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Index
C lassifieds ................................. 14, 15
Community Events............................ 6
O b itu a rie s ....................................... 6
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Speak O ut ......................................... 4
S po rts .............................................. 16
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State task force targets 'pill mills'
By Eric Kopp prescription drugs for illegal pur- will be made up of several differ- groups working on this issue but
Okeechobee News poses. ent agencies, including both local, they aren't coordinated," said Lt.
According to Florida Lieuten- state and federal law enforcement Gov. Kottkamp in a telephone in-
A new statewide task force has ant Governor Jeff Kottkamp pain groups. terview Tuesday, Feb. 9. "We'll
been formed to not only cut off the management clinics, or pill mills, That task force had its first or- see where it leads. But the smart
illegal supply of drugs coming into will receive a great deal of focus ganized meeting last month.
Florida, but also to stop the sale of by the task force. The task force "We have all these different See PILLS Pag'o, 12


Tiny Miss and Little Miss Speckled Perch queens d tirreundled up to sta
Sas they rode on the Chambr ofCommerce float in the 2010 Speod Perch Fe
n S Oeechobee. The festival continues today. See Pagej2


Council I

to discuss

sign rules

again
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they meet Tuesday eve-
ning the Okeechobee City Coun-
cil will once again try to come up
with a workable sign ordinance.
See CITY- Page 2 W


Water

bills to

be easier

to read
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) customers may soon be
able to read their monthly bills eas-
ier. At the Feb. 9 meeting, the board
discussed revising the bills to make
them easier to understand.
The board discussed a different
format for the monthly bill. Among
other things, it would specifically
state if a late fee was included in
the charges. It would be less clut-
tered than the current bill and have
the payment due date and total
amount due clearly stated at the
top of the bill. John Hayford, the
utility's executive director was di-
rected to use the board discussion
to prepare a proposed revised bill
format for the next meeting that
would be more user friendly.
The board adopted Resolution
10-01 setting general policies and
procedures. It contained a number
of changes, Some of them were
significant and some were changes
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CITY
Continued From Page 1
City planner Bill Brisson is scheduled to
present a proposed ordinance which incor-
porates changes that were discussed last
month. No action is scheduled on the pro-
posed ordinance. It is submitted for discus-
sion only.
Under the proposal, a permit would be
required for a ground or pole sign. "Sticky
back" window coatings on the outside of
windows would not require a permit and
would not count toward the total allowed
square footage of sign space. Another pro-
posed change would exclude noncommer-
cial artwork from computation of allowable
sign area. Real estate sale signs would not re-
quire a permit and would not count toward


WATER
Continued from Page 1
in wording. Under the resolution, late charg-
es for nonpayment will no longer accrue for
three months. They will stop once water is
cut off. Then a delinquency penalty of 1.5
percent a month will accrue for 12 months.
After that the account will no longer assess
additional penalties. Wastewater customers
who are not on OUA water now have 24
months to connect to OUA water.
For information purposes, board mem-
bers received copies of the manual of stan-
dards to set minimum standards for the de-
sign, construction and maintenance of water


If you go ...
What: Okeechobee City
Council meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.
Where: Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City
Hall, 5 S.E. Third Ave.

the allowable number of free standing signs.
Single building signs would not exceed 60
square feet unless there are facing parallel to
U.S. 441 or State Route 70.
The council will also hold the first public
hearing to discuss the Community Develop-
ment Block Grant Program for the fiscal year
2009 funding cycle.


and wastewater systems that was approved
at the last board meeting.
In other business, the board:
received the finance report for the pe-
riod ending Jan. 31;
approved payment of $12,392.40 to
Metzger & Willard for engineering and sur-
vey work currently being done on the Trea-
sure Island Sewer System South;
approved payment of $979.14 to
Metzger & Willard for engineering and sur-
vey work currently being done on the Trea-
sure Island Sewer System-North;
approved an emergency expenditure to
Chaz Equipment in the amount of $19,500
for repair of the gravity sewer system near
S.E. Fourth Ave and S.E. Fourth Street.


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downtown
The Okeechobee Speckled Perch Fes-
tival opened Saturday in Flagler Park, off
State Road 70 in downtown Okeecho-
bee.
The festival features a variety of arts
and crafts vendors, as well as booths from
local clubs and organizations offering
games, food and fundraising activities.
Entertainment will be provided
throughout the day in three sections of
Flagler Park. Bring your own blanket or
lawn chair and enjoy the show.
Park #1 is the home of the Veterans
Memorial. No festival events are in that
park.
In Park #2, the Harmon Brothers
(Gerry and George) will perform today.
Park #3 will feature the musical styl-
ings of "Lisa and Friends."
In Park #4 area gospel singers will
present a celebration of Gospel Music.
The annual Speckled Perch Festival is
sponsored by the Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce.


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February 14, 2010




February 14, 2010 Okeechobee News


Sellers, Nourse facing federal charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two Okeechobee men accused of selling
methamphetamine to an
undercover police officer
will soon be taken into fed-
eral custody and prosecut-
ed in federal court.
A detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force said Wednes-
day, Feb. 10, that Timmy
Barnett Sellers and Chris-
topher Wesley Nourse will Timmy B.
most likely be turned over Sellers
to federal authorities next
week.
Sellers, 41, and Nourse, 34, were first
arrested Jan. 27, after they reportedly sold
26.1 grams of a substance for $2,000 that,
when field tested, indicated a positive result
for the presence of meth. The task force
detective, who described the substance as
crystal meth, said the exact purity is not yet
known.
Both men were charged with the sale of
methamphetamine as well as possession of
methamphetamine with intent to sell. Sellers
was also charged with the misdemeanors of
possession of marijuana under 20 grams
and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an arrest affidavit, the two
men met with the undercover officer at a
business in Fort Drum. Once the deal was
complete, the men left in a 1998 Chevrolet
pickup but were stopped by two other task


force detectives in the 30500 block of N.E.
23rd Way. During a search of the two men,
those detectives found the $2,000 reportedly
used to make the buy.
at $27,000, while Nourse's
bond was set at $35,000.
Sellers was later released
on bond, while Nourse has
yet to post bond.
On Friday, Feb. 5, Sell-
ers was arrested on an
Okeechobee County war-
Christopher rant charging him with
Nourse trafficking in methamphet-
amine and two counts of
sale of marijuana. His bond on those charg-
es has been set at $350,000.
"The new meth charge is a federal
charge," said the local detective. "The sale
of marijuana charges were from previous
(task force) buys."
Both times, added the detective, Sellers


sold over 20 grams of marijuana to an un-
dercover police officer.
Because of the quantity of meth report-
edly sold by the two men, the Drug Enforce-
ment Administration (DEA) will take over
the cases and prosecute at the federal level.
The task force detective said the men will
be tried in the U.S. Southern District Court
in Fort Pierce. The detective went on to say
that Nourse had been on the task force's
radar since 2000. But before the task force
had completed its investigation, Nourse was
arrested in Osceola County and sent to fed-
eral prison after he was convicted for selling
meth. "He served three years in federal pris-
on then came back here," said the detective.
"He's currently on federal probation."
Federal records indicate that Nourse was
released from federal prison on June 28,
2006. The task force detective described the
two men as "mid-level distributors" who
were acting as middle-men when they were
arrested in January.


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The following people are among Okeecho-
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warrants for each of them. The criteria for
making Okeechobee's Most Wanted top five
is based on the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Trea-


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Letter to the editor


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Free fair shut down
I have been wondering why they have
the Free Fair in February anyway. Most Feb-
ruary and March events are positioned to
draw in the snow birds. I doubt if the snow
birds are spending a lot of money to go on
the ring of fire or the tilt-a-whirl. The main
audience for the free fair is the kids and
younger people. The free fair might draw
even bigger local crowds if they had it in
November, when there is not much else go-
ing on. The weather is usually better then
too. We need to forget the "it's always been
done this way" attitude and adapt to the
changing times. I know the county fair dates
are set by the state because the 4-H and FFA
projects run with the school year calendar
and they go from the county events on to
the state and national competitions. So the
county fair has to be in March.
The County Fair Association holds reg-
ular meetings and are open to the public. If
people have questions, get involved.
I support the American Legion, but I
think they need to take some responsibil-
ity for this mess. They knew back in 2007
that there was a state law that affected the
fair dates. In 2008 and 2009, they scheduled
the fair so that it started in January and ran
through the first week of February only, and
so there would not be a problem with the
dates. This year, someone dropped the ball
and the dates were scheduled so it did fall
into the 30 day window, creating the prob-
lem. The county fair association had a legal-
ly-binding contract with their vendor that
stipulated they would enforce the state law
about the 30-day limit. They couldn't just
write a letter and let the free fair continue
because that would be violating their con-
tract. I wish the free fair could have stayed
open, but a legal contract is binding. What
happened is not good for anyone and I hope
at least now everyone understands the state
statute.


The American Legion has done a lot
of good in this community and I hate it that
they wound up with a problem with the free
fair.
Closing the American Legion Free Fair
early is just wrong. The Legion does so
much to support this community and the
fair is their main fundraiser.
I will try and lend my support finan-
cially more to the American Legion and
their activities in the future now that I am
aware of the impact this makes to the youth
of Okeechobee.
Let's try to improve this community
with new and better things and start new
traditions!
I didn't even know the free fair had
opened as I don't drive by there every day
and they did not advertise it in the newspa-
per. I was watching for the big ad they used
to run every year with the schedule to figure
out which day to go, but I did not see it this
year.

Elephants
The elephant center has problems
with St. Lucie County officials. If they would
move a half mile west they would be in
Okeechobee County. Why doesn't some-
one from the county propose this?
They were going to enter the property
from the Okeechobee side, weren't they? It
says it's a 326 acre project. Waste Manage-
ment's property is a couple thousand acres.
There are only four jobs but maybe they'd
look closer at Okeechobee contractors for
construction of the project. Wonder if it
would bring any tax revenue to the county.

What kind of new business
does Okeechobee need?
I hope those who are trying to bring
new businesses into the area focus on look-
ing for those who will occupy buildings that
are now vacant. While I can see the point of
those who say "we don't need more con-
crete," we do need more jobs. Okeechobee
County has about a 12 or 13 percent unem-
ployment rate. And there are many vacant
buildings that a business could move into.

Viking area
Anyone having any problems on the
prairie? Vandalism, graffiti, theft, stuff like
that?


Fair Association responds to rumors
The Okeechobee County Fair Associa-
tion would like to address the citizens of
Okeechobee concerning the situation with
the American Legion Fair. We would like to
clear up some of the rumors and misunder-
standings that have been circulating.
Our contract with our present amuse-
ment ride provider requires that we protect
the fair's dates of operation as outlined in the
Florida Statue 616.13. This is the law that gov-
erns chartered county fairs. This law states
that no amusement rides shall be operated
within five miles or 30 days of the dates of
a chartered county fair. This is a legal issue.
The Florida Legislature passed this law. We
have a contractual obligation in this matter.
We are not in a position to break this law.
The American Legion has stated that they
are "grandfathered in." Since the Florida stat-
ue that governs fairs and amusement rides
makes no mention of any grandfathering in,
this is not possible.
The Okeechobee County Fair Association
did write a letter to the American Legion in
2007 giving them permission to operate their
fair through their advertised dates which did
encroach upon the 30 day protection period.
This was our initial year and the only year
that this has been a problem. The County
Fair Board gave approval for the 2007 year
only. During the last years, the American Le-
gion has ended their fair prior to the 30 day
limitation.
The American Legion changed the dates
of their 2010 fair from Jan. 28-Feb. 7, which
did not infringe on our thirty days, to Feb.


4-14, which did fall within the 30 day win-
dow. Their original date was posted on nu-
merous web sites and the local papers. The
American Legion also expanded the number
of days of their fair from seven to ten this year.
Last year's dates were Jan. 26- Feb. 1, seven
days, which did not infringe upon our legal
window of 30 days. The dates were changed
without regard to our position as the char-
tered fair of Okeechobee County. This year's
ten days does violate Florida Statute.
The Okeechobee County Fair Board was
presented with two options from the Florida
Department of Agriculture: 1) To not allow
the American Legion Fair to operate their
amusement rides at all, or 2) to allow them
to operate their amusement rides up to the
30 day limit. The board chose to allow them
to operate up to the 30 day window. This
provided them with six out of the seven days
of their normal fair schedule. The Board feels
that this was the best solution for both par-
ties and fair to everyone involved.
The County Fair feels a great obligation to
provide the best county fair to our citizens.
We have legal contracts and obligations that
we must fulfill in order to bring high quality
entertainment and amusement rides to our
area.
We all need to work together to ensure
that these situations do not arise in the fu-
ture. We appreciate everyone's support and
hope to continue providing "Home Town
Family Fun."
Yours sincerely,
The Okeechobee County Fair
Association


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February 14, 2010 Okeechobee News


Reflections from the pulpit


By Rev. Tommasso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
You must see that sin does disrupt your
worship of God. How can you, whether you
eat or drink, do it for His glory if you have sin
in your life? You must realize that your sins
disrupt your fellowship and worship of your
Lord, and so you must search your heart
and confess any sin there in. "Examine your-
selves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your
own selves. Know ye not your own selves,
how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be
reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13:5) Examine
your self, make sure you are right with God,
or that you really know Him. "Who can un-
derstand his errors? Cleanse thou me from
secret faults." (Psalm 19:12) David con-
stantly went back to his need to have God's
forgiveness and to be holy as He is holy in
order to be well pleasing before God. Sin is
sin whether it is a known sin or an unknown


sin we need to examine our hearts making
sure we are clean and upright with a Holy
God. The Holiness of God must be respected
and feared, so we do not bring dishonor to
God. You can not live in sin so grace may
abound. Think on these words adapted to
speak to your heart from Hebrews 12:1.
"Seeing that you are surrounded by such a
great cloud of witnesses, those who came
before you, lay aside every weight you have,
every worry and the sin which doth so eas-
ily trap you and make you useless to fulfill
His will and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us so you can run the race
and please your Savior."
Sin hurts God's heart and when you hurt
God's heart it hurts your worship of Him. You
need to confess your sins and repent and He
is faithful and just to forgive your sins. Does
your heart hurt when you hurt His heart? We
can be holy by concentrating on the things


that would help our focus on the holiness of
God. Meditate on His word, think on truthful
things, think on honest things, think on fair
things, think on pure things, think on things
pleasing to God, think on things that are ex-
cellent like Jesus. Staying in His Word will
help you and me stay focused on the cross
of Christ and the salvation He bestows on
us, avoiding the sin and the shame it brings
to the gospel that hinder your work in His
ministry.
If you do not know Christ, then you do
not care if you hurt His heart, you do not care
to hear His Word or come under authority of
the preaching set before you, because you
are lost and dead in your sins. You cannot
worship God in Spirit and in truth if you do
not know Him. Fall on your knees and trust
Him today, because He will by no means let
the guilty go unpunished, so won't you trust
him?


Community Calendar


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.
MONDAY
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.
TUESDAY
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
participate.


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


Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson
at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center 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
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
863-357-4447.
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.


Okeechobee

Forecast


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
66. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
36. Calm wind.

Extended Forecast
Monday Presidents' Day: A 20 percent
chance of showers after 3 p.m. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming
southwest between 5 and 10 mph.:
Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a
low around 43. Northwest wind around 5
mph and a 20 percent chance of showers.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
65. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 40. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near
64. North northwest wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with
a low around 40. Northwest wind around 5
mph.

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Community events

Free nutrition class offered
CRA Nutrition Analysis class will be of-
fered on Monday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center.
The class is taught by Dr. Edward Douglas.
For more information, please call 863-763-
4320.

Main Street Mixer set
Okeechobee Main Street's next monthly
mixer will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from
5-7 p.m. February's mixer will be hosted by
Sims & Younger C.P.A. located at 203 SE Sec-
ond Avenue. Main Street Mixers are a great
networking opportunity for the businesses
and residents of our area. Whether you have
a new or old business, or you are a resident
interested in giving back to our community,
you're invited to come enjoy networking,
refreshments, door prizes and a brand new
Mega 50-50.

Pancake supper planned
Believers' Fellowship Church and The
Back Porch Church will sponsor a Shrove
Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Feb.
16 beginning at 5:30. A donation of $5 will
buy delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes,
served with fried apples, sausage and a bev-
erage. Come and join them for good food
and fellowship, and help raise funds to send
youth to camp and to purchase a new video
projector that will be used for various min-
istries in town. The Believers' Fellowship
Church is located at 300 S.W Sixth Avenue.
For more information or to purchase tickets
(recommended) call 863-664-0146 or 863-
763-0715.

Youth Pancake Supper set
On Feb. 16 the youth group of Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St., will prepare
pancakes and serve them with all the good-
ies. A $5 donation will be appreciated (larger
donations will be GREATLY appreciated).
For more information call 357-1713.

Meet the candidates
Meet and Greet with 2010 Republican
Candidates. Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 5 to
7 p.m. Fellowship Hall at 401 S.W Fourth
Street. For more information call 863-634-
3525.

Tobacco Free Initiative
seeking volunteers
The Florida Department of Health and
the Tobacco Free Initiate of Okeechobee
will host a network meeting. The network
is looking for representatives from: Local
businesses, all schools, colleges, faith-based
and youth organizations, parent and parent
teacher associations, hospital and health
care and day care providers, law enforce-
ment, state, city and county agencies to
work on Tobacco-free campaign!
The meetings will be held on Feb. 24,
March 31, April 28, May 26, and June 23, at
the Hampton Inn Conference Room, 1200
N.E Park Street (next to the post office) from
4 until 5 p.m. To confirm attendance, please
call 863-462-5781. Refreshments will be pro-
vided.


Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournaments planned
The next Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournament series III will be held on the fol-
lowing dates: Feb. 28, March 28, April 25,
May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29 with
an $80 entry fee. The $80 cash entry fee for
each tournament in the series includes the
Big Fish Pot and the Classic Fund, with a 70
percent payback. The final event, the Clas-
sic, will be held Sept. 26. To qualify for the
classic, you must have fished at least four
prior events from February to August. The
classic will be a one-day event with a $120
cash entry fee. All tournaments are held at
Scott Driver park from safe light until 2 p.m.
with Taylor Creek as the alternate in case of
low water. Please register early. To get an
entry application or for questions, call 863-
634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

Bass tournament helps
March of Dimes
Seacoast National Bank invites everyone
to the 8th Annual Big Lake Bass Fishing
Tournament to be held on Saturday, Feb.
20, at Pier II Resort located at 2200 Hwy. 441
SE. Registration is $80 per boat, two-person
team and begins at a.m. This event will ben-
efit the March of Dimes.


To Robei


Happy Valentines Day my Love
..Over the years there were times
I didn't have money
to get a card & Flowers..
So your Love For Flowers was
Most Important,
Last Year I Made your Card..So I
Could Buy your Flowers and You
said it was the best.

Sadly This Year I Will be bringing
your Flowers to your Grave..

"Happy Valentines Day Roberta"
I Love You Honey.."MORE"
Love Eric I Miss You !!


County Fair seeks local



creative participants


The Okeechobee County Fair Association
is seeking adult and youth contest partici-
pants for the upcoming Okeechobee County
Fair March 12-21.
The contests consist of quilting, sewing,
leatherwork, painting, drawing, photogra-
phy, horticulture, and woodworking.
There will also be food competitions such
as home baking and canned goods, as well
as a vegetable competition featuring garden
vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest
vegetable categories.
This year the Lego Building contest will
be open to both youth and adult exhibitors.
New for this year will be the educational
posters and educational displays competi-
tions. Individual youths may enter the Live-
stock
Educational poster contest and 4-H Clubs


or FFA Chapters may enter the Educational
Display contest.
The top three club/chapter displays will
win awards of $250, $150 and $100 for their
programs.
You may download the entry forms and
rules at the Okeechobee County Fair Web
site, www.okeechobeecountyfair.com un-
der the exhibits link, or pick up copies of
the 2010 Premium Book at the Okeechobee
County Extension Office at 458 Highway 98
North.
If you have questions, please contact Di-
anne Spann at 634-3327.
The Okeechobee County Fair will be held
at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The
entrance to the Agri-Civic Center and fair-
grounds is off State Road 710.


Obituaries


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


Charles Sachleben, 69
OKEECHOBEE Charles Sachleben, died
Thursday, February 11, 2010. He was 69.
Mr. Sachleben was born in Louisville, Ky. and
was a resident of ( 1.. i- i -,
He worked as a machinist for the Railroad.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Sachle-
ben; sons, Mark David (Angela) Sachleben and
Patrick Christian (Heather) Sachleben; grand-
daughters, Alexis Delaney and Miranda Avenell
Sachleben; and grandson, Liam Crugan Sachle-
ben.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34973.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hais-
ley Funeral & Cremation Service.
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Lorraine Mary Cooney, 85
OKEECHOBEE Lorraine Mary Cooney,
passed away Friday, February 12, 2010, in Okee-
chobee. She was 85.
Born June 18, 1924 in New York, N.Y. to Tom
and Mae Gaskin, she was the assistant manager
with Green Thumb. She was a resident of Okee-
chobee for 15 years. She was of the Catholic
faith and she enjoyed reading, going to the
beach to collect shells, gardening, yard work
and watching football.
Ms. Cooney is survived by her daughters, Lor-
raine Mary Cooney "LuLu" of ('i., i' Car-
ol Ann Walsh of North Miami, Sandy Clevenger
of Lumberton, N.J., JoAnn McFarland of Lum-
berton, N.J. and Therese Cassanos of Everett,
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Boy Scouts announce new Big Lake District


At a recent meeting of the Kiwanis
Club, it was announced that member Ray
Worley had accepted the Chairman's posi-
tion of the newly formed Big Lake District
of the Boy Scouts of America.
Carl Fox, District Executive for the new
District, which encompasses the commu-
nities around the lake, and consists of all
rural communities, made the announce-
ment.
"Some things have changed with the
formation of this District. The Gulf Stream
Council has promised more accountability
to the rural programs for funds raised in
their communities, and has a dedicated
Executive in Carl Fox. Carl is a local Scout
product, who understands our unique ru-
ral needs. By forming the rural district our
rural needs will be better met, and we can
concentrate on community service a little


more," Mr. Worley said. "In celebration of
BSA's 100th Anniversary it would be nice
to see a little more apple pie and support
of helping our elderly and needy citizens.
We need to be bringing the kids on the
coast to our community, and showing
them what it is that we love about our ru-
ral area. My first experience with Scouting
was of the Scout helping the little old Lady
across the street. Join me in supporting
Scouting's next 100 years."
The Big Lake District has also added
to their Officers from Okeechobee since
the announcement was made of Mr.
Worley's appointment. Judge William L.
Hendry will join the District as the Eagle
Scout Committee Chairman. Judge Hen-
dry earned his Eagle Scout Badge in 1943.
He is also a member of the Okeechobee
Kiwanis Club.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat Zieglar
Another Christian Team Trails fishing
tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 6,
brought out many local fishermen to
catch the most pounds of fish. Fifty-
four boats participated in the tourna-
ment despite a cold and windy date.
The next tournament will be held on
March 6. Pictured above, the team of
Mike Jones and Justin Jones show
16.05 Ibs. of fish but also hoped for
biggest fish.
Places through 10th record prize mon-
ies all presented by L.C. Fortner, chair-
man of deacons.
* First place John Hendry and Jim
Menlin with a total of 16.75 Ibs. of fish.
The team also took the prize for the
second Big Fish at 5.35 Ibs.
* Second place Mike Jones and Jus-
tin Jones with 16.05 Ibs.
* Third place -- Team Brian Honnerlaw
and Brent McCarty 15.74 Ibs.
* Fourth place -- Jim Harlock and Jus-
tin Schwier with 14.49 Ibs.
* Fifth place -- John Supley and Scott
Farren at 13.27 Ibs.
* Sixth place -- the team of Bill Seitz
and Al Willis with 12.47 Ibs.
* Seventh place -- Jim Wright and
Skip Purple with just under 12 Ibs. at
11.991bs.
* Eighth place -- Rich Stiglitz and Luke
Joles with 11.57 Ibs.
* Ninth place -- Don Van Dyke and Rick
Buntenbach with 11.39 Ibs.
* Tenth place -- Team Wise with Lar-
ry and Andrew as teammates. They
brought in 11.21 Ibs. of fish to finish
out the tourney standings.




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First place!
First Place in the South Florida Fair Livestock Judging was an Okeechobee's
team, The Chobee Cattle Kids. (left to right) Marshal Johnson, Jessica Hum-
phrey, Sarah Davis and Allyson Trimble (High Point Individual).


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


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$56.00
$45.00


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)0 $60.00 $69.00
MondayTuesday
224 987
87 522
1 27
4 8
29 31
36 25

381 1600


Med #1
170-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650


Steers
143-175
140-150
120-130
116-125
108-120
105-112
100-105
92-100
89-94


Med #2 Steers
150-200
200-250 100-137
250-300 110-127
300-350 94-117
350-400 95-116
400-450 90-107


Hfrs
137-142
112-120
100-110
95-104
92-100
89-104
96-104
80-90
80-83
Hfrs
110-127
100-110
83-100
75-96
75-90
83-88


Small #1
250-300 110-127
300-350 105-125 85-89
450-500 90-94
We can't seem to shake
this cold weather and now
the snow storms have ef
fected movement of calves
to the west causing a $3 $5
drop in calf prices still good
but not as good as last week.
Cows and bulls stay good with
limited supply. D.L. Pearce,
Okeechobee, topped the calf
market with a high of $1.75
bought by Reynolds Cattle.
Grape Hammock, Lake Wales,
topped the cow market with
a high of $61.50 bought by
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City code enforcement


board imposes fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they met Tuesday evening, Feb. 9,
the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement
Board imposed fines in three cases.
Code enforcement officer Fred Sterling
stated that the 14th Court property of Estalla
Benitez was now in compliance so that case
was not heard.
Dan Buchanan had been cited because
of the condition of two separate properties.
Mr. Sterling said that Mr. Buchanan was a
repeat offender. The code enforcement of-
ficer said that Mr. Buchanan's property in the
800 block of N.W Tenth Street had untended
vegetation. He was given until March 1 clean
up the property or face a fine of $50 a day for
every day of noncompliance.
Mr. Buchanan's second property, at 805
N.W Ninth St., had been cited for a disabled
vehicle and public nuisances. Mr. Sterling
said there is an unsightly, unsafe structure


on the property and the overgrowth needs
to be removed. Mr. Sterling said that in 2008
Mr. Buchanan had been cited for general
cleaning and disabled vehicles on this same
property. Since there was more work to be
done on this property, Mr. Buchanan was
given until March 18 to come into compli-
ance or face a fine of $50 a day for every day
of noncompliance.
The last item on the agenda dealt with
Herman and Shirley Murray who were cited
because of the condition of a sign on their
S.W Second Street property. The top panel
of the sign was missing. Mr. Sterling told the
board that the building department had told
the Murrays that the sign could be fixed by
putting in opaque Plexiglas panels. It was
noted that the sign stands in a vacant lot.
The business that it once advertised is no
longer there. The board gave the Murrays
until March 8 to either remove or repair the
sign or they would be fined $25 a day for ev-
ery day of noncompliance.


Fire guts camper, home


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
About $17,500 in property damage was re-
ported early Tuesday after a fire broke out at 5572
N.W. 30th Street, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue
Lt. Robert Mears reported.
Fire crews responded just before 4 a.m. and
found a Cobra Salem motor home fully involved
with flame. The flames on the south end were
near an adjacent home.
Fire crews worked quickly to protect the
home and extinguished the trailer without inci-
dent, Mears said.


There were no injuries in the fire. The State Fire
Marshall determined that the blaze was caused by
an electrical short in the fuse box. About 1,000
gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire.
No one was in the camper when the fire broke
out. The camper is owned by Laera Lisgida and
the home is owned by Eddie Cruz, fire reports
said.
Fire crews from Okeechobee County Fire Res-
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way to do any of this is to listen to people
on the ground who are dealing with this ev-
ery day and asking how we can be helpful
statewide."
Some of that help will be aimed at finding
ways to save lives. Lt. Gov. Kottkamp said six
Floridians die every day from a prescription
drug overdose. That number is five times as
many deaths as from all illegal drugs com-
bined.
He went on to say while some legisla-
tion dealing with the pill problem already
has sponsors for the upcoming legislative
session, the task force will also be making
recommendations to lawmakers.
"We'll work with legislators (to control
pill mills)," he said, "then the next step is
to work with the Department of Health and
medical professionals and place regulations
so only legitimate businesses are opened."
And according to a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force few, if
any, of these pain management clinics are
legitimate.
"I have a business card from one called
Pain-B-Gone in Boca Raton," said the detec-
tive. "It has a bumble bee on it that's dressed
in a tux with a cape.
"These places are a dime a dozen-
they're popping up in strip malls," the detec-
tive added. "If I'm going to a doctor and he's
in a strip mall between two other business-
es something just ain't right."
The local detective, who primarily works
pill and doctor shopping cases, said the ma-
jority of people on whom he obtains war-
rants get their pills from clinics in Boca Ra-
ton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and farther
south. And according to Lt. Gov. Kottkamp,
South Florida pill mills are the top prescrib-
ers of illegal prescription drugs.
He said the illegal prescription drug of
choice is oxycodone and that nearly all of
the top 50 prescribers of oxycodone in the
U.S. are located in Florida.
While the local task force detective is a
seasoned investigator, he says many of these
pill mills are something like he's never ex-
perienced.
"When I walk into one of these centers I
make sure my badge is exposed and my gun
is showing because I'm nervous. I normally
don't go around armed, but these lobbies
spook me," he said. "I see people 18 to 25
years of age that are ready to slit my throat


to get my wallet."
His investigations have also taught him
that getting these pills is as easy as getting
a hamburger from your favorite fast food
drive through. He said "patients" show up
at a pain clinic three to five in a car and they
will have appointments at different clinics all
day. "The doctors take them back one at a
time and I've been told by some that some
of these doctors just don't care, the detective
continued. "They simply ask "what do you
need today?"
And it's that cavalier attitude that is lead-
ing to increased deaths due to overdose, as
well as millions of dollars of illegal pill sales
in other states-primarily Kentucky and
West Virginia.
Lt. Gov. Kottkamp said the number of
drug overdose deaths in Florida went up 77
percent from 2003 to 2008.
Locally, the task force detective said at
least seven people died of prescription drug
overdose last year. While there may have
been more, the detective knew of these
deaths because an investigation into their
use of pills was under way.
The detective also knows that the illegal
sale of prescription pills has become a very
big business-and it all starts in Florida.
The local detective said Florida pain man-
agement clinics are virtually "supplying"
Kentucky and West Virginia with prescrip-
tion pills to sell at the street level. People
from these states spend several days visiting
pill mills from the Keys to Palm Beach, said
the task force detective.
"They can come out of here (Florida)
with 10,000 pills. Around here they (oxy-
codone pills) are going for around $15 each.
The street price in Kentucky is $40 a pill," the
detective said.
Even though the street-level dealer has to
pay for the doctor visits, the scripts and trav-
el expenses, they are still "making a decent
living," pointed out the detective.
As for what the state is doing to stop the
flow of pills from Florida to other states, Lt.
Gov. Kottkamp said he couldn't discuss "the
nuts and bolts" of what's being done by law
enforcement.
"Some of this we can't discuss," he said.
"But we have undercover cops trying to
bring down the operations of some of these
pipelines from Kentucky."
The lieutenant governor went on to say
that while he will oversee the new statewide
task force the day-to-day operation will be
under the guidance of Bruce Grant, who
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The Children's Services Council announc-
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of these proposals is to improve and expand
services to the children of Okeechobee Coun-
ty by providing new, expanded or continued
services for priority need areas. This year
there will be approximately $250,000 avail-
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Feb. 25, 2010, 4 p.m. Request for Pro-
posal meeting at the Freshman Campus Au-
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picked up at this meeting.
April 13, 2010, 3 p.m. Submit proposals
to Okeechobee County School Board, Room
304.
May 4, 2010, Interview with RFP Selec-
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June 10, 2010 Public Hearing regarding
RFPs.
August 2010, Council final decision on


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Funding priorities include: Substance
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Cultural Diversity Training and Positive Alter-
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During the 2009-2010 grant year, the
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that ranged from $1,500 to $32,000.These
grants addressed several of the priorities been
identified by the community including sum-
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by a sub-committee of volunteers, graded
and ranked.
Agencies are encouraged to collaborate
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Apt. Tile throughout.
Screen porch. $435 mo.
+ utilities. 1st, last &
$200 sec. dep. No
dogs. 863-801-1739



Single Veteran looking
for home in Okeechobee.
3bd/2 ba; No pets, no
children. Preferably on a
canal. With lease option.
635 Water Street; #21;
Biloxi, MI 39530
Call Eddie 228-365-2115.

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FOR RENT: 3/2 and 2/1
Cottages. Newly remod-
eled. 12 miles north of
Okeechobee on beautiful
ranch. Water, trash &
lawn maintenance includ-
ed. NO PETS! M-F.
(863)467-2982

FT. DRUM AREA furn.,
older mobile home, 1.5
br, iba, $425 dep., $425
mo. rent (912)925-2147/
(912)224-4658 or
(734)637-2697

LARKEE LAKES-
2BR/1BA, $550 month
& $300 sec. dep. or for
sale $35,000 Call
(863) 467-2156

OKEECHOBEE 2br,
Iba with large back
porch & front porch on
large scenic, wooded,
fenced lot, W/D $700
mo. Call 863-634-3451

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RV with added on living
room. Utilities incl.
$450/month + deposit.
Call 863-763-3762



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For Sale: Park Model
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press. With lots of ex-
tras. Reduced $55,000 or
obo. Call 863-532-9222
or 863-610-0218.

OKEECHOBEE- 1981
dbl wide on water, porch,
Ig edition, boathouse,
$100,000 (863)763-0474




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REDUCED! 62x24',
3bd/2ba MH on 2 water-
front lots, seawall, lake
access, boathouse. CBS
garage 28'x40', w/bath.
3641 SE 28th St. TI
$129,000.
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okee-
chobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 16, 2010,
6:00 p.m., at City Hall, 5 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 certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accord-
ingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the mat-
ters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the
testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be
based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website
www.cityofokeechobee com to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodaton to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
346278 ON 2/14/10


Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at
the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, (863) 824-3015.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce-
ment Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
346036 ON 2/12,14/10


NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING
NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Loca
Planning Agency on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or a"
soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submit-
ted by City Staffor citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which
may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulatons
(LDR's). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the Cit2
Council for final consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 5V
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee
Florida.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no
ticked herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the tesbmo
ny and evidence at said meebng upon which any appeal is to be based
Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website
www.citvofokeechobee corn 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 General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School Senior Katarina
Suarez suffered through an injury plagued
junior year but rehabbed her injury in the off
season and is ready and raring to go for the
2010 Lady Brahmans Softball squad.
Suarez said she has learned to appreci-
ate her softball ability because last year she
had to sit on the bench and think a lot. She
realized that you shouldn't take anything for
granted because it can be taken away from
you at any time.
"The injury made me realize that I have a
gift. I'm just glad it's done and over with and
I can play now. It's like I never was injured,"
she said.
Suarez had to get a cortisone shot and
had a lot of shoulder inflammation and was
only able to pitch in two varsity games last
year. She worked hard in the offseason and
takes pride in the fact that she is a good role
model for other players.
"I'm so excited because I know we have


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Emily McCullough will be penciled in
in the lineup every day as a starting
outfielder.


a really good squad this year. We are going
to go far," she added.
Suarez will share the load on the mound
with younger pitchers Samantha Harrell and
Courtney Wilson and some younger arms.
She said she hopes to be a good role model
and mentor for the younger girls.
"I just try to do the best that I can and
hope that it works out. The girls look up to
me and count on me to do the right thing
whether it be fielding, pitching, or hitting. I
don't want to let anybody down," she said.
Suarez said the entire team is ready for
all of their district opponents, especially Sun-
coast and Jensen Beach who beat Okeecho-
bee last year.
She said the team has jelled off the field
because the girls have played together for a
long time and get along well. She added she
feels her rehab and hard work has made her
a better pitcher. "I feel like I've improved a
lot since my injury. I'm just ready to show
everybody that I'm back and that I can do it.
I haven't played in Okeechobee so fans here
haven't had the opportunity to see me in a
long time," she added.
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Katarina Suarez worked all year to
come back from a shoulder injury.


OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
"0 The Tobacco-Free Initiative FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
of Okeechobee HEALTH

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 26,1
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
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