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Vol. 102 No. 1 Sunday, January 2, 2011

750 Plus tax

Dr. Brown remembered as a 'legend'
By Pete Gawda parents and children, has good, Dr. Brown was still concerned with at Florida Community Health Clinics (FCHC)
Okeechobee News been grateful for that deci- helping others. for seven years and spoke of his devotion to
sion. "He always thought of others above him- his many patients.
He came to a small town and made a "Kids always came self," said Dr. Robshaw. "Dr. Brown was a very loving and gener-
huge impact," Dr. Christopher Robshaw said first." Dr. Robshaw said "I've lost a very dear friend," said ous person," Dr. Hill said. "He would go out
of pediatrician Dr. Fred Brown, who died of Dr. Brown. "He was an Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk, who had of his way to take care of a patient."
Tuesday, Dec. 28. excellent diagnostician. lunch with Dr. Brown every Wednesday for Dr. Hill related an incident where a young
Dr. Robshaw, who worked with Dr. We enjoyed working to- 10 years. "He was one of the most dedicated patient had knee pains, so Dr Brown or-
Brown for many years, said Dr. Brown chose gether." doctors I have ever know." dered some tests. Since the patient's mother
to come to Okeechobee around 1980 over Dr. Robshaw said in Dr. Dr. Fred Dr. Brown treated the mayor's children said she had no gas money to come back,
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varsity of Florida. Okeechobee, especially its

Browns latter days, when
his own health was not too

and grancnhildren.
Dr. Jeanette Hill worked with Dr. Brown

See DR. BROWN Page 2

County funds trip for Bonner

Over $2,700 was spent for
trip to Calif. conference
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It appears the county administrator does
not always practice what he preaches.
For several months preceding approval of
the budget for fiscal year 2010/11, Okeecho-
bee County Administrator Lyndon Bonner
strongly urged constitutional officers and
department heads to make drastic budget
cuts in light of a huge deficit. County em-
ployees even had to take a pay cut.
Fortunately, that pay cut was later re-
scinded-at least temporarily.
However, Mr. Bonner has not voluntarily
made any cuts in the county funds allotted
for his personal improvement.
According to Mr. Bonner's contract, the

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county will pay for "professional and official
travel, meetings and occasions as are rea-
sonable and necessary to continue the pro-
fessional development of employee."
Mr. Bonner attended an Oct. 17-20 Inter-
national City/County Man-
agement Association (IM-
CCA) conference in San
Jose, Calif.
He remained there an-
other week at his own ex-
pense, then flew back to
Orlando on Oct. 31.
The airline tickets cost
Lyndon the county $399.40 plus
Bonner an $18 fee to Expedia.
The conference cost lo-
cal taxpayers $1,130. The bill for Mr. Bon-
ner's room at the Hilton in San Jose was
$1,226.46. That totals $2,773.86 and does
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January 2, 2011


Investigators still 'digging' into alleged murder

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Even though an arrest has been made,
a Glades County investigator cautioned that
their investigation into the alleged murder of
an Okeechobee bail bondsman is still in its
"We're still digging into it," said Captain
Daryl Lewis, of the Glades County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
He said he and GCSO detectives meet ev-
ery morning to see where they are on the
case and what else is needed to be done.
Koty Cheyenne Lewis, 29, Red Barn
Road, Moore Haven, has been arrested in
connection with the shooting death of Gor-
don Suleiman on Sunday, Dec. 26. Lewis has
been charged with first degree murder and
is being held in the Glades County Detention
Center without bond.
Lewis is charged with shooting Mr. Sulei-
man in the chest with a .243 caliber rifle,
then leaving him to die in a pasture-not
far from a mobile home where Lewis was
According to Capt. Lewis, Mr. Suleiman

was helping a fellow Okeechobee bail bonds-
man, Gregory James, locate Koty Lewis and
take him into custody. The
captain said Mr. James was
revoking a bond he held on
Koty Lewis.
It should also be noted
that Capt. Lewis and Koty
Lewis are not related.
An arrest report by
GCSO Detective Sergeant
Koty C. Ronnie Baker indicated
Lewis that as the two men, along
with Mr. Suleiman's wife
Cynthia, approached the mobile home Koty
Lewis appeared. Sgt. Baker said he pointed
the rifle at the three bondsmen and told
then to get off his property.
Koty Lewis then ran toward a cow pas-
ture and Mr. and Mrs. Suleiman gave chase.
While they were chasing Koty Lewis, Mr.
James remained at the trailer to talk with the
man's sister, said Capt. Lewis.
Capt. Lewis said even though Mr. Sulei-
man was armed and had his gun in his hand,
he did not shoot at the fleeing man.
"Never fired a shot," said the captain.

Arrest made in May burglary

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Winter Haven man has been arrested
for his alleged connection
with a May 28 burglary in
Oscar Michael Martinez,
22, 11 th St. East, was arrest-
ed Dec. 29 on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charg-
ing him with burglary of a
dwelling with an assault/
battery while armed and
attempted kidnapping with Oscar Michael
a weapon or firearm. Martinez
Martinez has been
booked into the Okeechobee County Jail
where he is being held without bond.
An original report by Deputy Tanmmy Se-
rafini of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) stated that Martinez and another
man entered the victim's home around 9:15
p.m. on May 28. Martinez, continued the re-
port, pulled a 9rmm handgun and pointed it

at the victim.
The men then took the victim outside
where the victim was hit in the head with
the gun, the deputy stated. While the victim
was on the ground, an unknown female re-
portedly began kicking him.
Deputy Serafini stated that the Martinez
and the other two people took the victim's
cell phone and wallet, which contained
$200 in cash.
In a report by OCSO Detective Augustin
Saucedo the victim stated that he was made
to get into the back seat of a waiting car. As
he started to get into the car, he grabbed the
gun and took it from Martinez. The three as-
sailants then got into their car and left.
The victim told the OCSO detective that
Martinez and his accomplices were looking
for the victim's girlfriend, who apparently
owed them money. Detective Saucedo said
the man and woman with Martinez are still
at large, and that neither the stolen money
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found later near some cow pens-about 150
yards from where Mr. Suleiman was shot.
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Reflections from the pulpit

Speak Out has moved online, where
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Public Forum. There, you can create
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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Message on the chamber sign
Who could justify putting such an inap-
propriate message on the Chamber of Com-
merce signage in the center of our town? I
am embarrassed for visitors to see this as a
welcome sign when they come to our com-
munity. I applaud the city police for remov-
ing the curse word. The responsible parties
should be ashamed.
Maybe the people in this town need to
know what's going on.
Sounds to me like the previous cham-
ber is fighting to stay in place? Not too im-
pressed with how they are going about it
though if indeed it is them.
I don't think that sign is locked so any-
one could have put that up there and any-
one could take it down.
So by my count we now have three
chambers of commerce-and none of them
are in the building, which has the power and
phones turned off. The original chamber has
not met in months and is in trouble with the
IRS over unpaid payroll taxes. There was talk
they would disband, but some former board
members are apparently concerned they
might be held accountable to the IRS if the
chamber disbands. It is questionable if there
are any members left. Paperwork and files
are "missing." The president quit, so who
is even going to call a meeting to decide if
they should disband? Then we have another
chamber that is affiliated with the business
development group and also pretty friendly
with Okeechobee Main Street. Then we have
a third chamber that hopes to attract mem-
bers, but currently just has a few officers.
So how will this whole mess be sorted out?
Who even has the authority to sort it out?

Speckled Perch Festival
Main Street is going to be involved in
the festival this year. I am sure it is going to
be wonderful if the Christmas festival was
any indication of how they really pulled the
town together.

The Speckled Perch Festival was started
as a fish fry many years ago by the Okeecho-
bee County Chamber of Commerce. It was
always held on the second weekend in
March. The rodeo on that weekend did not
come on board till sometime in the mid 80s.
When the Rodeo moved out of town to the
fair grounds and witthhe fair the Chamber
moved the date of the Festival to a differ-
ent weekend and the last couple of years it
has not been very good! The beauty contest
is put on by hard working volunteers and
lately they have been few and far between. It
seems like the people that open their mouths
the most to complain about things are the
ones who run fastest when asked to help!
I do not think anyone was "forced" to
change the festival date. The city council
gives out permits for the park and I don't
think they denied the chamber those dates.
I believe the first year of the fair, they had the
festival the same weekend but were disap-
pointed by the poor turn out so they tried
another weekend. I think the big problem is
that with the rodeo out at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter, visitors from the coast who come here for
the rodeo do not drive through town. So they
do not see the festival. They go to the rodeo
and then go home without ever entering the
city limits. The Cattlemen do a lot of advertis-
ing to get the people from the coast to come
over for the rodeo. When the rodeo was at
the old rodeo grounds, the Speckled Perch
Festival always benefited from that traffic.
I think they should have the Speckled
Perch Festival in February instead of March.
Give us a little break between events. Be-
sides, I think more of the winter people
would come in February. By the middle of
March, if the weather is warm up north, the
winter folks head back north. But without
the rodeo, they need some kind of draw to
get people to the park and I am not sure
what they can do.
As an alternative for this year, why not
just combine the festival and the fair-move
the arts and crafts festival out to the fair-
grounds and waive the gate admission fees
on those two days? If it is the same week-
end as the rodeo, they already waive the gate
fee if you buy rodeo tickets. They could still
make money on the fish fry.
* If you don't like the way things are at
OCRA, maybe you should step up and help
instead of constantly complaining about it.
I think I would take on a girl's pageant with
a bunch of stage mothers instead of boys'
football in this town.

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Sheep and Shepherds

Nancy Vaughan
Director of Christian Education, First United
Methodist Church
So far, I haven't seen any sheep in
Okeechobee. We are cow and horse people.
At least one of my families also has goats for
goat milk, but no sheep. I don't think we are
very knowledgeable about sheep. Yet the
Bible refers to us as "like sheep" and to Je-
sus as the Good Shepherd. The folks living
throughout the time the Bible was penned
knew a lot about sheep and shepherds. Let's
look at some of the things they knew.
1. Sheep are dumb animals. They just
keep eating, moving a little way and eating
some more with their heads down. This
sometimes gets them in lots of trouble, eat-
ing too close to a ledge and falling off, wan-
dering from the rest of the flock and becom-
ing prey to wild animals and they even eat
the wrong thing (or too much of the right
thing) get bloated, fall over and can't get
2. Sheep require a shepherd. Not to just
keep them from hurting themselves, but to
take them to rotating grasslands. See, unlike
cows that nibble the tops of the grass off,
sheep pull the grass out by the roots and eat
the whole plant! Not too good for replenish-
ing the food supply.
3. Sheep know their shepherd's voice.
They may be dumb, but they know which
shepherds are hired hands and who "owns"
4. Shepherds were sometimes called
"lowly" because they were not regarded
well. They were a little higher than slaves. In
a family "pecking order" the youngest son
would get stuck with the job (i.e. David).
5. It was a dangerous job, especially at
night. Remember David saying that he had
killed both a lion and a bear while on duty?
6. It was a dirty job. Can you imagine
what one would smell like after spending a
lot of time with stinky sheep? And have you
ever smelled wet wool? Yuck!
7. It was a lonely job. Sometimes the
shepherds would band together at night to
share the "watch" (..."and in that land there
were shepherds watching over their flocks
(plural) by night.")
So why did God pick shepherds? Angels
announcing Messiah's birth came to shep-
herds in the open field. Why not in Jerusa-
lem? To priests, noblemen? God's ways are

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not our ways otherwise Jesus would have
been born in a palace!
It was not just an announcement of
one angel, but a "multitude" of the heav-
enly host. They believed. They obeyed. They
worshipped having nothing to give but their
worship and their hearts. "..and they re-
turned glorifying God and telling of all they
had seen and heard." Returned to what?
They went back to what they did. To the
unruly sheep? Not to the nobility? Not to
enter the priesthood? What, no book deal?
No movie contract? God sent angels to an-
nounce to shepherds because "we" are the
sheep. He came to and for US. And think
about it: The life of a servant. Jesus' life was
that as a servant. David was a shepherd who
became king. Jesus sets up our example of
a servant leader, the Good Shepherd and He
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City Council to swear in councilmen, city clerk

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The swearing in of council members and
city clerk, along with the mayoral election,
will highlight the first city council meeting of
the new year.
Devin Maxwell, who was recently elect-
ed, along with re-elected council members
Dowling Watford and Clayton Williams will
be sworn in for four-year terms.
Long time City Clerk Lane Gamiotea will
also be sworn in for another term.
The council will then elect one of their
members to serve as mayor.
After those matters are taken care of, the

What: Meeting of Okeechobee
City Council
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4
Where: City Council Cham-
bers, Okeechobee City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Ave.
council will consider the evaluation and ap-
praisal report (EAR), storefront churches
and noise complaints against a restaurant.
The EAR is a required periodic update to
the city's comprehensive plan. After review
by the city planning board, the council held

a public hearing on the EAR at its Sept. 14
meeting. The EAR was then sent to the Flori-
da Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
for comments, which recommended some
minor changes. The council will consider
a resolution to adopt the EAR including the
In a land use issue, the council will hold
a public hearing and set a date for the final
public hearing on an ordinance dealing with
storefront churches. The ordinance would
permit storefront churches in commercial
and industrial zoning districts. It would also
set the amount of parking required based on
the seating capacity.
The council will hear from Ron Main con-

cerning noise from Hammerhead's Bar and
Grill. Mr. Main has presented to the council
a petition from 15 area residents complain-
ing of excessive noise between 10 p.m. and
2 a.m.
In other business, the mayor is scheduled
to honor city employees for longevity, and
the council will consider appointing council
members to various boards and appoint-
ments to citizen boards.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

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the good doctor gave her gas money so she
could bring her son back for a follow-up
Dr. Hill also complimented Dr. Brown's
vast knowledge and wisdom.
"Okeechobee has lost a great person,"
said Mike Hall, a registered medical assistant
at FCHC.
He said Dr. Brown could diagnose a pa-
tient over the telephone.
"He was a legend in his time," added Mr.
Business owner Rick Chartier has taken
his children to Dr. Brown since their birth.
"He was a well respected man who will
be deeply missed," Mr. Charter said.
He said Dr. Brown reminded him of the
E. F. Hutton commercial: "When Dr. Brown
spoke people listened."
Dr. Brown was born in New York and lived
in Miami, Okeechobee and Vero Beach. He
is survived by his wife, mother-in-law, two
sons, three daughters and 13 grandchildren.

special to me UKeecnoDee ivews/ieie uawaa
Dr. Fred Brown's legacy is the chil-
dren's clinic named after him. His pho-
tograph is displayed prominently in
the lobby.
A memorial service will be held for Dr.
Brown on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. The loca-
tion has not been determined.

Parent Advisory Committee meeting planned
A Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting will be held at the Freshman Campus
Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7-9 p.m. This meeting is for families of children in the
ESOL and migrant programs in the Okeechobee Schools. The purpose of the PAC meet-
ing is to educate the families about the programs, resources and opportunities available
to them in Okeechobee. You will have an opportunity to speak to the group, if you would
like, and then the audience will be released to visit each booth. This is an opportunity for
you to share information about the services that you provide in Okeechobee. You will
need to bring brochures, flyers, posters, business cards or other information about your
programss. The PAC meeting is free, simply call to reserve your space 863-462-5000 ext.
266. A table and chairs will be provided. The office will reopen on Jan. 3.

Local man sent to prison after plea deal

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man is serving a seven-
year prison term after pleading no contest to
charges of attempted carjacking and battery
in Charlotte County Circuit Court.
Levern Ervin, 31, picked a wrong time to
commit the crime, Punta Gorda police said.
Police were on a training exercise near Levern
the crime scene on Oct. 22, 2009. Police K-9s Ervin
and a helicopter were in the area and Ervin

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not include other incidental expenses the
administrator claimed.
These figures are public record and were
provided by the Clerk of the Courts Office.
Commission Chairman Clif Betts was
asked if he thought county funds could be
better spent elsewhere, since Mr. Bonner
will only be here a few more months. Mr.
Betts said that might be true, but Mr. Bon-
ner's contract required it.
In response, Mr. Bonner stated that train-
ing funds were not cut in other areas, and
the training for the board was not cut. He
said training in all areas is vital.
The administrator traveled to Tampa in
his private vehicle on official business to at-
tend a Florida Association of Counties meet-
ing in June. On his claim for reimbursement
he asked for an additional $44.50 for mile-
age accumulated while driving from his ho-
tel to outlying areas for his evening meals.
That claim was kicked back by the clerk's
office and county commissioners declined
to approve it.
In the current budget-under operating
expenses for county administration-there
is a line item of $1,300 for travel/food. Ac-
cording to deputy county administrator
Robbie Chartier any money spent over that
amount will come from the $4,500 allotted

Ashley Furniture
804 E.NorthPa Street

was arrested after a search
of the neighborhood.
Ervin had prior brushes
with the law in Okeechobee
County. He was arrested on
four charges related to co-
caine sales and possession
in 2001. He was sentenced
to 42 months in prison,
court records show.


for books, dues and tuition under adminis-
tration operating expenses.
When the $1,300 is subtracted from the
$2,773.86 spent on Mr. Bonner's California
trip, that leaves a total of $1,473.86 to come
from those funds allotted for books and
Former county administrator George
Long also belonged to ICMA but he did not
attend conferences.v
Some of the expenses listed above may
have come in the previous fiscal year. The
airline tickets could have been purchased in
the previous year, then counted against this
year's budget.

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

Fred D. Brown, 75
OKEECHOBEE Dr. Fred D. Brown, passed
away on Dec. 28th, 2010, at his home in Vero
He was born in New York and lived in Miami,
Okeechobee, and Vero Beach, Florida.
He is Survived by his wife, Barbara Brown;
mother-in-law, Beatrice Lustgarten; son, Hal
and Kendra Brown; daughters, Tracy and Andy
Krantz; Kim and Brett Hamilton, and Traci
Brown; son, Russ and Stephanie Brown; and
thirteen grandchildren.
The family and friends of Dr. Fred Brown
mourn his passing and celebrate his life. He
touched all our lives in so many ways as a hus-
band, a father, a doctor, and a friend. His integ-
rity and steadfast love for his children, family
and friends, his unwavering concern for and
.-,. i, .i. -, with those who sought his help, and
his lifelong dedication to his family and profes-
sion. With love, the memory of his kind deeds
and the strength of his example live on. Thank
you for remembering him.
A memorial service for Dr. Fred Brown will be
held on Sun. Jan., 9th, 2011, at 2 p.m., location
to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
the Dr. Fred Brown Memorial Scholarship or Dr.
Fred Brown Children's Health Center by contact-
ing Molly Ferguson at 561-844-9443.


Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.

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Community Events

Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles 4509
Tuesday Jan. 4, Chili 5:30 p.m.; Friday
Jan. 7, Haddock fish fry or 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner by donation and music; Satur-
day, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. Washer Toss. For more
information call 863-467-1154.

Healthy Start
Coalition to meet
The Board of the Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday,
Jan. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in their office located
at 575 S.W 28th Street in the New Endeavor
High School building. Meeting is open to the
public. The Coalition plans and implements
services for pregnant women and infants
promoting healthy families. For more infor-
mation about the Coalition, please contact
Executive Director, Kay Begin, at 863-462-

TOPS holds open house
Please join TOPS, #669, (take off pounds
sensibly) on Friday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. for an
open house meeting to find out how to lose
weight with its proven method. The meeting
is at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W 2nd St., Room #1. For more informa-
tion, call 863-357-0924.

Church presents
Round Pen of Lfe
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St., will present Wild Horse Ministries' pro-
gram Round Pen of Life on Saturday, Jan. 8
at 1:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and watch
Paul Daly take a altered horse that has nev-
er been ridden and train this horse in two
hours. A barbecue luncheon will be served
from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. prior to the presen-
tation. A freewill offering will be taken.

Shared Services Executive
Board plans meeting
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee County
will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in the board
room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office. For more information, please
call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.

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Legislative delegation
to meet here on Jan. 18
The Okeechobee County Legislative Del-
egation will hold a public delegation hearing
from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at
the Okeechobee County Commission Cham-
bers, 312 N.W 3rd Street, Okeechobee. The
delegation will take up local bills and hear
from local governments and the general
public regarding concerns and ideas for po-
tential legislation. If you wish to be placed
on the agenda to address the delegation,
contact the Office of State Representative
Mike Horner at 407-943-3077 and submit a
"request to speak" form no later than Mon-
day, Jan. 10, 2011.

American Legion
Free Fair 2011
American Legion Post 64 will be host-
ing the annual free fair Jan. 13 through 23,
2011. Local vendors are welcome to rent
booth space for $60 for the duration of the
fair. Hours will be 4 until 9 p.m. daily with
weekend hours 1 until 9 p.m. Building secu-
rity will be provided by the Legion. During
the fair, the following contests will be held;
kids desserts, jam/jellies/pickles/relish, arts/
crafts, baking, chili, talent, Miss American
Legion, and Miss Okeechobee. Cash prizes
will be $50, $25, and $10 for 1st, 2nd, and
3rd place respectively. Contact Legion offi-
cers at 863-763-2950 for information.

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Worforce Solutions offers
help for job seekers

Career Center can
help in job search
Workforce Solutions of Okeechobee,
209 SW Park St., has services available at
no charge to help people in their search
for a job or new career.
For more information, visit their web
site at http://www.yourworkforcesolu-, or call 863-462-5350.

Center offers skill training
Workforce Solutions of Okeechobee,
209 SW Park St., has free daily work-
shops on Basic Computer Knowledge,
Resume Writing and Acing the Interview.
For more information and to register for
a workshop, visit their web site at http://, or
call 863-462-5350.

Looking for a
GREAT employee?
Workforce Solutions of Okeechobee,
209 SW Park St., can recruit, qualify and
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Okeechobee News

January 2, 2011

January 2, 2011

Okeechobee News

March for Babies ulans under way

Plans for the March of Dimes signature
event, March for Babies, are well under way
throughout the county, with more than 25
teams and corporate sponsors already com-
mitted to making the 2011 event a huge suc-
cess. The Okeechobee County walk is slated
for Saturday, March 12, 2011 beginning and
ending at Flagler Park. There will be a 4-mile
walk beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"The purpose of March for Babies is to
raise funds and awareness to help the March
of Dimes continue its work toward the pre-
vention of birth defects, infant mortality and
premature birth," said Pam Crowley, Trea-
sure Coast Division Director. Our dream is
the day when every baby is born healthy."
Corporate teams, organizations, family
teams and individuals are invited to partici-
pate in the walk nearest them. A $25 mini-
mum donation is appreciated per walker.
Interested teams and donors can sign up
today by calling 863-763-3131 or registering
online at to participate
and help fund lifesaving research and edu-
cational programs aimed at helping moms
have healthy babies. Sponsor forms can be
picked up at Seacoast National Bank.
Co-chairs for the Okeechobee County
walk are Dr. & Mrs. David Wemmer of Wem-
mer Family Orthodontics. David and Pat
emphasized that the mission priority of the
March of Dimes is to fight the growing cri-
sis of prematurity. Their twin grandchildren
Jacob & Casey were born 5 weeks prema-
ture. "Premature birth is the leading cause
of newborn death and we are committed
to reducing its toll," they said. "By engaging
more people in our mission, and educating
more pregnant women and moms about
healthy babies, we hope to reach that goal
much sooner."
Dr. David Wemmer explained that March
for Babies is a great way to show your com-
munity spirit and build camaraderie within
your company. "March for Babies gives all of
us the opportunity to get involved in helping
to ensure the health of our most precious

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David and Pat Wemmer pictured with
daughter, Jenny and son-in-law Heath
Schoenfeld, holding grandsons Jacob
and Casey.
resource-our children," he said. "March
for Babies is a fun, family event where we
can all celebrate the tremendous strides the
March of Dimes continues to make in the
health of moms and babies and the role we
can all play in making that happen."
In 2011, national March for Babies spon-
sors are CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous
Footwear, Farmers, FedEx, Bayer, Mission
Pharmacal, First Response, Sanofi Pasteur
and Kmart, the March of Dimes number one
corporate partner. Local Premier sponsors
secured thus are Publix Super Markets, Inc.,
the number one corporate team in Florida,
and Seacoast National Bank. Sponsorship
opportunities are still available by calling
The March of Dimes is the leading non-
profit organization for pregnancy and baby
health. With chapters nationwide and its pre-
mier event, March for Babies, the March of
Dimes works to improve the health of babies
by preventing birth defects, premature birth
and infant mortality. For the latest resources
and information, visit or


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L inda Padgett of
Okeechobee, Florida, is
happy to announce the
engagement of her daughter
Cynthia Davis to Ryan Kubit,
son of Jeanne and Joseph Kubit
of Dracut, Massachusetts. The
bride-to-be is also the daughter
of the late Franklin Padgett, for-
merly of Okeechobee.
Grandparents of the bride
are the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther
Lowe of Okeechobee, and the
late Mr. and Mrs. Roy Padgett,
of Ft. Drum.
Grandparents of the groom
are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kubit
of Dracut, Massachusetts and
Grandmother, Mrs. Marion Plitt
of Acton, Massachusetts.
The bride-to-be gradu-
ated from Okeechobee High
School in Okeechobee and
Southeastern University in
Lakeland, Florida.
Her fiance graduated from
Dracut High School and Middlesex Community
College in Massachusetts. He also attended
the University of Massachusetts and plans to
finish his degree in education.
Both the bride-to-be and her fiance re-

side in Okeechobee and are employed by the
Okeechobee County School Board.
A July 2011 wedding is planned and will
be held in Okeechobee, Florida with the
happy couple surrounded by their family and

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4-H County Council/Junior Leaders
Members of the 4-H County Council/Junior Leaders 4-H club were honored
at the annual 4-H banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those
recognized included Alex Pluskot, Ross Laskey, Jake Menendez, Wesley
Mims, Emilie Lege, Shiloh Anuez, Joseph Menendez, Raychel Rabon, Logan
Evans and Travis Muldoon. Not pictured are Ross Laskey, Katie Muldoon,
Christina Smiley and Kelsey Burnham. This 4-H club meets at the Extension
Office on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information on
this and other 4-H clubs, call 863-763-6469.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
On the Hoof
Members of the On the Hoof 4-H club were honored at the annual 4-H ban-
quet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those recognized included
Taylor Poiter, Aarmon Parriott, Zackary Lawrence, Ethan Parriott, Mariah Par-
riott, Katlynn Lawrence and Heath Lawrence. Not pictured are Payton Byrd,
Bre Ihle, Hunter Hair, Kristen Barnes, Ashley Hancock, Rebecca Hancock,
Jared Phares, Kaylee Whidden, Nicole Schoonmaker, Stephen Schoonmak-
er, Jerrett Faulkner, Karra Hair, Joanna Hair, Brandon Parks, Bryce Whid-
den, Byron Byrd, Alley Lopez, Eily Berggren, Jacqueline Phares and Hunter
Berggren. This 4-H club meets at the Extension Office on the first Thursday
of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information on this and other 4-H clubs,
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Members of the Rough Riders: The Next Generation 4-H club were honored
at the annual 4-H banquet on Oct. 23, at Okeechobee High School. Those
recognized included Morgan Brandel, Nathan Stewart, Caleb Stewart and
Sierra Coward. Not pictured are Katie Brummett, Amanda Messmer, Hunter
Bryant, and Grace Luna. This 4-H club meets at the Extension Office on the
first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information on this and
other 4-H clubs, call 863-763-6469.

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Okeechobee News

January 2, 2011

SFWMD and Audubon to offer birding tours ....

The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) and its partners at the
Hendry-Glades Audubon Society recently
celebrated five years of bird-watching tours
in a wetland that cleans water flowing to the
Everglades. The popular trips featuring rec-
reation on public land at Stormwater Treat-
ment Area (STA) 5 will continue in 2011.
"Within the massive effort to improve
water quality and the environment in the
Everglades, there are special places such as
STA-5 that allow us to meld restoration with
recreation," said Tommy Strowd, SFWMD
Deputy Executive Director of Operations
and Maintenance. "Residents benefit not
only from cleaner water but by being able to
enjoy the outdoors on public land."
Audubon volunteers, with support from
the District, have led 108 individual tours
with more than 4,250 birders and photog-
raphers from across the world at the site
in Hendry County. Stormwater Treatment
Areas are the water-cleaning workhorses of
Everglades restoration, and many have be-
come renowned havens for wildlife.
More than 187 species of birds from
endangered Everglades snail kites to great
egrets -and tens of thousands of individual
birds have been documented at STA-5 alone.
To enhance the experience at the wetland,
the District constructed a multipurpose bird
watching platform that is fully accessible to
disabled residents and visitors.

"STA-5, 'the Birding Oasis of South Flor-
ida,' is increasing in popularity with bird-
ers and photographers of all ages. Reser-
vations for tours are made by vacationing
bird watchers months in advance," said
Margaret England, President of the Hendry-
Glades Audubon Society. "On December 4,
an American pipit was added to our ever
increasing species list of migratory and resi-
dent birds observed at the wetland."
Ms. England and a team of volunteers
lead the tours two Saturdays a month, with
special events in between. They recently
hosted Danish birders, and the tours earned
a feature in the April 2009 edition of Birder's
World Magazine.
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Okeechobee News

January 2, 2011

Blazing Brahman band earns trip to Tallahassee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School March-
ing Band has been selected to represent
Okeechobee County at the Rick Scott Inau-
gural parade next Tuesday, Jan. 4.
The Florida Inaugural Committee an-
nounced the lineup for the Governor's Inau-
gural Parade. It includes over 70 entries from
across the state that includes floats, march-
ing bands, vehicles, elected officials and 26
marching bands.
Band Director Clint LaFlam said it was
quite an honor to be selected, "It is a pretty
big honor to march for the Governor. The
kids are really excited."
The School Board will fund the cost of
two charter buses that will take LaFlam,

some assistants, and the 86 members of the
band to Tallahassee. The kids leave Tuesday
morning at 5 a.m. and will return Wednes-
day at 1 p.m. They will be excused from
school on Wednesday.
LaFlam said he also got to perform at
an inaugural parade for then Governor Jeb
Bush when he was first elected. He said his
students will have some fond memories of
this experience.
"They are excited to go to Tallahassee.
They are excited to play in any parade, but
this one will be even more special," he add-
Okeechobee High School also sent a
band to Tallahassee back in the 1970s for
another inauguration.
LaFlam said he was totally shocked when
OHS principal Toni Wiersma broke the

Good school attendance pays

off for OHS Brahman students
Okeechobee Brahmnans are finding out it
pays to attend school every day. In an effort
to reduce drop out rates in Okeechobee, Gil-
bert Chevrolet is sponsoring an attendance
program at Okeechobee High School.
A brand new 2011 Chevy Cruze will be
given to one lucky, hard working senior with
a 98% or better perfect attendance during
the 2010-2011 school year! Many other stu-
dents will win other prizes such as iPad,
Gilbert Chevrolet is dedicated to the suc-
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warding the student's dedication is important
to the success of their studies. Supporting
our community with such a program, kids
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news to him a week before Christmas. He
asked the band and they were all pumped
and ready to go.
"It was a total shock and surprise. I think
it'll be really memorable for the kids," he
Each of the 67 Florida Counties has a
representative in the parade. The chairmen
of these county committees were asked to
conduct a fair and open process to select
their participants.
The floats include ones from the Ameri-
can Legion, the 4-H, Department of Trans-
portation, ROTC groups, the Division of
Forestry, the Florida Fish and wildlife com-
mission mounted honor guard and float,
antiques Florida Highway Patrol vehicles,
the Florida National Guard, the Florida Sher-
iff's Youth Ranch, Florida State Marching

Parent Advisory Committee
meeting planned for January
A Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
meeting will be held at the Freshman
Campus Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan.
19, 7-9 p.m. This meeting is for families
of children in the ESOL and migrant pro-
grams in the Okeechobee Schools. The
purpose of the PAC meeting is to educate
the families about the programs, resourc-
es and opportunities available to them in
Okeechobee. You will have an opportuni-
ty to speak to the group, if you would like,
and then the audience will be released to
visit each booth. This is an opportunity for
you to share information about the servic-
es that you provide in Okeechobee. You
will need to bring brochures, flyers, post-
ers, business cards or other information
about your program (s). The PAC meeting
is free, simply call to reserve your space
863-462-5000 ext. 266. A table and chairs
will be provided. The office will be closed
Dec. 18 and will reopen on Jan. 3.

Chiefs, winners of beauty pageants, several
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12 Okeechobee News January 2, 2011

Health Dept. encourages flu shots as precaution

TALLAHASSEE With signs that flu is in-
creasing earlier than usual in some Florida
communities, Florida Department of Health
(DOH) officials are urging residents and visi-
tors to take precautions to limit their risk of
exposure to seasonal flu.
"The most effective precautions we can
take to fight illness are getting vaccinated
against the flu virus and diligently practicing
good hygiene," said Julia Gill, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Disease Control Division Director. "This sea-
son, everyone 6 months and older should
get vaccinated, even if they got a seasonal
or 2009 H1N1 vaccine last season. With the
holidays in full swing and many people trav-
eling, this simple precaution can lessen your
risk of exposure to the virus or transmission
to others."
Seasonal flu is an infection of the respi-
ratory tract caused by the influenza virus.
Compared with most other viral respiratory
infections, such as the common cold, influ-
enza infection often causes a more severe
illness. Symptoms of influenza include head-
ache, fever, cough, body aches or extreme

The following preventive measures can
also help reduce risk of contracting the flu:
Get re-vaccinated every flu season be-
cause flu viruses change each year.
Persons who are sick with flu-like illness
should stay home for at least 24 hours after
fever has subsided without the use of fever-
reducing medicine, except to get medical
Persons with a chronic illness, or who
are pregnant, should contact their health
care provider if they suspect their illness that
might be influenza. Health care providers
can prescribe antiviral medication.
Everyone should cover his or her nose
and mouth with a tissue when coughing or
sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash
after use. It is advisable to avoid touching
one's eyes, nose and mouth.
Despite being sick or in good health, ev-
eryone should wash his or her hands with
soap and water often. If soap and water are
not available, use an alcohol-based hand

Health and safety expo seeks vendors

The Fourth Annual Okeechobee Family
Health and Safety Expo promoting health
and preventing chronic disease will be held
on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m.
Local support is needed to make this
Expo bigger and better! Vendors are invited
to participate by setting up a vendor booth
or a display promoting health and safety
for the community to see. The organizers
would love to see participation from every-
one in the health and safety field. Profit and
nonprofit agencies and organizations can

offer free health screenings, display items
as they relate to health and/or safety, dem-
onstrations, etc. The target audience will
range from children to senior citizens.
In January 2010, the event attracted
over 115 vendors and more than 2,000 par-
ticipants. This event is great opportunity to
share what you have to offer with the citi-
zens of Okeechobee!
For more information online see www. or call Sharon Vin-
son, Shared Services Network of Okeecho-
bee, 863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Regardless of age, persons with chronic
illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease,
asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer
are at higher risk for having a more severe
case of influenza or of suffering from com-
plications caused by influenza. In addition,
people who have neurological and devel-
opmental disorders and who are obese are
also at increased risk of severe influenza.
To locate flu vaccine in your area, contact
a local health care provider or visit: http:// ctrl/immune/
flu/flulocator.htm or contact a local Coun-
ty Health Department http://www.doh.state.


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(863) 763-2334 *(863) 801-9497 CELL
P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973
1039 S.E. Everglades Blvd Okeechobee

Saturday Jan. 8th 9 to 5
Sunday Jan. 9th 9-4

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January Red Cross classes set
The Okeechobee Service Center of the American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in January: Monday, Jan. 10 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.;
Tuesday, Jan. 18 Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 26 Infant/Child CPR/AED
at 6 p.m. All classes are held at their Service Center, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To
register, or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Upcoming blood drive planned
Blood drives are planned for December and January at the following locations on
these dates and times:
Jan. 5 Okeechobee Correctional Institution noon -5 p.m.


desirable Oak Lake
Estates Subdivision
in SW Okeechobee.
*4 bed/3 bath with a
2-car attached
Garage and screen
enclosed pool area
sitting on a large 2
acre lot. Walk-in
closets in every room! His & Her Walk-in closets in master suite. New
garage doors, new pool pump, new kitchen appliances, bathrooms
remodeled, new landscaping and freshly painted interior and exterior
i within past 12 months. This is a beautiful home that is priced to sell!
#204361. $289,000. Call Brandon (772) 201-8722.

January 2, 2011

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Fri.,Sat., and Sunday.
Toys, kids and women
clothing, shoes, bed-
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Over the road, good
driving record, HAZMAT
Required. (863)697-6468

Great Opportunity!
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not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if
you call a number out of
your area, use caution.
One man's trash is 3/1 Duplex $750
another man's treas- Center of Town
ure. Turn your trash Painted, Tile, W/D, very
to treasure with an clean. Quiet. Corner lot.
ad in the classified. Small security, small pet
O.K. 863-634-9899
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom
garage? Advertise your CBS, Large kitchen,
yard sale in the classi- new carpet, screen
fields and make your room, utility room. $750
rmo. includes water,
clean up a breeze! lawn and garbage
(863)467-2784 or
Need a few more bucks (863)532-0504
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some LG. CLEAN APT in town
extra bucks when you 2/2, w/d, lawn maint
sell your used items in included, $750 + $300
the classifeids. sec. (863) 634-3572

OKEE., 2br, lba New Oak Lake Villa #5 up- roomK 2 bath, 2 car
kitchen, bathrm., paint, dated, clean, private well garage, large lot, v
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sec. dep. 772-215-0098 last, and $500 sec. re- Call: 863-634-7722.
quired. (863)467-5965
leave a message. OKEECHOBEE 3 br/ 1
E I = OKEECHOBEE- 2 bdrm/ ba. Spacious, new ap-
2ba Villa, all appliances pliances, inclds Wash-
*N & privacy fence. Must er/Dryer. Fenced back
have references. Call: yard washed. $750 mo.
863-763-2416 or 1st, last, & Sec.
863-447-0925 863-467-7838 or
S9 239-989-8892
Iue R OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
Stile throughout, $975
3bd/2ba house on Ea- mo. & up. 1st & sec.
gle Bay Drive $900 mo moves you in.
1st, last + Security (561)248-3888 or
ty Fairgrounds pets welcome. (863)599-0156
Call 954-892-4719 or
Magnolia Ave. 863-697-2522

it. 9-5 Sun 9-4 AFFORDABLE New
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Basinger 3/2 CBS large
bedrooms, central heat
A r e and air, $900/mo. 1st,
last, and $500 sec. re- FT DRUM 5 wooded
quired.(863)467-5965 acres, septic, well & elec-
ONE MONTH FREE leave a message. tric, $2000 down, Price
2 BR, 1.5 BA, All appl's. $49,000, owner financ-
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Block North of Wal-Mart. home $700/mo. 1st, last, (863)763-6358
(863)763-8878 and $500 sec. required.
RIVER ACRES, 1/1 Cot- (561)261-1554. Looking for a place to
tage, fully furnished. For Rent: 3/2/2 on dead hang your hat? Look
Incl. Priv. Dock, utilities end street. New ceramic no further than the
& Dish TV. WI FI & 10o- tile and carpet through- classified.
cal phone service. $650 out. Kid and pet friendly.
mo. + sec. 863-634-9330 or
(863) 467-1950 863-467-2541
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equine friendly. Horse For more listings,
C Barn. $1400/mo go to
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FOR SALE OR LEASE fenced yard, 1st and Mbl H.e.-
1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg. last. $750 per month.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Ready to move in now.
Call 863-763-0295 Call(863)634-6580 OKEECHOBEE 3/2 &
How do you find a job OKEE- 3 bdrm /1 ba on 2/1 from $395. Newly
in today's competi- 1/2 ac, laundry, central remodeled. 12 min. from
tive market? In the air/ heat, screen porch, Town Center on beauti-
employment section carport. $925 mo, 1st & ful ranch. NO PETS! Call
of the classified last Call (305)458-8659 Mon-Fri. (863) 467-2982

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2009 14x64 2b/2b MH
in 55+ park. Corner lot
lived in only 3 months
all appliances,move in
ready. Must sell quickly
due to death,$30,000
or make offer.Call
863-763-0700 or
Park Model 12 x 40 w/
Florida rm. 12 x 29,
carport 12 x 17, fully
furnished, 1 BR 1 BA,
utility shed, boat slip at
back door with direct
access to lake. Located
at 78 W & Kissimmee
River. Lot rent paid until
12/27/2011 $29,900 or
make offer.
(863) 763-2221.

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20' 2002 Sweetwater
Pontoon 2 Cycle 60 H.P.
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15 hrs.,fully loaded,like
new,4 Bass chairs, with
trailer asking $8.500
obo Call 561-818-9737

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Change in School Board

The regular meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County School Board for January
will take place on Tuesday, January
18, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose
of this meebng is consideration of
regular School Board business. The
meeting will be held in Room 303 of
the School Board Administrative Of-
fice located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
The meeting is open to the public.
There will be no meeting on January
11, 2011, as previously scheduled.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
371818 ON 1/2,9/2011

Okeechobee News


17429 NW 242ND STREET
(863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166
374847 ON 1/2/11______________

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will
fneet in regular session on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 8:30 A.M., at the
Dkeechobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
All interested parties for or against the proposed Budget and other chang-
s can be heard at said time and place. The needs of hearing or visually
impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director's Office
at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person
Fishing assistance.
Pursuant to Secbon 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
3eal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he
)r she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
:ludes the testmony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
;uch verbatim record.

John F. Hayford
Executive Director
374903 ON 1/2/2011


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I would like to inform you that I
will no longer be practicing in
Okeechobee after January 31st,
2011. Your medical records can be
obtained at your request at Rau-
lerson Primary Care (202 NE 2nd
Avenue Suite 3 & 4, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. Telephone
374611 ON 12/26 thru 1/21/2011
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January 2, 2011

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Carol Witt
Toaster Club member Joe Arnold (left) gives Tara Minton her first table top
question at a recent meeting and Club members Lee, Allison and Venice (right
photo) attend a club meeting at the Okeechobee Library. Meetings are held on
Tuesday and Thursday at the Okeechobee County Library.

Okeechobee Toastmaster

Club plans for new year

vThese last few weeks the Okeechobee
Toastmaster Club # 1576442 has been sent

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making huge advancements in our activities,
membership increasing, prepared speeches
and so much more. January is "Bring a
Friend" month. However, if you have a
friend you did not invite to come with you,
there may be a program in February called
"Defend your honor as a friend." You will be
defending your point of view about why you
did not invite your friend to a free and fun
activity in Okeechobee.
So many generous people of Okeechobee
donate their time and money to assist with
the many needs of all the clubs, the elderly,
the sick and our young people. So many of
these people go unrewarded and maybe
some get just a thank you. Our way of saying
thank you for supporting Okeechobee and
supporting us as a club is by having our Club
VP of Education, Allison Murphy, organize
and produce a series of special programs in
January for the residents of Okeechobee to
attend at no charge. You can see our sched-
ule by doing a search for the Okeechobee
Toastmaster Group on Facebook. You can
also email or call us for a schedule.
January is going to be a blast, don't miss
it. The 4th is "Meet the Media" night, the
11th is "Babyology" night, the 18th is "Pick
a Card, Any Card" night and finally the 25th
is "So you think you can make me laugh"
night. Our appreciation goes out to the li-
brary for allowing us to hold our meetings
there and to the Okeechobee News for pub-
lishing articles about our club as we have
started building.
The club meets on Tuesdays at the Li-
brary from 5 until 6:15 every week. Our Sgt.
at Arms, Venice Witt, opens each meeting
right at 5:15 so be on time and be prepared
to have some fun.
For more information call President,
Carole Witt 863-532-8289 or Sec./Treasurer,
Brian Cartland 863-467-6246. You can also
contact us by e-mail at okeechobeetm@ya-
We look forward to seeing you and your
special friends in January or seeing you and
"a friend" in February.
It is going to be a blast like only Okeecho-
bee can do!

Publc Ntic


January 2, 2011 Okeechobee News


- EverStart Series opens season

The EverStart Series is headed to Lake
Okeechobee Jan. 6-8, for the first of four
stops in the Southeast Division. As many as
300 pro and co-anglers will be competing for
top awards up to $35,000 plus a Ranger boat
with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard for
the pro and a Ranger boat with an Evinrude
or Mercury outboard plus $5,000 for the co-
"The fishing is going to be unbelievable,"
said pro Koby Kreiger, Okeechobee, who
has finished in the top-10 the last two years
on Lake Okeechobee. "The cold front that
was here last week will be gone so water
temperatures should start warming up and
fish should be very active, some should be
"The entire lake is fishing really well;
clear water around the shoals and south has
been the most consistent. Reaction Innova-
tions Skinny Dipper and Ouzo Baits Riptail
Minnow should work beautifully in this
tournament. I think this is going to be the
best tournament FLW has ever had on Lake
Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driv-
er Park located at 10100 W Highway 78 in
Okeechobee at 7:30 each morning. Weigh-
ins will be held at C. Scott Driver Park begin-
ning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and
the Walmart store located at 2101 S. Parrott
Ave. in Okeechobee on Saturday Takeoffs
and weigh-ins are free and open to the pub-
"The lake is full of big fish," said pro Mike

Surman of Boca Raton. "We have just been
having a phenomenal season this year. The
entire lake is fishing well and really the tour-
nament can be won anywhere. You won't
see the anglers bunching up in one or two
areas the way they have in the past.
"The lake is a little low right now. We
are at 12.5 feet, so the fish are going to be
outside the grass line. The fishing should be
fantastic and it will probably take 57 to 58
pounds to win it."
Pros will fish for a top award of $35,000
plus a 198VX Ranger boat with 200-horse-
power outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines
are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award
consisting of a Ranger 177TR with 90-horse-
power outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup
guidelines are met.
The EverStart Series consists of five divi-
sions Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas
and Western. Each division consists of four
tournaments and competitors will be vying

for valuable points that could earn them a
trip to the EverStart Series Championship
on Kentucky Lake in Buchanan, Tenn., Oct.
27-30. The top 40 pros and co-anglers from
each respective division will qualify for this
The Lake Okeechobee EverStart Series
tournament is being hosted by the Okeecho-
bee County Tourist Development Council.
For local information call 863-763-3959 or

Youth Basketball hold sign ups
The deadline to register for the Rec-
reation Department's Youth Basketball
League is Friday, Jan. 7. Sign-ups are be-
ing conducted at 640 N.W 27th Lane (in
the Sports Complex) Monday-Friday, be-
tween 8:30-5 p.m. A copy of the child's
birth certificate is required at registration.
The fee is $40 per child. The league con-
sists of three divisions: 10 & Under, 12
& Under and 14 & Under. For more in-
formation, call 863-763-6950. Interested
coaches and sponsors are encouraged to


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