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Wanna buy a canal?

No one claims ownership of

or responsibility for Canal 1

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Psst. C'mere. You wanna buy a canal? It just
so happens Ihave one for sale cheap!
You might as well have it because no one
else wants it not the county; not a descendant
of an officer from the company that owned it;
and, certainly not the development next to it.
The unwanted canal, known simply as Canal
#1, runs north and south along the west side of
the King's Bay subdivision. While it was origi-
nally intended to carry water under U.S. 441 S.E.



in town
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
'America's Drive-in" restaurant
could bring new jobs to Okeecho-
Developer Brad Goodbread has
confirmed that he is negotiating
with a Sonic franchise owner who
is planning to open a drive-in in
Okeechobee by Aug. 30.
The restaurant will be located
on a one-acre parcel at S. Parrott
Avenue and S.W. 22nd Street on
the west side of Parrott Avenue.
Mr. Goodbread said the restau-
rant plans to employ 50 people.
The City of Okeechobee Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjustment
See SONIC Page 19

then to the Rim Canal, the canal is now so over-
grown with trees-both dead and alive-and
dense vegetation that water cannot move.
'All we want is someone to take ownership
and clean it up," said Mary Jurs, president of
the King's Bay Homeowners Association, who
went on to voice concerns about the fire danger
to homes along the canal due to the dead trees
and underbrush. And therein lies the problem:
no one wants to claim ownership of the canal
or, more specifically, the expense of cleaning it.
See CANAL- Page 2

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Canal #1 has grown unchecked over the
years and water cannot flow freely due
to the dense trees and underbrush.

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Okeechobee News

January 24, 2010

Continued From Page 1
County attorney John Cassels said in a recent
interview that he believes he has found an own-
er the Okeechobee Company.
However, Tom Conely, whose father was vice
president of that company, disagrees.
And Colin Cameron, a local attorney who rep
resents King's Bay, thinks the Okeechobee Com-
pany could still have an interest in the canal. "If a
corporation owned the canal when it disbanded
then it should have distributed ownership to
someone," he said. "Even if the corporation is de-
funct it still has obligation and ownership rights
to it." But, he added, there are "a lot of different
problems" in regard to Canal #1.
Such as an access easement agreement dated
Sept. 26, 1996, between the county and Asquith
Denzil Bodden, who owns property near the
northwest corner of King's Bay. In the agreement,
the county granted Mr. Bodden an easement for
"ingress, egress and public utilities" across Canal
#1. The agreement, signed by County Com-
missioner Clif Betts, goes on to state: "That the
County, for itself, and assigns, grants and conveys
unto the grantee, and his assigns, an easement
in, to, upon over and across all that certain parcel
of real estate described above." That p i. is
Canal #1.
The agreement then states: "In the event the
Grantee installs, or permits the installation of any
improvement, structure, culvert, bridge or other
obstruction, on, over, or attached to the ease-
ment, that would interfere with the County's use
or maintenance of the canal, then in the sole dis-
cretion of County, up demand, the Grantee shall
at his sole expense and obligation cause the re-
moval of such obstruction."
Mr. Bodden did install a culvert across the
canal but, according to Angela Sandoval, with


the South Florida Water Management District, he
did not need a permit because the culvert was
24 inches or smaller. Despite the agreement, Mr.
Cassels said the county does not own Canal #1
and has no obligation or responsibility for it.
"I stand by what I said before," the county
attorney said. "He came and asked permission
to cross it and we had no objection to his cross-
ing it." Mr. Cassels said the county was "basically
covering all bases" with the agreement. Accord-
ing to the agreement, Mr. Bodden is responsible
to maintain and make necessary repairs to the
Let's go back to the beginning
Canal #1 and a large portion of the property
around it was originally owned by the Okeecho-
bee Company that was formed in 1912. State
records list the company's officials as: WJ. Con-
ners Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y, president; T.W Conely Jr.,
vice president; and John J. Meegan, Buffalo, N.Y.,
This company was dissolved by proclamation
in 1942. T.W Conely was Tom Conely's father.
Through the years this property has had a
number of owners and has been platted and re-
platted many times. Portions of this property later
became known as Great Lakes Subdivision and
Farm Lands of the Consolidated Land Company.
According to minutes from a March 14,1985,
meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners a public hearing was
held "... to vacate those portions of Great Lakes
Subdivision according to the plat recorded in plat
book 1, pages 36 through 45." Those minutes go
on to state that Canal #1 and Canal #2, which
meanders through property to the south and east
of King's Bay that is now owned by Fra Mar En-
terprises, be excluded and not vacated.
The commissioners then went on to approve
Resolution 85-8 and vacated the property, less
Let's fast forward to today

In a letter dated Oct. 3, 2007, Mr. Cassels told
deputy county administrator Jim Threewits that
he had reviewed title to the canals/ditches in
question and that: "It is our opinion that title was
last vested in Okeechobee Company and is not
currently owned or maintained by Okeechobee
County." He went on to state that this opinion is
for the "sole use of Okeechobee County in pro-
gramming maintenance activities."
When interviewed on Jan. 6, 2010, Mr. Cassels
reiterated his belief that his research had found
the owner of Canal #1 and that it was stated in
his letter to Mr. Threewits.
"It's not my canal," said Mr. Conely. "The
county says it's not theirs, but I believe it is. John
and I disagree." He also posed the question:
How can the county vacate a portion of a piece
of property if they don't have ownership?
Mr. Conely also pointed out that since the ca
nal is not on the tax rolls, and never has been,
that it is likely owned by the government.
Not so, said Mickey Bandi, assistant property
appraiser for Okeechobee County.
"It's not on the tax rolls because common
area does not go on the tax rolls," he said. "When
platted, they take common area and do some-
thing with it to enhance the rest of the plat. So, it
doesn't get platted but it adds value to what is as-
sessed." A common area is a portion of a plat that
is used for the benefit of the entire plat such as
drainage, storage or recreation.
"(Canal #1) is a common area to that plat.
Although the county vacated a portion of that
plat, it just means it ceases to be a plat. It doesn't
change title," Mr. Bandi explained. "The county
never really took title to the property."
He went on to say he doubts that the canal
is owned by descendants of Okeechobee Com-
pany officers.
"If there's not a reversionary clause, I don't
know that it would revert back to officers of the
Okeechobee Company," he said.

Mr. Bandi added that Canal #1 enhances the
property around it because it drains that prop-
erty and makes it more valuable. To reinforce
his statement, Mr. Bandi said the property ap-
praiser's attorney Loren Levy of Tallahassee-
feels that Florida state statute 193.0235 (2)(c)
covers the Canal #1 issue. That statute, which
deals with ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem
assessments against subdivision property states
that a common element, or area, includes: 'Any
other part of the subdivision which has been des-
ignated on the plat or is required to be designated
on the site plan as a drainage pond, or detention
or retention pond, for the exclusive benefit of the
But Ms. Jurs disagrees. She explained that
water flows off property in the subdivision into
gutters, which carry the water into storm drains.
That water is then carried into two small lakes
at the front of King's Bay. From there, the excess
water flows into the southern end of Canal #1
which, at this point, is past the subdivision.
One possible solution to the problem is for Mr.
Cameron to go before the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners and ask them
to vacate the canal. "But, generally, if you are va
casting something you'd have to ask to vacate in
favor of King's Bay or other property owners," he
said. "Then, King's Bay would have to assume
maintenance and upkeep of the canal and I don't
know if King's Bay wants to undertake that."
The easiest solution, he continued, would be
for the county to take control of the unsightly ca
nal. But, he didn't think that was going to happen
either. Mr. Cameron went on to add that it's un-
decided if any legal action will be taken.
"Until we get a better handle on who is sup-
posed to be doing what, there are too many legal
questions that are unresolved," he said.
And even though Mr. Cassels said "all prop-
erty has to be owned by someone" in this case,
Canal # 1 remains a no man's land.

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Teens accused of trying to escape Center THE BEST DAY

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two inmates at the
Okeechobee Youth Devel-
opment Center were ar-
rested after one of them
reportedly choked then
locked a staff member in
a cell.
Arrested Wednesday,
Jan. 20, were: Michael Mc-
Queen, 16, Homosassa;-
and Brandon Leibowitz, Brandon
16, Palm Beach Gardens. Leibowitz
McQueen was charged with the felonies
of attempted escape, battery on detention
staff and false imprisonment. Leibowitz was
charged with attempted escape.
After being booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail, both teens were taken to the
Department of Juvenile Justice Detention
Center in Fort Pierce.
An arrest report by Deputy Joseph Gra-
cie of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) stated that a staff member was
checking doors in the Kennedy dorm, where

inmates are housed singularly in a cell, at
11:43 p.m. Wednesday. When the staffer
reached cell C-10 he saw McQueen, who
pushed the cell door open
and asked for some water.
After McQueen was al-
lowed to get water, he al-
legedly grabbed the male
staff member from behind
in a choke hold and forced
him into the cell. The teen
also took the man's radio
Michael and locked the staffer in
McQueen the cell, stated the deputy's
The staff member later told the deputy
that at some point he blacked out from be-
ing choked.
Deputy Gracie then stated in his report
that McQueen and Leibowitz were seen run-
ning from the Kennedy dorm by two other
staff members, who gave chase. The two
boys then climbed onto a building, but were
eventually talked into climbing down.
Staff members returned to the Kennedy
dorm and released their fellow staffer after
finding him in the cell, added the report.

Georgia woman arrested on drug, theft charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Georgia woman is accused of walking
out of a local pharmacy without paying for
her oxycodone tablets.
Margaret Ann Smith, 38, L.C. Pope Road,
East Dublin, Ga., was arrested Thursday,
Jan. 21, on charges of deal-
ing in stolen property, pos-
session of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver [
and grand theft. She was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a
bond of $67,500.
An arrest report by Of-
ficer Ryan Holroyd of the Margaret Ann
Okeechobee City Police Smith
Department (OCPD) stated
that Smith and another woman entered the
pharmacy to pick up Smith's prescription for
90, 40mg extended release tablets that was
valued at $512.49.
The report states that the two women
took some sodas, candy and toilet paper to
the register.

Smith's friend wrote a check for every-
thing and, while they waited for that check to
be approved, store video reportedly showed
Smith reaching into the bag of items and re-
moving the pills. She then put the pills into
her purse, continued the report.
After being told the check was no good,
store video showed the two women walk-
ing out of the store without paying for the
narcotics, stated Officer Holroyd.
According to the report, when the officer
located Smith Thursday she told him she
gave 45 pills to her friend and kept the re-
maining 45 tablets. Smith reportedly told Of-
ficer Holroyd she burned the pill bottle and
threw her 45 pills away.
Officer Holroyd went on to state that he
spoke with the other woman who told him
she had no idea the check was bad and that
Smith had not given her any of the pills. The
officer stated that she voluntarily gave him
the bad check and allowed him to search
her purse.
Since his search "found no evidence or
illegal items" the woman was not arrested.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are among -
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants for each of
them. The criteria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top five is based on
the severity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the
whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's
Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Marcel Bill Jesse
Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273- Bates Clemons Zipperer
TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Bill Clemons, I/M, DOB 8-15-1987, 5'6",
Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of re-
maining anonymous. You can also receive a 155 lbs. Burglary Conveyance Bond $5,000.
reward if the information results in an arrest. Third Degree Grand Theft Bond $5,000.
Marcel Bates, DOB 10/13/1976, Failure of
Sexual Offender To Report To DHSMV, Bond Jesse Zipperer, DOB 7/21/1986, 6', 195
$10,000. lbs. Poss. Oxycodone. Bond $10,000

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, January 24, 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!

Support local businesses
I am a business owner also in this town
and as the economy is extremely bad we
have had to look at our options several times
and scratch our heads and wonder how to
keep our doors open and what we could do
to improve ourselves to make our customers
keep using our services. If the day comes that
we do have to close our doors, I personally
would encourage the people in Okeechobee
to support the other companies in this town.
I would refer my customers to their business-
es. I do that now if there is something that I
don't have that a customer wants. I tell them
where they can go in town to get the required
service they desire and they deserve and I
feel like my regular customers appreciate that
about us. There's a lot of small family-owned
businesses in this town. Why not support
them every chance you have? A lot of peo-
ple complain about this town not growing.
How can it if everyone continues going out
of town and giving it to other counties? Let's
just support Okeechobee and the people of
When you spend your money in town,
you keep people who live in Okeechobee
employed. I look at it that way. These people
need their jobs too, and if I shop out of town
that money goes to support someone's job
in that other town. The local businesses are
really hurting. Some are closing their doors.
I think we need to support the ones that are
left or things will get even worse for our little

Haiti donations
Remember the HIV outbreak in Haiti?
Remember all of the killing, pillaging, raping,
looting and general lawlessness in Haiti? Yes.
All of this PRIOR to plate tectonics reducing
the western part of that island to rubble. So I
ask of you, why send ten dollars to help the
Red Cross? Why are all the Hollywood big
shots campaigning for "relief"? What are we
relieving the Haitians from, exactly? Let's say
we, the U.S., rebuild Haiti completely. Struc-
turally sound and up to category 4-5 code on
all structures. Will the Haitian people stop

killing one another? Will they remember to
use the 5 million plus condoms that the good
old USA donated? Will they settle down and
figure out how to live peacefully and commu-
nicate without small arms and fires? Maybe
you think we should express the deepest
concern because there are children lying in
piles of flattened apartments. I agree. Con-
cern. Prayer. The United States of America
is not an ATM Machine! Where was the help
from outside entities for Katrina? For the five
hurricanes that swept central Florida in 2004?
Where was our own government for Katrina?
They were late. Oops. My bad. My $10 will
stay right here in Okeechobee.
How can we afford to help them? How
can we pledge millions in relief and restruc-
ture when we are so in debit now? I agree we
need to help the people here. I hate it for those
people but we don't have it to give. There's
homeless, helpless people right here due to
the economy. Help our own country get back
on our feet before helping anyone else. Who
helped us when we were in disaster?

Okeechobee politics
I think the money for the EOC is better
spent that money rehabing the old court-
house. And the funds do appear to be coming
from state and federal grants rather than di-
rectly from the local taxpayers. Those grants
are going to be spent somewhere-so why
not spend some of that money in Okeecho-
bee County? Maybe it will put a few local
people to work, and get the Emergency Man-
agement Office out of a building that simply
is not adequate and not safe.
I agree the old hospital isn't in any shape
for offices, but the economy of Okeechobee
isn't in any shape for paying for a new build-
ing. If I buy food, I can't pay bills. Oh, no I
can't get any help, I own my house (along
with the bank) so no I don't qualify!
Way too much money is being used
for building new buildings, instead of utiliz-
ing those which are standing empty. I am
not asking for a handout, but after being in-
jured on the job, I am now disabled and can't
work. I believe if I were in this country illegal-
ly, I would be much better off because then
I could get help if needed. So I tighten my
belt and make do with what I have. With the
cost of everything going up except salaries,
I don't think it is a good idea at this time for
the city to be doing so much construction of
unnecessary buildings. I highly doubt if there
will be any local contractors or construction
crews employed on these projects.


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Truth in the union of
silence and action

By Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
"We live in a world starved for solitude,
silence, and private: and therefore starved
for meditation and true friendship." C. S.
C.S. Lewis talks about true friendship as
stemming from the deepest part of a person,
from the secret place of the soul, the inner
chambers of true self. True friendship is en-
abled when two people step into the silent
place, face their innermost selves, and then
bring that deep internal honesty into face-to-
face connections. Paradoxically, true silence
is a basis of high, true friendship.
But, alas! even though our world talks a
lot about friendship, it knows nothing of this
true silence. We live in a world of non-stop
relationships and cyber-linked social net-
works, but where each person in the rela-
tion is starved in his or her inner self. And
the relationships even supposed intimate
relations are far less than true. "We live, in
fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence,
and private: and therefore starved for medi-
tation and true friendship."
It is a fascinating concept. The paradox
of true friendship is true silence! I thought
of this, and realized that those persons I've
called true friends, in some degree, through
silence, brought the reality of these inner
chambers to the friendship, blessing me.
Then, it struck me: we are asked to do
the same with God, and others.
Jesus said something very similar. He
said, "When you pray, go into your room,
and when you have shut your door, pray to
your Father who is in secret, and your Fa-
ther who sees in secret will reward you in
It sounds as if this principle of silence
funding true friendship applies even to the
divine/human relation: Those whom God
would call true friend are those willing to
open to the secret place, in self and before
Him, in the sacred chambers of their spirit.
If this is true, we would expect the world
to counteract it.

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And that is precisely the case.
Lewis goes on to talk about two temp-
tations offered to us in the modern world,
regarding spirituality. The first is where the
world says, "Religion is a private matter, you
know!" And then, through culture, creates
a context where the individual even the
good Christian has no real private life.
When the modern world says to us
aloud, "You may be religious when you are
alone," it adds under its breath, "and I will
see to it that you never are alone." To make
Christianity a private affair while banishing
all privacy is to relegate it to the rainbow's
end or the Greek Calends.
Many good people are caught right here.
They love the Lord and the Lord loves them,
but their private lives are under attack, and
many of them surrendered long ago... and
now create a faith life/language that has no
real need for solitude or inner depth.
The second failure follows up the first.
For those who know that faith is exercised
in private and private faith must be acted on
in order to be true, this temptation then says
that true faith is a collective affair: the only
real faith is what we do for others; the only
true actions are what others bless.
Here there is the danger that real Chris-
tians who know that Christianity is not a
solitary affair may react against that error by
simply transporting into our spiritual life that
same collectivism which has already con-
quered our secular life.
See the great temptation? The Christian
is thus set up for a highjack in his or her
spiritual life: only the collectivist action is
approved, true calling then can be derailed
in false consciousness of communal terms,
friend and family approbation.
Spirit life, of course, is in the balance of
both realities: communal and private.
God calls us to the secret place, but then
takes us to the open place in this great inner
power. And this is true friendship-for God,
and the other humans we love!

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Okeechobee News

special iO me UKeecnoDee ivews/miversiae vanK

Wildlife donation
Riverside Bank staff members Shannon Conrad, Sherri
Enfinger, Megan McClellan and Branch Manager, Tabitha
Trent make a donation to Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center (AWRC) Founder-Director, Sue Arnold. AWRC is a
501 (C)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to care
for wildlife while creating awareness to mankind as to the
value of Florida's wildlife. Sue Arnold (AWRC Founder)
and her team are committed to the rescue, rehabilitation
and return of recovered animals to their natural habitat.
AWRC offers a variety of educational programs and tours
to the public, for more information please contact Sue at

UKeecnoDee riews/iree uawaa
Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk, right, presents a plaque
to Jerry O'Bannon, left, for his service to the city. Mr.
O'Bannon served on the Board of Trustees of the Po-
lice Officers' Pension Fund from Jan. 13, 1981 to May
31, 1993 and on the Board of Directors of the General
Employees' Pension Fund from June 1, 1993 to Dec. 31,
2009. The presentation took place at the Tuesday, Jan. 19
meeting of he Okeechobee City Council.

Community Calendar

A.A. meets 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 United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
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.
A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held
at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted
by the Hibiscus Children's Center on the last
Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The
orientation is for those interested in fostering or
adopting in Okeechobee County. This meeting
requires no RSVP and is a question/answer fo-
rum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the
Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-9311.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter
in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle
Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee
on Monday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose Lodge and go around the curve just
past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a
fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Chapter leader
Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.V.RP 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.

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
GALs need volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem Program has volun-
teer opportunities for caring persons to advocate
for neglected, abused and abandoned children.
Volunteers meet on the last Tuesday of the month
at 0 a.m. at Gizmo's on Hwy. 441 in the Publix
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 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 information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-4447.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New 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.
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 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
Enid Boutrin 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, 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.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. The only requirement for mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time -- a 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
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous meets
at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th Ave, at 7
p.m. in the youth building behind the church. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
610-0975. information call 863-357-3053.

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers
after 1pm. Partly cloudy, with a high near
79. South southeast wind between 5 and 15
mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
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low around 66. South wind around 10 mph.

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showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 66. South wind around
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Monday: A chance of showers and thun-
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74. West southwest wind around 10 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance
of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 46. West northwest wind
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
69. West northwest wind between 5 and 10
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 40. Northwest wind around 5 mph.


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Community Events

Children's Services Council
seek summer projects
Children's Services Council will once
again offer creative groups an opportunity
to have a quality summer program for chil-
dren and youth of Okeechobee. Any agency/
group who has a great idea for a summer ac-
tivity, can apply to the Council for a Special
Summer Project. The major goal is to pro-
vide a summer program for a maximum of
nine weeks for children/youth ages 4-18. Not
for one-day events, the project must detail
who, where, and the activities it will be pro-
viding for Okeechobee County children and
cannot discriminate due to race or religion.
You can enhance your existing program if
you already receive a Children's Services
Council grant. The project application is cur-
rently available. Call Cathleen Blair or Cheryl
Sutton at 863-462-5000, Ext.255. Completed
application must be submitted by Jan. 25.

Guest speaker for
Okeechobee Orchid Club
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Exten-
sion Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Ken Russ
from Port St. Lucie will present a program
entitled Backyard Growing. Ken and his wife
Judy maintain over 600 orchids and are ex-
perienced growers. They grow in all kinds of
conditions: Ken will also have orchids and
orchid pottery for sale. The Garden Club will
meet beforehand at 6 p.m. These programs
are free and open to the public. For more
information please call the extension office
at 863-763-6469.

FHREDI meeting planned
A public meeting of the Board of Direc-
tors for Florida's Heartland Rural Economic
Development Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier, Inc. is set for Monday,
Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Heartland Educa-
tion Consortium, 1096 U.S. Hwy 27 N., Lake
Placid. All interested persons are invited to
attend. One or more county commissioners
may be present at the meeting.

CCC meeting date set
The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tues-
day, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the School Board Office.

Leather craft class
invites beginners
Would you like to learn about leather
craft? Our local Florida Everglades Leather
Guild will be holding free beginner classes
at the library starting this month. The first
class is set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, from
10 a.m. until noon. The next date will be set
for Saturday, Feb. 6, from 2 until 4 p.m. You
don't need previous knowledge or any sup-
plies. You will need to call to reserve a place
as space is limited. Call 863-226-3436 and
speak to Sharon.

Public Workshop
There will be a public workshop on the
Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) of the Avon
Park Air Force Range from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center, 1750 U. S. 98 N. Come
and learn about the range's archeological,
environmental, military, ranching and rec-
reational programs. Displays will open at
6 p.m. A presentation and a question and
answer period will follow at 6:30 p.m. Avon
Park Air Force Range and Central Florida Re-
gional Planning Council staff will be there to
discuss the JLUS study with you and answer
your questions.

Library Program
As part of the Composers and Lyricists of
Broadway and Hollywood series, Ian Nairn-
sey will present "Frank Loesser, Part 1 "The
Hollywood Years" at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 205 S.W 16th St. on Jan. 30. The
program will feature slides and musical se-

Quilters plan open gathering
Come share your sewing projects with
us! Bring your quilts, appliques, and other
sewing items, even if they are UFOs (un-
finished objects) to share on Saturday,
Jan. 30, beginning 11 a.m. to First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second Street,
Okeechobee. For more information, call
Helen at 863-467-1618. Bring a brown bag
lunch. Cookies, coffee and tea will be pro-
vided. Show and tell will start after lunch is

Pet Rescue to open booth at
Winter Fest
Pet Rescue will have a booth at the Win-
ter Festival at Buck Head Ridge on Jan. 30,
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. We will be offer-
ing Humane Society t-shirts, hats and visors,
homemade dog cookies, collar scrunchies,
pet photo with paw prints (like finger print-
ing) for identifying lost dogs, drawing for gift
basket, donation drive and volunteer appli-

Engaged? Just married? Golden anniversary?
Birthday? Holiday? New baby?

special to tme UKeecnoDee News/its:
Students of the Week
Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Jan. 22, are:
Angel Denova, Mason Boney, Zachery Hickox-Lopresti, Alexander Willoughby,
Veronica Hernandez, Lidia Arriaga, Matthew Nguyen, Sharondra Jackson, Jon-
athan Dutcher, Hailey Macrae, Karla Romero Ortega, Cody Patterson, Daniel
Parker, lien Garcia, Diana Vigil, Zac Mullin, Hunter Smith, Maya Kneidel, and
Marisabel Gomez. Congratulations!

Heartfelt ThankYous to friends and families
who supported us during this time. Joshua will
be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Even people we didn't know volunteered
and took time to help Joshua and our family by
praying, organizing the auction and working
behind the scenes with meals and more. We
will remember your generosity always.
Thank you,
Debbie and Justin Fetterolf,
Danny and Melissa Harden


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Farm Bureau questions new EPA rules

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -New water regula-
tions proposed last week by the U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency will levy a de
facto water tax on Floridians by increasing
water and sewer bills and will impose oner-
ous economic burdens on agricultural pro-
ducers, according to the Florida Farm Bu-
reau Federation, the state's largest general
agricultural organization.
"For nearly a decade, Florida's agricul-
tural community has been proud to cooper-
ate with other businesses and government
agencies in the state's Total Maximum Daily
Loads program," said FFB President John
L. Hoblick. "The TMDL program, which es-
tablished numeric nutrient criteria based on
watersheds, has caused Florida to be recog-
nized as a national leader in water quality
protection and restoration. This action by
EPA abruptly changes that."
In fact, almost 75 percent of Florida's
2.1 million acres of irrigated farm land cur-
rently embraces voluntary agricultural Best
Management Practices (BMPs). Agricultural
BMPs are practical, cost-effective measures
that agricultural producers implement to
reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers,
animal waste, and other pollutants enter-
ing our water resources. Best Management
Practices are designed to benefit water qual-
ity while maintaining or even enhancing ag-
ricultural production.
Farm Bureau believes EPA's overly sim-
plistic approach, which affects only Florida,
is generalized and fundamentally flawed
because it does not take into account the
unique characteristics of each of the state's
rivers, streams and estuaries. Experts say the

EPA standards will brand pristine streams
and lakes as impaired, requiring the state
to spend billions of scarce dollars to meet
the standard. In some cases no technology
currently exists to meet the proposed fed-
eral regulations, as in the case of agricultural
"There is no way to calculate the time
and expense involved in creating that tech-
nology," Hoblick said. 'Agriculture may
simply be unable to bear those costs. That
should be of great concern to every citizen
in Florida because a reduced domestic food
supply would ultimately push food costs up-
Florida Farm Bureau is urging its mem-

bers to get involved in the issue by contact-
ing their elected representatives in Talla-
hassee and Washington to let them know
this federal action is unacceptable. Citizens
should also get their concerns on the record
by attending hearings planned for mid-Feb-
ruary. The hearings will be held Feb. 16 in
Tallahassee, Feb. 17 in Orlando and Feb. 18
in West Palm Beach. Individuals can register
to speak by visiting
More information on the effort to prevent
EPA from jeopardizing Florida's agriculture
and the state's economic recovery is avail-
able at the Don't Tax Florida Web site at

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

Jan. 18 and 19
Monday sales at n
Tuesday sales at 1
Breaking $51.50
Cutter $45.00
Canner $24.00
1500-2000 $59.00



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Med #1
$55.50 170-190
$52.50 200-250
$46.00 250-300
$66.50 450-500
[esday 550-600
1042 600-650
349 Med #2
31 150-200
16 120-130
42 200-250
99 250-300



25 25 300-350 95-120 83-102
962 1604 350-400 90-117 75-87
400-450 90-106 75-80
eers Hfrs Everything still selling
-185 120-160 good. Cows and bulls were
-145 115-140 mostly steady. We had a large
-140 103-120 run of cows, high prices and
-132 95-110 no grass, I guess. Calves were
-118 86-94 again higher with real good
-117 84-93 demand on most all weight
-117 80-91 ranges. CNC Ranch of Miami
-100 73-82 topped the calf market with
7-96 78-80 a high of $1.95 brought by
eers Hfrs D & S Cattle. Arlin Hawkins
of Arcadia topped the cow
market with a high price of
-130 78-95 $56.50 bought by Brown
-125 80-105 Packing. Todd

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The Chobee Firestix girls travel soft-
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Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23, from
5:30-8 p.m. Try-outs will be held at the
OHS softball field. Girls ages 8U-16U may
try-out and need attend only one day. Any
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GAL program
The Okeechobee County Guardian ad
Litem program welcomes the newest Certi-
fied Guardians ad Litem.
On Thursday, Jan. 14, Sharalyn Brown-
ing, Frank Licata, and Myra Hall, pictured
officially completed their certification for
volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GAL). The
three new GALs will represent abused,
abandoned, and neglected children residing
in Okeechobee and involved in dependency
court. They completed the January Volun-
teer training sessions located in the Guard-
ian ad Litem Program's office in Port Saint
Lucie. The 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad
Litem Program represents children in Saint
Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee
The Guardian ad Litem Program will offer
free training for volunteers and new classes
begin Feb. 2. Applicants must be at least 19
years old and undergo a background check.
Florida's Guardian ad Litem Program is
a network of professional staff and commu-
nity volunteers who serve as advocates for
neglected and abused children in the court
There are local Guardian ad Litem pro-
grams in all 20 of Florida's judicial circuits.
Guardian ad Litem volunteers, and the attor-
neys working with them, make sure victims
of child abuse and neglect are protected and
have a safe place to live and the necessary
services to overcome their circumstances.
For additional information, contact Pattra
Farthing-Dodd at 772-871-7225, or visit our

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information about our volunteer opportu-
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Parrot Avenue. Mr. Garcia, proprietor of
Mom's Kitchen, has offered his assistance
in helping with the Guardian ad Litem Pro-
gram's recruitment efforts. Okeechobee
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Abandoned and Neglected Children in our
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A local student was selected to represent
her hometown of Okeechobee throughout
Florida for 2010.
Shelby Kirton is the rep-
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is 10 years old and in the
fourth grade at South El-
ementary School. Shelby is
the daughter of Cheryl and
Dudley Kirton.
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were selected to represent Shelby Kirton
their hometown through-
out Florida. The students are being recog-
nized for their volunteer and community

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Florida's Hometown USA stresses the im-
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students who have a desire to volunteer and
to promote pride in their community by ac-
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January 24, 2010


'Memory Field' spotlights problem of child abuse

One hundred ninety-eight children in
Florida lost their lives last year as a result
of child abuse. The most common triggers
remain crying due to toilet training and feed-
ing issues. This was a shocking 20 percent
increase in the number of deaths in one
year. Nearly 90 percent of them could have
been prevented.
CASTLE is a non-profit organization that
works to prevent child abuse and to help
adults become loving, caring, nurturing par-

ents. For the third consecutive year, CASTLE
and Seacoast National Bank are hosting a
traveling memory field to honor those chil-
dren who have been silenced by abuse and
to raise awareness to CASTLE's prevention
A field of 198 white flags with a blue rib-
bon imprint will fly for one week in each
county. Each flag represents a child who
died in one year as a direct result of child
abuse and neglect.

The memory field will begin its journey
to build awareness in mid February and will
close at the end of April on the grounds of
CASTLE's main office facility in Fort Pierce.
CASTLE is inviting the public to sponsor
a child's flag with a $100 donation or a rib-
bon for $10. The sponsor's name will be dis-
played in the field throughout the rotation.
Sponsorships may be purchased at CASTLE
or at any Seacoast National Bank office in
Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeecho-
bee counties.
Corporate sponsors are needed to bring
this display to the community. For informa-
tion on supporting the Memory Field visit:
The Memory Field will be displayed in
Okeechobee from March 5-12, with the
dedication ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m.
March 5.
CASTLE is a United Way partner organiza-
tion and is supported by the area Children's
services councils as well as UFF. CASTLE fa-
cilities are located in St. Lucie County (772-
465-6011), Martin County (772-781-4510)
and Indian River County (772-567-5700). For
further information, or if you would like to
volunteer or make a donation, call Gundula
Hargraves at: 772-567-5700, or visit our web-
site at

The Memory Field will make its way throughout the CASTLE service areas. Each
flag in the Memory Field represents a child who died as a direct result of child
abuse in one year, in Florida alone. The number has risen in one year from 163
to 198.

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Raymond Marcus Lowe of Okeechobee, son
of Marcus and Connie Lowe of Okeechobee.
The bride is the granddaughter of the
late Salter and DeRita Watford, formerly of
Okeechobee, the late Robert Albert, formerly
of New York, and Alma Albert of Port St.
Ashley graduated with honors from
Florida Atlantic University obtaining a
bachelors in nursing degree. She is cur-
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pursue a graduate degree as a family nurse
practitioner. Ashley plans on graduating in
May 2012. Ashley is employed as a nurse at
Big Lake Hospice.
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and Susan William of Okeechobee,
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Okeechobee. The groom is the great-grand-
son on Eva Mae Williams of Okeechobee.
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University, where he achieved a bach-
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on attending law school in the near fu-
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Okeechobee NewsJanuary 24, 2010

New Horizons Children's Crisis

Center construction on schedule

When construction of the long-awaited
and desperately-needed Children's Crisis
Unit commenced at the Midway Road cam-
pus of New Horizons, CEO John Romano
promised to keep the Treasure Coast and
Okeechobee community updated on the
progress. The 20-bed Crisis Stabilization
Unit which will serve boys and girls ages 6
through 17 who live in Indian River, Martin,
Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties.
Construction has been underway since
October, and as you drive by the build-
ing site on Midway Road you can see the
extent of the progress. "The building slab
was poured in November," reported Mr.
Romano, "with block walls and roof truss-

es being installed throughout December.
Construction is scheduled to be 100 per-
cent complete in late July with the center
actually opening for children's services on
Sept. 1, 2010."
For additional information about New
Horizons or the "4 Our Kids" capital cam-
paign, call Cathleen Owen at 772-672-8333
or visit our web site at:
New Horizons of Okeechobee and the
Treasure Coast is a non-profit organiza-
tion that provides mental health care and
substance abuse treatment for children
and adults living in Indian River, Martin,
Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties.

More2Life Ministries needs Haiti relief supplies

The YWAM Mission in St. Marc, Haiti is tents, cots, cooking oil, spaghetti, soap and
in desperate need for supplies. They are ex- tarps. (Please no glass.) Please pass this on
pecting thousands of refugees from Port Au to your pastors and friends. Contact us for
Prince, which have been arriving already. more information. If you'd prefer just to sup-
We have a container which we are currently port financially, we will accept any help. Of-
gathering supplies to ship to them in the fice: 863-467-0796/605 S.W Park St. #214,
next week or so. Please help by donating as Okeechobee. More2Life Office-call to ar-
much of any of the items such as dry goods, range for drop off, or to have items picked
non perishables, blankets, sheets, towels, up.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

announce reading program

Yard sale space
Martha's House thanks Edwin Walpole, owner of the Trading Post Flea Market, for
donating four booths to hold their yardsale. The sale will be held on Feb. 5, 6, and
7. Office manager of the Trading Post is Heather Jones (left) and Martha's House
Executive Director, Theresa Alexander.
Martha's House is seeking volunteers. Help is needed in the shelter doing such things
as answering hotline calls, reading to the children, and teaching arts and crafts. You
can also lend a hand with fundraisers including our upcoming yard sales. If you are
interested in helping us, as we continue to provide a safe and loving environment for
survivors of domestic violence, please call Theresa or Shirlean at 863-763-2893.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okeechobee
County is pleased to announce the arrival
of its AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps
provides reading mentors to children in Kin-
dergarten through third grade. AmeriCorps
members are paid a stipend for mentoring
20-25 hours a week and have the opportu-
nity to earn an educational voucher upon
the completion of 900 service hours. The
initiation of the AmeriCorps program in
Okeechobee has led to the hiring of four lo-
cal residents who will serve as reading men-
tors to more than 40 children at South and
Central Elementary Schools.
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ties such as becoming a mentor for our
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Seminole Elementary Schools. Mentors are
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or third grader and build a book-centered
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January 24, 2010 Okeechobee News

Boy Scouts celebrate

anniversary in Okeechobee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The sounds of shotguns filled the air Fri-
day as the Pine Creek Sporting Club hosted
the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of
America with a sporting clays tournament.
Organizers expected up to 175 competi-
tors in the tournament and expected to raise
close to $200,000.
All of the proceeds go to the youth pro-
grams in the Gulf Stream Council which
support 24,000 scouts across seven coun-
ties in south east Florida which include
Event Chairman, Coles Wilkinson said
this was the 12th annual sporting clay tour-
nament to benefit the boy scouts, "Centen-
nial celebrations don't come around too of-
ten. We were fortunate to be at Pine Creek
and to have such gracious hosts. This is a
wonderful event."
He praised the committee members
who worked long and hard to organize the
event which included a morning breakfast,
a lunch and a live auction. The volunteers
and participants also had the chance to take
buggy tours of the sporting club.
"We increased our teams from last year's
event from 24 to 32 teams," Wilkinson said,
"We've added some nice teams and expect-
ed a few more but some folks didn't make it
with the weather. We're still aiming to raise
$200,000 for the Boy Scouts. That is some-
thing that is very, very great."
Wilkinson said very few institutions in
North America can boast that they've been
around 100 years. He said the scouts have
helped create generations of leaders in
America and events like this will continue to
make that possible.
Pine Creek is a 2,400-acre members only,
champion clays and wing shooting commu-
nity located off NE 48th Avenue. It includes
40-acre ranch sites, 23 custom cabins, over
1,000 acres of world-class quail fields, a
7,000 sq. ft. member's lodge and pool com-
plex, a 13-station sporting clay course, and
other amenities.

Developer Stephen Myers who helped
make Pine Creek a reality, said he was privi-
leged to host the event since he was once a
cub scout and a boy scout.
"100 years is a momentous event. We've
had a terrific turnout and this should be a
tremendous fund raiser for the boy scouts."
Myers said he was very pleased with the
progress of the facility. He said they started
in the toughest of times and continued to
build out infrastructure, "It is paying off. A
lot of people recognize the value of this and
like the experience to come out to Okeecho-
bee and enjoy the outdoors. We are sure this
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Okeechobee News January 24, 2010

Zachary Taylor descendant to appear at re-enactment

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A living link to the Battle of Okeechobee
will be present for the re-enactment, Feb. 6
and 7.
Matt Taylor, a direct descendant of Colo-
nel Zachary Taylor, will be there.
"One or two days of the year, it matters
that I am descendant of Zachary Taylor," he
Mr. Taylor will bring a flintlock pistol that
was used in the battle. He will also bring a
book published in the 1840s about his an-
cestor that was presented to Colonel Taylor.
Mr. Taylor will relate some interesting
stories about his famous ancestor that have
been passed down through his family. He
said he is especially interested in talking to
the children on Friday, Feb. 5 during the spe-
cial presentation for school children.
For the second year the battle reenact-
ment will be held on state owned land.
Previous re-enactments had been held on
nearby private property. In 2006 part of the
battlefield was bought by the state and the
process is under way to make it into a state
park commemorating the battle.
The battle reenactment area, across SE
38th Avenue from the Treasure Island Fire
Station, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
each day with the battle re-enactment to be
held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on
Sunday. In addition, there will be food and
music, horse rides, an 1800s medicine show,
a cracker cow camp, a cannon demonstra-
tion, and other exhibits.

There are differing opinions as to who
won the Dec. 25, 1837 battle.
Butch Wilson, of the Clewiston Museum,
called the Seminole leaders who participat-
ed in the battle "great tacticians."
"Their strategic planning resulted in a
technical win because they inflicted more

damage on the American forces," Mr. Wil-
son asserted. He went on to say: "However,
from a logical perspective, the Seminoles
were driven from the field of battle, making
the U.S. Army the victor."
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Drawing to be held to benefit March of Dimes You la health

Surprise your significant other with a spe-
cial Valentine's date night and you can ben-
efit the March of Dimes at the same time!
The Law Office of Cassels & McCall is spon-
soring a drawing for the following items,
which will be sure to make your Valentine's
celebration special:
Start your day with a shampoo and
blow dry, donated by Brandy Stephen of
Main Street Salon.
While getting dressed, light a french
vanilla scented candle, donated by Gloria's

Enhance the romantic mood with
Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Enjoy a Valentine's Day flower arrange-
ment, donated by Countryside Florist.
Complete your celebration with din-
ner-Lightsey's Seafood Restaurant has do-
nated a $40 gift card toward your dinner.
Tickets are available at the Law Office of
Cassels & McCall, located at 400 N.W Sec-
ond Street, for a donation of $2 each or 3
for $5. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The March of Dimes is the leading non-

Adult Flag Football league forms
All players and managers interested in the 2010 Adult Flag Football League are en-
couraged to attend an organizational meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Civic
Center on Hwy. 98 N. Team fees are as follows: Men's League $350; Women's League
- $300. To register a team, visit the Recreation Department at 640 N.W 27th Lane (Sports
Complex), Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fees are due no later than 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 863-763-6950.

Soccer referee clinic
All those interested in becoming an official referee under the United States Soccer
Federation are encouraged to register online at as soon as possible.
Half of the clinic will be completed online and the other half will be a classroom session
held at Yearling Middle School Saturday, Jan. 30, (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), and Sunday, Jan. 31,
(2-5 p.m.). Certified referees will be able to officiate any USSF club or league games in
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Okeechobee News January 24, 2010

Girls basketball team loses district game

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School fell behind 14-0
and didn't score for the first six minutes of
the game when they lost to Suncoast in girls
basketball action, 60-53 at the Brahman gym
on Thursday night.
Okeechobee turned things around and
were able to take brief leads in the third and
fourth quarters before foul trouble hurt their
cause in one of their final home games of
the year.
Coach Tony Sherlock said his team once
again only played well for parts of the game.
He said they need to play well and execute
for longer segments of games, "We just
missed shots. We missed foul shots and we
missed lay ups. We came out flat and they
got a big lead. After that the girls decided
that Suncoast could play and they better step
it up or they would be embarrassed at their
own house."
Monica Koger had 16 points to lead
Okeechobee (12-8). Jewel Buck had 12
points for the Brahmans. Chelsie Williams
had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Suncoast
The first quarter was a nightmare for
Okeechobee. Suncoast played tough de-
fense inside but the Brahmans missed a lot
of workable shots. Several times the Brah-
mans had open shots that wouldn't fall.
"The first half wasn't so good," Koger
said, "Toward the end I liked the way we
played as a team. In the first quarter I don't
even know what was happening. We were
shooting perfect shots but they weren't go-
ing through the goal."
Suncoast led 17-3 at the end of the first
quarter and led 29-13 late in the first half.
Okeechobee went on a 7-0 run to end the
half to cut the deficit to 29-20 at halftime.
Okeechobee continued their run in the
second half as they outscored the Lady Char-
gers 22-13 in the third quarter to tie the game
at 42. Key shots included a three pointer by
Keighly Stewart, a three-point play by Jewel
Buck inside, and buckets by Essence Wil-
liams and Koger.
Buck fouled out just 1:30 into the fourth
quarter and after that Suncoast was able
to take charge. When Markeisha Youmans
joined her on the bench with two minutes
left, the Chargers were able to shoot at will
under the basket.
"We couldn't handle their bigs late in the
game," Sherlock said, "I told the girls it's the
little things that matter. We committed little
touch fouls, and didn't make foul shots. If
we make those shots, we win the game to-
Okeechobee led 52-51 after a technical
foul shot but the Chargers went on a 9-1 run
to end the game with Buck and Youmans on
the bench.
The Okeechobee junior varsity continued
their strong season with a 43-23 victory.
The Lady Brahmans travel to Summit
Christian on Monday and Berean Christian
on Tuesday. They hold their senior night
celebration next Thursday night against

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Boys soccer falls at John Carroll LisedS
Acense Rea E StaeBor

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School had defeated
John Carroll earlier in the year 6-1, so it was
a big surprise for the Brahman soccer team
Thursday when they fell at the Rams senior
night 1-0.
Hyun Park scored the only game of the
match in the first half for John Carroll (10-7).
Okeechobee managed to out shoot the
Rams 9-1 in the second half after a lackluster
first half effort, Coach Lonnie Sears said.
"There is something missing from the
team this year. I can't put my finger on it. They

are a good bunch of kids but they don't seem
to want to win as much as past teams," he
Sears said it's possible the boys didn't take
the Rams seriously since Okeechobee han-
dled them during their Christmas tournament
in December.
"We had numerous chances to put the ball
into the net. They were easy chances, right in
front of the net. We kick it over the goal, or
shoot it wide," he said.
Sears said he kicked his team in the pants,
verbally, at half time to try and get them going.
He was encouraged that the team worked
harder in the second half.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Fran Mechlin
On Jan. 21, the ladies of the Okeechobee Ladies Golf Association met for their
monthly scramble and meeting. Ladies had a day of fun, golf and lunch fol-
lowed by the meeting. Winning team members (1-4): Nancy McAlinden, Cher
Fountain, Joyce Huffman and Carol Seiser. For information about O.L.G.A. call

"John Carroll got one shot after halftime,
and they didn't get the ball into our end much,
John Carroll is not a bad team, but they are
not the caliber of team that we are," Sears
Mateo Abandano had seven saves for the
Okeechobee opens up play in their dis-
trict tournament on Monday against Boynton
Beach. The match will start at 5 p.m. at Jensen
Beach High School.
Sears said Suncoast and Jensen Beach will
be the favorites in the tournament this year.
As for Okeechobee, he said it will all be
up to the kids, "We always have a chance.
We have a good team. It is up to the kids and
whether they want to play or not."




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343925 ON 01/24/10

January 24, 2010

January 24, 2010 Okeechobee News 19

[n accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida
Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board
Nill consider amendment/adoption of the School Board policies listed below
at their meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of
the School Board Administrative Office at 700 S.W Second Avenue, Okee-
:hobee. A copy of the proposed amendments/policies are available in the
Supenntendent's office, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 4 19 Physical Education
1. This policy provides general guidelines for instruction of physical
2. The proposed amendment adds language to meet requirements of the
Don Davis Physical Education Act.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws im-
plemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1003.41, 1003.42, 1003.43, 1003.453,
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
Appointment or Employment Requirements
1. This policy addresses eligibility requirements for appointment or employ-
2. The proposed amendment adds and revises language to meet require-
ments of the Ethics in Education Act.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 10 1, 101.41, 1012.22, 1012.23.
Laws implemented are F.S. 381.0056, 1001.42, 1001.43, 1012.01,
1012.22, 1012.27, 1012.315, 1012.32, 1012.39, 1012.465, 1012.55,
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
Electronic Communications and Facsimilies
1. This policy addresses use of distnct-owned communication devices.
2. The proposed amendment adds language addressing the expenditure of
public funds for such devices.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1012.22, 1012.23.
Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43,1011.09, 1012.22.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
Purchasing Policies and Bidding
1. This policy provides criteria for authorizing purchases and entering into
contracts pursuant to bids awarded.
2. The proposed amendment revises the procedure for filing a notice of
protest following the posting of a bid tabulation.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws imple-
mented are F.S. 112.312, 120.57, 212.08, 212.0821, 255.04, 274.02,
287.057, 1001.43, 1010.01,1010.04, 1013.47.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
Bus Emergency Evacuation Drills
1. This policy is required by statute to meet audit requirements.
2. The proposed policy provides guidelines for conducting bus emergency
evacuation drills.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws im-
plemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1006.21.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 8 45 School Breakfast Program
1. This policy is required to comply with current statutes.
2. The proposed policy provides guidelines for the provision of breakfast in
district schools.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws im-
plemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1006.06.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
Patncia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Supenntendent of Schools
343780 ON 1/24/10

CASE NO. 2010-CP-000005
The administration of the estate of
HERBERT M. KARNES, deceased,
whose date of death was December
30, 2009, and whose social security
number is 066-20-4026, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Flonda, Probate Division,
the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972.
The names and address of the per-
sonal representative and the person-
al representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having clairns or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE

Al creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
The date of first publicaton of this
notice is January 24, 2010.
Personal Representative:
441 Hillendale Acres Lane
Crossville, TN 38572
Attorney for Personal Representative:
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
a. Bar No 270441
344179 ON 1/24,31/10

Public Notice -1

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Some $35,000 in property damage was
reported Thursday night after a construc-
tion trailer was reported on fire on property
owned by the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District in Okeechobee.
Four units and eight firemen from
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and the
Okeechobee City Fire Department respond-
ed just before 5:30 p.m. to 9400 S.E. 126th
Lt. Robert Mears said the origin of the fire
was unknown and the cause of the blaze
was under investigation by the State Fire
Marshall's Office. He noted the double wide
trailer was used as a construction office for
Dickerson of Florida.
Fire was coming out of the roof and attic
area when firemen arrived, Mears added.
Firemen made an interior attack and
were able to put out the blaze in short order.
There were no injuries reported. The Red

Cross also assisted firemen and workers at
the scene.
Firemen were on the scene for close to
three hours.
Mears said an electrician was on site
to repair electrical problems when the fire
started. 500 gallons of water was used to put
out the blaze.
A second blaze caused about $1,000 in
damage to a vacant mobile home at 3681
NW 3rd Street early Friday morning.
A fire report from Lt. Mears said three
units and six firemen responded just before
3:30 a.m. and found several small fires burn-
ing inside a burned out frame of a mobile
Firemen also noticed a group of spec-
tators outside watching the flames. There
were no injuries.
About 1,000 gallons of water were used
to put out the fire. The origin and the cause
remained under investigation. There were
no injuries reported.


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lock reopens

on Monday

The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) will resume normal
operation of the S-127 navigation lock on
Lake Okeechobee in Buckhead Ridge be-
ginning on Monday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 a.m.
The navigation lock was taken out of
service several months ago to protect the
canal system in Buckhead Ridge during a
dredging project in a Lake Okeechobee
navigation channel.
In addition, the District needed to
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and Appeals helped pave the way for the
drive-in at their meeting on Thursday eve-
ning, Jan. 21. At that time, the board ap-
proved a special exception for about one
acre on the northern end of the block for a
drive through restaurant service.
The developer has already agreed to
donate land for a turn lane on Southwest
22nd Street.
Upon the recommendation of city plan-
ner Bill Brisson the board unanimously
approved the special exception with three
conditions he proposed.
The first condition was landscaping. Mr.
Brisson suggested that the western edge of
the property be landscaped to screen resi-
dential property on the other side Second
The second condition stated that if loud-
speakers were used, as they sometime are
with drive through restaurants, they should
be aimed away from the residential area to
the west.
Mr. Brisson said the details of these two
conditions could be worked out as part of
the site plan review.
The third condition dealt with traffic. Mr.
Brisson said that anticipated traffic would
be less than the total volume of traffic an-
ticipated for the earlier, larger proposed
project that involved the entire block. Any
new projects on the remainder of the block
coupled with the current project could not
generate any more traffic than the original
project or other traffic accommodations
would have to be made.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached at

OHS boys soccer team has to forfeit match

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A self-reported violation resulted in the
loss of a boys soccer match and a $100 fine
for Okeechobee High School this week.
The high school apparently used an ineli-
gible player in their match against Fort Pierce
on Nov. 18.
Athletic Director Gena Davis wrote the
Florida High School Athletic Association to
report the error earlier this month.
The athlete had an excused absence from
the end of the last semester of the 2008-2009
school year. Due to a family emergency, the
student was unable to take final exams for last
year, Davis told the FHSAA.
Davis went on to write that the athlete
was ineligible to play because the grade was

not posted in the school system. The athlete
did complete his course work requirement,
received a passing grade, and obtained the
needed grade point average but the grades
could not be confirmed in the school system.
The grades have since been confirmed
and posted and the athlete has played the rest
of the season as an eligible player.
FHSAA Executive Director Roger Dearing
wrote a letter to OHS administrators on Jan.
15, which stated each member school in the
organization is expected to review the eligibil-
ity of each student athlete prior to his or her
participation. "For this reason, Okeechobee
High School is held in accordance with the
applicable penalties to be assessed as failure
to follow policies and procedures. However,
the fact that Okeechobee High School is self

reporting the infraction will be taken into con-
Normally the school would have been re-
quired to pay a fine of at least $2,500 and as
much as $7,500, but the FHSAA reduced the
fine because Okeechobee self reported the


The boy's soccer program was placed on
Administrative Probation for one year. Ad-
ministrative probation is a period of warning
for one or more calendar years during which
time any additional violations committed by
the school may result in more severe penal-
ties being assessed.

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