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takes no action on
meeting set for May 7
By Pete Gawda
County employees will nov
have to wait another week to fin
out if they will be facing a five da
After a lengthy discussion a
their meeting on Thursday, Apr
30, Okeechobee County Commis
sioners took no action on count
Friday, May 1, 2009
debate brings no results
administrator Lyndon Bonner's "We are not living within our Mr. Bonner said he had already
proposal that county employees current revenues now," Mrs. met once with the constitution
be given a five day furlough as Chartier said. "We are using re- officers -- the sheriff, the supervi
a means to help overcome the serves." sor of elections, the property ap
county's budget shortfall. He had "It is not a fix all," said Mr. Bon- praiser, the tax collector and the
proposed that on five separate ner. "This is a temporary fix." clerk of the courts about the fur
dates all county employees be giv- He called it a tool to help bal- lough idea.
en the day off without pay They anc the budget. The sheriff was the only consti
would still receive health benefits, "Give us some more tools tutional officer present when th
but the county would not pay re- asked commissioner Clif Betts. matter was discussed and he saic
tirement for that dayGive us some options." he did not agree with the plan.
The county is currently facing a he ar "I don't know how you can cu
budget shortfall of over $2 million The board had already sched-
d and Mr Bonner said it was grow ruled a special meeting scheduled deputies off the road," Sheriff Pau
y ing "by leaps and bounds." Dep- for next Thursday to discuss land May said
it- r-innty Administrator Robbie development regulations. Mr. Bon- "This is a blueprint for fail
it i,,,., who is in charge of he ner said he would meet with the re and "a recipe for disaster," h
said. "If I was a crook and kness
il finance department stated that all constitutional officers on Monday Okeechobee County would fur
s- significant sources of revenue are and then present other options to
y down. the board on Thursday. See COUNTY Page 2
Detective seeks help
By Eric Kopp Force on Nov. 14, 2008. That task
)keechobee News force is made up of people from
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark every county in Florida who have
s looking for some help. formed boards. Those groups
So, he got a handful of people and boards then meet and estab-
So, he got a handful of people lish guidelines and programs in
together Tuesday to offer sugges- lish guidelines and programs in
ions and discuss ideas of how their community to reduce gang
o stem the growth of gangs in act i i
Okeechobee County. The April 28 meeting was the
'm looking for volunteers local group's inaugural meeting.
"I'm looking for volunteers Each county's board consists
o step in and start helping," the of fi catego s board cons
Okeechobee County Sheriff's of five categores-education,
office (OCSO) detective told the criminal justice, business rela-
iverse group. "We have a gang tions, revention and interven-
roblem--not just in Okeecho- tion, rehabilitation and re-entry.
ree County but in the state.echo- "Right now, we have eight vol-
eSg Stark heads u the OCSO unteers on the board and we're
ang and strt cres unt nd hoping to expand that by getting
s now trying to find members of the wrd Sgt. Stark said.
he community to not only help of The board currently cStark; education
ombat gangs locally, but to help chr St. Stark. education
ompile a report for the state At- '.'" .I .
orney General's Office. .. .
Sgt. Stark said Attorney Gen- .I . i, ', I .
eral Bill McCollum estaDllisne
a Gang Reduction Strategy Task
See GANGS Page 2
in combating gangs
Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark, from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, spoke to a group of volunteers who gathered
Tuesday, April 28, to discuss ideas and strategies for dealing
with local gangs and ways to curb the recruitment of young-
sters into these gangs.
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2 Okeechobee News May 1,2009
Continued From Page 1
lough deputies, I would go there at 3 a.m."
"I think a furlough is a band-aid," was the
opinion of commissioner Ray Domer. "You
are going to have to reduce staff overall or
you are going to have to reduce wages."
"I would prefer a cross-the-board pay cut
that starts with me," said the sheriff, "That's
the fair way."
Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested
that different departments might have to
deal with the shortfall in different ways. He
suggested that some departments might
want to work seven hours day or work four
10 hour days.
Commissioner Betts agreed.
"It is not one size fits all," he said.
The commission will meet at 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 7 in the Health Department
Mark Smith (right), presi-
dent of Seacoast National
Bank and Economic Re-
structuring Director for
Okeechobee Main Street
was the guest speaker at
the April 28 meeting of the
Okeechobee Rotary Club.
Mr. Smith said they hope
to hire a full time profes-
sional economic develop-
ment director with fund-
ing from the city, county
and private donations.
He said it is important to
attract new industry that
is a good fit for the local
community. At left is John
Continued From Page 1
department; criminal justice Assistant State
Attorney Ashley Albright and Michele Bell,
from the OCSO Criminal Investigations Di-
vision Sex Crimes Unit; business relations
- Steve Geary, from Shoreline Seawall Alumi-
num; prevention/intervention -Cherie Surls,
from the Department of Juvenile Justice;
and, rehabilitation/re-entry Sam Vuleta,
from Shoreline Seawall Aluminum.
Sgt. Stark said the group will be meeting
quarterly to develop different strategies.
"We'll send a report to the attorney gen-
eral who will review the information for pos-
sible funding for the community," said Sgt.
Stark. "We'll tell them what we're doing and
what the government can do to help."
The OCSO detective told the group that
he has documented 12 criminal street gangs
in Okeechobee County with over 200 mem-
bers and associates. Local gang members
range in age from babies to grandfathers, he
He went on to say most local gang mem-
bers are 18 to 30 years old, but that his unit
mainly targets members between the ages
of 14 and 23.
"You've got to target them early," he told
While a number of ideas were discussed,
Sgt. Stark pointed out that sports and athletic
groups are usually of little interest to gang
"These gang bangers are not sports ori-
ented," he said. "These types of kids are into
car clubs. Car clubs are big right now and
that's what's attracting them."
The detective told the group there are cur
rently 11 car clubs in Okeechobee County.
A big problem in the battle against gangs
is money, said Sgt. Stark.
"We need money to combat gangs,"
he said. "Because of budget restraints in
the state, everyone is having funding prob-
He went on to say that reports generated
by the local task force will help the state At-
torney General's office develop funding for
One local Droiect. added Sot. Stark. is the
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U.S. 441 crash claims man's life
By Eric Kopp Glade, was making a left turn from County row, was then pinned inside his half-ton van.
Okeechobee News Road 15-B onto U.S. 441 S.E. around 6:11 After he was freed from the van, he was
An Okeechobee man died at a West Palm p.m. but apparently did not see Mr. Hovell. transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he
Beach hospital as a result of a two-vehicle As Mr. Cerna was turning his 1997 Mack later died.
accident on U.S. 441 S.E. Wednesday, states tractor-trailer onto the two-lane highway Mr. Cpl. Leatherow said Mr. Cerna was not
a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report. Hovell steered to the right trying to avoid injured.
The FHP report states that Michael a collision, but was unable to do so. The According to the report Mr. Cerna was
George Hovell, 46, died April 29 at St. Mary's front end of Mr. Hovell's 1997 Chevrolet van wearing his seat belt, but Mr. Hovell was
Hospital. struck the trailer's left side, the trooper's re- not.
FHP Corporal Robert G. Leatherow stated port stated. The trooper's report states the accident is
in his report that Jose Omar Cerna, 58, Belle The Okeechobee man, stated Cpl. Leathe- still under investigation.
Argument leads to gunfire, arrest
By Eric Kopp but had moved out. The report states the gun, stated the deputy's report. He then al
Okeechobee News couple returned to the address to get some legedly fired one shot into the ground and
An argument ended with an Okeecho f their property when again told the couple to leave, which they
An argument ended with an Okeecho- Branham saw the couple did.
bee man being arrested after a gun was looking through his wife's Deputy Hazellief went on to state that
reportedly fired vehicle, the report contin- he recovered a .22 caliber shell casing on
James Mark Branham, 39, N.E. 342nd ued. the ground, near the back porch of the resi
Trail, was arrested April 28 on a felony The three began to ar- the ground, near the back porch of the resi-
charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. gue and, according to the dence.
His bond was set at $2,500. report, Branham repeat According to the arrest report, Branham
An arrest report by Deputy Michael Ha- edly told the couple to gave the deputy a High Standard .22 mag-
zellief, from the Okeechobee County Sher- leave but they wouldn't. James Mark num two-shot derringer.
iff's Office (OCSO), said Branham became AtsomepointBranham Branham Deputy Hazellief went on to state in
involved in an argument with a couple who left the couple, went into his report that the couple were trespassed
had lived at the aforementioned address the residence and returned with a hand- from the property.
Four arrested in fight at local bar
By Eric Kopp
Four men were eventually arrested fol-
lowing a fight at a local bar that involved se-
curity guards and police officers who were
trying to quell the affray.
Arrested were: Adrian Orduna, 23, Eddie
Orduna, 20, Miguel Ordu-
na, 20, and Juan Hernan-
dez Garcia, 32, N.W Sixth
Adrian Orduna was ar-
rested on misdemeanor
charges of battery and re-
sisting a law enforcement
officer without violence.
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail Adrian
under a bond of $1,000. Orduna
Eddie Orduna was arrested
on a charge of battery, and his bond was set
at $500. Miguel Orduna was charged with
battery and disorderly intoxication. His bond
was set at $1,000.
Hernandez-Garcia was arrested on felony
charges of battery on a law enforcement of
ficer and resisting a law
enforcement officer with
violence. His bond was set
According to arrest re
ports from the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), Officer Jack Boon
was sent to the El Amigo
del Todos bar, S.W Sec
ond St., due to a fight in Eddie Orduna
progress. Upon his arrival
he saw security personnel
trying to keep some men
from re-entering the bar.
Officer Boon said Eddie
Orduna and two other men
were causing problems in
side the bar and when the se-
curity officer, Lucas Marguez,
confronted them the men
pushed him into a wall and Miguel
began hitting him. The other Orduna
two men were later identified
as Adrian Orduna and Miguel Orduna.
Mr. Marguez was also bitten on the left
side of his face by Adrian
Orduna, stated arrest re-
Officer Boon's report
states that he was forced
to use his taser on Adrian
Orduna, and that when he
did this Hernandez-Garcia
jumped on the officer's
OCPD Sergeant Victo- nadez-
ria Williams stated in her
report that while Officer Garcia
Boon was trying to remove Hernandez-
Garcia, Miguel Orduna then began to move
toward Officer Boon's back. But, he was
pulled away and later arrested by Sgt. Wil-
Another arrest report by Officer Ryan
Holroyd states that once Officer Boon was
able to get his assailant off his back the man
left the scene, but was then returned by Jose
Chaparro, another security guard at the bar.
None of the reports indicate if any of the
officers were injured in the melee.
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Okeechobee man gets 18-month prison term
By Eric Kopp license will be suspended for two years. Once outside the bar, Sgt. Cale said he
Okeechobee News Rivera, N.E. 64th Drive, was credited with saw Rivera throw something to the ground.
An Okeechobee man was sentenced to a having served one day in jail. After Rivera was taken into custody, the
prison term of 18 months after he was adju An arrest report by Sergeant Russ Cale, sergeant retrieved the plastic baggie thrown
dicated guilty on a charge of possession of of the Okeechobee City Police Department down by Rivera. Inside the bag was a white
cocaine. (OCPD), states that Rivera was arrested Dec. powdery substance, stated the report. When
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mirman 13, 2008. Sgt. Cale's report indicates that he field tested, the substance indicated a posi-
on Monday, April 13, also ordered Tomas saw a security officer at El Amigo de Todos, tive result for the presence of cocaine.
Rivera, 38, to pay $1,230 in court costs and S.W Second St., chase Rivera through the Sgt. Cale's report stated that the suspect-
fees. The judge added that Rivera's driver's bar and out the front door. ed cocaine weighed 1.95 grams.
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I see ads for the summer camps and
programs in the paper. I want to warn the
parents, don't put off making plans. The
spaces in these camps go fast. If you delay
signing up, you will wind up on the waiting
I am not sure if there was a Skunk Ape
around on the weekend, but there certainly
was a strong odor around the road near
Popash Slough. Maybe the Skunk Ape hasn't
abandoned us. Keep watching when you go
over that bridge on State Road 70 near 67th
Things I have learned growing
up around the lake ...
r Possums sleep in the middle of the
road with their feet in the air. There are
5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998
live in The South. There are 10,000 types of
spiders. All 10,000 live in The South, plus a
couple no one's seen before. If it grows, it
sticks; if it crawls, it bites.. People actually
grow and eat okra. Iced tea is appropriate
for all meals and you start drinking it when
you're two. We do like a little tea with our
sugar! Backwards and forwards means 'I
know everything about you.' You don't have
to wear a watch because it doesn't matter
what time it is. You work until you're done
or it's too dark to see.
Lately I think people don'twear watch
because everyone uses their telephone to
tell time. Ask what time it is and see how
many people flip their cell phone open.
If the county needs to save money, I
think they need to cut some of those big ad-
ministrative salaries they pay out. We don't
need so many bosses on the payroll.
If the county wants to help the country
save money, they should make it easier to
recycle. Why can't they put some recycling
bins around town? The way it is now, you
have to drive so far to turn in recyclables that
it costs too much in gas to do it. If you can't
give us curbside recycling, at least give us
recycling bins at each of the shopping cen-
The 'c' word
With the high costs of just about every-
thing, maybe now is the time to consolidate
the city and county governments into one
municipal government. Do we really need
both a police department and a sheriff's
office? Do we really need two fire depart-
ments? Wouldn't it make more sense to
In regard to the story about the boaters
who thought they were near Taylor Creek
and they found them on the rocks near Pa-
hokee, it sounds like they really need to in-
vest in a GPS before venturing back out on
the lake. I have heard of people getting lost
or confused, but that is the other side of a
very big lake.
I know the sheriff's department is low
on funds, but I still think their search and res-
cue folks should have an airboat. The lake
gets low and the boaters get stuck in areas
that the rescue teams can't reach without an
airboat. Maybe someone could donate one
as a tax deduction. I know boaters should
be more careful, but it still seems like any
department that does rescues on the lake
should have an airboat.
Parents of teenage boys should sit them
down and explain the law to them. If they're
18 and are caught with a girl who is younger,
they can wind up in jail and facing a sex of-
fender label the rest of their lives. It's the law
and some girls' parents will make sure it
is enforced. Leave the 'jail bait' alone. And
men age 21 and over especially need to keep
away from girls who are under the age of 18
as they can wind up being labeled a sexual
predator. Some girls look and act older than
they are. Make sure you know exactly how
old they are before asking for a date.
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A filibuster proof majority
You have to go all the way back to 1937
to find the last American President who
enjoyed what was, in practice, a filibuster-
proof majority in the Senate, according to
Senate Associate Historian Donald Ritchie.
With Arlen Specter's switch (and assuming,
that Al Franken ever gets sworn in), Barack
Obama has the Magic 60 Votes -- and an op-
portunity that his predecessors would great-
ly have envied.
Sen. Specter saw the "writing on the
wall," as far as his chance in the upcoming
primary. And -- since he wanted to keep his
"day job" -- he moved to the Democrats. My
guess is he thinks that he can "walk away"
with that Primary.
Sen. Lieberman left the Democrats for
the same reason Specter left the Republicans,
and when Lieberman did it the conserva-
up for his
ic Party. In
reality he was merely trying to avoid defeat
in the primary because of his stand on the
Sen. Lieberman did indeed "switch",
but he did it after his primary AND he ran
against his opponents and won in the elec-
tion, voted in by his Constituents. Sen.
Specter "switched" in midstream, basically
thumbing his nose at the voters who voted
him in as a Republican.
Arlen Specter has always been his own
man. Just one day after his switch, he voted
against Obama's budget.
I personally have no problem if a poli-
tician switches parties. My problem is with
the hypocrisy of those who complain about
the other side doing it. The voters elected the
politician based on his platform. One's plat-
form does not suddenly change overnight.
For example, Specter will likely vote accord-
ing to his moderate political philosophy just
as he has always done. He was willing to
vote with Democrats on the stimulus bill and
on other issues. He has voted with Repub-
licans on a variety of issues as well. You can
change his label, but he's still the same.
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No fireworks this year
It's a shame that we can't afford a
community fireworks show this year, but I
suspect that will happen in a lot of places.
We can celebrate the Fourth of July with old
fashioned picnics and spending time with
family. And if you really want to see fire-
works, get a group together and carpool out
to Brighton Reservation.
No fireworks? What a way to celebrate
this nation's independence day.
Shop at home
I want to encourage everyone to try
to shop at home and use local businesses
when they can. We are seeing a lot of busi-
nesses closing. When that happens it hurts
the local tax base and puts local folks out of
work. You can help by showing some loy-
alty to your community and shopping locally
when you can. We are in this together. We
need to help each other.
There are a few things you can do
to help prevent infection, or the spread of
swine flu. Wash your hands often with soap
and water. Don't touch your face -- eyes,
nose, mouth, ears. Get enough sleep, eat
healthy, exercise and drink plenty of fluids.
Avoid close contact with people who are
I saw on the news that it is being dis-
cussed whether they should close the bor-
ders and restrict travel to Mexico in order to
control the spread of Swine Flu. I can under-
stand people probably don't want to travel
there right now and it is not hard to change
vacation plans. But how are they going to
stop the illegals sneaking over the border?
From what I have read, the concern
about the Swine Flu is that it is not just those
already at high risk are in danger. With nor-
mal flu, you really only have to worry about
it being serious for the elderly and the very
young. But with this flu, otherwise healthy
adults have died. I think we need to take the
threat seriously and take every precaution
we can to keep the disease from spreading.
If you don't think flu can be fatal, look
back at the history of this country. In the
1800s, thousands of people died in influenza
epidemics. Flu can lead to very serious com-
Want to avoid the flu? Go wash your
hands. Wash at least five times a day. Also,
always wash before touching food.
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May 1, 2009
Letters to the Editor
On April 11, the second annual Okeecho-
bee Firefighters and Paramedics Softball
Tournament was hosted at the Okeecho-
bee Softball Fields. It was a success and we
cannot thank everyone enough. We look
forward to another great year in 2010 and
would like to take this time to recognize
the sponsors and teams that contributed in
making this fundraiser a reality.
Sponsors for the tournament are as fol-
lows: Commercial Communications by
Sprint, Seacoast Bank (North Branch), Bill's
Mini Mart, Maximum Tanning, Winn Dixie,
Allied Welding and Maintenance, Allied Piv-
ot Sales, Merita Bread Store, Quality Tee's,
and Cupcake Cuties.
We would also like to thank the following
teams: CIS-PAL, Jwayco Crew, First Bank,
and Hayes Cabinets for their participation.
Thank you to Photography by Bobbi and ev-
eryone who took time out of their Saturday
Last but not least, Jill Rogers, thank you
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at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons 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 800-932-
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the
public to their dance every Friday, from 7 un-
til 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.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242 Hwy.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, N.A. Sickest Of The Sick
- Open Discussion/Speaker at 8 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second
St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open
The Highlands Social Dance Club will be-
gin its 27th season on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom
dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions Club
on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27. For
information call 863-471-0559 or 863-385-6621.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly 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 863-697-0206.
A.A. meetingfrom 8 until 9 p.m. atOkeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be
a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the
first Saturday of every month October-May at
Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at
The Gathering Church will hold its month-
ly healing service on the first Saturday of every
month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone desiring
to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome
to attend. The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W.
24th Ave. For information call Theresa Brown at
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242
Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion meeting; N.A. Sickest Of The
Sick Group 7 p.m.; N.A. Nowhere Left To Go
Group Open Discussion meeting 8 p.m. The Just
for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
for all of your time and effort again this year.
You have been a great help and we owe you
big time. We hope everyone had a great ex-
perience and will join us again next year.
Tax cap proposed
As a Florida Taxpayer, I am unhappy
that the Senate is refusing to place the 1.35
percent property tax cap (SB 0738) on the
Ballot in 2009. Your vote could help us to
choose to cut our property taxes 20 percent
and restore our Florida economy.
Please insist that Senate President Jeff At-
water move this to the senate floor for a vote
I would like to commend Raulerson Hos-
pital for the recent stay I had this month. I
have been in hospitals from the East Coast,
West Coast and South. I would not go to any
I have a medical condition which re-
quires hospitalization. I have had this condi-
tion since 1989.
The staff at Raulerson, from the CEO to all
the departments was truly concerned with
me. They kept me calm, stress free and took
great care of me and my medical needs.
I have heard others comment unfavor-
ably towards Raulerson. My only comment
would be, then that patients need to look
closer at them. Were they being ugly, impa-
tient or possibly they think they know more
than the medical staff? (Sometimes a little
knowledge is dangerous.)
The doctors and nursing staff are very
knowledgeable and the patients should real-
ize they are there to help and get you better
so you can go back home where it is com-
Raulerson gives each patient a handbook
upon arrival. I read the entire book and this
handbook covers just about anything you
would want to know. I'm sure a lot of pa-
tients probably just put it in the drawer. This
book is informative and Raulerson has made
this for each and every person admitted.
Again, as stated, I would not go to any
other hospital but, Raulerson.
Deloris Ann Bourn
Meeting with Mike Horner
Members of the Okeechobee Junior Leaders 4-H Club recently traveled to
Tallahassee, to study state government. Representative Mike Horner was
very interested in discussing the issues presented to him during a meeting
in his office in the capitol. As a token of their thanks, the members presented
Representative Horner with a lapel pin to commemorate 100 years of Flor-
ida 4-H, "A Century of Youth Success." Pictured from left to right are: Kyle
Walker, Emilie Lege, Mrs. Linda Syfrett, Representative Mike Horner, Aus-
tin Pluskot, Janna Mullis, Wesley Mims, Justin Hoover, Mrs. Diane Spann,
Kelsey Burnham and Raychel Rabon.
The staff at Glady's gathered in front of the restaurant for a picture the day
before the restaurant closed. Pictured, left to right, are, Donna Hoffman,
who has been a dishwasher 13 or 14 years, Joyce Clay who has been a cook
for over 40 years. Barbara Tomb, who spent 19 1/2 years as assistant cook,
Sherry Houlette, waitress/cashier for 22 years, Sheila Schaffer, waitress for
9 years, Bertie Griffis, who grew up in the restaurant when it was run by her
mother, Gladys Clay, and her son, Jeff Griffis who has also worked all his
life at the restaurant.
National Scrapbooking Day
Saturday, May 2, is "National Scrapbook-
ing Day." This celebration was started in
1994, by Creative Memories, a well-known
album company. Our local scrapbook group,
known as, "Croppin' Crew" will be celebrat-
ing on this day. We will meet at Treasure Is-
land Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
There will be a number of demonstrations
and make-n-take projects throughout the
day. One of the make-n-takes will be a gift
cardholder using heat embossing. All levels
of scrapbookers are invited to join us for the
day. Bring a covered dish if you wish to par-
ticipate in our covered dish luncheon. If you
need more information you can call Joan at:
863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.
Chaka's Stars Youth
Are you looking for fun and excitement
to pass the hot summer days? Then Cha-
ka's Stars Summer Youth Experience may
be what you are looking for. We welcome
your child to attend our third annual six
week summer camp presented by Chaka's
Stars Foundation. Camp will be conducted
beginning on Monday, June 15 through Fri-
day, July 24, from the hours of 8:30 a.m.-
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with the
exception of Friday, July 3, in observance of
Independence Day. Registration for the Sum-
mer Day Camp will begin on Saturday, May
2, at the Douglas Brown Community Center
under the pavilion from noon until 2 p.m.
Registration is open to youth between the
ages of 6-14, space is limited. There will be
a $25 registration fee. This fee will cover the
cost of field trips and meals to be provided
on field trips along with a camp t-shirt. The
weekly fees will be $10 per child. For more
information, please contact Chaka Smith
at 863-634-7424 or Terra Morris at 863-484-
Free memory loss screenings
On Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. until 2:30
p.m. the Alzheimer's Association will spon-
sor free memory loss screenings. They will
be held at the Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St. Appointments are needed -
please cause Donna True at 1-800-861-7826,
ext. 1. Screenings are for anyone any age
- concerned about memory loss. Screenings
conducted by staff from St. Mary's Memory
Disorder Center. Immediate results.
Burnin' Strings Band
The Burnin' Strings Bluegrass Band will
hold a concert on May 2, at Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church (turn left at Sunoco station
on Hwy 78 W, go one mile, church on the
left), from 6 until 8 p.m. Tickets are a $5 do-
nation at the door. All proceeds will benefit
the Baptist Children's Home in Miami. For
more information call 863-357-6113.
Thomas Edwin Walker Sr., 86
OKEECHOBEE Thomas Edwin Walker Sr.,
of Okeechobee, died April 29, 2009, at his
home. He was 86.
Born Jan. 24, 1923, to Hulon and Inez Walker,
he was a lifetime resident of
Okeechobee. He proudly
served our country in the U.S.
Army during World War II.
Mr. Walker was preceded
in death by his brother,
He is survived by his wife of
59 years, Joann Walker; two
sons, Thomas E. Walk-
er, Jr. (Kathy) of Okee-
Joel V Walker of Ft. Myers; two
daughters, Joy Walker and Lana Powell of Tam-
pa; six grandchildren; seven great grandchil-
dren; brother, Emory Walker (Onnie Jean); and
sister, Martha Domer.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today, May 1, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel. The funeral services
will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at First Baptist
Church of Okeechobee with Pastor Mickey
Evans and Pastor Randy Huckabee officiating.
Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. 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, FI
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
Lorayne 'Grammom' Kresser, 91
OKEECHOBEE Lorayne "Grammom" Kres-
ser, age 91, of Okeechobee died Sunday, April
26, 2009, at her residence.
Born on March 3, 1918, in
Philadelphia, she was the
only child of Fredrick and
Helen Reiger. During her
working years, she worked in
statistical data and vital
records for the city of Phila-
delphia and after moving to
work as a waitress in Palm Beach
Hotels. She has been a 19 year resident of
Okeechobee and enjoyed crafts, cooking and
Preceded in death by her husband Wilmer,
she is survived by her son, Fredrick Kresser, Sr.;
and daughter, Lorayne Johnson, both of Okee-
chobee. She is also survived by three great-
grandchilren. "Grammom" will be greatly
missed by her family, many friends and her
pets, Fluffy and KC.
Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel on Sunday, May 2, from noon until ser-
vice time at 1 p.m.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.
Guests may convey their sympathy at
OKEECHOBEE Pearline Thomas died Sun-
day, April 26, 2009, at Raulerson Hospital, Okee-
Born Sept. 14, 1931, in Concorde, N.C., she
had been a resident of Okeechobee for 25 years
coming from Neptune, N.J. She was a member
of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and
the Red Hatters.
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Givens of
Okeechobee; companion of 43 years, Willie Ed-
ward Finney of Asbury Park, N.J.; daughter,
Maryella Thomas of Okeechobee; sons, George
Thomas, of Atlanta, Ga., Willie Thomas of Nep-
tune, N.J., Woodie Thomas of Crawfordville,
and Darrin Wilkerson of California. In addition
she is survived by a host of grandchildren, great-
grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins and
A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday,
May 2, in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Okee-
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee.
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.
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Okeechobee Brahman wrestlers honored at banquet
By Charles M. Murphy
It was an emotional night Monday as
the Okeechobee High School Brahman
wrestling program lost some very talented
seniors and also learned they will lose their
long time coach.
Bruce Jahner is hanging up the whistle
after 15 years as Okeechobee High School
wrestling coach. Graduates this year include
four time district champion Donny Bush,
who took home another MVP award, and
Tyler Hayes, who recently signed a college
Okeechobee went 11-6 this past year and
won several individual titles.
Jahner thanked the parents for the op-
portunity to coach their kids over the years.
He said without them, he couldn't have had
the success he's had, "This is the last go. I
enjoyed every minute of it. I will remember
each and every one of you. It was well worth
it. I love Okeechobee and I love the people.
There are such wonderful people here."
Jahner will continue to teach at OHS next
Bush was at the top of the list of wrestlers
in this area this year. He lost at the state tour-
nament this year, but losing wasn't much of
a habit for the 145 pound dynamo. He won
35 of 38 matches which included 20 pin fall
victories. He intends to study to become a
fireman and could join the military. Bush
presented Jahner with a folder of news clip-
pings his grandmother had taken out of vari-
ous newspapers during his career.
"I'm real happy that I got a lot of wins
and a lot of awards over the past few years. I
thought I'd get the Brahman award tonight,"
Bush retires with the most wins in high
school history. He noted he made the book
for Coach Jahner so they will always have
those memories, "My grandmother just cut
them out every time she saw something, he
meant a lot to me, and me and coach have
had a good run together," he said.
Hayes took home the Brahman award
and will also wrestle at Newberry College
in South Carolina next year. Hayes was an-
other state qualifier this year. Tyler finished
31-4 this year.
Jahner said he will still be involved with
the wrestling program. He said he hopes his
assist Vidal Torres gets the opportunity to
take over the program. He also praised long
time friend Todd Jones for his assistance
over the years.
Jahner told the returning wrestlers to con-
tinue to stay active and to keep their grades
up. He said they should spend more time in
the weight room and get stronger. He urged
them to practice with the Big Lake Wrestling
Club and to attend wrestling camps over
the summer. The wrestling club can assist
wrestlers in the costs of attending wrestling
Jahner also spoke optimistically about
the future, "We have a good group coming
back and we have one of the best freshmen
classes coming to school in many years. We
will still be a solid team next year," he com-
Jahner said it was an exciting time to fin-
ish up with the kids and hand out awards.
He noted the kids pick most of the award.
He said his decision to leave will hit him
when he gets closer to graduation. "I plan
on getting married. It's kind of hard giving
100 percent to each one. If you start giving
half and half, nobody wins on that. Right
now I think it's a good decision for me."
Jahner said he had a long line of great
wrestlers over the year. He said he prides
himself on remembering all of his players.
"There's been quite a few. To pick one I re-
ally can't. It was an honor and privilege to
coach those kids and every kid, even if they
weren't the best athlete. You can't win every
match. I was pleased with every kid I had."
Wrestlers who earned letters this year in-
clude Jose Banuelos, Mitchell Dean, Donald
Bryan, Craig Cleckley, Allan Garza, Chase
Kaufman, Saul Garcia, Kenny Webb, Josh
Gruber, Donny Bush, Tyler Hayes, Corey
Krum, David Sanchez, Jose Medallin, Tony
Bonnett, and Zac Griffith. Miranda Dubois,
Tabitha Smith, and Ande Eddings received
awards for keeping stats this year.
Garcia was also honored as a scholar ath-
Donald Bryan took the Rookie of the Year
Award. Josh Gruber won the Most Improved
Wrestler Award. Tyler Hayes took home the
Most Dedicated Wrestler Award.
Bush, Cleckley and Medallin also won in his weight class. "I'm surprised I got this
certificates for doing well at the Treasure award, but I feel pretty good. It is sad that
Lake Conference Tournament in February. coach is leaving, but new opportunities are
Gruber said he'll likely take over as team opening up, I have no doubt we'll still have
leader next year. He was a district champion a good year."
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Coach Todd Jones, Bruce Jahner, and Vidal Torres pose for pictures at Mon-
Saul Garcia was honored as a
athlete at Monday's banquet.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Josh Gruber (left) won the most im- Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
proved wrestler award from Coach Tyler Hayes (left) poses with the Brah-
Bruce Jahner. man award with Coach Bruce Jahner.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Donald Bryan (left) was honored as
rookie of the year in a vote of his peers.
Also in photo is Coach Bruce Jahner.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Donny Bush (left) won the most valu-
able wrestler award. Also In picture Is
Coach Bruce Jahner.
May 1, 2009
By Eric Kopp
'Houdini' is going to find that another e
cape from the Okeechobee County Jail w
be no easy feat.
Alajandro Perez, who bills himself as tI
great escape artist, was returned to the loc
jail Wednesday, April 29. He had been he
in the Palm Beach County Jail following h
arrest there on an Okeechobee County wa
rant charging him with escape.
"We're just going to be sure he's observe
more closely than before," said Okeechobe
County Jail Administrator Ronnie White.
Mr. White said additional security me
sures have been put in place and that an
time Perez is not in his cell he will be han
cuffed and shackled. Perez is being held
segregation, meaning no one is in the c
Perez, 45, escaped from the local j;
around 2:21 p.m. on Feb. 6 and was ca
tured Tuesday, Feb. 24, by the United Stat'
Marshal's Service Florida Regional Fugiti
Task Force. He was taken into custody
he crawled out the bathroom window of
By Pete Gawda
Beginning May 6 the goal of a four la
highway from the City of Okeechobee to t
east coast will come closer to reality. Hoe
ever, completion of the entire stretch is st
several years away. Business leaders han
long said that the lack of a four lane hig
way is slowing the economic developme
of the area.
May 6 is the date that Sheltra and So
Construction, Inc. of Indiantown is sche
uled to begin work four landing S.R. 70 ear
ward from the county line to Berman Roa
returned to local jail
home in rural Palm Beach County. ful and was then charged with attempted
When arrested there, Perez was found to escape and criminal mischief. His bond was
be in possession of 2 grams of suspected co- set at $15,000.
ls- caine and was then charged with possession Perez was arrested Dec. 16, 2008, on
ill of cocaine. charges of burglary of an occupied dwell-
Public Information Of- ing, grand theft and possession of burglary
he ficer Eric Davis, of the Palm tools. His bond on those charges was set at
al Beach County Sheriff's Of- $46,000.
ld fice, said Thursday, April While Perez was on the lam he missed
is 30, that Perez had entered a scheduled court date so a charge of fail-
r- a plea of guilty. He was ure to appear on the attempted escape and
credited with the 61 days criminal mischief charges have been added.
ed he had already served Perez is now being held without bond on
ee in Palm Beach County the failure to appear charges, as well as the
and was then returned to Alajandro newest escape charge.
a- Okeechobee. Perez After his escape investigators found a
y- Perez escaped from the message from Perez written with a felt tip
d- local jail while in a 4-foot-by 8 foot outdoors pen above his cell door. It read: "Your job is
in recreation pod. His orange jump suit was to keep me here. My job is to find a way out
ell found on the roof of the jail, said OCSO case of here." It was signed "Houdini."
officer Detective Sergeant Brad Stark. When He also left them a message written ver-
ail he fled the complex Perez was clad only in tically down the left side of the metal door
p- his boxer shorts and a T-shirt, added Sgt. frame that read: "The last laugh is the one
es Stark. that counts."
ve Records indicate that Perez had tried to It's a pretty safe bet that Perez was not
as escape the local jail on Jan. 1 by breaking laughing when that iron door slammed be-
a out a window. However, he was unsuccess- hind him Wednesday.
170 work to begin May 6
The project is part of the Florida Department
of Transportation's (DOT) long range pro
gram. It was originally planned in 2005 to
occur in fiscal year 08/09. The project is pro
ceeding according to schedule with funding
coming from DOT's work program allotted
by the state legislature. There are no federal
funds or stimulus money involved in the
project which is scheduled for completion
in Julyof 2010.
However, there will be several more
years of traffic delays caused by construction
before S.R. 70 is four laned all the way from
Fort Pierce to Okeechobee. In Okeechobee
County funds are not expected to be avail-
able for another five years for construction
of the remaining section of S.R. 70 up to
where the four lane currently ends east of
In St. Lucie County about 10 more miles
will be four laned beginning in June pend-
ing the receipt of federal economic stimulus
funding. Another section is scheduled to be
bid in 2014. The current section of four lan-
ing under construction in St. Lucie County is
scheduled for completion in early 2010.
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By Charles M. Murphy
A front end loader valued at $75,000
was a total loss Tuesday after a fire at 391
S.W 67th Drive, Okeechobee County Fire
A report from Lt. Robert Banfield said
firemen responded with four units and
seven firemen and found the machinery
100 percent involved. They also found a
pile of debris and trees near the loader
Banfield said 30 gallons of hydraulic
oil and 40 gallons of fuel in the machinery
fueled the blaze. Some area trees were
also burned in the fire.
Firemen arrived just before 5 p.m. and
were on the scene for close to two hours.
There were no structures threatened, and
no injuries reported.
Banfield's report said the fire origi-
nated in the engine area. The State Fire
Marshall was called in to investigate the
cause of the blaze. Approximately 1,500
gallons of water was used to put out the
fire. The equipment was owned by Ken
neth Collins Tree Service.
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Teen charged with hitting teacher
By Eric Kopp
A student at New Endeavor High School
was arrested by a School Resource Officer
after he reportedly cursed and hit a teacher.
Chase Wyatt Weeks, 14, N.W 15th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, April 28,
on a felony charge of battery on a school of-
ficial. He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then transported to the Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in
School Resource Officer Deputy Dan Mc
Gee, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), stated in an arrest report that Weeks
was arrested after he hit physical education
teacher Lonnie Sears. The
report went on to state that
Weeks cursed Coach Sears
and called him some deroga-
Tuesday's incident ap-
parently began when the
teacher asked Weeks to leave
his classroom, but the teen
refused. Witness statements Chase Wyatt
indicate that Weeks became Weeks
hostile toward the coach and
started using profanity, continued the report.
When Coach Sears took the teen by the
arm to escort him out of the classroom
Weeks pushed the teacher in the chest "and
started to get physical," stated the report. At
this point the teacher pushed the boy away
from him, but Weeks allegedly came at him
As the coach and another male school
official took Weeks to the floor to subdue
him, the teen kept trying to kick and hit the
coach, the deputy stated.
The deputy's report does not indicate
where the coach was struck, or if any of the
three people involved were injured.
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).
Marion Thomas, 26, Eighth St., Buck
head Ridge, was arrested April 21 by Officer
Ryan Holroyd on a felony charge of driving
while license suspended -habitual offender.
He was also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of obstruction. His bond was set at
Ellen Hope Daoust, 40, Ketuck Church
Road, Ringgold, Va., was arrested April 24 by
Officer Chad Troutman on a fugitive warrant
from the State of Virginia. She is being held
Christopher T. Estremera., 35, S.E. 36th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by
DOC's Michael White on charges of viola-
tion of probation -lewd assault victim under
the age of 16 (two counts) and violation of
probation adult sex with victim 16-17 years
of age. He is being held without bond.
Moses Coley, 46, N.E. 14th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 24 by Dep-
uty Sergeant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with burglary
of a structure. His bond was set at $5,000.
Danny A. Bonilla, 29, N.W Eighth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 25 by
Deputy Joseph Gracie on a charge of driving
while license suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Michael T. Hartford, 21, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by
DOC's Michael White on a charge of viola-
tion of probation lewd and lascivious mo-
lestation victim under 12. He is being held
Leann Nichole Williams, 21, S.E. 26th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by
Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with grand
theft. Her bond was set at $4,000.
Christopher King, 25, S.E. Seventh St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by Dep-
uty G. Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with amended viola
tion of probation driving under the influ-
ence. He is being held without bond.
Rinella Billie, 36, N.W 33rd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 27 by Depu-
ty Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging her with driving under
the influence. She was released on her own
Monica Pickens, 31, S.E. 57th Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by Depu-
ty Paul Jackson on an Okaloosa County war
rant charging her with violation of probation
-cruelty toward a child -abuse without great
harm. She is being held without bond.
Rebecca Jean Lowery, 37, N.E. llth
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by
Deputy Howard Pickering on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation possession of a controlled
substance (hydrocodone). She is being held
Kimberly Christine Peterman, 23, N.W
12th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April
28 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a Depart-
ment of Corrections warrant charging her
with violation of probation -forgery (five
counts), violation of probation uttering a
forged instrument (five counts), violation of
probation grand theft, violation of proba-
tion -possession of cocaine and violation
of probation organized fraud. She is being
held without bond.
Adam Brantley Osceola, 21, S.W Third
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 29 by
Deputy Dale Hardy on a Glades County war-
rant charging him with violation of probation
-burglary of a structure, violation of proba
tion possession of cocaine and violation of
probation driving while license suspended.
He is being held without bond.
Marquise Ladell Daniels, 20, N.E. 18th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 29
by Officer Belen Reyna on a misdemeanor
charge of driving while license suspended.
His bond was set at $500. Daniels was later
arrested by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with the felonies of giving false information
to a pawnbroker and grand theft. His bond
on those charges was set at #4,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
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Local students compete in
Florida State Science Fair
Recently, 13 Okeechobee students at-
tended the Florida State Science and Engi-
neering Fair, which was held in Lakeland,
Florida. Students from both Middle Schools
and the High School competed against near-
ly 850 science projects from throughout the
state. The following students won awards at
Ryan Reister (YMS) received an Honor-
able Mention paper weight for his research
in physics, $10 cash and a membership to
the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences and
a $50 savings bond from the Hernando Re-
gion. Julianne Meives (YMS) was awarded a
third place plaque for her research in phys-
ics, $10 cash and a membership to the Flor-
ida Junior Academy of Sciences. Alec Hert
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ceived a Special Recognition ribbon for her
research in Zoology. Celena Letcher (OHS)
received an Honorable Mention paperweight
for her research in Zoology. Tim Gray (OHS)
Okeechobee County students who
competed in the State Science Fair in-
cluded: front row (left to right): Chris
Boney, Tim Gray, Samantha Rivero,
Krista Pope, Celena Letcher, and Alec
Hert; back row (left to right): Dal-
ton Hodges, Ryan Reister, Julianne
Meives, Darby Jones, Trent Johnson,
Joy Burnham, and Joey Barletto.
was awarded a fourth place plaque for his
research in physics. The Science teachers in
Okeechobee would like to congratulate all
of the students who attended the fair.
National Day of prayer observance
By Pete Gawda Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W
Okeechobee News 32nd St., is hosting its 14th Annual Golf
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association Tournament on Saturday, May 16 at the
is sponsoring the local observance of the Okeechobee Golf & Country club, The cost
National Day of is $45 which includes the green fee, cart and
Prayer, Thurs- a barbecue lunch. You may register at the
day, May 7 on the church office Monday through Thursday or
c.ur. ,,..... i on Sunday morning in the church vestibule.
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Group promotes autism awareness
By Charles M. Murphy
with the Okeecho-
bee Autism Support
Group was the fea-
tured speaker at this
ative Council meeting
held Tuesday at the
School Board offices.
was the subject of
Crews' presentation. JoannaCrews
Persons with autism
can be hard to diagnose, both for experts
and for parents. The person may laugh or
giggle at inappropriate times, have no real
fear of dangers, may prefer to be alone and
may avoid eye contact. There are a number
of symptoms autism patients display.
Ms. Crews told the group that her child,
Casey, age four, has autism. She wanted the
group to know what it was like for a parent
to deal with autism. Parents can never take
a day off when their child is autistic. Normal
everyday things for other kids, like eating out
in a restaurant or playing in a park, is a huge
ordeal for parents.
Many autistic kids need constant supervi-
sion. Some are prone to yelling and scream-
Autism is treatable. There are a number
of therapies including behavior therapy, ap-
plied behavior analysis, structured teaching,
speech and language therapy, social skills
therapy and occupational therapy.
Ms. Crews said autism is becoming more
common. Males are four times more likely
to have autism than females. It is important
that these children have early intervention
Autism is the sixth most common disabil-
ity in the United States. It is more common
than child hood cancer.
There are 41 children in the Okeechobee
school system with autism, Ms. Crews said.
The numbers have increased tremendously
in the past several years.
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group
started after an incident she experienced at
a park. An adult called her son retarded. She
noted it was heart breaking. She had just
moved here and was shocked by the inci-
dent. "I want to do something, and meet
other parents like me. I didn't have anyone
to talk to. My family and friends really can't
know what I feel and what exactly I go
through," she said.
Sharing the awareness one individual at a
time is the motto of the group. They provide
information to parents. The group is made
up of volunteers, supporters, teachers and
parents. They would like to recruit more
teachers and volunteers.
National awareness day in February was
commemorated in Okeechobee with a
bowling fundraiser. They also participated in
February's Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler
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They group also participates in the
Okeechobee Special Equestrian program.
Her son goes every week for 30 minutes. It
is something Casey looks forward to each
week. "When we get home he seems more
peaceful and calmed down."
Saturday they held the first annual
Okeechobee autism walk on the Herbert
Hoover Dike. There was a great turnout. It
was a free event. Anyone who would like
to volunteer or receive information can call
863- 863-467-0841 or browse the web page
Crews said she has enjoyed living in
Okeechobee for the past year and has got-
ten a lot of information and support from
the community, "It has given me inspiration
to keep going."
Debbie Gillette will become the new
Chairperson of the CCC in June. Elections
for a chair elect will be held on May 26.
Kay Begin of the Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition reported that 56 women and
one dad attended a Healthy Star baby show-
er last Friday. 10 agencies participated while
20 businesses and individuals donated funds
or services for the event.
Communities in Schools plan to hold
three camps this summer. Those include a
skate camp for 6-16 year olds. Sheriff Paul
May will host a camp for kids, age 8-14 in
June. June 1st will be the signup day for the
Communities in Schools Camps. For more
information call 863-462-5863.
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Tennis teams celebrate winning seasons
By Charles M. Murphy "It was really a great season. We had great
Okeechobee News support from the community. I think the kids
Corey White and Kari Berger were named really enjoyed playing this year."
most valuable players for their respective Zach Fowler was named the Brahman
teams as the Okeechobee High School tennis award winner for the boys and Alisha Wilcox
teams held their annual banquets on Sunday won the award for the girl's squad.
at the Berger ranch on Berman Road. "It was a fun banquet with a pretty good
The boy's team finished off a (12-3) sea- crowd and a lot of good food. The kids
son with a trip to the state regional this year. played some football afterward, it was a fun
The girl's team got off to quick start and fin- day," Van Camp said.
ished the season with a solid 10-5 record. The high school will have to look for a
Boy's Coach Bryan Van Camp said he new girl's coach as Morgan Ungerott will not
was very pleased with how the season went, return next year.
KOA Campgrounds kick off summer with free night
Several KOA campgrounds in Florida
are participating in Kampgrounds of
America's Sixth Annual Come Kamp &
Care With Us Weekend Friday, May 8
and Saturday, May 9.
The event, created in 2004 to offer
campers an easy way to affordably explore
KOA campgrounds in their area, and at the
same time have a fun, affordable weekend
to start their summer camping season.
All campers at participating camp-
grounds who stay as a paying guest on
Friday, May 8, will receive a free night of
camping on Saturday, May 9.
The event is open to the public. RVs and
tents are welcome, and participating KOAs
are offering free nights in their accommo-
dations, including many KOA Kamping
The event also serves as a fundraising
event for KOA Care Camps for children
with cancer. A partial list of participating
KOA campgrounds in Florida include:
Clewiston/Lake Okeechobee KOA
Fort Myers/Pine Island KOA
Orlando S.E/Lake Whippoorwill KOA
Orlando S.W/Fort Summit KOA
Campgrounds fill up fast for this popu-
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U-12 boys win championship at Soccer Challenge
Three local boys win championship at the Coerver Coaching at Treasure Coast United
Pompano Beach Spring 3 v3 Challenge tour- where the boys train, said it was an out-
nament. On one of the sunniest days of this standing effort by all three. By winning the
year the boys played four qualifying matches Championship the boys qualify for nationals
Saturday, before taking on the Boca Juniors at Disney's Wide World of Sports where they
in the finals. Without any extra players the play against teams from across the nation in
boys played brilliantly. The Boca Juniors got July31-Aug 2. Congratulations, Edger Ayala,
on the board quickly by scoring three goals Logan Laskey, and Wilson Santos.
but Okeechobee settled in and won 10-3.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCIlIN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUN0M, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2009-CP-86
IN RE: ESTATE O
LAWRENCE E. GIKENUNATER,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The admuinstratson of the estate of
LAWRENCE E,. GILLENWATER, de-
ceased, whose date of death was
Ma 0 16 9, 0 and whose sodal
secure number is 279=-58-4039 I
pending e Circut Court for
Okeechobee County, Flotda, Probate
Ds0o ote address of owh is 312
N.W 3rd Street, Oleechobee, Fbonda
34972. The name and address of
the personal representative and the
personal representative at oey
are st forth betow.
All creditor of the deedent and
other persons having lams or de-
mands against decedeant estlate on
whom a copy of this mtie s re-
quired to be served mus file their
clams wth this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All credtor of the deedent and
other persons having clams or de-
mands ataS decedent's eate
must file telr clas with this curt
WITHIN 3 MONTH AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
ALL CLAIS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFIR THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
no0 e rs May st, 2009.
DAVID RL WALSH
4240 7th Seet SW
Naples, Florda 34119
Aitomey for PersoI Representave'
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
F2, Bar No. 270441
319278 ON 5/1,8/09
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIEN that
hoe C Council of the City of
Okeeobee wil meet in Regula
Session on Tuesday, May 5,
9, :00 p.m. at Cy Hall, 55
SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeehobee
Fonda 0e0 publO is ateod and
encouraged to atnd
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE AD-
VIED that no steogaphic reord
by a oetfied ourt reporter wll be
made of the toregolng mee0ng
Acordngly, any pern who may
eek to appeal any decision involv-
ng the maters noted herein il
be reponble for mang a verba-
Im reord of he testmny and
evideae at said meeting upon
which any appeal m to be based
Pease contact ty Admonmrbaton
at 863-763-3372, websae
www.cyor okeechobee.om, to
obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accorda with the Americans
with DisOlbties Act (ADA) of 1990
persons needing speal accommo-
datIn to patopate in th pro-
ceeding should mcon0 the Oty
by: Jes E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamotae CMC, Oty Cilerk
319270 ON 5/1/09
MAKES YOU A
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AN
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
CASE NO. 2009-CA-255
H.G. CULBRETH, JR. and
JIM G. RUSSAKIS,
I.C WAGEN and N.M LnETS, and
each of the foregoing, who are not
known to be alive or deceased, and if
sees, grantees redto and all oth-
er paroes tamltng by, through,
under or against them or eoer of
T' C Wagen, address unknown
N.. Letts, address unknown,
and eah o d e fegng, who are
not known to be alive or deased,
and I deceaed, other unknown
hem, desees, grantees, toedtor
and all other pare claiming by,
through, under or against then or ei-
ther of them.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED
that an acon to Qui Te on the
following decnbed property n Okee-
chaobee County, Ronda, to-w'
A r of land ing in the
west14 ofSeon2 Town-
ship 33/ Souh, Range5 East,
Okeechobee County, Floridla,
BEGINNING at the Southest
comr of the said Northeast
1/4 of the th 14 of
Section 22, bear North
00211'07" Weat alam the
West line of the Northeast 1/4
of the Southwest 1/4 of Sec-
on 22, to the intersection
with the South dht-of-way of
Osowaw Road, a distance o
598. feet; thence bear North
56022'15" East along the anid
sout rnght-of-t y of Oawaw
Road, a distance of 366.68
feet; thence bear South
00N1'10" East to the inte -
tion with the South line of the
Notheast 1/4 of the South-
west 114 of Section 22 a doi-
tane of 799.68 feet thence
bear South 89838'00" west
alone the said South line of
e Noetheast 1/4 of the
Southwest 1/4 of Section 2,
a distance of 05. feet to
the POINT OF BEGINNING.
has been filed aga0et you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
wrten defense, f aay, toa ltOM
W CONELY n. of CONELY B&CONE-
LY PA, ose address s Post Of-
ice Drawer 1367, Oke hobee,
Fonda 34973-1367, and file e
onginal with the Clerk of e above
styled Court on or before 6/1/2009,
oth e a judgment may be en-
tered ainst you for the relf de-
mandeoIn the Cormaintl
WITNESS my hand and the seal
of said Court on prl 23, 2009.
Clerk of Said Court
By: Vadn Rogers
319024 ON 05/1,8/09
HELPS YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BIG LAKE HOUDINGS INC the holder
of the following cartlcate has filed said certifcate(s) for a tax deed to be
isrutd thereon. The cefrtfate number and year of seuance, he desotp-
ton of the property, and the names) n which it was assessed are as l-
Certficate No' 1885 Yearoflssuane' May-21-2004
Descrrptlo of Property LOT 3 PTN LOT 4 BLK 61 EL MNIA SOL
Said property be in the County of Okeedhoaee, State of Flonda
Nae(s) in which asseed:
ROSA LEE STIUR1 S
Unless aid certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certifiate shall be sold to the hghet bidder at the Okeethobee
County ludal Center, ury Assembth Room, 312 NW 3rd Stee, Okeeho-
bee, Flonda at 10:00 A.., on the 28th day of ay, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County Florda
/,/Robin R Pamsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
Saccordance reh the Amercans With DlsabltIes At persons needing a
sp"oal accommodatbon to parpate in ms prolede should contact
Court Aldmienmatn nm later than seven days pr tothe poceedng at
250 NW County Club Dve, Port St Lude, Floda 34986, 1.7728074370
within two orkrng days of your reelt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1800.955,771, IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
317173 ON 4/24;5/1,8,15/09
Okeechobee Utlt Authonty will temporarily change t method of chlorinat-
ing potatble water to iure the fure e fto safety of our drnkrng water The wa-
ter ur may notice an unual clone aote or odor in their tap water
after May 4, 2009 These ond a will last trh May 2S, 2009
Oere temporary condltons wll not be harmful to your health, however, if
you are n kidney dralysi, you should tnult your physmu an for speoal r-
struons o ming this mater If you have tropl fish or aquatic an-
mal, you should contact you local topcal fsh store for ade and take
appropnate atHon to insure that you have property treated the water before
add7 t to your auanum.
The hydrant flush dounng this penod may ause the water to become
dody and d lored T s T a temporar cndlon and should not last
more than a few hour
We semnely regret any monvemnenoe you may expernce dunng this bme
Pleate keep in md that th s nteesay to potode afe water for the to-
tomer of Okeehobee Utity Aurqthority
If additional oinfo on is needed, contact Kevin Roger at 763-3239. We
regret any Inonveniene that this may cause you THANK YOU FOR YOUR
OKEECHOBEOE UTILT AUTHORITY
319238 ON 4/29;5/1,3/0
NOTICE Of MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MA 8, 2009 AT 9,00 A.M AT
THE CUINA WAER CONTROL DISTRICTS FIELD OFFICE 17429 NW
242ND0S0E0E, OKEECHOBEE, FL A COPY OF THE PROMISED AGENDA
MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY
PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RE-
SPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING' THAT PERSON
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES
THAT PERSON MAY NED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON
WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE NY PERSON WISHING TO
SPE AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON
THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROP,
ERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERoCANS WITH DISABLTIES ACT PER-
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING
NOTICE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT-
IC SPRAY PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
80763-401 OR (863)6343166
319io ON 5L1/w0
IN THE CCUIT COURT OF THE
OF FLORIDA m AND .FOR
BANK OF NEW YORK, ETC
. Case No. 47-2009-CA-000152
RAYMOND E. JOHNSON, et al,
TO RAYMOND E JOHNSON
Currnt Rednce Unknown
Last Known Addss
17128 yLng Fih Lane
Summerbnd Key, FL 33042
You are notfd that an aoon to
forlose a mortgage on the follow-
'lN Irpey in Oeeahobee County,
LOT 246, MEASURE ISLAND, UNIT
8 ACCORDING TO THE LAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 91, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
commonly known as 3014 SE l9th
COURT OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 has
been fled against you and you are
required to serve a cWOpy of your wrt-
ten dternes any, to on AlliSron
SBrandt of 7Kas, Shule, SolAon,
petr, Fy & Snger, PA., plain-
ttft atmny, whose address s PO.
Bo 800, Tampa, Florida 3%01
(813) 229-900, on or before 3
days frm the first day of publcaon
and file the ongmal with the Clerk of
this Court either before srve on
the PlaIff's attorney or immediately
thereafter, othenrse, a default will
be entered against you for the elef
demanded n the Complant.
CLERK OF THE COURT
Honrabe Sharon Robertson
312 N W Third Steet
Okeoeeh e, FIonda 34972
By Arlene Neahs
NOTICE ReGADING TDe
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990: In
accordance with the Americans
With Dibilities Act, peesn
needing a seclal acommoda-
tion to prtcipote in this pW-
eeding should contact Court
Admnitraon no late than
seven days prior to the proceed
ing at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St Lude, Floda
34986, 1-772-807-4370 within
two working days of your recent
of this NOTICE: IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1-800-955-8771; F YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
SheriffOls Off.c sed and h0l00
ne ow 20 R0095587 d 70.
31T309N 21P15 3618 09
St no NIU OE A Complaint
eFlonda e Oehobee Cunty
Sheris ie sezhed and holds
3 tone O 0 020 F 021T3 0k
d3a 040 no, Nc800F, A Cant
has ben filed in the Crcuit Court
In Okeelchbee County, Fonda.
318657 ON 4/24;5/N/09
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Brahmans end post season drought in dramatic fashion
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dustin Stokes hammers a ball through
the infield during the seventh inning of
Tuesday's game in Ft. Pierce.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee is headed back to the post
season after the baseball team went nine
innings to defeat Lincoln Park 1-0 Tuesday
night in the District 14-4A semifinals.
Okeechobee (16-10), advanced to meet
Fort Pierce Westwood in Thursday's final.
The Panthers were a surprise upset winner
of Jensen Beach, 14-0, in the other semifi-
"I still haven't absorbed what just hap-
pened," an ecstatic Brahmans Coach Dylan
Tedders said afterward, "I'm just in awe.
This game was awesome."
Tedders had plenty of praise to go around.
Pitcher Cameron Tewksbury pitched eight
shutout innings. Shortstop Drew Selvey
made several excellent defensive plays.
Brice Buckner hit a double to start the win-
ning rally in the ninth.
"It was a game of highs and lows. I'm
just speechless right now. I'm about ready
to cry," he added.
Tewksbury continued his dominance
over the Greyhounds as he scattered four
hits over eight innings before giving way to
Jonathan Crawford in the ninth. He noted he
Spring cleaning yard sale
The Ladies Auxiliary 4137, 9985 N Hwy 441,
will hold a "Spring Cleaning" yard sale on May 2,
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You are invited to come
and join the yard sale. The Ladies Auxiliary would
appreciate 25 percent of your proceeds to be do-
nated to the ladies organization. All donations are
appreciated. For further information call 863-763-
Fundraiser to benefit the ARC
The Cypress Hut Eagles 4509, 4701 Hwy 441
S., will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, for
a new bus for the ARC of Okeechobee. Activities
will begin at 1 p.m. A barbecue rib and chicken
dinner will be available for a donation of $7. Din-
ner served at 5 p.m. For information call 863-467-
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Adam Tewksbury (right) takes some
practice swings during Tuesday's
game with Lincoln Park.
felt he had good stuff right from the opening
pitch. "We're just excited. You saw the dog
pile. That's all I can really say. We just had to
stay in it and get that run across."
Lincoln Park didn't get more than one
runner on base in any inning until the ninth
inning. Crawford came on and picked off a
runner on third base to end the threat. He
noted he liked being on the mound with the
game on the line. "It gets you pumped up,"
he said. "The runner was dancing around
a little bit and Coach Ward said the pick-
off was open. I give the credit to Cameron
Tewksbury. He did all the work and I got the
Jordan Modine matched Tewksbury as
he shut out Okeechobee for the first seven
innings. Okeechobee got a scratch single
from Buckner in the first, and then didn't
have another hit until the seventh. There was
one questionable umpires call in the sec-
ond. Jonathan Crawford led off with a walk
and went to second on a ground ball. The
umpire ruled the second basemen tagged
Crawford as he ran by. He then threw wildly
to first. Instead of first and second and no
one out, Okeechobee had a runner on first
and one out.
Dustin Stokes, who was injured Monday
during a slide, and unable to play the field,
led off the seventh with a single. Adam Tewks-
bury couldn't get the bunt down, and the in-
ning ended with Stokes caught trying to steal
second. Brandon Farless nearly won the game
with a blooper down the left field line. Stokes
ran all the way and would have scored on the
play. The ball drifted into foul territory at the
Mike Minondo hit a two out single in the
eighth inning, but was stranded, setting the
stage for a dramatic ninth inning.
Buckner squared off against hard throw-
ing Kyle Davis to start the ninth. He found a
pitch to his liking and slammed it into the gap
in right center field. Brice noted he has hit ev-
eryday to get ready and knew he couldn't win
the game with one swing, "I tunneled in and I
was looking for a strike I could reach, I just hit
it in the hole."
Buckner wasn't a player the last time
Okeechobee went to the post season, but he
hung around the team a lot and his father Ken-
nywas an assistant coach when the Brahmans
went to the final four. He noted that is some-
thing he'd like to repeat. "This is our run," he
said. "We want to share that experience, it's
a great feeling having the whole town behind
With Buckner on second, Corey White
came on to pinch run. LPA walked Dustin
Stokes, and Adam Tewksbury laid down a
perfect sacrifice bunt to put runners on sec-
ond and third. LPA then walked Crawford to
load the bases. Mark Weir, who didn't start the
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Cameron Tewksbury held LPA score-
less into the ninth inning Tuesday.
game, fell behind two strikes but had confi-
dence he could still make contact. Weir hit a
triple on a two strike count on Monday night
and this time knocked the ball over the pitch-
ers head. "I didn't think the shortstop would
have a play at home. When he fumbled it I
knew we had it."
White raced home with the winning run
and the Brahmans erupted into a wild celebra-
The championship gamewas played Thurs-
day night in Fort Pierce. Okeechobee will also
play in a regional playoff game next Tuesday.
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New 2009 Dodge RAM 1500 QUAD CAB
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