Years
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