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Vol. 101 No. 5 Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Okeechobee courts have
a new judge ... Page 3

Classifieds ............................. 14-15
Community Events....................... 6
Crossword.................................. 15
O bituaries .......................................... 6
O pinio n ............................................... 4
Speak O ut ........................................ 4
Sports.............................. 12-13, 16
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Scammers pose as Census
By Eric Kopp sonal information to unsolicited phone or visited by U.S. Census
Okeechobee News phone callers or visitors. How- workers who will ask about the
As the 2010 Census process ever, the Census is an exception number of people in the house-
gets under way, the Better Busi- to the rule," said Michael Galvin, hold. However, scammers know
ness Bureau is warning citizens vice president of communications this and are posing as Census
to be cautious and not become a for the Better Business Bureau of workers to get financial informa-
victim of identity theft. Southeast Florida and the Carib- tion such as Social Security, bank
Over the next 18 months more bean. "Unfortunately, scammers account or credit card numbers.
than 140,000 U.S. Census workers know that the public is more will- Law enforcement in several
will count every person in the U.S. ing to share personal data when states have already issued warn-
The data gathered will be used to taking part in the Census and they ings about scammers posing as
allocate over $300 billion in federal have an opportunity to ply their Census takers and asking for do-
funds every year, and to determine trade by posing as a government nations and Social Security num-
a state's number of Congressional employee and soliciting sensitive bers.
representatives, financial information." Mr. Galvin and the Better Busi-
"Most people are rightfully During the Census period, peo- ness Bureau offer the following
cautious and won't give out per- ple will be contacted by mail, tele- advice:

OHS Rode
OHS Rodeo Team has had a
very busy schedule for the past
couple of months.
They decorated and donated a
Christmas tree for the Annual Hos-
pice Christmas Tree Fundraiser.
The teams tree this year was titled
"Rodeo or Bust." The kids are very
proud to take part in this wonder-
ful event to benefit Hospice each
They also have put on a suc-
cessful BBQ dinner fundraiser, to
benefit the end of the year ban-
quet and prizes.
Next they got busy decorating
the team's Christmas float for the
Lighted Christmas Parade. The
float was titled "Cowboy Christ-
mas" which presented a cowboy
kneeling in front of a lighted cross
with his horse at his side. Other
team members along with friends
and relatives decorated their hors-
es and followed behind the float.
Over the Christmas holidays, there
were a number of "jackpot" barrel
races and ropings which some of
the team members competed in.

o Team prepares
Some team members partici-
pated in a two-day roping clinic .
put on by Joe Beaver Buck Daniels I.'
In addition to the special events
and activities, team members were
still practicing and competing in .
high school rodeo events.
The last FHSRA rodeo placings,
which was held in Zolfo on Dec. 5
and 6 are as follows:
Tie Down Roping Jacob An-
uez placed 1st on Saturday; Garret 7
Rucks 10th on Saturday; and Nat .
Stratton placed 8th on Sunday.
Breakaway Roping Maci
Culligan placed 7th and 5th; Shel-
by Carden placed 10th and 3rd;
Shiloh Anuez placed 4th; and Lexi i"*'
Peaden placed 7th.
Barrel Racing Lexi Peaden
placed 7th.
Pole Bending Carlie Lanier '
placed 5th; and Raybon Durrance
placed 4th and 10th.
Team Roping Jacob Anuez
placed 6th and 7th which puts him Kyle Folsum compete
at second place for the state. Okeechobee High Sc

See Rodeo Page 2

ing to compete in th

If a Census worker knocks on
your door they will have a badge, a
handheld device, a Census Bureau
canvas bag and a confidentiality
notice. Ask to see their identifica-
tion and their badge before an-
swering their questions. However,
you should never invite anyone
you don't know into your home.
Census workers are currently
knocking on doors to verify ad-
dress information. Do not give
your Social Security number,
credit card or banking informa-
tion to anyone -- even if they claim
See Scam Page 2

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;hool Rodeo Team members are prepar-
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Continued From Page 1

they need it for the U.S. Census. While the
Census Bureau may ask for basic financial
information -- such as salary range -- it will
never ask for Social Security, bank account
or credit card number.
Census employees will never solicit do-
Census workers will not harass or in-
timidate you.
While Census workers may contact
you by phone, mail or in person at home
they will never contact you by e-mail. Never
click on a link or open attachments in an e-
mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Cen-
sus Bureau.
You are only required to tell a Census
worker how many people live at your ad-
dress. And while a Census worker may ask
for your salary range, you can answer if you

choose but you are not required to answer
that question.
Finally, the U.S. Census Bureau is not
working with the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on
gathering Census information. No ACORN
worker should approach you saying he/she
is with the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.S. Census is conducted every 10
If someone should come to your home
posing as a Census worker and asking for
donations or your personal financial infor-
mation or Social Security number, contact
local law enforcement. If you are in the city,
call the Okeechobee City Police Department
at 863-763-5521. If you live in the county,
contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at 863-763-3117.
For more advice on avoiding identity theft
and fraud, go to
For information about the 2010 Census,
go to

Continued From Page 1

Goat Tying
and 9th.

- Shelby Carden placed 5th

The next scheduled high school rodeo
will be Jan. 23 and 24 in Bunnell. Visit www. for more informa-
tion. If you have any questions or comments
you may also contact Missie Peaden at 863-

Okeechobee Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 29. North northwest wind between 5
and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. North northwest wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. North northwest wind around 5

Special to the Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School senior Jesse Cofield competes in break away roping
on the Florida High School Rodeo circuit.

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January 10, 2010

January 10, 2010

Okeechobee News

New Judge begins assignment in Okeechobee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Robert Belanger wants to sit on the bench
in Okeechobee; he lobbied for the assign-
Judge Belanger became Okeechobee's
latest Circuit Court Judge Monday when he
began what is likely a two-year assignment in
Judge Belanger will handle all of the felony
dockets and the domestic violence dockets in
He expects to stay busy, but not quite as
busy as he was in St. Lucie County where he
handled a very large criminal docket.
"The dockets won't approach those of St.
Lucie County, which is a good thing," he said.
"It assures the quality of work and is a man-
ageable case load, it will keep us busy, but
also allows us to devote the time and attention
we need to each of the cases."
Judge Belanger has served five years on the
bench. He was a prosecutor before this and
worked his way up to become head of the
Stuart Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit State
Attorney Bruce Colton.
He lives in Palm City and admits he has an
easier drive to work than many other judges.
"I love Okeechobee because it's a great
place," he said. "I've enjoyed coming out here

to hunt gators before, and it's a nice drive, and
pretty convenient for me."

Judge Robert Belanger.
guished alumni.

Judge Be-
langer attend-
ed college at
John Carroll
University, a
Jesuit School
in Cleveland,
Ohio. He
also attended
the Marshall
School of Law
at Cleveland
State Univer-
sity. He listed
Tim Russert
and Don Shula
as some of the
schools distin-

The new judge said criminal case loads
haven't been as impacted as civil dockets by
the slump in the economy. He noted foreclo-
sures and other civil case loads have been
booming, making it tough on judges. On the
criminal side, he said the nature of cases could
change a bit with more thefts, burglaries, and
financial type crimes.
"The criminal docket is pretty recession
proof. The volume of crimes is not affected by

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons. There
are active warrants for each of them. The cri-
teria for making Okeechobee's Most Wanted
top five is based on the severity of the crime
in . il ii 6. i1 ,, with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the
whereabouts 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, Mai
you have the option of remaining anony
mous. You can also receive a reward if the
information results in an arrest.
David Thomas Arnold III, DOB 11/21/1984,
VOP- Burglary Structure, Grand Theft, No Bond.

rcel Bates Lisamarie
rcel Bates Lorenze

the economy," he said.
Judge Belanger said his goal in court is to
get the cases through as quickly as possible
and not waste people's time. He said he tries
to be accommodating as possible to attorneys
and most importantly prospective jurors.
"I've been told I move the docket very
quickly," he said. "I don't cut corners and I do
things the way they are supposed to be done.
I realize attorneys have other cases and court-
rooms to be in so I try to get people in and out
of court as quickly as possible."
He implemented some procedural changes
to help keep the dockets moving smoothly. He
will require all attorneys to file all of their pre-
trial motions 14 days before trial. There will be
no last minute motions to hear while a panel
of jurors is waiting. He also signed an admin-
istrative order that will provide copies of court
procedures to anyone who requests one who
has a role in a case.
He noted often times parents of defendants
will call the judges office and ask questions or
make requests. He said that is not how the le-
gal system is designed to work. Everything that
happens in a case will occur in open court.
Judge Belanger said so far he has been very
impressed with how the Okeechobee court
system works.

"It has been a great few days," the judge
said. "Everyone is very accommodating. The
bailiffs and the clerks have made us feel wel-
come. I asked to come out here. I grew up in
a rural area in Ohio and I like the laid back
pace. I'm really looking forward to being out
here awhile."

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Breast Augmentation

Tummy Tuck

David T.
Arnold III

Marcel Bates,
DOB 10/13/1976, Failure of Sexual Offender To
Report To DHSMV Bond $10,000.
Lisamarie Lorenz, DOB 2/9/1987, VOP Re-
sisting Arrest with Violence, No Bond.

Cold weather means pythons are sunning

During this cold snap in South Florida, Bur-
mese pythons in the wild may be out sunning
themselves in an effort to stay warm. And that
means hunters out in four South Florida wild-
life management areas (WMAs) should be on
the lookout for the unwanted, nonnative spe-
cies. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) reminds hunters that
they may continue to take Burmese pythons
and all other reptiles of concern within four
South Florida WMAs during the normal course
of hunting during the areas' small-game sea-
All properly licensed and permitted hunters
have the authority, if they wish, to harvest py-
thons and other reptiles of concern (Indian py-
thon, reticulated python, northern and south-
ern African rock python, amethystine or scrub
python, green anaconda and Nile monitor
lizard) on Everglades, Francis S. Taylor, Holey
Land and Rotenberger WMAs and Big Cypress
National Preserve during specified hunting sea-
sons. Small-game seasons on all four manage-
ment areas continue through March 7. On Big
Cypress, however, the small-game season ends
Feb. 1. In all four WMAs, only a Florida hunt-

ing license and management area permit are
required to hunt reptiles of concern from now
through the end of the small-game seasons.
"During the warm weather months, Bur-
mese pythons stay hidden out of the sun, but
with the temperatures dipping below normal
in these areas, they have to find a way to stay
warm," said Jenny Tinnell, FWC biologist with
the exotic species section. "They may be out in
the open more than before to find the warmth
of the sun, and we hope hunters, in the nor-
mal course of hunting in these areas, will take
advantage of the opportunity to help stop the
spread of this nonnative species."
Reptiles of concern may not be taken out of
the wildlife management areas alive and must
be reported to the FWC within 36 hours by
calling, toll-free, 866-392-4286, or going to My- and selecting "Burmese pythons"
in the "Quick Clicks" menu. Hunters may
do what they wish with the reptiles' skin and
meat. According to the National Park Service,
mercury testing on two dozen captured Bur-
mese pythons in Everglades National Park re-
vealed extraordinarily high levels of mercury in
the meat well above levels considered safe.

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reflections from the Pulpit

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
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!

Cameras catch speeders
The use of cameras to catch speed-
ers-with the tickets mailed to them-has
been done in Europe for more than 25
years. This is nothing new. I think it would
be smart for Okeechobee County to do this,
if only to slow down the speeders on State
Road 70 and State Road 710. Slowing down
the speed demons would make those roads
a little safer for everyone.
With the state of the property values
and loss of tax income, we can't afford to
hire enough deputies to patrol the county.
So bring on the cameras. It will get people
to pay a little more attention to their driving
and slow down.
This is what we need-NOT. Let's
make it like on the coast. How about we
fine people who leave their trash cans out
after 12:00 on trash day, or when their grass
get over six inches, or when they park on
the side of the road and don't face the right
way. This is not the Okeechobee I want.
What we need is tax base, which you gain
by attracting new industry to the county
which in turn brings new jobs, new homes,
and more money spent in the community.
Creating a more intrusive government at-
tracts "nothing." You need to question your
commissioners as to why no new industry
is coming to Okeechobee. Everybody else is
creating growth opportunities.

I am glad that our winter visitors have
returned because it is a big help for the res-
taurants and stores to have more custom-
ers. But please pay attention to your driving.
Do not slow down to a crawl or just stop on
the Kissimmee River bridge to look at the
water. The drivers behind you do not ap-
preciate the traffic created by those who do
this. If you want to look at the water, pull
in to Okee-Tantie so you can park and walk
around without creating a traffic jam. Thank

The problem with dogs running loose
is a continual one. The person whose cat
was killed by the neighbor's dogs is just
the most recent example of how bad the
problem is. What is it going to take for the
county to put some teeth in the leash laws?
Of course the deputies will tell you that if a
dog is on your property attacking your pet,
you have the legal right to shoot the dog.
And maybe it will have to come to that. But
most people do not want to shoot dogs. It
is not the dog's fault that the owner is not
responsible enough to keep their dog off
other people's property.
I have a problem with my neighbor's
dog barking for hours on end at night. It
usually starts about 4 a.m. and goes on until
sunrise. Why own a dog if you are just go-
ing to leave him outside to bark non stop for
hours? If he is barking at something, go out
and see what is wrong. If you don't want
to pay attention to your dog, then get rid of
him. Your neighbors could use some sleep.

Cold weather
When the temperatures drop, don't
forget your pets. They are not used to cold
weather any more than you are. A sudden
drop in temperature does not give them
time to grow thicker fur, as animals up
north would do in the winter. Florida pets
need protection from the cold. Bring them
inside if you can, or at least make sure they
have a dog house or other shelter. And give
them some blankets to sleep on to help
hold in the warmth. Also, in cold weather,
animals need more food as their bodies are
using that fuel at an increased rate to help
maintain their internal body temperature.
They were talking about the possibility
of snow in Florida on the news. So where
did the global warming go? It seems to me
it's colder than it used to be, not warmer.

I know the school budgets are tight,
but I wish they would have a bigger variety
of sports or else have more teams so that
every child who wants to be on a team
can play. We need to encourage the kids,
especially the middle school age kids, to
be more physically active. But the school
teams are only for the players who are the
best at tryouts and the other kids are just left
out. Some kids do not have a dad or a big
brother at home to teach them a sport and
practice with them.


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You can know His will

By Rev. Tommaso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
I don't know where this story came from,
but it is a funny one.
Three men were hiking through a forest
when they came upon a large raging, violent
river. Needing to get to the other side, the first
man prayed, "God, please give me the strength
to cross the river" and Poof! God gave him big
arms and strong legs and he was able to swim
across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned
twice. After witnessing that, the second man
prayed, "God, please give me strength and the
tools to cross the river," and poof! God gave
him a rowboat and strong arms and strong
legs and he was able to row across in about an
hour after almost capsizing once. Seeing what
happened to the first two men, the third man
prayed, "God, please give me the strength, the
tools and the intelligence to cross the river,"
and poof! He was turned into a woman. She
checked the map, hiked one hundred yards up
stream and walked across the bridge.
This is not a dig toward men, but often we
as men and women lose the ability to know
God's will because we do not go to where
God's will is evident. Knowing God's will is as
simple as looking at the instruction manual,
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
The instructional manual is the Word of God
and it can and does help us to Know God's will
for our lives. God's will for our lives is to do His
will. The question is, can we know God's will
or do we just go through life hanging on our
own ability?
You can know God's will "Wherein he
hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and
prudence" (Ephesians 1:8-9). What did He
abound toward us? What does abound mean?
It means to be present in large number or lav
ish. God has lavished on us. He has given us
more then we deserve and blessed us in all
wisdom and prudence. He made us to know
His wisdom. What Solomon asked for instead
of riches, honor and material possessions God
give to us who know Him and He gives it in
abundance. He gives wisdom. He showers us
with the knowledge of who He is and He gives
us prudence. What does prudence mean? He
gives us understanding so that we can apply the
wisdom that He gives. We know it is wrong to
sin and yet we do it as if it is going out of style.
The knowledge that sin is wrong and evil in His
sight is not enough. You must understand that
sin is against God and is ultimately your want-
ing to be God and your need to repent.

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You cannot do what God desires of you if
you do not fear Him and know Him, because
when you do not know Him you do not care
to do His will. Now God can use anyone to
bring about His plan whether they be believers
or non-believers. Pharaoh was used to correct
Abraham, the man of great faith, who fell short
of God's glory in Genesis 12 when he left the
land where God had sent him, because he did
not rest in the fact that God can provide even
in the midst of famine. "Having made known
unto us the mystery of his will, according to
his good pleasure which he hath purposed in
himself" (Ephesians 1:9) He has made known
to us the mystery of His will. As true believers
we all want to know the will of God, and God
has made it known to us already. The mystery
of His will is not a mystery when we trust Him.
Why do I say that this mystery is not a mys-
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service." (Romans
12:1) His will is that because of God's mercy,
in that He did not give you what you deserve,
you must present your bodies as a present to
Him as a living sacrifice. What does it mean
that you must present your body as a living sac-
rifice? You must die to your desires and live for
His desires. This is your reasonable service or
your spiritual act of worship. "And be not con-
formed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God."(Romans 12:2) You should not
look like this world but you should be trans
You should look and act differently from the
world around you not because He wants you
to be a party pooper, but because He wants
you to be conformed to His will.
He wants you to live your life in His good,
pleasing, and perfect will. Will it be good in
how you view it? Will it be pleasing to the way
you think your life shall be? Will you think it
is perfect? No, but it will be His good pleasing
and perfect will. Before you can do His good
pleasing and perfect will, you must know that
One who chose you before the foundation of
the world, the One who redeems by His grace
through His shed blood when He took on your
sin, died in your place, was buried and raised
to life again. If you have not trusted in Him you
are lost and will not know His will, because
you are blind to the things of God, but if you
were to trust Him He would show you His wis-
dom, give you understanding and make you to
know His will.

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By Dan Culbert
Horticulture agent
UF/IFAS Extension Office Okeecho
People who love plants often en
ing their knowledge and love of ho
with others. This need to share pi
part in why I love working as an e
horticulture agent.
The University of Florida Exten
vice responds to requests for go
knowledge using trained volunteer
volunteers are known as Master Ga
Okeechobee County is now looki
few friendly folks who would like t
Master Gardener training and then
While there are lots of gardening
out there, many are driven by cor
interests or they may rely on limit

Friendly gree

rience. The Extension office provides horti-
culture answers, but with a difference: our
bee answers are backed by research. And when
the number of requests exceed the amount
[joy shar- of agent time, volunteers are asked to pitch
rticulture in to help keep the community green.
ays a big Would you or someone you know like
extension to join the ranks of thousands of Master
Gardeners from all over the world? Being a
sion Ser- Master Gardener will involve completing a
od plant comprehensive training program and then
rs. These providing 75 hours of service back to the
gardeners. local community by next year. Trained vol-
ng for a unteers will receive plenty of handouts and
o receive a shirt. The program fee has been reduced
help this this year to $100, and will cover the cost of
training materials. Half of the fee $50 will
answers be returned when the volunteer provides
nmercial 75 hours of service. An additional optional
ed expe- fee can be paid to obtain UF/IFAS reference

n thumbs to volunteer

publications if the volunteer so desires.
Class begins January 27
The training class will begin on Wednes-
day Jan. 27, and continue for ten weeks ev-
ery Tuesday until March 31. Graduation will
be held on Wednesday, April 14. Classes will
start at 9 a.m. and finish around 4 p.m. We
are currently planning our classes in coop-
eration with the Martin County Extension of-
fice in Stuart, with the majority of the classes
being taught here in Okeechobee.
Trained volunteers may be asked to an-
swer routine horticultural questions here in
our office, or they may be placed with other
volunteer groups that need a gardening ex-
pert. We will make use of each the volun-
teer's interests and talents: if you are good
at talking to groups, you can anchor our
speaker's list; if you are an organizer, maybe
you have a desire to help get a local garden

Community Calendar

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held
at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee
meets the second Monday of each month, at
7 p.m. at the entrance to Okee-Tantie Camp
Grounds. We are seeking new members who
are, "Semper Paratus Always Ready."
For information call 863-824-7623
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will star t at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.V.R to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would like to
extend a warm welcome to any interested per-
sons to come by and see what they are about.
For information call 863-763-6952.
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on
Road 78 on the second Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come as a guest and in-
quire about membership. Do get your safe boat-
ing certification. Call to enroll for course or to in-
quire about membership 863-763-0165.
Community Gospel Sing will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Seventh Day Christian
Church, next door to Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center. The pubic is invited to
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee
will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The meeting is
open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per per-

son, and $12 for a family. For information, call
Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
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
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every
Tuesday and is open to all who deal with some-
one with addictions. There is support with this
epidemic. The meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
at the Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E.
Contact Jay at 863-467-8683 for questions or
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition
meets the second Tuesday of the month, at 11:30
a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, lunch
is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel
at 863-697-1792.
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.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, Call Maureen Budjinski
at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is
now an A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners
are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee
will meet at the Grace Christian Church Fellowship
Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone currently home
schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-
6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
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.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson
at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in

finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-
261-5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group
meets at Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for
breakfast. For information, Darlene Phanco, 863-
467-5351 leave message.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible 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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition
meets every second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church. For informa-
tion contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group
meets on the first and third Tuesday at 401 S.W.
Fourth Street at First Baptist Church and on the
second and fourth Tuesday at Red Cross from
6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional
support or someone just to care are welcome.
For information call the hot line 863-801-9201 or
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.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time --a morn-
ing of free organized Christian activities that in-
cludes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
call 863-357-3053.

club started.
Near the top of my list is my desire to get
kids and plants together. Our 4-H clubs are
very active with animal livestock projects.
We need 4-H leaders in Okeechobee that
can help grow great kids and great gardens.
The Junior Master Gardener program can
be a lot of fun, but we need some interested
committed adults to start this seed to grow
here in Okeechobee. A trained Master Gar-
dener can get this growing going.
There is no prerequisite of gardening
knowledge for prospective Master Garden-
ers. However, persons who wish to be vol-
unteers do need good people skills and an
enthusiastic attitude.
Get a Sprouting Kit
If you are interested, call me. We can send
you a "sprouting kit," or you can view it on-
line at this eb page: hi1. ... . I.I, iI 1.`%20Gardeners/MG.Sprouting.
Kit.htm. It has more information about the
Master Gardener Program, and includes an
application. Return the application along
with the $100 program fee, and we will re-
view and schedule an interview. Application
must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 20 in
order to be a part of the class that begins on
Wednesday, Jan. 27.
If you need additional information on the
Master Gardener program, or to request a
Sprouting Kit and application, call or stop by
our office at 458 Hwy 98 North. Our phone
number is 863-763-6469, and you can email
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Community Events

Southern Gospel Concert
The English Family will be on concert
Sunday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Abundant
Blessings Assembly of God, 4550 U.S. 441
N. The English Family will have the crowd
laughing by the time the concert is over. The
audience will leave refreshed in their spirit
and renewed in their mind. Everyone is wel-

Benefit for Lisa Burkhardt
Lisa Burkhardt is battling cancer for the
second time. She is a breast cancer survivor
who is now battling brain and lung cancer.
A benefit for her will be held at the VFW Post
10539, 3912 Highway 441 S.E., on Jan. 10,
starting at 1 p.m. There will be food, music,
raffles and more. For information, call 863-

Church of the Nazarene
hosts concert
Southern gospel recording artists, Brian
Free and Assurance will be in concert on
Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Church of the Nazarene, 425 SW 28th
St. For more information, call Floyd Selph at

Eastern Star to
host breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star will hold a Breakfast 8-11
a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Okeecho-
bee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Avenue.
The menu includes biscuits & sausage gravy,
scrambled eggs, grits, hashbrown casserole,
breakfast ham, coffee and orange juice all
for only $6/person. For information, contact
Rick Ellsworth at 863-467-2096 or Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.

OCIA meeting set
Okeechobee Community Improvement
Association Members and anyone who is in-
terested are welcome to attend the O.C.I.A.
meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11 at
7 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church
Social Hall, 906 N.W Ninth Ave., Okeecho-
bee. If you have any questions or concerns,
please contact the following: George Rob-
erson, 863-610-0973, Vice President, Bertha
Boswell, 863-763-4823, Secretary, Rita Jones,
863-467-0594 or 772-380-3518.


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

Edith Vincent, 87
OKEECHOBEE Edith Vincent, passed away
Friday, January 8, 2010, in (' .... i ...l Health
Care Facility. She was 87.
She owned a florist and decorating sho in
Fort Lauderdale. She
was a member of
ABWA for 25 years;
as well, she was a
member of the
Toastmasters. She
was Woman of the
Year in 1977 in Fort
Lauderdale. Mrs.
Vincent enjoyed
square dancing and
traveling in her mo-
tor home. She came
to (I ...i, .1 - in 1986 from Ft. Lauderdale. She
was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic
Mrs. Vincent is survived by her husband of 66
years, Donald R. Vincent; daughter, Allison
(Dean) Vincent of Fort Lauderdale; four grand-
children, Christa, Stuart, Brent and Drew; and
three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday,
January 11, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Burial of cremains will take place at South Flori-
da National VA. Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to the loving care
of Bass ( i. i ....- Funeral Home and Crema-
tory, 205 N.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee.
Friends may sign the -i. il ..1. at www.bas-

Leona Hawk, 74
OKEECHOBEE Leona Hawk, passed away
Thursday, January 7, 2010, in Raulerson Hospi-
tal. She was 74.
Born March 22, 1935
in Lorida, to Lewis and
Clemmie Waldron,
she was a lifetime
resident of Okeecho-
bee. She was a
member of First
Baptist Church and
was a Captain in
Corrections Depart-
ment of the Okee-
chobee Sheriff's
Mrs. Hawk was
preceded in death
by her husband, Richard Hawk; her parents,
Lewis and Clemmie Waldron; sister, Charlotte
Rhoden; and brother, Leland Waldron.
She is survived by her sons, Jimbo Hawk (Pa-
tricia) and Bobby Hawk, both of (i... bi -.I -
sister, Wanda Spradlin (Ray) of Mt. Dora; grand-
children, Celeste Hawk, Jennifer Ceballos (Al-
bert) and Chad Hawk; and great-grandchildren,
Gracie and Emma Ceballos.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday,
January 10, 2010, at Bass (i.... ii- Chapel.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, January
11, 2010, at First Baptist Church of (01,.,i,, i ,
with Brother Joe Bishop officiating. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.,. i.... -- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (,i.,. i ,I .
Friends may sign the ,-i i.....i. at www.bas-

hSearch obituaries nationally at

Healthy Start Coalition
Board to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office, 5757 SW 28th Street (within the New
Endeavor High School Building). This meet-
ing is open to the public. For more informa-
tion contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
festivities set
There will be a weekend celebration in
honor of the contributions by Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. The celebration will begin
on Jan. 16, with a banquet at 7 p.m. at the
Douglas Brown Community Center, 726 N.E.
16th Avenue, Okeechobee. A March to com-
memorate the day will be held on Jan. 18
with the line up schedule set for 8:15 a.m. at
the Douglas Brown Community Center. The
Parade begins at 10 a.m. beside the U-Save
followed bya program at the park. After the
program, the march will proceed back to
Douglas Brown Community Center. There
will be food and entertainment for every-
one. For more information, please contact
Rita Jones at 772-380-3518.


Methodist Church
sponsors study
The community is invited to a 6 week study
by Joyce Meyer, "The Confident Woman" at
First United Methodist Church, 200 NW Second
St., on Wednesday mornings beginning Jan. 13
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There is no cost. Coffee,
tea, hot chocolate and snacks will be served.
For more information contact Nancy Vaughan
863 763 4021.

Moose Lodge to hold
Vegas Night
Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will have their
annual "LAS VEGAS" night, Saturday, Jan. 16,
from 5 until 9 p.m. Games, door prizes, food,
auction, and lots of fun. Bring your friends and

Online Guestbook
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where family and friends can share reflections,

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Okeechobee Livestock Market Report | |

January 4 and 5, 2010



1000-1500 $54.0
1500-2000 $59.0

Calves 540
Cows 106
Str 28
Hfrs 5
Bulls 18
Yrlngs 7
Mix 12

0 $55.00
0 $54.00
0 $39.00

0 $56.00
0 $68.00



Med #1

Med #2

716 1296 Small #1 Steers Hfrs
250-300 110-120
Steers Hfrs 300-350 97-113 80-87
140-145 350-400 75-80
110-114 8492 New Year brought some

103-109 74-82 better prices. Cows and
92-103 70-80 bulls up 3-5.00 higher than
72-75 three weeks ago. Calves
83-91 74-75 were higher 1-2.00 mostly
on better CFS. About steady
Steers Hfrs on the rest. Rebecca Eaves
120-130 topped the calf market with
95-120 75-80 high of $1.50, bought
88-117 70-88 by D&S Cattle. H H Partin
97-108 75-84 topped the cow market with
80-90 68-77 a high of 56.00, bought by

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disaster assistance program

Tim Manning, Executive Director of USDA's
Farm Service Agency in Florida has announced
that USDA has implemented the new Supple-
mental Revenue Assistance Payments program
(SURE) in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill.
Mr. Manning also encouraged producers
to visit their FSA county office to participate in
the program if they suffered crop production
losses during the 2008 crop year.
"This program is an important component
of the farm safety net and will provide finan-
cial assistance to producers who have suffered
crop losses due to natural disasters," said Mr.
Manning. "Producers will receive payments
beginning in January, in time to help them
with planning for next year's crop."
SURE provides crop disaster assistance
payments to eligible producers on farms that
have incurred crop production or crop quality
losses. The program takes into consideration
crop losses on all crops grown by a producer
nationwide. SURE provides assistance in an
amount equal to 60 percent of the difference
between the SURE farm guarantee and total
farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on
the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured
Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) cov-
erage on the farm. Total farm revenue takes
into account the actual value of production on
the farm as well as insurance indemnities and
certain farm program payments.
To be eligible for SURE, producers must
have suffered at least a 10 percent production
loss on a crop of economic significance. In

addition, producers must meet the risk man-
agement purchase requirement by either ob-
taining a policy or plan of insurance, under the
Federal Crop Insurance Act or NAP coverage,
for all economically significant crops. For 2008
crops, producers had the opportunity to obtain
a waiver of the risk management purchase re-
quirement through a buy-in provision. Produce
ers considered socially disadvantaged, a begin-
ning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource
farmer may be eligible for SURE without a
policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.
In addition to meeting the risk management
purchase requirement, a producer must have a
farming interest physically located in a county
that was declared a primary disaster county or
contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary
under a Secretarial Disaster Designation. Re-
gardless of a Secretarial Disaster Designation,
individual producers may also be eligible for
SURE if the actual production on the farm is
less than 50 percent of the normal production
on the farm due to a natural disaster. For SURE,
a farm is defined as all crops in which a pro-
ducer had an interest nationwide.
For more information on the new SURE
program, please visit your local FSA county of-
fice or
USDA is an equal opportunity provider,
employer and lender. To file a complaint of
discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office
of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-
3272 (voice), or 202-720-6382 (TDD).

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CTT holds monthly tourney despite cold weather

Despite the cold temperatures on Satur-
day, Jan. 3, the Christian Team Trails held
their first tournament of the year! There
were a total of 48 boats that went out, 11
prize monies were passed out along with
free hot dogs and cold drinks, and a good
time was had despite the cold weather.
Tim Arnold took first place in the tourna-
ment with a total of 14.26 lbs. as well as the
first place Big Fish with a big fish weighing in
at 5.76 lbs. Coming in second place was Bob
Owens with a total of 13.26 lbs. as well as
the second Big Fish weighing in at 5.64 lbs.
Third place went to the team of Rick Sa-
sina and Robert Shelter with a total of 11.99
The following places also received prize
monies of $120.
Fourth place: Don Van Dyke and Ricker
Fifth Place: Dave Stout and Geary Ad-
Sixth place: Leroy Bauer and Jo Wozar.
Seventh Place: Kyle Monti and Cody
Eighth Place: Donny Bass and Steve Elly-

Ninth Place: Jack Harrison.
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Special to the Okeechobee News
Jim Fowler, Tim Arnold and Pastor John Garrison; Tim was the first place winner
and Big Fish winner.

Many gathered to participate at the Christian Team Trails monthly tournament
Despite the cold weather a total of 48 boats went out and everyone enjoye
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December students of the month
Students of the Month showing exemplary behavior in the area of RESPECT
included: Kindergarten: Isabella Calvillo, Adamaris Fernandez-Urieta, Luis
Noel Espinoza, Virginia Younger, Kiersten Kennedy and Chloe Carter; First
grade: Angel Garcia, Emily Martinez, Michael Orozco, Chase Mangold, Vic-
toria Simmons, Bailey Harden and Lauren Sills; second grade: Malek Alva-
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A shopping center owner and a water
company recently had to pay an Okeecho-
bee woman $850,000 after they were sued
for negligence regarding safety standards.
In February 2004, Patti Simmons' vehicle
was parked behind the Okeechobee Plaza
shopping center, owned Royal & Sons, Ltd.
As Ms. Simmons walked to her vehicle, she
unknowingly stepped into an uncovered wa-
ter meter hole, causing her to fall. A heavy
rain storm had flooded the dark parking lot,
creating a hazardous situation. The meter

City code board to
hear four cases
When the city code enforcement
board meets Tuesday night, they will
consider four cases. The NW 12th Street
property belonging to Fremont Invest-
ment & Loan has been cited as a public
nuisance. Wells Fargo Bank's SW 10th
Street property as well as Barbara Mills'
NW Fifth Street property have both been
cited for general cleaning and beautifica-
The fine on Arthur Davis' NW Seventh
Street property has accrued for over nine-
ty days. The board will have to decide on
taking further action.
City of Okeechobee Code Enforce-
ment Board meets at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Jan. 12 in the City Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 SE Third Ave.

opening should have been covered with a
plastic lid to protect pedestrians, but the lid
was not properly attached and floated away
when the parking lot flooded, according to
Ms. Simmons' attorney.
The drain covers were managed by the
Okeechobee Utility Authority.
"The property owners have an obliga-
tion to keep their property safe," com-
mented Attorney Philip DeBerard. "Just as
property owners have a responsibility to
prevent dangerous conditions, so too must

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land and business owners act when inclem-
ent weather creates adverse conditions on
a property." Philip DeBerard and Robin A.
Blanton represented Simmons in the action
against the defendants.
Ms. Simmons suffered years of multiple
neck and back surgeries that left her totally
and permanently disabled and unable to
return to her job as a beautician, stated Mr.
DeBerard. The injuries and required medical
care forced her to make substantial changes
to her lifestyle, he stated.

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National Influenza Vaccination Week announced

The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment announced that in coordination with
the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), and

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Students of the Week
The students pictured were chosen
by their teachers as Students of the
Week at Osceola Middle School for
the week of Jan. 4-8. These students
enjoyed Domino's Pizza with Princi-
pal Mrs. Bass, Dean Mr. Burk, Guid-
ance Counselors Mrs. Branham
and Mrs. McGlamory, and School
Resource Officer Deputy Holmes.
OMS is grateful to have students
such as these who serve as ex-
amples to others of good character
and hard work. They are doing as
all OMS Warriors are striving to do:
"Be respectful; Be responsible; and
Be safe! Congratulations to each
of these model students! From left
to right are: Jesus Ordonez, Emily
Worth, Erica Ruiz, Daniel Robles,
Lynette Casiano, Angel Garcia, and
Dylan McClanahan.

the Florida Department of Health, (FDOH),
the week of Jan. 10- 16, as National Influenza
Now that we have begun a new year and
Floridians are heading back to work and
school settings, it is more important than
ever for those who have not yet received
their H1N1 flu immunization to consider be-
ing vaccinated. More and more H1N1 vac-
cine is arriving in Florida on a daily basis,
and we want to ensure all across our state
who want to get vaccinated are able to.
"Pandemics generally come in waves,"
said Frank Kruppa, administrator for the
Okeechobee County Health Department,
"although disease activity may have tapered
off, now is not the time to let our guard
down." People who have not yet been vac-
cinated should consider vaccination."
There are now several locations in the
county for people who wish to be vaccinat-
ed to get vaccinated. Numerous retail estab-
lishments in the county are now offering the
H 1N1 vaccine to the general public.
The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment has scheduled vaccination clinics on
Friday throughout January at the Health De-
partment. The Health Department is located
at, 1728 NW Ninth Ave in Okeechobee.
You will need to schedule an appoint-
ment by calling 863-462-5819 for a vaccina-
For more information or to make an ap-
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Department call, 863-462-5819.

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's Brahmans
Boys Basketball Team continued a long
dominance of Moore Haven with an im-
pressive 66-35 victory Wednesday night in

Special to the Okeechobee News/CES

Hockey tourney
Students at Central Elementary
took part in the Second CES Hock-
ey Tournament. Games took place
the week of Dec. 14-17. Classes
competed against one another for
glory and bragging rights. Students
enjoyed the activities as a lead up
to their holiday break. From left to
right are: Tommi White; Devin Ti-
jerina; Beatriz Perez; Kennethia
McBride; Daniel Fulleda; Chandler
Smet; and Robert Bigford.

Glades County.
Ricky Nieto had 22 points, which includ-
ed two slam dunks, and five three point bas-
kets, to lead Okeechobee.
Austin Willard and Troy Harper both had
nine points for the Brahmans.
"The two dunks gave us a lot of energy,"
Coach Bryan Van Camp said, "They came re-
ally close together. Ricky also had a chance
to set a new school record for three pointers
in a game, but he missed a few at the end he
would normally make."
It appears Nieto's work in track on the
high jump has paid off this year. His ankle
injury of last year is no longer an issue and
he routinely out jumps taller players.
"It was a good effort for the team espe-
cially coming off that district win over West-
wood. It was nice to have another game
where we played well," Van Camp added.
"It was a fun night for us, Moore Haven
continues to struggle, and everybody on our
team scored," he said.
The Brahmans are in a key point in their
schedule. They are working hard to earn a
good seed at the district tournament. Coach
Van Camp said the district appears to be
wide open this year.
Okeechobee were scheduled to play

Boynton Beach on Saturday afternoon and
that game will have a lot to do with who the
Brahmans play in the tournament.
They also play district foes Jensen Beach
and Lincoln Park Academy next week. They
host Lincoln Park on Tuesday and Jensen
Beach next Friday. JV games begin at 5:30
p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.
"The district is still wide open. We gave
Westwood their first district loss. Jensen
Beach is playing well, and they beat Sun-
coast a couple of days ago. It looks like ev-
erybody is really even," he said.




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OHS boys soccer team nips Clewiston

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Oscar Garcia scored on a nice feed from
Erick Garcia to account for the only goal of the
match as Okeechobee High School defeated
Clewiston High 1-0 at a frigid Brahman stadi-
um Thursday night.
Okeechobee has never lost to Clewiston in
soccer but the matches have certainly gotten
more competitive in recent years.
Thursday Clewiston and Okeechobee bat-
tled in a tough, physical, defensive oriented
"Our defense has been playing well," Brah-
man Coach Lonnie Sears said, "We've had
four shutouts in the past five matches. Defen-
sively we are starting to come together. If we
play defense we are going to win."
Okeechobee has won nine consecutive
matches on the season and are making fewer
mistakes than earlier in the season.
"Clewiston was hard hitting and aggres-
sive. They were very physical. On defense they
were disciplined and smart. We got a couple of
chances to score, but the one goal came when
their goalie dropped the ball and the shot de-
flected off one of his defenders," Sears added.
The Brahmans will wrap up their home
schedule next week as they are scheduled to
host South Fork next Wednesday. They will
hold senior night during Friday's match. The
Brahmans also travel to meet Treasure Coast
next Tuesday in a match up of two of the areas
best soccer squads.
"For the most part I think we could have
scored more goals against Clewiston. We
missed a few opportunities and we had a guy
wide open in front of the net. We must hit
those passes," he added.

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FWC seeks good homes for

unwanted nonnative pets

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) announces anoth-
er Pet Amnesty Day at the Miami MetroZoo
on Feb. 6 and is looking for potential adopt-
ers to provide good homes for pets that are
turned in at the event.
The FWC urges people who have an ex-
otic pet they can't care for anymore to bring
it to Pet Amnesty Day rather than opening
their front door and letting it loose. It's illegal
to release a nonnative animal into the wild
in Florida, and it could be detrimental for
the animal and the environment. Nonnative
Pet Amnesty Day, hosted in conjunction with
the Miami MetroZoo, is one of the FWC's ef-
forts to keep unwanted exotic pets out of
Florida's native habitats.

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"We are expecting to get quite a few
nonnative animals that day, so we need to
make sure we have safe homes for them,"
said Jenny Tinnell of the FWC. "Released
pets are a common pathway that allows ex-
otic species into the wild. Often, pet own-
ers don't understand the difference between
native and nonnative species, or they don't
realize the possible effects releasing a non-
native species can have. This event gives pet
owners who can no longer take care of their
pets, or no longer wish to keep them, a le-
gal, ethical option."
Currently, the FWC is looking for poten-
tial adopters in South Florida who are experi-
enced pet owners and are willing to provide
a home for one or more animals. All adopt-
ers must fill out the proper application form
before they receive surrendered animals.
"This isn't a free pet giveaway," Tin-
nell said. "We're looking for adopters with
knowledge and expertise in caring for exotic
pets; it's not for people who have always
wanted a pet and think this is an opportunity
to try their hand at owning one they don't
have to purchase."
Pet Amnesty Day will be held Feb. 6, at
the Miami MetroZoo. It's free and open to
the public. Exotic animals can be surren-
dered to the FWC free of charge with no
questions asked and no penalties.
"We will not penalize any pet owners
who choose the responsible option of not
releasing their nonnative pets into the wild,"
Tinnell said. "This is about curbing our on-
going problem of exotic fish and wildlife."
A veterinarian will examine each animal,
and every attempt will be made to place all
healthy animals with qualified adopters. Pet
Amnesty Day is also a family event. There
will be live animals on display, live animal
shows and fun activities. Experts will be
on hand to talk about proper care of exotic
pets, so people who are thinking about pur-
chasing one can learn from credible sources
before they buy. This is a chance for people
to not only see exotic animals, but get up
close and even touch them.
Nonnative pet amnesty events help in-
crease awareness of nonnative species prob-
lems. More than 400 nonnative species have
been observed in Florida, and more than
130 have reproducing populations.
For more information on nonnative spe-
cies in Florida, or to download an adoption
application, visit
Adopters must have knowledge of natu-
ral history and caging requirements and
have proper facilities for the animals they
are interested in adopting. There is no fee
for being an adopter.

Okeechobee News January 10, 2010

Girls basketball team

gets sweet revenge

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Brah-
man girls basketball team is ending years
of frustration caused by Jensen Beach
High School's domination of the basketball
The Lady Brahmans played a near flaw-
less first half as they defeated the Lady Fal-
cons 49-24 on Thursday night, avenging a
loss earlier in the season.
"I think we played very well," senior
Center Jewel Buck said, "We deserved that
game. We had more heart in this game. Our
team had a lot of mad players and we de-
served that win."
It was a physical battle in the first half as
Okeechobee showed a lot of intensity on
defense. They constantly pressured the ball
and picked up steals. Buck held her own
against Jensen's best player Hanna Cohen,
who had 16 points.
"I know we deserved that game for real.
Our team wants to win. They didn't want it
as bad as we did." Buck said.

Buck had 15 points and double digit re-
bounds. Monica Koger added nine points.
Essence Williams, Koger and other defend-
ers had numerous steals.
Okeechobee led 15-3 after the first quar-
ter and 30-6 at the half. Jensen got so frus-
trated with the physical play that one of their
players was called for a technical foul late in
the half.
Coach Tony Sherlock said he saw a great
Brahman team on the court in the first half,
but added he wondered where that team
went after the break, "The first half was
probably the best half of basketball I've seen
them play all season. The second half was a
total reversal."
Sherlock said the girls reverted to form
by letting Jensen dictate the tempo and play
their game.
"It shouldn't have been even close. That
should have been a running clock game
if we do what were supposed to do," the
coach said.
Okeechobee led 39-13 after the third
quarter and substituted liberally in the sec-
ond half.
The Brahman JV was also victorious over
Jensen Beach Thursday.

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(left) played a key role in Okeecho- Okeechobee's win over Jensen Beach
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