Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 09-18-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, September 18, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 112 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.93 feetLast Year: 14.19 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.Man accused of threatening to shoot children over missing pills ... Page 9 Can you help save this dog’s life? ... Page 5 Coquina sets new budget ... Page 3 20% off Any Regularly Priced Items on the Menu!WITH COUPON ONLYExpires 10/1/11 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOkeechobee showed a physical defense for much of the rst half as the Okeechobee High School Brahmans Junior Varsity Team played the Treasure Coast Titans on Thursday at Brahman Stadium. #24 Eric Evans, #21 Connor Clements and #56 Devon Wigfall proved that point with this tackle. For more about the JV team, see page 19. For the story on the Friday OHS varsity football game, see page 15. R e a d y f o r s o m e f o o t b a l l ? Ready for some football? By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local law enforcement of cers are learning the hard way that it's much easier to arrest someone for being in possession of or selling K-2 or Spice than actually getting them before a judge. A law went into effect in Florida on July 1 that banned the sale of synthetic marijuana, or cannabinoid. These legal' substances are commonly referred to as K-2, Spice, Mr. Nice Guy, Genie, Yucatan Fire, Skunk and many other names. These substances, sold many times as incense, contain chemicals that mimic THCthe active ingredient in marijuanaand produce a marijuana-like high. In recent years these substances have become increasingly popular with teens and young adults. In this article we will simply refer to these different substances by one name -Spice. Prior to July 1, Spice was legally sold over the counter at many different retail outlets including convenience stores and head shops. Since Governor Rick Scott signed a bill making it illegal to sell, manufacture, distribute or possess these synthetic cannabinoids, members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force Florida’s ‘Spice’ law hard to enforceSee SPICE — Page 7 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Unfortunately the quality of medical care given today may be dependent on the type of insurance a person has or doesn't have. The present state of medical insurance is complicated and there is no quick, easy x. That is the opinion of Dr. Armando Santelices, clinic coordinator for Lakeshore Medical Center. Statistics from 2007 show that 31.5 percent of Okeechobee residents have no medical insurance. No doubt that number has gone up with increasing unemployment. Dr. Santelices said he sees new patients every day who have lost their jobs and have no insurance and other doctors will not see them. He said he had a patient tell him that other doctors told her they were not taking any new patients after they learned she had no insurance. Anther patient with no insurance told Dr. Santelices that another doctor agreed to see him only if he paid $250 up front. Like the Okeechobee County Health Department, Lakeshore Medical Center Many lack medical insuranceSee INSURANCE — Page 7 City plans budget hearing ... Page 3


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CORNWELL Riverwoods Field Lab, located on the Kissimmee River, is offering the Florida Master Naturalist’s Uplands Class for residents and visitors interested in learning more about Florida’s native upland habitats. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is a statewide adult education program developed by the University of Florida/ IFAS. It is a fun and educational program that is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about Florida’s natural environment and conservation issues. The class consists of morning presentations by Riverwoods staff and environmental experts, and afternoon eld trips to explore local upland habitats. Field trips include the Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve, local cattle ranch and Archbold Biological Station. This y ear, the student project will be a volunteer day helping with uplands restoration at the Royce Ranch. The course will be offered for six weeks from 8:30-5:00 on Wednesdays starting Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 & Dec. 7. The last day to register online is Oct. 19. Register online: www.MasterNaturalist.org. Questions? Check Riverwoods’ website: http://riverwoods.ces.fau.edu or contact Loisa Kerwin, Director at lkerwin@fau.edu or 863-462-0025. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Residents of Viking will see no change in their assessment to Coquina Water Control District. The Coquina Water Control District Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting on W ednesday, Sept. 14. One of the agenda items was approval of the annual budget. Since one of the board members, Kenneth Childs, said he had only received his copy of the proposed budget the day before, the board conducted routine business on Wednesday, then adjourned until Friday, Sept. 16 to adopt the budget. As a matter of housekeeping the board voted to transfer funds from the canal maintenance account of the current year’s budget to several other accounts to balance the current budget. They also adopted new accounting procedures for documenting the fund balance in next years’ budget. Board attorney Tony Young reported that the easement dispute with Carlin Galvin has been settled. Mrs. Galvin owns property on N.W. 254th Street and had put up fences and gates on the easement accessing her property. It was her position that she had a right to do so since she owns the property on both sides of the easement and no other property owners needed the easement for access. Coquina’s position was that the easement should remain open. The board unanimously voted to remove the fences and gates if they were still standing on Sept. 8. Mrs. Carlin wanted to see this action settled in court, but stated that if there was no court action by the deadline she would take the fences and gates down herself. Since there was no court action by the prescribed deadline the property owner kept her word and took down the fences and gates across Coquina easements. Chairman Melvin Byars reported that the board had purchased 28 acres of land for ll dirt. The $935,000 budget is funded primarily from assessments of Viking property owners. The assessment rate will remain at $62.64 an acre, the same as it has been for the past several years. The largest line item in the budget, $340,000, is allocated to maintenance of the Coquina drainage and road system.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING In this age of exploitive and trashy media, were proud to be different. We believe in operating and publishing our newspaper as a public trust. Fulfilling our public trust requires that we try to bring out the best in our community and its people. We seek the highest common denominators, not the lowest. We dont engage in gutter journalism. We know we can achieve success on the high road. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 3 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 Coquina approves $935,000 budget By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News If any city resident wishes to express their opinions on the proposed city budget, Tuesday evening would be the time to do so. The Okeechobee City Council will hold the nal public hearing before adopting a millage rate and budget for scal year 2011/12. The council will consider approval of a millage rate of 7.7432. This millage rate, taking into consideration declining property v alues and new construction, is designed to bring in 2.03 per cent less money to the city than last year’s millage rate. One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed budget contains a three percent longevity pay increase for city employees. Total expenditures under the proposed budget are $5,238,924. The proposed millage rate will generate $1,747,752. The difference between that amount and the budget total will be made up from other revenue sources such as permit fees, nes and forfeitures, and the city’s share of various state taxes plus $400,000 transferred from reserves. Turning to other items, the council will hold the rst reading on a proposed ordinance to abandon N.W. Third Avenue from the right of way of the Seaboard Airline Railway northward to N.W. Ninth Street. City planner Bill Brisson will be on hand to discuss 13 planning and zoning issues that he feels should be addressed. These issues range from allowing a dwelling unit in certain commercial zoning districts to regulating peddlers operating on private property who use temporary structures. The council will also consider a resolution encouraging citizens to practice water conservation, appropriate landscaping and ef cient, minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City council to approve budget If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council meeting and nal public hearing on city budget and millage rate When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20 Where: City Council chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Florida Master Naturalist Program offered at Riverwoods Field Lab


Lake level The fear is the dike may breach if the lake level gets up over 14 or 15 feet. Back in t he early 1980s, they would let the lake get up to 17 or 18 feet and it caused damage to t he dike and also just about destroyed the sheries. The sh need the low lake level to provide the spawning areas. If the lake is kept t oo high, the vegetation along the shoreline dies off and then the sh have nowhere safe t o spawn and the sh start disappearing.  From the photos in the paper, it looks like the shing is great in the big lake. The low lake levels have been good for the sheries. If they put the lake level schedule back up too high, it will kill off the sh and that w ould be worse for tourism than the low lake levels have been. People come here to sh, not to look at the water.Love bugs I can’t complain too much about the love bugs this year. I remember back in t he mid 1980s they were so thick that you c ouldn’t drive from here to Sebring without s topping to clean your windshield. There w ere so many love bugs that you had to stop every 10 to 15 miles to clean the windshield b ecause you couldn’t see out well enough t o drive. The windshield wipers would be c aked with the bugs and you would run out of windshield cleaner uid. People would c arry gallons of cleaner uid and plastic s crapers.  The bugs stink and stain clothes. I did note that rubbing the front of the car with a dryer sheet did keep them from sticking quite so much. Simple Green helps dissolve t heir stinking guts once they smash on your c ar.Government pay I see that some of the city and OUA employees are probably going to get a raise or at least a bonus this year. While they probably do deserve it, I nd it a little hard to s tomach when I as a taxpayer had to take a pay cut.  How’s that Rick Scott tax reform working for you?  Gov. Scott controls the pay for Okeechobee City, County and OUA?  Gov. Scott proposed to lower the property taxes (county) that pay the wages of city and county employees. Now you know.  I have never worked for the city, county or OUA but it seems like they haven’t had a raise or even a COLA for several years. Now the state wants to take away another 3 percent of their pay. I think it is very fair to at least bring them back up to where they were.  Can’t anybody understand that this country (USA) is broke?  You think we should just re all the police, re ghters, EMTs, infrastructure maintenance crews, judges, and everyone else drawing a government paycheck?  It is a contribution to their own de ned bene t pension plan, which have pretty much disappeared. The very structure of the plan provides for it. Scott is simply doing what a good manager should.  I sure feel well spending my $25 tax savings while Rick Scott costs over 100 people their jobs in that asco. I’m sure the unemployed and their families will not cause any additional cost to the taxpayers in the form of unemployment or food stamps. Scott’s actions have caused the SFWMD to loose their AAA credit rating, costing the people of Florida additional money by increased interest rates on their debt.  Scott required water management cut back to the core mission and cut out all the frills. That really does make sense because they were spending millions on things that were not really needed. As far as the city employees, they were not affected by the state retirement changes. The city employees are on the city retirement plan, not the state system.Gun owners As gun owners we should all be members of NRA—they are protecting our rights. Did you know they are trying to pass a law that will require makers of rearms to make guns that micro stamp the bullets casing with the serial number of the weapon that res it. When gun control supporters have failed to get severe restrictions on guns through Congress and state legislatures, they have tried instead to restrict ammunition in one way or another. The Thick DarknessBy Rev. Calvin H. FryarPastor, Brighton Baptist Church “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:31) “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46) “I must work the word of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5) At ten o’clock in the morning of May 19, 1780, people in the Eastern Seaboard noticed a strange haze spreading across the sky. Then a thick darkness settled over the eastern part of the U.S. By noon schools were dismissed, candles lit, and torches set in the streets. Birds went to roost. By one o’clock in the afternoon, fear had turned into panic as the “premature nightfall” continued. Thousands crowded into churches to hear ministers expound on the Day of Judgement. In Hartford, Conn., both houses of the legislature were meeting, but one of them quickly dismissed since its members thought the world would end at any moment. The other body continued, although greatly distressed. One man nally made a motion to disband, since the day of reckoning was thought to have come. Immediately, Mr. Davenport, a Christian, objected, saying “Mr. Speaker, this is either the Day of Judgement or it is not. If it is not, there is no need for adjourning. If it is, I desire to be found doing my work. I move that candles be brought in and that we proceed in business.” The meeting went on. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. Our world is often lled with darkness. Our text says, “Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” This may sound strange at rst because “God is Light.” (I John 1:5). Even though our world is lled with darkness which we must pass through, we would do good to remember that is where God is and He is light! Man-made darkness covers our planet. The darkness of terrorism has covered th e entire globe but everybody seems to b e blind to it. Instead of calling it evil, they ar e trying to blame it on everything but the evil itself. After 9/11 men were asking where was God? They seemed to think that God was asleep or off somewhere when the planes ew into the buildings. However, during th e terrible ordeal of 9/11, a young boy had an understanding of where God was. When New York experienced their dark hour and the people were asking where God was during this evil time, a very young boy drew a picture of the Twin Towers. In his picture, which showed the towers smoldering and burning, he drew a picture of Jesus abov e the smoke which rose above the towers. H e was gathering the souls of those who wer e rising into the air above the darkness. He realized that Jesus was there in the darkness o f that awful day. One evening at dusk, Robert Louis Stevenson stood as a boy at the window of his home and watched the darkness envelop e the city. “Robert,” his nurse said to him, “come and sit down. You can’t see anything out there.” But young Stevenson insisted, “I can see something wonderful. There is a man coming up the street making holes in the darkness.” It was the lamplighter. In the truest sense, Jesus Christ was the Divin e Lamplighter. Knight’s Treasure In fact, our Lord entered the world to make holes in the darkness. In John 8:12, Jesus stood in the darkness of this world and cried, “I am the light of the world: he tha t followeth me shall not walk in darkness, bu t shall have the light of life.” On Calvary, Jesus passed through the thickest of darkness fo r us. When He rose on the rst resurrection day, He lit a lamp that will never burn out. This lamp still shines in the thick darkness o f our midnight world and soon He will banish this darkness forever. A father took his son into an art shop to buy a picture of Christ for him. The bo y didn’t like any of the pictures he was shown. The father thinking that the boy didn’t wan t a picture after all, asked, “What kind of picture of Christ do you want?” Promptly th e boy replied, “I want a Christ who shines in the darkness.” Knight’s Treasury. Sunday, September 18, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. 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Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. S u p p lem e nt to th e Ok e e c h o b e e N e w s € J a nu a ry 28 2 0 1 1 € A lso A v a ila ble Onlin e a t n e w s z a p.c o m S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k ee ch o b e e N e w s A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e d d B B r o o w w n n C C h h i i l d r r e n   s s H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r 2 0 1 1 5 5 H H w w y y 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t t h h , O O k k e e e e c c h o o b b e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n , p p l l e e a a s s e e v v i i s s i i t t o o u u r r w w e e b b s s i i t t e e a a t t w w w w w w . f f c c h h c c i i n n c c . o o r r g gCall to schedule your appointment today! 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Not pictured is Shiloh Annuez. Foster home neededThe Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue is requesting a foster/temporary home for Shelly, a young Basenji mix while she is being treated for heartworms. A sponsor has offered to cover the cost of the treatment but she is in desperate need of a quiet home to stay in during this time. She cannot be treated at the shelter because dogs undergoing heartworm treatment must be kept as quiet as possible, as any stimulation that would make the dog’s heart race could put the dog at risk. Timeliness is important in this treatment. Anyone who could at least temporarily house this sweet little girl for a few weeks would assist in saving her life. Please call for information 863-357-1107. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to “foster” animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Sept. 12 & 13, 2011 Cows Breaking 60.00 66.00 Cutter 55.00 60.00 Bulls 1000-1500 78.00 84.00 1500-2000 78.00 85.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 819 1523 Cows 114 333 Str 4 29 Hfrs 33 18 Bulls 23 9 Yrlngs 22 70 Mix 5 Total 1015 1987 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 175-185 145-155 250-300 165-185 130-140 300-350 150-180 120-132 350-400 128-150 115-121 400-450 120-131 109-119 450-500 115-128 108-117 550-600 113-118 104-108 600-650 113-116 105-108 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 140-170 115-135 250-300 135-160 110-125 300-350 125-145 105-118 350-400 117-127 101-113 400-450 108-119 100-108 We had a pretty goo d run this week and prices ar e about the same. Cows an d bulls were steady. Calve s were off a dollar or two Billy Marcum, Okeecho bee, topped the calf marke t this week with a high of $ 2 bought by Reynolds Cattl e Co., Bonifay, Fla. ROL Enter prises, Indiantown, toppe d the cow market this wee k with a high of $74, bough t by Central Packing, Cente r Hill, Fla. Bred heifer sale, Fri day, Sept. 30! See ya next week Todd Angel Food Ministries Angel Food Ministries is available for anyone seeking to stretch their budget! Everyone is eligible! First Baptist Church of Okeechobee is a distribution site, call 863-763-2171, for complete information. Better yet, check out the website, sample menu, order and pay on-line and pick up your food on the appointed day. http://www.angelfoodministries.com/ about/. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet Rescue


Sacred Heart offers religious education classesSacred Heart Catholic Church, at 901 S.W. 6th St, will offer religious education classes for children and youngsters, beginning Sunday, Sept. 18 Registrations for C.C.D. are now being accepted. Classes for all grades kindergarten through ninth grade w ill be held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. Call the parish of ce, 863763-3727, for information.Back to Church SundayGrace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott A ve., is celebrating "Back to Church" Sunday, Sept. 18 Come rediscover the joy of being a part of group praise and worship. Join us for morning service at 10:30 a.m. At 6 p.m. there will be a praise music team. Come and enjoy God's presence in music. If you sing or play an instrument and would like to participate call Elaine at 863-763-7800. 4-H photo and video club plannedA new 4-H club is forming for those interested in digital photograph and making v ideos. The club is open to 4-Hers ages 12 to 18, and will meet on the third Monday of each month at the Okeechobee News of ce, 107 S.W. 17th Street (in the plaza next to the Brahman Movie Theater) at 7 p.m. Members should have access to a digital camera or v ideo recorder to use for club projects. Club projects will include taking pictures and recording videos at other Okeechobee County 4-H events. The rst meeting will be Monday, Sept. 19 Club members will select a name for the club and nominate of cers. For more information, email club leader Katrina Elsken at: kelsken@newszap.com or call 863-634-9751.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will be meet on Monday, Sept. 19 at noon at the Historical Society Museum on Highway 98 N. Anyone who would like to join the organization is encouraged to attend this covered dish luncheon. Dues for the year of $10 will be due at this time and we are encouraging everyone to bring school supplies to be donated to the Okeechobee County Schools.Food Stamp Assistance Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 SE, on Monday, Sept. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 772-971-3316. Real Life Ranch to open Y ard SaleReal Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will be open starting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. We will be open on Tuesday thru Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Come on out for great bargains.Senior/parent informational workshop at OHSA special night has been scheduled for the graduating class of 2012 and their parents. All parents of seniors are urged to attend on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Okeechobee High School. Parents will be given information about senior expenses, graduation requirements, FCAT retakes, discussion of the college admissions process, details about visiting colleges, work programs, information about Florida Bright Futures Program, SAT/ACT information, scholarship information, questions you should ask when visiting different post-secondary institutions, and important tips that parents and seniors need to know to have a successful senior year and a successful rst year at a post-secondary institution. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to ask questions that are pertinent for all seniors.Hospice to host Yard SaleHospice of Okeechobee's next yard sale will be on Wednesday Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page: www. hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab. Friends of Lake to meetFriends of Lake Okeechobee will meet on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn of Okeechobee (3101 US Hwy. 441 S., Okeechobee) All local businesses are affected by the lack of tourism in the area due to low water, from motels and gas stations, to restaurant and shing guides. All are welcome and encouraged to come to make a change in how this great lake is managed. Please come with your concerns and ideas to help. Everyone is welcome, please come and support your lake! Call 937-728-1344 for questions or details.Chamber to host Concealed Weapons Permit ClassThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee is hosting a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 p.m. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. Preregistration is Required. Register online at: www. OkeechobeeBusiness.com. Go to calendar of events and click on the Sept. 22, Concealed Weapons Permit Class. You may also contact the Chamber at info@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246.Feathers & Furs 4H hosting Rabbit ClinicFeathers and Furs 4-H club is having a Rabbit Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Jones Supply, 801 S.W. Park Street, Okeechobee. Contact Cathy Arthur at 863-763-1512 or Cathy Corby at 772-216-8669 for more information.Teen Dance Party plannedThe B.R.A.T. (Building Relationships Among Teens) Club of Okeechobee will host the September edition of the Teen Dance Party on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus from 7 until 10 p.m. Admission of $7 includes pizza, soda and chips along with entertainment, music, games and lots of great music to dance to. The party is open for teens and tweens ages 12-16. Proceeds from the dance party will bene t a local non-pro t.5k walk planned for Sept. 25The Okeechobee Seventh-day Adventist Church will be hosting a 5K walk on Sept. 25, to help raise awareness of childhood obesity. It will begin at 9 a.m., at pier 7. (the shing pier) We ask that you come prepared to make a donation to Big Lake Mission. (money or non-perishable foods).CCC plans meetingThe Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m., in the board room of the Okeechobee School Board Of ce. Spotlight Speaker: Lenora, Treasure Coast Food Bank and Angela Lowe, Mary's Shelter. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for children and their families. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.Dine with the Doctor Raulerson Hospital's Dine with the Doctor Lecture series will resume Tuesday, Sept. 27. Dinner will be available for $5 per person beginning at 4:30 p.m. Board Certi ed Gastroenterologist Dr. Albert Bravo will be discussing the Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedure he performs at Raulerson Hospital. Dr. Bravo will begin his presentation at 5 p.m. There is no fee for the presentation. To register for this event, call 1-800-449-8642.Legislative delegation to meetThe Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation will host a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the commission chambers of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Street, second oor. For more information please call State Representative Mike Horner's of ce at 407-943-3077Farm Bureau to hold Annual Membership meetingOkeechobee County Farm Bureau Annual Membership Meeting set for Oct. 13, Okeechobee County Farm Bureau Annual Membership meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m., at the Civic Center on Hwy. 98N. Members are being asked to bring a covered dish of salad, vegetable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are being provided by the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Oct. 5, to the Farm Bureau Of ce by calling 863-763-3101.Main Street plans Halloween celebrationOkeechobee Main Street is in the process of gathering candy for the 2011 Halloween Celebration! Anyone who would be willing to put a Candy Collection Box at your business, please contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce, (863) 357-6246 and I will drop one off; anyone interested in putting up a booth with a childrens' game or volunteering, also please contact Cindy. The 2011 Halloween Celebration is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31 at the Agri-Civic Center.Croppin’ Crew to meetThe Croppin' Crew now meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Okeechobee County Library, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Check out what other local scrapbookers and cardmakers are doing and share your ideas too. Bring your pictures, scrapbook pages and/or projects that you are working on.Give blood Save lives!Okeechobee Blood Drives in September are planned for Thursday, Sept. 29 Okeechobee Correctional Institute, 12-6 p.m. This drive serves all those in the north county. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Jessie Boland1970 2010I heard someone whisper your name, but when I turned around to see who it was, I was alone. Then I realized that it was my heart telling me that I miss you. Always in our hearts, never to be forgotten. Love always, Sheyenne and Shannon 6 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 Community Events


have made at least four arrests. Not only have none of these cases gone before a judge, three cases have since been dropped. All four of those arrested on a felony possession charge were released on their own recognizance (ROR) by the rst appearance judge. One problem is judges are asking law enforcement to name the illegal substance in their probable cause statements. But because manufacturers keep changing the chemical composition of these substances, it's next to impossible for law enforcement to know what the illegal substance actually is. According to the Drug Enforcement A dministration (DEA) manufacturers commonly use ve chemicals to manufacture SpiceJWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP47 (497) and cannabicyclohexanol. And as states enact laws to ban the sale and possession of fake pot the manufacturers simply change the compounds of these chemicals to make them legal. These chemicals have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human consumption. The synthetic substances used in Spice can produce hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures, aggression, nosebleeds, increased blood pressure and, eventually, kidney failure. At least 16 states have taken action to control the sale and possession of fake pot. Because of the problems in getting these suspects in front of a judge, a local task force detective said it has been suggested that they seize the suspected substance and send it to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce. Then, if an illegal substance is found, the of cer can get a warrant and arrest the suspect. "To me, it's just a knee-jerk reaction due to public outcrythe law is too broad," said the detective. "As far as the law, it has good intentions but there are so many variables to get around it that it's ineffective." However, Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger feels that because the chemical make-up of these synthetic cannabinoids keep changing the can't be speci c. "The chemists keep coming up with new and inventive ways to get around the law," said Judge Belanger. "So, the law kind of has to be broad and exible." Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright agreed that the Florida law has problems, and has suggested to task force detectives that they send the suspected fake pot to the lab before making an arrest. "The current version of the statute is for the chemicals, but the companies are changing the chemicals. So when you buy one of these substances you're basically playing Russian roulette," said Mr. Albright. "There's no test kit for the various chemicals and that's why they have to be ROR'd. They (the suspects) basically have to be ROR'd until the results come back from the lab." The test kits Mr. Albright was referring to are eld kits used by law enforcement that can detect illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. There are also kits that help identify prescription pills. By using these kits, a law enforcement of cer on the street can determine if an illegal substance is present and then use that test result for probable cause to make an arrest. However, as pointed out by Mr. Albright, there are currently no test kits available for synthetic cannabinoids. But Judge Belanger doesn't think that seizing these substances and sending them to the crime lab for analysis is the answer and that this is "unduly cumbersome." When contacted, of cials in other states pointed out that they, too, had problems when they rst enacted laws against these chemicals. "The rst time we passed the law we named the chemicals in the statutes. Then, companies just altered the make-up. You have to specify the substances," said Matthew Derbis, the assistant attorney general for Louisiana. "We then passed another law that included that chemical and all of its derivatives. The way we've structured the law, we've closed the loophole." That also holds true for the State of Arkansas. John M. Snyder, a staff attorney for the Of ce of the Prosecutor Coordinator in Little Rock, said he's not heard of problems with the law in Arkansas as being faced in Florida. "Our statute may be worded with terms like derivatives,' isomers' and similar chemical structure' so as to avoid issues like you're facing in Florida," he said in an e-mail. He went on to add that he's also not heard of judges wanting to know the chemical make-up of the substance. While their laws seem to be working at this point in Arkansas and Louisiana, Georgia of cials have encountered problems similar to those in Florida. According to John Bankhead, the director of public affairs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), law enforcement there is battling the same issue in that manufacturers keep changing the make-up of their product. "We've looked at a way to rewrite it (state law) but we can't nd a way to do it," he said. "So what undercover of cers do is they buy a number of packets and send them to a crime lab. The lab will test it until it gets a positive hit that matches our controlled substance law. The of cers will then get a warrant and make an arrest." Under Georgia law, the substance found must fall under the its controlled substance law. Mississippi of cials did not return phone calls seeking information on their law, and Alabama has yet to enact a law against these substances. When contacted about the issues local law enforcement is facing with the current law Representative Mike Horner, whose district includes Okeechobee County, said he wasn't aware of the problem. "Clearly, we need to adjust our laws to prevent criminals from escaping through this loophole," he said in an e-mail. "I am reaching out to Gail Harrell, chairperson o f the Criminal Justice Committee, to look into this." And like what's being done in Georgia, Mr. Albright said local detectives have seized some substances still being sold at local stores and sent them to the crime lab. "They've gone around and put stores on notice," he said of task force detectives. The task force detective said they are still waiting to hear back from the crime lab to see if any of those substances collected are illegal. And despite the issues he and his fello w detectives are facing, that detective said he will continue to enforce the new law. "I'm sure it (the law) will get broader and broader as years go by," he said. "But, it always comes back to these manufacturers know what they're doingthey're willing to pro t from someone's ignorance and immaturity. "They know what these kids are doing but they don't care. All they care about is that almighty dollar." SPICEContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 has a sliding scale for payments based on a patient's income. Dr. Santelices said no one knows the full extent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare. He said that if the politicians who w rote it didn't know everything that is in it, there are no doctors who fully understand it either. He fears Medicare will go bankrupt because the money being paid into it right now is being used to pay current expenses. "The medical condition in the U.S.A. is in critical condition," he said. Over the years expenses and the amount of paperwork required have increased. In 1983 Dr. Santelices' malpractice insurance was $7,000 and he had two employees. Medicare paid $4,000 for a gall bladder removal. In 2003 Medicare paid $864 for gall bladder removal, his malpractice insurance w as $107,000 and he had ve employees to handle increased paperwork. The doctor said that one of the things that complicate the medical situation is litigation. Doctors are afraid not to order additional tests. They sometimes err on the side of unnecessary caution in order to escape possible litigation. Another problem is the fact that insurance companies frequently and without warning quit authorizing certain drugs. He said it is possible to get preauthorization for drugs not on the insurance company's list, but it is a dif cult process. "I have patients that have to decide between medication and food," the doctor said. He has some de nite ideas that would be a step in the right direction to solve the problem. "We need the government, (both Democrats and Republicans) to stop running the Medicare system as a political tool." "We need the government to regulate less, rather than more." In the light of the present economic situation he added, "We all need to make more sacri ces. "I want to know why I can buy medication much cheaper in Canada than in the U.S. "Dr. Santelices said. "We need the public to be responsible for their lives." He said people should be proactive in taking care of their health rather than freely indulging in practices that are known to be unhealthful like smoking, drinking and overeating then expect government medical care. "It is easier to blame the doctor than other factors that impact the cost of medical care." He said the doctor gets about 11 cents out of every dollar spent for health care. About 30 cents of the dollar goes to the bureaucracy, the rest goes for other things such as pharmaceuticals, hospitals and care for the elderly. INSURANCEContinued From Page 1


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An arrest report by Deputy Steven Pollock, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that Howling reportedly went to a home where a friend lives and fell asleep on a couch. When he awoke some 90 minutes later he became upset and accused those in the home of stealing his prescription medications from his pants pocket, continued the report. Deputy Pollock went on to state that Howling left the home and returned about 15 minutes later brandishing a black .38 special handgun with a 4-inch barrel and wooden grips. According to the report, Howling threatened to shoot and kill a woman and six children who were in the home over the missing pills. Two men who were apparently outside the home heard Howling yelling at the woman, so they entered the home and told Howling to leave. Both men reportedly told the deputy that Howling left the home and got into a car occupied by a man and woman and left. Howling reportedly told the deputy he had a prescription for xanax, oxycodone and roxycodone. The deputy’s report does not state if Howling does have a valid script for the pills. Man reportedly threatened kids over missing pills 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).  Nikki Hawkins, 26, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 15 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on a charge of child abuse. Her bond was set at $1,500.  Stephen Ray Ward, 51, N.E. 11th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 16 by Deputy Joe Gracie on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $250.  Jesse J. King, 47, N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 15 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $3,500.  Erduin Morfa Alonso, 38, N.E. 56th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 15 by Deputy Bryan Holden on felony charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. His bond was set at $8,500.  Timothy Deshon Williams, 22, S.E. 36th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 16 by Deputy Justin Akins on a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. His bond was set at $5,000.  Jeremy Urbina, 21, N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 16 by Deputy Steven McKinley on a charge of battery (domestic violence) by strangulation. His bond had not been set as of newspaper deadline.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. Okeechobee Arrest Report James Howling


Raulerson Hospital was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. On Wednesday, Raulerson Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Raulerson Hospital is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals (14 percent of the nation’s total) earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Inclusion in the list is based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year. For example, this rst recognition program is based on data that were reported for 2010. To be recognized as a top performer on key quality measures an organization must meet two 95 percent performance thresholds. First they must achieve a composite performance of 95 percent or above, after the results of all the accountability measures for which they reported data to The Joint Commission were factored into a single score, including measures that had less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, they must meet or exceed a 95 percent performance target for every single accountability measure for which they report data, excluding any measures with less than 30 eligible cases or patients. Raulerson Hospital was recognized for achieving these thresholds for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. “We are extremely proud that eleven HCA facilities in South Florida, including Raulerson Hospital, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and St. Lucie Medical Center, were named among The Joint Commission’s top hospitals. This distinction is a direct result of our physicians’ and employees’ dedication in each area of its Key Quality Measures program,” said Michael Joseph, CEO and President of HCA East Florida. “We continue our commitment to quality care for our patients and excellence in the communities we serve,” Mr. Joseph added. “Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals, such as Raulerson Hospital, that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report: http:// www.jointcommission.org/annualreport. aspx, Raulerson Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website(www.qualitycheck.org). 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Children of Pastor Richard E.& Annette Whipple invite you to share in their parents 60th Wedding Anniversary Saturday,September 25,2011Holiday Inn Express 3101 Highway 441 South,Okeechobee,Florida 34974Calling Hours from 2pm to 6pm Please join our family for food,fun,fellowship and fond memories For more than 30 years Raulerson Hospital has been your community hospital, providing quality patient care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Many impactful changes have occurred in healthcare over that time, including: technological advancements in equipment and procedures, introduction of the HIPPA Privacy Rule and even the very pharmaceuticals used to treat patients needs, have evolved from tedious research studies and trials. One thing that will never change is our commitment and responsibility to provide you and your family with safe, quality health care services in a professional manner.If you have not been to Raulerson Hospital recently for your medical needs, come and experience the quality patient care we provide everyday; because We are Raulerson! 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 € (863) 763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.com For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call CONSULT-A-NURSE at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027 If h t b t R l H i tl tl tl f Emergency CareTwenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Some Of Our Services Available Include:RadiologyX-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CAT Scan, and Nuclear MedicineRehabilitationIncluding Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, & Occupational TherapySurgical ServicesIncluding Colon/Rectal Surgery, Ear Nose & Throat Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynecology, Orthopedic, Podiatry, Stereotactic Breast Surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), Vascular Surgery and Urology 179 6H 6H wy 441 No rth Ok Ok eec hob b e ee FL 34 972 € (86 3) 763 -21 -21 51 €R aul ers onH osp ita a lc lc om Raulerson Hospital will become a tobacco-free campus effective November 1, 2011. To sign up for a free, 8-week smoking cessation class, contact Shawn Poland at 824-2757. Happy 25th and 20th Anniversaries!Joe and Peggy Baker celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in a private renewal ceremony at The Harveys Wedding Chapel on the beautiful Lake Tahoe Nevada. Brother and sister-in-law, Bo and Darlene Bailey also renewed their vows for their 20th wedding anniversary. BO AND DARLENE BAILEY ANNIVERSARY JOE AND PEGGY BAKER & 10 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 Raulerson among top performing hospitals Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCHDEmployee awardWinifred Holland, Administrator, Okeechobee County Health Department presents the Employee of the Quarter award to Betsy Shef eld.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 14 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Several members of the Okeechobee High School rodeo team had strong performances at the Florida High School Rodeo A ssociation’s second rodeo of the year on Sept. 10 and 11. Tyler Mills nished second in the bull riding and rst in bareback riding. Nat Stratton nished rst in the saddle bronc, fth in tie down roping and tied for second with Jerrod Sparks in the team roping competition. Josh Keese nished fourth in steer wrestling and ninth in tie down roping while Sparks nished seventh in tie down roping. J osie Stratton placed third in barrel racing, and Josh Lea nished 10th in tie down roping. The contestants also held a reverse rodeo on Saturday evening where the boys got to compete in girls events and the girls got to compete in some boys events. The boys competed in barrel racing, police bend and goat tying. The girls got to perform in double mugging and steer wrestling. The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks were remembered as all of the contestants wore red white and blue and took part in a special ceremony. Rodeo Coach Julie Rogers said approximately 90 riders rode into the arena and those without a horse walked into the arena with their hats over their hearts. The FHSRA queen rode in on horseback leading a riderless horse draped with a wreath of owers around its neck. The riderless horse is a show of respect and a tribute to those who are unable to ride here on earth. The next high school rodeo is planned for Oct. 1 and 2, in Fellsmere. OHS rodeo team members compete in Fort Pierce In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Raulerson Hospital will be hosting a Women’s Health Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 7. The 2011 Women’s Health Luncheon will be held at IRSC’s Williamson Conference Center located at 2229 N.W. 9th Ave. in Okeechobee. Guest speakers will include local physicians as well as remarks from a twotime breast cancer survivor. Gynecology-Board Certi ed Doctor, James Brad eld will address the group, as well as Dr. Philip Moyer. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m. inside IRSC’s Raulerson Hospital Auditorium. The presentation will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. Registration is free, space is limited. RSVP today at: 1-800-449-8642. www.RaulersonHospital.com Raulerson Hospital presents 2011 Women’s Health Luncheon Special to the Okeechobee News/ Rotary ClubGuest speaker at RotaryRotarian Maureen Budjinski extended a warm Rotary welcome to guest speaker John Capece, a visiting Rotarian from the LaBelle Club, District 6960. In an interesting presentation, Mr. Capece briefed the club on his work as a Water Research Consultant with the Rotary International Sustainable Water Project. In addition, he shared information on Rotary’s Rail and Water Tour program, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Future Vision Program, whose common goals are to ensure bene ts of clean, safe potable water to recipients, as well as maximize these bene ts through precise, technical design of water supply and treatment systems. He cited work his club has done by sponsoring well projects in Africa and how he instituted a trainee program in which a local graduate student would be trained on sustainable water projects to ensure project sustainability. From coast to coast the United States is blessed with abundant clear water for its people. Rotarians celebrate America’s blessing by sharing the gift of clean, healthy water with others around the world. (left to right) John Capece, Maureen Budjinski and Lutz Walten, Rotary Intern Student from Germany.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee suffered through four turnovers and lost one of the team’s best players to injury in a painful 43-0 loss Friday night to the St. Lucie West Centennial Eagles at South County Stadium in Port St. Lucie Al Morris was carted off the eld on a stretcher after the second play from scrimmage with a leg injury after a short pass completion, and it appeared Okeechobee could not recover. “The injury may have something to do w ith it. It is something you don’t ever to have happen,” Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said afterward, “You want both teams to leave the eld happy and healthy.” Eagles quarterback Tim Caffey returned from injury to spark his team’s offense w hich had 12 rst downs, and were six of nine on third down conversions. When you add in four Brahman turnovers that gave the Eagles great eld position, it added up to a long night for Okeechobee, (0-3). Caffey completed (8-12) passes for 198 y ards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a third. Ty Jackson caught ve passes for 117 y ards and two touchdowns. Mike Nesmith ran for a pair of touchdowns and Ricky Rodriguez hauled in a 32 yard touchdown pass for Centennial (2-1). Eagles Coach Ron Parker said his team did a good job controlling the football and rushed the ball well. The Eagles scored 22 points in the rst quarter. After an exchange of punts disaster hit Okeechobee on special teams. The Eagles punt hit one of the Brahman blockers and the Eagles recovered at the Brahman 23 y ard line. The scored ve plays later on a two yard run by Nesmith. The Eagles drove 72 yards in seven plays on their next drive to score. Key plays included a 24 yard run by Jon Poma and a 31 yard touchdown pass from Caffey to Jackson. That score made it 14-0. Okeechobee misplayed the ensuing kickoff and started a drive at their one-yard line. Ty’Ronte Files fumbled on the next play to give the Eagles a rst down at the Brahman 13. Jackson scored on a 13 yard sweep on the next play to make it 22-0. Jackson’s 23 yard punt return in the second quarter gave the Eagles a rst down on the Brahman 35 and the Eagles scored thanks to two pass completions to Jackson that put the ball at the Brahman two yard line. Nesmith scored for the second time in the half on the next play to make it 29-0. Rodriguez caught a 32 yard pass in the nal three minutes of the half to make it 36-0. The second half was played with a running clock. Okeechobee had one drive reach the Eagles seven yard line but a fourth and one play was stopped for a four yard loss. Coach Jackson said he felt the Brahmans didn’t show enough discipline or effort to be successful in the game. “It was like we just put on some uniforms and came over here. We’ve got to make up our minds. Do we want to play or not?” Jackson said he’ll go back to work on Monday and try and get the team back on track. The thing he was most disappointed in was the team’s lack of ght, heart, and effort in the game. “We were at before the injury and playing in the mud. We look for things to happen and don’t make things happen. We don’t take our futures into our own hands,” he added.Game notesOkeechobee had 168 yards rushing and eight rst downs in the game. Zachary Wingeld made an excellent sliding catch for a 17 yard reception in the rst half. Bobby Jo Garza had two tackles for loss and Thor Harden added a tackle in the back eld. Alex Guido had a QB sack for the Brahmans. The Brahmans open their district schedule on Friday when they host Sebastian River.Okeechobee 0 0 0 0 ----0 Centennial 22 14 7 0 ---43 First Quarter St. Lucie West: Nesmith two yard run. (Clements PAT) 7-0 7:13. St.Lucie West: Jackson 31 yard pass from Caffey (Clements PAT) 14-0 at 1:32. St. Lucie West: Jackson 13 yard run (Leo pass to Trahan) 22-0. 1:10. Second Quarter St. Lucie West: Nesmith two yard run (Clements PAT) 29-0. 8:27. St. Lucie Wes: Rodriguez 32 yard pass from Caffey (Clements PAT) 36-0 2:28. Third Quarter St. Lucie West: Caffey one yard run. (Clements PAT) 43-0. 4:53. Fourth Quarter No scoring. Team Statistics Okeechobee St. Lucie West First Downs 8 12 Third Downs 3-9 6-9 Penalties 4-30 8-60 Rushing yards 168 133 Passing yards 24 198 Punts 5-150 3-89 Punt returns 0-0 3-40 Kick returns 6-86 0-0 Interceptions 0-0 0-0 Fumbles/lost 7-4 1-1 Individual Statistics Okeechobee Passing Atts Comp YDS TD INT D.J. Washington 5 2 24 0 0 Rushing No. Yds Avg LG TD Washington 14 81 5.8 15 0 Ty’Ronte Files 10 53 5.3 16 0 E. Williams 6 17 2.9 5 0 Daniel Nunez 5 17 3.4 8 0 Totals 35 168 4.8 16 0 Receiving No. Yds Avg Lg Td Al Morris 1 7 7.0 7 0 Zachary Wing eld 1 17 17.0 17 0 Totals 2 24 12.0 17 0 OHS Brahmans fall to St. Lucie West Centennial 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 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. 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Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 397984 ON 9/18/2011 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statue,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: ISU Lawrence Insurance Under which we expect to engage in business at: 2020 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County of Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Insurance Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 15th day of Sept. 2011. By: Ronnie Lawrence 397990 ON 9/18/2011 PublicNotice ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT GIVES NOTICE OF INTENDED DISTRICT DECISION The District gives notice of its intent to grant permit(s) for the consumptive use permit application(s) described below at the District’s Governing Board meeting on October 11, 2011. Bright Tiger LLC, 26375 NW 32nd Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972, application #3155. The District proposes to allocate 0.74 million gallons per day (mgd) of groundwater and 0.61 mgd of surface water to irrigate 987 acres of citrus, and 0.26 million gallons per day for freeze protection. The withdrawals used by this project will consist of Groundwater from FAS Upper Floridan Aquifer via 6 active wells; Surface Water from an internal reservoir via 3 active pumps in Okeechobee County, located in Sections: 30 and 31, Township: 34 South, Range: 35 East, known as Bright Tiger, LLC. If you wish to receive a copy of a Technical Staff Report (TSR) that provides the District staff’s analysis of a permit application, please submit your request to: Director of Regulatory Support, P.O. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178-1429. Once a TSR becomes available, you may also review it by going to the Permitting section of the District’s website at oridaswater.com/permitting/index.html. To obtain information on how to nd and view a TSR, visit https://permitting.sjrwmd.com/epermitting/html/EP_FAQs.html, and then follow the directions provided under “How to nd a Technical Staff Report (TSR) or other application le documents.” A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected has the right to request an administrative hearing by ling a written petition with the St. Johns River Water Management District (District). Pursuant to Chapter 28-106 and Rule 40C-1.1007, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), the petition must be led (received) either by delivery at the of ce of the District Clerk at District Headquarters, P.O. Box 1429, Palatka FL 32178-1429 (4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177) or by e-mail with the District Clerk at Clerk@sjrwmd.com, within twenty-six (26) days of the District depositing the notice of intended District decision in the mail (for those persons to whom the District mails actual notice), within twenty-one (21) days of the District emailing notice of intended District decision (for those persons to whom the District emails actual notice), or within twenty-one (21) days of newspaper publication of the notice of intended District decision (for those persons to whom the District does not mail or email actual notice). A petition must comply with Sections 120.54(5)(b)4. and 120.569(2)(c), Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, F.A.C. The District will not accept a petition sent by facsimile (fax). Mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, F.S., is not available. A petition for an administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt of the complete petition by the District Clerk at the District Headquarters in Palatka, Florida during the District’s regular business hours. The District’s regular business hours are 8 a.m. 5 p.m., excluding weekends and District holidays. Petitions received by the District Clerk after the District’s regular business hours shall be deemed led as of 8 a.m. on the next regular District business day. The District’s acceptance of petitions led by e-mail is subject to certain conditions set forth in the District’s Statement of Agency Organization and Operation (issued pursuant to Rule 28-101.001, Florida Administrative Code), which is available for viewing at oridaswater.com. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the petition being in the form of a PDF or TIFF le and being capable of being stored and printed by the District. Further, pursuant to the District’s Statement of Agency Organization and Operation, attempting to le a petition by facsimile (fax) is prohibited and shall not constitute ling. The right to an administrative hearing and the relevant procedures to be followed are governed by Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, Chapter 28-106, Florida Administrative Code, and Rule 40C1.1007, Florida Administrative Code. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate nal agency action, the ling of a petition means the District’s nal action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Failure to le a petition for an administrative hearing within the requisite time frame shall constitute a waiver of the right to an administrative hearing. (Rule 28-106.111, F.A.C.). If you wish to do so, please visit http:// oridaswater.com/noticeofrights/ to read the complete Notice of Rights to determine any legal rights you may have concerning the District’s intended decision(s) on the permit application(s) described above. You can also request the Notice of Rights by contacting the Director of Regulatory Support (RS), 4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177-2529, tele. no. (386)329-4268. Victor Castro, Division Director, Regulatory Support St. Johns River Water Management District 398007 ON 9/18/2011 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: PURSUANT TO F.S. 713.78 ON 10/1/2011 @ 9:00AM SILVERMOON’S TOWING & RECOVERY 3197 NW 20TH TRAIL OKEECHOBEE, FL. WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES AND/OR VESSELS. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO BID. SOLD AS IS, NO WARRANTY. SELLER GUARANTEES NO TITLE, TERMS CASH. SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY OR ALL BIDS 2000 Chevrolet VIN: 1G1JC5242Y7128051 397741 ON 9/18/2011 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation Okeechobee County Commission Chambers 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Public Hearing Wednesday October 12, 2011 Okeechobee County Board of County Commission Chambers 304 NW 2nd Street, 2nd Floor Okeechobee, FL 34972 For more information please call State Representative Mike Horner 407-943-3077398003 ON 9/18/2011 17 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 Reading a newspaper helps yo u understand the world around yo u No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans improved to (3-0) with an impressive sweep of Sebastian River Tuesday night in Indian River County, 25-18, 25-16, and 2514. Coach Todd Jones said the team has worked on their passing and have ne-tuned some of their skills in recent practice. Rebekah Bryan continued a strong senior year with 13 kills at the net and nine digs. Sarah Davis had 24 assists. Maranda Serrano added nine kills, nine digs and four service aces for Okeechobee. Maci Thomas had 13 digs on defense to lead the team. The Lady Brahmans hosted John Carroll on Thursday night. 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STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 18 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 OHS volleyball team beats Sebastian River By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Wilson Barahona had three goals as Yearling Middle School soccer team defeated Storm Grove 3-0 in middle school soccer action on Wednesday in Indian River County. Yearling's defense was the story of the match as the Bulls continued an over twoseason unbeaten streak against Storm Grove. Coach Erick Rios said while his team scored three goals they actually had several other golden opportunities to put the ball in the net. "The nal score could have been bigger sine Ricky Perez, Brandon Leal and Erik Santibanez had clear opportunities to score but missed," he noted. Yearling was nearly awless on defense and that is what meant the difference between a win and loss. The match was scoreless for the rst 15 minutes of the match before Barahona scored twice in the later stages of the rst half. Rios said his team lost control of the ball in the early part of the second half and that Storm Grove was a much improved team this year. "It was a little more dif cult for YMS to keep the advantage during the game," he added. Yearling will host Oslo Middle School on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. Y MS soccer defeats Storm Grove By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Amer Elhindi had three goals but it wasn't enough as the Osceola Warriors fell to the Sebastian Sharks, 7-3, in Middle School soccer action on Wednesday in Okeechobee. The season opener for the Warriors did not disappoint head coach Jorje Botello who said he felt it would have been an upset for Osceola to defeat Sebastian this year. "I told my team that I didn't look to win against a team like Sebastian and we were simply going to use the rst game as a learning experience," he said. Botello said the game will show his kids what they need to work on. He noted he has only ve returning players from last year. Jose Perez had an assist for Osceola (0-1). Goal keeper Logan Lipscomb had 24 saves in the Warrior net. Coach Botello said Lipscomb really kept the Warriors in the match. "He did a fantastic job of stepping up to the plate in goal and stopped four corner kicks that would have been goals if not for his efforts," he added. Botello said he is anxious to see how his goal keeper will fare against powerful Yearling, the school's arch rival. The Warriors travel to play Gifford next Wednesday. The Warriors' game last Monday against Storm Grove was cancelled due to inclement weather. OMS soccer plays Sebastian 2012 OHS Yearbook orders takenThe 2011-2012 Okeechobee High School Journalism Staff is currently offering this year's yearbook at a discounted price of $40. This price is good for the rst 100 books sold. The price will increase throughout the year. Reserve your copy now by contacting Mr. Pung at 863-462-5025 ext 7-007 or visiting yearbookforever.com.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Treasure Coast size and skill wore down the Okeechobee High School Brahman Junior Varsity football team Thursday night as the Titans prevailed 34-0 at Brahman Stadium. The Titans showcased a physical defense and rushing game and also scored with a long-pass play, and a blocked punt on special teams. Brahman Coach Daron Washington said he felt his team must do a better job taking what they learn in practice onto game night. “We had a lack of discipline. Missed assignments are what got us where we are tonight. The players must do what they were taught when they were taught to do it. I take total (responsibility) it is my fault. I didn’t have them prepared,” he said. It was a close game in the rst half. Treasure Coast led 6-0 after the rst quarter and 12-0 at the half. Dylan Barrett opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run. The play capped off a 54 yard drive by the Titans. Okeechobee’s defense had a couple of nice stands in the second quarter and had three consecutive tackles in the back eld on the Titans next scoring drive. On a 4th down and 20 Jarrod Rivera found Austin Whitehead behind the secondary for a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0. The Brahman offense was held to only four rst downs and Treasure Coast dominated in the time of possession. Coach Washington said he felt his defense simply got tired in the second half. “We couldn’t get the offense moving and the defense stayed on the eld too long. When your defense is on the eld that long the score is bound to jump up,” he added. Treasure Coach John Causby said he felt the size of his team wore Okeechobee down. “Some of our big boys wore them down but they were a great team. They came at us and had some pretty decent runs.” Causby said both his offensive and defensive lines did a great job at the line of scrimmage. He said the kid’s last game was cancelled and they were red up and ready to play this game. “Defense is what it’s all about at Treasure Coast. Defense is what we’re known for,” he said. Chris Moore added a touchdown in the second quarter. Dominic Jackson scored a touchdown on a blocked punt early in the third quarter. For Okeechobee, George Tillman had an interception and a tackle for loss. Myrick Puente added an interception late in the rst half. Deveon Jones had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. On offense Tyrell Taylor caught two passes for 30 yards and had 15 yards rushing. Connor Clements had 18 yards rushing. Tyrone Joseph caught one pass for 22 yards. QB Brandon Shockley had 52 yards passing and 30 yards rushing. Washington said with most of his players having to play both offense and defense it was only a matter or time before they got tired. He said he would emphasize focus, commitment and concentration in future practices. “Some of the kids don’t know what is going on so it’s up to me and the coach staff to make sure we get it all gured out,” he added. The JV is scheduled to visit Fort Pierce Westwood on Sept. 21. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 19 Okeechobee News September 18, 2011 OHS JV Football team plays Treasure Coast Titans Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTyrell Taylor rushes up eld during the rst quarter of the JV football game between Okeechobee and Treasure Coast held on Thursday night. Okeechobee fell 34-0. #41 Deveon Jones and the rest of the Brahman running backs found it tough to nd holes against the Titans defense Thursday. Okeechobee was shut out for their second loss of the season. Deveon Jones #41 and Devon Wigfall #56 chase after Dylan Barrett of Treasure Coast during the second quarter of the JV football game held Thursday at Brahman Stadium.


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