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Vol. 101 No. 17 Sunday, February 7, 2010

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March of Dimes
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Community Events....................... 6
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As the 73-year-old woman
fought back the tears, she de-
scribed how she was "torn up"
by a scammer who tried to extort
$1,500 from her -- supposedly to
help her son who had been ar-
When the woman, who we
will refer to as Rose, answered the
See SCAM Page 14



rates show

County still higher
than state average,
with 99 babies born to
girls ages 15-19 in 2008
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee saw some posi-
tive trends with teenage preg-
nancy rates in 2008 according to
the Okeechobee Healthy Start
See TEEN Page 17

- Indian game
.-Herbert Jim, a Seminole
who is a member of the
Panther Clan, uses animal
bones to demonstrate a
game that young Semi-
noles would have played
many years ago. His audi-
ence, a group of area fourth
graders, also learned
about Seminole history
and culture. On Friday,
the Battle of Okeechobee
Re-enactment opened its
gates to school children.
The re-enactment was
open to the public yes-
terday and will continue
through today. The gates
open at 10 a.m. and the
.battle will be at 1 p.m., off
S.E. 38th Avenue across
from the Treasure Island
Fire station. For more on
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Company President, Larry
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Waste Management, Inc. the leading pro-
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vices in North America has approximately
50 employees in Okeechobee, and 45,000
employees nationwide. The company will
be featured on "Undercover Boss," a new
hour-long reality series airing on CBS on
Sunday, Feb. 7, directly following the Super
Bowl. The program follows corporate lead-
ers from large companies as they anony-
mously work side-by-side with frontline em-
ployees and ultimately get an in-depth look
of how their organization runs.
Larry O'Donnell, Waste Management's
chief operating officer and president, was
the first executive to go undercover, clean-
ing portable toilets, sorting recyclables on
a speeding conveyor belt and picking up
roadside trash. Employees from around the
company are featured, including Syracuse,
Rochester, Ft. Lauderdale and Houston.
"From this experience, I learned more
about the company's day-to-day waste,
recycling, energy and disposal operations


Most Wanted

Marcel Bates

Bill Clemons

The following people are among Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted per- .
sons. There are active

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

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Jupiter woman was stopped for re-
portedly running a stop sign and was sub-
sequently arrested on felony drug charges.
Stefanie Michelle Kelly,
25, was arrested Thurs-
day, Feb. 4, on felony
charges of possession of
xanax without a valid pre-
scription and possession
of hydrocodone without
a valid prescription. She
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day and the challenges they face, said Mr.
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recognize some of the company's hard-
working, talented front line employees."
"We're incredibly proud for the public
to learn more about Waste Management,
our industry, and our employees, who work
every day to provide quality waste services
across the country and in Okeechobee," said
Jenny Pung, spokesperson for Waste Man-
agement. "It's a glimpse into how we strive
to responsibly manage waste and serve our
communities while protecting the environ-
ment in a sustainable manner," she added.
O'Donnell and two employees were also
interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about their
experiences which aired Monday, Feb. 1.
To watch a preview of Undercover Boss,
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She was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then released on her own re-
According to an arrest report by a de-
tective with the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, Kelly was stopped in the 2600
block of S.E. 42nd Ave. around 10:15 p.m.
by Deputy Don Ellis of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO). She was
stopped for running a stop sign, the report
The detective said the pills were found in
a purse belonging to Kelly during a search
of the 2005 Ford Expedition she was driv-
ing. The woman did not have a prescrip-
tion for the narcotics, the detective added.
Kelly was also issued a traffic citation for
running the stop sign, the report stated.

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',2 The Tobacco-Free Initiative OIDADEP~RTMOF
of Okeechobee HEALT

Will hold its monthly meeting to discuss and work on issues relating to
tobacco prevention and education in the community
Wednesday, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26,
June 23, 2010 j
Hampton Inn Conference Room
1200 NE Park Street (next to the Post Office)
4:00pm 5:00pm
To confirm attendance, please call 863-462-5781
Building the foundation for a healthy future for the residents of Okeechobee County

Stop sign violation leads

to felony drug arrest

February 7, 2010

Okeechobee News

Waste Management's Jenny Pung
presents the company's raffle prize
from last weekend's Health & Safety
Expo to Sharon Johnson, of the Tucker
Group. The prize includes a WM hat,
chocolate covered raisins, M&Ms and
popcorn to promote Waste Manage-
ment being featured on the new CBS
series Undercover Boss, which pre-
mieres after the Super Bowl.

4 Okeechobee News


Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, Feb. 7, 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!

Diesel plant
I would buy a diesel vehicle, if there
were a cost efficient alternative fuel that
didn't require me going to fast food restau-
rants and barter for their fryolater oil. I'm
all for telling the Saudi Arabians, and Hugo
Chavez to shove their fossil fuels. T. Boone
Pickens says we have abundant domestic
natural gas to cut our dependency on for-
eign oil, keeping our dollars in the USA,
instead of giving it to countries that are not
very chummy with us.
Bio fuel is fine as long as you use it. It
does not store well -- the alcohol evaporates
and with it goes a lot of the octane.
Anything to get us off foreign depen-
dency, and keep our money here, is a good
It appears that this plant will be using
the bacterium E-Coli (somewhat geneti-
cally altered) to create Bio-diesel. This is ex-
tremely interesting.
Industry has finally found its way to
Okeechobee ...someone hold the door
open so more come!
I read in the paper this morning that
they are retrofitting a plant near Larson
Dairy on Northwest 80th Avenue, so that is
making use of something that was vacant.
I think that is much better for the county
to have an active business there instead of
a big vacant structure. There will be 15-20
jobs created at first with the possibility of
more. Sounds good to me.

The OCRA board has forced the par-
ents to seek baseball elsewhere. I am sure
its not far from some minds to go to Little
league and take over and run a quality base-
ball program. OCRA has just become the
cheapest summer baby sitting service in
town. In my opinion maybe OCRA needs
to become a county run league. Dissolve
the board and the organization and let the
county deal with it.

As long as my child plays OCRA and
wants me to coach, I will. I haven't always
coached my child on every team. As long as
the coach understands the fundamentals of
the game, I have no problems. My days of
coaching without my children involved are
yet to be seen. When my children reach the
next level, who knows. I may even be OCRA
president someday. Nothing wrong with
dreaming right?
Myself and others have tried to get on
the board before but I guess our views didn't
coincide with the existing board's views.
There are those that whine every year.
It's about their kids and they don't want to
be involved and have to be concerned with
ALL the youth. Man up or start your own
league, but that would require more of your
time which you don't have to volunteer. Ig-
nore the crying and play ball

Also, approaching age 70, I have no
trouble with Medicare -- except that I'm not
actually on Medicare, I'm in a Medicare Ad-
vantage program. I have zero trouble with
them authorizing anything I need, and get
first rate care for any problems. All I want
is for the great level of health care that I en-
joy to be extended to everyone. I can actu-
ally make a good argument that it would
be cheaper than the form of health care
we now have, and I have a plan that would
not exclude a public/private partnership.
But, the Democrats are locked into trying
to eliminate private profit, and the Republi-
cans are locked into preserving that profit at
any cost, so there is gridlock.

In response to the comments about
trash all over the place. People want to
blame the dogs, but the wind will scatter any
kind of paper trash pretty fast. Maybe a dog
or a possum tears open a trash bag but then
the wind will do the rest. Put your garbage
in trash cans with locking lids and we'll all
have less trash to pick up in our yards.
I with the county or the homeowners
association or someone could do some-
thing about all the trash on Southwest 68th
Terrace. People drive along there and throw
it out their car or truck windows. It is against
the law so maybe someone could get the li-
cense plate numbers or something because
it really is a problem, especially when they
throw out glass beer bottles that break on
the pavement.


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Equipped to serve

By Rev. Mark Witt
Senior Pastor, Abundant Blessings
Assembly of God
During the Gulf War, the advancing al-
lies found a poorly equipped Iraqi army that
was not combat ready. The ground war was
over in a matter of hours. The lesson is clear
- you cannot win battles unless you are
equipped and ready.
The same is true with God's people. Un-
less we are well equipped and thoroughly
trained, we will be no match for the enemy.
Satan yields territory only with great reluc-
tance, and he is a master at capitalizing on
shoddy preparation. By a clever counterat-
tack he will neutralize the church's forward
thrusts that are ill-prepared and poorly
For this reason Paul's words strike like
an anvil: "Prepare God's people for works
of service" (Ephesians 4:12, NIV). It is the
mandate for all spiritual leaders and the job
description for everyone called to provide
direction for the church. Above all, God's
people must be equipped and trained for
spiritual service. The Kingdom's progress is
determined at this point. Interestingly, the
challenge to be equipped is contained within
this statement: God's people are blessed so
they might be a blessing. Benediction is in-
separable from commission. To pronounce
blessing is to deliver a charge.
God's people are never to be dismissed
from worship as if they can discard that to
which they have been called. Instead, they
are released to fulfill their commission, but
they must not accept the charge unprepared
and poorly equipped. Here are the steps:
equipped, blessed and commissioned.
But wait-the focus here is unique -
God is the equipper. It is His work that is
celebrated. He is the One who is present to
equip His people for every good work. This
enabling grace is poured out from His big
heart and is rooted and established in His
covenant-keeping character. This is wonder-
fully encouraging. Granted, I am charged to
be an equipper, but (thankfully) I am not
alone. In fact, my role is quite compliant to
God is the ultimate enabler and equipper.
God not only instructs, but He empowers.
God not only imparts understanding, He
quickens for service. God not only calls, but

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mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the
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He energizes and motivates. What a gift of
Begin to define and clarify what the Holy
Spirit wishes to accomplish through the mes-
sage in the hearts of the people. The same
Holy Spirit who will be present at the altar
time is now with you during your prepara-
tion in establishing the focus for the call.

The Equipping Of the Saints
The pronouncement is precise: "May the
God of peace equip you with everything
good for doing his will." Equipped with good
to do His will. It is Basic, Clear and Precise.
Think of it: The God of peace equips us with
good that we might do His will.
What is meant here by the word good?
How is it to be understood? How does He
equip us with good? For example, does it
mean that we give soft answers in the face of
harsh criticism? That we turn our cheeks in
the face of slander? That we possess meek-
ness when confronted with arrogance? That
we possess selfless attitudes in the face of
proud competitiveness? That we walk into
rooms filled with hostility and there radiate a
tranquility? One thinks so! Another turn here
is also arresting: God's will is linked with His
equipping ministry. He himself enables us to
fulfill His will. That is awesome-God helps
me to do His will! I see now why the writer to
the Hebrews addressed God as the "God of
peace." His enabling work produces peace.
He is assuredly the establisher of peace.

The Identity of the Equipper
Who is this who makes such claims? Does
He really have credentials well-established
and absolutely sure? Has He demonstrated
His authority and ability to perform? Yes!
God is the One who "brought back from the
dead our Lord Jesus." The linkup is obvious.
The equipping so wonderfully promised
is authenticated by the Resurrection. The
quickening promised here is by that same
dynamic and Spirit. And mighty it is!
The authority base reaches even further.
The writer appealed to covenant, eternal
covenant, as the groundwork of His prom-
ise. Just as the knife severs two pieces of
meat, so God has cut with us an immutable
contract that cannot be broken. Our enabler
and equipper has demonstrated His power
in raising the great Shepherd of the sheep
from the dead and in reminding us that His
work is predicated on eternal contract.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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February 7, 2010

Community Calendar

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held
at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee
meets the second Monday of each month, at
7 p.m. at the entrance to Okee-Tantie Camp
Grounds. We are seeking new members who
are, "Semper Paratus Always Ready."
For information call 863-824-7623
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.V.P to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would like to
extend a warm welcome to any interested per-
sons to come by and see what they are about.
For information call 863-763-6952.
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on
Road 78 on the second Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come as a guest and in-
quire about membership. Do get your safe boat-
ing certification. Call to enroll for course or to in-
quire about membership 863-763-0165.
Community Gospel Sing will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Seventh Day Christian
Church, next door to Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center. The pubic is invited to
Okeechobee Shrine Club will hold a
Spaghetti Dinner every Tuesday night with serv-
ing to begin at 4 until 7 p.m. for a donation of $5.
Music will be from 5 until 8 p.m. The Shrine Club
is located at 1855 S.W. 53rd St. (Hwy 78 W.). For
more information, please call 863-763-3378.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee
will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The meeting is
open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per per-
son, and $12 for a family. For information, call
Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition
meets the second Tuesday of the month, at 11:30
a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, lunch
is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel
at 863-697-1792.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for the prayers
and support
A local Okeechobee High School wrestler
is in the fight of his life.
After a great first year of wrestling with a
record of 21-20, and placing in the top five,
taking fourth in districts of 2009, he was
looking forward this year to going to state.
All ready for the new season to start and just
as the season was to begin, he was hit with
an unimaginable opponent- Osteosarcoma,
which is bone caner. His dreams of going
to state this year was crushed. Not knowing
what his future held for the rest of the school
year. When state competition rolled around,
he came to realize that he won't be able to
wrestle. Tony was diagnosed on Sept. 15,
2009 and began chemotherapy just one day
after his 17th birthday, Sept. 22. Many long
days led to long weeks at All Children's Hos-
pital in St. Petersburg.
Rebecca Bishop became a friend as well
as his mentor which gave him the strength
to become a mentor, himself, to a 12 year
old girl at All Children's named Adrianna.
She became a good friend of the family, go-
ing through their situation one day at a time
with each other. Even though they may not
have the same kind of cancer, their feelings
about what their bodies have been going
through and still are, is the same.
Thanks to all his friends and family, it
gave him the courage to witness to Adrianna
what God has been doing in his life and still
is. As a member of First Baptist Church, the
family would like to thank each and every
person from First Baptist, and every other
church that has been praying for him.

It was an emotional day when the fam-
ily took Tony to the alter and asked Jesus to
lay his healing hands on him, and to give
him the strength to endure every step of this
journey that he will be taking over for the
next year. As the entire church came and
surrounded him with their love and support,
laying their hands on him and continuing to
pray for him was like something you could
only see on TV Our God is an Awesome God
and he proved to Tony that many people in
this world, besides our heavenly father, do
care about him.
At this time, the family would like to
thank every one of their church families
that have supported him and the family.
They would also like to thank Coach Jahner
and the wrestling team for their help, sup-
port, and donations, and everyone of Tony's
11th grade teachers and classmates for their
words of encouragement and support. God
has truly blessed us from all over Okeecho-
Thank you to Ester's Sunday School class
and Daughters of Zion Sunday School Class.
A big special thank you to Pastor Mark, Deb-
bie Large, & Shannon Resmondo for being
by Tony's side, all day long throughout the
day of his surgery. The true gift was know-
ing that God was the Chief of Staff, guiding
the surgeon's hands through his tough sur-
gery. Now, Tony has a testimony to share
with everyone about the work that God has
done, may he be able to use this testimony
for many years to come and may it only be
a stepping stone for greater things to come
from him. Amen.
The family of Tony Bowers, Ruth
McKenna, proud mother

has moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m.
For information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy
at 610-0975.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, Call Maureen Budjinski
at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is
now an A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners
are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee
will meet atthe Grace Christian Church Fellowship
Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone currently home
schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-
6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson
at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center is open 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. 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

Local Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
66. North northwest wind between 5 and 10
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 39. North northwest wind around 5

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
73. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 48. East wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm
wind becoming south southeast around 5
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
55. South wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 76.
West southwest wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with
a low around 45. North northwest wind be-
tween 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as
20 mph.


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Thursday in the Florida Lottery are: Cash 3:
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breakfast. For information, Darlene Phanco, 863-
467-5351 leave message.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition
meets every second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church. For informa-
tion contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group
meets on the first and third Tuesday at 401 S.W.
Fourth Street at First Baptist Church and on the
second and fourth Tuesday at Red Cross from
6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional
support or someone just to care are welcome.
For information call the hot line 863-801-9201 or
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. The only requirement for mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
call 863-357-3053.

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Community Events

American Legion hosts annual Free Fair
The Okeechobee American Legion's annual Free Fair is under way this week in down-
town Okeechobee, next door to the American Legion Post, just off State Road 70, near City
Hall,. The fair will run through Sunday, Feb. 14. For more information, call the Legion at
O.C.I.A meeting planned
The Okeechobee Community Improvement Association (O.C.I.A.) will hold their month-
ly meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at Douglas Brown Center. All member are asked
to attend. Anyone interested in our organization and want to know more is welcome to
attend. For questions, please call Rita Jones at 772-380-3518 or 863-467-0594.
Early Learning Coalition meeting set
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc.- Okeecho-
bee County Provider/Advisory Council Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at noon at the
American Red Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.

Healthy Start Board of Directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednes-
day, Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m., in their office, located a 575 S.W 28th Street within the New
Endeavor High School Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Okeechobee Rotary Club collecting for Haiti
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is collecting financial donations for the victims of the Haiti
earthquake. District 6930 of Rotary International will be coordinating the efforts and monies
raised will go to where they need to be dispersed in priority order. Please contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110 for information or, attend the Rotary luncheon meeting on Tues-
day at noon at the Golden Corral.

Top of the Lake Art and Music Fest planned
Applications are now available for the Okeechobee Main Street 2010 Top of the Lake Art
and Music Fest, which will be held on Feb. 27 & 28 in downtown Okeechobee. Fine artists
are sought to participate in this two day event. There are three art divisions: Booth Artist,
Adult Gallery and Student Gallery. Applications can be downloaded at www.mainstree- or can be picked up at the Main Street building located at 111NE 2nd
Street. Deadline for applications: Adult Feb. 15 and Student Feb. 17.
Sheriff's office helps Special Olympics
The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office will join law enforcement officers from across
the state to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. During the month of April
they will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. You
can help now by purchasing a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt for $12 or hat for $10
or get both for $20. Monetary Donations can be made at the Sheriffs Office.Shirts and hats
can be purchased at the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office or at the Main Street Office. For
more information contact Michele Bell at 863-763-3117 or 863-634-1144.
Workshop for job seekers
Workforce Solutions in collaboration with Monstor Government Solutions will hold a
free workshops to provide job seekers with the advice and resources they need to find a job
and manage their career at the Williamson Conference Center on Feb. 11. To register and to
get more information go online to

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OKEECHOBEE Robert Leland Ahrens Sr.,
passed away Thursday, February 4, 2010, in
Hamrick Home. He was 84.
Born in West Palm Beach December 17, 1925,
to the late Frank and Gertrude Hayes Ahrens, he
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from Lakeport in 1995. He was of the Baptist
faith and enjoyed cabinet work. Mr. Ahrens
proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy on
a submarine, U.S.S. Marlin, during World War
II. He was a member of the VFW in Lakeport.
Mr. Ahrens is survived by a daughter, Jennifer
Eckenroad of Hutchinson; a granddaughter, Ste-
fani Wong of Alexandria, Va.; and his loving
companion, Carol Herbert.
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March of Dimes needs participation

Premature birth is the #1 cause of new-
born death. It has reached epidemic pro-
portions in the U.S., endangering the lives
of more than half a million babies. And it's
growing at an alarming rate. That's why the
March of Dimes needs you to participate in
March for Babies on March 6.
Premature birth can happen to any preg-
nant woman, and no one knows why. Most
premature babies, thankfully, live, but some
will die. Most, thankfully, will eventually go
home doing pretty well, but often, that will
happen only after numerous medical crises,
huge medical bills, and lingering conse-
quences of prematurity. Sadly, some babies
will go home with serious, life-long chal-
lenges such as cerebral palsy, mental retar-
dation, blindness, chronic asthma and other
With your support, the March of Dimes
can continue to fund research and programs
to prevent premature birth and other threats
to babies' health.
The walk is approximately 3 12 miles this
year, so even novice walkers will be able to
participate. As usual, it will begin and end in
Flagler Park. There will be "Spirit Stations"
along the way, at which walkers can get re-
freshments, such as water, juice, fruit, and
candy. Spirit Station Sponsors confirmed to
date are Wemmer Family Orthodontics and
Publix. A light breakfast is being provided
before the walk begins, courtesy of the Law
Office of William J. Wallace. Afterwards,
lunch will be served.
To date, the following teams have regis-
tered: Bank of America, Central Elementary,
Everglades Elementary, Fadley Law Office,
Gilbert Chevrolet, Healthy Start Coalition,
Law Office of Cassels & McCall, North El-
ementary, Okeechobee Board of Realtors,
Okeechobee Food Services, Okeechobee
Freshman Campus Key Club, Okeechobee
High School Beta Club, Okeechobee Work-
force Solutions, OJOCC, Osceola Middle
School, PNC Bank, Publix SuperMarkets,
Regions Bank, Riverside National Bank,
Seacoast National Bank, South Elementary,
Stepping Stones Academy, Walpole, Inc.,
Wemmer Family Orthodontics, and Yearling
Middle School.
Sponsors for March for Babies 2010 in-
clude: Seminole Tribe of Florida (Treasure
Coast Sponsor), Seacoast National Bank

OHS Drama Club to present
dinner show on Feb. 15
OHS Drama Club presents BINGO
Spells Murder, an interactive dinner show.
The show stars Kyle Foster, Emilie Lege,
Emma Marshall, Zadoc Simmons, Judson
Harris, Isabella Penido, Nathan Steen, Sat-
urday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.
For tickets please call Debbie Raulerson
at 863-462-5025 ext. 8011.

Lip Sync show planned
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge will
host a Lip Sync Group Show on Feb. 13,
from 2 until 4 p.m. Parking and admission
are free. Refreshments will be available.
The Moose Lodge is located at N.W 36th

(Treasure Coast Sponsor), Law Office of
Cassels & McCall (Mile Marker Sponsor),
Law Office of William J. Wallace (Mile
Marker Sponsor), and Law Office of Glenn
J. Sneider (Mission Sponsor).
Individuals, as well as teams, can still sign

up and participate. Each participant is asked
to raise a minimum of $25. For more infor-
mation about joining March for Babies 2010,
call Cindy at 772-562-0115, or Laura McCall
at 863-763-3131.

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City code board to hear four cases

If you go...
What: City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9
Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave
When they meet Tuesday evening the City
of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board is
scheduled to hear four cases involving four
different types of violations.

Estella Benilez was cited because of
the condition of her S.E. 14th Court drive-
way. Code enforcement officials have said
that Dan Buchanan's lot in the 800 block
of N.W. 10th Street needs general cleaning
and beautification. Dan Buchanan will have
to answer charges of a disabled vehicle and
public nuisance at 805 N.W Ninth St. The
last item on the agenda deals with Herman
and Shirley Murray who were cited because
of the condition of a sign on their SW Sec-
ond Street property.

Special to the Okeechobee News/EES
Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary students who are achieving excellence in the class-
room for the week of Feb. 1-5 include: kindergarten students, Raymond El-
liott, Ivy Lawson, Hannah Peacock, Morgan Gurrola, James Hamilton; first
graders, Alex Aguilera, Bryan Dersa, Lila Pendarvis, Tristan Whaley, Abel
Garcia, Race Bickel; second grade students, Sierra Pounds, Chelsea Bur-
gos, Rebecca Francis, Desiree Daniel, Shawn Bayless, Elia Garcia, Seth Bol-
ling; third graders, Brayan Rivera, Cayla Kite, Eduardo Martinez, Nayeli Ur-
bina, Ariel Eason, Danny Hays, Raquel Alvarez; grade four students, Jorge
Luviano, Hailee Espat, Camryn Cashwell, Riveca Alvarez, Alexis Garcia and
fifth grade students, Shawna Marfil, Yanessa Leiva, Shannon Mays, Toni
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Central Elementary students selected as Students of the week for the week
of Jan. 25, included: kindergarten students, Alisa Wingfield, Virginia Younger,
Kiersten Kennedy, Lee Edouard; first graders, Tyrone Thomas, Kevin Floyd,
Milargros Santibanez, Audrey Jenkins, Victoria Simmons, Haley Herring;
second grade students, Jasmin Montalvo, Elizabeth Casas, Chance Crews,
Jafabian Smith; third grade students, Annibelle Hetrick, Chyenne Grimes,
Imri Morales; fourth graders, Emma Van Camp, Lidia Espinoza, Yiselt Pine-
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Mitchell and Alisha Hancock

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the birth of their daughter,
Bailey Michann. She weighed 5
lbs 5 oz, and was 17 inches long.

Bailey was welcomed home
January 3, 2010 by her sisters,
Bre, Rebecca and Emily.

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dkeechobee City firemen tested their firefighting skills Friday during the con-
trolled burn of a condemned structure on North Parrott Avenue in Okeecho-

Controlled burn goes well

By Charles M. Murphy tect adjacent structures and street lights near
Okeechobee News the building.
Okeechobee City Firemen reported no
problems with a training burn Friday on
North Parrott Avenue.
The flames and smoke could be seen for
miles as the old concrete block home was
burned down by City Firemen.
The Department got a chance to use the
ladder truck they received from Pinellas Park
during the burn, Fire Chief Herb Smith said.
The owner of the property apparently
had trouble maintaining it and Chief Smith
said the property was insecure and danger-
ous. He said the controlled burn helps the
owner but also helps the city.
"We do this on an ongoing basis. All
around town, if owners have legal reasons ,
or code enforcement problems and they
can't take care of the problem, we try to help
out as much as we can. We make it safe by
removing an unsafe building and we make it
cosmetically nice for the community."
Firemen said the wind conditions were
great for the burn as the smoke didn't go
east toward North Parrott Avenue but rather
straight up in the air where it doesn't bother
traffic, or even neighbors to the property.
"This is good training for us. Normally the
environment doesn't play into your hands
with a fire, but the wind was pretty much go-
ing in the direction I wanted it to. We knew
this building would burn pretty quick." Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Firemen surrounded the building and The City fire department got to use the
south bound traffic was reduced to one lane ladder truck during the training burn on
for about two city blocks. The fire burned Parrott Avenue on Friday. City firemen
quickly and was extinguished in about one did a good job keeping the smoke west
hour. Fire crews also were on hand to pro- of traffic on North Parrott Avenue.

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Battle of Okeechobee re-enactment a success!

A soldier's gear
Re-enactor Ross Lamoreaux of Tampa holds a candle as
he demonstrates the gear a soldier would carry during the
Second Seminole War. Standing behind him is Nicholas
Flood of Okeechobee who is portraying a member of the
Missouri Volunteers. They are re-enactors who are taking
part in the Battle of Okeechobee re-enactment which con-
tinues through this afternoon. The audience is made up of
area fourth graders who visited the re-enactment site on
S.E. 38th Avenue on Friday.

Life in the 1830s
Kurt Zeitler, left, of Naples and his son Colton, 11, recre-
ate life in the 1830s for area fourth graders as part of the
Battle of Okeechobee re-enactment. Mr. Zeitler, who holds
a child's toy of the era called a Jacob's Ladder, described
the life of a farrier. Colton described the chores a boy of
his age would have to do. Re-enactment activities continue
through this afternoon on the field across the road from the
Treasure Island Fire Station.

Old and new

Jacob Kahn, right, a fourth grader at
Everglades Elementary School, uses
a modern electronic device to record
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Cutter $47.00 $58.00 300 350
Canner $35.00 $43.00 350 400
400 450
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1000-1500 $58.00 $64.50 550 600
1500-2000 $59.00 $66.00 600 650
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Calves 219 869 250 300
Cows 65 366 300 350
Str 2 41 350-400
Hfrs 11 400 450
Bulls 17 27 Small #1
Yrlngs 2 53 250 300
Mix 1 14 300 350
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450 500
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phone around 7 p.m. on Jan. 21st she was
greeted by a man who said he was a bail
bondsman with International Bail Bonds.
He told the woman that her son, David, had
been involved in a car accident in Georgia.
The scammer went on to say that David was
found to be in possession of drugs and sub-
sequently arrested.
David's bond, said the man, was $15,000
so he needed $1,500 from Rose to get her
son out of jail.
Ironically, Rose has a son named David
who also lives in Georgia.
"He had us torn up big time," she said,
as she struggled with her emotions. "It's a
terrible trick to pull on somebody."
Fortunately for Rose, her daughter was
with her and immediately contacted David.
"They were eating supper when my
daughter called and asked why they hadn't
called to let them know David had been in
an accident," recalled Rose.
David assured his sister he had not been
in an accident and he had not been arrest-
While her son had been in some minor
trouble with the law, Rose said it happened
many years ago.
"He hasn't lived in Florida for almost 20
years," she said. "My son has never been in
this particular type of trouble."
Rose's daughter retrieved the unknown
man's phone number from their caller ID
and actually spoke to the man and began
to scold him for what he had done to her
"He told her to respect his scam and he
said that was how he had paid for his Christ-
mas," Rose said.
According to a local detective, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
has received at least four complaints recent-
ly about this scam.
"The bail bond scam is the main one go-

ing right now," said OCSO Detective Ted Van
Deman. "We've had about four complaints
in the last couple of months of which I'm
Another popular scam is the inmate
phone scam.
In this scam, the caller will make a collect
call from a correctional facility. They will tell
the potential mark that they are only allowed
one call and that they called the potential vic-
tim's number by mistake. And since they are
only allowed one call, the scammer will ask
the mark to call a family member for them.
The catch: the first digits in the long dis-
tance number will be *72. For example,
For the purposes of this article stands
for Star, which is found on the last row of
numbers on your phone.
As soon as the victim dials *72, the scam-
mer now has unfettered access to the vic-
tim's phone. They can make unlimited long
distance calls, and the victim will get the
Also, the victim can no longer receive
phone calls.
"Basically, what you're doing is forward-
ing control of your phone to the jail," ex-
plained Detective Van Deman. "When you
do this, you stop receiving phone calls and
they can make all the calls they want on
your phone bill."
He said there is now a new twist to this
scam, where the scammer purports to be a
law enforcement officer and that they found
your number in the wallet of someone now
in jail and you need to call there. The num-
ber you are told to call will always start with
"You've got to be very careful before you
send any money or dial *72 because you'll
be out a lot of money," the detective cau-
tioned. "All calls from the local jail are col-
lect calls. They have to call collect, and that's
why they're doing this."
If you should happen to accidentally dial
*72 you can cancel it out and regain control
of your phone by dialing *73.
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And if Rose's being frightened by the bail
bond scam wasn't bad enough, her hus-
band recently received a call that was sup-
posedly from the Miami-Dade Correctional
Institution. The caller wanted him to make a
*72 call. She said another friend of hers has
received two similar calls.
"I try to screen my calls and don't answer
calls from 800 numbers or numbers I don't
recognize," she said.
Finally, Detective Van Deman said there
is a third telephone scam going on that's
known as the grandparent scam.
In this scam the caller contacts the in-
tended victim and convinces them that they
are the victim's grandchild. The scammer
tells the victim they are in trouble and need
money, but they ask the grandparent to not

tell their parents. If the grandparent gives in
and sends the money, they learn too late that
the caller was not their grandchild.
The easy way to prevent falling for this
scam is to hang up and call the family mem-
ber before any money is sent.
But no matter what, said the detective, if
you should fall prey to a scam don't be em-
barrassed and say nothing.
"If you've been victimized, you need to
contact law enforcement and file a report,"
said Detective Van Deman.
If you live in the city, contact the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department at 863-763-5521.
If you live in the county, call the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office at 863-763-3117.
"We called the police," said Rose, "and
he was thankful we called."

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Boys soccer falls in regional quarterfinal _

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The boys soccer team season ended in
disappointment when Okeechobee lost to
Space Coast, 3-0, in the Region 4-4A quarter-
final on Thursday night.
Okeechobee had another rough night
with officials as they lost two players to red
cards, meaning they could not be replaced
in the lineup in the first 12 minutes of the
second half.
Space Coast led 1-0 at halftime and
quickly scored two goals after the penalties,

including one goal on a penalty kick.
Jackie dove, Chris Welcome and Dominic
Deview had goals for Space Coast, (21-2-1).
Okeechobee finished the season at (12-
Space Coast will host Jensen Beach next
week in the semifinals.
Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears could not
be reached for comment.
Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said Space
Coast was a tough place to play and having
home field is important in soccer matches.
"They were pretty good but I don't think
they were that much better than us. We

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made a couple of mental mistakes that cost
us," he said.
Sears said the red cards result in an im-
mediate ejection from the game. He said
the first red card should have been a yellow
card, or warning because his player didn't
do anything malicious.
"It was a legitimate foul, but I was finding
a substitute when they told me it was a red
card, there guy had a clear pat to the goal
and our player grabbed him," he said.
The second Okeechobee player was
ejected when he reportedly cursed at the
Sears said another foul where his player
received a head injury was not called by the

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The report for 2008 showed fewer teens got
pregnant or had repeat pregnancies that year
than in 2007.
There was one birth to a mother 14 and
younger in 2008 down from two births in that
age group in 2007. Glades County had no births
in that age group.
Becky Smith with the Healthy Start Coali-
tion said her organization receives state fund-
ing for their mission but can not spend the dol-
lars on teenage pregnancy prevention. They
spend their funds on pregnant women and
their infants.
Health Start can spend money on repeat
teen pregnancy issues.
She noted Healthy Start programs are open
to everyone in the community. They were able
to serve 459 clients last year.
There were 31 births to mothers between
15 and 17 years old in 2008. That amounted to
a rate of 37 per thousand, well above the state
rate of 20.4 per thousand. There were 36 births
in that age group in 2007. Glades County had
four births in that age group in 2008 and five

BID NO. PW 01-00-02-10
Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Okeechobee at City Hall, 55 SE
3rd Avenue, Rm. 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, no later than on
Thursday. March 4k 2010 The bids will be publicly opened and read
aloud in the City Council Chambers. Bids may not be revoked after bid
opening. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted.
Bid packets can be obtained from the Office of the General Services Depart-
ment, 863-763-3372 x217, during normal hours, Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
Envelopes should be clearly marked "Side Ann Tractor Mower Bid No.
PW 01-00-02-10" and may be hand delivered or mailed to the address
listed above. Facsimile or emailed bids will not be accepted.
The City has the right to accept or reject any and or all bids, with or without
cause to waive technical errors deemed most advantageous to the City. All
bids shall remain open for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the
date of the bid opening.
Donnie Robertson, Public Works Director
345000 ON 2/7/10

The City of Okeechobee will be conducting a Public Hearing for the FY 2009
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant program. The City is
eligible to receipt up to $700,000 from the Florida Small Cities CDBG pro-
gram administered by the Florida Department Community Affairs. The FY
2009 CDBG funds will be used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate income persons; or
2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
3.To meet other community development needs of recent origin having a
particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and imme-
diate threat to thhealth or welfare of the community and where other fi-
nancial resources are not available to meet such needs.
The categories of activities for which the FY 2009 funds may be used are in
the areas of housing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization,
or economic development and include such improvement activities as acqui-
sition of real property, loans to private-for-profit business, purchase of ma-
chinery and equipment, construction of infrastructure, rehabilitation of
houses and commercial buildings, and energy conservation. Additional in-
formation regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be
provided at the public hearing.
For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit
low and moderate income persons.
In developing an application for submission to DCA, the City must plan to
minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG activities. In
addition, the City is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons.
The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community's eco-
nomic and community development needs will be at the City Council meet-
ing held in the City of Okeechobee Council Chambers on Tuesday, February
16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Okeechobee City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. For information concerning the public
hearing, contact the City Administrator's Office or telephone 863-763-3372.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location.
Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or
the visually impaired should contact the City's Administrator's Office at least
five calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided.
Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing
should contact the City Administrator's Office at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To access
a Telecommunica on Device for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call
1-800-955-8771. Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation
at this meeting should contact the City Administrator's Office at least five
calendar days prior to the meeting.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, City Clerk
345611 ON 2/7/10

births in 2007.
There were 99 births to mothers ages 15-
19 in Okeechobee last year. That was a rate of
73.4 per thousand, well above the state rate
of 40.7 per thousand. In 2007, there were 119
births to mothers that age in Okeechobee.
One concern in the report was the high rate
of mothers in Okeechobee who do not have
a high school education. The state average is
19.6 per thousand. The rate in Okeechobee
is 41.2 per thousand. The rate rose from 37.1
per thousand in 2007. There were 100 births to
mothers ages 14-19 that have not completed
high school.
The Healthy Start Coalition and Communi-
ties in Schools are encouraged by a new pro-
gram that addresses the issue of repeat teen
pregnancy. The On Track Program had 25 stu-
dents between October and December of last
year, 18 between April and June, 2009, and 14
in July through September, 2009. Both moms
and dads were invited to attend the program.
Ms. Smith said the program has been very
well received by teens in the community. The
program includes a licensed mental health
counselor who gives regular speeches and in-
teracts with students. They help build self es-
teem and give students tools they can use to
make healthy choices.

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February 7, 2010

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School returns a veter-
an team to the ball field this year with many
of the players that helped win the District 14-
4A championship last spring still on board.
Jonathan Crawford, who signed with the
University of Florida, and Cameron Tewks-
bury, who signed to play for Tallahassee
Community College, will lead a veteran
squad again this year.
Coach Dylan Tedders said his team looks
good on paper but he points out champion-
ships are never won on paper. "There will
be a bulls eye on us as other teams come
after us. The kids act like they want to do it
again. The jury is out on whether or not they
will push themselves every day to reach that
goal. We will see."
The Brahmans will once again be built
on pitching. Crawford and Tewksbury will
battle for the role of staff ace. Brice Buck-
ner, who didn't pitch due to elbow tendinitis
last year, should be the third starter. Also on
the mound will be Brandon Farless, who is
rehabbing a knee injury, Austin Hamilton, a
left hander, new comer Derrius Bauer, and
sophomores Timmy Farrell and Noah Wil-
Tedders said he expects his pitching staff
to be among the best in the area this year.
Pitching Coach Mark Ward said he ex-
pects his three senior leaders to carry the
lion share of the work load this year, "I'd
like to think its there game to win, with their
experience, I feel we will have the edge in
close games."
Ward said Tewksbury is the go to guy,
while Crawford finished on a great run last
year and can accomplish great things. He
also expects Buckner to be healthy and a
solid number three starter.
"I'd like to think we have three horses. If
they want to leave a championship behind
its going to be up to those seniors," he add-
Ward said Farless appears healthy again
after knee surgery. He won't be rushed back
into the mix, but could be their top bullpen
option by the end of the season. Austin Ham-
ilton is expected to be the top left hander in
the bullpen.
Adam Tewksbury provides a veteran
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catcher to handle the pitching staff. Justin
Morgan will be his backup.
Buckner, Cameron Tewksbury, and Aus-
tin Hamilton could see time at first base.
Buckner will bat second in the lineup and be
counted on to provide power to the lineup.
Tyler Finney will start the season as the
starter at second base. Once Aaron Suarez
returns from basketball, he will be the start-
Drew Selvey will be the shortstop. He en-
ters his third year as the Brahman shortstop.
Finney will be his backup.
Mark Weir will be the primary third base-
men but left hander Richard Donegan is
also in the mix for playing time. Donegan
will likely be the team's top pinch hitter. He
earned praise for his batting approach from
the coaches.
The competition for playing time this year
will come in the outfield. There is one start-
ing job open due to the graduation of Dustin
Stokes, who is playing now at Indian River
State College. When Crawford or Tewksbury
is on the mound, another spot is open in the
Donegan, Finney, and Jake Davenport
are in the mix for playing time in left field.
Crawford will be the primary center fielder
and will bat cleanup. Senior T.J. Allen could
also see time as a defensive outfielder. New-
comer Derrius Bauer, a transfer from Trea-
sure Coast, Farless (if healthy), and Tewks-
bury will see time in right field.
Tedders said his lineup will likely be
Selvey leading off, Buckner second, Adam
Tewsbury third, Crawford fourth, Bauer fifth,
Cameron Tewksbury sixth, Weir seventh,
Suarez eighth and Finney ninth.
As for the district, Tedders said he expects
a lot of balance this year. He said Jensen
Beach, Lincoln Park and Suncoast are likely
the top threats to the Brahmans this year.
"There are no pushovers this year. We
have to show up to play every day. Those
first eight games there aren't any slouches
either," he added.
The Brahmans will also play a tough
schedule this year with teams like John Car-
roll, Port St. Lucie, South Fork, St. Albans,
and Satellite on the schedule.
The Brahmans inter-squad scrimmage,
the Purple Grey game, begins Friday night at


6 p.m. The JV pitchers will face JV batters
with the varsity defense, and varsity pitchers
will face varsity hitters with the junior varsity
The Brahmans annual fund raiser, the
50 inning game, will be Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Brahmans will also host a pre season
classic on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13.
Okeechobee plays John Carroll on Saturday,
Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. and Fort Pierce Central
at 2 p.m.
The Brahmans also will hold a fund raiser
barbecue contest on the weekend of their
preseason classic.




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Special to the Okeechobee News/Kip Gardner
Shrine Club members
The hardworking crew of the Okeechobee Shrine Club are being sworn in
by the Marshall of the Amara Shrine for the 2010 year. Amara Shrine is the
parent unit of the Okeechobee Shrine Club. Those in attendance at the cer-
emony are: (left to right) Mac Simpson, president; Bill Thornton, first vice
president; Jeffrey Yates, second vice president; Lenny Barfield, board mem-
ber; David Pittard, secretary/treasurer; Randall Mims, board member. The
officers had just finished cooking the installation dinner for about 60 guests,
family and members of the local Shrine Club. We wish them continued suc-
cess and keep working on the Tuesday Spaghetti Dinners.



due soon
Applications for Homestead exemption,
additional Senior Exemption for persons
years or older, Agriculture Classiification and
all other exemption applications should be
filed with the Property Appraiser's Office by
March 1, 2010.
Agriculture renewal card (green cards)
are also due on March 1. The Property Ap-
praiser's office is located at 307 N.W Fifth
Svenue in the Alderman Building. Exemp-
tion for Seniors 65 and older is subject to in-
come limits. For more information, contact
the office at 863-763-4422.

Special to the Okeechobee News/SES
Students of the Week
Congratulations to the students of the week at South Elementary School for
Jan. 29. The are Raena Garcia, Henry Denova de Dios, Taylor Muffler, Blye
Lutz, Liliana Mata, Elizabeth Muniz, Raul Rodriguez, Xander Blackwood,
Zachary Pattison, Shaun Penrod, Jan Calderon, Rocky Chauhan, Juliett
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Haiti. Students purchase a "Helping Hand" for HAITI for $1, they write their
name on the hand and display them in the cafeteria. Some of the students
helping with the project from left to right are: Carmen Ramirez, Haley Bryner,
Simran Merchant, Megan Kinchen and Kennethia McBride, Central Elemen-
tary Student Council's goal is to raise $500 and all monies will be donated
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