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Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
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School union voting on contract
By Charles M. Murphy "We are very pleased. When guage that we agreed to that I noted many teachers have to work
Okeechobee News you're able to give a raise during think any bargaining unit will find at home at night and weekends.
Okeechobee School union these economic times, everyone offensive. We tried to do a good, The school board will not
members vote Monday on a pro- should be excited about that," he fair job in the language. I certainly schedule more than four meetings
posed three year deal that ad- said. hope they are happy, as happy as per month for teachers. They also
dresses teacher concerns about Lot of districts froze and cut we are," he said. designated a planning day, the
more planning time, increases salaries this year in Florida. Ken- Planning time was a big issue day of open house, and two one
supplements for coaches, and worthy said Okeechobee Schools at the bargaining table this year. half days for teacher planning and
adds one step to everyone's salary were frugal over the past few years On that issue, the district and the preparation.
schedule, and had a little money left over. He union both compromised. Mr In the deal, the District agree
Assistant Superintendent Ken predicted a positive vote from the Kenworthy said the district rec- locate an additional $70,000 given
Kenworthy said every employee union Monday. ognizes that additional burdens to the budget for supplements this
will see at least a 2 percent raise "I certainly hope so. There's are placed on teachers every year,
this year under terms of this deal. nothing really in any of the lan- many times by the legislature. He See CONTRACT Page 17

Farmers honored: Agriculture CARES

Annual dinner honors local producers


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Earl and Phoebe Raulerson were honored for two properties
they own, the Raulerson Home Place, and the Raulerson Lof-
ton Place. Also in the photo are Frankie Lane of the Florida
Farm Bureau, Mike Sole, Florida DEP secretary, and Florida
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson.
By Charles M. Murphy The recipients this year in-
Okeechobee News eluded the Pines Ranch, Corner-
The second annual Northern stone Farms, Ray Parker, Karlson's
T s and Estuaries Alli- Ranch, Raulerson and Sons, Ken-
.. a Recognitio dinn nedy Farms in Platt's Bluff and
- Recognition dinner LambIsland,the101Ranch,Can-
Thursday night honored 20 local Lamb Island, the Fo101 Ranch, Can
agriculture operations for the par- Hgh Horse Ranch, Far Bluff, LTD,
State environmental Coker Cattle, Hook-R Ranch, David

Charles Murpny
Danny and Marcia Candler were honored from the Candler
Ranch at Thursday's dinner. Also in the picture are (L-r) Frankie
Hall of the Florida Farm Bureau, Mike Sole, Secretary of the
Florida DEP and Florida Ag. Commissioner Charles Bronson.

Williams Ranch, Raulerson Home
Place and Raulerson Lofton Place,
McArthur Farms Barn #3, the Ful-
ford Dixie Ranch, and the Fulford
Micco Ranch.
State Representative Denise
Grimsley of Lake Placid praised
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Elderly woman killed in crash

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A 77-year-old Okeechobee woman was
killed Friday, Oct. 9, in a two-vehicle collision
at the intersection of S.R. 70 West and U.S.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), Janet A. Maddock was pronounced
dead at the scene of the 9 a.m. accident.
In an FHP report by Trooper Corporal
Robert G. Leatherow a 1995 Oldsmobile au-
tomobile entered the intersection and failed to
yield the right of way to Kenneth David Olson,
26, of West Palm Beach. Mr Olson was west -
bound on S.R. 70 and was in the outside lane
when the Oldsmobile, driven by Esther Mae
Carstensen, 79, of Okeechobee, attempted a ft*
left turn onto U.S. 98.
The 2006 Toyota Tundra driven by Mr. 01O
son struck the right side of the Oldsmobile .-
with its right front. Neither Mr. Olson nor the .
passenger in his pickup-Robin L. Dickstein,
46, of Royal Palm Beach-were injured. Okeechoo Nows/Eric Kopp
Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeecho A 77-year-old Okeechobee woman was killed in this two-vehicle crash on S.R.
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), said both 70 W. at its intersection with U.S. 98 Friday, Oct. 9. According to a Florida High-
vehicles had a solid green light way Patrol report, the white 1995 Oldsmobile attempted a left-hand turn onto
Ms. Maddock was seated in the back seat U.S. 98 around 9 a.m. and was struck in the right side by a 2006 Toyota pickup
and on the passenger side of the automobile, truck. The report states that the driver of the car, Esther Mae Carstensen, "vio-
said the detective lated the right of way" of the pickup.
Cpl. Leatherow's report indicates that Ms.
CarstensenwastakentoRaulersonHospital by helicopter to Lawnwood Regional Medical or not Ms. Maddock was using her seat belt
ambulance and listed her injuries as minor Center in Fort Pierce. The FHP report lists her is under investigation. All of the other people
Another passenger in the car-Marilyn S. condition as critical, involved were wearing seat belts, stated the
Zody 68, of Okeechobee-was airlifted by The trooper's report indicates that whether report.


October 11, 2009

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Report: woman robbed of cash, pills

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was arrested on
a felony charge of armed robbery after be-
ing accused of taking cash and prescription
pills from another woman at knifepoint.
Elicia Jean Herron, 28, S.E. 21st Court,
was also arrested Thursday, Oct. 8, on a mis-
demeanor charge of theft. She was booked

Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Dewey Alton Lightsey, 33, S.E. 59th
Circle, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 8 by
Deputy Matthew Hurst on warrant charging
him with violation of probation aggravated
battery. He is being held without bond.
Pedro A. Alaniz, 28, N.W. 160th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 8 by Deputy
Matthew Hurst on a felony charge of driving
while license suspended with knowledge -
habitual offender. He was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law

into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond
of $30,000.
An arrest report by Dep-
uty Max Waldron, of the
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), states
that Herron and another
woman were at the home Elicia Jean
of a mutual acquaintance Herron

enforcement officer without violence. His
bond was set at $10,500.
Victor Ugo Ayala, 23, N.W. 34th Ave.,
was arrested Oct. 8 by Deputy Corporal Aric
Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with criminal mischief $ 1,000
or more. His bond was set at $500.
William Edwards, 49, N.E. 10th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 8 by Deputy
Lieutenant Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with amended
violation of probation driving under the in-
fluence. He is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following I^ I
people are among i
Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons. .
There are active war-Io
rants for each of them.
The criteria for mak-
ing Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five
is based on the sever- Reed Ashton Huber Ambriz Iva Jet
ity of the crime in con- Hair Sierra Maya
junction with the age of County Charge D
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If you have any information on the where- Huber Ambriz S
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around 1 p.m. when the incident occurred.
The report states Herron approached the
woman and put a knife to her throat. She
then took an estimated $100 to $150 in cash
from the woman's wallet, as well as a bottle
of 30mg oxycodone pills. The deputy said
the victim had a prescription for the painkill-
According to the report the knife was not
The report does not indicate if the money
allegedly stolen from the woman was ever
recovered, or if she was injured.

Substance abuse
group plans ceremony
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Co-
alition will host their third annual Narcot-
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(N.O.P.E.) ceremony at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center, U.S. 98 N., on Thurs-
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where How would the Olympics have been
it is quicker and easier to share your good for anyone other than Chicago? Every-
ideas and converse with others. Go to one here and everywhere else will still be in, click on the corn- the same fix they are in right now.
munity name and your local or state Even the most pessimistic forecast of
Public Forum. There, you can create income derived directly from having hosted
new topics or comment on existing the Olympics is $4.4 billion with the pos-
topics. What follows is a sampling of sible cost of up to $500 million to taxpayers.
topis sWhy would it have
some of the discussions currently tak- been good for our
ing place. Thanks for participating! country? Because
our countrymen and
Duck season women in Chicago
We are overrun with Muscovy ducks would have benefit-
on Taylor Creek. They are multiplying faster ed. When one of us
than ever due in part to a couple of misguid- benefits don'twe all?
ed individuals who insist on feeding them. Are they not Ameri-
It is not a kindness to feed birds in a place cans too?
where food is already plentiful. It makes Don't forget the
them dependent on you. The Muscovy increase in positive
ducks range through neighbors' yards def- world view from the
eating in abundance on decks, walks and Olympics. It reminds people of the culture
boats. I hope these individuals will wise up, here and really would represent our best face
think of their neighbors, the welfare of the forward to the rest of the world. I doubt you
ducks, and please stop feeding them. would find anyone who would say China
suffered from a declining world view when
U.S.A. upset over they hosted the Olympics. In fact, much was
loss of Olympic bid? made about the progress that was made
and how it was sort of a coming out to the
Local residents seldom benefit from the rest of the world. You have to think that it
profits of the Games. In fact displacing people would positively benefit tourism in general
is an almost accepted part. In Seoul, Atlanta, in the long run from that perspective. That
S y d ne y benefits the entire country in addition to the
and Salt host city.
t h o u 2020 Olympics right here in Chobee town
sands oforr USA. We have plenty of open space. We are
families within driving distance of many major cit-
were dis- ies. Visitors can also take a ride to Disney,
placed Universal, Busch Gardens, Seaworld on their
f r o m downtime. With all the income that this sup-
their low income homes to make way for posedly generates, we can have the highest
the influx of visitors. The same happened paid police & sheriffs departments. The Fire
on a massive scale in Beijing. And money departments can get their new trucks with
is not always guaranteed. The taxpayers of a gigantic raise. Every one can get a raise!
Montreal just recently completed paying for Maybe we would finally, actually get some
the $1 billion dollar loss of the 1976 Oym- drinking water that we could DRINK with all
pics, Sydney in 2000 spent $3.4 billion on this extra money just floating around.
the Olympics while Athens 2004 Olympics I'm not upset over the loosing of the
cost no less than 9 billion (euro), some ese bid. We have had our chances to host, and I
timating 13 billion (euro). Even with these think Rio deserves to host. At least with Rio
huge costs, profits have been made, and thosink Rio deserves to host. At least with Rio
are possible. But there are so many con- hosting it will be in our time zone, and we
flicting reports it is difficult to be accurate. can see things live with out having to be up
Because of the many and varying costs, it is at 3a.m. I am hoping that by 2016 we will be
extremely difficult to calculate the financial well out of this economic mess we are in.
merits, or otherwise, of any particular Olym- I am not disappointed. With all of the
pic Games. problems we have in this country right now,

I think it is just as well that we didn't get the
Olympic bid. Besides, the U.S. has had the
Olympics more often in the past than any
other country. We should be gracious and
let other countries have a chance to host it.
Since the modern Olympic Games began in
1896, the United States has hosted a total
of eight games. France has hosted five and
Germany, Italy and Japan have each hosted
three games. Canada and the United King-
dom will host their third games in 2010 and
2012 respectively. Other countries have only
hosted once or twice. We've already had
eight turns as host country when there are
countries who haven't even had one turn.
Don't you think people in the other countries
resent the U.S. over that? The 2016 games in
Rio will be the first time a South American
country got to host the games.
Think about all of the countries in the
world. The United States had the Olympics
in 2000. Why would anyone expect us to
get it again so soon when there are so many
other countries in the world who also want
to host it? Chicago's bid for the Olympics
was a long shot at best. Had it not been
for the president and the first lady going to
Europe to lobby the Olympic committee,
the selection of the 2016 Olympics host city
would have just been a one-line mention on
the news. It seems a little arrogant for Amer-
icans to think that we should get to host the
Olympics again so soon. We already had
eight turns. Of course they should give it to a
country that hasn't even had one turn yet.

My family really enjoyed the Halloween
festival at the Agri-Civic Center last year. I
hope they hold it again. But seriously, if you
enjoy taking your kids to the festival you
should support it by donating at least one
bag of candy so they have lots to give out. If
you stayed at home and had trick or treaters,
you would have to buy more than one bag
of candy.
I enjoy seeing the trick or treaters from
my neighborhood at my house, but I do not
think it is right when people from all over the
county dump their kids in my area. Just be-
cause there are a lot of houses on my street
does not mean we can afford to buy candy
for hundreds of kids from all over. I think
folks should stay in your own neighborhood
or go to the county party.
Trick or treat seems to have faded. I let
my kids trick or treat just a few houses on

our street -- just people we are friends with.
When I was a kid, we were only allowed to
go to houses of people we knew and I think
that is a smart way to keep it. It's just a bad
idea to teach children that it is ever a good
idea to go knocking on the doors of people
you don't know.

One nation under God
In response to the comment about the
man who was threatened that he would be
fired if he wore his "one nation under God
button," I wish the person would let us
know what happened. Did he wear the but-
ton again? Was he fired? I think Freedom of
Speech should cover wearing a button that
says "one nation under God." After all, that
is part of our Pledge of Allegiance. No one
should object to a person wearing a sign that
is part of the national Pledge of Allegiance.

Emergency services
I feel that any time the county equip-
ment is being used for anything but official
county business it is inappropriate use of
county property. If it's ok to do, can I borrow
a off-road fire truck so I burn some woods
or maybe a tractor so I can cut my grass?
The county property should only be used for
official county business. The Taxpayers are
paying for it.
p If a cop is dropping off a child at school
on his way to work or picking up something
at the grocery store on his way home from
work, I see no problem with that. It would
be silly to drive home, get the personal ve-
hicle and drive back to the store when he is
going right past it on his way home anyway.
It's not a big detour that takes a lot of gas.
But if the deputy is using a county vehicle
to run personal errands when he is off duty,
that I have a problem with it. If he is not on
duty, he should not be driving the car, ex-
cept to have it washed or serviced. I think
the deputies should take the cars home so
that they have the car if they get called in to
help with an emergency situation. We have
a pretty small department and people not on
the schedule sometimes are called in.
It's my understanding that a deputy or
city police Officer, when in his vehicle, is
available for duty. He or she cannot safely
respond if they have a dependant or civilian
with them. Picking up groceries or dropping
off laundry would not be a problem.

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October 11, 2009

Reflections from the Pulpit

Okeechobee News

By Rev. Calvin H. Fryar
Pastor, Brighton Baptist Church
Shields of Brass
"And it came to pass in the fifth year of King
Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came
up against Jerusalem: And he took away the
treasures of the house of the LORD, and the
treasures of the King's house; he even took
away all and he took away all the shield of
gold which Solomon had made. And King Re-
hoboam made in their stead brazen shields,
and committed them unto the hands of the
chief of the guard, which kept the door of the
king's house. And it was so, when the king
went into the house of the LORD, that the
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The shields of gold were not meant to be
used for war they had a special mission. The
golden shields were brought out only when
the king went up to the temple to worship.
The guards would form a double line and hold
the shields to form a gold enclosed pathway
for the king as he went up to worship. There
were 300 of them. No wonder the Queen of
Sheba marveled at the glory and splendor of

Solomon entering the temple to worship. But
now, how sad, the gold was gone ..,,.i ii.
substituted brass instead. But no i,.i .i
brass could ever replace the golden ones. The
gold represented the king's presence in the
temple. Since his entry into the temple was a
special event, the golden shields were brought
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golden shields. The gold was lost; therefore,
they substituted brass.
America has enjoyed the gold of the King's
presence. In the i,,,,i ",. of our founding fa-
thers, the center i i, township was the
church. The first schools they built were to
teach the citizens to read the Bible and to
train clergy in the Word of God. That is why
most Americans do not wish their schools and
churches to be taxed. The name "Shishak"
means "greedy." Greed has attempted to rob
America if its true gold the Word of God. I
am convinced that without it we would have
no America as we know it today. And I am not

Benjamin Franklin stood up, when the

Continental Congress reached an impasse,
and said, "We have been assured, sir, in the
Sacred Writing, that except the Lord build
the house, they labor in vain that build it." He
called them to prayer and reminded them that
without God's approval we were no different
than the builders of Babel.

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S;. evil people to carry the gold of our
,,l. ... Christ away, and in its place, they are
substituting brass, Therefore, I ask, "Have we
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gold of His presence we have only the brass of
judgment. I believe God's judgment is about
to fall on America.
D. James Kennedy relates, "At our Sunday
evening service a few years ago, a missionary
to Russia told of a most interesting event that
took place a year before the disunion of the
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Community Calendar

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be
an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee meets
the second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at
the entrance to Okee-Tantie Camp Grounds. We
are seeking new members who are, "Semper
Paratus Always Ready."
For information call 863-824-7623
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bin-
go will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.VP to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys sing-
ing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, con-
tact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee
will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The meeting is
open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per per-
son, and $12 for a family. For information, call Eve
at 863-467-2674, or, visit their web site at http://
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter
in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle
Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on
Monday from 10 a.m. until 3 p m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm wel-
come to any interested persons to come by and
see what they are about. For information call 863-
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on
Road 78 on the second Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come as a guest and in-
quire about membership. Do get your safe boat-
ing certification. Call to enroll for course or to in-
quire about membership 863-763-0165.
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday eve-

ning at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger #1,
meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information please
call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg
Gernat 863-697-9915
Freedom Ranch AI-Anon meets every
Tuesday and is open to all who deal with
someone with addictions. There is sup-
port with this epidemic. The meetings are
Tuesday at 7 p.m. atthe Freedom Ranch,
11655 Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-
467-8683 for questions or concerns.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition
meets the second Tuesday of the month, at 11:30
a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, lunch
is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous has
moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave at 7 p.m. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, Call Maureen Budjinski at
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now
an A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30
p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren Church on
700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee
will meet atthe Grace Christian Church Fellowship
Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone currently home
schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-
6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
AI-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson
at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in

finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-
261-5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible studyatthe LivingWord of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and infor-
mative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition
meets every second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church. For information
contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets
on the first and third Tuesday at 401 S.W. Fourth
Street at First Baptist Church and on the second
and fourth Tuesday at Red Cross from 6.30 until
8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support
or someone just to care are welcome. For infor-
mation call the hot line 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club The only requirement for member-
ship is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For
more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
The First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St., will be hosting God's Time --a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and drug
related problems at 6 p.m. For information call

high school in Moscow. On the appointed day
and hour he appeared with the edition of the
Bible which was being given away. It was sim-
ply entitled "The Book."
"The principle, a man of medium height,
stocky shoulders, square jaw, short-cropped
hair, steely grey eyes, and the look of a KGB
colonel, greeted him politely. When the mis-
sionary handed him "The Book" he said,
'Thank you for this book on religion, I have
been thinking about possibly teaching a
course on religions next year, and I'm sure this
would prove to be helpful.'
"The missionary replied, 'Excuse me, sir,
there seems to be some misunderstanding.
This is not a book on religion. This is a Bible'
The man's eyes opened wide in amazement
and he said, 'A Bible, a Bible!' He clasped it
to his breast and said 'A Bible!' We were once
a great Christian nation, but we turned our
backs upon God, and we have destroyed our-
selves.'" D. James Kennedy
When the king is present the golden joy
will return to our land. God has blessed Amer-
ica and He will bless her again if we return to
Him. Tucked away in an Old Testament story
is the statement "And the Lord blessed the
house of Obed-edom, and all that he had."
(I Chronicles 13:14) If we ask about the basis
of that blessing, we find it explained simply
by the fact that Obed-edom had opened his
home to the ark of the covenant of Jehovah.
That ark, of course, was a symbol and sign of
God's presence with His people. Indeed it was
more: in the Tabernacle typology it was the
throne of the Lord. And Obed-edom opened
his house for the throne of Jehovah. No won-
der God blessed Him! "Prairie Overcomer"

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Community Events

Eastern Star to
host fall breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star, will hold their first break-
fast of the season on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the
Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Avenue. The
cost is $6 per person and the menu includes
biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs,
grits, ham, hashbrown casserole, coffee and
juice. For information, contact Rick Ells-
worth at 863-467-2096 or Mary Ann Holt at

Pink Out Night at OHS
OHS Brahman Football Fans are invited
to attend "Pink Out" Night on Friday, Oct.
30, in honor of Breast Cancer survivors and
Breast Cancer Awareness Month at pre-game
festivities. The event is sponsored by OHS
Football; OHS Band and OHS Cheerleaders.
Please call 863-634-4054 if you are a breast
cancer survivor. We will be recognizing local
survivors during the program.

Main Street plans mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's October
Mixer will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
This month's mixer will be hosted by the
Okeechobee Branch of First Bank and Trust
of Indiantown located at 205 East North Park
Street from 5 -7 p.m. Whether you have a
new or old business or just new to Okeecho-
bee, come enjoy networking, refreshments,
door prizes and a chance at the Mega 50-50.
For information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Chamber plans me
There will be a general n
cheon meeting for Chambe
guests on Oct. 14, noon at
ral. The guest speaker for t
be Florida Blood Centers.

Raisin 'Em Right C
The next meeting of the
right club will be held at t
Extension Office on Oct. 15
would like more information
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Red Cross offers classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in October:
Wednesday, Oct. 14, Infant/Child
CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 19 First Aid Basics at 6
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

eting Dance team to host
membership lun- 'Spaghetti' fundraiser
r members and 'S g t
the Golden Cor- Leslie's Dance Studio/Competition Team
he meeting will will hold a fund raiser spaghetti lunch with
meat sauce, tossed salad, roll and home-
made brownies for the donation of $7. De-
lub meets livery is "FREE" from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct.
lub meets 19 or you can pick up your orders for lunch
4-H Raisin 'em in the office at Church of Our Saviour, 200
he Okeechobee N.W 3rd Street. If you are interested, you
, at 7 p.m. If you can place your orders) by Oct. 15, by call-
n on this group, ing Jill at 863-484-0908 or Shannon Wofford
at 863-634-9369.

Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at

James C. Cornette, 71
OKEECHOBEE Mr. James C. Cornette,
passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009, in Han-
rick Home Hospice of Okeechobee. He was 71.
He was born Janu-
ary 6, 1938, in Madi-
sonville, Ky., to the
late Jack Cornette
and Maude Eliza-
beth Carey Cornette.
Mr. Cornette was a
produce manager at
Winn Dixie for 34
He was also pre-
ceded in death by
five sisters, Helen
Scott, Ge-
neva Gish, Ruby Barrett, Betty Perry
and Mary Agnes Cornette; and one brother, Wil-
liam Ray Cornette.
He is survived by one brother, Robert Cornette
of Madisonville, Ky.; on sister, Virginia Foreman
of Madisonville, Ky.; and several nieces and
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday, October
9, 2009, at the Barnett-Strother Funeral Home,
with Rev. Tundra Daugherty officiating. Burial to
follow in Cherry Grove Cemetery in Weir, Ky.
Visitation was from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Friday
at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Jeff Ford, Jason Ford, Leroy
Ford, Kenneth Foreman, Jimmy Stokes and
Gene Johnson.
Memorial contributions may take the form of
donation to Hospice of Okeechobee.
Online condolences may be made to the fami-
ly at

Considering adoption?
Please join the Children's Home Society of
Florida at our monthly Adoption Orientation
session to be held at the Early Learning Co-
alition of St. Lucie County, 804 S. Sixth Street,
Fort Pierce, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thurs-
day, Oct. 22. Anyone interested in learning
more about adoption is invited to attend this
fun, casual and FREE open house-style ori-
entation event. The session will provide an
overview of foster care adoption and answer
all questions related to adoption and CHS'
adoption process. Ffor more information,
contact Children's Home Society's Adoption
Information line at 772-489-5601, ext. 277 or


Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Otine Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,

In Loving Mvmorg

James "Jimbo" Thomas Gainer, Sr.
you never said you were leaving
you never said goodbyee"
you were gone before we knew it
and only God knows why.
1f million times we eried
If love alone could
have saved you,
you never would have died
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still
In our hearts you had a speelal place
That no one glse could fill
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone,
for part of us went with you
The day God took you home.
We love and miss you
Becky, Robbie, Bubba, Heath, Justin,
Damian, Ady, Brittany, Family & Friends

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Farmers honored
DEP Secretary Mike Sole, David St.
Pierre of Cornerstone Farms, and
Agriculture Commissioner Charles
Bronson (left to right) were among
those at the CARES dinner and cel-
ebration at the Agri-Civic Center on

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day's CARES dinner at the Agri-Civic Center. Also in the picture are (1-r)
Frankie Hall of the Florida Farm Bureau, Mike Sole, Secretary of the Florida
DEP, and Florida Ag. Commissioner Charles Bronson.

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

October 5 and 6, 2009
Breaking $42.00 $43 00
Cutter $37.00 $45.00
Canner $33.00 $38.00
1000-1500 $4500 $5400
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Feeder calves were fairly steady
this week. Some classes a little
higher, some lower, so overall
steady. Quality of calves was up
and down, also, slaughter cows
and bulls were down about
$1-2 but quality was down,
also. Jess Wolff topped the calf
market with i i i -,
boughtby(.,,, .'1i 1 iL ,,
son #4 topped the cow market
with a high of 44.50, bought by
Bred heifer sale Oct. 9; Gra-
ham Angus Bull sale Oct. 16;
Lemmon Angus bull sale Oct.
23; and Little Creek Brangus
bull sale Oct. 30.
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Special to the Okeechobee News/SES

Students of the Week
South Elementary Students of the week for the week of Oct. 9, Include:
Robert Hicks, Mason Boney, Matthew Heaton, Sabine Guerra-Rios, Yasmin
Medina, Jael Gomez, Raquel Todd, Kaitlyn Williams, Jadene Garcia, Adrian
Gomez, Jesus Denova, Keegan Sarros, Mario Pineda, Saira Sandoval, Jared
Phares, Kaitlyn Land, Alaysia Hart and Arnoldo Martinez.

In the Military...

Local resident graduates
basic training
Army Pvt. Patricia S. Sulzer has graduated
from basic combat training at Fort Jackson,
Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of
training, Pvt. Sulzer studied the Army mission,
history, tradition and core values, physical fit-
ness, and received instruction and practice in
basic combat skills, military weapons, chemi-
cal warfare and bayonet training, drill and cer-
emony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed
and unarmed combat, map reading, field tac-
tics, military courtesy, military justice system,
basic first aid, foot marches, and field training
Ms. Sulzer is the daughter of Tammy Nor-
wood of S.E. U.S. Highway 441, Okeechobee.

Early release days
The 2009-10 school calendar contains 4
days which have been designated as Student
Early Release Days. The early release is for stu-
dents only. Employees will work the regular
school day hour Ti, 11,,. i,,
to provide time i -
planning, attend training, and conduct parent
conferences. The Student Early Release Days
SFr i. 4, 2009, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010,
... ii i. i ,i 30, 2010. School hours for
these days will be: Elementary Schools: 8:10-
11:30 a.m.; Middle Schools: 8:55 a.m.-12:10
p.m.; Freshman Campus and New Endeavor:
7:15- 10:30 a.m.; Okeechobee High School:
7:08-10:45 a.m. Students will be fed a light

Parents may pick up students at the Early Re-
lease dismissal times.


OHS golf teams continue to win

OHS volleyball team

beats Clewiston

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's volleyball
team defeated Clewiston for the second time
this year when the two teams met Thursday
night at Clewiston High School.
Okeechobee won 25- 1, 25-12, and 25-14
and again liberally used all of the players on
the roster.
Paige McCrary led the way with 11 kills
and five blocks at the net. Senior Monica
Koger had two service aces, and eight kills
for Okeechobee (15-8).
Okeechobee has a big game next Tues-
day night when they visit district contender
Suncoast. Okeechobee returns home for a
match with Glades Day next Thursday night.


OHS volleyball team member Janez-
zka Koger had 13 service points in the
first game Tuesday.

Recycle your soccer cleats
The Okeechobee County Parks &
Recreation Department is accepting dona-
tions of soccer cleats and shin guards to
help those who need a pair. Clean out your
closest of any old or outgrown soccer cleats
(in decent condition) and bring them to the
Recreation Department at 640 N.W. 27th
Lane (Sports Complex) between 8:30-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday on or before Oct. 16. If you
need a pair of cleats or shin guards and
would like to swap your outgrown ones, we'd
love to help! For more information, call the
Recreation Department at 863-763-6950.

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OHS Volleyball Team member Brittany
Freeman warms up with a dig before
Tuesday's match with Fort Pierce Cen-

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School Boys and Girls
Golf teams won recent matches played in
St. Lucie County.
The boys team defeated Port St. Lucie
for the second time in three days. They
continued to use some of the reserve golf-
ers to give their starters a chance to prac-
tice and refine their game.
Okeechobee shot 169 while Port St.
Lucie shot 174 at the Saints Country Club.
Okeechobee (10-4-1) got a three over par
39 from Tony Devoss, a 42 from Austin
Hamilton, a 42 from Tyler Finney, and a 46
from Justin Morgan.
Okeechobee had defeated PSL handily

,i .*. 1, it the Okeechobee Golf and
The girls squad won their third and
fourth matches of the year in a three
team match at Indian Hills Country Club.
Okeechobee shot 204 to easily defeat St.
Lucie West Centennial 225, and Fort Pierce
.. 1 1.. ., 'with a 46, Kai-
ley I .1 I. I i '..i Raulerson shot
53, ...i .. i ,,r i I on the par 36
The girls' squad is scheduled to host
Lake Placid on Monday at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. The boy's squad
visits Jensen Beach and South Fork next

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Students of the Week
Students from Everglades Elementary Students of the Week were selected
for the week of Oct. 5-9. Students named for achieving excellence include:
Kindergarteners, Ahdonna Harper, Riley Carver, Yadhira Yanez-Martines;
first graders, Pedro Estrada, Seaira Jones, Fernando Meza, Maria Castane-
da; second grade students, Kolby Yingling, Travis McKenna, Mikayla Moon,
Donald Padgett, Molly Hudson, Tia McCoy; third graders, Jennifer Agui-
lar, Danielle Tribbitt, Emily Hernandez, Colton Leppert, Ariel Eason, Peria
Contreres, Jesus Cedillo; fourth graders, Rosa Chavez, Marissa Delacruz,
Ashley Weikert, Kylie Ramirez, Rebecca Starnes and fifth grade students,
Adrian Gonzalez-Garcia, Marcelo Rodriguez, Cole Tingle, Zeleste Orozco,
and Brooke Arnold. Congratulations!

Special to the Okeechobee News/YMS
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Yearling Middle School students selected as students of the week for the
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The youth of Westside Christian Church recently honored their pastor, Rev.
Richard Barker, with a skit portraying all the roles there he has played. They are,
left to right, front row, Treyvin Harden, Megan Vickers, Devin Harden, Layla Gau-
cin, Sophia Galletto; back row, Mitchell Gaucin, Garrett Ferguson, Cory Vickers,
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reflecting all the many roles their preacher
has played. The script, written and narrated
by Carol Dorrel, drew applause and laughter
from the congregation. A fellowship dinner
followed the morning worship service.

March of Dimes
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for their annual fundraising campaign
to benefit the March of Dimes. River-
side will have a drawing for a 32" Flat
Screen T.V. with a retail value of $649,
courtesy of Buddy's Home Furnishings.
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A property that has been in violation, off
and on, for many years will come before
the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement
Board again.
Marvin Brantley has been asked to ap-
pear before the board on Tuesday night to
answer charges of having junk and creating
a public nuisance on his 1905 S. Parrott Ave.
property. Mr. Brantley has been battling the
city for many years over the operation of his
junk yard.
The board is also scheduled to hear six
other cases all dealing with general clean-
ing and beautification. Arthur Davis was
cited because of the condition of his NW

Special to the Okeechobee News/North
Students in grades 1-5 at North
Elementary School voted for their
Student Council officers with the
help of the Okeechobee County
Supervisor of Elections office last
week. Students cast ballots using
the actual voting machines used in
our municipal, state, and national
elections. The students loved us-
ing the ballots and machines, and
the teachers loved seeing the new-
found sense of civic responsibility
in their students!

ABWA announce guest speaker
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter's
Fall Enrollment Event's guest speaker will be
Marnie Lauter, Mktg Director for Raulerson
Hospital. She will address the new features
and programs at Raulerson. Meet at Clock
Family Restaurant at noon on Oct. 22. Call
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What: Monthly meeting of the City of
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When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
Where: City Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 SE Third Ave.
Seventh Street property. According to code
enforcement officers. N & A Real Estate, Inc
has two properties not in compliance on NE
4th street and NE 6th Avenue. The SW Sec-
ond Street property of Atlantic Aggressive
Growth Co. was cited for code violations as
well as the NE 11th Street property of Church
of God by Faith. Okeechobee FL Properties'
S. Parrott Avenue property also faces charg-
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Kiwanis Club
At the Oct. 8, Kiwanis meeting from
left to right are: Brian Cartland, ex-
ecutive director of the Okeechobee
Economic Development Council and
the speaker; Maureen Burroughs,
Kiwanis member, who presented
the speaker; and Greg Thogersen,
vice president of the Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Cartland spoke about Econom-
ic Development and the fact that
Okeechobee has strong tourism
and Is an agricultural community
which does interest businesses to
locate here. He is working on one
project to entice an Industrial Use
business to locate In Okeechobee
which will offer 50 new jobs to the
area. He is also working with local
businesses to help them with differ-
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to diversify and grow their business
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Okeechobee News
The Sportsman's Edge is the place for
one stop shopping for all your hunting and
fishing needs. Owner Donna Durand keeps
a good stock of all types of ammunition as
well as points for hunting arrows and other
bow hunting equipment.
In addition you will find binoculars,
scopes, two way radios, hunting knives,
turkey calls and gun cases. To brush up on
your hunting skills, there is a variety of hunt-
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For the fisherman they have all types of
fishing tackle, tackle boxes and name brand
fishing rods. The gator hunters are not left
out, either. The Sportsman's Edge has an as-
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an outdoors flavor. It is the place to go to
find prints of wildlife scenes and outdoor
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The hours are: Monday through Friday, 8
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Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sportsman's
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ing part. There were 400 farm operations
honored across the state since 2001. He pre-
dicted those numbers will triple in the next
Benita Whalen of the South Florida Water
Management District praised the land own-
ers for taking part in best management prac-
tices and other programs, "We can't make
the progress were making without the land
The New Director of the Okeechobee
Connerative Extension. Pat Hoile told the


crowd that agriculture is still the foundation
of Okeechobee and of Florida, "We contin-
ue to evaluate best management practices
and we sincerely congratulate all the award
winners, past and present. They are the real
stewards of the land," he said.
Jeff Schmidt of the Natural Resources
Conservation Service said the past few years
have been trying economic times for farm-
ers. He said many farms are still opting to
spend a lot of money on environmental
programs, "The last few years have been
difficult. Many times farmers have been sub-
jected to social ridicule," he said.
Michael Sole, Secretary of the Florida De-
partment of Environmental Protection told


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Bob Rydzewski, of McArthur Farms Barn #3 is honored
at Thursday's CARES Dinner. Also in the picture are Mike
Sole, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (on left) and Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Charles Bronson (on right).

the crowd that a stable agriculture is very
important to him. He noted now is the time
to band together as Washington D.C. has
prioritized water quality programs. "We will
look at best management practices and do
the best we can to improve water quality. I
thank you for your leadership role."
FloridaAgriculture Commissioner Charles
Bronson said agriculture is doing a good job
in providing cleaner air and water to Florid-
ians. He recommended that agriculture op-
erations encourage more farmers to join the
effort, "It shows that agriculture is going the
extra mile to do the right thing."
Bronson also praised the Future Farmers
of America Chapter in Okeechobee for their

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Ed Pines of Pines Ranch is honored for outstanding en-
vironmental stewardship. Also in picture are (L-r) Frankie
Hall of the Florida Farm Bureau, Mike Sole, Secretary of
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson.

excellent work over the years.
"Agriculture is working very hard to do
what we can to clean up some of our water-
ways, I'm real proud of agriculture for step-
ping up to the plate," he said. Bronson said
coastal regions don't understand the posi-
tive things agriculture is doing, 'Agriculture
is open green space. People are raising food
for people in this state and all around the
country. Twenty million people have moved
here in the past 15 "n r- agriculturee has
stepped up to the 1.1 ii. have spent a
lot of money to do the right thing."
The Okeechobee Area Agri-Council pre-
pared the meal and the Yearling FFA helped
serve the crowd. David Hazellief prepared
the barbecued beef.
Wayne and Ginger provided the musical

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The proposal would increase the supple-
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Employee benefits will basically remain
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Bylaska and Bylaska win big at Christian Team Trails tournament

Each month Oakview Baptist
Church sponsors the Christian Team
Trails fishing tournament. This month's
tournament was held at the Okee-Tan-
tie Marina on Oct. 3. Fifty boats par-
ticipated and after a good morning of
fishing, 48 of the boats brought in fish
for the weigh-in.
First through third place was very
close, with less than one pound differ-
ence between the three places.
John and Sandra Bylaska took the
top honors of first place, bringing in
five fish weighing in at 16.75 lbs.; fol-
lowing close in second place was Don
Van Dyke and Rick Buttenbach, also
bringing in five fish which weighed
in at 16.43 lbs.; in third place was the
team of Mark Hester and Justin Schwi-
er weighed in five fish with a total
weight of 16.24 lbs.
First place in the Big Fish category
went to the team of Clint Mehrer and
Ronnie Mehrer, with a big fish weigh-
ing in at 6.47 lbs. They also placed

fourth in the tournament with a total
weight of 16.06 lbs. Second place in
the Big Fish category went to Richard
Stiglitz and Luke Toles with a big fish
weight of 5.42 lbs.
First through tenth place were in
the pay-out schedule. They are as fol-
lows: First place John and Sandra By-
laska $1100; second place Don Van
Dyke and Rick Buttenbach $413; third
place Mark Hester and Justin Schwier
- $275; fourth place Clint Mehrer and
Ronnie Mehrer $138 plus big fish bo-
nus of $300; fifth place Jim Wilson
and Danny Norton $138; sixth place
- Richard Stiglitz and Luke Toles $138
plus big fish bonus of $200; seventh
place Rick Bryant and Chuck Saul -
$138; eighth place Bob Owens and
Fred George $138; ninth place Rock
Turgeon and Clint Bryant -$138; and in
tenth place was Norris Newhouse and
Larry Gipson $138. Prize money was
presented by Pastor John Garrison.

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John and Sandra Bylaska placed first at the Christian Team Tourna-
ment on Oct. 3, with a total of five fish weighing in at 16.75 Ibs.

October 11, 2009

Okeechobee News

Gray important to golf team

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
All winning teams have their stars, but
they also have those other players, whose
steady and dependable performance turn
the team into champions.
Tim Gray might fit that description for
the Brahman boy's golf team this year. His
steady play has been important as the team
enjoys another winning season.
"The golf team has been doing great this
year. The coach has pumped us up lately,"
he said. "We've had a lot of help from
everyone around Okeechobee. We have
'.. 1 1 .) i 1 ,. 1,; i.icts
Gray was hurt playing football as a
freshman. After that he turned his atten-
tinn to fnlf ind h h nn reorete H.e -id
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"Right now I could earn one for a small
college," he said. "My goal is to post a 37
average as a senior and reach a Division I
Gray doesn't let grass grow under his
feet as he tries to reach his goal. He stated
he puts in a lot of time into improving his
golf game and is often seen on the golf
course after school and on weekends.
"I've been playing every day after
school. Saturday and Sundays we play in
little events with the Men's association at
the country club. We try to play as much
as possible. You need to play everyday to
be good in golf," he said.

Gray said all of the players on the team
pull for each other and push each other
to get better. He noted that is the key to
having a winning squad, "When one per-
son drops the ball, another picks it up. As
a team we pump each other up. Our top
players have been doing great. When any-

Gray thanked Coach Mark Ward, Jim
Waldan, golf pro Terry Lanman and par-
ents and volunteers who have helped the

: : I.-. Chaoles Murphy
Tim Gray shows steady and depend-
able performance for Okeechobee's
winning golf team.

JV football falls at Westwood

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School Junior Varsity
Football Team's struggles against Westwood
football continued Monday as the Brahman
JV fell 16-8 at Lawnwood Stadium.
Tommy Jackson scored on a two yard
run and a two point conversion to account
for Okeechobee's points. The Brahmans are
(0-4) on the season.
Head Coach Rex Erwin said his team
worked very hard and did a better job on
the center and quarterback exchange in this
game. Two costlyturnovers cost Okeechobee
in their loss to Treasure Coast last week.
Okeechobee did have five fumbles, but
was able to recover all of them.
"We are still working on consistency.
We did better. We moved the ball, but we

couldn't capitalize on our opportunities,"
Erwin said.
He praised several of his defensive play-
ers for solid play on Monday. Several times
Okeechobee was able to force Westwood
into poor plays, which included several QB
Jose Laredo had several tackles behind
the line of scrimmage, and Rodney Pierre
also had an impact on defense, Coach Er-
win said.
The offense did get into the Westwood
red zone several times. They ran out of time
in the first half while close to the end zone,
and had other chances.
"Westwood also had some clock prob-
lems as they ran the clock on extra points
and between kickoffs. You would think St.
Lucie County would have done a better job
working the clock," Erwin added.

Save the date for upcoming benefit functions

Red Cross gala event
The kick off party for the "Red is for
Love" Gala event to benefit the American
Red Cross will be held on Thursday, Oct.
15, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Pier 11I Resort,
2200 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee. For
more information or to R.S.VP please call
Maureen Budjinski, event chair at 863-467-

Brunch benefits Cancer Society
A Mother-Daughter-Sister-Friend Breast
Cancer Brunch iAl1 h I. 1 ,il Oct.
17, at the First L 1 .1 '", 401
SW Fourth St., from 10 a.m. until noon.
Proceeds benefit American Cancer Soci-
* i .... ored by the Relay for Life team,
i,. i ., which is captained by Sharlene
Avant and Nancy Hare. Contact Shannon
Martin at 863-467-2376 or 863-634-6107.





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