Vol. 100 No. 59
Sunday, May 17, 2009
School board honors
students ... Pages 8 & 9
students...Pages9 Lawsuit 'progressing slowly'
By Eric Kopp action lawsuit filed against the be there. ment of Juvenile Justice, Depart-
Okeechobee News State of Florida on behalf of those "This will be the first time I've ment of Children and Families and
Thursday, May 21 -- a day Bry- who were savagely beaten at re- seen Mr. Tidwell in pretty close to the Department of Corrections-
ant Middleton has hoped would form schools in Marianna and half a century," said Mr. Middleton as defendants. They are named
come for nearly 50 years. Okeechobee. According to Grego- in a May 7 phone interview. "I'm because they are the successors
That's the day Mr. Middleton ry Hoag, an attorney whose firm going to be a perfect gentlemen to the state agencies that operated
will get to see Troy Tidwell is handling the lawsuit, over 225 I'm going to sit there and keep my schools, boys
Gardening in a drought the one-armed man accused of men have now come forward and mouth shut and let the attorneys between the ages of 8 and 16 were
S administering brutal beatings to are named as victims in the suit. do what they do best." beaten, sodomized and some-
... Page young boys at the Florida School On May 21 Mr. Hoag will go Besides Mr. Tidwell, the suit times killed.
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Reflections from the pulpit................5
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Mr. Tidwell is named in a class
to Marianna to take Mr. Tidwell's
deposition. Mr. Middleton will also
names several state agencies-the
Department of Agriculture, Depart-
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Cops, K-9s receive certification
By Eric Kopp
A local motel appeared to be
under siege 1i, - as law en-
forcement vehicles so. ,ii 11
the parking lot and ,..
went in and out of rooms.
Although there were drugs in
some of the rooms at the Motel
Pier II, they were planted there as
part of a training exercise for the
officers and their police dogs.
Marijuana, cocaine and heroin
were just some of the drugs hid-
den in three motel rooms on May
14. When the dogs were done
with those rooms they went to
the motel lounge where two kilos
of cocaine were hidden above a
Officers from several different
agencies spent Monday through
Thursday in Okeechobee as part
of a certification and training ex-
ercise where they and their K-9s
searched for drugs in cars, inside
buildings and in the ground.
According to Detective Rick
Voss, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the men
and their dogs spent two days
going through different tests and
were then certified as teams. To
become certified the dogs must
find marijuana, cocaine, heroin
and methamphetamine that has
Only the men certifying the
teams know where the drugs
are hidden, and they accompany
each team during their search.
Detective Voss, who is the
treasurer for the Police Workdog
Association of Florida, has put
on the certification and training
in Okeechobee for the past nine
years. Next year, however, he
said St. Lucie County will host the
A special speaker was also in
town this week to take part. Ken
Lickliter, of Denver, Ind., is world
renowned trainer and handler of
police dogs and owns a kennel in
"He has dogs working all over
the world," said Detective Voss, a
K-9 officer for 17 years. "He has
dogs working in Guam, in Europe
and all over. He also has contracts
with the military."
While Mr. Lickliter was here
as a special guest to help the of-
ficers and their dogs, the actual
Detective Sergeant Jimmy Mills and K-9 Widgen, from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, searched the Pier II
Lounge for two kilos of cocaine during a K-9 team training ex-
ercise held Thursday, May 14. K-9 teams were in Okeechobee
May 11-14 for training, as well as annual team certification.
certification was done by Alan the Port St. Lucie Police Depart-
Kalfus, a retired K-9 handler from
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At the Okeechobee school, which was
located on the grounds where the Eckerd
Youth Development Center (EYDC) is now,
white boys were taken to a room called The
Library while black boys were taken to the
ADJ (adjustment) room, states the lawsuit.
In Marianna, the boys were all taken to a
small white building known as The White
When "taken down"-a term used by
the boys referring to their being taken to The
White House-boys would be told to lay on
an Army bed covered with a 1 -inch thick cot-
"You'd get on the bed, lay on your stom-
ach, grab the rail and put your face in the pil
low," said Mr. Middleton in an earlier inter
view. "The bed was really filthy. There were
urine stains all over and some blood spatter
marks. You'd see it (blood) on the wall. They
wouldn't bother to wipe it down-it was a
"The pillow was covered with blood,
spittle and vomit. You'd put your face in it,
take a deep breath and bite into it because
you knew you were going to get the beating
of your life," he recounted.
In Marianna the boys, who now call
themselves The White House Boys, were
beaten with a 5 to 6-foot leather strap. The
strap consisted of two pieces of leather with
a pliant piece of sheet metal sewed in be-
tween the layers of leather. During the beat-
ings the holes in the leather would become
filled with the boys' clothing and flesh.
An Okeechobee man, Dave Thomas, re-
counted his time at the Okeechobee school
where he said he was beaten almost every
Friday night by a man named Bonds. He
also recalled seeing other boys beaten until
"blood was running out of them."
The strap, he said, was made out of a tire.
It was 4 to 5 inches wide and had silver dol
lars embedded in it and was between 2 and
3-feet in length.
He said he had no idea of how many
times the strap slashed across his back, but-
tocks and the back of his legs as he laid on
the iron bed.
"I wasn't counting. All I wanted was for
him to stop," said the now 61-year-old man.
Mr. Thomas is now a plaintiff in the suit
which, according to Mr. Hoag, is progressing
slowly but surely.
He said Thursday, May 7, that the state
filed for a change of venue but a judge ruled
that it will remain in Pinellas County. The
state has also filed a motion to suppress,
but a court date to hear that motion has not
Mr. Hoag said his firm is also looking for
employment and school records from the
During his investigation Mr. Hoag said he
has been able to find two other men who
worked at the Marianna school-Sam West
and Lennox Williams. While he has talked
with Mr. West, he has not yet contacted Mr.
"They both spanked boys," he said.
While the case is still being investigated
by the Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment (FDLE), the St. Petersburg attorney
said "it's clear they don't want our involve-
For Mr. Middleton, 63, the suit is advanc-
ing painfully slow.
"The state and Mr. Tidwell's attorneys are
doing as much damage control as they can,"
he said from his Fort Walton Beach home.
"But I think it's going to be successful at
some point. It will be impossible to refute
200 to 300 stories from these men. There's
no way the state can overlook that.
"It's grown to the point that the state
can no longer sweep it under the rug," he
The state also has yet to exhume bodies
from the 31 graves found on the Marianna
school grounds, and Mr. Middleton claimed
the state is "dragging its feet."
"Governor (Charlie) Crist, at first, said the
state doesn't have the money to do that. So,
I sent him a letter telling him I would come
down there with a shovel and dig them up
myself," said Mr. Middleton. "I haven't heard
back from him."
However, on May 15 FDLE released a
report that those bodies have been identi
fied. According to that report: 24 had died
as a result of illness or accident; one student
was murdered by other students; one stu-
dent had run away from the school and was
found dead four months later under a Mari-
anna home; and, five had no listed cause of
The investigation also found that 50 stu-
dent deaths were documented from 1911
until 1973. Most were due to illness or acci-
dent and are documented in school records
and death certificates. Two of these deaths
were due to students murdering other stu
dents, while one death was an escapee that
was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.
As many as 40 of the men who were at
either Marianna or Okeechobee recently got
together for a reunion in Brunswick, Ga. Mr.
Middleton said another reunion will be held
May 30 and 31 in Kissimmee.
"We spent a lot of time talking," he said
of the earlier reunion. "A lot of the guys just
grabbed hold of each other and cried. I even
met two guys I was in the same cottage
But right now, Mr. Middleton has his at
tention focused on May 21st and meeting
up with Mr. Tidwell. Mr. Middleton, a retired
U.S. Army captain who was a member of a
special operations team in Vietnam, said it
won't bother him to finally get to meet with
"the man who beat the hell out of me."
"I don't have a problem with that," he
said of facing Mr. Tidwell. "I went back to
Vietnam in 1993, '95 and '96 and actually
sat at tables and had dinner with soldiers I
fought against on the battlefield and who
had tried to kill me. If I can do that, then I
can most certainly sit across from a man
who brutalized me and not even flinch.
"He can't hurt me anv more."
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ment who has been working with K-9s since
1976, and Tony Cavallaro, the president of
the Police Workdog Association of Florida.
Each team has to be certified annually, said
Detective Voss. Taking part in the exercises
were teams from: the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice, Seminole Police Department, Sebastian
Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff's
Office and the Indian River County Sheriff's
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ICE taking custody of more suspected aliens
By Eric Kopp
A heightened enforcement of immigra
tion laws has seen the removal of more
inmates from the Okeechobee County Jail
According to Ronnie White, administra-
tor of the county jail, 35 inmates have been
removed from Okeechobee County so far
this year and now face possible removal
from the United States.
"They didn't use to come at all," he said
Friday of U.S. Immigration and Customs En-
forcement (ICE) officers. "Now, they come
According to statistics from ICE's Crimi-
nal Alien Program (CAP) out of the Miami
ICE office of Detention and Removal, in fis-
cal year 2008 10,045 criminal aliens were
removed from the U.S. In 2007, 5,518 were
In January of this year, there were 854
criminal aliens removed by ICE.
The Miami office oversees the state of
Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Nicole Navas, a public affairs officer and
spokesperson for the ICE office in Miami,
said there are several reasons why someone
could be deported from the U.S. Those rea-
sons include: being in the U.S. illegally; en-
tering the U.S. without inspection; overstay-
ing their visa; being smuggled into the U.S.
illegally; or, being convicted of a crime that
subjected them to removal from the U.S.
"There are numerous violations of im-
migration laws they can be charged with,"
she said in a telephone interview Friday, May
If a suspected criminal alien is taken into
custody and held by ICE, that does not mean
they will be deported from the U.S. imme-
"They will have the opportunity to pres-
ent their case in front of an immigration
judge. The immigration judge determines if
they can be removed," she explained. "They
have to be proven that they are removable.
ICE is not an arbiter of law."
Ms. Navas said normally a jail will send
ICE the names of inmates that are foreign
born then an ICE officer will determine if
that inmate is in violation of immigration
However, even if an inmate is found to be
in violation of immigration laws nothing will
be done until the local case against them
has been completed.
According to Mr. White, the severity of
the crime hasn't seemed to matter. Since
the first of the year he said ICE has been tak-
ing those who have been found guilty of a
felony as well as a misdemeanor.
Jail records show that Wednesday, May
13, two local men were taken into custody
by ICE after being adjudicated guilty on mis-
demeanor domestic battery charges.
Julio Villegeas, 31, was arrested April 13,
2009, and was found guilty Tuesday, May 12.
He was sentenced to 31 days in the county
jail and then given credit for the 31 days he
had already served. By 9:58 a.m. Wednesday
he was taken into custody by ICE.
The same scenario held true for Jamie
Salas, 32, who was arrested April 12. On May
12 he was found guilty, sentenced to 31 days
in the county jail and was then given credit
for the 31 days he had already served. He,
too, was taken into custody Wednesday by
Although he did not have access to the
exact number, Mr. White said ICE currently
has a hold placed on several more inmates
in the county jail.
According to their web site, in fiscal year
2008 ICE identified and charged more than
221,000 aliens in jails for immigration viola-
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following people are among than 251bs, No Bond.
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons. There Samuel Knight, 7/6/191
are active warrants for each of them. The cri- less Check.
teria for making Okeechobee's Most Wanted Donna Birdsall, 5/29/1
top five is based on the severity of the crime ery, Dealing In Stolen Prope
in conjunction with the age of the warrant. Pawn Broker.
If you have any information on the
whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's
Most Wanted you can call the Treasure
Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273
TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the option
of remaining anonymous. You can
also receive a reward if the informa-
tion results in an arrest.
Pedro Gonzales, 46, FTA Manu-
facture Marijuana, Poss. Marijuana Samuel Pedro
W/I To Sell, Trafficking Cannabis more Knight Gonzales
65, 3 Cts Worth-
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tions. That number is more than triple that
of fiscal year 2006.
ICE was established in 2003 and is the
largest investigative agency in the Depart
ment of Homeland Security.
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Head coach let go
I encourage all athletes at OHS regard-
less of level of talent to come out in the fall
when all of this settles down, throw your
support behind whatever coach they choose
and let's have a winning season. There will
always be rights and wrongs in the system.
We speak out because it is our right and we
are allowed to be angry I will always be be
hind my child's sports and there to support
him. I know that all of the parents that came
out to the meeting in the cafeteria were, just
like me, concerned that the wrong message
was sent to our kids with all of this. I applaud
the young men that spoke up and asked
questions. I applaud anyone with the cour-
age to ask the hard questions and those that
had to answer them. Life is not easy, and
nothing is fair. Once again, GO BRAHMANS!
I would like to thank Coach Beckham
for taking the time to build a friendship with
the hardest critics in the world -- teenagers!
You are truly a nice person and for whatever
you did or did not do in your short tenure as
head coach you should know at this point
you will be missed. I hope that whoever fol-
lows in your footstep (as you did not have
time to leave many so I won't plural the im-
pact you left) has the ability to reach these
very talented young men in the program
even half as much as you did. I am a huge
fan of winning and I know with or with
out your physical self present, Okeechobee
Brahmans will be a huge success this year
and the years to come, for those that will
remember you fondly, as the kids are say
ing. This season will be in loving memory
of your attempt to make more than one kid
a star! Again, Thank you Jeremy Beckham
-- and Mrs. Beckham for sharing your hus-
band. Good luck in the future. You do have
talent. They let you go because you moved
too fast for their simple minds to follow. Best
I read in the paper today that we need
to cut over $2 million from this year's bud-
get, and next year will be worse, due to
falling property values. Do you realize the
millions in property tax dollars we are los
ing to developers paying hardly no taxes on
property they paid millions for and had them
rezoned for developments? They are hiding
behind the ag exemption laws of this state. I
think it is a great policy for "true" agriculture
businesses, but I have to lay a little blame
on those who sell this land for millions and
then lease it back to allow the developers to
receive the same exemption as was on the
property before the sale. If we do not start
policing this policy ourselves, I think that as
the state government looks for new ways to
fill its budget shortfalls, they will change the
laws. This will hurt the true agriculture busi-
nesses it was designed to protect.
About 15 or 20 years ago, Okeechobee
County tried making a rule that you could
not have the ag exemption unless the land
was zoned agriculture. And that makes a
lot of sense and Okeechobee was not the
only county that tried that. Problem is that
did not hold up in court. The developers on
the coast who really take advantage of every
loophole have some high priced attorneys
and every time a local government agency
tried to crack down on the abuse of that tax
exemption, they are ready to spend as much
money as necessary to take it to court and
keep appealing until they get their way.
Tax on cigarettes
The way they keep adding the taxes to
cigarettes, it seems they are trying to force us
to quit because we just won't have enough
money to buy them anymore. And maybe
that is not a bad thing because it is giving
more and more people the incentive to quit
Buy American! It's the American thing
Burning yard trash
I see the county commission still hasn't
bothered to declare a ban on burning, de-
spite the fact that every county around us
has done this. The area is so dry. Please use
some common sense and don't start any
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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
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7 30 until 8 30 p m
at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242 Hwy
441 S E, Okeechobee, A.A. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion meeting. *The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not afflated 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.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a m at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott
Ave Everyone who enjoys singing is invited to join the
group. For information or to schedule an appearance,
contact Palsy 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 September For
information, call Betty Willamson at 863-763-3850
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge on
Monday from 10 a m until 3 p m All are welcome For
information call 863-763-6952
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 242
Hwy 441 S.E., Okeechobee, N A Sickest Of The
Sick, Open Discussion, 7 p m The Just for Today
Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
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
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening
at the Okeechobee 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-
697-9915 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, 242 Hwy 441
S.E., Okeechobee, N.A. Nowhere Left To Go Group
(Open Discussion) at noon, N.A. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (Open Discussion) *The Just for Today Club of
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information, please call Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan
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A.A. 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 863-357-2106
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 For more
information, call The Family History Center at 863-763-
6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
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-
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at
7:30 p m in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S W 24th Ave.
This is a men's only meeting For information, call Earl
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S Parrott Ave Anyone
interested in becoming a member is welcome For
information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-763-6076
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
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday
at 10 am at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E.
Fourth St in Okeechobee Everyone is welcome For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every Tuesday and
is open to all who deal with someone with addictions
There is support with this epidemic. The meetings are
Tuesday at 7 p m at the Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy
441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-467-8683 for questions or
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly
meeting 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.
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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p m atthe
First United Methodist Church, 200 N W Second St.
This will be an open meeting
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 am until noon Child care will be provided
for infants during the class. For information, call 863-
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Reflections from the pulpit
Reflections from the Pulpit
Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ
Good morning to each of you and thank
you so very much for allowing me into your
homes and hearts.
Today I would like to talk about some-
thing that I feel so many wonder about and
it's our rewards in Heaven.
Have you ever thought about what kind of
rewards you are going to receive when you
get to Heaven? The Bible explains the crite-
ria God will use to determine these rewards
and what kind of conduct will deserve them.
When we stand before the judgement seat
of Christ, we will be judged by the light we
have received and by what we have done
with the opportunities we have been given.
Take your Bible and look in the Book of
Matthew in the King James Version. You will
find that specific actions and attitudes will
receive specific rewards.
For instance, look in Matthew chapter
5 and read verses 10 and 11. "Blessed are
they which are persecuted for righteousness
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
YMCA in Okeechobee?
At the Wednesday, May 13, Chamber meeting, John Lass of Treasure Coast
YMCA spoke with chamber members concerning a "Y" coming to Okeecho-
bee. YMCA of the Treasure Coast serves Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and
Indian River Counties. It operates six YMCA facilities. John urged the Cham-
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ymcatreasurecoast.org to see what the response will be for building a YMCA
facility in Okeechobee. He stated that the size of the YMCA and the fees will
be scaled to the Okeechobee community.
Thirty years' service
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Clif Betts, left, presents Margie
Johnson, insurance clerk and volunteer firefighter with fire/rescue with a
certificate for thirty years' service to the county. Ms. Johnson came to fire/
rescue from Okeechobee General Hospital as a payroll clerk. During her
tenure with the county she has worked as an insurance clerk and continued
her education in fire safety. She obtained her EMT certification in 1986 and
has worked as volunteer firefighter/EMT from December, 1986 to the pres-
ent. She is also employed part-time a a dispatcher for the sheriff's office.
The presentation took place at the Thursday, April 30, commission meeting.
Verse 11 tells us: "Blessed are ye, when men
shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, for
In another place in Matthew, the Lord
tells us that acts of kindness done for His fol-
lowers will be noted and rewarded.
In Matthew 10:42 we find these words:
"And whosoever shall give to drink unto one
of the little ones a cup of cold water only in
the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you,
he shall in no wise lose his reward."
Now look in Luke 6:35 "But love ye your
enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping
for nothing again; and your reward shall
be great, and ye shall be the children of the
Highest; for he is kind unto the unthankful
and the evil."
Now in closing, let me say that we live in
a world that refuses to give the Lord the hon-
or and praise due His name. Some people
reject the Son and refuse to believe. Know
that God's glory continues, for His glory is
the perfection of His character, which nev-
er changes. By our attitudes, actions and
words, we have the unique privilege of re-
vealing our loving Father to a world that,
though hostile, desperately needs Him. Let
us join together, united in love and in praise
to give Him the glory. Always remember that
when you are down to nothing, God is up to
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Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Part-
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Blood drive set for today
The current need for blood is so great
that there is only a 24-hour "turnaround,"
meaning that blood donated is transfused
into a recipient in only 24 hours (it takes 18
hours to process the blood to guarantee its
safety). Blood is desperately and urgently
needed. The next local blooddrive will be
held at Golden Corral on Sunday, May 17,
from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sheriff's office offers
The summer junior Sea Cadet summer
camp program, sponsored by the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office, is filling up fast.
As of Friday, only five spots remained for the
camps. Signups are strictly on a first-come,
first-served basis. For applications call the
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit at 863-357-1600.
Early Learning Coalition
to hold teleconference
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -
Emergency Executive Committee meeting
via teleconference on Monday, May 18, at
Sign ups open for
Pop Warner football
Pop Warner will hold signups on Mon-
day, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the soccer
field complex. Signups are on a first come
first serve basis.
Real Life Children's Ranch
to host benefit yard sale
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
starting on May 18, through June 12, to host
a benefit yard sale. After June 12, our yard
sale will be closed for the rest of the sum-
mer. We will be accepting donations dur-
ing the remainder of the summer months.
Come on out for great bargains!
IRSC presents Advanced
Technology Open House
IRSC Advanced Technology Open House.
May 20, 6:30 p.m. Kight Center for Emerg-
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Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Learn more
about career options in Power Plant Tech-
nology, Cyber Security, Robotics and Pho-
tonics, Digital Media and Interior Design.
Red Cross safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding Health
& Safety classes on Wednesday, May 20-
Adult CPR/AED @ 6 p.m. All classes are held
at their Service Center, located at 323 N. Par-
rott Ave. To register, or for more information
Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
May 12, 2(
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600-650 92-99 80-90
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bad thing. Maybe that's the "silver lining." Hope
everybody's getting' a little rain! Adams Ranch, Ft.
Pierce, topped the calf market this week with a high
of $1.95 bought by Foy Reynolds Cattle Co. E&B
Miller LaBelle, topped the cow market with a high
of 56.00 bought by Brown Pkg.
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Putt Putt helps camp
Good Habits and Old Spirits will sponsor
the Annual Putt Putt Tournament at the KOA
on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. There
will be an $8 entry fee, two-man scramble,
blind draw. Sign up at Good Spirits from
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tee off time is 2 p.m.
Must be 21 to play. Join us for great prizes,
fun & giggles. Proceeds benefit the KOA Kid
Chamber of Commerce
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
presents 'Mud Hole Madness' Memorial Day
weekend, May 22-25. Over 300 acres of
family fun over 70 acres of mud! Live music,
truck pull, children's riding area, children's
play area with pony rides, showers and
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By Pete Gawda
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols will hear
12 cases, imposing fines in an additional
seven cases and considering fine reductions
in two cases, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in
Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.
Bernard Fitzpatrickwas cited for accumu-
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on S.E. 34th Avenue.
According to code enforcement officer
Beth Albert, Francisco Santibanez illegally
has multiple dwellings and a mobile home
on a N.W 42nd lot.
Timothy Cook was cited for occupancy
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Mrs. Albert charges that Alain Zimmer
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Blanca Saucedo, Pamela and Ralph Bucheit
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Lefty Summerford of N.W 98th Street
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Michael and Alice Goins were sited for
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Free VPK program
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the Fall. The program is taught by certified
elementary teachers. Breakfast, lunch, and
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By Charles M. Murphy
A host of students and staff were recog-
nized at the regular monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County School Board Tuesday
night. FFA teams at various schools who re
cently competed in regional and state com-
petitions, and several athletes were honored
by the board.
Spelling bee champ Seairra Moore of
Central Elementary was honored along with
runner up Emily Worth of Osceola Middle
and third place finisher Jacqueline O'Conner
of Yearling Middle School.
Members of the District Champion Osce
ola FFA Opening and Closing team, Tabitha
Cannon, Curtis Evans, Jordan Faircloth,
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and the FFA livestock judging team, Jessica
Humphrey, T. i Pearce, Allyson Trimble
and Jenna iil vere also honored.
Also honored was the FFA Meat Evalu-
ation Career Development teams from
Okeechobee High School, Kelsey Burnham
and Alex Nielson, the Okeechobee fresh-
man campus Ashley Hassan and Brittany
Serrano, Osceola Middle School Matthew
Evans, Jessica Humphrey, G.W Jarriel, Ally-
son Trimble, and Coach Austin Harvey, and
the Yearling Middle School team of Dalton
Hodges, Brandon McKee, Garold McKee,
and Julie Sharpe.
The board also honored the Okeechobee
High School FFA Ag Mechanics Team. The
members are Evan Mattson, Josh Radford,
James Sharpe, and Trey Watson. The team
finished fourth in the state.
Several athletes were also honored at
Tuesday's meeting. The boys varsity ten-
nis team that finished as district runners up
were honored. Team members included
Zach Fowler, Kyle Lunt, Alex Nielson, Max
Norman and Corey White.
Several girls and boys qualified for the re-
gional track meet this year. Girls honored in
cluded Stephanie Horvath, Janezzka Koger,
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Monica Koger, Gabi Rodriguez, Calandra
Youmans, and Markeisha Youmans. Boys
who qualified for the meet were Raunel De-
nova, Reynel Denova, Shawn Horvath, and
were also honored. Both Nieto and Rush fin-
ished in the top eight in their events. Nieto
finished 7th in the high jump and Rush fin-
ished 8th in the 200 meter dash.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper also
honored members of her student advisory
committee. They include James Greeson,
Ashley Jarvis, Justin Hoover, Valerie McKee,
Kristen Hall, Courtney Wilson, and Austin
Pluskot of the High School, Emily Raulerson
and Brittany Serrano of the freshman cam-
pus, Stephen Williams and Katie Brummett
of Osceola Middle School and Samantha
Rivero and Marcus Garcia of Yearling Middle
Several veteran educators were also
honored upon their retirement. All told the
retirees this month had served the district
for 295 years. Ann Bell of the ESE program
worked for 35 years, Pat Bishop of Semi
nole worked for 17 years, Jennie Godwin of
Okeechobee High School 35 years, Berney
Hall of Okeechobee High School 41 years,
Lonnie Kirsch of Okeechobee High School
nine years, Donna Lenfest of Yearling Middle
School 36 years, Cassandra Martin of Semi-
nole Elementary 35 years, and Ruthi Pippin
of New Endeavor 30 years.
Two non instructional employees Estella
des, a paraprofessional at South Elementary
school worked 34 years for the system.
A parent of a student at South Elemen-
tary protested a referral and punishment his
child received for throwing rocks into a re
tention pond at school. He noted his child
told the truth and was severely punished
for it. The child could not participate in the
Hershey's Track and Field event due to this
referral. The school board took no action on
The Board also appointed Harold Prov-
erbs as the new Director of Finance. He
was formerly Assistant Director of Finance
for Hendry County Schools. They also ap-
proved the transfer of Debbie Gilis to Os-
ceola Middle School, and Mike Radebaugh
to Okeechobee High School. Both are Assis-
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Spelling bee champion Seairra Moore
of Central Elementary school is hon-
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Students of the Week
The following South Elementary students were recognized as Students of
the Week for the week ending on May 8, they are: Elizbeth Lopez, John Fish,
Shamira Hernandez, Jake Bessey, Henaysia Ancrum, Meghann Hotmire,
Colby Rivero, Lillian Henry, Jacob Aldrldge, Sarah Heaton, Daniel Arellano,
Brianna Gomez, Jose Martinez, Jared Phares, Jose Martinez, Maricela Bu-
cio, Nolan Carpenter, and Robert Muniz.
Coloring contest for dental health
Florida Community Health Centers, Inc./Lakeshore Pediatrics and Dental
held a coloring contest to celebrate "Children's National Dental Health" In
February. Several winners were chosen from the Indian River Headstart and
first grade through sixth from Okeechobee public schools. (Photo on left)
I-r Harold Goldberg, DDS, sixth grader-Austin Walker, third grader-Dylan
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Help your garden survive a drought
By Dan Culbert,
Okeechobee Extension Service
Drought tolerant planting
Drought, drought and more drought
...what do we plant in a drought that
can we use for food? asks Joan from
One of the basic rules for Florida Friendly
landscaping is to get a plant well established
and then step back and let Mother Nature
take its course. During a drought, it is not the
time to even think about adding new plants
to the landscape. The combination of in-
tense sun and lack of rainfall will cook them
well before they get established. Please do
visit your favorite garden center-they really
need your business. Go ahead and purchase
those plants that you know will do well in
your location. But keep them stored under
the shade of a tree, inside a screen patio or
on the north side of your house until the
rains begin. Check them daily and add water
with a hose as needed, being sure to follow
As far as edible gardening is concerned
keep a constant vigil on those plants in the
garden that are still producing. Using soaker
hoses or drip tape systems along with lots
of mulch will conserve the water that you
will need to apply. It's unlikely that any new
garden plantings will have much success,
so hold off and begin your plans to solarize
your garden before next fall's planting time.
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Here's a link to more on soil solarization:
About the only plant that I can think of
that has edible qualities and will hold up
to drought is the Prickly pear cactus-they
do produce an edible fruit at the base of
the flowers, but normally this plant flow-
ers later in the year. Here's a link for more
on Prickly Pears: http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.
Arboricola as a groundcover
I have a circular drive with dwarf Ficus
around the perimeter and red rock on the
ground. A friend of mine is recommend-
ing Arboricola 'Trinette' as colorful ground
cover that is low maintenance. Is this a
good application for this plant? Thanks,
George S. Go Gators!
Arboricola is a very versatile plant that
can be used for variety of uses, but I would
suggest that it is not suitable as a real
groundcoverr.' Arboricola can grow tall; it
can stretch to several feet if left unpruned.
While it does tend to spread outwards, it
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If you are seeking a "bedding plant" that
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with regular pruning the Arboricola can be a
possible choice. It is a non-native plant, but
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May 17, 2009
City council faces a short agenda
By Pete Gawda
When they meet Tuesday evening, the
Okeechobee City Council will face a short
agenda with only three action items.
The council is scheduled to act on a request
by Sacred Heart Catholic Church to change the
zoning on the church's S.W Sixth Street prop-
erty from holding to residential single family-
one. This will allow the church to build a larger
sanctuary since a church is one of the permit-
ted uses in the requested zoning. The council
is also expected to rescind the action of their
last meeting when they agreed to temporary
street closings in Flagler Park for the Red Cross
to have a fund raising event. It appears the Red
Cross will not need to have as many streets
closed as originally requested. The last item
on the agenda is approval of a 2010 census
partnership agreement that includes activities
to promote the census.
The mayor is expected to proclaim the
month of May to be Foster Care Month and
Teen Pregnancy Month in the city.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles on U.S. 441 S.E. have always been supporters of the Police
Workdog Association of Florida (PWAF). During a dinner held Wednesday, May 13, at the
Pier II FOE representatives were on hand to present a $500 check to the police K-9 group.
On hand for the presentation were: (front row, left to right, Major Noel Stephen, Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), FOE secretary Tommy Peters, FOE president Bill Hus-
ton and Tony Cavallaro, president of the PWAF; (back row, left to right) Glades County
Sheriff Stuart Whiddon, Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May and OCSO Detective Rick
Voss, treasurer for the PWAF.
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Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary students selected for achieving excellence in educa-
tion for the week of May 11-15 include: kindergarten students, Iliana Boyer,
Aleyana Phillips, Balin Webb, Ronald King, Rion Ernst, Darrien Bronson,
Angel Jimenez; first graders, Ashton Harper, Saul Garcia, Shelby Haaka,
Enrique Hernandez, Rocio Garcia; second grade students, Hunter Crowe,
Monica Luna, Caleb Pfingston, Daniel Campos, Emily Barnes, Kyle Lowry,
Raquel Alvarez; third graders, Jeremiah Vaughn, Nyideak Mull, Diana Vega-
Urbina, Eric Diaz, Michael Lazaro, Daysha Vaughn, Destiny Crowe; fourth
graders, Sahley Bourgault, Michael Pritt, Brittney Kicklighter, Mariela Can-
cino and fifth grade students selected included: Kyle Fussell, Valerie Alva-
rez, Kendall Baker, Karen Garcia. Congratulations! to our many outstanding
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Okhobeea County Code Enfoe emeent
Tme Okeechobee County Specal NMagstrate wll hold a public meetn on
Tuesday, ay 19, 20 at 2:00 p.m The publmeeing will hed at
he Okeechobee County Health Dpathnt ditru, located at 1728
N.W, 9th Avenue, Oeeobeoe, l oeda For more omaton, contact
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320990 ON 5/1517/2009
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
n the Superar Court for the County of Cdqult
State of Georgia
InRe' Petion of CHRISTOPHER CLAYI BR ME for the adoption of
C.R.G,, a minor male chld born October 24, 2006.
Civil Action No. 09-AD-159
To SHAUN MICHAEL KOGUT, ast known address: Oeechobee, Flonda,
and any other persons claiming an invest in the above referenacd chld.
You are hereby noefied that a peRton for adopton and a motion for ter-
mmaton of your parental right have been filed and mened in the
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NIETEENTH JUDICIAL CIR-
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
CASE NO.: 1999-DP-094
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YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BYTHE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-SLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO BF., A FE-
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DAY OF MARCH, 1997. THE CHILD
WAS BORN IN THE COUNTY OF
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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
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NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD IF YOU FAIL TO AP-
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Summer youth program focuses on careers
Expanding Horizons, the summer youth
program at Indian River State College, pro-
vides students ages 14 to 17 with eight weeks
of enrichment combining academics, lead-
ership development and career exploration.
The program is specially designed for low
income youth who don't otherwise receive
these types of opportunities. The program
offers three options: Leadership, Explorers
and Career Climbers, all beginning on June
Leadership is a full-day program held at
the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. and open to students who are
16 to 17 years old. Explorers is for younger
students, 14 and 15 years old. In addition to
the IRSC Main Campus, the Explorers Pro-
gram is offered at IRSC Campuses through-
out the Treasure Coast, including the IRSC
Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, the Chastain
Campus in Stuart, and the Dixon Hendry
Campus in Okeechobee. Career Climb-
ers is a half day program for 14-16 year old
students and offered at the Main Campus,
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at Gulfstream Council's Regional Meg-O-Ree held at St. Lucie Fairgrounds
on May 8-10. The scouts also received first and second place for the booth
activity they put on for all attending. The scouts and committee members
of Pack 952 would like to say, "Thanks to local sponsors VFW Post 9528, at
Buckhead Ridge and also thanks to the community of Okeechobee for mak-
ing it possible for us to attend."
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