Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: May 30, 2008
Publication Date: 2000-
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Friday, May 30, 2008
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Space Shuttle
launch May 31
A launch of the Space Shuttle
Discovery, STS-124 is scheduled
for 4:57 p.m., May 31. General
aviation aircraft should remain
at least 40 nautical miles from
the launch site from 9:57 a.m..
until 5:40 p.m. If the launch is
delayed, a backup launch time
is scheduled for June 1 at 4:34
p.m. Should the backup launch
date be necessary, general
aviation aircraft should remain
clear of the launch area from
9:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.

seminar June 3
The American Red Cross
will be hold a Hurricane Pre-
paredness Seminar on June 3,
from 5:30-7 p.m. to inform the
public the importance of being
prepared for this hurricane sea-
son. The seminar will include
guest speakers: Bill Casian/Raul-
erson Hospital, Mike Faulkner/
Emergency Management, Mary
Blakeney/ American Red Cross,
Jenny Pung/Waste Management,
Jon Geitner/Seacoast National
Bank and Billy Dean/WOKC AM
The informational seminar
will cover subjects from various
companies to education the au-
dience on:
* Hurricane emergency sup-
'ply lists;
* Banking procedures;
* Evacuation information;
* Information resources (Ra-
* Waste management before
and after;
* Shelters; and, more.
Seminar will be held at Sea-
coast National Bank, 1409 'South
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, A
hurricane cooler and first aid kit
will be given to he winner of the
raffle. Please RSVP to The Ameri-
can Red Cross at 863-763-2488
as space is limited to the first 50

Drought Index

Current: 526
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.70 feet
Last Year: 9.00 feet
I ojred By:

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

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Canal water levels falling

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Gary Ritter, interim head of
the Okeechobee Service Center
of South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) warns
boaters to be aware of falling
water levels in area canals. He
said it might be necessary to take
boats of the canals. Even though
the lake level is slowly rising,
canal levels are falling. This is
from evaporation and seepage.
Since the canals are at a higher
level than the lake, some water

is seeping through the dike to
the lake.
Mr. Ritter emphasized that all
locks on the northern end of the
lake are closed and that SFWMD
has no intention of opening them
at this time. The only locks open
are at Port Mayaca and Moor Ha-
ven. These two locks are part of
the Okeechobee Waterway.
The lock at Taylor Creek has
been closed since Nov. 19 of last
year. It was closed in response to
concerns expressed by area resi-
dents. Residents wanted the lock
closed to maintain water levels

in the canal as long as possible.
"The good news is we are
looking at some heavy rainfall in
a week or so," Mr. Ritter stated.
He said that when it rains, SFW-
MD will let the canals rehydrate
Mr. Ritter said there is enough
water in the Kissimmee River
above the last control structure
before the lake for small boats.
Even though the lake level is
rising, water restrictions still re-
main in effect for those served by
the Okeechobee Utility Authority.
Because OUA draws water from

the lake, this area is still consid-
ered an area of critical concern.
OUA users are among the
SFWMD residents on one-day-a
week watering restrictions.
Those with odd numbered
addresses who have five acres or
less may water on Mondays from
4 a.m. to 8 a.m. or from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Those with even numbered
addresses may water on Thurs-
days either from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Those with 5 acres or more,
who property includes both odd

and even numbered addresses,
may water from midnight to 8
a.m. or from 4 p.m. to midnight
on Thursday.
No area may be irrigated
more than one day a week.
For additional information
on the water shortage, irrigation
restrictions or water conserva-
tion, call the SFWMD's toll-free
Water Shortage Hotline at 1-800-
662-8876, visit www.sfwmd.gov/
conserve or contact a regional
SFWMD service center. Helpful
See Canals - Page 2

OHS seniors

heading to

rodeo finals

Two Okeechobee High
year of high
school com-
peting at the
National High
School Ro-
deo Finals in
New Mexico
in July. What
an exciting Jessica
four- years it Zigla .
has been for
these two. a
Jessica Ziglar and Chasey

Bass are finishing their fourth
and last year as part of the
High School
rodeo. team.
Over the last
four years,
Jessica and
Chasey have
had the op-
portunity to
Chasey Bass travel to Gil-
lette, Wyo.,
See Seniors - Page 2

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High
School Diamond Divas Mount-
ed Drill Team enjoyed a nice
run of success and now they'd
like to have more riders join the
Coach Denise Colgan has
only been in charge for one
year but she likes the direction
the program has taken.
The drill team competes in
the Sunshine State Mounted
Drill Team Association. They
compete in several events each
year and also participate in lo-
cal events like the National Day
of the Cowboy, the Cattlemen's
Labor Day Rodeo and the Cat-
tlemen's Spring Rodeo..
The team current has six
active members and one re-,
serve member, but would like
to have more: Members include
Cassie Colgan, Georgia Hert,
Rachel Muros, Megan Mullin,
Monica Chavez, Sarah Payne,,

Submitted photo
Members of the Okeechobee High School Diamond Di-
vas show off some of the ribbons they won in the regional
horse show held in Okeechobee. Left to right are Monica
Chavez, Brittany Pethybridge, Georgia Hert, Megan Mul-
lin, Rachel Muros, Cassie Colgan and Sarah Payne.
and Brittany Pethybridge. (ages 18 and under) division in
During the 2008-2009 school the Sunshine State Drill Team
year, the Diamond Divas won
second place in the juniors See Divas - Page 2
' See Divas - Page 2

OHS grad night needs funds

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members once
again showed their support to
the Okeechobee High School
students through donating
$1,000 in funds to the 20th an-
nual Grad Night which is put
on through donated funds from
businesses, organizations and
individuals in the county.
Matt Buxton spoke briefly
to club members the history.
of Grad Night and the success
in keeping the students safe on
Graduation Night.
Mr. Buxton explained that
funds for this year's Grad Night
are slim, with only $16,000
raised so far. The program,

which began 20 years ago, is a
non-alcohol event that features
an all night lock-in game room
atmosphere. Seniors and their
guests can participate in games
in which prizes are awarded.
"It takes a minimum of
$25,000 to put on this event,"
stated Mr. Buxton. With the
addition of more students and
bigger senior classes, that cost
is only going to increase.
Students are also given priz-
es of various items from TVs to
cash. It is an exciting time for
the students at the event and
the volunteers as well.
The Graduation Ceremony
is set to commence on Thurs-
day, June 5. The Grad Night

celebration opens its doors at
Stardust Lanes at 11 p.m. Stu-
dents who come to the event
can leave, but if they leave, they
cannot return to the bowling al-
ley. This event has the potential
of keeping approximately 800
teens off the streets for,Gradu-
ation Night.
For 20 years there have been
no accidents or deaths on Grad-
uation Night strongly due to this
event which is sponsored by
the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs
of Okeechobee.
Approximately 85 percent
of the graduating class attend-
ed the Grad Night in 2007. The
students get to play games such
See Funds - Page 2

By Charles M. Murphy
An old back injury helped
identify the remains of a local
man which were located last
week in a rural part of south-
west Okeechobee County.
Sheriff deputies confirmed
that the remains were Elmer
Sandy Perry, 48, a local man
who had last been seen in No-
vember 2007.
Detective Richard Durfee
said Mr. Perry had suffered a
broken back in a car accident
roughly two years ago. The
medical examiners office was

able to identify him from x-rays
doctors took of the back injury.
Mr. Perry's family reported
him missing on Feb. 11.
He was last seen. in the area
of the Town Star Convenience
Store at State Road 70 West and
S.W. 24th Avenue. A clerk in
the store saw Mr. Perry walking
eastbound from his car wear-
ing only a pair of pants.
He had left his medication,
wallet, checkbook, keys and
clothing inside a vehicle he
parked in the lot. He had been
See Remains - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis vice-president Jim Vensel (left) presented $1,000 on
behalf of the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club to Matt Buxton (right)
for the Okeechobee High School Grad Night festivities which
have been held annually at Stardust Lanes for twenty years to
keep the youth of Okeechobee In a safe and fun environment
on Graduation Night.


Vol. 99 No. 151

Tall in the saddle: OHS Mounted Drill Team

Submitted photo
The Okeechobee Diamond Divas Mounted Drill Team executes complicated mounted
drill patterns to music. They are scored on factors such as how well they ride, how
complicated the routine is, how the routine fits the music, grooming and condition of
their horses.

Drill team has bright future

Lawmen identify

skeletal remains

2 Okeechobee News, Friday, May 30, 2008

SuDminea pnoio
Diamond Divas enjoyed competing at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Left to right are Rachel Muros, Georgia Hert, Cassie Colgan, Monica Chavez, Brittany Nethers, Brittany Pethybridge,
Megan Mullin, and Sarah Payne.

Continued From Page 1

State Competition and third place
in open (competing against adult
and junior teams) in the state
They also took third place in
the juniors division at the Florida
State Fair, which included teams
from Florida and Georgia.
In addition to their drill team
participation, two of the riders
have qualified to take part in the
Florida State 4-H horse show.'
Megan Gainer and Cassie Col-
gan earned enough points in the
regional competition to go on to
the State 4-H Finals. That compe-
tition will be held from July 9-12,
in Tampa. Coach Colgan said that
is the first time in a while that
Okeechobee riders have quali-
fied for the State 4-H competition.
They participate in speed events
such as barrel racing at this
; Coach Colgan, whose maid-
en name is Bass, is a life long'
Okeechobee resident. Her family
has a cattle spread in Basinger and
are one of the original founding
families in Okeechobee County.
She noted her love for horses and
the agriculture way of life helped
her when she agreed to take over
coaching the mounted drill team.
Her goal for next year is to
have 12 members when the team
gets ready for the new season this

Continued From Page 1

Ill., and their last year in Farm-
ington, N.M. to compete at the
national level. These two students

Continued From Page 1
water conservation tips are avail-
able at www.savewaterfl.com.
Okeechobee County area and
residents who are on well sys-
tems are asked to voluntarily con-
serve water.
While the lake level is higher
than this time last year, it is still
well below the average for this
time of year.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

Continued From Page 1

as poker and black jack for play
money which they use to bid on-
items at the end of the event auc-
tion style, The students also get
to go in a money machine which
is always a favorite for all of the
This event is one that has prov-
en to keep the local students safe
and Anyone interested in assisting
with the 2008 Grad Night project
is asked to contact Matt Buxton
at 863-763-1994 as soon as pos-
Volunteers and door prizes are
also needed in addition to mon-
etary donations.
In other business, Kiwanis
member Maureen Burroughs,
president of Okeechobee Main
Street and the OKMS Executive
Director Toni Doyle reached out
to the membership asking them
to call CSX and anyone they know
concerning the demolition of the.
historic Train Depot.
According to Mrs. Burroughs,

Coach Colgan said she has
been told by judges at various
events that the team needs more
members and she said it is frus-
trating that they haven't gotten
more people involved. She added
it was a rebuilding year, since they
started the season with just two
returning team members.
"You just can't go to the street
corner and put a girl on a horse.
They really have to be commit-
ted and you have to really love to
ride," she said.
The drill team is not for every-
one, and is not for those who sim-
ply like to ride a horse. They must
have certain skills. The drills they
learn are difficult. The effort re-
quired is extensive, and they must
have the time, skills and perser-
vance to devote to the practices.
Riders must provide their own
horses, and the horses must be
suitable for drill team events.
"This isn't for the pleasure
rider," Coach Colgan explained.
"It's for sorleorne who likes 4t
challenge and likes to be a part of
a team."
The team practices twice per
week during the school year, usu-
ally around two hours per prac-
tice. When competition dates
near, they might add extra prac-
tice days.
Practices are held at the Cat-
tlemen's Old Arena on U.S. 441
north. The Cattlemen are also a
key sponsor of the drill team.
Team members also must take

are not only team mates but they
also are cousins and come from
a long blood line of cowboys and
it shows in their talent and ability
inside the arena.
Jessica Ziglar, daughter of
Tommy and Katrina Ziglar, has
been a Florida high school rodeo
state -finalist in Barrels and Poles
all four years of high school. She
has qualified as a national final-
ist in Poles at the National High
School Rodeo Finals all four
years. She was also a member of
the Wrangler All-Star Team.
In the Barrel Racing event,
cowgirls ride in a cloverleaf pat-
tern around three barrels. In Poles
or "pole bending" they weave
their horse in and out of a series
of poles. Both are timed events,
with penalties for touching or
knocking over a barrel or pole.
Jessica plans to attend Hill Col-
lege in Hillsboro, Texas, in the fall
in the radiology field. She is pur-
suing a degree as an Ultra-sound

OKMS has been talking to CSX for
the last four years concerning the
restoration of the depot.
Last year, 3000 people used
the Okeechobee depot as a stop
for Amtrak and this number is
increasing every year. OKMS and
Wal-Pole have offered CSX a land
swap for the depot, but they have
declined to negotiate with them.
The wrecking ball is scheduled to
come in on June 30.
Please show your support for
our historic buildings by con-
tacting CSX Lori Bergeron 904-
633-4837, and/or Leasing agent
for CSX, Sherry Millard 904-633-.
OKMS is also in contact with
all local and state government
officials in hopes to get some
encouragement from officials to
preserve this historic resource.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

part in community service activi-
The OHS mounted drill team
is considered a high school sport.
Team members earn a varsity let-
ter for their efforts.
The team's first competition in
the 2008-2009 school year will be
in October during the state cham-
pionships in Tampa. Tryouts are
in late summer. That will give
new members a short amount
of time -- about two months -- to
learn what they need to know to
In the comeptitions, the rid-
ers are scored on criteria includ-
ing horsemanship and grooming.
Factors considered may include
cleanliness and condition of their
horses, condition of saddles and
other tack, the choreography of
their routine, the difficulty of their
moves, riding skills, their horses'
willingness to perform, and how
well the music fits their routine.
"We did very well at every
show we went to this year. Keep
in mind we were competing with
adult teams at times," Coach Col-
gan said.
The group also will participate
in the Labor Day parade and ro-
deo and have the honor of carry-
ing the American Flag, the state
flag, and flags for the Cattlemen's
Association and Cattlewomen's
Last year the Diamond Divas
along with the Okeechobee Bits
and Spurs 4-H Horse Club spon-
sored a Sunshine State Mounted

and MRI Tech.
Chasey Bass, the son of Keith
and Darlene Bass, has qualified
as a state finalist at the Florida
high school rodeo finals in Saddle
Bronc riding and "Cutting" for the
past four years, as well as a na-
tional finalist qualifier at the Na-
tional High School Rodeo Finals.
Chasey won his first Florida
State Championship title in "Sad-
dle Bronc" his sophomore year.
He won that championship title
again his junior year. He is com-
peting this June in Kissimmee, for
the title once again and goes into
the finals in first position n saddle
bronc and second position in cut-
Chasey is striving to bring
home two championship titles
this year at the state level. He has
qualified as a short go finalist in
2006 and 2007 at the International
Finals Rodeo. In 2007 he ended in
eighth position in the finals. The
past two years Chasey has been a

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diagnosed with mental prob-
Subcontractors for South
Florida Water Management were

Drill event at the Cattlemen's Are-
na. The event was held on March
29 and was considered a huge
Mrs. Colgan said the team
could have attended several com-
petitions around the state, but
due to gas prices and other costs,
they decided to create the local
event. The team must compete in
at least two regional two compe-
titions per year to qualify for the
state competition.
The team conducts fundrais-
ing activities to help defray costs
of competition. During the 2007-
2008 school year, fundraising
activities included sale of Barn
Candles and a ride-a-thon where
the girls received pledges from
individuals and businesses for the
amount of miles they rode that
In the past they have enjoyed
trail rides on Kissimmee Prairie
State Preserve in north Okeecho-
bee. This year they,plan the ride-
a-thon on the shores of. Lake
Okeechobee in Martin County.
The Divas celebrate their suc-
cess each year with a trip to an at-
traction in Orlando that includes
a horse show. Possibilities this
year are Arabian Nights and Dixie
Tryouts for the team will be
held in August and will be printed
in the Okeechobee News.
Coach Colgan noted that boys
are welcome to try out and would
be welcome to join the team.

member of the Wrangler All Star
Chasey plans to attend Coch-
ise College in Douglas, Ariz., in
the fall and major in Aviation.
Jessica and Chasey have a very
busy summer ahead with state
finals in June at the Silver Spurs
arena in Kissimmee. Then they
are off to the International Finals
Youth Rodeo July 14- 19, in Shaw-
nee, Okla., then onto Farmington,
N.M. for the their last National
High School Rodeo competition
July 20-26.
These two students have
worked very hard in and out of
the arena to get to where they are
going this summer and have a
great future ahead of them in the
college and professional arenas.
For additional information
on the upcoming rodeo finals,
contact Darlene Bass at 863-634-

spraying vegetation along the L-62
canal between S.W. 24th Avenue
and S.W. 48th Avenue on May 20,
when they discovered the human
remains along a fence line.
Sheriff's spokesman Ted Van
Deman said the cause and man-
ner of Mr. Perry's death remained
under investigation this week.

Today's Weather

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SCold Warm Stationary Low High

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind
will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in
the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
wind will be from the east around 10 mph decreasing to around 5
mph after midnight.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly sunny. A chance of showers through late morn-
ing. Then a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The
high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be from the east at 5 to
10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. The chance of
rain is 30 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 70. The
wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of rain is
20 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of rain is 30


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Frank Nami Memorial
Ali McDowell was awarded the Frank Nami, MD Memorial
Scholarship, a $250 award, by Bill Black at Okeechobee
High School's 2008 Scholarship Night.


Okeechobee News, Friday, May 30, 2008 3

NeW permit rule could hurt Florida boat owners

FT, .MYERS -- Congress races of the summer. arms. , Nelson is working, he says, to
against the clock to stop federal That's because the courts With a September. deadline keep the government from going
boating permits from going into have recently ruled that an old for the new permit looming, their,, overboard on the nation's 73 mil-
effect. federal water law applies not just fight is not over, though. ' lion recreational boaters.
Close to I million Florida boat- on huge boats and tankers, as ini- More than two dozen U.S. '- He and 34 bipartisan co-spon-
ers could soon be required to tially intended, but to tiny fishing senators, including Florida's Bill' sors have filed legislation making
shell out money for a government and skiing boats as well. Nelson, are trying to help in what it clear that the law regulating bal-
permit or face fines up to $32,500, The ruling has local recre- .-is-shaping up as a battle between last-water discharges from huge
if Congress doesn't act by the end national boaters and anglers up in the little guy. and big government. commercial ships doesn't apply

Stutdyto benefit endangered'birds

Scientists from the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) have collected
9,000 apple snail eggs.from. Lake
Kissimmee as part of ongoing
researchh to boost snai.l popula-
tions in the wild. The eggs will be
hatched in captivity and the im-
rnature snails released at'key sites
in the lake. Apples snails are the
primary food source for Florida's
endangered snail kites, a native
"Florida's native plants and
wildlife, like the snail kite, are
benefiting from Everglades eco-

system studies like this one," said
Melissa Meeker, SFWMD Govern-
ing Board member. "Increasing
our snail kite populations will be
an important indicator of restora-
tion success."
Hatchlings from the egg
clutches collected this month will
be re-released in Lake Kissimmee
at designated sites in late June.
They will be monitored for one
year 'to determine an optimum
size for release into the wild that
ensures survival and reproductive
success. '
South Florida's lingering wa-

ter shortage has severely reduced 25 to 40 eggs. In four to six weeks,
apple snail populations in many thousands of new hatchlings will
locations, particularly in Lake e returned to three sites in Lake
Okeechobee and the Everglades. ., :
The snails typically lay their eggs Kissimmee and monitored for up
on vegetation above the waterline, to a year.
but the hatchlings must drop into . Snail kites eat an average of
the water to survive. Freshwater 2. apple snails an hour when
marshes at the lake's edge and in
many areas of the Everglades are feeding, according to a study by
now too dry for the hatchlings to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
reach water. vice. The birds are medium-sized
Healthy native apple snail hawks with a slender, curved bill
populations remain in Lake Kis-
simmee, where District scientists uniquely suited to removing apple
are collecting them in clutches of snails from their shells.

Man convicted of threatening deputies

Rock forced
deputy to shoot
him, says judge

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
,A Pioneer Estates resident who
reportedly forced a deputy sheriff
to shoot him following a domestic
altercation at his home, was sen-
tenced to 15 years in prison when
he appeared in court Wednesday.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man stated that the jury clearly
found that Dennis Rock intention-
ally assaulted the law enforce-
ment officers with a firearm and
did so to commit suicide.
"His general dissatisfaction
with many things in his life cul-
minated with him assaulting law
enforcement officers with his fire-
arm," he.�aid.
Mr. Rock received 10 years pro-
bation and was adjudicated guilty
of three felonies. He will also pay
court costs, restitution and fines.
Assistant State,Attorney'\shliy'
Albright said the law requires- a
minimum mandatory sentence
for using a firearm, and also

wanted some punishment for the
fact that law enforcement officers
were the victims.
A jury found Rock guilty of
felony battery and two counts of
aggravated assault on a law en-
forcement officer with a firearm
on April 3.
Defense Attorneys said that
Rock continues to maintain his
innocence. They said he had no
idea law enforcement was out
there that night and that he was
only getting his rifle to throw it
"Mr. Rock's conduct that night
resulted in him being disabled
and hospitalized. He has scars to
remind him of that for every day
for the rest of his life," he said
They argued that Rock had
few prior brushes with the law.
They noted lengthy prison sen-
tences should be reserved for ca-
reer criminals who can't function
in society. "
They asked for the minimum
sentence, which was three years.
Mr. Albright said Mr. Rock had
-a previous arrest for battery, and
had choked-his wife into uncon-
sciousness that night. He argued
that Mr. Rock saw the police cars

in the neighborhood, and inten-
tionally placed each of those of-
ficers in fear. He asked for con-
secutive sentences for all of the
aggravated assault charges and a
total of 35 years in prison.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man denied a motion for new
trial that was filed in the case. The
defense argued that prior bad acts
by the defendant were mentioned
in the trial and that should have
resulted in a mistrial.
A trial witness stated that Rock
had threatened the lives of law en-
forcement should they be called
to the scene. The witness said
that Rock had previous involve-
ment with law enforcement.
The deputy who shot Rock,
Cpl. Paul Ferrell, said the shooting
has had a bad impact on his life.
He noted his daughter was four
years old at the time and that he
could not find the words to ex-
plain this incident to her.
"People put their trust in law
enforcement. Kids are taught
to call the Sheriff's Office when
they are in trouble. Cases like this
change how' kids 'perceive the
Sheriff's Office," he said.
He noted he would apologize

to Mr. Rock's daughter because
her perception of him will always
be that he was the one who shot
* her father and not that he has a
child of his own and is a good cop
and family man.
1 Deputies responded to the do-
mestic dispute on Aug. 12, 2005,
and Rock reportedly was armed
* with a rifle in his driveway. He
refused commands to drop the
weapon, walked toward depu-
ties, and made several threaten-
ing statements, according to court
Judge Mirman said this type of
conduct is extremely violent, seri-
ous, and threatening conduct.
"You don't have to have a seri-
ous lengthy record to actually do
what was done in this case," he
said. "People do the darnedest
things and need to be punished
Kathy Rock, the wife of the
suspect. in this case, wrote a let-
ter to the court for the sentencing
hearing. In the letter she wrote
her husband was not a criminal
and needed rehabilitation for al-
cohol abuse.

to mom-and-pop-type boats.
"Forcing family boaters to get
commercial permits from the
government makes no sense,"
Mr. Nelson said. "The idea here is
to take a reasonable approach to
protecting our water resources."
The lawmaker's Clean Boating
Act would make clear that recre-
ational boaters don't have to get a
government permit covering acci-
dental discharges that is required
of big ocean-going vessels.
Just in the last two weeks, key
commitees in the U.S. Senate and
House of Representatives have

approved Nelson's legislation to
*exempt small boat owners from
having to obtain the permit. Now
it must come to a vote of the full
Senate and House, before it goes
to the president for his signature.
All this must happen before Sep-
tember, when the Environmental
Protection Agency, in response to
the courts, would start requiring
new permits,� for the owners of
recreational boats - up to 49,000
in Lee County alone.

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Arrest Report

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
*Justin Baily, 19, N.W 33 Av-
enue, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 28 on an Osceola County
warrant for the felony charge of
possession of oxycodone. No
bond was set.
*Michael Wayne Easton, 28,

S.W Third Avenue, Okeecho-
bee was arrested may 28 on an
Okeechobee County warrant
for the felony charge of aggra-
vated battery. His bond was set at
* Genaro Garcia, 38, N.W. Fifth
Avenue, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 28 by Officer K. Muller
of the Okeechobee City Police
Department on the felony charge
of burglary to an occupied dwell-
ing and the misdemeanor charge
of petit theft. His bond was set at
*Ricardo Jesus Silvas, 26, S.W
Tenth Avenue, Okeechobee, was
arrested May 28 by Officer K.

I ~lLJ{IeKI(Hs~]jj

Muller of the Okeechobee City
Police Department on the felony.
charges of aggravated battery (do-
mestic), Burglary with assault or
battery, grand theft, criminal mis-
chief, kidnapping - false imprison-
ment and impairing or impeding
telephone: facilitating burglary.
Bond is set at $215,000.
This column list arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent 'or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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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
DONUTS: I am calling in about the lake down there and all of
these kids that go down there and spin donuts. I think it should be a
law that they cannot do that. That is not what they are supposed to do
down there. It is a lake, not a place to do what they do.
RUMORS: I have heard rumors that Long John Silvers is supposed
to move into the place where Captain D's was and I was wondering if
the rumors are true.
EYE CARE: Our Chamber of Commerce, says spend your money
in our town. I did this and got ripped off. I was charged $333 for sun-
glasses. This price did not include an eye test or bifocals. I am blind in
one eye so only one lens was needed. I paid the first quote upon or-
dering and was hit with additional money upon receiving the glasses.
We senior citizens are very easy prey for these people.
CRANE: To the person who hit the young crane on S.R. 70 by the
Agri-Civic Center, shame on them. They should slow down and pay
attention to the road. This should have never happened.
OKEECHOBEE NEWS: This is for the Okeechobee News. I don't
like the idea that you think it is necessary to put all of the people that
have not paid their property taxes. Why did you waste all that pa-
per? Editor's note: The tax list is printed each year as required by
state law. The county is required to publish the list of unpaid taxes,
which gives notice to those whose property taxes are overdue, and
also provides the information about the properties with taxes due for
those interested in the annual tax sale.
DRILLING: I cannot believe that the Congress, and the President
and the Senate right now aren't drilling in Alaska and in the Gulf. I
cannot believe that they are not doing that. And I do not know why.
We the people have a right to know why they are not doing that. And
if its conservation reasons then the heck with conservation. Drill right
now then find solutions to the gas problem later. Because right now
we need help. FPL is going up or is threatening to go up outrageously
and we the people have had enough of this.
AIRING THE ISSUES: On Wednesday, May 28, the Speak Out
section had comments about people using the column to take pot
shots at the high school. The caller recommended that concerns and
questions be directed to the school board. Speaking from experience
I can assure everyone that going to the school board will not change
anything. I went through the proper channels when I had a problem
instead of airing my issue in Speak Out. Looking back, I should have
taken pot shots, because trying to do things the right way ended up
being a joke. The school administration all the way to the Superinten-
dent covered up the issue and supported their employee even though
they knew that I had a legitimate complaint. Unfortunately having
confidence in the system does not always prevail. I am not a huge
supporter of Speak out but in some cases it is the only way to let the
public know what is going on.
BLOOD DRIVE: I think it is silly for people to worry whether or
not football players donate blood. It's not like their blood is better than
someone else's. Sounds to me like they just like to pick on the football
team. When less than 10 percent of the entire school population goes
to the blood drive, picking on one group seems odd. If you really want
to save lives, first, go give blood yourself. Then think about ways to get
a larger percentage of the public to donate.i
..PHARMACY: I have tried just about every pharmacy in town and
+- I don't understand why it takes so long to Have a prescription filled. If
they are that busy, why don't they hire some more employees? When
you are in pain, and waiting for a prescription or you have a sick child
who needs their antibiotics, it is terrible to have to sit there and wait so
lohg. Even with routine prescriptions that are called in or else dropped
off in advance, when you go to pick it up, you have to wait in a long
PRANKS: I am glad the school cracked down on the kids who did
the pranks at the high school with the pigs and the mice. Someone
could have been seriously.injured and that kind of thing cannot be al-
lowed. I understand one of-the pigs got out on the highway into traffic.
We are lucky that did not cause a serious traffic accident. Mistreating
and endangering animals is not funny.
PROGRAMS: Here we go again with the end of year school pro-
grams. I would like to ask those in charge of the programs to do one
thing. Before the program starts, ask those in the audience to turn off
their cell phones or put them on vibrate, and that if they need to take
a call during the program to go outside. Many of us want to video-
tape our child's program to send to out-of-town grandparents, and
we want to hear the kids -- not your telephone conversation. The kids
have worked hard and they deserve your attention. I have seen par-
ents actually miss their kid's 'big moment' on stage because they were
on the phone. Your child is more important than a telephone call.
Have a little consideration and turn off the cell phones.
BLOOD DRIVE: I am glad the coach answered the allegations
about the spring blood drive. They did not tell the football players not
to donate. They said if they donate, don't run that day. If you give
blood, you have to refrain from strenuous exercise for 48 hours to give
your body a chance to replace the fluids lost. As for the blood drive
in the fall, why would they schedule a blood drive the day before a
football game anyway?

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Donations help fund
To all of our generous contribu-
tors, the family says, "Thank you!"
Not only did the fund in memory
of Jack "Jake" F. Bylsma, III, reach
its goal, it far exceeded our expec-
tations. We couldn't have done
it without your help and we are
most appreciative. The fund will
now pay $2,500 annually to a de-
serving student starting'this year.
Indian River Community College
said it was their fastest growing
scholarship ever! Than you again
for helping to make this shcolar-
ship a reality.
Special thanks goes to our
generous contributors including:
Bob and Cathy Adams, Matt and
Debbie Albertz, Paul and Robin
Albertz, Tom and Pat Barnes, Mr.
Thomas Barnes, Jr., Mr. Dale A.
Barrett, Roscoe and Laurie Bass,
Donna L. Beladi, Mr..Hayley Beld-

ing, Mark and April Brewer, Mr.
Gene R. Britt, Mr.. Harold Brown,
Sewell Hardware, Kevin and Diane
Buchholz, Jack and Tammy Byls-
ma, Jackie Bylsma and Charles
Turner, Ila Bylsma, Mr. Manley
P. Caldwell, Jr., John C. Cassidy,
Arnalo Castillo, Royal Diamond
Homes, Mike and Penny Cau-
then, E. Dean Chagan, Howard
and Donna Cohen, WF. and Patsy
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Construction, Bill and Joanne
Conway, Newton and Jane Cook,
Sergio and Michele DeAraujo,
John and Ruth Dietel, Steven and
Heather Dobbs, Mike and Sherry
Dolnick, Maureen Ekross Drywall,
George Fidler, Kerry Garceau,
Garry Glickman, Esq., Virginia
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Pool Construction, Mr. and Mrs.
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ters Roofing, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 30
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Fridayfor an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
' Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Saturday, May 31
AA. 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, June 1
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, June 2
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 863-634-4780.
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
lunch 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 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, June 3
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.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.

Mary Beth Hearn, Virginia Hearn,
Barbara Higgins, Robert and Lou-
ise Hope, Duane F. Hope, William
and Marcille Irwin, Maichael J.
Johnson, Bob and Sharon Jones,
Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Langford,
Mr. and Mrs. Louis "Red" Larson
- Larson Dairy, Joseph and Karen
Lavetsky, Mr. and Mrs. Eric W
Litschauer, Betty Litschauer, Billy
and Margaret Locker, James and
Candace Marlow, George and
Lois Morreale, Keith and Wendy
Nardone - Nardone Painting, Mr.
and Mrs Samuel Nicols, Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond Noel, Okeechobee
Music, Richard and Jane Olson,
Edward W. Osborne, Prof.'Dept.
of Ad Ed, UF, R. Pauline Parent,
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Parenteau,
Wilmer and Phyllis Peck, Jim Pee-
ples, Mr. and Mrs. Haroldl Piskura,
Mr. Murray Powell, Florida Sports-
mens Conservation Association,
Mr. and Mrs. Ben B. Preston, Pat
and Valerie Regan, Regan Interi-
ors, Jerry Rhoades, Florida Car-

penters Regional Council, Nerilda
Rogue, Steven and Teresa Shim-
kus, Frankline and Sassandra
Shumate, Mr. Juan Solorzano,
Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant,
Okeechobee, Danny and Elinor
St. Clair, R.J. and Linda Stanley,
Jim Stewart, RainDafcer Restau-
rant, Mr. Joseph A. Trione, Don
Tutten, Don's Aircraft Parts, Bruce
and Patricia Vance, James Verner,
Acousti Engineering, James Wil-
liams, JA Adams, Inc. Mike and
Jeri WIlliamson, George Woody,,
Calvin Woolford, Florida Aircraft
Federal Credit Union.
If you would like to continue
to grow this fund, please send
your donation to IRCC or go to
the Web site at: irccfoundation.
org to use a credit card. Thank
you all again for your most gener-
ous support.
Jackie Bylsma
(Jack's aunt)

Community Events

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in 2nd through 5th grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.org or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Schools providing summer meals
Okeechobee County Public School District is sponsoring meals at
school site during the Summer School session from Tuesday, June 10
through-Monday, June 30. Meals will be provided to all children at na
charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program'
and its activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national
origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in
the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the follow-
ing sites: South Elementary School, 2468 S.W Seventh Ave., Osceola
Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St., and Okeechobee High School, 2800
Hwy 441 N. For students that are not registered for summer school ac-
tivities, interested parents may register their child/children for the food
program. Registration for children not enrolled in the Summer School
Program will be held at the OCSB Food Services Office, 3150 N.W
Tenth Terrace, on Wednesday, May 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ques-'
tions may be directed to the Food Service Office by calling 863-462-
5148. Parents will be required to provided transportation to and from
the school site and will be required to stay with their children during
the meal. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated
against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately
to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,
S.W Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or
202-720-6282 (TTY).

Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Friday, May 30, from 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., for their Board/
Annual meeting at the American Legion Post 64 at 501 SE 2nd Street.
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network
of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services to
pregnant women and infants. For more information about the Coali-
tion, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition of-
fice, 863-462-5877.

IRCC to present "Rumors"
"Rumors" May 29-31, at 8 p.m. and May 31, at 2 p.m. at the McAlpiq
Fine Arts Center, IRCC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft.
Pierce. Neil Simon's classic play featuring IRCC Fine Arts Program the-
atre alumni. Tickets are $12. Call the IRCC Box Office at 1-800-220-
9915 or visit www.ircc.edu.

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.

Fair Association hosts 'Thank you' barbeque
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will hold its Annual Meet-
ing and "Thank You" barbeque Sunday, June 1, 4 p.m. at Quail Creek
Plantation. All sponsors, members and those interested in becoming a
member are invited. Meat, tea and paper goods will be provided - ev-
eryone attending is asked to bring a covered dish. Elections and plans
for the 2009 Fair will be discussed.

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The following movies are now showing
at the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for
Thursday, May 30, through Thursday, June 5,
are as follows:
Theatre I - Sex and the City (R) 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.
Theatre II - Indiana Jones and the King-
dom of the Crystal" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15
Theatre III - "Chronicles of Narnia" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
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Ann Commings
Cynthia Ann Commings,
age 56, of Okeechobee, died on
May 27, 2008 at
Raulerson Hos-
pital. She was -
born on Jan. 20,
- 1952 in Sebring.
Ms. Commings .
had been a life-
long resident
of Okeechobee
attending the Cynthia Ann
public schools Commings
in Okeechobee (Douglas Brown
Elementary) and graduated from
Okeechobee High School.
She was a member of First
Baptist Missionary Church in
Okeechobee and served as a
choir member. She was a former
member of the Eastern Star. She
was employed with the Okeecho-
bee School District for 30 years
and 7 months as a custodian, at
Seminole Elementary School, and
looking forward to retirement in
about a month or so.
She was preceded in death by
her parents, Henry Lee and Bea-
trice Elizabeth Cotton; infant son,

Reginald Commings; and two
brothers, Lawrence Johnson and
Roy Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Sat-
urday, May 31, from 9:30-11 a.m.
at First Missionary Baptist Church
in Okeechobee. "A Homegoing
Celebration" will be observed on
Saturday, May 31, at the church
with Rev. Leroy B. Smith officiat-
ing at ti e services.
Burial will follow at Evergreen
Cemetery in Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under
the direction of Thorne's Mortu-
ary, Inc. of Stuart.

James W McElroy, Jr.
James W. McElroy, Jr., age 71,
of Okeechobee died May 29, 2008
at the Okeechobee Health Care
Facility. He was born in Miami and
had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1979.
He is survived by his wife of 52
years, Ruth McElroy of Okeecho-
bee; three sons, James (Eliza-
beth) McElroy III, Clint (Karen)
McElroy, Travis (Roxanne) McEl-
roy all of Okeechobee. In addi-
tion, he is survived by nine grand-
children, five great grandchildren
and also his sister, Iris Felber of
Orange Lake.

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A visitation will be held Satur-
day, May 31 from 2 until 4 p.m.
with the service beginning at 4
p.m. all in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, dona-
tions may be made to Hospice
of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Richard 'Ricky'
Richard "Ricky" Gonzalez, age
40, of Okeechobee, died Sunday,
May 25, 2008 in St. Mary's Hospi-
tal. He was born on Feb. 4, 1968
in Okeechobee, where he had
been a lifetime resident. He was a
wonderful man who will be truly
missed by his beloved family and
He is preceded in death by his
father: Bonifacio Carrion Gonza-

He is survived by his wife,
Priscilla Gon-
zalez; his son,
Ricardo Gonza-
lez; his daugh-
ter, Samantha
Gonzalez ;
mother, Marga- z
rita T. Gonzalez; ,
brothers, Bar- a
ney C. (Carla) Richard
Gonzalez, Mike Gonzalez

(Alfonso) Aviles of Katy, Texas,
Maggie (Julio) Sandoval, Tina G.
Ramos, Anita Pacheco, Juanita
Rodriquez and Lisa M. Rodriquez,
all of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be held Satur-
day, May 31, from 10 a.m. until
service time at noon in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel, 110
N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Flora Mae Walpole Memorial
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'Day of the Cowboy' planned

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months' look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be putting on "Ru-
* mors" May 29-31, at 8 p.m. and
, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center, IRCC Main Cam-
pus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft.
Pierce. Neil Simon's classic play
featuring IRCC Fine Arts Program
theatre alumni. Tickets are $12.
Call the IRCC Box Office at 1-800-
220-9915 or visit www.ircc.edu
for more information.
The Okeechobee County Fair
Association will hold its Annual
Meeting and "Thank You" bar-
becue Sunday, June 1, 4 p.m. at
Quail Creek Plantation. All spon-
sors, members and those interest-
ed in becoming a member are in-
vited. Meat, tea and paper goods
will be provided - everyone at-
tending is asked to bring a cov-
ered dish. Elections and plans for
the 2009 Fair will be discussed.
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, where
they are holding their third annual
Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
They are still looking for craft-
ers and antique car owners for
their event which will be held on
May 31, and June 1, to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For more information call
Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
Another IRCC event will be
held at the Planetarium. The
Constellations, Friday, June 6, at 7
and 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 7,
at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Hallstrom

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Planetarium, IRCC Main Campus
3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce.
The constellations are very old,
and the stories told about them
date back 5,000 years and more.
Come and learn more about the
stars. Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
A benefit and retirement cel-
ebration for Gene O'Neill at the
KOA Kampground auditorium
has been scheduled on Friday,
June 13, from 5:30 p.m. until 11
p.m. to help raise funds for Mr.
O'Neill and his medical expenses
that he has incurred because of a
rare form of small bowel cancer
that is currently inoperable. The
event includes a dinner, dance
and silent auction.
The social hour begins at 5:30
p.m. until 6:30 p.m.; your choice
of prime rib dinner or chicken will
be served at 6:30 p.m. An auction
will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a
dance following at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the entire event are
$20 single; $30 couple. Tickets
are also available for the dance
for only $10.

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Welcome House Open House
Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E., held an open house
on Friday afternoon, May 23, Welcome House is a wel-
come center for anyone with mental disorders who is
seeking conversation, information, support or activities.
Welcome House helps its members set goals and achieve
them at their own pace. The organization promotes recov-
ery and growth to help the members obtain the necessary
resources to meet their needs. The mission of Welcome
House is to provide all their members with the key to suc-
cess by providing them with all the resources available to
reach their goal. Welcome House is a United Way agency
and a program of the Mental Health Association in Indian
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donations are being accepted at
Riverside National Bank under
the Gene O'Neill Assistance Fund.
Donations can also be mailed to
Gene O'Neill Benefit, P.O. Box
602, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
For additional information
contact Lyn Yeo 863-634-4102;
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1800 for more information.
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association and Okeechobee
Main Street will hold the Second
annual National Day of the
American Cowboy on Saturday,
July 26. In the form from last year,
the event will start with a cattle
drive beginning downtown and
ending at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East of 150 head of
Corriente Cattle.
The festival at the Agri-Civic
Center will include a Ranch Ro-
deo, Backyard Beef BBQ Contest,
storytellers, poets and displays
of the heritage of the American
If you're interested in being a
participant/vendor for the BBQ
Contest or event all forms and ap-
plications can be picked up at the
OKMS Office, Cottage 111 North-
east 2nd Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive
Director at okms@mainstreeto-
For more information call 863-
357-MAIN (6246).
This event is bound to make
July an even hotter commodity.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
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any publicly open events includ-
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or apply in person.
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House ' Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
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Roommate, 950
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$1000 mo. Call Roland
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$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
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tiled, $1100/mo. rent,
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rets. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
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1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets

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Fundraiser helps tennis teams

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The fifth annual Okeechobee
junior tennis fundraiser held May
17, was a huge success according
to organizers and Tennis Coach
Dave Ellis.
The annual event was spon-
sored by Wicks, Brown, Williams
and Company and was held at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex
tennis courts.
Boys competed in five different
divisions which were 10 and un-
der, 12 and under, 14 and under,
16 and under and 18 and under.
John Wilcox won the 10 and
under bracket. William Zapata
narrowly defeated Dustin Herrin
to take the 12 year old division.
Jordan Canevari took the boy's 14
and under division with Max Nor-
man the runner up. Otto-Ramirez
took the boys 16 and under divi-
sion. Zach Fowler finished sec-
ond. Alex Nielson finished third.
Corey White took the boy's 18
and under division. Bobby Spelts
who finished second. Zach Fowl-
er took third.
On the girl's side, they compet-
ed in five divisions, pee wee, 10

and under, 14 and under, 16 and
under and 18 and under.
Mariah Spelts won the pee
wee division and Gabby Fowler
was the runner up.
Kearstin Dorrance took the 10
and under competition with Ra-

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Submitted photos
Mariah Spelts (right) won the
pee wee division and Gabby
Fowler (left) was the runner

chel Williams second.
Jenna Rath took the girl's 14
and under division in a tough
fight with Vanessa Watt.
The 16 and under division was
claimed by Liz Turner. Jenna Rath
finished second.
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Submitted photos
Coach Dave Ellis and Corey
White, who took the boy's 18
and under division

The 18 and under division was
won by Samantha Rivero with Al-
yssa Wright finishing second.
A number of the younger play-
ers, Ramirez, and Rivero, played
kids much older and were very
competitive in the tournament.

Bobby Spelts
second in the
under division.

Submitted photos
who finished
boys 18 and

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The 18 and under division
was won by Samantha Rivero
(left) with Alyssa Wright fin-
ishing second.

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John Wilcox (left) won the
10 and under bracket. Kade
Smith (right) was second.

Submitted photos
Otto Ramirez (right) took the
boys 16 and under division.
Zach Fowler (left) finished

oubDiIiieu puouos
William Zapata (right) nar-
rowly defeated Dustin Herrin
(left) to take the 12 year old
division. Jordan Canevari
took the boy's 14 and under

Submitted photos
Jordan Canevari (right) took
the boy's 14 and under divi-
sion with Max Norman the
runner up.

Submitted photos
Jenna Rath (left) took the
girl's 14 and under division
in a tough fight with Vanessa
Watt (right)

Submitted photos
Kearstin Durrance (left) took
the 10 and under competition
with Rachel Williams (right)

Submitted photos
Liz Turner (left) took first
place in the 16 and under di-
vision. Jenna Rath finished

Standing Head

Summer leagues at
Stardust Lanes
Summer bowling leagues at
are set to begin at Stardust Lanes
on Monday, June 16. If you join a
league you get open bowling free
all summer long. Call 863-467-
1800 for more information.

Pop Warner sign ups
Pop Warner football and cheer-
leading sign ups will be held at
Beef 0' Brady's on Saturday, May
31, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for
age 5 through 15. Costs are $85
for football and $40 for cheerlead-
ing. This is the only sign up date --
don't miss it. For information call
863-634-3482 or 863-467-0206.

Monthly fishing
tournament planned
Freedom Outreach Ministry
will sponsor a monthly fishing
tournament. This month the Tour-
nament will take place on Sun-
day, May 25, at Scott Driver Boat
Ramp, Across from Okee Tantie.
Registration is $70 per boat, and
there is a $10 big fish pot. You can
fish by yourself or with a partner.
The tournament begins at Safe
Light until 2 p.m. For More Infor-
mation, Please call 863-532-1718
or 863-634-3790.

Scouting for a great
golf experience?
The Ninth Annual Boy Scout
Golf Classic will be held Friday,
June 6, at the Pelican Preserve
Golf Club in Fort Myers. Check-in
begins at noon with a shotgun
start at 1:30 p.m. The tourna-

ment will benefit the Boy Scouts
of America and includes an
awards dinner, lots of drawing
prizes, and hole-in-one contests
including a $10,000 hole con-
test. For more information call
239-936-8072 and ask for Margie
Byers or send an e-mail to mby-

Shoreline Seawall
sponsors golf
On Saturday, June 7, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club, the Real Life Children's
Ranch will hold their annual

Golf Tournament sponsored
by Shoreline Seawall, Inc. Four
person scramble. 7 a.m. Regis-
tration and 8 a.m. Shotgun start.
Included with registration is a
continental breakfast provided
by Pat's Lakeside Cafe and a full
lunch at the Country Club. Win a
brand new car from Accardi/Mil-
rot for a hole in one, plus other
prizes including an autographed
hat and photo from Greg Nor-
man, four weekly passes to the
2008 Merrill Lynch Shootout in
Naples, (part of the PGA Tour)
and many more prizes. There
will be many contests too -- like
closest to the pin, toilet bowl

contest and more. Registra-
tion of $50 for individuals and
$200 for teams. Register at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club or by calling Real Life Chil-
drens Ranch at 863-763-4242.
For more information or to hear
about sponsorship opportuni-
ties call Darlene Mayers at 863-
634-4200. 'Real Life Childreh's
Ranch is a tax-exempt 501 (c)
(3) non-profit organization.
All proceeds from the tourna-
ment benefit Real Life Childrens
Ranch, where they have been
helping abused, abandoned and
neglected children for over 50

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy

Player of the Year
Megan Clements won the utility player of the year award at the Okeechobee High School
Softball banquet. Also in picture are coaches Kim Hargraves (left) and Heather Stillians


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