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: 10-09-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, October 9, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 121 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.08 feetLast Year: 13.95 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.SWAT teams learn Akido skills .. Page 17YMCA to offer ‘days out of school’ care ... Page 13 NEWSTORE1865HWY70WWEACCEPTWHENYOUPURCHASEACARWASHAnyRegularly PricedMenuItem!With Coupon Only € Exp. 10/31/1110¢ offa gallon of gas20% offAnyCarWashWith Coupon Only € Exp. 10/31/11$2off8633570106 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Okeechobee County Commissioners will have the opportunity to present their wish list of legislative priorities to the Okeechobee Count y Legislative Delegation. The delegation, which will be made up of State Representatives Mike Horner and Steve Perman and State Senators J.D. Alexander and Joe Negron or their representatives, will meet with local of cials at 1 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Okeechobee County Courthouse. The list, which was approved by commissioners during their Sept. 27 meeting, contains two new issues. One new issue, championed by Commissioner Joey Hoover, calls for legislation that would provide sovereign immunity for local authorities to perform yard maintenance on properties that are in the process of being foreclosed on, before the bank receives title to the property. The requested legislation would also provide ways for local governments to recoup cost of clean up. The other new issue deals with redistricting in accordance with the 2010 census. Commissioners would like to maintain the status quo with two State Senators and two House Representatives for the county with ties to the coast are a and the interior. Commissioners are protesting current legislation that requires mandatory septic tank inspections every ve years. They believe this puts an undue burden on rural counties. County has ‘wish list’ for legislatorsSee COUNTY — Page 20OHS Brahmans beat Forest Hill Falcons ... Page 18 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenAdam Bryant Minimal Regatta is a hit!The rst Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta homemade boat races, held Saturday on Taylor Creek in Okeechobee, drew 48 contestants. Approximately 80 percent of the boats oated long enough to complete the race. Entrants were allowed one sheet of 4' by 6' plywood, 24 feet of 2" by 4" lumber, one pound of fasteners and a roll of duck tape. Paint was allowed for decoration only. The crowds lining Taylor Creek cheered all the contestants, and gave special appreciation to a boat captain who saved the ag after his boat capsized (bottom right.) Above, the Fast Break boat built and captained by Jesse Bodden proved an ef cient design. Below left, a colorful dragon boat and a raft also proved seaworthy. For more, see page 20.


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Social Security The government is projecting a slight c ost-of-living adjustment for Social Security b ene ts next year, the rst increase since 2009. But for most bene ciaries, rising Medic are premiums threaten to wipe out any inc rease in payments, leaving them without a raise for a third straight year. The Medicare Part B premium for 2012 will be $113.80 – an increase of $17.40 per month, reducing t he 2012 Social Security average bene t to $976.20. $4.40 less than the current average. Fortunately, there is a “hold harmless” c lause that prevents Medicare premium inc reases from reducing the Social Security b ene t, so the 2012 average payment would remain at $980.60.  There will be no Social Security raises t ill 2016.  Since the current COLA is based on last y ear’s (2009-2010) prices, I will just hope t hat when a $1 box of brand name crackers jumps to $1.25 (and loses an eighth of an ounce) in the past six months, there will b e a decent COLA next year...though likely s till lagging the actual rate of change. That j ump in prices can’t all be higher fuel costs t o ship it.  I am still working but making less now t han I did three years ago. Many working people are in that position. We have taken pay cuts in order to keep our jobs. Everyt hing costs more and we have less money t o pay the bills with. There is no “COLA” for t he average working person. We’re just glad t o still have jobs at all.  Social Security is broken in my opinion; and needs a serious house cleaning on eligibility status, both existing and future. City parkCan the city afford a new park? In the paper today is a story about a park proposed near Taylor Creek in the city. Is Taylor Creek t he right place for a park? Anyone concerned t hat kids at the park might be tempted to swim in the creek, which is probably not a safe place to swim, what with the pollutants and the alligators.  The city already owns the property and it’s just sitting there idle. It looks like a lot of the material and labor for the park will be donated so it seems like a good deal for the taxpayers.Free stuff The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff. Because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff; and the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop. The folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting! Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff, have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.  All great democracies have committed nancial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters gured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. The United States of cially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.  I had an occasion to talk to someone who was receiving some of this free stuff. The really sad part is that they had no idea where it comes from. They just thought the government has this money and gives it away. They had no idea how the government gets the money and that people like you and I are the real givers of what they receive. They were complaining that they did not get enough to get through the month. They were receiving food stamps, welfare for themselves and a baby, free medical for themselves and the baby, WIC or whatever it is called now for the baby but yet they thought they deserved more from the government. This person has not worked a day in their lives and has not contributed to anything. We really need to educate those who receive free stuff. By Tommaso Pasquarella, pastorCornerstone Baptist Church God is ready to pardon. I know this is not what many of you are taught, but it is true. Many of you think like I used to, that God was this guy in heaven with a baseball bat waiting to break our kneecaps when we mess up. This is not the case. God is ready to pardon, He is ready to forgive, He is ready to cleanse and He is ready to heal. We see this example in Scripture often. The people of God, the Jewish people were in disobedience and God had caused them to go into captivity and their city was destroyed. God had moved in Nehemiah in order to restore the city of God. The city of God was restored in fty-two days. While they were praising God they remembered that the grace that brought their city restoration is the same grace that was shown to the Jewish people throughout history. “And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.” (Nehemiah 9:17) They hardened their hearts, they wanted to go back to the place God had rescued them from, they wanted to go back to Egypt, the place of their four hundred year captivity. But listen to God’s response to their rebellion, he kept His word. The response begins with but. He negates the statement of rebellion with but, meaning that something happened other then what should have. They should have gotten punished. They deserved God’s wrath. They deserved God’s judgment. They deserved God’s punishment. The deserve nothing from God. But God was ready to pardon. Gracious which means He will show undeserved favor. Merciful which means He will not give them what they deserve. He does not get angry quickly. He has great kindness. He did not forsake them. God granted them grace, because He wanted to. Here is the hope for you. Here is the lov e shown to you. Here is the answer to not suffering God’s wrath. But God!!! But God!!! When you were dead in your sins, But God!!! When you were dead in your transgresses, But God!!! When you turned to false idols o r false Gods, But God!!! When you committed adultery, But God!!! When you lied, Bu t God!!! When you stole, But God!!! When th e wages of Sin is death, But God!!! “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us” (Ephesians 2:4) What does it mean when it says God was rich in mercy? He did not give you what you deserve. You deserved Hell. You deserv e punishment. You deserve His wrath to b e poured upon you, but His word says “Fo r God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Why did He do this? Because of His great love wherewith H e loved us. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not th e Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36) God desires for you to have life, if you know him liv e for Him. If you have not seen your sins as evil before God then repent and draw near. If you realize that your sins have separated you from God and you have not gave them to Him and taken on His salvation then repent and believe and as you draw near to Him He will draw near to you. If you still liv e like the world and still live in your lusts o f this world and you call yourself a Christian, then you might want to examine yourself. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in th e faith; prove your own selves. Know ye no t your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5) God is ready to pardon, through the blood of his Son who already paid th e penalty for your sin, Jesus died so you would not have to. Sunday, October 9, 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. 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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! Friends of the Library seeks membersThe Friends of the Library for the Okeechobee County Library are looking for new and returning members. The friends assist the public library by sponsoring the Florida Humanities Programs in the winter, funding children’s programs, donating to the teen room and purchasing books and DVDs for the library. The group raises funds by holding twice annual used book sales, selling book bags and membership fees. The membership donations are as little as $5 a year and application cards may be picked up at the library front desk.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Ray F. Coburn Jr., 59OKEECHOBEE — Ray F. Coburn Jr., age 59, died at home on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, surrounded by the comfort of close friends. He was born June 12, 1952, in Seneca, Mo., and was a resident of Okeechobee for the past 33 years. Mr. Coburn, fondly known as J.R., was employed by Okeechobee KOA for ten years as Operations Manager. He was dedicated to providing a great camping experience for guests and coordinated many functions at the KOA Convention Center for the local community. Managing the Shanty Lounge was a joy to him because of the people and the friendships he made over the years. He served on the Okeechobee Tourist Development Council for eight years and loved being an active member of the community. Prior to his employment at Okeechobee KOA, he managed the Okeechobee Country Club. He was very proud of the work he and his father accomplished helping in the development of the Club. His love of the game of golf was evident as a competitor on the pro circuit and as a pro instructor early in his career both in Kentucky and Okeechobee. He was a lifelong member of the PGA. His most treasured accomplishment was fundraising with his friends for KOA Care Camps. He helped send many kids with cancer to summer camp. He felt blessed that he had choices in his life and wanted to give back to the community and children. He will be sadly missed by all. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Freeman Coburn Sr.; mother, Margaret Ruth Lankford; and sister, Carol Ruble. There will be no services at this time. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. All arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. Plus well give you a complimentary e-Subscription so you can read YOUR newspaper anywhere via the Internet.Thats a value of $72 -Yours for FREE if you act NOW!(*Value based on annual subscriptions) For ONLY $6.00 a monthSUBSCRIBE TODAY!EZPay is simplicity personified. It is the most convenient way to pay for your subscription. Once its set up, its automatic every month. And with no bills, no checks and no mail, EZPay is kind to the environment. Act now!Limited time offer! Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com W ater Conservation DayOkeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave, will host a Water Conservation Day in conjunction with South Florida Water Management District as part of the morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. In addition to local issues, particular emphasis will be given to areas of the world such as Haiti, that have recently faced water challenges.Masonic Lodge holds Sunday breakfastThe Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W. 5th Ave., w ill hold a breakfast for $6 per person on Sunday, Oct. 9 Public is welcome and carryouts are available. Masonic Lodge holds this breakfast every other Sunday. Proceeds go to OCRA baseball scholarships and Grad Night.Retired educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association will be having their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10 beginning at 11 a.m., in the Lodge Restaurant meeting room. Any retired educational personnel are w elcome to attend. A mateur Radio Club plans to meetNext meeting of the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be held on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Red Cross Classroom on Parrott Ave. As always, all members of the club are urged to attend and are invited to meet us at 6 p.m. at Five Guys Burgers and Fries for an informal meal before the meeting. Topics for this meeting w ill include the Hamfest scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the concept of linking the Okeechobee 2 Meter repeater w ith the 2 Meter repeater in Lake Placid. For more information contact Tom Timmons at ttimmons@dtimmons.com.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Oct. 11 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds will go to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Healthy Start board meetsThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start 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. Early Learning Coalition to meetThe Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at noon. The meeting location is Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. 3rd Street, in Okeechobee. Contact Loretta Toth at 772-223-3832 with any questions.Farm Bureau to hold Annual Membership meetingOkeechobee 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.VNA to offer Diabetes seminarAre you, “Living with Diabetes?” Come and nd out more about how you can better live with it. The Visiting Nurses Association will offer a seminar presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 SE Second Street (In the dining room).Main Street Mixer plannedOkeechobee Main Street’s October Mixer will be sponsored by the Florida Blood Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, located at 3101 Highway 441 South. The public is invited and current members are asked to bring a friend! Okeechobee Main Street is a non-pro t organization dedicated to the revitalization of Okeechobee County and the preservation of our County’s heritage. Please join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to win our 2011 Mega 50-50. For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd St.Annual Boots and Pearls Gala bene ts HospiceOkeechobee KOA will host the 6th Annual Hospice Boots and Pearls charity gala on Friday, Oct. 14 beginning at 6 p.m., with a social hour. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. with music and dancing by Chris MacArthur and The Florida Cracker boys. Tickets are available at Eli’s Western Wear. For more information, please call 863-763-2984.Bene t BBQ to be held for Waylon PurvisA BBQ bene t will be held for Waylon Purvis on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Duck Pub, 1031 Lakeport Plaza, at 2 p.m. until. The dinner consists of rib or chicken with lots of sides to choose from and dessert. An Indian taco plate will also be available for $8. Entertainment is played by Wayne Purvis. A 50/50 drawing will be held with tickets available in advance. Contacts are: Frankie at 863-261-2001; Amanda at 863-532-2111; and, Joni at 863-697-8395. Community Events


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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 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 9 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report October 3 & 4, 2011 Cows Breaking 56.00 64.00 Cutter 50.00 57.00 Canner 52.00 55.00 Bulls 1000-1500 71.00 75.00 1500-2000 77.00 79.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 902 1021 Cows 138 281 Str 13 29 Hfrs 4 6 Bulls 17 25 Yrlngs 37 37 Mix 0 0 Total 1111 1399 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 175-190 132-140 250-300 160-180 125-135 300-350 140-160 116-130 350-400 126-140 112-120 400-450 117-132 108-120 450-500 114-127 104-116 550-600 113-121 104-112 600-650 112-119 100-110 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 145-170 118-130 250-300 130-150 110-120 300-350 118-137 105-115 350-400 115-125 102-111 400-450 105-116 97-107 This sounds like a broken record. Cows and bulls $1-2 lower. Good, heavier calves a little higher. Lighter calves, less demand. Hamrick & Sons, David Grego and Joe Lott topped the calf market with a high of $1.90. San Marino topped the cow market with a high of $66. Graham angus bull sale on Friday, Oct. 14. New website at www.okeechobeelivestockmarket.com. See ya next week, Todd Special to the Okeechobee News/ Anton Silva IIIRain doesn’t stop Prayer WalkDespite the rainy weather, members of the community met last week at Everglades Elementary School for the nal 2011 Prayer Walk sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA) to pray for the schools, teachers, students, support staffs, parents & administrators in that area which included Okeechobee High School. The group also prayed for the patients at Raulerson Hospital and the residents at Okeechobee Health Care Facility. The OMA wishes to thank the 24 different community members representing 6 local churches or ministries who participated in this unique Christian community event. From left to right in the front row: Kristin Higgins-First United Methodist Church (FUMC), Vanessa Watt-FUMC, Audrey Metcalf-FUMC, Pat Hall-FUMC, OMA member Rev. Nancy Vaughan-FUMC Director of Christian Education, Anton Silva III-Photographer & Northside Baptist, and Elsie Landers-FUMC. In the back row: OMA Secretary Sandy Perry-Northside Baptist/ Okeechobee Community Choir Director, Savannah Simpson-FUMC, OMA Executive Director Rev. Dr. Edward Weiss-Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Priest, OMA President Rev. Jim Dawson-FUMC Youth/Assistant Pastor, OMA member Rev. Bruce Simpson-FUMC Senior Pastor & CW Simpson-FUMC. Not Pictured: OMA member Rev. Jim Benton-Faith Farm Ministries.


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “So far, so good,” Erin Hess said on day three of her new job as director of the Okeechobee County Health Department. She is a native of southern Indiana and has a Bachelors from Indiana University and a Masters from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Hess has been in Florida since 2004 and has been with the Florida Department of Health since 2005. At rst she was working in health education. She came here from Highlands County where she was working in administrative services. Now Ms. Hess says she will be able to utilize both experiences. “This was the next step in my professional career,” she said. During her rst 30 days she is going to be fact nding and information gathering before setting up a strategic plan. She is in the process of meeting with of cials of other organizations that work with the health department such as Shared Service, emergency operations and the school system. “Okeechobee is very fortunate to have a nurse in every school.” Ms. Hess said, something she was surprised to see. She arrived here just in time for the season to administer u shots. As it has in the past, the health department will once again be supporting the health expo in January. Ms. Hess said her staff is very dedicated to the health of Okeechobee County. She said that it appears that sometimes larger cities have more resources. But, she added, small towns, like Okeechobee, can also accomplish a lot because the people are dedicated to their community. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Erin Hess takes over as health department director 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Camouflage Paint $8.25 per qt. Boat Resin $29.90 per gal. Discontinued Colors $9.95 per gal. Roller Set 9Ž $3.95 € Few Colors $4.95 per gal € Limited Number in Stock Flat white Ext. #183-01 $45.00 per 5 gal. Poly Varnish Int. Colors $9.95 per gal. 40 yr. Siliconized Caulking $.99 per tube Rust-Oleum John Deere Green $14.95 per gal. € 5 gal size Off Tint $25.00 € Limited Number in Stock 863-763-3824Serving You Since 1945Sale Expires Oct. 22, 2011 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 Some Of Our Services Available Include:Emergency CareTwenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care 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 Raulerson Hospital will become a smoke-free campus effective November 1, 2011. This September Raulerson Hospital was recognized as a top performing hospital in The Joint Commissions Top Performers on Key Quality Measures Program. 11 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda New Health Dept. Director, Erin Hess as she begins her new job. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalHospital helps Historical SocietyFrom left to right, Robert Lee, CEO Raulerson Hospital presents a donation of $1,000 to Betty Williamson, President-Okeechobee Historical Society. Raulerson Hospital, which has served the community for more than thirty years, values the history and traditions in Okeechobee. The hospital’s donation to the Historical Society will assist with the third reprinting of the book entitled “Strolling Down Country Roads, Okeechobee.” The books have been ordered and are due in time for Christmas. This exciting pictorial history of Okeechobee is available for preorders for $40 per book. Contact Betty Williamson at 863-763-6226 to place an order on the answering machine, by leaving your name, address and telephone number. You will be noti ed when the books arrive. The book’s authors are Twila Valentine, now deceased, and Betty Chandler Williamson.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudents achieving excellenceEverglades Elementary School Students of the Week for Sept. 26-30 are achieving excellence in the classroom: kindergarten: Melissa Fonseca, Leticia Mejia, Janeesha Cooper, Rebecca Stoddard, Lina Rodriguez; rst grade: Jakob Henderson, Audrey Broadrick, Justin Conti, Guadalupe Morales, Austin Sperry, Tatyana Santibanez; second grade: Brennen Sell, Lexie Jennings, Zack Widdi eld, Payton Besaw, Colten Courson, Cynthia Serrano; third grade: Hailey Hawes, Ashley Brown, Tykeon Glenn, Jolene Sutton, Anela Tiu, Michelle Urbina-Romero; fourth grade: Marissa Forde, Kolby Yerkes, Katjia Cherry, Braxton Berryman, Justin Roberts; and, fth grade: Mireya Catalin, Bradley Jeffries, Abi Morales-Medrano, Hunter Murrish and Yaneli Villegas (some not pictured.) Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekCongratulations to Osceola Middle School's Students of the Week for the week of Sept., 22! Here's a cheer for Vanessa Trejo, Emily Beaty, Sarina Vavra, Jessica Trent, Cassandra Franco, Rachelle BaptisteBlair, Manuel Ramirez, Brittany Jameson, Makayla Root and Rian Haaka.


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STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 14 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced the award of two contracts to replace four water control structures on Herbert Hoover Dike near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. The Corps awarded a $47-million contract Sept. 28 to Odebrecht Construction of Coral Gables, Fla., which calls for replacement of Culverts 1 and 1A in Glades County. On Sept. 29, the Corps awarded a $42-million contract to Harry Pepper & Associates of Jacksonville, Fla., which calls for replacement of Culverts 11 in Martin County and Culvert 16 in Palm Beach County. All four water control structures provide irrigation and drainage to adjacent landowners. This project is the latest undertaken by the Corps of Engineers as part of major rehabilitation efforts at Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD). The goal of the rehabilitation is to reduce risk to nearby citizens through a system-wide approach that includes the replacement of these water control structures within the HHD project. The 143-mile earthen dike surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the nation. “We’re committed to reducing the risks to the surrounding communities of Herbert Hoover Dike,” said Project Manager Tim Willadsen, “and replacing these water control structures will help meet this goal.” Work is expected to begin around early November, and is expected to be complete in the next three years. Contracts awarded for w ork on Hoover dike Residents living in and around the Okeechobee community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Okeechobee Shrine Club will host Life Line screening on Oct. 19. The site is located at 1855 S.W. 53rd Street in Okeechobee. Four key points every person needs to know:  Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.  80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.  Preventative ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.  Screenings are fast, non-invasive, painless, affordable and convenient. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. All ve screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule and appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the web site at www. lifelinescreening.com. Preregistration is required. Shrine Club hosts stroke and osteoporosis screenings event Vendors wanted: Craft Fair in the Woods planned at Freedom RanchCraftsmen and artists will have just the right thing for you or someone on your Christmas list at the 5th annual Craft Fair in the Woods at Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E., on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested in being a vendor? Contact Pam at 863-763-2678 or Mary at 863-763-9800.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 O O K E E C H O B E E C O U N T Y H O U S E H O L DH H A A Z Z A A R R D D O O U U S S W W A A S S T T E E SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH 9:00AM-2:00PMVEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY306 N.W. 9TH Ave. Okeechobee€ FREEDROPOFF €To Okeechobee County Residents Paints, Pesticides, Chemicals, Solvents, Brake Fluid, Pool Chemicals, Batteries, Cleaning Supplies, Used Oil, Oil Filters, Mercury Bulbs, Mercury Containing Devices and unknown Chemicals; Ni-Cad and Lead Acid Batteries; Tires (4 Tires ONLY Per Household). NO Propane Tanks.For More Information, ContactSolid Waste Dept. at: 763-1811A A M N E S T Y D A Y Located Behind The White House Plaza 1126 S. Parrott Ave € (863) 763-6000Lori Mixon 8 6 3 6 3 4 1 4 5 7 ((LMixon@MixonGroup.com www.MixonGroup.com V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 15 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Students and their teachers compete for cash prizesU.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth annual Being an A merican Essay Contest. The largest contest of its kind in the country, the Being an American Essay Contest explores the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-pro t educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.” Speci cally, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the following question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?” The top three student winners from each of the ve geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (First Place), $500 (Second Place), and $250 (Third Place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100. Over 80,000 students have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006. Complete contest details can be found below. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and the Founding principles are available at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest. Deadline for entries is Dec. 15. A merican essay contest focuses on Constitution 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).  Mark R. Borhhmeir, 39, of U.S. Highw ay 441 S.E. was arrested Oct. 5 on a charge of battery by strangulation. Bond on that charge is to be set by a judge. He was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant on a charge of family desertion/withhold support. Bond on that charge was set at $1,000.  Garrett Holmes, 25, of Clewiston, was arrested Oct. 5 on an Okeechobee County w arrant on the charge of felony battery. He w as picked up from the Hendry County Jail. Bond was set at $2,500.  Leanna Nicholle Overton, 19, of N.E. 120th Avenue, was arrested Oct. 5, by OCSO Detective Augustin Saucedo Overton. Overton is accused of stealing jewelry and other valuables from two Okeechobee residences and of selling stolen items at a pawn shop. She is charged with three counts of grand theft, three counts of giving false information to a pawn broker and three counts of dealing in stolen property. Total bond was set at $67,500.  Joseph Nelson Ricky, 25, of N.W. Ninth Street, was arrested Oct. 6 by OCSO Detective Augustin Saucedo and charged with grand theft, giving false information to a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property. Bond was set at $50,500.  David Feltenberger, 50, of S.W. Fifth Avenue, was arrested Oct. 7 on an Okeechobee County warrant, and charged with three counts of grand theft. Bond was set at $4,500. 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. Okeechobee Arrest Report


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Employment Medical We haveimmediate openings for the following positions: To complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL €RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: PRN,F/T €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Case Manager: PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN €Physical Therapist: PRN €PCA: PRN €HIM-FT, ED Coder/EM: AssignmentWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment MedicalM.A/R.N/P.A SKILLED IN IV LINE ACCESS, INFUSAPORTS, OR WILLING TO LEARN. PART TIME/FULL TIME. FAX RESUME 772-337-0320 Employment Medical Medical Of ce Full time Medical Coder/ Insurance Biller Medical Of ce Experience Preferred. Computer skills a must. Non-smoker Call 763-0217 or Fax resume to 467-5148 Employment PartTime PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT The Of ce of the City Clerk is now accepting applications for a PartTime Of ce Assistant. A complete job description and application packet is available on the City’s web site www.cityofokeechobee.com or pick up at City Hall, Of ce of the City Clerk, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 215. Applications will be accepted until position is lled. Successful candidates are required to pass a pre-employment substance screening/physical. Drug Free Workplace. EEO/AAP. Lane Gamiotea, City Clerk/Personnel Administrator. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles97 Honda Civic LX 147K miles, 31 mpg., $2,500 OBO Call 863-357-0256 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ACTION : Notice of Availability (NOA) SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has issued a Finding of No Signi cant Impact (FONSI) for approving the construction and lease of a home on trust property for Hillard Gopher. The approximately 1.57 acre lot is located off of Tucker Ridge Road within the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. in Glades County, Florida (Township 39 South, Range 33 East. Section 16). The BIA has approved and adopted the Environmental Assessment (EA), dated August 2011, prepared by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Environmental Resource Management Department and entitled “Hillard Gopher Home Site, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Brighton Reservation, Glades County, Florida”. This EA has been adopted and FONSI issued for the approval of the home construction and lease of trust lands in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NOTICE: This is a Notice of Availability (NOA), that the EA and FONSI for the Federal action of approving the proposed home construction and lease of trust property are available for public review. The BIA has approved and adopted the above referenced EA which addressed this proposal. The FONSI determination was based on review and analysis of the information in the EA. Based on the EA, it has been determined that the action will not result in signi cant impacts to the quality of the human environment, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not requir ed. You may obtain a copy of the EA and FONSI from the BIA Eastern Regional Of ce or the Environmental Resources Management Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6365 Taft Street, Suite 3008, Hollywood, FL 33024, telephone (954) 965-4380. APPEALS: “This FONSI is a nding on environmental effects, not a decision to proceed with an action, therefore cannot be appealed. 25 C.F.R. Part 2.7 requires a 30 day appeal period after the decision to proceed with the action is made before the action may be implemented. Appeal information will be made publicly available when the decision to proceed is made.” For further information please contact Kurt G. Chandler, Regional Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Of ce, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37214, telephone (615) 564-6832. Keith Neves Superintendent, Seminole Agency Date: 8/30/2011 Bureau of Indian Affairs 399036 ON 10/9/2011 NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA) SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has issued a Finding of No Signi cant Impact (FONSI) for approving the construction and lease of homes on trust property for Jessie Joe Jimmie and Jeffery Lee Osceola. The approximately 1.5 acre lots are located off of Red Barn Road within the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. in Glades County, Florida (Township 39 South, Range 32 East. Sections 22 and 23). The BIA has approved and adopted the Environmental Assessment (EA), dated August 2011, prepared by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Environmental Resource Management Department and entitled “Jessie Joe Jimmie and Jeffery Lee Osceola Home Site Leases, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Brighton Reservation, Glades County, Florida”. This EA has been adopted and FONSI issued for the approval of the home construction and lease of trust lands in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NOTICE: This is a Notice of Availability (NOA), that the EA and FONSI for the Federal action of approving the proposed home construction and lease of trust property are available for public review. The BIA has approved and adopted the above referenced EA which addressed this proposal. The FONSI determination was based on review and analysis of the information in the EA. Based on the EA, it has been determined that the action will not result in signi cant impacts to the quality of the human environment, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not requir ed. You may obtain a copy of the EA and FONSI from the BIA Eastern Regional Of ce or the Environmental Resources Management Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6365 Taft Street, Suite 3008, Hollywood, FL 33024, telephone (954) 965-4380. APPEALS: “This FONSI is a nding on environmental effects, not a decision to proceed with an action, therefore cannot be appealed. 25 C.F.R. Part 2.7 requires a 30 day appeal period after the decision to proceed with the action is made before the action may be implemented. Appeal information will be made publicly available when the decision to proceed is made.” For further information please contact Kurt G. Chandler, Regional Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Of ce, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37214, telephone (615) 564-6832. Keith Neves Superintendent, Seminole Agency Date: 8/30/2011 Bureau of Indian Affairs 399037 ON 10/9/2011 Public NoticeNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the ctitious name of WILLIAM CRONIN CONSTRUCTION located at 610 CLEMATIS STREET, UNIT 704, in the County of Okeechobee, in the City of West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at West Palm Beach, Florida, this 06th day of October, 2011. WILLIAM CRONIN 399862 ON 10/9/2011 Public Notice LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT The Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast/ DBA, Workforce Solutions Region 20 and the Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium announces a meeting of the Executive Committee to which all persons are invited: Date & Time: Friday, October 14, 2011 8:00 a.m. Place: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast DBA, Workforce Solutions 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 PURPOSE: To discuss matters concerning the Workforce Investment Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, Federal Stimulus Funding), Workforce Employment Opportunities, the Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop Career Centers, and the Workforce Development Board DBA, Workforce Solutions. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986 Should any person wish to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the above referenced meeting, they will need to ensure a verbatim recording of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, in order to provide a record for judicial review. 399809 ON 10/9/2011 17 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice On Sept. 29, instructors from Warhorse Aikikai joined together with members of the Okeechobee County and St. Lucie County SWAT teams to provide specialized hand-to-hand combat and defensive tactics training through the use of Aikido. During the course of the day, law enforcement personnel learned basic principles and philosophy of Aikido, observed demonstrations of various take-down and apprehension techniques, and then were provided the opportunity to perform hands-on application of what they had observed. The primary goal of the union was to provide more non-lethal defensive tactics options to law enforcement personnel. In view of the days’ success, additional training sessions focusing on hand-to-hand defensive skills are being contemplated for the future.What is Aikido?Aikido is a defensive martial art nding its origins in the historic tradition of Japanese warrior arts. The Japanese word Aikido is represented by three characters that may be translated as “the way of unity with the fundamental force of the universe” and it is often referred to as “The Art of Peace.” It is a true Budo or “martial way” but it is more than a science of tactics and selfdefense; it is a discipline for perfecting the spirit. The underlying principle of all Aikido technique is the use of total body movements to create spherical motion around a stable, energized center thereby avoiding direct confrontation in favor of counterattacking where the attacker is weak. In short, Aikido technique uses leverage, inertia, gravity and the actions of centrifugal and centripetal forces to harness the energy of an attacker and use their own force against them. More speci cally, the Aikido practitioner uses holds, throws, and blows (atemi) to subdue the attacker. While Aikido is highly effective and has been used as the foundation for combat training by law enforcement and military organizations throughout the world, Aikido techniques themselves do not depend on strength or size for effectiveness. Aikido is for everyone – men, women and children of all sizes, ages or abilities – because its movements and techniques result from the most ef cient utilization of the entire body and great power can be generated by the practitioner regardless of physical strength. Most Aikido practice requires the use of a partner with each person working at his or her own level of ability and alternating as uke (the attacker) and nage (the one receiving the attack). Through constant repetition, Aikido students work to master the fundamentals of movement, timing, and breathing that are so important to developing “muscle memory” thus allowing them to capture the opponent’s action/energy and redirect it with techniques of martial ef ciency and power while remaining calm and centered in the midst of chaos.Beyond Self-defense: Other Bene ts of Aikido TrainingThere are obvious bene ts resulting from Aikido training including mental clarity, focus, increased stamina, exibility, and muscle development; however, these are but a few of the countless bene ts. While adults might practice Aikido to develop inner peace, relaxation, or selfdefense, most children never even think about these concepts. The most immediate bene t of Aikido training for kids is that it teaches them calmness and the power of mental focus that can enhance their ability to sit still and concentrate in school, while doing homework, or during athletic activities. Through Aikido practice, kids develop calm, clear minds that result in them being better equipped to quickly and easily absorb knowledge. Children practicing Aikido have the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally further than what they may have thought possible as well as the chance to explore their abilities, to assert themselves, and to focus their attention. Aikido teaches children that learning how to stay calm and relaxed can be much stronger than things like anger, force and aggression. For more information, call Brad Phares at 863-532-0278. Aikido training opens in Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee NewsWarhouse Aikido and area law enforcement SWAT teams worked on hand to hand combat on Sept. 29 Sell your used items in the classi eds


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsD.J. Washington rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Elijowan Williams added two rushing touchdowns as Okeechobee won their rst game of the season, 36-26, over a game Forest Hill on Friday night at Brahman Stadium. Falcon QB Isiah Echevarria had a huge night with 24 completions, three touchdown passes, and 304 yards passing. WR Lionel Betancourt caught 12 of those passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Coach Myron Jackson preached to his team to pay attention and do their assignments and for most of the game his offense did their job. Okeechobee had over 275 yards rushing as a team and QB Washington added 74 yards through the air. "I feel like w e're coming together," Washington said, "We nally got that rst taste of winning and I hope there are a lot more to come." Washington said the offensive line played an outstanding game and made things easier on a v ariety of Brahman running backs. "The offensive line really played a heck of a game tonight. We added a new play and every time we ran it I think we picked up ve or six y ards," he added. Okeechobee scored rst after they successfully converted an onside kick to start the game. They drove to the Forest Hill ve-yard line before the drive stalled and place kicker Raul Piedra nailed a 23-yard eld goal. An interception by Zac Wing eld ended a long Falcon drive late in the rst quarter and Okeechobee also caught a break when the Falcons fumbled a blocked punt. The Falcons took their only lead 7-3 early in the second quarter when Elgin Wilson broke loose on an option play for a 59-yard touchdown. Okeechobee responded with a 53-yard touchdown drive of their own capped by a 16yard pass from Washington to sophomore Eddie Neal. Okeechobee made it 16-7 late in the half thanks to a three-play 73-yard drive. Washington broke loose for a 38-yard gain, and nished off the drive with a 26-yard touchdown dash. Forest Hill made it interesting as they scored on a three play 66-yard drive in the nal minute of the half. Betancourt hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Echevarria to make it 1614 at the half. Okeechobee dominated the third quarter as they scored 13 unanswered points and held the ball for 21 plays compared to the Falcons six plays. Okeechobee drove 68 yards in nine plays to go up 22-14 as Washington ran for 43 yards on the drive. Williams nished off the drive with a tough six-yard run behind the right guard Bobby Jo Garza and right tackle Raul Piedra. Okeechobee made it 29-14 late in the third as they took advantage of a six-yard Falcon punt to drive 42 yards in six plays. Cade Stokes made a nice grab across the middle for a 19-yard gain and Washington nished off the drive with a 12yard scramble. Just when it looked like Okeechobee had the game in hand, the Brahmans made a few questionable decisions near mid eld. They went for it on 4th and 13 and the bad snap rolled 25 yards in the Brahman back eld giving Forest Hill great eld position at the Okeechobee 45. In 30 seconds Forest Hill scored when Echevarria found Bullard for a 24-yard touchdown. On the next drive Okeechobee decided not to punt on 4th down and six at mid eld and the pass was batted down. Forest Hill drove 50 yards in six plays to pull to within 29-26. Forest Hill then tried a pass for two points that fell incomplete. Okeechobee held the ball for the nal ve minutes to stop the Falcon rally thanks to a punishing ground game. Williams converted a key third down with an eight-yard run and a 13yard penalty on the Falcons put the ball in the red zone. Williams nished off the game with a ve-yard touchdown with under a minute left to ice the game. "I feel like we did well tonight. We just have to pick up the ball control and manage the time on the clock. It felt great to get back in the end zone in that tight a game. I saw nothing but green grass," Williams said. Coach Jackson said the kids still have some work to do and things to correct but that they really showed some ght and took advantage of their opportunity to play. Okeechobee was without key starters like Thor Harden and Ty'Ronte Files but showed a lot of ght in the second half as the Falcons tried to rally. "If somebody goes down around here, the guy next to him gets to play. That's Okeechobee football. I tell them about Wally Pip and Lou Gehrig. Nobody knows who Wally Pip was but they sure know Lou Gehrig. I tell the kids work hard from Monday through Thursday and it will show up in the game Friday," he added.Game notesJose Garcia and John Kemp had QB sacks late in the game for the Brahman defense. Forest Hill had 10 offside penalties in the game on defense. Eddie Neal and Kemp had tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Cory Vickers recovered a fumble for the Brahmans. Okeechobee fumbled the ball four times but was able to recover all of the fumbles. Kerolin Francois had an interception for Forest Hill, (1-4). Okeechobee will play Monday at home against Martin County at 5 p.m. as they complete a game suspended by electrical problems scheduled for Sept. 30 in Stuart. The game Friday featured a pink out of Brahman fans to raise awareness for breast cancer research and the value of early testing and breast cancer screens.How they scoredFirst Quarter Okeechobee Piedra 23 yard eld goal. 8:27. 3-0. Second QuarterForest Hill Wilson 59 yd. run. (Echevarria kick) 11:04. 7-3.Okeechobee Neal 16 yard pass from Washington (Piedra kick), 10-7. 7:13. Okeechobee Washington 26 yard run. (Kick failed) 16-7. 2:53. Forest Hill Betancourt 35 yard pass from Echevarria (Echevarria PAT), 16-14. 1:45. Third Quarter Okeechobee Williams six-yd. run. (Kick failed) 22-14. 7:32. Okeechobee Washington 12-yard run (El Hendi PAT) 29-14. 2:36. Fourth Quarter Forest Hill Bullard 24-yard pass from Echevarria (kick failed) 29-20. 7:49. Forest Hill Bullard 18-yard pass from Echevarria (pass failed) 29-26. 5:35. Okeechobee Williams ve-yard run. (El Hendi PAT) 3626. 0:50. Team Statistics Okeechobee Forest Hill First Downs 19 12 Third Downs 5-9 5-9 Penalties 4-20 13-71 Rushing Yards 285 72 Passing Yards 92 304 Punts 2-56 3-66 Punt returns 0-0 0-0 Kick returns 2-33 5-78 Interceptions 0-0 1-12 Fumbles/lost 4-0 4-1 Okeechobee Statistics Passing Attempt Comp Yds TD INT D.J. Washington 13 5 65 1 1 Jack Radebaugh 5 1 9 0 0 Totals 18 6 92 1 1 Rushing No. Yds Avg Lg TD D.J. Washington 19 167 8.9 38 2 Elijawon Williams 13 84 6.5 10 2 Khalil Smith 9 30 3.3 7 0 Daniel Nunez 4 4 1.0 2 0 Totals 45 285 6.3 38 4 Receiving No. Yds Avg Lg TD Elijowan Williams 1 5 5.0 5 0 Will Jackson 2 37 18.5 28 0 Cade Stokes 1 19 19.0 19 0 Eddie Neal 2 31 15.5 16 1 Totals 6 92 15.3 28 1 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 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. 18 Okeechobee News October 9, 2011 Brahmans win 36-26 against Forest Hill Falcons Okeechobee News/ C. MurphyElijawon Williams rushed for two touchdowns as Okeechobee defeated Forest Hill for their rst victory of the season on Friday.


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