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Meth arrest linked to Polk county urug ring
By'Eric Kopp Okeechobee on March 15 when 22.7 meth) and cocaine. The family has the drugs pounds of ICE; 36.3 pounds of cocaine; 15
Okeechobee News pounds of meth was reportedly found in the brought into the U.S. and they then distrib- vehicles; and, approximately $533,450 in
2002 gray GMC Yukon she was driving. Ap- ute the meth and cocaine to wholesale deal- U.S. currency.
While the word 'mule' may not be flatter- parently the meth-as well as the SUV she ers throughout the Southeastern U.S., stated The estimated street value of the seized
ing, it precisely describes what Rafaela Huer- was driving-was to be delivered to Erick a PCSO spokeswoman, narcotics is $15 million.
ta-Aranda reportedly did to make money- Chavez in Lake Wales. A PCSO press release states that their PCSO detectives and agents from the Drug
transport methamphetamine from Mexico According to the Polk County Sheriff's four-month wire-tap investigation led to the Enforcement Administration (DEA/Tampa)
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Legislation

could hurt

schools
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
School Superintendent Dr. Pa-
tricia Cooper recently visited Talla-
hassee to lobby for education bills
and reported on that trip to the
Okeechobee Economic Council
at their monthly meeting Wednes-
day.
'Things are not looking good
for public education, Dr. Cooper
claimed, and she said a number of
bills being debated in committee
and in both chambers, could hurt
Okeechobee Schools.
"There is a contentious mood
in Tallahassee right now. I'd be sur-
prised if they don't come to blows
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Judge releases
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accused of
molesting
younger boys
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 12-year-old boy accused of
molesting five younger boys was
released from a juvenile detention
center Thursday afternoon on the
order of an Okeechobee County
judge.
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carried out their investigation in conjunction
with the Office of Statewide Prosecution;
"They have taken a complete supply
chain out of business. We're talking about
people in the upper part of the supply chain,"
said PCSO Public Information Officer Donna
Woods. "She (Huerta-Aranda) was a courier.
She was certainly bringing it into the coun-
try, then bringing it to Chavez."
Ironically, Ms. Woods said before Huerta-
Aranda brought the meth to Okeechobee
she was actually detained by the U.S. Border
Patrol when drug sniffing K-9s alerted to her
vehicle.
"She was coming from Mexico, was
stopped at the border and dogs alerted on
her car," explained Ms. Woods. "She was
placed in a secondary holding area but they
couldn't find anything so she was passed
through."
When PCSO investigators learned about
Huerta-Aranda's return, they alerted the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force.
"We did surveillance on her home (at
711 N.W 21st Lane), found her vehicle then
followed it," said a detective with the local
task force.
Task force detectives then followed Huer-
ta-Aranda and when she ran a stop sign at
the intersection of N.E. Fifth St. and U.S. 441
N., the detectives had probable cause to stop
the vehicle. Once they had the SUV stopped,
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
K-9 Widgen took over and the dog gave
positive alerts that there were drugs in the
Yukon. Detectives then took the SUV to a se-
cure area and went to work. After a lengthy
and exhaustive search, they found the 22.7
pounds of meth in four hidden compart-
ments under the vehicle's back seat. To try
and hide the drug's odor, plastic was first
wrapped around the meth, explained the
task force detective. The plastic was then
coated with automotive grease and then
wrapped in carbon paper, added the detec-
tive. The meth had an estimated street value
of $408,600. Huerta-Aranda is currently be-
ing held in the Okeechobee County Jail un-
der a bond of $2 million.
"We don't know what's going to happen
to her at this point," said Ms. Woods, "but
the possibility of additional charges is very
real." On March 30, PCSO detectives and
DEA agents served 11 search warrants and
arrested 16 suspects that were all linked to
Chavez, stated the press release.
"This is a sophisticated, violent and deter-


mined drug trafficking organization that im-
ports high purity methamphetamine into the
U.S.," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in
the release. "We've identified key players in
this organization and stopped them. I am
proud of the hard work and dedication that
each detective, officer and agent put into this
investigation."
According to the PCSO press release,
Erick Chavez not only got his drugs from
sources in Mexico but from his 23-year-old
brother Homar Chavez, of Frostproof. Ho-
mar got his drugs directly from his sources
in Mexico, the release added.
Ms. Wood said it is believed that Erick
and Homar are being counseled in the il-
legal drug trade by their father, Crisantos
Chavez, 56.
Crisantos, who also lived in Frostproof,
fled the country following his 2006 arrest
on cocaine and meth trafficking charges.
When arrested, the patriarch was reportedly
in possession of 5 kilos of cocaine, 2 pounds
of ICE, $30,000 in cash, two SKS rifles and
a MAC-10 machine gun. He bonded out of
jail then fled to Mexico, the press release
stated..
A third son-Natalio Chavez, 31, of Lake
Wales-is wanted on a charge of conspiracy
to traffic methamphetamine.
During this investigation, different agen-
cies have intercepted the movement of ille-
gal narcotics in several different jurisdictions,
stated the release.
In February and March, these different
agencies intercepted: 4 pounds of meth in
Polk County on Jan. 11 that originated in
Homestead; 22 pounds of meth by the U.S.
Border Patrol on Jan. 27; 13.2 pounds of co-
caine and an estimated $89,000 in U.S. cur-
rency in Hardee County on Feb. 1; 31 pounds
of liquid meth (about 14.4 liters) disguised
in Corona Beer bottles in Osceola County
on Feb. 22; 10 pounds of meth and an esti-
mated $267,950 in U.S. currency in Gwinnett
County, Ga., by DEA agents on Feb. 25; 12.5
pounds of meth in Sumter County by FHP
troopers on March 6; and, 22.7 pounds of
meth in Okeechobee County on March 15.
Both Erick and Homar Chavez were ar-
rested on March 30. Erick is being held on $3
million bond, while Homar's bond has been
set at $5 million.
Despite the arrests and seizures, Ms.
Woods said the PCSO investigation is not
over. "There's still a lot of background work
to be done," she said. "We have information
that they were trafficking in other states as
well. Somehow, these individuals had placed
themselves in a situation that allowed them
to concentrate on the Southeastern United
States."


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Kindergarten registration to begin next week
The Okeechobee County School Board will be holding kindergarten registration at the
following schools:
April 14, North Elementary 863-462-5100
April 15, Everglades Elementary 863-462-5108
April 16, Central Elementary 863-462-5077
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Father, sons charged in


alleged knife attack


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News


A local father and three of .
his sons are being held with- -
out bond in the Okeechobee
County Jail after they were
accused of entering a home Eleazar
and stabbing two men. Jimenez-Garcia
Arrested early Sunday, ,
April 4, were: Eleazar Jime-
nez-Garcia, 52, N.E. 34th
Ave.; Agustino Jimenez-Jime-
nez, 27, N.W. Fourth Ave.;
Javier Jimenez-Jimenez, 25,
N.W. 34th Ave.; and Florian
Jimenez-Jimenez, 23, N.W. Javier
34th Ave. Jimenez-Jimenez
The patriarch of the family
was charged with armed burglary of an occu-
pied dwelling, two counts of aggravated bat-
tery and one count of aggravated assault. Each
son was charged with accessory to armed
burglary of an occupied dwelling, accessory
to aggravated battery (two counts each) and
accessory to aggravated assault.
An arrest report by Detective Augustin


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FWC rescues survivors of seaplane crash on Lake 0


Simply by being in the right place at the right
time, law enforcement officers with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) were the first to respond to a seaplane
crash Wednesday afternoon on Lake Okeecho-
bee, near Observation Island.
The plane departed from Lantana Airport
earlier in the day but soon went off radar. The
Glades County Sheriff's Office contacted the
FWC for assistance after receiving a report of
a plane down. FWC officers quickly launched
their boat and were able to pinpoint the plane's
location based on alerts coming from the EPIRB
(emergency position-indicating radio beacon).


The single-engine seaplane was almost en-
tirely submerged when FWC officers arrived on
the scene. The pilot, Thomas R. English, 57, of
North Palm Beach, was sitting on the engine
compartment. His passenger, Herman D. Boll-
rath Jr., 34, of West Palm Beach, was in the wa-.
ter and wearing a life vest. The two had been
the plane's only occupants.
FWC officers rescued both men and trans-
ferred them to an awaiting Glades County Sher-
iff's Office boat. The pilot stated he was try-
ing to land on the water when a wave hit and
flipped the plane over. Neither man required
medical treatment.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Drug Court
Okeechobee County Judge Jerald Bryant (right) presented Jayme Casanova a
certificate in honor of his graduation from Misdemeanor Drug Court on Wednes-
day, April 7. Judge Bryant told the audience in his courtroom that Mr. Casanova
completed all of his drug court requirements without a falter.


We are pleased to announce that Ms. Penny Revels and Ms. Deanna
Hardin are the winners of the naming contest for Okeechobee's own
assisted living community.
The Heritage reflects our commitment to our community.
We welcome everyone to- -
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further information, please contact Lou O'Bannon at (863) 697-3813 cell
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Saucedo of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) states that four
men entered the home on
N.W. 36th St. where Eleazar
stabbed a man in the inside
Austino of his right thigh and in the
Agustino
Jimenez-Jomenez right leg. The report said there
was a large puddle of blood
on the bed where they victim
laid down and that there was
blood spatter on the wall.
According to the report,
f f Eleazar and Florian were both
armed with kitchen knives.
Due to the severity of his
Florian injuries, the victim was air-
Jlmenez-Jimemez lifted to a trauma center.
Eleazar also cut another man who lives
in the home as he warned him to stay away,
added the report. That man reportedly suf-
fered a cut on his right hand and on his right
cheek.
Although apparently threatened, a third
man who lives" in the home was not injured.
The report does not give a reason for the
alleged attack.


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OPINION


Friday, April 9, 2010


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letter to the editor


Speak Out has moved online, where
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ideas and converse with others. Go to
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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!

County fair
I would like to say that for a fair that
just celebrated it's fourth birthday, it went
very well. It is hard to get a new fair started
and $5 was a fair price for entry. Second, I
find it amazing that anyone would ask an
entertainer to play for free, for exposure or
for experience. We have a lot of great talent
here and it would be nice to be paid to play
the fairs and festivals. The organizers find
that paying big money for out of owners
to come perform is okay but want locals to
play for free or cheap. There is something
going on in our great little town almost every
weekend and playing for free is not a finan-
cial option. Most here have been in the mu-
sic biz for many years and income, not ex-
perience, is what we need. We would love
to perform for you and Okeechobee. Come
out to the local places and see us perform.
Check the newspaper.
I agree with the comment that they
need to lower the entry fee for the fair. Ask-
ing $5 per person is a lot for a family. If they
are spending that money on the entertain-
ment, I don't think it was really worthwhile
as 1 don't think many people went to the
fair to see the bands they brought in. If they
want to generate interest, why don't they
have an "Okeechobee's Got Talent" contest?
It would not have to be singing. It could be
any talent, like "America's Got Talent" on TV
They could have contests every night and
then the winners from those could compete
in the finals on the last Saturday of the fair.
If you had local people competing, their
friends and family would come to see them.
That would get more people to the fair.
People who have suggestions for im-
proving the county fair need to come to the
fair committee meetings and participate.
The committee is made up of volunteers
and they always need more help. This year
the fair added horse events, which seemed
to go over very well. What else would you
like to see? Share your ideas with the com-
mittee and we can all work together to make
the fair bigger and better every year.


People in Okeechobee seem to re-
ally enjoy karaoke. I know they had karaoke
one night at the county fair, but maybe they
should do it more than one night. If every-
one who sings brings a few friends along
to cheer for them, that turns into a nice
crowd.

Dogs loose
Keep your dog on a leash and no one
can try to steal it.

County government
Okeechobee is turning into corporate
box city. It's too hard for a regular person
to open and run a business. The big com-
panies don't have as much a problem with
our local government because they have the
muscle. Just drive around and count how
many businesses in and around Okeecho-
bee are locally owned -- probably one in
four. If you are an individual and go into the
building and zoning you will have entered
the "NO" zone.

Gangs
These local gang members are getting
away from getting in trouble mainly, due to
who they are. They come from well respect-
ed families here. They are big bullies who all
could have promising futures and they deny
that they are in a gang bdt they are. Justice
will prevail. I see the cookie fixing to crum-
ble and all will be out in the open and ev-
eryone will know who these kids are, what
the name of their gang is, etc. They must be
stopped and I think they will soon. For the
most part good kids, could have bright fu-
tures, they need to be stopped now, face the
consequences, get back on track, re focus
and hopefully get it together.
Listening to how these kids just go driv-
ing around and picking fights maybe these
straight A students should go out for foot-
ball. I think the team needs some kids who
will fight.

Bypass
I hope the DOT goes ahead with the
bypass. We need a way to route some of the
traffic away from the main intersection in
town. If we can relieve the congestion at that
intersection, it would make things easier for
everyone to get to work and school on time.
This should have been done years ago, but it
is still a good idea.


Memorial softball tourney

thanks participants
The very first Devon Venables Memorial
Softball Tournament was a great success!
Thank you to all who participated and all
who volunteered their time. We look for-
ward to next year!
We would like to send a special thank
you to the umpires for volunteering their
time, for the game book keepers and for the
Okeechobee Sheriff's Dept. and their trust-
ees for coming out early Saturday morning
to set up the tents. The success of this tour-
nament was dependant on many people/.
businesses coming together for a common
purpose.
Dainae Venables


Special to the Okeechobee News/Dalnae Venables
Congratulations to CIS-PAL our first
place team. The winning team from top
to bottom are: (fourth row) Eddie Green/
third row, Tammy Serafini, Jill Rogers,
John Kemp/second row Bo Steven-
son, Kandi Lynn, Bo Harden/ist row -
Sam Hollin, Janet Estremeara, Amanda
Blewett, Cecil Bays, Travis Conrad/
Front: Peter and Dainae Venables.


OHS to host Career Fair
Okeechobee High Schdol Career Center is sponsoring an occupational awareness
(Career Fair) program for 11 th and 12th graders on Wednesday, April 14. This event will
be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School Gymnasium.
This will be an opportunity for students to meet prospective employers in Okeecho-
bee County. It will also be a.chance f6r businesses to meet potential part-time as well as
full-time employees upon graduation. If interested, you may want to bring applications
for students to fill out. The program will consist of informal conversation with students.
(Students will be browsing from one area to another.) A table with chairs Will be avail-
able for you to use as your booth. If you have handouts, fact sheets, or door prizes to give
to the students, please bring those. A poster/project board to put on the table advertising
your business would be beneficial.
If interested in participating, please call Bill R. Black at 863-462-5025 ext. *3113.

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 8am and 5pm. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 83. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east.
Tonight: A 10 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually
becoming mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind between 5 and 10
mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind between 5 and
10 mph.

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April 9, 2010 Okeechobee News


City Council finally ap


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After arguing minute details ad nauseam
for many months, the Okeechobee City
Council finally passed the sign ordinance
at their Tuesday night, April 6, meeting and
Mayor James Kirk signed it.
The council also acted on three other or-
dinances dealing with zoning and land use,
and heard a presentation on the widening of
the U.S. 441, S.R. 70 intersection. There was
also some good financial news.
"I guess we have discussed it enough,"
the mayor said when the sign ordinance
came up for a vote. With no discussion,
there was a unanimous approval.
This ordinance sets the total square foot-
age allowable for signs, limits the type and
number of signs and sets requirements for


JUDGE
Continued From Page 1
Ryan Jonathan Nielson, N.E. 122nd Drive,
was arrested Dec. 16, 2009, and.placed in
the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in
Fort Pierce where he was held until Judge
Jerald Bryant ordered his April 8 release.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
said he was surprised and shocked about
the boy's release.
"I'm also concerned," he said. "Con-
cerned, obviously, for the victims in the
community, him committing future crimes
and possible retaliation."
The sixth grader was arrested by Detec-
tive Rosemary Farless of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) and charged
with seven counts of sexual battery and six
counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
According to an arrest report by Detective


SCHOOLS
Continued From Page 1

by the end of the session," Dr. Cooper told
the group. She said she was very disap-
pointed that legislators appear to have their
minds made up on some of these bills.
"I don't think a lot of these proposals
have been thought through. They have the
mindset that they know better than we do,"
she added.
Proposed legislation and constitution-
al amendments that address class sizes,
changes in the FCAT and student course
requirements, state control of salaries, and
tougher standards on teachers, could all im-
pact Okeechobee, Dr. Cooper said.
Legislators seek to place on the ballot
a constitutional amendment that would
eliminate the class size amendment voters
approved a few years ago. This time it will
take 60 percent of the vote to approve the
amendment. Dr. Cooper and School Board
member Kelly Owens suggest its unlikely
this amendment will pass.
The existing amendment will require
Okeechobee to hire over 33 full-time teach-
ers this summer at a cost of over $2 million.


the placement of signs. Temporary signs
and signs in windows are not counted
against the allowable area of freestanding or
building signs. The ordinance further states
that not more than one inflatable wind sign
or search light or spot light shall be allowed
on a single lot or parcel with the proper per-
mit.
Turning to other business, the council
acted on three ordinances that will affect the
operation of recently opened Hammerhead
Billiards. At the request of David and Anita
Nunez, owners of the business, the council
unanimously approved a small scale change
to the future land use map to change a 0.8
acre parcel adjacent to the restaurant from
single family to commercial for the purpose
of installing a parking lot. "It seems logical,"
was Councilman Dowling Watford's opinion


Farless, the victims are between the ages of
8 and 11.
At a Feb. 11, 2010, hearing Judge Bryant
denied a motion by defense attorney Jona-
than J. Kirschner to release Nielsen.
"I'm not really comfortable keeping a
child in custody five months while getting
ready for trial," said Judge Bryant at that
hearing. "(But) at some point in the future I
may consider some sort of release."
That point was Thursday.
According to Mr. Albright, Nielson was
released under the condition that he: have
24-hour adult supervision; have no contact
with any of the victims or go within 100 feet
of them; not be out of his front yard; and,
he must apply for a home-bound schooling
program.
He went on to say that since the boy's
parents work it is up to them to find an adult
to stay with their son. That adult must be ap-
proved by the Department of Juvenile Jus-
tice, added Mr. Albright.


In addition they must have classroom space
for these additional teachers. Dr. Cooper said
if the district doesn't comply with these class
room sizes they can be penalized financially.
For example the state could pull their $4,000
per student allocation in any classroom that
exceeds the mandated class size.
Mrs. Owens said in older grades research
shows that class sizes don't have much of
an impact on student performances. She
told the group that research from prominent
universities like Stanford, and Northwestern
prove this point. She said the quality of the
teacher has the most impact at older grade
levels.
Still Mrs. Owens predicted the class size
regulations will remain in place, "Anytime
you start talking about reversing the class
size situation parents think it's not the best
thing for their child. They don't fully realize
-what the amendment is saying. Our class
sizes will remain manageable and account-
ability is still there. Class sizes won't explode
if this amendment is passed."
Dr. Cooper said some of the best teach-
ers in Florida will leave the state if a bill that
removes professional services contract for
teachers is approved. Under the proposal
each teacher would be subject to a one-
year contract and annual reviews of their


proves sign ordinance
of the request. However, on the other two ing of an ordinance to set hours of opera
ordinances there were mixed opinions. The tion for pool halls, amusement parlors and
council held the first reading and set a date game rooms. This ordinance includes pen-
of April 20 for a final reading of an ordinance alties for first, second and third violations.
to rezone the same tract from residential For the third violation, the establishment's
single family one to light commercial. The business tax receipt can be revoked. Once
owners had requested a zoning change to again Councilman O'Connor cast the only
heavy commercial and the planning board dissenting vote.
had recommended that change. However, Turning to other business, Chris Piazza
the council chose to follow the recommen- presented Florida Department of Transpor-
dation of city planner Bill Brisson who was station (DOT) plans for improvements to the
in favor of the less intense zoning of light S.R. 70 and U. S. 441 intersection by adding
commercial. He contended that the property an additional left turn lane each way. Cur-
owners intent of providing parking could be rently there is only one left turn lane in each
accommodated in a light commercial zone. direction. He said this improvement would
Councilman Mike O'Connor cast the lone add 10 to 15 years to the usefulness of the
dissenting add 10 to 15 y to the usefulness of the
dissThe council also held the first reading intersection. While the current right of way
and set a date of April 20 for the final read- 441 w DOT to


The prosecutor said that he will proceed
as normal and get ready for trial.
"We announce we're ready for trial ev-
ery 72 hours but the defense says they aren't
ready," said Mr. Albright.
He went on to say that the defense can
continue to do this "until the judge forces
them to go to trial."
Family members of the victims were al-
lowed to speak at the Feb. 11 hearing and all
of them begged Judge Bryant to not release
Nielson.
"I don't think there is any way he should
be released," said one grandmother, of the
accused. "He (Nielson) took the spirit out of
my grandson."
The mother of an 11-year-old victim told
Judge Bryant that parents do all they can to
warn their children about adults who prey
on young children.
"But," she continued, "how are we sup-
posed to protect them from someone their
own age?"


performance and the performance of their
students will determine whether they are
retained. Dr. Cooper said the best teachers
want security. Under this bill, 50 percent of a
teacher's appraisal will be based on student
performance. The Senate bill also states the
district must adopt their salary schedules
based on performance appraisals of teach-
ers. In the past salary schedules have always
been a local issue where the school board
negotiates with union representatives. The
bill would also require all teachers be certi-
fied in the subjects they teach if they teach
reading, math or science.
Another senate bill would toughen the
course requirements for teachers as middle
school kids would be required to take alge-
bra, geometry and biology. Ninth graders
would also have to take two years of alge-
bra, geometry, biology, and either chemistry
or physics.
Dr. Cooper predicted the tougher gradu-
ation requirements would lead to more
students dropping out of school without a
diploma.
The proposal would also eliminate the
FCAT test and be replaced by end of course
exams for the existing subjects.


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on the south side of S.R. 70 in Flagler Park.
Mr. Piazza said this improvement should
help until other remedies such as the S.R.
710 bypass between S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 are
constructed.
In a related matter; the council postponed
for clarification in wording a resolution relin-
quishing its title and interest in Flagler Park to
the Hamrick Trust at such time as DOT seeks
to acquire the park property from the Ham-
rick Trust for intersection improvement.
The city received good new from Debbie
Goode who presented the audit of the city's
fiscal year 2009 financial statements. The
city received the desired "clean, unqualified
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Herbert E. Wilson Jr., 84
OKEECHOBEE Herbert E. Wilson Jr., age
84, of Okeechobee, passed away April 6, 2010,
in the Hamrick Home.
Born June 4, 1925, in New Bedford, Mass., to
Herbert E. Sr. and Marion Wilson he came to
Okeechobee from Plantation in 1981. He owned
H.E. Wilson Trucking in Okeechobee for 19
years. He was a member of the First Presby-
terian Church of Okeechobee and the Pythago-
rean Lodge A.F. and A.M. in Marion,
Massachusetts. Mr. Wilson proudly served our
country in the US Army Air Force in Italy, 376th
Bomber, Group Liberandos.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 57 years,
Mary Folson Wilson of Okeechobee; son, Jack
F. Wilson (Patti) of Gainesville; two daughters,
Sharon C. Berry and Mary J. Likes (Gregg) both
of Sebring; five grandchildren and one great-
grandchild.
Graveside funeral services will 2 p.m. Satur-
day, April 10, at Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor
Loy Mershimer officiating.
Friends may sign the guestbook 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.


Emogene Wheeler Baggett
OKEECHOBEE Emogene Wheeler Baggett,
age 82, of Okeechobee passed away April 7,
2010 in Raulerson Hospital.
Born February 28,
1928 in Florence,
Ala., to DeDe House
Wheeler and Wiley
Wheeler, she came
to Okeechobee from
Hialeah in 1970. She
was a member of
Fountain of Life
Church.
Mrs. Baggett is sur-
vived by her sons,
Van Baggett (Mar-
gie) and
Mark Baggett; grandchildren, Nancy Ar-
ledge, Brett Baggett, Brandon Baggett, Bryan
Baggett and Lynsey O'Berry; great grandchil-
dren, Brittany and Dustin Arledge.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Marcus Baggett; and her daughter, Loraine Bag-
gett Jacobs.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10,
2010 at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funer-
al services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010
at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor
Joe Bishop officiating. Interment will follow at
Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook 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.


Ruth Taylor Mims, 88
OKEECHOBEE Ruth Taylor Mims, age 88,
of Okeechobee, passed away April 6, 2010, in
Okeechobee.
She was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Montgomery
County, Ga., to the late Wiley and Mettle Taylor.
She moved from Montgomery County, Ga., at
an early age to Moultrie, Georgia until relocating
to Okeechobee in
1961.
A devoted and lov- -
ing mother, sister
and aunt, Mrs. Mims
was affiliated with
Kentucky Fried
Chicken for twenty
years with eight
years as Manager. -. .
She served as a Staff
Assistant at Mims '''
Veterinary Hospital '. .o ..
for ten
years; a Pink Lady at Raulerson Hospital
for twenty-five years; and a loyal member of
Grace Brethren Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Paul G. Mims, Jr.
and Dr. Randall Mims and wife, Renee; two
grandsons, Brad and Wesley Mims, all of Okee-
chobee; three sisters, Jackie Flowers and hus-
band, Enos, Molly Jordan all of Moultrie,
Georgia and Martha Chitty and husband, Lowell
of Satsuma, Florida; and several nieces and
nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Paul G. Mims; daughter-in-law, Laurlene Mims;
brothers, Duncan, James and DeWitt "J.D." Tay-
lor; and sister, Lucy Deen.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8,
at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Entomb-
ment will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Evergreen
Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook 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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Arnold's hosting Otter-Fest
A special fund-raising event will be held
Saturday, April 10, to establish a state-of-the-
art otter habitat at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabili-
tation Center. The Otter-Fest and Barbecue
will get under way at noon with either pork
or chicken dinners. There will also be live
entertainment, hot rods and custom motor-
cycles for adults as well as a bounce house
and giant slide for children. RSVP donation
tickets, which cover two adults, are available
for $25 at: Taylor Rental, Marcum & Asso-
ciates, Lehman's Auto Body, Barracuda's,
Fly-N-Hi Off Road, Pizza Heaven, Uncle Lar-
ry's, Custom Sign & Graphics, Style Studios,
Chip's Auto Glass and Silver Spurs Trading &
Signs. Tickets will be $40 at the gate. Kids 12
and under eat free. For information on the
benefit, call Frank at 772-766-6137.

Hospice yard sale opens today
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
Street will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale today,
April 9, from 8 a.m. until noon. Specialty
items including in this sale, new children's
clothes and furniture! We have new items
galore offered at extremely reasonable pric-
es. Funds raised will benefit patient care, in-
cluding services at The Hamrick Home. For
information call 863-467-2321.

Amvets to open local post
Amvets is forming a new post in Okeecho-
bee. If you are a veteran of any branch of the
service or Reserves or National Guard, we
invite you to join us. Please contact Helen
James at 863-585-2565 and leave a message.
There are a lot of advantages to joining this
veterans Organization. All new members
will be on the Post Charter.

Eagles to hold steak night
Eagles will hold Steak Night, beginning at
5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9. Steak dinner in-
cludes salad, baked potato or sweet potato,
garlic bread and dessert for $12. Live enter-
tainment by The Harpers. Located at Frater-
nal Order of Eagles, 4137, 9985 Hwy. 441N..


Shrine Club presents
dinner dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will pres-
ent The Ages of Music Dinner and Dance on
Saturday, April 10, beginning at 6 p.m. with
dinner including chicken and ribs. The show
begins at 7 p.m. Dancing will include mu-
sic from the Big Band era, swing, rock and
roll, doo-wop, country soul and pop. A spe-
cial visit from "The King Elvis" will also be
included. Tickets for the event are $15 and
proceeds will benefit Shriners activities. For
ticket information, please call 863-763-3378.

Moose Lodge to present mu-
sic and comedy show
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge will
present the last of its Lip Sync Group Mu-
sic and Comedy shows on April 10, from
1 to 3 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, N.W. 36th
St., Okeechobee. FREE parking & admis-
sion and membership is not required. The
kitchen will be open. For more information,
please call 863-447-5520.

Eagles hosting Sailfish
District 7's picnic
The Eagles, at 9985 Hwy. 441 N. are host-
ing lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken
and sides on Saturday, April 10 from 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. for the Sailfish District 7's picnic.
Entertainment by Michael's Memories.

Masonic Lodge to hold
breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host a breakfast on Sunday, April 11, serv-
ing from 8-11 a.m. The cost is only $6 and
the menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage,
grits, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, juice and
coffee. Good food & fellowship. The break-
fast is open to the public and carry outs are
available. The Masonic Lodge is located at
107 N.W. Fifth Avenue.

Headstart holds fund raiser
Join us Monday, April 12 and Tuesday,
April 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Moose
Lodge on N.W. 36th Street (one block west
of Hwy. 441), to sell your gold. Get top dollar
for your gold and help raise money for North
Side Headstart Pre-K. For information and
appointments call Jamie Pye, 863-634-9773.


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Okeechobee mover cited by Department of Agriculture


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 55 year old owner of an Okeechobee
moving company was cited by the Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Services after a
state wide sweep designed to investigate un-
registered moving companies.
Geary Adams, co owner of Furniture
World Moving Service in Okeechobee was
issued an administrative complaint which
may result in fines up to $5,000.
Department Spokesperson Liz Compton
said on March 29, undercover officers with


the Office of Agricultural law enforcement
set up a move with Mr. Adams, and he was
charged with unlicensed moving.
"The investigation is still ongoing so there
is no report to provide," Compton added.
Florida law requires intrastate moving
companies and moving brokers to be reg-
istered with the department before they
conduct business. The registration require-
ments include proof of liability insurance
for cargo hauled as well as the vehicle be-
ing used. Failure to register is also a misde-
meanor punishable by up to a year in jail
and a $1,000 fine.


Pizza Hut repaired and open


Pizza Hut restaurant in Okeechobee,
damaged when a driver lost control of her
SUV and crashed through the front door last
Wednesday, is repaired and has reopened
their dining room.
The accident occurred on Wednesday,
March 30 around 8:15 a.m. While the din-
ing room had to be closed for repairs, pizza
delivery service resumed by Wednesday af-
ternoon. The dining room reopened Friday,
April 2.
Pizza Hut regional spokesperson Preston
Arnwine praised Okeechobee City officials
and local contractors S&S Construction and
Green Design Concepts for the quick turn-
around on the repairs.
"Everyone was very helpful," he said.


"The city worked with us getting the re-
quired permits. The contractors were able
to get the materials and make the repairs
quickly."
He said the dining room was only closed
for a day and half for the repairs and inspec-
tion.
He said some customers apparently did
not realize the restaurant had reopened be-
cause contractors were finishing up exterior
painting this week.
"We just want everyone to know we are
open for business," he said.
No one was injured in the accident. Dam-
ages were estimated between $10,000 and
$15,000.


The department received complaints
from citizens and the moving industry about
several firms working while unlicensed. The
state wide sweep completed last week re-
sulted in 10 firms being cited.
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bron-
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laws in order to protect consumers from
unregistered and fly by night moving com-
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"Consumers whose goods are damaged
by moving companies without insurance
can end up paying several thousand dollars
to replace destroyed household items or suf-
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Bronson said.


Blaze under investigation


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee City and County Fire Res-
cue both responded to a structure fire at
642 S.E. 25th Street MQnday morning that
is under investigation by the State Fire Mar-
shall.
Lt. Robert Neal said about $4,000 in
damage was done in the blaze that was
reported just before 11 a.m.
His report noted that six units and 12


firemen responded to the blaze. They were
on the scene for just over an hour. The
report said the home was owned by Mau-
reen Holliday.
Neal said it appeared that paper prod-
ucts had been ignited inside the home. The
cause remained under investigation.
The fire report said flaming contents
were removed from the structure. Some
family pets were given oxygen by firemen
after being rescued.
There were no other injuries reported.


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Alavis Blashford about the first
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mural that is displayed on the
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Indian women that participated
in Heritage Day.

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Paid Advprtiaremnt


Anticipation High as Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Refinery


Opens for Business Next Week in Okeechobee!


By CHRISTINA BUTLER
STAFF WRITER
Been following the gold and silver
market lately? Well if you have jewelry box
or lock box full of gold or a coffee can full
of old coins you should be according to Ohio
Valley Refinery spokesperson John Miller.
"The gold and silver markets have not been
this strong for over 30 years" said Miller.
Typically when the U.S. dollar is weak and
the economy is flat gold and silver markets
soar. "That's good news if you are setting on
a few gold n cklaces or an old class ring"
says Miller.
Starting Tuesday at 9am and every day
next week through Saturday the Ohio Valley
Refinery is setting up a satellite refinery right
here in Okeechobee at the Holiday Inn
Express. During their 5 day stay anyone can
bring gold, silver or platinum items and turn
them in for immediate payment, explains
John Miller. "Just about everybody has some
amount of gold or silver just lying around
collecting dust and next week anybody can
sell theirs direct to our refinery. Typically
selling direct to a refinery is reserved for
larger wholesale customers like jewelry
stores, pawn shops, and laboratories" says
Miller. "We are changing how business is
done" he explains "we want to do business
with everybody so we took our business to
the streets". "Our teams visits various cities
around the country hosting 5 day events
allowing the general public to take advantage
of our services. The turnout has been
overwhelming" says Miller. "Usually each
day is busier than the previous day. It seems
once people come to us and sell something
they are so amazed what an old ring or gold
coin is worth they go home and start digging
around for more and telling relatives, friends
and neighbors. It's like a feeding frenzy by
the third day. I! think during this bad economy
everybody can use extra money but most


Silver and Gold

Up During Poor
Collectors and Enthusiasts
in Okeechobee with
$2,000,000 to Purchase
Yours!


By CHRISTINA BUTLER
STAFF WRITER
Got Coin? It might be just the time to
cash in: Next week, starting Tuesday and
continuing through Saturday, the International
Collectors Association in conjunction with
the Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery will
be purchasing all types of silver and gold
coins direct from the public. All types are
welcome and the event is free.
Collectors will be on hand to identify and
sort your coins. Then the quality or grade
will be determined. The better the grade the
more they are worth according to collectors
I talked to. With the silver and gold markets
high prices of older coins are too. Any coins
minted before 1964 in the U.S. are 90% silver
except nickels and pennies.
The coins worth is determined by the
rarity and the grade. Franklin and Kennedy
halves, Washing ton quarters, Mercury and
Roosevelt dimes are all worth many times
the face value. While older types like Seated
Liberty, Standing Liberties, and Barber coins
are worth even more.
Gold coins are really worth a lot right now
according to Brian Eades of the International
Collectors Association. This country didn't
start minting coins until 1792 says Eades.
Before that people would trade goods using
gold dust and nuggets. Some shop keepers
would take more gold than needed to pay
for items purchased. There was no uniform
system of making change. The government
opened the first mints and began distributing


Above: Refinery representatives will be on hand starting Tuesday through Saturday to purchase all gold,


people say they are taking advantage of
selling direct to our refinery because of the
higher prices we pay".
During this special evert anyone is
welcome to bring all types of gold, silver
and platinum to the refinery and turn it in
for instant payment. The types of items they
will accept include all gold jewelry, gold
coins, gold ounces, dental gold, old coins
made before 1964 including Silver Dollars,
halves, quarters and dimes, anything marked
"sterling" including flat ware sets, tea pots,
silver bars, silver ounces and all industrial
precious metals.
Just gather up all gold silver and platinum
in any form. If you are not sure if its gold
or silver bring it in and they will test it for
free. When you arrive at the event you will
be asked to fill out a simple registration card
and will be issued a number. Seating will
be available. When your number is called
you will be escorted to a table where your
items will be examined, tested and sorted.


Coin Prices

Economy.
the coins in 1792. By the beginning of the
19th century coins and paper currency were
wide spread and our monetary system was
here to stay. In 1933 Roosevelt required all
banking institutions to turn in all gold coins.
Once all banks turned in this gold the
president raised the gold standard from
$20.00 per ounce to $33.00 per ounce. This
was his way of stimulating the economy
,during the great depression. However gold
coins were never redistributed after the recall.
Not all gold coins were turned in. Many folks
during that time didn't completely trust the
government and choose to keep their gold.
These gold coins are sought .after
collectors today and bring many times
the face value. Any gold coins with the
mint marks of CC, D or O will bring nice
premiums. Collectors at the event will be glad
to show you where to look. Other types of
coins will also be purchase including foreign
coins, Indian head cents, two cent pieces, half
dimes, three cent pieces and buffalo nickels
to name a few.
Collectors warn people against trying to
clean their coins as significant damage can be
done and the coins value lessened.

Items we will accept include:
Scrap Jewelry
Dental Gold
Sterling Silverware
Sterling Silver Tea Sets
Silver Dollars
All Coins Dated before 1964
Industrial Scrap
All forms of Platinum


This only takes a few minutes using their
expertise and specialized equipment. Items
will be counted and/or weighed. The value
of the items will be determined based on up
to the minute market prices. Live feeds will
be available at the event displaying current
market prices of all precious metals. If you
choose to sell your items they will be bagged
and tagged and you will be escorted to the
cashier to collect your payment. Waiting time
to sell your items may range from just a few
minutes to 1 hour so bring something to read.
If you are the owner of a jewelry
store, pawn shop, dentist office or a dealer
you are encouraged to call ahead to make
an appointment with the smelt master to
discuss their special dealer programs. They
can be reached during refinery hours at
(863) 357-3529.
Ohio Valley Refinery will open for
business Tuesday from 9am-6pm. The event
continues everyday through Saturday. No
appointment is needed.


Items of Interest:

Vintage Guitars:
Martin, Gibson, Fender, National, Rickenbacker,
Gretsch, Mandolins, Banjos and others
Pocket Watches:
Hamilton, Illinois, Waltham, Patek Phillipe, Ball,
Howard, South Bend, Elgin and others
Wrist watches: Omega, Accutron, Longines,
Hamilton, Breitling and many more
Old paper money: United States,
Confederate States, Blanket Bills, $1000.00 bills
and more
Antique Toys: Trains, Tin wind-ups,
Mechanical Banks, Robots, Pressed Steel trucks,
and many more
War Memorabilia: Swords, Bayonets,
Helmets, German, Confederate, Union, USA,
and others
Local records reveal to our research department
that recent vintage guitar sold for $2400.00 and
another for $12,000.00 to a collector that will be tied
into the event next week via live database feed.

Below: Refinery representatives will be on hand starting
Tuesday through Saturday to purchase all gold, silver and
platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome!


If you go:

WHO: Ohio Valley Refinery
Reclamation Drive
WHAT: Open to public to sell gold'
and silver.
WHEN: April 13th-17th,
WHERE: Holiday Inn Express .
3101 Hwy 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974
TIMES: TUESDAY-FRIDAY
S9:00am 6-00pm
SATURDAY
S 9:00am 4:00pm
SHOW INF-O:(217) 523-4225.

Local Residents are
ready to cash In!
International antique buyers
in town this week and ready to
stimulate economy!
By CHRISTINA BUTLER
STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of phone calls from local residents
this week to the corporate office of the Ohio Valley
Gold and Silver Refinery pour in inquiring about
items to be purchased all next week by the team of
antique buyers that is on site with OVGSR.
The team of buyers next week are purchasing a
vast array of vintage items (see below) along with
the coins, gold jewelry, and sterling silver items the
refinery deals in. It is a Local shot in the arm for our
economy. The spokesperson for the event expects
to spend in excess of $200,000.00 next week at
the Holiday Inn Express paying local residents
on the spot. The spokesperson for the company has
explained that these collectors are paying collector
price for the vintage items and is great way for
people to get a great value for their items.


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Okeechobee News April 9, 2010


Sketches of robbery suspects released


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Sketches have been re-
leased depicting three of the
five suspects who robbed
a local jewelry store, pistol
whipped the owner and left
her bound and gagged.
Andrea Corona, the owner
of Joyeria Corona Jewelry, was
airlifted to Lawnwood Region-
al Medical Center in Fort Pierce
shortly after the Feb. 17 rob-
bery. She has fully recovered
from her injuries.
According to Detective Bill
Saum, of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD),
the five men entered the North
Shore Plaza business around
noon and took a large amount
of cash and gold jewelry.
One of the suspects was
armed with a black semi-auto-
matic pistol.
Suspect number one, the
gunman, is described as a
"chunky" Hispanic male with a
dark complexion. He is 5-foot-


Robber 1







Robber 2


Robber
Robber 3


11-inches tall and weighs over 200 pounds.
He is thought to be in his late 30s and has
short black hair, a mustache and acne scars
on his cheeks. On the day of the robbery he
was dressed in a dark blue T-shirt and blue
jeans.


Suspect number two is a short Hispanic
male. He stands around 5-foot-l-inch and
weighs approximately 170 pounds. He is
described as being in his late 20s, with short
hair, smooth light skin and no facial hair.
The third suspect is also a Hispanic male
who stands 5-foot-I-inch and weighs around
140 pounds. He has a medium build and is
thought to be in his mid-20s. He has light skin,
a thin mustache, dark hair and no beard.


If anyone has any information on the
robbery or the suspects involved, they can
remain anonymous and possibly be eligible
to receive a cash award by calling Trea-
sure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477
(TIPS).
If you have information and would like
to speak with the detective in charge of this
case, please call OCPD Detective John Zei-
gler at 863-763-5521.


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FAA increases grant to airport


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Commissioners heard
some good news concerning renovation of
the Okeechobee County Airport when they
met Thursday, April 8.
Okeechobee County recently received a
grant from the Federal Aviation Administra-
tion (FAA) to rehabilitate Taxiways A and C
at the Okeechobee County Airport. However,
the amount of the grant was about $360,000
short of the lowest bid for the project, leaving
the fate of the project in doubt. Kathy Scott,
interim airport director, told commissioners
that on Monday she learned that the FAA had
increased the amount of the grant. The FAA
will now pay $2,083,237 or 95 percent of the
cost of the project with the Florida Department
of Transportation (DOT) and the county each
paying $54,822 or 2.5 percent cent each.
Mrs. Scott said that last year engineering
and design for the project were accomplished
with an FAA grant. At that time she thought
it would be several years before more grant
funds would be available to complete the
project. Then on Dec. 9, 2009, she learned that
more grant funds would be available. On Feb.
23 she submitted the application for the cur-
rent grant. Construction is expected to take six
to seven months.
"Not only is this good for the airport, it is
good for Okeechobee," asserted Mrs. Scott.
In other business, commissioners unani-
mously approved a settlement agreement be-
tween the county and residents of S.W. 67th
Drive.
"This is the best compromise for the coun-
ty," stated county attorney John Cassels as he
explained the terms of the settlement.
Several years ago, during the building
boom, the county entered an agreement with
Oscar Daniel, who owns a shellpit south of the
end of S.W. 67th Drive. He agreed to pay the
county a fee per truckload to haul shellrock
from his shellpit over S.W 67th Drive. Several
residents of S.W. 67th Drive hired an attor-
ney and proceeded to fight this agreement in
court. The settlement commissioners agreed
to essentially dismisses pending litigation with
each side paying their own attorneys' fees and
other costs.
Commissioners reluctantly gave their ap-
proval to the current route proposed by the
DOT for the S.R. 710 extension in hopes that
later in the process the route could be changed.
Current plans call for the bypass road to join
U.S. 441 at N.E. 14th Street. Commissioners


would like to see the S.R. 710 extension join
U.S. 441 in the vicinity of Cemetery Road.
"It's not where I think it should be," said
county administrator Lyndon Bonner. "But it's
good as we are going to get now."
Commission Chairman Clif Betts asserted
that the current proposal would only move the
downtown congestion a half mile north.
Deputy county administrator Jim Three-
witts stated that construction would soon start
on the S.E. 43rd Avenue bridge. During con-
struction traffic will be limited to one lane. He
said implementation of the Statewide Law En-
forcement Radio System (SLERS) is on track
and that the sheriff's office and the fire depart-
ment are pleased with the system.
Tara Minton, executive director of the Eco-
nomic Council of Okeechobee commended
the commissioners on their recent adoption of
an administrative regulation setting minimum
amounts to be held in reserve accounts. She
said her organization encouraged all local of-
ficials to follow the commissioners' example
to be fiscally conservative.
In other action, the board:
tasked the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center Advisory Committee with recommend-
ing a policy concerning sale of alcoholic bev-
erages at the facility;
secured the services of hydrologist David
Smith to pursue options in abandoning the
failed injection well at the sports complex;
discussed a possible dedication ceremo-
ny for the newly renovated courthouse in May
or June;
authorized the county attorney to attend
the Sylvester Butler bankruptcy settlement
conference to negotiate for the county;
approved the utility easement for Florida
Power & Light to provide electricity to the new
emergency operations center currently under
construction;
abandoned platted easements and rights
of ways in the unbuilt Northwood Section One
subdivision on the south side of N.W. 144th
Drive in order for another subdivision to be
constructed in that area; and
proclaimed the month of May to be
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the
county.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Waltorian Jackson, 18, N.E. 14th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 6 by Deputy
Justin Merriman on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation of probation -
possession of cocaine. He is being held without
bond.
Justin A. Gregory, 28, S.E. 38th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 6 by Deputy Ste-
phen McKinley on a Palm Beach County warrant
charging him with violation of probation pos-
session of a controlled substance. He is being
held without bond.
Merita Jackson, 46, N.E. 16th Ave., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 6 by Deputy Steven Pol-


lock on an Okeechobee County warrant charg-
ing her with two counts of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell/deliver. Her bond was set at
$50,000.
Samantha Grace Arellano, 28, N.W. 26th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 7 by Depu-
ty Brian Cross on felony charges of possession of
a controlled substance and tampering with evi-
dence. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of obstruction of justice. She was released
on her own recognizance.
Jay Elliot Holata, 32, Silverado Circle, Davie,
was arrested April 7 by Deputy Corporal Aric Ma-
jere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with driving under the influence with priors.
His bond was set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
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.


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Sailfish Striders plan Lake Race for Saturday


By Charles M. Murphy The annual event attracts runners from
Okeechobee News all over South and Central Florida.
Martin County Parks and Recreation and The race includes divisions for 10 and un-
the Sailfish Striders running club will host der, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,
the annual 7 mile run on Lake Okeechobee 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-
this Saturday in Port Mayaca. 74, and 75-79.

Brahman baseball


team defeats Westwood


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Drew Selvey had a homerun and scored
three runs and Cameron Tewksbury pitched
a two-hit shutout as Okeechobee boy's
baseball whipped Fort Pierce Westwood
14-0 on the road Wednesday.
Selvey has been red hot at the plate and
he hit the second pitch of the game over
the fence to give the Brahmans a lead they
would never relinquish. Aaron Suarez went
3 for 3 with two runs batted in. Tyler Finney
went 2 for 2 with two runs batted in for
Okeechobee, (11-4).
"We are starting to finally hit the ball,"
Brahman Coach Dylan Tedders said, "Every
hit was hit hard. We've outscored out oppo-
nents 21-1 in our past two games."
Tewksbury pitched five innings and
struck out six. He was around the plate all
afternoon and wasn't hit hard. Tedders said


Westwood was a pretty decent team and that
the Panthers have beaten Jensen Beach this
year so the blowout win wasn't expected.
Tedders said he likes the way his team
has gotten after it after the spring break. He
said they are peaking at the right time with
key district games next Monday at Lincoln
Park and Tuesday at home against Jensen
Beach.
Okeechobee has to win just one of those
two games to ensure the top seed in next
months district tournament.
"I like our position as we control our own
destiny. We have Crawford to pitch Mon-
day and Cameron on Tuesday so I like my
chances," he said.
Tedders praised Aaron Suarez for his un-
selfish play. Suarez has had three sacrifice
bunts and a sacrifice fly this week to help
his team. "He's a team guy. He just does
what he has to do to help his team win. That
shows his leadership."


Awards are handed out to the male and
female overall champions and winners in
the masters division. Prizes are handed out
for 1st, 2nd and third place in each division.
It costs $15 to pre register to compete
in the race, and $20 on the day of the race.
For more information please contact Martin


County Parks and Recreation at 772-221-
1419 or email jmoore@martin.fl.us.
Tim Murr, 57, and Nancy Murr, 53, of
Okeechobee are among the local residents
that have competed in races in 2010.
Parents-must sign a waiver if the child is
under 18 years old.


Sports News in Brief
Cheerleading registration to open
Okeechobee Xplosion All Stars will hold Competitive Cheerleading and Tumbling regis-
tration for the 2010 season on May 1, at 11 a.m. Registration will be held at the new 5,000
sq ft facility located at 911 S.W. Park St. (behind Eli's Western Wear). Registration for the
following age divisions 3-5,6-8,9-11,12-14,13-18! Please call 863-441-3826 or email xplosion-
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Coast Guard Auxiliary to do vessel exams
Flotilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts vessel exams. They are free and they will
come to you. Call 863-763-9570 to make and appointment to examine your boat and get it
certified with a sticker.

Freedom Outreach Fishing Tournaments
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tournaments will be held on the following dates: April
25, May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29. The $80 cash entry fee for each tournament in the
series includes the Big Fish Pot and the Classic Fund, with a 70 percent payback. The final
event, the Classic, will be held Sept. 26. To qualify for the classic, you must have fished at
least four events from now to August. The classic will be a one-day event with a $120 cash
entry fee. All tournaments are held at Scott' Driver park from safe light until 2 p.m. with
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Russ Brown inducted into North Florida Hall of Fame


By Charles
M. Murphy
Okeechobee
News
Former OHS
Brahman base-
ball player and
Assistant Coach
Russ Brown,
who walked on
at the University
of Florida and
earned a spot for
two years, was
recently inducted
into the Univer-
sity of North Flor-
ida Hall of Fame.
Assistant Coach Brown- was
Russ Brown was in- among the inau-
ducted recently into gural team for
the Hall of Fame. UNF baseball
that won over
100 games during the first two years of the
program, 1988 and 1989. He was an assis-
tant coach of the Ospreys.
In February the Athletics Hall of Fame
inducted the entire team ihto their ring of
honor. A banquet was held at the campus in
Jacksonville to honor the inductees.
"It was an honor and really an unexpect-
ed recognition," Brown said, "I think those
teams accomplishments were a big deal and
it was a great experience for me."
Athletic Director Lee Moon said the team
should be congratulated because they rep-
resent the best that the University has to of-
fer. He added that as a team and individuals,
all of them competed at the highest level,
"They are all tremendous ambassadors of
the university and their sport. They are all
very deserving."
In 1988, the Ospreys swept the Florida
Conference Tournament to advance to the
NAIA District 25 Tournament. They defeated
Kennesaw State in a three-game series and
advanced the NAIA Area V Tournament.
They finished with 47 wins.
In 1989 the team won 53 games and ad-
vanced all the way to the NAIA World Series
held in Lewiston,-Idaho. They won three
games at the World Series and finished third
in the nation.
Brown said he was also glad that the base-
ball coach he worked under, Dusty Rhodes,
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honor. "He was one of my greatest mentors.
He is a tremendous mentor and person. It
was very rewarding to work under him."
Brown graduated from Okeechobee in
1983. He played under Tim Gillis on the var-
sity baseball team for two years. He said that
team was very successful. Brown also had
kind words for Gillis who he said taught him
a lot about the game of baseball. From there
he took the long shot route of walking on
for the Gators. Brown made the team as a
utility infielder. After college he also coached


under Gillis for the Brahmans before he got
an offer to work for UNF.
"Playing for the Gators was a great expe-
rience. I probably didn'tplay as much as I
thought I should have," he said.
Rhodes worked as an assistant coach
at Florida when Russ was a player. When
Rhodes got the job in Jacksonville, Brown
jumped at the chance to help him. He stated-
he had to do everything to coach at UNF. He
had to do grounds crew work and mainte-


nance, recruit, and coach both hitters and
pitchers. He said all of the players that came
to UNF in 1988 had been overlooked by the
larger universities. "They worked their tails
off to achieve what they did. That's why I
think it was such a big deal."
Brown also worked several years as
an administrator for Okeechobee County
Schools. He is currently the principal at Pe-
mayetv Emahakv at the Brighton Seminole
Indian Reservation.


OHS baseball team defeats Fort Pierce


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was a good start to the second half
of the season as Okeechobee High School
boys baseball came back from Spring
Break with a 7-1 win on Tuesday at Fort
Pierce Central.
It was the first time Okeechobee has
played at the new Cobra campus and the
first visit was memorable. Adam Tewks-
bury and Mark Weir hit homeruns as
Okeechobee (10-4) moved one step closer
to a regular season district title in 14-4A.
"It was a great day for us. I'm pretty
excited about it," Brahman Coach Dylan
Tedders said, "Fort Pierce was better than
the score indicated. I think they're a team


nobody will want to play later, they are a
scrappy bunch."
Jonathan Crawford was lights out on
the mound as he struck out 14 Cobras and
allowed just three hits, and four walks. His
pitches were around 90 miles per hour all
day long and one pitch hit 93.
"It was a great day for him. It was the
first time we've scored runs for him and
when we hit, we pounded the ball," Ted-
ders added.
Okeechobee had nine hits and six'of
them were for extra bases. It was also a
windy day as the wind blew in from right
field. Okeechobee's homeruns came on
hard hit balls or line drives over the left field
fence.
Tewksbury hit a solo shot in the sec-


ond and Weir added a two run shot in the
fifth. The big inning was the third where
Okeechobee put four runs across the
plate.
Aaron Suarez earned praise for three
sacrifice buints. Drew Selvey had a double
for the Brahmans, (10-4). Fort Pierce fell to
(9-8) on the year and (8-4) in district play.
Tedders said some of his older players
have taken his directions to heart in the
past few weeks. He suggested they needed
to improve their performance or face the
prospect of losing playing time to younger
players.
. Okeechobee played at Westwood on
Wednesday. The boys travel to Vero Beach
on Friday before they return home to host
Island Coast on Saturday at 2 p.m.


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LEGAL NOTICE
Galaxy Warehouses, 3050 S.W.
3rd Terrace, Okeechobee, FL, will
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NAME UNIT#
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MARTY McCORMICK 77
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PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN
L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN
RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORI-
DA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY,
APRIL 20, 2010, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD
ROOM OF THE BEN L BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN
CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596.
ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSID-
ERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR
PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE
MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS
BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY
PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
350422 ON 4/9/10

NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD /
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Okeechobee County Planning Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals will hold their next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 27
2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County
Health Departmnent Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. In
the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
AT PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the
Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made and that the record- includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the epart-
ment
William D. Royce, Planning Director
350912 ON 4/9/10

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County
Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:00
p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Deart-
ment Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a
Special Excepton to allow an outdoor gun dub; outdoor shooting, rifle or
target range in an Agricultural (A) zoning district. The property owner is
Pylls Holly. The applicant is Jack Little. The property address s 6341 NE
96th Avenue and is more particularly described as follows:
THE NORTH 40 ACRES OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCEL OF LAND
THE NORTH 160 ACRES OF THE NORTH 244.38 ACRES OF THE EAST ONE
HALF (E 1/2) OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST,
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
TOGETHER WITH A NON EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS, EGRESS
AND UTILITIES OVER AND ACROSS THE EAST 70 FEET OF THE EAST 1/2
OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, LYING SOUTH
OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in
the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by
the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting or hearing wil need to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
ment
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2010-0703
350908 ON 4/9/10


NOTICE
The Affordable Housing Advisory
Committee of Okeechobee County
has scheduled its next regular ses-
sion for Tuesday, April 13, 2010,
at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of
County Commissioners meeting
chambers at the Health Depart-
ment located at 1728 NW 9th Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida.
A person deciding to appeal any
decision made by the Committee
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at such meeting will need a
record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she
may need to ensure that a verba-
tim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
Stephany DOPree
Affordable Housing Advisory
Committee Facilitator
350998 ON 4/9/10
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on APRIL 27,
2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Flori-
da Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing
and storage charges. Year, make,
model and VIN are as follows.
2002 FORD MUSTANG
VIN# 3S3TX92V42414134
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
350896 ON 04/09/10


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast Re-
gion 21> and the Treasure Coast
Workforce Consortium announces
a meeting of the Executive Com-
mittee to which all persons are in-
vited:
Date& Time: Friday,
April 16, 2010 8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St Lude, Florida 34986
PURPOESE To discuss matters
concerning the Workforce Invest-
ment Act, American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA,
Federal Stimulus Funding), Work-
force Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program,
One-Stop Career Centers, and the
Workforce Development Board -
DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy
of the agenda may be obtained by
contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced
meeting, they will need to ensure
a verbatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record in-
dudes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in
order to provide a record for judi-
dal review.
350892 ON 4/9/10


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County
Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:00
p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment Auditorium; 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a
Special Exception to allow mini warehouse self-storage units and to allow
the outdoor storage of recreational vehicles, travel trailers, boats and the
like within a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owners are Robert
Shatter and Seacoast National Bank. The applicant is Robert Shaffer. The
property address is 4299 Highway 441 South and is more particularly de-
scribed as follows:
THAT PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF NE 1/4 OF SE 1/4 OF SECTION 33,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, LYING WEST OF THE WEST
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF PARROTT AVENUE (U.S. 441), LESS AND EX-
CEPTTHE WEST 15 FEET THEREOF.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. In
the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person dedding to appeal any dedsion by
the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development
tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
ment
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2010-0702
350909 ON 4/9/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Coundl of the City of Okeechobee, Flori-
da will on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter pos-
sible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: 1062: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA AMENDING CODE OF ORDINANCES SECTIONS
14-175 THEREOF; SETTING HOURS OF OPERATIONS FOR POOL OR
BILLIARD PARLORS, GAME ROOMS, AMUSEMENT PARLORS; PER-
MITTING SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES;
PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A y of the agenda may be obtained from the City webste www.dtyfo-
keechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. A copy
of the entire appllcaton(s) is available at the City Clerk's Office during regu-
lar business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to ap-
peal any decision made by the City Councl with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the department
In accordance with he Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Administraton Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
351030 ON 4/9/10

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flori-
da will on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter pos-
sible, at City Hal, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC
HEARING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordi-
nance into law: 1060: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHO-
BEE, FLOIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF
OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN, FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE
FAMILY-ONE (RSF-1) TO LIGHT COMMERCIAL (CLT) ZONING DIS-
TRICT; AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVIDING
FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 10-001-R, submitted by
property owner, D & A Properties, Inc. Anita Nunez, President, to change
the zoning district from RSF-1 to CLT, for property located at 310 NE 7th
Street, Legal Description: Lots 1 to 5 of Block 147, City of Okeechobee, as
recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida and is approximately 0.84 acre(s).
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.dtyofo-
keechobee.com, or contact Administration, (863) 763-3372 x 212. A copy
of the entire applications) is available at the City Clerks Office during regu-
lar business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to ap-
peal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record indudes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. City Clerk media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per-
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the Administration Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
351032 ON 4/9/10

LEGAL NOTICE
OKEE WAREHOUSE, 2671 HIGHWAY 70 WEST, OKEECHOBEE, FL, WILL BE
CONDUCTING A PUBLIC SALE OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF CONTENTS OF
THE FOLLOWING UNITS TO SATISFY THE DELINQUENT STORAGE LIEN.
THIS AD PLACED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTES 1985, SEC-
TION 83.806.
NAME UNIT#
JIM MORRISON 1-15
LOUIS GOPHER 3-07
JOSEPHINE NAVEJAR 7-07
'LAWANDA O'BANNON 7-08
SANDRA VENTERS 7-42
TONYA ARNOLD 7-56
USA HERSH 8-43
DISPOSITION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS ON SATURDAY,
APRIL 17th, 2010 at 9:00 AM. ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDE MISCELLANEOUS
HOUSEHOLD, OFFICE, TOYS & TOOLS. OPEN DOOR SALE, CASH OR
CREDIT CARD ONLY. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION YOU MAY CALL
863) 763-5044.
0992 ON 4/9,16/10


Taylor Creek lock closed


The S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek
in Okeechobee will be closed April 9 while
the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) conducts an inspection of the
concrete near the gates of the lock facility.
The inspection is part of a planning
process for the refurbishment of the S-193
navigation lock. Due to the location of the
inspection, just outside of lock gates on both
the Taylor Creek and Lake Okeechobee sides
of the structure, it will not be possible to al-
low boat traffic to pass on these days.
Normal operation of the S-193 navigation


lock at Taylor Creek will resume on Saturday,
April 10, from 5:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. and
will operate during these hours until April 30.
Beginning on May 1, navigation lock hours
will be from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.
Navigation locks on Lake Okeechobee
allow boats to pass through the Herbert
Hoover Dike into the lake while maintaining
flood protection for homeowners living up-
stream of the lock.
For more information, please call the
Okeechobee Service Center at (863) 462-
5260.


Crossword Puzzle

Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ACROSS
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5 Golden Arches
pork sandwich
10 Tip-top
14 2000s sitcom set
in Texas
15 Tabriz resident
16 Three-sided sails
17 Yankee
nickname
18 Powerball, for
one
19 Sighed line
20 Journalists with
specialties
23 Sweden's
neighbor across
the Baltic
24 Holiday number
25 Was holding
28 Fabric store
amts.
29 IRS employee
31 Split
33 Washington
Irving title setting
36 Sea predator
39 Riviere contents
40 Chooser's first
word
41 Dessert topping
46 Spendable salary
47 Bouncers check
them
48 Sign of a smash
51 For instance
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55 Sea surrounding
Lemnos
57 Title place you
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from," in a 1964
Jan & Dean hit
60 Show some
muscle
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63 Elderly
64 Stereotypical
thug voice
65 Damaged layer
66 Bath residue
67 Beatle bride
68 Nero at the piano
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that once
featured "Spy vs.
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reading
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field, briefly
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11 Sedimentary fuel
source
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and Thunder
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part
21 Muscat moolah
22 Cockney greeting
26 Mary Kay rival
27 Damp at dawn
30 Annoyed, with
"off"
32 Type of sch.
33 Seven-time NFL
Pro Bowler
Warren
34 Ore.'s ocean
35 Cosmonaut


36 Just bought
37 Flightless bird
38 Local news
department
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43 Bit of ocular
irrigation
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45 "Just _!"
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bandleader
Mendes


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59 Musical
inspired by
Fellini's "8/2"
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skillet
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Okeechobee Sports Network --


Featured team: Okeechobee High School Varsity Soccer


OHS Varsity Soccer team looking good for 2010-11
Back in 1989 when freshman Lonnie I think we'll be just as good next year, if not Leon and Hector Torres; and freshman Ser- bee Sports Network. For information, co
;ears moved from Texas to Okeechobee, better, because our underclassmen got a lot gio Vargas. tact Renee Hawley by email at rhawley
here was good news and bad news. The of good experience and we've got another Sears' assistance coaches are Mark Eng- communitysportsdesk.com or call 1-88
good news was that Okeechobee High good crop of freshmen coming in." lish, Omar Guerrero, Brian King and David 853-7904, ext. 323. To view the Okeech
school was just beginning a boys soc- Among the team's standouts in 2009- Suarez, and his managers are Rosendo Ca- bee Sports Network online, go to wwi
:er program. The bad news was 10 were junior Javier Garcia, who brera, Marlin Macedo and Basiliso Ruiz. newszap.com, click on "Okeechobee" ai
hat he and one other student was named Honorable Mention Want your team profiled? Sign up for then click on the "Sports" tab in the upp
vere the only players on the .' All-State; sophomore goalie Se- a free team web page on the Okeecho- right of the screen.


team with any soccer experi- /
ence.
"I had played soccer in
Texas, but almost nobody else
here had ever played, so we
did not win many games for a
while," Sears said.
In fact, the program did not have a
winning season until Sears became an assis-
tant coach. In two of his four years as an as-
sistant, the Brahmans advanced all the way
to the regional finals. Sears has now been
the head varsity coach for six years. The boys
soccer season runs from early November
through late January, followed by the district
tournament. The 2009-10 team compiled a
13-8 record, was runner-up in district play
and advanced to the regionals.
"We had a very young team this year,"
Sears said. "Only three of our starters were
seniors. Talent-wise, we're as good as ever.


rafin Espinoza, whose natural
position is forward; and center
midfielders Hunter Pritchard
and Diego Rodriguez (both
S freshmen), and sophomore Er-
ick Garcia.
"Straight up the middle of our
field, that's our strength," Sears said.
"The middle of our field is stout."
Some of Sears' players sometimes travel
to compete with club teams in Fort Lauder-
dale and Port Lucie.
"If you don't play club soccer, not many
colleges will be looking at you," Sears said.
The 2009-10 roster also included se-
niors Roger Duque, Daniel Flores, Oscar
Garcia, Eddie Guerrero, Ricardo Herrera,
Adrian Leon and Chris Spruill; juniors Arturo
Dominguez, Mauro Dominguez, Gustavo
Garcia and Cristhian Toribio; sophomores
Carlos Contreras, Marcos Fonseca, Augustin


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Special to the Okeechobee News
The OHS Varsity Soccer program has come a long way since 1989.


Okeechobee's Finest Restaurant & Watering Hole


Appetlaers
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Hammerhead's S1gnature Soum


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Chicken Wings Tortilla Soup
Souis m Salads Sandwichet Seafood


Steabs and Hammerhead Specialties
Fillet of Flounder Oshar
Mahi mahi
Atlantic and Gulf Grouper

863-357-4745
Located on Taylor Creek
202 NE 7th Ave. & Hwy 70


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Fired up


Special to the Okeechobee News/Jo O'Mallan

New champs
Men's Flag Football Champs sponsored by Lunkers Sports Bar. The team
finished the season 13-1 to defend their championship title once again. In the
bottom row from left to right are: Brad Gibson, Jimmy Mills, Harry Tewksbury,
Lee Coker, Donnie Ray Yates. in the top row from left to right are: Tony De-
Carlo, Bobby Steiert, Gene Thomas, Robert Coleman, Brandon Storey, Travis
Conrad, Heath Whipple. Not pictured is: Cody Storey.


Okeechobee News


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