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Vol. 101 No. 22 Friday, February 19, 2010


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Street closing
Motorists are advised that
sometime Friday, Feb. 19, CSX offi-
cials will close the Northwest Sixth
Street railroad crossing in order to
allow for repairs. Northwest Sixth
Street will be closed to through
traffic at Northwest Ninth Avenue
and Northwest Sixth Avenue. Rail-
road officials hope to reopen the
crossing Monday evening or Tues-
day morning. School buses and
emergency vehicles will rerouted
accordingly.

Index
Classifieds ............................. 14-15
Community Events............................ 6
Crossword ............. ................ 15
O bituaries ..................................... 6
O pinion ..................................... 4
Speak O ut ........................................ 4
S po rts ........................................ 11,16
W weather ........................................ 5

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Store owner 'pistol


whipped' in robbery


City takes up never


ending topic-signs


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When will it ever end? Once
again on Tuesday evening, Feb.
16 the Okeechobee City Council
spent most of their meeting on a
topic they have discussed ad nau-
seam in the past-the regulation of
signs. The hour and a half discus-
sion resulted in no official action.
What is a temporary sign? What
is the total number of signs a store-
front in a multiple use building
should be allowed to display? How
many of each type of sign may a
store display? When is it consid-
ered a mural and when is it consid-
ered a building sign? Can you have
one banner and one portable sign
or two banners and no portable
signs? Should the total square foot-
age of signs be proportional to the
size of the building? Those were
some of the things discussed.
The council was in agreement
that advertisements in windows,


either inside or outside of the glass,
would be permissible without per-
mit or limitation.
The subject of banners evoked
considerable comment.
"We don't want a banner war
downtown," said city administra-
tor Brian Whitehall.
There was discussion on limit-
ing the colors for banners.
"If you have psychedelic col-
ors you are going back to the
60s," asserted Councilman Mike
O'Connor.
City planner Bill Brisson suggest-
ed limiting the colors of banners
downtown because the central
business district has more leeway
in other areas of sign display.
Councilman Lowery Markham
was not in favor of limiting the col-
ors of banners.
The topic of signs will have to
come up at least two more times
for the first and second readings of
See CITY Page 9


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Police are searching for four to
five Hispanic males who held up
a local jewelry store on Wednes-
day, pistol whipped the owner
and left her bound and gagged.
Andrea Corona, the owner
of Joyeria Corona Jewelry, was
airlifted to Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center's trauma center
in Fort Pierce, said Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD)
Detective Bill Saum.
He said Mrs. Corona, 55, re-
ceived numerous injuries to her
head.
"Her injuries appeared to be
severe when she was flown out
to Lawnwood, but she was up-
graded later that day to fair condi-
tion," he said.
Mrs. Corona was still in the


hospital Thursday morning.
The detective said information
was sketchy but did say that the
men "came in as regular custom-
ers then jumped her." He said
Mrs. Corona was alone in her
North Shore Plaza business at the
time.
Detective Saum said the men
took men's, women's and chil-
dren's bracelets, necklaces and
charms. He added that the items
taken were primarily yellow gold.
OCPD received the 9-1-1 call at
12:31 p.m., said Detective Saum.
Investigators are trying to deter-
mine just when the robbery took
place since Mrs. Corona had to
free herself from her bindings be-
fore she could call police.
While the investigator said "a
large amount" of gold jewelry
See ROBBERY Page 9


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February 19, 2010 Okeechobee News


Man accused of raping teen


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested at gun-
point after he was accused
of forcing a 17-year-old girl
to have sex with him.
Ryan Christopher Smith, aa .
29, was arrested Thursday,
Feb. 18, on a felony charge -NW
of sexual battery. He was
also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of driving ,.
while license suspended Ryan
with knowledge. He was Christopher
booked into the Okeecho- Smith
bee County Jail where he
will be held without bond on the felony
charge.
Detective Rosemary Farless of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
said the alleged incident occurred early
Thursday morning when a man entered
the girl's room and forced her into having
intercourse. Detective Farless said the girl re-
fused his advancements but gave in after he
slapped her in the face.


The detective went on to say that the
girl's younger sister was also in the room as
the alleged incident was taking place.
The man then left the home.
After talking with the victim, a lookout
was issued to neighboring counties.
At 11:54 a.m. a deputy with the Osceola
County Sheriff's Office spotted the car Smith
was driving and notified the OCSO. Detec-
tive Farless, along with OCSO Deputy Rusty
Hartsfield, stopped Smith just south of Fort
Drum on U.S. 441 N. at 12:15 p.m.
"We took him down at gunpoint because
he has a violent criminal history," said Detec-
tive Farless, adding that Smith is a convicted
felon.
A background check shows that Smith
was sentenced to two years in the New Riv-
er Correctional Institution in Raiford after he
was convicted of battery on a law enforce-
ment officer and resisting a law enforcement
officer with violence. He was arrested Sept.
15, 2002, in St. Lucie County and sentenced
Oct. 7, 2003.
Department of Corrections records show
that he was released from prison Nov. 28,
2004.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Jatravian Lenard Kelly, 20, N.W Third
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 16 by
Sergeant Justin Bernst on a warrant charg-
ing him with failure to appear battery with
great bodily harm. He is being held without
bond on that charge. He was also arrested
on a second warrant that charged him with
family desertion/withhold support. His bond
on that charge is a cash purge of $200.
Tiffany Ilene Sweeting, 24, N.W Trea-
sure Coast Drive, Jensen Beach, was ar-
rested Feb. 16 by Deputy Marcus Collier on
a Martin County warrant charging her with
violation of probation grand theft-firearm
and violation of probation grand theft. She
is being held without bond.
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Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the editor


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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!

Homeless
I don't understand why people take ad-
vantage of other people especially homeless
people.

Festivals
It is a shame there was a mixup about
the fair and the rules and the Free Fair had
to close early. But, it was cold and rainy and
then we had the high winds anyway so they
probably would not have had many custom-
ers on those days even if they had stayed
open. Let's learn from that and just move
on, We need to come together as a commu-
nity and support all of the groups that are
trying to improve things here. It is a waste of
energy to get angry and make accusations
against people who are just volunteers try-
ing to something positive.
More events in the park at the center
of town would be a great idea. When most
people head out to a function they have the
amount of cash they can afford to spend to-
day in their wallet. If you have to PAY to park,
if you have to PAY for tickets at the gate, this
takes away from what you can spend with
the vendors. At events at Flagler Park, you
don't have to pay to park and the walking
distance between where you park and the
event is closer at the park.
Just as the Chamber moving the holi-
day parade from Thanksgiving weekend to
December hurt and eventually ruined the
Exchange Club's arts and crafts festival, the
Cattlemen moving the rodeo away from the
Speckled Perch Festival hurt the chamber's
Speckled Perch festival. If the chamber can-
not find another draw, the Speckled Perch
Festival could also eventually be ruined.
When they started the lighted parade deci-
sion, the chamber was trying to do some-
thing positive for the community. When the
Cattlemen moved the rodeo, they were try-
ing to do something positive for the com-
munity.


Keep an open mind, many things are
going to be coming byway of the Chamber.
We NEED visitors to frequent our stores,
parks, restaurants, gas stations, motels, etc.
Bring the people in. Let's have dances, festi-
vals for art, booths, bake sales, rodeos, fish-
ing tournaments. Bring it on-12 months
out of the year, not just "tourist season."
The fish dinner was once a big fund-
raiser for the chamber of commerce. When
they could no longer serve specks due to
health department rules they changed to
catfish. But it was definitely a chamber of
commerce fundraiser. This year I looked for
the fish dinner around 11 a.m. Saturday. I
found their tent, but they were still trying to
figure out how to set up the cooker and had
not even started preparing to cook anything
so I did not wait. Did anyone get a fish din-
ner at the festival?
I was pleased to hear that the county
fair will include horse events that the local
kids can compete in this year. I think that
is a great addition to the fair and it will give
the visitors something to watch. Plus it will
attract more people to the fair as the fami-
lies of the contestants will probably come to
watch them and then check out the fair.

Red Cross Gala
The American Red Cross Benefit was
the nicest done event in Okeechobee that
I have attended in
a very long time.
It was nice seeing
people dressed
up the food was tei
excellent and it
was so nice be-
ing served instead
of having to take
a plate and stand
in line. Very nicely
done. I wish more
events would make theirs black tie. We
don't have many occasions to dress and go
out here and believe it or not I think even
the guys didn't mind very much. I hope this
will be an annual event.
It's great they had such a good turn out
to support the Red Cross. Whenever there is
an emergency in our county, the Red Cross
is there to help. I know of several families
whose homes were lost to fires and the Red
Cross was there to help them find a place to
stay, get them some clothes, etc.


I remember...
It's Feb. 19, and I am remembering back
65 years. We are at war with Japan and are
island hopping across the Pacific Ocean.
Just 758 miles from Tokyo was a small is-
land, less than 8 square miles. An island
with 8 miles of caves, heavily fortified, with
22,000 Japanese defenders. They boasted
the island could not be taken in a thousand
years. Some call this island Sulfur Island.
Some called it, "Hell's Volcano" but its real
name was Iwo Jima.
Iwo Jima was shaped like a pork chop
with only two beaches safe enough for land-
ing troops. The beaches were directly across
from each other at the narrowest part of
the island. The volcano Suribachi was on
our left, the high ground to our right. Both
beaches could be covered by all the guns of
the defenders.
The first wave of Marines hit the beach
at 9 a.m. Every ten minutes another wave of
Marines landed. All was fairly quiet until the
beaches were crowded with Marines, then
the defenders sent flares into the air and ev-
erything got nasty. The Marines kept com-
ing, the Japanese could not miss.


The first four days an average of one
Marine was either wounded or killed every
two minutes. There was no way to bury the
dead, they were stacked on landing craft. Af-
ter two days, the coxswains were ordered to
bury them at sea.
It took us 35 days to take Iwo Jima but the
price was staggering. We suffered 26,000 ca-
sualties-7,000 of us paid the ultimate price.
Everyone who landed on the island the first
eight days was awarded and is entitled to
wear the Presidential Unit Citation.
The Japanese had 21,000 dead, so a total
of 28,000 lives were lost on this small island.
That's one costly piece of real estate. Even
before the island was secure, the first crip-
pled plane landed on Iwo Jima. A total of
1,449 damaged super bombers with 15,938
crewmen aboard landed safely on Iwo Jima.
All these would have been lost if the island
had not been taken.
In all of WWII, there are many other seri-
ous battles, but this one, I was in. I remem-
ber, do you? Let's take the time to remember
our military, past and present, and the suffer-
ing and hardships they endured.
James C. "Jay" Wigginton
Okeechobee


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February 19, 2010 Okeechobee News


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Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS

Students of the Week
Congratulations to the students chosen as last week's Students of the Week,
Feb. 1-5, at Osceola Middle School. From left to right are: Alejandro Arriaga,
Ramon Liberato, Celeste Howell, Rachel Hawthorne. Standing, left to right:
Sergio Ruiz, Oscar Pinon, Austin Shatzer, and Morgan Schneider.

Community Calendar


Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669
meets at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. For information, contact Ollie Mor-
gret at 800-932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It
will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Net-
working Luncheon will be held on the third
Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull
Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., beginning at
11:30 a.m. for networking and then lunch.
Networking opportunities available for
women in business and is open to the pub-
lic. No membership is required. For informa-
tion, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878;
or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.


Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting, Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet
club. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For
more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m.
at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 un-
til 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St.


Special to the Okeechobee News/EES


Students of the Week


Everglades Elementary School students of the week for the week of Feb.
8-12 include: kindergarten students, Mosies Castro, Zane Hicks, Ahdonna
Harper, Riley Carver; first graders, Cordelia Boiling, Sierra Sutton, Yamilet
Gandarill, Jolene Sutton; second grade students, Estephany Alvarez, Jenny
Hernandez, Rebecka Mims, Kaylee Bell, Jehosafat Tapia, Kolby Yerkes; third
graders, Erika Serrano, Angelina Ames, Maira CrespinAlexa Edwards, Brian
Anthony Sell; fourth grade students, Lance Murphy, Samuel Clarke, James
Cunningham, Alan Younglove; fifth graders, Adrian Gonzalez-Garcia, Ryan
Kasik, Bradley Smith, Matthew Barlow. Congratulations! to our many out-
standing students.


Okeechobee
Forecast
Today: Patchy frost before 7 a.m., other-
wise, partly sunny with a high near 67. Wind
chill values as low as 31 early. Winds will be
from the north northwest around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low around
39. Winds will be calm.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Sunny with a high near 75.
Winds will be calm becoming east north-
east around 5 mph.
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Students of the Week
Students at OHS were recently selected as Students of the Week for the
Feb. 1-5. In the back row from left to right are: Allan Garcia, Timmy Ayers,
Jeff McCann, Brooke Stewart, Emile Lege, Nicholas Methner. In the front
row from left to right are: Niettira Ridley, Taylor English, Mariana Almazan,
Autum Lewis. Not pictured in the photo are: Victoria Jackson, Amy McDavid,
Theresa Casas.





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Obituaries


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
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Audrey Elizabeth Scott, 90
OKEECHOBEE Audrey Elizabeth Scott, age
90, of Okeechobee passed away Feb. 17, 2010,
at the Hamrick Home.
Born Nov. 16, 1919, in Brewster, Florida to Ela-
zor and Bessie Surrency she was a homemaker.
She was a member
of the Missionary
Baptist Church in
Okeechobee. She
enjoyed gardening
and crocheting. -
Mrs. Scott was pre-
ceded in death by
her husband James. .
W Scott. She is sur-
vived by her son,


Phyllis (Jim) Sarros both of (im.... b i, -i seven
grandchildren, Glenda (Tye) Bass, Brenda Join-
er, Gloria Jean (Joe) Kirkland, Penny Scott, Erick
Scott, Kenny (Kim) Sarros, James (Lindsey) Sar-
ros; five great-grandchildren, Megan Kirkland,
Johnny Joiner, Kyle, Kain and Keegan Sarros.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time of 3
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Missionary Baptist
Church with Pastor Lindell Selvey officiating. In-
terment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the .-. -il .....i. at www.bas-
- i.. , 1 ,,i , II 1-.... II
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.

Roszella Lewis, 77
OKEECHOBEE Roszella Lewis, age 77, of
Okeechobee, passed away Feb. 17, 2010, at
Raulerson Hospital. Born April 2, 1932, to Bill
and Loueasie Halbert she was a teacher.
Ms. Lewis is survived by her daughter, Clarissa
(Redgy) Hall of
Okeechobee; two
granddaughters,
Shanna (Kelly) Davis
of Cary, N.C., and
Christina Hall of
Okeechobee; three
great-grandchildren,







Jonah Banner Davis
of North Carolina,
Elisabeth Rose Davis
of North Carolina,
and Rocco B. Hall of
Okeechobee; sister,
Glessie (Johnny) Stumbo of Kentucky; and two
brothers, Dennis Bartley of Kentucky, and Hil-
lard (Madge) Halbert of McDowell, Ky.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. until service time at 5
p.m. today, Feb. 19, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home with Pastor Gene Roddenberry
officiating. Burial will be in Ivel, Kentucky.
Friends may sign the il ..... i. at www.bas-
- I, , . ,- ,,, I 1.. ,I
Arrangements by Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.


Bruce Randel Addison, 53
OKEECHOBEE Bruce Randel Addison, age
53, of ( '.. ibI, ,,, passed away Feb. 16, 2010,
in Smithville, N.C.
Born June 29, 1956, in Ft. Lauderdale to Ge-
rald and Nancy Addison, he came to Okeecho-
. h1 ."s we, Sifrom
Ft. Lauderdale. Mr.
Addison proudly
served our country
in the U.S. Army. He
was a school bus
mechanic with
Okeechobee
County. He enjoyed
fishing, football and
NASCAR.
Mr. Addison was
preceded in death
by his wife, Susie
Addison; and his fa-
ther, Gerald Addison. He is survived by two
daughters, Tina Addison, and Brandy Addison,
both of (0I... i i son, Gerald (Aimee) Addi-
son of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; 11 grandchildren;
mother, Nancy Turner; brother, Kenneth Robert
Addison of (OI.b i i , and three sisters, Pam
Bihl of Indiana, Tracy Kirchner of Vero Beach
and Janet Pinheiro of Sebastian.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21,
at Bass ('i.. ..i i .. Funeral Home. Funeral ser-
vices will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Bass
(i., ,, iI ,,, ... Funeral Home. Interment will fol-
low at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the u.-i. .il....i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
Arrangements by Bass (i., ,,ii ,,,- Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.

Helen H. Hall, 81
OKEECHOBEE Helen H. Hall, age 81, of
(i.. ,ii ,, passed away Feb. 16, 2010, at her
home.
Born Oct. 3, 1928, in Ruckersville, Va., she
came to ('i.i. i ...- from Atlanta, Ga., in 1971.
She was a homemaker of the Baptist faith. She
enjoyed restoring airplanes.
Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband of 47
years, Warren L. Hall; son, Steve Shifflett of
Ruckersville, Va.; and one grandson.
The family will hold private services.
Friends may sign the .-'. -il .....i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
Arrangements by Bass (i....ii.li.- Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.


Cindy Marie Eckenwiler, 55
OKEECHOBEE Cindy Marie Eckenwiler,
age 55, of ('i i.. i-i..,. passed away Feb. 15,
2010, at the Hamrick Home.
Born Jan. 5, 1955, in Homestead Freeport,
N.Y., to the late Jim
and Joan Anderson
Jones she came to
(0i., i .... from
Riverside, Calif., in
1980. She loved the
beach, sunshine,
flowers and spend-
ing time with her
family.
Ms. Eckenwiler

death by her broth-
er, Jimmy
Jones; and her grandmother, Kathe-
rine Delor.
She is survived by her four children, Tammy
Eckenwiler Deese (Larry), Tracy Eckenwiler Ha-
ney (Jo), Ronnie Eckenwiler (Mandi) and
Shawn Eckenwiler; nine grandchildren, Aman-
da Dean, Dustin Lundy, Mitchell Dean, Sara
Lundy, Macy Cox, Destiney Deese, Lil Ron Eck-
enwiler, Christopher Eckenwiler, Thomas Eck-
enwiler; two great-grandchildren, Skyla
Markcum and Jaiden Lundy; sister, Jeanie Mor-
gan, Pam Ashmore and Donna Young; eight
nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and great-
nephews; and many friends.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until services at 1
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Church of God with
Pastor Mark Smith officiating. Interment will fol-
low at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the .i il ..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.

Sue McCauley, 68
OKEECHOBE Sue McCauley, 68, died Feb/
16, 2010, in Okeechobee.
Mrs. McCauley was born in Parkersburg,
WVa., and moved to ( il....... in 1989 com-
ing from Vienna, WVa.
She was a unit clerk for a hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Paul D.
McCauley of Okeechobee; daughter, Teresa K.
Cutlip of Parkersburg, WVa.; son, Steven D.
McCauley of Combine, Texas; and grandchil-
dren, Carman, and Collin Cutlip.
Burial will take place at Sunset Memory Gar-
dens & Mausoleum in Parkersburg, WVa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Hospice of (il..-l. i, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hais-
ley Funeral & Cremation Service. A guest book
may be signed at www.haisleyfuneral-
home.com.



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Community Events

Hospice to host Gigantic
Yard Sale Friday, Feb. 19
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 S.E. Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on Fri-
day, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. until noon. Many
furniture items and lots of clothing! We have
NEW ITEMS galore offered at extremely rea-
sonable prices. Or shop at our "Flea Market"
(outside under the Carport) where every
item is dirt cheap (prices start at only 10
cents per item). Funds raised will benefit pa-
tient care, including services at The Hamrick
Home. For information call 863-467-2321.

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.

Roast pork dinner raises
money for youth camp
Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N Parrott Ave. Dine
in or take out. Seating times are 5,6, & 7 p.m.
Take out is available between 5-7:30 p.m.
A donation of $7 will buy a delicious pork
dinner with potatoes, veggie, salad, tea/cof-
fee and dessert. Come out and support our
youth raise funds for camp this summer!

Okeechobee Orchid Club to
discuss keeping plants warm
Gary Baily, local grower and past presi-
dent of the Vero Beach Orchid Society, will
speak to the Okeechobee Orchid Club at
their monthly meeting on Monday, Feb.
22, at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension
Office, 458 Highway 98 N. His topic will be
"How to Keep your Orchids Warm on Cold
Nights." The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m.
These meetings are open to the public. For
more information call the extension office at
863-763-6469.

Red Cross to hold March
Health & Safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in March:
Tuesday, March 2 First Aid Basics at
6 p.m.
Monday, March 15 Adult CPR/AED at
6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24- Infant/Child
CPR/AED at 6 p.m. Also, to celebrate the end
of March Is Red Cross Month, we will be
holding a Chapter-wide CPR Class on Satur-
day, March 27, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
The special price for the class is just $35 per
person. All classes are held at their Service
Center, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To reg-
ister, or for more information call 863-763-
2488.




February 19, 2010 Okeechobee News


Strength Team teaches inner strength


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Strength Team is coming to
Okeechobee next week. They come on like
Gangbusters at school assemblies breaking
Louisville Sluggers and stacks of concrete
blocks. Once they have your attention they
present their message of character building,
right choices and citizenship. In 2005 the
Strength Team performed in over 750 school
assemblies.
The Strength Team made up of former
college and professional athletes whose
motto is "A Bridge to Families, the Com-
munity and the World." The Strength Team
encourages every student to set their goals
with work hard, and see their dream come
true.
Mike Hagan, head of the Strength Team
has been doing this sort of thing for 24
years.
"Encourage people to be the best they
can be," is his message.
In a telephone interview from his head-
quarters in Missoula, MT, Mr. Hagan de-
scribes the program as "high energy and lots
of fun."
On Wednesday, Feb. 24 the Strength
Team will appear at New Endeavor High
School and Everglades Elementary School.
On Wednesday Feb. 25 the team will be at
North Elementary School and Yearling Mid-
dle School. On Friday, Feb. 26 the Strength
Team will be at Seminole Elementary
School, Okeechobee High and the Fresh-
man Campus.


The Strength Team will also appear each
evening Wednesday through Sunday at 6:30
at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 U.S. 70 W While the message in the
evenings is faith-based, Mr. Hagan said it will
not be done in a religious manner nor will
he be preaching to the people.
Mr. Hagan bench presses over 500
pounds. He has been clocked in the 40 yard
dash at 4.5 seconds. He played for the NFL
Seattle Seahawks and the USFL Michigan
Panthers and the San Antonio gunslingers.
Also on the team is Clarence Lee, a gradu-
ate of Florida State University, who played
nose guard on the 1993 National Champion-
ship Team. Andre Sims was a running back
at Northern Iowa University. Rounding out
the team is Greg Mead, a competitive body-
builder and professional power lifter.


pela to tWe echo-bee News
Clarence Lee, former football player for
Florida State University, breaks a baseball
bat. He and other members of the Strength
Team use such feats of strength to attract
attention to their inspirational talks.


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Okeechobee Christian
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3055 SE 18th Terrace
(Corner of Charles Harvey Highway and SE 18th Terr.)
Sunday School: Adult & Children 9:30am
Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:30am
Wednesday Carry-In Dinner 6pm;
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1902 S. Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee
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Okeechobee Church of Christ
1401 South Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, Fl 34974

Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:30 AM.
Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 AM.
Sunday Evening Worship: 6:00 PM.
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Bobbi Poole

Miss American Legion
The American Legion Pageant was held Thursday, Feb. 11. Morgan Craw-
ford, center, was chosen Miss American Legion. Tabitha Smith, left, is first
runner up and Monica Shaevez, right, is second runner up.


Special to the Okeechobee News/CES

A good book
There's nothing better than a good book and Central Elementary students
and staff had a great time finding just the right one at the Scholastic Book
Fair. There were so many good books, it was hard to choose which ones to
buy! Not only does the Book Fair offer quality reading for the students, but
the proceeds help the library. Money from the Book Fair is used to buy AR
tests, bookmarks, and other incentive items. Below are Mrs. Watt from the
Media Center and Hadeel Abed enjoying themselves.




February 19, 2010 Okeechobee News


Special to the Okeechobee News/South Elementary
Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for
Feb. 12. They are: Sarah Dodd, Austin Bullock, Joy Whipple, Juliana Shel-
don, McKenzie Simmons, Iris Celestino, Karina Romero Ortega, Rebecca
Rhoden, Sumer Baker, Janixza Lopez, Sarah Heaton, Sarah Nichols, Maggie
Congdon, Kaitlyn Land, Vicente de la Cruz, and Taylor Henry. Go Eagles!


CITY
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the proposed ordinance.
"At that time will we have the perfect sign
ordinance?" asked Councilman Clayton Wil-
liams.
"I don't think so," answered Councilman
Downing Watford who was acting as may-
or that night in the place of absent Mayor
James Kirk.
The council also heard a presentation
from Nancy Phillips, the city's grant coor-
dinator, who discussed the Community De-
velopment Block Grant (CDBG) Program
for the fiscal year 2009 funding cycle. She
said the state was behind in funding CDBG
grants. She said she was anticipating fund-
ing for 2009 grants in June and funding for
2010 CDBG grants in late fall.


Ms. Phillips said there are four categories
of CDBG grants-the first is housing reha-
bilitation. This concerns demolishing and
rebuilding low to moderate income hous-
ing. Then there is commercial revitalization.
The third category is neighborhood revital-
ization which concerns extending water and
sewer to neighborhoods. Then there is the
economic development grant which helps
create jobs.
Ms. Phillips said the city's grant applica-
tion for 2008 did not score high enough to
qualify. She promised to work with the city
to try to help them score higher on 2009
grant applications.
The grant coordinator will come back to
the council when she has more definite in-
formation on the 2009 CDBG Program.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Students of the Week
Teachers have identified some "Wonderful Warriors" as Students of the Week
at Osceola Middle School for Feb. 8-12. Ashley Hart, R.J. Skinner, Nolan Car-
penter, Brandon Breland, Cheyenne Dunnaway, Leah Furse, Perry Abrigo. A
huge thank you to Domino's Pizza for donating lunch for our Students of the
Week!


OCPD Detective John Zeigler will be the
lead investigator on the case.
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anyone going in or out of the jewelry store
was taken, he could not say exactly how on Wednesday, Feb. 17, they are asked to
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City settles lawsuit out of court


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An out of court settlement was reached
recently in a lawsuit filed against the City of
Okeechobee over a motor vehicle accident
that involved one of the city public works
vehicles, a review of court files indicated.
Sabrina Jones was a passenger in a ve-
hicle that was involved in the accident on
North West 11th Avenue on Aug. 14, 2008.
The amount of the settlement was not
revealed in the court records. The jurisdic-
tion of the court was for over $15,000.


Each party agreed to pay their own court
costs and attorneys fees. The case went to
mediation in September, 2009.
Jones said she had medical bills of
$14,018 due to injuries to her neck, lower
back, and left hip, according to a deposi-
tion she gave in the case.
The plaintiff also claimed the city em-
ployee, Palmer Lamb, admitted that his
foot slipped off the break before the crash.
The plaintiff sued the city on a claim of
negligence and sought damages for claims
that included loss of earnings, medical
bills, and pain and suffering.


Seminole Tribe Field Day has festival, rodeo


By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
The 72nd Annual Brighton Field Day Festi-
val and Rodeo opened Thursday, Feb. 18 and
continues through Sunday, Feb. 21.
In addition to a four-day PRCA Rodeo, a
culture festival will feature family entertain-
ment at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena. On Fri-
day, Feb. 19 area school children will visit the
festival for the annual kids' day.
A popular feature of the festival is the ex-
tensive Seminole clothing and patchwork
contest. Local crafters are famous for their
"sweetgrass" basketry, rainbow-colored bead-
work, and traditional dolls. The arts and crafts
on display, or for sale, range from local folk art
to museum quality.
Be prepared to catch the parade on Satur-
day, Feb. 20 with local dignitaries, floats, mu-
sic and energetic horses. There are events all
day long that feature alligator wrestling, reptile
shows, Native American dancing and music.
The rodeo has its own music and comedy en-


Trailer fire keeps

fire fighters busy

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue re-
ports state nearly $60,000 in property
damage was done late Monday night af-
ter a mobile home fire at 4648 U.S. 441
north.
Lt. Robert Mears said three units and
eight firemen responded just before mid-
night and found smoke coming from the
mobile home.
Firemen attacked the blaze from both
the west entrance and the east side of the
home and had the flames under control
in a matter of minutes, Mears added.
About 1,000 gallons of water was used
to put out the flames. The State Fire Mar-
shall was called in to investigate the cause
of the blaze. The American Red Cross
also responded to assist the family and
firemen.
Okeechobee City firemen provided
mutual aid during the blaze. There were
no injuries reported.
The home is owned by John Stone.
Firemen said no one was at home when
the fire broke out.
Firemen were on the scene for ap-
proximately four hours.
The trailer suffered extensive damage
and was ruled a total loss, Mears said.


tertainers as well.
The cuisine offered is a diverse cultural
feast, and visitors can shop for arts and craft
gifts under Seminole chickee huts with palm
frond canopies.
The Cultural Education Department of the
Seminole Tribe will set up a traditional Okalee
Village with local artists, crafters and chefs.
Spectators can observe how dolls, clothing,
jewelry, baskets and wood carvings are made.
Ask for a sample of Indian fry-bread, pumpkin
bread, or a unique beverage called Sofkee.
Brighton Seminole Reservation is on State
Road 721 in Glades County, about 30 miles
from the City of Okeechobee. From Okeecho-
bee, take State Road 70 West and turn left on
State Road 721, or take State Road 78 West
and turn right on 721.
For local information about the Brighton
Field Day Festival call 863-467-6039.


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Brahman wrestlers compete at regional


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Josh Gruber was just an eyelash away
from a trip to the state tournament.
Gruber lost in overtime 3-2 to Brandon
Searle of Viera Feb. 13 in the senior's last
high school match.
Gruber, who was district runner up in
Class 2A District 11 this year, and a district
champion last year, had a shot to win the
match in overtime. Coach Bruce Jahner
said Gruber had his opponent down and
could have easily earned a point but the
referee chose not to give it to him.
The two wrestlers continued to grapple
and Searle ended up winning on a take
down moments later.
Chris Bleakley also finished fifth in his
weight class and barely missed out on a
trip to the state tournament. Bleakley also


lost in overtime to Luciano Guidoni of
Jensen Beach.
"He wrestled real well. He beat a couple
of wrestlers that had beaten him earlier in
the season, including one who pinned him
on Friday," Jahner added.
Jonathan Kemp also wrestled on Satur-
day as he earned a bye in the 189 pound
division on Friday. Kemp was scheduled
to wrestle a defending state champion but
the wrestler suffered an injury and was un-
able to compete.
Ten Brahman wrestlers qualified for the
regional tournament this year which was
held at Jensen Beach High School. Seven
wrestlers competed for Okeechobee.
Coach Jahner said one wrestler Don-
ald Bryan was unable to compete due to
a broken hand. He said he was impressed
with how his wrestlers competed at the re-
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Coquina Water Control District Board meets


The Feb. 10 monthly meeting of the Co-
quina Water Control District Board of Su-
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matters. The board agreed to send letters to
certain property owners where Coquina has
easements asking for permission to store fill
dirt on the easements. The fill dirt would be
removed as needed for road repairs. Since
there was no response for their request for
bids for herbicide spraying, the board agreed
to just hire a contractor do the spraying.


The board had previously decided on a
list of road improvements projects. They de-
cided to prioritize these projects and comrn-
plete one at a time rather than have several
projects going at once.
Melvin Byars, chairman of the board, stat-
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to date is down a little from the assessments
received by this time last year. Property own-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEEN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 10000060CA
NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC,
Plaintiff
vs.
JOHN T BENNETT, et al.
Defendants
TO: JOHN T BENNETT
Whose address is:
307 SE 8th Drive
Okeechobee, FL 34974
TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JOHN T BENNETT
Whose residence is:
307 SE 8th Drive
Okeechobee, FL 34974
TO: SHERRY ATTEWELL
Whose residence is:
208 NE 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 &
307 SE 8th St.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
If alive, and if dead, all parties claim-
ing interest by, through, under or
against JOHN T BENNETT; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF JOHN T BEN-
NETT; SHERRY ATTEWELL and all
parties having or claiming to have
any right, title or interest in the prop-
erty described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following described property:
LOT 11, BLOCK 1, REVISED PLAT
OF WILCOX SHORES, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 5, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 307 SE 8TH DRIVE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
has been filed against you and you
are require to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it, on Jes-
sica Fagen, Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 2901 Stirling Road,
Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33312 within 30 days after the
first publication of this notice and file
the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on Plainm-
tiffs attorney or immediately thereaf-
ter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 2nd day of Feb., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Notice of Action, Com-
plain and Lls Pendens were sent to
the defendants and address named
above.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act, persons needing
a reasonable accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days prior, con-
tact the Clerk of the Courts disability
coordinator at 7728074370, 250 NW
Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL
34986. If hearing impaired, contact
(TDD) 8009558771 via Florida Relay
System.
This is an attempt to collect a
debt. Any information obtained
will be used for that purpose
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2010-DR-042
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Ruben Hernandez,
Petitioner
and
Graciela Ryeda
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Graciela Ryeda
Last Address: Texas
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on
Ruben Hernandez whose address is
RO. Box 1646, Okeechobee, FL
34973 on or before 2-28-10, and file
the original with the clerk of this
Court at Okeechobee County Ju-
dicial Center, Court Operations
1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 be-
fore service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief de-
manded in the petition.
Copies of al court documents
in this case, including orders,
are available at the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon
request.
You must keep the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office notified of
your current address. (You may
le Notice of Current Address
Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915). Fu-
ture papers in this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Flori-
da Family Law Rules of Proce-
dure, requires certain automatic
disclosure of documents and in-
formation. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dis-
missal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: January 26, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
344914 ON 1/29;2/5,12,19/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009CA582
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting
through Rural Development, formerly
Farmers Home Administration
(FmHA), United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA),
plaintiff,
vs.
DAVID W. LINDLEY; REGINA E. UN-
DLEY; COMMERCIAL CREDIT CON-
SUMER SERVICES, INC.; JOHN DOE,
representing the unknown spouse, if
any, of REGINA E. LINDLEY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: David W. Lindley, whose last
known address is unknown and who
is not known to be dead or alive.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage on the
following described property in Okee-
chobee County, Florida:
The East half of Lot 41, PIONEER
ESTATES, UNIT 2, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book
6, Page 16, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
NEAL E. YOUNG, Plaintiffs attorney,
whose address is 300 Third Street,
N.W., Winter Haven, Florida 33881,
on or before 30 days from date of
first publication, and file the original
with the Clerk of the Court either be-
fore service on Plaintiffs attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Com-
plaint.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodabtion in
order to parbcipate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Court Adminis-
trator, at (772)807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired),
or 1-800-9558770 (voice impaired),
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this document; i you are hearing
or voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8771.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on Feb. 12, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
346486 ON 2/19,24/10


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
lar Session on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Health De
apartment Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
346659 ON 2/19/10


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
PROJECT NO. 2010-04
OKEE-TANTIE CAMPGROUND & MARINA
BANDSHELL FOUNDATION AND ASSEMBLY
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center 312 NW
3rd Street. Okeechobee. FL 34972 until 2 o.m. on March 1. 2010.
Bids will be received at the first floor reception desk and will be opened in
the lobby on the second floor. They will be publicly opened by the County
Clerk or designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the bme speci-
fied will not be accepted.
The BIDS shall be based on furnishing all materials equipment and
labor necessary for the Okee-Tantie Campground & Marina Band-
shell Foundation and Assembly. The work is for the construction of the
Bandshell foundation and assembly of the Bandshell package purchased and
provided by Okeechobee County and manufactured by RCP Shelters Incor-
porated. The work shall be applicable to all State and Local Codes.
All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with
the Drawings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto,
which may be examined at or obtained from:
Okeechobee County Capital Improvements
1690 NW 9th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 39972
(863) 763-0805
Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of Plans and Specifica-
tions. Bidders may pick up Plans and Specifications from the Okeechobee
Capital Improvements office.
Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of
a Bid Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to "Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners", in the amount of not less than five percent (5%)
of the total Bid Amount as a guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the Con-
tract, will execute and process the contract to commence work.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to
preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject
any or all Bids accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject por-
tions of Bids, make modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any
formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so.
Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will
not be accepted.
Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is li-
censed to perform the work and services or qualified by examina-
tion to be so licensed.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifi-
cations, it is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification from Okeechobee
County Capital Improvements. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders
to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County.
The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or
all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be
marked: "BID OKEE-TANTIE CAMPGROUND & MARINA BAND-
SHELL FOUNDATION AND ASSEMBLY. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PRO-
JECT NO. 2010-04".
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board ofCounty Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Okeechobee County, FL


Lawsuits over accidents resolved


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee jury recently ruled in favor of
the defendant in a negligence lawsuit filed over a
traffic accident caused by a bull standing on U.S.
441 north of town, court records show.
Donald and Lillian Roseberry had sued Rollins
Ranch for a traffic crash that occurred on Aug. 28,
2003.
The case had been litigated since June, 2007
and had been filed by Attorney Scott Donaldson
of West Palm Beach.
A 2002 Freightliner driven by Albert Montoya
of Okeechobee reportedly also struck the bull in
that accident.
The lawsuit had claimed the truck driver, and
the owners of the livestock were negligent. The
claims included that the owner failed to maintain
the fences that surround the property and failed to
properly control their livestock. Roseberry asked
for damages for medical bills, loss of earnings,
property damage and other claims.
The case went to a trial by jury and the jury
found no liability on behalf of Rollins Ranch.
Circuit Judge Shields McManus dismissed
the suit with prejudice. The two sides had jointly
agreed to waive any appeal. Each side agreed to


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pay their own court and attorney fees, records
show. The legal issue in the case was, did the de-
fendant permit his livestock to run at large or to
stray on a public road and if so, was their negli-
gence a legal cause of loss, injury or damage. The
case file included jury instructions on a state law
that reads every owner of livestock who inten-
tionally, willfully, carelessly or negligently suffers
or permits their livestock to run at large or to stray
upon a public road shall be liable for damages
for all injury and property damage sustained by
any person.
In a second litigation of an accident that in-
volved livestock, it was settled out of court, ac-
cording to court records. i o,.. i P. .,,. -iio i. .i 1i'. i -
tion against Louis Larson and Justin Tomlinson
for an accident on Oct. 4, 2003 that claimed the
life of her husband, Donald Rexroat on U.S. 441
north near Country Hills Estates. The terms of the
settlement were not included in the court file. In
this case Rexroat's vehicle struck a horse that had
wandered onto the roadway. Rexroat was struck
in the head and killed instantly. The court file
stated both sides reached terms on an amicable
settlement. Each party agreed to pay their own
court costs and attorney fees. Circuit Judge Mc-
Manus signed a dismissal with prejudice notice
in the case.


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Senior hopes to lead boys tennis team
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Zach Fowler is the most experienced boys player on a senior
laden Okeechobee High School tennis team this year.
Fowler has played singles for three years and has been a steady
and stubborn competitor.
He gets the most out of his ability and is a student of the game.
He specializes in the placement of the ball and normally makes his
opponent run a marathon to remain competitive in the match.
"My motto is never give up because every ball counts, every
point counts, and every serve counts. You must have a strategy and
know where to place the ball. Tennis is a very complicated game,
it's like chess," he noted.
Fowler moves up to the #1 seed on the boys team this year and
will have his hands full against some talented players who play all
year round in USTA tournaments. He said he has practiced a lot in
the off season and worked to improve his game.
"I feel the challenge this year. I will miss Corey White and Alex
Nielson two very good players," he noted, "It will be fun. We have
pretty good players out here this year. I'm looking forward to play-
ing with them. I practice a lot and I'll be ready for it."
Fowler also has worked hard in the classroom and intends to
pursue a future in art. He plans to attend the Art Institute in Fort Lau-
derdale next year and work in game marketing and design.
He said he loves art, and is excited about the next step in his
education.
Fowler's parents are Wil and Suzie Fowler. He also has a younger
fan, his little sister Gabby. Fowler said the team faces their toughest
test right off the bat on Feb. 17 when they travel to Martin County.
"We will try our best and go out there and have fun."
Fowler adds the boys team's biggest asset this year might be
teamwork and getting along with one another. "We get along real
well. The team is filled with seniors and all of them play excellent. I Okeechobee News/File photo
think it's going to be a fun year." Zach Fowler, OHS senior, leads the tennis team this year.


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