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Vol. 101 No. 128 Sunday, October 24, 2010


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Another OHS student
charged as an adult
in drug case ... Page 9


JV football team
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... Page 16

Agri-Civic Center
increases recreational
opportunities ... Page 3

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Okeechobee Church of God
Church has long history
The Okeechobee Church of God congregation is celebrat-
ing their 100th anniversary this year. In this photo from the
church's long history, dressed in their Sunday best the con-
gregation of the Okeechobee Church of God poses for the
photographer. The congregation worshipped at S. Parrott Av-
enue before their current church building was completed in
1961. For more on the story, see page 2.


Drug courier facing


20 years in prison


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman is fac-
ing a maximum prison sentence
of 20 years after entering a plea
of guilty to a charge of trafficking
in methamphetamine over 200
grams.
Rafaela Huerta-Aranda, 47,
N.W 21st Lane, entered the plea
Wednesday, Oct. 20, to Circuit
Court Judge Robert Belanger
through an interpreter. She will be
sentenced Dec. 15 and could face
a maximum sentence of 20 years,
with 15 years mandatory, and a
fine of $250,000, according to the
Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Huerta was arrested March


15 by detec-
tives with the
Okeechobee
Narcotics Task
Force after
running a stop
sign. During a
search of the
Rafaela Huer- 2002 GMC Yu-
ta-Aranda kon she was
driving, the detectives found 22.7
pounds of meth hidden in special
compartments in the floorboard
of the SUV.
Apparently the meth -- as well
as the Yukon- was to be delivered
to Erick Chavez in Lake Wales.
According to the Polk County
See DRUG Page 5


'We ve become



a pill society'


Local prescription
pill abuse is so wide-
spread that Narcotics
Task Force had to add
another investigator
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force detective assigned to
work prescription pill cases says
business is good-too good.
Prescription pill cases have
become so plentiful that another
task force detective has recently
been assigned to work these cas-
es-meaning, there are now two
detectives whose primary focus
are pill cases.
"I'm swamped," said one in-
vestigator, who was added to the
task force three years ago for the
sole purpose of working these
cases. "It's getting a lot worse be-
cause we've had to add another
detective. At this point, it's like a
runaway freight train."
While most criminal cases are
solved rather quickly, his can take
up to a year to put together. A
quick case for him is a month.
'And that's if I get it immedi-
ately and I'm able to travel the
next day and meet with the doc-
tors," he said.
He explained that once he re-
ceives information that someone
may be doctor shopping, he has
to travel and meet with the doc-
tors in their offices. He then asks
if they are aware their patient is
seeing other physicians and get-
ting either the same or similar
medications.


"I verify the (pain manage-
ment) contract and the date it
was signed," he said. "My limita-
tion is the doctor's office hours. I
work on these all day and when
the team comes out, I come out
with them. So, I may not be able
to work on a case all day because
I have to help the task force with
other cases."
Compounding his problem
is the fact that pill abusers from
the coast are now coming to
Okeechobee to fill their prescrip-
tions. By doing this, they hope to
escape detection by pharmacies
and law enforcement in their
home towns.
"Everybody's in it-as far as
selling, using and trading," he
said.

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October 24, 2010


Church of God celebrates 100th anniversary


Special to the Okeechobee News/Okeechobee
Church of God
This building served as the Okeecho-
bee Church of God from 1929 to 1961.
It has since been remodelled and is
now being used by another congre-
gation. The building to the left of the
church, which has since been torn
down, was the parsonage.
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Church of God congregation in
Okeechobee celebrates their 100th anniver-
sary this year.
According to church members, a small
group of Church of God believers began
meeting in a private home east of Taylor
Creek on S.E. Eight Avenue in 1910. In the
early days, this group of believers had no
pastor and worshipped under the leader-
ship of lay leaders and met in various private
homes and possibly other locations. It was
not until 1922 that the flock called their first
pastor.
In 1912 there are conflicting reports of a
meeting place for the Church of God congre-
gation. In their book "History of Okeechobee
County" Carl Van Landingham and Alma
Heatherington, state that by 1912 members
of the Church of God were meeting in the
Union Church building in Okeechobee.
According to local historian Judge William
Hendry, the Union Church was located in
the eastern part of Okeechobee, east of Tay-
lor Creek. The judge said the Union Church
was used by different denominations and
that in the early 1900s there was a thriving
community east of Taylor Creek.
However, the book "Strolling Down
Country Roads" by Twila Valentine and Betty
Chandler Williamson stated that in 1912



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the Model Land Company, which laid out
the City of Okeechobee, donated plots of
land to several denominations represented
in the community including the Church of
God. There are no known records of that
land transaction. Since Okeechobee County
was not formed until 1917, any land deeds
would have been recorded either in St. Lucie
County or Brevard County.
Current members of the church including
the oldest member, 102-year-old Eva May
Williams, have no recollection of a Union
Church or land deeded to them in 1912.
The first church building they can recall
is a building on South Parrot Avenue across
the street, and a little to the north of present
day Walmart, that was built in 1929. Judge
Hendry remembers that church building
when he was growing up in the 1930s. His
grandmother had a house at the city limits
near where Walmart is now located. He
said that at that time there were nothing be-
tween his grandmother's house and Lake
Okeechobee.
Mrs. Williams remembers worship-
ping in the Parrott Avenue Church building
when she came to Okeechobee in 1940.
She recalls that there were usually around
45 to 50 people in attendance. Her father,
Walter R. Whidden, a Church of God evan-
gelist, preached at many revival services
in Okeechobee. However, it is not certain
whether or not he actually served as pastor.
The parsonage was immediately to the


Church of God
The congregation of the Okeechobee
Church of God posed for a picture in
the building which served the congre-
gation from 1929 unto 1961.




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south of the church. That building has since
been torn down. However, that church
building is still standing. It has undergone
major remodeling and now serves another
church congregation.
In the early years of the church the pas-
tor served for one year. That policy was
later changed to allow the pastor to remain
longer. Rev. R. P. Culpepper had the distinc-
tion of serving the church on two different
occasions, a one year term from 1943 to
1944 and then again from 1964 to 1975. The
church also had a father and later his son
serve as pastor. Rev. Clifford Kilgore served


as pastor from 1975 to 1987. His son, Larry,
followed in his father's footsteps, became a
minister, and served as pastor of the church
from 2001 to 2009.
In 1960 the Church of God purchased a
city block on N.E. Fourth Avenue, In 1961
the congregation moved into the church
building located on that site. The steeple
on that church, which was blown off by the
2004 hurricanes, was dedicated in memory
of Mrs. Williams husband, Zibe Williams.
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October 24, 2010 Okeechobee News


Agri-Civic Center increases recreational opportunities


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center has
added some new facilities to help promote
more public use of the facility.
Interim Director Larry Davis said the Ag
Center is now open daily from 7 a.m. until
dusk to allow the public to walk, walk their


dogs, ride bikes, run, or otherwise enjoy the
facility.
The facility also ordered a new soccer
field that can be used for youth practices. In
the future they hope to create practice facil-
ity for youth baseball and football.
"We want to utilize the facility more and
provide more access to the facility for the
public," Davis said, "We want the commu-


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
IRSC Month
At the Oct. 19 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council Mayor Jim Kirk, right,
presented a proclamation to Sam Smith, left, of Indian River State College,
(IRSC) making October IRSC Month in the city.

Stargaze at Arnold's Wildlife Center


Interested in star gazing or learning about
Florida's nocturnal critters? Join the fun at
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on
Nov. 12 to learn about what goes on after
dark in the country. Donations help support
the animals at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center.
From 6:30 8:30 p.m., the center will
have the Critter Crawl. Come watch the re-
habilitated panthers, bobcats and owls on
the prowl in their cages.
From 8:30 -10:30 p.m., there will be Star-
gazing with Christopher Stephan. Learn fun
facts about the Milky Way galaxy including
constellations, planets and the moon.
For more information, call Sue Arnold at
863-634-6804 or email SueArnold@Arnold-
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nity to have a pride of ownership."
They also have portable restrooms near
the practice field and parking facilities.
The facility also hosts an Okeechobee
High School cross country race this Satur-
day, Oct. 23.
Davis said they will have the gates open
on State Road 70 on a regular basis. When
there are special events scheduled, the pri-
mary entrance will remain off Hwy. 710. If
the gate on State Road 70 East is not open,
appropriate signs will be placed on the
shoulder of the road to inform the public.
"We have a property that hasn't really
been utilized. We felt this would be pretty
good uses for the facility," Davis added.


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Halloween
If people are going to let their kids trick-
or-treat, they should stay in their own neigh-
borhoods and only go to houses of people
they know. Also, if the porch light is off,
don't bother them. They either aren't giving
out candy or they already ran out.
Those who welcome trick-or-treaters
on Halloween should put a lighted jack-o-
lantern on their porch or in their front win-
dow, or else put a sign "we welcome trick
or treaters" on the door and leave the porch
light on. Some people don't celebrate Hal-
loween and some are disappointed if they
don't get any trick-or-treaters!
Most people I know who take their kids
to the Agri-Civic Center do a little trick-or-
treating around the neighborhood first. You
can do both if you want the kids to have that
experience of ringing the door bell to get
candy.
Amendment 8
Personally, I am leaning toward keeping
the classroom sizes limited as they are. I hear
everyone say "it's sad to hire one teacher for
just one child" .. but then I say "hire the one
teacher and divide up the remaining classes
to fill the new teacher's class room" thus
making all the classes smaller and better to
manage. 18 children is more than "enough"
for any teacher .. I say the smaller the better
for both teacher and student. The feds, state,
and county can get busy and get the money
and space for these children ... they are our
future and deserve the best.
This is a prime example of why con-
stitutional amendments should be very lim-
ited. The voters of Florida felt that class size
needed to be addressed and passed a class
size amendment. Now they are being asked
to undo it. Most voters don't consider, or
realize, the long-term impact of their vote.
Do we need fewer students per teacher for a
better education or do we need to spend less
on payroll and facilities? These are the deci-
sions that should have been made when the
first class size amendment was presented.


If Amendment 8 passes, they can't put
as many kids in a class as they want. They
still have to meet the guidelines but they use
a school average instead of per class. So if
one class has 19 students and other had 17,
they still have an average of 18. I think the
teachers are against Amendment 8 because
the other way requires the school system to
hire more teachers. And it would be great
if we could just keep hiring more teachers
and building more schools. But where is the
money going to come from? We are already
taxed to the point that people are losing their
homes.
I think considering the current econo-
my and the fact that we don't have the tax
money to build more classrooms, giving
the schools some flexibility makes sense. I
would rather allow that 19th student to join
the class rather than transfer kids to another
school which has space, which is a huge
upset for both the students and the families.
And at the high school, if a kid wants to get
into an AP class and it is full, isn't it worse to
make that kid take a lower level class (that
has space) than to allow that one extra kid
in the class he wanted, considering the dif-
ference it could make to his future college
plans? To me, making the limits an average
for the school rather than a hard and fast so
many bodies in each classroom rule makes
sense. It will still keep most classes the same
size they are now but gives the schools a
little "wiggle" room.
If Amendment
8 passes it will be
business as usual
and the schools. If
it doesn't pass, then
the schools better V 7
get ready to comply
with existing law.
Because these are Constitutional Amend-
ments, rather than State Mandates, there
isn't much "wiggle room."
My oldest granddaughter has transi-
tioned to public school and was unable to
take a class because of the class size prob-
lem. She will have to wait until next year and
hopefully be able to take it them.
I am worried that if Amendment 8 does
not pass, we will once again see portable
classrooms set up all around our schools
because that is the cheapest way to add
classroom space and the only way to add it
quickly. But those portables are not a good
environment for the children or the teach-
ers.


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Live loved

By Wendy Schaffer
Pastoral Counselor
Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee
The women's weekly Bible study at the
Pregnancy Center has been studying the ac-
count in the Bible when a woman in Bethany
anointed the head of Jesus with an ointment
of spikenard. (Mark 14:3-9) This occurred
two days before the Feast of the Passover
when Jesus was crucified. During the dis-
cussion two phrases touched my heart and
soul. I will reflect on the first phrase at this
time and on the second phrase in a month.
The woman in Bethany "lived loved."
The woman truly knew who Jesus Christ of
Nazareth was. She had listened and learned
from His teachings and preaching. She made
her way through those gathered around Je-
sus. With no regard to negative criticism,
she broke the alabaster box of very previous
spikenard and anointed her Lord and Savior
with the ointment for His burial. She acted
because she knew she was loved by Jesus
and she wanted to love Him back. Anointing
Jesus at that moment "was the most com-
pelling expression of her love for Jesus...to
act in response to his love for her." ("She Did
What She Could" by Elisa Morgan.)
We have been given the opportunity to
know who Jesus is and that He loves us. Je-


sus proclaimed in the Gospel, "As the Father
hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue
ye in my love." (John 15:9) "This is my com-
mandment, That ye love one another, as I
have loved you." (V12) But do we truly
love Jesus? Do we love Jesus enough that
we would give our most valued and valu-
able possession to Him?
Diana Mourey gives words of guidance
concerning love, as if from Jesus, in her
book, "He Called Me Child." "Release your
love to me." "Bask in my presence and let
my love envelope thee. Drink in my Love
and let your spirit mingle with mine...that
we may be one." "For I am Love and where
I am Love has to abound." "Let this Love
multiply out to others. It is my Love that
heals. It is my Love that delivers..(and) sets
the captive free." "Flow in that Love. Let
my Love radiate through thee to touch the
hearts of others, just as you were brought in
(to Me) through that Love. That Love is my
Body and has to flow through the veins of
my Bride (the Church) to bring Life. Receive
my Love." "Love is and always has been,
and always will be; for I am Love. Allow it
to work in there... that much would be ac-
complished for thy benefit, for the benefit of
others, and for ...my Kingdom's sale."
If you know Jesus loves you, and you tru-
ly love Jesus, you will love yourself and be
able to truly love others. You can be like the
woman in Bethany. You can live loved!


Letter to the editor


To all law abiding, gun-owning,
Okeechobee voters
My name is Bill Stegkemper and my advo-
cation is to strongly preserve and strengthen
our constitutional right to keep and bear
arms as a citizen. Always remember only
citizens freely have arms, subjects never do.
I am a past president of the U.S.F. and a for-
mer two-term NRA Director.
I am 75 now, and am a lifelong always
voting Republican, but this year I'm voting
for our governor Charlie Crist, an Indepen-
dent, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and
I am imploring y'all no matter what political
party your are with, or if you're an Indepen-
dent to please vote for Charlie Crist for our
U.S. Senator.
The Republican candidate Marco Rubio
and the Democratic candidate Kendrick


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Meeks both have anti-gun voting records
in the Legislature. Perhaps you may not be
aware, but in the last legislative session in
Tallahassee, both Rubio and Meeks voted
to raid the Concealed Weapons Trust Fund,
which passed in both the Florida Senate and
the Florida House. But his anti-gun legisla-
tion did not become law, only because Gov-
ernor Crist stood firm on his Oath of Office,
vetoing it!
Probably like many of y'all, I was offend-
ed seeing our Governor embrace Obama
when he was in Florida. I'm certain Crist
regrets doing so too, now. None the less
Charlie Crist is, was, and always will be pro-
gun for all law abiding people, and he re-
ally deserves our votes in November 2010.
Please vote for Charlie Crist to be our Florida
Senator.
Bill Stegkemper,
NRA Life Member & former NRA Director


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PILLS
Continued From Page 1

The most popular pills for abuse are
oxycodone and hydrocodone pain relievers
along with benzodiazepines, which include
alprazolam (xanax) and diazepam (valium).
Benzodiazepines are depressants used
therapeutically to produce sedation, induce
sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms
and to prevent seizures.
While the conventional way to take these
medicines is to swallow a pill with some
water, some abusers need a quicker 'high'
so they have devised other ways to get the
medication into their system.
"They're crushing and snorting them,
crushing and dissolving them (for injection
into the bloodstream) and now they're start-
ing to smoke them," explained the detective.
"They put the pill on tin foil, heat it from un-
derneath then take a straw and inhale the
smoke. When you see a piece of tin foil that
looks like a pen was used to make lines on
it, that's what it looks like."
Locally, he said, these pills are going for
$12 to $15 each.
"I've heard they're going for $40 each in
Kentucky and $25 each in Louisiana and Mis-
sissippi. But, that's just street talk. I haven't
confirmed that with other officers."
The use of these pills for non-therapeutic
purposes has not only reached epidemic
proportions in Okeechobee and in Florida,
but every state in the union is now also deal-
ing with the problem.
According to a 2009 National Survey on
Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) there were
2.6 million people aged 12 or older who had
used these drugs non-medically for the first
time within the past year. This averages out
to about 7,000 first-time users per day.
Also, in 2009, the numbers of new users
of specific classes of these drugs were 2.2
million for pain relievers, 1.2 million for tran-
quilizers, 702,000 for stimulants and 186,000
for sedatives. The study goes on to state that
the average age for first-time users was: 20.8
years for pain relievers; 22.4 years for tran-
quilizers; 21.5 years for stimulants; and, 19.7
years for sedatives.
While those figures are frightening, prob-
ably the worst figure is that in 2009 the num-
ber of new non-medical users of oxycontin,
aged 12 or older, was 584,000-compared
to 478,000 in 2008. The average age of the
first-time user was 22.3 years, compared to
21.8 in 2008.

Arrests on the increase
Statistics from the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) also show that use of
these drugs, and arrests, are on the increase.
DEA stats show that oxycodone is by far the
drug of choice.
In fiscal year 2008, there were 99 oxy-
codone arrests, 22 hydrocodone arrests and
three benzodiazepine arrests. In FY 2009 the
oxycodone arrests ballooned to 245, while
hydrocodone arrests only increased slightly
to 28. There were no benzodiazepine ar-
rests. So far this year, DEA agents have made
219 oxycodone arrests, 34 hydrocodone ar-
rests and 1 benzodiazepine arrest.
Other pharma drugs totaled 79 in '08, 65
in '09 and 66 this year.
It should be noted, however, that the in-


vestigations resulting in these arrests may
have included other drugs, such as other
pharmaceuticals, or illegal drugs like co-
caine and heroin.
While these pills are manufactured to do
good, often times the results of their illegal
use is just the opposite.
The 2009 Medical Examiners Commis-
sion Drug Report indicates that in the 1,948
deaths in Florida where oxycodone was
found in the body, 1,185 of those deaths
were directly attributed to the use of that
drug.
For hydrocodone, there were a total of
865 occurrences where the drug was found
in the body. Of those deaths, 265 were
caused by the drug
In benzodiazepine death cases, alprazo-
lam was by far the most deadly. It was found
to have caused 822 deaths in the 1,963 oc-
currences where it was found. Diazepam
was second-it was found in 892 occur-
rences and was found to be the direct cause
of death in 248 of those occurrences.
Of the 1,185 Florida deaths caused by
oxycodone, 495 of those people were be-
tween the ages of 35 and 50.
In District 19-which includes Okeecho-
bee, Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie coun-
ties-there were 51 deaths caused by oxy-
codone with 21 of those between the ages
of 35 and 50. The deaths of 16 people over
the age of 50 were caused by oxycodone.
Of the 265 deaths in the state caused by
hydrocodone, 116 were between the ages of
35 and 50. In District 19, there were only five
total deaths caused by hydrocodone, and
three of those were between the ages of 35
and 50.

Six deaths in county this year
In Okeechobee County this year there
have been six deaths due to accidental over-
dose on prescription medications, accord-
ing to a report from the District 19 Medical
Examiners Office. All of those were white
and ranged in age from 20 to 46. Three of
the decedents were male and three were
female. It should also be noted here that a
toxicology screen could take up to 12 weeks
to complete so those numbers could, and
likely will, go up by the end of the year.
Last year, 12 local people died of an ac-
cidental overdose- 10 were white, one was
Hispanic and one was Indian. Six were men
and six were women. They ranged in age
from 22 to 64, with eight of them being be-
tween the ages of 35 and 50.
"It's so easy to obtain. It's virtually: ...
'Doc, my toe hurts.' ... 'Well here, take a
pill,'" said the detective. "I'm not lumping
all doctors together-there are good doctors
out there. You have some who take pride in
their work, and some who are in it strictly
for the money. Those doctors are addicted
to the money.
"We, as a society, have gone to hell in
a handbasket and I don't know where we
went wrong," he added. "We've become
a pill society, and I don't see any relief in
sight."
(Editor's note: In the next install-
ment in this series, a pharmacist will
discuss doctor shopping, prescription
pill abuse and the problems they cause
for people in his profession.)


DRUG
Continued From Page 1

Sheriff's Office (PCSO), Chavez and mem-
bers of his family are major distributors of
ICE (crystal meth) and cocaine. The family
has the drugs brought into the U.S. and they
then distribute them to wholesale dealers
throughout the Southeast, stated a PCSO
spokeswoman.
After a four-month investigation by the
PCSO, Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA/Tampa) and the Office of Statewide
Prosecution that included wire taps, 11
search warrants were executed that led to:
21 arrests; the seizure of 128.5 pounds of
ICE; the seizure of 36.3 pounds of cocaine;
the seizure of 15 vehicles; and, the seizure of
about $533,450 in U.S. currency.
The estimated street value of the seized
narcotics was $15 million.
"They have taken a complete supply
chain out of business. We're talking about
people in the upper part of the supply chain,"
said PCSO Public Information Officer Donna
Woods. "She (Huerta) was a courier. She
was certainly bringing it into the country,
then bringing it to Chavez."


Okeechobee

Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
87. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
69. East wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South-
east wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
69. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South
southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 69. South southeast wind around 5
mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high
near 88. East southeast wind around 5
mph.


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Ironically, Ms. Woods said before Huerta
brought the meth to Okeechobee she was
actually detained by the U.S. Border Patrol
when drug sniffing K-9s alerted to the Yu-
kon.
"She was coming from Mexico, was
stopped at the border and dogs alerted on
her car," said Ms. Woods. "She was placed in
a secondary holding area but they couldn't
find anything so she was passed through."
When PCSO investigators learned about
Huerta's return, they alerted the local task
force.
After stopping the vehicle, Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office K-9 Widgen took
over and gave alerts that there were drugs
in Huerta's SUV After a lengthy search, task
force detectives found the meth in four hid-
den compartments under the vehicle's back
seat. To conceal the drug's odor the meth
was first wrapped in plastic, then coated
with automotive grease and then wrapped
in carbon paper, explained a task force de-
tective. The meth had an estimated street
value of $408,600.
Huerta was represented Wednesday by
defense attorney Mark Orr and prosecuted
by John Roman, a statewide prosecutor
from Orlando.


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Community Events Obituaries


Dine with the doctor
It's October, and you are probably see-
ing pink ribbons on mailers and banners
everywhere you look. Yes, it's Breast Cancer
Awareness month, and this is the perfect
time for you to learn more about breast
health and preventing breast cancer. Accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, more than 200,000 women in
the United States are diagnosed with breast
cancer each year. While it may be difficult to
avoid cancer altogether, there are steps you
can take to try to prevent it. You can also be
vigilant about screening, which leads to ear-
lier diagnoses and more effective treatment.
Join us at Raulerson Hospital for the popu-
lar "Dine with the Doctor" on Tuesday, Oct.
26, and meet Dr. James Bradfield, Board
Certified Gynecologist. Dr. Bradfield will
be discussing the advancements in breast
health and early detection of breast cancer.
Dine with the Doctor is a medical lecture se-
ries held on the last Tuesday of the month
at Raulerson Hospital in the North Dining
room. Dinner service begins at 5:00 pm fol-
lowed by the presentation. Dinner tickets
are $5, the lecture is free. To R.S.VP. or for
more information please call Marnie Lauter,
Public Relations/ Marketing Coordinator for
Raulerson Hospital at 863-824-2702.

Remembering those lost to
drugs and alcohol
On Thursday, Oct. 28, the Okeechobee
Substance Abuse Coalition in conjunction
with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's De-
partment will host the fourth annual N.O.P.E.
(Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Educa-
tion) Candlelight Vigil at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center located at 1750 Hwy.
98N. with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. fol-
lowed by the Memorial Service at 7 p.m. At
the event, all members of the Okeechobee
County community are invited to gather
with us to remember those who have been
lost to drug and alcohol related incidents
and all those suffering from the disease of
addiction. Call Connie Curry with questions
at 863-763-3117.

Masonic Lodge holds Annual
Turkey dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, #237,
at 107 N.W 5th Ave. will hold its annual tur
key dinner on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4-7
p.m. Eat in or take out. Open to the public.
$7 for complete dinner. Traditional Thanks-
giving dinner including turkey, potato, veg-
etable and dessert (beverage included). For
information call Hugh Alger, at 863-532-
1097, George Williams at 863-467-0038, or
Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427.

Clay Shoot fundraiser
benefit planned
Please join us for our second Clay
Shoot fundraiser to benefit the mentor-
ing 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 at 8 a.m., $100 per shooter or $375 per
team includes lunch. Call 863-824-BBBS or
make your reservations online at www.bbb-
sbigs.org.


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

David S. Ingalls, 74
OKEECHOBEE David S. Ingalls, age 74,
died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Raulerson Hos-
pital. He was a life-time resident of the Lake
('i.. i ... .. area. He served his country as a
member of the U.S.
Army.
Working as a cow-
boy for 25 years and
a heavy equipment
operator for 10
years, he was em-
ployed for a total of
35 years with Lykes
Brothers.
Enjoying the out-
doors, his hobbies
included air boating,
frogging,
camping, mudding, and backyard bar-
becues.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Sur-
vivors include his wife, Shirley; sons, Levi Ingalls
of Lakeport, Fla., Steve (Gina) Ingalls of Mt. Do-
ra, Fla.; grandson, Conner Ingalls; granddaugh-
ter, Tara Ingalls, both of Mt. Dora, Fla.; brother,
Max Ingalls of California; and a sister, Linda (Da-
vid) Warren of Englewood, Fla.
Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 25 from 5
until 8 p.m. at The Buxton-Seawinds Chapel at
Abundant Blessings Church, 4550 Hwy. 441 N.,
(,i i.. -i -i Graveside services will be held
Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Basinger Ceme-
tery with Pastor Randy Johnson of Reality Ranch
officiating.
The family has requested that those attending
the graveside service dress in Western attire.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to Reality Ministries, Inc., P.. Box 1726,
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890.
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., (i.... i FL 863-357-7283.

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Farm Bureau

dinner
Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau's 52nd Annual Membership
meeting/dinner was held on Oct.
6 at the Okeechobee County Civ-
ic Center on Highway 98 N. More
than 150 members attended the
event. President Trey Whitehurst
welcomes the crowd, Jacob Lar-
son gave the treasurer's report.
Bob Richardson spoke on "Vote
No on Amendment 4" and the
Death Tax and Tom Hill spoke on
membership and the door prizes
were given out at the end of the
meeting held on Oct. 7.


Sales:
Monday at 12 p.m.
Tuesday at 11 a.m.


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Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


170-190
55.00 57.00 200-250
45.00 54.00 250-300
35.00 45.00 300-350
350-400
57.00 67.00 400-450
62.00 69.00 450-500
550-600
dav Tuesday 600-650


608 1058
86 218
1 19
45
42 38
4 27
58
799 1405


Med #2
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


Steers Hfrs


130-135
110-125
97-112
100-106
92-103
88-101
85-95
86-95


185-205
158-180
130-160
125-135
116-137
110-122
110-118
94-99
88-98


Steers Hfrs
105-120
110-132 85-105
100-135 93-109
100-128 80-100
90-118 75-95
89-111 75-91


Small #1
250-300
300-350
350-400


115-117
101-122
91-120


90-102
95-100
83-92


Kind of slow week vol-
ume-wise, but everything
sold pretty good. Cows and
bulls were steady to $2 high-
er. Calves mostly steady. Jay
Dana, Labelle, topped the
calf market with a high of
$2.05. Davie Dairy, Okeecho-
bee, topped the cow market
with a high of $57. Sales:
Oct. 29 Little Creek Farms,
Jan. 14 Walden Farms.
See ya next week, Todd


Florida Trail Association chapter meets
Hikers, canoeists and bike trail enthusiasts of the Glades region are invited to the
Tuesday, Oct. 26 meeting of the Fisheating Creek Sub-Chapter of the Florida Trail As-
sociation. The meeting is being held at Flora & Ella's Restaurant in Labelle with dinner
(optional) at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. New hiking and canoeing events are being
planned. Come meet the friendly outdoors people who hike the local wilderness. For
more information, or to get the newsletter, contact Margaret England at 863-674-0695 or
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Okeechobee News October 24, 2010


Couple arrested in pill operation


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man and woman were
arrested after they were
accused of selling prescrip-
tion pills to a confidential
source during a local un-
dercover operation.
Edward Raymond
Thomas, 25, N.W 168th
Court, and Shena Burney,
23, N.W 186th Court, were
both arrested Wednesday,
Oct. 20, on felony charg- Edward R.
es of sale of a controlled Thor
substance (roxycodone), a
possession of a controlled
substance with intent to
sell (roxycodone) and pos-
session of a controlled sub-
stance without a valid pre-
scription.
Thomas was booked
into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond
of $70,000. Burney's bond
was set at $20,000. Shena
An arrest report by a de- Burney
tective with the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force stated that the
confidential source contacted Burney, who
agreed to sell seven roxycodone tablets for
$100. The buy was to take place at a conve-
nience store on U.S. 441 N.
The detective went on to state that the
confidential source was searched prior
to making the buy and was given $100 in
cash.


According to the report, a vehicle pulled
into the store parking lot and the source
went to the vehicle where they gave Thom-
as $100 in exchange for the pills. Once the
transaction had taken place and Thomas
and Burney had left, the seven pills were col-
lected from the source by another detective,
indicated the report.
A short time later that vehicle was stopped
on U.S. 414 N. and during a search the $100
reportedly used in the buy was found in Bur-
ney's purse, continued the report.


The detective went on to state in the
report that Thomas was recently released
from prison. A check of Department of Cor-
rections (DOC) records show that Thomas
was released from the Taylor Correctional
Institute on May 8. He served a sentence of
two years after being convicted of escape.
Thomas was also sent to prison on June
9, 2004, after being convicted of robbery.
DOC records show that he was then released
on July 11, 2007.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were ar-
rested 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 High-
way Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) or the Department of Correc-
tions (DOC).
Gregory Antwon Johnson, 17, N.W
Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 21
by Officer Bryan Enderle on a felony charge
of possession of cocaine and a misdemean-
or charge of resisting a law enforcement of-
ficer without violence. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to
the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in
Fort Pierce.


Susan Ann Hovey, 61, N.W First Park-
way, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 21 by
Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a Pinellas
County warrant charging her with six counts
of obtaining rental property with worthless
check. Her bond was set at $5,000.
BettyJo Cox, 32, N.W 30th St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Oct. 21 by Deputy Cpl. Aric
Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with
violation of probation leaving the scene of
an accident with injury and violation of pro-
bation driving under the influence causing
serious bodily injury (two counts). She was
released on her own recognizance.
This column lists arrests and not con
evictions, 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 will be confirmed and printed.


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October 24, 2010 Okeechobee News


12th OHS student charged as an adult


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Yet another Okeechobee High School stu-
dent has been arrested on adult charges in
connection with an undercover drug opera-
tion staged at the school earlier this month.
Oscar Nieto, 17, S.W 18thAve., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 21, on an
adult warrant charging him with possession
of cannabis with intent to sell/deliver within
1,000 feet of a school and sale/delivery of
cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school.
Nieto, an 11th grader, was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond
of $10,000. Jail records show that he was re-
leased on bond Friday morning.
Nieto's arrest brings the total number of
students arrested on adult charges to 12.
A total of 16 OHS students were arrested
on felony charges Oct. 6 for allegedly selling
drugs to law enforcement officers during an
undercover operation dubbed Operation No
More. The officers, who came from agencies
outside Okeechobee County, posed as drug
buyers on the OHS campus and reportedly
bought several different types of drugs in-
cluding marijuana (cannabis), cocaine, ec-
stasy and various prescription pills.
According to a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force the pills
were sold for $1 to $15 each.
The students were taken out of class and
placed under arrest by detectives from the
task force. All but one of the students were
then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Deten-
tion Center in Fort Pierce.


Because one student
was already 18, he was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a
bond of $9,500.
Those students sent
to the juvenile detention
center later went before
Oscar Okeechobee County Judge
Nieto Jerald Bryant for their de-
tention hearings. Shortly
thereafter Assistant State Attorney Ashley Al-
bright obtained adult felony arrest warrants
for 12 of those students.
This took them out of county court and
put them under the jurisdiction of Circuit
Court Judge Robert Belanger. Following their
arrests on adult charges, the students were
booked into the county jail. Their bonds var-
ied from $10,000 to $91,000.
"They were charged as an adult due to
the seriousness of the offenses and the fact
that they (drug sales) were taking place,
for the most part, on campus," explained
Mr. Albright. 'And even though some didn't
happen on campus, they were negotiated
there."
Mr. Albright went on to explain that those
students will now go through the court sys-
tem as adults, and each one will be treated
independently.
Expulsion proceedings have begun for all
of the students arrested in the operation, in-
cluding those charged with misdemeanors
whose names were not released.


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TALLAHASSEE The Florida Highway The gradu-
Patrol now has 42 new state troopers to ates and guests
join its ranks as the 119th Basic Recruit welcomed long-
Class graduated from the FHP's Law En- time supporter
forcement Training Academy. of the FHP, Lt.
Among the graduates was Lawrence Governor Jeff
Quinto of Okeechobee. Kottkamp. For-
The Oct. 21 graduation ceremony marks mer Tallahassee
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training period that prepares them for a ca- current Secre-
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requires personal sacrifice and the willing- the FHP honored Recruit Earl Scott with
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responsibility. We are proud of our history, ing the highest grade point average at the
and we are pleased to have new troopers Academy. The Patrol also presented the
to carry on FHP's commitment toward a Director's award, honoring the recruit
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tion to our future efforts to save lives." dedication during the training, to Recruit
Julie Jones, executive director of the Steven Montiero.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Florida's newest state troopers from
Motor Vehicles stated, "I am extremely the 119th class will report for duty by Nov.
proud of our newest state troopers. They 5, 2010. The Florida Highway Patrol con-
have prepared themselves for a career in tinues its recruitment efforts for the 120th
law enforcement that will help ensure the Recruit Class scheduled to begin on Nov.
safety of millions of Floridians and visitors 7, 2010.
to our state each year. They will be an inte- For additional information, please visit
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all will benefit from the tremendous corn- contact our Recruitment Office at 850-617-
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Friends of he Okeechobee Library
Book Club will meet on Thursday, Oct.
28, at 6 p.m. in the library board room to
choose titles for winter and spring. You're
invited to come and bring your sugges-
tions. A Halloween tea will also be held.
For more information call Jan Fehrman at
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College Day planned at OHS


By Bill R. Black
OHS Career Specialist
College Day will be held at Okeechobee
High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
College Day is for juniors and seniors and
the school would like to invite parents to
come on that day to talk to the representa-
tives. Representatives from various colleges
and universities, technical institutes, and the
military will be in attendance. If you want to
be there when your child is available, times
are listed below:
Seniors with last name starting with A-L
will visit the college reps from 9 a.m. to 9:30
a.m.; M-Z will visit the college reps from 9:30
a.m. to 10 a.m.
Juniors with last names starting with A-L
will visit the college reps from 10:10 a.m.
to 10:35 a.m.; M-Z will visit the college reps
from 10:35 a.m. to 11: a.m.
You may have key questions, which
would be better answered by individuals
at the college other than current students.
Some questions might include:
What help is available if the student
has difficulty with English, math or another
subject?
Will the student have ready access to


computers and other equipment on cam-
pus or do they need to purchase their own
computer? Is there a computer technician
available for repairs to student owned com-
puters?
What is the typical class size, and how
much individual attention will the student
receive?
Do professors or graduate students
teach freshmen courses?
Does the college have an active Career
Center to help prepare for a successful job
search after graduation?
What is the actual cost rather than
"sticker price?"
Ask when is Open House -best time
to visit.
Ask about application and scholarship
deadlines.
Who watches out for my freshman?
Does each freshman have an advisor?
How hard is it for my freshman to meet
with an instructor if there is a problem?
How can I find out if my freshman is
doing well academically before the end of
a semester?


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Fire Prevention lessons
The students of Seminole Elementary School enjoyed a presentation by the
Okeechobee County Fire Dept. and Division of Forestry Services as part of
Fire Prevention Week. The presentation included a puppet show, fire equip-
ment being demonstrated and a visit by Smokey Bear.

Fall Hoedown Festival
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Community Events


American Legion to host
Sunday Bingo night
American Legion Post 64 will begin hold-
ing Sunday Night Bingo beginning Sunday,
Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., depending on player
participation of 25 players. If we do not have
the minimum amount of players, we will
play one session to give away monies held
from last years Bingo and disband further
Bingo nights on Sunday night. For details call
American Legion Post 64 at 863-763-2950.

Masonic Lodge to host
Sunday breakfast
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will host a
Sunday breakfast on Oct. 24, from 8 until 11
a.m. The public is welcome and carry outs
are available. The breakfast menu includes:
eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, bis-
cuits and gravy, juice and coffee for just $6.
The breakfast is held the second and fourth
Sunday of every month.

VFW plans dinner
VFW 4423 will host a dinner on Sunday,
Oct. 24. Stuffed cabbage roll is on the menu
from 2 to 4 p.m. Karaoke by Lisa will be en-
joyed from 6 to 9 p.m.

Okeechobee County 4-H
Annual Fundraiser BBQ
Okeechobee County 4-H is holding their
annual BBQ Fundraiser Dinner on Monday,
Oct. 25, at the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus Cafeteria. Dinners will be sold from 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. Dinners are $7 and include
sliced pork and all the fixings. Lunch deliv-
ery will be available for inside the city limits
(and for orders of five dinners or more out-
side the city limits). For advance orders call
the Extension Office at 863-763-6469 and on
Oct. 25, call 863-634-3327 or 863-801-1606.
4-H would like to thank everyone for their
support!

Orchid Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Extension
Center 458 Highway 98 N. The Garden Club
will meet at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite orchid
to show or a problem orchid to discuss. For
more information call the Extension Office
at 863-763-6469.


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Area Ag Council to meet
The Okeechobee Area Ag Council will
host their fall general membership meeting
on Monday, Oct. 25, at noon at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrot Ave. Richard
Machek will be the guest speaker to discuss
his newly appointed role with the USDA Ru-
ral Development.

Christian Business
Breakfast planned
Christian Business Breakfast will be held
at Hampton Inn, Monday, Oct. 25, at 98
a.m. Come enjoy breakfast for $5, meet oth-
er business people and enjoy the Word with
Brandon Tucker. Bring your business cards
and let Okeechobee know you are here to
share your business.

Shrine Club to host
spaghetti dinner
It's back! The Tuesday night spaghetti din-
ner at the Okeechobee Shrine Club on High-
way 78. The first spaghetti night will start off
the season on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The cost is
just $6 for a great spaghetti dinner with all
the fixins! Come and enjoy good and great
fellowship. For information, please contact
Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427, the Shrine
Club at 863-763-3378 or Kip Gardner at 863-
610-6659.

Community Collaborative
Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council
of the Okeechobee County Shared Services
Network will conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the Okeechobee School Board
Office. Speakers: Natalie Gustafson-Girl
Scouts and Al Jacks with CASTLE. Everyone
is welcome. Please bring school supplies for
foster and needy children. For information,
call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext.
257.

Pancakes in park with Rick Scott
Come enjoy free pancakes on Wednes-
day, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. in Flagler Park #3.
"Pancakes in the Park" with Rick Scott, Re-
publican Candidate for Governor will be
coming through Okeechobee on his bus
tour. Come out and meet him! Questions?
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is a new real estate sales office in
town.
Lori Mixon had been a licensed real es-
tate salesperson with another firm for ten
years. She got her broker's license two and
half years ago which allowed her to operate
her own real estate business. Then, in her
own words, she recently "stepped out in
faith" and opened Mixon Real Estate.
"From the first week, I believe I should
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relationship with sellers and buyers.
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1, and sells auto, property and life insurance,
as well as protection for motorcycles, boats,
motor homes, and recreational vehicles. In
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guidance and counseling about those prod-
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Donegan in golf regional


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School student Rich-
ard Donegan finished fifth in the District 17-
2A tournament last week with a 1-over par
73, and expects to keep his season going
Tuesday when he competes in the Region
6-2A tournament at the Duran County Club
in Vierra.
"It's nice to know that I made it on. I
could have done a lot better," he said.
Donegan stood at 3-under par after eight
holes but had back-to-back bogeys that cost
him the district title. The winning score was
71. Donegan predicts it'll take a 70 or better
to make the state tournament.
"I just hope to keep playing like I have
been. I think the course sets up my game
pretty well," he added.
Donegan, a junior at OHS, has played a
lot of golf in the past year. He spent more
than 12 hours on the golf course each day
during the summer. He also attended the
GaryGilchrestGolfAcademy in Orlando. They
changed his swing and the improvements
have made him more consistent.
He said the most important part of im-
provement is not only work but learning,
and paying attention to the little things.
Donegan has also travelled to play in state


and national championships. He played
against some of the top young golfers in the
world and members of National Teams from
Mexico, Venezuela and Canada.
He also has played top courses like
the Tournament Players Championship
Sawgrass course, the Honda Classic course,
the PGA National and the TPC in Tampa.
He also barely missed out on the school
golf scoring record believed to be held by
Eric Diefenbach, who averaged 36 for an en-
tire season. Donegan's season average was
36.5.
Donegan said he was attracted to golf
because it's all about yourself and perfor-
mance. He said people don't realize how
physically draining the game of golf can be.
"You walk around for up to five hours
carrying a 40 pound golf bag," he said. "It
is really tough both mentally and physically.
If you take one shot off mentally there goes
your round."
Donegan's goal is to earn a college schol-
arship in golf to a Division I school and per-
haps turning pro one day.
"I really don't know what I want to do
yet. I've had a really great year in golf," he
added.
Donegan thanked his parents and the
community for their support of his golf
game.


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JV volleyball has strong season


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Lady Brah-
man junior varsity volleyball team finished
(12-7) with a win last Thursday over Vero
Beach, 25-6, 17-25, and 16-14.
The season was highlighted by three
wins over good teams at the Palm Beach
Tournament, Jupiter, Wellington and Royal
Palm Beach.
Top players this year included setters Ja-
net Smith, and Aubrey Robertson, outside
hitters Katie Ward, and Taylor Williams and
middles Kyla Hargraves and Brooke Mc-
Crary
Coach George May said freshmen Brian-
na Nunez, Jaide Micco, Tiffany Bowers and
Stormy Stokes were solid in the back row as
well this year.
Erin Hudson was the team's third set-


ter and Taeler Logan provided a lift off the
bench this year.
"We played well in spots but we were
mostly inconsistent this year. Our last game
against Vero Beach was probably our stron-
gest and most complete match," May add-
ed.
May said he felt some of the girls will be
able to take the next step to help the varsity
team next year. He said Hargraves, Williams
and McCrary made a lot of progress at the
end of the season. He said Robertson and
Smith also improved their passing skills
tremendously during the final weeks of the
season. "All in all there is a lot of talent to
keep feeding the varsity," May said, "I think
the future of Okeechobee High School vol-
leyball is in good hands."


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OHS JV football team defeats Port St. Lucie


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School Junior Varsity
football team featured a strong rushing attack
and a stingy defense Tuesday as they defeated
Port St. Lucie 28-6 at Brahman stadium.
Okeechobee scored three second half
touchdowns and gained over 250 yards on the
ground. They had close to 30 first downs on
offense as they controlled the ball.
Coach Daron Washington said he wished
his team had played better in the first half. "It
was like an alien invasion in the first half I don't
know what happened." Okeechobee moved
the ball well in the first half but only mustered
one scoring drive. They drove 81 yards in just
five plays to go ahead 8-0 late in the first quar
ter. Key plays included two runs by Marshall
Tommie which covered 36 yards. Gavin Liford
carried the final 14 yards for the touchdown.
Liford said it always feels good to score a
touchdown, "I just run my hardest and hope I
get in. I think we did a pretty good job and had
a decent game tonight." Tommie and James
Stafford added touchdowns in the second half
to pad the Brahman lead. Port St. Lucie scored
in the final three minutes on a 58 yard pass from
QB Billy Tenney to WR Dakota Miessinger.
Coach Washington said he felt both teams
struggled in the first half and Okeechobee has
to be more focused against lesser opponents.
He was also upset that Okeechobee allowed
100 yards in passing in the first half.
"I won't say that they had a great passing
game we just didn't get into position. Once the


Marshall Tommie rushed for over 100
yards before he left the game with an
injury. He also scored a touchdown for
the Brahman JV team.


guys recognized what was going on and made
some adjustments we were able to pick off a
few passes," he added. Washington said he
was very pleased with the offensive line which
consistently opened up running lanes for the
backs. "We have worked on our running game
so there isn't so much pressure on our QB. I
feel the run game was good tonight."
Okeechobee had a good night rushing the
passer as Cody Dunn and Jalen McKelton pro
vided a strong pass rush. Alec Emmonds did
a good job in the secondary as he knocked
away several passes, intercepted a pass late in
the first half, and had several tackles. Jacaleb
Atkins also caught a 30 yard pass for Okeecho
bee in the first half. He also had a 52 yard punt
for Okeechobee.
Liford also had several tackles on defense.
He said the team did a good job making adjust
ments at half time, "We finally realized what
we did wrong. Our corner backs held in there
pretty good and made some plays."
The bench erupted when Brent Baughman
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2010-CP-160
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CLAUDIE B. RUCKS
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The name of the decedent, the
designation of the court in which the
administration of this estate is pend-
ing, and the file number are indicat-
ed above. The address of the Court
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attomey are indicat-
ed below.
If you have been served with a
copy of this notice and you have any
claim or demand against the dece-
dent's estate, even if that claim is
unmatured, contingent or liquidated,
you must file your claim with the
court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF
A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with the court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED
BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED
ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE
NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED
TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT'S
DEATH.
The date of death of the decedent
is: December 7, 2004.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is October 24, 2010.
Personal Representative:
EDWIN RUCKS


6745 NE 304th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Ha. Bar No. 270441
369405 ON 10/24,31/2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2010-DR-289
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Elizabeth Gagne
Petitioner
and
Joseph Gagne
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
AMENDED DISSOLUTION
OF MARRIAGE
TO: Joseph Robert Gagne
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 Petitioner or immediately
thereafter If you fall to do so, a de-
fault may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in e petition.
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 notified 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-
quires certain automatic disclosure of
documents and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanctions, in-
cludng dismissal or striking of plead-
ings.
Dated: October 15, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: /S/ HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
369025 ON 10/17,24,31;11/7
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA
CASE NO. 1010 CA-421
MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION fka
MIDFLORIDA FEDERAL CREDIT
UNION
Plaintiff,
V.
DAVID L. STOKES and JENNIFER L.
STOKES; MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UN-
ION; TENANT #1; TENANT #2; and
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, AND UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN-
NAMED DEFENDANTS WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR
ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
AND UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN-NAMED DEFENDANTS
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID
UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM
AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES,
HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose on the follow-
ing real property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
The South 1/2 of Lot 6, Block 9,
COUNTRY HILLS ESTATES, accord-
ing to the map or plat thereof as
recorded in Plat 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,
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 Plainffs at-
torney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
DATED: 10/12/2010


SECOND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Okeechobee is applying to the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs (DCA) for a grant under the Housing Rehabilitation category in
an amount up to $700,000 under the FFY 2010 Florida Small Cibes Commu-
nity Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. For each activity that is
proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit low and moderate income
persons. The activies, dollar amounts and estimated percentage benefit to
low and moderate income persons for which is applying are:
Percentage Benefit to
Low and Moderate
Activities Proposed Dollar Amounts Income Persons
14a Rehab/Demo/Replacement $560,000 100%
008 Temporary Relocation $ 35,000 100%
21A Administration $105,000 N/A
$700,000
At the bme of this notice, it is unknown if the grant application will have any
leverage.
The CDBG project will undertake rehabilitation, demolition and/or replace
ment of 10 low and moderate income housing units. Temporary relocation
benefits will also be provided to program beneficanes.
The City of Okeechobee plans to minimize displacement of persons as a re-
sult of planned CDBG funded acbvities in the following manner: No perma-
nent displacement is anticipated. Only temporary relocation is anbcipated.
If any persons are displaced as a result of these planned activies, the City
will assist such persons in the following manner: The City will follow the
guidelines outlined in their Antidisplacement and Relocation Policy and their
Local Housing Assistance Plan.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the appli-
cation will be held at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 2,
2010 at 2:00 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Okeechobee City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Avenue. A draft copy of parts of the application will be
available for review at that time. A final copy of the application will be
made available at the City Administrator's Ofice on Monday through Friday
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. no
more than five days after November 2, 2010. The application will be sub-
mitted to DCA on or before November 17, 2010. To obtain additional infor-
mation concerning the applicabon and the public hearing contact Mr Brian
Whitehall, City Administrator, City of Okeechobee, 55 S.E. Third Avenue,
Okeechobee, or telephone 863-763-3372.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location.
Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or
the visually impaired shall contact Mr Whitehall at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any non-English
peaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Mr.
Whitehall at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and a language in
terpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf
Persons (TDD), please call the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771.
Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation at this meeting
should contact Mr. Whltehall at least five calendar days prior to the meet-
ing.
Pursuant to Secbon 102 of the HUD Reform Act of 1989, the following dis-
closures will be submitted to DCA with the application. The disclosures will
be made available by the City of Okeechobee and DCA for public inspection
upon request. These disclosures will be available on and after the date of
submission of the application and shall continue to be available for a mini-
mum period of six years.
1.Other government (federal, state and local) assistance to the project in
the form of a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, insurance payment, rebate,
subsidy, credit, tax benefit, or any other form of direct or indirect benefit
by source and amount;
2.The identtites and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or
consultants involved in the application for assistance or in the planning or
development of the project or activity;
3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any other persons with a pecu-
niary interest in the project that can reasonably be expected to exceed
$50,000 or 10% of the grant request (whichever is lower);
4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners, or oth-
ers listed in two (2) or three (3) above which are corporations, or other
entitles, the identification and pecuniary interests by corporations or en-
bty of each officer, director, principal stockholder, or other official of the
entity;
5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each
of the providers of those funds and the amount provided; and
6. The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount.
A public workshop on Fair Housing will also be conducted for elect-
ed officials and the general public.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, City Clerk
369502 ON 10/24/2010

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


SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Court
BY: Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are enbtled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Come 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 time


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less than 7 days; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call 711.
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High school football: Brahmans lose to Dwyer


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Alonzo Coleman had a tackle behind
the line of scrimmage to lead the Brah-
man defense.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
William T. Dwyer won the District Title
with an impressive 50-0 victory over the
Okeechobee Brahmans Friday night in
Okeechobee.
QB Jacoby Brissett, who celebrated a
scholarship offer from the University of


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Florida Friday, threw for two touchdowns
and ran for a third in the first half as the Pan-
thers (6-1) continued a possible run toward
a state title.
Brissett opened the scoring with an eight
yard run just three minutes into the game.
He also completed 9-13 passes for 116 yards
and hit Nick O'Leary, another Division I re-
cruit, with two touchdown passes before
halftime. O'Leary, who also could end up
playing for the Gators, had a 56 yard touch-
down reception called back by a penalty. He
finished the night with five receptions for 58
yards and two scores. He is the grandson of
golfing great Jack Nicklaus.
Dwyer had 419 yards in total offense
and 16 first downs. They held Okeechobee
to four first downs and 56 yards in total of-
fense.
Okeechobee was led by Erick McQueen
who had 39 yards rushing on seven carries.
QB Jack Radebaugh was 5-15 through the
air for 24 yards. He was sacked twice and
tackled behind the line of scrimmage five
times.
Alonzo Coleman and Jesse Thomas were
the only Brahmans to have tackles behind
the line of scrimmage. Thomas also returned
a kickoff for 30 yards in the first half.
Punter Colby Frank had a huge game with
seven punts for 261 yards for the Brahmans.
Okeechobee (2-5) will play Palm Beach
Lakes for a berth in the regional playoffs in
two weeks. Dwyer defeated Lakes 62-6 ear-
lier this year in West Palm Beach.


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Dwyer Coach Jack Daniels said his team
committed two fumbles and made some
foolish penalties, but also did a good job ex-
ecuting their plays.
While Okeechobee played with grit,
determination and heart, they were physi-
cally dominated on many plays at the line
of scrimmage. Dwyer had a 71 yard touch-
down run by Shawn McClaine in the first
quarter where he simply outran four defend-
ers to the end zone. Brissett had long runs of
28 yards and 44 yards. Jared Brown took a
hand off for 33 yards in the second quarter.
Okeechobee turned the ball over twice
on interceptions. Anthony Williams re-
turned one of the interceptions 25 yards for
a touchdown.
The game was played with a running
clock in the second half. Bobby Puyol hit
a 29 yard field goal for Dwyer. Seven of his
eight kickoffs reached the Brahman end
zone for touchbacks.
Keith Bowers had two tackles behind
the line of scrimmage for Dwyer. The big
defender also got a chance to carry the ball
for a touchdown. The 260 pound senior was
stuffed on the first attempt by Alonzo Cole-
man but bowled his way into the end zone
on the very next play.
Reserve running back Walter Kobersky
ended the scoring with an 11 yard touch-
down with just over a minute left in the
game to finish the scoring.


Deforest Shanks had trouble finding
lanes to run in against the talented Dw-
yer defense during Okeechobee's loss
on Friday.




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