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Vol. 101 No. 13 Friday, January 29, 2010


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Index
Classifieds ............................. 14-15
Community Events....................... 6
Crossword.................................. 15
O b itu a rie s ................................ ........ 6
O pinion .................... .................... 4
Speak Out .......................... 4
Sports .................................... 13,16
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Tax deeds sold on unbuildable lots


'Buyer beware' when
buying real estate
for back taxes

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
When Sammy and Ann Han-
cock bought a tax certificate on
a lot in the King's Bay subdivision
they thought it would be a good
investment. As did Marlen Cepero,
of Hialeah, when she purchased
a lot in another part of the same
subdivision at a tax sale.
But instead of holding a valu-
able piece of land, they are the
proud owners of easements.
"I had no idea. I just thought it
was an investment," said Mr. Han-
cock of the block of land known
as Lot 3, Block 6 B at the end of
50th Ave. "I just bought it at a tax
sale. I never did much research


back then."
Mr. Hancock paid $80.46 for
the tax certificate.
"They shouldn't sell stuff like
that. Those things should never
come up," he added.
But, they do.
And while easements are com-
mon, situations such as these
aren't.
"Situations where an ease-
ment is over a platted lot in a
subdivision-I can't think of any
other situations quite like that,"
said Bill Royce, head of planning
and development for Okeecho-
bee County.
An easement allows someone
to use land for a specific purpose,
such as a landowner granting a
utility company the right to run
lines under their private property.
Normally, explained Mr. Royce,
easements are granted on behalf
See LOTS Page 12


Ag center sponsorships


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting
of the Okeechobee County Com-
mission resulted in lengthy discus-
sion but no action on several items
that could effect the county.
The first item provoking dis-
cussion was a possible policy for
naming rights at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center.
"This may be something we can
use to generate funds for capital
improvements," said Mark Bran-
dell, chairman of the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center Advisory
Committee. He presented a pro-
posed plan that was patterned
after the naming policy of Pinel-
las County. Under the proposal,
the entire facility could be named
and/or components of the facility,


such as the arena or horse barn,
could be named. Each monetary
offer for naming would be con-
sidered on a case by case basis.
Terms for naming rights could be
5 to 15 years but not longer than
the useful life of the property. Mr.
Brandell said it would mean extra
money to the county without rais-
ing taxes.
Commissioner Joey Hoover
asked how much commissioners
could expect someone to pay for
naming rights.
"It's difficult to say what that
would be worth," replied Terry
Burroughs of the ag center adviso-
ry committee. He stated that many
rodeo arenas across the country
have been named for national and
local businesses.
It was noted that the Okeecho-
bee County Cattlemen's Associa-


When Marlen Cepero purchased the lot between these two
homes in King's Bay she apparently didn't do her research and
bought an easement, instead of a buildable lot. Hers is one of
two lots in the subdivision that were designated as easements
in 1985 but are still on county tax rolls.


questioned
tion has two more years remain-
ing in their five year contract on
the ag center. Under the terms of
the contract they can name the
arena after their organization. To
date, they have not done so.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner stated the cost of con-
structing and maintaining a sign
would have to be considered in
arriving at a fee.
Commission Chairman Clif
Betts was of the opinion that the
entire facility should keep its cur-
rent name while individual com-
ponents might be named.
County attorney John Cassels
said the naming rights proposal
could be a benefit to the county
if handled properly or it could
be a detriment if it were handled
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Okeechobee

schools

celebrating

excellence
Each year the Okeechobee
County School System takes
the opportunity to express ap-
preciation to school employees
by recognizing their important
work with Okeechobee's stu-
dents in achieving excellence.
The Teacher and School-Related
Employee Recognition Event is
one way of honoring them.
This year, the "element of
surprise" will prevail as the
Okeechobee County School Dis-
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CENTER
Continued From Page 1
poorly.
The consensus of the commission was
that they agreed with the concept and Mr.
Cassels was tasked with working on a nam-
ing policy.
The other item that generated consid-
erable discussion was enforcement of a
program being considered by Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA). The utility is con-
sidering starting a program to regulate the
disposal of fats, oils and greases (FOG) that
may be produced by restaurants and other
commercial customers and requested as-
sistance from the county in enforcement of
their program.


SCHOOLS
Continued From Page 1
trict winners for the Teacher of the Year and
School Related Employee of the Year will be
announced during the recognition dinner.
This year's nominees for the Okeecho-
bee County School District Teacher of the
Year are:
Lori Howard, Central Elementary
School,
Linda Robertson, Everglades Elemen-
tary School,
Tina Suarez, North Elementary School,
Amy Weber, Seminole Elementary
School,
Carrie Thompson, South Elementary
School,
Magi Cable, Osceola Middle School,


Seacoast, Red

Cross seeking

money donations

for Haiti
Seacoast National Bank is working
with local chapters of the American Red
Cross to call upon area residents to sup-
port international relief funds for Haiti
through financial support. With a second
earthquake on Jan. 20, Haiti residents are
in need of basic necessities.
Seacoast will accept monetary contri-
butions (made payable to the American
Red Cross) at all Seacoast National Bank
offices. The funds will be provided to the
American Red Cross international relief
fund for Haiti's earthquake victims.
While food, water, and other services
are being provided by the United States
and many other relief agencies, cash
would enable many Haitians to purchase
items they need, Seacoast officials have
learned.
The operating arm of Seacoast Bank-
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SBCF). Seacoast National Bank has 40
offices in Florida and approximately $2.3
billion in assets, and is one of the larg-
est independent banks headquartered in
Florida.


Mr. Cassels was of the opinion that OUA
might already have that authority. He was
tasked with researching the matter. The con-
sensus of the board was to consider helping
OUA if the utility indeed does not currently
have enforcement powers
In another discussion item, Commis-
sioner Hoover brought up the matter of the
attendance record of members of volunteer
boards. Staff was directed to come up with a
proposed policy on attendance.
In other business, the board:
allowed the Okeechobee Ministerial
Association to use the courthouse lawn the
first Thursday in May to observe the National
Day of Prayer;
authorized donation of land for side-
walks;
renewed the lease the with Martha's
House;


Donna Garcia, Yearling Middle School,
Brad Mims, New Endeavor,
Kay Duke, Okeechobee Freshman
Campus,
Jean Sherlock, Okeechobee High
School, and
Patricia Keebler, ESE.
Nominees for Okeechobee County
School District School-Related Employee of
the Year include:
Maria Jimenez, Central Elementary,
Patty Coyne, Everglades Elementary,
Cindy Pearce, North Elementary,
Celica Mungaray, Seminole Elemen-
tary,
Rosa Tijerina, South Elementary,
Debbie Hill, Osceola Middle,


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renewed the lease with East Coast Mi-
grant Headstart;
applied for an EMS grant for additional
medical equipment;
authorized the submission of an Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant ap-
plication for building retrofits; and
recognized Code Enforcement Officer
III Elizabeth Albert's 15 years' service to the
county. Mrs. Albert has resided in Okeecho-
bee County for the past 32 years. Her career
was in the field of law enforcement. She
came to work for the Okeechobee County
Code Compliance Department in October,
1994 form the sheriff's office where she
shifted from law enforcement to code en-
forcement. She has obtained her Code Of-
ficer, I, II and III Certifications
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Geri Thomas, Yearling Middle,
James Mitzel, New Endeavor,
Hilda Morse, Okeechobee Freshman
Campus,
Cindy Cantrell, Okeechobee High
School,
Lorraine Watson, Operations, and
Kay Mathis, ESE.
The Okeechobee County School District
looks forward to acknowledging all of these
excellent employees at the recognition ban-
quet on Saturday, Feb. 20. If any business
or community member would like to make
a tax deductible contribution toward this
event, donations may be made through: The
Okeechobee Educational Foundation, 700
S.W Second Ave., Okeechobee, Fla., 34974.


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Planners grant exception for Philippine center


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The proposed Philippine Heritage Enrich-
ment Complex came another step closer to
reality with the action of the Okeechobee
County Planning Board on Tuesday night,
Jan. 26.
The board granted the request of the
Philippine-American Cultural Foundation of
South Florida for a special exception to al-
low a club on a 20 acre site on S.W 16th
Avenue in an area zoned for mobile homes.
Plans call for an outdoor theater, an indoor


theater and exhibit building and a parking
area. The complex would also have the only
Philippine garden in the U.S. featuring the
flora and bamboo landscaping of the Philip-
pines. The centerpiece of the garden will be
a typical bamboo thatch hut with bamboo
furnishings and clay pottery kitchenware.
Officials of the foundation say the com-
plex will be a definite boost to the local
economy. The complex would serve as a
venue for Philippine cultural activities as well
as folk and performing art and exhibits.
In another matter, Jennifer Jordan, who
runs a used mobile home business in Palm


Beach County addressed the board. She con-
tracts with banks to sell repossessed mobile
homes. She petitioned the board to change
the county's policy on mobile homes. Cur-
rently a used mobile home older than five
years must go before the planning board for
a special exception. Ms. Jordan contended
that the banks will not wait up to 90 days to
see if a prospective buyer will get a special
exception. Neither will prospective buyers
buy a used mobile home until they get a
special exception. Ms. Jordan suggested the
process be sped up either by changing the
age limit to 8 years or allowing a structural


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)


or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Casey Robert Johnson, 18, S.E. 44th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 25 by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on
felony charges of possession of marijuana
with intent to sell and possession of mari-
juana over 20 grams. He was also charged


with the misdemeanor of possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500.
William Humphrey, 54, was arrested
Jan. 26 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with the felony of violation of probation pe-
tit theft. He is being held without bond.
Walter Roy Powell, 41, N.E. Ninth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 26 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation possession of oxycodone. He
is being held without bond.
Rodney Allen McClure, 43, N.W. 81st
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 27 by
Officer Justin Bernst on charges of driving
under the influence and refusal to submit to
a DUI test. His bond was set at $1,000.
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.


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Shop in Okeechobee
Crying for another BIG store chain to
come is not the answer. There is space here
in Okeechobee not being used. It sits vacant
because no one can afford the high rent or to
buy it. If the owners of some of these places
would just take the time to look at the ex-
penses the building carries. Then invite in-
terested entrepreneurs to come and discuss
the possibility of working out a plan.
One thing I have had trouble finding
in Okeechobee is clothing suitable for adult
women -- not teenagers -- who wear size
4 or smaller. One shop clerk told me they
didn't carry anything to fit me and I should
just gain weight.
Maybe if there were a business group,
like the Chamber of Commerce perhaps,
that could get two or three small towns
to all agree on a business, store, or chain,
then the stores could move into existing,
empty business space. Having more than
one store might help them all stay afloat
until they were each self-sufficient. Or,
maybe it would be better for them to try it
alone, hard choice. It just seems that most
of the old "mom and pop" stores are gone
for good and a business has to be part of a
nationwide chain to get the advertising and
buying power to stay in business.
Since Captain D's is gone, I would love
to see a Long John Silvers here. I am happy
to see we are going to get a Sonic soon.
Okeechobee needs a Waffle House,
open 24-7-365, with hot coffee and reason-
ably priced food.
I think Okeechobee lacks good cloth-
ing stores. We have some nice western
clothing stores, but it lacks on regular cloth-
ing stores.
Let the traffic stay on the coast and
keep 'Chobee small. I do not mind driving
to the coast. I plan a day over there and
shop. Then when I come home, I am happy
to be away from the concrete jungle.


How about something like a Rack
Room Shoes.
I know the clothing store that opened
in August does carry men and women polo
shirts and they aren't just a western store
they do carry
some of the bling
but have nice dress
clothing too for
men and women.
I have gotten nice
dresses and ca-
sual clothes there
I'm 52.

Speeding vehicles
I wish the deputies would run radar on
State Road 70 between 67th Drive and 77th
Terrace. People trying to pull out from the
Lazy 7 area housing developments are en-
dangered every day by the speeders who fly
along SR 70. I drive the speed limit, which
is 60 mph in that area, and they fly by me
like I am standing still. Maybe if the depu-
ties started stopping cars and writing tick-
ets, they would slow down. Many of these
speeders probably come from out of the
county and they are not paying any atten-
tion to the local speed limits in their haste to
get to the coast.

New business
Let's face it a lot of people are going to
complain no matter what comes into town.
There are those that don't want Okeecho-
bee to change no matter what. We need
good jobs if we want our kids to stay here
or come back after college. There are not
enough jobs here for those that live here
now, let alone kids graduating from high
school or even IRSC. We need county of-
ficials to look out for our future and make
sure that we and our families have jobs for
the future.
For some that really want to work, any-
thing is better than nothing. But the com-
missioners need to be attracting businesses
to Okeechobee other than these that only
offer minimum wage salaries. I also know
first hand what a pain the county and city
are when you are trying to open a business
there are no incentives and they really drag
their feet. It's more like they are opposing
you instead of helping and encouraging
you.
If we want the local economy to sur-
vive, we need to shop at home and support
those businesses.


Yard sale to benefit mission trip
The youth group from First Baptist Church are planning on a mission trip to
Drintina, Kosovo, June 26-July 5. They will work with missionaries sent by the In-
ternational Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Taking part in the
trip will be, left to right, first row, Nicole Hedrick, Katie Walker, Hannah Rooks,
second row, Rev. Mark Mc Carter, youth pastor, Nathaniel Catron, Chris Weg-
mann, Kyle McGee and Dylan Huges. Not pictured: Sarah Lay, Taylor Pritchard,
Loren Wegmann and adult leaders Marie McCarter and Steve Walker. On. Feb. 6,
the church will be sponsoring a yard sale to help finance the trip. The yard sale
will be at the church, 401 S.W. Fourth St. beginning at 7 a.m. Anyone who would
like to donate something for the sale can call the church office at 863-763-2171.

Community Calendar


FRIDAY
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets
at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. For in-
formation, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second
St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. This is an open
speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th
Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not
a diet club. The only requirement for member-


ship is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For
more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
863-697-0206.
SATURDAY
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace
Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed
discussion.
SUNDAY
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
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 meetina.


Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming east southeast between 5 and
10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST
Saturday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.
South southwest wind between 5 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Saturday night: Chance of showers before 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.
South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

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Friday, January 29, 2010







National Elephant Center plans are progressing


ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. The National
Elephant Center received unanimous ap-
proval from the St. Lucie County Board
of Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 26, of
its Site Development Plan. Approval of the
plan with multiple amendments-moves
the project one step closer to bringing el-
ephants to the Center, located on a 300-acre
site on land owned by Waste Management
in Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.
"We deeply appreciate the support of
St. Lucie County, officials expressed today,
and look forward to becoming an active
part of this community," said Rick Barongi,
chairman of The National Elephant Center's
board of directors. "With this important
vote, our next step is to finalize building
plans that will enable us to begin construc-
tion this spring. Elephants could be on the
property this year."
Several Elephant Center board members,
representing accredited zoos from around
the country, attended the Commission-
ers meeting including vice chairman Craig
Piper, CEO of Denver Zoo. He presented
research demonstrating how the Center will
be an asset for the community by providing
economic development through work for
regional businesses; by offering unique edu-
cation resource and experiences for regional
schools; by providing additional protection
for the existing wetlands on the property;
and by being an active partner in regional
wildlife conservation efforts.
"The National Elephant Center will be
good for the community, good for this prop-


erty and its environmental features and, most
importantly, it will be good for elephants,"
said Piper, adding that land adjacent to the
Center's property is home to an abundance
of local wildlife.
"These protected areas ensure critical
space for these species that are under such
press, not unlike elephant populations that
are endangered in Africa and Asia," he said.
With a commitment to excellence in the
care of elephants at the Center as well as
to training elephant caregivers throughout
North America, the Elephant Center will play
a vital role in addressing the critical need for
elephant population management and will
become an international resource in ele-
phant conservation, he explained.
Though not open to the public, The Cen-
ter will be a new model for elephant care
and conservation supported by private do-
nations and by more than 70 partner zoos
that are accredited members of the Associa-
tion of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). There
are only 221 accredited zoos and aquariums
in North America, and each of these organi-
zations, every five years, undergo a thorough
review of their entire operations, including
animal care and animal welfare. Each of our
partners is dedicated to high quality care for
all animals including elephants.
Partners have committed more than $4
million for the first phase of the Center.
The National Elephant Center is a non-
profit organization that envisions becom-
ing the global leader in elephant population
management. It is committed to ensuring the


opeuial Lu LIe UKeectIUn ee INewS

Forgiven Trio
Forgiven, a southern gospel trio from Lawrenceburg,
Ind., will sing at the Sunday 10:45 a.m. service on Feb. 7
at Northside Baptist Church, 51 N.W. 98th St. Formed in
1988, Forgiven is comprised of Cloid and Debbie Baker,
joined by Chris Little, and they have over 65 years expe-
rience. Cloid sang with the Bill Gaither Trio in the 1970s
while Debbie was singing and playing with the Weather-
fords. Forgiven has recorded numerous CDs and made
several television appearances, in addition to being
featured in national southern gospel music publications
including SoGospel News.com, Gospel Music Profiles,
Streets of Gold, Southern Gospel Music Forum, and
Singing News Magazine. A love offering for the group
will be taken. Come and enjoy.


future of elephants in zoos and in the wild by
advancing science in artificial insemination
and breeding; promoting elephant research
and conservation programs; providing spe-
cialized training for elephant caregivers; and


becoming a voice for elephants nationally
and internationally through advocacy and
collaboration. For more information about
the Center, visit www.TheNationalElephant-
Center.org.


The Kingsmen Quartet
The Kingsmen Quartet will be in concert Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. A love offering will be received.
For more information call 863-763-7113.


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The Proclaimers Quartet
The Proclaimers Quartet will appear at Victory Baptist
Church, 500 S.W. Ninth Ave, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.
30.


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Students of the Week
Students of the week for Central Elementary for the week of Jan. 22, are:
Kindergarten students: Janie Grant, Jacob Brooks, Mariah Jenkins, Savan-
nah Jones, Niyak Martinez; first graders: Sara Raulderson, Clayton Culligan,
Chase Mangold, Tara Hunt, Jamari Corde, Josef Steiert; second grade stu-
dents: Xavier Peterson, Makaya Whitehead, Jennifer Salas-Garcia, Michael
Watson, Bailey Manning; third grade students: Carlos Ayala, Dakota Collins,
Rocky Resendiz; fourth graders: Shaun Hood, Dylan White, Dustin Long, Ana
Maria Torres, Megan Underwood and Hadeel Abed.


Special to the Okeechobee News/SES

Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School
for the week of Jan. 14. They are: Braelon Pelt, Jessi Rex, Starlene Jackson,
Derek Rucks, Elizbeth Lopez, Seth Hendrix, Gauge Chandler, Gage Cash-
well, Jalen Pryor, Megan Mitchell, Eric Calderon, Merydian Causier, Saira
Sandoval, Mason Adams, Cristian Rios, Daniel Arellano, and Arnoldo Mar-
tinez.


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Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary School Students of the Week for Jan. 25-29 include:
Kindergarten: Jayla Hayes, Diana Ruiz, Christian Roman, Kayli Guerrero,
Yadhira Yanez; first grade: Brennan Sell, Gisselle Delgado, Ashton Harper,
Layne McPeak, Destiny Kirkland; second grade: Taiyler Graig, Victor Her-
nandez, Araceli Ruiz, Sarah Newton, Joshua Roberson, Emily Barnes; third
grade: Shian Koebernik, Lyndsey Tribbitt, Arturo Longoria, Luz Rivera, Mon-
ica Luna, Reece Agnew, Carolina Trejo; fourth grade: Sahley Bourgault, Wy-
att Todd, Caleb Throope; fifth grade: Deoante Garner, Dilmer Larowe, Jarren
Hall and Aurelio Urbina. Congratulations!


ABWA plans annual Golden Oldies Dinner-Dance
The Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the American Business Women's Association
will hold its annual Golden Oldies Dinner -Dance on March 6, from 7-11 p.m. at the
KOA Convention Center in Okeechobee. Live 50s/60s music by Nightlife; buffet style
sandwiches and finger foods will be available all night. Come prepared to eat and dance.
Costumes are optional. Tickets are $25 per person, $200 per table of 8. Business or
organizations buying tables will have their group's name displayed as table sponsors.
For more information and ticket purchase, contact Kathleen Shatto at 863-467-4663 or
Marilyn Rinear at 863-697-1807. Tickets are also available at Chloe's Closet at 109 SW
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Special to the Okeechobee News
Ivy the panther and bobcats Ivy and
W wildlife Rufus are among the animals at Ar-
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star gazing
Star Gazing with Creatures of the Night
will be held at Arnold's Wildlife Center on
Feb. 13 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Explore the dark night sky at Arnold's in
Okeechobee with Christopher Stephan, an
amateur astronomer for over 30 years. He
will teach fun facts about the Milky Way gal-
axy including constellations, planets and the
moon.
An added treat, visitors can watch the re-
habilitated panthers, bobcats and owls on
the prowl in their cages.
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suearnold@hughes.net or 863-634-6804.
Rain date is March 13.
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is $20. RV campers are welcome (call for
rates). Bring your own flashlights. Tele-
scopes will be set up for observing the night
sky. Coffee and cookies will be served.
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htm. Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Cen-
ter, is at 14895 N.W 30th Terrace. From
Okeechobee, taken Hwy. 441 and head
north for approximately 10.2 miles. Make a
left at the NW 144th Dr. red light and follow
to NW 30th Terrace and make a left. Arnolds
is at the end of the street on the right.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Big Lake Missions
KOA helps Big Lake Missions
Bruce and MaryAnne Swinford, directors of Big Lake Missions Outreach
present a certificate to the residents of KOA Campground for their Christmas
2009 toy and food drive. Thanks to all who participated.


Family Health and Safety Expo planned for Jan. 30
On Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Family Health and Safety Expo will be
held at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center. Come out and see police officers, sheriff's dep-
uties, fire trucks, ambulances and other first responder vehicles, demonstrations, equip-
ment and staff; helicopters and coast guard; blood mobile; emergency management
equipment; health department staff and displays; free health screenings; blood mobile,
bicycle safety, banks and many, many other service providers, vendors and giveaways.
The expo offers free admission, free parking, free entertainment, free health screenings,
free lunch (while supplies last),free prizes, free raffles. It will be a fun filled, educational
day for everyone from young children to senior citizens. For more information, call 863-
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of a party and in perpetuity. In other words,
the easement stays with the property until the
person who granted the easement re-assigns
it.
In the case of Mr. Hancock and Ms. Cep-
ero, who did not return phone calls seeking
comment, the easements across their King's
Bay lots are in the forms of roads that lead to
other properties.
For Ms. Cepero, the easement across her
property Lot 5, Block 7 A at the end of S.E.
43rd St. leads to property owned by Michael
and Karen Wells. The easement across Lot 3,
Block 6 B, leads directly to property owned by
Herschel Miller.
Records with the King's Bay Homeown-
er's Association show that until recently Ms.
Cepero has been current on paying her as-
sessments. However, as of Thursday, Jan. 28,
she owed $80.54.
Okeechobee County records indicate that
both lots were originally owned by Addison
Development, Inc., of Fort Lauderdale. In May
1985 the company granted the easements to
Lawrence B. Isgette, who was also the presi-
dent of Addison Development.
According to the Florida Department of
State Division of Corporations, Addison
Development was involuntarily dissolved in
November of 1988. And since Mr. Isgette has
since died, the easements cannot be easily re-
assigned or ended.
However, in the case of Lot 3, an attorney
representing King's Bay may challenge the
easement in court.
Colin Cameron is considering court action
because he feels the granting of the easement
by a company to one of its officers would ren-
der the easement invalid.
"If invalid, the easement would be termi-
nated by court action and if it is supposed to
be a residential lot, it would be available for
building," he said.
While Lot 3 has had several owners
throughout the years, the current owner-
Mercury 1 LLC of Aventura-currently owes
over $3,700 in assessments levied by the
King's Bay Homeowner's Association. A re-
cords check at the Okeechobee Tax Collec-
tor's Office also shows that the Aventura com-
pany owes $207.03 in taxes on the property.
Mercury 1 LLC purchased the tax deed to


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The latest unemployment news was pos-
itive for Okeechobee as fewer people were
out of work in December in Okeechobee
and Glades County.
The Florida Agency for Workforce Inno-
vation, Labor Market Statistics Center, found
that 2,425 residents were out of work in
Okeechobee, a rate of 13.2 percent. There
were 2,490 people unemployed during No-
vember when 13.6 percent of the workforce
was jobless.
Glades County had 9.4 percent of the
work force without a job, 470 residents. In
November the rate was 9.9 percent or 492
people.


the property in 2007.
And even though King's Bay may choose
to foreclose on the property due to the unpaid
assessments, Mr. Hancock can only place a
lien on the property. That lien must stay in
place for a period of two years. When that
two years has passed, Mr. Hancock, as the
holder of the tax certificate, could foreclose
on the lot.
"If an individual lets it go, they will lose
the money they put up, but they won't lose
it until after seven years have gone by," said
Okeechobee County Tax Collector Celeste
Watford. "Then, if it's not foreclosed on, the
certificate becomes null and void after seven
years. If they choose not to foreclose, it stays
as it is until someone sees a need to do some-
thing with it and the taxes roll on."
The county, she added, cannot foreclose
on property owned by an individual unless
that individual sells it to the county.
"When a certificate is purchased, the
county gets their money," said Ms. Watford.
"If the county holds the certificate and no one
buys it, then the county doesn't get paid until
the certificate is purchased."
She went on to say if the property apprais-
er continues to assess it, then the property will
stay as it is until the taxes are paid.
And as long as there is an owner, the prop-
erty will be assessed, said Mickey Bandi, as-
sistant property appraiser for Okeechobee
County.
"The property still has value," he said, of
lots 3 and 5 in King's Bay.
That value, he continued, has been de-
creased greatly since these lots can't be used
for anything. In Ms. Cepero's case, Mr. Bandi
said her property assessment has dropped to
about $450 and her taxes are now around $7.
However, she still is paying $50 in fire assess-
ment.
He added that while foreclosures can be
filed on the property, they won't change any-
thing.
"Foreclosure on the property has noth-
ing to do with, and will have no effect on, an
easement," he said. "The easement stays with
the land."
Mr. Bandi then suggested that before land
is bought at a tax sale, potential buyers should
spend some time researching the property.
Otherwise, it's buyer beware.


One year ago Okeechobee's rate was 9.7
percent and Glades County had 7.3 percent
unemployment.
Okeechobee was 11th highest among
the states 67 counties while Glades County
had lower unemployment rates than all but
15 Florida counties.
Around the area Hendry County had 13.5
percent unemployment, Martin 12.4 percent,
Palm Beach County 11.5 percent, St. Lucie
County 14.2 percent, Highlands County 11.1
percent, and Osceola County 13.3 percent.
The State rate rose slightly from 11.5 to
11.6 percent.


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over Boynton Beach in the District 14-4A
boys soccer tournament Monday at Jensen
Beach High School.
Okeechobee advanced to meet top seed
Suncoast on Wednesday night.
"Boynton Beach wasn't that good and
we made a few mistakes. We aren't getting
the job done on defense right now," Brah-
mans Coach Lonnie Sears said. "The big
thing with us is discipline in all aspects of the


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Brahman
girls basketball team improved to (14-8) on
the season as they won games Monday at
Summit Christian, and Tuesday at Berean
Christian in West Palm Beach.
On Monday Okeechobee held off a game
Summit Christian squad 52-45. Markeisha
Youmans had 14 points, Jewel Buck added
a double-double with 11 points and 10 re-
bounds, and Essence Williams added nine
points.
Okeechobee and Summit Christian were
tied at the half 26-26 and the Lady Brahmans
held a slim 40-38 lead as they entered the


defense and in this game we passed the ball
right to one of their players and he scored
a goal."
Sears said his defenders have a bad habit
of keeping their head down and not watch-
ing what other players are doing. He said
they need to be more aware when they clear
the ball.
On offense Sears also wasn't satisfied.
Despite the five goals, Sears said his team
could have scored 12 goals. Okeechobee
had 16 shots on the Boynton Beach net.
"I wasn't pleased with our offense. We
had some great opportunities right at the net
and it wasn't pretty. We kicked the ball right


final quarter. Summit Christian hit seven
baskets behind the three point arc in the
contest.
On Tuesday the Brahmans had another
tough game with Berean Christian as they
took an early lead and then held off a stub-
born Berean Christian squad. Okeechobee
led 21-15 after the first quarter and 29-27 at
the half. Okeechobee led 44-36 after three
quarters.
Jewel Buck had another double-double
with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Essence
Williams had 16 points and seven steals
while Markeisha Youmans and Monica
Koger both had 13 points. Williams had
three, three-point baskets in the game.


Sears said on the positive side his mid-
fielders have begun to play better. He said
his team did a good job of creating scoring
opportunities against Boynton Beach and
must continue to do that against Suncoast.
"We can beat anybody we play but we
must capitalize on our opportunities and our
defense must tighten up," Sears said. "We
are just as good as any team we have played
this year."
If Okeechobee can upset Boynton Beach
they will secure a trip to the state regional
playoff for the second straight year. Fort
Pierce Central battled Jensen Beach in the
other semifinal Wednesday night.

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many other activities. Maintenance
free. MLS #202816, $120,000.
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deep stocked with fish. Fenced with
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couraged to attend an organizational meet-
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Center on U. S. 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 Rec-
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To Whom It MayConcern:
You are hereby notified that I will
offer for sale and sell at public
sale to the highest and best bid-
der for cash the following de-
scribed livestock: one white
female goat, at 12:00 o'clock, pm.
On the 22nd day of June 2009, at
Okeechobee County Animal Con-
trol, 1480 NW 25th Drive, Okee-
chobee, FI 34972 to satisfy a claim
in the sum of $35.00 for fees, ex-
penses for feeding and care and
costs hereof.
Animal Control
of Okeechobee County, Florida
345017 ON 1/29/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2009-CP-252
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DOROTHY D. CATES
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
DOROTHY D. CATES, deceased,
whose date of death was November
16, 2009, and whose social security
number is 405-72-9191, 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 claims or de-
mands against dece ent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTH AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is January 29, 2010.
Personal Representative:
WILLIAM S. CATES
8964 Hwy 441 SE
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney for Personal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
344881 ON 1/29;2/5/10


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT
THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUS-
TEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE
COLLEGE WILL MEET WITH THE
AREA LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION
FOR A LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING ON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2010,
AT 8:30 A.M., IN ROOM 227 IN
THE SENATE CONFERENCE
ROOM, THE CAPITOL, TALLAHAS-
SEE, FLORIDA. ANY PERSONS
SEEKING TO APPEAL THE DECI-
SIONS OF THE BOARD WITH RE-
SPECT TO ANY MATTER
CONSIDERED AT THIS MEETING
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH
PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE
THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF
THE PROCEEDING IS MADE.
345026 ON 1/29/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2010-DR-042
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Ruben Hernandez,
Petitoner
and
Graciela Ryeda
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Graciela Ryeda
Last Address: Texas
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on
Ruben Hernandez whose address is
P.O. Box 1646, Okeechobee, FL
34973 on or before 2-28-10, and file
the original with the clerk of this
Court at Okeechobee County Ju-
dicial Center, Court Operations
1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 be-
fore service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief de-
manded in the petition.
Copies of al court documents
in this case, including orders,
are available at the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon
request.
You must keep the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office notified of
your current address. (You may
file Notice of Current Address
Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915). Fu-
ture papers in this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Flori-
da Family Law Rules of Proce-
dure, requires certain automatic
disclosure of documents and in-
formation. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dis-
missal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: January 26, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
344914 ON 1/29;2/5,12,19/10

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PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will
meet in regular session on Tuesday February 9, 2010 at 8:30 A.M., at the
Okeechobee Utility Authonty Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Horida.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will
iold a Public Heanng as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider the
adoption of Resolution 10-01 dealing with general policy and procedures
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority .A copy of the proposed Resolution is
available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee
Utility Authonty Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
Al interested parties for or against the proposed modified Resolution or
Rates can be heard at said time and place. The needs of heanng or visual-
y impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director's Of-
ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Heanng by any
person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Flonda Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the Authonty with respect to such meetings, he
or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
ludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F Hayford, RE.
Executive Director.
344278 ON 1/29/10

CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okee-
:hobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 2, 2010,
5:00 p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The
public is invited and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certifiedd court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no-
:iced herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimo-
Iy and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website
Nww.cityofokeechobee com to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
)y: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
344998 ON 1/29/10


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:
Shane W. Anderson
Last known address:
7864 NE 16th St
Okeechobee, FL
Amanda L. Herbison
Last known address:
4432 SE 21st Ct
Okeechobee, FL
Cordero M. McGriff
Last known address:
3118 SE 37th Ave
Okeechobee, FL
Dawn M. Morris
Last known address:
6500 NE 304th St
Okeechobee, FL
Patricia A. Perry
Last known address:
3679 NW 4th Ave
Okeechobee, FL
Tiffany M. Platt
Last known address:
2305 NE 138th St
Okeechobee, FL
James T. Roberts
Last known address:
823 NE 31st Ter
Okeechobee, FL
Christy L. Robinson
Last known address:
4074 SE Hwy 441 #64
Okeechobee, FL
Vernita M. Wilson
Last known address:
2763 NW 3rd St
Okeechobee, FL
You are hereby notified that your
eligibility to vote is in question.
You are required to contact the
Supervisor of Elections, in Okee-
chobee, Florida, no later than thir-
ty (30) days after the date of this
published notice to receive the in-
rmation regarding the basis for
your potential ineligibility and the
procedure to resolve this matter.
Failure to respond may result in a
determination of ineligibility by the
Supervisor, and your name will be
removed from the statewide voter
registration system. If further as-
sistance is needed, please contact
the Okeechobee County Supervis-
or of Elecbtions Office.
Published one time in
Okeechobee News
Gwen Chandler
Okeechobee County
Supervisor of Elections
307 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-4014
Publish: 01/29/2010
344882 ON 1/29/10

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2009-DR-208
Division: Domestic Relations
JOHN WESLEY TOMMIE,
Petitioner,
and
MELODY TOMMIE,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR PUBLICATION
TO: Melody Tommie
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion for Dissolution of Marriage, in
cluding claims for dissolution of
marriage, payment of debts, division
of real and personal property, and
for payments of support, has been
filed against you. You are required
to serve a copy of your wntten de-
fenses, if any, to this action on Tra-
vis W. Trueblood, Petitioner's
attorney, whose address is P.O. Box
1270, 24704 U.S. Hwy. 27, Moore
Haven, FL 33471, on or before Feb.
8, 2010, and file the onginal with the
clerk of this court at Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972,
either before service on Petitioner's
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the petition.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Flonda
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
quires certain automatic disclosure
of documents and information. Fail-
ure to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or sinking
of pleading
DATED this 4th day of January
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
342929 ON 1/8,15,22,29/10




Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY
16, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida Stabtute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1999 Ford Ranger
VIN#1FTZR15X8XTA30252
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL' NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADE' Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
344885 ON 1/29/10


By Rob Newell
FLW Outdoors
John Cox of Debary, Fla.,
landed five bass weighing 25
pounds, 1 ounce Wednesday to


FLW/Rob Newell
John Cox of Debary, Fla.,
sight-fished 25 pounds, 1
ounce for the day-one lead
in the FLW Series on Lake
Okeechobee.


lead day one of the FLW Series
Eastern Division tournament on
Lake Okeechobee.
"I started on one fish in the
morning and it ate my first
pitch," said Cox, who is fishing
in his first FLW Series event. "I
caught two other 3-pounders
and a few other nice ones about
11 o'clock. After that, I just went
around and tried to find new ar-
eas."
Cox said he was sight fish-
ing for larger bass and attributes
his success on the first day of
competition to being in the right
place at the right time.
"I'm going to do the same
thing on Thursday, but I'm going
to start in a different area and try
to put 15 or 20 pounds together,"
Cox said.
In FLW Series competition,
pros are competing for a top


award of $50,000 plus valuable
points in the hope of qualifying
for a shot at the 2011 Forrest
Wood Cup, the world champi-
onship of bass fishing.
Overall there were 371 bass
weighing 607 pounds, 5 ounc-
es caught by 117 co-anglers
Wednesday. The catch included
32 five-bass limits.
Co-anglers are competing this
week for a Ranger 177TR with
90 horsepower engine as well as
valuable points that could help
them qualify for the 2011 Forrest
Wood Cup.
Anglers will take off from
C. Scott Driver Park located at
10100 W. Hwy. 78 in Okeecho-
bee at 7 each morning. Friday's
weigh-ins will also be held at
the marina beginning at 3 p.m.
Saturday's final weigh-in will be
held at Gilbert Chevrolet Com-


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pany located at 3550 Hwy. 441
S. in Okeechobee beginning at
4 p.m.
Fans will be treated to a Fam-
ily Fun Zone at Gilbert Chevrolet
prior to Saturday's weigh-in from
noon to 4 p.m.
There will be a drawing for a
$500 Cabela's gift card and draw-
ings for rod and reel combos will
be held every 30 minutes during
the event.
Activities in the Family Fun
Zone include a Ranger boat
simulator and assorted fishing-
themed games.
All activities are free and open
to the public.
Coverage of the Lake
Okeechobee tournament will
be broadcast in high-definition
(HD) on VERSUS. "FLW Out-
doors," will air May 2, from 12:30
to 1:30 ET.


Website features


Okeechobee teams


The Okeechobee News invites you to
check out the innovative new Okeechobee
Sports Network on the internet.
Youth, adult recreation leagues, and
school sports teams now have an online
sports page and resource they can call their
own.
Team representatives can post their
schedules, game stories, statistics, standings
and photos on dedicated web pages on the
site. There is absolutely no charge for teams
and leagues to participate in Okeechobee
Sports Network. Local businesses interested
in finding out how to become a sponsor can
contact their local Okeechobee News adver-
tising representative or call Judy Kasten at
863-763-3134 or by email at jkasten@strato.
net. Interested teams and leagues can con-
tact Renee Hawley by e-mail at rhawley@
communitysportsdesk.com. To participate
and find out how your team can win a free
pizza party! Okeechobee Sports Network
will also be giving away a $25 gift certificate
from the Ultimate Gamer for the best local
sports photo posted on the site by Jan. 31.
Call Renee toll free at 888-853-7904 for a
demonstration or to get started right away.
To visit the Okeechobee Sports Network
online, go to newszap.com, click on the
Okeechobee homepage, then click on the
Sports tab at the top right side of the page.


Soccer referee clinic set
All those interested in becoming an
official referee under the United States
Soccer Federation are encouraged to reg-
ister online at www.fsr-inc.com. Half of
the clinic will be completed online and
the other half will be a classroom ses-
sion held at Yearling Middle School Jan.
30, and Jan. 31. For information, call 863-
610-0084.


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FLW/Rob Newell

FLW tournament under way
Anglers run into the sunrise on day two of the FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee
Thursday. The tournament continues through Friday and Saturday and launches
from the Scott Driver Boat Ramp. For more on the tournament, see page 15.

Yearling boys fall in defensive battle


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Felton Johnson had 12 points and Mar-
shall Tommie added 11 points in a losing
cause as the Yearling Middle School boys
basketball team fell to Sebastian, 33-27 on
Tuesday at home.
Yearling and Sebastian played tough ag-
gressive defense all day long and neither
team seemed to get untracked on offense.
A late push by Sebastian proved to be the
difference. Brandon Jackson, a 6'2" eighth
grader, led the way with 14 points for the
Cowboys.
Yearling Coach Efrain Ochoa said he was
disappointed that his team didn't play team
ball and said too many times his players
were out of control, trying to win the game
by themselves.
"This just shows that team ball is always
better than individual ball. That was our
weakness tonight and this season. Sebastian
showed that team ball leads you to victory,"
he said. "We didn't have the chemistry to jell
together and finish."
Sebastian led 8-4 after the first quarter as
Jackson scored two buckets inside. He was
a tough assignment for the smaller Yearling
players.
"He's big and helps with the rebounds
but we didn't do our assignments and fol-
low our roles. We made him look good,"
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Felton Johnson had a three-point play
and a jumper and Tommie scored two bas-
kets in the second quarter as Yearling pulled
to within 17-16 at the half.
Yearling tied the score on a lay up by
Johnson and took a 21-19 lead on a basket
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led 25-21 after three quarters.
Yearling twice cut the lead to three on
baskets and free throws by Johnson and
Tommie in the fourth quarter but could get
no closer. Yearling appeared impatient on
offense and didn't get very many open shots
down the stretch.
"We have an offense, but we fall apart
when the kids try to do everything by them-
selves. We were out of position too much
and not thinking. Any team can beat us
when we don't play team ball," Ochoa said.


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