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Vol. 102 No. 13 Sunday, January 30, 2011


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FFA members
take honors at
fair ... Page 7

Local man killed
in auto accident
... Page 8
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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
A body found in a wooded area on the south side of S.R. 710 Friday morning, Jan.
28, has been positively identified as Timothy Lee Russell. Mr. Russell, 46, was last
seen by family members on Jan. 18 as he was leaving his home on his bicycle.


Bicyclists find remains of

missing man near SR 710


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A body found Friday
morning by two bicyclists
has been positively identi-
fied as that of a 46-year-old
Okeechobee man who had
been reported missing. i I
According to information Timothy Lee
released by the Okeecho- Russell
bee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) the body of Timothy Lee Russell
was in a wooded area on the south side of
S.R. 710 about 2 to 3 miles from the City of
Okeechobee.
OCSO Public Information Officer Michele


Bell said the sheriff's office received a call
from the adult cyclists around 9:23 a.m. on
Jan. 28. She indicated they were riding by the
area when they noticed what appeared to be
a body.
Detectives then responded to the area to
find Mr. Russell's fully clothed body in a rela-
tively open area of the woods. The body was
just 52 feet from the highway's edge.
Mrs. Bell said there were no apparent signs
of foul play but that, along with the time of
death, will be determined by the District 19
Medical Examiner.
She said an autopsy was scheduled to be
See BODY - Page 5


Proposed

flight school

creates local

controversy
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Thursday evening, Jan. 27 meeting
of the Okeechobee County Commission
consisted of routine business except for a
spirited disagreement on a proposed flight
school.
During discussion of a proposal for a
flight school at the Okeechobee County
Airport, Commissioner Bryant Culpepper
became frustrated with what he perceived
to be a lack of action by the commission.
He noted that this was the third time this is-
sue had been postponed. He was concerned
about the loss of a potential customer. He
feared the board would hypothesize itself
into bankruptcy.
"Don't tell people you want to see this
county grow and pull out of this economic
quagmire and consistently turn around and
try to make it more and more difficult to do
business," Mr. Culpepper asserted.
"You are directing those comments to
us?" Commissioner Joey Hoover asked.
"Why are we discouraging people from
coming in here to do business?" Mr. Culpep-
per asked.
"Mr. Culpepper, you can make a motion
whenever you want to," Mr. Hoover said.
Mr. Culpepper then made a motion to ap-
prove the flight school which died for lack
of a second.
The other three commissioners took ex-
ception to Mr. Culpepper's remarks. Com-
missioner Clif Betts was not present.
"We have not said we weren't going to
do this," asserted Commissioner Margaret
Helton. "We just have questions."
She said they did not want a repeat
of what happened in the past, possibly

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January 30, 2011


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Guest reader
Gwen Chandler, Okeechobee County's supervisor of elections, was one of
many volunteer guest readers who read to students at Central Elementary
School on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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January 30, 2011 Okeechobee News


Commissioners hear report on county fair


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Commissioners
held their first evening meeting of the year
on Thursday, Jan. 27. There was good news
concerning finances and electricity use as
well as a report on the Okeechobee County
Fair.
"My overall assessment is the revenues
exceed expenditures by 10.64 percent," said
deputy county administrator Robbie Charti-
er of the first quarter of the fiscal year. How-
ever, she urged caution noting that since the
county's main income is from property tax
and assessments, it is not unusual for this to
happen in the first quarter when most taxes
and revenues are collected.
"Right now I am cautious about where
we are at," Mrs. Chartier said.
Looking at the financial reports of the
constitutional officers she said that with the
exception of the supervisor of elections they
were all below or right on target with expen-
ditures. She said the supervisor of elections
is still catching up from the November elec-
tions. Expenditures for that office should ta-
per off now.
Commissioners also heard some good
news concerning electricity costs. Facilities
manger Tony Ard used charts to explain
to commissioners savings on electricity in
county buildings.
"We're savings at least $20,000 a year at
the jail," he said, adding, "We're paying less
than we ever have at the judicial center."
After an extensive discussion on util-
ity savings, staff was directed to pursue the
matter further and look into engaging a firm
that specializes in reduction of energy use.
The commission discussed the Evaluation
and Appraisal Report (EAR) of the county's
comprehensive plan This report is required
periodically by state law.

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"Our comprehensive plan is working
pretty well for the county," Bill Royce, the
county's planning official, said. "There are a
few things the EAR suggests we look at."
He said that there are several transporta-
tion issues that will be addressed in the long
range transportation plan. Mr. Royce said
the EAR is not an actual amendment to the
comprehensive plan. It is groundwork for
amendments to the comprehensive plan.
"This is a report card on your comprehen-
sive plan," said Commissioner Joey Hoover.
"This is a blueprint of where we are go-
ing," said Commissioner Culpepper. "This is
a very important document."
He expressed a desire to study the report
further before voting on approval, therefore
action on approval of the report was tabled
until next month.
Linda Syfrett of the Okeechobee County
Fair Association gave a report on the 2010
and 2011 fairs. She said that paid attendance
to last year's fair was 17,201. The fair asso-
ciation spent a little over $9,000 for electrical
improvements. Mrs. Syfrett said that in spite
of "horrendous weather" the fair showed a
profit.
The 2011 fair will be held March 11
through 20. The theme will be "Hometown
Heroes" and will honor local law enforce-
ment officers and firemen. A new attraction
will be Batman roaming the midway. Wade
Shows will be back. There will be over 14
independent midway vendors and 80 ex-
hibitors. There will be a separate competi-
tive exhibit tent. March 14 will be $1 night
with $1 admission, $1 rides and $1 selected
food items. March 16 will be Student Night
with $2 admission for students. This will be
the second year for equine events. Mrs. Sy-
frett said the fair association spent just a little
under $10,000 to improve the outdoor horse
arena. Rowdy Rooster, a hit several years
ago, will be back.
"One of the most important things we
do is involve young people in competition,"
Mrs. Syfrett said.
The county fair beauty pageant is affili-
ated with Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida
Teen.
"What they have learned will benefit
them the rest of their lives," Mrs. Syfrett said
of beauty pageant contestants. "It's not just
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"We have impacted the community with
$6,000 in scholarships," she added.
The fair association purchased 10 porta-
ble picnic tables for use at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center.
In other action the board:
* abandoned a portion of a platted right
of way in Petit Park subdivision;
* authorized application for law enforce-
ment grants and approved Romelis Planning
and Development Services to provide grant
application and administration services;
* executed a deferred payment loan and
related documents to use grant funds to re-
habilitate affordable rental housing affected
by the 2008 storms; and
* voted to recommend that Dr. Roger E.
Mittleman be reappointed medical examiner
in District 19;
* heard the county attorney announce a
settlement of the dispute with the airport's
fixed base operator; and
* set a special meeting for 1:30 p.m. Feb.
8 to consider the sports complex injection
well situation.
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Sunday, January 30, 2011


Reflections from the pulpit


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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Rain
* Thank goodness, we finally got some
rain.
* How will they ever pump all this water
out of the lake?
* They have the bestest, smartest college
educated tree huggers standing in line trying
to figure out the most ecologically efficient
way to destroy the lake, you can bet on it.
* Officially, according to the ACOE, all
that rain Tuesday night raised the lake level
.01 feet. It went from 12.40 feet to 12.41 feet
in the last 24 hours.
* If the lake is being destroyed, why did
the local FWC biologist get a national award
for work on the lake & it took over 60 lbs. of
fish to win a tournament? Sounds like it's in
pretty good shape to me.

Mailboxes knocked down
* The USPS is talking about closing 2000
local Post Offices across the country. Do you
think they have the time or resources to send
a Postal Inspector to look at a beat up mail
box that probably didn't even have mail in
it when it was trashed? You need to worry
about driving to Ft. Pierce or Stuart to go to
a Post Office.
* I suspect the mail delivery will go down
to two or three days a week eventually, that
would be better than no delivery at all!
* Although I enjoy getting mail on Satur-
day, I wouldn't be surprised to see that go
first. They keep talking about it.
* A few years ago after having my mail-
box bashed several times, I bought a dia-
mond plate steel mailbox and mounted it
on a steel pipe buried in the ground with ce-
ment in the hole. A few weeks later when I
went down one morning to get the paper I
saw the broken barrel of aluminum baseball
bat laying on the ground, I could see where
it had hit the mailbox. Some punk had a
messed up or broken wrist. That ended the
mailbox bashing at my place.


Way to go Kentucky
* Kentucky is considering requiring ran-
dom drug tests for those who receive food
stamps, welfare or cash assistance. I hope
this passes and I hope Florida follows suit.
* That sounds like a fine idea to me. If
you have enough money to spend on dope,
then you have enough for food.
* People should be drug tested for wel-
fare. After all, most places of employment
drug test.
* It will be cheaper in the long run to
drug test. I've known plenty of druggies, and
a crack head will gladly go without food to
buy crack. If you give them food stamps, they
will sell them to unscrupulous store owners,
or individuals to buy their junk. Maybe, if
they don't have a safety net, they will clean
up, and re-join society.
* An addict knows how to beat a drug
test and work the system. What about the
children?
* If a drug addict is trading the food
stamps for cash-and they know where
to go to do this even though of course it is
illegal-and using the money for drugs, the
children of the addict are not getting any food
now. Better to put the money into programs
to set up soup kitchens to feed the hungry so
they would actually get food to eat.

Parking between the lines
* It irks me when people who drive these
big trucks take up two parking spaces. If you
can't fit your vehicle within the lines in the
parking space then you either need to drive
a smaller vehicle, find a different place to
park, or take more driving lessons. I drive
a big pickup truck, so I feel that I do have
room to talk on this issue. The same thing
goes for the turnarounds and left turn areas
on 441. I hate it when people with big vehi-
cles don't angle their vehicle and pull up all
the way. They leave half their vehicle stick-
ing out in traffic. If you can't handle that big
vehicle, either get a smaller vehicle or take
some driving lessons.
* It is insane when you try to find a park-
ing space and find that someone has taken
up two or even four spaces. More times than
I care to think about you are doing the speed
limit and someone crosses in front of you
and comes to a stop because there is traffic
and they can't continue across. They leave
their tail end sticking out in the middle of
your lane and if you can't change lanes then
you have to slam on the brakes to keep from
hitting them.


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Wait for Instructions

By Rev. P. G. Livatt
Pastor, St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion. For the
Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who
wait for Him." (Isaiah 30:18)
This is a wonderful day to be a child of
God. Have you ever grown impatient with
life and the pace it was taking? We just don't
like to wait anymore. We live in a microwave
society, we have instant coffee, instant grits,
instant oatmeal, instant pain relievers, we
used to pop our popcorn on the stove and
it was fun to watch the aluminum foil grow
but now we pop our popcorn in the micro-
wave. We don't like to wait in line, the bank
lines are too long, don't think about going to
the emergency room.
For some reason you want things to
move faster and come sooner. Do you know
that patience is a virtue? Do you know God
is up to something? Do you feel stuck in situ-
ations, stuck in a job, stuck at a point in your
life, stuck in a relationship, stuck in financial
distress? You might feel as though you are
in a holding pattern with God. You are wait-
ing on some guidance, you are waiting on
some instructions, and you are waiting on
some solutions to your problems. You have
been praying, asking and petitioning God in
the morning, noon and night. You wake up
praying in the middle of the night because
you can't sleep. When you open your eyes
in the morning your situation is the first
thing you think about. It's the last thing you
think about before you go to bed. You feel
as though you are about to bust, you might
feel as though you are about to lose your
mind. God knows what He has invested in
you and He will not put more on you than
you can bear. God is faithful and has already
provided an escape.
You feel as though time is running out
and you need to get an answer from the
Lord right now. Your problems and situa-
tions have got you burdened down so that
you can't think about anything else.
Do you know that what God has planned
for you is better than what you currently see?
However, over time you find yourself grow-
ing frustrated with the way things are going.
Other people around you tend to receive
their blessings right after they pray for them
but you wait weeks, months and years to
see the manifestation of your prayers. Have
you ever wondered why you have to wait all
the time? You're tired of being in a holding


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pattern. You want a response right now. You
want immediate answers to all your ques-
tions. Have you been there? Are you there
now?
I would love to give you the specific date
and time when your blessings will manifest,
but I cannot. I would love to tell you that you
are next for receiving the overflow, but I can-
not. Everything that occurs will come due to
your disobedience or obedience. I know you
hate waiting. It can be boring and at time
overwhelming but if God requires it there
must be a good reason.
Over and over again God's people were
told to wait. Psalm 27:14 says: "Wait for the
LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for
the LORD." In Psalm 37:7 we read: "Be still
before the LORD and wait patiently for him."
When we are tempted to take matters into
our own hands, Proverbs 20:22 offers this
counsel: "Do not say, 'I'll pay you back for
this wrong!' Wait for the LORD and he will
deliver you." Isaiah 30:18 expands on this
theme: "For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait on him!" Perhaps
the most famous-and most beloved
verse on waiting in the entire Bible is Isaiah
40:31: "They that wait upon the LORD shall
renew their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall run, and
not be weary; and they shall walk and not
faint."
While you are in your holding pattern, or
waiting for instructions from the Lord, He
will give you strength which means there is
going to be some rejuvenation, then He said
they shall mount up with wings as eagles
which means there is going to be some ele-
vation, you are going to get to another level,
you are going to be released from your hold-
ing pattern, then He said they shall run and
not be weary which means there is going
to be some acceleration which means you
won't be in your holding pattern long. Then
He said they shall walk and not faint, which
means there is going to be some endurance,
so that you can see what the end is going
to be.
You have been waiting on God for a long
time, let patience have her perfect work,
when the perfect work is done you shall be
perfect, and whole, and lacking for nothing.
The instructions God gives will keep you
when family and friends neglect you. These
instructions will prepare you for whatever
comes your way.
Let us pray. Lord we thank you for show-
ing us how to wait for instructions, and to
trust you in all things. Amen!


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Governments to lobby for environmental issues


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is strength in numbers. That is
the principle officials in the 16 South Flori-
da counties served by South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) are hoping
will influence the Florida Congressional del-
egation.
On Friday, Jan. 28 local officials gath-
ered at the SFWMD Service Centers and the
Clewiston field office for a teleconference to
plan lobbying strategies to influence Con-
gress. Glades County Commissioner Russell
Echols and Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner Margaret Helton took part from the
Okeechobee Service Center. The teleconfer-
ence was moderated by Paul Millar, Water
Resource Manger from Martin County who
was at the Martin County Service Center.
The meeting was a follow up to a meet-
ing held at the Okeechobee County Court-
house in December to discuss ecosystem
restoration projects.
Mr. Millar said a date would be arranged
in March when interested officials from the
16 counties could go to Washington to meet
with the Florida Congressional Delegation.
Participants in Friday's teleconference
were e-mailed ahead of time a list of priori-
ties from the December meeting.


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referring to problems with a flight school
several years ago.
"Mr. Culpepper, I took some offense at
how you spoke to me," Mr. Hoover said. He
added that it was offensive to him that Mr.
Culpepper inferred the board was trying to
stifle growth at the airport. He said he had
no problem with a flight school, he just had
a few questions.
Commissioner Ray Domer said he was
concerned with setting a good policy to treat


The list included doubling the annual ap-
propriation for Herbert Hoover Dike rehabil-
itation to $260 million. Another priority was
increasing appropriation for the Indian River
Lagoon South project, a part of the Com-
prehensive Everglades Restoration Project
(CERP) to $50 million. This project in St.
Lucie and Martin counties 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 included increasing the an-
nual appropriation for another CERP proj-
ect, the Picayune Strand Project, to $56 mil-
lion. This project includes the restoration of
natural water flow across 85 square miles
in western Collier County. It includes the
restoration of three pump stations and the
removal of 227 miles of roads.
Other priorities included congressio-
nal authorization of the Caloosahatchee
River C-43 West Reservoir, a proposed
above-ground reservoir with a capacity of
1,700,000 acre feet located south of the Ca-
loosahatchee River and west of Ortona.
Another priority was the C- 111 Spreader
Canal, 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


the public fairly.
"I, too, have a problem with the ap-
proach you took toward the commission,"
Mr. Domer said.
The board went on to discuss procedures
for usage, fees and reservations for aircraft
tiedown sites, one of the items in question.
Evidently, in the ensuring discussion, all
questions were answered satisfactorily be-
cause the board voted to authorize the flight
school and instructed staff to develop a poli-
cy for rental of aircraft tiedown sites.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


list was the Broward County Water Preserve
Area 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 I 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 discharge into


Biscayune Bay.
The priorities were not numbered.
Commissioner Echols felt that rehabilita-
tion of the Herbert Hoover Dike should be
the number one project. That sentiment was
echoed by several other participants.
Paul Gray of the Audubon Society said
his organization favors rehabilitation of the
Herbert Hoover Dike. They also support Kis-
simmee River restoration.
Commissioner Echols also expressed
disappointment that no one from the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers participated in the
event.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Officials gathered via teleconference at SFWMD offices on Friday.

Kiwanis Club learns about Hospice


The Kiwanis Club meeting was held at
Hammerhead's Billiards, Bar and Grill and
Frank Irby talked to the Kiwanis members
about Hospice of Okeechobee which was
started in 1983 under the umbrella of Trea-
sure Coast Hospice. In 2005, the building at
411 SE 4th St. in Okeechobee was remod-
eled as a residency where their patients
could stay.
Hospice Care provides medical atten-
tion and pain management tailored to the
patient's needs and wishes and also offers
emotional and spiritual support for families
and loved ones.
They are in constant need of volunteers
who may sit with their residents while their
loved ones find time to do their necessary
tasks. Hospice of Okeechobee has many
fund raising events throughout the year in-


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performed sometime Saturday.
OCSO Crime Scene Technician Jacque-
line Moore took fingerprints and identified
the body as that of Mr. Russell. Items found
in the area also helped to identify the man.
Mr. Russell had been reported missing by
his mother on Wednesday, Jan. 19. She said
he had left their home around 1 p.m. Tues-
day, Jan. 18, on his black Huffy bicycle for
an appointment in Okeechobee but never
made it.
As of Friday afternoon, Mr. Russell's Huffy
bicycle had not been found.
Flyers distributed by the sheriff's office
said that Mr. Russell was bipolar and was
reportedly off his medications.


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By Eric Kopp An arrest report by Okeechobee County
Okeechobee News Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Detective Rick Du-
An Okeechobee man has been arrested rfee stated that Hair reportedly took the
and charged with allegedly selling stolen radiator out of a Caterpillar drag line, then
heavy equipment parts to sold it for scrap.
a local recycling center. According to Detective Durfee's report,
Jarrod Wayne Hair, Hair took the radiator on Jan. 12. He went
20, S.R. 710, was ar- on to state that the radiator "... is a one of a
rested Friday, Jan. 21, on kind," and is not a common item.
a felony charge of deal- The detective stated that he went to the
ing in stolen property. recycling center where he found a photo of
e wasech bookbee County Jailthe the radiator. He then took that photo to the
under a $2,000 bond, but Jarrod Wayne owner of the drag line, who identified it as
has since been released Hair the one missing from his machinery.
after posting bond. Detective Durfee added that his investi-
gation into this case is continuing.


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Okeechobee News







Community events


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.

Church to have special
speaker on Sunday, Jan. 30
Dr. Joe Davis will be preaching at Foun-
tain of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd St., at 11
a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30. Dr. Davis is head of
the Department of Apologetics at Southeast-
ern University in Lakeland. He is an ordained
Assemblies of God minister and a renowned
Bible scholar.

North VFW Post to host
Sunday lunch, karaoke
The VFW North Post 4423 - 300 N.W. 34th
St. will be hosting a stuffed pepper Lunch
on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Ka-
raoke show by Lisa Riley to follow from 6
to 9 p.m.

Business breakfast planned
Christian Business Breakfast at the Hamp-
ton Inn, Monday, Jan. 31, at 8 a.m., for just
$5. Come enjoy breakfast and a great Bible
study led by Brandon Tucker. Come let us
know who you are and what your business
is so that we can know you and share your
information with others. See you on Monday
morning!


Healthy Start Coalition
to meet on Wednesday
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office, located at 575 S.W 28th Street within
the New Endeavor High School building.
Open to the public. The coalition is part of a
statewide network of coalitions responsible
for planning and implementing services for
pregnant women and infants. For informa-
tion, call Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.

Griefshare group to meet
Griefshare is a support group program for
anyone who has lost a loved one. It is your
journey from mourning to Joy. Sessions are
every Saturday beginning Feb. 5 through
April 30. For more information, please call
Jess at 863-697-0494 or 863-763-4127.

Musical presentation at the
library planned for February
A program on the great Broadway com-
posers and performers will be presented
at the Okeechobee County Library on Sat-
urdays, Feb. 5, 12 and 26, at 1 p.m. R.B.
Nairnsey, who is very knowledgeable, is the
speaker for the program and will present
slides and musical illustrations. The topic for
the Feb. 5 program will be Meredith Will-
son who wrote "The Music Man."


Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming east southeast around
5 mph.
Tonight: Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind around 5 mph
becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 5 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind from 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low of 57. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Lotteries
Florida Lottery - Here are the numbers selected Thursday: Cash 3: 2-4-3; Play 4:
8-2-8-4; Fantasy 5: 12-13-16-28-29; Mega Money: 26-28-30-36 MB 22; Florida Lotto:
7-18-19-23-35-52 X 3; Powerball: 4-5-36-47-58 PB 6 x3. Numbers drawn Friday, Cash 3:
5-8-3; Play 4: 7-1-7-7.


Church to host yard sale -
tables are still open
The Church of God Ladies Ministry will
host a community yard sale on Feb. 5, from
9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Church of God, 301
N.E. Fourth Ave. The public is welcome. Sell-
ers - Come join us with a space with table
for just $10 and a space and bring your own
table for just $5 while spaces last! To reserve
your space with our without a table, please
call Norma Sue Kemp at 863-634-2930.
Church of God Ladies Ministry will take care
of the advertising.

FWS to hold public meeting
As part of the planning process for the
proposed 150,000 acre wildlife refuge, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will
hold a public meeting to solicit input at 6
p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Okeechobee
High School. At this early stage input is re-
quested from the public.

Diabetes Education Program
"Living with Diabetes," a free Diabetes
Education Program, will be presented by
Wanda Haas, RN, CDE on Feb. 9, at 1:30
p.m. at the VNA's Grand Oaks Assisted Liv-
ing Facility, 203 S.E. Second St. For more in-
formation call 863-357-2197.

Obituaries

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

Joseph R. 'Joe' Hidy Sr., 79
OKEECHOBEE - Joseph R. "Joe" Hidy Sr.,
age 79, passed away Jan. 25, 2011, at the Hos-
pice's Hamrick
Home in Okeecho-
bee.
A disabled Ameri-
can Veteran, he is
survived by his wife,
Elaine; granddaugh-
ters; daughter-in-
law; great-grandchil-
dren; brother and
sister.
Graveside services
will be 2 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 4, 2011,
at South Florida National Cemetery
in Lake Worth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Hospice of (i, .... ii PO Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the -..i i ..... i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


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cattle and two groups of market hogs. More than 100
FFA and 4-H members traveled to Palm Beach from
all over the state to participate in the event. Jacque-
line Phares received First Place Junior Individual and
(from left to right in the team photo) Tristen Anderson,
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Crash claims life of Okeechobee man


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man died at a Fort Pierce
hospital Thursday night from injuries re-
ceived in a single vehicle accident on U.S.
441 N.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP) accident report a vehicle operated
by Deke A. Padgett, 24, left the roadway on
U.S. 441 N. at N.E. 208th St. The 2000 Dodge
Ram pickup truck overturned and threw Mr.
Padgett from the vehicle around 8:40 p.m.


He was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center where he was pronounced
dead by Dr. Jose Diaz at 11:58 p.m. on Jan.
27.
The report by FHP Trooper R.T. Ruiz stat-
ed that Mr. Padgett was northbound when,
for unknown reasons, he drifted into the
southbound lane. He then over-corrected
and the truck began to spin, stated the re-
port.
Trooper Ruiz stated that the truck left the
roadway and overturned. Mr. Padgett was
then ejected from the half-ton pickup.
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Grand Champion Market Steer at the 2011 South Florida Fair. The 1,260
pound steer named, "Rockwall" was chosen on Saturday from entries rep-
resenting Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Charlotte, and Mana-
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When they meet Tuesday afternoon,
the Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board will hear two
cases when they meet Feb. 1, at 3:30
p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium.
Alfred W. Nyman Jr. of Sears Home
Improvement Products, Inc. will have to
answer charges that he installed a heat-
ing and air conditioning system even
though he is not a licensed contractor
and did not pull the necessary permits.
Alberto Rodriguez has been charged
with doing business as a contractor
without having the proper license and
not obtaining building permits.
The board will also discuss the fact
that the board meetings will soon be
moved to the courthouse and that the
terms of two board members expire
March 1.


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OHS softballers sign


college scholarships


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two stars on the Okeechobee High School
girls softball team signed letters of intent to
play college softball for Indian River State
College at a special party at Okeechobee's
Hammerheads restaurant on Thursday.
Ashtyn Brown and Naomi Stevens cel-
ebrated in front of a large crowd of family,
friends and supporters.
Both girls have starred for the past three
years and have displayed tremendous soft-
ball talent. They are among the best hitters
and fielders in the Treasure Coast region and
a major reason most pundits give Okeecho-
bee a chance to win their District and go
deep into the post season this year.
Former Brahman Coach Kim Hargraves
saluted the girls for all of their efforts and
told the crowd the girls have the ability to
star in college. "They were a blessing to
coach and now they move on to bigger and
better things," she said. "I wish them the
best of luck."
OHS Principal Toni Wiersma said the en-
tire community is behind the girls and she
noted the team is expected to have a great
season in 2011. She said the girls make not
only the school, but the entire community
proud.
"These scholarships are what we are all
about. I think we are going to have a great
season," she added.
Ashtyn Brown celebrated the moment
with her father Russ Brown, a former Brah-
man player and coach who also played
baseball for the University of Florida and is
now a member of the North Florida Univer-
sity Hall of Fame.
Ashtyn said she has always looked up to
her dad and what he has accomplished in
athletics, "I've played forever and I always
wanted to play college softball," she said. "I
have a lot to look forward to."
Mr. Brown said Ashtyn always wanted to
play ball and had excellent hand eye coordi-
nation at a young age. He emphasized she
always had fun on the field.
"She has the ability to play any position
on the field. She watches other players, and

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asks questions to try to become better. I'm
very proud and excited for her," he added.
Ashtyn said the signing ceremony was a
dream come true. She said IRSC has an ex-
cellent softball program and that she always
had wanted to attend that school. She said
making this decision will take a lot off of her
shoulders.
"It would be really hard playing in front
of other coaches not knowing what you're
going to do next year. I'm glad to have this
out of the way so I can relax and enjoy play-
ing," she added.
Stevens celebrated the moment with her
father Darrell Erts. She said she was very ex-
cited about having this opportunity.
"I selected IRSC because I know a lot of
players," she said. "The coach has worked
with me for a long time. I hoped this day
would come and I'm happy it did. I have big
plans for my future."
Stevens plans to major in physical thera-
py. She said the decision takes a lot of pres-
sure off of her. She said she will continue to
work hard to improve and had high hopes
for her senior year.
"I have a lot of good hopes. We should
really be good this season," she added. "I'm
so happy everybody is here and supporting
me. I really needed that."

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OHS Administrators (L-R) Athletic Di-
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Tedders were on hand to congratulate
softball players Ashtyn Brown (front
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Business women give to needy children
The Okeechobee Business Women's Re-
ferral Network is a group of women from
many backgrounds involved in business,
government, civic groups and volunteer-
ismn. These women meet monthly, every
third Friday. They share information about
upcoming events, promotions and business
expertise over lunch at Hammerhead's. The
network has open membership with no dues . .: .
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businesswomen. Over time the ladies have
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the troops, provide Christmas gifts for many . :
not profit organizations and other charitable
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generous women collected more than 50 Members of the Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Network met at their
gifts which were donated to the Guardian ad December luncheon meeting to present gifts to the Guardian ad Litem program.
Litemn Angel Gift Drive. This drive provides More than 50 gifts were gathered to support the Guardian ad Litem Angel Gift
holiday gifts to children who are served by Drive. H
the Guardian ad Litemn Program and are Ac
victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Over 100 children in Okeechobee reserved Yard Sale to benefit Relay for Life s V
by Guardian ad Litern and all of then re-
ceived holiday gifts this year. To know more Seacoast National Bank is hosting a Relay for Life "Yard Sale" Feb. 12, from 7:30 a.mn.
about the Okeechobee Business Women's until noon. The sale will benefit the Okeechobee Relay for Life scheduled for March TREA UR
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January 30, 2011


Okeechobee News


USDA designates county as natural disaster area


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has
designated 26 counties in Florida as primary
natural disaster areas due to losses caused
by frost and freezes that occurred Nov. 5 -
Dec. 17, 2010.
"President Obama and I understand
these conditions caused severe damage to


corn, cotton, soybeans, pasture and forage,
and a wide variety of vegetable crops," said
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This ac-
tion will provide help to hundreds of farmers
who suffered significant production losses."
The counties are: Alachua, De Soto, Hard-
ee, Lee, Miami-Dade, Putnam, Bradford, Di-


Toastmaster Club to meet Feb. 1


On Feb. 1, from 5:15 until 6:30 p.m., the
Okeechobee Toastmaster Club will meet at
the Clock Family Restaurant, 1111 S. Par-
rott Ave. This event is open to anyone who


George Williams gave a speech about
the Child ID program at the last meet-
ing of the Toastmasters Club.


would like to attend. The program is called,
"So you think you can make me laugh." It
will be a fun meeting and club organizers
hope that all who have thought about at-
tending one of our meetings, this will be
the one to attend. There will be tons of
laughter and good times. The club has the
room from 5 until 7 p.m. They are asking
that no food be eaten during the meeting
from 5:15 until 6:30 p.m., as it distracts the
speakers. Drinks will be fine. You may or-
der something to eat that can be served at
6:30 p.m. if you wish.
Last week's meeting had to be can-
celled due to a conflict in scheduling with
the library.
Thanks go to Jean Chaplic for allowing
the club to have their next two meetings
at the Clock Family Restaurant. They have
proved to be a great community supporter,
especially at the last minute. If you have
questions please call Carole Witt, President
at 863-532-8289 or e-mail okeechobeetmn@
yahoo.corn.


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Martin, Polk, St. Lucie, Collier, and Glades.
All counties listed above were designated
natural disaster areas Jan. 25, making all
qualified farm operators in the designated
areas eligible for low interest emergency
(EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agen-
cy (FSA), provided eligibility requirements
are met. Farmers in eligible counties have
eight months from the date of the declara-
tion to apply for loans to help cover part of
their actual losses. FSA will consider each
loan application on its own merits, taking
into account the extent of losses, security
available and repayment ability. FSA has a
variety of programs, in addition to the EM
loan program, to help eligible farmers re-
cover from adversity.
USDA also has made other programs
available to assist farmers and ranchers,
including the Supplemental Revenue As-
sistance Program (SURE), which was ap-
proved as part of the Food, Conservation,
and Energy Act of 2008; the Emergency
Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insur-
ance; and the Noninsured Crop Disaster As-
sistance Program. Interested farmers may
contact their local USDA Service Centers
for further information on eligibility require-
ments and application procedures for these
and other programs. Additional information
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Okeechobee News January 30, 2011


Brighton Charter defeats OMS in girls basketball


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Pemayetv Emahakv School used a stingy
defense and fast break points to defeat Os-
ceola Middle School 34-18, in girl's middle
school basketball Thursday afternoon at the
Warriors gym.
The Seminoles held Osceola to only sev-
en points in the first half and shut out the
Lady Warriors in the second quarter with a
tight man-to-man defense. Sydnee Cypress


Sydnee Cypress repeatedly led the Seminoles f
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and Darlah Cypress provided most of the of-
fense for Brighton.
Warriors Coach Tyrone Smith said his
girls came out slow but did a better job in
the second half. "We still have a lot of work
to do defensively as a team. We gave up way
too many fast break points," he said.
The Warriors wind up their schedule next
Monday when they meet Yearling Middle
School at Okeechobee High School. Coach
Smith said he hopes the team comes out


with a better mind set of what needs to be
done to win.
Taylor Trent hit a three pointer and Carly
McCoin scored in double figures to lead the
Warriors. The Seminoles led 13-7 after the
first quarter and held a 19-7 advantage at the
half.


Two of the better basketball players
in this area Darlah Cypress (left) and
Carly McCoin matched up when the
la. She Seminoles visited the Warriors Thurs-
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Local man accused of aluminum theft


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been arrested
in connection with the alleged theft and
sale of over $3,000 worth of aluminum
items.
Chad Ryan McWhorter, 28, S.W 24th
Ave., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 27, on
felony charges of grand theft and dealing
in stolen property by Detective Rick Du-
rfee of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO). He was also arrested by
OCSO Deputy Matthew Crawford on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him


with grand theft and
burglary.
McWhorter is being
held in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail un-
der a total bond of
$27,500.
An arrest report
by Detective Durfee
Chad Ryan stated that McWhorter
McWhorter allegedly took a semi-
trailer aluminum rim,
an aluminum cow trailer gate, an alumi-
num swing gate and numerous aluminum


Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
* Thomas Charles Gamble, 29, S.E. Pitch-
er Road, Port St. Lucie, was arrested Jan.
26 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on St. Lucie
County warrants charging him with dealing
in stolen property (four counts), giving false
information to a pawnbroker (four counts)
and second degree petit theft. His bond was
set at $65,000.
* Lenorth Lecarl King, 16, S.W 23rd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 26 by Dep-
uty Matt Crawford on a juvenile take and
hold warrant charging him with violation of
probation - second degree petit theft (two
counts), violation of probation - making or
possession of a destructive device, violation
of probation - battery, violation of probation
- resisting a law enforcement officer without
violence, burglary of an unoccupied convey-
ance, grand theft (two counts), burglary of
an unoccupied structure and possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken
to the St. Lucie County Regional Detention
Center in Fort Pierce.


* Brian Anthony Guzowski, 48, Bell St.,
Wauchula, was arrested Jan. 27 by Deputy
Cpl. Aric Majere on a Highlands County war-
rant charging him with the felonies of failure
to appear - attempt to manufacture meth-
amphetamine and failure to appear - pos-
session of methamphetamine. He was also
charged with the misdemeanors of failure to
appear - no valid driver's license and failure
to appear - possession of drug parapherna-
lia. He is being held without bond.
* Harry Gray Barber, 26, S.E. Fini Drive,
Stuart, was arrested Jan. 27 by the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges
of possession of a controlled substance
(xanax) and possession of a controlled sub-
stance (roxicodone). He was also charged
with the misdemeanors of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and possession
of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at
$21,000.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.


sheets that, together, had a total value of
$3,700.
The detective said McWhorter then
took those items to a local recycling center
where he sold them for $95.70.
Detective Durfee said as part of the pro-
cess of selling the items McWhorter had to
provide his thumbprint and signature on
the paperwork, as well as provide the cen-
ter with a copy of his driver's license.
The arrest warrant, which dealt with a
separate case against McWhorter, stated
that he allegedly entered the victim's home
and took an unspecified amount of cash.


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2011 DR-08
Division: Domestic Relations
Jose G. Dominquez,
Petitioner
and
Elisabete Debora Dos Santos
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Elisabete Debora Dos Santos
35820 NE 7th Drive
Okee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on
Jose G. Dominquez whose address is
35820 NE 7th Drive, Okee, FL 34972
on or before February 8th, 2011, and
file the original with the clerk of this
Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereafter.
If you fail to do so, a default may be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office. You may review these
documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office notified of your
current address. (You may file Notice
of Current Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form
12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285 Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
uires certain automatic disclosure of
documents and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of plead-
DATED: January 4, 2011.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ BEATRICE RODRIGUEZ
Deputy Clerk
375450 ON 1/9,16,23,30/2011
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NOTICE UNDER
FICTITIOUS
NAME LAW
Notice is hereby given
that the undersigned,
pursuant to the "Ficti-
tious Name Statute", will
register with Florida De-
partment of State, Divi-
sion of Corporations the
fictitious name, to wit:

Chilly Willys Ice
Cream

Under which we expect
to engage in business at:

5705 NE 3rd Lane
Okeechobee, FL 34974

In the City of Okeecho-
bee/County of Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
That the parties interest-
ed in said Business enter-
prise are

Leland Williamson

Dated at Okeechobee,
Okeechobee County,
Florida this the 27th day
of January, 2011
377423 ON 1/30/11
LEGAL NOTICE
Notice is hereby given: Pursuant to
Florida Statute 715.109. The sale or
disposition of abandoned property of
Arthur E. Lanning will be sold at a
Public Sale held on the 7th day of
February, 2011 at 9:00 AM. The sale
will be held at Lakeside RV Park,
4074 Hwy 441 SE Lot 7, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974. The following aban-
doned property will be sold to the
highest bidder
Description of Property:
35 ft. 1981 Yellowstone Travel Trailer
with attached room
VIN#S200R20B1095175
Terms of Sale are cash. No checks
will be accepted. No refunds. Seller
reserves the right to bid. Said travel
trailer with attached room will be
sold "AS IS" with no guarantees. Said
property must be removed or ar-
rangements made with seller to rent
lot.
376848 ON 1/23,30/2011


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
TIIE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
NILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, FEBUARY 9, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M.
,T 17429 NW 242nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A
:OPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
:ROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DE-
:ISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
'RECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
:LUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO
3E BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING
lUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK
BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN
THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
[N ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT-
IC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
NILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMANN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
3KEECHOBEE, FL 34972
[863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166
377117 ON 1/30/2011


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Bell ringer finds



happiness in giving


A veteran of the military,
Wesley Cox, 81, finds great joy in
being the man to stand with his
bell, bucket and apron, for the
Salvation Army ringing six days
a week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
You might have seen him in front
of two or three of the local busi-
nesses.
That is approximately 130
hours of volunteer time for the
cause, to raise over $26,000 this


"It is worth it all to see
the little children smile
as they reach to give me
their money."

-Wesley Cox-


year alone.
His "ringing" career began in
1974 with the late Jack Earles,
a former Salvation Army leader
here in Okeechobee. One eve-
ning in front of the old Eckerd
Drug store, Mr. Cox was ringing
the bell, Mr. Earles came by to
see him very, very cold. Mr. Cox
literally gave him the jacket he
had on, inspiring Mr. Cox to ring
all these years.
It was just like Mr. Earles to
give the shirt off his back, but
even better, he bought Mr. Cox


Special to the Okeechobee News/
Bobbi Poole
Wesley Cox, 81, gives the
most precious gift of all, the
gift of "time" helping to col-
lect donations within the lo-
cal community each year.

a brand new jacket of his own
three days later.
Asked, "Why do you do this
ringing?" Mr. Cox replied, "It is
worth it all to see the little chil-
dren smile as they reach to give
their money."
The Salvation Army gives to
many families in the community
of Okeechobee, helping with
light bills, etc.


Out and about
The Foxy Divas of Okeechobee enjoyed their January
outing at Ft. Pierce Manatee Observation center, and
were amazed at the large size of the Florida Sea Cows.
Leanne Sohl, Jean Mindel, Mary Skjordal, Kay Touchette,
Delores Brown and Marilyn Hadley.








OHS girls basketball team falls to Port St. Lucie


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee couldn't hold a 10 point
half time lead as they fell to the Lady Jaguars
of Port St. Lucie 57-47 in high school girl's
basketball action Thursday night at the Lady
Brahman senior parent night.
Ami Edwards had 20 points and 24 re-
bounds in a losing effort for Okeechobee.
Chante Wallace led the Jaguars with 29
Points.


The Jaguars won the game with a 21-4
run in the third quarter as Okeechobee had
trouble with the PSL full court pressure de-
fense.
Brahman Coach Erin Morrow said her
girls played very well in the first half and
came out ready to play. She said they had
trouble when the Jaguars raised their level
of play in the second half.
"It was kind of the opposite of what we
really do. The third quarter it fell apart men-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jodi Raulerson dribbles up the court after a first half steal. Raulerson is the only
senior on this year's girls basketball squad.


tally. I just try to tell the girls that teams will
go on runs and you have to stand up to it.
We weren't able to do it tonight."
Okeechobee led 16-7 after the first quar-
ter thanks to some good work on the fast
break. Edwards had some inside baskets
and Jaryaca Baker, nine points, put in two
baskets. Everything seemed to be clicking
for Okeechobee in the first eight minutes.
Okeechobee continued to control the
boards in the second quarter as they were
able to build a 10 point lead.
Wallace came out hot in the third quar-
ter with a pair of three point baskets as Port
St. Lucie went on their major run. They also
forced a lot of Brahman turnovers in the
back court. Jaide Micco made a mistake
when she hit a jump shot to score for the
Jaguars.
"We had intensity but when you're out-
scored 21-4 in a quarter it is unlikely that
you'll come back from that. We fought hard
in the fourth quarter but it was too much to
come back from," Morrow added.
Thad Sanders had eight points, five re-
bounds and four assists. She was injured in
the third quarter. Jodi Raulerson celebrated
her final home game with two points, four
rebounds and two steals.
Morrow said she was pleased the team
grabbed 42 rebounds. She said Edwards has
been a real key for the team inside and she
likes the way her game has improved, "She
does an excellent job underneath. She grabs
rebounds you don't think are possible and


makes impossible shots. She keeps trying all
the time. She is big for us on the offensive
and defensive end."
The Lady Brahmans will play Boynton
Beach in the first round of their district tour-
nament on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in West Palm
Beach.


Ami Edwards had 20 points and 24 re-
bounds in Okeechobee's loss Thurs-
day to Port St. Lucie.


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January 30, 2011