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Vol. 101 No. 37 Friday, March 26, 2010

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injured in

hit and run
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Sanford man is in critical
condition in a Fort Pierce hospital
after the motorcycle he was riding
reportedly struck a pickup truck
being driven by an Okeechobee
According to a Florida High-
way Patrol (FHP) accident report
by Trooper T.D. Burk, the 1995
Ford pickup driven by Leroy E.
Felt, 68, pulled out of a private
drive and directly into the path of
the oncoming Harley Davidson
Rodney P. Wilde, 56, was
southbound on U.S. 441 N. at
8:34 p.m. on Friday, March 19,
when Mr. Felt reportedly pulled
out in front of him. The FHP re-
port states that Mr. Wilde tried to
stop but the 2008 Harley he was
riding skidded then rolled over.
The motorcycle then hit the truck
and Mr. Wilde was thrown under
the pickup upon impact.
Trooper Burk goes on to state
that the left rear tire on Mr. Felt's
truck ran over the motorcyclist,
and that Mr. Wilde was then
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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsk
Rein and Shine, a mounted drill team made up of Jackie Bass, Paula Daniel, Verna Be
dow and Sandy Glenn took first place in the Quad Division in the Equestrian Mounted Di
Team competition at the Okeechobee County Fair on March 20. This was the first year tI
Okeechobee County Fair has included horse events, which proved popular with both tl
contestants and the spectators. For more ... See Page 13

Local hospital honors

Volunteer of the Year
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Over 12,000 hours were donated to Raulerson Hospital
by volunteers in 2009. With that in mind, hospital admin-
istrator Robert Lee toasted all of the volunteers at a special
ceremony on Monday.
Marion Barrett, the Vice President of the Auxiliary, was
named the volunteer of the year.
"I'm excited. I'm shocked. I know I couldn't have done
this without all the girls," she said afterward.
Lee said volunteers build a better world and are a vital

teen earns rank
of Eagle Scout
... See page 21

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Raulerson CEO Robert Lee and Vol-
unteer of the Year Marion Barrett.

.... Page 24




By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Commis-
en sioners spent some time discuss-
n- ing the economic situation of the
rill county at their meeting on Thurs-
he day, March 25.
he Deputy county administrator
Robbie Chartier said that cur-
- rently revenues exceed expendi-
tures by $1.9 million. However,
she said the gap between the two
is narrowing and she expects the
trend to reverse itself by the end
of the year.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner said he had met for two
hours the day before with the
constitutional officers discussing
the budget. They discussed the
possible $4.2 million deficit and
the tools available to reduce that

See BUDGET Page 21
Lake Levels

14.26 feet
Last Year: 12.32 feet

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March 26, 2010

Continued From Page 1

part of the hospital. He noted every year the
selection committee has a hard time as they
determine who should win the award.
"They are all deserving nominees. There
are challenges in the hospital industry and
we need volunteers more than ever. They
are a special breed from all walks of life.
Day in and day out they touch lives in a very
meaningful way," he added.

Each volunteer at the hospital, there are
47, received a certificate of appreciation.
Barrett received a gift certificate for Light-
sey's Restaurant, her name on a plaque, and
also a great parking space right in front of
the hospital for the next year.
Barrett shared the moment with her hus-
band, her preacher, and her sister. She said
when she moved here in 2004 she wanted to

get involved. She started with water aerobics
and then came to the hospital to see if they
could use volunteers.
"I like it. It's fun and it's challenging. All
of the girls are terrific. They stand in the gap
when the hospital needs somebody. We al-
ways try to pitch in and help," she added.
Barrett owned and operated a feed store
for many years but the business was dam-
aged by Hurricane Frances. She is a native of
Alabama but has lived in Florida for 30 years.
She moved to Okeechobee in 2004. She said
being a volunteer at Raulerson Hospital has
definitely had a positive impact on her life.

"I try to be a blessing to somebody every
day when I come in. I know people come
in to see sick relatives and friends. We try to
speak to them and tell them good morning
and good afternoon and try to make them
feel comfortable in the hospital," she said.
Lee said Barrett is very caring with a great
personality. He noted she is always smiling,
never complains and is very dedicated to the
Hospital officials said volunteers are al-
ways needed at the hospital. If you are inter-
ested please call Raulerson Hospital at 863-
763-2151 and ask for Human Resources.

Continued From Page 1
dragged into the northbound lane of the
Mr. Felt drove away and was found later
at his home by Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) deputies Brian Cross and Matt
Hurst, stated the FHP report. The OCSO re-
port states that the deputies found Mr. Felt's
truck at his home, and saw damage on the
Ford that was consistent with a traffic crash.
The OCSO report also said that Mr. Felt
had been at the Eagles Club, 9985 U.S. 441
N., and was pulling out from the club when
the alleged accident occurred. Mr. Felt re-
portedly told the deputies he did not recall
being involved in a traffic crash.
Mr. Felt was not injured.
The accident is still under investigation,
Trooper Burk stated.

As ot I hursday, March 26, Mr. Wilde
was listed as being in critical condition at
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort
Damage to the motorcycle was estimat-
ed to be $8,000, stated the trooper's report,
while the truck sustained an estimated $750
in damages.
Evidence at the scene may have been
compromised when an Okeechobee man
ignored orders to stop and drove through
the site while officers were taking measure-
ments and documenting evidence.
Florencio Serrano, 19, N.W Seventh Ave.,
was arrested at the scene at gunpoint and
was charged with the felony of tampering
with evidence. He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of failure to obey a law
enforcement officer.
Serrano was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail where he is being held with-
out bond.

Bake sale to benefit BHR Fireman Auxilliary
The Buckhead Ridge Fireman's Auxiliary will have a bake sale on Saturday, April 3
at the fire station on Hwy. 78 in Buckhead Ridge from 8 a.m. until noon. We will have
cakes, pies and other fresh baked items for sale just in time for Easter dinner! For more
information, please call Eleanor at 863-357-1934.

Okeechobee High School 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 em-
ployees upon graduation. If interested, you may want to 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

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 -.
in this historic event. EEVATION

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.

^ _ __ ^^ __ ___

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Richard Harvey Beatty, 37, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested March 18
by Deputy Corporal Chris Hans on Okeecho-
bee County warrants charging him with the
felonies of obtaining property for worth-
less check over $149 and failure to appear
- worthless check over $150. His total bond
on these charges was set at $22,500. Beatty
was also arrested on warrants charging
him with the misdemeanor of obtaining
property for worthless check less than $149
and failure to appear driving while license
suspended. His total bond on these charges
was set at $500.
Christopher Lee Martin, 24, S.W 21st
St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 19 by
Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell on charges of
driving under the influence and leaving the
scene of an accident with property damage.
He was released on his own recognizance.
Victor Van Vickery, 21, S. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 19 by Offi-
cer Lawrence Parzygnat on a charge of grand
theft auto. His bond was set at $1,500.
James David Gruber, 20, S.E. 49th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested March
19 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a De-
partment of Corrections amended warrant
charging him with violation of probation
- burglary of an unoccupied structure and

violation of probation grand theft. He is be-
ing held without bond.
Amber Lee McClure, 25, S.W 21st St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by
Officer Scott Morgan on a felony charge of
possession of cocaine. She was also arrested
on misdemeanor charges of driving while li-
cense suspended with knowledge and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. Her bond
was set at $3,000.
Adan Orozco, 28, N.W Fifth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 20 by
Deputy Brian Cross on a charge of posses-
sion of cocaine. His bond was set at $1,000.
Kevin Charles Nagel, 49, S.E. 57th
Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested March 20
by Deputy Corporal Timothy A. Higgins on
charges of driving under the influence and
refusal to submit to breath test. His bond
was set at $1,000.
Jose E. Serrano, 25, N.W 30th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 21 by
Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a
charge of driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $1,000.
Dustin Robert Hoover, 24, S.W 24th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 22
by Officer Lawrence Parzygnat on a charge
of driving under the influence. He was re-
leased on his own recognizance.
William Leslie Thomas, 45, S.W 11th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 22 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with felony
battery. His bond was set at $30,000.
Cordero McGriff, 23, N.W Eighth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by
Deputy Justin Merriman on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation

of probation filing a false police report, vio-
lation of probation burglary of a structure
and violation of probation grand theft. He
is being held without bond.
David Edward King, 41, N.W. Eighth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23
by Officer Lawrence Parzygnat on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation -
driving while license suspended habitual
offender and violation of probation posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. He is being held
without bond.
Linda Anderson, 27, S.E. 39th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 23 by
Deputy Steven Pollack on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation worthless checks (12 counts).
She is being held without bond.
Melissa Dawn Lipscomb, 32, S.E. 44th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 23
by Deputy Mark Shireman on charges of
grand theft, dealing in stolen property and
defrauding a pawnbroker. Her bond was set
at $20,000.
Flavia Leticia Escobar, 17, N.W Seventh
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 24 by
Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with the felo-
nies of possession of alprazolam, introduc-
tion of contraband into a county detention
facility and possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to sell near a school. She
was also charged with the misdemeanors of
possession of marijuana less than 20 grams
and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her
bond was set at $2,500.
Andrew Joshua Velazquez, 21, Mead-
owbrook St., Lake Placid, was arrested

March 24 by Officer Belen Reyna on a felony
charge of fleeing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer. He was also arrested on a mis-
demeanor charge of driving while license
suspended. His bond was set at $10,500.
Karman Bernadette Moore, 47, N.E.
Fourth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested
March 24 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging her
with obtaining a controlled substance by
fraud (four counts). Her bond was set at
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

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Man accused of selling cocaine

By Eric Kopp Cotton was booked into the
Okeechobee News Okeechobee County Jail under a
An Okeechobee man has been bond of $275,000.
arrested on felony drug charges af- An arrest report by the Okeecho-
ter he reportedly sold crack cocaine bee Narcotics Task Force states that
to a confidential source during an an undercover officer and a confi-
undercover drug operation. Randy Cotton dential source made arrangements
Randy Henry Cotton, 51, N.W to buy cocaine from Cotton. The offi-
12th St., was arrested Monday, March 22, on cer and confidential source met with Cotton
charges of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet who allegedly sold them a substance that,
of a church (five counts) and possession of when field tested, indicated a positive result
cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet for the presence of cocaine. The transactions
of a church (five counts). were recorded and videoed by other law en-
forcement members, the report continued.

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Friday, March 26, 2010

Letter to the editor Okeechobee Forecast

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, 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!

I wish we could go back to the old
days where the girls could play Dixie soft-
ball. They just don't play to the level of travel
ball. It seems like such a waste of money to
send them to a few tournaments, let them
get clobbered and bring them back home
downhearted. At least in Dixie, they would
face teams that are similar to them ... the
best of the rec ball club All Stars. Maybe
we could actually get tournaments back
here and raise money for our organization
again, instead of sending it out of town. Just
thinking back to the days of sending our girls
to the world series and what great fun it was
for them and what an uplifting experience it
was for them. It seems like we worry about
the boy's sports and the girls get left out re-
peatedly. Come on OCRA, let's get back to
the way we used to be ... sometimes change
is good, but sometimes it is better to go back
to the way it was because it was just fine!
The girls that really want to be travel ball
players can do that on their own.
Look at the high school and team and
count how many of these girls went to na-
tionals a few years back. Sorta miss those
days of walking around the park. Dixie nev-
er hurt the performance of these girls and
it sure would be nice to get some tourneys
back in town.

Senate Bill 6
I was wondering just who is in favor
of this bill. From some online research it
seems the teachers, school boards, super-
intendents and PTOs all oppose this bill.
Who does that leave? Those not involved in
education. I heard a rumor that this bill is
really about union busting. Because it takes
away the teachers union collective bargain-
ing rights, it effectively destroys the unions.
The teachers unions have never supported
Republican candidates. So there is suspicion
that the Republicans want to punish and de-
stroy the teachers unions.

Teen accused of
shooting at truck
The police report reflects what the boys
had decided to tell them about what hap-
pened. This may or may not be the truth. I
believe that the boys in the truck need some
sort of punishment as they were the aggres-
sors here. They went to the boy's house
looking to fight.
All the boys in the truck need to also
be arrested. While two wrongs don't make
a right, none of this would have ever hap-
pened if they had not gone looking for trou-
ble. In addition, all the police have to do is
go to youtube and look under "okee fights"
and they will see first hand who are the ones
who get groups together to jump one per-
son -- it's right there for them to see! The
police need to stop these groups that are
banding together to jump on one person.
It's all there for them to see- evidence and all
right on youtube!

Bring in revenue
It seems that the City and County of
Okeechobee need to explore ways to get
more business and recreation dollars flow-
ing into our area. I was watching the Sports-
man channel and heard how small towns
are tapping into the ever growing sport of
ATV and Off Road recreation. I have noticed
that on the weekends of the monthly mud-
ding events at L-Cross that the gas stations,
hotels, KOA, grocery stores are just loaded
on those days. It would serve our leaders to
contact the state and see about working with
them on getting an ORV Park located close
to our town. The state has collected funds
from unit purchases since 2003 to invest and
locate at least five state locations in Florida,
which have not been opened as of yet.
Not to try to sound like a tree hugger,
but there must be better ways to generate
revenue than destroying the land with ATVs.
Look at any place they run and you will see
nothing but rutted, barren, destroyed land.
This has to contribute to run-off and ero-
sion, not to mention the gas and oil leaked
in an area. When L-Cross has an event I
think you may see camping at L-Cross, but
I doubt there is much more occupancy at
motels or KOA for that weekend. I think the
State has two ORV areas, Tate's Hell ORV
park and Withlacoochee, and there are sev-
eral private areas as well. Let the ATVers use
what is already destroyed and don't destroy
any more.

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Haiti Relief
On behalf of the American Red Cross
Okeechobee Service Center, we would
like to thank the residents, businesses and
schools who so generously donated to the
Haiti Relief Efforts.
The American Red Cross is a humanitar-
ian organization that provides relief to vic-
tims of disasters and helps people prevent,
prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Bike Fest
The American Red Cross would like to
thank Big Mike's Sports Grille for holding
a Bike Fest/Poker Run for our Okeecho-
bee Branch on Saturday, March 13. Many
heartfelt thanks to WOKC, Iron Eagle, Bar-
racuda's, Happy Hour Tavern and J&S Fish
Camp for their generous contribution and
unrelenting support of this event. Also, we
would like to recognize and thank Harmon
Bros Entertainment, Steve Cates, Style Stu-
dios, Skip Jack's, Pueblo Viego Restaurant,
Tiffany Hurst LMT, Jennifer with Coconut
Palms Massage and The Clock Restaurant
for their charitable donations to this event.
Julie Shook
American Red Cross

Today: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent
chance of showers and thunderstorms and
a high near 82. Winds will be from the west
southwest between 10 and 15 mph with
gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear with a low around
50. Winds will be from the west northwest
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near
81. Winds will be from the north at 5 to 15
mph becoming east.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a
low around 58. Winds will be from the east
between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high near
82 and a 50 percent chance of showers with
thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m.

Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Wednesday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 1-1-6; Play 4: 0-7-3-4; Fantasy 5: 11
17-21-25-27; Mega Money: 1-2-4-34 MB 7;
Florida Lotto: 9-10-20-25-27-39 X 4; Power-
ball: 14-20-24-39-49 PB7 x3. Numbers drawn
Thursday, Cash 3: 0-7-5; Play 4: 3-5-0-6.

UKeecnoDee News/iete uawaa

Fun at the fair
Austin Bullock, 6, and Aubrie McWhorter, 6, were having fun feeding the
animals at the petting zoo at the Okeechobee County Fair.

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March 26, 2010 Okeechobee News

Special to the Okeechobee News

Lunch time concert
Lauren Fusco sings selections from 'Uekyll and Hyde" accompanied by
Kevin Kinnaird on the piano at the Friday, March 19 "Let's do lunch" con-
cert at Church of our Saviour Episcopal Church. The final concert in the
series, entitled "The Young Musician's Cafe," will be held at the church on
Friday, March 25 from 12:10 to 12:40. There will be a country/western duo,
beginning guitar students and a young pianist from the local area. A brown
bag lunch will be available after the concert to enjoy in the hall or to take
with you. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 with brown bag
lunch. For more information call 863-763-4843. The church is located at 200
N.W. Third St.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

School Board honors student
Margaret Ruede-McKane is one of the students who will represent OHS
in the State Science and Engineering Fair. She received congratulations
from School Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper on March 9 when close
to 50 Okeechobee students and employees were honored at this month's
Okeechobee County School Board meeting.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Jan Fehrman

Cooking program
The Lifelong Learning Institute at IRSC is offering The Gal-
loping Gourmet, three gourmet cooking classes with tal-
ented cook, Mimi Arnold. Mimi has taught culinary classes
with Williams-Sonoma and has been working with food
and cooking most of her life. She will show students how
to prepare a brunch, lunch, and dinner using local and re-
gional produce s well as allowing tasting. She will also
demonstrate how to design a creative table setting. The
classes will be held in the new culinary classroom at the
IRSC Dixon-Hendry Campus in Okeechobee on Friday,
April 16, Friday, April 23, and Friday, April 30 from 1 to 3
p.m. Reservations required by Friday, April 2. Call Laura
Kelly at 772-462-7880 to reserve or for more information.

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Kiwanis meeting
The weekly Kiwanis meeting held at the American Le-
gion building had as guest speaker, Dr. Joyce Taylor, a
trustee of the Florida Kiwanis Division 16. Dr. Taylor is
pictured with Kiwanis Presiden tJim Vensel. Dr. Taylor
emphasized in her presentation that children are the
number one focus of the Florida Kiwanis Foundation.
She also stated that the district will financially support
local Kiwanis Key Clubs and service projects such as
a new Toddler Park by simply applying for grants avail-
able from our district.

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Community Events Obituaries

School Board to conduct
Public Hearing
The Okeechobee County School Board
will conduct a public hearing on participa-
tion in the Indian Education Formula Grant
on Friday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in Room 301
of the Okeechobee County School Board Of-
fice, 700 S.W Second Avenue. The purpose
of the meeting is to explain the goals of the
2010-11 Indian Formula Grant and activities
associated with the Title VII program. Any
questions or comments please contact Les-
lie Lundy at 863-462-5000, ext 259.

Gospel Sing planned

Seventh Day Adventist Church, 912 N.W.
Park St., is sponsoring a Gospel Sing featur-
ing Peggy Arthur and Saved By Grave on
Friday Night, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Testing planned for ham
radio licenses at EOC
Testing for ham radio operator licenses
will be held at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, 499 N.W Fifth Avenue,
(in the old hospital building, next door to
the Okeechobee Sheriff's Office) on Satur-
day, March 27 at 10 a.m. For information,
contact Harold Hilliard (WB4TOV) at 863-
763-5337 or 863-634-2340.

Eagles hold State Picnic
Members of the Cypress Hut Eagles are
invited to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles
State Picnic on Saturday, March 27, from
1-5 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage,
smoked turkey, baked beans, cole slaw, po-
tato salad, macaroni salad and dessert avail-
able. 50/50 drawings, state ways and means
table and music by Michaels Memories are

Rotary to hold annual
L.O.S.T. ride
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is having
their seventh Annual L.O.S.T. Ride-Run-Walk
Event on Saturday, March 27. Registration
is 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-

Benefit tourney for
lost fishermen
A benefit tourney for the family of Al
and John Reed who died fishing on Lake
Okeechobee on Sept. 5, 2009 will be held on
March 27, out of Okee-Tantie Park. Seventy
percent will be paid out to the top 7 tourna-
ment weights with the remaining 30 percent
to the family (Julie, Josh, Jessica). In addi-
tion, boat and equipment sales will be fea-
tured at the tournament. Entry fees will be
$100 per team plus $10 for big fish fund. En-
tries should be mailed to Larry Steele, 1020
S.E. Buttonwood Circle, Stuart, FL 34997.
Entries at the ramp are welcome with cash
only. Tournament will begin at safe daylight
and end at 1 p.m.

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

Emmett W. Campbell, 80
OKEECHOBEE Emmett W Campbell, age
80, of (i.. .. ii..... passed away March 24,
2010, at Raulerson Hospital.
Born March 3, 1930, in Vigo, Ind., to James
and Lois Campbell he came to (ii.. I..i....
from Indiana in 1985. He was a railroad agent.
Mr. Campbell proudly served our country in the
U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the First
United Methodist Church and the Elks of Okee-
Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife, Lois
Campbell; three sons, David Campbell (Gale) of
Evansville, Ind., Garry Campbell (Olga) of Cy-
press, Texas, and Randy Campbell (Veronica) of
Dallas, Texas; daughter, Kathy Caine of Green-
wood, Ind.; six grandchildren; seven great-
grandchildren; brother, James Campbell of Hilo,
Hawaii; and sister, Ruth Owen of Las Vegas,
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Friday, March
26, 2010, at Bass ('i.... il,, .. Funeral Home
with Pastor Bruce Simpson officiating.
Memorials may be made to First United
Methodist Church.
Friends may sign the I-i, il..... i. at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.. .i ...- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, ( ...i,,,i,,, Fl

Louise Miller, 80
OKEECHOBEE Louise Miller, age 80, of
('i.... i.l., passed away March 24, 2010, in
( I., I- I ,
Born Sept. 2, 1929, in Alabama she was hair-
dresser and landscaper. She came to Okeecho-
bee from Georgia in
2000. She was a
member of the First
Baptist Church of
01., 6 4 I ",I,
Mrs. Miller is sur-
vived by her hus-
band of 33 years,
James D. Miller of .ti
(,i., il three
daughters, Audrey '
Parker Kemp (Bill J.)
of Edmond, Okla.,
Darlene Parker of Okeechobee, Jennie Marie
Thomas (Larry) of New Smyrna; two sons, Ed-
ward D. Parker of Gainesville and James D. Mill-
er, Jr. (Linda J.) of Leesburg; brothers, Homer
Eugene McCollum, Raleigh McCollum and Mack
McCollum all of Ellijay, Ga.; seven grandchil-
dren; ten great-grandchildren and six great great
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until services at 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 28, at First Baptist Church. Pas-
tor Randy Huckabee will officiate. Interment will
be in Ellijay, Georgia.
Friends may sign the ,., i ..... i. at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.. -...II- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (i .... i,i, Fl

Theodore 'Ted' Weygant, 82
OKEECHOBEE Theodore "Ted" Weygant,
died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, in Raulerson
Hospital. He was 82.
Born September 18, 1927 in Manhattan, N.Y,
Mr. Weygant had
been a resident of
(01., ..- since
Ted played profes-
sional baseball in his
youth, served in the
United States Army,
then became an
electrician by trade.
He was also a well-
versed history buff.
A devout Catholic
and avid
sports fan, Ted never missed a Yankee
game, a Dolphin game, or Sunday Mass.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Cor-
nelia Weygant and Marie Weygant; and son,
Sean Weygant.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Walling
of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, Michael Wey-
gant; and grandson, Joshua Weygant, both liv-
ing in Germany; brothers, Dave Weygant and
Jack Weygant of Lake Placid; sisters, Joan Lons-
chein of Ft. Lauderdale and Mary Waldman of
Rhode Island; three stepdaughters, Theresa
Cline of ('i.. l Carol Schecher of Port
Orange and Linda Cline of Wrightstown, N.J.;
and a stepson, Kenny Shifflett of Orlando.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. with Mass to begin at
11 a.m. Friday, March 26, at Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church, with Father Hugh Duffy officiating.
Interment will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March
27, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery,
North Lauderdale.

Lois Evelyn Gray, 77
OKEECHOBEE Lois Evelyn Gray, age 77, of
('i .... i-,,i passed away March 25, 2010, in
the Hamrick Home.
Born Dec. 10, 1932, in Nampa, Idaho, to Wil-
liam and Helen Root she was a bookkeeper
having come to Okeechobee from Idaho in
1962. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church of ('i.,.. ii..., She was active in the
First Baptist Church and helped with the build-
ing fund. She enjoyed working on genealogy.
Mrs. Gray is survived by her husband of 57
years, William Earl Gray Jr. of ( 'i.... i.. two
daughters, Sandra Paradise (Gary) of Tavares
and Valynda Kingsley (Dennis) of Queenstown,
Md.; two sons, Scott Gray (Sandy) of Chattanoo-
ga, Tenn., and Gareth Mark of Washington; two
sisters; one brother; nine grandchildren; and
two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 6:30 p.m. Friday,
March 26, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Okee-
chobee with Pastor Randy Huckabee officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist
Church for Haiti Relief.
Friends may sign the --ii. il ...... at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St, ('i, .. ii,,,,,, Fl

Sign guestbooks at
http://www. legacy. com

Janie P Key, 72
CANAL POINT Janie P. Key, age 72, of Ca-
nal Point and formerly of Okeechobee, passed
away March 23, 2010, at her home.
Born July 18, 1937, in ( i., i.1 ,i ... to the late
Arval Leroy and Lillian Florence Sullivan she
was a lifetime resident of the Glades. She was a
Teacher's Aide at Glades Day in Belle Glade.
She was a member of the Canal Point Baptist
Church. She enjoyed cleaning the church and
made sure it was polished from top to bottom.
Mrs. Key is survived by her husband of over 40
years, William 0. Key; children, Joel Pilcher of
Georgia, Janis Stevens (Jake) of ( i.... .i-.l ,
Shelia Sanchez (Pete) of Canal Point and David
Key (Gaye) of Belle Glade; 13 grandchildren, Ja-
mie, Debbi Jo, Brandi, Jacob, Troy, Joseph, Da-
nielle, Jose, Jayna, Joshua, Anthony, Caroline
and Alyssa; five great-grandchildren, Jessie, Na-
than, Josie, Tennyson and Arianna; two broth-
ers, Kenneth Sullivan of Okeechobee and David
Sullivan of South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 26,
at Canal Point Baptist Church. Funeral services
will be 10 a.m. March 27, at Canal Point Baptist
Church with Pastor Jerry Stone and Pastor Doug
Nicholson officiating. Interment will follow at
Port Mayaca Cemetery.
Friends may sign the ,'i-. -il ...... at www.bas-
., i.. . I- .. 1 1 . ..- II
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ( i.. .i i... -- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, ('i, .. i,,,i,,, Fl


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Okeechobee News March 26, 2010

Alleged burglar gets

empty money bag

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested Sun-
day for allegedly breaking into a local flea
market and making off with an empty mon-
ey bag while a woman slept in his car.
Randy Ryan Ramirez, 28, N.E. Ninth Lane,
was charged March 21 with the felonies of
burglary of a structure and two counts of at-
tempted burglary. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of petit theft and posses-
sion of marijuana under 20 grams.
He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $5,500.
Arrested with Ramirez was a 27-year-old
woman charged with the misdemeanors of
possession of marijuana under 20 grams
and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her
bond was set at $500.
An arrest report by Deputy Sergeant Shan-
non Peterson of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) stated that Ramirez
was arrested shortly after he broke into the
Trading Post Flea Market, on U.S. 441 S., and
took a money bag. The money bag, added
the report, was empty.

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee High School
student was arrested after he was
accused of "beating up" a pregnant
woman and would not allow her to
call for help.
Erick Philipea McQueen, 18,
S.E. Eighth St., was arrested Mon- Erick
day, March 22, on felony charges of MicQue
false imprisonment and aggravated
battery on a pregnant person. He was also
charged with the misdemeanors of domes-
tic battery and criminal mischief.
McQueen was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of $43,000.
An arrest report by Officer Belen Reyna
of the Okeechobee City Police Department

The report went on to
state that he apparently
tried to burglarize two
other businesses inside the
flea market.
During a search of his
vehicle, Sgt. Peterson stat-
ed that 8 grams of a green
Randy leafy substance was found.
ie That substance was field
Ramirez tested and indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of marijuana.
Sgt. Peterson's report went on to state
that about 1 gram of a green leafy substance
was found in a purse belonging to the wom-
an, who was reportedly asleep in a vehicle
belonging to Ramirez.
When that substance was field tested it
indicated a positive result for the presence
of marijuana.
A screen, stated the report, had been
removed from an office window and it ap-
peared that someone had tried to pry open
an office window.
The sergeant's report added that when
Ramirez was arrested, a screwdriver was
found in his pocket.

(OCPD) stated that McQueen went
to a former girlfriend's apartment
around 2 a.m. Monday and an argu-
ment ensued. During the argument,
SMcQueen reportedly punched her in
the arms, face and legs, threw her
about a room and kneed the woman
in the stomach, continued the report.
Officer Reyna's report states that
the woman is two months pregnant
n with McQueen's child.
According to the report, the wom-
an had bruises and marks about her head
and body.
The woman allegedly told the officer
that she was unable to call for help because
McQueen wouldn't allow her to use the

Victim's son helps nab alleged burglars

A man and a juvenile were arrested and
charged with burglary after the victim's son
gave chase on foot and later identified the
two suspects to deputies. Mitchell Arthur
Dean, 18, S.E. 21st Court, and Wayne Millerd
Bearden III, 17, S.E. 23rd Court, were both
arrested Thursday, March 25, on a felony
charge of burglary. Dean was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond
of $2,500. Bearden was booked into the
county jail then released into the custody of
his mother. An arrest report by Deputy Max
Waldron of the Okeechobee County Sher-

iff's Office (OCSO), Deputy Robbie Lamb
stopped a 1998 red Chevrolet in the 1500
block of S.E. 40th Ave. after the driver had
failed to stop at a stop sign. Deputy Waldron
responded to the scene to back up his fel-
low deputy. The vehicle was reportedly be-
ing driven by Dean. While at the traffic stop
OCSO dispatch alerted deputies about a
burglary in progress on S.E. 38th Terrace,
so Deputy Waldron responded because he
was close to the scene. While en route to the
scene he was notified that the victim's son
was chasing the suspect on foot.

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Teen accused of beating

up pregnant ex-girlfriend

Okeechobee News

March 26, 2010



YMCA Fun Day event planned for this Saturday

A YMCA in Okeechobee?
A Steering Committee made up of local
business and community leaders is working
hard to build a YMCA in Okeechobee. This
committee is chaired by local realtor Bran-
don Tucker of the Tucker Group. The com-
mittee has established an initial goal of rais-
ing $45,000 to fund two important needs:
1) a community-wide needs assessment to
test the question, does Okeechobee need
and can it support a YMCA facility, programs
and services? and 2) a scholarship fund for
underprivileged Okeechobee children to
help them attend YMCA summer camp in
Okeechobee in 2010.
To date, the committee has raised
$30,045.00-67 percent of its goal. A loca-
tion for the camp is being finalized and will
be announced shortly.
"We have a few short months before

11-year old might

have started fire

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An 11-year-old boy who played with
matches might have started a brush fire that
gutted about a half acre at 7265 N.W 30th
Street on Saturday, Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue reported.
Lt. Robert Banfield said the brush fire
burned near some structures but the struc-
tures were not damaged.
Two units and four firemen were on the
scene for about one hour. The Division of
Forestry assisted in the blaze. About 250 gal-
lons of water was used.
Tuesday, a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
was destroyed after it caught fire in the
Okeechobee High School Parking lot.
A fire report from Lt. Robert Mears said
a passerby noticed flames coming out from
under the vehicle, and told the driver to exit
the vehicle.
About $5,000 in property damage was
done as the vehicle was ruled a total loss,
Mears said.
The parking lot suffered minor damage.
About 300 gallons of water was used. Fire-
men were on the scene for about one hour.

Freedom Outreach holding
Fishing Tournament
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tour-
nament, series III, will be held March 28,
April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug.
29. The $80 cash entry fee for each tour-
nament in the series includes the Big Fish
Pot and the Classic Fund, with a 70 per-
cent payback. All tournaments are held
at Scott Driver park from safe light until 2
p.m. with Taylor Creek as the alternate in
case of low water. Please register early. To
get an entry application or for questions,
call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

school ends and summer camp programs
begin" said John Lass, President/CEO of the
YMCA of the Treasure Coast. Steering Com-
mittee members and other volunteers are
working hard to increase community aware-
ness for this project. Teresa Chandler, AVP
and regional marketing Director for Seacoast
Bank is leading efforts for a YMCA Family Fun
Day in Okeechobee on March 27.
Show support for a YMCA in Okeecho-
bee and have fun as a family at the same
time! There will be pony rides, a bounce

house, dunk tank, motorcycle show, swamp
buggy show, shine and show open class car
show, hula hoop contest, airboat show, fire
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daughter Cheyenne for winning
the pageant on February 18, 2010.
She did a wonderful job and we are very
proud of her and her accomplishment.
We Love You, ShyGirl. Love, Mom,
Dad, Courtney, Daniel Jr. and Joleyne.

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Horse events at the county fair
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County to get new industry

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The good news to come out of the Thurs-
day, March 25 meeting of Okeechobee
County Commissioners is that the county
will soon have a new employer, possibly
In these hard economic times Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners had the unex-
pected dilemma of choosing between two
businesses who were competing for the
same vacant county incubator building.
"We tried to get them both," said county
administrator Lyndon Bonner. However, he
said they were mutually exclusive in their
The incubator building was built with
grant money and is designed to be used for
start up businesses to lease for up to five
years at reduced rates until the business gets
going. It is divided into three sections. One
of those sections is currently being used by
the sheriff's office for storage.
Applied Bio Technologies and Fengu
American Mushrooms both wanted to rent
space. Applied Bio Technologies supplies
commercial and municipal water treatment
products. Fengu American Mushrooms in-
tends to build and operate large scale indoor,
climate controlled, high tech and completely
"green" mushroom farms.
Applied Bio Technologies, which only
wanted to rent one section of the incubator
building, will eventually employ ten people.
The company plans to provide water treat-
ment service to south and central Florida.
Fengu wanted to rent the entire building,
However, in order to grow mushrooms, the
entire building would have to be remod-
elled. Since the mushrooms are grown at a
temperature of between 65 and 67 degrees,
large areas of the building now devoted to
warehouse space would have to be air con-
Growing mushrooms would require a
large amount of water and the owner was
considering drilling a well. Mr. Bonner said
there were a number of problems with a
well including environmental issues. The

county would be responsible for the permit
for the well. He said there were too many
unknowns in dealing with Fengu. Also he
added that the county would have to rent
storage space for the sheriff's office. He
recommended going with Applied Bio Tech-
Kathy Scott, interim director of the indus-
trial park, who had worked with both appli-
cants, was concerned with totally remodel-
ling the building and then the business not
surviving. At any rate, in five years the build-
ing would have to be restored to its original
"We have two great companies," asserted
Brian Cartland of the Business Development
Board of Okeechobee, "They both bring dif-
ferent positives."
He had also been working with both
companies and looking for an alternate loca-
tion for both. However he, too, felt Applied
Bio Technologies would be the better tenant
for the county."
After listening to the proposals from both
companies, the board felt Applied Bio Tech-
nologies would be a better tenant for that
particular building and voted to give them
the lease.
However, commissioners expressed an
interested in having Fengu as a county em-
ployer if a suitable location could be found.
"We do have other properties in the in-
dustrial park, Mrs. Scott said.
Deputy county administrator Jim Three-
witts suggested property across U.S. 98.
from the industrial park.
Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested a
former dairy farm or feed mill as a possible
location for Fengu.
Martin French of Applied Bio Technolo-
gies said the product he produces eats waste
and grease in wastewater systems. He said
his company might eventually rent a second
unit in the incubator building before build-
ing his own building. He said he was ready
to occupy the incubator building on April 1.
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Guitar Hero championship
On Tuesday, March 16, the Okeechobee County Fair held its first Guitar Hero
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but only one could be champion. It was a tight race, but Paul Billie (center) fin-
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Now that the county fair is over, we feel that
our side of the story can be told without the Fair
Assn. complaining, that we rained on their
parade. If you had internet and followed the
newszap columns there was some very good
comments by some intelligent people who knew
and understood the facts. Narnie did an excel-
lent job in defending the Legion. Some people
never had a clue as to what was going on and it
showed in their comments. As to all the com-
ments about the Rodeo it was Greek to me.
Before the Fair Assn. was in existence, the
Legion had their fair and Speckled Perch and
the Rodeo had their deals and we coexisted with
no problems.
After the advent of the Fair Assn., Speckled
Perch was left out in the cold with no where to
go. So they came to us and asked to play on our
2nd Saturday and Sunday. Although our carnival
people weren't too happy about it we gave them
our permission. IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO
DO. It let us draw on each other for customers.
Of course by denying us the 2nd Saturday and
Sunday fair days leaves Speckled Perch with no
attraction to help draw people in to their booths.
A lot of facts stated on the internet by people
who may or may not have all the facts to begin
with. One such person was a blogger by the
name of Redleg whose facts I will address as
most the facts that he stated goes to the issue.
REDLEG FACT: The American Legion
changed their dates and extended their fair.
OUR ANSWER: The American legion fair
was in their 54th consecutive annual fair. From
inception the fair always played on the 2nd week
of February which means it could started as
early as the 3rd or as late as the 9th and than
played for 6 days. For some reason in 1990 the
fair actually started the 12th of Feb. and than
played for 6 days. In 1991 it went back to the
original schedule and stayed that way until 2004.
In 2004 we went to 10 days which than included
the Sunday in front and back That year it played
from 6th thru the 14th. In 2005 we went to 11
days and played from the 3rd to the 13th. In
2006 we played 11 days from 2nd thru the 12th.
In 2007 we played 11 days from the 1st thru
11th. In 2008 we played 11 days from Jan 31
thru Feb 10th. In 2009 we played 11 days Jan
29th thru Feb 8th. In 2010 we would have
played 11 days which would have been the 4th
thru the 14th. In 2011 if we play it would be Feb
3rd thru 13th. Note that from 2004 thru now it
always included the 2nd Saturday and Sunday
of February. Also remember that the Month of
February has only 28 days except on leap year.
The dates from 2004 to now will be mentioned
again later.
REDLEG FACT: The fair board allowed them
to operate in 2007 which they didn't have to.
OUR ANSWER: We will address this later
on in the president of the fairs letter to the editor.
REDLEG FACT: The American Legion knew
the law from previous experience.
OURANSWER: We have no previous expe-
rience, more of this when we address the presi-
dents letter.
REDLEG FACT: The Fair association has a
contract with the midway Company which states
they must enforce the 30 day law.
OUR ANSWER: Funny how that became an
issue this year. Than why didn't they shut down
the St Lucie County Fair which is maybe 20 to
25 miles away from their fair grounds and just
got done playing a week before Okeechobee's?
Course we could look at it this way, why would
you sign a contract with a midway company who
told you what you had to do. In plain terms,
Walmart doesn't let vendors or contractors tell
them nothing. If the vendor tried to enforce a
contract, like Fair Assn is talking about, than
Walmart would thrown them out the door on
their whatever.
REDLEG FACT:Because of the Fair, the

The American Legion Free Fair of 2010

Okeechobee youth livestock gets money back test on the inside during our fairs. I am sure that started a Fair representative finally came in to
from the state for premiums paid out; there are people from around the county who talk to us. This a first for a couple of years
OUR ANSWER: We would hope that they can give us the dates that Legion was in the live- except that he didn't talk to us, he talked down
are getting something out of it. We have no stock judging programs for 4H and those other to us or he was condescending to us. When we
problems with that. groups raising livestock, asked about the state setting the fair dates as
REDLEG FACT:It is not just two people that The letter to the Editor, from the President of mentioned earlier he let us know that he set
are on the Board of Directors. There are several the Fair assn. addressing the citizens of them. He did inform us that we would be shut
members on this board. People, of this commu- Okeechobee concerning The American Legion down on the following Tuesday night. We asked
nity, from all walks of life. Fair. Definitely we want to clear the air too. him if we could meet with the FairAssn. to see if
OUR ANSWER: Maybe not all walks of life Statue 616.13 does states that a person may we could iron out some kind of program that
from what we hear from rather high sources. not operate amusement rides within 30 days or would save face for both organizations. He said
However it became very apparent that this skir- 5 miles from a chartered county fair; but, it also that he would e-mail the President and see if we
mish was fought by 2 people. The President and states in the same paragraph unless the affect- could join their meeting on the following Monday
The Treasurer; we hear too that one of the mem- ed county fair gives its permission to do so. That night to present our case. Remember this is an
bers of the fair committee has been bragging is an exception to the law. Then the President open meeting under the sunshine rules. When I
how they shut the legion down, at the yacht club. went on to say The Florida Legislature passed called him on Monday to see whether we would
REDLEG FACT:Because of the fair, this this law. A Judge Advocate from one of our sis- meet with the Fair Assn, he informed me that it
county is able to send an individual to the Miss ter post who is also an Attorney says hold on. was all over and there was nothing we could do.
Florida Pageant; The Legislative would have never passed a law Too bad FairAssn. we had our hats in our hands
OUR ANSWER: Bless her and we hope she that would have affected an American Legion and you missed a golden opportunity to get a
wins. However, due to our loss of revenues from Post who has been holding Fairs for 50 plus concession from us. The fat Lady hasn't sung..
our fair this year, it now jeopardizes us in send- years. There are many more statues or laws We asked the fair representative how much the
ing 5 boys to Boys state in Tallahassie. These 5 involved than just this one the Fair quotes. The Fair would lose if we were to play the extra four
boys get a week worth of learning how our president went on to say that the Legion can't days. He said that he had no way to assess any
Government works. What the different functions say that they are grandfathered in because the losses, maybe $20,000 or maybe $10,000.
of government are, how bills are brought to the Florida Statue governs fairs and amusements. maybe $5000.00 or maybe nothing. In fact it
floor and passed. They learn abut Grandfather clauses or exceptions as a Jurist would possibly closer to nothing as there was so
Representatives, Senators, Attorney Generals, told us during our melee that an exception can't many days between both fairs. We knew for
Governors and all other elected officials do as be given for only one time... An exception once sure what it was going to cost us for not playing.
they have to run for an office and get elected to given can't be taken a way unless the person We brought to the fair representatives' atten-
it. Ask any boy who has ever been to boys state who receives it does something different. tion that on Wednesday the 10th was our special
what they think about it and you will get sur- The Okeechobee FairAssociation did write a needs kids' day which we have been doing for
prised .Our Auxiliary also sends 2 girls to Girls letter to The American Legion in 2007 which years. Course the fair will be closed Tuesday
state for the same program. I am sure that those gave the permission to run our fair although we night by the FairAssn.. This a day that has been
boys and girls get as much or more thrill as the intruded on their dates but for 2007 only. Well traditionally set aside for special needs children
girl going to the pageant. It will jeopardize our guess what, in 2008 our fair run from Jan 31st and adults ages 3 thru 93 years and they come
scholarship program. This is really too bad as thru Feb 10th, which was 26 days from their the counties of Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie,
our scholarships went to those students who starting date. They didn't write us no letter or Glades and Highland Counties. All kids get free
were in the 3.0 to3.4 GPA who would normally close us down. In 2009 rides sponsored by the midway provider and
never get a scholarship from other organiza- Our fair run from Jan 29th thru Feb 8th which free food and drinks from the legion. It is also
tions. was 25 days from their starting date that we sup- well attended by various American Legion digni-
REDLEG FACT:The Okeechobee County posedly intruded but with no letter or shutdown. taries from State, Area and District levels. We
Fair Board, doesn't randomly pick their own By now we have concluded that once an excep- are the only Post in the State that has a fair and
dates for the fair, the dates come from the tion is issued, it is forever. Well in 2010 our Fair a kid's day, so it is considered as the Legions
states. was from Feb 4th thru the 14th. Still no letter State Fair. The fair representative wasn't inter-
OUR ANSWER: we tried to let you know Sir from the Fair Assn. but this time the State could ested because that was our problem as far as
that you should have come seen us before you only issue us a license for 7 days not 11 days as they were concerned. So on Tuesday the 9th at
printed all these facts. A Fair representative was in the previous years. Hey, the Fair Assn had a 7.00 PM, knowing next day that we could have
in our office on the second day of our fair at our brainstorm, let the State do their dirty work. as many as 600 special needs children
request. When asked who set the dates for the Believe me that the State Fair Inspectors were descending on us, called a Palm Beach TV sta-
fair, he was very quick to let us know that he set not happy in doing their job because they knew tion to broadcast our plight. On Wednesday the
the dates. In fact, he told us that he not only set what was going on. I am sure that by now after 10th at 8a.m we made the decision to play for
the dates and than he let the other counties sur- looking at all our fair dates as listed from the very the kids no matter what. Fortunately for us
rounding us know of his dates. If they didn't beginning and especially in this paragraph that before we started playing a State ride inspector
object than it was a go. Somebody doesn't have our established ending date was either on the showed up and gave us Wednesday as an extra
their facts right or somebody lied. second Saturday in the early years or the sec- day. Unfortunately, it did cost us about 200 kids
REDLEG FACT: The Fair has been able to ond Sunday of February in later years. The Fair as some schools and parents didn't know what
provide improvements to the agri-center, which Assn. only has been doing business since 2007. to do, so held back in sending their children. If
benefits everybody that uses it for different func- The way we see it is that they infringed on us not the FairAssn. wants to take credit for allowing us
tions. that not the way as they report it. to play the extra day to accommodate the chil-
OUR ANSWER: A letter to the editor in Along about 2005 /2006 when the Fair assn. dren then thanks. However, we count this a
Sunday, Mar 14th paper complained about how was trying to get their feet off the ground they fourth exception.
much the Fair Board has lost on the fairs since came to us wanting our help. Oh did they love us Mrs. President lets go back to your statement
its inception. We suspect that if was to come on and they would never infringe on the Legion. that you had a contractual agreement with the
a ballot to close it or keep it open. It would be Than one night they came to our meeting and Midway Vendor that you had to protect the 30
closed. How come there aren't baseball fields, wanted us to change our dates so that they day clause. So in 2007 you gave us a written
soccer fields and other activities for the kids. I could have their fair and offered to pay us for exception. What about 2008 and 2009 how
guess not because they would charge for the doing it At that time they knew that they had a come you didn't enforce the 30 day clause then?
use and nobody could afford to play. problem and would have continue to be a prob- Is it maybe that your midway vendors didn't see
A history lesson comes to mind, that many of lem each ensuing year We turned them down as the Legion fair being a threat 25 to 26 days ear-
you may remember. At one time years ago the the Legion had been doing our fairs for so many lier. We believe that you signed the contract with
County Agent and The High School Vocational years. So they would never infringe on us. They this provider because you knew that he would
Agriculture asked the legion to run a fair along have been doing it since they have been there. make you enforce. That is a track record that he
with their carnival. That is how it became the If you remember the president said that Legion has from other places. In all my years of doing
American Legion Free Fair. There were stock- changed their dates. No! The Fair Assn. has business and signing many contracts, no vendor
yards behind the legion hall for judging livestock never called us for dates and never intended to. or contractor was ever allowed to tell us how to
and in the legion hall they done baking contest, They would rather get it second or third hand use their product or display. If there was a clause
pickles and jelly contest and other fair related than direct from source. Remember they don't in the contract, they rewrote and took it out.
items. When livestock got loose creating some like us because we turned them down. As you Walmart or any other legitimate business would
havoc around town than the state stepped in can see, they either knew the fair dates or have had the Midway provider either rewrite the
and told the legion that they would have to have should have known as they could have contract or they would have been terminated.
steel pens. The legion didn't have the researched the records like any other organiza- Don't blame your misjudgment on the midway
$25,000.00 to get the pens so they closed down tion would have done. provider as you're supposed to be smarter than
the livestock part. We still hold all cooking con- On February 5th this year after our fair got they. As to your legal contracts, as you refer to in
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your statement, we suspect that they wouldn't
stand a challenge in court. There are other stat-
ues. By the way, yes you can cite statue 616.13,
say that is the law but morally and ethically you
are bankrupt.
Mrs. President, as you said in your letter that
we all need to work together to ensure the best
for Okeechobee. How come, you and your sub-
ordinates haven't sat down face to face with us
to work out a solution to what's best? We have
no communications with you but one time since
2006 which was this year to shut us down. We
don't think that you want to work with us. Don't
treat us like you did the Speckled Perch
because we have no intentions of going away.
To a lady blogger on the internet who said
that the fair collects items on one day to give to
the veterans. God bless you and the fair for
doing this. We like and appreciate the gesture.
However, who takes care of all those wounded
veterans lying in Veterans Hospitals who may
never get to go home again. When was the last
time you ever went visit a wounded veteran in a
V.A hospital. That is the main concern of the
American Legion of Okeechobee, and whenev-
er we receive a call asking for help for the
wounded veterans than we send them a check.
We are always one of the first, if not the first, to
respond to the V.A hospital.
As I said earlier, we lost approximately 12 of
our charity money by having to close the fair
down 4 days earlier than anticipated. Make no
mistake our first mission will be to the V.A hospi-
tal and wounded vets. I can assure you that my
mission as Commander will be to get every vet-
eran who served this nation in time of combat
into the V.A system. They earned it whether they
think so or not. Our Nation has promised us that
they would take care of veterans who served,
and they have failed us. My second mission is
that Boys and Girls State must go on as a lot of
our present leaders have had these precious
weeks at the
Educational session sponsored by the State
and the American Legion. Scholarships will
remain third on our list but if money runs out than
so be it. If your child wants a scholarship but is
not in the higher GPA than maybe The Fair
Assn. will give you the scholarship money. Don't
hold your breath though because you won't be
elitist and you won't be getting one.
In final thoughts, our country has asked or
drafted boys for many years to fight tyranny and
or oppression in foreign lands. We answered the
call and that is why we are called veterans. We
gave our best, lost many comrades, came home
to an ungrateful nation, especially those of the
Viet Nam Era., Many of our comrades, lay in
Veterans Hospitals, and the general population
doesn't want to know about them. The American
Legion and our sister organizations like the
VFW's and the AMVETS do care. We come
home to find that we are fighting the same
causes at home that our nation requested us to
stamp out elsewhere. No organization should
have as much power as a county fair organiza-
tion that can put a Legion or Speckled Perch out
of business.
Our annual 55th annual American Legion
Free Fair will play from February 3rd thru
February 13th, 2011.
Are we mad veterans? Yes and you better
believe it. Will we fight for what we believe is
right, yes! Are we alone, No! There are numer-
ous Veteran Organizations over this entire state
that we will call on for help and resources if we
have to.
For God and Country
Paul R Partidge, Commander
Dan Fennell, 1" Vice Commander
Clay Gunderson, 2nd Vice Commander
Ed Vrchtickoey, Finance Officer
Don Freas, Asst. Finance Officer
Dallas Creech, Adjutant

Okeechobee News March 26, 2010

Dobbs & Ampong take top honors in OMS Spelling Bee

Osceola Middle School held the annual
Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 23, in the
OMS Media Center. OMS fifth-grade students
competed beginning at 8:15 a.m. All partici-
pants did well and the first and second place
winners in fifth grade are Charene Ampong
and Lorraine Cauilan.
Forty-five students in grades six through
eight began their spelling showdown at 9:30
a.m. The students dazzled the judges and
the parents present with their spelling abil-
ity. Kirby Dobbs spelled his way into Round
Eleven when he correctly spelled "equilib-
rium" after having tackled many words that
would challenge most adults. Finishing in
a close second was Nicole Chesley and at
a not-too-distant third place was Michael
All the participants are to be congratu-
lated. Each student showed tremendous
courage in appearing before a group of par-
ents and peers and taking on the individual
challenge of spelling words correctly. The
faculty is very proud of the efforts of these
brave students!
Kirby Dobbs, Nicole Chesley, Michael

Mayer, Charene Ampong, and Lorraine
Cauilan will be representing Osceola Middle
School in the Okeechobee County Spelling
Bee on April 23, at 9:30 a.m., in the OMS
Gym. Congratulations to each of these and
good luck in the "next round."

Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS
Pictured, from left to right: Fifth Grade
champion, Charene Ampong; first run-
ner up, Lorraine Cauilan.

Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS
Pictured, from left to right: Middle
School Champion Kirby Dobbs, first
runner up, Nicole Chesley, and second
runner up, Michael Mayer.

Special to the Okeechobee News/OCA

O.C.A. receives donations
Okeechobee Christian Academy received generous donations to fill 50 Eas-
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grass. Riverside National Bank donated 50 stuffed animals and Suntrust Bank
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South Fork High School shined in all but
one match as they defeated Okeechobee 6-1
in girls tennis action Tuesday afternoon at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Samantha Rivero had the only victory of
the afternoon for Okeechobee (1-7). She
blasted Katie Tobin in straight sets in a shut-
out 6-0 and 6-0.
Okeechobee played hard in all of the
singles matches but unfortunately came up
short. Katie Walker pushed Lauren Brogan
in the second set before she fell 6-2, and 7-5.
Liz Turner had some fine moments but lost
in straight sets to Michelle Hook 6-2, and 6-4.
Katherine Ragamat lost to Christie Hall 6-1
and 6-2. Jenna Rath lost in the final singles
match 6-1 and 6-2 to Natalie Gazzaneo.
Ragamat fell behind early and couldn't get
any momentum going in her match against
Hall in number 4 singles. She said the wind
and the sun was tough all afternoon.
"I know I could have done better but I'm
trying. I think I'm improving when com-
pared to previous years," she said.
Ragamat had trouble holding serve and

Boys tennis loses to South Fork

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School avoided the
shutout but still fell to South Fork High
School 6-1 in boys tennis action Tuesday at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Austin Willard in number three singles
had the only win of the day for the Brah-
mans, (1-7). Willard defeated Trevor Brisky
7-6 and 6-1.
There was also some good tennis on
the other courts. Zach Fowler lost to Patrick
Collins in a competitive match 6-4 and 6-2.
Jonathan Hudoff fell to Scott Leary 6-1, and
6-1. Dakota Daniels defeated Max Norman
6-2, and 6-0. Morgan Miller defeated Chris
Wegman 6-1, and 6-1.
South Fork (5-3) also swept the doubles
play. The team of Collins and Brisky defeated
Fowler and Norman 8-2. The team of Leary
and Daniel defeated Hudoff and Willard 8-4.
Brahman tennis coach Bryan Van Camp
said he felt South Fork was clearly the sec-
ond best team behind Martin County that

the Brahmans have in their district this year.
"We have our work cut out for us if we
want to overtake
them for a spot in the
regional," he added.
Van Camp said
Willard has been
giving a strong ef-
fort this year. He said
he battled through
a tough first set but
won the tie break
and then cruised in
the second set.
He also praised ,
Samantha Rivero
of the girls team.
He said she gives a
strong performance
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had her serve broke twice in both the first
and second sets. She didn't give up as she
won two games after she trailed 5-0 in the
second set.
"I try not to let anything get to me. There
are a lot of people around and it can get
distracting. I promise I will try a lot harder. I
think the girls will do great at districts."
Ragamat has played all over the lineup
this year but said it's been a fun season even
though her record isn't what she wants it to
be. Her sister Shaina Ragamat was on the
team last year and Katherine said she wants
to keep up the legacy. She is a junior this
year and predicts she will be an improved
player next year.
"Overall it's been kind of crazy this year.
We've had people out with injuries but it
has been a good season, a fun season," she
South Fork is now (4-4) on the season.
Okeechobee hosted Hardee in their final
home match of the year on Thursday after-
The girls travel to Sebastian River on
Thursday, April 8. Their district tournament
will be held at Halpatiokee Park in Jensen
Beach on April 12 and 13.

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OHS softball team defeats Gators

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Lady Brahmans didn't have a big of-
fensive night, but their defense and pitching
was top notch Tuesday night as they defeat-
ed Glades Day 7-0 at Brahman field.
Courtney Wilson had a three-run double
to break open a close game in the third in-
ning to lead Okeechobee to their 16th win in
21 decisions this year.
Coach Kim Hargraves said she is very sat-
isfied with how the team has been playing
lately, "I felt pretty good about this evening's
game. The girls were upbeat and they did
what was expected. Everybody got in the
game and Samantha Harrell gave us another
great pitching performance."
Harrell continued a recent streak of great
pitching. She tossed a shutout and allowed
only a couple of base runners. Glades Day
only got two runners in scoring position in
the game.
At the bat, Okeechobee had to scratch
and claw to get runs. Megan Clements and
Victoria Blevins had singles in the second
and Jaryca Baker drove home a run with an
infield grounder.
The big inning for Okeechobee was the
four run third. Naomi Stevens, Blevins and
Baker all had hits. Ashtyn Brown and Cindy
Wine reached bases on walks. Wilson had
the big blow with a drive over the left field-
er's head that cleared the bases.
"I was just relaxed," Wilson said, "I just
thought I need to hit the ball like I do in prac-

tice. I relaxed and do what I al-
ways do."
Wilson made a nice grab
of a shot pop up in the top of
the seventh and has shined on
the defensive side of the ball
this year. Wilson said she likes
to work hard and realizes she
must be at her best to get a
college scholarship, "I'm go-
ing to give my all every year
and every game."
Wilson also was placed in
the cleanup spot in the batting
order at the beginning of the
year and has done a solid job
producing runs.
"I was nervous at first but
then I realized I was put there
for a reason," she added.
Victoria Blevins also made
an excellent running catch of
a deep drive in the late innings
for Okeechobee. LeAnna Cot-
ton reached base four times for
Okeechobee. She drove home
Clements with a base hit in the
fourth. Baker scored the final
run on a throwing error.
Harrell struck out the side
in the fifth inning.
Okeechobee travelled to
Westwood Thursday night
for their final district game.
Okeechobee travels to Sebas-
tian River on Friday.

UKeecnoDee News/unaries Murpny
(left) Courtney Wilson had a three-run double in
a close game and (right) LeAnna Cotton reached
base four times for Okeechobee in Tuesday's win
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High School bowling team holds awards banquet

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Danielle Racine was named the most
valuable player for the girl's bowling team
while James Steiert was named the boys
bowling MVP at a banquet held March 19, at
the Okeechobee High School cafeteria.
Bowling Coach Tony Sherlock said he

was very pleased with the improvement
both teams showed this year, "There was a
big improvement throughout the year by the
girls. They were able to beat four teams at
the districts this year."
Sherlock handed out the Brahman award
to Reba Spiess. She was unable to attend the
banquet. Racine earned the MVP as she led
the team with an average of 137. Racine, a

junior, said Coach Sherlock helped her im-
prove her style and her approach this year.
"I feel pretty good about this award.
It kind of shocks me as I got the Brahman
award last year. It's pretty cool to get some-
thing different," she said.
Racine started to bowl when she was four
years old so she said it was kind of a natural
thing for her when she joined the bowling

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(upper far left) Bowling Coach Anthony Sherlock and MVP
of the boys bowling team James Steiert.
(center photo) This picture shows bowling Coach Tony
Sherlock and girls MVP Danielle Racine.
(upper far right) Bowling Coach Anthony Sherlock and
Brahman award winner Chris Spruill.
(photo at left) Bowling Coach Tony Sherlock was flanked
by Scholar athletes Ricardo Herrera (left) and James
Steiert (right).

team as a freshman. She said her biggest
goal is to earn a four year letter for bowling.
"We should have a good group of girls
next year. Our strategies and our approached
improved a lot this year. It was a really good
year for us."
Sherlock said the boys team had a tough
schedule but was still able to play competi-
tively. The team finished in fifth place at the
district tournament. He said this was his best
team in his three years as coach. He noted
three of his bowlers maintained great grade
point averages this year. Ricardo Herrera had
a 3.8 grade point average, Matt Payne a 3.7,
and James Steiert a 3.5 GPA.
Steiert won the MVP as a freshman. He
qualified for the state tournament this year
and did well as he finished 19th in the state
in Class 4A. He finished in 34th place out of
the 180 bowlers that competed in all classi-
Steiert said he enjoyed the competition of
the state tournament, "I wanted to compete
and I had my chance and did the best I could.
I will try to do better and better every year."
Steiert said most of the time the MVP
award goes to an upperclassman. He said it
felt good as a freshman to get this award.
"It's a good honor. It was a good team to
play for. It was a lot of fun," he added.
Chris Spruill won the Brahman award for
boys bowling.
Troy Howard and Reba Spiess earned
four year letters for bowling. Matthew Payne,
Racine, and Tomeka Hornick earned three
year letters.

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Boy Scout district recognizes new Eagle Scout

On March 22, one ofOkeechobee'syoung
men, Reid Otersen met the Eagle Commit-
tee of the Big Lake District of the Boy Scouts
of America. The Eagle Committee includes
Chairman Judge William L. Hendry; David
Fox, Big Lake District, Membership Chair-
man and Ray Worley, Chairman of the Big
Lake District. Led by Judge Hendry, the
committee met at the Troop Sponsor's facil-
ity and evaluated Reid on the merits of the
work he had completed to become an Eagle
Reid was asked to tell the committee in
his own words about his Eagle Project and
Scouting for our article in the newspaper
this is what he had to say:
"My name is Reid Thomas Otersen and I
am part of the local Boy Scout Troop #955
of Okeechobee, Fla. Recently, I have com-
pleted my long-term scouting goal of achiev-
ing my rank as Eagle Scout. To accomplish
this task, I did a community service project
for The Special Equestrian program at Mi-Cin
Ranch. My project consisted of refurbishing
an old metal wheelchair ramp which chil-
dren with crippling disabilities can use to get
on their horses. My project also consisted of

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number. One of the tools discussed was
implementation of the emergency medical
services (EMS) assessment at the full rate.
Currently, citizens are paying an EMS assess-
ment that is one half the recommended rate.
They also discussed furloughs and salary
reductions as well as contracting out court-
house and jail security.
Commissioners also adopted a policy
that sets minimum levels for reserve funds.
"It is real money and it has to be paid
back in real time," said Commissioner Joey
Hoover of the reserve policy the board ad-
opted. "Hopefully this sets us apart from
Washington, D.C."
The policy calls for a minimum of $8
million to be kept in the Landfill Trust Fund
reserve with the exception of debt service.
The solid waste management fund now has
minimum balance of $2 million. A four-fifths
majority is required to deviate from these
minimums and the policy calls for a repay-
ment plan. It also calls for a reserve contin-
gency of not over 10 percent to be budgeted
into each operating fund.
Hard economic times are also affecting
library operations. Library director Kresta
King said the library has cut all the fat from
their budget that they can due to county
budget constraints. She said the only thing
left to cut is staff positions. If that becomes
necessary she advocated shifting from full-
time to part-time employes to avoid layoffs.
Now the library is being faced with a cut-
back in state funding. State funding pays for
the library's internet service and the data-
base which allows the library to catalog and
circulate items. The state average for library
cardholders based on population is 52 per-
cent. Mrs. King said that 66 percent of the

building a sensory trail, in which children
who are riding horses can use their senses to
complete small puzzle-like tasks. Due to the
hard work and effort of myself and all those
who helped me within the community and
my Scout troop, we successfully completed
the community service project.
"To get where I am today, I started Scout-
ing at the early age of around 8 years. Since
then, I have worked hard at moving up the
ranks of Scouting through completing merit
badges and community service tasks. In
scouting I have learned all aspects of the
scout law, which include trustworthiness,
loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courteous-
ness, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness,
thriftiness, bravery, cleanliness, and rever-
ence. From participating in Scouting, I have
been molded into the young Eagle Scout
that I am today.
"Through my time and experience of be-
ing a Scout, I believe that all young children
should participate in Scouting. I say this be-
cause you learn many life lessons and skills
that can be put towards your future. I rec-
ommend to all young people, and their par-
ents, to participate in scouting so that you

population of Okeechobee County have li-
brary cards and the library has an average of
576 visitors a day.
Commissioner Hoover noted that cur-
rently the library cannot charge a fee for a
library card because of grant funding. How-
ever, he said that if that funding were elimi-
nated, the library might be able to charge a
fee in order to recoup some of the operating
costs. He also suggested increasing late fees
and internet fees to compensate for the lack
of state funding.
Turning to better news, deputy county
administrator Jim Threewitts said that com-
pany representatives are currently installing
radios for the new Statewide Law Enforce-
ment Radio Service (SLERS) in the sheriff's
patrol cars and the dispatch center. The sys-
tem will be partially operational on Monday.
Also on Monday the technicians will start
installing radios for the school board. How-
ever, it will be October before the system is
fully operational for the entire county.
In other action, the board:
awarded a contact for fuel, motor oil
and lubricants to Palmdale Oil;
changed the wording of the county
owner/builder disclosure statement to con-
form to current state law allowing owner/
builders to do construction work on their
own property up to $75,000;
reduced retainage fees for Neal Long
Construction Co. from 10 percent to 5 per-
heard a presentation from the Florida
Department of Transportation on a long
range transportation needs assessment plan
including possible routes for an extension
of S.R. 710 to U.S. 441 N. and other bypass
roads around the city; and
reduced a code enforcement fine from
$25,400 to $3,000.
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may not only better yourself, but also better
the community in which you live in."
Troop #955 meets towards the back of
the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Mon-
days from 6:30-8 p.m.
The purpose of our meetings is to live
and learn the life of a scout and to better the
"We work on merit badges and discuss
subjects of scouting and the meetings," said
Reid Otersen.
Members of Troop 955 have joined
with Wagon Wheel Horse Farm to provide
Community Service through pony rides for
the kids at the upcoming Family Fun Day
fundraiser to support building a YMCA in
Okeechobee. Community members are in-
vited to come by the pony rides and meet
the two latest Okeechobee Eagle Scouts,
Ethan Kersey and Reid Otersen.
The Eagles will be leading the horses
around for the kids and will discuss scouting
and what it takes to get into the program.
Please join us in honoring both of these fine
representatives of our community. Other
members of Troop 955 will also be present
to assist our kids at the rides and with infor-
mation on how children can get involved in
scouting. Come out and bring the kids to the
event to be held in Flagler Park, Saturday,
March 27, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission
is free and all money raised in Okeechobee
will stay in Okeechobee. For more informa-
tion on the Fun Day contact Teresa Chandler
at 863-697-6819.
Ms. Mimi Arnold of MI-CIN Ranch writes
this about Eagle Scout Reid, "Reid organized

some of the other Scouts to help. They had
someone sandblast my handicapped ramp
then painted it and set it up level. It was
donated off the front of a house and was
in pieces needing to be fixed up before we
could teach the horses and use it. This took
several weekends. Then they built and in-
stalled what is called a sensory trail. You need
to come out and see it! The client walks their
horse along a fence and goes to different sta-
tions to do different activities, such as place
the ring on a peg. It is all painted primary
colors. One is sensory with soft, rough, and
fluffy things to touch. All of the stations are
well built and thought out and will last a
long time. They hang safely on the fence and
can be stored out of the weather and way
when not in use. This was a very big deal for
us. Reid's brother is a client and comes and
rides with Yearling Middle School. Reid is an
asset to our community."
Please welcome this young man to our
community and tell him thank you for all
that he has accomplished in his trip to his
Eagle Scout Badge when you see him.
The Sponsor of Troop 955 is Sacred Heart
Catholic Church. Scout Master Kurt Jansen
said if you would like to get involved with
Troop 955 you can call him on his cell at
561-722-8668. If you would like to find out
more about scouting call Big Lake District
Executive Carl Fox at 863-697-6503 or Big
Lake District Chairman Ray Worley at 863-

Reid T. Otersen of Okeechobee was recently named an Eagle Scout. From left
to right are: Kurt Jansen, Scout Master Troop 955, Ray Worley Chairman Big
Lake District, Eagle Scout Reid T. Otersen, Troop 955, Judge William L. Hendry
Chairman Big Lake District, Eagle Review Committee and David Fox, Big Lake
District Membership Chairman.

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tools. Apply in person
at 1815 S. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL 34974


NOW Accepting Applications
for tese amid other positions:

With Verifiable Experience

Restaurant Supervisor
With Verifiable Experience

Inventory Clerk
Computer Skills Required

Competitive Pay, 401K,
& Insurance Benefits
To Apply:
For Info Call: (863) 467-9998 Ext. 162

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Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation
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or more listings, SUNCOAST GUN SHOW Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South rrottTD3 2010TD004
FUoLUA& or W Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 2010TD003
on Friday the 9th day of April 2010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that GAIL SMITH the holder of the follow- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CRYSTAL I LLC the holder of the fol
in go to,a m4< <<4< < 4 < <4<< 4<4< :44: from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to NOTICEhercertificate(s) for a tax deed to be issued Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid ing certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issuedyear of ssuance, the descrpton of
onth. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descripofton of
March 27th & 28th, 2010 Mode& V's asfollows: Year, Mak property, andthe names) in which it was assessed arethas follows: the the property, and the names) in which it was assessed are as follows:
,, lla neo s Sat. 9 5, Sun. 9 4 1990 Red Chevy Blazer Certficate No: 1261 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007 Certificate No: 375 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007
1GNCS18ZOL8102895 cr n f rt N HN Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 9 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF
GE 2 cycle large capacity nlM 1B3HD46T3TF114738 LOTS 1415 3839 BLOCK36 1-16-34-33-0A00-00009-F000
ryer $100. Washer 1500 2000 Virginia A e, Ft Pierce, FL 4M2DVW2RD121 Saidrof Okeechobee, State of Florida Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
psi 36 pm with 30' hose Virini)FtFLwhichrasseillderName(s) in which assessed:
$150 863-801-1272 BUY SELL TRADE Terms of sale are cash, and no e(s) in which assessed: RICARDO HYLTON
checks will be accepted. The seller JETSTRIOINC SONIA ROSE MARIE HYLTON
Concealed W eapon Class $45 reserves right of final bid. All Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
ail 1 a m m made Sad automobiles will be sold such certfcae shall be sold to the highest bdder at the Okeechoee such certificate shall be sold to the highest bi der at the Okeechobee
n Daily 10 a. & 2 p.m a with no guarantees. Coun Judicial Center, Jury Assembl Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho su tiica eteol b re l Ns ddo t edr a eet Okeecho-
:X i'*" -lL-ll For info 772-462-1521 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
For more listings, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE Ok obee unty, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida
o COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ Robin R. Parrish /s/ Robin R. Parrish
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act persons needing a
OKEECHOBEE Horse JULIEANNMING Ad a no pa paten s proceed ou onta special accommodation to participarcpate in this proceeding should contact
DecHJ eaNNseourt Administration no later than seven days prior to t e proceeding at Court Admcncsmration no later tha in thidays prin s oceeding at
S Property, 5 acres cross Deased 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Luce, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 250rt NWdCountry ClubDrve, Port St. Luce, Flonday 34986, 1.772.807.437
fenced. w/ 3/2 dbl wide NOTICE TO CREDITORS within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR wthin two worg days of your receipt of this noe. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
GREAT APARTMENTS and Barn $154 ,900 For more listings, The administration of the estate 850ON 32,19,26;4/2/10 1.800.955.8770
GREAT in tAPARTown, WMENTS (863)357-1945 goof JULIE ANN MING, deceased, /12,19,26348525 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10
2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, go to whose date of death was January 28, J. I
800 mo. + $500sec. www newszap.corn 2009 and whose social security
Call (863) 634-5780 number is 55343-5590, is pending in
all (63) 635 7 the Circuit Court for Okeechobee NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAXDEED
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF County, Florida, Probate Division, the
VIKING/PRAIRIE Effi- THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL address of which is 312 North West EEIWmc a* 2010TD001
iency. Very clean! CIRCUIT IN AND FOR 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
iency. Very lean! OKEECHOBEE COUNTY 34974. The names and addresses of NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DONALD MOONEY the holder of the
500/mo. Indcl. utils. No FLORIDA the personal representative and the E custom nersi Comca nountes t e following ertoicate has l anid certacate(s) for a tax deeed to be ssued
pets. Call 561-329-8205 For more listings, CIVIL ACTION personal representatives attorney chobee, and each of its surrounding areas: thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of
CASE NO.: 47-2010-CA-000087 are set forth below. the property, and the name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows:
go to All creditors of the decedent and Centnc (formerly BET on Jazz) will replace
SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, other persons having claims or de- VH-1 Soul on Digital Classic Tier channel 144. Certificate No: 2631 Year of Issuance: May-23-2003
t *l ill w house INC. mands against decedent's estate on
Plaintiff, whom a copy of this notice is re- GENERAL INFORMATION: Description of Property: LOTS 1-2 BLOCK 4 RAILROAD ADDITION
vs. quired to be served must file their After a notice of a re-tiering of a video service or a rate increase, you may change 1-15-37-35-0040-00040-0010
e eMICHAEL A. RICHARDS, etal, claims with this court WITHIN THE your level of service at no additional charge for a period of 30 days from the effec- Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Defendant(s). LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE tive date of the change. Otherwise, changes in the services you receive at your
O C EeRendant(s).n TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION request may be subject to the upgrade or downgrade charge listed on the annual me n wi ae .
YLOR CREEK 1BR, E OFTHE FIRST PUBLICATION rate card. Prices are exclusive of apphlicable franchise fees and related costs, FCC Name(s) in which assess:
i 0RA furniChe n pE NOTICE OF ACTION OF ISNOTICEOR 30 DAYSF AFTERO user fees and taxes. For customers with commercial accounts or bulk rate ar- ROSENA ROUSE BIVINS
IBA, furnished, no pets. ^ ^~THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY rangements, some product, pricing and other information may not apply. Upon
ool. $650 mo. + 1st & FT. DRUM AREA furn., TO: CATHERINE E. RICHARDS OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. proper noce, all pricing, programming, channel locations and packaging are sub- Unless said cerficate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
c 5024685976. o m i hm, LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3503 SW All other creditors of the decedent ject to change. such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee
sec. 502-468-5976. older mobile home, 1.5 17th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 and other persons having claims or Ifyou have any questions or concerns, please call us at 1-800-COMCAST. County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
br 1ba $425 dep., $425 CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN demands against decedent's estate 349587 ON 3/26/10 CGS 4/1/10 bee, Florida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
must file their claims with this court
(734)637-2697 HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN 2010TD002 Okeechobee County, Florida
tile throughout, $975 KISSIMMEE RIVER KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOE ARNOLD the holder of the follow- Deputy Clerk
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER ing certificate has filed said certificates) for a tax deed to be issued there-
mo, 1st & sec. moves EST 17503 Broadland PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER- BARRED. on The certificate number and year of issuance, the descripon of the NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
you in. (561)248-3888 Lane, $500/mo + $500 EST, AS SPOUSE, HEOIRS, DEVI- NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME property, and the names) in which it was assessed are as follows: In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
or (863)599-0156 sec dep. Avail 4/1/10 CLAIMANTS CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR Certificate No: 1949 Year of Issuance: May-23-2003 Court Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at
(317)402-5441 MORE AFTER THE DECENDENT'S 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370
(R1 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. Descripton of Property: COM AT SE COR OF NW 1/4 OF SEC 17 RUN within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
Iff i -Sa e OKEE2 CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN The dateof first publication of this S 89 DEG 30 MIN W ON S BDRY LINE OF NW 1/4 OF SEC 17 DIST ING IMPARTED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
OKEE 2BR, A/C, W&D, notice is March 26, 2010. OF 976.19 FT TO A PT ON ERLY R/W LINE OF RD 15 THENCE RUN 1.800.955.8770
Dock, Fenced yard. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action tD N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W ON SAID R/W LINE 3178.43 FT FOR 348534 ON 3/12,19,26;4/2/10
D foreclose a mortgage on the follow- Personal Representative: POB THENCE RUN N 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC E 300 FT TO A PT
Great $700 mo. 717-989-7539 ing property in OKEECHOBEE Angel Borkowski THENCE RUN S 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W 100 FT TO A FPT THENCE
S Location! or 717-490-4342 County, Florida: 681 North West 26th Avenue RUN S 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC W 300 FT TO A PT ON ERLY R/W Love the earth Recycle Looking for a place to
Okeechobee, FL 34972 LINE OF AFORESAID RD 15 THENCE N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W your used items by hang your hat? Look
OFFICE LOT 12, BLOCK 1, OAK PARK, Attorney for Personal Representative: ON RW LINE DISTyour used items by hang your hat? Look
O C i & ACCORDING TO THE PLAT JEFFREY A. FADLEY, P.A. 1-08-33-35-0010-00010-0330 selling them in the no further than the
SPACE THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT Fla. Bar No.: 035667 Said property being in the County ofOkeechobee, State of Florida
Upstairs & BOOK 3, PAGE 3, OF THE PUBLIC Attorney for Petitioner Said proper being in the Coun of Okeechobee, State of Florida classifieds. declassified
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE 807 South West 2nd Avenue Name(s) in which assessed:
Downstairs Avail. BANK REPO'S COUNTY, FLORIDA Okeechobee, FL 343974 W T DESKIN assessed
MOVE TO YOUR LAND has been ed agast you and you acsmle: (863)763-6199 Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in
Mobile Home Angels are required to serve a copy of your 349682 ON 03/26;4/2/10 such certfica shall be sold to the highest bider at the Okeechobee
61 721 2230 written defenses within 30 ays after County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho- -=--- -
OFFICE SPACE 561-721-2230 the first publication, if any, on Florida bee, Forida at 10:00 A.M., on the 22nd day of April, 2010.
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10 The classified ads Florida 33634, and file te original in today's competi- SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERKOF CIRCUITCOURT
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on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately /s/Robin R. Parnsh
.RomTT tReIn[ PARK MODEL 34X12 thereafter; otherwise a default wil employment section Deputy Clerk I
w/FL room,, car- be entered against you for the relief ol .l--l .
w/FL room, 1.5ba, car- ended in the Complaint or petl- of the classified NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
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share 4 br hse. $275 618-558-0274 weeks in the Okeechobee News (In- the classified. Selling within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEAR-
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Featured team: Russ Adams Taekwondo America

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Okeechobee Sports Network (OSN)
and the universe have something in com-
mon. Both are expanding rapidly.
From archery and badminton to base-
ball and basketball...from cheerleading
and dodgeball to football and hockey...
from judo and rugby to swimming and
wrestling-Okeechobee Sports Network,
in conjunction with Community Sports
Desk, is now able to display game results,
highlights and photos for more than 50
different sports online. If you play it, we
can help you cover it!
For a complete list of sports offered
through Community Sports Desk, visit, click on "Okeecho-
bee," highlight "Sports" and then click on
"Okeechobee Sports Network."
OSN is a fun, interactive and free way
for people of all ages to learn about the
sports activities going on in our area. OSN
provides the opportunity for local sports
teams, organizations and school athletic
programs to display their team results
and individual accomplishments for all
to see. And, various content each week is
extracted from the site and printed in the
hard copy of the paper.
If you represent a local sports orga-
nization that offers youth or recreational
sports or activities, feel free to contact
Renee Hawley at rhawley(a)communi- or call 1-888-853-7904,
ext. 323, to register your program.
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OSN is the Okeechobee News' free
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and leisure sports. Under the Commu-
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dollar coming from local OSN Web site
advertising will be shared with the partici-
pating organizations of OSN.
Current sponsors include: Davis
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Taekwondo students
benefit on and off the mat
All 34 of the competitors from Russ Ad-
ams Taekwondo America in Okeechobee
placed in at least one event last weekend at
a regional competition at the KOA Camp-
ground in Okeechobee. While that pleased
Adams greatly, he's even happier when he
sees that his instruction efforts result in a kid
turning his life around.
"I try to support the local schools and the
parents, and I help keep kids on the right
track," said Adams, who has owned the
school for 16 years and has been teaching
taekwondo for 20 years. "It's all very disci-
plined. We recite the taekwondo tenets at
the beginning of each class courtesy, integ-
rity, perseverance, self-control and indomi-
table spirit and we take them seriously.
"Kids show me their report cards and if
they don't have all As, they do pushups. If a
kid has a problem at home with his or her
parents, I talk to them about it if the parents
want me to. It helps keep the kids in line and
off the streets."
Adams' students range from 4 to 68 years
old and from beginners to black belts. Class-
es are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday evenings, with beginners meeting
from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. and advanced from
7:20 to 8:05 p.m.
Upcoming events include a regional tour-
nament in Orlando, in July, and the national
tournament in Kentucky in September.
Taekwondo is the world's most popular
martial art in terms of the number of par-
ticipants. The discipline combines combat
techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise and
art in the forms. Taekwondo has been an
Olympic event since 2000.
Anyone interested in signing up a child
or taking classes themselves should visit the
Russ Adams Taekwondo America school at
419 E.N. Park St. in Okeechobee, or call Ad-
ams at 863-357-0404.
Want your team featured? Contact Re-
nee Hawley at rhawley@communitysports- or call 1-888 853- 7904, ext. 323 to
set up a free web page for your team on
Okeechobee Sports Network.

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