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Vol. 101 No. 151 Friday, December 17, 2010


S s-. f t. -a County gives OK


to three mudfests


Neighbors concerned about
security, trash and traffic
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
One of the actions coming out of the
Thursday, Dec. 16, meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County Board of County Commission-
ers could be interpreted as good news or
bad news -- depending on whether or nor
you own a four-wheeler or you are one of


the motorists caught in long lines of traffic
due to previous mudfests.
Despite concerns expressed by some
nearby residents, mudfest will be returning
to Okeechobee after a two-year absence.
Commissioners unanimously voted to ap-
prove three mudfests.
Temporary use permits will be issued for
mudfests in February and August 2011 and
February of 2012. The events will be held on
a 270-acre site on the north side of S.R. 70
See MUDFEST- Page 5


School employees to


receive pay increase


Division of Forestry and Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue firefighters battled
a brush fire that threatened 26 structures in the gated community of Indian
Hammock, off U.S. Highway 441 N. on Thursday afternoon. For more on the
story, see page 2.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee school board approved
salary step increases for their employees
and a raise for their Superintendent in their
last meeting of the year on Tuesday night.
The board unanimously approved a con-
tract with the Okeechobee County Educa-
tion Association #1604 Instructional and
Classified units


The employees overwhelmingly ap-
proved the packages last week; 91-percent
of teachers voted to ratify the deal which
called for a salary step increase. The increase
is 2.55 percent and 2.92 percent with ben-
efits. They also approved a longevity stipend
for $1,000 for the top salary schedules.

See SCHOOL- Page 5


See page 4 for information about
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Brush fire endangers Indian Hammock homes


A brush fire spanning about 25 acres
threatened 14 homes and 12 barns or sheds
Thursday afternoon. The Florida Division
of Forestry (DOF) and Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue managed to save all the struc-
tures as they battled the flames with bull-
dozers, firetrucks and water dropped from
helicopters.
"We were lucky that we did not have
high winds today," said Melissa Yunas, a
DOF Wildfire Mitigation Specialist. She said
the fire burned right up to the porches of
some of the woodframe homes.
The cause of the fire is under investiga-
tion, she said.
Indian Hammock has been working with
the DOF for more than a year to become a
"firewise" community, she explained. The
residents are aware of fire safety precau-
tions, such as keeping a "defensible space"
around structures and making sure that fire
fighting equipment can reach structures.
With extremely dry conditions already
enveloping South Florida, DOF and the
South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) are asking residents to help pre-
vent fires and conserve water to see the re-
gion through the season.
"Below-average rainfall during the wet
season, a record-dry start to the dry season
and declining water levels present a formi-
dable challenge to both water managers
and state firefighters," said Susan Sylvester,
SFWMD Director of the Operations Control
and Hydro Data Management Department.


"These conditions mean we all must be con-
servative with our water use and be aware
of the increased potential for wildfires."
Residents living in or near brush or
wooded areas should make their homes as
safe as possible from the threat of wildfires.
Homes and sheds should be surrounded by
a buffer zone extending at least 30 feet. This
area should be free of highly flammable veg-
etation and well maintained. Leaves, pine
needles and twigs should be removed from
roofs and gutters. Flammable materials such
as wood, vehicles and propane tanks should
not be stored next to the house.


The coming year is predicted to be active
for wildfires, and the DOF is currently listing
several counties within the District as having
an extreme or very high fire danger. More
than 80 percent of fires from December to
spring are caused by humans, with arson
and embers from debris burning as the top
two causes, according to the DOF. children,
campfires, equipment, railroads, power
lines, fireworks and smoking can also cause
fires. Residents are asked to help firefighters
have a less active fire year by practicing good
fire prevention techniques.
"This year is not the typical wildfire year.


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Smoke from the Indian Hammock brush fire could be seen for miles. Division of
Forestry and Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue had the fire contained Thursday
afternoon, but were watching for "hot spots."


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This year we did not receive enough tropi-
cal moisture in the summer months. In ad-
dition, the cold fronts are not bringing in
substantial rain," said Ms. Yunas. "In most
cases, the cold fronts are dry air masses that
reduce the moisture in the grasses/fine fuels.
Freezing temperatures kill the grasses/fine
fuels, thus making the vegetation ripe for
wildfires."
To date this year, 2,680 wildfires have
burned 29,045 acres across the state.


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the porches on a dozen Indian Ham-
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At a workshop held on Tuesday evening,
Dec. 14 the Okeechobee County Planning
Board was given some homework that will
influence the future of the county.
The board spent some time looking at
the draft Okeechobee County Long Range
Transportation Plan prepared by Kimley-
Horn and Associates. This plan makes
predictions of future traffic flows based on
current population and projects popula-
tion and traffic flows in the future. Based on
these predictions, the plans suggested future
improvements to current roads and possible
new roads.
"This is an important document," as-
serted planning official Bill Royce. "This will
have an impact on our future."
Mr. Royce asked board members to take
the draft plan home with them and study it.
Since not all the proposed future improve-
ments will be built, each board member
was asked to use a ranking scale to evaluate
and prioritize possible future improvements.
They were to send their rankings to Mr.
Royce before the Jan. 25 board meeting. He
would then compile the results for discus-
sion at that meeting. Eventually the board
will make recommendations to the county
commission on proposed future road im-
provements.
Board member Jeff Sumner said such a
process should have been used when arriv-
ing at the current impact fee structure.
Board member Ted Kelchner noted that


it would be good to be able to go north
from Taylor Creek Isles without having to go
through the center of town.
Future population, housing and socio-
economic data projections were used to
formulate the plan. The plan predicts that
by 2020 segments of S.R. 70 E., S.R. 710 and
U.S. 441 S.E. will reach their capacity stan-
dards. Congestion is also predicted to in-
crease on Charles Harvey Highway. By 2035
roadway congestion is predicted to be much
more widespread as compared to 2020. By
2035 S.R. 70 E., S.R. 70 W, U.S. 98, S.R. 710,
U.S. 441 S. and U.S. 441 S.E. are expected to
see the greatest amount of congestion.
The transportation plans offers proposed
roadway improvements and new roadways
to relieve the predicted congestion of 2020
and 2025.
The plan for 2020 suggests, among other
things, an extension of S.R. 710 to U.S. 441
N. A good portion of the 2020 plan suggests
widening and improving of existing roads
while the 2035 plan features more new
roads.
One interesting feature of the plan for
2035 is a proposed Okeechobee beltway.
This proposed road would start at U.S. 441
S.E. and proceed north and west. It would
cross U.S. 441 N. north of N.W. 36th Street,
cross U.S. 98 and proceed south to S.R. 70
W This is not proposed as a single road but
as five independent segments.
Mr. Royce noted that the beltway had
been in earlier transportation plans. "Do we
want a beltway bad enough to pay for it?" he


asked. He noted that the county might have
to choose between spending on a beltway
or spending on other projects.
Another proposed new road for 2035
would be an extension of S.W. 48th Avenue
south to S.R. 70 W, thus connecting S.R.
70 W and S.R. 78 W Also under the 2035
plan, S.E. 18th Terrace would be extended
north to S.R. 70 W, a bridge would be built
across Taylor Creek connecting Taylor Creek
Isles and Treasure Island and S.E. 16th Street
would be extended to Everglades Boule-
vard.
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Toys needed for a "Night with Santa"
Dr. Brown Children's Health Center is again sponsoring a "Night with Santa" for chil-
dren who are in need. Last year they provided over 900 toys to needy children and a
visit with Santa at no cost to the family. If you would like to help please drop your new
unwrapped toy off at the Dr. Brown Children's Health Center, located at 2015 Hwy. 441
North.

Christmas Toy Drive
Big Lake Mission Outreach is sponsoring their 16th Annual Toy Drive for the needy
children in the community. They screen families for needs and the gifts are to be placed
under the tree for Christmas Day. They are in need of new gifts for ages baby to teen.
Donations can be toys, gift cards, or gifts suitable for teens. Checks are welcome made
out to: Big Lake Missions Outreach. They will purchase what is needed. Also, food items
are always acceptable and needed. Donations of toys or gifts will be accepted through
Dec. 20. Pick-up and receipts are available upon request. The telephone number is 863-
610-1815 and the address to drop off toys is 605 N.W 16th St.


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some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Christmas
Maybe the Christians did it to counter-
act a bad festival? I mean even if it WAS a
Pagan holiday, now it is used primarily by
the Christian community. Not to say it has
not been hyped up by the merchants to sell,
sell, sell, but this year I am just not doing
it. We will be together, and that has to be
enough. After all the reason is not presents,
it is Christ's presence. Merry CHRISTmas to
you all!
Did you ever stop and think celebrat-
ing Christmas around the time of the Winter
Solstice was because it was before they even
had the current calendar? You are forgetting
these things happened thousands of years
ago.

Tips from city police
I know we all want to share in the fes-
tive season. Please think about your own
safety and property first. Before you leave
for the day, CLOSE YOUR BLINDS AND
DRAPES. Sadly, thieves drive around look-
ing for those lighted inside trees and deco-
rations. When you are gone they look in
the windows. What's under those trees?
CHRISTMAS GIFTS, hey stuff to steal... We
must be vigilant and protect ourselves. Don't
most of your neighbors work during the day
just like mine. More often than not, no one is
around to see the crimes take place and be
a witness. Please feel free to call if you see
a stranger in the neighborhood: City Police:
763-5521 or County Sheriff: 863-763-3117.
SERIAL NUMBERS SERIAL NUMBERS SE-
RIAL NUMBERS open that gift and write
down that serial number, PLEASE!

Home invasion robbery
What has happened to the days when
we respected our elders and tried to pro-
tect them, not steal from them? I hope their
punishment is harsh. Glad the man was not
harmed.


The police did a great job. Now, if our
court system does their job, these criminals
will be in jail for a long time.

Funniest T-shirt or bumper
sticker you have seen lately
Somewhere a village is missing their
idiot.
So many cats,.. so few recipes ...
I still miss my Ex-but my aim is im-
proving.
4 out of 5 voices in my head say "Go
for it!"
Beat rush hour. Leave work at noon.
Don't follow me. I'm lost too.
Forget about world peace. Visualize us-
ing your turn signal.
Driver carries no cash-he's married.


Remember Dr. Brown
If you or your family members were
Dr. Brown's patients, please send him a card
or a letter this holiday season. Friends of Dr.
Brown are encouraging his patients (past or
present) and their families to send cards and
letters, sharing their memories and thanking
Dr. Brown for his dedication and service.
Cards and letters may be sent in care of
the Dr. Fred Brown Children's Health Cen-
ter, 2015 Highway 441 N., Okeechobee, FL
34972. The staff at the center will make sure
the cards and letters are sent to Dr. Brown's
home. Dr. Brown has retired from the cen-
ter due to health issues and we want him to
know this community is thinking about him
and praying for him and for his family.

Parade
Anyone who missed this year's Christ-
mas parade really missed something spe-
cial. It was great. I want to thank everyone
who participated and in particular I think we
should all thank Main Street for doing such a
good job organizing the festival and the pa-
rade on short notice.


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

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. 17
- Southwest section and Dec. 18 Southeast
section.

Gilbert Chevrolet is now
collecting Toys for Tots
Gilbert Chevrolet is attempting to make
this the best year ever for the annual Toys for
Tots Drive by collecting the most amount of
toys! Please bring in an unwrapped toy and
they will enter your name in a raffle to win
a list of prizes from Gilbert Chevrolet "Wish
list." Items to be given away include a Digi-
tal Camera, Child's Bike, BBQ grill and GPS
Navigation system. Gilbert Chevrolet is locat-
ed at 3550 HWY 441 South in Okeechobee.
For directions to the store call 863-763-3154.


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Friday, December 17, 2010


Volunteers make all the difference


It's the giving time of year, and some of
the most giving people we know are our
volunteers! Every day, they touch the lives
of our patients and their families, and they
make Raulerson Hospital a better place.
Raulerson Hospital is lucky to have more
than 50 volunteers who work throughout
the facility and in the Okeechobee com-
munity. Some volunteers are retired people
who are eager to give back to others. Some
are medical students who want to get more
experience. And some are teenagers who
use volunteering as part of their community
service commitment. All these volunteers
use their individual skills to complement
the work of our highly qualified physicians,
nurses, technologists, and other staff.
If you are a patient or a visitor to Rauler-
son Hospital, you may see volunteers con-
tributing in many different ways, such as
these:
Greeting visitors in the reception area
and offering directions


Providing general information to pa-
tients and their families
Escorting patients by wheelchair
Visiting patients and delivering books
and magazines to them
Working in the hospital gift shop
Helping hospital staff with administra-
tive tasks
Setting up for hospital events
Delivering flowers and mail to pa-
tients' rooms
Every week, our volunteers give self-
lessly of their time and talent. They provide a
friendly face or a reassuring smile, often just
when a patient or loved one needs it most.
Year-round, this is the best gift of all.
To learn more about our volunteer servic-
es or to become a volunteer, contact Marnie
Lauter at 863-763-2702 or stop in and visit
us at Raulerson Hospital 1796 Hwy 441. We
know that volunteers make the hospital ex-
perience more positive for everyone!


FrueiC.,aSI
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
76. Calm wind becoming south southeast
between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers
after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around
51. Calm wind becoming south southeast
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of show-
ers, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 75. Southwest wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance
of showers before lam. Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 57. West northwest wind be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.


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December 17, 2010 Okeechobee News 5


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Members of the Okeechobee High School swim team earned awards for quali-
fying for the regional. (Left to right) Dr. Patricia Cooper presented awards to
Alex Ming, Katie VanBeek and Coach Brian Turner at the Dec. 14 meeting of the
Okeechobee County School Board.


SCHOOL
Continued From Page 1

The deal also included some language
changes regarding email that should insure
employee's greater access to email this
year.
The classified employees also received a
step increase that amounts to 3.25 percent
with salary and benefits. The classified em-
ployees also received a five cent an hour
raise.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia
Cooper said the school board values their
employees and like to reward them mon-
etarily as much as they can.
"With the voting percentage that ratified
both contracts, we apparently have done
a good job again this year of negotiating a
good contract," she said.
Dr. Cooper said the district as been con-
servative financially in the past few years and
that helped with their financial flexibility.
"Both sides understood the economic times
we were in. No one expected 10 percent."
Union president Candy Walker said a lot
of teachers didn't cast ballots this year. She
said they allowed electronic ballots this year
for teachers. About 273 teachers cast ballots
this year. There are over 400 teachers em-
ployed by the district.
"We put a good package together and
both sides highly recommend that every-
body pass it. All the employees saw that they
were one of the few counties in the state that
is actually getting raises year after year. They
recognize that as a good thing," she added.
School board chairperson Kelly Owens
said many districts haven't been able to ad-
just salaries for a number of years. She said
adjusting salaries at the holidays was a good
thing.
The school board also gave Superinten-
dent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper an in-
crease in salary from $96,408 to $103,810.
This amounts to an additional $7,402.
This figure includes a 2.55 percent step
increase the other employees received this
year and also restores the 5 percent salary
reduction Dr. Cooper willingly gave back to
the board during the 2009-2010 school year.
The board rejected a proposal from


School Board Attorney Tom Conely to in-
clude another 1.65 percent raise that other
employees received during the 2009-2010
school year. His proposed salary was
$104,755.
School board member India Riedel made
the motion for the new salary, "She showed
positive leadership when she reduced her
salary last year. She was the first to come to
the table."
School board member Joe Arnold sug-
gested Dr. Cooper be paid $99,608 which
would be the amount an elected school
superintendent would receive. He voted
against the new salary for Dr. Cooper.
Chairperson Kelly Owens said she was
very pleased with the final decision, "She
has been a tremendous asset for this district.
She is very well respected. To reinstate that
5-percent reduction she willingly took was
a good idea. I think to allow her what other
employees have received was fair."
Dr. Cooper said she will accept the ad-
ditional salary and said she will remain
with Okeechobee schools for as long as the
school board will have her.
"My husband always said I would do this
for nothing. I love Okeechobee and I certain-
ly love the schools and the children and the
students. I'm fine," she said.
Ironically due to Dr. Cooper's salary cut
last year, she was paid less than the assistant
superintendent of schools.
In other actions, the school board hon-
ored several athletes with the swim team,
volleyball team, golf team, cross coun-
try, and seniors on the football team who
reached the post season this year.
The board also expelled three students
from New Endeavor High School. A ninth
grader was expelled for the remainder of
the 2010-2011 school year for threats and in-
timidation, a seventh grader for threats and
battery, and an 11th grader for possession
alcohol and drugs on campus and defiance
of authority.
The board also approved step salary
hikes for employees not included in the two
bargaining units. This includes mostly ad-
ministrators.
School board member David Williams
was absent.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Josh Radford (right) earned accolades Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
as a member of the FFA environmen- Brittany Serrano (right) was honored
tal Science Career Development Team by the School Superintendent for the
at OHS. Dr. Pat Cooper presented the Okeechobee High School FFA Environ-
award at the Dec. 14 meeting of the mental Science Career Development
Okeechobee County School Board. Team at the Dec. 14 meeting of the
I -I Okeechobee County School Board.


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
James Sharpe (right) earned an award
from School Superintendent Cooper
for his work with the OHS FFA Environ-
mental Science Career Development
Team. Dr. Patricia Cooper presented
the awards at the Dec. 14 meeting
of the Okeechobee County School
Board.


MUDFEST
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E. -- about one-half mile west of N.W 128th
Avenue.
The planning board had recommended
approval by a 5-2 vote.
Planning and development staff had
proposed a list of conditions including suffi-
cient private security, a separate entrance for
emergency vehicles and traffic signs warn-
ing of delays. The stipulations also call for a
broom truck and water truck to be available
to keep S. R. 70 cleared of mud.
Those stipulations were also approved by
the board.
After each mudfest county staff, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and
mudfest organizers will meet to discuss
any problems and changes that need to be
made.
Kenneth Sullivan, representing the
Crooked Creek property owners, stated "We
are not trying to stop the mudfests. All we
ask is to move it to the west to give us a
buffer. We have to put everything away we
don't want stolen."
He said Crooked Creek residents could
not sleep during mudfest because of the


UKeecnoDee Ivews/inaries iviurpny
Trey Watson (right) earned a certificate
from School Chief Dr. Patricia Cooper
at Tuesday's School Board meeting. Dr.
Patricia Cooper presented the award
at the Dec. 14 meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County School Board.


noise and they had to make sure mudfest
participants did not come unto their prop-
erty.
Chris Jones, from the same subdivision,
gave the board pictures taken at the 2008
mudfest. While she said residents did not
want to prevent mudfests, they wanted
more security. She complained of people in
the past camping in unauthorized areas and
trash blowing around long after mudfest
was over.
Phil Conroy, who is in charge of secu-
rity at mudfest, said the issues raised have
already been addressed. "We are willing to
work with these people but there are only
certain things we can do," he said.
Mike Stroud suggested putting up put a
7-or 8-foot tall fence to create a buffer zone.
"I love mudfest," stated Debra Sales,
owner of the mudfest site. "It is good for the
community."
She mentioned the economic impact to
such businesses as gas stations and restau-
rants. She said they have dumpsters and
start cleaning up at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
"I see no problem with mudfest," stated
Commissioner Margaret Helton.
"I think they have taken every single pre-
caution," was the opinion of Commissioner
Bryant Culpepper. "I will do everything in
my power as a commissioner to make sure
this runs properly."





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Obituaries


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Helene N. Jones, 90
OKEECHOBEE Helene N. Jones, age 90, of
Okeechobee, passed away Dec. 15, 2010, at
Raulerson Hospital.
She was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Moundsville,
W.Va., to the late
William and Marga-
ret Newell. She
came to Okeecho-
bee in 1977 and was
a member of Corner
Stone Baptist ,
Church and Eastern ,
Star.
Mrs. Jones was
preceded in death
by her brothers,
Bob, Jack, Roy and
Chad; and
sister, Edna. She is survived by her
husband, Elmo Jones of ( i.,,, 1 i
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday,
Dec. 20, 2010, at Evergreen Cemetery with Pas-
tor Tom Pasquarella officiating.
Friends may sign the il ..... i. at www.bas-
, I.. i. I,,! ,I II f .. II
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


Ross L. Burleson, 77
OKEECHOBEE Ross L. Burleson, age 77,
died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Raulerson Hos-
pital.
Mr. Burleson was born in McDowell, N.C. He
was owner and operator of a service station and
garage in Burnsville, N.C. and relocated to
Okeechobee in 1980.
Cars and trucks were his favorite pastime. He
was a member of the Moose and Eagles and
had served his country with thirty years of ser-
vice in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Corene.
Survivors include brothers, Roy (Joyce) Burle-
son, Lee (Annie) Burleson; sister, Zula Williams,
all of N.C.; nephew, Dan Burleson; stepdaugh-
ter, Patricia (Peter) Payne of Royal Palm Beach;
and a host of other nephews and nieces in N.C.
Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 3
p.m., with a service at 3 p.m., at Buxton-Sea-
winds Chapel at Abundant Blessings Church.
Private entombment will be held at a later date.
Friends may express their online condolences
at www.buxtonseawinds.com.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Hwy. 441N., (i .... ,I FL.


Gladys A. Lowe, 93
OKEECHOBEE Gladys A. Lowe, age 93,
died Friday, Dec. 10, at the Hamrick Home.
Mrs. Lowe was one of the first babies born in
the newly settled, young town of ('i.,, ii ...
and resided in Okee-
chobee her entire
lifetime.
She retired, after
being employed in
many different ca-
pacities, from the
(,i .... ,.... County
School System.
Her hobbies in-
cluded fishing and
gardening and she
loved her grandchil-
dren more
than life itself. Generosity was a natu-
ral part of her being as she would readily give
"the shirt off her back" to anyone in need.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Carli-
sle, Sam, and Horace Thomas; sisters, Doris
Carden, Hallie Thomas, Edith Worth, Ada Han-
cock, Geraldine Stanley; grandson, Frank Frank-
um; granddaughter, Bobbie Summeralls; and
great-grandson, Rhet Butler.
Survivors include daughter, Glenda (Earl)
Stripling of (0i.... i-,,, grandson, Michael
Stripling of Okeechobee; granddaughters, Glyn-
nis Butler of Port St. Lucie, Brenda Quinlin of
(iI .. -.. I great-grandsons, Frank Dudley of
Port St. Lucie, Dayton Quinlin of (0il... i, 1i '
great-granddaughters, Karen Summeralls of Port
St. Lucie, Kayla Frankum, and Kaitlyn and Sum-
mer Stripling, all of Okeechobee; and great-
great-grandson, Matthew Butler of Port St. Lu-
cie.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m., today, Dec. 17,
at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, where
Mrs. Lowe was a charter member, 412 NW 6th
St. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may express their condolences online
at www.buxtonseawinds.com.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, FL.






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County offices closed Dec. 17,
Okeechobee County Offices will be
closed on Dec. 17, from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. for a
Christmas Luncheon.

Legion Post 64 hosts Friday
Country Dinner/Dance
American Legion Post 64 will host Friday
night dinner on Dec. 17, with a choice of
country fried steak, mashed potatoes, salad,
vegetable, roll, and homemade dessert or
chicken strips, French fries, salad and des-
sert for only $6 served from 5 until 7:30 p.m.
Awesome dance music by Michael starts at
6 p.m.

Teen dance set for Dec. 18
December's Teen Dance will be held on
Saturday, Dec. 18, at Okeechobee Fresh-
man Campus Auditorium from 7-10 p.m.
Tickets are just $7 and include pizza, soda
and chips. A live D.J. will be spinning the
best in hip hop dance music. All proceeds
will benefit the Okeechobee YMCA project.
For more information, please contact Teresa
Chandler at 863-801-4996.

No Orchid or Garden Club
meetings in December
There will be no Orchid Club or Garden
Club meetings in December. The next meet-
ing will be Monday, Jan. 31 at the Extension
Center.


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Legion to host steak dinner
American Legion Post 64 will host the
monthly steak dinner this Sunday, Dec. 19,
from 4 until 6 p.m. Steak on the grill, baked
potato, salad, roll and homemade dessert
will be served for only $12. Open mic kara-
oke will start at 3 p.m. Bring your own discs
or select from thousands of our selections.

Republican Party to meet
Republican Party of Okeechobee, will
meet on Monday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at401
N.W Fourth Street. Special guest is Sid Din-
erstein from Palm Beach County and author
of book 'Adults Only. For Those Who Love
Their Country More Than Their Party." Sid
will speak and have books available to sell
and sign. They will make Christmas gifts for
anyone you know that is concerned about
the situation our Country is in these days.
Come enjoy listening to Sid and being part
of our Christmas meeting. Call Debi at 863-
532-9623 for anymore information.

Martha's Closet hosts sale
Martha's Closet is having a huge sale go-
ing on now until Christmas! Everything is
marked down. Dresses for $1! Men's cloth-
ing for $1! Women's blouses for 50 cents.
Located at 105 S.W 2nd Ave. Right next to
the Tobacco Shop. Hours are 10-4 p.m.,
Monday Saturday.


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Report: 16-year-old pointed BB gun at deputy


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 16-year-old Okeechobee boy was arrest-
ed after he allegedly pointed a BB pistol at an
off-duty Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) deputy.
Charles Lynn Spiva III, U.S. 441 S.E., was ar-
rested Monday, Dec. 13, on a charge of aggra-
vated assault with a firearm. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken
to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in


Fort Pierce. An arrest report by OCSO Deputy
Mark Margerum stated that shortly after off-
duty deputy Cody Hurst passed a vehicle on
U.S. 441 N. around 10:20 p.m., lights began
flashing in a strobe pattern on the vehicle
now behind him. The deputy reportedly told
Deputy Margerum that he thought the vehicle
was trying to conduct a traffic stop.
Because Deputy Hurst, who was in his pri-
vate vehicle, didn't recognize the car as being
an OCSO vehicle he called the sheriff's office.
As Deputy Hurst was following the tan


Mazda on N.W 106th St., the front seat pas-
senger crawled out the open car window, sat
on the window frame and reportedly pointed
something in the deputy's direction, stated
the report. Deputy Hurst then slowed down
and waited for uniformed deputies to arrive.
Deputy Margerum, along with OCSO
deputies Joseph Gracie and Jason Hickman,
stopped the vehicle and got everyone out of
the car. During a search of the car, Deputy
Margerum stated that a black and silver Daisy
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Wednesday
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863-763-4843




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front passenger seat. He stated in his report
that the gun "looked like a real semi-automatic
handgun." According to Deputy Margerum's
report, after interviewing the four people in
the Mazda he learned that the operator of the
car had the vehicle's fog lights wired to the
car's headlights so that they come on when
the headlights are on bright. The driver of the
car said he "flicked" his lights off and on sev-
eral times after being passed by Deputy Hurst
to tell him to turn off his bright lights.
No one else in the vehicle was arrested.


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Teacher and employee of the year
Congratulations to New Endeavor Teacher of the Year, Donna Kersey (left)
and School-Related Employee of the Year, Sue Clements!


Tips help prevent colds and flu


It's that time of year. Coughing and sneez-
ing. Headaches and body aches.
Getting a cold or the flu is lousy, but it can
happen to anyone. Germs are highly conta-
gious and hard to avoid, so here are some
tips for trying to stay healthy.
Wash your hands. This may sound sim-
ple, but washing your hands frequently is a
great defense against viruses. Make sure you
scrub with soap and water for at least 20
seconds. If you can't get to a sink, try using
hand sanitizer.
Clean up. Viruses can easily pass from
surfaces to people. Make a point to regu-
larly wipe down your phone, computer key-
board, remote control, doorknobs-all the
things you touch over and over. Antiseptic
wipes will do the trick.
Toss the tissue. When you cough or
sneeze, be sure to use a tissue-then throw
it away. Germs can linger and contaminate
surfaces.
Get enough rest. When you're tired,
you're more susceptible to getting sick. Aim
to get seven to eight hours of sleep each


night, no matter how busy you are.
Eat well. Good nutrition will make you
stronger and help ward off illness. Focus on
lean protein, whole grains, and fresh fruits
and veggies.
Steer clear. Try to keep your distance
from people who are coughing and sneez-
ing. Big crowds (the mall) and tight spaces
(airplanes) can be feeding grounds for
germs. It may be hard to stay away, but do
your best. Also, if you're sick, try not to share
your illness with others.
Stay active. Getting 30 minutes of exercise
each day is great for your health. It makes
your heart pump and strengthens your im-
mune system. However, if you have a fever,
take a rest before you start exercising again.
Get the flu shot. If you haven't already, be
sure to get a flu shot at your doctor's office
or the local drugstore. Physicians advise that
getting the vaccine is one of the best ways to
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Church to host 'Christmas Around the World' \, Roer eanBuickGl MCcorn
Children and families are invited to the multi-cultural celebration of 'Christmas Around
the World' on the grounds of Sacred Heart Church on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 5 p.m. through
7 p.m. The evening begins with a charming live nativity pageant. The pageant is followed l
by a variety show of delightful performances by American, Mexican, Bolivian, Irish and /
Filipino entertainers. The evening concludes with Santa Claus delivering gifts to the children
12 and under and everybody joining in a lively version of Feliz Navidad and Joy the World.
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call: 863-763-3727.

Christmas Cantata set for 12th year ./
The Okeechobee Community Choir, in its 12th year under the direction of Sandy Perry,
will present the Christmas Cantata, "How Great Our Joy" and other seasonal favorites on
Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W 2nd Street. 52 singers representing 16 local churches
will be singing. Frank Carter, a very talented composer and also Director of Arts & Music
at Good Shepherd United Methodist in West Palm Beach will be joining the choir. Nicolle
Wood will again share her unique talents as narrator. Audience participation is invited to
join the choir in singing the final selection, Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus. A love offering will
be taken to cover advertising costs. For more information, call Sandy at 863-634-7714.


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, between 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 three cash prizes for the best deco-
rated boats. Judging will be at Butch's Backyard Bar at 9 p.m. Prizes are: First place $100;
Second place $75; and, Third prize $50. Public is invited. For more information, contact
Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.

Toys for Tots distribution planned at Agri-Civic Center
Toys for Tots Distribution will be at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center on Sunday, Dec.
19, from noon-4 p.m. Proof of Okeechobee residency is required and children must be
present. Santa and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies will be at the distribution party. Current drop
off locations: WOKC, Walgreens, Trends, Fast Break, Gilbert Chevrolet, Center State Bank,
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School. For more information please contact Malissa Morgan
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Horses and riders were dressed in
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Reindeer games
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Pregnancy Center moves to new location


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
With teen pregnancy rates in Okeecho-
bee County among the highest in the state,
a much needed local organization recently
moved into larger quarters. The Pregnancy
Center of Okeechobee moved to 500 N.W.
Sixth Avenue. One of the biggest advantages
of the new location, according to Wendy
Schaffer, director of client services, is that
there is more room for confidently and pri-
vacv.


"The main thing we want to show them
is love and safety," Ms. Schaffer said of her
clients, who are mostly lower income single
mothers. She added that because of the cur-
rent economic situation some of her clients
are now married women who are unem-
ployed.
The staff consists of executive director,
Lisa Lumpkin, Ms. Schaffer, who works part
time. and one part-time nurse. A total of 15
volunteers, including nurses, also serve the
facility. They provide a wide range of ser-
vices including Dreinancv tests. monthly


ultrasounds and parenting education. More
volunteers could be used, especially morn-
ing receptionists.
By taking part in such activities as watch-
ing parenting videos, reading certain books,
attending breast feeding support groups or
attending private counseling, clients can
earn "mommy dollars" which can be spent
for such things as baby clothes, toys, cribs
and strollers.
Since this is a faith based organization,
there are weekly Bible studies.
The center expects to serve over 200 cli-


Staff and volunteers were on hand Monday evening Dec. 6 for the open house of the new location for the Pregnancy Cri-
sis Center at 500 N.W. Sixth Ave. Pictured are, left to right, Rev. P. Gwen Livatt, Catherine Jeffers, Joyce Costospoulos,
Debbie Aiken, Rachel Lookabill, Lisa Lamplin, Mary Royce Lookabill, Patricia Hapner and Wendy Schaffer.


ents this year. Clients are encouraged to ei-
ther keep their baby or put the baby up for
adoption. Ms. Schaffer said most choose to
keep the baby.
"All of us feel this is a needed service,"
she said.
The renovation of the new facility was
accomplished, in large part, with the help
of volunteer help from the community. "It's
amazing," Ms. Schaffer, said of the volunteer
effort. "I love okeechobee."
The Pregnancy Center also works with
other community organizations such as Mar-
tha's House, a shelter for battered women.


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Library refunded over $18,000 in overpaid sewer charges


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Utility Board of Direc-
tors heard some good financial news at
their Dec. 14 meeting. The board approved
the final fiance report of fiscal year 2010.
The report showed $641,569 in unrestricted
surplus funds. Of that total $521,498 was at-
tributed to the six percent rate increase. The
board voted to deposit the entire amount in
the rate stabilization fund and allocated it for
future debt service payments.
The board was also informed that the
closing on the refunding of OUA's 1999 and
2000 bond issues took place on Nov. 19. At
a previous board meeting it was estimated
that over the twenty-year term the refund-
ing would result in a savings of $3,014,373.
However, the closing revealed a total savings
of $3,040,681.89-an increase of $26,309.
Mr. Hartford also reported surplus funds in
another account. However, the board could
not decide what to do with those surplus
finds. Several years ago, before Mr. Hayford
became executive director Blue Cross/Blue
Shield refunded the utility $5,276.51 because
of a billing error. The board discussed using
the money to give each employee a $100 or
$150 bonus since they did not get any pay
increases this year. The board discussed but
took no action on that suggestion. A motion
was made to put that money toward the
anticipated increase in insurance costs next
year. However, that motion failed to pass.
At next month's board meting the matter of


what to do with these surplus funds will be
discussed again.
The board also had good news for the
Okeechobee County Library. Christmas will
come early for the library in the form of a
$18,095.62 refund from OUA. The library
has two water meters. One meter is for do-
mestic use and is charged for sewer service.
The other meter is for irrigation water that
does not use the sewer system. That meter
should not have a sewer charge. However,
Mr. Hayford informed the board that it was
recently discovered that for 48 months that
irrigation meter has been charged for sewer.
The board voted to refund the sewer bill to
the library.
In the ongoing litigation with Land Ven-
tures of America over a developer's agree-
ment the board approved payment of a
monthly invoice from the law firm of Melville
and Sowerby for legal services rendered.
Executive director John Hayford informed
the board that with that monthly payment
the $35,000 allocated in the budget for this
litigation would be down to approximately
$1,200. The board voted to move $35,000
from the administrative contingency ac-
count to the legal services fund to cover fu-
ture litigation expenses. Board attorney Tom
Conley said the matter would probably go to
trial in February or March. He said that Land
Ventures of America had refused OUA's of-
fer. He said that what the developer wanted
was a refund of all money already paid to
OUA and a cancellation of the developers
agreement.


There are 23 years left in the utility's lease
of the wastewater treatment plant site from
the state. At the end of the lease the board
has no indication of what the terms and con-
ditions of a new lease would be. The lease
states that its termination, if it is not renewed,
the state could require OUA to remove the
wastewater treatment plant from the prop-
erty. The board voted to offer to buy the
property from the state at the appraised val-
ue of $4,500 per acre or a total of $1,870,000.
The board proposed a twenty five percent
down payment with the balance to be paid
in annual payments for twenty years with no
interest. Mr. Conley stated that he expected a
reply back from the state by March.
The proposed expansion of the sewer
system to include Treasure Island is getting
closer to realty. Mr. Hayford informed the
board that the USDA funding application has
been delivered to the West Palm Beach of-
fice. If everything is in order the application
will be forwarded to the state office. At that


time OUA staff will meet with state USDA
representatives.
In other action the board:
received the finance report for the pe-
riod ending Nov. 30;
approved a monthly invoice for federal
lobbyist Alcalde and Fay for $5,008;
changed policy so that customers who
have direct deposit could pay their monthly
bill in cash before the due date without pen-
alty;
recognized Jess Manson, maintenance
supervisor, for 15 years' service to the util-
ity;
recognized John McNeil, wastewater
plant operator, for 10 years' service to the
utility; and
approved expenditure of an amount
not to exceed $275,000 for purchase of ma-
terial needed for phase III of the 24 inch wa-
ter main project.
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Holiday Happenings

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. Entertain-
ment 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.

Fraternal Order of Eagles host New Year's Eve
Come celebrate New Year's Eve with the Fraternal Order of Ea-
gles #4137 on Friday, Dec. 31. Steak dinners served beginning at
5:30. Dinners include steak, baked potato, salad, garlic bread and
dessert all for $12. Entertainment by Rick and Julie from 7 until
midnight. Finger foods, party favors and breakfast provided by La-
dies Auxiliary. For further information or to reserve a table, please
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OHS girls basketball

team plays Fort Pierce

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Essence Williams had 26 points in a
losing cause as Okeechobee High School
fell to Fort Pierce Central 74-41 in high
school girl's basketball action Monday
night in Fort Pierce.
Jaryaca Baker added nine points for
Okeechobee.
Lasonia Edwards had 25 points for
the Lady Cobras (3-3, 1-4 in district).
Okeechobee fell to (4-8, 1-4 in district
play).
Okeechobee played hard defense
against the Cobras but had struggles slow-
ing down the talented Cobra fast break.
The Lady Brahmans will host Lake
Placid on Friday night at Yearling Middle
School. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


OHS boys soccer team

plays Martin County

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School goal keeper
Serafin Espinoza made 15 saves but it
wasn't enough as Okeechobee fell to the
always talented Martin County Tigers, 1-0,
in boy's soccer action Monday.
The frigid condition must have had
a huge impact on the action as neither
team could score for the first 48 minutes
of the game.
Evan Greenbaum put the only goal of
the night into the net in the second half
for Martin County on assists by Tyler Lara-
mie and Nick Reardon.
Okeechobee (6-2-1) had a tough time
solving Tiger goal keeper Eduardo San-
doval who made six saves.
Larnique Collins had 21 points and
Roneisha Jordan added 18 points for Fort
Pierce.
The Brahmans will host their annual
Christmas Tournament next Monday and
Tuesday night at OHS.


Upcoming Blood Drives
Blood Drives are planned for Decem-
ber and January at the following loca-
tions on these dates and times:
Dec. 21 Parking lot at Raulerson
Hospital noon-6 p.m.
Dec. 23 Publix Supermarket 1- 6
p.m.
Dec. 28 Publix Supermarket 1-7
p.m.
Dec. 29 Golden Corral noon-6 p.m.
Dec. 30 Walgreen's noon-5:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 Okeechobee Correctional In-
stitution noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 25 KOA Kampground 8:30
a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 Health Expo at the Ag Center
9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Winterfest at the BHR Vol-
unteer Fire Dept. 10 a.m. -2 a.m.


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Okeechobee News December 17, 2010


Task force arrests 2 in pill bust


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man and woman were
arrested on felony drug charges following
a search of their apartment during which a
large number of oxycodone pills were alleg-
edly found.
Merri Joella Spearow, 41, U.S. 441 S.E.,
was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 15, on a felo-
ny charge of possession of a controlled sub-
stance (oxycodone) with intent to sell. She
was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was also charged with possession
of a controlled substance (oxycodone) with
intent to sell and the sale of a controlled
substance (oxycodone). Those charges
stemmed from a prior incident.
Also arrested in the home was Samuel
David Baggett, 47. He was charged with
possession of a controlled substance (mor-
phine) and possession of a controlled sub-
stance (xanax).
Spearow was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a total bond (both
cases) of $46,000, while Baggett's bond was
set at $10,000.
An arrest report by a detective with the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that
earlier this month Spearow sold oxycodone
pills to a confidential source during an un-
dercover operation. Using money provided
by the task force, the source reportedly paid
$90 for six oxycodone tablets.


The buy was monitored both visually and
audibly by a task force detective, the report
added.
However, because it was an ongoing in-
vestigation Spearow was not arrested at this
time.
Task force detectives and deputies from
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) then executed a search warrant
Wednesday on Spearow's home at 10:30
a.m. During that search detectives report-
edly found: a glass pipe with a residue; two
pill bottles containing straws, pills and a resi-
due; 150 oxycodone pills; xanax and mor-
phine tablets; and, $822 in cash.
Spearow has a valid prescription for the
oxycodone pills, stated a task force detec-
tive.
According to the report, Baggett was
found to have xanax and morphine tablets
in his spants pocket. The report went on to
state that he did not have a valid prescription
for either narcotic.
The detective said the residue in the pipe
was field tested, and that the test indicated a
positive result for the presence of metham-
phetamine. The substance in the pill bottle
was also field tested and indicated a positive
result for the presence of morphine, added
the detective.
Spearow, who is unemployed, had alleg-
edly been selling prescription pills for about
a year and had been selling them for $15
each.


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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).
Elizabeth Starcher, 29, S.E. Fourth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 14 by
Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation possession of cocaine (two
counts) and violation of probation posses-
sion of a controlled substance (two counts).
She is being held without bond.
Melissa Smith, 26, S.E. 88th Blvd.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 14 by Depu-
ty Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with felony petit theft.
Her bond was set at $2,500.
Sally F. Hoctor, 55, N.W 172nd Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 14 by Depu-
ty Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with criminal use of
personal identification information (two
counts). She was released on her own re-
cognizance.


Sam Babbs, 53, N.E. Second St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 15 by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Street
Crimes Unit on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation of proba-
tion possession of a controlled substance
(cocaine) and violation of probation pur-
chase of cocaine. He is being held without
bond.
Shannon Veitch, 38, Cooper Drive, Na-
ples, was arrested Dec. 15 by Deputy Greg
Popovich on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation of proba-
tion grand theft auto and violation of pro-
bation driving while license suspended. He
is being held without bond.
Jesse Lee Weems, 29, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 15 by Depu-
ty Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with felony petit theft.
His bond was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, 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.


Eagles hold steak night tonight

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, on 9985 Hwy. 441 North, will hold their Steak
Night on Friday, December 17. Steak Night, beginning at 5:30 p.m. will include, steak,
salad, baked potato or sweet potato, garlic bread and dessert for only $12. Live entertain-
ment and Karaoke by Lisa will follow, 7-11 p.m. Eagles are "people helping people."


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December 17, 2010














OHS girls soccer team bests Boynton Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School had several dif-
ferent players put balls in the net as the Lady


Brahmans defeated Boynton Beach in high
school girl's soccer action on Monday night
at Brahman stadium.
Temperatures hovered in the upper 30's
and low 40's which made the conditions dif-


ficult for the girls, many of whom played in
shorts.
Emily Raulerson, who was among the
goal scorers for the Brahmans, said mov-
ing around helped keep the girls warm. "At
some point in the game I was just running
around in circles but that was part of the
game tonight, keeping warm."
Okeechobee controlled action from start
to finish and Boynton Beach had very few
offensive opportunities.
At one point in the second half, Okeecho-
bee had the ball in the Boynton Beach end
of the field for 12 straight minutes.
"It was quite cold but I was impressed
with how the girls played," Coach Julie Bo-
hannon said, "We had a lot of nice passes so
I'm pleased with what we did tonight."
Raulerson said the Lady Brahmans re-
ally needed a victory after a string of losses
against tough Treasure Coast schools. She
said this could get the team back on the right
track.


Emily Raulerson (right) works near the Boynton Beach net during the Lady
Brahman victory on Monday.



OMS girls basketball plays Gifford


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Osceola Middle School girls basketball
fell to Gifford 48-36 to end the first half of
their schedule Tuesday afternoon at the
Warrior's gym.
Carley McCoin had 21 points and Taylor
Trent added 11 points for the Warriors. Mi-
chaela Myers and Imari Roberts both had
two points for Osceola (1-4).
Coach Tyrone Smith said the girls had a
few turnovers late in the game that opened
up a close game.
"Defense has been our struggle this
year. The girls are still learning on the run,"
he said.
Osceola and Gifford were tied 8-8 at the
end of the first quarter. Osceola led 20-18
at the half. The Warriors did a good job
of protecting the ball in the first half and
held their own underneath. McCoin and
Myers both had blocks underneath in the
first half.
The Dolphins were able to rally in the
second half as their pressure defense
started to bother the Lady Warriors in the
fourth quarter.
"We are teaching fundamentals and the
rules of basketball on a daily basis. I feel
the girls have improved since the first day
of practice," Smith said.
Smith said he has encouraged the girls
to watch high school games and learn
more about the game, "Like any sport, if
you watch it, you understand the flow of
the game and the objective."
Osceola did miss eight free throws


in the contest. Smith praised Myers and
Roberts for doing well under the boards.
He said for the middle school programs to
improve more girls have to play basketball
all year round, attend camps, and work on
their conditioning.
The Lady Warriors' next game is Jan. 7
at Storm Grove Middle School.


Carley McCoin fakes out a Dolphin
defender during the game between
Osceola and Gifford Middle School
on Tuesday.


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Caitlyn Smith had 29 points with seven
three point baskets as Sebastian Middle
School defeated Osceola Middle School, 52-
26 in middle school girls basketball action
Monday evening in Okeechobee.
Taylor Smith added 12 points while Car-
ley McCoin led Osceola with 20 points.
Osceola took a 6-3 early lead but fell be-
hind 14-8 after one quarter. Sebastian out-
scored Osceola 21-4 in the second quarter to
take control. Sebastian led 35-12 at the half.
The second half was nearly a stalemate
as Osceola cut the lead to 42-22 after three
quarters.
Too many turnovers, good aggressive de-
fense, and poor shooting doomed Osceola
for the second straight game.
Sebastian had a 45 game winning streak
snapped earlier this year by Gifford and have
really played hard since that game.
Coach Bill McCarthy said this was one of
the best games his team has played this year,
"Osceola was a very good shooting team.
The best team we've seen all year. They gave
us fits defensively."
Taylor Trent had four points, two re-
bounds and an assist for Osceola. McCoin
had four steals, four rebounds and one
block. Imari Roberts had two rebounds for
Osceola.
Coach McCarthy said he was very im-


"We've been playing some really good
teams lately. We've been on a losing streak
but we are coming back from that and I
think we'll keep going," she said.
Raulerson said scoring goals has been
easier for her this year because her team-
mates have found her in good spots on the
field. She said the match Monday was an ex-
ample of how much improvement the Brah-
mans have made this year.
"You could definitely tell that tonight was
an offensive game. We had shots all night
long. We really should have ended the game
a lot sooner but we played a great game and
we had a lot of shots on goal," she added.
Coach Bohannon said she was thrilled
that her girls could get a victory after a los-
ing streak. She said the girls needed the mo-
mentum they got from this win, "The losses
have been disheartening to the girls and we
needed this win to rebuild our confidence."


pressed with Osceola and their skill level.
"They are probably the best team we've
seen so far as far as talent. They have two
or three players with a very high skill level.
McCoin is the best player we have seen. She
handles the ball better than average, she is a
very good shooter and she has a great tem-
perament, I was very impressed with that."
Osceola hosted Gifford on Tuesday night.
Their next game is after the Christmas
break.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Taylor Trent had four points as Osceola
fell to Sebastian on Monday.


OMS girls basketball team


plays Sebastian Middle


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08 NISSAN ALTIMA $I 1n55*
101895A ... ............. ,
09 CHRYSLER T&C .................. 14
PL9720 .... .................. 1, *
00 FORD F-250 XLT SUPER-CAB $ 1451*
1 0 0 7 6 6 A ...................................... ',
08 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN $1a51*
1 0 2 1 5 8 A .. ....................
09 VW RABBIT 1551
1 0 2 2 7 9 A ...................................... ,
05 NISSAN 350Z S1451*
1 0 2 2 1 1 B ............ ................ ......
08 NISSAN ALTIMA *1541
101621A ........ ....
00 GMC ENVOY ...*15
101971A ...... ...... 1
OO ACURA TSX *15
110 271A ............... .. ,
08 JEEP LIBERTY *$ss
1 0 1 9 4 3 A ....................... .............. ,
09 JEEP PATRIOT 1*
G L 9 7 0 6 ...................... ..................
00 DODGE RAM 2500 4X4 1 1*
1 0 2 3 9 7A ........................................
08 JEEP COMMANDER 1 1*
10 16 7 5A ........................
00 DODGE DURANGO 1 1*
1 1 0 4 2 2 A ......................................
03 CADILLAC ESCALADE 1 1*
1 0 5 4 4 2 A .......................................


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AND JEEP CERTIFIED PREOWNED VEHICLES. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM ORIGINAL IN SERVICE DATE. SEE DEALER FOR FULL DETAILS.


Okeechobee News


December 17, 2010




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