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Vol. 101 No. 38 Sunday, March 28, 2010


750 Plus tax


FSB victims can proceed with claims bill


Abuses alleged at
Florida School for Boys
in Okeechobee in 1960s
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Although a number of claims
bills were heard this week in Tal-


DOT plans

changes to

SR70-US441

intersection
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) will host a
public workshop on April 1, to re-
view plans for changes to the inter-
section of State Road 70 at U.S. 441
(Parrott Avenue) in Okeechobee.
The workshop will be held on
Thursday, April 1, from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
See DOT Page 2


lahassee, victims of abuse at state-
run reform schools are still won-
dering when theirs will go before
lawmakers.
When Circuit Judge James
Shelfer dismissed a class action
lawsuit against the state of Florida
on Feb. 23, it left little recourse for
men who say they were beaten
and sexually abused while at the


Florida School for Boys in Marian-
na and Okeechobee.
The alleged abuses took place
in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
According to one of the attor-
neys representing the men, an ap-
peal on Judge Shelfer's opinion
will not be filed.
St. Petersburg attorney Gregory
Hoag said the state senate has con-


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Plans call for adding another left turn lane in all directions.


tacted his legal team and told them
they have exhausted all their legal
avenues so they can now proceed
with the claims bill.
"That was a minor victory for
us," he said. "Right now, we're
formulating our plan by consulting
with our lobbyists."
Part of that plan is to contact
the Senate and ask that the claims


bill-Senate Bill 48 (SB-48)-be
taken out of abeyance.
SB-48 was filed by Senator
Arthenia Joyner, a Tampa Demo-
crat, on July 31. The bill asks for
relief for those men who were
abused at the two schools. The bill
asks that money be appropriated
See FSB Page 5


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Ag Literacy Day: Beef or dairy?
Lexi Manson, from Okeechobee Freshman Campus, dem-
onstrates to kindergarten students at Seminole Elementary
School products derived from beef and dairy cattle. It was part
of Agriculture Literacy Day observed in schools throughout the
state on March 23. For more ... see page 5


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Civic Center, 1750 Highway 98 North.
The proposed improvements include the
addition of a second left turn lane to each
of the four approaches at the intersection of
S.R. 70 and U.S. 441.
The project study area includes S.R. 70
from Northwest 4th Avenue to Northeast
3rd Avenue and U.S. 441 from Southeast 3rd
Street to Northeast 3rd Street.
The workshop will be held in an infor-
mal, open house format with no formal pre-
sentation.
Individuals may attend at any time from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to review project plans and
displays. Project staff will also be available to
answer questions.
Aerial maps with the proposed improve-
ments will be available for public review be-
ginning March 22 through April 9, 2010, dur-
ing regular business hours, Monday through
Friday, at Okeechobee City Hall, 55 SE 3rd
Avenue; and during regular business hours,
Tuesday through Saturday, at the Okeecho-

Census volunteers needed
Okeechobee County and the U.S. Cen-
sus Bureau is looking for volunteers to
canvas hard-to-count areas to ensure an
accurate census.
If you are a student needing commu-
nity service hours, this is an excellent way
to earn some extra hours.
Volunteers are needed for the week of
April 5-10.
If you have a few hours to help, please
call Melissa Serrano at 863-245-6307.

Honey Baked Ham sale
benefits OKMS
It's Honey Baked Ham Time! Okeecho-
bee Main Street is selling original Honey
Baked Hams for Easter. Hams, Turkey
Breast, Pies, Cakes and a wide assort-
ment of delicious side dishes.
Call 863-357-6246 or 863-763-2225 to
have a price sheet emailed to you or to
place your order.


bee County Public Library, 206 SW 16th
Street in Okeechobee. Comments may be
made at the workshop or written statements
and/or exhibits may be submitted no later
than Monday, April 12, 2010 to Elizabeth
Serdynski, project manager, Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, District One, P.O.
Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831.
All interested persons are encouraged to
attend this public workshop, which is being
held in accordance with Title VI and Related
Statutes of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and
1968. Any person or beneficiary who be-
lieves they have been discriminated against
because of race, color, national origin, age,
sex, religion, disability, or family status may
file a complaint with the FDOT District One
Title VI Coordinator, Robin Parrish, at (863)
519-2675, or by mail to P.O. Box 1249, Bar-
tow, FL 33831. Persons requiring special ac-
commodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act or persons who require
translation services (free of charge) should
contact Elizabeth Serdynski by telephone
at (863) 519-2805 or by e-mail at elizabeth.
serdynski@dot.state.fl.us at least seven days
prior to the workshop.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers
after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near
82. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Showers likely and possibly
a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 65. South wind between 5 and 10
mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Extended Forecast
Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 78. West southwest wind between 5 and
10 mph.
Monday night: A slight chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West
northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of pre-
cipitation is 20 percent.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
78. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 54. East northeast wind around 5 mph.

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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).
Parrott Avenue closed
Part of U.S. 441/Parrott Avenue closed
to traffic on Friday, March 26.
CSX Railroad is making improvements
to the railroad crossing on U.S. 441, just
north of the N.W 8th Street intersection.
This work will require the roadway im-
mediately before and after the railroad
crossing be closed. Weather permitting,
work is anticipated to be complete by
Thursday, April 1.

S.W 32nd Street closed
Wednesday and Thursday
Southwest 32nd Street (Durrance
Road) will be closed to all traffic at the
intersection of Southwest 16th Avenue
(Ferrell Road), beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 31 until noon Thurs-
day, April 1. It is necessary to close the
road so that drainage pipes under South-
west 32nd Street can be replaced. Motor-
ists are advised to plan accordingly.


Florencio Serrano, 19, N.W Seventh
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 25
by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a Depart-
ment of Corrections warrant charging him
with violation of probation burglary, viola-
tion of probation petit theft and violation
of probation resisting a law enforcement
officer without violence. He is being held
without bond.
Jer'Marcus Demetre Bradley, 17, N.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March
25 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
on charges of sale of cocaine and posses-
sion of cocaine with intent to sell. He was
booked into the Okeechobee County Jail
then taken to the juvenile detention center
in Fort Pierce.
Marquise Ladell Daniels, 21, N.E. 18th


St., Okeechobee, was arrested March 25 by
Deputy Bart Potter on a felony charge of flee-
ing and attempting to elude a law enforce-
ment officer. He was also arrested on a mis-
demeanor charge of driving while license
suspended with knowledge. His bond was
set at $3,000.
Dionicio Rodriguez, 31, N.W 46th Ter-
race, Okeechobee, was arrested March 26
by Deputy Bart Potter on a charge of strong
arm robbery. He was released on his own
recognizance.
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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among Okeecho-
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Wanted persons.
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warrants for each Francisco Marcel
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the severity of the crime in ....in. i.... with the
age of the warrant. If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's Most
Wanted you can call the Treasure Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call
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Jamie Richard DOB 10/13/1976,
Samperio Ellis Failure of Sexual Of
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Jamie Samperio, DOB 7/14/1982, 5'7", 190 lbs.
FTA Fraudulent use of personal ID No Bond.
Richard Duncan Ellis, W/M, DOB 1/1/1967.
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Francisco Arellano, DOB 1/3/1991, Burglary
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


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some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Socialism
Well we are headed down the path to
socialism like a snowball headed for hell.
That socialist in office finally did it. This
country will be destroyed the-USA will no
longer exist after this guy gets done.
It's very easy to predict that the pas-
sage of the "Health Care Bill" will have its
day in court. I will go so far as to say that
this bill will be overturned in court on Con-
stitutional reasons. Idaho has taken the lead
in a growing, nationwide fight against health
care overhaul when its governor became
the first to sign a measure requiring the state
attorney general to sue the federal govern-
ment if residents are forced to buy health
insurance. Similar legislation is pending in
37 other states. And there is the matter of
States using Nullification to counter this bill
The Arizona State Senate has voted 18-11
to concur with the House and approve the
Health Care Freedom Act (HCR2014). This
will put a proposal on the 2010 ballot which
would constitutionally override any law, rule
or regulation that requires individuals or em-
ployers to participate in any particular health
care system. For anyone who believes that
this is the end of it, I would say "stand by for
heavy rolls as the ship comes about".
The Congress doesn't care about what
we want. We will respond at the polls.

Dixie softball
We should have never left Dixie. It was
a very successful program. It brought in rev-
enue to the county, over 100 more girls par-
ticipated in the tournaments that were held
here in Okeechobee. It didn't cost the girls
anything, and when they travel, it didn't cost
them anything. When we tried to get a USS-
SA tourney here; no teams would come. So
why are we sending money to Palm Beach,
when we can have money spent here in our
own county? USSSA benefits only a handful
of girls. Dixie will benefit, hundreds of girls,
and the economy.


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I feel there need to be "subcommit-
tees" for each sport. Have a small group of
people for girls softball, boys baseball and
football. Come up with your own ideas and
let the president of OCRA or main body
give the stamp of approval. If Dixie softball
is what the majority of the softball people
want then let it be so. Its simple. Keep ev-
eryone happy.

Teen accused of
shooting at truck
Why did this kid have a gun to begin
with? Are the parents being charged for not
having the gun in a locked gun case? The
gun should have been locked up and only
available with a parent or authorized per-
son for hunting, target shooting, etc. Just a
reminder. Guns do not kill people. People
kill people. I love my right to own guns. In
everyday life we all have choices. This kid
made a horrible choice. I think he might get
up to three years for each offense along with
a felony on his record. Good paying compa-
nies ask if you have a felony and will not hire
you based on that.
This could have escalated into some-
thing much worse. The only way to make
sure it doesn't happen again is to punish all
involved. I'm sorry but letting some off be-
cause of who they are or not having prior
records is sending a false message to our
youth. This behavior has got to stop. The
youtube videos of these fights has got to
stop. This type of behavior is trickling down
to the even younger groups of kids. The
younger ones look up to these trouble mak-
ers and have started to think it is cool to fight
and put it on youtube. If we don't take care
of this now, next time we may be mourn-
ing the death of some innocent young child
that got in the way of this "wanna be" gang
stuff. Who cares who said what to whom?
Fact is Some kids went looking for trouble
and found it. Somebody took things to an
extreme. It's time to man up.

Bring in revenue
How is Okeechobee to survive without
raising our taxes to the point no one can af-
ford it? How will businesses stay here with-
out new money coming in? When 70 goes
to four lanes, we will be the coast's suburbs
and there will be no stopping it. Traffic, you
don't know traffic, and without the tourists
there is no Okeechobee.


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Will you give your
donkeys to Him?

By Rev. P. G. Livatt
Senior Pastor, St. Stephens A.M.E. Church
The Scripture never tells us the name or
the physical description of the owner of the
donkey which Christ rode on the triumphal
entry into Jerusalem. All we know is that
when the disciple went to retrieve the ani-
mal, the owner let it go without questions.
And because human nature being what it is,
one might want to ask: How did the owner
know? How did the owner know that Jesus
wanted a donkey? Did the owner have a vi-
sion? Did he receive a text message? Did an
angel appear in the middle of his meal? Was
it difficult to give something for Christ to use?
Humans ask these questions because often-
times it's hard for us. Sometimes we want to
keep things for ourselves. Sometimes when
the Lord wants something from us, we act
as if we don't know He needs it.
Still others might ask: How did it feel to
look out and see Christ on the back of the
donkey that lived in your barn? Were you
proud? Were you annoyed? Were you sur-
prised?


And still others might ask: Did you have
any idea that your kindness would be used
for such a gracious purpose? Did it ever oc-
cur to you that God himself was going to
ride your donkey?
Sometimes we don't give something to
God because we're not sure. Other times
we know that He wants something from us,
but we're too selfish to let Him have it. And
other times, maybe too few times, we hear
Him and obey. In these instances we won-
der if our small deeds will make a difference
in the long run.
Nevertheless, all of us have a donkey -
something in our lives, which if given back to
the Lord, could, like the donkey, move Christ
and His redemption story further down the
road. It may be a song, a hug, a computer or
even a check. Whichever, your donkey be-
longs to Him. It really does belong to Him.
Your gifts are His and the donkey was His.
Prayer: Lord, please forgive the moments
when I will not lose my donkeys for your
use. They all belong to you. Use any and all
of my donkeys so that Your name and the
ministry of Your Son, my Savior, might be
proclaimed throughout the world. In Christ's
name I pray. Amen.


Letter to the editor


Women's History Month

Ok! Listen up! What month is it? March.
In other words, this means Spring Break,
Spring showers, school is almost out, col-
leges too, flowers are in bloom, good cheer,
smiles everywhere in America, right? Yeah!
Women's History Month Spotlight. A sa-
lute to every girl, gal, niece, baby girl, moth-
er, aunt, sister, wife, grandma, nanna, great
grandma, girlfriend, sweetheart and boo. It
is our month to represent.
So, to all my black, white, hispanic and
multi-racial sisters, life is good! A shout out
from Biblical Eve, Mary, the mother of Jesus,
suffrage, civil rights, women's rights, we
were there, women's history is important
too! Sojourner Trutch states, 'Ain't I a Wom-
an!" Harriet Tubman, led the Underground
Railroad (First woman on the Most Wanted
list) for freedom; Eleanor Roosevelt voice
for change, Aretha Franklin give me some
RESPECT, Amen! Kristina, sang, I am beauti-
ful in every single way. Women in arts, Ms.


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Oprah Winfrey, Zora Neale Hurston, Coun-
try's sweetheart, Taylor Swift; in politics,
Mrs. Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, First
African American First Lady of these United
States. Wow! Stylish!
Finally, yes on Oscar night, the first fe-
male director, Kathryn Bigalow. How about
Sandra Bullock, won for the movie, The
Blind Side. She played a Southern white lady
who gave a home, future, family and life to a
colored, negro, African-American, troubled
black male. Recognize and celebrate that
yes, dreams do still come true in America!
Ok! Listen all races, creed, color, cultures of
women, past, present, future, remember all
those who travel with God reach their desti-
nations alright!
Oh! The great joy and power of being a
woman...Yes!
Brenda Scott
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Okeechobee


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from the state's general revenue fund to the
Department of Juvenile Justice for those vic-
tims.
"This is a tragic chapter in the state's his-
tory and something the Legislature needs
to consider very, very carefully," said Rep-
resentative Mike Horner (R), in an earlier
interview.
Rep. Homer's district includes Okeecho-
bee County. An e-mail was recently sent to
Rep. Horner, as well as other state represen-
tatives and senators whose districts include
Okeechobee and Jackson counties-the
two counties in which the reform schools
were located. Besides Rep. Horner, only rep-
resentatives Marti Coley (R) and Brad Drake
(R) responded.
Senators J.D. Alexander and Joe Negron,
whose districts include Okeechobee County,
did not respond. Senator Alfred Lawson Jr.
(D-District 6), whose district includes Jack-
son County and Marianna, also did not re-
spond.
The same e-mail was sent to Governor
Charlie Crist's office, but there was also no
response from that office.
While Rep. Horner said he is sympathetic
toward the men who were brutalized at the
two schools, he chose not to comment on
the bill specifically. Since the bill is a Senate
bill, he has not seen or read the bill.
"It's hard to comment on a bill I haven't
read," he said.
Rep. Coley and Rep. Drake had similar
thoughts. "There is no bill in the House. A
bill must be filed in both chambers for leg-
islation to move forward," said Rep. Coley.
"I generally follow the principle that to sup-
port a claims bill the issue must have moved
successfully through our court system. Many


people have been working through the
court system for years. If an appeal is filed
and moves through the appropriate court
system, then I would review the findings and
determine whether or not I would support a
claims bill."
Rep. Drake said, to date, SB-48 has only
been filed in the Senate and no companion
bill has been filed in the House.
"It is rare for any bill to pass both cham-
bers without a companion bill filed," he said.
To act on the claims bill, Rep. Drake said a
Special Master hearing will be held and his
recommendation will be sent to the Legis-
lature. At that point, the Legislature can take
up and hear the bills filed.
When asked if he would support such a
claims bill, Rep. Drake said he would "... re-
serve a position until I could hear testimony
in the formal committee hearings process."
It's unlikely at this point that SB-48 will
even be addressed this year, since the Legis-
lative session closes April 30.
And because of that, Mr. Hoag said time
is of the essence.
"We have a few representatives who said
they would sponsor a bill in the House, so
we're very anxious to talk to our lobbyists,"
he said.
The lawsuit was filed against several state
agencies and Troy Tidwell, who is accused
of administering beatings at the Marianna
school. Mr. Tidwell, now in his 80s, still lives
in Marianna.
Judge Shelfer dismissed the suit against
Mr. Tidwell based on the statute of limita-
tions. As for that portion of the suit filed
against the state, the judge ruled that while
there were violations of constitutional rights,
monetary damages cannot be recovered for
those violations. Mr. Hoag said the plaintiffs
in the case were all advised that they could
hire new attorneys and appeal Judge Shelf-
er's ruling, but they all decided against the
appeal.


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Local agriculture industry volunteers,
teachers and FFA students participated in
Florida Agriculture Literacy Day efforts by
reading books about agriculture at various
schools. Florida Agriculture in the Class-
room, Inc. (FAITC), the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services and
Florida Agriculture Commissioner, Charles
Bronson initiated Ag Literacy Day seven
years ago to educate Florida school children
about the importance of agriculture to them
and their communities.
One of the books read is titled, "Green
Florida Farms" by Gary Seamans. The book
explains what Florida was like and how the
effects of our growing population are af-
fecting Florida's farm and ranchlands. The
story goes on to show how farmers and
ranchers help take better care of Florida's
"Green Spaces," while performing the task
of providing food and fiber on smaller acre-
age. Some topics covered are biomass for
renewable energy, byproducts in cattle feed,
hydroponics, contour farming and no-till
drills (soil conservation). Methods of irriga-
tion such as trickle and drip promote water
conservation on farms and students were
encouraged to research Florida's water re-
strictions for lawns and landscape; and help
their parents abide by these rules.
Students were given a pre/post test
on the reading and results will be sent to
FAITC. The agriculture specialty license
tags, better known as the '"Ag Tag" helps
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Special to the Okeechobee News/OSWCD
Volunteers from Okeechobee Soil and
Water Conservation District and Natu-
ral Resource Conservation Service
read "Florida Green Farms" by Gary
Seamans to North Elementary School
students.


and programs, like Ag Literacy Day. Teach-
ers are encouraged to attend the annual
State Teacher Workshop June 17-19, in St.
Petersburg Beach. All FAITC curricula meet
Sunshine State and Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT) standards. Please
visit the FAITC website if you are interested
in volunteering to read during next year's Ag
Literacy Day. For soil and water conservation
tips, please visit your local Extension Service,
Water Management District or the Okeecho-
bee Soil and Water Conservation District.


Special to the Okeechobee News/OSWCD
Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's
Association volunteers participated in
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Railroad crossing repair tests drivers' patience
Officials of CSX Transportation have announced that the railroad cross-
ing on U.S. 441 N will be closed until the middle of next week for repairs.
At midafternoon on Friday cars were bumper to bumper waiting to cross
the railroad track on N.W. Ninth Avenue. Motorists on U. S. 441 should be
patient and follow the direction of policemen directing traffic. Southbound
motorists will be directed west (right) unto N.W. Ninth Street. Northbound
motorists will be directed to turn west (left) onto N.W. Sixth Avenue. All
large trucks will be directed to U. S. 98. There can they cross the railroad
track and be directed back to U. S. 441. However, this is where drivers of
smaller vehicles will have to follow police directions. Police directing traffic
on Sixth and Ninth Streets will be monitoring the flow of traffic and talking
to each other. Cars and pickups may or may not be able to use the railroad
crossing on N.W. Ninth Avenue, depending on the volume of traffic. If traffic
is backlogged, they may be directed to go to U. S. 98 before being allowed
to cross the railroad track.


Ag Literacy Day teaches



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March 28, 2010


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6 Okeechobee News March 28, 2010

Community Events


Easter Week Services
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, with
a service of the palms 10:30 a.m. today,
March 28; also Thursday will offer a Ten-
ebrae Service at 7 p.m., a service of light and
shadows remembering the sacrifice of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday worship
will be at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome!

Freedom Outreach
Fishing Tournament
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ment, series III, will be held on the following
dates: March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27,
July 25 and Aug. 29. The $80 cash entry fee
for each tournament in the series includes
the Big Fish Pot and the Classic Fund, with a
70 percent payback. The final event, the Clas-
sic, will be held Sept. 26. To qualify for the
classic, you must have fished at least four pri-
or events from February to August. All tour-
naments 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 ques-
tions, call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

Masonic Lodge to hold
Sunday Breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
hold a Sunday breakfast on Sunday, March
28 from 8 until 11 a.m. The donation is just
$6 and includes, eggs, bacon, sausage, grits,
pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice and cof-
fee. The public is welcome and carry outs
are available. The lodge is located at 107
N.W 5th Street, Okeechobee.

Dine with the Doctor
Raulerson Hospital continues the popular
"Dine with the Doctor" on Tuesday March
30, in the North Dining Room of Raulerson
Hospital. Dine with the Doctor is a medical
lecture series held on the last Tuesday of the
month. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. fol-
lowed by the presentation. Our guest speak-
er will be Dr. Muhammad A. Chaudhary,
who is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr Chaudhary will be discussing the causes
and prevention of Hypertension (High Blood
Pressure). Dinner tickets are $5, the lecture
is FREE. To R.S.VP. or for more information
please call Marnie Lauter Public Relations
and Marketing Coordinator for Raulerson
Hospital at 863-824-2702.

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Fundraiser to benefit
KOA Kids Care Camp
A spaghetti dinner will be held at Good
Spirits Lounge 245 Hwy. 441 S.E. on Wednes-
day, March 31, from 6-9 p.m. Dinners are
$5. Eat in or take out. All proceeds go to KOA
Kids Care Camp.

Red Cross plans classes
for April
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in April:
Thursday, April 1 Adult CPR/AED at 6
p.m.
Wednesday, April 14 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, April 19 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Parks and Rec announce
Easter Eggs-travaganza
Okeechobee Parks and Recreation will
host an Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday,
April 3, from noon until 3 p.m. The event
will be held at the Rec Park on N.W 6th Ave.
between Los Cocos and the Skate Park. This
is a FREE event for everyone sponsored by
Parks and Rec, Visiting Nurses Association
and the Kiwanis Club. Activities include and
Egg hunt at noon, bunny sack race, egg on
a spoon race, water balloon toss and more.
Egg hunt will be for three separate age
groups. Games for both children and adults.
Arts and crafts table. Bring your Easter Bas-
ket!

Bake sale to benefit BHR
Fireman Auxiliary
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.


Easter Sunrise
Services planned
Okeechobee Ministerial Association in-
vites everyone to Easter Sunrise Services
planned for Sunday, April 4, from 6:30-
7:30 a.m. at Lake Okeechobee Lock 7 Pier
(where U.S. Hwy. 441 and S.R. 78 separate).
Bring your chair and blanket. Congrega-
tional singing by the Okeechobee Commu-
nity Choir with Soloist, Rev. Loy Mershimer
of Okeechobee Presbyterian. Love offering
will be taken for a local charity. Come and
worship with your friends, family and neigh-
bors!


Kiwanis to host
Annual Pancake Breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
be holding its 38th Annual Easter Pancake
Breakfast at Cowboy's Restaurant here in
Okeechobee. Breakfast will be served on
April 4, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is
only $5 and includes all you can eat pan-
cakes, whole hog sausage, Hazellief Farms
hand-squeezed orange juice, and coffee.
You should also be on the lookout for the
Easter Bunny, so bring your camera! Call
J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778 to be a sponsor
or buy tickets.


Obituaries


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


Lois Evelyn Gray, 77
OKEECHOBEE Lois Evelyn Gray, passed
away Thursday, March 25, 2010, in the Hamrick
Home. She was 77.
She was born December 10, 1932 in Nampa,
Idaho to William Earl and Helen (Root) Pecha-
nec. She owned Professional Business Services,
an income tax and bookkeeping business. She
was a member of the First Baptist Church of
(i .,., i ....- and enjoyed working on genealo-
gy.
Mrs. Gray is survived by her husband of 57
years, Walter Nixon Gray Jr. of Okeechobee;
two daughters, Sandra Paradise (Gary) of Ta-
vares and Valynda Kingsley (Dennis) of Queens-
town, Md.; two sons, Scott Gray (Sandy) of
Chattanooga, Tenn. and Gareth Mark of Wash-
ington; two sisters; one brother; nine grandchil-
dren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were 6:30 p.m. Friday,
March 26, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Okee-
chobee, with Pastor Randy Huckabee officiat-
ing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
First Baptist Church Convention Haiti Relief
Fund.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee.
Friends may sign the ,'i-. -il ...... at www.bas-
sokeechnhbeefh com


George C. Morris, 84
OKEECHOBEE -George C. Morris, peacefully
passed away Monday, March 22, 2010. He was
84.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lu-
cille, Irene and Jean; and brother, Jack, all of
Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy
E. Morris; son, George C. Morris III of Okeecho-
bee; daughter, Delene C. Arrowood of North
Palm Beach; daughter, Cheryl L. Barnett of Jupi-
ter; sons-in-law, Jay Roberts and Ron Barnett;
five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and
three sisters, Bertha, Dorothy and Ruth of Ohio.
His quiet strength will be missed, as he was
loved by one and all.
Honoring his request, there will be no services
or visitation.
May he rest in peace.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (ii.., .ii..Il.- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., ( i.,,, ii, 1,,
Friends may sign the 'i-. ,i .....1. at www.bas-
, ..i. .! ,! ,,, Ii II

Norma Coleen Maines, 76
LORIDA Norma Coleen Maines, passed
away Wednesday, March 24, 2010. She was 76.
Born May 2, 1933
in Lynn, Ind. to Eu-
gene and Edith Retz,
she was a Post Of-
fice Clerk. She was
of the Baptist faith.
She enjoyed crochet-
ing and playing
cards on the com-
puter. She was a
member of the East-
ern Star.
She was preceded
in death by her hus-
band, William L. Maines.
Mrs. Maines is survived by her daughter, Sue
Ann Leach (Dwayne); son, Stephen L. Maines
(Robbin); granddaughter, Stephanie Maines
Neiland; two grandsons, Stephen and Gage
Leach, all of Lorida; and brother, Bud Retz (Gin-
ny) of Texas.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Monday,
March 29, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home, with Chaplain Jim of Good Shepherd
Hospice officiating.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd
Hospice.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (0i.,I -I4, - Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (,i.,. I- I ,
Friends may sign the ,i ,i ..... i. at www.bas-
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March 28, 2010 Okeechobee News


Census count under way


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
"If you are living and breathing in the
United States, the Census wants to count
you."
Those were the words of Census Spokes-
person Melissa Ser-
rano who spoke to the
Okeechobee Community
Collaborative Tuesday
about getting people to fill
out their census forms.
Ms. Serrano spoke on
the importance of the
census as the population
numbers determine how Melissa
much money the federal Serrano
government sends to this
community to support libraries, schools, and
even health care clinics. She noted $400 bil-
lion is spent annually across the nation and
each community should get their fair share.
"We want it to be as accurate as possible.
We encourage people to fill out their forms,"
she added.
More information on the census is avail-
able online at 2010census.gov.
The forms have already been mailed out
to homes in Okeechobee. There are 10 easy
questions to answer and the forms are al-
ready self addressed and stamped for their
return.
Okeechobee hasn't had the best return
rate. For the 2000 census, only 54 percent of
households mailed back their forms to the
government.
On April 10, the Census will hold a Neigh-
borhood Blitz Day. They hope to rally resi-
dents to fill out their forms. They will also pay
close attention to minority neighborhoods
where the percentages of response have not
been high in the past. They will visit trailer
parks and migrant labor camps and will go
door to door when and where possible.
Serrano said they hope to have a lot of
volunteers in Okeechobee. They will also
work with various agencies to try and get
the word out.
In other actions the CCC learned that
the Okeechobee County School Board was
awarded a grant for an outreach worker for
the Florida Kid Care Insurance Program. The
part time worker will work with parents to
explain to them the benefit of enrolling their
children with the low-cost health insurance
plan.


Sharon Vinson with the Shared Services
Network reported that the deadline for
agencies to place a free advertisement in
the summer activity guide is March 31. She
explained that 9,000 brochures will be sent
out, one with each Okeechobee school stu-
dent, at the end of the year.
State budget cuts proposed for the
Healthy Start Coalition, libraries and other
agencies were also discussed at the meeting.
Kay Begin of the Healthy Start Coalition said
there is one proposal to eliminate all healthy
start Coalitions in the state. At the very least,
the Coalition will face major budget cuts this
year. She urged residents to phone their state
legislators and support Healthy Start.
Communities in Schools announced
plans for their Career Expo on April 23 at
Indian River State college in Okeechobee.
All students in eighth and ninth grade in
Okeechobee will attend the event.
CIS also has a number of summer camps
planned in June and July Those camps
include an All Star Camp, a Sheriffs Teen
Camp, a Sheriffs youth camp and a Skate
Camp. For more information please call the
CIS program at 863-462-5863. Grants from
the Okeechobee Children's Services Council
help to fund these summer camps.
The Okeechobee Health Department and
the tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee
will host a special presentation by Dr. Victor
Denoble on April 20. Denoble testified be-
fore Congress and was a key witness in the
federal governments investigation into the
tobacco industry's research practices. The
event will be held at the Freshman Campus
Auditorium at 6 p.m. He will also make two
presentations at Okeechobee High School.
Wendy Watts with the Economic Oppor-
tunities Council and Head Start Program in
Indian River County spoke on the benefits
of Head Start programs. She is a foster par-
ent and was a foster parent for several years
for two young babies from Belle Glade that
were addicted to cocaine. He said the Head
Start program was very beneficial to these
two boys. They have been adopted and now
live in another state. They recently tested
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CES celebrates Field Day events with Olympic Spirit


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Lighting the torch
A torch runner "lights" the Olympic flame Wednesday afternoon, March 24 at
Central Elementary School. The opening ceremony for the school's field day
was patterned after the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The
students in the background represented the various countries in the Olympics
by wearing the colors and carrying the flags of those countries.
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Gathering of nations
The Wednesday afternoon, March 24 opening ceremony for the Central Elemen-
tary School field day was patterned after the opening ceremony of the 2010
Winter Olympics. Each classroom represented a certain country and wore that
country's colors and carried it's flag.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Representing the Cayman Islands
On Wednesday afternoon, March 24 Central Elementary School had the open-
ing ceremony for its field day. This year the ceremony was patterned after the
opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Each classroom represented a
country participating in the Olympics. These students represented the Cayman
Islands.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Greek crossing
This Central Elementary School classroom represented the country of Greece
as they marched into the March 24 opening ceremony for the school's field day
which was patterned after the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olym-
pics.


Romanian Delegates
These Central Elementary School students represented Romania in the Wednes-
day afternoon, March 24 opening ceremony for the school's field day which was
patterned after the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Okeechobee Community Choir
in its 12th year Under the Direction of Sandy Perry, Will Present the
Easter Cantata
Praise the Lord of Resurrection
Along With an Easter Drama, Men's Ensemble, Ave Maria/I Believe,
Other Seasonal Favorites, & Handel's Hallelujah Chorus,
Where Audience Participation is Encouraged
Fri., March 26 Sat., March 27 Sun., March 28
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Presented at
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The 50 Voices Comprising This Season's Choir Represent Singers from
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Okeechobee News March 28, 2010


4-H Livestock judging team wins at state


The Okeechobee County 4-H Livestock
Judging Team placed first in the 2010 State coi
4-H Livestock Evaluation Contest held on in
March 20, in Gainesville. The first place an(
win comes with the right and privilege to Ov
represent Florida 4-H at the National 4-H 20
Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunc- sic,
tion with the North American Invitational Sw
Livestock Exposition held in Louisville, Ky. for
in November. Team members are Jessica
Humphrey, Marshall Johnson, Josh Lea and
Allyson Trimble. All team members belong
to the Chobee Cattle Kids 4-H Club and were
coached by club leaders Jamie Humphrey
and Robbie Johnson. The team would like
to thank Mr. Brian Trimble, Osceola Middle
School Ag teacher for his help coaching rea-
sons and Mr. Roger McWaters, Okeechobee
High School Ag teacher for his work with the
team on carcass and yield grades.

Bronson urges

horse owners to

vaccinate animals
With the arrival of spring and warmer
weather, Florida Agriculture and Consumer A 1
Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson th
is reminding horse owners to get their ani- vil
mals vaccinated for mosquito borne diseas- le
es. The two principal equine diseases asso- Hu
ciated with mosquitoes are Eastern Equine
Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus
(WNV), and the majority of cases of each
can be prevented with proper vaccinations, M
according to animal health officials.
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been vaccinated against these mosquito- Br
borne diseases and to check with your vet- Cu
erinarian to determine whether an animal's Ca
booster shots are up to date," Bronson said. Bu
So far this year, Florida has no equine 10'
cases of EEE or WNV, but that can change 15'
quickly as mosquito populations increase
significantly with the warmer weather and
can explode in areas with heavy rains and Ca
standing water. Humans, too, need to mini- Co
mize their contact with mosquitoes as mos- Str
quitoes.Toward that end, Bronson is recom- Hfi
mending that Floridians remove standing Bu
water from their property by emptying out Yrl
stagnant water from kiddie pools, old tires, Mi
birdbaths and anything that holds water. To


The team excelled in all areas of the Josh Lea placed fifth in Cattle, seventh in
repetition. As a team, they placed first Swine, 14th in Evaluation and Selection, tied
Cattle, first in Swine, first in Evaluation for third in Reasons and placed fifth Overall.
d Selection, second in Reasons, and first Allyson Trimble was eighth in Cattle, ninth
erall, outscoring their closest competitor in Swine, third in Evaluation and Selection,
79 points to 1970 points. Individually, Jes- and sixth Overall. Marshall Johnson was fifth
a Humphrey placed first in Cattle, first in in Evaluation and Selection. The win was a
ine, first in Evaluation and Selection, tied result of many hours of practice and hard
third in Reasons and placed first Overall. work by all team members.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Debbie Clements
triumphant Okeechobee County 4-H Livestock Judging Team pictured upon
eir return home after the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held in Gaines-
le on Saturday, March 20. (L to R) Robbie Johnson (coach/Okeechobee 4-H
ider), Marshall Johnson, Jessica Humphrey, Allyson Trimble, Josh Lea, Jamie
imphrey (coach/Okeechobee 4-H leader.)


keechobee Livestock Market Report


arch 22 and 23, 2010

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making $52.00 $58.0
tter $49.00 $58.0
nner $33.00 $47.0
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00-1500 $70.50 $73.0
00-2000 $65.00 $71.0


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126 239
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14 41
16 90
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170-190
200-250
0 250-300
0 300 350
S350 400
S400 450
450-500
0 550-600
0 600-650


Med #2
150-200
200-250
250 300
300 350
350-400
400-450
Small #1
220-235
250-300


Steers
150-225
135-162
135-152
137 147
130 146
127 130
115-123
106-115
100-109
Steers
125-175
117-140
110 137
107 129
112-129
95-125
135-142


Htrs
137-185
110-140
110-120
105 119
105 115
99 109
97-103
88-91

Hfrs
110-155
102-115
100 116
93 108
98-107
89-99
100-147
100-116


Prices continue to climb.
Cows and bulls were steady to
$1 higher. Most all calves were
steady to higher by $5. A lot of
small calves under 300# are
showing up. Look for prices to
stay strong in the near future.
Barry Lewis topped the calf mar-
ket with a high of $2.25 bought
by Reynolds. Ed Walpole topped
the cow market with a high of
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Okeechobee News March 28, 2010


Gore to play in all star game


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Duelle Gore will play and Bryan Van
Camp will help coach one more high school
basketball game this season.
Gore was chosen to play in the annual
Treasure Coast Showcase game at Indian
River State College which is scheduled for
Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.
The game is played on the main campus
in Fort Pierce.
Gore averaged 13.9 points per game and
10.4 rebounds per game for the Brahmans
this year as they enjoyed one of the best sea-
sons in recent years.
Coach Van Camp said he was pleased
that Gore was able to get some recognition,


"I'm very pleased that Duelle is being rec-
ognized for his efforts this season. He led
our team in scoring and rebounding. He is a
hard worker and he maintained a high level
of play all season long."
Van Camp said Gore helped carry the
team to many victories this year and always
answered the challenge against tougher op-
ponents.
Gore had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8
blocks in the Brahmans District tournament
victory over Suncoast. He also played well
against Lakeland during the Christmas Tour-
nament at Sebring this year. "Duelle consis-
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Cameron Tewksbury went all the way
with a four hitter as he struck out six and
walked one as Okeechobee defeated Sebas-
tian River, 5-2 March 23, night in Indian River
County.
Tewksbury (5-0) pushed Okeechobee to
9-3 on the year. Still Brahman Coach Dylan
Tedders said he sees room for improve-
ment.
"The sad part is we could be (12-0) right
now. We just can't afford to have mental
lapses. Tuesday we did what we had to do
to win. We have to do better if we want to
win later," he said.
Okeechobee was held to six hits. Sebas-
tian (2-8) is not one of the better squads on
Okeechobee's schedule this year.
Tedders said he was happy that six dif-
ferent Brahmans had hits in the game.
Okeechobee scored one run on an RBI hit
by Jonathan Crawford but scored the other
four thanks to Sebastian River walks, passed


balls by their catcher, a wild pitch, and a
throwing error.
Drew Selvey scored two runs and hit a
double for Okeechobee. Mark Weir also had
a double in two official at bats.
Tedders went back to his veteran lineup
on Tuesday but said all of his players have
a short leash. He said he has not been im-
pressed with the focus or the at bats of some
of his older players.
"I don't want them up there guessing. A
good hitter can hit any pitch because they
react to it. I plan to use the bench more be-
cause I know those guys are ready to play,"
he added.
He said it is good to have depth because
that will push some of the older players to
get better, "We've blown two games this
year and we can't let that happen. If we lose
to teams that are worse than us, what is go-
ing to happen when we play teams that are
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March 28, 2010 Okeechobee News


Flag football team drops two games


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School girls flag
football team opened their season this
month with losses at Pahokee 13-12 and at
Royal Palm Beach, 42-6.
Coach Bruce Jahner said the girls are
playing hard and playing well together but
must work on their consistency from play to
play.
He said the team would have a good play
and then make a mistake on the next play,
so he has been working hard in practice to
get the team to execute better.
Jahner said he was very pleased with the
effort in the first game at Pahokee. Pahokee
jumped out to an early lead but Okeechobee
battled back and made it a contest.
"We played real well against Pahokee.
We had some jitters early on but after the
start we held them pretty well, and scored
some touchdowns," he said.
In the second game Okeechobee came
up against an experienced team that has a
club flag football program and a lot of talent.


Royal Palm Beach scored three times in the
first two minutes of the game and went on
to the easy victory.
Jahner said he was pleased that the team
didn't give up after the early adversity. He
said the team made some adjustments at
half time and did a lot better in the second
half. They drove for a touchdown and were
in the process of driving again for a score
when they ran out of time.
"It's a learning experience right now. The
girls are playing well and hard. We just ran
up against a really tough team in Royal Palm
Beach," he added.
Patrice Collie had a big night for Royal
Palm (3-1). She threw four touchdown
passes and grabbed three interceptions on
defense.
Jahner said none of the Brahman girls
have stood out as stars but all of them are
playing hard and working together.
The Brahman JV didn't play at Pahokee
and lost 24-2 to Royal Palm Beach.
The girls first home game will be Thurs-
day, April 8, against Wellington at 7 p.m.


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-DP-063
IN THE INTEREST OF:
D.R. DOB: 2/14/07
Mother of the minor child:
Shanera Rodgers
(surrendered parental rights)
TO: Father of D.R., Jennaine Orr
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO D.R., A MALE
CHILD, BORN ON THE 14th DAY OF
FEBRUARY, 2007. THE CHILD WAS
BORN IN THE COUNTY OF ST LU-
CIE, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE
CIRCUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVI-
SION IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT
LOCATED AT:
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3rd STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 3rd DAY OF
MAY, 2010, IN COURTROOM "C",

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FOR HEARING AND TO SHOW
CAUSE WHY SAID PETITION
SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO AP-
PEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME
SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE ALL LE-
GAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE
CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION AT-
TACHED TO THIS NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE


RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY,
ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL THERE-
OF, THIS 27th DAY OF JAN. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
By: /S/ KIMBERLEY J. SARROS
DEPUTY CLERK
345473 ON 3/14,21,28;4/4/10


NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a
public meeting on Tuesday, Apnl 6, 2010 at 3:30 RM. The public meeting
will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, lo-
cated at the 1728 N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more infor-
mation, contact Virginia Deny at the Planning and Development
Department, 499 N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972;
(863) 824-3010.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing
Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup
for official record of the Department
Virginia Derry, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
349778 ON 3/28/10

INVITATION TO BID
CITY HALL RESTROOM RENOVATION
BID NO. PW 02-00-03-10
Sealed Bids will be received by the General Services Department of the City
of Okeechobee, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Rm. 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, up to
1:00 p.m., April 12, 2010, for all materials and labor necessary for the
project below:
CITY HALL RESTROOM RENOVATIONS
Plans and specifications may be obtained by website, www.cityofokeecho-
bee.com, or at City Hall, 863-763-3372 x218, during normal hours, Mon. to
Fri., 8 am to 4:30 pm, except holidays.
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following: List of sub-bidders with
whom the contractor will sub-contract work in connection with this project.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and clearly marked "Bid No.
PW 02-00-03-10 City Hall Restroom Renovation." May be hand deliv-
ered or mailed to the address listed above. Facsimile or emailed bids will
not be accepted.
The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any infor-
malities. All bids shall remain in force for 90 days after the date of opening.
Oscar Bermudez, PE, City Engineer
349941 ON 3/28;4/4/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED
ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee-
chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofo-
keechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
bclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 10-002-R, submitted by prop-
erty owner, Shirley Baker, for the purpose of changing the Zoning District,
on approximately 0.162 acres, from Residential Multiple Family (RMF) to
Commercial Professional Office (CPO) for property located at 200 SE 3rd
Street. Legal: Lot 6 of Block 208, First Addition to Okeechobee, as record-
ed in Plat Book 5, Page 6, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval or
denial to the City Council. Final adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tues-
day, May 4, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe-
cial accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the
General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-002-R
348958 ON 3/28;4/7/10


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House Bill 315 sponsored by State Rep-
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unanimously passed the Florida House of
Representatives on Monday.
The bill prohibits adoption agencies from
making adoption suitability determinations
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use of a firearm or ammunition.
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to determine whether someone is suitable
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Brahman boys tennis defeats Hardee Wildcats


By Charles M. Murphy jor way Thursday as the Brahman boys ten-
Okeechobee News nis team won their final home match of the
Okeechobee seniors stepped up in a ma- season, 6-1 over the Hardee Wildcats.
Zach Fowler, Jonathan Hudoff, Chris

OHS girls tennis team blasts Hardee


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Samantha Rivero continued a strong fresh-
man season with a shutout victory over her op-
ponent to lead Okeechobee High School (2-7)
to a home victory over Hardee in girls tennis ac-
tion played Thursday at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex. Rivero defeated Summer Palmer 6-0
and 6-0 in singles and teamed with Jenna Rath
to defeat Palmer and Kate Krause 8-1 in her
doubles match.
Rivero improved to (5-2) on the season. "I
felt like I played pretty good today. There are
still things I can work on though." Rivero mixed
in a number of different serves to keep her
opponent off balance. After a long first game
where Sam broke Palmer's serve, she had few
problems. Rivero did not face a single break
point on her serve for the entire match. "I didn't
change my game to play my opponents game
which I think is a big improvement for me. I felt
confident and good today," she said.
In other matches, Katie Walker celebrated
what could be her final home match with
a marathon three set win over Kate Krause.
Walker won 3-6, 6-2, and 6-2 after a shaky first
set. Krause did a great job in the first set hitting
her first serve. She was able to break Walker in
the fourth game and win the set by not making
many mistakes.
Things changed in the second and third set
as Walker gained confidence and cut down on
her mistakes. The level of Krause's play also fell
a bit after the first set. Walker fell behind (1-0)
in the second set but was able to take over from
there with steady ground strokes and fewer
mistakes. Walker broke Krause early in the third
set and went on from there.
Liz Turner played well in the number 3 sin-
gles bracket but fell to Kayla Woods 7-5 and 6-2.


Katherine Ragamat defeated Lindsay Martin in
a tight match 7-6 (7-1) and 6-2. Jenna Rather
defeated Emily William 6-1 and 6-0 in the final
singles match.
Hardee won the second doubles match as
Woods and Martin defeated Turner and Vanessa
Watt 8-6.
Okeechobee has two regular season match-
es left before districts. They have a make up
match at Fort Pierce Central and a match at Se-
bastian River on April 8.
Rivero is the top contender for Okeechobee
for a singles title this year. She will have tough
opponents in Martin County and Lincoln Park
Academy. She said she is confident that her
game has improved enough to play with the top
players around. "If I play my own game I have
a good chance to at least challenge those girls.
I won't go out there and beat myself. I want
them to have to beat me and work for it."


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left) Samantha Rivero had an easy time
as she shut out her opponent on Thurs-
day. (right) Katie Walker played a three
set marathon that lasted nearly two
hours in her victory over Hardee.


Wegmann and Austin Willard all won their
singles matches while Max Norman teamed
with Willard to win one of the doubles
matches.
"This was essentially our senior night and
our seniors stepped it up," Coach Bryan Van
Camp said, "I was pleased that Norman and
Willard did well because this is the first time
I've paired them together."
Fowler defeated Juan Mier 6-0 and 6-3.
Kyle Bodeck of Hardee defeated Norman
in the number 2 singles match 6-2 and 6-1.
Hudoff bested Justin Fones 6-2 and 6-4 and
Willard defeated Dominique Allen 6-3 and
6-1. Wegmann defeated Matt Godwin 6-4
and 6-0.
In doubles Fowler teamed with Hudoff to
defeat Mier and Allen 8-4. Norman and Wil-
lard defeated Bodeck and Fones 8-4.
Wegmann was very pleased with his
singles victory in the number 5 singles. He
has won three matches in his first year on
the tennis team. He said he's enjoyed being
on the team because everyone has good at-
titude and the team has a lot of fun together.
He also praised Coach Van Camp for teach-
ing him a lot about the game. "Our record is
not so good but the Coach has helped me
get better. It's a lot of fun to be out here,"
he said.
Wegmann said he has been working on
his ground strokes, back hand and serve on
a daily basis. He said he plans to work every
day on Spring Break this week to get ready
for districts.
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two more matches after the break. I'm pret-
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he added.
Okeechobee will play at Sebastian River
on Thursday, April 8.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Zach Fowler won his final home match
as a senior in straight sets Thursday.


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