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Vol. No.
Vol. 100 No. 100


SEECHOBEE EWS


Friday, August 21, 2009


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Index
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Community Events.................6
Crossword.................................. 19
O bituaries .......................................... 6
O pinion.............................................. 5
Speak Out .................................... 4
Sports ................................... 14,15,19
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County considers cutting salaries
By Pete Gawda clerk of the court and the super The budget is now short about specific course and defend it."
Okeechobee News visor of elections have cut their $140,000, a shortfall attributed to "We laid off people, we re-
County employees could e budgets the amount requested the remaining constitutional offi- duced services," Mr. Bonner re-
faCoun a employees ar could bet by the commissioners. The sher- cers who have not cut their bud- plied. "I can respond to any level
Okeechoee s ounty Comm ff's requested cut was $703,40. gets as much as the apportion- of service you want to provide."
siOkners speeCont Wednesday andCommis- However barring any hurricanes, ment called for. Mr. Bonner mentioned salary
sioThuners spent Wednesday afternoons strugglinnd the sherff predturncted he would Commissioner Clif Betts said options because it is an ongoing
Thursday afternoons struggling be able to return to the commis- he felt the constitutional officers cost and would provide the most
to balance the budget. The good sioners $600,000 in unused funds he done all they can do. relief an the mo st
news is that bids for the EOC ap- from this year's budget. That cutthey can do. relief at the moment.
pear to be about $1 million less the sheriff's requested deduction At one point Thursday after- The proposed budget is based
than budgeted and taxpayers may to $103,840. However, on Thurs- noon Commissioner Joey Hoover on a millage rate of 7.6905. One mil
not see an increase in property day the sheriff agreed to make appeared to be irritated with Mr. equals one dollar in taxes for every
taxes, that additional cut. He warned Bonner. $1,000 of assessed value. That rate
According to figures released commissioners that if there were "Don't just give me informa would bring in $536,307 over the
on Wednesday by county admin- a major hurricane, he would have tion," Commissioner Hoover said. current tax revenues. However,
istrator Lyndon Bonner, only two to come back to them to ask for "I want a solution. Give me a rec-
of the constitutional officers, the more money. ommendation. Come out with a See County Page 2


Professional soccer

player volunteers

to help Okeechobee


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Ken Davy has done about ev-
erything in the sport of soccer.
He's played high school ball
and college ball, played for his
country, and even for cash.
Now Davy lives in Okeechobee
and is teaching Okeechobee kids
how to play the game properly as
he coaches one of Okeechobee
club soccer teams.
"Okeechobee has a lot of play
ers with soccer in their blood.
They have the raw potential. My
job is to develop that potential.
Right now I'm impressed with the
way the kids have improved and
listened to me," he said. "They are
doing the basic things they didn't
do a year or two ago."
Davy came to Okeechobee to
take a job at the former Eckerd


School for Boys. He ran into the
High School Coach Lonnie Sears,
gave him his credentials, and
was invited to help with the high
school team.
He's come a long way from
his days in Kingston, Jamaica. He
played at Excelsior High School
and won the high school cham-
pionship of Jamaica in 1973. His
two brothers, Richard and Mi-
chael, also won championships B'
in soccer. They went to Howard
University and both played on the
colleges 1974 National Champi- __
onship Team.
It wasn't surprising that How-
ard coaches would also be inter-
ested in Ken. They offered him a
college scholarship and he was
an All American at Howard for
four straight years. He won the Okeechobee News/Charles IV
See Soccer Page 2 Ken Davy shows off his soccer skills at a recent practice.


50 Plus tax


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County
Continued From Page 1

Commissioner Hoover proposed giving tax-
payer a break. He suggested a lower millage
rate which would bring in the same amount
of tax revenue as the current budget. As a
means of making up the $536,208 difference
he proposed a 2 percent cut in employees'


Soccer
Continued From Page 1

Most Valuable defensive player award in the
Senior Bowl all star game.
Davy also played for the Jamaican nation-
al teams. He spent two years on the under
19 team, and played briefly for the National
team in 1975.
After college Davy turned professional
and played in the North American Soccer
League for four years with the Washington
Diplomats. He also played in the indoor
soccer league for the Philadelphia Fever. In
1984, the NASL folded, and Davy moved to
Miami where he began a teaching career.
One of his fondest memories of profes-


Raulerson Hospital is inviting Okeecho-
bee residents to join the Raulerson Hospi-
tal Ambassadors club. Raulerson Hospital
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pay. Each 1 percent cut in employees pay
across the board would save $208,000. He
suggested the remaining shortfall be made
up by additional cost cutting measures.
"This is based on projections," warned
Commissioner Ray Domer of the proposed
budget, "There is no cushion in case pro-
jected numbers are off. Last year you spent
more money than you took in. You are right
back where you were last year with less
money."
sional ball was a match with the New York
Cosmos and the legendary, Pele. "He was
still very tricky and magical, but he had lost
a lot of his speed. I tackled him during the
match and he said something under his
breath in Portuguese. I said to him, whatever
you say man, same to you."
After the match Davy is convinced Pele
was about to hand him his # 10 jersey as the
two men walked toward each other on the
field. However, another teammate of Davy's
suddenly snatched the jersey away and ran
into the locker room.
"I think he wanted to give it to me, that
#10 jersey was very sought after," he said.
Davy realized soon after his playing career
that he had a gift with his ability to coach. He
coached a team of five and six year olds to
an undefeated 12-0 season. He said he real-


are looking for dedicated individuals, who
have either been a patient or a visitor at
Raulerson Hospital. If you would like to
participate in this progressive community
program, please contact Marnie Lauter at
863-824-2702 or by e-mailing Marnie Laut-
er at: (marnie.lauter@hcahealthcare.com)
for more information.


I W.I E ID DM TOLOGY


"We may not be able to do the things we
currently do," warned Mr. Bonner.
Since these were workshops, no formal
action could be taken.
Commissioners will meet again Tuesday,
Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. to continue budget discus-
sion.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.
ized then that he had a future in coaching.
"I can coach better than I can play, and
I was really an excellent soccer player," he
noted.
He went on to coach at a couple of mid-
dle schools in South Florida and at Eli High
School before he moved to Okeechobee.
Now he tries to help Okeechobee soc-
cer players. "They've never seen this kind of
coaching. We have preached team work. I
give most of the praise to Lonnie Sears. He
is really an excellent coach."
He also praised former Brahman girl's
coach Brian King for his work with local
kids.
Davy's two daughters, Jihan, 19, and Da-
nae, 23, also share his love for soccer.
"Soccer is my life. The kids here are im-
proving but they are not where we want
them to be. We are getting there slowly and
surely," he added.
Davy said he'd like to see more parents
get involved with club soccer and help build
a solid program in Okeechobee.


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When Steven Shane Britnell was stopped
for allegedly running a stop sign, little did he
know that he would go to
jail and be held there on
$75,000 bond.
Britnell, 37, N.W 27th
St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Monday, Aug. 17,
by a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force for having all
the chemicals he needed to Steven Shane
make methamphetamine. Britnell
He was officially arrest-
ed on felony charges of unlawful possession
of listed chemicals and delivery of drug par-


aphernalia, and a misdemeanor charge of
driving while license suspended with knowl-
edge. He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $75,500.
"He was in possession of everything he
needed to produce meth," explained De-
tective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), of the felony
charge.
Around 9:33 p.m. Monday the task force
detective stopped Britnell for reportedly run-
ning a stop sign at the intersection of SW.
24th Ave. and S.W 16th St. At this time,
wrote the detective in his arrest report, it
was learned that Britnell's driver's license
had been suspended.
Britnell was placed under arrest and the
1996 black Pontiac automobile he was driv-
ing was towed to the impound area at the


sheriff's office.
The detective's arrest report states that
while a mandatory inventory of the vehicle
was being done, three packages containing
nasal decongestant pills were found. Also
found in the car was a plastic pill crusher,
two packages of lithium batteries, camp
fuel, drain cleaner, rubber tubing, a small
pipe cutter and a bag of fertilizer. These are
all items used to make methamphetamine,
stated the detective.
An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old ju-
venile were with Britnell at the time of his
arrest. However, they were not arrested and
were released to their parents.
The detective's report goes on to state
that Britnell was issued a traffic citation for
failure to stop at the stop sign.


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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested after
he was reportedly caught in the bedroom of
a 14-year-old girl.
Jeantavious A. Saintelus,
18, N.E. 13th Ave., was ar-
rested Tuesday, Aug. 18,
on a felony charge of lewd
and lascivious molestation.
He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of
contributing to the delin-
quency of a minor. Jeantavious
Saintelus was booked A. Saintelus


Man jailed on

molestation

charges
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been ar-
rested and charged with molesting three
young girls, and is being held without
bond in the Okeechobee
County Jail.
Esdras Gomez, 32,
N.W 38th Terrace, was
arrested Tuesday, Aug.
18, and charged with
two counts of capital
sexual battery, one count
of sexual battery-victim
12-16 years of age and
one count of lewd and
lascivious molestation- Esdras
victim under 12. Gomez
His bond on the lewd and lascivious
charge has been set at $100,000. Gomez
is being held without bond on the re-
maining three charges.
An arrest report by Detective Rose-
mary Farless, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), indicates that in
some instances the alleged molestations
have been going on for up to nine years
and started when one of the purported
victims was around 6 years of age.


into the Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $12,500.
An arrest report by Deputy Jonathan
Hazy, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), states that Saintelus was
caught in the girl's bedroom by her mother.
The victim's mother reportedly told the dep-
uty that she had told the man to stay away
from her daughter.
According to the report, the teen and
Saintelus had been seeing each other for
about a year.


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OPINION


Friday, August 7, 2009


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

County employees
Okeechobee county employees -- are
they randomly drug tested? If not, they defi-
nitely need to be.

Memory card lost
I went to CVS and printed out some pic-
tures but I forgot to take my memory card
out of the slot. I guess the next person that
came along, thought "wow, I've got a mem-
ory card." But I'd like it back. That's exactly
what it was, a "memory" card pictures
that I can never capture again, like the birth
of my first baby and first steps of him do-
ing things. If you read this and have a heart,
please return to CVS or Okeechobee News.

Electric
I was just wondering has anybody
else's electric bill become unbelievably high
like mine has? Is it because of all of the fore-
closures going on that you have to jack up
the prices to cover the extra revenue that is
missing due to foreclosure? Is it because the
foreclosures, so you have to charge the peo-
ple who are actually paying on their homes
extra? I think it is wrong. There are a lot of
poor people out there who cannot afford
these light bills. I don't think it's right that we
be taken advantage of, because of a loss of
revenue from other people.
I don't know why these light bills have
skyrocketed like they have, but it is outra-
geous. My bill used to only be around $80+
a month and just in the past three months
has jumped to $200+ a month. A friend of
mine, her light bill used to run around $200 +
and now this month jumped to over $400.
What's going on here people? I've lived in al-
most my entire life and in my current home
for 15+ years of my life and my power bill
has never been this high before. The power
companies are going to drive people out of
house and home. Something has to give.


I would like to know why these light
bills have gotten so high. Did someone de-
cide to finally stop raising gas prices and
decide to raise power bills instead? I mean
what, did they think to themselves "hmm,
they take a strike on buying gas and so we
lower the prices, because it hurts the gas
market? But they can't take a strike on pay
ing electric, because you can't live in your
house without it?" So they just decided to
mess everyone up and raise a bill that pretty
much HAS to be paid. Since power isn't re-
ally something you can just not pay, because
then it's an arm and a leg to get it turned
back on. What is the deal people? I mean in
a recession, don't you think you would try
to lower prices? I mean isn't it better to have
100 people paying $100 a month instead of
50 people paying $175 a month?

FDA
This is about the FDA, the Federal Drug
Administration. You see them advertising
these medicines on
television for you ,
to get from your /
doctor. Then it lists
death as one of the
side effects. I don't gi
call that a side ef-
fect, I call that a
permanent effect.
They want to sell
you something that
may cause you to
die. That's very in-
telligent. Somebody needs to get control
and put a stop to this craziness. Because if
you get that one side effect listed, you're not
going to come back from it.

Obama
President Obama needs to stay at the
White House. Every time he goes on his little
trips, it costs at least a half million dollars to
go there and back. So you figure each time
he takes a trip, he wastes a half million dol-
lars, that our tax payers pay for. He wants us
to get out of this recession, but every time he
takes a trip it costs over a half million dollars
so if he takes four or five trips that's 2-3 mil-
lion dollars. But he don't care as long as he
ain't sharing his money. He wants to share
the wealth. Maybe he should pay for it him-
self every time he flies, help save the taxpay-
ers some money.


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Health care
I saw on MSNBC where they were
on there talking about the healthcare plan.
They've got protestors on there that are like
5-year-old kids. They've got no attention
plan, nor do they know what they are talk-
ing about. I may be an idiot, but I'm entitled
to my opinion. If they want to stand up there
with Obama, that's one thing, but don't
stand up there and tell me I'm an idiot. No,
I don't like this plan. What happened to this
country's Freedom of Choice?

Singing group
New Testament Baptist Church had
a guest singing group during their Sunday
morning worship service this past Sunday. I
just want to say that the group truly touched
my heart. The last song that they did was a
tribute to all of the veterans that were present
in the service. And while I'm not a veteran,
I have several family members and friends
whom are currently fighting or have fought
for our freedom which we hold so dear. And
it just really reminded me, that just because
it isn't a specific day on the calendar such
as Veterans Day or Memorial Day, we should
thank our veterans everyday for there service
to this country. And God Bless the group that
did the song, you were a true blessing.

Curfew
I read in the Okeechobee News that
some residents plan to ask the county com-
missioners to establish a curfew for those
under the age of 18, due to the growing
problem with gangs and gang violence in
Okeechobee County. Other counties in Flor-
ida have established curfews that seem to
make sense. There are common-sense ex-
ceptions written into the law for teens who
are out with a parent or guardian; those
who are outdoors on their family's property
or on other private property with permission
of the owner, those who are going to and
from work; those who are going home from
a school function, etc. I think it might be a
good idea because it gives the police anoth-
er tool to use to curb the gang activities.
The majority of the residents of
Okeechobee City/County will probably have
no conflict with a curfew. Fines paid by
those who violate the curfew could gener-
ate much needed revenue.


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As a time frame I would suggest a cur-
few of 11 p.m. on week nights and midnight
on weekends.
11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on
weekends sounds reasonable. Many teens
already have earlier curfews set by their
parents. According to the Clewiston News,
Clewiston has a curfew that prohibits mi-
nors from being out between 11 p.m. and 5
a.m. on weeknights and from being out be-
tween 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m. on weekends.
First violation results in a written warning;
subsequent violations result in a $50 fine (to
be paid by the parents). Minors not comply-
ing will be taken into custody and parents
will be required to pick them up. If the par-
ents aren't located within two hours, officers
may take steps under the child abuse statute,
or transport them to their residences. Excep-
tions to the hours of the curfew are made
for special circumstances, including being
accompanied by the parents; emergencies;
returning from a school-sponsored function,
etc.
This idea this whole idea, in short is
bunk, rubbish and a fistful of assumptions.
I say no.

Deaths
All this time they've been going on
about Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, al-
ways talking about how great they are, they
are two people who died of drug overdose.
And yet you're still making money off of
them. Well there are a lot of people out there
that die from drug overdose every day and
they don't carry on about them. They are
lucky if they even get one little byline in the
paper for their death. But they get all of this
hoopla over them because they had fame
and fortune. I don't care what they had, they
were junkies and died of drug overdose.
That's your problem, you don't have to keep
bringing it up to the crowd, four and five
months after it happened.

Disability
I am veteran and am qualified to be dis-
abled, and the government tells me I have
enough to get disability, but yet, they won't
give me a disability check. But yet, if you are
300 lbs. and are fat and out of shape, they
will give you a disability check. I want to
know what is up with that. I really am dis-
abled. They have just had too many cheese-
burgers and got fat.


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August 21, 2009

Letters to the Edito

Remember the Lost Boys
Carson Williams ... Devon Venables ...
Joshua "2" Creasman. Former Okeechobee
High School football coach Chris Branham
called these three boys"The
Lost Boys of Okeechobee"
because, like the Lost Boys
from the story Peter Pan,
they never grew up.
We, the parents of the
Lost Boys of Okeechobee
would like to thank our
wonderful community for
the generosity and out- Devon
pouring of support in our Venables
time of need.
However, this is not a
letter of thanks. More im-
portantly, we want to send
a message to the youth of
Okeechobee.
On August 1, 2009,
our community lost three
outstanding young men.
They were taken away by a Joshua "2"
tragic and unfortunate ac- Creasman
cident. Could it have been Creasman
prevented, maybe, but that
is not for us to say. We can
only pray that this tragedy
will serve as a wakeup call
to the future leaders of our
community Okeechobee
cannot afford to continue
to ignore the fact that many
of our young people have
died in recent tragic auto- Carson
mobile accidents. While Williams
we know that the sudden
departure of these three young men will not
be taken lightly, the youth of this community
must take away from this tragedy the realize
tion that one of them could be pictured in
their casket.
Even though we as parents taught our
children to live smart and safe, we know that
making the right decision is not always easy.
The young people must utilize the skills their
parents have passed on to them when mak-
ing day-to-day decisions and recognize that
any choice made can be a life altering effect
for them, their family and friends.
Carson, Devon and Joshua will be missed
tremendously by all of their friends. The an-
guish that we, their families, are experienc-
ing defies words. We want this tragedy to be
remembered by each and every young per
son in our community. If you are in a situ-
ation that a choice made could jeopardize
your own well-being, think of our Lost Boys.
Maybe you will make the right choice and
you will be safe.
We want to leave you with the following:
The Author Jack Lemmon said "Death ends
a life, not a relationship." It is hoped that the
relationships built by these three young men
will continue with life. Life is built on love
and wisdom. Love for God and Family and
the wisdom to make the right choices in the
many ways that you live life.
Peter, Dainae and Halley Venables
John Creasman
David and Pam Williams
Cody and Channing Williams


special to tme UKeecnoDee News
The families of Okeechobee's "Lost Boys" hope this photo will remind young
people to carefully think about their actions.


Emergency
Management
Operations
I'd like to respond to comments in the
letter to the editor submitted by Mr. Mur-
phy, specifically those regarding Emergency
Management and the proposed Emergency
Operation Center.
I have been a volunteer for the past 10
years at the EOC. I have participated in all
activations, drills and exercises. I also had
many misconceptions of what our Emer-
gency Management actually does. There is
so much more involved, it is hard to simplify
it, but here is my attempt.
To start, it is an Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) and all four phases of emer-
gency management must be conducted in
a defendable, accessible workspace. From
Mitigation and Preparedness to the more
familiar Response and Recovery phases.
Here's where the Emergency Support Func-
tion staff, known as ESFs, come in.
There are 17 ESFs in Okeechobee's EOC,
including Transportation, Law Enforcement,
Animal Concerns, Planning, Mass Care,
Search and Rescue, plus Volunteers and
Donations to name a few. There are staff for
the incident also. The Incident Command
System, known as ICS, has eight main po-
sitions. ICS is part of the National Incident
Management System and participation is re-
quired for counties to receive federal funds.
These positions include the Incident
Commander, Safety Officer, Public Informa-
tion Officer plus Operations, Planning, Lo-
gistics and Finance Section Chiefs, who have
Unit Leaders under them. Unit Leaders re-
port on facilities, resources, aviation, ground
support, documentation, compensation and
claims, to name a few. This means at times
there are up to 40 people working out of the
EOC.
This doesn't include the Policy and Guid-
ance Group that are our elected City and
County officials and other appropriate per-
sonnel that advise on legal or financial con-
cerns. That is a lot of people in the EOC. You
also have media and private citizens that
come to the EOC for answers. Now, try fit-
ting all those people into our EOC for a con-
ference call from the state! I don't know if
Mr. Murphy has ever been inside the EOC.
For longtime residents, it is the former emer-
gency room at the original hospital and it is
not very big, nor is it going to withstand a
major hurricane. The attached State Attor
ney's office didn't survive 2004.


To try to simplify Emergency Manage-
ment to three meetings in 30 years just
shows how widespread ignorance can get
and is a disservice to those that have worked
many hours over many years to help our
community in times of disaster.
Disasters aren't limited to hurricanes.
EOCs have been activated for every rea-
son imaginable, such as flooding, torna-
does, fires, sinkholes, pandemics, terroris-
tic threats, hazardous material spills, mass
migrations and evacuations, even massive
rodent infestations! Remember those mos-
quitoes from TS Fay? There are also drills
and exercises required by the state, ongoing
training, public education and prepared-
ness. Public events, such as parades and
large funerals are also handled through the
EOC. Emergency Management is available
365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Our former Director of Emergency Man-
agement, Gene O'Neill worked very hard
for the proposed EOC for several years. The
Federal Grant, that we are in danger of los-
ing even with the extensions, will provide
1.5 million for construction costs. This re-
quires the building to include a rating of 185
mph, seven days of self-sufficiency on fuel,
water and sewer at a raised elevation above
the 100 year flood plain. It must also be used
for Emergency Management purposes for
a minimum of 15 years. It may have been
Gene's dream, but after visiting most EOCs
in Florida and realizing how small and un-
derstaffed we are, I hope our current admin-
istration can make his dream come true.
Gene was very involved in the hiring
process of our current director, Michael
Faulkner, who has obtained an EMPA grant
that offsets his salary costs to the county.
Most aren't aware that Okeechobee
County Emergency Management's staff con-
sists of one director and one administrative
assistant, which is why there is a very real
need for trained volunteers.
Mr. Faulkner, offers training of many of the
positions listed above for anyone interested
in volunteering and learning what Emergen-
cy Management actually does. Call 863-763-
3212 for more information. I know he will
address any concerns or questions regard-
ing the need for the proposed EOC much
better than I can. I hope this helps clear up
some misconceptions regarding emergency
management and the EOC. I appreciate the
opportunity to provide my personal opinion
on this matter.
Sincerely,
Lynn Hooks


Community Calendar
FRIDAY
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets
at 9 a.m, at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. For
information, contact Cilie Morgret at 800-932-
8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an
open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking
Luncheon will be held on the third Friday of every
month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S.
441 S.E., beginning at 11:30 a.m. for networking
and then lunch. Networking opportunities avail-
able for women in business and is open to the
public. No membership is required. For informa-
tion, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or,
by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly
meeting, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets at
the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until
7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.) Overeaters
Annonymous is not a diet club. The only require-
ment for membership is a desire to stop eating
compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
SATURDAY
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee
A group class in ballroom dancing is being
offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our Saviour
Parrish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on Saturday
afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for the hour les-
son is $10. Private instructions are also available.
Come and enjoy the fun with or without a partner.
For more information call 772-794-9040.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.


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Community Events

Gang-free rally
is Saturday
The third annual Gang Free Okeechobee
Motorcycle Rally will be held Saturday, Aug.
22, beginning with a poker run. The poker
run will end at noon at VFW Post #10539,
3912 U.S. 441 S.E., where there will be food,
prize giveaways, auctions, vendors, karaoke
and more. The festivities at the Post are open
to the public and there will be no admission
charge. All of the money raised by the one-
day event will be used to sponsor scholar-
ships for local graduating seniors. The first
motorcycle will leave out of Lunker's Sports
Grill, 4825 U.S. 441 S., at 10 a.m. For infor-
mation contact either Detective Sergeant
Brad Stark or Michele Bell at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office, 863-763-3117.

Horse farm to host
back to school event
Wagon Wheel Horse Farm in Okeecho-
bee is hosting a back to school event on Aug.
22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several members
of the medical and optical fields that are pro-
viders of care will have a booth at the event.
A limited number of backpacks and supplies
will be given away. Pony rides and lunch.
Call 863-634-6397 or 863-467-1670 for more
directions and more information.

First Indian Baptist Church
celebrates Golden Anniversary
The First Indian Baptist Church of Brigh-
ton will celebrate 50 years of serving Jesus
Christ with a "Homecoming Event." Please
come and bring your family and friends to
an exciting reunion with old memories,
Creek songs, Bluegrass music, delicious
food and great fellowship on Sunday, Aug.
23, at 10:45 a.m. at 20060 Reservation Road,
(Hwy. 721 S.) A celebration dinner will fol-
low. For more information about the event,
please contact Pastor Wonder Johns at
863-634-1639, 863-763-5730, or the church
phone at 863-357-0013.

Faith Alive
Faith Alive Fellowship, 3075 SW 3rd Ter-
race, will hold a revival with special guest
speaker "Evangelist Gil Howard-Browne"
from Times of Refreshing Ministries in Tam-
pa, Aug. 23-25, Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday at 7
p.m. If life has you drained, or you're going
through tough times, that has led to discour-
agement, loss of vision and purpose. Join us,
where you will be blessed, encouraged, in-
spired, refreshed and restored. The dates are
Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm
For more information please call Mary
Sue at 763-0577


Buckhead VFW to
host dinner sale
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012
East Hwy. 78, Okeechobee, will host a
Cornish hen dinner with all the trimmings
including one whole hen with pecan and
mushroom stuffing, wild rice and peas and
ice cream for desert. The dinner will be held
on Sunday, Aug. 23, and dnions for the
dinner are $8. Serving will start at 12:30 p.m.
and end serving at 2:30 p.m. Entertainment
will be music with door prizes for "Jail and
Bail" by Men's Auxiliary all afternoon. A cake
walk will be held by Ladies Auxiliary at 1:30
p.m. and a Chinese Auction will be held by
our AMVETS at 2:30 p.m. A 50/50 drawing
will be held for a basket of cheer. Come out
and join the midsummer fun. For informa-
tion on ordering, please call 863-467-2882.

Monthly Book Club
meeting set
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library
Book Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 27,
at 6 p.m. at the library. The book for discus-
sion is The Disappointment Artist, Essays
by Jonathan Lethem. The meeting is open
to the public. For more information call Jan
Fehrman at 863-357-9980.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy with a high near 92
and a 50 percent chance of scattered show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Heat index
values will be as high as 99 with calm winds
becoming east northeast around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a a slight
chance of isolated showers and thunder-
storms before 10 p.m. The low will be
around 73 with winds from the east around
5 mph becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near
92 and a 50 percent chance of scattered
showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m.
Winds will be calm becoming west around
5 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a
low around 73 and a 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms before mid-
night. Winds will be from the south south-
west around 5 mph.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the num-
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Fantasy 5: 10-19-26-28-35; Mega Money:
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Coffee Match set for Aug. 27
The next Coffee Klatch will be held on
Thursday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m. at American Red
Cross, 323 North Parrott Ave., Okeechobee.
Please come and join us for this morning so-
cial. Our morning social gives each member
an opportunity to become better acquainted
with other members in the business com-
munity. The Okeechobee Area Chamber
of Commerce invites anyone interested in
becoming a new member of the chamber
to come and visit and enjoy a great morn-
ing social experience. We hope to see you
there.

Golf team to hold fund raiser
The Okeechobee boys and girls golf
teams will hold a fundraiser golf tournament
on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. The registration fee
is $200 for teams of four. Hole sponsorships
cost $100. There will be prizes, and lunch
provided. For more information call Mark
Ward at 863-634-1722.

Event to benefit
Pet Rescue
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4509,
4701 S.E. 441, will host a special event to
benefit the Humane Society/Pet Rescue on
Saturday, Aug. 29, starting at 1 p.m. There
will be live music, food, an auction and
drawings. Donations for the auction-NO
CLOTHING PLEASE-may be dropped off
at 4701 S.E. 441. For information, call 863-
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Pearlie Alderman, 97
OKEECHOBEE Pearlie Alderman, 97, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at
Hospice House of Okeecho-
bee.
She was born Sept. 4, 1911,
in Quitman, Ga. She has i
been a longtime resident of
Okeechobee coming from
Georgia. She was employed
as a Custodian with the Unit-
ed States Postal Service. i
She was preceded in
death by her father, Oli-
ver Jones and mother, Eva D. Matthews.
Survivors include her sons, Robert Alderman
of Pahokee, Clyde Alderman of Riviera Beach,
Fred Alderman of Orlando, and Ronald Alder-
man of Okeechobee; daughters, Eva Hender-
son of Okeechobee, and Barbara Alderman of
Orlando; sisters, Elvina Jones of Sebring, and
Eva Owens of Baltimore, Md.; 28 grandchildren
and a host of great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of service,
Saturday, Aug. 22. A celebration of life will be-
gin at 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church
of Deans Court, Okeechobee. Burial will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery, Okeechobee.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stone
Brothers Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, FL. Please
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Special athletes compete in district bowling
LAKE PLACID-Special athletes from ers Roger Smith and Jodi Mains took silver Smith, Frances Goff, Maria Rivera and Ken-
Highlands, Hardee and Okeechobee coun- and Steve Kotch and Jackie Wentworth ny Roberts.
ties merged together at Royal Palms Bowl- took bronze. Okeechobee's gold medalists in singles
ing Center on Aug. 15, to compete. Sara Canali and Patty Wilfong, of High- were Bill Bailey and Kay Palmer. The silver
Although Special STARS sets up the dis- lands, teamed up in doubles to do unassist- medalists were John Patrick and Gay Palm-
trict wide bowling for all three counties to ed ramp bowling and won the gold medal er. Bronze medalists were David Westgate
compete against each other for medals, against Tony Bock and Herb Adkins, also of and Leonard Bain.
some athletes choose to get along and Highlands, who
play on the same teams. For example, two won second.
Hardee County men jumped aboard a team Insinglesthose
of three Highlands County athletes to make from Highlands
a team to compete in district. There were who won gold
two other five-person teams in the com- wereDonnaAddi-
petition--one from Okeechobee and one son, Travis Moss,
made up of all Highlands County athletes. Lorraine Steeves,
Okeechobee's team walked away with Kenny Stoll, Em-
the gold medals in the team event scoring a ily Lavely, Amelia
total of 1,221 with five people bowling two Titus, Perry Bright -
games. The Hardee/Highlands team took and Mike Babich. I
second place with a total of 1,005 while the Silver medal- Submitted photos
all-Highlands team got the bronze medal ists from High- Leonard Bain, a Special STARS ath-
scoring 798. lands were Kelly lete from Okeechobee, screams with
The winning Okeechobee team had Jo- Gilmore, Patrick excitement as his name is called to
seph Berry, Joe Borg, Dana Collins, Nathan Patterson, Emily receive a bronze medal in bowling on
Purdue and Tom Gorney on it. Members Harrison, Bobby Aug. 15, at Royal Palms Bowling Cen-
of the Hardee/Highlands team were Lewis Talley, Cody me p otos ter in Lake Placid.
Simpson and Bruce Brummett, both of Crouse, Helena Members of the Okeechobee Special STARS bowling team
Hardee County, and Larry Rivers, Greg Rob- Spies and Bobby (from left) Nathan Purdue, Joe Borg, Dana Collins, Tom Gor-
inson and Stephanie Travi, all of Highlands. Byrd. Bronze ney and Joseph Berry, celebrate as their names are called to
The Highlands team consisted of Alan Kuf medalists were win the gold medal in bowling.
nowski, Gerald Bass, Eva Monk, John Smith Linda Decker, Mac
and Jeannene Eby.
The total medal standings was High-
lands winning the most with 14 gold, 16
silver and 10 bronze. Okeechobee was
second with eight gold, four silver and six
bronze. Hardee took home two silver med-
als. Ribbons were presented to fourth place
winners.
Highlands County athlete Danny
Bass joined efforts with Dustin Carey, of
Okeechobee, to compete in doubles in
assisted ramp bowling. They took home
the gold medal as they competed against
Jimmy Phipps and Jim Kentfield, both of
Highlands, who got silver.
In other doubles competition, Sharon
Carpenter and Rodney Walker, of High
lands, took the gold medal. Betty Burnett
and Nancy Cassels, of Highlands, teamed
up to take the silver while Rhonda Crews Submitted photos Special STARS athlete Kay Palmer, of
and Lucy Wendt, of Okeechobee, took the These are all the bowlers from Okeechobee County who competed in Special Okeechobee, pushes her bowling ball
bronze. In a different division of doubles, STARS Bowling District competition on Aug. 15, at Royal Palms Bowling Cen- down the ramp during district compe-
Joe Singha and Samantha Martin, of High ter in Lake Placid. They competed against Highlands and Hardee counties. tition on Aug. 15, in Lake Placid.
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Gatorama invites visitors


for 'Great gator egg hatch'


PALMDALE-Do your children think edu-
cation is boring? "It definitely does not have
to be," say Allen and Patty Register, owners
of Gatorama. It is the time of year that chirp-
ing, grunting and snapping baby alligators
emerge from their shells to meet the world.
Gatorama is marking this occasion by host-
ing an "Alligator Hatching Festival" Aug. 22
through Sept. 1, at their animal park at 6180
U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale.
"This is a great opportunity for parents
to teach their children about one of natures
fascinating life cycles," said Allen Register.
"For the next two weeks we will welcome
over two thousand alligators into the world


at Gatorama. Guests will actually be able to
see these little baby alligators wiggle out of
the eggs."
Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to
learn about the history of the American al-
ligator and how the populations have been
protected through one of the most truly
successful, sustainable-use management
programs ever implemented. American al-
ligators have been off the endangered spe-
cies list since 1987 and populations are still
growing. Alligator farming is an important
part of the program.
For more information and directions, call
863-675-0623 or visit www.Gatorama.com.


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greet visitors to Gatorama.


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Pongo is a Chihuahua and is about
2 years young. He is very gentle
and has lots of energy. He is up
to date on all of his vaccines and
is neutered. If you are interested
in adopting Pongo, please contact
Human Society Pet Rescue Florida,
at 863 357-1104. To see more avail-
able animals go to PETFINDER.
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"foster" animals who are waiting for
a permanent adoptive home.

News in Brief

Raulerson Ambassadors
Club invites volunteers
Raulerson Hospital is inviting Okeechobee resi-
dents to join the Raulerson Hospital Ambassadors
club. Raulerson Hospital is your community hos-
pital and we welcome individual volunteers who
would like to participate in regularly scheduled
meeting where your unbiased feedback will help
us provide excellent patient care during your stay
or a loved one's stay We are looking for dedicated
individuals, who have either been a patient or a
visitor at Raulerson Hospital. If you would like to
participate in this progressive community program,
please contact Marnie Lauter at 863-824-2702 or by
e-mailing Marnie Lauter at: (marnie.lauter@hca-
healthcare.com) for more information.
Share your story
Has your life, or that of a loved one, been saved
through blood transfusion? Share your story and
help encourage blood donations. Call Raye at 863-
610 2176.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters to
support reading mentor program
Big Brothers Big Sisters, along with Amer-
icorp volunteers, will serve all five Okeecho-
bee elementary schools for the 2009-2010
school year! The program provides reading
mentors to referred children in grades K-3.
BBBS is hosting a Clay Shoot at Quail Creek
Plantation on Saturday, Oct. 24. I hope you
can support this program and the children
in Okeechobee by sponsoring, donating a
drawing item or shooting at this event. Con
tact Sharon Vinson at Shared Services at
863-462-5000 ext 257 for more information.


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Spreading the Good News
On Friday morning, Aug. 14 the Gideons presented Bibles to the new Hamp-
ton Inn on East Park Street. The Gideons are an organization of business
and professional people who belong to various evangelical denominations
and who promote the Gospel by distributing Bibles to hotels, motels, doc-
tors' offices, schools and to military people. The presentation included
prayer and an explanation of the purpose of the Gideons. Bob Keebler used
one of the new Bibles to read Matthew 11:28 where Jesus said: "Come unto
me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Clayton
Williams told the staff of the Hampton Inn that while the staff was offering
physical rest, the Gideons were offering spiritual rest. "We hope they enjoy
both," he added. The Gideons then presented pocket-sized New Testaments
to the staff of the hotel. Taking part in the presentation were, left to right Del
Suggs, Jim Love, Richard Ray, Mike McClanahan, Bob Keebler and Clayton
Williams. The hotel will open for business on Sept. 3.




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City taxes could go down 22 percent


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In these dismal economic times, there is
a ray of sunshine for City of Okeechobee tax-
payers. Because of declining property values
and no increase in the millage rate, some city
residents could see their city taxes go down
22 percent according to Mayor Jim Kirk,
In connection with their regular meeting
on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, the Okeecho-
bee City Council held a workshop to discuss
the budget for fiscal year 2009/10.
The proposed $5,278,639 budget for the
coming fiscal year is $163,715 less than the
current budget. Revenues are projected to
be $477,095 less than the current budget.
"We have beat this thing like a dead
horse for the past several months," City Ad-
ministrator Brian Whitehall said of staff and
department heads efforts on the budget.
"We thought last year was bad. This year
is considerably worse," he added.
It was noted that all sources of taxes are
down for the city.
Revenues have come down, down,
down," stated the mayor.
However, staff and department heads
were very frugal in preparing the proposed
budget. All city departments have been pur-
suing a rigorous cost reduction plan. The
city council cut their operating budget 30
percent from the current budget. Other de-
partments noted savings in operating costs
ranging from 5 to 18 percent.
The mayor commended budget planners
on their efforts.
"It would have been real easy to say, "I
can't cut anymore," he said.


The proposed budget contains a 1.5 per-
cent step increase in salary for employees.
"I think giving the step is generous," was
the opinion of Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford.
"I've always liked to give raises," said the
mayor. "This time I can't do it in good con-
science. We're in a crisis."
Councilman Lowery Markham stated
that in the past the council had always given
employees what they could.
Since they could not give raises, it was the
consensus of the council to follow Council
Mike O'Connor's suggestion to give city em-
ployees a holiday for their birthdays. In addi-
tion, staff was directed to look at the cost of
giving employees up to four additional days
off. These days would be taken one a time,
once a quarter. They would be taken either
on a Friday or a Monday to give the employ-
ee a long weekend.
The proposed budget could have been
balanced with a millage rate of 7.3121.
One mil equals one dollar in taxes for every
$1,000 of assessed value. However, the city
council decided to keep the current millage
rate of 6.7432. The funds brought in by that
millage rate are calculated to be $159,450
less than the amount required to balance
the budget. That difference will be made up
from reserves.
It must be noted that this is a proposed
budget and the above figures are subject to
change before adoption of the final budget.
Turning to other matters the council set
a solid waste collection rate of $216.48 per
customer. In a related matter, the council ad-
opted an amendment to the franchise agree-


ment with Waste Management. The amend-
ment renewed the franchise agreement until
Sept. 30, 2014 and provides for renewal for
five consecutive years. It modified the word-
ing of the original franchise agreement and
provided for recycling. It also set a cap of 7.5
percent per year on rate increases and estab-
lished rates for commercial dumpsters.
Councilman Clayton Williams cast the
lone dissenting vote against the Waste
Management agreement. He was opposed
to the 7.5 percent annual cap on rate in-
creases. Councilman Williams had offered
an amendment to set the cap at 3 percent.
However, his amendment failed by a vote of
4 to 1.
The council also held the first reading
and set Sept. 1 as final public hearing for
a proposed ordinance to close a portion of
SW 15th Street.
In other action, the council:
appointed Billy Douglas and Glenn
Hodges to the fire pension board;
re-appointed Gary Ritter to the fire pen-
sion board; and
appointed Judy Douglas and Bill Led-
ford as regular members of the code en-
forcement board and Allison Murphy as an
alternate member of that board.
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The Shared Services Network, funders the first 100 children with a parent pres-
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is pleased to present the very first "Tween ond 100 attendees with a parent present.
Summit." This summit is for children 10- There will also be free pizza, soda and
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tive September 1, 2009. If your birth month is prior to December 1, 2009,
you can avoid these higher fees by renewing vehicle and/or vessel registra-
tions before September 1. Also, by choosing the optional 2-year renewal,
you will lock in the lower fees for two years. If your birth month is September,
the renewal notice mailed to you could reflect the higher fees. If you plan to
mail your renewal prior to September 1, call our office at 863-763-3421 to
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Jury finds man guilty of battery

By Eric Kopp battery. However, a six-member jury of his struck as he was getting out of a truck that
Okeechobee News peers found him guilty of misdemeanor bat- was driven by Felton Johnson.
An Okeechobee man was sentenced terya lesser-included crime. Assistant State Attorney Stephanie Tew
An Okeechobee man was sentenced Massey was arrested by Deputy Justin indicated that the jury apparently felt it was
Wednesday, Aug. 19, to a term of eight Akins, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's indicated that the jury apparently felt it wa
months in the Okeechobee County Jail after Office (OCSO), and accused of hitting the a mutual fight and chose to convict Massey
being found guilty of misdemeanor battery, victim in the face with a semi-automatic on the misdemeanor charge.
Reginald Massey, 25, was arrested Sept. handgun. An arrest report by Deputy Akins Massey was represented by Roger Azco-
7, 2008, on a felony charge of aggravated indicated that the victim, Marion Scott, was na of the Public Defender's Office.


County reports fewer traffic crashes


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The number of fatalities, alcohol relat-
ed crashes, and motor vehicle crashes on
Okeechobee roads were down by over five
percent in 2008 according to the latest report
from the Florida Department of Highway
and Motor Vehicles.
Okeechobee saw a 5-percent decrease in
crashes, a 7.4 percent decrease in fatalities,
and a 6-percent decrease in alcohol related
crashes last year, according to the state.
There were 398 crashes in Okeechobee,
which was a low rate for a Florida county


The Florida Highway Patrol, will be
conducting a driver's license checkpoint
on Friday, Aug. 21, from 8 until 10 a.m.,
at the location of State Road 700 (aka Par-
rott Avenue or U.S. 441) and 18th Street in
Okeechobee County.
Recognizing the danger presented to
the public by defective vehicle equipment,
troopers will concentrate their efforts on ve-


our size between 35,000 and 100,000 popu-
lation.
There were 55 alcohol related crashes,
nine fatalities, and six alcohol related fatali-
ties on Okeechobee roads last year.
There were 14 fatalities and six alcohol re-
lated fatalities in Okeechobee during 2007.
The report said there were 34 crashes that
involved alcohol and injuries, 23 accidents
with injuries that involved motorcycles, one
bicycle fatality, and one pedestrian fatality
reported in 2008. There were 55 crashes in-
volving commercial vehicles with two fatali-
ties.


hides being operated with defects such as
bad brakes, worn tires and defective light-
ing equipment. In addition, attention will
be directed to driver's license violations.
Law enforcement has found these
checkpoints to be an effective means of en-
forcing the equipment and drivers license
laws of Florida while ensuring the protec-
tion of all motorists.


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The Humane Society Pet Rescue of a clean place for dogs, cats, puppies and kit-
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a great place for adoptable pets to stay. Many with food, vet and other operating expenses.
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Okeechobee City had 115 total crashes.
Of those, 9.6 percent were alcohol related,
the report said.
Glades County also saw a decline in the
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related crashes, 13 fatalities, and six alcohol
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dents were up sharply as only three people
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Glades County had 14 accidents that in-
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Okeechobee high school golf teams have high hopes


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Interest in golf is running rampant at
Okeechobee High School.
An astounding number of 20 boys and 13
girls showed up for tryouts this week.
The boy's team is expected to be very
competitive again. They were district run-
ners up and a regional qualifier last year.
They did lose Corey White, but have gained
teenage golf prodigy Kodi Stephen.
Also on the team are Michael Watson, a
second team all conference performer last
year, and Richard Donegan, who shot the
low score of the year for the team 34, and
was an honorable mention selection to the
Treasure Lake Conference All star squad.
Boys Coach Mark Ward said a lot of his
players are now committed full time to the
game of golf and have developed their skills
immensely in the past year.
"We have 20 boys and 15 girls coming out
here in this heat, walking around with a bag
of clubs on their arm. That says a lot about
their dedication to the sport," he noted.
Ward also gets help from assistant Coach
Bubba Mullins, and girls coach Lonnie Sears.
He also praised the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club for donating the use of their


course to the high school team. He also per-
sonally thanked Jim Waldau and Terry Lan-
man for their support of the program. He
also praised the Okeechobee Booster Club
for their financial assistance.
Other members of the boy's team include
Jimmy Hadden, who has undergone two
shoulder surgeries in the past 24 months,
and Tim Gray, a starter on last year's squad.
Tyler Platt, and Tony Devoss are also ex-
pected to be huge contributors this year.
"Gray plays a lot and takes a big rip at the
ball, but he's consistent. Tyler is a competi-
tor, who works hard at his game, and De-
voss has the skills and the composure to be
very good," Ward noted.
Ward said Donegan has tons of potential
to be great at both golf and baseball. "He'll
have a decision to make on what sport he
will focus on someday," Ward added.
Stephen strikes the ball as well as any
player on the team. He has been compet-
ing in tournaments across the state for sev-
eral years. "He's right there with the best we
have," Ward said.
Other contributors include Danny Bus-
bin, and Tyler Finney.
Ward said other golfers could step up
in the next two weeks and also make the
squad.


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The girl's team has a lot of new faces, and willing to learn," Ward added.
but return several players. Key players include Sarah Payne, Chey-
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Crawford follows in footsteps


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Florida Gators came-a-calling and
Jonathan Crawford didn't take long to decide
he wanted to play baseball in Gainesville.
Crawford verbally committed to the Ga-
tors late last week and will officially sign on
Nov. 11.
"I've never been a Gator fan at all. They
put a good offer on the table for me. It was
the best offer so I just took it," he said.
Crawford still has options as he admits
his ultimate goal is to play professional base-
ball.
He said he was very impressed with the
way the Gators handled the situation.
"Playing pro ball has been my dream
ever since I started playing baseball. I plan
on playing pro ball," he stated.
Crawford's uncle David was drafted by
the Philadelphia Phillies organization. His
father Neal also played ball in Okeechobee.
His cousin Matt was a prolific homerun hit-
ter for Okeechobee, who went on to play at
South Florida Community College.
Crawford said his family just is commit-
ted to playing baseball, "They just enjoy it
and know a lot. They love the sport."
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders has had
three players sign Division I scholarships.
Blake Marsocci and Robbie Elsemiller
played at Stetson University. He noted he's
not surprised that a top team plucked Craw-
ford early.
"They (Florida) knew the more people
that saw him play that would mean a great-
er chance that someone else would come
along. They didn't want to lose him," Ted-
ders said.
Crawford attended a baseball player
showcase in Lakeland run by Sunshine Ath-
letic Incorporated in early August. He threw
a bullpen and impressed a number of col-
lege scouts and coaches.
Tedders said the scouts liked his talent,
his size, and his potential, "He's a great kid.
He's always smiling about something. He
works hard. He had a rough sophomore
year, but he was mentally focused to keep
working and not give up. Natural talent plus
the desire to work hard mean good things
will happen."
Crawford won three games at last year's
District tournament to lead Okeechobee to
a playoff berth. He has 10 career wins and
over 150 strikeouts. He has averaged over
a strikeout per inning. He explained that he
has worked out a lot this off season, and also
played American Legion ball to improve his
skills. He said the decision about college will
take a lot of the pressure off his shoulders for
his senior year.
"The Gator Coach liked my pitching a lot.
He liked my hitting. He said I have a good
chance to be a two way player. Now I can
cruise through the high school season with
no pressure and just play for fun."
Tedders said he expects a lot of pro scouts
at Brahman games this year. He also stated a
community celebration is planned to honor
Crawford on Nov. 11, when he signs his col-
lege scholarship.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(1-r) Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders and Brahman hurler Jonathan Crawford.

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er poaito on the Affo te ousingo Advion C tteeczens Avi
STask' Force
This committee reviews, monitors an provides reomendations con
emin pi, procedure and specific initiatives to encourage or aiat
affordable housing wthin Okeechobe County.,
A member mst be a resident of Okeechobee County and, the come
must be Vomprid of indduals in connection Wit affordiable usng an
i de one (1) itin who is active engaged in the residental ho
buding Industry; one (1) ii n who is tvely engaed In the banking o
mortgage banking indusy; one (1) cie who is a repreIsIentate of thosI
areas of a y engaged in hoe buidin, one (1) iten who is ae
ivey engaged as an advocate for lowinme pe o citizen a
tiveyengaged laf-profitpvIer of affordablhousing; M_ e () cit
who is actively engaged as a not for-profit provider of ,affordable housin
one (1) citizen who is actily engage a aa real estate pofessional; oI
(1) tz who a e se on e10 oal planning agency pu ant t
s.163.3174T, Florida statutes one il civen w resides within the Juisdi
tion of the locai governing body maIng the appointments; one (1) ctizei
who reprents employes wthin the ,urisdic ; one 1 citizen who rep
Appltions mayl be oItained from ,the County Administrator's o a
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeebebee Judicia Center All appieants must Ion
pueme a board/committee application form.
Appfliations must be submited to the County Administrators Office no at
ertan 4:00 p.m. on September 14,, 2009,
Clif Betts. Chairman
eBoard of Country Commisioners
Sharon Robe'n, Cerk
Boad of County ommissoe
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NOICE OF APPLICAON FOR TAX DEED

2009TD212
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the hader of the fo
lowing erficate has filed said oerificae(s) for a lax deed to be sue
the n. The rtifcate number a year of iuan, the d ription o
the pperty, and the names) In whch was d are as follow
CerficateNo: 325 Year of uane June-01-2007
D ription of P0perty: LOT G OF TRACT 32 W1/2 OF E/2 OF El/2
OF N1/2 OFTRACT32 1434E33E
- 14-34-33-OAOO00032-GOOO
Sad property being in the Cnt of Okeechobee, State of oda


oName(s) in which assessed:
nless said rtiiate shall be redeemed ordng to law the property
sh af ificate shall be sold tohe highe bidder at the Okeehobee
County Judidal Center Jury Assemby Rm 312 NW 3rd Street Okcho
, Floda at 100 0 :M., on the I10h da of September, 2000.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF C tRCUIT COURT
Gkeechobee County, Fkorda
I/ Robin R. Parrish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DABLITIES ACT OF 1990;
In acrdanCe with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
pecal acommodation to participate in this proeeding should ntact




teo n on so T e tha n t a ats po tothe poodltong a
2e5o NW Country o Drive Port St. Lue Floda 34986, 1772.8074370
ithin two working da of your t of ths noce. IF YOU ARE EAR
NOG IMPAIRED CALL 1,800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
LA800 955.8770
32307 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LLC te holder of the fol-
owing rticate has filed ad efiae(s) for a deed to be issue
heron. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of
he poperty, and the names) in which it as are foll
Cerficale No: 1649 Yearofsuance: June-01-2007
Dsripton of P 1 rty: BA WOOD UNTE 3 LOT 16 BLOCK 36
Said property being in the County of Oeechobee, State of Flonda
hame(s) in which a OOessed:
A ARON LYONS
Jnole sad cetifite shall be redeemed scoring to law1, the ppe i
s.h ertficate shall be sld to the highest bidder at the Okehabe
Cunty udal Center, Jury Asembly Room, 312 N 3 3rd Street, Okeeho
, Foida a 10:00 A.M., on the 10 day of September, 2009,
SRUBEECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Ok hobeet County, toinda
/ Robin R. Paridsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 990,
In a rdance with the Ame-ians With Disabilitie Act, pes needing a
0peal accommodation o patipate in ths proceeding should conta
oUt Administration o later than ven days prioo the proeetding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lu.e Flor=a 34986, .772.807.437,
2ith0n t working days of your recpt of this no IF YOU ARE HEAR-
NG IMPAIRED CALL 1800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
10800 955.8770
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LLC the holder of the fol
wing cerficate has filed Bid certficate(s) for a tax deed to be issued
heen. The certIfcate number and year of isuane, the dsriptlon of
the property, and the dame(s) in which it was passed are as follows:
ertificate No: 1175 YerofIssuan: June-01-2007
Descripbon of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 17 El/2 OF Wl/2 OF N1/2
OF Sl/2 OF TRACT 17 36 34S 33E
2-36-34-33-OA000017-KO1O
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Names) in which asessed:
HARTINE L COUGLAGES
Jnle said certifate shell be redeemed 0ccoding to law, the property il
suh erificate shal be sold to the highest bidder at the Ok nohae
County ]udidal Center, Jury Assembly Rom, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeeho
e, Floda at 10:00 A.M., on the 10t day of September, 2009,
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okehobee County, nda
/ Robin R. Paridsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 990,
In a rdanee with the Amerians With Disabilitie Act, person needing
specIal acommodation to participate in ths preceding should contact
Court Administaton ho later than seven days prior o the prodding a
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lue, Florida 34986, L772.807.4370
within t Z working days of your recapt othis noe. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARTED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD205
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER V LLC the holder of the fho
lowing rtificate has filed said cerficates) or a tax deed to be issue
there. The certificate numbh and year of iasnce, the dfsTipon of
the property, and the names) In which it was assd a follows:
Certificate No: 782 Year of Isuance: June--2007
Description of pery: LOT D OF TRACT 29 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2
OFN1/20FTRACT29 2534S33E
1-25- 34-33-OAOO00029-DOO 1
aid propery being in the County of Okechbee, State of Florida
Nam s) in which assessed:
CHL HOLDINGSS INC
Unless said certficate shall be redeemed aooding to Nw, the property in
such cerificate shall be .Id to the highest l ,dder at the Okeechobee
ountyudal Center, ury ebly Roo, 312 NW 3d Stet, Okeecho-
bee, Flrda at 10:0 A.M., on the 1Oh day of September, 2O9E
SUBJECT TO CURRENTTAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
/s/ Reon R Pa=osd a
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In a Eordar e with the Amerns With Dible Act, pe o needing a
ourt Amnstraton nater than en days prior to the pro ding at
O faGOT~te No: OTOOB Y00 O htoance: Of 00 A
250 N Country Club Drive, Port St. Luce, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.43701
thin two working days ofour reipt o f th notice IF YOU ARE HEAR
ING MPARIED CALL 1.8009558771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955 8770
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD204
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER V LO C the holder of th fo
lowing ertificate has filed said cert ficates) for a tax deedl to be issued
thereon, The cerficate number and year of i Ance, the descipon of
the property, and the mes) In wht h ie t mwas a ed a s folloNs:
Cetificate No: 444 YGearCofIssan: JuB'01-2007

Derption of property: LOT 0 OF TRACT B6 Wl/2 OF El/2 OF S1/2
OF SI/2 OF V IACT 06 2 O 4S 33E
1-20 34-33-OAOO00006-000000
Said properly being in the County of Okhee bee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed:
CFS PROPERTIES INC A FLORIDA CORPORATION
Unless said Dertfcate shall He redeemed acording to N w, the property in
sh rtdfcate shall be .d to te highest idder at the Okeechb
County budical Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Flolda at 10:0O A.M., on the 10th day of September, 209.
SUBJECT TO CURRENTTAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechoobeen County, Frida
Co/ Rats, R Parns1
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In aordale with the A.merans With Disabilt Act, pe needing a
eall onoda 1iGo partipate Z P-dn0 shouldtotaoa
L ourt Aministraton no ater than en days prior to the pro ding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucre, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
thin two working days of your reipt of th notioce. IF YOU ARE HEAR
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.8009558771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
3282961 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION MR TAX DEED
2009TD207
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing ertificate has filed said cerfiotes) for a tax deed to be issued
there. The cerficate numb and year of isance, the desripton of
the property, and the nmes) In whh it was as d ae as follis:
Certificate No: 1180 Year ofIssan: June01-2007
Description of property: LOT K OF TRACT 8I El/2 OF W1/2 OF Nl/2
OF $1/2 OF RACT 18 36 34S 33E
1-36-34-33-OA0O-00018 KO O 0
Said property being in the County of Okebee, State of Florida
Names) in which assessed:
CFS0 PROPERTIES INC A FLORIDA CORPORATION
Unless said Drtficate shall he redeemed acording to N w, the property in
sh rtcate shall be d to the highest idder at the Okeechb
Count Judial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Stee Okeecho
bee, lida at 10:00 Ai., on the 10t day of September, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENTTAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, F oridae
Is/ Roan R Parnsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WIFH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In aoerdace with the Amercans With DisbiliUe Act, pe- needing a
Court Admtnistrahon no later than sen days pzor to the procding at
250 N Country Club Drive, Port St. Lue, Florida 34986, 1.772,807.4370
thin two working days ofyour reipt of th notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR
ING EMPARIED CALL 1.80.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
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209"D213
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the holder of the fhol-
lo01ng certificate has fied said cerficate(s) for a 1ax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate number and year of ssnce, the deschipt of
the property, and the na(s) in which it as assessed a as follows:
Crtpfcate No: 475 Yr fIsa re; June-01-2007

Description of Property: LOT H OF TRA 22 E/2 OF El/2 OF S/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 22 20 34S 33E
1-20 -34-33-OAO0000022-HO
Said property being in the County of Okeehoe, State of Florida
Names) in which assessed:
MAJESTIC HOMES & REALTY SW LLC
Unless said certhcate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be ld to the highest bder ac the Okeechob
County Judical Center, Assemby Room, 312 NW 3d Street Okc -
e, Florida at : A.M., on the 10th day of September, 29.
SUBJECT TO CURREN TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
/s/ Robin R. Pamrosh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
n accordance with the A rins Wth Diabiti Act pe s needing a
Court Administration er than n days po r to the breeding at
250 NW Countni Club Drive, Pot St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1,772,807,4370
in two ring days ofyour eipt of this note, IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING MPAED CALL 1.00.9558771; IFO YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955,8770
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FR TAX DEED
200930D200 4
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the holder of the fal-
lowng certificate has filed said Itficate(s) for a tax deed to be isso
thereon The ertifiate number and year of ssne, the descdptn of
the property, and the na(s) in which it assessed a as foloas:
Certifcate No: 526 Year ofIsuane J3une-O1-2o07
sc ption of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 12 W1/2 OF Wl/2 OF N1/2
OF N1/2 OF 1RACT 12 21 IS 33E
1-21-34-33-OA0000 12-DOO
Said property being in athe County of aOkeeotbee, State of Flohda
NameFs) in which assessed:
MAJESTIC HOMES & REALTY SW LLC
Unles said certicate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such cethflcte shall be old to the highest biddr at the Okeechobe
County udical Coenter, ILy Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Steet, Oke-
bee, Florida at lO: A.M., on the 10th day of September, 2OO9.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florda
/s/ Robin R. Parish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the A rins With Di0biti0 Act pens needing g a
spal a mdaon to participate In this p dIng should ntact
Court Administration ner than n days por t he preceding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Pot St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
whin two working days of your receipt of this notice, IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING 1MPAREED CALL 1.300.955,8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770


NOTICE OF APLICAON FOR TAX DEED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI UIC the hold, of the fol-
lowing certificate has filed said Certificatels) for a .ax deed to be issued
thereon, The certificate number and year of issance, the descdption of
the property, and the na(s) in which it as assessed a as folls:
Certicate No: 1208 YearofIssae: Jue-01-2007
Description of property: LOT E OF TRACT 32 Wl12 OF Wl1/2 OF Sl/2
OF N1/2 OF _ACT 32 36 34S 33E
1-36-34-33-OAOO-00032-EOOO
Said property being in the County of Okeecotbee, State of Florda
Names) in which assessed:
CIS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION
Unless said "ertfcate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such cethfiate shall be old to the highest biddr at the Okeechobe
Count Judical Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312NW 3dStreet Okeho
beeI,Forida at 10:00 A.M., on the 1~th day of September, 2I09.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florda
/s/ Robin R. Parish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
spial a.omodaon to participate In this pr ding should intact
Court Administration no ater than s n days pror to the preceding at
250 NW Count/ Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1,772,8074370
within two working days ofyoCur receipt of this notice, IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING 1MPAREED CALL 1.300.955,8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770
328302 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER I LLC the holder of the fot
lowinga certificate has filed aid ificate(s) for a tax deed to be issue
there, The certificate number and year of isae, the description of
the pre and the (s) n which it wa a are as fol%
Certfiate No; 390 YearofIssae; 3un-01-2007
De rpti of Property LO OF TRACT 22 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF SI/2
OF Sl/2 OF TRACT 22 1634S 33E
1-16-34-33-OAO-00022-O000
Said propety being in County of Okeechobe, State of Rorida
Names) in which assesd:
STEVEN HOST
Unless said acerificatoe doall be redeemed according to law, the propery in
such certificate shall be d to the highest bidder a te Okehobe
Coun udical Center, ur Asi RooA 312 NW 3rd Seet, Okeech
bee, Rorida at 1:OC A.M., on he 10th day of Septaoember, 2DE9.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Is/ Robin R. Pamsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITES ACT OF 1990
In accordane with the Americans With Disabiities Act, pens ding
speial acom nation to participate In this proedng should ntac
Court AdmlnRstraAon n later than seven days pror to G he proceeding at
250 NW Countr Club re, Pot St Lie, FbDida 34986, Io772,d07,37
ithin two worng days ofour ceipt of this notice IF YOU ARE HEAR
ING IMPARTED CAL 800.95,8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800,955.8770
32294 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD197
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the hIder of the fol-
lowing erti fic ate has filed said rificate(s for a tax deed o be issue
theGOn The tficate number and year of sae, the desrpton o
the prert, and the na(s) in which O t was as ed are as fol o:
CertIfilate NaO 291 Year of esance: JuA -01-2007
Derption of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 8 Wl/2 OF El/2 OF NI/2
OF Sl/2 OF TRACT 8 14 34S 33E
1-14-34-33-A00O-00008-00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, Stabte of orida
Namets) in which aisssn sd:
CHL HOLDINGS INC
Unless said certfiate shall be redeemed according to law, the property ia
such certificate shall be sol to the highest bidder at the Okeebe
Count OJudical Center, ury As b /Room, 312 NW 3rd Steet, Okeech-
b, Florida at 1:00 A.M., on the lD f day of Septaember, 209.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
OGeechobee County, FRorida

NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabities Act pens ding
spcia aomodaton to participate In this pro dng should ntac
Court Admlnistraton n later than seven days pror to he proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Orve, Po StS Luie, Fobda 34986, 1772,8074370
within to working days ofyor recept ofe this note, IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.95,8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
L800.955.8770
328287 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009MtD96
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the holder of the folly
lowing certificate has filed said ertficate(s) for a tax deed to be issued
thereon The tficate number and year of issane, the desripton of
the property, and the nae(s) in wh ,as asked are as folw:
Certflate No; 666 Year of stance: Jun-01-2007
Desription of Prpperty: LOT P OF TRACT 23 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF Si/2
OF Sl/2 OF TRACT 23 23 34S 33E
Sad property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Horida
Name(S) in which asssd:
3OAN E ZORI
Unless said certfiate shall be redeemed according to law, the property ia
such certificate shall be so.l to the highest bidder at the Okehebee
County Judicial Center, Jury Assbly Rom, 312 NW 3dStreet Okeecho-
bee Fo.d at 10:0 A.M he 10tt day A ..,ebr, 2a09.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
/,/ Robin R. Parrish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accorden, with the Amerins With Disbilities Act, peM ns edir
special acommdation to participate In this proved n g should Intac
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St Luie, Funda 34986, 1,772,807,437
within tw working days ofyou recent of this notde, IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1800.955,8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
328286 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09





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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
- -



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the holder of the fo
lowing erficate has filed said cerificate(s) for a tax deed to be ssued
theeon The certifate number a11d year of iuan, the derption of
the property, and the names) In which t was e d are as follo:
Cetifcate N: 779 Year of ssr nce: 3une-01-2007
Descipon of perty LOT F F RACT 27 E1/2 OF WI/2 OF Sl/2
OFN1/2 OFTRACT27 2534 33E
1- 2-34-33-OAOO-OO1 00027-FO00
Sad property being in the Cnty of Okehobee, State of oda
bame s) in which assessed:
CHL HOLDINGS INC
Unless said certificate s be redeemed according to law, the proper i
uch rtificate shal be od to the highest bidder at the Okre -be
IountyJudicia Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okecho
, ida at 1000 AM, on the 10th day of September, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeedobee Count, Fieoda
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In acrdance with the Ame..ans With Disabilities Act pes needing
special accmmodatio to participate in this speeding shoId conta
Court Adminisraion o lateo than sev days prior to the prodding a



120280 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATIONFOR TAX DEED
2009TD201
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LLC the holder of the f0-
=owing erficate has filed said cer IIcaIe(s) for a tax deed to be ssued
theIn,. The rtifcate number and year of issuance, the d ription of
he property, and the names) In which it was aessed are as foIow:
Ceifcate No: 377 Year of Issuane June-01-2700
DCripon of property: LOT N OF TRACT 9 E1/2 OF Wl/2 OF S1/2
SS1/2 OFTRACT09 1634S33E
1-16-34-33OA0010c009-NOOO
Said property beiag in the Conty of Okeehobee, State of Foida


DENISE TARREN
Unlessid certificate shad c fcordiO to law, the property i
Ich eflcate shafl be sld to the highest bidder at the Okehebee
0 Co udidal Center, Jury Assemhly Rm, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeho
bee, Foida at 10:00 A.M., 0on the 10th day of September, 2009,
UBEC TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
hobee Ccny F8oda
/s Robn R. Parsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990,
n acoordane with the AmerTcas Wth Disbilitie Act, peso s needing
special acommodatio to padticpate in this preceding shold ntact
ourt Admini on no later than sev days prior rothe pro ding a
250 NW Country ub Drive, Port St. Lude Florida 34986, 1772.0704370
within two working days of your receipt this no IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARTED CALL 1800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
328293 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APpLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD192
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LC the holder of the fol-
ling ertficate has fied sid certificate(s) for a tax deed to be isse
the n. The certlf0cate number and oear of iuan, the d ripton o
he property, and the names) In which was asse d are as foll :
Cerifite No: 64A S Yer of I8ane: 3une-01-2017
DescripIon of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 14 El/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OF S1/2 OF TRACT 14 23 34S 33E
1- 23-34-33OAOO 00014C 000O
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of FHorda
Name .) in which assessetd
CHL H DINGS INC
Unless said certificate stal be redeemed hardig to law, te property in
ch nificiate shall be ld to the highest bIdder at the Okeehob
Coun Judical Center, Jury Assembly Rom, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okecho
ee, orida at 10:00 A.M, on the l0th day F Sepa mber, 2009,
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee Con, Flodda
/s RobIn R. Par 'ish
deputyy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
n acrdane with the Amerdcans with Disabilite Act, pe- needing a
0pecal acmmocdation to participate in tho breeding should ont"c0
Court Administraon later than ven days prior to the procding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lude, Fl1orida 34986, .772807.4370
within two working days of your recent of this noice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
LA,800 955,8770
328281 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09


August 21, 2009


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD194
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC he holder of the fol-
lowing ertficate has filed sad rfia ) for a tax deed to be issued
there The cercate numb and year of i nce, the d on of
the Oproperty, and the names) In whh it was aeed a folloIs:o
Cerificate No: 863 Yearof Issnce; Jue01-2007
Deripton of Popert LOT HOF TRACT 6 E/2 OF E/2 OF Sl/2 OF
N1/2 OF TRACT 06 2734533E
1-27-34-33-OA 00006-HOv OO
Said property being in the County of Okehobee, State of Florida
Names) in which assessed:
CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION
Unl said cerfite all be redeemed according to law, the property in
-ch certfcate shail be sId to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
County Judical Cente, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Stet, OkeIcho-
be, Fda at 10:00 A.M, on the th day of September, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENTTAXES
HARON ROOBERTON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County Flrida
s/ Robn R Pamsh
Deputy Clerk

NOTICE REGADING THE AMERICAN WTH DISABILITIES ACT OF 190
In acordace with the AmeIcans With Dibi Act, peo needing a
pedal o mmodaon to parte cipate in this breeding should co ntact

within two working days of yor rept of ths noce IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARIEO CALL 1.800 955,8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
.2 000.955 8770


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
200STD199
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LLC the holder of the fol
lowing ertiate has fied said certifite(s) for a tax deed to be isied
there. The certIficate number and year of I nce, the despton of
the property, and the names) In which it hs assesed are as follies:
Certificate No: 374 YearofIssance; Jue-01-2007
Description of property: LOT E OF TRACT 9 W112 OF Wl1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 09 16 34 33E
1-16-34-33-0A0-00 100009-EO 00
Said property being in the County of Okeechoe, State of FlOrida

Names 0in which a-ed0
SCIAN ROSE MARIE HYLT EN
nl said cerfte shall be redomed according to law, the property in
sch rficte shall be Iold O the highest o I dder at the Okeechob
County udidac Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeeho
bee, Flida at 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of Septemaber, 2009


HARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, loda
%RO *n R. Parish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITl DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In a-0rdae with the Amerans With Diabilis Act, pe needing a
Spedal acmmodation to participate in this proceeding should contao
Court Administraton no later than n days pIor to the p ending at
250 Nv Country Club Dve, Port St. Luc, Florda 34986, 1.772,807.4370
within two 0 working days of your receipt of thV notice- IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPAP8E CALL 1.800955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
L.800.9 55 ,8770
328290 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
20D9TD198
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERONA V LLC the holder of the foi
lowing certiiate has filed ,id certfictefs) for a tax deed to be isued
thereon. The cerificate number and year of isuance, the dedpion of
the property, and the name(s) in which it was assesed area follows:
eratficate No: 2473 YearofIsane: Ju-01-2007
Desciption of property: UNPLATTED LANDS OF THE CITY BEG 567 FT
S AND 150 FT W OF NE COR OF SEC 28 RUN S 192.7 FT THENCE W
211 Fe N 192.7 FT E 211 FT TO FOB 28 37S 35E .93
2-28-37-35-OAOO-00028-A0HO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Floida
Names) in which assessed
MDC 1 LLC
Unle said certficate shall be redemed according to law, the property in
such certiicate slal be sold to the highest OIdder at the Okeechobe
Count. udidai Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Stet, Okeecho
bee, lida at 10:00 AkM., on the 10th day of September, 29
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, FlOrida
/s/ Robin R Pardsh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accord, e with the Amerans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special aommodetion to participate in this speeding should contact
Court Admnistraion no lator than seen days p tor rathe p'ding at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.437`
within two king days of your receipt of this nobce. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IMPARTED CALL .800 9558771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.9558770
3-8283 o- 8/7- 4,1 .28/09 _


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION MR TAX DEED
2009 D200
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LLC the hold of the Tl-
lowing certificate has filed said cerficate(s) for a tax deed to be issued
thereon The certificate number and year of ssnce, the escpt of
the property, and the nae(s) in which it w ae d ae as follows:
Cericate No: 376 Year omfIss e: Ju-01-2s007
Description of Property: LOT OF TRACT 9 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF NI/2
OFSt/2F/220E 01FPFTRACT09 1634S33E
1-16-34-33-1A00009-K000
Sad property being in the Countf Okeefhobe, State of Florida
Names) in which assesed:
ANDREW JOSEPH
DENISE TARREN
Unless said cert-cate shalt be redemed accoring to law, the proper i,
such certificate shall be od to the highest bdder at the Okehob

bee, Florida at 10:,00 A.M., on the O1th day of Seember, 209,
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OFCIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobe County, Florda

NOTICE REGARDING THE AERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the AReriIcns W"Ih DisblItIII Act, peg ns eedng a
0110 ddinte o na -n sevn y ptfls or to the 00di-a
sc0a0ccommodation toorN par ca n p should coon
250 NW Country Clb Dve, Pot S Lie, orida 34986, 772807370
w00in two Ieng days of your ecipt of this tce. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING INPARIED CALL 1.800.955 8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL



PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
LEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Councl of the City of e Okeehobee,
Fodda will o Tsday, September 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm. or as soon there-
after possible, at ty Hal, 55 SE 3 Ave., Okeehobee, FL conduct a PUB-
LIC HEARING on and thereabter to consider final reading of the following
Ord ce into law: NO. 1047: AN ORDINANCE CLOSING, VACAT-
ING AND ABANDONING A PORTION OF SOUTHWEST 1ETH
STREET, FROM SOUTHWEST 3RD AVENUE WESTWARD TO THE
DEAD-END, AS DESCRIBED HEREIN; RESERVING UNTO TE CITY
ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, A NONEXCLUSIVE EASEMENT
FOR PUBLIC UTILITIES PURPOSES; AND DIRECTING THE CITY
CLERK TO RECORD THE ORDINANCE IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE,
The odinae is regardingStreet Closing Applicaton No. 09-001-SC sub-
miLed by Ted Kekhner, on behalf f property owner Keith and GenIa Ar-
bogast The qst is to clo a portion of SW 15th St from SW 3rd Ave
.rtead to the deaI-end between Blocks 25 and 26, South Okeehobee
Subdivision according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Bok 5 Page
7, o the 01pubic rers for Okeehobee County, Fboida
All membe of the public a eouged to attend and participate in
id hrin pp d Ordi e be ipected in its entiy by
members of the public in the Office of the Oty erk during regular bi-
ess hours, Mon-F 8a-4:30pm, except for hoidays
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that 8 stenog0 ph0 eo0 b
a certified urt pter will be made of the foregoing meeng. According-
ly, any person who may seek to appeal any deson involving the matte
noticed heroin 5Ag be eponsible for okic a verbatm record of the testi-

00AoeafTo 0, 0o obin 00000 copyof agenda
In ac.rdan.e with the Amer8ans with Disabilities Act(ADA) of 190
peI needing special acommodatn to partipate in ths proeding
should contact the City Clerk's office at 63-763-3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamiotea CMC, City Cler"
331205 ON 8/21/09


NOTICE OF APPLICATIOON FOR TAX DEED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINDER VI LIC the holder of the fol-
"loing certlfica:e has fied said certificates) for a tax deed to be ised
thereon The certafcate number and year of issnce the descripten of
the property, and the nae(s) in which it w as d as e as follows:
CerifscateNo: 377 YearofIssae: Ju-01-2O7
Desoption of Property: LOTS AAND B OF TRACT 12 El/2 OF El/2 OF
N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 12 AND W1/2 OF El/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 12 17 34S 33E
1-17-34-33-0A000-OO12-A0I
Saidproperty being ain the County of Okeecohobe, State of Florida
Names) in which assessed:
DR SIRAJ AHMAD
SHAMA P AHMAD
Unless said ertiicate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
such certificate shall be .1d to the highest bI'der at the Okeehobee
County )udicl Center, u Asmbly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeho-
bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 10th day of SeptemberIi 200.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobe County, Florida
/ s/Robin R, Parsh

NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Ameri1ans W Disabitis Act, esns needing a
specI a mdaon topat ptcp s feeding should contact
Court Adminisratio no later than seven days por tohe proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Dve, Port St. Lie, Florida 34986, 1.772 807.4370
within two working days ofc your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
ING IPARIED CALL 1.800.958771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1,800.955.87701,1
328295 ON 8/7,14,21,28/09____________


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD154
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fo-
lowing Certificate has filed said eficate(s) for a tax deed to be issued
the n The cefiate number and yeaof ia th es pton of
the property, and the nae(s) in which it was as d are as folks :
Certifcte No: 2604 Year of Iuance June-01-007
Desiption of ppero SOUTHWEST ADDITION LOTS 3 456 AND 7
3-21-37-35.0170-00210-0030
Sd property being n the County of Okeechobee, State Florida
HNae(s) in which acssed:
CATHY ODOM
PAMMTRICIA DUNNE HELTON
WILLIAM B ODOM ESTATE
Unies aid certificate shal be deemed rdg to aw, the ppe y
such certificate shall be kl to the highest bidder at the Okechobe
CoU-nty Judial Center, Oury Assembl FRoom, 312 NW 3d Street, Okeecho-
be, Rorida at 10:00 A.M., on he 27th day of August, 29,
SUBJECTTO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Oechohoe County, o/0 da
s/ Robin R. Parish
mputy Derk
NO-lCE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILnTES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Ameins With Disabiites Act, persons ading
spia a1om nation to participate in this pro din should ant
Cort Adm tration later than seven days por to the poceeding at
250 NW Country Club Dre, Pot St Luie, Flodda 34986, 1 772,8074370
within two working das ofyo recept of ths notice, IF YOU ARE HEAR
ING IMPARIED CALL 1800.5.877; IF yOU ARE VOICE IMPARED CALL
L800.955.8770
330924 OM 8/21/09


NOTICE IS

HEREBY GIVEN:

Samuel D. Bagge Phiilip G. Hams Diana S. Sh ey
3401 SE 25th St 28650 NE 55th Ao 9750 Hwy 78 #31
Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL

Wiiamc B. Bacey Madyn M. Hward Jason C. Smith
Last kn adds: LaS t known address Last known adds:
1055 NW 110th St 3671 NW 8th Ave #1 3321 SE 34th Ave
Okeechbee, FL Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL

Natale N. Barr Terene 0 o Johnson L-eroy T onas, J
Last known adds: Last known addr-: Last known adds:
17350 NW 203rd Ave 2927 HE IIh Ln 7944 NW 95th Q
Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL

ek n add-i n ag knew. addpr; La known adds;
Caleb C. BlopL Osiol ui0o g et0 L v eashicgtoo

15526 NW 220dh St 1750 NE 207.h St 916 NE 13th Ave
Okeechobee, FL Okeehobe, I FL k0 0hobee0, FL

Recc E. CQraballo LiC L Mordo Larry B, Wea" r
Las known adds: Last known addr-: LaSt known adds:
330 SE Hwy 441 3980 SE 29Mh way 1012 S Parro Ave
Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee, FL

Frances E. Cnavez Thomas L. Paot Donna M. Whiire
Last k-n addes Lasi known addre; Lasi known adds;
492 NE 31st Way 855 NE 70d, Ae 3921 SE 28th St
Okoeehobee, FL OkCeechoee, FL Okechobee, FL

ar.roll N. Henry G. Hoof
Ls known address: Last known address:
208 N H 98 #1 6394 NW 151th Av
Okeechobee, FL OkeeUcobee, FL

You a hereby notfied tha your eligibility to vote is in question.,
You a reqrea ed to contact the Superor of Elecons, in
Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of this published notice to o receive the information regarding the
basis for your potetia, ine ibiity and he procedure to rne
0His matte Fal- torebrespoand may uo in a determination of
ineligibity y the Spevisor, and yor name will be removed from
the statewide voter registration system. If father assistance is
needed, plIea- ntact the Okeechobe County S0uperior of
Elections Office.
Puhosed one time in the Okeechobee News
Gwen Chandier Okeechobee County Supeisor of Electons
307 NW 2nd Street OLkeechobee, Honda, 34972
(853) 7634014

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Okeechobee News


Hargraves returns as softball coach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
What a difference 24 hours can make.
Kim Hargraves, told she would not be
retained as Brahman softball coach on Tues-
day by Okeechobee High School Officials,
was reinstated on Wednesday.
Hargraves met with High School Princi-
pal Toni Wiersma and School Superinten-
dent Dr. Patricia Cooper late Wednesday
afternoon and approved a plan that allows
Heather Stillians to take over more of the ad-
ministrative duties.
"They really did feel that things going on
in the program are very good. In the past I've
had to deal with everything when it comes
to this. Some of those issues have been al-
leviated for me. I'll be allowed to coach and
be on the field more. That is where I want to
be," she said.
Hargraves has a 141-67 record and two
district titles as a coach in her eight seasons
at the helm. She also won a district title as a


Brahman player and went on to earn a col-
lege scholarship.
She also runs the local Firestix softball
program and coaches a travel ball team in
the off season. She stated that 16 of her play-
ers have earned college scholarships.
"It's a good situation. It's a great situation
for the school because they are continuing
continuity of their program. It's also great
for the kids. A lot of them were wondering
about the impacts. Everyone was pretty ex-
cited about the news," she said.
Hargraves said when news broke that
she would not be retained, she got a lot of
calls of support. She said she appreciated
the community support over the years.
"That showed me where I need to be,"
she said. "My heart and soul is here. A few
weeks ago I said to myself I'm going to put
this in the Lord's hands and whatever hap-
pens, happens. Tonight showed us this is
where I need to be."
After Tuesday's meeting, Hargraves said
--------- she ran through a


gamut of emotions. She noted it would have
been tough to walk away from the program
she built up to statewide prominence.
"This is like my kid. This program has
been one of my kids for the last eight years.
I have poured everything I got into this pro-
gram for the last eight years. I don't think
anybody can deny me that. When I was
faced with the fact with stepping away from
it, it was definitely heart breaking," she said.
Hargraves returns a strong group of vet-
erans as there were no seniors on last year's
squad. The team is likely to compete with
Jensen Beach and a rejuvenated Suncoast
for a championship this spring. "I really have
to thank the community," she said. "They re-
ally have stood up and fought very hard for
what they believe in. I look forward to mov-
ing forward and continuing my plans. We
are all very excited."


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