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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 10-28-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, October 28, 2011 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 102 No. 129 13.07 feetLast Year: 13.61 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Kissimmee River locks reopen ... Page 3 College day attracts record crowd ... Page 12 OHS Brahmans face PBL Rams ... Page 13 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Local food pantries are feeling the pinch of the economy and are having to serve more people with less resources. MaryAnne Swinford, of Big Area food pantries see more families Film festival, acting seminar this weekendBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Former professional football player and actor Jimmy Gary has not forgotten his hometown. “I love where I live now (New York),” he explained, “But I’m in love with Okeechobee.” Mr. Gary wants to combine his enthusiasm for the entertainment industry with his love of his hometown by bringing the lm industry to Okeechobee. On Saturday, Mr. Gary will host a festival of short lms at the Hampton Inn, 1200 State Road 70 East, at 7:30 p.m. (See related story, at right) “The Okeechobee Short Film Concert is about people in Okeechobee getting together and laughing at award winning lms from around the world,” he explained. Proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship fund. On Sunday, at 3 p.m. Mr. Gary will host an introduction to acting seminar, also at the Hampton Inn. The event is open to aspiring actors of all ages. “I went out and found my way,” he said. “I want to help Gary has big dreams for area Specail to the Okeechobee NewsKevin Pollack stars in the short lm "Our Time is Up," one of the short lms to be featured as part of the lm festival Saturday at the Hampton Inn. Asbury Shorts, New York City’s longest running short lm exhibition is teaming with Okeechobee native and TV/Film actor Jimmy Gary, Jr. to present an evening of award-winning short lms selected from the world’s top lm festivals on Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Hampton Inn grounds located at 1200 State Road 70 East. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The show is recommended for ages 16-90 and the public is encouraged to attend! Mr. Gary will serve as the show’s host and this event kicks off his attempt to bring the movie industry to his hometown of Okeechobee where he was a Parade All American High School football star who went on to play at the University of West Virginia and later the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Mr. Gary is now a working TV and lm actor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Doug LeClaire, the director of Asbury Shorts New York will feature Oscar Winners, Best of the U.S. Festivals and award winners from the International Film Festival circuit in the two-hour show at The Hampton Inn. One of the short lms to be shown is Mr. Gary’s “Feeding Pigeons.” Mr. Gary said the 18 minute lm is about what is going on in America. “It’s not about politics. It’s about the people,” he said. “We are struggling. With the Democrat and Republican parties, it’s like a football game. The lm is about people coming together and sharing what we have in common.” Film festival Saturday at the Hampton InnSee FILM — Page 5 See GARY — Page 5 See FOOD — Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A total of 2,406 residents received unemployment bene ts from the state in September almost identical to the 2,423 who received bene ts in August according to the latest jobless report from the Florida Department o f Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics Center. The report said 13 percent o f Jobless claims remain at 13% See JOBS — Page 5


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HamiltonOkeechobee News A recent open house event held at IRSC’s Williamson Conference Center at the Okeechobee Dixon Hendry Campus inv ited local residents to come and learn more about the Fielding Institute’s Lifelong Learning Program. Program Director, Laura Kelley spoke w ith a small group about the program’s need for public input and interest in order to help grow the offerings in order to better serve the community. A short video detailed the program’s veyear existence and the 600 members that it currently has and also the offerings available to members. Ms. Kelley also stated that the current member base demographic serves those who are generally retired, seasonal residents whose average age is 75. “The learning programs are peer driven that enhance knowledge and social experiences of its members and increases community appreciation of IRSC,” stated Ms. Kelley. She spoke of a three-year strategic plan to help the program to ful ll the needs of Okeechobee learners stating, “The program needs support in order to grow,” she said and noted many of the programs available including the Distinguished Lecture Series on current issues; societal concerns, technology, media, journalism, music including a performing arts series and more. Some of the lectures and programs are offered in other areas including Stuart and Vero Beach but are pushing for expansion with some of them in the Okeechobee area as interest grows. One of the programs to be offered in Okeechobee this winter is a Computer Learning program taught at the Dixon Hendry Campus every Friday over several weeks. If you would like to know more about the Fielden Institute’s Lifelong Learning Program at IRSC and learn about what you’ve been missing, please go to: http://www. IRSC.edu and click on “Lifelong Learning” at the bottom of the page. Lifelong Learning Institute looks to expand program Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. East northeast wind between 3 and 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight: Showers likely, mainly before 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. East northeast wind between 3 and 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.Extended ForecastSaturday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. North northeast wind between 6 and 9 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. North northeast wind around 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has announced the award of two contracts as part of its major rehabilitation project on Herbert Hoover Dike near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. The Corps awarded a $5-million contract on Oct. 21, to Treviicos South of Charleston, MA, to complete work on a 3,300-foot section of cutoff wall installation on a portion of the dike near Port Mayaca. That same day, the Corps awarded a $4.7 million contract to Bauer Foundation Corporation of Odessa, FL. to nish work on a 2,450-foot section of cutoff wall installation near Belle Glade. The Corps began installing a partially penetrating cutoff wall in the 75-year-old dike in 2008. The wall serves as a barrier to a process known as “piping,” where water can nd its way through the dike, slowly eroding away material and weakening the structure. The two to three foot thick wall extends from the top of the dike through the foundation to several feet beyond the limestone bedrock, averaging 50 to 70 feet, or about three stories, below the crest of the dike. “We continue to implement features on the dike to reduce risks to the adjacent communities,” said Tim Willadsen, Corps of Engineers Project Manager for rehabilitation of Herbert Hoover Dike. Work is expected to begin in November, and continue through 2012. Hebert Hoover Dike is a 143-mile, earthen levee that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the nation. For more information, please visit Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District website at: www.saj.usace.army.mil and click Herbert Hoover Dike under the Operations Division link in the upper half of the page. Corps awards contracts for dike rehab Kissimmee River locks reopenThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) reopened navigation locks on the Kissimmee River, Oct. 26, as water ows from recent heavy rains slowed to levels safe for boating. Navigation locks at the north shore of Lake Okeechobee — which had been closed because of dry conditions — have also reopened as water levels rose enough for operations to resume. Mariners are still urged to use caution and follow safe boating practices. Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonDuring the recent meeting/open house of the Fielden Institute’s Center for Lifelong Learning, hosted by Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus, members of the board, volunteers, peer leaders, staff and others gathered to exchange ideas on how the make the program grow to better serve the Okeechobee area. Those present at the gathering included (back left to right) Program Director, Laura Kelley, Betty Williamson, Administrative Assistant, Maria Kerner; (front left to right) peer leaders Jan Fehrman and Hazel Parnis.


Has Okeechobee lost its way? Is it the “town” that has lost its way? Have you considered the liberal attitudes of many parents? The introduction of immigrants? A wholesale change in mores, att itudes and values provided by the previous generation? With that said, I have seen a lot more good kids here than out and out bad ones. Blaming the local government seems easy, but how effective is it? Want your kids raised by the school system? Sex education, b reakfast, lunch, values clari cation, is all taking place already and to a speci c agenda. If t hat isn’t working for you, get involved and make changes, it is the only way.  I am suggesting the local government be a larger voice in this, rather than sitting in the b ack of the room.  There are several places here for kids to go and have a good time, the movies, bowling ally, game room, there is even a community theatre. What do other town have for the c hildren to do. Much the same things I think. T he one thing that we don’t have is a place w here kids can just hang. It used to be different when my kids were growing up here. It w as safe to just hang out at the lake or the U Save parking lot. With drugs and gangs now in the picture, it is no longer safe for kids to j ust hang. Establishments don’t want a group of kids drinking, ghting and using drugs around their businesses. The morals aren’t t ough any more and parents expect others t o look after and teach their kids. Look what t hey are learning. The parents’ morals aren’t good either as they are out drinking, sleeping around or living with someone they are not married to, and using drugs. Kids are taught b y example, sort of a monkey see, monkey do.  I agree that it all goes back to parenting. T here are plenty of activities for children and t eenagers in this town, but if the parents don’t make sure their children have the opportunit ies and the transportation, the kids cannot t ake advantage of what is available. Parents c an also make their own homes a safe and w elcoming place for their children and their friends to gather. Too many parents just don’t pay attention or are too concerned about their own wants and needs. They don’t put their children rst. I don’t know how to x that. But perhaps if today’s young people recognize the problem, they will put off having children until they are emotionally, physically and nancially prepared to put the children’s needs rst.Cost of school events Most of the events at the high school are too high priced for a kid who isn’t old enough to drive or be employed outside of day labor. There is even a parking fee at football games. It seems that the kids who try to pay for their own activities can only go to a few, but those who DO have Mommy and Daddy handing out the $20s can do it all. It seems unfair to those less fortunate. “That’s Life!” Yepper, the good news is my kid gets it and he’s cool with it, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have enjoyed being able to do ALL the spirit week events.  I would just like to see All of the events reasonably priced so that all the kids can enjoy what is going on at the high school as well as families being able to participate when it applies. It’s not just about one dance. The cost to be involved in anything for these kids nowadays is getting more and more expensive to the point where it’s just too much.  Everyone is crunched for money right now but I think if a kid would have wanted to attend the Homecoming dance it could have been done by beating the bushes a little to get that extra cash but then again maybe I am missing something. I never had the luxury of my parents paying for any overages on my phone bill or my gas/spending money. By the time I was 16 I was handed several bills and told ‘ gure it out or do without.’  According to the school of cial I spoke to, after they paid for expenses, the money from Homecoming goes to the senior class to help defray the cost of the Grad Night event at Disney. So they use Homecoming dance as a fundraiser. That is why it costs so much. Since any student at OHS can go to Homecoming, they get the other classes to help pay for the seniors trip to Disney.Waitresses Attention waitresses: Do not bring me my mug or glass with your hand touching the rim. I have watched you clean a dirty table, wipe the table with a rag and take money at the register. Please do not touch the rim of the glass I will drink from. Kim’s story -Blood storiesKim Kelley works at Fly-N-Hi Enterprises in Okeechobee. She is a recipient of donated blood and wants to share her experience so that others may be inspired to donate the gift of life – their blood. On Wednesday, July 27, Kim went in for a routine hysterectomy. She came out of the surgery okay but two hours later Kim blacked out. Blood tests revealed that her hemoglobin kept dropping. Hemoglobin in the blood carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body where it releases the oxygen to burn nutrients to provide energy to power the functions of the body, and collects carbon dioxide to bring it back to the lungs. Kim’s hemoglobin level dropped to 4.8; normal range is 11.7 to 15.5. A CT scan revealed a small internal bleed that was causing Kim to lose blood. Kim needed a blood transfusion. A few days after her surgery, Kim’s situation was further complicated by the development of pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs). She was put on blood thinning medication for six months to reduce her chances of blood clots moving and causing serious health issues. Because Kim is on blood thinner, she regrets she cannot donate blood at the Sixth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup; however, in Kim’s words, “as soon as I am able, I will donate blood to pay it forward.” She appreciates the donor who gave the unit of blood that saved her life and wants to do the same for somebody else. Although Kim cannot give blood at the Roundup, you probably can give the gift of life. The Sixth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup will be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. Please come and donate a unit of your blood and help save lives. Because a unit of blood can be broken down into blood products so that the recipient only receives the blood component he or she needs, each unit of blood may help save up to three lives. I hope to see you at the Roundup, Susan WilliamsBlood Drive The challenge is setWe are all familiar with that sinking feeling we get when we hear sirens; they usually indicate an emergency, possibly a life in danger. When that happens it is good to kno w that blood is on hand when it is needed. This year’s Roundup is issuing a challenge to se e which group, in the Okeechobee area, can bring in the most blood donors. Two trophies will be awarded to the club, church, business, school or other group which brings the largest number. These rs t and second place trophies, designed just fo r Okeechobee, will be awarded as soon as totals are compiled. A separate trophy will be given the police/ re group which does the same. Participation is not limited only to your members, but to all who sign in unde r your name. As donors arrive at the site and sign in, they then list the person or group for which they are donating. Tell your friends and relatives to list your group at sign-in and you ge t the credit. Of course, there are goodie bags for all donors and more than 250 prizes, donated by local businesses, to be given awa y by drawing. The Sixth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup, which is the largest independen t community blood drive IN FLORIDA, will b e held at the Freshman Campus Nov. 19 and 20, from 9 to 6, to help prepare for blood needs during the holiday season. Our goal this year is 600 units in those two days. Don’t let your trophy go to someone else. Spread the word on bulletin boards, in meetings, by phone and on Twitter and Faceboo k and get your supporters to join you so you can claim one of those trophies. If you hav e any questions, feel free to call. Raye Deusinger Drive Chairman 863-610-2176 Friday, October 28, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. 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. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee County Real and Personal Property Tax Roll has been certified by the Property Appraiser and is open for collection of 2011 taxes, both Okeechobee County and Okeechobee City, in the office of the TaxCollector, Alderman Building, 307 N.W. 5th Avenue Suite B, Okeechobee, FL34972 For information regarding: € EMS,Fire and Garbage assessments, call 863.763.9312 € City Garbage assessment, call 863.763.3372 ext. 222 € Coquina Water Control District, call 863.763.4601 Discounts will be allowed as follows: € Four percent on payments made November 1 November 30 € Three percent on payments made December 1 December 31 € Two percent on payments made January 1 January 31 € One percent on payments made February 1 February 29 € Net if paid in March Celeste Watford, CFC Tax Collector OkeechobeeCounty Office hours:Monday Friday 8:00am 4:30pm Phone: 863.763.3421 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 5 Okeechobee News October 28, 2011 other people nd their way." Donations will be accepted, but not required. He said Doug LeClaire, director of Asbury Shorts, will talk to business owners about creating commercials and online advertising. Mr. Gary, who graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1991, said he remembers that when he was growing up he would hear people talking about how Disney considered Okeechobee as a possible theme park location before building Disney World in Orlando. "We can create our own Disney here in Okeechobee," he said. Mr. Gary hopes to attract television and movie production companies to lm in Okeechobee County. "The locations here are beautiful," he said. For example, part of a movie Mr. Gary plans to make is set in Africa. Parts of Okeechobee County can double for the African savannah. "We need to make Okeechobee attractive to lm and television," he said. "We can create our own destiny. We can show people that Okeechobee is a welcoming place." The timing is perfect because State o f Florida recently passed tax incentives for lm companies to make movies here, he said. Bringing the entertainment industries here could create jobs for Okeechobee residents for things such as set building and catering. The lm companies would need lodging and do business with local stories. Local residents might even be used as extras on screen. In order to help promote the area, Mr. Gar y suggests making short lms in Okeechobee County and circulating those lms on the internet, so that people all over the world can see the possibilities of lming here. He said short lms don't need a big budget. "Some of the best art is created when you don't have anything, because you are creating it from the soul," he said. "The moral of the people in Okeechobee can change the environment," he said. "People in Okeechobee need to start thinking as a whole, as a group and come together. We can create opportunities. "We have to start dreaming again," he said. "We have to listen to each other's ideas and do everything in our power to make those dreams manifest." GARYContinued From Page 1 Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own chairs or a blanket to sit on, as well as some mosquito repellant, since it will be an outdoor event. There is a $5 suggested donation; the proceeds will go to the JJ Films, LLC Student Scholarship Fund, a fund set up by Mr. Gar y to help the youth of Okeechobee attain educational goals. FILMContinued From Page 1 Lake Missions Outreach, said her ministry is not getting the support needed. Of late she said they are seeing more families instead of homeless people at their noon-time feeding site near the First Methodist Church. Last y ear at Thanksgiving they fed 738 people. This year they are expecting to feed well over 1,000. Coupled with increasing numbers, Mrs. Swinford said the ministry has lost some of its support from churches. Jerry Ellsworth of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church food pantry said her organization is serving about 100 families a week. A year ago they were serving about 75 families a week. They are an emergency food pantry and provide enough food for a family to survive for three days. A family is limited to six visits a year to the food pantry. Some of the food for the food pantry is purchased from the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Other items are purchased locally. The food pantry is supported by the local Presbyterian Church, other churches, civic clubs such as the Kiwanis Club and private businesses. Mrs. Ellsworth said that for the last two years the food pantry has been able to get government grants of $8,000 each year. So far, this year there has been no grant money. In the summer when school is out if they have extra money, they purchase milk and cereal for the school children. The Mission House at First Baptist Church provides food and clothing to needy families. "It's unbelievable," Bud Lewis said of the increase in visitors to the Mission House. He said they see 18 to 25 families a day while three years ago they were seeing 10 families a day. "We've got enough but we could always use more," Mr. Lewis said of the supply of food.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. FOODContinued From Page 1 the labor force of 18,556 were out of work last month. That was well above the state average of 10.6 percent. In September, 2010 there were 2,613 residents who collected bene ts, or 13.7 percent. While the job market was basically stagnant in Okeechobee, the situation improved slightly in Glades County during September. There were 531 residents who received bene ts, a rate of 8.8 percent. That compared to 547 residents who collected bene ts in August, a rate of 9.3 percent. In September, 2010, 565 residents, a rate of 10-percent, collected unemployment bene ts in Glades County. The Okeechobee rate was surpassed by only ve other counties in Florida. Only 15 counties had lower jobless rates than Glades County last month. The highest rate was in Hendry County, 17.6 percent while the lowest rate was in Liberty County, 6.9 percent. The Florida rate was 10.6 percent and the national jobless rate stood at 8.8 percent. JOBSContinued From Page 1 Program helps Hardest Hit homeownersAre you unemployed or underemployed and having trouble making your mortgage payments? There's good news for homeowners. If you've experienced a nancial hardship due to job loss or reduced hurs, resulting ina reduction in your income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help people in your situation. It's free to apply and those who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments. You can get the help you need when you need it and it's absolutely free to apply. To nd out if you are eligible or for more information, visit www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call 877-863-5244 or contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc,, 115 S.W. 5th Avenue, 863-467-5525.


Gospel SingSeventh Day Christian Church, 912 NW Park Street, Okeechobee (next to Douglas Chiropractic Hwy. 70 West) will host a Good ol’fashioned Country Gospel Music Sing on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. Y’all come and enjoy.Ranch rodeo to bene t Hannah KateA ranch rodeo will be held for Hannah Kate Johns who has leukemia on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., in the Okeechobee Cattleman’s Arena. All proceeds will bene t St. J ude’s Hospital where she is being treated. In addition to the ranch rodeo look forward to a 50/50 raf e, live auction, T-shirts for sale and food. A blood mobile will be present. Contact Bobby Joe Fulford at 863-634-3429 or Tuyl Oxer at 863-441-1617 for more information.Barbecue to bene t local boyO.C.R.A. will host a bene t to help local player, nine year old, Bryce Johnson who has lymphoma. The bene t will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Sports Complex from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Barbecue pulled pork plates are $10 each with local delivery available. There will also be a silent auction and bounce house and slide for donations. All w inners will be noti ed and posted by 6 p.m. Proceeds will bene t the Johnson family to help with expenses. For more information, please call 863-634-0515.B.R.A.T. Club to host Halloween DanceCome and join us for our “Spookiest Teen Dance Party” this year! ‘Tweens and teens ages 12-16 attend the party in costume and enter a contest to win $25 for best costume! The party gets started on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m. at the Freshman Campus. A dmission is only $7 and includes dinner and treats. Halloween games planned. Proceeds from the dance will bene t B.R.A.T. Club events. For more information, call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.Eagles hold Sunday chicken dinnerOn Sunday, Oct. 30 the Cypress Hut Eagles will hold a chicken dinner, from 1–4 p.m. for $6. Proceeds go to FOE community charity fund. Public welcome!Freedom Outreach holds shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach Classic, on Sunday, Oct. 30 will be a one-day event with a $120 entry fee, cash only. You must have shed at least three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Tournaments are held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Scott Driver will be used as a backup. Please call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Eagles hold Halloween partyOn Saturday, Oct. 29 the Cypress Hut Eagles will hold a Halloween party, at 6 p.m. and it is free. Music by the Harpers. Public welcome!Legion has Monster MashAmerican Legion Post 64 Riders to host A MONSTER MASH on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 4 until 7 p.m. They will have money prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Music provided by Cowboy Jody. Bring a covered dish. Everyone can participate and be in on the fun. All proceeds bene t our Adopt a Veteran and his/her Family Program. Church to host Fall FestFall Festival at Point of Light Fellowship Church 15399 Hwy. 78 Lakeport on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Lots of games, candy and fun!ConKerr Cancer meets Nov. 1ConKerr Cancer’s motto is “Giving sick kids a reason to smile one pillowcase as a time.” That’s exactly what Okeechobee is doing. Our next “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrottt Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and join in with other ladies in our community who want to put a smile on the face of a sick child. For more information call Joan at 863-467-0290.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghette dinner Tuesday, Nov. 1 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds bene t Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-7633378.Friends of the Okeechobee Library Board ElectionThe Friends of the Okeechobee Library of cers for the coming year will be voted on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the library. Nominations from the oor will be accepted at that time. The proposed slate is as follows: Marion Davis, president, Jan Fehrman, vicepresident, Carol Mahnke, treasurer, Hazel Parnis, secretary, Janet McKenna, membership chairman and Marilyn Hadley, hospitality chairman. For more information, call the library at 863-763-3536.Girl Scouts celebrate 100th birthday Girl Scouts of Okeechobee County will display Girl Scout history at the Okeechobee County Library from Wednesday, Nov. 2 to Nov. 30 There will be special activities for area Girl Scouts each Saturday afternoon in November from 1 – 4 p.m. Register with the Girl Scouts of SE Florida at www.gssef.org for these activities. For more information contact Claudet at 863-467-6110.Healthy Start Coalition meetsThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 2 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. Presbyterian Church plans old fashioned bazaarAn old fashioned bazaar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church at 312 N. Parrott Ave. Doors open at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale features crafts, holiday decorations & gifts, and baked goodies and much more. For information call, Eleanor at 863-763-6928.ODEC announces annual dinner eventThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council is announcing their annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Okeechobee KOA. Keynote speakers will be Florida Democratic Party State Chairman Rod Smith and State Representative Steve Perman. The event begins at 6:15 p.m., and tickets are $25 for a prime rib dinner. This event is open to anyone interested in attending and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please call or email: okeechobeedemocrats@hotmail.com to reserve your tickets. For more information about the event or the purchase of advertisements in the program, please contact either Magi Cable at 863-763-8667 or Adean Miller at 863-467-1021.Arnold's Wildlife Center to host Fall Open HouseThere will be lots of animals to see at Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center at the upcoming Fall Open House event planned for Nov. 5 The animals are excited and await visitors from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The center’s butter y garden will be in full bloom with many species to view. See our newest American Otters habitat with romping otters to entertain. Admission for adults is $10, $5 for kids 12 and under and there will also be barbecue chicken dinners available for sale for just $7 each. All proceeds will bene t animals at the center. Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center is located just north of Okeechobee, west on 144th Street (just past the Country Store and Marathon Station) then just follow the signs. 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.Raymond John Van Sullen, 87OKEECHOBEE — Raymond Van Sullen, 87, o f Okeechobee, died Oct. 26, 2011. He was born Feb. 3, 1924 and proudly served in the US Navy. No services will be held. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 205 NE 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News October 28, 2011 Community Events Methodist women to sponsor annual bazaarThe First United Methodist Women o f Okeechobee invite you to attend the Annual Bazaar & Country Store on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 200 N.W. 2nd St. You will nd crafts, quilted items, knives, nuts, baked goods, a silent auction and white elephant items. Plan on staying for lunch. Soup, sandwiches and desserts will be available. Proceeds will go to mission projects. OHS band to host fundraiser breakfastOkeechobee High School Band will hold a fundraiser breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The breakfast will be held at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Suggested donation for a full breakfast is just $6 with proceeds to bene t Band trip to Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2012. For ticket information, please call 863-467-0038.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghette dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds go to Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.




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).  William Rivera, 15, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 24 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a charge of battery on detention staff member. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Norma Miriam Colon, 46, N.E. Linda Drive, Jensen Beach, was arrested Oct. 24 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (carisoprodal) and possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam). She w as also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a legend drug (lidocaine). Her bond was set at $11,000.  Tonya Renee Arnold, 32, S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 24 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (ambien) without a valid prescription. Her bond was set at $1,000.  Alfred J. King III, 54, N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 25 by Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500.  Janie Marie Watkins, 30, N.W. 167th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 25 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation traf cking in stolen property and violation of probation giving false information to a pawnbroker. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 ? November 4TH& 5THHwy. 98 N. € Okeechobee(Next to Livestock Market)It Wont Be Long Now!!Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 8 Okeechobee News October 28, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Shortly after a bomb threat was received at Raulerson Hospital, two Okeechobee teenagers were taken into custody by law enforcement. Referrals were given to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) charging the two 16-year-olds with making a false report concerning an explosive device. The charge is a second-degree felony. The names of the male and female teens were not released because at presstime on Thursday they had not been formally arrested by law enforcement. According to Michele Bell, public information of cer for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the teens were taken into custody by OCSO Detective M.D. Faulkner then released into the custody of their parents. The referral paperwork concerning their arrest has been forwarded to DJJ, in the form of referrals, who will process it then turn it over to the of ce of the state attorney for prosecution. Mrs. Bell said the sheriff’s of ce was contacted by the hospital around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, about the bomb threat. She said one of the teens reportedly told the person who answered the phone: “I am telling you, you have a bomb threat in your hospital.” While OCSO personnel conducted their investigation, a search was conducted by hospital personnel. “Hospital personnel searched every department. They were looking for anything out of place or suspicious,” said Jenny Pung, head of public relations for Raulerson Hospital, adding that hospital personnel followed protocol. She went on to say the hospital appreciated the prompt response of the sheriff’s ofce. Teens accused of making bomb threat Okeechobee News/ D. HamiltonKiwanis guest speakerThe Thursday, Oct. 20, meeting of Okeechobee Kiwanis Club included guest speaker, School Board Superintendent, Ken Kenworthy introduced by Club member, Bruce Simpson and welcomed by Club President Greg Thogerson. Mr. Kenworthy gave details regarding the school district, speci cally demographics including facts about changes in school populations. Mr. Kenworthy told the club members that of the more than 6,000 students in the district, over 280 students are living as "homeless." He explained that this is largely due to economics and further told the group that "homeless" also includes those who are living with others (4%) and not in their own homes due to foreclosures. He gave club members other statistics as well. As an added discussion, the topic of school food services and school lunches was discussed. Mr. Kenworthy stated that he is pleased with the direction of school lunches being handled by the Dept. of Agriculture bringing more fresh fruits and vegetables from the local region to our school lunch rooms. He said that the district food service director has discussed the upcoming changes with Florida's Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Jenny Pung of Raulerson Hospital and Cathleen Blair of the Children’s Services Council were the featured speakers when the Okeechobee Community Collaborative Council met on Tuesday. Raulerson will undertake a smoke free policy on Nov. 1. The new policy will affect patients, visitors and staff. It will begin on National Kick Butts Day, a stop smoking effort. “We should be the portrait of health and set a good example,” Mrs. Pung said. Raulerson also made a list of top performing hospitals in the nation. There are 405 hospitals in the nation that made the list, about 15-percent of accredited facilities. “It’s a big deal. We were measured on ve categories. Your community hospital w as nationally recognized,” she added. Mrs. Pung gave an overview of various services at the hospital. She noted there are chronic heartburn and other new procedures. She said patients can now receive email at the hospital and that the hospital is on Facebook and Twitter. Mrs. Pung said pediatric services are available and they could provide services to pregnant women. She said there are no plans to bring back a birthing center at this time. Executive Director of the Okeechobee Children Services Council Cathleen Blair said the Council recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. She explained the goal is to provide services to children. In 2014 another election will be held in Okeechobee to reaf rm if voters want to tax themselves to serve children. Over 60percent of the community will have to vote in favor of the taxing district. Ms. Blair said the local council has no employees and no buildings. All of the money collected goes toward helping children. She said the council has an annual budget of $1.5 million. This year the tax rate was 0.306 mills. For a home with a taxable value of $100,000 the children services council will collect $31. The council has funded 421 agencies and served over 95,000 Okeechobee children and allocated over $4.5 million to local grants an average of $48 per child over the past 20 years. A key program at the start of the council was the Healthy Kids Insurance Plan. They provided the local match to provide this insurance program until the state legislature decided to handle the matching dollars. Ms. Blair said the council has provided nancial assistance to families who need medicines for their children while they await their application to Healthy Kids or to Medicaid. They also provide grants for summer programs, back to school programs, and other events. They also provided summer programs for 1,000 Okeechobee children in 2011. They also fund various mental health services for children and contribute to the Okeechobee County Fair through support for the exhibit tent. Ms. Blair said the CSC has worked as statistics show the number of Okeechobee teens who were deemed delinquent has dropped by 25-percent since 2004. Okeechobee youth enrolled in state correctional youth programs has dropped 50 percent in recent years. “I need you to get the word out to voters. If they vote no we are gone, and somehow I just don’t think the county commissioners are going to give me $1.5 million to provide services to children,” she added. “Our children need you and they need your voices,” she said, “Our wonderful community realizes that children count.” Kevin Kinard will perform a concert on Nov. 20th at 4 p.m. to bene t the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition. The next juvenile justice council will be Nov. 18, at Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant at noon. Okeechobee County lost more homes per thousand residents to foreclosure than any other county in Florida. Sister Eleanor Savigny said there are programs available to homeowners. Okeechobee Non-Pro t Housing is available to help them. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper aggressively push the opinions of their publishers or corporate owners. But we dont think its our place to tell people what to think, or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on purposeful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facilitate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues. We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And were proud to understand the difference. Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism W W e r e p o r t W e r e p o r t b u t Y O U b u t Y O U d e c i d e d e c i d e 9 Okeechobee News October 28, 2011 Community Collaborative Council meets Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyExecutive Director of the Okeechobee Children Services Council, Cathleen Blair spoke to CCC members about goals in providing services to children. Jenny Pung, community relations representative for Raulerson Hospital spoke to council members about strides in services made by Raulerson Hospital.


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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School seniors got one more chance to think about their futures w hile the junior class had one of their rst tastes of advanced education as the high school hosted well over 50 colleges and univ ersities Tuesday at their annual College Day Event. Guidance counselor Heather Gillis said the turnout from students and colleges was fantastic and that the students were really engaged with recruiters and admission specialists. "We had schools here we didn't know w ere coming so the more the merrier, we'll make room for anybody," she said. Ms. Gillis said a lot of the senior class already has an idea on their college of choice and their course of study. Still college day is a great opportunity for those seniors to ask questions from someone in person and not online or on the phone. "It is good for the seniors. Some haven't seen these college names before so they can ask some questions and nd out what that school is all about," she added. Senior Cavel Campbell said she wants to have a career in the medical eld. She said it is a real exciting time for seniors. "It is really nice to have all these colleges come in and tell us about their programs. It's real exciting." Miss Campbell said she wants to know the costs, the location, the campus life, and other things. OHS of cials said more and more seniors attend college each year and more of them are ready to tackle the college course loads. "With the economy the way it is you really need to have a bachelor's degree to make a good income," Ms. Gillis said, "It is good to see the kids have the drive to go somew here." Senior Zahne Henry wants to study in the medical eld and already has chosen Med A dvanced in Port St. Lucie. She said she talks to her classmates all the time about the future. "My classmates are all interested in college. They want to pursue their goals and dreams," she added. Many of the seniors admit they are doing better academically and are more focused this year with graduation on the horizon. Quanda Fowler said her goal is to study at the University of Miami and receive a degree in music and business. She said college day was very exciting, "It just makes me feel good. It makes me feel motivated. I'll keep applying to schools, narrow them down, and get to it." She said more seniors will attend college as they realize their high school career is almost over and it is time to enter the real world. Vicki Hawthorne wants to be a science teacher at the middle school level. She has narrowed her choices to ve schools. Things important to her are the college's location and proximity to home, what the community is like, the size of the college and of course, the costs. "If a school is too big I'm not going there because I don't want to be just a number," she added. Record number of students attend College Day at OHS 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m 301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70ELIVE CONCERT with Chris SlighOct. 29 at 7 PMAdmission: $10 Meet & Greet $20 For Tickets Call 863-763-4127Okeechobee Church of God 12 Okeechobee News October 28, 2011 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMorgan Lamborn of the University of Florida Admissions Of ce speaks to OHS students at College Day Tuesday Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDavid Dixon with Oglethorpe University of Atlanta, Ga. speaks to OHS Senior Anna Warren. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyCasey Holmgren Admission Counselor for Keiser University talks to Okeechobee High School senior Tyler Williams. The event featured over 50 colleges and universities at the annual event. Seniors and juniors had a chance to talk to admissions counselors one on one to nd out more about admissions standards at some of the top schools.


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Garage/ YardSales BHR Thusday, Friday & Saturday, November 3rd, 4th & 5th, 8am to 2pm. 1010 Oak St. (off Hunter Rd. & Oak St.) TWO FAMILY YARD SALE CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER!!! AND ASSORTED ITEMS. Co-OP ANTIQUES YARD SALE NEW LOCATION NEW ITEMS 1214 SW 12th AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) START CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. FURNITURE,CRYSTAL, FEATER WEIGHTS, PRIMITIVES,CROCKS, TRUNKS AND LAMPS. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds FrontDesk FullTimePhysicians Office in OkeechobeePlease fax resum after 5PMto (863) 357-0424 EOE/DFWP For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeBOOKKEEPER PT or FT full charge bookkeeper Reply to: P.O. Box 578, Okeechobee, FL 34973 Clinical Laboratory Technologist Independent Laboratory seeking Full-Time, Florida License Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Minimum 2yrs. experience in laboratory setting. Please fax resume to: 863-467-0421 or send resume to: PO Box 1489, Okeechobee, FL 34973. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Excavation CLEARING & HAULING Dump Trucks, Loader Back Hoe, & Bobcat Services by Jason Summerford (863)634-7771 Shop here first! 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Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK CONDO 2BR, 1BA, upstairs, furnished, pool, marina, tennis court. $800 mo. + sec. Includes utilities. Call 1-812-371-4843 or 1-812-603-0853 leave message. Houses-Rent 3bd/2ba on 1 acre Located in Lazy 7 $950.00 a month plus security. 863-763-6912 or 863-447-1562 Dixie Ranch 3 Bdrm/1 bath $700.00 a month. Also 2 Bdrm/1 bath $675.00 a month FLS. No Pets 863-634-2820 FT. Drum 33692 NE 9th Ave. 4 acre pasture, 1bdrm CBS home, old barn, Pet Fee $500 deposit $500 monthly Call 912-224-4658 FURNISHED 3 BR, 1BA + Screened porch. Vicinity of SE 441 & 15B. $700 mo. (561)662-2202 Furnished 1/1 or 2/1 in Kings Bay w/garage, washer and dryer starting at $650 per month, plus utilities call 863-467-4371 IN CITY: 2 BR, 1 BA @ 920 NW 4th St. Big yard. Mature oak trees. $700 mo. Call (561)261-0077 16 Okeechobee News October 28, 2011 Employment Full Time


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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Five boy swimmers and ve girls from Okeechobee High School made the regional meet thanks to excellent performances Monday at the District meet. Dustin Houston, Dalton Hodges, Brandon Ball, Keller Orender and Jason Rucks made it for the Brahman boys while Jessica Wackler, Katie Vanbeek, Savannah Whitlock, Jordan Bolan and DJ Nunez quali ed for the Brahman girls. Coach Brian Turner was ecstatic about the performances at the District 11-2A meet at Lake Lytal Park in West Palm Beach. The Brahman boys and girls squads both nished in seventh place among nine schools. Martin County took home the district title in boys swimming while Suncoast won the girls championship. Wackler quali ed for the regional in two events, the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Dustin Houston quali ed in the 50 freestyle. The boys 200 freestyle team nished second overall in the event. "We had a pretty emotional day," Coach Turner said, "I was so excited in one race that I almost fell in the pool." Turner said the boys 200 relay team fell just short of the school record by 0.14 seconds. Turner said the girls 400 freestyle relay team really accomplished a lot with a time of 4:24.51. That time should easily get the girls into the regional. "It was special to see this group of girls make it. It would be super special to see Whitlock, Bolan and Wackler up on the big record board with Katie Vanbeek. Between all four girls I can count on one hand how many practices they have missed combined in the last two years." Turner said their work ethic has inspired him and that the girls were a pleasure to coach. "Words can't describe how excited I am that they have succeeded in getting to the regional," he added. 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Hernan Baltazar nished 26th overall at the 18th annual Sebastian River Sharks Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday. Baltazar nished at 17:45. Mariano A lvarez nished 75th with a time of 19:31. Frank Adamo nished 90th with a time of 20:00. Christian Garcia nished 124th, Lucas Penido 142nd and Hector Torres 143rd. The Brahman boys nished fourth out of 22 schools. Tabatha Henry nished in sixth place to lead the Brahman girls who nished in 10th place. Brahman girls golf coach Brent Stuart had a very successful rst year. The girls were the rst from Okeechobee High School to qualify for a regional tournament. The team competed at the Class 2A Region 6 Tournament Monday at the Magnolia Plantation Golf Club in less than ideal conditions. "The golf course had a very high degree of dif culty and the winds exceeded 20 miles an hour for most of the day. Needless our scores weren't as good as they usually are," he said. The girls nished the season at (7-1), won their division at the Crutch eld Hawkins Tournament and reached the regional nals. Stuart thanked all the parents, Okeechobee Dodge and Chrysler, KOA, and the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club for their support. Osceola girls volleyball handed out awards for the 2011 season last Friday. Makayla Root was named Most Valuable Player and Daniella Navarro won the Warrior Award for attitude and leadership. Judy Soriano won the Leadership Award and Bailey Shirley won the Most Improved Award. The bowling teams ended their regular season Tuesday as the Brahman girls defeated Vero Beach 7(-0). Mary Simmons continued a strong senior season with a 516 series. The Brahman boys fell (7-0) but George Marshall had a high game of 222 and a two game series of 394 for Okeechobee. Brahman sports news in brief


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The South Fork Bulldogs could not hold six-point leads in the nal two games as they fell to Okeechobee High School in four games, 25-22, 24-26, 26-24, and 25-23, in the semi nals of the Class 7A-12 volleyball tournament on Wednesday night at the Brahman gym. Rebekah Bryan led Okeechobee (18-6) w ith 31 digs, 20 kills and 13 service points. Sarah Davis had 44 assists, eight kills and nine service points. Maranda Serrano added 10 kills and seven digs for the Lady Brahmans. Okeechobee was scheduled to play Martin County, who swept Sebastian River, in the district nal match Thursday night in Okeechobee. Brahman Coach Todd Jones said his team played a little too wide open at times after they fell behind in games two, three and four. "When you get behind you have to play safer and not give away points. In that second game we didn't do that and we made seven mistakes in a row. South Fork didn't earn any of those points," he added. Jones said South Fork's service game gave the Brahmans some trouble. He also applauded their hustle and spirit for getting to loose balls. "South Fork's game is all about serves. They are a scrappy team and it seemed like no matter where we went tonight they were able to read it and pick it up," he added. Meghan Carter had a nice game for South Fork with her serves and Kara Kuba did well at the net. Bryan's serves helped Okeechobee take an eight-point lead in the opening game. South Fork got to within three points but a kill by McCrary gave Okeechobee the game. Okeechobee led 19-15 and 21-18 in the second game but couldn't hang on as a service fault and missed opportunities hurt the Lady Brahmans. In game three, South Fork led 17-11 but couldn't hold the lead. They actually had a game point before Kyla Hargraves had a key block and a service ace for the Brahmans. South Fork also held a six point lead in the fourth game and held a lead of 23-22 after a kill by Kuba. Okeechobee rebounded with Krista Ward hitting a service ace and a service winner for the nal two points of the match. Coach Jones said the South Fork match was a good warm up for his team. Paige McCrary and Rebekah Bryan became the rst volleyball four-year lettermen to qualify for regionals for four consecutive years. 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 October 28, 2011 Bryan leads OHS volleyball as it beats South Fork Special to the Okeechobee News/ T. ChandlerScouts Fun ShootLydeker & Diaz along with Waste Management participated in the Fourth Annual Boy Scouts of America fun shoot on Oct. 21. The event was held at Quail Creek Plantation with over 55 teams participating to support the cause. Proceeds from the event will support South Florida Council’s leadership & character development programs for over 45,000 youth served. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. For more information on how to support the Boy Scouts of America please call Mark Hendrix at 305-416-3180. In the photo from left to right are: Tony Bishop/Waste Management, Spencer Mallard/Lydeker & Diaz, Teresa Chandler/Waste Management and Mark Hendrix/Lydeker & Diaz. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPaige McCrary had seven kills, four digs, and two blocks as Okeechobee advanced to the District Finals. Maci Thomas watches a Bulldog serve as Krista Ward (right) looks on during the District 7A-12 Semi nal contest Wednesday night at OHS.


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