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Vol. 101 No. 146 Sunday, December 5, 2010

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OHS wrestlers defeat
Westwood ... Page 19
Okeechobee man
plays 'Let's Make a
Deal' ... Page 9

Student accused of
drug possession at
school ... Page 8

Linda Syfrett named
IRSC trustee of the
year ... Page 3

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The wooden jungle at the sports complex has been providing enjoyment to
children for about 15 years. However, like any outdoor wooden structure, it is
showing signs of weathering.

Playground shows signs of age

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee playground favorite is
beginning to show its age. The wooden jun-
gle at the sports complex is about 15 years
old and has provided many hours of plea-

sure to area youngsters. However, it is be-
ginning to show signs of age. The county's
facilities management department is doing
a good job of replacing boards as needed.
It appears to still be in good structural con-
See JUNGLE Page 14

City to discuss lease with chamber
By Pete Gawda Christmas Festival and Parade. In years past,
Okeechobee News the Chamber of Commerce was responsible

A discussion of the city's lease with the
troubled Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
looks to be the highlight of an otherwise rou-
tine agenda for Tuesday night's Okeechobee
City Council meeting. Details to be discussed
were not available in advance.
In a related matter, the council will consider
a request from Okeechobee Main Street to tem-
porarily close downtown streets for the Dec. 11

See CITY- Page 14
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What: Meeting of the Okeechobee City
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7
Where: City Council Chambers,
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drug risks

Parents whose children
died from overdoses
share painful stories
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Narcotics Overdose
Prevention and Education (NOPE) program
put on a powerful program
to emphasize the dangers
of drug use and abuse at
the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus on Friday.
Two parents of young
people who died of drug
overdoses spoke to the
students about their expe-
Martin riences and urged them to
McCormick not make the same mis-
takes as their children did.
Director Frank Whiting said the School
District and Sheriff Paul May got together to
present the information to the students. He
said NOPE had committed to one program
per semester at both the high school and the
freshman campus.
The students were greeted with the pic-
tures of more than 20 teenagers and young
adults who have lost their lives unnecessar-
ily due to drug addictions.
Martin McCormick, who lost his daughter
Mehgen, 22, to a drug overdose, urged the
students to be a hero and speak up if they
know of a classmate, friend or relative who
has a problem.
"You have many challenges ahead in
your life. Make the right choices. Don't end
up on these poster boards. The NOPE Task
Force wants you to live long, healthy and
drug free lives."

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Linda Syfrett named

IRSC Trustee of the Year

Linda Syfrett, who rep-
resents Okeechobee on
the Indian River State Col-
lege Board of Trustees, was
recently honored as the
2010 Trustee of the Year by
the Florida Association of
Community Colleges. The
award recognizes leader- Linda Syfrett
ship and outstanding con-
tributions in meeting the
needs of students and the community.
Mrs. Syfrett has served on the IRSC Dis-
trict Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1999,
serving as Chair from 1994 to 1996. She was
reappointed in 2002 and currently serves as
Chair of the Personnel Committee.
"Linda is a true advocate for higher edu-
cation and sincerely dedicated to the expan-
sion of educational opportunities for the
residents of Okeechobee," said Dr. Edwin R.
Massey, IRSC President. "She is an extremely
valuable member of the IRSC Board of Trust-
ees and an outstanding community leader."

Mrs. Syfrett played an integral role in the
development of IRSC's Bachelor's Degree
programs and expansion of occupational
training. She was a staunch supporter of
the fundraising campaign for the William-
son Conference and Education Center at the
Dixon Hendry Campus, Okeechobee's first
state-of-the-art venue for business confer-
ences and community events.
As a strong supporter of the Indian River
State College Foundation and as President
of the Okeechobee Educational Foundation,
she has provided many students with the
opportunity to obtain a college education
and achieve their dreams.
In addition to her work in higher educa-
tion, Mrs. Syfrett is actively involved in the
Okeechobee agricultural community. She is
an Okeechobee County 4-H leader, member
of the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show
Committee and active in the Florida State
Fair Authority coordinating state and local

Guardians program kicks off

'Christmas Angels Gift Drive'

Guardians for New Futures, the not for
profit which supports the local Guardian ad
Litem (GAL) program on the Treasure coast
is kicking off their third annual Guardian ad
Litem Angels Gift Drive. This program serves
1300 children who are victims of abuse,
neglect and abandonment. Last year GFNF
was able to provide generous gifts for over
800 children and all 100 children in need in
The children served by GAL have been
removed from their home and are living
with relatives or in foster care. Many do not
have the resources to receive gifts around
the holidays. This holiday you can make a
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Letters to the Editor

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Funniest bumper sticker or
t-shirt you have seen lately
The face is familiar, but I can't quite re-
member my name.
And on the eighth day, God sobered
I killed a 6-pack just to watch it die.
Clear the road: I AM SIXTEEN!
If you can read this, I have lost my
Nothing political is correct.
Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
I have the body of a god ... ever see
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad
at math.
Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
My hockey mom can beat up your soc-
cer mom.

K-2 or "Spice"
Some kids are going to be stupid and
ingest things that are toxic. But parents have
to be vigilant and make sure their kids know
the dangers. Brain damage is permanent. So
is death.
Here's something for the "legalize pot
in our State" people to think about. Just as in
the Arizona Immigration Law, legalizing pot
in a state would be contradictory to federal
law. Federal laws of the country trump state
laws, making this type of state and local laws
somewhat irrelevant and pointless.
It was spray paint, sinus medication,
head and cold medication, now this other
K-2 or whatever you want to refer to it as.
Alcohol, pot, cigarettes, obesity. It is all a
choice. We as a society cannot keep trying
to protect people from themselves.

Obama bans offshore drilling
He did that so everyone will buy one of
those little electric cars Government Motors
make, they are only $41,000 and we can ride
around in little cars and bikes like the Eng-
lish and Germans do.

I wish they would make a green friendly
one ton truck, that could pull a trailer loaded
with cows and/or horses and the distance of
100 miles. I do not see that happening any
time soon.
I see where Cracker Barrel is planning
to install chargers for electric vehicles. I
guess you would have to start planning your
trips around Cracker Barrels.
I already plan trips around Cracker Bar-
rels ...
Wouldn't planning trips around Cracker
Barrels add more weight to my truck?
I can see where the weight gain may
be directly related to how low the battery is.
The time to charge equals the time to dine.

Holiday decorations
It struck me at the main intersection
in town-the holiday decorations in Flagler
Park say "Peace on Earth" and just behind
that display are the big weapons in the vet-
erans memorial park.
And back in the day, those big weapons
gave us Peace on Earth.

Wooden Jungle disrepair
It would be a shame to lose the play-
ground as so many people use it. Surely it
can be repaired.
It was a community volunteer project-
although very few volunteers bothered to
show up as promised. The project had to be
scaled back during the construction phase
due to not enough volunteers showing up to
complete it as designed. I know this as I was
involved with the fund raising, planning, de-
signing and construction. A very nice guy and
involved father, who works in the county fire
department, spearheaded this "community
project." A relatively small group of parents
and grandparents serving on the committee
donated hundreds of hours to fund and build
the Wooden Jungle. Although, I agree the
parents of the children using the playground
should step up to keep it in good repair, the
county did assume responsibility of it when
it was constructed. But in this difficult eco-
nomic time keeping a 15-year old wooden
playground safe for children is probably not
high on the county's list of things to fund. As
I discovered, people want to sit back and let
others do the work instead of volunteering
their time. I expect the playground will be
razed by the county when it becomes a li-
ability instead of parents organizing to fix it.
Hopefully, they will prove me wrong.

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Getting your house in order
By Carey McKee
Elder, More 2 Life
As the Christmas season comes rush-
ing in it always brings its own clutter. So as
we begin to dust off those decorations and
string those lights, let's do some cleaning be-
fore the New Year begins. In Romans 13:11-
14 Paul tells us it is time to get our house in
order... The time has come to wake up! The
time has come for an end of the year clean-
ing... A de-cluttering...
Not the kind of clean up that we men
usually do if someone is coming over. You
know what I am talking about... Sweep it
under the rug, throw it in the closet, shove
it in the garage. How many of you have a
clutter room? You know, one specifically
designed for concealment of excess stuff
as company shows up. At my house, that
room is the garage. Company is coming...
don't worry about the garage, we will shut
the door, and they will hopefully never see it.
You threaten the kids with their very lives if
they open that door... Then you know what
happens, you have made the threats, then
you hear it... BRRRRRR... the sound of the
garage door going up, you look out the win-
dow and company is here, and you scream
NO!!! But it is too late, you hear them mak-
ing their way through the garage, past all
your clutter and into your house... Anybody
ever been there?
Here is the deal folks, company is here
and the garage door is wide open! The clos-
ets are all open, every light in the house is
on and all your stuff is just out there for the
Lord to see! In Hebrews 4:13, the writer
tells us that nothing is hidden, everything is
laid bare before the eyes of him to whom
we must give an account. "Daddy is home,
boys, and it is time to clean up the mess!"
It is time to wake up as Paul reminded us
of in Romans 13. Are you asleep? You can do
a lot in your sleep. You can talk in your sleep,
walk in your sleep, hear in your sleep, sing
in your sleep, and even think in your sleep.
If you are doing all of that it will make you
toss in your sleep. So I ask you again, are
you sleeping?
In Joshua 24:13-15, as Joshua speaks
of the children of Israel, he also describes
the condition of our house today. We are
a spoiled people who have been lulled to
sleep in our comfort. He asks them to make
a choice. "Choose for yourselves who you

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will serve... But
as for me and my
house we will
serve the Lord!"
The people
said they would
choose God, but
Joshua knew that
they were asleep.
He knew that all
they wanted of God was a little help when
they were in trouble. Our response is similar,
just give me a little bit of God on the week-
ends between this hour and this hour, and
then let me live the way I want the rest of the
week. If that is you, then you are asleep, and
you need to wake up and get your house in
order. We shout: "Come to our rescue when
we need you Lord. We will let you know
God, but don't bother us until then"...Wake
up! Joshua told the people that the Lord
God is a Holy God and a jealous God, and
he won't put up with their half way commit-
ments. He said listen, company is here and
there is nowhere to put the clutter. You have
to get rid of it. You have to let God clean your
house. You have to take off the world and
put on Christ. That is exactly what Paul said
back in Romans 13:11-14. Take off the world
and put on Christ. You are making a choice
to do so. It is a physical act, the taking off of
one and putting on of the other.
Let God shine his search light into the
cracks and crevasses of your house both
today and over the next several weeks and
let him wash you clean. Let him help you
get your house in order! Rest assured that
if you allow Him, He will show you the ar-
eas in need of a cleaning. When He does,
yield to the Holy Spirit immediately, and be
obedient. Act on what He directs and get
your house in order. Stake your claim, and
declare today, "As for me and my house, we
will serve the Lord!"

Main Street holds mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's December
Mixer will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14
from 5-7 p.m. This month's mixer is host-
ed by Raulerson Hospital in the Dining
Room. These are a great networking op-
portunity for the businesses and residents
of our area. Please join us for networking,
refreshments, door prizes and we will
have the yearly Mega 50-50 drawing. For
information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Women of Distinction honored by the ABWA

The local Women of Tomorrow Chapter
of ABWA celebrated its annual Women of
Distinction Day on Sept. 23. In conjunction
with the National Day of Recognition, which
is Sept. 22, the local chapter has been hon-
oring local businesswomen since 2003. Re-
cipients are recognized in three categories:
Business Leadership, Community Service,
and Education.
Each recipient is awarded a plaque to dis-
play in her office. Each then spends a few
minutes addressing the membership about
the qualities that have made her successful
in her field.
This year's recipients are Viki Lamberti,
Business Leadership; Betty Chandler Wil-
liamson, Community Service; and Karen
Van Beek, Education.
Viki explained that she became Director
of Breakthrough Recovery Services by de-
fault after the death of her husband in 2007.
In 1977, Viki began her career as a person-
nel specialist for Ocshner Medical Founda-
tion in Jefferson, La. In 1978, she became a
secretary at Harris Corporate Headquarters.
She came to Florida in 1982 as Senior Proj-
ect Coordinator for Harris in Melbourne.
Twelve years later she came to Okeechobee,
a, rCnmmiinitv nivplnnmnnt andr Financn

Coordinator for Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition. During her time here, she earned
her AA degree at IRCC in 1996. In 2001, she
became office manager for Breakthrough
Recovery Services. When she agreed to
become director, Viki completed necessary
courses to obtain Addiction Counselor cer-
tification through the Florida Certification
Board in 2009.
Viki spoke of the difficulty of having to
hold the business together despite personal
tragedy. She exhibited the strength to cope
and has continued to provide much needed
services to this community. Viki is a model
of the flexibility and durability of one who
adapts to the demands of life and is a fine
example of the women who sustain the
business community in Okeechobee.
Breakthrough Recovery Services, Inc.,
provides outpatient substance abuse coun-
seling and anger management classes. They
are also a certified Batterer's Intervention
Program for domestic violence classes. They
are licensed to provide services to three
counties: Indian River, Okeechobee and St.
Lucie. Offices are located in Sebastian, Vero
Beach, Ft. Pierce, and Okeechobee. Break-
through provides treatment for drug courts
in all three counties.

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Viki Lamberti (center) receives plaque for Business Leadership from (I) Presi-
dent Cecilia Elliott and Kathleen Shatto, nominating member.

Blood Roundup

top prize
Each year the Blood Roundup offers
a top prize of $500 to the group which
brings the largest number of donors
to the drive. This year 285 people
signed in for John Hatcher who needs
a kidney transplant. John's daughter
Melanie Wilson accepts the award
from drive chairman, Raye Deusing-
er, during a meeting at Rotary. Rotary
is behind the drive to raise money for
the Hatchers.

Is there anyone who does not know of
Betty Chandler Williamson? She has devoted
her life to volunteering even as a young wife
and mother. A native Floridian, born during
the depression, she married Frank (Sonny)
Williamson fifty-eight years ago. Together,
they have made a valuable contribution to
Okeechobee. Betty says, "My husband and I
have taught by example, the gift of volunteer-
ing to our children. Even though it is harder
to get around, due to my age, I still manage
to be on various committees, such as the
American Cancer Society and Red Cross
Gala. My husband and I have been Honorary
Chairpersons on both committees. We meet
and work with the younger people that are
busy volunteering. I feel responsible to fill
these volunteer jobs, the same as I felt about
my employment when I worked outside the
home." Since her days as an involved par-
ent, serving as a homeroom mother and
with the PTA, Betty became more involved
by assisting a middle school librarian for
two years, even taking a course from IRCC
to become a teacher's aide. She has taught
Sunday school at the First Baptist Church
and now serves on the Okeechobee County
Library Advisory Board.
As a member of the Historical Society,
she is still invited into the schools to share
county history and participate in Heritage
Day at Freshman Campus. She joins other
Historical Society members in giving a tour
of the Tantie Schoolhouse to various school
Karen Van Beek, our education leader,
has been a key figure in the music education
programs of Okeechobee County. Currently
music teacher at Central Elementary, Karen
has devoted over twenty years to inspiring
young musicians and singers. She has also
volunteered her time with the high school

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
72. West northwest wind between 5 and 10
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
40. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 34. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 32. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

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Powerball: 5-10-11-12-20 PB 2 x3. Num-
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Karen Van Beek (left) received the
plaque for Education Leadership. Betty
Williamson (right) received the plaque
for Community Service.

band. ABWA Secretary and Past President,
Karin Ammons attributes her daughter Ka-
tie's interest in pursuing a music degree at
the University of South Florida to Mrs. Van
Beek's guidance. Soft-spoken and unassum-
ing, Karen leads by example through her
passion for sharing her love of music with
her students.
We thank all three women for being
guiding lights in their various endeavors and
for being an inspiration to all women in our

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Community Events

Sunday Birthday Club
American Legion Post 64 will host its
monthly birthday club dinner on Sunday,
Dec. 5, starting at 3 p.m. Please bring a cov-
ered dish and celebrate all of the members'
December birthdays. Come and share your
singing talent with open mic karaoke 3-6

Christian Business
Breakfast group plans
Holiday breakfast
Monday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m. you are in-
vited to join the Christian Business Breakfast
group for their Christmas breakfast. This
month only it will be held at the Wagon
Wheel Horse Farm, only 1 mile past the
Hampton Inn. Take 70 East and turn left on
N.E. 42nd Terrace. Farm on left with wagon
wheels at entrance. The breakfast is only $10
cash each and Brandon Tucker will preach
the Word. Anyone interested is welcome to
come. Come see why we love getting to-
gether at the Hampton every other week!

Pregnancy Center
to host Open House
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee has
moved and we are having an Open House
Party to celebrate. Please join us at 500 N.W
Sixth Street, Okeechobee on Monday, Dec.
6, from 4 until 7 p.m. Come take a tour of
our new center and enjoy Christmas treats.
For more information, please call us at 863-
467-8748. Please help us to help our young
women by bringing a diaper bag filled with
baby items.

Real Life Children's
Ranch yard sale open
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale con-
tinues to be open each week from Tuesday-
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out
for great bargains. Blouses and pants are 6
for $1. Books are 8 for $1. All proceeds ben-
efit our children.

Shrine Club to host dinner
Okeechobee Shrine Club will host a Spa-
ghetti Dinner every Tuesday, from 4 until 7
p.m. Dancing from 5 until 8 p.m. with the
"Best dance music in town." Highway 78
West, Okeechobee.

Awake America Crusade
The Awake America Crusade with Craig
and Jolyn Marlett, will be held at the Fresh-
man Campus Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 10
and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7 9 p.m. Call
Marie Bullington at 863-467-6002 with ques-

Eagles hold turkey shoot
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, at
9985 Hwy. 441 N., will hold a turkey shoot
on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. For informa-
tion call 863-763-2552.

OCRA All-Star Football
BBQ Dinner Fundraiser
Come to the OCRA Football Field (Sports
Complex) on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11
a.m. until 2 p.m. Price is $8 for BBQ pork
and 2 sides with roll. Funds are being raised
for transportation and lodging for the OCRA
football All-Stars to attend the O-D National
Football tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC,
Dec. 29, through Jan. 1, 2011. Tickets can
be purchased from any OCRA All-Star foot-
ball players, OCRA director or the day of the
fundraiser. Any questions please call Missy
at 863-634-8674 or the OCRA phone at 863-

Coast Guard Auxiliary
has boating course
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the
Florida boat safety program on Saturday,
Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Okee-
Tantie. Cost is $35 per person or $100 for a
family of four or more. This boating safety
program is mandatory for anyone born after
Jan. 1, 1988 who wishes to operate a boat
in Florida. Those who successfully complete
the course will receive their Florida Boating
License. For more information, 863-824-

BHR Craft Fair
at Moose Lodge
Buckhead Ridge Fall Craft Fair BHR
Moose Lodge, Hwy 78, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.- 4
p.m. Space is available for vendors and non-
profit organizations. For more information
call Bonnie at 863-357-1556.

Masonic Lodge host
Sunday Breakfast
The Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W 5th, will
have a breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 12, 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 carry outs are available. The
Lodge will hold this breakfast the second
and fourth Sunday of every month.

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Dr. Berger and momma, Faye Haverlock, CEO of the nursing home, posing in
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Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share refections,
remembrances and condolences.

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By Audrey
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Okeechobee News
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marks one of the final
appearances of the 2010
Miss Rodeo Okeecho-
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queens were crowned Nethers S
back in March and have
had appearances at all the rodeos, commu-
nity benefits and parades. These young ladies
have the opportunity to meet local and state
elected officials, along with participating in
charity benefits. It's not easy being queen
of the rodeo. One has to have personality,
knowledge of the sport of rodeo and equine
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Deadline for the pageant is Friday, Dec. 31.

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Nov. 29-30, 2010

Breaking 53.00
Cutter 47.00
Canner 35.00
1000-1500 62.00
1500-2000 55.00
Calves 938
Cows 108
Str 18
Hfrs 4
Bulls 36
Yrlngs 33
Mix 0
Total 1137

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56.00 250-300
41.00 300-350
68.00 450-500
57.00 550-600


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125-130 250-300 132-145 105-120
115-130 300-350 125-135 90-103
105-115 350-400 110-130 93-103
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Student accused

of prescription

drug possession
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 17-year-old
New Endeavor High
School student was
arrested after he was
reportedly found
to be in possession
of prescription pills
while on the school's
campus, stated a dep-
uty's arrest report.
Travis Wade Tor- Travis Torres
res, N.W Second St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 2,
on a felony charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance without a prescription. He
was also charged with the misdemeanor of
possession of a legend drug without a pre-
Torres was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then released into the custody of
a parent.
An arrest report by Deputy Rodney J.
Rucks of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) stated that Torres was found
to be in possession of two oxycodone 15mg
tablets as well as two 60mg morphine pills.
The report added that the teen was also in
possession of the legend drug gabapentin.
The deputy stated in his report that when
he asked Torres to accompany him to the of-
fice of Dean of Students Scott Viens, the teen
put his hand in his pants pocket and a pill fell
out. Torres then reportedly asked the deputy
if he was going to be searched. When Dep-
uty Rucks said yes, the teen retrieved a foil
wrapper containing four more pills from his
pants pocket, continued the report.
According to the report, Torres told the
deputy he did not have a prescription for the
pills and that he didn't know what the pills
actually were. When asked where he got
the pills, Torres reportedly told the deputy
he bought them from someone "at the high
school, but I don't know his name."

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Defying all odds given the state of the
economy, the Florida Department of Cor-
rections has not only collected close to
half a million dollars for the Florida State
Employees' Charitable Campaign this year,
but they surpassed the amount donated
last year by $20,400.
The total amount collected from
the DOC's 29,000 employees in 2010 is
$473,577, compared to $453,176 last year,
a 4.5 percent increase. Region IV staff, who
work in Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Desoto,
Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Indian River, Mar-
tin, Monroe, Palm Beach and Okeechobee
counties, raised $58,810.18.

Employees organized bake sales, fish
fries, barbecues and some unique contests,
including dunking tanks, auctions and a
"baked potato bar," to raise the money.
"I'm not surprised by the generosity
of our staff, nor the enthusiasm they ex-
hibit for this worthy cause. They make me
proud every time," said Corrections Secre-
tary Walt McNeil.
The money for the campaign goes to-
ward social services and charities locally,
statewide and nationally. Employees may
select which charities to donate to from a
list provided, and the funds may be payroll
deducted if they desire.


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Eden McGee, 24, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Dec. 2 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a
warrant charging her with violation of pro-
bation petit theft and violation of probation
- giving false information to a pawnbroker.
She is being held without bond.

Jose Luis, 31, S.W Second Way,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy
Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation aggravated battery. He is being held
without bond.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
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Local man competes on

popular TV game show

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Police Sgt. Russell Cale was
recently on "Let's Make a Deal." He shoots
pool in a league sanctioned by the American
Pool Players Association. In August he and
some friends went to Las Vegas to partici-
pate in a pool tournament. Since he would
have some free time, he thought he would
attend a taping of "Let's Make A Deal,"
thinking the show was taped in Las Vegas.
For a time the show was taped in Las Vegas.
However, he learned that the site had been
changed to Hollywood. But that didn't deter
Sgt. Cale and his friends. They rented a van
and drove four hours from Las Vegas to Hol-
lywood to attend the show.

As he and his friends were standing in
line to enter the set, they were interviewed.
Sgt. Cale was one of the lucky ones called
out of the audience to compete in the show.
He played cards against a lady selected from
the audience. To find out what Sgt. Kale won
watch the local CBS affiliate, WPEC, Chan-
nel 12 Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.
He wasn't too concerned about winning
big prizes.
"It's more about having a good day with
friends and having fun." he said. The ser-
geant, who has been with the police depart-
ment since 1998 said his buddies on the po-
lice force are excited about his appearance
on the show.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Russell Cale
Russell Cale of Okeechobee and five of his friends attended a taping of "Lets
Make a Deal" in Hollywood last August. Getting into the spirit of the game are,
left to right, Mr. Cale, Karen Vignone, Frank Vignone and Mark Cavallo. Not pic-
tured: Melissa Harden and Marcy Corwin.

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Star That Shines for Us All," Children's Play at the First United Methodist
Church a must see event. The public is invited to witness Christmas narra-
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This distinctively marked canopy was stolen from the grounds of the Humane
Society Pet Rescue. Humane Society officials would like it returned, no ques-
tions asked.

Humane Society canopy stolen

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It's Christmas time and Humane Society
Pet Rescue is urging a naughty person to
do the right thing and return their unique
Some time around the middle of No-
vember officials discovered the canopy was
missing. It had been folded up in its plain tan
case and Humane Society officials suspect
someone picked it up from the Humane
Society grounds not knowing what it was.
What makes this canopy different from the
multitude of similar canopies sold by Wal-
mart is a colorful painting, done by a volun-

teer. It would certainly be conspicuous if the
guilty person used it in a public place or tried
to sell it. If anyone sees it they are asked to
call 863-357-1104.
"It's not a big value, but a big loss," direc-
tor of the non-profit organization, Belinda
Forlifer said of the theft. The canopy was
used at fund rasing events. The last time it
was used was the first weekend in October
during an anniversary celebration for Wal-
The Humane Society would just like to
get the canopy back, no questions asked.
The guilty person could throw it over the
fence sometime when the animal rescue fa-
cility is closed.

Church to hold cookie sale
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Lake pulse releases continue

Lake level at 12.91 ft.

Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
is continuing water releases from Lake
Okeechobee with a new pulse release that
began Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 a.m. This release
will continue for seven days.
The target flow of this release is an aver-
age flow of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs)
over the seven-day period to the Caloosa-
hatchee Estuary, measured at WP. Franklin
Lock and Dam (S-79).
The Corps will make this release in a
pulse-like manner to mimic basin response
to a rainfall event. Water managers expect
this to help push back saltwater intrusion,
which will have other associated benefits to
the estuary.
The Corps and partner agencies will con-
tinue to closely monitor and assess system
conditions, and may decrease releases if lo-

cal basin runoff contributes to flows.
Friday the lake stage was 12.91 feet
(NGVD) and continues to recede.
The lake is within the Operational Band
of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation
Schedule (2008 LORS). More specifically,
the lake level is currently in the Base Flow
Sub-Band and the Corps may make releases
up to 450 cfs and 200 cfs to the Caloosa-
hatchee and St Lucie, respectively. In addi-
tion, the 2008 LORS allows these releases to
be distributed east and/or west to minimize
impacts or provide additional benefits.
For more information on water level
and flows data for Lake Okeechobee and
the Central and Southern Florida Project,
visit the Corps' water management page at

JUNG the dwindling county budget, it may be time
for citizens to step up to the plate and help
Continued From Page 1 out again. Perhaps some interested individu-
als or civic groups could volunteer material
edition. However, like any outdoor wooden and time to spruce up the facility. Such ef-
structure, it is beginning to show the effects forts would need to be coordinated through
of weather. the county's parks and recreation and facili-
ties management departments.
The wooden jungle was constructed, in ties management departments.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
part, from community donations and built Reporter Pete Gawda can
by community volunteers. Now, because of be reached at

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for the parade.
In other matters, the council will award
contracts for purchase of police vehicles
and median construction. The council will
also act on a resolution to support change
to the Consultant's Competitive Negotiation
Act to allow local and state agencies to pro-
cure professional services on a "best value
In two election related items the board
will vote to approve the certified election re-


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turns and adopt a resolution naming Devin
Maxwell, Clayton Williams and Dowling
Watford as city councilmen and Lane Gami-
otea as city clerk based on those results.
The council will also consider appoint-
ment of Russell Cale to the Police Pension
Board of Trustees and recognize the services
of outgoing councilman Lowry Markham.
The mayor is expected to recognize India
Riedel for five years' service to the city and
Donna Grimes for ten years' service to the
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Captain Jeff Lindskoog of the Palm Beach
County Sheriffs Office said 24 people die
each day from accidental drug overdoses,
many of them by combining drugs. He said
the goal of the presentation was to explain
drug addiction to students, how combining
these drugs can led to an overdose, and the
importance of making a 911 call and to treat
any signs of an overdose as an emergency
Captain Lindskoog said in many of these
deaths, relatives or friends could have done
something to save a life and chose not to.
"Most of these people died alone and their
friends or a loved one could have helped. It
is real important how you pick your friends,"
he added.
He also played a video for the crowd that
shared the message, you can lie to your fam-
ily and lie to yourself about drugs but you
can't lie to death. Death is final.
Captain Lindskoog also spoke on a drug
death of 16-year-old Joshua Huston of Paho-
kee who overdosed on his mom's birthday.
She found him dead in his bedroom the next
In another case, a girl handed out 21
methadone pills at a homecoming party.
Two teenage boys died from just one pill.
The girl ended up convicted of second de-
gree manslaughter and was sentenced to
eight years in prison.
A 13-year-old boy, Colby Crutchfield ex-
perimented with pain pills. His friend's fa-
ther was battling cancer and had received
powerful pain pills before he died. The pills
weren't removed from the home and Crutch-
field and his friend tried the pills. Crutchfield
died of a drug overdose on April 27, 2008.
The friend was in a coma but survived.
Captain Lindskoog said students should
take notice of the heartbreak these deaths
have caused their family and friends. "Would
you want that to be your mom or dad mak-
ing that phone call just because you wanted
to pop some pills and have a few beers?" he
asked. "This is insane."
He also showed an urn that contained
part of the remains of another drug overdose
victim. He also showed the students a body
bag that authorities use when they recover
a dead body.
"You will face a lot of peer pressure and
tough choices. We want you to make wise

choices so your poster isn't up here one
day," he said.
Mr. McCormick said a lot of kids in the au-
dience actually know someone who is abus-
ing drugs. He urged them to be a hero and
help those friends. He said it is not snitching
or telling on someone, it is helping them.
He pointed out 45 percent of kids who
try alcohol before the age of 15 become ad-
dicted to alcohol. If they wait until the legal
drinking age to drink alcohol, only 10 per-
cent ever become addicted.
Karen Perry, whose 21-year-old son Rich-
ard, died of an overdose
in his college dorm room,
said her son was on the
dean's list, was well liked
and had dreams of becom-
ing a professional golfer.
He tried marijuana at
15, and became addicted
to several drugs like co-
Karen caine and heroin. He also
Perry became very good at hid-
ing his addiction from his
He finally admitted his problem, entered
a drug treatment program for seven months,
but later relapsed, and died of an overdose
in his college dorm room.
She said it was agonizing when deputies
came to her home in the middle of the night
to inform her and her husband that their
son was dead. She collapsed to the floor in
"Those two words, 'he's dead,' will al-
ways ring in my ears," she told the crowd.
Mr. McCormick also spoke on his daugh-
ters battle with drug addiction. She also ap-
peared on the way to recovery before she
"If you care about someone and you care
about yourself, leave that garbage (drugs)
alone," he added. "None of these kids want-
ed to die. They wanted to have fun. Well
there is a better way to do it. This is insan-
ity. My daughter thought she could control
it and she couldn't. Don't let this happen to
you. Don't let this happen to your mom and
OFC Principal Carol Revels said she
hoped the presentation changes a few lives.
She said it got students thinking about their
activities and their friends. "We want to stop
the drug abuse in schools," she said. "If we
can change one or two lives, it was definitely
worth it. I hope every student took some-
thing positive away from this today."

UKeecnoDee iews/inaries iviurpny
Captain Jeff Lindskoog of the Palm
Beach County Sheriff's Office showed
the students a parent's worst night-
mare, a body bag for their child, after
they have died due to a drug overdose
or abuse.



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OHS girls basketball team plays Boynton Beach

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Boynton Beach out-scored Okeechobee
18-3 in the final quarter of the game to de-
feat the Lady Brahmans 48-33 in a District
14-4A girl's basketball game Thursday night
in Okeechobee.
Brahman Coach Erin Morrow said her
team has played three games this week and
had just two reserves on the bench. "We
just didn't have enough gas and our legs
just didn't have it. I'm proud of them. They
played hard and I give Boynton credit, they
made a lot of shots in the fourth quarter that
they had been missing the entire game."
Ami Edwards had nine points and over
10 rebounds to lead Okeechobee. Taylor

Ami Edwards pulled down over 10 re-
bounds and scored nine points inside
in the Lady Brahman loss to Boynton
Beach on Thursday.

Okeechobee High School
has scholarship drive
College costs continue to increase
each year and the students of Okeecho-
bee are always in need of financial as-
sistance. The Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Program is currently recruit-
ing to increase the amount of scholar-
ship funds available to these students.
If you or your business would like to of-
fer a scholarship in your name, or if you
have any questions regarding scholarship
contributions, please contact Bill R. Black
at 462-5025 ext. *3113. The scholarship
commitment deadline is Jan. 7, 2011, so
new scholarships can be included in the
scholarship booklets. If this is not conve-
nient for you please call and we will work
out the details.

Shade had 18 points for Boynton Beach. Es-
sence Williams and Miranda Serrano both
had eight points for the Lady Brahmans.
Okeechobee played well in the first half
and led 13-8 after the first quarter. They did
a good job getting the ball up the court and
getting easy shot opportunities in the first
Play got sloppy in the second quarter as
both teams struggled on offense. The Lady
Brahmans led 19-18 at the break.
Boynton built a couple of small leads in
the third quarter as they shot a higher per-
centage and made a couple of three point
baskets. Okeechobee rallied behind a few
free throws by Serrano and a bucket by Wil-
liams to tie the score at 30 after three quar-
Boynton went on an 11-0 run in the first
three minutes of the fourth quarter to put
the game away. Okeechobee appeared tired
and missed a number of easy shots under-
Coach Morrow said some of the girls
started to get frustrated when they fell be-
hind, "I told them to keep their heads in the
game. Some of the girls don't want to listen
at times and that is something that has to
change. I don't blame it on youth but I hope
we can grow in that area," she added.
The Brahmans will host Fort Pierce West-
wood on Monday, Lincoln Park Academy
next Tuesday, and South Fork next Thursday

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives
notice of its intent to issue a Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection
Plan Lake Okeechobee Protection Permit (LOPP) (File No. 0259591-002), in
accordance with Section 373.4595 Florida Statutes (F.S.), for the constuc-
tion and operabon of the Grassy Island Hybrid Wetland Treatment Tech-
nology Project (HWTf). The applicabon is available for public inspection
during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day, except legal holidays, at the Department's Division of Environmental
Assessment and Restoration, Restoration Planning and Permitting Section,
2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 568F, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2400, tele-
phone (850) 245-8449.
The purpose of the Grassy Island HWTT is to reduce total phosphorus (TP)
concentrations in the surface waters from Taylor Creek, which ultimately
enter Lake Okeechobee through the S-133 structure. This HWTT Project,
along with the other projects in the Lake Okeechobee Phase II Technical
Plan, is designed to achieve load reductions consistent with the Total Maxi
mum Daily Load (TMDL) for TP developed for Lake Okeechobee by the De-
partment in 2001. The Grassy Island HWTT Project is located within the
following property descriptions in Okeechobee County: The site is bounded
by Taylor Creek to the east and Hillard Road to the west (Secbon 20, Town-
ship 36 South, Range 35 East).
The Department's proposed agency acbon shall become final unless a bmely
petition for an administrative hearing is filed pursuant to sections 120.569
and 120.57 of the Florida Stattes before the deadline for filing a petition.
The procedures for pebtioning for a hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's pro-
posed permitting decision may pebtion for an administratve proceeding
(hearing) in accordance with sections 120.569 and 120.57, FS. The peti
tion must contain the information set forth below and must be filed (re-
ceived) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900
Commonwealth Boulevard, Mall Stabon 35, Tallahassee, Florida
Petitions filed by any persons other than those entled to written notice un-
der Section 120.63(3) of the Florida Statutes must be filed within 21 days of
publication of the notice or receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs
first. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the
address indicated above, at the time of filing. The failure of any person to
file a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of
that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing) un-
der sections 120.569 and 120.57, FS., or to intervene in this proceeding
and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceed-
ing initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding
officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with rule 28-106.205 of the
Florida Administrative Code.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action
is based must contain the following information:
a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's fle
or identification number, if known;
b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the
name, address and telephone number of the pebtioner's representative,
if any which shall be the address for service purposes during the course
of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioners substantial
interests will be affected by the agency determination;
c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the
agency decision;
d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none,
the petition must so indicate;
e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific
facts the pebtioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agen-
cy's proposed action;
f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends re-
quire reversal or modification of the agency's proposed action including
an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or stat-
utes; and
g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the
action petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency's
proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Depart-
ment's action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and oth
erwise shall contain the same information as set forth above, unless
modified by rule 28-106.301.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final ac-
tion may be different from the position taken by it in this nobce. Persons
whose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the
Department on the applicabon have the right to petition to become a party
to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. In
the event the issuance of this permit is subjected to a request for hearing
pursuant to section 120.569 of the FS., the permittee may, pursuant to
section 403.088(2)(g), F.S., move for an order authorizing the interim con-
struction phase of the facility.
Mediation is not available in this proceeding.
Any party to this order has the right to seek judicial review of it under sec-
tion 120.68, F.S., by filing a notice of appeal under rule 9.110 of the Florida
Rules of Appellate Procedure with the clerk of the Departnent in the Office
of General Counsel, Mall Station 35, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Talla-
hassee, FL 32399-3000, and by filing a copy of the notice of appeal accom
panied by the applicable filing fees with the appropriate district court of
appeal. The notice of appeal must be filed within thirty days after this order
is filed with the clerk of te Department.
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Holiday Happenings

Drama Club presents

holiday play
The Okeechobee High School Drama
Club will present the children's show, "How
Santa Got His Christmas Tree," for families
on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are
$5 per person. The club will also be col-
lecting Toys for Tots. If the patron brings a
new, unwrapped toy to the performance
they will get in free. The club will also be
serving Christmas cookies and tea after the
performance and have a drawing for a live
small tree.

South Elementary Winter

Carnival is Dec. 16
The South Elementary School Winter
Carnival will be Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. In addition to the traditional cake walk,
silent auction, radio flyer ride, and games
with prizes, "Baldy The Eagle" is celebrating
his 40th birthday with birthday cake, party
favors, and photo opportunities. The Winter
Carnival is open to the community.

Christmas cookies on sale
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is
selling Christmas cookies to help the wom-
en in the community. For more information,
call 863-467-8748. Orders are being taken for
chocolate chip cookie bars, brownie bars,
peanut butter cookie bars, pecan bars, pista-
chio bark, raspberry old world rounds, egg
nog cookies, red velvet cookies and choco-
late macaroons. Price is $5 per dozen.

Holiday boat parade planned
Okeechobee Yatchette Club and Butch's
Redneck Yacht Club will host their annual
Christmas Boat Parade on Dec. 18. Decorate
your boats and meet the group on Taylor
Creek at State Road 70 by Burger King, be-
tween 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The parade starts
at 6 p.m. and goes down Taylor Creek to the
Rim Canal, then left on the Rim Canal to
Butch's Fish Camp and ends up back at the
VFW There will be prizes for the best deco-
rated boats. For more information, contact
Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.

Toys for Tots distribution

Toys for Tots Distribution will be at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Sunday,
Dec. 19, from noon-4 p.m. Proof of Okeecho-
bee residency is required and children must
be present. Santa and Otis Spunkmeyer
cookies will be at the distribution party. Cur-
rent drop off locations: WOKC, Walgreens,
Trends, Fast Break, Gilbert Chevrolet, Cen-
ter State Bank, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter
School. For more information please con-
tact Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852 or toys-

Santa in City Hall Park
Santa will be making his appearances in
City Hall Park on Nov. 30, and several dates
in December including, Dec. 7, 8, 9, 13 and
14, from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by for a picture
with Santa.

Holiday window decorating

contest is now under way
Okeechobee Main Street Fifth Annual
Christmas Window Decorating Contest will
begin on Dec. 8 and windows will be judged
through Dec. 11. The winner will be deter-
mined on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Top of
the Lake Christmas Festival. For more infor-
mation, please contact Okeechobee Main
Street at 863-357-6246.

Kiwanis Santa in the Park
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
host Kiwanis Santa in the Park in Park #4 of
Flagler Park. Santa will make his appearance
on Dec. 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23 from
6 until 8 p.m.

Top of the Lake Lighted

Christmas Parade is Dec. 11
The parade will take place on Saturday,
Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The arts and crafts show
will take place in Flagler Parks beginning at 9
a.m. For applications for a booth space at the
festival, contact Okeechobee Main Street at
863-357-6246. Booth space is $50 for a ven-
dor space. Booth space is free to non-profit
organizations that can show the required tax
paperwork. Deadline to turn in parade and
park applications is Monday, Dec. 6.

Santa on the Fire Truck
Say "hello" to Santa as he makes his way
through the City of Okeechobee sitting high
atop a city fire truck! He will be passing
through sections of Okeechobee on: Dec.
16 Northwest and Northeast section; Dec.
17 Southwest section and Dec. 18 South-
east section.

Buckhead Ridge Annual

Night Boat Parade is Dec. 23
Buckhead Ridge marina will host the an-
nual night boat parade on Dec. 23. Boaters
will meet at the Buckhead Ridge Marina at
5 p.m. Please decorate and light your boat.
You can also throw candy and dog biscuits
(in small zip lock bags).

Shrine Club hosts

New Year's Eve Party
Spend your New Year's Eve with the
Okeechobee Shriner's Club! The Jim Elder
Review will be rocking the house again.
Entertainment by Nancy Elder. Dance to
the Oldies, Classics and Soul. Music from 8
p.m. to midnight. Happy Hour 6 p.m. with
dinner at 6:45 p.m. Steak, salad, potato,
vegetable, roll and party favors. Tickets only
$25 per person. For reservations, call 863-
763-3378/863-484-0427. Okeechobee Shrine
Club, 1855 S.W 53rd Street, Hwy 78 West.

OHS wrestlers defeat Fort Pierce Westwood 60-25

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School grapplers took
advantage of seven forfeits as they defeated
the Fort Pierce Westwood Panthers 60-25 in
a dual meet at Okeechobee High School on
Wednesday night.
Westwood did not field wrestlers at 103,
112, 119, 130, 140, 145 and 152 pounds. That
gave easy wins to Elfino Garcia, Tony Bow-
ers, Daniel Jansen, Vance Wilkinson, Noah
Blitzer, Brian Levins, and Donald Bryan.
Brahman Coach Bruce Jahner said he
was glad to get some of the younger wres-
tlers some time on the mat to hone their
"We're still pretty young but the match
gave the young kids an opportunity. We
matched up pretty even with Westwood.
Both schools had a lot of new wrestlers.
There were no big blowouts so everybody
got to wrestle a little bit," he said.
Larry Taylor got a pin fall victory for
Okeechobee at 135 and Jake Menendez won
a junior varsity match with a pin fall victory.
Dwayne Branard pinned Dustin Ham-
ner of Okeechobee at 125 pounds. Shawn
Crump defeated Justin Morgan of Okeecho-
bee 20-13 at 160 pounds. Tevin Hill edged
Seth Crumb 11-8 in the 189 pound division.
Scott Ryder pinned Brant Harden at 215
Coach Jahner said some of his senior
captains didn't get to wrestle but some se-

nior football players got on the mat and did
Harrison O'Connor won the final match
at heavyweight with a pin fall victory over
Gordon Palomine. The pin followed a brief
scuffle between the two wrestlers.
"Itwas nice to get the win," Harrison said,
"It was a tough match but I stuck with it and
I came out on top. I noticed he was tired and
I was pretty angry about what happened so I
just picked upon what I could."
O'Connor's victory brought the home
crowd to their feet and was a nice way to
finish the night for the Brahman grapplers.
"That was a nice dot on the I, or a cross
of the T," Jahner said, "It was nice to see him
come back out and start his senior year on
the right foot."
O'Connor hopes to bolster an area
of weakness last year. In many matches
Okeechobee didn't field a heavyweight last
year. "I will do my best to help the team out
this year. There is more of a range of wres-
tlers and a little more depth. It was nice to get
in front of my home fans and get a win."
Jahner said he really likes the work ethic
of the team so far this year and he is opti-
mistic the Brahmans will have a successful
campaign, "It's all about getting work on the
mat. The young kids all come to practice ev-
ery day and are learning. It'll just take some
time to learn the techniques."

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Shawn Crump left top photo, bested Justin Morgan of the Brahmans 20-13 in
one of the more exciting matches Wednesday night.
Larry Taylor right top photo, pinned Kensley Burkhardt at 135 pounds during
the Okeechokee versus Westwood duel meet Wednesday night.
Seth Crumb left bottom photo, fell to Tevin Hill of Westwood, 11-8 in their match
at 189 pounds Wednesday. Heavyweight Harrison O'Connor brought the crowd
to their feet with a pin fall victory in his match against Gordon Palomine.

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