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Lake Levels

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budget appeal Monday
"'I hoped it would never have come to this Before the sheriff can officially file his ap-
d Sheriff May on Friday afternoon, Sept. 24. peal he must receive a letter from county ad-
lidn't want this but I see no other recourse. ministrator Lyndon Bonner stating that his
Scuts I made were very deep and serious to budget request of $16.6 had been denied. But
;budget. The additional (cuts) they want to when he had not received that letter by early
e, I can't operate on and I have to do now Friday afternoon Okeechobee County Sheriff's
at I think is right." Office (OCSO) Major Noel Stephen called Mr.
In May, the sheriff submitted a proposed Bonner to inquire about the letter.
nding plan of $17,059,651. He later submit- "He (Mr. Bonner) asked me, 'Are you still
a second proposal of $16,296,542, which going through the appeals process?"' said Maj.
then changed to his final proposed budget Stephen. "I said: "Yes sir, Mr. Bonner.' He then
j16,606,802. said 'I'll draft the letter and have it to you by
T~he $16.6 million budget is one the sheriff mid afternoon."'
d he can operate on and still provide quality
enforcement. See SHERIFF Pagfe 5


Sheriff to file

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News saic
The Okeechobee County Board of Coun-"I
Te
ty Commissioners officially approved their T
2010/11 budget Thursday and come tomorrow this
Sheriff Paul May will officially file his budget tak'
appeal. wh
When the commissioners adopted their
$89,701,970 spending plan for next fiscal year, spe
the move officially cut Sheriff May's budget to ted
$15,190,281. To meet that $15.1 budget, the he
sheriff will have to lay off up to 26 more em- of $
ployees.
Those cuts would be in addition to the nine saic
positions he has already eliminated. lw


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Okeechobee News/Katrina Eleken
Hunter Bryant, 11, and his yearling Mustang Okee are training for the Extreme Mustang Makeover in October. As part of their
freestyle routine, a comedy skit includes Okee taking a bandanna from Hunter's pocket and handing it to the boy.

YoungS horseman competes in Extreme Mustang Makeover


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
A yarling musteng born inoltdhebWyo ling
Okeechobee are teamed up for the youth di-
vision of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Oct.
22-24 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Hunter Bryant named the bay gelding
"Okee." Ever since Hunter and his grandpar-


ents traveled to Mississippi to pick up the mus-
tang in July, the boy and horse have spent a lot
oH e g pnt sen the competition are given
about 90 days to train a wild mustang.
Extreme Mustang Makeover is sponsored
by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. The
foundation's mission is to increase adoption of
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) American


Mustangs through innovative gentling compe-
titions and awareness programs.
toThe Extr me2 Mustngt Make Ie comhpeti-
been featured on RFD TV. This is the second
year for the youth division in the Tennessee
event.

See MUSTANG; Pagfe 9


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Kiwanis member Maureen Burroughs introduced Raye Deusinger as the
guest speaker for this week's meeting. Raye represents Florida's Blood Cen-
ters. She spoke about the upcoming Okeechobee Blood Roundup on Nov.
20 and 21, at the Freshman Campus. This event has always been held at
the First United Methodist Church but because of their success they have
outgrown that location. They have also changed the Roundup to a Saturday
and Sunday in hopes more people can donate. The goal this year is to col-
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here stays here. Every donation saves three lives! For more information call
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0HS swim teams

defeat Westwood

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Both the boys and girls swim teams from
Okeechobee High School enjoyed a victory
Wednesday when they defeated Fort Pierce
Westwood in a swim meet hosted by Indian
River State College in Fort Pierce.
The boys team won 90-74 and the girls
team won 125-51.
The Okeechobee boys finished second in
the 200 medley relay, and had victories in the
200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly, the 500 free-
style and the 200 freestyle relay. Jason Rucks
won the 100 breast stroke, and the 400 free-
stylcah Bria Tna r slid alton Hodges
had a strong run in the 200 meter interme-
diate. It was a personal best time for the
Okeechobee swimmer.
Rucks also set a personal best time in the
100 breast stroke at 1:17.30.
On the girls side Okeechobee won the
200 meter medley relay, the 200 freestyle
relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Jessica
Wackler won the 200 freestyle, and the 400
freestyle. Celena Letcher won the 200 indi-
vidual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
Katie VanBeek won the 50 freestyle, Adri-
ana Mitchell won the 100 freestyle and Jaid-
en Barnhart won the 100 butterfly
The swim teams travel to Avon Park on
Tuesday to meet the Red Devils.


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Atland owner, worker arrested by FDEP agents


Ms. Llorens said, as of late Friday, there
was no court order to shut down the recy-
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is currently looking into the case to deter-
mine if additional soil sampling will be re-
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The owner of Atland Recycling, 2248
U.S. 98 N., and an employee were ar-
rested Sept. 23 by the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection. Both
men were charged with felony littering
and discharging pollutants or hazardous
substances onto the ground. According
to an arrest report, the men were crush-
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Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m., in their office at 575 S.W 28th St. within the New En-
deavor High School building. Meeting in open to the public.


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Okeechobee News


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The owner of a local re-
cycling center and one of
his employees have been
arrested by agents with
the Florida Department of
Envir nmenta hProec ion

discharged hazardous ma-
terials onto te gound. te

owner of Atland Recycling, Oscar
was arrested Thursday Rodriguez
Sept. 23, on felony charges
of commercial felony littering and discharge
of pollutants or hazardous substance into
or upon lands or water. Rodriguez, 38, 77th
Lane, Loxahatchee, was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$6,000.
Also arrested on the same charges was
Gabriel Martinez, a crane operator at the cen-
ter. Martinez, 34, N.W. Second St., Okeecho-
bee, was also booked into the county jail
under a bond of $6,000.
Jail records indicate that both men were


released on bond later that same day.
According to Cristina Llorens, public rela-
tions manager for FDEP's southeast district
in West Palm Beach, an in-
vestigation surrounding the
recycling center located at
2248 U.S. 98 N. had been
going on for a few months.
She said the probe cen-
tered around the purchase
of vehicles and the crush-
ing of those vehicles over a
Gabriel non-impervious surface or
Martinez 11 letnon bsin thtwould
those vehicles.
A copy of the arrest warrant obtained by
hEP Spercia ot tayWilliam Snyhder s atle
Rodriguez and Martinez ".. did willfully dis-
charge pollutants or hazardous substanc-
es..." that exceeded the water quality stan-
dards set down by the FDEP.
Both men were also accused of unlaw-
fully dumping litter in an amount exceeding
500 pounds or 100 cubic feet during that
same time frame.


FDEP agents learned during their investi-
gation that no one at the facility was check-
ing or inquiring if any fluids remained in the
vehicles prior to accepting them for disposal,
stated an FDEP arrest summary. That report
went on to state that this appeared to be an
accepted practice at the center.
Soil samples were collected at the site by
the FDEP, and those samples indicated soil
contamination of petroleum products at the
facility were above the residential threshold
allowed by state regulations, the report con-
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The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons. There
are active warrants for each of them.
The criteria for making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five is based on the sever-
ity of the crime in conjunction with the age
of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
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information results in an arrest.
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Reflections from the pulpit


"But now in Christ Jesus you who were
sometimes far off are made nigh (near) by
the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2:13). Rick
Warren wrote that a Christian community is
a devoted family forged by the fires of God's
love. John wrote, "Let us stop just saying
we love people; let us really love them, and
show it by our actions." (I John 3:18) Thank
you for really loving our young women and
for showing it.


Okeechobee

ForeCaSt


Today: A 50 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.
Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind
becoming east southeast between 5 and 10
mph.
mTonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms, mainly before mid-
night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
East southeast wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 40 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South
southeast wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 74. Southeast wind
around 5 mph.


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2-16i-18-36 MB 15; Florida Lotto: 3-4-5-7-
19-30 X 5; Powerball: 10-24-36-52-55 PB 15
x5. Numbers drawn Thursday PM, Cash 3:
1-0-0; Play 4: 3-6-7-8.

September local blood drives
The need for blood never stops. Do-
nate this month on the Big Red Bus.
Saturday, Sept. 25 Wal-mart
11 a.m. -4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1 -Okeechobee County
Health Dept., 9 a.m. 3 p.m.


4 Okeechobee News


Sunday, September 26, 2010


Speak Out hosmoved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
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Public Forum. There, you can create
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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

COunty commission
*Just curious what you thought about the
Sept. 23 meeting. It was an utter mess to me.
Please, if you haven't watched it please go
and watch. It is time for some new changes
to our current administration. We as a com-
munity must get together and rally behind the
people challenging the incumbents. It is time
we take a stance and stand together for the
betterment of our community.
*I do not think we are in a financial crisis
because of poor financial planning and poli-
cies except for that juggernaut of an emer-
gency operations center they are building. We
are in a financial crisis for the same reasons
eeryone el eb is: e eonomybbrughT tacboout'

ty department heads are very aware that they
cannot deviate from the budget but they can
move money from one area to another, for
example, if gasoline is through the roof then
something else has to be put on hold for the
year. These people are in a box. It is a shrink-
ing box because of the times we are in.
*Now they are giving employees making
$20,000 a year a 3 percent pay cut per hour,
then they are mandating 56 hours off AND
they have lowered what they provide them
with for their insurance which makes more
out of pocket expense. It will be cheaper to
go on Medicaid and get free insurance, food
stamps, and an unemployment check. The
sheriff will go to Tallahassee and he will get
his money, so they will still be short then
what? I cannot wait for elections.
*Just where do you think the sheriff is go-
ing to get his money from? We, the taxpayers.
It's not like the state will wnite him a check.

No homeless shelters
*I think it's pretty sad that this county
is way behind in many things, no homeless
shelter, no low cost spay/neuter program, I
could go on forever. Nothing at all. We should
have a place for these people to go to when
it's cold. Why can't one of the churches open
up for them, just during the cold nights?


By Wendy Schaffer

Pastoral Counselor '

The Pregnancy Center
Of Okeechobee
The majority of us have been brought up
to say "Thank you" when someone does
something nice for us. Sometimes we say it
simply to be polite. I pray our children are
still being brought up to say it.
The first use of the word "thanked" in
the Bible appears in II Samuel 14:22. The
first meaning was to declare blessing. "Joab
fell to the ground on his face, and bowed
himse f, and tane te king; an f dt kethk d Joab
said, To day thy servant knows that I have
found grace in thy sight...in that the king has
fulfilled the request of thy servant." To con-
fess praise was the second use of "to thank
in the Bible, which appears in I Chronicles
16:4. David "appointed certain Levites to
minister...to thank and praise the Lord God."
In the New Testament, "thank" gains more
of a meaning of grace. Grace means unde-
" rvd favor fro cGod. Those whoowser ns

were grafted into the body of believers and
received salvation. Paul wrote, "Thou be-
ing a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among
them, and with them partakest of...the olive
tree." (Romans 11:17) They shall be grafted
in for God. (Romans 11:23).
God, through the community of
Okeechobee, fulfilled the prayer request of
the Pregnancy Center to have a meaningful
and financially successful banquet. The staff
and volunteers want to say "Thank you" for
blessing the Pregnancy Center. We ask God
to bless each person, church and business
that prayed, served, pledged, and gave. We
give praise for the community's support.
We are able to expand our space in order
to offer more services. We pray that young
ladies are touched by the love of Christ, as
we serve them, and are drawn to a closer
or new relationship with our Lord. We pray
for grace and continued giving as we con-
tinue helping young ladies through this non-
profit ministry. We pray for young ladies to
be grafted into the body of Christ. "Grace
be with all them that love our Lord Jesus
Christ in sincerity." (Ephesians 6:24). "For by
grace are you saved through faith. "(Ephe-
sians 2:8) "For the son of man is come to
save that which was lost." (Matthew 18:11)


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OPINION


Sheriff's budget
*In our country, if you have a moral
thought, or stand up for what is right and put
down what is wrong, you are labeled a radi-
cal or backwards or worse. What happened?
How did we let this get this far? Better ques-
tion is, where do we go from here? Every one
bla ts cangaen uttcac T w to what? seow
stand for. How about we change back to "if
you work, you eat." How about we change
back to "We the People" and not let the insur-
ance companies and the lazy takers, dictate
to us how OUR money is spent. Is it too late?
And do we just sit back and continue to let
Our government lie and spend and spend and
lie? Please someone tell me where to start
to repair our country. What can I do to stop
the fall of America? I see it coming, but it's
like watching a powerful train heading for a
school full of children. What do I do to stop it
before it's too late?
*It's called political correctness, that is
where you (if you are a white, anglo saxon,
protestant) have to carefully measure every-
thing you say, and do, so that you do not of-
fend any animal, vegetable, or mineral, real or
imaginary, that has ever existed, or may exist
onn Ih future from ri iule ordhar.hEveryd
of yourself if you succeed at life, because it
was at the expense of someone else.

Scholarships
mliThesrcehs loant om stde tlsereceve
worked specifically for those scholarships. A
business student qualifies for business, live-
stock exhibitors qualify for ag, high test scor-
ers qualify for Bright Futures and so on. Local
donors see which students have worked hard.
Local donors want to see the money they give
used wisely. A student with a C average in high
school has not worked hard enough. If a stu-
dent only made a C average in high school,
that student is probably not able to do well in
college and so donors do not want to throw
money away. That's just the way it is. Time

intteli tw waestelteenopparten tes hepy ae
been given. It's time for parents and students
to wake up and face the facts. No one is en-
titled to a college education. It is something
that must be worked for. There is plenty of fi-
nancial aid for students who qualify. Many stu-
dents waste the opportunities that they have
in high school and in college. Let's not whine
abouGt how unfair things are. Let's encourage
students todo heirnb st and make thselr own

times just more difficult. That's life.
*And sometimes it's about who your par-
ents are or who you know.





"I hoped it would never
haVe to come to this. I didn't
want this but I see no other
feCOurse. The cuts I made were
Very deep and serious to this
bud et "
Sheriff Paul May


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September 26, 2010


Okeechobee News


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The major business before the Okeecho-
bee City council when they meet Tuesday
evening will be consideration of final approv-
al of the budget and millage rate for fiscal
year 2010/2011. The Inillage rate being con-
sidered is 7.2432. That means that a property
owner would pay $7.24 for every $1,000 of
assessed value. One Inil equals $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value. Even though the
inillage rate is one half Inil more than the
current year's inillage rate, it is calculated to
bring in 10.51 percent less in revenues due
to a decrease in property values.
The budget includes about $5.3 million
in the general fund budget and close to $1.7
million for other budgets. The city has over
$10 million in reserves in various funds.
Turning to other business, the city's grant
coordinator will be discussing the Cornru-
nity Development Block Program for fiscal


If yOu go ...
What: meeting of the Okeechobee City Council
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28
Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.


year 2010. The council will take action on
two ordinances that will bring the zoning
on a parcel of property in compliance with
its use. A nursing horne has occupied 1646
U.S. 441 N. since 1984. When the city's con-
prehensive plan was adopted in 1985 the
property was given a zoning that allowed for
nursing homes. When the city adopted its
new land development regulations in 1998
the new zoning classification did not allow
for a nursing horne. One ordinance would
change the zoning on the property to heavy
cornrercial and the other would arnend
the land development regulations to allow


for special exception uses of cornrercially
zoned land for nursing hornes.
Also, the council is scheduled to consider
temporarily closing a section of S.W. Fourth
Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on
Saturday this fall to accornrodate First
Baptist Church's flag football program.
The mayor is scheduled to present Victo-
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Mr. Williams said he sent the paperwork
to Tallahassee then later travelled to the cap-
ital to plead his case. He said he went back
a second time and presented his case before
the governor and his cabinet. The county
was represented at that second hearing by
then-county attorney Kyle VanLandinghan.
"I made a plea before the cabinet and the
governor, and the cabinet approved the ree-
ornrendation made by their staff," recalled
Mr. Williams.
When asked, he could not renernber
how long this process took.
stfh rifftMay said Fri taa tthatahe and his
weeks ago, and that he will officially file the
appeal Monday, Sept. 27.
Maj. Stephen said the appeal petition has
been completed and sent to the sheriff's at-
torney for review.
If by chance the state should decide to
give Sheriff May more than the requested
$16.6, he said he would not take it.
"I will operate this department on $16.6
million. I would return the difference to the
county," he said.
Once the appeal is filed in Tallahassee'
the sheriff has five days to notify the county
of that filing.


The Fisheating Creek Sub-Chapter of
the Florida Trail Association (FTA) will
meet on Tuesday, Sept. 28 to plan hiking
and canoeing events for October and No-
vernber. Anyone interested in exploring the
beautiful wilderness of Glades and Hendry
counties with a bunch of friendly folk are
invited to attend the meeting held at Beef
O'Brady's in LaBelle.
Dinner is optional at 6 p.In. followed
by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Guest
speakers) will also update the group on
the latest developments in the Fisheating


Creek Wildlife Management Area. If you
are new to FTA, or wish to join, this is a
great opportunity to learn about the ben-
efits of being an FTA nernber. FTA has ap-
proxirnately 5,000 nernbers statewide and
there is a full agenda of hikes, canoeing'
bicycling treks and camp outs throughout
Florida that you, and your family, can par-
ticipate in year round.
For more information about the meet-
ing of this local sub-chapter, contact Mar-
garet England at S63-674-0695.


City to consider final approval of budget


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However, when Maj. Stephen was con-
ta teddy aond : :30 p.m. he had still not re-

Sheriff May is not the first Okeechobee
County sheriff to appeal his budget. In 1980,
Sheriff Clayton Willians took his budget fight
to Tallahassee and petitioned then-Governor
Bob Graham for more money.
"I asked for $80,000 in additional money
ad the g~ovehrn n gave rn $6 ,00," said u

ness locally.
After 30 years, Mr. Williams said he
couldn't renernber the total budgets for his
department or for the county.
"The highest budget I ever had was
$980,000-that was my last year in office,"
he said. At the time, he said he had 48 or 49
employees.
Mr. Williams was sheriff from 1977-1981.
According to county records the con-
Inissioners at that time were Jirn Lashley,
Charles Harvey, Clyde Durrance and Oscar
Thornas. Sara Price becarne the fifth con-
inissioner in January of 1981.







Community Events


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A quilt from Haiti
Louis Venuti, District Governor for Rotary District 6930 visited with the local
Rotary club. He is joined here by joined here by Mike Costopolis and club
president Tabitha Trent as they presented Mr. Venuti with a quilt made by
orphans being sponsored in Haiti. Mr. Venuti discussed Rotary goals and his
dsire to make Rotary Club of Okeechobee's Haiti Projects a district-wide
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Center on Hwy 98N. Members are being
asked to bring a covered dish of salad, veg-
etable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are
being provided by the Okeechobee County
Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Oct. 5, to the
Farm Bureau Office by calling 863-763-3101.


Freedom Outreach
Fishing Tournament
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ments have been held monthly since spring.
The final event, the Classic, will be held Sun-
day, Sept. 26. To qualify for the classic, you
must have fished at least four events since
spring. The classic is 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.

Masons to host
Sunday breakfast
Masonic Lodge of Okeechobee will
host Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Sept.
26, from 8-11 a.m. The public is welcome
to enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pan-
cakes, biscuits, and gravy, juice and coffee.
The Masonic Lodge is located at 107 N.W
Fifth, Okeechobee. Breakfast is held every
second and fourth Sunday and carry out is
available.

Okeechobee Orchid
Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet

si nM Oide 4S58 g~ha 798 N Loal loe
Victor Elliott is speaking on How to Grow
Healthy Orchids. Bring your favorite orchid
or one with a problem. The Garden Club
meets at 6 p.m. For more information please
call the Extension Office at 863-763-6469.

Class of '81 holds reunion
The Okeechobee High School Class of
1981 will hold a reunion on Oct. I and 2.
Fr more information, call Beth at 863-467-
169.
CCC meeting for
September set
The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tues-
day, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the School Board Office.

Change of location
for prayer walk
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association
will have their last prayer walk on Tuesday
evening, Sept. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. The
prayers will meet at Everglades Elementary
School instead of Okeechobee High School
as was previously announced.

Democratic Party to meet
The Okeechobee Democratic Party will
hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Sept.
29, at 6:30 p.m. at Brahma Bull Restaurant
(Hwy. 441 S). Public is invited to attend.
ma~d feor ted2a)0 Jf rso nma sare D nng
at KOA on Oct. 29.


Library Book Club to meet
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6
p.m. at the library. The group is discussing
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by
Alan Bradley. For more information call Jan
Febrman at 863-357-9980.

Guardian ad Litem
V01Hnte6YS meet
Thousands of abused, neglected and
abandoned children end up in judicial pro-
ceedings each year in Florida. Their voices
are often unheard and best interests over-
looked. Guardian ad Litem volunteers rep-
resent the best interests of the child. Meet a
GAL volunteer on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 2
p.m. at Mom's Kitchen, Hwy. 441, Okeecho-
bee. Have a cup of coffee and hear how you
can be the voice of a child.

Clay Shoot fundraiser
benefit planned
Please join us for our second Clay Shoot
fundraiser to benefit the mentoring programs
of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okeechobee
County on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Quail Creek
Plantation, Hwy. 68 E. Orange Avenue/5
miles east of Hwy. 441. Rolling start: 8 a.m.
$100 per shooter or $375 per team includes
lunch. Call 863-824-BBBS or make your res-
ervations online at www.bbbsbigs.org.

'Griefshare' begins

support sessions
Griefshare, a support program teaching a
direction for the bereaved 'A Journey from
Mourning to Joy' is supported by leaders
who have walked the same path is inviting
anyone to find healing and hope and at-
tend a 13-week faith-based group beginning
Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon.
The sessions run through January 15. All
sessions will be held at the Church of God,
301 N.E. 4th Avenue, Okeechobee. For more
information, please call 863-763-4127. Visit
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By Jane Bicks, DVM
Humane Society Pet Rescue Okeechobee
Pets are suffering because times are hard
for millions of people around the United
States. 11nernployment, loss of savings and
other issues have led to
situations in which families
don't have enough money
to live the way they once a
did. People are moving
from hornes into apart-
Inents, moving in with
family and friends, and
even joining the homeless. I
These circumstances do Dr. Ja e
not always allow a family Bicksn DVM
to stay with their pets. One '
can only imagine the pain and suffering a
family must go through as they let their pets
go. Some pet owners are fortunate enough
to place their pets with farnily or friends.
Others must surrender then to rescue orga-
nizations. Unfortunately, sorne pets are left
abandoned. Owners leave then in empty
hornes. Rescue organizations are running
out of room and resources. They need your
help.
*Volunteer at a shelter. Shelters are
laden with more pets than ever before. They
need volunteers to walk the dogs, play with
and groom cats and dogs, work the tele-
phones, clean, help at fund raising events
and more. If you don't have a lot of time


to donate, it doesn't matter because any
amount is accepted. There is always a job
that fits a volunteer's schedule. Volunteers
are the heart of a shelter and we know that,
and are always looking for more.
*Donate money. Running a shelter
takes money. The additional burden of these
pocqr homeless victims makes money contri-
butions necessary. Donated money is spent
carefully on lights, phones, veterinary care,
food, bedding, repairs, and so Inuch more.
No contribution is too little. How about cre-
ating an anirnal organization money bank,
something that you can put change and one
dollar bills in every night? Your contribution
will be tax deductible.
*Donate goods. If you can't donate
Inoney, you can help with other donations
like, treats, blankets, towels, litter, water and
food dishes or toys. If you contact your lo-
cal shelter you can ask what type of donated
S'?ods will work for then. Your contribution
will be tax deductible at a non profit 501c3
organization.
*Foster a homeless pet. Many fos-
ter parents believe that fostering is the only
way to go if one loves pets and wants one
or more. Being a foster horne allows you
the opportunity of being with different pets
throughout the year. Imagine the variety of
animals you can foster; having a kitten for
a month, an 8 year old regal Persian for a
few months and a small Yorky Mix dog for
a short time. Don't worry about getting pets


you can't handle because you and the shelter
will be sure to make the proper selection.
*Adopt a pet. Adopting a shelter
animal is the most wonderful offering of
love and respect to both the anirnal and the
original parents that you can do. Renernber
that these animals have been through hard
times and they need a long-lasting horne. If
there is any doubt that the timing is wrong
for adoption, don't do it. Help the homeless
the other ways mentioned.
Animals give us unconditional love. The
people that had to give up their pets no lon-
ger have that love. If only they could know
that their beloved pet was with a family
again,


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Breaking $51.00
Cutter $45.00
Canner
Bulls
1000-1500 $60.00
1500-2000 $60.00


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200-250
$56.00 250-300
$55.00 300-3~50
350-400
400-450
$64.00 450-500
$70.00 550-600
600-650


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96-103 last week. Calves were cheaper
96-106 by $3-$5, better quality calves
93-101 not off as much. Billy Marcum
92-101 of Okeechobee topped the calf
89-93 market with a high of $1.65,
bought by Murrey. Neill Prop-
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cow market with a high of $59
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15-110 Oct. 15 -Graham Angus
5-0 Oct. 22 -Lemmon Angus
;0-101 Oct. 29 -Little Creek Brangus
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"Although the world is full of suffering, it
is also full of overcoming." Hellen Keller
One of the places in Okeechobee for
wornen to overcome suffering is Martha's
House. Martha's House provides counsel-
ing, legal services and a resident shelter for
wornen who are victims of sexual and do-
inestic viol nee.
"I attribute this place to be the first step in
healing," said one of the clients of Martha's
House.
"Our mission and our focus is to keep
families safe," asserted Theresa Alexander,
executive director of Martha's House. The
resident shelter holds 24 people. Recently
they had to turn away wornen from out of
town because they have to save three beds
for Okeechobee clients. Sornetirnes Mar-
tha's House sends a client to another county
or state to be safe.
Besides a 24-bed residential shelter, Mar-
tha's House offers a 24-hour crisis hot line,
counseling and education, self-sufficiency
assistance, help in obtaining legal, medical
and financial aid, victim advocacy, children
advocacy, information and referral, con-
Inunity and law enforcement training and
primary prevention programs.
"It's a no-win situation without help,"
said Shirleen Graharn-Stevens, a counselor
at Martha's House. "You have to take it one
day at a time."
Like all Martha's House counselors she


receives 24 hours of training a year. How-
ever, she thinks there is a more important
factor than academic training.
"You have to have heart and love for the
people," Mr. Graharn-Stevens said. "You
Inust have empathy "
thi ghse or ng prgrant deals witahrsuch
nurn of 12 weeks and can last longer if a
client needs more time.
Most clients, along with their children, if
necessary, spend 6 to 8 weeks in the shel-
ter. However, Mrs. Alexander said that be-
cause of the bad economy sorne clients are
now staying longer. She said that because
there is no transitional or affordable hous-
ing in Okeechobee sornetirnes clients have
to corne back to the shelter. In the future
Martha's House would like to provide tran-
sitional housing.
Martha's House also has an outreach
program for victims that choose to stay at
horne
All services are free and confidential.
Martha's House also sponsors Chobee
Steelers, a steel drurn band made up of at risk
youth. In addition to playing steel drums, the
nernbers of Chobee Steelers attend work-
shops on healthy relationships and they do
cornrunity service. Mrs. Alexander said that
students in Chobee Steelers often improve a
grade level and join the band or other orga-
nizations.
Martha's House is partially funded by
grants and partially by corniunity dona-
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"We need cornrunity support," said Mr.
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grants.
Because of administrative turnovers, Mrs.
Aexan er ssai th re have been no large
Martha's House has nine full time and
two part time staff nernbers as well as vol-
unteers. Mrs. Alexander more volunteers are
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donation check on Monday, Sept. 20,
presented by Tender Care Daycare
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Okee was, however, "very, very wild,"
Hunter explained.
The training had a difficult start after the
long drive from Mississippi to Okeechobee.
"We pulled in here at 2:30 in the morn-
ing," Mrs. Rucks remembered. "I thought
it would be better to leave the horse in the
trailer until morning. Walking around the
trailer, I slipped and fell and dislocated my
elbow."
So for the first four weeks of training, "I
was one-armed and he was 11," she said.
"At first, if I tried to touch him, he would
run around and around and around the
pen," Hunter said. "He would not stop."
The yearling spooked easily, the boy ex-
plained.
"One time when I was lounging him, he
spooked, and she (his grandmother) said
'hang onto the rope' and he about drug me
at least five times around the pen."
But with a lot of patience and hard work,
Hunter earned Okee's trust.
The young trainers are allowed to have
adult help to train the horses but they may
not have help when they show the horses in
competition. They will be judged in a com-
bined handling and conditioning class, a
showmanship class and an in-hand obstacle
course. The trainers will lead their horses or
direct them from the ground. They are not
allowed to ride the yearlings.
Those with the top 10 scores in the first


phase of the competition will present three
minute "free style" routine to music. The
routine must include certain elements such
as the trot, back, and pivot 360 degrees. The
judges are also looking for the "wow" factor
based on style, creativity, artistic elements,
choreography, use of props and overall orig-
inality.
Hunter and Okee are working on a rou-
tine in which Hunter will be a rodeo clown
and Okee will perform tricks as part of a
comedy skit. He said he hopes to get some
pointers from family friend and former PRCA
Rodeo champion "Mr. D.R." Daniel.
After the competition, the trainers may
adopt their mustangs for the standard $125
adoption fee, or place the yearlings up for


adoption in an auction. If the horses go to
auction, the trainers receive a commission
of 50 percent of anything over $125.
Hunter said he plans to keep Okee and
make him a roping horse or train him to
work cows.
Mrs. Rucks said there was never any
question about whether or not they would
keep the mustang. She knew that Hunter
would become attached to the yearling and
it would be too heartbreaking to separate
them.
"When we filled out the application, we
knew this horse was a keeper," she said.


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In the youth division, young trainers ages
8-18 work with yearling mustangs. Contes-
tants were chosen from applications which
were submitted by May 15.
Hunter and his grandmother were in Ten-
nessee in March to watch the Road to the
Horse training competition, when Hunter
noticed a booth for the Extreme Mustang
Makeover.
"The first I knew anything about it, he
came back with an application packet, and
said 'I want to do this'," recalled his grand-
mother, Suzanna Rucks.
At age 11, Hunter is already an accom-
plished horseman. He competes in reining
horse events, as well as in 4-H horse events.
He also helps his grandfather work cattle.
When he was chosen for the Extreme
Mustang Makeover, he traveled with his
grandparents to Mississippi to meet his
horse. The yearlings were assigned to the
young trainers by a random computerized
system. "They gave us the number, and the
horses had tags on their necks. Whatever
number I had, that was my horse."
Hunter said he was warned that mus-
tangs were mean. "But Okee wasn't," he
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Sebastian River scored 28 points in a
span of two minutes late in the first quarter
to break open a tie game and went on to
defeat Okeechobee 52-14 in varsity football
action Friday night in Sebastian.
Nikko Finnegan scored on two touch-
down runs in the first quarter to get the
Sharks (2-1) rolling. Johntavis Brown added
a 62 yard touchdown run, Javonte Pierce a
19 yard touchdown run, and Stephan Clark
gabbbed a ey~alredatdouchrdown pass ro .ie
Okeechobee Coach Myron Jackson said
his defense did not play well as they rarely
put up much of a fight against the Sharks
Wing T offense. .
"We aren't strong enough at this point
when we have some adversity. We have
some problems to fix," he said afterward.
He said his team must get back to fun-
damentals especially on the offensive line
which had no success opening holes for the
running game.
Deforest Shanks had 62 yards on 23 car-
ries but most of those runs came on a drive
in the second half when the game was al-
ready decided.
The Sebastian River homecoming crowd
was not disappointed early on as the Sharks
offense rushed for over 270 yards and threw
for another 62 yards.
"We were pleased with our performance
on both sides of the ball," Sharks Coach
Randy Bethel said afterward, "It all came
back to a strong week of practice."
The Sharks had some distractions during
the week as one of their offensive linemen
was suspended for three games for throw-
ing a punch during their game last week
against Centennial.
The Sharks also had a 38 yard field goal
from Michael Nottage, a 65 yard fumble re-
turn for a touchdown by Kendall Gibson and
an eight yard touchdown run by Octavia Jef-
ferson in the game.
Highlights for Okeechobee included a
long 14-play 80 yard drive for a touchdown
in the first quarter. Key plays included an 18
yard run by QB Jack Radebaugh. He hit Au-
keemian Mills on a 15 yard pass and Al Mor-
ris on a 21 yard pass on the drive. Radebaugh
sneaked it over from the one on fourth and
goal to tie the score at 7-7.
Okeechobee's other scoring drive cov-


AI Morris caught two passes and
scored one touchdown in the Brahman
defeat Friday.

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ered 78 yards in 12 plays. Shanks broke loose
on a 25 yard run on fourth and one to set up
the touchdown. Radebaugh hit Morris who
deflected the pass, and caught it on the re-
bound from a defender in the end zone.
Game notes: Okeechobee lost three fum-
bles which gave Sebastian River short fields
in the first half. Aukeemian Mills dropped a
pass on the first play from scrimmage that
could have resulted in a touchdown. Ronald
Jackson, Aukeemian Mills and Jesse Thomas
knocked away pass attempts for Okeecho-
bee's defense. Erick McQueen led the de-
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by big plays. Okeechobee had seven first
downs. Sebastian River had 10 penalties for
77 yards while Okeechobee had five penal-
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The steam roller also known as the Year- team feels strongly about getting a second
ling Middle School soccer team continued to
roll toward an undefeated season Thursday consecutive undefeated season. He said his
when they defeated Osceola Middle School team is very motivated and unselfish.
6-0 at Yearling Middle School.
Yearling (4-0) would like to have another Tetotaswl aearmtha s
undefeated season this year. Osceola provid- ceola Middle School on Oct. 12.
ed a scare last year when
the Yearlings won 2-1 at
Osceola.
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different although Osceola
defenders held their own in
the first half.
Francisco Bucio, Omar
Cardoso and MacKenzie
Delacruz stood strong in /.~?
the first 30 minutes of the
contest for the Warriors
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to be too much for the War-
riors in the second half. He
had three goals and one as-
sist. Saul Rios and Alberto
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Yearling. Rios added an as- Francisco Bucio (left) and Angel Alvarez (right) com-
sist on a pretty pass late in pete for the soccer ball during Thursday's match be-
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Okeechobee News


September 26, 2010


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News


rest many of their starters down the stretch.
Yearling Coach Erick Rios said he felt the


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School continued a
two-year win streak in soccer with an im-
pressive 9-1 wipeout of Oslo Middle School
on Wednesday in Okeechobee.
Yearling was never threatened after they
allowed a first half goal to Oslo. They had
balanced scoring with goals from Jhovanni
Hernandez, Alberto Diaz, and several goals
from Wilson Barahona. Victor Nunez was
solid in goal for Yearling.
Coach Erik Rios explained that his team
might be better this year than last year
when they were a juggernaut and went
undefeated.
"We're doing better than last year. Our
kids are really playing well."
Rios said most of the kids have experi-
ence playing team soccer. Some play for
the Okeechobee Club soccer program.
Others have played on the Yearling team
in previous years. He said he really doesn't
have to tell the kids what to do when they
hit the field.
He also is impressed about the team's
ability to pass the ball and the unselfish-
ness of his players, "Most of our kids are
unselfish and they want to play team ball.
You see our forwards passing the ball to


other players so they can score."
Rios said he felt Sebastian Middle
School would be the toughest opponent
but his team overwhelmed them earlier
al gaeosue nuetecotilis year. He said unless the teamhhas a rle-
be undefeated this year. "The streak means
a lot to these kids. They are very motivated.
They want to have another flag in the gym
that states undefeated season. They want
their names on the gym wall.
Yearling travels to Gifford on Monday
and host Storm Grove next Wednesday.


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Cole Owens races after the ball during
the soccer match between Yearling
and Oslo Middle Schools Wednes-
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Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School volleyball con-
tinued an unbeaten streak alive this week
with a tough win on the road at the Brighton
Chrte dS ho hand a horne victory against

Monday Yearling travelled to the Brigh-
ton Reservation to meet the Serninoles and
came away with a tough 25-22, and 25-15
victory.
Coach Bruce Conrad took his hat off for
the Serninoles and the effort they put in,
"They had us down 18-12 at one point. They
just played awesome," he said. "Brighton
has a scrappy little group."


Brighton. Lexi Ward led the way with eight
service aces and seven assists. Sarah Hurst
had four aces and six assists. Delaney Os-
<:eolahad two :ces and six pas i tchote
year. There were a lot of friends between the
two tearns and a lot of the girls were ner-
vous. It was a good match," he added.
Oslo had been a tough opponent last
year but they didn't provide much cornpe-
tition on Wednesday as Yearling prevailed
25-4 and 25-8. Coach Conrad used a number
of reserves in the second garne. "We played
awesome in the first garne. We served real
well and had about 10 kills at the net."


three aces. Ward had five aces and two as-
sists. Airi Nunez had five service aces. Aubrie
Reister had five aces and one kill. Osceola
had four aces and three kills.

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River County this year, "The conference is
not very good. Oslo was probably the best
tearn we faced last year. This year they were
weak. Frorn what I've seen there isn't a lot of
competition."
On Monday the Yearling squad travels to
Gifford. They return horne Wednesday to
host Storm Grove.


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Hannah Collier of Osceola receives the
ball from a teammate during the Thursday
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18:43. Shawn Horvath took sixth place at
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Phillip Suarez took 12th place for Okeecho-
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with a time of 17:18.
Okeechobee finished second, well behind
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finished sixth with a time of 24:12. Marilu Ro-
driguez finished in seventh place with a time
of 24:13. Carrissa Licata finished 17th and
Abril Maldonado finished 18th. Janeen Smith
of Lincoln Park won the race with a time of
22:38.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School boys cross
country team won the team trophy and the
girls team finished second at Wednesday's
Tommy Lacayo Memorial Invitational race at
Port St. Lucie High School.
The Okeechobee boys narrowly defeated
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(51)48-3888 or
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S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA.,
CBS Home. Annual lease.
W&D, Water furnished.
$850 mo. 1st. & last sec.
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FOR RENT: 2 BR, 1 BA.
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Call (863)610-1600


In Town Apt 2/1 very
clean, OUA included in
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(561)234-0277
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September 26, 2010


Okeechobee News


Seminole Indian and independent histo-
rian Willie Johns said he felt it is important
to preserve not only Seminole history, but
Florida history.
"Florida was occupied almost 80 years
before Jamestown. There's two genera-
tions of people that lived and died here be-
fore Jamestown was developed," he said.
"Florida is an important part of United
States history but in the history books its
significance is toned down."
Mr. Johns suggested a museum to dis-
cuss what happened at the battle and what
caused it. He said a lot can be learned from
a facility like that.
Mr. Johns also predicted it could be a
tourist attraction if planned right. He said
the reservation in Brighton was the tribe's
best kept secret until word got out about
Las Vegas-style gaming.
State officials expect to have the con-
ceptual land use plan approved by the end
of this year. Mr. Nelson said he expected to
see some improvements on the property in
2011.
The annual battle re-enactment on the
property is scheduled for Feb. 5-6, 2011.
Some concerns raised included traffic
on S.E. 38th Avenue and residential neigh-
borhoods. State officials said they would
place park signs on U.S. 441 so most traffic
would be on smaller county roads.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The plan for the Okeechobee Battlefield
State Park was the subject of two public
meetings in Okeechobee this week.
State Parks officials said while there is no
money in the state budget to improve the
facility or hire employees they are hopeful
that once the conceptual land use plan is
complete, money will become available.
Park Manager Mark Nelson said the in-
put was very positive and he looked for-
ward to getting the plan together and put-
ting the park on the map.
The current plan calls for trails, exhibits,
a welcome center, museum, picnic area,
parking area and restrooms. The improve-
ments won't come all at once and it could
be a while before the 150-acre park is com-

ple'here will be no major changes in the
next couple years. We have a very small


a lot of opportunities for education here,"
he added.
Ideas suggested at the meetings this
week included walking trails, picnic tables,
a system of vegetative screens at the prop-
erty line and even an Indian garden. There
were also suggestions of allowing Cracker
cattle and Cracker ponies to roam the
property.


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