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Vol. 100 No. 143 Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Veid M.B. Jones remembers Pearl Harbor Tppyn

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Community Events....................... 6
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O bituaries...................................... .. 6
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Speak Out ....................................... 4
Sports....................................... 18-19
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By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee resident M.B.
James remembers Pearl Harbor.
He was there.
In 1941, Mr. James was a "mili-
tary brat," the 13-year-old son of a
career Army Military Policeman.
When they first arrived on the
island of Oahu, his family had been
temporarily quartered at Hickam
Field. On Dec. 4, 1941, they moved
into their assigned housing at Fort
Shafter, about three miles away.
The weekend of Dec. 7, one
of his friends-another military
brat-was staying with the James
family while his friend's parents
enjoyed a few days leave on an-
other island. The two boys got up
early that Sunday morning and
went out to explore their new sur-
roundings. Making their way to
the golf course, they found some
berries to munch on and stretched
out on the grass looking at the
Then they heard the airplanes
At first, the boys thought it was
just another war game-Army vs.
Navy maneuvers.
But they didn't recognize the
planes or the markings on them.
Then they heard the explo-
sion and saw the smoke-black
In maneuvers, they used dum-
my bombs, Mr. James explained.
The smoke was white.
This smoke was black-this
war was real.
"We saw the Shaw go up-the
ammunition ship. It exploded up
and sideways," he said. "Then we
saw the Arizona go up."
At first, the boys didn't run.
"You aren't going to tear two
teenaged boys away from some-

See Pearl Page 13


(top) M.B. James holds a newspaper he saved about the Dec.
7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He hopes Americans will never
forget that day. (bottom) From the U.S. Navy Archives, the USS
Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941.

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The arrest of three local high
school students last week for hav-
ing prescription pills on campus
validates a local detective's belief
that there is a serious problem in
"It's getting pretty bad. It's to
the point that the kids aren't re-
ally thinking about it," said the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
detective. "They could care less. To
them, it's just something to do."
Two girls, ages 16 and 17, were
arrested at Okeechobee High
School on felony charges of pos-
session of a controlled substance.
One of the girls was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
According to arrest reports by
Deputy Mike Bobrowski, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), the 16-year-old girl
was in possession of three zonis-
amide pills. Zonisamide, according
to, is an anticonvulsant
and can cause drowsiness, among
other things.
The other girl was arrested for
being in possession of the power-
ful painkiller oxycodone, stated a
separate arrest report by Deputy
Bobrowski. She was also found to
be in possession of a portion of a
white pill and a piece of a drinking
straw, the report continued. The
See Pills Page 14
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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
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Sunday, Nov. 29th
at 6 p.m.
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- 1735 SW 24th Ave.
(Eagle Bay Road)
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of The Gathering,
will be preaching
and the Okeechobee
Community Choir and
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Quartet will be singing.

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Men charged with grand theft, forgery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two men have been arrested and charged
with stealing checks then cashing them for a
total of more than $2,000.
David Lee Lyons, 53, S.E. 68th Ave., and
Christopher Barton Hanson, 21, N.E. 30th
Ave., were both arrested on felony charg-
es of grand theft, forgery and uttering a
forged instrument. Lyons was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond
of $8,500, while Hanson's bond was set at
Arrest affidavits by Detective Susan Mor-
rison, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), indicate that Lyons was per-
forming "odd jobs" for the victim when he
apparently stole three checks from the vic-
tim. The checks were written for a total of
$2,250, the affidavit showed.
The detective's affidavit states that one
of the checks was made out to Lyons for a
total of $600. The instrument was suppos-
edly signed by the victim then endorsed by
The second check was made out to
Hanson for $750, signed by the victim and
endorsed by Hanson, stated the detective's
report. Hanson also put his driver's license
number and date of birth on the front of the
check, stated the detective.
Detective Morrison's report goes on to
state that the third check, made out for $900,

David Lee Lyons CBart Hanson
was written to Cash, purportedly signed by
the victim and endorsed and cashed by Ly-
ons. Lyons also included his date of birth
and driver's license number on the back of
the check, the report added.
While the victim did admit to the detec-
tive that Lyons was hired to do some work,
he never "... paid the man any amount of
money the likes of what is on the checks."
According to the detective's report, Ly-
ons was paid $50 for one day's work and
allowed to take scrap to the salvage yard an-
other day. That scrap was worth about $67,
continued the report.
Detective Morrison went on to explain
that the signatures on the three checks were
compared by OCSO document examiner
Deputy Kathleen Watson. According to the
detective, Deputy Watson concluded that
the victim's name was forged to the first two
checks by Hanson, while Lyons apparently
signed the victim's name to the third instru-

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are
among Okeechobee's
Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants
for each of them. The cri-
teria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top
five is based on the severi-
ty of the crime in conjunc- Huber Sierra
tion with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where
about of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers
at 1 800 273 TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure
Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of
remaining anonymous. You can also receive a
reward if the information results in an arrest.
Huber Ambriz Sierra, H/M, DOB
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Letter 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!

Election 2012
* I can't wait for Palin to run for President in 2012.
Going to be an easy second term for Obama.
* I wouldn't bet on it. You liberals better enjoy it
while you can. People felt like we needed a change,
we got it. I don't think its quite what they thought
they were going to get. The best thing that ever
happened for the real people is four years of your
commie friend.

Rushing Christmas
I can't believe some people had their Christ
mas decorations up already before Thanksgiving.
Can we please just enjoy one holiday at a time? It's
bad enough the stores do it to try to get you to start
shopping earlier.
Maybe they decorate early because they love
holidays?? My family tradition is to put up a Christ
mas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Lets you enjoy
the holiday longer.
(l. i ..... i ., is a reflection of what we're see
ing ; i ,i i ; i Some retailers brought out Christ
mas items (toys and decorations) before Halloween.
If Martin Luther King Day had a big sales effect, I
expect we'd start seeing ads and such directly after
New Years' Day.
After last year of getting bucked in the face by
my horse, and a stroke, and a few other items, I am
so happy to be here. I don't care if the trees are out in
June! Our family is busy praising the Lord for family
and friends, Thankful for food and a roof over our
head. So bring out the Easter bunny, the cross, the
turkey and the trees. Let's all be thankful we are alive
and can enjoy these items. Thankfulness is in your
heart with the Christmas decorations to add color to
our dreams and expectations for a wonderful, pros
perous healthy New Year. Be happy, joyous, grateful,
in the season of giving and receiving. Learn to en
joy it for what it is worth. If you don't approve, then
maybe others do. Especially the children who look at
the lights and trees in great wonderment.
I don't understand the purpose of putting
Christmas decorations up early. My tree doesn't go
up until the weekend before Christmas and comes
down before New Years. I can't see any reason to put
it up any earlier. If it wasn't for my daughter, there
would be no tree up at all. It's all a distraction of
what Christmas really means.
Advent does not start until Sunday, Nov. 29, so I
would think the first Sunday of Advent would be the

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Okeechobee, FL 34974
To Submit News
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from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories
ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863)
763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be
mailed, faxed or e-mailed.
Speakout: (863) 467-2033
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first time any Christmas season decorations would
be appropriate. I leave the tree up until New Year's
Day and the nativity scene up until the Feast of the
Epiphany (Three Kings).
I take mine down first chance I get, might be

Power outages
I have lived in Florida for more than 20 years
and we always had flickering power and power out
ages. It's just Florida. We have more lightning strikes
than anyplace else in the country. We have all kinds
of critters that crawl into transformers and we have
.; I 1i... ,.1 li. .i, 1 1 ,i. i .i up in the power lines.
We have hurricanes that take the power lines down.
Put battery backups on your electrical stuff for the
short outages and buy yourself a generator for the
long outages. Complaining about the outages is not
going to fix them.
The power outage problem is with Glades Elec
tric as well. We have several outages a day here. Just
for a second or two or sometimes it is a brown out. It
is a real pain for sure. We have battery back ups for
all our computers, televisions etc., even the fridge to
try to keep them from go
ing on and off. A couple of
years ago we had a timer
installed on our air condi
tioner unit so that it is not
going on and off like that.
The timer won't let the
unit come right back on.
It has a five minute delay.
You know usu
ally we have more of the
brown outs on the hot
summer days then we
did this summer. Now it's
fall and as our population
begins to increase this
flickering power problem
surfaces for some users.
I haven't experienced this,
at least not yet. We're just north of Okeechobee City
and on FPL.
t The Flickering FPL Finger of Fate found it's way
to Playland Park this morning. Right in the midst of
updating the calendar on my web site, ZAP went the
power and good bye to all unsaved work. grrrrr...
Odd thing is this happened less then 5 minutes after
the meter reader had been by and done the tally for
this month's pound of flesh.

Health care
Does anyone understand the health care plan
the Democrats are proposing? It's like 2,000 pages
and some Congressmen admit they didn't even
read it all yet. How can they vote on something they
haven't even read? I am really worried about this
country. We are already $8,000,000 billion in debt to
the Chinese, plus the national debt is in the trillions.
How are we supposed to pay for this big health care

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The Okeechobee News is available three times a
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store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call
the office to find out if your home is within our pres-
ent home-distribution boundaries.
Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed
newspaper or poor delivery.

To our friends, neighbors,

and partners,
In March of 2009 we began looking into
forming the Okeechobee Coalition for the
Hungry, Hurting & Homeless. Our goal was to
help area service providers to work as a team
to attract more funds to the Okeechobee area.
Meanwhile, the American Recovery Act made
available funds before we could become well
enough established to qualify. The folks at
Lamb of God Recovery Centers, Inc. stepped
in and agreed to become the local agency for
the HPRP (Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re
housing) program.
We've all been waiting a long time, and
we're now taking applications for the disburse
ment of the HPRP funds for Okeechobee Coun-
ty. Initial training was held in June and a second
training was held in August.
We began taking phone calls to set appoint
ments for qualified applicants on Nov. 23.
Please understand that there are limited
funds with tight restrictions for their use. In or
der to help spread the funds as far as possible
we are asking any other local providers to team
with us in helping area residents in need. Be
low is some important information regarding
the program. Please read it carefully to help us
avoid being inundated with calls from people
who do not qualify.
To receive assistance through the Housing
Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, the
household must:
Demonstrate risk of homelessness (were
it not for this funding) or currently homeless;
At or below 50 percent of Area Median
Have no other housing options, resource
es, or supports to obtain housing;
If at risk of homelessness, the client will
be tracked through the Homeless Prevention
We will use a list of risk factors provided in

HUD notice to assess likelihood of client be
coming homeless and document in case file.
We will refer client to other resources if not
in imminent risk of homelessness.
If currently homeless, the client will be
tracked through the Rapid Re-housing Pro
We will use homeless definition based on
current federal law to make determination.
The client must meet one of the following:
Sleeping in emergency shelter;
Sleeping in place not meant for human
Staying in hospital or institution for up to
180 days, but literally homeless immediately
prior to entry;
Cr I.,i ii..: from/timing out of homeless
transitional housing;
Victim of domestic violence.
Remember this program is not for the
chronically homeless. Refer those with too
many barriers to other CoC resources.
Once eligibility has been determined, the
collection of documentation to further demon
state need for requested eligible service must
be provided.
The following forms of documentation are
examples to initiate both Financial Assistance
and Housing Relocation & Stabilization Ser
Past due rent notice or utility notices (no
phone or cable)
The utility bill needs to be tied to the prop
erty where the person receiving assistance ac
tually resides.
Eviction notice
Proof of foreclosure of home (this will help
prove homelessness and thereby help qualify
clients for the Rapid Re-housing funds).
New rental lease or utility agreement must
be in the name of the person receiving the
HPRP assistance
The number to call for phone interviews or if
you should have any questions is 863-467-2677.

Community Calendar, cont.

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.

Additional copies of the newspaper are available for
50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for
Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions
are available at $18.00 for three months.
Okeechobee News
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Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and
Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc.
107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL 34974
Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL 34974
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to
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Advertising Director: Judy Kasten
Editor: Katrina Elsken
Circulation Manager: Janet Madray
Publisher: Tom Byrd

Our Purpose...
The Okeechobee News is published by Independent
Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a
unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a
mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the
community Since no dividends are paid, the company
is able to thrive on profit margins below industry stan-
dards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in
Independent's mission of journalistic service,
commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of
the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community's
deliberation of public issues.

We Pledge...
* To operate this newspaper as a public trust
* To help our community become a better place to
live and work, through our dedication to
conscientious journalism.
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their own intelligent decisions about public issues.

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 infor-
mation, call Monika at 863-801-3244 or Rocy al
863-610-0975. information call 863-357-3053.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.

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Friday, October 30, 2009


November 29, 2009

Reflections from the pulpit

Reflections from the Pulpit
Rev. Edward J. Skiba
Chaplain, Big Lake Hospice

The Valley of Dry Bones
There is a trend in today's church to be
members for identity and not necessarily sub
scribe to the church's tenets and foundational
beliefs. Religion, per se, is being challenged for
the sake of the high minded term "spirituality."
In the last few years, the statement "I'm a very
spiritual person," has become quite popular.
Unfortunately, I'm still struggling to understand
exactly what that means. The implication is
that the person has a certain degree of inner
sophistication. That would exempt them from
any formal commitment to a specific belief sys
tem. They seem to imply a certain innate ability
to discern spiritual matters without any formal
education or mentoring process being neces
sary. They also seem to believe that support
from like minded believers who are "in one ac
cord" as the Apostles were, is not necessary to
sustaining their spirituality, nor to their growth
in spiritual maturity.

I believe that II Timothy 3:17 describes
some of their situations and would urge the
reader to look at that reference. We are finite
beings trying to comprehend the infinite mind
of God. The creation trying to out-think the
Creator. Many of the people I am speaking of
are not necessarily seeking a Godhead Creator
in their self espoused "spirituality." Some com-
mune with nature...trees, sky, earth, water...
while others look for angelic visitation, practice
seances, and other occult rituals that are be
ing brought in from South and Central America
and the Middle East. They all come under the
heading of "spirituality."
In Isaiah 5:20-21 it says..."Woe to those who
call evil good, and good evil; Who put dark
ness for light, and light for darkness; put bitter
for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those
who are wise in their own eyes. And prudent
in their own sight." The prophet Isaiah could
have been looking at today's society. Watch
the news. Read the papers. These situations
are being lived every day.
The point to these observations is that we,
the Church, are living in challenging times. We
have been placed in a position of unprecedent

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 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.P 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

The Guardian ad Litem Program has volun-
teer 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
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.

ed responsibility. When I say "the Church"
I mean the active, vibrant, growing Body of
Christ that has accepted the Great Commission
without reservation, and is willing to place its
pride, secular reputation, status and position in
this society on the line for the sake of the truth
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There are may
"churchgoers" that we used to call pew warm
ers. They observed the Sunday morning obli
gation expected of them to attend the service,
and they left the same way they came
cially satisfied and spiritually bankrupt. I don't
say that in a malicious or judgmental manner.
I say it with great sadness and regret. Scripture
tells us that God wants all to be saved. Unfor
tunately, that isn't going to happen. Hardened
hearts and poor teaching will see to that. I wish
God would rescind free will and make us re
ceive the truth of salvation in Jesus. But, if He
did, Jesus' sacrifice wouldn't be necessary.
In Ezekiel 37:1-14 the prophet Ezekiel was
let down by God in a valley full of human
bones. They were very dry and parched, and
God said to Ezekiel, "Son of man, can these
bones live?" Ezekiel gave the right answer..."O
Lord God, You know." God commanded Eze
kiel to prophesy to the bones and speak life
into them to command them to live, and in
that process the bones would know that God
is truly the Lord. For the sake of space I have
not written the entire account here. I urge you
to read it for yourself. This valley of dry bones is
the society we are living in, the society that has
removed God from schools, holidays, public
venues and continues to try to eradicate God's
influence from every aspect of our society.
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this society, but to prophesy to it. To speak life,
flesh, blood and breath back into it. There will
be consequences, Messengers with unpopular
messages are not easily accepted. Now some
of you reading this are thinking..."It's not really
that bad. There are some good things about
this society." Very true. Many people have ac
cepted the practice of calling good evil and
evil good because they just don't know any
better. Issues that may be just a "little" bit of
tolerance may seem harmless, but they lead to
more and more tolerance. A big, cold glass of
wholesome fresh milk is great on a hot day, but
what if I introduced just one little tiny drop of
strychnine poison into it? Would you still drink
it? Remember, there is a very fine line between
tolerance and compromise, between spiriti
tual" life and death.
How do we speak to this valley of dry
bones? Do we criticize, condemn and rebuke
it? In some cases that degree of intervention
may be necessary. For the most part, we speak
to the valley of dry bones with our lives! St.
Francis of Assisi made a statement. He said "In
everything we do we preach the Gospel. When
necessary we use words."
Are we being the Ezekiels that God has
raised up for this hour? Are we willing to risk
our position in society to bring it the message
of salivation? The goal is to hear Jesus say, "well
done my good and faithful servant." Prophesy
to the dry bones in everything you do. Speak
life and not death, good and not evil, hope and
not despair. Ezekiel 37:14: "'I will put My Spirit
in you, and you shall live, and I will place you
in your own land. Then you shall know that
I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,'
says the Lord."

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Holiday event

Annual Christmas Parade
The Chamber of Commerce Annual
Lighted Christmas Parade will be held on
Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. along with craft show
in Flagler Parks #2 and 3.

Pictures with Santa
The Kiwanis Santa will be available for
photos in Flagler Park #4 on Dec. 12, 16-19,
and 21-23 from 6 until 8 p.m.

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.
Shirley Ann
McDuffie Mitchem, 69
VENUS -Shirley Ann McDuffie Mitchem,
died on Friday, November 27, 2009, at the Hos-
pice of ('i. .. ii- -I Hamrick Home.
Formerly of ('1... ii e she has been a resi-
dent of Venus for the past 16 years and was a
member of the Church of God.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Rob
and Esther McDuffie, as well as four brothers,
five sisters, and one grandson.
Mrs. Mitchem is survived by the love of her
life, husband Ken Mitchem of 20 years; daugh-
ters, Dale Ann Ellis of Arcadia, Kathy Strickland
(David) of Rincon, Ga., and Donna Broom (Da-
vid) of Bluffton, SC.; step daughters, Robin Rog-
ers of Arkansas, and Lori Ann Glastetter of Mo.
She is also survived by her sister, Mae Scott
(H.T.) of ('i.. . .i 11 grandchildren; 9 great
grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and
nephews, including Danny Scott of Okeecho-
The family will receive friends at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Sunday, November 29, 2009
from 1 p.m. till service time at 2 p.m. with Pas-
tor Charlie Watts of Venus United Methodist
Church. Interment will follow at Evergreen Ce-
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
Hospice of ( 'i., . i. '1-"
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-

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Community News in Brief

December safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in Decem-
Tuesday, Dec. 1 First Aid Basics at 6
Wednesday, Dec. 9 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14 Adult CPR/AED at 6
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

County Legislative
Delegation public meeting
The Okeechobee County Legislative Del-
egation will hold a public meeting from 1 to
3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Okeecho-
bee County Health Department Auditorium,
1728 N.W Ninth Ave. The delegation will be
entertaining concerns and ideas for poten-
tial legislation. Members of the community,

as well as local and county government may
address the delegation at this time. You may
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 meet-
ing if time allows.

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Holiday Happenings...

Hospice hosts
Festival of Trees

Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 SE Fourth St., will
host the annual Festival of Trees through Sunday,
Dec. 6. Open daily with no charge for admission.
Hours are noon 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, followed
by noon-4 p.m. on the weekends and 10 a.m.-4
p.m. on weekdays. While you are there enjoy
ing all the many gloriously decorated Christmas
trees, do not forget to shop the Christmas Coun
try Store. Funds raised will benefit patient care,
including services at The Hamrick Home. For
information call 863 467 2321.

Annual tree lighting
ceremony planned
The annual tree lighting ceremony will be
held on Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall Park, the
Okeechobee County School's Chorus group will
be participating in this years event. Santa will also

Santa at City Hall Park
Santa will be available for pictures in City Hall
Park on Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 14-15, from 6 until 8

Christmas bazaar planned
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 1167
Linda Drive, will be have their Annual Christmas
Craft Bazaar and Book Fair on Saturday, Dec. 5,
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be homemade
crafts and baked good. Lunch will be available. If

you have any questions please call Suelynn Rich
ardson at 863 357-6500.

Bike Run to benefit Big Lake
Missions Outreach
The Old Men Riders is having a 125 mile bike
run around Lake Okeechobee on Dec. 5, and is
asking businesses, individuals and churches to
sponsor each participating bike. All bikes and rods
are welcome. The money raised will go to Big
Lake Missions Outreach. Participants will meet at
the movie theatre parking lot at 8 a.m. For more in
formation call Gene Rodenberry at 863-634 1723.

Annual toy drive under way
The Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsor
ing their 15th annual Christmas toy drive for the
underprivileged children in Okeechobee County.
They are celebrating 15 years of proven ministry,
reaching out to the poor and needy in Okeecho
bee. They are in need of gifts and toys for children
1 day to teen. They will accept gift certificates,
checks made payable to BIG LAKE MISSIONS
OUTREACH and cash. Volunteers will then pur
chase the items needed. Receipts and pick up
are available if needed. Also, foods are always ac
cepted through Dec. 21. For more information call
863-763-5725 or 863-697-6433.

Christmas Cantata planned
The Okeechobee Community choir, in its 11th
year under the direction of Sandy Perry, will be
gin for the presentation of the Christmas Cantata,
"A New Birth -A New Beginning" and other sea
sonal favorites. Last year, 65 singers representing

19 local churches participated. The cantata will
be presented the weekend before Christmas, Dec.
18, 19 and 20. For more information, call Sandy at

Santa is coming to
the American Legion
Come one, come all. Veterans and their chil
dren are invited to visit Santa at the American Le
gion Post 64 from noon to 4 p.m. for dinner and
toys on Dec. 19. Toys for veterans will be available
Dec. 19 24. Open registration to qualified veterans,
both male and female, will be held during Santa's
visit. VA. Rep's will be on hand as well, from Palm
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By Pete Gawda At their feeding site next to First United By contrast the mission served 74 people I
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As it has for 15years Big Lake Missions Thanksgiving dinners. They also delivered During the week Big Lake Missions Out- -
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Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office donat-
ed turkeys and volunteers from Okeechobee
County Senior Services cooked the turkeys.
Some of the deliveries were made to senior
services' Meals on Wheels clients, who
normally have a meal delivered to them on
weekdays. The rest of the names for deliv-
eries were furnished by the volunteers who
helped serve the meal.

Local Tour of Homes event prepares for 1th season
Raulerson Hospital is proud to sponsor its 11th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Pro-
ceeds raised this year will be donated to the United Way of Okeechobee and the Rauler-
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p.m. each evening and guarantees everyone a magical dose of holiday spirit! Ticket pric-
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chartered bus tour. Tickets may be purchased at any of the following locations:
Raulerson Hospital -Front Lobby, Suzie's Hallmark Shop in the Publix Plaza
Seacoast National Bank, Riverside National Bank, First Bank & Trust of Indiantown
Our bus tour will transport you from the Raulerson Hospital parking lot to each home
while providing you with festive holiday music and refreshments! Space is limited, be
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News in Brief

Friends of the Library
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Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Sale will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. at the library. This year books and videos
will be sold for a dollar a pound except on Sat
urday when they will be sold for $2 a bag or $5
a box. This is a major fund-raiser for the Friends
of the Okeechobee Library. These funds are
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The Chobee Steelers performed in the court-
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vided by the Church and served by staff of
Healthy Families- Martin Okeechobee. At 7,
the concert moved inside the Church with
selections by the Cuvier Trio, and early mu-
sic ensemble made up of faculty from FAU's
Music Department. The concert ended with
the music staff of Okeechobee Music Store
performing an arrangement of the Palcha-
bel Canon. The arrangement was a premier
piece and was arranged by Mr. Aerik Nagel.
Aerik teaches guitar at the store.
This concert, in addition to giving expo-
sure to The Chobee Steelers (a violence pre-
vention program), benefited Healthy Fami-
lies. Concert attendees were asked to bring
a package of diapers. Diaper donations col-
lected will benefit nearly 200 families when
they are in need of diapers for their children.
In addition, nearly $250.00 was collected in
cash donations. Carolyn Moses, Director of
the program, reported that diaper donations
received at the Concert will benefit numer-
ous clients. There were over 1,250 diapers
collected. This will benefit nearly 200 fami-
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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
Local pet rescue needs help
The Humane Society Pet Rescue of
Okeechobee needs help to keep our shelter

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Fish are biting
Jonathan Morgan of Jonesboro,
Ark., caught this 8 1/2-lb. large-
mouth bass Wednesday, Nov. 19,
while fishing with his father Clem
Morgan in the Twin Palms area on
Lake Okeechobee. They were using
live wild shiners for bait.

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.
Low cost spay/
neuter available
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thing like that," he said.
When the anti-aircraft guns started firing,
the boys found themselves in the middle
of the action, with shrapnel raining down
on them. Mr. James was hit on the foot
he didn't know if it was from the American
guns or the Japanese.
The boys made their way back to the
housing area.
"I had a 'Believe it or not' book and in
that book there was a picture of a bunch of
Chinese people in a line with a story about
how long the line would be if all of the Chi-
nese lined up," he said. "That's what I was
reminded of-I saw all these people lined
up, one carrying a doll, another a bird cage,
just this long line of people."
The families of the servicemen were
being evacuated to bomb shelters, he ex-
"A lieutenant saw me and picked me up
and carried me to the hospital," he said.
The wound wasn't serious but had pro-
duced a lot of blood. After the wound was
washed and bandaged, he was taken back
to a bomb shelter. His mother and sister
were in a different shelter, but he managed
to get word to them that he was all right.
He spent four days in a bomb shelter
which he described as a cave with rows of
"If we hadn't moved (from Hickam Field
to Fort Shafter), I probably would have been
dead," he said. Mr. James explained that like
many of the other teenagers around Hickam
Field, he would sneak out early on Sunday
mornings to avoid Sunday school and go to
Ford Island (which was hit in the attack).
After the attack, everyone was saying
"Remember Pearl Harbor," he said. "They
were all saying we will never forget." But
some people did forget, he added.
"I'll tell you a secret," Mr. James said.
"Most people don't know this.

"My father was an M.P. and the other men
in his unit would come over to our house,"
he remembered. "I had a place in the living
room behind his chair where I could hide. I
would listen to them talking," he continued.
"Their big fear was not that the Japanese
would attack," he continued. "Their big fear
was the Black Dragon Society a secret so-
ciety of the Japanese."
He said it was believed members of this
organization were gathering intelligence
information all over the United States and
forwarding it to Japan through the Japanese
embassy. The society was formed of small
units of just a few people each, so even
those in the society did not know who else
was involved outside their unit.
"It was almost a joke at the time that ev-
ery time you would see a camera, it would
be attached to a Japanese person taking
photos," he said.
He said they believed thousands of pho-
tos were taken by members of this soci-
ety-photos of roads, military installations,
factories, etc. to provide information to the
Japanese government.
While many Japanese-Americans were
loyal to the United States, he said the U.S.
Government did not have any way to deter-
mine which Japanese-Americans were part
of the Black Dragon.
"People criticized President Roosevelt for
putting the Japanese nationals into concen-
tration camps," Mr. James said. "But there
was no way they could cover all of these
"FDR had a reason for putting them
away," he said.
Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr.
James had attended public school. After the
attack, he and other military dependents
were bussed to the school to pick up their
personal belongings.
"I was taking things out of my locker
when my best friend, who was Japanese,
was standing there," he remembered.
"He was looking at me, grinning. He said,
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Police officer to walk for hope

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A hike has been defined as a walk with a
purpose. By that definition Sgt. Tracey Scho-
field of the Pinellas Park Police Department
is definitely planning a hike. His purpose is
to walk a mile in the shoes of the homeless
and to help the children of his area. He is
planning to walk across the state of Florida
from Panellas Park on the west coast to Fort
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a day. He will start in front of the Boys and

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task force detective said this means she was
cutting up and crushing the pills then using
the straw to snort the fragmented tablets.
He said many painkillers are time release
tablets and crushing them "does away with
the time release and (they) stay high."
The third teen arrested was a student at
New Endeavor who was reportedly in pos-
session of two percocet tablets. He was
arrested by OCSO Deputy Dale Hardy on a
felony charge of possession of a controlled
What's frightening, indicated the detec-
tive, is that these are not just isolated inci-
dents. Finding teens who are illegally in
possession of controlled substances is be-
coming more commonplace.
The detective, who primarily handles cas-
es dealing with doctor shopping and the il-
legal use of prescription medicines, said he's
finding that area kids are often times stealing
the pills then selling them so they will have
some 'running around' money.
"They're taking them from mom, dad,
grandpa, grandma ...," he said. "They're
taking them from here and there and selling
them for the weekend."
The kids who are stealing the pills from
family members are also smart enough to
know if they only take a few at a time the
theft will likely go unnoticed.
"Mostly what we're seeing, in oxycodone
and oxycontin, is doctors are writing scripts
for 400 to 500 pills at a time so they won't
really notice some are gone unless they're
really counting their pills," explained the
seasoned investigator.

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Girls Club at 7 a.m.
on Sunday Dec. 13.
He will make his
way to U.S. 19 and
follow that highway
to S.R. 70, arriving
in Ft. Pierce on Sun-
day, Dec. 19. The
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through Okeecho-
bee on the 18th.
The 21-year police veteran said he has
contacted police departments and sheriff's
offices along the route to see if they have any
local charities they would like to promote in
conjunction with his walk. Here in Okeecho-
bee, Chief Denny Davis has appointed Lt.

Such medications should be kept where
children won't have access to them. And,
stressed the detective, such medications
should never be left in a vehicle. Many thefts
have occurred when people have left their
pills in an unlocked vehicle, he said.
Basically, continued the detective, adults
have to stay in control of their medications.
And speaking of vehicles, the investigator
also is concerned about these kids getting
behind the wheel of a car.
"They're getting high and most of them
have a vehicle and they're out there driving,"
he said.
He went on to say that on the street xa-
nax pills, depending on the milligram and
supply and demand, can sell for $5 to $8 per
pill. Roxicodone, which is the same thing as
oxycodone except that it is a brand name,
sells for about $15 per pill on the street.
"I've seen them go for $10, but that was
in bulk," the detective explained.
Another frightening statistic for the detec-
tive is that since January nine local citizens
have overdosed on prescription pills. He
said these were people who "I've already
arrested once; I was in the process of ar-
resting; I was looking for; or, I was getting
paperwork ready to do a full-blown inves
tigation on them. Nine, this year alone, that
have overdosed."
The detective said there are three stages
in the abuse of prescription medications:
"First, you take the pill the way it's prescribed
and you like it. Second, it's not working fast
enough so you snort it. That works for a

Brian Hagan to assist Sgt. Scofield any way
possible. Most nights will be spent in hotels
along the way. However, he said there are
some stretches of the road where there are
no lodging. He has a friend who will bring a
camping trailer for those stretches.
So far he has collected over $20,000 for
the two charities. He said the idea came to
him earlier this year while he was out ex-
ercising. At first he thought about walking
across Pinellas County, Then he thought
about walking across Florida. At that point,
he did not even know how far that was.
However, he decided he could do it if he
trained enough.
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while, but then your nose starts burning and
then next thing you know you're crushing
'em up (stage three), mixing them with dis-
tilled water and injecting them. That's called
"I haven't seen mainlining among kids,
but some are obviously at stage two because
they're crushing and snorting it," he said.
The final disturbing factor to him is the
parents. Often times the children "learn" the
habit from their parents, who are also abus-
ing medications. And, he continued, there is
a lack of parental responsibility.
"When you go to mom and dad and say
'I've caught junior' they say 'OK, I'll take care
of it' but they do nothing," he said. "People
don't want to take responsibility for their
"You've got to watch your little darlings,
because they are not your little darlings
To help people get rid of medications
that are no longer needed or are out of date,
another prescription pill roundup will be
held in Flagler Park in March. An inaugural
roundup was held March 14 and, accord-
ing to the detective, during a six-hour period
6,000 prescription pills with an estimated
street value of $30,000 were turned over to
law enforcement to be destroyed.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Workmen are busy restoring the main
courtroom in the Historic Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse. The row of
small windows near the ceiling had
been sealed off during an earlier res-
toration. When the restoration is com-
pleted, this room will serve as county
commission chambers.
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It has been said that history repeats itself.
That is true architecturally and economically
for the Historic Okeechobee County Court-
After several previous renovations pro-
gressively altered the building from its origi-
nal state, the current renovation will restore
the building as close as possible to its origi-
nal appearance. On the economic front, it is
scary how closely current economic condi-
tions resemble the conditions in 1926 when
the building was built.
The restoration should be completed
some time this spring. One of the major
features of the restoration is the opening up
of the central breezeway on the first floor. A
previous renovation had closed it off to form
the county commission chambers.
When the restoration is complete, com-
missioners will meet in the main courtroom
on the second floor. The original open corri-
dors and the breezeway will be sealed off for
air conditioning with glass doors. When the
building is closed, the front entrance will be
secured by a roll up metal door. An elevator

is being installed at the front entrance.
The two towers at the rear of the building
have been torn down. One of them was for
an elevator and the other was built to bal-
ance the architecture. With the opening up
of the breezeway the rear entrance to the
building and the two rear staircases are vis-
ible from the entrance of the building.
Over the years, the courthouse has been
the site of many local events. At least two
Okeechobee High School graduation cer-
emonies were held on the courthouse lawn
as was the funeral of long time commission-
er Charles Harvey. The courthouse served
as the meeting place for the organization of
what is now the South Florida Water Man-
agement District. The courtroom also served
as the setting for a short lived television se-
ries "Maximum Bob."
The parallels between the economic
times of 1926 and today are noteworthy.
A building boom earlier in the 1920s had
crashed. The Bank of Okeechobee failed in
1926. In the early part of the first decade of
the twenty-first century, Okeechobee expe-
rienced a building boom which had gone
bust by 2009 with a record number of home
foreclosures and 13 percent unemployment.
The current financial condition of the county
is testified to by the fact that there have been
layoffs and no raises for county employees.
On Sept. 16, 1924 a $185,000 contractwas
awarded for the construction of the building.
As with presents contracts, there were some
additional costs. Original plans called for a
clock tower. However, retired circuit judge
and local historian Bill Hendry said that fea-
ture was eliminated to save money. When
the building was completed the county did
not have enough money to furnish it.
Judge Hendry said that due to a shortage
of funds, the courtroom was not finished. A
judge's bench was never put it. The judge
sat behind a metal desk.
The county advertised for bids to provide
chairs and other furnishings for the new
courthouse. When the bids were opened on
Jan. 4, 1927, the low bid was $15,891. Com-
missioners voted to reject all bids because
they did not have that much money to spare.

(left) A workman installs a roll up door in the archway at the front of the Historic
Okeechobee County Courthouse. The door will secure the front entrance to the
building and roll up out of sight when the building is open. (right) Donnie Oden,
left, capital projects manager for the county, and architect Tom Hammer, right, ex-
amine one of the doors to the main courtroom of the Historic Okeechobee County
Courthouse. After wooden panels, which had been added in an earlier restora-
tion, were removed, it was discovered that the door was originally covered by a
leather like fabric fastened with metal tacks. The building is undergoing extensive
restoration and should be open for business some time in the spring.

The clerk was instructed to rewrite a list of
furnishing, eliminating all nonessentials and
advertise for bids again. On the second go
round the low bid was $12,414. To pay for
that lower bid, the county had to transfer
money from a road fund to the courthouse

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Judge Hendry said that county officers sim-
ply moved into the new building without
any type of ceremony or fanfare. Due to the
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1092 E Cowboy Way
LaBelle, FL 33935
Edison is looking for qualified individuals to teach part-
time at our Hendry Glades Center in a variety of course
disciplines to include Chemistry, Sciences, Remedial
Math, Philosophy, History, Business, Finance, Marketing.
Minimum requirements: Doctoral or Master's degree from
a regionally accredited institution of higher education in
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determine eligibility.
Please join us at the job fair or to schedule an interview
please call Brooke Bruhn at (863) 674-0408. EA/EO

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

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
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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!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

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@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
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New, In Town CBS
Townhouse, 2/1, $695
+ until FL&S, lease.

1BR, 1BA, Pool, Laun-
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3BR/2BA, house with
garage, Kids and pets
welcome. 863-634-9330
or 863-467-2541

BASINGER Clean 3/2
CBS, all appl's, $900
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appls, $850/mo. $600
sec. No pets,

OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA,
screened room, carport,
shed, new kitchen,
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tile throughout, $975 &
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Lake access. Pool. $1200
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OKEE. $89,900, 3/2,
exc. cond., dbl lot,
great neighborhood.
Call (863) 801-1739

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BHR 3 BR, 1 BA, W&D
Hookup. New carpet.
Screened porch. On ca-
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park, seasonal or year-
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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
Treasure Island 2BR
SW on water, Ig. lot,
$550 mo., 1st last &
sec. 423-237-8948

Mobile Home Angels
w/FL room, w/direct
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November 29, 2009

Okeechobee News

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
For Sale: Travel Trailer
w/2 pop outs.30'. Two
out buildings. Backs up
to pasture, Lot rent $220.
Appt. Only. Lot #22
$8500. 863-467-2589

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Ft., Sips 4. Front kitch.
Very good cond. $3750
neg 863-763-9998
Motorcycle toy hauler
completely self con-
tained, air, like new
$16,900 850-982-4501

2006 Suzuki BOULE-
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Drive,1998 Excellent cond.
4 dr, great for towing boat
$2000 (863)467-6469

RARE: 1977 Buick Sky
Hawk, Great car to re-
store. Runs good. 2411
SE 33rd St., TCI. $950.
Call 863-467-2761 or

Transmission -Chevy
'05 CK Rebuilt
$600.00/or best offer.

the Okeechobee Utility Authority will
meet in regular session on Tuesday,
December 8, 2009 at 8:30 A.M., at
the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of-
fices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105,
Flonda Statutes, if a person decides
to appeal any decision made by the
Authority with respect to such meet-
ings, he or she will need a record of
proceedings and for such purpose
may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made;
which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal
is based. Such person may provide
a court reporter, stenograper, or
tape recorder for such verbatim
John F Hayford
Executive Director
339964 ON 11/29/09

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Silvermoon's Towing & Recovery,
3197 NW 20th Trail, Okeechobee
Date of Sale: December 12, 2009
Time of Sale: 7:30am
1993 RV Prowler
340085 ON 11/29/09

17429 NW 242ND STREET
(863)7634601 OR (863)634-3166
40024 ON 11/29/09

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee
County Planning Board on Tuesday December 8, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in
the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department
Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda to consider a re-
quest for a change in zoning from the existing classification of Commercial
C) to the proposed classficaton of Light Industrial (I-1). The property
owner is Smith Bros. Contracting Equipment. The applicant is Sun Treasure
Packing, LLC. The property address is 10753 Highway 441 North. The
property is more particularly descnbed as follows:
Lots Eight (8), Fifteen (15), Sixteen (16) and the North 1/2 of Lot Seven-
teen (17) in Block Two (2) of Okeechobee Little Farms, according to the
plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 2 at Page 100 of the public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
Also all that portion of the vacated alleyway lying in said Block Two (2) of
Okeechobee Little Farms, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 2 at Page 100 of the public records of Okeechobee County, Florida,
described as follows:
Beginning at the Northwest corner of said Lot Fifteen (15), thence run
South 0 deg 34'29" West, along the West Boundary line of Lots Fifteen
(15), Sixteen (16) and Seventeen (17), for a distance of 262.5 feet to the
Southwest corner of the North 1/2 of said lot Seventeen (17); thence run
South -I i: ,j 4 '" 1 West a distance of 30.00 feet to a point on the East
bounda, I ,,: .,J Lot Eight (8) for a distance of 262.5 feet to the
Northeast corner of said Lot Eight (8); thence run North 89 deg41'42" a
distance of 30.00 feet to the Point of Beginning.
Less and Except: Commencing at the Northwest corner of Lot Eighteen
(18) in Block Two (2) of Okeechobee Little Farms, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 2 at Page 100 of the public record of Okee-
chobee County, Florida, thence run South 89 deg 4142" West for a dis-
tance of 30.00 feet for a Point of Beginning thence continue South 89
4li 41' '?" 'est for a distance of 209.98; thence run South 01 -i-
I a distance of 315 feet; thence run North : i1 4.
East for a distance of 209.98 feet; thence run North 01 i : .* i,
for a distance of 315.00 feet to the Point of Beginning.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304
NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Flonda.
A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to consider the request for a change in
zoning will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thurs-
day December 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditonum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by
the Board of County Commissioners or the Board of Adjustments and Ap-
peals with respect to any matter considered at these meetings or heanngs
will need to ensure that a verbatm record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
will be based. County Clerk and Planning and Development tapes are for
the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk and of the Plan-
ning Department.
William D. Royce, Planning
Director Pettion # R-2009-0685
339631 ON 11/20,29/09

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No injury in fires

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
About $15,000 in property
damage was reported Nov. 24
after a blaze at 3844 N.W. 28th
Avenue, Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue reported.
Three units and seven fire-
men responded to the Charles
Flynn residence just before 5
p.m. and found a small area
of the kitchen burned. The fire
might have originated in a clos-
et. A small burned area was also
found under the sink, Lt. Arthur
Borgstrom said.
The fire report said the State
Fire Marshall will determine the
cause of the blaze. The report
said the Sheriff's Office was

also alerted of a possible crime
Firemen were on the scene
for about an hour.
Tuesday morning firemen put
out a small fire at 9861 state road
78 west.
Lt. Robert Mears' report said
an electric meter box appar-
ently malfunctioned and caused
the fire at the Mike Holmes resi-
dence which did about $1,000
in property damage. An exterior
wall suffered heat damage.
Two units and six firemen re-
sponded to the call just before
10:30 a.m. No one was injured.
Firemen were on the scene
about one hour.

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levels dip in


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee saw a slight decline in
unemployment levels last month as 13.1
percent of the workforce collected un-
employment benefits, according to the
monthly report from the Florida Agency
for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market
Statistics, local area unemployment pro-
Okeechobee had 2,396 people out of
work last month, compared to 2,454 in
Glades County had 9.2 percent unem-
ployment as 459 people were on the job-
less line. There were 513 residents unem-
ployed in September.
Okeechobee had the 8th highest un-
employment rate among Florida coun-
ties. Glades County was 50th highest as
only 17 counties had lower unemploy-
ment rates in the state during October.
Okeechobee had 9.9 percent unem-
ployment in October, 2008. There were
1,811 people unemployed last year.
Glades County had 7.6 percent unemploy-
ment last year with 384 people jobless.
Florida had 11.2 percent unemploy-
ment, a slight decrease from last year.

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Okeechobee News

Three Brahman alums enjoy Of ,- ,

season at Concord University

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Nate Pollard, C.J. Tullio and Sam Dixon
just completed their freshman year for Con-
cord University in West Virginia and were
apart of a major improvement in the Lions
program this year.
The Division II school, who plays in the
West Virginia Football Con-
ference, finished 6-5 over-
all, and 4-4 in conference
play, after a winless season
in 2008.
Pollard saw time in the
secondary and said he en-
joyed his first year in col-
lege football. "It was fun.
It was a nice experience.
I tried to get some playing C.J. Tullio
time. Freshmen didn't play
too much."
Pollard got to play a few games and had
five tackles and a pass defensed. He also got
to play against the Conference Champions
West Liberty. "Next year looks pretty good
for us. I had a pretty good game against
West Liberty and the Coach wants to keep
me at cornerback."
Sam Dixon saw some playing time at
tight end and C.J. Tullio started a few games
at center when the starter got injured.
"It was a pretty good season for all three
of us," Pollard added.
Pollard said he is encouraged about the
future because the secondary was filled with
upperclassmen this year. He mentioned
there will be some jobs open next season.
The team finished third in the confer-
ence this year. They were predicted to finish

4-H hold benefit yard sale

Annual 4-H Yard Sale- Saturday,
Dec. 5, from 8 a.m.-noon in the park-
ing lot at Mims Veterinary Hospital,
275 SW 32nd St, Okeechobee. Furni-
ture, books, clothes, toys, household
items and much more. All proceeds
go to support Okeechobee County
4-H Programs.

"The juniors and seniors in the secondary
helped me. They kept my head up. It was
kind of hard going in there and not playing,
but I had a pretty good season," he said.
Pollard said the adjustment to campus life
wasn't as difficult as he expected. He noted
the campus isn't very big, and the town is
similar in size to Okeechobee. He said you
just have to make sure you get to class, and
do your assignments. "It was pretty much
hard work. You do what you have to do to
make it. I try to do my best."

Patricia Louise Goolsby,
Licensed Real Estate Broker
[ FULL SERVICE 634-5588

is a really nice place. It is priced to
sell and would make any one a nice
place to live. It has a Screen in
Porch. It is on a captured lake with a
nice yard. MLS #203488, $65,000.
ES 2/2 frame house, 2nd kitchen
w/separate entrance. Updated elec
service, pole. New pump. Shed in
hsrIl--rd ?ppcious area. Fully fur-
,-...I.1 MLS 493200, $149,900.

211 HOUSE ON 20 ACRES with many
fruit trees & mature pines. Annual
income from cell tower. 2 nice ponds
20' deep stocked with fish. Fenced with
Pole Barn. Possible neighbors' fe
acres. MLS#202744, $599,000.
2 car garage, workshop, Hurricane
shutters Electric on front deck, fish
house, and garage. It has its own
BOAT RAMP. New Roof in 2004.
MLS #202857, $118,000.

Waterfront custom built 2
master suite plus bonus
rooms upstairs. Kitchen
includes many cabinets,
eat in tie bar with large
II open floor plan. Many
extras MLS#203458
$199,000 Call Kathy
Godwin 863-634-7728

2 story 5/3 CBS home
Rim Canal in Larodo
Shores Balcony to sit
on and enjoy. Tile &
hardwood floors. New
roof in 2006, reverse
osmosis water system.
MLS #94541
$294,000 Call Sheryl
Byrd 863-634-3572

Great bang for your
buck in this waterfront
a- CBS with lake access.
Comes with large fami-
ly room, screened
room and dock. MLS
#201993 $145,000 Call
Barbara McClellan

1992 3Bd/2Ba DWMH
on Captive Lake in
Taylor Creek Isles.
Home has new floors,
fireplace, screened
back porch, hurricane
shedders and a lot
More. MLS#203389
$85,000 Call Sheryl
Byrd 863-634-3572

I :11AKI I1C1 1 "I II
This is not just another CBS 3/2 West of town,
manufactured home. updated in 1981,tie floor-
SExtras include rounded ing, tile countertops, eat-in
archways and drywall ) bar in the kitchen. Open
finish. Large living tiled porch surrounds
room and plenty more. home & Gazebo New
Come take a look. metal roof after hurri-
MLS#203211 $110,000 canes. MLS #202455
Call Marcia Barber $115,000 Call Kathy
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November 29, 2009

Lady Brahmans defeat Glades Central

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was a slow mover, but in the end,
Okeechobee moved faster as they defeated
the Glades Central Raiders, 49-21, in girl's
basketball action Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Os-
ceola Middle School.
The Lady Brahmans got 13 points from
Essence Williams and 12 points from Mon-
ica Koger as they won their fourth game of
the season.
"We're doing whatever we can to win,"
Brahman Coach Tony Sherlock said. He
explained he tried a number of different de-
fenses and strategies to get the Brahmans
Glades Central stalled the ball on several
occasions in the first half. Okeechobee got
off to a slow start on offense as they only
scored 16 points in the first half.
"We were trying to play some different
defenses tonight. They tried to stall the ball
and do what they do. We did what we do,"
he added.
Okeechobee led 12-4 after the first quar-
ter. Keighly Stewart hit a three pointer in the
first quarter.
Okeechobee went four minutes without
scoring a point in the second quarter but still
maintained the lead as the Lady Raiders also
struggled on offense. Koger hit a nice run-
ner on a fast break to provide one of the few
highlights of the first half.

"Overall it went kind of slow," Koger
said, "We could have played a lot better. We
should have limited the turnovers and get
that team more than we did."
Okeechobee led 16-6 at the half. In the
third quarter they went to a half court trap
and began to cause turnovers and easy
chances for the offense.
Okeechobee got seven points early in the
third quarter from Jewel Buck and built a 36-
12 advantage after three quarters.
Coach Sherlock said he tried to get some
energy into the game, "I thought I'd get them
energetic and try to put some energy into the
whole ball game. The stall didn't work."
Okeechobee got to play a number of re-
serves in the second half. Young players like
Ami Edwards and Cavel Campbell played
significant minutes for Okeechobee. Danita
Billings had 10 points to lead Glades Central
It was the second game this week for
Okeechobee. Monday night the girls trav-
elled to Vero Beach and lost 60-45. Williams
had 15 points to lead Okeechobee. Stewart
and Graciela Varela added nine points. Ol-
ivia Atwell had 22 points to lead Vero Beach.
Alexis Parker added 12 points.
Okeechobee trailed by only four points
early in the second half before a late run by
the Lady Indians.
Koger said she felt Okeechobee played

a better game against Vero Beach than they
did against Glades Central, "We had a good
game against Vero. When you come off a
good game you rarely have another amaz-
ing game the next night."

She added that she likes what she sees
from her teammates this year. She noted
they pass the ball, look for the open man,
and play good defense, "We are starting to
get into a good rhythm."

The Brahman varsity girls celebrate their win over Glades Central.

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