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Vol. 100 No. 136 Friday, November 13, 2009


50 Plus tax


Free HIN1

clinic offered

The Okeechobee County Health
Department will hold a free drive-
through flu immunization clinic
for H 1N 1 priority groups Saturday,
Nov. 14, at the south parking lot of
Okeechobee High School, 2800
U.S. 441 N. from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For more, please see page 10.

Index
Classifieds .................................. 18-19
Community Events........................ 6
Crossw ord....................................... 19
Obituaries............................ ... 6
O p in io n .......................................... 5
Speak Out ....................................... 4
Sports........................................ 14-16
W weather ........................................ 7

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At Wednesday's Veterans Day ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park, a veteran salutes the
flag during the pledge of allegiance. For more, please see page 10.


County
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee
Board of County Con
ers, by their 4-1 vote,
go-ahead for a new $2.
emergency operations
(EOC) at their meeting 1
Nov. 12.
The poor economy w
the county's favor where
to bids for the EOC. Th
20 bids and almost ev
came in under the $5
that the 2008/09 budge
for the project.
County administrator
Bonner said that matter
ed about during the buc
cess for the 2009/10 bu
no vote was taken.
"I disagree," asserted
sion Chairman Clif Betts


OKs pact on EOC
we adopted the budget and the against
EOC was not in it, that is a vote of he would
County the board." lay off
mission- Plans for the EOC call for in- against
th corporating the emergency 9-1-1 year he
gave e system in the building. Mr. Bon- layoffs a
4 million ner said the current 9-1-1 system The
center is cramped and deficient and in vor of b
hursday, two years will be obsolete. done wi
He noted that the 9-1-1 system ees or c
worked in could be incorporated into the "If I
it came planned jail and sheriff's office not get
ere were expansion, but there would be soon," t
very one a problem with the time line for "The
5,590,800 financing that would extend be- way but
t allotted yond the useful life of the present us to
system. said Co
SLyndon "The best option, and where "I think
was talk- we make our recommendation, business
dget pro- is to build the EOC with 9-1-1 in- ward wi
idget but corporated" stated Mr. Bonner. "It's
Okeechobee County Sheriff we don'
Commis- Paul May said while he was never
. "When against building the EOC, he was


facility
building it in a year when
d have to cut salaries or
people. He said he was
building it now if next
would again be facing
nd salary cuts next year.
sheriff said he was in fa-
jilding it when it could be
without laying off employ-
utting salaries.
lose 15 employees I will
them back any time
he sheriff said.
timing looks harsh in a
that is what has allowed
have this opportunity,"
mmissioner Ray Domer
it would be a very poor
decision not to go for-
th it."
going to cost us more if
t build it this year," added
See EOC Page 7


Meras


gets life


sentences
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee Ne ws
"The word must go out to the
community that if you commit a
crime with a firearm you're going
to get life. And that's what the state
is seeking."
And, that's what the state got.
Shortly after hearing that state-
ment from Assistant State Attorney
Bernard Romero, Circuit Court
Judge Mirman
issued his ruling
Tuesday, Nov. 10,
that Juan Merasd
would spend the
rest of his life in
prison.
Meras, who
was convicted
Oct. 29 of robbery
with a firearm Juan
while masked Meras
and burglary of a structure while
armed with assault, was sentenced
to life on each charge. The sen-
tences are to run concurrently.
Each charge also has a mini-
mum/mandatory sentence of 10
years, that will also run concur-
rently.
Meras will be credited with the
820 days he's already served in the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Meras, now 25, was arrested in
August 2007 for the armed robbery
of the La Fiesta Supermarket, 1774
S.R. 70 W Meras, armed with an
AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle,
and Guage Gonzalez, who was
armed with a 12-gauge shotgun,
entered the store and took over
$400 in cash, along with some
watches and cigarettes.
See Meras Page 7


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November 13, 2009 Okeechobee News


Wanted man surrenders to deputies


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After learning that a war-
rant had been issued for
his arrest, a local man has
turned himself in to officers
at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Pedro Rivas-Sanchez,
22, N.W. 47th Terrace, was
placed under arrest Tues
day, Nov. 10, on a charge of
burglary of a dwelling with
assault or battery. He was
booked into the Okeechobee


Pedro
Rivas-Sanchez


County Jail under a bond of $30,000.
According to an arrest report by OCSO Dep
uty Eliberto Carmona, Rivas entered the home
of a former girlfriend around 1:28 a.m. on Mon
day, Nov. 1, by pulling an air conditioning unit
from a bedroom window.
The couple had been separated for a few
weeks, the report stated.
When the woman confronted Rivas, an ar
gument ensued and he allegedly began to slap
the woman's arms as she tried to keep him at
bay. At one point, Rivas supposedly grabbed
the woman by her shoulders and shoved her.
Another woman in the home stepped be
tween the two and Rivas allegedly hit her, also.


The clamor woke the 7 year-old child of the
man's former girlfriend and Rivas reportedly
went after the now-hysterical youngster. Again,
the woman's friend tried to intervene and Rivas
continued to slap her hands as she tried to pro
tect the child, stated the deputy.
When the child's mother picked up the
phone to dial the sheriff's office, the report
stated, Rivas ran from the house.
Deputy Carmona stated that when he arrived
at the home, the child was still shaking from
fright and that the woman's friend had suffered
a cut to a finger that was now bleeding.
The ex-girlfriend, continued the deputy, is
five months pregnant with Rivas' child.


son attempt
ber went to the laundry
Room and noticed a chair
propped up against the
door. When the staffer,
SCrystal Kidd, pushed the
door open she saw the
girls and Crickenberger
was reportedly igniting a
Sharde book and pieces of hay.
Ms. Kidd pushed her
way past Malonson and
Scott and was able to put out the fire before
it spread.
When Malonson was placed under ar-
rest she was in possession of a disposable
cigarette lighter, stated Deputy Durbin.
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Three girls at the Vision Quest facility
were arrested after they reportedly started a
fire in the facility's laundry room then tried
to keep a staff member from putting it out.
Arrested Wednesday, Nov. 11, were:
Kasey Crickenberger, 13; Jackie Malonson,
14; and Sharde Scott, 14. All three were ar-
rested on felony charges of attempted ar-
son and obstructing extinguishment of a
fire. They were also charged with the mis-
demeanor of criminal mischief.
After being booked into the Okeechobee


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Hamfest in the Woods
Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club is sponsor
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at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 SE. Enjoy a
$6 breakfast of eggs, sausage, gravy, biscuits and
coffee. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. a cracker cow
boy meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, beans,
slaw, dessert and drink will be served for $10. In
addition to the hamfest, at 10 am. Gordie Peer,
former western movie stuntman, will be enter
training with whip and rope tricks. There will also
be bluegrass music. RV parking is $30 for Friday
night. Please RSVP asspace is limited. RVerswish
ing to experience Church-in-the-Woods may stay
over Saturday night at no charge. Sunday lunch
is free. Tent campers are $15. All proceeds from
entry fees go to the Okeechobee Amateur Radio
Club. Proceeds from campers and food sale go
to Alpha Ministries. For more information email
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Okeechobee News
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tempted murder after she allegedly cut the
throat of another woman and stabbed her
in the back.
Kelsey Nichole Yoth-
er, 21, N.E. 15th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was also ar-
rested on a felony charge
of aggravated battery with
a deadly weapon. She was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a
bond of $150,000. Kelsey Nichole
According to an arrest Yother
report by Deputy John


Hazy, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
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Yother entered the victim's home then at-
tacked her with a knife.
The report states that the victim received
a 4-inch cut to the left side of her throat,
a puncture wound to the back of her right
shoulder and a 1-inch long cut to the out-
side of her hand. None of the injuries were
life threatening, stated the deputy, and the
woman was treated at Raulerson Hospital
then released.
Deputy Hazy's report indicates that the
victim said she was stabbed with a folding
pocket knife with a black handle. The knife
has not been found, the deputy added.


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2010 elections
The elections in New Jersey and Virgin-
ia are an overview of what people are think-
ing. The president made several trips to New
Jersey but failed
to carry his man.
Somewhat similar
to Copenhagen
when he tried to
get the olympics Ko -.
for Chicago but
failed there too.
Obama retains
much of his popu-
larity but the poor
economy that continues long after Bush has
left office has not translated into jobs and
until all that stimulus money from the tax-
payers creates a lot of jobs in the private sec-
tor we're going to have people in dire straits
thinking like the people in Virginia and New
Jersey.

Gay marriage
If gays can't get married because gays
are not welcomed to get married under the
eyes of God, then other religions and people
of non-faiths should not be allowed to marry
either.
Marriage is first of all a commitment
(hopefully between a man and a woman).
The ceremony is the recognition part of it,
as see it.


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There are two kinds of marriage -- a re-
ligious ceremony and a civil compact. Most
people do both -- and most ministers have
the authority to marry people legally and
sign the marriage license so they only need
one ceremony. Some people just have the
civil part of the ceremony, in front of a justice
of the peace or judge, or in Florida even a
notary public can officiate. Some just have
the religious ceremony, which means they
are married as far as their church is con-
cerned, but it is not recognized by the law.
Any law regarding "gay marriage" would
only apply to the civil compact of marriage.
Each religion can still have their own rules
about who can be married in their church.
In many cases, you can only be married in a
particular church if at least one of the parties
is of that faith.

H1N1 vaccine
New York was a state that it was man-
datory to have the vaccine. It was given
out to everyone. They had schools closed
because of the H1N1 Illness was so wide
spread. How many doses of vaccine were
given in NY...how many had reactions? I am
acknowledging that someone might have a
reaction... but the number of reactions will
be few with reference to how many receive
the medication to keep them from being
sick. LOCALLY IN OKEECHOBEE the par-
ents have to sign the forms to have the kids
get the vaccine. The form must accompany
the child getting the vaccine. It will be at clin-
ics set up at Osceola in the gym and in the
parking lot at the Health Dept. So parents
will know the kids are getting the vaccine as
they will probably be WITH the child.

Blood Round-Up
I hope everyone who is eligible to give
blood turns out for the Okeechobee Blood
Round Up, Friday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7
p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. at the Methodist Church, 200 NW Sec-
ond Street. The recent letters in the paper
have reminded us that our own friends and
neighbors may need this blood to survive.
And when they need it, it must already be at
the hospital ready to use. If you are healthy
and have no restrictions, please give blood.
Local businesses have donated prizes for
those who give, but the best prize is the
good karma you put into the world when
you unselfishly help someone else.


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Saved by blood donations
If it hadn't been for blood donors, I would
have died.
I've given blood and each year support
the Blood Roundup. But I never knew I
would need it myself.
In February, '04 I went out with some
friends to have a little "motorcycle fun." That
fun turned into trouble when I lost control,
went off the road, took down eight fence
posts and hit a bunch of trees. I was flown
by helicopter to Holmes Regional Trauma
Center in Melbourne. When my parents got
there they were told they were about to am-
putate my leg.
The way my leg was injured, there was a
twisting of the artery, which kept blood loss
to a minimum. Unfortunately, it also locked
in bacteria from the dirt and rocks picked
up at the scene. That bacteria made it to my
lungs and spread infection through my sys-
tem.
As my veins collapsed from the bacteria,
blood couldn't get through. They gave me
so many units of blood that my family lost
count. There were many surgeries both for
infection and for the damage to my leg. I
was receiving blood literally every other day.
They did have to amputate my leg just be-
low my knee.
That hospital had to have the blood on
hand and ready for each time I needed it;
because of blood donors, it was there. Med-
ics at the scene said it was amazing how I
missed the barbed wire on the posts and


Wayne Morgan


that I shouldn't even have lived. But I did,
and am now back to work at my family's
business, Morgan's Furniture.
Please give another Okeechobean a
chance at life by donating at the Roundup.
I really love this blood drive.
Wayne Morgan
Ed note: The Roundup will be held Nov.
13, from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. and Nov. 14, from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot at, 200
N.W Second St.


Blood Round Up starts today


There is no substitute for
blood. Only you, who donate,
can give life to those who
need a transfusion. Every
drop of blood used at Rauler-
son Hospital comes through
the organization which will
be collecting blood at the
Okeechobee Blood Roundup
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and
14. Volunteers have committed to
perform their skills and training to enter-
tain donors, to give donors a massage, to
inform them about hearing and sight, to
give out Red Cross information, to prepare


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after-donation hot dogs, to hand
out more than $8,000 in prizes
donated by local businesses
and otherwise make the do-
nating experience a happy
one.
Preparations have been
on-going for four months.
Seven donor buses will be
on hand in the Methodist Church
parking lot, 200 N.W Second St.
from 10 to 7 Friday and 9 to 6 Saturday.
There will be more than 50 Florida's
Blood Centers personnel and more than 30
volunteers standing ready.


* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
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Letters to the editor


A Remembrance
I have been doing the Rotary bulletin for
a good many years now. We had a member
who started it one year and the next year he
was president and they asked me to do the
bulletin which I have been doing ever since.
I stopped for a little while when I opened
a new office and did not have time. Some
of the older members will remember that
I used to report the program in the bulletin
and I finally got tired of acting like a news-
paper reporter at the meetings and making
notes. I decided that if the members wanted
to know about the program they should
come to the meetings. I started doing pro-
files of the members and after I had done
that for a good while I started just writing


about things that come to my mind that I
think are important.
The first profile I did was on Lon Glea-
son who at the time was almost 100 years of
age. Lon was very excited when his profile
came out. As most of you know, his daugh-
ter placed Lon and his wife in assisted living
and neither lived very long after that. The
second profile was about a very interesting
man with a history worth repeating. He lived
in Lakeport at the time and I asked him to
come by my office to keep me from having
to drive all the way to Lakeport to interview
him. We had just begun to talk when Lon
came in with a lot of pictures. He visited a
while talking about his education at Purdue
University among other things. When he left


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. Anyone interested in a sensible
approach to losing weight and becoming a part
of a caring group is welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie 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. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. This is an
open speaker meeting.
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 requirement for membership is a desire to
stop eating compulsively. For more information
call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
Restoration Ministries meets the second
Friday of each month to help with addictions,


Submitted photo

Basic grad
Okeechobee grad, Christoper Mor-
gan has completed basic training in
Ft. Benning, Ga. and has earned the
class of E2. He trained as a heavy
equipment operator in Ft. Leonard-
wood, Mo.; his Airbourne training in
Ft. Benning, Ga. Pvt. Morgan is the
son of Army veteran, Mike Watford
and grandson of U.S. Navy veteran,
Jesse Watford.


depression, etc., at 7 p.m. For more information
call Miss Kathy at 863-357-9083.
Saturday
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith
Church of Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on
the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all
Christian singers and musicians are welcome.
For information, contact the church at 863-763
6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or,
Sister Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.


Submitted photo

Corporal overseas
Lance Corporal Austin R. Rexroad
is a graduate of OHS, class of
2008. He was a member of four (4)
County Honors Band, 2003-08. He
played percussion in the March-
ing Band and Jazz Band, 2004-08.
Lance Corporal Rexroad is pres-
ently somewhere in Afghanistan.
Anyone wishing to write to Austin
or send a package, can send to the
address below. There are also a
few things that he needs and would
like to have including: deodorant,
toothbrush, face wash, shampoo
and conditioner, candy, cookies,
(Oreos, Pecan Sandies, Peanut But-
ter and Oatmeal (no raisins please),
beef jerky and trail mix. Please send
items to LCPL Austin Rexroad, 3/4
H & S Co, Unit 41605, FPO 96427-
1605. If you want to send him pack-
ages, the number to call the post
office for free military packaging
is 800-610-8734. They will send the
customs forms needed.


my subject said that he sure wished that he
had had an education like that. "What do
you mean," I asked him. He told me that he
had been born in Polk County. His mother
passed away and his father remarried. Later
his father passed away and he had to quit
school in the sixth grade to make money to
take care of his step mother and 4 younger
children. He had a paper route at first and
worked other odd jobs and finally obtained a
job at a dry cleaners in that area. He worked
at that for a good time and then a company
in Broward County approached him to work
for them. He worked for them on a salary
-profit -basis and began to make better
money. Another firm approached him and
asked him to come to work for them. He told
them that he would only leave if he had par-
tial ownership. They loaned him the money
to buy a portion of the business. He told me
that he continually went to the library to
teach himself math and other subjects all
on his own. One thing led to another and
he later was appointed to be the head of the
Turnpike Authority when the Florida turn-
pike was being built. He had to spend time
in Washington in this post and when he was
there he used the office of one of his earlier
paper route customers, Spessard Holland,
who was the former Governor of Florida
and now a United States Senator. Later he
was asked to meet with the Collier County
Commission concerning the formation of a
link from the West Coast to the East Coast.
He made his studies and went back and
recommended a toll road. This became Al-
ligator Alley. Subsequently he was asked by


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Martin County Commissioners to come help
them out. The county was in debt and had
no water on the beaches. He worked with
them intensely and solved their problems.
When they erected the bridge over the St.
Lucie canal in Indiantown they dedicated it
to him. When you ride over the bridge you
will see the sign dedicating it to "Big John
Monahan." He and his wife "Bunny" told
me they were avid readers of the little things
I was writing and it always me feel good to
be so recognized by a gentleman who had
done so much and done so graciously and
without pride. John and Bunny moved back
to Ft. Lauderdale to be closer to their daugh-
ter. Some of you know and remember John.
For those of you who did not, you surely
missed knowing a really great man.
John Ed Burdeshaw

Thanks so much
The outpouring of much love and sup-
port from my family and friends was so
overwhelming!
I would like to thank all of the local busi-
nesses, clubs and individuals who donated
auction items, trophies, food and monetary
contribution's to my two benefits on 10-24
and 10-25. Thank you to all of you that vol-
unteered your time to help make these ben-
efit's a huge success. I would like to thank
Kevin & Debbie from Butch's Backyard Bar
for hosting the fishing tournament and Do-
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need. Ya'lls LOVE has touched my heart for-
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Samuel 'Sammie' C. Lewis
OKEECHOBEE -On Wednesday, Nov. 11,
2009, Samuel Clinton Lewis, a resident of Okee-
chobee of more than 33 years, joyously went to
be with Jesus.
Born Sept. 16, 1920, in Meigs County, Ohio, to
the late John E.
and Luella Lewis
he was a farm-
er having come to
Okeechobee in
1976. He was a
member of Trinity
Freewill Baptist
Church and was a
deacon in good
standing.
He was preceded
in death by his par-
ents; four sisters and
three brothers.
He is survived by
his wife of 66 years, Faye Lewis of Okeechobee;
three children, Connie Grounds of (,i.. i- I, ,i
Sam R. Lewis of Okeechobee and Anita Ever-
sman of Troy, Ohio; nine grandchildren and
eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16,
2009, at Bass (,i. ... -i,- - Funeral Home. Fu-
neral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17,
2009, at Bass (0i.I.. l.... Funeral Home with
Pastor Thomas Dees officiating. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the ri i ..... i. at www.bas-
, I.. . ., ,I ,, l .- I I
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.

John R. Jenkins, 77
OKEECHOBEE John R. Jenkins, age 77, of
Okeechobee, passed away Nov. 10, 2009, at his
home.
Born Oct. 24, 1932, in Indianapolis, Ind., to the
late John and Catherine Jenkins he was a con-
sulting engineer. Mr. Jenkins proudly served our
country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean
War.
He is survived by two sons, Michael R. Jenkins
of Boca Raton and Patrick H. Jenkins of Loxa-
hatchee; sister, Mary Ann D'Andrea of Idaho;
two brothers, Jack Jenkins of Brunswick, Ga.,
and Thomas Jenkins of California; and three
grandchildren.
No services or visitation will be held.
Friends may sign the -.- ii ... i. at www.bas-
* .., ., i.,,i ,, IIi .-. -II
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


Geneva 'Carolyn' Raulerson, 61
OKEECHOBEE Geneva "Carolyn" Rauler-
son, age 61, of Okeechobee, beloved wife,
mother, nana, daughter, sister, aunt and friend
went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday,
Nov. 11, 2009, at her
home in Basinger.
Born on June 12,
1948, in Cullman,
Ala., to Ernest and
Hazel Morton. At the
age of five, her fami-
ly relocated to Okee-
chobee, Florida
where she resided
for the rest of her
life. On April 8, 1965,
she married her
wonderful husband Michael Raulerson and has
been married to him for 44 years. She was a
wonderful mother and nana. She loved spend-
ing her extra time with her husband, mother,
children, grandchildren and all of her extended
family. She was a member of the Ist Baptist
Church of Basinger and loved the Lord with all
of her heart. She was known to be a very strong
prayer warrior. Everyone knew to call on Ms.
Carolyn to have a direct line to God to have
something prayed for.
She worked in the flower business for 10 years
and then started working for the ( ili., .. il '....
County School Board in 1992, where she
worked until June 2009 and due to her illness
she could network any longer. Sheloved work-
ing for the (,li .. i- n ,. High School. She really
loved the kids and staff that she worked with
everyday. One thing that was really hard for her
to give up was her job at the school. Now Caro-
lyn is in heaven with our Beloved Lord and help-
ing take care of all the children up there.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her father,
Ernest Morton; and brother, Doyce Morton.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Rau-
lerson; daughter, Monica (Billy) Markham;
grandchildren, Janna Mullis and Janelle Mark-
ham; son, Shane Raulerson and grandchildren,
Meaghan Raulerson, Bailey Raulerson and Kai-
ley Raulerson; her special friend, Stacy Schu-
macher and Austin and Justin Scruggs; her
mother, Hazel Morton of (,i., i- ,. brother,
Wayne (Rhonda) Morton of Okeechobee; sister,
Gena (Wilbur) Walker of Jacksonville; and sis-
ter, Sherry Stevens of (. i, i In addition
she had a lot of extended family, church family
and friends that will miss her greatly.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel. Services will be held on Sunday,
Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. in the Ist Baptist Church of
Basinger. Interment will follow in the Basinger
Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, (li .i i. pi, ,, Fl 34973; 1st Baptist Church
of Basinger, 19836 Highway 98 North, Okeecho-
bee, Fl 34972 or the Florida Baptist Children's
Home, C/o Ist Baptist Church of Basinger.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, (Hi. ... i-,i,, Fl On line
condolences may be sent to www.buxtonfune-
ralhome.com.


Community Events

Craft Fair in the Woods
On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-4
p.m. you are invited to attend the annual
Craft Fair in the Woods at Freedom Ranch,
11655 Hwy 441 S.E., Okeechobee. There will
be something for everyone. Swamp buggy
ranch rides along with holiday decorations
and craft items and barbecue and swamp
cabbage to enjoy. For more information,
please contact Cheri Brant at 863-763-2085
or Pam Hales at 863-763-2678 for more in-
formation.

Old fashioned bazaar
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
USA at 312 N. Parrott Ave. will hold an old-
fashioned bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 7. Doors
open at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Handmade crafts,
holiday decorations, white elephants, Christ-
mas gifts, and baked goodies of all kinds will
be available. For information call, Eleanor
Newhouse at 863-763-6928.

Benefit yard sale
helps cancer patient
A benefit yard sale to help cancer victim
Tony Bowers will be held Saturday, Nov. 14,
from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 1736 S.W Ninth
St. For information, contact Phyllis Stone at
863-467-8636. Donations are appreciated!

Benefit barbecue planned
Okeechobee's legendary BBQ host, El-
vie Posey, will host Healthy Start's very first
Benefit BBQ on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 4-7
p.m. Tickets are $5, call 863-462-5877 for
ticket purchases and details. A silent auction
will be held during the benefit barbecue.
Special item to be auctioned will be an origi-
nal Florida painting by local Michael Moore.

Big Lake Juniors Volleyball
Club
Big Lake Juniors Volleyball Club is for
girls third grade through high school. Try-
outs will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at the
Okeechobee High School Gym between 8
a.m. and noon. Please check the website
www.biglakejuniors.com for all required
paperwork and more information.


American Legion hosts Steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly steak dinner on Sun-
day, Nov. 15, from 3 until 6 p.m. at Ameri-
can Legion, Post 64, 501 S.E. Second Street,
Okeechobee. Dinner includes steak, baked
potato, salad, roll, dessert, iced tea or cof-
fee and entertainment for a donation of $12.
The public is welcome.

Tobacco-Free Initiative
meeting
The Tobacco-Free initiative of Okeecho-
bee Network will hold their meeting Nov.
18 at noon to 1 p.m. at the Hampton Inn
Conference room, 1200 NE Park Street.
Lunch will be provided. RSVP to 863-462-
5781. Sponsored by the Okeechobee Health
Department building the foundation for a
healthy future for the residents of Okeecho-
bee County.

Meet the Author Tea
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, Friends
of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will
host a Meet the Author Tea with guest au-
thor, Deborah Sharp, mystery writer of,
"Mama Does Time" and the new "Mama
Rides Shotgun." A presentation, question
and answer, and book signing will be held in
the Meeting Room. Refreshments. Everyone
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Meras
Continued From Page 1

Gonzalez, now 17, entered a guilty plea
on Aug. 3, 2009, to charges of robbery with
a firearm and burglary of a structure while
armed. Like Meras, he is facing life in pris-
on.
Also charged in the robbery were Kholt
Thomas Gopher, now 20, and Erica Ochoa,
now 21.
Gopher has entered a plea of no contest
to charges of robbery with a deadly weapon
while wearing a mask and burglary of an oc-
cupied structure while armed. As part of his
plea deal Gopher, who drove the getaway
car but did not go into the store, will serve
no more than seven years in prison. His ulti-
mate sentence, however, will be decided by
Judge Mirman next month.
Ochoa is currently serving a six-year pris-
on term after entering into a plea deal with
the state. She was found guilty of armed rob-
bery on April 13, 2009. Store video showed
Ochoa going into the store first to see how
many employees were there and if there
were any customers in the store.


EOC
Continued From Page 1

Commissioner Noel Chandler.
The board awarded the EOC contract to
Brooks and Freund Inc. for $3,499,000, plus


Both Gonzalez and Gopher, who are
brothers, testified against Meras last month.
Defense attorneyJohn Cook argued Tues-
day that while the robbery was "... an un-
sophisticated, botched and stupid offense"
Meras could still become a productive mem-
ber of society. He also argued that it was not
only his client's idea to rob the store.
"Everyone decided to do it. It was a joint
effort," he said.
Mr. Cook also argued that his client should
not be sentenced any more harshly than
Ochoa and Gopher, to which Mr. Romero
vehemently disagreed.
The prosecutor said that argument wasn't
valid because "we're talking about a man
that since 1998 can't stay out of trouble."
Mr. Romero added that Meras "... offers
a clear and present danger to the commu-
nity."
Records at the Okeechobee County Clerk
of Courts office indicate that Meras has
twice been convicted on possession of co-
caine charges, and has been found guilty on
misdemeanor charges of trespass and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. He has yet to
answer to a felony charge of assault with a
deadly weapon, and misdemeanor charges
including driving under the influence, leav-


an additional $95,000 for a radio tower. State
and federal grants to be applied toward the
EOC total $1,523,1547.
That leaves the adjusted county con-
struction costs at $2,070.843. Adding permit
fees and a 5 percent contingency brings the
county's cost to $2,400.643 -- about one-half
the budgeted amount.


ing the scene of an accident causing prop-
erty damage and driving without a valid
driver's license.
Mr. Romero went on to tell the court that
in regard to Gonzalez, "he was clearly under
the influence of the defendant (Meras)."
He added that the state made no offers
to Gonzalez in exchange for his testimony
against Meras.
"We didn't even offer him a kind word,"
said Mr. Romero.
After hearing from both attorneys Judge
Mirman said while all of the defendants had
different levels of participation in the rob-
bery, Meras was the "main player in the
case." He also said an aggravating factor in
the case was Meras involving Gonzalez, who
was 14 at the time.
"Is Guage Gonzalez's life going to pro-
ceed or was it effectively ended by his being
involved?" asked Judge Mirman. "Looking at
this case up and down, I can't say the defen-
dant is not capable of more."
And because of the case and Meras' back-
ground, Judge Mirman said a life sentence is
warranted.


"If we couldn't afford to build it a month
ago when we finalized the budget, I don't
know what has changed," stated Commis-
sioner Betts as he cast the only dissenting
vote.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Today: Sunny, with a high near 75. West northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. West northwest wind around 5 mph be-
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Extended Forecast
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 81. North northwest wind around 5 mph.

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November 13, 2009


Okeechobee & nation honors all veterans on their day


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee honored our nations' veterans on
Veterans' Day. Young and old, including many stu
dents from Central Elementary School, gathered
under overcast skies in Veterans' Park to honor our
military.
There were two new features to this traditional
event sponsored by American Legion Post 64. The
first was the absence of a sound system. Because of
the threat of rain, officials were reluctant to expose
speakers and amplifiers to damage. The lectern was
placed under the oaks trees close to the crowd. This
gave the program a more personal touch. However,
as the program started the skies began to clear.
Prior to the start of Wednesday morning's pro
gram, a very special American flag was hoisted
above the Okeechobee County Judicial Center in
honor of Veterans' Day.
The flag was sent to Okeechobee County Judge
Gerald Bryant by U.S. Army Captain Bryan McCranie,
of Okeechobee. Capt. McCranie, who was stationed
in Northern Iraq at the time, and members of his
special forces unit at Camp Predator flew the flag on
one of their vehicle during a mission. When the unit
returned safely to base, each member signed the flag


and it was then sent to Judge Bryant.
Later, in the park, the National Anthem was sung
by the New Ground Quartet and the program was
opened and closed with prayer by Carl Diesslin,
American Legion chaplain. Dallas Creech, adjutant of
the post, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
In addition to the traditional rifle salute by the
OHS JROTC Honor Guard, the second new feature
was a reading of the names of those from Okeecho
bee killed in action in our country's wars.
The featured speaker was Jim Vensel. Although
Mr. Vensel has no military experience, he is certainly
acquainted with military life. His father had a 25
year military career, retiring as an Air Force captain
and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Vensel said
he loved being a military brat. "Most important, we
must never forget the fallen," Mr. Vensel began his
speech, paying special tribute to those recently killed
at Fort Hood.
"Today in America we are experiencing difficult
times, Mr. Vensel said. "I truly believe our forefathers
and founders are turning over in their graves as signs
of disapproval against those that are trampling our
constitutional rights and want to take our freedoms
away. Today we have, ,-, i,!; I.i.., and justice sys
teams succeeding in destroying our constitution with
their interpretation of what they believe is best for


H1N1 immunization clinic slated


The Okeechobee County Health Depart
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immunization clinic for HIN1 priority groups
on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the south parking lot of
Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N. The
hours of operations will be 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Due to the limited quantity of the vaccine,
this clinic will be limited to the priority groups of
pregnant women, caregivers for children young
er than 6 months, health care and emergency
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health conditions associated with higher risk of
medical complications from influenza. There is
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consent forms for vaccination and vaccine in
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462-5819.


our nation." Using visual aids, he said there are at
tacks against exercising our religious beliefs and our
right to bear arms. Holding up an American flag he
asserted: _I lr here today the American flag
isin j ..., ,,i ii. ,I removed from being displayed
in front of buildings and housing developments be
cause it does not go with the decor." He said that just
the day before a judge in North Carolina had ordered
crosses off license plates.
Of the 56 men who signed our declaration of In
dependence, 54 were active leaders and members in
their Christian churches, he added.
Of those 56 men, Mr. Vensel said five were ar
rested by the British as traitors, 12 had their homes
looted and burned, 17 lost their fortunes and nine
fought and died during the Revolutionary War.
"These men lost everything for us today," Mr.
Vensel said. "The reason why America has been
great is because of its Christian moral foundation.
Today we are losing that foundation.


"Today's fight is not about the old timers from
World War 11, Korea or Viet Nam," Mr. Vensel said.
"Their sacrifice has given us 65 years of freedom of
choice and religion. Today's fight in Iraq, Afghani
stan, Pakistan and even on our own soil is about the
freedoms for our children and grandchildren.
"Our government should not cloud their minds
in politics and decision-making when it comes to our
troops in harms' way, or second guess our military
leaders who have earned their stars."
In addition to military, Mr. Vensel paid tribute to
law enforcement officers and firefighters.
"Each and every day we get up, we should thank
God for our freedom," he said urging the crowd to
express gratitude to veterans as well as law enforce
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Okeechobee News November 13, 2009


Civil Air Patrol remembers

vets at special meeting


Joe Papasso
Squadron Commander
The Okeechobee Composite Squadron
of the Civil Air Patrol remembered Veterans
with a special meeting held on Nov. 10. Tra-
ditionally the Squadron remembers Veter-
ans Day as a group in Veterans Park with the
rest of the Okeechobee Community. Unfor-
tunately the Okeechobee Schools are in ses-
sion this Veterans Day which did not allow
the Cadets the opportunity to remember our
Veterans in the traditional way as they have
done in the past. So this year the Squadron
decided to honor our Veterans with a special
meeting dedicated to our Veterans which in-
cluded a presentation by guest speaker Mr.
James (Pat) Martin (retired US Navy).
Captain Papasso, Squadron Command-
er opened the meeting as normal leading
the Squadron in the Pledge of Allegiance
followed by the Cadet Oath recited by the
Cadets and then 30 seconds of silence in
remembrance of our Veterans. He then pre-
sented a power point slide show of pictures
recently released from a rescue mission on
14 September 2009 in Helmand Province Af-
ghanistan by the 920 Rescue Group based at
Patrick AFB, rescuing of a British soldier. This
was a very meaningful presentation, just last
year the Squadron had the privilege to meet
many of these men from the 920 Rescue
Group shown in these pictures while touring
their facilities and aircraft at Patrick AFB.
This was followed by a spectacular pow-
er point slide show of American Military Air-
craft in flight choreographed to "I am Alive"
by Cleon Dion. These picture slides were
professionally taken by the US Military and
were so incredibly crisp and detailed you
could see the pilot's faces in many of the
pictures. Combined with the music it was
a moving and fitting tribute to our Armed
Forces, especially our Air Force.
Mr. James (Pat) Martin then took the po-
dium for his presentation. After he retired
from the U.S. Navy then went on to and also
retired as a Commercial Pilot and is cur-
rently a member of the Okeechobee Model


Airplane Club. He brought along with him a
number of pictures of aircraft he flew over
the years which were projected on the big
screen for everyone to see while he spoke
them. He also brought along a Radio Con-
trol Model of the T-28 Trojan, an aircraft he
worked on while in the Navy. This model is
a scale reproduction of the T-28 with a 60"
wingspan which he currently flies at the
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club Field on
NE 80th Ave.
Mr. Martin's presentation started with his
serving as aircrew on the Grumman S2F
Hunter/Attack Anti Submarine Aircraft. He
explained the function of this aircraft and
ended this portion of his presentation with a
brief history of the Cuban Missile Crisis and
that role this aircraft and his squadron con-
tributed to a successful conclusion of that
crisis. He then spoke of his service working
on the T-28 Trojan. His presentation ended
with his civilian experiences as a flight in-
structor and commercial pilot, included a
description of each aircraft he piloted and
the routes he flew for the airlines.
Mr. Martin's presentation was excellent;
the Squadron was so intently interested you
could hear a pin drop in between his speak-
ing. His presentation was not scripted and
totally from memory containing incredible
detail and obviously from the heart. He in-
cluded a number of funny stories from his
days as a flight instructor as well as some
personnel challenges he and his family en-
dured while in the service and away from
home. His presentation ended with a ques-
tion and answer period and then Captain Pa-
passo presented him with a framed certifi-
cate thanking him for his contribution to the
Squadron Veterans Day Presentation. The
evening concluded with officers and guests
of the Squadron who also served in the
Armed Forces briefly telling of their service
as a proud veteran of this great country.
Members, families and friends of the
Okeechobee Composite Squadron of the
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November 13, 2009








'Festival of Trees' seeks creative donations


Hospice of Okeechobee has a special
way of celebrating the Christmas holiday.
The Annual Festival of Trees will be held
starting Nov. 27, through Dec. 6. Admission
to the event is free to the public. Over fifty
fully decorated Christmas trees will be on
display.


The Friends of the Okeechobee County
Public Library will host the community's
very first, "Meet the Author Tea," Thursday,
Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., at the library. The guest
author will be Deborah Sharp, whose funny
mystery series is set in a fictionalized version
of Okeechobee.
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Hospice of Okeechobee is currently seek-
ing donations of fully decorated Christmas
trees and other Christmas items to display at
the Festival of Trees. Trees and other items
will be available to the public through the si-
lent auction during the event. As always this
event has a special purpose, since all of the


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Local author, Deborah Sharp will be
the author featured in the first ever,
"Meet the Author" tea, hosted by the
Okeechobee County Library.
her latest mystery, as well as the series de-
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money raised will benefit patient care here
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Okeechobee News November 13, 2009


Crawford officially signs with Florida


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brahman star Jonathan Crawford signed
a national letter of intent Wednesday, Nov.
11, to play for the University of Florida base-
ball team.
Crawford said he is really excited about
the opportunity in Gainesville but has not
ruled out turning professional this spring if
he is drafted in the annual amateur draft.
"I'll definitely be tempted. I've wanted to
play pro ball all my life and make it to the
show," he added.
Crawford gets 40 percent of his college
paid in the scholarship. He will also have
other grants and scholarships to offset the
cost. He will be primarily a pitcher but will
be given a chance to play the outfield as well
for the Gators.
Several pro scouts have visited with
Crawford and his family in the off season.
He has played in tournaments and showcas-
es around the state and has been very im-
pressive. He throws 91 mph right now and
continues to get stronger.
His mother Kristy said the entire Craw-
ford family is excited about Jonathan's op-
portunity.
"Oh, it's a big opportunity. He has worked
hard. I'm very proud of his achievements
and his discipline," she said.
She added that she thinks her son has the
ability to reach the major leagues.
"He loves the game and his heart is in the
game. If he stays as strong minded as he is


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(L-r) Cameron Tewksbury, Neal Craw-
ford, and Adam Tewksbury watch Jon-
athan Crawford sign to play college
baseball.
now, he'll get there. He will get there," Mrs.
Crawford added.
His father Neal Crawford had a brother
play pro ball. His younger son Cutter is also
a solid baseball prospect. He stated he's very
proud of his oldest boy and is looking for-
ward to watching him play in Gainesville.
"At a young age he wanted to play ball
and he wanted to play pro ball. He's worked
at it pretty hard. The pros are definitely look-
ing at him. He has a chance to go pro de-


pending on the offers he gets," Mr. Crawford
said.
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders said he
is excited that Crawford will have a chance
to go to the college world series with the
Gators. He stated this year he will work on
keeping Crawford consistent for 25 games
and work on the mental part of the game.
He said the Gators are thrilled to get such a
talented player.
"They liked him when they saw him.
They knew he had some tools. They think he
can pitch up there and were excited about
that," said the former standout Brahman
first baseman.
Jonathan said he is glad some of the pres-
sure is off him now that he has a scholar-
ship. He noted he can just enjoy his senior
year and try to help the Brahman repeat as
district champions.
"I don't have to have that pressure. I
don't have to try and play perfect. I can just
go out and have fun. It hasn't hit me yet," he
pointed out.
The Crawford family will host a party for
Jonathan next Wednesday night, Nov. 18, at
7 p.m. at Cowboys Restaurant on South Par-
rott Avenue. The public is invited.


Special to the Okeechobee News
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee will attempt to avoid a win-
less season tonight when they tangle with
the Clewiston Tigers, (3-6).
The Tigers and Brahmans are in a simi-
lar situation this year as both teams are re-


building. Both teams have very few seniors.
Clewiston will suit up nine seniors while
Okeechobee will suit up six seniors tonight.
"I feel for them, I really do," Brahman
Coach Myron Jackson said, "We have had
a tough schedule this year. Six of the teams
we've played will go to the playoffs. We
went through the season with basically a JV
age team."
Clewiston will continue their streak of
strong running teams. Chris Herring has 633
yards rushing and seven touchdowns this
year. Virthavious Robinson has rushed for
573 yards and two touchdowns this year.
Damion Smith is the team's top receiver
with 18 catches for 364 yards and four touch-
downs. QB Andres Rios has thrown for 671
yards and six touchdowns.
Coach Jackson said the key to tonight's
game will be his defense's ability to stop the
run. He said they must pursue to the ball
and fill the running lanes. "Maybe we catch
them at the right time. Homecoming is a
big deal and a special time in this town. Not
many towns will shut down the roads in the
middle of town for a high school parade."
Jackson said Clewiston was always
the game of the year when he played high
school ball. He said the rivalry is still there
and he expects a lot of emotion and crowd
support tonight.
"You forget the records in a game like
this. The two towns are similar in size and I
know Clewiston will be looking forward to
playing us. Both of our seasons have been
filled with tough breaks and heartaches."


Brahman
tonight.


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players hope to avoid a winless season when they host Clewiston


Jackson predicts that both teams will
greatly improve in the next few years. He
noted both teams are getting their young
players experience that will pay off down
the road. He'll continue to put in some JV
players into the lineup to get experience to-
night.
"Guys still have some fight left in them,
and want a great showing for the homecom-
ing crowd," he added.
One positive for Okeechobee's offense
might be the play of the Clewiston defense.


The Tigers have given up over 200 points
this year. They have played some very good
teams like Glades Central and Glades Day.
Jackson predicted Okeechobee's offense
might have some success tonight, "For us
to have a shootout against anybody means
our offense is doing pretty well. I hope for a
shoot out. Nobody comes to see a shutout.
The only person who comes to see a shut-
out is the defensive coordinators mother.
Everyone else wants to see touchdowns and
big hits."


OHS girl's soccer team hopes to make mark


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School girls soc-
cer program underwent another change this
year as Jorje Botello resigned after one year
on the job earlier this fall.
Botello had earned coach of the year
honors in the Treasure Lake Conference last
year. His team had a losing record but had
made a lot of strides from the beginning to
the end of the year.
Julie Bohannon takes over as the girls
coach this year. She has gotten a late start
and the girls will have a late start with no
matches currently scheduled in November.
The extra practice time can't hurt as the
Brahmans will be short on experience this
year.
Janna Mullis, Hailey Venables and goal
keeper Megan Clements will be the only se-
niors on this year's squad.
Bohannon said despite the youth and in-
experience, she is looking forward to taking
this program forward.
"There's been a lot of support for the pro-
gram. We hope to build girls soccer to excel-
lent this year," said the coach.


Seventeen girls participated in practice
last Tuesday and the numbers have fluctu-
ated in the early days of practice. Bohannon
said the number of girls is a little lower than
she wanted.
"A lot of the girls are excited and want
to play soccer," she said. "I think practices
are going well. The girls are putting in a lot
of effort, and are running a lot. We've also
worked on ball skills."
Okeechobee has a number of underclass-
men who are expected to be contributors.
Sophomores Emily Raulerson, Brittney Ball
and returned Tiffany McGee are expected to
play key roles. Clements is also a top goal
keeper.
"We're only going to continue to build
and grow. We're still in building years. We
want to see the program excel. We will put
in the work to do that," Bohannon said.
A few of the varsity players have com-
peted in Club Soccer in the off season. Bo-
hannon said that can only improve the high
school program because the girls are getting
more experience.
Other players to watch include Crystal
Garcia and McKenzie Tomlinson.
"We want to be able to go to districts


and show teams what we can do. We want 4A this year. Other teams include Boynton
teams to say that Okeechobee did very well Beach, Suncoast, Fort Pierce Westwood,
this year -- look how far they came," Bohan-
non added. Fort Pierce Central, Lincoln Park and Jensen
Okeechobee will compete in District 14- Beach.


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Two juniors could be next crop of champions


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Kenny Webb and Donald Bryan have
looked impressive in early wrestling prac-
tices and OHS coach Bruce Jahner expects
both to challenge for district championships
this year.
Last year was almost a lost year for Webb.
He had a dislocated shoulder on multiple oc-
casions, but thinks he's completely healthy
now and past his shoulder woes.
"I'm hoping for a better season this year.


My goal is to win districts and go to state,"
he said.
Webb wrestles at 125 pounds.
Webb said he gets a lot of competition
at practice because Okeechobee is loaded
with veteran wrestlers at the lighter weight
classes.
"I think we're good all around this year.
I'm hoping I'm healed up and ready to go to
state," he added.
Webb said being hurt last year really mo-
tivated him to get healthy and have a better
year as a junior. He has treated it as a positive


part of his maturation and improvement as
a wrestler.
"It was a lost year last year. I'm ready to
make up for it and go to state and have an
even better year," said the young grappler.
Bryan wrestles at 140 pounds. He, too, is
an improved wrestler, and started to come
into his own at the end of last year.
Bryan said he's impressed with the group
of freshmen who have joined the program
this year, and that the mat team looks
strong.
"I'll keep pushing them. They'll be good


wrestlers when they get to our age," he said.
Bryan said his goal is to reach the state
tournament this year. This is only his second
year wrestling competitively, and noted that
he is a quick learner.
He predicted Martin County and Fort
Pierce will be tough opponents this year, but
feels the Brahmans will be up for the chal-
lenge.
"We have quite a few good wrestlers. I'd
like to go to state this year. I'm not worried
about my opponent. I just work as hard as I
can and do as well as I can," said Bryan.


Brahman wrestling team looks solid once again


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
This was expected to be a transitional
year for the Okeechobee High School wres-
tling team.
Tyler Hayes and Donny Bush graduated
in June and coach Bruce Jahner had an-
nounced his retirement from coaching.
Things change in a hurry.
Jahner is back as the OHS wrestling
coach and is excited about his new coach-
ing stint and the Brahman program.
"We're excited to be back. We have a
good group of kids that are working hard, re-
ally learning and pushing themselves. They
are trying to learn everything they can," he


said.
Jahner said while many of his wrestlers
have little or no experience, the team does
have some upper classmen who do. Josh
Gruber is a returning state qualifier who is
expected to be the team captain and leader.
He wrestles at 130 pounds.
Other wrestlers to look out for include
Kenny Webb at 125 pounds and Donald
Bryan at 140 pounds.
Jahner said he thinks the younger wres-
tlers will be ready by the end of the year to
step up to the next level and possibly qualify
for state.
"Who knows, there are always some
surprises and dark horses that step in there
every year," he added.


Jahner said Jensen Beach will be the pro-
hibitive favorite to win districts this year. He
said after the Falcons, many teams are in the
mix to reach the post season.
"We should be OK. I think the depth of
this team will be better than in the past," he
pointed out. "In years past, we had one or
two outstanding kids. This year we have a
group of kids that could possibly do some-
thing."
The Brahmans will tangle with South Fork
and Martin County in a preseason match on
Saturday, Nov. 14. They open their home
schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 18.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kenny Webb wrestles hard at a recent
practice.


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By Pete Gawda


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Another chapter in the long running dispute
between the city and junkyard owner Marvin
Brantley played out Tuesday night, Nov. 10, at
the monthly meeting of the City of Okeecho
bee Code Enforcement Board.
On Sept. 11 Mr. Brantley was once again
found by the board to be in noncompliance
because he was displaying his merchandise in
front of the opaque fence at his 1905 S. Parrott
Ave. business. Because he is a repeat offender,
Mr. Brantley was fined $500 a day for every
day of noncompliance. The fine ran until Oct.
14, when Fire Chief Herb Smith, who is also a
code enforcement officer, found the property
to be in compliance.
"This is a burden," Mr. Brantley said of the
fine imposed by the board. "I not only feel
like it should be reduced, I need to have it re
duced."
Mr. Brantley stated that other businesses
sell used items and display them outdoors.
"No other place sells the array of used mer
chandise that I do," he said.
"I was not aware I had a problem," Mr.
Brantley added. He said that when code en
forcement officer Fred Sterling told him to
move something he did.
"I had no idea I had a problem with any
thing until I got a letter," Mr. Brantley said. "I


By Pete Gawda


Special to the Okeechobee News/ABWA of
Okeechobee

Guest speaker
Marnie Lauder, Public Relations and
Marketing Coordinator for Raulerson
Hospital, was guest speaker at the
Oct. 22 meeting of the Women of To-
morrow Chapter of ABWA (American
Business Women's Association). Ms.
Lauder addressed the image of Raul-
erson better maintained facilities for
greater sanitary conditions, lower wait
time for emergency room services, ad-
dition of new doctors and specialities,
and the new state-of-the-art MRI facili-
ty. She offers members of the commu-
nity tours of the hospital, by appoint-
ment. Whether you have a loved one there or are scheduled for a procedure,
make an appointment to become familiar with your hometown hospital. Mar-
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was shocked to see I was being fined $500 a
day."
Mr. Brantley said he needed to bring things
out from the behind the fence during the day
for customers to see. Then he puts them be
hind the fence at night.
"We're getting things cleared," said Robin
Tresch who works with Mr. Brantley. "Give
us some time and you will really love it," she
pleaded. "At Christmas time it will look as good
as the park."
Chief Smith stated that, according to court
order, nothing can be in front of the fence. He
was referring to a court judgement against Mr.
Brantley several years ago.
"That ruling was something that has to be
accepted," Mr. Brantley replied. "I've never
liked it."
"You can't have anything outside the
fence." Chief Smith said. "That is illegal. When
the public complains, what am I supposed to
do when I know it is illegal? We try to be le
nient."
"During the day there are some things that
need to be displayed," Ms. Tresch said. "Give
us four months and it will be something you
will be proud of."
Board member Rennae Sweda made a mo
tion to reduce the fine to $1,000. At first, she
wanted to reduce the fine to administrative
costs. However, Mr. Sterling stated that, ac


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cording to state statue, the board could not do
that. So, she amended her motion to reduce
the fine to $1,000. The motion passed 4 to 1
with board member Frank Irby voting no.
Turning to other items, Mr. Sterling stated
that the leasee of the N.E. Park Street property
owned by Super Store Petroleum did not know
that the property behind the business was part
of the same lot. He said that once the leasee
learned that, he was willing to clean it up.
Therefore, he was given 15 days after receipt of
notification to bring the property into compli
ance. After that time, a $25 a day fine will be
imposed for every day of noncompliance.
There were three other properties that are
in foreclosure that were cited because of over
growth. Citimortgage was fined $15 a day for
every day of noncompliance beginning 5 days
from receipt of notification because of the con
edition of property at 135 SE 13th Ave. Bank of
New York Trust Company was fined $25 a day
for every day of noncompliance beginning 5
days from receipt of notification because of
the condition of the property at 805 SE 10th
St. Bank of America was also fined $25 a day
beginning 5 days after receipt of notification
because of the condition of property at 301 SE
Third St.
The case against David and Marla Terrazas
was tabled until next month because of lack
of proper notification. The 1103 SE 8th Ave.
property being foreclosed on by Chase Home
Finance was found to be in compliance and
that case was not heard.
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LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towng, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 27th day of November,
2009 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursu-
antto Florida statute 713.78 for un-
paid towing and storage. Year, Make,
Model & Vin's as follows:
1995 Red Dodge Neon
1B3ES67C3SD556108
1988 Black Dodge Dakota
1B7FN64X3JS770110
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
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sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
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Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magisbate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held
at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Ronda. For more informaon, contact Vir-
ginia Deny at the Plannng and Development Department, 499 NW. 5th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Forda 34972, (863) 824-3010.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce
ment Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the Department.
The December 2009 meetbn has been canceled
Virinia Derry, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
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high mercury concentrations in fish within the greater Environmental Pro-
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requirements can be found in Part 5 of the RFR
All proposals must conform to the instructions in the RFR Interested re-
spondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the above ad-
dress; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at
www.sfmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-6568; or (4) by calling the
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prpsal opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can
e obtained on our web site www.sfmd.gov.
338575 ON 11/13/09


Change in School Board
Meeting Date
The regular meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County School Board for Novem-
ber will take place on Tuesday,
November 17, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
The purpose of this meeting is the
annual reorganization of the School
Board and consideration of regular
School Board business. The meeting
will be held in Room 303 of the
School Board Administrative Office
located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
The meeting is open to the public.
Patncia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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November 13, 2009 Okeechobee News 19


NOTICE OF INTENTTO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF
COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Okeechobee County, Flonda (the "County) hereby provides notice, pur
suant to Section 197.3632(3)(a), Flonda Statutes, of its intent to use the
uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be
levied within the unincorporated area of the County, for the cost of provid-
ing any or all of the following services: drainage road improvements in
cludinq but not limited to roadside ditches swales and sidewalks street
Ilahtina canal cleaning and canal maintenance enhanced or substitute sol-
IC waste collection and disposal stormwater treatment and mosquito con-
trol commencing for the fiscal year beginning on October 01, 2010. The
County will consider the adopbon of a resolution electing to use the uni
form method of collecting such assessments authorized by Sectior
197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public heanng to be held on Thursday,
December 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., at the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditonum, 1728 N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal descrip-
tion of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies ol
the proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal descnptlon of the
real property subject to the levy, are on file at the Office of the Count
Clerk of Okeechobee County, Flonda. All interested persons are invited tc
attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Boarc
with respect to any matter relatng to the consideration of the resolution al
the above-referenced public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be
needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a ver-
batim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the test
money and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with
the Amencans with Disability Act, persons needing a special accommoda
tion to partclpate in this proceeding should contact Court Administratlor
no later than seven days pnor to proceeding or call 1-772-807-4370:IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
CLIF BETTS, JR., CHAIRMAN\
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
338252 ON 11/6,13,20,27/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
CASE NO. 2009 DR 613
In re: marriage of:
TERESA ANN BECHER
Petitioner
and
DAVID J. BECHER
Respondent
AMENDED NOTICE
OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: DAVID J. BECHER
Last known residence:
KEY WEST, FLORIDA
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it
on; TERESA ANN BECHER, c/o JOHN
R. COOK, Attorney for Petitioner,
PO. Box 515, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, on or before: November 23,
2009, and file the original with the
clerk of court, at Okeechobee Judicial
Center, 312 N.W. 3rd St., Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972, before service on
petitioner or immediately thereafter
If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the peti-
tion.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the clerk of the circuit
court office. You may review these
documents upon request.
You must keep the clerk of the cir-
cuit court office notified of your cur-
rent address. (You may file notice of
current address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Forms
12.915).Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law of Procedure, requires
certain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of plead-
ings.
4. That the petitioner shall publish
this notice to respondent in a news-
paper of local distribution, being the
following: Okeechobee News on the
following dates: October 30,
November 6,13, 20 2009.
DATED: October 23, 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
LAW OFFICE JOHN R. COOK
PO Box 515
Okeechobee, FL 34973
(863) 467-0297
Fla Bar #262951
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OUA considers grease control


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Not only can cooking oils clog up a per-
son's arteries causing serious health prob-
lems, they can also clog up sewer lines caus-
ing serious problems for utility companies.
That is what the Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) Board of Directors learned at their
Tuesday, Nov. 10 meeting.
John Parnell of Pretreatment Solutions,
Inc. made a lengthy presentation to the board
concerning fats, oil and grease (FOG) manage-
ment. He said that FOG can build up in sewer
lines and clog them up, often leading to sewer
overflow. John Hayford, OUA's executive di-
rector, added that FOG sometimes causes
pump valves at OUA lift stations to stick in the
open or closed position. Mr. Parnell proposed
a FOG management system whereby restau-
rants and other food service facilities such as
hospitals and schools are registered and that


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required grease control devices are inspected
on a regular basis. The program would have
an enforcement system ranging from verbal
warnings to written notices of violations to
administrative orders issues by the utility, and
if all else fails, civil action.
The board decided to pursue the matter
and staff will be holding talks with appropri-
ate city and county agencies and developing a
program to be presented to the board.
In other action, the board:
*received the finance report for the period
ending Oct. 31;
*approved meeting dates for calendar
year 2010;
approved a pay application in the amount
of $42,391.01 to Derrico Construction of Mel-
bourne for work done on the SE-2 lift station;
*approved payment request 9 in the
amount of $8,492.22 to Metzger & Willard,
Inc. of Tampa for engineering work on the
Treasure Island Sewer System-South;
*approved payment 7 in the amount of
$19,981.69 to Metzger & Willard, Inc. of Tam-
pa for engineering work on the Treasure Is-
land Sewer System- North;
*approved payment of $2,595.52 to Metzer

Church youth host

The pre-school and elementary youth of
Westside Christian Church of Okeechobee
recently hosted a Thanksgiving Feast Fellow-
ship Dinner at the church. Dressed in tradi-
tional pilgrim attire, designed and created by
members of the church, the youth greeted
guests as thy entered the hall where a tradi-
tional turkey dinner with all the trimmings
was served. Following dinner, the youth
served desserts on trays overflowing with


& Willard, Inc. of Tampa for work completed
on the Cemetery Road Wastewater Treatment
Plant Expansion Project;
*approved payment of $1,562.50 to Rudd
Jones, PE. and Associates for a public survey
about extending sewer service to the south-
western part of the city;
*approved a financial advisory agreement
with First Southwestern Company;
*appointed Kevin Barbour to serve an-
other term on the OUA/City of Okeechobee
Pension Board;
*voted to abandon gravity sewer lines on
property belong to Grace Brethren Church;
and
*gave approval to the finalized agreement
with Frank Altobello concerning OUA assess-
ments on Royal Professional Builders prop-
erty. Mr. Altobello was going to foreclose on
with the assessments being transferred to oth-
er Royal Professional Builders property; and,
*adopted a resolution to be presented to
the Okeechobee County Legislation Delega-
tion requesting funding for wastewater im-
provements and expansion and water treat-
ment and distribution system improvements.


Thanksgiving feast

pumpkin and apple pies, cakes and a variety
of other desserts.
The "Pilgrims" enjoyed posing with
adults for pictures and being the stars of the
day. They have been studying about thank-
fulness and being of service to others. West-
side Christian Church is located five miles
west of Okeechobee on U.S. 70. Services are
traditional and begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday
and 6 p.m on Wednesday.
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Special to the Okeechobee News
Children from Westside Christian Church recently hosted a Thanksgiving Feast
Fellowship Dinner at the church. They are left to right: front row; Treyvin Hard-
en, Adeline Poletto, Layla Gaucin, center row; Dylan Eubanks, Mitchell Gaucin,
Noah Poletto, back row; Sophia Galletto, Gavin Harden, Devin Harden and Me-
gan Vickers.




Okeechobee News November 13, 2009


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ADVERTISED OFFERS. OFFERS EXPIRE DATE OF PUBLICATION DEALER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. VEHICLE ART FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT MAY BE SHOWN. OFFERS NOT IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER OFFERS, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
APPLY. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. PREVIOUS SALES EXCLUDED. 'WE WILL BEAT ANY LOCAL, VALID. CURRENTLY DATED PRINTED ADVERTISEMENT FROM ANOTHER AUTHORIZED DODGE CHRYSLER OR JEEP DEALER ON ANY NEW. IDENTICALLY EQUIPPED IN STOCK VEHICLE. IF WE FAIL
TO BEAT THE PRICE, WE WILL PAY YOU $500. CUSTOMER MUST PRESENT COMPETITORS AD AT TIME OF PURCHASE. EXCLUDES TAX, TAG, TITLE, DEALER INSTALLED OPTIONS. IF WE BEAT THE COMPETITORS PRICE, YOU MUST BUY THE VEHICLE FROM ARRIGO. DEALER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO
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