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Sunday, November 24, 2013 Vol. 104 No. 141 14.80 feetLast Year: 15.32 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus ta x Clemons honored at Farm-City event ... Page 7 Girl Scouts enjoy In-gathering ... Page 10 Blood Roundup helps save lives ... Page 2 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Troubled children cut themselves as a way of coping with emotional painBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News While most of us squirm at the thought of cutting ourselves intentionally, for more than 40 local kids cutting themselves has become a way of dealing with their anguish or depression. Since the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, at least 40 children have been documented as cutters -or, those who cut themselves to feel better. “This is a coping mechanism. They cut because it’s real and they can talk about the pain. It’s real, and it releases the pain of mental anguish,” explained Jacqueline Byrnes, the clinical of cer for the Hibiscus Children’s Center. Ms. Byrnes, who is a licensed clinical social worker and certi ed trauma professional, went on to say children are cutting themselves for varying reasons -mental anguish, sexual abuse, bullying or physical abuse. But whatever the reason, children are using this as a coping mechanism. Also, continued Ms. Byrnes, cutting delivers “kind of a weird rush.” “It’s a cry for help. It’s a way to get our attention,” she said. “But, it’s an addiction because it releases the serotonins in the brain that drugs and alcohol do. “When we talk to kids about it, they talk about it kind of being a rush -they always feel a little high because it releases the serotonins in the brain,” she continued. She went on to point out that cutting will often happen in clusters -meaning those who cut, especially girls, will hang out in clusters. When asked about cutting, local of cials along with Ms. Byrnes are concerned about the number of incidents in Okeechobee. Statistics obtained from the Okeechobee County School District indicate there have been 143 documented cutting incidents since the 2008-09 school year. The highest number of incidents, 82, are children in the preand early-teenage years. Of those 143 cases, 74 were white females. Cutting: ‘It’s a cry for help’ By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School legend Lonnie Pryor hopes to open some eyes Sunday when he makes his debut in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they take on the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Pryor was signed Monday by the Bucs off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad and joins a team that has lost their two top running backs due to injury this year. Doug Martin and Mike James both are on the injured reserve list. Tampa Bay (2-8) hopes to have similar results with their signing last month of Bobby Rainey after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns. Rainey was named NFL offensive player of the week in the Bucs’ 41-28 victory over Atlanta. He rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Lonnie Pryor makes NFL debut with Bucs Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppRescue trainingMembers of the Special Response Team (SRT) from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce worked Thursday, Nov. 21, on saving a fellow ofcer who had been shot. The training was done on different types of platforms and at different heights. For more, see pge 8. See CUTTING — Page 5 See PRYOR — Page 14 Special to the Okeechobee NewsLonnie Pryor, a 2009 graduate of Okeechobee High School, makes his NFL debut today.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dr. Zynab HassanBoard Certi“ed by the American Board of Family PhysiciansPediatrics € Womens Health € Family Physician Monday Thursday: 8:00am 5:00pmFriday : 8:00am 4:00pm(863) 467-2159RaulersonPrimaryCare.com € 202 NE 2nd Avenue, Suites 3 & 4 Okeechobee, FL 34972 Hablamos Espaol € Same Day Appointments Af“liated with Raulerson Hospital 2 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 Today: Partly cloud y with a chance of rain. High of 72F. Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph. Chance o f rain 20%. Tonight: Partly cloud y with a chance of rain. Low of 57F. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.Extended ForecastMonday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 75F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 63F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 63F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 77F. Breezy. Winds from the West at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday Night: Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 43F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News The Eighth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup ended Nov. 17 with 484 units of blood collected during the two-day drive. Held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, a constant stream of blood donors came to share the excitement. Music was donated for both days by Michael’s Music Memories, w hich has played for the event for the past four years. Blood, this year, could be donated in three w ays: whole blood; through Alyx, which is a procedure which draws two units of red cells; and Platelet Pheresis, in which only platelets, the part of the blood which aids in blood clotting, is drawn. Thirty-seven people donated by Alyx and 32 donated platelets. When whole blood is drawn, that unit, roughly one pint, is separated into platelets, plasma and red cells. Some donated units are stored as w hole blood which has a limited shelf life. Because blood is separated to provide three different components, it is said that each unit donated can help save as many as three lives. The blood drawn at this drive has the potential to help save 1,452 lives. The blood used at Raulerson Hospital comes through drives, like the Blood Roundup, staffed by One Blood. The large v olunteer organization which is the Blood Roundup saw 28 of its members work both days and 21 additional members work one day. Members of the Girl Scouts and the high school Beta Club and ROTC also helped during the drive in many areas, including as escorts to see that the donor went to the correct one of ve buses at the drive. Five of these volunteers worked two days and 17 worked one day. More than 145 prizes, donated by individuals and businesses in the community, were awarded donors through drawing of names. Four grand prizes were drawn at the conclusion of the drive. Kevin Pienozek won a $200 nancial consultation with Costopoulos & Helton, Stefanie Roberts won a weekend stay at Hampton Inn, Linda Jolly won a two night stay at Holiday Inn and Todd Burke won a $300 shing trip with Guide Mike Shellen. The Roundup would also like to thank the restaurants who provided food to feed all workers, the Okeechobee County School Board which allowed use of the property and the individuals and businesses which donated prizes and money to underwrite costs. Planning for next year’s November Roundup, will begin the rst of the year. If you would like to take part, either as a contributor or a volunteer, or would like to host a blood drive, please call Raye Deusinger at 863467-2557. Blood Roundup collects 484 units Kevin Pienozek Todd Burke Stefanie Roberts Linda Jolly Volunteers are neededThe United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee seeks volunteers to help lower to middle income tax payers to le their federal income taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). For information, call the United Way at 239-433-2000; or, visit www.unitedwaylee.org.Ranch hosting yard salesThe Real Life Children’s Ranch yard sale will open Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. The yard sale will be open Thursday and Friday during the month of November, except for Thanksgiving weekend.


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Obamacare We are no longer in a free country. W hat happened to by the people, for the people, of the people? We no longer have a say in anything. We now have a dictator running our country telling us what, where, and w hen we can do anything. Also giving our hard-earned money to other countries when our own country is in deep debt. V andalism at the Sports Park This is one of the many reasons we cannot have nice things.  I hope they are caught and have to clean it up.  I remember when the sports complex was built and how nice it was to have. I hope they catch the punks who did this.  This is why this town can’t keep a good reputation. Some people gotta be stupid thieves and criminals.  When the sports park rst opened, they had a trailer there and they let a single deputy live there in exchange for keeping an eye on the place. Just seeing the patrol car there kept the hooligans away. I think they should try that again. With a deputy living right there, the punks are less likely to trash the place. They will never know when he might be home, since deputies tend to work odd hours. That system worked for a long time. If there are no single deputies who would like to do that, maybe a city police of cer, or even a retired of cer who still has law enforcement credentials.  How sad that these juvenile criminals destroy something that was built with donations for all of the children of Okeechobee to enjoy. They probably have little brothers and sisters who will be sad that their playground was damaged. These punks must be caught and held accountable. November 24, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit 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! Are You On Board?By Pastor Jim WatersLife Community Church of OkeechobeeJesus said: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17). Jesus also said: “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17). Here are two solid truths directly spoken from the lips of Jesus Christ; the former expressing urgency and the latter promising a guarantee. We, as Christians, go to great lengths to advise the lost community of their need to recognize the importance of repenting of their sin that separates the soul from God. So realistic is this call from Jesus that we have seriously instituted ministries such as “Vacation Bible School” with the express interest of teaching the simple “ABC” approach to children that will inevitably go out to parents, friends and many others to make known the path to becoming a Christian. The “ABCs” are easy to remember and communicate. “A” stands for “Admit”; “B” stands for “Believe”; and “C” stands for “Confess”. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent; turning away from your sin. (Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”) (Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. (John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”) (John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”) Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Romans 10: 8-10: “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is the word of faith we are proclaiming: “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.” (See verse 10 as well). Very simple though profound! With this method proven to bring the lost to a saving knowledge and also multitudes to the saved condition in Christ we, as the Christian church, tend to drop off at this point and fail to follow through with the very important promise and guarantee of Jesus as found in John 14:16 above. We need to cast a glowing interest on the work of the Holy Spirit Jesus promised and actually followed through with on the Day of Pentecost. We, as the church of Jesus Christ, need desperately to institute a vital subsequent set of “ABC’s” directed toward the indwelling and empowering by the Holy Spirit immediately after the initial set of “ABC’s” focused on coming to be a Christian. Take a close look with an interested eye and heart at the following “ABCs” to realize the simplicity, importance and also the great impact they can make on the church at large. Advance, Be Bold, Continue. Advance in Jesus’ promised Hol y Spirit. (See John 14:16) Move on from the immediate gift of the Holy Spirit to a progressive and powerful walk with the Spirit of the Lord. Be Bold in all circumstances of your Christian life being powerfully gird up by the Holy Spirit who constantly guides and directs as we learn to know Him more and more each day and as we, boldly, act as His witnesses at home and in the world. (See Acts 1:8 and 2 Corinthians 3: 7-12). Continue to faithfully walk in the Spirit o f the Lord on a daily basis with con dence while constantly drawing from His ever-present power by His bidding and delight. (See Galatians 5: 24-25). This basic approach of teaching the importance and indispensable power of the Hol y Spirit promised and guaranteed by Jesus can have as much or more of an impact as the original simplistic “ABC” approach to the Salvation message. Working in tandem as I believe, and the Bible obviously points out through the many references to the Holy Spirit’s activities, that given a serious effort by each individual Christian church, the corporate body of Christ all-inclusive, we can simply teach the undeniable truth of the magni cent power available to each believer. With this in place and on a continuing basis, just as our ongoing Sunda y school lessons and af rmations from the pulpit march forward, I also believe we, the church of Jesus Christ, can become the driving spiritual force fully intended by our Savior as we are moved by the power-driven ministry of the Holy Spirit. And all this being launched with the simple “ABC’s” of learning the undeniable importance of the need for the soul’s salvation; ultimately linked to the indispensable reality o f the Holy Spirit’s importance and constant powerful presence in and to the Christian life, to the powerlled ministries of understandabl y praying and doing. Can you see the ultimate purpose, the potential and the power initiated and instituted by Jesus Christ spawning out of such humble beginnings on the part of His church? Can you see from this simple initial approach how the rst set of “ABCs” Admit, Believe, and Confess linked together without delay as an immediate follow-up to the long-term Advance, Be Bold and Continue set of “ABCs” is the vital connection needed to bring the believer to an awareness of his or her true Holy Spirit-empowerment? Scouts enjoy IngatheringThe Girl Scouts of Okeechobee Pegasus Service Unit would like to give a big thank y ou to Mr. Sonny and Mrs. Betty Williamson for the use of their beautiful camp house and the surrounding area for our In-gathering of all Okeechobee Pegasus Service Unit Girl Scouts, Nov. 15-16. The troops that went on this wonderful camping trip were: Troop #60005 Juniors, Troop #60011 Brownies, Troop #60497 Cadettes, Troop #60599 Seniors and one Daisy. In all 26 girls attended. We cooked Girl Scout soup Friday night over an open re. Each girl brought a can of v egetables to add to the soup. The soup was w onderful. Everyone liked it and wanted more! Then we had S’mores for dessert. Breakfast consisted of egg omelets in a ZipLock bag, again cook over an open re. Libby Maxwell and Bonnie Kinchen brought sausage which was cooked over the re. Brownie Troop #60011 made sausage and cheese burritos heated over the re. It was a delicious breakfast enjoyed by all. Lunch w as hot dogs cooked over the open re by the girls! For dessert they had Banana Boats or Banana Cones made with bananas, chocolate, M & M’s and mini marshmallows over the re. Lots of activities were planned including: crafts led by Kay Mathis and Laurie Pharr; nature braclets; camp notebook for camp experiences; autographs; a Thanksgiving turkey; and a nature hike led by Bonnie Kinchen around the ranch. It was a wonderful weekend as the rain held off until we were driving out of camp! I would like to thank all our leaders who went to the In-gathering, with their girls. We had a wonderful time making new friends and working together as a team. Thank you again to Mr. Sonny and Mrs. Betty Williamson. It was beautiful place to camp -just lovely! A thank you to also Mr. Julio at the South McDonald’s for donating the orange drinks. We are really growing and will be having more service unit events this year. I want to thank all my leaders and my hard working co-worker, Kay Mathis, who made this event very memorable. Laurie Pharr Pegasus service unit manager Letters to the Editor


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 The remaining break down of the documented cases show that: 35 were white males; 15 were Hispanic males; 14 were Hispanic females; three were black females; and, two w ere black males. As mentioned above, there have already been more cutting incidents so far this school than in any other entire school year. According to school district stats in: 2008-09 there were 16 incidents; 2010-11 there were 30 incidents; 2011-12 there were 19 incidents; and 2012-13 there were 38 incidents. And, as with national trends, the highest incidence of cutting can be found in children in their pre-teen and early-teenage years. However, the school district stats document incidents in kids as young as 6 and as old as 18. “The most vulnerable are the little ones -they have no voice,” said Ms. Byrnes. She explained that pre-teen and teenage y ears are normally the years when a child will resort to cutting. But, it’s not unusual to see it in those who are in their early 20s. “They usually start younger because they learn it younger,” she said. She also said Okeechobee County is a little high in its number of cases, and that “... Okeechobee seems to have a higher number in the sense of the kind of severe cases.” This newspaper received the statistics Friday, Nov. 15. Since then, there have been at least three more incidents reported to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Those incidents were reported by parents and deputies who responded to the children’s homes. What that means is, there could actually be more incidents that no one knows anything about -whether that be school of cials, members of law enforcement or parents.WHY DO THEY CUT?When asked why children resort to cutting, Ms. Byrnes said it could be a number of reasons -the breakdown of the family unit, divorce, the economy, their physical appearance and social media. “They’re surrounded with social media 24 hours a day. They start their days with their phones and computers and they spend their days and evenings connected. They’re never tuned out,” Ms. Byrnes explained. She went on to say kids talk about this phenomena on social media sites and many get the idea from these sources. As for the economy, Ms. Byrnes said many of us only think about this as an adult problem. But, she said, it also impacts children. “We think it’s only at the adult level, but so many families are in crisis and that lters down to the kids who are concerned about w hat’s going on in the family,” she said. “Unfortunately, all of this comes down and falls on the smallest -including pets. You’ll see animal abuse rates go up.” But, she continued, moms and dads who play an active part in the lives of their children aren’t any less likely to have a child who cuts. “I hesitate to just blame the family. Police are overworked, school of cials are overw orked -everyone in our system is overw orked. Is it the failure of just one, or just the bigger picture? Moms and dads are doing the best they can with what they got,” she added.WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?Mrs. Byrnes advised to look for the classic signs of cutting: children who start wearing long-sleeved shirts or long pants; skin injuries; association with other kids who are cutters; withdrawal from family and friends; low selfesteem; and, impulsiveness. Some think that dressing in all black, or Goth style, is also a sign of a cutter. But, Ms. Byrnes said this is more of a trend than a sign. More often than not cutting is not associated with suicide or drug use. While there may be those occasions where this is true, they are not the norm. “Every generation has its issues to deal with,” pointed out Ms. Byrnes. “We all have to be more aware. We all need more education and training about these things, and getting the kids the help they need and supporting the families in the process.”LOCAL EFFORTSLocal schools, said Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy, are taking this situation very seriously. He said while there are varying degrees of cutting, every one of those incidents is reported. Then, a crisis team made up of school of cials, crisis counselor and law enforcement speak with the child. They try to nd the underlying reasons why the child has resorted to such extreme measures. The crisis team also determines if the child is a low, medium or high risk. In some cases the child is sent for mental evaluations, also known as Baker Act. This year, said Mr. Kenworthy, there have bee four incidents that have led to a Baker Act. A school social worker will also meet with the family. Mr. Kenworthy indicated that it is very important that “... the parent is communicated with. Even if it is a low risk, the parents are contacted. “Sometimes,” he continued, “it takes them (the parents) by surprise.” OCSO school resource of cers and school of cials completed a six-hour training session last month that dealt with different issues, including cutting.WHAT CAN BE DONEMrs. Byrnes children who cut themselves are treated much the same as someone who is addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling -it’s a one-day-at-a-time recovery. “We do teach the same kind of way we do with addiction. We have to teach you what to replace it with, you just can’t take away their coping skills,” she explained. “You have to replace it with something. Once you replace it, they use and what’s underlying goes away.” She went on to say the children are taught new skills and ways to deal with their feelings. “We work on their anxiety and give them new skills to cope with the mental anguish they’re feeling,” she said. If you are concerned your child me be cutting themselves, do not hesitate to call for help. Contact of cials at your child’s school, the sheriff’s of ce or police department or one of the many mental health counseling organizations available locally. Hibiscus House can be reached locally by calling 863-467-1166. CUTTINGContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News “I never would have believed it. The shock was, I didn’t see any of this coming!” As the local man spoke those words, the disbelief that his 13-year-old daughter was cutting herself still resonated in his voice. Fortunately for her, when Mr. and Mrs. Robinson (not their real name) learned their daughter was cutting herself they didn’t waste any time and they got her to a counselor. In fact, the whole family received counseling. “I didn’t see it because she had a jolly attitude and no problems in school,” he said. He went on to say this was when he rst became aware of children cutting themselves. Today, his 26-year--old daughter is happily married and is raising her own family. So what caused her to resort to such drastic measures? Her weight. “She had put on weight and couldn’t lose the weight -that was her problem. And, that (cutting) was her punishment for herself,” explained Mr. Robinson. “We didn’t know anything about it. We were told by one of her friends and that’s when we started checking. “We found it (the cuts) at the top of her legs and the bottom of her stomach. It’s my understanding she had doing it for two years,” he added. He pointed out that his daughter cut herself in such a way that her wounds, although never serious, were not visible to anyone but her. He said she would actually sort of scrape herself until it brought blood. The bleeding, he added, was not profuse. As is the norm for these cases, Mr. Robinson’s daughter was in her early teens and was white. For whatever reasons, the highest number of cutting incidents are found among white females in this age group. Mr. Robinson went on to say once he and his wife found out what their daughter was doing they took action immediately. Besides counseling, he said his entire family changed their diet. “In order for us to do it, the whole family had to do it. It was hard, especially for a teenager,” he recalled. “But once she sa w we were actually trying to help her lose weight, she realized she wasn’t alone.” He added that he and his wife were upfront with their daughter and they began talking a lot more. Although they initially talked with a school counselor, Mr. Robinson said the y ended up taking their daughter to a counselor outside the school system because it was more comfortable for the teen. He added that he and his wife also met with their daughter’s counselor. “I never would have thought of it,” Mr. Robinson said. “But once it hit home, it really hit home. “That’s when we actually reached out to get counseling -and, counseling works!” he added. Editor’s Note: The names used in this article were changed to protect the family. Dad shocked to learn daughter was a cutter


Thanksgiving dinner planned Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St., will feed the homeless and the needy families on Thanksgiving. Donations of food for this event and volunteers are needed. For information, call Emmaline at 863-634-9194.Mission to serve dinnersBig Lake Mission Outreach will serve Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless, needy or anyone that is alone or needs a meal on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Donations of cooked foods or monetary donations are needed. Dinners donated from Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens will also be delivered out in the community. If you know families, neighbors or an area that will need a meal, come and pick up meals and deliver them to those who need them. For information, call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815.Legion hosts Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night bingo Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. All proceeds will bene t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. Y outh hoop signups startParks and Recreation will be offering 2014 co-ed youth basketball for 9-14 year olds. Registration will be from Nov. 25 through Dec. 13 at the Parks and Rec of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The registration fee is $50. For information, call 863-763-6950.Masons offer to cook turkeysThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth A ve.,will have fully-cooked whole roasted turkeys on sale for Thanksgiving. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 25 Pick up is Thursday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. until noon. Turkeys are $30 each. To order, call Hugh at 863-532-1097.Shrine Club offers dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The Shrine Club is pleased to offer smoke free dinning. For y our listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.4-H collects warm clothingThe 4-H club, On The Hoof, will collect gently used warm clothing such as jackets, long pants and long-sleeved shirts until Saturday, Nov. 30, to give back to the community. Clothing may be dropped off at Countryside Florist, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; or, on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.Softball teams to meetOn Tuesday, Dec. 3 a winter softball meeting will be held at the County Civic Center, at 1750 U.S. 98 N., starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 17 is the team sign-up deadline at the Parks and Rec of ce, 640 N.W. 27th Lane. The rst game of the season will be Jan. 13, 2014. For information, visit the www.facebook.com/ OkeeParksandRec; or, call 863-763-6950.Flag football meeting slatedOn Tuesday, Dec. 3, a meeting will be held at the Civic Center for mens' and womens' ag football leagues. There is a Dec. 17 team sign-up deadline at the Parks and Rec of ce. The season is tentatively scheduled to start Jan. 13, 2014. For information, visit the www.facebook.com/OkeeParksandRec; or, call 863-763-6950.Upward hoop sign ups startUpward Basketball and Cheerleading signups will be held at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, K-sixth grade. The cost is $70 per child. The last days to register are Dec. 5 and 6 Mandatory evaluations will be held at that time. Pick up and return registration forms at the church of ce or at ROC. For information, call Pastor Jacob at 863-467-7625.OCA to hold spaghetti dinnerOkeechobee Christian Academy, 701 Parrott Ave., will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m.until 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 until 7 p.m. Dinners are offered for a $7 donation. There will also be a silent auction Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 until 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-3072. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Earl Ray Troxell, Sr., 81OKEECHOBEE Earl Ray Troxell, Sr. of Okeechobee died Nov. 11, 2013. He was born Jan. 15, 1932 in Grinnell, Iowa. He was a resident of Okeechobee since 1984. He was a Southern Baptist, member of Okeechobee Lodge 237, Life Member of the V.F.W., Scottish Rite, York Rite, Moose, Eagle and Shrine Club. He drove the children's van for the Shrine Club over 30,000 miles. He also enjoyed riding his Harley. Mr. Troxell is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Troxell; two sons, Earl Troxell, Jr. (Samantha) all of Okeechobee and Gary Troxell (Jennifer) of Alexandria, IN; ve grandchildren, Chris, Cary, Stacey, Brian and Jason; six great grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Troxell of Naples. Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Good Spirits. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Patricia ‘Pat’ VanDeusen, 79OKEECHOBEE „ Patricia "Pat" VanDeusen died Nov. 21, 2013 in Ft. Pierce. She was born May 1, 1934 in Albany, New York. She is survived by her husband, Jerrold VanDeusen of Okeechobee; three sons, Lane, Robert and Chris; two sisters, Joan and Suzie; and three grandchildren, Samantha, Mark and Adam. Funeral services will be held by the family at a later time in Nassau, New York. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the online register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972.Richard ‘Alabama’ Payne, Sr., 76OKEECHOBEE Richard "Alabama" Payne, Sr. Nov. 20, 2013 in Palm Beach. He was born Aug. 9, 1937 in Valley Head, Ala. He moved to Loxahatchee from Alabama in 1964 and to Okeechobee in 1977. He worked for McArthur Farms for 39 years before he retired. He was a member of Grace Brethren and Cornerstone Baptist Church. He enjoyed shing and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Payne was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Payne. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rub y Payne; two daughters, Rebecca Thompson (Graham Dean) of Biscoe, N.C. and Teresa Bass (Jeff); son, Richard Payne, Jr. (Kristi); three grandsons, William C. Bass all of Okeechobee, Shelby John Thompson (Mandie) of Asheboro, N.C. and C.J. Bass, Jr. (Holly) of Okeechobee; two great grandchildren, Aubreigh Bass and Chloe Thompson; sister, Carol Hammond (Kenneth) of Alabama; three brothers, Charles Payne (Glenda) of SC, James Payne of Ala. and Donald Payne (Carolyn) of Ala. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Basinger 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 direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee Florida 34972. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 & Friday, Nov. 29 for THANKSGIVING FRIDAY, NOV. 29 DEADLINE Noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26SUNDAY, DEC.1 DEADLINE 3pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27 Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsPete Clemons received a special award and former superintendent of schools Phoebe Raulerson spoke on what it is like to be a rancher’s w ife at the annual Farm City Week luncheon held Thursday at the KOA Convention Center in Okeechobee. The event also highlighted nearly 30 different y outh groups involved with 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Kiwanis Club president J.D Mixon, the Master of Ceremonies, said the lunch is an opportunity to honor the ranchers and dairy farmers that day in and day out produce the food that we eat. Visitors got a chance to meet the young people and view some of the activities at various tables throughout the convention center. Mr. Clemons said he was nervous like a kid w hen he received the award. He admitted when he started out in his career in the rodeo and agriculture he didn’t expect this much success, “Everything kind of fell in place along the way, I was fortunate enough to take advantage of some of the breaks I got,” he said. Nr, Clemons was a rodeo champion and build up his career to become owner of the Okeechobee Livestock Market. He also served the country proudly in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2008 and was also inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame last year, the rst rodeo star to be inducted. “That was really a great, great honor from a great group of people that I have admired and respected. I just loved to rub shoulders with them,“ he added. Mr. Clemons recalled he had so much fun and experienced a lot of excitement travelling all over the country, making deadlines and risking his neck in the rodeo. He remembered a rodeo he helped plan at Florida Field in Gainesville in 1948. He said it drew a large crowd and showed the popularity of rodeo. Mr. Clemons said he fully supports the restoration of the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena where he rode many times because it is a part of our history. He also predicted good things for Okeechobee’s agriculture in the future, “When you see those kids coming in there, you don’t have to worry about Okeechobee, we’re going to be alright.” Area Agri-Council president Mike Gallagher presented the award to Mr. Clemons. Mrs. Raulerson said it was a really nice opportunity to speak to the group because she either taught them or taught their kids in school. She said it is always good to remind young people that we need to keep the uniqueness of Okeechobee while we grow. “We need to make jobs for our young people but there are not many places like Okeechobee. You have a diverse amount of people that live here because we care about all kinds of people,” she added. She mentioned a funeral procession to Basinger this week where motorists pulled to the side of the road to honor the procession. She said that only occurs in small towns in the south like ours. Mrs.Raulerson is a wife of a rancher and attended the University of Florida. She said she moved off the farm at age 11 but always wanted to return. She was very picky about who she dated because she wanted her husband to be in agriculture. Her advice to farmers is to love what you’re doing and to be strong. “Those two things will carry you through because things don’t always go right or the way you plan in agriculture. If you love it enough and be strong it’ll carry you through and you’ll have success,” she added. Mrs. Raulerson currently represents Okeechobee on the Indian River State College Board of Trustees and still keeps tabs on trends in education. She also is stubborn about remaining active, insisting she does some chores, and exercise. She said if she stopped doing farm chores, she would never be able to do them again. “My advice is don’t tell older people to quit doing things because if you do they won’t be able to do it any longer,” she added. She said the large turnout at the luncheon proves people in Okeechobee are still interested in agriculture and noted it was wonderful to see so many kids involved in programs. “They are the future. They need to be reafrmed with the idea that Okeechobee is an agriculture based community as they head forward,” she added. The 20th annual luncheon was co-sponsored by Kiwanis and the Area Ag Council. Gold sponsors this year included Farm Credit of Florida, the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council, and the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association. Silver sponsors included Diamond R Fertilizer, Eagle Island Farms and Everglades Farm Equipment. Bronze sponsors included Center State Bank, Eli’s Western Wear, Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s Association, Okeechobee Livestock Market, PNC Agricultural Banking, Seacoast National Bank, St. Lucie Battery and Tire, Tire Kingdom, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee, W&W Supply Company and Williamson Cattle Company. Chefs Rick Amsden, David Hazellief and Noel Chandler and assistants Pat Miller and Wayne Prevatt were given special thanks along with the Okeechobee News, Century 21, the Pennysvaver, WOKC Radio, and Pritchard’s and Associates. Florida agriculture supports our quality of life was the theme for this year’s celebration. The Florida Farm Bureau reports agriculture has an overall economic impact of $110 billion in the state. 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We are seeing a lot of “clean up” calves. Still, everything is selling good and people are pleased when they pick up their checks! Some rain on winter grazing pastures out west could do us a lot of good! Some rain here would be nice too! Where did all the water go? Cows and Bulls were just a little higher and most classes of calves were $3-$5 lower. Heifers are closing the gap on steers little by little. Closed next week for Thanksgiving. Nov. 25 29. Happy Thanksgiving! Customers like you are the foundation of our business. May your Thanksgiving be only the beginning of a season full of blessings! Lazy H Land & Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high o f $3.05 bought by D & S Cattle. David Cotton, Clewiston; SY Hartt & Son, Sebring and Bone Farms, Sebring all topped the Cow Market with a high o f 86.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Area Agri-Council President Mike Gallagher presents a special recognition award to Pete Clemons (right) at the Farm City Week luncheon Thursday.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsYearling hosts canned food driveThe Yearling Middle School Builders Club, sponsored by Mrs. Jennings, hosted a canned food drive last week. All food collected has been donated to a local family in need. Thank you to all of the students and staff who participated! City Hall closed for the holidayCity Hall Of ces will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We wish you wellNo matter what the occasion, no matter what the situation. TURKEY DAY: FOOD THAT FIGHTS TOO MUCH This Thanksgiving we give thanks for your good health and counting on us in need. In the spirit of the holiday, if there is a case of overeating that brings an unwelcome guest like pelvic pain, heartburn or allergies, know that our ER is on standby. We will ensure that you get back to the festivities ASAP. While you enjoy the expected, let us handle the unexpected. Faster response time, unprecedented quality of care and expertise, Raulerson Hospital is here when you need them the most.24-HOUR EMERGENCY CARETEXT ER TO 23000* TO SEE AVERAGE ER WAIT TIMES WITH REALTIME UPDATES EVERY 30 MINUTES!SITUATION #51 1796 Hwy. 441 North € Okeechobee, FL 34972 € RaulersonHospital.com If you are having a life threatening emergency, call 911.*Message & Data Rates May Apply. Terms & Conditions http://www.texterhelp.com/. Privacy Policy http://www.HCAEastFlorida.com/. 12 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 One in every 20 people will develop colon cancer during his or her lifetime. The A merican Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 100,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in 2013 alone. The health of y our large intestine is very important, which is why your doctor may recommend that y ou get a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy may sound scary, but it is a much less frightening prospect than cancer. During this procedure, you will be anesthetized to keep you comfortable. Your doctor can actually perform minimally invasive surgery during your colonoscopy to remove precancerous polyps or other suspicious growths. Take a look at this infographic from Raulerson Hospital, a local provider for colonoscopies and minimally invasive surgery, to understand what a colonoscopy is and to learn the truth about colonoscopies. To nd a doctor or to ask a registered nurse a healthcare question, call 763-9228. Learn more about colonoscopies Dine with the Doctor guest is Physical Therapy directorOn Tuesday, Nov. 26, Raulerson Hospital's guest speaker for Dine with the Doctor will be Physical Therapy Director Christine Sanchez. Sanchez will speak about the causes and symptoms of lymphedema and the therapy options available at Raulerson Hospital. Dinner is $5 and begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria. The lecture is free and begins at 5 p.m. Reservations are required. For reservations or information, call 863-763-9228.Okeechobee Healthy Start to host Winter WorkshopOkeechobee Healthy Start Board of Directors Winter Workshop will be held Monday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 401 S.W. Fourth Street. The meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact Executive Director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 .2005 BUICK RENDEZVOUS Auto, 3.4L, V6, Stk#7531798T ................................2005 BUICK LACROSSE Auto, 3.8L, V6. 1 owner, Stk#7297281T ................2012 NISSAN VERSA 1 owner, Stability control. Stk#737377 P.....................2011 MAZDA MAZDA31 OWNER! Web special Stk# 7430323P ....................2012 NISSAN SENTRA 2.04 L, 4 cyc, 1 owner, Stk# 7681804P.........................2012 FORD FOCUS 21,148 Miles Stk# 7151352T..............................205 GMC SIERRA 1500 2WD, Crew Cab, Short Box. Stk#7361228T ...........2009 SATURN VUE HYBRID Hybrid, 4 cyl, front wheel drive, Stk# 7532155T .........2013 DODGE AVENGER SE Auto, 4dr, 2.4L, 4 cyl. Stk#7566455P ...........2012 TOYOTA RAV4 FWD 1 owner!!! Auto, A/c... Stk#7118341P ............2012 GMC TERRAIN Gas Miser, Automatic, 2.4L, 4 Cyl. Stk#7256148T.........2009 BUICK ENCLAVE 1 owner, Auto... Stk# 7142367T............................2008 GMC SIERRA 1500 Extended cab, short box Auto .Stk# 7277788T ....2010 BUICK LACROSSE Auto, 3.0L .Stk# 7270773P ..................................2009 CADILLAC STS Limited RWD, 32, 961 miles, stk#7153317P ..........2011 KIA SORENTO 2WD, 4 dr, 6, 770 miles Stk#7003203T.........................2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON FWD, 4 dr, 33,757miles Stk#7214221T.........................2011 FORD FLEX FWD, 4 dr, 33,757miles Stk#7D12527T.........................2013 CHRYSLER 300 4 dr, 20,060 miles Stk#7508006P.........................2013 CHEVROLET EQUINOX FWD, 2LT 15,919 miles Stk#7227921P......................... $18,990 $18,990 $19,990 $20,945 $17,990 $16,995 $18,990 $20,996 $20,996 $21,896 $24,695 $24,695PRE-OWNED VEHICLES Fort Pierce Buick GMC 5225 S. U S Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, Florida Fort Pierce Buick GMC 5225 S. U S Hwy 1, Fort Pierce, Florida Sales 772-318-4386 Service 772-318-4325Sales M-F 8:30 8:00 Sat 8:30 6:00 Sun 11:00 6:00 Service/Parts M-F 7:30 6:00 Sat 7:30 2:00 Body Shop M-F 8-5 We have a full service body shop! We repair all makes and models. We accept any and all insurance company estimates Subject to prior sale, all vehicles pricing is plus tax, tag and dealer fees. Not responsible for typos etc. See dealer f or details 2012 GMC SIERRA 1500 2013 BUICK ENCLAVE 2013 GMC SIERRA 15002011 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN 2011 BUICK ENCLAVE 2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO $39,986 $39,425 $30,988 $29,995 $29,995 $27,496Crew Cab Short Box All Wheel drive Denali Auto, 11,094 miles. 3.6L, V6 Crew Cab Short Box, 7,615 miles. 1500 LT, 35, 577 miles, Auto Auto, 3.6L, V6, 21, 541 miles 1500 Extended Cab, Standard Box, 10,975 milesSK# 7304062T SK# 7179070P SK# 7200862T SK# 7344382P SK#7394631T SK#7225999P $15,980 $16,699 $13,496 $11,995 $9,990 $10,990 $14,990 $12,880 $14,990 WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE2014 BUICK EN CLAVE EXPERIENCE BUICKSPECIAL 24-MONTH LEASE INCLUDES:2 years of Scheduled Maintenance, OnStar and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. WITH CONVENIENCE GROUP ULTRA LOW MIELAGE LEASE FOR WELL-QUALIFIED NON-GM OWNERS/LESSEES $ 349per mo. for 24 mos. $3,839 Due AT LEASE SIGNING AFTER ALL OFFERSNo security deposit required. Tax, title, license and d Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 20,000 miles dealer fees extra. 2014 GMC SIERRA WITH SLT CREW CAB VALUE PACKAGE 2014 GMC YUKON DENALI INTRODUCTORY OFFER: $ 1,000 + $ 2,500 $ 3,500OPTION PACKAGE DISCOUNT TOTAL ALLOWANCE 1. Must trade in a 1998 model year or newer vehicle. Not a available with leases and some other offers. Residency restriction apply. take delivery by 12/2/13 See dealer for details 0.9 % -or$ 2,500 APRFOR 60 MONTHS FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS1CUSTOMER CASH2 1.Not available with some other ofers. Monthly Average example is 10.8%. Some customers will not qualify. Take retail delivery by 1/2/14. See dealers for details. 2. Not available with some other offers. Take retail delivery by 1/2/14. 13 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Call a PRO JONES EQUIPMENTEst. 19894558 US Hwy 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 1-888-683-7853 863-763-5342 203 SE 2nd St. Okeechobee Phone: 863-824-6770 Jeb Acuff Administrator www.grandoaks.orgLicense AL11944 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864 An affordable way to advertise your business C hoice Automotive& Custom ExhaustA FULL SERVICE REPAIR FACILITYComputer Diagnostics NOW OFFERING New and Used Tires863-467-6633 Don’t Make the Wrong Choice! 704 NE 2nd Ave. Okeechobee, FL Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A.REBECCA H. BOLDT, Attorney at Law RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Attorney at Law 863-467-1894 mandmautobrokersinc.comM & M Auto Brokers, Inc. 3565 US Highway 441 North Okeechobee, Florida 34974 Of“ ce: (863) 763-0330 Cell: (954) 214-8877 Fax: (863) 763-0323 Mitch will work with youŽBuy Here! Pay Here! As low as $500 Down We Buy Cars For Any price, Any year, All Models! 863.763.1141300 NW Park St Okeechobee HOURS: MON-FRI 7AM 6PM SAT 7AM 5PM SUN 9AM 3PM Now Carrying Dupont Automotive Paint Pete’sProfessional Power Washing Power Washing Sealing Painting Interior & ExteriorDependable Licensed Professional Insured(863) 801-8377John Davito 1933 2142. $ Save $ $ Save $ $ Save $Pool and Hot Tub DoctorAll Makes and Models Electronic Motors Rebuilding $40. per hour. Call Rick 863-801-3990 Newman Air Conditioning, Inc 207 NE Park Street Call for Your Seasonal Check-Up Quality Doesnt Cost It Pays!Ž Fast Ef“cient Service On All A/C & Heating(863) 763-7073 Cert# CACO 13262 108 SE Park St. Hours: 9-5 Mon-Sat Each Oce is Independently Owned and Operated Berger Real Estate 425 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 cbbergerrealestate. com REALTORJulia Parker863.801.3489 CELL863.763.5335 OFFICE863.763.7390 FAXjulia@bergerrealestate.com fessional 14 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 Pryor went undrafted in the NFL draft last spring and signed as a free agent with the J aguars. He had spent the rst 11 weeks of the season on the practice squad. Pryor said it feels good to nally get his chance and called it a blessing and a dream come true. "Tampa Bay needed a player and they called me on Monday. I took the chance because I feel it's a better chance for me to play w ith the Bucs," he said. Pryor has been busy getting acclimated to Tampa. He went out on Thursday and bought a new suit because he will be on the plane Saturday when the Bucs leave for Detroit. He will also get to see his childhood idol Reggie Bush, who plays for the Lions. "I felt everything went well in Jacksonv ille. I worked hard and learned the offense and I felt I got better every day. In fact they w ere going to activate me as well but I just felt Tampa was a better opportunity," he added. There was talk Pryor would not only play full back but also some H-back the Buccaneers in some published reports. Pryor said he did practice as a tight end for a few days but now is getting work only at fullback. "I like the atmosphere here, the players are really cool and we preach about family. W e think the team is on the way up and I expect a loud stadium in Detroit," he added. Pryor joked he's glad the game isn't outside because it would likely be freezing temperatures in Detroit this time of year, something he de nitely is not used to. Detroit (6-4) is coming off a disappointing loss to Pittsburg 37-27. Pryor said he has been busy learning the playbook and is currently living in a hotel w hile he acclimates himself to the area. He said he appreciates all the well wishes from Okeechobee and he assured his fans here that he will continue to chase the dream of NFL stardom. "I feel like Tampa was the best move for me. I loved it in Jacksonville, but I'm excited about Sunday," he added. Pryor starred at Florida State as he rushed for 718 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Seminoles during his career. He rushed for over 5,000 yards at OHS in three seasons. Pryor was also Orange Bowl MVP this year with 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-10 victory over Northern Illinois. Pryor will wear jersey number 45 for the Buccaneers and will likely see action mostly on special teams. PRYORContinued From Page 1 Parade applications offeredOkeechobee Main Street's Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Lighted Parade is on Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Okeechobee. The parade will be at 6 p.m. The parade theme is "Island of Mis t Toys." The parade entry fee is $10. Main Street will limit entries to 100. Applications can be found at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org; or, at the chamber building at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Contact Sharie Turgeon at 863-357-6246 for information.


or apply online www.walpoleinc.comis seeking Local Drivers and an experienced Truck/Trailer Mechanic EOE/DFWP Truck/Trailer Mechanic Local Drivers• Must have own tools & a strong desire to excel • Knowledge of Pacar Engine a plus • Compensation based on experience • Company offers paid uniforms, paid vacation, paid insurance and boot allowance • Class A company CDL • Must have minimum of two years driving experience & clean driving record • Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacation, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! Call Ryan at (800) 741-6500 Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Personals A ttractive Slim Female seeking traditional marriage. Looking for established man 45-65 who believes in traditional gender roles. I am 45 yrs old and have no kids. Leave message 954-470-4085 Special Notice UP TO $100 each for Okeechobee County Florida License Plate Before 1964 Beginning with 57. Rusty Bent Tags OK. Jeff Francis 727-424-1576 email gobucs13@aol.com www. oridalicense plates.com CaregiversCARE GIVER WANTED SALARY NEGOTIABLE, LIVE IN DESIRED. ALL LIVING EXPENSES PAID PLUS SOME SALARY. CALL 863-623-4945 CAREGIVER NEEDED Day & Night hours available. $8 per hour. Detailed background check & good driving record a must. Please call (863)467-0627 for an interview. Employment Full TimeTruck Driver Position Department: Parts Reports to: Site Manager or Parts Manager Supervises: None Location: Okeechobee but required to travel to all locations Purpose: Operates vehicles to transport parts for the dealership. Will deliver and pick up parts from all store locations as needed. Responsibilities:• Transports parts to/from customers and/or between dealer facilities• Supports the parts and service department with parts delivery as needed• Maintains records of pickup and deliveries and obtains necessary signatures and receipts• Maintains all required OSHA and company policy • Required to use a forklift• Accounts for all time and for all distance traveled in performing assigned duties• May need to maintain assigned trucks and related equipment in good condition• Must always drive in a safe manner and follow all federal and state laws Experience, Education, Skills and Knowledge:• 1+ years experience as a truck operator or equivalent• CDL License is a plus but not required • Fork lift certi cation, company will certify but must have experience• Ability to lift items weighing upwards to 75 lbs. repeatedly• High School diploma or equivalent experience Please send resume to: dpadron@evergladesfarmequipment.com or fax to 561-996-8367 Drivers: $5,000 SignOn Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 CDL DRIVER Class A Must have DOT medical,clean driving history and 3 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Experienced Finish Graders and End Dump operators needed. Drug Free Workplace. EOE. Email resume to mash@optsvc.com or fax to 863-467-8067. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full TimeInterviewers Westat seeks motivated, detail-oriented individuals to work part time on an important study, the National Study of Health-Related Behaviors (NSHB). Interviewers will collect information from respondents about tobacco use and its effects on health. Interviewers will show respondents how to collect cheek cells and urine samples using a self-collection kit and coordinate appointments for a blood sample to be taken by a trained health professional. To learn more about this position and apply, go to www.westat.com/ eldjobs and enter Job ID 7288BR. WESTAT EOE Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full TimeKissimmee River Restoration Project S-65EX1 Cajun Constructors is hiring concrete labors, carpenters, crane operators, and Quality Control personnel. Six day work schedule. Overtime will be paid after 40 hrs. Call 863-357-0022 or apply @ 2403 SW Ruck’s Dairy Road, Okeechobee,FL 34974 Mechanic wanted Alan Jay Chrysler in Clewiston is looking for an experienced technician. Health insurance, 401k, paid vacations, uniforms, ongoing training available. Must have valid drivers license. Sign on bonus. Alan Jay Automotive Network is a drug free work place. Apply in person to Dave Bohlen@ 202 W. Sugarland Hwy Clewiston, Fl. Employment Full TimeRaulerson Hospital Housekeeping Supervisor position Please apply in person @1796 Hwy 441 N M-F 9 to 5. EEO Employment MedicalHendry Regional Medical Center has an opening for a FULL TIME INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYSTThe Analyst will maintain functional speci cations, de ne, develop and maintain application content, assist with patches, upgrades and test the Electronic Health Records (EHR). Will provide operational, business and/or technical expertise to support all revenue cycle aspects of HRMC’s EHR. The Analyst will cross train in Clinical Information Systems to provide backup support for clinical systems. Troubleshooting applications and interfaces, and work ow processes are a regular part of this position; requires the skills to provide for training of end-users as needed. The ability to consistently document (describe in written form) issues and resolutions is required. General Information Technology and Network Administration and End-User service skills will be required to participate in all aspects of the IT call rotation schedule.• Minimum three (3) years of IT experience; IT healthcare experience preferred• Formal education in the Information Technology sciences eld preferred• Thorough understanding and knowledge base of nancial aspects of healthcare (i.e. billing, registration, accounting)• Must possess an analytic mindset, critical thinking, and basic program management skills• Excellent communication, verbal and written skills, organized and reliable, on time, and able to work when requiredPlease visit our website to apply www.hrmc.us How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Medical Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, i f you call a number out o f your area, use caution. ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. 15 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!


Antiques*ANTIQUES* STOREWIDE SALE THROUGH NOVEMBER! 50% OFF GLASSWARE, LINENS, HOUSEWARES, JEWELRY. 25% OFF TABLES, CHAIRS, LAMPS, FEATHER WEIGHT SEWING MACHINES, PRIMITIVES! CO-OP ANTIQUES 1214 SW 2ND AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN). BETH 532-9138 JUDY 634-1552 Guns/SuppliesRUGER .380 LCP Pistol 2 clips and holsters for pocket. $350.00 FIRM. 1-863-467-1975 Miscellaneous1969 ROCK-OLA JUKE BOX OVER 1,500 RECORDS $750.00 or $450.00 EMPTY, NEW GENERATOR 6,250 WATTS $475.00 O.B.O CALL 863-623-4412 AND LEAVE MESSAGE OR CELL#304-687-0715 Pets/Supplies Y orkie Male Puppy beautiful baby doll head,short nose and large eyes. Will be very small last one available for 7 months. BullMastiffs also available. 863-261-3246 ApartmentsApartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 IN TOWN OKEE1br./1ba. furnished or unfurnished. Nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $700/mo., 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. Large Tiled APT in town. 2/2, w/d hook up, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572. NW OKEE: 2 BR Apts available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $550mo, and $650mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Houses Rent Houses Rent2BR DUPLEX, CLEAN, QUIET. DIXIE RANCH ACRES AREA. PETS ALLOWED UPON APPROVAL. $550/MO., WATER & LAWN MAINTENANCE INCLUDED. $400 SECURITY. 863-610-0001 Buckhead Waterfront 3bd/1ba CBS, large Florida room, tile, utility room, dock and deck, w/carport. $725 mo plus security. 1137 4th St BHR Call 561-968-4018 KINGS BAY, CBS HOME 2/2/1 AVAILABLE DEC. 1ST, $900.00 MONTHLY CALL 863-801-9163 OKEE2/1 $498.00 and 3/2 $ 625.00 Newly updated 12 miles N.E. of town center. Lawn, pest, trash and water included Call for details. Mon -Fri. No Pets 863-467-9800. ON RIM CANAL Freshly redone, 3BR, 2.5 BA, garage, boat dock. $750 mo. water incl. Call 772-359-1640. Houses Sale3bd/2ba CBS Dixie Ranch Acres, 2 car garage, pool, privacy fence, hurricane safe windows, screened patio, quiet neighborhood. For appt. to see call 772-285-1904 Lots Sale1/2 Acre Lot, fenced, oak trees, house or mobile home ok, off of 15A & 710 Hwy. One mile to Lake. $21,000 Call 863-610-1600 LOT FOR SALEBIG “O” RV RESORT A FRIENDLY, ACTIVE, 55+ PARK OKEECHOBEE, FL. ASKING $35,000 CALL 716-665-8979 Mobile Home Rent1 AND 2 BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED, GREAT LOCATION RENT INCLUDES ELECTRIC AND DIRECT TV. CALL 239-246-6301 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Mobile Home Rent2bd/2ba BHR Waterfront home $800 a month utilities, lawn, garbage included. 3bd/2ba MH BHR on Rim Canal handicapped accessible, Elevator, walk-in tub, etc. $800.00 monthly lawn,garbage and exterminating included Available in December. Call 863-467-0745 FOR RENTFURNISHED 2 BEDRM/2BATH MOBILE HOME INCLUDES WATER, YARD & GARBAGE $600.00 MONTHLY-$300 SECURITY. CALL 863-697-6412 LAKE O ACCESSRV SITES AVAILABLE KISSIMMEE RIVER Estates, 2 Bedroom, 17216 Brynwood Lane, $400 mo. + $400 deposit. Lawn & Water maintenance included. 317-402-5441 or 863-261-4138 NICE CLEAN Newly Renovated 2bd & 1bd homes in nice quiet park, small dog okay, Security required. 239-246-6301 SMALL TRAVEL trailer, all utilities included. $450/month. + $300 security. On Rim Canal. Call 863-697-0214. Mobile HomeSale2bd/2ba, 10’s of thousands of tile and marble upgrades including 66ft of screened porches, attached carport, detached garage,located by boat ramp to lake O. $18,000 425-327-0204 55+ Park For Sale or Rent w/option to buy. 9441 Hwy 78 West, 3BR/1.5BA, Fully furnished,W/D, Big Florida room,Lots of updates. $13,000 OBO (219)384-3407 Direct River Access No lock to go through. Very nice park model w/full Florida rm., screened porch & double car port. Fully furnished, comes with boat slip on Kissimee River. $32,500. 574-261-2045 or 574-784-2002. MOBILE HOME FOR SALE VANTAGE OAKS 55+ PARK NEW AIR COND., SCREEN ROOM $17,500. CALL 863-484-0501 Older Single Wide in 55+ Park, w/screened room, porch and dock on Taylor Creek. 1/2 mile from Walmart $8,000. or best offer Call 828-208-0980 Campers/RVs Campers/RVs1999 BOUNDER MOTOR HOME, DIESEL PUSHER, COMPLETELY REBUILT CALL 563-529-4048 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Utility Trailers2009 LARK, ENCLOSED TRAILER 5X8 ASKING $1,200 LIKE NEW. CALL 863-357-1505 Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Homes 2014 models are here! $8,500 Pre Construction Savings!!! John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Shop here first! The classified ads Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No.: 2013 CA 000279 U.S. BANK N.A.. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MASTR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST, 2006 AM1, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006 AM1, Plaintiff, VS. Shawn St. Pierre, Donna St. Pierre, Aames Funding Corporation DBA Aames Home Loan, Unknown Tenant #1, Unknown Tenant #2, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Aames Funding Corporation DBA Aames Home Loan Location Unknown If living: if dead, all unknown parties claiming interest by, through, under or against the above named defendant(s), whether said unknown parties claim as heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, or other claimants; and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property herein described. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property in Okeechobee County, Florida: Lot 2, Block 38, Section 24, Township 35 East, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in the Plat Book 3, Page 15, of the Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Street Address: 732 SE 32nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Clar eld, Okon, Salomone & Pincus, P.L., Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 500 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 730, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, within 30 days after the date of the rst publication of this notice, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court, otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. Dated on November 5 2013. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of said Court BY: Jennifer Rediker As Deputy Clerk 456319 ON 11/17,24/2013 16 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013 ACROSS 1 Six-time French Open champ 5 Perch, at times 9 Bucks 14 Couples choice 15 Wellss Upperworlders 16 Sisters outfit 17 Violent comic book protesters? 19 Clintons boss 20 Pigeon 21 Connection gizmo 23 Country pro 24 Big deer 26 The wind at ChiTowns Wrigley Field? 28 Diet, usually 32 National Council __ Raza: Hispanic civil rights group 33 Flintstone receivers? 35 Bleeping official 39 French bath 40 Ultracompetitive sort 42 Gaseous: Pref. 43 Shout to an awardee 45 News agencys betting method? 47 Whos sorry now 49 Grand 50 Where horses box? 54 Bring forth, as 59Acrosses 55 Kerfuffle 56 Following 59 See 54-Across 62 Nick of ArthurŽ (2011) 64 Pleasure craft loaded with Charmin? 66 Rice, for one 67 Put in a magazine 68 Sushi wrapper 69 Quarterbacks accuracy, say 70 Name meaning hairyŽ in Hebrew 71 Use needles DOWN 1 Nods, sometimes 2 Walrus hunter 3 Fictional writer on the fictional Alan Brady ShowŽ 4 Bearded bovine 5 Conditionally give 6 Intestinal sections 7 Change, in sci-fi 8 Casual eatery 9 Sunday number 10 Hydes birthplace? 11 Sailors back? 12 Old copy 13 60s Green Bay hero Bart 18 Did a croupiers job 22 Discarded 25 Venezuelan herder 27 Game with melding 28 Marine retreats? 29 Put __ on: limit 30 Chair patters words 31 Milk source 34 Day __ 36 Catch sight of 37 80s-90s ace Hershiser 38 Frosted 41 Bottom line for stockholders, briefly 44 Juice 46 Conn. school 48 Disconcert 50 Whence Roo? 51 Stable emanations 52 War adversaries since the 70s 53 Procedures involving suction, familiarly 57 School sports regulatory org. 58 Pakistani language 60 Spice Girl Halliwell 61 Pluck 63 Sudden death cause 65 Publicity By Don Gagliardo and C.C. 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By Tammi KellyOkeechobee News  Speckled Perch Steak House 105 U.S. 98 N., is a great place to go and have a good dinner. They are famous for their great steaks such as the Porter House and sirloin. With the comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff, you will feel right at home. The full bar is open for you enjoyment in the dinning room. They have a the dance oor and host live bands. This is a great place to go out and have a wonderful meal and dance the night away. You can contact them at 863-763-9983.  Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant 107 N.W. Sixth Ave., has been Okeechobee’s own original Mexican restaurant for 32 years. They have wonderful wet burritos, along with their tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. They also have sirloin steaks and a kids menu. So grab the family and head on down for some great food Jonathan is the man to see down there. Don’t forget to tell them Tammi sent you! They can be contacted at 863-467-0922.  Baracuda’s 10017 U.S. 441 N., has a great lunch buffet and salad bar for you to enjoy. They have specials all week long. At Baracuda’s you can eat inside or dine outside and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather w hile you eat. They have live bands, ranging from country music to rock and just about a little bit of everything. They host pool tournaments and karaoke! This is a great place w ith great people and good times. So go on out and order you some gator tail, frog legs, clams or oysters. You can contact them at 863-357-6883.  Beef O’ Brady’s 608 S. Parrott Ave. Serves burgers, wings, steaks, fajitas and is one of the only restaurants in town to serve curly fries! They have a lot of specials such as burger day, kids eat free day, and 69 cents wings on Monday. They have a great lunch menu to t any budget and a banquet hall to cater all you holiday parties or club meetings. They have a newly updated game room for kids of all ages to enjoy. They have a great staff and will welcome you back with smiling faces every time. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook for great deals! They can be contacted at 863-763-7300.  Zippy’s 301 S.W. Park St., has the best wings! With their new location they have a even bigger menu. Now during the holidays, they offer platters for your all your holiday parties. Tommy and his staff are the best; they would also like to take the time and say a warm welcome back to all their northern friends and they hope to see you soon! Zippy’s also has specials all week long and take out. Be sure to like them on facebook for all their updates! They can be contacted at 863-763-1399  Pueblo Viejo 3415 U.S. 441 S., is a family owned and operated restaurant. They serve steak, chicken and sh. Their fajitas are amazing. They have great margaritas and host happy hour 7 days a week until 7 p.m. They have a full bar for you to enjoy any drink with your meal. At Pueblo Viejo they will make you feel like family, like your’re at home and comfortable. Check out their web site at www.puebloviejo .com; or, give them a call at 863-357-9641. Did you know the Okeechobee News has one of the strongest business Facebook audiences in the area? These days the paper is so much more than the trusty print edition. Our community website is orida.newszap. com (where you can read my blog on the Okeechobee page!) and it is updated with breaking information and news in between publications of our regular print editions. We now have a new free local online business directory BizSearch. You can claim your free listing by going to our site and clicking on the BizSearch logo at the top of the page.Did you know ... (Thanksgiving editon) Here are some fun facts about thanksgiving that you may or may not have known.  The rst Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.  Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the rst Thanksgiving’s feast table.  The pilgrims didn’t use forks. They ate with spoons, knives, and their ngers.  Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.  The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Joseph S. Karp Florida Bar Law Specialist, Nationally Law Attorney Many people needlessly spend their life savings to pay for nursing care. With proper guidance, you may be family lose everything! Call us for professional advice, or attend one of our free public seminars on estate planning and Medicaid planning. Call 800-893-9911 18 Okeechobee News November 24, 2013


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Storm Grove Middle School jumped out to an early 15-1 lead and w ent on to defeat the Osceola Middle School Lady Warriors 38-15 in middle school girl’s basketball action Thursday in Okeechobee. Allkecia Clayton had nine points, three rebounds and two assists to lead Osceola. Bri Baker added two rebounds and two steals. Madison Creamer had three points, Alexandria Ducott had two rebounds and one steal and Aysia Jones added two points and four rebounds for the Lady Warriors. Osceola lost on Tuesday at Oslo in Vero Beach 40-19. Kaylee Bell had ve points, Jones four points and Ducott four points in the loss. Storm Grove was bigger and faster than Osceola and was able to get down the court quicker for easy scoring opportunities. In the rst half they were able to get rebound after rebound and had several inside baskets. Osceola played hard throughout and got better as the game w ent along. They showed more con dence in the fourth quarter and held their own against the Lady Sting Ray starters as Osceola cut a 32-3 de cit to 32-11 with an 8-0 run. OMS coach LiAnn Whipple said the team has a lot of work to do but has some nice guards who can handle the ball. She said they need to work on their post-game and try to get some inside points. “We have a lot of work to do down low but the girls are w orking real hard and we hope to be better by the end of the y ear,” she added. Whipple said the team must be more assertive on offense and not afraid to take shots when they are open. She said on defense they will have to stay strong inside and not be afraid against taller girls. Also among the positives was the girls willingness to pass the ball and work the half-court offense. “We have a lot of talent but a lot of new players and were working on techniques and fundamentals right now. When the girls decided we are going to put the ball up and shoot, I think they did a good job overall,” she added. Whipple said with experience and game play the team will gain in con dence and will improve their performance. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Storm Grove jumped out to an early 10 point lead and went on to defeat Osceola Middle School 42-27 in middle school boys’ basketball Thursday. Ja Juan Cherry led Osceola with 15 points, seven steals, six rebounds and one assist. Evan Neal added ve points and ve rebounds. Jessie Mond had two steals and two rebounds and Darius Houze added three rebounds, one steal and one assist for the Warriors (0-2). OMS coach Demario Coleman said his team improved their performance from their rst game a 59-11 loss at Oslo on Tuesday. He just joined the staff at Osceola and earned his degree at Grambling State University where he served as a graduate assistant coach. He said it was a great opportunity to coach at Osceola and to try and improve the basketball program. “We improved a lot in this game it was a big difference from Tuesday. Juan Cherry came in and made a big difference. All of the players came off the bench and produced so it was a great feeling,” he said. Coleman praised the high energy and discipline of the team. He said he thinks the team is ready to work hard each day in practice and should be improved for their next home game on December 6th. Storm Grove led 14-4 after the rst quarter and 21-10 at the half. They increased the lead to 34-13 after the third quarter. Osceola outscored the Sting Rays 14-8 in the nal quarter. Neal had several good scoring opportunities in the paint but was slightly off with his shots in the game. He said he was encouraged by the amount of good shots he had. “Some of the shots I couldn’t get to fall tonight. I panicked a little bit and just threw the ball up instead of looking for the open man,” he noted. Neal said he saw a lot of improvement in the team this year because last year Storm Grove defeated Osceola by 50 points. He said if the team works together, and improves on their rebounding and defense, they could win some games. Cherry said he felt the team really was con dent in how they played and are excited about their improvement this year. “We messed up some passes and had some confusion and arguing, but we need to play for God because he gave us the athletic ability,” he said. Cherry said the team should improve their chemistry and work ethic in the next few weeks. He admits he has changed his role to more of a facilitator, helping his teammates get better, with good passes and hard work on defense. “We have the talent this year. We just have to execute and come together as a team,” he added. 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