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Fathers Florida School for
Boys lawsuit dredges
SImf U up terrible memories

Classifieds 16-18
Community Calendar..................... 14
Community Events...........................
Crossword 18
Lottery 8
Obituaries 6
Okeechobee's Most Wanted ....... 3
Opinion 5
Reflections from the Pulpit .......... 5
Speak Out 4
Sports 15
Weather 8

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
WM. Suit and Frank Zych, the
former superintendent and dep-
uty superintendent of the Florida
School for Boys in Okeechobee,
are two names Marvin L. Mike
will never forget.
"Those two old coots were
just mean, man. They took a lot
of out of me," recalled Mr. Mike of
his time at the school in the early
'60s. "Those two men ... they beat
you to death."
Mr. Mike, 59, spent a total of
18 months in the Okeechobee
school. He was placed in the re-
form school for nine months in
1961 for fighting. But he didn't
stop fighting and was sent back
to the school for another nine

Sunday, June 21, 2009

beat you
"I was kind of like a bad boy.
I'd get into fights," said the Indi n -- -\-
antown resident. "I wasn't really
a bad boy. I just didn't let people
push me around. I was a kid and
they were trying to teach me a les-
son. But they didn't have to go so
And now, like more than 225
other men, Mr. Mike is com-
ing forward to tell his story of
the beatings and other atrocities
that went on at the schools in
Okeechobee and Marianna. Mr.
Mike said he will be joining a class
action lawsuit that has been filed
against the state of Florida and
other state agencies that details
how boys were beaten, molested
and sometimes killed at the hands
of men who ran those facilities.
Also named in that lawsuit is
Troy Tidwell, a one-armed man Marvin L. Mi
still living in Marianna who is ac- eluding Quin
caused of administering beatings ing sent to a
in a building those boys simply Mr. Mike spe
called The White hi House. forward te
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ke (seated) has cautioned his seven children-in-
ton (standing)-about getting into trouble and be-
facility such as the Florida School for Boys where
nt 18 months in the early 1960s. The man has come
II his story of the beatings and atrocities that went

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earthly resting place of a very re- marked by an etching of the cour
markable character, Okeechobee house, a color photograph of M
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County Sheriff William "Pogy Bill" Collins and a star shaped inder
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For many years after his 1935 imbedded in the stone. A photo
'fIl 'I 1'1 II ill II [ LL i[ 1 death, Mr. Collins' grave was un- graph in the Nov. 22, 1977 edition
.1., A. I marked. In 1977 Gordon Leg- of the Okeechobee News show
gett spearheaded efforts by the
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda erect a proper monument. Ed Mer badge intact. At some later date th
William "ogy Bill" Collins, a colorful early Okeechobee law- rit of Merritt Monuments in Fort monumentwasvandalized and th
William "Pogy Bill" Collins, a colorful early Okeechobee law- Pierce donated the stone and local badge was stolen.
man is buried under this monument donated by the Okeecho- erce ona th tone badge was stolen
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A client at the Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center (EYDC) was arrested and
charged with hitting and threatening a staff
Anthony Demps, 18,
Willow Lakes St., Lauder-
dale Lakes, was arrested
Thursday morning, June
18, on felony charges
of battery on detention
staff and inciting a riot.
He was booked into the I t
Okeechobee County Jail Anthony
under a bond of $15,000. Demps
According to an ar-
rest report by Deputy Sarah Green, of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Demps struck EYDC staff mem-

ber Robert Leach when he tried to retrieve
a Swann Cottage journal and a suicide log
book from the teen.
Demps hit the man in the shoulder with
a closed fist, added Deputy Green, and
threatened to hit Mr. Leach again.
Demps reportedly took the books and
slid them under a door to another client's
The deputy went on to state that the
teen was yelling and cursing in an attempt
to wake other clients in the cottage.
When Mr. Leach went to a nearby cot-
tage to get help, Demps allegedly tied the
door to Swann Cottage shut with a belt.
But the staff member was able to get the
belt off the door handle and gain entry into
the cottage, stated the OCSO deputy.

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN-A man already in jail
on robbery charges has been arrested on
additional charges of robbery.
Jolgar Desir Jr., 22, El Dorado Ave., was
arrested May 27 on felony
charges of home invasion
robbery (two counts) and
grand theft. He was also
arrested on misdemeanor
charges of battery and
criminal mischief. His to-
tal bond on those charges
was set at $7,500.
Records at the Glades Jolgar
County Jail indicate that Desir, Jr.
Desir was already in jail on
one felony count of armed robbery and a
misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond
on those charges has been set at $5,000.

According to Detective Sergeant Ronny
Baker, of the Glades County Sheriff's Office
(GCSO), Desir entered a woman's home on
Jan. 30 around 9:35 p.m. and robbed her of
$3,950. Sgt. Baker said the man was armed
with what is believed to be a steak knife and
threatened to kill her.
Although Desir pushed the woman to
the floor she was not seriously injured in the
robbery, added the detective.
Sgt. Baker went on to state that because
of the amount of cash taken, Desir went
back to the woman's home again around 10
p.m. on Feb. 12 and robbed her of $105 in
He said none of the money has been re-
Although the victim tried to cover her face
for protection, she was able to peer through
her fingers and see her attacker's face. She
later picked Desir out of a photo line-up, Sgt.
Baker said.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Rick Erwin Cress, 54, S.W 23rd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by
Deputy Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with felony
shooting-trespassing on land. His bond was
set at $2,500.
TiffanyPlatt,22, N.E. 138thSt.,Okeecho-
bee, was arrested June 18 by Alfreda L. Mc-

Farlane from the Department of Corrections
on charges of violation of probation credit
card fraud and violation of probation grand
theft. She is being held without bond.
Karla Raulerson, 47, S.E. 29th Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 18 by
Deputy Corporal Timothy A. Higgins on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging her
with aggravated battery on elderly person -
deadly. Her bond was set at $10,000.
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-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

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Public Forum/Speak Out

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

Court rejects lake
backpumping ban
The excess nutrients in the backpump-
ing all come from fertilizer. The amounts are
way above what's natural. Beef protein is
good for you, but you don't need to eat a
cow for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In the history of SFWMD have they ever
gotten anything right?
Would you eat fish from the canals in
the sugar cane fields? I myself would not
even think of eating those fish and that is
now the same water they are going to pump
into the lake. And look at the lawsuits that
will start when we do the releases into the
estuaries, all the people from the coast are
already screaming pollution just wait till they
get this water.
The people on the coast are fickle. All
through the drought they begged for MORE
water to be released to keep the salt water
intrusion from their groundwater. But when
the lake levels are high then they protest and
say they don't want the excess water com-
ing down the river to the estuaries. The irony
is, when the lake is high the water coming
down the river is probably cleaner because
what they get is just the excess surface wa-
ter. When the lake is low and they have to
actually pump water out into the river and
canal then they are more likely to get water
that has more of the nutrients in it.

Grow house busted
The only bad side effect of pot is the
enforcement of the laws keeping it illegal.
Legalize it, tax it, free up jail space for real

Humane Society
I was so pleased to read that Okeecho-
bee has a new Humane Society with a no kill
shelter. Those animals make the best pets.

Okeechobee County
Folks in Viking and Fort Drum, etc., do
pay for the same services that we do and
they GET the same services that we do ... it
just takes longer to get to you, because YOU
chose to live in the boondocks. I'm a former
and I nev-
er com-
about tax-
because I'm
smart enough to know that it takes a while
to drive 20 miles. Next thing you'll be want-
ing is the schools and supermarkets located
on 700A. Get a grip, it's country life and all
the pros and cons that go with that lifestyle.
Be thankful you're in the country.
I think a lot of people in the Viking are
just mad because they bought in the Viking.
Now all their roads and canals are not where
they are supposed to be. Some of them are
going to lose land when everything gets
straight. They have to swim to their house
during wet season, and are choked to death
by dust during the dry. Why anyone would
buy land out there for anything other than a
weekend camp is beyond belief. But I guess
some like to be out there. I never remem-
ber everything I need from the store so I
couldn't do it

Youth sports
As with most things, if you as a parent
are unhappy with a program, you can look
for other options or pitch in and help. If there
aren't enough teams, it's often because they
don't have coaches for more teams -- so offer
to coach. If you don't know enough about
the game to coach, offer to help in anyway
you can. If you make yourself invaluable to
the team (providing refreshments, helping
at practice, whatever) the coach is more
likely to make sure your kid wants to stay on
the team, because if the kid is unhappy and
doesn't want to stay on the team, they will
also lose you as a volunteer. My dad taught
me -- don't complain about the way volun-
teers are doing a job unless you are willing
to step up and volunteer and handle that job

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Agri-Civic Center
The Ag center was built for kids to
show steers in, not hold graduation. You
live in Okeechobee where agriculture is the
king. What is more important?
Counties smaller and poorer than
Okeechobee have nice auditoriums. The
Okeechobee County commission should do
some research and find out how they man-
age it. It is a shame we don't have a large,
air-conditioned auditorium for things such
as concerts, plays, shows, public speakers
and yes, graduation. The largest auditorium
we have is probably the high school lecture
hall and it only holds about 400. How can
we attract any kind of concerts or events
when we have no venue for them?
I guess when they built the Agri-Civic
Center they expected to attract a lot of horse
shows since that is about the only thing it
is really well-suited for. But how many have
we booked? One or two a month, if that?
Here's a suggestion -- sell the Agri-Civic
Center Arena to the cattlemen and let them
run it. They managed to run the old rodeo
grounds without running up big monthly
bills. And if they sold the old rodeo grounds,
they could probably afford to buy the Agri-
Civic Center.

Cigarette taxes
Smokes just are not paying their share
anymore. Portions of the tax smokes brought
in was diverted over the years to different ar-
eas of need. This was always thought to be
a wonderful way to help pay for things the
public wanted. So ... then we get the beard-
ed one's face all over the media ... It has
been confirmed ... "excessive smoking can
lead to cancer." And over time this changed
to "does cause cancer." Then the push from
every angle was
QUIT. So peo-
ple quit smok-
ing. NOW the
industry isn't
generating the
tax money. So
they raise the
tax on the product in hopes of making the
money for a little while more? I love watch-
ing how the people in charge think. Wonder
what they will try next? Maybe they will just
ask every resident (man, woman and child)
in the USA to give the government $100 ev-
ery month for a year?

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The Okeechobee News is published by Independent
Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a
unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a
mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the
community Since no dividends are paid, the company
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STo help our community become a better place to
live and work, through our dedication to
conscientious journalism
* To provide the information citizens need to make
their own intelligent dedsions about public issues.

School grades
Congratulations to our students, staff
and parents for Achieving Excellence!!!!
2008-2009 School Grades:
Central Elementary A
Everglades Elementary A
North Elementary A
Seminole Elementary A
South Elementary A
Osceola Middle B
Yearling Middle A
Okeechobee Freshman Campus B
Okeechobee High School C
Congratulations to the students and
the faculty at Okeechobee High School for
bringing the school grade up from a D for
the 2007-2008 school year to a C for the 2008-
2009 school year. That is a big improvement.
There is still plenty of
room for improve-
ment of course, but it
took a lot of work to
get from aD to a C. I
believe one thing that
hurts the high school
is that the drop out
rate counts against
them, and many stu-
dents decide to just take the GED so they can
quit going to school and join the workforce.
Congratulations to all of the faculty, staff,
parents, and students of all of the schools in
the district. The school grades prove that the
faculty and staff are working hard to ensure
the students can demonstrate their knowl-
edge of the subject areas. The students' can
take pride in a job well done. They have
earned the district an overall grade of an A.
I want to compliment the teachers who
knew they were losing their jobs at the end
of the semester and still gave 100 percent
every day in the classroom, making sure the
kids received the best education they could
provide. They are part of the reason our
school grades have improved. They deserve
part of the credit.
What great news to read in the paper
-- that the Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict is ranked as an "A" district now. That is a
big accomplishment for a small county. We
should thank the faculty and the students
and we should also give some appreciation
to the parents who make sure the kids get
to school on time, make sure they do their
homework, help them when they are stuck
with math problems and in general keep
them on track. It's a team effort.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
STo correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves
STo provide a night to reply to those we write about
* Toa people w coure, respect ad cormpassn.
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June 21, 2009

June 21,2009

Letter to the Editor

FPL seeks rate increase
Florida Power and Light has requested
a permanent rate increase from the Florida
Public Services Commission. As a part of
the evaluation process for their request, The
Florida Public Service Commission is con-
ducting service hearings across the state to
allow customer feedback about FPL and the
rate setting process. Customer comments,
written and oral, will be taken into consid-
eration when the Commission reaches a
FPL is requesting an increase of $1.3
billion to earn a fair rate of return on its in-
vestment and to cover increasing operating
costs. The rate increases would go into ef-
fect on January 1,2010. These rate increases

apply only to the base rates that customers
pay, and do not include fuel costs and other
items such as conservation, environmental
and charges for new nuclear projects that
are paid for by consumers through separate
cost recovery hearings. Thus, the total re-
quested increase does not include the addi-
tional amounts being requested for nuclear
($62.8 million for FPL) for 2010. Presently,
1000 kwh monthly costs $108.49, should the
increase be approved the it would increase
to $118.45 in January 2010 and $121.36 in
January 2011.
The Florida Public Service Commission is
charged with the responsibility to represent
the interests of constituents with respect to
the proposed rate increases. Public hearings
that have been scheduled by the Public Ser-

vice Commission will give consumers (both
individuals and businesses) the opportunity
to address the Commissioners about these
proposed rate increases. The Palm Beach
County hearing will take place: Wednesday,
June 24 at 4 p.m. Palm Beach County Gov-
ernmental Center, Jane Thompson Memori-
al Chambers, 6th Floor, 301 N. Olive Avenue,
West Palm Beach, Fla.
If you are unable to make the hearing or
do not get a chance to speak you may still
make your comments and opinions heard.
Letters can be sent via fax, email or in hard
copy. Be sure to include the docket number
(080677-EI) Faxes should be sent to 1-800-
511-0809, emails to,
or a hard copy should be and should be
mailed to:

Florida Public Service Commission
Office of Commission Clerk
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850
More information can be found at www., click on Dockets and Fillings
and then type docket number (080677). If
you have any further questions call the Flor-
ida Public Service Commission's Division of
Service, Safety and Consumer Assistance at
Takeata King Pang
District Aide
Representative Kevin Rader
District 78

Reflections from the Pulpit

Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Tommaso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Have you ever watched those historical
shows on television? They are so cool. You
watch them unearth or unwater the exact
place where the Titanic went down. How
did they know where to look? There were
documents written as to the whereabouts of
the ship that helped them to narrow down
the search area. Archeology has proven bib-
lical sights, because archeologists have used
the Bible to prove archeology. The Bible is
historically accurate and if that is the case
why is it good for history but not good for
the truth of God?
Josephus wrote, "Now, there was about
this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to
call him a man, for he was a doer of won-
derful works-a teacher of such men as re-
ceive the truth with pleasure. He drew over
to him both many of the Jews, and many of
the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when
Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men
amongst us, had condemned him to the
cross, those that loved him at the first did not
forsake him, for he appeared to them alive
again the third day, as the divine prophets
had foretold these and ten thousand other
wonderful things concerning him; and the

tribe of Christians, so named from him, are
not extinct at this day."
Now Josephus was not a Christian but a
Jewish general and yet he just wrote about
what he knew. This is evidence that some-
one in Jesus' day besides the Christians
knew that Jesus had died and rose again.
Christians if you do hold to the Scriptures
as the truth of God's word, do you rely on
the proof in God's Word? Did you know
there is proof in God's word? "The former
account I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach." (Acts
1:1) The former treatise I have made, which
can be translated "as in the former book,
in the former account, in the first account,"
which without a doubt refers to a previous
letter. In Luke 1:3 we see that the book of
Luke was the first book. "It seemed good
to me also, having had perfect understand-
ing of all things from the very first, to write
unto thee in order, most excellent Theophi-
lus." (Luke 1:3) Luke thought it necessary
through the Holy Spirit to write an account
of the life of Christ. Luke wrote the gospel
not as an eyewitness, but as someone who
had researched and compiled an accurate
account from the eyewitness. He reminds
Theophilus what he had written about be-
fore, an account of all that Jesus began to

do and teach. Theophilus was a Roman of-
ficial of some kind whose name means God-
lover, but like Cornelius in Acts 10 he seems
to be a God-fearer, which is a Gentile who
believed in the Jewish God.
Like most men of the Bible he did not live
up to his name. Luke wanted to thoroughly
proclaim the truth in a more perfect way, in
the hope that most noble Theophilus would
live up to his name and be a lover of God.
Jesus was teaching the gospel way be-
fore He was crucified, dead and resurrected.
For Luke, the importance of all that Jesus did
and taught was the authority of the gospel.
Luke was following up with how the gospel
played out after Jesus was raised from the
dead. "To whom He also presented Him-
self alive after His suffering by many infal-
lible proofs, being seen by them during forty
days and speaking of the things pertaining
to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3) To these
same apostles He showed himself alive after
his passion. What does passion mean? His
suffering. That was where He was mocked,
whipped, pierced and hung on a tree where
He died and was buried, but the grave could
not hold Him. He lives today so men can live
in eternity with Him, when they trust Him.
He gave them many infallible proofs.
What kind of proofs? He gave them visual

proof; an empty tomb, Jesus eating with
them after they saw Him die, and His words
come to be and the words of the Old tes-
tament proved true. He gave them audible
proof; the angels asking, "Why do you
seek the living among the dead?" and Jesus
speaking to them. He also gave them tactile
proof, Mary embraced Him.
The Gospel was played out during the
lives of the apostles, because it showed
that these men were changed from unedu-
cated men to men who spoke with author-
ity. These uneducated men spoke with such
authority they baffled the religious leaders of
that time. They were changed from cowards
to victors. They lived out the Gospel because
the Gospel was thoroughly proven.
How are you doing proclaiming the gos-
pel? Do you understand that the gospel is
to be love in action? Do you even know the
gospel? Has it penetrated your heart? For you
the proof is in history, in the Word and the
Holy Spirit teaches them to us. The gospel
changes people. Have you been changed? If
you do not know Christ this book is great
reading, but means nothing, because the
Holy Spirit is not in you to teach you the
truths. Faithfully seek Christ and His truth
and He will teach you who He is and of your
need for salvation.

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Jim Enrico Memorial
Scholarships were awarded to April Gray, Jennifer Maddox, Rosalba As-
cencio, Jon Enrico, Eunice Robledo, and Marializabeth Gonzalez at the 2009
OHS scholarship night.

Okeechobee Cattlemans Association
Scholarships were awarded to Nathan Candler, Cassandra Colgan, Rebekah
Bishop, Randall Mims, Justina Stokes, James Greeson and Brittany Carrier
at the 2009 OHS scholarship night.

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Firecracker pageant to be held

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Volun-
teers are proud to announce that the 15th
Annual Mr. & Mrs. Firecracker Fundraiser
Beauty Pageant will be held on Saturday,
July 25 at 6 p.m. at the OHS lecture hall.
There are two separate deadlines to pay
attention to: Ad sales deadline will be Sat-
urday, July 11. All ad sales monies must be

Community Events

Fathers day steak dinner
The American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E.
Second St., will hold their Fathers Day ribeye
steak dinner on June 21 from 3 until 6 p.m.
Dinner includes steak, baked potato, salad,
roll and butter, dessert, iced tea and coffee.
Live entertainment will be provided. The
public is welcome. Donation of $12. Fathers/
Grandfathers only pay $10.

turned in by this day. Deadline to enter the
pageant will be Monday, July 20. You must
have your application, fees, photograph and
good luck wish tickets turned in by this date.
If you have any questions, please call Donny
Arnold at 863-634-6464 or Margie at Fire Res-
cue 863-763-5544. All proceeds raised will
be used to purchase fire prevention materi-

Food sales to benefit
Christian Academy
Okeechobee Christian Academy needs
your help! Visit Cowboy's Bar-B-Q and Steak
Co. from June 22-26, and 10 percent of all
food sales will be donated to the school in-
cluding lunch, dinner and take out. Please
help up help others.

Xplosion Survivor Day Camp Hurricane preparedness

Do you have what it takes to survive?
From June 22-26, kids will break into tribes
and start their wild adventure back home the
moment they step into Xplosions "Survivor"
Camp. Enjoy tons of team building games,
challenges, crafts, treasure hunts and a spe-
cial guest appearance. The cost for the camp
is only $49 for the entire week. Campers can
be dropped off at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4
p.m. Please contact Victoria for sign up de-
tails 863-441-3826.

seminar planned
The American Red Cross will hold a Hur-
ricane Preparedness Seminar on Tuesday,
June 23, from 5:30-7 p.m., to inform the
public the importance of being prepared for
this hurricane season. The seminar will be
held at Seacoast National Bank, 1409 South
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee. A hurricane
cooler and first aid kit will be given to the
winner of the raffle. Please register by calling
the American Red Cross at 863-763-2488.

Okeechobee Orchid Club to Small business start

The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
on Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at the Coop-
erative Extension Office, 451 Highway 98 N.
The speaker for the evening is Gary Baily, lo-
cal orchid grower and president of the Vero
Beach Orchid Society. The Garden Club will
meet at 6 p.m. For more information call the
extension office at 863-763-6469.

Friends of the Library Book
Club to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library
Book Club will be reading People of the
Book by Geraldine Brooks for discussion at
the Thursday, June 25, meeting at 6 p.m.
at the Okeechbee County Library. The meet-
ing is free and open to the public. For more
information call Jan Fehrman at 239-357-

up seminar planned
The Small Business Development Center
will be holding a one day, two hour seminar
covering the Frequently Asked Questions
about Starting a Small Business on June
25. This seminar is not a step by step guide
to starting a business but will instead tackle
many of the tougher questions prospective
business owners will face and have to make
decisions about throughout the business
planning process including issues after they
have open the doors. There will be day and
evening session, each session covers the
same information. The day session will be
from 11 a.m.-l p.m. and the evening session
from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Williamson Con-
ference Center at Indian River State College.
Reservations are required. Call to reserve
your spot today: 863-517-0097.

als for the children of Okeechobee, as well
as much needed fire equipment.
Applications can be picked up at Chloe's
Closet, 123 SW Park St. or at Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue St. 1-501 NW Sixth St.
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

OHS benefit rodeo
The Okeechobee High School Rodeo
team will hold a benefit rodeo on June 27,
at the Fred Smith Arena at Brighton Seminole
Reservation. Exhibitions begin at 8 a.m.,
5D barrels 10 a.m., Exhibition poles, pole
bending, goat tying, breakaway not begin-
ning before 2 p.m., calf roping, team roping
not beginning before 4 p.m. $30 entry fee for
BR, PB, GT, CR, Breakaway roping, $25 entry
fee per man for team roping, $4 exhibitions.
Proceeds to benefit the Okeechobee High
School Rodeo Team national members.
For more information visit www.REZRO- or call Melissa at 863-634-1962 or
Molleetha at 863-467-6039.

Coast Guard Auxiliary
to host boating safety
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
of Okeechobee has scheduled a Safe Boating
Class on June 27, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at
the Flotilla Building located at the entrance
of Okee-Tantie Marina. This course upon
completion and passing the exam will yield
a Safe Boating ID Card as required by the
State of Florida for 14 to 21 year olds to oper-
ate a personal water craft. Boat operators of
vessels with motors larger than 10 hp and 21
years of age or less are required to complete
and pass the Safe Boating Course before op-
erating such a vessel. This course is open to
all ages. Anyone that has been ordered by
the FWC to take a Safe Boating Class due to
a previous violation on the water is urged to
attend. All course material and aids are pro-
vided. A free lunch will be available. Course
donation is $25 per person. Pre-registration
is required, only a limited number may at-
tend. Please call 9863-664-0111.

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June 21, 2009

County Planning Board faces busy evening

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The county planning board will be facing
a longer than usual agenda Tuesday eve-
ning. They will be considering two requests
for special exception and four requests for
zoning changes.
Sizemore Corporation, property owner
and Tab Merchant, applicant, have request-
ed a special exception to allow for a service
station in a commercial zoning district on
S.R. 70 E.

What: Monthly meeting of the Okeechobee
County Planning Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 23
Where: Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.
Kathleen McGee, property owner and ap-
plicant, has requested a special exception to
allow for a second dwelling on a U.S. 98 N.
property for her son who requires medical

Stuart Ledis, property owner and appli-
cant, has three requests before the board.
On two separate properties on U.S. 441 S.E.
near C.R. 15 B, he is requesting a change in
zoning from agriculture to residential single
family. If approved, these zoning changes
would allow for one single family home per
half acre rather than one single family home
per five acres, thus allowing him to put in
subdivisions on those two properties. The
third request is for a change in zoning from

agriculture to neighborhood commercial 2
for two, two-acre lots to be used for neigh-
borhood commercial developments in con
nection with the two subdivisions.
Philip Berger has requested a change in
zoning from agriculture to heavy industrial
for a 250 acre parcel on N.E. 128th Avenue
where he intends to put in an industrial
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Sheriff proposes budget savings to commissioners

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Sheriff Paul May submitted a near $17.2
million spending plan to the Board of
County Commissioners earlier this month
that represents at least a 2.2 percent sav-
ings over the current year.
Sheriff May said he expects the budget
to decrease should he be successful in se-
curing certain grants from the Federal gov-
"Last year we cut $930,000, this year
we've cut again. It can be as much as
$750,000. The minimum is $375,000. We
have cut two years in a row and were very
proud of that. We're trying to do our part
to make this budget balance. Law enforce-

ment is a 24 hour, 7 day a week job and
unfortunately it takes money."
No salary hikes and no additional posi-
tions are proposed in the budget. Sheriff
May said he understands that with the cur-
rent economic climate, it would be tough
to fund any salary hikes.
"We're just hoping everyone can keep
their jobs and there are no layoffs. I fully
understand why there's no salary increase
this year with all the people losing their
jobs. I won't ask for one, and I don't expect
Sheriff May said budget cuts include a
reduction on the amount of replacement
vehicles they purchase, the budget funds
six at $120,000, and due to a reduction in

the price of gas. He stated the Commission
has been very supportive in his equipment
purchases because he wants to equip his
officers with the finest safety equipment he
can find.
"If we should lose a deputy, let's not
make it because we didn't give him the
best equipment."
The budget also includes increases for
retirement costs, health insurance, and
costs for rental and leases for printer and
copiers, auto insurance, and ammunition.
Sheriff May also transferred one position
from court security to law enforcement.
One hundred and eight full time and 10
part time positions are funded in the law
enforcement budget of $9.34 million.

The proposed budget also decreases
funds asked for court house security, 4.3
percent, or just over $1 million.
The budget for corrections also was
decreased by 2.5 percent. $6.65 million
would be spent in that budget. They did
save $11,000 per year by removing meat
from the breakfast menu for inmates.
Sheriff May said despite the budget cuts
he still wants to be responsive to the needs
of the community, "We will answer every
call that comes in and answer it as quickly
as we can. Minor things might be put back,
but if those deputies are not busy they will
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"They say Marianna was tough, but I
think Okeechobee was tougher," he said.
"They would make boys run away just so
they could beat them. It would make you
cry if you saw what went on."
There was no White House at the
Okeechobee school. When it came time for
a boy to be whipped he was simply taken
to the school's office, where either Mr. Suit
or Mr. Zych would dole out the punishment,
Mr, Mike said.
The memories of that office are still vivid
to Mr. Mike, who added that for years he had
trouble sleeping due to nightmares of his
time in Okeechobee.
"When you walked in there was a desk,
and chairs in front of the windows where
you sat and waited for the whipping. You
look to the left and there was Mr. Zych's of-
fice and to the right was a small room. It was
just big enough to get in there," he said. "In
the room was a bed, like an old bunk bed,
with a pillow. There was blood, vomit and
slobber on it (the pillow). They didn't wash
it, they would just wipe it off.
"Then you got to hear the hollering:
"Please, no more!' 'Shut up, you black
s.........h!' 'WHUP' 'Please, no, not in the
face!' 'Shut up!' WHUP.'"

Continued From Page 1

When the monument was erected Mr.
Collins' widow, Ebbie Merle Hampton, who
was then living in Melbourne, wrote to the
historical society: "I could see so much inter-
est, time and talent had gone into this beau-
tiful structure, and I might say how it filled
my heart with gladness just knowing that
friends still remembered and cared."
Before becoming a lawman, Mr. Collins
was a rowdy, hard drinking commercial
fisherman. After his escapades caused him
to spend some time in the Fort Pierce jail he
mended his ways and swore off liquor and
tobacco. He was appointed city marshall
and enforced the law impartially. After the
death in office of the county's first sheriff,
Smith Drawdy, Mr. Collins became sheriff
and served several terms. Besides being
noted as a tough lawman who would put

At this point of the Wednesday, June
17, interview he began to pound the large
wooden desk in front of him.
"They beat me until my behind got as
hard as this desk! I got so many whuppins
my behind got immune to it!"
And when he wouldn't cry out or say any-
thing the men would use the large leather
strap to hit him in the head and face.
Then, when the whipping would finally
stop, the boys waiting in the office would
watch as the boy walked out of the room-
bleeding through his pants.
One time, recalled Mr. Mike, he was
beaten by Mr. Zych to the point that he was
bleeding. When he returned to his cottage
the cottage father, Mr. Mikey, asked what
happened. When the young man told him,
Mr. Mikey went to the office to complain.
That, said Mr. Mike, was the cottage father's
last day at the school. He was fired.
And if, during a beating, a boy could no
longer hold onto the head of the iron bed
other boys would be brought in to hold him
Mr. Mike, who was 12 years old when he
was first sent to the school, said the leather
strap used by Mr. Zych was smooth and
about 4- to 5-inches wide. But the strap used
by Mr. Suit was the most damaging.
"Mr. Suit would use a strap that had holes
in it," he said. "When he beat you with that
one he intended to tear your hide up. It
would pull the hide from you."

up with no nonsense, he was known for his
generosity to needy families and his love for
According to a 1928 article in the
Okeechobee News, the reformed trouble-
maker "has made Okeechobee County one
of its best citizens and has made one of the
best officers in the state." The article went
on to tell of his efforts to establish a Boy
Scout troop.
After being defeated for reelection in
1932, he worked for a time in Indiantown
and ended up as chief of police in Frostproof.
In 1934 Mr. Collins was riding atop a speed-
ing fire truck when it rolled over. While he
survived the accident, shortly afterward the
former sheriff came down with pneumonia
and died.
His funeral drew a large crowd was con-
ducted by Rev. Sam Durrance at Okeecho-
bee's First Baptist Church.
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Then came the time Mr. Suit issued a
frightening warning to Mr. Mike.
"He said, 'if you keep running your little
black mouth you'll end up like your friend,"
he said.
The friend, a boy named Tony, had disap-
Mr. Mike said Tony would run away be-
cause when he was whipped they would
also hit him in the face.
"They last time they caught him, he was
so messed up he couldn't sit down," Mr.
Mike recalled. "He disappeared. They said
he ran away.
"When they found him he was inside the
sewer plant. He drowned in all that waste,"
he said with his head bowed.
And with his voice softening to a whisper,
he added: "But Tony could swim. He was a
good swimmer."
Unlike many of the men who are now
coming forward with their stories, Mr. Mike
has told his seven children about his days at
the Okeechobee facility.
"I've talked to them about the beatings
and whippings. I told them this was some-
thing I'll remember until the day I die," he
And one of his children, Quinton, accom-
panied him Wednesday to the interview. As
his father talked about what happened Quin-
ton sat quietly, looking down at the floor and
slowly shaking his head from side to side as
if to say this couldn't have happened.

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Community Brief

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

"What he's talking about is bad. He's try-
ing to tell me to be good," said the 14-year-
old South Fork High School student.
Mr. Mike, a mountain of a man, looked
up with a hardness in his eyes and he began
to pound the desk again.
"They beat my behind until it go so hard
I couldn't feel nothing! I wouldn't cry so
they'd get mad and hit me in the face," he
said, the anger mounting. "They beat my ass
until it was hard as a rock!"
With that he stood and, with tears in his
eyes, said: "I got to go. I can't talk about it
any more."
As he walked away with his son, he
shook his head and said softly: "I'm sorry. I
just can't talk about it. I'm sorry.
Editor's Note: Roger Dean Kiser has
written a book about his experiences at the
Florida School for Boys in Marianna entitled
"The White House Boys: An American Trag-
edy." A web site has also been established
where victims from the Okeechobee and
Marianna schools have posted their stories.
That site is:
anna. Readers are warned that some of the
language in the stories is very graphic.
Attempts to reach Frank Zych were un-
successful due to his death. We were also
unsuccessful in our attempts to locate Mr.

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near
97. West wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
West wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot,
with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 10 mph be-
coming west.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low
around 75. West wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near
92 West wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low
around 74. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms Partly cloudy, with a high near
90. West wind around 5 mph.


June 21, 2009

Six weeks from

indictment to plea

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Things may move slowly in some
courts, but not at the U.S. District Court
House in Fort Pierce.
Two Pinellas County women arrested
in Okeechobee in March were indicted on
drug charges April 30, by a federal grand
jury and then pled guilty to those charges
on June 4.
Tiffany Brown, 31, of Clearwater pled
guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess
with the intent to distribute over 500 grams
of cocaine and over five grams of crack
cocaine and possession with the intent to
distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and
five grams of crack.
Della Deluca, 28, of Clearwater pled
guilty to conspiracy to possess with the in-
tent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine
and over five grams of crack cocaine.
The pair will be sentenced by U.S. Dis-
trict Judge Frank Lynch on Sept. 14. The
pair faces a minimum of five years in
prison and a maximum of 40 years behind
bars, plus up to $2 million in fines.
The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
and Sheriff Deputies chased after the pair
after a traffic stop on NE 128th Avenue on
March 3. The chase lasted for several miles
up Dark Hammock Road and the suspects
nearly hit a Deputy Sheriff Lt. Gary Bell as
he set up a roadblock on N.E. 56th Ave-

The pair fled the vehicle on N.W. 136th
Street and were located a short time later.
Deputies seized 1107 grams of suspect-
ed powder cocaine, 37.9 grams of crack
cocaine, and 18.9 grams of marijuana, ar-
rest reports stated.
Nearly $1,200 in suspected drug cash
was also seized.
An infant baby was found inside the
suspect's vehicle.
In another drug case, three Central Flor-
ida residents were sentenced for allegedly
selling $8,700 worth of methamphetamine
in rural parts of Highlands County.
Darrell Faircloth received 262 months in
federal prison and 10 years of supervised
release for conspiracy to distribute narcot-
ics. Michael Manning received 110 months
in federal prison and five years of super-
vised release for conspiracy to distribute
narcotics and sale of narcotics.
Cristoval Gonzales received 120 months
in federal prison and five years of super-
vised release for conspiracy to distribute
narcotics and sale of narcotics. All three
suspects pled guilty earlier this year.
Drug enforcement agents and High-
lands County Deputies said the trio sold
large quantities of methamphetamines be-
tween Dec. 3 and Dec. 11, 2008.

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A 39 year old Okeechobee man accused
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and now faces a lengthy term in prison.
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seat, and powder cocaine.
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records show.
Roberts had previous felony convictions
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Commission to meet Tuesday instead of Thursday

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Commissioners will
be meeting on Tuesday instead of Thursday
this week because of a meeting of the Flori-
da Association of Counties later in the week.
A good portion of the short agenda will be
concerned with the budget. Commissioners
will be asked to approve a mid year budget
amendment. Declining revenues dictate a
$3,324,241 reduction in the budget. County

What; Meeting of the Okeechobee County
When: Tuesday, June 23
Where: Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

administrator Lyndon Bonner will be lead
ing a budget discussion dealing with capital
improvements and the library.
In a non budgetary item commissioners

will be asked to approve an amendment to
an agreement with the Florida Heartland Ru-
ral Economic Development Incentive dealing
with an economic development project at
the Sebring Regional Airport and Commerce
Park. The amendment changes the acreage
involved and the map of the project.
In other action the board is expected to:
proclaim July 25 to be National Day
of the American Cowboy in Okeechobee
appoint one member to the affordable

housing advisory Committee; and
approve an amendment to the local
housing assistance plan to add the Florida
Opportunity Program which was created
by the 2009 legislature to provide for up to
$8,000 in purchase assistance to applicants
that are eligible to receive a first time home
buyer tax credit created through The Ameri-
can Revery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
An office in Okeechobee provides bilin-
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government assistance programs such as
food stamps, medicaid, and social security
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Arrest costs OCHD workers their jobs A REAL o
By Eric Kopp sonal purchases totaling $70,228.40. Those it is reasonable that Casian had access to all
Okeechobee News alleged purchases include a $3,200 Carib- the FLAIR user information.
The unauthorized use of a state-issued bean vacation. She also reportedly altered Besides the vacation, the inspector gen- B R A
purchasing card not only led to the arrest of information on the Florida Accounting and eral's report documented that Casian alleg-
an Okeechobee County Health Department Information Resource (FLAIR) computer edly used her state card to buy such things If YO 're 10king to
(OCHD) employee, but cost two other em- system in an apparent attempt to hide the as: an IPod Nano, a 32-inch LCD television, king
ployees their jobs. alleged purchases, toys, child's laptop, car seat covers, hard-
Although Peggy Arthur and Karen Hern- An investigative report from the Office of ware, painting supplies, XBox console, XBox Save money -- and
don are not facing legal charges, the illegal the Inspector General concluded that Ms. games, Nintendo consoles, tires, groceries,t t e da
purchases reportedly made by Tonia Chris- Arthur violated Department of Health proce- prescriptions, candy, clothes, satellite radio who isn't these IaIs
tine Casian ultimately led to them being out dures because she "did not store her FLAIR and a bumper for a Toyota pickup truck.
of work. password in a secure manner; was negligent Casian allegedly made the purchases be- ubscriing to lhe
According to Frank Kruppa, OCHD ad- when she mistook the American Express va- tween April and December of 2008.
ministrator, Ms. Arthur had been with that cation charge for a credit; did not monitor The report concludes that because the Okeechobee News
department since July 1, 1997. She was ter Casian's card usage more closely after she FLAIR passwords were compromised its
minated Feb. 11, 2009. Mr. Kruppa said she was made aware of Casian's July 2008 mis- not known if Ms. Herndon or Ms. Arthur ap- is a eal D o raiine
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to work at the OCHD when it took over.
Ms. Herndon, he continued, had been
employed with the OCHD since April 8,
2005. While she was not terminated, she did
tender her resignation on March 19, 2009.
Both of those came as a result of Casian's
firing on Jan. 15 and her subsequent arrest
on May 27. She was arrested by Special
Agent Linda Beltran from the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on a
charge of aggravated white collar crime. She
was booked into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a bond of $20,000. Jail records in
dicate that she is currently free on bond.
"I am shocked and appalled that some-
one in a position of authority would abuse
the trust given them," said Mr. Kruppa in a
prepared statement on Casian's arrest. "As
soon as we learned of the activity we noti-
fied the Inspector General's Office and they
completed a thorough investigation and
coordinated their activities with the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement."
Casian is accused of using her state-is
sued credit card to make unauthorized per-

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use; an a e o remove approved
access to employees who were terminated,
retired or transferred."
As for Ms. Herndon, the report said she
violated DOH procedures when she did not
store her FLAIR password in a protected and
secure manner.
Casian was an OCHD distributed comput-
er systems specialist and her duties included
computer work, network installations, sys-
tem administrator for the Health Clinic Man-
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She also trained other OCHD employees on
FLAIR and computer issues.
The report states that neither Ms. Arthur
nor Ms. Herndon knew their own FLAIR
identification numbers and that Ms. Arthur
... deferred responsibility of FLAIR issues
to Casian because of Casian's FLAIR exper
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Casian used their FLAIR password and user
ID to approve some of the purchases with-
out their knowledge.
Also, because neither Ms. Arthur nor Ms.
Herndon looked at receipts and Casian was
the final reconciler, "no one other than Ca-
sian ever saw Casian's receipts."
"We have put policies and procedures
in place to ensure this activity cannot take
place again," said Mr. Kruppa. "We value
the resources given to us by the people of
Florida and will not tolerate its abuse."
Casian went to work at the OCHD on July
28, 2000. She was placed on administrative
leave on Jan. 8, 2009, and was terminated
Jan. 15.
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Community Calendar

A.A. meets 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
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by
the Hibiscus Children's Center on the last Monday
of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orientation
is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no
RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at
the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W Ninth
Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program
at 1-800-403-9311.
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.

ArtfulAppllquers 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. Turn 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 Chapter leader Karen
Graves at 863-763-6952.
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.

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VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invited.
Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing
is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact
Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449

The 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 Ger-
nat 863-697-9915
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 Bap-
tist 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.
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-
NewA.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.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-8531
or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.

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p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m at the Hospice Building located
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome For information, contact Enid Boutin at
Family History Center meets from 1 until
5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261 -
5706 for special appointments.
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
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.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p m. Informal and
informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life Everyone is invited.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly
meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th

Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a
diet club The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every Tues
day and is open to all who deal with someone with
addictions. 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.
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 parents and their pre-school children. The
event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m,
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The search for a new boys basketball
coach didn't have to travel any great dis-
tance as the successor to Jon Enrico was
actually on the same campus.
JV coach Bryan Van Camp was pro-
moted to varsity head coach last week by
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He is a 2001 graduate of Okeecho-
bee High School and he graduated from
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He was hired fresh out of college by the
Okeechobee County School District.
"I interviewed and the next day Toni
asked me to come in. I accepted it. I
wouldn't have interviewed for it if it were
something I didn't want," he said. "I really
appreciate the opportunity to be coach

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to coach OHS varsity basketball

here. I've moved around quite a bit as a
kid, and Okeechobee was the fourth place
my family moved to. It's the first real time
that we settled down and found a home.
Even graduating from college, my degree
wasn't in education, it was in technical
writing. I could have worked in Orlando,
but I wanted to come back and get in-
volved with coaching and make a differ-
Van Camp played hoops at Okeechobee
High School when the team was less than
competitive. He played under coaches Tra-
cy Sheeley and Tony Delegall. Wins were
few and far between in those days.
Van Camp has done a fine job at the JV
level. He has a career record of 42-26 as
freshman and junior varsity coach.
He also is head coach of the boy's ten-
nis team. He was Treasure Lake Confer-
ence coach of the year for tennis this year.
Van Camp named Jason Egli as his ju-
nior varsity coach and Shawn Hays as his
freshman coach.
His wife Amanda is the media specialist
at the freshman campus.
Van Camp said he remembers fondly
his playing days. He noted the team didn't
win much, but he still learned a lot about
the game, "I kind of played in one of the
lowest points in the basketball program.
Coaching the last four years and having
some success and seeing the kids we have
and how hard they are willing to work, I

really was excited for the opportunity to
work with those kids."
Van Camp thanked his predecessor for
giving him the chance and for the work he
has done in the past seven years building
up the program. He promised to have hard
working teams that work hard on defense
and are sound fundamentally. He noted
some teams on the coast have an athletic
advantage over Okeechobee, so his team
must be disciplined in order to compete.
"Varsity is a different game, I know it
will be a much bigger challenge. I really
like the kids we have. Jon built a strong
program, now these kids have been here
for three years and they know what to ex-
pect. There familiar with the system and I
think the kids feel they have a lot to prove
this year. There is a strong corps of kids
who have played together since they were
in sixth grade, I think they are really excited
to show that as a collective group they can
show what they can do."
Van Camp also stressed youth develop-
ment programs and noted he will work
with the middle school coaches to build
the same type of program on the basket-
ball court. He noted he expects to get more
support in the community for basketball.
Van Camp will continue to teach Eng-
lish at the high school for 10th and 11th
"I really believe you can't win without
defense no matter how well you're shoot-

ing. You have a good chance of losing the
battle on offense. If you play defense, cut
down turnovers, and get loose balls and
rebounds, you'll get more offensive pos-
sessions, and chances to score. You have
to give yourself opportunities with the bas-
ketball. Defense gives you those opportu-

Bryan Van Camp was named the new
head men's basketball coach for
Okeechobee High school.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

Baseball player

Joey Voss, a senior member of the
High School baseball team, was
honored by the school board at
their June 9 meeting.

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CASE NO.: 2O8 -CC-241

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an actn
to forelse a umrtgage on the fol-
wing roper in O keehobee
The West 12 of the West 1/2
of the South 1/2 of the Nor
1/2 of TraCt 0, Section 15,i
To ship 34 South, Range 33
East according to the plat
there re d in lat Boo
4 pages 3A throuh D, inlu-
cbee County, orde. (1.25
acres)(aka Lot E)
ha been filed agalr you and you
are reuiredto serve a copy of your
written defenses, f any to It on
Ryn McCabe, the Plaintiffs atoney,
whose address IS 1601 Forum Place,
Suite 301 West Palm Beach, FL
33401, wthn 30 days of 1st pUblica-
on and file the original with the
cldr of this court eiher before ser-
ve on the Planff attorney or m-
medlately Lherfter; othe0ne a
default will be entered against you
for the reief demanded in the Cm-
DATED this 9th day of Jun, 2D9
Sharon RObertson
As Clerk of the Court
By ACene Neale
As Deputy Clark
323905 ON 6/14,21/09

CASE NO. 2OnS-CA-2ss
J. C WAGEN and, N M. LET, and
each of the foregong, who are not
known to be alive or deceased, and
F deceased, heir unnown her de-
v0ees, grantees, credors and all
other par dalmng by, through,
under or against them or either of
n iE-N T C iCo CTTod
TO' C. Wagen, address unknown
N. M. Lett, address unknwn,
and each of the fregoing, who are
not known to be alive or deceased,
and if deceased, Ber unknown
helr daevilaae, ganrtees, ,.redo
and all other pare claiming by,
through under or against tem or
either o them
that an to QUO e Tite on the
following dnbed proertt in
Okeechobee County, Ronda, twlt:
A rel of land in in the
Noteast 1/4 of oth-
west 14 of Secion 2 Town-
Okeechobee County, Florida,
Being mo aiouillI de-

BEGINNING at the Southwst
5 er4 of the lad Nort5enat
1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of
Section 22, bear North
006'07" West alga the
aest line of the Northeast 1/4
of the Southwest 1/4 of Sec-
ton 22, to the intersection
with the South rlght-of-wy of
Oso0 aw Road, a distance of
s9.56 ftee; thence bear North
5022'1l5 East along the said
South ight-of-way of Osowaw
Road, a distance of 366.6
feet thence bear South
Onsie'l" East to the inte c-i
tion with the South line of the
Northeast 1/4 of the South-
west 1/4 of Secti 22, a diar
tanc of 799.68 feet thent
bear South S93'" West
along the said South line of
the Nortast 1/4 of the
Southeast 1/4 of SoCon 22,
a distance of 305. feet to
habeen filed against you and you
are required to serve a of your
tten defenses, if a, to it on
CONELY PA, whone addre is Post
Offie Drawer 1367, Okeehohee,

from first publlat, aotherle a
ludgmnt may be entered agans
you for the lef demanded in e
WITNESS mi hand and the seal
of rid Court on ]ne 9, 2009.
Clerk of Sad Court
By: Arene Nealla
241 ON 6 28Deputy28 Clark
324164 ON 6/14,21,28,7/5/09

CASE NO. 0900021OCA
EUS GOMEZ et al.

ro: JOSE E. VELEZ and all unknown pairt aiming by, through, under o
against the above named Defendant, who not known to be dead or alive
whether said unkwn pares clam a hels devs, grane, asno
e s liers cdtors, e ustees, sCpouse, or oher clamants
currentt Redence Uknon, but whose lat known address was, 3578 No
RIh Avnue, Okeedhobe, FL 34974
OU ARE NOTIF tht an acon to foreclo e a mortgage on the fl
owing property in Okeechobee County, Floda, to-wit
as been file aanst you and you are required to gsve a coprof you
vrtten defn, If any, to it n DOUGLAS C M, P, Plaintiffs a
nele whese addre IS 18820 U.S Highway 19 North, Suite 212, eaa
er, Flonda 33764, on or before wtn thrty (30) days after the fir
ublatin of ths Not of Acon, and file the gal w th Clerk o
ha Cout at 312 NW 3rd Street, Oehobee, FL 3472, either before ser
nce on Plant0f attorney or immediately thereafter; oth e, a defaul
ll be entered against you f the relief demanded n the complaint pet
WITNESS my hanm
,nd eal of the Court on this 9th day of June, 2009
Sharon Robertse
Clerk of the Clr Cour
By: Aene Neal
Coepty 0Cld
rive, Fort St Luci FL, 34972 OR Call 1-772-807-4370 within
eo working days of rour eceipt of the NOTICE, IF OU AM
124165 ON 6/14,21/09

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Okeechobee County Board of Realtors
Jim Fowler, Nathan Candler, Alex Nielson, Joy Burnham, Michelle Flores,
Grace Williams, Taylor Pritchard, Rebekah Bishop, Nicole Hedrick, Kathy
Godwin, Vick Patel, and Michelle Fischer were given awards at the 2009 OHS
scholarship night.

Raulerson Hospital
Robert Lee, Susana Najera, Katelyn Stuart, Meghan Conroy, Billie Jo Free-
man, Jasmine Mendoza, Cindy Cruz, Imelda DelaCruz-Sanchez, Miranda
DuBois, Jose Medellin, Malcolm Cleckley, Brenda Ellerbee, Heather Hyatt,
Jesus Flores, Christian Kemp, Jessica Romero, Megan Schrock, Genny
Thompson, and Giancarlo Tunac were given awards at the 2009 OHS schol-
arship night..

Seminole Tribe of
Clara Delgall and Marializabeth
Gonzalez were given awards by
Tony Bullington at the 2009 OHS
scholarship night.

Quail Creek
A scholarship was presented to
Jennifer Maddox by Bill Black at the
2009 OHS scholarship night.

Hospital Medical
Katelyn Stuart and Jordan Asp-
den were given awards by Denise
Kelchner at the 2009 OHS scholar-
ship night.

The Law Firm
of Hoskins and
Turco, Lloyd &
Courtney Beamer was given an
award by Steve Hoskins.

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Glades Electric
Betty Reyes and Nathan Candler
were given awards by Barney
Goodman at the 2009 OHS scholar-
ship night.

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Johnny Mack and
Dorothy Kinsaul
Nicole Hedrick was given an award
by Dr. Randall Mims on OHS schol-
arship night.

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Coast Builders
Celestino Sanchez and Kaltlin Wal-
lace were given awards at the 2009
OHS scholarship night by Treasure
Coast Builders Association.

Submitted photo
Daughters of
the American
Revolution Essie
B. Millspaugh
Kristal Hazellief was given an award
by Debbie Clemons on OHS schol-
arship night.

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