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Vol. 101 No. 35 Sunday, March 21, 2010


Detective: Shooting was gang related


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A fight between local teenagers that re-
sulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old boy was
gang related, said an Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) detective.
Daniel Patrick Murphy was arrested Feb.


Kissimmee

Waterway is

a boater's

paradise
From SFWMDw
Special to the Okeechobee News
The Kissimmee Waterway is
one of the most beautiful and excit-
ing recreation areas in the state of
See RIVER Page 2


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28 on felony charges of shooting a deadly
missile into an occupied vehicle and aggra-
vated assault with a firearm without intent
to kill. He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then taken to the Department
of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Fort
Pierce.


The state attorney's office issued a felony
arrest warrant and on March 18 had Murphy
arrested on adult charges and booked into
the county jail under a bond of $50,000.
Murphy is now charged with one count
of throwing/shooting a deadly missile and
four counts of aggravated assault with a


Taylor Creek
Bass Club
members in
tourney
.... Page 20


OHS Brahmans
Boys Baseball
plays Ft. Pierce
... Page 17


deadly weapon.
Jail records indicate that as of Friday,
March 19, Murphy was free on bond.
Murphy was arrested after he allegedly
a 12 gauge shotgun into a 2005 Chevro-
let pickup truck after four teens gathered
See SHOOTING Page 14


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of information sessions regarding
this highly respected program. All
See IRSC Page 2

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Sandra Pearce
Dairy cow show at the fair
The Overall Dairy Grand Champion was named and the William H. Boyd Memorial
Award presented during the Dairy Cow competition at the Okeechobee County Fair. Left
to right are (judge) Chris Holcomb, Hamilton Bishop, (winner) Fallon Curren and Mary
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RIVER
Continued From Page 1
Florida. Beginning in the headwaters of the
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and stretching to
Lake Okeechobee, visitors to the river have
an opportunity to witness some of Florida's
most spectacular natural areas.
Originally 103 miles of meandering water-
way, the Kissimmee River was channelized
in the 1960s in response to periodic flooding
in the area. Carving a straight canal from the
Chain of Lakes to Lake Okeechobee short-
ened the river to 56 miles and created the
300-foot wide, 30-foot deep, C-38 canal.
Today, portions of the river have been
restored to their old meandering ways, leav-
ing nature to choose the path water will take
along its journey to Lake Okeechobee. Be-
cause of the natural disposition of restored
portions of the river, water levels here rise
and fall with the seasons. The sandy bot-
tom of the river channel shifts at the will of
the flowing water, creating a sandbar today
where none existed yesterday.
Veteran navigators have a few tips to
make your trip on the Kissimmee Waterway
more enjoyable:
Go slow and take time to see what is
around you. The restored part of the Kissim-
mee River is home to many different types of
birds, some rarely seen. Take a birding guide
and see how many different types you can
identify.
The wide river floodplain is best expe-
rienced by boat. The floodplain gives rise
to beautiful marshes featuring a variety of
emergent plants and is the best place to find
wading birds and fish. Take insect repellent
because there are also a lot of insects here.
Deer flies especially like the river floodplain
during certain times of the year, and they do
bite people.
Use caution when boating here be-
cause you don't know what's around the
next turn. Each twist and turn in the restored
portion of the Kissimmee River opens up a


IRSC
Continued From Page 1
sessions will be held at 6 p.m.
The sessions will be held according to
the following schedule: March 23, IRSC
Main Campus, Kight Center, 35th Street,
Fort Pierce; March 24, Sebastian River High
School, Sebastian; March 25, St. Lucie West
Campus, 500 N.W California Blvd., Port St.
Lucie and Chastain Campus, Wolf High-
Technology Building, 2400 S.E. Salerno
Road, Stuart, April 14, Mueller Campus,
6155 College Lane, Vero Beach and April 15,
Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W Ninth Av-
enue, Okeechobee.
Dual Enrollment students earn college


new vista, but it could be blocked by fallen
trees, sandbars or other navigation hazards.
Sandbars generally form on the inside of
curves, and deeper water is usually found to
the outside, but that's not always true.
Alligators love the sandy banks created
by the movement of water in the river chan-
nels. The banks are better places to spot one
than in the floodplain.
Check water levels before going. Dur-
ing the dry season in the winter months,
portions of the river may not be passable
due to low water levels.
The Kissimmee River/C-38 canal re-
mains the primary flood control conduit for
the large area to the north. If river passage
is closed due to high flows, heed warnings.
During extremely high water, the river can
crest above tree tops, leaving unseen haz-
ards just below the surface of the water.
Extremely high water levels also make it
impossible to find river channels and can
lead to boaters becoming lost or in need
of rescue. Even experienced boat captains
have found the river to be treacherous dur-
ing high flow events. If officials say no, then
please don't go.
Pay attention to any instructions the
lock tender may provide when moving
through navigation locks. If you want to re-
turn after normal lock hours, be certain to
make arrangements with the lock tender in
advance. He or she is allowed to charge a
fee for an after-hours lockage.
Gas up before you go. There are no
places to get fuel along the restored portion
of the river.
For additional tips on traveling the Kis-
simmee River, please contact the Okeecho-
bee Service Center of the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District at 800-250-4200 or
863-462-5260. You can also stop by to visit us
at 205 N. Parrott Ave. on the second floor of
the Bank of America building in downtown
Okeechobee. Our guide to the Kissimmee
Waterway provides a map of the river as
well as navigation tips and information on
the river restoration project.


credits while completing requirements to-
ward high school graduation. The courses
are free. This is possible because the pro-
gram is supported by the State of Florida to
help high school students accelerate their
progress toward a college degree. Many lo-
cal Dual Enrollment students choose to con-
tinue their education on the Treasure Coast
and earn their Bachelor's Degree at IRSC.
Credits earned through Dual Enrollment
readily transfer to all Florida universities and
most universities nationally. Dual Enrollment
courses are weighted the same as Honors,
Advanced Placement, Advanced Internation-
al Certificate of Education and International
Baccalaureate courses when high school
grade point averages are calculated.
Contact the IRSC Information Call Center
at 1-866-792-4772 with any questions.


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Habitat for Humanity needs resale items
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County has opened a "Restore" and is in need
of resellable items. No clothing! Anything else for the home, to include household items,
furniture, building materials, electrical, plumbing and cabinets. For more information
call 863-467-6484 or leave a message at the Habitat office 863-467-6484.


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Felony drug arrest also clears February burglary


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A routine traffic stop not only led to the driv-
er's arrest on a felony drug charge, but helped
clear a February burglary in which over $33,000
worth of items were reportedly stolen.
Patrick Michael Abel, 20, N.E. 325th Trail,
Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, March

Man accused of having
sex with underage girl
A 26 year-old Okeechobee man is being
held in the county jail on $100,000 bond fol-
lowing his arrest for allegedly having sexual
intercourse with an underage girl. Juan
Jose Cardenas, S.W Second St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Tuesday, March 16, on a
felony charge of lewd and lascivious bat-
tery and booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail.
According to an arrest re-
port by Detective William
Suggs of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Cardenas and
the 14 year-old girl had
been friends for a couple
of months prior to the al-
leged incident. The report Juan Jose
states that on the day of Cardenas
a female friend were walking by Cardenas'
home when he invited the victim into his
home, and she accepted. Cardenas and the
victim later went to his bedroom where they
reportedly had consensual sex. Because of
the girl's age, said Detective Suggs, her con-
sent is not a defense to the alleged crime.


16, on a felony charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance (oxycodone). He was also
charged with the misde-
meanors of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams
and possession of drug parab1
phernalia. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a bond of $1,750
on these charges.
Able was later arrested
on charges of burglary and
grand theft for his alleged Patrick M.
connection in a Feb. 11 bur Abel
glary. His bond on those
charges was set at $5,000.
According to an arrest report by Deputy An
thony Kibler, of the Okeechobee County Sher
iff's Office (OCSO), he was contacted about


a suspicious white Ford Ranger at a home on
N.W. 292nd Street. The small pickup with a
trailer hitched to the back raised the complain-
ant's suspicion because the owners were not
home at the time.
Deputy Kibler contacted the homeowners,
who told him they were missing many items
from the home. The report stated that among
the items listed as missing were: five guns, a
Craftsman lawn mower; a washing machine;
an air conditioner; boxes of CDs and DVDs;
jewelry; and, many other miscellaneous items.
All together, stated Deputy Kibler's report, the
missing items totaled $33,690.
The deputy's report stated that Abel took
the lawn mower to a local recycling center. As
for the rest of the items reported missing, the
report does not indicate if any of them have
been recovered.


Okeechobee's Most Wanted


The following people
are among Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted
persons. There are ac-
tive warrants for each
of them. The criteria for
making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five is
based on the severity of Marcel
the crime in conjunc- Bates
tion with the age of the
warrant. If you have any information on the
whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's Most
Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If


Jamie
Samperio


you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you
have the option of re-
maining anonymous.
You can also receive a
reward if the informa-
tion results in an arrest.
Marcel Bates, DOB
10/13/1976, Failure of
Sexual Offender To Re-
port To DHSMV Bond


$10,000.
Jamie Samperio, DOB 7/14/1982, 5'7",
190 lbs. FTA Fraudulent use of personal ID
- No Bond.


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We are excited to announce that Okeechobee

will have its first new locally owned and staffed Assisted Living Facility.


Scheduled for completion in
late Summer 2010, it is being
built using a majority of local
contractors and labor.


We are pleased that it will be U . .
staffed by Okeechobians for
the care of fellow citizens of -
our community.

We need your help .
SOUTH ELEVATION
in this historic event. VATON


The Assisted Living Facility needs a suitable name which reflects our heritage.

Please submit your choice of names in our suggestion box located at the Chamber of Commerce building
at 55 South Parrott Ave, between the hours of 9:00 am 3:00 pm starting March 19, 2010 March 31, 2010

Ms. Mabel Williamson, one of our oldest, most beloved and admired residents will announce the winning name of the new facility.
The winners name will be accounced on April 7, 2010 and will receive $300.00 for their winning entry.


March 21, 2010


Okeechobee News




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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Reflections from the pulpit


Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Laws governing pets
According to the last county records
I saw, the animal shelter euthanizes about
300 dogs and cats every month. There are
just so many unwanted dogs and cats, they
have to put them to sleep. There is no place
to put them. The shelters are full and there
are not enough people who want to adopt
the animals. If you have a dog or cat, get it
fixed so that it won't produce even more un-
wanted pets. There are plenty of pets wait-
ing for homes.

Computer virus
There is a malicious virus going around
through email. It will come from someone
you know and will be a YouTube video. DO
NOT OPEN IT no matter how much you trust
the person. This virus sends itself out from
your email address book. McAfee won't
catch it Norton won't catch it and Equate se-
curity will not catch it. The only thing I have
heard of so far is Microsoft Security that will
catch it or find it after you have gotten it. It is
very hard to get rid of.
Here's a KHQAAlert regarding Facebook
and YouTube. A viewer sent KHQA an e-mail
about a virus circulating around Facebook
that asks you to click on YouTube to watch a
video clip. We checked it out on http://www.
snopes.com and found out this virus threat
is very real. Here's what happens, you get a
link or an e-mail for a video from one of your
Facebook friends. The subject line of the link
or e-mail says "you look so amazing funny
on our new video" or "you look just awe-
some in this new movie." When you click
on it, it takes you to a fake YouTube web
site. Once you get there, something pops up
saying you need to download an update to
Adobe Flash Player. If you click yes on it, a
trojan virus is unleashed. Always be careful
when opening links and if you're in doubt,
don't do it!


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Fisherman stranded on lake
In the paper Wednesday, three fisher-
men from West Virginia were stranded on
Lake Okeechobee for two nights after their
boat was swamped and no one had a cell
phone or radio. Each of the men thought
one of the others had a phone and all three
left their cell phones in the truck. They didn't
tell anyone where they would be, so no one
knew they were missing. Since it was windy
over the weekend, not many other boaters
ventured out so they weren't spotted until
after they had spent two long nights on the
water clinging to the part of the boat that was
not submerged. Lake Okeechobee can be as
dangerous as the ocean. Always take safety
precautions. Let someone know you are go-
ing out on the lake, where you plan to fish
and when you should be back.
People need to really stop relying on cell
phones while out on the open water. What
they didn't have was a VHF and a float plan.
I totally don't get them not having a VHF.
I don't know anything about bass fishing or
even being out on the lake (totally a saltwater
person!), but is a VHF something that is usu-
ally on them? Like for the tournaments and
stuff? People REALLY need to stop relying on
cell phones, that is so dangerous. That phone
will most likely NOT be there for you in your
time of emergency. I remember reading not
to long ago about the Coast Guard putting in
a new system for cell phones and emergency
calls, can't recall all the details though. I am
so glad they were found, and had no injuries.
This could have been a real tragedy.
VHF's a great thing, but if your boat is
swamped or turned turtle ... There's more
than one incident where a cell phone has
made all the difference, but you have to have it
ON YOU. (Notice in this incident all three left
theirs behind). Just one 911 call would have
made all the difference. The simple things
that are so easy (float plans) can make things
happen, but flares, radios, phones, popping
smoke, none of this costs that much. Hope-
fully, these three learned a lesson. However,
there will be more moving up that won't get
the message.
I feel for those men stranded out on the
water for two days. The good thing out of this
story is that no one was hurt, and I know they
will share this story with their friends and get
the word out on their mistake. Sometimes
this helps more than anything when a friend
shares it with you. In any event, they will re-
member this and it will be a story they will
share forever with a chuckle now. Would love
to hear the minister's discussion in church on
Sunday!


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By Elder John T. Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
My dad is probably one of my greatest he-
roes. He served the Lord faithfully as a pas-
tor for over forty years. He is now retired but
he still teaches a Sunday School class at the
church he attends. I can truthfully say that I
am a pastor now because my dad was the real
deal. He didn't just preach sermons on Sun-
days and Wednesday nights, he lived out those
sermons everyday and set an example for my
brother, James, and myself that eventually led
us to follow him into the ministry ourselves.
Because of my dad's devotion to the Lord
and the example of integrity that he set, I place
a high value on any advice that I receive from
him. One of those valuable gems of wisdom
that he shared with me when I was a teen-
ager was about how we should hold on to
the things that we possess. It was one of those
times when the church was collecting items
to help a needy family and my parents were
going through the house looking for any items
that they could donate to the cause. Eventually
the search led to my room and they began to
encourage me to consider giving up some of
the "valuable" things that I "owned." To say
that I was less than excited about he prospect
of turning loose of my stuff would be an un-
derstatement. I couldn't get my head around
the idea of letting go so someone I didn't
know and frankly cared nothing about could
have it. Not a flattering picture of myself, but
the truth nonetheless.
My dad saw that I was resistant to the idea
and he said something that I have used as a
guide for over thirty-five years. He told me this
simple but profound truth: "Son, if you can't
give it away, it owns you- you don't own it."
I have to confess that at the time I was not
overly impressed with what my dad was trying
to convey to me but, as time went on, I real-
ized that he was right. It's amazing how much
we allow our stuff to shape who we are how


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we see ourselves. It's easy to let the accumu-
lation of things become the goal of our lives
and along with that making sure that we hang
on to those things for dear life. If we are hon-
est with ourselves, we end up making those
things our life.
In the years that I have had the privilege of
being a pastor, I am amazed how this passion
to possess so easily seizes those who have
been called by the Lord Jesus Christ to take up
their cross, deny self and follow Him. We find
ourselves playing the role of the rich young
ruler you who was so enamored with the
things that he possessed that he was unwilling
to let them go that he might follow after Christ.
The end of that story is that he went away sad
because he had so much. That sounds like
an odd statement when you consider that we
have been led to believe that to possess much
is synonymous with happiness and fulfillment.
However, this is far from the truth. Christ said
in Luke 12:15 that we should be aware of the
truth that what we have or don't have has no
real bearing on what life is all about, no mater
what the world may try to tell us.
In the same chapter in Luke, Christ reveals
the truth that life is about seeking the Kingdom
of God. Then he says something really amaz-
ing in verse 33 when He says: "Sell your pos-
sessions and give to charity; make yourselves
purses which do not wear out, an unfailing
treasure in heaven, where no thief comes
near, nor moth destroys." How do we get to
the point where we can let go of these posses-
sions that have come to possess us? We have
to make a decision about what it is that will
"own" us. Will it be the things that we pos-
sess or will it be the One who alone can truly
bring life in all it fullness? Seems like an easy
decision when you think about it. So, enjoy all
the Lord has allowed you to possess, but hold
it loosely in your hand. Be willing to let it go
when it is required of you in your pursuit of the
life that only Christ offers.


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potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010


OHS to host Career Fair
Okeechobee High School Career Center is sponsoring an occupational awareness
(Career Fair) program for 11th and 12th graders on Wednesday, April 14. This event will
be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School Gymnasium. This will
be an opportunity for students to meet prospective employers in Okeechobee County.
It will also be a chance for businesses to meet potential part-time as well as full-time
employees upon graduation. Bring applications for students to fill out. The program will
consist of informal conversation with students. (Students will be browsing from one area
to another.) A table with chairs will be available for you to use as your booth. If you have
handouts, fact sheets, or door prizes to give to the students, please bring those. A poster/
project board to put on the table advertising your business would be beneficial.
If you or your business is interested in participating in the Career Fair please call Bill R.
Black at 863-462-5025 ext. *3113 or email at blackb@okee.kl2.fl.us.


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Letters to the editor


Education bill alarming
I was wondering why Okeechobee hasn't
covered the Education bill 6 in their paper.
People believe that is a state or government
problem, but it will become a problem lo-
cally. For those of you who are unaware of
this bill that is trying to sneak past us, I will
inform you. This bill is solely based on the
funding in which our school districts receive
to educate our youth. The bill would like to
tie teacher's salary to student FCAT scores.
Some of you may be all for this bill, but the
reality of it is that some students are poor
test takers due to the anxiety they have. Why
should teachers have to worry about mak-
ing their income based on whether or not a
student is able to perform on the test?
As a parent, I know that the majority of
the teachers bust their tails trying to get those
students prepared for FCAT. In addition, the
bill also wants to tie in our PROPERTY TAXES
to the school grades. If the schools do poor-
ly and don't make adequate gains, but the
school pays teachers, then the district will be
fined. How are these fines going to be paid?
Well residents, they are going to raise our
taxes by 15 percent. Is that fair when we are
barely making ends meet now? Now, on top
of this there is more! Yes, more! The students
are already stressed enough about FCAT but
the state of Florida says LET'S TEST THEM
MORE! If this bill passes, the students will be
assessed even more than they are now. This
bill is completely ridiculous.
We as residents of Okeechobee need to
stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! The
students come to school to learn and yes to
be assessed! However, the invalid FCAT is
doing it's job so why should we keep testing
the students. FCAT is invalid so why should it
be tied to ALL teachers/staff/administration,
etc pay? So, I hope you will all call your lo-
cal senators and tell them to VOTE NO ON
SENATE BILL 6. If they don't vote no, then
they won't be receiving your vote again.
Not only should you be contacting the sena-
tors, but also the Governor and President
because they support this nonsense. It is
all about lining their pockets full of money
instead of giving it to the school districts to
enhance student learning. Okeechobee was
an A district so these teachers must be doing
something right! So why punish them and
the residents! Call your government today!
You can contact J.D. Alexander at 850-487-
5088, Joe Negron at 850-487-5088, and Gov.
Crist at 850-488-1746. Please call them and
try to put an end to this ludicrous bill!
Sincerely,
Kimberly Rathbun


Name changes helps reduce
confusion over ECO, OEDC
This statement is issued jointly by the Eco-
nomic Council of Okeechobee County, Inc,
(ECO) and the Business Development Board
of Okeechobee (BOB), formerly known as
the Okeechobee Economic Development
Council, for the purpose of affirming the
common interests and goals of the two or-
ganizations.
The ECO was formed 20 years ago by
a group of community business leaders
who cared deeply about the community of
Okeechobee, and who recognized a need
for an organization that could serve as a li-
aison between the community's business
leaders and its government. Their goal for
the organization was to be a catalyst be-
tween the private and public sectors, to
help the community grow and develop in
a positive way that balanced the needs and
demands of the community with its quality
of life. Today, the ECO remains a vital part
of our community and serves an important
role in ensuring Okeechobee has a favorable
business climate and a good quality of life.
The members of the Economic Council real-
ize that it is only by active participation of
the business community in governmental
affairs that we will be able to have a robust
economic climate. The ECO employs a full-
time Executive Director to keep members
informed of community proceedings and to
serve as a liaison between the governmental
entities.
In 2006, the ECO worked with William
H. Fruth, President of Policom Corporation,
to help create an Economic Development
Plan for Okeechobee. One of the key com-
ponents of the plan was that Okeechobee
County needed an organization to help cre-
ate jobs by assisting existing businesses and
attracting new businesses to our community
by actively marketing Okeechobee County
to compatible businesses.
To help implement Mr. Fruth's plan,
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc., through its
Economic Restructuring Committee with
the support of the ECO and local govern-
mental entities, formed the Okeechobee
Economic Development Council. We realize
there has been some confusion about the
two organizations and part of that confusion
has been due to the similar names of the or-
ganizations. To make it easier to distinguish
between the two organizations, the OEDC
is changing its name to the Business Devel-
opment Board of Okeechobee (BDB). The
BDB has hired a full-time Executive Director
to facilitate jobs creation, retention of jobs


and businesses, and economic growth. The
mission statement of the BDB is to promote
economic development in Okeechobee
County specifically devised to increase em-
ployment, payroll, business volume and cor-
responding factors in the Okeechobee area.
The purpose of this joint statement is to
publicly affirm our commitment to the suc-
cess of both organizations. We realize that
both entities are necessary and serve dis-
tinct and important functions in our com-
munity. In the end, both organizations want
Okeechobee to be a place where good pay-
ing, quality jobs are available to our citizens
and where the business climate is such that
existing businesses can grow and new busi-
nesses want to move here. We are commit-
ted to working together and mutually sup-
porting each organization's mission.
Elizabeth A. Maxwell, Chairwoman
Economic Council of Okeechobee
County, Inc.
Mark A. Smith, Chairman
Business Development Board of
Okeechobee

Thank you Bell Ringers
The Okeechobee Service Unit of the Sal-
vation Army recently held their appreciation
dinner to honor the volunteer Bell Ringers
who participated in the Red Kettle Drive
during the Christmas holidays. This annual
dinner and awards ceremony is hosted and
sponsored by the Okeechobee representa-
tives of the Salvation Army, Angie Carbino,
district supervisor of the Salvation Army and
Kip Gardner, chairman of the Bell Ringers.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of showers after 2 p.m. and a high
near 83. Winds will be from the southeast
between 5 and 15 mph with gusts as high
as 25 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 61 and a 60 percent chance of show-
ers likely after 8 p.m. Winds will be from the
south southeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a high near
72 and a 40 percent chance of showers be-
fore noon. Winds will be from the west be-
tween 5 and 15 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 49. Winds will be from the west
around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: Sunny with a high near 77.
Winds will be calm becoming northwest
between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear with a low
around 49. Winds will be from the south-
west around 5 mph becoming north north-
west.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Thursdayin the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 7-1-5; Play 4: 0-7-4-3; Fantasy 5:
15-17-18-35-36; Mega Money: 3-5-22-39
MB 17; Florida Lotto: 8-10-18-21-31-40
X 4; Powerball: 24-26-45-48-55 PB8 x2.
Numbers drawn Friday, Cash 3: 3-2-3; Play
4: 6-5-3-5.


All Bell Ringers were invited to this event and
each received a certificate for the work they
did over the 5-week drive. Some of the local
dignitaries who participated in the bell ring-
ing included Sheriff Paul May and his wife,
Delores, Under Sheriff Noel Stephen, County
Commissioner Noel Chandler, President of
the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club, Jim Vensel
and Dowling Watford representing the Ro-
tary Club.
The kettle income stays in our commu-
nity as it is used to aid and assist the resi-
dents of Okeechobee who are in need of
assistance for such things as paying their
rent, electric or water bill or purchasing pre-
scription medication. Applications are made
to and approved by representatives of the
Salvation Army.
On behalf of the Salvation Army, I would
like to express our sincere gratitude to the
many volunteers who gave so freely of their
time during the busy holiday season for this
project and to the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge for the wonderful dinner and contin-
ued support.
Our Belle Ringers look forward to the
holidays and the opportunity to once again
help their community by participating in the
Red Kettle Drive and ringing the bells. We
encourage everyone to watch for the re-
minders in October to call us and volunteer
some time to this very rewarding program.
Kip Gardner, chairman
Okeechobee Bell Ringers
Salvation Army, Okeechobee Ser-
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School Board to conduct Public Hearing
The Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a public hearing on participation
in the Indian Education Formula Grant on Friday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in Rm. 301 of the
Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W Second Avenue, to explain the goals
of the 2010-11 Indian Formula Grant and activities associated with the Title VII program.
For information, contact Leslie Lundy at 863-462-5000, ext 259.

Fundraiser to benefit scholarship fund
Tea Time Garden Party Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on March 27, from
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $50. The program is being presented by: Fabulous Couture
at The Shoppes on the Boardwalk (In front of Hammerheads Billiards Bar & Grill) Pro-
ceeds will benefit The Carson Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more informa-
tion, call Pam Williams 863-634-7060


March 21, 2010


Okeechobee News




6 Okeechobee News March 21, 2010


Community Events


SAL to hold steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly ribeye steak din-
ner on Sunday, March 21, from 3-6 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 at 501 S.E.
2nd Street. Dinner includes steak cooked to
order by Dan Hood, baked 'tater, salad, roll
and butter, dessert, iced tea and coffee. Live
entertainment by Jim Elder. The public is
welcome. Donation-$12.

Eagles' Ladies Auxiliary to
host breakfast
On March 21, the Ladies Auxiliary for
the Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137 will
host Sunday morning breakfast, from 9-11
a.m. and a $5 donation. Address: 9985 Hwy.
441 North.

OHS Rodeo team set for
Celebrity Server fundraiser
OHS Rodeo Team will be hosting a 'Ce-
lebrity Server Night' at Golden Coral on
Tuesday, March 23, from 5 until 8 p.m. Come
out and support your team!


Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet,
Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Exten-
sion Office, 458 Highway 98 N. The Garden
Club convenes at 6 p.m. also at Extension.
The Orchid Club members and the public
are invited to bring a favorite orchid to show
or a problem orchid to discuss. Repotting
will also be featured. For more information
call Extension at 863-763-6469.

OKMS Mixer date set
Okeechobee Main Street March Mixer will
be held on Tuesday, March 23, from 5-7
p.m. This month's mixer will be co-hosted
by the American Red Cross and the Pier II
Resort and will be held at the Pier II Resort
on Hwy 441 S.E. Our mixers are a great net-
working opportunity for the businesses and
residents of our area. Whether you have a
new or old business, new to Okeechobee or
would like to know more about Okeecho-
bee Main Street please join us for network-
ing, refreshments, door prizes and a chance
at the Mega 50-50. For more information call
863-357-MAIN (6246).


Obituaries


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the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
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Claudia Borja, 85
OKEECHOBEE Claudia Borja, formerly of
San Lucas, Michoacan, Mexico, passed away
Thursday, March 18, 2010, in Raulerson Hospi-
tal. She was 85.
Born July 8, 1924 in Mexico, she came to
Okeechobee in Au-
gust 1997. She was a
homemaker of the
Catholic faith. She
enjoyed watching
television, cooking
and needlepoint
crafts. She was loved
dearly by her daugh-
ter and caretaker,
Maria de jesus Leon.
Mrs. Borja is sur-




vived by her four al
s 0 n s
Ramiro Leon, Leonardo Leon, Esteban
Leon and Manuel Leon; six daughters, Maria Le-
on, Isabel Leon, Victoria Leon, Lucila Leon, Mar-
garita Leon and Maria de jesus Leon; many
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-
great-grandchildren; sister, Cruz Borja; and sev-
eral nieces, nephews and extended family
members. She will be missed by her family,
may she rest in peace.
Visitation will be at Mrs. Borja's home Satur-
day, March 20, 2010, until Sunday, March 21,
2010. Burial will take place in Mexico.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee.
Friends may sign the .i il ..... i. at www.bas-
-, I., . I,,! .. ,,,III- -I


Robert Lee Carroll, 79
OKEECHOBEE Robert Lee Carroll, passed
away Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in his home.
He was 79.
Born July 22, 1930 in Marietta, Ga., he came to
(,i.,,, 1 ...1 from
Tampa in 1970. He
worked for Enrico
Dairy.
Mr. Carroll was
preceded in death
by his wife, Mabel
Helen Carroll; and
his two sons, Rich-
ard and Jack Bittner.
Mr. Carroll is sur-
vived by his three
sons, Russell Bittner
of Raford,
Harold Seger (Glenda) and Harry Seg-
er (Connie), both of Okeechobee; six daugh-
ters, Kathy Moody (Ruben) of (,ii... 1 -r,,,l
Joanne Mason of Ft. Myers, Janice Holley (Ru-
ben) of Jacksonville, Teresa Bittner of Braden-
ton, Robin Carroll of Pennsylvania and Shannon
Stilson of Pennsylvania; brother, Wayne Carroll;
two sisters, Faye Calhoon and Inez Calhoon, all
of Largo; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-
grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday,
March 22, 2010, at Bass (,i.... 1 1, -. Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday,
March 23, 2010, at Bass (,i.... 1 ....- Funeral
Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Ce-
metery.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i., 4 .... - Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (iI.. ,, 1, ,1 ,,
Friends may sign the u.-'. -il ...... at www.bas-
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CCC meeting planned
The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tues-
day, March 23, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the School Board Office. We will hold an
Expo debriefing meeting prior to the CCC at
9 a.m. Agenda: survey results, what worked,
what didn't work and plans for next year.

Library Book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library are
holding their semi-annual book sale and
fund-raiser on Thursday, March 25, from 10
a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 27, from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. Books, videos, and DVDs will be
sold for a dollar a pound except on Saturday
when a bag of books is $2 and a box is $5.
For more information please call the library
at 863-763-3536.

Volunteer GALs to meet
The public is invited to meet a great GAL.
Mom's Restaurant in Okeechobee will host
Guardian ad Litem volunteers and anyone
interested in becoming a GAL volunteer in
the program. The group will meet on Thurs-
day, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Mom's on Par-
rott Ave and have coffee with us and help
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Local citrus grower helped by new foreign market


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A new South Korean market for Florida
pink grapefruit will help local citrus grower,
Williamson Cattle Company.
South Korea's largest retailer, Shinsegae,
is teaming up with the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs to pro-
mote Florida pink grapefruit at 20 of its E--
Mart mega-stores in Seoul during March.
"We are pleased to partner with Shin-
segae so that Korean shoppers can enjoy


Florida's world-famous pink grapefruit at
the height of the season," Florida Agricul-
ture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson said.
"This retail marketing campaign puts the
spotlight on a delicious, nutritious product
and will increase sales for Florida growers."
Wes Williamson said the Asian market
has been good for Florida citrus and that any
time there was a specific market such as this
it helps all Florida citrus growers overall.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Seacoast Bank

Rodeo ticket winners
Seacoast National Bank gave away eight rodeo tickets to two lucky winners!
North Parrott winner was Julie Fetters, at right, and South Parrott winner was
Pete Sauve, at left.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Water
Conservation

#Month
At the Tuesday, March 16 City of
Okeechobee Council meeting May-
or James E. Kirk, right, proclaimed
April to be Water Conservation
Month in the city. Gary Ritter, left,
director of South Florida Water
Management District's Okeechobee
Service Center received the procla-
mation.


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


March 15 and 16, 2010


Cows
Breaking $53.50
Cutter $48.00
Canner $40.00
Bulls
1000-1500 $53.00
1500-2000 $52.00


Calves
Cows
Str
Hfrs
Bulls
Yrlngs
Mix
Total


$57.00
$53.00
$47.50
$64.00
$59.00


MondayTuesday
218 789
134 270
27 51
19 48
7 24
18 52
0 7
423 1241


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170-190
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650

Med #2
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


Steers
160-205
135-160
140-159
140-156
126-149
120-133
116-128
113-117
100-110
Steers
120-165
110-145
107-148
118-142
115-138
100-129


Htrs
145-195
120-145
120-130
108-122
107-117
105-115
100-110
90-98
86-90
Hfrs
120-140
107-125
105-120
95-110
75-102
85-104


Small #1
250-300 123-137 112-115
300-350 125-145 101-116
350-400 104-127
Prices remain good and
strong on all cattle. Calves were a
little higher again, cows strongly
steady. Byron Storey, Moore Ha-
ven and Southport Cattle topped
the calf market with a high of
$2.10 bought by Curt Wilson,
Co., Ringling, Okla. County Line
Farms, Okeechobee, topped
the cow market with a high of
$63 bought by Central Packing,
Center Hill, Fla. Don't forget we
pregnancy check on Mondays.
Our internet sales (at Producers
Cattle Auction.com) have been
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(top photo) This truck, built of Lego blocks, was entered into the Lego com-
petition at the Okeechobee County Fair.
(bottom photo) Justin Hoover shows how to milk a Holstein cow at the
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Trio of champs
Central Elementary has three candidates for the upcoming County Spelling
Bee, which will be held on April 23, at Osceola Middle School starting at 9:30
a.m. First place: Emma Rose Van Camp; Second place: Gage Ingram; Third
place: Xandrea Cea. Congratulations from all at Central Elementary.


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around him and "... antagonized him by
calling him names for pulling the firearm on
them," stated an arrest report by OCSO De-
tective Bryan Lowe.
As those teens began to leave, Murphy
fired two shots into the truck. No one was
injured.
Detective Lowe's report states that the un-
identified teens in the truck went to a home
on N.W Center Street in Fort Drum to fight
another teen on Saturday, Feb. 27. When
they arrived, they learned that boy wasn't
there so they began to fight with some other
boys at the home.
Information released Friday, March 19,
now states that the incident was gang re-
lated and that the boys in the pickup were
members of a gang known as G4L -- Goons
4 Life. Apparently, these Okeechobee High
School students went to the Fort Drum
home looking for a member of another gang
that's known as the CMC gang, or Chobee
Murkin' Crew.
Murkin', said OCSO Detective Lieuten-
ant Brad Stark, is slang for murder. Lt. Stark
said the incident is still under investigation
and that none of the gang members will be
named. He did say, however, that the gangs
are predominantly white and made up of


boys from middle class families in Okeecho-
bee County.
The two gangs are made up boys "no one
would ever expect as being gang involved,"
said the veteran investigator.
Lt. Stark heads up the OCSO gang and
street crimes units. One of his primary duties
is documenting local gangs and their mem-
bers. As of Friday, said the lieutenant, he
has documented 129 gangs in Okeechobee
County. Of those, he is currently and actively
working incidents involving 21 gangs.
He went on to say that the documented
gangs not only include criminal street gangs
but car clubs and white supremacy groups.
The G4L gang formed a couple of years
ago as a sort of joke, said the detective. How-
ever, they went from being a joke to fighting
and intimidating other teens.
"It's one of those things that escalated
over the years," said Lt. Stark. "Since the
shooting there were several incidents of
graffiti by both gangs at the high school."
After hearing of the escalation, Sheriff
Paul May contacted the Okeechobee County
School District and organized a meeting.
That meeting was attended by school offi-
cials, as well as G4L and CMC members and
their parents.
"Both were starting to escalate and other
people were pushing it up," said Lt. Stark.
"They (the two gangs) were becoming
popular in the school system and had to be
stopped."


Lt. Stark said about 80 people attended
the meeting at OHS.
"We had a positive response," he said.
"It was relayed to us that this was going to
stop and the gangs would disband. As far
as I'm concerned, everything is done and
the gang activity should stop. Hopefully, it's
done with.
"This was an emerging gang -- who
knows what it would have led to," he add-
ed.
The detective said both the sheriff's office
and the local school system were proactive
"... in getting a handle on this."
Although the G4L and CMC gangs did
not wear colors, they still qualify as crimi-
nal street gangs under Florida law because
they have a common name, they flash hand
signs, there are three or more members and
they are engaged in criminal activity (fight-
ing).
"They meet the elements of a criminal
street gang," the detective added.
He said the G4L group had about 18
members, while the CMC gang had around
11 members.
Since the meeting, Lt. Stark said he is not
aware of any additional incidents.
Because of escalated gang activity across
the state, Florida has passed legislation that
automatically increases penalties for those
who are convicted of committing a crime
and belong to a gang. Lt. Stark said his unit
is investigating local criminal street gangs


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).
Leon Jessie, 31, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 18 by Deputy Cari Arnold on
a warrant charging him with violation of pa-


role. He is being held without bond.
Willie Coleman, 17, Texas Court,
Fort Pierce, was arrested March 18 on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with battery on detention or commitment
facility staff. He is being held without bond.
Roger Evan Lloyd, 61, Linda Road,
Buckhead Ridge, was arrested March 18 by
Deputy Cari Arnold on a charge of refusal to
submit to breath, blood or urine test. He was
released on his own recognizance.


Teddy David Prescott, 52, S.R. 70 W,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 18 by
Deputy John Ashby on a charge of driving
while license suspended habitual offender.
He was released on his own recognizance.
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.


"at a higher level" because of these tougher
penalties.
Detective Lowe's report indicated that
Murphy turned himself in at the sheriff's of-
fice the day after the shooting, and that ev-
eryone involved had been drinking beer that
night.
Editor's note: According the Sheriff's Of
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OHS Tennis loses to Sebring


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Austin Willard and Max Norman put up
good fights but lost singles matches Thursday
as Okeechobee High School tangled with the
Sebring Blue Streaks.
Willard had streaks of good play as he led 3 0
in the first set, but still lost the match, 6 3, and 6 3
to Makeila Avelara.
Avelera struggled early on with some unforced
errors but was able to put it together to beat Wil
lard, a two year starter on the tennis team.
'At the beginning I was pretty focused. He
came back and beat me six games in a row. In
the second set I tried to have fun," Willard said.
A nice volley at the net in the 4th name by
Avelara seemed to get him going. He was able to
break Willard in the fifth, seventh and ninth game
to win the first set.
Avelara also broke out to a 3-0 advantage in
the second set. Willard didn't give up and cut it to
302. His momentum was cut a bit when he lost
a multiple deuce game that lasted nearly 15 min-
utes when he was down 3 4.
"I try to have fun out there. The last couple of
matches I've been getting real mad at myself.
He had some really good strokes and he kept
me off balance. I also made a few errors," Willard
noted.
Willard has done well in doubles play with
Jonathan Hudoff. They had only lost one match
as they entered Thursday's schedule.
"I guess we know what each other will do and
we work well together," he said.
Willard was also a standout on the basketball
team this year. He has played four years of bas-
ketball, tennis for two years, and one year of track
and football.
Norman won an hour long first set against Bri-


an Miller of Sebring, 7-6, and 8-6 in the tiebreak.
The marathon match lasted more than two hours
with Miller finally on top, 6-7, 6-0, 6-0.
Neither play had much luck holding their serve
in the first set but Norman won a marathon 12th
game to even the set and fore the tie break.
Miller, who qualified for the state swim meet
this year, played better in the second and third
sets.
Sebring remained unbeaten as a team with
the boy's victory as they swept all five singles
matches.
The tennis teams host South Fork on Tuesday
and Hardee on Thursday. The Hardee match will
be their last home match of the year.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Austin Willard, OHS, played the
Sebring Blue Streaks on Thursday and
had streaks of good play, but still lost
the match.


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Girls tennis team falls at Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jensen Beach swept five singles match-
es as they defeated Okeechobee High
School 5-2 in a match Tuesday in Jensen
Beach.
Jordan Rucks defeated Samantha Riv-
ero of Okeechobee 6-2 and 6-3 while Sarah
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Okeechobee shuts out Fort Pierce Central


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Cameron Tewksbury pitched a 4-hit shut-
out and Okeechobee scrapped and clawed to
score four runs in the bottom of the fourth in-
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Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders said that
was a big play in the game, "So many people
underestimate Crawford's. That's the advan-
tage of having an athlete like that. I think there
coach realized when the runner rounded third
that Crawford was throwing, and basically the
runner was in no mans land."
Okeechobee was held at bay by Ft. Pierce
starter Brandon Houle through the first three
innings. They got things rolling in the fourth
as Weir hustled out an infield hit. He went
to second on a wild pitch and then raced to
third on a sacrifice by Adam Tewksbury. Houle
tried to get Weir at third but the tag was late.
Fort Pierce didn't cover the bag at second and
Tewksbury was alert and raced into scoring
position.
After Crawford walked, Derrius Bauer
ripped an RBI single to left to score Weir to
break the scoreless tie. Okeechobee added
runs on an infield single by Dustin Hamilton
and a squeeze bunt by Aaron Suarez.
Tewksbury took it from there. He didn't al-
low a hit after the fourth inning. He said he
experimented with a couple of new grips on


Cameron Tewksbury was lights out in
his complete game performance Tues-
day night.
his curveball and was able to keep Ft. Pierce
off balance, "I kind of came out slow tonight
but I gained velocity later in the game. I think
our big inning helped me relax a bit."
Tedders said he feels his team must be
scrappy and find a way to get runs and get
outs. He said in the team's rally they bunted
the ball well and put pressure on the Cobra
defense.
"Cameron was on tonight. It was a quick
game and we came out of here victorious
which is what I like," he added.
At the plate Drew Selvey was 1-3. Weir
went 1-2. Okeechobee had only four hits in
the game.
Houle pitched six innings and was charged
with four runs, all of them earned. He struck
out eight Brahman hitters.
Tewksbury struck out eight and walked
just one batter in the complete game perfor-
mance.
Ft. Pierce had beaten Okeechobee 5-2 in
the Brahman preseason classic in February.


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Boys tennis team loses at Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jensen Beach swept five singles matches
and went on to defeat Okeechobee High
School 6-1 in boys tennis action in Jensen
Beach Tuesday.
Okeechobee played a veteran team that
was deep as all five of their players have a lot
of talent and experience, Coach Bryan Van
Camp said afterward.
"They were strong this year. Nobody re-
ally stood out for them, but they are stronger
as a team this year," he added.
Okeechobee ace Zach Fowler had the
best match of the day in the # 1 match. Fowl-
er led 5-2 in the first set and 3-0 in the second
set against Michael Kuhns but was unable to
hold the lead. Kuhns prevailed 7-5, and 6-3.
"Zach competed and was able to get
ahead in the sets. He couldn't quite finish
his sets," Van Camp said.
Jonathan Hudoff lost to Alec Ellis 6-0,
and 6-1. Austin Willard lost to Brandon Arm-
strong 6-1 and 6-2. Mark Langer defeated
Max Norman of Okeechobee 6-1 and 6-0.
Matt Romano defeated Chris Wegmann, 6-1,
and 6-1.
Van Camp said Wegmann played a good
match as many of his games included long


rallies, and deuce points. He said it was actu-
ally the longest singles match of the day. [ e J W
"The match was more competitive than
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good teams with a lot of talent who have
more experience than we do," Van Camp
concluded.
Next week Okeechobee will host South
Fork on Tuesday and Hardee County on
Thursday. Both matches will begin at 3:30
p.m.


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Girls softball team rolls past Fort Pierce Central


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's Lady Brah-
mans Softball Team scored five runs in the
second and 12 more in the fourth inning
Thursday as they rolled over Fort Pierce Cen-
tral 20-1, in a District 14-4A battle at OHS.
The win propelled the team into a big
tournament this weekend at Gulliver Prep
High School where Okeechobee was sched-
uled to meet one of the top programs in the
state, Palmetto.
Brahman Coach Kim Hargraves said the
girls did pretty well overall but that she isn't
a big fan of blowouts like this, "I really don't
care for games like this. It is hard to keep
momentum going for the girls. I was expect-
ing it to be 20-0 in the first inning and when
we didn't produce that I was a little ticked
off."
Hargraves praised Fort Pierce for their im-
provement and for a few innings they played
with the Brahmans Thursday.
They managed four hits, which included
doubles by Amanda Bareland and Lizzie Lo-
pez.
Okeechobee though was able to get to
Bareland while at the plate.
Okeechobee scored twice in the first
thanks to a throwing error by the Cobras
shortstop on a ground ball by LeAnna Cot-
ton.
The five run second included some ag-
gressive base running and a double by
Ashtyn Brown, who had four hits. Still the
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of Corporations the fictitious name.
to wit:
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Under which we expect to engage in
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Okeechobee, FL 34974
In the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
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Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this the 21st day of
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-DP-063
IN THE INTEREST OF:
D.R. DOB: 2/14/07
Mother of the minor child:
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(surrendered parental rights)
TO: Father of D.R., Jennaine Orr
Residence and Address Unknown


fly ball to center. Lopez lined up the ball but
it kicked off her glove and fell for a big error.
Okeechobee was able to score two runs on
the play and led 7-0 after two innings.
Brown added an RBI single in the fourth
to make it 8-0.
The fourth inning seemed like it would
never end for the Cobras. Okeechobee sent
16 batters to the plate, pounded out 11 hits,
and scored 12 times. Key hits included an
RBI single by Jaryaca Baker, an RBI triple
by Baker, an RBI triple by LeAnna Cotton,
an RBI single by Taylor Kinman and an RBI
triple by Kinman.
Okeechobee (12-2) actually played with
a number of their starters on the bench.
Hargraves said the girls had made some
poor decisions in class and were disciplined.
"We had a big crowd tonight and a lot of
younger girls were here. These girls are an
inspiration to a lot of them. I want us to set
a good example. I do hold our girls up to
higher standards and my expectations are


higher for them. To me you try to excel or
you go home."
The Brahmans got a treat earlier this week
when they visited the University of Florida to
watch the Gators host the Auburn Tigers and
Okeechobee Alumnus Kelley Smiley. Smiley
both games of a double header at 2B for the
Tigers. She had three hits on the afternoon.
Coach Hargraves said her girls were
stoked to watch the game and really en-
joyed the experience. "Kelly is one of the
extraordinary athletes that are coming out
of Okeechobee County. She is a great ball
player but she was open minded to coach-
ing and used on the field what you told her.
We have some good athletes here now and
I preach to them it's about more than just
softball it's about making good decisions.
If you make poor choices in life you'll be
backed into a corner that you don't want to
be in."
Okeechobee's next home game will
be Tuesday, March 23, against Glades Day


School. The Junior varsity game begins at 5
p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.
The JV Brahmans defeated Fort Pierce
14-0 on Thursday.


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FEBRUARY, 2007. THE CHILD WAS
BORN IN THE COUNTY OF ST LU-
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OF, THIS 27th DAY OF JAN. 2010. *
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CLERK OF COURT
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Officer Larry Peterson, a CW4 Army Helicopter Pilot who is stationed in Af-
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Peterson this school year, and they had the rare opportunity to meet him. He
brought pictures of his helicopter, the army base, soldiers in uniform, and
pictures of Afghan soldiers who help the Americans. Officer Peterson talked
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Harrison brought in total of 33.46 lbs. to
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(left) Jack Harrison took top honors at the TCBC March Kissimmee and
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Sweet Alfredo $799
All Special served with 2 sides. Soup or Salad,
and complimentary pudding or ice cream
- SPECIALS SERVED -
7 DAYS 6 AM 11 PM
1. N.Y. Strip Steak
2. Veal Parmigiana with Spaghetti
3. Chicken and Shrimp
4. Grilled Mahi Mahi
5. Hearty Homemade Meatloaf
6. Shrimp Alfredo over pasta
All Special served with 2 sides. Soup or Se lad
and complimentary pudding or ice crean,
2 Dinners $18 59
Your Choice
For the Price of one!


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Okeechobee News


March 21, 2010




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