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Sunday, December 23, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 154 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.16 feetLast Year: 13.74 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Christmas cantata ... Page 3 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News With a projected 93.3 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more from their home for the holiday season, those leaving their homes should take some precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. AAA has estimated that 4.8 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 holiday period. The majority of those, 4.3 million, will be traveling by car. If you are planning on leaving your home, the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce (OCSO) has suggested that you: 1. LOCK YOUR VEHICLE : During the holiday period there are increased incidents Enjoy the holidays, but be safe W oman accused of meth possession ... Page 15 Lakeside Medical wins award ... Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Main Street again sponsored the annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest with many amazing entries. Four judges had the dif cult task of scoring each window or setting during evening hours when the Christmas lights were bright. The following businesses were chosen as winners in their respective categories: Overall business display winners are: Raulersons Absolutely Art, 401 S.W. Park Street. Large window display winners: First Place, Countryside Florist, 201 S.W. 5th Avenue Second Place; Flower Petals, 207 N.E. Park Street; Third Place, CEECO, 519 W. South Park Street. Honorable Mention: Kids Korner/ The Outpost311/313 W. South Park Street; Second Blessings Antiques and Consignments, 128 S.E. Park Street and Okeechobee Discount Drugs, 203 S.W. Park Street. Small window display winners are: First Place, 14-Karat Gold Store, 411 SW Park Street. Window decoration winners announced Special to the Okeechobee NewsRaulersons Absolutely Art won the overall business display award. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCountryside Florists holiday display won the large window display award. Special to the Okeechobee News14-Karat Gold Stores holiday display won the small window display award. Special to the Okeechobee NewsPats Floral won the outside display award.See WINDOW Page 5 See SAFETY Page 5
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The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy Perry, recently presented its 14th annual Christmas program consisting of seasonal favorites and the cantata, God With Us composed by Frank Carter for the Choir, at the First United Methodist Church. The choir, comprised of 51 singers representing 17 area churches, has presented a Christmas and Easter cantata annually since December of 1999. Local residents and northern visitors who read music a little and can match pitch are encouraged to join. Weekly rehearsals will begin soon for the Easter cantata to be presented the weekend before Easter, March 22nd, 23rd & 24th. Churches represented were: Basinger Christian Brethren, Buckhead Ridge Baptist, Church in the Woods, Church of Our Saviour, Dunklin Memorial Camp, First Baptist of Lake Josephine, First United Methodist, Good Shepherd United Methodist of West Palm Beach, KOA Community, Northside Baptist, Okeechobee Health Care Facility, Okeechobee Presbyterian, Peace Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Sacred Heart Catholic, The Gathering & Westside Christian. Seated left to right front row: Arleen Fanter, Alexis Devin, Elsie Landers, Carol Dorr, Joy Kidwell, Becky Fleeger & Betty Clement. Seated second row: Casey Lewis, Debby Huntley, Marlene Burns, Donna Williams, Laura Maye Evans & Betsy Cheney. First row standing, Sandy Perry (director), Chris Suf cool, Victoria Williams, Sue Kohltfarber, JoAnn Kane, Myrna Westcott & Dawn Rich. Second row standing: Melanie Mello, Faye Haverlock, Nicolle Wood (narrator), Elsie Ratliff, Don Kovacs, George Clement, Lister Goble, Judy Simpson ( ute) & Madison McAllister (electric bass). Third row standing: Frank Carter (composer/accompanist), Brooke Carter (narration), Canda Patterson, Karyne Brass, June Lighty, Ginger Lewis, Sheila Harris, Norma Entry & Savannah Simpson (trumpet). Fourth row standing: Leah Suarez, Dale Bryant, Lonnie Kirsch, Sharon Suits, Will Suits, Dave Fanter & Al Young. Back Row: Bobby Huntley, Keith Abbott, Allen Patterson, John Suf cool, Cameron Patterson, Hal Shoffeitt, Tommy Markham, Chris Askeland & Mike Zierden. Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee Community Choir performs Christmas Cantata 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Discount Guns & AmmoHas joined forces with Americas largest online rearms shopping mall to bring you exclusive low low pricesLog onto 24/7 and receive your order at the store in as little as 72 hours with no shipping and no FFL transfer fees on rearmsWe can take care of your order at the store We have the lowest prices, best service & now the largest inventory of any gun store 122 SE Park St, Okeechobee863-623-4471 www.ShootersChoiceGuns.net Limited supply of .22LR Ammo NOW Available! 3 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012
December 23, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Is there light in the darkness?Rev. Allen PattersonOkeechobee Ministerial Association After the shootings last week in Newtown, Conn. the world seems a darker place today. It seems overwhelming grief, widespread anger and political machinations are our abiding companionsand what tragic companions they are in such a happy season. While nothing can or should minimize that tragedy, I am reminded of a similar story told in the Book of Matthew, chapter 2:16-18, where after the Magi had left King Herods courts, and Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two y ears old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then w hat was said through the prophet Jeremiah was ful lled: A voice is heard in Ramah, w eeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.... As hard as it is to think about someone going into a school today and killing innocent children, I cant even imagine the horror and the grief of having soldiers break into my home, kill my two-year-old and move to the next house and do it again. What type of men would give such blind obedience to a deranged king? Yes, it was dark then, as it is surely dark now. It is into such depth of darkness and despair a star shone brightly while a baby was born. Seems ironic doesnt it? And far less than dramatic. But a small light ickered into the darkness and grew to become the Light of the World. Thats the thing about lightit grows. It is hard to extinguish. And it always shines into dark places, dark hearts and dark seasons. As John Eldredge wrote recently in his article, Why Newtown is More Important Than We Think, There are answers both to the evil in the w orld, and the evil in the human heart. God moved long ago to deal with both, and triumphantly. What greater hope could possibly be spoken? This is what the world longs to know Why doesnt God do something? God has acted; he has intervened.... Christ is born! There is hope. And yes, even in this darkened and grieving world, there is light.The Greatest GiftTis again Time to celebrate His birth Not with riotous parting and lots of mirth But rather to re ect on Gods great grace That His Holy Son He sent to take our place He came to earth to do Gods will Knowing full well it meant Galgoths Hill The Holy Babe grew up to be a man As the kingdom He preached and Gods great plan He went about preaching and also teaching Of the kingdom to come for man to be reaching Instead He was beaten and held up to scorn And scourged and ayed till His back was torn And then they nailed Him to that awful tree As He had said, if I be lifted up I will draw all to me On that cross twixt Earth and Heaven truly alone He was suspended By man rejected, by God abandoned, then His life was ended So this Christmas Season let us rejoice As we gather with family and friends we can make a choice In song to the Father about His greatest gift Do not let the devil divert you and set you adrift But rather with full hearts bow and adore Him If youve accepted Him as Savor youve been set free Hes longing to hear your thanksgivings and praises Until He comes again and to glory us raises Andrew R. McKillop Okeechobee, Fla.He PromisedCalvin H. Fryar, pastor Brighton Baptist Church Peter 3:3Knowing this rst, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For four hundred years, between Malachi and Matthew, there were no direct words from God. The last words were from Malachi. He ended that message in Malachi 4:6 with these words: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. A lot happened during the ensuing four hundred years. At the end of these dif cult days, Rome came to rule the world and Herod built a magni cent temple but there was no word from Godonly silence. Suddenly (but privately) God did speak. An angel of God suddenly appeared to Zacharias as he ministered in the temple and told him of the birth of John the Baptist. Then some wise men in the East saw a star and remembered Balaams prophecy and began to travel to the place of the Lords birth. The angels of the Lord appeared to the shepherds. And then shortly Simeon and Anna had their longed-for privilege to see and hold the Salvation of the Lordbut most of the world was oblivious to the voice of God. John said, And the Word was made esh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Jn. 1:14). God was no longer silent! JESUS CAME AS PROMISED. Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa.7:14). He came when the world least expected Him (1 Thess. 5:2) He CAME as a thief comes [unwanted & unexpected]. He came when there was no place for Him in the world (See Luke 2:7)there WAS no room for Him in the worlds scheme of things. We must trust God. I remember hearing of a mans dream in which he imagined that when he died he was taken by the angels to a beautiful temple. After admiring it for a time he discovered that one little stone was left out. He said to the angel, What is this stone left out for? The angel replied, That was left out for you; but you wanted to do great things, and so there was no room left for you. He was startled and awoke, and resolved that he would become a worker for God, and that man always worked faithfully after that.Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. We must herald His name and bring light into this world of confusion: Arthur Balfour, the British statesman and premier, who died in 1930, was giving a lecture at Edinburgh University on the subject, The Moral Values Which Unite Mankind. In the audience was a student from Japan who was busily taking notes. In his masterly way Mr. Balfour presented the different points of unity which bring peoples together: knowledge, commerce, communication, a spirit of brotherhood. A burst of applause followed his conclusion. The chairman arose to thank the speaker, but before a word could be uttered a voice came from the balcony. It was the Japanese student: But, Mr. Balfour, What about Jesus Christ? The breathless silence indicated that the audience felt this was just a rebuke. A leading statesman of a world empire that is supposed to be Christian had not said a word about the one and onl y source of peace and unity in the worldour Lord.Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations. JESUS COMES AS PROMISED. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands o f his saints (Jude 1:14). He came when the world least expected Him to come (1 Thess. 5:2)He returns when the world thinks not (Lu. 12:40). He came when there was no place for Him in the world (See Luke 2:7) there is still no room for Him. Just as Peter foretold, our land is lled with scoffersthis is not new (2 Pet. 3:3, 4). Understand that those who scoff are holding onto this world and do not wish to let go. In their world there is no room for Jesus. But we should live as if everything we strive for materially will explode eventually. If that is the case, what should our priority be? Rabbi Chaim Herzog, a prominent scholar and lover of the Torah lives in the old section o f Jerusalem in a small apartment containing only a chair, desk, and bed. Rabbi, is this your house? asked a lady from New Yor k who had come to visit him. Yes, replied the Rabbi. Well, where is your furniture? The Rabbi looked at this wealthy American lady and said, Wheres your furniture? I didnt bring my furniture, she said. Im just traveling. Ah, the Rabbi smiled, so am I.Jon Coursons Application Commentary. Surely I come quickly, Jesus said (See Revelation 22:20), to which the cynics and scoffers reply, Quickly? Its been two thousand years! But in the Lords economy one thousand years being a dayHes onl y been gone two days. And Hes coming bac k on the third: Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (Hos. 6:1, 2). Christmas re ections from the pulpit
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam recognized Allen and Nicki Smith, owners and operators of Southern Accent Farm of Okeechobee, Fla., as the recipients of the 2012 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the award recognizes agricultural enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovated and progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Deroose Plants, Inc., also received recognition for conservation and sustainability. Agriculture is not your stereotypical Norman Rockwell painting, said Commissioner Putnam. These operations are just two examples of how the industry is using hightech solutions and innovation to maintain its position as one of the states strongest economic pillars, but also ensure that the natural resources Florida is known for are available for generations to come. Southern Accent Farm is a purebred Brangus and commercial cattle operation, which utilizes a full suite of water quality best management practices, allowing the farm to harness the natural pressure of an artesian well to supply a series of water troughs to their pastures. The ranch is also home to the largest commercial solar array in the Glades Electric Coops territory, producing enough electricity for the operations of the 824-acre ranch using solar energy. Commissioner Putnam recognized Southern Accent Farm as well as Deroose Plants, Inc., with the awards at the Florida Farm Bureau Federations Fall Annual Meeting October 24-26, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. For more information about the Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award, visit www. orida-agriculture.com/business / awards/agenviron/. Visit www.GoBrangus. com to learn more about the bene ts o f Brangus genetics. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 Today: Clear. High of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Tonight: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph. Extended ForecastMonday : Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 77F. Winds less than 5 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 52F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night : Partly cloudy. Low o f 64F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday : Overcast. High of 77F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Second Place, Tonis Chic Boutique, 123 S W Park Street. Third Place, Colour Me Craz y Salon, 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite G. Honorable Mention: Mixon Real Estate Group, 1306 S.W. 2nd Avenue and The Brown Co w Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park Street. Outside Display: First Place, Pats Floral, 300 N Parrott Avenue. Second Place, The Heritage Assisted Living Facility, 608 N.E. 2nd Avenue. Thanks to all businesses that participated in this event and gave the City of Okeechobee a holiday air! WINDOWContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee NewsAllen and Nicki Smith, owners of Accent Farm, are recipients of the 2012 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award. Brangus producer receives environmental leadership award of stolen valuableswhich could include GPS units, cell phones, change and compact discs. 2. DONT ANNOUNCE YOUR INTENTIONS : Dont tell people on your e-mail auto response that you will be gone. Also, dont announce your travel intentions by w ord of mouth, voice mail, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. Only tell a few select and trusted friends and family members so they can check on your home for you. 3. KEEP YOUR PLANS TO YOURSELF : Dont tell the world that youre having a blast in the islands and plan on going snorkeling tomorrow, for example. 4. RETRIEVE YOUR HOME MESSAGES : Dont let your answering machine or v oice mail get full. This could be an indicator that you arent home. 5. QUIET YOUR PHONE : Turn the ringer down so it cant be heard from the outside. 6. TELL LAW ENFORCEMENT YOURE LEAVING : Tell the sheriffs of ce or the Okeechobee City Police Department, if you live in the city, that you will be gone. Contact local law enforcement before you leave and ask them to check on your home while y oure gone. 7. STOP ALL DELIVERIES : This should include parcel packages, mail and newspaper deliveries. 8. DONT LEAVE YOUR DRIVEWAY EMPTY : Have a trusted neighbor or friend park in your driveway while you are away. 9. DONT FORGET TRASH DAY : Have a trusted neighbor or friend put the trash out in front of your home on trash day, then put the empty trash receptacle away. 10. CHECK THE FRONT DOOR : Have a trusted neighbor or friend check the front door for unsolicited iers, bills and parcel packages and then remove them. 11. USE A TIMER : Put indoor and/or outdoor lights, televisions and radios on timers. Also, make sure those are timed for the appropriate hours. 12. CHECK DOORS AND WINDOWS : Before you leave, make sure all of the windows and doors to your home are locked and secured. 13. DONT FORGET FAMILY MEMBERS : Always let trusted family members know your travel plans. This includes departure and arrival times, and your mode of travel. If your plans change, let someone know. 14. CHECK YOUR INSURANCE : If traveling by vehicle, check with your auto insurance carrier to make sure you are covered in another state. 15. LOCK THE DOOR : Make sure the last person out of your house locks the door. Then, when you arrive home, be sure to: inspect the interior and exterior of your home for criminal activity; let law enforcement know you are home; resume mail and newspaper deliveries; and, immediately check all billing statements to ensure their accuracy. SAFETYContinued From Page 1 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced it will increase the amount of water owing from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River in response to rising lake levels. Beginning Saturday (Dec. 22), the Corps will adjust the target ow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee Estuary upward to a 7-day average of 1,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock (S-79) near Fort Myers. Local runoff outside the lake into the Caloosahatchee River could cause ows to exceed this target. No releases are planned to the St. Lucie Estuary, although runoff from the St. Lucie Canal will continue to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as needed. The release is roughly half of what is currently authorized under the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), the master plan for water management of the lake. The lake has risen over the past two weeks due to signi cant precipitation in the area. The stage today is 15.16 feet. This is a very challenging water management scenario, said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District deputy commander for south Florida. Wet conditions have caused the lake to rise, and while we face a dry seasonal forecast, there is a wet multi-seasonal forecast. This action puts the Corps in a position where releases can be increased if wet conditions continue, or decreased if dry conditions develop, with minimal impact to the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The Corps will closely monitor conditions and adjust ows as necessary to balance the competing needs and purposes of Lake Okeechobee. For more information on water level and ows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps water management page at the Jacksonville District website: http://w3.saj. usace.army.mil/h2o/reports.htm Corps increases ows from lake Garbage collection delayedDue to the Christmas holiday on Tuesday, collection of residential garbage will be on the delayed holiday schedule. When Christmas falls on a weekday, pickup is delayed one day for the remainder of the week.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.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.Christine W. Elliott, 100LABELLE Christine W. Elliott, passed away Dec. 20, 2012 in Lehigh Acres. She was born Jan. 13, 1912 in Mill Town, Ga., to the late Charles James and the late Emma Caroline (Patten) Wheeler. She was a former resident of Okeechobee, Pahokee and Canal Point. Christine was a former Trustee of Barron Library and Past President of United Methodist Women. She also was a member of Friends of the Library, LaBelle Beauti cation Committee, Pahokee & Clewiston Garden Clubs, LaBelle Heritage Museum and Alpha Sigma Phi in LaBelle. Christine was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include her son, Michael J. (Sherry) Elliott of LaBelle, Jess P. (Sharon) Elliott of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Joseph (Mette) Elliott, Susan (Michael) Lilley of LaBelle, Merry Lynne(Kent) Mathis of Jacksonville, Jennifer Evans and Mandy (Tom) Bird; great-grandchildren, Jared Mathis, Micah Mathis, Brandon Mathis and Lindsey Bird and nieces & nephews, She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jess M. Elliott; son, Charles Elliott, and four siblings. A graveside funeral service will be held Wed. Dec. 26, 2012, 11 a.m. at Port Mayaca Cemetery, Canal Point with Rev. Joe Wallace of ciating. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013, 2 pm at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle with Rev. John Bennett of ciating.James Edward Petrick, 60OKEECHOBEE James Edward Petrick of Okeechobee passed away Dec. 18, 2012 at his home. He was born August 4, 1952 in Oak Park, Illinois. He came to Okeechobee from Brooksville twelve years ago. He had a lifelong career in General Aviation. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Buckhead Ridge #2417. Mr. Petrick was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary Petrick. He is survived by his brother, John Petrick (Virginia) of Tampa, FL; two sisters, Susan Thomas of Sarasota, FL and Linda Petrick of Hillsborough, NC; nieces, Julie Neidhart (B.J.) of Washington, D.C., Mary Petrick of Tampa, FL, Katie Thomas of Vail, CO and Jennifer Robbins (Brian) and their son, Graham of Durham, NC; nephew, John Edward Petrick of Tampa, FL; and lifelong love, Maureen Morley. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book and leave a message of condolence at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. 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The event is open to the public.Peace Lutheran ChurchThere will be no 8:30 a.m. service at Peace Lutheran Church Sunday morning Dec. 23 There will be only one service at 10:30 a.m. It will be a special Sunday School Production involving the children and youth of the church.Masonic Lodge Breakfast The Masonic Lodge Breakfast will be held Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 a.m. 11 a.m. located at the Masonic Lodge at 107 N.W. 5th St. Breakfast will be $6 for all the xings. Public is welcome and carry outs available all proceeds to local Mason Giving.Calvary Chapel of OkeechobeeCalvary Chapel of Okeechobee will celebrate the worlds greatest Birthday on Dec. 24 with a candlelight Christmas Eve service beginning at 7 p.m. Please join us for an evening of worship and the word as we remember the night the Light of the World came to dwell among us. For directions and questions please call the church of ce at 863-467-0863. Our usual Sunday service will begin at 10 a.m. and all who have a hunger and thirst for the word of God are always welcome to fellowship with us.Buckhead Ridge Moose hosts Christmas dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge 2417 at 1016 Linda Road, will host a Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 25, from noon5:30 p.m. Dinner will include ham and turkey with all the xings for a $7 donation. Proceeds to bene t Moose Charities.Okeechobee Shrine ClubThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will not hold their Spaghetti Dinners on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kip at 863-357-0427.Okeechobee Ministerial AssociationParty In the Park! Sunday, Dec. 30 3 p.m. Under the tent in Flagler Park #4. Live Music, complimentary meal and fellowship. Sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association. For more information contact Nancy Vaughan, 863-763-4021 or Jim Benton of Faith Farm Ministries 863-763-4224.COPD Support Group meetsThe COPD Support Group will meet at Raulerson Hospital in the Inservice Classroom on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call 863-8242702.Coffee with the Commissioner on Jan. 8Coffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. noon, and will be held at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park Street. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.The Heritage sponsors a Stroke Support GroupThe Heritage Assisted Living Facility will be hold a Stroke Support Group on Jan. 9 5:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility located at 608 N.E. 2nd Ave. The speaker will be Muhammad Nooruddin, physical therapist, from New American Physical Therapy. Refreshments will be served and daycare services will be provided during session at no cost. There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public, families, and patients. For ore information feel free to call 867-763-1700.Yatchette hosts golf tourneyThe Okeechobee Yatchette Club is sponsoring a Blind Draw Golf Tournament Scramble at the Blue Heron Golf Course on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. to bene t our Okeechobee High School Scholarship Fund and our Senior Citizens Fund. $40.00 per person with lunch and prizes following at Good Spirits lounge. Sign up to play at Good Spirits lounge, Blue Heron Golf Course, or at the Big 0 RV Resort lot #44 or lot #201. A Calcutta will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, at Good Spirits lounge at 7:00 p.m. For information, call Tommy at 954-258-3258, or Garry at 863-532-9033, or Suzzie at 352-209-9582.North VFW Christmas eventsShare your Christmas Holiday at the North VFW Post #4423, 300 NW 34th St. Monday, D & K Karaoke (Danny & Kathy) will be hosting Christmas Eve karaoke 5 p.m. On Christmas Day, Bill will be serving a Ham Dinner 1-3 p.m. (free to post members and $6.50 donation to non-members) and D & K Karaoke will provide dinner music and karaoke following dinner. We hope to see you there. Proceeds go towards Veterans Assistance Programs. Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas.Texaco sponsors Santa visitCome see Santa at the Okeechobee Texaco on 441 S. Special holiday events will be: Sunday, Dec. 23 Movie Night 5-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 Gifts 5-9 p.m.OREA offers holiday ornaments for saleThe Okeechobee Retired Educators Association has their 2012 Historical Christmas Ornament for sale. This year the ornament honors the historic Okeechobee City Hall and is available for $15 from any OREA member or contact Gay Carlton, President of OREA at 863-763-5755. Proceeds bene t scholarships that we award to an OHS student planning on going into education. Previous year ornaments are also available in limited numbers for $10. The 2008 edition features the Okeechobee County Court House, the 2010 is of the Tantie School House and 2011 was of the FEC train station. Get them while they last! Community Events
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobRe-Roofing Specialists Metal & Shingle Roofs Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Dec. 21ST Thurs., Dec. 27THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: THE HOBBIT: THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEYFri.& Tues. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: JACK REACHERFri.&Tues. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: ARGOFri. &Tues. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG-13 R Starting Dec. 25Parental GuidanceOpen Christmas Night for 7&9 shows 3235 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee( Located at the Lakeview Inn Plaza Next To Okeechobee Thrift Store, Treasure Island)Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Hours: Tues, Wed & Sun 6am to 2pm Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 6am to 8pm CLOSED MONDAYS(863) 824-0347 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 7 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 My what a difference a week makes! Prices rebounded on all cattle this week. Last sale of the year and buyers needing cattle, translated into a big jump in prices. Cows and bulls were $3-5 higher. Calves were $3-5 higher, even $10 higher on lighter-weight calves. A little rain and snow out west in wheat country sure helped. Lazy J P Ranch, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.75 bought by Foy Reynolds. Peeples Family Ranch, Moore Haven, topped the cow market with a high of 85.00 bought by Central Beef. We have 87 head of Crossbred Cows, 5-10 years old, bred to Angus and Charolais bulls to calve in the spring, $1100. Call Jeff or Todd at the of ce. See ya next year! Todd Mission hosts Christmas Toy DriveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their 17th annual Toy Drive for underprivileged children in the community. They screen families for needs and the gifts are to be put under their tree Christmas morning. They are in need for gifts for all ages from one day old to teens. Donations can be toys, gifts, stores gift cards or monetary donations made out to Big Lake Mission Outreach. Donations will be accepted until Christmas day. Individuals may also adopt a family. For more information please call 863-7635725. Pick up and receipts are available upon request. Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863-763-2984 907 NW Park St Okeechobee www.eliswesternwear.comAt this special time of year, We wish you contentment, joy and cheer; Trimmed with a measure of gratitude, too For good friends and neighbors just like you! Thinking of You At Christmas Elis Western Wear, INC 8 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSOHS HOSA help Toys for TotsOn Dec. 14 OHS HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) of Okeechobee High School went on a eld trip to the East Cost Migrant Head Start day care. The members of HOSA played and participated in fun activities while Santa and Mrs. Claus made rounds to each room with gifts for each child. Members of HOSA provided treats and refreshments to the children and played with them on the playground. All of the children had a blast and were saddened to see members go. All the members had a blast as well and are excited for the trip next year. Special to the Okeechobee NewsA spirit- lled nightChristmas caring and sharing: the youth of the First United Methodist Church hosted a Christmas Party for the residents of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. A carol sing, telling of the Christmas story, yummy ice cream oats, gifts and great fellowship combined for a great spirit lled night. These youth visit the facility once a month and have developed a deep personal connection with the residents. Shown at right, enjoying a root beer oat are Mrs. Margaret Middleton (95 years old) and youth Vanessa Watt. Above, the group leadsthe carol sing
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Just like at Publix, you can depend on our helpful, knowledgeable Publix Pharmacy associates. To truly care about you and your health. Give you answers on prescription and over-the-counter medications. And work hard to help you feel better. Trust us to have your best interests at heartincluding ways to save money, with these FREE medications: antibiotics,* lisinopril,** and metformin.*** Publix at Northlake Village 3551 US Highway 441 S. OkeechobeePharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. 8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Pharmacy Phone number: 863.763.0428Everything you love about Publix. And more.Publix Pharmacy now open at Northlake Village.publix.com/pharmacy *Up to a 14-day supply of select antibiotics. **All strengths included. Maximum 30-day supply (60 tablets). Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded. *** All strengths of generic immediate-release metformin included. Maximum 30-day supply (90 tablets). 9 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESStudent of the WeekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Dec. 3-7 include; kindergarten students, Ashley Laster, Dakota Babineau, Toure Kahl, Brooke Courson, Mauricio Montoya, Hailey Hernandez; rst grade students, Justice Reese, Rozalyn Roberts, Colten Collins, Nancy Lopez, Tanner St. Pierre, Darren Colwes; second grade students, Christian Correa-Mendoza, Toby Leslie, Betsabeth Luviano, Niyah Martinez, Alicia Delgado, Dante Maldonado; third grade students, James Hamilton, Tyler St. Pierre, Teresa Ramirez, Thalia SanMartin, Isaac Cardoso; Fourth grade students, Daisy Lujana, Destini Becerra, Ronald King, Joshua Baldwin, Jacob Lawrence; fth grade students, Bianca Fulks, Braxton Berryman, Araceli Ruiz, Shelby Hannah. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the weekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Nov. 30: Maria Lugo Torres, Selena Rivera, Emma Wilkerson, Hannah Lewis, Daisy Baltazar, Zeb Wilkerson, Monica Luviano, Kalinah Luna, Justin Burns, Yesica Olvera, Preston Rush, Eric Villalobos, Artemio Virto, Moises Fernandez, Justin Telez, Daniel Tindall, Leonardo Rodriguez, Elyssa Gaucin, Isaac Jones, Alex Santibanez, Jose Alcoser, Wilton Williams, Alexis Rosas, Bianca Pelayo, Chase Russell, Brianna Windham, Bryanna Castillo and Brian Estrada.
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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be uponhis shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 M M e r r y C h r i s t m a s f r o m t h e s t a f f a n d s t u d e n t s o f O k e e c h o b e e C h r i s t i a n A c a d e m y 12 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTaylor Fulford and Teresa Chandler cochaired the inaugural JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) walk in Okeechobee County. The 5 K walk was held on Nov. 17 in Flagler Park, bringing out over 100 walkers and guests. The walk began with the Okeechobee High School ROTC presenting colors and Judd Harris singing the Star Spangled Banner for the audience. Taylor Fulford spoke to the audience about her passion to do the walk because of being diagnosed with diabetes when she was 14. Taylor wanted to create awareness for the JDRF foundation in Okeechobee, to let residents know what the services are available to families and also raise money toward the cause. When Taylor called me to help her on this project, I just couldnt say no, said Teresa Chandler B.R.A.T. Club President/Founder, W aste Management Community Relations. It is amazing to have a young person with a drive to help others and Taylor is a prime example to others, says Teresa Chandler. The walk was coordinated with a dedicated committee including; Christina Fulford, Lloyd DeVoss, Kaylen Fulford, Matt Buxton, Jennifer Ranftle, Sheriff Paul May, Delores May, Keith Stripling, Malissa Morgan, Courtney Moyett, Tiffany Peters, Teresa and Trisha Lara. Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life and can lead to serious and often life-threatening complications. The goal of JDRF is to fund research in the search of a cure for diabetes and until that time, provide better treatments for those impacted by the disease. The JDRF walk raised over $8,000 thanks to the presenting sponsor; Waste Management and the following sponsors; $500 level CAF Fulford Cattle, Team Sweet, Team Taylor, $250 level A Childs World, CenterState Bank, LC Cattle, Raulerson Hospital, Seacoast National Bank, Todd Jones, Walgreens, Xtreme Property Services, Inc., $100 level Brandon Parks, Doctors Clinic, Eileen Casian, Farm Bureau Insurance, Kiwanis of Okeechobee, Law Of ces of Gerald Lefebvre, Perry Pest Protection, Rhoden Family, Riverside Land Maintenance, Inc., and the In-kind level B.R.A.T. Club, Inc., Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, City of Okeechobee, DP Productions, Eastcoast Signs & Shirts, Haircuttery, Hampton Inn, Okeechobee City Police Okeechobee County Sheriff, Okeechobee News, WOKC, One Stop Party Shop, Papa Johns, Seminole Sign Company, St. Lucie Mets and Wagon Wheel Horse Farm LLC. Thank you Okeechobee for all of your support and donations toward juvenile diabetes research! You helped to make a young womans dream come true! For more information on JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), please call Annie Noble at 561-686-7701; email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the JDRF chapter site at www.jdrf.org/greaterpalmbeach. 2012 Juvenile Diabetes W alk raises over $8,000 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTaylor Fulford and Teresa Chandler co-chaired the inaugural JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) walk in Okeechobee County on Nov. 17.
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Take comfort in knowing that if a patient requires alternative, specialized treatment, we have an immediate and seamless transfer process with our sister HCA facilities on the Treasure Coast: Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. That is why we are here delivering quality care when you need us most. Our state-of-the-art facility provides shorter average wait time, consistently below the national average. You can even let us know you are coming by using the new iNotify feature from iTriage.EMERGENCIES DONT WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS ...OR HOLIDAYS. We Treat Kids Too! 13 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 You may know or have heard of someone whos completed a stress test. But do y ou know what it is? A stress test is primarily a preventive tool to help you and y our doctor gage the health of your heart. They are important as w e get older so that w e make sure that our health is on the right track. How your body responds to aerobic exercise tells a physician a lot about your health. During a cardiac stress test, electrodes are attached to the patients chest and the technician measures his or her resting heart rate. Next, the patient is asked to walk on a treadmill or pedal on a stationary bike. The level of dif culty such as the incline of the treadmill or the resistance of the bike pedals is increased at various intervals. The heart rate increases accordingly, and this reaction is measured in several ways. Technicians carefully observe the patients endurance and ability to breathe comfortably, while data is collected about his heart rate and blood pressure. After, this data is compared to normal levels for the patients age and gender. Who needs a stress test? According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a stress test is usually administered to those at risk of developing coronary heart disease, but there are many other reasons your physician may want you to be tested. You may be a candidate for a cardiac stress test if: you smoke, someone in your family has a history of coronary artery stenosis, you or someone in your family has a history of hypertension diabetes, you or someone in your family has a history of high cholesterol. If you cannot comfortably walk or bike for the prescribed period of time, for example, its time to investigate why. These results help your physician determine what to do next, such as further testing. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately or have someone rush you to the nearest emergency room. To learn more, visit Raulerson Hospitals website. You can also contact us with questions, concerns or for a physician referral by calling our free Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-763-9228. Cardiac Stress Tests: When and why theyre performed Special to the Okeechobee NewsHoliday decorationsOkeechobee Senior Services was visited by Norma Jones from Area Agency on Aging who helped decorate the tree and dining hall. Pictured from left to right are Arlene Huff, a Great Volunteer at our center, Norma Jones seated, and our Meal Site Coordinator April Hass. Thanks to Lynda Sweat for all the RED and GREEN tree decorations. Happy Holidays!
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RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR Okeechobee email@example.com 15 Okeechobee News December 23, 2012 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). Leonel Ruiz, 21, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 20 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of v iolation of probation possession of marijuana with intent to purchase and violation of probation possession of marijuana. He is being held without bond. Daniel Mejia Roblero, 17, Center St., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 20 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County juvenile take-and-hold warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation attempted burglary and the misdemeanor of violation of probation trespass of school grounds. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. Penny Lyn Bickel, 35, Summit Place Circle, West Palm Beach, was arrested Dec. 20 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on an amended DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation failure to return hired or leased property. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT 8900 block of S.E. 65th Way 100 block of U.S. 98 N. BURGLARY 13000 block of N.E. 18th Way (vehicle) 3600 block of U.S. 441 S. 3600 block of U.S. 441 S. 3600 block of U.S. 441 S. 13000 block of N.E. 22nd Ave. (vehicle) 3300 block of N.W. 37th Ave. (vehicle) 200 block of N.E. 62nd Ave. 400 block of N.W. Park St. 900 block of N.W. 36th St. 500 block of N.E. 31st Terrace CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 4100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. FRAUD 3200 block of S.E. 25th St. ROBBERY 1700 block of U.S. 441 N. 7200 block of N.W. 84th Court THEFT 4000 block of S.E. 27th St., (cash) 2600 block of N.W. Seventh St. 3600 block of N.W. First St. (identity) 9800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. (vehicle) VANDALISM 2700 block of N.W. 42nd Ave. (mailbox) OCSO Investigations By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail after she was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 1 gram of suspected methamphetamine. Morningstar Whitewater, 27, Sunshine Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 20, on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was also charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both of those charges are misdemeanors. Whitewater is being held in the county jail on $7,000 bond. The woman was arrested after the car in which she was a passenger w as stopped by detectives with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force for a seat belt violation. A task force detectives arrest report stated that the 1998 Buick four-door vehicle w as searched after another passenger in the auto appeared to be very nervous. The detective said the vehicle and the three people in it w ere all searched but nothing was found. However, continued the report, a plastic tube containing an unknown residue was found in Whitewaters purse. That tube has been sent to the Indian River Crime Lab for analysis. Another task force detective and their K-9 Remi conducted a free-air sniff of the vehicles exterior. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of ce K-9 reportedly indicated a positive alert to the underside of the car at the right-rear passenger door. The detective stated that Whitewater was sitting in that position when the vehicle was stopped. The detective then looked under the car and allegedly found a cigarette pack and an eyeglass case. Inside the cigarette pack was a substance that, when eld tested, indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. According to the report a suspicious substance was also found inside the eyeglass case. When eld tested, that substance reportedly indicated a positive result for the presence of amphetamine. The suspected pot weighed 2 grams, while the suspected meth weighed 1 gram. Also found in the eyeglass kit was a cut drinking straw and a cotton swab, added the detectives report. K-9 Remi then sniffed all three passengers in the vehicle and Whitewater was the only one to which Remi gave a positive alert, pointed out the detective. W oman faces drug charges Morningstar Whitewater
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Williams, His Wife; Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Nominee for AEGIS Wholesale Corporation; Riverside National Bank of Florida d/b/a Riverside National Bank; Prime Acceptance Corp.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated December 5, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA 000700 of the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein OneWest Bank, FSB, Plaintiff and Robert A. Williams a/k/a Robert Williams and Kristy M. Williams, His Wife are defendant(s), I, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in the Jury Assembly Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 beginning at 11:00 A.M. on February 20, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 130, FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 23, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. 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MurphyOkeechobee News Yearling swept the season series again with Osceola as they employed a number of trapping defensive schemes to overwhelm the Warriors 49-23 in boys basketball on Wednesday at the Osceola gym. The Bulls scored the rst 12 points of the game and kept the pressure on the Warriors all night with full-court pressure and half-court traps. Yearling Coach Mike Wharin said he felt his team played well and executed what they've been asked to do in practice. They switched to a new offense after a recent coaching change and seemed to have more open lanes to the basket in this game. The kids have responded well. We had a meeting after the change and everyone got on board. We sing off the same sheet of music," he added. His game plan has been to use all of his athletes and keep the pace of the game up. In this game his starters played in the rst and third quarters and his reserves played in the second and fourth quarters. He said all of the kids wanted to play their rival school and deserved some playing time. Andrivious Stallworth and Lamar Williams both had 12 points to lead the Bulls. JaJuan Cherry led Osceola with six steals, three rebounds and two assists. Yearling led 22-5 at halftime and 37-13 after the third quarter. Juan Yae Ford said the backups on the team played well in this game. He said they know Osceola isn't as talented but they just try to go out there, do their jobs, and move on. "I hope we can keep up the pace and win the rest of our games and go to high school happy," he explained. Ford said the team still needs to work on getting the ball to their inside players and need to move the ball quicker to the open man on offense. Antawyn Fludd said he felt Yearling could have scored over 60 points in this game but missed too many free throws, layups and jump shots. He said the team did a good job on defense and took advantage of Osceola's youth and inexperience. "I felt the score could have been higher. If we keep it up I feel we can be undefeated the rest of the way. The team hates to lose," he added. Fludd suffered a broken wrist in September but hasn't let that stop him during the basketball year. He said he also tries to help the younger players on the team so they are ready to play next year. Yearling basketball team beats Osceola By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys soccer team put a scare into unbeaten Sebastian River Wednesday before they fell 2-0 in Sebastian. Tyler Selph had four saves and Fernando Perez added three in the Brahman net. Coach Lonnie Sears said the team gured out some of their defensive woes as they place Jose Ponce De Leon on the backline and moved other players around. "Other than a mental mistake that gave them their rst goal we played well back there. We played an evenly matched game with an unbeaten team," he stated. OHS had 11 shots on goal while Sebastian had 10 shots on net. "We were just unlucky about putting the ball in the net. Their goal keeper made some unbelievable saves for them," he stated. Aaron Roberson scored the two goals for the Sharks, (8-0-3). OHS fell to (5-4-2). Osceola Middle School girls basketball lost to Sebastian Middle 40-16 on Tuesday. Mariah Mosley had ve points while Breaira Smith and Alyssa Howard added four points apiece. Coach John Carroll said Sebastian was a very physical and aggressive team, "We were not able to match their intensity. The girls never quit and continued to play hard but were unable to keep pace with them." The OHS junior varsity wrestling team nished third at a tournament last Saturday. Sebastian Fulleda (152 pounds), Trenton Moutschka (182) and Cory Vickers (220) all won their weight divisions at the Jensen Beach JV Classic. Eric Gaiton (170) and Jacob Dupree (195) both took second place in their weight class. Ozmani Robles (195) and Alexander Bryan (138) took third place in their weight class. Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation's Youth Basketball League will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 11, 2013. Registration is $45 per child and is being conducted at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex). The league will consist of boys and girls in three divisions: 10 & under, 12 & under, and 14 & under. Birth certi cates must be presented when registering. The age determination date is March 15, 2013. A clinic for rst time players is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Yearling Middle School gymnasium as follows: 10 & under at 9:30 a.m., 12 & under at 10:30 a.m. and 14 & under at 11:30 a.m. Games are played locally and are tentativel y scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 26. Please call 863-763-6950 for more information. There will be an organizational meeting for adult league ag football on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center. Fees are $350 per team, due Jan. 25. The season starts in February. For more information call 863-763-6950. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Jajuan Cherry of Osceola (right) looks for an open teammate during the boys basketball game Wednesday.
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