Vol. 100 No. 35
Sunday, March, 22 2009
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Cssioners tWoman avoids scam; warns others
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ing Tuesday, March 24, rather
than on their regular meeting
day of Thursday, March 26,
because of a meeting in Tal-
lahassee later in the week.
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will be the swearing in of new
commissioner Joey Hoover.
The meeting is expected to be
rather brief. It starts at 9 a.m. at
the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium, 1728
N.W Ninth Ave. The agenda
includes a discussion of the
county ordinance regarding
The Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of Ad-
justments and Appeals meets
Tuesday evening, March 24 at 7
p.m. The only item of business
is a request for a special ex-
ception by Daniel Braswell, lII,
property owner, and Jeff Wait,
applicant. They are requesting
a special exception to allow an
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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Rosemary Pye wants other Okeechobee residents to be-
ware of the scam that targeted her.
At the fair: Youth Livestock show
By Eric Kopp
Rosemary Pye is nobody's
fool. When she received a check
in the mail and congratulations
for being selected as an "evalu-
ator," she knew something was
"I may be retired and 71 years
of age, but I know no one gives
you $2,500," she said Friday,
The former director of sur-
gery at Raulerson Hospital said
when she received the letter she
noticed there was no return ad-
dress and that there was a Cana-
dian postmark on the envelope.
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Submitted photo/Sandra Pearce
A steer raised by Marshall Johnson was named the Grand Champion Steer at the
Okeechobee County 4H and FFA Youth Livestock Show at the Okeechobee County
Fair this week. On Saturday, the fair featured the Livestock Sale. Today (Sunday) is the
last day of the county fair. Gates open at noon. The fair closes at 8 p.m. At right is Miss
Okeechobee Alex Ming.
Submitted photo/Sandra Pearce
A steer raised by Tyler Hayes was named the Reserve Champion Steer at the Youth
Livestock Show at the county fair. At right is Miss Okeechobee Alex Ming.
Inside the envelope was a letter
telling her she had been selected
as a Customer Service Evaluator.
A Los Angeles, Calif., address
and phone number was listed at
the top of the letter.
According to the letter, Ms.
Pye had been chosen to be part
of a research program that was
evaluating services and how to
improve the customer service
There was also a check for
$2,880 in the envelope. The
check was drawn on the Re-
source One Credit Union in Dal-
From that point on, it's pretty
much the same as the Mystery
Shopper Scam and several other
types of scams going on across
The letter instructed Ms. Pye
to pose as a customer and go to
any Walmart store and evaluate
their moneygram system by buy-
ing a moneygram for $2,500. The
letter then instructed her to send
the moneygram to an address
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The
letter told her she could use any
name she wanted on the mon-
She was then instructed to
use $80 to pay for the money-
See Scam Page '
By Eric Kopp hours of the killing near Lake
Okeechobee News Placid. Both men have been
An Okeechobee man was charged with first degree mur-
der and armed burglary with
taken into custody late Thurs- assault.
day and was the third person to F o llo w-
be arrested in connection with ing his first
the March 18 shooting death of appearance
Angel Pulido, 28. hearing Fri
Daniel Saloman, 30, S.R. 70 day, March 20,
W, was arrested March 19 on Lopez is being
a charge of principle in the first held without
degree to armed burglary of bond.
an occupied dwelling. He was Bo sw e 1
booked into the Okeechobee was also ar-
County Jail under a bond of rested on an Daniel
$100,000. outstanding Saloman
Two other men, Brad Cardell arrest warrant
Boswell and Hugo Fernando
Lopez, were arrested within See Murder Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
Rotarians will hold their fifth
annual Lake Okeechobee Sce-
nic Trail (L.O.S.T.) Bike Ride-
Run-Walk on Saturday, March
29, beginning at 8 a.m.
The event will raise funds for
local Rotarian scholarships that
are given to Okeechobee High
School seniors each year and
to the Boy Scouts of America
The event begins at Scott
Driver at the Okee Tantie Recre
ation located off of S.R. 78 West.
Last year cyclists came from as
far south as Homestead, and as
far north as Vero, as far west as
Sarasota and as far east at West
Cyclists, runners and walk-
ers are all welcome to this fam-
ily fun event where you can
appreciate the nature of Lake
Cost for the event registra-
tion packet is $20 for adults and
$10 for children ten and under;
See L.O.S.T. Page 2
'Make-A-Wish' to help
By Chauna Aguilar
The Make-A-Wish Founda-
tion of Southern Florida an-
nounced at a county commis-
sion meeting that they have
recently expanded their territo-
ry to serve Okeechobee County.
also spoke to local Kiwanis
members about how they can
help spread the word about the
foundation to allow more chil-
dren to be granted wishes.
This non-profit organization
grants wishes to children who
have life-threatening medical
conditions and is actively seek-
ing local resources of referrals
and volunteers to help them
complete their mission.
"This is great news for our
county," said Commissioner
Chairman Cliff Betts. "The
Make-A-Wish Foundation does
amazing things for so many
children and we're thrilled that
they will be granting wishes
in a community that is sure to
support their efforts."
The foundation is asking
that everyone in the commu-
nity to refer children who may
be candidates to insure that
every medically-eligible child
gets to experience the power of
To qualify for a wish, a child
must: be between the ages of
2 1/2 and 18 years old; be di-
agnosed with a life-threatening
medical condition; live or be
treated in one of the 13 coun-
ties in this foundation's territo-
ry; and not have been granted
a wish by any Make-A-Wish
chapter or other wish-granting
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President and Chief Operating
Officer of the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Southern Florida
spoke to Kiwanis members
about their 25 years of service
to South Florida. The Southern
Florida chapter serves chil-
dren in 13 counties: Miami-
Dade, Broward, Palm Beach,
Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River,
Okeechobee, Highlands, Mon
roe, Hendry, Glades, Collier and
Lee. Their biggest cities include
See Children Page 2
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis members president Jim Vensel (left) and Wendy
Woodham (right) invited Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern
Florida's Vice President-Chief Operating Officer Richard Kelly
(center) to speak about their organization and how everyone
can help refer children who qualify for wishes.
2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 22, 2009
Continued From Page 1
that charged him with the felony
of possession of a firearm or am-
munition by a convicted felon,
and the misdemeanor of resisting
Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Fatboy, a 90-pound pit bull, was shot and killed shortly after
his master, Angel Pulido, was killed by gunmen in his home
on N.W. Seventh St. Wednesday, March 18. Brad Cardell Bo-
swell and Hugo Fernandez Lopez have been arrested and
charged with killing the 28-year-old Pulido.
Continued From Page 1
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gram, and keep the $300 for her
self. She was also instructed to
fill out a form and fax it back to
the main office, but there was no
such form in the letter.
Of course, to do this she would
have had to deposit the check into
her bank account. Then, when
she withdrew the money to pay
for the moneygram, she would be
out the $2,580 not to mention
the $300. And, there would also
likely be bank fees added.
But, the scammers would be
able to cash the moneygram for
a cool $2,500.
Also, the con artists always ask
their mark to send them money
Continued From Page 1
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West
Palm Beach, Stuart, Port St. Lu-
cie, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Key
West, Naples, and Fort Myers.
There are 67 Make-A-Wish
chapters covering the U.S. and 28
affiliates of Make-A-Wish Founda-
The Southern Florida chapter
has granted over 7,000 wishes
in 25 years and over 500 each
year. This past year they granted
a record number of 514 wishes to
Southern Florida children.
Thirty-five percent of those
wishes are to go to Disney World,
but it isn't your typical trip to Dis-
ney, it is the royal treatment at Dis-
ney for seven days and six nights
with a complete VIP package.
This includes spending money,
souvenirs, special programs and
being sent to the front of the line
for all of the rides.
Wishes typically fall into four
categories: go; meet; be some-
body; or have something.
Many wishes involve travel
whether it is to go to a theme
park or to travel across the world
to the Olympics. Other children
want to meet someone such as a
rock star, sports star or movie star,
etc. Some children even want to
spend the day as someone that
they aspire to be but know that
they won't be able to because of
their illness such as the coach of
an NFL team. Some children even
opportunities are still available
to help support the youth of
Cyclists, runners and walkers
will take to the Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail to enjoy the beauty
of nature around Lake Okeecho-
Members of the Boy Scout
Troop 955 will participate by set-
viaWestern Union or moneygram
instead of regular mail so that they
can avoid postal inspectors.
"It looked for the world like
a regular check for $2,880," she
said. "But I know if anyone wants
money up front, it's a phony."
Ms. Pye, who came to the U.S.
in 1959 from England as a "young
bride with three children," said
she wanted people to know
about the scam and to be wary of
"There are some people who
are not quite with the program
and would think this was true,"
she said. "For all the world, it
looks like a perfect check."
She went on to say she has
contacted the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office and made them
aware of the scam.
want to have something such as a
computer, puppy, a horse, etc.
All wishes are done first class
to be a monumental experience
for the child.
Thanks to the generosity of in-
kind donors and the dedication
of volunteers, the average cost of
each wish granted in the South-
ern Florida chapter is just $5,000.
The family pays nothing for their
wish and they are granted regard-
less of the financial situation of
They finance their endeavors
through corporate sponsorships,
special events, foundation grants
and individual contributions. The
Foundation does not solicit funds
by telephone and receives no
There were six wishes granted
in Okeechobee County last year
and they are striving to double,
or even triple that number this
year. Anyone can refer a child for
a wish including their physician,
social workers, other health care
professionals, family members,
or even themselves!
Another way that you can help
the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to
volunteer as a wish grantor which
goes into the homes of wish re-
cipients to find out what they
want for their wish.
For more information on how
you can help make wishes come
true, visit www.sfla.wish.org or
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a law enforcement officer with-
out violence. His bond on those
charges has been set at $11,000.
Court records show that Bo-
swell was sentenced to three
years in prison on Aug. 22, 2005,
after being found guilty of bat-
tery on a law enforcement officer
and resisting a law enforcement
officer with violence. That arrest
also violated his probation from a
2003 arrest for the sale of cocaine.
Court records show he entered a
plea to that charge and was given
probation. When Boswell vio-
lated that probation he received
a prison sentence of three years.
All sentences were to run concur-
Records also indicate that Bo-
swell has yet to have his first ap-
pearance hearing on the murder
and burglary charges.
Detective Ted Van Deman, of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), said Saloman
was reportedly in the vehicle with
Boswell and Lopez when they
went to Pulido's home on N.W
ting up two booths to provide a
rest area, water and a snack dur-
ing their bike trip.
Participants have choices of
four different round trips rang-
ing from 12 miles to 54 miles all
beginning and ending at the Scott
Driver Boat Ramp, S.R. 78 W.
Rotarian scholarships are
given out yearly to Okeechobee
High School students who dem-
onstrate qualities such as the
md for. These in
y service, which
Seventh St. in DeBerry Gardens
Wednesday around noon.
"He was the driver of the ve-
hicle that took the other two men
to the neighborhood to commit
the crime," said Detective Van De-
According to OCSO investiga-
tive reports, two men knocked on
the front door of Pulido's home
and not long after opening the
door Pulido was shot in the up
per chest with a medium caliber
Detective Van Deman said
the intruders then took an un-
disclosed amount of money and
drugs and fled out the back door
of the home. He said the money
was kept in a gallon plastic jar
and was primarily coins.
An unidentified 19-year-old
woman, who was Pulido's girl-
friend, was also in the home at
the time but did not actually see
the shooting, said the detective.
After the men left the home,
she locked the door. However,
the men returned to the home,
demonstrates service above self.
Students who receive the Rotar-
ian scholarship also maintain at
least a 3.0 grade point average.
For more information about
the L.O.S.T. Bike Ride-Run-Walk
contact Jim Mclnnes at 863-763-
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kicked out the glass in the back
door and entered the home a sec-
ond time. This time they took the
keys to the woman's Dodge Dur-
ango and drove away, said Detec-
tive Van Deman.
The woman was not injured.
The two suspects were cap-
tured at 1:42 p.m. in the Bear Hol
low subdivision near Lake Placid.
Detectives say the men were in
the process of committing other
burglaries in the hopes of finding
keys to another vehicle. Investiga-
tors said the men were wanting to
get rid of the Durango and steal
another vehicle so that they could
flee to Clearwater.
OCSO Detective Sergeant T.J.
Brock, the lead investigator in the
case, said Boswell and Lopez had
both been living in Clearwater.
Sgt. Brock praised the High-
lands County Sheriff's Office
(HCSO) and HCSO Deputy Andy
Spires for their quick action in
finding the two men.
"Everything went very well,"
he said. "We had our major play-
ers in custody within two hours."
Although a medium caliber
handgun was found in the Dur-
ango, Detective Van Deman said
it's too early to tell if that gun was
used to kill Pulido.
Detective Van Deman added
that one of the two men also shot
Pulido's blue pit bull, Fatboy. He
said the 90-pound dog was shot
in the head near the front door
but was found dead in another
room of the house.
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Stuffed animals collected for children in crisis
By Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis members have begun
an initiative to collect stuffed ani
mals and hats for a worthy cause.
The Kiwanis Florida Governor,
Dave Liddell began this initiative
state wide as a project that his
wife had begun.
His wife passed away shortly
before he took office as gover-
Stuffed animals will be col-
lected by Kiwanis clubs all over
the state of Florida to be distrib-
uted to their own county sheriff's
departments. The Okeechobee
County Sheriff's department pa-
trol officers will be able to keep
the stuffed animals on hand to
distribute to children when they
have times of crisis to give them
a source of comfort in a trying
Stuffed animals can be any
shape or size and new or gently
used. All stuffed animals must be
clean and in good repair for dona-
The second project is to col-
lect hats of various types to be
distributed to cancer centers for
children who are experiencing
hair loss from chemotherapy due
to their cancer treatments. These
hats provide these children with
more self confidence in this trying
time of their lives.
Hats can be new or gently
used as well.
These programs are just one
more way that Kiwanis strives to
help children locally, across the
state and nationally.
The district governor, Bill Han-
sen has collected bears and caps
himself and will distribute them to
the clubs in his district as his con-
tribution to these projects as an
incentive for the clubs to match
or exceed his donations.
If you would like to donate any
stuffed animals or caps please
contact Kiwanis President Jim
Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
bee was sponsored by the Kiwan-
is Club of Indiantown and was
chartered in 1971. Since many of
the charter members were dairy
farmers and ranchers, the club
was originally a breakfast club so
everyone could get to work and
not break up their day's work. In
the 1980s as the club grew, the
meeting was changed to a lunch
The Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
bee has always had a focus on
serving the children and youth
of Okeechobee and supports
many projects to accomplish this.
The Club was one of the first to
offer a scholarship at OHS, and
they were the founding sponsor
of the Grad Night Party, and the
co-sponsor of the RIF (Reading
is Fundamental) program for the
In addition the club sponsors
Builder's Clubs at the middle
schools and a Key Club at OHS,
has a Terrific Kids awards pro-
gram at New Endeavor High
School, and sponsors: Math
Mini-Grants thru the Okeechobee
Educational Foundation, Farm-
City Week BBQ, EYDC Christmas
party, Santa-in-the-Park, Souper
Bowl of Caring, National Day of
Prayer, Baby Shower for the Preg
nancy Center of Okeechobee, and
a school supply drive for Real Life
Children's Ranch. To fund these
projects the Club holds a radio
auction, and an Easter pancake
The club meets at the Ameri
can Legion Post 64 hall, behind
City Hall, at 501 S.E. Second Street
on Thursday at noon.
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tea tS O u arre Kiwanis members are collecting stuffed animals for the OCSO to distribute to children dur-
lead s to dru aring times of crisis and hats for children who are going through cancer treatments and have
lost their hair.
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested on a felony drug charge
after he was detained for illegal-
ly parking on a street in Playland
Jonathon Lon Stripling,
32, S.W 19th St., was arrested
March 19 on a felony charge of
possession of a controlled sub
stance (methadone) without a
prescription. He was also arrest
ed on a misdemeanor charge of
possession of marijuana under
Stripling was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $3,000.
According to an arrest report
by Deputy Javier Gonzalez, of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), Stripling was
arrested Tuesday night in the
4200 block of N.W 18th St. The
deputy's arrest report stated that
the 2004 white Ford Expedition
Stripling was driving was parked
in the roadway, but he began
to drive away as the deputy ap
preached in his patrol unit.
After stopping the Expedi-
tion, Deputy Gonzalez stated in
his report that he learned that
Stripling's driver's license had
tin Akins then
and the two
the vehicle to
get out. During Jonathon L.
a search of the Stripling
SUV, a small
amount of a green leafy sub-
stance was found in the center
That substance was field test
ed and indicated a positive result
for the presence of marijuana,
stated the arrest report.
The suspected marijuana
weighed 1 gram, the deputy
Stripling was then placed un-
der arrest and during a search
of his person Deputy Gonzalez
stated he found three tablets
in the man's pants pocket. The
tablets were identified as metha-
done, added the report.
Deputy Gonzalez went on to
state in his report that Stripling
was issued a traffic citation for
driving while license suspended
without knowledge and for im
proper stopping or parking.
The passengers in the vehicle
were not arrested.
charged in burglary
By Eric Kopp
A man and his aunt have been
arrested and booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail accused
of stealing a refrigerator and sell
ing it for scrap.
Arrested Tuesday, March 17,
were Bufford Tyson Wilson, 20,
N.W. 53rd Terrace, and Nancy
Ruth Nelson, 47, N.W 53rd Ter-
race. Both were arrested on felo
ny charges of burglary and deal-
ing in stolen property. They were
also arrested on a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft. Bond for
each was set at $6,000.
Burglars reportedly entered
property on N.W 32nd Drive, took
the refrigerator then sold it, stated
an arrest report by Deputy Sarah
Green of the Okeechobee County
Bufford T. Nancy R.
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
The deputy's report indicates
that according to a sales receipt
the pair was paid $16 for the ap-
Deputy Green indicated that
the refrigerator was not in a build-
ing, but was in a pile of other
scrap material located outside a
building on the property.
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Okeechobee 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
SWalter David Saunders, 27,
N.E. 101st Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 17 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with grand theft auto. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Jason Andrew Maupin, 31,
S.W 13th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 18 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with carjacking. His bond was set
Kevin Kress, 33, S.E. 25th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March
18 by Deputy Harold Hancock on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with grand theft.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Brandon Robert Grady, 20,
N.E. 106th Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 18 by Deputy
Marcus Collier on Texas fugitive
warrants charging him with viola-
tion of probation burglary of a
building and violation of proba-
tion abuse of a credit card. He is
being held without bond.
George W Byrd, 42, S.E. 33rd
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 19 by Deputy Sergeant J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure
to appear worthless check over
$150. He is being held without
Jason Thomas Adams, 24,
N.W Fourth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 19 by Dep
uty Sgt. J. Royal on Okeechobee
County warrants charging him
with grand theft (two counts),
dealing in stolen property (two
counts) and giving false informa-
tion to a pawnbroker. His bond
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following four people
are among Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons. There are active
warrants for each of them. The
criteria for making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted topfive is based on
the severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the war
If you have any information Pedro Jason Benji Francis
one hoe herea'ots of any of Gonzales Maupin Sanders AKA Parker
can call the Treasure Coast Crime Benji Sanders aka Juan Juan Tapia Oswald
Stoppersat 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). Tapia, 33, FTA-Poss Cocaine Marijuana W/I To
If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Jason Maupin, 31, Car Jack Sell, Trafficking Cannabis more
Stoppers, you have the option of ing- Bond $20,000 than 251bs, No Bond
remaining anonymous. ou can Pedro Gonzales, 46, FTA Francis Parker Oswald, 58.
also receive a reward if the infor- Manufacture Marijuana, Poss. DUI W/Priors. Bond $5,000.
nation results in an arrest.
GLENN I. SNEIDER, LC
200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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was set at $55,000.
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not convictions, unless otherwise
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Rodeo and Fairs
IMPRESSED: I went to the rodeo at the county fair and I was sur-
prised and impressed that there was an attendant in the ladies' room
spraying disinfectant everywhere and keeping the place spotless. It
was one of the cleanest public restrooms I have ever been in. I spoke
to her a bit and she explained that while the pay wasn't much, she
did get some tips and in this economy, she was just happy to have a
job of any kind.
EXPENSE: The parents in Okeechobee can't afford two fairs. The
attendance at the county fair is showing that.
TICKETS: I think instead of charging everyone entry fees, the fair
should sell the ride wristbands at the gate and if you buy a ride wrist-
band, then you don't have to also pay to get into the fair. They do
that at other county fairs. I don't think it is right to have to pay $5 for
each kid to get through the gate and then spend another $20 for a
wristband. The kids only care about the rides. They aren't there for
entertainment. Those who don't buy a wristband could be charged
the $5 entry fee.
AT THE FAIR: We did not go to the county fair. Neither my sweetie
or my mom could ever do the amount of walking involved. And to be
honest it was a little too expensive for my pocketbook. The American
Legion Post/Unit 64 Free Fair has been an annual event every year for
more then 25 years. It is a fund raising event, and in case you're not
aware of some of the things done by the American Legion and the
American Legion Axillary let me clue you in. They hand out many
scholarships annually to members of the OHS Graduating Class.
They also sponsor the students who go to Girls and Boys State each
spring. They provide baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Several
times a year they bring appropriate gifts to the Veterans informed at
the Okeechobee rehab Center. They provide the program at Memo
rial Day in the Veterans Park. They hold the Free Fair on their own
property annually. Wednesday is KIDS day. Busses from the schools,
daycares, and centers bring lots of kids. Wednesday Night is also kids
days with discounted arm bands for the rides.
FREE FAIR: I am a kid in Okeechobee, and I personally loved the
American Legion Fair. The rides were fun, and well set up, and the
wristband was absolutely worth the money. The other fair was not
so fun. I spent $25 (admission and wristband) and the rides were not
that great. There was almost nothing to do.
TIMING: The county fair dates are determined by the livestock
show and those are set by the state because the 4-H and FFA proj
ects are completed in a certain time frame. So the county fair has no
choice about the dates. The Legion has had the February festival for a
long time -- more than 30 years anyway. So they are too close together
and they do hurt each other, but I don't see any way to fix it unless
they were willing to join forces and combine.
BIG LAKE: 14 feet would be good. Deep enough for the fisheries,
and not too deep for the South-enders.
MOTHER NATURE: I believe the Army Corps of Engineers came
to the same conclusion with the current lake schedule. They want
it no higher than 14 feet and no lower than 11 feet, which gives the
highs and lows the lake needs to be healthy. At 11 feet enough of
the littoral zone dries out for the native vegetation to grow so that
when the lake level rises the vegetation provides spawning area for
the fish. However, Mother Nature does not always comply with man's
plans. As was mentioned, we have no way to control water loss from
evaporation -- the main source of water loss from the big lake. And
we have no control over when we will have rain or how much. If the
rain doesn't fall in the upper Kissimmee River Valley, the lake level will
slowly go down from evaporation.
AGRICULTURE: It always surprises me when people think agri-
culture interests want the lake lowered. If Big Sugar had their way, the
lake would be kept at 17 feet so they would have that big reservoir of
water for irrigation always available. But high lake levels are very bad
for the fisheries as it kills off the vegetation for the spawning areas. I
thought the 13 to 15 feet lake schedule was sensible, but then they
found the dike was in trouble. On the north end of the lake where we
live that is not really a problem. But on the south end, with elevations
as low as 11 feet, I can see where that is a concern.
Expensive problem still not fixed
BUYER BEWARE: In early 2008, I responded to an ad for a com-
plimentary hearing test, which revealed that I did have a problem
understanding speech. I informed the technician that I had tried hear-
ing aides before without much success, the last time in May 2003
at a cost of $3,800 for hearing aides that did not work and I did not
intend to suffer another loss. I was assured that my problem could
be corrected if I would agree to spend $4,990 which I did. The new
hearing aides were delivered on April 17, 2008 and I was told to try
them and then come back for fine-tuning, which has amounted to
25-30 adjustment sessions by not only the office where I ordered the
hearing aids, but also by both owners of the company and two adjust
ments by a factory technician. When I went for my next appointment,
I was informed that I was no longer their patient and I would have to
deal with some other dealer. They now have my $4,990 and I am the
proud owner of two very small pieces of plastic which work as well
in my pocket as in my ears. My recourse consists of filing a complaint
with the Department of Health in Tallahassee and the Okeechobee
Small Claimes Court. Be careful who you deal with.
Halt wasteful spending
ROADWAYS: Why in this time of drought are our tax dollars being
wasted on equipment scraping away grass-weeds and dirt from Hwy.
710 to have sod laid during a drought, weather wise and financially
with a recession. What exactly is this wasteful project costing the
hard working middle class tax payers? Aren't the jail birds and prison
ers out walking, picking up trash along side of the roads, the trash that
trashy people throw out. Sweeping up the intersections and picking
up cigarette butts that the lower class of people throw out. These are
just a few chores for the very well kept jail birds men and women
could do to save money for our schools and senior programs.
Another grow house raided
DRUGS: The use of marijuana has probably remained pretty
steady since the 70s. A lot of people that grew up in that time are
now our community leaders. You would be shocked to know some
of the users. People in high (no pun) places here in Okeechobee are
among the pot crowd. Yet, they carry out their duties and live normal
lives. Pot smokers show up for work and perform their jobs. Pot is
a much less dangerous drug than alcohol. You are only going to get
just so high from pot, once this point is reached, smoking more is just
a waste, you cannot OD. Putting pot in the same category as Meth,
Heroin, Alcohol, and prescription drugs is just wrong. Of all of these,
pot should be the one allowed for recreational use.
MARIJUANA: I think most of us can agree that in some point in
our lives we have all been stupid ... and by the grace of God are still
here. I have honestly never in my life tried pot, seriously. But, I just
don't know how you can drive stoned. I think the difference of hear-
ing so much of drunk drivers vs. "pot" accidents is they just usually
say "drugs" were involved. From what I am aware of and what I see,
prescription drugs are the new epidemic. I know many, many kids
who do them. It's a shame, it really is.
PILLS: Prescription drugs are a growing problem, and the drug
companies profit from it. There are doctors writing scripts and pass-
ing them out like candy. You can tell me that they cannot make a
non-narcotic pain reliever, that is non-addictive. It seems every one
thinks the are depressed, and can't sleep without some kind of pill.
When really it is just a dependency. But they feel their addiction is ok
because they Sot it from a doctor.
Reflections from the Pulpit Community Calendar
Rev. Jim Dawson
Assistant Pastor, First United
Apathy is defined as a lack of
feeling, emotion and/or interest.
When churches become inef-
fective, normally apathy is to be
found in the problem. Sometimes
apathy can occur because of the
ignorance we are comfortable
in living with. We claim that we
are followers of Christ because
we hear the Word of God and it
resonates with us spiritually. But
when we fail as a church of God
it is not because the Word doesn't
resonate with our spirit, normally
it is because we are not motivated
to live out God's Word in our fam-
ily, church, and community. Quite
simply, it is easier to do nothing
than get involved with the work of
Christ. Our faith is without works
and is dead because apathy allows
us to avoid our commitment to the
work of Christ so that we can en-
joy ourselves even more.
I want to examine what kind of
church we are becoming in Amer
ica from the problem that comes
from within Christianity, apathy.
God has called us to be hearers
and doers of His Word and we all
agree that this is how we are sup-
posed to live. So why don't we live
the way we are supposed to? Why
do church members do more
complaining about the minister
instead of praying for him? Why
do Christians like to point out the
problem without looking for the
answers? I believe it is because of
Jesus was walking along one
day when He came upon a man
crying and He asked, "My friend,
what's wrong?" The man replied,
"I'm blind; can you help me?" Je
sus healed the man and went on
Soon, He came upon an-
other man sitting and crying. Je-
sus asked, "Good friend, what's
wrong?" The man answered, "I'm
lame and can't walk; can you help
me?" Jesus healed the man and
they both went down the road.
As they continued, they came
upon a third man crying. Je-
sus asked, "Good friend, what's
wrong?" He said, "I'm a minister."
And Jesus sat down and wept with
It is tough to be a minister in to
day's world and get respect. Most
disrespect that a minister receives
comes for his own people.
For example, as Paul Harvey
once reported, a young couple
invited their minister for Sunday
dinner. While they were in the
kitchen preparing the meal, the
minister asked their son what
they were having. "Goat," the
little boy replied, "Goat?" asked
the startled man of the cloth. "Are
you sure about that?" "Yep," said
the youngster, "I heard Dad say to
Mom, "We might as well have the
old goat for dinner today as any
A church being active in the
community is almost a thing of the
past. We have so little expectation
from churches nowadays. I asked
a pastor from a large thriving
church, "Do your people come to
church expecting something?" He
replied, "Yes, they do, they expect
to out by twelve." By the way, this
is the same pastor that Jesus sat
down and wept with.
One dying church reported:
I know that all of you were sad-
dened to learn this week of the
death of one our church's most
valuable members -- Someone
Else. Someone's passing crated
a vacancy that will be difficult to
fill. Else has been with us for many
years, and for every one of those
years, Someone did far more
than the normal person's share of
work. Whenever leadership was
mentioned, this wonderful person
was looked to for inspiration as
well as results.
Whenever there was a job to
do, a class to teach, or a meet
ing to attend, one name was on
everyone lips, "Let Someone Else
do it." It was common knowledge
that Someone Else was among
the largest givers in the church.
Whenever there was a financial
need, everyone just assumed that
Someone Else would make up the
difference. Someone Else was a
wonderful person, sometimes ap-
pearing super-human, but a per-
son can only do so much. Were
the truth known, everyone expect
ed too much of Someone Else.
Now Someone Else is gone. We
wonder what we are going to do.
Someone Else left a wonderful
example to follow but who is go-
ing to follow it? Who is going to
do the things Someone Else did?
Remember, we can't depend on
Someone Else any longer.
When some ministers look at
the community as a whole they of-
ten think, "What is wrong with the
churches in our county? Is it igno-
rance or apathy?" When one pas-
tor asked a deacon in his church
this very question, the deacon
replied, "I don't know and I don't
care." I believe Jesus wept with
this minister as well.
When ignorance and apathy
becomes a part of one's life, family,
church, and community, there will
be an absence of faith to be found.
Rabbi Shammai, in the third cen
tury of the present era, noted that
Moses gave us 365 prohibitions
and 248 positive commands in the
law. David, in Psalm 15, reduced
them to eleven; Isaiah 33:14-15
made them six; Micah 6:8 binds
them into three; and Habakkuk
2:4 reduces them to one, namely,
"The just shall live by faith."
We begin to live by faith in
Jesus Christ when we hear, read
and obey His Word and stop look-
ing to our government to help us
through difficult times. The ob
ject of our faith must be in Jesus
Christ and not in each other. The
human spirit is flawed and has
failed us time and again. Jesus is
the only answer to do away with
the ignorance and the apathy that
has plagued our lives and that
comes when we start trusting in
Him, which is the very definition
The comic Steve Martin once
said, "It's so hard to believe in any
thing anymore... I guess I wouldn't
believe in anything if it weren't for
my lucky astrology mood watch,
my lucky rabbit's foot, and my
lucky four leaf clover."
No one believes in nothing.
Everyone has faith. The only dif-
ference is in the object of our faith
and its intensity.
We as a church have more
faith in ourselves than we do in
Jesus. Do you put your faith in
things or people? Do you look to
your government, your family, or
your friends, to handle your prob-
lems? And then pray to Jesus for
help when they can't help you
and/or you mess things up worse
than ever? The problem with the
church is we are out of focus. We
become a church more concerned
with programs than evangelism,
more self centered than Christ
centered, and more apathetic than
We must break this cycle of ap-
athy. This must be done individu-
ally, between you and God. When
I am in a spiritual quagmire I find
the best way to get out of it is on
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A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
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 meet
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Artful Appllquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth
Street (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Dis
cussion, 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
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.
Artful Appliquers 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.
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening at the Okeecho
bee Airport T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-
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 Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801 3244.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group (Open Discussion) at noon, NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group
(Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m. For more information, please call Amy at 863-
763-8531 or Dan 561 662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 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.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how
to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through exten
sive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at 863-467-
2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to aweeklymeeting. Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no
dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
AA. 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 meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863 357 3053.
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group chapter to meet
Women of Tomorrow Chapter
of ABWA will meet on Thursday,
March 26, at the Brahma Bull
from noon to 1 p.m. Sharon Ming
from Edward Jones will present
the program "Crisis to Confidence
- Looking at the Current Marketing
Condition and Focusing on the
Future." All professional women
are invited. For more information
about ABWA, contact Chapter
President Karin Ammons at 863-
Book Club meeting set
Friends of the Okeechobee Li-
brary Book Club will meet Thurs-
day, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the
Library Board Room. The group
will be discussing "A Thousand
Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hos
seini. The club is free and open
to the public. For more informa-
tion call Jan Fehrman at 863-357-
Are you considering adoption?
Please join the Children's Home
Society of Florida at our monthly
Adoption Orientation session on
ii, .i, March 26, from 5:50
'.... '1 p.m. at 415 Avenue A,
Suite 100, Ft. Pierce. Anyone in-
teresting in learning more about
adoption is invited to attend this
fun, casual and free open house
style orientation will be provided
an overview of adoption and have
the opportunity to have all ques
tions related to adoption and the
Children's Home Society adop
tion process. Please help us raise
adoption awareness in our com-
munity as we try to find additional
permanent, loving homes for chil-
dren in foster care. To RSVP or for
more information, please contact
Children's Home Society's Adop
tion Information hotline at 772-
489-5601, ext 277.
New book celebrates
"Treasured Waters The In-
dian River Lagoon" Book Sign
ing and Art Exhibit is March 27,
at 5:30 p.m. at the Williamson
Center at the IRSC Dixon Hendry
Campus at 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
Okeechobee. Reception with
hors d'oeuvres, book signing and
art exhibit. Tickets are $25. Call
the 866-792-4772, Ext. 4786.
Christian Academy to
hold Spring Fest
On Saturday March 28,
Okeechobee Christian Academy
is having its very first Spring Festi-
val and Open House. The purpose
of the event is to invite the local
community to come and see the
changes ongoing at the school.
The school is offering an open
enrollment period with scholar-
ships available. We would like to
also say thank you to Okeecho-
bee for supporting the school for
31 years. The event will include
free activities such as face paint-
ing, kids activities, live music, a
bounce house and a free bar-
becue pork and chicken lunch!
The event will take place from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with tours
of the school on the hour from
10:30 a.m. For more information,
please call 863-763-3072 or go
to the website: www.Okeecho-
The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
9528, Hwy 78 West., will have
a "Casino Royale" on Saturday,
March 28, from 6 until 10 p.m.
There will be casino games, door
prizes, a grand prize drawing,
auction and food. Please bring a
non-perishable food item for the
less fortunate receive $5 play
money. All proceeds will be do-
nated to the "Children and Fami-
lies in Need Fund." This event is
open to the public.
Dine with the doctor
This month's "Dine with the
Doctor" medical series presenta-
tion will take place at Raulerson
Hospital on March 31. Dinner
serving time is 4:45 p.m. and
the doctors presentation will be-
gin at 5:30 p.m. Have you ever
wondered what happens in the
Radiology Department? Do you
know how the process works? If
not, stop by for dinner and enjoy
Alex Vennos M.D., Board Certified
Radiologist, present the radiology
process and describe the new
State-Of-The-Art equipment at the
hospital. Dinner is only $5 for the
entree', salad, rolls, dessert, and
beverage. R.S.VP. to Bill Casian at
863-824-2702 for a reserved seat.
Spring break at
Lake Denton Camp in Avon
Park is having camp April 1-7.
The cost is $120. If your spring
break is the last week of March,
you will arrive April 1 (4-6 p.m.)
and depart on April 5 (4-6 p.m.) If
your break is the first full week of
April, you arrive April 3 (4 6 p.m.)
and depart Tuesday, April 7 (4-6
p.m.) Any questions contact Pam
Elders at 863-453-3627 or 863-
Autism support group
holds bowling night
The Okeechobee Autism Sup-
port Group will hold a bowling
night on Thursday, April 2, at 6
p.m. at Stardust Lanes. $1.75 a
game, free shoes, bumpers. For
more information email okeecho-
4Hers, celebrity servers
The Okeechobee 4-H Bits and
Spurs Horse Club's Mounted Drill
Team will be "celebrity servers"
at Golden Corral on March 31 to
5 to 8 p.m. Tips given the servers
will go to help pay for the team's
entry fees and equipment.
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Choir, in its 11th year under
the direction of Sandy Perry, is
rehearsing for the presentation
of the Easter Cantata, Alpha and
Omega at the First United Meth-
odist Church on Second Avenue.
The cantata will be presented
Palm Sunday weekend, April 3, 4,
and 5. For more information, call
Johnny DeRose in con-
The Okeechobee Shrine Club
will have Johnny DeRose to per
form on April 4. Johnny has per
formed all over the U.S. and has
opened for The Platters, Dell Vi-
king, The Drifters, Jay Black, The
Chiffons and Liza Minneli. Tickets
are $30 each and include din-
ner and the show. Dinner will be
served at 6:30 p.m. and the show
will begin at 8 p.m. For tickets or
information call 863-763-3378 or
Autism group holds
The Okeechobee Autism Sup-
port Group will hold a meeting on
April 9, at 5:30 p.m. Adult attend
dance only. For information and
location, please call Johanna at
FOE 4137 hosts
The FOE 4137 Ladies Auxilia-
ry, 9985 Hwy 441 North, will host
a children's Easter party on Satur-
day, April 11, from 2 until 4 p.m.
for children ages 0-16. Must be
signed up by April 4. For further
information call 863-763-2552.
Kiwanis to host annual
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee
will once again host their annual
Easter Morning Pancake Break
fast on Sunday, April 12, from
7 until 1 a.m. The breakfast will
include Larson sausage, piping
hot pancakes, fresh orange juice
and Florida fresh milk. This year,
the breakfast will be held at Cow-
boy's Restaurant and tickets are
$5. For more information or to
purchase tickets, contact Libby
Maxwell at 863-763-1119.
to be held
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach
a CRA Nutritional Analysis Class
on Monday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m.
at Douglas Chiropractic and Fit-
ness Center. For more informa-
tion call 863-763-4320.
Volunteer Guardians ad Litem
give a voice to children who are
victims of child abuse and are in
volved in court proceedings. The
Guardian ad Litem Program will
be offering free training for vol
unteers and new classes begin
March 31. Training involves thir-
ty hours and will be held at our
Saint Lucie West office on various
days. You can be that voice for
an abused child! The Guardian
ad Litem Program needs Volun-
teers to represent Abused Aban-
doned & Neglected Children in
Saint Lucie, Martin, Indian River
and Okeechobee Counties! They
deserve a voice! For dates and
times of all training please contact
Pattra Dodd at 772-871--7225.
Family Learning Event
The East Coast Migrant Head
Start Project invites participants
to attend a Family Learning Event
planned for March 28, from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m. at the Community
Civic Center in Okeechobee, 1003
N.W. Second Street. The event
will provide parents with informa-
tion on Okeechobee community
services. We are inviting Commu-
nity Partners to come and join us
to help local families. If your or-
ganization is interested in attend-
ing, please call Sharon Vinson
for more information at 863-467
1822. Sign up for the event should
be no later than March 24.
Honor for Veterans
The American Legion Post 64
is taking applications for names
to be engraved into the Wall ol
Honor at Veterans Park. Submit
ted names will be added before
Memorial Day with a cut off date
of April 18.
The Wall of Honor is for veter-
an's discharged under honorable
conditions, living or deceased.
The cost is $60 per name. Ap-
plications can be obtained at the
American Legion Post 64 office
or lounge. Applications must be
submitted separately for each
veteran. For further information,
please call 863-763-2950.
Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at www.newszap.com.
David E. Ashley, 76
OKEECHOBEE David E. Ashley,
of Okeechobee, died Jan. 3, 2009.
He was 76.
He was born May 22, 1932, in
New Castle, Ind.
A memorial service will be held
10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue,
Okeechobee. A light luncheon will
be served following the service in
the Fellowship Hall.
Arrangements were entrusted to
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
Angel Pulido, 28
OKEECHOBEE Angel Pulido, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
March 18, 2009, in his residence. He
He was born Dec. 31, 1980, and
has been a lifetime resident of Okee-
He is survived by his father, Guada
lupe Pulido Valdez; mother, Ester
Ponce; and son, Noah Pulido, all of
The family will receive friends from
4 to 7 p.m. today, March 22, 2009,
and services will be 10 a.m. Monday
all in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel. Father Lorenzo Gonzalez
will be officiating and burial will fol
low in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
NEW 5th St., Okeechobee.
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A quarter century of service
At the March 17, Okeechobee City Council meeting, Mayor
Jim Kirk presented Assistant Fire Chief Billy Douglas with
a certificate for 25 years' service to the city.
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American Red Cross Month
At the March 17, Okeechobee City Council meeting, Mayor
Jim Kirk proclaimed the month of March to be American
Red Cross Month in the city. He presented the proclama-
tion to Debbie Riddle of the local Red Cross chapter.
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Okeechobee splits tennis match with South Fork
By Charles M. Murphy
The boys tennis team contin-
ued their strong season Thursday
with a tight 4-3 victory over South
Fork. While the boys were win-
ning in dramatic fashion, the girls
squad lost an equally competitive
Corey White and Zach Fowler
again paced the boys team as
they won their singles matches
and then propelled their doubles
partners to victories to decide the
White defeated Scot Leary in
a one sided match, 6-2, 6-1. He
then teamed with Alex Nielson to
defeat the team of Adam Glener
and Ryan Weiss 6-0, 7-6 (7-3 in
Fowler continued his strong
season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over
Tryouts planned for
The Firestix softball program
will hold open tryouts on April 11,
for girls ages 8 and under and 1
and under from 3 to 5 p.m. at the
Okeechobee High School softball
Try-outs for girls under 12, 14
and 16, will try out from 6-8 p.m.
on April 11, at the same location.
An alternate tryout date has
been set for April 13, from 6 until
8 p.m. for girls of all ages. It will
also be held at the Okeechobee
High School softball complex.
The Firestix are a travel softball
team that plays throughout South
For more information please
call Kim Hargraves at 863-634-
Glener in singles. He then teamed
with Max Norman to defeat the
team of Trevor Brisky and Ryan
Rhoades, 6-3, and 6-2.
South Fork took the other
three singles matches. Sean
Chagani defeated Nielson in a
tight match, 7-6, and 6-3. Weiss
defeated Norman 6-2, and 6-0.
Brandon Howard took the fifth
seeded singles match in impres
sive fashion 6-1, and 6-3 over Kyle
Lunt of Okeechobee. Okeecho-
bee is now 9-1 on the year. South
Fork fell to 6-3.
The girls team lost for the sec-
ond time in 10 decisions as they
dropped three crucial singles
Katie Tobin won the top seed
match 6-2, and 6-3 over Kari Berg-
er. Michelle Hook of South Fork
defeated Shaina Ragamat 8-7,
and 6-2. In the fourth seed match
Sarah Ferguson of South Fork de-
feated Katie Walker of Okeecho-
bee 6-2, and 6-2.
Okeechobee won the three
seed matches with Alisha Wilcox
battling Lauren Brogan for a three
set victory, 3-6, 6-1, and 6-3. Liz
Turner took the fifth seed match
over Christie Hall when Hall re-
tired in the second set.
Tobin and Hook wrapped up
the victory for the Lady Bulldogs
with a victory in the first singles
match 8-5 over the team of Berg-
er and Walker. Okeechobee won
the other doubles match behind
Ragamat and Wilcox, 8-6.
The tennis teams are back in
action Monday at the Okeecho
bee Sports Complex against Avon
Park. Match time is 4:30 p.m.
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MidFlorida Federal Credit Union to move to old Captain Ds
By Pete Gawda
A local bank will soon be mov-
ing to a larger location with drive
With some contingencies, on
Thursday, March 19, the City of
Okeechobee Technical Review
Committee gave final approval
for the site plan submitted by
MidFlorida Federal Credit Union.
The bank plans to move from
their present location near Wal-
Mart to the old Captain D's site
at 1100 S. Parrott Ave. Engineer
Kendall Phillips submitted plans
for remodeling the existing 2,600
square foot building from a fast
food restaurant to a bank with
four drive through lanes, three for
tellers and one for an ATM ma-
City planner Bill Brisson said
almost everything met city codes.
However, he expressed three
areas of concern. He said the
setback from the street was not
adequate, the landscaping was
not adequate and a lighting plan
was needed for the parking lot.
Mr. Phillips responded that since
there was more than adequate
parking, some parking spaces
March 17, 2009
could be eliminated to make a
wider setback. He promised that
the landscaping plans would be
updated and said that an electri-
cal engineer is working on the
parking lot lighting.
City attorney John Cook was
not present. Secretary Betty
Clement was instructed to get an
opinion from Mr. Cook if a pedes-
trian easement would be needed
for a portion of the sidewalk that
would be on the bank's property.
Mr. Phillips said that would be no
problem if an easement were re-
quired. Police Chief Denny Davis
expressed relief that the parking
lot would not have an entrance
from U.S. 441 South.
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Students of the week
Everglades Elementary is pleased to announce the names of the students of the week for
the week of March 16-20. Kindergarten students are: Madisen Cosme, William Grace, Kim-
berlee Marquis, lan Hernandez-Alfaro, Cyla Jenkins, Jasmine Chapman, Alejandro Alvarez;
first graders are: Jordin Bradley, Cody Wojcieszak, Tanner Adams, Saryna Boone; second
grade students, Emily Hernandez, Ariel Eason, Docie Safewright, Brian Sell, Benjamin Wil-
liams, Gabino Lopez; third graders, Sarah Gabor, Alyssa Howard, Taylor Boatwright, Nate
Nicoll, Annabella Ulysse, Nina Nunez; grade four students, Kaylie Yingling, Maria Bucio,
Dionte Gardner and fifth grade students, Doris Alvarez, Kyla Andrews, Tyler Brown, Travis
Farrenkoft, Karen Garcia. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.
Everglades Elementary School News
Mrs. Moore's class enjoyed
making a little face on a cup and
planting some grass seeds in the
cup. We will watch to see if our
little person grows some "hair."
We made a bubble map with
words that describe sunflowers
(adjectives). Cyla Jenkins and lan
Hernandez-Alfaro have been our
Students of the Week so far this
month. We made Leprechaun
hats and a puppet and looked for
a pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day.
Mrs. Claypool's class had a
pesky leprechaun visit her class
this week. We brainstormed
some ideas on how to catch him.
The kids designed a box trap and
caught him, but he broke through
and ran away! He did leave some
gold coins and cookies for the boys
and girls! we are learning about
graphs in math. It sure is fun, we
graphed our "lucky charms!"
Mrs. Dodson's also had a "wee"
visitor! He turned our chairs upside
down and spread our puppets ev
erywhere! We couldn't catch him,
but sure had fun trying! We're do
ing a fantastic learning in all of our
subject areas, and our excellent
earned us lots
of cotton balls
in the "Warm
Fuzzy" jar! When
we reach the
top we'll have a
class would like to wish our read
ers a "Top 'O The Morn!" We had
a visiting Leprechaun this week
who played tricks on us! We were
lucky and caught him Monday
night! unfortunately our trap was
not strong enough and he got
away! Ms. Hyde is very proud of
how much her students are read-
ing! Parents, please listen to your
child read our 100 Book Challenge
books nightly-we are fantastic!
Mrs. Wright's class learned
about the origin of St. Patrick's
Day. We are learning the letter
"Gg" by playing real guitars and
tasting guava. There are only a
few high frequency words left to
Mrs. Davis' class
ing the EETT lap tops
and build ecosystems
also learning that alge
tions are really easy v
on" approach. Congra
Maria Bucio, and Hav
our class Spelling Bee
Ms. Stokes class ju
ed "story wheels" as
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forward to adding sc
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science unit. Congrat
Alexa Delgado our cl
Bee winner and our alt
Ms. Damora's cla
busy choosing a scien
ect. The students are
groups of two to four
everything in class. We
electing all the materials
the different projects.
Bee winner is Casey
the alternate is Alexis I
Local contractor recognized for sa
Zenith Workers Comp Safety
& Health Manager, Andy Tatum,
recently traveled to the U.S. Sugar
plant in Clewiston to deliver the
Zenith Safety Award and con-
gratulate Ted Acheson, president
of American Welding & Design,
based in Okeechobee, on his ex-
cellent safety record and commit-
ment to keeping his employees
safe. Zenith insures over 35,000
businesses' employees nation-
wide. "We only give a few of
these out a year", said Mr. Tatum,
a seasoned safety professional.
"I wish we had more employers
that cared as much about work-
place safety as Ted."
Also on hand for the award
were Manny Padilla, Safety Di-
rector and Mary Burris, Certified
Work Comp Advisor, both from
Pritchards and Associates, Ameri-
can Welding & Design's insurance
agency and Chris Parker, Safety
Manager for U.S. Sugar. Mr. Park-
er stated that, "Ted is definitely
one of our very best contractors."
Submitted photo/Pritchards and
From left to right are: Mary Burris, Manny Padilla, (I
& Assoc.) Ted Acheson (American Welding & Desit
Parker (U.S. Sugar), and Andy Tatum (Zenith Insur
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weighed 2700#, bringing $1,715
you do the math! Calves sold
good too. Some 500# steers
were up to a $1 a pound. Still,
short supply is the main reason
for good prices. High slaughter
cow goes to Lightsey Cattle Co.,
Lake Wales, for $55.50 bought by
High calf price goes to E L Partin
Ranch, Kissimmee, for $2.10
bought by Foy Reynolds Cattle
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Seminole Elementary School News
Jordan Bobbrowski, of Seminole Elementary School, is work-
ing on a picture of a cabin in a forest. The cabin is made
with stickers and the forest with the painting tool on Pixie 2
program. The program and the laptops were purchased with
EETT grant money.
Faith Davis in Mrs. Jordan's kindergarten classroom at Semi-
nole Elementary School practiced using the painting tools in
Pixie 2 on her laptop. The laptops and program were pur-
chased with EETT grant money the school district received.
The kindergarten students are
excited about their trip to the
Children's Museum in Highlands
County. The students have learned
be many different workers. They
will also experience activities in-
volving bubbles, musical instru
ments, and facing painting.
Mrs. Peterson's class had many
students enjoy a popsicle for earn-
ing 75 stars in the Math superstar
program. They were Jack Santa-
marina, Billy Bailey, Angel Gomez,
Valek Martinez, Chris Roth, Nicki
Schwendeman, Alberto Abreo,
Justin Tellez, Annabella Cardoso,
Audrey Johnson, Quannaisa Fu-
tch, Alexis Hernandez, Francisco
Valdez, Luiz Reynoso and Zacha
ry Collins. This week the students
made bugs on a log and ate them.
Jack Santamarina and Annabella
Cardoso both have 150 steps in
the 100 book challenge program.
Congratulations to them!
Mrs. Jordan's students are us-
ing the program Pixie 2 on laptops.
With the program the students are
learning to use the drawing tools
controlled by the mouse to draw
and design pictures. Next, the
students will learn to use the key-
board to write a sentence about
their picture. The Pixie program
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through the Enhancing Education
Through Technology (EETT) grant
from the Department of Educa-
tion. The project is entitled "21st
Century Teachers in 21st Century
Classrooms" and was designed
to create classrooms with 21st
century technologies and teach-
ers who are trained to integrate
that technology to reinforce Sun-
shine State Standards as well as
21st Century Skills. Mrs. Jordan's
students are enjoying using the
fun programs to learn important
computer skills and communica-
In Mrs. Perviss' second grade
we are pretty sure that "Spring
has Sprung!" We are full of energy
and are ready to continue learn-
ing all about the world around
us. We have explored the freez-
ing temperatures of the Arctic
and Antarctic Regions and now
have made our way to the hot
and dry desert. There are many
different people and animals that
call these places their home in-
cluding wolves and the interest-
ing spade foot toad. Who knows
where we might end up next on
our journey around the world
or who we might meet? In math
we are counting money. Family,
could you please help me prac-
tice counting money by putting
the coins in order from greatest
to least? The students of the week
for the month of February are:
Ashton English, Jonathan Wat-
son and Devin lhle. Students of
the week for the month of March
have been, Jasmine Watkins and
Jose Gonzalez. Congratulations
students, for a job well done! Par-
ents, please don't forget to read
log. I want to go on a bowling trip
at the end of the year. Mrs. Perviss
hopes everyone in the class will
be able to go.
Congratulations to Cristina
Torres in Mrs. McClanahan's class
for being the Student of the Week.
Cristina loves to read. Congratula-
tions also goes to Elyssa Rivera
for being our Character Counts
nominee for Caring. She is always
the one in the class helping out
others. Mrs. McClanahan's sec-
ond grade class is learning about
a desert habitat. Many students
were busy locating on the com-
puter deserts from around the
world while others were study-
ing the unusual animals and how
they survive. The class has been
working with money by count
ing coins using a hundred chart
and exchanging coins for objects.
Fictional dialogue has been the
focus in writing. The desert was
the theme. It sure helped them re-
call those facts when they had to
put it into conversation form. The
class is now ready to take a trip to
FOELSR f WATRFRNT
On Thursday, March 12, the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus held a drawing to determine the most recent Top 12
students for the 2008-2009 school year. The students were
entered into the drawing if they received five positive sig-
natures in the last three weeks. The winning students from
the class of 2012 received a book or t-shirt and candy. In
the top row from left to right are: Karli Rowell, Jen Ranftle,
Tyler Baird, Jesus Castillejo. In the bottom row from left to
right are: Jenny Draughon, Omar Alvarado, Zachery Clark,
Brittany Runyon. Not pictured: Heather Abner, Jesse Oli-
ver, Austin Hamilton, Erica Frederick.
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with housekeeping or everyday
activities? Are you low income? If
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questions, please call Kim at
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Service Block Grant funds have
been obtained and will be adding
new clients to current programs.
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Central Elementary School News
This week in Ms. Luchetta's
and Mrs. Atwell's class, we are
reading Carousel of Dreams. In
math, we are reviewing division.
In social studies, we are reading
Time For Kids. In science, we are
studying the water cycle. Con-
gratulations to the Students of
the Week! Thank you to all the
students who tried their best on
Ms. DelPrete's class is work-
ing hard to make their AR goal.
Students who meet it will enjoy a
lunch at Golden Corral. Congratu
nations to Robert Padgett who has
earned over 300 steps in 100 Book
Challenge. Parents remember to
initial the folders when your child
reads for 15 minutes. Congratula-
tions to Yiselt Pineda who repre
sented our class in the Spelling
Bee, and Congratulations to Juan
Orozco and Ana Munoz for being
students of the week.
Ms. Enfinger's third grade
class; Please make sure your
child reads for 15 minutes each
day, aloud to an adult. It will help
them become better readers. If
they don't know a word tell them
and they can repeat it and go on.
March 25- Student of the Week
Luncheon, Writing Display Day
March 26- end of the nine
March 27- Planning Day / NO
April 1- Spring Photo Day
April 3r Report Card Day and
We are making Tribe T Shirt
for field day, send a shirt in now,
and I'll send it home for Field Day!
Thanks! Mr. Paulson approved us
for a field trip to Golden Corral
for earning our goal with Acceler-
ated Reader points. Talent show
is coming up soon. Think about
your idea for a great act this week-
end! don't forget to read!
Miss Cowden's class is learn-
ing about the Solar System in
Science and made a book that
includes each planet. In Math,
we talked about patterns and we
are moving on to probability. We
are anticipating Field Day, which
this year has a Survivor theme.
We have chosen the tribe name
"Klamath" which means "people
of the lake."
In Mrs. Snyder's Third Grade,
we are so glad that FCAT is over
and feel confident that we all
did a great job. The students are
looking forward to their upcom
ing field trip to the Crystal Mines
in Fort Drum. Parents make sure
you sign and return those per-
mission slips. We had two March
birthdays, they included Rafe Ed-
wards and Malcolm Chambers
Happy Birthday boys I hope you
had fun. Our Student of the Week
so far for March are: Logan Selph-
Dunn, and Hannah Morales. Way
The 4th graders at Central El-
ementary are getting ready for
their Public Speaking Unit. Each
classroom is working on reciting
poems and memorizing articles
or readings to present in prepa
ration for their public speaking
or speech unit. Students are also
working at their athletic running
skills as Coach is working on
his Hershey Track and Field Par-
ticipants. Students are collecting
Coins for Cancer as well as Col-
lecting for Jump Rope for Heart.
According to Mrs. Steiert, the
school has already collected over
$3000 WOW- Central's Students
are so Generous!
Mrs. Pritchard would like to re-
mind everyone that the yearbook
for the 2009 school year is still on
sale until March 30th. Buy yours
today, extras will not be ordered,
you must purchase it ahead of
time -- just like the High School.
Speaking of the High School so
many of our students are doing so
well with Accelerated Reader and
Success Maker, we think a few
could skip Middle School and go
straight to the High School. I be-
lieve almost 1/4 of the 4th graders
will earn a trip to Golden Corral
for finishing their A/R goals ahead
of schedule. Parents, remember
the third quarter is ending next
week. Report Cards will soon be
And, Well Done to many of
the 4th graders. Several Students
from each class made it to the
School Spelling Bee which was
held last week. Seairra Moore
from 4th grade will represent our
school very well -- Congratula-
In Mrs. Pritchard's classroom,
Haiku Poetry was being created,
jealousy was being discussed,
and students found out what an
electric pulsing fence could do
and all of that is just from reading
a book or two.
Several students made their
A/R goals and were able to enjoy
lunch at Golden Corral this past
week and Happy Belated Birthday
to Tsaggaris Olsen! Student of the
Week was Zoe Miliron and Justice
Talley, both girls show others how
a person of character is to act.
You know, true character is how
you act when NO ONE is watch-
ing. What are your best charac-
ter traits? What are the ones you
should improve on? Don't forget
to buy a yearbook!
In PE. students at Central are
continuing with Hershey Track
Tryouts. Students are compete
ing in the 200 and 400 M runs.
Younger students are learning
proper techniques to throw and
catch objects. Students are gear
ing up for Central's Survivor Field
Day to be held on Friday April 3rd.
Students are also excited about
the opportunity to SLIME Coach
Spearow and Coach Eldred after
successfully raising enough mon-
ey for Jump Rope for Hear.
Mrs. LaFlam would like to
congratulate Carmen Coreas and
Gage Ingram for earning enough
Gold Success Maker points to
spend on prizes in the Computer
Lab. Way to Go!!! Students just a
reminder that there are still a lot
of prizes to be bought so keep up
the good work.
This week Kindergarten and
First grade began using the lab
during their specials time. Kinder
garten went through an orienta-
tion and began learning how to
log in with their logins and pass-
words. First grade worked in the
Success Maker program. Mrs.
LaFlam is so proud of all her stu-
South Elementary School News
Gate, gorilla, guitar, girl, and
goat all begin with the letter G!
This is one of the letters Kinder-
garteners learned this week. An-
other letter we learned this week
was W It won't be long and they
will be able to identify every letter
of the alphabet and the sound for
each letter. When they know this,
they can read almost anything.
Kindergartners are still working
on high-frequency words and
being able to read them. The
two words learned this week are
"he" and "she." With all the high-
frequency words learned so far,
they can make some pretty neat
In math Kindergarten students
are talking about graphing. They
have had to use a picture chart and
then graph how many students
had stripes on their shirt and how
many did not. They drew pictures
of t-shirts to show the number of
students and learned how to use
tally marks for the number.
Third grade is recreating
Whooville with clay, paint and
posters for the upcoming Dr.
Suess Event. Students have read
several of the famous author's
books and practiced reading skills
such as cause and effect, compar-
ing and contrasting, facts vs. opin-
ions and predicting outcomes.
The fourth graders are having
lots of fun preparing for the Dr.
Seuss celebration on March 31,
buy-in waiver for
those impacted by
GAINESVILLE -The recently
approved American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(ARRA) allows producers to be
come eligible for 2008 disaster
assistance authorized by the 2008
Farm Bill even if they did not pre
viously obtain otherwise statuto-
rily required crop insurance from
the Federal Crop Insurance Cor
portion (FCIC) or Non-insured
Crop Disaster Assistance Program
(NAP) coverage for 2008 by now
paying a buy-in fee through May
"President Obama is providing
an additional opportunity to pro-
ducers who suffered losses as a
result of natural disaster because
he understands they are going
through tough times and he ac-
knowledges their importance in
helping stimulate the economy
and create jobs," said Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Paying such a buy-in fee does
not provide the producer with
crop insurance or NAP for the
2008 crop year; it merely permits
the producer to become eligible
for the 2008-crop disaster assis-
Producers who meet the defi-
nition of "Socially Disadvantaged,
Limited Resource," or "Beginning
Farmer or Rancher," are not re
quired to pay the buy-in fee.
at 6 p.m. This week, they read 13
Dr. Seuss books and will be vot-
ing on their favorite book. Later,
they will make a graph to plot the
outcome of their findings and use
their FCAT skills to find the mean,
median, mode, and range for the
data. Also, the students are work-
ing on a choral reading for the
celebration. Parents will be able
to view the students' work in the
hallways. In math and science
classes, the students are working
on mastering their multiplication
facts and discussing ways to pre-
serve and conserve resources.
If you went to the Okeecho-
bee Fair, you may have seen a
booth set up from South Elemen
tary. The theme was inventions.
Kindergarten had read many Dr.
Seuss books and decided to make
up their own animal. Many of
these projects were displayed at
the fair for all to see. It was a lot of
fun to see our work and we hope
you enjoyed them.
South Elementary's Spelling
Bee was held on March 18. The
students had studied, learning
word groups and those oddwords
that do not follow any rules. It was
evident that they were ready to vie
for first place when three rounds
were necessary to identify a win-
ner, Mitch Mulholland. The next
two contestants, Donnie Watson
and Alex Figueroa, could not be
separated and remained tied for
second place. All three of these
students will represent South El-
ementary in the District Spelling
Bee which will be held on April
17. Other contestants in the South
Elementary Bee were Jarrett Mills,
Shane Merian, Savannah Hendrix,
Nathan Alien, Cristian Rios, Mi-
chelle LaRowe, Hunter Mehrer,
Elias Sowell, Chandler Pearce,
Lorraine Cauilan, Luis Leon, No-
lan Carpenter, Clay Rogers, Riylie
Norton, and Ryan Kasik.
March 27, is a Teacher Work-
day. No classes will be held for
March 31, is our PTO night to
celebrate the culmination of Dr.
Seuss month! Students at South
Elementary have celebrated Dr.
Seuss's birthday all month and
are excited to show the com
munity some of the projects they
have completed. Please come to
South Elementary at 6 p.m. for an
evening of exciting exploration.
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Students of the Week
The following students earned Student of the Week recognition at South Elementary for the
week ending March 20: Alivia Ferrell, Piper Hans, Michael Simpson, Jestice Mond, Dallas
Miller, Rebecca Rhoden, Joseph Rivera, Yesica Olvera, Cambell Platt, Armanni Gallegos,
Elana Rodriguez, Evan Neal, Shermaine Hicks, Shelby Kirton, Merydian Causier, Minh Thy
Nguyen, Kari Pope, Cheyenne Rhoden, Kiara Zetina, Taylor Hammack, Eva Vannoy, Ashley
Arnold, and Shyane Adkins.
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carpeting, new a/c, enclosed
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inclds water (786)201-0306
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* State of Florida Paramedic certification per Florida
* State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician
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* Emergency Vehicle Operators Course certification-
* Valid Florida Drivers License-Class D or above
* High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
* Social Security Card
* Birth Certificate (must be 21 years of age by May 1,
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or received by any other method will not be processed.
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Baseball team wins
Okeechobee News, Sunday, March 22, 2009
By Charles M. Murphy
Great pitching, solid defense,
and execution on offense paced
the Okeechobee High School
Brahman baseball team to an old
school 2-1 victory over Lincoln
Park Thursday night.
The win put the Brahmans in
ting the top seed in next month's
"This was big for us. I applaud
the kids for executing tonight,
Lincoln Park is always a tough
opponent," Brahmans Coach Dy-
lan Tedders said. "Jonathan really
wasn't feeling great today, he had
a high fever, and we got a great ef-
fort from Cameron Tewksbury."
Crawford and Tewksbury
combined on a three hitter to lead
Okeechobee. Crawford' sacrifice
fly in the sixth brought home the
Mike Minondo had two hits,
including a triple, and made a
nice running catch in left field. "I
feel good about the win. We're
first in our district, and are having
a good year."
Minondo said it feels good to
be able to contribute this year.
He didn't get a lot of chances to
play the field last year. This year
he is getting more playing time
and more at bats and has come
through with some big hits.
"I've had some arm soreness,
but I hope to get back on the
mound and contribute soon," he
Lincoln Park actually took the
lead in this game as they took ad
vantage of Crawford's wildness in
the top of the second. Trevor Al-
ley, Brad Shea and Morgan Miller
drew consecutive one out walks
against Crawford as he struggled
to throw strikes. Crawford struck
out Nicky McWilliams for the sec
ond out and appeared to be out of
danger. However, Lincoln Park's
ninth place hitter John Fairbanks
dropped down a two out bunt
down the third base line and beat
the throw for an infield hit and an
RBI. Crawford got out of further
trouble when he got Gio Alfonso
to foul out to first baseman Brice
Okeechobee battled back
to tie the game in the fourth as
Crawford reached on a two out
single and stole second. Cameron
Tewksbury appeared to make
the final out of the inning when
he hit a high pop on the infield.
Third baseman Morgan Miller
lined it up but at the last second
it bounced off his glove. Crawford
reached third on the play. Minon-
do came up in a big spot and got
a clutch single to center field to tie
the score at 1.
"I just feel good about contrib-
uting to the team. I have swung
the bat well," he said.
Crawford left the game in the
fourth after he walked two batters.
From there Tewksbury took over
and looked like the Tewksbury
who was the staff ace last year. He
dominated the Greyhound lineup
and easily worked out of a jam in
the fourth. He worked around an
error in the fifth and retired nine
of ten batters at one point.
Okeechobee's offense got him
a run in the sixth to send him
home with a victory. They did it
the old school way, a single, a
sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly.
Dustin Stokes stayed hot with
his second single of the game
1. i .. I .. I . 1.1 F I I .
off resulted in a throwing error.
Stokes hustled down to second
but barely beat the throw from
right fielder Trevor Alley. Adam
Tewksbury laid down a perfect
sacrifice bunt to move Stokes to
third with one out. Crawford then
hit a routine fly ball to left that
scored Stokes to give Okeecho
bee a 2-1 lead.
Things did get a little hairy
in the seventh as Lincoln Park
threatened to tie the game. An in
field single and an error by Mark
Weir appeared to ruin the Brah-
mans evening. Weir overthrew
first on a ground ball by Alonso
with one out. However, Brice
Buckner hustled after the ball and
threw a bullet to the plate. No one
was covering the plate at first but
Cameron Tewksbury heard the
coaches and got to the plate in
plenty of time to apply the tag for
the second out of the inning.
Lincoln Park argued that
Tewksbury dropped the ball at
the plate but the argument ap-
peared to have no merit. Sean
Downing was running hard all
the way on the play but was a
sitting duck once Tewksbury cov
ered the plate.
Tewksbury then retired Tim
Frawley on a comebacker to the
mound to end the game.
Okeechobee has now won
three straight games and are 6-1
in district play. They are 8-6 over-
all. The Brahmans travel to Jens-
en Beach for another big district
game on Monday. The boys will
hold a double header next Friday
at home against Suncoast. First
game starts at 3 p.m.
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Jonathan Crawford battled
flu-like symptoms, but was Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
good enough to keep his Brice Buckner awaits a pickoff throw to tag Jason Alley of
team in the game Thursday. LPA at first base.
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Adam Tewksbury catches a called third strike against Luke
Stewart in the first inning of Thursday's game.
And we're better than ever.
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