Friday, July 22, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 87 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.20 feetLast Year: 14.22 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Day of the Cowboy celebration set ... Page 10 T wo sentenced f or pot grow h ouse ... Page 22 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Taylor Creek Bass ClubBig shFred Harrison won the Big Fish award with this 7.79 lbs bass in the Taylor Creek Bass Clubs July tournament on Lake Okeechobee. For more on the tournament, see page 15. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The county budget situation looks better than it did last year. Auditors require the reserves to contain two months of operating expenses. Last year there was a $1.5 million shortfall in reserves. According to gures recently released by interim county administrator Robbie Chartier, that de cit has been decreased to $461,000. In addition, the prosed budget for the coming scal year shows a decrease of 14.29 percent from the current budget. The amended budget for the current scal year is $97,428,353, The proposed budget for the coming scal year is $83,507,619. That decrease is due, in part, to the completion of the State Wide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS), the completion of the public safet y complex and the completion of the southwest drainage project on this year's budget. The county's debt payment has also been reduced from $6,752,053 this year to $715,045 in the coming year's budget due, in large part, to paying off the judicial center and agri-civic center County budget picture brighterSee BUDGET Page 19 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News There's good news for city residents. At their meeting on Tuesday evening, July 19, the Okeechobee City Council voted not to increase the residential and commercial solid waste collection assessments. In addition, some residents may not see an increase in taxes. The council also heard from representatives of the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber o f Commerce of Okeechobee County and the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA). The assessment for residential solid waste collection will remain at $221.52 per year. The commercial rate, which is based on the size o f the dumpster, will also remain the same. Council members gave approval to a tentative millage rate of 7.9474. The current budget year's millage rate is 7.2432. Taking into consideration the decrease in property values and City wont see hike in garbage pickup feesSee CITY Page 18
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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News During hearings on Tuesday, July 19 Okeechobee County Special Magistrate Lois Nichols ruled on two cases and recommended a ne reduction on a third case. The Church of God in Christ on N.E. 16th Avenue had been cited because of a condemned, re damaged structure on the property. Church member Charles Martin said the church was very small and was having nancial dif culties. Their biggest problem was getting a permit and renting a dumpster. He estimated that once a dumpster was secured the demolition work could be nished in a month using volunteer labor. The church was given until Aug. 11 to secure a permit and until Sept. 15 to come into compliance. Annie Gamez had been ordered to remove a condemned structure from her N.W. 36th Avenue property and remove the debris. Code enforcement of cer Beth Albert stated that the debris had not been removed. Ms. Gamez was ned $15 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning July 20. In the ne reduction case the special magistrate followed county attorney Laura McCall's recommendation and recommended that the county commission reduce the ne of Monica Steed from $14,400 to $500, an amount that would recapture the county's cost. There appeared to be some confusion about the case. Ms. Albert said that an adjoining property owner inadvertently placed an unpermitted mobile home on Ms. Steed's Viking property, thinking it was his property. It was subsequently removed. Since Ms. Steed does not live in the area she may not have know about the violation. There also appears to be some confusion as to whether or not Ms. Steed was properly noti ed of the violation. The case against Florida Prairie was tabled until next month pending the outcome of a request before the planning board for a special exception to build cabins on the Viking property in question. The owner had been cited for operating a commercial campground in an agriculture zoned district and using building that had been built without the proper permits. The case against Sauternes V, LLC was tabled until next month because of lack of proper noti cation. The case against John and Kristina Hendricks was tabled until next month because of a family emergency. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. Special magistrate recommends ne reductions 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 R e c e i v e u p t o $ 1 3 0 0 i n R e b a t e s *w i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f a q u a l i f y i n g L e n n o xH o m e C o m f o r t S y s t e m A N D u p t o $ 5 0 0 i n F e d e r a l T a x C r e d i t s * S p e c i a l F i n a n c i n g t h r o u g h G E M o n e y B a n k * o r CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. Glades Electric Cooperative remains committed to providing our members the highest quality service at the lowest possible rates. 1-800-226-4023 Okeechobee 1-800-226-4024 Moore Haven 1-800-226-4025 Lake Placid Website: www.gladesec.com Allan Kleinfeld Master Hearing Specialist3545 Highway 441 S Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza)467-5333 W o u l d l i k e t o i n t r o d u c e THEATRE III: ZOOKEEPER Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: HARRYPOTTER AND THE DEATHLYHALLOWS PART II 3DFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 July 22 July 22ND NDJuly 28 July 28TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 H a r r y P o t t e r a n d t h e D e a t h l y H a l l o w s P a r t 2 T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 8 C h i l d r e n & S e n i o r s $ 6 5 0 M a t i n e e e s $ 6 0 0 A l l O t h e r M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 3 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaRepresenting the cityAt the Tuesday, July 19 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council Mayor Pro Tempore Dowling Watford, right, presented Pat McCoy, center, Principal of North Elementary School, and Rev. Edward Weiss, left, Pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, with certi cates of appreciation. They had represented the City of Okeechobee at the opening ceremony of the recent annual meeting of the Florida Association of City Clerks held in Orlando. Mrs. McCoy sang the National Anthem and Rev. Weiss offered the Invocation.
Good thoughts for the day Proper planning prevents poor performance. Success is a miracle with thousands of unseen efforts.Casey Anthony Its over with, she is out regardless of w hat we say, it must have been a liberal Democrat jury. They dont think too much about murdering babies. Well, she beat the system, I wish her no ill will, and hope that no one harms her, or her family. Your heart and soul carry an unerasable record of your deeds, good, and evil that will elate you, or haunt you forever, I feel for those whose hidden monsters eat t hem from the inside out, I think her path in life is going to be very painful, and lonely, s he should have faced her monsters from t he start. Florida is one of several states trying to put together Caseys Law. It would make it a Federal offence not to report a dead or missing child in a timely fashion. I think the t ime would 24 hours. This would not have helped little Caylee but if Florida had such a law they could have gotten Casey on Federal c harges. I hope all states pass this law. This country does not need more laws. For children we do. It has been at the c ost of children that we now have Code A dam in stores, Amber Alerts on roads, TVs, radios, Missing children web sites and data b anks, Sex offender alerts, ect. Its a shame t hat we need them but how can you say we dont need these laws? If you dont pay your light bill for 31 days ... no power! If you dont pay your wat er bill for 31 days ... no water! If you dont return a movie you rented for 31 days ...you pay for that movie! If you dont report your c hild missing for 31 days, what happens? A BSOLUTELY NOTHING! Just because the jury found reasonable doubt does not mean Casey Anthony is innocent. It just means the evidence was too far degraded by all the time it was in that swamp. And it means the juries watch so much C.S.I. and fantasy crime shows that they start to expect evidence to an unrealistic standard. The evidence was not there to prove cause of death because the body was hidden for so long. If she had not hidden the body and lied to the cops, they could have done an autopsy before everything degraded and found the cause of death. I hope she spends the rest of her life in her own personal hell, always wondering when someone will discover who she is and hold her accountable for what she did.Chamber Even before the old chamber closed about two years ago, there were rumors about nancial problems. People said they quit the chamber because they would not show the members the nancial records. They would say the books were open, but if a member went up there to look at them, there was always some reason they couldnt see them. It seems outrageous that the old chamber of commerce owes all these penalties and fees to the IRS when they only had one employee. How much could the unpaid taxes be on one person who did not make a big salary? Also, why didnt the old chamber declare bankruptcy? It seems the of cers and directors of the old chamber just left it hanging. No one has been in the chamber building to answer visitors questions and promote local businesses for years. How long will this go on?Street lights on the Peavine Street lights on both sides of the prairie would bene t the kids safety making it easier for the drivers to see the kids as well as making it easier for the kids to see who is walking up on them. If you didnt know, there are sex offenders who live in the area. There are many areas of the county with no street lights and no sidewalks. It is dangerous for the kids to walk to the bus stop early in the morning when it is still so dark. When my kids were younger, I walked to the bus stop with them and waited with them until the bus came. Later I took turns with other parents of kids who waited at the same bus stop. Thank you for your caringOn May 16, our father, Glenn Austin Raulerson, left his cancer ridden body and, in the twinkling of an eye, was made perfect by our glorious God. Dad had many interests on this earth but nothing held as much importance to him as people. He taught us to truly show love for one another. Our dad was blessed and he believed that those blessings were meant to be shared. He would be so proud and thankful to all of the folks who have prayed for him, brought food, and offered help during this last month. We, his children, would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Pete Gawda for the visitation, prayers and food; Uncle Earl and Aunt Phoebe Raulerson for bringing the paper and mail every morning and letting us know that you where there to help; Ellen Schoonmaker for being a prayer warrior, not just for dad, but for each of us, for the cards, food and visits; Brother Kenny Boyd for praying, visiting and bringing good cheer; Don and Becky Ming for the food, food and more food and prayers; Church of God of Prophecy for lifting up our family; the Primitive Baptist Church; More to Life Church and Cary McKee and Oakview Baptist Church; Okeechobee High School, Toni Wiersma and Carol Bryant for loving and supporting Debbie; The folks at Hayward Baker for their prayers and kindness to Jody; North Elementary School and Pati Canevari, Judy Demeter, Lynn Thomas, Drema Brewer for running the ship and for all your love and compassion; Debbie Fraser for loving and taking care of us. After many phone calls, trying to nd a daytime care giver for dad, we stumbled through the phone book to nd Shirleys Personal Care. It was no accident, God directed us there. The of ce staff was prompt, we met the very day I called, professional and very, very kind. They brought us April Craig. Thank you, April. You came in and did everything. We knew our Dad was as well cared for as he would have been by one of us. You have amazing gifts and talents and we thank God for you. Most importantly, we would have been lost without the tender care of Hospice of Okeechobee. Thank you to Margret, Robin, Jocelyn, Debbie and everyone who answered the phone, called in a prescription, gave a bath, changed a sheet or did the paper work. You gave us strength, answers, comfort and relief. Doug McCoy and Cindy Raulerson ar e our gifts from God. We would have been lost without them keeping the houses and kids straight. They are truly our help mates. Dad would be proud and he would remind us that this is how life is supposed to be, families pulling together, neighbors helping out and friends loving each other. God has blessed us more than we could eve r imagine. His grace and mercy has carried us every hour and we will praise him all of ou r days. Sincerely, Pat McCoy, Jody Raulerson and Debbie RaulersonStorm prep for seniorsOne of FPLs top priorities is the safety o f both our employees and our customers, particularly during storm season. Looking bac k on the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, w e learned how important it is to ensure that senior citizens are prepared for storms. One of the most satisfying experiences in my career as a business advisor was to participate in a storm preparation seminar with the Florida Health Care Administration. Ou r goal was to help nursing homes prepare fo r storms (watch video). A key exercise was guiding the nursing home administrators through a mock hurricane and encouraging them to craft an emergency plan that covers what to do before, during and after a storm. This is a good exercise for anyone who lives in Florida. If you are a senior citizen, o r if you have an elderly family member, ther e are things that you can do to make sure you or your loved ones are prepared. To start, w e encourage you to use the Storm Guide fo r Seniors. This extensive resource addresses important questions such as: Whats the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning? What are my options if a hurricane approaches? How should I care for a loved one with special needs? How do I learn more about a special needs shelter? What should I do with my pet? How should I get started with my hurricane plan? FPL is ready and we want you to be, too. Visit www.FPL.com/storm to get started and share this with those you care about today. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 2 0 1 1 O k e e c h o b e e H i g h S c h o o l S c h o l a r s h i p N i g h t 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night 164Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC Adrian M. SampleIRSC Adrian M. Sample Scholarship Award was presented to two Okeechobee High School grads on May 26. Sarah Brewer received a $2,000 award and Elizabeth Turner received an award of $1,500. The awards were presented to both students by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey. 160 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC Take Stock in ChildrenOkeechobee High School gradss were presented with scholarship awards from the IRSC Take Stock in Children program for $20,500 each during the 2011 OHS Scholarship Awards Night held on May 26. Presenters, Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey awarded the scholarships to Jochen Anglin, Lucina Anselmo, Jocelyn Cardenas, Andrea Eddings, Shenorro Edwards Marshall Eng, Javier GarciaGomez, David Hall, Ana Maria Hernandex, Kayla Perez, Kayla Runyon, Ismael Valdez, Nathan Willbarger, La Vonda Williams, Justin Gibson, Yvonne Torres, Julio Villatoro, Samuel Kenworthy. 159 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSkullhill SteelThe recipient of the Skulhill Steel Scholarship was Joseph Menendez. The award was presented by Brand Baughman and Phillip Baughman in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High Schools 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 101. Calm wind becoming east southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partl y cloudy, with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostl y sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Weather Forecast 162 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC Jack F. Bylsma III Memorial EndowedOkeechobee High School grad, Wayne (Trey) Watson III was presented with a $1,450 scholarship during the May 26, Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night. Presenting the award were Sam Smith and Pat Alrey. 161 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSIRSC Dot and Bud AdamsMacin Raulerson and Wayne (Trey) Watson III were presented with scholarship awards for $1,700 each by Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey at the OHS Scholarship Night Awards program held on May 26.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Louis A. Hamann, 79GREEN VALLEY Louis A. Hamann, 79, o f Green Valley, Ill., passed away at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, at his home. Born Aug. 17, 1931, in Green Valley to Albert and Anna (Ripper) Hamann, he married Darlene Hamilton on Feb. 19, 1955, in Green Valley. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Carol Schrieber Al-Bataineh of Green Valley, and Susan (Bob) Hindman of Okeechobee, Fla.; one son, Michael Hamann of Pekin; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Schrieber of Green Valley. Louis was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. A United States Air Force veteran, Louis served in Korea. He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. thirty years before retiring in 1983. After retiring, he then farmed the Hamann family farm. Louis was of the Lutheran faith. Louis was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4423 and a member of the American Legion Post 64, both of Okeechobee, Fla. He was also a member of the Peoria Sportsmans Club, the Pekin Jaycees and a past member of the Green Valley Board of Education. An avid Chicago Cubs fan, Louis enjoyed shing, farming and carpentry, xing things for his children and wintering in Okeechobee. His graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m., today, July 22, 2011, in Green Valley Cemetery. The Rev. Thomas R. Wenndt will of ciate. The family received friends Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the family home at 119 Berry St. in Green Valley. Military honors will be provided by the Military Funeral Honors Team of Illinois and Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to Green Valley Fire Protection District, 100 Church St., Green Valley, IL 61534. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 Summer Reading Program at the LibraryJoin us at the Library for a Read Smore Books! program every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. during July. This program is for children Kindergarten through fth grade, ages 5 to 12, siblings welcome. Parents or Caregivers must remain with their children during the program. This program consists of Camping Stories, Readers Theater, Craft Projects, and of course, Reading Smore Books! Rewards and Prizes will be given to Celebrate Reading Achievement. This program is provided free to the Public and No Registration is required. The Friends of the Okeechobee Library have generously provided the program materials. V FW Post announces w eekend plansJoin the good folks at VFW Post 4423 on Friday, July 22 where the kitchen will be open 5-9 p.m. and XXL Karaoke (Capt. Dennis) will be playing 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, J uly 23, there will be burgers on the grill for a $2 donation noon-2 p.m. and a Fish Dinner complete with hushpuppies, fries & coleslaw for a donation of $6 from 5-7 p.m., and Miss Bette (karaoke) will be playing 7-10 p.m. Sunday, July 24, Lori will be serving Roast Pork, potatoes, veggie, salad, roll & dessert 2-4 p.m. for a donation of $6.50 and there w ill karaoke 6-9 p.m. Dont miss out on the great food, fun & friends!National Day of the Cowboy celebrationThe public is invited to the National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration to be held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center! Gates w ill open Friday night at 5 p.m. with a ranch rodeo, festivities and a barn dance ending at Midnight. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m., w ith the cattle drive beginning at 4 p.m. at Elis Western Wear and ending at the AgriCivic Center where all the festivities will go on until midnight. The celebration will be two days of western heritage, dancing, food, fun, vendors and cowboys. Admission is only $5. For more information on the event please contact Teresa Chandler, Event Coordinator at 863-801-4996. V FW Post to celebrate Christmas in JulyVFW Post 10539 will celebrate Christmas in July on Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. with a traditional turkey dinner for a donation of $6. Proceeds from the fundraiser will bene t Unmet Needs. Entertainment will be prov ided by Cheyenne at 7 p.m.Moose lodge to celebrate anniversaryLoyal Order of the Moose #1753, 159 NW 36th St. will host a rotisserie chicken dinner in honor of lodge anniversary at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 24. Please join us and enjoy a great meal. Music entertainment will start at 3-6 p.m.Vacation Bible SchoolOkeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N, is having Vacation Bible School July 25 through 29 from to 7 to 9 p.m. each evening with classes for all ages. For more information, please call 863763-7743.Okeechobee Orchid Club to meetThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Center, 451 Highway 98N. Bring an orchid to show or a problem orchid to discuss. For more information call Jan at 863-357-9980.VBS at Okeechobee Christian ChurchWe at Okeechobee Christian Church are going inside out & upside down on main street this year for VBS and would love for you to join us! The fun begins July 25-29, at 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m. You can visit our website at: www.okeechobeechristianchurch. com to register online or call 863-467-7858 for information on the registration event.CCC July meeting setThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Main Street sets July meeting dateThe next quarterly general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on July 27, at noon at the Golden Corral. All members are encouraged to attend and receive an update on recent events and activities, as well as meet our new Executive Director, Cindy Birdashaw.Hospice to host Yard SaleHospice of Okeechobees next Yard Sale will be on Wednesday July 27 and Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and SE 3rd Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: www. hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Early Learning Coalition to meetThe Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. will meet for board orientation on Thursday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m., at ELC Of ce, 10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 400, Stuart.Marthas House holds Celebrity Server fundraiserGolden Corral will be host to a Celebrity Server fundraiser on July 28, from 5-8 p.m., to bene t Marthas House with the Chobee Steelers serving it up for a great cause! For tickets please call Marthas House at 863763-2893.Freedom Outreach holds shing tournamentsThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sundays, July 31 Aug. 28 and Sept. 25. The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and Classic fund. All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Scott Driver will be used as a backup if low water occurs. The Classic, on Sunday, Oct. 30, will be a one-day event with a $120 entry fee, cash only. You must sh three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Church announces VBSAttention all cowboys and cowgirls. Victory Baptist Church is having VBS Aug. 1-5, from 6-8 p.m. Come help us round up the ten commandments.Grab-a-Bag clothing saleThe Salvation Army is holding a Grab-aBag sale on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. 2nd Ave. (rear of New Horizons Bldg.). Clothing will be $5 per bag, shoes $.50 to $1 per bag, hats $.50 and purses $.50 to $1. Cash only, no credit cards or checks will be accepted. There will be no refunds, no exchanges, no returns and no credit. All sales are nal. Call 863-763-6020 for information.Coffee with the commissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m.noon, and will be held in Commissioner Heltons of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee, Florida. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Okeechobee golf team to hold fundraiserSponsors and four man teams are welcome to take part in the annual OHS Golf team fundraiser tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. OHS Golf Coach Kenny Buckner said the event is a best ball four man scramble with a shotgun start at approximately 8 am. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team. Hole sponsors cost $100 and a two hole sponsorships and one entry fee can be purchased for $200. For more information call Coach Buckner at 863-634-0324 or all Okeechobee High school at 863-462-5025. Community Events
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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Jay Brian Levesque alw ays wanted an all-terrain v ehicle so, when he got the chance, he reportedly took one, said a deputys arrest report. Levesque, 17, N.E. 103rd A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Sunday, July 17, on felony charges of grand theft-auto and dealing in stolen property. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. The teen was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of his parents. An arrest report by Deputy John Hazy, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that the teen took the Yamaha Big Bear four-wheeler around 2 or 3 a.m. Sunday. The ATV is valued at $2,500, added the deputy. Levesque reportedly told the deputy he removed some of plastic body parts from the ATV so it would be ... harder to identify. The deputy said those parts were found lying by a re pit at a home where he was staying. According to Deputy Hazy, the teen took the four-wheeler and rode it in a mud pit until he saw the headlights of an approaching vehicle. Frightened, he reportedly ran from the area and left the four-wheeler behind. The teen was reportedly approached by the owner of the ATV who told him it had been stolen from their home and, if he found it, he would be given a reward. About 30 minutes later, Levesque brought the ATV to the owners home. Levesque allegedly told the owner that he knew who took it so he called them and they told him where he could nd it. The deputy went on to point out that when he asked Levesque why he took the four-wheeler he replied that ... he always wanted one. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. BAPTIST EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PENTECOSTAL You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 Your Place ofDestinyJeremiah 29:113666 E. Hwy 70 Okeechobee(Old Elks Lodge)(863) 357-2264Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor Sunday School 9am Sunday Worship 10am Tues. &Thurs. 7:30pmPrayer Service, Tues. &Thurs. 6:30pm 7:30pmNursery Available at All Services Office Hours: Mon. 9am 12 noon Tues. Fri. 9am 5pm 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s S u n d a y S u m m e r S c h e d u l e Holy Eucharist Mass at 9 a.m. W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 Visit our website at www.okeecoos.comAdd your church to our listings today! Contact usat 863-763-3134 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E 8 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 Teen charged with auto theft Jay Brian Levesque By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A teenager has been accused of stealing a car in Okeechobee so he could return his girlfriend to Hobe Sound. Chase Wyatt Weeks, 16, Burkett Way, Clewiston, was arrested Monday, July 18, on a charge of grand theft auto. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody of his parents. An arrest report by Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said Weeks stole a 2003 Pontiac Sun re valued at $5,000. The keys were reportedly in the unlocked car when it was stolen in April. The detective said the car was found April 9 partially submerged in a canal and several of the windows were broken out. According to Detective Saum, Weeks ngerprints were found on the car. When the investigator asked Weeks why he took the car, the teen reportedly said he needed to get his girlfriend back to Hobe Sound and that he was ... willing to do anything for his girlfriend. The detectives report goes on to state that Weeks and the girl are no longer seeing each other. Teen accused of stealing car Chase Weeks Valerie Rimes, 46, is a white female with brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 198 lbs. Her last known address is 1010 Harvey Rd, Kenansville. She is wanted for giving false information to pawnbroker; second degree petit theft and dealing In stolen property. If you have information regarding this person, please contact the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce at 863-763-3117. Most Wanted V alerie Rimes
The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Jamie Marie Shreves, 31, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. She is being held without bond. Christopher Miner, 22, N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with lewd and lascivious battery. His bond was set at $25,000. Jesse Lyng, 28, N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 by Deputy J ason Hickman on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with violation of probation possession of carisoprodol. He is being held without bond. Leonard J. Summa, 47, S.E. Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 by Sergeant Justin Bernst on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) w ithout a valid prescription. His bond was set at $5,000. Melanie Lynn Hess, 42, N. Flagler Drive, W est Palm Beach, was arrested July 15 by Sgt. Justin Bernst on a charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $500. Judy Anderson, 28, N.W. 102nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 by DOC's A lfreda Hall on charges of violation of probation driving under the in uence and v iolation of probation eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer. She is being held w ithout bond. Charles Buchanan, 29, S.E. 68th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 by Deputy Steven McKinley on felony charges of burglary (two counts) and misdemeanor charges of theft (two counts). His bond was set at $6,000. Larry Granvel Williams, 30, Ted Beck Road, Moore Haven, was arrested July 16 by Trooper T.B. White on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. Leonardo Resendiz-Espinoza, 26, Hardee St., Lake Placid, was arrested July 17 by Sgt. Justin Bernst on a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement of cer and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication. His bond was set at $11,000. Heradio Garcia, 32, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with driving under the in uence two prior convictions. His bond w as set at $5,000. Ligia L. Hunt, 35, N.W. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with committing a gross fraud or cheating at common law and ling a false report to law enforcement. She w as released on her own recognizance. Ronald W. Feldpusch, 40, S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $50,000. Roman Christian Bennett, 38, N.W. 45th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a California fugitive warrant charging him with violating his parole. He is being held without bond. Amby Alicia Williams, 21, S.E. 34th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 18 by Deputy Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with burglary of a dwelling with assault/battery while armed and attempted robbery with a rearm or deadly weapon. She is being held without bond. Lawrence John Baumhardt, 42, N.E. 12th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by Deputy Cari Arnold on a felony charge of battery on a pregnant person and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $2,000. Jennifer Ann Wilson, 31, N.W. 43rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging her with violation of probation carrying a concealed rearm. She is being held without bond. Dusty Flanery, 24, S.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Street Crimes Unit on a Greene County, Ark., warrant charging him with failure to appear possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He is being held without bond. Harrison Flanery, 41, S.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 19 by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Street Crimes Unit on a Greene County, Ark., warrant charging him with failure to appear delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He is being held without bond. Ashley Nicole Ripoll, 27, S.E. 40th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with felony violation of probation battery. She was released on her own recognizance. Edwina Gay Canizares, 45, N.W. 17th St., Miami, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with grand theft. She was released on her own recognizance. Michael Wright, 36, N.E. Brinkerhoff Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear driving while license suspended. He is being held without bond. Calvin D. Shuler, 30, Seminole Court, Pahokee, was arrested July 20 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear driving while license suspended. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF UNCLAIMED MONEYNOTICE IS HEREBYGIVEN that pursuant to Florida Statute 116.21 that the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office collected the following unclaimed money in their official capacity prior to January 1, 2010 and for which moneys claim has not been made. Persons having or claiming any interest in such funds or any portion of them shall file a written claim with Paul C. May, Sheriff of Okeechobee County on or before September 1, 2011 and shall make sufficient proof of ownership to Paul C. May, Sheriff of Okeechobee County, and upon so doing shall be entitled to receive any part of the money so claimed. Unless claim is filed within such time as aforesaid, all claims in reference thereto are forever barred.P A YEE CHECK NO. AMOUNT A.INMATE TRUST FUND: LEARY, PHAEDRA1880$2.94 EGAN, SHEENAMARIE1890$2.69 MORGAN, JACK EDWARD1892$.87 MARTINEZ, CESAR1992$64.13 JONES, LATRAIL2014$16.73 MAUPIN, JASON A2038$6.53 BREESE, AMANDAKATHERINE 2094$128.00 MOORE, CRYSTALLYNN2177$56.02 ADAMS, MICHAELBRAXTON2178$128.84 MCCAMMON, BRETTJAMES2201$8.93 MENDEZ, RAMIRO2256$.36 KIRBY, RICHARD2288$.75 SANCHEZ, ANDRES2315$1.50 STERLING, JERRYMILES2412$12.54 LORENZ, LISAMARIE6170$107.85 RODRIGUEZ, FRANCISCO6231$.93 OSCEOLA, NICKI L6235$85.00 JOHNSON, RODNEYTERRY6247$3.35 WEST, DAVE CURTIS5547$21.34 BRAZELL, ADRIN TRYONE5673$8.31 HILL, LOREN JR.5782$6.05 BILLIE, MERELSHANE5809$10.46 JACKSON, CALVIN5838$15.25 BLACK, KARI YVONNIE5890$8.46 HOWARD, JUSTIN CURTIS5891$4.05 CABRERA, JOSE LUIS5895$4.61 YOUNG, MARCUS6002$23.78 SELWYN, ROBERTRICHARD6017$.36 MCCLURE, DANNYJ6084$4.77 FRIEND, ROBERTWALTER6085$3.04 MARADIAGA, OSCAR ARMANDO6090$.90 ELLIOTT, ANTONIO6108$17.15 GEARY, DAVID SHAWN6145$2.13 P A YEE JACKET NO. 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AMOUNT SENNA, BRIAN28130$.34 SIMMONS, ROBERTM18400$1.99 SKIPPER, DARRELLLIONEL31880$.09 AGUIRRE, NICHOLAS P27608$17.39 ALSALBADOR, LORENZO31879$9.30 ATTEWELL, STACEYL31530$1.87 ATWELL, DAVID31468$1.04 BADILLO, ALENJANDRO M31760$11.30 BALTAZAR, ALVEAR Z28076$30.00 BONILLA, GEOVANNYA31813$40.00 BROWN, JEREMIAH I31024$30.62 BROWN, ROBERTA32186$.31 CARBALLO, JUAN30716$41.25 CARDENAS, MAGIN28676$1.11 CARRION, MARTINIANO32167$7.00 CHALFANT, ROBERTE29435$18.53 CLARK, DARYLD30957$1.70 CLARK, GILFORD E27883$1.26 COTTON, JESSAKAL31471$.32 DECKER, GREGORYE SR31545$21.14 DELGADO, FRANCISCO C11199$20.36 EDWARDS, WILLIAM30356$172.00 EAFRANGINO, GUSTABVO C31826$22.00 FERNANDEZ, JOSE R31286$50.00 GARCIA, LUIC F26667$11.82 GOMEZ, PASQUAL31855$36.00 GOPHER, KHOLTTHOMAS30185$160.25 GRIFFITTS, MICHAELS29818$16.00 HANEY, KRYSTALA32259$68.64 HERNANDEZ, SERGIO S28762$13.82 HOLLISTER, LAURAJ30584$.12 HOLMES, ANTIJUAN J22859$30.00 HUSTED, LISALYNN31544$2.86 JACOBS, ROY07484$.31 JOHNSON, CASEYC21468$41.04 JOHNSON, KEITH D31955$.02 JONES, JENNIFER L22287$51.25 LAMB, GLEN C III28386$.28 LANDA, JAIME24376$.26 LATHAN, ROY31900$16.00 SMITH, WILLIE17784$.16 SOLIS, MANUEL20883$3.38 TEMA, CAESAR I31809$5.06 THOMAS, JOEL31300$.94 THOMAS, MARVIN GAY20703$5.24 TOOMBS, YVETTE A30231$.73 VALCANIANT, ANTONIO30131$.30 WAUGH, DUSTIN M32274$5.00 WESLEY, CHAD H17172$1.11 WILLIAMS, DARREN31262$1.00 WOODSBY, MICHAELW31294$.77 YARGEE, JOHN A29849$.64Signed this 15th day of July 2011. Paul C. May, Sheriff, Okeechobee County, Florida Gayle Estes, Clerk Inmate Trust FundDATE ADVERTISED: JULY22, 2011 9 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A misdemeanor trespass complaint led to the arrest of an Okeechobee man on a felony charge after he allegedly hit a deputy. Dean James Koster, 52, N.E. 29th Terrace, was arrested Wednesday, July 20, on a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement of cer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Koster is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Mark Margerum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) indicated that he was sent to a N.E. 29th Terrace home in regard to a trespass complaint. The report stated that Koster had entered a home there without permission and that he appeared to be intoxicated. While Deputy Margerum was talking with the residents of the home, Koster reportedly walked over to them and began yelling. Then, Koster reportedly punched OCSO Deputy Joe Gracie in the shoulder and asked him "... what are you going to do?" Koster reportedly began swearing at the deputies and was taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs. Man accused of hitting deputy Dean James Koster
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First! Tractor Trailer Crashes Auto Crashes Motorcycle Crashes Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 10 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis Club welcomes guestsThe Thursday, July 14, Kiwanis meeting was held at the Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. Pictured left to right are Tiffany McCoy, Womens Advocate for Marthas House; Greg Thogersen, president of the Kiwanis Club; Corey DeHays, Kiwanis member who provided the speaker; and, Theresa Alexander, executive director of Marthas House. Ms. Alexander talked to the Kiwanis members about how Marthas House helps women, men (through their outreach center) and children who are victims of Domestic Violence by providing shelter, food, counseling, legal assistance, the capability to become self-suf cient and a place to be safe. The shelter kept 75 child victims safe in 2010 compared to 48 in 2009. You can help by donating money, food, books, video games, volunteering your time and talents or you may even sponsor a room for the shelter. Also, Marthas Closet is a thrift store that sells quality items at yard sale prices and the proceeds goes towards the expenses incurred at Marthas House. To learn more about Marthas House, visit: www.marthashouse.org. Okeechobee County will honor the history and traditions of the American cowboy this weekend with the local observation of the 2011 National Day of the Cowboy. The local celebration has expanded to a second day this year. On Friday, July 22, at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center there will be a ranch rodeo, followed by barn dance with live music. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The rodeo starts at 6 p.m. Festivities will end at midnight. Entrance to the A gri-Civic Center is off State Road 710. On Saturday, gates at the A gri-Civic Center open at 3 p.m. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a reenactment of a cattle drive starting at Elis Western Wear on State Road 70, traveling east on SR 70, and ending at the A gri-Civic Center. A variety of food and western theme vendors will be on the grounds. The rodeo starts at 6 p.m., with a barn dance to follow. Festivities end at midnight. Cost is $5 per person and will be collected at the gate. Event coorindator Teresa Chandler explained that the event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Cattlemens Association and Okeechobee Main Street. She said the entry fees will help offset the cost of the event. Previous years, the cattle drive started at 10 a.m. This year, the organizers decided to hold the event later in the day due to the dangers of the mid-day sun. Ms. Chandler said last year some of the older rodeo fans fainted from the heat. The date for the Day of the Cowboy is set by the national committee, and they chose July because out west in places such Arizona, Montanna and Nevada such events cannot be held in the winter. However, the summer heat in Florida can present a challenge for the cowboys, the stock and for the rodeo fans. Ms. Chandler said they hope by holding the rodeo later in the day, the temperatures wont be quite as hot. The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy nonpro t organization is to contribute to the preservation of Americas Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture which the United States Congresss National Day of the Cowboy resolution honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities. A Congressional resoultion designating fourth Saturday in July as the National Day of the Cowboy encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. In 2005, President George Bush signed an of cial letter of support of this resolution, which is the highest action he could take in regard to a resolution. Cowboy celebration this weekend Okeechobee News/ le photoAs shown in this photo from the 2010 event, the National Day of the Cowboy celebration will include a cattle drive through downtown Okeechobee on Saturday.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Like Us on Facebook and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card fromUltimate Gamer S e a r c h O k e e c h o b e e N e w s o n F a c e b o o k t o f i n d u s 15 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 The Taylor Creek Bass Club held their monthly tournament on July 16, at Lake Okeechobee where local sherman Darrell Brackin took top. Brackin brought to the scales a total w eight of 21.34 lbs for rst place win. Runner up in second place was Larry Steele with total 12.67 lbs. Chris Hall took third place w ith his total 12.44 lbs. Dick Myers nished in fourth place with 12.25 lbs. Fred Harrison took Big Fish award with his 7.79 lbs sh. The team of Darrell and Vicky Brackin won the team event "Calcutta" with total weight of 32.58 lbs The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buck Head Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the second Thursday of each month. Tournaments are held the following weekend. New boaters and (especially) non-boaters are welcome. For information call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255. The club also sponsors and presents the annual Lee McAllister Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival in Okeechobee. Taylor Creek Bass Club anglers reel in the big ones Special to the Okeechobee NewsChris Hall placed third in the tournament with sh totalling 12.44 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsLarry Steele nished in second place with sh weighing a total of 12.67 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsDarrell Brackin took top honors in the Taylor Creek Bass Club's July Big O Tournament with sh totalling 21.34 lbs. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Chobee Firestix 12 and under softball team will compete with teams from across the national at the USSSA World Series in Orlando, July 23-30. The team has already played in 7 tournaments this year and is a bunch of grizzled v eterans ready to test their skills against the best. The Firestix placed in either rst or second place in ve of the tournaments they have competed in this year, Coach Kim Hargraves said. "This is a strong group of veteran players and most have been coached by me since they started in the 8 and under league," she added. The roster includes Megan Hargraves, Jordan Lawlis, Kelli Chapman, Raylee Coleman, Bailie Shurley, Savannah Miller, Michaela Myers, Miranda McClanahan, Kassie Weldon, Brittani Mellette, Hannah Collier, Maci Collier, Ariel Girardi, Michelle Larowe and Carrie Wharin. Games will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports and other venues. Each team is guaranteed ve games in a round robin format. The team will also participate in a welcome parade and will meet and watch members of the US Olympic softball team and professional softball players for USSSA Pride compete. Chobee Firestix softball team ready for World Series OCRA football sign ups to be held Saturday, July 23Sign ups for OCRA football will be held at the Okeechoibee Sports Complex score tower on July 23 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. for ages 8 to 14. For more information online, go to the OCRA website, ocrasports.com.Garbage clean up tournament plannedA Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River garbage clean up tournament is planned for Saturday, July 23, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Prizes for heaviest weight total and more. Sign up at Crappy Jack's in Buckhead Ridge. For more details, call 863-763-7753.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OFPUBLIC HEARING Proposed Amendment to Code of Ordinances of Okeechobee County, Florida Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners to receive public input regarding adoption of an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of Okeechobee County, Florida. The title of the proposed ordinance is: AN ORDINANCE OFTHE BOARD OFCOMMISSIONERS OFOKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDINGAPPENDIX B -GLOSSARY; AMENDINGARTICLE 11, LAND USE: TYPE, DENSITY, INTENSITY, SECTION 2.04.00 -PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED USES IN ZONINGDISTRICTS TO PROVIDE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENTCLINICS WITHIN CERTAIN ZONINGDISTRICTS; AMENDINGARTICLE 11, LAND USE: TYPE, DENSITY, INTENSITY, SECTION 2.05.02-HOME OCCUPATIONS TO ADDRESS PAIN MANAGEMENTCLINICS, ALLOFWHICH ARE CONTAINED WITHIN THE LAND DEVELOPMENTREGULATIONS OFTHE OKEECHO-BEE COUNTYCODE; PROVIDINGREGULATIONS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENTCLINICS; ADDINGANEWARTICLE VII -PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS TO CHAPTER 22, BUSINESSES OFTHE OKEECHOBEE COUNTYCODE; PROVIDINGFOR APPLICABILITY; CONFLICTINGPROVISIONS; PROVIDINGFOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDINGFOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDINGFOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 28,2011 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 270 of the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Interested persons may appear and be heard. This public hearing will be the second of two public hearings. Acopy of the proposed amendments will be available for public inspection at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW9thAvenue, Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida each weekday, Monday through Friday, except holidays and furlough days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup from official records of the Clerk. Margaret Garrard Helton, Chain Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Publish in The Okeechobee News: July 22, 2011 18 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 adding the value of new construction, this tentative millage rate is calculated to bring in the same amount of taxes to the city as the current millage rate. One mill equals one dollar in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed v alue. A budget workshop was scheduled for 5 p.m, Aug. 16. A second budget workshop, if necessary, will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30. The rst public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 6 pm. on Sept. 6 and the second and nal public hearing before adoption will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. All meetings will be held in the council chambers at the city hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Turning to other business, the council gave approval to a request for use of city property by J. D. Mixon of the Kiwanis Club. On a date to be determined in September, the Kiwanis Club wanted to have use of the city property on the southeast corner of the intersection of S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street. This property adjoins Taylor Creek where the club is planning to hold the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta. This is a boat race consisting of home made boats constructed solely of one sheet of plywood, screws and duct tape. The event will be held in honor of Adam Bryant who passed away in 2004 due to complications relating to a camping incident and to raise scholarship money for a graduating senior to attend Fire/ EMT Academy. Bryan Cartland of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County gave an update on his organization's activities. He said his chamber has grown from 30 members to over 70. The organization is developing committees for business development, business advocacy, duciary, membership and marketing and events. They have relocated their of ce to the rst oor of the building across from the law of ce of Devin Maxwell. Mr. Cartland listed 10 businesses his organization had assisted. He also said his organization was involved in the expansion of four existing businesses resulting in an increase of 19 jobs. In addition, the chamber assisted in bringing in nine new businesses resulting in 370 new jobs. As for the planned Outdoor World Village, Mr. Cartland said the shift was from retail to entertainment. "That project is still out there as a possibility several years down the road," he added. Councilman Dowling Watford asked how the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County would be involved in activities traditionally linked to a chamber such as the Speckled Perch Festival and the Christmas Parade. "That remains to be determined," was Mr. Cartland's reply. While the focus would be on economic development, his organization could possibly be involved in other community activities, he said. City administrator Bryan Whitehall said that Mr. Cartland's work makes life a lot easier for the city in dealing with new businesses. "Without him (Mr. Cartland) it would me doing economic development," Mr. Whitehall said. The council also heard from the city's representatives on the OUA Board of Directors. "The reason why I got on the board was to make a difference," said OUA Board member Steve Nelson. He said that in 1995 OUA inherited a system with a lot of aws and carried it a long way. "We've come under budget for the past couple of years," Mr. Nelson said, adding that the board was currently paying down debt to help hold the rates down. "We got ambushed by builders," Mr. Nelson said, referred to builders who defaulted on their developer's agreements. Payments on developer's agreements had been earmarked to pay off the debt on the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. "Rest assured that will never happen again," Mr. Nelson added. Board member Frank Irby said the OUA board was one of the best boards he has worked on, "I think it is important to the community," he stated, adding "In the next four or ve years we will have to raise rates 7 percent to pay the debt on the wastewater treatment plant expansion." In other action, the council approved a new fee schedule for public record requests in accordance with state statutes and voted to continue the current health plan for city employees.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. CITYContinued From Page 1 High temperatures and cloudy, rainy days can spell trouble for sh in Florida's marine and freshwater habitats. These conditions can cause sh kills, which are natural occurrences that typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to sh populations. Nevertheless the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your help in keeping track of these die-offs. FWC scientists record and monitor the location and extent of sh kills in natural lakes and estuaries to see if there are problems developing in an ecosystem that might require investigation or restorative measures. Many factors may contribute to a sh kill. Some sh kills are complex and involve a variety of factors that may not be easily discernable. However, most common causes of kills in brackish estuaries, freshwater lakes and man-made retention ponds are well understood by scientists. The good news is that most natural water bodies are resilient to these types of sh kill events. Residents can report sh kills in natural water bodies to the FWC at MyFWC. com/FishKill or by calling the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. It is not necessary to report sh kills in man-made retention or private ponds to the FWC. Report sh kills, even though they're common this time of year
Friday and Saturday, a ranch rodeo is planned at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The highlight of the weekend is the cattle drive down State Road 70, on Saturday afternoon, starting at 4 p.m. The good guys at the OK Corral Gun Club have gotten wind of a rumor that some bad guys plan to spoil the fun at the cattle drive. And theyre ready to do their part to make sure the bad guys plan doesnt work. Details yet unknown, but there is sure to be lots of gun re if these two gangs meet. The OK Corral Gun Club is still laying their sod but they say theyve met some mighty ne locals in the short time theyve been here. Were planning on opening our doors within a month, said Justin Hunt, the Pro Gunslinger of the establishment. Here we are with our new ock of clay pigeons, putting the nishing touches on our saloon and our church and we hear tell of a gang of bad guys? Weve got guys to call, were calling the good guys! The establishment by the name of the OK Corral Gun Club is indeed new to these parts. Eighty acres of trees, hills, and lakes await the most discerning sharp shooters. The stately club already boasts an old bar hauled in from Nevada, a broad collection of rare mounts caught by the brave Max Evans, and the strongest gun safe south of the Mississippi. Time will tell if these new cowboys are the real McCoy or just some city slickers. Wait and see how the OK Corral good guys do in the showdown against the bad guys at this weekends ranch rodeo. The club will also have a booth at the two-day rodeo. Justin Hunt will be on hand to answer any questions. 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EXAMPLE 19 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 debts. In addition, all the constitutional ofcers with the exception of the supervisor of elections have either maintained the same level as last year or decreased their budgets. The supervisor of elections budget shows a $21,211 or a 5.23 percent increase. Supervisor of elections Gwen Chandler attributed this increase to three factors: 2012 is a presidential election year; reapportionment of voting districts due to the 2010 census and major changes in election laws. The tax collectors budget comes partly from the county and partly from fees collected. While the tax collectors overall budget shows a $7,702 or 3.73 percent decrease, the portion of the budget contributed by the county commission, $465,000, remains the same. The property appraisers budget shows a $39,766 or 2.8 percent decrease. A large part of the reduction comes from the elimination of one position. The sheriffs budget shows a $311,099 or 1.9 per cent decrease. This is the fourth year the sheriff has decreased his budget. This decrease was responsible, in part, to the elimination of ve and one half employees including road patrol positions, detective positions, and courthouse security. The sheriff said he was able to make these cuts because of a drop in the crime rate. In addition, he removed the contingency for overtime and fuel. The budget for the clerk of the court shows a $21,454 or 1.88 per cent decrease. The millage rate for the current budget is 8.0 mills. Mrs. Chartier is recommending a millage rate of 8.5470 for the new budget. This millage rate takes into consideration current property values and is calculated to bring in the same amount of revenue to the county as the current budget. Therefore although the tax rate may go up, it is possible some people may not see a tax increase. There is further good news in the fact that at this time it looks like there might be no change in the re assessment. If the re assessment remains the same, that would be the fourth year with no change. While it is possible there might be a 3 percent increase in the solid waste assessment, it is also possible that there could be a 15.5 percent reduction in the EMS assessment. However, the current EMS and re assessment rates could fund 7 additional re/rescue personnel. It must be noted that these are all preliminary gures and could change before nal adoption of the budget. One of the things commissioners will have to determine is how to fund requests from private organizations. The proposed budget contains a total of $422,912 in requests from 17 community organizations including New Horizons, Main Street, the youth livestock show, shared services, and the health department, to name a few. The current budget has $352,719 in donations to private organizations. Budget workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. July 26, 2 p.m. on July 28, noon on Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 3. They will be held in the Commission Chambers at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at email@example.com. BUDGETContinued From Page 1 The Cowboy Code1. Live each day with courage. 2. Take pride in your work. 3. Always nish what you start. 4. Do what has to be done. 5. Be tough, but fair. 6. When you make a promise, keep it. 7. Ride for the brand. 8. Talk less and say more. 9. Remember that some things arent for sale. 10.Know where to draw the line. From James P. Owens book, Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West.
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(863) 634-3572 Apartments Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances, W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo., $300 Sec. Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo includes water and lawn maintenance $200 deposit. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $800/mo. or $1000 including utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. First and Last name and $800 sec. dep. req. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $700 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Commercial Property 3 Commercial Lots of f SW Park Street, 150x142 1/2 (21,375 sq ft). $79,000 possible owner nancing or trade for House or Duplex. Call 863-634-8037 Great SW Park Street Commercial Building for sale 3,500 square feet with, 2 entrances, new roof and air conditioners. $235,000 Call 863-634-7219 for Details Condos/Townhouses Rent 2 Bdrm Townhome Furnished in Kings Bay, Also 2 Bdrm Duplex Unfurnished in the City w/New Carpet. 863-634-8331 TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1 Power/water/sewer/pool included. $725 per mo. 1st mo. FREE! Call 863-824-0981 Houses-Rent 2bd/2ba Den and Fl room on 5 acres. Rent with option to buy. Between Indiantown and Okeechobee. $995.00 monthly Call 772-260-3068 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 Large 2/1 on water in Treasure Island. Adults, no pets, $700/mo. + $500 sec. (863)467-1308. 20 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011
Houses RentOKEE 2/1, $495 mo. or 3/2, $650 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. OKEE 2bd/1ba CBS House, large lot, freshly painted, new carpet, w/d, well water, Located by 15-B $650 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE Nice 3br/2ba Brindeban Forrest, fenced yard, garage & shed. $650 mo. 1st & sec. Avail. August 1st! 863-634-0042 TREASURE ISLAND 4br/3ba On the water. New carpet, new paint. Lots of room. Covered porches. Fenced yard. $1100 mo 561-262-1390 RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED 2 BR apt. Everything included Cable, internet, A/C. $100/wk each room Call (863)801-8278 VacationRentalsChoose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, Youll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale2 Houses on 5 acres with pond asking $239,900 Call 772-260-3068 Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land SaleDixie Ranch Acres 1 Acre lots $9,000 $500 down Owner Financing Call 863-763-6358 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Lots SaleLot For Sale Lot Size .462 3225 NW 28th Ave Okeechobee, Fl. 34972 Asking $6,000 Call 863-447-4318 Waterfront PropertyWATERFRONT PROPERTYLake Okeechobee, FL. Bass Fishing Paradise, 2 Lots (apx 1/3 acre) each with sewer & well, 1100 sq. ft. Mobile home with Florida room, screened porch, carport, 32 x 40 garage, covered boathouse with lift, seawall. Pics available upon request. Priced to sell @ $67,500 OBO. 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Arnold conducting a upholstery business at 310 S.W. 2nd Ave., Okeechobee, Florida 34974, under the cititous name of StitchNTime and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: Jeffrey C. Arnold 1090 22nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 Ownership of StitchNtime is as follows: Jeffrey C. Arnold It is my intentions to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to register the said name of StitchNtime under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Jeffrey C. Arnold DATE: 7/19/2011 1090 22nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 393035 ON 7/22/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on July 28, 2011. Owner Unit # Ballard, Wayne 76 Blake, Keith 651 Huggins, Laura 427 392499 ON 7/15,22/2011 21 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 ACROSS 1 Hardly emulated the 16-Across 10 Skeletons place? 16 Proverbial worm catcher 17 Fountain treat 18 Not quite Barcelonas best? 19 Ovoid tree nut 20 La Scala highlight 21 Swear falsely, with oneself 23 Olympic perfection 24 Four-handed piano piece by a French emperor? 29 Chic 31 Support provider? 32 Wrong thing to do 33 Conductor Toscanini 36 Impudent 37 Movie gigolo Bigalow struggling with debt? 42 R.E. 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Devon Anthony Mitchell Jr, 23, S.E. 14th Court, was arrested Tuesday, July 19, on a charge of possession of marijuana over 20 grams and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail. Jail records indicate he has since been released on $2,500 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Matthe w Hurst, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that he stopped Mitchell on S.R. 78 W. because he was not wearing a seat belt and was too close to the car in front of him. Because the window on his white Mercury automobile wouldnt roll down, Mitchell had to open the drivers side door when the deputy approached him. When the door was opened, Deputy Hurst said he saw a clear plastic bag on the seat next to Mitchell that contained suspected marijuana. The OCSO deputy went on to point out that a second bag of suspected marijuan a was also found in Mitchells pocket. Both substances were eld tested and both indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana, stated the arrest report. According to Deputy Hursts report, the rst bag of suspected pot weighed approximately 8 grams and the second bag contained 29 grams of suspected marijuana. Mitchell was also issued traf c citations for following too closely, no seat belt and driving on a suspended license without knowledge. Man charged with felony marijuana possession Devon A. Mitchell
By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man w as sentenced Thursday, J uly 21, to prison by Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger after entering into a plea deal with the state. Tony Andrew Jackson, 50, N.E. 16th Ave., was sentenced to serve eight years in prison on the charge of unlawful sexual activity with a certain minor. He also received a two-year prison sentence on a charge of interference w ith child custody. Both sentences will run concurrently, and he will receive credit for the 392 days he has already served. As he stood before Judge Belanger Thursday afternoon, Jackson apologized for his behavior. Jacksons defense attorney, Rebecca Hamilton, told the judge that the responsibility shown by her client for his actions taken toward the child are to be commendable. However, those words seem to have little effect as Judge Belanger looked down from his bench at the shackled former U.S. Marine standing before him. You should have the discipline to make good decisions, Judge Belanger told Jackson, referring to his being a former Marine. The judge also pointed out that because Jackson had already served 70 months in prison on a cocaine conviction there wasnt much he could do but give him the eightyear sentence. Because of the plea agreement, Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright could only seek a maximum sentence of 10 years. If there had been no plea deal, Jackson could have been given a maximum of up to 20 years in prison. Jackson was arrested on these charges on June 23, 2010. Arrest reports indicate that Jackson and the girl had been involved in a sexual relationship that began when the girl was 15. She is now 17. On May 25, 2010, a DNA test was done to determine the father of the baby. The test indicated a 99.99 percent probability that Jackson is the babys father. The baby was born in 2009. Judge Belanger also ruled that Jackson will not serve probation. Mr. Albright said Jackson will not be classi ed as a sexual offender. In an unrelated sentencing Thursday, Judge Belanger accepted the plea of Daniel Ventresca and sentenced him to ve years in prison. Ventresca, 34, had entered a plea of no contest to felony charges of battery on a law enforcement of cer and resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. Judge Belanger found him guilty and sentenced him to ve years on each count. The sentences will run concurrently. Ventresca will receive credit for the 240 days he has already served. Ventresca was released from prison in order to be sentenced on the local charges. According to the Department of Corrections web site, Ventresca was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon on June 17 in Pasco County. Jackson given eight-year prison stint 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 1039 S.E. 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HOA with pool, clubhouse, tennis courts and lawn maintenance. $98,000 MLS# 205105 5012-M: Mobile Home, screened room and carport awning, 2 sheds, completely furnished. Make offer. Motivated Seller! $37,000 $29,900 MLS #201831 5023-M: Lake Okee access 2Bdr/2ba RV in Ancient Oaks. Gated RV Resort Park, 55+ community. Lots of activities and amenities to keep you entertained. $49,900 MLS #204975 2002-H: Taylor Creek lake access CBS home w/lg addition, lg open back porch, dock, boat lift, seawall, garage, concrete drive. $139,500 NOW $120,000) MLS #203697 R R E E D D U U C C E E D D R R E E D D U U C C E E D D R R E E D D U U C C E E D D 22 Okeechobee News July 22, 2011 Tony Andrew Jackson Rodney Leitner, 44, is a white male with blond hair and blue eyes. He is 66 tall and weighs 230 lbs. His current address is 2909 SE 24th Street, Okeechobee. Leitner was convicted of Lewd & Lascivious Victim Less Than 12 YOA, Offender Over 18 YOA on 4/19/2001 in Palm Beach County, Florida. The victim was a minor. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce is disclosing this information to the public in order to enhance public safety, awareness, and protection. This information is not intended to increase fear: rather it is this agencys belief that an informed public is a safer public. This bulletin should be used only for information purposes. Citizen abuse of the information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders will not be tolerated, in any manner. The individuals who appear in this bulletin have served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. They are NOT wanted by the police at this time. Sex offenders have always lived in the communities. The only change is the public is now better informed. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, contact Michele or Connie at the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce at 763-3117, extension 2240 or website http://www. fdle.state. .us. Sexual Predator Notice Rodney Leitner
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MurphyOkeechobee News A four run rally in the fth inning propelled West Seminole American to a 7-3 victory over Okeechobee and a spot in the Dixie Y outh Baseball Ozone State Championship game Wednesday night in AvonPark. It was a great post season for the Ozone stars as they won ve out of eight games, and won three of ve in the state championships. Baron Stuart helped Okeechobee take a 3-1 lead in the semi nal game Wednesday night as he threw four strong innings. Gabe Greseth continued his torrid pace at the plate with two more homeruns and three runs batted in. Greseth hit four homeruns in the nal two games of the tournament. Greseth's homerun in the top of the fourth scored Stuart who had reached base on a elder's choice. Greseth also homered with the bases empty in the top of the second. Chase Quisenberry nearly hit a homerun in the top of the rst for Okeechobee but CF Jalen Young leaped over the fence to make the catch. Young hit a homerun in the bottom of the rst to give West Seminole American a brief lead. The real damage came in the bottom of the fth as Stuart allowed runners to reach thanks to a elding error and a single and two walks. Greseth relieved and was greeted by an RBI single by Young and a three run homerun by Marshall Stallings. Okeechobee loaded the bases in the top of the sixth but couldn't score. W est Seminole late rally upends Okeechobee, 7-3 Teen Dance raised money for CASTLETeresa Chandler donated the proceeds from the July 2, teen dance to CASTLE representatives Al Jacks, Program Manager for Safe Families and Carmina Parisi, Social Worker. CASTLE (Child Abuse Services, Training and Life Enrichment) serves 122 families in Okeechobee. For more information on CASTLE services please call Al Jacks, at 863-467-7771.Special to the Okeechobee News/ Teresa Chandler By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Gabe Greseth hit a pair of homeruns and Baron Stuart also went deep as Okeechobee's Ozone All-stars defeated Blountstown 4-2 Tuesday night at the Florida Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament in AvonPark. Greseth's two run blast in the rst inning got Okeechobee off to a good start and Logan Etherton pitched a complete game to get Okeechobee to the next round. Stuart singled ahead of Greseth's blast in the rst, and hit a solo homerun to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fth inning for Okeechobee. Greseth followed with a solo shot to complete the scoring. Deronte Williams pitched a strong game for Blountstown, who had won two elimination games in a row at the tournament after a rst round loss to Marianna, 10-8. Blountstown scored one run in the second inning thanks to Williams speed. He walked, stole second, and came around to score when the throw went into the out eld. Blountstown tied the score 2-2 in the fourth inning when Tyronte Sumner reached on a elders choice, advanced to second on a base hit by Bryson Horn, and scored on a balk. Blountstown was thwarted in the sixth inning by a blunder on the base paths. Umpires ruled that pinch runner Rashad Simmons failed to touch third base as he appeared to score on a base hit by Autavian Godwin. Etherton struck out Kevin Godwin and Sumner with the two tying runs on base to end the game. OCRA All-stars defeat Blountstown Okeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee Winners for last week were: 1. C. Ferguson; 2. tie G. Guydosh, D. Thomas Gold Tee Winners
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