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Vol. 100 No. 49

OHS girls basketball
players honored
... Page 20


Friday, April 24, 2009

50 Plus tax

Lake level dropping: Water restrictions in effect Two face

1st degree

-1 L murder

City council tightens
budget ... Page 8

Classifieds 16,17
Community Events. ...... ......... .6
Crossword 17
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4,5
Speak Out. . ..... ..... .. ....... ...4
Sports 18,19,20
Weather 2

Lake Levels

11.46 feet
Last Year: 10.42 feet

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Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth given
in feet above sea level
See page 4 for information about
how to contact this newspaper.
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As the level of Lake Okeechobee drops, the concrete fishballs under the Lock 7 pier are vis-
ible. The balls were placed in the lake to provide cover for small fish after high water levels
and the hurricanes of 2004 left the lake with little vegetation.

Dry conditions bring water rules

If needed, deputies
will enforce water
mandates with fines
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Due to continuing dry condi-
tions, water restrictions put in
place last year will again be en-
According to the South Flor-
ida Water Management District
(SFWMD) the Okeechobee area
has only received a total of 1.66
inches of rain from Jan. 2 through
April 14. That is a deficit of 6.41
Property owners now will only

be able to water their lawns on
prescribed days and only during
specific times.
Property owners with an
odd number address can water
Wednesday and Saturday from
midnight until 10 a.m. and/or
from 4 until 11:59 p.m. Those
with an even number address can
only water on Thursday and Sun-
day from midnight until 10 a.m.
and/or from 4 until 11:59 p.m.
Those property owners with
no street address or systems that
irrigate both odd an even ad-
dresses within the same zones
are to adhere to the same irriga-
tion restrictions as property own
ers with even addresses.
No irrigation is allowed any

day between the hours of 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m. However, low-volume
systems such as a drip, bubble or
micro-jet systems that apply wa
ter directly to the roots may be
used any time.
While violations of these regu-
lations will normally be handled
by county code enforcement offi
cers, there are times when depu-
ties from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) will han-
dle enforcement duties.
OCSO Major Noel Stephen
said the sheriff's office will first
educate people about the water
restrictions, but after a period of
time he said they will stop edu-
See WATER Page 2


Men indicted in
Pulido slaying
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A grand jury returned a true
bill Tuesday, April 21, and indicted
two men of first-
degree murder in
connection with
the slaying of An
gel Pulido.
With the in-
dictment Brad
Boswell, 27,
S.W 86th Ave., Brad Bowel
Okeechobee, and
Hugo Lopez-Martinez, 18, E. 127th
Ave., Tampa, could possibly face
the death penalty if convicted.
Boswell is now charged with
first degree murder with a weap-
on, burglary of a dwelling with as-
sault or battery while armed and
masked, cruelty to animals, grand
theft auto and possession of a
firearm by a con-
victed felon while
Martinez is
charged with first
degree murder
with a weapon,
burglary of a
VV,- dwelling with as-
Hugo Lopez- sault or battery
Martinez while armed and
masked, cruelty

See MURDER Page 2

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Continued From Page 1
to animals and grand theft auto.
Both men are being held in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail without bond.
A third man Daniel Saloman, 30, S.R.
70 W -- is charged with principle in the first
dle're tC formed burglary of an occupied
-1i. I i, bond has been set at $10,000.
Since he is not charged with the actual mur-
der, his case did not have to go in front of
the grand jury.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
said before the state can officially charge
someone with first degree murder the law
requires the case be presented to a grand
jury. He went on to say that although Bo-
swell and Lopez-Martinez could face death
if convicted, the state has not determined yet
if it will seek the death penalty.
Arrest records indicate that Boswell and
Lopez-Martinez knocked on the front door
of Pulido's three-bedroom home on N.W.
Seventh St. around noon on March 18. Then,
not long after opening the door, Pulido was
shot with a medium caliber handgun.
The two men then took an undisclosed
amount of money and drugs and fled out the

Missing man

found safe
An elderly Okeechobee man reported
missing Tuesday, April 21, has been found
safe in Palm Beach County.
Robert Frank Seafield, 80, was report-
ed missing after he left his home on N.E.
65th Terrace in order to take his tan 1986
Ford pickup into Okeechobee for repairs.
Detective Ted Van Deman, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), said Mr. Seafield was found
Wednesday, April 22, in Palm Beach
County by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's
Office (PBSO) deputy.
Together, the OCSO and PBSO ar-
ranged for the man's safe return.
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May
said he thanked the public for their assis-
tance in this matter.

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back door of the DeBerry Gardens home.
An unidentified 19 year-old woman, who
was said to be Pulido's girlfriend, was also in
the home at the time but did not actually see
the shooting, the reports state.
The men also shot and killed Pulido's
blue pit bull, Fatboy. The 90-pound dog was
shot in the head.
After the shooting, Boswell and Lopez-
Martinez took a Dodge Durango sports utility
vehicle that belonged to Pulido's girlfriend,
state Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) arrest reports.
The woman was not injured.
The two men were captured at 1:42 p.m.
in the Bear Hollow subdivision near Lake
Placid. Detectives say the men were in the
process of committing other burglaries in
the hopes of finding keys to another vehicle.
The men were wanting to get rid of the Dur-
ango and steal another vehicle so they could
flee to Clearwater, detectives said.
OCSO Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock, the
lead investigator in the case, said Boswell
and Lopez-Martinez had both been living in
Saloman, who was arrested March 19,
was charged with driving the other two men
to Pulido's home.

Joshua Goforth, who won the Se-
nior Steer Showmanship Award at
the 4-H and FFA Livestock Show
and Sale, was incorrectly identified
in the Livestock Show special sec-
tion. The Livestock Show as held in
March at the Agri-Civic Center. We
regret the error.

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The little burg of Indiantown is bracing
for major traffic problems Friday and Satur-
day as job fairs are held for the proposed
Florida Power and Light Martin Next Gen-
eration Solar Energy Center.
Timer Powers Park at 14100 S.W Citrus
Blvd will be the host of the job fair as more
than 1,000 workers will be hired to build
the plant. The average wages will range
from $9 for unskilled to $20 per hour for
skilled labor. Anyone with basic assembly
skills, plumbers, carpenters, electricians,
and other trades will be needed for the
With unemployment over 10 percent in

Continued From Page 1
rating and begin enforcing the water man-
"After a period of time of doing the edu-
cational wave, then we will have to escalate
our enforcement," he said.
Because of the current economic cli-
mate, the major said Sheriff Paul May wants
citizens warned before they are issued a cita-
tion that could carry a fine ranging from $25
to $500.
"But, if we have to warn someone twice
then we're going to write them a citation,"
Maj. Stephen warned.

Okeechobee, Martin and other area coun-
ties, officials expect a huge turnout, at least
several thousand people.
Construction of the new solar plant
near Indiantown is expected to take at least
one year. There are three FPL plants due to
be constructed this year. The others are in
Desoto and Broward counties.
The new solar plant will use the energy
of the sun and capture it in close to 180,000
mirrors. The energy will make steam that
will help power the existing FPL Natural
gas plant at the site. Company officials held
a ceremony last December to introduce the

He went on to say that violation of these
restrictions is a second-degree misdemean-
According to the SFWMD, outdoor land-
scape watering accounts for up to half of
the 179 gallons used per person, per day, by
South Florida residents. This is the highest
water usage in the state.
Limiting lawn watering to two days a
week, as required by the current restrictions,
could reduce household water use up to 10
Floridians consume more than 7.9 billion
gallons of fresh water per day, with more
than 90 percent of that water being supplied
by underground aquifers.

The landfill hours for
SATURDAYS will be changing.

Effective May 16, 2009,
Okeechobee Landfill, Inc.
will open at 7 am on
Saturday. This change only
applies to Saturday's
opening hours.


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Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. East wind around 10 mph.
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Okeechobee News

April 24, 2009

Company burglarized; offers reward

By Eric Kopp Deputy Hazellief said sometime between
Okeechobee News 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, and 6 a.m. Tues-
day, April 21, someone entered the barn-like
A local dairy is offering a $1,000 reward structure and vandalized the building and
for information leading to the arrest and vending machines. Storage lockers were
conviction of those involved in the theft of also burglarized and mechanic-type tools
tools and equipment. and equipment were taken.
According to Deputy Michael Hazellief, The suspect or suspects then removed
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office items from a utility truck.
(OCSO), an unknown person, or persons, Items taken include tools, welding equip-
took tools and equipment valued at $9,600 ment and farm equipment.
from a barn and utility truck. The barn and McArthur Farms Inc. is offering the re-
truck were located on McArthur Dairy prop- ward.
erty on N.W 208th St. Anyone with information on this case can

Task force arrests 3 on drug charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two people were arrested after a search
warrant was served on their S.W 28th St.
home and a number of medications were
found for which they reportedly had no pre-
Arrested Tuesday, April
21, were Norma L. Nales,
31, and Steve E. Willock, 29.
Both were arrested on felo-
ny charges of possession
of a controlled substance
(oxycodone), possession
of a controlled substance
(xanax), possession of a
controlled substance (per- Norma L.
cocet) and possession of Nales
Each was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug para-
Also arrested in the
home was Mark Lynn
Franklin Jr., 20, of the same
address. He was charged
with the misdemeanors
possession of marijuana
under 20 grams and pos- Steve E.
session of drug parapher- Willock
Jail records indicate that bond for Nales
and Willock was set at $10,500 each. Frank-
lin's bond was set at $5,500 and he has been
released after posting bond, states jail re-
Arrest reports indicate that the warrant

Arrest Report

The following persons were arrested on
felony or DUI charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Okeecho-
bee City Police Department (OCPD), Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
Neri Lopez Estrada, 38, West Palm
Beach, was arrested April 19 by Trooper
Corey Lee on charges of driving under the
influence and no valid driver's license. His
bond was set at $500.
Juan F. Moreno-Lopez, 30, West Palm
Beach, was arrested April 19 by Trooper B.K.
Timmons on charges of driving under the in-
fluence, no driver's license and reckless driv-
ing. His bond was set at $1,500.

was served shortly after 11 p.m. by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force with the
assistance of the Special Response Team
from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO).
According to the arrest report, task force
detectives found 34 tablets that were identi-
fied as oxycodone in a bed-
room shared by Nales and
Willock. Those pills, con-
tinued the report, weighed
4.3 grams.
The detectives next
found suspected percocet
tablets in a small closet, the
report added. Those pills
weihed 8.0 grams. Mark Lynn
Two clear containers Mark Lynn
were then found in a walk- Franklin Jr.
in closet in the couple's bedroom. In one of
the containers was a suspected xanex bar.
Inside the other container was a straw with
approximately .01 grams of a white pow-
dery substance, stated the report.
That substance was field tested and in-
dicated a positive result for the presence of
cocaine, stated a task force detective.
A green leafy substance, along with a dig-
ital set of scales and small plastic bags, was
found in a hall closet, the report added. The
green leafy substance was field tested and
indicated a positive result for the presence of
marijuana, the arrest report continued.
According to the report, the suspected
marijuana weighed 6.8 grams.
A task force detective went on to state
that no valid prescriptions for any of the
medicines were found during the search.

Joseph Clinton Herbst Jr., 58, N.W 90th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 19 by
Deputy Matt Crawford on a charge of driving
under the influence. He was released on his
own recognizance.
Robert Bennett Taylor, 49, U.S. 441
S.E., was arrested April 19 by Deputy Robbie
Lamb on a charge of leaving the scene of
an accident with property damage. He was
released on his own recognizance.
This column lists arrests, not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone who is list-
ed here and who is later found not guilty
or has the charges against them dropped, is
welcome to inform the newspaper. We will
confirm the information and print it.

call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
at (863) 763-3117; or, to remain anonymous,
information can be left by calling Crime
Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS.

Jail inmate

accused of


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An inmate at the Okeechobee County Jail
has been arrested for hitting and injuring an-
other male inmate.
Derrick Levi Clay, 20, was arrested Tues-
day, April 21, on a charge of felony battery.
His bond was set at $5,000.
Clay was being held in the county jail fol-
lowing his arrest last year on felony charges
of burglary (two counts)
and grand theft (two
counts). He was also ar-
rested on a misdemeanor
count of petit theft. His to-
tal bond on those charges
was set at $130,000.
According to Deputy Jo-
seph Hall, of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Tuesday's inci- Derrick Levl
dent took place around 10 Clay
a.m. The deputy's arrest
report states jail video surveillance shows
Clay going into the cell of Daniel Miller "in
an aggressive manor" then walking out a
few seconds later.
Miller was left lying on the cell floor, stat-
ed the arrest report.
He was later taken to Raulerson Hospital
because he was bleeding from both ears.
Deputy Hall's report states Miller was diag-
nosed with a concussion.
Miller reportedly told the deputy that he
was struck in the throat with a closed fist
and then in the head with a closed fist.
Jail records indicate that Miller is being
held on local felony charges of burglary and
grand theft auto. He was also arrested on a
warrant out of Ohio charging him with fail-
ure of a sexual offender to register. His total
bond has been set at $9,000.


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man's life

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has died from
injuries he received in a single-vehicle ac-
cident Monday, April 20, on Charles Har-
vey Memorial Highway.
Justin Lee King, 21, died at 5:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 21, said Sergeant Kurt
Hardley of the Florida Highway Patrol
FHP reports indicate Mr. King was
eastbound on the two-lane highway
around 11 p.m. Monday when he appar-
ently failed to navigate a curve.
He reportedly lost control of his 1997
Ford sports utility vehicle and crossed the
grass median. The vehicle overturned
then struck a gate and a fence post.
Mr. King was thrown from the ve-
He was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital
in West Palm Beach.
Damage to the vehicle was estimated
at $10,000.

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

For too long our national, state and
local governments have been too free and
easy spending our tax dollars. They should
have been more careful all along, funding
only those services that are absolutely essen-
tial. There are many things that are nice to
have, such as a fireworks show, but should
we make the tax payers pay for them? I say
no. Taxes should only be used for essential
things such as education, law enforcement
and fire protection. Gas taxes should pay
for roads and bridges. Water management
tax should pay for reservoirs, flood control,
etc. And while we're at it, they don't need to
spend so much money on fancy handouts.
They should just email the information or
print it out in black and white. We need to
cut costs and there are still plenty to cut.

This is for the person that wrote about
the WIC. You really need to get with the
times. You say that the illegal aliens deserve
a decent life, but yet you won't allow them
to stay here and try to achieve that. The il-
legal aliens, as you like to call them, come
here from Mexico to search for a better life.
They don't come here with the mindset of
disrupting the U.S. economy. They take
whatever jobs they can because they have
to eat. Answer me this: If the illegal aliens
don't take those dirt-cheap paying jobs who
is going to do them? You say they are not an
asset, but I beg to differ, I believe they are as
much an asset to this country as any other
race. Every race has good qualities and bad
ones. The ancestors of the white Americans
emigrated from another country as well.
What if the natives of America would have
had border controls back when the settlers
were looking for a better life. If that were the
case, none of us would be here right now.
The way the economy is going, we are
all going to need food stamps and WIC.

Satellite dish stolen
Seems as though the bad economy has
brought out the need to even steal a large 3
foot satellite dish. We had one in our back
yard, out on 70 West, and my husband, be-
ing the artist that he is, had painted scen-
ery on both sides of it, of a light house and
scenery to go with it. The dish was not being
used; only as a beautiful decoration, sitting
on the edge of a canal, in our back yard.
Tuesday evening April 14, someone came in
our yard, and stole it. It has been turned over
to the sheriff's office, buy I just thought all of
you out there could help us be on the look
out for it. If you see this spring up in your
neighbor's yard, please call the sheriff's of
fice, as it is probably ours. We have pictures
to identify it. There is a lot of work, time, and
talent that went into this and we would love
to get it back.

SFWMD calendar
I would like to provide you with a
response to the person's comments con-
cerning the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District's Community Calendar. The
South Florida Water Management District's
Okeechobee Service Center has funded and
created a Community Calendar in response
to requests by people and businesses of this
community and surrounding communities
to provide a Calendar for public distribution.
Pictures showcased in the calendar are from
local photographers who've shared their
photographs of the lake and the lake region,
so there's a local ownership component
we're also supporting. Yes, the calendar is
funded with tax dollars and created utilize
ing staff time, but obviously it's a project
the community supports based on public
response to continue funding and produce
ing the calendar. With that said we unfortu-
nately were not able to secure funding for
another calendar in the next fiscal year bud-
get, which is why we decided to produce an
18 month calendar this year for the commu-
nity's enjoyment. The good news is, the next
calendar will display more pictures from lo-
cal photographers.

School funding shortage
We have schools closing right now in
Florida, and its not because of Charlie Crist
and whoever voted on the taxes on housing.
You know what started this? When the hous-
ing market doubled.

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School taxes were exempt from the
homestead changes. I looked it up on the
State of Florida Web site. So, why are the
schools so low on money they are letting
teachers go? It's not just Okeechobee, it's all
over the state.

Beauty pageant question
Was there ever a time when Miss Amer-
ica was supposed to be a wholesome young
lady who represented what decent people
wanted for an example of young woman-
hood? If so, it must have been long ago and
far away. But then, exploiting women as
sex symbols (the bathing suit competition,
when nobody's going swimming) has never
been right in my mind, anyway.
All this hoop-la over the answer Miss
California gave Pageant Judge Perez Hilton.
The next day Perez stated because her an
swer was not politically correct, it cost her
the crown. It looked like he set her up from
where I sit. The first few words after she
draws the card choosing the judge who will
direct the question at her tell a lot, he said in
response to her being asked if she was wor-
ried... "You should be."
It's simply proof of the intolerance of
the "Politically Correct" set. Carrie Prejean
cannot even express her opinion (which she
was asked to express) without being vilified.
And those who vilify her are demonstrating
pure intolerance and a lack of diversity.
What a sad state of affairs when in this
country today you are asked a question that
really requires a "personal" belief answer,
and then when the "answer" doesn't qualify
to be what the person wanted to hear we all
hang her out to dry ... Leave the girl alone!
I beg any of you to stand up there with all
those people and in an instant try to com-
plete the thought process in a second to a
stupid question. What happened to them
asking about "world peace?"

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'we are not alone'
Edgar Mitchell was pilot of Apollo 14
and the sixth person to walk on the moon.
He made the news this week when he said
he hopes President Obama will allow the
truth released to the public. Mitchell, who
was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mis-
sion, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial
life exists, and that the truth is being con-
cealed by the U.S. and other governments.
Does this mean Obama is an alien? I
just knew it!
Anyone who thinks that we are the only
life form existing planet in the ENTIRE UNI-
VERSE are in the same line of people who
thought the world was flat. There are MIL-
LIONS of galaxies out there with their own
planets, moons and sun..get real people and
open your minds.
I read about alien life forms communi-
cating every day, just read some of the post
ings on the forum.
I will allow there is probably intelligent
life on other planets. I am not so sure there is
much intelligent life on this one, however.

Tuesday was the 10th anniversary of the
terrorist attacks on Columbine High School.
I was young when this happened and was
just curious how some of the older posters
reacted and felt when they heard about the
news. Crazy to think I was in third grade
when all that happened. Also, say a prayer
for the students and the entire community.
I'm sure they are still trying to recover even
to this day.
Many incidents like the one at Colum
bine have taken place in the last ten years.
It seems to me that there is not enough
oversight of the children's activities for the
parents to know what they are up to. Prob-
ably they are both out trying to make money
so that the family can have a better life. If
the law doesn't soon learn to understand
the difference between acceptable physical
punishment and abuse, we can expect this
type of thing to continue. "Foolishness is tied
up with the heart of a boy, but the rod of dis-
cipline will remove it far from him."
Some of these incidents have to do
with outcast kids snapping and going after
the bullies who torment them. Parents need
to talk to their children about treating all oth
ers with respect and courtesy.

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April 24, 2009

Letter to the Editor

Plant trees for the future
As we celebrate Arbor Day this month,
we do so with an eye to the future, knowing
that planting trees today will benefit genera-
tions yet to come. History tells us that chal-
lenging economic times offer unique oppor-
tunities to plant trees. Previous generations
of Americans have stepped up during dif-
ficult periods in our nation's life to protect
and expand tree-planting and conservation
efforts from coast to coast.
On the 137th anniversary of Arbor Day,
we can learn from our nation's past that
tough times provide an ideal opportunity to
practice the spirit of Arbor Day, to add trees
to the canopies of our cities and towns and
to replant our nation's forests.
In cities, trees serve as green infrastruc-
ture, providing immense value from a mod-
est investment. Trees help clean the air and
water, mitigate storm-water runoff, increase
property values, and conserve energy all
the while improving the quality of life for
residents. The fact is, trees are rare compo-

nents of a city's infrastructure that actually
increase in value and service over time.
As municipal budgets become stretched,
cutting corners on infrastructure expense
such as tree planting and pruning may seem
attractive on the surface. But the reality is
cutting investments in these areas cost dear-
ly over time.
History shows that when civic and na-
tional leaders make planting and caring for
trees a high priority, it strengthens and adds
value to the entire community.
When Americans were fighting the Civil
War, leaders in New York City continued to
invest in the development of a strong, cen-
trally located city park. They planted trees,
and added large areas of green space in the
heart of the city. The park they continued
to develop was the now-world-renowned
Central Park, and today it covers 843 acres,
includes 26,000 trees, and is visited by more
than 25 million people every year, adding
tremendous environmental, economic and
social value to the city.
During the Great Depression, the federal

Community Calendar

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669
meets at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible
approach to losing weight and becoming
part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For
information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It
will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club
welcomes the public to their dance every
Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring
Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile
east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information,
call 863-471-0559 or 863-385-6671.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays,
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

Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W. Fifth Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
(Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend
noon Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The
Sick Group Step Study 7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere
Left To Go Group Open Discussion 8 p.m.
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee,
a group class in ballroom dancing is being
offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our
Saviour Parish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on
Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for
the hour lesson is $10. Private instructions
are also available. Come and enjoy the fun
with or without a partner. For more informa-
tion call 772-794-9040.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third

National Day of Prayer planned for May 7

By Chauna Aguilar by Domino's Pizza and CVS. Waste Manage-
Okeechobee News ment will provide the waste receptacles for
Thursday, May 7, the Okeechobee Min- the event.
iThursday, May 7, the Okeechobee M- According to the National Day of Prayer
isterial Association and Kiwanis Club of Organization's website, in 1952 a joint reso-
Okeechobee will once again host the Na- lution by Congress was signed by President
tional Day of Prayer to be held from noon Harry Truman. It was declared an annual,
to 1 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Judicial national day of prayer.
Center courtyard, 304 N.W. Second Street. In 1988, the lawwas amended and signed
During this event, members of the com- by President Ronald Regan to permanently
munity meet to unite as a unit to pray for set the day as the first Thursday of every May
our city, county, state, nation and the world as the National Day of Prayer.
as a whole. Come out and enjoy the camaraderie
Kiwanis will serve lunch to those in at- with your fellow citizens and pray for our
tendance which has been in part donated community and our nation.

government created the Civilian Conserva-
tion Corps. Not only did the CCC provide jobs
for millions Americans during its nine-year
run, but the organization planted hundreds
of millions of trees throughout the country,
put out forest fires and opened up miles of
trails, many of which are still in use today.
It was during this time that President
Franklin Roosevelt saw an opportunity to
expand our national forests and, at the urg-
ing of former Chief Forester Gifford Pinchot,
championed the purchase of suddenly avail-
able and affordable timberlands. Congress
added more than 13 million acres to the
national forest system, creating many of
our Eastern national forests that are now so
valuable to the public.
Today, we are faced with similar opportu-
nities. This is our chance to plant trees, con-
serve energy and improve the environment
in the communities where we live, and leave
a lasting legacy for our children and grand-
This is our chance to:
Provide health and economic benefits
to millions of Americans by strengthen-

St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 N.W Fifth Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
(Behind Napa Auto Parts).
A.A. weekend noon meeting, Open
Discussion; The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12
step fellowships.

Rescue FL, Inc.

Pet of the week
Spike Is a 3+/- yr. old Border Terrier
Mix. He's got a wire type coat, neu-
tered, and up to date on vaccines.
This sweetie is happy all of the time.
Please call to make arrangements
to see this boy at 863-532-1110.
See more of our available pets at:

ing and increasing the tree canopies in our
towns and cities.
Reduce the one-million-acre replanting
backlog in our national forests by planting
millions of trees and enriching these Ameri-
can treasures.
Create meaningful jobs dedicated to
tree-planting, tree care and conservation
that will have a lasting impact on the en-
vironment, generate economic value for
generations to come, and help fight global
Investment icon Warren Buffet once said:
"Someone's sitting in the shade today be-
cause someone planted a tree a long time
ago." This statement speaks to the long-
term benefit of planting trees, as well as the
value of investing in trees during challenging
economic times.
Let us embrace the spirit of Arbor Day by
working hard to plant trees today so that fu-
ture generations will enjoy the fruits of our
John Rosenow
Arbor Day Foundation

NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Discus-
sion, 7 p.m.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open


Volunteer Week
The theme for National Volunteer
Week, commemorated April 19-25,
is "Celebrating People in Action."
The theme captures the meaning
behind this signature week hon-
oring the individuals who dedicate
themselves to taking action and
solving problems In their commu-
nities. Frank Coker, an Earth Team
volunteer for USDA Natural Re-
sources Conservation Service and
Okeechobee Soil and Water Con-
servation District Installs a mono-
filament recycling bin that was van-
dalized overthe weekend. Mr. Coker
volunteers his time collecting line
at all 12 sites around Okeechobee

Okeechobee News

April 24, 2009

Okeechobee News

Community Events Obituaries

Adult Softball
deadline today
The deadline to register for the Spring
Adult Softball League is Friday, April 24.
Team fees must be submitted to the Rec-
reation Department at the Sports Complex
(640 NW 27th Lane), before 5 p.m. Make
all checks payable to B.O.C.C. (for Board
of County Commissioners). Team fees are:
Men's $375 (+$25 ISA fee); Women's -
$325; Co-Ed $325. Initial rosters are due
Monday, May 4th.

Education Foundation
hosts drama
The Okeechobee Educational Founda-
tion is hosting the IRSC Traveling Drama
Production, "Technology of a Murder." The
event will take place on Friday, April 24,
from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in the Freshman Cam-
pus Auditorium. The mission of the program
is to raise funds for scholarships and mini-
grants for teachers. To date, the Foundation
has taken part in providing over $1 million
dollars to high school graduates for college
and over $30, 000 in mini-grants for teach-
ers. Please join us for a night of hilarious en-
tertainment while we raise funds for such a
great cause. Tickets are $20 per person and
includes a wide variety of specialty desserts.
For more information, please call 863-462-

OCHH holds first
official meeting
The first official meeting of the Okeecho-
bee Coalition for the Hungry and the Home-
less (OCHH) will be held on Friday, April 24
at 10 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 452
US Highway 98 N. (use the door on the south
side of the building.) You will hear about the
immediate future of the coalition and about
the disbursement of the Homeless Preven-
tion and Rapid Re-Housing program (HPRP)
monies. Meet other providers who serve
the area and help take part in shaping the
future of the coalition and the community. If
you have any questions call 772-332-8711 or

Parks and Rec to host
'Baseball Competition'
The Parks & Recreation Department will
host an Aquafina Major League Baseball
Pitch, Hit & Run Competition on Saturday,
April 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sports
Complex Football Field. Participation is free
and open to youth ages 7-14, split in four
age groups. Age is determined as of July 17.
Competitors have the chance to advance
through four levels of competition, includ-
ing Team Championships at Major League
ballparks and the National Finals at the 2009
MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching,
hitting and running champions, along with
the All-Around Champion in each age group
at the Local Competition will be awarded
and advance to the Sectional Competition.
All participants must bring a copy of their
birth certificate. For questions regarding this
event, please contact the Recreation Depart-
ment at 863-763-6950.

Harvey Lee Ford Sr., 76
OKEECHOBEE Harvey Lee Ford Sr., of
Okeechobee, died April 20, 2009, at the Ham-
rick Home. He was 76.
He proudly served our
country in the U.S. Navy. He
was the Superintendent of
National Linen Services and a
manager in South Florida Cit-
rus Industry He owned
Hawg Co-Lecter Wholesale
Fishing Tackle, Co. From
1988 2003 he owned Wanta Linga Motel.
He was the first Treasure Coast Fresh Water
Sport Fishing inductee for the Hall of Fame. He
was the tournament owner and director of
OkeeTantie Team Trail, life member of V.W.
since 1976, 2001 President of the Florida
B.A.S.S. Federation, member of Okeechobee
Shrine Club, perpetual member of Masons Flori-
da Lodge #237 in Okeechobee, life member of
B.A.S.S. since 1980, Operation Bass life mem-
ber, past member of the Okeechobee Tourist
Development Board, and American Legion life
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wil-
liam and Emma Ford; brother, Chester Ford;
and stepdaughter, Hope Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Virginia
Ford; sons, Charles B. Ford, Harvey Lee Ford II,
Ben Leighton Jr; daughters, Barbara Pool and
Melissa Dease; sisters, Tina Cole and Sue Hu-
bacek; 24 grandchildren; three great-grandchil-
dren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral service will
be 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, at Bass Okeecho-
bee Chapel with Doyle McDuffie officiating. Bu-
rial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, PO. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl

Ruby E Gaudette, 89
OKEECHOBEE Ruby P Gaudette, of Okee-
chobee, died April 23, 2009, at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. She was 89.
Born Sept. 2, 1919, in Bos-
ton, Ky., to Robert and Estella
Pottinger, she came to Okee-
chobee from West Palm
Beach in 1977. She retired
from Northern Telecom in
Mrs. Gaudette is survived by
her husband of 31 years, Ernest J. Gaudette of
Okeechobee; son, Robert M. Weakley (Kath-
leen) of West Palm Beach; daughter, Cherry
Staab (Robert) of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grand-
children; five great-grandchildren; and two sis-
ters, Rita Niman of Virginia and Betty Washer of
Washington State.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Private burial will
be at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St., Okeechobee.

Eli Whitney Holata, 60
BRIGHTON Eli Whitney Holata, of the
Brighton Reservation, died Thursday, April 23,
2009, in the Hamrick Home. He was 60.
Born Aug. 9, 1948, in Talihina, Okla., he had
been a resident of Brighton for the past 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Smaw-
ley Holata.
He is survived by his sons, Jay Holata (Felicia)
of Davie, and Kevin Holata (Jennifer) of Coral
Springs; daughters, Shannon Purvis (Ben) of
Okeechobee, Valerie Holata of Miramar, and
Andrie Holata of Hollywood; brothers, Roy
Holata, and Sam Spencer, both of Seminole,
Okla.; sisters, Rosie Holata of Wewoka, Eugenia
Lena of Shawnee, Okla., and Mariam Tiger of
Seminole, Okla.; and ten grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, and graveside services on Monday at 10
a.m. in the Ortona Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee.

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April 24, 2009

Special Magistrate imposes code violation fine

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols imposed one
fine and reduced another fine during code
violations hearings on Tuesday, April 21.
The properties of The Vantage Devel-
opment Corporation, Marcelo Garcia and
Barbara Wright, William Borges, Joaquin
Dominguez. Robert Skinner, Toni and Law-
rence Steed, Teresa Ledford Lightsey, Mario
Reyes De Anselmo and Zenon Anselmo and
ANDS Management were found to be com-
pliance and those cases were not heard.
The case against the Enock Clark Trust
was tabled due to lack of proper notifica-
tion. The case again Lenox Roland was post-
poned in order to allow the property owner
to secure more documentation.
Richard Thompson had been cited for
having construction trailers, an aluminum
garage, a shed and recreational vehicles
used for storage as well as an unpermitted
structure on the front of his N.W 24th Street
property. Code enforcement officer Beth Al-
bert stated that Mr. Thompson believed that
his property was zoned agricultural when it
was, in fact, zoned rural residential. She said
he had worked with staff to come into com-
pliance and had removed some of the illegal
objects from his property. He was given until

May 14 to get the necessary permits and until
June 11 to remove the construction trailer.
John and Chloe Guarine had been
charged with having mechanical parts, de-
bris and coolers as well as unregistered
vehicles on their S.E. 28th Street lot. Code
enforcement officer Blanca Saucedo noted
that some progress had been made in clean-
ing up the property. The owners were given
until May 14 to come into compliance or
they could face a fine of up to $250 a day.
Code enforcement officer Albert charged
that Frank Carran and Cecilia DeCarran have
overgrowth, accumulation of vehicle parts
and households goods and unregistered
vehicles on their Treasure Island property.
They were given until May 14 to come into
compliance or face a possible fine.
Rebecca Lewis has cleaned up her N.W
19th Avenue property but the fire damaged
building still remains according to code en-
forcement officer Saucedo. Ms. Lewis stated
that she was waiting on her insurance com-
pany for demolition of the structure. She
was given until June 11 to complete the de-
John E. Harrison Jr. of S.E. 39th Avenue
was give until May 14 to clean up the over-
growth and accumulated debris on his prop-
The compliance date for Timothy and

Jamie Pritchett to clean up their S.E. 26th
Street property was extended to May 14.
Since James and Jessica Wilkerson have
applied for a building permit for their N.W
95th Court pole barn their compliance date
was extended to May 14.
The compliance date for Timmy and
Melissa Sellers to remove the unlicensed ve-
hicles, tires, vehicle parts, rubbish and trash
from their N.W 364th Road property was
also extended to May 14.
Ronetta White was ordered last month to
remove the overgrowth, abandoned struc-
ture and all trash and debris from her N.W
First Street property. Code enforcement offi-
cer Saucedo stated that compliance had not
been achieved. Therefore, Ms. Johnson was
fined $75 a day for every day of noncompli-
ance beginning April 22.
The bank has repossessed Elbert Kline's
N.E. 16th Street property and brought it into
compliance. Realtor David Hazellief, repre-
senting the bank, requested that the $6,600
code violation fine be reduced to the amount
of the county's cost. Special magistrate Nich-
ols requested that the board of county com-
missioners reduce the fine to $800.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Fire damages trailer in Little Farms area

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An estimated $30,000 in property dam-
age was done after a fire early Wednesday
at 90 N.W 98th Street, Okeechobee County
Fire Rescue reported.
A report from Paramedic Everette Woo-
ten said smoke was visible from a distance
as fire crews responded just after 3 a.m.
Wednesday. The trailer was fully involved
when firemen arrived and smoke and

flames had vented through the roof of the
mobile home.
Fire reports said the flames had spread to
the grass and to power poles near the build-
Fire crews did rescue a flock of chickens
located in cages near the residence. There
were no injuries reported.
The Okeechobee office of the American
Red Cross responded to assist the residents,
Mindy Boatright and Joe Beaman.

The State Fire Marshall was notified to
investigate the cause and the origin of the
blaze. Some 4,000 gallons of water was used
in fighting the flames.
Sheriff's deputies were also on the scene
earlier that night due to a disturbance, the
fire report noted. Sheriff office's spokesman
Ted Van Deman said the matter was under
investigation by the State Fire Marshall.

Yard sale success!
The Okeechobee County Board of
Realtors has been giving scholar-
ships to graduating Seniors for
over 20 years. This year they were
able to give ten $500 scholarships
because of fundralsers that you as
a community support. On Saturday
April 18 they had a yard sale to raise
money for the scholarship fund and
raised over $300 in a single morn-
Ing. The Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors would like to say "Thank
You" to the community for your con-
tinued support.

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Okeechobee News

April 24, 2009

City to benefit from stimulus money

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee will be get-
ting the benefit of federal stimulus money
even though it may not stimulate the local
economy. At their meeting on Tuesday eve-
ning, April 21, the Okeechobee City Coun-
cil approved an agreement with the Florida
Department of Transportation (DOT) to
maintain sidewalks that DOT will build us-
ing federal stimulus funds. The sidewalk lo-
cations include S.W Ninth Street from Fifth
Avenue to 1lth Avenue, S.W 1lth Avenue
from Second Street to Ninth Street, S.W.
Seventh Avenue from Second Street to 15th
Street and possibly other locations.
Since this money is administered by DOT,
there is no guarantee a local contractor will
be used.
"I think it's a misnomer," Mayor Jim Kirk
said of this use of stimulus funds. "It's stimu-
lating somebody else's economy."
In another matter dealing with the local
economy, the council tabled until next meet-
ing action on an ordinance giving preference
to local venders in competitive bidding. As
written, the proposed ordinance gives pref-
erence to qualified city and county bidders.
Councilman Dowling Watford suggested
the deferment in order to broaden the or-
dinance to include regional bidders. Under
Mr. Watford's proposal, while area bidders

would receive some preference, they would
still not have the advantages given to city
and county bidders.
After some discussion, the council finally
adopted the long debated sign ordinance.
One of the sticking points had been what
to do about businesses who got around
the billboard ordinance by parking vehicles
downtown all day with large advertising
signs on them.
The new ordinance prohibits parking
vehicles downtown with signs in excess of
10 square feet except for the time while the
driver is visiting, patronizing or providing a
delivery serve to a business or for vehicles
which are used on a daily basis for delivery
or service and are parked in the immediate
vicinity of the business to which they are as-
Portable signs, temporary banners and
non-inflatible wind signs may now be dis-
played without a permit or time limit but
must not be placed in the public right of
way. Inflatable wind signs, searchlights and
spot lights require a sign permit, cannot be
placed in the public right of way and their
display is limited to two times a year and no
more than 14 days each time.
The ordinance also lists definitions and
provides for exemptions, prohibited signs,
murals, placement, clearance, design stan-
dards, and restriction of certain types of
signs in certain zoning districts.

The council took no action on Muham-
mad Nooruddin's request that, in the light of
the current economic situation, impact fees
be waived for six months. Mr. Nooruddin not-
ed that some surrounding local governments
have waived impacts fees or are considering
waiving them. He said that waiving impact
fees might encourage new development
which, in turn, would create more ad valo-
rum taxes and employment opportunities.
City Administrator Brian Whitehall men-
tioned that the city impact fees are much
lower than the county impact fees. In order
for a developer to receive any significant re-
lief, the county would have to waive their fees.
He said he had contacted county officials and
they expressed no interest in waiving impact

"Impact fees have a great purpose and
they are necessary," asserted Councilman
The mayor called impact fees "a neces-
sary evil" that no one really wanted. He said
the city spent a long time discussing impact
fees before they were implemented and that
the city has restraints on its income and mill-
age rate. He noted that without impact fees
the city would not have been able to buy the
brush truck they bought for the fire depart-
ment at the last council meeting.
In other action, the mayor proclaimed
the week of May 3-8 to be Municipal Clerks'
Week in the city.
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City must trim budget

City budget amended due
to decreased revenues

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The poor economy is catching up with
the city's budget. At their meeting on Tues-
day evening, April 21 the Okeechobee City
Council amended the budget to anticipate
decreased revenues.
India Riedel of the city's finance depart-
ment presented the good news and the
bad news concerning the city's financial
The bad news is that anticipated ad
valorem revenue is down 2 percent. The
good news is that expenditures are 2 per-
cent less than March 31 of last year.
General revenues are collectively down
4.76 percent or $147,427 through March
31. This is due in part to the passage of
Amendment I which increased home-
stead exemptions and a drop in property
values. Both factors contributed to lower
ad valorem taxes. However implementa-
tion and execution of the city's budget/cost
reduction plan has resulted in a savings
of over $296,380. This was accomplished
by reductions in fuel consumption, reduc-
tions in utility use, competitive bidding for
insurance, using part-time employees in-
stead of overtime for full time employees
and reductions in postage and supplies.
For example, as of March 31, the police de-
partment used 1500 gallons less fuel than

March 31 of last year. The police depart-
ment used 13 percent less electricity and
the utility department decreased its electric
bill by 8 percent.
At the beginning of the budgetyear, reve-
nues were anticipated to be $5,447,977. On
Tuesday night the city council revised the
budget downward to anticipate $5,437,581
in revenues or a $10,396 decrease. Total
expenditures were budgeted at $5,447,945
at the beginning of the budget year. Coun-
cilmen voted to revise expenditures down-
ward to $5,437,581, or a $10,364 decrease.
Law enforcement and fire protection
expenditures were revised downward as
were most other expenditures. Council-
man Mike O'Conner, who took office in
January and was not involved in the bud-
get planning process, elected not to carry
the insurance that the city budgeted for
councilmen. He suggested that the amount
budgeted for his insurance, $3,182 be di-
vided between the law enforcement and
fire protection budget, adding $1,591 to the
amended budget of each department.
This proposition generated consider-
able discussion. While councilmen agreed
to this action in the middle of the budget
year, they felt that designating unused in-
surance money during the budget plan-
ning process was not a good idea. They felt
that any unused insurance money should
revert to the general fund to be used for all
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Municipal Clerks' Week
At the Okeechobee City Council meeting on April 21, Mayor James Kirk pro-
claimed the week of May 3 8 to be Municipal Clerks' Week In the city.
Receiving the proclamation are Lane Gamlotea, left, city clerk, and Mellsa
Eddings, center, deputy clerk.

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Quality health care for Okeechobee children

The newly formed Florida KidCare
Okeechobee County Coalition met and
elected officers on Wednesday, April 15.
Ray Worley was elected chair, Jill Rogers
was elected vice-chair and Becky Smith was
elected Secretary
The mission of this coalition is, "To pro-
mote quality health insurance for every child
in Okeechobee County." They will strive to
build community awareness and support for
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lies in Okeechobee.
One onal for the coalition is to oenerate

or have any other issues with applying for
KidCare. Their goals before the next meet-
ing are to begin to assess providers and see
what their issues are with KidCare and what
their experiences have been as far as why
they are or are not a provider.
They will also utilize the experience of
Pam Harwas and Sharon Vinson who have
fielded phone calls from parents about their
issues and try to figure out ways to prevent
the same issues from occurring again.
KidCare is Florida's version of State Chil-
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community involvement. The coalition is health insurance crisis in the U.S. and helped /
planning on speaking at civic organizations pass SCHIP bills in the House and Senate IA l
and clubs as well as businesses to promote through activities such as action alerts, press FI rid a
KidCare and the offering of applications to conferences, op-ed pieces, rallies, petitions, .
the members and employees. KidCare is a radio interviews, report releases, calls, sign- K i d C a i er
viable option that employers can use that on letters and much more. for kids, it's great
will lower their group insurance costs. Chairman Worley explained that this or- health insurance. .
There are currently over 700 children ganization helped put a face on KidCare on for parents, it's one
enrolled in KidCare in Okeechobee County. a national level to make sure that the SCHIP less worry.
The coalition will strive to increase enroll- bills went through by veto-override.
ment in Healthy Kids programs in the county A relationship with action groups like
by 5 percent by March 2010. this, according to Mr. Worley, will benefit
The Okeechobee KidCare Coalition is the coalition to be able to cut through the
targeted towards any uninsured child in red tape when dealing with the issues of the
Okeechobee County. This means that re- Florida KidCare System.
gardless of what socio-economic class you The coalition's next meeting is Wednes-
might be, you can apply for KidCare. day, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Healthy 1-888-540-543
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Worley, Vice-Chair Jill Rogers, and Secretary Becky Smith.
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Homeland Security's Federal Emergency
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more than $2.5 million for Florida to help the
South Florida Water Management District
cover the costs of emergency equipment
and operations during Tropical Storm Fay.
The long-lived storm dumped as much
as 27 inches of rain on parts of Florida and
caused widespread flooding in both urban
and rural areas of the state. Flood water was
pumped from district drainage canals into
other drainage canals and Lake Okeecho-
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officials were able to maintain water levels
at or below those of neighboring water con-
trol districts drainage operations.
The federal funds will cover 75 percent
of the total eligible cost-$3,394,286. These

operations took place from Aug. 18 through
Sept. 12, 2008 and covered nearly 40 pump-
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smoothly as possible," said FEMA Regional
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the scope of that effort, one that we have
been pleased to support."
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of the disaster funds set aside following the
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Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No 0ob Too Big or Small.
or (863)261-6425
License # 5698 & #1126

Painting, Repairs, Carpen-
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Scooter $500 also for sale
electric lift for sale.
How do you find a job
in today's competi-
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of the classified

Machines 2 Like new,
black tower model. $175.
(863) 763-3932
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New $1250. Asking $650.

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shots, No papers, $350F,
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Basswood 2/1, tile
throughout, no ets, $650
863 763-7301 or
(863)697-1623 Anytime
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo.
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Only $750 month includes
water Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
KINGS BAY (Two) 2/2,
$695 per mo 1st + $695 ec,
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(863) 697-1623
town, $725/mo, uSIs ind'd,
no pets, smoke-free env.
1st & (863)610-0861

OKEE 2BR/2BA tr-plex,
W/D hookup, ivacy fence,
no pets. $690 mo. + $500
sec, dep., free trash & law
service. Call (417)848-3424
or (417)848-6360

BASSWOOD Newer 3/2/1,
W&D hookup, big yard,
1000 moo, lstlast 1 sec
Avail 6/1/09
Lease with option to buy.
1700 to. Call
COZY COTTAGE 1/1, on the
water. Furnished w/Dock,
utils., Satellite. Very clean.
$700/mo 863-467-1950
FT DRUM 1/1 on eight
acres, new cabinets and
carpet $600 month & $400
deposit. (912 224-4658 or
(734) 637-2697
House on Water 4128 SE
27th SL, Okeechobee
1BR/IBA, 10x20
porch, dock, storage shed,
$775 mo. + $500 sec. dep.
& until. (561)714-4050

IN TOWN -2.5 BR, 1BA,
New carpet & porcelain,
w/W&D hook up, lawn
serve. Non-smk. env., Small
pet ok. $750 mo. + $500
sec. 941-504-3954
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(8363 4-7722
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Scottage. Price neg. Call
(772) 35-1640
the country 3/2 Share 20
acres. Horses welcome!
Call Buzz (772)201-8230
904 SW 7th Ave. $600/mo.
+ deposit & utilities. Call
Duplex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c heat. $750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414
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mob. home, exc cond., wa-
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furn., Ma pa weekly,
$850/mo (61) 022-7703

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Have 2 bike, carport, pool,
until paid. Brochure to Mary
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April 24, 2009

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2 BR, W/D, Lg Maintained yard
$850 Mo (F/L) $500 Sec
Rent to own w/10 % down
(863)697-1280 or (863)467-8683

DEW DROP INN nice 14 x
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For Rent: 2/i apartment.
Unit newly remodeled. Locat-
ed 12 mites north of Okee
chobee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash & lawn
maintenance included. No
Pets $495 -Move in special.
M-F (863)467-2982
Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/AIr.
$500 mo. 3 BR, 2 BA
.no. No pets.

refrig, W/D & water, carport,
large lot, $800/mo, 1 yr.
lease & 1 Mo. sec.
1992, 3/2 DW in clean
quiet adult park, screen
porch/carport. $900 mo
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Call 863-763-2098 or
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Brahman wrestler signs college scholarship

By Charles M. Murphy Hayes said his biggest goal since he was
Okeechobee News a young boy was to wrestle in college and
Tyler Hayes won nearly 100 matches dur- now his dream is coming true, "I have a lot
ing his four year career at OHS, but his big- of good feelings today," he said. "To tell you
gest victory may have come Monday when the truth I wish I could leave right now."
he announced he had accepted a college Hayes finished his Okeechobee high
school career as one of the best wrestlers
scholarship offer from Newberry College in school career as one qualified for the sate
South Carolina. in school history He qualified for the state
tournament for four consecutive years in

Tyler Hayes (front) signs his college scholarship as (L-R) Coach Bruce Jahner,
mom Kim and dad Robert, look on.

Boy's tennis loses at regional

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Titusville proved to be a very tough op-
ponent Monday for Okeechobee High
School in the Region 7-3A regional match as
Okeechobee was shut out 7-0.
Okeechobee managed to win only one
set in the match. Top seed Corey White
pushed his opponent Kerry Mawn to three
sets before falling, 6-2, 1-6, and 1-6.
Zach Fowler lost to Van Rylander 6-0, 6-0
in his most lop sided match of the year. An-
drew Porter defeated Alex Nielson 6-1, and
6-2. Ricardo Rivera defeated Max Norman
6-0, and 6-2. Jerry Siford defeated Kyle Lunt
7-6 (7-5), and 6-2.
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"It was not exactly the way I wanted to
end the season," Brahmans tennis Coach
Bryan Van Camp said, "Titusville was a good
team but was equal to other teams we were
competitive with."
Van Camp said he is not disappointed in
the overall season Okeechobee had. He said
he is very proud of the boys and how they
played this year.
"I think we should have been more com
petitive in this match. We really played to
our potential in most of our matches this
year. It wasn't the best time to have a bad
day," he added.
Okeechobee finished the season at
(12-4). Titusville (14-2) advanced to meet
Martin County on Friday.

three different weight classes. He admits he
was somewhat disappointed with the results
this year as he fell in the state tournament in
the first round.
"I guess everything happens for a reason.
I just wasn't mentally there that day. Perhaps
I put too much pressure on myself, I didn't
have the fire, and the one takedown made
the difference," he added.
Hayes will be redshirted during his fresh
man year at Newberry He admits that will
help him as he gets his feet wet in open tour-
naments and practices. He fully expects to
be a competitor at either 165 or 174 pounds
at the college level during his second year.
Hayes intends to study physical educa-
tion with designs to become an athletic
trainer. He thanked his parents, Robert
and Kim Ellerbee for their support and as
distance during his career. He also thanked
Brahmans coach Bruce Jahner for much of
what he's learned on the wrestling mat.
"My dad got me started in i;,,
without him I wouldn't be here t .,i i.
Jahner said Hayes deserved a college
scholarship and described his protege as a
hard worker and a tough kid who will do
real well in college, "Education is the num-
ber one goal. Sooner or later you have to
take off your wrestling shoes. This gives him
an opportunity to get an education for his
It was a great year for Newberry this year

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in Division II. They had two wrestlers earn
national championships in March, Keeno
Griffin, 197 pounds, and Cy Wainwright,
heavyweight, the first wrestlers ever to win
national crowns at Newberry.
Coach Jason Valet said Hayes will fit in
well on their small campus, both athletically
and academically. "We're excited to have
him as part of our program," he said. "He's
a good kid who works hard, and we liked his
aggressive style of wrestling. We know he'll
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Okeechobee News

April 24, 2009

Awards handed out for OHS boys soccer

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It's a little known fact, but Okeechobee
might have had one of the best boys soccer
teams in the state this past year.
Okeechobee lost in the first round of the
state regional to Merritt Island, 1-0, but Mer-
ritt Island went on to become state cham-
pions in Class 4A. Brahmans Coach Lonnie
Sears said that means his program is playing
,i 1... we have more players

ers everyyear. If theywork hard and buy into
what were doing, we can be an elite team
again," the coach said.
A group of eight seniors were honored
last Friday night as the Brahmans held their
annual banquet at the OHS lecture hall. Ivan

award. Raziel Castilla was named the team's
most improved player. Eddie Guerrero was
named offensive most valuable player. Erick
Garcia was named most valuable mid field-
er. Javier Garcia was named defensive MVP.
Other awards went to Oscar Garcia for
best utility player, Alan Najara for the most
goals (Golden Spike award), Ivan Torres for

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Ivan Torres (left) was selected as team
MVP at Fridav's Bovs Soccer banquet.

leading in assists, and Reynel and Raunel
Denova for being the best role players on
the team.
Torres, a soft spoken kid, said he has
hopes of signing a college soccer scholar
ship in the near future. He said the team
improved each year that he was on the
field and he hopes the future is bright for
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Lord, my family, and the coaches. We had a
really good family and good players."
OHS Teacher Ted Butler was the featured
speaker at the banquet. The former baseball
player for Stetson University talked to the
team about the road he took to success. He
noted he came from a poor family in Paho-
kee and always wanted to be the first person
from that town to play at a major university.
He was able to meet that goal, and played
with the father of Chipper Jones and current
Stetson Coach Pete Dunn, in college. His ad-
vice, be disciplined, know what you want,
and go after it.
"Dedicate your life now to what you want
to become. Set your sights now and have a
purpose for every day. Separate enough of
your time so you can obtain your goals," he
to . -. i I, 1 iI, h I .. ,
dedication. He said his team had the most
dedicated athletes in the school. He pointed
to their long conditioning efforts which at
times lasted past dark this past winter.
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Merritt Island won the state title. That shows
you how close this team is," he noted.
Sears requested the kids consider club
soccer this summer. The older boys are
coached by Kenneth Davie, a former profes-
sional soccer player with the Washington
diplomats and the Jamaican national team.
The younger boys are coached by former
Lady Brahman soccer coach Brian King.
Sears said winning and success becomes
contagious. He said the younger players
should take advantage of the opportunities
this senior class has given them. This year's
senior class was the first to have winning
records in each of their four seasons. Sears
said that is a school record.
"The group took the challenge and it will
be extremely hard to watch them go. These
guys are great young men and great soccer
players," he said. The coach also honored
his all conference selections. Ivan Torres
and Alan Najara were first-team all Treasure
Lake Conference. Eddie Guerrero, Raunel
Denova and Reynel Denova were named to
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
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Okeechobee News

Lady Brahmans celebrate strong season

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's girl's hoops
made a lot of strides this year as they won
15 games in 23 decisions, and were a con-
tender in their district. All that is left is to end
a long drought of making the post season.
The 2008-09 campaign was celebrated
Thursday night at Pogey's Restaurant as the
annual basketball banquet was held. Head
Coach Tony Sherlock, who will return next
year, thanked all the parents for their sup-
port this year, and also the Seminole Tribe
of Florida who donated cash for the team to
purchase new uniforms.
"It was a tremendous year and it really
exceeded my expectations. The girls per-
formed very well, just some injuries and
other issues prevented us from being really
good," he said.
The varsity was 7-1 at home and 8-7 on
the road this year. The JV also had a strong
year with a 13-5 record. Sherlock said that
bodes well for future years.
DorothyBurkhardtwas named the team's
most valuable player. She was among the
team's leaders in every category including
points, rebounds, and assists. "It means a
lot to me. I've always won the Brahman
award and I always wanted to win the MVP

because the program ; l, ..!..! 11 il.. ;.1.1
direction and has a h. ..I i. i". i. .
got to play in a Treasure Lake Conference
All Star game last month in Fort Pierce. She
is looking to play college basketball and will
try out at a school in Fort Myers in the next
few weeks. She stated that she has worked

hard to improve her game in the past few
"In middle school I just chunked the
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family because they've always been there
to back me up. My mom Lisa played bas-
ketball in high school and I take after her
a lot."
Burkhardt's father William was also
praised for his support.
The team scored 1,126 points or 49
points per game. Okeechobee was ranked
25 among Florida schools in scoring. The
team was ranked ninth in Class 4A at one
point during the season. That is believed to
be the first time Okeechobee basketball has
ever been ranked.
The team grabbed 901 rebounds, 39 per
game, had 252 assists, 11 per game, and
315 steals, 13.7 per game. They also tied for
second place in the Treasure Lake Confer-
ence this year.
Varsity letters were handed out to Jewel
Buck who grabbed 196 rebounds, senior
Dorothy Burkhardt, Janezzka Koger, Gra-
ciela Varela, Markeisha Youmans, Calandra
Youmans, and Monica Koger.
Scholar athletes in the program include
Gabriela Borja, Diana Fonseca, Calandra
Youmans, Janezzka Koger, and Graciela
Markeisha Youmans won the Miss Hustle
Award and Calandra Youmans took home
the Most Improved Player Award.
Coach Sherlock also thanked Doug Vest
of Pogey's, Jim McCoin of Cowboy's Res-
taurant, and Red Altman of Lunkers Restau-
rant for their assistance with the banquet.

Martin County rallies past OHS
By Charles M. Murphy .... i i iii. i i i i,
Okeechobee News I- ,- ,,1 , i ,
bullpen for Okeechobee.
Martin County rallied for four runs in the ,, I l, ...,. Brahmans
top of the seventh to defeat Okeechobee, Co,., i, ii i..i ,1., ', i '. rolled the
1,I .. I' .1 ;. Tuesday night dice with Brice to pitch in the seventh, but
-Br s g hit a al s e he's looked good in the bull pen. We would
Brooks Fleming hit a dying quail single make that same decision again. It was an
that fell in short center fieldto tie the game, 1..e t. same a i haveto pick
and Jade Vasquez, w ho hit a three-run i . ,i ',,,
homer earlier, followed with a bloop single r 1. ...... I ,r timesinthe
to bring the Tigers back. ii, '.'.. . i I lumped out
It was a disappointing loss for Okeecho- a r .. r umedo
bee as the Brahmans, (3-10), rallied from to a 2-0 lead. Brahman starter Cameron
a 6-2 deficit, to take a 7-6 lead on a two run Tew 1.. .1 .. ...
homerun by Brice Buckner, 2 4, in the fifth. got i .. ... ..... ....
the game in the fourth.
Dusfn Stokes and Farless had RBI singles
for Okeechobee in the fourth. Drew Selvey
walked in front of Buckner's homerun over
the right field fence in the fifth.
Buckner was one out away from a save
in the seventh before Fleming, and Vasquez
hit singles, Brandon Overstreet walked, and
a fielding error led to a four run rally.
"It wasn't like they tore the cover off the
ball they are power hitters and we had our
outfielders deep in that situation, you just
have to make good pitches to get them
out," he said.
Okeechobee held Senior night Wednes-
day night against Fort Pierce. The boy's
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy district tournament begins Monday in Fort
Brice Buckner (right) is congratulated Pierce at Lawnwood Stadium. Okeechobee
after his two run homerun Tuesday was scheduled to play Glades Central in the
niaht. Adam Tewksbury is at left. first round.

UKeecnoDee News/unarles Murpny
OHS Brahman's Lady Basketball team
players from left to right are Shawn
Hayes, Morgan Ungerott, Dorothy Bur- Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
khardt, and Tony Sherlock, as they Lady Brahmans Basketball team
showcase Dorothy's MVP award, member, Dorothy Burkhardt (left) re-
ceived the team MVP and an all con-
ference certificate at Thursday's ban-
quet from Coach Tony Sherlock.

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Calandra Youmans (far left) accepts
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy the Most Improved Player award at
Coach Tony Sherlock thanked Doug Thursday's banquet. Also in photo
Vest and Pogey's Restaurant for host- from left to right are Coaches Shawn
ing the banquet Thursday. Hayes, Morgan Ungerott and Tony



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