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Publication Date: October 25, 2009
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Classifieds 18-19
Community Events..........................6
Crossword 19
O bituaries.. . ........ ..... ....... ..6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ........ ....... ........15-16, 19-20
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More than 3,000 cats
and dogs euthanized
last year by county
animal control
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Animal
Control continues to deal with
thousands of stray animals each
year. During the fiscal year ending
Sept. 30, animal control handled a
total of 4,536 animals.
Animal control officers oper-
ate under a county ordinance that
was revised April 9, 2009.
Although animal control does
adopt out animals, they are not
an animal adoption agency. The
duties of animal control officers,
as spelled out in the county ordi
nance are to enforce all animal

regulations, respond to complaints
of animals running at large, take
charge of neglected, mistreated or
injured animals and animals cre-
ating a nuisance. They are tasked
with apprehending dangerous
and vicious animals and they are
empowered to issue citations for
violations of city and county ordi-
nances. They also work with other
animal control organizations.
The animal control ordinance
states that a person cannot refuse
to surrender an animal upon law-
ful demand of an animal control
officer. Neither can a person hide
or conceal any animal under in-
vestigation by an animal control
The ordinance provides for
stray dogs and cats to be held for
five working days. They are rou-
tinely checked for microchips. Fe-
ral cats are held for two working

For those who wish to adopt a
pet, animal control often has ani-
mals available for adoption. The
adoption fee for cats is $90 and
for dogs it is $105. This includes
heartworm tests, rabies shots and
spaying/neutering. These tests are
done through a local veterinarian.
Animal control officers are not li-
censed to give shots.
The ordinance governing ani-
mal control spells out impound-
ment and adoption procedures.
Prospective animal owners are in-
terviewed by animal control. Such
things as condition of the proper-
ty, previous animal offenses, num-
ber of animals presently owned
and conditions under which the
animal will be housed are inves-
Of the 4,536 animals captured
by animal control last year a total
See ANIMALS- Page 2

Okeechobee girl is rodeo royalty
KISSIMMEE -- The Miss Rodeo of age; Miss Rodeo Florida Prin-
Florida Association is proud to an- cess, 10-12 years of age; and Miss
nounce the newly crowned 2010 Rodeo Florida Sweetheart, 7-9
Rodeo Royalty. Miss Rodeo Flor- years of age. All age divisions are
ida 2010 is Heather Hall of Ken- judged on poise, personality, ap-
ansville. Miss Teen Rodeo Florida pearance, photogenic, interview
a Miss Tee" Rodeo Flordaskills, and speech. Additionally,
2010 is Kricket Wise of Pensacola. he Miss and eeh. Addivisions arelly,
2010 Miss Rodeo Florida Princess judged on current event know

Si S-elby Kirton of OiKeechobeue.
She also won Most Photogenic.
The pageant was held Oct.
1-3, at the Osceola Heritage Park,
Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee
Florida. The pageant is open to all
Florida residents who qualify for
their age groups.
Categories are: Miss Rodeo
Florida, 19-25 years of age; Miss
Teen Rodeo Florida, 13-18 years

edge, roaeo and equine Knowl-
edge, horsemanship riding skills
and horsemanship interviews.
All four new queens have be-
gun planning for their coronation
and fund raisers. They are looking
forward to everyone's support
as they are officially crowned in
January 2010. Their fund raising

See RODEO- Page 2

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Okeechobee News/K. Elsken
A scarecrow stands guard
in an Okeechobee pasture.

Main Street

plans 2009


Okeechobee Main Street,
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office and the Okeechobee
County Board of Commission-
ers will host the fifth annual
Halloween Celebration on Sat-
urday, Oct. 31, from 6 -9 p.m. at
the Okeechobee County Agri
Civic Center.
This is a free, safe alternative
to door-to-door trick or treating
for the children of the com-
munity. There will be haunted
houses, pony rides, costume
contests, games and activity
booths and lots of candy and
prizes. Costume contest catego
ries and times are: 0-2 years old
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of 383 dogs, 471 cats and 99 other animals
were captured in the city. Animal control

Continued From Page 1
events will help finance their journey as they
travel to rodeos and events within and pos-
sibly out of state. Their primary job will be
promoting agriculture in Florida, promoting
Florida's western heritage and acting as the
official spokeswomen for the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys Association, and the ex-
treme snort of rodeo.

Continued From Page 1
at 6:45, 3-5 years old at 7:15, 6-10 years old
at 7:45 and 11-14 years old at 8:15 p.m. Sign
up will be at the Seacoast National Table, so
get there early to register your child.
Thanks to a donation from Cowboys
BBQ & Steaks, sandwiches and drinks will
be available at a minimal price.
Main Street is still in need of activity
booths, monetary donations to cover candy
and prizes or donations of candy and prizes.
It costs nothing to set up a booth. If your
business, group or organization is interested
in a game/activity booth or you would like

bills the city each month for animals cap-
tured in the city limits.
Outside the city limits, animal control ap-
prehended 1,467 dogs, 1,602 cats and 514
other animals.
Of the total number of animals handled

The pageant was exciting and entertain-
ing. All of the contestants were fun, intelli-
gent, and beautiful and did a wonderful job
in the competition. The 2010 Miss Rodeo
Florida queens will be an asset to our state
and we look forward to seeing how they
use their new roles in their communities.
Photographs will be posted on our website
when they are available. Visit our website at: to stay apprised
of MRF association news, future pageant
dates and oueen updates.

to donate candy or prizes or money to pur-
chase candy or prizes, please call Okeecho-
bee Main Street's Executive Director Toni
Doyle at 863-357-6246 or stop by 111 NE
Second Street.

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5; Powerball: 6-16-34-45-51 PB4 x2. Num-
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by Animal Control for the fiscal year that
ended in September, 149 were adopted.
Another 332 were either found dead or sub-
sequently died of injuries or diseases; 328
were returned to their owners and 360 were
turned over to other pet adoption and res
cue agencies. There were 77 wild animals
that were returned to the wild.
That left 3,297 animal to be euthanized.
During the last fiscal year there were 497

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complaints and six reported dog bites in the
city. In the county there were 3,115 com-
plaints and 117 reports of dog bite.
Those figures are roughly comparable to
the previous year.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Woman accused of attacking ex
By Eric Kopp fice (OCSO), states that Vest jumped into her
Okeechobee News ex-husband's vehicle and began to attack a
A local woman was arrested on two mis- woman who is apparently now dating her
demeanor counts of battery after she alleg- former spouse.
edly attacked her ex-husband and his current Deputy Pickering stated that the vehicle
girlfriend, was parked at a local convenience store at
Ashlee Nichole Vest, 9:53 p.m. and that the ex-husband was inside
22, S.E. Sixth Ave., was the store at the time. When the man saw the
also arrested Tursday, attack he ran outside and pulled Vest out of
Oct. 22, on a felony count
ance. She was booked into Vest reportedly kneed her ex-husband
the Okeechobee County twice in the face and hit him in the face with
Jail under a total bond of a closed fist.
$6,000. Ashlee N. Both parties filed complaints against Vest.
An arrest report by Vest Thedeputy'sreportaddsthatVestreceived
Dn the echobe Coty he scrapes to her arms when she was pulled
ing, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of- from the truck and fell to the pavement.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants for each of
them. The criteria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top five is based on
the severity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the
whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's
Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Reed Ashton Huber Ambriz Iva Jean
Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS Hair Sierra Maya
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Huber Ambriz Sierra, H/M, DOB
Stoppers, you have the option of remaining
anonymous. You can also receive a reward if 6/13/1965, Burglary Structure, Grand Theft.
the information results in an arrest. No Bond.
Reed Ashton Hair, 20, 6'1" 215 lbs. Mar- Iva Jean Maya, W/F, DOB 7/12/1977, FTA
tin County Charge Dealing in stolen property -Traffic In Cocaine, Poss. Marijuana Less Than
- Okeechobee County escape warrant pend- 20 Gr., Poss. Drug Paraphernalia, No Bond.


Local tourney raises $19,000 for Memorial Fund Brian H. Mallonee
Board Certified Criminial Trial Lawyer
By Eric Kopp deputy to lose his life in the line of duty. He died won this year's tournament and the $500 top
Okeechobee News in November of 1991 when the plane he was in prize by carding a 14-under-par 58. Finishing in A
Noel Stephen is grinning from ear to ear, and crashed into Lake Okeechobee during a search second place in a scorecard playoffwas Dr. Nor- Now Accepting
for good reason, and rescue mission, man Koff's team-Dr. Koff, Howard Koff, Mat- Felony Cases
For 17 years the Okeechobee County Sher- The fund began with a barbecue chicken thew Koff and James Kirk-with a 13-under-par in Okeechobee
iff's Office (OCSO) major has spearheaded the dinner and golf tournament in 1992. During 59. in Okeechobee
Skip Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament and its existence, the memorial fund has awarded Another money winning position was the County
this year was no exception. However, despite $109,495 in scholarships to 47 local students. Seacoast a
the economic downturn the community came Madonna Bryant Arnold, Melissa Bryant, Jock next-tolast team sponsored by Seacoast Na-
through and, after expenses, helped him raise Brough and Shannon May have received their tional Bank. The team-made up of John Bra-
over $19,000 for the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund. four-year degrees with help from the fund. And zill, Dale Nowlin, Teresa Chandler and Frank (772) 464- 1 991
"I'm tickled to death," he said, with a wide grin. with the help of the fund Laura Bryant Grais- DeCarlo-shot 85 on the 18-hole Okeechobee M. f F
"This really makes me feel good and proud to bery will graduate Aug. 4 from Florida Atlantic Golf & Country Club course. For their efforts Main office Ft. Pierce
be in Okeechobee." University, and Danny Thomas has received his they were awarded a cash prize of $200, which
A full field of 144 golfers took to the links master's degree, they donated back to the Memorial Fund.

Saturday, Oct. 17, to help raise money for the
fund that not only provides scholarship money
for children of local law enforcement officers
and firefighters but helps families in their time
of need.
Skip Bryant was the first and only OCSO

The Memorial Fund has also given a total of
$66,050.63 to help 54 local families of law en-
forcement officers and firefighters in their time
of need.
The Gilbert Chevrolet team-Bert Culbreth,
Eric Kendall, Kyle Lanier and Blake Marsocci-

(left) Sponsored by Humana-(I to r) Bradley Stark, Brad Stark, Bryan Lowe
and Will Davis-shot an 81 to finish 141st out of 144 teams. (right) Seacoast
National Bank team placed next-to-last with an 18-hole score of 85. The team-
(I to r) John Brazill, Dale Nowlin, Teresa Chandler and Frank DeCarlo.


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Public Forum/Speak Out


Letters to the 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!

Okeechobee ghosts-share
your story
Here is a good story for you. When I
was about 10 my great grandmother was
very ill and had been in a coma for some-
time. My mother was taking care of her as
she did not want to die at a hospital. The
night before she died she came out of her
coma and asked for me. I stood beside her
bed and she told me that she would never
leave me until I was old enough to take care
of myself. After she died, I could hear her
walking from her bedroom in the front of
the house to my bedroom door. She would
stand there and then I could hear her walk-
ing back to her room. When she was well
she did this every night and when she died
she continued. One of the strange parts is
that the floor of this house was wooden and
it creaked as you walked but after she died
the floor was carpeted with a 1 inch carpet
and a 1 inch pad. You could not hear any
one walking across the floor after that but
I could hear the creak of the floor each and
every night until the day I married and left.
Sometimes even now when I go back to
that house I think I can hear my great grand
mother walking the floor at night.
I came to Okeechobee in the late 70s
and worked at the old Court House and I
can tell you it is haunted. One week we had
to have some work done in the office and it
could not be done during the day so a few
of us agreed to stay over and do it after work
on a Friday night. At 5 p.m. we left and went
to the old Red Rooster for dinner and was
going back to the Courthouse to work. As
we left, the lady who cleaned the offices was
just coming in to clean. We came back in
a hour or so and set to work. Myself and a
co-worker were in the front office and there
were two co-workers in the back office. We
heard things but did not think anything of it
as the cleaning lady was there. So, several
hours later when she left she came by to

tell us she was leaving and would be lock-
ing all the outside doors. We had a key to
get out one of the side doors so it was O.K.
We asked her what she was moving upstairs
earlier and she told us she was not upstairs.
She finished cleaning upstairs while we were
at dinner. We told her we heard someone
moving furniture and she laughed at us. As
she left she said "Don't make the spirits mad
now." And she left. One of the co-workers
from the back office followed her out and
locked the door behind her. A couple of
hours later, and started to hear someone
walking on the second
floor. Then we heard 9
chairs or furniture be- .'
ing pushed around and
could hear chains. The I
co-worker and myself .
went to see if the two ,
in the back office had
gone upstairs and found
them ready to come see
if it was us. This went
on for a while and at
times was loud. Two of the co workers went
up stairs and checked the offices and found
no one. After they came back down stairs it
started again. We checked all the doors and
they were locked. We did not stay around
much longer.
About three years ago we were work-
ing a show at the American Legion on SE
Second Street. We had a fairly good crowd --
a bunch of singers. It was a family night and
we had a few who had brought their kids in
to eat dinner and sing. I was walking around
checking that everyone who wanted to was
getting up to sing. I was talking with a cou-
ple who had a table full of youngsters bus
ily looking in the books for songs when the
Dad said "you have a nice crowd here." One
of the girls looked up and asked if an ambu-
lance or bus had brought all the hurt soldiers
here. I looked around and saw NO soldiers
but she saw them. She said they were sit-
ting all around the room just watching the
people sing and clapping their hands.
My 3 year old granddaughter saw my
mother, whom she never met. My mother
died before my granddaughter was born.
I once had a dream about a friend
who was in the hospital. In the dream she
told me not to worry, that she was fine and
happy and no longer in pain. I woke from
the dream because the phone was ringing. It
was her daughter calling with the news that
my friend had died.

Blood donors save lives
My congratulations go out to the couple
who wrote the letter in the "Letters to the
Editor" column about people being blood
donors. Thank you for getting the word out
about donating blood. It is truly the "Gift of
Life" to those in need. I personally have re
ceived two units of blood and I was grateful
that so many people cared enough to give
blood when asked to do so.
I am an organ transplant recipient and I
am so grateful for the gift of life that was giv-
en to me by the generosity of others through
organ donation. Just one organ donor can
save the lives of several transplant patients
who are waiting on the organ transplant list.
I would like to encourage more people to
consider being an organ donor. There is no
cost to the organ donor for giving the gift of
I am now 6.5 years out since my organ
transplantation and although since my or
gan transplantation my donor died from a
tragic accident, his two sisters with whom I
have met in person have the consolation of
knowing that a part of their brother still lives
on in so many other organ transplant recipi-
ents and it is what their brother wanted as
an organ donor.
I would like to close this letter by say-
ing two things, #1 "Please don't take your
organs to heaven, heaven knows we need
them here. #2 Organ donation -The only
cost is a little love.
Robert M. Young

Many thanks Okeechobee
I have been assigned the task of writ
ing the Editor of the Okeechobee News for
Habitat for Humanity, Okeechobee County
and expressing sincere thanks to all those
who helped in volunteering, construction,
donated material and lower cost for our re-
cent home. Cheryl Little, our partner family,
has moved in and loves her new home. We
want to give a special thank you to Sheriff
Paul May, Officer Fox and the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Work Release Program,
Harrison 0' Connor and the drafting class
from Okeechobee High School, Mark Mc-
Cree and Okeechobee Architects Collabora
tive, Inc., Carl Maxwell Electrical Contractors,
LLC., Quality Air Conditioning and Heating,
Echols Plumbing Co., Boswell Septic, Char-
lies's Lawn Service, Kay Can Siding, Mid-
Florida Hardware, Earthwise, Quality Turf,

Nunez Lawn Service, Maguire's Bobcat Ser-
vice, Inc., Robertson Realty and Appraising,
Inc., Charlie's Tree Service, Tap Land, Waste
Management, Wooley Sheds, Inc., Accurate
Pest Control, Big Lake Roofing, W&W Lum-
ber, R&R Drywall, Tradewinds Surveying,
West Coast Insulation, Okee-Tantie Title,
Okeechobee Store and Lock, Whirlpool,
Square D, Valspar Paint, Yale Locks, Dan
Creech Construction, Vest Concrete, First
United Methodist Men and Women, Buck
head Ridge Christian Church, Backporch
Church, First Baptist, Regions Bank employ-
ees, Church of our Savior, New St. Stephens
Church, PennySaver, Okeechobee News, All
Clean Services, Ed Walpole, Quick Frame
Construction, Okeechobee Magazine/Mau-
reen Budjinski, and many more.
We are currently accepting applications
for the next two Habitat Homes. If you are
interested in applying please call our office
at 863 357 1371 and we will return your call.
Again, thank you Okeechobee for pitching
Eloise Brown, secretary
Okeechobee Habitat for Humanity

Special to the Okeechobee News/Dowling

Kiwanis award
Darrell Enfinger (right) was recently
recognized by the Kiwanis Club of
Okeechobee for his many years
of quiet, dedicated service to the
club. A donation was made to the
Kiwanis Florida Foundation in Dar-
rell's name. Presenting a plaque
from the Florida Foundation is club
president Jim Vensel.

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October 25, 2009

Community Calendar

A.A. meets 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
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. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will
be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m.
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North
Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is invited.
For information or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-

A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held at 6:30
p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the
Hibiscus Children's Center on the last Monday of every
month from 6 until 7 pm The orientation is for those
interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and isa question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee
Campus, 2229 N W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the
Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-9311.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Lnda Road, Okeechobee on Mondays
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tum 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 Chapter
leader Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will
start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary
members and their guests are invited. Please R.S.V.R
to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m.
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North
Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is invited.
For information or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-

GALs need volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem Program has volunteer
opportunities for caring persons to advocate for
neglected, abused and abandoned children Volunteers
meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 0 a.m. at
Gizmo's on Hwy. 441 in the Publix Plaza.
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 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 SW 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-
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 A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A.
meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the
Basinger Christian Brethren Church on 700-A, north off
U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
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
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 until 9 p.m. at
the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 Enid Boutrin at 863-467-2321.
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 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-
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.
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
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. 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 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-
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related
problems at 6 p.m.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous meets at The
Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th Ave, at 7 p.m. in the
youth building behind the church. For information, call
Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at 610-0975. information
call 863-357-3053.

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Today: Mostly Cloudy with a high near 89 and a 30 percent chance of showers. Winds
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Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low around 69 and a 40 percent chance of scattered
showers and thunderstorms. Winds will be from the southeast around 5 mph.

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possibly a thunderstorm. Winds will be calm becoming south southeast around 5 mph.
Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 73 and a 50 percent chance of show-
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Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 86 and a 50 percent chance of showers and
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By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ

What Would Jesus Do?
I have been asking myself these ques-
tions a lot lately. Am I living my life as Je-
sus would? Am I doing what He would do
if He were here? You know, its sometimes
hard to answer these questions, but I think
that we who call ourselves Children of God
and believe that we are saved need to ask
For if we are not living and doing things
the way that Jesus would, then we must be
doing them the way of the world and that
means the way of the Devil, and if that is so,
then we are not Children of God and have
to be honest with ourselves about who we
serve. What is our source of knowledge as
to what Jesus would do, and how are we
to decide just what Jesus would do? There
is only one way that I know of how this can
be done and it is to study His Word, and let
the Holy Spirit lead us in making these deci-
sions. That means that we will have to give
more time to studying the Word, and more
time in prayer in order to understand and
hear the answers to all of our questions.
We need to be prepared for many things
to come that will test us for sure in our faith
and trust in our Lord, Jesus Christ. We must
be absolutely honest with ourselves, and our
true walk with Jesus Christ cannot vary in
most of our acts. After we ask the Holy spirit
to tell us what Jesus would do and have
received an answer to it, we are to act re-
gardless of the results to ourselves. Because
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see a change in your life, and you will see
a change in your walk with Jesus. You will
find that making the right choice of what Je-
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say, do, or think, you will know that you are
walking with the Lord and with you know-
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the Lord also.
Many of us have had our world turned
upside down, the loss of a loved one, a bro-
ken or unhappy marriage, disappointment
from a friend, or loss of a job, etc. Life is not
always the way we think it should be. The
way we deal with these issues is what truly
makes the difference. Our highest peaks of-
ten come after our lowest valleys. Don't put
a question mark when God puts a period. In
the blink of an eye your situation can, and
will, turn all around for you. No, you can't
have a better past, but you can have an awe-
some future. Don't stop believing.
So ask yourself before you watch that TV
show, or go see that movie, or go to that bar,
or talk about your neighbor, or anything you
may do, would Jesus do it? If you knew for
sure that He was here right now with you,
just what would you do? Yes, I will admit
to you that it won't be easy to take that first
step of faith, but if you will take it, we have
the Word of the Lord that He will be there
right by our side with the Holy Spirit lead-
ing you in the right decision that you must
make. Positive thinking produces positive re-
sults. I know the path that I chose was right.
Do you? Remember. Only God knows if you
will have a tomorrow or not, so be sure and
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Reflections from the pulpit

6 Okeechobee News October 25, 2009

Community Events

Church to host Gospel sing
The North Okeechobee Church of God
will host a Southern Gospel sing with the Re-
flection Singers of Trenton, FL on Saturday,
Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. and
Sunday at 11 a.m. For information, please
call 863-634-0344.

Fundraiser at Quail Creek to
benefit Big Brothers, sisters
Looking for an opportunity to help young
children (K-3rd grade) in Okeechobee read?
Big Brothers Big Sisters/Americorp currently
serve all of our elementary schools with a
reading mentoring program. We can use
your help. We are hosting a fund raiser at
Quail Creek this Saturday, Oct. 24 come
out and support the event be a sponsor or
come out with a team to shoot! All proceeds
benefit our Okeechobee BBBS program! See
the attached form or give me a call for more

Tourney benefits United Way
Raulerson Hospital is sponsoring the
Fifth Annual United Way "Greater Open Golf
Tournament" on Oct. 24, at the Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club. Registration for
the event takes place at 7 a.m. and the tour-
nament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun
hole sponsorships and door prize donations
are welcomed and teams are now forming.
Monies raised at this event will remain in
Okeechobee helping the United Way sup-
port 13 agencies that provide local support
to many of our local citizens. For more in-
formation or to register for this United Way
Fund Raiser golf tournament, please call
Marnie Lauter at 863-824-2702 or e mail me

Haunted Halloween Night set
for DuPuis Management Area
Join DuPuis Management Area on Satur-
day, Oct. 24, from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. for an
unforgettable night filled with ghostly fun at
DuPuis Haunted Halloween Night! Enjoy a
family-friendly atmosphere with fun games,
crafts, candy and even a costume parade!
An all-ages hay ride will depart from the
visitors' center before sunset. After sunset
ride at your own risk on the Haunted Hay-
ride, guaranteed to spook all of its victims.
Learn about creepy critters like bats. snakes
and spiders on the spine-tingling guided
walk through our "Haunted Trail." Bring
the whole family and choose your thrill at
DuPuis Management Area's Haunted Hal-
loween Night. For more information contact
Kim Kanter at 1-800-432-2045 ext 3339 or

Masonic Lodge breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host a Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 25,
from 8-11 a.m. For a $6 donation, the menu
includes eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pan-
cakes, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee.
The public is welcome. The breakfast will be
held at the Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth.
Donations to benefit Dee Dee Cates will also
be accepted.

LITEM) for a cup of coffee
Gizmo's Brick Oven Pizza will be hosting
the Guardian ad Litem Program's Monthly
Recruitment Coffees on the last Tuesday of
Monday of each month. Gizmo's located at
3547 S. U.S. Hwy 441 in Okeechobee. Oct.
27, is the date. Remember the time 10 a.m.
and the place Gizmo's Brick Oven Pizza. The
reason: Volunteering to "Change a Child's
Life. The coffee is for anyone interested in
knowing more about the Guardian ad Litem
Program. Guardians ad Litem are trained
volunteers who are court-appointed as child
advocates and are involved in court pro-
ceedings, giving a voice to victims of child
abuse. Volunteers are needed for Indian
River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties. Stop by for a free cup of coffee
with a GAL Volunteer and find out how you
too can Speak Up for an Abused Child. The
GALP offers free training monthly. For more
information, contact Pattra Dodd at 772-871-

'Dine with the Doctor' on
Tuesday Oct. 27
Raulerson Hospital will begin the popu
lar "Dine with the Doctor", A Medical Series
on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the North Dining
Room of Raulerson Hospital. Dinner service
begins at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation
from guest speaker, Dr. James Bradfield,
Board Certified Gynecologist at Raulerson
Hospital. Dinner is only $5. The lecture is
FREE. The series is held on the last Tuesday
of the month. For more information please
call Marnie Lauter at 863-824-2702.

Central to host Fall Fest
Central Elementary will be holding their
annual Fall Festival on Friday Oct. 30, from
5 to 8 p.m. There will be games, prizes, a
haunted train, cakewalk, food and lots of
other fun events. Tickets are available the
night of the carnival. This has been an annu-
al tradition in Okeechobee for many years
and it is a great family event.

'Devils Night at BHR VFW
The VFW Post 9528 Buckhead Ridge La
dies Auxiliary is having a "Devil's Night" on
Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a
pumpkin tree and other activities. A 32" flat
screen TV will be one of the prizes up for
grabs. Food for the evening will be shrimp
or fish for a donation. Wear a costume and
get a treat. For more information, please call

Free memory loss screenings
Appointments are needed for free mem
ory loss screenings on Oct. 30, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse's Asso-
ciation, 208 S.E. Park Street, Okeechobee.
Screenings are for anyone, any age con-
cerned about memory loss. Screenings are
conducted by staff from St. Mary's Memory
Disorder Center. Results from screenings are
immediate. Call Donna True, LCSWat 1-800-
861-7826 ext. 1.

H1N1 flu hotline open
The Florida Department of Health has
launched a toll free number to provide pub-
lic health information and updates on the
HINI Swine Flu. This information line will
be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a
week, call 877-352-3581.

Main Street to meet
Okeechobee Main Street will hold their
Quarterly General Membership Meeting on
Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Brahma Bull Res
taurant beginning at noon.
All members or anyone wanting to know
more about Okeechobee Main Street are en-
couraged to attend.
For more information call 863 357 6246.

Substance abuse group plans
memorial 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
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.

CCC meeting date announced
The next meeting of the Community
Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. in the School
Board Office.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Vicki Anderson

Breakfast Showcase
The Realtor's Breakfast Caravan Showcased Treasure Island on Oct. 8, with
local realtors in attendance included: (Front Row) Amy Davis, Pristine Prop-
erties, Wendy Bostwick, Preferred Properties, Jayla Townes, Preferred Prop-
erties. In the second row: Jeri Wilson, Pristine Properties, Kathy Godwin,
Preferred Properties, Velva Cannon, Exit Realty, Debra Pinson, Preferred
Properties. In the third row are: Barbara McClellan, Preferred Properties,
Sharon Johnson, Tucker Group, Lynne Price, United Country, Molly Curley,
Gil Culbreth Real Estate, Marcia Barber, Preferred Properties, Julie Turner,
United Country, Bill Seabolt, Exit Realty, Vicki Anderson, Goolsby Realty, Eric
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College Day assists OHS students

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Approximately 30 universities, commu-
nity colleges, and trade schools were on
hand for the annual College Day Monday at
Okeechobee High School.
Guidance Counselor Bill Black said invi-
tations go out to a number of schools each
year. He commented many out of state
schools didn't attend this year due to budget
The event is mostly for juniors and seniors
to get them ready for the next step in their
education, "We've also added sophomores,
students in Achievement via Individual dif
ferences. We're going to take a group to the
University of Central Florida in November.
We want to make them aware and get them
ready for college," said Mr. Black
He said no actual statistics are kept on
how many students go on to college now
from Okeechobee High. He noted the guid-
ance office is sending out more transcripts
to colleges these days.
"Some kids say they can't go to college,
but we try to find other things for them as
well," he said.
Senior Josh McCall was among those
who helped to organize the event. He said it
gives students valuable information.
"There's a lot of colleges you don't re-
ally know about it," he said. "You hear the
names, but you don't know really know any-
thing about them. This is a good way to find

Megan Clements, another senior, wants
to become a forensic pathologist. She said
that her classmates are very interested in
college. "I think that's because you definitely
have to get a college degree to get a good
job," she said.
Staff Sergeant Victor Rosa, of the U.S.
Army Career Center in Port St. Lucie, said
the Army is getting more interest from high
school students. He mentioned that most
kids asked him about the opportunities to
get an education.
"Believe it or not the Army is full in the
reserves," he said. "We provide economic
benefits superior to civilian jobs. We're of-
fering a lot of money for college and oppor-
tunities for education."
He noted the Army is also trying to at-
tract more bilingual soldiers from this area,
"Were doing very good recruiting. Most of
the kids we try to guide them to the right ca-
reer or situation."
Rebecca Johnson, admission officer
for the University of Florida, said her table
was pretty busy, "We are popular no mat-
ter where we go. We get a lot of questions
about financial aid, and the deadline to ap-
Michael Alberto, Admissions Officer for
Florida State, said he also got a lot of interest
from students, "They want to know the aver-
age GPA and the deadline for admissions,"
he said. "We've gotten a lot of interest."

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Rebecca Johnson, Admissions officer of the University of Florida, answers
questions at OHS College day as students Austin Willard and Aaron Suarez
look on.

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Okeechobee News

October 25, 2009

Special to the Okeechobee News

Officer Elections
The Raisin 'Em Right 4-H Club held their 2009-10 officer elections at their first
meeting. Officers elected are as follows: President Shayla Pendrey; Vice Presi-
dent Caleb Stewart; Secretary Cristin Shelton; Treasurer Ashleigh Ezard;
Reporter Zachary Stripling; Historian Allison Chandler; Chaplain Rance Pen-
drey; and Sergeant at Arms John Shelton. Congratulations to all who were
elected. The Raisin 'Em Right club meetings are held on the third Thursday of
each month at the Okeechobee County Extension Office, and begin at 7 p.m. If
you would like information on this club, call 863-634-0154.

S-65D navigation

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Weekend hours for Kissimmee River
navigation locks to change on Nov. 1
The South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) will close the S-65D navigation
lock on the Kissimmee River to navigation for
a one-day inspection on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The District is taking this action to ensure
the safety of divers who will be working in
the lock chamber during the day. The lock
will resume normal operation on Thursday,
Oct. 29.
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Yearling Middle School students selected as Students of the Week in the top
row are: Christian Cruz, Denise Calzada, and Keri Dixon. In the bottom row
sitting are: Fermin Olvera and Felipe Soto. Also in the photo are Mr. Brewer,
Mrs. Markham and Mr. Tedders.

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Wearing pin leads to job loss

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"I'm standing for what I believe in," said
Trevor Keezer. His stand has cost him five
days without pay and eventually cost him
his job at an Okeechobee business.
Mr. Keezer claims to have been wearing
a pin with an American flag and the words
"One nation under God, indivisible" for a
year and a half on his Home Depot apron.
That is almost as long as he had been work
ing at Home Depot.
He said he has received compliments on
the button and it did not seem to be a prob-
lem until recently.
On Oct. 5 he said he was told he could
not wear the pin at work, even on his per-
sonal clothing, unless it was worn under the
apron where it could not be seen. After that,
he was out about two weeks on medical
leave. When he returned to work wearing
the pin, he was sent home.
On Friday morning, Oct. 23, Mr. Keezer
reported for work wearing his pin. He was
terminated from his job.
Home Depot policy prohibits local man-
agers from commenting on personnel mat-
Home Depot Senior Manager-Public Rela-
tions Craig Fishel issued this statement: "As a
matter of company policy, the Home Depot
does not comment on specific personnel is-
sues. In general, the company's dress code
policy states that, no, we do not allow non-
company buttons, regardless of their mes-
sage or content, to be worn on aprons or
other clothing, to ensure a consistent policy
for all associates."
Mr. Fishel said that the prohibition against
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or freedom of religion issue, Mr. Fishel said
it is not.
"I don't feel like I am doing anything
wrong," Mr. Keezer said.
Mr. Keezer, who has a brother currently

serving in Iraq, said he is convinced that he
is right and is willing to accept whatever
consequences result from his action.
"I have faith God will provide," Mr. Keezer
said. "I'm standing for what I believe in. Ev-
ery day our freedoms are disappearing."
Mr. Fischel stated Home Depot supports
the United States military, referencing the
Home Depot web site which states, "the
Home Depot has a rich and proud history of
support of the United States Armed Forces
through a wide range of scholarships and
According to the web site, Home Depot
pledged $1 million and more than one mil-
lion service hours to help military families
with home repair while their loved ones are
away on active duty; equalized pay and ben-
efits for active duty associates who are cur-
rently serving our country; and donated $1
million in tools to support the U.S. Military
in Iraq.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Home Depot employee Trevor Keezer
was informed that wearing his "One
Nation Under God" violates his em-
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Local Kiwanis Club welcomes guest speaker

Kiwanis Club member, Greg Thogersen
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lisher of Farm & Ranch News to speak during a
recent Kiwanis meeting. Farm & Ranch News
is more than a statewide publication they are
active advocates for FFA, Extension, 4-H and
ag with Stephanie receiving the Honorary State
FFA Degree, Florida Friend of 4-H Award. She
just recently learned that she is also to receive
the Ag Journalist of the Year Award from Flori-
da Farm Bureau for her advocating.
In a nutshell, she talked about the fact that
as our government wrestles with budget issues
not only this year, but next year as well, they
want to hear from the people. She gave exam-
ples of how 4-H youth, supporters of ag and
others have written letters, visited Commission

meetings etc. to help their government under-
stand the importance of funding Extension and
4-H with the good news that their government
officials listened and positively responded.
When asked what she sees as the future of
ag in Florida, among other things Stephanie
said we all need to watch how our government
funds Extension (each county's University of
Florida Extension office's job is to extend the
latest and proven UF research and knowledge
to the general public-thus they are called Ex-
tension). If major cuts are proposed or closure,
it is a major symptom of how our politicians
view Florida's over $7 billion ag industry. We
need to stay alert and positively educate them
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Phoebe Raulerson selected for honorary degree

Phoebe Raulerson of Okeechobee was
recently selected to receive the Honorary
American FFA Degree-Other. The award
is given to those who advance agricultural
education and FFA through outstanding per-
sonal commitment.
The National FFA Organization works to
enhance the lives of youth through agricul-
tural education. Without the efforts of highly
dedicated individuals, thousands of young
people would not be able to achieve suc-
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overall well being of the nation.
The Honorary American FFA Degree is

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Members of the National FFA Board of
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der to receive the honor during and onstage
presentation at the 82nd National FFA Con-
vention, held Oct. 21-24. All recipients will
receive a certificate and medal and their
names will be permanently recorded.

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$35.00 $41.00 300-350
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were $2 higher and calves
were $3-$5 especially on light-
er calves. Lykes Bros. topped
the calf market this week with
a high of $1.42, bought by
Eastern. Jose Garcia topped
the cow market with a high of
$47.50. Bought by Dairymens.
Don't forget about our bull
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(at left) Stephanie Farmer, Associ-
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News, was the speaker at the Thurs-
day, October 15 Kiwanis Club meeting
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about the importance of supporting ag-
riculture and its youth who are our fu-
ture. She strongly suggested that our
youth should continue to voice their
opinions in their 4-H and FFA Clubs to
try and avoid budget cuts for next year
and for everyone to continue writing to
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Swim teams continue improvement

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School girls swim
team won again, this time over John Carroll,
101-61 on Wednesday night.
Sarah Annis won the 200 free with a time
of 2:26.30, a personal record. Tessa Delcampo
won the 100 fly, and the 400 relay team of Sa-
vannah Asmussen, Celena Letcher, Sarah An-
nis and Jessica Wackier won their race.
The boy's squad fell to the Rams, 112-46.
Freshman Alex Buck and Michael Miller both
had personal records in their events. Derek
Borrotto was also praised for cutting 20 sec-

onds off his personal best time in the 100 back-
stroke. On Tuesday, the teams were very com-
petitive in losses at Jensen Beach. The girls lost
95-85 while the boys swim team lost 98-56.
Highlights for the girls team included Adri-
anna Mitchell, who had her personal best
time in the 100 freestyle, 1:06. Jessica Wackier
won the 500 with a personal best time of 6:23.
Coach Brian Turner praised both girls for their
"Both of our swim teams are peaking at
the right time," he said. "We will finish our ta-
per this weekend and prepare for the district

Boys golfers excited about regional

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Stay in the now, and don't look ahead, or
look behind. That's the advice Okeechobee
golfers will get when they hit the tee box at the
2A Region 6 Boys Golf Championship Tourna-
ment in Viera. Some of the best teams in the
area will be there, and Okeechobee will likely
have the chance to make the state tournament
if they play to their potential.
"I think we have a good shot going to state
as long as we put numbers up," veteran Tyler
Platt said during a practice this week.
Brahman Coach Mark Ward said the kids
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their chances, "The kids are one year older.
They have more maturity and the experience
of playing with pressure," Coach Ward said,
"I will tell them, this is no different than a Sat-
urday morning golf match, play the course,
don't pay attention to other golfers and get in a



Ward will have Michael Watson, Richard
Donegan, Kodi Stephen and Tim Gray in the
lineup on Monday. He still must choose a fifth
golfer between Tyler Platt, Tony Devoss, Tyler
Finney, and Austin Hamilton. Whoever he cho-
ses, Ward said he's confident that player will
Richard Donegan has been in this spot be-
fore. He came to the regional as a freshman
last year. His 79 score last week in the district
tournament is the main reason Okeechobee
advanced. He said lastyear's experience should
help the team. "Coach wants us to stay in the
now and stay in the moment. We've been here
before and hopefully we'll do a little better."
Tyler Platt said he knows he must play bet-
ter if the team is to get to the state tournament.
He noted his goal is to handle the mental part
of the game and not get frustrated "Once I get
past that, I think I'll do well. You just can't pay
attention to the other players. They might hit
300 yard drives and stick every shot. You just
have to get past that and play your game."

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Dwyer shuts out Okeechobee to win district title

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Dwyer scored three touchdowns in the first
five minutes of the game and cruised from
there to defeat Okeechobee 48-0 to claim the
District 15-4A title Friday night.
QB Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yard and
three touchdown passes in the contest against
the Brahmans young secondary. He said he
knew his team would have guys open in the
secondary, "We wanted to make sure that
we scored early. It was homecoming and we
wanted everybody to play in front of the home
Okeechobee was held to 73 yard in total of-
fense. They did not move the ball into the Pan-
ther red zone. Their young QBs were rushed
hard all night as Okeechobee went to four and
five wide receiver sets to throw the ball and get
rid of it early.
Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said he
saw some good things from hisyoung quarter-

backs, D.J. Washington and Jack Radebaugh,
"I was very enthusiastic about their accuracy.
They stood in the pocket and got rid of the ball
quickly We had no interceptions and won the
turnover battle."
Dwyer returned the opening kickoff 45
yards thanks to Robert Clark and scored two
plays later. Clark caught a 39 yard pass from
Brissett for a first and goal, and then scored on
a short swing pass in the end zone.
On their second drive, Brissett found Ger-
ald Christian opened down the right side and
hit him for a 52 yard score and a 13-0 lead just
three minutes into the game, "I saw him open.
I knew that pattern would be open and I threw
it to him," Brissett said.
He noted he likes to spread the ball around
so everyone can score a touchdown.
A bizarre special teams play gave Dwyer
their third touchdown less than two minutes
later. Walt Fortner's punt was deflected at the
goal line and landed in the hands of Layton

Volleyball win streak ends
By Charles M. Murphy ment Tuesday against Fort Pierce Central.
Okeechobee News Senior Megan Clements said she feels the
Okeechobee's eight match winning streak team can playwell next week, Hopefully we'll
was snapped Thursday in a tough, four game play three matches next week. When we play
loss at Vero Beach. Jensen Beach we will try to beat them."
Okeechobee lost 25-22, 26-24, and 25-23 Senior Janezzka Koger said the team knows
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it 20-0.
Dwyer scored on their next possession on
a 2 play, 46 yard drive. Mike Ruiz grabbed an-
other deep pass for a 39 yard touchdown.
On many of the long passes Dwyer's speed
was evident as they had separation from the
defensive backs.
"The first three scores we had to get used
to their speed," Coach Jackson said, "Then we
got used to their speed that they were playing
at, and saw we could play with them, and had
some opportunities."
Okeechobee kept Dwyer off the score-
board for the next quarter as they forced a
punt and recovered a fumble after a big play.
Clark caught a 58 yard pass from Brissett but
as he struggled to get to the goal line, Defor-
est Shanks stripped him of the ball. Shanks
returned it 32 yards to the 35 yard line.
Dwyer (6-1) scored on a three play, 80 yard
touchdown drive in the second quarter. Matt

at Vero Beach
want to go in there and get the job done. We
won't go in big headed, and will go in there
and work hard."
Coach Todd Jones said the team will likely
meet Suncoast on Wednesday and Jensen
Beach on Thursday. He said his team really will
have to play better defense against Jensen.
"Their offense is pretty strong. If we can
slow it down or stop it, I think we will do much
better against them."

Elam ran 35 yards for a score and a 34-0 lead.
Another Dwyer drive ended with an intercep-
tion by Walt Fortner.
Dwyer got one final score before the half
et up by a 43 yard pass reception by Christian.
Brissett carried four yards for a touchdown to
make it 41-0 at the half
There was a running clock in the second
half. Dwyer got a touchdown run from backup
QB Bobby Puyol in the fourth quarter to cap a
nine play, 58 yard drive.
Coach Jackson said Dwyer was an impres-
sive team, but he thinks Okeechobee can one
day compete with them, "We've got to get the
same jets they have, the same size, and that
will come in the off season. It will take a big
time commitment to the weight room."

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Special to Okeechobee News/OHS
Nezzie Koger, a senior on the
Okeechobee High School Volleyball
team was selected as Female Student
Athlete of the Month for September.
Nezzie has had 148 service points,
136 digs and 85 kills for the season.

special to tne UKeecnoDee News/Uon
Kenny Murphy, a senior on the
Okeechobee High School Swim
Team was selected as Male Athlete
of the Month for September.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Raye Duesinger

Supporting sponsor
Vic Lancaster, Business Development
Coordinator for Glades Electric Co-
operative presents a check to Raye
Deusinger, Chairman of the Okeecho-
bee Blood Roundup. This is the third
year GEC has acted as a sponsor for
the annual blood drive, which this
year has a goal of 500 donations in
just two days, Nov. 13 and 14.

Special to the Okeechobee News/CES

Student elections
Student Council Elections were held Oct.
9. The representatives are excited and
ready for a productive new school year.
Student Council Representatives are:
President, Hunder Strickland; Vice-Pres-
ident, Kaitlyn Hoyle; Treasurer, Haley
Bryner and Secretary, Delaney Jones.

October 25, 2009


Okeechobee News

Brahman lady golfer

qualifies for regional

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Kailey Hoover will represent Okeecho-
bee at the 2A Region 6 golf tournament on
Hoover shot 104 at the district tourna-
ment last Monday to qualify as a freshman
for the regional.
Hoover said she hopes to do well against
some of the state's best golfers.
"I'm nervous, but at the same time I'm
proud to be representing Okeechobee and
my teammates. I hope that I do well," she
Hoover actually just took up golf before
the season began. She plays other sports
and is athletic, but really has taken to the
game of golf quickly.
She heard an announcement at school
that they needed girls to try out for the team
and that they didn't even need to know any-
thing about the sport. She said to herself,
why not give it a try?
"I practice every day after school at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club," she
said. "The coach, Lonnie Sears, and the golf
pro Terry Lanman helped me. I do like it and
it's fun to do. It's really not that hard."
Hoover said she's always been interested
in learning the sport.
Monday Hoover will be up against a lot

of great golfers. She said she will try her best
and enjoy the competition.
Her mother, Dawn Hoover, said she's
. ii. ..,,. .i ii. i.. herdaugh-
Ij I 1 11 I ,. j, 1 er husband
Joey both golfed years ago, and her father is
an avid golfer. She noted some of that must
have rubbed off on her daughter.
"I think its awesome. She went out there
and swung a golf club and did well. She en
joys it and that's half the battle," said Mrs.
The tournament will be held at the Sun-
tree Country Club in Melbourne.

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