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EECHOBEE NEWS


Sunday, May 3, 2009


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Index
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Community Events...................... 11
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Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The man credited with bringing
high school and youth wrestling
programs to Okeechobee back in
the early 1970s, will be inducted
into the National Wrestling Hall of
Fame in Stillwater, Okla. this sum-
mer.
Tom Kingery will receive the
Lifetime Service to Wrestling
Award at a banquet in Palm Beach
Gardens during the Florida Chapter
2009 Hall of Fame Honors Week-
end.
The modest Kingery joked it
should be his wife Ann who gets
the award, as both of them put


in long hours
and weekends
working with
Okeechobee kids.
He also thanked
the many volun-
teers who helped
with tournaments
and with practices
over the years. Tom
"I felt like they Kingery
made a mistake
in giving it to me," he said. "I en-
joyed what I was doing at the time
as a young coach to have all these
young kids involved. I stayed right
with it and loved every minute of
it."


Kingery is a product of Madi-
son, W Va. He was the head coach
of Moorehead State University in
Kentucky before he moved to Pa-
hokee Florida in the late 1960s. He
coached football with Web Pell at
Pahokee before both men moved
to Okeechobee in 1970.
Shortly after he came to
Okeechobee, a group of young
student athletes asked if he could
create a wrestling team. He created
the program, and suddenly wres-
tling was born.
"The school board has never
approved a wrestling team for
Okeechobee High School. The
school just never said a word. The


first year I did it without pay, and
the next year they added a supple-
ment to my pay," he said.
Kingery helped start what is
now the Big Lake Wrestling Club
in 1973. He later became Assistant
Principal at OHS. He also helped
recruit some wrestling coaches to
the community. He was proud of
the fact that wrestling grew and
flourished in Okeechobee. Among
the coaches he mentored were cur-
rent Brahman Coach Bruce Jahner,
Elijah Robinson, John Hendry, Tom
Finney, and Steve Sentes.
"I thought about who I will
thank in my acceptance speech,
See COACH Page 13


County drug court honors new graduates


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"Iwas driving around Okeecho-
bee like a maniac. All I could think
about was getting my next hit of
crack cocaine."
That recollection came from
Kevin Cameron who was among
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29. By successfully completing the
program, all charges against the
participants have been dropped.
"If not for drug court, I would
have been dead by now," he told
the audience and County Judge
Jerald Bryant.
This graduation was a first, of
sorts, for the program While five
similar graduation ceremonies had
previously been held in his court-
room, Judge Bryant said this was
the first time that those charged
with felonies were included. The
prior graduates were all charged
with misdemeanors.
One of those was Mr. Camer-
on, who was arrested in 2007 on
felony charges of tampering with


physical evidence, possession of
cocaine and the purchase of co-
caine. Now, he's not only free of
those charges but he's free from
the life-threatening hold cocaine
had on his life.
For Edward Louth, marijuana
was his drug of choice. And, like
Mr. Cameron, because of drug
court and the help of everyone
associated with that program he
can now look in the mirror and be
proud of the man looking back at
him.
"Now I know the wrong effect
I had on my family and friends,"
he said as he fought to control his
emotions. "Now, I'm happier in
my life."
Not long after Judge Bryant
took office, he instituted the drug
court program to give some drug
offenders a chance at a new life.
And when he looked down from
his bench Wednesday morning
at the 10 people standing before
him, Judge Bryant wore a smile
of pride for what these people had
accomplished.


Ten people graduated from the drug court program Wednes-
day, April 29, and were honored for their achievement by mem-
bers of the drug court team. Taking part in the ceremonies
were: (front, left to right) team member Viki Lamberti, gradu-
ate Emily C., team member Becky Gray and graduate Edward
Lauth; (back, left to right) graduate Michael E., team member
Steve Condit, graduate Kevin Cameron, team member Bill Mc-
Niff and Judge Jerald Bryant.


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proceedings we do," he said.
He then cautioned the graduates that life
wasn't going to be easy for them. In fact, he
said, it will likely be tougher at times.
"You're .-.t a-inr to find it easier when
you get out I i... he said. "You will no
long' ih ,. j.. 1 lljI 'ir and no one to
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When offenders are placed in the pro-
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Submitted photo
Hook a Snook
Amy Mataushek of Okeechobee
proved that any day can be a good
day of fishing, with this 15 inch
Snook, which she caught off the
South Jedi in Ft. Pierce on Wednes-
day, April 29.


is randomly drawn, they must submit to a
drug test. If they fail to call or fail that test,
they could be released from the program.
If released from the program, the of-
fender then goes to court to answer to the
charges against them.
Prior to the ceremony, Judge Bryant in-
troduced several guests who were invited to
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ment-including the officers who arrested
the graduating offenders.
"You may not like what they did, but they
are the ones who got you started in this pro-
cess," said the judge.

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As the ceremony came to a close, Judge
Bryant gave each graduate a memento-a
small eagle.
The eagle, he told them, was near ex-
tinction due to chemicals such as DDT and
could not overcome the chemical problem
without the help of others.
And, like the eagle, individuals who suf-
fer from alcohol or drug abuse often cannot


overcome their chemical problem without
the help of others-such as the drug court
team.
Because of that help, members of
Wednesday's graduating class will not only
"soar like an eagle" but will get a new start.
Mr. Cameron put it very simply when he
said: "I owe you my life."


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
State representatives gave their stamp of
approval late Thursday on a bill aimed at
curtailing doctor shopping for prescription
pills.
According to District 79 Representative
Mike Horner, which includes Okeechobee
County, House Bill-897 passed by a 103-10
measure April 31 and is now on its way to
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Rep. Horner said he expects the governor
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"I'll never get my hands dirty," said the
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County commission considers
furloughing employees
I see the county administrator wants to
furlough employees -- unpaid days off -- for
five days -- he put the dates in the county
meeting agenda -- over the next few months
to reduce the budget. Would that effect
enough people to make a difference? You
can't exactly furlough the jail personnel and
just let the prisoners go free (or leave them
locked up unsupervised). You can't furlough
the fire department and just hope there are
no fires that day! You can't furlough the depu-
ties -- especially if you are going to announce
the days in advance, allowing the criminals
to plan their crime spree for when they
know no cops will be on duty. And imagine
how the judges would howl if you mess up
the already backlogged court schedule? Tri-
als are planned months in advance. Maybe
we could just furlough the administrator ...
I think the county administrator's idea
to shut the county down for five days and
make the employees take them as unpaid
is dumb. Yes, they are dipping into the re-
serves to pay all the bills if they don't do that,
but isn't that what the reserves are for? We
are in a depression. Maybe the county admin
staff can shut down, but we can't go without
essential services like fire protection, law en-
forcement and EMTs. I can just imagine the
9-1-1 calls -- which no one would answer as
the dispatcher is furloughed -- from some-
one who will discover the ambulance can't
come because they all had to take the day
off.
It has always seemed to me that the
county is top heavy on the payroll. If they
want to save money and balance the bud-
get, they need fewer chiefs and more indi-
ans. And why can't the county commission-
ers take pay cuts the way the school board
has said they will do?


Church goers support torture
A new study shows that regular church
goers are more likely to support the use of
torture on suspected terrorists. Those who
do not attend church regularly were less
likely to approve of torture.
The sample size consisted of only reli-
gious people. And 52 percent said torture is
"often" or "sometimes" justified. This is just
plain sad.
It is probably another case of picking
and choosing the parts of the Bible that are
convenient to your personal moral or politi-
cal leanings. Evangelicals are heavily Repub-
lican and Republicans generally have the
side of justifying torture. Torture, whether
you think it is justified or not, I would as-
sume you would think is at least unethical.
So why are non-churchgoers more likely to
take the moral higher ground here. What
are they teaching at church if not the impor-
tance of sticking to morals? It doesn't seem
to follow what the highly religious would
like us all to think.
*Had they asked the question in the
weeks and months following 9-11 when
flags flew or were passed on just about ev-
ery home business and automobile the re-
sponse would have been about the same
nation wide. The survey asked: "Do you
think the use of torture against suspected
terrorists in order to gain important infor-
mation can often be justified, sometimes be
justified, rarely be justified, or never be jus-
tified?" When you are part of a survey you
don't get to ask questions about the ques-
tion, or have a scenario posed. You're told to
interpret the question yourself.
In my mind the authorities have a sus-
pect at Guantanamo who they took into
custody because it was apparent he had in-
volvement with a terrorist group. I trust the
military to protect us and believe they would
not have this person detained unless there
was concrete information backing up his ac-
tivities. This person is NOT cooperating with
the Military Intelligence who are questioning
him. BUT because of the level of contact he
had with the terrorism group they are sure
he had information concerning an attack
that will happen HERE in the United States,
and they need what he knows to save Amer-
icans lives.
If someone knows a bombing is
planned, what's more important -- their
rights or the safety of the innocent victims?


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Prayer in the military
It's utterly unconstitutional the chap-
lains serving the men and women in our
U.S. Armed Forces are being told they can-
not pray "in Jesus' name." But it doesn't end
there because if the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU) and other enemies of prayer
win on this issue, it won't be long before
it may become illegal for you to bow your
head and say grace over lunch on a public
park bench. At least three major groups the
ACLU, Americans United (AU), and the "Mil-
itary Religious Freedom Foundation" are
pushing to ban prayers in Jesus' name by
our military chaplains. The ACLU has actu-
ally threatened a federal lawsuit against the
United States Naval Academy in Annapolis
over the 160-year
tradition of volun-
tary grace offered
before meals there.
They're insisting
that the Naval Acad-
emy cut off prayer.
People need
to remember that
it is possible to pray
without there being
any outward evidence of it.
You also need to remember that GOD
said where two or more are gathered there
will I be also. God wants us to gather togeth-
er to worship HIM. Soon if things keep going
we will not be able to do this.
They can take away your ability to pray
in public places but so far they haven't been
able to control your thoughts ... Matt 6.6 But
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy clos-
et, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray
to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Fa-
ther which seeth in secret shall reward thee
openly. It means you can pray in secret and
alone .. This is for the ACLU, Joshua 21.15
Choose you this day who you will serve,
As for me and my house we shall serve the
Lord.
Recently we had the Marine recruiter
at the house to meet us and let us ask some
questions as our OHS Senior has chosen
this path. We had great grandma, grandma,
mom and dad, brother, auntie, and the youth
leaders from the church all with questions. It
made me feel good to know that he will be
able to practice his faith. There won't be a
choice of Protestant services during basic
training. They have one Protestant and one
Catholic service on Sunday. I am confidant
he will find other Pentecostal Marines.


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Skunk Ape
Skunk Ape, oh Skunk Ape. Where are
you when we need you? Come back and
show yourself so we can generate some
tourism. I sure hope the Skunk Ape can read
and that he gets the Okeechobee News.


No Fourth of July Fireworks
Since we won't have fireworks this year,
will there be some other community Fourth
of July event? Will there be a parade? Maybe
some kind of barbecue or picnic? Raft races?
Seems like there is an opportunity for a com-
munity organization to do something and
maybe make some money for a charity.
How about raft races at Nubbin
Slough?
Watch out for those alligators -- guess
having an 11-foot reptile chasing you would
be good incentive to paddle faster and not
fall off that raft!

Hurricane season
It's already May just a month from hur-
ricane season. Start preparing early this year
as no one has the money to buy a bunch
of supplies at one time. Start stocking up on
canned goods and bottled water a little at a
time so you will have it if a storm strikes. If
no storms hit, you can still use the food and
water. Make a family plan now -- if a storm
is coming where will you go? What will you
do with the pets, etc.

Prayer in school
People say we need to put prayer back
in the public schools. I think it never left. As
long as there are math tests, there will be
prayer in school. If you teach your kids to
pray, they are going to pray wherever they
are.

Swine flu
I think the U.S. should stop Americans
from traveling to Mexico and stop Mexi-
cans from entering this country until they
get a handle on this Swine Flu problem.
I have sympathy for the people in Mexico.
We should send humanitarian aid and any
help that the CDC researchers can give. The
World Health Organization should be there
helping. But we need to keep infected peo-
ple from spreading the Swine Flu around in
the United States. The few cases we already
have are contained. Keep it that way.


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May 3, 2009

Reflections from the Pulpit


Okeechobee News


Opportunity to reach out
By Elder John Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
The church has the greatest opportunity
to reach people with the message of Christ
than it has had in decades. With the over-
whelming issues that lie before this nation,
people are seeking for the truth-something
they can be sure of, something they can
stake their life on, something that will give
them hope. Since that is exactly what the
message of Christ is all about, it should be
easy to reach these people, right?
Well, the door is wide open but some-
thing has got to change. It can't be done with
the old methods of the last decades. This is a
time for the church to get outside of its four
walls and reach people through the strength
of the Christian community, community like
you see in the Book of Acts. This will require
something of what we really aren't ready or
willing to give. We will have to surrender up
our desire for things, our desire for comfort,
our desire for convenience, our desire to be
served to make life all about ourselves.
We will have to begin to talk in terms of
sacrifice, not only to the Lord, but, also, to
the people He has called us to serve. For
too long we have sat and done little or noth-
ing; taking care of our personal needs while
we let the government do the work of the
church. Is it any wonder that the govern-
ment now finds the church to be a nuisance
that needs to keep its mouth shut and just
allow the state to do whatever it pleases. Af-
ter all, who has really shown over the last
four decades the greater passion for feeding
the homeless, treating the mentally handi-
capped, healing the diseases, righting injus-
tice; government or the church?
Maybe I'm oversimplifying. Certainly
there have been Christian organizations that
have accomplished great things over the
last forty years. But what more could have

Community Event

Wildlife rescue available
Assistance is available for local sick, injured,
and orphaned wildlife through Florida Wildlife
Rescue Service, a non-profit organization dedi-
cated to helping wildlife in the Okeechobee
area. Anyone who finds a wild bird or animal
in need of assistance can contact the organiza-
tion at 863-634-1755.


been accomplished if there had been a real
concerted effort by the entire body of Christ
to reach outside of the comfort of their nice
buildings and their intricate denominational
structures to truly be the ministering hands
of Christ's love and grace to the oppressed
and the homeless, and the poverty stricken
of this country and also around the world
But recriminations won't accomplish
anything. We have been cursing the dark-
ness for years now and we haven't changed
one thing by our negative words and criti-
cal posturing. We must now begin to light
a candle in this ever-darkening world by our
actions, actions that God has been calling




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A little "faith lift"
As the Okeechobee Christian
Academy building was in desper-
ate need of a new paint job, Char-
lie's Lawn & Landscaping cleaned
up so that contractor Bobby Hunt-
ley along with other parents and
volunteers could paint the school.
A local artist and parent, Karen Riv-
ero, painted the Lion mural on the
front of the building to help with
the moving forward campaign go-
ing on at the school. Luke Enfinger
of Lukewarm Graphics designed
the mascot. The Sign Guy added
our new mascot on the updated
marquee. The new mascot is only
one of many changes, both struc-
tural and academic, which have
occurred during the transition
from Grace Christian Schools to
Okeechobee Christian Academy.
OCA offers K-12th grades within a
Christ-centered, academically dis-
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His people to for thousands of years. That
means that we are going to have to rees-
tablish what it means to be the church right
here, right now. God has given us the keys
to the kingdom so that we could and would
seek to bring about His truth (His cultural
mandate) to a world in bondage to lies of
the enemy of our souls, Satan.


Believe me, that enemy is real and he
seeks to devour us. But God has given us all
we need to see Satan defeated and the cause
of Christ victorious. It will take work and it
will demand that a price be paid. The ques-
tion is: are we willing to pay the price? Let's
commit ourselves to pay the price and reach
our world for Christ.


Teen Dance
Teresa Chandler coordinated a teen dance on April 25. There were 60 chil-
dren that attended raising $375! All proceeds from the dance were donated
to our local American Red Cross branch. A special thank you goes to the
following for their donations: Okeechobee Shrine Club, Publix, Gizmos, Dr.
Wemmer/Wemmer Family Orthodontics, Ding-a-Ling Deli and Billy Dean/
WOKC. Thanks also goes to the many volunteers who help make It hap-
pen including: Lucy Wenck, Julie Shook, Stephanie Hand, Buck Hand, Billy
Dean, Teresa Chandler, Kelly Harrell, Teresa Lara, Debbie Riddle and Elma
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Community Calendar


SUNDAY
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242
Hwy. 441 S.E, Okeechobee, A.A. weekend noon
meeting Open Discussion. The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12
step fellowships.
MONDAY
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242
Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, N.A. Sickest Of
The Sick Open Discussion at 7 p.m. The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club meets
the first Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at 323
North Parrott Ave. at the Red Cross Office. For
information contact Harold Hilliard at 863-763-
5337.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet
at the Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd
Lane at 7 p.m. For information, contact Robert
Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter
in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle
Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee
on Monday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tum left
at the Moose lodge and go around the curve just
past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a
fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at
863-763-6952.
TUESDAY
Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242
Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, N.A. Nowhere Left
To Go Group Open Discussion at noon. N.A.
Sickest Of The Sick Group Open Discussion. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliat-
ed with any 12 step fellowships.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is
now an A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners
are welcome.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics
Anonymous will be held on Tuesdays and


Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open
discussion meeting. For more information call
Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1 un-
til 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International
Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For informa-
tion, call The Family History Center at 863-763-
6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for spe-
cial appointments.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7
p.m. The public is invited to participate with vo-
cal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-
4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous
is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or


weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-
697-0206.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday
of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on
the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323
N. Parrott Ave. For more information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-2106.
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every Tuesday
and is open to all who deal with someone with ad-
dictions. There is support with this epidemic. The
meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p m. at the Freedom
Ranch, 11655 Hwy 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-
467-8683 for questions or concerns


In The Military...


Stacy graduates
USMC boot camp
Pvt. Caleb R. Stacy, age 19, of Okeecho-
bee, graduated from the United States Ma-
rine Corps Boot Camp at Marine Corps Re-
cruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina on
April 3, 2009.
Pvt. Stacy successfully completed 13
weeks of intensive basic training at United
States Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris
Island, as one of 90 recruits in Training Pla-
toon 2017.
While in basic training Pvt. Stacy received
the "Spirit" award from his Senior Drill In-
structor Sgt. Warren. Pvt. Stacy also qualified


as Expert Rifle-
man. Following
ten days home
on leave, he re-
ported to Camp
Geiger for one
month at Military
Combat Training.
Afterwards, Pvt.
Stacy will report
to his Military Oc-
cupation Specialty
School.
Pvt. Stacy is a PVT. Caleb R. Stacy
2008 graduate of
Okeechobee High School.


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Two track members

qualify for state


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Malcolm Rush and Ricky Nieto finished in
the top four in the 200 meters and the boys
high jump and qualified for the state track
meet when they participated April 30 in the
Region 4, Class 3A track meet in Merritt Is-
land.
Nieto finished tied for second in the high
jump with a leap of six feet and two inches.
Rush finished fourth in the 200 meters with
a time of 22.86 seconds.
Rush barely qualified for state as the fifth
place finisher was three one hundredths of a
second behind him.
Okeechobee's boy's team earned 17
points and finished 19th overall. The girl's
squad earned four points and finished 27th.
Monica Koger had a strong finish for the
girls as she finished fifth overall in the girl's
long jump. Her best jump was measured at
17 feet 2 inches. Stephanie Horvath finished
15th in the discus throw. Her best toss was
measured at 76 feet 8 '/2 inches.


Gator fan
Okeechobee Christian Academy
middle school student, Colton
Brown is the winner of the Official
2008 National Champion Florida
Gators Ball Cap signed by Tim
Tebow. Colton says he's inspired
by Christian Athletes such as Mr.
Tebow and was thrilled to win the
drawing.


Rush also competed in the 100 meter
dash where he finished ninth overall. In
other running events, Lionel Jones finished
12th in the 800 meters. He finished in just
over two minutes and five seconds. Reynel
Denova finished 1 th overall in the 1600 me-
ters. He finished in a time of 4:52.88.
The boy's 4x800 meter team finished
15th overall with a time of 8:49.17. The girl's
4x100 meter relay team finished 10th over-
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OHS students give of themselves and donate blood


Because of some very generous
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row is in good hands. These are the students
who, through civic pride and compassion,
are blood donors. Four times a year, donor
buses come to the high school and the stu-
dents respond.
In February, 110 units of blood were do-
nated and on April 29, the total was 82. This
was accomplished despite the fact the Ju-
nior Class was not in school that day.
The donor program is under the direc
tion of Denise Kelchner, the Health Science
Teacher and sponsor of HOSA, the Health
Occupation Students of America. This club,
in its three-year program, trains students for


careers in the health field, having them certi-
fied as Nursing Assistants upon graduation.
The students work each blood drive urg-
ing all students to donate blood. They also
work with Head Start's many community
programs. Many of the program's graduates
are working in both our hospital and health
care center.
The blood drives are held in the school's
Health Center classroom. Students are
checked in, registered, receive their health
check up then go outside to the bus to do
nate. Following donation, they come back
inside to have something to eat before re-
turning to class.
A group of young men, each sporting


a wrap around their donating arm, were
proudly talking about the "lives they saved
today." One commented "I saved a life," an-
other corrected it to "you saved three lives,"
and still another added "I saved four ba-
bies." Each is correct, because every unit of
blood drawn has the possibility of saving up
to three lives or the lives of four babies.
Russ Colwell, of Florida's Blood Centers
said, "The high school student is a resource
that makes blood available at strategic times
during the year and teaches the next genera-
tion to be responsible citizens for the future."
He expects the donor program to grow an-
nually and looks for each drive in 2010 to
collect at least 150 units.












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A very 'Green' class graduates as Master Gardeners


By Dan Culbert,
Okeechobee Extension Service Office
Spring is the time for graduation, and re-
cently the Okeechobee Extension office kept
up with this seasonal tradition. No, it's not
about our local high school or college stu-
dents, but our very own Master Gardner Pro-
gram. Our latest crop of four volunteers has
finished their class work and now begins their
careers as Florida Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners are volunteers that work
with the Cooperative Extension Service, bring-
ing research-based information about Florida
yards and gardens to local residents. To be-
come Master Gardeners, these volunteers
spent more than 60 hours in the classroom
and made field visits throughout the Treasure
Coast. They more time on their own, study-
ing all about plants, soils, pests and problem
solving methods. This new class now begins
to pay-back the public for all their new found
knowledge. They have agreed to provide a
minimum of 75 hours of volunteer service
during the next year.
Throughout the next year these volunteers
are planning to be part of demonstration
projects such as the FYN Butterfly Garden in
downtown Okeechobee and some other sites


they are working on.
Michael Danielson is an outdoor enthusiast
and a devoted family man. His appreciation of
all things green stemmed in part from a previ-
ous job taking care of commercial landscapes.
His real love is edible horticulture, and plans
to use his new knowledge in growing vege-
tables and fruits in the dooryard. Mike plans
to be involved in helping share horticulture
through 4-H gardening clubs and activities.
Kim Underwood grew up in her granny's
garden, and has worked in the commercial
pest control business. She now works with
landscapes on the Seminole reservation. Her
hope is to improve her diagnostic skills in the
Master Gardener clinic and improve the use of
Florida Friendly landscape principles with her
both her employer and the people she will
help as a Florida Master Gardener.
Maureen Abel has been gardening for
over 30 years in many areas of Florida and
in Ireland. She loves to experiment and has a
love of learning. Besides beautifying her own
ranch, she is looking at ways to help residents
learn about food self-sufficiency through veg-
etable gardening projects in the community
Debbie Davies gained many of her gar-
dening experiences in the northeast U.S. and
in Stuart. She loves color gardening and is a


Submitted photo/Dan Culbert
Here is our graduating class of Master Gardeners for 2009 (L to R): Michael
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May 3, 2009

Community Events

City Council Meeting
The Okeechobee City Council will be
meeting Tuesday evening, May 5 at 6 p.m.
in the Council Chambers, OKeechobee City
Hall, 55 S.E. Third Avenue.

Radio Club holds meeting
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club
will hold its monthly meeting on Monday,
May 4, at 7 p.m. at 323 North Parrott Ave. at
the Red Cross office. For more information
contact Harold Hilliard at 863-763-5337.

Red Cross safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing the following Health & Safety classes
in May:
Wednesday, May 6 First Aid Basics @
6 p.m.
Monday, May 11 Infant/Child CPR/AED
@ 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20 Adult CPR/AED @
6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Hospice to hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard
sale at the Blue Volunteer Building, next to
the Hamrick Home (411 S.E. Fourth Street)
on Thursday, May 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.,


Friday, May 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and
Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. until noon. All
monies raised will go to the continuing care
for patients in the Hamrick Home and those
who chose to stay in their own homes. For
information call 863-467-2321.

KOA fundraiser
Good Spirits, 245 Hwy. 441 SE will spon-
sor a "Ham Yee-Haw Dinner on Saturday,
May 9, beginning at noon. There will be mu-
sic, games & a delicious ham dinner for a $5
donation. Eat in or take out, limited delivery
is available. Proceeds benefit the little ones
at the KOA Cancer Camps. Everyone is wel
come.

Roundtable to hold meeting
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Services Network of Okeechobee
County will conduct its bi-monthly meeting
at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, in the board
room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office. The public is invited. For more
information call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-
5000, ext. 257.

Chobee Firestix holds
fundraiser
The Chobee Firestix will holds a barbecue
fundraiser on May 8, from 10:30 a.m. until 3
p.m. at Eli's Western Wear parking lot. Dinners
are $10 per plate, includes, barbecue pork,


baked beans, cole slaw and roll. Plus, you
could win a steer to stock your freezer. Five or
more plates and deliveries will be made. The
Barbecue will benefit the Chobee Firestix Trav-
el Softball Program. For information please
contact Kim Hargraves at 863-634-6322.

Livestock

Market Report


April 28, 2009
Monday
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Total


Tuesday
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317
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196
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Looked like heavier cows are selling good,
best cows in the low 50s. Gurnee Thomas
of Okeechobee topped the calf market this
week with a high of $1.85, bought by Curt
Wilson. Jimmy Kicliter of Ft. Pierce topped
the cow market with a high of $55.50,
bought by Central Packing. No market re
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Long commission meeting produces few results


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Much rhetoric and little action charac-
terized the Thursday, May 30, meeting of
Okeechobee County Commissioners.
The over seven and a half hour meeting
provoked lengthy discussions on several
controversial topics. However, probably the
most significant action was the decision
by commissioners to continue with pres-
ent plans for the proposed emergency op-
erations center (EOC). Commissioners also
discussed a proposed franchise with Florida
Power and Light (FPL) and restoration of the
Kissimmee River at River Acres Subdivision.
In light of the present economic situa-
tion, it was thought that plans for the pro-
posed combined EOC and 911 commu-
nications center would be scaled back or
delayed. However, that did not happen. In a
later telephone interview emergency opera
tions director Michael Faulkner said the total
estimated cost of the project is $5 million.
However, in light of bids recently received
for another emergency operations center,
he hoped the bids would come in at $3.5
million. About $1.5 million of the total cost
would come from grants. Mr. Faulkner said
the 911 part of the building could not be
paid for with EOC grants.
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pire June 30. Also the county would like to
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erty and apply for an extension of the grant.
For the second meeting in a row commis-
sioners discussed a possible franchise with
FPL. The discussion resulted in many unan-
swered questions but no action. County ad
ministrator Lyndon Bonner was instructed
to follow up on the questions.
Brian Armstrong of the law firm Nabors,
Giblin and Nickerson that specializes in
representing local governments, discussed
several areas where the standard franchise
agreement could be clarified.
The franchise fee could be up to 5.6 per-
cent of FPL's revenue in Okeechobee County
and would be passed on directly to FPL cus-
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Bill Berman of Davy Dairyand Bob Rydze-
wski of McArthur Dairy suggested a lower
percentage for large electricity users such as
dairies and feed mills. "In times like this we
just can't afford it," asserted Mr. Rdyzewski.
He feared a franchise would be a detriment
to economic growth.
"Every dairy in Okeechobee is taking a
beating," said Mr. Berman.
Nick Blount of FLP said the franchise
would be good for the county and for his
company. He said a franchise would provide
a steady revenue stream for the county and
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construction of another bridge at COE ex-
pense that the county was asked to main-
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Commissioner Hoover stated that it
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property owners rather than build what he
called "a $6 million bridge to nowhere."
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county administrator, the board voted to
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and you can't think of all of them. I'll have
to come up with some way to thank one or
two. I thank the wrestling parents of the kids
who started out here in the '70s. I thank Mr.
Jim Attaway. He was always there for foot-
ball, baseball, wrestling, and was always
helping out."
Kingery said Henry and Jahner have been
the two best wrestling coaches in OHS his-
tory, and he knew right off that both men
knew what they were doing.


"I was not really involved with Jahner
coming that much. I did bring John Henry
here when he came to Okeechobee," he
said. "I was involved in getting him here.
With Jahner they told me where he was
from, (North Dakota), and I knew where
they came from, wrestling was basic in their
schools and they knew what they were do-
ing."
Kingery thanked Ira Fleckman for getting
him nominated for the hall of fame. Fleck-
man is also a member of the hall of fame,
both as a coach and as a referee. He had a
long career at Merritt Island and recently re-
tired as a referee. His son, Soloman, wrestled


for Kingery at Okeechobee High School.
One of Kingery's fondest memories was
a wrestling trip to Puerto Rico in 1977. He
also remembered some battles with Bran-
don High School, the most dominant wres-
tling program in the state. He compared
wrestling Brandon to the OHS football team
playing the Miami Dolphins.
If he had a regret, it was the failure to the
school to designate a permanent wrestling
practice location,
"The problem in moving the wrestling
practice area around, there is no permanent
home at the high school to practice," he ex-
plained. "We've used the stage, portables,


and the cafeteria. It's kind of hard rolling
mats up and down every day; mop the floors
and all this. It's a hard job, not only coaching
but you have to be a janitor."
Anyone interested in attending the ban-
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10. For more information about events dur-
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As Florida celebrates Earth Day, Silver
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tel on Hwy. 441), is replacing Brazilian pep-
pers with native wetlands plants on a 13-a-
cre site adjoining the resort that will provide
natural forage for waterfowl.
For decades, the site where Bill Harvey
would build Silver Palms RV Village was
used by local ranchers as a cattle pasture.
Some of that land was a natural wet-
lands. But over time, the wetlands disap-
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Once the buffer zones are planted, So-
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IT SUPPORT
SPECIALIST
Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is look-
ing for an IT Support
Specialist.
Duties include desktop
user support, project
planning & implemen-
tation, assisting in com-
puter and network
equipment inventory,
assisting in mainte-
nance & configuration
of computer systems.
Job requirements in-
clude: Any combination
of network computer
experience and training
that would provide the
required knowledge
and abilities. Must be
able to be "On-Call" for
support after typical
business hours. Must
possess and maintain a
valid Florida Driver LiU-
cense. Must be able to
sit for long periods of
time and lift and move
objects weighing up to
25 pounds. The Sheriff
or his designee retains
the right to vary from
these requirements.
Salary Negotiable.
Contact Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office
Human Resources for
an application to be
mailed or stop by at
504 NW 4th Street and
pick one up. Deadline
for application submis-
sions is May 15th.

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Excellent pay and benefits!

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Okeechobee. Must have cur-
rent FL RN License. Adminis-
trative/ Management
experience required with
strong leadership skills. Bi-
lingual Spanish/English pre-
ferred. Competitive salary &
excel. benefits. Fax resume
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Power Washing
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ELECTRIC MOBILITY
Scooter $500 also for ale
electric lift for sale.
(863)532-1325
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softener, pre tank.
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PLANTS -Bluebe 13,
Pomegranates $25, Pecans
$60, Apple Trees $55, Peach
Trees $55, Pear Trees $55...
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Apartment for Rent
2Bd 11/2 Ba In Town, Very
dean W/D $650 mo, 1st, last
& sec. NO Pets 863-697-1129
BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHAS
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
OKEE- Huge, Clean, 2br,
2ba $725 mo. Call
772-215-0098




OKEECHOBEE 2 br, 2 ba,
privacy fence, Unit #36, All
a pps, new tile & carpet.
(63)447-0925 or
(863)763-2416



BASSWOOD Newer 3/2/1,
W&D hookup, big yard,
$1000 mo, Istlast sec
Avail 6/1/09
(863)697-2795
BHR 4/2, on water, fenced
yard, $900 mo. + sec. dep.
863-824-0981
CANAL FRONT Fumished
2BR, IBA, screen porch,
boat dock lift, hardwood
floors through out, DW,
W&D. Includes Lawn Care,
water & satellite TV $850
1st &sec. (863)467-7528
FURNISHED DUPLEX -
2BR, 1BA, 1 car garage,
W&D, DW, Ceiling fans in
eve rw, front & rear
porch, tile floors through
out, Located in Kings Bay.
Includes lawn ca & gar-
ag.- $775 first & sec.
(863)467-7528
House on Water 4128 SE
27th St., Okeechobee
1BR/1BA, 10x20 screened
porch, dock, storage shed,
(775 mo. + $500 sec. dep.
& uil. (561)714-4050
OAK PARK 3/1 Fenced,
Avail mid-June. All appl.
$800 mo. ist, Last & Sec.
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321-235-5575 to see.


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KINGS BAY, Furnished 1BR,
1BA duplex, cr garage,
W&D, tile floors through
out, celling fans in every
room. Includes, lawn care
& garbage. $675 ist &
sec. (863) 467-7528
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Mod-
em 3BR/2.5BA, 1 car garage,
+ cottage. Price neg. Call
(772) 359-1640
OKEECHOBEE 1BR, 1BA,
904 SW 7th Ave. $600/mo.
+ de. & utils. 863-
801-91 1 or 863-763-9500

OKEECHOBEE 3BR/1BA
Duplex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. 750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414

OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
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or (863)599-0156
R-BAR 4/2/2, $1295 mo.
1st & sec., must have ref's,
sell for $205,000.
863-801-9163

Southwest Section 3/2,
w/2 car garage, c/a/h, w/d
hookup, oak trees.
(863)467-2541/634-9330




TREASURE ISLAND
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Orange Blossom Ranches -
$99,900. 3/2 on dbl lot,
built in 2000, excellent
cond. Call Steve
(863)801-1739
QUICK SALE Oak Park area.
4BR, 2BA Fenced, Irnga-
tion, Water Treated. Call
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OKEECHOBEE Waterfront
Lot, 100' x 145, must be
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BEST VALUE IN TOWN!
For Rent: 2/1 apartment.
Unit newly remodeled. Locat-
ed 12 miles north of Okee-
chobee on Equestrian Ranch.
Monthly water, trash & lawn
maintenance included. No
Pets' $495 Move in special.
M-F (863)467-2982


BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl.
Wide R, 2 BR A, C/Air
$500 mo. 3 BR, 2 BA,
-.. .o o. No pets.

CABIN 1/1,$475. MO +
Sec & elec also 1/1 RV,
BHR $400 mo. + Sec elec.
55+ Comm (863)763-7164

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NICE 2 BR, 102 BA, All appl.
W&D. Completely fur-
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RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
t.il I'. ,;n..;: e River,
I.-,, .. .. electric.
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btres, new aint, extra
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oudy and d lord This a temporary ond0on and shou not last
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OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
319238 ON 4/29,5/1,3/09

NOCEOF PUBLICATION
In the Suror Cout for the County of Colquitt
State of Georga
In Re' Peton of CHRISTOPHER CLAY BR ME for the adopon of
C.R.G,a minor male hld bor Oc ober 24, 200
Civil Action No. 09-AD-159













31899 ON 4/26;5/3,10,17/09

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATERCONTROL DISTRICT




APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THe BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER
CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING, THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD
OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY
NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE
APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT
THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE
AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING ALL PROPERTY
OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING
NOTICE. COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING
AQUATIC SpRAyING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE
WILLARD M BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE FL 34972
(863)763601 OR (863)634 3166
3139 ON 5/3/09


FORD 150 44 2002 Au The classified are the
to, V8, a/c, LB, edliner, most successful sales-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIR-
CUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 1999-DP-Dt4



rTO' Cstal Owens by Mother,
siyden an, address un-









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immy Fdy, Father,1 1
Residence and address un-















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YOU AE R HEREB NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELAVTIE TO B.F., A FE-
MALE CHILD, BORN ON THE 30
DAY OF MARCH, 1997. iTHE CHILD
WAS BORN IN THE COUNTY O
HENDERSONVILLE, IN THE
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE
CIRCUIT COURT JUVENILE DIVI
SION IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT
LOCATED AT
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3rd SbTEET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 2:30 P.M., ON THE 15TH DAY
OF JUNE, 2009, IN COURTROOM
D", FOR HEARING AND TO SHOW
CAUSE WHY SAID PETONED
SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED,
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO AP-
PEIR ON THE DATE AND TIME
SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE AL LE-
GAL RIGHTS S A PARENT TO THE
CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION AT-
TACHED TOTHIS NOTICE




WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL THERE-
OF, THIS 19mt DAY OF MARCH,

SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
BY S/ KIMBERLY I SARROS
DEPUTY CLERK
316410 ON 4/26;5/3,10,17/09

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Blood Roundup award
Okeechobee Main Street officers were presented a
plaque awarding their participation in the Third Annual
Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Russ Colwell of Florida's
Blood Centers, Toni Doyle, Executive Director of Main
Street, Maureen Burroughs, Main Street President and
Raye Deusinger, Roundup Chairman are pictured. The
drive will be held again in November with regular drives
continuing weekly throughout the area.


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OHS outlasts Westwood for district title


I M "I l* I
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Coach Dylan Tedders shows off the
district championship trophy to his
team during the post game celebration
Thursday.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was another emotional scene Thursday
night as Okeechobee players again stormed
the field to celebrate victory in a tight, over-
time game.
Okeechobee defeated Westwood 4-3 in
10 innings to win the District 14-4A champi-
onship, their first title in four years.
It was a team effort as the Brahmans got
solid defense, a great effort from two veteran
pitchers, and even a homerun from Brice
Buckner to hold off a game Panthers squad.
"This is unbelievable," Brahmans Coach
Dylan Tedders said, "We didn't do anything
offensively after (Jarrod) Ward came in to
pitch in the fourth. They kept it close. It's a
great feeling; we found a way to win. The
guys are ecstatic, some of them are crying,
it's beautiful."
Tedders said both Lincoln Park and West-
wood played very well and when Okeecho-


bee couldn't pull away, he got nervous be-
cause Westwood is a scary team in a tight
game.
It all came down to a routine play in the
bottom of the 10th. Adam Tewksbury struck
out but the pitch got past catcher Michael
Johnson. Adam hustled down to first and
Corey White came on to pinch run. After a
strikeout Cameron Tewksbury hit a squib
behind the mound that went for an infield
hit. Reliever Justin Robinson made a costly
mistake as he tried to pick off White at sec-
ond base. The throw sailed into center field
and White raced to third base. After a walk
to Joey Voss, Aaron Suarez came up with
the bases loaded and one out and won the
game with a squeeze bunt that rolled toward
first base.
"I knew I had to get the job done," Suarez
noted, "It was a team effort and everybody
paid off. It took a lot of hard work."
Suarez said the team has worked hard for
two months on bunt plays and it paid off in
this game.
"That's why we practice the routine plays
all year. We made the routine play and I love
it," Coach Tedders noted.
Jonathan Crawford picked up his third
victory in as many games. He pitched four
and a third of scoreless ball in relief of Dustin
Stokes, who allowed two earned runs in five
and a third, striking out seven. Crawford
didn't allow a hit, walked three, and struck
out seven. He made some nasty pitches
striking out David Carmona with a nasty
sinker with two on base in the ninth.
Crawford said he felt good on the mound,
focused, and threw a lot of strikes, "It's ex-
citement. Nothing compares to this in my
life, nothing compares to it."
Crawford said he expects a raucous
crowd to support the Brahmans when they
host a regional playoff game on Tuesday,
May 5, against Rockledge.
"This title means everything. Now we're
going to win the r'"ienl and that will be
even better, I I ,


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