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Vol. 101 No. 8 Sunday, January 17, 2010

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OC SO volunteer arrested

Haitian Relief
... Pages 4 & 10

Classifieds ............................. 14-15
Community Events....................... 6
Crossword.................................. 15
O pinio n ............................................... 5
Speak O ut ........................................ 4
Sports .................................... 11-13
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Youth minister
accused of sex
acts with boys

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A youth minister who was also
a volunteer with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
has been arrested and charged
with participating in sex acts with
two underaged boys.
David Luke Reed, 23, was ar-
rested Friday, Jan. 15, in Putnam

County on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with the fel-
onies of custodi-
al sexual battery
(seven counts),
lewd and lascivi-
ous molestation
(four counts)
and lewd and las-
civious conduct
(one count). He
was also charged David Luke
with two misde- Reed
meanor counts
of contributing to the delinquency
of a minor.

Reed was returned to Okeecho-
bee County Friday afternoon and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $4.2
According to Okeechobee
County Sheriff Paul May, Reed is
accused of engaging in sex acts
with a 12-year-old and a 15-year-
old boy. Both boys were members
of the Okeechobee County Sea
Cadet program. Reed was both a
volunteer with the OCSO Search
& Rescue Unit and the nationally-
recognized Sea Cadet program.
"Reed was being groomed to

take over the Sea Cadet program,"
said Sheriff May, who added that
he was shocked at what transpired
between Reed and the two boys.
"With this happening, we have no
one to take over the program, so
this program will be suspended.
I'm not going to take responsibil-
ity for anyone's children when I
can't be 100 percent sure they will
be safe."
Under the direction of OCSO
Detective Lieutenant Mark Muros,
the Sea Cadet program was named
See Volunteer Page 15

New judge assigned to civil division

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Circuit Judge Larry Schack
brings over 30 years of legal expe-
rience to the Okeechobee bench.
He began a new assignment at
the Okeechobee Judicial Com-
plex on Dec. 30.
He was assigned this year to
the Civil Division which will in-
clude all civil cases, all family
court cases, probate and guard-
ianship cases, juvenile dependen-
cy dockets, shelter hearings and
department of revenue cases.
"It's been very enjoyable so
far. Everyone has been wonder-
ful and a pleasure to work with.
The facility is wonderful as well,"
he said.
Judge Schack is a native of
Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Bos-
ton University School of Law in
Massachusetts. He also received a
bachelors degree in biology from
Case Western Reserve University
before law school.
He became a judge in January,
1991. He has held other positions

in the legal profession which in-
clude an Assistant State's Attorney
job in Ft. Pierce for two years, an-
other prosecutor job in West Palm .,
Beach for nearly three years, was
a criminal defense attorney for
his own firm for three years, and
was an associate in the law firm
of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and
Doyle in Jupiter for parts of 1984
and 1985.
Judge Schack is also credited
for his work in the creation of the
Character Counts organizations in
Martin and Indian River Counties.
He chaired the meetings that led
to the formation of the program
in local schools in those counties
and also in St. Lucie and Okeecho-
bee Counties.
In addition to his assignment
in Okeechobee, Judge Schack
will also work in St. Lucie County
about six days per month.
He said he will enjoy work-
ing in different areas of the law
in Okeechobee, "I like all areas
of the law. I enjoy it. It's good to Oke
See Judge Page 15 Judge Larry Schack in his chambers.

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Code magistrate will hear request

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols will enter-
tain a request for waiver of a fine and could
impose a fine in two other cases.
Investoo, LLC acquired a Treasure Island
lot through purchase of a tax deed. The
property had accrued a code violation fine
of $25,400 because of a condemned struc-
ture, overgrowth, debris and an unlicensed
vehicle. They are requesting that the fine be
reduced to zero because they did not know
of the fine when they purchased the tax
Turning to imposition of fines, N & A Real
Estate XI LLC could be fined up to $250 a
day if they have not brought their NW 22 Av-
enue property into compliance by removing
nuisance weeds and overgrowth.
Vernon Dean Barefoot could be fined if
final inspection for a barn on his SE 28th
Street property has not been completed.

Special to the Okeechobee News/OUA/Roy Reno
Five years' service
Carl Leonard of the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Board of Directors,
right, presents Rafael Corona, left,
with a certificate for five years' ser-
vice to the utility. The presentation
took place at the Tuesday, Jan. 12
board meeting.

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County Special
Magistrate Hearings
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19
Where: Okeechobee County Health De-
partment Auditorium, 1798 NW Ninth Ave.
In other cases, Phillip McCallister was
cited because of a condemned building,
extreme overgrowth and accumulated trash
on his 37th Way property.
Vidal and Tiela Torres, Penny Chaisson
and Kelli Chapman were cited for construc-
tion without a permit.
According to Code Enforcement Officer
Beth Albert Laura Holt has a condemned
mobile home on her SW 128th Ave. lot.
Robeldan Acosta will have to answer
charges of extreme overgrowth on his NW
98th St. property.
Ms. Albert stated that Big Lake Properties
needs to repair their billboard on U.S. 70 E.
Gloria Jena Vonderau was cited for a con-
demned building, extreme overgrowth and
unlicensed vehicles on her NE 103rd Avenue
In October the special magistrate decreed
that Earl G. and Kristal Hoover should have
submitted a permit application and plans for
a barn and residence by the Jan. 14.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Road closure
N.W 399th Street will be closed to
all traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on
Wednesday, Jan. 20. This road closure will
impact N.W 399th Street, N.W 23rd Way
and N.W. 19th Ave in the Pinelands. The
closure is necessary so that a pipe can be
replaced under N.W 399th Street west of
N.W 23rd Way. Please plan accordingly.
If you have any questions regarding this
work, please call 863-763-3514.

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January 17, 2010 Okeechobee News

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).
Summer Lynn Elliott, 14, S.W 10th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 14 by
Deputy Joseph Hall on a juvenile take and
hold warrant based on a felony charge of
grand theft auto. After being booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail she was taken
to the Department of Juvenile Justice Deten-
tion Center in Fort Pierce.
Tiffany Gail Melton, 37, S.E. 30th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 14 by
Deputy Corporal Timothy A. Higgins on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging
her with the felony of worthless check. Her
bond was set at $1,000.
Daphney Padgett, 32, N.E. 356th Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 14 by Dep-
uty Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging her with violation of probation -
driving while license suspended habitual
offender. She is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, 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.

City council to discuss sign regulations again

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The much discussed sign regulations will
once again be a topic of discussion at Tues-
day night's city council meeting.
The council is also scheduled to adopt a
resolution regarding the financing of 14 Ford
Crown Victorias and five Dodge Chargers for
the police department. In addition, they will
award a contract for median curbs and con-
sider an easement agreement between the
city and NASSA Management Group.

Most Wanted

The following people are among Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted persons. There are active
warrants for each of them. The criteria for
making Okeechobee's Most Wanted top five
is based on the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Trea-
sure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the op-
tion of remaining anonymous. You can also
receive a reward if the information results in
an arrest.

The council will be acting on a recom-

from the code enforcement

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee City Council
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19
Where: Okeechobee City Hall

board that
sure pro-
be started
against Ar-
thur Davis

because the code violation fine against his
NW Sixth Street property has been accruing
for over 90 days.

Since the last council meeting the date
has been changed for YMCA Family Fun Day.
They will entertain a revised request for the
temporary closing of SW Third and Fourth
streets in Flagler Park with the date changed
from March 20 to March 27. The council will
also be asked to approve the 2010 City Griev-
ance Committee.
The mayor is scheduled to present a cer-
tificate of appreciation to Jerry O'Bannon for
his years of service to the pension board.

Marcel Bates, DOB 10/13/1976, Failure of
Sexual Offender To Report To DHSMV Bond

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ons, I/M,
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B u r Bill Clemons Marcel Bates
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veyance Bond $5,000.00
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, January 17, 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!

Getting somewhere-anywhere-on
time is not worth your life. Slow down. Pay
attention to the traffic. Don't take chances
with your life and the lives of others you
share the road with.
PLEASE watch your speed in the city
limits. Our officers are very proactive. If you
speed, there's a great chance that you will
get caught. Our men and women work very
hard at enforcing the laws. Please be care-
ful. If the sign says 25, do it.

There have been some daytime and
nighttime burglaries. Make sure you lock
your cars, trucks, trailers, homes, sheds,
etc. Many of these burglaries have been to
things that were UNLOCKED. That is a huge
invitation that they will not turn down. If
you see people walking late at night, they
probably are not exercising, so call the law.
Call the City Police at 863-763-5521 or the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department
at 863-763-3117.

What goes around
What goes around, comes around. If
you spew hatred and bigotry into this world,
that is what is going to come back to you.
You reap what you sow. People want to
complain about how they are being treated.
Well, if you treat others with kindness and
respect maybe others would treat you that

Seeing the news from Haiti, I am thank-
ful that even though we have to deal with
hurricanes, at least we get some warning
and can make preparations. With an earth-
quake, there is no warning. How horrible
for those people.

With the tragedy in Haiti, so many peo-
ple want to help. But don't get tricked by a
scam. There are already plenty of thieves
pretending to collect money for charities.
They have set up web sites with the words
Haiti or Earthquake in the name. In addi-
tion, the Haitian government itself is known
to have been very corrupt over the years and
money sent to help the poor could wind up
in the official's bank accounts. If you want
to help the poor people there, donate to
well known international aid organizations
such as the Red Cross. Make sure you know
exactly where your money will be going.
The need is so great, they need every penny
they can get.
I don't see how they can ever really
help the people in Haiti. Their country has
more people than it can support. They have
stripped it of vegetation just burning stuff to
keep warm. Because there is no vegetation,
when it rains there are floods and they lose
the top soil, so they can't grow anything.
Maybe they need to ask countries all over
the world to take in refugees and just aban-
don the island until nature has a chance to
recover from the ravages of the weather and
of the human population.

The economy
The economy is so bad that..
1. I got a
credit card in
the mail.
2. I ordered
a burger and
the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you
afford fries with that?"
3. CEO's are now playing miniature golf.
4. If the bank returns your check marked
"Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask
if they meant you or them.
5. Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are
trading higher than GM.
6. Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nan-
nies and learned their children's names.
7. A truckload of Americans was caught
sneaking into Mexico.
8. Dick Cheney took his stockbroker
9. Motel Six won't leave the light on any-
10. The Mafia is laying off judges.

The Message
By Rev. Calvin Fryar
Pastor, Brighton Baptist Church
"This then is the message which we have
heard of him, and declare unto you..."(I
John 1:5)
Noah's message from the steps going up
to the Ark was not "Something good is going
to happen to you!"
Amos was not confronted by the high
priest of Israel for proclaiming "Confession
is possession!" Jeremiah was not put into
the pit for preaching "I'm OK, and you're
OK!" Daniel was not put into the lion's den
for telling people, "Possibility thinking will
move mountains!"
John the Baptist was not forced to preach
in the wilderness and eventually beheaded
because he preached "Smile, God loves
you!" The two prophets of the tribulation
will not be killed for preaching "God is in his
heaven and all is right and the world!"
Instead, what was the message of all
these men of God? Simple, it was one word,
First, they heard the Lord's message-
they heard it from the Lord Himself.
No personality in history stands above
Jesus Christ. Agnostics and atheists have
found fault with Christian ideas, but they
can never find fault with the Person of Jesus
Christ. They have transcendent methods,
ideas, and followers. But Christ stands at the
turning point of time. Men everywhere must
bow to His superiority. Since Christianity
is Christ, those who wish to be a Christian
must accept and follow Him as a Person. He
and He alone has the message which is able
to meet every need of the human race. "En-
cyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations"

His message is a simple one. Jesus said
to all who are willing to believe, "I am the
Door (John 10:9); and in another place He
said, "I am the Way, the truth, and the Life..."
(John 14:6)
But the passage which thrills my soul is
the one which Jesus gave to Martha. He said
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet
shall he live: And whosoever liveth and be-
lieveth in me shall never die. Believest thou
this?" (John 11: 25,26)
Second, His disciples saw the message -
they saw His empty tomb. Like the empty
cocoon discarded by a butterfly which has
just risen to the sky and flown away, Jesus
walked out of His tomb.
In ancient history, there is a story of a
valiant captain whose banner was almost
always first in the fight; whose sword was
dreaded by his enemies. The king asked to
see the sword, took it, quietly estimated it,
and sent it back with this message: "I see
nothing wonderful in the sword. I cannot
see why any man should be afraid of it."
The captain sent back the reply: "Your
majesty has been pleased to examine the
sword; but I did not send the arm that wield-
ed it. If you had examined that, and the heart
that guided the arm, you have understood
the mystery." William Foster "Encyclope-
dia of 15,000 Illustrations"
Many do not see the wonder of the Sword
of God (the Word). The problem is that they
fail to see the One who wields the sword. But
when they meet Jesus, the One whose hand
wielded the Sword, they will feel the burn.
The only reason men do not understand the
Word is they have not met the Master. Until
they do, they cannot understand His Word.

Riverside Banks accepting Haiti relief donations

In an effort to help the victims of the recent earthquakes in Haiti, a relief fund has
been set up at Riverside National Bank. If you would like to make a monetary donation,
please visit any Riverside National Bank location. Make checks payable to the Treasure
Coast Haiti Relief Fund. All funds will be turned over to the American Red Cross Interna-
tional Fund designated for Haiti relief.


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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. 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-
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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-
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.
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

Positively outstanding
Okeechobee Christian Academy is proud to announce our "Positive Behav-
ior Award." Winners for the month of December. The following students in-
cluding, Kayla Caves, Jerry McKee, Megan Beard, Mackenzie Brown, Pay-
ton Brown, Josie Lopez, Jermari Wright, Nicholas Rodriguez, Ly Pham and
Brandon Entry enjoyed a special time with Mrs. Sarah Reno (parent volun-
teer), making an sharing s'mores. Congratulations students!

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.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Raulerson Hospital

Check presentation
Raulerson Hospital presented a check to the Battle of Okeechobee Re-en-
actment Board in support of this great historical event. Presenting the check
is Marnie Lauter, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for Raulerson
Hospital to Gary Ritter, vice president and Downing Watford, treasurer of the
Okeechobee Battlefield friends.

Local Forecast

Today: Showers likely and possibly a
thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of
showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Windy, with a southwest wind between 15
and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
50. West wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
75. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 50. North northwest wind around 5
mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
75. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 50. North northwest wind around 5

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Okeechobee News

Community Events

Poker run benefit planned
A poker run and pulled pork dinner ben-
efit are planned to help Skip Hines, who was
injured in a motorcycle accident. The event
is set for Jan. 23. The Poker Run will start
at Barracuda's on U.S. Highway 441 North.
with the first bike out 10:30 a.m. last bike out
11:30 a.m. The route runs to VFW #9528 in
Buckhead Ridge on State Road 78 W, then
to Good Spirits on U.S. Highway 441 S. then
to VFW #10539 on U.S. Highway 441 S.E.,
then to Big Mike's Sports Bar 'n Grill by 2:30
p.m. Dinner will start serving at noon for
$7 a plate. The menu includes pulled pork,
baked beans, coleslaw and wings. There
will be live music by Cripple Creek and
Charlie Karoke, drawings, an auction, a free
bike wash and more. For more information,
contact Bonnie Neal at 863-824-0703.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On Sunday, Jan. 10 Rev. Mark Witt
marked his first year of service to Abun-
dant Blessings Assembly of God. However,
until last November it was a part-time job.
Under the leadership of Pastor Mark, as he
prefers to be called, the church went from
under 30 members to 100 and he was able
to give up his weekday job of truck driv-
"God's really been blessing," he said.
When passing through Okeechobee
one time Pastor Mark had to sit through
four light cycles at the intersection of U.S.
441 and S.R. 70. After that experience he
said he never wanted to come to Okeecho-
bee again.
However, he added, "Never say never to
God." Now his attitude toward Okeecho-
bee is markedly different.
"I love the people here, it's been a joy-
ous one year."
Pastor Mark has been in the ministry
for 19 years, both in Florida and in his na-
tive Michigan. Of that time, about 14 years
were spent as a children's and youth pas-
tor. He also did missionary work with the
homeless in Key West.
Pastor Mark is still heavily involved in
youth work.
"You get the kids, you get the parents,"
he said. He recently built a "time machine"
so the children in his church could receive
visits from Bible characters. Future plans
for the church include using the 17 acres
the church owns for baseball and soccer
fields, a volleyball court and a youth center.
The church recently remodelled the nurs-
ery to make it more secure.
Pastor Mark is also still working with the
homeless through his support of Big Lake
Missions Outreach, which is run by Bruce
and Mary Ann Swinford, two of his church

Annual Health and Safety
Expo planned
The final planning session for the Third
Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safe-
ty Expo will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday,
Jan. 21. Registration forms are coming in-
the numbers look like they will be around
the 100 mark again this year! Be a vendor,
donor or entertainer but be sure to join us
Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center.

Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Book Club
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6
p.m. at the library. The book for discussion
is "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson.
This event is free and open to the public.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
In November Rev. Mark Witt became
the full time pastor at Abundant
Blessings Assembly of God. For sev-
eral months prior to that he served
the church on a part-time basis.
His goal is "to win many souls for the
Kingdom of God."
'A mission minded church is a blessed
church," Pastor Mark said. Abundant Bless-
ing supports 10 missionaries.
Pastor Mark also serves the community
through the Okeechobee Ministerial Asso-
He is a graduate of a Bible college and
plans to continue his education at South-
eastern College in Lakeland because he
believes you can never have enough edu-
Pastor Mark and his wife, Kathy, have
two grown daughters, Jennifer and Re-
bekiah and a younger daughter, Meghan,
who still lives with her parents.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached at

Hospice hosting
Special Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, from
8 a.m. until noon. Many furniture items and
lots of clothing! We have NEW ITEMS galore
offered at extremely reasonable prices. Or
shop at our "Flea Market" (outside under
the Carport) where every item is dirt cheap
(prices start at only 10 cents per item). Funds
raised will benefit patient care, including ser-
vices at The Hamrick Home. For information
call 863-467-2321.

2010 State of the Region
On Jan. 22, the Okeechobee Eco-
nomic Development Council, a division of
Okeechobee Main Street, in cooperation
with Florida's Research Coast will be host-
ing the "2010 State of the Region" event from
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Atlantic
University Campus in Port St. Lucie. The pro-
gram will feature speakers from Enterprise
Florida, Quantum Innovation, Scripps Flor-
ida and Workforce Florida. Please RSVP by
contacting Michael Corbit at 772-335-3030 x
438 or You can also
contact Brian Cartland of the Okeechobee
Economic Development Council at 467-6246

OHS Drama Club to host
Variety Show fundraiser
For The Love of Broadway A Variety
Show will be held as a fundraiser for the OHS
Drama Club Sound System. The event will
take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.
at the OHS Auditorium and will star Pam
Gaucin, Judson Harris, Jillian Jaynes, Lonnie
Kirsch, Doug McCoy, Patricia McCoy, Karen
VanBeek, and more and will feature musical
favorites from South Pacific, Chicago, RENT,
The King and I, Little Shop of Horrors, Les
Miserable and many, many more! Tickets
are $20 each and all proceeds will benefit
new sound equipment for the drama club.
Refreshments will be served at intermission.
For tickets please contact Debbie Raulerson
at OHS, 863-462-5025 ext. 8011 or Pat Mc-
Coy at North Elementary 863-462-5100.

Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.

Library program
As part of the Composers and Lyricists of
Broadway and Hollywood series Ian Nairn-
sey will give a talk on Dorothy Fields at noon
on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 SW 16th St. The
presentation will be illustrated by slides and
musical selections.

OCRA to hold
registration for youth
OCRA will hold registration for T-ball,
baseball and softball at the sports com-
plex each Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
through Jan. 30. Fees for the spring season
will be $75 for baseball and softball and $60
for T-ball. All youth ages 5-14 are encour-
aged to play! For questions, please call 863-

Special to the Okeechobee News/OUA/Roy

Serving OUA for

15 years
Carl Leonard, right, of the Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority Board of Direc-
tors presents Kevin Rogers, left,
with a certificate for 15 years' ser-
vice to the utility. The presentation
took place at the Tuesday, Jan. 12
board meeting.

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Florida's agriculture industry continues to
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one-third of the crop worth hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars has been lost.
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is
advising farmers who have sustained crop
damage to document damage by taking


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Pritchards & Associates, 1802 S. Par-
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supplies to be sent to Haiti.
During business hours the following
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Cutter $45.00 $54.00
Canner $34.00 $40.00

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Cows 95 382
Str 6 14
Hfrs 1 8
Bulls 10
Yrlngs 15 53
Total 379 1436
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200-250 130-175 107-117
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114-127 75-100
100-117 81-94
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Osceola swept by Gifford ..

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Osceola Middle School suffered losses in
both girls and boys hoops at home Wednes-
day against the Gifford Dolphins as the girls
fell 38-22 and the boys fell 62-33.
The girls got off to a rough start and fell
behind 17-0 in the first half before they could
score. The slow start doomed the team even
though they outscored the Lady Dolphins af-
ter the first quarter.
Coach Brian Turner said he felt the girls
responded after some motivational speech-
es by the coaches. He said if the team can
start the game as well as they played in the
last three quarters he believes they can be in
every game that they play.
Garionna Johnson led Osceola with
seven points. Autumn Wofford had four
points and Thaddricka Sanders added three
points. J.Brown led Gifford with 15 points. K.
Wailard added 14 points.
The boys lost some of their composure
in the second half after a very competitive

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first half. Coach Mike Wharin said two of his
players were ejected in the second half. He
played bench and role players for much of
the second half.
"Talent wise we are among the top teams
in the district but we are not mentally tough
enough yet," he said.
Sylvester Butler led the Warriors with 13
points, Christian Crews had six points and
Datron Smith added five points. Nick Jones
had 31 points for Gifford.
Coach Wharin said he still thinks his
team can finish the season on a positive
note despite three technical fouls in the Gif-
ford game, "We are creating a new culture
on campus for both men's and women's
basketball here on campus with more con-
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Okeechobee News January 17, 2010

Girls hoops defeat Westwood

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School jumped out to a
16-point lead in the first half and never trailed
as the Lady Brahmans defeated Westwood 62-
47 in girls basketball action Thursday night.
It was a total team effort as the Brahmans
avenged an early season loss in Ft. Pierce to
the Lady Panthers. Okeechobee improved to
12-7 on the season.
"It was wild and crazy and full of excite-
ment," Senior Miesha Henderson said, "I'm
very clumsy. I'm the main person who stays
on the floor. They call me mop girl."
Henderson gave the team some energy
on both ends of the floor and Okeechobee
had three players in double figures. Monica
Koger had 16 points. Markeisha Youmans had
14 points and 10 rebounds. Keighly Stewart
had 12 points. Essence Williams had eight
assists and seven steals. Jewel Buck had 13
Brahman Coach Tony Sherlock said his
team played a great game, although they let
the Lady Panthers stay in the game longer
than they should have. "We had some areas
where we got a lead and kind of let them back
into the game because we tried to go out of
control," he said. "Most of the game was
good. We rebounded, we ran fast breaks, we
beat their press, and we played well."
The Lady Brahmans were upset with their
first game with Westwood, an eight point
loss. They came out with a purpose and re-
ally prevented Westwood from getting any
momentum Thursday.
"I think the game went well. We lost the
district game against them so we felt we had
to do well. It's my senior year, I've got to step
up and get the rebounds," Youmans said.
Okeechobee led almost the entire game.
They built the big early lead but the Lady Pan-
thers rallied to within 26-19 at the half thanks
to 28 points from Kaneshia Atwater.
Okeechobee led 43-32 after three quarters
and led by as many as 16 in the fourth quar-
Henderson got the crowd into it with two
late baskets. She said she has learned a lot
about basketball this year, "Sometimes I'm
very clumsy but lately not on the ground as
much and I'm getting very defensive and ag-
gressive. I'm the one they call crazy Sandy. I'm
always full of energy and keep the crowd in
the game."
Coach Sherlock said he was pleased that

all of the girls contributed to the big win. "This
entire season we've had a least two people
score in double figures and sometimes three
or four," Sherlock said, "It is not a one man
show out there. We must play as a team. We
could be better but we are still working hard
at it and I'm proud of them."
Okeechobee will host Suncoast next
Thursday in another district game.

Monica Koger led Okeechobee with 16
points against Westwood.

Miesha Henderson (right) looks to
pass during the first half of Thursday's



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January 17, 2010

Girls soccer team wraps up season

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's girls soccer
team didn't score any goals but they held
their own in a 2-0 defeat Thursday at home
against Martin County in their final match of
the year.
Kelsey Smith had a goal and an assist
and Kaitlynn Hollowell had a goal for Mar-
tin County, (9-7-2). Okeechobee finished the
season at (5-8).
Coach Julie Bohannon said her team was
disappointed to learn that they won't be able
to compete in next week's district tourna-
ment. Only the top four teams qualified for
the tournament this year and Okeechobee
was the fifth seed.
"We had high hopes for the tournament
and were not happy about it. It's a disap-
pointment for the whole team. You build up
all year to play in the districts. I'm not under-
standing the decision and don't know why
or who made it," she said.
It was a hard hitting game with the Lady
Tigers and Okeechobee only could muster
a few offensive opportunities. They played
well and aggressively on defense and limited

Martin Counties scoring opportunities.
"We held our own. I think it was our best
game of the season. Everyone played strong.
It got a little physical there at the end and
unfortunately a couple of players weren't
called," Bohannon added.
Okeechobee senior Janna Mullis was
shaken up on a collision and was treated by
Okeechobee County EMS and taken to Raul-
erson Hospital.
Martin County scored 22 minutes into the
match, and added an insurance goal eight
minutes into the second half.
Okeechobee did enjoy their senior night
match on Wednesday night as they blanked
Fort Pierce Westwood 8-0, winning by mer-
cy rule in the first half.
Cynthia DuQue had three goals and an
assist. LeAnna Cotton and Tiffany McGee
both had two goals. Cotton added two as-
sists. Crystal Garcia also had a goal for the
Lady Brahmans.
"We went out there strong. I told the girls
to play offensively and really go out there for
the seniors. We had a lot of fun and played
well," Bohannon added.

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Board of County Commissioners District No. 2 School Board District No. 1
Honorable Joey Hoover Citizen Member: Michael Summer

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Citizen Member: Bill Dover
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The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) meets each year to hear petitions and make decisions relating
to property tax assessments, exemptions, classifications, and tax deferrals.
Summary of Year's Actions

Number of Parcels Reduction in Shift in
Type of Property Exemptions Assessments* Both County Taxable Value Taxes
Granted Requested Reduced Requested Withdrawn Due to Board Due to Board
or settled Actions Actions
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Commercial 5 5 $ 0 $ 0
Industrial and 9 9 $ 0$ 0
miscellaneous $ $
Agricultural or 4 22 16 $ 871,617 $ 14,615
classified use
High water recharge $ 0 $ 0
Historic commercial
or nonprofit
Business machinery 9 9 $ 0 $ 0
and equipment
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NOTICE is hereby given that the
undersigned, pursuant to the "Ficti-
tious Name Statute," will register
with Honda Department of State, Di-
vision of Corporations the fictitious
name, to-wit:
Coyote Cafe and Catering Company
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
202 NE 2nd Street
Suite #10
in the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Flonda.
That the parties interested in said
business enterprise are:
Jo A Barton
Terry L. Thomas
Dated at keechobee, Okeechobee
County, Honda, this the 14th day of
Jan., 2010.
BY: Jo A Barton
344023 ON 1/17/10

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Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 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 Derry at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, (863) 763-5548 ext. 3010.
Al 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.
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the top Sea Cadet program six times since
1996 and had received numerous awards for
the quality of the program for children from
12 to 18 years of age. The program began
in 1993.
The program will be suspended not only
due to Reed's arrest, but also because Lt.
Muros will be retiring at the end of the year.
"He (Lt. Muros) is utterly devastated by
what went on," said Sheriff May.
According to the sheriff, the alleged acts
occurred this summer during the weeks
of the annual OCSO Water Safety Summer
Camp. Reed and the two boys would appar-
ently meet in the OCSO Marine Unit building
at Okee-Tantie after everyone else had left
for the day and would then engage in vari-
ous sex acts.
Neither of the two boys were forced or
coerced into performing sex acts. Howev-
er, the acts are illegal due to the age of the
"This was more of a seduction than a
forcible rape," said OCSO Detective Ted Van
The detective said Reed engaged in sexu-
al activities at least 12 times with the boys-
either as a threesome or with an individual
An OCSO statement indicates that Reed
had unfettered access to the Okee-Tantie fa-
cility because he was a volunteer in the two
programs. As a volunteer with the Sea Ca-
dets he transported cadets and took part in
training and supervising the cadets.
As a member of the Search and Rescue
unit Reed helped maintain the building and
boats, took part in search and rescue opera-
tions and operated the boats.
Sheriff May said before he was given those
responsibilities a thorough background
check was done and nothing was found
that indicated there would be any problems
between Reed and the youngsters. In fact,
added the sheriff, the background check
indicated that Reed was an exemplary indi-
"Not even a traffic ticket," said Sheriff
May of Reed.
As a teenager, Reed had been a member
of the Sea Cadet program from 1999 until
2005. He also served briefly in the Orlando
National Guard.

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Detective Van Deman said Reed had been
a youth minister with the Dunn's Creek Bap-
tist Church in Palatka for two years. He had
also worked as an air conditioning techni-
cian in both Okeechobee and in Putnam
The detective said when Reed learned
that he was under investigation and that
he was being sought, he went into hiding.
Earlier this week, the sheriff's office was
contacted by a fishermen about some items
being found in the woods along the Kissim-
mee River, just north of the bridge at Okee-
Detective Van Deman said he and other
detectives began scouring those woods
in search of Reed. During that search they
found some of his clothing, along with two
guns-including a shotgun.
However, they could not find Reed.
OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless, who
was assigned the case, tracked Reed down
and as she was talking to him on the phone
Friday morning deputies from the Putnam
County Sheriff's Office entered the home
where he was staying and placed him under
Although it was not clear with whom he
was staying in Putnam County, authorities
think it may have been a family member.
He was arrested without incident and re-
turned to Okeechobee County.
Detective Farless interviewed Reed late
Friday afternoon.
Both Sheriff May and Detective Van De-
man said that according to their investiga-
tion, these two boys were the only victims.
Detective Van Deman also said that be-
cause the 15-year-old boy no longer lives in
Okeechobee, Detective Farless went to the
city where he now lives and interviewed him
Monday. OCSO detectives Augustin Saucedo
and Bill Suggs interviewed the 12 year old.
Lt. Muros and other OCSO detectives
were contacting parents who had children
in any of the sheriff's youth activities to en-
sure them that there were no other victims.
"All parents will be contacted so they can
talk to their children or bring their children
to the sheriff's office to talk to a trained in-
vestigator," said a visibly upset Sheriff May.

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change periodically."
Judge Schack said the economy has had
a big impact on the number of foreclosure
cases in the circuit. He could not address the
impacts on other types of civil cases as he
was previously assigned to handle criminal
Although this is his first full time assign-
ment in Okeechobee, he was also assigned
here for about five months in 2004 to handle
civil cases. He said he enjoyed working in

the historic court house at that time, "I love
it out here. Everybody is wonderful to work
with and the courthouse is a pleasure."
He said he expects a busy docket but also
plans to get the cases heard promptly and
fairly, "I'm a detail man. I believe in being
sure that both sides have an equal and fair
hearing. I follow the law. I listen carefully
and I give each side a chance to be heard
and then rule according to the law."
Judge Schack said the courts have an
obligation to see cases move forward. "It's
been great these past couple of weeks get-
ting started out here. I really look forward to
continuing this work."

Okeechobee News January 17, 2010


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