Friday, September 2, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 105 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.64 feetLast Year: 14.08 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Stocking bass? Learn the rules ... Page 12 OHS Brahmans play Gulliver Prep ... Page 13 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceIts rodeo time!The Okeechobee Cattlemens Association will present championship bull riding Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, with a rodeo dance to follow. On Sunday and Monday, the cattlemen will sponsor their annual Cattlemens Labor Day Rodeo. Other Labor Day weekend festivities include a festival in Flagler Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the Labor Day Parade on Monday. For a detailed schedule of this weekends events, see page 3. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A fellow inmate has been arrested and charged in the death of an Okeechobee man being held in a Panhandle prison on child pornography charges. A Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) report indicates that Thomas Brewster Manton, 71, died Jan. 19 at 3:55 p.m. in the Calhoun County Hospital. Although the of cial cause of death has been redacted in that report, statements from other inmates at the Liberty Correctional Institution in Bristol indicate that Manton died after being hit in the neck by a fellow inmate. According to the report Paul A. Venth, 34, was arrested Aug. 15 by the Liberty Count y Sheriff's Of ce on a charge of aggravated manslaughter. Venth was sentenced to 90 months in prison following his 2007 conviction for armed burglary. Fellow inmate accused of killing MantonSee MANTON Page 14 Thomas Manton Paul Venth
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Okeechobee Have A Safe Holiday!WEDNESDAYDEADLINEDisplay Advertising ................3 p.m., Friday,September 2The Okeechobee News will close Monday, September 5thfor Labor Day THEATRE III: COWBOYS & ALIENS Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: CRAZYSTUPID LOVE Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: SPYKIDSFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 September 2 September 2ND NDSeptember 8 September 8TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 Movie Tickets:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50 3 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 Saturday, Sept. 39 a.m. Labor Day Festival in Flagler Park opens with more than 70 vendors. 9 a.m-noon Ron Dawsons Balloon Animals and Magic throughout Flagler Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gospel singing in Flagler Park, in Park 4. 9:30 a.m. Corn hole competition begins in Flagler Park, and continues through Sunday in Park 3. 10-2 p.m. Home Depot Childrens Workshop in Flagler Park. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Scott Benge, acoustical guitarist and vocalist performs in Flagler Park in the Park 3 pavillion. 11 a.m. Sacred Heart Martial Arts Program in Flagler Park on the stage between Park 2 and Park 3. Noon Hot dog eating competition in Flagler Park, on the stage between Park 2 and Park 3. 7 p.m. Championship Bull Riding at the Okeechobee AgriCivic Center, entrance off SR 710 Rodeo dance at the Agri-Civic Center (following the bull riding)Sunday, Sept. 49 a.m. Labor Day Festival in Flagler Park opens. 9 a.m-noon Ron Dawsons Balloon Animals and Magic throughout Flagler Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gospel singing in Flagler Park, in Park 4. 10-2 p.m. Home Depot Childrens Workshop in Flagler Park in Park 2. 2 p.m. Okeechobee Cattlemens PRCA Labor Day Rodeo, at the AgriCivic Center, entrance off SR 710.Monday, Sept. 59 a.m. Labor Day Festival in Flagler Park opens. 9 a.m-noon Ron Dawsons Balloon Animals and Magic throughout Flagler Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gospel singing in Flagler Park, in Park 4. 9:30 a.m. VFW will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Lisa Riley will sing the National Anthem in Flagler Park on the stage between Parks 2 and 3. 10 a.m. Okeechobee Labor Day Parade, sponsored by the B.R.A.T. Club, will follow the regular parade route, starting at U-Save on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441), traveling north to State Road 70, then west on S.R. 70 to the end of Flagler Park. 10-2 p.m. Home Depot Childrens Workshop in Flagler Park in Park 2. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Scott Benge, acoustical guitarist and vocalist performs in Flagler Park in the pavillion in Park 3 behind the chickee huts. 11 a.m. Explosion Cheer and Dance Squad to perform in Flagler Park in front of the stage between Parks 2 and 3. 11:30 a.m. Fair and festival royalty on stage in Flagler Park on the stage between Parks 2 and 3. Noon Okeechobee Steelers steel drum band performs in Flagler Park on the stage between Parks 2 and 3. Noon Corn Hole Competition nals in Flagler Park in Park 3. Noon Hoop It Up hula hoop contest in Flagler Park at the Main Street booth in Park 3. 2 p.m. Soda Chug Contest in Flagler Park on the stage between Parks 2 and 3. 2 p.m. Okeechobee Cattlemens PRCA Labor Day Rodeo, at the Agri-Civic Center, entrance off SR 710.For the purposes of this schedule, the sections of Flagler Park have been numbered from east to west, starting with the War Memorial section at the intersection of Parrott Avenue and State Road 70 as Park 1. Labor Day weekend festivities schedule FESTIVAL: For more information about the festival booth applications or if you would like to volunteer to help at the festival, please contact Cindy Birdashaw, Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246. PARADE: Labor Day Parade applications are available at the Okeechobee News of ce, 107 S.W. 17th Street and at Tonis Chic Boutique, 121 S.W. Park Street. Applications are also online on the Okeechobee Public Form on www.newszap.com and on the Okeechobee News Facebook page. Parade rules are on the application form. RODEO: Advance tickets for the Championship Bull Riding and rodeo dance and for the Cattlemens Labor Day Rodeo are available at Elis Western Wear. Reserved seating is available. Tickets can also be purchased at the Agri-Civic Center on the day of the rodeo. For more information about the rodeo online, see www.okeechobeecattlemansassocaition.com. Photo by Sandra PearceThe Cattlemens Rodeo will be Sunday and Monday at the Agri-Civic Center, at 2 p.m. The Labor Day Parade will be Monday. Labor Day marks the end of the traditional summer boating season in many places, even though Florida weather is perfect for getting out on the water most of the year. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to have fun by boating safely, and to be careful over the upcoming busy holiday weekend. There are a few key things you can do to stay as safe as possible on the water, said Capt. Tom Shipp, of the FWCs Boating and Waterways Section. Operate your vessel with caution, have all the necessar y safety equipment on board, and wear a life jacket. So far this year, there have been 37 boating accident fatalities. Though fewer lives have been lost this year as compared to this time last year, safe boat operation is always important. Even one death is too many, Shipp said. Unfortunately, around the state, there have been several boating fatalities in the past fe w weeks. We are asking boaters to put extr a focus on safety to prevent these tragedies. The FWC also encourages boaters to remain sober or designate a sober boat operator. Also, boaters should pay attention to their surroundings, particularly inclement weather that can build quickly this time o f year. For information on boating safety, call the FWCs Boating and Waterways Section at 850-488-5600, or visit MyFWC.com/Boating. FWC urges cautions for Labor Day boaters
Strike up the band! I understand the high school band will march with both middle school bands in the Labor Day parade, so that will make a big b and of about 200. It is great that the high s chool kids work with the middle school kids that way, to give them a taste of what it is like to be in a marching band. Look for the band in the park this coming weekend and after the parade in the park!Stand up for the ag I know this has been in the paper before, but I just want to again remind everyone to stand up for the ag when the color guard passes in the Labor Day parade. How are kids going to learn how to behave properly if the adults around them dont teach t hem by example? Stand up for the ag and remind others around you to stand.Drilling for oil I kind of like Michele Bachmans plan. She will wipe out unemployment and put oil right on our doorstep by drilling in the Everglades. Maybe she would even put a re nery in Okeechobee! She might even put good ole Sarah Palin in charge of something. They drilled in the everglades 30 years ago. All the oil they found had a real high s ulphur content and wouldnt meet pollution standards. That would probably be w orse now with the emission regulations even more strict. They just plugged all the w ells. They even drilled a few in Okeechob ee county.Storms Isnt Katia a nickname for Katrina? W e better watch this storm. T houghts to ponder Practice does not make perfect ... Perfect practice makes perfect. An amateur practices until he gets it right. A professional practices until he cannot get it wrong.Feed mill re In the paper this morning it said the State Fire Marshal reported the re was started by spontaneous combustion in a feed bin. It is not uncommon as feed will produce heat and start to smolder, especially if it gets wet. The re was ruled accidental. We are lucky no one was injured. The re ghters did a tremendous job in battling a very dangerous re.Property If you truly believe you own the property which you paid for with blood, sweat, tears and money just stop paying your property taxes and you will soon nd out the truth. We stopped owning land the moment property taxes were forced on us. The government owns your land and you pay taxes for the privilege of pretending its yours.FCAT I was able to search the FCAT grades for all the local schools. All our schools are doing pretty good on the Florida Standard grading criteria. Our teachers really work hard to help our children do well and prepare them for life and college (if they want). I couldnt help but notice the High School grade has not been posted. Is the grade being challenged again, to raise it to a C? The HS teachers are dedicated and really work hard. What gives? The grades for high schools have more to their calculations than simply the FCAT (ex. numbers of students in AP/IB classes, Dual Enrollment, Industry Ready Certi cation, the performance of the lowest quartile, the graduation rate, the graduation rate of atrisk students, number of seniors who are college ready, and more). Because its a more complex formula which requires gathering a large amount of data, high school grades dont post until at least December. So it will be almost the end of the semester before districts can know their grade for the previous year. We all just have to wait and see. I think we went wrong thinking we could MAKE everyone learn the basics. Hey, education is an opportunity for all, but youve got to put the work in. Why waste so much time on those who have no will to work? Everyone can learn the basics. What they should also be learning is being phased out in many districts around the country (music, art, computing and tech classes, and sometimes even social studies) in favor of spending more time, energy and money on teaching to the test. Well miss themThe people of Okeechobee are great. During the illness and death of my grandson, Tab Russell, there were so many phone calls, prayers, cards, food and the visits were overwhelming. Tab, like his little brother Zachary, who lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis at 12 years old in August 2008, has lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis at age 27, in August, 2011. We miss them. They were two very courageous young men. Never to be forgotten! Please donate to help nd a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Thank you and God bless each of you. Love you all. Mimi Frankie RussellSincere thanksWe would like to give special thanks to Dr. Saeed A. Khan and his staffthey are amazing. Dr. Khan is the most caring and sincere doctor I have ever been to. He always takes his time and is very patient. He is truly devoted to all of his patients. Bennie & Mildred MartinA sincere thank youDue to the generosity of the owners, members of our community were given a free chance to win a wonderful generator at Gilbert Snapper & Golf Cars on S. Parrott Ave. this month. I am that fortunate winner. Those associated with the business, who gave their time to make the Saturday enjoyable, along with a great rib lunch, are sincerely appreciated. Thank you to all for everything and I hope I do not have to use this generator fo r any large hurricane in this area. Patricia C. HallMilitary Suicide Awareness MonthThe Ladies Auxiliary to VFW North Pos t 4423 are hoping to bring awareness to family and friends of military personnel regarding Military Suicides. We believe this can be prevented through education and open communication. This month we are wearing and posting Teardrops in hopes tha t the public will ask us what it means. Please, as a community, do your research and watch for warning signs. The following are Suicid e Crisis & Prevention Resources. Please help us educate everyone. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255) www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org (1 on 1 chat w/counselor) www.ptsd.va.gov Veteran Combat Call Center (talk to another combat veteran): 877-927-838 Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #4423 Friday, September 2, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind around 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind around 5 mph. Chance o f precipitation is 30 percent. Okeechobee Forecast Spec. to the Okeechobee News/ HS Pet RescuePet of the WeekMax is a young male neutered hound dog that has been obedience trained, house trained, playful, and likes other dogs. Adoption fee: $175, includes neutering/ shots. He is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/ Pet Rescue at 863-357-1104.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Justin O. Seals, 16, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Bryan Holden on a felony charge of introduction of contraband into a county detention facility. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting a law enforcement ofcer without violence and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. William Christopher Watson, 26, N.E. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Adrian Rogers on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance by fraud. He is being held without bond. Jarrod Jamell Neal, 25, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with violation of probation possession of cocaine. He is being held without bond. Scott Denton Salmon, 46, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Corporal Randy Thomas on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with tampering with witness/victim/informant. He is being held without bond. Tadarrel Lacobius Smith, 18, N.E. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Marcus Collier on charges of driving under the in uence and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. His bond was set at $1,000. Roy Lee Melvin, 35, S.E. 68th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine). His bond was set at $2,500. Jakaris Morris, 18, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation selling substance in lieu of drug. His bond was set at $208. Timothy Crews, 37, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a warrant charging him with violation of probation scheme to defraud (under $20,000). He is being held without bond. William Christopher Watson, 27, N.E. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an amended warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam). He is being held without bond. Justina Rose Windham, 30, N.W. 27th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on charges of possession of oxycodone with intent to sell and sale of oxycodone. Her bond was set at $10,000. Bonnie T. Villarreal, 50, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). Her bond was set at $2,500. Heather Dodge, 21, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 31 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Her bond was set at $5,500. 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 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Defense attorney J ohn Cook stood before the jury and con dently stated that his client was innocent and told them there was nothing in the evidence that tied his client, Jimmy Paul Wellman, to the crime. And, approximately two hours later, the six-member jury bolstered Mr. Cooks beliefs by acquitting Wellman Wednesday, Aug. 31, on all counts. Wellman, 19, was charged with home inv asion robbery with a rearm, two counts of robbery with a weapon and two counts of kidnapping while armed and masked. He was arrested May 6 and accused of robbing Chevonne Aunspaugh and J.B. Haulcomb of a small amount of cash at gunpoint after binding them with duct tape and leaving them in their small Jayco travel trailer. Instead of being released after his acquittal, however, Wellman was returned to the Okeechobee County Jail where he is now being held without bond on violation of probation charges. He will be in front of Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger this morning for a violation of probation hearing at 11 a.m. Wellman was arrested April 16, 2010, on two counts of grand theft-auto. Although J udge Belanger withheld adjudication he did, on Aug. 4, 2010, place the teen on two y ears probation. In Mr. Cooks closing arguments Wednesday afternoon he gave the jury several reasons why they should have reasonable doubt as to his clients guilt. Among those reasons was their identi cation of Wellman as their attacker by his light-colored eyes and his blond eyebrows and eyelasheseven though she had only seen the teen two or three times and Mr. Haulcomb, who is related to Wellman, hadnt seen him recently. Take your pickyouve got a bunch, said the local defense attorney as to the reasons why the jury should have reasonable doubt. Mr. Cook then began to list those reasons, which included: the couples disagreeing testimony on the clothes and gloves being worn by their attacker; Mr. Haulcomb saying he knew Wellmans voice, even though he hadnt talked to him in two years; an Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) K-9 that tracked a scent from the couples trailer to another trailer that certainly wasnt Jimmys house; that his client has brown eyebrows, not blond; and, his client was in his grandmothers trailer asleep at the time the crime was committed. OCSO K-9 Barco followed a scent from the Jayco travel trailer to a dumpster, then from that dumpster to a nearby mobile home. Joshua Eustace, who lives in that trailer, testi ed that he had taken some trash to the dumpster and it was he who opened the door when Barco and his handler Deputy Brian Cross came to the door. Wellman was not in the home. Dixie Raymond, who is Wellmans grandmother and Mr. Haulcombs sister, said her grandson couldnt have committed the crime because he was in her trailer asleep at the time. She testi ed Wednesday that she saw her grandson in bed at 10:40 p.m. that night. She went on to say that when she got up to go to the bathroom at 12:20 a.m. he was still in bed, asleep. The break-in occurred at 11 p.m. on March 4. Mr. Cook also pointed out to the jury that Ms. Aunspaugh later added some details about her attacker. In her initial interview with OCSO Detective William Suggs she did not tell him that the man who pistol whipped her and bound her with duct tape had short hair and in indentation in the back of his head. In her testimony Tuesday, Ms. Aunspaugh told the jury that her attacker wore a mask similar to a ski mask that had slits cut out for eye holes. She also said the mask looked to be too small and she noticed that by the back of his head he had blond hair and a slight indentation in the back of his head. Ms. Aunspaugh, 51, also changed her description of the gloves worn by her attacker, pointed out Mr. Cook. She said Jimmy was wearing black gloves, then mittens, then socks (over his hands), he told the jury during his closing argument. Another point brought out by Mr. Cook was the fact that Ms. Aunspaugh and Mr. Haulcomb, 69, disagreed on the color of the clothing worn by the interloper. She maintained he wore dark clothes, while Mr. Haulcomb testi ed that they were dark gray. According to Assistant State Attorney Don Richardson, who prosecuted this case, Wellman is facing a maximum sentence of ve years in prison on each violation of probation count. W ellman found not guilty on all counts Jimmy Paul Wellman
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Marvin L. WilsonOKEECHOBEE Long time Florida resident, Marvin L. Wilson, 89, passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Mr. Wilson was born in Hixon, Tenn., in 1922 and moved to Eagle Bay (Okeechobee) in 1924. After graduating from Okeechobee High School in 1941, Dynamite Wilson enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a Pharmacist Mate throughout the war. He saw ghting at Anzio, Italy, and his ship was sunk off the coast of Algeria in the Mediterranean. After the war Mr. Wilson was stationed at Foreman Field (Davie, Florida) where he met and married the love of his life, Marie Oliveti. He joined the Florida Power and Light Company and worked there until retirement in 1986. Mr. Wilson will be remembered by generations of south Floridians rst as Ready Kilowatt aka Kite man who visited south Florida schools from 1955 to 1962 dressed in his FP&L lineman gear lecturing students on the dangers of ying kites near telephone wires and downed wires in general. He will also be remembered as the friendly crossing guard at NW 46th Avenue (Plantation) where he conducted school children safely across the busy intersection from 1986 until 2007. Mr. Wilson was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge of Okeechobee and the Calvary Chapel congregation. He is survived by his children, Marvin Jr., Joseph, and Karen (Larsen) as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Viewing, Services and military honors will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens South in Davie, Fla., on today, Sept. 2, 2011, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The family requests that contributions be made to Compassion International (12200 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921), in lieu of owers. Teresa K. Bast, 53OKEECHOBEE Teresa K. Bast, 53, died at home on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., she was a resident o f Okeechobee for 27 years. Teresa was a co-owner of T-Bolt Automotive Repair. She loved children and there were many that she called her own. Teresa is survived by Terry F. Bast, her husband of 33 years; son, Travis Bast; daughters, Trina and Taylor Bast, all of Okeechobee; three grandchildren, Heaven, Jacelyn, and JJ; brothers, Michael (Crystal) Price of Fort Pierce, Richard (Tracy) Price of Ft. Lauderdale, Steven (Kathy) Price of Okeechobee; a sister, Patrici a Dansa of Okeechobee; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at 1 p.m. with a service following at 2 p.m. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. 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. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Pregnancy Center to hold yard saleThe Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, 500 N.W. Sixth St., will have a yard sale on Friday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Center and the programs available for the community. V FW to host Labor Day eventsJoin the good folks at VFW Post 4423 on Friday, Sept. 2, where the kitchen will be open 5-9 p.m., and Steve on a Stick (Karaoke) will be playing 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill for a $2 donation 12-2 p.m. and be sure to join us for Seafood Saturday Dinner (your choice of cat sh, talapia or shrimp complete with hushpuppies, fries & coleslaw) for a donation of $6 (5-7 p.m.). D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) will be playing 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Lori will be serving ham, potatoes, veggie, salad, roll & dessert 2-4pm for a donation of $6.50 and there will karaoke 6-9 p.m. Labor Day the good people at the post will be hosting game day. There will be many different games, food and a karaoke contest (hosted by D & K Karaoke). Church hosting free movieGrace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott A ve., will have a free family movie night Friday, Sept. 2 beginning at 7 p.m. The movie, Soul Surfer is the inspiring story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The lm features and all-star cast, including Anna Sophia Cobb, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood in her lm debut and Dennis Quaid. Moose plans celebrationOkeechobee Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, is celebrating Labor Day w eekend on Saturday, Sept. 3 with a fried chicken dinner from 5:307 p.m. A Queen of Hearts drawing will be held at 7 p.m. with music by Saxman from 710 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 4 a barbecue dinner will be held at 1 p.m. with music in the tiki featuring Lisa from 36 p.m. Outside games will be available. Come out and enjoy the fun.Main Street taking Labor Day vendor, parade applicationsOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for vendors and parade participants for the 2011 Labor Day Festival in the Parks. The festivities will take place Sept. 3, 4, and 5 Anyone interested in participating, please see Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street of ce, 111 Northeast Second St., or call 863-357-6246. V FW host holiday barbecueBig Lake VFW Post 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. will host a Labor Day BBQ, with ribs and chicken for a donation of $7 cooked by Don Orf and crew on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.Eagles to host Sunday breakfastFraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, 9985 Hwy. 441 North, Okeechobee will be serving Sunday breakfast again beginning Sept. 4 Donation for breakfast is $5. Come join us! The breakfast will be held again Sept. 18.Labor Day party at VFWVFW, #9528, at 29012 E. S.R. 78, will hold an all you can eat, all-day party for $8. The Labor Day party will start at noon and last until 5 p.m. There will be pork butts and polish sausage, a 50/50 drawing, ladies cake walk, and mens auxiliary and Amvets jail and bail. Music by Buck Wallace and True Country Band. Call 863-467-2882 for information.ConKerr Cancer to meetSeptember is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To honor this event the local chapter of ConKerr Cancer will join together with chapters nationwide to produce more pillowcases than ever before. During the entire month of September, we will participate in the Second Annual Miles of Pillowcase Smiles or MOPS for short. Did you know that it takes 2,112 pillowcases laid end-to-end to make one mile of pillowcase (smiles)? Okeechobee ConKerr Cancer will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave, on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be sewing pillowcases for children with cancer or other life-changing illnesses. There will be door prizes and refreshments will be served. Donations of time, cash and fabric (suitable for infants through 18 years) are always welcome. If you cant sew, we also need volunteers to wash, iron and package pillowcases. Contact Joan at 863-467-0290 for more information.Hospice hosting yard salesHospice of Okeechobees Yard Sales will be on Wednesday, Sept. 7, Thursday, Sept. 8, Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and S.E. Third Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Coalition to meet Sept. 7The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th St. in the New Endeavor High School Building. The meeting is open to the public. The Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The local Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact executive director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Community Events
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 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 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm Add your church to our listings today! Contact usat 863-763-3134 or email: email@example.com G G r a c e B r e t h r e n C h u r c h Free Family Movie Night Friday, Sept. 9th 7 p.m. at Grace Brethren Church An inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack & courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again... 7 0 1 S P a r r o t t A v e 8 6 3 7 6 3 7 8 0 0 GRACE BRETHREN 301 NE 4thAve. (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E10thAnniversary of 9/11Honoring our Firefighters; Responders and ParamedicsWednesday Sept. 7 at 7pm with Tommy Neiman 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 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m 7 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man who allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and hang her in a tree is being held in the Okeechobee County J ail on $7,500 bond. Louis Lopez-Caztillo, 40, S.W. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 30, on a felony charge of robbery by sudden snatching and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. An arrest report by Deputy Sarah Green, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), stated that Lopez-Caztillo attacked the woman while she was in bed Saturday evening, Aug. 27. The report went on to state that the man held a screwdriver to her throat and told her that one day he would kill her and ... string her up in a tree. The victim reportedly pushed him away and tried to kick her attacker, but he threw a ower vase at her that struck her in the leg. According to the deputy the victim had visible bruises on her leg and arms. When the victim tried to call for help, Lopez-Caztillo reportedly snatched the phone from the woman and wouldnt return it. Deputy Green indicated that when the man left the home Tuesday to look for work, the victim was able to go to the sheriffs ofce and le a report. Lopez-Caztillo was arrested later at the couples residence without incident. Man reportedly threatened to hang woman from tree By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The 2011 mosquito season could be one of the worst in modern history, the Florida Mosquito Control Association claims. Executive Director Shelly Redovan said records on mosquitoes in Florida started being kept by the Association in 1994, and 2011 might go down as the season with the most bugs. It has been a very challenging year. The problem is widespread in Florida, she said. Tampa, Brevard County, Broward County, and South West Florida have reported an increase in mosquito activity this year. The association is a group of mosquito professionals including those that spray for the bugs, vendors who sell pest control products, university researchers, and others interested in the study or control of mosquitoes. The group educates the public and their members on what is going on in the industry, the best management practices on the control of mosquitoes, the latest research, and the best way to do things when it comes to bugs. Ms. Redovan said it is counter intuitive to think Florida has a large mosquito problem this year because of the drought and how dry it has been in the past 18 months. She explained that the lack of water is perfect for mosquitoes who like to lay their eggs on dry land. The drought has dried out marshes and other low lying areas that hold water which give the females a larger area to lay their eggs. People in our industry have seen bugs come from areas that have never produced mosquitoes before, she added. The drought has also taken away breeding grounds for mosquito predators like dragon ies and sh. With less water, there are fewer sh eating mosquito larvae. Rural areas like Okeechobee have a huge challenge in the ght against bugs. It can be a very costly proposition and that means more taxes are needed for mosquito control. Buckhead Ridge does have a mosquito control district. Okeechobee County contracted with pest control businesses after the hurricanes and also when there is a high rate of mosquito borne diseases. Ms. Redovan said it appears Florida might be headed for a problem with West Nile, Encephalitis and other illness because of the drought. She said the drought allows the mosquitoes who hold the viruses to maturity and they can now pass on that illness when they bite people. Agriculture and private land owners can help ght mosquitoes. If you have a pond or lake on your property you can dig channels so the water doesnt remain stagnant and become ideal mosquito breeding grounds. You can also stock your ponds with minnows, because almost any small sh will eat mosquito larvae, she added. Mosquitoes more plentiful this season Louis LopezCaztillo ARC Thrift Store requests donations The ARC of Okeechobee Thrift Store is currently requesting donations of household items, dishes, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help further the mission of the agency to provide social, educational and vocational opportunities to the developmentally disabled. The store is open MondayFriday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items can be dropped off at the thrift store location, 403 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Okeechobee. For further information, call 863-763-2419.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All strengths included. Maximum of 30 days supply (30 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products are excluded. FREE Lisinopril* 8 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Chobee Lil Brahmans Pop Warner Football teams opened their regular season w ith a pair of wins in overtime at the Palm City Dolphins on Saturday. The Junior Pee Wee squad defeated the Dolphins 20-19, and the Midget Team won 7-0. The Mighty Mites team fell 26-0 to the Dolphins. In the Mighty Mites game, Lindsey Major had two rushing touchdowns called back by offensive penalties. He also had several tackles on special teams and from his linebacker position. Coach Chris Scruggs also praised backup quarterback Tyonne Frost who lled in late in the game and held his own. The Mighty Mites are comprised of youth ages 7, 8 and 9 who weigh between 45 and 90 pounds. Scruggs said the team has practiced hard and have gotten back to basics after a rough rst game. We are still working on things but we hope to have a much better game this week. The Mighty Mites will host Jupiter White on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The Pop Warner program is in the process of planning a fund raiser auction and will accept items donated by the public to pay for their expenses for equipment, referees and travel. The league also seeks business sponsorships for the football teams. For more information call Coach Scruggs at 863-467-9032 or Coach Shockley at 863-6343482. Local Pop Warner team opens season with wins By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School jumps from Class 4A to 6A this year in football and normally that might mean a tougher schedule with larger schools. That is not the case this year as Okeechobee is glad to remove William T. Dwyer from their schedule and instead add two West Palm Beach schools, Olympic Heights and Forest Hill. South Fork and Sebastian River are familiar to Okeechobee and indeed have been tough opponents in the past few years. Also in the district is a hold over from last year, Palm Beach Lakes. Olympic Heights won seven games last year and appears to be the league favorite. Travis Johnson, a former defensive coordinator at Pope John Paul, takes over as the new head coach. Top players for the Lions include senior defensive linemen Mike Kosoy, senior wide receiver Jeremy McKnight and senior tight end Matthew Soloman. The Forest Hill Falcons led by Chris Kokell struggled to a (1-9) nish last year but does return 13 starters this year. Key players include senior wide receiver Mike Bullard, junior wide receiver Shaborn Marshall and senior offensive linemen John Serrano. South Fork defeated Okeechobee last year 16-0 but only won two games and lost 13 of their starters. Key players for the Bulldogs include sophomore center Cody McGahee, junior linebacker Brandon Pajkuric and junior running back Rico Pierre. Coach Dennis Lavelle is the dean of Treasure Coast Coaches. Sebastian River walloped Okeechobee last year 52-14 and nished (4-6). Coach Randy Bethel is another veteran coach. Key returners include FB/LB Nikko Finnegan and a number of senior position players. Palm Beach Lakes nished (2-8) last year and lost to Okeechobee 21-7 at the end of the season. Their key players include senior defensive tackle Devin Ballamy, senior tackle Kevin Kenton and junior wide out Jeremy Gray. Okeechobee (3-8) was the only team in the six-team district that went to the post season last year. Despite the loss of QB Jack Radebaugh, Okeechobee still has some offensive threats in D.J. Washington, Al Morris and TyRonte Files. Their toughest games could be Gulliver Prep, Martin County and Olympic Heights. District 14-6A football title is up for grabs Paw prints booth at Labor Day Festival helps homeless pets Okeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue volunteer Judy Throop will be putting her Best foot forward in making collectible Paw prints of your pet cast in clay. The prints are baked to a solid nish for a cherished keepsake of your favorite paws. Bring your pets to the booth in Flagler Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The prints are just $10 donations and all proceeds will bene t homeless pets.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Residents of River Acres subdivision, who are upset about the results of a Kissimmee River Restoration Project found a sympathetic ear Tuesday, Aug. 30. That is when Col. A lfred A. Pantano, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) Jacksonville District, along with members of his staff inspected the area Tuesday. In the subdivision there are two connecting canals that were apparently built by developers to give residents access to the Kissimmee River. As part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, the end of the canal joining the Kissimmee River was blocked and the other end of the second canal was extended to join the river at another point. A s part of the project, a bridge was built over one of the canals. At least ve River Acres residents in the area of the bridge claim that a compactor used in the construction of the bridge caused cracks in their houses and runway aprons. Even more residents, whose properties join the canals, were concerned about lower water levels that left their boat ramps and docks, high and dry and dirt washing out from behind seawalls. The colonel and his entourage were escorted by homeowners association president Richard Sweet as they visited homes w ith cracks and walked along the canal banks. Resident Patty Helton was concerned about the cloudiness of the water from her well. She claimed this problem started after the construction began. She is also concerned because the lower water level in the deepened canal left her boat ramp useless. Frank Jordan said he was told in the beginning that there would be a long slope from his property line down to the waters edge. At the present time there is a sharp drop off. Adding to residents frustration about steep banks and useless docks and boat ramps on their side of the canals is the fact that on the opposite side, where no one lives, the banks were sloped and sodded. On one canal side lot residents were claiming damage to oak trees on their property due to work done by the COE contractor. The colonel showed concern as he looked at photographs of what the property looked like before the project began. Col. Pantano said there is a process for compensating people who have claims again COE for damages. At that point he had no answers but he clearly saw and understood the reasons for the complaints. He said that in 30 days there would be another meeting with residents and all the agencies involved. The problem in the canals may not be as bad as it looks now. The colonel said that when the project is completed and fully operational the water level would be higher than it is now. Claim forms are available to residents who wish to le a claim against COE. As of Tuesday no claims had been led, however several residents have sent correspondence to COE explaining their problems. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. U.S. Army COE Colonel inspects restoration project Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaCol. Alfred A. Pantano, Jr. Commander of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, inspects a dock on a canal in River Acres subdivision. Residents of the subdivision are upset because work done on the canal, as part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, has left their docks and boat ramps useless. In some cases there is now a sharp drop off from the property lines to the water level. Residents frustration is compounded by the fact that the opposite canal bank, where no one lives, is sloped and sodded as shown in the background of this picture.
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W ant to stock largemouth bass? Learn the rulesPeople often call the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) because they want to stock their private ponds or lakes with largemouth bass. Typically, they want to know where they can get them and what kind of largemouth bass they can legally stock. The kind of bass depends upon where the stocking will take place. Last year, the FWC passed a rule making it illegal to possess or release any kind of largemouth bass in peninsular Florida except pure Floridastrain largemouth. The reason for the rule is to protect the genetically pure Florida-strain largemouth bass, also called Florida largemouth bass. This subspecies of largemouth bass is native only to peninsular Florida (south and east of the Suwannee River) and is the cornerstone of the states billion-dollar black bass shing industry. Florida residents who live south and east of the Suwannee River, therefore, should purchase largemouth bass only from aquaculturists, or sh farmers, whose sh have been genetically tested and authenticated by the FWC as pure Florida largemouth bass. So far, only two such sh farms in Florida possess authenticated largemouth bass. To date, no out-of-state farms meet the FWC requirements. The two farms in Florida are Florida Fish Farms Inc. 352-793-4224 and Shongaloo Fisheries (352-468-1251). Both sh farms are registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and sell authenticated, pure Florida largemouth bass. Nobody may possess northern largemouth bass or their hybrids south and east of the Suwannee River, so Florida residents should not purchase largemouth bass from the Florida Panhandle or an out-of-state sh farm for transport into peninsular Florida. Panhandle residents (north and west of the Suwannee River) may possess intergrade or hybrid largemouth bass. The release of nonnative northern largemouth bass and intergrades occurs through stocking private ponds and lakes, but sometimes these sh end up in Floridas rivers and lakes. The problem is that the two subspecies northern largemouth bass and Florida largemouth bass will readily interbreed. Thats why scientists say that stocking the northern largemouth is a real threat to the pure Florida largemouth. Florida largemouth bass are adapted to Floridas subtropical climate and typically spawn earlier in the year than northern largemouth bass. If the northern subspecies or intergrade (hybrid) bass spawn with Florida largemouth, their offspring may inherit genes that reduce growth or survival, and other, less obvious genetic problems, said Dr. Brandon Barthel, FWC black bass geneticist. If enough bass with northern genes spawn with Florida bass, the unique characteristics of the Florida subspecies will be lost forever. Anglers come to our state from all over the world to catch trophy Florida largemouth bass, so the FWC is doing everything possible to protect the genetic purity of this ecologically and economically important subspecies of sh. To help do this, the FWC passed a rule (Florida Administrative Code 68-5.002[r]), which went into effect July 1, 2010, making northern largemouth bass and intergrades (hybrids) of northern largemouth bass conditional species south and east of the Suwannee River and banning possession or release in those peninsular areas. The northern-Florida intergrade cross of largemouth bass can still be stocked in private waters north and west of the Suwannee River, but pure northern largemouth bass cannot be stocked anywhere in Florida. Both gorilla bass and tiger bass are intergrade crosses of the largemouth bass and cannot be stocked south and east of the Suwannee River. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High Schools football team will play one of the better opponents on the teams 2011 schedule Friday night w hen they host the Raiders of Gulliver Prep High School from Miami. Both teams won their kickoff classics in impressive fashion last week. Okeechobee defeated John Carroll High School and Gulliver defeated Lyman High School in Orlando. The Raiders went 6-4 last year which included impressive 56-0 victories over Doral Academy and a 77-22 wipeout of Somerset Academy of Pembroke Pines. They return 11 starters. Key players include senior wide receiver Max Grigio, junior defensive end Stacy Thomas who also plays fullback, and senior linebacker Jackson Huggett. Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said Gulliver has a couple of tremendous Division I prospects but also lack depth, something his team also struggles with. He said their QB scrambles well and the Raiders can make big plays on special teams. Theyre like us they have guys that play offense and defense. If you give them an opportunity to get a big play, they have the ability to do so, he added. Jackson preached that his team must rush the football and not turn the ball over. If we can stay disciplined with our game plan and play for four quarters it will de nitely be an entertaining game for us, Jackson said. He said just because Gulliver is a smaller school doesnt mean they dont have the talent to defeat Okeechobee. Okeechobee had scheduled Berean Christian for this game last year but they dropped the Brahmans on their schedule which opened the door for Gulliver to come to Okeechobee. The Brahmans rushed for over 350 yards last week and caused six turnovers against John Carroll. They would love to repeat those numbers this week. Jackson praised QB D.J. Washington for his crisp passing and his management of the game against John Carroll. He also praised Cody Walker for his all out effort and his intensity on the eld. On the injury report Okeechobee will be without long snapper Alex Guido who has a broken hand, starting running back Jose Santibanez who has a broken ankle, and freshman Daniel Nunez who has a leg injury. TyRonte Files who suffered from leg cramps in the last game, will be expected to handle most of the load in the back eld. Elijawon Williams will also start at running back. 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The Lady Brahmans will open up the home portion of their schedule next Thursday, Sept. 8, when they host Summit Christian. The junior varsity match begins at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game approximately 15 minutes after the completion of that match. V olleyball team beats PBG First and Goal ag football registration has begun at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Boys and girls from kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to participate in the annual program. The church will hold tryouts on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the football elds directly south of the Church Recreation Outreach Center. Signups will continue until September 10. The cost is $35. For more information please call 863-467-7625 or 863-763-2171. First Baptist Church begins Fall ag football season
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SR 78, BHR Okeechobee email@example.com 14 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 Venth has been moved from Liberty to the Apalachee East Unit near Sneads, according to the DOC web site. Manton was sentenced Aug. 6, 2010, to serve 15 years in prison after entering into a plea agreement with the state. The state agreed to reduce the original 33 counts of possession of child pornography to one count in exchange for his plea. Fifteen years, in my opinion, is fair and just considering his age, said Assistant State A ttorney Ashley Albright after the sentencing. Those were some of the most disturbing images Ive ever seen in my career. And, according to statements from fellow inmates, the fact that Manton had been found guilty of child pornography could have been the impetus for his death. The DOC report states that on Jan. 18 a Liberty C.I. corrections of cer, Sergeant Joseph Varnum, noticed that Manton appeared to be disoriented, confused and unsteady on his feet. Statements from other inmates indicated that prior to this, Manton had been seen vomiting He was then taken to an area hospital. Inmate Glenn Edreich told DOC investigators that on Jan. 13 or 14, Venth threatened Manton by saying I know youre a child molester. The only reason I let you live in this dorm is because I choose to let you. I live here. If you go to the police I will personally go get my lock and smash your _______ brains out with my lock. About 30 minutes later, continued Edreich, Manton and Venth had words and Venth struck the older man in the throat with great force. Edreich said Manton fell back on his bed and quit breathing momentarily. Edreich went on to say that another inmate, Keith Cassista, met with Venth just prior to the assault and devised a plan to assault Manton. Cassista apparently told Edreich he was just going to slap him. Fellow inmates described Venth as a member of the Folk National gang and was the crown holder at Liberty. Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO), heads up the OCSO gang unit and said being the crown holder means that Venth was the leader at Liberty. Inmate Chester Hart told investigators that Venth told him he had no remorse for what he did because Manton was a child molester anyway. Prior to his death, Manton penned a letter to his son, Theo Manton. In that letter he tells his son that PrinceVenths nicknamehit him in the neck but he was afraid to report it. He has very explicitly threatened to kill me. He has been in prison since he was 19 and will not get out until he is 4425 yr. sentence. He does NOT care if he kills me, wrote Manton. He told me he controlled this dorm and I am here at his grace. Within a few hours, they (his group) came back to me saying if I do not report them everything will be OK. If I dothey will kill me. I have no intention of reporting them. I want to live, he continued. Manton was arrested Oct. 16, 2007, by Lt. Stark after the man had taken his computer to a local business for repair. The computer technician found child photos and immediately contacted the sheriffs of ce. That computer, along with a second one found in Mantons N.E. Eighth Ave. home, were seized and given to a computer expert Detective David Broughton of the Martin County Sheriffs Of ce. He found over 500 images on the two computers. From those 500, 115 were investigated. That number was then pared down to 33 images of children thought to be under the age of 12. Those 115 photos were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said Mr. Albright. Of those, 40 children were identi ed. Some of those identi ed were from Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. There were several from Germany, Brazil and Paraguay. The DOC report does not indicate if a court date has been set for Venth. MANTONContinued From Page 1 He has very explicitly threatened to kill me. He has been in prison since he was 19 and will not get out until he is 44 25 yr. sentence. He does NOT care if he kills me. Thomas Mantons letter to his son Indian River State College (IRSC) has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education Grant to plan a Southeast Regional Center for Optics and Photonics Education and Training that will create a pipeline of highly-skilled employees qualied for photonics careers. Funded by the $70,000 NSF grant, IRSC will lead a six-state initiative to develop a comprehensive plan outlining the workforce needs of the photonics industry and develop training strategies that meet those needs. Training in optics and photonics supports high technology companies, accelerates the creation of new jobs, and strengthens the economy, said Jos Farinos, IRSC Dean of Advanced Technology. IRSC has a proven track record of education in emerging technologies, collaboration with industry partners and placement of graduates in high-tech jobs. The College will utilize that experience as a foundation for the Regional Photonics Education and Training Center. The eld of photonics encompasses technologies utilized in advanced medical instrumentation, semiconductor manufacturing, nanotechnology, micro-electromechanical systems, ber-optic telecommunications, security and defense. Because of the specialized nature of this eld, there is a growing demand for photonics technicians and updating of the existing workforce. A national survey conducted by the University of North Texas Survey Research Center in 2009 estimated a need for 1180 new photonics technicians annually through 2014. IRSC will enlist representatives from photonics laboratories and companies to provide a current perspective on industry needs and build a coalition of colleges and universities that offer photonics training programs in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina. IRSC and its educational partners will develop training strategies and collaborate with photonics corporations. The initiative will build upon and localize the programs of OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, of which IRSC is an active member. The ndings of the planning initiative will be incorporated into a proposal to the National Science Foundation regarding establishment of the Regional Center. IRSC has offered cutting-edge programs in photonics, optics and laser technologies for the past six years in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. The Colleges Photonics Institute was recognized with a National Innovation Award at the HI-TEC High Impact Technology Exchange Conference in 2008. For more information, contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Chrys Panayiotou at Indian River State College at cpanayio@ irsc.edu or 772-462-7621. IRSC awarded grant for photonics education Foster parents needed in Okeechobee CountyHibiscus Childrens Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. or additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.Angel Food Ministries availableAngel Food Ministries is available for anyone seeking to stretch their budget! Everyone is eligible! 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City water, laundry fac. & play ground. $650 mo. plus sec. Utilities NOT included. Non smoking & No Pets. Call 561-797-0246.FT.DRUM RANCH, 1BR, on 4 acre lot, $600 mo. + $600 dep. Call 734-637-2697 Houses-Rent 3/2/1 Kings Bay, CBS, pool, pet ok $850 mo. 1/2 Cottage at the Lake dock, pet ok $900 mo. 2/1.5/1 TCI, CBS, fenced, dock, boathouse, screen patio, pet ok $700 mo. 2/1 remodeled, Gator Park $550 mo. 3/2/1 Newer home, quiet area off 15A, pet ok $900 mo. 3/2 in town, fenced, screen patio, shed, pet ok $800 mo. Big Lake Real Estate Sena Treadway 863-697-3207 AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1200, Large yards. Bring pets. Jacuzzi tub included. Call 561-723-2226 Large 2BR Home on water in Treasure Island. $650/mo. + deposit (863)467-1308. NEW DUPLEX 3/2, in the city limits, Avail Immed. $900/mo + 1st, & deposit. (863)465-0053 OKEE 3/2, $598 mo. or 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $800 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE Brand New Apts. Your own furnished Studio apt. Private entrance with Cable, A/C, HS Internet provided. $100/wk $200 to move in. 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-Sale 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 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS house on the water. $159,000 TREASURE ISLAND LARGE 3BR, 2BA Dblwide w/screened pool, many upgrades, on the water. $149,000 or will lease for $1200 mo. NW 5th STREET LARGE 3BR, 1BA, CBS house, new ceramic tile through out. $99,000 or will lease for $800 mo. Call 863-634-9119 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $350 monthly or $100 per week. $550 to move in Call 863-634-8954. 2Bed/1Ba Mobile Home located in a nice park $400 monthly Call 812-989-3022 3/2 Large Double Wide, Metal Roof, Free Well Water, Safe Neighborhood. $525 mo., 1st and Last Call 863-801-1739 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 Ft Drum 1.5BR 1BA trailer for rent on 4 acres. $450/mo. + $450 dep. Call (734)637-2697. Huts For Rental By Owner (863)467-2227 Cell (863)610-0844 Address: 4400 SW 13th Ave #204 The Palm Villas Ranch $700.00 month Seniors Only MINT CONDITION 3-2 Double Wide built in 05 $625.00 a month 1st and last. Four Seasons Call Steve 863-801-1739 NEWLY REMODELED Available Immediately 2BR/2BA Double Wide Stove Frig. $675 mo. (863)634-8885 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds MobileHome RentRIVER ACRES 2BR/1.5BA, Single, on Kissimmee River, $600/mo. + sec. & electric. Yearly lease. (863)634-8885 MobileHomeSale BANK REPOS Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 from $499 mo loaded 3/2 from $399 mo loaded Homes on Your Lot $0 Down. 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice NOTICE OF SALE Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Florida Statutes on September 15, 2011 at 10 A.M. *AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED* 1994 JEEP, VIN#1J4FJB8S1RL184296Located at:1254 N.W. 106 STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020 *ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE* Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction LIC # AB-0001256 395890 ON 9/2/2011 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 18 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011
Public Notice FIRST BUDGET HEARING AND REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will conduct the First Budget Public Hearing and Regular Session on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 6:00 p.m., City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerks Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 396676 ON 9/2/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD076 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that GAIL SMITH the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1257 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOT 26 BLOCK 17 1-06-36-34-0010-00170-0260 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: FRANK T PILOTTE ESQ. JERRY D PERRY Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 29th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 395055 ON 8/19,26;9/2,9/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD075 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that PLYMOUTH PARK TAX SERVICES LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3191 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: NORTHWEST ADDITION LOTS 4 5 16 17 & ALLEY LYING BETWEEN SAID LOTS BLOCK 9 3-16-37-35-0160-00090-0040 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LYONS AIR CONDITIONING INC WINSTON LYONS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 29th day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 395057 ON 8/19,26;9/2,9/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2011TD074 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TRI TAN TRAN the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2765 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: SOUTHERN HOMESTEADS UNIT 1 LOT 13 PARCEL A 1-19-34-36-0010-000A0-0130 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: E & S DAIRY INC/SOUTHERN HOMESTEADS PARTNERSHIP EDWIN RUCKS HOBSON RUCKS DAIRY INC STANLEY RUCKS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 22nd day of September, 2011 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Sandra L. Creech Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 394644 ON 8/12,19,26 9/2/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011 CP 134 Division: PROBATE IN RE: THE ESTATE OF HUGH H. BRANCH, JR., Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HUGH H. BRANCH, JR. deceased, whose date of death was August 6, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3 Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. 19 Okeechobee News September 2, 2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is September 2, 2011. Attorney for Personal Representative ALBERT J. GAMOT, P.A. 2701 PGA Blvd., Suite C Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Telephone: 561-832-5500 By: Albert J. Gamot Jr. Florida Bar No. 123165 Personal Representative: Hugh H. Branch Sr. 2801 Bacom Point Road Pahokee, FL 33476 By: Hugh H. Branch Sr. 396574 ON 9/2,9/2011 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an adintheclassifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section oftheclassifieds Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Wilsons New and Used Thrift Store, 3077 S.R. 70 E., has a little bit of everything and is truly a family-run operation. The staff consists of Ray and Linda Wilson, daughter Linda Marsocci and brother Larry Wilson. Among other things, they have rugs, plates, cups, pots and pans, Corningware, socks, T shirts, collectibles, antiques, oral arrangements and tarps. One section of the store is devoted to Larrys woodworking shop where he custom makes such things as cedar chests, wooden clock cases and 3D wooden pictures. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Local thrift store has everything By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Fellsmere Riding Club hosted 82 rodeo contestants Aug. 20, to kick off this years Steven Mauldin Memorial Youth Rodeo Buckle Series. The Okeechobee teen died in a tragic car accident in August, 2006. He was an avid bull rider and rodeo contestant. His parents, Tanya and Kenny Mauldin, still work the rodeos and Kenny used to compete in rodeos. When Steven died, a rodeo was held to raise money for the familys expenses for his funeral and burial. The Mauldins asked the series be set up to bene t the Fellsmere riding club and all of the entry fees and revenue from concessions go to help fund the club, President Wayne Henderson said. The rst rodeo was rained out in July but rodeos will also be held on Saturday nights, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15. The rodeos begin at 5 p.m. and are free to the public. We were real pleased with the turnout of our last rodeo. There were a number of rodeo events going on that weekend. The rodeo in September will have fewer things going on so we might have an ever bigger turnout, Mr. Henderson added. The rodeo is held at 13101 99th Street in Fellsmere. Events are open to youth 18 and under. Events include goat tail tying, dummy steer roping, dummy calf branding, dummy calf milking, stickhorse barrels and poles. These events cost $5 to enter. Events which cost $20 to enter include mutton bustin, calf riding, bull riding, open breakaway roping, open team roping, junior and senior barrel racing, junior and senior pole bending, and open goat tying. Junior events are for children ages 9 to 13 and senior events are 14-18. There is also a tots division for 8 and under. At the rodeo on Sept. 17, there will be a special bull riding challenge for young adults over 18 years old as a way to get more people involved. For more information, call Wayne Henderson at 772-473-0989. Youth rodeo series honors fallen Okeechobee rider Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaWilsons New & Used Thrift Store is operated by Ray and Linda Wilson. Their daughter, Linda Marsocci, also helps. Brother Larry Wilson operates a woodworking shop in connection with the thrift store.
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