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Sunday, October 12, 2008

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4-H plans Annual
The Okeechobee 4-H Foun-
dation will be holding their an-
nual pork barbecue dinner with-
all the fixings on Monday, Oct.
20 in the Freshman Campus
cafeteria. Tickets are on sale
now for $7 at the Extension Of-
fice or by calling 4-H members.
Deliveries may be made for five
or more dinners by calling in
advance to 863-763-6469 or on
the day of the event to 863-634-
3327. You may dine in or pick
up your dinner from 11 a.m.
until 7 p.m.

New Al-ateen
Every Tuesday night from 7
until 8 p.m. the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Second Str.
will hold a Al-ateen meeting.
For more information call Amy
863-763-8531 or Dan 863-467-

Real Life Childrens
Ranch yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch
yard sales are under way. The
sale will be open on Thursdays
and Fridays during the winter
season. They will not be open
the week of Thanksgiving or
the week of Christmas.

FHREDI meeting
A public meeting of the Flori-
da's Heartland REDI, Inc. Board
of Directors and Florida's Fresh-
water Frontier, Inc. Board of Di-
rectors will be held on Monday,
Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Highlands
County Agri-Civic Center, 4509
George Boulevard, Sebring. For
more information, please call
Jim Otterman at 863-385-4900.

Drought Index

Current: 419
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.96 feet
Last Year: 10.09 feet

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

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Releases to keep lake stable

Water managers
keeping lake
around 15 ft.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Water managers will soon
be using a different technique
to control the level of Lake

Since right after Tropical
Storm Fay the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers (COE) has been us-
ing pulse releases, which are de-
signed to mimic natural rainfall,
to slow down the rise of the lake.
Those pulse releases were regu-
lated by the new Lake Okeecho-
bee Regulation Schedule (LORS)
which went into effect earlier
this years.
The current pulse release will

end Sunday Oct. 12 and COE will
start a constant volume low level
release. Instead of varying the
rate of flow as in pulse releases,
this will be a continuous flow of
450 cubic feet per second (CFS)
to the Caloosahatchee River and
200 CFS to the St. Lucie Canal.
The volume of release is about
20 percent of the current releas-
There is no end date for this

Pet overpopulation: Many animals end up at shelter




is busy

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A visit to Okeechobee
County Animal Control reveals
a professional, well document-
ed operation that is run in ac-
cordance with state laws and
county and city ordinances.
"There are no shortcuts in
animal control," said animal
control supervisor Gary Bar-
ber. "We don't compromise
safety, We don't compromise
It must be remembered
that, although animal control
does adopt out animals, they
are not an animal adoption
agency. The duties of animal
control officers as spelled out
in county ordinance are to en-
force all animal regulations, re-
spond to complaints of animals
running at large, cruelty to ani-
mals, injured animals and ani-
mals creating a nuisance. They
are tasked with apprehending
dangerous and vicious animals
and they are empowered to is-
sue citations for violation of city
and county ordinances. They
also work with other animal
control organizations.
The current county budget
allots about $362,000 for animal
control. That figure includes an
estimated $121,500 in fees paid
to animal control. Since they
enforce city ordinances, each
month animal control bills the
city for the actual cost incurred
by animals picked up within
the city limits.
From Oct. 1, 2007 through
the end of August 2008 a to-
tal of 328 dogs were picked
up in the city along with 484

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This cat is one of the residents at Okeechobee County An-
imal Control. Cats at animal control are kept in individual
cages in their own room. Pet owners are encouraged to
spay or neuter their animals to prevent overpopulation of
unwanted animals.

cats and 100 other animals for
a total of 912 animals. Of that
number, 672 were euthanized.
During the same time period,
1,400 dogs were picked up in
the county along with 1,665
cats and 592 other'animals for
a total of 3,657. Of that total
2,205 were euthanzied, (Oct. 1
started the new fiscal year for
the county. At presstime, the
September 2008 records were
not yet available.)
Of all the animals picked
up in the city and in the county
from Oct. 1, 2007 through Aug.
30, 2008, 117 were placed for
adoption, 282 were returned
to the owner, 26 died, one es-
caped, 422 were dead on ar-
rival. Also 107 wild animals
were returned to the wild and
606 animals were given to oth-
er agencies. During the same
October through August period
there were 445 complaints and
9 bite reports in the city. In the
county there were 2,927 com-
plaints and 124 bite reports.
. According to county ordi-
nance, stray animals picked up
by animal control and animals
turned in by someone other
than the owner are kept for
seven days to see if the owner
will claim them. Mr. Barber

said some animal control or-
ganizations have a three-day
limit. One of their standard
procedures is to determine if
the animal is microchipped.
A shelter card is filled out on
:e-cn 'animal brought in. This
card gives a description of the
animal and its temperament
and general health condition.
If an animal is turned in by its
owner, the owner signs a state-
ment on the card relinquishing
control of the animal to ani-
mal control. The animal than
becomes the property of the
county. The statement says that
the owner understands that the
animal may be euthanized. It
also states that the owner is re-
quired by law to notify animal
control if the animal has bitten
anyone within the last 10 days.
There is space at the bottom
of the form for an employee to
make additional notes about a
stray or record remarks from
their interview with the owner.
While there is no prescribed
length of time an animal turned
in by its owner must be held be-
fore euthanization, Mr. Barber
said that generally they are held
for seven to 10 days for evalua-
See Shelter Page 10

continues release. It will be in
effect as long as weather condi-
tions warrant. Rain could cause
the rate of release to increase and
continued dry weather could de-
crease the flow.
The inflow from the Kissim-
mee River has increased over the
past few days because of rainfall
in the upper Kissimmee valley.
"We are continuing releases
because we are still well within

the hurricane season, the lake
is near 15 feet and primarily be-
cause LORS calls for them," said
Steve Duba chief engineer for
COE's Jacksonville District.
Under LORS the lake is to be
maintained between 12.5 feet
and 15.5 feet.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at


proposed to


First in a
six-part series

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
On Nov.4, 2008 Florida vot-
ers will cast their vote "for" or
"against" six proposed constitu-
tional amendments.
Amendments to the Florida
Constitution may be proposed by
the Florida Legislature, by a Con-
stitutional Revision Committee or
by citizen initiative.
The Legislature may place
amendments on the ballot
through a joint resolution agreed
to by three-fifths of the member-

ship of each house of the State
Constitutional Revision Com-
mission is a commission com-
posed of the attorney general of
Florida, 15 members selected
by the governor, nine members
selected by the speaker of the
house, nine members selected
by the president of the senate
and three members selected by
the chief justice of the supreme
court of Florida, meeting every
20 years, who may propose revi-
sions of the constitution.
To get a petition on the ballot
as a citizen initiative, signatures
are needed from 8 percent of the
See Amendment Page 10

Thor Guard

protects schools

from lightning

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Approximately a year and a
halfago the Okeechobee County
School district had a Thor Guard
system put in place at Okeecho-
bee High School, Okeechobee
Freshman Campus and Yearling
Middle School. Thor Guard has
been providing lightning predic-
tion and lightning warning sys-

teams since 1972 worldwide.
Due to the location of the
schools in the county, this allows
other schools that are grouped
together to benefit from the light-
ning prediction services as well.
This technology is typically used
for sporting events to prevent
deaths of athletes and spectators
during outdoor sports such as
See Protection Page 10

Halloween Festival planned i

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
(OKMS) is still looking for local
groups, businesses and indi-
viduals to come set up booths at
their fourth annual Okeechobee
Halloween Festival which will
be held on Friday, Oct. 31, at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
This community event brings
together the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee
City Police, Okeechobee Board
of County Commissioners, and
the Okeechobee City Council
with OKMS to make a safe en-
vironment for the children of
Okeechobee to "trick or treat."
Last year's event held for the
first time at the Agri-Civic Center
which provided shelter in the
event of rain, adequate space
and lighting for growth of the
celebration. This event contin-
ues to keep Halloween safe for

the children of Okeechobee.
OKMS needs the coopera-
tion and support from the local
businesses, organizations and
individuals in order to make this
event a safe and fun event for
the community. They will have
games and activities, a haunted
house and costume contests--
and of course TREATS!
There will be two haunted
houses set up at the event by
the Citizens On Patrol (COP)
volunteers. One will be based
on the Wizard of Oz theme for
the "not so scary" crowd and
younger children and the other
one will be geared towards the
children who want to get out a
good "scream."
Businesses and organiza-
tions are needed to set up activ-
ity booths. They are also wel-
come to donate the set up of a
booth, as OKMS has access to
many volunteers that can run
the games. Individual volun-
teers can always be utilized at

various locations throughout
the event. Donations of candy
will be collected at various loca-
tions throughout town. OKMS
will also accept monetary dona-
tions to purchase candy for the
With community support
OKMS will continue to host a
safe and family friendly event
for the children and citizens of
This year's Costume Contest
will be in four age groups: 0-2
years from 6:45 p.m. until 7:15
p.m.; 3-5 years from 7:15 p.m.
until 7:45 p.m.; 6-10 years from
7:45 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. and
11-14 years from 8:15 p.m. un-
til 8:45 p.m. Registration for the
costume contest will be at the
Seacoast National Bank Booth.
Please call OKMS Executive
Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-
MAIN (6246) for further infor-
mation about the Halloween

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agulilar
Okeechobee Main Street executive director Toni Doyle (left)
and OKMS president Maureen Burroughs (right) held the
boxes of candy donated by Waste Management with repre-
sentative Jenny Pung (center). They will also be providing a
booth for the event on Friday, Oct. 31, that will be held at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center.

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Vol. 99 No. 264


2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 12, 2008



Molly Catherine Fertitta and
Mark Wesley Gomillion were
united in marriage on Saturday,
Aug. 23, 2008 at the Hilton Sand-
estin Restort in Sandestin, Fla. The
Rev. Lonnie Pittman officiated the
The bride is the daughter of
Carol Fertitta of Okeechobee and
Mr. and Mrs. John Fertitta of Hen-
derson, Texas.
The groom is the son of George
Gomillion of Manchester, Tenn.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wheeler
of Largo, Fla.
The bride was escorted down
the aisle by her best friend, Chris-
topher Johnson.
The matrons of honor were
Mary Baker, sister of the bride
and Meg Robinson, cousin of the
The best man was George
Gomillion, father of the groom.
Groomsmen were Ivan Gonza-

Molly and Wesley Gomillion
lez and Jimmy Wilkerson, both
friends of the groom.
Following the ceremony, the
couple hosted a dessert reception
at the Hilton Sandestin in Sandes-

The couple honeymooned in
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. and now
reside in Dothan, Ala.


Roberts -

Mark and Sherri Roberts of
Okeechobee and Jennifer Dodd
of Sebring are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Heather Alyssa Roberts
to Brandon Philip Baughman of
The prospective groom is the
son of Philip and Michelle Baugh-
man of Okeechobee.
The high school sweethearts
will be married on Oct. 18, 2008.
The bride is a 2007 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. She
graduated from John Casablan-
cas Modeling and Career Center
in Orlando. She is employed as
an Office Assistant with the City
of Okeechobee.
The groom is a 2007 graduate
of Okeechobee High School. He
graduated from Motorcycle Me-
chanic Institute in Orlando. He
is self-employed with Skull Hill
Steel, Inc.
After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.


Oseana Elia


Crispin and Becky Huidobro
of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their daugh-
ter, Oseana Elia.
She was born on July 31, 2008
at Florida Hospital Heartland Di-
vision in Sebring. She weighed
6 pounds 15 ounces and was 21
inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are
Jose Luis and Elsa Albarado of

Heather Alyssa Roberts and Brandon Philip Baughman

Oseana Elia

Businesses and individuals
are gearing up for the annual
Okeechobee Blood Roundup.
The Okeechobee Community
Blood Round Up is set for Nov.
14 and 15. The goal this year is to
collect 450 units of blood. When
you give blood, you don't know
whose life you might save. But
with modern blood processing
and storage facilities, and net-
working among blood banks,

you can be sure it will help some-
one. Because it takes at least 24
hours to test and process a unit
of blood, if you wait until blood is
needed to donate, you have wait-
ed too long. When an accident
victim or hospital patient needs
blood, they need it immediately.
It has to be there at the hospital
or at a nearby blood bank, al-
ready typed, tested, processed
and ready to use.

It's me again the undecided
journalist/culinary student Heath-
er Menendez.
Last week I gave you a recipe
that my mom and grandmother
collaborated on. This week be-
cause it was my grandfather who
was the baker, I decided to share
one of his recipes. Although he
was an extraordinary baker, this
is one of his easier and more fun
recipes. He always loved to do
things with his grandkids and let
us put our hands in everything.
He let us squish meatloaf, the
dough and the inside mixture
for pirogues, edible clay made
with peanut butter, you name it
if it squished through your fingers
and was edible, we made it. I de-
cided to share a recipe where you
can get the kids involved.
Both of my grandparents are
deceased, but some of my best
memories are being in the kitchen
with them. I remember helping
Papa make these when I was so
small that I wanted to make pret-
zel jewelry. Papa said that I could
because I was his princess and a
princess needed jewelry. I know
if I was able to ask him what he
thought I should do in the future,
he would tell that it didn't matter
as long as I was happy and that
would be the most important
thing to him. I'm the only grand-
daughter and there are six grand-
Here's a recipe that he shared
with all of his grandchildren. My
grandfather grew up in Pennsyl-
vania so he loved his soft pretzels
dipped in yellow mustard, where-
as I prefer mine with marinara
Soft chewy pretzels

Utensils needed: measuring
cups, measuring spoons, sifter,
cooking thermometer, mixer, two
mixing bowls, sifter, one or more
baking sheets, slotted spoon, pot.
Combine in mixing bowl:
1 cup water (105-115 degrees)
1 package or 2 1/4 tsp. dry ac-
tive yeast
When yeast is dissolved, sift
and then measure
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp soft butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
Add to yeast and water, beat
approximately 3 minutes. Then
stir in 1 1/4 cups sifted flour.
Knead dough until it loses its

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stickiness. Let rise in a covered
greased bowl until doubled in
size. Punch down and divide into
12 pieces for large pretzels. Small-
er but equal sized pieces can
also be made. With the palms of
your hands roll the large pretzel
pieces into approximately 16 inch
lengths. (About a pencil's thick-
ness.) Create your own shapes.
Loops, twists, as long as the sides
are approximately the same size
for even cooking. Place on a bak-
ing sheet that has parchment pa-
per or has been greased. Let sit
until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Boil a solution of:
4 cups water
5 tsp. baking soda
(Do not use aluminum pot.
It will add flavor and stain your
With your slotted spoon care-
fully place your pretzels into wa-
ter solution until they float. Return
them to the baking sheet.
. Sprinkle with salt or other spice
powders. (I like garlic powder or
sesame seeds.)
Bake until golden brown, ap-
proximately 12 minutes -- less for
smaller shapes or sticks. I prefer
them warm but they will keep for
a week in an airtight container.
Cool before storing. This recipe
makes 12 servings and has 68
calories per servings.
Next week: Bruce Settergren's
Baked French Toast with Apples
If you would like to share your
favorite recipe please e-mail me at

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Considerable cloudiness, with scattered showers and iso-
lated thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. Winds will be
from the east at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 70s. Winds will
be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers,
Breezy. The high will be in the upper 80s. Winds will be from the east
at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. The
chance of rain is 30 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs in
the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 70.

Florida Lotto Here are the numbers selected Friday in the Flori-
da Lottery: Cash 3: 0-3-3; Play 4: 3-5-8-3; Mega Money: 1-24-28-40,
MB 21; Fantasy 5: 21-23-24-32-35. Numbers selected Saturday are:
Cash 3: 8-5-1; Play 4: 3-8-9-1.


Cooking brings back memories

Annual Okeechobee

Blood Roundup set


Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 12, 2008 3

JROTC parents to address school board

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, the
Okeechobee County School
Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the
Board Chambers at 700 S.W. Sec-
ond Avenue, where they will hear
from several parents and stu-
dents from the Okeechobee High
School JROTC program.

The board will consider the
amendment to school board
policy concerning the Student
Progression Plan. Several differ-
ent items will be considered for
the progression plan including
updates of information on Sun-
shine State Standards and School
Improvement; revision of proce-
dures and description of grading
for kindergarten students; revi-

sion of grading scale for writing
for third through fifth grades; ad-
dition of language to Instruction
for English Language Learners
section to outline the procedure
for re-enrolling ELL students; ad-
dition of information on Florida
Virtual School; addition of privacy
rights of students and parents; ad-
dition of requirement for physical
education instruction at the el-

ementary level to be 30 consecu-
tive minutes; addition of middle
school course of study; revision
of the graduation requirements
for students who entered ninth
grade in 2007 or after to allow a
practical arts course to fulfill the
one credit fine arts or performing
arts requirement; addition of the
Electronic Personal Educational
Plan (EPEP) requirement for all

Bond set for accused burglar

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Bond for an Okeechobee man
charged with burglary, grand theft
and drug possession has been set
at $156,000.
Billy Shane Rudd, 36, was
arrested Thursday, Oct. 9, and
charged with burglarizing a local
car lot as well as two work trucks.
Rudd was arrested by Sergeant
Russell Cale of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD)
and booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on felony charges of
burglary of an unoccupied con-
veyance (three counts), grand
theft (three counts), possession
of a controlled substance (hydro-
codone) and trafficking in a con-
trolled substance (hydrocodone).
He was also charged with the
misdemeanor of criminal mis-
chief $200 or less.
Rudd's bond was set at his first
appearance hearing Friday morn-
State records indicate that
Rudd was released from state
prison just over a year ago follow-
ing his 2006 conviction on felony
drug charges.
OCPD Detective Bill Saum said
the burglaries were committed
Wednesday night and during the
early morning hours on Thurs-

One of the burglary charges
stems from the alleged theft of
lawn maintenance equipment
from Baby Auto, located at Eighth
Street and U.S.
441 N. Lot own-
er Janet Estrem-
era called the
police depart-
ment on her cell
phone and told
them she was
following the
suspect in the Billy Shane
thefts from her Rudd
business, said
the OCPD detective.
Detective Saum said Rudd
reportedly took a weed eater, a
pair of lopers, several contain-
ers of oil and a number of new
auto parts that were still in their
boxes. These items were valued
at $1,500, he added.
Rudd apparently broke out the
window to a locked truck on the
car lot and took the auto parts
from the truck, added the detec-
Sgt. Cale later arrested Rudd
when he found the man hiding in
some brush at the corner of N.W
Seventh St. and N.W. Second Ave.
The OCPD sergeant then took
Rudd back to the car lot where he
was interviewed.
Jt was later learned that two
trucks in Rookerville had also

been burglarized. OCPD Officer
Belen Reyna and Officer Chad
Troutman investigated those
thefts and found a cache of prop-
erty that was reportedly stolen
from the work trucks of Gerald
Herndon and Raymond Hern-
The officers not only found
the property hidden under some
brush behind some houses in the
area, but also found a plastic bag
that contained 78 hydrocodone
Detective Saum said the tools
taken from Raymond Herndon's
truck were valued at $3,000,
while tools taken from Gerald
Herndon's truck were valued at
The detective went on to' say
that the pills weighed over 64
ounces, which exceeds the traf-
ficking threshold of 28 ounces.

He said the pills had a street value
of $390.
Rudd is looking at a minimum-
mandatory prison sentence of 25
years if convicted on the traffick-
ing charge.
A records check indicates that
Rudd was sentenced to prison fol-
lowing his conviction for posses-
sion of methamphetamine stem-
ming from a Nov. 8,2005, arrest in
Okeechobee County. He was also
arrested locally on Feb. 27, 2006,
for possession of methamphet-
amine and driving while license
suspended habitual offender. He
was subsequently convicted on
those two charges.
The sentences ran concur-
On Aug. 15, 2006, Rudd was
sentenced to 16 months in pris-
on but was released on Aug. 30,

high school students and the an-
nual review of the plan; addition
of designations required to be list-
ed on the standard diploma; revi-
sion of title and classification of
Exceptional Education Programs;
and the addition of explanation of
Access Points for Students with
Significant Cognitive Disabilities,
explanation of assessments for
ESE students and description of
benchmarks for ESE students.
Many of these items were
mandated by Senate Bill 1908.
Once approved and updated, the
Student Progression Plan will be
available online.
The board will also be send-
ing out another amendment for
advertisement concerning the
Bullying and Harassment Policy.
According to Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Cooper, this is a major
revision to this policy to comply
with state statutes which requires
school districts to have a compre-
hensive policy in place by Dec.
1, regarding bullying and harass-
ment. A committee comprised
of parents, students, community
representatives and school per-
sonnel reviewed technical as-
sistance documents provided by
the Department of Education and
drafted this policy ..
In unrelated business, the
board will also consider raising
the GED testing fee schedule, ef-
fective with the January 2009 test.
Revenue supporting the GED test-
ing operations and administra-

tion at the state and local level is
generated exclusively from fees
charged to individuals who take
the GED test at one of the 85 ap-
proved testing centers.
The cost for the GED testing
materials has risen by 67 percent
since the last time the fees were
increased in 1998. Due to the lack
of increase over time, to address
the growing deficit, the Depart-
ment of Education has recom-
mended the increase in fees from
$48 to $70 for the full battery GED
test; and from $12 to $14 for each
individual sub-test. Individuals
take individual sub-tests in the
event that they pass certain por-
tions of the exam and need to re-
take others.
In other business, the board
will consider:
*recognition of National
School Bus Safety Week for Oct.
20 through Oct. 24, to honor the
outstanding safety record, dedica-
tion and professionalism of the
members of the district transpor-
tation department;
*revisions to personnel alloca-
tions; and
*personnel employment; ad-
ditions to substitute teacher list;
temporary employment; resigna-
tions, terminations and suspen-
sions of employment; transfers
and leave requests.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Agulilar can be
reached at

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

Alieta Aleen Gama ,,
The following five people are
among Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed persons. There are active war-
rants for each of them. The criteria
for making Okeechobee's Most
Wanted top five is based on the se-
verity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1' (800) 273-TIPS
(S4-77j. If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-
tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Alieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian

Becky Cook

White, Manford
Clifford White;
Black male; No
known address;
Wanted for fail-
ure to appear
on bail rob-
bery with other
Gama Chavez,

Villegas -

31, Arson.
David Yoder, 26; FTA Poss
Methadone, FTA DWLS.
Becky Cook, 28, Third De-
gree Grand Theft.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
21, Robbery..

Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, Oct. 3, through
Thursday, Oct. 9:
Oct. 3
burglary in the 3400 block of
S.E. 38th Ave.
theft in the 7300 block of
N.W. 84th Court
vandalism in the 7000 block
of N.E. 11th St.
burglary in the 200 block of
N.E. 18th Terrace
theft in the 4100 block of
U.S. 441 S.
burglary in the 4700 block of
N.W 1lth Drive
fraud in the 36000 block of
N.W. 10th Drive
Oct. 4
assault in the 700 block of
N.E. 13th Ave.
Oct. 5
burglary in the 2900 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
burglary in the 900 block of
N.E. 30th Terrace
vandalism on S.W 128th
theft in the 1600 block of
N.W Fourth St.
burglary in the 6500 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 3500 block of
N.W 12th Ave.
assault in the 1400 block of
N.W 39th Circle
theft in the 3200 block of S.E.
29th Lane

theft in the 500 block of N.E.
62nd Ave.
Oct. 6
burglary in the 100 block of
N.W 36th St.
burglary in the 400 block of
N.W 34th St.
burglary in the 2500 block of
N.E. 103rd Ave.
armed robbery in the 2300
block of S.R. 70W.
Oct. 7
stolen vehicle in the 1000
block of N.W. 144th Drive
theft of metal in the 2800
block of S.E. 44th Ave.
burglary in the 1700 block of
S.W 34th Terrace
burglary in the 2600 block of
N.W. Fifth St.
burglary in the 2300 block of
S.W 19th Lane
Oct. 8
fraud in the 300 block of N.E.
19th Drive
theft in the 1700 block of
N.W Fourth St.
vandalism in the 200 block
of N.E. 64th Ave.
Oct. 9
theft of ATVs in the 4500
block of N.W 240th St.
theft of jewelry in the 2600
block of N.W Fifth St.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this

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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
TIPS: Here we go again with the waitresses complaining about
not getting enough tips. If you give great service and are friendly and
professional, the tips will come. If you leave people sitting there wait-
ing 20 minutes for a refill of their iced tea while you chat on the
phone, do you really deserve a good tip?
CRISIS: In 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed the Community
Reinvestment Act (CRA), which pushed lending institutions to ag-
gressively lend to minority communities. In 1993 President Bill Clin-
ton extensively rewrote the rules governing Freddie Mac and Fannie
Mae, which permitted dispensing cash to markets, making loans
to Democratic voting blocks, and handed favors, jobs and money
to political allies. In 1994 President Clinton unveiled his "National
Homeownership Strategy" which broadened the CRA in ways unin-
tended by Congress in 1977. In 1995 the CRA rules were re-written
and banks were given strict new numerical quotas and measures
for the level of "diversity" in their loan portfolios in order to have
an acceptable CRA-rating. Loans started being made on the basis
of race and little else, e.g., "no money" loans with no money down
and no verification of income. From 1997-2001 Clinton's secretary
of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), An-
drew Cuomo, made a series of decisions that let Fannie and Freddie
get into the subprime loan market. For example, Fannie and Fred-
die were allowed to hold only 2.5 percent of capital to back their
investments versus 10 percent for banks. In 2003, the Bush Admin-
istration proposed stringent new rules on Fannie and Freddie, which
were blocked by Democrats, led by Rep. Barney Frank. So, who is
responsible for the present mortgage crisis and its wider effects on
the overall economy?
DINERS: This is in response to the speak out 'Diners' -- If the ser-
vice is good, if you don't smell like an ash tray when you deliver our
food, if your shorts are not too short, if you refill our iced tea, if my
food is placed before me, not thrown across the table, like it is done
at one restaurant here in town, where this particular owner is so
rude we don't go there very often except the food is really tasty. If the
waitress would return to our table to ask if we are enjoying the food,
then we tip very well. We went out of town to a steak house and
the waiter'was fabulous, for our party of 10. He was diligent, happy,
mannerly, and he was tipped $55. So, waitresses do your job near
as well as this waiter did and the tips will follow. One of the biggest
hindrances for any restaurant is staff smoking and smelling like it.
MASCOT: To respond to renaming the mascot of the high school.
Please leave this bull alone. He has done a very fine job for many
years, has lots of experience doing it, and most of all he is Pro-life,
which the person you are trying to name him after is not.
BEATING: In response to the girls who hit and punched your
own case-worker, I have one suggestion chain gang on 441 until
you get your act together. A few days out in the heat, and embarass-
ment of doing that should calm you down for awhile. Unless you are
the type who are destined for a life of nothing more than jail. If this
case-worker were my mom there would be some serious sentencing
for this, and I feel quite sure she is someone's mother.
NEW SITING: There has been another skunk ape sighting! I saw
him riding a bike on 14th Avenue with a 20 dollar bill in his hand. I
wonder where he was going?
TRAFFIC LIGHT: Concerning the traffic light on Eighth Avenue
East. When are our neighbors on Southeast Eighth going to realize
that when they turn left in front of the cars coming out of River Run,
that they do not have the right of way. We have the right of away to
- go straight or turn right. But you turn left right in front of us you are
in the wrong. Stop turning in front of us. If you hit us it will be your
fault. Do we need to get DMV Driver Books?
PARKING: At school events, if you cannot find a parking spot in
the parking lots and resort to parking on the grass, please make sure
you are not blocking someone else's car. We all want to get in and
out safely. Don't park so close that the other driver can't get out with-
out risking hitting your car.
MEMORIES: Sometimes when I see young people with their Ip-
ods and handheld electronic games, I think of the differences of how
we were entertained in our youth. We all had bikes and although we
didn't explore very far it was not unusual for us to be gone a good part
of the day. In Jupiter, in 1957, we all had the "do not talk to strangers"
talk with our parents and if a stranger was seen approaching us, any
parent would quickly dispatch him/her. If we happened to venture
a little far, Police Chief Glenn Mayo would find us and "suggest" we
head back home and we knew if we obeyed him he wouldn't even
tell our dads where we had been. Our roller skates had four wheels,
an ankle strap and clamps that fastened with a key on the toe of our
shoes. If we happened to be wearing sneakers instead of loafers the
clamps would rub a blister on our big toes. At suppertime, one of
the dads called his children home by blowing a conch shell. When
we heard the conch blow we all went home. Every family sat down
together for supper and talked about their day and any needs they
had. After supper and washing the dishes we went back out and
played badminton or played softball until it was too dark to see the
ball coming at us. Some of the gang went on to college on softball
scholarships. The "gang" were our playmates... not some destruc-
tive, mean element. These are just a few of the things I enjoyed as a
child. But before someone takes exception, I'm not saying my child-
hood was superior to anyone's who plays electronic games. After all,
in spite of all that fresh air and exercise, here I sit at a computer 60
years later and overweight but content with my memories.
TIPS: In response to the call from the waitress, I would say that
the waiters and waitresses have to make a living too. They do an aw-
ful lot to make sure your drink is full, your food is right, get you those
napkins you wanted, and pick up after your kids when they leave a
mess. I've never been a waitress but it looks like hard work. My fam-
ily always tries to tip at least the minimum and we always tip above
when we have good service. I have been out to dinner with people
who don't even look at the bill to figure out the tip, they just put
down $5 and say, "that oughta take care of it." Well sometimes, that
bill may be over $60. How will a five cover it? It only take a couple
of seconds to look at the bill and figure out how much to leave. In
some cases, it's only a few more dollars to make it right. It may have
been O.K. to just put down $5 in the older days, like in the 80's but
people have to remember the cost of everything has gone up, even
the cost of dining out, so waiters and waitresses should be tipped
accordingly. That's just my opinion.
WINTER VISITORS: I think we would all be happy to welcome
back the winter visitors. But with the state of the economy, I won-
der how many can even afford to come this year. Maybe if it is very
cold they will come south because it will be cheaper than paying the
heating bill for their northern home. For many, even though we have
water in the lake and they can go fishing again, they may not have
the funds to buy gasoline to come south for the winter.
POLUTION: I'll bet if you look at all the trailers in TCI and Trea-
sure Island on those canals you'll find more fertilizer and pesticides

put on lawns and plants than on some little pasture. And, every one
of those trailers has a septic tank draining into Taylor Creek.
WAITRESS: Always tip breakfast waiters more; they are out of
bed long before you. Standard is 15 percent I'll tip according to the
JOBS: The job situation in Okeechobee is dire. If you have a job,
give that boss 110 percent so you can keep it. If you are fired, you
may have a very hard time finding another job. We need some indus-
try here to provide some jobs that will pay a living wage. People can't
pay rent and buy food on minimum wage.
TIP COMMENT: Regarding the waitress who said if you aren't
going to tip, just eat at home, I'll take the caller's advice and stay
home. If very many people do that, they soon won't even have a job,
let alone worry about their tips. Glad some people can afford it, I'm
trying to trim the grocery bill. We finally decided if it was going to
cost a $20 bill to eat out, which it did at that time, for two meals and

two iced teas, and a tip, we'd rather spend it on some thing we could
use or play with at home. Anyway, I got sick of practically having to
beg for enough gravy to cover the potatoes. The idea that you have
to leave big bills for them in order to inspire them to do their job is
WAITING TABLES: Unless you have worked as a waitress or have
a close association with one, this might be news to you. Waitresses
do not get minimum wage from their employers. At least not the
same minimum wage that stores or other business are required to
pay their employees. The last time I worked with payroll for this job
it was $2.30 and hour. The rest of their wage comes from your tips.
Some places have all the tips dumped together and split between
all the wait staff and some places give a percentage to the cooks
and dishwashers. The waitress is not accountable for the portions
on your plate. That would be the cook. The waitress greets you and
brings your flatware, maybe a nice cool glass of water and takes your
order for drinks. She will usually return within 3 to 5 minutes and see
if you're ready to order. And she will come back every 3 to 5 minutes
until you are or you tell her you're only going to have drinks and sit
and chat in her station. When you order food, your waitress will turn
the order into the cook. When the cook places it up for serving it is
usually checked against the order and if an error is noticed they will
get it corrected and then serve you, refill your drinks is applicable
and ask if you need anything else. Your waitress should not be held
at fault if you're not pleased with your meal. If you ask her to make
a correction on your plate she probably will. She may even return
several times for you... but because it was not perfect is not a reason
to short your waitress.
RESTAURANTS: If all you're doing is meeting a friend to drink
coffee and chat, you're in the waitress's station, where she will earn
tips. So remember that when your out for coffee and chatting with
a friend and you sit at a table with 4 chairs for 2 hours, Your coffee
carafe for two is $4.75 and you think a $1 tip is adequate? Those 4
chairs could have turned over 3 times in 2 hours easily bringing at
the very least $15 in tips. For just coffee and chat, you should get take
out and go sit in the park.
ADVICE: I am taking the call in waitress' advice and staying
home. I wonder what her employer would think if he knew who
gave that advice.
COACHES' CLOTHES: I can tell you that players don't care or
realize what the coaches wear because they are focused on bigger
TIPS: Why is it every year about the same time we get the calls
from the waitress complaining about the tips? Apparently, that is not
an issue during the summer? I suspect the one or ones complain-
ing need to make sure they are giving excellent service. Maybe the
reason they are not getting tips is that they leave people sitting there
waiting to order while they chat with someone at another table. I
only have an hour for lunch, so if I go to a restaurant, I need fast ser-
vice to be in and out and back to work in an hour. Most working folks
are in that position at lunch. We need our orders taken quickly. If you
make me sit 10 or 15 minutes before you take my order, chances are
I can't eat and get back to work on time. If that happens to me at a
restaurant, I won't go back there.
WAITRESS: This is to the waitress who called in and said we
should eat at home if we aren't going to tip at least 15 percent. -I
would like to know which restaurant you work at, so I can make
sure to avoid it. That sour attitude cannot make for a pleasant dining
AVERAGE: I think the waitress complaining about the small tips
is in the wrong business. That is the wrong attitude for the service in-
dustry. I worked as a waitress while putting myself through college. I
had some regular customers who were senior citizens on limited in-
come and I knew that going out to eat was a real treat to them. They
never left a big tip, but they left a little something and always thanked
me for my service with a big smile. I tried to give great service to all
of my customers, but I always made the extra effort for the older
ones, even if I knew they didn't tip well. And while I may have only
gotten $1 from an elderly couple, averaging out my nightly tips was
well over 15 percent. Give all of your customers great service and
your tips will average out just fine. Would you rather have a small tip
or an empty table and no tip?
READING: Cna yuo raed tihs? I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aula-
city uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the
hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the Itteres in a wrod are, the olny ip-
roamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and Isat Itteer be in the rghit pclae. The
rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey Iteter by istlef,
but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot
slpeling was ipmorantt!
CLEAN IT UP: We live on the Rim Canal on 441 S.E., in what
we call a very nice home with a well manicured lawn. We pay high
taxes to live there. Our neighbor is totally disrespectful to us. He has
more junk in his yard and keeps bringing in more on a daily basis.
They have two U-Haul trucks and a tractor trailer they use for stor-
age, I guess it's cheaper than building a garage. They also have an
old pontoon boat that probably does'nt even float. They have sev-
eral boat trailers, broken down bikes, boats, fire wood everywhere,
telephone poles stacked up at least four feet high and that's only the
beginning of his trash. And it's all up against our fence line. You can
just imagine what it looks like on our side of the fence. I can't believe
the county allows all that junk in someone's yard. It's embarrassing
to have friends over.
EMAILS: To all my friends who send me best 'wishes', chain let-
ters, 'angel' letters or other promises of good luck. None of that is
working. Could you please just send money, alcohol, chocolate or
gasoline vouchers?
VOTE: Americans are mad as hell. We have been betrayed by our
elected officials, especially in the United States Congress. On Nov. 4,
throw the bums out! Vote against ALL incumbents and send a mes-
EYE CONTACT: I think it is silly for the Obama and McCain sup-
porters to be arguing about who was looking at who during the de-
bate. What we should be talking about is what they said and what
it means to this country. Still, I am pretty sure that no one who had
already decided who they support changed their mind because of
the debate. When someone says they were supporting one candi-
date but changed their mind over one television appearance, well I
think that sounds fishy. If the TV commentators hadn't started talking
about eye contact, I don't think anyone else would have even men-
tioned it. The only people swayed by the debate were the undecided
voters who are still trying to sort through all the claims, lies and po-
litical spin.
REVOLUTION: Whenever the ends of government are perverted,
and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of re-
dress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the
old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance
against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and de-
structive of the good and happiness of mankind."
REGISTRATION: More voter registration fraud associated with
ACORN. Another slap on the hand and let them move on to more
registrations of people who don't exist and even the Dallas Football
COACHES: I can tell you that players don't care or realize what
the coaches wear cause they are focused on bigger things. That is
what's wrong with this town... The few that are willing to support
-- and they are greatly appreciated by what they give to the program --
are way out numbered by the ones who always try to find something

wrong with the players and coaches.
ACORN: I am very much concerned about Obama's connection
to the ACORN scandal. I am hoping we don't wind up with another
president facing a financial scandal as soon as he gets in office, as
happened with Bill Clinton and the Whitewater scandal.
BUY AMERICAN: I think if Americans are going to pull themselves
out of this financial mess this country is in, then we need to pitch in
and work together and support each other. We need to buy Ameri-
can and quit sending so much money overseas. Buy American made
products and keep Americans working. That worker may be a cus-
tomer of the business that employs you. If you only buy cheaper for-
eign products and the American worker loses his job, he won't have
any money to spend at your business. Then your business will start
firing workers too. Buy American and keep America working.

Community Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 12
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W
Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W. Third St.

Monday, Oct. 13
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
* VFW #10539 Ladles Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon at the Post,
3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invited. Please R.S.VP.
to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Presby-
terian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is invited. For
information or to schedule an appearance for your organization or group, contact
Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The meeting is open to any-
one interested in tracing his or her ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per
person, and $12 for a family. For information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their
web site at
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter
meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are hurting,
homeless or have been abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday of every
month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on
the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red
Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201
or 863-357-2106.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second Tuesday of the
month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, lunch is provided. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be held on Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It
will be an open discussion meeting. For more information call Monika Allen at
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 informa-
tion, Call Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in Basinger on
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren Church on 700-A, north off
U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the Grace Chris-
tian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone currently home schooling
or interested in home schooling is welcome. For information, call Lydia Hall 863-
357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808.
Al-Anon 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.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hos-
pice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints,'310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding who your an-
cestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical
Index), Social Security Death Index and military information available. For informa-
tion, call Mim Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to par-
ticipate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact Douglas
Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the Clock Restau-
rant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June Scheer at 863-634-
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For information,
call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m.
Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life. Everyone is
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to Doug-
las Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time gospel
music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second Tuesday, at
11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For information contact Jim Vensel
at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellowship Church,
300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women
who need emotional support or someone just to care are welcome. For informa-
tion call the hot line 863-801-9201 or 863-697-9718.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting. Overeaters Anony-
mous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue
on Tuesday, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for
membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Lo-
retta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be hosting God's
Time --a morning of free organized Christian activities that includes play, instruc-
tion and interaction for parents and their pre-school children. The event will be
held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for persons with
alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information call 863-357-3053.

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Conserve water: Dry season only a month away

Year round water
conservation urged
With the official start of Flori-
da's dry season about a month
away, conservation remains criti-
cal to protect the water supply for
the 16-county South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD).
District meteorologists predict
there is a good chance the amount
of rain that does fall during the dry
season-beginning Nov. 1, will be
below average. The reason is El
Nifio is not expected to develop. El
Nifio is an oscillation of the ocean-
atmosphere system in the tropical
Pacific that tends to increase the
amount of rainfall for Florida.
Conservation is a key hedge
against weather extremes and an
estimated six million new Florida
residents by 2025.
The State of the System
Since June 1, Disftrict-wide
rainfall averaged 35.18.inches dur-
ing the first four months of the
wet season. September's rainfall
average was 5.56 inches, about
one-and-a-half inches below the
historical average for the month.
Water conditions are now
above average throughout the
District, including in the three
Water Conservation Areas and
several Stormwater Treatment
Areas. Most lakes in the Upper
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes are at
or near regulation schedule. Lake
Istokpoga's water level is slightly
above its regulation .schedule.
With a water level holding around
15 feet NGVD, Lake Okeechobee

is at the upper end of its preferred
operational water level of 12.5 feet
NGVD to 15.5 feet NGVD. The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers contin-
ues to make pulse water releases
from Lake Okeechobee. For de-
tails, visit the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers website at: www.saj.
Today's adequate water sup-
ply must be managed to protect
this resource throughout the rest
of the fall, winter and next spring.
South Florida recently experienced
unusually parched dry seasons in
2006 and 2007 during a prolonged
rainfall deficit.
Modified Water
By mid-September, groundwa-
ter and surface water levels that
had been trending upward since
the wet season began reached
sufficient levels to allow modifica-
tions to emergency water restric-
tions. With the water supply re-
bounding, the SFWMD Governing
Board issued updated restrictions
at its meeting on Sept. 11. The
modified restrictions went into ef-
fect Sept. 26.
Modifications allow all agricul-
tural operations, golf courses and
plant nurseries to return to using
their standard monthly water allo-
cation. They may irrigate accord-
ing to conditions set by'their wa-
ter use permits and their required
Water Conservation Plans. Month-
ly water usage mist be reported
Two-day-a-week residential
landscape irrigation restrictions
remain in place. Continuing wet

season rainfall means lawns do
not need more frequent irrigation.
Irrigating on two days or less is
sufficient to keep lawns healthy.
For details on current water re-
strictions, visit www.sfwmd.govt/
Water Conservation Update
Because conservation remains
critical to ensure water availability
for future needs, the Governing
Board approved a Comprehen-
sive Water Conservation. Program
in September.
New conservation measures
detailed in the program are de-
signed to accomplish a measur-
able change in water use. Compo-
nents and key strategies include:
Goal-based conservation plan-
ning, implementation and im-
proved reporting for large, permit-
ted water users.
Conservation-based rate struc-
tures for utilities designed to en-
courage water savings and dis-
courage high-volume use.
Retrofitting of outdated, water-
guzzling plumbing devices.
Year-round landscape irriga-
tion measures.
Adopting and incorporating
Florida-friendly landscaping prin-
Water conservation education
strategies, including classroom
education, social marketing and
professional development.
A call for governments and
large users to lead by example.
The District is continuing the
rule-making process for year-
round landscape irrigation mea-
sures focused on lawn watering.

MetroPC S opens local store

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Due to the recent expansion
of their services MetroPCS is now
available in Okeechobee. Todd
Bauer and Dennis Bauer have re-
cently opened a MetroPCS Beeper
Depot in Okeechobee, 405 S. Par-
rott Ave. in the plaza adjacent to
They have been in the business
for 16 years with their first store
which operates in Port St. Lucie.
Their hours are Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Service is now available through-
out the U.S. in metro areas as well
as throughout Florida from Jack-
sonville to the Keys.
They offer a full line qf phones
and accessories and they also buy
and sell used phones and offer
bill pay for many local services
and utilities.
MetroPCS allows for phones
previously on Sprint or Verizon
services to be reformatted to be
used with the MetroPCS plans
which feature unlimited calling,
texting and other features.
MetroPCS features Mobile In-
stant Messaging with Windows
Live or AOL Instant Messaging ser-
vices. Their standard TextTalk
package allows you to send and
receive unlimited text messages
within the United States, Canada,
Puerto Rico, and more. Metro News Chauna Aguilar
MetroPCS Beeper Depot is now open at 405 S. Parrott Ave,
located in the plaza next to Arby's. Mayra Romero (left) and
GGiG Gregorio (right) are on hand at the Beeper Depot to as-
sist you with all of your needs as well as the owner Todd
Bauer (center). They look forward to meeting the needs of
Okeechobee with their unlimited calling services.

also provides free picture mes-
saging as well.
Additional features such as
GreetMe Tones allow your friends
to listen to music when they call
your phone.
MetroWEB is also available for
connection to the internet using
your MetroPCS phone. Access lo-
cal information, news, entertain-
ment and more while surfing the

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Service appreciated
Kiwanis Past-President Frank Irby (left) received a plaque for his
service as president for the past two years from the current Ki-
wanis President Jim Vensel (right). They received King Kiwanis
and Prince Kiwanis crowns from members on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Access existing email.accounts
directly from your phone as well.
Your phone will alert you when
new e-mails are received.
For more information stop by
the MetroPCS Beeper Depot or
call 863-763-9056.' Due to the re-
cent expansion, the current Web
site does not show that service is
available in Okeechobee.

Do you have
a friend or loved
one in the
armed forces?
Want to tell
the town about
what they've done?

Send your news to
and look for it
on the Military page

Up to 50 percent of South Flori- or withdraws from canals, lakes
da's available daily water supply is or ponds. The only exception is
used for lawn irrigation, for treated waste water, or reuse,
The proposed Water Con- which can be used for irrigation
servation Rule would restrict all on any day. All watering would
landscape irrigation to two days be allowed only before 10 a.m. or
a week, for all sources of water after 4 p.m.
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Community Events

Masonic Lodge
breakfast dates
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237 will hold Sunday
breakfasts on Oct. 12, 26, Nov.
2, and Dec. 7 from 8 until 11 a.m.
Tickets are $5 each. Menu in-
cludes: scrambled eggs, sausage,
bacon, country ham, pancakes,
grits, biscuits and gravy, orange
juice, and coffee. For information
contact Kip Gardner 863-357-0427
or Jim Green at 863-634-4401.

CRA Nutritional
class scheduled
Monday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a
CRA Nutritional Analysis class at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For more information call

Dance team holds spa-
ghetti dinner
A local dance competition
team will sponsor a spaghetti din-
-ner on Monday, Oct. 13, from 11,
a.m. until 2 p.m. to raise money
for their state competition. Lunch
includes spaghetti, tossed salad,
roll and homemade brownies for
a $7 donation. Delivery is free or
pick up is available at the Episco-
pal Church (next to the Judicial
Center) 200 N.W Third St. For
tickets please call Betsy Sheffield
at 863-763-4559.

Lodge presents
Mystery Dinner
The Order of the Epsterri Star
will present a Mystery Dinner
Theater on Saturday, Oct. 18, 5
p.m. Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
107 N.W. Fifth Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. Tickets are $15 each and can
be purchased by contacting Mary
Ann Holt at 863-634-8087. This in-
cludes a Country Fried Steak Din-
ner and the show, in which the
audience participation is key to
solving the "murder." Join them
for an evening of great food and
fun. For more information, con-
tact Mary Ann Holt at 863-634-

Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the .Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to ,online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

Barbara Claire
Lagomarcino, 74
OKEECHOBEE Barbara Claire
Lagomarcino, of Okeechobee, died
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Treas-
ure Coast Hospice. She was 74.
Born Dec. 14, 1933, in Hopkins,
Mo., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 3 years.
She enjoyed needlework, word
games and spending time with her
Barbara was a two time recipient
of the Indiana State Sagamore of the
Wabash, President of the Indiana
Republican Editorial Association;
formerly on the Indiana Real Estate
Commission; and former owner of
the New Harmony, Indiana Newspa-
per and the Bicknell Newspaper.
She is preceded in death by a son,
Scott Larson and granddaughter,
Naiya Lybarger.
She is survived by her husband of
25 years, A. James Lagomarcino of
Okeechobee; children, Jon Eric Hep-
burn Phd, of Montana, Dana L. Dai-
ley of Vincennes, Ind., Captain
Christopher J. Terry of Vandenburg
AFB, Calif., Barbara E. Lybarger of
Japan; stepson, Joseph R. Lagomar-
cino; brother, Greg Hildebrand of
Victoria, Australia. In addition she is
survived by 14 grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be 1 p.m.
Sunday in the Buxton Funeral Home
Buretta Skeen, 83
OKEECHOBEE Buretta Skeen,
of Okeechobee, and formerly of Se-
bring. passed away Friday, Oct. 10,
2008, in her residence. She was 83.
Born Feb. 3, 1925, in Wise County,
Va., she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past five
months and. enjoyed all church relat-
ed activities.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Garland Samuel; brother,
Quinton Richardson; and sister, Ed-
She is survived by her sons, Jerry
Skeen of Okeechobee, Virgil Skeen
(Nataliya) of Ringold, Ga., Charles
Skeen (Darlene) Palatka; daughters,

Sandra Leggett Richardson (Jerry) of
Okeechobee, Gloria Sue Moore (Ed-
ward) of Vanore, Tenn.; sisters, Ada
Carpenter of Rogersville, Tenn.,
Alma Head (Gene) of Lindgarden,
Tenn., Irene Richardson of Ohio,
and Ester Freeman of'Port Mayaca.
In addition she is survived by 11
grandchildren and 15 great-grand-
The family will receive friends on
Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and servic-
es on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.

S.A.L. plan OHS reunion -
steak dinner 1950 through 1959
The Sons of the American Le- A reunion will be held for
gi6n will sponsor their monthly those that graduated or were in
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday, Okeechobee High School in the
Oct. 19 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the 1950s. The event will be held Nov.
American Legion Post 64. Dinner 8 at the Shrine Club. If you know
includes steak, baked potato, sal- someone who should be invited
ad, roll, iced tea, coffee and des- send that name to Betty William-
sert for a $12 donation. Live en- son, P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee,
tertainment will be provided for FL, 34973. Also if you are eligible
your entertainment. The public is and have changed your address in
welcome. the past five years please let them
.know so you can have more infor-
Cub/Boy Scouts nation sent to you. The occasion
is sponsored by the Okeechobee
selling popcorn Historical Society and any profit
Fundraising season is here will assist with projects such as
again and the local Cub Scouts two $500 scholarships given each
and Boy Scouts of America, are year to a deserving senior female
trying to get support. They will and male student.
sell popcorn every weekend until
Oct. 19. They will. have booths Low cost spay/neuter
set up at different, local business- Low cos pay/nu r
es every Saturday and Sunday. available
On top of the weekend setups, L .
the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Low cost spay/neuter ouch-
will always have a flyer and order ers for dogs and cats. Participating
form with them to sell popcorn veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
throughout the week. So if you information, call United Humani-
cannot make it out to one of their tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
booths, you can always order it 772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@
personally from one of the pack/ Okeechobee veteri-
troop members.Allproceeds from narians are invited to participate.
the fundraiser will go to help pay in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
for their summer camp expenses, gram.
supplies, badges and just general
expenses for their groups. Parents Start to hold
and volunteers will be with the Healthy Start to hold
scouts at each booth to help sell benefit drawing
the popcorn and provide infor-
mation about the group. They are The Healthy Start Coalition is
always looking for people to join. hosting a Baby Shower for their
There are no 'sign up deadlines, clients. They are selling drawing
you can join at any time during tickets for a candy bouquet. The
the year, so if you think that the tickets are just $1 each. They will
cub scouts or boy scouts is some- use these funds to help defray the
thing you are interested in, you cost of food items for the Baby
can get information about it while Shower. For more information,
you get some popcorn! Parents please call Becky at 863-462-5877
are welcome to become volun- and your donation will be picked
teers. They would also like to say up at your convenience.
thank you to all of the local busi-
nesses who are allowing them to Historical limited
set up in front of their stores. For
more- information on locations edition ornaments on
or joining, please contact Alison 'sale
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop
964, at 863-634-8628. The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
Oktoberfest for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
Celebration are 24k gold on brass, includes a
numbered certificate with histori-
Sunday, Oct. 19, noon until 4 cal information. Ornaments are
p.m. an Oktoberfest Celebration $15. Proceeds fund their scholar-
will be held. There will be games, ship. The 2008 ornament is. the
fun and more games. The celebra- Old County Courthouse. They
tion will be held at the VFW Post will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
9528 in Buckhead Ridge. Authen- naments available in a limited
tic German food will be served f9r quantity for those who wish to get
a donation of $7. German music those. To purchase an ornament
will be provided for dancing and call Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
your enjoyment. Kay McCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Teen dance Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
party planned Regina Hamrick at 863-763-8865.
A teen dance party will be held State Veterans
on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Pier II
from 5:30 9:30 p.m. Admission nursing homes
is $5. Ages 12-16 welcome. A live Are you a veteran in need of a
DJ will play the latest hip-hop nursing home or assisted living fa-
for entertainment. The following cility? The Florida Department of
refreshments will be available: Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Pizza $1; soda 50 cent; chips Department operates five veterans
- 50 cent; smoothies $2. All pro- nursing homes and one assisted
ceeds will benefit the American living facility throughout the state,
Red Cross Okeechobee County with a new nursing home being
Branch. For more information call built near St. Augustine. The basic
Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819. admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
EO.E. 4509 holds Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
special events of need of assisted living facility or
The Fraternal Order of the Ea- skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
gles 4509. has several events lined ing homes are located in Daytona
up for the month of October. Beach, Land 0' Lakes, Pembroke
Events and dates are as follows: Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
Oct. 18 Sock Hop from 3 until and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
7 p.m.; Oct. 25 Octoberfest; Oct. sisted Living Facility being located
31 Halloween Costume Party at in Lake City. For further informa-
8 p.m. For more information on tion on VA nursing homes contact
these events please call Diana the County Veteran's Service Of-
Huston at 863-357-2009. ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-
Attention Okeechobee
Join the Red Hatters
Class of 89 For ladies looking for fun and
Class of '89 reunion organiz- meeting some new lady friends,
ers are currently collecting emails the Red Hat Group is looking for
and home, addresses from all ladies to join who want to do
classmates. Please send these to things. For information call 863-
okeechobeeclassof89@yahoo. 763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

Felonies Misdemeanors
DUI/DWLs Drug Offenses
Probation Violations
Appeals Juvenile
Domestic Violence
Se Habla Espafiol

(863) 467-6570

200 SW 9th Street Okeechobee

Historical Society
collects info for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.

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

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

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

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

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

Career Center
helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W Park St., has services
available at no charge to help
people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit
their web site at;
or, call 863-462-5350.

Martha's House col-
lecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting
used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call 863-763-
2893, or drop them off at their
administrative office at 103 N.W
Fifth St.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet.
The volunteer should commu-
nicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support
from city and county officials,
business executives and other or-
ganizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call 863-634-2306 for


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Student Council election
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every Kindergarten 12th grade
student on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.
This book, mandated bv the state,
is designed to provide students
and parents in Okeechobee with
the most current information on a
variety of educational topics. The
parent guide includes FCAT and
other testing information, report
card schedule, .school calendar,
bus safety rules and information
on what your child should be
learning at each grade level.
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OMS Students of the Week
Students at Osceola Middle School are achieving excellence every day. Students of the
Week for the Week of Oct. 2 are: (back row) Autumn, Wakelee, Noemi Chavez, Abygayl
Sanchez, Mary Baker, Madysun Causier, (front row) Brooke Snyder, Maribel Santamaria,
Erick Neal, Zane Moreland. Congratulations to our students!

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YMS Students of the Week
Students of the week selected for Yearling middle school included, in the top row from left
to right: Ivetee Vega, Dwyatt Hadley, Acealyn Youngblood. In the middle row from left to
right are: Shannon Hernandez, Amanda Kennedy. In the bottom row from left to right are:
Alexis Hair, Hayleigh Price, Ailyn Garcia. In the front left is Mr. Andy Brewer and front right
is Mrs. Markham.

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fresh fruit, fruit juice, savory
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Flesh-eating plants are no match for the habitat eaters

By Angela Sachson
UF/IFAS Extension Service
You probably recall the peo-
ple-eating plant of the "Little Shop
of Horrors". And, of course there
are the Venus fly trap and Pitcher
plant that trap insects and devour
But much more frightening
are the INVASIVE ALIENS! These
landscapes and kill native plants
in their paths. The result is loss of
plant life, disappearance of native
wildlife, increased threat of fire,
and loss of precious biodiversity.
According to the Florida Exotic
Pest Plant Council (EPPC) inva-
sive exotic pest plants are biologi-
cal pollutants. Menacing exotics
may be responsible for destroying
more natural habitat each year
than is destroyed through land
Most often these invasive
aliens, also called exotics, (i.e.,
not from here) have been import-
ed from other countries or even
other parts of our country.
Some came in accidentally in
agricultural or freight shipments.
Others were deliberately import-
ed by unknowing entrepreneurs
or even government agencies.
Kudzu -- known as "the plant that
ate the South" -- was imported to
control soil erosion in Dixie. It is
Inow said that if you stand still it,
will grow over you in minutes.
Many of these aliens were
brought here before there were
concerns or regulations about



such plants. But now we know
that when plants are introduced
to a new location, they come with-
out.the native climate, diseases or
insect pests that kept them under
control. With no natural enemies,
they can just keep growing and
reproducing, displacing our na-
tives and disrupting natural com-
Most of the 25,000 or so spe-
cies of plants that have been
brought into Florida are relatively
harmless. We depend on some of
these species for our sustenance
and economy. Citrus, for exam-
ple, is not a native Florida plant
but originated in Southeast Asia.
How to determine
which plants are the
bad guys.
There are lots of plant lists,
including lists of which plants
are a "little invasive" and which
are more invasive and which are
most invasive. All of these lists
rnake it hard to know just what
not to plant.
Here are the facts.
Some plants are considered so
invasive that they have been legally

outlawed. In our state three agen-
cies can make that determina-
tion. They are the US Department
of Agriculture (USDA), the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and the Florida
Department of Agriculture. Their
rules are stated in these terms --
"Under no circumstances will this
species be permitted for posses-
sion, collection, .transportation,
cultivation, and importation."
These are plants we hear of often
like Brazilian Pepper, Melaleuca,
and Water Hyacinth. You can't
purchase them even though they
may end up in your yard.
Seeds from invasive plants
can be spread by wind (e.g., Old
World Climbing Fern), by water
(Melaleuca trees), or by wildlife
that 'eat the fruit and deposit the
seeds far from the original place
(Brazilian pepper adored by
robins). Others spread from ex-
panding underground root sys-
tems (Australian pine and Erect
sword fern).
Many plants are considered
invasive aliens but they have not
been outlawed. These are plants
which may not have escaped into
wild habitats YET. Two agern-
cies provide excellent informa-
tion about those plants; they are
the University of Florida (http://
plant.html) and the Florida Exotic
Pest Plant Council (http://www.
These lists classify plants ac-
cording to level of expansion and
also by area of Florida. You may

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October 6 and 7, 2008



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Feeder calves were another $2-3
lower, although slaughter cows
and bulls were steady to maybe a
little stronger.
Danny Cunningham of Indian-
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with $1.75.
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be surprised to find some old fa-
miliars listed there, like Wedelia,
Surinam Cherry, Lantana and As-
paragus Fern.
Next time you want to plant
something, look it up on these
websites. You may save yourself
some time battling these fast
spreaders and habitat killers..
No Quick Fix
What to do? It will take all of
us to battle this increasing threat
to biodiversity and here are some
things to do right now.
1. Learn to recognize plants
on the invasive species list. Check
out references with photos of
Florida invasive plants (e.g. http://
Chances are you've seen quite
a few of these plants. Ask us for
some othef suggested titles.
2. Start at home. Many invasive
exotic plants are unknowingly
planted and maintained in our
landscapes. Identify these plants,
remove these offensive weeds (or
at least remove any fruits), and
replace with more appropriate
plants instead. Consider using true
Florida natives. Attractive replace-
ments are commercially available
at nurseries or garden centers. For
more plant suggestions, contact
your county extension office.
3. Spread the word (not the
weed). Tell others about this
threat and encourage them to
avoid invasive.weeds too!
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Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son has announced the upcom-
ing implementation of a new rule
regulating the identification and
intrastate movement of. sheep
and goats.
The rule, which became effec-
tive Oct. 10, is designed to prevent
the spread of scrapie, a. fatal, de-
generative disease of the nervous
system in these animals.
The rule requires that all sheep
and goats moved intrastate for any
reason, or when there is a change
of ownership, must be identified
by their flock/herd of birth, or if
that information is unknown, by
the flock/herd from which they
originated. Only identification
methods approved by the United
States Department of Agriculture
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tification tattoos, or implanted
electronic microchips.
The new rule is being done
in conjunction with the USDA's
Scrapie Eradication Program,'
which provides standards for
state and federal governments
and the industry to monitor, con-
trol and eradicate the disease
from domestic flocks and herds
in the United States. The USDA
regulates interstate movement
of sheep and goats but the state
rule was necessary to ensure the
same standards are followed for
animals moved within the state's
"It is imperative that the fed-
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work together on this eradication
program," Commissioner Bron-
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animals are often moved to many
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Enforcement Board

When the city code enforce- When: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
ment board meets Tuesday night Where: City Council Chambers,
they will be considering imposing Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
fines in four cases and consider- Third Ave.
ing foreclosure in one case.
Suet-Fong Tsang was cited for cited for general cleaning and
general cleaning and beautifica- beautification.
,tion because of the condition of General cleaning and beauti-
a lot in the 800 block of N.W. 12th fiction was the charge against
Street. Fosler LLC because of the condi-
The N.E. llth Street property tion of a lot in the 100 block of
of Kenneth and Barbara Nichols N.W. Fifth Avenue.
was cited for junk and general The board will be consider-
cleaning and beautification. ing recommending foreclosure to
According to code enforce- the city council because the N.W.
ment officials, the S.E. Third Street Sixth Street property of Arthur Da-
property of Cody Brown contains vis has been accruing a fine for
public nuisances and was also over 980 days.

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football, baseball, soccer, softball
and track.
Most districts only choose to
purchase systems for their high
schools. According to the Thor
Guard, Inc. territory representa-
tive, Steve Palli, the placement
of Thor Guards at other sites is
a proactive step by the district.
Due to the location of the units,
the following schools can benefit
from the two-mile radius which
is alarmed when the possibility
of lightning is in the area: OHS;
YMS; OMS; OFC; North Elemen-
tary; South Elementary; Central
Elementary; New Endeavor High
School; and the district office.
Thor Guard utilizes proprietary
atmospheric electrostatic analysis
to produce a variety of lightning
prediction systems to. meet the
technical and budgetary demands
of various customer groups.
The Okeechobee district
chose the Thor Guard's Model
L75 base' prediction and warning
system control center. The school
district's system is automatic and
capable of providing audible and
visual warning for all sites.
Just how does this system
work, you' might ask?,According.
to Mr. Palli, lightning strikes when
+ the ground has a positive charge
and the clouds above have a
negative charge. When the condi-
tions are present within two miles
of the sensors for lightning strikes.
to occur,; three very loud horns go
off to warn the area along with a
strobe light as well. These horns
mean thatthat there is a 97 percent
chance of lightning within a two
mile radius, or four mile circum-
ference around the system within
the next 8 to 20 minutes.
Once the ground charge be-
comes neutral which prevents
the probability of a back strike,
the system alerts three 5 second
blasts and the strobe light goes
off. Back strikes are one of the
most dangerous moments in
storrfis in Florida because when
people think that a storm is over
the charges could still be pres-
ent for lightning strikes. Until the
ground is neutral, the energy that
built up with the passing storm
still has a possibility of striking to
get rid of the excess energy.
Thor Guard, the leader in light-
ning prediction, is committed to
utilize emerging technologies in
the development of systems that
provide automatic notification of
hazardous weather conditions.
They provide the only prediction
technology in the world.
They are currently present in
Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee
school districts.

-Mr. Palli commended" the
Okeechobee district for putting
the safety of their students over
the money spent on the Thor
Guard system, which runs ap-
proximately $10,000 per unit. Mr.
Palli visits the district every 6 to 8
weeks to perform routine main-
tenance on the units. The units
themselves also run automatic
tests daily to alert the district of
any possible problems.
According to their web-site, I
the Thor Guard Lightning Predic-
tion System has been manufac-
tured in South Florida since 1976.
The system represents literally
millions of hours of accurate and
safe operations, Thor Guard has
consistently proven its reliability.
Thor Guard uses a highly sophis-
ticated sensor and computer to
measure and analyze the elec-
trostatic field in the atmosphere.
Lightning originates within this
field, thus allowing Thor Guard'
to make calculations predicting
its occurrence, even though there
may be no visible evidence of
Lightning "detection" systems,
which are required at sporting
events, require the occurrence of
an actual lightning strike before a
warning is given. Many times this
is just too late. Many airlines, ex-
plosive companies, government
agencies, golf courses and other
industrial users are utilizing Thor
Guard for this very reason.
Thor Guard is the only stand
alone lightning warning device
used. by most sections of the
United States Golf Association,
LPGA and many local sections of
the PGA of America. They are the
choice of Marriott Golf, The PGA
Tournament Players Clubs, ABC
Television Sports, and the Atlanta
Summer Olympics. The flexibility
of their system not only accom-
modates private golf facilities
needing plenty of advance warn-
ing (20 or more minutes), but
also public facilities looking at
only 8 to 18 minutes of warning
to insure revenue flow.
From airports and ski areas to
the NFL and zoos, Thor Guard
can be found providing on-site,
real-time lightning prediction and
warning to perfection.
Thor Guard's prediction capa-
bility minimizes false alarms, a
significant departure from detec-
tion systems that are prone to un-
necessary shutdowns.
Thor Guard predicts the prob-
ability of a lightning hazard in an
area up to 25 square miles. More
importantly, it also provides a spe-
cific reading of the risk in your im-
mediate area.
For additional information visit or call 772-
359-1418 or 1-888-571-1212.

Code board

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total number of Floridians who
voted in the last Presidential elec-
tion. Those signatures must be
collected from at least half of the
state's 25 Congressional Districts.
For 2008, the required number of
signatures was 611,009. The. po-
litical committee must turn over
petitions to local supervisors of
elections who individually count
and certify the petitions under
their jurisdiction to the Division of
Elections. Supervisors may charge
10 cents to verify each signature.
When the political committee has
obtained 10 percent of the neces-
sary signatures for ballot position,
the petition is automatically sent
to the Attorney General's Office
who reviews it and forwards the
petition to the Supreme Court.
The Florida Supreme Court must
rule on the constitutionality of
the petition and issue an opinion.
This must happen no later than
April 1 of the year of the election.
Once on the ballot, the initiative
must receive 60 percent of the
votes cast on the ballot question
to be approved.
Many amendments were pro-
posed this year. Originally nine
amendments made it through the
petition process. Amendments 5,
7 and 9 were thrown out by the
Florida Supreme Court. Six made
it all the way through the process
and onto the ballot:
Amendment 1 Relating to
property rights/ineligible aliens
Amendment 2 Florida mar-
riage protection
Amendment 3 Changes
and improvements not affected
the assessed value of residential
Amendment 4 Property
tax exemption of perpetually pre-
served land; classification and as-
sessment of
Amendment 6 Assessment
of working waterfront property
based on current use
Amendment 8 Local option
community college funding.
Amendment 1
The first amendment deals with
Article 1, Section 2 of the Florida
Constitution, which provides
equal rights for all in Florida, but
creates an exception for "aliens

Continued From Page 1

tion. Strays are usually held seven
to 10 days beyond the initial re-
quired seven days. During the
time they are held, animals are
observed for signs of aggressive-
ness. Some animals cannot be
put up for adoption because of
aggressiveness. Also during that
time animal control contacts ani-
mal rescue groups and in some
cases even e-mails pictures of
the dogs to these groups. Animal
control only deals with non profit
animal rescue groups.
"We are a spokesperson for
the animals,' Mr. Barber said.
"We will speak for the animals
because they cannot speak for
themselves." .
One employee puts ads in
the newspaper classified "Lost
and Found" section trying to find
owners of lost animals.
Mr. Barber said that in these
tight economic times, more peo-
ple are turning in their pets. Sadly,
others are abandoning them.
Animal control officers do not
need a search warrant if they hear
an animal in distress. However, if
there is a locked door, they will
call the sheriff's office for support.
Mr. Barber said one of the ways to
determine if an animal has been
left behind in a vacant house by
it owner is to check to see if the
electric meter is turning. Another
clue is if mail delivery has been
stopped to a certain address. If
someone wished to adopt an
animal it would cost them $105.

ineligible for citizenship," who
can be stripped of the right to
own property by the Legislature.
The exception dates to, the
early 1900s and' was common to
many states' law, and was report-
edly directed at Asian-American
immigrants. Most other states
have already removed such claus-
es from the constitutions. Only
New Mexico and Florida still have
such provisions in their Constitu-
tions and both states Legislatures
are asking the voters to remove
the language on the 2008 ballot:
Senate Joint Resolution 166, filed'
Sin 2007, proposed this amend-
Official Ballot Summary: Pro-
posing an amendment to the
State Constitution to delete provi-
,sions authorizing the Legislature
to regulate or prohibit the owner-
ship, inheritance, disposition, and
possession of real property by
aliens ineligible for citizenship.
The Florida League of Women
voters gives the following "pro"
and "con" statements for this
PRO: The amendment would
remove outdated and discrimina-
tory passage from our Declara-
tion of Rights.
CON: Constitutional action
is not necessary at this time be-
cause there is no present Florida
statute prohibiting ownership of
property by aliens ineligible for
Information on the other pro-
posed amendments will be in fu-
ture editions of this newspaper.
(Some information for this ar-
ticle came from VoteSmartFlorida.
org and from the Florida League of
Women Voters.)

That includes heartworm tests,
rabies shots and spaying/neuter-
ing. These tests are done through
a local veterinarian. Animal con-
trol officers are not licensed to
give shots.
Prospective adopters are in-
terviewed by animal control of-
ficers according to an Adoption/
Field Investigation Disposition
Sheet. The prospective adopter
is asked if there are small chil-
dren in the family, if the family
has other pets and if these pets
are vaccinated and licensed. The
form also asks if the adopter has
a secure fence. The last question'
asked on the form is if the inter-
viewer recommends the adop-
tion be approved.
The animal adopter then signs
a form agreeing to provide safe
and sanitary living conditions for
the animal and to provide it with
food, water and exercise daily
and veterinary care if needed.
The adopter also agrees to keep
the animal under control at all
times and abide by all applicable
laws and not to allow the animal
to become a public nuisance.
"We don't like to euthanize,"
Mr. Barber stressed.
He urges animal owners to be
responsible for their pets as they
would for their children. He said
that pets are like children who
never grow up.. He stressed that
owners should spay and neuter
their animals and make sure they
have up to date rabies shots and
other vaccinations.
County ordinance requires
a rabies shot every year. If an
animal bites a person, state law.
requires that animal be quaran-
tined for 10 days. If the animals'

rabies shots are up to date, the
animal can be quarantined at the
owner's home. However, if the
rabies shots are not up to date
the animal must be quarantined
either at a veterinarian's office or
at animal control.
Animal control also takes in
wild animals. If possible, they are
released back to the wild, oth-
ers are taken to Arnold's Wildlife
Sanctuary. Foxes and racoons
have to be euthanized, by state
law, because of the threat of ra-
Mr. Barber said he has an out-
standing staff.
Animal control has five full
item employees. The county will
not allow them to use volunteers
because of liability. However,
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Animals that are euthanized are
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at no cost to the county.
Animal control has someone
on call all the time. For after hours
animal emergencies, people
should call either the sheriff's of-
fice or the police station. Mr. Bar-
ber said animal control officers
spend about 85 percent of their
time investigating complaints.
In the past animal control
held an annual or semi-annual
clinic to give low cost rabies
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Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for
Sometimes different people
will ask me, "What is the purpose
of my life?"
My answer is life is preparation
for eternity. We were not made to
last forever and God wants us to
be with Him in Heaven. One day
my heart is going to stop and that
will be the end of my body. But
not the end of me. I may live 70
to 100 years on earth but I know
that I am going to spend trillions
of years in eternity.
We were made by God and
for God, and until you figure that

By Mickie Anderson
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. As if Flo-
ridians aren't bugged enough
by roaches, a growing interest
among reptile enthusiasts to farm
the insects as lizard food could-
result in several new cockroach
varieties invading the state, Uni-
versity of Florida entomologists
Phil Koehler and Roberto
Pereira, researchers with UF's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Scicrw-., wrote an article in last
month's Florida Pest Pro 'r aga-
zine, alerting pest control opera-
tors and homeowners to be on
the lookout for several new spe-
cies of cockroach
Ther'mairi worrn is the Turke-
stan cockroach, which h has made
itself at hornet in the southwest
United States after being brought
in by. military personnel and
equipment returning from the
Middle East. '
The other types of roach they
say Floridians. could soon be in
danger of stepping on include
the Madagascar hissing roach,
the lobster roach and the orange
spotted roach, none of which are
known to be established in the
"We have 69 species of cock-
roaches in the United States and
29 of them were brought in from
other countries," said Mr. Koehler,
an entomology professor. "And
now we have these new species
being shipped into the state."
Pointing at a hefty, 3-inch-long
Madagascar hissing roach, he not-
ed wryly: "People just won't like
having that around their house."
But with a few keystrokes and
a credit card, it could certainly
happen, said Mr. Pereira, a re-
search associate scientist. "They
keep telling us we live in a global
economy and society," he said.
"All of these cockroaches you can
get over the Internet -- you can

out, life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of lots of problems.
Either you are in one now, you're
just coming out of one, or you're
getting ready to go into another
one. To me, the reason for this
is that God is more interested in
your character than your comfort,
also in making your life holy, way
more than He is in making your
life happy. We can be reasonably
happy here on earth, but that's
not the goal of life. The goal is to
grow in character, in Christ's like-
I used to think that life was
hills and valleys. I believe that it's
kind of like two rails that are on a
railroad track, and at all times you

order something from the Pacific
Northwest and have it here in
two days or less. You can transfer
things that way very easily."
James Tuttle, a longtime rep-
tile enthusiast who now runs a
roach-supply company called that ships insects
all across the country, said roach-
es as reptile food "is probably the
most popular thing going these
Crickets, which used to be a
more popular reptile food source,
are noisy with all their chirping,
.irrtill bad v. hen t-i\ die arnd
don't reproduce quickly the way
reaches do once a farm is up and
running. And they cost more.
"It's the economy," he said.
"Yot can spend $50 a month
buying crickets, so that's $600 a
year, or you could spend $50 (on
roaches) and in six months, never
have to buy food again."
Breeding roaches in captivity
isn't quite as easy as most think,
Mr. Tuttle said, and roaches have
so many natural predators -- spi-
ders, turtles, frogs, birds and ro-
dents among others -- that unless
a large number escaped at once,
they'd have a difficult time getting
established in the wild.

have something good and some-
thing bad in your life. No matter
how good things are in your life,
there is also always something
bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things
are in your life, there is always
. something good that you can
thank God for.
You can focus on your pur-
poses, or you can focus on your
problems. If you focus on your
problems, you're going into think-
ing of yourself, which is my prob-
lem, my issues, my pain. But one
of the easiest ways to get rid of
pain is to get your focus off your-
self and onto God and others. You
have to learn to deal with both the

And he said he know
eral pet-reptile owners ir
Awhon already have rroach

their homes that haven't disrupt-
ed the environment, even when a
few escape here and there.
But under perfect conditions,
he conceded, "it's possible)'
"I would be stupid, and any-
- one else would be stupid, to say
that they can or can't, without a
full-on study," Tuttle said.
Mr. Tuttle said he agrees with
the UF researchers' contention
that the Turkestan roach' poses
the biggest threat, given that it so
easily settled in Texas, New Mexi-
co and Arizona.
Ron Box, director of educa-
tion and scientific affairs with
West Palm Beach-based Hulett
Environmental Services, said he
is gathering photographs of the
cockroach species mentioned in
the Florida Pest Pro article for his
technicians, so that they'll recog-
nize them if they see them.
"So far, knock on wood, we
haven't had any," said Mr. Box,
whose company has 10 of-
fices throughout Florida. "But I
wouldn't be surprised at all if we

AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Thomas Wright
Entomologists Phil Koehler and Roberto Pereira watch as a
bearded drgaon lizard peers into a jar filled with Madagas-
car hissing cockroaches at the university's main campus in
Gainesville Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.

good and the bad of life. We need
to ask ourselves: "Am I going to
live for possessions, popularity,
pressures, guilt, bitterness? Or,
am I going to be driven by God's
purposes for my life?"
When I get up almost every
morning, I sit on the side of the
bed and say, "God, if I don't get
anything else done today, I want
to know You more and love You
better. God did not put me on
earth just to fulfill a "to do list."
He's more interested in what I am
than what I do. That's why we are
called human beings, not human
doings. To get something that you
never had, you have to do some-
thing that you never did. When

Help your children face anxious times

The Counseling

From the American
Counseling Association
Today's unstable economic
environment has meant lifestyle.
changes, problems and increased
stress for many families. Parents,
however, sometimes forget that
their problems, financial or oth,
erwisd, can also mean increased
levels of anxiety and fear for their
Whatever a family's problems,
children, even at very-young ages,
are usually aware that things are
no longer "right." While young
children won't fully understand
what is wrong, and older children
may fake a "so what," non-caring

attitude, the reality is that major
family problems cause stress and.
anxieties for our children that can
manifest themselves in a variety
of negative ways.
While problems don't just
magically disappear, we can offer
a few simple tips you can use to
reduce your children's stress lev-
els and help them better under-
stand and deal with the emotions
they're facing:
Listen to your child. Ask young
children what's the biggest, bad-
dest thing that's worrying them.
Older kids will need more work
to be coaxed into discussing their
emotions. Be ready to explain and
reassure them about your plans
for handling the problems.
Respond to questions honest-
ly, in an age-appropriate manner.

Hiding the truth won't mz
kids feel better, but ca
more serious problems la
Discuss difficult issues
ing your own worries, b
overwhelm your child
them express their feeling
can help them put the sitt
Stick to factual info:
Don't project your fears o
child. It's okay to talk
about how serious the
is, but don't increase you
fears of what is happening
Accept that any major
issue is going to bring r
your children can't co
might be nightmares, t
changes, emotional outb
anger. Don't blame your
for such reactions, but in

ake your fer comfort and support, and help
n cause them understand what is happen-
iter. ing.
;, includ- Look for signs your child is
'ut don't being overwhelmed by the situ-
ren. Let ation. Strong emotional changes
Os so you or disturbing behavioral changes
nation in may be signs their emotional re-
action is out of control and that
rmation. professional help is needed.
nto your Most importantly, be loving
honestly and reassuring. Your children.
situation need to know that even when
ir child's major problems face a family that
g. you're still there to love and care
)r family for them. Give plenty of hugs and
actions verbal reassurances that they're
ntrol. It still loved.
behavior Family crises are never easy to
)ursts or weather and can be especially dif-
children ficult for children. Take the time
stead of- to give your children the attention
they deserve and need in such
"The Counseling Corner" is
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God takes something from your
grasp, he's not punishing you,
but merely opening your hand to
receive something better. The will
of God will never take you where
the grace of God will not protect
In closing, I hope what I have
written will help you as it does
me, for I know in my heart that
without God, I have nothing.
When things happen, do this:
happy moments, praise God; dif-

ficult moments, seek God; quiet
moments, worship God; painful
moments, trust God, and every
moment, thank God.
To each of you this Sunday,
know that today is yours, but no
one knows if there will be a to-
morrow,. so make sure you have
chosen, the right path and have
accepted Jesus Christ as your
personal savior for Heaven is for
all who do. Take care and God


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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 12, 2008 13

JV falls at Avon Park

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
junior varsity football team fought
hard in a torrential rain storm but
came up short Thursday night at
Avon Park, 24-12.
QB Alonzo Coleman scored on
a 35 yard run and he also caught
a 25 yard touchdown pass from
Colby Frank to lead the Brahmans
"It was a great game defensive-
ly," Head Coach John Kemp said,
"Their first touchdown scored on
a blocked punt that recovered in
the end zone. Blown assignments
on our part helped them score
the other touchdowns."
Kemp said stormy weather be-
gan shortly after the kickoff and
there were a number of fumbles

caused by a wet football. He not-
ed those fumbles cost the Brah-
mans throughout the game.
"I was pleased with this game,
more than the past few," he not-
ed, "They played more as a team
last night than they have in the
past few weeks."
Okeechobee implemented a
new wild cat offense into their
scheme for this game. They cop-
ied what the Mississippi Rebels
used against Florida. Last week
Glades Day used it against the
Brahmans varsity. The QB drops
back into a shotgun set and either
runs the ball or hands it off.
"I think it would have been a
much different outcome if we had
dry weather. Alonzo did well out
of that formation and broke some
nice runs and also completed

some passes," Kemp noted.
Colby Frank also had a strong
game on defense. He recorded
several big tackles at cornerback.
"Avon Park was a good squad.
They had a good running back
that had decent size and was
pretty tough," Kemp added.
Okeechobee continues to lose
players to injury. Brandon Carde-
nas left the game in the first quar-
ter after he suffered a concussion.
The team now has 20 players on
their active roster.
Okeechobee (1-4) dropped
their fourth straight game and will
be on the road again next week
at Frostproof. Their final home
game is scheduled for Oct. 23, at
Brahman Stadium.

Golf team finishes season,

preparing for districts

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
golf team wrapped up their regu-
lar season with a (16-5) record
when they defeated Port St. Lu-
cie by 42 strokes Thursday at the
Saints Country Club in Port St.
Okeechobee shot a 162 as a
team. Corey White played his
final regular season match and
shot a two over par 38. Richard
Donegan shot a five over 41. Mi-
chael Watson shot five over 41.
Tyler Platt shot 42. Tim Gray shot
a 43. Greg Schultz shot an even
par 36 for Port St. Lucie.
Coach Mark Ward said the

boy's team has had back to back
winning seasons and he thinks
they can make some noise in the
post season as well.
The District 17 Class 2A tour-
nament is held Tuesday at the
Saints Country Club in Port St.
Lucie. Ward said the team has
played there five or six times in
the past three weeks and are
very familiar with it. He predicts
that will help them on Tuesday.
"The team finished up well.
They are well prepared to play
They've done everything they
have had to do. It's time now to
repeat it," he said.
The top three teams in the

tournament will advance to the
state regional. Other top con-
tenders are Martin County (20-0),
and Sebastian River (15-5).
"If we beat Martin County it
would be like David versus Go-
liath. Ours guys have played well
with them but they have a slight
edge," Ward stated.
The top three individuals will
also advance to the regional.
White made the regional last
year and he is again one of the
top choices to advance.
"If we do what we've been
doing, based on the numbers,
we should move on," Ward said,
"However, anything can happen
with kids."

Cross Country takes fourth at event

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's
Cross Country team competed
with some of the top teams in the
state last week a the FIRunners.
Corn Invitational IX in Titusville.
The meet was broken down
into the small school and large
school division and Okeechobee
competed in the large school di-
vision. Lyman won the event fol-
lowed by Astronaut, Martin Coun-
ty, Okeechobee, Lake Mary, Lake
Region, Edgewater, Rockledge,
South Fork, and Cypress Lake.
Reynel Denova had the top fin-
ish for Okeechobee as he finished
13th overall. He finished with a
time of 17:19.88. Misael Alvarado
took 21 with a time of 17:42.67.
Lionel Jones finished 23rd and
Matt Bauer finished in 25th place.
The girl's team finished in 11th
place. Lyman won that division
with Gaither second, Rockledge,
third, and Lake Mary fourth. Mi-
ami Sunset finished fifth followed
by Mariner, Astronaut, South Fork,
Seabreeze, and Martin County.
Isabella Pinedo finished in sev-
enth place overall. She finished
with a time of 20:40.03. Heather
Tinsley finished in 34th place with
a time of 22:33.78. Laura Serrano,
finished in 71st place. Natividad
Garcia finished in 80th place.
Mandy Harrison finished in 83rd

place. Graciela Varela finished in
93rd place for Okeechobee.
The teams were scheduled to
compete in the Walt Disney World
Classic at the Disney Wide World
of Sports Complex on Saturday.
Other top performances this
year included Eddie Guerrero's
performance at the FSU XC-Invite
on September 27th. He finished

in ninth place with a time of
Denova finished 73rd overall
with a time of 17:28. Adrian Leon
finished 85th with a time of 17:35.
For the girl's Heather Tinsley fin-
ished 98th with a time of 22:22.
Isabella Penido finished 41st with
a time of 20:56. The team also
had some fine performances

from runners at the Astronaut
Invitational on Sept. 20.,Guerrero
led the boys team with an eighth
place finish overall. He had a time
of 16:31 in the 5K course. Denova
finished 37th, and Leon finished
41st. For the girls Tinsley finished
29th overall with a time of 21:56.
Laura Serrano finished 40th with
a time of 22:20.

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hold their 16th annual frundrais-
ing golf tournament on Saturday,
Oct. 25. Skip Bryant was the ony
Okeechobee County Sheirff's
Deputy to die in the lin eof duty.
He died in a plane crash in 1991

during a search and rescue mis-
sion on Lake Okeechobee. The
Memorial Fund helps the families
of law enforcement officers and
firefighters during times of need
and also provides scholarships.
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clude site visits at selected devel-
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port CRA, Highlands County
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would also like to sponsor the
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16 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 12, 2008

OHS Brahmans win their fifth game straight

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

It's been a long time since
Okeechobee has been 5-1 and
undefeated in district play this late
in the season. So why don't we
sit back and enjoy it!
Okeechobee used a balanced
offense, an opportunist defense,
and steady line play to wipe out
the talented Fort Pierce Cobras,
46-18, Friday night, to continue
their march toward a playoff
It seemed like Lonnie Pryor
didn't have as great a game as
he's used to. He was plenty good
enough. An exception game by
Pryor now looks ordinary. Pryor
actually had 281 yards rushing
and two touchdown.
The game was delayed by
more than an hour after a torren-
tial thunder storm hit Brahman
field. The rain might have cut
down on the size of the crowd,
but it didn't hurt the Brahmans
"I feel good. We all played
well. We're trying to make the
playoffs and this was a big game
for us," Sophomore Erick Mc-
Queen said, "Fort Pierce Central
is one of the best teams our there
too and we needed this win."
McQueen scored a touchdown
late in the game to help the Brah-
mans cause.
Other Okeechobee touch-
downs came from Nate Pollard
who grabbed a 15 yard touch-
down pass in the first quarter,
Garrett Madrigal who ran a quar-
terback sneak into the end zone
for another first quarter score,
and Shane Taggart who scored
on a three yard run in the third
Walt Fortner scored on a 17
yard run in the fourth quarter for
the Brahmans other points.
Fort Pierce moved the ball well
but were hurt by a fumble by QB
Tim Smith as he pulled down a
pass attempt and lost control of it,
and an interception by Walt Fort-
ner that negated another Cobra
scoring chance.
Brahmans Coach Chris Bra-
nham said he continues to mar-
vel at how well his team plays
together and how much they care
about each other and winning,
"2-0 in the district was a huge
goal of ours. We now have a bye
week and we'll work to prepare
+ for Westwood and hopefully get
better at certain things."
Okeechobee jumped out to an
early 13-0 lead but never felt safe
with the lead until late in the third
quarter. Okeechobee marched
72 yards in seven plays after the
opening kickoff for a touchdown.
Pryor rushed for 37 of those yards.
Pollard finished off the drive with
a 15 yard touchdown pass from
Garrett Madrigal. The extra point
failed and Okeechobee led 6-0.
Fort Pierce drove down field
and got to the Okeechobee 35 be-
fore their drive stalled.
Okeechobee then drove 65
yards in nine plays to go up 13-0.
Key plays included Pryor's runs
of 14 and 13 yards and a 22 yard
pass from Madrigal to Mike Mi-
nondo. Madrigal sneaked over
the touchdown four plays later.
Fort Pierce again moved the
ball well and moved the ball
from their 20 to the Okeechobee
30. Heir drive stalled after a nice
tackle in the backfield by Kareem
Jones. The Cobras missed a 49
yard field goal attempt badly on
fourth down.
Pryor showed off his running
ability on the next drive with a tre-
mendous 55 yard run that set up
the Brahmans third touchdown.
Pryor brushed off a Cobra de-
fender in the secondary was near-
ly knocked down, but regained
his footing and rushed down field
another 20 yards. He walked in
on the next play to put Okeecho-
bee up 19-0.
Fort Pierce again threatened
to score as they moved the ball
from their 25 down to the Brah-
man 20. Key plays included three
catches by Mario Chavis for 63
yards. However a holding call
put Fort Pierce in a third and long
and QB Tim Smith tried to throw
a long pass into the end zone. It
was slightly under thrown and
Walt Fortner intercepted it. He
returned it 50 yards to midfield
to give Okeechobee a huge turn-
Pryor did something he
normally doesn't do on the next
drive, fumble. Ft Pierce recov-
ered and promptly got a big play.
Louis Mathieu rushed 28 yards on
first down and Chavis grabbed a
22 yard pass on the next play to
make it 19-6.
Okeechobee ran out

wood. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Fort Pierce 0 6 6 6---18
Okeechobee 13 6 14 13---46

How they scored;


yard pass. However Smith lost
seven when he was sacked by the
Brahman defense. ON the next
play he lost the handle on the ball
and Okeechobee's Sam Dixon re-
Okeechobee then took control
with a seven play, 75 yard drive
for a touchdown. Pryor rushed
for 59 of those yards. Shane Tag-
gart finished off the drive with a
blast play up the middle for a 26-6
Okeechobee went for the jug-
ular on the next play as a squib
kick was flubbed by the Cobras
and Okeechobee recovered at the
Cobra 17 yard line. Kerwin Giv-
ens recovered the loose football.
From there Okeechobee
scored again on a five yard Pryor
run to make it 33-6.
Fort Pierce wouldn't go home
quietly though as they returned
the kickoff to midfield and Jamin
Chavis caught a 50 yard bomb on
the next play to make it 33-12.
Okeechobee scored two late
touchdowns to finish off the vic-
Coach Branham said the Brah-
mans still have three important
district games left and they won't
just settle for a good start, "We'll
do the best we can and hopefully
we can finish strong. We need
to keep a good workman's atti-
"We are not playing normal
Okeechobee football," Branham
noted, "We are playing a lot higher
caliber than just regular Okeecho-
bee football. I'm so impressed
with the guys and the way they
are playing together, both offense
and defense. They ride together
and they die together. They are
totally committed to each other.
It's a great thing to be around."
Game notes
Sam Dixon continued to play
well on defense. He stopped
Louis Matheau cold on a run in
the' first half and dropped him
for a seven yard loss later in that
series. He also recovered that
big fumble in the third quarter.
Justin Conrad stop Matheau
for a three yard loss near hal-
time. Mikingson Marsaille re-
covered a fumble for Fort Pierce.
Kerwin Givens recovered a squib
kick off for Okeechobee. Garth
Streibel dropped Smith for a two
yard loss late in the game. Er-
ick McQueen and Nate Pollard
knocked down deep passes on the
final series for the Cobras (2-3).
Okeechobee has a bye week
this week and will back in ac-
tion on October 23 at West-


15 yard
6-0. 8:17
one yard

run. (Najera Kick) 13-0. 1:21
Second Quarter
Okee Pryor three yard run
(Najera kick) 19-0
Fort P Cargil 22 yard pass
From Smith. (kick
Failed) 19-6. 2:02.

Third Quarter
Okee Taggart three yard run.
(Najera Kick) 26-6.
Okee Pryor five yard run.
(Najera Kick) 33-6
Fort P. J. Chavis 50 yard
Pass from Smith.
(kick failed) 33-12.

Fourth Quarter
Okee Fortner 17 yard run.
(Najera kick) 40-12.
Okee McQueen two yard run.
(Kick failed) 46-12
Fort P. Smith 37 yard run.
(Pass failed) 46-18.


Pollard 15 yard pass
from Madrigal (Kick
blocked) 6-0. 8:17

Okee Madrigal one yard
run. (Najera Kick) 13-0. 1:21

Second Quarter

Okee Pryor three yard run
(Najera kick) 19-0 8:01
Fort P Cargil 22 yard pass
FromSmith. (kickFailed) 19-6.2:02.

Third Quarter
Okee Taggart three yard run.
(Najera Kick) 26-6.
Okee Pryor five yard run.
(Najera Kick) 33-6
Fort P. J. Chavis 50 yard
Pass from Smith.
(kick failed) 33-12.

Fourth Quarter



Fort P.

Fortner 17 yard run.
(Najera kick) 40-12.
McQueen two yard run.
(Kick failed) 46-12
Smith 37 yard run.
(Pass failed) 46-18.



Att Comp Yds Int Td
11 6 81 0 1
No. Yds Avg Lg TD-
4 -6 -1.5 1 1
28 281 10.0 55 2
4 29 7.2 12 1
9 30 3.3 7 1

Fortner 1 17 17.0 17 1 Smith
Totals 46 351 7.6 55 6 Cox
Fort Pierce J. Chavis
Passing Att Comp Yds Td Int Totals
Smith 33 21 198 2 1

Receiving No. Yds Avg TD
Rushing No. Yds Avg Lg TD Cargill 3 23 8.3 0

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of time before the half after they
drove to the Cobras 35 yard line.
The halftime score read Okeecho-
bee 19 Fort Pierce 6.
Fort Pierce threatened
to make a game of it during the
first drive of the second half. They
drove down field to the Brahman
25 yard line thanks to a 12 yard
run on fourth and 4 by Smith.
Adrian Cox ran off a 16 yard run

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8.9 37
4.3 16
7.0 28
11.0 11
7.0 37

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