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Vol. 102 No. 11 Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Special to the Okeechobee News//U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge is proposed to include
areas of Okeechobee County.
Wildlife refuge proposed

By Pete Gawda acre wildlife refuge.

Okeechobee News

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Parts of Okeechobee County could recently announced a preliminary study
soon be included in a proposed 150,000 See REFUGE - Page 5

County to

review land

use plan

By Pete Gaw
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county commission
set for Thursday
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Okeechobee County WHAT: Meeting of the
Commissioners are Okeechobee County
striving to be more ac- Commission
cessible to the public. WHEN: 6 p.m., Thurs-
In keeping with that day, Jan. 27
policy, commission- WHERE: Okeechobee
ers recently decided to County Courthouse,
hold one evening meet- 304 N.W. Second St.
ing a quarter. The first
such meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
From the looks of the agenda, the audience will
see a short meeting of routine matters. It is not un-
usual for the daytime meetings, which start at 9 a.m.
to run until well into the afternoon.
See COUNTY- Page 5

Man injured

when mattress

flies off truck
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was injured Monday
evening when he was ejected from the back of
a pickup truck on S.R. 70 W. near the Kissimmee
River bridge.
Michael Exantus was holding down a mattress
in the bed of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup traveling at
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man who left his home
last week for an appointment but never
made it has been reported missing.
Timothy Lee Russell, 46, was last seen
Tuesday, Jan. 18, around 1 p.m. leaving his
home on a newer model black Huffy bicy-
cle. The bike does not have a chain guard.
He was wearing jeans, a smoky gray
T-shirt, black slip-on shoes and a purple
jacket with gold sleeves. A Mickey Mouse
emblem is on the left-chest pocket of his
jacket and the word 'Mickey' is embroi-
dered on the back.
Mr. Russell is 5-foot-9 and weighs 180
pounds. He has gray hair, blue eyes and a

Local man reported missing

Mickey Mouse
tattoo on his
Mr. Russell
is bipolar and
is reportedly off
his medication.
If you have
any information
on Mr. Russell's
you are asked
Timothy Lee Russell to contact De-
Timothy Lee Russell tective Susan
Morrison at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, 863-

IRSC student

is top scholar
Indian River State College dual enroll-
ment student, Maria G. Ruiz, was recent-
ly designated by the Okeechobee School
Board and Bright Fu-
tures as top scholar
from the Okeechobee
High School Class of
2010. Miss Ruiz, of
Okeechobee, is a col-
earned twelve credits
toward an Associate
in Arts degree with
a major in Environ- Maria
mental Sciences. She Ruiz
has earned a "straight
A" grade point average of 4.0. After re-
ceiving her A.A. Degree, Ruiz plans to at-
tend the University of Florida majoring in
Zoology. IRSC Dual Enrollment students
earn college credits while attending high
school to speed their progress toward a
college degree. Over 1500 high school
students participate in dual enrollment at
IRSC each year. Dual Enrollment cours-
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convenient for the student's schedule
with credits readily transferable to IRSC
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Bobbi Poole
Miss American Legion crowned
The Okeechobee American Legion held their annual pageant during the
American Legion Free Fair last week. The queen selected for the 2011 Ameri-
can Legion Pageant is Tabitha Smith (left); first runner up is Meagan Green
(center) and second runner up is Kayla Waldrop (right).

Okeechobee News

January 26, 2011

Congressional delegation in 'call in' meeting

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The latest electronic innovations will be
used Friday to inform legislators of local
priorities concerning a very old problem
environmental restoration. Representa-
tives of local governments in the 16 South
Florida Counties served by South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD) and
interested citizens are invited to the SFWMD
Service Centers and the SFWMD Field Office
in Clewiston to participate in a call-in meet-
ing. On the listening end will be members
of the Florida Congressional Delegation and
officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
in Jacksonville, and Washington, DC.
The meeting is a follow-up from a meet-
ing held in Okeechobee on Dec. 10, 2010, of
the County Coalition for Responsible Man-
agement of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and
Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth
Lagoon. This group, which is made up of
representatives of Glades, Hendry, High-
lands, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola,
Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, meets
quarterly in Okeechobee to discuss environ-
mental issues.
The December meeting was broader
in scope. Representatives of all 16 coun-
ties making up the SFWMD was invited to
discuss regional issues. In addition to the
regular coalition members that included
Broward, Collier, Dade, Monroe, Charlotte,
Orange, and Polk counties. The meeting
came up with a list of priorities that affect
the entire region.
These priorities include doubling the an-
nual appropriation for Herbert Hoover Dike
rehabilitation to $160 million.
Another priority is increasing appropria-
tion for the Indian River Lagoon South Proj-
ect, a part of the Comprehensive Everglades

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Restoration Project (CERP), to $50 million.
This project, in St. Lucie and Martin coun-
ties, includes, among other things, 12,000
acres of above-ground water storage, 9,000
acres of stormwater treatment areas and
53,000 acres of restored wetland.
The list also includes increasing the an-
nual appropriation for another CERP proj-
ect, the Picayune Strand Project to $50 bil-
lion. This project includes the restoration of
natural water flow across 85 square miles in
western Collier County. It includes the resto-
ration of three pump stations with spreader
canals and the removal of 227 miles of
Other priorities include congressional
authorization of the Caloosahatchee River,
C-43 West Reservoir, a proposed 170,000
acre feet capacity above ground reservoir lo-
cated south of the Caloosahatchee River and
west of the Ortona Lock.
Another priority is the C- 111 Spreader Ca-
nal, Western Project. This project, located in
south Miami-Dade County, includes pump
stations, culverts, a spreader canal and wa-
ter control structures. Also on the priority
list is the Broward County Water Preserve
Areas Project located in central/southern
Broward County and northern Miami-Dade
County. This project will enhance the buffer
between residential development and pro-
tected Everglades wetlands, capturing and
diverting stormwater runoff and reducing
underground seepage.
The last priority on the list is the Bisc-
ayune Bay Coastal Wetland, Phase 1 Proj-
ect. This is a flow-way that will redistribute
excess freshwater runoff, directing it away
from existing canal discharges and spread-
ing it out as sheetflow prior to discharging
into Biscayune Bay.
In Friday's meeting local officials will

make their pitch to the Florida Congressio-
nal delegation and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers for these projects.

If you participate ...
What: Call-in meeting with Flor-
ida Congressional Delegation
When: 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28
Where: SFWMD Okeechobee
Service Center, 205 N. Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee.




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Musical presentation at the library
A program on the great Broadway composers and performers will be presented at the
Okeechobee County Library on Saturdays, Jan. 29, and Feb. 5, 12 and 26, at 1 p.m. R.B.
Nairnsey is the speaker for the program and will present slides and musical illustrations.
The topic for Jan. 29 will be J. Ross and R. Adler, writers of "The Pajama Game."

Blue Heron Golf to host fund raiser Scramble
Scramble to benefit 11 under Team Varsity Baseball Team on Saturday, Jan. 29. Come
and have some fun. Included in the event will be a 50/50 drawing; a lunch will be offered
for $5 and the fee for teams will be $120 - 4 person teams. For more information Call
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Letter to the editor

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

Way for cops to make money
* Today while driving downtown, I ran
into a heavy rain storm. The majority of the
drivers did not have their head lights on while
it was raining. Isn't it a law that if it is raining
and you have your windshield wipers on, the
driver is required to have the headlights on?
Just think how much money could be made
with the tickets for breaking this law. I know
some may say that the law enforcement of-
ficials are understaffed, however if this law
was enforced, the department could grow.
Also, what about driving in dense fog with no
headlights, or not using blinkers (they are not
on the steering wheel for looks). I think the
"powers that be" should look into this. They
would make a fortune.
* You forgot spitting on the sidewalk,
that's against the law too.
* Driving without shoes is illegal too!
Seems that the more obvious can be ad-
dressed. It is also dangerous.
* It is against the law to drive with your
blinker (hazards) lights on. They are only to
be used if you are pulled off on the side of
the road. This was told to me when I was
stopped once for no tail lights. The cop at first
told me to put on the hazard lights then said
not to do that but to ride the break lightly until
I got home as it was not legal to drive with the
hazards on.
* That sounds great, however, you may
be surprised to find out that most of all the
tickets that are written, the money goes to
the state and not the county. We barely make
anything off of it. Not sure how much goes
to the city with their particular cut. It may be
different for them.
* County/City law enforcement officers
have no business being revenuesrs" They
are there to enforce laws and patrol, with
hopes of prevention. If they want to partici-
pate in collecting revenue .. go drive a black
and yellow.
* Well I think the city cops or county dep-
uties should pull you over and give a warning
the first time. Maybe you just forgot to turn
the lights on, maybe you were busy on the
cell phone and haven't had time to turn the
lights on. I always believe in warnings.

Drivers License rules
* After reading the story in the Sunday
Okeechobee News about the stricter rules
on ID for driver's licenses, like most readers
I checked to see when my driver's license
expires. All of these documents are good to
have on hand, so it's a good idea to start gath-
ering them before your license expires.
* Probably the main thing for some of us
older folks is that they will not accept a hospi-
tal birth certificate. You have to get a birth cer-
tificate from the state where you were born. I
have a hospital birth certificate and have used
it to get my driver's license before, but I will
have to go online and request a certified copy
of my birth certificate from my home state.
* This seems to be hardest on women
who have been married and divorced several
times. They have to bring proof of their whole
chain of name changes-divorce documents
and marriage licenses.

Freezing in restaurants
* It's not just the restaurants that are
cold. Doctor and dentist offices are usually
quite chilly. Carrying a jacket or sweater in
case you get cold INDOORS makes sense in

Choking game
* While talking to some recent OHS grad-
uates, I was shocked to learn they knew all
about this "choking game" and some had
played it years ago when they were middle
school age. They called it the "elevator"
game. Parents, talk to your kids about this.

Mailboxes and street signs
* I was told a group of kids riding in a
large pickup truck were riding around knock-
ing down mail boxes and street signs around
County Road 15B & State
Road 710. It's a shame,
most of the folks who live
in the area are elderly. We MAIL
put back up as many mail-
boxes as we could. Speed
limit signs, etc. were also
knocked down.
* Knocking down a
mail box is a federal offense because it is in-
terference with the U.S. Mail. Knocking down
traffic signs endangers the public because a
driver unfamiliar with the area needs to see
those signs. If you know anything about this
criminal behavior, please give the information
to the deputies. It is not a "joke." It is criminal
activity that could endanger others.

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Raulerson Hospital
In recent years, like many Canadians, I
spend the winter months in Okeechobee.
The last thing a "snowbird" wants is to
get ill far from home and especially, to be
This is what happened last Nov. 30, when,
at 10 p.m., I had to go to the Emergency
Room of Raulerson Hospital. After a prompt
evaluation of my health, I was hospitalized
until Dec. 8; there, I underwent a battery of
tests, examinations and procedures to find
the cause of my illness and the appropriate
cure. I even returned daily to the outpatient
clinic of the hospital to complete the treat-
ment, until Dec. 18.
I must say that from the beginning to the
end of the hospital process, I was treated
with respect and dignity. I have seen and re-
ceived, from all personnel with whom I dealt
compassion, warmth, encouragement, lis-
tening and professionalism.
That's why I want to thank those who
took care of me at the hospital, from Nov.
30 to Dec. 8, in room 143 and then at the
outpatient clinic, from Dec. 9 to 18.
Okeechobee may not be a huge city, but
it houses within it a huge hospital, the Raul-
erson Hospital which I dearly thank.
Marie-Jose Brunet
Heritage Village Park

Cervical Cancer: An ounce
of prevention
Cervical cancer is caused by the human
papilloma virus or HPV and can be pre-
vented by a vaccine. HPV is the most com-
mon sexually transmitted disease and most
people are able to build up antibodies to the
virus. They never have symptoms and the
virus disappears. Women who do not clear
the virus have an increased risk of develop-
ing cervical cancer after age 30. According to
the National Cancer Institute, 12,000 women
develop cervical cancer each year and 4,200
women die.
In the 1950s, the Pap smear became
part of the yearly exam and the number of
cervical cancer deaths dropped drastically.
Scientists always suspected this cancer was
caused by a virus. They identified the type of
human papilloma virus causing this disease
and began to work to develop a vaccine.
Now there are two vaccines to prevent
cervical cancer Gardasil and Cervarix, both
protect against two typed of HPV that cause
cervical cancer. Both vaccines are recom-

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Editor: Katrina Elsken
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Publisher. Tom Byrd

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mended before sexual activity begins.
Gardasil also protects against two types
of HPV that cause genital warts. Both vac-
cines are recommended for girls between
the ages of 11 and 12 years. Both can be giv-
en as young as 9 or 10 years and up to 25 or
26 years. Both vaccines are a series of three
injections given over 6 months. Gardisil is
also recommended for boys in the same age
ranges to prevent genital warts.
Remember, the headline: A vaccine to
prevent cancer. Ask your primary care pro-
vider, pediatrician or gynecologist about
these vaccines. I will gladly answer any
questions that you have at 863-763-7481.
I look forward to speaking with you about
this exciting development in medicine.
Paulette Disinger ARNP NP MPH
Florida Community Health Center



Today: A chance of showers before
1 p.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming
mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West
southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts
as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 30 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
40. West northwest wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 67.
Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 39. Northwest wind around 5
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 66. North
northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 38. North wind around 5 mph be-
coming calm.

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MB 10; Florida Lotto: 7-20-35-36-38-48
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Play 4: 5-5-5-1.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

IRS offers Saturday help on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5

Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer As-
sistance Centers in many locations around
Florida will be open Saturday, Jan. 29 and
Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
IRS is expanding service to taxpayers eli-
gible for the Earned Income Tax Credit who
may not be able to seek assistance during
the work week. EITC is a refundable credit
which can result in a refund of up to $5,666
for eligible taxpayers. Taxpayers with in-
comes of $48,362 or less may be eligible to
claim this credit, depending on their filing
status. Four of five eligible workers claim the
EITC but must file a return to get it.

Continued From Page 1

to create a wildlife refuge extending from
southern Osceola County to the northern
shore of Lake Okeechobee. This would in-
clude a large portion of Okeechobee Coun-
ty. The proposal, still in its infancy, calls for
50,000 acres in outright land purchase and
100,000 acres of conservation easements.
The proposed Everglades Headwater
National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation
Area is a partnership of federal, tribal, state
and local governments, South Florida Water
Management District and private landown-
ers and would include portions of Polk, Os-
ceola, Indian River, Okeechobee and High-
land counties. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS), a part of the Department of
the Interior, would be the lead organization
in the development of this wildlife refuge.
According to Charles Palizza, refuge man-
ager for the Pelican Island National Wildlife
Refuge, the FWS is concerned primarily with
the Kissimmee River basin and trying to con-
nect existing wildlife refuges such as the
Avon Park Bombing Range and Kissimmee
Prairie State Park. Mr. Palizza said property
owners who choose not to participate in the
program would have no restrictions put in
the use of their land. He said in other areas

Continued From Page 1

If such a schedule were applied to eve-
ning meetings, visitors could expect to be
there until around midnight or later.
Deputy county administrator Robbie
Chartier will give a financial report. Corn-
missioners will also receive the monthly
financial statements from the constitutional
Facilities manager Tony Ard will discuss
energy consumption in county buildings.
The commission will hold a public hear-
ing on the Evaluation and Appraisal Report
(EAR) of the county's comprehensive plan.
This report is required periodically by state
law. The EAR indicates the comprehensive
plan is working fairly well. However, some
changes are suggested. The board's options
are: further consideration of the report, di-
recting staff to revise the report or adopting
the report and forwarding it to the depart-

Offices in the following locations will be
* 4210 Metro Pkwy. Ft. Myers;
* 7410 S. US 1 Port St. Lucie;
* 1700 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West
Palm Beach;
IRS personnel will be available to answer
taxpayers' questions, offer additional infor-
mation about the EITC, provide publications
about this valuable credit and help prepare
returns claiming the credit.
Taxpayers should bring certain docu-
ments with them, including:
* Valid driver's license or photo identifi-

that green space adjacent to residential ar-
eas increased residential values, but had no
impact on the value of agricultural lands.
Those lands bought by the federal gov-
ernment for the wildlife refuge would be
taken off local tax roles. However, Mr. Palizza
said that local governments would receive
revenue sharing in lieu of taxes indefinitely
He added that in some cases those funds
amount to more than the local government
would have received in taxes.
Mr. Palizza said that on the 50,000 acres
that his agency would own outright they
would regulate hunting and fishing. The
other 10,000 acres that would be under con-
servation easements would have some re-
strictions placed on them, primarily to stop
residential or commercial development or
the planting of row crops.
As part of the planning process four pub-
lic meetings to solicit input will be held in-
cluding one at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.
9 at Okeechobee High School. Other public
meetings will be held in Kissimmee, Sebring
and Vero Beach.
At this early stage input is requested from
the public. After these public meetings the
plan calls for development of a draft plan
in March through May. Public review and
comment on the draft plan will take place in
June. Then a final plan will be developed in
August and September.
He said that once the property to be

ment of community affairs.
Linda Syfrett, of the Okeechobee County
Fair Association, will give the State of the
Fair Report for 2010. Paid attendance was
71,201 and the fair association spent $9,000
on improvements to the electrical service.
In other action the board is expected to:
* consider abandoning a portion of a
platted right of way in Petit Park subdivi-
* consider authorizing a flight school at
the Okeechobee County Airport;
* consider authorizing application for
law enforcement grants and approving
Romelis Planning and Development Servic-
es to provide grant application and adminis-
tration services;
* execute a deferred payment loan and
related documents to use grant funds to re-
habilitate affordable rental housing affected
by the 2008 storms; and,
* appoint a district medical examiner.
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cation (self & spouse, if applicable);
* Social Security cards for all persons
listed on the return;
* Dates of birth for all persons listed on
the return;
* All income statements: Forms W-2,
1099, Social Security, Unemployment, or
other benefits statements, self-employment
records and any documents showing taxes
* Dependent child care information: pay-
ee's name, address and SSN or TIN;
* Proof of account at financial institution
for direct debit or deposit (e.g. cancelled/

acquired is identified, his agency would re-
quest funding to purchase the land and the
conservation easements.
"The Everglades rural working ranch
landscapes are an important piece of our
nation's history and economy and this initia-
tive would work to ensure that they remain
vital for our future," Secretary Salazar said
in press release. "The partnerships being
formed would protect and improve water
quality north of Lake Okeechobee, restore
wetlands, and connect existing conserva-
tion lands and important wildlife corridors
to support the grater Everglades restoration
"The South Florida Water Management
District applauds Secretary Salazar and his
staff for putting together a proposal as bold
as the Everglades Headwaters National
Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area,"
said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chair-
man Jerry Montgomery. "Combined with
last year's federal investment to conserve
26,000 acres in the Northern Everglades, this
effort builds on the momentum to deliver
water quality improvements, water storage
and environmental restoration benefiting all
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an estimated speed of 50 mph when air ap-
parently lifted the mattress and ejected both
of them, stated an accident report by Deputy
Adrian Rogers of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Mr. Exantus and the mattress landed in
the eastbound lane of the highway and slid
several feet before coming to rest, stated the
Deputy Rogers said the man was airlifted
to Lawnwood Medical Regional Center in
Fort Pierce with serious, but unspecified,
According to the OCSO report, the truck
was being driven by Krystal Yvonne Smith,
26, of Okeechobee.
Neither Ms. Smith nor a passenger in the
truck William B. Curry Jr., 35, of St. Peters-
burg-were injured in the 7 p.m. accident.

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Health & Safety Expo at
Agri-Civic Center, Jan. 29
The Fourth Annual Okeechobee Fami-
ly Health and Safety Expo will be held Sat-
urday, Jan. 29, at the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. The
event will feature vendor booths, health
screenings, health and safety giveaways
and door prizes. Expo hours are from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be pre-
sentations on gun safety, traffic safety and
crime prevention by personnel from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. K-9s
from the sheriff's office will demonstrate
their skills, and there will also be a display
of illegal narcotics. The event is free and
open to the entire family. To attend the
expo, please use the S.R. 710 entrance.

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Community Events Obituaries

Chamber of Commerce of
Okeechobee County
to host kick off meeting
The newly formed Chamber of Com-
merce of Okeechobee County will be host-
ing a kick-off celebration at the Williamson
Center at IRSC on Jan. 26. The event starts at
11:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend but reg-
istration is required. Business owners and
representatives are encouraged to attend
and learn more about the new Chamber of
Commerce. To register, please contact Brain
Cartland at 863-467-6246 or email Brian@

Guardian ad Litem
volunteers to meet
The Okeechobee GAL volunteers are set
to meet at Mom's Restaurant on Jan. 27, at
2 p.m. Come and join us for a free coffee
and learn about what we do and how you
can help. For information, call Judi Tremain
at 863-697-1717.

Hospice to hold Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is holding a yard
sale on Thursday, Jan. 27 and Friday, Jan. 28,
from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is lo-
cated at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE
3rd Ave. For information call 863-467-2321
or see our web page www.hospiceofo-

Moose Lodge to
hold fish dinner
Okeechobee Moose Lodge will host a fish
dinner on Jan. 28, from 5 until 6:45 p.m. for
$6 done by Ray followed by a variety show
starting at 7 p.m. The show will feature an
Elvis show with skits and songs by local en-
tertainers along with some special guests by

VFW to host chicken dinner
Chicken dinner with mashed potatoes,
gravy and vegetables will be ready from 2
until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, for just $5
at the VFW Post 9528 Buckhead Ridge. Five
card BINGO starts at 5 p.m.

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Charles Miller
CASSLEBERRY - Charles Miller, of Cassleber-
ry, died Jan. 19, 2011.
He was born May 19, 1921, in Black Oak,
WVa., to parents Arthur Scott and Iva Grace
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Elisabeth;
daughter, Susan (Zeke) Kinney of Maitland, and
Charles David Miller (Maury) of Greensboro,
Ala., Elisabeth (Biba) is sister to Frank (Sonny)
W illiamson Jr. of ( i . . i i..1 -
Surviving their grandfather are: grandson, Jef-
frey Kinny and granddaughter, Beth (Chris) Ri-
ley, Susan and Zeke Kinney's children, and
great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Riley. David and
Maury Miller's daughter is Jennifer (Jason) Re-
ynolds and great-grandson, Miller Reynolds.
Three surviving sisters are Grace Sines, Anna
Lee Boehmes, and Jean Miller.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of Maitland, the Masonic Lodge, the
Scottish Rite Shrine of Tampa. He served many
years in the USAF and retired in 1964 as a Mas-
ter Sergeant.
Charles and Biba with children Susan and Da-
vid resided in Okeechobee in the late 1960's and
early 1970's. He was employed by Williamson
Castle Company while living in ('I,i .-. i-. 1" .
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, 341 N. Or-
lando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32757.
Earl Story 70
OKEECHOBEE - Earl Story, age 70, of Okee-
chobee, passed away Jan. 23, 2011, at his
He was born Feb. 10, 1940, in Kenansville to
Mordie and Eleanor
Story and was raised
in (,I.,,,i,,,i, He
worked as a tractor
operator for Agri-Ga-
tors. He was of the
Baptist faith and en-
joyed hunting, fish-
ing and working.
Mr. Story was pre-
ceded in death by
his wife, Joan Story.
He is survived by his
sons, Earl
Story Jr. and Mordie Story; daughter,
Nancy Sparkman (Robert) and Rhonda Pollard
(Joey), all of (Ii .. .. , , six grandchildren;
three brothers, James Story of Zellwood, Sam-
mie Williams of Las Vegas ,and Wayne Wil-
liams of Lakeland.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25,
2011, at Bass (i.... ,,i...- Funeral Home. Fu-
neral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.
26, 2011, at Treasure Island Baptist Church with
Pastor Doug Nichols officiating.
Interment will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26,
2011, at Kenansville Cemetery.
Friends may sign the ,., i ..... i. at www.bas-
, I. I. . . l - , ,II , -II,, , , I
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (0i., .... - - Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, ('i....i,,,,,, Fl

Florence M. Wickersham, 98
OKEECHOBEE - Florence M. Wickersham,
age 98, died at home on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.
She had been a resident of ( i.. I. li .. - for 31
years. She had a keen interest in current events
and news.
She was preceded
in death by her hus-
band, Harry; broth-
ers, Gilbert Hoelle,
Roy Hoelle, William
Hoelle; and a sister,
Lillian Ferrino. Sur-
vivors include a
daughter, Carol
(Harry) Stiteler; .
grandson, Scott Stit- .. ,
eler of Bowling, Fla.;
g ra nd
daughter, Sondra (Tim) Fulford; and
great-grandson, Ryan L. Fulford, all of Okeecho-
There will be no services.
If friends desire, they may make a memorial
donation in Florence's name to Big Lake Mis-
sions, P.O. Box 1663, (ie . ...I i , , FL 34973, or
to Big Lake Hospice, 1203 N. Parrott Avenue,
(,i2., i , FL 34972.
Arrangements are under the care of Matthew
and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral
Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fla.
Johneen Truxton, 71
OKEECHOBEE - Johneen Truxton, 71, of
(i., ...I. i., passed away Jan. 22, 2011, in
She is survived by her sister, Mable Konczal.
No services will be held.
Friends may sign the . i ..... i. at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
Robert M. Scott, 81
OKEECHOBEE - Robert M. Scott, age 81,
died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Hamrick
He was a retired school educator.
There are no services planned.
If friends desire, they may make memorial do-
nations in Robert's name to Hospice of Okee-
chobee, P.O. Box 1548, (I, .,. -i,,1 , FL 34973.
Arrangements are under the care of Matthew
and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral
Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fla.

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Louis M. Figueroa, 76
OKEECHOBEE - Louis M. Figueroa, age 76,
of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.
He was born Sept.
23, 1934, in Ponce,
Puerto Rico, to Louis
and Ramonita San-
tella Figueroa. He
had been a resident
of Okeechobee
since 1991 coming
from New York. He
was dedicated to his
job as a manger
with Cal-Maine
Foods. Lou enjoyed
writing po-
etry, photography and watching mo-
vies with his grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eliza-
beth Figueroa.
He is survived by his son, David Figueroa (Ma-
rie); grandsons, Alexander and Devin Figueroa,
all of (i., i i , brothers, Manny Figueroa
(Elsie), Rafael Rodriguez, all of California; sis-
ters, Nita Duenas of Connecticut, Isabel Hernan-
dez of Oregon, Millie Davis of Texas and Susan
Rodriguez of Connecticut. Lou will be dearly
missed by his family and friends.
There will be no public services.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. On-
line condolences may be made at www.buxton-

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Churches host concerts . -d

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Seventh Day Chris-
tian Church, 912 N.W
Park St., will present the
Weaver Family Singers in
concert on Friday night,
Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. For
more information call
863-763-4320 or 863-772-
Northside Baptist
Church, 51 N.W 98th
St. will host Forgiven, a
Southern Gospel trio form
Lawrenceburg, Ind, Sun Plac
day, Jan. 30 at 10:45 a.m. |lac
Cloid Baker, formerly with
the Bill Gaither Trio and A W
his wife, Debbie, formerly or
with the Weatherfords,
have been singing togeth-
er for over 40 years. Brian
Worley, from Florence, Ky., joins them sing-
ing tenor. A love offering will be taken. For
more information, call 863-634-7714.
The Fifth Sunday Community-Wide Ser-
vice sponsored by the Okeechobee Minis-
terial Association (OMA) will be Sunday,
Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Rev. Ed-
ward Weiss of Church of Our Saviour will
be preaching, the Okeechobee Community
Choir will be singing, and many members of
OMA will be participating in the service. In
addition, Frank Carter, composer, concert pi-
anist and Director of Music and Art at Good
Shepherd United Methodist Church in West
Palm Beach will once again be accompany-
ing and singing. Come, hear the Word of the
Lord preached, and enjoy the fellowship this
small-town community-wide service pro-
vides. Churches and groups represented by
the 26 members of the OMA are: Church of
Savior Episcopal, Church of the Nazarene,
Cornerstone Baptist Church, Faith Farm
Ministries, First United Methodist Church,
More 2 Life, North Okeechobee Church of
God, Northside Baptist Church, Okeechobee
Community Choir, Okeechobee Correction-
al Institute, Okeechobee Health Care Facility,
Okeechobee Pregnancy Center, Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, Primera Iglesia
Bautista de Okeechobee, Resurrection Life,


Seventh-Day Christian Church, St. Stephens
AME Church and The Vineyard. Ministers of
other churches and ministries are invited to
join the OMA on the second
Wednesday of every month
at noon at the Clock.
Grace Brethren
Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., will have a free family
movie night, Friday, Feb. 4
at 7 p.m. The movie "The
Ultimate Gift" with Abigail
Breslin, Brian Dennehy and
James Garner is the story of
a young man who receives
an unusual inheritance that
ih e challenges him to grow,
FS o1. change and discover the
true meaning of wealth.
The Church of the
ih ip sNazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St., announces a series of
Southern Gospel Concerts.
The Mark Trammel Quartet will perform
Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The Perrys will be
in concert Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. The
Kingsmen will sing on Thursday, March 3
at 7 p.m. The Dixie Echoes will be in concert
Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. A love offer-
ing will be taken at each concert. For more
information call 863-763-7113.
Thomas Shelton will be in concert dur-
ing Homecoming Day at Brighton Baptist
Church on Sunday, Jan. 30. The concert will
begin at 1:30 p.m. There will be a covered
dish dinner served just prior to the concert.
For those who wish to attend the 10:40 ser-
vice, Mr. Shelton will sing several songs dur-
ing the worship service. Mr. Shelton has been
in the Gospel Music
ministry for 30 years
and was inducted
into the "Who's
. Who" in Musician
America. He joined
the touring group
General Delivery
U.S.A." Since then,
he has traveled as
the lead singer for
the "Gospelites" and
as the tenor for the
"Watchmen" of Op-
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Report: Woman arrested with mushrooms

By Eric Kopp
INI Florida
A 22-year-old tennis coach has been
released on bond following her arrest on
felony drug charges-including her alleged
possession of Psilocybin mushrooms-in
Glades County.
Adrianne Brizuela, S.W 108th Terrace,
Miami, was arrested on felony charges of
possession of MDMA (ecstasy), possession
of marijuana over 20 grams and possession
of Psilocybin. She was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of possession of drug
She was booked into the Glades County
Detention Facility under a $15,000 bond. Jail
records indicate that she has been released
on bond.
An arrest report by a Glades County Sher-
iff's Office (GCSO) narcotics detective indi-
cated that the Chrysler PT Cruiser in which
Brizuela was a passenger was stopped for
speeding on U.S. 27 just north of Moore Ha-

It should be noted that the car was be-
ing operated by Alyssa Jay Carroll, 20, S.W.
112th Place, Miami. While she was issued a
citation for speeding, she was not charged
with drug possession. The arrest report stat-
ed that Carroll was traveling 68 mph in a 60
mph zone.
According to the report, after the car was
stopped GCSO K-9 Sandy sniffed the exterior
of the vehicle and alerted to the passenger-
side rear door. When another GCSO de-
tective searched the area a small safe was
found. Inside the safe was 39.2 grams of a
green leafy substance, 49 caplets and about
14.1 grams of mushrooms, the detective in-
The green leafy substance and the ca-
plets were field tested and indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of marijuana and
MDMA, stated the report. There is no known
field test for the mushrooms, pointed out the
The GCSO detective went on to state that
two glass smoking pipes with a residue and
a set of digital scales were also found. The

residue was also field tested and reportedly
indicated a positive result for the presence
of marijuana.
Brizuela's arrest came about as a joint
operation between the GCSO and detectives
from the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force.
When ingested orally Psilocybin mush-
rooms, which are also known as magic
mushrooms, produce hallucinations and
an inability to tell fantasy from reality. Us-
ing these mushrooms in conjunction with
MDMA is known as flower flipping or Hip-
pieflip, according to the National Drug Intel-
ligence Center.
Psilocybin is a schedule I substance un-
der the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule
I drugs-which also include LSD and hero-
in have a large potential for abuse.
Another risk to the use of Psilocybin
mushrooms is the chance of poisoning from
picking the wrong type of mushroom.

Teen accused of armed robbery, grand theft

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 13-year-old Okeecho-
bee youth was arrested on
felony charges in connec-
tion with the theft of cash
and property from a carni-
val worker.
Andrew Jermaine Jack-
son, N.E. 16th Ave., was
arrested Saturday, Jan. 22,
on felony charges of armed Andrew J.
robbery and grand theft. Jackson
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the

St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort
An arrest report by Detective Augustin
Saucedo of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) stated that the victim
and a co-worker with J&J Carnival, located
at 501 S.E. Second St., were robbed at gun-
point around as they started to walk into a
bar on N.E. 13th Ave.
According to the detective's report, a
man pulled a gun on the victim and de-
manded money and then a second man hit
him in the face. While the victim was on the
ground, two other men went through his
pockets. One of them, stated the detective,
was identified as Jackson.

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Detective: woman injured when car overturns

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News

to Raulerson Hospital following her involve-
ment in a three-car accident in the 100 block

A young Okeechobee woman was taken of U.S. 441.

Emergency personnel had to remove Mi-
chal Kent, 27, N.E. 14th St., from the 2002
Chevrolet sedan she was driving after it
rolled over onto its top Monday morning,
Jan. 24.
Detective Bill Saum of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD) said Ms.
Kent had turned onto U.S. 441 from S.R.
70 and was southbound around 9:30 a.m.
when her vehicle crossed both southbound
lanes and struck the concrete divider in the
highway. Her car then rolled over while en-
tering the left turn lane in the northbound
lane of the highway.

At this point, continued the detective, her
car struck a 2006 Honda van being driven
by Tracy Cook, 41, of Okeechobee. The
force of this collision reportedly caused Ms.
Cook's van to strike a 1999 Toyota sports
utility vehicle operated by Donita Evans, 63,
of Okeechobee.
Neither Ms. Cook nor Ms. Evans were in-
Detective Saum said Ms. Kent was is-
sued a citation failure to drive within a single

Emergency personnel had to extract Michal Kent from her car after it overturned
Monday morning in a three-car accident in the 100 block of U.S. 441. Ms. Kent
was taken to Raulerson Hospital and, according to Detective Bill Saum of the
Okeechobee City Police Department, was in stable condition. Although two oth-
er cars were involved no one else was hurt, the detective added.

radley R. Morgan and Wendy L. Lasitter
were married on Sept. 11, 2010, at a
wedding chapel in Kissimmee, Florida.
Best man was Jim Threewits and Maid of
honor was Gena Coleman. Carrying the
rings was the brides grandson, D.J. Lewis
and Flower girl was brides daughter Heather
Fipps. The brides son L.A. Fipps walked
her down the isle. Colors were pink and
white. Friends and Family attending the cer-
mony. The couple spent their honeymoon in
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H & R Block ribbon cutting
Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk cut the ribbon at the new location of H & R
Block in Winn Dixie Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 22. Taking part in the ceremony
were, left to right, the mayor, Dorothy Schwartz, Millie Childers, B. J. Boiling,
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Macin Raulerson and her mother
Brandy Ellis enjoyed senior night

UKeecnoDee mign bcnool DaSKeIDall
cheerleaders were honored during
the basketball team's senior night on
Jan. 20. Ashley McLaury was joined
by her parents Kelli and Walter Mor-
ris at senior night.

Samantha Sapp was joined by her
parents Carla and Ronald Sapp at
senior night Thursday.

Unemployment report shows some hope
One hundred ninety fewer people col- ber. The jobless rate declined 1.1 percent The nation's jobless rate stood at 9.1 per-
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January 26, 2011

Science Fair winners to go to regionals in Sebring

By Heather Hotmire
Special to the Okeechobee News
The annual Science Fair took place at
Osceola Middle School on Jan. 20. As most
students know, science fair is a project that
includes an experiment with several trials,
pictures of the trials, and a plethora of written
information about the experiment.
It is a lot of hard work that can include frus-
trating paperwork. All sophomores in honors
science classes are required to participate in

science fair, while juniors and seniors have
the option to participate for extra credit.
The awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Jan.
20 revealed that several students took first,
second, or third place and received ribbons
for their efforts. First place winners go to re-
gionals in Sebring on Feb. 17. Students who
receive first place there go to the state com-
petition. Mrs. Reister, the Pre-AP chemistry
teacher and the main science fair teacher at
OHS, said that she is happy with the overall
results this year and is proud of her students.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Jaiden Barnhart
Okeechobee High School's first place science fair winners were Jordan Bolan,
Jenna Rath, Carson Harris, Monica Hernandez, Alex Guido, Audrey Metcalf, and
Jessica Suit. Not Pictured are Jessica Humphrey, Cain Elliott, Brooke Snyder,
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(At right) Second place winners
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OHS soccer team honors seniors at Treasure Coast game

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School rested most
of their starters and played all five of their
seniors and reserves as the Brahmans lost
to Treasure Coast High School 5-0 at their
senior night match on Friday at Brahman
The Brahmans (11-5-1) hosted the Dis-
trict 14-4A soccer tournament for the first
time this week. Matches were scheduled on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Brahman
Coach Lonnie Sears said his team didn't
have their best effort but he wanted his key
players to rest up and be ready for the district
Five seniors were honored after the game,
Cristhian Toribio, Javier Garcia, Rosendo
Cabrera, Arturo Dominguez, and Mauro
Sears said all five players were big parts
of the soccer program in the past four years.
He said all of them worked hard and were

(Left to right)) Judy Hernandez, Arturo
Dominguez, Mauro Dominguez, and
Mauro Dominguez Sr. were at senior
night Friday.

good role models. The Brahmans set a re-
cord this year on defense as they allowed
just 0.875 goals per game.
Sears said defense will be a key if the
team was to win the district title this week.
"We have the team to do it. I hope people
come out and watch and support us this
Toribio said it is a blessing to play soc-
cer but even more of a blessing to play it
for Okeechobee High School. He said the
coaches and the players are like family and
he is proud of that relationship.
"I have four years of nothing but good
memories. We will have the home field ad-
vantage this week and we hope to take a
championship home," he said.
Toribio had a great district tournament
last year with goals in two of the games. One

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Rosendo Cabrera Sr, Anna Cabrera,
and Rosendo Cabrera were at senior
night Friday.

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was a game winner in the district semifinal
contest. He said it gave him a feeling he can't
Toribio will attend Pacific Union College
in California on an academic scholarship.
He intends to try out for the soccer team.
Javier Garcia was praised as the leader
of the defense. He played sweeper this year
and was a key reason the team was tough
on defense.
"I play wherever the coach wants me.

Whatever it takes for the team to be success-
ful," he said.
Garcia said the match with Treasure
Coast was disappointing but he was glad
the starters got some rest and the younger
players got a chance to play.
"Coach really appreciates us. He doesn't
do it for the love of the game he does it to
make men out of us. I really appreciate
him," he added.

Erick Garcia #9 returned to the lineup Friday and could play a key role for the
Brahmans as they vie for a district title this week.

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January 26, 2011 Okeechobee News

Suncoast charges past OHS in 57-19 win

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Suncoast's smothering defense prevent-
ed Okeechobee High School from getting
shots at the basket last Thursday as the Lady
Chargers routed the Lady Brahmans 57-19
in a high school basketball game played in
Riviera Beach.
Okeechobee was led in scoring by Thad-
dricka Sanders who had 11 points, includ-
ing two three pointers. Ami Edwards had
a good night inside with five points and 16
Suncoast only led 11-6 after the first quar-

the second quarter as they held Okeecho-
bee to only two points and enjoyed a 27-8
halftime lead. Suncoast led 44-14 after three
"I saw improvements on defense even
though we gave up 57 points tonight," Brah-
man Coach Erin Morrow said, "Suncoast
was a very good shooting team."
Morrow said the Chargers also did a great
job of stopping the Okeechobee girls from
getting the ball up the court and running
their half court offense.
"Our issue in this game was offense. We
didn't have good ball movement when we
managed to get the ball up the court," Mor-
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instead of standing around."
Morrow praised her team's defense as
they were able to stay with their assign-
ments and contest shots. Okeechobee also
rebounded the basketball well in the game.
Morrow said the girls continue to make
strides but still need to maintain composure
and work well together on the court, "We
put ourselves in a bad position when we
don't execute. The girls get frustrated with
each other and take themselves out of the
game mentally. We need to work together as
a team on both ends of the court."
Okeechobee hosts their senior night
game on Thursday against Port St. Lucie

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Arturo Dominguez scored 15 seconds
into the first overtime as Okeechobee High
School outlasted Boynton Beach, 2-1, in the
quarterfinals of the District 14-4A tourna-
ment Monday night at Brahman stadium.
Dominguez took a long pass from Diego
Rodriguez and was able to beat the Boynton
goal keeper to his left side with a solid kick
just moments into the extra session to put
Okeechobee in the semifinals on Wednes-
day against Suncoast. The match will be
played in Okeechobee at 7 p.m. Fort Pierce
will meet Jensen Beach in the other semifi-
nal at 5 p.m. at Brahman stadium.
This is the first year Okeechobee has
hosted the boys soccer district tournament.
Coach Lonnie Sears said Okeechobee
made a couple of mental mistakes at the be-
ginning of the match that gave the visitors a
goal. He said they want to eliminate those

OHS boys notch hoop

win over Greyhounds
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Mike Hernandez hit two free throws
with two seconds left as Okeechobee High
School's boys basketball team escaped Lin-
coln Park with a 53-52 win in a District 14-4A
contest last Friday.
Deforest Shanks had intercepted a Grey-
hound pass and found Hernandez cutting to
the basket to provide the winning points.
"It was just a great effort by everyone,"
Brahman Coach Bryan Van Camp said, "We
were down by six points with 1:30 left and
we got some big turnovers and steals on our
Jesse Thomas had 14 points and Colby
Frank added 13 points for the Brahmans,
(7-8). Michael Jackson had 22 points and
Rodrick Reaves added 12 points for LPA
Van Camp said his team got great perfor-
mances from Thomas, Colby Frank, and Tim
Hirst, who provided some key rebounds and
also a key blocked shot late in the game.
"It was just a tough brutal game. We re-
ally had to grind it out to get the win," Van
Camp said.
The boys will host Jensen Beach on Fri-
day and travel to South Fork on Saturday.

The first half was not Okeechobe

told the kids to watch out anybody can beat
you. Once they scored a goal on us the guys
said now lets play," he added.
Sears said he was confident the team
could score in overtime and he was right
as Dominguez got free from his man after a
nice feed and easily beat the goal keeper.
"I told the kids when we win in the first 2
seconds, celebrate as a team. We scored in
about 15 seconds and it was pretty impres-
sive," he said.
Dominguez admitted he was on top of
the world for getting the winning goal. He

not satisfied and won't really celebrate until
the win Friday's championship game.
"Tonight Boynton Beach hustled and put
pressure on us the whole game. We kind of
calmed down, took it easy, and got some
shots and advantages in the second half.
Overtime was a weird feeling but coach said
we are in great condition, overtime is our
time. We showed them."
Sergio Vargas added an assist for
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Commissioners invite citizens to coffee and a chat

Commissioners to meet
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Okeechobee News
Did you ever want to talk with a county
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more available to their constituents.
A new program called "Coffee with the

Annual festival set

for March 12-13
The 43rd Speckled Perch Festival will be
March 12 and 13, in downtown Flagler Park.
The event will be hosted by Okeechobee
Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce
of Okeechobee County. The event will fea-
ture various craft and food vendors begin-
ning at 9 a.m. each day in the park. The
Speckled Perch Festival parade will begin at
11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. Parade appli-
cations can be picked up at the Okeechobee
Main Street office or by downloading it from
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received after the 7th will be placed at the
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Students to hold fundraiser
The OHS International Club will host
a yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 29, to raise
funds for the student who are traveling
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TCI, On Lake with dock,
util/cable included. No
pets, $600/mo. 1st & last
month. (863)697-3351
LG. CLEAN APT in town
- 2/2, w/d, lawn maint
included, $750 + $300
sec. (863) 634-3572

Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
OKEE - 2BR, 1BA New
kitchen, bathrm., paint.
Laundry. Very clean
$600/mo. 772-215-0098
TRIPLEX clean, 2 BR,
2 BA, W/D hook-up,
patio, privacy fence,
no pets. $690 mo.,
free trash and lawn
maint. (417)848-3424
or (417)848-6360
River Acres- Cottage
1/1 on water, furn, satel-
lite & wireless network.
$500/mo, $250 deposit

1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295

2ba Villa, all appliances
& privacy fence. Must
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3bd/lba, CBS, concrete
drive, metal roof, hurri-
cane shutters, privacy
fence, a/c, tile floors
W/D. $850 mo. plus sec.
Call 863-697-6224
Houses, 3/2, 3/2/2, &
3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
er, dryer, large kitchen.
Bring Pets. $1000/$900
per mo. (561) 723-2226
4br/2ba, fenced yard,
Move in for $800.
$675 mo. Must have
references. Call
house, roomy, new floor-
ing and paint, $700/mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec.
House on 2.5 acres 3/2
equine friendly. Horse
Barn. $1400/mo
KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ sec. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
Large 4bd/1&1/2 ba.
Brick home, newly reno-
vated, Italian tile thru
out, large kitchen and
master suite. Non
smoker,lst and
$700 a month. Call
OKEE- 3 bdrm /1 ba on
1/2 ac, laundry, central
air/ heat, screen porch,
carport. $925 mo, 1st &
last Call (305)458-8659

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OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
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S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA.,
CBS Home. Annual
lease. W&D, Water fur-
nished. $850 mo. 1st. &
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Okeechobee Rim Canal.
Upstairs unit. Partially
furnished. Ready to
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cess to clubhouse, se-
cure swimming pool,
laundry, tennis courts,
boat docks and condo
fees include lawn, wa-
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building. $53,000 Call
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CBS 3/2/2, metal roof,
screen porch,osmosis
system, corner
ed in /out. Space for
motor home and boat.
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asking $95,000 Owner

OFF 710 & 15A, 1/2
Acre vacant lot, fenced.
Oak trees. House or
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Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $525 mo. No
pets. Yearly lease plus
sec. (863)763-4031

2br/2ba, Furnished.
W&D on-site.
Small pets welcome.
$675 per month.
(863) 634-0663.

FORT DRUM - 5 acres,
small pond creek, 2BR,
2BA Trailer, needs interi-
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pairs, if tenant can help
with them. Deposit will
be $1000 and Rent $500
(772) 464-9226

2BR/1BA, $550 month
& $300 sec. dep. or for
sale $35,000 Call
(863) 467-2156

LaBelle 3br/2ba manu-
factured home in lovely
55+ park. Pets welcome
$800/month, includes
water, sewer, garbage,
& lawn care. $800 se-

Call: 863-675-7555 or

2/1 from $395. Newly
remodeled. 12 min. from
Town Center on beauti-
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available. NO PETS! Call
Mon-Fri. (863) 467-2982

2br unfurn. waterfront
single. Lrg. Lot, Rm. for
Motor Home, Boat slip,
Sea wall. $450 mo.
863-226-3436 Rent
with option to buy.

Singlewide, 2 br/1 ba,
M/H. 8 miles North of
Town. $500 month.
Call (863) 467-2563 or
(863) 447-2172.

Treasure Island- 3 br/2
ba, Doublewide MH. On
Canal. $750 month.
Call: (863) 467-2563 or
(863) 447-2172.

2004 Chariot 34x14
park model, 10x34 ad-
dition, partly furnished,
double lot, 10x16 Woo-
ley shed, full RV hook
up on 2nd lot, at Big 0
RV Resort asking
$124,900 OBO Call

33'Park Model
w/40' room add.&laundry
room,screen room&
carport. Lots of plants
and landscaped.Com-
pletely furn.,with lots of
extras. Priced to sell
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Starting at $15,000
Mobile Home Angels

Casablanca Park
2br/1 1/2 ba, all electric
appl., w/d,dishwasher.
Furnished,attached car
port w/drive in front,
boat included. Has
never been smoked
in/animals .Asking
Call 615-618-0905

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access to river.
44 Boondock Rd. $55,000
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Publi N

A public auction will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 11th day of Feb. 2011
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make,
Model & Vin's as follows:
1983 White Chevy Impala
1992 Gray Mercedes 300
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
reserves the right of final bid. All
sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
in "AS IS" with no guarantees.
377153 ON 1/26/2011
Notice is hereby given that the un-
dersigned, pursuant to the "Fictitious
Name Statute," will register with
Florida Department of State, Division
of Corporations the fictitious name,
to wit:
Bob's Creative Concrete Sealing
Under which we expect to engage in
business at: Mobile
In the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said
Business enterprise are:
Robert E. Peckham
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this the 24th day of
Jan., 2011.
By: Robert E. Peckham
377053 ON 1/26/2011

Case #: 2009 CA 000765
American General Home Equity, Inc.
Greg Vickers; Denise Vickers; United States of America; State Farm Mutual
Automobile Insurn- C-mr-.n-," as Subrogee of Anthony P. Maingot; Un-
known Parties in :" - =!, Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If liv-
ing, and all Unknown Parbes claiming by, through, under and against the
above named who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Un-
known Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees,
or Other Claimants
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Jan. 7, 2011, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000765
of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida, wherein American General Home Equity, Inc., Plaintiff and
Greg Vickers are defendantss, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 AT 11:00 A.M. on February 23, 2011, the follow-
ing described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit:
Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order
to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the
provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordi-
nator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986,
(772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or
immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled
appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call
SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adap-
taciOn para poder participar de este procedimiento o event; usted tiene
derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le prove cierta ayuda. Favor de comu-
nicarse con Come Johnson, Coordinadora de A.D.A., 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986, (772) 807-4370 por lo menos 7
dias antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente de-
spues de haber recibido esta notificaciOn si es que falta menos de 7 dias
para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva 6 de habla, Ilame
al 711.
KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobe ki bezwen asistans ou apart, pou ou
ka patisipe nan prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen peye anyen
pou ou jwen on sen de 6d. Tanpnri kontakte Come Johnson, Co-ordinator
ADA, 250 NW Country Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986,
(772) 807-4370 O'mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou part nan tribunal,
ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si 16 ke ou gen pou-ou ale nan
tribunal-la mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tande ou pale byen, role 711.
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sandra L. Creech
2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
561) 998-6700
(561) 998-6707
376058 ON 1/19,26/2011

YMS boys basketball team plays Storm Grove

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School lost in overtime to the Sting
rays of Storm Grove Middle School, Vero Beach, in a
middle school boys basketball game last Thursday in
Storm Grove remained undefeated but were held to
13 points below their season average.
Yearling had a chance to win the game in regula-
tion but Tyrell Taylor couldn't handle an interior pass
by Roshell Thomas. Storm Grove had a chance to win
the game but Yearling came up with a defensive stop to
force the overtime.
Yearling Coach Efrain Ochoa said the game was a
hard loss to take but that he was still proud of his team's
perseverance, "Storm Grove had a chance to pull away

and my team could have given up but we focused and
played together."
Trewiston Pierce had 20 points to lead the Bulls. He
added eight assists. Roshell Thomas had nine points.
"We had chances to win the game but lack of depth
and experience hurt us in overtime. We just ran out of
gas," Ochoa added.
Starting forward Tyrone Joseph was out sick and
Kevin Coleman and Josh Madrigal played more than
usual. Coach Ochoa said the two players did a great job
on defense.
"Storm Grove won it but they had to earn it. Yearling
played with pride and gave them something to think
about next year," he added.
Yearling crossed town on Monday to face cross town
rival Osceola.

School district to hold kindergarten registration

The Okeechobee County School Board will hold
2011-12 kindergarten registration at the following
schools during the month of March including:
* March 14 - North Elementary - 863-462-5100;
* March 15 - Central Elementary - 863-462-5077;
* March 16 - South Elementary - 863-462-5087;
* March 17 - Everglades Elementary - 863-462-
* March 18 - Seminole Elementary - 863-462-5116.
If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1,
2011, you should begin gathering the following infor-
mation required by law to enter public school:

* Legal proof of birth date;
* Up to date immunization record;
* Health exam record that has been completed by
a physician since Sept. 1, 2010; and
* Proof of residence (such as a utility bill).
Please contact the school your child will attend to
schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration.
If you do not know which school your child should
attend, contact the Student Services Office at 863-462-
5000 ext. 260.

I uli otc

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
ar Session on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the "Judge Wil-
liam L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W.
2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
4ny person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
commissionerss with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
leed a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
Nill need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
Nhich record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
Jisabilibes needing special accommodabon to parbcipate in this proceeding
shouldd contact the County Administrator's Office not later than four (4)
Working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123
3keechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
:lif Bets Jr., Chairman
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
3haron Robertson, Clerk
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
fs/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
377116 ON 1/26/2011

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CASE NO.: 2010-CC-221
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated January 12, 2011, and
entered in Case No. 2010-CC-221, of
the County Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida, wherein HAYNES E.
are the Plaintiffs and MARC ST
THOMAS, husband and wife, and any
unknown tenants in possession, are
Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the
CENTER, 312 NW 3rd Street, JURY
11:00 a.m. on the 16th day of Febru-
ary, 2011, the following described
property as set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:
The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of
the South 1/2 of the North
1/2 of Tract 32, Section 33,
Township 34 South, Range 33
East Okeechobee County,
Dated the 14th day of January,
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any any accommodabon in
order to parbcipate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Corrie Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7
days before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notification if the time
before the scheduled appearance is
less than 7 days; if you are hearing
or voice impaired, cal 711.
376373 ON 1/19,26/2011

January 26, 2011

Okeechobee News

OMS girls basketball team beats Yearling Middle

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Carly McCoin had a triple double with 38
points, 16 rebounds and 10 steals as Osce-
ola Middle School defeated Yearling Middle
School in the annual rivalry game, 44-25 on
Monday at the Lady Warriors gym.
It was a tight defensive battle as both

Local middle

schools compete

in basketball
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Tyrell Taylor had 20 points and six re-
bounds as Yearling defeated cross town rival
Osceola, 50-26, in boys basketball action at
Osceola Middle School on Monday evening.
Roshell Thomas had 11 points, three as-
sists and three steals and Trewiston Pierce
added eight points and six rebounds for the
Bulls, (8-4). Expavious Mills led the Warriors
with 11 points. Jaquan Smith had seven
points and five rebounds for Osceola.
Yearling had a huge advantage on the
boards and has a much higher shooting
percentage in the game. Taylor dominated
inside against the smaller Warrior front line.
Yearling Coach Efrain Ochoa said his
team was sluggish in the first half but turned
it on once the game got close, "Once they
felt some pressure they played together. Os-
ceola has some good players and they have
a good future."
Ochoa watched as his team raced to a
20-8 lead after the first quarter. Osceola hung
tough in the second quarter and outscored
YMS 9-7 to close to within 27-17 at the half.
A three point basket at the buzzer by Mills
gave the Warriors some hope.
Yearling took command on the boards
and ran a deadly fast break in the third quar-
ter as they built a 20 point lead. Osceola
could not get closer than 10 points in the
second half.
Pierce said he enjoyed beating his friends
and neighbors but added he felt sorry for
the Warriors at the end of the game, "We
did pretty well. I think team work is every-
thing. I'm just trying to get a team effort out
Pierce plays for the Florida Comets AAU
travel team in the off season. He said he en-
joys the game and expects to have a bright
future at OHS next year.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Ty Pierce drives to the basket against
Osceola defenders during Yearlings
victory on Monday.

teams came out aggressive and were able to
slow the other team's offense down in the
first half.
Yearling built a 6-2 lead before McCoin
got untracked and scored seven points to
give the Lady Warriors a 12-8 lead after the
first quarter.
Yearling hung tough in the second quar-
ter and trailed only 19-16 at the half.
McCoin had a big third quarter with 18
points as the Warriors built an 18 point lead,
37-19 after the third quarter.
Osceola Coach Tyrone Smith said he
told his girls that they could win the game
if they played better than the girl they were
guarding. He said he knew Yearling would
be ready to play since they recently defeated
Storm Grove, a quality team.
"We knew they would come in here with
spirit and upbeat. In the first half we fouled
too much. We obviously cut down on that in
the second half," he said.

Taylor Trent had six points and three
steals for Osceola. Cheyenne Nunez led
Yearling with 11 points. Delany Osceola had
five points and six steals. Carlee Angle had
seven points, three rebounds and two steals.
Shadajia Williams had five rebounds and six
steals for Yearling. Michaela Myers had sev-
en rebounds for Osceola. Laporsha Morris
added seven steals for the Lady Warriors.
Coach Smith said he was very pleased
that the girls have continued to improve
and were able to snap a losing streak on
Monday, "We had a difficult time getting
back started after the Christmas break. It
took us a couple of games to get into the
winning mode. I hope we can keep this on
an upbeat tempo." Smith also praised Mc-
Coin who dominated the game on offense
and defense. In addition to some short jump
shots, she was able to get a lot of fast break
baskets for Osceola.
"She is a great talent. I keep telling her

she has to be the best player on the court no
matter who we play," he said.
McCoin said Yearling has a lot of good
players and she was worried that her team
might lose at the beginning of the game. She
said she has worked hard to improve the
skills of her teammates.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Carly McCoin dives for a loose ball
during the second quarter of Osceo-
la's victory over Yearling Monday.


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