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Soil and Water
district has contest
The Annual Okeechobee
Soil and Water Conservation
District Speaking Contest will
be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April
8, at the Okeechobee USDA
Service Center at 452 Hwy 98
North, Okeechobee. The con-
test is open to any Okeecho-
bee County student enrolled
in Grades 6 through 12. The
topic is "What is the Future of
Florida's Renewable Energies?"
Speeches will be 6 to 8 min-
utes long. Three independent
judges will score contestants
on content, composition and
delivery. Prizes for the District
Contest are $150 for First Place,
.$100 for Second Place and $50
,for Third Place. There will be a
participation prize of $15 to all
Any student interested in
participating may contact Au-
drey Driggers at the Okeecho-
bee Soil and Water Conserva-
tion District at 863-763-3619 or
stop by the USDA Service Cen-
ter for complete contest rules.
Pre-K registration

open at schools
The Okeechobee County
School Board has" opened
registration for the 2008-09'
School Readiness/VPK Pre-kin-
dergarten program. The Pre-K
program is located at New En-
deavor High School. To be eli-
gible to participate in the Pre-K
program, children must turn 4
on or.before Sept. 1, 2008. For
information regarding the Pre-K
program or to place your name
on a contact list, please call
Donna Kersey at 863-462-5363
or.Rhonda Morton at 863-462-
5000, ext. 235.

SFWMD offers
speakers bureau
The South Florida Water
Management District Okeecho-
bee Service Center staff mem-
bers are available to meet with
groups about water resources
and environmental restoration
projects in the Okeechobee,
Glades and Highland County
service area. Technical experts,
scientists and other specialists
can tailor a presentation to meet
specific needs or answer ques-
tions regarding many water-re-
lated topics. This service is free
and available by contacting Vic-
toria Nowlan at 863-462-5260
or 800-250-4200, ext. 3045, or
by e-mail at vnowlan@sfwmd.
gov. For more information, visit or call the
Okeechobee Service Center at

Drought Index

Current: 373
Source: Florida Division
S of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.24 feet
Last Year:10.61 feet

Source:, South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
O bituaries.................................. 6
Opinion............................. 4
Speak Out................................. 4
S ports........................................ 9
Weather.................. ............... 2
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Woman found dead in motel

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The body of an Okeechobee
woman was found in a local
motel Friday morning, and one
woman has. been arrested in
connection with the case.
Detective Bill Saum of the
Okeechobee City Police De-
partment said the body of an

18-year-old white female was
found in room 105 of the Budget
Inn Motel, 201 S. Parrott Ave. on
March 28.
Detective Saum declined
to release the woman's name
pending notification of next of
kin. He said the cause of death
is unknown, and added that the
woman's body was taken to the
District 19 Medical Examiner's

Office in Fort Pierce where an
autopsy will be performed.
A 35-year-old woman was
subsequently arrested in con-
nection with the case but be-
cause the case is currently under
investigation the detective did
not release her name.
He said she was arrested Fri-
day afternoon and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail on

Martha's House: Helping victims of abuse

S- Okeectobee News Pete Gawda
Martha's House, a domestic violence shelter, will be having a grand opening on April
25 for their new outreach and administration building. The building, located at 4135 U.
S. 441 N. replaces a building destroyed by the 2004 hurricanes.

Organization has new

offices, counseling rooms

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Martha's House, an organi-
zation that provides shelter and
counseling services for women
who are victims of .domestic
and sexual violence, has some
good news to share with the
The organization's admin-
istration recently moved into a
new building which was nine
months in the construction.
They had been operating out
of temporary quarters since the
hurricanes of 2004. The new
building was financed primar-
ily from grants, some donations
and a loan.
Martha's House how has
more space than before. The
building, which is about 2,400
squarefeet, is used for outreach
and administrative purposes. It
has two offices, four counsel-
ing rooms, a large conference
room and a kitchen. Although
the building itself is completed,
Martha's House could use help
with landscaping.

OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Stephanie Locke, executive director of Martha's House,
sits in her office in the organization's recently completed
outreach and administrative building. Martha's House
provides counseling and shelter to victims of domestic

"There are so many more
things we .can do," Stephanie
Locke, executive director of
Martha's House said of the new
building, adding that there is
more privacy for counseling.
Martha's House has 10 full
time staff members and one
part time staff member. Of that
number, five employees work
in the new building, The rest
.work ih the shelter that Martha's

House provides for battered
women and their children.
Each employee of Martha's
House has 24 hours of training
each year.
"It takes a special type per-
son to do this type of work,"
Ms, Locke said.
The organization can pro-
vide an attorney for victims of
abuse and assist in courtroom
See Office Page 2

a felony charge of child abuse,
and a misdemeanor charge of
contributing to the delinquency
of a minor.
Detective Saum said the
woman, along with another un-
identified female and the dead
woman, were staying in, the
room together.
He said they had apparently
been in the room together for a

few days.
The dead woman was found
by her roommates around 10
a.m. Friday morning, added Ihe
If anyone has any information
in connection with this case they
are asked to contact Detective Bill
Saum at the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department, 863-763-5521..

High speed

chase ends

in arrest,

Driver accused of
trying to run over
sheriff's deputies
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
arrested after he allegedly tried
to run over two deputies, and
led them on a chase at speeds
topping 100 mph while his car
had two flat tires.
Clifford Alton Simmons, 25,
was. arrested Thursday, March
27, on felony charges of ag-
gravated assault with a motor
vehicle on a law enforcement
officer (two counts) rand flee-
ing and attempting to elude a
law enforcement officer. He

was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of driving while li-
cense suspended/revoked with
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $62,500.
Also arrested with Simmons
was Charat Faye Padgett, 29,
N.E. 106th St. She was charged
with possession of metham-
phetamine and possession of
drug paraphernalia. She was
booked into the county jail un-
der a bond of $6,000.
The situation reportedly be- +
gan around 9:42 p.m. when
OCSO Deputy Mike Hazellief
was asked to do a child welfare
check at Padgett's home in Fort
See Chase Page 2

Sex offender

is accused of

raping teenager

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A registered sexual offender
has been arrested on charges
that he raped a local teenager.
Derek Royce Underhill, 22,
S.W Third Ave., was charged
March 27 with the felonies of
sexual battery and false impris-
onment. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of con-
tributing to the delinquency of
a minor.
Underhill was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $45,000.
A press release from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's

Office (OCSO) states that Un-
derhill was arrested for com-
mitting a sexual offense on
a minor while in the United
States military. He was charged
and convicted of unlawful car-
nal knowledge with a juvenile
12 to 16 years of age and sod-
omy of a juvenile 12 t: 16 years
of age.
Because the crime was com-
mitted while Underhill was in
the military, information about
the case is confidential.
According to OCSO Detec-
tive Ted Van Deman the victim
in the local case contacted
See Rape Page 2

Gobbler season has begun

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Turkey hunting season has
begun. Opening date for any
location north of S.R. 70 was
March 1 and the areas south
of S.R. 70 was March 15. While
the Spring Gobbler can be chal-
lenging, exciting and fulfilling
there are a few things you may
need to refresh yourselves on
to have an enjoyable and legal
It is unlawful to take more
than one turkey per day and
also unlawful to hunt them
with the aid of bait. An area is
still considered baited for ten
days following the removal of
any bait. Remember that it is
also unlawful to use electronic
calling devices or to attempt

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to take a turkey while it is in a
The assisting of another

hunter who is hunting turkey
while their temporary tag has
been removed from their tur-
key permit is also against the
law. Those who are exempted
from having a hunting license
and turkey permit for turkey
hunting on their property are
required to have a hunting li-
cense and turkey permit to aid
another hunter or hunt their
turkey off their property.
Any hunter who purchases
a turkey permit over the inter-
net must fill in the date, time
and county where the turkey
was killed on the bottom of the
permit. This must be complet-
ed and kept by the hunter at all
times. The hunter. must make-
and attach their own temporary
See Outdoors Page 2

Suomitteo pnoto
Tom Ridinger of New Jersey caught an 8 lb. 2 oz. bass while
fishing with guide Larry Wright on Feb. 22.

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They make presentations on
domestic and sexual violence and
healthy relationships at the high
school, the middle school and ju-
venile facilities.
If necessary Martha's House
can provide psychotherapy for
victims and they provide support
groups and counseling for vic-
Martha's House can also pro-
vide training for companies in
domestic violence. They provide
employee training for Moore Ha-
ven Correctional Institute.
Another service provided by
Martha's House is helping victims
complete paperwork to qualify
for the victim compensation fund
administered by the attorney
general's office. In Okeechobee,
Martha's House and the public
defender's office are the only or-

Continued From Page 1

ganizations that are allowed to
provide this service.
Martha's Hoise staff members
maintain confidentiality with their
clients. This means they cannot-
be ordered in court to testify as to ~ .-
anything a client told them.
All services are free of charge.
Martha's House is funded by lo-
cal, state and federal grants as
well as private donations.
"We could not stay open with-
out donations," said Ms. Locke.
She would like to thank the
community for their support of
the organization.
There will be a grand opening
celebration for new building, lo-
cated at 4134 U.S. 441 N, next to
OKeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, on Friday, April 25 from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mailing ad- Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
dress is P.O. Box 727, Okeecho- This is the kitchen in Martha's House recently completed out-
bee, FL 34973. reach and administration building. The organization, which
Post your opinions in thePublic provides counseling and shelter for victims of domestic and
Issues Forum at sexual violence, recently moved into this building which re-
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached placed a building damaged in the 2004 hurricanes.

shotgun's effective range. Always
shoot at the head or neck of the
bird and remember that 30 yards
or less is considered an ideal

tag with their name, address, date Be sure the object you are
and time the turkey was killed shooting is a turkey, do not let any
and attach it to the turkey in the other outside elements cloud your
field at the place where it fell. judgement. The most critical mo-
If you have purchased your ment of hunting is the moment
permit over the internet be sure to you decide to pull the trigger.
take something with you to make For the best and most ef-
a sturdy temporary tag and some- fective ways to learn safety mea-
thing to tie it with when packing sures to implement while hunting
gear for your hunt. take a wildlife hunter education
Safety measures are also a course.
necessary precaution during the A local hunter, Chase Rucks
turkey hunting season. As this said that, "you aren't near as
sport is one of the fastest growing careful when it comes to turkey
outdoors sports in the country, hunting. Deer are colorblind but
safe practices in the field has be- turkeys aren't. Turkeys can see
come even more important. you much more easily than many
Do not stalk a turkey or try to other game hunted and if they
drive a turkey to another hunter. get spooked they can cause an
The chances are very slim of bag- unsafe environment. So it's very
going a turkey using this method, important to follow the safety pre-
However, the chances of becom- cautions you've been taught."
ing involved in a shooting are in- Theseas on beonly a month
creased using this method, long so take advantage of the time
When preparing your hunt- you have but follow the rules and
ing gear and dress try to eliminate remain as careful as possible.
the colors black, red, white and
blue. These colors are predomi-
nant in the male turkeys plume Hook, Line & Sinker
and can easily be mistaken for By Captain Michael
game. Shellen
Do not move, wave or make
turkey sounds to alert another The most pursued fish on Lake
hunter of your presence. Always Okeechobee this week appears to
try to yell or speak loudly while be the Blue Gill; there are anglers
remaining still. It is never a fair as- 'from all over the United States
- sumption to assume you aretlfre that come here specifically each -
only hunter in thearea. ..... .,year to target Blu, Gill and Shell
Be careful when you use the Cracker, and judging from what I
gobble call, the sound may attract have seen the catching has been
other hunters and could lead to good. I talked to a lot of anglers.
an unfortunate incident, this week either on the water or at
While hunting do not hide the ramp and it seems everyone
so well that you cannot see other is catching big numbers of Blue
hunters or turkeys. Instead try to Gill, several of the folks I spoke to
position your back against a stur- were able to locate Shell Cracker,
dy tree with the space in front of but they were very secretive about
you open. The tree you sit against the whereabouts of their catch.
should camouflage your outline, 'The Blue Gill we have caught and
help protect your back and keep seen caught have been tight to the
the space in front of you open. bank whether in the River or in
Never shoot at a sound or a the Rim Canal. The Shell Crackers
simple movement. This too can that we have seen being caught
lead to an unfortunate accident, were in 7 to 9 feet of water just
Always remember to wear off of the break line. Baits vary
your hunter orange while walk- from Grass Shrimp to Crickets or
ing in, the woods. If you make a red worms and they all seem to
kill tag it immediately and then be working, the better catches
conceal it or wrap the bird in an of Shell Cracker we heard about
orange covering, were on Grass Shrimp but. the
When shooting at a tur- fishermen related that they were
key be sure that you know your able to catch them on crickets af-

Submitted Photo/Michael Shellen
Jeff Bowen caught a big Bass on shiners while fishing with
Captain Michael Shellen.

ter they ran out of Grass Shrimp.
It seems that Blue Gill are being
-caught in every canal around the
lake with no one place being a hot
spot, I am sure as the season goes
on there will be several areas that
distinguish themselves more than
others. I have yet to hear of any-
one finding huge beds of fish on
the lake, but that does not mean it
is not happening, there is bound
to be someone catching fish in
the skinny water of the lake.
Artificial bait fishing for Bass
is still good as recent tournament
results would attest to; and big.
fish are still being caught with
regularity. Early morning top wa-
ter fishing has been good and can
last well into the morning if there
is cloud cover. We are still catch-
ing fish on Shaky Head jigs with
either a trick or finesse worm,
worm color does not seem criti-
cal, we are catching on 3 or 4
colors and every day it's a differ-
ent color that performs best. We
have been using lighter line than

normal (8 pound test) and seem-
ingly we get more bites on it. The
fish are in the 1 to 4 pound range,
but occasionally a big fish will
bite, landing a 7 to 8 pound fish
on 8 lb line is quite a challenge
but can be done if you are patient
and don't try to horse the fish to
the boat.
More information can be found
at www.OkeechobeeBassFishing.
If you would like to share any In-
formation with the Okeechobee News
about an outdoors event please email
Tonya Harden at tharden@newszap.
com or call (863) 763-3134. We wel-
come news on all sporting events,
outdoors activities and nature in-
spired hobbles. Please Include your
name, phone number and specific
dates of the events. The Okeecho-
bee News Outdoors column will run
every Saturday so please be sure to
have all your information Into the
office no later than 5 p.m. Thursday.
Information can also be emalled to or faxed to
863 763-5901. Refer all material to
Tbnya Harden.





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Drum. The children, continued
the report, are ages 6 and 9 and
are living in a home where there
is no electricity.
An OCSO arrest report stated
.that the woman could be driving
a green older model Buick and
was possibly with Simmons.
Deputy Hazellief contacted
detectives with the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force to help him.
As he was going to the home,
a task force detective met a car
matching the description of the
vehicle in which Padgett and Sim-
mons were to be traveling. As he
turned around and tried to catch
up with the vehicle, the driver of
the Buick turned north on N.E.
23rd Way and began to speed
away, stated the report.
The detective stated in his
report that the car turned into
a driveway and stopped. As he
pulled his unmarked unit in be-.
hind the Buick, the detective stat-

Continued From Page 1

School Resource Deputy Madon-
na Bryant and said they had been
forced to have sexual contact
with Underhill.
The victim's name, gender and
age were not released. The detec-
tive would only say that the child's
age is between 12 and 16.
The victim, added Detective

ed in his report that he recognized
the driver to be Simmons.
The detective, along with a
second task force detective, ap-
proached the vehicle. When the
first detective approached the
driver's side of the vehicle Sim-
mons reportedly looked directly
at him, put the car in gear and
began to began to flee.
Simmons then steered the car
directly at the second task force
detective, who had to leap out of
the way to keep from being hit,
continued the report.
Simmons then proceeded
south on N.E. 23rd Way.
The detectives then noti-
fied Deputy Hazellief and OCSO
Sergeant Robert Coleman and
continued to chase Simmons at
speeds topping 100 mph, contin-
ued the report. Simmons, said the
arrest report, turned north onto
N.E. 301st Blvd. At the intersec-
tion of N.E. 304th St. and N.E.
48th Ave. Sgt. Coleman deployed
stop sticks.
As the sergeant was putting
out the sticks, Simmons allegedly

Van Deman, was apparently lured
to Underhill's home under the
ruse that he needed help upload-
ing pictures with a computer.
"The child was under the be-
lief he was 17, as were the vic-
tim's parents," said Detective Van
Once at his home Underhill
allegedly made advances to the
child, said the detective. The vic-
tim rebuffed him so Underhill,
who is 5-foot-9 and weighs 145
pounds, physically restrained the

swerved at Sgt. Coleman. The
sergeant, like the detective ear-
lier, had to leap out of the way to
keep'from being hit, indicated the
With the two tires on the right
side of the car flattened, the chase
continued south on N.E. 48th Ave.
to State Road 68.
Then, about 4 miles into St. Lu-
cie County, Simmons turned onto
a ranch road, got out of the car
and began to flee on foot. He was
soon caught by Sgt. Coleman.
The entire chase lasted for a
distance of 17 miles. Simmons
drove on two flat tires for 16 of
those miles, said a task force de-
With Simmons was Padgett
and another woman, who was
not charged in the case.
The car was then searched
and a substance, along with a
pipe was found in a case for sun-
glasses. The substance was field
tested and indicated a positive
result for the presence of meth-
amphetamine, said the report.
The pipe, continued the report, is

child. He then pinned down and
raped the victim, said Detective
Van Deman.
The child will be offered coun-
seling if they want it, added the
The detective went on to say
that Underhill is the 11th regis-
tered sexual offender to be arrest-
ed for re-offending with sex-relat-
ed crimes in Okeechobee County
since December of 2006.

similar to the type of device used
to smoke methamphetamine.
The suspected meth weighed
.4 grams, said the report.
Besides the criminal charges,
Simmons was also issued traffic
citations for driving while license
suspended with knowledge and
fleeing and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer.
OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man said the Osceola County
Sheriff's Office has warrants call-
ing for the arrest of Simmons.
However, when officials were
contacted at that office they re-
fused to release any information
over the telephone as to what
Simmons may be charged with in
Osceola County.
Detective Van Deman said it
was not known as of Friday after-
noon who was currently in con-
trol of Padgett's two children.
Padgett's arrest report also
indicates that Thursday was her

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An error occurred in an article appearing on the front page of
the Thursday, March 27 issue of the Okeechobee News under the
headline "County offices in Nov. election." Republican Marga-
ret Helton has announced her intention to run against Democrat
Elvie Posey for the District 5 county commission seat now held by
Mr. Posey. It was incorrectly reported that Toni Doyle was running
for that position. Mrs. Doyle is a Democrat and will be running for
the District 1 seat currently held by Ray Domer. We apologize for
any inconvenience caused by this error. Also the city council seat
held by Dowling Watford is not up for election this year.
The story in the Friday edition, "Pearce canal work'planned"
incorrectly stated that "Paul Thomas, claimed Glades County has
$193,000 in an escrow account from monthly residential phone
bills that has been collected since 1994 and that money should be
used for the canal cleanup." This was in, error. At the meeting, Mr.
Thomas correctly stated that the county has money in an escrow
account from a surcharge on the monthly residential water bills.
We regret the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, March 29, 2008

Local churches

plan services and

special events

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Grace Brethren Church,
701 S. Parrott Ave., will be cel-
ebrating the remembrance of the
bread and the cup as instituted by
the Lord Jesus Christ at this Sun-
day's service.
Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome and encouraged
to attend our Sunday -morning
and Wednesday evening worship
and study times. Sunday: 9 to 9:30
a.m. prayer time and 9:30 to 10:15
Bible study in the fellowship hall.
Worship service begins at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday evening
service begins with prayer time at
6:30 p.m. Service and study time
begins at 7 p.m.
Pastor Jim Waters and the
Grace family welcome you to
come and join us for Christ-cen-
tered prayer, study and worship.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary. Chapel,
1963 N.W 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House
Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene will have a supper for
$4 donation per person. Reser-
vations must be made by Mon-
days-meals are only served by
Phone church office 863-763-
3519 ,to reserve and find out the
week's menu.
Following the supper, the
church has a Bible study at 7 p.m.
called "Connecting the Dots" ---
a year-long journey through the
Bible, which explains how one
book of the Bible relates to others
and how it all "connects."
Following the supper, there are
i also classes for children, youth
and Hispanics -"Sunday School"
on Wednesday nights.
On April 5 the church will have
a pancake breakfast frorri 8 to 10
a.m. For a $5 donation you will re-
ceive sausage links coffee or juice
and extra fluffy pancakes.
Tickets are available at the
church office by calling 863 763-
S3519. Proceeds' will go toward Va-
cation Bible School.
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dent in grades one through six
and seven through 12.
Programs are from 6:30 p.m.
until 8 p.m. Wednesday nights.
The church van will pick children
up and taken them home. For in-
formation, call 863 801-4307.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St., is
hosting God's Time -- a morning
of free organized Christian activi-,
ties that includes play, instruction
and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children.
The event will be held each
Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Saturday
starting at 6:30 a.m., and a wom-
en's fellowship every other Mon-
daylstarting at 6:30 a.m.
For information or if you need
transportation to and from these
activities, call 863 467-1733.
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
is offering free classes in martial
The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for sub-
stance abuse.
They also have Al-Non meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7
p.m. to 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For informa-
tion call Chris at 863 467-5714.
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by ap-
pointment only. Call 763-2171.
Abundant Blessings
Church,4550 U. S. 441 N. is
hosting Financial Peace Univer-
sity, led by nationally known
radio and television personality
Dave Ramsey.
Classes began Jan. 28 at 6:30
p.m. and each Monday follow-
ing for 13 weeks. The church is
located at 4550 Hwy 441 N. (1
mile north of the high school).
For information call the

Church at 863-763-3736 or go to .

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cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church, All cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday
of each month at 5:30 p.m. at
the church, 401 SW 4th Street,
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Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
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!
SURGERY: I heard on the news today that a 18-year-old girl died
because of a reaction to the anesthesia. One of the procedures she
was having done was breast implants, Should teens be allowed to do
MURDERS: I am responding to the caller who said the sheriff's de-
partment isn't releasing much information about the recent murders.
Have you ever considered that they are busy investigating the crimes,
and perhaps they might not want the bad guys to know every detail
they know? Until an arrest is made, that is an open investigation. The
public doesn't need to know all the details. I guess the front page story
about the murders wasn't enough for you. Leave the cops alone and
let them do their jobs.
DOGS: Dogs running loose is going to continue to be a problem
until the county does something to make sure all dogs are spayed or
neutered. Other areas have passed laws about this. The animal shelter
should require that animals be fixed before they are adopted. If you
are 'a pet owner, be responsible and get your pets fixed so you don't
wind up with unwanted animals.
TRAFFIC: I wish the deputies or the highway patrol would set up
a speed check on State Road 70 west of town. Cars fly through there
every morning. I live in Lazy 7 and just getting out onto State Road 70
is dangerous. The speed limit there is 60 mph but cars come flying
through at 70 or 80. If you go 60 mph.they come up on you like you.
are standing still.
SPRING BREAK: Spring break is coming up for the local schools.
Drivers need to be careful, especially in the residential neighborhoods
because kids will be out on their bikes and skateboards. Watch out for
those little ones. We don't need any tragedies.
DEATH: I was watching on TV last night about this beautiful teen-
age girl who died. It was so sad. She went in for elective surgery and
died. I think people should pay more attention to the risks of surgery.
Anytime they put you under, there is a chance you won't wake up.
If surgery is not medically necessary, that is really taking a big risk
with your life. More and more these teenagers are wanting cosmetic
surgery. They don't think about the risks. It is so sad this girl died, and
maybe it will wake some people up to how dangerous surgery can be
and how risky. There are no guarantees. Anytime you have surgery,
they make you sign a paper that you understand the risks. Read the
fine print. If you can do without the surgery, think about it. Surgery
can't fix everything and every time they put you under, you are taking
a chance with yourJife.
DOGS: In regard to the dogs running loose, yes the county has a
leash law. But who is going to enforce it? We don't have money to
pay enough deputies to enforce the public safety laws over this big
county. If people let their dogs run loose and the dogs get hit by a car,
Well apparently that is a shame but the dog owners should take the
responsibility. If your dog gets hit by a car, that is your own fault. Don't
blame the driver. The car is supposed to be on the road. Your dog isn't
supposed to be on the road. If anything, the driver should sue you for
any damage, to the car.
GIRLS GqNE WILD: This is in response to the person who called
about the infomercials for the videos. That guy who made the Girls
Gone Wild videos is being sued already as they say some of the girls
were underage. But as long as people buy this kind of garbage some-
one is going to try to make it. What has. happened to American mor-
als? Since the 1960s, things have gone downhill.
RECYCLING: I completely agree with the callers who have asked
-- for a recycling program or more recycling bins. I would recycle if the
county would provide bins. It isn't fair that the city residents have
curbside recycling and the county residents don't. We pay monthly
garbage bills too. But just a few county residents have recycling and f
the program was-never expanded to the rest. And even if we take the
trouble to box up the recyclable items, it's not easy to find a place to
drop them off. At the very least, they should have recycling drop-offs D
at every shopping center.
HOMICIDES: In response to the comment about the murders at
the motel, I wish people would just back off and let the detectives do J
their jobs. You expect them to give every detail to the reporters? Get
real. They would never be able to take a case to trial if they did that. F
They released the names and basic details. There were even photos of
the people in the paper. None of the shooting victims were even from
here. Chances are the people who did it weren't from here either.
People watch these television shows where the investigators look at
about 10,000 bits of evidence and zoom in on the ten clues that solve
the crime in less than an hour and then they think the real cops should
be able to do that too. Here's a news flash -- television is not real life.
Back off and give the cops a chance. If you look at the statistics, I bet
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office has a higher percentage of
cases actually solved than the big cities do.
CHANGE: I want to comment about the Speckled Perch Festival
and the County Fair. For a long time, Okeechobee County did not have
a county fair. We finally got big enough and well enough organized to
have real county fair. And instead of being happy about that, some
want to complain that it conflicted with the chamber's Speckled Perch
Festival. If the county isn't big enough to support both, then it will work
out and the best one will continue. You can't force people'to support
these events. They are going to support the one they like. They only
have a certain amount of money to spend. But competition is good. It t
means the event organizers are going to work harder to come up with
attractions that people want to see.

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Upcoming Events Community Events

Saturday, March 29
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at 863-697-2247; Debbie Izzo at
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave. It
will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863- 634-4780.

Sunday, March 30
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. This 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.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call. 863- 634-4780.

Monday, March 31
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
, Foster Parent Orientation 'will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W.
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
lust for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott'Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This. chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
unch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonynious on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon
meetings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and
friends of alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Tuesday, April -1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
:o the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is pow an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m,. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St:
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi
it 863-467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards
Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
s invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
lune Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
ruths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
iext to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
'njoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,

Eagles plan benefit for Warren Martin
The F.O.E. #4137 is planning a benefit for Warren Martin on Sat-
urday, March 29, starting at noon. There will be barbecue meals
available for a donation. There will be an auction. Donations for the
auction are greatly appreciated and all donations can be dropped off
at the Eagles Club, 9983 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds will go to help with
medical bills due to injuries in a motorcycle accident he is unable to
work and has no insurance. For information call the club at 863-763-

Group to see 'The Story of Jesus'
Oakview Baptist Church is taking a trip to see "The Story of Jesus"
Wauchula, Florida's Passion play on Friday, March 28. They will be
leaving from Oakview at 5 p.m. and will be returning at midnight. Cost
is $30 per person, which includes the chartered bus and performance.
If you are interested in going, call the church at 863-763-1699.

Angel Food orders coming up
Angel Food orders will take place Thursday, April 3, from 4 until 7
p.m. at the ROC. Orders can be submitted at the church office Mon- 2
day-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those orders must be Money Order
or EXACT change. If you want to order with Food Stamps you must
show up on one of the Thursday nights. Order cut-off date is March 8.
Distribution date is April 26, from 8 until 10 a.m.

Healthy Start directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee. Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m., in their office, 575
S.W 28th St. within the New Endeavors School building. This meeting
is open to the public. For information please contact Executive Direc-
tor, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, 863-763-5877.

Arts, crafts and antique cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31 and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.

Proud to be an American
Fawn Lake Press is offering free "Proud to be an American" flag de-
cals for a self-addressed stamped envelope. The decals are 2x3 inches
and are printed in full color. This offer is valid as long as our troops are
deployed. Members of the military need not attach postage to their
self addressed envelope. Fawn Lake Press pays the postage. Send your
request with the self addressed envelope to Fawn Lake Press, 54 Fawn
Lake Rd., Durango, Colo. 81301.

CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -- .United States Air Force.
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to.administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, 863-763-3212.

My Aunt's House seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of
The Clothes Closet. TWork days and hours are flexible. Call 863- 634- -
2306 for information.

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes'
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently provid-
ing rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or other-
wise impaired wildlife. Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of
help is encouraged to give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed
by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more
than happy to help you and the animal. This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife. For information, call 863- 634-1755 or 863-

Sorry: No TV grids today
Due to technical difficulties working to resolve the problem
we were unable to print the as soon as possible to restore
television grid for Saturday in the television guide information
this edition of the newspaper. in future editions of this news-
-We regret the omission and are paper.

4-H seeks old photos

and information
This photo from 1929 shows Florida 4-H club members judging cattle. Florida 4-H will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2009.
Local county offices are collecting old 4-H photos and information on early 4-H Clubs. Information is especially needed
about any 4-H clubs or activities before 1970. If you have old photos or information, please email Debbie Clements at at Information and photos may also brought by the Extension Office in the County Annex on U.S. High-
way 98. Mrs. Clements said original photos can be scanned (copied) at the office. For more information, call the Extension
office at 863-763-6469.



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5003-M: K-s:- mme- P .i 2'2- 2105 'W 5008-H FP3n :.0 ,lupil% buill 1992. -,:rcen
MH, CBS garage, metal building, Al. porch, open patio, mixed flooring (tile and
shed, circular driveway, underground wood). Garage attached. New appliances,
utilities, orange and oak trees. All sits on new roof and water heater. Located in
6 corner lots $130,500 MLS 200629 King's Bay $94.900 MLS# 92965

Acrka. Commercial Property. Residential Lofs and Equestrian Communities.
Basswood Lots available starting @ $25k
Lake access Big "O" RV Resort Lots starting @ $25K
R-Bar Estates 2+/-acres MLS# 93596
Sherman Wood Ranches 10+/-acres MLS# 90859
Dixie Ranch Acres 1.69+/-acre barn/workshop and horse stall
MLS# 93635
Dark Hammock 78 acres with a 2-story home MLS# 200345

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Open Floor Plan, Screened Porch, Water
System, Tile/Wood floors,washer/dryer, private
fenced yard,metal roof, cabinets in gargare for
storage, and much more Call (200549)
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On K,.Sirr T .ea r 2 :'.' Ir, ioi rom_
with unfinished basement that could be a
separate apartment or guest quarters with
kitchen and bath, right on the Kissimmee
River. Spacious dock with dock house.

Open concept, eat-in kitchen. Hurricane
shutters. Palm Creek is a gated, residen-
tial single-family community. HOA dues
inc community pool, security gate, & lawn
service. Sprinkler system is on a well.
Owner lic RE agent. $199,900 #93136

3/2 CBS home on 1.50 acres! you can
even fish from your very own pond or sit
out on your screened front porch or
screened back lanai and watch for
wildlife! Easy to show. $167,000 (94010)

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Nice converted mobile nome on comer lot wrn
trees. Fireplace in living room, open concept
Storage Shed. Neat and dean. Bring offers
$85,000 (#94333)

BHR on Water CBS 3/2 home on canal with
seawall, dock, attached 1 car carport and 12x8
storage building. Bring your boat and enjoy the
outdoors. (93430) $149,900

INote:These offends are subject to enom, iions orwithdrawl withoutnoie Infomaion believed accurate butnot guaranteed

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Fri. & Sat. 3/28 & 3/29,
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- (6) 8750 $6.00 ea.
(1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
33.00, (1)S015086
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please. If interested e-mail to
for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-

BUNK BEDS heavy 'duty
frames, Full size top & bot-
tom, $250. (863)61 Q,-3147

"Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-

yrs. old. Aquarium & access.
included. $300
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810
PANDA FERRET Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & access. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824

GENERATOR Contractor
3000 like new, $300.


Apartments, 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
jor apple's. included. 'New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

KINGS BAY- 2br,lba duplex,
full appliances, no. smok.
env. no pets, $600/mo, 1st,
last, sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, 2 ba, prid-
vacy fence. All appls, new tile
& carpet. (863)447-0925 or

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tied, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K. Financing
Available (754)423-8202
* $ (863)634-2121

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Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
From $895
per month

3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
gar., Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100 & Up (561)723-2226
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
M/Home $550/mo. & 1 Rm
Cottage w/Dock & Porch
$450/mo. For both 1st, Last &
Sec. req'd. City water ihcl.

SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831

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Rent from $750 month (F/US)
vintage Cottage Wraparound Porch
On Two Sides of Deep Water

Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

Home (Off Hwy 70 W). Full
house priv. $550. mo. All util.
included. (561)723-1849

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

MARCH 29TH 10 am
One acre, 2/1 CBS renovated,
fenced, central AC, Fireplace
6818 Center St,
Continental Realty.Auctions
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$225,000 or best offer. Rent
or Buy. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL;

FOR SALE -8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133

Blue Cypress, golf, club-
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Twins lead OHS Brahmans to victory

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
One twin did it with his arm
while the other did it with his legs
and his bat.
Okeechobee High. School
needed both Cameron and Adam
Tewksbury to come through
Thursday and both did in a big
way to lead Okeechobee to their
second straight win, a 3-2 vic-
tory over Pope John Paul High
"We got a great pitching ef-
fort from Cameron, we battled at
the plate, and it was a good day
for us," Brahman Coach Dylan
Tedders noted as he watched his
team improve to (6-12) on the
Cameron pitched a complete
game, and allowed just five hits.
He only walked one Eagle and
hit a batter. He struck out seven
batters, including the side in the
fifth and the final two hitters in
the seventh.

"I had a better strategy today,"
Tewksbury said,
"I missed my
spots a couple of
times at the end,
but I moved the
ball in and out, it
was good."
His brother
Adam helped'
out with an.
RBI single in Adam
the fourth. He Tewksbury
scored a big in-
surance run in the sixth thanks to
a key steal of third base.
Cameron retired the first eight
batters he faced until a bunt sin-
gle by Dave Rudatz in the third.
He moved up when Cameron
Horton was hit by a pitch and Ty-
ler Hoffman doubled into the gap
in left center. However, a nice re-
lay from Jake Davenport to Drew
Selvey resulted in Horton being
thrown out at the plate to stop
another run from scoring. The

play proved to be crucial.
had some early
but couldn't
take advantage.
Dustin Stokes
ripped a double
down the left
field line in the
second 'but he Cameron
was thrown out Cameron
when he tried Tewksbury
to stretch it into a triple and was
caught 'between second and
third. The base running miscue
became important when Evan
King, (two hits), hit a solid single
to left that might have scored the
Coach Tedders applauded his
hitters who did a better job of
making contact at the plate. He
said the hard work they have put
in at practice is beginning to pay
off in games.
Okeechobee took the lead in

the bottom, of the fourth thanks
to three consecutive hits, a rare
occurrence for the Brahmans this
year. Clay Coleman hit an oppo-
site field single to right, and Cam-
eron Tewksbury helped his own
cause with a single past a div-
ing Rudatz at second base. With
runners on the corners, Adam
Tewksbury ripped a single to left
on the first pitch he saw to drive
in a run. Evan King added an RBI
single one out later to make it
2-1. Left hander Ronnie Glenn es-
caped further damage when he
retired Mitchell Bryner on a pop
up to short stop and struck out
Jake Davenport.
Cameron Tewksbury got on
a roll after the run in the third in-
ning. At one point he retired 10-11
Eagle hitters.
His teammates added an in-
surance run in the sixth that also
proved to be crucial. Cameron
led off the inning with a walk and
Mike McClain ran for him. Adam

Tewksbury hit a single to right
that Cameron Horton bobbled
momentarily. He hustled all the
way and reached second base
just before the throw. With run-
ners on second and third. Dustin
Stokes ripped an offering from
Glenn but it went right to Rudatz
at second base. He turned it into a
double play and it looked like the
Brahmans rally was over. How-
ever Adam Tewksbury had other
ideas. He took off for third and
had the base stolen easily. How-
ever the Eagle catcher Tyler Hoff-
man threw poorly to third and the
throw went into left field. Adam
raced home with the third run of
the game to give Okeechobee a
two run advantage, 3-1.
Cameron made it a nail biter in
the seventh as he allowed a run
and allowed the potential tying
and go ahead run to reach base
in the seventh. The inning started
harmlessly enough as he retired
Ryan Tubbs on a come-backer to

the mound. He walked Stephen
Bremer and allowed a single by
Glenn. Christian Portzenheim, the
designated hitter, pounced on the
first pitch from Cameron for an
RBI single. However with runners
on second and third, Cameron
bore down and struck out James
Fortino and Rudatz to end the
"There was some pressure on
me there, but coach says to keep
a happy medium, never get too
high or too low," he noted.
He noted. he appreciated the
offensive support and predicted
the batters would start produc-
ing more toward the end of the
"Adam and I have been hitting
pretty good. I think we'll figure it
out at the plate," he said.
The Brahmans traveled to For-
est Hill for a district game on Fri-
day night. They don't play again
until after Spring Break.

FWC to meet in Tallahassee April 9

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) will meet at Tallahassee's
Ramada Conference Center April
9-10. The center is at 2900 N.
Monroe St.
The April 9 (Wednesday)
agenda includes final action on
the proposed management plan
for bald eagles; deletion of the
bald eagle from the list of threat-
ened species; and proposed new
rules prohibiting taking, feed-
ing, disturbance, possession,
sale, purchase or barter of any
bald eagle and its nest or eggs,
except as authorized by permit.
The new rules also would pro-
hibit any person from entering
an area on public lands that has
been posted as closed for protec-
tion of the bald eagle.
Also during Wednesday's
session, commissioners will
consider approving permitting
guidelines for activities that affect
gopher tortoises. Commissioners
will hear reports on the risk as-
sessment for barramundi and Pet
Amnesty Day, held in February.
The agenda also includes a
review of a request by the Geor-
gia Department of Natural Re-

sources to re-establish a recipro-
cal agreement between Florida
and Georgia to exempt residents
65 years of age or older in both
states from nonresident freshwa-
ter fishing license requirements
in the other state.
On Thursday, a final public
hearing on rule proposals for
spiny lobster is on the agenda.
Proposed rules would continue
the current moratorium on re-
ducing the number of traps in
the lobster fishery for one year
and allow two spiny lobster
endorsement numbers to be
displayed from one vessel to en-
able both endorsement holders
to fish from the vessel. Also, the
proposed rule would prohibit
harvest and possession of egg-
bearing lobsters of any species.
The Commission also will
consider draft rules to allow
commercial harvest of mullet
on weekends, extend the Stone
Crab Advisory Board to July 1,
2011 and allow the use of gal-
vanized 16-gauge or thinner de-
gradable staples to construct the
degradable panel on wire stone
crab traps.
In other marine fisheries ac-

tion, the FWC will consider
South Atlantic and Gulf of Mex-
ico fishery .management coun-
cils' grouper and vermilion snap-
per management alternatives
and other federal marine fisher-
ies management issues. In addi-
tion, commissioners will receive
a report on FWC marine fishery
stock assessments and review
and discuss special activity li-
cense rule modifications, marine
life (aquarium fish) issues and
a stock assessment of the pom-
pano fishery.
The agenda also includes final
review of the vision document on
the future of Florida's freshwater
' The meeting will convene at
8:30 a.m. both days.
Anyone requiring special ac-
commodation to take part in
the meeting due to a disability
can arrange assistance by calling
850-488-6411 at least five days in
advance. Hearing- or speech-im-
paired persons can arrange assis-
tance by calling 850-488-9542.
The complete agenda is
available at

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