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Vol. 100 No. 140 Sunday, November 22, 2009

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..unbhd Miller, Williams honored at Farm City lunch Sludge still
By Charles M. Murphy
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Okeechobee community
sports network launched
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Classifieds .................................. 17-18
Community Events........................ 6
Crossw ord....................................... 18
Obituaries............................ ... 6
O pinion... ..................................... 5
Speak Out ....................................... 4
Sports............................. 14, 16, 19-20
W weather ........................................ 2

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The 16th annual Farm-City
week luncheon was a hit once
again as the KOA convention
center had nary an empty seat
The Kiwanis Club and Ag
Council sponsor the lunch each
year which is an opportunity to
promote local youth groups that
work in agriculture through the
cooperative extension and the
4-H program.
Among the groups on hand
Thursday were the Yearling FFA,
the Rough Riders Next Genera-
tion 4-H Club, the Bacon Bunch
4-H Club, the Osceola FFA, Rai-
sin Em Right 4-H Club, Bits and
Spurs 4-H Club, Cattle Kids 4-H
Club, Okeechobee Sharpshoot-
ers 4-H Club, the Okeechobee
High School FFA, the Wild
Bunch 4-H Club, and the Udder
Bunch 4-H Club.
Pat Miller, who recently re-
tired after 25 years with the
Okeechobee Cooperative Exten-
sion, was honored for his service
to the community. He was also
the key note speaker. He focused
the speech on 4-H and the many
contributions they give to the
He explained the origins of
the Cooperative Extension ser-
vice and the need to get infor-
mation to the community about
He said there are no records
of when the 4-H program began
in Okeechobee. He said Gladys
Freeman was the first chartered
4-H leader in Okeechobee.
Miller also spoke about his
career which began at Purdue
University and went on to in-
clude stints as a livestock agent
in Indiana, and in Okeechobee.
Miller said the 4-H builds
young people into future lead-


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Pat Miller (right) received a special recognition from Jacob
Larson during the annual Farm City week luncheon Thurs-

Clayton Williams (right) received an award for being the chair-
man of the Farm City lunch for the past 12 years. Jeff Sumner
(left) has inherited the job as chairman.

for local

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Environmentalists claim state
officials are not enforcing a law
passed two years ago that called
for an end to sludge spreading in
areas near Lake Okeechobee.
Dr. Paul Gray of the Audubon
Society said phosphorus loads
in Lake Okeechobee continue to
increase and that the state is no-
where near their stated goal for nu-
trient loads in area waterways.
"Obviously, there is a pollution
problem -- it makes other prob-
lems worse," he said.
Dr. Gray said no one knows
for sure how much phosphorus
and nitrogen is sent into the Lake
Okeechobee basin each year. He
said the annual goal for nutrients
is 105 tons. He said many times
that amount is being put into the
watershed each year -- much of it
from sludge.
Dr. Gray said pasture grass
needs about 5 to 10 tons of sludge
per year in the watershed to be
healthy. He explained that many of
these pastures have become dump-
ing grounds. He suggests some so-
lutions to the problem would be to
burn sludge as a new bio fuel or to
dispose of it in landfills.
Audubon officials said the
spreading of sludge backfires
when those areas flood. The nitro-
gen and phosphorus in the sludge
then enters water ways and causes
a building of algae and muck.
The Audubon recently released
a report that was sharply critical
of how the Florida Department of
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Continued From Page 1
"4-H is a tool, a means to an end. It de-
velops strong capable young adults who can
contribute to the community," he said.
He praised Debbie Clemons for her
strong leadership of the youth programs in
He told the youth in the crowd that they
should take advantage of all the things they
learn in 4-H. He said Okeechobee needs ag-
riculture to thrive and that young people will
keep agriculture strong into the future.
Clayton Williams, the chairman of the
Farm City lunch for the past 12 years, hand-
ed the reigns over to Jeff Sumner this year.
Williams was honored for his special service
to the event.
Kiwanis Club President Jim Vensil served
as master of ceremonies for the luncheon.

Rick Amsden, David Hazellief and Noel
Chandler were the chefs.
Sponsors this year included the Kiwanis
Club, the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council,
Farm Credit of South Florida, the Okeecho-
bee Cattlemen's Association, Emory Walker
Company, Everglades Farm Equipment, Riv-
erside National Bank, Diamon R Fertilizer,
Lakeland Animal Nutrition, PNC Bank, Sea-
coast National Bank, Walpole Feed and Sup-
ply, Eli's Western Wear, and the Okeechobee
Cattlewomen's Association.
Special thanks were given to the follow-
ing businesses for donations. Farm Credit of
South Florida, the Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau, Berger Insurance Services, Orchid
Island Juice Company, Syble's Flowers and
Gifts, Pogey's Family Restaurant, The Atlan-
tic Group at Morgan Stanley, Bills Mini Mart,
Dairy Farm, Inc., and Syfrett Feed Company.

Okeechobee Forecast

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 83. Calm wind becoming south between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Calm wind
becoming east around 5 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind becoming north northeast
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Continued From Page 1
Environmental Protection (FDEP) has regu-
lated the spreading of sludge.
FDEP officials said the 2007 law did not
mean sludge spreading would stop. They ar-
gue that most permits to land apply sludge
will lapse in 2012, and that after that, real
results will show.
Meanwhile, some Florida cities are find-
ing new ways to deal with their sewage
after product. The City of Orlando is experi-
menting with using the sludge as an energy
Dr. Gray said many south Florida cities
still send their sludge to agriculture areas. He
mentioned Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West
Palm Beach utilities. Palm Beach and Martin
counties don't allow the spread of sludge
which puts a greater burden on small, rural
"Farmers are under a lot of pressure to
clean up, and sludge is being dumped creat-
ing the problem. It is not fair to farmers who
aren't doing it," Dr. Gray added.
The Audubon society study found that
in 2007, 8,049 dry tons of class B residuals
were dumped in the Lake Okeechobee wa-
tershed. They found that 52,737 tons of Class

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AA residuals were put in the watershed in
Glades, Highlands, Polk, Orange, Osceola
and Okeechobee counties.
Audubon recommended that the FDEP
move aggressive to faithfully implement the
new legislative mandate to end the practice
of sludge in the Lake Okeechobee water-
shed, and should keep sufficient records un-
der its existing permit program so that regu-
lators and the public can understand the
extent of residuals application in the entire
basin and the resulting water quality.
The Audubon also recommended that
sludge application in the Okeechobee basin
be ended.
Sludge cannot be applied in any manner
that adds to nutrient loading and impairs
water quality in any way, officials stated in
their recommendation.




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November 22, 2009

IRS Millions in refunds for thousands of Florida residents . . .

IRS has over $15 Million in Refund Checks
for 10,024 Florida Residents
The Internal Revenue Service is looking
for 10,024 Florida taxpayers who are due re
fund checks worth more than $15 million. The
checks were returned to the IRS by the U.S.
Postal Service due to mailing address errors.
"In Florida, the average undeliverable
refund is $1,538", said Mike Dobzinski, IRS
spokesman for Florida. "Last year, the average
was $1,408. We'd like to get this money back
to taxpayers as quickly as possible. All we need
is an updated address and we can reissue the
Nationwide, 107,831 refunds totaling $123.5
million were returned to the IRS. Undeliverable
refund checks average $1,148 this year, com-
pared to $990 last year. Some taxpayers are
due more than one check.
Local Okeechobee residents owed back
refund dollars include: Aguirre, Michael A &
Jeanne M;
Cortez, Juan & Ilda; Decker, Allison M;
Garcia, Joshua; Garcia, Santiago; Hernandez,

Hinds, Carol S; Johns, Martin R & Kimberly
L; Johnson, Lois; Mallouk, John; Stewart, Win
ston G; Underhill, Heather; Verser, Christopher
L; Whaley, Kenny & Sherry L.
Average undeliverable refunds rose by 16
percent this year nationwide. Several changes
in tax law likely played a role in boosting re
funds, including the First-Time Homebuyer's
Credit and the Recovery Rebate Credit.
Taxpayers can find out if they are due a tax
refund by visiting the IRS Web site at www.irs.
gov and clicking on "Where's My Refund." To
use this feature, enter information from the
2008 tax return including the Social Security
number, filing status and refund amount. Tax
payers will get the status of their refund check
and in some cases also get instructions to re
solve potential account problems.
Taxpayers can also check on the status of
the refund by calling 1-800-829-1954. Taxpay
ers checking on a refund by phone will be
given instructions on how to update their ad
Dobzinski said refund checks go astray for
reasons that vary with each taxpayer. Many

times it's because a life change-such as a mar
riage or divorce-causes an address change. If
a taxpayer moves and does not notify the IRS
or the U.S. Postal Service, a check sent to their
last known address is returned to the IRS.
After moving, taxpayers can ensure the IRS
has their correct address by filing Form 8822,
Change of Address, with the IRS. The form is
available on the IRS Web site at
or by calling 1-800-829-3676.
The vast majority of checks mailed out by
the IRS reach their rightful owners every year.
Only a very small percent are returned by the
U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable.
Dobzinski said taxpayers can avoid unde
liverable tax refunds by choosing to have their
refunds deposited directly into a bank account.
Direct deposit guards against undelivered, lost
or stolen refund checks. It's available for both
paper and e-filed returns.
IRS also encourages taxpayers to e-file their
tax returns. E-file reduces errors and speeds up

Arrest Report

The 1I .... 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 Flor
ida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Brandon Leibowitz, 16, of Palm Beach
Gardens, was arrested on Nov. 17, at the Red
Road Academy, and charged with escape. Ar-
resting officer was OCSO Deputy Astacio. Ac-
cording to the report, Leibowitz ran from the
juvenile facility at approximately 6 p.m. He
was gone 83 minutes and returned voluntarily.
Deputies set up a perimeter about five minutes
after the attempted escape. Leibowitz received
permission to go to the restroom while in the
cafeteria. Leibowitz was treated at Raulerson
hospital after he returned to the facility and
complained of a leg injury. He suffered bruises
and abrasions on his leg.
David Lyons, 53, of Southeast 68th Av-
enue, was arrested Nov. 18 by OCSO Detec
tive Susan Morrison and charged with grand
theft, forgery and uttering a forged instrument.
Bond was set at $8,500.
Travis Ekstein, 25, of S.E. 10th Avenue,
was arrested on an Okeechobee County war-
rant on Nov. 19 while in the Broward County
Jail. He is charged with felony battery. Bond
was set at $3,500.

Alexandra Norman, 20, of Stuart, was ar-
rested Nov. 18 on an Okeechobee County war-
rant and charged with violation of probabion
(possession of oxycodone). No bond was set.
Edward James Wacker, 44, of Highway
441 S.E., was arrested Nov. 18, on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant. He is charged with pass-
ing worthless checks. Bond was set at $2,500.
Reed Ashton Hair, 20, of State Road 710,
was arrested Nov. 18, and charged with grand
theft and dealing in stolen property. Lt. Keith
Murrish was the arresting officer. Bond was

set at $25,000.
Paul Edward Rox, 54, of N.W. 168th
Court, was arrested Nov. 17 by OCP Officer B.
Reyna and charged with DUI.
Jeannie Zinram, 21, of N.E. 361 Ct., was
arrested Nov. 18 and charged with lewd or las-
civious molestation. Bond was set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found
innocent or has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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 mak-
ing Okeechobee's Most
Wanted top five is based on
the severity of the crime in
conjunction with the age of Da l
the warrant. Daniel Kyle
If you have any inform Morvant
tion on the whereabouts of any of Okeecho
bee's Most Wanted you can call the Treasure
Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS



(8477). If you call Treasure
Coast Crimes Stoppers, you
have the option of remaining
anonymous. You can also
receive a reward if the infor
mation results in an arrest.
Daniel Kyle Morvant,
DOB 9/17/1987, Aggravated
Huber Ambriz Battery, Bond $20,000.
Huber Ambriz Sierra,
Sierra H/M, DOB 6/13/1965, Bur
glary Structure, Grand Theft. No Bond.


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What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for my friends, my family
and my ability to go to a job each day.
I am thankful that we made it through
hurricane season with no problems.
I am thankful that I still have a job, even
though I took a cut in pay.
Are there any organizations around
town who are giving out Thanksgiving din-
ners for those in need that are accepting vol-
unteers to help out?
I am thankful for all my friends both
here and in Michigan, my 10 children, 20
grandchildren and soon 1 great grandchild.
I am thankful that none of them have lost
their homes, thankful for the roof over my
own head and all the food a person could
want, plus a car that runs.
I am thankful for many things. My life
-- I am alive and every day above ground is a
good day. Every day you get another chance
to do as well or maybe a tad better. You can't
relive yesterday but you can ask for forgive-
ness or make amends, and CROW tastes bet-
ter when its fresh then old, stale and moldy.
My family -- You can pick your friends, your
associates even your nose but you can't pick
your family. Fat, thin, short or tall. Crazy, in-
troverted or out going... They are yours. Got-
ta love them! and I do love mine. The love
of my life -- That would be him who gives
me a reason to crawl out of bed and face
my life and family everyday. He makes each
day a joy for me just by being himself. He
taught me how to love again and shows me
he loves and cares for me every single day.
In spite of the obstacles placed in our path
we hold onto each other and forge ahead.
I hope God or whoever or whatever influ-
ence you look to lays blessings in your path
and lights your way to health, happiness and
prosperity in 2010.

Blood Roundup
I learned today that the blood roundup
took in more than 560 units of blood -- well
above their 500 unit goal -- so congratula-
tions to all in Okeechobee who helped.
I want to thank everyone who came
out to the Okeechobee Blood Roundup,
rolled up their sleeves and offered to give of
their own blood to unselfishly help others.
I guess it won't make the news like some-
one swimming with the gators or being told
they can't wear a flag pin at work, but the
Okeechobee Community deserves a big pat
on the back for the tremendous turnout.
Those who participated -- you helped save
lives. Don't forget that. You did a wonderful
thing and you should be proud of yourselves
and the Okeechobee community should be
proud of you.

Then and now
HIGH SCHOOL --1959 vs. 2009
Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting be-
fore school and then pulls into the school
parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's
gun rack.
1959 Vice Principal comes over, looks at
Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his
shotgun to show Jack.
2009 School goes into lock down, FBI
called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees
his truck or gun again. Counselors called in
for traumatized students and teachers.
Scenario 2: Johnny and Mark get into a
fist fight after school.
1959 Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny
and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2009 Police called and SWAT team ar-
rives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark.
They are both charged with assault and both
expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario 3: Jeffrey will not be still in class,
he disrupts other students.
1959- Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office
and given a good paddling by the Principal.
He then returns to class, sits still and does
not disrupt class again.
2009 Jeffrey is given huge doses of Rit-
alin He becomes a zombie. He is then tested
for ADD.
Scenario 4: Mark gets a headache and
takes some aspirin to school.
1959 Mark shares his aspirin with the
Principal out on the smoking dock..
2009 The police are called and Mark is
expelled from school for drug violations..
His car is then searched for drugs and weap-

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Scenario 5: Johnny takes apart leftover
firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts
them in a model airplane paint bottle and
blows up a red ant bed..
1959 -Ants die.
2009 -ATF, Homeland Security and the
FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with
domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his
parents --and all siblings are removed from
their home and all computers are confiscat-
ed. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch
list and is never allowed to fly again.
You know this is funny in a way, but
in some ways it is not as this is the way life
in this country has become. How I wish we
could go back to the simpler times.
That's what we get in our PC -- politi-
cally correct -- society.

At an elementary school there was an
election for class offices. Candidate A said,
"If you vote for me I will listen and stand for
what you want and try to do a good job,
then went on to describe how this would be
accomplished. Candidate B said, "If you will
vote for me, I will give you ice cream." and
then promptly sat down. The class went
wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."
Surely she would say more. She did not
have to. A discussion followed. How did she
plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn't
sure. Would her parents buy it or would the
class pay for it. She didn't know. The class re-
ally didn't care. All they were thinking about
was ice cream. Candidate A was forgotten.
Candidate B won by a landslide. Every time
President Obama opens his mouth he offers
ice cream and 52 percent of the people re-
act like nine year old children. They want ice
cream. The other 48 percent know they're
going to have to feed the cow and clean up
the mess. This Health Care Bill is more of
the ice cream President Obama promised
us! Remember, the government cannot give
anything to anyone -- that they have not tak-
en away from someone else.

Congratulations to the SWAT -- students
working against tobacco for the impres-
sive displays they put up at Osceola Middle
School an at the high school, illustrating the
number of people who die each year from
diseases related to tobacco use. These stu-
dents are smart enough to stay away from

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smoking which is not only a health hazard
for the smoker and for those around them,
but also a very expensive habit. Good for
them. Don't ever start smoking.

Prayer in school
I came from a generation that had
prayer in schools. We also had pregnant
girls, but they were sent away to live with
their "aunt" for a while. Was that preferable
to bringing their babies to class? Then some
member of the family would "adopt" a child.
Isn't adoption preferable to abortion? Or, the
girls went to an unlicensed "doctor" in some
back alley basement and had a life-threaten-
ing abortion. Prayer in schools caused illegal
abortions? Fathers and Mothers had affairs,
but they were furtive and caused great guilt.
Girls had sex, but claimed they were still vir-
gins; they had just done a "little too much
riding horseback." Prayer in school stopped
none of that -- and the
mores of the society at
the time caused enor-
mous anguish and
mental breakdowns.
And the mores of so-
ciety are better today?
People have always
been the same, and
done the same things,
regardless of what they prayed or what they
professed to believe. There were just more
hypocrites then, which is saying something,
because there are still so many hypocrites.

shame and all this has little or nothing to do
with the quantity or location of prayers.
What good does prayer do in school? I
prayed when I was in school, because back
then I was a church goer. I also went through
an awful depression stage where I checked
myself into a hospital because I was going
to end up hurting myself more so than I al-
ready was. Prayer didn't help me, I got over
my depression when I got away from prayer.
Prayer may help someone on a personal lev-
el, but it doesn't help on wide level. Prayer
should be personal and it should never be
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they are and what they are for fear of being
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Calvin H. Fryar Psalm 130:7 "Let Israel hope in the LORD
Pastor, Brighton Baptist Church for with the LORD there is mercy, and with
him is plenteous redemption."
The Mercy Lamp Wherever Alexander the Great encamped
has been raised with his army before a fortified city and laid
siege to it, he caused to be set up a great lan-
John 3:14 "...the Son of man be lifted tern, which was kept lighted day and night.
up." This was a signal to the besieged meaning
John 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from that as long as the lamp burned they had
the earth, will draw all men unto me." time to save themselves by surrender, but

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 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. 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 863-532-0449.
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 p.m. The
orientation is for those interested in fostering or
adopting in Okeechobee County. This meeting
requires no RSVP and is a question/answer fo-
rum. 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 Linda Road, Okeechobee
on Monday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose Lodge and go around the curve just
past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a
fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Chapter leader
Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at te t 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 invit-
ed. Please R.S.V.RP 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 863-532-0449.
Community Gospel Sing will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Seventh Day Christian
Church, next door to Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center. The pubic is invited to
GALs need volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem Program has volun-
teer opportunities for caring persons to advo-
cate for neglected, abused and abandoned chil-
dren. 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 S.W. Fourth St., and on

the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323
N. Parrott Ave. For more information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-4447.
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 p.m. 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 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.
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
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 863-634-8276.
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 invited.
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 morn-
ing of free organized Christian activities that in-
cludes 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
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.

once the light was extinguished, the city and
all that was in it, would be irrevocably given
over to destruction. And the conqueror kept
his word with terrible consistency, W.J. Hart
- "Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations"
God is about to lay siege to this work.
His mercy lamp is lit Jesus, the Light of the
World, still extends His lamp of mercy from
His cross. And He has declared, "As long as I
am in the world, I am the light of the world."
This means, as long as the cross of Christ is
preached, there is still hope. From the cross,
Jesus extends His mercy to this sin darkened
world. As long as the preaching of the cross
is extended toward mankind, the mercy lamp
is still there. Therefore, even in this dark hour,
there is a glimmer of hope for the people who
gather beneath the cross of Christ.
The Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians,
Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans had
their many gods gods of war, gods of indus-
try, gods of agriculture, gods of cities, gods
of towns, and various others. But in all of pa-
ganism's galaxy of gods, there never was one
called "god of hope."
That is scarcely surprising. For in that an-
cient world, hope had become a despised
delusion, long before our Lord was born
in Bethlehem. The fact is, there is no hope
for this sin-cursed world apart form the true
God, the God of Christians. "Now the God of
hope..." (Romans 15:13) "Encyclopedia of
15,000 Illustrations"
Even Benhadad's servants recognized that
there is hope among God's people. In I Kings
20:31 they advised their king: "Behold now,
we have heard that the kings of the house of

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Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee,
put sackcloth on our loins and ropes upon
our heads and go out to the king of Israel:
peradventure he will save thy life."
As long as the lamp is lit, there is mercy
to be had. But remember, only God is able to
give true mercy. The mercy of this world, is,
at best, greatly flawed and only temporary.
Jesus paid a dreadful price to redeem
our souls His cross has lit the world with
mercy and grace. You may come to the light
of His cross while it still stands in this world.
But you must never forget, when the church
goes home, the lamp will go out. Then the
only thing for this world is the judgment of Al-
mighty God. Johnwarned us of this judgement
of God when he wrote: "He that believeth on
the Son hath everlasting life: and he that be-
lieveth not the Son shall not see life; but the
wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
An artist once drew a picture of a dreary, win-
try twilight. The trees were heavily laden with
snow, and a dark house, lonely and desolate,
stood bleakly in the midst of the storm. It
was a sad picture. Then, with a quick stroke
of yellow crayon, the artist put a light in one
window. The effect was magical. Then entire
scene was transformed into a vision of com-
fort and cheer. The cross of Christ is the de-
terminative factor that brought hope, joy, and
peace to this dark world. His Light has been
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Community Events

GAL program plans
recruitment meeting
Stop by and find out about free Guardian
ad Litem volunteer training at Gizmo's Brick
Oven Pizza and enjoy a free cup of coffee
with a GAL! On Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 10-
11 a.m., Gizmo's Brick Oven Pizza and Subs,
will host the Guardian ad Litem Program's
monthly Recruitment Coffee. Persons inter-
ested in volunteering with the Guardian ad
Litem Program will be given a free cup of
coffee. Volunteer Guardians ad Litem give
a voice to children who are victims of child
abuse and involved in court proceedings.
They make sure children are placed in safe
homes, protected and provided necessary
services. Volunteers are needed in Okeecho-
bee County. For more information, contact
Pattra Dodd at 772-871-7225 or visit our
website at

Dine with the Doctor
on Nov. 24
Raulerson Hospital continues the popu-
lar "Dine with the Doctor," A Medical Series
on Nov. 24, in the North Dining Room of
Raulerson Hospital. Dinner service begins at
5 p.m. followed by a presentation from our
guest speaker Dr. Gabriel Guerrero. Board
Certified Endocrinologist at Raulerson Hos-
pital. 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.

CCC meeting date set
The next meeting of the Community
Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the School Board Office. We will be
collecting Christmas items at the November

Okeechobee County
Legislative Delegation meets
State Representative Mike Horner, chair-
man of the Okeechobee County Legislative
Delegation announces its public meeting
from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the
Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW 9th Ave. The delegation
will be entertaining concerns and ideas for
potential legislation. Members of the com-
munity as well as local and county govern-
ment may present their thoughts to the del-
egation at this time. If you wish to address
the delegation and be placed on the agenda,
please contact Representative Homer's of-
fice at 407-943-3077, no later than Monday,
Nov. 23. Due to time constraints we ask
that you limit your presentation to a 3 min-
ute maximum. If you have any documents
that you wish to distribute at the meeting,
please mail 4 copies by Nov. 23. Any request
received after the deadline will not be hon-
ored. You may still address the delegation by
signing in when you arrive and you will be
heard on a first come first serve basis at the
end of the meeting as time allows.

Masonic Lodge to
host breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 22, be-
ginning at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The donation
for the breakfast is $6 and includes eggs, ba-
con, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy,
juice and coffee.

Hamfest in the Woods
Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will
host a Hamfest in the Woods on Saturday,
Nov. 28 at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441
SE. Enjoy a $6 breakfast of eggs, sausage,
gravy, biscuits and coffee. From 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. a cracker cowboy meal of roast beef,
mashed potatoes, beans, slaw, dessert and
drink will be served for $10. In addition to
the hamfest, at 10 am. Gordie Peer, former
western movie stuntman, will be entertain-
ing with whip and rope tricks. There will also
be bluegrass music. RV parking is $30 for Fri-
day night. Please RSVP as space is limited.
RVers wishing to experience Church-in-the-
Woods may stay over Saturday night at no
charge. Sunday lunch is free. Tent campers
are $15. All proceeds from entry fees go to
the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club. Pro-
ceeds from campers and food sale go to Al-
pha Ministries. For more information email or call 863-763-9800.
For more information on Alpha Ministries

Tax aide volunteers sought
AARP seeks computer literate volunteers
to help with the icome tax filing assistance
program for the 2010 tax season. Complete
training will be provided, using AARP soft-
ware and training materials. For informa-
tion, call Neile at 863-357-1694.

Local pet rescue needs help
The Humane Society Pet Rescue of
Okeechobee needs help to keep our shelter
a great place for adoptable pets to stay. We
are also in need of donations to help with
food, vet and other operating expenses. Any-
one interested in helping is asked to contact
Belinda at the shelter at 863-357-1104.

Raulerson Hospital announces
Ambassadors Club
Raulerson Hospital is inviting Okeecho-
bee Residents to join the Raulerson Hospital
Ambassadors Club. Raulerson Hospital is
your community hospital and we welcome
individual volunteers who would like to
participate in regularly scheduled meetings
where your unbiased feedback will help us
provide excellent patient care during your
stay or a loved one's stay. We are looking
for dedicated individuals, who have either
been a patient or a visitor at Raulerson Hos-
pital. If you would like to participate in this
progressive community program, please
contact Marnie Lauter at 863-824-2702 or by
e-mailing Marnie Lauter at: (marnie.lauter@ for more information.

ReStore needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity is in need of volun-
teers for their ReStore that is open on Satur-
day and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. If
you can help call Shirley at 863-467-6484 or

Elder Affairs SHINE
program seeks volunteers
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs,
along with the Area Agency on Aging Palm
Beach/Treasure Coast, invites you to join the
award-winning SHINE team of volunteers.
This program helps elders make informed
decisions about Medicare, health insurance
and prescription drug plans.
SHINE volunteers provide individual
counseling and assistance to elders and their
caregivers about Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-
care plan choices, long-term care planning
and prescription discount drug programs.
Volunteers may also make educational pre-
sentations to community groups and par-
ticipate in local health fairs, senior fairs and
other outreach and educational events. If
you would like additional information about
this exciting opportunity and would like to
become a SHINE volunteer in Indian River,
Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties,
please call our Elder Helpline at the Area
Agency on Aging at 1-866-684-5885.

Habitat needs resale items
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee
County is getting ready to open a "Restore"
and is in need of resellable items. No cloth-
ing! Anything else for the home, to include
household items, furniture, building mate-
rials, electrical, plumbing and cabinets. For
more information call 863-467-6484 or leave
a message at the Habitat office 863-467-

Red Hat Ladies invites new
Join the Red Hat Ladies social group. La-
dies interested in have fun meeting new Red
Hat Ladies are invited to come tour Red Hat
meeting and find out what it's all about. Call
Marilyn for more information at 863-357-
1944 or Mari at 863-763-5836.

Pregnancy Financial
Assistance Available
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned
down for Medicaid? Healthy Start may be
able to help. For information, contact Becky
Smith at 863-462-5877.

DAR to meet
The Okeechobee Chapter of the Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution hold their
monthly meetings the first Saturday of the
month October through May from 10 to
11 a.m. at the Okeechobee County Public
Library. Anyone interested in joining is wel-
come to attend our meetings. We will help
you document your ancestors and apply for
membership in the DAR.

Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.

Michael Shane Rowe Sr., 38
OKEECHOBEE -Michael Shane Rowe Sr.,
passed away Thursday, November 19, 2009, in
Raulerson Hospital. He was 38.
Born Sept. 9, 1971 in (,i ... iil he had
been a resident of
Okeechobee for 38
He is survived by
his loving wife,
Pamela Rowe; chil-
dren, Michael Shane
Rowe Jr. and Justin
Shane Rowe; moth-
er, Linda F Mach
(step dad, David); fa-
ther, James E. Rowe
Sr. (step mom,
Joanne W); sister, Eugina A. Jolly (Johnny);
brother, James E. Rowe Jr.; stepbrothers, Jo-
seph E. Herrin, Phillip M. Herrin, David "Pee-
Wee" Herrin and Billy James Herrin;
grandmother, Helen Newman; grandfather,
James C. Rowe; grandpa, Harvey Newman; sev-
eral aunts and uncles; one nephew; and two
brothers-in-law, Joe Walker and Johnny Walk-
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, No-
vember 22, 2009, at Bass ( 1. i,,l .. Chapel.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, No-
vember 23, 2009, at Bass (,i i.. ,,i ... Chapel,
with Pastor Don Leon officiating. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the -.,-. -l ...... at www.bas-
. .. ... I,,i..i .. I . ..- I
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.,. i i ...L Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., ( i .... 1, FL

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November 22, 2009

November 22, 2009 Okeechobee News

Judge Hendry
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The old has become new again in
Okeechobee. On Thursday evening Nov. 19,
the Kiwanis Club held a rededication cer-
emony for the gazebo in Flagler Park. Since
the Kiwanis Club as well as the rest of the
community uses the gazebo for so many ac-
tivities, the club decided to renovate it.
J.D. Mixon, who headed up the renova-
tion project for Kiwanis, served as master of
ceremonies for the event. He said the Kiwan-
is Club wanted to brighten up the downtown
area when they decided on the renovation
"I really need to thank J. D. (Mixon) for
the exceptional job he did," said Kiwanis
Club President Jim Vensel.
The OHS Jazz Band performed for the
crowd and Retired Circuit Judge Bill Hendry,
who is a local historian, spoke on the history
of the gazebo.
Judge Hendry, who often gives historical
talks, asked the crowd if they remembered
the first time a waitress asked them if they
qualified for a senior citizen discount. He
compared that to being asked what it was
like in the old days.
The judge said that in 1902 there was the
beginnings of a village called Tantie with a
store and post office. The population was
56. By 1911 the name of the post office was
changed to Okeechobee and the popula-
tion was 150. In 1914 things began to hap-
pen. The Okeechobee Company platted the
City of Okeechobee. Each block was 300 by


gives history 1
300 feet and most blocks contained 12 lots.
There was also a system of 11 parks called
Flagler Park. The streets running north and
south, east of the Florida East Coast Railroad
(FEC), which was on the western end of Fla-
gler Park, were given Indian names, except
for Parrott Avenue. That avenue was named
for Joseph R. Parrott, president of the FEC.
"By 1515 things were really happening,"
Judge Hendry said. He named the stores and
buildings which lined Flagler Park at that
time including the O.O. Davis Building which
served as the first courthouse.
In 1916 the board of trade, forerunner of
the chamber of commerce, approached the
city to build a gazebo. It was built in the park
immediately to the west of the present gaze-
bo. This gazebo was destroyed by hurricanes
and rebuilt several times.
In 1916, a local band was formed with 13
members which played concerts at the gaze-
bo. The band included Faith Raulerson and
Judge Henry Hancock. An old photograph of
the park taken in 1918 showed no gazebo.
However, the picture revealed a large pile of
construction debris on the corner. The judge
surmised that the gazebo had probably been
destroyed by the hurricane of 1918. It was
demolished again by a hurricane in 1928.
This time it was rebuilt on the present site,
only to be destroyed by a hurricane in 1933
and rebuilt again.
Through the years the gazebo has been
used for musical and religious programs, for
Santa Claus visits and square dances.
In the 1930s and 1940s the Seminoles

esson at gazebo rededication

from Brighton Reservation would come to
Okeechobee on Saturdays. On Saturday af-
ternoons they would gather in the park by
the gazebo to prepare to go back to Brigh-
ton. The judge noted that two years ago the
street just to the west of the gazebo was re-
named Osceola Street, its original name in
honor of the Seminoles.
In 1940 a Democracy Day Parade was
held in conjunction with Washington's
Birthday. Taking part in the parade was the
judge's father, who was mayor at that time.
The parade stopped at the park for speeches.
The featured speaker was Judge Alto Adams
from Fort Pierce.
Judge Hendry recalled a 1944 war bond
drive held in the park. Also in 1944 the first
high school band was organized. It 1945 the
band gave its first outdoor concert in the
"I'm proud to have been a member of
that band," the judge said.
However, he added that that band never
sounded as good as the band behind him,
referring to the present day OHS Jazz Band.
Haynes Williams, who later become clerk of
the court, was also in the 1945 band.
The first recorded political rally at the ga-
zebo was in 1928. The judge said those ral-
lies continued until 1966. One political can-
didates stepped to the microphone, gazed at
it, then said: "Well folks, this is the first time I
ever spoke through a knot hole."
Another political speaker told the crowd
that his opponent would have them think

that King Solomon was not as smart as he
Judge Hendry made his first politic
speech there in 1958 when he campaigned
for his mother who was running for the
school board.
The Kiwanis Club would like to thank
the following organizations for their help
in renovating the gazebo: Fraternal Order
of Police, labor; International Association
of firefighters, labor; All Bright Electrical,
electrical material and labor; Gene Woods &
Sons Concrete, formed handicap ramp; Lu-
viano Roofing, roofing materials and labor;
W & W Lumber, lumber and general build-
ing materials; Okeechobee Asphalt & Ready
Mix Concrete, concrete for handicap ramp;
Home Depot, paint and painting supplies; All
Around Ground Services, landscaping and
irrigation; Domer's Machine Shop, material
for hand rail; Ron Mixon and Wayne Corbin,
fabricated and installed hand rails; All Clean
Services, donated restroom, Bert Hathaway
Painting, painted ceiling; Cowboy's Restau-
rant, donated lunch one day; Gladys' Restau-
rant, donated lunch one day, Jersey Mike's,
donated lunch one day, Stitchin' Post, do-
nated shirts, and Waste Management, free
dumping of scrap material and garbage.
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eryone a magical dose of holiday spirit!
Tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 23.
Ticket prices are $15 per person to drive
through the Tour of Homes in your vehicle
or $25 for our chartered bus tour, and may
be purchased at any of the following loca-

Riverside Bank supports education

Riverside Bank believes
a solid educational founda-
tion is the success to any
community. In support of
such a vital element River-
side Bank donated $500 to
the Okeechobee Christian
Academy. Okeechobee
Christian Academy, a non-
profit organization began
as Grace Christian Schools
in 1976, as a ministry of the
Grace Brethren Church of
Okeechobee. In 2007 the
Grace Brethren Church rec-
ognized the need to expand Riverside Ba
the scope of this ministry by Okeechobee
offering a top quality, holistic check for the
Christian education for the man by Tabi
Greater Okeechobee area. Riverside Ex
In order to accomplish this er Hancock.
transformation Grace Breth-
ren began the process by in-
viting other churches to join in partnership
with them in this new venture.
Ultimately, the school's name was
changed to Okeechobee Christian Academy
to reflect its new community-wide char-
acter and inter-denominational composi-
tion. "It is nice to know that organizations
such as Riverside are willing to support us
in our endeavors and you see the value of
these young people. Ultimately, the funds
you donated will go directly to help impact

Special to the Okeechobee News/Riverside Bank
nk made a $500 donation to local school
Christian Academy (OCA) presenting a
Donation to Nick Reynolds, OCA chair-
tha Trent, Riverside Bank manager and
ecutive Administrative Assistant, Heath-

and prepare these young, passionate chil-
dren for what lies ahead. We appreciate you
standing with us and investing in them," said
Nick Reynolds OCA Chairman. The $500 do-
nation was possible because of Riverside
Bank's coin counting machines. Each time
someone pours coins into the self-serve ma-
chines, five cents of every dollar converted
is donated to local non-profit organizations.
"Every penny, nickel and dime can really
add up when it comes to supporting chari-
ties," said Tabitha Trent.

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students and staff at Everglades for participating in the Red Ribbon Week
activities and a special thank you to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Deputy
Keith Stripling and McGruff for judging our schoolwide contest and the pre-
sentation of awards to our winners. Selected as winners are: Kindergarten
students, first place Angel Jimenez, second place Richard Kane Beccera,
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collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell
phones to return for money. Martha's House
can also have them 9-1-1 activated for partici
pants. If you have any used cell phones to do
nate call 863-763-2893, or drop them off at their
new administrative office on North U.S. 441.
My Aunt's House
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My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organi
zation is looking for two to three volunteers to
work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. un
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Parent education classes offered

The Okeechobee County Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering parenting educa-
tion classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to at-
tend. Each participant will receive a gift.
This adults-only parenting class consists

of six, one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate of comple-
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available. No child care will be available.
Call 863-462-5877 for registration.

North Elementary fourth grade boys and girls under the guidance of Angela
Sachson from the Okeechobee Extension office, have been tending to their
portable garden by watering, fertilizing and now harvesting green peppers,
jalapeno peppers and radishes. They will soon be picking the tomatoes,
cucumbers, eggplant and corn just in time for Thanksgiving. The boys and
girls are taking great pride in the garden's accomplishments.
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the library can help students to learn and enjoy reading.

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November 22, 2009

OHS Band fairs well at assessment competition

The Okeechobee High School Brahman
Band attended the Florida Bandmaster's
Association [FBA] Marching Music Perfor-
mance Assessment on Saturday, Nov. 7. This
assessment comes at the end of an extraor-
dinary season which began in July of this
This year's marching show was the mu-
sic of the rock band, Journey. Songs includ-
ed Separate Ways, Faithfully, Anyway You
Want It and Don't Stop Believing. The music
for this year's show was written by band di-
rectors Mr. Chris Bowen of Osceola Middle
School and Mr. Clint LaFlam of Okeechobee
High School. This was the first time in recent
history the music was written specifically to
the instrumentation of the band. Beginning
at band camp this summer, the students in
the band worked tirelessly on music, march-
ing and visual elements to perfect this pro-
duction. Soloists were Quirino Rubio for
his baritone solo during Faithfully and Janet
Rios, alto saxophone, also during Faithfully.
This band has become more competitive

since Mr. LaFlam's arrival and this year was
no exception. The band traveled to three dif-
ferent competitions, including a trip to Vero
Beach's Crown Jewel Invitational where
they took first place during preliminary com-
petition and third place in final competition.
Additionally, they earned a Superior Rating
in Auxiliary. They also took the trophies for
best in class for Marching, Auxiliary and
General Effect in Vero Beach. Their perfor-
mance at the Park Vista Competition earned
them a place at the state Florida Marching
Band Coalition which takes place Nov. 21.
They earned a Superior rating here in the
captions of Visual and Music. They also trav-
eled to Naples for the Palmetto Ridge March-
ing Band Competition where they earned a
Superior rating in music and placed third in
their class.
"The 'one that counts,' is the FBA Music
Performance Assessment," Mr. LaFlam ex-
plained to the students at a rehearsal prior
to the assessment. The students entered the
field on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Jensen Beach

High School to make it count. The conditions
were terrible. High winds and rain made it a
difficult performance. Senior Logan Kindell
commented on the rain, "We wanted it to
come. We wanted to show everyone we
could do it in spite of the rain." And the band
did just that. In one of the best performanc-
es to date, the OHS Brahman Band played,
spun and marched their hearts out.
When it was time for ratings, it was no sur-
prise to hear that Okeechobee High School
received the rating of "Superior." What was
surprising was the fact that it was members
of other bands, including other directors
that were cheering right along with the OHS
Band fans. Mr. LaFlam received numerous
congratulations from other band directors in
our district who also commented on what a
tremendous improvement and growth they
have seen in the band this year.
When Mr. LaFlam gathered the com-
ment sheets and returned to the buses, he
explained to the group that in each caption
(Music I and II, Marching and Maneuver-
ing, General Effect, Auxiliary) not only did
they receive the rating of superior, but they
didn't receiving anything less than superior
in any section of any caption. In FBA terms,
"Straight Superior" is a connotation usually
reserved for the big east coast bands, and
is something this group should feel is a re-
markable accomplishment. Not since Mr.
LaFlam's senior year (Fall of 2000) in high
school has the band received such high
marks at the FBA Marching Music Perfor-

mance Assessment. When asked about the
band's accomplishment, Mr. LaFlam states,
"I expected it. These kids worked really hard
and they deserve it."
As the band travels to state on Nov. 21,
they will be competing against some of
the best music programs Florida has to of-
fer. They will be judged, scored and ranked
against bands of similar size and instru-
mentation. This is the OHS Band's first (but
definitely not the last) trip to the FMBC State
Competition. They are truly living up to the
district's motto of "Achieving Excellence."

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This year's marching show was the music of the rock band, Journey. Songs in-
cluded Separate Ways, Faithfully, Anyway You Want It and Don't Stop Believing.
The OHS band performed at Jenson Beach on Saturday, November 7.

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Okeechobee News

Brahman boys hoops look for strong campaign

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brian Van Camp begins his first season
at the helm of the Brahman boys basketball
team this week.
The OHS alumnus said he is blessed to
have a veteran corps of players to work with,
and he expects the team to be a district con-
tender this year.
Van Camp promises strong defensive
teams with a lot of energy, aggression, and
"I couldn't have inherited a better group
of kids. They are familiar with the system.
They are good kids who are hard workers
and stay positive."
Van Camp said fans should expect to see

a bunch of kids who aren't afraid to dive
on the floor, get loud, and be aggressive no
matter who they play.
"We'll go into every game thinking that
we have a chance to win. We will not back
down from anyone," he added.
Van Camp has stressed defense in early
practices. He noted there have even been
big crowds in the stands for practices. He
said he expects a lot of support from the
student body and has already gotten a lot of
support from the School Administration and
even previous coaches.
"Any time you step in to a new position
there are some nerves. I'm familiar with the
fans and I've had a lot of help settling into the
position. I'm just ready to go," he added.

The Brahmans with Ryan Osceola, Ricky
Nieto and Matt Skipper the primary guards.
All have previous varsity experience. Defor-
est Shanks will help off the bench.
T.J. Allen, Troy Harper and Austin Willard
will be the primary forwards. All have varsity
experience. Jonathan Hudoff will help off
the bench.
Duelle Gore and Alonzo Coleman will
share time at center this year as they replace
Division I signee David Jeune.
"We have a veteran group with experi-
ence. I think the outlook is positive. It is defi-
nitely a plus to have the team familiar with
the system. I have told them to play more ag-

gressively and we'll play up tempo and run
the floor," Van Camp said.
If there is a weakness on the team it could
be interior defense. Van Camp said the team
had trouble in summer scrimmages against
taller inside players.
Van Camp said Fort Pierce Central will be
the district favorite. He said any number of
teams, which include Fort Pierce Westwood,
Okeechobee and Jensen Beach, could also
compete for a playoff spot this year.
The boys host Clewiston in their regular
season opener on Monday night at Osceola
Middle School.

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on captive wildlife rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
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its deadline for the public to participate in
an online survey that will help the agency
develop new requirements for possessing
Class I, II and III wildlife. The survey began
on Nov. 3, and has been extended from Nov.
24, to Dec. 7. A limited response from the
public resulted in the extension.
The survey includes questions on wheth-
er Class I and II captive wildlife owners' facil-
ities should meet local building codes and/
or zoning requirements and if wildlife own-
ers should provide their Critical Incident and
Disaster Plan to their county's emergency
manager. In addition, the survey inquires if
people shipping or delivering live wild ani-
mals via interstate or intrastate commerce
should label such packages. The label would
list the name and address of the sender and

receiver and identify the number and spe-
cies of live wildlife in the shipment.
Class I wildlife include gorillas, chimpan-
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II wildlife include several species of small
monkeys, small cats, coyotes and wolves.
Class I and II wildlife are potentially danger-
ous to people.
The FWC also is asking for input on the
licensing requirements for hobbyists (those
who possess wildlife for personal use and
enjoyment) who may occasionally exhibit
or sell Class III wildlife.
Class III wildlife represents all species not
listed as Class I or Class II, and includes those
species that are specifically listed as not re-
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in the greatest number of donors.
Okeechobee showed its love and re-
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overwhelmingly turning out to sup-
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$500. The second place award of $300
was presented to Jim Dawson, Asso-
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Methodist Church and third place went
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High School. Accepting their award
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Balanced scoring leads Lady Brahmans to win

By Charles M. Murphy had 12 points for Okeechobee. Edwards is
Okeechobee News the only freshman on the varsity team. She
Jewel Buck led four players in double fig- said it felt good to get her first points of her L
ures as the Lady Brahmans basketball team career.
held nff am RBerean Christian s uad 51- It was awesome. When that shot went

42 at Okeechobee High School Thursday
Okeechobee remained unbeaten at
(3-0) as Buck pulled down 10 rebounds.
Markeisha Youmans had 12 points and 14
rebounds as Okeechobee constantly con-
trolled things inside.
Essence Williams had 11 points and nine
steals while Keighly Stewart had 10 points
for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee ran out to a 10-2 early lead
and led 14-4 after one quarter. Okeechobee
led 19-4 before Berean Christian played bet-
ter and made it a game.
Buck said she saw some good things but
added the team still has some work to do.
"We let them come back with little mis-
takes. Our team had more potential," she
said. "We let it slip away ourselves. The little
mistakes can catch you."
Buck said the team needs to work on
their conditioning. She said the team looked
tired in the second quarter after they used up
a lot of energy in the first quarter.
Berean Christian got as close as six points
in the second half.
Wednesday night the Lady Brahmans
walloped Moore Haven 62-15 in a game
played at Osceola Middle School.
Graciela Varela and Ami Edwards both

in I felt great. There are some bigger girls
this year and I'm improving. We had a good
game tonight."
Varela said every game is an opportuni-
ty to get better and more familiar with the
team's plays and system. She added she has
worked hard to improve her game, "I've
been shooting a lot and my shot has gotten a
lot better. I think we're going to do really well
because we have a lot of good people."
Okeechobee will travel to Vero Beach
on Monday and will host Glades Central on
Tuesday night.

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male, Childs pet. Lost in
vic. of City Police Dept.
Reward! (863)261-3371

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CABLE TV- Persons to
Run Collection/Disco
routes. Earn $500-
1000+ p/wk. Need own
Ladder equipped vehi-
cle. valid DL, Drug and
Background chk. Call:

Wanted for condo/rv park
with 324 sites. Must
have managerial and
computer skills. A CAM
license is required for the
position. Send cover let-
ter and resume to Board
of Directors at the follow-
ing address.
Big O
Board of Directors
7950 Highway 78 West
Okeechobee, FL 34974

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.

When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.

How do you find a job
in today's competi-
tive market? In the
employment section
of the classified

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fieds and make your
clean up a breeze!

DISABLED, Older Man:
Needs a ride from Ft.
Drum to Town at least
once a month. Please
call (863)357-1529

One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an
ad in the classified.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

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to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
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Independent Newspapers
will never accept any ad-
vertisement that is illegal
or considered fraudulent.
In all cases of ques-
tionable value, such as
promises of guaranteed
income from work-at-
home programs if it
sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it
is. If you have questions
or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we ad-
vise that before respond-
ing or sending money
ahead of time, you check
with the Better Business
Bureau at 772-878-2010
for previous complaints.
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if
you call a number out of
your area, use caution.

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thing sold, advertise in
the classified.

go to

Secretarial Services
by Linda Seder
Okee area.

Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

3bdr/2bth home for
RENT on 4 acres.
$1200.00/mo screened
fenced/pole barn/fireplace

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-47341

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A/C repairs igtaj
Free :1 a 2 T4
St.Lic CACA 33613

Wedding Dress -Brand
New from Davids Bridal,
still in bag with price
tag on it. Shoes includ-
ed, also brand new.
Dress is size 12 and
shoes are size 7.
$350 00/firm.
(863)634-0758 or

2 person / Hot tub
new pump.$500

Chihuahua UKC, 4.5
mo male, red & white.

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Hybrid Palms. You pick
and I'll Plant. Call Jerry.

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Basswood 2/1,
$650/mo, $650 sec.
Small pets allowed. Call
TCI, On Lake with
dock, util/cable includ-
ed. No pets, $600/mo
$300 sec.
NW OKEE: 2br, quiet St.
Pets ok, $650/$750, 1st,
last & $500 sec.
lbr/lba, Furnished.
$650 mo. + 1st & sec.
dep. 561-352-4243
ciency. Very clean!
$600/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295

New, In Town CBS
Townhouse, 2/1, $695
+ util., FL&S, lease.

3BR/2BA, house with
garage, Kids and pets
welcome. 863-634-9330
or 863-467-2541
4BR 2BA 2 Car Garage.
On golf course. $1700
mo. (863)763-7552
2 Bdrm. Duplex. No
pets. $500 mo + $400
sec. dep. includes wa-
ter, garbage & lawn

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For Rent:
2/1 House
34th Terrace, 3br, all
appls, $850/mo. $600
sec. No pets,
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $975 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
2/2, CBS, waterfront,
lake access, tiled floors,
screened patio, all appls,
$850/mo No deposit.

Free Wifi! Weekly $150
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Call 863-763-0295

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OKEE, Furn. Rm. Single
occ., priv. entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & dep., utils
incl. (863)763-7331 msg

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Taylor Creek Condo 1
bedroom, fully fur-
nished 2nd floor
$58,000 863-467-2301

OKEE. $89,900, 3/2,
exc. cond., dbl lot,
great neighborhood.
Call (863) 801-1739

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2 bd 1 bath Good neigh-
borhood, fenced back
yard, lease with option;
$650 p/mo 863-634-3451
BHR RVs for Rent,
starting $300-$500 &
1BR/1BA Cabin, 55+
park, seasonal or year-
ly. 1st month's rent
free! (863)763-7164
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No
pets. (863)763-4031
1 Bdrm., $450 mo. (in-
cludes util's). + $300
sec. dep. 863-697-0214

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DW MH renovated,
4BR/2.5BA, 1800 sq. ft.,
fenced 1/2 acre lot,
screened porch, shed,
Pioneer Estate area,
$89,000. Bank finance
avail. (863)610-1600

DWMH 3/2 Central air,
appliances included,
quiet cul-de-sac street,
on leased land, not a
MH park. 3 carports,
large shed $17,000.
For Sale: Park Model
w/Fla. Room in Blue Cy-
press. With lots of ex-
tras. Asking $69,900 or
obo. Call 863-532-9222
or 860-610-0218.

w/FL room, w/direct
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gray $1400 or best of-
fer (863)484-2436

Transmission -GM Re-
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offer. (863)801-5687

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November 22, 2009

Light blue, auto, re-
liable $700 or best offer

Ford F350 '94, crew
cab, dually, 91K, good
condition $4000

TRAILER '79 33"L x
12"W all appls $1000
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CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000514
Last Known Address:
12751 NE 22 Ave,
Okeechobee FL 34972
Also Attempted Service At: 10006
SW 144th PI, Miami, FL 33186; 1025
Woodmere Dr, Lewisville, TX
750675041; 11378 W Flagler St, Apt
101A, Miami FL 33174; 11337 SW
69th LN, Miami FL 33175-1905
Current Address Unknown
Last Known Address:
12751 NE 22 Ave,
Okeechobee FL 34972
Also Attempted Service At: 10006
SW 144th P1, Miami, FL 33186;
1025 Woodmere Dr, Lewisville, TX
750675041; 11378 W Flagler St, Apt
101A, Miami FL 33174; 11337 SW
69th LN, Miami FL 33175-1905 Cur-
rent Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following descnbed property:
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, f any, to it, on
Marshall C. Watson, PA., Attprney
for Plaintiff, whose address is 1800
FT. LAUDERDALE FL 33309 within
30 days after the first publication of
this Notice in the THE OKEECHOBEE
NEWS and file the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorney or imne-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact not later
than seven (7) days pnor to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr., Port St. Lucie,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807,.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 10th day of Nov.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
338986 ON 11/15,22/09

CASE NO. 2009 CA 479
Whose residence is:
2810 SE 38th Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Whose residence is: UNKNOWN
If alive, and if dead, all parties
claiming interest by, through, under
JR., DECEASED and all parbes hav-
ing or claiming to have any nght, t-
tle, or interest in the property
descnbed herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an acton
for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the
following described property:
a/k/a 2810 SE 38th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
wntten defenses, if any, to it, on
Nwabufo Umunna, Attomey for
Plaintiff, whose address is 2901 Sbr-
ling Road, Suite 300, Fort Lauder-
dale, Flonda 33312 within 30 days
after the first publication of this no-
tice or and file the onginal with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
defeat will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 10th day of Nov.,
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
A copy of this Notice of Acton, Com-
plaint and Lis Pendens were sent to
the defendants and address named
In accordance with the Amencans
with Disabilities Act, persons needing
a reasonable accommodaton to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days pnor, con-
tact the Clerk of the Courts disability
coordinator at 772-807-4370, 250
NW Country Club Dnve, Port St. Lu-
cie, FL 34986. If heanng impaired,
contact (TDD) 800-955-8771 via
Ronda Relay System.
This is an attempt to collect a debt.
Any information obtained will be
used for that purpose.
339175 ON 11/15,22/09

School District Advisory
Council Meeting
The Okeechobee County School Dis-
tnct Advisory Council will meet on
Monday, November 30, 2009, at
6:00 p.m., in the School Board Meet-
ing Room, 700 S.W 2nd Avenue,
Okeechobee. This meeting is open to
the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Supenntendent of Schools
338621 ON 11/22/09

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CASE NO. 2009-CP-221
The administration of the estate of
LEWIS THOMAS, deceased, whose
date of death was April 27, 2009,
and whose social security number is
407-09-64-3, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972. The names
and address of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
The date of first publication of this
notice is November 15, 2009.
Personal Representative:
;:1 Fr,I,,,,, r- i .i
I I 44
Attorney for Personal Representatve:
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
338507 ON 11/15,22/09

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CASE NO.: 2009 DR 451
DIVISION: Domestic Relations
12208 71st Pace North
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your wntten defenses, if any, to it on
attorney for Petitioner, MELECIA
SIMPSON, whose address is:
Sasha A. Watson
121 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801
Your answer and or wntten defenses
are due within 30 days of 1st publi-
cation date. Before service on Peti-
tioner or immediately thereafter, you
are required to also file the onginal
with the Clerk of this Court at:
Okeechobee County Clerk of Court
312 Northwest 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the peti-
tion. Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the
Circuit Court's office notified of
your current address. (You may
file Notice of Current Address
Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Fu-
ture papers in this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure,
requires certain automatic dis-
closure of documents and infor-
mation. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including
dismissal or striking of plead-
Arlene Nealis
Deputy Clerk
337889 ON 11/1,8,15,22/09

Okeechobee News/Linda Bridges

Rotary luncheon
Rotarian Dawn Hoover welcomes
Bunny Lightsey, First Baptist
Church, who spoke of Angel Food
Ministries. Anyone can order dis-
counted food from Bunny through
the church, who offers fresh and
frozen food boxes. For information
on Rotary, call 863-763-1120.


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Students of the Week
These students were recognized by their teachers as having been hard
workers, polite, helpful, and a bunch of other wonderful traits! Osceola is
very proud of these model students! First row, left to right: Crystal Vargas,
Rosie Cortez, Ricardo Rodriguez. Second row, left to right: Emonie Pryor,
Siria Elias, Katelyn Oden, Paola Prado, Robert Vasquez. Not pictured: Ly-
nette Casiano.


OHS Boys Soccer team needs local support

Riverside Bank has risen to the call in pre- tain the turf. Additional assistance can be
senting a $100 donation to help defray the provided in the way of sponsorship for the Riverside
cost of much needed sports equipment for team's 100 minute game that is to be held mobilee Banki
the OHS Boys Soccer Team. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Simply sponsor cents
Riverside joins with coaches and team or dollars per minute and watch the change
members in asking for community support add up. "It's all about community support,
to help purchase team uniforms and shirts, the team and I certainly appreciate organiza-
balls, goals, Climalite Beanies, sack packs, tions like Riverside Bank who care enough
tournament and referee fees, as well as field to invest in the community and its future
equipment and a water system to main- leaders," Sears said.

OHS golfer enjoys rare hole in one

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Many golfers can claim they have a hole
in one on a par 3 hole, but not many can
claim they have a hole in one on a par 4.
OHS golfer Michael
Watson can.
Watson shot a hole in
one on the 12th hole at
the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club earlier this
month during a scramble
tournament. The hole
measures 326 yards and
is surrounded by a pond Michael
and huge palmetto trees. Watson
"It was downwind and
somebody had hit the ball on the fairway al-
ready from my team so I thought why not
go for the green," he noted, "I swung hard,
I probably fell out of my shoes I swung so
hard. It landed five feet off the fringe and
then rolled into the hole."
Watson is a golf addict. He plays all the
time. He can be seen at the Country Club as
much as 15 hours per day when he's not in
school. He continuously hits balls and hopes
to get a college scholarship. He was also one
of the leading golfers on the OHS team this
past year that qualified for the regional in
Palm Bay.
"My golf game is improving. I work all day
on my game. My goal next year is to have an
average of 35-36," he noted.
Watson is a long hitter anyway and av-
erages 285 yards on his drives. Still he will
have fond memories of one drive that went
further than most. "I hit the ball well off the
tee and it was going right for the flag. I was

like man that is going to be pretty good.
Richard Donegan said dude I think it's in the
hole. I said I didn't know."
He went to the green, didn't see anything
on the green and found the golf ball lying in
the cup. "We didn't' see anything, and we
found it in the hole. It's an accomplishment
just to hit the green on a par 4, this was awe-
some," he said.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Tabitha Trent
Pictured Left to Right are: Cecilia Elliott, Tabitha Trent, Coach Lonnie Sears and
Kristy Crawford.

O.L.G.A. Results
Ladies of the Okeechobee Ladies Golf As-
sociation met on Nov. 19, for their annual
Thanksgiving Scramble and Luncheon.
Members of the winning team are left to
right, Shirley Esterline, Fran Dierig, Kay
Duball and Joyce Huffman. Second place
winners were, left to right, Nancy McAlin-
den, Carol Seiser and Eilene Hammond.
Shirley Esterline's drive was closest to
the line on hole #9 and she won a tur-
key. For more information about O.L.G.A.
please contact Okeechobee Golf and
SCountry Club at 863-763-6228.

Breakfast at Masonic Lodge
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host a breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 22, be-
ginning at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The dona-
tion for the breakfast is $6 and includes
eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes,
biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee.

The Law Office Of
Gerald Lefebvre
Personal Injury Trial Attorney
Voted a "Super Lawyer" by his
peers in 2007, according to the
Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
Awarded an "AV" Peer Review
Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
(highest rating)
State and Nationally Board Certified
N* Civil Trial Lawyer Certified
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Okeechobee News

Okeechobee News November 22, 2009

New Okeechobee Sports

Network Web site launches

Youth, adult leagues
and schools invited to
participate online
Youth, adult recreation leagues, and
sports teams in the Okeechobee area now
have an exciting online sports page and re-
source they can call their own.
A new web site, Okeechobee Sports
Network, is now launched and already be-
ing used by the local sports community.
The web address is: iii l ,ii ii I.. .. "/
The site is a partnership between the
Okeechobee News and Community Sports
Desk, a national sports software company.
"Whatever the sport and whatever the
size of the league, the Okeechobee Sports
Network is a way for people to share their
enthusiasm for the programs they are in-
volved with," said Katrina Elsken, editor of
the Okeechobee News.
Okeechobee Sports Network is designed
to allow the people who know their league
best-the rec center directors, coaches, even
the players themselves-to deliver informa-
tion to the people who care about it most.
Team representatives can post their
schedules, game stories, statistics, standings
and photos on dedicated web pages on the
site. Each league or team will be provided a
username and password so they can update
anytime, from anywhere they have internet
access. In addition to appearing on the web
site, selected league and team informa-
tion will be collected and published in the
Okeechobee News print editions.
"I'm really excited about this," said Tom
Byrd, publisher of the Okeechobee News.
"This is an invaluable and professional
tool the community now has to positively
highlight local sports. Okeechobee Sports
Network will allow more news coverage of
more sports than we've ever had before."
The first stories and teams began to appear

on the site this week, and many more are
expected as the winter season sports get un-
der way.
"I'd like to especially congratulate and
recognize the Okeechobee Parks and Recre-
ation Department for being the first to come
aboard and start using the site," said Mr. Byrd.
"I invite everyone to go to http://fl.newszap.
com/OkeechobeeSportsNetwork and take a
look at what they are already doing there."
Okeechobee Sports Network won't be
limited to the most obvious sports such as
football, baseball and basketball. The site
can support virtually any sports or team ac-
tivity including golf, soccer, cheerleading,
bowling, even fishing and rodeo. While it
is ideal for youth and adult leagues, schools
are encouraged to use the capabilities of the
site as well.
In partnership with the paper, Com-
munity Sports Desk representative Renee
Hawley has been contacting local teams
and leagues to assist and share information
on how to get started using the Okeechobee
Sports Network. Community Sports Desk
will demonstrate to each league or team
representative how easy it is to submit infor-
mation and use the site.
Ms. Hawley can also provide information
on how participation on Okeechobee Sports
Network can provide a financial benefit to
leagues and teams using the site.
"I am pleased to let everyone know
there is absolutely no charge for teams and
leagues to participate in Okeechobee Sports
Network," Mr. Byrd said. "The site will be
supported by advertising, and there is an
innovative revenue sharing model. A per-
centage of web advertising sales on the site
will go back to the participating teams and
leagues." Interested teams and leagues can
contact Renee Hawley by e-mail at rhaw- Or call her
toll free at 888-853-7904 for a demonstration
or to get started right away. To advertise on
the site, contact Judy Kasten at 863-763-3134
or by email at

Basketball action
Cavel Campbell battles inside for a rebound during Okeechobee High
School's win over Moore Haven. For more, see page 16.



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