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said it was not convincing.
Her grandson is one of five
Okeechobee boys who were al-
legedly sexually molested by one
of their playmates. Their alleged
attacker who was 12 at the time of
his arrest in December of 2009, is
charged with seven counts of sex-
ual battery and six counts of lewd
and lascivious molestation.
The woman said her grandson,
who lives with her, was molested
as many as six times an
as she found out, she
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Getting the last sip before darkness falls is the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Once nightfall is complete, the hummingbird
will not feed and must conserve energy until daylight.
Want to watch a jewel fly? Invite hummingbirds
By D. Hamilton
Summertime brings hot weather blooms
afternoon rains and hummingbirds. '
If you've ever had the pleasure of watching
these little ones, you were probably amazed
and mesmerized by their quickness, ability to
hover in mid air and even to fly backwards.
Hummingbirds do not actually, "Hum." It is
the sheer speed of their wings beating at 50-200
beats per second that produces the "Humm-m-
Strangely enough, according to the Universi-
ty of Florida Extension Service, Hummingbirds
only live in the Americas. There are over 300
species with 16 of those found in the U.S. Flor-
ida has just three main species with the ruby-
throated hummingbird as the most common.
Hummingbirds nest in Florida beginning
in April. They only produce two tiny half-inch
eggs that hatch in less than 3 weeks.
In about a month after that, the young ones
leave the nest.
Hummingbirds will remain late in the year
in some parts of the South Florida region, how-
ever, most will migrate farther south to Mexico
and South America until at least March before
returning for spring's warmer weather. Male
hummingbirds return about a week before fe-
To attract hummingbirds to a particular area,
offer them what they like. Fresh nectar kept in
feeders will keep them coming back. Once the
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Id as soon He's holding it all in," the boy's
contacted grandmother said. She added the
said the counselor is trying to get him to
about the talk about it.
low many As she talked about her grand-
ened. son, it became evident he is exhib-
ler grand- iting some classic signs of abuse
counselingg such as anger issues and a drop in
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Center, he Although she describes her
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The hummingbird's ability to hover
in mid air and even fly backwards is
amazing to watch.
ed water. Change the nectar solution every
3-5 days washing the feeder only with hot
water and white vinegar.
What about a natural place for humming-
birds to dine? Planting brightly colored flow-
ers are one way to draw them. They will try
different kinds until they find one that suits
them. Flowers that are tubular and large
or those hanging in clusters hold a large
amount of nectar, enough for a quick sip.
Hummingbirds are territorial and can
be aggressive in and around their feeding
area. To avoid this, having several different
groupings of flowers will keep the conflict
between feeding hummingbirds down to a
For more information on hummingbirds,
check out the University of Florida Extension
Service web site at http://solutionsforyour-
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"feeding path" has been established, the
feeder must be kept filled or they will move
on to another steady feeding area.
The hummingbird draws the nectar from
either feeder or flower through long needle-
like bills and tongues specially adapted to
reach into feeders and also into deep flow-
ers. For such tiny birds at just 3 inches in
many cases, they have huge appetites, feed-
ing every 10 to 15 minutes. Hummingbirds
do not feed during the night time hours so
they consume almost half their weight in
food and about eight times their weight in
The heartrate and temperature of the
hummingbird drops during darkness help-
ing them to store and conserve energy until
Using a feeder purchased at a local store
is one way to keep the hummingbirds com-
ing back. Premixed or a packaged nectar
solution mixed with water is best because
it contains more than just sugar and water.
It is much like they would find in a meal of
wildflower nectars. Also, hummingbirds are
drawn to the red color in premixed or in-
stant nectars. Never, never use sugar substi-
tutes or honey sweeteners in hummingbird
feeders. The hummingbird will be attracted
but the content could be deadly using either
Feeders used with instant or premixed
nectars should not be hung in direct sun-
light. The heat can cause bacteria to grow
and the birds could die from the contaminat-
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following people
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junction with the age of the Torres
If you have any information on the where-
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee County Sheriff deputies are on
the lookout for Lavoski Jackson, 31, wanted for
questioning in a shooting Thursday in Douglas
Detective Marty Faulkner
said Jackson is considered
armed and dangerous. He
has a Belle Glade address.
The shooting reportedly
took place in an area for-
Tperr onk t tOhe ilcr~ests
Avenue at approximately 10
a.m. The victim was report-
edly shot in the shoulder and Lavoski
was transported by medical Jackson
helicopter to a regional med-
ical facility. Faulkner, who declined to identify
the victim, stated the Okeechobee man was in
stable condition on Friday.
The shooting took place in a known drug
area and detectives with the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force were at the scene of the shoot-
ing in less than a minute. They made one arrest
when a small amount of marijuana was located
on one of the witnesses to the shooting.
Detective Faulkner declined to speculate on
a possible motive for the shooting.
Jackson has an extensive arrest history in
Okeechobee dating back to when he was 16
years old. Among the previous charges against
him were uttering a forged instrument, failure
to redeliver leased property, and several counts
of sale of cocaine, and possession with the in-
tent to sell cocaine. He had convictions for ut-
tering a forged instrument and possession with
the intent to sell or deliver cocaine in Okeecho-
Anyone with information on Jackson or this
case can call the Okeechobee County Sheriffs
Office at 863-763-3117.
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Fish and Wildlife Commission, and a helicop-
ter with the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office
organized a search Thursday morning on
Berman Road. Shortly before the search au-
thorities received information that the boys
were at North Shore Plaza. City police sent a
unit to the location and found the boys safe
Melette claimed he had taken the boys
swimming at Platts Bluff and had run out of
gas. He refused to answer further questions
from the lawmen.
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Ryan Mellette, 18, of Berman Road, was
charged July 8, with felony interference with
child custody in the incident and was held on
$2,500 bond at the Okeechobee Co(unty Jail.
The arrest report from Sgt. C:lif Gill stated
the boys were reported missing on Tuesday.
The mother could not get in contact with the
boys and alerted law enforcement.
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Public Forum/Speak Out
Reflections from the pulpit
'Now faith is'
By Wendy Schaffer
Pastoral Counselor, The Pregnancy Center
Recently a woman facing a difficult situa-
tion decided to stand on her faith and speak
the truth. She asked for supportive Bible
verses and wrote, "need more! I'm staying in
the Bible -have to -want to." Iwas so moved
by her faith, I'm using part of my letter to her
to write this article with her permission.
In the Bible dictionary by Tenney and
Douglas, they state faith has a two-fold
sense. The first sense is trust and reliance.
The second sense is fidelity (God's accurate
and loyal servance of duty with faithful devo-
tion) and trustworthiness. The lady is in a re-
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Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
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Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South
southwest wind around 5 mph.
Monday: Scattered showers and thun-
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Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of
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On behalf of the entire Seminole Tribe
Warriors 12U travel baseball team, I would
like to extend my most sincere thanks to the
Brighton and Okeechobee communities. Our
Baseball team has been fund raising, over
the last few weeks, to have the opportunity
to play baseball at the USSSA world series in
Pace, Fla. and the Global World series in Dis-
pr,swe 11 be lbdle oS siemo t of thoesesk d
a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to show case
their talent and represent our community on a
national stage. Thank you!
*Thank you to whoever left flowers at my
wife's memorial at the corner of State Road
70 and Highway 98. Thank you very much.
Your thoughtful and unselfish act gives hope
Please slow down
*What is it with people who think that it
is okay to drive in a residential area without
abiding by the posted speed limit? I for one
am angry! And don't tell me that a patrol car
parked in the neighborhood will put a damp-
er on these speed demons. One parks in his
driveway across the street and it does not hin-
der these anti-law abiding people.
*Does anybody know when the road
department or OUA plan on fixing that mess
the OUA created on Southwest 28th street off
of Eagle Bay Drive? It has been like that for 3
months now and the more it rains, the worse
it gets. I drive over that garbage every day on
my way to work. Why hasn't it been fixed?
And please don't tell me OUA had nothing to
do with it. I SAW them tearing up the street.
*I saw in the news that near Seattle they
set a world record for a zombie gathering with
more than 4,000 folks dressed as zombies. I
think we should get the whole town to dress
up for Halloween the way they used to.
$4 million deficit
*The sheriff has returned money back to
the county for three years now and has cut
his budget again this year. More cuts would
be a safety issue for the citizens of Okeecho-
bee County. The sheriff has been responsible
with the budget since he has been in office.
The deputies have not had a raise in three
yaskyet tl e d rno r mp ain hbeeuse
ties know a lot of people and have friends
who are out of work in Okeechobee. The
deputies appreciate their jobs and continue
to make sacrifices. If you "hot seat" patrol
cars, the cost is higher because of the wear
and tear on the patrol vehicles. This is an
old issue brought up by many counties over
the years. Take home cars are more cost ef-
ficient and the positive effects of take home
nashav b en established over and ov r
the sheriff's office should have their own ga-
rage for maintenance and repairs. They still
send cars out to different people for repairs.
*Regarding car repairs and maintenance,
Should hope the county would do the
math--see which way is most efficient. On
the flip side, would it be less expensive for
maintenance and repairs on all county ve-
hicles to be done on a contract, rather than
paying mechanics wages, plus benefits?
*How can all these people come down
so hard on the on the local government and
not see where the problem is. It's not just
Okeechobee county it's all local govern-
ments struggling. The federal government
has cut a lot of funding but it still cost the
same to run a county. Maybe if we had
someone in Washington DC that would do
something besides campaign for the next
term we could move foreword instead of
*In these tough economic times, we
need to question every expense and every
person on the payroll. Do we really need this
expense or this position? Is the work this per-
son produces worth what he or she is bein8
paid? Should we go out for bids? Should we
use a contract for services instead of hiring
a full time employee and paying benefits?
The duty of the county commissioners is to
get the most they can for the taxpayers' hard
earned money. It is not the county's money
they are spending, it is the taxpayers' money.
In the past there has been a lot of waste and
abuse, with some officials hiring friends and
relatives or doing political favors. We can't
afford that now. We can't afford the "we've
always done it that way mentality."
lationship with God. Her faith is counting on
God's faithfulness (Romans 3:3) counting
on Him to justly see her through. Young's Bi-
ble Concordance includes "steadfastness,"
which is to be firm, fixed and constant, as
part of the meaning of faith. This woman
needs to be strong and unwavering as she
stavid shw sait Psalm 9:1-4. "I will
praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will shew forth all thy marvelous works...
When mine enemies are turned back, they
shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou
hast maintained my cause." Jesus tells his
disciples they should have faith in the midst
of a storm; especially since He was with
them. "Why are ye so fearful? How is it that
ye have no faith?" (Mark 4:36-41) Jesus ex-
pounds on faith in Luke 17:6 "If ye had faith
as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say
unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up
by the root, and be thou planted in the sea,
and it should obey you."
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is of-
ten referred to as "The Faith Chapter." The
first verse defines faith. "Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen." Substance, in the con-
cordance, has the root meaning of "strength
sufficiency, force, power, standing and ac-
quisition (to gain or get as one's own). Evi-
dence means "a recorded record and mani-
festation." As I reread the verse inputting the
word descriptions, I gain a fuller meaning of
"faith." "Now faith (to steadfastly have trust
and reliance in God because of His fidelity
and trustworthiness) is the substance (the
strength, sufficiency, force, power, stand-
ing and acquisition) of things hoped for, the
evidence (the recorded letter and manifesta-
tion) of things not seen."
I pray we learn from this verse, accounts
in the Bible, and from the woman standing
on faith, to more confidently go through life
without all the worry and anxiety. If we are
in God's Will (pleasing God by righteously
following His Word/counsel), we can face
each trial, situation or loss knowing He is
with us. God is our provider and protector.
Do not compromise or waiver. Stand on
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Asking for gently worn shoes
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On May 20, 205 seniors received scholarships at Okeechobee High School. Lo-
cal scholarships received totalled $748,013.
(above) Deb Trotter and Marnie Lauter presented Samantha Gonzalez, Gua-
dalupe Martinez, Abby Castillo, Maria Garcia, Casey Lawerence, Jennifer Pi-
non, Christina Shank, Shanice Fowler, Michelle Spears, Chelesa McNabb, Ana
Baza-Urbina, Kayla Davis, Carla Garcia, Jessica Julian, Monica Anuez, Hailey
Venables and Cesar Serrano with the Raulerson Hospital Scholarship on OHs
Scholarship Night 2010 at the OHS Lecture Hall.
Cristal Nunez presented Cesar Ser-
rano with the Nunez Lawn Care Schol-
arship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.
Michelle Spears was awarded the
Glenn J. Sneider Scholarship on OHS
Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20 in
the OHS Lecture Hall.
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Society Pet Rescue
Pet of the Week
Adult male Rat Terrier. Poncho does
well with other pets and children. He is
a submissive little guy, neutered, vac-
cinations up to date. The fee for Pon-
cho is $135. Visit the Okeechobee Pet
Rescue at 1203 Hwy. 98 N. Okeecho-
bee. Please call 863-357-1104. Hours
of operation: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and
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Denise Kelchner presented Ana Baza-
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Shanice Fowler with the Health Occu- Virginia Bryant presented Brice Buck-
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Terra Morris and Wendy Coker presented Lionel Jones, Christopher Martin,
Janezka Koger, Jonathon Crawford, Monica Koger and Ricardo Nieto with the
Chaka's STARS Foundation Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held
May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.
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Nutrition class to be held
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Red Cross plans July Health
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The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold the following
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all members to attend meetings which are
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each month. Meetings start at 7 p.m. There
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Hospice to host Special
Yard Sale July 15 & 16
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16,
from 8 a.m. until noon. Specialty Items This
Sale: children's play clothes. We have new
items galore offered at extremely reasonable
prices. Funds raised will benefit patient care,
including services at The Hamrick Home. If
you wish to donate items to the Yard Sale,
drop off times are weekdays between 8 a.m.
and 1 p.m. For information call 863-467-
Karaoke at Moose Lodge
Okeechobee Moose Lodge 1753, 159 N.W.
36th St. will be serving; a spaghetti dinner on
Thursday July 15, at 6 p.m. Karaoke starts at
7 p.m. Memb ers and guests are welcome. The
event is sponsored by the sports committee.
Airboaters open house
Florida Airboat Association's Airboaters
Appreciation Open House is set for July 16-
18 in Okeechobee. On July 16, there will be
a manufacturer's summit and cracker style
gathering at Pier II Resort. Saturday, July
17, the FAA Airboater Appreciation Awards,
FFA's Curry Island Unity Rally will take place
at Harney Pond Canal in Glades County at 1 1
a.m. After the ceremony, ride Lake Okeecho-
bee and enjoy the weekend. Sunday morn-
ing FAA will host a President's Breakfast
Meeting for Airboater Unity and Fellowship
for all involved in the airboating business.
BeHefit f0r Alice Sippert
Join us July 17, at 11 a.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion for a pork dinner, live music and
auction to help Alice Sippert, school cross-
ing guard. Alice has suffered an illness that
left her unable to work. Hospital stays, doc-
tors and no medical insurance finds her with
blls tha ikee prip ng uspl oh ork dnner is
cepting cash or donations for auction. Call
Jeff at 863-634-7389; Danny at 863-69 7-012 7.
or Bruce at 863-634-4652 '
G0rdie Peer display at library
Gordie Peer, former western film stunt-
man, Wild West entertainer, and local
rancher, will display his extensive collection
of cowboy and western film memorabilia
the month of July at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 206 S.W 16th Street. The display
runs from now through July 31. Call 863-
763-3536 for more information.
Freedom Outreach Fishing
TOurTHRmet On July 25
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ments will be held on 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 Classic, will be held Sept.
26. To qualify for the classic, you must have
fished at least four events since spring. The
classic will be a one-day event with a $120
cash entry fee. All tournaments are held at
Scott Driver park from safe light until 2 p.m.
with Taylor Creek as the alternate in case of
low water. Please register early. To get an
entry application or for questions, call 863-
634-3790 or 863-634-9889.
m88ting Set for July 27
Collabeorntv Coe ci aofpart of thuni Sa
Services Network of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the School Board Office. It is open
to the public. The purpose of the meeting is
to allow the community to identify issues re-
garding services for children and their fami-
lies. Guest speakers: Lynn Vidulich, Foster
Grandparent Program and Candace Pope,
Okeechobee County Health Dept. S.W.A.T.
Please remember to support our back-to-
school supply drive with your donations (fi-
nancial and/or supplies) through the month
of July. Call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000,
Ex. 257 with any questions.
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Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
July 11, 2010
the food into the dish. Eating around stones
will slow them down. You can also buy dog
or cat dishes with columns built into them.
If your pet is vomiting up liquid or di-
gested food, then you have to pay more at-
tention. If he does not have an appetite, is
moping around, has loose stool or diarrhea,
t is tin gwil cas sl ssno iCuid and elec-
trolytes in the body. Dehydration can be a
killer. Vomiting can be caused from many
things and your veterinarian will figure it out.
On the other hand, if the pet vomits but still
has an appetite, wants to play and seems
normal, then you can make him more com-
A vomiting pet should have access to wa-
ter unless your veterinarian tells you other-
wise. Don't let him drink a lot at one time.
Stop all treats including rawhide bones and
people food. He needs a bland diet.
You can buy a bland diet from your veteri-
narian or you can cook one. Cook one part
of skinless chicken or fish with four parts of
rice. Add salt. How much to cook will de-
pend on the size of your pet. This meal is not
balanced and not recommended for more
then 2-3 days.
Call your veterinarian and ask what you
can give to settle his stomach. A small dose
of kaopectate, a small piece of ginger, or
some cammomile tea is often helpful. When
the vomiting stops, slowly go back to your
dog or cat food, mixing it for 1-2 days.
The most important thing to remember
about vomiting is that it could be a signal
that something is very wrong. A pet can have
a blockage which is life threatening. Older
animals can develop liver, kidney or intesti-
nal disease, all of which can cause vomiting.
Worms can cause vomiting as well. Since
pets can't talk, you have to play detective.
By Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM
Humane Society Pet Rescue
Sometimes cats and dogs vomit. The
qustoni a1as Whatt do? Do y
allth vet rinari Will itgt better on i
own? Is there anything you
can give? Fortunately, there
aree uisw rs tont is all too
Let's start with the easy
stuff. If your cat vomits up
something that looks like
a cigar, with or without
visible fur, chances are it's
a hair ball. It's better that
the fur come out ratherDrJae
than stay in the GI tractBikDM
and cause a possible blockage. The remedy
for hairballs is to brush more frequently so
there is less hair and give some type of hair
ball medicine or food.
If your dog or cat vomits up undigested
food then chances are they are eating too
fast. Don't let several pets eat from one plate
as they may gulp their food. For cats and
dogs that insist on eating fast, get three big
stones that are not sharp. Clean and disinfect
them. Place them into a large dish and pour
The University of Florida IFAS Extension
Service will host their fourth annual Graz-
ing Management School on Sept. 16-17 at
the Bert Harris Agri-Civic Center in Sebring.
The event is sponsored by the South Florida
Beef-Forage Program of the University of
Florida IFAS Extension Service. The school
is part of a continuing multi-county edu-
cation effort to help South-Central Florida
producers raise and market high quality
beef cattle, per cow, per acre, profitably.
Participants wishing to register for the
school are encouraged to do so by Aug. 27,
with a registration fee of just $30. After this
date, the registration fee is $50 per regis-
trant. Registration forms can be obtained
at one of the Extension offices in the South-
Florida Beef Forage Program area, or by
contacting the Okeechobee Extension Of-
fice at 863-763-6469.
Registrations should be returned to and
check made payable to:
South Florida Beef Forage Program
c/o Pat Hogue, treasurer
458 Hwy 98 North
Ojkeechobee, FL 34972
The agenda for the school begins on
both days at 8 a.m. with moderator, Randy
Gerato. Sonja Crawford will will begin in-
troductions at 8:15-8:30 a.m. on Thurday,
Sept. 16. The agenda for Friday, will in-
clude a ranch field tour that leaves at 8:30
a.m. For more information on the agenda,
please contact the Extension Office.
July 6 and 7, 201
10 Med #1
Well, we ended up with a
fairly decent run of cattle this
week in spite of the holiday
and torrential rain. PriceS
sure held up good with good
demand. Look for runs to
start picking up from here
on out. Steve Handly of Avon
Park and Malcolm Barker
topped the calf market with a
high of $1.75. Triple C Ranch
topped the cow market with
a high of 68.50. For Sale: 100
HD of bred Brangus heifers.
Call Okeechobee Livestock
Market for information at
863-763-3127 and ask for
See ya next week,
on llay lues ay
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Florida Department of Education Corn-
Inissioner Eric Srnith said the initial agree-
Inent involves third grade reading and math
and 10th grade retake results. He said ne-
gotiations continue to receive darnages for
other test results.
"I fully realize that assessing these dan-
ages does not completely make up for the
significant inconveniences being felt by stu-
dents and their families, teachers and school
administrators, but it does show very clearly
that we are holding Pearson accountable for
their failure to uphold the terrns of their con-
trar. SI tdhdbea he is doing everything pos-
sible within the confines of the law to en-
sure these funds, $3.02 million, are used to
reimburse our schools districts for whatever
additional costs they might have to incur as
a result of these delays.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee Schools and all Florida
schools had to deal with major delays with
FCAT scores this year.
The State Department of Education re-
leased FCAT scores on June 29, weeks after
they were expected to be ready.
School grades, normally released in early
to mid June, probably won't be in school
district hands until the end of July.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Ken
Kenworthy says the district will send out
FCAT results to each student in the district
this fil nht r graded the tests, NCS Pear-
son, reached agreement with the state for
liquidated darnages associated with the de-
lay in the delivery of the results. Okeechobee
Schools expects to be compensated for all
their additional costs such as postage.
TALLAHASSEE-Continuing his cornrit-
inent to strengthening Florida's workforce,
Governor Charlie Crist has announced a
new, major public-private partnership be-
tween Microsoft and the State of Florida to
provide free technology training to individu-
als across the state. Through the Microsoft
Elevate America initiative, Microsoft has
partnered with Workforce Florida Inc. to do-
nate to the state 40,000 vouchers for no-cost,
online technology training and certification
through all of the state's 24 Regional Work-
force Boards. The Elevate America program
cornplernents Workforce Florida's ongoing
efforts to bolster digital access and literacy
and to provide resources to individuals and
employers seeking talent development re-
"On behalf of all Floridians, I want to
thank Microsoft for helping us in our ongo-
ing efforts to prepare Floridians to work and
prosper in our increasingly high-tech, global
economy," said Governor Crist. "These
vouchers will go a long way toward making
Florida job seekers competitive in today's
marketplace while preparing then for the
opportunities of the future."
Each training voucher is redeemable for
one e-learning course or certification exan.
E-learning courses, available online, are self-
paced and offer beginning and intermediate
training on Microsoft Windows or on one of
the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite.
Also offered are IT Professional vouchers for
courses tailored to the needs of individuals
in technical professional career tracks in ar-
eas such as web development or database
Inanagernent. Certification exarns must be
taken at Certiport Testing Centers.
Governor Crist made the announcement
at the WORKFORCE plus One-Stop Center,
the Regional Workforce Board of Gadsden,
Leon and Wakulla counties, along with
representatives from Microsoft, Workforce
Florida, the Agency for Workforce Innova-
tion and the WORKFORCE plus Board of
"We created the Elevate America pro-
grain to help equip people with the critical
technology skills they need in today's con-
petitive workplace," said Terrance Herron,
Director of State Government Affairs for Mi-
crosoft Corporation. "We believe this type
of public-private partnership will play an
important role in rebuilding Florida's and
the nation's economy by offering irniediate
access to basic technology literacy and skills
training to ultimately improve recipients'
In its role as Microsoft's "designated part-
ner" for administration of Elevate America
in Florida, Workforce Florida will work with
the Agency for Workforce Innovation and
the Regional Workforce Boards to distribute
and track the use of the Microsoft vouchers.
"Microsoft's timing could not be better,"
said Chris Hart IV, Workforce Florida Presi-
dent and CEO. "Our top priority is getting
Floridians back to work, and this initiative
is one more tool to help us do that across
the state. In particular, we are cornritted
to increasing digital access and literacy in
Florida. Elevate America is not only helping
us advance that goal, but it also is shoring up
our efforts to raise awareness of the irnpor-
tance of digital literacy and access to every
Vouchers will be available through all 24
Regional Workforce Boards through Aug.
21, or while supplies last. All vouchers must
be activated by Aug. 21. E-learning vouch-
ers are good for 12 months after the date of
activation. Certification exarnvouchers must
be activated and used by Aug. 21. There is
no cost for the e-learning and certification
exarnvouchers. However, in sorne instances
a small practoring fee may be charged by a
Certiport Testing Center, where exarns must
be administered. Florida is the 24th state to
participate in Elevate America, a ground-
breaking initiative to prepare workers for the
dernands of a 21st century economy.
Microsoft announced the Elevate Arneri-
ca program at the National Governors Asso-
ciation Winter Conference in February 2009.
The initiative is expected to provide up to
one million vouchers nationwide for Micro-
soft e-learning courses and select Microsoft
certification exarns at no or low cost to re-
cipients. The program is part of Microsoft's
overall Unlimited Potential efforts to in-
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application, a list of Regional Workforce
Boards as well as participation guidelines
for their cornrunity.
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July 11, 2010
By Charles M. Murphy
Lt. Lou Gomez and his shotgun continue
to excel as he recently won a bronze medal
in tactical shooting at the Flonida Police and
Fire Games in St. Lucie County.
Gomez, a 25-year veteran of law enforce-
ment, is currently an Auxiliary Lt. for the
Okeechobee City Police Department. He is
also the Training Coordinator for the Trea-
sure Coast Public Safety Complex at Indian
River State College.
Gomez won the silver medal in competi-
tive shooting in 2009 and added the bronze
"I enjoy the camaraderie and the compe-
tition in these events. I enjoy it very much."
Gomez has plenty of practice in his job as
he teaches young recruits the ins and outs
of shooting their service weapons. He uses
a Remington Police 870 shotgun in the com-
The native of New York City has been a
firearms instructor for some time. A friend
of his invited him to participate in the Florida
games back in 2004 and he has taken to the
competition very well.
Tactical shooting is based on speed, co-
ordination and accuracy. The actual compe-
tition takes place in mere seconds. He must
load and reload the shotgun and can't afford
to miss a target, which is color coated. They
have three targets to knock down.
"I could have done a little better this year
but I competed and I feel good about win-
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way possible," he added.
Lt. Gomez said Police Chief Denny Davis
encourages his employees to get as much
training as possible. He thanked the Po-
lice Department for their support. He also
thanked organizers of the Police and Fire
Games for the way they coordinate each
"I have competed against some of the
finest in law enforcement. You need to be
on your game. My advice is to set a practice
regimen for yourself and stick to it," he said.
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pictures of the early Okeechobee area, and items for sale such as books,
mugs, DVD discs, calendars, etc., at the dedication of the restored court-
house ceremonies on June 26. A pistol with the initials JA carved on it and
supposedly belonging to John Ashley, notorious bank robber, was also on
display with deputies on guard. The gun was donated to the Historical Soci-
ety by Mr. Sapp. Members Sonny and Betty Williamson were asked to speak
on behalf of Judge Bill Hendry, a long-time friend of theirs at the dedication
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historic wagons to the National Day of the Cowboy celebration, as they did lat
year. For more on the plans for this year's celebration, see page 13.
July 11, 2010
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For the annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in 2009, a cattle drive
down State Road 70 recalled the early cattle drives which went through the City
of Okeechobee. For information on this year's National Day of the Cowboy Cel-
ebration, see page 13.
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Okeechobee Main Street and the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association invite
the public to a National Day of the American
Cowboy Celebration on Saturday, July 24.
This free event is part of the fourth annual
National Day of the American Cowboy, pro-
claimed by former President George W. Bush
for the fourth Saturday in July.
Contributions made by Florida cowboys
and cowgirls to the cattle industry nationwide
will be saluted on this day. Our National Day
of the American Cowboy Celebration will
begin at 9:30 a.m. with a cattle drive headed
up by Trail Boss Gene Fulford and members
of the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association
and the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Posse.
The herd of cattle along with numerous old
time horse drawn wagons sponsored by the
Seminole Tribe of Florida will start out from
Eli's Western Wear on Hwy. 70 West to the
Agri-Civic Center on Hwy. 70 East.
Arrival of the cattle will begin a full day of
events including a mounted shooting jackpot
presented by the Florida Peacemakers Cow-
boy Mounted Shooting Association in the
Arena at 11:30 a.m. Participants will be lim-
ited to the first 10 men and 10 women who
have paid the $75 entry fee. A Ranch Rodeo
will begin at 2 p.m. with local ranch teams
competing in "real life" cowboy events, in-
cluding Team Doctoring, Calf Branding, Wild
Cow Milking, Team Sorting and a Stampede
Race. All the teams will be competing for a
chance to participate in the State Ranch Ro-
deo Competition. All teams must be ranch
sponsored. An entry form is available on
the internet at www~okeechobeerodeo .org.
The Ranch Rodeo will be open to the pub-
lic without charge, sponsored by the Cattle-
men's Association and local merchants who
have made donations to help defray expens-
es. The Ranch Rodeo events are scheduled
to begin inside the Agri-Civic Center at 2 p.m.
Okeechobee's Main Street will coordinate
the many festivities outside of the arena to
celebrate the proud heritage of Okeecho-
bee's cattlemen. A "Stick BBQ" Competition
has been added this year with a cash prize
and a Chilly Bin Cooler donated by Eli's
Western Wear awarded to the Grand Prize
winner. Cooks must use wood or wood pel-
lets to cook their Pork Ribs and Beef Brisket.
Entry fee is $50 and includes cook site, elec-
tric, water and vending. Applications can be
obtained by calling Okeechobee Main Street
at 863-357-MAIN (6246) or email okms@
The Day of the Cowboy will also include
historical and cultural displays. The Florida
Public Archaeology Network will display
Native American artifacts. The Cowboy Con-
gress will exhibit a living cowboy camp that
will include some cowboy singers and poets.
The Florida Cracker Trail Association will
perform whip popping demonstrations. The
Seminole Tribe of Florida will have several
displays and booths of hand made jewelry
and clothing. There will be several cowboy
artist displaying their works as well as west-
ern authors, ferriers and rope makers. There
will be a wide variety of food vendors as well
as numerous vendors with western attire,
jewelry and decor.
Each year the Board of Directors of
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association
choose for a Trail Boss a person or family
with deep roots in the cattle ranching tradi-
tion of Okeechobee, who demonstrates a
commitment to the way of life. Gene Ful-
ford's family has ranched in the Okeechobee
area for many generations. A graduate of
Okeechobee High School, Gene has lived in
the area all his life and served as President
of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's As-
sociation for several years. He is active in the
management of the Fulford Ranch located
in the Basinger area of Okeechobee County
and has also served the beef industry as a
cattle order buyer. In 1939, his father, Colum-
bus Fulford, spearheaded an effort to build
the first livestock market in the county. The
market was built by the cattlemen in the
same location where the market sits today.
Gene and his wife Peggy have one daughter,
Peggy Ann Goolsby and two sons, Gene Ful-
ford, Jr. and Bobby Fulford. Both of his sons
are cattlemen as well.
The official banner this year will be in
honor of and portray Pete Keogh, the former
director of the Algri-Civic Center who lost
his battle with cancer last year. Mr. Keogh
brought National Day of the American Cow-
boy to Okeechobee and was instrumental in
our production of the event. Proceeds from
the sponsorship of this year's event will go
towards the purchase of a bronze plaque
honoring Pete, which will be installed at the
For more information call 863-357-6246 or
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July 11, 2010
By Pete Gawda
This election year doesn't look to be as
hectic as some previous election years.
There are no constitutional offices up for
election. There are two county commission
seats up for grabs and one contested school
board seat. City voters will be electing three
councilmen and a city clerk.
For the non-partisan school board district
1 seat, two veteran educators are compet-
ing: incumbent Joe Arnold, director of the
Williams Conference Center at IRSC, and sci-
ence teacher Magi Cable. Long time board
members Gay Carlton and David Williams
are both unopposed.
For county commission district 2 there are
two Democrats and two Republicans. For-
mer commissioner Democrat Gene Woods
is running against incumbent Democrat
Noel Chandler. The winner of the Demo-
cratic Primary will take on the winner of the
Republican Primary where Bryan Culpepper
and Jared Figley are squared off against each
other. Republican Terry Burroughs is run-
ning against Joey Hoover, the Republican
incumbent, in county commission district 4.
While the deadline to qualify to run for
county and school board offices has passed,
the week of Aug. 15-20, is qualifying week
for city candidates. The nonpartisan at large
city council seats held by Dowling Watford,
Clayton Williams and Lowery Markham are
up for election in addition to city clerk.
The deadline for registering to vote in the
primary elections is July 26. Early voting will
be held Aug 9 th ugh Auon 21, with the pri-
The deadline to register to vote in the
general elections is Oct. 4. Early voting will
be Oct. 18 through 30 with the general elec-
tion being held on Nov. 2.
It is not too early to register if you have
not done so. All legal residents of Florida and
Okeechobee County who are U.S. citizens
and 18 years old are eligible to vote, unless
they have been declared legally incompetent
or lost voting rights due to conviction of a
felony. If you a person is 16 years old, they
may preregister and receive their registra-
tion in the mail after their 18th birthday. The
registration process is started by either going
online to www.voteokeechobee.com or ap-
plying in person or by telephone, 863-763-
4014 at the supervisor of elections office,
304 N.W. Second Street, Room 144. '
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Fete Cawdacan
be reached at pgawda~newszap.com.
Fewer local races for
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Okeechobee hosts LEO games bass tournament
(left photo) Major Noel Stephen (right), from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), presented first-place
medals to the team of Rob Alfano and Gerry Califano for winning the Law Enforcement Games base tournament. The
two-day event was fished on Lake Okeechobee June 19 & 20. The officers from the Hollywood Police Department had a
total weight of 44.07 pounds. They also had the tournament's biggest fish, which tipped the scales at 7.42 pounds.
(right photo) The team of Justin Schwier (left), of Okeechobee, and John Thibbeau, of the U.S. Marshal's Service,
receive their awards for placing fifth tournament. The team had a two-day total weight of 33.97 pounds. Presenting the
team with their award is Major Noel Stephen.
Softball managers meeting
There will be an organizational meet-
ing for managers interested in the up-
coming Adult Softball Summer League
on Thursday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the
Civic Center on Hwy. 98N. Entry fee for
the wooden bat mini season is: Men -
$250, Women $200, Co-ed $200. Dead-
line is 5 p.m. Friday, July 23. Teams can
register at the Recreation Department at
640 N.W 27th Lane. For more info, call
Okeechobee Citizens' Recreation Asso-
ciation (OCRA) football and cheerleading
si n us will be on th~e folk mig1 aturdays:
Sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. until 1
pTnh rc st s $60 for flag and $75 for foot-
ball and cheerleading with a $5 discount for
each additional child.
Any player who signs up after these dates
will be placed on a waiting list.
They may be placed on a team due to the
loss of a player for medical reasons only.
No exceptions will be made!
If you are interested in sponsoring or
coaching a team, you can fill out the neces-
sary paperwork on these dates also.
If you have any questions you can call
OCRA at 863-634-1437.
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soon as her grandson told her, which was
"Studies show that boys act out more than girls after being imlperaitive.
"The real key is family support," said Mr.
SeXually abused. They feel more guilty and ask themselves if they Pettit. "It has to be real support, not lip sup-
are hetefOSeXual. They take it differently," port. The child's already feeling guilt because
Connie Delgiudice of Hibiscus Children's Center they think they let it happen to themselves.
They must get services early on. If they get
down on the bottom bunk. Her grandson
will then get into the upper bunk and go to
sleep, she said.
Another indicator of her grandson's emo-
tional turmoil surfaced late in the school
year when his grades took a nose dive, she
said. And while it may be connected to what
happened in 2009, the change in the boy's
grades was likely precipitated by another
rnoll.dTBtt hnahreo his al ege dta kr ras
released from detention, his grades dropped.
His As turned into Cs," she said.
The grandmother, without any hint of an-
ger or malice, said she wants her grandson's
att ebrywo dos this to another child
needs help," she said
The boy accused of abusing her grandson
has yet to stand trial on the charges so he is
preumed Iund cet ir te h tes ofth tim lw
and alleged abuser should seek treatment.
"We are now taking this more seriously
(child-on-child sexual abuse) because of
the devastating effects on the victims. But
the abusers are not getting the right help at
a young age. It's very important that young
abusers get that help right away," she ex-
In the wake of the alleged incidents, the
woman indicated that she's doing all she
can to help her grandson by being there for
him. She's also being more protective.
"If he goes to the neighbor's, I call to see
if he made it," she said.
She also didn't hesitate to call for help as
treatment early on, they usually have a good
Because she quickly sought help for her
grandson, maybe it won't be long before
"he's doing pretty good" changes to "he's
doing great "
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- In accordance
with the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regula-
tion Schedule (2008 LORS), the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will
adjust water releases from Lake Okeecho-
bee beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, July
11. The 12-day release has a target flow to
the St. Lucle Estuary, measured at St. Lucie
Lock and Dam (S-80), of 1,800 cubic feet
per second (cfs). The new target flow to
the Caloosahatchee Estuary is 4,000 efs.
Flows to the west will be measured at the
Moore Haven Lock and Dam (S-77), which
is located east of the previous measuring
point, the W.P Franklin Lock and Dam
(S-79). The releases will be made in pulses
that resemble the pattern of runoff result-
ing from a natural rainfall event.
"Over the past 10 days, we delivered
reduced releases to the St. Lucie and Ca-
loosahatchee estuaries 200 efs and 450
efs, respectively, and according to the
2008 LORS," said Lt. Col. Michael Kinard,
Jacksonville District Deputy for South
Flonida. "The reduced flows were due to
improved evaporation/transpiration during
the month of June, dryer tributary condi-
tions, and predictions of less rainfall, even
though water levels in Lake Okeechobee
remained approximately a foot and a half
above the preferred level. Recent rainfall
over the lake and surrounding basins,
however, has raised the lake level almost
six inches in one week."
Continued From Pagfe 1
he becomes angry easily then goes into his
bedroom and shuts himself off from the rest
of the household.
"It doesn't matter what it is. He stomps
and slams the door. He goes into his bed-
room and that's it--he won't say anything,"
she said. "He's never done that before. This
just started since the incident."
Such displays of anger are consistent
with emotions normally displayed by young
boys who have been molested by another
boy, said Gary Pettit, vice president and chief
operating officer for the Hibiscus Children's
Ce th boys, the anger is greater," he said.
"With sex abuse, it's about power and con-
trol. I would think the anger the boy might
feel would cause him to look to power con-
trol issues with other children."
Connie Delgiudice, a licensed mental
health counselor and the clinical director of
the family safety and awareness program at
the Hibiscus Children's Center, said along
with anger boys also question their sexual-
"Studies show that boys act out more
than girls after being sexually abused," she
said. "Boys feel more guilty and ask them-
selves if they are heterosexual. They take it
The boy also doesn't like to go to sleep
by himself. The grandmother said there
are bunk beds in her grandson's room and
when he's ready for bed she goes in and lays
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MOORE HAVEN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
SECOND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Okeechobee Is applying to the Florida Department of Commu-
nlty Affalls (DCA) for a grant under the Housing Rehablitation category In
an amount up to $700,0LT0 under the FFY 2009 Florida Small Citles Commu-
nlty Development Block Grant (CdDBG) Program. For each acbvity that Is
agrsedThe ablbs d I reamouns n~ad esefital pecmoda tbeneh ec
lw and moderate Income persons for which Is applying are:
Activites Proposed Dollar Amounts rnceen ghetftt
1~ Rehab/Dem /Re lcment $5306000000 110000
At the time of this nobce, it Is unknown If the grant applicaton will have any
The CDBG project will undertake rehablitabon, demolition and/or replace-
ment of 10 low and moderate Income housing units. Temporary relocaton
benefits will also be provided to program benelaes
Th It o1 nOkehe ulnae tl mlnimle dspla ment of peerson~soasea re
nent displacement Is anticipated.0Only temporary relocaton Is anticipated.
If any persons are displaced as a result of these planned activites, the City
will assist such persons In the following manner: The City will follow the
guidelines outlined In their Antdldsplacement and Relocation Policy and their
Local Housing Assistance Plan.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the apphl
cation will be held at the City Council meetng on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at
6:00 p.m. This meeting wll be held at the Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Avenue. A draft cop of parts of the a plicaton will be available for
leviw at han smr. tAshn1 o othe aaptphaougn wil lbebm dee t alabl ua
of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. no more than five
days after July 20, 2010. The application will be submitted to DCA on or be-
tinadthe public hearing contact Mr. Brian Whitehall, City Administrator,
City of Okeechobee, 55 S.E. Third Avenue, Okeechobee, or telephone
Tepublic hearing Is being conducted In a handic pped accessible location.
Ahie vi ya IaireedM h~al c tant r. Whlt II at leha thv ncalendal dao
prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any non-Englih
s ~peaking pesonwihng to attend the public hearing should contact Mr
Wthllat least five calendar days prior to the meeting and a language in-
terpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf
Persons (TDD), please call the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771. Any
handicapped person re during special accommodation at this meeting
should contact Mr White all at least five calendar days prior to the meet-
Pursuant to Section 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the following dis-
closures will be submitted to DCA with the application. The disclosures will
be narde a aiabl eyes seCt rof O coae aad CCA fo rp bllbInsde 10n
suubmsini rd fte ap lation and shall continue to be available for a mini-
1.Other government (federal, state and local) assistance to the project In
the form of a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, Insurance payment, rebate,
subsidy, credit, tax benefit, or any other form of direct or Indirect benefit
by source and amount;
2.The identites and pecunlaly interests of all developers, contractrs, or
cnutns Invo e I proteh vplcao for assistance or In the planning or
3.The Ient rs nd hpeurnary iterests of any oter perso s ith ae ued~
$50,000 or 10% of the grant request (whicheveb sl ber)e
4. For those developers, contractrs, consultants, property owners, or oth-
ers listed In two () or three (3) above which are corporatons, or other
enti sfec fhcer,c j etor, rpnnla sto eholser hor o th ral o he
5.The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each
of the providers of those funds and the amount provided; a'nd~
6. The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount.
A public workshop on Fair Housing will also be conducted for elected offi
clals and the general public.
by Lae sG motkea, MC, City Clerk
359050 ON 7/11/10
IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF SEVIER COUNTY, TENNESSEE
STATE OF TENNESSEE
MARTIN BORNHEIMER, putative father
IN THE MATTER OF:
DUSTIN "TREVOR" HICKMAN, d.o.b: 1-22-2001
A CHILD UNDER EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE
ORDER FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION
It apenn to the Court from the allegations of the Pettlon for Termina-
tlonappParren I Rights, the returned summons, showing no service, and the
Affidavit of Diligent Search that the whereabouts of the Respondent MAR-
TIN BORNHEIMER are unknown and cannot be ascertained by dilige~nt
search, therefore, the ordinary process of law cannot be served upon MAR-
TIN BORNHEIMER It Is therefore, ORDERED that said Respondent be
served by publication of the following Notice for four (4) consecutive weeks
In the OKEECHOBEE NEWS, a newspaper published In Okeechobee, Florida.
It Is further ORDERED that If the Respondent MARTIN BORNHEIMER
does not enter an appearance or otherwise Answer the Petiton, further per-
sonal service or service by further publicaton shall be dispensed with and
servce ofany as ure n"2cuesom ht ns, o d~er r o~e Iga 1dNu~met InM
by filing same with the Juvenlle Court Clek for Sevier County, Tennessee.
TO THE RESPONDENT: MARTIN BORNHEIMER
The state of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services, has filed a Pe-
titon against you seeking to terminate forever your parental rights to DUS-
TIN HICKMAN. It appearing that ordinary process of law cannot be served
upon you because your whereabouts are unknown. You are hereby OR-
DEREe to osev duep soni D nle Stwc ,nsArne fo~ru tel Tenese Dej
TN 37876, Phone No: (865) 429-7012, an Answer to the Pettlon for Termi-
nation of Parental Ri hts filed by the Tennessee De artment of Children's
Service, within thirty 70) days of te last date of pu Ilcation of this notice,
which will be July 7, 2010, or appear personally In the Juvenile Court of Se-
vier County, Tennessee, at 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, Tennessee,
37862, on the 8th Day of September, 2010 at 9:00 aIm., to personally
answer the Petition for Terminaton of Parental Rights. Falling to appear for
the hearing on this date and bme, without good cause, pursuant to Rule
h9 cpe t ne Tenne. na luvyoP, wl Irerullt ng thtle sts fyrngdh~ to conY s
ma~~y vew and obtain a copy of~the Petiton and any other subsequently filed
ald cuments at h7 luenile Court Clerk's Office, 125 Court Avenue, Se-
vlervllle, ~ ~ ~ Tnes 382
ENTERED this 11th day of lune, 2010.
HEOVIE CUTY IU ILE JUDGE
PREPARED FOR ENTRY
sansel to hwlakCBoPuRn 1023900
Department of Children'sServices
115 Alenvll d. uite los,
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
aco jdtasce ri benpnesseethR j rof hiiPro edu~r ,, I @e s ntea t
age to reach Its destinaton, this the 11th day of June, 2010, to the last
known address of
leff Stern, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 5797
Sevierville, TN 37864
Guardian Ad Litem
Greg Bennett, Attorney at Law
Appointed Counsel for Martin Bornhelmer
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Okeechobee, FL 34974
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$300 security. No pets.
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July 11, 2010
July 11, 2010
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These unusual cloud formations
were recently seen over Okeecho-
named to all
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee Lady Brahman Samantha
Harrell was recently named to the All-State
Team in Class 4A in a vote of Florida Sports-
Harrell was voted onto the third team in
the ballots by Florida sportswriters.
Harrell is believed to be the first sopho-
more to be named to an all state team in
OHS softball history.
Coach Kim Hargraves said she was
thrilled to see Samantha earn this recogni-
tion, "I don't know if there has ever been a
sophomore in Okeechobee that made an
all state team. This is a huge accomplish-
Harrell is not resting on her laurels. She
was the team most valuable player this year
for good reason as she won the vast majority
of the teams games and had a microscopic
earned run average of 0.68. She also set a
new school record with 204 strikeouts which
bested the previous mark set by Chrissy Mor-
ganThis is a huge award for her, we haven't
gotten anything official but her dad called
me and told me about it. Sam has a busy
summer, she recently returned from Denver,
Colo. where she had played softball. She
had a great summer playing ball," Hargraves
Harrell and Courtney Wilson both visited
Colorado and played softball. The Firestix
have had three summer teams playing soft-
ball and hope to have six teams play in the
fall. Hargraves said there is a huge freshmen
class set to join the program in the fall and
she wanted to provide as many opportuni-
ties for these girls as she could.
M id-Vear Report"
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