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Vol. 101 No. 25 Friday, February 26, 2010


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County settles injection well case


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A dispute that has been ongo-
ing for several years was settled
Thursday by a simple vote of the
Okeechobee County Commis-


sioners.
"We have talked this thing to
death," said attorney John Cook
who has been representing the
county in litigation between the
county, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)


and American Drilling Services
(ADS). The pending litigation in-
volved a well ADS drilled for the
county in 2002. A water supply
well was dug below the level of
potable water to bring hot water to
the surface to power a heat pump


L R a L Okeechobee


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Thirty-four runners are sched-
uled to take part in the fourth
annual Lake Okeechobee Scenic
Trail (LOST) 118 mile endurance
run Saturday.
The event begins around
dawn at Okee Tantie and is
scheduled to end on Sunday at 4
p.m., race director Scott Maxwell
said.
This year could see an all time


Suicide

rate draws

concerns
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Suicide is a bigger problem
than some people realize. In
2008 there were eight deaths
due to suicide in Okeechobee
County. At the same time there
were no deaths due to homi-
cide (murder) and two deaths
due to HIV in the county. In the
past year there were at least two
adolescent suicides in the coun-
See SUICIDE Page 2


high in terms of runners and also
finishers. Last year a record 20
runners started the race and eight
finished. Fifteen runners entered
in 2008 and five finished.
Maxwell said the race pretty
much started as a dare, "People
in the ultra running community
have talked about staging a race
around Lake Okeechobee for
awhile; I was the one who de-
cided to do it."
Maxwell lived in Florida for 27


years before he moved to Toron-
to this fall. He predicted the race
will continue to grow and will
help expose Lake Okeechobee
to even more people.
"We try to push the trail as
much as we can. I think the race
is starting to gain momentum
and I think it will start taking off
in the next few years," he said.
The runners will head coun-
ter clockwise and many will keep
See RACE Page 15


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to heat the water in the swimming
pool at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex. Another well,
an injection well, was dug to re-
turn used water to the same level
See COUNTY Page 2

Man accused

of setting fire

in hospital

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Buckhead Ridge man was
arrested Tuesday
night, accused
of starting a fire
in an emergency
room bathroom
at Raulerson Hos-
pital.
beeb porter
Roberts, 52, An
drea Lane, was
arrested Feb. 23 Bob Roberts
on felony charg-
es of arson and grand theft. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
$45,000.
According to an arrest re-
port by Deputy John Hazy, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), besides starting the
fire Roberts is also accused of
breaking into a hospital storage
room. When he was arrested, the
deputy said Roberts was found
to be in illegal possession of: two
blood pressure cuffs; a pulse oxi-
metry probe; latex gloves; surgical
masks; toilet seat covers; a syringe;
alcohol prep pads; and, gauze.
Deputy Hazy said hospital staff
estimated the value of the items to
See FIRE Page 2




Okeechobee News February 26, 2010


COUNTY
Continued From Page 1
it came from in a closed loop. In dealing
with injection wells, DEP has strict rules to
ensure water from the level below the level
of potable water does not mix with potable
water. The return well, for some reason, did
not take all the water from the source well
and began leaking to the surface.
The settlement states "no party to the ac-
tion acknowledges any fault, or liability to the
other..." The county agreed pay $150,000 to
ADS and each party will pay their own fees
and costs. The vote on the settlement was
3-2 with Commissioners Ray Domer and
Joey Hoover voting against the motion.
When contacted later Mr. Hoover said he
still has a lot of unanswered questions on


the matter. During the course of legal pro-
ceedings countless experts witnesses stated
that the well was bad. Mr. Hoover said he
felt their statements should have been given
more weight.
However, the matter is still not over.
The faulty injection well must be capped to
DEP's satisfaction.
County Administrator Lyndon Bonner
promised to bring figures to the next com-
mission meeting on the cost of capping the
well and where the money would come
from to pay for the capping.
It was also unclear as to whether or not
the county still faced a fine from DEP. Mr.
Bonner was going to check into that mat-
ter also. Since 2002 the county has spent
over $290,000 in engineering and drilling
expenses on the injection well, not counting
legal fees and the settlement agreed to on
Thursday.


FIRE
Continued From Page 1
be around $1,000.
Sometime around 8:30 p.m. Roberts al-
legedly went into the bathroom and set fire
to some papers, then broke into the storage
room.
When Deputy Hazy met up with Roberts,
he was standing outside the hospital waiting
for a ride. The deputy stated in his report that
as he spoke with Roberts he could see cords
sticking out of the man's pants, and that the
man smelled of smoke. Those cords went to
a blood pressure cuff and the pulse oximetry
probe, stated the report.


The other items allegedly taken from the
storage room were found in Roberts' pants
and shoes when he was searched at the jail.
Roberts reportedly told the deputy that
he accidentally started the fire while trying
to smoke in the bathroom.
Although some floor tile was damaged
in the bathroom, the deputy's report did not
assign a dollar amount to the damage.
Deputy Hazy stated the fire "... endan-
gered hundreds of patients and staff mem-
bers...."
The OCSO report did not state why Rob-
erts was in the emergency room.


SUICIDE
Continued From Page 1
ty. Florida ranks third in the nation for the
highest number of suicide fatalities and has
the 18th highest suicide rate. In 2005 there
were 2,308 suicides in the state as compared
with 1,706 deaths caused by HIV and 988
homicides.
To increase awareness and education
the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention is
sponsoring Florida Suicide Prevention Day
on March 24 with several events scheduled
in Tallahassee for that day.
Locally mental health counselors have


provided training to school resource offi-
cers and prepared a handbook for guidance
counselors.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
is 1 800-273-TALK (8255).
People possessing suicide risk factors are
at a greater potential for suicide. Those risk
factors include hopelessness, major physical
illness, relational or social loss, lack of social
support and sense of isolation. Protective
factors against suicide include effective clini-
cal care for mental, physical and substance
abuse disorders, strong connections to fam-
ily and community support, and cultural and
religious beliefs that discourage suicide and
support self preservation.


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FWC investigating angler's death


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The body of a man found floating in the
Kissimmee River next to his 20-foot pon-
toon boat Wednesday morning has been
identified as an Okeechobee resident.
The body of Bruce Lee Coley, 65, was
found floating face down about 10 feet
from the bow of his 1997 Lowe pontoon
boat, stated a Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) report.
FWC Officer Scott Van Buren said the
body was seen by another individual


Wednesday, Feb. 24, around 7:45 a.m.
about 1 mile south of the S-65E lock on the
Kissimmee River. Officer Van Buren said
the pontoon boat was anchored about 40-
feet off the east shore of the river.
Mr. Coley, who was pronounced dead
at the scene by emergency personnel from
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, had ap-
parently been fishing, stated Officer Van
Buren's report.
The FWC officer said the cause of death
or why Mr. Coley's body was in the water
is still unknown, and that the case is still
under investigation.


Teen charged in Basswood burglary


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in
connection with the burglary of a Basswood
home in which over $1,400 in various items
were allegedly taken.
Collin Henderson was arrested Monday,
Feb. 22, on felony charges of burglary of an
unoccupied structure and grand theft. He
was also charged with the misdemeanor of
criminal mischief.
After being booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail, Henderson was released into
the custody of a relative.
According to an arrest affidavit by Detec-
tive Bryan Lowe of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Henderson appar-
ently gained entrance into the home by


throwing a brick through a bedroom win-
dow.
Once inside, Detective Lowe stated that
a number of items were taken that included
a 32-inch LCD television, DVD player, Wii
game console, jewelry and a small amount
of cash. The report does not state if any of
the items reportedly stolen have been recov-
ered.
According to the report, OCSO Deputy
Tami Serafini took the initial report on Jan.
12. She also recovered latent fingerprints
from around the broken window, from
some shards of glass and from a Wii game
system stand.
The detective's report went on to state
that Henderson was placed under arrest af-
ter turning himself in at the sheriff's office,
and that his investigation is continuing.


Husband accused of tampering with wife's truck


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man has been arrested and booked
into the county jail after he was accused of
cutting the brake line on his estranged wife's
pickup truck.
Hinacio Bernal Guerrero, 37, S.E. 63rd
Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Tuesday, Feb. 23, on
a felony count of attempt-
ed voluntary manslaughter.
He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of
criminal mischief.
Guerrero was booked
into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond Hinacio B.
of $51,000. Guerrero
An arrest report by Offi-
cer Jack Boon of the Okeechobee City Police


Department (OCPD) stated that Guerrero's
estranged wife saw him bending down by
the left front fender of her truck. After a few
seconds, the man got up and walked away.
The woman's truck was parked in an al-
ley behind a local business.
When Officer Boon arrived a short time
later he reportedly noticed brake fluid drip-
ping from the severed line behind the left
front tire. The officer added that a small pud-
dle was starting to form under the woman's
truck.
Officer Boon went on to state that he
found a pocket knife on Guerrero and when
he opened the knife "... the largest blade had
what appeared to be a coating of oil on it
near the base."
According to the officer's report, the
couple have been separated for about two
months.


Stop sign violations

lead to drug arrest

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After he was stopped for reportedly
running two stop signs, an Okeecho-
bee man was arrested on a felony drug
charge.
Jimmie Lee Howling, 64, S.E. 66th
Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 24,
on a felony charge of
possession of a con-
trolled substance with-
out a prescription. He
was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge
of driving while license
suspended with knowl-
edge. He was booked J
into the Okeechobee Jimmie Lee
County Jail under a Howling
bond of $5,500.
According to an arrest report by a de-
tective with the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, Howling was stopped after
he ran two stop signs. During a search
of Howling's silver Chevrolet pickup the
detective said 24 roxicodone 30mg pills
were found.
The detective said Howling did not
have a prescription for the pills.
Howling was given a verbal warning
for the stop sign infractions, the report
added.




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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Loud music
I just wish they could do something
about the kids with the loud stereos in the
cars and trucks. One youngster in my neigh-
borhood has a car stereo that is so loud it
wakes me up when he drives down the
street around 2 a.m., coming home from
a night out. And my house is well off the
street, and the windows are shut and the air
conditioning is on.
What about the noise in town? I live
inside the city limits on 70 NE. Don't trouble
yourself calling the Sheriff's Department.
They get so many complaints, they will not
send a deputy. All dispatch will say is "call
your County Commissioner and complain to
them."
A county commissioner is the one that
gave me a copy of the laws for noise. It's a
simple fix. Warn them once maybe twice,
next time someone goes to jail for disturb-
ing the peace. Problem solved. The com-
missioners blame the cops for not enforcing
it. The cops blame the commissioners. If
you do call the sheriff's department the dis-
patcher wants to quote the law to you over
the phone, then they will ask you for your
name and number or if you would like to
talk to a supervisor. It's easier for them to
pass the buck than to fix the problem. You
have a few knuckle heads disturbing entire
neighborhoods.
This day and time, a simple noise com-
plaint can easily turn violent from retribu-
tion; and drive-by pay-backs seems to be
their style.
The majority of residential noise com-
plaints are committed by hoods. Most offend-
ers operate outside what a reasonable per-
son would consider normal. They have very
little respect for the law, let alone their neigh-
bors. It's not your Friday night football game
or a neighbor having that one-time birthday
party. It's those that constantly are playing
their loud bass-thumpers; and usually those
are in vehicles that come and go. Neighbors


reach their limit but are fearful of retribution.
And that is what makes me the maddest of
all ... although a simple noise complaint can
escalate to an all out shooting, law enforce-
ment approaches these complaints in such
a lackadaisical manner. Both city and county
law enforcement need to step up to the plate
and swing ... let the judge weed them out.
Sooner than later, word will get around, they
will get the message. Return the neighbor-
hoods to their peaceful, family settings.
If you make a complaint, the cop should
not tell the neighbor who complained. That
is what causes even more problems because
they retaliate. I made the mistake of filing a
complaint one time, and now every time
this person gets in trouble, they blame me,
even though I have not called in a complaint
on them in more than 10 years.

Festivals and fairs
Regarding the fair ticket prices, there
are various discounts to the county fair ad-
mission -- soldiers night, ladies night, student
night and senior night, where the admission
ranges from nothing to $2 or bringing stuff
to send to soldiers.
It's easy to blame someone else when
things don't work out, but I think the cham-
ber needs to face the reality that their orga-
nization has been going downhill for years.
If they want the chamber to get better and
really make a success out of their festivals,
then the chamber volunteers are going
to have to get in there and do the work. It
seems that when things were going well
with the economy and they had plenty of
members, they got used to the paid staff
handling things. But the economy tanked,
and a lot of businesses closed and there are
fewer chamber members. So they can't af-
ford paid staff. They either have to inspire
some volunteers or find a way to recruit a lot
of new members, or both.
There are many discount days at the
fair when the entry fee is less than $5. On
March 12, if you bring items for the forgot-
ten soldiers care packages you get in free.
On March 15, all ladies get in free. On March
16, students get in for $2. March 17 seniors
(age 60 and over) get in for $1. On March 18
if you bring canned goods for the local food
pantries you get in for $2. And on the week
days, the ride armbands are $20. If you like
the rodeo -- some people do, some don't -- if
you buy the advance tickets, there is a big
savings. Advance tickets are $12 for adults;
$6 for children.


Chamber says thank you

The 2010 Speckled Perch Festival, held
Feb. 13 and 14, was a success thanks to the
many individuals and organizations who
helped.
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
would like to thank Badcock Furniture, Clear
Title, River Bluff RV Park, Stephens RV Resort,
Holiday Inn Express, CJ's Wholesale, L3C,
Inc. Mike's Guns, Pat's Florist, Big Daddy's


Barbecue and Taylor Rental for their dona-
tions. Volunteers Stephanie Williams, Linda
Raulerson, Nina Everman, Cindy O'Connor
and Judy Elliott-Shipman also contributed
to the success of the event. Flagler Park
was made livelier by the sounds of Lisa and
Friends, Phil Eddings and Cripple Creek
Band, the Chobee Steelers Drum Band, Cel-
ebration Gospel Singers, Gerry Harmon and
George Bothers.
A special thanks also goes to all the vend-
ers.


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THANK YOU from the wildlife center to all who assisted. Arnold's volunteers
pitched in too and a great time was had by all. Come and visit the center and
see the beautiful birds on display in their new habitat.


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February 26, 2010 Okeechobee News


Mixer event
The Main Street Mixer was well attended on Feb. 16, hosted at the office
of Sims and Younger, CPAs, PLLC. From left to right, back row, Terry Bur-
roughs, Treasurer OKMS, Robin Buccino Account Manager, Paula Younger
and Laura Sims, CPAs and owners, and Kristie Coleman Account Manager.
In the front row are: Maureen Burroughs, President OKMS, Rebecca Meara
Administrative Assistant, Jessica Sumner office manager, and Cheryl Dan-
iels, promotions director OKMS. Mixers are a great networking opportunity
in a relaxed atmosphere. The next mixer will co-hosted by the American Red
Cross and Pier II Resort at the Pier II on U.S. 441 S.E. on March 23. The
public is welcome.


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Special to the Okeechobee News/Kimberly Mullin OMS

SWAT kids
On Jan. 21 and 22, Osceola Middle School SWAT (Students Working against
Tobacco) and Okeechobee High School SWAT Clubs collected cigarette butts
from some of Okeechobee County's Parks. SWAT also asked people at the
parks to sign a petition for tobacco parks in Okeechobee County. The SWAT
Clubs put a lot of hard work into this project. Thanks to every one for your
help and thanks to all the people who helped us by signing our petition.


Valentines


Okeechobee
Forecast
Today: Sunny, with a high near 67. Wind
chill values as low as 33 early. Calm wind
becoming north northeast between 5 and
10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
35. Calm wind.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of rain.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Calm
wind becoming north northwest between 5
and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 39. Northwest wind between 5
and 10 mph becoming calm.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.
Calm wind becoming northwest between 5
and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 42. North northwest wind around 5
mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the num-
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MB 18; Florida Lotto: 7-16-24-39-49-53
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Teresa Chandler
Rotarian Rob Willson-D.R.Willson Land Co. welcomes Teresa Chandler-Sea-
coast Bank who spoke about building a YMCA in Okeechobee. Rotary mem-
bers enjoyed hearing about a Free Family Day to raise funds for a YMCA. It
will be on Saturday, March 27 in downtown Flagler Park from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. There will be a Bounce House, Dunk Tank, and Pony Rides and Food.
Adding to the excitement is a Motorcycle, Swamp Buggy and Airboat Show,
Entertainment and more. The YMCA Steering Committee needs organiza-
tions to sponsor game booths or activity booths. Please call 863-697-6819 if
you can help or would like more information.


give-away is a

'thank you'
As a thank you to its customers,
Wolfgang Jewelers gave away a
beautiful heart pendant. Customers
that purchased $100 or more were
eligible to enter the drawing. The
heart was presented to Mrs. Arlene
Voges by Yolanda and Wolfgang
Cortez.
Special to the News/Wolfgang Jewelers


February 26, 2010


Okeechobee News




6 Okeechobee News February 26, 2010


Community Events
Steak night at Service Club
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137,
9985 Hwy. 441 North, will be host to "Steak
Night" beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
26. Dinner includes steak, salad, baked po-
tato, or sweet potato, garlic bread and des-
sert. Live entertainment provided by Wesley
James.

Believers Fellowship holds
Youth Rally
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W
Sixth Ave. will hold a Youth Rally on Friday,
Feb. 26, from 7-9 p.m. Games, fun and
food. All youth groups are invited to attend.
Call Micki 863-634-4327 for information.

Library to host storyteller
program
The Okeechobee County Library will
host professional storyteller and Civil War re-
enactor, Mary Fears on Saturday, Feb. 27, at
3 p.m. Ms. Fears will present, "How people
of color served in the Civil War." The pro-
gram is provided by the Florida Humanities
Council and is free and open to the public.

Annual West Virginia Day
dinner planned
The Annual West Virginia Day covered
dinner is set for Feb. 27, at First Baptist Fel-
lowship Hall, 401 S.W Fourth Street from
noon until 2 p.m. If you have any questions,
please call Ray or Phyllis Stone at 863-467-
8636.

IRS to offer 'Tax Talk'
on radio show
Michael Dobzinski, media relations spe-
cialist for the Internal Revenue Service, Area
2, will be the guest for Saturday, Feb. 27, at
7:30 a.m. on WWFR 91.7 Radio Talk Show.
The show will be rebroadcast at 1 p.m. and
again at 6 p.m. Topics covered include filing
tax returns, new expanded deductions, non-
taxable items, credits and choosing a tax
preparer and more.

Free hypnosis lecture offered
Join us for a free lecture on "The Power
of Hypnosis-Activating Your Mind Pow-
er" on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Library. The lecture will be giv-
en by certified clinical hypnotherapist, Suni-
ta Dhillon with an office in Okeechobee. For
more information on the program, please
contact Sunita Dhillon at 863-610-1522.

Okeechobee Lip Sync
Group Show held
The Moose Lodge on N.W 36th St. will
hold the Okeechobee Lip Sync Group show
on Feb. 27, from 1-3 p.m. Enjoy Old Time
Vaudeville. Our cast will entertain you as they
portray some familiar, (and some not so fa-
miliar) artists. Free Parking Free Admission
- Refreshments available. For information
call, Penny Chaisson at 863-447-5520.


Pet Rescue to hold fundraiser
Humane Society Pet Rescue Car Wash
fundraiser will be held on Sat., Feb. 27,
from 8- 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 3371 S.
Hwy. 441 Okeechobee. Check out our table
of baked goods for dogs and dog lovers-T-
shirts, hats and more items.

Lodge Breakfast date set
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will be
host to breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 28. Break-
fast will be $6 for eggs, bacon, sausage, grits,
pancakes, biscuits, and gravy, juice and cof-
fee. Public is welcome. Breakfast 8-11 a.m.

Church Yard sale and hog roast
Abundant Blessings, 3550 U.S. 441 N.,
will have a huge yard sale beginning at 8
a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. A hog roast din-
ner will be served beginning at 11 a.m. For
more information call 863-763-3736.


Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournaments
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ment series III will be held on the following
dates: Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 30,
June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29 with an $80 en-
try fee. The $80 cash entry fee for each tour-
nament in the series includes the Big Fish
Pot and the Classic Fund, with a 70 percent
payback. The final event, the Classic, 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.


Moose Lodge-Benefit fundraiser
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host
a benefit fundraiser for Don Hadley on Sun-
day, Feb. 28. Fun begins at 2 p.m. with the
Shadow Creek Band playing inside and Don-
nie Martin playing outside. The event will
also feature a fish fry or barbecue chicken or
hog for $5 a plate or sample all three for $10.
Kids plate (under age 10) for just $2. There
will also be an auction held with Auctioneer
Keith of Port St. Lucie. Merchandise donated
by merchants of three counties. Bake sale
and craft will also be available.

PA Assoc. of School Retirees to meet
The Citrus Chap. of the PA. Assoc. of
School Retirees (PASR) will meet March 9,
at 11 a.m. At Inn on the Lakes, Sebring. All
former PA school staff members and their
guests are invited to attend the meeting. For
information or reservations, please call Vicki
at 863-385-6408 before March 3.


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Grace M. Forman, 76
MARTINSBURG, WVa. Grace M. Forman,
76, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010,
at Greenfield of Berryville, Berryville, Va.
Born July 17, 1933, in White Oak, Tenn., she
was the daughter of the late Herman Pack and
Perna Meadows Pack.
Mrs. Forman worked as an electronics techni-
cian and then went on to assist her husband in
their homebuilding business. Upon retirement,
Grace had a chance to enjoy her hobbies of fish-
ing and square dancing, collecting family pic-
tures and rocks, and her favorite activity of all
time, spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Er-
vin Forman; two sons, Gary and wife Susan For-
man of Texas, and Rick and wife Janet Forman
of Tennessee; one daughter, Tracy and husband
Bryan Butler of Martinsburg; nine grandchil-
dren, John, Richard, Chris, Jessica, Nathan, and
Wesley Forman, Aaron, Katie and Ashley Butler;
two brothers, Richard and Gene Pack; and two
sisters, Ruth Laurent and Lois Combs.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by four brothers.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., today, Feb.
26, 2010, at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg,
WVa. Interment will be private. The family re-
ceived friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the
funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Center in
Morgantown, WV PO Box 9301 Morgantown,
WV 26506-9301 or website at www.brni.org; or
to the WV Alzheimer's Association, 1111 Lee
Street East, Charleston 25301 or to website at
www.alz.org/wv
Online condolences may be offered at
www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com


Rosalyn 'Rose' Moore Rogers, 69
MOUNTAIN CITY, Ga. Rosalyn "Rose"
Moore Rogers, age 69, of Mountain City, Ga.,
unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, Feb.
18, 201, in Franklin, N.C.
Rose was born in Habersham County on May
23, 1940, the daughter of Stella Moore. She was
married to Robert S. Rogers for 47 years. Rose
was a devoted member of the Battle Branch
Baptist Church. She was employed as a home
caregiver.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband
Robert S. Rogers and her sister, Pauline Queen.
She is survived by her son, Allan Rogers and
his wife, Kelly Rogers of West Palm Beach; two
granddaughters, Amanda and her husband Bille
Hale of Covington, Ga., and Dakota Rogers of
West Palm Beach; three great-granddaughters,
Alexis Mackenzie and Chloe Hale. Rose is also
survived by her brother, Daniel Moore, and her
devoted friend, Doc Pollard of Clayton, Ga. Also
surviving is her devoted dog, Boo.
Services were held in the Beck Funeral Home
Chapel on Feb. 20, 2010.
Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in
charge of the arrangements. If there are any
questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online
Memorial Register Book is available at
www.beckfuiineralhome.com.


Barbara Maria Grasser, 73
OKEECHOBEE Barbara Maria Grasser, 73,
died Feb. 20, 2010, in Okeechobee.
Mrs. Grasser was born in Neisse, Germany and
moved to ('i.,.. i i. .... 4 years ago coming from
South Jersey.
She was a member of the German-American
Club and was an avid T.V. watcher.
Survivors include her very dear friend, Helena
Shaudys of ('i... ii..1.,, She was preceded in
death by her husband, Peter Grasser and broth-
er, Hubert Mai.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Okeechobee Hospice, P.O. Box 1548, Okeecho-
bee, 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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Got frozen palms? Here's help


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
UF/IFAS Extension Office, Okeechobee
UF Palm experts have been asked to pro-
vide a program on how to properly care for
palms. Patterned after a popular video con-
ference in previous years (Dead Palms Tell
No Tales), this program can be offered lo-
cally via teleconference if there is sufficient
interest. Due to the continuation of the cold
weather, UF palm specialists Dr. Monica El-
liott and Tim Broschat will discuss problems
associated with cold weather and what can
be done about these important parts of our
Florida Yards. The half-day conference is
scheduled for Monday, March 8. Registra-
tion begins at 9 a.m. for this free program,
and will conclude at noon at the end of a
question and answer session. The local Ex-
tension Office must have at least five pre-
registrations by Monday, March 1, in order


to offer this program. Pesticide applicators
may be eligible for license CEUs for attend-
ing this program.
Attendance is limited to the first 30 per-
sons who register. Please contact Extension
secretary Monica Markham by calling 863-
763-6469 or sending an email to Extension
agent Dan Culbert, indianco@ufl.edu, giving
your name, address, telephone and license
number. Persons who do not have licenses
may contact this office to learn about other
programs available to obtain a Florida Pesti-
cide applicator license.
For more information, contact the
Okeechobee Extension office at 863-763-
6469. A flyer with more complete informa-
tion about this program is available on the
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Dalton Gilstrap, Jerett Butts; first: Jasmine Lewis, John Gaona, Seena Faw-
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Okeechobee Shrine installs Merah Ladies officers


The Merah Ladies of the Okeechobee
Shrine Club were installed on Thursday,
Jan.. 21 at the Shrine Club.
Members are: Barbara Watford, Rosey
Simpson, Sylvia Hawkins, Delores Anchors,
Doris Entry, Georgia Gerrin, Lois Wagner, Jo-


Ray Jackson, Margaret Smith, Annette Nor-
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A donation of $2,000 was presented to
the Potentate, Sir Jack Townsend. This mon-
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Merah Ladies
The Merah Ladies of the Okeechobee Shrine Club were installed on Thursday,
Jan. 21 at the Shrine Club. Members are: Barbara Watford, Rosey Simpson, Syl-
via Hawkins, Delores Anchors, Doris Entry, Georgia Gerrin, Lois Wagner, JoRay
Jackson, Margaret Smith, Annette Norman, (not pictured) Alma Yates.


for many boys and girls to get to their ap- events, and hope they remember to come
pointments at the Shrine Hospital in Tampa. join the fun at the Shrine Club's Tuesday
Making such a difference in these kids' lives night spaghetti dinner, 4-7 p.m. with a $5
is what makes you feel so good about being donation. Dancing is from 5-8 p.m, with
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Alzheimer's patients can be registered for the Medic Alert/Safe Return Program at the
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A misplayed foul ball and an infield error
helped South Fork generate a pair of two run
rallies as the defending Class 5A State cham-
pions defeated Okeechobee 4-1 in the Brah-
mans boys' baseball home opener Tuesday
night.
Right hander James Baggs scattered two
hits over five innings and Mike Nessle had
three hits and three runs batted in to lead the
Bulldogs.
Jonathan Crawford pitched four solid in-
nings for Okeechobee in a losing cause.
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders praised his
pitchers but said he was disappointed with
the performance of his hitters, "I want more
out of my hitters. I'm not seeing a lot of fight
at the plate. Our hitters have to put more pres-
sure on people. We are making pitchers that
aren't that good look way too good."
While Okeechobee pitchers had 14 strike-
outs, Okeechobee batters also whiffed 10
times. That made for a lot of blank rallies for
both sides.
South Fork took a 2-0 lead in the first
against Crawford. After two strikeouts, Bran-
don Bednar grounded a single to center field.
A couple of wild pitches pushed Bednar
to third. Blake Nehls drew a walk and Mike
Nessle lifted what appeared to be a routine fly
ball to right field. Okeechobee misplayed the
fly ball and the runners scored easily.
Tedders said outfield play has been a prob-
lem early in the year, "No one wants to step
up and play out there. We may have to move


people around. The guys that hit will be in the
lineup."
He said the team just can't afford to give
up easy runs due to their lack of hitting early
in the year.
Okeechobee scored their only run of the
game in the bottom of the third. Tyler Finney
hustled out a ground ball to short that was
thrown away for an error. Aaron Suarez fol-
lowed with a sacrifice bunt and Drew Selvey
singled. Finney scored on a wild pitch to make
it 2-1.
South Fork loaded the bases in the top of
the third on two singles and a walk. Mark Weir
made an excellent running catch on a short
pop up near the mound to end the threat.
Okeechobee got two runners aboard in
the fifth but Baggs was able to work out of
trouble.
Bulldog Coach Mike Harper said his pitch-
er did well enough for his team to win. "He
battled and would then hit a lull and get out
of it. All I ask from him is to give me what he
has, and battle, and the team will do the rest.
We have to score runs for him."
South Fork has a young team as a number
of their starters graduated. He said the return-
ing players know what it takes to win and he
constantly encourages them to encourage the
younger kids.
Nehls, who scored two runs, said every
team wants to beat a state champion, "I feel
we could have done a lot better tonight, but
Okeechobee is a good team, this was a good
game."
South Fork capitalized on an infield error in


the seventh as Bednar reached second place
on the throwing error. Nehls walked, and both
later scored on an RBI single by Nessle and a
throwing error on an attempted stolen base.
Okeechobee got two men aboard in the
bottom of the seventh but Brandon Farless
struck out to end the game.
The Brahmans presented a plaque to
South Fork Coach Harper and his team before
the game to honor his team for the 2009 State
Baseball Championship in Class 5A.
Harper said he appreciated the honor and
said if Okeechobee wins State this year he will
return the favor next year.
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Church hosts 'Let's Do Lunch'


Lenten Friday concert series


Church of Our Saviour Episcopal invites
the public to "do lunch" with a Friday con-
cert series for the Lenten Season.
"Let's do lunch" is a concert series oc-
curring on the last three Fridays of March
(March 12, 19 and 26) at Church of Our Sav-
iour Episcopal Church. The series will fea-
ture many local musical artists and students
from the Okeechobee area.
This series promises to be a musical ex-
perience that is convenient and fulfilling at
the same time. The concerts will be from
12:10 to 12:40 p.m., and a brown bag lunch
will be available after the concert to enjoy in
the hall or to take with you.
Kevin Kinnaird, the Director of Music at
the Church, has brought this concept from
major metropolitan areas he has served such
as Los Angeles and Louisville, Kentucky.
"In major metro areas, many downtown
churches offer Friday concerts during the
lunch hour for people to just come in, re-
lax and enjoy some good music before go-
ing back to work," he said. "These are small
30 minute concerts, followed by a simple
brown bag lunch for you to enjoy at the
church or to take with you and carry on with
your day. It's a great way to enjoy your Fri-
day lunch hour. I thought this would be per-
fect for Okeechobee because our Church is
downtown and we also have a lot of 'snow-
birds' who have time to spare a lunch hour
to enjoy our local talent."


The first concert, on March 12, is entitled
"Classical Bites" and will feature works of
Schubert, Bach and other classical compos-
ers. This concert will feature John Olsen,
a local classical violinist, Aerik Nagel on
acoustic guitar and Kevin Kinnaird.
The second concert will be on March 19,
and is entitled "Lyrics and Lunch." It will fea-
ture vocalists performing a variety of styles
including Broadway, Contemporary and
Sacred Music. Artists for this concert will
feature Erica Pope, Lauren Fusco and Mike
Zierdan.
The final concert, on March 26, is entitled
"Young Musicians Cafe" and will feature
local students from the Middle and High
School performing a Country/Western duo,
a guitar ensemble and a classical piano solo
that will exhibit the young talent that exists
right here in Okeechobee.
Church of Our Saviour is located at 200
NW 3rd St (the yellow Church behind Five
Guys). For more information, please call the
church at 863-763-4843. All are welcome.
Admission is free with a suggested dona-
tion of $5 for the brown bag lunch. Lunches
suitable for those observing the Lenten tra-
dition of not eating meat on Fridays will be
available.
Mr. Kinnaird has been the coordinator for
the "Beginnings" concert series that takes
place each November and benefits various
non-profit organizations in Okeechobee.


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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 required 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 Plain-
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-
plaint and Lis Pendens were sent to
the defendants and address named
above.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilites 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 Court's 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
346591 ON 2/19,26/10


CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okee-
:hobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 6:00
p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public
s invited and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certifiedd court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no-
:iced herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testmo
Iy and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
'lease contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website
Nww.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
)y: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, City Clerk
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FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY, LLC,
a Delaware limited liability company,
Petitioner,
v.
NORMAN B. SPECK, et al.,
Defendants.
FOR PUBLICATION
SUMMONS TO SHOW CAUSE AND NOTICE OF EMINENT
DOMAIN PROCEEDINGS
IN THE NAME OF AND BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF
FLORIDA:
TO ALL THE SHERIFFS OF THE STATE AND TO ALL WHOM IT MAY
CONCERN:
YOU ARE COMMANDED to serve this summons and a copy of the Peti-
tion in Eminent Domain, the Declaration of Taking, Notice of Lis Pendens,
and Petitioner's Moton for Order Limiting Service of Papers upon: All defen-
dants named in the attached party list and all persons claiming interests by,
through, under or against the named defendants; all persons having or
claiming to have any right, title, or interest in the property described in Ex&
hiit 'A" and the unknown spouses of the above-named defendants, if
any, and their heirs, devisees, assignees, grantees, creditors, lessees, ex-
ecutors, administrators, mortgagees, judgment creditors, trustees, lienhold-
ers, persons in possession, and nd any and all other persons having or claiming
to have any right, title or interest by, through, under or against the above-
named defendants, or otherwise claiming any right, title, or interest in the
real property described in this action.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO THE DEFENDANTS NAMED IN THE AT-
TACHED PARTY LIST AND TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, INCLUDING
ALL PARTIES CLAIMING ANY INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANTS; AND TO ALL HAVING OR CLAIMING
TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED
IN the Petition, that Petioner has filed a Petition in Eminent Domain and
Declaration of Taking to acquire certain property interests in Okeechobee
County, Florida as described in the Petition. Each Defendant and any other
person claiming any interest in, or having a lien upon, such property is re-
quired to serve a copy of written answer and defenses to the Petition upon
BRENDAN T. FRANZONI, of the law firm of Bnricklemyer Smolker &
Bolves, P.A., 500 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33602, at-
torney for Petitioner, and to file the original of the answer and defenses
with the Clerk of this Court, on or before March 20, 2010, showing what
right, btle, interest, or lien the defendant has in or to the property described
in the Petition and to show cause why that property should not be taken for
the uses and purposes set forth in the Petition. If any Defendant fails to do
so, a default will be entered against that Defendant for the relief demanded
in the Petition.
Dated this 18th day of February, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda Young, Deputy Clerk
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THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODA-
TIONS WHEN REQUESTED BY QUALIFIED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
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PAIRED.
PARTY LIST
Parcel FL-OKEE-004
Ana Quiros Leandro, 14020 SW 144th Parkway, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Parcel FL-OKEE-036WS
Fleet Mortgage Corp., an inactive South Carolina corporation f/k/a Fleet
Real Estate Funding Corp., c/o Michael J. Torke, as President, 1333 Main
Street, Columbia, SC 29201
EXHIBIT "A"
LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS
FL-OKEE-004
PERMANENT EASEMENT A 50 FOOT WIDE STRIP OF LAND, LYING IN
AND BEING A PART OF SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING A PORTION OF THAT
PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 524, PAGE 64, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY, THE CENTERLINE OF SAID STRIP BEING
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE
SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 70 WITH THE NORTH-
EASTERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID PROPERTY; THENCE S 35023'54" E, ALONG
SAID NORTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY, 81.71 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING; THENCE S 63057'03" W 185.85 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY
LINE OF SOUTHWEST 144TH PARKWAY AND THE TERMINUS OF SAID CEN-
TERLINE. THE SIDELINES OF SAID EASEMENT ARE TO BE EXTENDED OR
SHORTENED TO TERMINATE IN THE WEST AND EAST BOUNDARIES OF
SAID PROPERTY.
CONTAINING 0.213 ACRE (9,293 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT BEING AN ADDITIONAL 50
FOOT WIDE STRIP, ADJOINING AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHEASTER-
LY SIDELINE OF THE ABOVE PERMANENT EASEMENT
CONTAINING 0.251 ACRE (10,927 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
EXTRA TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT BEING AN ADDI-
TIONAL 50 FOOT WIDE STRIP DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT
THE INTERSECTION OF THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE
ROAD 70 WITH THE NORTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID PROPERTY;
THENCE S 35023'54" E, ALONG SAID NORTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY, 157.72
FEET; THENCE
S 6357'03" W 84.89 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S
26002'57" E 50.00 FEET; THENCE S 6357'03" W 174.53 FEET TO THE
EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 144TH PARKWAY; THENCE N
00001'07" E, ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE, 55.66 FEET; THENCE
N 63057'03"E 150.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
CONTAINING 0.186 ACRE (8,111 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
FL-OKEE-036WS
TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT A PARCEL OF LAND, LYING
IN AND BEING A PART OF SECTION 1, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING A PORTION OF THAT
PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 617, PAGE 1259,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF SAID COUNTY AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE EAST-
ERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 700 AND THE NORTH
BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 1; THENCE S 39018'06" E, ALONG SAID
WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, 433.15 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING; THENCE N 5000540" E 220.85 FEET; THENCE S 3954'20" E 25.00
FEET; THENCE N 5000540" E 101.14 FEET; THENCE N 39054'20" W 25.00
FEET; THENCE N 50005'40" E 171.22 FEET; THENCE N 88033'30" E 67.42
FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID PROPERTY; THENCE S
50023'02" W, ALONG SAID SOUTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY, 546.55 FEET TO
SAID EASTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD 700; THENCE N
39006'46" W, ALONG SAID EASTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, 39.18 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
CONTAINING 0.425 ACRE (18,517 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
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going all day and all night. There will be eight
comfort stations set up on the dike to help
the runners. The Boy Scouts will be among
the groups that assist the runners. They will
also have tents set up at the St. Lucie Locks
in Port Mayaca if the runners want to rest.
Last year Garth Peterson, 46, of Hines-
ville Georgia won the race as he canvassed
the 118 miles in 21 hours and 52 minutes.
Alissa Springman of Mercersville, Pa. won
the women's division. Maxwell said you
must be in good shape to cover 118 miles.
He mentioned that some go at a slow pace
and not like a greyhound. He said it is also
important to be mentally tough and ready
for such an experience, "Most people have
trouble just being out there that long. It's the


same thing with marathon runners. Being
on our feet and moving for 24 to 36 hours
is what breaks most people. It's not actually
the physical running of the race. You can al-
most walk it in 34 hours.
Maxwell also likes to schedule the event
so there is a full moon. He said most run-
ners don't have to bring flashlights because
the moonlight is so bright on the dike dur-
ing the night. There is no prize money given
out. Instead the runners receive etchings
and paintings, usually of a Florida wildlife or
environmental theme.
"I've gotten some positive comments
over the years. The runners really enjoy it.
We've had good luck with the weather for
the last two years and people have loved it,"
he added. He expected runners from Califor-
nia, Canada and Texas to be among those
that compete this weekend.


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Okeechobee girls tennis duo gets off to great start


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Heather Lanning returns a volley
during Tuesday's tennis match in
Okeechobee.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's top two girl's
tennis players had little difficulty as they
played their first official high school matches
at home Tuesday against John Carroll.
Heather Lanning won her match 6-0, 6-1,
over Michaela Montpetite while Samantha
Rivero was nearly as impressive in a 6-1, 6-1
victory over Mary Catherine Brown at the
Okeechobee sports complex.
Both girls are freshman and have devel-
oped their game through long hours of prac-
tice, tennis coaches, and United States Ten-
nis Association events around the state.
Lanning, the top seed for the Brahmans,
said she overcame some shoulder problems
to win her match with ease. She said it was
exciting to play in front of the home crowd
in Okeechobee.
"It was a really good match today. My
back hand felt really good. There still is room
to improve my serve and my return of serve.
I felt really good throughout the match."
Lanning used solid ground strokes from
the baseline and limited the errors she made
in the match. She had able to hit a high per-
centage of her serves, and kept her oppo-
nent on the defensive for the majority of the
match.
Rivero was equally impressive as she lim-
ited her mistakes, hit a high percentage of
first serves, and basically dominated by hit-
ting solid ground strokes from the baseline.


She said her debut in Okeechobee was also
exciting. "It feels like a great accomplish-
ment. The home match had the added pres-
sure of all the fans, but it's a great feeling.
I'm ready to bring home the wins this year."
Rivero said the toughest aspect of the
match wasn't her opponent but the wind.
She said it played havoc on the ball at
times.
"I want to move my opponent around
and not make unforced errors. I got lucky
that the first girl I played wasn't the highest
caliber of player. She was decent and could
get every ball back over the net so I worked
hard. I want to be more consistent and pa-
tient."
Rivero said her experience in the USTA
tournaments have prepared her well for
high school. She said the tournaments usu-
ally have large crowds and she has been
able to block out the distractions that fans
can cause. She said it has helped the mental
part of her game and her focus.
The rest of the squad didn't have as much
luck as the team fell to the Lady Rams 4-3.
Okeechobee got a doubles victory from
Lanning and Jenna Rath. Katherine Rag-
amat, Katie Walker and Liz Turner all lost in
straight sets.
"The girls team is very young and many
of our players were competing in their first
matches against a much more experienced
John Carroll team," Coach Amanda Van
Camp said, "We came up a little short."
Van Camp said she was very pleased with


the freshmen trio who accounted for all of
the team's wins. She said those victories
should give them even more confidence in
future matches.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Samantha Rivero hits a return in her
match against John Carroll on Tues-
day.


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