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City to regulate pain management clinics
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee City Council is scheduled
to take action to help control a growing prob-
lems "pill mills."
When they meet Tuesday evening, the
council will hold the first reading of a proposed
ordinance to regulate pain management clin-
ics. The ordinance would establish a one-year
moratorium on such clinics. The ordinance
expresses the fear that as neighboring counties
and municipalities enact moratoriums or ordi-
nances controlling such clinics, it would cause
them to relocate to more rural locations, such
as Okeechobee County. At this time city admin-
istrator Brian Whitehall was unclear as to how
pain management clinics would be handled
after the one-year moratorium. He said that
subject would probably be discussed Tuesday
Turning to other business, the council is
scheduled to take final action on two ordinanc-
es that would affect newly opened Hammer-
head's Billiards. The first proposed ordinance
would rezone a tract a land adjacent to the
restaurant from residential single family one
to light commercial to allow for a parking lot.
The other ordinance would set hours of opera-
tion for billiard parlors, amusement parlors and
In an item held over from the last meeting
for clarification, the council will consider a res-
olution that would relinquish the city's claim to
land in Flagler Park at such time as the Florida
Department of Transportation needs that land
to expand S.R. 70.
The mayor is expected to proclaim the week
of May 2-8 to be Municipal Clerk's Week in the
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city and present a five year award to Russell
Cale. In other action the council is expected
consider an amended and restated
interlocal agreement creating the Treasure
Cost Regional League of Cities;
award a contract for city hall restroom
consider temporarily closing S.W.
Today: A 50 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. East
wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East
northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.
Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
61. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 81. North-
east wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 59. East northeast wind around
Fourth Street between S.W. Fifth and S.W
Sixth Avenues from 3 p.m. on May 14 to
noon on May 16 for First Baptist Church ac-
consider accepting property at S.W
Seventh Avenue and S.W. 21st Street to be
deeded to the city from property owners.
Locks to be closed
The G-36, S-135 and S-131 navigation
locks on Lake Okeechobee at Henry
Creek, J&S Fish Camp and Lakeport are
being taken out of service for major over-
hauls that could take up to eight months.
The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) is completely refur-
bishing the locks, including repairs to the
hydraulic lift mechanisms on the naviga-
tion lock gates. The S-131 navigation lock
at Lakeport was taken out of service last
week. Work on the G-36 lock at Henry
Creek and the S-135 lock at J&S Fish
Camp will begin at later dates. Refurbish-
ment of all three locks is scheduled to be
completed by late December 2010.
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drawn Friday, Cash 3: 6-1-1; Play 4: 6-4-8-9.
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Okeechobee Tea Party
On December 16, 1776, residents of Boston held what came to be known
as the Boston Tea Party to protest government policies. On April 15, 2010,
Income Tax Day, residents of Okeechobee held a tea to protest current gov-
ernment policies. The Okeechobee Tea Party was one of many such events
held across the country. Joe Arnold, one of the organizers of the event,
said that the purpose was to wake people up. He said both major political
parties have let the people down. He protested what he called "generational
spending" where the current generation incurs debt that future generations
will have to pay. The Tea Party movement is a grass roots organization with
core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and
free markets. Congressman Tom Rooney joined in the spirt of things with
a tax day statement. 'Tax hikes and runaway spending are not the change
Americans want to see from Washington," the congressman said in a press
release. 'Tax day is a stark reminder that since January 2009, Washing-
ton has imposed tax increases totaling more than $670 million more than
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Alleged pot plants found in 'reefer' trailer
By Eric Kopp
A 47-year-old Okeechobee man was
arrested after detectives reportedly found
young marijuana plants growing in a trailer
parked on property he is
Jorge Brito Pena, U.S.
441 N., was arrested Tues- 'f
day, April 13, on felony
charges of trafficking in
marijuana and cultivation
of marijuana. He was also
arrested on misdemeanor
charges of theft of services
and possession of drug par- Jorge Brito
Pena was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $107,500.
According to an arrest report by a detec-
tive with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force, Pena gave the detective permission to
search the semi-trailer after air conditioning
lines were seen going into the floor of the
trailer. Also, continued the report, there was
a definite and familiar odor emanating from
The detective said 21 suspected pot plants
were found in the trailer that were estimated
to be about 15 days old. The plants were
between 3- and 4-feet tall and, collectively,
weighed 33.8 pounds, added the report.
When field tested, the plants reportedly
indicated a positive result for the presence
A large air conditioner was found under
a barn with its lines running from the barn
to the trailer, the detective stated. The report
went on to state that grow lights, fans, a
blower, potting soil and ballast -- all items
normally associated with a pot-growing op-
eration -- were found inside the trailer.
Also searched was a small wooden barn.
The detective stated that black pots contain-
ing potting soil, a window air conditioner and
a single ballast with a grow light were found
in the shed. The walls of the shed were cov-
ered with a reflective material called mylar,
the detective's report continued.
Apparently, the shed was a 'starter room'
where pot plants are started then later trans-
ferred to the grow house operation after
they attain a certain size.
Although Pena lives at the address on
U.S. 441 N., a Florida driver's license report-
edly found on Pena lists his address as 10612
S.W. 137th Place in Miami. The unemployed
Pena is from Cuba and has a resident alien
card, the detective pointed out.
Local man facing forgery charges
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man is facing several
felony charges after he allegedly made over
$400 worth of purchases on a credit card
that didn't belong to him.
Robbie Cleve Loschia-
vo, 39, S.W. 16th St., was
arrested Thursday, April ,
15, on charges of forgery
(two counts), uttering a
forged instrument (two
counts) and grand theft.
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $5,000. Robbie Cleve
An arrest report by Loschiavo
Detective John Zeigler of
the Okeechobee City .Police Department
(OCPD) states that Loschiavo found the
Discover credit card on the sidewalk out-
side a downtown restaurant. He then re-
portedly used the card to fill up his vehicle
with gas, continued the report, and then
purchased various items at Walmart and
The three purchases totaled $467.96,
stated the detective's report.
Video surveillance tape supplied by the
businesses showed Loschiavo entering the
stores and making the purchases, the de-
According to the detective's report, Los-
chiavo tried to use the card five more times
but each transaction was declined. Those
attempted purchases reportedly totaled
When he could no longer use the card,
Loschiavo allegedly cut up the card and
threw it away.
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Public Forum/Speak Out
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Reflections from the pulpit
Speak Out has moved online, where
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Public Forum. There, you can create
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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!
Thanks for lunch!
Just wanted to give a huge thank-you
to the lady and her husband who, out-of-
nowhere, paid for mine and my son's lunch
at the Ding-a-ling Deli last Friday... if this
makes it to the paper, you know who you
are. I wanted to thank you somehow, but
by the time the lady told me, you and your
husband had already left. It is truly AMAZ-
ING that there are people left in the world
like you... Think I am gonna go out and buy
someone lunch now. Really, I just wanted to
I would like to know why the horses
could not stay out there. Apparently they
have a clean bill of health or they would not
be able to be auctioned off. If breeding is a
problem then have the colts gelded. The way
the economy is I feel they should be able
to stay instead of taking another chance of
them be neglected again. I am sure people
would be happy to donate a few dollars for
any minor expense that may occur. I am a
horse owner myself and I don't understand
why people mistreat their animals. So why
put them in harm's way again. Enough is
I would rather have wild horses run-
ning loose than pythons. Those horses were
not hurting anyone. They were just eating
grass and drinking water from the river. They
should have just let them alone.
According to the Bureau of Land Man-
agement web site, if a wild horse herd does
not have any natural predators, the herd can
double in size every four years. So in four
years, the 20 horses would be 40 and in an-
other four years, that would be 80 horses. I
know people feel sorry for the horses, but if
the SFWMD had just left them out there, it
would not be long before they started to be
a real problem.
Senate Bill 6
I just saw on the news that Gov. Crist
vetoed Senate Bill 6. I read the governor re-
ceived more than 100,000 emails and calls
about the bill and it was overwhelmingly
against the bill. About 2 percent were in fa-
Okeechobee Utility Authority
With the present condition of our econ-
omy, I feel as though everyone is still in the
situation to save as much money as they can.
I have thought about a possible way for the
OUA to save money, and therefore save us
money. With every bill they mail out, there
is a return envelope enclosed inside. How
much money would they save every year if
they skipped this "courtesy" of including an
envelope? The reason I ask this is that I have
my bill paid directly through my checking ac-
count, therefore I don't need the envelope. I
see people coming out of the drive-thru at
the OUA paying their bills,,
they don't need their enve-
lope either. I am sure people :
will jump on this and say I
need an envelope because I
mail in my payment. But we
are ALL paying for the enve-
lope you are using and the
countless envelopes that get
thrown away each month
by people who pay automatically through
the OUA bank draft program or the drive up
window. I suggest the OUA stop sending the
envelopes along with their bills. If you need
an envelope to mail your payment in, stop
by Okeechobee Office Supply and pick up a
box of your own.
I mean they want to raise the rates
and you can't even drink the water. Most
of the time it smells like fish or so strong
with chemicals it burns your eyes when you
shower. I have a lot next door to my house,
there is a meter out front but no pipes on the
property so there is no water being used. Yet
1 pay a fee every month because they say it
is there if I want it. Well ... I don't want it but
I still pay the monthly fee.
The water is not fit for consumption.
The water is so hard that it ruins your sink
fixtures in less than a year, leaves your tub
and tile with so much filth, you have to scrub
it every other day to keep things from rotting
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Dive in Deep
By Rev. Cary Mckee
More 2 Life Ministries
As summer approaches, the water seems
to beckon us. We live in south Florida, one
of the most beautiful places on the planet,
with the Atlantic Ocean just a short drive
away. Yet many of us will not so much as put
our toes in. Some are content to just look at
it in pictures, while others prefer to stay on
the beach, sunbathe and watch it from the
shore. Still others will venture in, swimming,
surfing, riding in a boat, each believing
that they are truly experiencing the beauty
of the ocean. Then one day, someone will
hand them a mask and snorkel and a whole
new world will open up to them. It was a
number of years ago that a good friend of
mine, Dave Robertson, pointed out to me
the analogy between snorkelers, scuba div-
ers, and Christians. While it may seem odd
on the surface, (pardon the pun), it carries
with it deep spiritual parallels. In Ephesians
4:11-16, Paul talks about the building up of
the body of Christ to maturity through the
equipping of the saints. Paul says that as we
mature, we will no longer be infants, tossed
back and forth by the waves, blown every
direction by the wind. Maturing in Christ is
the call to dive in deep, and it goes out to
all of us.
From the moment of our salvation, our
spiritual eyes are opened and we begin to
see that there is a whole new world below
the surface of the water. The colors begin to
come alive and we see things that we had
no idea were even there. It is as if we have
finally put on a mask and snorkel and set
out to explore the reef. The reef is beauti-
ful from the surface, looking down, you can
see the bottom and you may even notice
that it seems alive with activity. There are
fish, plants, coral, rocks and crevasses ev-
erywhere you turn. Eventually the view from
above looks so good that you take a deep
breath and dive down below the surface tak-
ing in as much as you can all at once. As you
get deeper you realize that there is much
more life than you could ever see from the
surface, but then you also realize that you
are missing something... air! Up to the sur-
face you go, gasping for something that you
are still reliant upon.
The snorkeler is in the water, and he sees
the beauty below, but is still dependent upon
the world. He will take frequent trips down
below, building up his lung capacity, as each
dive is longer and more amazing. But as he
surfaces, he still is affected by the wind and
the waves of the world. Eventually he feels
the call to go deeper. But the only way to
go deeper is to strap on a tank and become
fully reliant on an alternate air source. The
only way to fully experience the true beauty
of deep dive that God is calling you to is to let
go of the world, and take hold of Him.
Our churches are full of sunbathers,
swimmers, surfers and boaters. There are
even more snorkelers, but God is calling you
to be a diver. Sadly though, many Christians
will not answer that call. They will remain
content to hang out on the surface, taking
periodic trips below for temporary warm
and fuzzy experiences. God has so much
more for you than that. Strap on His tank and
dive in, there is a whole new world out there
that is closer than you think. He has more for
you than you can possibly imagine, become
fully reliant on Him and dive in deep!
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Mustangs found running-wild near Kissimmee River
By Katrina Elsken
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A herd of approximately 80 mustangs
once roamed the ranch of Myakka City horse
lover Larry Jones. Since Mr. Jones' death in
2009, exactly what happened to the horses
is a subject for speculation.
In July 2009, approximately 20 mustangs
were discovered apparently dumped in Mon-
tura Ranch Estates in Hendry County--17
were captured, a few remain on the loose.
Freeze brands on the captured horses linked
them to the Myakka City ranch.
A group of 15 mustangs recently captured
on public land near the Kissimmee River in
Okeechobee County is suspected to have
come from the same herd.
The story of how wild horses from west-
ern states wound up running loose in Florida
can be pieced together from internet posts,
interviews with horse rescue workers and
law enforcement reports.
In March 2005, Myakka City resident Lar-
ry Jones posted the following letter on the
www.floridahorse.com web site:
"My wife and I own the L B Ranch in
Myakka City, FL. We have approx. 1,000
acres which we run cattle on. We also have
4 wild mustangs, 9 domestic horses and 13
wild burros. Recently the Sheriff's Depart-
ment brought us 2 mustangs, a mare and a
stallion, that had been abandoned and near
death. This is the second time we have res-
cued wild horses. I have been working with
horses now over 20 years, both wild and
domestic, and am learning that it is hard to
find anyone who wants to work with the
wild ones. So we are putting out the word
that any wild one that needs a home has one
If there is no title we will pay the transfer
fee to BLM (Bureau of Land Management).
I am now 66 years old and can't think of
anything I would rather do with what time
the good Lord gives me. I have a 37-year-old
son to carry on. With the government go-
ing to kill them off (they have been wanting
to for years I found out in my travels west),
the fine people around the country who will
take them in is their only chance. We have
trucks and trailers for hauling if needed."
The story unfolds on the web site with
updates from Mr. Jones as wild horses ar-
rived on his ranch. Some of the horses came
from the Bureau of Land Management's wild
horse sale and adoption programs. Others
were mustangs that had been adopted by
people who could no longer care for them.
In April, 2005, Mr. Jones wrote: "At this
time I would like to express my many thanks
to Floridahorse.com for your help in finding
homes for some of the wild horses BLM sent
to us. Thank you for all your help. I am sure.
we would not have the success without you.
We plan to bring in another load in the near
future. As we find homes for them we will
bring them in ... All this stuff about ranch-
ers killing horses in the 1800s and big ranch-
ers out west not liking mustangs, etc. is all
true. But we also killed a lot of Indians in the
1800s and there will always be those who
don't like mustangs. The only chance these
horses have is if they can be placed out of
harm's way. This takes a lot of money. Mon-
ey the government doesn't or is not willing
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Larry Jones posted this photo of the
mustangs on his ranch on the www.
floridahorse.com web site in 2005
to have ... I hope and pray that if anybody
who wants to really save these horses will
start working on finding shelter for them. It
is the only chance they've got."
On Sept. 24, 2007, a blogger on MySpace
who visited the ranch wrote "Larry and Bar-
bara had traveled out west years ago and
had seen these beautiful animals running
free. Due to a 1971 law, they were federally
protected. But in 2004 they lost that protect-
ed status and now the BLM is rounding them
up by the thousands so that private parties
such as oil barons and cattle ranchers can
take the land they live on. The mustangs
are given three chances at adoption-if not
adopted by the third try, then they are auc-
tioned off for as little as $10 to anyone-this
includes slaughterhouses. Larry and Barba-
ra were very upset by the situation so they
purchased a total of 50 horses from the BLM
which now live on their farm ... Larry is an
amazing individual and the mustangs are
Other mustang rescue organizations
knew about LB Ranch and worked with
them to rescue horses.
According to comments on the web sites,
Larry Jones was allowing the mustangs to
breed on his ranch. Apparently, he hoped to
train and sell the mustangs' offspring, creat-
ing enough income to pay for the mustang
herd's feed and upkeep.
A series of events would doom this plan.
When the United States banned the
slaughter of horses for human consump-
tion in 2007, the prices for non-registered
or "grade" horses fell drastically. When the
slaughterhouses were in operation, a poten-
tial buyer had to "outbid the killer." Buyers
for the slaughterhouses would bid on horses
based on the price the horse meat would
bring per pound. With these bidders no lon-
ger at the sales, those who purchased horses
at auctions found they could buy horses for
lower prices. The supply of horses for sale
now exceeded the demand.
In 2008, the real estate and banking in-
dustry problems in the United States result-
ed in increasing unemployment. More and
more horse owners found they could no
longer take care of the horses they already
owned. This led to more horses for sale at
lower prices, or offered for "free to a good
Soon horse rescue organizations were
filled with horses available for adoption:
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The mustangs captured near the river
will be sold at auction on Thursday,
April 22, at noon, at the Okeechobee
Cattlemen's Rodeo Grounds on U.S.
Highway 441 N.
When Mr. Jones died in 2009, his sons
apparently decided the horses had to go.
According to information gathered during
the investigation of horses found in Hendry
County, the entire herd of around 80 hors-
es-which included some ranch horses that
were not mustangs-was reportedly given
to a single person who agreed to transport
all of the horses off the ranch property. This
person reportedly told deputies that he gave
away the horses he did not want but did not
keep a record of who he gave them to.
On July 8, 2009, Hendry County Sheriff's
Office Agricultural Crimes Unit responded
to a report of horses loose on the roadway
in Montura Ranch Estates. With the help
of cowboys from nearby Alico Ranch, they
were able to capture 17 horses. Hendry
County officials worked with agencies in
Martin County and the Caloosa Humane So-
ciety to find new homes for the horses.
In September 2009, fishermen reported
seeing a herd of horses roaming the public
access land owned by the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District near the Kissimmee
River in Okeechobee County. Photos of these
horses taken from a distance led officials to
suspect they were also mustangs.
Capturing the horses was not an easy
task. The horses were loose on thousands of
acres and much of it was wooded or swamp.
It would not be possible to use mounted rid-
ers to round up the horses or herd them into
So deputies took a more patient ap-
Deputy Michael Hazellief explained they
decided to try to lure the horses into a pen.
For months, the deputies assigned to agricul-
ture related crimes took feed to the area and
got as close to the horses as they could. Dep-
uty Hazellief said they wanted the horses to
get used to seeing and hearing the pickup
truck and to associate the truck with food.
Local resident Eddie Prescott allowed the
deputies to use cow pens he set up near the
river. He said last week when Mr. Prescott
drove up to the pens, the horses apparent-
ly thought it was the pickup with feed and
they approached the truck. When most the
horses went into the pen, Mr. Prescott was
able to trap them there. Deputy Hazellief
said they used the cow pen chutes to load
the horses onto trailers.
Three mares were too wary to be cap-
tured and are still at large. One of those
mares gave birth a few days later, so there
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are now four mustangs still at large on the
SWFMD land, said the deputy.
Deputy Hazellief said the horses ap-
peared to have fared well on the state land.
Most appear to be healthy and well fed. He
said the horses had to be removed from the
state lands for several reasons. The South
Florida Water Management District wanted
the horses removed because they were not
native wildlife, he said. In addition, since it is
a public use area, it is visited by hunters, fish-
ermen and people on airboats. The human
activity kept the horses spooked, he contin-
ued. There was concern that a frightened
horse might hurt someone if they got too
close. In addition, the herd included some
colts and the herd was too small for a stable
breeding population, which would mean in-
breeding as the herd increased.
The horses will be sold at public auction
on April 22 at noon. They are currently being
held in a private facility. However, potential
buyers may see the horses by appointment.
For more information, contact Clarie Hud-
son at Okeechobee Animal Control, 863-
For photos of the mustangs online go to
www.newszap.com, click on "Okeechobee"
and then click on "Okeechobee photos" on
the right side of the community web page.
For tips on how to transport, care for and
train mustangs, see the Bureau of Land Man-
agement's web site at http://www.blm.gov/
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American Legion Steak Night
The Sons of the American Legion month-
ly Ribeye Steak Dinner scheduled for Sunday,
April 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second Street has
been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for
Moose Lodge to host Social Day
Okeechobee Moose will present a 'So-
cial Day Gathering' on Sunday, April 18,
with live music, food and other activities in-
side and out. The music will start at 3 p.m.
and continue throughout the evening. The
Master of Ceremonies is Bob WIlliams. Sev-
eral local Moose members will entertain
for dancing or good listening. The event is
for Moose members and prospective new
members. Come and spend some time with
us. For more information, please call Robert
Williams at: 863-357-5906 or 863-610-2997.
Hospice to host special
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 SE Fourth
Street, will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23,
from 8 a.m. until noon. New specialty items
this sale include many new furniture items,
clothing of all sizes! We have new items ga-
lore offered at extremely reasonable prices.
All funds raised will benefit patient care,
including services at The Hamrick Home.
For information call 863-467-2321.
Victor Elliot to present
program on Orchids
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet at
7 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the Extension
Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Local grower Vic-
tor Elliott will present a program on Caring
for Orchids in the Spring. He will also bring
orchids to sell. The Garden Club will meet
beforehand at 6 p.m. For more information
please call extension at 863-763-6469.
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LMS working group meeting
The public is invited to attend and pro-
vide comments at the first meeting of the
Glades County Local Mitigation Strategy
(LMS) Working Group on Tuesday, April 20,
at 10:30 a.m. noon in the Glades County
Commission Chambers. Hazard mitigation
is any action taken to permanently reduce
or eliminate long-term risk of hazard to peo-
ple and their property. A LMS will lessen the
human, environmental, and economic costs
of disasters. For more information contact
Glades County Emergency Management
Office 863-946-6020 or Dan Trescott at 239-
338-2550 ext. 220.
Christian Music Fest
presented at Freedom Ranch
Oakfest 2010 will be held on Saturday,
April 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Free-
dom Ranch, located at 11655 Hwy. 441S.E.
The featured artist is December Radio and
other groups such as City of David, In The
Walk and The Broken. Oak Fest 2010 is an
all day, family fun Christian event featuring
local, regional and national music artists
as well as exhibits, bounce houses, raffles,
speakers, animal exhibits, pony rides, face
painters, buggy rides, great food and much
more. Children under 12 are free. Advance
tickets available for $10. Or get your ticket at
the gate on the day of the event for $15. For,
tickets and information call 772-626-7512
or visit the web at www.wscf.com/OakFest/
oakfest2010.html where you can buy your
Shrine Club presents
Celebrate "Margaritaville Night" every
Thursday at the Okeechobee Shrine Club
where we will offer Tacos Two "Fer" $3. Mu-
sic provided by Jim Elder and Friends. 4-8
p.m. Smoke Free environment. Proceeds
will benefit Shrine activities. For information,
contact the Shrine Club at 763-3378. For in-
formation regarding this announcement,
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The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ments 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 tourna-
ment in the series includes the Big Fish Pot
and the Classic Fund, with a 70 percent pay-
back. 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 tourna-
ments are held at Scott Driver park from safe
light until 2 p.m. with Taylor Creek as the al-
ternate in case of low water. Please register
early. To get an entry application or for ques-
tions, call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.
Guest speaker joins
Victor J. DeNoble, Ph.D. was recruited to
develop a safer cigarette for Philip Morris in
the 1980s. In his secret research laboratory, he
studied nicotine's effects on the central ner-
vous system and was successful in developing
a nicotine substitute. Attempts to publish his
work were suppressed by Philip Morris. Dr. De-
Noble was eventually fired and his laboratory
was seized. After a decade of being silenced by
a secrecy agreement, he became the first whis-
tle blower to testify before Congress and was a
key witness in the federal government's inves-
tigation into the tobacco industry's research
practices. Dr. DeNoble will speak on Tuesday,
April 20, at 6 p.m., at the Freshman Campus
Auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Avenue.
Run/Walk event scheduled
CASTLE's Sixth Annual Stomp Out Child
Abuse 5KRun/Walk is coming up. Please join
us ....run with us, walk with us, and please
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contact firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.
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Blood drive dates scheduled
Plan to make your next blood donation
in June. Visit the Bloodmobile on Saturday,
June 27, at Wal Mart, 10-4 p.m. or on Sun-
day, June 28 at Clock Restaurant, 10-3 p.m.
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Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
April II and 12
1000-1500 $65.00 $71.00
1500-2000 $61.00 $63.00
Calves 322 520
Cows 116 272
Str 3 13
Hfrs 0 8
Bulls 0 34
Yrlngs 15 81
Mix 31 59
Total 487 987
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The Okeechobee Walmart, located on
South Parrot Avenue, recently began an ex-
tensive renovation. The store will receive a
full remodel from the inside out and will rep-
resent the latest in Walmart's store design
and customer experience.
The new design is based on feedback
from customers and will feature a clean,
open and bright new look in the store with
wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright in-
terior paint scheme and lighting, and easy-
to-read signage to help customers find the
products they need.
"We are excited to bring an improved
shopping experience to our customers,"
said store manager Derek Denman. "We lis-
tened to our customers and are redesigning
the store to make shopping at Walmart even
easier," he added.
Every department of the store will be
updated including all new shelving, signing,
flooring and product assortment. The store
will also feature a new layout designed to
make shopping for everyday items easier
and faster by aligning the products custom-
ers purchase the most.
The store will remain open during the
renovations, including all departments and
services. Maps of the store layout will be
available at the entrance and directional sig-
nage will be located throughout the store.
The majority of construction and moving will
be completed during the overnight hours to
make shopping easier for customers.
The Okeechobee Walmart is hiring ap-
proximately 50 additional associates to help
with the remodel.
Cattle are scarce and pric-
es prove it. If anybody has
anything to sell, now would
be the time. Cows and bulls
were $2-$4 higher and calves
were $3-$5 higher. Marsh
Cattle topped the calf market
with a high of $2.35, bought
by Curt Wilson. Rumar AP
topped the cow market with
a high of $67.50, bought by
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Interview with Lou O'Bannon LPN
the New Administrator for The
Heritage, Okeechobee's First
Assisted Living Community
QUESTION: Ms. O'Bannon tell us about a need for an assisted living
community like The Heritage?
ANSWER: The Heritage is Okeechobee's own assisted living community. It
evolved from a need which was recognized after The Dunklin Assisted Living Facility
closed in 2005. Sick older patients could be cared for at the nursing home but older
family members who needed extra help with meals, medications and minimal activities
fell through the cracks. This led to families being broken up as older loved ones had
to go to the assisted living facilities on the coast at distances exceeding up to 50 miles.
The Heritage has been financed by members of the local healthcare community who
believe in the necessity for providing for our community's functional elderly.
QUESTION: Tell us about the physical structure?
ANSWER: Construction on the new nearly 11,000 square foot facility off 6th street
has begun and is scheduled for completion in late June of this year. It will feature
both private and semi-private rooms. The rooms far exceed State requirements as resi-
dent comfort is our main concern. State of the art amenities include meals prepared in
commercial grade kitchen facilities, indoor and outdoor activities areas, technology
area with Wi-Fi capability, therapy room; hair care salon, outdoor activities and many
more. It is being built using local subcontractors where ever possible to help the
local economy as opposed to other projects being currently built in Okeechobee.
QUESTION: What activities will be offered?
ANSWER: Those in the community who remember Dunklin Assisted Living
Facility will be pleased to know that it will provide all the dignity, respect, love, care
and support to residents and family members that they all deserve. Structured activi-
ties will be conducted by our experienced Activities Director. This will include but not
be limited to activities like bingo, painting, games, exercise classes, outings into the
community, Bible study, church services, cookouts, parties and individual interaction
with residents whenever needed. These have all been designed to optimize the
resident's level of functioning and help them remain active and live life to its fullest.
QUESTION: Tell us about yourself?
ANSWER: I moved to Okeechobee in 1995 from Miami, where I had been working
as an LPN at the Health South Regional Rehab Hospital. In 1998 I became the
Administrator of Dunklin Assisted Living Facility until it closed in 2005 to make way
for the courthouse expansion project. I subsequently worked with Alzheimer's patients
and then with end of life patients and their families at Hospice. In the six months prior
to accepting this position I have been providing administrative, marketing and manage-
ment services at an Assisted Living Facility in Stuart, Florida. My work experiences
have allowed me to experience all aspects of patient care and this has shaped my phi-
losophy that all care is person centered. If we are unable or incapable of providing for
all of our residents needs, then we need to seek other options.
QUESTION: If we need further information what should someone do?
ANSWER: Please feel free to contact me with any of your questions or concerns at
 697 3813 cell or  467 7865. If I am not available for any reason, please
leave a name, call back number and a convenient call back time and I will get back to
you as soon as possible.
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Butch's Redneck Yachtclub
At the recent meeting at Butch's Redneck Yacht Club held on April 6, the club
members voted to donate $1,000 to Amara Shrine Temple Transportation Di-
vision to help benefit Okeechobee County. Presenting the check, from left to
right are Kevin and Debbie Schooley and Dot Snow from Butch's Redneck
Yacht Club, Wayne McGehee and Hal Henderson representing Shriners.
Special to the Okeechobee News/EES
Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary students who are achieving excellence in the class-
room for the week of April 12-16 include: kindergarteners, Jayla Hayes, Di-
ana Ruiz, Vicente Flores-Torrez, Alejandra Callejas, Cesar Garcia; first grad-
ers, Itzabelly Meza, Katelynn Flores, Cameron Johnson, Mariana Luviano,
Jolene Sutton; Katilyn Braodrick, Destiny Haney, Lloyd "Trooper" Stone,
Isabella Tonche, Eliel Esquivel, Tristen Campbell, Sajel Mull; third grade stu-
dents, Earl Holliday, Kristina Jamison, Morgan Roberts, Ariel Girardi, Monica
Luna, Kayleigh Jones, Elizabeth Berry; fourth grade students, Livia Guer-
rero, Johnny Brooks, Kassie Weldon, Desiree Cook, Aubrey Wojcieszak and
fifth graders, Kori Hart, Rachelle Blair, Wes Mitchum, and Brooke Arnold.
Congratulations to our many outstanding students.
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Okeechobee Christian Academy would like to congratulate our top partici-
pants in the Annual 'Uump Rope for Heart" to benefit the American Heart
Association. Thank you to our students for making a difference! In the back
row from left to right are: Karson Reno, Josie Lopez, Josh Hiler, Dillon Grillo,
Lane Spires, Cameron Huntley, Kyle Entry. Front row: Jada Grant, Dakota
Entry, Savannah Dyals, James Orcino, Kinsey Reynolds, Kylie Hebel, and
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Learning in motion
Delaenam Akahoho (left) and Tyra Smith (right), students in Mr. Stanley's
fourth grade class, study the effects of friction on a car's motion. They are
doing this using a Lakeshore Learning Kit provided through a grant from
the Okeechobee Educational Foundation, funded by Bob and Kelly Owens.
Students in Mr. Stanley's class are having a great time using all of the kits
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His maternal grandparents are Gary
and Linda Sain of Okeechobee. His
paternal grandparents are Albert Sr. and
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^ pOut for a walk
On April 10, the Okeechobee Autism Sup-
4 port Group took a walk. The walk helped
other local parents by joining together to
bring awareness to the growing number of
Autism cases. This walk is for anyone who
has, knows, or teaches someone with Au-
Stism. Kasey Crews Jr. (left) and his young-
Ser brother, Kyler Crews (right) had a very
sweet moment as they joined hands and
skipped along enjoying their time together.
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group is
run by local parents and has been around
since the summer of 2008. For more infor-
mationsee the web site at: www.myspace.
Special to the Okeechobee News/O.A.S.G.
April 18, 2010
Okeechobee County has five new Master Gardeners
By Pete Gawda
There are now five more people
county with an extensive knowlec
The Okeechobee County Master G
er Class of 2010, which graduated oi
14, was the largest class ever for the (
with five graduates: lona Clemons, D
DeFede, Maria Koepke, Melissa Mon
Horticulturist Dan Culbert o:
Okeechobee County Cooperative Exti
Service, which sponsored the clas,
that 10.people enrolled in the class, I
various reasons five of them dropped
There are normally three or four pec
the annual class. It is no wonder tl
rigorous curriculum caused a large
out rate. The course met one day a
for 12 weeks with homework and
exam. It included an introduction to
the extension service, care of fruit
trees, landscaping, eco systems of
Florida, soil types, fertilizers, pesti-
cides, plant nutrition, insect pests,
invasive species, and vegetable gar-
dening. Mr. Culbert said it was the
equivalent of a bachelors degree in
That's not all. Within one year
of.graduation the Master Gardeners
have to put in 75 hours of commu-
nity service. Mr. Culbert is hoping
that some of the graduates will earn
community service time by answer-
ing the telephone in his office, free-
ing him for other tasks.
"What didn't we learn?" was the
reply of Ms. Vaughn when asked
what she learned in the course. She
has a five-inch thick notebook from
"It's something I always wanted
to do," she said.
Ms. Vaughn plans to use her gardening
skills for her church and her community. As
Director of Christian Education at First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, she is using her gar-
dening skills on a children's garden which is
irrigated by rain barrels.
"There are a lot of Bible lessons in a gar-
den," she said.
As for helping the community, she plans
to maintain the butterfly garden in Flagler
Park and is interested in working with the
Ms. Morse plans to use what she learned
in the Master Gardener course in the opera-
tion of her lawn service. Every night after
work she had to spend time on her home-
work. Miss Morse said the great thing about
the course is that a student learned how to
research answers to questions. As for com-
munity service she is thinking of working
in the extension office and maybe working
with the 4-H Club.
Ms. Morse said the part of the course that
stood out most in her mind was learning
about citrus and palm trees.
She said many people take these trees for
granted, not realizing how much is involved
Special to the Okeechobee News
Dan Culbert, horticulturist with the Okeecho-
bee County Cooperative Extension Ser-
vice, standing left, with the newly graduated
Okeechobee County Master Gardener Class
of 2010. They are, left to right, seated, Nan-
cy Vaughan, lona Clemons, Mickey DeFede;
back row, Marie Koepke and Melissa Morse.
in their cultivation.
One of the graduates, Ms. Clemons, was
busy the day after graduation working on
the butterfly garden in Flagler Park.
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High winds ft
By Charles M. Murphy
A controlled burn got out of control in the
Starvation Slough area north west of Basing-
er Wednesday afternoon.
The Division of Forestry and Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue sent crews to the scene
and had the flames under control before
they threatened any homes or caused any
DOF Spokesperson Melissa Yunez said
the high winds this week have made condi-
tions ripe for brush fire. She explained the
land owner had an authorized debris burn
and was permitted to burn 200 acres.
The fire broke out of land owned by
By Charles M. Murphy
A brush fire grew from 15 acres to over
50 Friday afternoon in an area of the Viking
Property in North West Okeechobee Coun-
The Division of Forestry dropped 31 loads
of water from their helicopter in an effort to
bring the flames under control.
Spokesperson Melissa Yunez said high
winds really fanned the flames, "This was
wild fire awareness week and we urge peo-
ple to be very careful."
Winds were gusting to 20 miles per hour
during the battle on Friday. Firemen were
first dispatched at around 1:30 pm. Yunez
iel brush fire
South Florida Water Management and into
an adjacent camp ground.
Five firemen from the division of for-
estry which included two pumper trucks, a
bulldozer, and a supervisor, and units from
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue were on
the scene for close to two hours.
Yunez said people should use extra cau-
tion on windy days when they attempt to
burn. The controlled burn near Basinger
was shut down for the day until winds died
The DOF is also busy doing mitigation
work in Indian Hammock near Fort Drum to
lessen the fire risk for that community.
battles fire in Viking
said the forestry would be on the scene and
monitoring the fire through the weekend.
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue was also
on the scene for several hours. They worked
to protect a mobile home in the midst of the
The original call was at 19565 NW 304th
Street in Viking. The Forestry sent two bull
dozers, two pumper trucks and other equip-
ment to the scene.
"It is definitely dry out there and the frost
kill really did some damage as it left a lot of
dead vegetation in that area," she added.
The fire also threatened two hunting
camps in the area but did not force any
evacuations and did not cause any injury,
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Okeechobee News April 18, 2010
Tennis team wraps up regular season
By Charles M. Murphy
The Okeechobee High School girls ten-
nis team won their third match of the year at
Sebastian River to finish their regular season
Strong singles play helped the girls to one
of their best efforts of the season in the 7-0
defeat. Samantha Rivero shut out Gage Zie-
hmn, 6-0, and 6-0. Liz Turner defeated Sarah
Hoffman 6-2, and 6-1. Katherine Ragamat
defeated Morgan Ogilvie 6-1 and 6-0. Jenna
Rath defeated Alexa Michaud 6-0 and 6-0. Ali
Lopez defeated Sarell Mars 6-0 and 6-1.
Okeechobee also won the doubles
matches easily. The team of Rivero and Rag-
amat defeated Ziehmn and Hoffman 8-2
while Turner and Rath combined to defeat
Ogilvie and Michaud 8-0.
Sebastian River finished their regular sea-
son at (3-7).
The boys tennis team also finished the
regular season with a strong effort as they
defeated the Sharks 5-2.
Jonathan Hudoff, Austin Willard and
Chris Wegmann earned singles victories for
the Brahmans, (3-7). Hudoff defeated Mitch-
ell Rodriguez 6-2 and 7-5. Willard defeated
Eugene Wolff 6-3 and 6-0. Wegmann defeat-
ed Sean Boyle 6-1 and 7-5.
Fowler and Hudoff teamed up to defeat
Brandon Adams and Wolff 8-3. Willard and
Max Norman teamed up to defeat Boyle and
Sergio Tierrablanca, 8-3.
The tennis teams competed in the Dis-
trict 13-2A tournament this week in Jensen
High School Rodeo State Finals set
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over Florida will be competing for a spot
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Hobe Sound elite soccer team includes local boys aLo
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includes three players from Okeechobee,
capped off their 2009-2010 season this
weekend by being crowned the Division II
Boys Under-13, FYSA State Champions, after
defeating Weston 3-1 in Sunday's A-C Cup
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vided by Club Trainer and Assistant Director
of Coaching John Mullen proved vital in all
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OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The Okeechobee UUIIty Authority, hereafter referred to as the OUA located
In Okeechobee, Florida Is soliciting proposals from qualified Independent
Certified Public Accountants and/or firms licensed to practice in the State o
Florida for the purpose of providing an annual examination of the finandal
statements and records of the Authority. The audit shall be conducted for
the purpose of forming an opinion of the general-purpose financial state-
ments taken as a whole and to determine whether operations were con-
ducted in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements. The term of
the engagement shall be for three (3) years beginning with fiscal years end-
ing September 30, 2010, 2011 and 2012 with te expectation that addition-
a contracts will be awarded for two (2) one year periods subject to the
mutual consent of the OUA and the proposer.
An audit services RFP package will be available April 19, 2010 In either elec-
tronic or traditional paper media. Those Interested in receiving the RFP are
asked to contact the OUA by telephone at (863) 763-9460 or by e-mailing
Final firm responses must be received by 3:00 PM ES, on May 14
2010, at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974-4221, to e el
gible for consideration.
Questions or Inquiries concerning this audit services RFP shall be directed in
wrtin to John F Hayford, Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority,
100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florda 34974-4221, (863) 763-9460.
350042 ON 4/18,21,23/10
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The Okeechobee Utility Authority is requesting proposals from qualified
firms of Certified Public Accountants to provide annual audit services. The
Reqest for Proposal (RFP) outlines the services desired concerning the
auditing of the Authoritys general-purpose financial statements and pro-
vides e requirements for submitting a proposal.
An audit services RFP package will be available April 19, 2010 in either elec-
tronic or traditional paper media. Those interested in receiving the RFP
aage are asked to contact the OUA by telephone at (863) 763-9460 or
by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Fial firm responses must be received by 3:00 PM EST, on May 14,
2010, at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974-4221, to e eli-
gible for consideration.
30044 ON 4/18,21,23/10
To Whom It May Concern:
You are hereby notified that I will
offer for sale and
sell at public sale to the highest
and best bidder for
cash the following described
1. Bay, Mustang, colt, left hind
white fetlock, right
front white pastern, approx 2
years and 13hh
2. Bay, Mustang, colt, white star,
aprox 1 year and
3. Bay, Mustang, mare branded
on neck and num-
bers on quarters 6820, approx
10 years and 14hh
4. Blue Roan, Mustang, mare,
approx 8 years and
5. Dark bay, Mustang, mare,
approx 8 years and
6. Brown, Mustang, filly, approx
2 years and 14.2hh
7. Bay, Mustang, filly, left hind
white pastern, right
hind white fetlock, white star,
approx 2 years and
8. Bay, Mustang, filly, tiny white
star and thin white
stripe on nose, approx 2 years
9. Gray, Mustang, colt, left hind
white pastern, right
hind white fetlock
10. Bay, Mustang, mare, right
hind half white pas-
tern, left hind white pastern,
white star, approx 2
years and 14hh
11. Bay Roan, Mustang, mare,
white pastern to fet-
lock, white star, approx 3 years
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 pas-
tern, left hind white fetlock,
tiny white star, approx
5 years and 14hh
15. Bay, Mustang, colt, right hind
white pastern, ap-
prox 2 years and 14hh.
at 12:00 o'clock, pm on the
22nd day of April 2010,
at 1885 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee
Grounds) to satisfy a claim in the
sum of $1590.00
for fees, expenses for feeding
and care and costs
of Okeechobee County, Florida
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Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
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6 Deer little one
10 Little cow
14 Litella: Gilda
15 "That's clear
16 One illegally off
17 'The Thinker"
18 Expected landing
19 Payroll tax that
funds Soc. Sec.
20 "Hands up!"
23 Fit for the
24 Do a slow burn
25 Use a shovel
30 Pub pint
31 Like a childhood
stage, to Freud
33 Like fantastic
39 "Hands down!"
43 Right triangle
45 Diamond or ruby
49 Fed. auditing
50 "Pet" sources of
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59 Not in favor of
60 Two-thirds of
64 Lead-in for sees
65 Pentium maker
66 Say it isn't so
67 Floor model
68 Letters before
host of 'The
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37 Durante's "
38 "Happy motoring"
40 Christopher who
41 Alabama march
1 Part of mph
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3 Purchase for
4 Gonzalez in 2000
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refresher with a
10 Food fight site
13 Chef Bobby
21 Terre _, Indiana
22 Serf of ancient
25 Puts on
26 Camaro -Z:
28 Web pages with
basic site info
29 Lighter : Zippo
32 Years on the job
By Gary Steinmehl
(c)2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
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48 Nonsilent film
50 London change
51 Gone from one's
52 Push hard
54 Preserves, as beef
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56 Attention getter
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Girls JV Flag football team loses defensive battle
By Charles M. Murphy
Two late touchdowns ruined Okeecho-
bee's chances for their first win of the year
as Palm Beach Central defeated the Brah-
man JV 13-0 in girls flag football action at
Brahman stadium Tuesday.
Alyssa May intercepted a pass and re-
turned it 36 yards with under five minutes
to go and Natalie Pyram ran for a one yard
score minutes later to account for all of the
scoring in the game.
Okeechobee had their moments in the
game especially on defense. Kelsey Ham-
mack returned one interception 25 yards
to stop a Bronco drive in the first quarter.
Carlee Brown had a good day as she rushed
the passer and pulled at least four flags on
defense. Alex Delacruz had a strong game
at wide receiver as she hauled in an 18 yard
By Charles M. Murphy
Palm Beach Central picked off eight
Okeechobee passes and returned several
for touchdowns as the Broncos shut out
Okeechobee, 46-0, in girls flag football action
Tuesday night in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee (0-5) was able to show signs
of life with a good running game but was
unable to get much going with their passing
"It's a game," Brahman Coach Bruce Jah-
ner said afterward, "We continue to work on
things and are getting better."
Bronco QB Lakiera Brown had a big night
for the Broncos. She hit Jessica lllsley with a
15 yard touchdown pass, ran for a two yard
touchdown, and found Rodnie St. Germain
with a five yard touchdown pass.
pass in the first quarter, a 15 yard pass in the
second quarter and a 15 yard pass in the
fourth quarter. Tiki King had a 10 yard run
in the first quarter, and two receptions for
Tiffany Foley also had several flags on de-
fense for the Brahmans.
Okeechobee had their chances to score
in the first half. They reached the Bronco
21 yard line after a nice catch by Delacruz.
On fourth down and two Palm Beach Cen-
tral knocked down a short pass attempt to
end the drive. A Brahman drive stalled at the
Bronco 27 yard line in the third quarter.
Hammack's interception was nearly a
touchdown in the first half. She returned the
ball down the sideline and was just barely
caught at midfield. Hammacr also batted a
pass away in the secondary in the third quar-
Other scores came on a 16 yard touch-
down run by Porsche Shakes, a 21 yard inter-
ception return by Danielle Szpindor, an inter-
ception return by Illsley, and a six yard run by
Okeechobee got an excellent effort from
QB Cheyenne Thibodeau. She had seven
rushes for 84 yards. Brittney Freeman had
two catches for 10 yards. Amelia Nunez had
several flags on defense. Ali Nunez had sev-
eral runs for positive yards for Okeechobee.
Morgan Crawford had an interception for
Rain showers hit the field a couple of times
which made the crowd rush for cover. The
girls continued to play in the rainy conditions.
Okeechobee ended their season on Thurs-
day with a home game against Glades Cen-
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(Left photo)Carlee Brown (right) had a nice game rushing the passer for
Okeechobee, grabbing the flag of Brittany Garner of Palm Beach Central. Tiki
King (right photo) had several nice runs and pass receptions for Okeechobee.
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