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Vol. 100 No. 44
Sunday, April 12, 2009 75 Plus tax
FWC stocking lake
with bass ... Page 2
New football coach
starts at OHS
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Schools may cut more jobs
By Chauna Aguilar
More than 100 jobs may be cut
for the 2009-2010 school year.
The Okeechobee County
School Board will meet Tuesday
to consider the proposed alloca-
tions for the 2009-10 school year.
The board will consider eliminat-
ing 51 instructional positions and
66.5 non-instructional positions,
compared to the 2008-09 school
year allocations. The changes are
due to the projected budget con-
straints. There are also two less
positions allocated for the district
The meeting will be held in the
district office, 700 S.W. SecondAve,
on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
While some these positions are
not currently filled, it will mean
some current employees will not
be rehired for the fall. The possi-
If you go ...
What: School Board meeting
When: Tuesday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Where: School district office,
700 S.W 2nd Ave.
ability of fewer job openings for the
coming school year is definitely a
shock to a small community where
the school district is the largest sin-
Allocations are based on en-
rollment projections. The district
matches the number of employees
with the allocations. In the event
there are vacancies, the position
will be advertised.
The following are the disburse-
ment of the reduction of positions
by school site:
Okeechobee High School-
instructional 9.5, non-instructional
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus-instructional 4, non-instruc-
Osceola Middle School-in-
structional 5, non-instructional 2;
Yearling Middle School-
instructional 5, non-instructional
New Endeavor High School-
instructional same, non-instruc-
Central Elementary School-
instructional 6, non-instructional
School-instructional 4, non-instruc-
North Elementary School-in-
structional 4, non-instructional 1;
Seminole Elementary School-
instructional 4, non-instructional
See SCHOOLS Page 3
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The most significant holi-
day in the Christian world,
Easter, was commemorated
by this cross seen in a yard
in Palm Village Ranch.
2 Okeechobee News April 12, 2009
FWC releases more bass into lake r .A..
By Eric Kopp
The largemouth bass population in Lake
Okeechobee just went up.
Another 52,000 bass fry were released in
the First Point area Wednesday, April 8, by
biologists from the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission's (FWC) in
Okeechobee. Just a few weeks ago, 22,000
to 25,000 bass were released in the Cody's
Cove to First Point area.
"We put a few more back in the marsh,"
said FWC biologist Don Fox of Wednes-
day's stocking. "We're spreading them out
He said the goal is to bump up the bass
population in this area by releasing as many
as 200,000 fry.
"We will do some more next Friday (April
17)," said Mr. Fox.
Once biologists have finished releasing
fish, they will begin an electro-shocking
program in the area to monitor the growth,
health and movement of the newly-released
When these small fish are shocked up,
a small clip will be taken from their pecto-
ral fin. This piece of fin will be sent to the
Florida Wildlife Institute lab in St. Petersburg
where geneticists will be able to identify the
bass as either wild or stocked through their
These fry were spawned at the Florida
Bass Conservation Center in Richloam. Sev-
enty-eight brood fish were taken from the
Rim Canal near Lakeport and transported
to the center and placed in the care of Rick
Stout, the center's director.
"We got them acclimated here for a cou-
ple of weeks and once they got settled in we
took a fin clip from the pectoral fin," he said.
"We sent those to a genetics lab in St. Peters-
burg and they checked each one to be sure
they were pure Florida bass."
Armed with this information, these ge-
neticists will be able to extract DNA from the
released fry and match it to the samples tak-
en from the brood fish. This information will
tell biologists from which pond the fry were
taken and which female spawned them.
The brood fish were put into 100-foot x
300-foot brooding ponds. Mr. Stout said the
ponds are stocked at a rate of 20 to 25 pair of
brood fish per acre.
When the fry reach 7 to 8 millimeters
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Submitted photo/Don Fox, FWC
Rick Stout (on truck), from the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Richloam,
helps transfer 52,000 fry largemouth bass from tanks on his trailer to a Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) boat Wednesday, April 8.
FWC biologists Brent Bachelder (left) and Corey Lee (center) then released the
fry in the First Point area of Lake Okeechobee.
in length they are removed from the brood
"The male will keep them schooled up
and when they rise up we go in with a fine
net seine and transport the fry to a fertilized
pond. They will be kept there about three to
four weeks," explained Mr. Stout.
According to Mr. Fox, the Cody's Cove to
First Point area was chosen because there is
an exceptional forage base for the bass. He
said there is also good habitat that consists
of eel grass with some peppergrass and hyd-
rilla mixed with it.
Another reason for placing the fry here
is because the area is somewhat confined
which will make it easier for biologists to
Mr. Fox said the fry should reach a length
of about 5 inches by fall and will likely begin
to spawn when they get to about 10 inches.
He also said the stocking is only aimed at
bumping up the population in an area. Mr.
Fox said it cannot be done to increase the to-
tal bass population simply because the lake
is too big. But, if this initial stocking program
is successful it will be repeated in different
areas of the lake to increase those popula-
It is planned to stock the Moonshine Bay
area next year.
Besides the largemouth, Mr. Fox said
an additional 50,000 sunshine bass were
stocked in the Caloosahatchee River below
the Moore Haven lock Wednesday. Sunshine
bass are a striped-white bass hybrid.
He said stocking these fish in the lake
area is nothing new.
"We've been doing this for years," he said.
"We've got some fish up to 6 to 7 pounds."
Mr. Fox said these fish were put in the riv-
er because they are a "more flow-oriented
Sunshine bass are hatchery-raised fish
and do not reproduce on their own. They
are produced by crossing a female white
bass with a male striped bass.
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"They shot me in the head," he said,
while rubbing the right side of his head.
Personnel from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) and security officers
at the Okeechobee County Judicial Complex
went through three mock situations Friday,
April 10. The scenarios not only tested the fa-
cility's security, but how to handle a hostage
situation in the courtroom without injury to
"It went well," said OCSO Lieutenant
Gary Bell, the leader of the OCSO Special Re-
sponse Team (SRT). "In the tactical world,
there is no one right way to do things."
After each scenario, Lt. Bell and those
involved discussed what went wrong, what
went right and methods of handling the situ
ation that could keep everyone safe.
In Friday's first scenario, Detective Van
Deman tried to enter the judicial center with
a lit cigarette but security denied him en-
trance and told him to go outside.
As he stood outside the glass doors smok-
ing his cigarette, Detective Susan Morrison,
Corrections Officer Brian Tatum and OCSO
Auxiliary Deputy Bryan Holden walked up
to the security checkpoint.
As the metal detector sounded, the three
began to argue at the way they were being
treated. The arguing escalated to the point
that there was shoving and the three had to
be separated and subdued by officers.
After a few minutes, the trio calmed
somewhat because they had carried out
During the confrontation Detective Van
Deman, armed with a handgun, entered the
other side of the building unseen. He quietly
walked to the elevators and made his way to
a third floor courtroom.
Security had been breached.
"The first scenario was distraction, and
it worked rather well," Lt. Bell told security
personnel when the scenario was over.
To compound matters, by creating con-
fusion Officer Tatum was able to enter the
interior of the facility armed with a large
folding knife. He then took that knife onto
an elevator where he 'killed' a deputy.
When security officer Curtis Baxter started
searching Officer Tatum his 'wife,' Detective
Morrison, stepped in and created even more
distraction which allowed her 'husband' to
get past security with the knife.
"Don't feel bad about going back and
searching someone a second time," Officer
Tatum offered at the end of the scenario.
The second scenario saw Officer Tatum,
armed with his simulated automatic hand-
gun, step from the courtroom audience and
start shooting rounds filled with paint in an
attempt to free the defendant.
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table was made possible because Detective
Van Deman created a diversion in the back
of the courtroom and was then escorted out
by security officer Randy Parker.
"You did a great job of getting the guy out
the back," said Lt. Bell to Officer Parker at
the end of the scenario. "That's one less per
son in the equation."
In the morning's final scenario, Detective
Van Deman played an armed suspect that
was mad with the system and a particular
defense attorney, played by Detective Mor-
rison. After taking the entire courtroom hos
tage he shot and killed a deputy "because he
tried to stand up to me."
In a few minutes, an OCSO hostage ne-
gotiator called and tried to learn his identity,
why he was holding the courtroom hostage
and what he wanted.
"I want cold drinks brought up to the
courtroom for everyone," he told the ne-
gotiator, OCSO Deputy Arlene Durbin. "You
bring me the Cokes, and I'll give you the
After several minutes went by, he became
more forceful in his demands.
"This is Okeechobee. There are 150 con-
venience stores here. What's taking so long?
Get my Cokes up here!" he yelled into the
Tiring of the conversation with the nego-
tiator, and that he still did not have his soft
drinks, the suspect shot the defense attor-
ney in the foot. Still, Deputy Durbin calmly
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tity and why he was there.
Finally, Detective Van Deman asked the
negotiator: "Do you know what revenge
sounds like?" He then shot and killed the de-
Within seconds, SRT members armed
with automatic weapons burst into the
courtroom from the front and back. And as
quickly as it had begun, the situation was
over and the suspect was dead.
When the third scenario was over, Lt. Bell
said he was pleased with how the practice
situations went and that it was good to use
a building like the judicial center because of
the its size, the large number of doors and
passageways and because there are inno
cent people involved.
OCSO Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock, who
heads up the negotiating team, said all the
teams involved need these practice sessions
and the chance to go back over what hap
opened and correct any mistakes that were
He said since Deputy Durbin is the new
est member of his team, it was also good to
give her some practice.
"This (the scenario) gives me the chance
to assess the hostage negotiator," said Sgt.
Brock. "I think these (practice sessions) ac
complish a great deal."
coming school board workshop on Tuesday,
May 5, at 6 p.m. in the district board room.
During this workshop they will also discuss
the budget with the further cuts by the legis-
lature and the possibility of stimulus funds.
The school board will also consider:
several recommendations for expul-
bids for the Energy Management Sys-
tem upgrades for Osceola Middle School
and the district office;
two utility easements for the Okeecho
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topics. What follows is a sampling of Man arrested for hitting boater
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating! in the head with fish
A Fort Pierce man was arrested
last week, accused of hurling a fish
Teachers losing their jobs from a bridge and allegedly hitting
With the economy like it is, it a boater on the head. The man was
is inevitable that it would affect the fishing on the North Bridge late Sat-
school system. They are trying to urday and, along with several others
cope like the rest of the organizations on the bridge, asked a man to move
and businesses. They have a budget his boat. The boater told the people
like everyone else, and they have to on the bridge he was not going to
figure out what to do with the money move his boat. So the man on the
they have. Something has got to give bridge threw a fish that hit the boat-
when you just don't have the money er on the head. Boaters -- beware!
to operate like you have been in the Guess if the guy in the boat was
past. If there hadn't been a pay raise not a jerk, he would not have a fish
last year, maybe they wouldn't lose head tossed at him.
positions. Maybe they should all take Looks like boaters should have
a pay cut. That might save positions, a little more consideration for those
Do you think the union would go for who cannot afford boats and are
a pay cut if it meant saving the jobs limited to where they can fish. The
of people? boater can go find another spot. The
The district has been crying they people on the bridge can't.
have no money for years now, even This is a common problem be-
when the economy was good. In the tween bridge/pier fisher people and
last couple of years when they've boaters. Most boaters will go find a
"had no money" it turns out they've productive area and give them space.
had plenty -- they just like to hang on Others get whacked in the head by a
to too much of it. Case in point--last mullet.
year's fund balance was 16 percent I
and the year before that was 14 per- Investment
cent. Just to put this into perspective I loaned some money to a local
-- a healthy fund balance is 5 percent business man in Okeechobee. The
and the average by county for the money was from my husband's re-
whole state last year was 8 percent. tirement. This person said the money
Why is Okeechobee hanging onto 16 was an investment for two weeks. He
percent and letting teachers go? has not paid It back and now he will
Even at the beginning of this not return my phone calls nor my
serious recession, many in every emails. I would like to let the people
walk of life were still hollering about know to beware of those who will ask
pay raises. People can't understand them to invest in projects. They will
there is a middle road between no take your money like they did to me.
income(loss of job), and high in-
come. They stand by, quaking in A suggestion
their boots about who will be let go, Members of Congress should be
hoping it's not their own self, while compelled to wear uniforms, just like
they could accept lower income and NASCAR drivers. That way, we can
keep many more employed. identify their corporate sponsors.
Elementary school children
arrested for felonies
Three children ages 9, 10 and
11 were arrested on Monday, April 6,
for breaking into a home and steal-
ing some belongings and causing
damage to the house. These kids un-
screwed the dead bolt on the home
and broke a window to gain entry.
Where were the parents? What is this
world coming to? Children of this
age causing mayhem in our county
and city is unacceptable in my book.
These are the ones that need to be
turned over your knee and paddled.
When growing up, we were either
whipped with a belt, paddle or a
switch. Forget about going to the
movies or to the skating rink. And
no phone calls and no friends over.
Aren't these parents aware of who
their children are hanging out with?
Children ages 9, 10 and 11 cer-
tainly should be supervised. There
is no excuse for letting these kids
run around causing damage to other
people's property. I read in the pa-
per that the homeowner was in the
hospital. What a shame they can't
even trust their neighbors to keep
their kids from breaking into their
home. By age 9, a kid should have
been taught right from wrong.
I know one of the boys. I have
talked with him about this. He is a
good kid that you would never think
capable of something like this, and
made a bad choice. He was away
from his home for an hour, that he
was allowed to go over to his friend's
house to play. His parents are very
good people, and are shocked that
their son was a part of this. They are,
and believe me he is very remorse-
ful. The boy has lost all his games,
TV, is grounded for life. His parents
are taking this very, very seriously.
The parents have contacted the care
taker of the house to make arrange-
ments to fix, clean up, and do any
other chores that might need to be
done around the house. The kids
did not realize how wrong what they
were doing was.
Don't think it can't happen to
you. Kids need adult supervision.
I agree with the person who said
the county commissioners should
donate part of their salary back to
the county. And all of the top admin-
istration should have to take a pay
cut before they reduce any of the
lower level staffers' pay. The top ad-
ministration folks should take a pay
cut before they start laying the low-
er level staffers off. Same with the
schools. The school board members
and the top administrators should
be the first to take the pay cuts.
Yard sale sign stolen
I want to thank the person who
took my yard sale sign on Friday,
March 27, at 18th Terrace and S.E.
32nd Streets. I guess they didn't
I see where the Water Manage-
ment District is having a photo con-
test and plans to print a nice color
calendar with the winning photos.
What a waste of time and money. If
the water management employees
have time to work on nonsense like
that, we could fire a few of them and
save some tax dollars. Same with
the calendar. Why in the world are
we spending tax money on a calen-
dar? We have enough calendars that
the businesses give out for free. We
don't need to be wasting tax dollars
on more calendars.
I just want to wish everyone a
Happy Easter. The economy may be
In trouble, but we still have a lot to
be thankful for.
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A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W. Fifth Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meet-
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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
VFW #10539 Ladies 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.V.P to 863 763
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at
9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information
or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical 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 anyone
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 http://
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-
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Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie
on Road 78 on the second Monday of each
month. Everyone is welcome to come as
a guest and inquire about membership.
Watch the paper we are planning a one day
boat safety program in January 2009. Do get
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for course or to inquire about membership
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
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someone with addictions. There is support
with this epidemic. The meetings are Tues-
days at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Ranch, 11655
Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-467-8683
for questions or concerns.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W Fifth Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group open discussion at noon. NA. Sickest
Of The Sick Group open discussion. The Just
for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support
Group is for womenwho are hurting, home-
less 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-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics
Anonymous will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellow
ship Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an
open discussion meeting. For more informa-
tion call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets
each Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings
are open to the public. For information, Call
Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. 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
Christian 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-Ateen meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St.,
at 8 p.m. For more information, please call
Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St., at
AA 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 Hospice
Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information,
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 ancestors
are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call
The Family History Center at 863-763-6510
or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
Widows and Widowers support group
meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers
Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship
hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at
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
AA. 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
Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition meets every second Tuesday,
at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church. For information contact Jim Vensel
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 information call the hot
line 863-801-9201 or 863-697-9718.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club.
There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The
only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
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,
instruction 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,
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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6 Okeechobee News April 12, 2009
Kiwanis to host
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will once
again host their annual Easter Morning Pan-
cake Breakfast on Sunday, April 12, from 7
until 11 a.m. The breakfast will include Lar-
son sausage, piping hot pancakes, fresh or-
ange juice and Florida fresh milk. This year,
the breakfast will be held at Cowboy's Res-
taurant and tickets are $5. This is the major
fundraiser for the Kiwanis Scholarships.
set for Monday
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a CRA Nu-
tritional Analysis Class on Monday, April 13
at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fit
ness Center. For more information call 863-
Babysitter's Training Class
set for Monday
The Okeechobee Service Center of
the American Red Cross will be holding a
Babysitter's Training class on Monday, April
13. Time: 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Amer-
ican Red Cross, Okeechobee Service Center,
323 N. Parrott Ave. Cost: $40. Prerequisite:
Youth Ages 11 through 14 yrs. of age. For
more information please call 863-763-248.
Lunch will be provided and participants will
receive their Red Cross certification card the
day of the training as well as the Babysitter's
The Annual Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation District Speaking Contest will
be held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, at
the Okeechobee USDA Service Center at 452
Hwy 98 North, Okeechobee. The contest is
open to any Okeechobee County student
enrolled in grades 6 through 12. Speeches
will be 5 to 8 minutes long and cover the
topic "What is one of the many land uses
in Florida?" Three independent judges will
score contestants on content, composition
and delivery. Prizes for the District Contest
are $250 for First Place, $175 for second
place and $75 for Third Place. There will be
a participation prize of $30 to all contestants.
Any student interested in participating may
contact Audrey Driggers at the Okeechobee
Soil and Water Conservation District at 863
763-3619 or stop by the USDA Service Center
for complete contest rules and entry form.
Support group hosts seminar
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group
will hold a teacher/counselors/supporters
seminar on April 15 at 3 p.m. Contact Cath-
leen Blaire for more information at 863-462-
5000 ext. 256.
Prom Dress Rescue ready for
Now in our third year, we stand ready to
start the "gathering of the gowns." All gowns
can be dropped off at the high school gate-
house, for your convenience anytime during
school hours. The fitting of the gowns will
be April 15, 16, and 17, in the media cen
ter at the high school, during school hours.
For more information call Pam Chesley at
863-946-2736 or 863-634-7158.
Parents of youngsters, who will be eligible
for kindergarten during the 2009-10 school
year are invited to a kindergarten open house
at Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergar-
ten. Parents may examine the curriculum,
view the classroom, and meet the teacher
from 3:30 until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April
15. Peace Lutheran is located at 750 N.W
23rd Lane. Appointments may be made on
individual basis for those who cannot attend
by calling the school office at 863-763-7566.
Refreshments will be served.
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
Mary Ann Vance, 36
OKEECHOBEE Mary Ann Vance, died Sat-
urday, April 4, 2009, in her home. She was 36.
Born June 11, 1972 in Wilmington, Del., she
had been a resident of Okeechobee for the last
three years and was a member of the More 2
Life Church. She enjoyed and collected butter-
She was preceded in death by her father, Rich-
She is survived by her mother, Judith Brantmy-
er of Tampa; brother, Rob Goelz of Auburndale;
sisters, Tammy Gonzalez of Palm Harbor, and
Sunday Gilliam of Ocala; and best friends, Greg
There are no planned visitation or services.
Condolences may be sent to www.buxtonfune-
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee.
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Last days for tax help!
Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14,
will be the last two days for free tax help by
AARP Taxaide at The American Legion from
9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Enter on the east side of
the building. No appointment is necessary.
Bring photo ID, all 2008 tax documents and
2007 tax return. For more information, (do
not call American Legion Hall) call 863-357
IRSC to host
'Credit repair' seminar
The Entrepreneur Development & Cor
porate & Community Training Institutes @
IRSC, Small Business Development Center
@ IRSC, the Economic Council of Okeecho
bee and the SBDC @ Florida Gulf Coast
University cordially invite you to a FREE
seminar, "Restoring your credit," on
Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. until
1 p.m. at the Williamson Conference and
Educational Center, IRSC -Dixon Hendry
Campus, Okeechobee. Everyone is invited
to attend the FREE "Learn @ Lunch" semi
nars. Please feel free to bring your own
lunch. Seating is limited. You must RSVP to
attend. To register go to the CCTI website @
Fun shoot date set
Okeechobee Main Street will hold their
Third Annual Fun Shoot at Quail Creek Plan-
tation on Saturday April 18. Check in will
begin at 8 a.m. Call Main Street's Executive
Director, Toni Doyle at 863-357-6246 if you
are interested in shooting or sponsorship.
IRSC presents 'Around
the World' program
Around the World in Eighty Minutes,"
April 16-18, at 8 p.m. and April 18, at
2 p.m. McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRSC Main
Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.
The IRSC Wind Ensemble features the rich-
ness and beauty of music around the world.
Tickets are $12. Call the IRSC Box Office at
Healthy Start Board
of Directors meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m., in their
office, located at 575 S.W 28th Street, within
the New Endeavors School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. For more in
formation please contact Executive Director,
Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.
Friends of the Okeechobee Library will
hold their spring fund-raiser book sale on
Thursday, April 16, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Friday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;
and Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hardcover books-$2; Paperbacks-$1; Audio-
visuals-$1; Library discards-half price. On
Saturday a bag of books is $2; a box is $5.
For more information please call the library
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Husband charged with threatening spouse
By Eric Kopp An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Hall, apparently been drinking
Okeechobee News of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and that around 3:48 p.m.
An Okeechobee man has been booked (OCSO), states Salser pointed a .357 caliber he and his wife got into
into the Okeechobee County Jail under a handgun at his wife and told her "if she left an argument. Deputy Hall
$100,000 bond after he allegedly threatened him he would kill her." went on to state that the
to shoot his wife. Salser then pointed the gun at his temple victim had unloaded her
Dana Edward Salser, 57, S.E. 55th Lane, and threatened to kill himself, the report husband's gun without hisanadw
was arrested Thursday, April 9, on a charge of continued. owle gets d Salsere u
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following people
are among Okeechobee's
Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants
for each of them. The cri
teria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top five
is based on the severity of
the crime in connection
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Okeechobee Arrest Report
The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Ramiro Reyna, 18, N.W 46th Terrace,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Dep-
uty Sarah Green on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with felony criminal
mischief. His bond was set at $10,000.
John Paul Pietro, 54, S.W 10th Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 9 by Officer
Danny Green on a Highlands County war-
rant charging him with driving under the
influence. His bond was set at $500.
Raymond Sears, 18, Ixoria Ave. Fort
Pierce, was arrested April 9 by Deputy G.
Popovich on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with escape. His bond
was set at $30,000.
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Seminole Elementary School News
The Seminole Reads Challenge is a
challenge to help more children read well
and independently. This challenge is an
opportunity for families, schools, libraries,
and community groups to become part of
a national effort to improve the reading
and writing of American's children.
Parents can, at home, help their chil-
dren meet this challenge. By becoming
your child's learning partner, you can help
engage your child in educational activities.
As a learning partner, you can begin
by reading to or with your child for thirty
minutes a night. Pick a place that is com-
fortable and quiet. You can read at home
or in the public library. Make sure to get a
Congratulations to our students of
the week. Representing Mrs. Coldiron's
room we have Deloma Davis and Bethany
Shirey. Amy Holden and Denise Garcia
were selected from Mrs. Johnson's class.
Mrs. Padgett's students of the week were
Eric Cardenas and Clarissa Gomez. Alexis
Pinon and Daniel Mederos were chosen
from Mrs. Reed's class. From Mrs. Mc-
Cranie's class Carlos Garcia and Saul Es-
trada were students of the week.
(Clockwise from upper right) Ms. Duke, from OFC, helped the students at Seminole Elementary School in Ms. Shook's
class plant flower seeds in a glove. (lower right) Yarisa in Ms. Buelry's class and Hasley in Ms. Shook's class are
ready to cook in the restaurant at the Children's Museum in Sebring. (center) Daniel Estrada and his mother are
ready to enjoy a meal in the restaurant at the Children's Museum in Sebring. (lower left) Sarah Vickers, in Ms. Bueh-
rly's class at shows the seeds she planted in a glove. (Upper left) Yesenia Matias, Jaqueline Mandujano, and Laura
Chavero-Montoya, from Seminole Elementary School, enjoy the restaurant at the Children's Museum in Sebring.
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Big Lake Juniors Volleyball continue winning ways
Big Lake Juniors Volleyball continues
their winning way in the month of March.
They travelled to Tampa on March 14-15 to
participate in a major tournament, the Mol-
ten Pre-Qualifier, at the Tampa Convention
Center. This tournament is sanctioned by
USA Volleyball, the organization that choos-
es and supports the United States Olympic
indoor and beach volleyball teams. It was
the first USAV tournament of the year for the
girls, so they entered the tournament virtu-
ally unranked. It didn't take long for them to
In pool play on Saturday, Big Lake 14s lost
one close match in three sets to the North
Florida Volleyball Academy 14 Elite team
from Tallahassee. After winning their other
two matches, they advanced to the Gold
Bracket division on Sunday. With great de-
fense and timely offense, the girls seemed to
play better with each match. Three straight
wins Sunday put them in the champion-
ship match against the same North Florida
team that beat them on Saturday. Big Lake
showed no signs of weariness or intimida-
tion as they quickly defeated their opponent
in two straight sets to win the gold division
14 and under Club championship over 23
For the tournament, Big Lake won 6
matches and lost 1. Darby Jones had 30 kills
and 6 aces; Kyla Hargraves had 12 kills and
15 aces; Sarah Davis had 23 kills and 14 aces;
Maci Thomas had 19 kills and 12 aces.
After a weekend off, Big Lake 14s trav-
elled to Orlando on March 28 for a one day
AAU tournament sponsored by the Orlando
Volleyball Academy. They competed in the
16 and under division and were able to win
the silver division championship, beating a
team from Eustiss in the title match. As the
youngest team playing in the division, the
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Big Lake girls received many compliments
about their skill level and being able to com-
pete with the older girls who also play on
their high school teams.
For the tournament, Big Lake won 3
matches and lost 2. Setters Aubrey Robert-
son and Sarah Davis were able to help Darby
Jones get a team leading 28 kills, with Kyla
Hargraves hitting 15 and Maci Thomas hit-
ting 13. Sarah Davis led with 12 service aces,
followed by Aubrey Robertson with 7 aces.
Defensive specialist Krista Ward was able to
dig and pass many hard hit balls. Other team
members are Taylor Williams, Katie Ward,
Samantha Rivero and Taelor Logan. The girls
are coached by Todd and Rachel Jones.
The Big Lake Juniors 14 team has a sea-
son match record of 18 wins and 4 losses
while playing in a limited number of tourna-
ments. They will be competing next in the
Palm Beach Classic on April 18-19. As rep-
resentatives of our county, these girls prac-
tice and play hard but always show good
sportsmanship. Everyone with the Big Lake
Juniors organization wishes to thank the
Okeechobee community for their support "-
as these young ladies continue to play the Sarah Davis.
game that they love.
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Aluminum contractor fined
By Pete Gawda
Frank Fowler, owner of Alliance Aluminum
Concrete Corporation was fined by the Okeecho-
bee C i-;nt- c-nstruction Industry Licensing
Board i .1 violations and ordered to pay
restitution to a homeowner.
At their meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April
7 the board determined that Mr. Fowler had been
operating with an expired license and had put a
skirting around a mobile home without obtaining
a building permit.
Building official Tim English stated the charges
against Mr Fowler, who did not deny them.
"I will not dispute anything," Mr. Fowler said.
"I apologize I'm here to clear it up."
He said he did not realize his license has ex-
pired and he was not planning to do any more
aluminum work in the county
Mr Fowler was fined $500 and ordered to pay
$39 in restitution to the homeowner who had to
pay that amount for the building permit
The board also discussed requirements for the
aluminum specialty and storm structure licenses.
Space for the kids
The Okeechobee Shrine Club has kindly donated space for future teen dances!
Teen Dance Coordinator, Teresa Chandler, met with members of the Shrine Club,
Mac Simpson, Shrine President, Bill Thornton, Shrine 1st Vice, Jeff Yates, Shrine 2nd
Vice, Elma Yates, manager, to explain the importance of this activity for teens and the
Shrine agreed to host the dances. A big thank you also goes to the American Legion
and Matt Buxton, Buxton Funeral Home for also offering space for the dances. The
next teen dance will be held on April 25, from 7-10 p.m. The cost of admission is $7
and includes dinner, music played by our local DJ, Billy Dean and games with prizes
and table activities. All proceeds from the dance will go to the American Red Cross.
For more information, please call Teresa Chandler 863-697-6819.
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New mulch plant processes logs from Lykes Forest
PALMDALE 7L Brands, LLC, a divi-
sion of Lykes Bros. Inc., recently opened a
new manufacturing facility in Palmdale. The
plant, constructed during the summer of
2008, and fully operational on Oct. 16, 2008,
processes eucalyptus and pine logs into
environmentally friendly mulch products
and related horticultural goods. The 35-acre
facility provides for log storage, mulch pro-
cessing and finished packaged storage.
The new plant employs three managers
along with 10 production and skilled equip-
ment operators. Located on Highway 27, the
plant is positioned in the center of the Lykes
forest with 16,000 acres of plantation euca-
lyptus to the north, and 50,000 acres of plan-
tation pine to the west and south. A strong
north-to-south footprint allows freight traf-
fic to move on and off the property quickly
and efficiently. 7L Brands implemented a
sequence of equipment that reduces the
logs through a 1200 hp electric grinder and
an electric conveyor system and is sized to a
specific shredded mulch texture through an
electric oscillating screener.
"The grinding operation was developed
to increase yield on raw material and return
savings associated with intensive freight
costs," noted Alan Shaffer, vice president of
sales and marketing.
A 14,000-square-foot packaging facil-
ity was constructed with the help of Lykes
Bros.' engineering team, and houses a state-
of-the-art automated packaging line. Three
primary stations within the packaging line
are managed by two technicians and three
large computer and electronic panels that
7L Brands, LLC, a division of Lykes
Bros. Inc., recently opened a new fa-
cility in Palmdale. The plant processes
eucalyptus and pine logs Into environ-
mentally friendly mulch products and
related horticultural goods.
monitor the status of the bagging process.
Each station communicates with the next
throughout the bagging, palletizing and
stretch-wrapping process. One bag line is
currently operating with plans for a second
"Our goal was to design the property
and facility for planned expansion," said Mr.
Shaffer. "We advanced our goal and provid-
ed the means to implement an entirely elec-
tric powered manufacturing process."
7L Brands will be manufacturing and
promoting a line of truly sustainable euca-
lyptus mulch as the perfect environmentally
A radical stacker Is part of the state-
of-the-art production line at the new
mulch plant near Palmdale.
friendly alternative to cypress mulch. Euca-
lyptus regenerates from the stump, matures
quickly, and can be harvested four times
over 25-30 years. All mulch produced at the
plant is 100 percent pure virgin wood, free of
any construction, demolition, pallet or other
waste-wood materials. And recently, an aged
heartwood eucalyptus was introduced.
"Our heartwood eucalyptus mulch has
an all natural, rich, earthy red tone without a
chemical color additive," added Mr. Shaffer.
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Students and parents enjoy playing the word game,
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A Who," at Family Reading and Game Night."
Okeechobee Livestock Market
Delivering the goods
The Okeechobee Yatchette Club delivers canned goods
to the Meals on Wheels program each month. This deliv-
ery was on Monday, April 6. All club members also do-
nate Christmas gifts every year to be delivered to Meals
on Wheels recipients.
Church holds sunrise service
The Okeechobee Christian Church,
located at the corner of Charles Harvey
Highway and S.E. 18th Terrace, invites
you to come meet and hear their new
minister on Sunday, April 12 at 7 a.m. for
their Sunrise Service.
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back in Ohio. A little cold sneaked into my
trunk," Brahman Football Coach Jeremy
Beckham was quoted as saying as he came
to Okeechobee last week to start the work of
cited and the coaches are excited. Our play-
ers are getting excited, once they learn the
program and how it's handled, the excite-
ment will continue. We're looking forward
to a great season."
Beckham said he is enthused about the
work of his assistant coaches, and the off
season conditioning program. He said there
is more activity in the weight room and new
kids are showing an interest in football. "I
think it comes down to the enthusiasm of
our coaches, and the newness of the pro-
gram. People are excited. Whenever there
is a change, people are excited. It'll be an
exciting brand of football, and multiple play-
ers will get the ball."
Beckham said he has about 95 percent
of his staff hired what he called the core of
staff. He said he'll introduce them to the
public in May. He said the number one thing
he looked for in his staff was people who are
relationship builders, especially with players
and their families.
"I want guys who get into their homes,
high character men who could help mentor
our young men in their daily lives. That was
paramount for me. I really feel like we have
coaches that follow the way I feel about
mentoring players, getting into their homes.
We want a family atmosphere, and we're
putting it all together."
Beckham has kept in touch with some
of the local men he's selected to be assis-
tant coaches. He's also talked to parents and
players in the past two months. He also talks
to anyone who visits the website he's built,
okeechobeefootball.com. He said he is anx-
ious to answer .. i 'i ii ...
"Any transit 11 I ......i .' i. e
to be prepared and organized. I have a plan
and will do things that have been successful
for me in the past," he noted.
One question he is certain to field will
be the tough schedule the Brahmans have
for the 2009 season. On the schedule are
perennial powers like Vero Beach Hardee,
William T. Dwyer, and Bartow. There are no
easy games on the schedule. Beckham said
that is the way he likes it.
Beckham will get a feel for top teams dur-
i,. ,i, i..... .. ... t .,- 29. Okeechobee
II I.. i ,h,, i I..1. ieam in Class 5A
and 6A over the years. The annual Purple
White Brahman football scrimmage will be
played on Thursday, May 21 at the Brighton
Seminole Indian Reservation. Beckham said
playing a spring game is important because
it is a dress rehearsal for his staff and the
players. They will treat the game as a regular
season game as they'll have scouting reports
done, will trade film with Palm Bay. He said
that should bring dividends when the real
games begin in the fall.
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Bald eagles thriving in Florida
Now Serving Okeechobee
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By Katrina Elsken
Bald eagles could be living near your
The majestic birds are increasing in pop-
ulation. According to the FWC "Eagles in
Florida" web page, more than 25 bald eagle
nests have been documented in Okeecho-
i.i- ia,- increase in their population
means the bald eagle was removed from
the endangered species list, the birds are
still protected by state and federal law. A
Florida regulation to protect eagles (FA.C.
68A-16.002) went into effect in May 2008. It
is illegal to disturb or take an eagle.
According to the FWC, the current nest-
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pairs. Florida is home to more nesting pairs
than any other state other than Alaska and
According to the FWC, the Florida bald
eagle population and their nests have been
protected through science-based land man-
agement, regulation, public education and
law enforcement. Since the ban of the pes-
(DDT) in 1972, Florida's eagle population
has increased more than 300 percent.
The FWC will monitor and document
the nesting population of bald eagles for the
next 24 years to determine if the population
The FWC welcomes the public's help in
documenting eagle's nests.
If a new nest has been discovered, make
sure it is an undocumented nest using the
eagle nest locator on the FWC Web site and
then follow the directions on the Web site
to report a new nest. If you have checked
the Web site and still aren't sure, e-mail
email@example.com with the following
information: The county the nest is located
in, the global positioning system (GPS) lo-
cation or nearest address, direction, and
distance to the nest and your complete con-
For more information online go to: http://
INI Florida/Katrina Elsken
A bald eagle stops to rest in a pasture
in the Lazy 7 area .
INI Florida/Katrina Elsken
Bald eagles are on the increase in South Florida. More than 25 eagle nests
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