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14.01 feetLast Year: 14.50 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Friday, February 7, 2014 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 105 No. 17 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Teacher accused of being drunk may request hearing...Page 12 Cold weather aids manatee count ... Page 2 Okeechobee News/ Charles Murphy Blake Marsocci (right) tutors sophomore hurler Elijah Finney at a recent OHS baseball practice. Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News When anybody talks about Brahman baseball history these days, it doesn’t take long before the subject of Blake Marsocci comes up. Marsocci was one of the main reasons Okeechobee reached the nal four in 2005. His pitching arm and his bat were at its best as Okeechobee beat three talented teams in route to the nal four in Sarasota. Marsocci went on to pitch for Stetson University where he earned a master’s degree. Marsocci said he really appreciated all of the support he received from the community when he played and he gures coaching is one way he can give back. “I still have a lot of love for this game and as a coach I can still be a part of it. I will enjoy every minute of it,” he explained. The modest Marsocci downplays talk that he was the reason OHS went to the nal four. He is quick to praise his talented teammates and their contributions. “It de nitely wasn’t just me. There were a bunch of different guys who contributed. I wasn’t out there striking everybody out I Former OHS ace helping BrahmansSee BASEBALL — Page 5 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Florida Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Thursday morning regarding the death-sentence appeal of convicted murderer Dale Middleton. Middleton, 40, was convicted Aug. 6, 2012, of killing Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Christensen. The 12-member jury took less than 60 minutes to nd him guilty of rst-degree murder, armed burglary and dealing in stolen property. On Oct. 19, 2012, then-Okeechobee Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger ruled Middleton should be put to death. But in his Feb. 6, 2014, address to the seven justices Public Defender Jeffrey L. Anderson cited several points as to why Middleton’s sentence should be changed to life. He claimed Middleton did not go to Mrs. Christensen’s home with the intent to kill her and that Judge Belanger was biased in his sentencing decision. “He wasn’t necessarily using reasoned judgement. He didn’t give it a fair shot,” said Mr. Anderson of the judge’s sentencing. Mr. Anderson argued that Middleton, who lived across the street from Mrs. Christensen in the Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park, did not go to her home with the intent to kill her. He was, High court hears Middleton appealSee MIDDLETON — Page 5 By John H. CampbellU.S. Army Corps of Engineer The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting the nishing touches on a risk assessment report for the 143-mile dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. The report is expected to be the source of much conversation in light of huge water releases last summer from the lake due, in part, to the poor condition of the dike. “This is the most comprehensive analysis that’s ever been done on the risk associated with Herbert Hoover Dike,” said Tim Willadsen, project manager for rehabilitation at the dike. “This report identi es the challenge, which helps drive discussions on the remaining solutions needed to reduce the risk at the dike.” 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy year for rehabilitation at the dike. Jacksonville District continues to press on with construction projects, and will move closer toward completing More dike repairs planned this yearSee DIKE — Page 5


Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 4,831 manatees in Florida during this year’s statewide aerial survey, conducted in late January. Over two days (Jan. 24 and 27), a team of 20 observers from nine organizations counted 2,317 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,514 on the west coast of the state. The nal numbers will be available following v eri cation of survey data. “This year’s manatee count is the third highest we have recorded since the rst statewide aerial survey in 1991,” said Gil McRae, director of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. “We are encouraged by the relatively high count, especially given the high number of manatee deaths documented recently. Information on warm-water habitat use from this year’s survey will be integrated with manatee survival and reproductive rates to update future population projections.” The goal of the aerial manatee survey is to count as many manatees as possible, prov iding researchers with a minimum number for manatees in Florida waters and a snapshot of where they are at the time of the surv ey. Weather conditions and manatee behavior during the survey have a large effect on survey counts. Because these factors vary from year to year, this count cannot be used to determine long-term population trends. “After two winters of above-average temperatures, this year we received several consecutive, strong cold fronts that helped to gather manatees at warm-water sites where they could be more easily counted,” said FWC manatee biologist Holly Edwards. The surveys highlight the importance of warm-water habitat to manatees in the winter, increasing researchers’ understanding of manatee distribution and relative use of these areas that are essential to manatee health and survival. The survey information helps managers better protect this endangered species. Researchers have been conducting statewide aerial surveys since 1991, weather permitting, to meet the state’s requirement for an annual count of manatees in Florida waters. Statewide aerial surveys were not conducted during the winters of 2012 and 2013 due to warm-weather conditions. Florida residents can help manatees by purchasing a manatee specialty license plate and a manatee decal. Funds from the license plate and decal support manatee research and conservation. Go to BuyaPlate. com to learn more about the license plate and MyFWC.com/ManateeSeaTurtleDecals to purchase a decal. Both items are available at county tax collectors’ of ces. To learn more about statewide aerial surveys, visit MyFWC.com/Research/Manatee and click on “Population Monitoring and Aerial Surveys.” To learn more about manatee conservation, go to MyFWC.com / Manatee. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. DE W O R MYO U RCA T T L ETH EEA S YWA YWI T HOU RNE WSA F E-G U A R D C C a t t l e C u b e s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s B l o c k s S a f e g u a r dM o l a s s e s S t o p I n F o r D e t a i l s Hwy. 98 N. Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 MOVIE TICKETS:Adults $6.50 Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies Matinees $4.50Fri., Feb. 7TH Thurs., Feb. 13THFor Info, Call 763-7202 II: “ THE LEGO MOVIE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00I: “RIDE ALONG”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon 3:00 & 7:00III: “ THE HOBBIT”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 7:00 & Mon 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG PG-13 Dr. Rajinder Singhannounces the closing of his Dental practice, effective February 28, 2014. For copies of patient records, contact Dr. Rajinder Singh 909 S. Parrott Ave. #10-D Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-5454 2 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 Today: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Highs around 80. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds around 5 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance o f rain 20 percent. Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds around 5 mph becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent. Saturday Night: Considerable cloudiness with a slight chance of showers. Lows around 60. Chance of rain 20 percent. Sunday: Partly cloudy. A chance o f showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent. Okeechobee Forecast Cold weather helps aid 2014 manatee count WEST PALM BEACH — Federally endangered wood storks, white ibis and great egrets led a moderate improvement in overall wading bird nesting efforts in 2013, according to the 2013 South Florida Wading Bird Report released last week by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). “Along with being icons of Florida’s Everglades, wading birds represent key indicators of ecosystem health,” said SFWMD Executive Director Blake Guillory. “The construction projects we have underway will help achieve restoration targets that focus on cleaning water and improving wildlife habitat.” An estimated 48,291 wading bird nests w ere documented throughout South Florida in 2013. This represents 57 percent above the average for the past three years and is similar to the average of the past eight years. Highlights of the report include:  Wood stork nests increased by 97 percent over the three-year average.  White ibis nests increased by 90 percent over the three-year average.  Great egret nests increased by 46 percent over the three-year average. Scientists attributed the increase in nesting for these species to multiple years with above-average rainfall, which promoted the production of prey for the birds. Further, rapid drying leading into March 2013 helped concentrate prey for feeding. Nesting numbers also increased in the Water Conservation Areas and the mainland area of Everglades National Park. An estimated 35,580 nests were documented in these areas, representing 74 percent of all nests in South Florida. This is a moderate improvement over the 24,191 nests in 2012 but similar to the 10-year average of 34,732 nests. Other ndings in the report include:  Everglades National Park has become more attractive to nesting wading birds in recent years.  The Lake Okeechobee marsh had the fourth highest nesting numbers in 33 years.  Snowy egrets and tricolored and blue herons experienced steep declines in 2013.  For six of the past seven years, wood storks failed to breed in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The South Florida Water Management District is a regional, governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state – 16 counties from Orlando to the Keys. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s ve water management districts. The agency mission is to manage and protect water resources of the region by balancing and improving water quality, ood control, natural systems and water supply. A key initiative is cleanup and restoration of the Everglades. Report shows wading bird population improving Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCThis photo taken at Tampa Electric-Appollo Beach shows manatees gathered to enjoy the warm water.


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Teacher accused of drinking First it was a bus driver accused of drinking and now a teacher. Guess those middle school kids will drive you to drink.  If I was drunk at my job, I would be red, as I should be. Zero tolerance.  A student doesn’t get these kinds of chances. A student would have been kicked out by now.  I have to wonder if the union contract is part of the reason they let someone who had been arrested on drug charges return to the classroom after going through drug court.  I can’t think of any other business that would not have red an employee who was charged with felony doctor shopping. The school board and the teachers union should be more concerned about the children and how situations like these affect the kids.Deadbeat parents Regarding the article ‘Millions owed in child support’ the article appears to leave the burden of support on the recipients who fail to convey information on those who are to pay support. I personally was compelled to do so last year and learned quite quickly that the state’s attorney fails to prosecute these cases.Up in the sky Mystery solved about the triangular light in the sky. My UFO turned out to be the re ection of the electric billboard at the intersection of SR 78 and 721. When the night sky is overcast with a very low atmospheric ceiling, the top edge of the light re ects off of the mist and forms a huge white triangle in the sky. I’m a little disappointed.  I saw something in the sky on Jan. 14 about 10:30 a.m. I was on my way to Walmart. I was going south on Parrott Avenue. There was not a cloud in the clear, blue sky except this one oblong cloud. From the ground it appeared to be about three feet wide and 5 feet long. After I got to the parking lot and got out, I was looking at it, and someone said “what are you looking at?” I said, “that,” pointing up to the object in the sky. When I came out of the store about 5 minutes later, the cloud was gone. Weird, I say.  Lots of strange things happen in Florida. It would not surprise me if we were visited by aliens from other planets. They could be among us now, in our churches and schools and even county government.Free Fair Thank you to the American Legion for hosting the Free Fair and inviting the special needs people to enjoy it. A great time was had by all.Made in America I recently went to the store looking for light bulbs, made in the USA. I used to buy GE, but all of them were made in China. I nally found, happily, Sylvania bulbs, that were made in the USA. I bought six hoping that they would last me a long while. The American-made light bulbs were almost on the bottom row, but after searching, I found them! Rotary Club dinner a successOn Saturday, Jan. 25, the Rotary Club of Okeechobee held its rst wild game dinner at Quail Creek Plantation. What a perfect setting! Even the weather warmed up enough, though the electric heaters blew a fuse near the end of the evening. Overall, we had a fabulous night, thanks to our sponsors, donors and attendees. Huge thanks go to our presenting sponsors: Quail Creek and Okeechobee News. Quail Creek Plantation, an upscale facility, was a delight; owner Maria Fanizzi offered assistance, decorations, use of the kitchen, as well as the pavilion itself. Wild game and the rustic setting complemented our event. Okeechobee News ran 1/2 page, color ads in every edition, plus their insert, beginning before Christmas. What calls and inquiries that generated! Those local ads resulted in near daily calls and dozens of tickets sold. The Pennysaver also ran our ad several weeks. Please patronize our local sponsors. Results are guaranteed. Other sponsors that made our night so successful were: Garcia and Garcia, MDs; Joey and Dawn Hoover; Taylor Rental; CenterState Bank; TD Bank; Thompson Jewelers; State Rep. Cary Pigman; State Sen. Denise Grimsley; Okeechobee The Magazine/Pennysaver; Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep; and Susan Giddings. Without their monetary and in-kind contributions, the event could not have been the over-the-top night that it was. The donations we received for the live auction, Chinese auction and gun raf e were awesome! Thank you, Okeechobee, for supporting us so well. The proceeds from the Walk on the Wild Side are earmarked for OHS scholarships, Okeechobee Educational Foundation mini grants, Real Life Children’s Ranch and other local and international projects. Our donors for the live auction were: Lawrence Beckett, Dr. Trini Garcia, Hampton Inn, Anna Ivey, Gayle Molyneaux, Okeechobee Dodge, Thompson Jewelers, Taylor Rental, Williamson Cattle Company and Rob Willson. For the Chinese auction, donations came from the following: AutoZone, Bass Pro, Lonnie Beckett, Beef O’Brady’s, Kristy Crawford, CVS, Eli’s Trailer Sales, Donna Gaiser, Phyllis Gildner, Golden Corral, Home Depot, Hunter’s Den, KM Nails, KOA, Lehman Auto Body, Lightsey’s, Okeechobee Dodge, Okeechobee Feed, Okeechobee High School/Digital Design, Pueblo Viejo, Carla Santangelo, Seacoast National Bank, Serenity Coffee Shop, Spring Lake Golf Resort, Thompson Jewelers, Tir e Kingdom, Tires Plus, Bridgette Waldau, Walgreen’s and W&W Lumber. Thank you ver y much! Volunteers. What would any function b e without them? Special thanks go to Tom, Susan and Roscoe McCoin for the wonderful menu and amazing food! Wild game withou t the “game.” Good Job! Also helping in kitchen duties were Jim Benton, Frank Decarlo, Sean Downing, Mike Costopoulos, Carl Gaiser, Rocky (The Gun Shop), and Trini Garcia. Our masterful auctioneer was our own Jim Benton of Faith Farm Ministries. Other committee members were: Lonnie Beckett, Terr y Burroughs, Kristy Crawford, Susan Giddings, Donna Helton, Debi Large, Lisa Lumpkin, Darlene Mayers, Gayle Molyneaux, Rob Willson and Denise (and Smiley) Whitehead. Our club’s special presentation of the Carl T. Durrance Award for outstanding communit y service and “Service above Self” went to John Ed Burdeshaw. As the “oldest” past presiden t and longest serving Rotarian of our club (a t nearly 58 years, he was this year’s unanimous choice. Congratulations, John Ed! Thank you for sharing our history and traditions. Since the Walk on the Wild Side was such a hit, our next wild game dinner is scheduled for March 21, 2015. As details emerge, we will keep everyone informed via our Faceboo k and Twitter pages.Thanks again, Okeechobee! President, Donna Gaiser Rotary Club of OkeechobeeWe Recycled!Kudos to all those involved in the recycling at the Health Fair Saturday in Okeechobee. I t was successful and I want to thank all thos e who made it happen and to all the volunteers who helped in so many ways to make the fai r what it was. Thank goodness the weathe r warmed up and it was a beautiful day. Next year we will make an effort to mak e sure that the cardboard is recycled also. The biggest issue is educating the publi c as to what can and will be recycled by Wast e Management. The small half orange juic e bottles were thrown away by the public but, the public thought that the plastic juice glasses could be recycled. It took some sorting in th e end. It amazes me that a person will stand righ t next to a recycle bin and still throw their wate r bottles and cans in the garbage in the adjoining receptacle. We need to educate them and we are on our way.Joyce Bussell February 7, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to www.newszap.com, click on the community name and your local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating! Pet of the WeekHoney Bree is a Carolina Dog mix with a nice temperament. She does very well with other dogs. She is house trained, neutered and up to date on all shots. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/ Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Okeechobee News/ 4-H Picture Perfect Photography Club


instead, only planning to ask her to loan him some money. He had seen Mrs. Christensen counting her tip money on July 27, 2009. Mrs. Christensen, 49, was a server at the Golden Corral Restaurant. On July 28, 2009, Middleton walked the 139 feet from his home to hers. Even though Ms. Anderson said Middleton had no intentions of killing the woman, he did put a knife in his back pocket before he left his mobile home. “Are you intending he walked across the street to see the lady and was then going to leave? Is that what you are intending?” asked J ustice James E.C. Perry. Mr. Anderson replied that at some point, after he had asked her to give him some money, Mrs. Christensen ordered Middleton out of her mobile home. They then began to struggle and Middleton grabbed the smaller w oman, drug her to her bedroom and killed her. When he couldn’t nd the cash, Middleton stole a 42-inch at screen television Mrs. Christensen had won at a Golden Corral Christmas party. He later sold that TV for $200. Justice Jorge Labarga didn’t seem to agree with Mr. Anderson’s argument that the killing wasn’t premeditated. “We’re not only talking about the money, but the TV. He could have gone (back) when she wasn’t there,” reasoned Justice Labarga. But, the public defender argued that taking the television wasn’t part of Middleton’s plan. “He wanted money,” offered Mr. Anderson. When Justice Peggy A. Quince spoke of the killing, she didn’t mince words and described it as heinous and atrocious. “He did this because he wanted something that didn’t belong to him,” she said. And Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marie Lerner didn’t mince words either when she described for the justices the grisly manner in which Mrs. Christensen was killed. When Middleton entered Mrs. Christensen’s home on that day “... his intent was to kill her,” said Ms. Lerner. “He was in her house the day before and could have robbed her then. But, he went back the next day,” she told the justices. She went on to address a statement by Mr. Anderson that Middleton has an IQ of 83 and that he had been doing drugs, speci cally prescription pills and methamphetamine, that day. “He played with the psychologists to get the best results because he knew he going to get the death penalty,” said Ms. Lerner, of his pre-trial examinations. “He attacked her within a foot-and-a-half of the front door. The evidence showed she retreated — she did not attack him.” She went on to say Middleton used a paring knife to kill the 5-foot-3, 130-pound, woman. As for the trial judge being biased in his sentencing of Middleton, Ms. Lerner explained that Judge Belanger gave weight to such mitigators as his IQ and his poor childhood. Both sides will now have to wait for the justices to render a decision. Middleton is currently being held in the Florida State Prison in Raiford. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 had defense behind me, I hit a little bit, but there were other guys who had some clutch hits,” he added. The one thing he always remembers is going to the then Cincinnati Reds spring training stadium in Sarasota and walking out onto the eld to see 4,000 yellow T-shirts that showed Chobee baseball. He said he’d like to return to the nal four as a coach. “That is something I will de nitely never forget. Sooner than later, I want to go back there as a coach and let these kids experience that,” he added. Marsocci was named pitching coach this season by new coach Eric Kindell. He said his goal is to mentor these young men and show them hard work pays off. Marsocci was praised for how hard he worked when he played at OHS. He remembers swinging a baseball bat in the batting cage while the football team played their homecoming game back in 2004. He was always working and that showed up in his performance. “I want the kids to get the most out of their ability. We don’t have any big power arms and no one will light up the radar gun. I want the kids to hit the corners, change speeds, locate the ball, get ahead of hitters, throw a lot of strikes and get a lot of ground balls,” he noted. Marsocci spotted a few aws in his young pitching staff during workouts and has solved a few of their mechanical problems. He said he thinks the young pitchers have talent and can improve throughout the year. “We have a very good group of younger pitchers coming and I look forward to working with them. There are some guys, who potentially, could be standouts,” he noted. This year’s staff is led by seniors Kutter Crawford and Christian Crews. Crawford always shows up in great shape and is teachable. He is affable and polished on the mound. Marsocci likes his command and his versatility. Marsocci also praised sophomore Elijah Finney. He predicted Elijah will get better throughout the year and that he is not afraid to throw him against any team. “He’s started to grow into his body and he has a lot of movement on his pitches,” he added. Crews should also be a steady contributor with solid arm action and pitches. He also is healthy for the rst time in his high school career. Marsocci said he won’t throw the younger pitchers to the wolves and will bring them along slowly. He doubts if there will be man y complete games this year. His goal is to have his pitchers throwing well when the district tournament comes around in April. Marsocci found out himself the formul a to pitching just after the start of his senior year. Instead of trying to throw the ball past everyone with a mid-80s fastball, he started to listen to then pitching coach Mark Ward, and became a pitcher. “I put my ego aside, listened to coach Ward, and found out I didn’t have to blo w batters away. I got ahead with the fastball, hit my spots and got people out,” he added. Other pitchers in the mix this year include Paul Jackson, and younger pitchers on the junior varsity like Gabe Greseth, Baron Stuart and Cody Louthan. He said all could graduate to the varsity should an older pitcher get hurt this year. “We are young but I think we will surprise some people. I want to win every game and I’ll coach to win every day. We will see what happens, but a 15-10 season wouldn’t surprise me,” he added. BASEBALLContinued From Page 1 a study that will provide options on the remaining measures needed to reduce the risk of dike failure. The completed risk assessment will be used to develop and formulate solutions through a process known as a Dam Safety Modi cation Study (DSMS). The goal of the DSMS is to identify and prioritize the remaining measures necessary to nish rehabilitation. It is anticipated that the nal Dam Safety Modi cation Report (DSMR) will be ready in 2015. Rehabilitation work has been ongoing since 2007. However, previous risk analyses w eren’t as comprehensive as the current effort. “When we started work, the intent was to x Reach 1, and then move on to Reaches 2 and 3 on the south side of the lake,” said Mr. Willadsen. “Now, we want to make inv estments in dike repairs that will lower the risk across the entire system, not just one portion of the system.” One measure that’s already known is addressing the 32 federally owned water control structures, commonly known as “culv erts.” These structures currently pose the greatest risk of dike failure. “The culverts were identi ed as the greatest risk to failure due to loss of material into and around them,” said Mr. Willadsen. “Replacing these structures is the current priority.” Culvert replacement construction began in 2012. By the end of 2013, contracts had been awarded to replace 16 of the 32 culv erts needing attention. Culvert 11, located south of Port Mayaca on the east side of the dike, is furthest along in its replacement. “These structures aren’t like driveway culverts,” said Mr. Willadsen. “To replace a culvert, we have to install a cofferdam to hold back the lake while crews do their work, remove the old culvert, and pour the concrete to install the new culvert. It sounds simple, but it’s a very complex and timeconsuming process.” Jacksonville District anticipates awarding additional contracts to replace culverts later this year. Those opportunities will be advertised on the FedBizOpps website (www.fbo. gov) when solicitation packages are ready. While culvert construction presses ahead, Jacksonville District continues to work through the DSMS process. Staff from nearly every district organization as well as other corps of ces across the nation have been developing and reviewing options for the next phase of dike rehabilitation. “We started off with a lot of ideas,” said Mr. Willadsen. “Now we’re narrowing the large number of ideas into a suite of alternatives that we believe are worthy of further investigation.” Mr. Willadsen said the district would like to present a tentatively selected plan this summer, so environmental reviews can begin. Public participation will be a key part of the process. “For various reasons, there’s a lot of interest in what is going on with the dike and the rehabilitation,” said Mr. Willadsen. “Our goal is to ensure we are reducing the risk of dike failure by making appropriate investments on behalf of the nation’s taxpayers. Rehabilitation of the dike is necessary to protect lives and property in the adjacent communities.” DIKEContinued From Page 1 MIDDLETONContinued From Page 1 Volunteers sought for advisory board The Okeechobee High School Automotive class is looking for community business leaders and general public, along with the parents of current automotive students, to become members of the advisory board. The board meets a minimum of two times a year and discusses ideas, and class progress. They ask and need input for what to focus on throughout the school year. This is very helpful in malomg productive employees. For information, contact Jason Anderson at 863-634-5272 or 863-462-5025, ext. 1801.Widows and Widowers Support Group to meetThe Widows and Widowers Support group meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Lodge at the Lake. For information, call Darlene at 863-467-5351.Real Life Children’s Ranch hosts a yard saleReal Life Children’s Ranch yard sale is open Wednesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out for great bargains.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Doris Hogan, 84OKEECHOBEE — Doris Hogan of Okeechobee died Feb. 5, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Ray Hogan; three sons; two daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Burial will be 12 Noon, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Ortona Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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.Robert Ervin Coker, 80OKEECHOBEE — Robert Ervin Coker of Okeechobee died February 3, 2014. He was born January 4, 1930 in Bradenton to John and Doris Coker. A resident of Okeechobee for over 20 years, he worked at ranches, took care of Polo grounds for 45 years all over the country and drove for Walpole. He enjoyed participating in rodeos bulldogging and calf roping. Mr. Coker is survived by his daughter, Melod y Cook of Bradenton; two grandchildren, Jamie and Jason; and one great grandson, Gavin Lee. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Monday, February 10, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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. Thomas Michael Godwin, 57OKEECHOBEE — Thomas Michael Godwin of Okeechobee died Feb. 3, 2014. He was born April 6, 1956 in Stuart, Florida to Thomas and Faye Godwin. He was a commercial sherman and enjoyed yard work, shing, hunting, the outdoors, football and NASCAR. He moved to Okeechobee eight years ago. Mr. Godwin is survived by his mother, Faye Godwin of Okeechobee; two sons, Michael Taylor Trevisan of Deland, Fla., and Brant Garrett of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Tiffany Perri of Stuart, Fla.; three sisters, Linda Nieto of Okeechobee, Louise Burke and Tina O’Dell (Shawn) of Danville, Ill.; grandchildren, Brant Andrew Garrett, Jr., Ariella Marie Garrett of Port St. Lucie and Weston Perri of Stuart. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Resurrection Life, 1803 SW 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 with Pastor Dave San Martin of ciating. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the 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 February 7, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by e-mailing obits@ newszap,com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com Eagles hosting dinnersThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4509, will serve choice rib eye steak dinner, shrimp or sh, starting at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 7 Entertainment will be provided by Sax On The Beach. Saturday, Feb. 8, dinner is cook’s choice. Entertainment will be by Private Practice. Sunday, Feb. 9, southern fried chicken will be served. Tuesday, Feb. 11, is the weekly dart tournament with hamburgers being served. The public is welcome. Proceeds from Tuesday goes to local Cystic Fibrosis. For information, call the Cypress Hut Eagles at 863-467-1154. V FW offers bingo, karaokeVFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34 St., on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, will have bingo at 1 p.m. and karaoke at 7 p.m. The kitchen will open at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, dinner will be from 1 until 3 p.m. with roasted chicken. For information, call 863763-0818. All proceeds go to local veteran organizations.Quarter auction is Feb. 8Okeechobee Women of the Moose, 159 N.W. 36th St., Chapter 956, is sponsoring a quarter auction Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. It is open to the public. Food will be available. The Moose is now serving Sunday breakfast from 8 until 11 a.m. in the dining room only. Social quarters will open at 1 p.m. Thursday, bingo starts at 1 p.m. and lunch will be available. Friday, bingo bonanza starts at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to support Moose charities programs.Theater events plannedThe Okeechobee County Public Library will host two musical theater presentations Saturday, Feb. 8 starting at 1 p.m. The event will feature the third extract from the “Cabaret-Sinatra Era,” which will be followed by “A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Part 1.”Elks hosting showThe Bud and Donna Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the VFW Lodge on U.S. 441 S. Admission will be a $10 donation. All proceeds will g to Elks Charities. For information or tickets, call Jim at 863-623-5161.Masons hold breakfastThe Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth St., will host a breakfast with all the xings Sunday, Feb. 9 for $6 per plate. The public is welcomed and carry-out is available. Breakfast will be served from 8 until 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to local Mason giving.Legion offers Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo Feb. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. O.R.E. will meet Feb. 10The Okeechobee Retired Educators (O.R.E.) will meet Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Members need to bring their volunteer hours log, their books to donate to Hooked on Books and any school supplies intended for donation to Lee Jolicoeur’s Haiti mission. Any retired educator is invited.Tax preparation offeredFree tax preparation and eling by AARP Taxaide volunteers will begin Monday, Feb. 10 at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. (east side entrance), on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You must bring photo identi cation, Social Security cards for all dependents, last year’s tax return and all 2013 nancial papers. No appointment is necessary. You will be helped on a rst come, rst served, basis. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Do not call the American Legion. For information, call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.Shrine hosting dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1740 S.W. 53rd St., will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 4 until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required. The club offers smoke-free dining. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided from 5 until 8 p.m. All proceeds bene t Shrine charities. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club contact: Kip Gardner at 863357-0427; Dr. Randall Mims at 863-763-9200; or, the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Bene t aids burn victimThe Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) will take part in a celebrity server night Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. to bene t Walter Morgan, 19. The teen was injured while lighting a campre and received third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body. He is the son of OCPD Detective Scott Morgan. The Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., will host the event. Tickets are $11 in advance or $14.50 at the door and will include dinner and a drink. For information contact: Michele or Connie at the sheriff’s of ce, 863-763-3117; or Bettye Taylor or Kelley Margerum at the police department, 863-763-5521. Walter is a patient at Tampa General Hospital and is currently in the intensive care-burn unit. All proceeds will help defray his mounting medical expenses.Judge to speak at libraryRetired Judge William Hendry will speak at the Okeechobee Library Thursday, Feb. 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. He will talk about how the local court system was create. For information, call the library at 863763-3536. Valentine dinner plannedAMVESTS Post 200, 8591 S.R. 78 W., will host a Valentine’s dinner Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. for a donation of $7. Friday, Feb. 21, there will be a bar bingo at 12:30 p.m., and Gator races at 7 p.m. For information, call 330-556-1576.B.R.A.T. dance is Feb. 15The Okeechobee B.R.A.T. Club will host a teen dance party at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 7 until 10 p.m. The cost is $7 and includes pizza, soda and chips. For information, call 863-697-9096.OCCA plans yard saleA yard sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. 441 S., and will be hosted by the Okeechobee County Cattlewomen’s Association to help raise money for their scholarship fund. For information, call Janette at 863-801-4426 or Jackie at 863-634-1980.Girl Scout fundraiser setA golf tournament to aid Girl Scout Troop 60005 will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Blue Heron Golf Club. The entry free is $160 per team. For information, call Robin at 863801-3413. Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 Y MS teacher accused of being intoxicated in classBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News The investigation surrounding a local middle school teacher who was allegedly intoxicated in front of her class is continuing, stated a press release from the Okeechobee County School District. That release goes on to point out the teacher — Catherine Ann Jones — has been suspended from her teaching duties at Yearling Middle School without pay. “School board policy provides an indiv idual 15 days to request a hearing on any decision which affects his/her substantial interest,” stated Joni Ard, assistant superintendent of administrative services for the school district, in that release. “In the event a hearing is requested, it will take place March 11.” The seventh grade teacher was removed from her classroom Jan. 27 after a school resource of cer and YMS principal Andy Brewer stood in the open doorway of her classroom and watched her. According to a report by Deputy Joseph Hall, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce and a school resource of cer at YMS, Jones was “... stumbling around the class, had slurred speech and could barely stay awake.” At one point, continued the report, she tried to take a drink from a cup “... but had a dif cult time doing so.” After she was removed from her classroom Jones, 47, reportedly denied being under the in uence of alcohol, added the deputy’s report. She purportedly told Deputy Hall she was not sick and is not a diabetic. Deputy Hall went on to indicate in his report Jones “... appeared and smelled to be intoxicated.” Jones has not been arrested or charged in connection with this alleged incident. However, that was not the case four years ago when she was arrested by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on seven felony counts of doctor shopping. She was arrested Feb. 5, 2010, for going to seven different local doctors and receiving prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills, stated that detective’s arrest report. At this time, Jones was a language arts teacher at Osceola Middle School. That report pointed out that during one span — Sept. 7 through Oct. 26, 2009 — she received scripts for 540 painkillers. She apparently lled her prescriptions at four different local pharmacies. Following that arrest, Jones entered a local drug court program on April 7, 2010. She successfully graduated from that program on April 7, 2011, and the felony charges led against her were dismissed. Upon her completion of drug court, Jones was allowed to resume her teaching duties in the local school district. Jones has been a teacher in the local district for 14 years. In an earlier interview, Mrs. Ard stated Jones’ classes are being covered by a substitute teacher. “The district wants to assure all parents that we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students,” she said. Middle school teacher suspended without pa y The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  David Ray Chadwick, 42, S.E. 19th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony battery. His bond was set at $5,000.  Tobey Kathleen Long, 69, Trout St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Megan Holroyd on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond.  Elizabeth Danielle Skipper, 32, Arbor Lane, Moore Haven, was arrested Feb. 4 by Deputy Timothy Porter on an amended DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation possession of methamphetamine. She is being held without bond.  Dustiyn James Hayda, 22, N.W. 36th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 5 by Deput y Yero Todman on a Brevard County warrant charging him with the felony of violation o f probation burglary of an occupied dwelling. He is being held without bond.  Tammy Dalain Lynn, 49, C.R. 721, Lorida, was arrested Feb. 5 by Deputy Yero Todman on a DOC warrant charging her with the felony of violation of probation possession of oxycodone. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Michele BellOCSO Public Information Of cer It’s hard to miss them in their new eyepopping, neon-yellow school crossing guard uniform — and that’s the idea. Okeechobee County has three very special men we would like to recognize during this special week who keep our children safe w hile heading to and from school each day. Those school crossing guards are Robert (Bobby) Sippert, Robert (Bob) Baker and Glenn Thomas. School Crossing Guard Appreciation Week in Florida is Feb. 3-7. “These folks are dedicated to the safety of our children traveling to and from our schools. They are there when it’s raining or freezing,” said Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Major Noel Stephen. “We appreciate their dedication to the children and our sheriff’s of ce.” These men are truly unsung, everyday heroes of Okeechobee County. They deserve a friendly smile and a cheerful greeting from all of us for a job well done. The next time you see one tell them thank you, give them a wave or a simple smile. Feb. 3-7 is School Crossing Guard week Submitted photo/ OCSOThe week of Feb. 3-7 is School Crossing Guard Week in Florida and three crossing guards with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce were recently honored in conjunction with the special week. On hand for that ceremony were (left to right): OCSO Deputy Captain Gary Bell; OCSO Deputy Sergeant Mark Roberts; crossing guard Glenn Thomas; crossing guard Robert Baker; crossing guard Robert Sippert; and, OCSO Major Noel Stephen. Submitted photo/ OCSO30 years serviceDeputy Sergeant Clif Gill (right) was recently honored for his 30 years of service to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Congratulating him and presenting him with a special pin is Sheriff Paul May (left). Sgt. Gill is a member of the OCSO road patrol.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014


Outta the WoodsBy Tony YoungFWC There’s one thing good to say about the second wave of seriously cold temperatures that invaded the Sunshine State last week. It reminded us hunters that deer season is still going strong in parts of Florida. General gun season remains open on private lands in zones B and D through Feb. 23. And then if you don’t mind hunting with a primitive weapon, Zone D’s late muzzleloading gun season runs a week longer until March 2. This unique late season, which occurs only in Zone D, was established to give hunters the chance to hunt the rut, which occurs from mid-January through February in the Panhandle. A $5 muzzleloading gun permit is required to hunt during this season. On priv ate land, hunters have the choice of using a muzzleloader, bow or crossbow. On wildlife management areas, this postseason is referred to as the archery/muzzleloading gun season. Hunters can use bows or muzzleloaders but not crossbows, unless they possess a disabled crossbow permit. Hunters who choose to hunt with a bow must have the $5 archery permit, and those using a muzzleloader need the muzzleloading gun permit. The most common kinds of game to hunt during this season are deer and wild hogs. Only bucks may be taken (even if you use a bow), and one antler must be at least 5 inches in length. If you’re hunting deer, make sure you have the $5 deer permit. On private land, the daily bag limit is two. Bag limits and antler size for deer on WMAs can differ, so please consult the area brochure before you hunt. Wild hogs aren’t considered game animals on private lands. Because of this, they can be taken year-round by most weapons with no bag or size limits. On most WMAs, there also are no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. On selected WMAs, speci c bag and size limits do apply, so check the area’s brochure to make sure. No dogs may be used in the pursuit of deer during this season. However, leashed dogs can be used to track a wounded deer if necessary. And it’s important to note that no turkeys may be taken during this season. Bows and crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds, and handheld releases on bows are permitted. Broadheads used in taking deer must have at least two sharpened edges with a minimum width of 7/8 inch. During this season, you may use only muzzleloaders that take black powder or a non-nitro-cellulose substitute and are red by wheel lock, intlock or percussion cap ignition (including 209 primers). You may not use muzzleloaders that require smokeless powder or those with self-contained cartridge ammunition capabilities. For hunting deer, muzzleloaders that re single bullets must be at least .40-caliber, and those ring two or more balls must be 20-gauge or larger. You’re allowed to take deer and hogs over feeding stations on private land, but it’s illegal to do that on WMAs. Twelve of the WMAs in Zone D have a late archery/muzzleloading gun season. If you plan to hunt any of ’em, you must have the $26 management area permit as well. Ten of those areas don’t require a quota permit during this period: Apalachicola, Apalachicola River, Beaverdam Creek, Blackwater, Choctawhatchee River, Econ na Creek, Escambia River, Point Washington, Tate’s Hell and Yellow River WMAs. The two that do require a quota permit are Chipola River and Perdido River WMAs. You can get all of the licenses and permits you’ll need at any tax collector’s of ce or retail outlet that sells hunting and shing supplies, by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA or by going online at License.MyFWC.com. So if you’re not quite ready to give up on deer hunting, have no fear, ’cause February’s here! Grab your favorite primitive weapon and head over to Zone D, where the rut is still on. As hunters, we all know that it’s nearl y impossible to score every time we’re in the woods. But the thrill of the hunt lies in the appreciation of the woods, watching the wildlife and never knowing when that trophy animal might decide to show itself. Tony Young looks forward each year to hunting Zone D’s late muzzleloading season, because the deer are still in rut on a couple of properties he hunts. 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 PENTECOSTAL 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. Evangelists Bennie & Tammy JonesRevival Services:Feburary 9th 12th Sunday: 10:45am & 6pm Monday Wednesday 7pm Pastor Mark Smith Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave.,Okeechobee, FL 863-763-4127http://www.okeechobeecog.com http://www.facebook.co m/okeechobeecog/info REVIVAL 14 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 Cold temps keep deer hunting season going strong Special to the Okeechobee NewsCommunity Based Care explainedDevereaux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast was recently rewarded a contract with the Department of Children and Families to coordinate and oversee childhood welfare services for Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast (Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties) Christina Kaiser is a representative of Devereux and attended a recent Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meeting. Ms. Kaiser presented to the club with the goal of explaining Community Based Care. Admittedly, the subject can be very complicated. Ms. Kaiser explained that the job of Devereux is to partner up with local children and family services and make sure they have the tools to succeed. Ms. Kaiser said the ultimate goal is the elimination of child abuse and neglect. Also pictured are J.D. Mixon (left) and Dowling Watford (right).


Garage/ Yard Sales ESTATE AUCTION Saturday Feb. 8th Preview@9am, Auction @10am 13180 SE 46th Street Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Partial List: Wood Burning Stoves, Nice Butcher Block Tables, Coleman 7500 Generator, Murray High Wheel String Trimmer, Gun & Knife Collection, Corner Cabinets, Gun Cabinets, Rocking Chairs, Very Nice Old Desk, Rods & Reels, Decanters, Household Items, Tools, Furniture, Plus Much, Much More! Bring Your Own Chair! ALL Items Must be Removed the Day of the Auction. Terms:Cash or Check w/Drivers License 10% B.P., Concessions Available. Directions: SR 710, drive SE apx. 8.5 miles; Turn North on SE 128th Ave(aka Berman Road)Follow Signs. Photos Available on Facebook (Watford Auction) and auctionzip.com Watford Auction A.U. 1843 A.B. 1583 863-697-8906 Auctions1102 PALM COURT COMMUNITY YARD SALE, OFF OF LAKE DRIVE WEST, FEB 14TH AND FEB 15TH, 8AM-? LOTS OF EVERYTHING NEW AND USED! ANNUAL PARKWIDE Yard Sale with crafts, household goods, shing items, and something for everyone! Lunch available. Fri. 2/7 & Sat. 2/8, 8 am ? Kissimmee River Fishing Resort. 10 miles West on 70, 1st right over bridge. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 7235 NE 2nd St, Feb 7-8, Fri 9-3 Sat 9-5. Moving sale. 82 Corvette, elec replace, tools, trains, furniture, zero-turn mower, OSU cornhole, china, household+Xmas items, freezer, etc PARK WIDE SALE KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES. HIGHWAY 70 WEST 1 MILE PAST KISSIMMEE RIVER. THURS. 6th, FRI. 7th & SAT. 8th, 8am. TILL 5pm. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 YARD SALE SATURDAY FEB. 8TH, 7AM-? 813 SE 10TH STREET MISC. ITEMS, HOUSEWARES, FURNITURE, CLOTHES AND DISHES. Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Employment Full Time You may apply online at www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole, Inc. has a full-time position available in the Accounts Payable Department. Applicants must have Accounts Payable experience, be proficient in data entry, detail oriented, organized, and possess critical thinking skills. One must have the ability to meet deadlines efficiently and is proficient in Excel and other Microsoft Applications.CLASS A or B CDL DRIVER wanted for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts available, apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida is seeking highly motivated, honest and dedicated Delivery Professionals for our Okeechobee Plant. If you are looking for a “family” environment where our superior work atmosphere is a way of life, then you have come to the right place. A CDL license is required and knowledge of the concrete construction business is preferred but not required. Please email your resume to Teresa Boyda, the Team Member Services Manager at tboyda@ maschmeyer.com Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeSoutheast Milk is seeking a Full Time Lab Tech/PPD Clerk JOB SUMMARY: Lab-Run tests on milk samples; PPD-Perform data entry of milk pick up manifest data. Wed-Sun, $11-$13 hr., full bene ts options. Associates degree in science preferred. Contact Eric at 863-634-0379 for details. Access www.southeastmilk.org for an Employment Application DFWP & EEO Southeast Milk is seeking Full Time CDL Class A drivers. New pay rate of $14.56 *Must have a minimum of 2 years veri able experience. Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, STD,LTD, 401K. www.southeastmilk.org to print a driver application or call 800-544-8429 for more information DFWP & EEO Employment Part TimePART-TIME Landscape Crew Leader Needed (Self Motivated), machine operator experience, clean driving record. Please contact 863-634-5417 OR 863-873-1507 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. 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. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Pets/SuppliesFOR SALE 9 WEEK OLD FEMALE YORKIE & CHIHUAHUA PUPPY UP TO DATE ON SHOTS. $250.00 CALL 863-623-6441 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 ApartmentsKINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-801-7206 or 561-358-8128. Houses RentNICE 2BD/1BA, 1 CAR GARAGE, $700 MONTHLY AND $700 DEPOSIT. CALL 772-260-5029 OKEE2/1 $490.00 and 3/2 $ 599.00 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Storage Space RentQUICK & EASY STORAGE BOAT & R.V. SPECIAL UP TO 25FT $25.00 PER MONTH 863-763-2232 Houses Sale3bd/2ba CBS HOME ON CANAL LAKE ACCESS, DOCK AND DECK, SCREENED IN PORCH, 2 CAR GARAGE, FURNITURE AND PONTOON INCLUDED $249,000.00 CALL 863-357-3195 O R 314-640-3195 CBS 3BR, 2BA, C/A & heat, single car gar., W/D & refrigerator, fenced backyard. $59,000. 863-634-7517. 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 Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, Fully furnished $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 mo. plus sec. 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Mobile Home Rent 15 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014


READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond/creek, 3BR, 2BA Trailer, Deposit required Rent $850/mo. (772) 464-9226 M.H. FOR RENT, COVERED BOAT PARKING, STORAGE SHED, GOOD AREA, 50+, REF. 1ST & LAST $400.00 PER MO. CALL 502-803-1876 OR 502-682-2403 Mobile HomeSale3 TRAVEL TRAILERS ALL WITH FORIDA ROOM, OWNER FINANCING, LOW DOWN PAYMENT. SEE AT BIG WATER RV PARK CALL FOR PRICES 302-983-4781 A NCIENT OAKS 55+ PARK ON BACK CANAL, PARK MODEL W/12X22 ADDITION, 1-1 FULL BATH, C.A.H. $32,500 CALL 608-745-2050 FOR SALE 12X72 MH 3BR/2BA, FL. ROOM, STORAGE AREA, CARPORT, ALL APPLIANCES & WASHER-DRYER. 55 PLUS PARK 4 ACRES $11,000.00 O.B.O. 863-532-9124 Palm Harbor Homes 4/2 Fleetwood 2,200 sq ft $12K OFF! Starting at $499/month. John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details. REDUCED PRICE MOBILE HOME FOR SALE VANTAGE OAKS 55+ PARK NEW AIR COND., SCREEN ROOM. $15,000 O.B.O. CALL FOR MORE INFO 863-484-0501 OR 863-447-1370 Boats1990 20FT BASSTRACKER PONTOONW/TRAILER, 60HP EVINRUDE OUTBOARD MOTOR, TROLLING MOTOR, LIVE WELL, DEPTH FINDER, LIGHTING FOR NIGHT FISHING & GENERATOR $5,000 O.B.O. CALL 863-623-4347 BOATS FOR SALE 15 USED BOATS & MOTORS, ASSORTED SIZES. $1,100.00 TO $1,500.00 PLUS TAX, ALL RUN AND HAVE TITLE. 863-467-8875 TROPICAL BREEZE MARINA Campers/RVsESTATE SETTLEMENT FOR SALE 2011 SALEM GRAND VILLA RV BY FOREST RIVER, 40’, 2 SLIDES, LOADED, FULL WINDOW AWNINGS, EAGLE BAY ROOST RV PARK 740-670-1109 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 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold it’s Regular Session on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners 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. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Frank Irby, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 460938 ON 2/7/2014 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider amending a condition of a Special Exception granting a density of 8 units per acre in a Residential General (RG) zoning district. The property owner is N&A Construction, Inc. The applicant is Naser Abueqab. The property address is 114 SW 18th Avenue and is more particularly described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 20, THENCE S 0004’02” E ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 246.75 FEET; THENCE N 8954’24” W, A DISTANCE OF 20.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE S 0004’02” E, PARALLEL WITH AFORESAID EAST LINE OF SECTION 20, A DISTANCE OF 130.62 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF CLAY DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 19 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE N 89 54’24” W ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID CLAY DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 637.71 FEET TO THE EAST R/W LINE OF S.W. 18TH AVE. (BEING 20 FEET IN WIDTH); THENCE N 0001’26” W ALONG SAID EAST R/W LINE, A DISTANCE OF 130.62 FEET; THENCE S 8954’24” E, PARALLEL WITH AFORESAID NORTH LINE OF CLAY DEVELOPMENT SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 637.61 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS AND EXCEPT FROM THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL A 17 FOOT WIDE STRIP OF LAND IN SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING NORTH OF, PARALLEL TO AND CONTIGUOUS TO LOT 4 AND THE EAST 10 FEET OF LOT 3, CLAY DEVELOPMENT, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 19, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition S-2014-0729 461434 ON 2/7/2014 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at B M J Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 21st day of FEBRUARY 2014 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2004 FORD TAURUS SE 4 DOOR 1FAFP53U04A103880 1991 DODGE RAM 150 LE REG CAB 1B7GE16Y2MS254113 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 461472 ON 2/7/2014NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALENotice is hereby given that the following vehicles will be sold at public auction pursuant to F.S.. 713.78 on the sale dates at the locations below at 9:00 a.m. to satisfy towing and storage charges. 1996 Toyota 4TAVL52N3TZ102570 Sale Date: 02/18/2014 2000 Dodge 1B7HC13Z5YJ139833 Sale Date: 02/24/2014 Location:Rapid Auto Disposal 4870 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 Lienors reserve the right to bid. 461435 ON 2/7/2014 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Public NoticeNOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERSPursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby noti ed that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. April Brown Last known address: 5251 SE 128th Ave Okeechobee, FL Joel C. Nettle Last known address: 4222 SE 28th St Okeechobee, FL If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. Diane Hagan, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd St, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-4014 461388 ON 2/7/2014 NOTICEThere will be a meeting of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechobee County on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tourist Development Council Of ce located at 2800 N.W. 20th Trail (Airport Terminal Bldg.), Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she 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 to be based. Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator Tourist Development Council Okeechobee County 461562 ON 2/7/2014 16 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 18 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School boys baseball team knows it has nowhere to go but up in 2014 as they come off a lackluster ve-win season in 2013. There will be almost a completely new team in the OHS dugout this year. Eric Kindell, OHS baseball star and Embry-Riddle University alumnus, knows all about success in baseball -he was taught by Brahman coaching legend Tim Gillis. The new Brahman coach has preached fundamentals and playing the game because y ou love it. He's also brought in a group of former Brahmans for coaches like Lonnie Sears, Brian Morgan and pitching coach Blake Marsocci. Rob Lawson returns from his work on the junior varsity squad last year. "I'm very excited for the kids and the coaching staff," Kindell said during practice Monday. "Everyone has bought into the program and the kids are ready to start the new season. I want to continue the winning tradition we've had in the past." Kindell went to college with Scooter Gillis, the son of coach Gillis, and grew up around the sound baseball strategy of pitching and defense. He knows his team will have to perform well in those areas in order to be successful this year. "The defense is the key for us to be successful. We have to throw strikes for us to win," he added. Small ball is another strategy to expect from the Brahmans this year. Sacri ce bunts, bunting for base hits, hit and run plays, stolen bases, and other things will be used to try and score runs. Kindell said as long as the kids improve each day and take steps in the right direction, he will be satis ed this year. He also had several players competing at every position. He notes that should keep all the players smart. "When someone is sitting around at ease, that makes it easy for them to lay off and that is not what we want. We want 100 percent every day from these players," he explained. Kindell admits the team is young, they have only two seniors, and that will make it tough when you play solid programs like Port St. Lucie and South Fork. "The freshmen and sophomores are two of the strongest classes we've had in a long time," explained Kindell. "If these kids stick to it and make baseball a part of their life ,they can be a success in the future." Kindell also thanked the community for all of their support, nancial and otherwise this year. The team held a successful 100inning game on Saturday. Onlookers got to see Brahman legend Jonathan Crawford crank out a home run in the game. "I've been really overwhelmed with the support I've had. I don't have enough words to thank these businesses and individuals" he added. Here is a position-by-position break down of the team. Catcher: Freshman Brian Greseth is the only ninth grader to make varsity. He will compete with sophomore Arthur Woodruff for playing time throughout the year. They will be counted on for solid defense and to work well with the pitching staff. First base: Bailey Kirton, Kevin Coleman and Mason Joyner are in the mix for playing time. None of them have much varsity experience. Second base: Jarrod Morgan and Paul Jackson are both in the mix at second. Jackson batted .184 last year but did drive in eight runs. Morgan, only a sophomore, batted .176 and was used more as a relief pitcher. Shortstop: Elijah Finney and Kutter Crawford will share the position with Crawford expected to be the ace of the pitching staff. Crawford batted just .214 last year but led the team with 12 runs batted in and had 15 hits. Third base: Jackson and Coleman are both in the mix for playing time at third. Crews was the starter here last year when he batted .256 and led the team with 20 base hits. Out eld: Trenton Hickman, Crews, Layton Thomas, and Evan Faulk gure to compete for playing time in the out eld. Thomas had the team's only homerun last year. The pitching staff will be led by Crawford and Crews. Crawford had a 2.84 earned run average last year. Crews was slowed by elbow surgery and pitched to a 5.25 earned run average when he returned to the mound. Crawford recently signed a scholarship to pitch for Indian River State College. Other pitchers in the mix include Morgan, Finney, Baron Stuart a freshman, Greseth, and Armando Rodriguez. Key losses from last year include Tyler Barber, Jack Radebaugh, and two Indian River State College players Dalton Murray, the Pioneers starting catcher this year, and Alex Estremera who will serve as a utilit y player this year at IRSC. New-look Brahmans eye diamond campaign Okeechobee News/ Chalres MurphyOHS coach Eric Kindell (right) shows the players how it is done during a recent drill at baseball practice. Okeechobee News/ Chalres MurphyTrenton Hickman (right) participates in a sacri ce bunt drill at OHS baseball practice.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF ZONING DISTRICT, PERMITTED USES, AND SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES CHANGEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, will on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., following Ordinance into law: 1108: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENT TO PART II-CODE OF ORDINANCES, SUBPART B-LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, CHAPTER 66-GENERAL PROVISIONS, BY ADDING A DEFINITION FOR LIMITED AGRICULTURE TO SECTION 66-1; CHAPTER 90-ZONING, ARTICLE III-DISTRICT AND DISTRICT REGULATIONS, CREATING DIVISION 15-RURAL HERITAGE (RH) DISTRICT, TO ADDRESS THE PRESERVATION OF PROPERTY FORMERLY ZONED HOLDING IN SECTIONS 90-434 THROUGH 90-438; DIVISION 2-RESIDENTIAL SINGLE-FAMILY ONE (RSF-1) DISTRICT, DIVISION 5-RESIDENTIAL MULTIPLE-FAMILY (RMF) DISTRICT, DIVISION 10-INDUSTRIAL (IND) DISTRICT, BY ADDING LIMITED AGRICULTURE OF A COMMERCIAL NATURE TO THE LIST OF PERMITTED USES TO SECTIONS, 90-102, 90-192, AND 90-342; DIVISION 13-RESIDENTIAL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD-R) DISTRICT, BY ADDING LIMITED AGRICULTURE AS A PERMISSIBLE INTERIM USE TO THE LIST OF PERMITTED USES IN SECTION 90-417; AND PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS OF FACT; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The Public and all interested parties, calling SPECIAL ATTENTION TO any 4-H or FUTURE FARMER OF AMERICA MEMBERS who raise LIVESTOCK and/or FOWL for Exhibits, LIVESTOCK SHOWS and/or COUNTY FAIRS ; or any PERSONS with LIVESTOCK or FOWL on property within the City Limits are encouraged to attend the meeting and be heard. Comments may be submitted orally or in writing before or at the hearing. The proposed amendments may be viewed on the City website or address above. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. Published BY: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 19 Okeechobee News February 7, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News South Fork shut down Okeechobee’s offense and out worked the Okeechobee High School Brahmans in a 73-42 victory at the District 14-6A Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday night at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, ending the Brahman season. Okeechobee shot poorly, 10-30, in the rst half, and couldn’t take advantage of South Fork’s rst half struggles as they ended their season at 8-16. Chris Watson routinely hit jumper after jumper from 14 feet and closer to the basket as he scored 22 points. Stanley Spence came off the bench to spark South Fork with 16 points. Jacob Stewart played a solid game for Okeechobee with 19 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists. Eddie Neal added 10 points and ve rebounds for the Brahmans. After Okeechobee scored the rst basket of the game, South Fork (8-13) ran off 10 straight points. Although the Bulldogs shot only 37-percent in the rst half, they still led 10-2 after the rst quarter and 24-14 at the half. Brahman coach Shawn Hays said he was disappointed his team didn’t take advantage of their opportunities in the rst half. “It is hard to believe that we didn’t bring it tonight. We have struggled to nd some energy and a semblance of an offense for the past two weeks,” he explained. Hays said both teams knew each other and what they like to do and that played a role in the game plan. The two teams split games during the regular season. Bulldog coach Tommy Swager has scouted four Brahman games in recent weeks and said his team wanted to stop Neal, Stewart and Roshell Thomas from getting off to good starts. “We didn’t’ stop them but we did slow them down early and that helped us. We feel fortunate to come out with the win tonight,” he said. Swager also wanted to avoid a slow start and his team came out with tight defense and although they shot poorly, still took the lead. South Fork really dominated the second half. Okeechobee hung around and trailed by 12 points midway through the third before South Fork went on a big run. They led 43-28 after the third quarter and scored 30 points in the fourth quarter to nish off the blowout. Forward Michael Rivan said the Bulldogs worked hard and really didn’t want their season to end. “It was exciting to play in a district game and I’m glad we won,” he said. Rivan had ve points and four rebounds. Kaiman Patterson and Blake Lucky only had six points and six assists but they played great defense for South Fork. Tyrell Taylor had six points and 10 rebounds for Okeechobee. Thomas had ve points, four assists and two rebounds for the Brahmans. Hays said he hopes the team has more leadership and more energy next year. He said the program does have some exciting young players coming back. “I can’t be the one yelling all the time because the kids will tune you out. We weren’t able to nd that one guy who could get us going this year,” he added. Brahmans’ hoop season ends with tourney loss Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBlake Lucky steals a pass despite the best efforts of Brahman Tyrell Taylor (right) during Tuesday’s District Tournament game. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyEddie Neal (left) and Chris Watson exchange pleasantries during the District 136A Tournament on Tuesday. Watson had 22 points to lead South Fork to victory.