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Vol. 99 No. 266 Friday, October 17, 2008 500 Plus tax


Local Crystal Mine
hosts 'Big Dig'
Bring your shovels, picks and
buckets and join the "Big Dig"
Fossil Dig and Mineral Show at
the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine this
weekend, Oct. 18 and 19, from
8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Hot dogs and
soft drinks will be available but
coolers are welcome. Children
under 7 are free. Come out and
enjoy the great outdoors! For
more information, please call
863-634-4579 or 863-634-0691.

Teen dance party
A teen dance party will be
held on Sunday, Oct. 19, at
the Pier II from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission is $5. Ages 12-16
welcome. A live DJ will play
the latest hip-hop for entertain-
ment. The following refresh-
ments will be available: Pizza
-$1; soda 50 cent; chips 50
cent; smoothies $2. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the American
Red Cross Okeechobee County
Branch. For more information
call Teresa Chandler at 863-697-

4-H plans Annual
The Okeechobee 4-H Foun
nation will be holding their an-
nual pork barbecue dinnerwith
all the fixings on Monday, Oct.
20, in the Freshman Campus
cafeteria. Tickets are on sale
now for $7 at the Extension Of-
fice or by calling 4-H members.
Deliveries may be made for five
or more dinners by calling in
advance to 863-763-6469 or on
the day of the event to 863-634-
3327. You may dine in or pick
up your dinner from 11 a.m.
until 7 p.m.

Drought Index

Current: 446
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.97 feet
Last Year: 10.08 feet
SSonsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Teachers approve new contract

Salaries increased
3.8 percent

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Education Association (OCEA)
presented the ratified contracts
of the instructional and classi-
fied employees of the Okeecho
bee County School district to the
School Board for adoption at
their meeting on Tuesday, Oct.

Approximately 90 percent of
the OCEA membership voted on
the contracts to ratify the agree-
ment which was met between
the OCEA and the district on
Tuesday, Sept. 30.
The instructional contract
was ratified with 284 members
voting for the contract and 29
voting against the contract. The
classified contract was ratified
with 200 members voting for the
contract and 21 against the con-
The district and OCEA came
to an agreement which increased

the total from last year's salary
schedule for instructional em-
ployees by 3.81 percent or a to-
tal of new dollars of $1,059,340.
This includes a 2.55 percent step,
additional supplements, insur
ance benefits, a district longevity
stipend, increased first year start-
ing salary to $34,000 and an ad-
ditional $100 for each advanced
degree stipend.
In regards to the classified
employees, the total percent in-
crease proposed from last years
schedule is 4.47 percent which
equals a total of $388,782 in new

dollars. This amount includes
their normal step and a 10 cent
raise to base pay across the en-
tire pay schedule, the creation of
district longevity stipends and a
diaper changing stipend.
For both Instructional and
Classified employees longevity
stipends will be paid to reward
those who have been loyal to
the district for a number of years
and are in the top step of the sal-
ary schedule. Being in the top
step means that they have 23 or
more years of experience. How-
ever, this stipend will only be cal-

culated on Okeechobee County
School District experience.
Instructional stipends will
be distributed as follows: 0 to 5
years $600; 6 to 10 years $700; 11
to 15 years $800; 16 to 20 years
$900; 21 to 25 years $1000; and
26 years or more $1100.
Classified stipends will be dis
tribute as follows: 0 to 5 years
$300; 6 to 10 years $350; 11 to 15
years $400; 16 to 20 years $450;
21 to 25 years $500; and 26 years
or more $550.
See Teachers Page 2

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
JROTC students in full uni-
form and their parents packed
the room during the Okeecho-
bee County School Board
meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14,
and showed their unwaivering
support of Colonel Lawrence
Saucier, who was also in atten-
dance at the meeting.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17,
Colonel Saucier was arrested
and charged with failure to re-
port a child abuse allegation, a
first degree misdemeanor. He
was released on a $1,000 bond
shortly after he turned himself
in at the Okeechobee County
Colonel Saucier is currently
on unpaid leave, according to

Ken Kenworthy, Assistant Su
perintendent of Schools.
Board attorney Tom Conely
explained to the audience that
"the board nor the superinten-
dent want to do away with the
JROTC program. We want to
do everything we can to keep
the JROTC program. This situ-
ation is in the hands of law en-
forcement and the board has
no business discussing pros or
cons about either accused par-
In defense of the program,
several parents and JROTC ca-
dets spoke before the board
conveying their beliefs that
there was no program if Colo-
nel Saucier was not reinstated
within the program.
It was stated many times
by many JROTC members that

"the colonel is the program
and without him, there is no
Parents and students such
as Anthony Crane, Deanna
Davis, Dwayne Gilliand, Cory
Kelly, Tom McDeavitt, Thomas
Skinner, John Maclean and Bill
Davis all asked for the reinstate-
ment of Colonel Saucier as
soon as possible.
Bill Davis claimed that there
will not be a JROTC program
come the change of the semes-
ter because the cadets will quit.
This theme was a repeated, as
other students said they would
quit if the board did not re-
instate Colonel Saucier back
into his position with the OHS
See Students Page 8

Following public
complaints, seven
properties to lose
ag classification
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A tax loophole may about to
be closed or at least tightened.
It seems Okeechobee County
Property Appraiser Bill Sher-
man has changed his mind
about some properties that
received agriculture classifica-
Mr. Sherman said Thursday

that he was sending out new
TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices
to owners of seven properties
that had previously been class
sified agriculture for tax pur-
poses, reclassifying the land as
"We may have been too
liberal in granting agriculture
exemptions," the property ap-
praiser said. He added that he
reconsidered the assessments
after receiving a large number
of questions from the public
concerning agriculture classifi-
The granting of an agricul-
See Tax Page 2

Worley runs for

District 79 seat

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
It's the classic Hollywood
battle where the little guy rises
from obscurity to do battle with
a giant, a force against which
he has no visible chance of
winning -- a veritable David vs.
And playing the part of Da
vid is Ray O. Worley.
The Okeechobee resident
has announced that he is run-
ning for the District 79 State
House of Representative seat
being vacated by Frank Attkis-

son, whose
term is up.
Mr. Worley
is facing off
against Os-
ceola Coun-
ty resident,
Mike Horner.
79 includes
and a small

Roy O.

portion of Polk

See Worley Page 2


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Rotary supports local Boy Scouts

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kurt Jansen, Scoutmaster of
Boy Scout Troop 955 spoke to
the Okeechobee Rotary Club
Tuesday about his 16 years
working with the local boy
scouts in Okeechobee.
Mr. Jansen has three sons
who have been involved in boy
scouts over the years and two
of them have already received
their Eagle badge and the last
one is working on his.
Troop 955 has been in-
volved in Rotary by volunteer-
ing their time to set up a wa-
ter station along the route at
their Lake Okeechobee Scenic
Trail (L.O.S.T.) Bike-Run-Walk

where they shared in the fund-
raising of this event with the
The Okeechobee Rotary
Club was proud to present
$1,000 to Mr. Jansen on behalf
of Rotary to help further the
goals of these Boy Scouts.
The local troop participates
in various fundraisers through-
out the year to raise money for
their camping trips and other
expenses incurred when they
go on trips to reach the goals of
each of their merit badges.
They will hike on the levy
around the lake next week-
end and they camp locally on
private land off of Dark Ham-
mock Road and in the Kissim-

mee River State Park. They
have a spot in the Kissimmee
River State Park that leads to
a pavilion which two scouts
helped build while completing
their Eagle project. They go to
their summer camps in Jupiter
and in Paisley, Florida. There
are currently about 15 boys in
Troop 955.
According to the Gulf Stream
Council Boy Scouts web-site,
the Boy Scouts of America was
incorporated to provide a pro-
gram for community organiza-
tions that offers effective char-
acter, citizenship, and personal
fitness training for youth.
Boy Scouts strive "to devel-
See Scouts Page 8

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian Treasurer Kristy Crawford (left) presented a
check for $1,000 to Kurt Jansen for the Okeechobee Boy
Scout Troop 955.



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tax loophole

JROTC: Students support Saucier

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Colonel Lawrence Saucier (back-right) attended the Tuesday, Oct. 14, school board
meeting in uniform and listened as JROTC cadets threatened to quit the program if he
was not re-instated. Many parents were also present supporting their children in that

Students threaten to quit

unless leader is reinstated

2 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 17, 2008

Continued From Page 1

ture assessment is up to the dis-
cretion of the property appraiser.
To complicate things, there are
some court rulings which appear
to be in conflict with state laws
and the county's land develop
ment regulations appear to be in
conflict with some land use prac
Florida Statute 193.462 lists
seven factors that may be taken
into consideration when evaluat-
ing a request for an agriculture
exemption. However, there is no
minimum number of these fac-
tors necessary to qualify. Factor
number seven states: "Such other
factors as may from time to time
become applicable." That ap-
pears to give a lot of leeway to the
property appraiser.

Continued From Page 1

The 58-year-old Democrat
said he's a little late in getting the
word out about his campaign and
is now pushing to let voters know
about his candidacy.
"Financial consideration was
one thing. I didn't want to reach
out to get funding from anyone
because I didn't want to be tied to
them," he said. "The opportunity
came up to do it and I felt like I
was told to be there."
Mr. Worley went on to say
that as vice president of the Flor-
ida Consumer Action Network
(FCAN) he has seen situations
where people were battling the
bureaucracy with little to no help
and decided to throw his hat into
the political arena.
"I've been involved in cases
with problems in dealing with
government, power bills and in-
surance and there's really nothing
we can do about it. I feel, as a leg-
islator, I could do more for them,"
said Mr. Worley. "I really feel
there's no one in the legislature
coming from a true consumer's
perspective. They're lawyers and
such and are very subjective to
big business and special interests.
They've lost touch with the little
people in the state."
He went on to say that with
him in Tallahassee, it will help
him "find ways to cut through all
the red tape to help people and
bring back good government."
Among the items on his plat-
form Mr. Worley said the state has
to look for new revenue sources
such as tax on internet sales, and
a possible sales tax increase. He
also said he would like to see
property taxes lowered, even
though they seem to be the only
reliable source of funding for the
state's educational system.
He also is in favor of finding
more renewable resources, pro-

Continued From Page 1

op boys who are physically, men-
tally, and emotionally fit; have
a high degree of self-reliance as
seen in such qualities as initia-
tive, courage, and resourceful-
ness; have personal values based
on religious concepts; have the
desire and skills to help oth
ers; understand the principles of
the American social, economic,
and governmental systems; are
knowledgeable about and take
pride in their American heritage
and understand our nation's role
in the world; have a keen respect
for the basic rights of all people;
and are prepared to participate in
and give leadership to American
Boy Scouting is a year-round
program for boys age 11 to 17.
Boys who are ten may join if they
have received the Arrow of Light
Award or have finished the fifth
grade. Boy Scouting is a program
of fun outdoor activities, peer
group leadership opportunities,
and a personal exploration of ca
reer, hobby and special interests,
all designed to achieve the Boy
Scouts of America objectives of
strengthening character, personal
fitness and good citizenship.
The community, including par-
ents, supports Scouting through
the United Way, Friends of Scout-
ing campaigns, bequests, and

In order to receive an agri
culture classification, each year
a property owner must fill out
a DR-482 form "Application and
Return for Agriculture Classifica-
tion of Land." The form asks for
the agriculture income from the
property for the last four years.
The form also asks for such things
as the number of acres in various
crops and the number of years
these crops have been grown.
In addition the owner is asked to
give the number of acres devoted
to livestock and timberland and
the number of years these acres
have been used for livestock or
timberland. The owner signs a
statement that the land in ques-
tion is used for "bona fide agri-
culture purposes." The form goes
on to define that term as meaning
"good faith commercial agricul
ture use of the land."
The Florida law governing agri-
culture assessment states that the

moting energy independence and
creating new industry and jobs.
"My issues are not party-line
issues," he said. "Everyone -- Re-
publican, Democrat or Indepen-
dent -- is faced with the same is-
sues. The economy makes us all
The former tower crane op-
erator has spent the last 25 years
of his life volunteering for such
groups as FCAN, the Florida Gulf
Coast Chapter of the American
Subcontractors Association and
the Greater Lake Okeechobee
Tourism Alliance. He also found
ed Okeechobee Main Street, is a
past president of the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce
and is a member of the Okeecho-
bee Kiwanis Club.
"I've always been here," he
said. "I've never taken any money
for anything I've done."
And that's why he wants to go
to Tallahassee -- to help the ev-
eryday person who puts in their
40 hours a week and is struggling
in the current economy to make
ends meet.
"I'm about making some real
changes for us," he said. "I'm
about quality air, quality water, a
strong local agricultural base and
affordable housing -- we all have
to have them."
And because he lives here,
he has several ideas on what he
would like to see in Okeechobee
Mr. Worley said he would like
to see the Kissimmee River re-
turned to its natural state because
he feels it would promote tourism
and provide more jobs to do the
work. He would also like to see
agricultural entities sustained and
protected, and he believes a deep
water port should be brought to
the interior of the state to provide
funds for financially-strapped
counties through revenue sharing
and jobs.
"We also need to keep a han-
dle on development," he said. "All
growth should be planned and it

special contributions to the BSA
local council. This income pro-
vides leadership training, outdoor
programs, council service centers
and other facilities, and profes-
sional service for units.
Boy Scouts have three specific
objectives, which are referred to
as the "Aims of Scouting": char
acter development; citizenship
training; and personal fitness.
These are achieved with the
following: ideals; patrols; outdoor
programs; advancement; associa-
tion with adults; personal growth;
leadership development; and uni-
form. Each of these areas are cov-
ered by various badges that they
have to earn in order to ultimately
reach the Eagle badge level prior
to becoming 18 years old.
Scout Law encourages scouts
to be: trustworthy; loyal; helpful;
friendly; courteous; kind; obedi-
ent; cheerful; thrifty; brave; clean;
and reverent.
The Scout Oath is: On my
honor I will do my best to do my
duty to God and my country and
to obey the Scout Law; To help
other people at all times; To keep
myself physically strong, mentally
awake, and morally straight.
For more information about a
local Boy Scout group please call
Tiger Cubs begin at seven
years old or in the first grade.
From seven to 18 years old, there
is a group for each age level.
Post your opinion in the Public Issues or t
www.ewszap.eo. Reporter Chauna Agular can
be reached at

property appraiser shall reclassify
as nonagriculture any land that
has been zoned to a nonagri-
culture use at the request of the
owner. However, Micki Bandi of
the property appraiser's office,
says that means the property that
has been rezoned must be re
evaluated the next year to see if
it still qualifies for an agriculture
Two of the seven properties
mentioned by Mr. Sherman are
on U.S. 441 S.E. on the Rim Ca-
One property is 12.8 acres. In
2007, the taxable value of the
property of $892,978. On Jan. 15,
2007 the land sold for $1.9 mil-
lion. Because of an agriculture
classification as improved pasture
the current taxable land value is
Another Rim Canal property is
26.84 acres. In 2007 the taxable
value was $1,323,904. In 2008

should pay for itself."
He went on to say that differ-
ent programs have to be found
that can help fund merit raises for
law enforcement officers.
"We're constantly at risk for
losing our good deputies to other
areas for higher pay," he said,
in reference to the property tax
amendment that passed earlier
this year that will cut ad valorem
taxes paid to counties. These tax-
es fund the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office as well as the
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
With Nov. 4 quickly approach
ing, a fund raising event will be
held for Mr. Worley at Shooter's
Billiards, 3240 S.E. First Way, on

the property was classified as im
proved pasture and taxed based
on a value of $4,377.
The other five parcels are lo
cated on the east side of U.S. 441
S., south of Great American RVs.
"There is no doubt about it
they are using it for a tax dodge,"
Mr. Sherman was quoted as say-
ing about agriculture assessment
laws in an Oct. 1 Okeechobee
News article. Apparently, the
property appraiser, who was not
afraid to take on Florida Power
and Light in a tax dispute, is now
attempting to close the ag classifi-
cation loophole.
If someone disputes their
property assessment, they may
appeal to the value adjustment
board which meets on Oct. 28.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Saturday, Nov. 18. The event will
get under way at 2 p.m. and will
feature a pool tournament and
To donate to Mr. Worley's cam-
paign or to learn more about him
and his visions, visit his web site
Even though time is running
short Mr. Worley said he looks
forward to battling Goliath, win
ning that battle then finding ways
to help the elderly and everyone
currently living from paycheck to
"It's all about helping my com-
munity and fellow community
members. It's all been, for me,
helping people," he said.

Continued From Page 1

The diapering stipend for the
classified employees who are as-
signed to duties of changing stu-
dent diapers will receive a stipend
of $75 a month.
According to Superintendent
of Schools, Dr. Patricia Cooper,
"In speaking with Diane Falvo,
she said that this is the best con-
tract negotiated in the state." Mrs.
Falvo is the Treasure Coast Service
Unit Director for the OCEA.
According to Ken Kenworthy,
Assistant Superintendent for In-

struction, the payroll department
is currently working to establish
all of the new pay rates into the
system and to calculate the retro-
active pay. The district is planning
on having this complete in order
to be able to send out payment
to their employees with their Nov.
15, paychecks.
In addition the OCEA will be
holding their next general mem-
bership meeting on Thursday,
Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. at the Osce
ola Middle School media center.
For additional information call the
OCEA office 863-467-1564.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind around
5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind be-
coming west southwest around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North
northwest wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North northeast
wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Northeast
wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. East northeast wind
around 5 mph.


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Bond set for ex-VisionQuest staffer

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Bond for a VisionQuest em-
ployee who is accused of help-
ing two 16-year-old girls escape
from that facility has been set at
An arrest report states that Jef-
fery Lamar King, 21, drove the
two teens to Lauderhill where
they were apprehended at a sus-
pected drug house on Tuesday,
Oct. 14, by the Lauderhill Police
Department (LPD).
King was arrested Tuesday
and charged with two counts of

voluntary escape by an officer,
two counts of contributing to
the delinquency
of a minor, two
counts of in-
terference with
child custody
and two counts
of child neglect/
King surren-
dered to Detec-
tive Rosemary Jeffery Lamar
Farless at the King
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.
The girls -- Alexis Danielle

Migoya and Cristina Maria Prieto
- were turned over to the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice.
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man said both girls were charged
with escape. He went on to say
that LPD officers "had to gas the
house with pepper spray to get
the girls out."
King, who lists his address as
S. 55th St. in Philadelphia, Pa.,
reportedly left his VisionQuest
post with the girls during the early
morning hours on Sunday, Oct.
12, in his blue 2000 Mitsubishi
In her arrest report, Detective

Farless states that King contacted
the LPD around 1:24 a.m. on Tues-
day. They then told him to return
to Okeechobee to turn himself in,
which he did.
Detective Farless said the two
girls had been placed in the juve-
nile detention facility on such fel-
ony charges as grand theft auto,
battery on a law enforcement of-
ficer and violation of probation.
It's still not clear if the two girls
will be returned to the Vision-
Quest facility located on U.S. 441

Teen charged with hitting EYDC staffer

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A client at Eckerd's Youth De-
velopment Center (EYDC) was ar-
rested and charged with hitting a
staff member there.
Macanson Clermonvil, 17, N.E.
First Ave., Pompano Beach, was
arrested Wednesday, Oct. 15, and
charged with the felony of battery
on detention staff. He was then

booked into the
County Jail.
As of news-
paper deadline
it was not clear
if Clermonvil
was returned to
EYDC or taken
to the Depart- Macanson
ment of Juvenile Clermonvil
Justice Deten-

tion Center in Fort Pierce.
An arrest report by Deputy
Brian Cross of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that the victim was called
to one of the cottages on the
EYDC campus because the clients
"were out of control and running
throughout the cottage."
Rydale Burton, 25, was sum-
moned to the Swann cottage to

8:42 p.m. Tuesday, the report
As Mr. Burton began counsel-
ing one of the other clients Cler-
monvil struck the staff member
on the right side of the face with
a closed fist, said the report. Dep-
uty Cross went on to state that he
could see some swelling in the

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Dad reportedly threatens stepson with pipe

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested after he reportedly threat-
ened to hit his 25-year-old step-
son with a pipe during a fight at
their house.
James Lee Fountain, 50, S.E.
29th Court, was charged with the
felony of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon. He was also faces
a misdemeanor charge of domes-
tic battery. Fountain was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $2,500.
The fight apparently began

Arrest Report
The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Ronald L. Campbell, 21,
N.W 33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 7 by Deputy Dale
Hardy on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation failure to re-
deliver leased property. His bond
was set at $10,000.
PriscillaAnn Newell, 23, S.W.
72nd Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 8 by Deputy Sergeant
Shannon Peterson on a charge of
battery on a person 65 or older.
Her bond was set at $2,500.
Mike Charles Robertson, 45,
S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 10 by Deputy Sergeant
J. Royal on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with false
imprisonment of a child. His bond
was set at $2,500.
Willie James Rosier, 44, N.E.
13th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 11 by Deputy Brian
Cross on a charge of felony do-

Glades County
Arrest Report
The following individuals
were arrested on felony or
driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Glades
County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
Russell Livingston, 26, Seff-
ner, was arrested Oct. 6 on charg-
es of driving under the influence,
driving under the influence with
property damage, possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. His bond was set at $3,000.
Johnny Burns, 22, LaBelle,
was arrested Oct. 6 on charges
of criminal mischief (six counts),
trespass (five counts), vehicle
theft (two counts), grand theft
(one count) and burglary (three
counts). His bond was set at
George Rodgers, 19, Palm
Beach Gardens, was arrested Oct.
10 on charges of possession of a
controlled substance and posses-
sion of marijuana under 20 grams.
His bond was set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
15, between Fountain and his
wife. At some
point the wom-
an's son became
involved, said
an arrest report
by Deputy Mark
Margerum of
the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's James Lee
Office (OCSO). Fountain
The report
states that Fountain and his step-
son became engaged in a physi-
cal altercation that moved from
the couple's home into their yard

mestic battery. His bond was set
at $10,000.
Mario Guerrero, Jr., 18, Mar-
tin Street, Detroit, Mich., was ar-
rested Oct. 12 by Deputy Corporal
Chris Hans on a felony charge of
resisting a law enforcement of-
ficer with violence. He was also
charged with the misdemeanors
of affray and disorderly intoxica-
tion. His bond was set at $3,500.
Keith Allen Sharp, 17, N.W
102nd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 13 by Deputy Max
Waldron on warrants charging
him with the felonies of burglary
of a dwelling (two counts), bur-
glary of a dwelling while armed
(one count) and grand theft-fire-
arm (three counts). He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
petit theft (two counts). His total
bond was set at $45,500.
Jordan Shellen, 25, Lake
Drive, Buckhead Ridge, was ar-
rested Oct. 13 by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on a charge
of possession of a controlled sub-
stance (methadone). His bond
was set at $5,000.
SRicky Garza, 20, N.W 45th
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Oct. 14 by Deputy Raul Mar-
rero on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation burglary of a
conveyance (11 counts), viola-
tion of probation grand theft (six
counts) and violation of proba-
tion criminal mischief $1,000 or
more (two counts). His bond was
set at $5,000.


as the mother and her son tried
to leave the residence. After be-
ing pushed by his stepfather, the
younger man reportedly retaliated
and struck Fountain knocking
him to the ground.
Deputy Margerum then states
that the 5-foot-10-inch, 240-
pound, Fountain picked up a met-
al pipe and tried to hit his stepson.
To defend himself, the 160-pound
stepson picked up a lawn mower
blade, continued the report.
But before anything else hap-
pened, Fountain's wife and her
son made their way to her ve-
hicle. They got into the vehicle

William Adkisson, 52, Duane
Palmer Blvd., Sebring, was arrest-
ed Oct. 14 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Evi Serrano, 26, N.E. 64th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 14 by Deputy Lt. Keith Mur-
rish on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure
to appear grand theft and failure
to appear contempt failure to
appear at arraignment. He is be-
ing held without bond.
Jeremy Lament Jones, 21,
N.E. 17th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 14 by Deputy Corpo-
ral Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation ag-
gravated battery. He is being held
without bond.
Alberto Estiat, 27, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Oct. 15 by Dep-
uty Paul Jackson on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him

and drove to the end of the road
to wait for the deputy's arrival,
stated the arrest report.
The deputy's report also states
that Fountain had been drinking
According to the report, no
charges were filed against the
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theft. He is being held without
Tobias Whittaker, 27, N.E.
15th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Oct. 15 by Deputy Justin Akins
on a warrant charging him with
the felonies of sale of cocaine
and burglary of a conveyance. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of theft. His bond was set
at $21,000.
Avery V Robinson, 19, S.W
12th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Oct. 15 by Deputy Justin Akins
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with the sale
of cocaine and possession of co-
caine with intent to sell. His bond
was set at $30,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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Speak Out
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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FOOD: Here is another way to save money. There is an Angel
Foods Miniseries program at the First Baptist church here in town.
Anyone can purchase food, income doesn't matter, food stamps ac-
cepted, cash or certified checks only. I tried this for the first time this
month, and the food is quite good. It is enough to feed four people
for a month. You have to purchase one of the original boxes and then
can purchase specialty boxes like a box of meat for grilling. The box
we chose for extra was a box for grilling and it had steak chicken
and pork and some sausage. Some of the steaks are about 1/2 inch
thick which makes them look small but they are good quality. Oh the
original box costs around $30 but the senior box which is already
prepared meals is a little less. The specialty boxes run about $20 an
up. Give it a try. To get an order form you have to go to the First Baptist
Church in town. Not sure what the address is, but the site will give it
to you. You do have to get your order in by a certain time and be sure
to be there to pick it up during the time given or you will not be able
to get it and you will have lost your money. They do not wait past the
allotted time for latecomers.
CEMETERY: This is in response to a comment I saw a week or so
ago. It concerned the rules in the Cemetery about overly decorative
gravesites and the original poster was against the measures. I was in
the Cemetery yesterday and I saw a grave with fake cobwebs affixed
to a tree growing from the ground as a Halloween Decoration. Here
is the gripe. Ten minutes later all those cobwebs were on at least eight
graves that I could count. Go To The Cemetery. Look at the fences.
Balloons, Flowers, Ribbons, all kinds of loose fitting paraphernalia all
strewn about. This is Florida, very flat land with pretty gusty winds.
Stuff will blow 'round.
TIPS: I would encourage the waitresses to be more polite and
attentive to the customers' needs. I eat out on the weekends. I don't
mind tipping a good waitress, but if she is poor and her friends or
co-workers are more important, then her tip will reflect it. If my glass
goes empty, well her tip will be empty. I have been to several places
here in town that could use a few new faces to replace the ones that
don't smile anymore.
RULES: I spoke with the Cemetery Supervisor and he was more
than glad to hand me a set of rules and regulations for the cemeteries
located in Okeechobee County. The rules and regulations apply to Ev-
ergreen, Bassinger, and Fort Drum Cemeteries. The rules and regula-
tions were approved and adopted on June 26, 2003 and were placed
by the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. You may look
these up on the Okeechobee County's web site if I am not mistaken.
They are published as a resolution and the number is 2003-21. When
I spoke with Mr. Kersey, he gave me some insight and stated that there
are many reasons that these rules are in place. We have lawn mainte-
nance personnel who have to take care of the cemetery lots and sites
and have a difficult time when they have to maintain the property that
is decorated with statues and trinkets. If you wish to plant trees or
memorials in the cemetery, you must have prior approval either from
the County Commissioners or the Cemetery Supervisor. I sure would
not want you to plant a tree that when grown would cause my family
head stones to sink due to the root systems. We have some extremely
windy days in Florida and I would be upset if something was blown
from one site onto a site that I own and caused damage to my site.
The cemetery manager is very accommodating and he is wiling to
help in any way he can to achieve beauty in the cemeteries.
WINTER RESIDENT: I always felt real happy to get back to that
great place called Okeechobee. You people are a lot like folks should
be everywhere. This will be my sixth winter season down there with
y'all. I'm from a small town in the state of New Hampshire where it is
already getting too cold at night.
AMENDMENT 2: Don't fall for the Poor Senior Citizens propa-
ganda. Amendment 2 ONLY seeks to limit Marriages to one man/one
woman as the State of Florida already does. Voting 'yes' protects a law
that we already have from being changed by liberals.
TURN LANES: How about a little courtesy in the turn around or
left turn lanes on U.S. 441. The first car to pull in has the right of way
and should be the first to pull out. Time and time again, when I am in
the turn around, waiting for the traffic to clear so I can go, someone
will pull in next to me, and when it is clear, they hit the gas and shoot
out into the road before I have a chance. More than once I had to hit
the brakes to avoid an accident.
FOOTBALL: As long as the Brahmans are winning, I don't care
what the coaches wear. Whoever is making all these complaints
about the coaches' shorts needs to watch the game and stop their
complaining. The home team is winning. Be happy. And to the
coaches, be assured most of Okeechobee is on your side and appre-
ciates your hard work.
COACHES: In response to the calls about the coaches, when I go
to a football game I am there to cheer on the team. Looking at the
sidelines, I don't even know which ones are the coaches nor do I re-
ally care what they wear. We have some terrific football players and
the vast majority of the crowd is there to watch the athletes. Who are
you -- the fashion police?
TAXES: Have you really looked at the tax plans proposed by the
presidential candidates? Both plans are nightmares. Obama's basical-
ly redistributes the wealth, which discourages people from working
hard to earn more money. Why work for that raise if the government
is going to take it all in taxes? He also wants to have a lot of govern-
ment handouts, giving tax refunds for taxes that were never paid to
begin with. It's a fancy way to increase welfare. McCain's plan makes
health insurance premiums taxable, which is going to really hurt the
middle class. McCain seems to want to give all the breaks to the big
corporations. It seems to me that Obama's plan helps the poor and
unemployed. McCain's plan helps the rich. Neither one of them is
really looking out for the middle class, workers who are just barely
making it now. Where is Mike Huckabee and the "fair tax" plan when
we need him? Oh well, if his television program gets him enough
name recognition, maybe he'll try again in four years.
KIDS: I called the Sheriff Department about the kids walking in the
road in Basswood. Who else can we call? Please somebody help us.
GRACE CHRISTIAN: This is about the Christian School. I heard
that they are struggling a little bit with some things financially and
things. I just want the Christians of Okeechobee County to know that
we need to pray for them. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we need
to pray for them and support them. My son goes there. I know not
everyone can afford to send their children there. We do not make a
lot of money, but we choose to scrimp in some areas so that he can
get the education he does. It is a wonderful school. He has learned so
much and is so far ahead of his peers. I know a lot of churches open
little first, second and preschools and then after that they have to go to
public school. We would much rather that not happen. We have had
several Christian schools in Okeechobee County and this is our last
one. It is part of our heritage and part of Okeechobee. We need to just
pray and see what God does. We need to rally around them with our
support and let them know that we love them there. God Bless.
MCCAIN/MEDICARE: There are 3.2 million Floridians covered
under the Medicare at the present time. John McCain plans to cut
$1.3 trillion over the next 10 years. This should be a big concern to all
of us. That is a heck of a lot of money. Medicare helps a lot of seniors
and some do not have other insurance as a secondary. What is wrong
with this $1.3 trillion covered cut over the next 10 years? It will not
only affect the people on Medicare now, but also the future Medicare
recipients. Is this what we really want?
JOB CORPS: Thank you Job Corps -- you're wonderful.
DRIVE THRU: The county needs to do something about the en-
trance to the drive thru across from the high school. The first time that
I get rear ended because some idiot in front of me decides to stop
at the last minute to get a drink, and I get rear ended by somebody
coming off of 441 and damages me, my stuff or my car, I am going to
sue the county for it because they let them put the drive way so close
to the street.

Guest Commentary

Turtle management is in good hands

By Rodney Barreto
Chairman, Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
We Floridians react with great
passion when we hear of threats
to our natural heritage. That's a
good thing when the threat is real,
but it can be destructive when
misinformation guides us.
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) is aware of an increased
demand for freshwater turtles.
Obviously, increased demand
will require tighter management,
and last month, the Commission
deliberated the issue, heard pub-
lic comments and adopted addi-
tional restrictions on turtle har-
vest. The FWC is on top of it, but
the first step has to be giving its
scientists time to figure out what

further rules are needed. It would
be reckless to do otherwise.
Words and numbers have ap-
peared in news media that paint
a picture of an emergency that
does not exist. The freshwater
turtle population is not plunging
into extinction. In fact, 90 percent
of Florida's turtles that wind up in
the food market or pet trade are
from turtle farms not from the
wild. We read about thousands of
pounds of turtles being shipped
out of Florida to foreign markets
every week, but those numbers
are questionable.
Those who have lined up to
demand an immediate halt to
commercial turtle harvest and
criticized the FWC for not making
it happen have generated passion-
ate emotional reaction, but there
is no scientific evidence that such

a drastic measure is in order. On
Oct. 23, an additional restriction
will go into effect, further restrict-
ing the harvest of wild freshwater
turtles. This new rule is sufficient
to protect turtle populations while
we take time to figure out what
additional rules are needed. We
don't have to shut down the en-
tire industry to get there.
For centuries, turtle harvest
required no regulation. As condi-
tions changed over time, regula-
tions became necessary, and they
needed revision when conditions
changed again. That's how con-
servation works. It is a moving
The situation calls for disci-
plined and clear thinking using
science. Those are the tools the
FWC uses to manage all the state's
fish and wildlife, and the agency

has a distinguished record of
managing even the most vulner-
able members of Florida's wildlife
communities such as bald eagles
and crocodiles. It has earned its
reputation for managing those re-
sources with wisdom.
We welcome input and dis-
cussion, but spreading misinfor-
mation and exaggerating alarm
are not helpful. We have a system
that works very well, because its
foundation is informed, objective
people, armed with the best avail-
able science.
Let's address this issue calmly
with our focus clearly fixed on
the target conservation. There
would be consequences for aim-
ing too high as well as aiming too
low. People's livelihoods and liv-
ing natural resources both are at

Letters to the Editor

Help sought
Late in the month of August
I had chest pains so I visited the
doctor. He sent me to the hospital
immediately. Two days later, I had
a triple bypass operation on my
heart. Two weeks later, I had to
return to the hospital due to com-
plications from the surgery. I am
healing, but it is a slow process.
I have been laid off from my
job for five months, receiving
unemployment benefits. Unfor-
tunately, the surgery caused my
benefits to be cancelled. My bills
are piling up. I live very simply,
but it is difficult to survive with no

I am looking for anyone who
might have something to donate
that can be auctioned off that
they no longer need or want. My
friends and family are planning a
benefit auction and barbecue in
the near future to help me pay
some of these bills.
Okeechobee is a wonderful
community, I hope they can help
me get back on my feet.
Thank you.
John Whiddon and family

Community Calendar

Friday, Oct. 17
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or, by e-mail at
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, Oct. 18
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study meeting
7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m. *The Just for
Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Sunday, Oct. 19
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.

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Fall Festival Fun
Courtney McCreary seemed to have had a lot of fun at
last year's First Baptist Church Fall Festival. The church
is sponsoring a Fall Festival again this year. It will be held
Friday, Oct. 31 at the ROC. The free event will be geared
toward children sixth grade age and younger. There will be
a special area for preschool children and toddlers.

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Board amends student progression policy

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board had a busy evening
on Tuesday, Oct. 14, where they
approved amendments to school
board policy concerning the Stu-
dent Progression Plan and adver-
tised for amendments to the Bul-
lying and Harassment Policy.
Several different items will
be changed within the progres-
sion plan including updates of
information on Sunshine State
Standards and School Improve-
ment; revision of procedures
and description of grading for
kindergarten students; revision of
grading scale for writing for third
through fifth grades; addition of
language to Instruction for Eng-
lish Language Learners section
to outline the procedure for re-
enrolling ELL students; addition
of information on Florida Virtual
School; addition of privacy rights
of students and parents; addi-
tion of requirement for physical
education instruction at the el-
ementary level to be 30 consecu-
tive minutes; addition of middle
school course of study; revision
of the graduation requirements
for students who entered ninth
grade in 2007 or after to allow a

practical arts course to fulfill the
one credit fine arts or performing
arts requirement; addition of the
Electronic Personal Educational
Plan (eEPEP) requirement for all
high school students and the an-
nual review of the plan; addition
of designations required to be list-
ed on the standard diploma; revi-
sion of title and classification of
Exceptional Education Programs;
and the addition of explanation of
Access Points for Students with
Significant Cognitive Disabilities,
explanation of assessments for
ESE students and description of
benchmarks for ESE students.
Many of these items were
mandated by Senate Bill 1908.
Once approved and updated, the
Student Progression Plan will be
available online.
Concerning the Bullying and
Harassment Policy a major revi-
sion to this policy was required
in order to comply with new state
statutes which require school dis-
tricts to have a comprehensive
policy in place by Dec. 1. A com-
mittee comprised of parents, stu-
dents, community representatives
and school personnel reviewed
technical assistance documents
provided by the Department of
Education and drafted this policy.
The committee included: Cath-

leen Blair, Director of ESE; Renee
Geeting, principal; Shirleen Gra-
ham, Martha's House; Pat Grant,
migrant advocate; Mary Hurley,
Assistant Superintendent for In-
structional Services; Michael Jo-
seph, guidance counselor Alter-
native Education; Ken Kenworthy,
Assistant Superintendent for Ad-
ministrative Services; Stephanie
Locke, Martha's House; Shawna
May, Technology Resource Teach-
er, iSafe Trainer; Tom Murray,
teacher representing Okeecho-
bee County Education Associa-
tion; Sgt. Mark Roberts, Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Department;
Jill Rogers, Executive Director,
Communities in Schools; Mike
Santiago, Youth Pastor, School
Volunteer, Community Liaison;
Katherine Williams, OCSB Crisis
Counselor; Rosemary Morgan,
teacher at New Endeavor High
School; Lauren Meyers, parent
and School Advisory Council
(SAC) member; Leah Suarez,
parent and President of Central
Elementary SAC; parents Renee
Mims, Kathy Fox, Alice Murphy
and Daron Washington.
In unrelated business the
board also approved the increase
in the GED testing fee schedule,
effective with the January 2009
test. Revenue supporting the GED

testing operations and adminis-
tration at the state and local level
is generated exclusively from fees
charged to individuals who take
the GED test at one of the 85 ap-
proved testing centers.
The cost for the GED testing
materials has risen by 67 percent
since the last time the fees were
increased in 1998. Due to the lack
of increase over time, to address
the growing deficit, the Depart-
ment of Education has recom-
mended the increase in fees from
$48 to $70 for the full battery GED
test; and from $12 to $14 for each
individual sub-test. Individuals
take individual sub-tests in the
event that they pass certain por-
tions of the exam and need to re-
take others.
According to Sharon Suits, di-
rector of K-12 Accountability and
Assessment, 20 people are al-
lowed to take the exam at each
month's administration. The GED
is also given at OHS as an exit op-
tion for some students and at the
county jail and local Department
of Juvenile Justice facilities at oth-
er times throughout the year.
Currently the county adminis-
ters approximately 300 GED ex-
aminations per year. According
to Mrs. Suits, the testing materials
used to be provided by the state,

Loomis Bros. circus is coming to town

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months, look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events com-
ing up, please forward them to
The Loomis Bros. Best of
the Best Circus is coming to
town from Bushnell, Fla. On Fri-
day, Oct. 24, the Loomis Bros.
Circus will be performing at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center, 4601 S.R. 710.
There will be two shows, one
at 5 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.
The circus features three rings
with performing elephants, ti-
gers, lions, clowns, acrobats,
aerialists, horses, dogs, jugglers
and much more.
Doors open one hour prior to
show time with elephant rides,
pony rides, face painting, cotton
candy, popcorn and soft drinks.
There are coupons available at
many retail locations for free ad-
mission for a child under 12 years
of age with the admission of an
For more information please

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call 1-888-245-3116.
Bring your shovels, picks and
buckets and join the "Big Dig"
Fossil Dig and Mineral Show
at the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine this
weekend, Oct. 18 and 19, from
8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Hot dogs and
soft drinks will be available but
coolers are welcome. Children
under 7 are free. Come out and
enjoy the great outdoors! For
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that walks on a ball. The Loomis Brothers Circus will bring
Okha and many more attractions to the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center on Oct. 24.

863-634-4579 or 863-634-0691.
Come enjoy a great night of
Bluegrass Gospel and Traditional
Bluegrass Music with Tomor-
row's News Bluegrass Band.
This is entertainment for the
whole family Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Shrine Club. The
Bluegrass show is open to the
public the cost is $10 per person
12 and under free. Concessions
will be available NO ALCOHOL-
of seating and parking. For addi-
tional information contact Keith
or Darlene Bass at 863-634-5815
or 863-763-1443.
The Order of the Eastern Star
presents a Mystery Dinner
Theater on Saturday, Oct. 18, 5
p.m. Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
107 N.W. Fifth Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. Tickets are $15 each and can
be purchased by contacting Mary
Ann Holt at 863-634-8087. This in-
cludes a Country Fried Steak Din-
ner and the show, in which the
audience participation is key to
solving the "murder." Join us for
an evening of great food and fun.
Thank you, and should you have
any questions, please contact
Mary Ann Holt at 863-634-8087.
Martha's House will be hold-
ing their Annual Volunteer Ap-
preciation Domestic Violence
Banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 21,
at the Okeechobee County Civic
Center off of U.S. 98 North, at 7
p.m. Program consists of guest
speaker Darlene Bruckler and
Fran O'Ross who will speak of
their personal and professional
experiences regarding domestic
violence in celebration of Oc-
tober being Domestic Violence
Awareness month. All members
of our community are invited for
no charge for the meal. The only
charge for admission is a dona-
tion of a paper good, such as toi-
let paper, paper towels, diapers,
wipes, feminine products etc.
Please RSVP 863-763-2893.
Halloween is in the air! Mar-
tha's House is opening a haunt-
ed house in their administrative
building, 4134 U.S. 441 N, past
Cemetery Road on the right from
Oct. 28 until Oct. 31. The haunted
house will be open on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 8
p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Friday
from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Admis-
sion is $5 per person with all pro-
ceeds going to Martha's House.
For more information or to vol-
unteer to help with the haunted

house call 863-763-2893.
Okeechobee Main Street, the
City of Okeechobee and Okeecho-
bee County are hosting the Fourth
Annual Halloween Celebra-
tion. The community celebration
will be held at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter on S.R. 70 East, on Friday, Oct.
31, from 6 until 9 p.m. (must en-
ter via S.R. 710).
This year's Costume Contest
will be in four age groups: 0-2
from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., 3-5 from
7:15 to 7:45 p.m., 6-10 from 7:45
to 8:15 p.m. and 11-14 from 8:15
to 8:45 p.m. Registration for the
costume contest will be at the
Seacoast National Bank Booth.
Please help to provide a safe
and fun Halloween for the chil-
dren. They will have games and
activities, a haunted house, a cos-
tume contest and treats!
Event organizers welcome
donations of treats and candy or
monetary donations to purchase
candy. Your business or agency
is welcome to set up a booth
for games or activities for the
children. For more information,
please contact Toni Doyle at 863-
357-MAIN (6246).
IRSC McAlphin Center On-
Stage, 3209 Virgina Ave, Fort
Pierce is hosting Lend Me a
Tenor by Ken Ludwig on Oct. 17
and 18, at 8 p.m. and Oct. 18, at
Cleveland is about to be put on
the operatic map in Ken Ludwig's
wildly successful farce that is now
one of America's favorites! You'll
leave teary-eyed with laughter.
Tickets $12.00 each. For more
information contact the box of-
fice at 1-800-220-9915.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
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but now they are not. Administra-
tion and scoring costs are also in-
curred by the district.
In other business, the board
will approved:
revisions to personnel allo-
cations; and
personnel employment; ad-
ditions to substitute teacher list;
temporary employment; resigna-
tions, terminations and suspen-
sions of employment; transfers

and leave requests;
three student expulsions of
an eighth grader, ninth grader and
twelfth grader based on the su-
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Community Events

Lodge presents Mystery
Dinner Theater
The Order of the Eastern Star
will present a Mystery Dinner
Theater on Saturday, Oct. 18, 5
p.m. Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
107 N.W Fifth Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. Tickets are $15 each and can
be purchased by contacting Mary
Ann Holt at 863 634 8087. This in
cludes a Country Fried Steak Din
ner and the show, in which the
audience participation is key to
solving the "murder". Join them
for an evening of great food and
fun. For more information, con-
tact Mary Ann Holt at 863-634-

League of Women
Voters on radio show
Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 a.m.
on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will
have Marilynn Wills, President,
The League of Women Voters of
Florida will be on to discuss the
Six Constitutional Amendments
on the November 4 ballot. For
more information call 850-224-
2545 or or con-
tact your local league.

Republican party
to meet
The Republican Party of Flori
da will hold their monthly Board
meeting on Monday, Oct. 20. The
meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is
held at the Republican Headquar-
ters, 414 S. Parrott Avenue (next
to Physicians Weight-loss) and
visitors are welcome.


Christine E.
Campbell, 91
Campbell, died Monday, Oct. 13,
2008, in Raulerson Hospital. She
was 91.
She was born
Aug. 12, 1917 in
Basinger to
Charles and Jen-
nie (Hazellief)
She was retired
from Okeecho-
bee County Supervisor of Elections
Office. She was born and raised in
Basinger, and has been a lifelong
resident of Okeechobee. She was a
lifetime member of the Church of
God of Okeechobee. She loved to
read and spend time with her family.
Mrs. Campbell was preceded in
death by Lamar Campbell, Ernest
Campbell, Lillie Mae Rhoden, Evelyn
Walker, and Corene Geiger.
She is survived by her daughter,
Gwen (Gary) Marsh; granddaughter,
Tammy (JR) Delahanty; great-grand-
children, Tuff and Kelly Delahanty;
and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Thurs
day, October 16, 2008 at Bass Okee-
chobee Chapel. Funeral Services will
be 10 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2008
at Church of God of Okeechobee.
Burial will follow at Basinger Ceme
Memorials may be made to Dunk-
lin Memorial Camp or Church of
God of Okeechobee.
Friends may sign the guest book at
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeechobee Funer
al Home and Crematory, 205 N.E.
2nd St., Okeechobee.
Clyde 'Bud' George
Calloway Jr., 79
George Calloway Jr., of Okeecho-
bee, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, in
the Hamrick Home. He was 79.
Born Dec. 27, 1928, in Cincinnati,
Ohio, he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 15 years.
He served in the U.S. Air Force dur
ing World War II and the Vietnam
War. He also owned a professional
football team, the Indianapolis CAPS
in Indianapolis, Ind., as well as a
Thoroughbred Horse Farm in India
He served on the Board of Direc-
tors of the Indiana Thoroughbred
Horse Association. In addition he
had Thoroughbreds that raced in
Church Hill Downs, Kentucky.
After moving to Okeechobee in
1991 he became a member of the
Masonic Lodge 237 and the Eastern
Star. He also maintained a booth at
the Okeechobee Flea Market, "Bud's
Better Buy".
He is preceded in by a wife, Mary
Ellen Wright Calloway
He is survived by wife, Joanne S,
Calloway of Okeechobee; son, Tim
Calloway of Indiana; stepson, Junior
Wright of Clewiston.
A Memorial Service will be held 4
p.m. Sunday at the Okeechobee Ma-
sonic Lodge. A private burial will fol-
low at a later date in Basinger
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Hospice of
Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110 NE
5th Street, Okeechobee.
Condolences may be sent to

S.A.L. plan
steak dinner
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Oct. 19, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the
American Legion Post 64. Dinner
includes steak, baked potato, sal
ad, roll, iced tea, coffee and des
sert for a $12 donation. Live en
tertainment will be provided for
your entertainment. The public is

Cub/Boy Scouts
selling popcorn
Fundraising season is here
again and the local Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts of America, are
trying to get support. They will
sell popcorn every weekend until
Oct. 19. They will have booths
set up at different, local business-
es every Saturday and Sunday.
On top of the weekend setups,
the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
will always have a flyer and order
form with them to sell popcorn
throughout the week. So, if you
cannot make it out to one of their
booths, you can always order it
personally from one of the pack/
troop members. All proceeds from
the fundraiser will go to help pay
for their summer camp expenses,
supplies, badges and just general
expenses for their groups. Parents
and volunteers will be with the
scouts at each booth to help sell
the popcorn and provide infor-
mation about the group. They are
always looking for people to join.
There are no sign up deadlines,
you can join at any time during
the year, so if you think that the
cub scouts or boy scouts is some-
thing you are interested in, you
can get information about it while
you get some popcorn! Parents
are welcome to become volun-
teers. They would also like to say
thank you to all of the local busi-
nesses who are allowing them to
set up in front of their stores. For
more information on locations
or joining, please contact Alison
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop
964, at 863-634-8628.

Sunday, Oct. 19, noon until 4
p.m. an Oktoberfest Celebration
will be held. There will be games,
fun and more games. The celebra-
tion will be held at the VFW Post
9528 in Buckhead Ridge. Authen-
tic German food will be served for
a donation of $7. German music
will be provided for dancing and
your enjoyment.

EO.E. 4509 holds
special events
The Fraternal Order of the Ea-
gles 4509 has several events lined
up for the month of October.
Events and dates are as follows:
Oct. 18 Sock Hop from 3 until 7
p.m.; Oct. 25 Octoberfest; Oct.
31 -Halloween Costume Party at
8 p.m. For more information on
these events please call Diana
Huston at 863-357-2009.

FHREDI meeting
A public meeting of the Flori-
da's Heartland REDI, Inc. Board
of Directors and Florida's Fresh-
water Frontier, Inc. Board of Di-
rectors will be held on Monday,
Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Highlands
County Agri-Civic Center, 4509
George Boulevard, Sebring. For
more information, please call Jim
Otterman at 863-385-4900.

4-H plans Annual
The Okeechobee 4-H Founda-
tion will be holding their annual
pork barbecue dinner with all
the fixings on Monday, Oct. 20, in
the Freshman Campus cafeteria.
Tickets are on sale now for $7 at
the Extension Office or by calling
4-H members. Deliveries may be
made for five or more dinners
by calling in advance to 863-763-
6469 or on the day of the event to
863-634-3327. You may dine in or
pick up your dinner from 11 a.m.
until 7 p.m.

Rain Barrel
Workshop planned
Rain barrels are a convenient
and efficient way to collect rain
water. They provide a free source
of water for irrigating your land-
scape and potted plants, and help
reduce the storm water runoff
from your yard! To learn more
about Rain Barrels and to make
your own Barrel, come to this
informative workshop. The work-
shop is planned for Monday, Oct.
20, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Extension
Service Office, 458 Highway 98
North, Okeechobee.
This is a hands-on program
and every participant can take
home the rain barrel he or she
creates during the class! Space is
limited and pre-registration is re-
quired. Call 863-763-6469 to sign
up. The cost is $25 and includes a
rain barrel and conversion kit.

Aicte( Lucent

Amendment 2 to
be discussed
First Baptist Church will be
hosting an informative meeting
on Amendment 2 on Tuesday, Oct.
21, at 7 p.m. Harry Mihet, Senior
Litigation Counsel with Florida
Family Policy Council, that wrote
the Amendment, will be here to
speak and answer questions. Mr.
Mihet's family came from Roma-
nia, where his father was a pastor
for 17 churches, mostly under
ground churches. Come and not
only hear about Amendment 2,
but hear this man's great story.
Amendment 2 will not effect the
financial benefits of senior citi-
zens, come hear the truth on this
subject! The address of the church
is 401 S.W. Fourth Street.

ABWA to hold meeting
The Women of Tomorrow
Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association (ABWA)
will hold its annual Fall Enroll
ment Event on Oct. 23, at Beef
O'Brady's from noon to 1 p.m.
All working women are invited
to come and see what we're all
about. Barbara Godejohn will
speak on women's health issues.
For information contact President
Karin Ammons at Cassell's and
McCall 863-763-3131.

Machine embroidery
group meeting
If you have an embroidery ma-
chine, plan to buy one or are just
interested in the concept, please
join us at our next meeting. It
will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25,
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the
Red Cross classroom, 323 N. Par-
rott Avenue. Bring your machine
and lunch for a fun-filled day. This
month we will be embroider
ing on a towel; supplies needed
are self-adhesive stabilizer, water
soluable stabilizer, your design
of choice and a towel. For more
information please call Joan at
863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-



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Haunted Halloween
night at DuPuis
Management area
Looking for an evening full of
fun. Visit the DuPuis Visitor center
on Oct. 25, from 5:30 until 8 p.m.
The night will be filled with hay-
rides, games, spooky crafts and
candy treats. Learn about creepy
critters like owls, rats, spiders and
bats as you're guided through a
haunted trail. This event is free of
charge. Costumes are optional.
To make reservations or for more

information call Kim Kanter al
800-432-2045 ext. 3339.

Orchid club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet on Monday, Oct. 27, al
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Service. They will have
show and tell at this meeting and
request that you bring in an Orchid
to show or bring in a problem Or-
chid for Harry to diagnose. Intro
duce your favorite Orchid and tell
how it grows. At these meetings
you will meet other Orchid en
thusiasts and share problems and
solutions, enjoy refreshments and
networking and there will be an
Orchid drawing as a fundraiser.
Please bring questions and pro-
gram ideas. Let them know whal
subjects and speakers are of inter-
est. The Garden Club meets in the
same location at 6 p.m. For more
information call 863-763-6469.

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Service Club News in Brief

The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street,
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
We can accommodate meet-
ings, weddings and parties of any
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8
p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. -
Regular Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11-8 p.m. So-
cial Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. -
"Taco Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos -$1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. 8
p.m. Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8
p.m.-Karaoke from 6 p.m. Host-
ed by BP Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday
each month $12 donation.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Helen James at
863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at 863-
Am Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be

Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Monday: WOTM Chapter
meeting the first and third Mon-
days of every month 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at
6 p.m.
Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner
served from 6 until 8 p.m. the first

Sports News in Brief

Premier basketball
fundamentals camp
The nation's premier basket-
ball fundamentals camp is com-

ing to Okeechobee High School
starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 25. The
National Association of Basketball
Coaches is proud to announce
Coach Jon Enrico has been se-

OHS Bowling Report

The Okeechobee High School
Brahmans hosted Ft. Pierce West
wood Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Stardust
Lanes. The Brahmans took game
one by 72 pins. The second game
went in favor of Westwood by 71
pins. Game three would decide
who would win the match. The
Brahmans proved they were the
better team by winning game
three by 87 pins. Ricardo Her-
rera led the Brahmans in game
1 with 192. Game two was also
led by Ricardo Herrera. And you
guessed it, Ricardo Herrera also
led the Brahmans in game three
with another 192.

Now for the Ladies...

hosted Ft. Pierce Westwood at
Stardust Lanes, Tuesday. The
Lady Brahmans jumped all over
Westwood early in game one and
never looked back winning by
143 pins. Game two was a little
closer, but the Lady Brahmans
prevailed, winning by 71 pins.
Westwood managed to win game
three but the Brahmans won the
match. Brittany Herndon and
Amanda Rathbun led the Brah-
mans in game one each shooting
a 168. Danielle Racine shot a 168
in game two to take high game
honors. Brittany Haggard led the
Brahmans in game three with a
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The Lady Brahmans also division records to 4-3.

Saturday of the month.
Karaoke at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12
and 26 with Phil Eddings.
Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. will be
Moose Membership meetings
with enrollment of new prospec-
tive members.
Friday: Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Halloween Costume Party. Get
dressed up and join the fun. Draw-
ing for the barbecue grill will be
held, so get your tickets soon.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
# 1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. -Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W 34 St. The
Post phone number is 863-763
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5
until 7 p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza
and Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7
until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karaoke 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings third Sunday of every
month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3

elected to run their official skill de-
velopment camp. The camp runs
for four weekends, for two and a
half hours per session. This camp
focuses on proper fundamentals
and technique and will improve
any camper's basketball ability.
The $99 tuition includes a premi-
um basketball, a SkillsChamp t-
shirt, and a personal website that
tracks your camper's progress
and provides additional driveway
drills to help sharpen your camp-
er's skills. To sign up go to www.

Raulerson hosts
benefit golf tourney
Raulerson Hospital is proud
to sponsor the United Way
of Okeechobee, third annual
"Greater Open" Golf Tournament
on Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Funds
raised through the United Way of
Okeechobee, stay in Okeechobee
County. Sponsorship opportuni-

Monday of every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call 863-
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for theVFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Robert Hare at 863-467-
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buck-
head Ridge, is having an open
mic night with Nellie from 6
until 9 p.m. every Tuesday
evening. Come on out and
support her by singing your
favorite songs.
VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and 1 p.m.
on Sunday. Closing times are dis-
cretionary and dependent on the
number of patrons but usually
not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Noon to 2 p.m. on Sat-
Monday: Card Bingo at 6
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-
you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch by Ladies Aux-
iliary. Kitchen open from 5 until 8
p.m. Evening music.
Thursday: Music, kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open

ties are available for this event.
Registration takes place at 7
a.m. the day of the event. The
"Best Ball" tournament will be
gin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Following the competition, a lun-
cheon for the awarding of prizes
for accomplishments achieved
during the tournament will take
place. Best of all, a brand new
vehicle from Accardi/Milrot Jeep
Chrysler in Okeechobee will be
provided for a "Hole In One" on
the par 3, hole 2. Additional prizes
will be awarded for competition
on the remaining par three holes.
Cost to compete in the event is
$50 per player or $200 per team.
Cost includes breakfast and lunch;
green fees; and cart.

Fall Bowling
Leagues starting
Sign up now for bowling
leagues at Stardust Lanes. Leagues
will play Monday through Friday
and Sunday. For information call

from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hot-
dogs, $1.50 Polish Sausage, both
with Chili and all the fixings. Card
bingo at 5 p.m. Music and dancing
at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings: VFW
First Sunday at noon, Ladies Aux-
iliary second Monday at 7 p.m.,
Men's Auxiliary second Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family mem-
ber serving overseas? We send
packages of urgently needed sup-
plies to them. We accept dona
tions for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378.
They are now open three
days a week.
Weekly specials are:
Tuesday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Spaghetti dinner donations only,
music from 6 until 9 p.m.; happy
hour 3-6 p.m.

Thursday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Fried Shrimp dinner or clams $6
donation; happy hour 3-6 p.m.;
shrimp skewers 2 for $3.
Friday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Catfish dinner $6 donation; happy
hour 3-6 p.m.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Frater
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing, or calling
Food is served several eve
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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Thomas Skinner presented the
signatures of over 200 businesses
and local citizens in support of
Colonel Saucier.
Cadet Deanna Davis stated
that, "if the colonel does not re-
turn to the program, then many
of us will not either." She went on
to explain how the colonel has af-
fected the lives of the JROTC ca
dets and instilled in them the idea
of "doing what is morally right
even if no one else is looking."
Another parent, John Maclean
spoke of a general lack of support
from the administration and dis-
trict following the incidents con-
cerning the JROTC instructors.
According to Mr. Maclean there
was no moral or informational
support extended to the students
after their leadership was taken
out of the classroom.
Mr. Maclean said the JROTC
program is important to OHS in
promoting leadership and moral
values. He claimed things such
as the Gay Straight Alliance Club
and the fact that the district al-
lows pregnant teenagers to attend
school and "flaunt their loose
moral values" are related to the
reason OHS is a D rated school.
Many of the students said the
colonel had always been there for
them and they saw him not only
as a leader, but as a father to their
"JROTC family." Cadet Dwayne
Gilliland said that he regularly
tells all of the JROTC members
and instructors "I love you," on a
daily basis.
Those speaking to the board
seemed to disregard the fact that
the matter is actually in the hands

of law enforcement and the jus
tice system.
Chairman Joe Arnold ex-
plained, "I cannot reinstate an
employee without an investiga-
tion being complete. I understand
that leadership and discipline are
important, but we also have to be
disciplined and follow our poli-
cies as well. Reinstating a person
prior to a complete investigation
is not good business."
"It concerns me to hear the
members of the JROTC say that
they will quit the program if they
lose the specific leadership," said
board member Kelly Owens, She
said the students are the program,
not any specific leader or instruc-
"You have to know that you
make who you are. It is your
choice how you manage that and
you need to make Colonel Sauc-
ier proud whether he is there or
not," she said.
Mrs. Owens also explained
that her father and her husband
are veterans. She and her hus
band were also firefighters. Be-
cause of this, she explained to
the cadets that when involved in
a military, law enforcement or
any other type of related career,
one cannot determine their fate
upon the existence of a specific
leadership that they have come to
believe in. The fact is that in the
military, your leader can be gone
in an instant.
One JROTC parent, George
Roberson, disagreed with the
Mr. Roberson, a 26-year mili-
tary veteran himself, explained
that he does not agree with the
parents that the students should
quit the program.
"My son will not quit this

JROTC program. In the military,
it is the military way that when
a man goes down, then the mili-
tary will put someone else in their
place. That is the way the military
works," stated Mr. Roberson.
His son is currently a JROTC ca
det and is hoping to attend West
Point. Mr. Roberson sees the
JROTC program as valuable expe
rience that will help his son reach
his future goals.
While, Mr. Roberson did share
his support for the colonel, but
said the program can and should
go on even if he is not reinstated.
Assistant Superintendent for
Instruction Ken Kenworhty said
the district is very proud of the
students for exercising their right
to address the Board.
"it is very difficult to speak to a
group of adults in a public forum
and I applaud them for express-
ing their opinions; a right our
military fought to provide for us.
The Board, Superintendent and
High School Administration are
supporting the program and have
no intention of shutting it down. I
believe the Board and Board At-
torney made it clear that no em
ployment decisions will be made
until the legal issue is resolved.
It is our hope that the students
recognize the importance of the
JROTC program and decide to
stay enrolled."
A well-run JROTC program is
many times the focal point of a
high school, he said. Although this
situation is a setback, the district
has faith in the students, parents
and administration that this pro
gram will recover and ultimately
help the cadets achieve their per-
sonal goals, he continued.
On, Wednesday, Oct. 15, Dr.
Cooper and Principal Toni Wiers-

Disaster assistance available for farmers

culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron
son has announced that agricul-
tural producers in 59 of Florida's
67 counties are eligible for feder-
al disaster assistance as a result
of damage from Tropical Storm
Fay in late August.
The U.S. Department of Agri-
culture has designated 36 coun-
ties impacted by the storm as pri
mary disaster areas and 23 others
as contiguous disaster areas, and
counties in each category are eli-
gible for disaster aid.
"We are very appreciative of
the Bush Administration's de-
cision to honor our request in
having these counties declared
disaster areas so that farmers
and ranchers impacted by the
storm can seek the disaster assis-
tance that many of them need to
rebuild their businesses," Com-
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Bronson asked Governor Char-

lie Crist to seek federal disaster
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flooding and tornadoes associ-
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between Aug. 19, and Aug. 24.
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and the Supplemental Revenue
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the Food, Conservation and En
ergy Act of 2008.
FSA is currently developing
regulations and software for the
SURE program, so while FSA
emergency loans are the only
program available immediately,
Commissioner Bronson said he
anticipates that additional re-
sources will be available to those
producers with losses as soon
as the SURE program is imple-

FSA will consider each ap-
plication on its own merits, and
local FSA offices can provide
impacted farmers with further
Counties receiving the pri-
mary disaster declaration were:
Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford,
Brevard, Charlotte, Clay, Collier,
Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler,
Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hen
dry, Highlands, Holmes, Indian
River, Jefferson, Lee, Leon, Madi-
son, Marion, Martin, Nassau,
Okeechobee, Putnam, Semi-
nole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Suwan
nee, Union, Volusia, Wakulla and
Counties receiving the con-
tiguous county disaster declara
tion were:
Broward, Calhoun, Citrus, De
Soto, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf,
Hardee, Jackson, Lafayette,
Lake, Levy, Liberty, Miami-Dade,
Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm
Beach, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter,
Taylor and Walton.

ma met with cadets at Okeecho
bee High School. Mr. Kenworthy
explained that "the cadets are
committed to the program and
even asked if they could begin
recruiting at the middle schools
to increase enrollment. Those in
attendance walked away from
the meeting feeling encouraged.
They seemed determined to per-
severe during this difficult time
which is an admirable quality of
any potential soldier or citizen."
Dr. Cooper is coordinating ef-
forts for the cadets to begin re-
cruitment at the middle school
level during the scheduling events
at the two middle schools.
Efforts are already under way
to find one new JROTC instruc-
tor. Due to the resignation of Jose
Maldonado, the district has al-
ready advertised the position and
has received applications. Pend-
ing upon scheduling with these
applicants, the district foresees
beginning interviews as soon as
next week.
Colonel Saucier's arrest was in
conjunction with the investigation
and arrest of Jose Maldonado,
who was charged with six crimi
nal charges dealing with sexual
misconduct allegations made by
a 16-year-old student.
According to the Detective Van
Deman, in a previous interview,
during the investigation it became

known that Colonel Saucier had
been aware of the allegations and
did not report the suspicions to ei
other the school administration of
the Florida Abuse Registry, which
is required by law.
"He was aware of the crimes
for about two weeks and still did
not disclose the information to
the proper sources," Detective
Van Deman added.
The alleged incident with
Maldonado occurred on Aug.
10, after an ROTC traffic detail
at the Mud Fest. The student told
deputies that Maldonado exposed
himself and propositioned her in
his office at school and later in his
vehicle before dropping her off at
her residence.
JROTC Operations Officer
Chief High School Branch 6th Bri-
gade Anthony Proulx explained
that due to the recent events, ev-
erything is in the hands of the ci-
vilian law enforcement authority.
JROTC is a Department of De-
fense sponsored program. Due to
the cost sharing of the Army and
the school district, the Army re
tains certain authorities of review
of JROTC programs to ensure that
they are operating according to
the contract with the district.
The Army provides the cur-
riculum for the program which
includes a very diverse type of
instruction. According to Mr.

Proulx, the curriculum includes
military science; military history;
earth science and geography; firsi
aid; drug demand awareness;
public speaking; service learning;
and leadership which includes
the Drill and Ceremony aspects ol
the program.
JROTC programs are strictly
forbidden to participate in any
tactical maneuvers. They are nol
a program aimed at training fu-
ture military officers. The mission
of the program is to "motivate
young people to be better citi-
According to Mr. Proulx, "this
means that members of the
JROTC do not have to be planning
on going into the military, they are
not training officers necessarily in
JROTC. They are instead training
future leaders."
Mr. Proulx explained that if a
guilty verdict is received in either
case, the Army would withdraw
JROTC certification which would
prevent them from teaching in
a JROTC program in the future.
JROTC instructors are not re-
quired to have Department of Ed-
ucation certification, only Army
certification and therefore would
be unemployable if the JROTC
certification was withdrawn.
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Issues Forum at
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Berger Clinic joins University Medical Clinics

University Medical Clinics is
pleased to announce that The
Berger Clinic, an Internal Medi-
cine/Primary Care Physician's of-
fice based in Okeechobee, Flori-
da has joined University Medical
Clinics. Jay S. Berger, MD, and his
team of health care professionals
have been serving the health care
needs of the people of Okeecho-
bee for over twenty years. Along
with continuing to operate his
practice, Dr. Berger becomes
the regional Medical Director
for University Medical Clinics in
In commenting on this strate-

gic business agreement, Doctor
Berger said, "Our relationship
with University Medical Clinics is
a win win for our patients and
the people of Okeechobee be-
cause it brings expanded health
care services to our community".
Dr. Samuel Sadow, Chief Exec-
utive Officer of University Medical
Clinics, said, "The stellar reputa-
tion of providing quality care for
many years in the community
makes The Berger Clinic a perfect
fit for University Medical Clinics.
We are excited to be able to work
with Jay to expand the accessibili-
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to the people of Okeechobee."
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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 17, 2008 11

CASE NO.47-2008-CA-0046
Whose residence is. 16880 NW 38TH
Whose residence is, 16880 NW 38TH
I alive, and dead, all pares claiming
interest b, through, under or again
parhes having or claiming to have any
right, tife or interest in the property de-
scnbed herein
YOU ARE NOTIFIED hat an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the fllow-
ng descnbed property
a/at 16880 NW 38TH AVE, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FL 34972
has been filed agant you and you are
required to serve a copy of your wnt-
tn defenses, i any, to I, on Nwabufo
Umunna, Aorney for Patni, whose
address is 2901 Stidam Road, Suite
300, Fort Lauderdale, Floda 33312
within 30 days after the first publca-
ion of his notice or and file the ong-
al with ie Clerk of this Court ether
before service on Plaiiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter, otherwise a de-
laug wll be entered against you for lhe
relef demanded me cw plant
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court tis 14th day of October, 2008.
AMene Nealis
As Clerk of the Court
A copy of this Nohtice of Achon, Com-
laint and Us Pendens were sent to
Fhe defendants and address named
accordance wOh the Amencans wh
Disabliies Act, persons needing a rea-
sonable accom nodaton to partcipae
in ths proceeding should contact
Court Adminsration no later tan sev-
en days piorto the proceeding at 250
NW County Club Dnve, Port St Luie,
Flonda 34986, 1-772-074370 within
two worean days of your recep t of
IMPAIRED CALL 1-80-995-8771, IF
This is an attempt th collect a debt. Any
information o gained will e used for
that purpose.
296648 ON 10/17,24/08
CASE NO.: 008-CP-140
The adminstrabte of the estate of
JAMES V COURSON, deceased,
whose date of death was August 16,
2007, and whose Social secunty num-
er is 595-44-7535, is the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee, Honda, Probate
Dimsion., le No.. 2008-CP-140, Oe
address of is Probate Division, 312
N.W 3rd Sateet, OAeechobee, Honda
34972, The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representatt's attorney are
set forh below,
Al creditors of the decedent and other
persons m aviog claims or demands
against decedents esta, mincdg
unmatured, contingent or nliquida ed
claims, on whfm a copy of his noce
is served must file eir claims wih
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
Al other creditors of the decedent and
other persons who have claims or de-
mands against the deceden's estate,
including unmatured, conhngent or un-
liquldated claims, must file other claims
with tis Court WITHIN THREE 13
The date of first publcaon of this Notce
is October 17, 2008
Cad Courson
Personal Representae
900 N E 3rd Seet
Belle Glade, Florida 33430-34972
William J Wallace, PA
Atorne for Personal Representatve
115 NW llth Avenue
Okeechobee, Honda 34972
Telephone, 8634674671
Flonda BarNo, 778125
296320 ON 10/17,24/08

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The Okeechobee Utility Authonty
(OUA) will receive Sealed Bids, for the
purpose of secunng the following
Lan Moing Services
Detailed bid documents are available
upon request from the office of the Ex-
ecue ODirector, at 100 SW 5th
Avenue, (Tel, 863-763-9460, (Fax)
863-763-9036 The OUA reserves the
nght to reect any or al bids and to
wave any formarlies in an bid
wherever such rejection or waiver is
determined to be in te best interest of
he OUA.
The Sealed BOis must be delivered to
te Executive Director's office, located
at Oeechobee Utility Authority Office,
100 SW 5th Avenue, Oheechobee,
FL 34974 on or before 3,00 PM on
November 7,2008

John F Ha ord
Execuhve director
295268 ON 10/15,17,19/08

CASE NO.: 2o8-CA-496
$11,671.00 US CURRENCY
2312 SW 19th Lane
Oeeachoee, Flonda 34974
bion forfeiture has been filed against
you and you are required to serve a
opy of your witen defense, any, to
Son ANTHONY T YOUNG, 1138 South
Parrot Ave., OCeechobee, Fonda
34974 and file the ongin wit te
Clerk of the above styled Court within
30 days of the date of the frstp ca-
hon of this note, otherwise a udg-
ment may be entered against you o
the relief demanded in he Complant.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on Ois l4th day of Oct, 200,
Clerk of Circu Court
By Katy Arnold
296633 ON 10/17,24/08

Case No.: 2008-CP-201
Division: Probate
The administration of the estate of PRIS-
CILLA SWARTZ, deceased, whose
date of death was December 7 2007,
and whose social secunty number is
213-167728, is pending in e Circuit
Court for Oheechobee County, Florida
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 North West 3rd Street Oee-
chobee, Florda 34972 The names
and addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal representa-
ve's attorney are set forth bhow
All credtors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice required to be
served must file their dlams with his
All credits of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file
their cl as with lis court WITHIN 3
The date of first publication of ths noce
is October 10th, 2008,
Attorney for Person Giving Notice'
Fla Bar No 035667
Attorney for Petaoner
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Oheeclobee, FL 34974
Telephone' (83) 763-5733
Facsimile, (3)63) 763-6199
Person Giving Notice'
AdairM McKoy H
2995 Highway 174
Ediso Island, SC9438
295438 ON 10/10,17/08

How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified

The Oeechobee County Boad of County Commssioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on Thursday October 23, 200 at 9 00 a.m at the Heah Department Auditor
um, 1728 NW 91u Avenue, Okeechbee, Ronda
Any person deciding to aweal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
oners wih respect to any matter considered at this mee ig will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbaim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tsti-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based
In accordance wit Me Amencans wth Disabities Act (ADA) and Florida Staue
286 26, persons it sales f d nsabli needing special accommodaon to arcpar te in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Sham or Betsy Sheffield, no later tan two (2)
woiing days prto t he puceed in at 063-763-2131, ext 2111, f you are hearing
or voice Impared, cll TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY)
CI BeIs Jr,, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Coml sioners
296051 ON 10/17/08

Okeecahoee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrbal
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday
October 21, 2008 at 2'W pm The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
County Health Oepartment Audionum,located at 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. Flonda For more information, contact Faye Hlufman at the Planning and Devel
opment Deprent, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972
(863) 763-5548 e 3001
All interested pares shall have te opportunity to be heard at this public meeting
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Mag-
Israte with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that
a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the tstfi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based Code Enforcement tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Depariment
Faye Hufma, Secretary to the
Code Enthrcemet Special Magistrate
295725 ON 10/17,19/ A

Bid No.2008-17
Notice is hereby gien that Oheechobee County Honda, hereby requests sealed bids
to provide following'
Provide Mi onane an ite H AC System lor the County Jail located at 504 NW
4At Street Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Sealed bids must be submilted on the proper bid form in a sealed envelope beanng
the name and address of the pmroposer and the words 'HVAC MAINTENANCE JAIL
FACILIY, BID NO 2008 17 mated clealy on the outside Upon award of pro-
lec, successful bidder wll be required to furnish.
(a) Certicates of insurance coverage's with a minimum of the current statutory
lim for Workers Compensaon, $1,000,000 minimum commercial general
liability coverage: $1,00, minimum fire damage liability coverage, with
"Okechobee County sod as an additional insured
(l Copy of license,
(c) Refrenoes and ofcaons
The sealed bids shall be delivered to:
Okeechobee Board of County Commissoners
312 NW 3rd Seet, Room 206
Okeechabee, FL 34972
Deadline: Monday October 27, 2008 @ 3PM.
Bids received after that ime will be unopened
For specifcatons and bid packet information, contact Tony Ard, Facilities Mainte-
nance Director at (863) 357-7007
The cotena used to evaluate proposals wil be as follows'
(a) Cost
(bi References/Efennece/Oudificalions
Okeechobee County accepts no responsbilies for any expense related to prepara-
tion or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to
wave errors or nformailes and to accept the proposal whech, in ds ludgent
best serves the County's needs
Okeechobee County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace,

Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners
296672 ON 10/17/08

Skeet shoot planned for Nov. 1

Be a big shot with
Big Brothers
Big Sisters

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
Get off to a rolling start at 8
a.m. at the Big Brothers Big Sis-
ters (BBBS) skeet shoot at Quail
Creek Plantation on Saturday,
Nov. 1.
BBBS currently provides men-
toring in three Okeechobee Coun-
ty Schools: Seminole Elementary,
Everglades Elementary and North
Shooters start at 8 a.m. with
the last shooter at 10 a.m. Lunch
and awards will follow at noon.
Teams of four can get in on the ac-
tion for $375 (fee includes lunch)
or individual shooters can join in
for $100 (fee includes lunch) or
if you just want to come watch
and eat lunch will be available for
Sponsor participation levels
are: Banner Sponsor $1,000. In-
cludes: team of four, banner on
course, recognition at the awards
ceremony, mention in pre-event
press releases, and mention in the
newsletter and annual report; Sig-
nature Sponsor $500. Includes:
team of four, sign on course, rec-
ognition at the awards ceremony,
and mention in pre-event press
releases; Station Sponsor $150.
Includes: Sign on course and
mention in pre-event press re-
So go out and have some fun
and support our Big Brothers and
Big Sisters. For more information
or to register call 863-824-2227 or

Big 0 Hike
Plan now for November. It is
time to organize your schedule so
that you can take the time off dur-
ing Thanksgiving week to attend
the Big "O" Hike around Lake
The Hike will begin in Pahokee
on Nov. 22 and end at Pahokee
on Nov. 30. That's nine days of
walking from 9 to 14 miles a day
to make it all the way around the
lake. There is a little bit of a chal-
lenge to this walk. Hundreds of
people have tried over the years
and (for some reason) only about
20 to 30 percent of the walkers


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manage to finish the 9 days.
So plan now and get in shape
for November. For further infor-
mation, call Paul at 561-963-9906.

Kids Day
Fishing Festival
Sunday, Oct. 26 head on
down to the Agri-Civic Center for
the 23rd Annual Lee McAllister
Memorial, free Kids Day Fishing
Festival. The festival is sponsored
by the Taylor Creek Bass Club
along with support from several
local businesses. The event will
begin at 10 a.m. and last until 3
p.m. Participants are asked to
only enter from State Road 710.
From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. a
Bassmaster Casting Kids Com-
petition will be held. Following
instructions given by members of
the Taylor Creek Bass Club and a
practice period, all girls and boys
ages 7-10 and 11-14 are invited to
test their fishing skills at dipping,
pitching and casting to targets.
Rods and reels will be provided to
the kids. The winners will receive
a medal, a new rod and reel and
an automatic advance to the state
competition. Those who win at
state will go onto Nationals and
the National winners will com-
pete for a share of over $20,000 in
scholarships. Each contestant will
receive a certificate of participa-
At 1 p.m. a live fishing compe-
tition will begin at the Agri-Civic
Center's back pond. Trophies and
prizes will be awarded in each
age group. Age groups include:


4-6, 7-10 and 11-14.
Entry forms and drop boxes
are available at several local
schools, tackle shops, businesses
and restaurants. Entry forms have
also been printed several times in
the Okeechobee News.
Participants are encouraged
to pre-register by drop box or
by mailing forms to Taylor Creek
Bass Club, c/o Dave Stout, 814
S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, FL,
34974 before Oct. 19. Pre-registra-
tion lets the club know how many
children to plan for. The club will
provide cane poles and bait. The
children will also be treated to
free hot dogs and drinks. A par-
ent or guardian must accompany
each child. For more information
call Dave Stout at the Taylor Creek
Bass Club, Inc. at 863-467-2255.

Florida Mottled
Duck study
Researchers with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) captured and
radio-marked 47 Florida mottled
duck females earlier this month.
This marks the beginning of a
three-year project funded in part
by Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
"Ducks Unlimited is proud to
support this research project,"
Craig LeSchack, Director of Con-
servation Programs for DU, said.
"This research will identify certain
habitat needs of mottled ducks
and, therefore, allow us to better
shape our conservation programs
for this important species."
The Florida mottled duck is a
unique subspecies of the mottled
duck found only in peninsular
Florida. The Everglades Agricul-
tural Area (EAA) south of Lake
Okeechobee supports a large
number of mottled ducks and is
considered an important habitat
area for this species. Researchers
with the Waterfowl Management
Program of the FWC are collect-
ing information on the habitat
use, movements and survival of
female mottled ducks within the
EAA as part of the ongoing com-
prehensive Conservation Plan for
the Florida mottled duck.

Researcher releases
Mottled Duck after
Ronald Bielefeld, FWC wa-

OHS golfers advance to regional

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Richard Donegan and Corey
White both shot 79 to lead
Okeechobee High School to a
second place finish at Tuesday's
District 17-2A golf tournament at
the Saints Country Club in Port St.
As a result, the OHS Boys Golf
Team will advance to the Region
6-2A tournament next Tuesday at
the Bayside Country Club in Palm
Bay. It will be Okeechobee's first

visit to the regional in nine years.
"I was pretty ecstatic," Golf
Coach Mark Ward said afterward,
"After nine years, we've had in-
dividuals reach the regional, but
never had a group prevail. It's
great to see the attitudes and how
the kids have jelled together."
It took everyone to get the job
done Tuesday. Martin County was
head and shoulders above the
rest of the field as they have gone
undefeated all season. In fact, six
of their players finished in the top
10 on the day and all qualified for


the next step. Martin County shot
300 as a team, 12 shots over par.
Okeechobee and Sebastian
River tied for second at 327. The
tie forced a one hold playoff
where all five of the players on the
team got to play a par 3, and each
score would count.
Okeechobee had three of their
five players hit the green and the
team shot 17 on the par 3. Sebas-
tian River shot 19, and fell into
third place.
"It was a pressure situation.
I told the kids they are already
in the regional but Corey White
said we want that trophy," Ward
Ward praised the Brahmans
only senior for his leadership this

year. He also maintains the suc-
cess this year should carry over to
future teams.
"It is a nice little red carpet to
follow. I think the opportunity to
see golfers at the next level will
pay big dividends," he noted.
The top teams from Palm
Beach County north to Melbourne
will compete in next Tuesday's
tournament. It will be held at
the Majors Golf Club at Bayside
"Anytime you win it's an awe-
some feeling," Ward noted, "The
parents and the kids are excited.
Hopefully this will carry over into
the classroom and their other en-

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

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victorious. Conrad said after that
game, he expected his team to do
eOIll anainct scronla

Yearling Midde Schoo was 5 .
spurred on by a near capacity Last nt we played so
crowd Wednesday as they over- great, I think that helped us to-
whelmed in county rival Osceola, day, he added.
25-9, and 25-8 in girls' volleyball Maci Thomas had one ace,
to finish off an unbeaten season. four klls and one dig. Kyla Har-
It was a totally dominating per- graves had three aces and three
Y g kills. Sarah Hurst had three aces
formance for the Lady Yearlings klss had three aces
as they won on all phases of the an seven assists
game, serves, net play and digs.
Coach Bruce Conrad
came away impressed
with the execution of
his team.
"I'm just sad the
season's over," Conrad
noted. This year, due to
budget cuts in Martin
County, there was no
Treasure Lake Confer-
ence tournament.
Kyla Hargraves had
a big game in the first
game with two kills.
She added three acres
and a kill in the second
game. Coach Conrad
praised her for the sea-
son she had.
"I really could name
everybody but they all
played well this year,"
Conrad noted.
Yearling was helped
by playing tough com-
petition. Tuesday, the
girls played a five set keechobee New hares Murphy
match with HeartlandYearling girls celebrate their big victory
Christian, a high schoolover Osceola with high fives at the net.
team, and came away

YMS Volleyball

team is undefeated

terfowl biologist, is leading the
study. "The information we're
collecting will allow people in-
volved with land and wildlife
conservation in this area to better
predict the effects of their activi-
ties on the mottled duck, and to
focus their conservation efforts
where they will be most effec-
tive," Mr. Bielefeld said.
The hydrology and vegetative
structure of the EAA was dra-
matically altered by agriculture.
Currently, substantial and lasting
changes are being made to the
wetland and associated upland
habitats in the EAA as the result
of the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Project. How mottled
ducks use the habitats of the EAA
over their annual cycle, and how
they will adapt to relatively rapid
and large-scale changes over the
longer term is not well under-
stood. By radio-marking and fol-
lowing approximately 80 female
mottled ducks each year, the re-
searchers hope to answer some
of these questions.
"We are now tracking the
birds we marked earlier this
month," Mr. Bielefeld said. "Soon
we will be trapping birds in sub-
urban areas of West Palm Beach
east of EAA. All of them will be
tracked throughout their annual
cycle to monitor habitat use and
Researchers will track the
radio-marked birds throughout
their annual life cycle.
With more than a million sup-
porters, Ducks Unlimited is the
world's largest and most effective
wetland and waterfowl conser-
vation organization with more
than 12 million acres conserved.
The United States alone has lost
more than half of its original wet-
lands nature's most productive
ecosystem and continues to lose
more than 80,000 wetland acres
each year.
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sceoa completes bPst your opinions onlinesen
Osceola completes unbeaten soccer season

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Juan Medina of Yearling (left) and Victor Pineda of Osceola
compete for the ball during Wednesdays match.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jorje Botello was greeted with
the popular Gatorade bath as
his team celebrated their sixth
straight victory Wednesday which
wrapped up an unbeaten soccer
season, the first in Osceola Middle
School history.
Osceola couldn't have cel-
ebrated against a more important
opponent, as they defeated arch
rival Yearling, 3-0, on the Year-
lings' home field.
"I'm definitely very pleased. It
took us three years to build the
team, and I'm glad to see I be-
come reality," Botello noted.
Osceola went up against an
inspired opponent in a rematch
of a soccer match two weeks
ago where Osceola won 6-0. This
victory was a lot harder. Yearling
played very good defense and
had some opportunities in the
first half. Osceola took over in
the second half as they possessed
the ball more and kept the ball in
Yearling's side of the field.
"It's always going to be a ri-
valry game for us. They played
much better defense and that was
good," Botello noted.
Hunter Pritchard, Diego Ro-
driquez and Alex Delacruz had
goals for Osceola. Goal keeper
Jose Bucio withstood a couple of
shots in the first half to record a
"We didn't want this to be a
game where our team came in
thinking they were going to win,"
Botello noted, "It was a game of
class. They made some adjust-
ments and we got through it. It
was a real good game. It is more
competitive that way."
Osceola only led 1-0 at the half
as Pritchard scored on a goal on
a kick from about 25 yards away.
Rodriquez and Delacruz hit point
blank shots in the final 20 minutes
to give the Warriors some breath-
ing room.
Members of the unbeaten War-
rior team include Madison Han-
ner, Cain Elliot, Preston Marfill,
Adel Elhindi, Cesar Sanchez,
Austen Holmes, Diego Rodriguez,
Paul Jackson, Delfino Garcia,
Gavin Wilinski, Hunter Pritchard,
Victor Pineda, Jose Bucio, James
Steiert, Ben Vuleta, Jake Menen-
dez, Caitlyn Jolly, Alexandra Dela-
cruz, and Atalo Palacios.
Botello will move on to coach
the Brahmans girls' varsity soccer
team this winter.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Luis Martinez of Yearling
winds up to kick the ball
down field.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 17, 2008 13

Local bowler celebrates 97th birthday

Still holds a
95 average

Dorothy Sweazy, of Okeecho-
bee, formerly of Fermont, Ohio,
celebrated her 97th birthday on
Oct. 10. She celebrated a day
early with the Thursday morning
Coffee League at Stardust Lanes.
She bowls on Kate's Pet Parlor
team regularly each week. She
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has been a member for 12 years.
She started her bowling ca-
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sey, was teaching at Brunswick
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proximately 31 years ago, which
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years old. She bowled with her
original 12 pound ball up until
2006 at which time she dropped
down to a 8 lb. ball.
Dorothy and her husband,

.Submitted photo
Dorothy Sweazy (center) celebrated her 97th birthday with
her friends. Two of the people there to help her celebrate
were her daughter (left) Bonnie Kimsey and Jo Jackson
(right) along with many friends and fellow bowlers.

Noble, bowled several years
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Dorothy Sweazy celebrated
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Coffee League.

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