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Armed Robbery: Police seek suspect

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Special to the Okeechobee News
A security camera captured this photo of an armed man who
robbed the BP Washmart on N.W. Park Street Friday morning.
If you recognize this man, please call the Okeechobee City
Police at 863-763-5521.

Gunman demands cash

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Police are searching for a man
who allegedly pulled off a brazen
early-morning robbery Friday of a
downtown business.

The robber is described as
about 5-foot-9, with a stocky
build. He has a receding hair-
line, with dreadlocks almost
to the middle of his back.

Detective John Zeigler of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) said he is searching
for a black male who entered the
BP Washmart, 1020 N.W Park St.,
around 7:40 -7:45 a.m. Friday and
got away with an undetermined
amount of cash.
The detective said the man,
thought to be around 30 years old,
was armed with a silver revolver
and told the victim to: "Give me
the money or I'll kill you!" He
then made the victim lie down in
a back room.
The armed robber was de-
scribed as being 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-
10 in height with a stocky build,
receding hairline with dreadlocks
hanging almost to the middle of
See ROBBER Page 5

Pill problem is

'a runaway train'

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The facts are sobering: the
deaths of 822 people in Florida last
year were caused by alprazolam;
265 deaths were caused by hydro-
codone usage; and, 1,185 deaths
were caused by oxycodone pills.
Those figures were recently
released by the Florida Medical
Examiners Commission (FMEC)
through the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Figures from the District 19
Medical Examiners Office in Fort
Pierce show that six people in
Okeechobee County have died
so far this year from an acciden-
tal overdose of prescription pills.
District 19 includes Okeechobee,
Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin
"We've gone to hell in a hand-
basket, and I don't know where
we went wrong," said a local de-
tective with the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force who works only
prescription pill cases. "We've be-


come a pill society-if you don't
feel good, take a pill; if a kid at
school is over active, take a pill. I
don't see any relief in sight."
Things have become so bad
locally, that another detective
with the task force has been reas-
signed to help work nothing but
prescription pills.
See PILLS Page 5

2010 Okeechobee County
drug overdose deaths
42 White Male Propoxyphene toxicity
46 White Female Combined drug toxicity
20 White Male Combined drug toxicity
36 White Male Hypertensive & Atherosclerotic
Cardiovascular Disease
28 White Female Infective complications of
drug overdose
33 White Female Acute morphine toxicity
Source: District 19 Medical Examiner's Office
NOTE: "Infective complications" refers to an infection spread by
the shared use of a needle by several people.

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October 17, 2010 Okeechobee News

Teachers oppose, superintendent supports Amendment 8

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
"Tight size is not the right size" for class
size was the theme of a presentation given
by the Okeechobee County Education Asso-
ciation to the Okeechobee School Board on
Tuesday night.
Amendment 8 is on the ballot on Nov. 2.
The title of the ballot is revision of the class
size requirements for public schools.
Currently in public school class sizes are
limited to 18 students in grades pre-k through
third grade. Twenty-two students can be al-
lowed from the fourth grade through the
eighth grade. Up to 25 students can be al-
lowed in grades 8-12. Union officials claim
that the number of students in each class
will rise significantly if Amendment 8 passes.
The class size would be up to 21 students
in pre-K through third, 27 students in grades
four thru eight, and 30 students in the upper
Union representative Diane Falvo told
the School Board that the Amendment is all
about money. The Florida Constitution cur-
rently requires the state legislature to make
adequate provisions to meet the current
class size goals. According to the Florida
Department of Education up to 37 percent
of classrooms in the state are currently over-
crowded. That is an increase from 32.5 per-
cent of classrooms last year. Falvo said if the
State legislature fulfilled its funding require-
ment, smaller individual classrooms could
exist without creating the crisis proponents
of the amendment are attempting to manu-
"If Amendment 8 passes, I predict small
rural districts like Okeechobee will see large
cuts in state aid. I'm greatly concerned about
what will happen in small districts like this,"
she said.

Joey Barletto was named an AP scholar
for 2010. He received a certificate and
pin from Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patricia Cooper

John Alan Hodges proudly accepts
an award for earning the status of AP
scholar from School Superintendent
Dr. Patricia Cooper.

Chairman of the School Board Kelly Ow-
ens said she felt the class size requirements
need to be more flexible. She said Charter
Schools are allowed to have larger class
sizes and that is unfair to public schools. "I
feel if we work together with a united voice
we can pursue what is in the best interests
of students. Unfunded mandates are still a
problem," she said.
Under terms of the amendment, the
current limits on the maximum number of
students assigned to each teacher in public
school classrooms would become limits on
the average number of students assigned per
class to each teacher. The amendment does
not apply to virtual classes, and requires
the legislature to provide sufficient funds to
maintain the average number of students
required by the amendment. The revisions
would be retroactive to the beginning of this
school year.
Ms. Falvo added that schools would be
permitted to exceed class size goals in the
event of an unexpected enrollment growth.
Various legislative bills propose to provide
penalties for districts that do not meet class
size requirements. A district could lose a
large portion of their class size reduction
funds if they don't meet class size require-
Ms. Falvo said several school districts, in-
cluding Indian River County, plan to sue the
state if these bills are adopted into law.
President of the Okeechobee County
Education Association Candy Walker pre-
sented the School Board with research that

shows that student achievement increases in
smaller classrooms regardless of the grade
level. She said if the amendment is passed,
the amount of money the state is required
to provide to local school schools will be
reduced and classrooms will be allowed to
become more crowded. "If Floridians vote
no on Amendment 8 the school district will
receive more state funding to use for smaller
class size," she said.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia
Cooper said she supports passage of the
amendment. She explained that they need
more flexibility that the class average gives
"If we add a 19th child in our lower grades,
we have to split up that classroom and add
an entire new teacher," she said. "That is
devastating to our younger students."
Dr. Cooper said the District does not want
to be placed in a position where they will
be fined over $3,000 pre child for every child
over in these classrooms.
"We would like the flexibility that we've
had the past two years which is the school
average. We were able to maintain our
numbers very low without going into large
classes especially in the core academic ar-
eas," she said. "We have no flexibility right
Dr. Cooper said the district is not involved
in any litigation and have not discussed join-
ing with Indian River County schools and
others if they sue over the penalties the state
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Reflections from the pulpit

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munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

I'm not sure what was wrong with the
set-up we had? I just don't believe we are that
"big" yet, nor that needy to warrant such a
structure. It looks like another case of want
outweighing need.
SThe way I understand it the building will
hold a dozen or so emergency personnel and
house them, etc. for a certain number of days
during an emergency situation. There defi-
nitely is no room for the public.

Halloween party
The Halloween party is a nice party and
it is nice the community provides this. BUT
advertising it as "a safe alternative to trick or
treat" is a little misleading. That implies lo-
cal trick or treating was not safe, and I don't
think Okeechobee ever had a problem in that
respect. In fact, I think the scares nationwide
about needles in candy bars and razor blades
in apples were all hoaxes. The one case of a
child dying from poison candy, it turned out
the parent had poisoned the candy. So while I
think it is great they have the party, the adver-
tising seems misleading.
The celebration was originally in Fla-
gler Park, I participated for two years, simply
because no one trick-or-treated in my neigh-
bourhood anymore and we always enjoyed
the holiday. I have a hard time accepting "safe
alternative" because who is sending out their
child by themselves? And is the modern Hal-
loween celebration really an issue with Chris-
tianity or is it another chance to be overly
protective over our child-loving society? Think
back to your childhood. Would you rather
have the door-to-door experience or walk
around a hot barn for an hour getting busi-
ness cards?
Even in the 1970s, no one sent young
children out by themselves. Parents went with
a group of kids, then hung back to watch as
the kids went up to a door. In the neighbor-
hoods with few houses and long distances,
families got together and organized a hayride
from house to house. I think kids who never
get to actually go door to door miss out on

Okeechobee needs some new festival
ideas. The hot air balloon festival in Lake Plac-
id this weekend sounds great. We need some-
thing new that would draw people here. We
need to start brainstorming. Speckled Perch
festival got old and tired and people stopped
coming over for it.

Administrator out
Bonner is out as of 2/28/11. However,
all of the Commissioner's with the exception
of Joey Hoover voted in favor of giving him a
$40,000 severance pay. That is right, Chandler,
Domer, Betts, and Helton all went against the
initial contract which gave us PLENTY of time
to bail out and we did not have to do ANY-
THING at all, simply give him his notice now,
and let him go. But they decided it was in the
best interest of the county to give this man
who has already milked the county unbeliev-
ably, 40 grand. What was it Domer said, "It
is just the right thing to do." Are you serious?
You should have taken 40 grand of your own
money and given to the man, not ours. Are
we not making DRASTIC cutbacks to make
ends meet as it is? I figured he would be gone,
but I sure did not expect it to cost us so much.
Unnecessarily at that.
Bonner decided to put this on the agen-
da. He knew it was only a matter of time, so
he worked it to his best advantage. But at least
he is gone. Now I am wondering if this will
change the dynamics of the current political
races since it is already a done deal, and he is
already out.
So they are paying him $40,000 to get
him to leave one month earlier? They could
have given him notice on Jan. 1, that they
would not renew his contract, and he would
have been out on April 1 without having to
pay him any severance pay.
Change is tough and there is no tougher
place to find oneself than in the arena of poli-
tics. Don't forget, politicians have families and
this is so hard to make a change so quickly.
Need to keep he and his family in our prayers
as they begin another phase of their journey.
Thank you BOCC for being ethical and giving
a four and half months notice to allow him
and his family time to transition. In the cur-
rent state of the County Budget, I know it was
a hard decision about additional compensa-
tion. Taking the high road will draw criticism.
WOW $40,000 severance pay. Does the
public have any say on this severance pay or
is it a done deal?

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The Lion of the Covenant
By Loy Mershimer, pastor
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
The year was 1680. On July 20, Richard
Cameron gathered with a group of worshipers
outdoors, on Airds Moss. Several years before,
Cameron broke with the organized church;
so convinced of the truths of free worship
and representative government, the freedom
inherent in the gospel of Christ, he could no
longer support a system opposed to those
things. So he began to preach in the open air,
taking the hills and glades as his Kirk. His mes-
sage was the gospel of Christ, with its intrinsic
realities of human freedom. He believed that
through Christ, a human could actually cov-
enant with God for the good of fellow man.
People flocked to Cameron's leadership as
he defended faith and freedom; he became
known as "The Lion of the Covenant," and
they the Covenanters. They continued the gos-
pel line of John Knox and the Scots Confes-
sion of 1560 -but did so at the risk of their
lives. The political/religious ruling class placed
a price on the Lion of the Covenant, and those
who assembled freely with him. On that day,
their faith would cost them. Surrounded by
Government troops, Cameron held his sword
to the sky and prayed, "Lord, spare the green
and take the ripe!"
The Lion of the Covenant gave his life that
day at Airds Moss, but the message of freedom
and worship would not die. The sword could
kill the man, but the truth would endure.
In fits and starts, the great American ex-
periment began -in largest part fueled by the
spiritual counterparts of these Covenanters. So
thirsty were they for the right of free worship
that they came to a New Land, and carved out
a new existence based on these principles.
No longer would a ruling church and politi-
cal class persecute a person for their choice of
worship. No longer would a people risk their
lives for representation in political rule. The
principles of representative government ham-
mered out over generations of blood eventual-
ly found highest expression in this land called
Such a heritage can easily be forgotten, but
one only loses this perspective at the risk of
losing the freedoms won there.
Even a generation after Cameron, in the
nation-saving spiritual revivals of Whitefield
and Wesley in England, these things could
only happen in the open air -preaching to
the outcast, the disenfranchised, the spiritu-
ally bound... with the pulpits of the organized
church barred to their message. Thankfully, by
that time these preachers did not have to give

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their lives, even though it cost their livelihood
and reputation, but it is a stark reminder of a
political-religious system that opposed free ex-
pression of worship.
We have much to be thankful for, here in
America. Our freedom of worship and rep-
resentative government is a direct benefit of
men and women whose blood was poured
out like water. Freedoms so taken for granted
are now at stake; inexorable forces are at
work, and always will be at work, to destroy
these great truths of spirit. It is up to us to en-
sure their continuance. What was won for us
in blood must be defended with life we must
choose to live our lives in the truth for which
they gave theirs.
If you would like to learn more about the
Lion of the Covenant and the Scottish heritage
of free expression of worship, come out to
the fifth Sunday Community Service held at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Oct. 31,
at 6:30 p.m. It will be a "Kirking of the Tartans,"
honoring these spiritual forbears and calling
us to renewed life in the Covenant God.
God bless these words to you today; live in
the covenant! Amen.

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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
84. North northeast wind between 5 and 10
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
61. Northeast wind around 5 mph becom-
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Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
85. Calm wind becoming east southeast
around 5 mph.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low
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Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
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Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a
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"It's like a runaway freight train," said the
first detective.
And it's not just Okeechobee.
A July 16 report released by the Drug En-
forcement Administration (DEA) states that
there was a 400 percent increase between
1998 and 2008 of substance abuse treatment
admissions for those aged 12 and over due
to abuse of prescription pain relievers like
hydrocodone and oxycodone.
A 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and
Health, sponsored by the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration,
only bolsters the detective's claim on how
rampant the use of prescription pills has be-
In 2009, there were 7 million (2.8 per-
cent) persons aged 12 or over who used
prescription-type drugs non-medically in the
past month. In 2008, that number was 6.2
million. In 2007, it was 6.9 million.
From 2002-2009 there was an increase
among young adults-aged 18 to 25-in the
rate of current non-medical use of prescrip-
tion-type drugs (from 5.5 to 6.3 percent).
This was driven primarily by an increase in
pain reliever misuse (from 4.1 to 4.8 per-
Among persons aged 12 or older in
2008-09 who used pain relievers non-med-
ically in the past 12 months, 55.3 percent
got the drug they most recently used from a
friend or relative for free. Another 17.6 per-
cent reported that they got the drug from
one doctor. Among those who reported get-
ting the pain reliever from a friend or relative
for free, 80 percent reported in a follow-up
question that the friend or relative had ob-
tained the drugs from just one doctor.
The local task force detective said those
national figures correspond with what he's
seeing in Okeechobee County.
"Everybody's in it as far as selling, using
and trading," said the detective. "They're
getting them from mom and dad or by go-

Continued From Page 1

his back and a very light ring beard.
He was wearing a black T-shirt, black
shorts, white sneakers and had earrings in
each ear.
Detective Zeigler said the unknown man
carried the handgun in his left hand.
The detective said it's possible that when
the man left the business, he left the scene in
a dark green Chevrolet with tinted windows.
The car was seen leaving from the area on
N.W 11th Ave. and it then made an abrupt
turn onto S.R. 70 W
He did stress, however, that it's not
known for sure if the suspect was in the car.
The only person in the business at the
time was the victim. It's not known if anyone
was with the suspect.
If you have any information about the
robbery or recognize the suspect by the ac-
companying photos you are asked to con-
tact Detective John Zeigler at the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department, 863-763-5521.

'I've seen families that are
in their third generation of
drug abuse. We are always
concerned about our young
people -- the 15 to 30 age
bracket -- but this goes to every
age bracket.
Okeechobee pharmacist

ing to their buddy's house and getting them
out of the medicine cabinet. It's so easy to
This epidemic spans all ages, all races
and every gender.
A local pharmacist thinks today's prob-
lem is a by-product of the days of free love,
black lights and tie-dyed T-shirts.
"I truly believe we're in a drug culture
that goes back to the '60s," said the pharma-
cist. "I've seen families that are in their third
generation of drug abuse. We're always con-
cerned about our young people-the 15 to
30 age bracket-but this goes to every age
"It's certainly a problem that threatens our
youth. But, I see it in my peers," he said.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a con
tinuing series that will look at the abuse of
prescription pills-most notably, alprazo
lam, hydrocodone and oxycodone. The sto
ries will include insight from detectives who
deal with the epidemic daily, a pharmacist
and a former addict.

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For the first time in the state's history,
Florida voters will be asked for their opin-
ion on a non-binding referendum question
dealing with federal policy.
On the Nov. 2 ballot, under the heading
REFERENDUM," voters will find, "Balanc-
ing the Federal Budget, A Nonbinding
Referendum Calling for an Amendment
to the United States Constitution." The
referendum asks: "In order to stop the
uncontrolled growth of our national debt
and prevent excessive borrowing by the
Federal Government, which threatens our
economy and national security, should the
United States Constitution be amended to
require a balanced federal budget without
raising taxes?"
The Florida Legislature placed the ques-
tion on the ballot, in a move that some
have called politically motivated. Florida
Senate President Jeff Atwater, one of the
Republicans who pushed for the referen-
dum, stated the vote will send a message
to Washington D.C. in a way that will gar-
ner more attention than if the Legislature
simply passed a resolution encouraging the
federal government to balance the budget.
Critics of the referendum say the ques-
tion is designed to appeal to the Tea Party

movement and get conservative voters to
the polls. They also claim the wording,
"excessive borrowing by the Federal Gov-
ernment, which threatens our economy
and national security," is designed to elicit
an emotional response from the voters.
Some refer to the question as a "push
poll" comparing it to polling questions
that are phrased in such a leading way that
they steer the respondents to a desired re-
Under Florida law, the state must bal-
ance state revenues with spending every
year. However, the federal Congress has
the authority and the ability to spend more
than it collects, creating a deficit. Due to
federal spending on the wars in the Mid-
dle East, the bank bailout and the federal
stimulus spending programs, the deficit
has been growing rapidly in the past few
According to the Congressional Budget
Office, the deficit has grown from $10 tril-
lion in 2008 to $14.6 trillion in 2010. The
Congressional Budget Office estimates that
the national debt in 2011 will reach $15.5
trillion. That will mean the budget will be
greater than the country's Gross Domestic
Product for the year. This will be the first
time the deficit has exceeded the GDP
since World War II.
Sources for this article included: www. and the Florida
League of Women Voters.

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Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
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Betty S. Brennan, 90
OKEECHOBEE Betty S. Brennan, 90, died
Oct. 13, 2010, at the Hamrick Home. She had re-
sided in Okeecho-
bee since 1975.
Attending the Uni-
versity of Tampa in
1938, she received a
degree in education.
Moving to Holly-
wood after gradua-
tion, she taught third
grade at Colbert Ele-
mentary School until
Her hobbies in-
cluded col-
lecting Snowbabies and working on
crossword puzzles. She was an excellent baker
and an avid fan of General Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
William H. Brennan, Sr.; brothers, Grinko Savu,
John Savu, and Pete Savu; and sisters, Sylvia
Mears and Maluke Savu.
Survivors include sons, Dr. J. Patrick Brennan
of Okeechobee, William H. Brennan, Jr. of
Archer; grandchildren, Kelly B. (David) Tarr of
Okeechobee, Kevin Brennan of Seattle, Wash.,
Christine B. (Hamilton) Bishop and J.P (Ashley)
Brennan both of (' .. i--i, Emily Brennan
and Casey Brennan both of Gainesville; and five
Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 18, from
12 p.m. until the Mass of the Resurrection at 1
p.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Buck-
head Ridge. Interment will follow at Evergreen
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memori-
al donations be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, ( i.... i. .. FL 34973.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy.
441 N., Okeechobee, FL, 863-357-7283.

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Dixie Ann Thomas, 57
OKEECHOBEE -Dixie Ann Thomas, age 57,
died Oct. 8, 2010, at Lawnwood Regional Medi-
cal Center in Fort Pierce.
Dixie was a long time resident of ('i.. . i .1" ,,
and was the book-
keeper for her
husband's lawn
maintenance busi-
ness. Possessing a
very vibrant person-
ality, she enjoyed

with her grandchil-
She was preceded
in death by her fa-
ther, Bryant Bun-
She is survived by her husband, Steve; son,
James (Misty) Wise of Vero Beach; daughter,
Jennifer Fulwider of Smithville, Tenn.; mother,
Ruth Bunyard of Okeechobee; brother, Tommy
(Rose) Bunyard of Fernandina Beach; sister,
Charlene (William) Martin of ('1... ii. .. ,
grandsons, Dakota and Blaine Fulwider, both of
Big Sandy, Tenn., Wyatt Eubanks of Vero Beach;
granddaughters, Brianna Fulwider of Smithville,
Tenn., July Wise of Vero Beach; stepson, Duane
Thomas of Okeechobee; and a stepdaughter,
Amanda (Gaston) Des Champs of (1i ..1 .. i
and three nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Oct. 14 at the Buxton-
Seawinds Chapel at Abundant Blessings Church
with interment following at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements were under the care and di-
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Get your flu shots at VFW
Flu shots will be given at VFW Post
9528, Buckhead Ridge, R.78 W, on Sunday,
Oct. 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Covered by
Medicare 100 percent.

Sunday Steak Dinner
American Legion Post 64 will host a steak
dinner Sunday, Oct. 17 from 3-6. Steak, sal-
ad, baked potato, roll and homemade des-
sert only $12. Open mic karaoke hosted by
Michaels Music Memories.

Fountain of Life has
special guest
John James, the former lead singer of
the Newsboys, a top Christian band, will be
giving his amazing and powerful testimony
at Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd
St., Sunday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. Through the
power of Christ he overcame the enemy's
plan and his own addiction to drugs and al-
cohol. Come as you are and bring a friend.
For information call Pastor Dave Robertson
at 863-801-1297.

Infant/Child CPR/AED
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.,
will hold an Infant/Child CPR/AED class on
Monday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. For more infor-
mation or to register call 863-763-2488.

Children's Ranch opens yard sale
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19. We
will be open Tuesday-Saturday of each week.
The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Healthy Start Coalition meets
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Fri-
day, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, lo-
cated at 575 S.W 28th Street within the New
Endeavor High School building. The meeting
is open to the public. For more information,
please call Kay Begin, executive director at
the Coalition Office at 863-462-5877.

IRSC Okeechobee Campus
to host open house event
The Life Long Learning Institute at IRSC
is hosting an open house at the Okeecho-
bee campus on Friday, Oct. 22, from 9:30
to 11:30 a.m. The LLI offers educational pro-
grams, distinguished lecture series, and the-
ater performances to members ages 50+. To
RSVP for the open house call 772-462-7880.
For general information about LLI call frank
Irby at 863-357-1639.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard
sale on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct.
22 from 8 a.m. until noon, at the corner of
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2010-2011 Florida citrus crop expected to increase

The U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) released its initial citrus crop fore-
cast for the 2010-2011 season Friday, es-
timating Florida will produce 146 million
boxes of oranges, a nine percent increase
from last season.
"We had a big bloom in the spring so we
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vest demonstration and workshop revolving
around growing renewable energy crops,
and biofuel crops in Felda, Florida.
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Visitors will learn how Florida farms have be-
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Florida's state biofuel refineries, and power
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Cutter 45.00
Canner 35.00
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1500-2000 55.00

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Cows 162
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environment at one of the first commercial
feedstock farms in the state. The event will
be located at the USCJO farm: 1881 Church
Road, Felda, Florida. Speakers will include:
Tim Manning, The State Director of USDA
FSA, Rich Galvano, FGCU I-HUB, and farm-
ers who are currently growing these crops.
Please visit www.FloridaFeedstockGrowers.
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170-190 165-175 ing on with the market these
200-250 142-170 110-115 days. Corn prices have gone
250-300 132-152 -through the roof and there
300-350 132-162 101-106 looks to be a short supply
350-400 118-135 95-108 Cattle are in short supply
400-450 113-125 90-100 too, so we'll see where it
450-500 105-116 87-99 plays out. Prices here were
550-600 96-106 84-91 fairly steady, but who knows
600-650 91-95 81-88 where it's headed. Elsie
Med#2 Steers Hfrs Smith, Lorida, topped the
150-200 105-115 calf market with a high of
200-250 110-152 90-120 $1.70. Syfrett Feed, Okeecho-
250-300 115-142 89-102 bee, topped the cow market
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Two killed in U.S. 441 N. crash
By Eric Kopp ing operated by Cordarrol Lawrence Fulton
Okeechobee News was southbound in the 41,000 block of U.S.
Two people were killed in a two-car crash 441 N. when it crossed into the northbound
on U.S. 441 N. Wednesday, Oct. 13, when lane and strck the Pontiac.
one vehicle crossed over the center line and Mr. Howell's vehicle was cut in half by
stuck the second car in the driver's side. the Saturn, stated the deputy's report.
Deputy Adrian Rogers of the Okeecho- Mr. Fulton was airlifted to Lawnwood Re-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) identi- gional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. Kristi M.
fied the two people killed as Anthonette L. Butts, a passenger in the Saturn, was taken
Judson, 57, and Tyrone E. Alexander, 24. to Raulerson Hospital.
They were both in the back seat of a 2009 Mr. Howell was airlifted to Holmes Re-
four-door Pontiac driven by Herman How- gional Medical Center in Melbourne.
ell. Both were ejected from the vehicle upon Deputy Rogers went on to state in his
impact, stated Deputy Rogers. report that Mr. Fulton was cited for driving
According to the deputy's report, which while license suspended with knowledge.
did not list any addresses, a 1991 Saturn be- The accident is still under investigation.

Man found guilty of attempted murder

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man could possibly
spend the rest of his life
in prison after he was
found guilty of attempted
first degree murder this
Javier Jimenez-Jime-
nez, 25, N.W 34th Ave.,
was also found guilty
Wednesday, Oct. 13, of
armed burglary with Jer Jee
battery by a jury of his Jimenez
Jimenez was arrested April 4 after he
and three other men entered a home on
N.W 36th St. and two men were stabbed,
indicated an arrest report by Detective Au-
gustin Saucedo of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
"He was the lookout. He was the princi-
pal in the case," said Assistant State Attor-

ney Don Richardson of Jimenez.
Mr. Richardson said two of the remain-
ing men charged in the case will stand trial
around the first of the year. He went on to
say that charges were dropped against a
fourth man, Augustino Jimenez-Jimenez,
Deputy Saucedo's arrest report indi-
cated that the men entered the home and
stabbed a man in his right thigh and in the
right leg. The report went on to state that
there was a large puddle of blood on the
bed where the victim laid down and that
there was blood spatter on the wall.
Due to the severity of his injuries, the
victim was airlifted to a trauma center.
Another man, who lives in the home,
was also cut on his right hand and right
cheek. A third man, who also lives in the
home, was not injured.
Mr. Richardson said Jimenez-Jimenez
will be sentenced sometime next month.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on
felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Pa-
trol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Jonathon RandallJenkins, 17, N.W Ninth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 14 by
Deputy Greg Popovich on Okeechobee Coun-
ty juvenile take and hold warrants charging
him with violation of probation- burglary (14
counts), grand theft (14 counts), possession
of marijuana (14 counts), violation of proba-
tion possession of marijuana (seven counts)
and burglary of an occupied dwelling (seven
counts). He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional
Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
Joshua DeLeon, 17, Rosecliff Circle,
Sanford, was arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy Greg
Popovich on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with batter on detention or
commitment facility staff. His bond was set at
Timothy James Maldonado, 34, Tanger-
ine Drive, Loxahatchee, was arrested Oct. 14
by Deputy Jason Hickman on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with felony driv-
ing under the influence. His bond was set at

Vernon Bernard Ervin, 37, N.W Ninth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 12 by Of-
ficer Charles Green on charges of burglary of
an occupied conveyance and aggravated bat-
tery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set
at $20,000.
Wayne Sidney Gunvaidsen, 46, N.E.
Fourth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct.
13 by Deputy Howard Pickering on a Citrus
County warrant charging him with failure to
appear possession of a controlled substance
without a prescription, failure to appear pos-
session of marijuana under 20 grams and fail-
ure to appear possession of drug parapher-
nalia. He is being held without bond.
Johnny Williams Jr., 20, N.W lth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 13 by Deputy
Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with dealing in stolen
property. His bond was set at $2,500.
Stephanie Ann Knox, 41, Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 13 by Officer Kelley Marg-
erum on a charge of felony battery. Her bond
was set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is welcome
to inform this newspaper. The information
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October 17, 2010

Proposed development

could receive new life

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Southern Trace residential develop-
ment, which appeared to have fallen victim
to the economic downturn, might see new
life. The Okeechobee City Council will dis-
cuss that project as well as Amendment 4
and the Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) program at their Tuesday eve-
ning meeting.
The original developer of Souther Trace
folded up operations in Florida a few years
ago. The development, planned for the
northwestern part of the city, was to consist
of 237 units. The owner of the property, Ir-
ving Haas, has put together a group of inves-
tors and wishes to continue with the proj-
ect. The city attorney believes enough time
has passed that a new site plan will have to
be approved. The project engineer, Steve
Dobbs, and possibly Mr. Haas' attorney will
appear before the city council to try to get
permission to proceed with the original site
Turning to other business, the council
is scheduled to authorize application for a
2010 CDBG grant. In connection they will
hear a fair housing presentation from Nancy
Phillips, the city's grant coordinator.
After hearing resolutions from the Eco-
nomic Council of Okeechobee and the Trea-
sure Coast Council of Local Governments

If you go ...
What: Meeting of the Okeechobee
City Council
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19
Where: City Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.
opposing Amendment 4, the city council is
scheduled to take action on its own resolu-
tion opposing Amendment 4.
The council will also consider a motion
to waive the formal bidding procedures and
award a sole-source bid to Global Mapping
for annual mapping services, consider city
council meeting dates, conduct an executive
session on pending litigation and hear a dis-
cussion pertaining to billboards by attorney
Steven Ramunni.
In other action, the mayor is expected
proclaim the month of October to be
Indian River State College month in the city;
recognize the distribution of Buddy
Poppies the week of Nov. 7- 11;
present a Twenty Year Service Award to
Floyd Selph; and
present a Certificate of Appreciation to
Louise Chandler.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Man dies after being hit by car

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A pedestrian has died from injuries he re-
ceived when he was reportedly hit by a car
on Sept. 29, stated a report by an Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputy.
Johnny Mack Horace died Wednesday,
Oct. 13, at the Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center in Fort Pierce.
Deputy Thomas Kitchen said Mr. Horace
suffered multiple injuries after he was struck

by a 1998 Chrysler Sebring convertible driv-
en by Jessica Lynn Waddell.
According to the deputy's report, Mr. Hor-
ace was pushing his power chair in the 600
block of N.E. 16th Ave. when he was struck
from behind by Ms. Waddell's vehicle.
Ms. Waddell was not injured.
The report did not list the addresses or
the ages of those involved.
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Students of the Week
The students selected as Students of the Week at Osceola Middle School for
the week of Oct. 11 15, 2010, were honored at a Domino's Pizza luncheon
with Principal Sean Downing and Media Specialist LaRenda Tomlinson.
Congratulations to these students for their outstanding work and behavior.
Continue to be respectful, responsible, and safe! Front, left to right: Mrs.
Tomlinson, Cristian Rios, Valerie Alvarez, Cody Jones, Cheyenne Dunaway;
Back, left to right: Stevie Miller, Laura Mataushek, Quavian Dozier, Orbelin
Calvillo, and Mr. Downing. Not pictured: Jakayla Moore.

Novalee Grace Boyer was born
at 5:38 a.m. on September the
8th 2010 at Martin Memorial
Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs.2.oz
and was 19 inches long. She is the
daughter of Josh Boyer and Renee'
Klingler of Okeechobee. Her mater-
nal grandparents are Richard and
Tammy Klingler of Okeechobee. Her
paternal grandparents are Randy
and Diane Boyer of Okeechobee.
Great grandparents are Betty Vyvey
of Saratoga, Wyoming and Lane
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Students of the Week
Yearling Middle School wishes to extend congratulations to our Students of
the Week including: (first row left to right) Miranda McClanahan, and Mela-
nie Watson. In the back row, left to right are: Brady Rodger, Latayshia Wil-
liams, Alyssia Bolden, and Cameron Morris. Also pictured are Kim Markham,
Andy Brewer and Brent Stuart. Not pictured is Krystle Harris.

M r. and Mrs. Daniel Frost, of
Okeechobee, would like to announce
the engagement of their son, Robert
Joseph, to Jennifer Marie Bingle.
Robert is a 1998 graduate of Okeechobee
High School. He graduated from The University
of Florida in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in
agricultural education and communication.
He is a high school teacher in Davenport.
Jennifer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron
Goodwin of Findlay, Ohio, and Mr. Robert Bingle of Burgaw, N.C., is a 2000 graduate of Bettsville
High School. She graduated in 2004 from Heidelberg College with a bachelor's degree in early
childhood education. She is an elementary teacher in Davenport.
The couple is planning a March 12, 2011 wedding.

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Ahoy Mateys!
Come one come all to Everglades Elementary and become a
Book-a-neer!" Pirate Tryouts Today! Students and teachers dress
like pirates to kickoff "Readers of the Caribbean," a fun program
designed to help you help your child become a better reader.
(top left) Fourth Grade Teacher, Heather Hawk.Left to right, Ki-
ana Smith and Zachary Brown. (lower left) Community parents
and families. (at left) Zane Hawk & Kara Hawk. (above left) First
SGrade Teacher, Mrs. Hollin with Jalyn Garcia. (above right) Kin-
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Nursing Student

Health Fair
Learn how to take care of your health
in a fun and engaging way at the Indian
River State College Nursing Student Health
Fair. IRSC nursing students, empowered
by a strong desire to share the latest in-
formation about health and wellness, are
bringing this free health fair to the Koble-
gard Student Union Wednesday, Oct. 27,
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Health Fair is for
anyone interested in learning about ways
to improve their health and wellness and
is free to everyone.
There will be information for every
age group and free giveaways. Attendees
will learn about important health topics
including: Diabetes Mellitus (with free
blood glucose testing), nutrition (with
free healthy snacks), immunity and vita-
mins, use of an AED for cardiac arrest,
blood pressure testing, breast cancer de-
tection, obesity with BMI calculation, skin
cancer prevention, pool and beach safety,
massage and holistic health, tobacco
risks, exercise, the dangers of texting and
the benefits of exercise.
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Tickets on sale for "Hello, Dolly"
One of the most popular and longest- Tabitha Smith. Piano accompaniment is by edy, "The Man With Bogart's Face," and the
running musical comedies in the history Ruth Yielding. The show is directed by Ron heart-warming comedy, "The Dixie Swim
of Broadway, "Hello, Dolly!" is coming to and Jacque Hayes. Club," in March.
Okeechobee, and advance reserved seat The 2010-2011 OCT season will continue The Okeechobee Community Theatre is
tickets are now available, in December with the "film-noir" style con- an all-volunteer organization of local resi-
The Okeechobee Community Theatre dents who produce Broadway-style musi-
kicks off its 32nd season with the show, cals, comedies and dramas. It is a member
which is set for four performances, on Fri- of the American Association of Conmmu-
day and Saturday nights, Nov. 5, 6, 12 & 13 # nity Theatre and the Florida Theatre Confer-
at 8 p.m. each evening. All performances ence.

are at me theatre on S.w. znd Avenue at itl
Street, one block west of Golden Corral Res-
Tickets are $12 each, and are on sale at
the office of Okeechobee-The Magazine and
the Pennysaver, at 111 N.E. 2nd Street. This
is a change from the ticket sales location the
theatre has used for the past 18 years, accord-
ing to OCT Coordinator/Director, Ron Hayes,
but it will offer more convenient hours, from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
office is on the street just north of CVS Phar-
"Hello, Dolly" is pure comedy set to mu-
sic, as professional matchmaker Dolly Levi
takes on wealthy but crotchety businessman
Horace Vandergelder as a client, and then
sets out to win him for herself. The all-adult
cast includes OCT veterans Lonnie Kirsch
as Dolly, and Mike Zierden as Vandergelder,
with supporting performances from Kevin
and Genna Lute, Donald Mohr, Joyce Tay-
lor, Jane Kaufman, Billy and Shawna Mc-
Cullers, Louise Chandler, Mike White, John
Garner, Robert Steiner, Joey Marcinek, Nikki
St. Pierre, Karen Cortez, Pam Alexander and

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volunteer opportunities, is available by call-
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At their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 14
County Commissioners issued a procla-
mation recognizing Hibiscus Children's
Center for 25 years' service. Chairman
Clif Betts, right, presented the procla-
mation to Tom Maher, left, CEO of the
Center. Its mission is to provide safety
for abused, abandoned and neglected
children through prevention, residential,
shelter and recovery programs. It cur-
rently provides services to over 1,000
children and families. It has opened a
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Okeechobee News

Boys golf team plays Sebastian River

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Brahman
boys golf team has rounded into form at the
right time of the year as they played their best
golf of the season at the Lake Okeechobee
Invitational last week and won a three-team
18 hole match at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club Tuesday. Okeechobee com-
peted with nine other teams at the Clewiston
Country Club last week in the Big O Invitation-
al. Okeechobee had two teams in the tourna-
ment and they finished 1-2 in the event.
Richard Donegan shot 76 to lead team A to
victory. Other golfers on the team were Kodi
Stephen who shot 83, Tyler Platt who shot
82, Tim Gray who shot 84, and Danny Busbin
who shot 90.
Okeechobee's team B was led by Billy
Childers who shot 86. Justin Morgan shot 89
and Kutter Crawford shot 95. Tyler Finney shot
100 at the event. Other teams included Dun-
bar, Labelle, Clewiston, Moore Haven, Ahfach-
kee Charter School, Lake Placid, and Gateway
Charter. On Tuesday the boys hosted an 18
hole match and defeated John Carroll and Fort
Pierce Westwood.
Richard Donegan shot a 2-under par 70
to lead Okeechobee. Tim Gray shot 78, Mike
Watson shot 80, and Kodi Stephen shot 82.
Okeechobee had a team score of 310. John
Carroll shot 355 and Westwood 360.

Okeechobee also own a match at Port St.
Lucie last week as they shot 151 as a team.
Kodi Stephen shot 35, Donegan shot 36, Ty-
ler Platt shot 38, Tim Gray shot 42, and Danny
Busbin shot 47 at the Saints Countr Club in
Port St. Lucie.
Golf Coach Kenny
Buckner said he felt
the team was in a
good position as they
enter their District
Tournament on Mon-
day at Sailfish County
Club in HutchinsonIs-
He said if the team
continues to play like
they have, the team,
and perhaps individ-
ual golfers will qual-
ify for the regional
"I feel several golf-
ers can make it and
the team can make it Charles Murphy
to regional. We had a Justin Morgan at-
practice round over tempts a par putt
there that went well. on the ninth hole
If we shoot like we at the Okeechobee
have been, we'll be at the Okeechobee
in good shape," he Golf and Country
added. Club on Tuesday.

OHS volleyball team loses to South Fork

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's volleyball team
lost a five-set thriller to South Fork when the
two schools met in Tropical Farms on Thurs-
day night.
South Fork won the second, third and de-
ciding fifth game of the match, 25-17, 25-23,
and 15-13. Okeechobee took the first and
fourth games, 25-21 and 25-15.
South Fork (13-7) got excellent play from
Jenna Hagler who had 22 digs, 12 service
points and five aces.
Okeechobee Coach Todd Jones refused to
admit his team was beaten after the match.

"We have not been beaten once this year we
have given up four matches due to our own
errors. It is one thing to be out matched but it's
another to give the match away."
Okeechobee (14-4) made a number of er-
rors in the deciding game after they jumped
out to an 8-4 lead. They made four unforced
errors in a row at one point to allow the Lady
Bulldogs back into the game. "We have to
make better decisions at the end of matches,"
Jones added.
Okeechobee will host Suncoast on Tuesday
night. The junior varsity match begins at 5:30
p.m. and the varsity match at 6:30 pm.

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plan, PTO and more.
Please visit our website
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looking for a Case Man-
ager to join our dedi-
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healthcare profession-
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with rotating every 4th
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or 561-722-1473
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Call (352)528-4795 or
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boat dock, rec room,
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2Bed/2 Bath 1 Car gar-
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Dixie Ranch Acres area
3 br clean, quiet
$700/mo. water & lawn
care included $500 se-
curity. NO DOGS.

SALE Call for details.
New 3 BR, 2 BA, City
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ure Island Area. $650
month. 1st, last, sec.
dep. (863)634-0042

Indian Hammock
House on 2.5 acres 3/2
equine friendly. Horse
Barn. $1400/mo

W&D, fenced yard.
$795 mo. Iv msg

Iba cottage, on canal,
fully furn., Direct TV, wa-
ter, yard maint provided,
car port, screen porch,
$650/mo + $600 dep
(772)794-2438 or

nished Cabin on Rim
Canal, Lake access,
Utils incld. $600 mo. or
$175 wkly, $300 sec re-
quired. (863) 697-6412

ba., car port, screened
porch, Ig. fenced back
yrd., appliances, central
air. Next to Library.
$750 mo. plu sec.
(863) 697-6412

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Den and Inground Pool.
2341 SW 24th Ave.
(Eagle Bay Drive). Sale
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Case No.: 2010-DR-289
Elizabeth Gagne
Joseph Gagne
TO: Joseph RobertGagne
3313 Gorge Ave.,
Sarasota, FL
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on
Elizabeth Gagne, whose address is
1138 Linda Rd., Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before November 16,
2010, and file the original with the
clerk of this Court at Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Court Opera-
tions 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before
service on Petibtioner or immediately
thereafter. If you fall to do so, a de-
fault may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the pebtion.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office. You may review these
documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office nobfied of your
current address. (You may file Notice
of Current Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form
12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
juires certain automabc disclosure of
documents and information. Failure
to comply can result in sancbons, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of plead-
Dated: October 15, 2010.

The County Coaliton for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee
and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon will
iold it's quarterly meeting on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in
i:e "Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Court-
house, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Please take notice and be advised that if any person desires to appeal any
Decision made by the Coalition with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and
or such purpose may need to ensure a verbabm record of the proceedings
s made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
:lif Betts, Jr., Chairman
county Coalition for Responsible Management of
-ake Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
369027 ON 10/17/2010

Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magisbate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at
the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave.
Sulte A, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, (863) 824-3010.
1Jl interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
neebng. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce
Tent Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this
neebng will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose
)f backup for official records of the Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
368763 ON 10/17/2010

The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Mon-
Jay, October 25, and October 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Court-
louse in the "Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom" 304 N.W. 2nd Street,
Dkeechobee Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect
D any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceed-
ngs, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a ver-
)atim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
commissionerr Joey Hoover, Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Jkeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
lalue Adjustment Board
Jkeechobee County, Florida
Is/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
369028 ON 10/17,24/2010

CASE NO. 2010 CA-421
ION; TENANT #1; TENANT #2; and
an acbon to foreclose on the follow-
ing real property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
The South 1/2 of Lot 6, Block 9,
ing to the map or plat thereof as
recorded in Pat Book 4, Page(s)
97, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
has been filed against you in the Cir-
cuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circuit, Okeechobee County, Florida,

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and you are required to serve a copy
of your written defenses to the Com-
plaint, if any, to Gregory A. Sanoba,
Esq., 422 South Florida Avenue,
Lakeland, Florida 33801, within 30
days of first publicabon, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on Plaintffs at-
torney or immediately thereafter'
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
DATED: 10/12/2010
Clerk of the Court
BY Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodabon in
order to parbcipate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Corrme Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucle,
FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7
days before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notification if the bme
before the scheduled appearance is
less than 7 days; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call 711.
368892 ON 10/17,24/10

School District Advisory

The Okeechobee County School Dis-
trict Advisory Council will meet on
Monday, October 25, 2010, at 6:00
p.m., in the School Board Meeting
Room, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee. This meeting is open to the
Patncla G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
368022 ON 10/17/2010

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Magistrate to hear code violations

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Code
Enforcement Special Magistrate
Lois Nichols is scheduled to hear
five code violation cases Tuesday
There are two cases under the
head of New Business. N&A Real
Estate VIII, LLC has been cited
for outdoor storage and mainte-
nance of a nuisance because of
the condition of its S.W 19th Av-
enue property. According to code
enforcement officer Beth Albert,
Gerald Weeks and Jane Colleen
have an unpermitted shed on
their N.W 172nd Court lot.
In the other three cases to be
heard, property owners could be
fined up to $250 a day if they have
not corrected the violations for
which they were cited. On Sept.
21 the special magistrate decreed
that Darrell and Elizabeth Brown
must remove a derelict mobile

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What: Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate Hearing
When: 2 p.m., Tuesday,
Oct. 19
Where: Okeechobee
County Health Department
Auditorium, 1728 N.W.
Ninth Ave.

home from their S.E. 39th Av-
enue property by Oct. 14. Angela
L. Kovalsky was ordered to bring
her S.W 21st Street property into
compliance by having all repair
work done by Oct. 14. John Keith
Cook was ordered to repair/re-
place skirting and siding and ob-
tain a final inspection on his S.E.
60th Drive property by Oct. 14.
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YMS volleyball defeats Brighton Charter

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School's volleyball team
remained unbeaten despite a stiff challenge
from the Brighton Charter School Wednes-
day at the Yearling gym when the Lady Bulls
won 25-14 and 25-23.
Yearling improved to (11-0) while Brigh-
ton fell to (8-3) on the season.
Lexi Ward had three assists and four
service aces, Sarah Hurst had five aces and
seven assists, and Delaney Osceola had four
kills to lead Yearling.
Brighton hustled throughout the match
and after a lull in the first game battled the
Bulls for every point in the second game.
"That is quite a team. They play hard. It
was by far the best team we've played this
year," Yearling Coach Bruce Conrad said,
"They don't let anything hit the floor. They
had as many digs as we did. They have some
good athletes."
Conrad said the Seminoles should keep
their heads up because they played well.
Yearling will play a tournament in Sebas-
tian on Oct. 23.
Brighton Coach Kim Jackson said her
girls give a lot of effort and enjoy playing
their friends from Okeechobee, "We fought
hard. The girls have a lot of heart and I'm
very proud of them."
Jackson said the program has come a Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
long way in the two years of their program. Tyra Baker and the young Seminoles
"We have a lot of good players. We've re- gave unbeaten Yearling all they could
fined their skills and we still have a lot of handle when the two teams met last
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Brahman football loses to Bartow

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Joe Cannon calmly kicked a 42 yard field goal
with just 14 seconds left to give Bartow a 17-14 vic
tory over Okeechobee in high school football action
Friday night at Brahman stadium.
Bartow picked off a Jack Radebaugh pass in their
own end zone with just over four minutes left and
calmly drove 55 yards in 12 plays to break Okeecho
bee hearts with the field goal.
"I knew it was good," Cannon explained after
ward, "I had no doubt after I kicked it."
Cannon said he felt no pressure because his
teammates had a lot of confidence in him. He said he
treated it like it was a practice kick.
"I wasn't worried. I knew there was no pressure.
I knew we could still go into overtime and win the
game," he added.
Bartow had to rally in this game as the inspired
Brahmans took a 14-0 lead in the first half. They took
advantage of three Yellow Jacket turnovers in the first
half. After a fumbled punt at the Bartow 12, Okeecho
bee got a tough fourth down run by Eric McQueen
and a two yard scoring run by Radebaugh to take a
7-0 lead in the first quarter. Okeechobee stopped a
Bartow fourth down gamble at midfield in the second
quarter and then drove 55 yards in two plays to in
crease the lead to 14-0. McQueen caught a short pass
and rumbled 43 yards before Deforest Shanks busted
a strong run up the middle for a 12 yard touchdown.
Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said he felt his
team gave every ounce of effort they had and that he
was disappointed his players couldn't celebrate a vic
"We just have to play four quarters. We have to
finish. It's a tough loss. The kids wanted it so much
and they played so hard today," he added.
Jackson said he was forced to play a couple of
players more plays than they should have and that
they were tired at the end of the ball game.

Bartow got a super human effort in the third quar
ter from running back Jajuan Mikell in the third quar
ter. He caught a middle screen pass at mid field and
ran 52 yards for the Yellow Jackets (3-4) first touch
down. Later in the quarter he busted a 48 yard run
up the middle and broke several Brahman tackles to
tie the game.
"We just couldn't tackle. We started to reach and
tried to pull the ball out instead of getting the guy to
the ground," Jackson said, "We've got to get better
and we have got to finish games."
Bartow had 310 yards in total offense and 220
yards of those yards came after halftime. They also
didn't commit a turnover in the second half. Okeecho
bee meanwhile had only 62 yards rushing and had
two interceptions after the break.
Coach Jackson said the run game didn't produce
in the second half and put too much pressure on
the passing game, "Our bye week helped and we
changed some things up. We started to rely on our
run game tonight and had some play action passes.
We weren't able to get into a groove on offense in the
second half."
Radebaugh completed (13-24) through the air
for 164 yards. Deforest Shanks rushed 13 times for
I, .i ,i.i a touchdown. Aukeemian Mills had four
receptions for 43 yards.
His final catch covered 22 yards and gave
Okeechobee a first down at the Yellow Jacket 30 with
six minutes left in the game. A personal foul penalty
on Bartow placed the ball at the Yellow Jacket 15.
It appeared Okeechobee was poised to go ahead.
Radebaugh tried to hit Mills in the end zone but his
pass was picked off by Rick Holland, which ended
Okeechobee's upset bid.
"We reached the red zone but we gave the ball
back to them and you can't do that. We have to end
drives with scores in these tight games," Jackson
Bartow Coe I I I. 11 I ._.. ..I I1.1 ;team didn't give

up and dealt
with adversity,
"We preach
dealing with ad-
versity and how
you overcome it
and cope with
it. I thought the
guys did a great
job dealing with
adversity in the
second half.
Our team motto
is finish strong
and I thought
we did that to
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with a sack, QB Jack Radebaugh had
fumble recov a season high in passing
ery and forced yards against Bartow Fri-
fumble on the day night.
same play. He
had several
tackles and a second sack in the first half. He also
forced a poor Bartow punt that led to the Brahmans
ill fated final drive. Okeechobee had 10 first downs
while Bartow had 11. Okeechobee had 45 yards in
penalties and Bartow had 52 yards. Benjamin Estey
stopped a Bartow runner for no gain on two plays.
Mills dropped William Cooper for a four yard loss in
the first half. Darius Jackson had two sacks for Bartow
while Tyler Cook had an interception. Okeechobee
(2 4) opens up their District schedule on Friday when
they host State ranked William T. Dwyer at 7 p.m.

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