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Vol. 101 No. 44 Sunday, April 11, 201 GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Appeals court forced judge to release ooy

12-year-old, accused of
molesting younger boys, in
parents' custody until trial
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Even though Okeechobee County Judge
Jerald Bryant had to release an accused

child molester, who is only 12 years old, par-
ents and their children in the Crooked Creek
neighborhood are "terrified."
"My child didn't even go to school today
(Friday, April 9). He's petrified!" exclaimed
the mother of an 11 year old boy. "'He said,
'mommy, please let me have a knife. He's
going to come after us.'"
"He" is Ryan Jonathan Nielson, N.E.
122nd Drive, who was arrested Dec. 16,

2009, and charged with seven counts of
sexual battery and six counts of lewd and
lascivious molestation. An arrest report by
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
Detective Rosemary Farless states that the
victims are boys between 8 and 11 years of
Nielson has been held in the St. Lucie
Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fort
Pierce since his arrest. He was finally re-

leased by Judge Bryant on Thursday, April
Nielson's Fort Pierce attorney Jonathan
Jay Kirschner had filed petitions with the
Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA) ask-
ing that his client be released from deten-
tion. The appeals court ruled in his favor and
issued a mandate that Judge Bryant release
See COURT- Page 8

A'God thing': Church sponsors mission tri to Haiti
By Pete Gawda In the past they had always held women's .,
Okeechobee News conferences. This time Mrs. Smith realized. -
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mission trip to Haiti. This year's activities
were expanded to include earthquake relief.
With the exception of 2006, when an upris-
ing in the country cancelled the trip, Mrs.
Smith has been making short trips to Haiti
every year since 2004.
This year's two and a half week trip to
Bayonnais, in the northern part of the coun-
try, to support the work of International
Christian Development Mission, Inc. was
originally scheduled for January. However,
because of the earthquake, it was delayed
two months until after commercial flights
While the devastation was horrendous,
Mr. Smith said it enlarged their possibilities.
The delay allowed the missionary group
to organize for relief work as refugees from
Port au Prince were flocking to Bayonnais,

ences to minister to families that were hurt-
ing and displaced.
During the two month delay, the number
of volunteers for the trip doubled and con-
tributions increased. Besides Mrs. Smith,
her husband, Phil and Lucretia Brown from
Brighton Baptist Church, the group con-
sisted of Marlene Whitlock, a winter visitor
to Okeechobee and 12 other people from
Florida and other parts of the country. The
volunteers included doctors and nurses.
The group collected $9,000 for the trip. Of
that total, $6,000 came from Brighton Bap-
tist Church.
"They are behind us 100 percent,' Mrs.
Smith said of the church. "They gave out of
their heart."
See HAITI Page 13

Special to the Okeechobee News
A mass wedding service was one of the highlights of the March 15-31 mission
trip to Haiti which Brighton Baptist Church helped sponsor.

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Juries find men guilty in separate trials

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two men are facing the possibility of spend-
ing the rest of their lives in prison after being
found guilty in two different trial cases.
Timothy Lewis McLaughlin, 42, was found
guilty Wednesday, April 7, on two counts of
lewd and lascivious molestation on a child
under 12 years of age. According to Assistant
State Attorney Ashley Albright, McLaughlin
will be sentenced May 17 at 9 a.m.
"The state will be asking for two consecu-
tive life sentences," said Mr. Albright.
McLaughlin was arrested March 19, 2008,
by Detective Ted Van Deman of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) for mo-
lesting two girls-ages 8 and 11.
According to the detective's arrest report,
McLaughlin forced the girls to touch him and
threatened to "kill" the girls and their "mom-
my" if they said anything.
Mr. Albright said one charge of sexual bat-
tery against McLaughlin was dismissed, and
the jury found him innocent on a second sex-
ual battery charge.
"It could have gone either way," he said of
the jury's finding on that charge. "It didn't sur-
prise me."
In a second jury trial, Joel Jeremiah Ibanez
was found guilty April 8 of armed burglary
of a dwelling with battery
and conspiracy to commit
armed burglary.
Assistant State Attorney
Stephanie Tew said she will
also be seeking a maximum
,penalty of life in prison when
Ibanez is sentenced Monday,
May 17, at 1:30 p.m.
Ms. Tew said even though
there is some gang involve- Joel Jeremiah
ment in this case, she didn't Ibanez
believe that the incident was

gang related. And, because of that, she won't
be seeking increased penalties.
"Because it is a life felony, we don't need
to use gang enhancements," she explained.
"But, we will use that in our recommendation
to the court (at sentencing)." -
She said the all-female jury took 30 min-
utes to arrive at their decision.
Ibanez, 21, of Lake Placid, was arrested
Nov. 30, 2008, accused of striking and rob-
bing an 82-year-old man in his N.W. 47th Ter-
race home. Also arrested were Schvail Eric
Knowles, now 23, and Samantha Ann O'Hara,
who was 15 at the time.
Ibanez and Knowles were both charged
with the break in.
An arrest report by OCSO Deputy Joseph
Hall stated that one of the men grabbed the
victim "in a bear hug," demanded money then
threw him to the floor-causing him to hit his
Deputy Hall stated in his report that the
men were armed with a .22 caliber revolver.
When the trio was later arrested, deputies
found 10, .410-gauge shotgun shells in their
white Lincoln Town Car.
O'Hara was the "getaway driver" and did
not take an active part in the break in.
At trial, Ms. Tew said Knowles testified that
he made Ibanez help him by threatening him
with a gun. However, O'Hara testified that they
all went there to commit the robbery, added
the prosecutor.
Knowles, also of Lake Placid, was con-
victed of burglary of a dwelling with assault or
battery while armed and conspiracy to commit
burglary with assault or battery while armed.
Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger on Jan. 7,
2010, sentenced.Knowles to 10 years in prison
on each charge.
Those sentences are to run concurrently.
Judge Belanger will also be sentencing
Ibanez and McLaughlin.

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'Steps' in the schools
I agree with the steps and signing of the
agendas. And if there are teachers who are
not checking the agendas every day like us
parents are then those parents should go to
that school and visit the principal immedi-
ately! That teacher should be reprimanded.
That is their duty! There may be something
very important in that agenda. As far as the
steps, they are there to teach discipline and
they are only minor. What's the big deal? It's
just getting starting teaching your children
right from wrong when they are away from
home. My daughter is petrified of the steps,
but not in a bad way-only because she
hates to disappoint her teacher. Some of you
parents should be more appreciative of the
teachers. For those teachers who aren't do-
ing their job, go to the principle! Handle the
situation immediately!
When I went to school, you were told
to sit at your desks facing forward, feet
on the floor, hands on the desk. You were
not allowed to talk to your neighbor. You
obeyed everything the teacher said and told
you to do. You did not question them. They
were the adult and you respected them
because that was the way you had been
taught at home. We walked in straight lines
everywhere we went with no talking or fool-
ing around. Lunch was eaten without talk-
ing. Recess was for socializing and playing
around. If you did not behave, you went to
the principal's office and this was something
that scared you half to death because you
knew if you had misbehaved in school you
would be punished when you got home.
What ever happened with raising your chil-
dren to respect people and obey the rules?
Because there are teachers in the
school system that should not be there and
because there are kids who thinks it's OK to
disrupt the class makes me really glad that
my grand kids are home schooled! They do
the socializing when playing with neighbor-
hood friends or during sports. That is plenty
of time for them to learn to be social.

Judge releases boy accused
of molesting other children
As of today the judge has decided to
release the 12 year old who was accused
of molesting younger boys from juvenile
detention. Pray for the victims and families
who have to live in the neighborhood and
community with this child. Parents hold
your children tight and watch them closely
you never know how sick some people re-
ally are even playmates and friends. From
what I know the trial has not even been set
for this case and the defense is dragging it
out. This is our justice system!!
Whatever happened to innocent until
proven guilty?
It seems obvious to me that a child who
is reportedly abusing other children was like-
ly abused himself, perhaps for many years.
This type of behavior does not result from
watching TV or the internet. That does not
excuse the crimes. If he is guilty, he needs to
be sent somewhere for a lot of therapy.
I think it is a shame that our judicial
system is more interested in the rights of
the accused than in the rights and safety of
the victims. My prayers are with the victims
and their families. These kids were terrified
to report the abuse. They were assured they
would be protected. They can't even feel
safe in their own neighborhood.

Senate Bill
It looks like the Republicans are deter-
mined to push through Senate Bill 6, which
would take away the teachers right to col-
lective bargaining, take away the teachers'
tenure, put all teachers on annual contract
and make teachers' pay dependent on the
students' test scores. This is just wrong. It is
going to hurt the children because the best
and most dedicated teachers will leave the
state and take jobs where they are more ap-
preciated. Contact the governor and tell him
if he wants your vote in the next election, he
needs to VETO that bill.
Making teachers' pay dependent on
their students' test scores is going to cause
some teachers to look for ways to help their
students cheat. It already happened due
to the pressure of FCAT. This is just going
to make it worse. Honest teachers whose
students don't do well on the tests will be
punished. Dishonest teachers who can find
ways to cheat will get raises.


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'Remember Bobbi'
As I sit here alone and quiet, everything
has silenced. My life has turned so empty so
suddenly as such a peak of happiness.
My eyes are always full, my heart feels
so empty. My anger torments me. I hope
as time passes her memories still grow. Her
kindness spreads.
Remember her happiness at Golden
Corral, the job she called her work family.
She looked forward to her customers. She
knew if they seemed down. She'd get them
what she called a "pick-me-up card." She'd
say everyone needs a pick-me-up from time
to time. I hurt so bad. No pick-me-up will
When he did this to her it was during the
peak happiness. 30 days after our daughter's
birthday, 18 days after our son Eric's birth-
day. 18 days after his birthday he found his
mother like this. 11 days after his daughter's
first birthday, 7 days after our son Eric and
daughter in law, Ashley's anniversary, 4 days
after our grandson's birthday, 7 days before
Lila's birthday (born during her funeral), 14
days before Ed, our son's birthday, 22 days
before our daughter and son-in-law's anni-
As I wait for justice in all of this, I re-live
this every day. It cannot be avoided, we were
together for 31 years. Now, I am so alone. My
passenger seat is empty, as I walk up to the
store, my reflection in their door, I see myself
walk alone. As I sit at a restaurant, I look at
the empty seat in front of me. My hand she
always held, she's not there to embrace it.
I have my sunglasses with me all the time.
I never know what I will see that will make
me cry. "Freckles, red hair, someone's voice,
a laugh in the distance. These things will re-
mind me of her.
She wasn't given the opportunity of a
judge or jury, medical care, a bed, phone
calls and visitation. She was given a death
penalty for being guilty of being neighborly,
kind, caring, friendly, earning a living, work-
ing for her money. I was given a life sen-
tence, our kids and grandbabies were given
life sentences. Her many friends all given
life sentences. No judge, no jury. No sit and
wait, eat and sleep, all at his decision.
On that bench at Golden Corral, I painted
her name on it. After work every night, she'd
sit on that bench and unwind, sometimes
for 40-45 minutes. She'd say as I'd be there
to pick her up, "Hi honey, just a minute, I
have to sit a minute." She'd sit with some
co-workers and we'd all talk. When she'd be
ready, she'd say, "Hori, help me up." She'd
get up laughing all stiff and hurting. But
laughing and smiling!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Please remember Bobbi remember her
smile, a pick-me-up card or gift. Remember
her neighborly kindness, her red hair and
her freckles. Give someone a pick-me-up
card from time to time.
Thank you all for such prayers and help
to our family.
Eric Christensen, "Bobbi's Honey"
I love you my Roberta!

Thanks Raulerson
Recently, I spent a good part of six days
in Raulerson Hospital. Dr. Shakoor had me
admitted with pneumonia. The care that I
received while hospitalized was excellent.
Raulerson's nurses aides, respiratory
therapists, the labs phlebotomists, dietary
service, even the men and women cleaning
my room did a super job.
Raulerson provides a nutritious select
food menu which I enjoyed ordering my
meals from.
Okeechobee has one fine hospital.
Sincerely, Helen Dungee

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Today: A 40 percent chance of show-
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wind between 5 and 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 61. East northeast wind between 5
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Extended Forecast
Monday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. East
northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
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Letter to the editor

Reflections from the pulpit

By Rev. Tommaso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Why is it the church, the body of Christ
does not care? We see people hurting every
day because the love of Christ is not in them
or the hurts of life crush them. Abuses go on
every day and the body of Christ seems not
to care al all. We are so caught up in our
lives that we do not care a thing about the
lives around us that are hurting. I am dumb-
founded that the body of Christ is not being
the body of Christ. If that were not enough,
the body of Christ seems downright mean
and judgmental. I know that that seems hard,
but I believe if the body of Christ can throw
such judgment to people who live in sin and
condemn to Hell then they are not believers.
Why do I say that? We are never told to judge
people but to judge actions, but what do we
do? We play God. We throw the baby out with
the bath water. When families used to bathe
they would use the same bathwater. When it
came to the baby and you dropped it in the
water you could lose the baby because of the
water's murkiness. We do this with people.
"If judgment looms under every steeple, If
lofty glances from lofty people, Can't see past
her scarlet letter, And we've never even met
her." -from the song "Does Anybody Hear
her?" by Casting Crowns.
We are sometimes the most unloving peo-
ple, granted many who are judgmental may
not be true believers, but look at the criticism

of the world about the church. The church is
not being the hands and feet of Christ, in fact
we are called hypocrites and liars. This should
not be.
So, how are we as a body to live in this
world? "And walk in love, as Christ also hath
loved us, and hath given himself for us an of-
fering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmell-
ing savour." (Ephesians 5:2) We are to walk
in love. Why are we to walk in love? Christ
has loved us. He chose to come and take our
place and take our punishment.
He came because: "For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
He came in order for the world to be saved,
the Son had to die, and Jesus willingly came
to die. God did not force Jesus to come and
die. Jesus tells the leaders of the Jews that the
Father God in heaven loves him and that He
willingly laid down His life and He has pow-
er to take it up again. No man, not even the
Jews, the Romans or Pilate himself took the
life of Christ, but out of the great love of the
Father and of the Son He took our place and
showed us grace we did not deserve in order
to receive what was not deserved instead of
getting what we did deserve, Hell. This is the
love we are supposed to mimic. Our sin was
so evil in God's sight that he had to have an-
other take our place because it meant death.
When Christ took our stead and died, the Fa-
ther did something awesome.

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National Public Works Weeks
At the Tuesday, April 6, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council Mayor
James Kirk, right, proclaimed the week of May 16-22 to be National Public
Works Week in the city. The mayor presented City of Okeechobee Public
Works Director Donnie Robertson, left, with the proclamation.

"He raised Jesus from the grave as a public
declaration that His death was accepted, the
punishment for sin was paid, the demands of
justice were satisfied, and God's wrath was
appeased."- Paul David Washer.
How do we walk in this kind of love?
We must have the mind of Christ. Philip-
pians asks if there is any encouragement in
being united with Christ. Can you be encour-
aged in your relationship with Christ? If there
is any encouragement to be found in Christ's
love for you and your love for Him, can you
be encouraged by this love? If there is any fel-
lowship produced by the third person of the
trinity, can you fellowship through His Spirit?
Is there affection and mercy in Christ? Paul as-
sumed yes. If these things are true we should
be like-minded with the same love. What
love? The love of Jesus, the unconditional
love Jesus showed man when he stepped off
his throne to dwell among us. Born as a babe,
lived a sinless life, died on the cross and raised
from the dead. He did that because He loved
you. So we need to love one another.
"By this all will know that you are My disci-
ples, if you have love for one another." (John

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

The Heritage
One of Okeechobee's oldest citizens
Mable Williamson, center, 102, pres-
ents a check to Deanna Hardin, left,
and Penny Revels, right, winners of
the contest to pick a suitable name
for a new assisted living center that
will be opening by the end of June.
Dr. Saeed Khan, part of the corpora-
tion made up of healthcare profes-
sionals that will build and run the
assisted living center, said that out
of over 200 entries, the two winners
picked the same name "Heritage."
Dr. Khan said that name was select-
ed because it reflects Okeechobee's
heritage of agriculture, the lake and
the Kissimmee River. The $2 million,
11,000 square foot, two story facil-
ity located on N. E. Second Avenue
will have single and double rooms
as well as suites. Dr. Khan said that
after Dunklin Assisted Living Center
closed there was a need for a facility
for the functional elderly. He said that
families were being split up because
the functional elderly had to go to fa-
cilities on the coast. "Family is very
important," Dr. Khan said. "It's about
giving back," the doctor added of his
project. "Okeechobee has been very
good to me." He said he was using
local contractors in the construction
process to help the local economy.

If you say you love Christ and have no de-
sire to see people trust Him and don't have a
burden for the lost then you may not know
Christ. We should have a burden for those
without Christ to trust Him. If I say I love Je-
sus and love not those He loves then there is
something drastically wrong with what I am
claiming. If I ever begin to preach a gospel
that is no gospel at all then I do not love you
and if you ever preach a gospel that is not the
gospel then neither do you love others. There
are many that will not endure sound doctrine,
but even so we need to teach it anyway be-
cause Jesus loves them and so should you.
We need to walk in love and that means to
go against false teaching which misleads, be-
cause of your love for Christ. This may get you
hated, but we must walk in His love. Jesus
called the Pharisees white washed tombs, but
it was said in love in hopes that they would
repent. They were white washed tombs and
Christ desired for them to repent. We need to
walk in that kind of love.
The love God has expressed to us was real
love. We need to live in that real love. If you
think what God has done in Christ is not real
or that God is a mean God, it is because the
image of God you have is not real. God is just
and someone had to die so you could live.
That someone is Christ Jesus. It is finished
and those who do not trust Him though He
loves them, will be choosing Hell and Jesus
does not want that for them and neither do I.
The church does not seem to care, be-
cause most of the church is lost. There are a
lot of wolves who have sheep costumes on
and some put on a great show and when no
one is looking they eat the sheep.

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Spelling Bee
On Wednesday, April 7, we held our school wide spelling bee at South Elemen-
tary School. We are very proud of all the students who participated. They did an
outstanding job representing their classes. The best spellers on this day were:
First place-Cristian Rios, Second place-Donnie Watson and Third place-Bailie
Shurley. These students will represent our school at the district spelling bee on
April 23. Congratulations!

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Okeechobee News

April 11,2010

Community Events

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.

Masonic Lodge hosts 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 Headstart on 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.

OHS to host Career Fair on
Wednesday, April 14
Okeechobee High School Career Center
is sponsoring an occupational awareness
(Career Fair) program for llth 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 for busi-
nesses to meet potential part-time as well as
full-time employees upon graduation. If in-
terested, 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 available 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 you or your business, is interested in
participating in the Career Fair, please call
Bill R. Black at 863-462-5025 ext. *3113 or
email at blackb@okee.kl2.fl.us.

Chamber lunch planned for
Wednesday at Golden Corral
The Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce will meet for lunch at the Golden Cor-
ral on Wednesday, April 14, at noon. The
Okeechobee High School SWAT (Students
Working Against Tobacco) members will be
the guest speakers. All chamber members
and those interested in joining the chamber
are welcome.

Kindergarten registration to
begin next week
The Okeechobee County School Board
will be holding kindergarten registration:
April 14, North Elementary 863-462-
April 15, Everglades Elementary 863-
April 16, Central Elementary 863-462-
April 19, Seminole Elementary 863-

April 20, South Elementary 863-462-
If your child will be 5 years old on or be-
fore Sept. 1, 2010, gathering the following
information required by law to enter public
school including: Legal proof of birth date;
Up-to-date immunization record; health
exam record that has been completed by
a physician since Sept. 1, 2009 and proof
of residence ( Contact the school that your
childv'ill attend to schedule an appointment
for kindergarten registration. For more infor-
mation, call t 863-462-5000, ext 260.



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selor and director of Client Services and Lisa Lumpkin, executive director,
both from the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee and Jim Vensel, Kiwanis
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Scouts and 4-H team to meet goals

What do the local Boy Scouts and the
Rough Riders 4-H Club have in common?
Community service! On March 27, the two
groups combined their efforts to achieve
three goals, provide horse rides in the park
for the YMCA fundraiser, teach horseman-
ship skills to Cub Scouts and celebrate 100
years of their organization's being in exis-
The Boy Scout Troop # 955 with Scout
Master Kurt Jansen, with guidance from
4-H parents Lynn Rosa and Glenn Messmer
provided horse rides in Flagler Park to raise
funds and awareness for the proposed YMCA
to be built in Okeechobee. Wagon Wheel
Horse Farm provided the horses. Okeecho-
bee's newest Eagle Scouts Ethan Kersey and
Reid Otersen along with fellow Scouts Matt
Saucier, and James Marquis of the Big Lake
District lead over 150 rides for attendees in
the four hour event.
On the same day two members of the
4-H Club, Rough Riders, The Next Genera-
tion traveled with Wagon Wheel Horse Farm
owner, Michelle Harper to Camp Tanah Kee-
ta Reservation in Jupiter and taught basic
horsemanship skills to 110 Cub Scouts. The

skills were a part of the required knowledge
to gain the Belt Loop or Pin in Horsemanship
in the Sailfish District's Belt Loop Bonanza.
Rough Rider members Sierra Coward and
Amanda Messmer along with Ms. Harper
taught 10 Cub Scouts each one hours worth
of horsemanship skills and provided each
boy the opportunity to demonstrate their
new knowledge and ride the horses. This
process was repeated until 110 Scouts at-
tained their required skills.
The Boy Scouts of America and the 4-H
Organizations have both been in existence
for 100 years. The two organizations have
many similar goals: Leadership, Education,
Community Service, Team Building, Com-
munication and many other quality goals for
the youth involved. Horsemanship is also a
shared skill that both organizations teach.
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the boy.
The DCA mandate directs "... the trial
court to immediately conduct a hearing to
consider the need for continued detention,
apart from the need for a further continu-
That hearing was held Thursday.
This means that even though Mr. Kirsch-
ner has told Judge Bryant and Assistant State
Attorney Ashley Albright that he is not ready
for trial and seeks yet another continuance,
Nielson can no longer be held in detention
simply because the defense is not ready for
At a February hearing on the case, Mr.
Albright told Judge Bryant that the state is
ready for trial.
Because the case is still active and Niel-

son's trial is pending,
Judge Bryant could not
comment when contact-
ed by telephone.
In releasing Nielson to
his parents, Judge Bryant .
did issue some stipula-
tions: Nielson is confined
to his parents' home un-
less he is in the immedi- Ryan
ate company of one of his Nielson
parents or an approved
adult; he must remain under constant adult
supervision by a parent or approved adult;
he cannot go into the front yard of his home;
he can have no contact of any kind with any
of the named victims in the case, or their sib-
lings; he cannot come within 100 feet of any
of the named victims, or their siblings; and,
his parents must make "a good faith effort"
to enroll their son in a home-bound school
And while Nielson cannot go into his front

yard, parents are still worried about the safe-
ty of their children because of a school bus
stop located in front of the Nielson home.
However, that fear will soon be allevi-
"That school bus stop will be changed,"
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Ken
Kenworthy said emphatically. "We (the
school district) have the right to distribute it
wherever we want."
Still, the children spend each day in a
shroud of fear, said the grandmother of an
8-year-old victim.
"These are innocent kids-that's the bot-
tom line," she said Friday. "How do I explain
to my 8 year old why the judge let this bad
boy out. We're at a loss for words.
"They've given stipulations to this child,
but they never worked before. He.wandered
the neighborhood all the time," she said,
adding that it wasn't unusual for Nielson to
show up at a neighbor's home late in the

"It was nothing for him to appear at your
door at 9:30 at night," she added. "He's go-
ing to be right back in that neighborhood
and have the same set of parents. These
children shouldn't even have to see this kid
again. I think he's a dangerous person."
The mother of the 11 year old agreed.
"Nielson threw my boy to the ground
and tried to hold him down. He told my boy
what he wanted him to do," said the mother.
"Nielson then threatened my son by saying
he was going to get me."
Fortunately, she added, her son was big
enough to escape the attack.
"These kids aren't safe-their little minds
can't take this," said the mother. "There's
not a neighborhood safe in this county as
long as he's free."
As provided by law, Judge Bryant will
hold another status review hearing on Niel-
son's case at 9 a.m. Monday, April 12.

Corps of Engineers continues pulse releases from lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jack-
sonville District began the second in a series
of three 13-day pulse releases from Lake
Okeechobee on April 9. Friday's lake Level,
14.75 feet NGVD, is 2.82 feet higher than a
year ago and 4.27 feet above the water level
two years ago.
The Corps is reducing the target flow to
the St. Lucie estuary through the St. Lucie
Lock and Dam (S-80) to half of that of the
previous release, and will not exceed 475
cubic feet per second (cfs). The target flow

to the west, which is measured at the W.P.
Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79), will continue
at the same rate as in the previous pulse re-
lease. Releases to the west will not exceed
an average flow of 2,200 cfs-over the 13-day
period. The target flows for the release that
begins tomorrow are much lower than the
maximum flows allowed by the 2008 Lake
Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS),
which are 1,800 cfs to the east and 4,000 cfs
to the west as measured at the Moore Haven
Lock (S-77).

"We are trying to keep releases to the es-
tuaries low, as requested, but we are becom-
ing increasingly concerned about this unsea-
sonably high lake level. Our ability to keep
releases low may only be temporary," said
Stu Appelbaum, Jacksonville District deputy
for Restoration Program Management. "We
strive to keep the lake between 12.5 and 15.5
feet; the high end of that range is set due to
concerns over possible erosion of the Her-
bert Hoover Dike. Given that we are entering
the wet season, we are uncomfortably close

to the high end of our management range.
All it takes is one big rain event and the lake
level can rise dramatically," he said.
The rate of release to the St. Lucie estu-
ary was reduced by half in an attempt to
reduce stress on that ecosystem. Salinity
ranges dropped significantly during the last
release, partly due to heavy local rainfall and
basin runoff. Input from South Florida Water
Management District ecologists and other
experts indicate that a reduction in releases
is needed.

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Anticipation High as Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Refinery

Opens for Business Tuesday in Okeechobee!

Been following the gold and silver
market lately? Well if you have a 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 necklaces or an old class ring"
says Miller.
Starting Tuesday at 9am and every day
this 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 this 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
Got Coin? It might be just the time to
cash in. This 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.
SGold 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, silver and platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome!

people say they are taking advantage of
selling direct to our refinery because of the
higher prices we pay".
During this special event 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

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 this 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 13lh-171h
WHERE. Holiday Inn Express
3101 Hwy 441 South
Okeechobee. FL 34974
9:00am 6:00pm
9.00am 4.00pm
SHOW INFO: 1217) 523-4225

Local Residents are
ready to cash in!
International antique buyers
in town this week and ready to
stimulate economy!
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 this week by the team of
antique buyers that is on site with OVGSR.
The team of buyers this 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 this 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.

Okeechobee Community Choir presents Easter Cantata
The Okeechobee Community Choir, consisting of 49 singers representing 17 area churches, presented their 1 Ith annual Easter Cantata Palm Sunday weekend at
the First United Methodist church. DVDs are available for order for $10 at 863-634-7714. Left to right, front row seated: Rose Brennan-More to Life; Nancy Tomhave-
KOA Community; Elsie Landers-First United Methodist; Joy Kidwell-Peace Lutheran; DJ Bryan-Freedom Ranch and Arleen Fanter-KQA Community. Second row
seated: Judy Martin-Okeechobee Nazarene; Marlene Burns-Okeechobee Presbyterian; Elaine Bauer-KOA Community; Melanie Mello-Visiting Churches; Becky
Fleeger-Okeechobee Presbyterian and Betsy Cheney-Okeechobee Presbyterian. First row standing: Sandy Perry (director)-Northside Baptist; Jane Frey-First
United Methodist; Faye Haverlock-Northside Baptist; Victoria Williams-Okeechobee Presbyterian; Albert Cauilan-Northside Baptist; Louise Dowling-First United
Methodist; Les Snider-First United Methodist and Doris Hansen-Peace Lutheran. Second row standing: Michael Hayes (accompanist)-Seventh-day Adventist;
Anton Silva-Northside Baptist; Nicolle Wood (singer & narrator)-Church of Our Saviour Episcopal; Wendy Donovan-St. Theresa's Catholic; Linda Winner-Sev-
enth-day Adventist; JoAnn Kane-Sacred Heart Catholic; George Clement-First United Methodist; Lister Goble-First United Methodist and Andy McKillop (poet)-
Northside Baptist. Third row standing: Kathryn Wilkinson-First United Methodist; Don Kovacs-First Baptist Basinger; Dave Fanter-KOA Community; Becky
Williamson-Dunklin Camp; Sue Kohlt-
farber-(singer and alto saxophone)
Seventh-day Adventist and Donna
SWilliams-First United Methodist.
t cool-Seventh-day Adventist; Dale
Bryant-Okeechobee Presbyterian;
Lonnie Kirsch-First United Method-
ist; Bob Hansen-Peace Lutheran;
Karyne Brass-First United Method-
.k ,ist; Ginger Lewis-Believer's Fellow-
ship, Norma Entry-Northside Baptist
and Alton Padgett (bass guitar)-
Northside Baptist. Back row: Calixto
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Elsie Ratliff-Peace Lutheran; Rahl
Wilkinson-First United Methodist;
S..John Sufficool-Seventh-day Adven-
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and Mike Zierden-Lake Josephine
First Baptist. Not pictured: Christine
Jones-First Baptist.
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Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School students including (left to right) Jacqueline Orean-
der, Maricela Bucio, Madisyn Hubbard, Logan Lipscomb, Joshua Rhoden
and (standing, from left to right) Peter Ng, James Howling, Dylan Abdel-
quader, Amparo Abrigo, dined on Domino's Pizza with Mrs. Bass and other
OMS faculty on the last school day before Spring Break. OMS takes pride in
recognizing students who are examples of good behavior and strong aca-
demic performance in the classrooms. This week's Students of the Week
have been doing just that. OMS is proud to recognize each of them for out-
standing work and behavior!

Special to the Okeechobee News/SES

Students of the Month
These high soaring Eagles were our Students of the Month for March at
South Elementary School. Congratulations to: Raena Garcia, Leodegario
Lopez, Blye Lutz, Piper Hans, Haley Joles, Alex Miller, Alyssa VaVra, Ash-
ley Bowers, Damian Stephens, Jenna Brown, Karla Romero Ortega, Kalyn
Hickman, Jalen Pryor, Dylan Smith, De'Nitrik Whittaker, Merydian Causier,
Savannah Longberry, Jared Phares, Daniel Arellano.

FWC considers restrictions on turkey hunts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) is considering a
rule proposal that would limit the methods
of take allowed during spring turkey hunts
on wildlife management areas (WMAs).
The proposal would restrict firearms to
shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns only,
using shot no larger than number 2. If FWC
Commissioners approve the rule, all rifles,
pistols, buckshot and slugs will be prohibit-
ed during spring turkey hunts on WMAs, be-
ginning with the 2011 spring turkey season.
However, all legal bows and crossbows
would still be allowed in taking spring tur-
keys, provided they have draw weights of at

least 35 pounds and shoot broadheads hav-
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under "Breaking News" to provide online
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Public lands, in many cases, have more
hunters per acre than private property. Also,
hunters are less likely to know the locations
of other hunters compared with those who
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NES students learn about hurricane preparedness

The North Elementary School Student
Council has just finished teaching the stu-
dent body about hurricane preparedness.
They started by giving 10 hurricane tips on
the morning announcements one day at a
time. Mr. Parker, representing The American
Red Cross and Mr. Faulkner, representing
The Office of Emergency Management, gave
a presentation to all the Student Council

Mr. Parker and Mr. Faulkner talking to
the students about the importance of
hurricane preparedness.

members on hurricane preparedness. We
enjoyed listening to these gentlemen and
learned a lot. Thanks Mr. Parker and Mr.
NES staff members hope that the students
of NES learned a lot about being prepared
for a hurricane and have shared these "tips"
with their families.
Through a $500 mini grant, funded by
The Rotary Club of Okeechobee, we were
able to purchase 17 Grab & Go Hurricane
kits. The names of all of the students that
attend NES were put in a box and then 17
names were drawn to get the following list
of winners.
Ryan Conner, Kindergarten; Carla
Carran,third Grade; Carlos Reynoso, kinder-
garten; Dylan Howell, third grade; Francisco
Gomez, kindergarten Brendaesia Byrd, third
grade; Jonathin Troendle, kindergarten;
Kira Crane, fourth grade; Kirsten Nunez,
first grade; Antonyia Thomas, fourth grade;
David Daniel, second grade; Kelsey Rimes,
fourth grade; Anthony Dionisio, second
grade; Justin Rowe, fourth grade; Jovanni
Espinoza, second grade; Edgar Luviano, fifth
grade; Briana Hight, second grade.

Congratulations to all of these students take this opportunity to thank the Rotary
and their families. Club of Okeechobee for sponsoring this
Mrs. Prescott and Mrs. Walker, sponsors mini grant entitled "Service Above Self."
of the NES Student Council, would like to

Special to the Okeechobee News/Humane Society Pet Rescue
Butler gets a home
After nearly a year, Butler the Walker Hound (right) was recently adopted! Being a
larger dog, he was somewhat difficult to place in a home. Before leaving the shel-
ter, this snap shot was taken when his friend Vickie (left) joined him in a final tail
and tongue wagging before parting ways. The sticking out of the tongues was not
staged, it's just two kids being silly. If you would like to adopt a pet from the Pet
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"Calvin and Ruth led they way," she said
of Pastor Calvin Fryar and his wife. "They
have sponsored two children."
Part of the donation from Brighton Bap-
tist Church came from an insurance settle-
ment resulting from 2004 hurricane damage
to the church. The check arrived this year,
after the Haitian earthquake.
"God is always on time," Mrs. Smith
The missionary team conducted a Vaca-
tion Bible School for 437 children, a family
conference, a medical clinic and helped with
construction work on the Center of Hope
which will provide a medical clinic, church
and school. On the two Sundays they were
there, they conducted Sunday School and
workshop service. The last Sunday's wor-
ship service included the baptism of three
converts in a river.
One of the highlights of the trip was a mass
wedding of seven couples. On last year's trip
Mrs. Smith caught the vision of such a ser-
vice. The missionary team brought wedding
dresses and suits with them for the occa-
sion. The amazing thing is that the clothing

they brought required no alterations.
"It's a God thing," said Mrs. Smith of the
fact that the wedding outfits fit perfectly.
"I can't stay away," Mrs. Smith replied
when asked why she kept going back to
Haiti. "We have a calling to do."
She plans to go back next year and com-
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Baptist Church, poses with her Hai-
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March 15 -31 mission trip to Haiti.

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northern Haiti last month. A group of volunteers, including three from Okeecho-
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Out of order
OMS Spelling Bee winners were unfortunately reported in the wrong order
for first and second place winners for 5th grade. OMS apologizes for the
oversight and would like to announce the winners for this year's Spelling
Bee. Congratulations to the winner of the first place in fifth grade, Lorraine
Cauilan and second place winner is Charene Ampong.

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

April 5 and 6
Breaking $53.00 $57.00
Cutter $49.00 $59.00
Canner $40.00 $50.50
1000-1500 $58.00 $68.00
1500-2000 $63.00 $71.50
Monday Tuesday
Calves 260 1028
Cows 81 311
Str 1 22
Hfrs -4 11
Bulls 6 27
Yrlngs 24 36
Mix 0 30
Total 376 1465
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
170-190 175-210 157-175
200-250 147-185 110-140
250-300 140-167 110-125
300-350 134-152 109-119
350-400 130-149 104-115
400-450 125-143 105-112
450-500 117-129 97-107
550-600 116-120 91-101
600-650 100-101
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
150-200 115-152
200-250 125-140 110-116

250-300 100-145
300-350 105-137
350-400 100-136
400-450 102-125
Small #1
250-300 122-130
300-350 120-137
350-400 125-134
450-500 108-120

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good again
this week.
Feeders were
steady with
some 300-
350# steers
up to $1.50.
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bulls steady
with some
cows in the
60s and some
bulls in the
70s. Hope it
all holds for
awhile. We
have several

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4-H Rough Riders host 'Show and Tell' event

The Rough Riders 4-H, the Next Genera-
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on April 2, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center. This was the first of its kind held by
the 4-H Club. The format was both a show
and a clinic for Performance Horse Show-
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There was a wide variety of skill levels
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from the event.
The Judge/Clinician was Mrs. Elaine Page.
She is a carded Judge with POAC (Pony of
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Illinois, and Kentucky. She is accredited in
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a multi-state conference annually with 4-H.
Mrs. Page works in Florida during the winter
months and returns to Michigan in the sum-
mer months to do shows and clinics.
Nine Rough Riders and two Bits and
Spurs 4-H members attended the all day
event. They showed in 16 classes through-
out the day.
The standings are as follows: In Show-
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IST: Alex Heatley, 2ND: Sierra Weaver,
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2ND:Katie Brummett, 3RD Alex Heatley,
4TH Sierra Coward, 5TH Amanda Messmer,
6TH Sierra Weaver
The Rough Riders 4-H wish to offer a
special Thank You to the Parents and Grand-
parents who worked to assure a great day:
Cindy and Lewis Brummett, Mary Ann Tem-
ple, Lynn Rosa, Margaret Froggatt, Bobbi
Poole, Ray Worley, Michelle Harper, Renee
Burke, Suzanna Rucks and Dana Bunch,
Kelly Weaver and all the others who pitched

in during the day.
The Rough Riders also wish to thank the
sponsors of the event: Jones Supply and Jay
Patel-Holiday Inn Express.
This was a wonderful introduction to
this type of showing, a great skill tune up to
those who are going onto Area E 4H Events
on April 24 and April 25 in Tampa.
For more information on the Rough Rid-
ers 4H and other 4-H organizations contact
the Okeechobee Extension Office at 863-

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Rotary learns about business grants
Recently, Rotary Club member Colin Cameron, left, welcomed Vincent Lopres-
ti, right, area manager for US Small Business Administration who spoke about
government grant loans to small business. The stimulus package from the gov-
ernment is currently being used for loans in Okeechobee and the surrounding
six counties. There are upcoming small business classes and once weekly
counseling available. For more information, go to www.sba.gov/fl/south.

Volunteers sought to help children

There are more than 30,000 abused and
neglected children involved with Florida's
dependency courts. In the 19th Circuit,
which includes Okeechobee, Indian River,
Saint Lucie, and Martin counties, more than
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under 4 years of age.
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OHS flag football hosts Wellington

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Wellington High School picked off a pass on the first play of the
game and survived a strong first half effort by Okeechobee High
School, to defeat the Lady Brahmans, 38-0, in girls flag football ac-
tion Thursday at Okeechobee High School.
Jackie Nowak returned the opening pick 20 yards for a score and
the Wolverines Kodie Walcott also returned an interception for a
score in the second half.
Okeechobee Coach Bruce Jahner said interceptions always hurt
a football team, "It seems when something bad happens to us we
can't get our heads back up and refocus on what we need to do."
Jahner was pleased with the effort of his defense in the first half
Thursday. Wellington only led 12-0 at the break and Okeechobee
was able to move the ball on offense.
Sheyanne Thibodeau had several nice runs for Okeechobee in
the first half from the QB position. Courtney Lucas had a long run
for Wellington in the first half.
There was also some dispute over a number of penalty flags
called against Wellington for illegal blocks. Okeechobee moved the
ball into scoring position in the second quarter thanks to strong runs
by Thibodeau, a catch by Brittney Freeman and a long run by Macin
Raulerson. Okeechobee moved the ball to the Wolverine five yard
line but were unable to convert on a fourth down attempt.
Wellington scored late in the half when Lucas found Stacey Jo-
seph for a 38 yard touchdown pass.
Okeechobee's Amelia Nunez had an interception late in the half
to stop another scoring threat.
McKenzie Doll intercepted a Brahman pass to end the first half.
After the half the Wolverines got their offense going as they were
able to score four touchdowns. Coach Jahner said it seemed like a
big boulder came down the hill and couldn't be stopped.
"We do see progress and we see some daylight but then we just
kind of stop. I see it building and improving and then we go back to

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Sheyenne Thibodeau (#15) had a number of nice runs in
the game against Wellington.

our old mistakes. Overall we are getting better. We have a group of
girls that have been together for two months and they work hard,"
he said.
Jahner said every day his girls go out on the field and improve in
some area. He said they have done a better job of covering in the
secondary, have done a better job of taking opponents flags, and are
catching the ball better.
"We can't expect miracles but were also trying to learn the game
and I think we're improving each time we go out there. Every day or
night we can find a plus somewhere," he said.
The varsity team will host Palm Beach Central on Tuesday night
at 7 p.m. They also host Glades Central next Thursday night at 7

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Change in Aril School Board
eefnt Dats
The regular meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County School Board for April
will take place on Tuesday, April 20,
2010, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of
the School Board Administrative Of-
fice located at 700 SW 2nd Avenue,
Okeechobee TrT,.. ,i, i.j;- .:i..i,,
the public. .rc .. r ',.:... ,,
as regularly scheduled on April 13,
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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To Whom it may cncernm:
You are hereby notified that the following described livestock :
1. Bay, Mustang, colt left hind white fetlock, right front white pastern,
approx 2 years and 13hh
2. Bay, Mustang, colt, white star, approx 1 year and 13hh
3. Bay, Mustang, mare branded on neck and numbers on quarters 6820,
approx 10 years and 14hh
4. Blue Roan, Mustang, mare, approx 8 years and 14hh
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*6 b., ri ,,.. nii, -.: 4 ir, ..io wi r. ,,, rn,.ht hind white fetlock,
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8. Bay, Mustang, filly, tiny white star and thin white stripe on nose, approx
2 years and 14hh
hn fI, r s'.T drili, .',jrI tin.0 r.,ll ,lir.: ,1 .i-i rr, I. 1- I .1,.] h.lte pas-
tern, white star, approx 2 years and 14hh
11. Bay Roan, Mustang, mare, white pastern to fetlock, white star, approx 3
years and 14hh
12. Bay, Mustang, filly, left front club foot approx 8 months and 12hh
13. Bay, Mustang, filly, approx 1 year and 13hh
14. Bay, Mustang, mare, right hind white half pastern, left hind white fet-
lock, tiny white star, approx ears and 14hh
15. Bay, Mustang, colt, right hind white pastern, approx 2 years and 14hh.
are now impounded at 1885 Hwy 441 N and the amount due by reason of
such impounding is $1590. The above described livestock will, unless re-
deemed within 3 days from date hereof, be offered for sale at public auction
to the highest and best bidder for cash.
Animal Control
Of Okeechobee County, Florida
351153 ON 4/11/10
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Christian Team Trail ends

season with largest weights

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice
of its preparation of a draft permit for Dave Dairy Barns 1 & 2, to be issued
to Davie Dairy, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes te operation of the
waste management system in accordance with the approved Nutrient Man-
agement Plan, which also limits the herd size and management practices.
The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Dis-
charge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy Is located at 12550 NE 25th
Street / Davie Dairy Rd, Okeechobee, Florida 34974.
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit
of the Department or may submit a written request for a public meeting to
Bradley Akers, FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Conress Avenue, Suite
200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the
Florida Administrative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting
must contain the information set forth below and must be received in the
Office within 30 days of publication of this notice. Failure to submit com-
ments or request a public meeting within this time period shall constitute a
waiver of any right such person may have to submit comments or request a
public meeting under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following
(a) The commenter's name, address and telephone number, the appli-
cants'name and address, the Department Permit File Number and the
county in which the project is proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or pro-
posed action was received;
(c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making
the final decision;
(d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification
of the Department action or proposed action; and
(e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a
statement of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meet-
ing. However, the Department may not always grant a request for a pub-
lic meeting. Therefore, written comments should be submitted within 30
days of publication of this notice, even if a public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended
until the dose of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person
may submit oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the De-
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The permit application file and supporting data are available /or public in-
spection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District office,
400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel.
(561) 681-6600.
51151 ON 4/11/10

said a few words to the crowd
before presenting the pay-outs
to the winners of the tourney.
As this was the final tournament
of the season, the money prizes
were larger than usual and paid
down to 14 places.
All the people attending, in-
cluding families and friends were
fed lunch with cool beverages. It
was a wonderful and happy day
for all! See everyone next year!

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Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

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14 "So !"
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17 *Hack's output
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21 *Canceling
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35 Slip up
36 Analyze in
English class
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42 Org. conceded
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okay, in Seville
55 The first
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suggested by the
starts of the
answers to
starred clues
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38 Searches
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44 Actor Tamiroff
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source for the
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2 Dough
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friend of Richie
and Ralph
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Earl Scruggs
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(left) First place total weight and first
place Big Fish. Mark Hester and John
Supley. (right) Second place total
weight and second place Big Fish.
Jack Harrison and John Harlow.

(at left) Third
place total weight
Bob Owens and
Fred George at
the Christian
Team Classic
Tournament heid
Saturday, April 3
at Okee-Tantie.

Christian Team Classic Tour-
nament was held on Saturday,
April 3, at Okee-Tantie. It was a
beautiful day for fishing!
It was truly a beautiful day,
one that was thoroughly enjoyed
by the 35 boats of fishermen.
Not only was the weather good,
but the fishing was outstand-
ing. Many of the boats brought
in strings of five fish that in total,
weighed more than had been
some of the winners
in previous tourneys.
There were the
boats having par-
ticipants from at least
five tournaments pre-
After the weigh-in
and while the winners
were being figured
out, many extra prizes First plain
were given out by the John Sul
drawing out of ticket and $30C
which had been given
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Girls softball team defeats

Park Vista at senior ni ht
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee Ne\s
Coultne', W\ iloln and LeAnna Cotlon tlad
RBI doubles and Sarnanth Harrell pitched
a complete game as the Onkerechobee High
School girls softball team celebrated senior
night with a 5-2 victuors oer Park Vista on
Thursday night.
Three Brahman seniors, Megan Cle-
ments, Frances Bosxworth and Emil, Mc-
Cullough were honored before the game for
their contributions to the program.
Clements a four \ear senior said she had
mised feeling about her final regular season Okeechoiee NewsCharles Murphy
game at home. She said softball has been Seniors honored at Thursday night's
one of her favorite sports o er the sears. Senior night game included (L-R) Me-
r'm kind of sad that its actual\ over gan Clements, Emily McCullough, and
now% I'm kind of happy to be graduating Frances Bosworth.
and moving on ic become adult. I hope the
team does well every year from nowa on,
she added.
Coach Kim Hargra es said Clements has done well at multiple positions. She noted she
is one of the best students, academically in the high school as well
Bos%%orth, \\ho made a phenomenal catch to robt Park Vislta of a homerun Thursday,
said she was also emotional about senior night "I didn't think I was going to make the
catch. I didn't feel the fence until the last moment so I didn't panic about it."
Bosxorth said she is most proud ol her impro ement at the plate this season.
Coach Hargrates said Bosworth has really worked hard and that her senior year has
been her best Near She also praised her for her defense. "That w\\as a phenomenal catch a
big league catch Frankie has really stepped it up this
FH r McCullough has brery the consummate teanv pla er
as she has pla ed all around the field this sear. She said
the senior night game really got her pumped up "I felt
really good about this game. Every body stepped up a
Snatch. We thought Park Vista would be pretty hard."
Park Vista is ranked in the Palm Beach County Top 10.
Hargraves said she has been very glad to coach Mc-
Cullough. She also coached her older sister. She said
McCullough works very hard and does everything she
can possibly do to please the coaching staff.
Okeechobee scored twice in the bottom of the third
S to erase a 1-0 Park Vista lead. They put the game away
with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Naomi Ste-
vens tripled, Ashtyn Brown walked, and Wilson drove
home a run with a double. Clements followed with
c-- an RBI ground out and Cotton followed with an RBI
'r double. Harrell allowed a run in the top of the seventh
OkeechoDee Nevws.Charles Murphy but was otherwise solid on the mound.
LeAnna Cotton fields a Okeechobee is off until the District 14-4A tourna-
ground ball during warmups. ment which begins on April 20, in Okeechobee.

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