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Vol. 100 No. 137 Sunday, November 15, 2009


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Index
Classifieds .................................. 16-17
Community Events............................ 6
Crossw ord....................................... 17
Obituaries ......................... .. 6
O p in io n .............................................. 5
Speak Out ....................................... 4
Sports........................................ 14,18
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Airport to offer pleasure flights
By Pete Gawda tion. The board approved a six-month trial the front and rear cockpits, was used as a train-
Okeechobee News agreement with a vendor to operate flights out er by the Army Air Corps and the Navy during
At their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, the of the Okeechobee Airport in an World War World War II. After the war the aircraft was
Okeechobee County Board of County Con- II open cockpit bi-wing trainer aircraft. Jack used as a crop duster.
missioners looked high and low, to the air and Reisel, a veteran of 40 years of aviation, gives Mr. Riesel said the Stearman is built like a
to the land as they considered pleasure flights passengers a different perspective on the land- tank with a simple rugged design. The major-
at the airport and changes to the county's land scape as he flies low and slow at altitudes of ity of air crews in World War II trained on this
development regulations. 400 to 2,000 feet and an airspeed of 80 mph. aircraft.
The county now has another tourist attrac- The Stearman, which has dual controls in See Flights Page 13


Judge


Pet shelter's first birthday
To commemorate the first birthday of the Humane Society Pet Rescue, employees of
Riverside Bank chose that nonprofit organization to be the recipient of this month's
"act of random kindness." The bank donated 200 pounds of dog and cat food. Employ-
ees donated blankets, sheets, towels and a dog house. Taking part in the presentation
on Friday, Nov. 13 were: left to right; volunteers Louise Dowling and Diane Stanley,
Oakley the Dog and Goatee the cat, Belinda Forlifer, founder of Pet Rescue, and bank
employees Tabitha Trent, John Williams, Cecilia Elliott, Megan Gwaltney and Heather
Hancock. Not pictured: volunteer Diane Thrift. Humane Society Pet Rescue Fl, Inc. is
a non-profit organization committed to the rescue of neglected, abandoned, surren-
dered, abused and stray domestic pets. The organization is dedicated to ending need-
less euthanizing of healthy companion animals, taking unwanted pets off the street
and giving them a happy, healthy place to stay until they have a permanent home of
their own. They maintain a no-kill policy, except in cases when euthanasia is deemed
the only viable, reasonable humane option. The pet shelter could use volunteers, cash
donations and donations of such things as unscented chlorox bleach, laundry and dish
detergent, paper towels, sheets, blankets, dog and cat food, beverages for volunteers,
stainless steel buckets and dishes, cotton webbed leashes, collars, harnesses, 6 foot
fencing, poles, gates, and large kennel units. For more information call 863-357-1104.


shows teen


leniency
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An area teen caught a big break this
week when he was sentenced to commu-
nity control as a youthful offender instead of
life in prison.
Guage Gonzalez, who was 14 when ar-
rested in 2007 for his part
in an armed robbery of the
La Fiesta Supermarket on
S.R. 70 W, was charged
with the first-degree felo-
nies of robbery with a
firearm and burglary of a
structure while armed.
Because he was armed
with a 12-gauge shotgun
when he and Juan Meras Guage
robbed the store of over Gonzalez
$400 in cash the penalties
were automatically enhanced to a life sen-
tence.
As the now 17-year-old stood in front of
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mirman on
Tuesday, Nov. 10, shackled and in an orange
county jail jumpsuit, Gonzalez was contrite
and apologized for what he had done.
With no offers from the state, Gonzalez
testified against his cohort at last month's
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Okeechobee loses at homecoming


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Clewiston ruined Okeechobee's homecoming
celebration and condemned Okeechobee to a win
less season, their first in 30 years, as they defeated
the Brahmans, 43-14 Friday night.
On the positive side Okeechobee had a season
high 185 yards passing in the game.
Turnovers and a strong Clewiston rushing at
tack were the biggest reasons for the defeat.
"As usual it was the blasted third quarter,"
Brahmans Coach Myron Jackson said, "We had a
chance to get some momentum, but the turnover
bug hit us again."
Okeechobee threw one interception and lost
three fumbles in the game.
In the first half Okeechobee hung tough for the
second time in two weeks. They moved the ball on
the first drive thanks to an 11 yard run by senior Walt
Fortner and a 22 yard pass from Jack Radebaugh
to Aukeemian Mills on a third and one. The drive
stalled with two incomplete passes at the Clewiston
28. On fourth down a terrible center snap flew over
the QB's head and Clewiston recovered a midfield.
It took the Tigers (4-6), one play to score. An
dres Rios found a wide open Damion Smith in the
secondary and hit him in stride for a 50 yard touch
down play. The Tigers missed the extra point and
led 6-0 three minutes into the game.
Clewiston had another scoring threat late in the
first quarter but Rios was intercepted in the end
zone by Terrance Allen.
Okeechobee then drove 80 yards in 14 plays to
take the lead. Fortner converted a third and four
with a six yard run, and DJ Washington found La


Vante Spivey open for an 18 yard pass. Washing
ton also converted a fourth and one with a three
yard QB draw near midfield. Jack Radebaugh hit a
leaping Terrance Allen with an 18 yard pass to give
Okeechobee a first and goal, and Fortner carried in
from the five to give Okeechobee a 7-6 lead early in
the second quarter.
From there it was all Clewiston as the Tigers
would score 37 unanswered points. Chris Herring,
146 yards rushing and two touchdowns, played a
big part in the Tiger offense. They drove 58 yards in
nine plays to go up 12 7. Herring busted loose for
23 yards on a key third down and one play. Grant
Pohill added a 23 yard field goal later in the quar
ter.
Damion Smith scored in the final 17 seconds of
the half on a 40 yard sweep to give Clewiston a 22-7
lead at the break.
"It didn't end the way we wanted to. It was a
hard season. We had the distractions during the
week and it is always hard to get the kids back into
football, we did end the season with a great group
of young men," Jackson noted.
An interception by Herring set up a I ,.1 .. .
ing drive for Clewiston after Okeechobee started the
second half with an on side kick. Herring scored on
a three yard run to make it 29-7.
Smith picked up a fumble by Terrance Allen at
the Brahman 40 on the next drive and returned it
for a touchdown to make it 36-7.
Clewiston's final score came on a six play, 69
yard drive as Smith caught a 31 yard pass and then
another 20 yard pass from Rios for a touchdown.
Okeechobee threatened to score twice in the
fourth quarter. DeRonte Files fumbled at the Clewis


ton 12 on one drive, but Okeechobee did score on
a pass from Jack Radebaugh to LaVante Spivey in
the final minute.
Game notes
Deforest Shanks had a pass defensed for
Okeechobee in the first half. Senior Justin Conrad
dropped Herring for a two yard loss in the fourth
quarter. LaVante Spivey had a career high six recep
tions for 66 yards. The freshman appeared to be
open most of the night. Aukeemian mills caught
five passes for 64 yards. Six Brahmans played their
last high school game, Terrance Allen Walt Fortner,
Josh McCall, Justin Conrad, David Carter and Garth
Streibel.
Coach Jackson said he will encourage the re
turning players to play other sports and do other
activities in school. He said next year the team will
be stronger, more mature, and he promised differ
ent results.


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Jack Radebaugh completed eight passes in
a losing cause Friday night. Garth Streibel
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Septuagenarian given prison stint


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 70-year-old Okeechobee man will be
spending the next six years of his life behind
bars.
Lawrence Elwell, N.E. 17th Terrace, was
found guilty Nov. 10 on a
felony charge of corruption ':.
by threat against a public
servant and was sentenced
to state prison for the next
five years by Circuit Court
Judge Lawrence Mirman.
Judge Mirman also found
Elwell guilty on two counts
of contempt of court. So
once Elwell has completed Lawrence
his prison term, he will be Elwell
returned to the Okeechobee
County Jail where he will serve a year's sen-
tence on the contempt charges.
Elwell will also come back to Okeechobee
some time after the first of the year to stand
trial on a felony charge of resisting a law en-
forcement officer with violence.


His corruption conviction stems from a
July 2008 incident at an Okeechobee County
code enforcement hearing. At that hearing, El-
well told the magistrate that if county code en-
forcement officer Beth Albert "... comes on my
property I have a pit bull and dental records
will be needed for identification."
He also threatened to shoot her.
Then, on Sept. 18, 2008, Deputy Rusty
Hartsfield, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), tired to arrest Elwell on a war-
rant. According to the deputy's arrest report,
Elwell became enraged and tried to avoid ar-
rest. The deputy used a chemical spray to sub-
due Elwell, but it had no effect.
Deputy Hartsfield went on to state that he
had to spray the man two more times then use
physical force to make the arrest. This came
after Elwell had picked up a flower pot and
threatened the deputy.
On Aug. 31, 2009, Elwell went before
Judge Mirman during a status review hearing
and again exhibited total disrespect for the
proceedings.
"Shove it up your ...," Elwell said to the


judge, when asked to explain why he should
not be held in contempt of court.
At that point, Judge Mirman declared that
the hearing had changed mode and that con-
tempt of court proceedings were now under
way.
"You disgust me," Elwell spat at the judge.
"OK, I find you to be in contempt of court,"
said the judge in a calm and even voice.
Elwell was then sentenced to serve six
months in the county jail on the contempt
charge.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, Elwell went before Judge
Mirman for sentencing and, just like his August
appearance in Courtroom A, he continued to
show a total lack of civility and decorum. And,
just like in August, he was found guilty of con-
tempt and sentenced to another six months in
the county jail.
According to court records, all of this began
in the summer of 2008 when Ms. Albert cited
Elwell for code violations. He was subsequent-
ly ordered to bring his property into compli-
ance by removing overgrowth, unlicensed RVs
as well as other vehicles and vessels.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Sherri Mathis Collins, 36, Delys St., Cocoa,
was arrested Nov. 10 by Deputy Corporal Aric
Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with trafficking in amphetamines-14
grams or more. Her bond was set at $100,000.
William Joseph Daley, 46, S.E. 56th Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 10 by Deputy
Matt Crawford on a felony charge of possession
of a controlled substance. He was also arrested
on misdemeanor charges of resisting a law en-
forcement officer without violence, possession
of drug paraphernalia and possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams. His bond has been set
at $16,000.
Robin R. Burgins, 32, S. Biscayne Drive,
North Port, was arrested Nov. 10 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge
of driving under the influence. She was released
on her own recognizance.


Lamonda Dardy, 18, Caribbean Blvd.,
Miami, was arrested Nov. 10 by Deputy Michael
Hazellief on a charge of battery on detention
staff. Her bond was set at $5,000.
Joseph Wilson Stevens, 57, S.E. 61st Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 11 by Deputy
Joseph Gracie on a felony charge of possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. He was also arrest-
ed on a misdemeanor charge of possession of
drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500.
Alice Bennett Mitchell, 65, Indiantown, was
arrested Nov. 12 by Deputy Justin Akins on a
charge of driving under the influence. She was
released on her own recognizance.
Craig Ward Wisenbaugh, 38, Trout St.,
Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Nov. 12 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with the felony of
fraudulent use of credit cards and the misde-
meanors of petit theft (two counts) and attempt-
ed fraudulent use of credit cards. His bond was
set at $51,500.
Curtis Smith, 21, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 13 by Deputy Justin Akins on
a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. His bond was set at $1,000.


Okeechobee's Most Wanted


The following people
are among Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted
persons. There are ac-
tive warrants for each
of them. The criteria
for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted
top five is based on the
severity of the crime in
conjunction with the


Reed Ashton Jack Folk
HairJack Folk
Hair


age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where
about of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers
at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure
Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of
remaining anonymous. You can also receive a
reward if the information results in an arrest.
Reed Ashton Hair, 20, 6'1" 215 lbs. Mar


Daniel Kyle Huber Ambriz
Morvant Sierra


tin County Charge Dealing in stolen property
Okeechobee County escape warrant pending.
Jack Folk, 7/29/1977, Burglary Structure,
Grand Theft, Criminal Mischief, Bond $55,000.
Daniel Kyle Morvant, DOB 9/17/1987,
Aggravated Battery, Bond $20,000.
Huber Ambriz Sierra, H/M, DOB
6/13/1965, Burglary Structure, Grand Theft. No
Bond.


This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to inform this
newspaper. The information will be confirmed
and printed.


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Public Forum/Speak Out


OPINION


Sunday, November 15, 2009


Reflections from the Pulpit


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munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

H1N1
Why is it that other areas are holding
clinics for vaccination against the H1N1 vi-
rus yet Okeechobee has yet to even receive
the vaccine? A child's life in Okeechobee
should be worth as much as any other city
or town in Florida.
I'm still contemplating whether or not
it would be a good idea to get the vaccine
for my children. Did they do enough testing
of this vaccine? I don't think so. What are
the long term effects, if any? From the CDC
website: "We expect the 2009 H1N1 influ-
enza vaccine to have a similar safety profile
as seasonal flu vaccines... CDC expects that
any side effects following vaccination with
the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be
rare." They EXPECT the vaccine to be safe,
they don't know for sure.
I think the
S health depart-
ment and the
sheriff's office
did a great job
with the vaccine
Ok clinic at Osceola
Middle School.
-. The traffic flow
I went well. It was
very well orga-
nized and orderly.
They tried to get people in and out as quickly
as possible to avoid the long wait lines.
They state "Life threatening reactions
are rare, and occur usually within a few
minutes to a few hours after receiving the
shot (or mist)." This must be true, that reac-
tions are rare. Many thousand's of doses of
the mist and the shot have been given in the
recent past, as close as Indiantown. Haven't
seen or heard of anyone having severe prob-
lems. If you believe your lifestyle is safe and
free of the chance of catching the HIN1 Vi-
rus, if you're confidant that should you come
in contact with the Virus you would shake


it off with Hot tea and Tylenol ... then just
don't go get in line. I take the seasonal flu
shot every fall. I have three grandchildren. I
frequent the local stores and the flea market.
I will get in line. I have ongoing vascular is-
sues so I qualify for the first round of adult
vaccine.
I can't imagine how they would know
that it is safe enough so soon after making
it and never giving it to a large number of
people to test for side effects. I know my
case is rare but my sister was born normal
and at 3 months was given the DTP shot that
everyone's children get. She had a reaction
to the whooping cough vaccine and now
at 33 years old she has a seizure disorder,
brain damage (she has the intelligence of a
6 month old) and cerebral palsy. All from a
shot they said was safe. Later they found that
many children had reactions to the shot and
now that is why they make a dead vaccine
instead of the live vaccine that hurt my sister.
Myself nor my children have ever received
any of the whooping cough vaccines for that
reason. It's great that they can make things
to help sick people and cure illnesses but
it scares me how quickly things go on the
market and then a year later there are recalls
because something is wrong with it. Anyway
I am not giving it to my children.
Each child's parents must make their
own choice about the vaccine. I think most
people will want it. But no one is forcing
anyone to have their child vaccinated. There
are risks if you do and there are risks if you
don't vaccinate.

New trend
Republicans won in Virginia and New
Jersey Gov. races Nov. 3. Do you see this as a
trend for the 2010 elections?

Halloween festival
The Halloween festival was such a suc-
cess that it is becoming overcrowded. To
keep up with the crowds, the event needs
even more booths and activities. I saw some
4-H groups had booths this year -- that is
great. If every 4-H club had a booth that had
a theme that went along with their club, that
would really add to the event and it would
give the 4-Hers some community service
hours, which look good in their annual proj-
ect books.


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Elder John T. Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
I had the opportunity to see the Body of
Christ in action on Wednesday night. I had been
asked to come and lead in a Bible study at Foun
tain of Life Church. Their pastor, Joe Bishop, has
]. i ,i 1. dealing with health issues and has
come to the point where he feels he must retire.
This good man has been the pastor there ever
since he founded the church some fifteen years
ago. Everyone who has been blessed to know
Joe realizes that he is truly a man who loves
Christ and the people of Christ. I encourage ev
eryone to be praying for Joe's healing so that he
can continue to do what God has called him to
do, reach people for the Kingdom of Christ.
Let me get back to what happened on
Wednesday night. I had just gotten to the
church when I was told that Joe was planning
on being there. The people could not wait to
see their pastor. But it was obvious that he was
more to them than just the man who preached
to them for all those years. This man was their
friend, a lover of their souls, and they responded
to him as only the Body of Christ truly can. Men
were smiling as they shook his hand or hugged
his neck. Women were embracing Belinda and
talking about how much they had missed her.
Even the teens looked excited to see them. As
Joe began to speak to his people, I could liter
ally feel the love that had been forged through
years of ministering to their needs and these
same people who had in turn ministered to Joe
and Belinda through the years. Speaking about
the need to have a personal relationship with
Christ, Joe's message to the faithful was greeted
with a chorus of rejoinders like "amen brother"
-"that's right" "praise the Lord." I realized that
it was more than just the fact that they agreed


with their pastor, which they did wholehearted
ly but also that they honored this man for what
he stood for and for the battle that he is going
through.
In John 13:35 Jesus says to His disciples: "By
this all will know that you are My disciples. If
you have love for one another." This truth can
not be emphasized enough. When the people
of Christ respond in love to each other the
world around us can't help but notice. I have
been serving the Lord now for 27 years and I
am still overwhelmed when the people of God
truly love each other with the love of the Lord.
At a time when the world has grown cynical of
the Church and when the Children of God have
become suspicious of some of the things that
pass as "spiritual" these days, it is powerful to
see the love of Christ being poured out in the
house of God. It can be so life changing.
As the people of Fountain of Life gathered
around Joe and Belinda and prayed for them, I
was overcome with the emotion of all those in
the room. I left realizing that God had allowed
me to witness something very special that night
and I pray that I will never forget it. All I kept
thinking was the verse in Psalm 113:1: "Be
hold how good and pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity." So, people of God
make every effort to love those who lead out in
your congregation and allow those who pastor
you to love you with the love that only comes
from Christ. Let's show the world that this Chris
tian life is the real deal and let's love with reck
less abandon.
Thanks to all you at Fountain of Life church.
I came to you thinking that I was going to teach
you something and you are the ones who taught
me a lesson that touched me to my very core.
God bless you, Joe. We're all praying for you.


Church holds 'Beginnings and Beyond-the Lake Concert'


On Nov. 21, Church of our Saviour Episcopal
Church, 200 NW Third St. will hold its Second
Annual "Beginnings" Concert. The second in
the series is entitled "Beginnings and Beyond...
the Lake." This year's event will benefit Healthy
Families Okeechobee. Healthy Families Martin
Okeechobee, a division of Helping People Suc
ceed, Inc., is a voluntary home visiting program
for expectant parents or parents with newborn
babies, offering support, because babies don't
come with instruction manuals! Family sup
port workers work together with the families
to promote positive parent child relationships
and healthy child development. Family support
workers help the parent attain personal goals.
Services may start prenatally or shortly after the
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drum band is a violence prevention program,
sponsored by the First Missionary Baptist
Church and Martha's House, under the direction
of Shirlean Graham and Maggie Sandavol. Light
refreshments will be served and representatives
from Healthy Familes will be here to answer any
questions.
The concert presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
inside the church. The Cuvier Trio is Consort
in-Residence from the Department of Music at
Florida Atlantic University. This ensemble spe
cializes in music of the Renaissance and Ba
roque time period in music history. Dr. Petuch
will also play organ selections form those time
periods. Also, the staff of Okeechobee Music
will play, featuring five local private teachers.
The admission for the concert is a package of
diapers to benefit Healthy Families. Cash dona
tion will also be accepted.


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Letter to the editor


Veterans Day at
Okeechobee High School

Thank you, OHS for excellence!
I felt impressed and honored when exiting
the fine program presented by the FFA chap-
ter of OHS. After listening to poems, songs,
and jazz bands playing, the experience was
quite humbling to view the student body ap-
preciate the meaning of Veterans Day.


All students filed in, in an orderly manner,
but mostly I was impressed with how well
and orderly they walked out. As an adult, I
anticipated disorderly, loud, disrespectful
students. What I saw was the complete op-
posite. Students cheered for the military vets
of our community as a Powerpoint presenta-
tion was projected onto the wall of the gym.
They applauded respectfully for the wonder-
fully vivid poems, and the jazz band playing
America the Beautiful.
We listened to Raye Deusinger explain


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how blood drives came about for wounded
vets. It all began during WWI, when soldiers
who were wounded or required surgery
needed a blood transfusions.
The entire assembly was full of great nos-
talgic information.
Valerie McKee eloquently spoke of "ser-
vant leadership" and how this is the reason
leaders lead. They do it not because it is
right, but because no one else would. Her
speech touched many young minds who
may be considering the importance of being


a leader.
As the ROTC posted and retired the col-
ors, as the trumpets concluded playing taps
I felt a lump in my throat. As I stood and
watched this wonderfully conducted stu-
dent body, I wondered how many of them
would be inspired today to join the proud
U.S. military. Which student? What brother,
sister, daughter or son would commit to the
Armed Forces because of today's fine Veter-
ans Day presentation at OHS?
Blessings, Bobbi Poole


Sunday
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.

Monday
A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held
at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For informa-
tion or to schedule an appearance, contact Patsy
Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets
at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with a cov-
ered dish for lunch, followed by a business meet-
ing. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and
are due in September. For information, call Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at
the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. All are welcome. For information call 863-
763-6952.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.

Tuesday
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
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 610-0975.
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.
Al-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.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday


of every month at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday
of every month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For more infor-
mation call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
357-4447.
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 more 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, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets ev-
ery Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice building
located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
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 mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St., will be hosting God's Time -- a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for 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 863-357-3053.


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would make a wonderful addition to a good home. The adoption fee includ-
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Obituaries

Geneva 'Carolyn' Raulerson, 61
OKEECHOBEE -Geneva "Carolyn" Rauler-
son, age 61, of (I .... il.I 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

she married her
wonder-
ful 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 Okeechobee
County School Board in 1992, where she
worked until June 2009 and due to her illness
she could not work any longer. She loved work-
ing for the Okeechobee 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 Austyn and Justyn Scruggs; her
mother, Hazel Morton of (li. iI brother,
Wayne (Rhonda) Morton of (i. . i.. sister,
Gena (Wilbur) Walker of Jacksonville; sister,
Sherry Stevens of Okeechobee; and sister-in-
law, Jackie Morton of Vero Beach. 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 1st Baptist Church of
Basinger. Interment will follow in the Basinger
Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of ('i.b.. il,.i, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973; 1st Baptist Church
of Basinger, 19836 Highway 98 North, Okeecho-
bee, Fl 34972 or the Florida Baptist Children's
Home, C/o 1st Baptist Church of Basinger.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl On line
condolences may be sent to www.buxtonfune-
ralhome.com.


Community Events


American Legion to host
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.

November safety class
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold the following
Health & Safety class:
Wednesday, Nov. 18 Adult CPR/AED
at 6 p.m.
Classes are held at their Service Center,
located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or
for more information call 863-763-2488.

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
is invited to this free event.

Kiwanis Club rededicates
gazebo
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee Reded-
ication of the Gazebo in Flagler Park will be
held on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The
Okeechobee High School Jazz Band will be
there to perform and Judge Bill Hendry will
be giving a history of the Gazebo and Fla-
gler Park. Soft drinks will be served. Call J.D.
Mixon at 863-763-0999 x303 if you have any
questions.


Local Festivals

Craft program calls for artists
Calling all "Arts and Crafters" in the
Okeechobee area. Peace Lutheran Church
Quilters are planning a BAZAAR for Nov.
21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We know there
are many talented people and groups in our
community and we would like you to join us
to show and sell your home made arts and
craft items. To reserve a table call Marty at
863-467-4840 or Donna at 863-763-7056.


Church to hold benefit yard Roasted Turkeys


sale
Ft Drum Community Church will be host-
ing a yard sale and bake sale on Saturday,
Nov. 21, beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds will
be used to help off-set expenses for medical
treatments for a member of our church.

Church Bazaar
The Quilters and LWML of Peace Lu-
theran Church, 750 NW 23rd Lane, will have
a bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 21. There will
be crafts, baked good and Christmas gifts.
A lunch ticket may be purchased. Refresh-
ments will be available. The hours are 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m. Call Donna at 863-763-7056 for
more information.

Eagles to host Turkey shoot
The Fraternal Order of Eagles 4137 will
host a Turkey Shoot on Nov. 21 and 22
with a Men's Turkey Shoot from 9 a.m. un-
til... and a Ladies Yard Sale. Items can be
donated after Nov. 19 or come join us and
bring your items to sell and donate 25 per-
cent back to Ladies Auxiliary. The proceeds
from the sale will benefit Snowball Charities.
Breakfast will available on Sunday, Nov. 22,
from 8:30-11 a.m. Pulled pork sandwiches,
hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries will
be available both days. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-763-2552.


The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is sell-
ing fully cooked whole roasted turkeys from
18 to 20 pounds for $30 each. Orders must
be placed and paid for by Nov. 21. Orders
are limited to the first 75 pre-paid orders. Or-
ders can be placed at Porter's Cleaners, 1700
S. Parrott Ave. Cash, checks, Visa and Mas-
tercard accepted. Orders may be picked up
on Thursday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. until noon
at the Masonic Lodge, 107 NW 5th Ave.


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The Staff Of The Okeechobee News

Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays!


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November 15, 2009 Okeechobee News


Farm Bureau recognized for outstanding programs


The Florida Farm Bureau Federation hon-
ored Okeechobee Farm Bureau for outstand-
ing performance on behalf of its members at
the 68th annual meeting Oct. 28-30, at the
Hilton Oceanfront Hotel in Daytona Beach.
Florida Farm Bureau's President John L
Hoblick presented Okeechobee Farm Bu-
reau President Trey Whitehurst, accepting
for Trey is Jacob Larson, Treasurer, with
Awards of Excellence in all five program
areas: Organization and Management, Lead-
ership Development, Public Relations/Infor-
mation, Education/Agriculture Promotion
and Legislative/Policy Implementation.
Florida Farm Bureau's County Recogni-
tion Program recognizes county Farm Bu-
reaus for outstanding performance on be-
half of their members and their members'
efforts in helping implement Farm Bureau
policies. Categories considered include or-
ganization and Management, Leadership


Development, Public Relations/Information
Education/Agriculture Promotion and Legis-
lative/Policy Implementation.
Okeechobee Farm Bureau was also rec-
ognized as the top Farm Bureau in its mem-
bership category, and President Trey White-
hurst was presented a Stetson hat for both
leading the membership category group
and increasing membership over the previ-
ous year. Accepting for Trey Whitehurst is
Treasurer, Jacob Larson.
Okeechobee Farm Bureau is headquar-
tered in Okeechobee and serves 1,173
member-families. There are 60 county Farm
Bureau's in Florida. County Farm Bureau
members are also members of the Florida
Farm Bureau Federation, The state's largest
independent general farm organization that
is based in Gainesville and has more than
140,000 member-families statewide.


November 1 and 2, 2009
Monday
Calves 1302


Tuesday
2156


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Farm City luncheon

tickets on sale
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee and
the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council will
be co-hosting the 16th Annual Kiwanis/
Ag Council Farm-City Week Luncheon at
the Okeechhobee KOA. The luncheon is
scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thurs-
day, Nov. 19. Tickets can be purchased in
advance at Farm Credit 863-763-6466 or
Farm Bureau 863-763-3101. They can also
be purchased at the door on the day of
the luncheon.


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Farm Home Week
At the Nov. 3 meeting of the Okeechobee
City Council Mayor Jim Kirk, right, pro-
claimed the week of Nov. 20 26 to be Farm
Home Week in the city. He presented the it to
Trey Whitehurst, left, of the Farm Bureau.


Cows 216 230
Str 8 54
Hfrs 43 37
Bulls 15 32
Yrlngs 66 59
Total 1650 2568
We had a big run on cattle this week, over
3500 head in 2 days. Cows and bulls were still
not any better, $1-3.00 lower. Most calf prices are
holding on pretty good. Plainer calves are cheap
er but good quality calves are about steady. L 7
topped the market this week with a high of $1.45,
bought by Eastern. Grace Wood topped the cow
market with a high of 46.00, bought by Central.
Don't forget we'll be closed for Thanksgiving
week. Then only 3 weeks of sales left until Christ
mas and New Year. Slaughter cow sale Dec. 28.


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Weather Forecast Lotteries


Special to the Okeechobee News/EES
Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Nov. 9-13 include: Kin-
dergarten students, Jayla Hayes, Amaris Brown, Alejandra Nasario Nunez, Lizette
Flores; first graders, Sarah Vickers, Bryan Dersa, Charles Stevens, Alana Good, Holt
Jones; second graders, Janel Aponte, Searina Boatright, Tyler Boatright, Justin Rob-
erts, Saryna Boone, Tristen Campbell, La'Dora Taylor; third grade students, Jessica
Sulzer, Jimmy Roland, Gabino Lopez-Diaz, Hunter Murrish, Kayleigh Jones, Raquel
Alvarez; fourth graders, Eric Garcia, Simon Hester, Jose Mata-Gonzalez, India Coons
and fifth grade students, Kitana Lapp, Cheyenne Tingle, Jose Garcia, Maria Benitez-
Torres, Troy Faye. Congratulations to these many outstanding students.


Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 81.
Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 55. Calm wind becoming west
northwest around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 81.
Calm wind becoming northeast between 5
and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 61. Calm wind becoming north
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
83. North northeast wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 63. North northeast wind between 5
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Major milestone

recognized
Darrell Enfinger (right), the county's
recreation director, was honored by
Okeechobee County Commission
Chairman Clif Betts for 35 years'
service to the county. The event
took place during the Thursday,
Oct. 22, commission meeting.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Teresa
Chandler

Pay off
Seacoast National Bank supported
the 17th Annual Skip Bryant golf
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brahman alumnus Mitch Markham was
named the new baseball coach at Indian
River State College Thursday.
Markham said he hopes to return the
winning tradition to the Pioneers, a team he
played for during his play-
ing career.
"I'm very excited about
the opportunity. The tradi-
tion at Indian River State
College is outstanding. To
come back there to coach
is very exciting to me," he
noted.
Markham followed up a Mitch
successful high school ca- Markhm
reer at Okeechobee, with a am
year at Edison Community College a year
at Indian River, and two years at Stetson.
He was drafted by the New York Yankees.
He laughs that his professional career only
lasted for 14 days during spring training in
1996.
Markham moved on to coach at Eastside
High School in Gainesville from 1998 to 2000
before he took the job at Stetson. He was As-
sociate Head Coach for the Hatters assigned
to handle hitters. He was also their head of
recruiting.
During his nine years at Stetson, Markham
helped recruit and coach Okeechobee grad-
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and Brian Bocock of the San Francisco Gi-
ants. During his tenure, Stetson won three
conference championships and made six
appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Markham spoke highly of his experience
in Okeechobee and of his former coach Tim
Gillis, his friend current coach Dylan Ted-
ders, and another of his mentors Mark Ward,
another former IRSC player, "It was a great
time playing for Tim Gillis. He was a big
mentor for me. We sat around and talked a
lot about baseball over the years. I learned a
lot about baseball and coaching from him. I
enjoyed my time there."
Markham remembers that a lot of
Okeechobee players went from high school
ball to Indian River in those days. Among
them were Ward, Billy Skinner, David Craw-
ford, and John Cummings. He said most
high school players growing up in Okeecho-
bee aspired to one day play ball at IRSC.
"Growing up in Okeechobee that was
our dream," he noted.
Markham said his goal will be to return
IRSC to the Junior College World Series.
He got to that tournament as a player. It is
held annually in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Markham remembers 90 degree weather on
the field during the day and driving up to the
nearby mountains to see snow in the eve-
ning. "It is a huge event. There are 10,000 to
20,000 fans that flock to the town."
Markham begins practice Monday and on
the IRSC roster this year is Dustin Stokes of
Okeechobee. Markham said he was glad to
be closer to home. His wife's parents, Mar-
cus and Connie Lowe still live in Okeecho-
bee.
"I'm glad to get closer to home. Indian
River is not where it needs to be. We have a
challenge ahead of us to get to the top. It will
take a lot of hard work," he added.

CCC meeting date set

The next meeting of the Commu-
nity Collaborative Council, a part of the
Shared Services Network of Okeechobee,
will be Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. in the
board room of the School Board Office.
We will be collecting Christmas items at
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Mr. Riesel referred to it as a "washing ma
chine" because it washed out so many cadets.
In another tourism related item Kathy Scott,
director of the tourist development council,
reported that two major bass fishing tourna
ments would be coming to C. Scott Driver Park
in January 2010. To emphasize the importance
of these tournaments to fishing and to the lo
cal economy, she compared them to events in
other sports such as the World Series and the
Super Bowl.
Turning to another topic, the board held the
first public hearing on a proposed amendment
to the county land development regulations
concerning concurrency. Concurrency deals
with a developer offsetting the effects of his
development on the infrastructure.
The proposed changes formalize and set
procedures for concurrency for transportation,
potable water, wastewater, recreation and
public schools. A second public hearing will
be held in December.
In other business, the board:
authorized negotiations with Neal Long
Construction for construction of low income
rental property using grant funds;
approved engineering consultant con
tracts and the use of Kimberly Home and As
sociates to prepare the county's state required


Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal
Report;
approved a lease at the Industrial Park to
David Williams;
declined to extend the industrial park
lease of Joe and Peggy Baker
agreed in concept to go forward with
plans to make video recordings of commis
sion meetings available in the renovated court
house;
proclaimed the week of Nov. 20 -28 to be
Farm City Week in the county;
agreed to allow use of the renovated
courthouse for a wedding;
approved a letter of agreement between
ARCADIS and the county concerning litigation
and administration actions filed by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection;
received an update from South Florida
Water Management District concerning the
Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area;
approved a grant for a portion of the
southwest drainage project;
voted to let the school board use the
county's portable bleachers; and,
agreed to let Glades Electric cut trees on
a county right of way that have the potential to
fall on their adjacent power lines.
In their annual reorganization Commis
sioners Clif Betts was re-elected chairman with
Commissioner Noel Chandler as first vice chair
and Commissioner Ray Domer as second vice
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Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
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to hear eight code violation cases Tuesday
afternoon.
Phillip Allen McCallister of West Palm
Beach, owner of property on SE 37th Way,
and Gloria Jean Vonderau have both been
cited for having condemned buildings and
overgrowth on their properties.
According to code enforcement officer
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on NE 70th Avenue, and Laura Holt, owner
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OHS boys soccer

has number of

unknowns
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee boy's soccer opens their
season Monday with a number of question
marks.
The team went to the state regional last
year and while they lost a number of excellent
players, they still return a strong group ofveter
ans. They also have a strong group of freshmen
who have joined the program.
Still, Coach Lonnie Sears, isn't about to pre
dict how well the team will do this year, "I wish
I could say. There are a lot of unknowns. It's
hard to predict because you never know about
the chemistry of a team."
Veterans Eddie Guerrero and Adrian Leon
are expected to be stabilizing influences on the
team. They are joined by Erick Garcia.
"We do have a lot of talent and a good
mixture of young and old on the team," Sears
added.
The team will do without some of their top
players for the first week of the season as they
are likely to compete in the state cross country
meet this Saturday in Dade City.
Freshmen like Hunter Pritchard and Diego
Rodriguez are expected to have immediate im
pacts. Freshman scored a goal in the preseason
for Okeechobee.
The Brahmans lost to Jupiter but defeated
South Fork in a preseason tournament last
week in Jensen Beach.
Sears said Okeechobee will be in the mix
for another district title this year if things go
well. Other teams in the mix are Jensen Beach
and Suncoast. Forest Hill has left the district
and has been replaced by Boynton Beach.
"I'll take a wait and see attitude about the
season. The freshmen have shown me a lot of
ability, we'll have to wait and see," Sears said.
Boy's soccer hosts Martin County on Mon
day and Fort Pierce Central on Wednesday.

Pre-season tourney
ends in victory
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee battled back and forth all
night with Sebring at the Blue Streaks Pre
Season Tournament Tuesday night and
came out on top 49-47.
Sebring is a much improved team this
year even though they were a district runner
up last year, Brahman Coach Tony Sherlock
said.
Only a steal by Markeisha Youmans, and
two late free throws from the senior, gave
Okeechobee the win.
"The girls hustled and they played a lot
harder than they did last year. We are start
ing to click as a group and are playing team
ball. I think the girl's realize hard work and
defense win games," Sherlock added.
Jewel Buck had a great night with 15
points and 15 rebounds. Essence Williams
had 12 points and Keighly Stewart had nine
points. Graciela Verela added six points for
Okeechobee.
Sebring was led by Madison Rose who
had 15 points. Shannon Williams had
10 points and 20 rebounds for the Blue
Streaks.
Coach Sherlock said Sebring had one last
chance in the final second. They inbounded
the ball under their own basket with less
than a second left and couldn't get a shot
off before the buzzer.


OHS girls basketball


team has high hopes


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School will arguably
field their most talented girls basketball
squad ever this year.
That's the good news. The bad news is
Okeechobee's district is also tougher, and
their schedule overall is a lot tougher.
Coach Tony Sherlock guided the team
to a (15-8) record in his first season. The
schedule last year included a number of
cupcakes, and easy wins. That is not the
case this year as Okeechobee opens up
with Martin County, and will also play sev-
eral large schools.
"I think we have a really good shot. We
have some tough teams to face," he said.
"We have some experience. Hopefully we
can hold our own against these teams."
The district will also be tough with Lin-
coln Park, Jensen Beach, and Fort Pierce
Central all potential post season squads.
Brandy Montgomery is a key factor in the
district as Sherlock said the certain college
recruit could play for Lincoln Park, or Fort
Pierce Central. Her coach moved in the
offseason across town and her sister also
plays at Fort Pierce Central.
Sherlock said he thinks the district will
be very competitive with teams being up-
set all the time. He said every team will
have to be ready to play every game.
Okeechobee returns star guard Monica
Koger, and sophomore Essence Williams.
Up front Jewel Buck, Markeisha Youmans
and Calandra Youmans will get most of the
playing time.
Other key players include Graciela Va-
rela, Miesha Henderson, Janezzka Koger,
and Diana Fonseca.


Ihe team has gotten a huge boost with
the addition of transfer Keighly Stewart.
Sherlock said she has already become the
team's best player. Waiting in the wings is
freshman Ami Edwards, who already is al-
most 6 feet tall.
"Our transfer will help out at the guard
position, and relieve some stress on the
other kids. It will also help us break the
press."
Sherlock said the team is also a bet-
ter shooting team than they've been in
the past, "Outside shooting could be the
strength of the team. We're not big inside.
We will have to work hard and box out."
Sherlock also urged the public to come
out and support the girls. He explained that
there will be several 5A and 6A schools
with talent coming to play in Okeechobee
this year.
"First you must make the girls believe
they can win. We started that last year but
didn't finish it. We had some unfinished
business last year and we'll finish it this
year. We are starting to get some respect.
Before these teams didn't' want to play us.
We're competitive now and the phone is
ringing off the hook."
The girls open up the season next week
with a pre season tournament at Sebring.
Okeechobee's first home game will be
Monday, Nov. 16.


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trial at which Meras was convicted of robbery
with a firearm while masked and burglary of
a structure while armed with assault.
Meras, now 25, was also sentenced Tues-
day but received no breaks. Judge Mirman
gave Meras a life sentence on both charges.
Assistant State Attorney Bernard Romero
told Judge Mirman that because of his coop-
eration at trial the state would not be seeking
a life sentence against Gonzalez. The state
did, however, ask that he receive a sentence
of 10 years in prison.
But, said Mr. Romero later, he under-
stood Judge Mirman's reasoning in sentenc-
ing Gonzalez.
"Gonzalez was definitely under the influ-
ence of Meras," said Mr. Romero.
Gonzalez will serve two years on com-
munity control then another four years on
probation. If he is arrested for any offense
during this period, which would violate his
community control and probation, he will
go back to court and could face spending
the rest of his life in prison on the original
charges.
As a condition of Judge Mirman's rulings
Gonzalez will live with his uncle, Eric Puente,
and his family on the Brighton Reservation.
Gonzalez, Meras and Erica Ochoa have
now all been sentenced for their part in
the daytime robbery. A final member of the
group, Kholt Gopher, will be sentenced next
month. Like his brother Gonzalez, Gopher
also testified against Meras.



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Ochoa, who provided the getaway car
and entered the store on S.R. 70 W first to
see how many people were working, was
sentenced to six years in prison after enter-
ing into a plea deal with the state.
Meras, armed with an AK-47 semi-au-
tomatic assault rife, and Gonzalez then en-
tered the store. Besides the cash, they took
some watches and cigarettes.
Gopher drove the car and never went
into the store.
Prior to handing down his sentence Tues
day, Judge Mirman heard from a licensed
clinical psychologist who testified that Gon-
zalez has led a very troubled life and has
abused alcohol and drugs since the age of
8. He also suffered an injury to his head as
a child and now suffers from several abnor-
malities.
Dr. Lori Butts said Gonzalez also has a
reading disorder and is deficient in math and
reading.
"This is a child with no structure and
with these abnormalities one would expect
the child to act out," she told Judge Mirman.
"He needs a lot of support and guidance.
He's not had any of that. Without this, he
will be lost forever."
Even though Gonzalez suffers from these
deficiencies, Dr. Butts said it does not rise to
level of not being competent.
Moore Haven attorney Travis Trueblood
defended Gonzalez and said Judge Mirman's
sentence was fair.
"It really gives Guage the opportunity to
turn his life around," said Mr. Trueblood.
"He's facing quite a fate if he doesn't turn his
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of conditions he will have to follow."
Included in those conditions are both
substance abuse and psychological counsel-
ing.
Mr. Trueblood said his client will not have
to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Each week Gonzalez will be required to
turn in a schedule for what he plans to do
the next week and, if it is approved by his
community control officer, he will not be
able to deviate from that slate. Also, he can
be checked at any time to ensure that he is
sticking to that schedule.
"The judge did a pretty wise thing," said
Mr. Trueblood. "He took a leap of faith."
And part of Judge Mirman's decision may
have been based on the teen's lack of a sta-
ble home life in the past.
"There's never been anyone there for
me," the teen told the judge in a voice that
was barely audible.
Now there is. And the rest, is up to Gon-
zalez.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-221
IN RE: ESTATE OF
HARVEY L. THOMAS
a/k/a HARVEY LEWIS THOMAS,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
HARVEY L. THOMAS, a/k/a HARVEY
LEWIS THOMAS, deceased, whose
date of death was April 27, 2009,
and whose social security number is
407-09-64-3, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972. The names
and address of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTH AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is November 15, 2009.
Personal Representative:
BERNARD THOMAS
4 iF ,i ,,,,, r i .
Attorney for Personal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
338507 ON 11/15,22/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000514
JP MORGAN CHASE BANK,
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
VS.
MISLEYDYS EXPOSITO, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MISLEYDYS EXPOSITO
Last Known Address:
12751 NE 22 Ave,
Okeechobee FL 34972
Also Attempted Service At: 10006
SW 144th P, Miami, FL 33186; 1025
Woodmere Dr, Lewisville, TX
750675041; 11378 W Flagler St, Apt
101A, Miami FL 33174; 11337 SW
69th LN, Miami FL 33175-1905
Current Address Unknown
MARIO L GONZALEZ
Last Known Address:
12751 NE 22 Ave,
Okeechobee FL 34972
Also Attempted Service At: 10006


SW 144th P1, Miami, FL 33186;
1025 Woodmere Dr, Lewisville, TX
750675041; 11378 W Hagler St, Apt
101A, Miami FL 33174; 11337 SW
69th LN, Miami FL 33175-1905 Cur-
rent Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following descnbed property:
LOT 5, BLOCK 5, COUNTRY
HILLS ESTATES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4. PAGE 97 OF
THE PUBLIC RECdRDS OF OkEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
wntten defenses, if any, to it, on
Marshall C. Watson, PA., Attpmey
for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800
NW 49TH STREET, SUITE 120,
FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 within
30 days after the first publication of
this Notice in the THE OKEECHOBEE
NEWS and file the onginal with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorney or mme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint.
In accordance with the Amencans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pr
ceeding should contact not later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (heanng impaired)
or 1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 10th day of Nov.
2009.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
338986 ON 11/15,22/09

IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009 DR 451
DIVISION: Domestic Relations
MELECIA P. JOHNSON,
Pebtioner/Wife
and
TAUREAN A. JOHNSON,
Respondent/Husband
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: TAUREAN A. JOHNSON
12208 71st Place North
VWst Palm Beach, FL 33412
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
attorney for Petitioner, MELECIA
SIMPSON, whose address is:
Sasha A. Watson
121 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801
Your answer and or written defenses
are due within 30 days of 1st publi-
cation date. Before service on Peti-
tioner or immediately thereafter, you
are required to also file the original
with the Clerk of this Court at:
Okeechobee County Clerk of Court
312 Northwest 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
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 docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request
You must keep the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office notified of


Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
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 Auditonum, located at 1728
N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more information, contact Vir-
ginia Deny at the Panning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 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 meeting has been canceled
Virginia Derry, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
338971 ON 11/13,15/09


your current address. (You may
file Notice of Current Address
Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Fu-
ture papers in this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure,
requires certain automatic dis-
closure of documents and infor-
mation. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including
dismissal or striking of plead-
ings.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
337889 ON 11/1,8,15,22/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2009 CA 479
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
Plaintff
vs.
THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS,
BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
TORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS OF JOHN BREWER AKA
JOHN W BREWER AKA JOHN W
BREWER, JR., DECEASED, et al
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: ARLENE BREWER
Whose residence is:
2810 SE 38th Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
TO: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS,
BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS
CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTH-
ER CLAIMANTS OF JOHN BREWER
AKA JOHN W. BREWER AKA JOHN
W. BREWER, JR., DECEASED
Whose residence is: UNKNOWN
If alive, and if dead, all parties
claiming interest by, through, under
or against ARLENE BREWER; THE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, BENEFI-
CIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, AS-
SIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS,
TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS
OF JOHN BREWER AKA JOHN W
BREWER AKA JOHN W. BREWER,
JR., DECEASED and all parties hav-
ing or claiming to have any right, ti-
tle, or interest in the property
descnbed herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following descnbed property:
LOT 36, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT
5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3 PAGES 45 OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 2810 SE 38th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it, on
Nwabufo Umunna, Attorney for
Paintiff, whose address is 2901 Stir-
ling Road, Suite 300, Fort Lauder-
dale, Honda 33312 within 30 days
after the first publication of this no-
tice or and file the onginal with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plainbff's attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 10th day of Nov.,
2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Notice of Action, Com-
plaint and Lis Pndens were sent to
the defendants and address named
above.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, persons needing
a reasonable accommodation to par-
ticpate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days prior, con-
tact the Clerk of the Court's disability
coordinator at 772-807-4370, 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lu-
cie, FL 34986. If hearing impaired,
contact (TDD) 800-955-8771 via
Flonda Relay System.
This is an attempt to collect a debt.
Any information obtained will be
used for that purpose.
339175 ON 11/15,22/09

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000617
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC
SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE
CORPORATION,
Plaintiff,
VS.
RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ, et al
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
3617 SW 20th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES GRANTEES, OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: Unknown
CURRENT ADDRESS: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing property in OKEECHOBEE
County, Flonda:
LOT 17, BLOCK 8, OAK PARK
SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 3 PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
wntten defenses within 30 days after
the first publicabon, if any, on Hon-
da Default Law Group, PL., Plaintiffs
attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300,
Tampa, Honda 33634, and file the
onginal with this Court either before
service on Plaintiffs attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Com-
plaint or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive
weeks in the Okeechobee News (In-
dependent Newspapers).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on this 3rd day of Nov.
2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
338222 ON 11/8,15/09


Report: man charged



in failed robbery


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been
arrested and booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail for report
edly trying to rob
a family at knife
point.
Brian James
Dansa, 24, S.R.
70 W., was ar
rested Tuesday,
Nov. 10, on
felony charges
of burglary of Brian Dansa
a conveyance
while armed and attempted rob
bery with a deadly weapon. His
bond was set at $40,000.
A probable cause affidavit
by Deputy Yamil Astacio, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of
fice (OCSO), states that Dansa


opened the door to a vehicle being
occupied by a man and his two sis
terms in the parking lot of the La Fi
esta Supermarket, 1774 S.R. 70 W.
The affidavit goes on to state that
Dansa was brandishing a knife as
he demanded money.
The victims reportedly told the
deputy that Dansa repeated his de
mand at least three times. Then he
allegedly tried to grab a woman's
purse but dropped it when the
brother made a move towards
Dansa.
Deputy Astacio went on to say
Dansa then ran from the scene
towards the King's Mobile Home
Park.
The deputy went on to state
that the knife purportedly used in
the robbery attempt has not been
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By Charles M. Murphy hopes to make up for it this year.
Okeechobee News "I'm planning to have a great year this


Senior Josh Gruber will shoulder a lot of
the leadership role this year as the Brahmans
attempt to continue their long tradition of
solid wrestling.
Gruber is the only state qualifier who re-
turns this year. He won the district champion-
ship at 130 pounds and then finished fourth
at the regional tournament. He had an off
day at the state tournament last year and he


year. I hope to go to state again. This time I
will, hopefully, place," he noted.
Gruber said he likes what he sees from
the new group of wrestlers. Many of them are
young and inexperienced. In fact almost half
of them have never wrestled competitively
before. He said they will look to him for ad-
vice and guidance.
"I think the team is coming around well.
We started off slow but there starting to pick


Pinelands fire damages residence


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Approximately $35,000 in damages
were reported after a blaze at 2300 N.W.
395th Court in Okeechobee earlier this
week, Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
(OCF/R) reported.
Firemen sent four units and eight fire-
men to the scene on Nov. 7, after the call
was dispatched at 2:29 p.m.
A fire report from paramedic David
Kinchen said the fire started in a wall as-
sembly. The cause was under investigation
by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
There were no injuries reported.
The fire report said there were smoke


and flames coming out of the southwest
corner of the mobile home as firemen ar-
rived. They used 500 gallons of water to
extinguish the flames.
Firemen were able to confine the dam-
age to the bedroom of the home. One oc-
cupant of the home suffered smoke inhala-
tion when she went back inside to rescue
family pets.
The home owner, Norman Jean Perasa,
told firemen that power had been going on
and off in the home before the fire broke
out.
She was leaving the premises when she
saw black smoke in the living room and
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added.
Gruber said he has big shoes to fill in the
captain's chair with Donny Bush and Tyler
Hayes having graduated. He noted that with
a lot of hard work, the younger wrestlers can
get where they want to be.
Gruber is also glad to have coach Bruce
Jahner back for another year. He said Jahner
has been a great role model and mentor for
the kids.
"I'm hoping for a great season and I think
the team will do really well this year. That's
what we're hoping for," he said.

Fire damages RVs

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
No one was injured after a fire at 11486
Highway 441 SE on Tuesday night, Okeecho-
bee County Fire Rescue reported.
Two units and four firemen responded
around 11:30 pm and found the RV mobile
home was fully involved and was threaten-
ing a second mobile home nearby.
The first home suffered about $10,000 in
damage, Lt. Robert Mears said. The second
RV suffered heat damage and some smoke
damage to the interior of the home.
About $7,500 in property damage was re-
ported to the second RV, Mears said.
About 750 gallons of water was used to
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