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Friday, October 25, 2013 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 104 No. 128 15.46 feetLast Year: 15.84 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Major shing tournaments planned for Lake Okeechobee are expected to boost the local economy this winter. At the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Kathy Scott of the Tourism Development Council requested approval for three tournaments. The county commission approved a host agreement with B.A.S.S., LLC for the 2014 Carhartt College B.A.S.S. Series Tournament, Jan. 3-4, 2014, with total expenditures to the county to not exceed $15,000. The funding expenses include the B.A.S.S. host fee of $10,000 and other expenses. The host fee is on a sliding scale, depending on the number of entrants, so it may be less than $10,000, Ms. Scott said. Other expenses include hotel accommodations for tournament staff, security and the registration meeting. Sponsor organizations such as the TDC pay host fees to the tournaments to attract these big events to the community. The money for the host expenses comes from the Tourist Development Council budget which is funded through the Tourist Tax (also known as the Fishing tourneys to boost economy District goals include higher Reading scores, lower drop out rates and end to bullying By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee School Board members got a rare opportunity to brainstorm for the mission and goals of the school system as they held a special meeting Tuesday for development of a strategic plan. School Board member Joe Arnold expressed frustration with reading skills. He said a main goal should be all students reading on grade level in the third grade. He said this has an impact on the entire educational experience, drop out rates, graduation rates, etc. The 2012-2013 strategic plan goals included the promotion and encouragement of improved student achievement, to prepare students to be college and career ready, to maintain or increase active partnerships with all stakeholders and to provide a safe and secure educational environment. The district did not meet the goal for having kids score at level 3 or above on the FCAT at each school with more students able to meet or exceed the state average. The goal of having a 2 percent increase in the number of students who have reached high standards on FCAT reading was not met. The goal of a 2 percent increase in students at high levels on FCAT science was also not met. The graduation rate did increase above district goal and the drop out rate also dropped lower than the district hoped. The district had a D grade in 2013 after three consecutive years with a C grade. Forty-six percent of students were satisfactory or higher in reading, 51 percent in math, 41 percent in writing, and 46 percent in science. There were dramatic decreases around the state on writing scores. The lowest performing students did make gains in reading, and math. David Williams said he would like a decrease in the drop out rate. He wants kids to be ready for college or a career but mostl y expressed a desire to make sure they stay in school. Another goal of his is to make sure School board develops strategic plan Halloween events planned ... Page 5 OCT to present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ ... Page 10 Special to the Okeechobee News/ B.A.S.S.B.A.S.S. named Lake Okeechobee one of the top “topwater” lakes, the bodies of water where topwater plugs get more than their share of attention from bass. See FISH — Page 8 See SCHOOL — Page 8


Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northeast wind around 5 mph.Extended ForecastSaturday : Sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night : Mostly clear, with a lo w around 60. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Sunday : Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday Night : Mostly clear, with a lo w around 61. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Monday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Monday Night : Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 64. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday : A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North northeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Whats your favorite spot to take photographs in the Lake Okeechobee area? Do you frequent a storm water treatment area, a state park, an animal attraction? Do you stop on the side of the road to take photos of wildlife or owers? Share your favorite photos with the contest! Speci cations: Submit digital photos as jpg images, at least 8 inches wide and at least 200 dpi (or larger). Include your name, email address, where the photo was taken and what you like best about taking photos there. Photos must be taken in the Lake Okeechobee area, which includes Palm Beach County, Martin County, Okeechobee County, Hendry County and Glades County. Email your entry (with photos as jpg attachments) to GO@newszap.com. Contest deadline is Oct. 25, 2013. Sponsored by: A Guide to Area Entertainment & Atrractions e best photos will be featured in future editions of Going Out: A Guide to Area Attractions and Entertainment. 2 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsWorld Food Day celebrated On Oct. 13, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church collected non-perishable food items for World Food Day. A total of 306 lbs. of food were donated for the Food Pantry. So far this year, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry has provided food for 2,506 families representing 10,085 people. Families encouraged to sign up for Toys for Tots earlyIndividuals and organizations in need of toys for the 2013 season should visit http:// www.okeechobee- .toysfortots.org/ and click on the "toy request" tab. Businesses and organizations interested in serving as drop off sites should also visit the website and request to be a drop off. Toys for Tots will not hold a mass distribution this year. Toys will be distributed to needy families and organizations that submit a request on a " rstcome, rst-served" basis. All requests must be received no later than Nov. 25. If you have any questions, please contact Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852. Okeechobee Forecast


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Understanding I need a little help understanding why people are arrested then turned loose on t heir own for, “Health Problems.” No bond or not even a portion of the bail! He’s NO b etter that the others! If part of the group is in jail on half a million dollars bail, why is one let go due to health problems. A pers on who reportedly makes meth in his own house isn’t worried about the welfare of the people who uses it. Just so you know, I don’t c are about his health. Editor’s note: Nonviol ent offenders with serious health issues w ho are not considered a ight risk are oft en “released on their own recognizance” p ending trial in order to save the taxpayers’ m oney. If they are put in jail, the county i s responsible for their medical expenses w hile they await trial.Critters on the move I have noticed a lot of wild animals around the Lazy 7 neighborhood lately — raccoons, skunks, possums ... even a c oyote. Guess it is the time of year they are more active, looking for food. I read t hat FWC warned people in Highlands and Glades Counties to be careful about the garbage cans because of the bears who are hungrier this time of year. So ... don’t leave any food trash in a garbage can that does not have a locking lid. Raccoons especially are v ery clever about climbing up on things and knocking things over. FWC also advises that garbage cans should not be left on the curb overnight. Wild animals are more active at night. Put the garbage out the morning of pickup. It’s not just that the wild animals will make a big mess of the garbage. They can also carry disease and might get into ghts w ith your pets. So don’t leave garbage out t hat will attract them into your yard.  They are getting active and into trouble. W hen you confront a raccoon they look at y ou as if saying “You talkin’ to me?” Then t hey run away to plot their next adventure.Buildings The Agri-Civic center is a puzzlement. Why did they build it that way? It’s not enclosed so it cannot be a hurricane shelter. It is not set up right for a rodeo arena — chutes are at the wrong end and there is no holding area for cattle or easy way to move livestock in and out. Not great for a horse show — no electric outlets or fans in the barns and when it was rst built there was not even water in the barn with the stalls (guess horses don’t need water). Dirt oor and open to mosquitoes, plus too hot in the summer and cold in the winter means it is no good for concerts. Rain blows in and the whole area gets muddy — makes a mess of graduation. Just what was it designed for? Did they really spend millions just for a place for the livestock show?Meth arrest Stupid is as stupid does. You aren’t supposed to drive an ATV on a public road. There’s a 100 percent chance you’re getting pulled over, yet you carry meth with you?  Why all of a sudden is it meth? So many arrests.  Meth is a lot cheaper than cocaine and oxy ... but meth will eat you from the inside out.Sheriff protests budget Sheriff May is a man of his word. Always has been, always will be. He leads by example.  It is great to have a sheriff you thinks of the people he works with and serves. Glad to see someone stand up for others. God bless all of the sheriff’s of ce personnel. Stay safe. Thank you for your service to Okeechobee County.Halloween I am looking forward to the Halloween event in Flagler Park. I remember how much my family liked going to the park when it was there before the hurricanes. Of course people who don’t like going to the park can still just stay in their own neighborhoods and trick-or-treat. Or go to the fair, since the Legion’s fair will be on Halloween this year.  If you want the Halloween party in the park to be a success, help them out by donating a bag of candy. They will need a lot of candy for all those kids. Don’t just show up to take the candy — do your part by donating some. Baby’s life saved, thanks to blood donorsIn advance of the upcoming 8th Annual Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup to be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 16 and 17, we will publish stories of how donations of blood save people’s lives. This year we have two stories about babies whose lives were saved by generous donors. Here is the rst story: Patty Entry shared the following details about her daughter, Patricia. Patricia was born premature on September 23, 2010. For a 32-week old preemie, she seemed healthy for the rst two or three days until a heart murmur was detected. A pediatric cardiologist was called in and he ordered Patricia be airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital where on Oct. 4 Patricia had open-heart surgery to close three holes in her heart. On Oct. 6, Patricia needed a second open-heart surgery due to a congenital condition called coarctation of the aorta whereby the aorta is narrowed to an abnormal width. Coarctations are most common where the aorta — the major artery leading away from the heart — arches toward the abdomen and legs. The aortic arch may be small in babies with coarctations. Those babies with severe coarctations, like Patricia, may develop serious problems soon after birth because not enough blood can get through the aorta to the rest of their body. Unfortunately, coarctations cannot be prevented because they are usually present at birth but, if detected early, can be monitored and treated. During Patricia’s second surgery, due to loss of blood she was given a blood transfusion that included blood coagulation factor VII, one of the proteins that cause blood to clot, to help control bleeding. Patricia is only three years old and she has had ve surgeries already. Her coarctation of the aorta will be monitored for narrowing and her aorta can be opened back up by a heart catheterization so hopefully she will not require any more heart surgeries. Patty has four children at home and is thankful for the donation of blood that helped save the life of her youngest child. Patty and her family believe that it is critically important that people who are able to donate blood will take the time to do so because no one knows who the next person is that will need a life-saving blood transfusion. You can be someone’s hero and donat e blood at the 8th Annual Okeechobee 600 Blood Roundup. This year’s theme is th e “Okeechobee 600” where we are racing to save lives with a goal of 600 units collected in two days. The main race event will be held on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Freshman Campus. A pre-race event on Nov. 9 at the Ford, Chev y and Dodge dealerships, is open to blood donors who will be attending the NASCA R event and, therefore, unable to attend th e main event the following week. Tickets to Homestead Miami Speedway will be awarded at the Nov. 9 drive. All blood donors at th e pre-race and main race events will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and refreshments. Susan Williams October 25, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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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! Special to the Okeechobee NewsPatricia is only three years old and she has had ve surgeries already. Friends of the Okeechobee Library to elect of cersThe Friends of the Okeechobee Library will elect of cers on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the library. This meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 863-763-3536.


Trick-or-treat is Oct. 31The Okeechobee County community will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31. An adult should accompany youngsters who go trickor-treating. All trick-or-treaters should be off the streets by 9 p.m. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce offers the following advice for Halloween trick-or-treating:  When the kids go to the front door, stay close by and watch carefully;  If the front light is out but the house has Halloween decorations, there is a good chance that they have no more candy;  If the lights are out and there are no decorations, the people most likely have no candy to give;  Carry a small, portable rst aid kit for those little cuts and injuries; and,  Many people bring their dogs with them and dress them up in costumes such as a hot dog or a devil. Instruct the kids to ask the owner of they can pet the animal BEFORE they do. There is a good chance that the animal is embarrassed to be in a costume and may want to take it out on a kid.Churches host ‘Trunk or Treat’ at Flagler ParkOkeechobee Baptist Church, Oakview Baptist Church, The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, More 2 Life Ministries, Abiding Hope and Life Community Church will host “Trunk or Treat” in Flagler Park on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Church members have been asked to bring in bags of wrapped candy and they welcome help from the community. Local families who don’t get a lot of “trick-or-treaters” in their neighborhoods are also invited to park their cars and hand out candy. The City of Okeechobee will close the streets between Flagler Parks 2-6 as a matter of public safety. Those who plan to give out candy are asked to look for the men in orange at the park, who will direct them w here to park or set up. To volunteer help, or for more information, contact Pastor Jacob Hicks, pastor of recreation and children at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 863763-2171, Ext. 208.Raulerson Hospital invites all to Pumpkin PatchThe public is invited to join Raulerson Hospital for a free family event. Come and v isit the Pumpkin Patch in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria (1796 Hwy. 441 N.) on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come dressed in your best costume for music and fun. Kids get to decorate and take home a miniature pumpkin. Register today at 863-763-9228.Haunted Trail under way at Animal AdventuresAnimal Adventures, at 5001 S.W. Rucks Dairy Road presents “Trails of Terror” on Oct. 25 and 26. Gates open at 8 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Admission is $10 for age 10 and up, $3 for 9-4 and 3 and under is free. Hotdogs, drinks and chips will be available for purchase. For more information, call 863-447-6050.School plans Fall FestivalCentral Elementary School will host a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be food, games and prizes in an evening of family frights and fun. For more information, call 863-462-5077.Haunted Hammock event planned at state parkHighlands Hammock State Park will host their inaugural Haunted Hammock on Oct. 25 and 26 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is FREE for children under 6, ages 6-12 will be $2 and ages 13 and up $5. This spooktacular event will feature a huge haunted house, the “Terror Tram,” a no-scare kid zone, carnivalstyle games with candy, live DJ entertainment and prize contests (including a costume contest). There will be food vendors selling fair-type food and drinks. Highlands Hammock has always been a great place to bring the family and now your bravest friends, where there is something safe for all ages. We promise, you’ve never seen your park like this!Eagles plan Halloween PartyAerie 4137 North Eagles will host a Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 25. Steak dinners will be served from 6 9 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Al Jones. There will also be a Halloween Party with costume contest.Okeechobee Moose Lodges hosts kids holiday partyThe Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 1753, at 139 N.W. 36th St. will host a Kids Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 25, from 2 4 p.m. Sign ups in main entry or call the lodge at 863-763-4954. WOTM Chapter 956 is holding a College of Regents Halloween dinner dance on Saturday, Oct. 26, with fried chicken dinner and all the xin’s, cooked by Warren and Ray, serving 5-7 p.m. Music is by D & K from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds to bene t Moose Charities programs.Public Library plans Halloween StorytimeThe Okeechobee Public Library will hold a Halloween Storytime on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Participants are invited to come in costume. The group will celebrate “trick-or-treat” following the story.Tractor Supply has trick-or-treat for petsThe Okeechobee Tractor Supply Store invites customers to trick-or-treat with your pets Oct. 25-27, with the main event on Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be free samples at the pet trick-or-treat table.Trick-or-treat at PublixPublix Supermarket invites children to trick-or-treat at the store on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Legion hosts Fall FestivalThe Okeechobee American Legion will hold a Fall Festival with carnival rides, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 on the Legion Grounds at 501 S.E. Second Street. The festival will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; at noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.Slide On By Party Supply to host Halloween eventSlide On By Party Supply will be open all day on Halloween, with free snow cones and cotton candy to anyone who stops in. After hours they will have tables set up outside and will hand out treat bags for all trick-or-treaters as well as cotton candy and snow cones. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You 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 BAPTIST EPISCOPALCHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at churchofoursaviourokeechobee.org200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 BAPTIST CHURCH Advertise Your Church Happenings! Vacation Bible School Prayer Meetings, etc. Call 863-763-3134 or email okeeadsales@newszap.com Join us for old-fashioned preaching based on the Bible, God-focused prayer, hymns we grew up on, Southern Gospel favorites, and piano and bass duets on th St. (approx. 6 miles north on 441)Rev. Richard GilesSunday at 10:45am and 6pm., with Sunday School at 9:45am and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm. MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Oct. 25TH Thurs., Oct. 31STFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “MA CHETE KILLS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “BAD GRANDPA”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG-13 R 5 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Halloween Happenings


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries 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.Dorothy Fay Busby, 86OKEECHOBEE — Dorothy Fay Busby died Oct. 23, 2013. She was born Feb. 6, 1927 in North Carolin a to the late Worth and Mary Ellen McCann. She retired from AT&T. She was a member of Believer’s Fellowship. Mrs. Busby is survived by her husband of 35 years, Howard Busby; son, Steve Shore (Corky) of High Point, N.C.; daughter, Deborah Wilson of Madison, N.C.; stepson, Lonzie Howard Busby, Jr. (Lee) of Woodberry, N.J.; stepdaughters, Sandra Holland of Century, Fla., and Peggie Powell of Woodberry, N.J.; and many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct, 28, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ft. Pierce. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care o f Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florid a 34972.Wilma Lorena Walker LaMartin, 100OKEECHOBEE — Wilma Lorena Walker LaMartin died peacefully Oct. 21, 2013 in her home in Okeechobee. Wilma was born Dec. 23, 1912 at Delray, Fla. Her parents, William Hardy Walker and Cuthbert Lenora Underhill Walker, who lived at Basinger, Fla., had traveled to Delray to obtain the services of a doctor for the birth. When she was ve, Wilma and her family moved from Basinger to Okeechobee in 1918 so that she could attend the Okeechobee schools, from which she was graduated in 1930. In 1935, she married Robert LaMartin, the Okeechobee County Tax Assessor who continued in that of ce until 1965. Their marriage lasted until his death in 1986. Wilma’s interests included sewing, crocheting, and gardening. During WWII, she worked as a Red Cross volunteer, for which she received a 1000-hour pin. She was a member of the Brethren Church in Okeechobee and was a homemaker her entire life. Wilma was a sixth generation Floridian, descending from the pioneer Blount, Chandler, Parker, Walker and Underhill families. She spent her entire life in Okeechobee, traveling rarely, and thought Okeechobee the best of all possible places. Wilma was preceded in death by her brother, Clayton Walker and his wife, Nellie. She is survived by her two children, Bobbie Lee Wilson (Charles, deceased) of Okeechobee, and William Frederick LaMartin (Karen) of Tampa; four grandchildren, William F. LaMartin Jr. of New York City, Kimberly Marie LaMartin of Tampa, Janet Diane Mann (Joseph) of Okeechobee, Charles Olden Wilson (Patricia) of Okeechobee; ve great-grandchildren, Tashauna Lynn Wilson of Winter Springs, Charles Brent Wilson of Okeechobee, Jeffrey Patrick Mann (Holly) of Mt. Airy, Ga., Joshua Lee Mann (Kristen) of Okeechobee, Jennifer Rebecca Burk (Todd) of Okeechobee; and three great -greatgrandsons, Nathan Collier Wilson, of Okeechobee, Samuel Walker Mann of Mt. Airy, Ga., Clayton Jacob Mann of Okeechobee. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the care of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Ave., Okeechobee Florida 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Church plans gospel sing The 7th Day Christian Church, at 912 N.W. Park Street/Hwy 70 West will feature Ken and Carol and the Padgett Family on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.Eagles host seafood dinnerCypress Hut Eagles 4509 will serve choice rib eye steak dinner, shrimp or sh, starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 Entertainment is by “Hard Country” and on Sunday, Oct. 27, we will serve down home fried chicken dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. by Ed and Noni, and on Tuesday, Oct. 29, is the weekly dart tournament with hamburgers being served. The public is welcome. For information, please call Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154.Institute holds open houseThe Fielden Institute for Life Long Learning will host an open house at the Williamson Educational Center on the Dixon-Hendry Campus at IRSC on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. The institute offers peer led classes for people over 50. Join them for coffee and conv ersation and learn more about what is being offered. For information, call 772-462-7880.Eagles host bingo, dinnerAerie 4137 North Eagles Come join the fun and activities. Friday night, Oct. 25 steak dinners will be served from 6 9 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by A L JONES. Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 Card Bingo starts at 5:30. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Bingo starts at 1 p.m., then on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Bingo starts at 5:30 p.m. The public is cordially inv ited to join in the fun. All monies are placed in the FOE Bene t Funds. For more information call 863-763-2552.Bene t aids Humane SocietyA yard sale will be held to bene t the Humane Society on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Will have lots of different items for sale. Donations can be dropped off on TuesdayThursday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the back of the of ce.Bene t set for Jaimie HansA Quarter Auction will be held to support J aimie ‘Angsuwan’ Hans and her family in their battle with breast cancer. She has no medical insurance and will need chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The bene t will be held at the KOA in Okeechobee on Friday, Oct. 25 Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Crystal at 863-6349483 or Stephanie at 863-634-3374.Church to host a gospel singBelievers Fellowship Church, at 300 S.W. 6th A ve. will hold its monthly Friday night gospel sing on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for an evening of wonderful gospel music. Fellowship and refreshments are served immediately following.Paint the Park Pink slatedPaint the Park Pink is to be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Willey Alderman Softball Field, 424 N.E. 15th Ave. There will be kickball games, cornhole tournament, horse shoe tournament and much more. For more information, please contact The Community Action Committee at communityactioncommittee6@gmail.com.Run bene ts Lisa WoodhamWarriors 4 Woodham will host a 5K fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center starting at 9:15 a.m. Entry fee for individual runners is $25 and $65 per family. There will also be a dog show, with an entry fee of $15. There will be T-shirts for sale, face painting and so much more. All proceeds go to help Lisa Woodham to win her battle against breast cancer. For more information, please email warriors4woodham@gmail.com.3-D Archery Shoot is Oct. 26A 3-D Archery Shoot will be held to promote the Okeechobee High School Soccer Team, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Quail Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th street. The fee of $25 per person, includes lunch. Registration is 78 a.m. Shooters start 8 a.m. No Broadheads. For more information, contact Lonnie Sears at 863-634-1334 or Tim Craig at 863-763-3101.Church hosts guest speakerFountain of Life Church, at 1302 S.W. 32nd St. will host a special quest speaker, Joel Stockstill. Mr. Stockstill is one of the pastors from Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La. He will preach on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 9 and 11 a.m. For more information, please call 863-763-8945.Lodge holds Sunday breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, located at 107 N.W. 5th Street, will host a breakfast with all the xin’s on Sunday, Oct. 27 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry out is available. Breakfast will be severed from 8 11 a.m. All proceeds go to local Mason giving.Dine with the DoctorCome to Raulerson Hospital on Monday, Oct. 28 to hear Podiatrist Dr. Joshua Roberts. He will discuss various causes of foot pain, common medical conditions involving the feet, with information regarding risk factors and keeping your feet healthy, plus information about conditions that require advanced treatments. For the month of October only, Dine with the Doctor will be held on a Monday. The location is the hospital cafeteria. Dinner, salad and dessert is available beginning at 4:30 p.m. for $5 per person. The presentation begins at 5 p.m. To attend, RSVP by calling 863-763-9228. Hog Round Up is Nov. 1-3The Fred Smith Rodeo Arena at the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation will host the Second Annual Swamp Doggers Hog Round Up on Nov. 1-3. The participants and their dogs will hunt all weekend and arrive at the arena on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, to weigh in their catches. At the weigh in, to make it exciting for spectators, the arena will host several activities that everyone is invited to attend. Including an open archery competition, a Red Ryder BB gun shoot for the kids, and a BBQ Rib & Swamp Cabbage cook-off. Anyone wishing to participate in any of these events is asked to register by 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at rezrodeo.com.AMVets hold ladies nightAMVets and Ladies Auxilliary of Post 200, 8591 Hwy 78 North would like to invite you to some of our weekly events happening late in October. A ladies night out will be held Monday, Oct. 28 from 6-10 p.m. C-Bingo will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., on Fridays at 1 p.m. On Sunday at 2 p.m. On Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., a Halloween party will be held. We are also holding a food drive for Thanksgiving. We are a small post with a big heart serving out vets, children and community. All the money raised goes to these projects. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 “bed tax”) charged on “transient rentals” such as hotel and motel rooms. The Carhartt College B.A.S.S. Series Tournament will be a two-day tournament with up to 150 Collegiate Teams. All competitors sh both days and anglers may practice and presh prior to the event. The number of anglers will be determined by the number of teams that enter. Six anglers are required for a College Team. College Series Tournaments have continually increased in popularity and B.A.S.S. has given extensive efforts in the promotion of these events. “Two-day tournaments bring in lots of money for this county,” said Commissioner Margaret Helton. She said the anglers spend extra days in town before the tournaments to practice. Ms. Scott said Okeechobee will also host a new tournament, the B.A.S.S. 2013 Classic W ildcard Tournament, Dec. 5-7, 2013. “December is a great time of the year for us. We have our seasonal people here, but not as many as in January and February,” she said. The event will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and will be broadcast via streaming video online. Based on other major tournaments that have occurred in Okeechobee County with the same number of days it can be projected that the basic economic impact will be over $600,000 with a 1.5 time turnover to result in over $900,000 economic impact to the local economy, said Ms. Scott. The commissioners approved the host agreement with costs to the county not to exceed $19,000. They also approved the site agreement for with Forrest L. Wood LLC, for the 2014 FLW EverStart Tournament, Jan. 9-11, 2014. This tournament is projected to bring to Okeechobee County 300 anglers (150 boats) plus family members, press and special guests, said Ms. Scott. In 2013 the EverStart tournament exceeded their projections and brought 360 anglers to Okeechobee County of which, 124 were from Florida, only eight from the local area, 229 from other states and 7 were from outside the United States. Total economic impact to the community is expected to be over $1 million, said Ms. Scott. The commissioners approved the agreement with costs to the county not to exceed $16,000. The national publicity generated by the tournaments also promotes shing and tourism in the Lake Okeechobee area. FISHContinued From Page 1 teachers have a salary hike and have good morale. India Riedel said 100 percent graduation rates should be a goal. She requested a well-rounded individual and a good citizen should also be the goal for all graduates in the school system. She said an increase in parental and community involvement at each school should be advocated. Gay Carlton said a top priority should be to have safe schools free from bullying. She said the district doesn’t have the resources that are available to larger schools. The district did make progress or maintained the performance on promotion rates in each grade, and also saw their goal met in students who met high standards on FCAT math. They also met the goal of a 2 percent decrease in the number of days served in of out-of-school suspensions. There was a 4 percent increase in the number of students who continued onto post-secondary education last year. There was a 4 percent decline in the number of students that received a disciplinary referral. The number of students deemed ready for college level work also improved by 5 percent. Little debt, quality employees, improvements in technology and strong relationships with the community and its businesses were listed as strengths by the school board. Osceola Middle School Principal Sean Downing said he thinks the generosity of the community for scholarship night, and the agriculture programs at schools, are among the districts strengths. The employees also want to do the best for the kids. “We have a good working relationship with the board and we appreciate that interaction.” Assistant Superintendent Joni Ard said the communication with the community is better than larger districts. North Elementary Principal Pat McCoy said the community is centered on the children here. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the quality of the district’s facilities and the politeness and positive behaviors of students are often mentioned by visitors. Mr. Arnold said one weakness in the system is the early start time of Okeechobee High School. He said data shows that the later the start time, the better students will perform. He also mentioned the smaller vocabulary our young children have compared to more af uent areas and the number of migrant students. He said the district has a lot of catching up to do with younger students in terms of language and vocabulary. Mrs. Riedel said she would like to see more professional development and parental involvement. Mrs. Malissa Morgan said technology still needs to be improved to match other districts. Mrs. McCoy said improvements in transportation would also help the district. She noted the children in the county are not centrally located and that makes it dif cult to have after school activities. Dylan Tedders, Assistant Principal at Okeechobee High School, said it is very difcult for students who fall behind to catch up with their classmates. Mr. Williams said increases in the tax base with more industry will provide more funds for the system and thus should improve the education provided. Mrs. Riedel said Fort Drum and Basinger could have small school facilities or classes taught at other facilities or at least host a parent teacher association meeting. The ability to recruit and retain teachers and increases in funding were also seen as things the district could improve. Mrs. Riedel said sustainable salaries should be a goal because all employees should make a living wage. Mr. Arnold said the state’s goals for public education are no longer attainable. He suggested this is because the state wants to phase out public education in favor of charter schools. He noted several state legislators currently own charter schools. Carlton said so many things are out o f the control of the school system as she mentioned the unemployment rate and poor economy, which leaves precious few jobs for OHS graduates, “There are so many changes that you can’t keep up with them,” Carlton said. “Education hasn’t kept up with the changes. How do you take kids and prepare them for something when we don’t kno w what will be happening in 10-20 years.” Mrs. Arnold said one test is never a true test of a child’s ability. Mrs. Ard said she worried that low school grades will deter people and new families from wanting to live in Okeechobee. Mr. Kenworthy said there have been no expulsions so far this year. He said the Okeechobee Achievement Academy has limited expulsions and reduced the drop out rate. Goals for the 2013-2014 school year included the preparation of all students to be college and career ready and to possess the attitudes and values necessary to function as productive members of society. Another goal was to maximize ef cient and effective use of available resources. The third goal was to empower stakeholders through opportunities for meaningful participation in the school system. The nal goal was to provide a safe and secure education for all. Objectives include 5 percent increases in the number of students who perform at pro cient level or above on state math, reading, science and writing tests. Other objectives include a 5 percent increase in the number of students designated college ready, and a 5 percent increase in students who received industry certi cation. Another goal is to full y implement common core state standards in grades K-2 this year. Other objectives are the improvement in school audits, to hire more diverse and highly quali ed educators, development of a long-term plan for technology, improvement in food quality, lower transportation costs, and an increase in community partnerships with schools, more active participation in community events, improved maintenance of facilities, fewer workers compensation claims, and improved security standards. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News Entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders and managers will not want to miss a special two-day Entrepreneurship Conference designed to review resources and best practices to promote entrepreneurship in today’s economy. The rst annual Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, sponsored by PNC Bank at Indian River State College, will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 7 at the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Join IRSC and PNC to connect with business colleagues for networking events, keynote speakers, tours and many other opportunities to gain tools for increasing business success. Registration for the event is FREE and includes the two-day conference, all speaker sessions and lunch on both days. Day one of the conference on Wednesday will feature three great workshops starting with bestselling author, entrepreneur and lmmaker Dr. Stephen Lundin of the “Fish!” series and will inspire managers and employees to become more innovative and involved. There will also be a workshop on college entrepreneurial programs where Florida’s university and college entrepreneurial leaders will share their best practices with participants. In addition to these workshops, guided campus tours of IRSC will feature the new Thomas STEM Center, Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex. Thursday at the conference, participants will have the opportunity to learn about economic development resources available through college, local and state organizations. Sessions that day will feature keynote speakers from around the state and region. Topics will include: requirements and timing associated with traditional loans, grants, angel and venture capital funding; successful examples of start-ups that don’t require someone to quit their job to start a business; using the rapidly growing eld of data science to grow or launch business and understanding Florida’s future economic drivers. Through the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Development Institute, (EDI), Indian River State College is taking the initiative to offer a wide range of programs and services to encourage entrepreneurship and business success. For more information about the Entrepreneurship Conference sponsored by PNC Bank, Nov. 6 and 7, contact Jo Ann Balsamo at jbalsamo@irsc.edu or call 772462-7172. To register, visit www.irscbiz. com. IRSC and PNC to sponsor entrepreneurship conference Obamacare seminar plannedThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will host Oasis for a seminar for the community on Obamacare on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 12 p.m. This seminar is free, however, seating is limited and you must RSVP before Oct. 29. RSVP at www.okeechobeebusiness.com. Please bring a bag lunch. For any questions or to register, please call 863-467-6246 or email Mariah at info@ okeechobeebusiness.com.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News “The Drowsy Chaperone,” the comedymusical season opener from the Okeechobee Community Theatre, could well be described as “the best show you’ve never heard of!” It’s a sure bet, however, that you will hear about it from anyone who sees it when it begins a ve-performance run in Okeechobee on Nov. 1. Tickets to the show are on sale now for $12 each at the of ce of the Pennysaver, in the Plaza 300 Building, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, Suite 316. They will also be sold at the door, if available, beginning one hour before performance times. Further information may be obtained by visiting the theatre website at www.okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com. The production has pleased audiences wherever it’s played, including New York and London, because of its unique showwithin-a-show format, and its highly infectious songs that people will be humming to themselves as they leave the theatre. It won ve of Broadway’s coveted Tony Awards when it premiered in New York in 2006, along with seven top honors from the New York Drama Desk. A man, who is never named, welcomes the audience, and then invites them to join him in listening to a recording of his favorite Broadway show—the ctitious “Drowsy Chaperone” from 1928. As he plays the record and comments on it, the show springs to life in his living room. The talented cast of adults and young people includes OCT stage veterans James Garner, Louise Chandler, Harry Moldenhauer, Michael White, Billy McCullers, Don Renfranz, Tina Welborn, John Garner, Jane Kaufman, Laurie Garner, Kisha Law, Andrew Hall and Blaire Law. Newcomers to the Oct. who will also be appearing are Vincenzo Pasquerelli, Christian Garner, and Adam Owens. The theatre has gone to great lengths to ensure the high quality of the production. The recorded full orchestral accompaniment rivals that which was heard on Broadway, and costumes used in the show are being provided by a professional costume rental agency. Performances will be at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium on S. W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one bloc k west of Golden Corral Restaurant. Curtain times on Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9 are at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Okeechobee Community Theatre, now in its 35th year, is an all-volunteer organization of local performers who enjo y producing Broadway-style musicals, comedies and dramas for area audiences. It is a member of the American Association o f Community Theatre and the Florida Theater Conference. To volunteer, or to receive more information on the theatre and its activities, call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307. Okeechobee Community Theatre to present “Drowsy Chaperone” Martha’s House hopes to reduce teen violenceBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corps and Martha’s House Shelter for Domestic V iolence were the featured presenters at the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Community Collaborative Council Tuesday morning. Brian Sell, Preparedness Planner and Coordinator of the Medical Reserve Corp. spoke about the local program. It was created after the Sept. 11 attacks. Medical professionals w ere eager to volunteer after the terrorist attack but found there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders in New York and other areas were overwhelmed and in great need of these v olunteers. The MRC was stabled to recruit, train and activate medical and health professionals to respond to community health needs, emergencies and disasters. “There were a lot of lessons from 9-11. There was a big debacle around the scene. President Bush created the reserve corps to have capable personnel ready to respond to disasters,” he added. The volunteers are covered by liability and workers compensation insurance. That protection has encouraged even more medical personnel to volunteer. They assist the Okeechobee Fire Departments, Raulerson Hospital, and the school system with community outreach projects. The local corps has 89 volunteers. He said there are a lot of dedicated people willing to help the community. He has been seeking volunteers for two years and said he is thrilled with the response. They can help out with special needs shelters; help with natural disasters like hurricanes, and terrorism, community education, preliminary damage assessments and w ith search and rescue operations. Large w ild res can also utilize volunteers as they help back up our remen and give them much needed rest during the incident. They also emphasize training of these volunteers so they are ready to handle what is thrown at them. He said medical reserve corps members played a big role after the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon last year. Sell noted non-medical personnel are also welcome and the vast majority of volunteers are non-medical. Volunteers completed classes in preliminary damage assessments, behavioral health rst aid specialist for children and in radiation response volunteers in 2012-2013. Sell said damage assessments are very important because accurate estimates are needed to receive governmental disaster aid. Volunteers must complete a level-2 background check. They also must take two FEMA courses online or in a classroom. There is no charge for these classes. Sell said the health department lost employees due to budget cuts and these volunteers potentially will provide a much-needed service to the community. Jonathan Bean talked about the Okeechobee Courage Project which is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice. Melvin Cordova said 42 agencies applied for the grant and only Martha’s House was funded. The program is focused on Hispanic and black boys ages 12-17. They have joined together with several churches in the Hispanic and black community. They will begin a marketing campaign to try and raise awareness in the community. “We focus on boys and boys grow up to be men. We want them to be good citizens who treat their wives and girlfriends in a proper manner,” he added. The goal is to cut down on the rates of teen violence and dating violence among the youth of Okeechobee. A kick-off event is being planned for the program. The program also hopes to encourage healthy relationships. A program in Austin, Texas, www.menrallyforchange.com is one program being looked at for assistance. “This problem doesn’t have cultural boundaries. Eventually we hope to have all of the community involved,” he noted. Men commit over 90 percent of the domestic violence crimes in the U.S. The goal is to help young men be responsible in dating and relationships. A focus group will be created to study the attitudes in the black and Hispanic community on this issue. The Sacred Heart Church recently created a Hispanic teen group which meets on Sunday at 2 p.m. Trunk or Treat will be held on Halloween, Oct. 31 in Flagler Park at 5:30 p.m. Raulerson Hospital is holding a pumpkin patch event on Saturday, Oct. 26. The CCC is hosting a holiday gift drive. All donations are given to My Aunt’s House. All kinds of gifts and cash donations are accepted by the program. The Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Dec. 9 at 12 noon. Fifty-one students are enrolled in Project Success directed by Communities in Schools. Mentors are needed for the program. The Children Services Council provided a tent to host several agencies at the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta held last month at the Scott Driver Boat Ramp. At a career day event held at Indian River State College earlier this month there were 79 guest speakers who took part. Guiding good choices kicked off on Oct. 17 at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy. Twenty-six people were in attendance for the inaugural meeting. A guest speaker will be invited each month. They want to get more parents involved in programs at OAA. Jill Rogers has been named the chairman of the Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council. The state has imposed new regulations and laws that involve juvenile crime and advisory boards. The statute mandates the sheriff, school superintendent, chief of police, DCF, Workforce Alliance, state attorne y and public defender all sit on this board. A total rewrite of the statute on juvenile justice councils could be presented to the legislature this year. The next meeting is Nov. 15 at Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant at 12 noon. The Children Services Council o f Okeechobee set their millage rate at .036 mills, the same as last year. Over 3,000 children were served by the council last year through a variety of programs. Medical coverage, summer programs, and various agencies are funded by the council each year. Michael Davis of Healthy Start said everyone should advocate for the CSC because it is invaluable and Okeechobee doesn’t have the corporations to fund these programs. For more information on their programs, CSC is on Facebook. Medical Reserve Corps ready for emergencies Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrian Sell of the Medical Reserve Corps. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMelvin Cordova speaks on a new Martha’s House program to assist teens.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News On Oct. 11, the 2013 STEM Symposium w as hosted by Okeechobee County Schools, Indian River State College—Dixon Hendry Campus and Communities In Schools. This annual event was a huge success due to the overwhelming support of local businesses and agencies as well as donors like Beef O Brady’s Restaurant that donated 75 lunches for all of the guest speakers. Throughout the day-long event OHS, IRSC and CIS had over 500 students ow through the Dixon Hendry campus to 16 different career clusters. This is the only opportunity that the 9th and 11th grade students have to learn about possible career options and due to a collaborative effort students are exposed to many options. Local representatives from businesses and agencies who attended the event were asked to share information with students about the career in general but also more speci cally how science, technology, engineering or math are involved in that career. In total, there were 79 guest speakers representing their particular career eld. 2013 Stem Symposium is a success Special to the Okeechobee NewsLt. John Rhoden, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce talks with 9th grade students about law enforcement careers. Special to the Okeechobee NewsKathy Papasso, Affordable Art & Framing talks with students about careers in the Arts. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCIS Staff signing guest speakers in for the STEM Symposium.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News/ EESEverglades Students of the weekEverglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for the week of Oct. 18 include: kindergarten students, Guadalupe Luviano, Shyann Lyn Scott, Cordeazia Kilgore, Alena Ramirez; rst grade students, Christa Smith, Corbin Flynn, Alex Berndt, Jevon Peters, Shania Kent, Brooke Courson; second grade students, Izaiah Bradley, Caden Grif n, Hailey Shrout, Erick Reyes-Morales, Makaylie Powell, Joshua Courson; third grade students, Brisa Castanda, Nabor Cabrera, Mathew Johnson, Zane Keefe, Cynthia Serrano, Taylor Elgin, Mary Ellen Brege; fourth grade students, Leah Hunter, Anna Serrano, Kimberlee Cooper, Raena Garcia, Zacharius Anderson; fth grade student, Jalyn Garcia. Congratulations to our many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCentral Students of the weekCentral Elementary Students of the Week of Oct. 7 are: Jaleik Bri l, Jayden Brook, Tatiana Flores, Vincente Jaimes, Monesha McDuf e, Mallori Norris, Ty'Reik Jones, Roselyn Orozco, Jaelyn Lineberry, Jose Garcia, Chad Thomas, Josaiah Harris, Betty Cordell, Harley Goulette, Carl White, Lisa Thomas, Aisley Clark, Olivia Campbell, Trinitey Pittman, Leslie Cruz, Daniel Hernandez, Cierra Lerman, Grace Pethybridge, Elizabeth Smith, Josue Del Cid, Natalia Velasquez, Takiya Jones, Logan Rhoden and Javier Torres. Special to the Okeechobee News/ YMSYMS Students of the weekYearling Middle School would like to announce our students of the week for Oct. 11: Shelby Johnson, Bradley Shaw, Tylane McClane, Moises Fernandez, Raven Raulerson, Joshua Vandergoef, Daviana Jones and Amy Gandarilla. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the weekOsceola Middle School would like to thank Hungry Howie's Pizza for its PINK boxes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for the wonderful lunch. These Students of the Week are showing their Breast Cancer awareness as well! Congratulations to the following: Tim Mejia, Shea Hummel, Shasly Brooks, Derrick Chen, Blaze Clark, Mariah Good, Breaira Smith, Austin Cloud, and our Teacher of the week: Mr. Geno Wise! By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans cross countr y team won the Blue Streak Invitational hosted by Sebring High School on Oct. 19. Tabatha Henry set an event record as she won the girls race in 19:19. Alexi Muller nished in seventh place and Charleigh Heater nished in 10th place. Sebring nished second in the race. Valier Alvarez won the girls junior varsity race with a time of 25:50. Natal Garcia nished in sixth place. The boys cross country team took third in the eld of four teams that included Sebring, Lake Placid and Liberty High School. Hernan Baltazar was the top OHS nisher with a time of 17:49, good for seventh place. Emmanuel Gaona took eighth place with a time of 17:59. Lucas Penido nished in 10th place with a time of 18:05.Sebring won the boys championship. Ramon Liberato nished second in the boys junior varsity race with a nish of 19:05. Victor Nunez nished third at 19:25 and Jhovoni Hernandez took sixth place at 19:42.  The OHS girls golf team nished in eighth place at the Region 8-2A tournament Monday at the Lago Mar Golf and Country Club in Plantation. The girls team shot 423 overall. The OHS boys golf team nished in eighth place at the regional with a score of 375. Kutter Crawford led OHS with an 85. Girls golf coach Bruce Conrad said a monsoon hit the course on Sunday and made things rough for golfers on Monday. Each of the greens and fairways had lakes of water. “The course was very soft and wet and the pin placement was equal to the nal round of the U.S. open,” he admitted. Hannah Raulerson shot 96 to lead the Lady Brahmans. Cameron White shot 101 and Danyelle Shef eld shot 110. Kirsten Doney shot 116. “I thought overall the girls’ ball striking was pretty good, but they really struggled with their putting as most of the greens were very large and rolling with all kinds of elevation,” he said. Conrad said the girls improved their play over districts but now have to work hard in the off season to be a competitive force next year. White and Raulerson are among golfers that return next year. Okeechobee Sports News in Brief Costumes encouraged at After Hours Social on Oct. 28The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will hold its monthly Business After Hours Networking Social at Applebee’s on Monday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. This month, participants are asked to wear orange or black or a costume; there will be a prize for the best costume so it’s time to go all out! Please RSVP at (okeechobeebusiness.com). Thanks go to Burgundy Business Sponsors, Domer’s Inc., Edward Jones, Investments & Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee. For more information email info@okeechobeebusiness.com.


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If the crash meets the following criteria, the diver may complete the Driver Self Report of Traf c Crash form, in lieu of having a crash report competed by the appropriate law enforcement agency: No injuries resulted from crash (no report of pain or discomfort or visible injuries); No vehicle involved in the crash required a tow truck (wrecker); The crash did not involve (an intoxicated driver); The crash did not involve a "hit and run" vehicle (all vehicles involved must have been occupied); and, The crash did not involve a commercial motor vehicle. A simple-to-use online questionnaire will guide users through the completion of the report. Once completed, the report will be automatically submitted to the department and can also be saved and printed if needed. The Driver Report of Traf c Crash can be found at: http://www. hsmv.gov/fhp/misc/ CrashReport/. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provided highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www. hsmv.gov, follow us on Instagram at FLDHSMV, Twitter @FLHSM V or nd us on Facebook. Online traf c crash reporting available for motorists Special to the Okeechobee News The largest crowd in the history of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee celebrated its 56th annual Campaign Kick-off at the Harborside Event Center on Wednesday. Over 800 community leaders and volunteers attended the festivities. J ohn Clinger, United Way Campaign Chair, and Senior Vice-President Merrill Lynch and Financial Advisor for Clinger Sizemore and A ssociates, encouraged everyone to "LIVE UNITED" and to Give, Advocate and Volunteer for this community. "We live in a very generous community and our United Way has met its fundraising goals year after year, even during the most dif cult economic times. The economy appears to be improving, but many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers are still struggling. The needs in our community are as great as ever. Many individuals and families who have never asked for help in the past are coming to United Way partner agencies or calling United Way 211 due to loss of jobs, and other overwhelming nancial or medical issues," said John Clinger. "I am passionate about the United Way and the local United Way network of 70 local agencies that help so many people right here in our community! I look forward to a successful campaign. We need your help to meet our campaign goal. With your help, we can change lives and truly make a difference," Clinger concluded. The breakfast rocked with entertainment by LCEC's employee band, the KillaWatts. Kellie Burns from NBC -2 emceed the breakfast. Members of the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts carried the ags and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Major Louden of The Salvation Army led the invocation and Yesenia Flores, a member of Boys and Girls Clubs sang "God Bless America" to a very appreciative crowd. United Way Pacesetter Chairs Laurel Smith from Gravina, Smith, Matte and Arnold, Public Relations and Marketing and Cindy Hawkins from Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson and English announced that the Pacesetter Companies those who run their campaigns early to demonstrate United Way support and to encourage others along with early leadership gifts, have already raised a total of $4,909,192. This represents 59 percent of the goal and is a 6 percent increase over last year. "These results show that our communit y does LIVE UNITED' and supports the Give, Advocate, Volunteer' theme of this campaign," said Smith and Hawkins. This community has a long tradition of supporting our United Way because it's the most effective way to help our neighbors and strengthen our community." Publix again broke the $1 million mar k by raising the most of any of the Pacesetter Companies with $1,506,349. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network o f partner agencies. United Way launches New 2013-2014 campaign


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Guns/Supplies SUNCOAST GUN SHOWOctober 26th & 27thSaturday 9 am -5 pm & Sunday 10 am 4 pm HAVERT L. FENN CENTER2000 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, FLBUY • SELL • TRADECONCEALED WEAPON CLASS $49Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.suncoastgunshows.com Call 772-462-1521 for info. ApartmentsBASSWOOD 2BR, 2BA, laundry rm w/hookups, freshly painted. $675 mo. 1st & sec. of $500. Home Realty Services LLC. Ask for Diane 863-801-4498. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. OKEE2/1 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included $ 498.00 mo. Call for details. Mon Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. OKEECHOBEE 1/1, in Quiet country setting on water, clean, furnished, cable, elec, satellite incld. $600/mo plus sec (863)467-1950 Guns/Supplies ApartmentsOn The Rim Canal 2 sm travel trailers not in a park 1BR each 1 with enclosure $475. mth, the other is $450. mth incd ele/gas/basic dish. Sec dep $300. no pets. 863-697-0214. Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo2BR/1BA, furnished, boat dockage, pool & water included, totally new kitchen & bath,$800/month + 1 month security. Call (863)658-4264 or (305)522-5024 Houses Rent3bd/2ba Very Clean,all utilities, cable and lawn paid. 1yr Lease located in Lakeport Fl. Furnished $1,250.00 per month screened deck, 1.5 acre lot,1st & last plus deposit,No pets 573-718-8074 or 573-718-3624 Houses RentKings Bay 3br./2ba. Includes lawn service, pool and all appliances. $975 month plus Sec. Dep. 863-634-0663. OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, 2 acres, FR, LR, 2 porches, detached gar. & carport, lg. Oaks. 1st, last sec. Refs. $1200/mo. (561) 346-4692 Rental NeededWANTED TO RENT 3B R HOUSE IN OKEECHOBEE CALL 863-824-2242 Commercial Property SaleOKEECHOBEE 25x25 Steel Bldg. 12 ft roll up door. 1 back dr., 3 windows. 130 mi hurricane approved. $3500. Call 954-260-1933. Houses SaleCBS HOME 2 BR, 1 BA w/1 Car garage on almost half acre of land. Large shed. Owner nancing available. Cash or Conventional. Asking $59,900 (561)308-1300 Kissimmee River 2 Bedroom 2 Bath MH located on an acre o f land on the Kissimmee River in River Acres. $84,500.00. Call 954-931-3732 for more info. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 18 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!


Land Sale75 Acres, 5 minutes from Wal-mart, $320,000.00 Contact for more info 561-307-9330 Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 2bd & 1bd homes in nice quiet adult park, small dog okay, Security required. 863-517-5111 or 239-246-6301 On Canal 3br. Large Florida rm, glassed in porch. Covered boat slip. Easy access to lake. No pets. $700 month, 1st & Sec. Dep. 863-467-0323. ON RIM CANAL, LARGE PORCH, ONE ADULT $500 mo., TWO ADULTS $600 mo., CALL 863-763-7262 Mobile HomeSaleNEWLY RENOVATED Homes for sale in small adult park. Cheaper than paying rent. Call 239-246-6301 or 863-517-5111 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 MotorcyclesHARLEY 2000 SUPER DYNA GLIDE SPORT 32,000 MI. $6,450 CALL 863-357-0224 Automobiles2007 BUICK RENDEZVOUS KELLY BLUE BOOK $8,700, ASKING $8,000, HAS 80,000 MILES. CALL 812-221-0754 AutomobilesMERCURY GRAND MARQUIS 2002 LEATHER, NEW TIRES, NEW BATTERY, ONLY 43,000 MILES, GREAT SHAPE $4,450. 863-357-0224 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeGROVE COMMUNITY DISTRICT FISCAL YEAR 2013/2014 REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of the Grove Community District will hold Regular Meetings in a Conference Room of the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center Located At 3800 NW 16th Boulevard, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at 2:00 p.m. on the following dates: November 5, 2013 January 7, 2014 May 6, 2014 September 2, 2014 The purpose of the meetings is to conduct any business coming before the Board. Meetings are open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law. A copy of the Agenda for any of the meetings may be obtained by contacting the District Manager at (561) 630-4922 and/or toll free at 1-877-737-4922 ve (5) days prior to the date of the particular meeting. From time to time one or more Supervisors may participate by telephone; therefore a speaker telephone will be present at the meeting location so that Supervisors may be fully informed of the discussions taking place. Said meetings may be continued as found necessary to a time and place speci ed on the record. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at these meetings, such person will need a record of the proceedings and such person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made at his or her own expense and which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based. In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at any of these meetings should contact the District Manager at (561) 630-4922 and/or toll-free at 1-877-737-4922 at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the particular meeting. GROVE COMMUNITY DISTRICT 455219 ON 10/25/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2013TD278 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC 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: 2251 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 1 LOT 8 LESS RD R/W BLOCK 1 1-05-37-35-0010-00010-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: HECTOR O WILLIAMS LORNA H WILLIAMS WILLIAMS PROPERTY INVESTMENT 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 14th day of November, 2013 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. 454314 ON 10/11,18,25;11/1/2013 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Public Notice NOTICE The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will hold their hearings on Tuesday, November 05 and Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” 304 N.W. 2nd Street, in Okeechobee Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Commissioner Joey Hoover, Chairman Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 455505 OK 10/25/2013 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2013 DR 491 DIVISION: FAMILY Norma A. Martinez, Petitioner and SABINO MARTINEZ-EQUISA Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE TO: Sabino Martinez-Equisa Last Known Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Annulment of Marriage has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Norma A. Martinez, c/o Attorney George Muller, P.A., whose address is PO Box 3309, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947 on or before 11/15/2013, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Okeechobee County Clerk of Court, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.DATED: 10/7/2013 SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 454722 ON 10/18,25;11/1,8/2013 NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 455413 ON 10/25/2013 19 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Find it faster. 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R E D Berger Real EstatePhilip Y. Berger, Broker 425 SW Park Street863.763.5335I never let my customers slip through the cracks.Ž AVAILABLE Evenings and Weekends€ Residential € Seasonal retreats € Waterfront € Commercial € Acreage € InvestmentsFull Time Realtor Julia@bergerrealestate.comJulia Parker863.801.3489 Receive the service you deserve! century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5017-H: Sunset Strip Luxury 2-story 4 br, 4 ba home on 5 acres of equestrian beauty. Large 9000 SF metal barn with tack room, 15 stalls, plus so much more Must see it to believe it! $549,000 MLS #207283 IN-GROUND POOL ON 5 +/ACRES ON 2 +/ACRES NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 5061-H: Dixie Ranch Estates Lg 3 br, 2 ba CBS, 2652 total sq ft/2284 under air. Lg screen back porch overlooking pasture, 2 sheds, lg open deck and more. Short sale. $69,900 MLS #207196 7000-C: Auto Sale Business, great location on a corner lot on busy HWY 441 N, almost acre. Inmore details. MLS #207295 5015-H: Crooked Creek 5 br, 5 ba Spanish style home with 8,488 Total Sq Ft/6,159 under air. 10 ft ceilings, large arch frame windows, marstruction. $389,000 MLS #207286 5056-H: Sunset Strip Pristine curb appeal! 3 br, 2 ba with 3,294 total sqft/2,451 under air on the airstrip. Sunken living rm, wood burning fireplace, enclosed porch, hurricane shutters and much more! $259,000 MLS #207153 5019-H: Basswood Lg 4 br, 2 ba 4,112 Total Sq Ft/2,904 under air. Spacious kitchen w/ 2pantries. Hurricane shutters, 2 new A/C units. Range, refrigerator, dishwasher stay. On city water! $160,000 MLS #207316 • Basswood lots starting at $3,000 • Potter Rd (NW 30th Ter) 5+/acres $38,000 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000. Make Offer! • Foreclosure Taylor Creek Captive Lake Residential Lot $9,900 NOW 7,900 • 38.65+/-acres (NW 72nd Ave) $74,900 MLS #207281 • Okeechobee Pk (NW 4th St) Residential Lot $6,000 • In town lot (SW 5th St) $3,900 MLS #206637 • Fenced 57.80+/acres on a paved road, used to graze large animals. $750,000 • 20 Acres (NW 240th St) Partial fencing for livestock (Not buildable) MLS #207271 $32,900 Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com Over 100 ListingsON TAYLOR CREEK ~ Flawless Florida Living. 3 Bd/ 2 Bath/ 2 Garage. CBS, 2085 SF under air-3205 TLA. Foyer entry, Grand room-Open concept, 16 ft ceiling, sitting room, formal dining, bkfast nook. Majestic master suite! 18x34 screened Lanai. Exterior security cameras. Covered party dock, hoist. Breath taking views! $217,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers LEASING – 2860 SF EXCELLENT LOCATION PROFESSIONAL BUILDING WITH 10 OFFICES, CONFERENCE ROOMS, AND KITCHEN. This building could be leased as one business or it could be leased for two businesses. Front: 2100 SF Back: 760 SF Garage: 776 SF. Leasing includes electric, water/sewer, lawn maintenance, garbage pickup. 20 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee County Real and Personal Property Tax for collection of 2013 taxes, both Okeechobee County and 34972For information regarding: • EMS, Fire and Garbage assessments, call 863.763.6441 opt 4. • City Garbage assessment, call 863.763.3372 ext. 222 • Coquina Water Control District, call 863.763.4601 Discount will be allowed as follows: • Four percent on payments made November 1 November 30 • Three percent on payments made December 1 December 31 • Two percent on payments made January 1 January 31 • One percent on payments made February 1 February 28 • Net if paid in March Tax Collector Okeechobee County 21 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News Gain the competitive edge in today’s job market with a bachelor’s degree from Indian River State College. Find out more at a Bachelor’s Degree Information Session on W ednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Student Services Center/Crews Hall, Room W-227 at the Main Campus on Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. The information session will highlight the three newest degrees offered by IRSC in Accounting, Elementary Education and Health Care Management, and share information about all 23 IRSC Bachelor’s Degree programs in elds like education, nursing, human services, biology, organizational management, public service administration, health care management, digital media and more. IRSC works closely with students to help them obtain nancial aid and scholarships. IRSC students take advantage of the college’s ve Treasure Coast campuses and hundreds of online courses through the IRSC Virtual Campus. Information on application procedures, nancial aid and program options will be provided at the information session. Registration for the 2014 Spring Semester begins Oct. 30. For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772. IRSC has new bachelor’s degree programs Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks visits Henscratch Farm and VineyardResidents from Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility recently visited the Henscratch Farm and Vineyard in Lake Placid, Florida. The residents enjoyed feeding the farm animals and then tasting award-winning wines made from fruit grown on the premises. Above: John Floyd is feeding the chickens. Below: Fran East enjoying a taste of Red Rooster wine at the Henscratch Winery. Special to the Okeechobee NewsWM supports Big Brothers Big SistersBig Sister, Pam Casperson of the Okeechobee Land ll, bowled with her "little" sister and friends at the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser on Oct. 19 at Lucky Lane.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee faces a major challenge tonight when they take on the highly regarded Bayside Bears, (7-1) with a roster decimated by injuries. The Bears have gone unbeaten in District 14-6A and their only loss was to Melbourne. The Bears have handled Astronaut, 34-21, Rockledge 21-14, Sebastian River 39-21, South Fork 26-5, Westwood 49-7, Jensen Beach 21-14 and Port St. Lucie 41-14. Okeechobee (1-6) will be without several players w hich include Cody Walker (back and neck), Ethan Larson, Edrick Neal (knee), Devon Wigfall (ankle), Bubba Fludd, (leg), J uan Yae Ford (shoulder), and Tyrell Taylor. The Bears show a balanced offense this y ear with 1,183 yards rushing as a team, and 1,253 yards passing. Austin Evarts has completed nearly 61 percent of his throws with 15 touchdown passes. He also has rushed for 304 yards, over 5.5 yards per carry, from the quarterback position. William Harrell is the Bears’ leading rusher with 615 yards, over 4.5 yards per carry. Lucious McKay has caught 23 passes, an average of 17.4 per catch, and Johnie Wainscott has grabbed 16 passes for nearly 11.7 yards per reception. Brahman Coach Chris Branham said he was frustrated by his team’s play versus South Fork, 55-34, especially on defense. He said the defense had carried the team all year until last Friday. He said they took bad angles on plays, weren’t prepared to handle plays they practiced against, and didn’t handle the Bulldogs’ speed presented by Uziah Davis. “This was the rst time in 64 games as coach that we gave up 50 points or more. It has been a humbling season,” he admitted. Branham said his players must remain focused on every play. He said in game lm the players won’t do any assignments on one play and then play perfectly the next time that play is called. He said it all comes down to concentration. He intends to spend a lot of time with sports psychologists and coaches working on the mental part of the game during this off season. Branham praised Bayside for their play on paper but he noted some of their statistics, while impressive, have been in ated against weaker teams. He said Bayside could be the second best team in the district but aren’t unbeatable. “They are a sound fundamental team. Their defense is better than good. They don’t call the dogs off when they are in control,” he suggested. Branham said it appears the rest of the schedule will be a challenge for the Brahmans. Bayside is ranked #15 in the state in Class 6A. Jensen Beach has begun to overcome the loss of their coach at the beginning of the year and are playing better ball. Clewiston is having a strong year with just one loss to state title contender Immokalee. Branham said on the positive side he is glad to be home again after more than a month on the road. He said he expects a supportive crowd and the energy will be needed if Okeechobee is to be competitive in any of their remaining games. Game time is 7 p.m. tonight. There is a charge for parking and admission. The Brahman band will also perform. WEST PALM BEACH — A 10-year plan for the J .W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area (WMA) w ill be presented at a Wednesday, Oct. 30, public hearing in Palm Beach County. People are invited to attend the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Palm Beach County Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff will present the draft landmanagement plan for FWC-managed portions of the Corbett WMA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions. For more information on the upcoming local public hearing, go to MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans.” Just 25 miles northwest of West Palm Beach, the 60,348-acre Corbett WMA preserves a piece of old Florida within its cypress swamps, pine atwoods and hardwood hammocks. People come here to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, snail kites, red-cockaded woodpeckers and sandhill cranes. Hunters can seek deer, wild turkey and feral hogs. Anglers sh for bluegill, bass and cat sh. Hikers and wildlife viewers can explore Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail, part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. For more than 2,000 years before Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513 and proclaimed this peninsula “La Florida,” Native Americans lived on the lands that now are Corbett WMA. They built mounds and traveled by canoe, sometimes on manmade causeways. In the 1800s, Seminole Indians sought refuge from the U.S. Army in Hungryland Slough. Today, the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp is housed here, providing wilderness experiences and education for children in the summer and year-round programs for families and educators. “Corbett WMA was purchased to ensure the preservation of sh and wildlife resources, other natural and cultural resources, and for shand wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Rebecca Shelton, FWC land conservation biologist. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to do that.” All lands purchased with public funds must have a management plan that ensures the property will be managed in a manner that is consistent with the intended purposes of the purchase. Hunting and shing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process. To obtain a copy of the draft land management prospectus for Corbett WMA, call Julie Kilgore at 850-487-7063 or email Julie.Kilgore@ MyFWC.com. OHS Brahmans to play Bayside Bears 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 701 S Francisco St in Clewiston9 am to dusk daily € For Info: 800-269-4583 € www.rvshowusa.com Hendry County FairgroundsThur-Sun € October 24-27 € 9a-dusk dailyBlow-Outin Clewiston PLUS. . a huge selection of certi“ ed pre-owned RVs from Fleetwood, Monaco, Winnebago, Allegro & more! See Whats NEW In RVing From: See Whats NEW In RVing From: € Diesel Pushers € Class A Gas € Class C € 5th Wheels € Travel Trailers € Luxury € Economical € They are all here in one place! € All at LOW Blow-Out Sale Pricing! HUGE SAVINGS ON NEW AND USED RVS! RV Sale By La Mesa RV of Fort Myers MASSIVE Discounts! FREE Parking & FREE Parking & Admission! Admission! 22 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 Help plan the future of the Corbett WMA Special to the Okeechobee News/ Betsy PurdumThe J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area includes pine atwoods, cypress swamps, and a hardwood hammock.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News With a lot of returning talent and an in ux of talented freshmen it appears that the Okeechobee High School boys soccer team is poised to have one of their best seasons this year. Coach Lonnie Sears will have dif culty w riting out a lineup card because there is a depth of talent rarely seen at OHS. The boy soccer team has become the most successful boys sport on campus with trips to the regional for the past ve years and two district titles. This year's squad features players like Wilson Barahona, Brian Guerrero, Devin Jimenez, Jose Ponce De Leon, Logan Laskey and Alberto Diaz. Coach Lonnie Sears said the kids are proud of their success. He called them a great group of kids that are willing to work hard, "We put them through the ringer. They're just warriors who work hard and this year we will have us a squad." Sears said the cohesion of the team and the leadership on the eld will be keys to determine whether this is a good team or a great team. The team starts next week with a preseason tournament in Lake Wales. As of W ednesday, there were 32 players in camp. They will keep 22 players and send the rest down to the junior varsity team. Coach Sears has considered eight freshmen for the varsity squad, a testament to their talent level. He predicted one or two freshmen could earn prominent roles this year. "On paper, if we get beat, then we need to reevaluate everything. Of course games are not played on paper. The dynamics and the chemistry of the team are important," he added. Sears said he must be able to coach every kid to see what they respond to. His goal is to bring out the best in each player. He said leadership on the eld is important because that makes it easier on the coaching staff. One of the strengths of this year's team is goal scoring. Several kids are accurate on their shots and have offensive skills. In the past the team had no trouble getting shots on goal, but an Achilles heel was nishing at the net. Sears said he is working on new plans and strategies that should improve the marksmanship of his players this year. "When the kids do what their told, and mix it up, and are not vanilla over and over again, they do well. I've made them run ve miles if they don't do it right. When we do, they make our defense look silly," he admitted. Top teams in the district this year include Martin County, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach and South Fork. Sears said if the team plays up to their capability they should contend and advance to regionals. "I believe we are a state contender every y ear. We've got talent and the results have been obvious. We can do it, we just have to take the next step," he added. Sears said the ninth and tenth graders are exceptional and the seniors are studs. He called this a very interesting year for OHS soccer. Devin Jimenez said the team focused on conditioning this year and have the players around that can take the team a long way. Most of the players play club ball and are in top condition. He also is impressed with the young players for their speed, their skills and their attitudes. Devin was the defensive MVP last year and was the team's sweeper. He said the defense has improved a lot and the chemistry has also improved. "We hope to not let any balls get past us. Our offense also looks pretty good. The kids aren't too boastful but they are proud of what we have. I think we will go far this year," he added. Jimenez said the team really would like a lot of fan support. He said the team is also comfortable with the high expectations. "We will do our best and we want to make our fans proud this year," he added. Senior Brian Guerrero said he realizes there is a lot of pressure on him to perform but he's had those expectations every year. He said he kept in shape in the off season and played some games with Okeechobee Club soccer. He said he felt good about taking on a leadership role for this team. "There are a lot of younger players that look up to the older guys. I'm just a regular player. I want to show them how to be a leader so when they are seniors they will be ready to take over the team," he added. Guerrero said the beauty of this team is that so many kids can play at a high level. He said while he and Wilson Barahona are the leading goal scorers, several other players can score. He also said the younger players have added to the competition and kept the older players sharp. "I see a lot of talent in the younger players. I'm sure they will do well. I will continue to help them and will pressure them to do well," he added. Guerrero also would like to see larger crowds at the home matches. He said the team has worked to be the best team on campus and wants to have fans in the stands rooting them on. "We had to work to get here and it took us a long time. I'm thankful we have a strong team," he added. The team will hold a fundraiser this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Quail Creek Plantation on route 68 east. It cost $25 per player on a four-man team and includes lunch. For more information, call Coach Sears at 863634-1334. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 For more information, contact 863.763.3134 email ”bizsearch@newszap.com 23 Okeechobee News October 25, 2013 OHS boys soccer team ready for new season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrian Guerrero works on his skills at a recent OHS boys soccer practice. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyWilson Barahona works on his footwork with the soccer ball during a conditioning drill at Yearling Middle School Tuesday.