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The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit is once again hosting the Water Safety
Summer Camp. The first week of the camp started June 28. Above, campers learn how to
right an overturned boat during training in the swimming pool at the Okeechobee County
Sports Park. Below, campers use the boating skills they learned during a trip to the ocean.
For more on the camp, see page 16.
By Eric Kopp
When Tarrance Pryor confront
ed Keith Denard Johnson about
the shooting of his cousin, a fight
between the two men ensued and
Mr. Pryor was reportedly shot in his
was treated and
released at a lo-
cal hospital his
wasn't so lucky.
He was shot in
the back and, ac- Byron Bruce
cording to a local Brinkley
never walk again.
However, as of
it was not known
who actually shot
Johnson, 29, S.W.
12th St., Belle
Glade, and Byron Keith Denard
Bruce Brinkley, Johnson
29, N.E. 15th St.,
Okeechobee, were both arrested
in connection with the shooting of
Johnson has been charged with
aggravated assault, aggravated bat-
tery and tampering with evidence.
Brinkley has been charged with
principal in the first degree -aggra
vated assault, principal in the first
degree aggravated battery and
principal in the first degree tam-
pering with evidence.
Bond had not been set for either
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a wet T-shirt contest held at a local bar. cerning nudity.
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According to arrest reports at the Okeecho- The women ranged in age from 21 to 31.
Report: Woman hit man with cooking pot
By Eric Kopp
A woman has been arrested and charged
with hitting a man in the head with a cook-
ing pot while he was cooking something to
Ella F. Hayes, 47, N.E. 13th Ave., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Monday, June 29, on a
felony charge of aggravated domestic bat-
tery. She was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $1,000.
According to an arrest report by Deputy
Mark Margerum, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the man was in
his apartment cooking when the alleged
incident occurred. The deputy stated that a
woman entered the man's apartment and
hit him in the right side of
his head with a black metal
The victim reportedly
refused medical treatment.
Another man suppos-
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victim did not want to talk Ella F. Hayes
to Hayes because he was
recently arrested for "allegedly attacking"
her. No more information was given in the
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What scares me is this. When I was a
teen about the worst thing that could hap-
pen if you had unprotected sex is someone
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is no cure. That's the reality. You can't tell by
looking at them who has HIV. They can have
it and not know for years. We know from the
health department stats that there are cases
of HIV in Okeechobee. So if so many teens
are being promiscuous that our teen preg-
nancy rate is double the state average, how
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dicre-Prdin" the dancer of pregnancy, a
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nitely, but they really don't give much con-
sideration to STDs. Well, they do, it's been
heaped upon us for years, but it seems like
they've, for the most part, developed a devil
may care attitude about itall, averymuch if it
happens, it happens attitude. There is no pill
to prevent it, nothing to wear, no real form
of protection other than simple avoidance
of sex ... but most don't care. Most teens I
know give a shrug. STDs are a problem, I'm
sure, but it's the fact that sometimes a per-
son doesn't know about another's, about
their own, about anyone's that brings an
element of fear.
After reading about the problem of the
high rate of teen pregnancy, I think the school
system needs to rethink the abstinence only
sex education classes. I think they need to
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where the kids can ask .1 .,,I i .,,ir
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community because we taxpayers wind
up paying to support those babies through
Medicaid, food stamps, etc.
Baby killed by python
I don't understand why people insist on
keeping dangerous exotic animals as pets.
How horrible for that child to be crushed.
The poor baby -- that is a terrible death. The
fact that the man did not have the proper
permit to even keep the snake, and the
snake was not secured in the container the
permit would require just makes it worse.
Not only did he keep a dangerous animal, he
did not bother to get the required permit or
learn how to properly contain and care for it.
It wasn't really the snake's fault. It must have
been hungry -- which means the man also
did not feed it properly.
When I run across news like this I of-
ten think why, why would anybody do these
kinds of things? The only answer I can come
up with which covers it all is stupidity. What-
ever the man had in his head for keeping a
great big snake, (well, any kind of snake) is
stupid. Maybe he requires extra attention
for himself. I once walked by a girl at a flea
market, walking around with one of those
pot-belly pigs on a leash. It was all for the
attention she hoped to get from it.
I'd say the mother is missing some mar-
bles to allow such creatures in the house --
meaning both the boyfriend and the snake.
Kind gesture at the cemetery
I buried my son 12 years ago. He was
6. He would have graduated this year. His
birthday was this week. I went to the cem-
etery to change the flowers. Someone left a
small token on his grave site. It was a mod-
est chain with a tiny class ring for 2009. No
one in my circle of family or friends claims
to have left it there. Whoever you are, your
gesture filled our hearts with old memories
and put new smiles on our faces. Thankyou
Why is it, we are not financially able to
have fireworks for the Fourth of July for our
town? Yet we can afford to build another ho-
tel. This is why our nation is poorly financed.
Editor's note: The city and county did not al-
locate any funds for a public firework show
due to a shortfall in tax revenue. However,
a private donor stepped up and financed
the show. Hotels are built by private own-
ers or corporations, not with tax money. In
fact, a new hotel will generate revenue for
the county and city through property taxes.
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I read in the Okeechobee News that
one of the reasons Coach Beckham was let
go was because he was holding practice on
Sunday. If that is true, then why can all of
these baseball teams hold tournaments and
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if that coach held practice
the first n
time '- "
up. This is several
weekends in a row,
these kids are playing in these ridiculous
climates on Sunday mornings. They can
play on Saturdays and if they have to play
on Sunday it can be on Sunday afternoons
after church. I would like to have other
peoples opinions on this. Editor's note: The
high school sports must follow the rules of
the Florida High School Athletic Associa-
tion, which forbids Sunday practices. The
other ball teams you refer to are not school
teams, and so do not fall under the same
rules. Those sports are regulated by their
own leagues or programs.
I was just driving by Flagler Park and I
noticed they have all of the guns pointed to-
wards City Hall. Don't you think they should
have at least one pointed down towards the
In the news
I hear that Michael Jackson passed away
from a heart attack. Well guess what? There
are people who died all over the world, yes-
terday and today and they aren't getting on
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ing too, so what makes them different from
You know we have been having this
strange weather, and I believe its going to
continue that way if we keep sending those
space orbits out into outer space. And not
only that, but they are wasting our money
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Press 1 for English
Is it just me or is anybody else tired
of when they call a business up you hear,
press 1 for English and 2 for Spanish? When
I was stationed overseas in Vietnam, I had
to learn Vietnamese, when I was stationed
in Germany, I learned German and when I
was stationed in Italy, I learned Italian and
it seems if they want to come to the United
States and work, they ought to speak Eng-
lish. English is our nation's language. We
should not be required to learn Spanish, just
so they can understand us. Just like Canada,
they speak French and English. So I guess
we are going to have to learn how to speak
Spanish and English just to accommodate
somebody, next it will be Haitian. So just
because somebody wants to come here and
not learn English, are we going to have to
learn that language just because they don't
want to learn ours? It's not fair to other peo-
ple. I think they should learn to speak Eng-
lish or not come here at all.
SI was wondering about the Animal Con-
trol ordinance. I was wondering if it was for
all of Okeechobee or just for City or County?
If it is, what about those people who have
had pets in the past more than the limit. Per-
sonally I don't think it is fair, because there
are so many animals out there that are need-
ing homes and now you are going to limit.
As long as they are in a condition that is well
cared and maintained within reason, I don't
see where there should be a problem. Its
just so sad, because there are so many out
there that need homes and now we are put-
ting a restriction on how many we can have
and how many we can't. Editor's note: The
new animal control ordinance is a county
ordinance. Since the county handles animal
control for both the city and the county, the
ordinance also applies to city residents. Res-
idences with half an acre or less of property
are limited to four animals per residence.
This is to address the new seat belt law,
which is unconstitutional. Because we have
the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness and when we buy a license and
a vehicle, it makes that vehicle ours. And un-
less we are doing something dramatically
wrong, they should have no right to stop
someone for seat belts not being on.
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July 5, 2009
Shoreline fishing license will help boost marine resources
By Rodney Barreto
By now, anyone who fishes along Florida's
coasts has probably heard that the shoreline
fishing license exemption for Florida residents
has been eliminated.
Gov Charlie Crist recently signed into law
a shoreline saltwater fishing license bill. The
law takes effect Aug. 1 and is of primary im-
portance to Florida residents. I say Florida
residents because since 1989 they have been
exempted from needing a license when fish-
ing for saltwater fish from the shore or a struc-
ture attached to shore-like a dock, pier or
bridge. Out-of-state residents 16 years of age
and older always have needed a license.
Under the new law, residents who fish
from the shore with a cane pole still will be
exempt from the license rqulirrmnt Qn
will senior citizens, active ..,I1'1 ,. .- ....
while home on leave, anglers fishing from a
licensed pier, those drawing food stamps and
those receiving temporary cash assistance or
Medicaid. For others, the license is required.
The new shoreline license will cost a Flor-
ida resident $9. If an angler has any thoughts
about fishing from a boat or offshore, he
should opt for the regular $17 saltwater fish-
ing license, which covers shoreline fishing as
These license fees, as well as all of Florida's
other hunting and fishing license fees, will go
into Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) trust funds and are not
diverted to obscure uses. As per the Florida
Reflections from the Pulpit
Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
When locks are long in Israel
In the opening of Judges 5, the warrior
leader Deborah sings out a battle song. The
opening lines run like this:
When locks are long in Israel, when the
people offer themselves willingly-bless the
Curious! The Hebrew text here is myste-
rious-the correct reading is debated. The
New King James Version (NJKV) translates
this line, "When leaders lead...," but Jewish
scholars translate it "When men let their hair
grow!" The Jewish Publication ,nrimti and
the New Revised Standard .., ,.11l- i
translate it per the above reading: "When
locks are long in Israel."
What is being said here? Have we lost the
Letter to the Editor
Agri-Civic Center questioned
As I review several speak out items on the
facility, I realize more tax payers are waking
up to this pink elephant.
I have written a couple of letters to the
editor to express my feelings on this costly
facility. As I mentioned in my last letter the
cost for the facility operation in 2008 was
$1,100,000 above what it took in real reve-
nues, $107,000. A facility that pays out some
$207,000 in employee cost for three employ-
It is time to shut it down and save tax
dollars. The tax payers will still be liable for
the $21,000.00 per month in bond issue pay-
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year, just remember how your money is be-
ing spent. As a speak out individual said on
June 5: "But the project was hijacked by spe-
mention of the graduation and how poor a
facility it is for that use.
Another individual expressed their feel-
ings on the graduation in the June 24 Speak
Out. Seems there was no place to meet
ability to understand this passage?
As ever in Scripture, where there is mys-
tery, there is great meaning. The context re-
veals an incredible lesson for Americans on
Independence Day. It is the time of Judges in
Israel when the land was threatened yearly
with enemies, yet few men stood forth as
defenders. Each person and tribe looked out
after their own interests-more concerned
with their private crop than the national des-
tiny. They grew fat and comfy. Deborah was
severely vexed that men would not go into
battle without her. Later, Saul cut an ox in
twelve pieces and sent out a piece to every
tribe. It was his way of saying, "If you don't
send warriors to fight for the land, I'm com-
ing after you!"
The situation was bleak: many enemies
of right, few warriors to fight. It is thus that
Deborah sings, with the heat of battle in her
blood, "False men! 'Not a shield or spear to
and congratulate the graduates, except in
the crowd of people trying to get out of the
Well tax time is upon us, or the commis-
sioners at least. So what do you think will
happen to your tax bill this next year? Do
not forget the school taxes are also being re-
viewed. County population goes up maybe
20 percent in 15 years and our county bud-
get goes up 4-500 percent, what is wrong
with this math?
Seems government, our commissioners,
did nothing more than building government.
Look around at your ditches, roads, facilities
and common use spaces. So what will hap-
pen to change this?
I am going to say that for the most part
our constitutional elected officials are doing
a good job, as is our fire department.
I guess I need to look a little further into
the stellar performance of the Cattleman's
(Okeechobee Taxpayers) Agri-Civic Center
this year and maybe give an update.
Save your money so we can pay our
county taxes and pay those salaries.
Have a nice day,
Constitution, both existing license fees and
the new shoreline fee will be budgeted ac-
cordingly: 62.5 percent for marine fisheries re-
search and management, which can include
fishing statistics development, development
of artificial reefs and fish hatcheries; 30 per-
cent for law enforcement; and 7.5 percent for
administration of the licensing program and
marine information and outreach programs.
Some people have said they would have
preferred the shoreline exemption remain in
place, but that really wasn't an option. The
reason is the National Marine Fisheries Ser-
vice (NMFS) has mandated extensive lists
of anglers in coastal states for interview and
research purposes. They called it a national
angler registry. NMFS said there was a huge
gap in Florida's angler information because
of our shoreline exemption, and NMFS was
be seen among forty thousand!"' "When
locks are long in Israel... bless the Lord!"
Here we begin to see the meaning of this
verse. It is as if Deborah is saying, "O that
men would be like Nazarite warriors, with
every hair committed to God, filled with
the Spirit of God for battle... and people
fully with them!" What if every tribe had a
Samson and a thousand men ready to fol-
low at one command? How long would the
enemies of God stand? So Deborah sings
her prayer song and war song: "When locks
are long in Israel, and the people's hearts of-
fered willingly-bless the Lord!"
It is a poignant and powerful prayer. She
stands before God in battle array, and sings
out words of truth: her nation can only stand
if men will dare to be holy warriors, living
under vows to God, for others.
P.T. Forsyth says that if our public life is
not made by men who are made by God,
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prepared to put in place a separate federal
fishing license that would have cost up to $25
if Florida did not act. That likelihood no longer
exists because of the shoreline license.
Another plus for a state-created license is
that funds from the license entitle Florida to
matching money from the federal Dingell-
Johnson fisheries funds to help boost man-
agement efforts. Had the Florida Legislature
and the Governor's Office done nothing, the
federal license fee would have gone into fed-
eral coffers and brought no return to Florida.
We are fortunate to live in a state with such
rich fish and wildlife resources. Rest assured
the FWC will do all it can to manage these
we will only share in the doom of the old
empires. We still need warriors-warriors of
spirit and body, men and women who con-
sult the will of God in private about all public
life, living with long locks and divine sword
close at hand. Enlistment lines are short for
these kinds of warriors. But the need has
never been greater. Will you step up? Let
your locks grow long in spirit, with hand a
friend to sword.
Like this we will remain free: Happy Inde-
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July 5, 2009
July 5, 2009
Gladys' Restaurant reopens under new management
By Pete Gawda
An Okeechobee landmark has reopened
under new management.
After being closed for a few weeks, Glad-
ys' Restaurant has opened again under the
management of Paul Wilson with an ex-
panded menu including Italian dishes. Mr.
Wilson said he brought more equipment
into the kitchen to handle the expanded
menu. This is the third restaurant operated
by Mr. Wilson, who is from Massachusetts.
The newly reopened restaurant was deco-
rated by his mother, Anne Wilson, who also
decorated his other restaurants.
Long time regulars will be glad to know
that there is still a "commissioner's table" for
elected officials and that the open faced roast
beef sandwich, long a specialty on Mondays,
will now be on the menu every day.
The hours are Monday through Wednes-
day, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday
from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m.; and Sunday hours from 8 a.m. to
Gladys' Restaurant has long been a part
of the Okeechobee community. The first
restaurant on that site was known as Mary's
Coffee Shop and was built some time before
1927. The building has gone through several
owners and several renovations since then.
The first restaurant on the site was
owned and operated by the parents of life-
long Okeechobee resident Dozier Clements.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Paul Wilson is the new owner of Glad-
ys' Restaurant. He plans an expanded
menu with Italian dishes. His mother,
Anne Wilson, decorated Gladys' as
well as Mr. Wilson's other restaurants.
Mr. Clements was born in 1927. By the time
he was born his parents, Charles and Merle
Clements, had been operating the restau-
rant for some time and, as a baby, he slept
in a box under the counter. Mr. Clements'
parents continued to operate the restaurant
until it was sold about 1944. Then in 1951
the restaurant was sold again to Gladys Clay
and became Gladys' Restaurant. Mrs. Clay
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The interior of newly reopened Gladys' Restaurant was decorated by Anne
son, the new owner's mother.
the only restaurant in downtown Okeecho-
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.nerszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached email@example.com.
VBS host at
Believers Fellowship Church will host
vacation bible school beginning Monday,
July 6 through Friday, July 10, from 6
until 8:30 p.m. each night. This year's theme
is "Studio GO." Children ages 3 and up are
invited to attend and enjoy fun, food and live
game shows each night with prizes for all.
Red Cross plans classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in July:
*Wednesday, July 8 -Adult CPR/AED @
Monday, July 20 Infant/Child CPR/AED
@ 6 p.m.
*Thursday, July 23 First Aid Basics @ 6
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 hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee 411 S.E. Fourth
Street will hold a Yard Sale on Thursday
July 9, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, July
10, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday,
July 11, from 8 a.m. until noon. All new
offered at reasonable prices. Funds raised
will benefit patient care, including services
at The Hamrick Home. For information call
Council to meet
The Children's Services Council will meet
on Thursday, July 9, at 5 p.m. in the con-
ference room of the Okeechobee County
School Board Office at 700 S.W. Second Av-
Croppin' Crew to meet
The Croppin' Crew will meet on Saturday,
July 11, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Trea-
sure Island Baptist Church on 441 south. All
levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Bring
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our pot-luck luncheon. Debbie Payne will be
doing a class on a "quilt card" at 1 p.m. and
Joan will do a "pop-up house" card at 3 p.m.
Both of these concepts can also be applied
to your scrapbooking projects. For more in-
formation please call Joan at 863-467-0290
or Corry at 863 467 2231.
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
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for local storm updates
Flags for the Fourth
This house in Palm Village Ranch was all decked out in flags for the Fourth
Raulerson Hospital addresses
local hurricane preparedness
Bill Casian, Director of Marketing/Public
Relations at Raulerson Hospital highlighted
the importance of "Safety for the Staff, Pa-
tients, and Visitors," relative to the prepared-
ness exercised by the hospital, at the recent
Red Cross hurricane seminar.
The hospital continues to participate in
semi-annual exercises to ensure prepared-
ness for disasters, have a fully trained staff,
and ensures that the hospital has all the sup-
plies required to weather the storm.
Mr. Casian compared the large effort that
the hospital puts into being prepared and
suggested each homeowner do the same in
preparedness for their family.
The Command Center at the hospital has
all the latest communications equipment
to maintain contact with the Okeechobee
Emergency Operations Center and all of
their HCA facilities in Florida before, during
and after the storm and to provide emergen-
cy care at all times.
For more information, call Bill Casian
By Mike Faulkner
Okeechobee Emergency Management
Social media networks and programs are
becoming more and more useful prior to,
during and immediately following emergen-
cies. They provide a simple, effective way to
produce a public message on established
transmission networks, such as the internet
or by text message. The advent and popular-
ization of "smartphones" such as the Black
berry and iPhone, allow these messages to
get immediately and directly to the intended
recipient in a host of different ways. However,
the information provided is only as useful as
the person sending the message makes it.
These social networking sites were intended
to allow a user to tell the world what they
thought of their lunchtime cheeseburger, or
other such useless information. Don't blame
the system; it's the user that's not maximizing
the system's potential.
Okeechobee Emergency Management
uses the social networking site Twitter to pro-
vide information to the public free of charge.
We post weather updates several times daily,
severe weather alerts as they are declared,
information about meetings (such as the
Local Mitigation Strategy or the Pet Friendly
Shelter working groups), and information
about training opportunities for disaster re-
lated courses. Followers of our site can view
updates at their leisure on line, or they can
have Twitter send them text messages every
time I post information. There is no cost from
Twitter, but a follower's cell phone service
provider may charge for text messaging ser-
vices. That is an option on Twitter that can
be turned on or off at the will of the follower.
Our goal is to use this service to provide more
accurate, relevant information to our com-
munity as quickly as possible. You can follow
us at: http://twitter.com/okeechobeeeoc.
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Local students travel to
International Science Fair
In May, Joy Burnham and Celena Letcher
represented the Heartland Region and tray
eled to Reno, Nev. to attend the 2009 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair.
This year, over 1600 students from 50 count
tries exhibited their experiments at the fair.
Joy's project was in zoology and entitled
"Classification of Differentiation Factors
Controlling Binucleate Cell Development in
Celena's project was also in zoology and
entitled "Regeneration of Brown Planaria
Following Exposure to the Drug Colchicine
- A Two-Year Study."
Some of the events held in Reno for the
fair included Opening Ceremonies, the Pin
Exchange, a Question and Answer time with
8 Nobel Laureates, a Student Mixer, and two
Awards Ceremonies, all in addition to the
nine hours of judging. During the "field trip" I
day, Joy and Celena traveled to Lake Tahoe, Submitted photo
Calif. to see the lake and surrounding moun- Joy Burnham and Celena Letcher at
tains. Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Waste Management employee sees
daughter win national scholarship
SergioTorres, an equipment operator at 1 r. 1. 1 i. ; r .;....
Okeechobee Landfill, Inc., is getting ready ....... I.t.r I' ,,
to mark his 15th year of service at Waste Obviously, education is a family value
Management. But while he's looking for- in the Torres family. Sergio's wife Delores
ward to that recognition from the compa- is a fifth-grade teacher at Osceola Middle
ny, it's another Tor-
res family member
who recently cap-
tured Waste Man-
His daughter Laura,
a 2009 graduate of
School, was one of
only ten students
nationwide to be
awarded a Waste
Management Gen- r
from the WM Chari-
gram for employees'
children has been Submitted photo/Waste Management
conducted by Waste Laura Torres (in cap and gown) with younger sister Anali,
Management since mother Delores, and father Sergio, who has worked at
the late 90s. Award Okeechobee Landfill for nearly 15 years.
criteria included aca-
and leadership qualities as well as finan- School, and the couple's youngest daugh-
cial need, and Torres has already received ter Anali was one of the student artists fea-
her $2,500 award for the 2009-10 academic tured in Waste Management's 2008 Think
year; the award can be renewed for up to Green calendar.
three years. The Waste Management Charitable
"I really ,., .; ,i.,; i1. ,, 1,;,." Foundation and Okeechobee Landfill,
said Miss t. ,r. I I 11 1 i, ~ I,,, I,. Inc. also provided an additional $3,000 in
bad economic times." She's planning to scholarships between two other Okeecho-
attend the University of Central Florida, bee High School seniors.
July 5, 2009
Career in agriculture includes variety of businesses
By Robin Koestoyo A n
University of Florida/IFAS Okeechobee
Indian River Research graduate, he
and Education Center attended Indi- .,,.
an River State
FORT PIERCE-Okeechobee native and both Bright
agricultural entrepreneur Michael Hanley Futures and
intends to follow his family tradition to iden- STARS Schol-
tify the industry's greatest needs, and then warships, tak-
adapt their land and production operations ing courses at
to those prospects. the IRSC Dix-
The Hanley family has for decades oper- on Hendry-
ated the highly successful Hanley Landscape Okeechobee
Inc. throughout Florida, in addition to the campus. He
nation's largest organic citrus grove for juice camplus d MichaelH
at that time and traditional cattle ranch in Assoiate Michael
Okeechobee. About five years ago the fami- in Arts Business Degree and then joined his
ly identified new markets for organic buffalo family at their new ranch in New Mexico
and hunting: they opened a buffalo ranch where he enrolled in New Mexico State Unt-
and hunting business in New Mexico. versity. But, after two years he returned to
Michael Hanley, who will this year comrn- Florida, to complete an education, and to
plete a Bachelor of Science degree at the oversee his businesses.
University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Re "The courses I'm taking at UF help me
search and Education Center in Fort Pierce, make better business decisions," he said.
said there was never a doubt he would pur- "I've learned a lot about organization, man
sue a career in agricultural production. agement and selling. The math courses in
"Agriculture provides people with food finance and accounting were also very help-
that they need. It's an honest industry," he ful."
said. "I enjoy working outside and using the He fnds part-time work at Brady Ranch
environment to earn a living." in Okeechobee, an exotic hunting ranch,
He enjoys what he calls privileges: he at as he gains insight for his family's similar
tends the University of Florida full-time; he business on Grande Vista Ranch. Hanley
works for his family's landscape company; said hunting exotic game on vast ranches is
sometimes he flies out to New Mexico and increasingly popular, especially for wealthy
works on the family ranch. Hanley Land- patrons worldwide and country and west-
scape Inc. has been in operation for 30 years. em singers. Last year he met Travis Tritt and
The Hanleys typically make their businesses his kids at Brady Ranch. Outdoor Channel
as efficient as possible, adding second busi- TV show "Outdoors With Jim Zumbo" did
nesses to them which complement the first.
For the landscaping business, they
operate a tree farm in Loxahatchee
to supply elaborate palm trees for
commercial landscape jobs. With
offices located in Palm Beach and
Fort Myers, the company has served
some of south Florida's most pres-
tigious addresses: Doral Golf Resort
& Spa, Trump International Golf
Course, Frenchman's Reserve, and
private residences of the Kennedys,
Willie Gary, Rod Stewart, and other
With those holdings still in op-
eration in Okeechobee, the Hanleys
are breeding an organic beef and
buffalo herd in Capitan, New Mexi-
co, on 66,000 thousand acre Grande
Vista Ranch. Michael Hanley calls
himself a "cross country" business
man. He has plans to market the V/
buffalo meat to a broader range of .1
buyers. And, he still enjoys his work
and educational pursuits in Florida.
"I want to earn a degree from . ~*.'
the University of Florida because .
it's a great school," he said. "At this i -. ..
time I'm looking into marketing buf "
falo to a broader range of buyers be- Michael Hanley, an Okeechobee Native and
cause consumer demand for buffa- Okeechobee High School graduate, along with
lo is on the rise. It's leaner than beef his family have a buffalo ranch and hunting
and still has all the nutrients. Neither business in New Mexico. Michael wants to in
of these activities require me to be the future, market organic buffalo meat to a
in one spot. I can do both." broader range of buyers.
a feature on the ranch recently. Hanley was
there to assist that day.
"In New Mexico, we're stocking the hunt-
ing side of the ranch with antelope, deer, and
will probably add elk, barbery and mouflon
sheep," he said. "We need a higher fence so
the antelope can't jump out. They're wild
animals capable of extremely high jumps."
Michael Hanley credits his father for his
most valuable agricultural skills. He admires
his ability to change business plans accord-
ing to climate and market changes. At this
time, Shell Renewable Energy is surveying
Grande Vista Ranch for a wind farm ex-
pected to provide electricity to greater met-
ropolitan Phoenix, Ariz. and to New Mexico
"My dad is a good business man and finds
upcoming trends," said Michael. "I admire
him a lot for that. He's not afraid to change
with how the world is changing."
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Shooting handgun. The detective said the bullet exited
So o ings the man's back.
Continued From Page 1 After the alleged shooting, Mr. Pryor ran
and collapsed in an open area. While he
man as of newspaper deadline. wasn't aware of it at the time, he was laying
"These are two separate shootings that close to his cousin.
are related," said Detective Ted Van Deman, The detective's report said Ki-Ki and Brin-
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office kley were spotted later by a detective from
(OCSO). "We don't know who actually the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force in a
pulled the trigger at the first shooting. We car being driven by Brinkley. When spot-
believe Javaris was shot by a different shoot ted near Bill's Mini Mart on S.R. 70 E., they
er and a different gun." reportedly turned and drove through Pine
Javaris, said the detective, was shot in the Ridge Park at a high rate of speed and in a
back and will soon undergo surgery to re- reckless manner.
move the bullet. "They were trying to get away from me,"
According to the detective's arrest report, stated the detective.
the shooting apparently stemmed from an Brinkley, stated the arrest report, turned
argument between Javaris and Brinkley. onto N.E. Eighth St. then onto S.R. 70 E. He
Both men were wanting to rent a bar known was finally stopped in the 700 block of N.E.
as the Sunset Inn, that is located at the inter- 16th Ave. During the brief chase, the detec-
section of N.E. 13th Ave. and N.E. Fifth St. tive said something was thrown from the
Javaris, 24, was given the go-ahead to rent vehicle into a ditch.
the bar and this apparently upset Brinkley. During a search of Brinkley's car, Detec-
Brinkley already owns a restaurant on tive Van Deman said he found a nearly full
N.E. 13th Ave. called the Front Street Cafe.
Detective Van Deman indicated that Ja magazine containing shells that were con
varis was shot in the back as he rode his sistent with the shell casing found at the
motorcycle past the Front Street Cafe. He ac- scene of the shooting of Mr. Pryor.
celebrated from the area, veered off the road The arrest report stated that the task
then fell off his motorcycle into a grassy open force detective returned to N.E. Eighth St.
area. A short time later Mr. Pryor, 30, con- and found a Glock handgun in a water-filled
fronted Keith Johnson, who's also known as ditch that was the same size and caliber as
Ki-Ki, and demanded to know why he shot the gun used in the alleged shooting.
his cousin, the detective explained. Detective Van Deman said Javaris was
Ki-Ki and Mr. Pryor began to fight, con- air-lifted to a trauma center on the coast.
tinued the detective's report, and Mr. Pryor He added that the investigation is con-
was shot in the side with a .40 caliber Clock tinuing.
Check drainage systems before a storm hits
By Allison Murphy nity developed without the benefit of drainage
South Florida Water Management District easements in numerous locations, much of the
stormwater is conveyed via private ditches.
The South Florida Water Management Dis- Homeowners can assist the movement of
strict is responsible for, and is prepared to, con- stormwater by making sure their systems are
vey water within its canal systems. Upgrades functioning. While trimming trees and prepar-
have recently been made to open and close ing their yards for the season, they should also
several structures via telemetry in order to fa- inspect driveway culverts and swales to deter-
cilitate a faster response, mine if any maintenance is needed. Blocked or
SFWMD facilities are clearly marked with filled culverts or swales decrease flow and stor-
signs. These areas are on a maintenance age and potentially create flooding.
schedule and regularly inspected. If a ditch is Homeowners within planned communities
blocked and does not have a SFWMD sign, it is should encourage their Homeowner's Asso-
most likely not maintained by SFWMD. ciation to inspect the onsite drainage incud-
There are several systems of conveyance: ing inlets and ponds to make sure there are no
primary, secondary, and tertiary. The SFWMD blockages.
is the primary system. Typically the County or When mowing and trimming yards, do not
City drainage is secondary and homeowners blow the debris into storm drains. This will clog
associations, or individual houses, are the ter- them over time creating potential flooding, not
tiary. Because Okeechobee is an older commu- to mention expensive maintenance later.
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A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
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 informa-
tion 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 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 Karen Graves at
Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday eve-
ning 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
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at nn Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
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 Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous meets
at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th Ave, at 7
p.m. in the youth building behind the church. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
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.
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-
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
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p m Informal and infor-
mative 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-
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 morn-
ing of free organized Christian activities that in-
cludes 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
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
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meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Freedom
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
CASE NO. 2009-CA-255
RE-NOTICE OF ACTION
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YOU ARE HEREBY NoTIFIED
A p l of d tin in the
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wst 1/4 of Secion 22 Town-
ship 33 Soth, Range 35 East,
OkReobee Couwoty, Florida, f
being mor partilarly de-
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BEGINNING at the Southwest
Eaorn of tsome extid Northeash.
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n the C est along the
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of the Southwest 1/4 of Sec
tion 22, to the interaction
with the South rightof- wa of
Osowaw Road, a distance of
598.56 feet; thence bear North
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South right-of-way of Osowaw
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Donate your old vehicles
By Katrina Elsken
Is an old car or truck creating an eye-
sore in your yard? You can help the handi-
capped and get a tax deduction. The only
effort required is a phone call.
Okeechobee Special Equestrians has
partnered with a towing company and
salvage yard for a fundraiser that can help
clean up Okeechobee County.
Area residents can donate their old cars,
trucks and tractors and receive a receipt
for a tax-deductible donation. The towing
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recycling the junkers will benefit Okeecho-
bee Special Equestrians.
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have either the title to the vehicle or a cer-
tificate of destruction (available from the
Tax Collectors Office.)
For more information, contact Mimi Ar-
nold at 863-393-3206.
Horse camp planned for July
By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee Special Equestrians have
something special planned this summer for
girls ages 7 to 11.
A horse camp, held at Mi-Cin Ranch, is
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es-the gentle, well trained horses they use
for the riding program for handicapped and
special needs riders. The girls will learn how
to groom and care for the horses as well as
how to ride.
Ms. Arnold said they also have some
horse-themed arts and crafts projects
planned for the campers.
The first camp, which starts July 6, is
already full, according to Mimi Arnold of
Okeechobee Special Equestrians. Spaces
are available in the camps for the weeks of
July 13-17, July 20-24 and July 27-31.
Cost for the week-long camp is $100. The
camp runs Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mi-Cin Ranch on Northwest
To sign up, or for more information on
the camp, contact Okeechobee Special
Equestrians at 863-393-3206. Teen volun-
teers are also welcome.
Some funding for the camp was provided
by a grant from the Okeechobee Children's
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Matthew Buxton presented the Mat-
thew P Buxton Soccer scholarship
to Jordan Aspden on Awards night.
Delta Kappa Gamma
The Delta Kappa Gamma schol-
arship was awarded at the OHS
Awards night. (l-r) Eunice Robledo
and Lonnie Kirsch.
The OCRA Scholarship was pre-
sented at the OHS Awards night.
(I-r) Miranda DuBois, Heather Park-
er and Corey White.
Rogel Brown presented the Buck-
head Ridge scholarship to Jes-
sica Joles at the OHS Scholarship
Sharon Coker presented the De-
marious Hazellief Mem. scholarship
to Travis Knapp.
The Freedom Scholarship was pre-
sented at the OHS Awards. (I-r)
Grace Williams and Valerie Higgins.
The Buxton Memorial Scholarship
was presented at the Okeechobee
High School Awards night. Left to
right are Marilyn Buxton, Kristin
Johnson, Taneisha Mitchell, Eunice
Robeldo and Matthew Buxton.
ulenn J. anelaer, L.,
Sharon Coker presented the Glenn
J. Sneider scholarship to Corey
White at OHS Awards night.
Post 64 & Ladies
The American Legion Post 64 and
Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship was
presented at the Okeechobee High
School Awards Nights. Left to right
are Bernice Morales, Dan Fennel,
Chris Hodum and Christina Kemp.
Jim Young Award
Sharon Coker presented the Jim
Young Award to Laura Serrano at
the OHS Scholarship night.
July 5, 2009
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Children learn water safety
at OCSO Marine Unit Camp
Campers ages 8 to 12 participated in
the Water Safety Camp which started
June 28. At the Okeechobee County
Sports Park Swimming Pool, they
worked on swim skills and boating
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On Thursday, campers from the first week of the Water Safety Camp were
presented with graduation certificates by Sheriff Paul May and Undersheriff
Noel Stephen. Campers included Peyton Hewitt, Anthony Hodges, Rachel Hel-
finstine, Angela Langdale, Charles Franzen, Caleb Weaver, Samuel Weaver,
John Lashley, Garett Beville, Robbie Jolly III, Wesley Davis, Ryan Nielson and
The Sheriff's Office first water safety
camp concluded on Thursday with their
graduation hosted by the Golden Corral.
Attending the graduation were Sheriff Paul
May and Undersheriff Noel Stephen.
During the camp the kids had the op-
portunity to complete the Florida Safe Boat-
ing Course; learn about basic boat safety &
equipment; go for a ride on the river and
the Lake in the Marine Unit's Dive Platform
boat and receive basic "Drown Proofing" at
the Okeechobee County Pool.
The students also received an ocean wa-
ter safety and swimming orientation at the
beach in Fort Pierce; learned to use Zodiac
inflatable boats and toured the US Navy's
There are four water safety orientation
camps in the summer for Okeechobee chil-
dren aged 8 through 12 years old. The wa-
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Sheriff's NSW-Trident Sea Cadet program,
and is supported by Okeechobee County
Parks & Recreation and the National Navy
The summer program receives addition
al funding support for the summer camps
from the Children's Services Council of
Okeechobee County, and from a grant pro-
vided from the U.S. Department of Justice
via the Florida Department of Law Enforce-
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