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Who ya gonna call? Ghos

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Sci-Fi TV show, "Ghost
Hunters," has gotten a Florida cou-
ple really interested in the paranor-
Cliff Braun and his wife Shirley,
have the unusual hobby of ghost
"We got the idea from watching
the program. They were doing an
investigation at the St. Augustine
light house. I told my wife that is
some place where we've been al-
ready. My wife said why don't we
start our own group, and we started
last November," Mr. Braun said.
The pair has visited haunted and
spooky spots at a bed and breakfast
in Monticello where they claim to
have had an extended conversation
with what they say appeared to be
a male and female ghost. The male
ghost did most of the talking, they
They've also visited Roseland
cemetery and the St. Augustine
light house.
They purchased equipment to
capture video and audio of ghosts.
Digital cameras, recorders and

night vision video cameras are their
tools. They also have a pendulum
that they use to have ghosts answer
yes and no questions.
In their visits to cemeteries they
claim to have conversations with
ghosts. One reportedly said, "I'm
so cold," Another said, "If you want
me, come find me."
Recently, they visited two differ-
ent Sebring homes and a third in
Arcadia that were said to be haunt-
ed houses.
The couple has received 15 calls
from people wanting to become
new members of Highlands Ghost
Hunters since a recent article in lo-
cal newspapers. They hope to get
interest from Okeechobee as well.
"We might be able to start an
outlet group in Okeechobee. They
would have to come to Sebring for
meetings," said Mr. Braun.
The Brauns also have had oth-
er experiences with ghosts. They
have pictures of what appear to
be white orbs in a cemetery. Mrs.
Braun claims she was touched by
a ghost in a cemetery. Instead of
waiting around, she bolted for their

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from Lorida, Wauchula, a little cem- and try to remove spirits from the
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following
people are among
Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons.
There are active war-
rants for each of them.
The criteria for mak-
ing Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five is
based on the severity
of the crime in conjunc- Reed Ashton Huber Ambriz Iva Jean
tion with the age of the H
warrant. Hair Sierra Maya
If you have any information on the where- County Charge Dea
about of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted Okeechobee County e
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers Huber Ambriz Sier
at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Burglary Structure, Gr
Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of Iva Jean Maya, W/
remaining anonymous. You can also receive a Traffic In Cocaine, Pos
reward if the information results in an arrest. 20 Gr., Poss. Drug Par
Reed Ashton Hair, 20, 6'1" 215 Ibs. Martin Chris Gornall, W/i
Carry Concealed We

Chris Gornell
ling in stolen property -
,scape warrant pending.
ra, H/M, DOB 6/13/1965,
and Theft. No Bond.
F, DOB 7/12/1977, FTA-
ss. Marijuana Less Than
aphernalia, No Bond.
M, DOB 1/24/1963, VOP
apon. No Bond.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under 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 Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Anthony Tagle, 16, N.W 35th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 15 by Depu-
ty Sergeant Robert Staton on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with robbery.
His bond was set at $30,000.
Ricardo Jesus Silvas, 27, N.W First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 15 by Depu-
ty Bart Potter on charges of aggravated bat-
tery and felony criminal mischief. His bond
was set at $10,000. Silvas was later arrested
by Deputy Javier Gonzalez on a warrant
charging him with disorderly conduct. He
was released on his own recognizance. He
was also arrested by Deputy Arlene Durbin
on a charge of domestic battery by strangu-
lation. He is being held without bond on that

Monty Gene Rickard II, 27, Second St.,
West Palm Beach, was arrested Oct. 16 by
Deputy Javier Gonzalez on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging with the felony of
grand theft, and the misdemeanor of petit
theft. His bond was set at $5,250.
On April 1, William Thunder Ihle was
arrested on felony charges of dealing in sto-
len property and possession of ammunition
by a convicted felon. According to Assistant
State Attorney Donald Richardson the charg-
es against Ihle were dropped on Sept. 30.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.


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Public Forum/Speak Out

Letters to editor

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Proposed tax on soft drinks
I don't mind a tax on sugary soft drinks,
but a tax on juice drinks could discourage
consumption of fruit juice which could be
bad for Florida.
I knew when I heard Obama's first
speech promising no tax increases and all
he was promising that there was no way it
could happen. Obama's first speech sound-
ed like a fairy tale and we all know they
aren't true.
Well one good
thing the people on
WIC will still be able

will be hurt. We
have the sugar and
the oranges for juice,
and we just thought
unemployment was
bad in Florida now.
Thanks, Obama, for

t u hMost sodas are
made with corn syr-
up anyway, which
is from the Midwest. The idea is the same
as the cigarette tax and the alcohol tax. We
should get rid of those too then.
s I think Florida should require a deposit
on cans and bottles like some states do. It
would reduce the litter problem because
people would pick up the cans and bottles
just to get the deposit on them. When I was
a kid we would do that up north, voluntarily
pick up cans and bottles because we could
turn them in for the deposit.
I think it is a good idea to discourage
people from drinking so many sugary soft
drinks. Kids fill up on that and then don't
eat the nutritious foods their bodies need
to grow. Poor nutrition contributes to many
health problems. Children are now getting
what used to be called adult onset diabetes.

Social Security
Those persons who currently receive
social security each month will not get a cost
of living increase this year because inflation
has not been high enough to warrant an in-
crease. This does not bother me. This is the
government's practice. Generally, I would
prefer low inflation to a COLA anyway.
What bothers me though is that the presi-
dent wants to play Santa Claus and send all
Social Security recipients $250. This is a slap
in the face. I don't want Obama's patroniz-
ing gimmick to try to get my vote in 2012.
He's already sent me one check for $250. We
should remember that the government does
not have anything that it doesn't take from
its citizens. It produces nothing on its own.
It simply sucks up our money and resources
like some giant octupus and what doesn't
get wasted in the process of collection gets
wasted in the process of distribution.
Yes, the "COLA" won't come to the se-
niors. However, I noticed that Congress got
it's pay raise. Good to see where their priori-
ties lie.
That's my money you Socialists are col-
lecting. I don't see any of you turning down
this Socialist program. That's because you
are getting it. It is not some thing someone
else might get like health care would be, so it
is ok as long as it is just you getting it. There
should never be a raise in Socialist Security.
How can you collect more than you put in?
How does that math work? You should get
what you put into Socialist Security nothing
more. Take what you put in, spread it out
in even payments over 20 years. If it's not
enough, too bad. You should have planned
Is Social Security a form of Socialism?
You bet it is. Did we ask to join this program?
No one that I know of had a choice. Was
money withheld those many years with our
permission? I don't think so. Given a choice,
would most of us have preferred to have the
money for our own private savings invest-
ment? I certainly would have. Would I have
done better investing the money than the
government did? You bet I would. Will I get
more money back than was taken from me?
I don't know. Maybe, if I live long enough
and the government doesn't collapse the
program. I would have preferred to have
kept the government out of my business.
Will the government run healthcare like it
ran Social Security? Yes. Do I trust the United
States government? No.

Blood donors help save lives
The Fourth Annual Okeechobee Blood
Roundup will be held Nov. 13 and 14, at
200 N.W Second St. Seven donor buses will
be on hand to take donations. All the blood
used at Raulerson Hospital comes from
these drives.
Right here, in Okeechobee, lives have
been saved by transfusion. Blood donations
helped save the life of Doug Jordan, who
works at the Clock Restaurant.

Surgeries required
12 units of blood
In June 2008, my husband, Doug Jordan
fell ill and needed surgery. While recover-
ing, there was a sudden reversal requiring
another surgery. This is when blood transfu-
sions began. Over a period of a full month,
he wavered between recovery and setback,
eventually needing a third surgery.
Most of this period was spent in Inten-
sive Care with Doug, tired of just holding on,
wanting to give up. I stayed with him and
watched him ultimately receive 12 units of
blood and four units of frozen plasma.
I had donated blood for many years, but
this personal experience made me realize
the importance of being a blood donor.

Special to the Okeechobee News
Doug and Helen Jordan

Today he is back to work at The Clock Res-
taurant and will tell you how appreciative
he is of the people who had taken the time
to donate blood, which was on hand when
needed, to save his life.
Being a donor takes less than an hour of
your time, but you could save someone's
life. You never know, the life you save may
be your own, that of a loved one, or maybe
a stranger. Please donate, you'll be glad you
Maybe it was your last donation, which
healed my Doug.
Helen Jordan

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Sunny with a high near 73. Winds will be from the north northwest between 5
and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear with a low around 47. Winds will be from the north northwest
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 78 and winds from the north northwest be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 60. Winds will be from the northeast
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a low around 65 and winds from the east northeast be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a high near 81 and a 20 percent chance of showers.
Winds will be from the northeast between 5 and 15 mph.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 18, 2009

Community Calendar

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held
at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
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 informa-
tion 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 cov-
ered dish for lunch, followed by a business meet-
ing. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and
are due in September. For information, call Betty
Williamson 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 Mondays from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. All are welcome. For information call 863-
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 863-484-0110.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous
has moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m.
For information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy
at 610-0975.
AI-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.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 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 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 infor-
mation call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
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 appointments.
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.

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Elder John T. Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
There is an old adage that goes something
like this: "The first casualty in war is the truth."
Having been in the ministry for over twenty
years, and having endured many a church
"war," I can testify to the truth of that old ad
age. Whenever there are two sides vying for
dominance, there will always be the tempta
tion to spread rumors to either justify your
cause or to vilify those who are considered the
"enemy." It's just human nature.
So in the great contest of what is right and
what is wrong that grips our country at the
present, who are we to believe? There are
those who would have us believe that the man
who now sits in the Oval Office is nothing short
of the Messiah that will lead this nation to a
great and glorious future. I believe this reason
ing to be a truth casualty. On the other hand,
there are those who decry the very workings
of Mr. Obama's administration and would have
us all believe that the Antichrist has finally been
revealed. I believe this reasoning to also be a
truth casualty. Each side is seeking to move us
toward the extreme in an effort to replace truth
with hyperbole in hopes that no one realizes
that their arguments are vapid at best.
It seems that all have formed an opinion and
are ready to share it with any who are willing
to listen. And, because truth has become the
casualty of this war of words and ideologies,
people are hungry for news from the "front."
So, in this vacuum of truth, comes a seemingly
never ending legion of doomsayers or drum
pounders who stand poised to proclaim the
latest horrors or the latest miracles to come
out of Washington and the public laps it up as
gospel writ. The result of which is a country
that has become blinded to the blessings that
God has poured out upon it as it continues to
slide ever faster down the slope of despair and
Don't get me wrong, there is a foul smell
seeping out from the bowels of government
these days that needs attention. But, internet
rumor and inane speculations will not solve the
problem. Advancing the theory that the coun
try will either rise or fall due to the machine
tions of one man or of his minions is senseless.
The Christian community must stop taking it

upon themselves to play the role of Chicken
Little-for the sky is not falling-for God is still
on His throne.
So, what is to be done? In the early 1900s
Lenin wrote a pamphlet using that very ques
tion as the title and it rocked a nation. In a
ten year span, due largely in part to the con
tents of that work and the sacrificial efforts of
a cadre of determined revolutionaries, Russia
embraced the decadent, godless philosophy
cal lie of Communism. I can't help but believe
that the vibrant, matchless truth of Christ is the
catalyst that will change this nation. We must
move away from the vilification of those in
government and move to the exaltation of the
One who governs all things. The Bible says this
about Christ in Colossians 1:17: "He is before
all things, and in Him all things hold together."
I'm not saying that we shouldn't speak out.

Actually, I am saying just the opposite. The
church has a mandate from Christ to boldly
speak out. But we must remember that the goal
of the church is not to control the government
but to boldly declare Christ. But to be truly ef
fective it must be capable of declaring this truth
in power. For it is only through the display of
His power that people will be reached and lives
will be changed. The power of Christ will not
be found in high sounding words and eloquent
prayers. It will only be found when the people
of God are willing to sacrifice everything for the
advancement of Christ. We will only be able to
effectively change the world around us when
the world around us can no longer effectively
replace God's truth with its own in our lives.
Rejoice and remember that greater is He who
in us than he who is in the world.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Humane '
Society Pet Rescue Florida

One or three
George and Samson are still just babies and will grow to be medium to large
pets. They have another brother named Buck (not pictured.) They are mixed
breed assumed to be Catahoula/Mountain Curr. The three boys who came
in together are all wonderful furkids-all three still available. Though they
resemble pit bulls we have been assured they are not. Absolutely wonderful
companion pets, not guard dogs. $135 includes vaccines and neuter. There
are lots of nice dogs and cats at the Okeechobee Humane Society, each wait-
ing for their "forever" home. For more information, contact Humane Society
Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. To see more available animals go to
PETFINDER.COM. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are wait-
ing for a permanent adoptive home.

The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at 863-763-6076.
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 is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets ev-
ery 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 863-467-2321.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly 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 mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. 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.
at the 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 par-
ents 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 information
call 863-357-3053.

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Deputies enforce school bus safety rules

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) will be conducting a special en-
forcement program Oct. 19 through Oct. 23
as part of School Bus Safety Week.
OCSO deputies will be watching for mo-
torists who pass a stopped school bus that
has its lights flashing and stop arm extend-
ed. Some of the deputies will be in marked
patrol units, while others will be on motor-

cycles and in unmarked vehicles.
Florida state statute 316.172 makes pass-
ing a stopped school bus a moving violation.
If convicted, the violator will be assigned
four points to his/her driver's license and
fined at least $173. The violator could also
face a mandatory court appearance.
Last year, 29 children across the na-
tion were killed while getting on or exiting
school buses. The majority of these children
were killed by motorists who were illegally
passing stopped school buses.

The National Association of Pupil Trans-
portation (NAPT) has designated the week
of Oct. 19-23 as School Bus Safety Week.
School buses are required by law to have
an eight-light warning system-four yellow
and four red-to warn motorists that the
bus is stopping. Buses also have a stop arm
that extends from the driver's side of the bus
when it is stopped.
The NAPT is a non-profit organization
with the mission of enhancing the safety of

Community Events

Free kids day at
Ft. Drum Crystal Mine
Families with children will have a fun, free
day at the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine this com-
ing Sunday, Oct. 18. The event comes along
with a weekend, "Rock Swap and Dig" that
continues through Sunday, Oct. 18, at 6
p.m. The free "Family Dig" begins at 8 a.m.
on Sunday where kids and families can en-
ter the park, dig, fish and look up informa-
tion fossils. There is a great area just for the
kids to fish. A fun and educational day for
the whole family. We look forward to see-
ing everyone. For any questions please call
Debbie at 863-634-4579.

Octoberfest Arts and
Crafts Show dates set
A new show sponsored by the Fraternal
Order of Eagles 4137 Ladies Auxiliary will
be held on Oct. 18, 9985 Hwy. 441 North,
Okeechobee. The two day event will be the
first time in Okeechobee and will feature
The Florida Highwaymen Curtis Arnett, Al
Balck, John Maynor and others. Cowboys
artist, Hobby Campbell and award winning
artist L. Rogers Earley, Kathie Papasso and
Mike Moore.

Substance abuse
group plans ceremony
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Co-
alition will host their third annual Narcot-
ics Overdose Prevention and Education
(N.O.P.E.) ceremony at the Okeechobee

Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Onlie Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.

County Civic Center on U.S. Highway 98 N.,
on Thursday, Oct. 29. Refreshments will be
served at 5:30 p.m., and the ceremony will
start at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact
Connie Curry at 863-763-3117 or Lucille Ar-
curi at 863-261-3685.

Annual 4-H Barbecue date set
4-H Foundation will hold their annual
Pork BBQ Dinner with all the fixings, Friday,
Oct. 23, at the 9th Grade Center Cafeteria.
Tickets are on sale now for $7 at the Exten-
sion Office or from any 4-H member. Deliv-
eries can be made for five or more dinners
by calling in advance to 863-763-6469, or on
the 23rd to 863-634-3327. You may dine in or
pick-up your dinner from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Craft program calls for artists
Calling all "Arts and Crafters" in the
Okeechobee area. Peace Lutheran Church
Quilters are planning a BAZAAR for Nov.
21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We know there
are many talented people and groups in our
community and we would like you to join us
to show and sell your home made arts and
craft items. To reserve a table call Marty at
863-467-4840 or Donna at 863-763-7056. +

ABWA announce guest speaker
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter's Fall
Enrollment Event's guest speaker will be Mar-
nie Lauter, Marketing Director for Raulerson
Hospital. She will address the new features
and programs at Raulerson. Meet us at the
Clock Family Restaurant at noon on Oct. 22.
For additional information or questions, call
President Karin Ammons at 863-763-3131.

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Local animals headed to purebread expo

Circle C Farms and Albers A Plus Farm, both
of Okeechobee, have entries in the Dairy Cattle
division of the upcoming 36th Annual North
American International Livestock Exposition
(NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world's
largest purebred livestock show with more than
22,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and
awards. Scheduled for Nov. 7-20, the event takes
place at the Kentucky Center, Louisville, Ky.
Purebred farms from nearly every state
and Canada bring livestock to compete in one
of ten expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats,
Boer goats, beef cattle, quarter horses, mules
and donkeys, sheep, swine, and llamas and al
The Albers A Plus Farm has entered three
head of cattle in the Open and Jr. Ayrshire cat
egory and Circle C Farm has entered eight head
of dairy cattle in the open and Jr. Guernsey and
Holstein category.
More than 210,000 American and foreign
visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed
shows, sales and events. In addition to the rec
ognition and prize money that comes with win
ning at the NAILE, the value of the champion
breeding stock is significantly enhanced.
Breed association events are not the only
NAILE feature. The expo is also home to nu

merous youth events that are an important part
of the livestock industry's traditions, including:
Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up; Youth,
Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy
Judging Contest; Dairy Quiz Bowl; National Col
legiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H
Livestock Judging Contest; Junior College Live
stock Contest; and National 4-H Poultry and Egg
Additionally, youth exhibitors enter market
animals, those targeted for meat production,
in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine
Show or Junior Wether Show. These youth
shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of
Mid-America and are nationally recognized for
both the quality of competition and prestige of
winning. Champions from these shows are sold
at the Sale of Champions on Nov. 19, at p.m.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assoc.
(PRCA) Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo Finals takes
place Nov. 12-14, at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets for
the invitational finals rodeo are $17 on Thurs
day, $27 on Friday and $32 for Saturday's per
formance. Children under 12 get in for $10 on
Friday and Saturday with paid adult. Tickets are
available at or by calling 502
361-3100 or 800-487-1212.

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

October 12 and 13, 2009
Breaking $42.00 $43.00
Cutter $38.00 $45.00
Canner $35.00 $38.00

1000-1500 $47.00 $53.00


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Prices better this
but numbers were
Feeder steers and

Hfrs were $1-2 higher on bet-
90-95 ter quality calves. Slaughter
75-85 cows and bulls were also
72-85 higher about $1-2. Roger Da-
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68-70 calf market with a high of
$127.50 bought by Reynolds
Hfrs Cattle. H.W Rucks, Okeecho-
bee, topped the cow market
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73-92 by Dairymens Marketing.
70-85 Don't forget about our
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Angus Oct. 23; Little Creek
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Bartow pounds Okeechobee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Bartow got off to great starts in both the first and
second half and went on to a shutout win, 34-0 Fri
day night in the first meeting between Okeechobee
and Bartow in 23 years.
Bartow scored 13 points in the first three minutes
of the game, and added 14 points in the first four
minutes of the second half. Tyree Brooks, 218 yards
and three touchdowns, scored on a 70 yard run on
the first play of the game. Still he wasn't satisfied
with the team's performance, "I feel we came out
real sloppy. We could have played better. We under
estimated guys and stuff."
Okeechobee was able to get five first downs, but
had three turnovers on the night. On the positive
side, they had no penalties as a team. "I think if we
get four players to go our way, and subtract their big
plays, maybe it's different," Brahmans Coach Myron
Jackson said, "We bent a little bit on defense but I
was proud that we didn't break down."
Bartow's second score came after a blocked punt
gave the Yellow Jackets a first down at the Brahman
18. Brooks scored on the next play on a wonderfully
executed option play to make it 13-0.
After Bartow's early explosion, Okeechobee hung
in there and only trailed 13 0 at halftime. Bartow
missed a couple of field goals, but didn't get close to
the Brahman endzone. Okeechobee managed one
good drive, by Eric Rookard picked off freshman QB
D.J. Washington deep in Yellow Jackets territory to

Former Brahman Assistant and Bartow
Coach Shawn Killets speaks with Okeecho-
bee's Myron Jackson before Friday's game.

stop the scoring threat. "At the end of the half we
started to get some momentum and had the ball
in scoring position. If we got that one, momentum
might have gone our way," Coach Jackson noted.
Bartow put the game with two more quick
scores in the third quarter. Jarvis Wiley ended a five
play 61 yard drive with a 15 yard touchdown run to
make it 20-0. Bartow recovered a bad snap on the
Brahmans next series at the Okeechobee 14, and QB
Al Carter lofted up a pretty pass to Vince Reid for a
touchdown on the next play to make it 27-0. Bartow
wrapped up the scoring in the fourth quarter with
an eight play, 63 yard drive, capped by an eight yard
run by Brooks.
"We came out in the second half and were ready
to go. We did what we had to do. The offensive line
helped a lot," Brooks added.
Bartows offensive line included Judson ii
who grew up in Okeechobee. His father Glen was
offensive line coach for many years, and his grandfa
their Jim Attaway was a coach for many, many years.
He said he had funny feelings as he played against
his old friends and teammates, "I had big mixed
emotions. You love them because you grew up with
them, and it was fun to see them, but you still have
a game to play."
Attaway said the team really was disappointed in
their play in the first half, "We didn't perform like we
should. In the second half we realized we had to step
it up and came out pretty good."
Game notes
Coach Jackson said his team will have to make
the weight room more important in the off season,
"We know where we're going. If we make weights
more important, maybe we can withstand some of
these teams that want to pound the ball against us."
LaVante Spivey and Alonzo Coleman forced a
fumble for Okeechobee (0-6). Fabian Simpson re
covered a fumble for Bartow. Brant Harden dropped
Al Carter for an 11 yard loss. Josh McCall had a huge
hit on Aaron Livingston on a first half reverse.
David Carter and David Jacobs recovered fum
bles for Okeechobee. Rick Holland had an intercep
tion for Bartow.

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The group also wants to visit the historic
Harder Hall in Sebring.
Mr. Braun also heard stories at one home
where they can hear cattle crossing in the
middle of the night when there are no cattle
around. "These people could hear cattle go-
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Mr. Braun said anyone interested in ghosts
can get a lot of information off the internet.
A popular website is Shadowlands Haunted
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A video presented at trial by Mr. Romero
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Ford Expedition and approaching Ms. Harris.
After the two spoke for a short period of time,
he pulled a snub-nose .38 caliber revolver
from the waistband of his shorts and shot Ms.
Harris three times-once in the right breast,

1920s. The story goes one gang member dis-
appeared with an old lady. While the bank
was still in operation, the main safe failed to
work, so the bank owner purchased a new
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missing Ashley gang member was buried in
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Other haunted locations include the Bos-
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hanged herself in the attic back in 1901. There
also have been reports of a tall male figure
standing in the Indian River Community Col-
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Magistrate to hear

code violation cases

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols is sched-
uled to hear 22 cases Tuesday afternoon.
Becky Lynn Williams, 2201 SW 28th St,
was cited for an accumulation of house-
hold goods, plastic containers, metal and
other accumulations.
According to code enforcement officer
Beth Albert, David and Paul Medrano need
to demolish the derelict shed and unper-
mitted wood framed structure on their
NW 11th Drive property.
N & A Real Estate, owners of property
on NW 22 Ave. and Juan and Ana Castro,
owners of SE 25th Street property, were
both cited for extreme overgrowth.
Earl G. and Kristal Hoover of NW 304th
Street, Vernon Dean Barefoot of SE 28th
Street and Gary and Morris Cook, owners
of a lot on NW 304th Street and Vernon
Dean Barefoot of 4602 SE 28th Street were
cited for construction without a permit.
According to Mrs. Albert, Toni Gayle
Moseley needs to apply for a demolition
permit to complete the demolition of a
structure at 4865 U.S. 441 SE.

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County Code
Special Magistrate Hearings
When: Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 20
Where: Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium, 1798 NW Ninth

Open storage and unlicensed, inop-
erable vehicles are the charges against
Stephanie T. and Charles Crates of 7720 U.
S.441 SE.
If Salim Laham and Loretta J. Matthieu
have not either demolished or renovated
a deck and boathouse at 300 U.S. 441 SE,
they could be fined up to $250 a day.
Douglas Etchison could be facing a fine
if the necessary permits have not been ob-
tained on his SE 29th Court property.
Alto Watford and Michael Willis could
also be fined if their NW 36th Ave. has
not been brought into compliance includ-
ing removal/demolition of a condemned
structure and proper removal of all re-
maining debris.
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Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magisbate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at
the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972, (863) 824-3015.
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meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce-
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The city's sign ordinance that was
a year and a half in the making came
under discussion again Tuesday
night. At their meeting on Tuesday
night, Oct. 13, the City of Okeecho-
bee Planning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals spent about an
hour and 40 minutes considering
clarifications to the ordinance.
The discussion was the result of
complaints by local business owner
JayVoorheeswho was cited for viola-
tions of the ordinance because of the
extended use of banners at his place
of business on N. Parrott Avenue.
"I believe there were some omis-
sions that caused problems," city
planner Bill Brisson said of the sign
"I find it aggravating we are going
to modify something that prohibits a
person from advertising their wares,"
expressed board member Terry Bur-
"It starts to look trashy after a
while if you don't put a limit on it,"
was the opinion of board member
Dawn Hoover.
"We don't enforce what we have
today," stated Mr. Burroughs.
"We have to start somewhere,"
countered Mrs. Hoover.
Mr. Brisson said the original or-
dinance limited a business to three
signs. He said the city council did not
want to limit the number of signs.
He admitted that some things in
the ordinance were vague. He said
the biggest problem was temporary
signs, such as banners. He said that
a person holding a sign is question-
Board secretary Betty Clement
said that people holding signs on
S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 were considered
a traffic hazard by the council.
Mr. Voorhees stated that his ban-
ners are professionally done.
"That's discrimination," he said
of the sign ordinance. He said it was
not feasible for him to have perma-
nent signs.
Board member Malissa Morgan
suggested mounting a banner on
plywood and placing it on a post.
That would constitute a legal sign
under the ordinance.

"I think we are getting to a point
where we are telling people what
they can and can't do and it's hurting
business," said Mr. Burroughs.
City attorney John Cook stated
that the city council did not want ev-
ery business up and down U.S. 441
to look like Mr. Voorhee's business.
After considerable discussion,
the board voted to make several
recommendations to the city coun-
cil on amendments to the sign or-
dinance. They recommended the
length of time signs, portable signs
and non-inflatable wind signs could
be displayed at the opening of a new
business without a permit be limited
to 30 days. The board further recom-
mended that the total area of all signs
shall not exceed one square foot per
linear foot of street frontage plus one
square foot for each two linear feet
of property on side streets.
Another recommendation was
that businesses be limited to one
ground sign in the front yard limited
to 20 feet in height.
The largest part of the discussion
was on banners. The board voted to
recommend limiting the length of
time banners and other temporary
signs may be displayed. The num-
ber of banners was limited to one
for each street frontage. The size of
feather banners was also limited to 2
feet wide and 8 feet high.

Turning to other matters, the
board discussed items to be ad-
dressed in the 2010 Evaluation and
Appraisal Report of the City's Com-
prehensive Plan. Mr. Brisson men-
tioned that zoning is not always
consistent with the future land use
plan. The transition from residential
to commercial was another con-
cern he mentioned. Board chairman
Devin Maxwell stated that the cur-
rent comprehensive plan restricts
development along Taylor Creek. He
said would like to see development
that is not harmful to the creek. The
board also discussed pedestrian ori-
entation and urban design.
The city planner will flesh out the
details of these concerns and present
them to the city council.
Next the board considered rec-
ommendations to the city council
on amendments to the city's water
supply plan. This is a ten year water
supply plan that is required by the
state. The goal is to ensure the city's
growth does not outpace the water
supply. The board discussed requir-
ing new construction to hook up to
public water when available. The
board also discussed encouraging
water hookups for medians in order
to water landscaping.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Fifteen years' service
Frank Irby, left, chairman of the Okeechobee Utility Authority
Board of Directors, presents a certificate to wastewater treat-
ment plant operator Jamie Gamiotea, right, recognizing his fif-
teen years with the utility. The presentation took place at the
Tuesday, Oct. 13 board meeting.

City to present first 'Citizens Day' event

The City of Okeechobee would
like to invite city residents, business
owners and employees of city busi-
nesses and local government and
also those currently serving on any
Citizen Board to attend the city's
First Citizens Day event. This is going
to be an excellent way to become
better educated in local government
services, practices, and regulations
and also to increase communication
between the city government and
you, the citizen.

Statistics show that 30 percent of
Floridians are natives, while 70 per-
cent moved here from somewhere
else. This can greatly affect a Florid-
ian's understanding for City Govern-
ment in the Sunshine State. There
aren't always opportunities for new
residents, especially adults who are
out of school, to quickly learn how
their governments function and
about the many services cities of-
fer. Seize the opportunity now and
come visit us at City Hall, 55 SE Third

Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9
a.m. until 1 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending
the event is asked to have an applica-
tion completed and returned by Oct.
21, to Okeechobee City Hall. Appli-
cations can be printed from the City
Web site at: www.cityofokeechobee.
com. For more information, please
contact City Clerk, Lane Gamiotea at
863-763-3372 or by email at: Igami-

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Lady Brahmans extend winning streak

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Lady Brahmans appears to be play-
ing their best volleyball of the year at the
right time.
The girls defeated Glades Day in impres-
sive fashion Thursday night, 25-12, 25-19,
and 25-14.
LeAnna Cotton continued her hot streak
with 19 assists and 11 digs. Monica Koger
and Janezzka Koger also played well for
"I thought we did good for the team we
were playing," Cotton said, "If it had been a
better team I think we would have played
better. We did very well tonight."
Cotton has been one of the most im-
proved players on the squad this year. She
appears capable of doing anything on the
volleyball court, pass, kill, dig, and block.
"I think each year I've improved more,"
she said. "My senior year I hope to be un-
Cotton also predicted the Lady Brahmans
will be tough to beat in the upcoming dis-
trict tournament, "I think we have a chance
in districts. If we play the way we know how
to play with the talent we have on our team,
we can beat Jensen Beach."
Coach Tod Jones used some younger
players on the back line with Megan Cle-
ments out. He mentioned that he was im-

pressed with how the younger players did.
"We used some younger players in the back
line and saw the future of Okeechobee vol-
leyball," he said. "In game two we did have
a l ittle bit of a slump but the girls were able
to put it back together."
Jones said his job now is to keep the
team sharp as they get ready for districts in
two weeks.
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Janezzka Koger (left) and Darby Jones
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Sarah Davis gets set to pass as Paige McCrary (right) looks on during Thurs-
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