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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 01-27-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Friday, January 27, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 103 No. 12 13.34 feetLast Year: 12.40 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Jobless rate drops for Okeechobee County ...Page 3 Two escape from j uvenile facility ... Page 8 Local family gets keys to Habitat home ... Page 10 Sheriff honors employees of fourth quarter ... Page 13 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At the Thursday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Commissioner Bryant Culpepper unveiled some ambitious ideas about the development for OkeeTantie Campground and Marina. The park currently has a store, restaurant, 140 RV spaces and 35 tent spaces. Another 120 RV spaces were damaged by the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 and have been unused since then. The county had not had the funds to repair and develop the park. Mr. Culpepper envisions leasing the park to a private developer for 50 years with a 49 year renewal or a total of 99 years. His proposal includes a series of interconnected canals. The canal’s banks would be lined by RV sites with concrete bulkheads. The developer would sell these lots. However, at the end of the lease, the property would revert back to the county. The county would get ad valorum taxes for the lots and a 2 percent commission at the time o f sale. A gazebo would be the only permanen t structure allowed on the lots. The owner could only use the lot for 30 days at a time. Then the owner would have to vacate the lot for at les t 30 days. During the time the lot was vacant the developer would rent it and the county would receive 5 percent of the rental plus the bed ta x Leasing plan proposed for Okee-Tantie Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyKathy Simmons practices her bench press Tuesday as teammate Sarah Davis serves as her spotter. Five OHS lifters will compete in a regional tournament on Saturday. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Five members of the Okeechobee High School girls weightlifting team have quali ed to compete in the sectional tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, at Fort Pierce Central High School. Kathy Simmons, Elisia Garcia, Lauren Hazellief, Taylor Boyette and Sarah Davis all are ranked in the top eight in their weight class and Davis has a chance to qualify for state this year. Coach Tyrone Smith said he is pleased with the performance of the girls this year and their commitment to the sport. “The team has done very well. We’ve gotten a number of compliments from other coachFemale weight lifters ready for sectionalSee WEIGHT — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Francisco Aguilar Hunt wanted a chance to tell his side of the story, but that may not have been his wisest decision. By the time Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright nished his cross examination Wednesday of Hunt, the man had not only admitted to having a rearm but that he knew Noah Cooper was going to be robbed. Hunt, 25, was later found guilt y of home invasion robbery with a rearm while masked. Mr. Albright said Hunt will be sentenced March 19 and that he will be seeking a life sentence for the convicted felon as Defedant’s testimony helped the state’s case Francisco Hunt See HUNT — Page 5 See OKEE-TANTIE — Page 13


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Local ForecastFriday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South southwest wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Friday night: A slight chance of showers before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News There were 120 fewer unemployment claims in December in Okeechobee County as 11.1 percent of the workforce collected bene ts according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. With 2,061 people collecting bene ts, Okeechobee County slipped out of the top 10 among Florida counties for the rst time in over a year. Okeechobee stood 11th among Florida counties. The jobless rate was 11.8 percent in November when 2,181 residents collected bene ts. In December, 2010, 2,453 Okeechobee residents collected bene ts, a rate of 12.7 percent. Glades County had 7.6 percent unemployment in December with 461 workers on the jobless line. There were only four Florida counties with fewer people on unemployment. Glades was tied with a host of counties like Holmes, Leon, Wakulla and Sumter County. Glades had 483 residents who collected bene ts in November, a rate of 8 percent. The jobless rate in December, 2010 stood at nine percent as 520 residents collected bene ts. Around the area Martin County had 9.8 percent, Palm Beach County 9.7 percent, St. Lucie County 11.9 percent, Highlands County 10.4 percent, Hendry County 13.5 percent, and Osceola County 10.7 percent last month. The state unemployment rate was 9.7 percent and the nations stood at 8.3 percent, both slight increases over December rates. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan. 27th Thurs., Feb. 2nd For Info, Call 763-7202THEATRE III: “ONE FOR THE MONEY”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 THEATRE II: “THE MUPPETS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG THEATRE I: “MAN ON A LEDGE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 Check our web site for information & directions VERO BEACH Over 80 Vendors!Plants, Flowers, Trees, Pottery, Furniture, Fountains, Decorative Items, Youth Activities “Ask the Experts”Starts on the even hour each day of the event Saturday, Feb. 4, 9am-5pm Sunday, Feb. 5, 9am-4pm Free Admission! 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Off SR 60, Beachside in Riverside Park & d ir ec ti on s day of the even t Rain or Shine Bring your Wagon E E A R L Y V O T E Continues Through Saturday, January 28th F O R T H E J A N U A R Y 3 1 S T R E P U B L I C A N P R E S I D E N T I A L P R I M A R Y ONE LOCATION: HISTORIC COURTHOUSE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS 304 NW 2nd Street Wednesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. … 4 p.m. QUESTIONS? Please contact the Elections Office at elections@voteokeechobee.com or call 763-4014. 3 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee County jobless rate drops in December Honorary Rotarian designationAt its latest Rotary luncheon meeting Bennett Yeilding (left) received the prestigious designation of “Honorary Rotarian.” Mr. Yeilding served the club for over 9 years as the Sergeant of Arms and continues to serve as a board advisor. He is truly a role model for others to follow as his dedication and desire to serve others is the heart and philosophy of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Congratulations Bennett! The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets every Tuesday at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant; please feel free to come join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and experience “Service Above Self” in action! Okeechobee County commission makes history By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Recent events in Okeechobee County have con rmed that, in this county, as with the rest of what was once called the "Solid South" the Democratic Party no longer has absolute control of local politics. With the appointment of Republican Frank Irby to the county commission and the recent switch of party af liation from Democrat to Republican by Commissioner Ray Domer, for the rst time in history, Okeechobee has an all Republican county commission. The other three commissioners, Bryant Culpepper, Margaret Garrard Helton and Joey Hoover were all elected to of ce as Republicans. The late Clif Betts was a Democrat. While the majority of registered voters in the county are still Democrat, Republicans have been gaining ground in recent years. Since 1994 the number of registered Republicans as compared to the number of registered Democrats has roughly doubled. According to gures provided by the Division of Elections, in 1994 there were roughly 3.2 registered Democrats for every registered Republican in the county. In 2000 there were 2.6 registered Democrats for every registered Republican. By 2006 the number of registered Democrats had dropped to 1.8 for every registered Republican. Rough calculations of the latest gures as of Jan. 3, 2012 show that for every 1.5 registered Democrats there is one registered Republican. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha Trent/Rotary Club


OHS athletics Students are benched or kicked off t eams for discipline, attitude, and grade problems, as well they should be! Instead of w hining about that, try getting to the root of t he problem and coming back with a good attitude and the willingness to excel at what s chool is supposed to be about GETTING A N EDUCATION. Everything else will then fall into place if the kids really do have talent.  An education also starts at home. If the parents don’t encourage the students to act ually attend school and do their work what’s t he point? They will show up just because t hey have to and then just do enough work to s crape by. But its okay, being smart is looked down upon in today’s society.  To be a coach you have to take a tougher stand. There’s no sugar coating it if you w ant to compete and take it to the next level. T hat means getting in SHAPE, physically & mentally. Sure coaches holler, it’s part of the j ob. Drilling play after play inside the heads of teenagers isn’t easy. Practice is work, but it pays off in the end. Running and conditioning b efore the season even begins, learning the plays and teammates likes and dislikes during the rst few weeks of practice is crucial and it’s the coach’s JOB to holler, yell, scream like a banshee in order to get it through their heads when their mind is off wandering in t extville! Ah, but what do I know? I KNOW I c ouldn’t be a coach at the high school level nowadays. The build up of my blood press ure inside my skull would kill me.  Our kids deserve fair and equal opport unities for their athletic abilities. W ho will be president? I expect Mitt Romney will win the nomination. The reality is that anyone of the four Republican candidates would be a signi cant improvement over Obama.  Here, I shall “condense” the State of the Union speech: “Blah blah blah, tax the Evil Rich, blah blah blah, spend LOTS more money, blah blah blah, the Republicans won’t let me have my way, blah blah blah, did I mention Tax the Evil Rich?”  I met Rick Santorum for the second time today. The rst time I met him was in 2002 when I lived in Pennsylvania. He was a senator there. He is still pushing for a balanced budget, which I like. Today he talked about “bringing back America, believing in faith, family, and freedom.”  Rick Santorum has been a long time supporter of general aviation, too. His numbers in the polls don’t look very good though.  Santorum lost re-election to the Senate in his home state. Doesn’t say much for his electability.  Obama wants those who make $1 million or more to pay 30 percent income tax. The problem is right now they tax income from investments at a different rate than income from salary. Obama could have xed the problems in the tax code when he was rst in of ce, when he had a majority in both houses. But instead of tackling the tax code problems, he delayed until after the 2010 election because the Democrats who were up for re-election did not want to have to deal with having raised taxes. But then they weren’t elected anyway and he no longer had the majority in both houses. If Obama had any guts he would have tackled taxes rst thing when he took of ce. Now he cries the Republicans won’t let him. Well, he had the power when he was rst in of ce and he was afraid to use it.U.S. Debt The U.S. debt clock is a ticking time bomb. If you watch too long it makes your eyes go wacky and your stomach lurch. Indeed, the rapidly increasing totals on the U.S. debt clock is a proof that the government is having a hard time getting a grasp of the budget. Many money experts are wondering how long the US debt clock can keep from exploding especially if the cost of borrowed funds starts to aggrandize because even payday loans are not enough to repay the huge amount. As an American, the debt clock is a concern of every citizen. Now, what must be done? The government needs to act quickly to correct this nancial situation and the citizens must partake in every endeavor of the State. I know that this is not an easy task but I believe that if support is given to the government then economic recovery will be close at hand. Okeechobee Habitat for HumanityHabitat For Humanity is a faith based Christian organization that builds affordable housing for people by using volunteer labor. The houses are provided to people who pass a screening process as to need, income level, employment, and ability to make payments. The mortgages are held by Habitat for Humanity and no interest is charged, the payments are set up on a basis of principal plus taxes and insurance in escrow. Okeechobee Habitat for Humanity in the past seven years have built and dedicated seven houses for local families. The local Habitat for Humanity raise funds for building homes by fundraisers, donations, and a Restore at the Trading Post Flea market. Volunteers run the Restore on weekends and when we are building a house work on construction of the house. No one gets paid, board members and volunteers do this in service to the Lord and to their fellow man. At a recent event in the park it was mentioned to Habitat that money was donated to Habitat for Humanity on a yearly basis by this person. We informed this kind person that money given to HFH International never reached Okeechobee unless it was speci ed that the funds be for Okeechobee. We suggest that funds to be used in Okeechobee be directed to our of ce here in Okeechobee. Our of ce address is Habitat For Humanity, 1600 S.W. Second Ave., Okeechobee. If money is given to HFH International please specify to be used in Okeechobee. Fla. Thanks to everyone who support Habitat fo r Humanity. Shirley Mattson Habitat for Humanity OkeechobeeTo all of the voters of Glades County, my employerI want to thank you for allowing me to b e your property appraiser for the past 27 years. It doesn’t seem possible that you re-elected me for seven 4-year terms. But, you did and I am grateful and humbled by your suppor t and con dence. After much thought, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term which is less than one year away and spend mor e time with family and friends. I felt that it was fair and appropriate to advise everyone of my intentions. I had intended to run for an eighth term and told man y that I was. But, my wife and family have convinced me that it’s time to retire. I ask ho w they concluded that it was time to retire and they reminded me that I would be only 67 years old at the end of this year which is also the end of my term. I considered 67 to b e young, apparently they thought differently, so I acquiesced. My plans for the future are no mor e in politics, but to serve in a few voluntee r committees if needed. I will always love ou r great county of Glades and all of you for you r support and goodwill to me and my famil y through all the years as Glades County’s property appraiser and the many years before. Larry Luckey January 27, 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. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Pet of the Week“Jimmy” is a male baby Chihuahua mix. He is 12 weeks old and just loves to play. His adoption fee of $175 includes his neuter, rabies shot, vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Jimmy is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/ Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to “foster” animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet Rescue


a prison releasee re-offender. Hunt—along with Ashley Garland, Brian Robertson and Gilberto Tagle—were arrested in 2010 for entering Mr. Cooper’s home and stealing a number of items including: Christmas presents, a shotgun, medications, two computers, cameras, jewelry, Mr. Cooper’s wallet and his cash. Garland, Robertson and Tagle entered into plea deals with the state in exchange for their testimony against Hunt. Garland will be sentenced in February and could get up to 10 years, while Tagle is currently serving an eight-year sentence. Robertson has yet to be sentenced. Garland, Robertson and Tagle testi ed that they all entered Mr. Cooper’s singlewide mobile home, made him lay on the oor then took whatever they could. Garland then backed the vehicle under the carport attached to the home while the three men loaded their loot into the back of the Dodge Durango. They then went to an abandoned mobile home and divvied up the proceeds. While on the stand Jan. 25, Hunt told Mr. A lbright that he told Robertson he would trade him nine blues (roxycodone pills) for the shotgun. “But, I never gave them to him,” he said, adding that he kept the Remington Model 1100 shotgun that had never been red and later sold it to a man in DeBerry Gardens. During his stint on the stand Hunt, who described himself as a “weed dealer in Treasure Island,” said Tagle had called him and told him they were going to do a burglary and asked if he wanted in on it. But he didn’t want to because he had drugs on him, Hunt told the prosecutor. Hunt then told the jury he told Tagle and Robertson to “go on in there and I’ll buy whatever you get.” Garland, Robertson and Tagle had all testi ed earlier that when they picked up Hunt at the home of Louann Wooten-Hernandez, where he lived with his girlfriend, he was armed with a “silver and brown” handgun. Mrs. Hernandez told the jury Wednesday morning that she owned a silver Taurus .38 special with brown grips. She also told the jury that she normally kept it on a bookshelf in her bedroom, but had recently put it on top of an entertainment center in her living room. But, when detectives searched her home after the Dec. 10, 2010, robbery they found the gun in the woman’s bedroom. They also found Mr. Cooper’s wallet in her purse. She testi ed that when detectives found her purse, it was not where she normally kept it. Garland and Tagle testi ed that they did not go into the home of Mrs. Hernandez. Both Mrs. Hernandez and Hunt corroborated their statements. But Hunt denied ever having possession of the handgun. “If Ashley and Tagle did not go into that home, how did they know the gun was silver with a brown handle?” Mr. Albright asked the jury during his closing argument. Mr. Albright also told the jury that Hunt had tried to frame the woman by putting the .38 caliber handgun back in her bedroom and putting Mr. Cooper’s wallet in her purse. The detectives also found the cash, but Hunt said the money they found came from his pot sales. “I sell marijuana, I had money all over,” he told the prosecutor. By this point Hunt, who had pleaded not guilty, had confessed to selling drugs, to knowing about the robbery and to having the stolen shotgun even though he is a convicted felon and cannot possess guns or ammunition. “These are bad people doing bad things,” Mr. Albright told the jury. “They’re also not good at planning things out. How low can you get—stealing an 82-year-old man’s Christmas presents?” The prosecutor also explained to the jury that even if Hunt did not go into Mr. Cooper’s home he knew that Robertson and Tagle were going in to rob the man and, under the law, that made him a principle to the crime and guilty of home invasion robbery. “Even if you believe every word he said (on the stand), then he admitted to home invasion robbery,” Mr. Albright said. Once the jury had found Hunt guilty, the y next had to decide if he had committed the felony of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. Under Florida law, they could not know about this case until they had rendered a verdict on the initial home invasion robbery charge. But as it turned out, they never got the chance to hear the second case. After admitting on the stand that he had the shotgun and had sold it for $200, all he could do no w was plead guilty to the rearm possession charge. In 2007 Hunt was found guilty of burglary, grand theft and eeing or eluding a law enforcement of cer and was sentenced to 32 months in prison. HUNTContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL BAPTIST NON-DENOMINATIONAL EPISCOPALYou 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 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 Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Comtemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70E Life Community Church L L iving I n F aith E verydayFREE Family Movie Night Friday, Feb 3, 2012 at 7 p.m.701 South Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fl (863) 763-7800 Pastor Jim WatersCourageousŽby the makers of FireproofŽ P U B L I C I S I N V I T E D! 5 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 es on how far we have come with our program. I hope to get a few girls in the state competition this year.” All of the high schools from Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties will compete in the sectional Saturday. Okeechobee nished in the top 10 in a recent meet against most of those same schools. Hazellief, a sophomore this year, said she feels the sport has improved her strength. She said it will be bene cial for her when she plays softball this year. “It has been kind of fun. I’m de nitely in better shape but it has also helped me in school because my con dence and concentration in class have improved,” she noted. She competes in the 139 pound weight class and is the daughter of Michelle and Allen Hazellief. Junior Kathy Simmons also plays softball and knew that lifting weights would help her with her throwing and hitting in the team sport. She said she was really happy to be around her weightlifting teammates this y ear. “The coach talked me into it and it has been exciting. I always think it is cool to try new things,” she noted. Kathy is the daughter of Adam and Sabrina Simmons. Davis had time in between her volleyball and softball seasons and tried out weight lifting last year. She was a natural as she quali ed for the sectional but decided not to attend so she could concentrate on softball. This year it looks like she could qualify for state so she intends to compete and also compete if she makes the state competition. “I felt I was losing time in the winter where I could improve myself. I also know that stronger muscles help prevent injuries,” she added. Davis had biceps tendinitis while in middle school and said she wanted to do all that she could to prevent injuries. Davis won’t be intimidated at the large competition Saturday as she already has played in two regional matches in volleyball and several important post season softball games during her high school career. “Pressure doesn’t bother me much because mentally I’m used to it. Weightlifting has really come natural to me and I have noticed the difference on the eld.” Davis said she hopes more girls give the sport a chance. She said the other school have more lifters and earn points for third and fourth place at all these meets. She said it is hard to recruit girls to come out and lift weight. “It would be great if more girls came out because we would win more meets. We need big girls, little girls, and any girls willing to work,” she added. W EIGHTContinued From Page 1


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.Dean Sliker, 71OKEECHOBEE — Dean Sliker, age 71, of Okeechobee died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. He was born June 7, 1940, in Sussex, N.J., to Raymond A. Sliker, Sr. and Gladys M. (Savacool) Sliker. He came to Okeechobee in 2002 after retiring from the County of Sussex, N.J., and as the Chief of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond A. Sliker Sr.; and mother, Gladys M. Savacool He is survived by his brothers, Raymond A. Sliker Jr. of Florida, and Arleigh I. Sliker of Hardyston, N.J.; nieces, Wendy McMickle, Melissa Trimble, both of Florida, and Violet Sliker of Calif.; two great-nephews; four great-nieces and one great-great-nephew. There will be no public services. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hamburg Fire Department, 16 Wallkill Ave, Hamburg, NJ, 07419-1414. All arrangements are entrusted to the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Virginia M. Stephens, 77OKEECHOBEE — Virginia M. Stephens, age 77, died at home on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. She was born in Buhl, Idaho, on Aug. 4, 1934. Employed for over 30 years with Thomson Consumer Electronics, Virginia, relocated from Marion, Indiana, to Okeechobee in 1993. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the KOA where she resided. Virginia was preceded in death in 2010 by her husband, Francis Wayne Stephens. Two sons, James and Kevin Stephens, also preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Derek (Fe) Stephens of Hawaii; a daughter, Debra (Guy) Duckwall of Ind.; grandchildren, Kylie (Nick) Unfried and Jenna (Jackson) Pete sh, both of Indiana, Holly (Blain) Tomita, Kimberly Stephens, and Christian Stephens, all of Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Blaise and Hunter Tomita, Alexander Unfried; a brother, Edie Larsen of Aiken, S.C.; and sisters, Leona (William) Bishop and Idonna “Dolly” (Charles) Scircle, both of South Carolina. Services and burial will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Fairmont, Ind. Friends may send online condolences at www.buxtonseawinds.com. Local arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida. Erma May Randolph, 87OKEECHOBEE — Erma May Randolph, age 87, of Okeechobee, passed away Jan. 24, 2012, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility, after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Lawrence B. Randolph. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jim Schneider of Okeechobee; her son and daughter-inlaw, Larry and Valerie Randolph, of Greenville, Ohio; grandsons, Doug (Heather) Schneider, of Nashville, Tenn., and Adam (Brandy) Randolph of West Milton, Ohio; and three greatgrandchildren, Morgan, Timothy, and Madison Schneider of Okeechobee, plus numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind the gift of her very special smile, especially for the many extended famil y members and friends who showed their love and concern in the waning days of her life. We would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Berger and to her dedicated caregivers, especially the ones who treated her as family. The family would like everyone to know ho w dearly loved our Mother, Grandma, and Grann y was. She was the Christian example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She loved all of us with her whole being and we will love and cherish her memory forever. In lieu of owers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or 800-272-3900 to ght this disease in the same fashion she fought it, with a vengeance. A lifetime of celebration in her honor will be held at a later date. Interment will be private in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.Buxtonfuneralhome.com. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com V FW announces w eekend plansThe North VFW Post #4423, located at 300 N.W. 34th St. has a weekend of fun planned. On Friday the Grill will be open from 5-9 p.m., with karaoke hosted by D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) from 7-10 p.m. Saturday there will be burgers on the grill 12-2 p.m, A sh/shrimp dinner 5-7 p.m., with karaoke hosted by Lisa. Sunday, Lori is serving stuffed peppers with all the trimmings from 2-4 p.m., and XXL (Capt. Dennis) will be hosting karaoke from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds go towards Veterans Assistance.Moose Lodge hosts bingoJoin the Loyal Order of Moose #1753, 159 N.W. 36th St. on Friday for bingo at 6:30 p.m. (bonanza start 5 p.m). On Saturday the Cafe’ will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. w ith Music by Saxman. Sunday Lisa will be hosting karaoke from 3-7 p.m. Proceeds go towards Moose Charities.Eagles North Post to host steak nightEagles North will have Friday steak night on Jan. 27 Starting at 5:30 until 9 p.m. Music by Steven. Put your dancing shoes on and bring an appetite! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N.Eastern Star to hold chicken dinnerOkeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will hold a chicken dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., Okeechobee. Serving from 4–7 p.m. The dinner is available for only $7 per person. Proceeds from the dinner will bene t some of the many charities our Order supports. These include Cancer Research, Disaster Fund, Heart Research, Youth Activities, ESTARL and SHEAF and scholarships for deserving students, to name a few. For tickets or for general information about the Eastern Star, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210, J im Green at 863-763-6129, Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427 or any member of the Eastern Star.Eagles to host dinner nightFriday, Jan. 27 from 5:308:30 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles, will be serving steak $12, sh $8 or shrimp $12 dinners. Music w ill be by Jimmy & Debra Harper. All proceed go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Health and Safety Expo plannedThe fth annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., at the A gri-Civic Center. For more information or to pick up a registration form, please call 763462-5000, ext. 257.Eagles to host card bingoEagles North will host card bingo on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 4 p.m. Proceeds will bene t the F.O.E. community bene t fund. 9985 U.S. 441 N.A Walk for ChildrenIn 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 S.R. 70 E., 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.Art in the Park in Moore HavenThe Glades County Public Library and Advisory Board invite the public to Art in the Park in Moore Haven on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event, centered around the library, brings artists and the public together for conversation and a relaxing time in a pleasant evening. Artists, painters, photographers and handcrafters will display their creations for purchase or admiration. Parking is free. The Glades County Public Library, 201 Riverside Drive, is located in the city park across the street from the Caloosahatchee River. For more information, call Mary Booher at 863-946-0744.Buckhead Ridge VFD hosts Cat sh FestivalThe Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s 19th annual Cat sh Festival will be Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BHR Fire Department, 30076 S.R. 78. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a day of entertainment and good food. Enjoy Sounds of Country (live bluegrass). Gate admission is $7 per person and includes a dinner of cat sh, baked beans, slaw and dinner roll— serving begins at 10 a.m. The VFD Ladies Auxiliary will host a bake sale and sell hot dogs. There will be 50/50 drawings for cash every 30 minutes. Door prizes will be given every hour. Arts and crafts will be for sale at the vendor booths. Tickets will be available for a $500 giveaway which will be drawn during the Speckled Perch Festival in Okeechobee on March 11.Broadway programs at libraryIan 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. 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 Feb. 1 program covers the 1980s and 1990s. Community Events




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).  John Jones, 57, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 23 by Deputy Adrian Rogers on a felony charge of eeing and eluding a law enforcement of cer, and the misdemeanors of driving while license suspended/revoked and resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond was set at $2,500.  Shirley Lea Broccoli, 49, Comanche A ve., Melbourne, was arrested Jan. 24 by Trooper M.T. Steele on a Brevard County w arrant charging her with check fraud (two counts). Her bond was set at $4,000.  Antriel Jamar Andrews, 22, S.W. 28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Arlene Durbin on a felony charge of throwing a deadly missile and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $3,000.  Diane Angelina Durrance, 57, S.W. 24th A ve., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 24 by Deputy Joe Gracie on a charge of driving under the in uence. Her bond was set at $250.  Corey Daniel Koch, 17, S.W. Third Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 25 by Deputy John Fisher on a juvenile take and hold order charging him with failure to appear grand theft. He was taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce.  Daniel Lamar Tindall, 30, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 25 by Deputy Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with driving while license suspended habitual offender. His bond was set at $2,500.  Justin Thomas, 33, Old Lakeport Road, Moore Haven, was arrested Jan. 25 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with making, possessing, throwing, projecting or placing of destructive device. His bond was set at $5,000. 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 Fifth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety ExpoPromoting Health and Safety Saturday, January 28, 2012 • 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Okeechobee Agri Civic Center COME OUT AND SEE:Police of cers, sheriff’s deputies, re trucks, ambulances and other rst responder vehicles, demonstrations, equipment and staff; helicopters and boats; blood mobile; emergency management equipment; health department staff and displays; free health screenings; banks and many, many other service providers, vendors and giveaways! FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING FREE ENTERTAINMENT FREE LUNCH (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)FREE PRIZESA funlled educational day for everyone from young children to senior citizens!QUESTIONS? Call (863) 462-5000 ext. 257 Sponsored in part by: Okeechobee County Health Department If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! 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Visit: https://circulation.newszap.com/ Email: readerservices@newszap.com Call: 800-282-8586 I t  s a l l a b o u t y o u y o u r n e w s y o u r n e i g h b o r s y o u r l i f e 8 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News One of two teens who escaped from the Okeechobee Youth Development Center (OYDC) on U.S. 441 N. was captured hiding in some woods near the home of a friend. The teens—Chase W eeks, 17, Burkett Way, Clewiston; and Tyler James W heaton, 17, Cannon St., Lakeland—both escaped from the secure facility during the evening of Friday, J an. 20. A report stated that their escape was discovered w hen a cottage manager conducted a head count and came up two short. Weeks, who was sentenced to the facility Dec. 27, 2011, by Okeechobee County Judge Jerald Bryant was then taken into custody by Deputy Bryan Holden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Wheaton has yet to be found. Deputy Holden’s arrest report stated that after leaving the facility the two teens went to a home in Ruckerville. While at the home, Wheaton made a phone call and was picked up a short time later by someone driving a black Chevrolet truck. Weeks, continued the report, hid in some nearby woods where a friend kept him supplied with food and clothing. According to Deputy Holden, Weeks was returned to the G4S facility Monday morning by his mother. He was then taken to the Okeechobee County Jail where he was booked on a felony charge of escape. After being booked, he was taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Facility in Fort Pierce. A records check indicated that the Clewiston teen was arrested by Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), on July 18, 2011. He was charged with grand theft auto. Weeks reportedly stole an unlocked 2003 Pontiac Sun re, valued at $5,000, in April then drove to Hobe Sound to see his girlfriend. The keys were in the car, added the report. The car was then found April 9 partially submerged in a local canal with several of its windows broken out, Detective Saum stated. Deputy Holden’s arrest report does not state if anyone else will be arrested in connection with the teens’ escape from OYDC. Two escape from OYDC; one arrested locally Chase Weeks On page 1 of the Sunday, Jan. 22, Okeechobee News, and under the headline of ‘Panel upholds dismissal of OCSO detective,’ a statement was made in the termination hearing of Rick Durfee that his wife had gone to another couple’s home and left her three children there under the care of a y oung boy. It has since been learned that while the couple’s young boy was in the home, the Durfee’s three children, and the boy, were actually under the care of a 17-year-old girl. That girl, an experienced babysitter, had cared for the three children on other occasions. Clari cation


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 9 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Four employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) have been honored for their dedication, compassion and willingness to help and have been selected as the top employees of the fourth quarter. Employees are selected and honored each quarter, and the OCSO employees of the year will be selected from those winners. The categories are administrative employee, citizen volunteer, detention deputy and law enforcement. Jonathan Hart has been tabbed the employee of the fourth quarter in the administrative division. He was nominated by Juanita White. “Jonathan has been an employee since J une 2009. Since that time he has shown great dedication to this department,” said Mrs. White. “He worries about and tries to take care of every employee in this department. The communications move on Dec. 5, 2011, went extremely smooth. Jonathan w orked extensively to make the move without any problems.” The citizen volunteer for the fourth quarter was Amy Wilson, who was nominated by OCSO Road Patrol Captain Bud Slay. Ms. W ilson has been a member of the sheriff’s auxiliary since 2005. “During that time Amy has covered numerous details—saving the agency thousands of dollars. In addition, Amy was recently given the responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of the auxiliary units,” said Capt. Slay. “Without individuals like Amy, it w ould cost this agency additional manpower to perform these functions.” The detention deputy of the quarter was Gary Walters, who was nominated by Sergeant Randy Worth. “On Dec. 5, 2011, Detention Deputy Walters heard yells for help and responded to the segregation housing unit. Upon arrival, he found an inmate had tried to hang himself. Thanks to Detention Deputy Walters’ quick response and the summoning of other of cers, a human life was saved,” said Sgt. W orth. Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson, who w as nominated by Road Patrol Deputy Sarah Green with “great honor and pride,” was named the law enforcement employee of the fourth quarter. “Sgt. Peterson responded to a call regarding the death of an infant. Upon his arrival, he was met with very distraught parents,” said Deputy Green. “The father became more distraught and attempted to harm himself. Sgt. Peterson was able to disarm the father—all the while talking compassionately and calmly to the man (and) trying to give him the help he so desperately needed.” Deputy Green went on to say that Sgt. Peterson showed great courage (and) strength of body, but also compassion and professionalism. “It is dedicated employees like these that enable us to do the jobs that we do,” said Sheriff Paul May of the award winners. “This process allows us to recognize a few of them, but they all make our agency one of the best in the state.” The OCSO employees of the year will be announced Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24. Top OCSO employees for quarter named Submitted photo/ OCSOAmy Wilson (center) was recently selected as the OCSO employee of the fourth quarter in the citizen volunteer category. Presenting her with her certi cate are Sheriff Paul May (left) and Okeechobee County Jail Administrator Ronnie White (right). Sergeant Randy Worth (right) nominated Detention Deputy Gary Walters (center) for the honor of OCSO employee of the fourth quarter in the detention deputy category. Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson (center) was recently named the OCSO employee of the fourth quarter in the law enforcement division. Sheriff Paul May (left) and Major Noel Stephen (right) presented Sgt. Peterson with his certi cate. Sheriff Paul May (left) and Major Noel Stephen (right) recently presented Jonathan Hart (center) with a certi cate for being selected as the OCSO employee of the fourth quarter in the administrative employee category.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 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 11 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Elementary School honors Students of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Jan. 23-27 include: kindergarten, Kylee He in, Erick ReyesMorales, Mar'lun Scott, Adolfo Villegas, Justin Jenkins, Trey Inman, Wyatt Baumhardt; rst grade, Dante Maldonado, Taylor Elgin, Tyriana Williams, Lorenzo Santiago, Yaneli Lopez-Pompa; second grade, Christian CorreaMendoza, Daniel Nyerges, Kevin Leon, Payton Besaw, Ashton Mowery, Kimberly Hight; third grade, Joshua Baldwin, Jacob Pummell, Rocky Garcia, Julbert Laguna-Salmeron, Jennifer Martinez, Michelle Urbina; fourth grade, Juan Leon, Kolby Yerkes, Shawn Bayless, Joann Hamilton, Brenden Chrisstmas; fth grade, Brian Sell, Maria Moran, Daniel Garcia, Andrew Mowat and Briana Gonzalez. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the week at CentralCentral Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 9, included: Stephanie Cowham, Heaven Bast, Chad Thomas, Emily Johnson, Isaiah Pippin, Colt Davis, Jose Guevara-Herrera. Andres Gomez, Ruby Garcia, Terrell Fludd, Laisha Castaneda, Victor Rodriguez, Fabian Tinajero, Summer McGlamory, Henry Denova De Dios, Marrion Libro, Natalia Velazquez, Jasmine Shanks, Marysa Farmer, Cody Smith, Audrey Jenkins Brandon Carlo, Kaydra Bradley, Jorge Medina, Nate Watson, Abigail Smith, Jayme Scurry, Joshua Bonilla, Chase Schwendeman, Brianna Perry and Kevin Clausell. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Library‘Meet the Author’ eventMeet the Author, Sharol Louise, at the Library on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. Ms. Louise is a Historical Romance Author, who has written and will speak about her novels, "Secret Bride," "Secret Sister," and "Rose Hill Manor." This event is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 A plan proposed for the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area would involve leasing the park out to a private developer for 50 years. on RV sites. Mr. Culpepper said the project w ould be in three phases with each phase paid for before construction begins on it. There would be a clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce courts and an elevated walkway and observation tower in the wetlands at the tip of the park. County attorney John Cassels expressed reservations about securing permitting to construct canals inside the dike and selling land inside the dike. He noted that any grants for improvement to the area have come with restrictions. He said the project would require quite a bit of interfacing with state and federal agencies that will be fairly complicated. However, after the meeting Commissioner Culpepper said there are similar instances in other places where leased land has been sold. “This is not a Bryant Culpepper project,” Commissioner Culpepper said. “This project belongs to Okeechobee County.” He said there would be very little risk to the county. He predicted it would take ve years at a maximum to develop the park and predicted the suggested improvements to the park w ould bring $1,800,000 into the county the rst year after completion. “I think it is a very positive thing,” was the opinion of Commissioner Frank Irby. “As a county, we have ignored that property.” Martin Black with Kimley-Horn and Associates said his organization has been involved similar public-private partnerships. He said Okee-Tantie is a great location and suggested at this point the county be open to all ideas suggested by developers. He said someone might come forward with a different idea. Commissioners agreed to enter a contract for consultant services with KimleyHorne for $7,500 for services pertaining to soliciting proposal for the development of the park. It is now up to the developers to see how much of a risk they are willing to take. Kimley-Horne will look into all proposals made by interested developers and make recommendations to the county. “This isn’t set in stone, this is an idea to see if there is any interest,” said Mr. Culpepper. “This is a starting point,” asserted Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. OKEE-TANTIEContinued From Page 1 ‘This is not a Bryant Culpepper project. This project belongs to Okeechobee County.’— Bryant Culpepper By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Floridians learned in 2000 that every vote counts. The outcome of Florida’s Republican Presidential Preference Primary could in uence the nomination of a Republican candidate and the election of a president. I f you are a Republican, exercise your right to vote. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 281 Okeechobee voters had taken advantage of early voting. Today and tomorrow are the last days o f early voting. Early voting takes place at the Supervisor of Elections’s Of ce in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Election Day -Tuesday, Jan. 31-voters will go to their respective precincts throughout the county to vote. The hours o f voting on that day will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must be registered as a Republican. Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler predicts that there will be a total of 2,000 ballots cast in the primary. There are about 6,300 registered Republicans. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Early primar y voting ends tomorrow


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery 763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME Advertising in theOkeechobee Newsis a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today!We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NorthParrott Ave € OkeechobeeRamesh Kumar, MD € William Crook, MD € Julie Santelli, MD, BoardCertified Radiation Oncologists Call:863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients of all agesO f f i c e H o u r s : Mon.-Thurs 8-5 € Fri 8-4 Closed for Lunch 12-12 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555 www.TCDermatology.com DERMATOLOGY MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstoreAdvertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today! 14 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012


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LostLOST MALE FOXHOUND 68 W Area/Tri-Colored/Long Tail/Missing 3 bottom teeth. REWARD!!! Lover not Hunter! (863) 697-2153 or (772) 446-2247. Garage/ YardSales OKEECHOBEE 1012 NW 2nd St, January 27 & 28, 8 AM till. BIG YARD SALE guitars, music equipment, tools, electronics, ri e, and much more. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Garage/ YardSalesOKEECHOBEE 2910 SE 23rd St. Treasure Island, Fri., Jan 27th Only, 8 to 4. Cleaning out last of an Estate and our own stuff too! 100’s of items. Huge Dollar table of vintage items. Also books, shotgun, clothes, knives. Man stuff, Women stuff Lots of stuff! Come see! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Barber/Hair Cutters Needed Immediately Apply in Person at A Barber’s Barbershop Sales Clerk *Stock Shelves, counters and tables with merchandise *Set up displays *Obtains Merchandise requested by customer *Clean shelves, counters and tables *Accepts payment and makes changes *Enforces age requirements for customers *Please Apply at: www.abcfws.com or at 601 E.N. Park ST. Okeechobee, FL 34972 The Glades County School District is currently seeking a fulltime Payroll Clerk. For additional information. Call 863-946-0055 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. 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 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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 AutomotiveWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Antiques CO-OP ANTIQUES Antiques make great Valentines gifts, one of a kind, that last a life time. Many Primitives Just Arrived! 1214 SW 2nd AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN)Tue-Sat 10am-4pm Pets/SuppliesCHIHUAHUA PUPPIES CKC 10wks F blue tan tri $400. 863-801-6144 Wanted ToBuy380 AMT Stainless Steel automatic,6 to 8 hundred dollar in value. 32 Smith&Wesson short I. Johnson short barrel, break back, nickel plated 32 Caliber. 863-697-9616 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FarmFeed/ Products Horse Hay 3 to Choose From Alfalfa, Timothy and Florakirk. 561-308-5338 Farm MiscellaneousCOW HAY ROUND BALES FOR SALE $40 Each. 863-634-9111 FarmProduce Friday-Saturday Harvesting Now Oranges, Cabbage, Collards and Broccoli 674 NW 113th Dr. 863-634-7454 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments FEMALE STUDIO APT Furnished, Heat, & AC, cable and HS Internet incld. Private entrance. Wild country setting. $395/mo or $100/wk 863-763-0675 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $625/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Condos/Townhouses Rent OKEE 1 br, furnished, Lease available. 1st, last & sec. (407)448-2495. OKEECHOBEE2br, 2ba, Townhse, Newly renovated, W/D, near shopping, $725/mo. Yearly lease. Avail 2/1. (772)579-7562 Houses-Rent BASSWOOD 3br/2ba, 1 car garage, tile & carpet, split plan, dishwasher, W/D. $1000/ mo. (561) 307-2502 House for Rent 2874 NW 33rd Ave Basswood 3/2, Garage,big porch, fenced in,brand new house,good condition. $1,100 monthly, $800 security,renters application required 561-683-9754 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. Beautiful ranch setting located 12 miles N.E. of town. Water, Lawn, pest, and trash incl. Pasture avail. Recently remodeled. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEE 3/1 Updated Home, central a/c, wood ooring, Tiled Bathroom, w/d, Well Water. $725 mo. plus security Located by 15-B. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE 3 BR, 1 BA Duplex, DW, W/D connector, C/A & heat, $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863) 763-4414 On Rim CanalDBWD Mobile Home. 3 br./2ba. Lrg. Lot. $800 plus Elec. $500 sec. 1 small pet allowed. Lawn care, Water, & garbage 863-697-0214. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. OfficeSpace RentProfessional of ce space for rent. Park Street Of ce Suites Down Town Okeechobee Starting@ $250.00 per month 863-634-7622 RoomsTo RentOKEECHOBEE Looking for 2 roommates to share 4 br house. All appliances including Washer & Dryer. Located at Four Seasons. $300/mo Call (863)634-4771 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 OWNING FINANCING: 2 BR, 2 BA on 5 Fenced Acres. 5 miles from Okeechobee. $900/MO Call (863) 467-1950. Land-SaleOKEECHOBEE 5 Acres $1,000 down. Park your own trailer or house, owner nancing $49,000. 863-763-6358 Lots -Sale NICE 1/2 ACRE LOTS FOR SALE IN NEW AREA GREAT FOR INVESTMENT WILL CONSIDER OFFERS. CALL 863-634-7781 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Lots -Sale FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent3/2 Furnished, BHR Mint, Built in 05, Great Neighborhood, City Water. $695 a month. 1st and Last No Dogs Call 863-801-1739 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $495 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week Call 863-610-4625 For Rent 3/2 New Dble Wide, small pets ok, close to town located near the Ag Center. $700 monthly 1st and Security. Call 863-801-5449 OKEE Little Farms Like new 3/2. 2 acres, pond, & fenced. $950 month. Rent to own possible. 863-226-3436 or 423-237-8948. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012


NOTICE OF CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION BY THE CITY COUNCIL, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okeechobee City Council will meet in Closed Executive Session to discuss pending administrative proceedings regarding the litigations of Carter Pritchett Advertising, Inc., v. the City of Okeechobee and the Centennial Builders of Lee County, Inc., v. the City of Okeechobee. The proposed Executive Session will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, following the Regular Session, at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Council Chambers Room 200. The discussion shall be con ned to settlement negotiation or strategies relating to litigation led by Carter Pritchett Advertising, Inc., and Centennial Builders of Lee County, Inc. Notice is hereby given that the following will be in attendance: Mayor James E. Kirk, Council Members Devin Maxwell, Mike O’Connor, Dowling R. Watford, Jr., Clayton Williams, City Attorney John Cook, City Administrator Brian Whitehall, City Clerk Lane Gamiotea and Attorney Robert C. Shearman of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. A court reporter will be present to record the session and the transcript shall be made part of the public record upon conclusion of the litigation. By: Mayor James E. Kirk, as duly requested by City Attorney John R. Cook, Esquire, and allowed by Section 286.011, Florida Statutes. 408643 ON 1/27/2012 FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The City of Okeechobee will be conducting a Public Hearing for the FY 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant program. The City is eligible to receipt up to $700,000 from the Florida Small Cities CDBG program administered by the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The FY 2011 CDBG funds will be used for one of the following purposes: 1. To bene t low and moderate income persons; or 2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or 3. To meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and where other nancial resources are not available to meet such needs. The categories of activities for which the FY 2011 funds may be used are in the areas of housing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization, or economic development and include such improvement activities as acquisition of real property, loans to private-for-pro t business, purchase of machinery and equipment, construction of infrastructure, rehabilitation of houses and commercial buildings, and energy conservation. Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing. For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must bene t low and moderate income persons. In developing an application for submission to DCA, the City must plan to minimize displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG activities. In addition, the City is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons. The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community’s economic and community development needs will be at the City Council meeting held in the City of Okeechobee Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. For information concerning the public hearing, contact the City Administrator’s Of ce or telephone 863-763-3372. The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visually impaired should contact the City Administrator’s Of ce at least ve calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact the City Administrator’s Of ce at least ve calendar days prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call 1-800-955-8771. Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation at this meeting should contact the City Administrator’s Of ce at least ve calendar days prior to the meeting. 408640 ON 1/27/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD001 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BIG LAKE HOLDINGS INC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2683 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: A PORTION OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST AND A PORTION OF THE LAND LYING SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35 BETWEEN THE HANCOCK MEANDER LINE AND THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND A PORTION OF PERMANENTLY RECLAIMED LAKE BOTTOM LAND IN SECTION 35 AND/OR SOUTH OF SAID SECTION 35, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE EAST LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 35, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF CONNER’S HIGHWAY (ALSO KNOWN AS U.S. HIGHWAY 441 AND FLORIDA STATE ROAD 15) THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG A CURVE TO THE LEFT IN SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, SAID CURVE HAVING A RADIUS OF 6306.26 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 2 DEGREES 00 MIN 47 SEC, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 221.57 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC WEST, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY, A DISTANCE OF 28.43 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE AFOREDESCRIBED LINE, A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 875.11 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LEVEE LD-4; THENCE NORTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 150.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR NORTH 0 DEGREES 31 MIN 58 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 892.32 FEET, MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. AND COMMENCING AT A POINT ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, WHERE IT INTERSECTS THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 00 MIN 28 SEC EAST, ALONG AN EXTENSION OF THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID NW 1/4, FOR A DISTANCE OF 916.72 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT; THENCE RUN SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 74 DEGREES 35 MIN 42 SEC WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF LD-4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 298.40 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 56 MIN 35 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 864.66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF THE AFORESAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441); THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST, ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441), FOR A DISTANCE OF 278.43 FEET; THENCE CONTINUING ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID S.R. 15 (U.S. 441) RUN SOUTH 22 DEGREES 23 MIN 10 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 27.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 67 DEGREES 36 MIN 50 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 21.57 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 55 MIN 52 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 874.98 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. 8.659 ACRES 1-35-37-35-0A00-00011-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANNETTA JASKOT BRENTWOOD OKEECHOBEE LLC DHARMESH PATEL JACK JASKOT PIER II RESORT SUKETU PATEL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 8th day of March, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 408004 ON 1/27;2/3,10,17/2012 MobileHomeSale 2005 44’x12’ Park Model 55+ park, all residential appliances with W/D., new skirting, non-smoker, water lter system. $6,750 obo Call Steve @(863)-634-6705 24x38 DWMH on Rim Canal. 1BR, large living room w/sleeper sofa,large kitchen, 2bath, attached storage building, carport, boat dock. 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PublicNotice Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com PublicNotice PublicNotice PublicNotice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011-CP-191 IN RE: ESTATE OF ALBERT MARIN, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The name of the decedent, the designation of the court in which the administration of this estate is pending, and the le number are indicated above. The address of the Court is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are indicated below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or liquidated, you must le your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF 17 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with the court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of death of the decedent is: September 12, 2011. The date of rst publication of this Notice is January 20, 2012. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News South Fork High School scored the nal eight points of the game to break a 15-game losing streak as they defeated Okeechobee High School 55-49 in boys basketball action Tuesday at the Brahman gym. Eddie Neal had 13 points and Phil Jones added 12 points for Okeechobee. Byron Pressley had a game high 28 points for South Fork. South Fork jumped out to an early 16-7 advantage thanks to an 11-0 run in the rst quarter. The Bulldogs held an apparently safe 14 point lead, 37-23, at the break. Okeechobee responded with a great defensive effort in the third quarter as they narrowed the lead to 44-42 after three quarters. Okeechobee held a few narrow leads in the fourth, the last at 49-47 when Neal hit a free throw with two minutes left. South Fork built a two-point lead and Austin Nelson hit a key 14-foot jumper from the baseline to give South Fork a four-point lead w ith 30 seconds left. Okeechobee missed desperation three and South Fork turned it into an easy bucket in the nal seconds. Brahman Coach Shawn Hays said he felt the team didn't come out strong enough in the rst half on both ends of the court, "Defensively we didn't play well and on offense we didn't move the ball. There was a lot of one dribble, one pass, and one shot." Hays said his teams 19-7 run in the third quarter showed what kind of team the Brahmans can be if they play hard on defense. South Fork guard Marcus McClain said the Bulldogs wanted to end their losing streak and played well together in this game. "I felt good because my team was there and supportive and we played good defense. Defense does everything for a team," he noted. He said hustle and determination in the nal minute made the difference for South Fork, who improved to (2-8) in district play. Jones hit four three pointers in the game for Okeechobee but an old injury continued to haunt him as he had to hit the bench in the nal minute. He broke his foot and will need surgery after the season but has tried to gut this season out. "I feel like I have more responsibility now. The team looks to me to attack and get our offense going," he noted. Hays said in situations like that someone else on the team has to come out and take more responsibility. Tyrell Taylor came off the bench to provide some energy to the Brahmans in the second half. Brendon Jonassaint played a solid game, with tremendous defensive effort. Coach Hays said he feels the team has 10 days to get ready for the district tournament and still have a chance to surprise some teams. "We're trying to do some different things and move the ball a little bit more. Some nights the team looks great and some nights you wonder what is going on," he added. Daniel Eng was knocked to the oor in a hard foul in the nal minutes but felt ne after the game. OHS boys basketball team falls to South Fork 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. 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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 27, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyPhil Jones has taken on more responsibility for the Brahman offense this year. Brendon Jonassaint continues to give maximum effort for the Brahmans this year.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News January 27, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Senior night went according to plan as Okeechobee built a big lead and then held off some Sebring rallies to win 53-39 in high school girl’s basketball action Monday at the Lady Brahman gym. Ami Edwards had a strong game inside w ith 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Carley McCoin handled the ball, ran the offense and shot well from behind the three-point line with 17 points, six steals, and excellent passing and defense. Okeechobee (9-12) also got 10 points from freshman Taylor Trent, who continues to improve her game on a nightly basis. It was likely the nal home game in the careers of seniors Cavel Campbell, and Jakerria Edwards, who both started, and played nice roles on defense for Okeechobee. Brahman coach Erin Morrow said her team really executed well in the rst half as they built a 16-point lead, 27-11 at the half. “We had a great rst half and built a pretty big lead, but I was a little disappointed that we gave up that lead in the second half and let down a little bit,” she said. In the rst half McCoin hit a pair of open three-point baskets and Trent also hit a threepoint basket. That opened up things a little bit inside for Ami Edwards who could end the year averaging double digits in points and rebounds. “Those shots really opened up the middle a lot. It is nice to be able to turn to freshmen and get those kinds of contributions,” Morrow added. The two seniors, Campbell and Edwards, only played one year under Morrow. Both worked hard on the court and were praised for the example they set and their leadership skills. “Both of them really made a good impression on me and their teammates. They are good leaders and we will miss them,” she added. Campbell plans to enlist in the U.S. Army after graduation and study to become a nurse. She sat out her junior year but had two productive years on varsity. Edwards moved to Okeechobee from Belle Glade and wanted to make her senior year stand for something. She said senior night was really a great night for her. “It felt good and we played as a team. We did what we came out to do, got the job done and had fun,” she noted. Edwards plans to attend college and earn a degree to become a math teacher. Okeechobee trailed 2-0 early but built leads of 14-8 after one, 27-11 at the half and 40-20 at the end of three quarters. Sebring cut the lead to 12 points in the fourth quarter but a scoop by Edwards, and a pair of free throws by Trent kept Sebring at bay. OHS will play in the district tournament next week. Lady Brahmans topple Lady Blue Streaks Cavel Campbell battles for a loose ball during Okeechobee’s victory over Sebring on Monday. Carley McCoin continued her strong season with 17 points, and six steals, while leading the Brahman half court offense to a 20 point lead at times against Sebring. Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy(L-R) Brahman coach Erin Morrow, Jakerria Edwards, her Aunt Tolondu Robinson, and OHS assistant principal Dylan Tedders. (L-R) Brahman coach Erin Morrow, Cavel Campbell, her dad Chris Campbell, and OHS assistant principal Dylan Tedders.


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