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Vol. 101 No. 28 Friday, March 5, 2010


500 Plus tax


High school student
accused of selling
drugs at school
... page 3

Index
Classifieds ............................. 18-19
Community Events.......................6.....
Crossword.................................. 19
O b itu a rie s ................................ ........ 6
Opinion.......... .............. 4-5
S peak O ut ................. ............. 4
Sports.............................. 16-17, 20
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can help solve many


health problems


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Awareness and communica-
tions are the two major tools
Frank Kruppa, administrator of the
Okeechobee County Health De-
partment is using to improve the
county's quality of life.
Mr. Kruppa believes that indi-
viduals, especially young people,
making informed choices are the
key to solving our public health
problems. Many of the problems
he faces, such as obesity, teen
pregnancies, and the effects of
smoking, drugs and alcohol can be
solved by people making the right
choices.


A major focus of the health de-
partment is on helping children of
all ages. Care begins before birth,
includes toddlers and small chil-
dren and continues through the
school years using school nurses.
One of the problems the health
department deals with is obesity
which causes such things as high
blood pressure and cardiopulmo-
nary diseases. There are various
programs that teach proper nutri-
tion.
"We should start talking about
nutrition before intercession is
necessary," Mr. Kruppa said.
See HEALTH- Page 14


Runner sets
Raided 'pill mills' new record in
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linked to local cases endurance race


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two of the three pain clinics
raided Wednesday in Palm Beach
County can be directly linked to at
least five local cases, said a detec-
tive with the Okeechobee Narcot-
ics Task Force.
Federal and county agencies
raided the "pill mills" March 3
and seized boxes of records from
the American Pain Clinic in Lake
Worth, and from East Coast Pain
Management and Executive Pain in
West Palm Beach. No arrests were
made.
The local detective is very famil-


iar with both the American Pain
Clinic and the Executive clinic be-
cause five local cases and arrests
were made after local residents
received pain killers from the two
pill mills. The detective said a re-
cent arrest of a local woman on
doctor shopping charges involved
the American Pain Clinic on North
Dixie Highway.
Pain clinics are being closely
monitored because they so freely
dispense such addictive pain kill-
ers at hydrocodone, oxycodone
and vicodin with oxycodone be-
ing the preferred drug. These store
front clinics are also virtually sup-
See PILLS- Page 14


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100th birthday
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ed her 100th birthday on
March 2, at Golden Cor-
ral surrounded by her
three sons, their families
and friends of the family.
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OHS student accused of


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 17-year-old Okeechobee High School
student was arrested Wednesday, accused
of selling prescription pills on the school's
campus.
Flavia Leticia Escobar, N.E. Third St., was
arrested March 3 on felony charges of pos-
session of a controlled substance on school
property, introduction of contraband into a
correctional facility and the sale and delivery
of a controlled substance. She was also ar-
rested on misdemeanor charges of posses-


sion of marijuana under 20 grams on school
property and possession of drug parapher-
nalia on school property.
Escobar was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail then taken to the Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in
Fort Pierce.
Also arrested Wednesday on the OHS
campus was Caymen Allen Flora, 17, N.W
80th Drive, Okeechobee. He was charged
with one felony count of possession of a
controlled substance on school property.
He, too, was booked into the county jail then
taken to the detention center in Fort Pierce.


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).
Lacy Locklear, 41, N. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 2 by Ser-
geant Justin Bernst on a charge of felony
battery. He is being held without bond.
James Byron Timmons, 25, S.E. 33rd
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested March
2 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with amended violation of probation driv-
ing under the influence. He was released on
his own recognizance.
James Michael Kickliter, 45, Hwy. 672,
Lithia, was arrested March 3 by the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge
of grand theft firearm and a misdemeanor
charge of driving under the influence. His
bond on the DUI charge was set at $750. He
was released on his own recognizance on


the grand theft firearm charge.
Charles Wayne Suarez, 42, N.W Sixth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 2 by
Officer Scott Morgan on a charge of refusal
to submit to driving under the influence test.
His bond had not been set as of newspaper
deadline.
Raymond Raichanclani, 44, NW Eight
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 3 by
Deputy Jason Hickman on a Broward County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation exhibition of a weapon on school
property. He is being held without bond.
Justin Fraser, 23, S.W Second Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 3 by
Deputy Jason Hickman on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $1,000.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.


selling pills
An arrest report by Deputy Mike Bo-
browski of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) stated that Flora was found
to have four xanax pills in his possession
around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Deputy Bo-
browski, who is also the school resource
officer at OHS, went on to state that Flora
apparently paid Escobar $5 for each pill.
The alleged transaction took place by the
OHS boiler room just before lunch.
Deputy Bobrowski's report states that
Escobar was then taken out of a classroom
and searched. During that search she was
found to be in possession of a small amount
of a green leafy substance, two hollowed out
pens and $98 cash, according to the report.


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The green leafy substance was field tested
and indicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of marijuana and weighed 0.03 grams,
the report added.
Escobar was then taken to the county jail
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the editor


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munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Trail riders
With all the horses in Okeechobee
County, are there any trail riding clubs? I
asked about Big Lake Trail Riders, but they
only have horse shows. Apparently they
started as a riding club who went on month-
ly trail rides and also had shows and eventu-
ally they just quit going on the trail rides and
concentrated on the shows only. I don't care
about being in shows but would like to find
a group to trail ride with.

County fair
I notice that this year the county fair
has added horse events scattered through-
out the fair dates. There are a lot of local
young people who compete in speed events
such as barrel racing, poles, etc. who are
very excited to have a local competition at
the fair. And in the past we have had sev-
eral award winning equestrian drill teams
who traveled around the state to other fairs
and horse shows, but since there were no
local competitions, most Okeechobee folks
never got to see them perform. This year
the county fair has an equestrian drill team
competition.

A new way to report problems
Has anyone tried the new option to
report a problem in the community? http://
fl.newszap.com/okeechobee/seeclickfix.
html You click on the map of Okeechobee
and describe the problem. And, it is sup-
posed to send an email to the appropriate
officials.
This site is used by communities all
over the country. I think it is a good idea
because it is anonymous and so you don't
have the issue of retaliation. And if enough
people hit the "I want this fixed too" but-
ton, then it gets more attention. Also, many
people see something that needs to be fixed
-- like a pothole or a dead animal on the side
of the road -- but don't know who to contact
and don't have the time to research who to
contact. So they can just put a note on the
map.


Rodeo queen
I am glad the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association has decided to have a rodeo
queen. All these years I have seen other
rodeos introduce their rodeo queens and I
always wondered why Okeechobee did not
have a queen of the rodeo. I think this is a
great tradition to start, and it is a lot more
than a beauty contest since the girls must
compete in horsemanship events.
I think it is great they are doing this. I
don't know if they have a lot of entries or
not. But, I'm sure it will be a positive experi-
ence and the start of a great tradition.
I think this is a great idea. I like the way
it will be judged.
I know that they had a rodeo queen
back in the early 70s. I tried out for it. Back
then, if your family didn't have money, you
were overlooked. Hopefully, it will not be
that way now.

FSB lawsuit
Now that the judge has ruled the for-
mer inmates of the Florida School for Boys
cannot sue the state for the abuse they suf-
fered in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It seems
these men are once again the victims of the
system. It's too bad they can't at least pros-
ecute the wardens and guards who were
involved in the abuse, but most of them are
dead now, or very old men.

Teen accused of shooting at vehicle
In the Wednesday Okeechobee News
there is an article about a teenager ac-
cused of shooting at an occupied vehicle. It
seems some kids were going after him and
he went and got a gun and it escalated. It
is very lucky none of these kids were hurt.
It sounds like the kids in the truck went to
Fort Drum looking for a fight. I am wonder-
ing what we can do to curtail the violence.
Even in middle school it seems some of the
kids are always trying to get someone else
to fight them. Any kid who refuses to fight is
bullied and called a freak.

Drug abuse
* If you care about Okeechobee children
and are concerned about drug use, get
involved. The Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition's next meeting will be March 9
at 11:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second
St. in Okeechobee. Lunch will be provided.


Happiness of Easter
It's almost Easter and everyone is getting
ready for another "Spiritual Holiday." Actu-
ally for some it's only a "Ritual Holiday."
Too much worry about what to wear or
what to serve for dinner or who to invite to
enjoy it all with you. All well and good.
On the other hand, Mary and Joseph
didn't worry about all that stuff that day, they
were too busy celebrating the resurrection of
their son. Yep, that's what Easter is all about.
A celebration of our risen Savior. How many
of us can say that we were born to die and
rise again so that others may live because
of it? Confused? Don't be, it's simple. Jesus
was born as a little baby, just as we were. No
one ever really listened to God because they
couldn't 'see' Him. So He sent His Son, look-
ing just like us, only he was born without sin
and we were not. God loves us so much He
gave His only Son to die for our sins, past,


present and future. And Jesus knew He had
to die in order for this to happen and He did
it willingly because He loves us and doesn't
want us to suffer in eternity. Eternity is for-
ever, time on earth is not. You can live in
eternity in God's house or you can share the
devil's labyrinth in a suffering, never-ending
death. Where you spend eternity depends
on you. Either you believe Jesus came and
died for you and accept Him as your Lord
and Savior and follow His commandments
or you can deny Him and go the other way.
I don't have the space to tell you everything,
but if you would read your bible and read
the book of John, he explains it very well,
especially John 3:16.
I wish everyone a Happy Easter and many
blessings, but don't miss out on the greatest
blessing of all-salvation through the blood
of Jesus. Remember, He loves you....and so
do I.
Cheryl Gawda, Okeechobee


Library

program
Dana St. Claire will pres-
ent a program, "The Real
Florida Cracker!" at the
Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library on Saturday,
March 6, at 2 p.m. Being a
Native Floridian, Dana St.
Claire was immersed in the Cracker lifestyle at a young age and became one
of the first Historians to share with others the positive values of the Cracker
Culture such as "self-reliance, self-sufficiency, honesty, and a simple, direct
approach to people and problems" (Dr. James M. Denham, FSC). St. Claire
plans to share Cracker stories and traditions, as well as feature live "whip-
cracking" by renowned Whipmaker and Whipcracker, Gordy Peer, and Blue-
grass music by Harley Arnold and Collette Osborn. The Historical Society
of Okeechobee will provide Cracker style light refreshments following the
program. This program is made possible by the Florida Humanities Council
and is free and open to the public.

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Patchy frost before 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 66. Wind chill values
as low as 29 early. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. North northwest wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
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Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Northeast wind around 5 mph.


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Friday, March 5, 2010





Letter to the editor


Taxes in the Viking
In the past two years, my property taxes
have gone from less than $500 a year to over
$1,100 a year. I have lived here for 10 years
and I am at the point of having to give up my
place and give it back to the county.
I am luckier than most as I have a very
small mortgage and no credit card debt. I
own my 10 year old pick up. I do not have
cable or satellite TV and live as simply as I
possibly can. My cell phone is pay as you go.
When I use my air conditioner, it's set at 80
and my heat is set at 68 and I turn off my
water tank every day. I have always paid my
bills on time however, I have not received a
raise from my job in over 2 years. It takes me
three months to save up enough to cover my
quarterly property taxes.
Two years ago I went to the County Com-
missioner's meeting and asked if they could
help. I, along with many other homeown-
ers in the Viking brought a class action suit
against Coquina Water Management. Both
of the avenues were to no avail.
Every time we have a heavy rain, my prop-
erty floods, and it stays flooded for weeks,
partially due to my neighbor having filled in
his drainage ditches and partially due to the
fact that Coquina's road ditches do not drain
to the canals properly. The County Com-


missioner's answer was, "I have ten acres,
so what if some of it stays under water, live
with it." I went as far as getting the Dept. of
Environmental Protection involved, also to
no avail.
Last month, I spoke to a gentleman by
the name of Russ in your department, as I
was trying to see if putting my property un-
der an agricultural exception would help me
with my taxes. He was extremely helpful but
unfortunately could not see where getting
an ag exception would help me much as he
said I was better off leaving the property un-
der homestead.
I am asking the Okeechobee County Tax-
ing Authorities to step in and help those of
us who are on the verge of giving up. Many
of us have lost our jobs, we cannot sell our
places because of the non-existent housing
market, the prices of fuel, food and elec-
tricity have all gone up, as everyone is well
aware of.
Someone should consider speaking to
Coquina Water Management. I pay them
over $600 a year to hold their water on my
property.
Thank you for your consideration.
Wendy Gray
Okeechobee


Special to the UKeechobee News/OC I

Community Theater presents

"Smoke on the Mountain"
Dennis Sanders (Daniel Womble), part of the 1930s gos-
pel group, the Sanders Family Singers, gets some point-
ers from church pastor, Mervin Oglethorpe (Jim Clark),
before beginning his sermonette. The scene is from the
Okeechobee Community Theatre production of the gos-
pel music comedy, "Smoke on the Mountain," which will
be performed on Friday and Saturday nights, March 5, 6,
12 and 13 at the Freshman Campus Auditorium on S.W.
Second Avenue, just west of Golden Corral Restaurant.
Reserved seat tickets are just $12 each and are on sale
at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be sold
at the door before each performance if seats are still
available. The curtain goes up each night at 8 p.m. If the
performance is not already sold out, the box office will
open each night at 7 p.m.


No child should be forgotten
is being heard
Thank you Treasure Coast and Okeecho-
bee!
We are pleased to introduce our newest
Guardians ad Litem to the Treasure Coast!
The volunteers pictured here heard and are
determined to do something about the plight
of abused and neglected children. This class
of thirty newly certified Guardians ad Litem
will provide a voice in Dependency Court for
sixty Okeechobee County children.
Guardians ad Litem (GALs) focus exclu-
sively on the child. They advocate for things
the law says a child is entitled to, like a
permanent home within a year. GALs con-
duct an independent investigation as to the
child's current situation and make recom-
mendations about what is in a child's best
interests. GALs visit the children regularly to
understand their wishes, needs and explain
the dependency system in a way they can
understand.
The 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad
Litem Program, representing the Treasure
Coast and Okeechobee, still needs volun-
teers. Approximately 300 children are with-
out a volunteer advocate.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Mayor's Proclamation
At the Tuesday, March 2 meeting of the Okeechobee City
Council, Mayor Jim Kirk, center, proclaimed the month
of March to be American Red Cross Month in the city.
Receiving the proclamation were Debbie Riddle, left,
and Julie Shook, right of the local Red Cross chapter.


Financial Services Workshop
On March 10, the Business Development Board of Okeechobee
and Economic Council of Okeechobee are hosting a financial services
workshop. Speakers will include Tom Johnson of RSM MCGladdrey
who will be speaking on Enterprise Zone tax credits, and Vince Lopresti
of the Small Business Administration who will be speaking on SBA loan
programs. Session One will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and will be lim-
ited to financial services professionals only (bankers, accountants and
insurance professionals). Session Two will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for all
interested persons. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration
is required. To register, please contact Brian Cartland at 863-467-6246,
Brian@theOkedc.com, or Tara Minton at 863 4657 0200 executivedirec-
tor@ecookeechobee.com.


If you would like to join the wonderful
citizens featured in this picture, please call
Pattra Dodd at 772-871-7225 or e-mail her at:
Pattra.Dodd@gal.fl.gov for more informa-
tion and an application. You may also visit
the website at www.GuardianadLitem.org.
Volunteer training is free and held month-
ly in the Guardian ad Litem office located in
Port Saint Lucie.


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for new volunteers in the Guardian ad
Litem program were Frank Licata, Hon-
orable Chief Judge Steven Levin, Mar-
lene Burns, Sharalyn Browning.

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Community Events

Fraternal Order of Eagles
plans dinners and events
The Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137,
9985 Hwy 441 North will host a Steak Night
beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March
5. The dinner includes, steak, salad, baked
potato or sweet potato, garlic bread and des-
sert for a donation of $12. Live entertainment
will be provided by Rick and Julie from 7 un-
til 11 p.m. Come out on Saturday, March
6, for the barbecue cook off beginning at 11
a.m. and on Sunday, March 7, the Ladies's
Auxiliary will host their Sunday Breakfast
from 9 until 11 a.m. for a donation of just $5,
come and enjoy your Sunday breakfast with
us and help us to help others.

BHR VFW Post to host
annual Casino Night
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 on Hwy.
78 W will host the upcoming Casino Royale
on Saturday, March 6, from 6 until 10 p.m.
The annual event will include Casino games,
door prizes, grand prize drawing, an auction
and food. All proceeds donated to the Chil-
dren and Families in Need Fund. The event is
produced and directed by VFW Men's Auxil-
iary and VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Business Women's group
host dinner dance
The American Business Women's As-
sociation (ABWA) Women of Tomorrow
Chapter has scheduled their "Third Annual
Oldies Dinner Dance" for Saturday, March
6, 7 to 11 p.m. at the KOA Convention Cen-
ter. This year's musical entertainment will
be provided by the "Nightlife" band. Dinner
dance tickets are $25 per person or $200 for
a table of 8. Businesses wishing to purchase
a table will be recognized as Event Spon-
sors in future media as well as at the event.
Mark you calendars and plan to attend this
great party! Tickets are available by calling
Marilyn Rinear at 863-697-1807 or Kathleen
Shatto at 863-467-4663. Proceeds benefit
the enhancement & education of women
in business and local scholarships for future
businesswomen.

St. Patrick's Festival
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 700
S.W Sixth, St., will have their annual St. Pat-
rick's Festival on Saturday, March 6. Begin-
ning at 11:30 a.m. Corned beef and cabbage
will be served for $6. At 2 p.m. live multi-
cultural entrainment will begin featuring the
Rondeau School of Irish Dancer, Bolivian
Dancers, Okeechobee Steelers Band, Mexi-
can entertainers and martial arts exhibition.
There will be a variety of booths featuring
a bake sale, miscellaneous crafts, liquid re-
freshments and Mexican food.

Church Yard Sale
The youth group of First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., will have a yard sale on
March 6 beginning at 7 a.m. to help pay for
their mission trip to Kosovo.


Barbecue Cook Off planned Shrine Club to host


Show off your "Grill Skill" at the upcom-
ing March 6, Barbecue Cook off! This event
is for amateurs only with first prize set at
$800, second place is $500 and third prize
is $300. The event will be held at the Frater-
nal Order of Eagles, 4137, 9985 Hwy. 441 N.
Judges will be from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office. Call 863-697-2443 or 863-
634-3958 for applications. Fraternal Order of
Eagles event organizers are not permitted to
participate in the event. Twenty entries are
required to hold the event or it will be can-
celled and fees will be returned.


Spaghetti Dinner Night
Okeechobee Shrine Club will host their
weekly Spaghetti Dinner Night on Tuesday,
March 9, from 4 until 7 p.m. For a donation
of just $5, you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner
with all the fixings, including salad, roll and
spaghetti with meat sauce. Music will begin
at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Come to 1855 S.W 53rd
St. (Hwy. 78 W) and enjoy a bit of Italy...for
dinner! Call 863-763-3378.HIV/AIDS


Obituaries


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

Evelyn Recenello, 83
OKEECHOBEE Evelyn Recenello, age 83,
passed away at home on Tuesday, Feb. 23,
2010, in Okeecho-
bee.
She was born on
March 2, 1927, in
New Jersey. She is
survived by six
daughters and two
sons. She was pre- ,
ceded in death by a
daughter, Kathryn
Barnett who passed
away on Dec. 29,
2003.
A memorial service
will be at a later date.
May God free mom from all her cares, and
give her happiness and peace.

Lavon M. Whitaker, 89
OKEECHOBEE Lavon M. Whitaker, age 89,
of (i1.,, i ,, passed away March 3, 2010, in
Born April 16, 1920, in Bainbridge, Ind., to Er-
nest and Nora Michaels she was a homemaker
of the Christian faith.
Mrs. Whitaker is survived by her children, San-
dra and Angelo Pirre of Okeechobee, Tom and
Carol Whitaker of
Hallandale, Tim and
Gayle Whitaker of
Miramar, Michael
and Linda Whitaker
of Leesburg; nine
grandchildren; nine
great-grandchildren;
two great-great-
grandchildren; and
sister, Ilene Lam-
pher.
Visitation will be
noon un-
til service time at 2 p.m. Sunday, March
7, 2010, at Bass (',i. .. . i .1. Funeral Home.
Friends may sign the '...-, il.....i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
Arrangements by Bass ('i., .. i... I' Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.


Mildred Elberta Jones, 90
OKEECHOBEE Mildred Elberta Jones, age
90, of Okeechobee passed away March 4, 2010
in Okeechobee. Born April 9, 1919 she was a
homemaker having come to Okeechobee in
1947 from Wauchula. She was a charter mem-
ber of the Church of
Our Savior, Episco-
pal. She was a 50
year member of
Eastern Star.
Mrs. Jones is sur-
vived by her hus-

ter, Toni (Bill) Wier-
sma; son, Donald
(Judy) Jones, all of
(i4., ,- ,,, and
grandchil-
dren, Helen Wiersma, Jo Anna Wier-
sma, Kendra Jones, and Nick Jones.
Visitation will be 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sunday,
March 7, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday, March
8, at Church of Our Savior with Father Edward
Weiss officiating. Interment will follow at Ever-
green Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
(i i., 1...- Educational Foundation Scholar-
ship, 700 SW 2nd Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974.
Friends may sign the -... i..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
Arrangements by Bass (i. i, ...Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.


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Smoke on the Moutain
Vera Sanders (Joy Tuscani) performs, "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood,"
and presents her hilarious testimony, as part of the Okeechobee Community
Theatre production of, "Smoke on the Mountain." Despite the comedy, the
salvation message gets through. The play will be presented Friday and Sat-
urday in the Okeechobee Freshman campus auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets are
available at the Chamber of Commerce office or at the door.


Scholarships available


for low income students


The fall application period for low-
income K-12 scholarships in Florida will
begin Monday, March 8.
The program, known as Step Up For
Students and authorized under a state
law called Florida Tax Credit Scholarships,
provides annual scholarships worth up to
$3,950 that can be used at more than 1,160
K-12 private schools statewide. To qualify,
new applicants must meet the household
income guidelines for the federal school
lunch program. For a family of four, that
income limit for the 2010-11 school year
is $40,793. Students must also be entering


either kindergarten or first grade or have at-
tended a public school this year.
Beginning Monday, applications will
be available online at http://www.stepup-
forstudents.org and a toll-free hotline, 877-
735-SUFS, will be available for assistance.
The program was created in 2001 by the
Florida Legislature to provide education
options for economically disadvantaged
children. The scholarships are financed by
corporations that receive a dollar for dol-
lar tax credit for contributions up to a total
statewide of $118-million. Currently, the
program serves about 27,600 students.


'Pennies saved' help youth program


Riverside Bank believes a solid fam-
ily atmosphere is the foundation to build-
ing hope and shaping character in today's
youth. In support of such an essential facet
of life Riverside Bank donated $500 to an
All Star cast.... "The Strength Team." The
Strength Team's motto is "A Bridge to Fami-
lies, the Community and the World." The
Strength Team's heart is to serve the local
church. The Strength Team is a group of
professional athletes who are ministers with
the specific gift of evangelism. The Team has
grown numerically and in spiritual maturity
with fifteen members, three of which are Se-
nior Pastors that provide spiritual leadership.
With our distinctive blend of evangelists
and pastors The Strength Team is equipped
to serve your churches) to reach the lost in


your community. The ministers come from
various athletic backgrounds such as college
football; professional football; body build-
ing, power lifting even professional bull rid-
ing! The team members perform the most
intriguing and exciting program that is sure
to draw the communities' attention. The
"Feats of Strength" are merely the "tool" that
gives the Strength Team a platform to share
a life changing message to all ages.
The $500 donation is possible because
of Riverside Bank's coin counting machines.
Each time someone pours coins into the
self-serve machines, five cents of every dol-
lar converted is donated to local non-profit
organizations. "Every penny, nickel and
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by Nena Bolan
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The wildlife, sub-tropical landscapes and
diverse culture of Glades County has a pro-
found impact on artists, and moves them to
create beautiful work. The easiest way to get
a look at their art is to attend festivals and art
shows held during the winter months.
The Glades County Public Library in
Moore Haven recently held a Mixed Media
Art Show, Feb. 13. Exhibitors from Glades
County included Arwana Schoemer, wa-
tercolor paintings; Barbara Brown, acrylic
paintings; Sandra Lundy, oil paintings; Larry
Frogge, photography; Frances Cooksey Bry-
ant, beadwork; and Aaron Sigers, oil paint-
ings.
Lee County artist, Maxine Fream-Gash
displayed her oil and porcelain paintings.
Exhibitors from Hendry County included
Sue Corbin, oil paintings; Teresa Hamil,
photography; Delores Duncan, oil paint-
ings; Eleanor Walborn Schlager, acrylic and
oil paintings; Bill Heflin, wood projects; and
Mary Nelle Corbin Thomas, oil paintings.
Lakeport's quilt club had a show and
raffle, Jan. 9 and Jan. 18, at the Sour Or-
ange Festival. About 45 large, small and mini
quilts were on display. The intricate sewing
creations are a popular exhibit that is set up
annually at the festival. The Sour Orange Fes-


tival also has art and photography vendors.
Brad Phares, rancher and Cracker Cow-
boy artist, set up a booth at the Brighton
Field Day Festival, Feb. 18-21. His oil paint-
ings focus on the ranching and cow hunter
history of central and southwest Florida. Mr.
Phares lives in northeast Glades County near
the Okeechobee County line. Some of his
artwork can also be seen at Deriso Hall at
the University of Florida.
Bradley J. Cooley and son, Bradley Owen
Cooley, are known for their commissioned
monuments and life-size bronze sculptures.
They live in the Tallahassee area and have
recently completed work for the Seminole
Tribe of Florida's Veterans Building in Brigh-
ton. Their work at the Brighton building fea-
tures life-size statues of United States military
figures. The Cooleys displayed a great variety
of their sculptures at the Brighton Field Day
Festival. Bradley Owen Cooley demonstrated
his skill to spectators by working on a mod-
el of Brittany Smith, Miss Florida Seminole
2009-2010.
Artist Guy LaBree, Arcadia, celebrates the
life and mythology of the Seminole Indian
in his artwork. His oil paintings have been
on display at the Ringling Museum of Art in
Sarasota and at the National Museum of the
American Indian in Washington, D.C. His
work can currently be seen at the Ah-ta-thi-


ki Museum in the Big Cypress Reservation.
On Feb. 18-21, his creations were on display
at the Brighton Field Day Festival.
Art, craft and photos of bird life can be
seen at the Big "0" Birding Festival on March


25-28. This is a Glades/Hendry County coop-
erative event by the southwest bank of Lake
Okeechobee. For more information go tc
www.bigobirdingfestival.com.
Nena Bolan can be reached at nenabolan@
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Okeechobee County courthouse renovations continue

By Pete Gawda floor wing of the
Okeechobee News building. Accord-
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Okeechobee County Courthouse, will soon
be restored to its original luster.
One of the major features of the renova-
tion is the restoration of the central breeze-
way which originally ran north and south
through the center of the first floor. For air
conditioning purposes, it will be enclosed
with glass at each end. The clerk's office
and the tax collector's office opened off that
breezeway which was lined with benches.
The ledger of the contractor who built
the courthouse, now in the possession of
his grandson, Judge William Hendry, has an
interesting entry of materials from Decatur
Cornice and Roofing, Co, Albany, Ala. for
"Material for dome support." The original
plans called for a dome. However that fea-
ture was eliminated to save money.
As part of the restoration process as
many of the original furnishings as possible,
such as doors, signs and the vault doors to
the clerk's office, will be reused. The main
courtroom on the second floor is being
equipped as the meeting room for the coun-
ty commission.
Originally there was a circular drive from
the street to the main entrance. About 1957
that drive was eliminated.
About 1970 an addition was put on either
end of the back side of the east-west ground


new additions
caused quite a
controversy. One
group, in order
to save money,
proposed using
a tin roof for the
additions. An-
other group, at
whatever cost,
wanted to match
the original Span-
ish title. The latter Original fixtures such
group won out. as this door and sign
In the mid will used as much as
1980s a second possible in the resto-
set of additions ration of the Okeecho-




toration process.
The renovation should be complete and
the building open for business at around the
end of March. In spite of construction de-
lays, the project is still currently scheduled
to finish under budget.
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This set of vault doors, once used to gain entrance to the clerk's office in the
Okeechobee County Courthouse will be restored to use during the courthouse
renovation process.


Summer Activity Guide invites programs


The Shared Services Network (SSN) will
release the 2010 Summer Activity Guide in
early May to every student in the Okeecho-
bee County School System. Their hope is
that this guide will assist parents in finding
activities to keep children safe, supervised
and active this summer.


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call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000 ext. 257,
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"It feels like 100 years," was the reply of
Victoria Jones when asked what it is like to
celebrate a 100th birthday. She credits her
long life to the Florida climate. Mrs. Jones
moved to Florida 50 years ago for her health.
Up until about two months ago, she lived by
herself in Taylor Creek Isles. Now, she is a
resident of a nursing home.
Mrs. Jones was surrounded by family
members and long time family friends who
gathered at the Golden Corral restaurant on
Tuesday, March 2 for the special occasion.
Joining Mrs. Jones were her three sons
and their spouses: Ted and Barb from Park-
ersburg, WVa, Larry and Mary from Parma,
Ohio and Richard and Geri of Okeechobee.
Her daughter Helen Kasler of Athens, Ohio
was not present but was expected later in
the week. Another son, Frank Lee, a Korean
War veteran, passed away at the age of 51.
Also present was grandson Ric Jones and
his wife, Michelle from Fairfax, Va., who or-
ganized the party, and numerous other rela-
tives and long time family friends.
Richard presented his mother with
birthday cards from friends and family. She
seemed to get special amusement from his
card which he insisted she read first. The
outside of the card read: "It ain't over 'till the
fat lady sings." When she opened the card,
sure enough, the fat lady sang. It was a musi-
cal card.
To show her mental alertness Mrs. Jones
recited a humorous poem, "Farmer Jones,"
that she memorized 90 years ago.
"That's some cake isn't it," she said as
she viewed her birthday cake. Instead of
using 100 candles, the cake had sparklers
shaped into the number "100."
Mrs. Jones works crossword puzzles ev-
ery day. She and Richard work puzzles to-
gether over the telephone. For this special
occasion the family created a unique cross-
word puzzle with events from her life. On
display was a photocopy of her autobiogra-
phy, handwritten in 1977.
The room was decorated with family
photographs and an oil portrait of Mrs. Jones
and her late husband. Richard had the paint-
ing made from a small photograph while he
was serving in Vietnam.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The Jones boys, left to right, Ted,
Richard and Larry joined with other
family members and friends to help
their mother, Victoria Virginia Jones,
seated, celebrate her 100th birthday
on March 2.
Victoria Virginia (Winters) Jones was
born March 2, 1910 in Letart Township,
Meigs County, Ohio. She graduated from
Ohio University with a teaching degree and
taught in Ohio schools for over 20 years. In
1931 she married Frank Jones who was a
mailman in the Athens, Ohio area.
Teaching seems to run in the family. Mrs.
Jones has one son who was a teacher for
10 years as well as two granddaughters and
two great granddaughters who are teach-
ers. Great granddaughter Jessica Jones, who
was at the party, also wants to be a teacher.
William Howard Taft was president when
Mrs. Jones was born. His great grandson,
Bob Taft, is now governor of Ohio. Gover-
nor Taft sent Mrs. Jones a letter of congratu-
lations. Among other things, the governor
commended her for her service in teaching
in Ohio's schools.
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www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Traveling Memory Flag Field honors

children lost to abuse in Florida


CASTLE is honoring the memory of the
children who have lost their lives last year,
in the State of Florida, as a result of abuse
and neglect. 198 white flags, each bearing
the name of one of the precious lives lost,
has traveled throughout the Treasure Coast
and is now located at the CASTLE main of-
fice on Midway Road.
This traveling Memory Flag Field is a
stark reminder to all who see it, that child
abuse is a very real problem within our own


neighborhoods that cannot be ignored. We
must work together to eliminate this hor-
rendous tragedy that affects the most inno-
cent-our children. The field will be set up
in Flagler Park in Okeechobee next week.
A dedication ceremony to pay respect to
those precious children who paid the ulti-
mate price for child abuse with the loss of
their lives, will be held on Tuesday, March
9, at 5:30 p.m. in Flagler Park in Okeecho-
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YMCA update highlights Community Collaborative meeting


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Presentations about the progress YMCA
has made in Okeechobee and on the Big
Brothers and Big Sisters Program highlighted
the agenda when the Okeechobee Commu-
nity Collaborative Council met Tuesday.
Melodee Daniello of Big Brothers and Big
Sisters explained the program in Okeechobee
County. It focuses on reading and mentoring.
The program is currently in Everglades, North
and Seminole Elementary.
They are constantly in need of mentors.
Mentor Cathleen Blair was involved for
two years. She assisted a kindergarten stu-
dent in Seminole Elementary for one year,
and a retained first grader for another year.
She said it was very exciting.
"It really is a nice time to be able to get to
know a little child that is struggling. They look
forward to you coming," she said.
Ms. Daniello said the mentoring is just as
important as the reading. She explained these
are kids that don't get the one-on-one time
with their father or mother and the mentor
makes them feel special.
Pam Harwas, another mentor, recalled her
experience with a young girl. She explained
that at the beginning of the year her student
wouldn't tell her name or look at her. At mid
year, she blossomed, talked and became
much more involved. "This program is very
important. I saw a little girl change. She had
the confidence to tell me come look at what I
did. It's a great program," she said.


Ms. Daniello said anyone who can vol-
unteer time or knows of someone who can
dedicate some time, would be welcome to
join Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
"This is away to catch children that might
slip through the cracks of other programs,"
she added. She noted mentors often get more
out of the program than the student.
Brandon Tucker, the Vice Chairman of the
Board of the YMCA of the Treasure Coast and
a member of the steering committee that has
attempted to bring a YMCA to Okeechobee
gave an update on progress that has been
made with that project.
He said Christian principals are put into
practice at the YMCA to create healthy minds
and body.
Tucker was raised in Okeechobee, and
graduated from Okeechobee High School
in 1983. He has lived in Palm City since he
graduated from Florida State University and
became involved in the YMCA in Stuart. He
said the YMCA in Indiantown has 800 mem-
bers. He said that fact proved to him that
Okeechobee can support a YMCA.
Mr. Tucker said most of the problems for
Okeechobee youth remain the same since
he was a teen. Teenage pregnancy and other
issues with young people has not changed
in the past 15 years, he explained. "What I
like and see about the YMCA is we have a
full gymnasium, swimming pool, and all the
programs, pre school, for all ages," he con-
tinued.
He said the entire family can attend a
YMCA program which makes it very conve-
nient.


In a YMCA survey with 180 people in
Okeechobee, 97 percent would like to see a
YMCA in Okeechobee. Eighty seven percent
would be a volunteer, 42 percent would do-
nate, and 83 percent want to keep informed
of the progress that has been made, the study
showed.
In the last two years, a lot of background
work has been done. YMCA National Officials
interviewed members of the community to
get their perspective on what is needed in the
community. A feasibility study is also in the
works. The study costs about $18,000 to con-
duct. That will tell the committee what kind
of facility to build, the size of the gym, the
pool, and even the size of classrooms. The
study should be completed in about 60 days.
The YMCA will also implement a summer
camp program this summer. The Okeecho-
bee Christian Academy could potentially be
used as the location. The committee also
hopes to raise $20,000 to provide scholar-
ships for children that want to attend the
summer camp. The nine-week camp costs
$100 per week.
A YMCA fun day has been scheduled for
next month, Saturday, March 27, to help raise
funds for the effort.
The YMCA has also discussed a lease
agreement with Okeechobee County to build
the YMCA at the Sports Complex. The pool at
the complex could be used for some YMCA
programs.
A YMCA project would cost up to $5 mil-
lion. It would be built in phases.
"I'm a person of faith. I believe it is God's
will for Okeechobee to have a YMCA. I know


that he can accomplish that," he said. "There
is a lot of energy in the community and peo-
ple are excited about this project," he added.
For more information on the YMCA call
Brandon at 863-763-4010.
In other business, the Shared Services Net-
work is in the process of building the sum-
mer activity guide for children. Information
can be forwarded to Sharon Vinson by the
end of March to be printed in the guide. 9,000
copies are printed and are given to each child
in the Okeechobee School system.
The third annual Health and Safety Expo
had over 2,000 people and over 115 vendors
attend the event this year.
Ms. Vinson also emphasized the impor-
tance of the 2010 census. Communities in
Schools intends to hold skate board camps
again this summer. A Sheriff's Youth Camp
for different age groups is also in the works.
The Department of Juvenile Justice
Okeechobee committee has worked on a
strategic plan to address issues that impact
the youth in the community. The committee's
next meeting is March 17, at Beef O'Brady's
Restaurant at noon.
The Children Services Council recently do-
nated $120,000 to fund Okeechobee summer
camps and programs.
The Chobee Steelers, a steel drum band
comprised of local children, recently com-
peted in Jacksonville and earned first place in
their division. About 1,000 kids attended the
event.
Theresa Alexander was recently named
the new Executive Director of Martha's
House.


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PILLS
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plying Kentucky and West Virginia with pre-
scription pills.
"They can come out of here (Florida)
with 10,000 pills. Around here they (oxy-
codone pills) are going for around $15 each.
The street price in Kentucky is $40 a pill,"
said the task force detective.
According to the detective, people from
Kentucky and West Virginia will spend sev-
eral days in Florida hitting pill mills from the
Keys to Palm Beach. While the detective said
he's aware of this pipeline, it does not fall
under his jurisdiction.
State statistics show that nearly all of the


HEALTH
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The number of teen pregnancies in the
county is staggering. A task force made up
of representatives of many different orga-
nizations is working on this problem. Mr.
Kruppa sees a glimmer of hope in the fact
that repeat teen pregnancies are very low.
He said that with repeat pregnancies there
is a greater chance for health problems with
the child and as well as the mother.
School board member Kelly Owens is
working on an alcohol prevention program
in the schools.
Mr. Kruppa wants to send a positive mes-
sage to teens, not a message of "Don't do
this."
"We've got to connect with the kids,' he
asserted.
He is encouraged that a local student is
on the state advisory board for SWAT (Stu-
dents Working Against Tobacco).
Mr. Kruppa sees a strong community ef-
fort to improve conditions. He pointed to the
recent health and safety expo with 100 ven-
dors and 2,000 visitors.
He said that in the next 12 months there
will be a community health needs assess-
ment that will prioritize health needs.
Access to health care is a big issue be-
cause of the large number of uninsured
people. Therefore, preventative measures
are very important. The health department
struggles to use its limited resources to bal-
ance the level of care with the number of
people served.


top 50 prescribers of oxycodone in the U.S.
are located in Florida, and South Florida pill
mills are the top prescribers of illegal pre-
scription drugs.
While the task force detective is a sea-
soned investigator, he's very wary of these
clinics-especially the American Pain Clin-
ic.
"I was just there in January," said the de-
tective.
In an earlier interview on these clinics,
the detective was not shy in talking about
being concerned for his safety when he goes
in them.
"When I walk into one of these centers I
make sure my badge is exposed and my gun
is showing because I'm nervous. I normally
don't go around armed, but these lobbies


"It's a balancing act." Mr. Kruppa said.
The goal of the health department is to give
the best care to the greatest number of peo-
ple.
In a recent report of county health rank-
ings, overall scores for the county were not
too good as compared to Florida's other 66
counties. Okeechobee ranks 56 in health
outcomes and 66 in health factors. Health
outcomes deal with length of life and quality
of life. Health factors include health behav-
iors such as tobacco use, diet and exercise
alcohol use and unsafe sex.
"This isn't a health department report,"
said Mr. Kruppa. "It's a county ranking. The
health department, by itself cannot affect the
necessary changes."
"We want our number to be as high as
possible," he said. However, Mr. Kruppa
went on to say that the goal of the report
is to create awareness of the problems and
create interest in solving them.
One of the ways Mr. Kruppa interacts
with other organizations is to attend county
commission meetings to see what is going
on in the community. From those meetings
he learns the goals and problems of other
organizations and how the health depart-
ment can better serve the community.
The county health rankings do show
that Okeechobee ranks 18 out of Florida's
67 counties for physical environment. Mr.
Kruppa said most people agree we live in
a beautiful community. He said it is a great
place for fun, healthy outdoor activities for
children.


spook me," he said. "I see people 18 to 25
years of age that are ready to slit my throat
to get my wallet."
He went on to say that "patients" show
up at a pain clinic three to five in a car and
they will have appointments at different clin-
ics all day.
The number of drug overdose deaths in
Florida went up 77 percent from 2003 to
2008. Locally, at least seven people died of
prescription drug overdoses last year, said
the task force detective.
Taking part in Wednesday's raid were
agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal
Revenue Service and law enforcement per-
sonnel from the sheriff's offices in Broward
and Palm Beach counties.


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March for Babies tomorrow


Saturday, March 6, Okeechobee residents
will put on their marching shoes in support
of the March of Dimes' mission to improve
the health of babies by preventing birth de-
fects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
The March of Dimes carries out this mission
through programs of research, community
services, education and advocacy to save
babies' lives. With community support, the
March of Dimes can continue to fund re-
search and programs to help all babies.
As always, March for Babies begins and
ends in Flagler Park #4. The Schedule is as
follows:
7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will
be available, sponsored by the Law Office of
William J. Wallace.
7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Late registration and
late money turn in.
7:30 a.m. 8:15 a.m. Team pictures to be
taken by Sandra Pearce Photography.
8:15 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Warm-up exercises.
8:30 a.m. March for Babies begins at 10
a.m. Awards ceremony. Also, Cowboys'
BBQ and Steak Restaurant is sponsoring
lunch for all walkers.
Awards will be given out include the fol-
lowing: Top Fundraising Individual, Favorite
Team T-shirts, Favorite Spirit Station, First To
Finish, Outstanding New Team, Team with
the Most Walkers at March for Babies, and
Top Ten (10) Fundraising Teams.
The walk is a bit less than 4 miles, so
even novice walkers will be able to partici-
pate. There will be "Spirit Stations" along the
way, at which walkers can get refreshments,
such as water, juice, fruit, and candy. Spirit
Station Sponsors include Bank of America,
Publix SuperMarket, and Wemmer Family
Orthodontics.
The following teams are registered for
March for Babies 2010: Bank of America,


Central Elementary, Everglades Elementary,
Fadley Law Office, Gilbert Chevrolet, Healthy
Start Coalition, Law Office of Cassels & Mc-
Call, New Endeavor High School, North El-
ementary, Okeechobee Board of Realtors,
Okeechobee Food Services, Okeechobee
Freshman Campus Key Club, Okeechobee
School District, Okeechobee High School
Beta Club, Okeechobee Workforce Solu-
tions, OJOCC, Osceola Middle School, Peach
Lutheran Youth Group, PNC Bank, Publix
SuperMarkets, Regions Bank, Riverside Na-
tional Bank, Seacoast National Bank, Semi-
nole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Elementary,
South Elementary, Stepping Stones Acad-
emy, Walpole, Inc., Wemmer Family Ortho-
dontics, and Yearling Middle School.
Premier Sponsors for March for Babies
'10 are Publix SuperMarkets, Seacoast Na-
tional Bank, and the Seminole Tribe of Flori-
da. Remaining sponsors are: Cowboys BBQ
and Steak Restaurant, Florida Floors & More,
Law Office of William J. Wallace, Law Office
of Cassels & McCall, Law Office of Glenn J.
Sneider, Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant,
Okeechobee The Magazine, Walpole, Inc.,
Wemmer Family Orthodontics, and Wom-
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Come out on Saturday to walk, to cheer
on a favorite team, to congratulate award
winners, or to just join in the fun. What bet-
ter gift is there to give than that of a healthy,
full-term birth? You can make it happen by
participating in March for Babies 2010. In-
dividuals, as well as teams, can still sign up
and participate. Just show up at the walk
tomorrow and go to the registration table.
Each participant is asked to raise a minimum
of $25. For more information about joining
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Okeechobee for another two years, thanks
to action taken by the Okeechobee City
Council Tuesday night, March 2.
The council voted to approve a two-year
contract with Mr. Whitehall beginning June
1. The new contract does not contain a spe-
cific salary but states that the salary will be
based on the applicable base step level of
the city employees' salary plan.
It was also time for the annual evaluation
of the city administrator and the city attor-
ney by the council. Mr. Whitehall received a
4.875 out of a possible 5 points. He said he
appreciated the vote of confidence from the
council. City attorney John Cook received
a score of 3.45 with 3.0 being average. Mr.
Cook advised councilmen that if they had
any problems with him they could approach


him any time during the year. They did not
have to wait until evaluation time.
The council heard some good news from
their insurance provider. Andy Cooper, vice
president of World Risk Management, told
councilman that there would be no increase
in premiums when the policy is renewed on
April 1.
The council granted two temporary street
closings requested by the chamber of com-
merce. For the Labor Day Festival Second,
Third, Fourth and Fifth Avenues in Flagler
Park will be closed from 7 a.m. on Sept.
3 until 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 6. Those same
streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
on Dec. 11 for the Christmas Parade.
In other action, Mayor James Kirk pro-
claimed the month of March to be American
Red Cross month in the city.
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www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


HIV/AIDS Awareness Prayer Vigil planned


There will be a HIV/AIDS Awareness
Prayer Vigil on Tuesday, March 9, down-
town in the park at 7 p.m.


pastors, ministers, and laymen to come to-
gether to offer prayer and support for those


This serves as an opportunity for all who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.


March 5, 2010


Okeechobee News




Okeechobee News March 5, 2010


Records shattered in LOST endurance race


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A member of the U.S. National 24-hour
team set a new record in the fourth annual
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail 118-mile en-
durance run Saturday and Sunday.
Jamie Donaldson, 34, a teacher in Little-
ton, Colo., ran the course in 18 hours and 36
minutes, to easily win the women's division.
That time shattered the former record set in
2009 by Garth Peterson, 46, of Georgia, who
covered the course in 21 hours 52 minutes.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School had to play
without top singles player Heather Lanning
Tuesday in their match with Sebring and as a
result fell 4-3 to the Lady Blue Streaks.
Samantha Rivero was once again solid
as a rock as she swept past her opponent
Kelsie Johnson 6-0 and 6-0. She also teamed
with Katherine Ragamat in doubles to defeat
Johnson and Kaley Walter 8-6.
"Samantha showed her potential to be a
leader in the years to come with wins at #1
singles and doubles," Coach Amanda Van
Camp said.

Softball team

finishes third in

Caloosa tourney

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee learned a tough lesson last
weekend as they finished third in a tourna-
ment that featured tough opponents from
Broward and Palm Beach County. After a big
win over Jensen Beach, Okeechobee might
have come in a bit over confident as they
lost to American Heritage Delray, 5-3.
Coach Kim Hargraves said it was an un-
fortunate loss as the girls didn't have the fire
they showed the night before against Jens-
en. "Some losses you must take a lesson
from and if they do then it's okay."
Okeechobee also defeated Royal Palm
Beach 1-0 and Boca Raton 5-1. Hargraves
said the girls did much better in those games
and that third place was not a bad showing.
Still the loss to Delray Beach did have an
impact on her, "We sat back and thought we
could come back and win. It was a bit of a
learning experience for them."
Hargraves scheduled a number of tourna-
ments this year. They will play top teams like
Gulliver Prep, Ida Baker and defending state
champion Palmetto in one tournament and
Sanford and Countryside in a tournament in
two weeks at Sebastian River.
They also intend to play in the prestigious
Kissimmee Tournament in April.


The men's division was won by Chris Pe-
tit, 37, of Cummings, Ga. His time was 19
hours and 10 minutes.
The race had 28 runners from 14 states
and Canada compete this year. 15 runners,
a record high, were able to finish the gruel-
ing race.
The top 10 included Rob Gryfe, 43, of
Toronto, in third, Claude Hicks, 49, of Fort
Worth, Texas, in fourth, Bob Oberkehr, 55,
of New Jersey in fifth, and Joe Ninke, 40, of
Sebastian, in sixth.


In other matches Katie Walker lost to
Kaley Walter 6-2, and 6-2. Ragamat lost to
Shana Bassett 6-3, and 6-3. Jenna Rath lost
to Joy Donglasan 6-4 and 6-4.
Vanessa Watt of Okeechobee won her
singles match 7-5, 4-6, and 12-10 over Lau-
ren Taylor in a battle that exhausted both
players.
"Vanessa had an impressive varsity ten-
nis debut. She stayed calm and didn't let the
wind get to her," Van Camp added.
The team of Walker and Rath lost in the
number 2 doubles match to Bassett and
Donglasan 8-5.
The two teams meet again in Okeecho-
bee on Thursday, March 18.


Rounding out the top 10 were Shane
Sampson, 46, of Ohio, Monica Scholz, 42, of
Ontario, Michael Whelan of California, and
John Turner, 51, of Ontario.
Organizers said the race is gaining in no-
toriety around the globe. They expect the
number of runners to increase next year.


Special to INI
Jamie Donaldson (left) and LOST Race
Director Scott Maxwell.


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of the
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ANNUAL MEETING

March 27, 2010

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March 5, 2010







OHS boys baseball team gets bats off the shelf


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brice Buckner tossed three shutout in-
nings for the Brahman's Tuesday.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brice Buckner pitched three solid innings
and went 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI
double to lead Okeechobee High School's
baseball team to a 7-1 win over Fort Pierce
Westwood in a District 14-4A game Wednes-
day night.
The game was postponed Tuesday due to
the weather but conditions were only slight-
ly better on Wednesday with temperatures
dipping into the upper 40s during the game.
Okeechobee's bats had their most pro-
ductive game of the season as they knocked
around Westwood starter Kardell Hamilton,
knocking him out in the fifth inning.
"Eight of our nine hitters had hits tonight
and we came out swinging the bat," Brah-
man Coach Dylan Tedders said, "We hit the
ball hard and drove the ball into the gap for
doubles and triples."
Tedders was also pleased with his pitch-
ers. Brice Buckner kept the Panthers off the
board for three innings, Austin Hamilton al-
lowed one run in three innings and Noah
Wilcox pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
Okeechobee jumped out to a 2-0 lead in
the first as Mark Weir reached after the Pan-
ther catcher couldn't handle a third strike.
Brice Buckner drilled a double to left to plate
Weir. He scored on a bloop single by Derrius
Bauer.
Okeechobee added single runs in the sec-
ond and third, and then broke it open with a
three run fifth. Key hits included a single by


Bauer, an RBI double by Richard Donegan,
and an RBI triple by Cameron Tewksbury.
Donegan said it felt good to get the bats
going, "We hope to keep it going through
the district games. Everyone is doing their
jobs. We want to win districts and host the
regional again."
Donegan admitted the cold weather has
been tough on the hitters. He said the key
is to stay warm and stay loose. Donegan
also has impressed with his work ethic and
hustle.
"You got to hustle. There are a lot of play-
ers out here trying to find a spot. You never
know when you'll be put in or taken out,"
he added.
Tedders said he has also been impressed
with his young pitchers and says he is get-
ting more confidence in them. "We knew
Austin could come in and get outs. Noah
has come in and been a pleasant surprise. I
didn't know he was ready. He's getting bet-
ter everyday. I'm very happy with the sopho-
more class."
Tedders also has the team work on bunt
plays. He said if the team is not hitting, they'll
have to bunt more and put the pressure on
the defense.
That is our recipe, put the ball in play and
make things happen. We didn't get out of
the gate great tonight but we turned it on the
second and third time through the order," he
added.
Aaron Suarez added a double for
Okeechobee who had 10 hits as a team.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Mark Weir (left) leads off first as West-
wood's Rob Bourne holds him on.

Okeechobee travels to Suncoast on Sat-
urday for a double header. The Brahmans
next home game is Saturday, March 13, at 1
p.m. against Boynton Beach. They will hold
their annual barbecue contest and fund rais-
er that day at Brahman field.

Fishing tourney set
A Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ment will be held on March 28. The $80
cash entry fee for each tournament in the
series includes the Big Fish Pot and the
Classic Fund, with a 70 percent payback.
For information, call 863-634-3790 or 863-
634-9889.


Boys tennis loses to Sebring
By Charles M. Murphy 6-4. Chris Wegmann lost to Andrew Midence
Okeechobee News 6-2 and 6-3.
Okeechobee High School's boys tennis Okeechobee's only win came in doubles
team ran up against a talented and experi- as Hudoff and Willard defeated Miller and
enced Sebring Blue Streak team Tuesday Komisar 8-6.
when they took the 50 mile trip to Highlands Fowler and Norman lost the other dou-
County. bles match 10-8 to Reed and Andrew Kieth.
The Blue Streak won all but one match in Despite the results Coach Van Camp said
a 6-1 win on their home courts. he saw some improvement, "Our singles
"Our non district schedule is very tough," play is improved. The kids are getting valu-
Tennis Coach Bryan Van Camp said, "We able experience for our district matches later
ran into a very talented and experienced this year."
Sebring team." Van Camp was very pleased with the
Zach Fowler lost to Mike Reed in straight doubles results. He stated that Willard and
sets 6-2, and 6-0. Jonathan Hudoff also lost Hudoff remain unbeaten this year.
to Kyle Komisar 6-2, and 6-1. Austin Willard The tennis teams hosted Lincoln Park
was defeated by Nikhil Raghuueera 6-1, and on Thursday. They travel to Fort Pierce on
6-0. Max Norman lost to Brian Miller 6-0 and Thursday, March 11.

Okeechobee Golf & Country Club


Gold Tee Winners
First place G. Goudy
Second place tie G. Guydosh, C. Hen-
dren, H. White.

PI.G.S.
First place Harry White
Second place George Guydosh
Last place Jerry Dupree.


Closest to the Pins
Jerry Dupree (2)
George Guydosh (2)

PI.G.S.
First place George Earl Goudy
Second place- Bo
Last place- Max Sherry.

Closest to the Pins
Kenny Curran (2), Jim, George Earl
Goudy.


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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on MARCH 22,
2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Flori-
da Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing
and storage charges. Year, make,
model and VIN are as follows.
2003 Saturn L300
VIN #1G8JW54R13Y565589
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL' NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADE' Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
347972 ON 03/05/10


CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforce-
ment Board will be meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.,
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invit-
ed and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving he matters no-
tced herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimo-
ny and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Pease contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website
www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance.
by: Jamie Gamiotea, Code Board Chairperson
347850 ON 3/5/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010 AT 3:30 PM. IN ROOM D-128 IN THE SCHU-
MANN CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE MUELLER CAMPUS
AT 6155 COLLEGE LANE, VERO BEACH, FLORIDA 32966. NOTICE IS
ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010, AN AGENDA
MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN AD
MINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVE
NUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TC
PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CON
CERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF AN)
PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESI
DENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO AP
PEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER
CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRO
CEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VER
BATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
347845 ON 3/5/10

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order issued by the Cir
cuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 4th day of August 2009
in the cause wherein HOLMES E. BOYD & DEBRA L. BOYD being Plainbffi
and LEFTY SUMMERFORD being Defendant, being Case No. 2009-CA-251 in
the said Court, I Paul C. May, as Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida shal
offer the following property for sale in Okeechobee County Florida to wit:
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY
PARCEL ID: 1-15-36-35-0010-0150
Legal Description:
LOT 15, BLOCK 11, OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 100,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1144 NW 98TH STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA.
I shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens
and encumbrances if any, on the 6th day of April, 2010 at 11:00AM or a!
soon as possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OF
FICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to the high
est and best bidder for cash, all right, title and interest, in said property.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida this 2nd day of March, 2010.
Published: March 5,12,19,26, 2010
Paul C. May, Sheriff
Okeechobee County
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in
the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117,
ex4t. 2225.
347790 ON 3/5,12,19,26/10


March 5, 2010




March 5,2010 Okeechobee News 19


IN THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-843
PARCEL(S): FL-OKEE-004
FL-OKEE-036WS
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY, LLC,
a Delaware limited liability company,
Petitioner,
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 Pebt-
ion in Eminent Domain, the Declaration of Taking, Nobtice of Lis Pendens,
nd Petitioner's Motion for Order Liming Service of Papers upon: All defen-
Jants named in the attached party list and all persons claiming interests by,
through under or against the named defendants; all persons having or
:laimin to have any right, title, or interest in the property described in Ex
hit A" and the unknown spouses of the above-named defendants, if
ny, and their heirs, devisees, assignees, grantees, creditors, lessees, ex-
xcutors, administrators, mortgagees, judgment creditors, trustees, lienhold-
2rs, persons in possession, and any and all other persons having or claiming
D have any right, title or interest by, through, under or against the above-
lamed 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
,LL PARTIES CLAIMING ANY INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINSTT THE NAMED DEFENDANTS; AND TO ALL HAVING OR CLAIMING
TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED
[N the Petition, that Petitioner has filed a Petition in Eminent Domain and
Declaraton 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-
Iuired to serve a copy of written answer and defenses to the Petition upon
BRENDAN T. FRANZONI, of the law firm of Bricklemyer Smolker &
wolves, RA., 500 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33602, at-
onrney for Petitioner, and to file the original of the answer and defenses
Nith the Clerk of this Court, on or before March 20, 2010, showing what
eight, title, interest, or lien the defendant has in or to the property described
n the Petition and to show cause why that property should not be taken for
:he uses and purposes set forth in the Petition. If any Defendant fails to do
3o, a default will be entered against that Defendant for the relief demanded
n the Petition.
Dated this 18th day of February, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda Young, Deputy Clerk
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ASSISTANCE: IT IS THE INTENT OF
THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODA-
TIONS WHEN REQUESTED BY QUALIFIED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
[F YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS AN ACCOMMODA-
TION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COURT PROCEEDING OR ACCESS TO A COURT
FACILITY YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION
3F CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRATION,
250 NW COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, SUITE 217, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986;
;772) 807-4370; 1-800-955-8771, IF YOU ARE HEARING OR VOICE IM-
'AIRED.
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
PROPERTYY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 524, PAGE 64, PUB-
JC 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
;AID NORTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY, 81.71 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
IING; THENCE S 63057'03" W 185.85 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY
INE 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
;AID PROPERTY.
CONTAININGG 0.213 ACRE (9,293 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT BEING AN ADDITIONAL 50
;OOT WIDE STRIP, ADJOINING AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHEASTER-
-Y SIDELINE OF THE ABOVE PERMANENT EASEMENT
CONTAININGG 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
=EET; THENCE
3 63057'03" W 84.89 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S
26002'57" E 50.00 FEET; THENCE S 63057'03" W 174.53 FEET TO THE
EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 144TH PARKWAY; THENCE N
30001'07" E, ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE, 55.66 FEET; THENCE
1 6357'03" E 150.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
CONTAININGG 0.186 ACRE (8,111 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
FL-OKEE-036WS
TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT A PARCEL OF LAND, LYING
[N AND BEING A PART OF SECTION 1, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 34
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING A PORTION OF THAT
PROPERTYY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 617, PAGE 1259,
PUBLICC 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 3918'06" E, ALONG SAID
NESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, 433.15 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
IING; THENCE N 5000540" E 220.85 FEET; THENCE S 39054'20" E 25.00
=EET; THENCE N 50005'40" E 101.14 FEET; THENCE N 39054'20" W 25.00
=EET; THENCE N 5005'40" E 171.22 FEET; THENCE N 88033'30" E 67.42
=EET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID PROPERTY; THENCE S
50023'02" W, ALONG SAID SOUTHEASTERLY BOUNDARY, 546.55 FEET TO
;AID 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.
CONTAININGG 0.425 ACRE (18,517 SQUARE FEET), MORE OR LESS.
347245 ON 2/26;3/5/10


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast Re-
gion 20 and the Treasure Coast
Workforce Consortium announces
a meeting of the Executive Com-
mittee to which all persons are in-
vited:
Date & Time: Friday,
March 12, 2010 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
PURPOSE, To discuss matters
concerning the Workforce Invest-
ment Act, American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA,
Federal Stimulus Funding), Work-


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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee,
Florida will on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: NO. 1057: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF
LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE
FAMILY TO COMMERCIAL; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDI-
NANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPRE-
HENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FORAN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordnance O is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land
Use Map Amendment Application No. 10-001- SSA, submitted by property
owner, Shirley Baker, to change the Future Land Use designation from SF to
C for property located at 200 SE 3rd Street Legal Description: Lot 6 of
Block 208, 1st Addition to Okeechobee, and is approximately 0.162 acress.
The proposed use is for a home health care nursing office.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from fe City website www.city-
ofokeechobee.com, or contact Adminis at on, (863) 7633372 x 212. A
copy of the entire applications) is available at the City Clerk's Office
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to ap-
peal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the tesbmony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodabtion to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Administration Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
347851 ON 3/5/10


force Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program,
One-Stop Career Centers, and the
Workforce Development Board -
DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy
of the agenda may be obtained by
contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered a the above referenced
meeting, they will need to ensure
a verbatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in
order to provide a record for judi-
cial review.
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Hunting season set for reptiles of concern
The Florida Tish and Wildlife Conserva- encountered. During cooler months, cold-
tion Commission (FWC) is offering a special blooded reptiles sun themselves on levees,
chance for hunters to capture and remove canal banks and roadways to warm up.
reptiles of concern from state-managed This makes them easier to spot, capture and
lands around the Everglades. From March 8 remove. "We are once again engaging our
to April 17, those with a hunting license and stakeholders, in this case, the hunting com-
a $26 management area permit may take munity, to help us reduce the number of rep-
reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticu- tiles of concern in the Everglades," said FWC
lated python, northern and southern African Chairman Rodney Barreto.
rock python, amethystine or scrub python, Reptiles of concern may be taken by all
green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) legal methods (including shotguns, rimfire
on Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey rifles and pistols) used in the taking of game
Land and Rotenberger wildlife manage- animals; however, the use of centerfire rifles
ment areas (WMAs). The specially created is prohibited. Reptiles of concern may not
season, established by executive order, fol- be taken out of the wildlife management ar-
lows the close of small game season on the eas alive and must be reported to the FWC
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20 Okeechobee News March 5,2010


Featured team:


Girls have


fun in OCRA


cheerleading

The O.C.R.A. (Okeechobee Citizens
Recreation Association) cheerleading pro-
gram has been a successful program for the
Okeechobee community for many years.
O.C.R.A. cheerleading includes girls from
ages 5-14. The season begins in September
and ends with playoffs in December.
The cheerleading program accepts all
girls who wish to participate. This is a "non
try- out" type of league, said Teresa Chandler,
Cheerleading Coordinator. All of the girls are
accepted. Each team has approximately 10
girls who practice twice a week and have
games once weekly and on Saturdays. At
the end of the season, the girls are invited
to an end of the year celebration where they
mingle with the football players and other
coaches.
Allison Chandler has been cheerleading
since the age of 5. She is a cheerleader for
Okeechobee High School including football,
basketball and competitive cheerleading.
For the past three years, Allison has volun-
teered as a youth cheer coach for O.C.R.A.
Allison takes pride in coaching the younger
cheerleaders in the association and has won


special to the UKeecnoDee News/UGHA
The Okeechobee Citizens Recreational Association (OCRA) Seminoles team is
encouraged by their cheerleading sqad.


two cheer off competition with her team of
14 girls.
Allison's team has six returning girls who
are comfortable with Allison's fun style of
cheering. Her team calls her Ms. Allie. Al-
though Allison's style is fun, she does teach
discipline. If the girls are being goofy or not
paying attention, they are awarded a lap
around the field. She also has the girls sign
a contract at the beginning of the season to
agree to abide by the rules of arriving on
time, being a team player, having a good at-
titude and having fun!
The Youth coach program started three
years ago with two youth coaches and has
grown into six for 2009. The youth coaches
are ages 15-16 and have cheerleading expe-


rience. Each youth coach must be accom-
panied by an adult age 18 or older during
practices and games. The youth coaches are
also permitted to teach pyramids and stunts
as long as they are experienced. For more in-
formation on the O.C.R.A. programs, please
call Heather Parker at 863-634-2484.
All of the coaches for the program are
volunteers.
Want your team profiled? Sign up for a
free team web page on the Okeechobee
Sports Network!
Go to www.newszap.com, click on
"Okeechobee" and then click on "Sports" at
the top right of the Okeechobee page. For
informaiton, call Renee Hawley at 888-853-
7904, ext. 323.


UKeecnoDee iews/rairina cisKen

Prize for best submitted sports photo
This 'best sports photo of the month' on Okeechobee Sports Network was
submitted by Josephine O'Mallan, Program Specialist at Okeechobee Coun-
ty Parks and Recreation. Okeechobee News Publisher Tom Byrd presented
her with the prize. Josephine announced she plans to donate the award, a
$25 Ultimate Gamer gift card, to use as a giveaway prize at the Parks and Rec
Easter Extravaganza to be held in April.


Sports News in Brief


Club Soccer Indoor League
Registration for the Youth Indoor Soccer
League will be held Friday, March 5, from
5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Yearling Middle School
Gym. Boys and girls in grades 6th-12th will
practice and compete in a 5-on-5 small
arena setting. The fee is $30 per person and
will include uniform shirts. The season will
run March 8 through May 27. Games will be
played at the Yearling Middle School Gym
some weeknights between 4-8 p.m. For
more information, call Brian King at 863-
610-0084.

Real Life Children's Ranch
plan benefit tournament
Real Life Children's Ranch will hold their
annual fund raising golf tournament on
April 17, at the Okeechobee County Golf
and Country Club. The entry fee is $50 per
person or $200 per team and includes cof-
fee, donuts, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch
and door prizes. There will also be an op-
portunity to win a new car in the Hole-In-
One contest. For more information, contact
Darlene Mayers at 863-634-4200 (darlene.
mayers@rlcr.org) or Bill Casian at 863-697-
0211 (pepper@strato.net).


Tourney to benefit memorial
A co-ed softball tournament fundraiser
will be held in memory of Devon Venables
on March 13, at the Adult Softball Fields
and will begin at 8 a.m. Early registration is
$200 if paid before March 5, $250 registra-
tion at the field. Bring your own baseballs,
44 Core-ISA Rules. All proceeds will go to-
wards the Devon Venables Memorial Schol-
arship. Donations can be made directly to
the Okeechobee Education Foundation with
a notation in the memo of your check -- "De-
von Venables Memorial Scholarship." For
more information, contact Dainae Venables
863-634-8035 or Jill Rogers 863-634-0870.

L.O.S.T. ride-run-walk set
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is having
their Seventh Annual L.O.S.T. Ride-Run-
Walk Event on Saturday, March 27. Regis-
tration from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Scott Driver
Boat Ramp. Registration fee is $20/adult
and $15/children 10 & under and children 5
and under are free. Bicyclists may choose to
ride round-trip courses of 12, 20, 40 or 54
miles. Runners and walkers will follow a 5K
course. For more information or download-
able registration forms visit: www.Okeecho-
beeRotary.org.


OSN welcomes


local teams

Recently, Okeechobee News launched
the "Okeechobee Sports Network."
OSN is a sports website designed to
provide extensive visibility for local sports
action in the Okeechobee area. It's fun,
interactive, and it is free to participants
of all ages. OSN provides the opportunity
for local sports teams, organizations, and
school athletic programs to display their
team results and individual accomplish-
ments for all to see and various content
each week will be extracted from the site
to be printed in the Friday edition.
The new online sports directory has
been developed as a convenient online
platform for schools, park and recreation-
al facilities, sports clubs and academies,
leagues, and traveling organizations to
share activity and program details.
From baseball to basketball, football
to soccer; fishing to swimming; cheer-
leading to yoga if you offer a youth or
recreational sport or activity feel free to
contact Renee Hawley at rhawley@com-
munitysportsdesk.com or call 888-853-
7904 ext. 323 to register your program.
The directory can be accessed simply by
going to newszap.com, then click on the
Okeechobee community tab, then click
SPORTS on the upper right part of the
page and select Okeechobee Sports Net-
work. Once in the site click on the "direc-
tory" tab in the top menu. Submit your
information by clicking the button on the
bottom of the page. Please note directory
content must be approved before it ap-
pears in online.




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