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Vol. 101 No. 135


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


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Gone fishing : Kids Day Festival a success Veteran had


connection

to A-bomb
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
.... "I'm no hero," said Jim Armstrong of
2; Okeechobee. "I'm just an old country boy."
If 0*, -However, Mr. Armstrong is one of the few
people, if not the only person, who helped
build the facility at Oak Ridge, Tenn. where
the atomic bomb was made and who also
saw it dropped on Japan. In the process, he
earned three Battle Stars.
See VETERAN Page 17


Ex-DOH employee gets 5 years in prison


State-issued credit card
used for shopping sprees
and vacation to Jamaica
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A former computer specialist with the
Okeechobee County Department of Health
(DOH) charged with using a state-issued

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WWII veterans may be eligible for French medal


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Republic of France is honoring
World War II veterans who helped liberate
their country.
At least one, probably more, Okeecho-
bee residents are eligible to be named a
Chevalier (Knight) in the Legion of Honor.
Okeechobee resident Edward "Bud" Dol-
phin, 83, has received notification that he is
eligible for the award. He is awaiting details
about the presentation ceremony. Mr. Dol-
phin helped land troops and equipment at
Saint-Tropez.
The award was instituted in 1802 by Na-
poleon Bonaparte. The emperor saw the
need to officially honor outstanding service
and merit and the first awards were present-
ed by Napoleon himself. Since that time the
award has been bestowed primarily to those
in the military, but it has also gone to illus-
trious individuals from all nations for out-
standing contributions to cultural, scientific,
academic and humanitarian endeavors. It is
equivalent to the U.S. Medal of Honor.
Among those who have received the Le-
gion of Honor are undersea explorer Jacques
Costeau, actor Robert de Niro, Boston Pops


Conductor Arthur Feidler, aviator Charles
Lindberg, economist Alan Greenspan, au-
thor J. K. Rowling and inventor George
Westinghouse.
There were 55,000 awards given out dur-
ing World War I for those who helped pre-
serve French liberty including 22,000 to non-
Frenchmen.
Previously some American military men
who served during World War II had re-
ceived the award. Those included General
Dwight Eisenhower, General Douglas McAr-
thur and Audie Murphy, the most decorated
U.S. soldier in World War II.
In 2004, according to Fernardo Fernaris,
intern with the French Consulate in Miami,
the award was extended to all Americans
who fought on French soil or on French
waters during World War II. The award is
presented either by the French Ambassador
to the United States or by one of the French
Consulates scattered over the United States.
According Mr. Fornaris, any veteran who
wants to apply for the Legion of Honor
should write for an application to the Con-
sulate General of France, 1395 Brickell Ave.
Suite 1050, Miami, FL 33131. The veteran's
DD214 and any other documentation that


Indiantown VFW to celebrate 50th Anniversary


OHS Jazz Band to perform
The Raymond E. Darling, Jr. VFW Post
6023 celebrates its 50th anniversary on
Saturday, Nov. 13, which coincidently is
45 years to the day that its building and
grounds were dedicated. The Post is locat-
ed on Morgan Street just east of Allapatah
Hwy. 609.The Post is dedicated to First Lieu-
tenant Darling, an Air Corps pilot, who lost
his life on D-Day in the Normandy invasion
shortly after he landed his transport plane
on enemy soil. For the past three months
volunteers from the community have been
remodeling the interior of the building in
anticipation of this event. All of the volun-
teers made the commitment to assist in
this endeavor as a token of their apprecia-
tion for the service one of their loved ones
made for his or her country.
The Post was mustered on May 28,1960.
Forty two veterans of foreign wars were
charter members. The property is owned
by the Indiantown Veterans Association. A
Ladies Auxiliary was formed shortly there-
after with 16 members.
The Post has played an important role


in the Indiantown community. It has spon-
sored bicycle safety programs, boy and girl
scouting activities, Voice of Democracy
and Patriot Pen scholarship programs, teen
athletic programs and more.
The property is zoned as a community
center and plans are underway for a variety
of activities to benefit the Indiantown com-
munity.
Saturday, Nov. 13, promises to be an ex-
citing day. The formal program begins at
10 a.m. with the Okeechobee High School
Jazz Band. At 11 a.m. the colors are pre-
sented followed by brief remarks by select-
ed speakers. Lunch is served from noon
to 3 p.m. Roger Coutu plays the keyboard
at noon. This presentation is followed by
a "Salute to Veterans" a skit performed by
the fourth graders from Hope Rural School.
The Boys and Girls Club follows with their
Steel Drum Band. Art Pope travels from
Michigan to give the General Patton speech
made to the troops prior to the Normandy
invasion. In addition there will be a WWII
memorabilia museum and a VFW -Ladies
and Mens Auxiliary recruitment booth.


the veteran has should be included with the
application. The application is sent to the
French Embassy in Washington and then to
France. Once it is approved the French Am-
bassador to the U.S. will notify the veteran
and a suitable presentation ceremony will
be arranged.
The entire process takes several months.
The medal is sent either to the French Am-
bassador to a nearby French Consulate and
arrangements will be made for a suitable
presentation ceremony.
Russ Pappy, Commander of VF.W Post
10539, is committed to helping eligible vet-
erans receive the award. "I'm pushing for
this because we are losing them (World War
II veterans) at a such a high rate. If there is
anything I can do, I'll do it."
All World War II veterans are invited to
come to the VFW Post at 3912 U.S. 441 S.E.
for a free meal on Veterans' Day beginning
at 2 p.m. Mr. Pappy especially invites all vet-
erans who fought on French soil to come so
he can help them with the paperwork for
the Legion of Honor. The VFW telephone
number is 863-763-2308.
Dan Fennell, a member of the executive
board of American Legion Post 64, 501 S.E.
Second St. said his organization would also
be willing to help veterans fill out the nec-
essary paperwork. The American Legion
telephone number is 863-763-2950 or 863-
763-5309.

In the military ...

Drawdy graduates combat training
Army Pvt. Brandon Drawdy has gradu-
ated from basic combat training at Fort Jack-
son, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the
soldier studied the Army mission, history,
tradition and core values, physical fitness,
and received instruction and practice in ba-
sic combat skills, military weapons, chemi-
cal warfare and bayonet training, drill and
ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship,
armed and unarmed combat, map read-
ing, field tactics, military courtesy, military
justice system, basic first aid, foot marches,
and field training exercises.
He is the son of Heather Craig of Under-
hill Road, Lorida, and grandson of Ron El-
liott of Okeechobee.
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Drunk driving
SWhen you use drugs or alcohol and get
into a vehicle and drive -- you do that on pur-
pose. The result of that choice the choi--ce to
drive while under the influence of drugs or al-
cohol -- is your fault. People who drive while
under the influence are a danger to everyone
else on the road.
I guarantee you that if you drink, you
have driven while you were drinking before.
Anyone who drinks and drives should
be arrested because they are endangering
everyone else on the road. Two people died
because someone else decided to drive while
intoxicated. If you want to drink -- fine, have
a good time -- but don't get behind the wheel
of a car.
Shannon is paying the consequences
from what he did and yes he needs to, but
you don't know the whole story like his fam-
ily does.
You don't have to hate someone to want
to see justice done. No one want to see this
happen again. You can bet it will.
It is a sad statistic that all too often some-
one who has already been in a DUI accident
will get out of jail and drive drunk and/or on
drugs again. Take away their license and they
just drive drunk and/or on drugs without a li-
cense. How do you keep the drunks off the
road?
There is a Breathalyzer unit that can be
installed in cars now. I suggest that it be im-
perative that anyone who has been convicted
of drunk driving must have one installed in
their car. Of course this would not stop them
from driving someone else's car but at least
it is a start.

Bad language
I went to the game at the sports complex
on Saturday and saw the signs that OCRA put
up and I just want to thank you for doing so.
At the game I heard someone say something
kind of bad, and a coach's sister said to him
"hey, my brother told y'all not to talk like
that up here." I thank her as well. Thanks for
making the ball park a great place to be on
Saturday.


I am guessing this was the post in regard
to the bad language used at the ball fields. I
am glad that has been addressed. I wish the
schools would do more about it also. I was at
an awards program at Osceola Middle School
last week and a parent came in wearing a T
shirt with a curse word emblazoned in huge
letters on the front. Of course a student who
wore such a shirt would be sent home. May
be they need to send home a dress code for
parents!
Have you seen how some parents go to
parent-teacher conferences? There needs to
be a sign posted at all the schools: No Shirt,
No Shoes, No Conference.

Heart of America
I was at the store yesterday and I saw
the heart of Americans. They are kind, caring
Americans. I saw people putting money into
jars to support our troops. They said they
were collecting money to help our homeless
veterans. I asked one man collecting where
he was from and he said he was from Miami
and theywere
going all over i
south Florida.
The thing that
troubled me I
was that this B
man was not
in the right
age bracket
to be a vet-
eran. When I
started asking
questions,
the man
called to his buddy that they were moving
on and they left. It troubled me because I
don't know if they were really doing this for
homeless vets or if they were just collecting
money for themselves.
You know I have seen these men several
times outside the shopping center and won-
dered the same thing. They are all dressed
in combat garb. I too found that they were
not from our area and wondered if any of
the money they were collecting would go
to anyone in this area. This is sort of like
when you get the phone call to donate to
the Highway Patrol or what ever it is. I found
that Okeechobee wasn't getting any of the
monies so I quit donating. When someone
is out collecting money in front of store I am
always leery of giving because you never
know if they are for real or not.
You can always be sure that monies do-
nated to a service organization such as the
VFW, American Legion, Elks, AMVETS and
the DAV will assist vets.


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When I think about helping people
whether they be veterans, homeless people,
or hungry people, I think about helping the
person regardless of where they're from.
A hungry person is a hungry person and it
doesn't matter to me if they are from here or
from Miami or from a third world country. A
person is a person.
I believe it's all a matter of who you
can trust, first, to actually get the money to
those in need and second, to have the low-
est administrative costs possible. If I have an
opportunity to help someone, Id rather do it
first hand, then I am sure of the need and
sure they get what I give. There is an organi-
zation of motorcycle riders in Missouri who
go out to locations of a returning deceased
soldiers to keep the area clear of hecklers, so
that the family may mourn and have a peace-
ful service for their loved one. I give a lot of
credit to them.
I don't like to donate to people just
hanging outside of stores. Never really for
sure where the money is going. I have never
seen it done here in Okeechobee but in other
towns I have seen the firefighters in the me-
dians with their trucks parked in full uniform,
toting boots for donations to fire victims etc. I
always donate to them. Maybe a good idea to
see here in Okeechobee as well. Sometimes
I get a little suspicious of churches doing that
too. I know not all the organizations are bad,
but if you feel leery about it just don't donate
to then. I do however donate to organiza-
tions I am sure about such as Breast cancer
research and Saint Jude's. People who do
want to donate to a good cause can do that
online and know it's going to a good cause.
The fire department here has done it for
years. I don't remember what time of year
is that they collect. They may have stopped
since one of them got run over a couple
years ago.
The firefighters here usually collect
for MDA I think. Due to the danger at the
main intersection (a motorist hit one of the
firefighters), I think they now collect at the
shopping centers. As for helping veterans,
I donate to the American Legion's annual
Poppy Drive because I know and trust that
organization and know the money goes to
help the disabled veterans. When someone
is just collecting money in front of a shop-
ping center, you don't know if it is for real
or just someone who bought an old uniform
at the Army surplus store. I don't have a lot
of extra money to donate so I try to make it
count by only donating to organizations that
I know are legit.


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I do not give money to people with
homemade signs and collection jars. I wish
the shopping centers would ban those people
from standing in front of their stores. Some
of them are very aggressive and they try to
pressure you into giving them money. Only
local organizations who can properly register
with the city or county should be allowed to
set up to collect in front of the stores.

Chamber questions
What is going on with the chamber of
commerce? Do they even meet anymore?
For a while they had volunteers in the build-
ing but I don't know if anyone has even been
there for months. The property the chamber
building sits on belongs to the Hamrick Trust
for there are no doubt some legal issues in-
volved as Colonel Hamrick donated the use
of that land to the chamber of commerce.
Can something be done to reorganize the
chamber or else let another community or-
ganization run that office?

Blazin' Brahmans Band
Congratulation to the OHS band on
Straight Superiors at Districts! Two years in a
row never
been done -
before. You ,j ,
all are awe-
some. If you ., ?
want to see

of kids in this --
to w n d o in g ..
something
other than
getting in
trouble, check out the band kids. For those
kids who complain there is nothing to do,
join the band. You will be worn out, exhaust-
ed and won't have time to complain. They
put their hearts and souls into the program
and it showed! Way to go and good luck at
the state competition in a few weeks! Makes
me want to have more football games, so
we can see the band.
Maybe they should let the band perform
for four quarters and just put the football
team on the field at half time -- just kidding!

Signs, signs
Please, please, please -- everyone pick
up their political signs. It's finally over


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November 10, 2010


Letters to the editor


Extreme Mustang Challenge
About a month ago, the Okeechobee
News did a nice article about my grandson's
(Hunter Bry-
ant) Extreme
Mustang
Makeover
Challenge
and I want
to give you a
update. Two
weeks ago
we loaded
up Hunter
and his Mus-
tang "Okee."
and we
headed up
to Murfrees-
boro, Tenn.
to compete. pecia tot e ws
We drove Hunter Bryant and his
all night and yearling mustang "Okee"
arrived there took third place in the
about 6 a.m. Youth Extreme Mustang
All the other Challenge competition.
kids and
adults that
were competing started arriving about 8 a.m.
The kids started getting acquainted with each
other and all the young horses got settled in
their stalls. We soon learned that there were
only three boys there to compete and Hunt-
er was the youngest of all the kids. He is 11
years old and the rest of the kids ranged from
14 through 17.
On Friday, all of the kids were required to
compete in three separate classes. They were,
Showmanship at Halter, Handling and Condi-
tioning, and Inhand/Leading Trail course with
obstacles. The judges total each child's score
for the three classes to determine the top 10
highest scoring children to continue on to the
Freestyle Final Event for the Championship.
Hunter was sixth in the Top Ten and we
were thrilled that he made it.
Then on Saturday, Hunter and Okee com-
peted against the nine teenage girls who also
qualified in the Top Ten. Everyone of them
had great routines, but some of the horses
preformed better than others. Just before
Hunter went in to perform he had watched a
couple of the routines before him and he felt
a little intimidated by how good they were.
We just reassured him that he and Okee were
a great team and he just needed to have fun in
the moment. Well of course he and Okee did
a fine job and the crowd loved him. When he
came out of the arena after his routine I said "
Well how do you feel?" and he gave me a big
smile and said "That was Awesome!"
So, in the end, Hunter and Okee finished
Third in the Freestyle Finals. We were very
proud of him.
This has been a wonderful experience for
Hunter. He has learned so much about horse
training, working hard, sticking to you com-
mitments, being patient, and not giving up.
Yes, we brought Okee home with us. Hunter
has many plans for their partnership in the
coming months and years.
Hunter would like to thank you for the
nice article you did about him and Okee. We
also want to thank Jenna Tenniswood for
volunteering her time to coach Hunter on his


showmanship, Mike Rickards for donating
the use of his arena for practice, Robbie Rick-
ards for helping out with Okee, and The Mus-
tang Heritage Foundation for allowing him to
compete in this Mustang Make Over. He has
many great memories of this experience.
There are videos on You Tube of Hunter
doing his Freestyle and the other classes. To
find them, Search "Hunter Bryant/Okee."
Suzanna Rucks
Editor's note: The link to Hunter's Free-
style routine is also on the www.newszap.
corn Okeechobee web page.

Veterans invited to program
On the 11th of November, the Okeecho-
bee high school will be having a Veterans' Day
program to honor veterans of every branch of
the armed forces. This program will be held
in the gym, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. At this pro-
gram we will have a guest speaker from the
armed forces who will talk to students about
his service to our country. There will be a
slideshow of all OHS students who joined the
military, the OHS band will be playing taps
as well as a few other songs, and the Junior
ROTC will post colors.
Each veteran who attends this program
will be recognized for their hard work and
service to our country. If you are actively serv-
ing in our military or have served or were in a
reserve, we would be honored if you attend-
ed our program. We also would appreciate
your help in inviting veterans to our program.
Please, if you know anyone who is also a vet-
eran, bring them to the program with you.
We feel that veterans should be honored
every day, but on Veterans Day the l th of
this November we want to thank you person-
ally for the blank check that you wrote to our
country with the limit up to and including
your life.
Sincerely,
The Okeechobee High School
The Okeechobee FFA Chapter

Kids Fishing Festival
supporters appreciated
The members and officers of Taylor Creek
Bass Club would like to thank the many spon-
sors of the 2010 Lee Mc Allister Memorial
Okeechobee Kid's Day Fishing Festival. Their
support of our 25th annual event with fish-
ing equipment, prizes, food, drinks, cash and
personal time helped provide Okeechobee
kids and their families a day of wholesome
activities based on fun, fishing, fellowship
and competition. We encourage the commu-
nity to stop by, say thanks and patronize our
2010 supporters as we start preparations for
the 2011 event: Okeechobee News, WOKC
1570AM/100.9FM Radio, Publix, Okeechobee
Fishing Headquarters, Pogey's Family Restau-
rant, Garrard's Bait & Tackle, Mickey's Bait
& Tackle, Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc., Taylor
Creek Printing, VFW Post 9528, VFW 9528
Women's Auxiliary, Winn Dixie, All Clean
Services, Oakview Baptist Church, FLW Out-
doors, John Campbell Guide Service, Kobe
Kreiger (FLW Pro-Angler/Guide), Lakeshore
Marine, Inc.,Mike Jones Guide Service, Steve
Daniels (FLW Pro-Angler/Guide), Irene's
Laundry, Inc., Flower's Bakery, CJ's Whole-
sale, Country K Drive-Thru, ,Everglades Farm
Equipment Co. Inc., Burner Oil, Rut & Strut
Taxidermy, Peace River Distributing, JMP
Sports, Naples Trophy Case, Florida Fish


and Wildlife Commission, Waterside Villas,
Okeechobee Sheriff's Department, Okeecho-
bee Board of County Commissioners, Fire/
Rescue Unit #14, Palm Beach County, Man-
agers and Staff of Okeechobee Agri-Civic Cen-
ter, South Florida Water Management District,
Florida B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.
Dave Stout,
Taylor Creek Bass Club

Troubled woman
How saddened I am. To think of this young
woman, so troubled, so entranced in her life.
So many mistakes.
I have known her, (Kerrie) for five trou-
bled years, tried to minister to her, but her
mind was not, regrettably, in any condition
to absorb what I was trying to reach her.
She knew God loved her, but, it was difficult
for her to let her guard down to accept His
love and guidance. It truly breaks my heart
to think of her children now, they have been
through so much in such a small amount of
time. It is difficult to have a mom with a spirit
for life, that had not many boundaries. But,
my vision of her with one of her sons, in one
of the pageants, is what will stay with me for-
ever. He would stand on the stage, all dressed
so handsomely, in his little tuxedo, and throw
kisses to the judges and the audience. They
loved each other. It was very obvious Kerrie
went to great lengths to make sure he was
stunning on stage.
To be taken away from your children, to
be locked away, in itself is heart wrenching.
Yes, there were problems, I am not deny-
ing that. But, mothers are emotional beings,
needing the touch and the smiles of their
young ones. We take pride in our children,
when this is stripped away, for whatever rea-
son, it affects us tremendously.
So, the combination of no children, be-
ing locked away, judges, lawyers, policemen,

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
80. Calm wind becoming northeast around
5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 55. Calm wind becoming north
northeast around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Veterans Day: Mostly sunny, with a high
near 80. North northeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 56. North northeast wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
80. North northeast wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 58. North northwest wind around 5
mph.


Lotteries
Florida Lottery -Here are the num-
bers selected Monday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 1-3-6; Play 4: 3-1-2-6; Fantasy 5:
4-7-15-32-35; Mega Money: 5-29-32-39 MB
11; Florida Lotto: 3-14-24-30-33-38 X 4;
Powerball: 7-12-23-34-38 PB 33 x4. Num-
bers drawn Tuesday, Cash 3: 9-0-5; Play 4:
9-1-6-2.


other folks with their also broken lives around
you, guilt. The ramifications of all this in her
life, I am certain was more than she could
take. My heart goes out to her, her family and
mostly her children. I never envisioned this
for her, when we first met, at the Speckled
Perch pageant in the KOA, I just saw her as
a free-spirited woman maybe needing some
reining in. But, never a life that would so trag-
ically end as this one has.
My personal prayer is this. That no one
ever have to go through this again, in this
community. Should we not be reaching out
to one another more/better/more consistent-
ly? I don't know the exact answer.
Is it not possible to be ministered to: even
in lock down, to receive some sort of encour-
aging words from others? The word of God
can change lives. It may have helped here as
well.
Can this rule be changed?
Heartfelt sympathies,
Bobbi Poole

Correction
An error occurred in an article appear-
ing on the front page of the Okeechobee
News on Friday, Nov. 5 under the headline
"City council tackles sign ordinance again."
Resurrection Life Church petitioned the city
council to allow the church to move from
the church's present location to Northshore
Shopping Center. It was not Fountain of Life
Church as was incorrectly reported. We
apologize for any inconvenience caused by
this error.


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Obituaries


Patricia Wolter Compton, 71
OKEECHOBEE -Patricia Wolter Compton,
age 71, of ('i.. i. i. ., passed away Nov. 3,
2010, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 12, 1938, to William and
Marcella Farrell in
Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was President
of the Family Busi-
ness, Mr. Ice Ma-
chines of West Palm
Beach, Fla. She was
a member of Palm
Beach National Golf
and Country Club,
Friends of the Cor-
bett, Airboat Half
Track Association,
and the
Ist United Methodist Church of Okee-
chobee. She was very artistic and enjoyed paint-
ing, sewing, golf, saltwater fishing and hunting.
She is survived by her loving husband of 31
years, Jimmy Compton of Okeechobee; chil-
dren, Ken Wolter (Susan) Wasilla, Alaska, Kathy
Schwier (Mark) of Okeechobee; stepchildren,
Crystal Bledsoe (Randy) of West Palm Beach,
Steve Compton of West Palm Beach, Cheryl
Johndro (Tommy) of Royal Palm Beach, Melis-
sa Hinson (Bobby) of Bristow, Okla., Jackie
Lawson of West Palm Beach; grandchildren,
Kristy Busby (Jamie), Stacey Lowe, Justin
Schwier (Carrie), Maranda Wolter, Shannon
Haas (Brandon), Jennifer Wolter, Alison Mat-
thews (Tim), Ashley Frost (Craig), Corey Hinson
(Tiffany), Shannon Hinson, Nathan Johnson,
and Hayley Johnson; her brother, Bill Farrell of
Waynesville, N.C. In addition she is survived by
ten great-grandchildren and many nieces, neph-
ews and loving friends.
The visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010,
beginning at 1 p.m. and service time of 2 p.m. at
the Memory Gardens Chapel of Lake Worth,
3041 Kirk Road, West Palm Beach. An addition-
al Memorial Services will be held in Okeecho-
bee on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the First United
Methodist Church of (,i.. - l.... - at 2 p.m. The
family will be receiving friends at their home on
Sunday after the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of (,i.... i, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato
ry, 110 NE 5th Street Okeechobee. On-line con-
dolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.

Charles W. Elmore Jr., 86
MOORE HAVEN -Charles W Elmore Jr., of
Moore Haven, died Sunday, Nov. 07, 2010, at his
residence. He was 86.
The family will receive friends on Thurs., Nov.
11, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, ('i.Ob, i, ,I,,
Graveside Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 in the South Florida Vete-
ran's Cemetery, Lake Worth, Florida.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( 'H.. i,,,i Fl 34972
On-line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


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Mabel M. Rohrbaugh, 92
OKEECHOBEE -Mabel M. Rohrbaugh, of
(,i., -i ,,i passed away Nov. 8, 2010, in
Palm Beach. She
was 92.
She was born Feb.,
14, 1918, in Hamil-
ton, Ind., to Henry
and Marcie Maier.
She came to Okee-
chobee from Hamil-
ton in 1990. She was
a member of the
United Methodist
Church of Okeecho- 1
bee and the Alvera- l '.
do Unit-
ed Methodist Church in Hamilton, Ind.,
member since 1960.
Mrs. Rohrbaugh was preceded in death by her
husband, Harry Rohrbaugh; and her daughter,
Pamela.
She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Fack-
ler of (i.I.. l- - and Marilyn Reinig of Buck-
head Ridge; son, Carmen Rohrbaugh of New
Mexico; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchil-
dren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
No services will be held.
Friends may sign the .. il ..... at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,iB. i...-- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (li ....OIil Fl
34972.

June Elaine Morningstar, 86
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. June Elaine Morning-
star, of Moore Haven, passed away Sat., Nov. 6,
2010, at her residence. She was 86.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 13,
in the Christian Church of Moore Haven, 199 7th
Street, Moore Haven, Florida 33471.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations
be made to Christian Church of Moore Haven at
the above address or Hope Hospice and Com-
munity Services, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort
Myers, Fl 33908.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 Ne 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972.
On-line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
Jody Edwin Tulotta, 34
WEST PALM BEACH Jody Edwin Tulotta, of
West Palm Beach, passed away Nov., 7, 2010, at
his home.
He was born Dec.,
10, 1975, in Miami,
to John and Judy Tu-
lotta. He was a field
tech engineer. He e
was of the Episcopal
faith and was a La-
goon Keeper's Vol-
unteer. He enjoyed
fishing.
Mr. Tulotta is sur-
vived by his parents,
John and Judy Tulotta of Indiantown; and his
grandmother, Paula Hydeman of Delray Beach.
No services will be held.
Friends may sign the ,.,, ,i ..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.. i .... -- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (,li.... i ,i, Fl
34972.


Community Events

Veterans Day in the Park
Veterans Day Honors will be held Nov. 11
at the Okeechobee Veterans Park at 10 am.
All local veteran units are asked to have their
unit colors present. The names of KIA will
be read. Okeechobee High School JROTC
will render honors to all veterans. All citi-
zens of Okeechobee are invited to attend.
This ceremony is sponsored by American
Legion Post 64.

Veterans' ceremony planned
The students and staff of the Okeecho-
bee Freshman Campus would like to invite
all veterans to be honored at their Veterans'
Day Ceremony at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11
at the ROC, 401 S.W Fourth St. For additional
information call 863-462-5288.

County Education Association
to hold meeting on Nov. 11
The Okeechobee County Education As-
sociation (OCEA) will have its second Gen-
eral Membership meeting of the 2010-2011
school year on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 4:30
p.m. in the Media Center of Yearling Middle
School, 925 N.W 23rd Lane. The Agenda in-
cludes: an update on contract negotiations
and reports on the FEA Delegate Assembly,
the Constitution Committee, and MOSAP. If
you are not a member of OCEA, you may
join at the meeting. Contact Candy Walker,
president for information at 863-634-2268.


Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is holding its
Yard Sale on Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday,
Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. until noon, at the cor-
ner of S.E. Fourth Street and S.E. 3rd Ave.
For information call 863-467-2321 or see our
web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org.

Eagles hold steak night
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, at 9985
Hwy. 441 N., will hold their steak night, be-
ginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. Steak
dinners include steak, salad, baked potato or
sweet potato, garlic bread and dessert, for
$12. Live entertainment and Karaoke by
"Wesley & Debbie James" from 7-11 p.m.


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Area churches plan



concerts and bazaars


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Grace Brethren
Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., will have a chil-
dren's clothes closet
open at no cost to those
in need from 10 a.m.
until noon Nov. 10.
and 17. The church
will also host a free
family movie night,
Believers Fellow-
ship Church, at 300
S.W 6th Ave., will have
a gospel sing on Friday,
Nov. 12. Everyone is
welcome, whether you
are a singer, musician
or just like to sit back
and praise God by clap-
ping your hands. Food
and fellowship will fol-
low. For information,
call 863-467-2158.
The United Method-
ist Men of First United


Places of


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Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., are
sponsoring a smoked chicken dinner Friday,
Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., take out
only. Delivery will be available for 10 or
more dinners. They will also serve from 4:30
p.m. to 6:30 p.m., dine in or take out. The
menu consists of one quarter chicken, cole
slaw, baked beans, roll and dessert for a $6
donation. Tickets are available at the church
office or you may fax orders to 763-2481 by
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Include contact name,
phone number and address to deliver din-
ners.
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee,
405 S.W Tenth Ave., are celebrating Pastor
and Mrs. Raymond Warren's 30 years of pas-
toring. On Friday, Nov. 12 Rev. C. Patton Wil-
liams will be speaking at a 7:30 p.m. service.
At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 Rev. Danny
Sapp will be speaking. The Sunday service
will be followed by dinner on the grounds.
New Testament Baptist Church, 535
N.E. 28th Ave., is having revival Nov. 14-18.
Rev. Noah Frye from Lexington, NC will be
the speaker. On Sunday morning there will
be a service at 10 a.m. with the Journey Men
in Concert. Sunday evening there will be a
service at 6 p.m. On Monday through Thurs-
day services will be held at 7 p.m.
Okeechobee Seventh-day Adventist
Church, 412 N.W Sixth St. is having a series
of meetings "Unlocking Revelation Proph-
esy Expo" each Friday, Saturday and Sunday
evening through Nov. 19. All meetings are
at 7:15 p.m.
The Back Porch Church, Believer's
Fellowship, First Baptist Church of
Basinger, D.C. Ranch, Church of Our
Saviour Episcopal Church and First
United Methodist Church are sponsoring
bake sales beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Satur-
day, Nov. 20 at Winn Dixie. The proceeds
from the bake sales will go to Big Lake


Missions Outreach Food
Pantry to feed local chil-
dren of single mothers. Hot
dogs and sodas will also
be available. The first bake
sale, held on Oct. 30 raised
at total of $175.
Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W 23rd
Lane, will be having a Quilt
and Craft Bazaar on Satur-
day, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Plan your Christ-
mas shopping on this day
and/or sell your crafts. For
more information or to
sign up for a table to sell
crafts call Dorothy Allen,
863-824-0145.
Church of Our Sav-
iour Episcopal Church,
200 N.W 3rd St., will host
the 3rd annual "Begin-
nings" concert on Nov. 21,
at 4:30 p.m. "Beginnings
and The Sound of Music"
will feature the Cuvier Trio


from Florida Atlantic University playing early
music and a review of "The Sound of Mu-
sic," celebrating its 45th anniversary. This
year the concert will benefit Healthy Start,
a local non-profit organization that provides
young mothers with education and resourc-
es. The admission price is a package of dia-
pers (or a cash donation). In addition to the
Cuvier Trio, the concert will also feature lo-
cal students performing selections from the
musical, along with Mike Zierden and Music
Director Kevin Kinnaird.
The Okeechobee Community Choir
under the direction of Sandy Perry, is re-
hearsing the Christmas Cantata, "How Great
Our Joy!" and other seasonal favorites. Re-
hearsals will be held Sundays from 2:30 to
4:30 p.m. at the Church of Saviour Episco-
pal, 200 N.W Third St., All interested sing-
ers, both locals and our northern friends are
invited to participate. Singers should be able
to match pitch and read music somewhat.
Rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of fun.
Rehearsal attendance is suggest, not man-
datory. Last year, 65 singer representing 19
local churches participated. The cantata will
be presented the weekend before Christ-
mas, Dec. 17, 18 and 19 at the First United
Methodist Church and tickets will not be re-
quired for admission. For more information,
call Sandy at 863-634-7714.
A Craft Christmas Bazaar will be held at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church on
Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be homemade crafts and baked
goods. Lunch will be available. All proceeds
will go to Kids Cancer Foundation of South
Florida, Okeechobee Chapter. For more in-
formation call 863-357-6500.
The Okeechobee News welcomes news from area
churches for this column. E-mail okeenews@
newszap.com or call Pete Gawda at 863-763-3134,
extension 4225.


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Saturday, November 20th at 6 pm
Fellowship and Refeshments to Follow

Remembering Our loved Ones and Holiday Help for You
Please join us for an inspirational remembrance service and a special program
entitled, "Holiday Help for You" given by our guest speaker, Suzanne Howell, A.A.,
LCPC. While remembering those we have lost, Suzanne will offer you practical and
meaningful ways in coping with your loss and the many emotions often felt during
the holiday season.

Please Help us Support Our Local Food Pantry
Non-Perishable food items will be accepted on behalf of our local Food Pantry
This year more than ever our neighbors need our help. As we begin this holiday
season Buxton Funeral Home and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home will accept non-
perishable food donations on behalf of Okeechobee's local food pantry.
Together we can make a difference.


Suzanne has her Master's
Degree in Grief Counseling
and is a Licensed Clinical
Professional Counselor.
For over 20 years she has
assisted those grieving
by initiating grief support
programs and facilitating
numerous support groups.
Being the Director of Family Ministries at First Baptist
Church, Morton, IL and her work with 9/11 families has
uniquely positioned her as an expert in the field grief
and loss.


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Robbery victim badly beaten, says officer


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two Okeechobee men accused of beat-
ing up another man and
robbing him of $750 in
cash have been arrested
and are being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Arrested Saturday, Nov.
6 were: Justin Lee Jarriel,
19, S.W Ninth Lane, and
Taylor Lewis Jones, 22, S.E.
80th Ave.
Jarriel is being held in Jusi Lee
the county jail on $30,000 Jarel
bond and is charged with battery cause
bodily harm, introduction of contraband


into a detention facility, grand theft and rob-
bery no firearm/weapon.
Jones is charged with battery cause
bodily harm, grand theft and robbery no
firearm/weapon. He is
being held on a bond of
$20,000.
St! r An arrest report by Of-
ficer Jack Boon of the
Okeechobee City Police
SDepartment (OCPD) stated
that Jarriel and Jones beat
the victim about his face
Taylor Lewis and head while on the
Jones driveway at a home on S.E.
21s St. Officer Boon went
on to state that when the victim fell to the
pavement, the two men continued their as-


sault by kicking him multiple times.
When Officer Boon arrived at the home
around 11:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, he found
the victim bleeding from wounds to his
head and face. The victim also had several
"... large bruises and knots on his face and
head," continued the report.
The officer went on to state he found
blood in several locations on the driveway.
The victim reportedly told Officer Boon
that Jarriel and Jones took his cash, a pill
bottle with eight oxycodone tablets, his wal-
let and a bank card. The two men reportedly
drove away in a white Chevrolet work van.
A few minutes later a deputy from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office spotted
the van parked behind a residence on S.E.
80th Ave. The deputy went to the home and


found Jarriel and Jones there. Officer Boon
was contacted and he responded to the resi-
dence where he placed the two men under
arrest.
While at the county jail, Officer Boon said
Jarriel was found to be in possession of two
pipes. He stated in his report that the pipes
are similar to those used to smoke drugs.
The residue in each pipe was tested, and the
tests indicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of marijuana in each pipe.
Officer Boon went on to state that the vic-
tim in this case was rushed to the Raulerson
Hospital emergency room. The officer did
not, however, indicate the victim's condi-
tion.


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).
Billly Ray Starnes, 21, N.E. 96th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 4 by De-
tective Bryan O. Lowe on felony charges of
criminal use of personal identification and
fraudulent use of a credit card. He was also
arrested on a misdemeanor charge of petit
theft. His bond was set at $5,500.
Jack Bruce Folk, 33, 86th Road, Loxa-
hatchee, was arrested Nov. 5 by Deputy
Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with burglary of a
structure, grand theft while masked and
felony criminal mischief. His bond was set
at $55,000.
Victoria Irene Vasquez, 18, N.W 33rd
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Nov.
5 by Deputy Mike Bobrowski on a felony
charge of possession of marijuana under 20
grams on school board property. Her bond
was set at $25,000.
Preston Gene Woods, 25, N.W 20th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 5 by Officer
Ryan Holroyd on a Broward County warrant
charging him with violation of probation
- burglary of a dwelling. He is being held
without bond.
Stuart Thomas Parr, 28, Harson Way,
Fort Pierce, was arrested Nov. 5 by Officer
Ryan Holroyd on felony charges of resisting
property recovery by a merchant and petit
theft. His bond was set at $11,000.
Brandon Cardenas, 18, S.W 28th St.,
Okeechobee was arrested Nov. 5 by Deputy
Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with sale or delivery
of cannabis. His bond was set at $5,000.
Laura Jean Lyndall, 42, N.W 240th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 6 by Deputy
Howard Pickering on felony charges of pos-
session of a controlled substance without


a valid prescription (lortab) and trafficking
over 4 grams (lortab). She was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. Her
bond was set at $10,250.
Jordan Edwin Baker, 28, Fernwood St.,
Leesburg, was arrested Nov. 7 by Deputy
Bart Potter on a felony charge of carrying
a concealed firearm and a misdemeanor
charge of improper exhibition of a firearm.
His bond was set at $5,400.
Sherita Yvone Thomas, 27, N.W llth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 8 by


Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC war-
rant charging her with violation of proba-
tion worthless check. Her bond was set at
$500.
Jennifer Ann Wilson, 30, Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. 8 by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on a charge of carry-
ing a concealed firearm. Her bond was set
at $5,000.
Jeffery Michael Mullin, 36, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Nov. 8 by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of


possession of a controlled substance (meth-
adone) and possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription. His bond was
set at $5,500.
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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Okeechobee sheriff's office welcomes K-9 'Nero'


On June 21, the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office welcomed the department's
latest "deputy." Thanks to the generosity of
Dr. Tim loannides and his wife, Cammy, K-9
Nero joined the department.
Dr. and Mrs. Ioannides, of Vero Beach,
both dog lovers, have housed retired K-9s
in their home as well as purchased K-9s for
Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.
The loannides love Okeechobee and
wanted to also donate to the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office.


Special to the Oke
A new K-9 dog, Nero was donated to
County Sheriff's Office by Dr. Tim loan
right are: Sheriff Paul C. May, Cammy
Sheriff Matt Crawford, K-9 Nero, Dr. Til
tain Bill Phares, Sgt. Jimmy Mills and N;


A couple of years ago, Dr. Ioannides ap-
proached Captain Bill Phares, Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office Possee, and inquired
into donating a K-9 for Okeechobee County.
Captain Phares then met with Sheriff Paul
C. May and extended the offer of the loan-
nides.
Sheriff May welcomed the offer and the
search was on for a new K-9.
K-9 Nero was purchased from Vohne
Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind. K-9 Nero is a
three year old Belgium Malinois and weighs
90 lbs. He along with
his partner, Deputy
Matt Crawford attend-
ed a 250-hour training
in Denver, Ind. and re-
ceived a National Cer-
tificate for Narcotics
through the American
Working Dog Associa-
tion.
In addition, Deputy
Crawford and K-9 Nero
attended a 400-hour
K-9 Handler course
which is required by
FDLE (Florida Depart
ment of Law Enforce-
ment) in St. Lucie
County, Florida.
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eechobee News/CCSO duo attended a 40-
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nides. From left to through the Florida
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along with his family 24 hours a day.
Deputy Crawford said, "We have learned
a lot about each other through all of our
training. He's a quick learner and responds
very well to my commands. He has been uti-
lized numerous times and has shown how
well trained he is. I love having him as my
partner and know that I can count on him."


Sheriff Paul C. May said of the newest
deputy, "The citizens of Okeechobee County
are very grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Ioannides
for Nero. Nero is prepared to give his life
for one of our deputies and I hope it never
comes to that. I thank Dr. and Mrs. Ioannides
very much."


Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II set
On Saturday, Nov. 20, between the hours set up from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 20.
of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., "Operation Safe Medi- Just pull up and somebody will take them
cine Cabinet II" will be conducted at 307 from you and you can drive away. No ques-
N.W 6th Avenue (across from Okeechobee tions asked and no forms to fill out, just in
Skate Park). This operation will be a joint and out.
effort between the Okeechobee County According to a report put out by FDLE,
Sheriff's Office and the Okeechobee City Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
Police Department with the full support of dated June, 2009, the Office of Vital Statis-
all the local pharmacies. tics has recorded that 2557 individuals died
"Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II" is with one or more prescription drugs in
targeted to making the home a safer en- their system. The drugs were at both lethal
vironment for our children and keeping and non lethal levels. Some of these drugs
these potentially deadly medications off may have also been mixed with illicit drugs
of the streets and out of the hands of our and alcohol. The four most common used
youth. drugs were alcohol, Benzodiazepines,
Sheriff Paul C. May and Chief Denny Da- Oxycodone and Cocaine.
vis are asking for your help and support in In Okeechobee County, during 2009,
keeping our community a safe place to live. there were nine (9) confirmed deaths and
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Kid's Day Fishing boasts record catches


The 25th annual Lee McAllister Memorial
Kid's Day Fishing Festival was held on Oct.
31 at the Agri-Civic Center. Taylor Creek Bass
Club, with the support of many local spon-
sors, conducted the two-part event consist-
ing of a Kid's Casting Competition and a Live
Fishing Tournament. Over 80 anglers dem-
onstrated their skills in the morning Kid's
Casting event, while over 200 participated in
the afternoon live fishing tournament.
Fantastic weather greeted all participants,
and combined with a water temperature in
the low 80s provided conditions that led to
some record catches. Free soft drinks and
hot dogs were provided to all participants.
The Kid's Casting Competition was open
to girls and boys in two age groups, 7-10
and 11-14. Following instructions given by
the members of Taylor Creek Bass Club and
a practice period, each participant tested
their skills at casting to targets. Following
tie-breaking cast-offs, Haley Hawes won
the 7-10 age group competition, and Jerran
Hall took first place in the 11-14 age group.
For their efforts, Haley and Jerran received
first place trophies, a new rod and reel and
a die-cast Ranger boat model (box). Ryan
Ernst and Louis Nunez received second and
third place prizes respectively in the 7-10 age
group. Second and third place prizewinners
in the 11-14 group were Mark Aliceo and
Alexis Marie Cason. Congratulations to all of
our winners.
Separately, the Live Fishing Tournament
was held at the stocked pond on the Agri-


Civic Center site. Girls and boys in three age
groups (4-6, 7-10 and 11-14) participated. The
Taylor Creek Bass Club furnished each par-
ticipant with a container of worms and a ful-
ly rigged cane pole (line, bobber and hook).
The two-hour tournament was marked with
lots of excited shouts as numerous fish were
caught. Trophies and/or prizes were given
for first, second and third places in all three
age groups. Austin Bullock won the 4-6 age
group with 9.75 lbs. Taylor Arnold (5.87 lbs.)
and Jonah Allen (3.1 lbs.) took second and
third respectively in the 4-6 age group. In
the 7-10 age group, Justin Oliver took first
place with a total of 5.04 lbs. Chris Lanning
(3.43 lbs.) and Adrien Smith (3.3 lbs.) were
second and third in the division. The 11-14
age bracket was won by Jonathan Fox with
11.34 lbs. of fish. Courtney Oliver (8.27 lbs.)
and Jerran Hall (5.58 lbs.) took second and
third respectively.
Taylor Creek Bass Club has organized
this event as part of our civic activities for
the past 25 years. Weather permitting it is
held the last Sunday in October. The B.A.S.S.
affiliated club, which was formed in 1981,
is actively seeking new civic-minded mem-
bers (non-boaters and boaters) who love
the sport of bass fishing. Regularly sched-
uled monthly meetings are held the second
Thursday of the month at the Buckhead
Ridge VFW Post 9528. Meetings start at 7:00
p.m. Club tournaments are held on the fol-
lowing weekend. For additional information,
contact Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.


Live Fishing Tour-
nament Winner
(11-14 age): Jona-
than Fox.


Live Fishing Tour-
nament Winner
(7-10 age): Justin
Oliver.

Okeechobee News/
Chan Garrett
Taylor Arnold,
placed second in
the 4-6 age group
of the Live Fish-
ing Tourney held
Oct. 31 at the
Kids Day Fishing
Festival.


(4-6 age):
Bullock.


Haley Hawes,
was the winner
of the Kid's Cast-
ing Contest in the
Kids Day Fishing
Festival for the
7-10 age group
on Oct. 31. The
competition is
held annually by
the Taylor Creek
Bass Club.


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Seminole Elementary celebrated the top Accelerated Readers by having
a "Spooky Celebration." The Students saw a movie, read books, played
games, guessed what was in a spooky container, and painted the windows
with fall scenes. All students won prizes and left the celebration with a book
of their own.


Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School
for the week of Nov. 1-5. They are: Christian Lauth, Devin Figueroa, Cassidy
Hastings, Zion Romine, Juan Cortez, Malakai Micco, Blye Lutz, Itzel Perera
Lombera, Alek Betscher, Shaun Penrod, Madison Schneider, Ethan Vander-
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Pope to Kenneth McDonald, son of
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McDonald. Surrounded by family and
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OCT presents "Hello Dolly" this weekend


By Jean McNeeley
Okeechobee News
A nearly full house at the Okeechobee
Freshman campus auditorium was treated
to a delightful evening of music and com-
edy at the opening night of the Okeechobee
Community Theatre's production of "Hello
Dolly" on Friday.
Lonnie Kirsch shone as Dolly Levi, the
widowed matchmaker who sets in motion a
series of events to make matches for most of
the major characters in the play.
Mike Zierden is by turns gruff, funny and
charming as Horace Vandergelder, one of
Dolly's customers. Dolly has promised to
find Horace the ideal wife-and she has a
good idea just who would be perfect for
Horace. It takes Horace until the end of the
play to discover that his perfect match is
Dolly herself.
Meanwhile, two of Horace's employees
Cornelius Haki (Kevin Lute) and Barnaby
Tucker (Donald Mohr) also hope to find
love. They try to romance shopgirls Irene
Malloy (Joyce Taylor) and Minnie Fay (Jane
Kaufman).
Also looking for romance are Horace's
niece Ermengarde (Shawna McCulvers) and
beau Ambrose Kemper (Joey Marcinek).
Horace wants Dolly to break up the young
lovers, but Dolly has plans to change his
mind about the match.
Genna Lute is hilarious as Ernestina,
a penniless actress who pretends to be a
wealthy heiress that Dolly has arranged for
Horace to meet. Ernestina is actually Dolly's
friend, and the two have planned for Ernes-
tina's date with Horace to go badly and for
Horace to be left alone in the restaurant just
before Dolly's arrival.
The cast is dressed in beautiful period
costumes, making the 1890s come to life on
the stage.
Musical numbers include familiar tunes
such as "It takes a woman," "Before the
Parade Passes By" and the title song, "Hello
Dolly!"
Rounding out the cast are versatile per-
formers (many play more than one of the
supporting characters) including John Gar-
ner, Billy McCullers, Louise Chandler, Robert
Steiner, Karen Cortez, Tabitha Smith, Mi-
chael White, Harry Moldenhauer, Nikki St.
Pierre and Pam Alexander.
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Horace Vandergelder is totally confused as Dolly Levi, Irene Molloy and Minnie
Fay put him through his paces in the "Motherhood March," one of the catchy
tunes from the musical, "Hello Dolly!" Performers from left to right are: Jane
Kaufman, Joyce Taylor, Mike Zierden and Lonnie Kirsch.


Hayes. Ruth Yielding is the piano accom-
panist and Josiah Barber is percussionist.
Laura Murray is stage manager. Amy Ri-
vera is assistant stage manager. Nathanial
Beam is in charge of lighting. Shirley Bush
is costume lead. Sound control is by Wesley
Beam. Some costumes for the production
were provided by Costume World Theatrical
of Deerfield Beach.
People behind the stage include house
manager Marie Koepke, hair stylist Linda
Bohannon, set drapes manager Dee Hem-
melgarn and lighting gaffer Shane Cobb. Set
construction was by Joanie Moffatt, Scotty
Rae, John Garza, Ron and Jacque Hayes.
House crew includes Raye Deusinger,
Debbie Raulerson, Matthew Garner, Heath-
er Garner, Carlys Moffatt, Andrew Hall, Lydia
Hall, ALyssa Power, Paula Fessl, JoAnne
Kane, Brittany McCoy, Lois Davino, Lisa
Whidden, Joanie Moffatt, Ed Blair, Bryce
Whidden, Laurie Garner, Patty White, Sue


Teany, John Koepke, Pat McCoy, Kaylee
Whidden and Janet Blair.
"Hello Dolly!" performanceswill continue
on Nov. 12 and 13, at 8 p.m. in the Freshman
Campus Auditorium, on Southwest Second
Avenue at Southwest Seventh Street (behind
Golden Corral Restaurant).
The Okeechobee Community Theatre
is an all-volunteer organization of local resi-
dents who produce Broadway-style musicals,
comedies and dramas. It is a member of the
American Association of Community Theatre
and the Florida Theatre Conference.
The 2010-2011 OCT season will continue
in December with the "film-noir" style com-
edy, "The Man With Bogart's Face," and the
heart-warming comedy, "The Dixie Swim
Club," in March.
Information on the theatre, including its
volunteer opportunities, is available by calling
Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307, or by
visiting the theatre website, http://okeecom-
munitytheatre.com.


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Women face theft, drug charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two Okeechobee women were booked
into the county jail Friday evening on a fel-
ony drug charge after they
were originally detained on
a misdemeanor charge of
retail theft.
The women-Rebecca i
Marie Smith, 24, S.E. 88th
Blvd., and Melissa Alane
Smith, 26, of the same ad-
dress-were both arrested t'% *
Nov. 5 on a felony charge of
possession of a controlled Rebecca
substance and misdemean- Marie Smith
or charges of retail theft and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
They were booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $6,000 each.
An arrest report by Officer Jack Boon
of the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD) stated that Melissa was reportedly
seen by Walmart security personnel taking


items of clothing and putting them on, while
Rebecca "... stood as lookout."
The women then paid for some items,
but were stopped as they reportedly tried to
leave the store without paying for the cloth-
ing.
S According to the OCPD
report, while the women
L. were being held at the
.store they were found to
be in possession of a spoon
and three syringes. Officer
SBoon said there was a blue
powdery substance on the
Melissa Alane spoon and one of the sy-
Smith ringes had 20cc of a clear
liquid in it.
The officer stated that the blue substance
was thought to be crushed 30mg hydro-
codone. The report does not indicate what
the clear liquid was.
Officer Boon went on to state in his re-
port that the total value of the items taken
was $119.71.


3 injured in two-car crash


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is listed in criti-
cal condition following a two-car accident
during the early morning hours of Satur-
day, Nov. 6, on U.S. 441 N.
According to a report from the Florida
Highway Patrol, Dustin Thomas Trimnal,
26, is listed in critical condition at Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center in Fort
Pierce.
The occupants of the second vehicle,
Yolanda T'Nisha Mills, 28, Port St. Lucie,
and Jackson Pinder, 29, Okeechobee, were
also injured in the crash. Ms. Mills is said to
be in serious condition at Raulerson Hos-
pital, while Mr. Pinder is listed as being in
critical condition at the Orlando Regional
Medical Center.


Three children in the second vehicle
Javary Pinder, 1, Miami; Amiyah Parker,
5, and Edrich Morgan, 12, both of Port St.
Lucie-were not injured.
The report by FHP Trooper T.D. Burk
said Mr. Trimnal was southbound on U.S.
441 N. at 5:31 a.m. when he crossed over
the center line into the northbound lane
and struck the front end of the 2002 Chev-
rolet SUV driven by Ms. Mills. The accident
occurred near N.W. 50th Drive.
The 2002 four-door Pontiac being driv-
en by Mr. Trimnal sustained an estimated
$10,000 in damages, while damages to the
Chevrolet were estimated to be $15,000.
While the trooper's report indicates that
everyone was wearing seat belts, it does
not state if anyone was issued a citation.


Nutritional analysis class at Douglas Chiropractic
Douglas Chiropractic & Fitness Center will hold a free CRA nutritional analysis class
on Monday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. The class is taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. This is a free
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Veterans' benefit deadline extended


WASHINGTON -Military members
whose service was involuntarily extended,
or whose retirement was suspended be-
tween Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009,
due to stop loss are entitled to retroactive
payments of $500 for each month they
were extended, according to Department
of Defense officials. But the deadline to re-
ceive those benefits is rapidly drawing to
a close. The deadline to apply for the ben-
efits has been extended to Dec. 31 rather
than the original deadline of Oct. 21.
"You served with honor. You did your
duty. And when your country called on you
again, you did your duty again. Now, it's
time to collect the special pay that you de-
serve," said President Barack Obama dur-
ing a recent White House announcement.
Only about 58,000 of the 145,000 eli-
gible claims have been paid, leaving more
than $300 million available to eligible vet-
erans. The average payout for each veteran
is close to $4,000. The president said that
the program has caused some confusion
and skepticism among those who have
served. "Some veterans think this is some
sort of gimmick or scam, or that it's a way
for the government to call you back to


PLEA
Continued From Page 1
Casian used the state card to make 130
unauthorized personal purchases at various
businesses including Home Depot, Walmart,
Target, Kohl's and Elaine's. She also used it
to pay for a $3,200 vacation to Jamaica, as
well as trip to a NASCAR race.
Casian said she used the money to pay
bills, but Mr. Albright said he showed the
court photos of her trip to Jamaica and the
NASCAR event during her sentencing.
"I'm sure some of the money was used to
pay bills," said Mr. Albright. "I presume that's
where some of the cash went because you
can't pay FP&L with a state credit card."
Shortly after Casian's arrest Kristen Per-
ezluah, a public information officer with the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE), said the woman also paid fees to-
taling $776 to Spirit Airline and $535 to Elite
Travel Management.
"The Department of Health received
an anonymous complaint about her using


service. Nothing is further from the truth.
You worked hard. You earned this money.
It doesn't matter whether you were active
or reserve, whether you're a veteran who
experienced 'Stop Loss' or the survivor of
a service member who did-if your service
was extended, you're eligible."
The 2009 War Supplemental Appropria-
tions Act established the Retroactive Stop
Loss Special Pay and throughout the past
year the services have been reaching out
to eligible veterans, service members and
their families through direct mail, veteran
service organizations and the media. Origi-
nally, by law there is no authorization to
make payments on claims submitted after
Oct. 21, 2010, but thanks to the extension,
claims made up until Dec. 31, will be au-
thorized. Eligible members should print,
complete and sign Department of Defense
Form 2944, Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss
Payment. The information can be found
on their service's stop loss web site, ac-
cessible from: www.defense.gov/home/
features/2010/0710_stoploss/, or call:
Army: 877-736-5554; Navy: 901-874-4427;
Marine Corps: 877-242-2830 and Air Force:
800-525-0102.


the purchasing card for
the vacation," said Mrs.
Perezluah of how the in-
l) vestigation began. "The
Department of Health
opened up an administra-
tive case into the allega-
tion and that's when they
were able to find the un-
Tonia Casian authorized charges."
Charging documents
indicate that Casian
worked as a Distributed Computer Systems
Specialist with the local DOH. Those docu-
ments also show that she made the purchas-
es from April 2008 through December 2008.
Casian was arrested at her home by FDLE
Special Agent Linda Beltran.
"I'm happy with the five years," said Mr.
Albright. "I asked for 10 at sentencing. But,
we wanted to balance prison with probation
in order to get restitution."
He went on to say that Casian will be held
in the Okeechobee County Jail until a restitu-
tion hearing has been held. She will begin
serving her prison term after that hearing.


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VETERAN
Continued From Page 1
Mr. Armstrong was born in Detroit and
his family travelled around as he was grow-
ing up. In his lifetime he has lived in 10 states
and 20 to 25 cities. He attended high school
in Nashville, Tenn. Then for three or four
months in 1942 he worked for a construc-
tion company that was building the Oak
Ridge facility. The true purpose of the job
was kept secret.
"All I knew is we were building a build-
ing," he said.
There was already one building there
called "Area K" that had turret guns at the
corners. The workers were told they would
be shot if they got near Area K.
Mr. Armstrong said busses were sent into
the surrounding hills to gather up workers.
He said one olive drab Army bus was shot
full of holes because the people thought it
was full of "Revenuers." The people who
came down out of the hills to work brought
their rifles with them. Mr. Armstrong said
there was a building with a rifle rack near
where they clocked in to store the firearms.
Then in 1943, Mr. Armstrong finally per-
suaded his mother to sign her permission
for him to join the Navy since he was under
age.
After boot camp he was assigned to the
deck force on the USS Chicago, a heavy
cruiser. In those days the Navy named heavy
cruisers after big cities and light cruisers af-
ter small cities. Mr. Armstrong later became
a gunner's mate and participated in the first,


and as far as he knows, the only, sea to shore
bombardment of Japan.
Then one day, "lo and behold we saw a
big mushroom cloud." It wasn't until some
time later that he learned that he had wit-
nessed the atomic bomb being dropped on
Hiroshima.
"We knew it was a big weapon," he
added.
He wasn't sure he saw the second mush-
room cloud over Nagasaki. He wouldn't
say anything about that bomb since he has
stopped telling "sea stories."
The Chicago was in Tokyo Harbor just a
few yards from the Missouri when the peace
treaty with Japan was signed. Mr. Armstrong
could clearly see all of the participants. He
said he wished he had had a camera because
he could have gotten some great pictures.
The Chicago left Tokyo Harbor and re-
turned to the United States and Mr. Arm-
strong returned to civilian life.
Many times during World War II Mr. Arm-
strong asked himself, "What am I doing
here?" However, he added, "I'm glad I went.
I'm sure I would do it over."
Mr. Armstrong said he benefitted from
Navy discipline and he learned the impor-
tance of being part of an organization. He
also learned how great this country is. Be-
cause of his troubled childhood, Mr. Arm-
strong said it was the first time he ever had
good food and adequate health and dental
care. He said that because of the rough
Nashville neighborhood where he lived, he
would probably have ended up in trouble if
he had not enlisted.


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Woman accused of hitting officer


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Pompano Beach woman is being held
in the county jail under a bond of $60,000 af-
ter she allegedly struck a local police officer
in the face with her handcuffs.
Courtney Michelle Doctor, 24, S.W Third
St., was arrested Thursday, Nov. 4, on felony
charges of battery on a law enforcement of-
ficer and resisting a law enforcement officer
with violence.
While in the Okeechobee County Jail on
those charges, she was arrested Saturday,
Nov. 6, on a Broward County warrant charg-
ing her with violation of probation posses-
sion of alprazolam. She is being held with-


out bond on that charge.
An arrest report by Of-
ficer Kelley Margerum of
the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department (OCPD)
stated that she had arrest-
ed Doctor on unspecified
charges. The officer said
she restrained the woman
Courtney M. in handcuffs, placed her in
Doctor the back seat of her patrol
car and took her to the county jail.
Upon arrival at the jail Officer Margerum
and Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Detention Deputy Lieutenant Scott Deloney
tried to get Doctor out of the officer's patrol


car but she had crossed her legs and refused
to get out.
Officer Margerum leaned into the back of
the car to uncross the woman's legs and no-
ticed that Doctor had somehow freed her left
hand from the restraints, stated the report.
The officer stated in her report that Doctor
then swung her right hand toward Officer
Margerum's head and struck her in the left
side of her face with the closed handcuff.
Together, Officer Margerum and Lt. Delo-
ney restrained the woman and put the hand-
cuffs back on her.
The report does not indicate if Officer
Margerum required medical treatment.


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Community Events --


Arnolds Wildlife Center
plans night otter show
Arnold's Wildlife Rehab Center will have
its first night time otter show. Watch the ot-
ters swim and dive to the changing lights.
Take a night time walk through the nature
trail (bring your flashlights) to see the ani-
mals playing at night. Learn the fun facts
about the stars above us with Chris Stephen
and his crew. No need to bring telescopes.
They will be set up ahead of time. The time
is 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 12. Come north
on 441 and follow the signs! Phone 863-763-
4630 for more info. Entry fee adults $10/chil-
dren $5- family- $20.

Legion plans dinner/dance
American Legion Post 64 will host Friday
night dinner with your choice of meatloaf
or chicken strips, mashed potatoes/gravy
or french fries, vegetable, salad, rolls, and
homemade dessert for only $6.00 served
from 5 until 7:30 pm. Dance music by Mi-
chael starts at 7.

VFW Post plans events
VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W 34th Street, will
host "Just Us" Karaoke on Friday, Nov. 12
from 7 to 10 p.m. The kitchen will be open
from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 13, the
post will feature Bob Williams from 7 to 10
p.m. with a catfish dinner served from 5 yo
7 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 13, Mrs. Betty will
perform from 6 to 9 p.m. A roast pork din-
ner will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. For more
information, call 863-763-0818.

A weekend to be thankful for
Second through fifth graders are invited
to spend a Thanksgiving weekend at Lake
Denton Camp, Friday through Sunday, Nov.
12-14. The cost is $50 per child. Scholarships
may be available. There will be crafts, ar-
chery and memories that last a lifetime. For
more information on Lake Denton Camp
call 863-453-3627 or go to www.lakeden-
toncamp.org or contact us at lakedenton-
camp@ embarqmail.com.

Wildlife Center hosts
Fall Open House
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
will host its Fall open house on Saturday,
Nov. 13, from 10-3 p.m. Donations are $10
adults and $5 children. BBQ dinner with all
the fixins' $7 each. Also, enjoy the Grand
Opening of our new OTTER exhibit! Come
and meet Franklin and Webster. Visit the
world famous free roaming butterfly garden
with 100s of butterflies and 2,000 plants.

Masonic Lodge to serve
breakfast on Sunday
The Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W 5th, will
have a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 14, from
8 11 a.m. For only $6 breakfast will include
eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, bis-
cuits & gravy, juice, and coffee. The public
is welcome and carryouts are available. The
Lodge will hold this breakfast every second
and fourth Sunday of the month.


Eagles hold crafts show
The ladies auxiliary of the Fraternal Order
of Eagles, #4137, are holding their Second
Annual Arts and Craft Show on Saturday,
Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14. Located at
9985 Hwy. 441 N., the two-day event will
open at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Members
of the Florida Highwaymen Artists will join
them for the event, as well as other fine art-
ists and crafters. They had over 1,000 visitors
last year, and this year have added a peoples
choice award in both categories. Food will
be available at the event both days. Contact
Lynn Earley with any questions at 863-697-
2443.

Craft Fair in the Woods
The Fourth Annual Craft Fair in the Woods
will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441
S.E. There will be food, Christmas decora-
tions, jewelry, woodcrafts, a flea market, and
baked and canned goods. There will also be
free cowboy cracker tours and arena dem-
onstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more
information call Pam at 863-763-2678.

Highwaymen Artists
featured at Art Show
The Second Arts and Craft Art Show
will be held on Nov. 13 and 14 and will fea-
ture Florida Highwaymen Artists Al Black,
Charles "Chico" Wheeler, Curtis Arnett and
several others. Local award winning artist
Kathie Papasso, L. "Lynn" Rogers Earley and
Cowboy artist Hobby Campbell will also be
at the show. Find very unique crafts at the
"People's Choice Awards" for the artists and
crafters, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Spon-
sored by F.O.E. 4137 Ladies Auxiliary.

Coffee with Guardian ad Litem
Have you ever wondered what a Guard-
ian ad Litem (GAL) does? GALS are volun-
teers who advocate for children who are
victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
There are 100 children who need advocates
in Okeechobee! On Saturday, Nov. 13, from
10 a.m. to noon. Guardian for New Futures
along with Okeechobee GALs invite you to
coffee with a GAL, an informational meeting
at the OKeechobee Library Board Room, 206
S.W 16th St. Staff members will be available
to talk about what a GAL does and how it
benefits the Okeechobee community. Baked
goods and coffee will be served. For more
information or to RSVP call 772-240-8860.

Community wide yard sale
Palm Village Ranch on S.W 16th Avenue,
is having a community wide yard sale on
Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chicken dinner at BHR VFW
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of
adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council
chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the
ity website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services
Department, bclementgcityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Special Excepbon Petition No. 10-004-SE, submit-
ed by Laura Jones, on behalf of property owners Anselmo and MaryAnn
adrigal, to allow a restaurant, cafe within a CLT Zoning District (Ref Code
3ook Section 90-253(1). Property is located at 510 NE 2nd Avenue. Legal:
ot 6 and the West half of Lot 5, Block 89, Okeechobee, according to the
ulat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee
county Florida.
All members of the pubic are encouraged to attend and participate ne in
;aid Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
ours, Mon-Fn, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Board of Adjustmnent and Appeals serves as the decision making body
,quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Excep-
tons.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustmnent and Appeals with re-
;pect to any matter considered at this meebng, or hearing will need to en-
;ure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes
:he testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General
services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the depart-
nent. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
)ersons needing special accommodabon to participate in this proceeding
shouldd contact the General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
)y: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 10-004-SE
370594 ON 11/5,10/2010


Public Notice


Eublic otice


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA
CASE NO. 471009CA000521
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RAULMARRERO,etal,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 15, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2009-CA-521 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank is Plainbff and Raul Mar-
rero is the Defendant, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash
at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the
8th day of December, 2010, the fol-
lowing described property Okeecho-
bee County, Florida:
Lot 7, Block 12, UNIT NUMBER 1,
BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ac-
cording to the Plat thereof record-
ed in Plat Book 3, Page 22, of the
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 20th day of Oct. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

DEPUTY CLERK
369657 ON 11/3,10/2010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 472009CA000518
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RAUL MARRERO, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 15, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2009-CA-518 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florda wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank is Plainff and Raul Mar-
rero is the Defendant, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash
at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the
8th day of December, 2010, the fol-
lowing described property Okeecho-
bee County, Florida:
Lot 17, Block 28, UNIT NUMBER 2,
BASSWOOD INCORPORATED, ac-
cording to the Plat thereof record-
ed in Plat Book 3, Page 28, of the
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 day after the sale.
Dated this 20th day of Oct. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
369636 ON 11/3,10/2010

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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on NOVEM-
BER 26, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1999 Dodge Durango
VIN#1B4HR28Y9XF698370
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL' NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADE' Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
371024 ON 11/10/2010

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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Reu-
lar Session on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the "Judge
William L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse, 304
N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the County Administrator's Office not later than four (4:
working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123
Okeechobee, londa 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
371030 ON 11/10/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000771
MIDFIRST BANK
Plaintiff,
v.
MONICA LEANN WHITE A/K/A
MONICA LEANN SHOCKLEY;
SHERMAN MARSHALL SHOCKLEY;
UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN
TENANT 2; and all unknown par
bes claiming by, through, under or
against the above named Defen-
dant(s), who (is/are) not known to
be dead or alive, whether said un
known parties claim as heirs, devi
sees, grantees, assignees, lienors,
creditors, trustees, spouses, or
other claimants; Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pur-
suant to the Final Judgment dated
September 21, 2010, in this
cause, I will sell the property situ
ated in OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, described as:
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4
SECTION CORNER OF THE
EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF
SECTION 18 TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST,
RUN THENCE SOUTH 00 DE-
GREES 05 MINUTES 07 SEC-
ONDS WEST ALONG THE
EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID
SECTION 18, FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 487.00 FEET;
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DE-
GREES 54 MINUTES 53 SEC-
ONDS WEST, AT A RIGHT
ANGLE FOR A DISTANCE OF
861.97 FEET TO A POINT;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DE-
GREES 04 MINUTES 22 SEC-
ONDS WEST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 102.00 FEET
TO A POINT OF BEGINNING;
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DE-
GREES 54 MINUTES 53 SEC-
ONDS WEST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 214.12 FEET;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 DE-
GREES 04 MINUTES 22 SEC-
ONDS WEST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 102 FEET;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DE-
GREES 54 MINUTES 53 SEC-
ONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF
214.12 FEET; THENCE RUN
NORTH 00 DEGREES 04
MINUTES 22 SECONDS EAST
FOR A DISTANCE OF 102.00
FEET TO POINT OF BEGIN-
NING.
SAID LAND LYING IN AN
COMPRISING A PART OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION
18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
AND ALSO KNOWN AS LOT
18K2 OF FOUR SEASONS ES-
TATES, AN UNRECORDED
SUBDIVISION.
a/k/a 655 NE 62ND AVE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-7914
at public sale on Dec. 1, 2010, to
the highest bidder for cash, in
OKEECHOBEE County in Okeecho-
bee, Florida, in accordance with
section 45.031, Florida Statutes,
using the following method: in the
Jury Assembly Room on the Sec-
ond Floor of the Okeechobee Judi-
cial Center, located at 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
beginning at 11:00 o'clock a.m.,
on the prescribed date.
Any person claiming an interest
in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property own-
er as of the date of the is pen-
dens must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida,
this 20th day of Oct. 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING
A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION
TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS
PROCEEDING SHOULD CON-
TACT COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION NOT LATER THAN SEVEN
DAYS PRIOR TO THE PRO-
CEEDINGS AT 250 NW COUN-
TRY CLUB DRIVE, PORT
ST.LUCIE, FL 34972 OR CALL
1-772-807-4370 WITHIN
TWO WORKING DAYS OF
YOUR RECEIPT OF THE NO-
TICE. IF YOU ARE HEARING
OR VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
711.
369628 ON 11/3,10/2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-000265
CITIMORTGAGE, INC. SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO CITIFINANCIAL
MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
DONEECE OLSEN; UNKNOWN


SPOUSE OF DONEECE OLSEN; JOHN
0. OLSEN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JOHN 0. OLSEN; IF LIVING, INCLUD-
ING ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMAR-
RIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RE-
SPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER
OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S); BLUE HERON GOLF AND
COUNTRY CLUB HOMEOWNER'S AS-
SOCATION, INC.; WHETHER DIS-
SOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXISTING,
TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS,
OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFEN-
DANT(S) AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
OR AGAINST DEFENDANTSS; UN-
KNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN
TENANT #2;
Defendant(s)
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to a Final Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure entered in the above-
styled cause, in the Circut Court of
Okeechobee County Florida I will
sell the property situate in Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, described as:
LOT 215, BLUE HERON GOLF
AND COUNTRY CLUB, PHASE 4
A, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 6, PAGES 68 AND 69,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A
1003 Southeast 14th Court
Okeechobee, FL 34974
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As-
sembly Room of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at at 11:00 o'clock, A.M., on
12/1/2010.
DATED THIS 4 day of Oct., 2010.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the is pendens, must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Witness, my hand and seal of this
court on the 4th day of Oct., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY:
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa, FL 33619-1328
Attorneys for Plainiff
NOTICE
NOTICE. REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Ameri-
cans With Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
(772) 8074370 within two working
days of your recent of this notice: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
711; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED
CALL 711.
368102 ON 11/10,17/2010
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 472009CA000516
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plainbff,
vs.
RAUL MARRERO, et al,,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated October 15, 2010,
entered in Case No. 2009-CA-516 in
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida wherein Seacoast Na-
tional Bank is Plaintiff and Raul Mar-
rero is the Defendant, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash
at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the
8th day of December, 2010, the fol-
lowing described property Okeecho-
bee County, Florida:
Lot 7, Block 36, BASSWOOD INC.
UNIT NO. 3, according to the Plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 37, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 20th day of Oct. 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
369655 ON 11/3,10/2010
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2010-CP-157
In Re: Estate of
THOMAS VERNON MILTON,
a/k/a THOMAS V. MILTON
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
THOMAS VERNON MILTON, a/k/a
THOMAS V MILTON, deceased, date
of death September 24, 2010, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Ronda, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
N.W 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
chobee, Floida 34972. The personal
representative's and the personal
representative's attorney names are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE.
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publication of this notice
is November 10, 2010.
Dianna L. Helton
Personal Representahve
336 13th Avenue
Vero Beach, Flonda 34974
CONELY& CONELY, PA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Conely III
Flonda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
370624 ON 11/10,17/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CA-234
INDYMAC VENTURE, LLC,
A DELAWARE LIMITED
LIABILITY COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
VS.
SOUTHERN STAR PARTNER, LTD,
et al.,
Defendants.
RE-NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated September 24, 2009, and Or-
derRescheduling Foreclosure Sale
dated October 19, 2010 and entered
n Case No. 2008-CA-234, of the Cir-
cuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida. INDYMAC VENTURE,
LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED
LIABILITY COMPANY, is Plaintiff and
SOUTHERN STAR PARTNERS, LTD, A
FLORIDA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP;
WILLIAM A. ADAMS; TERRENCE
BRISSON A/KJA TERRY J. BRISON;
AMER/CAN DRILLING SERVICES,
INC.; CHARLIE'S LAWN AND LAND-
SCAPE OF THE LAKE AREA, INC.;
SEMINOLE DESIGN-BUILD, INC.;
FLORIDA TREND HOMES, INC.; DA-
VID NUNEZ; ANITA NUNEZ, are de-
fendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash in the Jury
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, of the
Okeechobee County Judicial Center;
312 NW 3rd Street, Suite 135 Okee-
chobee, Florida at 11:00 a.m., on the
5th day of Jan., 2011, the following
described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 7 AIRI ACRES A SUBDI-
VISIOI, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 53,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In Accordance with the Amen-
cans With Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986,
1.772.807.4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this NOTICE:
IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED
CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
Dated ths day of 8th day of Nov.
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any, oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the Lls Pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
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Phone (954) 571-2031
Fax (954) 571-2033
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November 10, 2010


OUA grants customer request for five year refund


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee Utility Board (OUA) cus-
tomer left the Tuesday, Nov. 9 OUA Board
of Directors meeting happy when the board
ruled in his favor. The board also heard an
update on the implementation of the much
delayed Statewide Law Enforcement Radio
System (SLERS) and an update on pending
legal action with a developer.
Lex Kimsey owns two single family dwell-
ings on two different streets in Buckhead
Ridge. He said that the water bills on both
houses were within one or two dollars of each
other. Then, when one of his houses recently
became vacant, he discovered the base charge
on the vacant house was more than the base
charge on the other house. Research revealed
that in 1995 an OUA employee saw a storage
shed on the property that is now vacant. The
employee thought it was an apartment with
water so that property was charged with a
base rate for two units -- a single family house
and an apartment. Mr. Kimsey stated that there
has never been water in that shed since 1994
when he bought the property.
According to OUA policy, the utility has a
limit of three months as the time period to ei-
ther recover monies due or apply credits. Mr.
Kimsey received a refund for three months,
$47.82, according to policy. However, he peti-
tioned the board for a refund back to 2005. Al-
ternate board member Devin Maxwell asked
if the error would be evident to a customer
comparing the two bills. John Hayford, OUA'S
executive director, replied that he could spot
the error because he knew what to look for.
He wasn't sure a customer would be able to.
After some discussion the board decided that
OUA had made a mistake and granted Mr.
Kemsey's request for an additional $838.14.
The board heard some good news regard-
ing SLERS. Deputy county administrator Jim
Threewits told the board that Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection permits
have been issued for the county owned SLERS
tower to be built on S.W 16th Avenue. He said
they were waiting on the other necessary per-
mits and that the contractor is ready to start
construction as soon as all other necessary
permits were granted. Mr. Threewits was hop-
ing construction could start in January with
the tower being completed by March or April
of next year.
The sheriff's office and fire/rescue are cur-
rently using SLERS on a limited basis. Their
systems will not become fully operational until
the tower is completed. At that time OUA and
the school board will also use SLERS radios.
In contrast, board attorney Tom Conley did
not have any good news to report concerning
ongoing litigation with Land Ventures of Amer-
ica. A few years ago Land Ventures of America
had planned a large residential development
near Nubbin Slough on U.S. 441 S.E. They
signed a developer's agreement with OUA
stating they would make annual payments
on their guaranteed sewer capacity. When
the real estate bubble burst, the developer de-
faulted on the agreement and proposed to go
to court.
"There are some things ongoing but it's far
from resolved," Mr. Conley said. He said he
offered the developer a proposed settlement
recently. The developer wanted two weeks to
think about it. Mr. Conley said the two weeks
expired last Wednesday and he has not heard
from them. He was expecting a trial date in
late February or March unless an agreement


could be reached during the next few weeks
when depositions will be taken.
In a related action the board approved ex-
penditure of $9,076.82 to Melville and Sower-
by, P.L., for legal services rendered during the
month of October in connection with litigation
involving Land Ventures of America;
In other action the board:
adopted a resolution refinancing the util-
ity's bond commitments with Branch Banking
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November 10, 2010 Okeechobee News


OHS girls basketball team read


for season


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Erin Morrow begins her first year as var-
sity head basketball coach for the Okeecho-
bee High School girls basketball program
this month with a young team led by talent-
ed junior Essence Williams.
Okeechobee has had several winning
seasons in the past few years but have been
unable to advance past district competition
in their tournament.
Morrow, a former college basketball
player herself, plans to change all that this
year.
"Discipline is the key right now. With our
youthful players they don't understand that
yet. I tell them little things will pay off. All of
our coaches have been at the championship
level and the girls don't understand that yet,"
she said.
Morrow coached at Yearling Middle
School and some of the players on this
year's squad played for her. She said that
should help as the girls learn the system and
her basketball philosophy.
"The learning process is going slow. The
work ethic and the conditioning isn't where
I want it to be yet. We want to straighten that
out soon because we don't want to waste a
whole year," she said.
Key players include team captains and
returning starter Essence Williams, sopho-
more Jaryca Baker, and Ami Edwards. Oth-
ers in the mix for playing time are Miranda


Serrano. There is a solid group of young
freshmen led by Thaddricka Sanders, Gari-
onna Johnson, Bethany Stuart, and Rosa Ur-
bina to build on.
"I like it. It's a very energetic group and a
very young group. We are looking for leader-
ship even from the younger players because
we have only four underclassmen. I've had
young teams before. The kids know me
and I know what to expect from them," she
added.
Callandra Youmans moved away from
Okeechobee and her absence will hurt in-
side. The team also lost standout seniors
Monica Koger, Markeisha Youmans, Jewel
Buck and Keighly Stewart who all were Trea-
sure Coast All Stars last year.
Morrow expects to use the team's speed
and aggressiveness to full advantage. Her
goal is to have a lot of steals and fast breaks
this year.
"I've preached to the girls to do the little
things right and to be more attentive and
hard core at practice. There are times when
you have to get busy and get to work," she
added.
Williams, who possesses good speed and
quickness in the back court and a solid out-

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Team Captains Jaryca Baker (left) and
Essence Williams (right) line up during
a drill Monday as OHS Girls Basketball
Coach Erin Morrow looks on.

side shot, said she is proud to be the Team
Captain this year, "I know the girls well. They
work hard and I think it'll be a good season
for us."
Okeechobee's first home game will be
Thursday, Nov. 18 against Martin County.


Coach Erin Morrow has worked on
fundamentals and defense during her
first preseason camp as the Varsity
Girls Basketball Coach at OHS.


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