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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: 01-22-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, January 22, 2012 75¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No.10 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 13.39 feetLast Year: 12.41 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.OHS band nears fundraising goal ... Page 2 Branham to emphasize academics, accountability in return to sidelinesBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Chris Branham returns to the sidelines as Okeechobee High School football coach with a plan that doesn’t begin with high school football, but ends there. His plan includes greater emphasis on youth football, tougher academics standards, and more of his trademark, hands-on relationships with players and their parents. “I’m very excited. Growing up here, working here for seven years, I know it’ll be a building process and this time there is a long-term plan,” he said. He plans to here long term, right some wrongs, and continue some rights, in his ow n words. He said the long-term goal is commit ment to the community and the school. “I wasn’t rushed into this decision, but win ning won’t happen overnight,” he said. “We’r e going to win some games.” Branham admits he didn’t realize ho w much players and parents appreciated wha t he did during his rst stint on the sidelines. H e said he was able to spend more time with hi s family but never lost the itch for coaching, “ I Football coach has new game plan By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The courtroom was deathly silent a s Lieutenant Scott Deloney, clearly con icted labored for what seemed like an eternity. Fi nally, he said: “I’ve got to go with the sher iff.” And with that, Rick Durfee was of ciall y out of work. Mr. Durfee, 42, a detective with th e Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) was terminated Dec. 1, 2011, by Sheriff Pau l May following his arrest in October on a mis demeanor charge of domestic battery. Th e 20-year cop was never prosecuted becaus e the state dropped the charge. A close-out letter from the state attor ney’s of ce stated that the charge was bein g dropped due to a lack of credible evidence said Mr. Durfee’s attorney. As is his right, the former investigator ap pealed his termination and that hearing wa s held in an Okeechobee courtroom Thursday Jan. 19. The appeal was heard by a pane l of three OCSO representatives: Lt. Deloney Road Patrol Captain Bud Slay and Detectiv e Mark Shireman. Panel upholds dismissal of OCSO detective Pertussis still a major health problem ... Page 9 Okeechobee’s Most Wanted .. Page 14 HELPSupport OHS Sports ProgramShowYourSupportforOHSBaseball15%86335701061865HWY70WNEWSTOREStop by the car wash W e l c o m e t o B r a h m a n C o u n t r y of Car Wash proceeds go to benefit OHS Athletic Dept. Chris Branham See DURFEE — Page 15 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee was at 13.39 feet on Friday. The Okee-Tantie Recreation Area marina (above) stayed busy as boaters enjoyed the nice weather. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced Friday it will continue releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, sending additional fresh water into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The new release began Jan. 20. The Corps is making the release in a pulse-like manner to mimic a rainfall event, similar to releases that began on Dec. 16. The target ow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary for this release is an average of 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) over Corps continues releases from lakeSee LAKE — Page 12 See COACH — Page 12

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Weather forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather ServiceLocal ForecastSunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 to try new I I n t e l l i F l e xT M Technology in Hearing Aids. Are you, or someone you know, struggling with hearing loss? We need 21 people with difficulty hearing, especially in noisy situations, to evaluate the latest in digital technology from Audibel. Audibel Hearing Care Centers will perform Comprehensive Hearing Consultations FREE of charge to all callers. Please call immediately to schedule your evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for the program. Candidates selected will be asked to evaluate the latest nearly invisible hearing aid technology for 30 days. Imagine a hearing aid that automatically adapts to your surroundings and reflects your specific lifestyle. With this breakthrough technology from AUDIBEL, the worlds largest hearing aid manufacturer, now comes the first hearing aid ever developed to address your most important needs. If you hear, but are having trouble understanding conversations, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of the FREE demonstrations offered this week. Call Audibel Hearing Care Centers today for a no obligation appointment. Bring in the talk...Screen down the noise!Ž R ewarD!Candidates selected will receive tremendous savings, due to their participation. If your evaluation shows hearing improvement with the new instruments, you may choose to retain them and receive 40% OFF MSRP. 2 2 1 4 2 Paul Sodahl 3545 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee (Publix Shopping Plaza)467-5333Operators Standing By 24/7 2 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Kiwanis ClubKiwanis check presentationKiwanis meeting held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant welcomed Clint La am, director of the Okeechobee High School Marching Band (left). J.D. Mixon, club vice president presented Clint LaFlam with a $15,000 check that was obtained by Kiwanis through a grant from the Children's Services Council. The Okeechobee High School Marching Band has been trying to raise money for their trip to Washington, DC this year to perform in the Memorial Day Parade. The OHS Band was the only in Florida selected to perform at the event. If you would like to donate to help the band raise the last of the necessary funds, please contact Mr. La am at the Okeechobee High School at 863-462-5025. Jeffers stationed at Ft. Hood2nd Lt. Joseph Jeffers of the 227th A viation Regiment, 1st Air Calvary Brigade, 1st Calvary Division is stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. He is the son of Bruce Jeffers of Okeechobee; the grandson of the late Lloyd J effers of Okeechobee and the grandson of Catherine Jeffers of Okeechobee. He is also the son of Kellye Jeffers of Nashville, Tenn and the grandson of Elmo and Marcia Mercer of Nashville, Tenn. Joseph’s basic OCS, and Signal Corps instruction was received at Fort Benning, Ga. and Fort Gordon, Ga. In the Military ... Okeechobee Forecast 2nd Lt. Joseph Jeffers

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863-484-0994OkeechobeeHwy 70 EBEHIND W & W Lumber 3 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012

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Coach rehired The school board is rehiring the previous football coach, Chris Branham. Awes ome!  Maybe this time the community will s upport him instead of second guessing every decision he makes.Martin Luther King Day Parade Why didn’t the Martin Luther King Day Parade receive the same assistance from law enforcement that other parades are given? W hile the parade did have a police escort, t he police did not stop traf c in all four lanes on U.S. 441, as they do for other parades.  I think it was probably just a matter of c rowd and traf c control. With the other parades, people are lined up all along the parade route waiting for the parade. On Monday, the only spectators I saw waiting for t he parade were in the park. However, since t he parade only lasted about 15 minutes, it w ould not have been that big a deal to stop t raf c for it.Paula Deen Paula Deen has been a success story b ut whenever people throw all caution t o the wind they are going to pay the price later. What is most terrible is that s he was diagnosed 2 or 3 years ago and s till continued pro ting from a show that s eemed to promote a “what the heck, live it up” pattern of eating. She claims that when s he was diagnosed she had to take awhile to get her head around the thing. I’m sure she w as most concerned about how she was going to handle this blow to her reputation and fortune. She has deceived her fans by not revealing what damage she has done t o herself and them through her seeming promotion of “eat all you can” and don’t w orry about anything. OHS Band To all of our Band followers we are so pleased to announce that we are grateful to the efforts of the Kiwanis Club and the Children’s Services Council who provided our band $15,000 this week. We are currently at $57,000.00 of our goal. Everyday we just have to pinch ourselves and remember how grateful we are to live in our town who shows how much they really pull together to do great things for our kids! Now for a little education about the Children’s Services Council (CSC): This is a little known tax that you pay and have been paying for many years. Our county has been extremely blessed with very scally conservative CSC members who have done their level best to manage this fund for our kids. They do things like fund summer activities for children through not for pro ts agencies, help fund mental health services for children who might not have health care coverage, help cover a one-time prescription need for a child, fund numerous not for pro t agencies who provide services to children in need in our community. The reason I am giving you this brief lesson, is because soon we will be asked to reauthorize the CSC, and CSC members are restricted from “politicking” you about it. The rami cations of losing this, would be catastrophic for the many thousands of children this tax has helped over the years. Our CSC has not frivolously spent money on buildings, and has continued to make sure that the money goes right back into our community serving as many children as possible. Some communities have not been quite as thoughtful, thus the push to reauthorize the CSC’s in the entire state.  Congratulations to the OHS Band and to the community for supporting the band! These kids work hard. It takes a lot of practice both as a group and individually at home to maintain this level of excellence.Student population According to the story in the Okeechobee News Friday edition, the Okeechobee County school population is declining. While a few years ago, the school board was planning to build another elementary school due to the overcrowding at the schools, now they say they expect the overall student population to decrease by 1,000 students over the next ten years. If you look at the census, it appears the county population is pretty stable at right around 40,000. So does this mean the young people are moving out and retirees are moving in? Thank you from My Aunt’s HouseWOW! What a year for My Aunt’s House. We had thousands of articles of clothing, shoes, and assorted household items donated. We were able to pass these items on to our needy children and their families. Our School Supply Drive was bigger and better than ever. We provided over 275 backpacks lled with school supplies for our children in Okeechobee. Christmas at My Aunt’s House was spectacular! We were able to give gifts from Santa to over 260 children! Each child received several gifts in their black bag. Most received some type of clothing. None of this would have happened without the help of: the Ard family, Michelle Bell, Frank Brooks, Jr., Theresa Brooks, the Bryan family, Debbie and Butch’s Redneck Yacht Club, Gwen Chandler and family, Teresa Chandler and family, Children’s Services Council, Sharon Vinson and the Children’s Collaborative Council, Debbie Clements with 4-H, Sharp Shooters 4-H, Jessica Starr and the Steak and Chops 4-H, the Harry Cosner family, Reba Folsom and her friends, Paulette, Kathy and Fran from Palm Beach Gardens, Sean Chase and Florida Power and Light, Martin County, Pam Hales and family, Juannette Lee and family, Mary Magdelene Sunday School at United Methodist, Holly Mixon and family with Mixon Realty, Patrici a O’Connor and family, Okeechobee Big Lak e VFW AUX 10539, Okeechobee VFW Post, Peace Lutheran Pre-School, Buster Perr y and Family, Jeff and Alex and Pine Cree k Plantation, Lisa Renfranz and family, Gretchen Robertson and family with State Farm, Mark Stanley at Style Studios, Gary at Th e Sign Guy, Bruce with Unlimited Upholstery, Leyton and Carson Watford, Magi Cable and Sorority X I Nu Omega, Keith and Sabrin a Yeates, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Dept. We have a couple of donors who wanted to remain anonymous and you know who you are. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, bu t thank you one and all for everything you did. We want to give a special thank you to Mr. Rob Willson. He provided My Aunt’s Hous e one of his properties to stage our Christmas. This was a huge help to us and we really appreciate it. This has been a really tough year for ou r disadvantaged children and their families. Times are tough. Times are tough for all of us. But our sponsors and friends cam e through and made this Christmas happen for our children. Our Christmas was GREAT and our yea r GREAT. Thank you again, Judy Watt, Director Anna Adamo, Christmas Coordinator Sunday, January 22, 2012 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. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. 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! Yard sale to bene t Children’s RanchReal Life Children’s Ranch Yard sale is open on Tuesday Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out and get great bargains. The ranch welcomes all donations that are in good condition and can be sold. They are in need of clothing items.Orchid and Garden Club to meet MondayThe Orchid Club will meet a 7 p.m. in the extension Center at 451 98 N at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite orchid to show or a problem orchid to discuss. For more information please call 863763-6469.Speckled Perch vendor applications availableOkeechobee Main Street is currently taking applications for the Annual Speckled Perch Festival, to be held in Flagler Park on March 10 and 11, and the Speckled Perch Parade on March 10 at 11 a.m. Applications for booth space or parade participants are available at the Main Street of ce, 111 N.E. Second St., directly behind C.V.S., and can also be found on the Main Street website at www.mainstreetokeechobee.com. Main Street is gearing up for this very exciting event, to be held in conjunction with the Spring Rodeo. For further information, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Tree Locators, Inc.Plants -Trees Natural Stone Decorative Gravel Manufactured Stone Design Installation Full Garden Center Dont Destroy Nature When You Can Recreate ItŽ863-763-7736Fax 863-763-8730 treelocators@aol.com 16162 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL34972 S S t i n n e t t , I n c .R R e e s s i i d d e e n n t t i i a a l l l & & & C C o o m m m m e e r r c c i i a a l l € € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n g Serving Okeechobee Since 1969Lic. #1406-01€ € P a i n t i n g€ W a l l l C o v e r i n g s€ P r e s s u r e e C l e a n i n g € € S a n d d B l a s t i n gS t i n n e t t , I n c (863) 763-5251(863)634-0614 Call a PRO 24-Hour Customer Service Auto € Home € Life € Retirement Diane Wood, RN Administratorwww.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 909 So.Parrott Ave Okeechobee863 357-4INK4465€ VIP Discounts w w w w i n k w e l l 4 i n k c o m AN AFFORDABLE WAYTO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS!!!203 SE 2ndSt. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Contact Adam Homer863.467.4522 office € 863.801-0999 cell 3 0 y r o l d m a l e 2 5 0 k $ 1 1 3 1 p e r m o n t h 4 0 y r o l d m a l e 2 5 0 k $ 1 4 5 7 p e r m o n t h 5 0 y r o l d m a l e 2 5 0 k $ 3 0 8 9 p e r m o n t t h Rates shown as non tobacco preferredAffordable Term Life Insurance 863.532.1077Lic #1862 Lic #10355Free Estimates Licensed and Insured A FULLSERVICEREPAIRFACILITYChoiceAutomotive Computer Diagnostics € Exhaust € A/C Service € Brakes € Window Motors € Tune Ups € Welding € Engine Mechanics Located Behind RitasDont Make the Wrong Choice!704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL863-467-6633& Custom ExhaustTattoos & PiercingsLori C. Berger Exclusive Agent Allstate Insurance Company 800 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 Phone 863-467-1265 Fax 863-467-1085 Cell 863-634-8437 AO58810@Allstate.com Privacy screens & bras 5th wheel skirts Boat tops & covers Repairs & modifications T h e C a n v a s S h o p L L C On-site service 909 S. Parrott Ave. Ste B Okeechobee, FL34974 863.763.7500 Fax: 863-763-6754 Carl & Donna Gaiser Home of honest and reliable service C J Boone 198 Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee, Fl 34972(863) 357-2431 € 800-432-1064 € Fax (863) 357-6723 www.slbatterytire.com New Fashions, Accessories, Unique Gifts and JewelryOPEN Mon Thurs 10am to 6pm Friday :10am 7pm Sat: 9am-3pmf f e s s i o n a l ADVERTISEand Get Resultswww.newszap.com click on classifieds Weekly & Monthly Rates Boat Dockage Boat Ramp Laundromat Cable TV .Furn. Effic. Apt. Furn. Trailers RV Sites Full Hook-Ups Lake Access 8680 Highway 441 S.E. € Okeechobee, FL34974 www.biglakelodge.orgToll Free: (866) 256-5566 (863) 763-4638 MILLSCONSTRUCTIONCO. LLC.HARRYMILLSOwnerAll types of Construction including N N e w R o o f s R e r o o f s A l u m i n u m A d d i t i o n s & C a r p o r t s In Business Since 1973Lic. #CGC005383Florida State Certified General Contractor 863-697-0808 / 904-753-3076email: hmills15@embarqmail.comWe stay on your job until its completedŽ JONES EQUIPMENT Est. 1989 4 5 5 8 U S H w y 4 4 1 S E O k e e c h o b e e F l 3 4 9 7 4C a r g o € A u t o € U t i l i t y T r a i l e r s & P a r t s 1-888-683-7853863-763-5342 Vince & RaeAnn Stanavich Owner/Operator 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee (863) 763-6696 (772) 335-3688State Lic # MV-10426 LicensedDealer 1500 St. Rd. 70 East Okeechobee, FL Phone: 863.357.1820 Fax: 863.357.1824 www.LOInsurance.comJESSICACOLON AGENT Auto € Homeowners € Life & Health € Annuities € Motorcycles € General Liabilities € Commercial Auto Motorcycle & ATV Parts and RepairsDerek Tremain P: 863-357-0334 F: 863-357-00561460 Hwy 78W Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Farm and Ranch Insurance NO ACCOUNTS TOO SMALL Rates from $600. Annually863.357.1707 5 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012

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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.Linda S. Vernon, 60OKEECHOBEE — Linda S. Vernon, age 60, of Sunsrise and formerly of Okeechobee, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale. She was born March 24, 1951, to Ronald G. and Edna J. Schmaltz in Binghamton, N.Y. Ms. Vernon came to Florida from New York in the 1960’s. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald G. and Edna J. Schmaltz. She is survived by her son, George R. Copeland; daughter, Carrie A. Van Meter; grandchildren, Joshua and Ashley Van Meter, and many other family and friends. We will love and miss you always. A graveside service will be Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at 1 p.m., in the Evergreen Cemetery, Okeechobee, with Pastor John of ciating. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Sup p lem e n t to th e Ok e e ch o bee N e w s € J a n u a ry 2 8 2 0 1 1 € A lso A v a ilable Onlin e a t ne w s za p .c o m IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 Su pp l em e n t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r e e d d B B r r o o w w n n C C h h i i l l d d r e e n n   s s H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r 2 2 0 0 1 1 5 5 H H w y y 4 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t t h h , O O k k e e e e c c h h o o b e e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 6 3 3 7 6 6 3 3 1 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . 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Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Early voting open on SundayToday, Sunday, Jan. 22 The Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections’ Of ce in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., will be open for early v oting in the 2012 Florida Republican Presidential Primary. Early voting will continue Monday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 28 at the same location. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must be registered to vote as a Republican to vote in this election.Fundraiser breakfast to support Martha’s HouseA traditional breakfast with good homecooked food to bene t Martha’s House will be held Sunday, Jan. 22 from 8–11 a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237, at 107 N.W. 5th Ave. Eat in or take out for a donation of $6. For ticket information call George at 863-467-0038.Orchid and Garden Club to meet Monday, Jan. 23The Orchid Club will meet a 7 p.m. in the extension center at 451 98 N at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Call 863-763-6469.Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North will have Bingo on Tuesday, J an. 24 starting at 1 p.m. Ya’ll come play. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Located at 9985 Hwy. 441 North, in Okeechobee.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Serv ices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m., in the board room of the School Board Of ce.OKMS plans rst mixer eventOkeechobee Main Street’s rst Mixer of 2012 will be sponsored by the Grand Oaksa VNA Assisted-Living Facility on Tuesday, J an. 24 2012 from 5 until 7 p.m. Grand Oaks is located at 203 S.E. 2nd Street. The public is invited and current members are encouraged to bring a friend!Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W., members will host their Tuesday evening Jan. 24 spaghetti dinner from 4 until 9 p.m. Music starts at 5 until 9 p.m. Donation is just $6 per person. For information, call the club at 863-763-3378, Mac Simpson at 863-7638650 or Elma Yates at 863-697-2765.Okeechobee Public Library presents Broadway programsIan R. B. Nairnsey is presenting a series of talks in January and February on “Broadway Musicals Decade by Decade.” The programs are held on Wednesdays at noon at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Admission is free. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The programs last about 75 minutes and are illustrated with slides and musical selections. The Jan. 25 program covers the 1960s and 1970s. Main Street to hold general membership meetingQuarterly General Membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on Jan. 25 at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Avenue. Please plan to attend to network with fellow citizens and business owners, greet new members and welcome our guest speaker Ms. Alta Mosley, Director of the Agri-Civic Center.Hospice to host yard sale Hospice of Okeechobee’s next yard sale will be Wednesday Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to noon. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Considering adoption?Anyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 € (863) 763-2151 € RaulersonHospital.com For a Free Physician Referral & Healthcare Questions, Call 1-800-449-8642 Surgical Services Available Include:Everyday highly skilled surgeons and our professional surgical services nursing staff perform many elective, as well as, medically necessary procedures to treat the health needs of our patients, who are your friends and neighbors. These procedures provide a dramatically improved quality of life for our patients.Many of these procedures are laparoscopic, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to normalcy, like the laparoscopic hysterectomy performed by Board Certi“ed Gynecologist Dr. James Brad“eld, who has more than thirty years experience in his “eld.Visit our website RaulersonHospital.com for more information about the surgical services offered at Raulerson Hospital. € Colon/Rectal Surgery € Ear Nose & Throat Surgery € Endoscopic Surgery € General Surgery € Gynecology € Orthopedic € Podiatry € Stereotactic Breast Surgery € TIF (for chronic heartburn) € Vascular Surgery € Urology (including InterStim for bladder/bowel incontinence) Lordy, Lordy, Fabulous at Forty. Happy Birthday, Gina! We love you! Your family, your in-laws and friends. BIRTHDAY 9 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 Raulerson Hospital is committed to providing its patients with the best possible patient experience. Patient feedback allows the facility to gain the unique perspective of its patients. Raulerson Hospital Administration and staff conduct Patient Advisory Council meetings to learn rst-hand, about this critical perspective. The Patient Advisory Council meetings are an opportunity for people who have been patients at Raulerson Hospital in the past three months, or so, to provide honest, unfettered feedback about the care they received while in the facility, and to express any other thoughts or suggestions they may have. The Patient Advisory Council is not necessarily intended for positive or negative incidents. The Administration and staff at Raulerson Hospital acknowledge that meeting the goal of constant improvement, requires open communication. The quarterly Patient Advisory Council meetings held at Raulerson Hospital are offered for exactly this purpose. If you or a loved one were recently treated and/or a patient at Raulerson Hospital, you are invited to attend the rst Patient Advisory Council meeting of 2012. It will be held in the facility's North Dining Room at 5:30 p.m., on Feb. 22. A complimentary dinner will be provided for guests of the Patient Advisory Council. Hospital Administrators and Department Directors will be present to hear the information shared by the past-patients. The meeting's atmosphere remains extremely cordial and your participation is encouraged and welcomed. If you've recentl y been a patient at Raulerson Hospital and are interested in attending the Patient Advisor y Council Dinner on Feb. 22, please contact Jenny Pung at 863-824-2702. Hospital Patient Advisory Council dinner planned Blood drives scheduledThe Big Red Bus will be in Okeechobee this month on the following dates: Sunday, Jan. 22 St. Theresa Church, State Road 78 at Chobee Loop in Buckhead Ridge, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 24 Okeechobee High School, 7:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 Health and Safety Expo, Ag Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 Cat sh Festival at the Buckhead Ridge Fire Department; and, Saturday, Jan. 28 Okeechobee WalMart, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCHDOCHD Employee of the YearErin Hess, administrator, Okeechobee County Health Department presents the Okeechobee County Health Department Employee of the Year award to Marcia Woodham, LPN. By Vickie Elkins, RN Community Health Nursing Director Okeechobee County Health Department You may have thought pertussis was a disease of the past, but it is more common than y ou might think. The CDC, Center of Disease Control, reports in 2010, there were 27,550 cases of pertussis in the United States. While many of the childhood diseases have been nearly eliminated by vaccinations, pertussis is still a major problem, and in recent years has made a signi cant comeback. The CDC w ebsite states Pertussis is a contagious disease that creates sticky, thick mucus in the airways, which makes it hard to breath, eat and drink. Infants with pertussis can have trouble breathing and turn blue. Pertussis, also known as "whopping cough" because of the "whooping" sound that is made when gasping for air. The disease can cause serious illness in infants, children and adults and can even be life threatening, especially in infants. Pertussis can be spread through a sneeze or a cough and is transmitted through droplets from the nose or throat. Pertussis is highly contagious during the rst weeks of infection. So a simple sneeze or cough or even talking up close, could lead to exposure. You may have received pertussis containing vaccines as a child, but this vaccination may lose its ability to protect after 5-10 years. The CDC recommends a pertussis booster, also called the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, for everyone 11-64 years of age, and anyone who is planning on being around young infants get the adult pertussis vaccine. Ask your health-care provider about the adult pertussis vaccine, (Tdap), or call the Okeechobee County Health Department for more information, and to schedule an appointment at 863-462-5819. If you are researching vaccines please use credible sites. www.cdc.gov is an excellent site for vaccine information. There are many misleading articles on the web, and children who do not receive their childhood immunizations are at serious risk. Let's help protect the babies and children you care about by helping to protect yourself. Pertussis still a major problem

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “This is the kind of business we are trying to create,” said Terry Bourroughs of the chamber of commerce. Mr. Burroughs’ words were spoken at the Friday, Jan. 20, ribbon cutting for the Brown Cow Sweetery, the family owned and operated business of Mark and Paulette Bragel. They have gourmet coffee, a large selection of chocolates, and ice cream. Their specialty is chocolate dipped strawberries. The Bragels got started in this type of business because they had a friend who was involved in the chocolate business. However, their friend’s business was a corporate owned operation. Mr. Bragel said he wanted to have his own business. Since their grandchildren live in Okeechobee, the Bragels were familiar with the area. They liked the people and politeness of a small town. So they decided to move to Okeechobee from Palm Beach County and open their business here. Mr. Bragel said Okeechobee reminded him of the small town where his dad ran a diner downtown and knew everyone. \He has a lot of sweat equity in the construction of the shop. He built the shelves and candy cases and laid the tile on the oor. Mrs. Bragel said the people of Okeechobee have made her feel welcome and she hopes to be here for a long time. The Brown Cow Sweetery is located at 103 S.W. Park St. and the hours are Monda y through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Owners of sweet shop like small town atmosphere 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Open Evenings Emergencies Welcome All InsuranceWelcomeFREEDigital X-Ray & Consultation or Second OpinionNEW DENTURES$359from(D7140) (D5110) (D5120)Exp. 1/31/12 Exp. 1/31/12(D6010)FROM ea.(D9310) (D0330)DENTALIMPLANTS$499 IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. THEPATIENTANDANYOTHERPERSONRESPONSIBLEFORPAYMENTHASTHERIGHTTOREFUSEORPAY, CANCELPAYMENT ORBEREIMBURSEDFORANYSERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATEMENTWHICHISPERFORMEDASARESULTOFANDWITHIN72 HOURSOFRESPONDINGTOTHEADVERTISEMENTFORTHEFREE, DISCOUNTEDORREDUCEDFEE, SERVICE, EXAMINATIONORTREATMENT. Simple Extractions Start at $25.00 10 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaOwners Mark and Paulette Bragel of the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park St., are hard at work behind the counter of their shop which features gourmet coffee, a wide variety of chocolate candies and ice cream. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Coldwell Banker/Berger RENew agent welcomedColdwell Banker Berger Real Estate is pleased to announce the arrival of Cristie Schmidt into the agency. Ms. Schmidt is very well known in the real estate industry, as she has been in the business and the area for many years. Ms. Schmidt is very experienced in the representation of both buyers and sellers and is a great addition to the sales staff of Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Matinee Bingo$$Free Bingo Fridays Sit & Go Slot TournamentsFRIDAYS AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT: **Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. Arrival and departure times are estimated and subject to change based on travel conditions. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 34974 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE IN OTHER AREAS, CALL 1.800.360.9875 EXT 167 FOR MORE INFO.TUESDAYS/FRIDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pmWEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pm FREE* SENIOR LUNCH TUESDAYS, 10:30AM … NOON *55+ and must be a Players Club member. Items subject to change, available while supplies last. 12 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 don’t want to say there is regret. I made a decision for myself. It was probably the rst decision I’ve made in my life for me, instead of thinking how it would work out for others. For the past three years I’ve been pretty happy.” A big part of the equation is his intention to stay in Okeechobee and raise his family. He said if he is going to be here, he wants to make a difference. Branham said he intends to play the best player who gives the team the best chance at success. He said the class of 2013 should not w orry about playing time because the policy remains: the best player is on the eld. “I’ve watched some game tapes and evaluated things. There are some special kids that will be out there—I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the returning kids,” he added. Branham said no senior will be overlooked because they have put in their time and done the work. “They should have no apprehension. I hope the’re excited. The big thing will be getting to know them as a person and reach out and extend an olive branch of peace.” He will visit one-on-one with parents and players at their homes. He also has a team meeting planned for next week. He emphasized this year is extremely important because rst impressions are very important. “We want to build relationships with the kids and give them the best experience they could have on a high school football eld,” he added. Another part of the plan is revitalizing the old Chobee Bulls program. The team could join the Mid Florida Football Conference with teams from Highlands, Hardee, and Polk counties. There could be seven local teams based on age groups. This is unlimited weight football which should challenge Okeechobee players. A bid to start the organization will be considered on Saturday. It starts with ag football at 6 years old and works through middle school ages. Each team would play 10 games, ve at home and ve away and likely play home games at Okeechobee High School. “That is just an extension of Okeechobee football. They will be the Brahmans. If they are Brahmans they are Brahmans from 6 years old to 18 years old. Once a Brahman you’re a Brahman for life,” he noted. He wants to use the high school system in the younger grade football so the kids stick together as a group and come to high school together. It could mean the end of 22 member teams on the Brahmans and add to the depth of the high school team. He said every coach in this league will be part of one program, and one coaching staff. “It is a major part of my plan. I want to work together with them. I’m not taking away anything from OCRA, there is a place for them, there will be apprehension with unlimited weight, but we have to get kids to a point where they are not playing in a threeteam league and playing the same team six times in a year. That is not helping them competitive or con dence wise or helping them to get better, iron sharpens iron,” he said. OHS Principal Toni Wiersma emphasized that she was looking for a good teacher rst. She said she was very pleased with the quality of applicants, which numbered over 50. She also praised the committee for their volunteer work and their extensive questioning. She noted their recommendation was unanimous to hire Branham. She also wanted to nd a Florida candidate familiar with all Florida High School Athletic Association rules. “We wanted someone to come in and build relationships with our students and promote them on to college. I highly supported the committee’s decision and I’m very proud to welcome coach Branham back to the high school staff,” she said. Wiersma predicted Branham would do an outstanding job and was excited about Branham’s long-term commitment to football throughout the community. Other candidates considered included Port St. Lucie offensive coordinator Adam Chavez, former Nease High School head coach William Cowgill, former Fort Pierce Westwood assistant Damieon Mills, and former John Carroll head coach Kevin Wald. The citizens committee included Andy Bowers, Larry Davis, Tim Gillis, Brian Greseth, Randy McCall, Sylvester Whitaker and David Suarez. Branham named Tyrone Smith as his assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. He also named Todd Hackett and Darryl Allen as assistants. He also will consider several other existing Brahman coaches and emphasize the use of former Brahman players on his coaching staff. He plans to use an I-formation, play action offense. COACHContinued From Page 1 a seven-day period, as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) east of Fort Myers. Water managers expect this release o f water to help to push back saltwater intrusion, which will have other associated bene ts to the estuary. These low-volume releases are expected to prolong the bene ts of lowered salinities, reducing impacts and degradation of the freshwater tapegrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation. "The new pulse release is critical in maintaining the environmental health of the Caloosahatchee Estuary," said John Kilpatrick, Chief of the Jacksonville District’s Multi-Project Branch, which has oversight of water management at the lake. On Friday, the lake stage was 13.39 feet. The lake is currently within the Operational Band of the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008 LORS). At current levels, the Corps may make releases up to 450 cfs to the Caloosahatchee Estuary and 200 cfs to the St Lucie. The Corps and partner agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess system conditions, and may decrease releases i f local basin runoff contributes to ows. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management page at the following website: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject / WaterMgt/index.htm. LAKEContinued From Page 1

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 20 including: Stevie White, Kimberly Lundy, Kyle Boney, Anthony Mujica, Victor Cardosa, Leslie Martinez, Sonny Hancock, Jordan Wilson, Jo’Navia Sewell, Marlene Huerta, Karla Lima, Lisbet Hernandez, Lauren Hill, Isis Lopez, Pedro Sanchez, Rangel Martinez, Gracie Miller, Christian Amador, Ruben Aguillar-Gonzalez, Jesenia Jaimes, Claudia Vines, Lynden Mingo, Maria Vasquez, Angelea McCullers and Kevin Garcia. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESDec. 12 Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School Students of the Week for the week of Dec. 12, 2011 included: Keyna Perez, Keyla Albarran, Zaidyn Micco, Jonathn Duque, Justus Grif n, Alexa Hayes, Marco Flores, Alberto Hernandez, Colby Burke, Laisha Castaneda, Isaiah Brock, Ashley Skinner, Giovanne Garcia, Jonathan Orozco, Katelynn Perry, Rene Bucsio, Morgan Tucker, Khamari Jones, Selvin Atunez, Audrey Jenkins, Jayce Morgan, Yamila Lopez, Saul Auntera, Tara Hunt, Levi Hunter, Ivan Gonzalez, Max Abreu, Keondra Rawls, Brianna Perry and Nick Owens. A Walk for Children Celebrating health and safetyIn celebration of Children’s Week, The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will sponsor a “Walk for Children” in conjunction with the Okeechobee Health & Safety Fair at the Agri Center, 4601 State Road 70 in Okeechobee on Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “walk” will promote good health and make more people aware of Children’s Week in Tallahassee. Help us celebrate Children’s Week and “Walk for Children.” Those who sign up at the ELCIRMO booth will receive a free pedometer (while supplies last) to document their steps. The participant with the most recorded steps will receive a prize. For more information, visit the ELC website at www. elcirmo.org or call toll free 1-877-220-1223.

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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).  Monique Yvette Everett, 25, Riverside Drive, Greenacres, was arrested Jan. 18 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with alter/ destroy/conceal evidence. She was released on her own recognizance.  Emilio Borja-Nunez, 39, N.W. 23rd A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 18 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with failure to appear traf cking in cocaine. He is being held without bond.  Robert Curtis Joiner Sr., 55, S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 18 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence and a misdemeanor charge of misuse of 9-1-1 or E9-1-1 system. His bond was set at $3,000.  Leonel Ruiz, 20, S.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 19 by Deputy Justin Akins on an Okeechobee County warrant because his bond had been revoked on the original charge of felony battery. He is being held without bond.  Elizabeth Marie Starcher, 30, N.W. 47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 19 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with amended violation of probation possession of cocaine (two counts) and amended violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (two counts). She is being held without bond.  Jack Wesley Kimberlin, 43, Foxrun Road, Pendelton, Ky., was arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy Steven McKinley on Okeechobee County warrants charging him with failure to appear violation of probation worthless check (two counts), failure to appear violation of probation contracting without a license during a state of emergency (two counts) and failure to appear violation of probation grand theft (two counts). He is being held without bond.  Christopher Lee Martin, 26, S.E. 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 20 by Deputy Steven McKinley on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with amended violation of probation driving under the in uence and amended violation of probation leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d 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 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 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Michael Allen White age 27 is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 lbs. He is wanted for violation of probation on charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia.  Jennifer Lynn Herbst age 35, is a white female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs. She is wanted for violation of probation – Possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of Okeechobee’s Most Wanted y ou can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remaining anonymous. Y ou can also receive a reward if the information results in an arrest. Okeechobee Most Wanted Michael A. White Jennifer L. Herbst Guardian Ad Litem program needs local volunteersJoin a local volunteer of the Guardian ad Litem program. Find out how a few hours a month can provide the safety and oversight our abused, neglected, and abandoned children need. Join a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at Mom’s Kitchen, Hwy 441 S., over a cup of coffee and learn how you can become part of the solution.”

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After hearing evidence presented by attorneys—Marc A. Sugerman, representing the sheriff, and Anthony M. Livoti Jr., representing Mr. Durfee—the three-member panel voted 2-1 to uphold Sheriff May’s decision to terminate Mr. Durfee for conduct unbecoming a police of cer. Under Florida Sunshine Law, the panel had to deliberate in public. Detective Shireman said the OCSO Standard Operating Policy de ning conduct unbecoming “was vaguely written” and recommended action other than termination. “What was the embarrassment to our agency?” he asked. Capt. Slay and Lt. Deloney both ruled that Mr. Durfee should be terminated. Mr. Durfee was arrested by OCSO Corporal Paul Ferrell on Oct. 24 following an argument w ith his wife. In his arrest report, Cpl. Ferrell stated that Christen Durfee told him that her husband “... grabbed her by the throat, pinned her against the wall, was choking her (and) yelling ‘if anything happens to my kids I’ll kill you’.” The report then states that Mr. Durfee punched “over her” and struck a glass door in a hutch, and severely cut his hand. Mrs. Durfee, w hose back was to the hutch, suffered a cut to her arm by falling glass, the report added. However, when asked by Mr. Livoti none of the deputies or detectives involved in the case saw shards of glass in Mrs. Durfee’s hair or on her clothes. Mrs. Durfee did not testify at the one-day hearing. Witnesses, including Mr. Durfee, testi ed that the couple had been having marital problems for quite some time. Testimony throughout the day Thursday indicated that the argument started after Mrs. Durfee took the couple’s three children to the home of another couple. She then left her children in that home under the care of a young boy and went out with the couple to a local bar. The Durfee’s children were asleep in the home when the couple left, stated the arrest report. When Mrs. Durfee later told her husband about this “... he went ballistic...” stated Cpl. Ferrell’s report. The reason for his anger was that the boy w ho was left to watch the Durfee’s children had been a sexual molestation victim and, due to his many years as a cop, Mr. Durfee knew that many times a victim will re-offend. OCSO Detective Rosemary Farless, who primarily handles sexual abuse cases, bolstered that statement when she took the stand. “It’s common for victims to re-offend,” she testi ed. Detective Farless, who is a friend of the Durfee’s and stated that Rick is one of her best friends, also offered statements from the witness stand that contradicted Mrs. Durfee’s claim that her husband was drunk that night. While questioned by Mr. Livoti, Detective Farless said she, her boyfriend and Mr. Durfee w ere all at the home of a mutual friend prior to the alleged incident. She said Mr. Durfee only had about half of an 8to 10-oz. plastic cup of beer. The beer, she said, came from a keg and Mr. Durfee doesn’t like draught beer because it gives him a headache. “I know how much he had to drink because he was sitting next to me,” she told Mr. Livoti. “I knew it was a lie (Mrs. Durfee’s statement) because he wasn’t drunk.” She also admitted, however, that she left the home around 8:25 p.m. and that Mr. Durfee stayed about another two hours. Mr. Durfee testi ed that he had his children with him and that after drinking only a small amount of beer, he later had an energy drink and that’s all he had to drink. As for the accusation that Mrs. Durfee had been choked, both Detective Farless and Detective Captain John Rhoden disputed that claim. Capt. Rhoden, who heads up the OCSO detective division, also conducted the internal investigation concerning the domestic battery claim. Detective Farless testi ed that in a strangulation case bruising will appear on the throat. The bruising, she continued, comes from the skin being “pinched” between the ngers of the attacker. But, even as much as two days after the alleged abuse, no such bruises ever appeared on Mrs. Durfee’s throat. She added that there was redness and swelling on the woman’s throat, but added that Mrs. Durfee is very fair-skinned so redness isn’t unusual. She said the redness and swelling “looked more like a thyroid condition” to her. Capt. Rhoden’s testimony on the woman’s throat was similar to his detective’s. “I didn’t see marks that he reached up and grabbed her,” he said. Testimony also indicated that Mrs. Durfee posted photos of her throat and neck on Facebook. The captain also testi ed that Mrs. Durfee was the aggressor and that a man has a right to defend himself “up to a point.” However, he added, “I think he (Mr. Durfee) crossed that point when he lost it.” Further testimony depicted an episode several months ago between the couple in which Mr. Durfee was actually injured by his wife. According to testimony, Mr. Durfee was in the couple’s bed when the two began to argue. Then, at some point, Mrs. Durfee allegedly pushed her husband backward. That push forced his head back into the headboard of the bed and actually cut the back of his head. Mr. Durfee called the sheriff’s of ce and three deputies responded. One of those deputies attended to the cut and bandaged it. Mr. Durfee testi ed that he then left the home and spent the rest of the night at the home of a fellow deputy. When he was on the stand, the former investigator told Mr. Livoti that he never hit his wife. During that incident in the early hours of Oct. 24, he said his wife grabbed him as he was walking away from her. He then pushed her away from him with his forearm and told her to leave him alone. As he was walking away from her he struck the glass cabinet door with his hand, he said. In his closing arguments to the three-member panel, Mr. Sugerman said there were two things that could not be disputed: in some way, Detective Durfee struck his wife; and, Mr. Durfee punched the glass that cut his hand and his wife’s arm. Mr. Livoti told the panel in his closing arguments that his client was trying to get away from his wife to avoid a confrontation. “This is what Mr. Durfee always did when the couple argued, he withdrew,” said Mr. Livoti. “I give Capt. Rhoden credit, he smelled a rat when he didn’t see marks on her throat,” said Mr. Livoti, who handles such cases for the Fraternal Order of Police. “The question is, does this conduct rise to the level of a death sentence for a police of cer? Balance this man’s life. Balance this man’s career.” He then asked the panel to recommend something other than termination. When asked for comment after the hearing, Mr. Livoti would only say: “We’re disappointed.” But that was obvious—it was etched on Mr. Durfee’s face. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Become a member € NOobligationAldo Lombardo,M.D.Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Buddy up with a friend or we can help you pair up with another member on the list!You both receive a discount off our regular price by taking 50% off the lesser priced procedure. 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Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Immediate openings: 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 €Housekeeper: PRN €Security Guard: F/T €RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN €Pharmacist: PRN €Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN €Occupational Therapist: PRN €Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRNWe offer competitive wages & excellent benefits Employment Medical Employment Medical Employment AgenciesEGG DONORLoving Couple seeks caring woman to give the gift of life by becoming an Egg Donor. Must be between 19-29 yrs old, healthy and drug free. Compensation up to $6,000 & travel expenses. Please call Amy. (561)361-8980 or (561)368-5500 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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Candidates must have valid Florida driver’s license, reliable transportation and be willing to travel to various project sites around the lake. Salary is contingent on experience. We offer a Drug Free Workplace, Health and 401K plan. Please email a resume complete with work history and references to: pwalker@optsvc.com or Fax to 863-467-8067. No phone calls please. Employment Full Time The Glades County School District is currently seeking a fulltime Payroll Clerk. For additional information. Call 863-946-0055 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities Newspaper Carriers Wanted call 863-467-1371 and leave Name and Phone numberNOTICEIndependent 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. MoneyLenders GET CASH TODAY FOR ANY CAR, running or not, no title needed. (863)268-5865 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com AutomotiveWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. 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(561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 CBS, on the water, dock, patio, tile throughout & boat house. $1100 (561)262-1390. 16 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze!

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Registration for the second BFL Gator Division tournament will be held at Gilbert Chevrolet, located at 3550 Hwy. 441 S. on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4-6 p.m. All anglers interested in entering the tournament on Lake Okeechobee are required to attend registration to determine eligibility. The tournament entry fee is $200 for the boater and $100 for the co-angler. First place could win a maximum payout of $9,500 for the boater and $3,000 for the coangler with a full eld and contingency. The tournament weigh-in will be held at C. Scott Driver Park, located at 10100 W. Hwy. 78 in Okeechobee on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. Gilbert Chevrolet is offering attendees at the weigh-in the chance to register to win FLW hats and a Lowrance hand-held GPS unit! In order to win, guests must both register and be present during the prize drawing. FLW is the industry's premier tournament shing organization, providing unparalleled shing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 190 tournaments across ve tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water," through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world's richest fantasy sports game FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit www.FLWOutdoors.com or www.FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook. For more information, please contact J.D. Harrod at 404-581-7116 or via email at: jharrod@aimmarketingsolutions.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net € 1200 S.Parrott Ave. 1007-H: SW Section. Street on two sides, Living Sq Ft 2343, Lg Island Kitchen, dining rm, large FLroom with fireplace, appliances, large oak and fruit trees. $209,000 MLS #205526(863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 € Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 € Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485Acreage/Lots: € Foreclosure Cabbage Woods (Rucks Dairy RD on HWY70 West) 20.83+/$39,900 PENDING € Foreclosure Cabbage Woods (Rucks Dairy RD on HWY70 West) 20.50+/$41,000 € 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 € Viking 6 acres $20,000 (Owner Finance a possibility) € Foreclosure Viking 1.25 acre $3,400 or better offer. MLS #205025 € Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 MLS #205239 € Foreclosure Indian Hammock 2.67 +/acres MLS #205358 N E W L I S T I N G 1000-H: SW Section Close to town! 2,749 sq. ft of living 2 story 3BR/2.5BAon a large yard w/balcony. Open area, appliances, fireplace, shed, back screen porch, metal roof, and wood/carpet floor throughout. $265,000 MLS #204835 1008-M: River Run Resort 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home. Seller is ready to sell. Make an offer! $39,999 NOW $25,000 MLS #204194 4004-M: Buckhead Ridge waterfront 2BR/2.5BAwith additions. Large FLroom, screened rm, workshop, boat lift, double carport on a large corner lot with water on two sides. $85,000 MLS #205528 5000-H: Foreclosure Indian Hammock freshly painted Two story 2 Bedroom 2 Bath on 3.74+/-acres. Home has been remodeled.. stairs, floors, and new appliances. large fireplace. $144,900 MLS # 205524 5006-H: Yeehaw. 3 Bd 2 Bath on 3.53+/acres. Close to Turnpike and SR 60. Appliances, fenced yard, animals welcome. Short Sale. 1,444 sq. ft. of living. $150,000 NOW $79,000 MLS #205327 R E D U C E D R E D U C E D L A K E A C C E S S 18 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 Gilbert teams with Walmart Bass Fishing League Special to the Okeechobee News/ Terry Burroughs100th memberHazellief & Prevatt Century 21 Realtors become the Chamber’s 100th member including: David Hazellief, Century 21, J.D. Mixon, President and Terry Burroughs, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County awarding Mr. Hazellief with a certi cate for becoming the 100th member of the “New” Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. The Big O Birding Festival, the largest bird-themed event in South Central Florida w ill be held March 28-31. The four-day event w ill have a registration "roost" at the Port LaBelle Inn off State Road 80 in LaBelle. From there, visitors will explore Hendry and Glades Counties, which are home to more than 400 species of birds, including Wood Storks, Everglades Snail Kites, Limpkins, Painted Buntings, and others who resident in the area from October through April as well as species that live in Florida year round. Visitors can choose a single bird tour or opt for all inclusive four-day passes. The festival offers exclusive bird tours led by prestigious experts, workshops with a prestigious bird photographer, birding activities, meals and transportation to and from birding sites. For more information online go to www.BigOBirdingFestival.com or call 863-675-0125. A nnual Big O Birding Festival planned

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 *All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible, promotion applies to residential customers only. Valid December 1, 2011 ~ November 30, 2012 *Winners will be announced in the Okeechobee News. Call for additional details. 19 Okeechobee News January 22, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Samantha Harrell signed a full scholarship to play college softball with Brevard Community College this week. Harrell is a two-time all state player in softball for Okeechobee High School and a proven winner on the softball eld. "I'm really excited to go there," Harrell said at a signing party Wednesday at Lunker's Restaurant, "I get to play my friends from high school again and I'm excited to be able to do that." Harrell had interest from several other junior college programs. Siena and the Univ ersity of Central Florida also showed interest in her. Harrell said she just felt comfortable at Brevard and wanted to stay close to home for the next two years. "I just liked the place and I felt it was the best decision for me," she noted. Her father Wayne Harrell has helped coach his daughter since she began playing softball year round at 9 years old. He said Sam loved the game, had a strong corps of coaches through the years and some excellent teammates. "There was a great supporting class of players through the years. All of the girls worked very hard and all of them deserve everything they are getting," he added. Harrell said his daughter knew players on the Brevard team and really felt comfortable with the coach. He said she knew on her rst visit to campus that this was where she wanted to be. Harrell said it was a huge relief to get a full scholarship paid for but also pointed out the Brevard program is strong, the town is nice, and his daughter is very happy there. Brevard coach Ed Yanes said he was very fortunate to sign a very special person in softball like Harrell. He praised her coaches and family and said she will t in well with their rotation and staff. "We look for some very good things from Sam over the next two years. Our motto is position by competition, she liked the fact she could compete right away," he added. Yanes also coached OHS alumnus Kelci Breaux, who pitched two years at Brevard and moved on to pitch for two years at Florida Gulf Coast University. "We are fortunate to have somebody of their talent come into our program," he added. Coincidentally, Kelci will be Sam's pitching coach this year for the Brahmans. Harrell started her athletic career as a cheerleader but knew pretty early on that she wasn't going to pursue it, "I hate cheerleading. My three brothers all played baseball and I started to play pony tail softball and went on from there. I focus when I get on the eld and don't hear or see anything around me. I'm just focused on the eld." Now she will be focused on college softball and academics. She thanked all of her coaches including Kim Hargraves, Heather Gillis, Christina Bragman, and Breaux. She also thanked all the fans and boosters of the OHS softball team. Sam said she was happy that so many people showed up for her signing party and said she is ready to have a strong senior year. "I'm ready to dominate again for my senior year," she explained. Samantha Harrell signs with Brevard Community College Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySamantha Harrell is all smiles at her signing party as her dad Wayne Harrell (back right) and new coach Ed Yanes look on. Samantha Harrell and her college roommate, both signed letters of intent to attend Brevard Community College this week.

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