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Child ID event
at Masonic Lodge
Okeechobee Lodge No. 237,
Free & Accepted Masons will
hold their Eighth Annual Child
ID Program on today at the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Ave. Each child
will be fingerprinted and pho-
tographed. The ID disc will be
sent home with the parent or
guardian, who must be present
to sign the necessary release
forms for the program. Span-
ish interpreters will be in at-
tendance to help translate. Ac-
tivities will be provided to keep
the children busy while waiting
their turn. Any child, from walk-
ing age to age 18 is encouraged
to participate in the program.
A parent or guardian must ac-
company the children.
Alzheimer's patients of any
age are also welcome to come
and have their disc completed.
For additional information,
please contact, Kip Gardner,
Chairman, Child ID Program,
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
No. 237, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34974. or
call 863-763-1610 or 863-357-
Big Lake Hospice
Retired Judge Ed Miller has
generously donated a 2005
liner Sofa Model Camper to
Big Lake Hospice, in memory
of Jack and Frances Raulerson
and Waymon Jones of Georgia.
Tickets for the drawing are $5
each or 5 for $20 and can be
purchased at the Big Lake Hos-
pice office or Thrift Store locat-
ed at 3543 Highway 441, next
to Publix. The winning ticket
will be drawn on Father's Day,
June 15. The winning ticket will
be published in the Okeecho-
..-.ee. wagnd mnounced- or r..
WOKC. All proceeds from the
drawing will benefit Big Lake
Hospice's patient care fund.
For more information or ques-
.tions please contact Big Lake
Hospice at 863-763-0707.
Hospice Thrift Store
Big Lake Hospice needs'vol-
unteers for our Thrift Store. Do
you enjoy helping people and
talking with others? Do you like
to help others by giving a few
hours of your time? Then think
about volunteering for Big Lake
Hospice Thrift Store. Call to-
day at 863-763-0707 and learn
more about how to become a
volunteer for Big Lake Hospice.
You can also visit the website at
find out more about the orga-
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Community Events.................... 4
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See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Two accused of drug sales
By Eric Kopp
Two local men were arrested
on drug trafficking charges and
approximately 132 grams of
suspected powder cocaine was
seized during an operation con-
ducted by the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force.
Arrested were: Alberto Mon-
toya, 30, N.E. 11th St.; and Esau
Medrano, 25, N.W. 18th Ave.
Montoya was charged with
trafficking in cocaine, possession
with intent to
sell and pos-
session of drug
lia. He was
under a bond Alberto
of $76,000. Montoya
Medrano was charged with
trafficking in cocaine and the
sale of cocaine. He was booked
into the county jail under a bond
All of the
field tested and
indicated a posi-
tive result for the
presence of co-
caine, stated an
arrest report. Esau
Montoya was Medrano
arrested following the execution
of a search warrant on his home,
while Medrano was arrested af-
ter he reportedly sold powder
Renewable energy: Students share ideas
Submitted photo/Audrey Driggers
Winners lined up for a photo with the judges, (left to right) judge Diane Spann, Audrey
Driggers, contest moderator, Andrew Smiley, cash award $100 and second place me-
dallion, Justin Smiley, $150 and first place medallion, judge Pat Miller, Jenna Wolf $50
and third place medallion and judge Clayton Williams.
Students compete in
OSWCD speech contest
By Audrey Driggers
On April 8, Okeechobee
County Students grades six
through 12 had the opportu-
nity to participate in the 2008
Okeechobee Soil and Water
Conservation District Speech
Contest, held at the USDA
Okeechobee Service Center.
This year's topic proved very
interesting and educational be-
cause it encouraged students to
start thinking about the future
of today's rising gas prices.
"What is the future of Flor-
ida's Renewable Energies?"
asked, Jenna Wolff, a seventh
grader from Osceola Middle
School. In Miss Wolff's speech
she spoke of a $5.9 million
plant planned in Auburndale
that will produce ethanol from
citrus peels with the help of a
$500,000 grant as part of the
state "Farm to Fuel" initiative.
Andrew Smiley, a home
school sixth grader started
his speech by reminding us
that Florida is the fourth most
populous state and ranks third
nationally in total energy con-
sumption. Solar or photovol-
taic energy, hydroelectric, wind
and biofuel were some of the
renewable energies discussed.
He also quoted Congressman
Tim Mahoney in a town hall
meeting he attended with his
classmates, here in Okeecho-
bee. Congressman Mahoney
predicts that central Florida
would be the biofuel capital of
the United States through the
production of cellulosic etha-
The first place winner of the
speech contest was seventh
grader, Justin Smiley. He spoke
of ocean currents, wind energy
and citrus pulp as renewable
energies. Justin summed up his
speech by stating three ways
renewable energies would
benefit Florida; by helping our
state and country by creating
See OSWCD - Page 2
Taylor Creek Bass Club
hosts Crooked Lake event
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
By Tonya Harden
Jack Harrison took top hon-
ors in the Taylor Creek Bass
Club of Okeechobee two day
tournament held on Crooked
Lake, April 12 and 13.
Mr. Harrison brought a to-
tal of 24.03 lbs to the scales
for the win. The team of Ernie
Johnson and Bill Seitz won the
"Calcutta" on day one with
total weight of 19.44 lbs. The
team of Jack Harrison won the
"Calcutta" on day two with to-
tal weight of 23.57 lbs.
Second place went to Bob-
by Adams with total weight of
19.37 lbs. Ernie Johnson fin-
ished in third place with 18.05
lbs followed by Darrel Brackin
in fourth place with 15.39 lbs.
Jack Harrison also took the
Big Fish award with his 8.20
lbs catch. Ernie Johnson took
Second Big Fish with his 7.44
The Taylor Creek BAss Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and
(especially) non-boaters are
welcome. For information call
Dave Stout at 863-467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee Mcal-
lister Memorial Kid's Fishing
* May 20 through the 27
See Outdoors - Page 2
cocaine to an undercover law
Around 9:42 p.m. on Thurs-
day, May 1, task force detectives
and members of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office Spe-
cial Response Team executed
a search warrant on Montoya's
home. During a search of the
home the detectives found a to-
tal of 77.6 grams of powder co-
According to an arrest report
some of the cocaine was already
packaged for resale, including
seven "dime bags" that weighed
4 grams. A dime bag sells for
The arrest report also states
that detectives found two bags in
a kitchen cabinet containing co-
caine that weighed 58.6 grams.
A task force detective said the
cocaine would sell for $800 per
ounce, and that 28 grams equals
1 ounce. The amount seized was
worth approximately $2,200.
The arrest report goes on
See Cocaine - Page 2
By Eric Kopp
An unidentified Latino male
was killed Thursday night when
he was accidentally struck by
a pickup truck on N.W. 36th
According to a report by Dep-
uty Brian Hagan of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) the unknown man was,
riding a bicycle when he sudden-
ly changed directions and was hit
by the pickup.
Since the man had no iden-
tification on him the deputy has
been unable to notify his next of
The 2000 Dodge pickup truck
was driven by Mark Edward Dun-
ham, 66, N.W. 15th Ave. Neither
he nor the passenger in the truck,
Steven Eubanks, were injured.
Deputy Hagan's report states
the bicyclist was westbound in
the eastbound lane of N.W. 36th
St. at 11 p.m. on May 1. The truck
was westbound in the west-
bound lane of the same street. As
the pickup approached, the bicy-
clist changed lanes in front of the
truck, said the report.
The bicyclist was pronounced
dead at the scene by emergency
medical personnel from the
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
If anyone has any informa-
tion as to the identity of the vic-
tim, they are asked to contact
Detective Ted Van Deman of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice at 863-763-3117.
By Chauna Aguilar
Digital television (DTV) tran-
sition - what is that and how
does it affect me? That is what
many people are asking at all
the local electronics stores.
While most people believe
that you must purchase a new
television by this analog broad-
casting doomsday of Feb. 17,
2009, the majority of the popu-
lation isn't really affected be-
cause they already subscribe to
some sort of cable or satellite
What is digital broadcasting
and why are the broadcasters
making the change - digital
broadcasting promises to pro-
vide a clearer picture and more
programming options for con-
sumers. It will also free up the
airwaves for use by emergency
See DTV - Page 2
Submitted photo/Les Tory
First place winner Jack Harrison also won a Big Fish
prize with his 8.20 pound catch during the Taylor Creek
Bass Club tournament held at Crooked Lake on April 12
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to state that $1,600 in cash was
found in a kitchen drawer, while
$1,470 in cash was found in Mon-
Another arrest report states
that the undercover officer met
with Medrano and purchased 54.6
grams of powder cocaine. The re-
port did not state how much the
officer paid for the drugs.
The officer, continued the re-
port, was monitored both visually
and audibly during the transac-
tion. Once the transaction was
Continued From Page 1
new jobs, help to lesser global
warming and help the health of
completed, the undercover offi-
cer returned to a predetermined
site without stopping.
Task force detectives then col-
lected the powder, weighed it
and ran a field test on it which
indicated a positive result for the
presence of cocaine.
The cocaine was taken to the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office where it was turned in as
evidence. It will be sent later to
the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort
Pierce for further analysis.
Each man was charged with
trafficking because the threshold
for that charge is 28 grams.
our economy. He will compete
in Sebring, on Tuesday May 6, at
the Area VI Association of Florida
Conservation District Speaking
Contest. The winner of the con-
test will compete in August, at the
state level in Panama City.
Continued From Page 1
At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009,
all full-power television stations in
the United States will stop broad-
casting in analog and switch to
100 percent digital broadcasting.
Analog television sets receiving
free television using an antenna
will not work after February 17,
2009. If you watch television us-
ing an antenna, either indoor or
outdoor, you will need to know
whether it is digital or analog.
What you need to determine is
whether your television set has a
"digital tuner" already built in. If it
does, your television set will work
after the change. How do you get
that information? The best way
would be to look in your owner's
manual, but if that isn't possible
you may be able to look up that
information on the manufactur-
You are trying to find out if
your set has an input connection
labeled "digital input" or "ATSC"
(Advanced Television Systems
Committee, which is the DTV for-
If your television set was made
before 1998 it was a traditional
"analog" set. If you bought a big-
screen, projection TV between
1998 and 2004, it may have a
built-in digital tuner inside, but
chances aren't great. Only a lim-
ited percentage of projection tele-
vision sets included digital tuners
If you purchased a new televi-
sion set since 2004, the chances
of having a built-in digital tuner
improve dramatically. Starting in
2004, many of the television sets
sold at popular electronics stores
feature digital tuners.
That doesn't meah you are
in the clear though, even some
of the newer television sets are
purely display monitors that lack
the internal circuitry needed to
pick up digital broadcasts.
If you determine you have an
analog television here are your
options: purchase a new televi-
sion with a digital tuner; purchase
a converter box; or switch to a
paid television service provider.
In response to this change,
Congress has created the TV Con-
verter Box Coupon Program for
households who wish to keep
their analog television sets. The
program allows US households to
obtain up to two coupons, each
worth $40 that can be applied to-
ward the cost of eligible converter
A television connected to
cable, satellite or other pay televi-
sion service does not require a TV
Converter box from this program.
A TV converter box is a new
product available in early 2008
that will plug into your analog
television and, along with your an-
tenna, keep your analog set work-
ing after the February deadline. A
TV converter box is a one-time
purchase and is expected to cost
Continued From Page 1
the Okeechobee Agri Civic Cen-
ter will host the annual Memorial
Day Bike Rally. More information
can be obtained by calling 863-
* The annual Memorial Day
Celebration and Ceremony will
be held in Veteran's Memorial
Park on May 26.
* Looking for something to
do with the entire family, try an
airboat ride. Eagle Bay Airboat
Rides and Tours, located right
here in Okeechobee at 900 Hwy.
78 West offers daily rides and
tours of Lake Okeechobee. The
wildlife and natural beauty of our
lake is well worth the effort.
* The Florida Cracker Trail is a
six day, 120 mile horseback ride
from the west coast of Florida,
beginning just east of Bradenton
and ending in Ft. Pierce on the
east coast. This ride is a reenact-
ment of the return ride cattlemen
would have made during the mid
1800s. The ride also celebrates
the horse and cattle heritage
unique to Florida. For more in-
formation on this one of a kind
adventure visit www.crackertrail.
* The Lake Okeechobee Sce-
nic Trail (L.O.S.T) on the Herbert
Hoover Dike is just another way
to get out into nature and enjoy
what our great town has to of-
fer. The L.O.S.T trail is part of the
Florida National Scenic Trail. The
trail is approximately 110 miles
Submitted photo/Les Tory
Ernie Johnson won third place and the Big Fish prize with his
7.44 pound catch during the Taylor Creek Bass Club tourna-
ment held at Crooked Lake April 12 and 13.
Submitted photo/Les Tory
Ernie Johnson won third place and the Big Fish prize with his
7.44 pound catch during the Taylor Creek Bass Club tourna-
ment held at Crooked Lake April 12 and 13.
bee. And for those more dedi-
cated outdoors enthusiasts the
trail offers camping, biking and
hiking. For more information call
863-983-8101 or 800-871-4403
or you could visit the website at
* Another unique and beauti-
ful attraction Okeechobee has to
offer is that of our historic murals.
A great way to spend an after-
noon with the kids that can also
be educational, these murals tell
a detailed story of Okeechobee's
history. With murals located on
the Freshmen Campus building,
the Williamson Cattle Building,
the Robinson Electric building
and the latest depiction added
to the scenery is located on the
Embarq building. A drive by the
paintings with a little information
shared will certainly leave visitors
with a greater sense of pride for
all our town has become. The
mural on the Freshmen Campus
building, originally Okeechobee's
first high school, depicts the early
settlers to this area. The story told
on the Williamson Cattle Com-
pany building is that of Wes Wil-
liamson and his family as they
pioneered cattle drives through
our town. The story of the first
railroad with a little added art
of Okeechobee Fishing is beau-
tifully painted on the Robinson
Electric building. Finally, our lat-
est mural, appropriately painted
on the Embarq building, depicts
the arrival of telephone service in
Okeechobee. For more informa-
tion of the murals contact 863-
763-3959 or 800-871-4403.
Hook, Line and Sinker
By Captain Michael
I have said several times be-
fore that it is a shame that all of
our northern friends go home just
as the best fishing of the year is
occurring on Lake Okeechobee,
and this year has proven to be no
different. Legendary Okeecho-
bee fishing guide Captain Larry
Wright found the mother lode of
Bass last week. While on a shiner
fishing trip last weekend Larry's
clients caught four huge Bass, the
largest weighed 10.5 Ibs, as well
as two fish in the 9 pound range
and an 8.5 pound Bass, what a
day of fishing! Larry told me that
the day before this trip of a life-
time his customers had struggled
all day to catch fish. Larry com-
mented that other people had
found the fish and had tried to
catch them as recently as yester-
day, to no avail. It seems that this
horde of huge Bass had moved
shallow to spawn and as soon
as they were finished they disap-
peared into thin air.
Blue gill fishing continued to
be good this week, we had sev-
eral pan fish trips and caught at
least 40 to 50 fish each trip. It has
been necessary to weed through
the smaller fish to catch the big-
ger ones. Out of all the fish we
caught, about half were good
sized Blue Gill, in the nine to ten
inch range. A cane pole, a crick-
et and a small bobber on a six
pound test line is about all that
is needed to catch these fish. The
Kissimmee River, Indian Prairie,
J&S, Buck Head Ridge Canal or
the rim canal are all good ar-
eas to catch hefty Blue Gill. It is
sometimes necessary to fish sev-
eral areas before you locate bet-
ter sized fish, but once they are
located they are relatively easy to
If you would like to share any
information with the Okeecho-
bee News about an outdoors event
please email Tbnya Harden at thard-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (863)
763-3134. We welcome news on all
sporting events, outdoors activities
and nature inspired hobbies. Please
include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee 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
emailed to email@example.com
or faxed to (863) 763-5901. Refer all
material to Tonya Harden
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Mike Scher, from Chicago, is proud of his nine pound four
ounce bass he caught on a shiner fishing with Captain Mike
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Okeechobee Community observes 'Day of Prayer'
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Local citizens including many public officials joined together on the Okeechobee Court-
house lawn for the National Day of Prayer where the Kiwanis hosted lunch and the Minis-
terial Association led those in attendance to pray for our nation, state, local government
UKeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Cary McKee of More to Life Ministries, prayed over the state leadership during the National
Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1, which was held on the Okeechobee County Courthouse
lawn. Hundreds were in attendance.
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The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Michael Crum, 28, S.W Sec-
ond St., Margate, was arrested
April 30 by Deputy Harold -Han-
cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with giving
false information to. a pawnbro-
ker. His bond was set at $5,000.
* Adam Packard, 31, S.W
:Pineridge Court, Lake City, was
arrested April 30 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee
ICounty warrant charging him
'with violation of probation : driv-
ling under the influence. His bond
was set at $5,000.
* Kenneth Earl Peacock, 28,
N.E. Seventh Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 30 by Deputy
Robbie Lamb on an amended
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation - driving under the
influence. His bond was set at
* Steve H. Futch, 24, N.E. 15th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
May 1 by Deputy Anthony Kibler
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation - driving under the
influence. He is being held with-
* Kenneth Peacock, 28, N.E.
Seventh Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 1 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the felony of driving while
license suspended. His bond was
set at $1,000.
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Ed Stewart, Jr. of New St. Stephens CME church prayed
over the health care providers during the National Day
of Prayer on Thursday, May 1, which was held on the
Okeechobee County Courthouse lawn. Hundreds were in
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Community members of all ages joined in prayer on the Okeechobee County Courthouse lawn for the National Day of
Prayer on Thursday, May 1.
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Okeechobee News Sat 2008
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DANGEROUS GAME: 1 feel that a vote for either Obama or Hillary
would be like playing Russian roulette with your freedom.
RECYCLING: The recent article on recycling caught my eye and
I was anxious to buy the newspaper upon seeing it. I moved back
recently after a long time gone and live in an area were there is no
curbside recycling. I am in the process of buying a home and had
looked for recycling sub-stations until curbside was available. I was
stunned to read the article and see how inexpensive it is for one year
per household. $.19 cents per month doesn't seem unreasonable even
with the current economic downturn. Even at the enormous price of
$1 per month I am certain the reward of natural resource conserva-
tion, landfill size reduction, and environmental stewardship will justify
the cost. I have to question the motive, vision, and responsibility of
the county commission to not assess homeowners with such a minor
fee on a responsible, progressive, "green" issue. Of all the question-
able fees, taxes, and regulations imposed on us daily this is one that
makes common sense, even to a fiscally conservative republican like
myself. My question to the commissioners is, why aren't we increas-
ing collection to all possible areas, RV type parks, for example? Why
are the citizens of Okeechobee not required to recycle? We should
all be held accountable, to some degree, in keeping Okeechobee as
environmentally responsible as possible. Waste disposal is a major
problem in South Florida and small counties are being courted to
build more landfills and accept incoming material from the coasts.
Let Okeechobee set the example statewide when we get news cover-
age of the great job were doing to reduce landfill waste. Place the fee
on our water or garbage bill and keep up the recycling.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: I read in the paper, where we have
a new County Administrator, I would just like to ask him what he is
going to do to keep the driver's license office open.
RECYCLING: So our county commissioners decided we don't need
countywide curbside recycling? That is outrageous. I think these com-
missioners are out of touch with the public. Recycling is something
everyone should be doing. We can't just keep putting in more land-
fills. We are going to run out of landfill space. We need to think about
the future and recycling is very important to the future of this country
and of this world. Someone needs to explain to these commissioners
that this is the 21st century. It's time to get with the program. Maybe
their wealthy good old boy friends don't want to be bothered, but the
majority of civic-minded citizens do want curbside recycling. I would
like to see recycling become a campaign issue. If someone is run-
ning for county commission, ask them about recycling. Let's hold the
county commissioners accountable on this one.
DUI: I was so happy to see the high school students are doing
something to teach others about the dangers of drinking and driving.
We have lost too many people already to DUI accidents. It has to stop.
If you drink, don't drive. And don't get into a car if the driver has been
drinking. Call someone. It could save your life.
CURBSIDE: I live in the Lazy 7 area and I would love to have curb-
side recycling. I hate it that we don't have recycling bins and it's really
hard to take it in yourself because the only recycling center closes at
5 p.m. on the weekdays and is not open on the weekend..It seems
the county commissioners don't think we care about recycling. We
need to let them know that we do care and we do want curbside
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: I haven't been there in years, be-
cause I renew online. But I have had family or friends who needed to
go to the office (as I did once or twice in the past 20 years) and it was
handy to have one here. If it isn't needed, then why is it so hard to get
in when you need to go there? It would be very inconvenient to go 40
- or 50 miles to another county for the same service. And if you DON'T
have a license before going there, it is that much harder!
ADMINISTRATOR: The cost of a county car driven by the admin-
istrator is a drop in the bucket of the county budget and it is a valuable
tool for his job. Even if it was a benefit to him, I think it is also a benefit
to us. If it offset some of his salary request, then what's the problem?
As far as the liability, the county is protected by the sovereign immu-
nity for governments, so any liability is limited and probably insured.
Seems like a non-issue.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: You really should be careful about
the "get rid of all of them" plan. We have gotten rid of commissioners
in the past and found out that the new ones were worse than what we
voted out. A couple of the present ones are good examples of this. We
should make sure the ones running are definitely better. Otherwise,
we may have a four year pain that is much worse than the little aches
we have now.
ELECTION: Well I see the election season is starting to, heat up
with candidates announcing their plans to run for local office. I hope
this year they can stick to the issues instead of just pointing out the
problems with the county, the candidates should be able to tell us
their plan for fixing those problems. Anyone can point out problems.
We already know the problems. We need to elect someone with
RECYCLING: If the county commissioners don't think the local
residents want curbside recycling, why not put it to a vote? I think
the majority of people do want to recycle and do want it picked up at
the curb. And I think most people wouldn't mind paying a dollar or
two for the convenience of having curbside recycling. It is not fair that
some parts of the county already have this service and other neighbor-
hoods do not. I realize grant money pays for part and those neighbor-
hoods got curbside recycling for free. It makes you wonder who got to
pick the neighborhoods for that free service. Well if everyone pitched
in a few bucks, then all county residents could have the same service
and that would be fair.
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Community Calendar Community Events
Saturday, May 3
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
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 (863) 634-0087.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome, to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
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, May 4
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
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.
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, May 5
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at (863) 467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-
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
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous 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, May 6
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. 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.
Democratic Party Fundraising dinner
The Okeechobee Democratic Party will hold its annual Jefferson
Jackson fundraising dinner on Saturday, May 3, at the Okeechobee
Shrine Club off Hwy 78. Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to
be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $30 and available for purchase at
Brennan Eye Care or by calling.863-357-8680. Sponsorships are avail-
able. Please call 863-357-8680 or 863-697-0118 for more information.
Dance studio holds benefit
Leslie's Dance Studio Competition Team Benefit Golf Tournament
will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club. 8 a.m. shotgun start, 4 person scramble format ($160 per
team). Lunch is included. All proceeds will go to the dance team as
they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C. National Competition in June. For
more information contact Mike White at 863-634-7704.
Healthy Start directors meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wendesday, May 7, 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 more information contact, Executive Director,
Kay Begin at the Coalition Office at 863-462-5877.
Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street) on Friday
May 2, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and Saturday May 3, 8 a.m. till noon. Bar-
gains galore, All new items available. All Proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For
information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
Benefit for Bill Weeks
Bill Weeks was injured in a mechanical fire on March 28 and now
has second and third degree burns on over 20 percent of his body.
A benefit will be held on May 3. Happy Hour will start at noon. The
auction will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be used to help out in all
financial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For infor-
mation call 863-467-6420.
Senior water exercise offered at local pool
The pool offers swimming lessons as well and from May 6 un-
til Sept30;,-they will be offering Senior Water Exercise on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. for $1.50 per
VFW Post 9528 host district meeting
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will be hosting a District Meeting,
at 2002 Hwy 78 West on May 10, at 10 a.m. We will be honored to.
have as guest, Jodi Nerney - State President and Dave Harris - incom-'
ing State Commander. All members please plan to attend the meeting,
and make our guest feel welcome in our community. If you have any
questions please contact the Post at 863-467-2882.
Benefit for Patsy Arnold
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held for Patsy Ar-
nold, who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per person or $240
per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, it can be purchased
for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the Gun Shoppe.
For ticket information or entry information please call 8763-697-6377.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday,
April 2, through Thursday, May 8, are as follows:
Theatre I - "Iron Man" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Leatherheads" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III - "Prom Night" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
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'Osceola Idol' benefits Big Lake Hospice
Tuesday evening, stars came
out in the Osceola Middle School
gym at the first ever "Osceola Idol"
talent show. iTenty-two students
auditioned, and eight were chosen
for the show. The evening was em-
ceed by eighth grade language arts
teacher Mike Talas and judged by
School Resource Officer Madonna
Arnold, local vocalist Genna Lute,
and OMS eighth grade reading
teacher Valerie White. The judges
were supportive of the student acts
and offered encouragement and
helpful hints to the young perform-
The opening act was a trio of
OMS teachers (Jorje Botello, Jay
Adler, and Darren Hotmire), sing-
ing and providing guitar accom-
paniment to "Iris" by the Goo Goo
Judd Harris came next, singing
a solo and accompanying on guitar
to "Find You Waiting" by Decem-
ber Radio. Kylie Shirley sang "See
You Again" by Miley Cyrus, fol-
lowed by Lexi Manson singing 80s
hit "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by
Pat Benetar. Darby Jones and Nikki
St. Pierre teamed up for a dance to
"You're the One That I Want" from
the Grease soundtrack, and Kristen
Higgens sang "Small Town Girl" by
Jenna Wolff performed a baton
routine to "Freeze Frame" by the J.
Geils Band, and Jozle Alfaro played
a piano medley of "Hungarian
Waltz / Fur Elise" by Brahms and
Beethoven. Berneth Digao was the
final act of the .night, performing
"Jesus Take the Wheel" by Carrie
As the judges deliberated, an-
other staff band entertained the
audience. Naming themselves
"Lunch Detention," teachers Jay
Adler, Zac Naymik, and Brynne
Emley, along with Everglades
custodian Jim Fusco and OMS as-
sistant principal Heather Dobbs
dressed as OMS manners expert
"Miss Manners" performed "Let's
Go" by the Cars and "Day Tripper"
by the Beatles.
Finally, the judges made their
decision, and the first "Osceola
Idol" was named. Congratulations
to Judd Harris! The Runner-Up Idol
was Jozle Alfaro.
Mrs. Mary Kneidel, seventh
grade reading teacher, sponsored
the event, and we are proud to an-
nounce that the students, staff, and
families of OMS raised $1,898.25
for Big Lake Hospice in just a three
The monies accumulated
quickly from Tuesday night's event,
as well as Penny Wars this week
between the teams on campus.
Students were asked to place their
pocket change in team jars during
lunches to see which team could
collect the most change. Students
could "sabotage" another team's
jar by placing dollar bills in their
jars, each of which would erase
100 cents from that team's total.
In the end, the Eagles team won
the war, having collected the most
change. All in all, this was a fantas-
tic week of fun for a great cause.
Thank you again to all of the stu-
dents, staff, and families who sup-
ported this endeavor.
May 5-9: Book Fair
May 8: OMS PTO meeting, 5:30
May 9 Literacy Fair and Hershey
May 12: OMS Awards Night,
May 13 OMS Athletic Awards,
May 15 New building walk-
through for upcoming 5th graders
and their parents, 6 p.m.
Osceola Middle School students
have enjoyed some creative hands-
on assignments recently. Students
in the Eagles and Dolphins teams
completed scale drawings follow-
ing a study of scale and ratios,
recreating a newspaper comic in
a larger size on graph paper. In
the Falcons, students worked on a
project where they had to present
essential information on a topic
and present it in a shoebox deco-
rated in some way related to their
The Ospreys and Falcons stu-
dents worked on math projects
called Tessellations, in which stu-
dents begin with a basic triangle,
then cut away part and add that
part to one of the other sides, then
rotate the design and create a ka-
leidoscope-like visual. The Ospreys
science students also honed their
powers of observation of animal
behavior, watching how earth-
worms responded to changes in
their environment. The culminat-
ing activity was an earthworm
race. Racers were not allowed to
touch their worm, but using infor-
mation gathered in the observation
period, could stimulate the worm
by adding light or food or water to
In the Marlins team, students
used their engineering and busi-
ness skills to create bridges with
toothpicks. The bridge breaking
took place on Wednesday, with
some teams' bridges holding more
than 18 pounds!
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Today in History
Today is Saturday, May 3, the
124th day of 2008. There are 242
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On May 3, 1948, the Supreme
Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, ruled
that covenants prohibiting the
sale of real estate to blacks or
members of other racial groups
were legally unenforceable.
Ten years ago: Space shuttle
Columbia and its crew returned
to Earth, ending two weeks of
lab work that advanced brain rk-
search. After a daylong squabble
that had stretched past midnight,
European leaders meeting in
Brussels, Belgium, agreed on
Wim Duisenberg of the Neth-
erlands as the chief of the- new
European Central Bank, but with
the proviso that he step down
in 2002. "The Sevres Road," by
19th-century landscape painter
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, was
stolen from the Louvre.
Five years ago: President
Bush told a news conference in
Crawford, Texas, it was a matter
of when - not if - weapons of
mass destruction would be found
in Iraq. Pope John Paul II urged
hundreds of thousands of young
people outside Madrid to be "ar-
tisans of peace." New Hampshire
awoke to find its granite symbol of
independence and stubbornness,
the Old Man of the Mountain, had
Collapsed into rubble. Funny Cide
rolled to victory in the Kentucky
Derby. Model and actress Suzy
Parker died in Montecito, Calif., at
One year ago: Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice told
Syria's foreign minister Walid
Moallem of U.S. concerns about '
his country's porous, border
with Iraq in the two nations' first
Cabinet-level talks in years. The
Florida Legislature gave its final.
approval to moving the state's
2008 primary from early March
to Jan. 29. Ten Republican presi-
dential candidates held their first
debate of the 2008 race at the
Ronald Reagan Presidential Li-
brary in Simi Valley, Calif. Britain's
Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Vir-
ginia for the commemoration of
Jamestown's 400th anniversary.
Astronaut Wally Schirra died in La
Jolla, Calif., at age 84.
Thought for Today: "Nostal-
gia isn't what it used to be." -Pe-
ter De Vries, American author
Loyd Eugene Elmore
Loyd Eugene Elmore, 58, of
Mayo, Fla., died Thursday, May
1, 2008 in .the Haven Hospice
Center in Lake City following
+ an extended illness. A native of
Mayo, Mr. Elmore had lived .in
Okeechobee, before returning
to Mayo eight years ago. He was
a heavy equipment operator by
trade and had also worked as a
cowboy in Texas. When he was
younger, he enjoyed hunting
and fishing in his spare time.
Mr. Elmore is survived by his
wife of eight years, Janice El-
more, of Mayo; one son, Phillip
Elmore, of Van Vleck, Texas; one
daughter, Danette List; of Bay
City, Texas; three step-sons, Tom-
my Floyd, of Mayo, Donnie and
Terry Floyd, both of Hartsville,.
S.C.; one step-daughter, Angel
Dixon, of Mayo; three brothers,
James Elmore, of Port Mayaca,
Fla., Floyd Elmore, of Mayo, and
Mike Elmore, of Palm City; seven
sisters, Darlene Gilbert, of Mayo,
Susie Hickman, Betty Toler, and.
Alice Sippert, all of Okeechobee,
Dianne, DiBenedetto, of Stuart,
Martha Lewis, of Hartsville, S.C.,
and Brenda Fillyaw, of Luraville,
and 20 grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. El-
more will be conducted at 3
p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the
Burns-Morgan Funeral Chapel in
Mayo with Rev. Charlie Walker
officiating. Interment will follow
in Bethel Cemetery. The family
will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday evening at Joe P. Burns
Funeral Home of Mayo who is in
charge of all arrangements.
Evelyn Gloria Diaz Flores,
age 35 of Okeechobee, died
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Iniormanor, .ehetried ..lrae url notr ci r a nld
May 1, 2008 at her residence in
Okeechobee. Born Nov. 3, 1972
in Okeechobee, she had been
a lifetime resident. She was a
1991 graduate of Okeechobee
High School and later obtained
her AS degree from Indian River
She is survived by her father,
Miguel (Aslan) Diaz of Hobe
Sound; mother, Elva (Ruben
Guerrero) Ochoa of Okeecho-
bee; sons, Alfronso Lares of
Okeechobee, Jathen Erik Diaz
of Okeechobee; brother, Rubin
Eric of Okeechobee; half-broth-
ers, Miguel Diaz, Jr., Juan Diaz,
Emilio Diaz all of Hobe Sound;
sister, Erika Diaz of Okeecho-
bee; half-sisters, Jolene (Chris)
Burton of Okeechobee, Mi-
chelle (Justin) Jacobs of Hobe
Sound, and seven step sisters;
paternal grandfather, Emilio Lo-
pez of Puerto Rico and former
husband, Jose Flores. In addi-
tion she is survived by a host of
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
The family will receive friends
on Sunday, May 4, from 4 until
6 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel and services will
be held Monday, May 5 at 10
a.m. in the First Baptist Church
of Okeechobee. Interment will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Church plans Jerusalem Marketplace
Step back in time to experi-
ence life in Jerusalem. Buck-
'head Ridge Baptist Church,
Hunter Road/1043 Cypress St.,
Will transform their church into a
bustling "Jerusalem Marketplace"
on June 16 until June 20 from 6
until 8:30 p.m. each night. Chil-
, tren and adults alike will get the
;' chance to play authentic games,
sample Middle Eastern snacks,
explore a Jerusalem Marketplace
4'nd more! Families will learn
' more about God's love and Je-
; sus' sacrifice, by being immersed
t in authentic Bible-times culture.
They will witness real life dramas
in the center of town, chat with
storekeepers, and discover what
the tax collectors know about
Jesus. For more information, call
SKim Womble - VBS Director at
S863-763-4821 or Pastor Richard
Postell at 863-763-3442.
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene will
sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Sat-
urday, May 17 from 4 until 7 p.m.
in the fellowship hall. The menu is
spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, des-
sert and tea for a $6 donation. All
proceeds go to our 2008 Vacation
Bible School, "Custom Garage."
Dine in or take out is available.
For tickets call 863-763-3519.
Oakview Baptist Church
will hosta golf tournament, Sat-
urday, May 17, at Okeechobee-
Golf and Country Club. Cost is
$45 (includes green fee, cart, and
barbecue lunch). Proceeds will
aid youth in doing random acts of
kindness, attend M-fuge, M-fuge is
a Missions Conference for youth
to learn about missions and par-
ticipate in mission efforts. M-fuge
will assist the young people in
team building, and strengthening
relationships to God, family, and
community. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is en-
couraged and may be done at the
church office, Monday-Thursday
a8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
e. A putting contest for two
Southwest Airline tickets at 7:30
a.m. Door prizes, first, second,
third place prizes, closest to pin,
longest drive. Four man team
scramble (first.48 to register and
Spay will receive a free hat). Regis-
ter at Oakview Baptist Church of-
Sfice monday through Thursday, 8
a.m.-5 p.m. Pre-registration is en-
couraged and can be done at the
church office. Monday-Thursday,
:8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more informa-
-tion, call 863-763-1699.
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
. The Christian Mental Health
Support group meets on the sec-
ond and fourth Thursday of the
month at 6 p.m. on Martin County
Grade. Call 772-597-0463 for more
information. Family members are
First United Methodist
production of Allen Pote's, "O,
Jonah," be presented on Sunday,
May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
For information contact Lonnie
Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan at
Treasure Island Baptist
Church youth van runs through
Treasure Island and surrounding
areas. Programs are available for
students in grades first through
sixth and in grades seventh
through 12"'. Programs are from
6:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday nights.
The church van will pick children
up and take them home. For
information, call 863-801-4307.
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's
fellowship breakfast at Ruck's
Pit every other Saturday
starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every other
Monday starting 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 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
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, holds
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous 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-
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John Pell * 357-8769 * Sharon Johnson * 634-6241
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Ron Staley * 697-6221 * Keith Pearce * 634-7007
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Brahmans begin spring practice
By Charles M. Murphy
Thirty-one students showed
'.p Thursday for the opening day
of football practice at Okeecho-
bee High School, and most of
them just couldn't wait for the big
'day to come.
The Brahmans come off one of
their best seasons in many years.
They finished (7-4) and reached
the playoffs for the first time in
SBrahman Coach Chris Bra-
nham is not resting on his laurels.
He wants the team to build off this
success and take the next step.
"The slogan for 2007 was the
year of the it factor," he explained.
"The it factor is what is separating
you from other players. This year
the slogan is a whole new level.
We have built the program up to
where we want .to be and we've
had a break out season. Now it's
time to take it to a whole new
The team expects to have
about 36 players compete in
spring practice plus the new
group of eighth graders that could
number more than two dozen.
They have 18 days to practice
this month. They'll end the prac-
tice with a scrimmage called the
purple and white game on May 23
at the Brighton Seminole Indian
Coach Branham stated he was
pleased to see the effort and the
enthusiasm of his team on the
first day of practice, "You're al-
ways ready for spring football.
The kids are excited. We actually
can handle a football now."
Goals for the spring include
finding players to replace all
state stars Timmy Williams, and
Leshawn Henderson. They also
have a number of other seniors
who will be hard to replace like
Rafe Erwin who will play for Jack-
sonville University, Skyler Cruz,
Zac Willard, and Stephen Smith.
"Getting guys back into the
rhythm, and finding depth is my
primary concern," Branham said.
"We treat spring like a camp with
an opportunity to learn the sys-
tem, fundamentals, and basics."
He will have 18 returning play-
ers to fine tune. He had eight of-
fensive starters back including the
starting QB Garrett Madrigal who
tossed 14 touchdown passes and
completed over 55 percent of his
passes. Also returning are four of-
fensive linemen, and all state run-
ning back Lonnie Pryor.
Key positions to watch are cor-
nerback where Kerwin Givens,
Walt Fortner and Curtis Everett will
compete for a starting job. There
also is a job opening at strong
safety. The Brahmans will also be
looking for some linebackers, a
starter and a wide receiver.
"There is a lot of excitement
about what we've got coming
back. Hopefully we can put a
good team on the field and stay
healthy and go from there,"
Coach Branham noted.
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Nate Pollard participates in drills during the first day of foot- Tony Kibler stretches with his teammates during football
ball practice. practice at OHS Thursday.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Lonnie Pryor flashes his speed during the first day of OHS
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By Charles M. Murphy
Mose Bailey hit a triple and
a homerun, scored twice, and
drove in two runs as the Braves
defeated the Yankees, 12-3, in an
Okeechobee Little League game
on Thursday night at Alderman
Billy Miller added an RBI triple
and James Stafford scored twice
for the Braves, who finished their
season on a high note.
"We had some players play
different positions tonight and
some pitched and caught, it was a
really good experience for them,"
Coach Tom Bailey said.
The Braves actually fell behind
3-1 in the early innings before they
rallied to defeat the Yankees, who
are comprised of mostly younger
players, nine and ten.
"Our kids have been facing
pitchers all year that throw hard.
This kid doesn't throw the ball
hard. I take my hat off to the kid
though, he has a big heart. Once
the guys started waiting on the
pitch they started hitting it," Bai-
Bailey started the scoring when
he tripled and scored on a triple
by Miller in the bottom of the first.
Miller was thrown out on a close
play at home plate.
The Yankees scored once in
the top of the second as John
Alan Mericle singled, moved up
on a walk, and scored on a wild
pitch by Braves starter James
The Yankees added two runs
in the third as Edwin Medina and
Austin Mericle walked and scored
on a two run single by John Alan
From there it was all Braves.
Bailey hit a two run homerun in
the bottom of the third to give the
Braves the lead for good, 4-3.
"When I first hit it my coach
was hollering, go, go," Mose
stated, "So I just dug in and went.
I felt pretty good tonight at the
plate. Next season I'll be better."
James Stafford added an RBI
double in the third to make it 5-3.
The Braves padded the lead with
four more runs in the fourth as
Fernando Perez had an RBI triple
and Lucas Pinon and Conner Cle-
ments RBI singles.
A five-run fifth ended the game
for the Braves as Cody Roberts
had an RBI triple, Billy Miller hit
a double and several runs scored
on wild pitches and passed balls.
Still the Braves had kind things
to say about the Yankees. Mose
Bailey admitted they are an inspi- hats are off to them, they gave
ration for young players learning their hearts to the game and tried
the game, "They played hard, my their best."
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Billy Miller is tagged out at the plate during Thursday's little
league game between the Braves and Yankees.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Cody Carden kept his team in the ball game as the Yankees
battled the Braves Thursday.
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First turkey hunt
Michael Hill, age 6, killed his turkey on April 14. The bird had a 10 1/2 inch beard and 1
1/4 inch spurs. He used his .410 shotgun. The turkey was taken on a local ranch north of
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