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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Bruce Brannen dabbles in cowboy art and is an entertainer
in whip contests. He is a retired educator and was among
those who attended the Roper Roundup last weekend.

'Renewable petroleum

company' to open plant

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A new employer is coming to
town. Not only will this employer
be good for the economy, but it
will be good for the environment.
LS9, "The Renewable Petro-
leum Company," plans to open a
plant in Okeechobee by the end of
the year. The company is leasing
a production facility from the Lar-

son Dairy. By the end of the year
the company plans to be produc-
ing its trademarked UltraClean
Diesel at this facility through a
one-step patented fermentation
process using sugar cane syrup.
"We are really excited about
being in Okeechobee," said Jon
Ballesteros, director of external
affairs for LS9. "I think its a great
See PLANT Page 2

FSB lawsuit heads

to court Tuesday

Abuse alleged at Florida
School for Boys during
1940s, '50s and '60s
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Attorneys representing over
400 men in a class action lawsuit
against the state will head to court
in Leon County Tuesday, Feb. 23, to
learn the fate of that action.
The men all claim to be vic-
tims of sadistic beatings and sex-
ual abuse at the state-run Florida
School for Boys in both Marianna

and Okeechobee in the 1940s, '50s
and '60s.
Defendants in the case include
the state's Department of Agricul-
ture, Department of Children and
Family Services, Department of
Juvenile Justice and the Depart-
ment of Corrections. Also named
as defendants are Troy Tidwell and
Robert E. Curry, two men who are
accused of beating and molesting
boys in the Marianna school.
Mr. Tidwell, who is now over 80
years of age, lives in Marianna. It's
not known if Mr. Curry is still alive.
See FSB Page 2

Rodeo action headed this way

Special lo Ihe Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Association will hold
their Annual Spring PRCA Rodeo March 13 and 14 at the
Agri-Civic Center. See page 16.

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The state already won one legal battle
when it was granted a change of venue on
Dec. 11, 2009, which moved the case from
Pinellas to Leon County.
Greg Hoag, a St. Petersburg attorney who
is one of the lawyers representing the men,
said in a phone interview that Tuesday's
hearing will deal with motions made by the
state to dismiss the suit. It's not known if the
Second Judicial Circuit Court will issue a rul-
ing then or at a later date.
While Mr. Hoag feels successful argu-
ments against those motions to dismiss-
which include statute of limitations and
immunity can be presented, there is one
case on the books that will go against his
clients. That case is known as Bradsheers vs.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles.
"Bradsheers is unfavorable to our posi-
tion," he said. "The basic premise is that you
can't recover monetary damages for damag-
es to constitutional rights. That goes against
what we're trying to accomplish. In our situ-
ation there are no other means of relief, be-
cause the men are no longer in school."
Another factor that has Mr. Hoag and his
fellow attorneys concerned is what to do if
their case is dismissed and how that dismiss-
al will affect a claims bill filed by State Sena-
tor Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) on July 31,
2009. Senate Bill 48 (SB-48) basically states
that the men who were victims of abuse, tor-
ture and sodomy should be compensated by
the state.
However, explained Mr. Hoag, the claims
bill has been held in abeyance because it
failed to meet a state senate rule that says all
judicial remedies must be exhausted before
a claims bill is filed.
"It's always a measure of last resort," he
said. "The question we now have is, if all
claims are dismissed next week does that
mean we then need to appeal the judge's
order for dismissal and how far do we go?
Or, does that mean we just proceed with the
claims bill? It's an interesting issue."
Mr. Hoag said if the case is dismissed
Tuesday, his team will have 10 days to ap-
peal. So, he continued, what if they miss that
10-day window? Would the claims bill then
be denied because they hadn't exhausted all
of their legal remedies?
He said no one has been able to answer
that question.
"If we don't have an answer next week,
I think we need to go ahead and appeal it at

Continued From Page 1
step for LS9."
Mr. Ballesteros was in town recently con-
ferring with Brian Cartland of the Business
Development Board of Okeechobee and
John Gurney of Worforce Solutions on plans
for the new industry.
Mr. Ballesteros said Okeechobee was
chosen because of the sugar cane grown
around here and the available labor force.
Also the leased facility already has fermen-
tation tanks that can be easily retrofitted to
LS9 specifications. The retrofit process will
require 30 to 50 workers. Mr. Ballesteros said
LS9 is committed to using local contractors

that point. If it's dismissed at trial level the
chance of it being reversed is slim to none,"
he said.
Another point that worries Mr. Hoag is
the age of his clients.
"A claims bill could take several years,"
he said. "We've already lost one of them (a
client recently died). So, what about their
survivors? A lot of emotional baggage these
men have carried has been subjected onto
their wives and children. Unfortunately, their
claims die with them. So, we're trying to ex-
pedite things.
"If we proceed with the claims bill, we'll
bring that to the attention of the legislature,"
he added.
Mr. Hoag said from its inception this case
"has been something we've never really
dealt with before" because it not only has a
legal aspect but a political aspect, as well.
"If it gets dismissed next week it will be
on a legal technicality and not the merits of
the case. It will have nothing to do with the
fact that these men were physically or sexu-
ally abused," he said.
Mr. Hoag said the case will be argued
Tuesday by Tampa attorney Raymond T. El-
In her bill, Sen. Joyner asks that money
be appropriated from the state's general
revenue fund to the Department of Juvenile
Justice for the victims who were abused at
the two schools. While no dollar amount
was mentioned, the bill did specify that fees
for attorneys and lobbyists be limited to 25
percent of the awarded amount.
While in these schools, boys between the
ages of 8 and 16 were beaten with leather
straps, sodomized and sometimes killed.
At the Okeechobee school, located on
U.S. 441 N., the suit claims white boys were
taken to a room called "the library" while
black boys were taken to the "adjustment
room." In Marianna, the boys were all taken
to a small white concrete block building
dubbed "The White House."
When "taken down"-a term boys
used that referred to their being taken to
The White House-boys were told to lay
on an iron bed covered with a 1-inch thick
cotton mattress. A similar bed was used in
The boys were then told to bite into a
pillow, hold onto an iron railing at the head
of the bed and told not to yell or scream or
their beating with a large leather strap would
continue. In some cases, other boys were
brought into the room to hold a boy down.
Often times, the boys were beaten to the
point that their clothes became embedded
into their flesh.

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by LS9 produces UltraClean Diesel that re-
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Okeechobee News

Alleged burglar held on $100,000 bond

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been arrested
and accused of committing a brazen daylight
burglary after he was reportedly seen in the
home. Michael Alton Murphy, 21, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Feb. 16 on a felony charge
of burglary of an occupied dwelling. He was
booked into the Okeechobee County Jail un-
der a bond of $100,000. According to a report
by Deputy Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Murphy alleg-
edly entered the victim's home and stole $750
in cash. That money, said the report, was the
victim's rent money.
Deputy Shireman said the victim and a
friend had left the home but returned after
the victim realized he had forgotten his wal-

let. When he and his friend entered the home
they reportedly saw Murphy
with two plastic bags in his
hands. When the two men
confronted the shirtless Mur-
phy he dropped the bags and
ran out a back door, stated
the report. As Murphy ran
away with his back exposed,
Michael A. the victim reportedly told the
Murphy deputy that he saw a black
handgun tucked into the waistband of the in-
truder's pants. Although deputies searched for
the alleged perpetrator of the Feb. 3 burglary
they were unable to find him. Deputy Shire-
man obtained an arrest warrant and Murphy
was located and placed under arrest Tuesday
by OCSO Deputy Matthew Crawford.

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Detective: woman got pills from dentists

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman has been ar-
rested and charged with seeing as many as
36 different doctors to get pain pills, said a
local detective. Cassie Claire Bell, 25, S.R. 78
W, was arrested Friday, Feb. 12, and charged
with six counts of obtain
ing or attempting to obtain
a controlled substance by
fraud. She was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $30,000.
Bell, said a detective with
the Okeechobee Narcotics Cassie C.
Task Force, primarily got her Bell
pills from dentists and emergency room doc-

tors. The detective said she would see a den-
tist every couple of days.
"She saw 36 different doctors and used
11 different pharmacies from Oct. 8, 2008,
to Nov. 9, 2009. Twenty three of those doc
tors were emergency room doctors both
locally and across the state," the detective
said. "She received a total of 1,166 schedule
II and schedule III pain pills from all over the
state of Florida." According to the detective,
four of the six counts filed against Bell came
from her going to local dentists and doctors.
She was getting percocet, vicodin and lortab,
added the detective. He said this investigation
took about three months to complete. He
said visiting dentists to obtain pain killers is
not all that unusual. "It's not uncommon. I've
had a couple do that," said the investigator.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are among Okeecho-
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warrants for each of them. The criteria for
making Okeechobee's Most Wanted top five is
based on the severity of the crime in conjunc-
tion with the age of the warrant. If you have
any information on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you can call the
Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-
TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes
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anonymous. You can also receive a reward if
the information results in an arrest.
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Letters to the editor

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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!

Festivals and fairs
I have been reading about the parade
and festival being a failure from no support.
We have had three bad experiences in the
past with the parades. First. They stopped
having Shriners with their little cars and mo-
tor cycles. Second. We wanted to get hot
dogs and cokes while waiting for the parade.
The food stand was in Park #3. We bought
the hot dogs and the man said he didn't
have any soft drinks because the Chamber
of Commerce was the only place to buy soft
drinks. They were set up in #2 park. Third.
We were standing a block from the stop light
on Route 70 watching the Cracker Cowboys
when the police stopped them in front of us
and escorted them from the parade. When I
asked why they made them leave the parade
they told me to keep anyone from getting
hurt. We had moved here from the north and
I had never heard of a Cracker Cowboy or
seen one. They were a very interesting group
of men, with a lot of history behind them as
I found out later. After all of this, we have
never come up town for another parade.
I was so disappointed that we could not
find Seminole pumpkin bread at the Speck-
led Perch Festival this year. We looked in all
three parks but did not see any vendors who
had it. I can only guess there was another fes-
tival somewhere that the Seminoles thought
would draw a bigger crowd.
I think the Legion should have kept their
free fair one week. For the first 40 plus years
it was one week and that worked great. In
2005 they decided to make it longer and have
two weekends. I think that makes people just
put off going, thinking they will go the sec-
ond weekend, and then when the weather
turns bad they don't go at all. I also think they
did better when they used to hand out the
discount coupons for the rides at the local
I had no idea the Free Fair was in town.
I live out in the county and many weeks, I
don't have a reason to go through town.
They should have advertised more. Brighton
Reservation has ads for their festival in every
edition of the newspaper.

Pill mills
It amazes me that they trying to close
down pain clinics, even thought I know they
are a racket, but that is where the local doc-
tors send you if you have chronic pain. The
doctors here don't want to deal with you,
especially if you have no insurance. The
pain clinics just want your money and don't
really care about your pain. They charge ex-
orbitant amounts of money for the visit and
then make you buy the medications you
need from them, instead of going to the drug
store where they are cheaper. So where do
you go? What is the answer? They scare the
hell out of real doctors and close pain clin-
ics. If they had chronic pain themselves they
would help those who need it. Also it doesn't
help that there are persons out there who
ruin it for real people who have chronic pain
by selling them illegally but then again where
does a person go who needs pain medica-
tion? It is a big circle but the state need to
address the problem of how to help those in
need and arrest those who abuse.
Slow drivers
Dear Northern friends, I hope you're en-
joying your visit. But remember you are just
that a "visitor." We the permanent residents
of the area are not on vacation. We have jobs
and responsibilities and nothing hinders traf-
fic more than going under the speed limit.
I am not asking anyone to speed, I just im-
plore you to do the speed limit, especially on
78 West!
Volunteer boards
I believe anyone who steps up to be in
the public limelight or hold a public office as
an elected or appointed official or as a volun-
teer needs to have a tough exterior and the
ability to be smacked verbally and keep on

Too fat to fly
I saw on TV this morning where a man
was kicked off an airplane because they said
he was too fat to fly. The airplane seats in
the economy class are 17 inches wide and if
you can't fit in there with the armrests down,
then they make you pay for a second seat. Is
17 inches a fair size? Seems to me the airlines
are trying to cram people in like sardines.
I am a small person, but how many
in my family would fit those guidelines? Me
and only me, and I am thinking, how many
friends ... maybe 5 out of 100?
That's the size of all the cheap seats, so
why isn't this a problem on every flight ev-
ery day?

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African American Salute to
Black History Month-Just
look at us now!
Yes! Another February is here and that
means celebrations of Black History Month
are sprinkled everywhere in America, pro-
foundly at Colored, Negro, African-Ameri-
can, Black churches. Alright, Just look at us
now! We are Colored, Negro, African-Amer-
ican, Blacks who should always make time
to praise God. Advanced from slavery time,
to Showtime and some ended up making
time, ok! Helped build and socialized Ameri-
ca; recognized laughter to be a friend amidst
our tears. Never stop talking about everyday
events people, places, things!
Introduced fashion trends/hairstyles to
the world. Enjoy celebrating Christmas, Eas-
ter, Fourth of July, cook-outs and family re-
unions and our holidays.
Dr. King had a dream. Do Colored, Ne-
gro, African-American, Blacks know what
that dream meant? A key towards a door of
success, a better chance in life, a will, a way,
somehow, some day, rise up my people
don't give up, stand up and give hope, spread
love, not hate and despair. In other words,

Freedom Outreach

Fishing Tournaments

The next Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournament series III will be held on the
following dates: Feb. 28, March 28, April
25, May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29
with an $80 entry fee. The $80 cash en-
try fee for each tournament in the series
includes the Big Fish Pot and the Classic
Fund, with a 70 percent payback. The fi-
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26. To qualify for the classic, you must
have fished at least four prior events from
February to August. The classic will be a
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All tournaments are held at Scott Driver
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water. Please register early. To get an en-
try application or for questions, call 863-
634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

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encouragement to a people, a nation, a race
and culture. Who rode the inferior back seat
of society. Rosa Parks took a seat therefore,
we are able to stand. Obama is America's
first African-American President, The New
Orleans Saints are Super Bowl Champs,
dreams are to still come true in America.
Sunday Morning Church Services are still
the most segregated day in America. Envi-
sion in the southern churches we still pray,
sing and shout treating the Colored, Negro,
African-American, Blacks right is what I am
talking about. Go far in this journey called
LIFE! Hey....Just Look at Us Now!
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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming
east southeast.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southeast
wind around 5 mph.

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Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reflections from the pulpit

Love notes for the Church

Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian church
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not
envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is
not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs..." 1
Cor. 13:4ff
We often hear these incredible words at
weddings, and rightfully so. For it is an in-
credible expression of love. Yet this was not
written for a wedding-it was written to a
This beautiful passage of love is intended
as the pattern for the church. And it was
written to a people in conflict! The context
is a very troubled Corinthian church smit-
ten with ego and self-expression, a church
that claimed to be spiritual but lacked divine

charity, a church with high emphasis on
spiritual gifts and sensual worship-and rife
with conflict as a result. So they were mired
in ego games, religious toxicity, false spiri-
tuality in the name of Christ... lacking true
Think of this for a moment: have you
ever known someone to leave the church
over conflict, ego games, or self-expression
issues? Sadly, most of us know someone
burned by "toxic faith."
The church was never meant to be that
way. It is intended for love-divine love.
In God's pattern, love flows as humble
servanthood. "Let this mind be in you which
was also in Christ Jesus: who, being very na-
ture God, did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped, but made himself
nothing, taking the very nature of a servant"
[Philippians 2:5].
That is what the kingdom looks like:

humble, serving, loyal, faithful, peaceful, and
self-giving. Such is the gift of the Spirit. This
is the mind of Christ. Here there is love and
concord perfect charity and perfect unity.
Jesus prayed, "Father, may they be one, even
as we are one..." One in truth, one in char-
ity, one in love!
Imagine for a moment a circle of light,
shining from the cross of Christ-there, in
the center, this circle of light: the mind of
Christ. When we are plugged in to this mind
of Christ, there is unity, there is humility,
there is service-even in church of very dif-
ferent people there is perfection of charity,
perfection of unity in this mind of Christ.
However, when individuals unplug from the
mind of Christ, conflict is the inevitable re-
sult. Personal ego or agenda becomes most
important; our own perspective becomes
the standard: Spiritual war, fractured church,
lack of peace.

Community Calendar

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 un-
til 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St.

A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be
held at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeecho-
bee 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 inter-
ested in fostering or adopting in Okeecho-
bee County. This meeting requires no RSVP
and is a question/answer forum. It will be at
the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster
Care Program at 1-800-403-9311.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays 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
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch
and bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912
U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their
guests are invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-
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 informa-
tion or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge Skin-
ner at 863-532-0449.

Okeechobee Shrine Club will hold a
Spaghetti Dinner every Tuesday night with
serving to begin at 4 until 7 p.m. for a do-
nation of $5. Music will be from 5 until 8
p.m. The Shrine Club is located at 1855 S.W
53rd St. (Hwy 78 W). For more information,
please call 863-763-3378.
Community Gospel Sing will be held
every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Seventh Day
Christian Church, next door to Douglas Chi-
ropractic and Fitness Center. The pubic is
invited to participate.
GALs need volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem Program has vol-
unteer opportunities for caring persons to
advocate for neglected, abused and aban-
doned children. Volunteers meet on the last
Tuesday of the month at 0 a.m. at Gizmo's
on Hwy. 441 in the Publix Plaza.
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tues-
day 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 Bap-
tist 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-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets
each Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Res-
taurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact
Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
Al-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
until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St.

Grief and Loss Support Group meets
every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice
Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For in-
formation, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-467-
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
Widows and Widowers support group
meets at Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. for break-
fast the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott
Ave., for breakfast. For information, Darlene
Phanco, 863-467-5351, leave message.
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-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Infor-
mal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club.
The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
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
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third
Terr., holds meetings for persons with alco-
hol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
New Beginnings Narcotics Anony-
mous meets at The Gathering Church, 735
SW 24th Ave, at 7 p.m. in the youth build-
ing behind the church. For information, call
Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at 610-0975. in-
formation call 863-357-3053.

Ah, but in the mind of Christ! Supernatu-
ral peace, salvific productivity, sanctifying
charity! It is categorically impossible to be in
the mind of Christ and have conflict. For in
the mind of Christ, we are one, even as He is
One. Alleluia! When we experience love like
this, when we participate in it, we are home:
home away from heavenly Home. We are
safe. We are protected. We are at peace-
and the kingdom comes.
"He that loves not knows not God for God
is love," said John. And this love is one.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not
envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is
not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love
does not delight in evil but rejoices with the
truth. It always protects, always trusts, al-
ways hopes, always perseveres. Love never
Welcome to love, welcome home!

Tourney benefits Kids' Day
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sponsor their Eighth annual "Kid's Day"
benefit bass tournament. The tourna-
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ramp at safe light on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. Entry forms
are available at several local tackle shops,
businesses and restaurants, or by contact-
ing Bill Seitz at 863-763-2926. The two-
man team entry fee of $110, including
first and second "Big Fish," can be paid
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Okeechobee News February 21, 2010


Elizabeth L. Underhill, 82
OKEECHOBEE Elizabeth L. Underhill,
passed away Thursday, February 18, 2010, in
I.... I, ni ,, She was 82.
She was born February 1, 1928 in Okeecho-

bee, to Rev. Van and
Gertrude t I:,1,.,, .,
She was a home-
maker of the Baptist
faith. She enjoyed
crafts, sewing, read-
ing, spending time

with friends and
family and her re-
cent cruises.
Mrs. Underhill was
preceded in death
by her husband, Joe
Underhill; her parents, Rev. Van and Gertrude
Lightsey; Chur., Lloyd and Johnnie; and sis-
ter, Joyce.
She is survived by three 1 r..-1i, I,. Connie Ab-
ney, Carolyn Myers (Leon) and Kim Markham
(Lowry), all of 1 I., I, ,,, son, Jody Underhill
of West Palm Beach; sister, Barbara Ann Wei-
nard of Stuart; brother, Macky Lightsey of Okee-
chobee; 11 grandchildren; and 20 2 great-
Gathering will be 6 p.m. until memorial servic-
es at 7 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2010, at First
Baptist Church, with Pastor Randy Huckabee of-
Memorials may be made to the Hamrick
Home, P.O. Box 1548, (,.I I ,,n , FL 34973.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ( . I Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., ( ., I .I 1..1n,
Friends may sign the o. i .... at www.bas-
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Billie Ray Anderson, 58
OKEECHOBEE -Billie Ray Anderson, passed
away Monday, February 15, 2010. He was 58.
He was born April 20,1951 in Hattiesburg,
Miss. and moved to Okeechobee when he was
a small child. He was the son of George Ander-
son and Louise Holly. Billie made his living
as a farmer and was a veteran of the U.S. Army
and served in Vietnam.
Billie was preceded in death by his partner in
life, Sherre Clark; his brother, Glen Anderson;
his father, George Anderson; and his grand-
Survivors include mother, Lousie Holly Griffin
of Maggie Valley, N.C.; daughters, Billie Mae
Kessler (Eric) of Okeechobee, Patricia Saye Lea-
vell (Dany) of Clarksville,Tenn., Linda Marie Al-
len (Tiffton) of Okeechobee, Melissa Lynn
Warffle (Blaine) of Paris, Tenn., Teresa Gayle
Watson (Tommy) of Paris, Tenn., and Jessique
Wolfe (JD) of Okeechobee; two stepsons,
Chuck Coleman of Okeechobee and Scottie
Clark (Christy) of Florida; sisters, Judy Miller of
Maggie Valley, N.C. and Linda Ryan of Maggie
Valley, N.C.; brothers, Tim Anderson (Stepha-
nie) of Columbis, Miss. and Pat Anderson of
Okeechobee; 30 grandchildren; 11 great-grand-
children; and 13 nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of his life 4 p.m.
February 21, 2010, at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant. We welcome any family and friends that
wish to stop by and celebrate his life with us.

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.

Thurlo Baker Smith, 74
OKEECHOBEE Thurlo Baker Smith, passed
away Wednesday, February 17, 2010, in Rauler-
son Hospital. He was 74.
Born August 14, 1935 in Shingleton, Mich. to
Deward and Eva
Smith, he worked 37
years with Buick-
General Motors until
he retired in 1991.
He came to Okee-
chobee from Mt.
Morris, Mich. in
1977. Mr. Smith was
a member of VAW
599, Masonic Lodge
535 in Michigan,
Shriner, and Moose
Lodge 2417 in Buck-
head Ridge.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 56 years,
Gloria J. Smith of ( I. ,three daughters,
Janelle (Charles) Gray of Hamilton, Ohio, Terry
(Tom) Adams of Byron, Mich. and Jolynn Elle-
man of Mt. Morris, Mich.; two sons, Thurlo (Pa-
tricia) Smith and Thomas Smith, both of Mt.
Morris, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-
grandchildren; brother, Deward (Shirley) Smith
of Mt. Morris, Mich.; and two sisters, Alta (Earl)
Wisenbaugh of .. ... and Sue (Bob)
Huddy of Flint, Mich.
Celebration of life will be 12:30 p.m. until 3
p.m. Monday, February 22, 2010, at the Moose
Lodge 2417 in Buckhead Ridge.
Memorials may be made to any charity in Mr.
Smith's name.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (01., i...1- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (i., i I''! .
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Robert D. Albritton Jr., 82
WEST PALM BEACH Robert D. Albritton Jr.,
died Thursday, February 18, 2010, in Atlantis. He
was 82.
He was born in Punta Gorda and lived in Fort
Pierce for 28 years.
He lived in Okeecho-
bee for 15 years be-
fore moving to West
Palm Beach for the
last seven years.
He was an auto-
motive mechanic
and an avid sports
He was preceded
in death by his par-
ents, Robert and Lu-
cille Albritton; sister, Maxine Davis; daughter,
Lisa Albritton; and grandson, Drew Flynn.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Vergie
Albritton of West Palm Beach; his daughters,
Terry Greeley, Betty Flynn, Kitty Fletcher, Lynn
Favorite and Debra Ebner; his grandchildren,
Robert, Roger and Randy Greeley, Van and
Sherry Flynn, Sabrina Haake, Alisa Karr, Chele
Taylor, Christie Pietrosante-Hubbard, Jimmy Fa-
vorite, Karri Jacobs and Brenden and Ashton
Ebner; great-grandchildren, Katie, Stephen and
Miya Greeley, Connor and Van A. Flynn, and
Jordan Moss, Michael Fletcher, Grayson and
Fletcher Karr, Teagan and George Haake, Sydnei
Favorite, Nicholas and Ashlynn Hubbard and
Royce Hughes; and sisters, Jeanette Russell and
Mary Walden.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday,
February 23, 2010, at Haisley Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service will follow at 10 a.m., with
Rev. Craig Bridgers officiating. Burial will be at
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens following the ser-
Those unable to attend may sign the guest
register at

Community Events

Dine with the Doctor program
Raulerson Hospital continues the popu-
lar "Dine with the Doctor" on Feb. 23, in
the North Dining Room of Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Dine with the Doctor is a medical lecture
series held on the last Tuesday of the month.
Dinner service begins at 5:00 pm followed
by the presentation. Our guest speaker will
be Dr. Albert R. Bravo who is board certified
in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Dinner tickets are $5, the lecture is FREE. To
R.S.V.P. or for more information please call
Marnie Lauter at 863-824-2702.

Rodeo Queen Contest open
Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's As-
sociation presents: Miss Rodeo Okeechobee
Rodeo Queen Contest. The categories are:
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee- Ages (19-24), Miss
Teen Rodeo Okeechobee- Ages (13-18),
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Princess (10-12),
Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart (7-9),
Deadline & Orientation March 1, at 6 p.m.
UF/IFAS Extension Office 452 Hwy 98 North.
Contest March 4, at 5:30 p.m. Cattlemen's
Arena Hwy 441 North. Please see contest
rules for age restrictions, all criteria and
entry fees & form. Available at: Eli's West-
ern Wear. For Questions or Electronic Copy
Email or Call: Okeechobeecattlewomen@ 863-801-5258 or 863-763-6575.

Community Collaborative
Council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council of
the Okeechobee Shared Services Network
will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the Okeechobee School Board Office.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow the
community to identify issues, collaborate
and share information regarding services for
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YMS kids celebrate Literacy Week

Special to the Okeechobee News
Yearling Middle School students enjoyed a trail mix party as a reward for their
efforts during the Celebrate Literacy Week activities.

During the week of Jan. 25-29, Yearling
Middle School participated in Celebrate Lit-
eracy Week. The purpose of the week was
to remind students of the importance of
literacy in everyday life.
Throughout the week in the cafeteria
a Teachers as Readers Contest was held
where students had to match their teach-
er's picture to his or her favorite book of
all time.
In addition, each day during SURF
(Supervised Uninterrupted Reading Fun)
students and teachers alike took part in
literacy activities. Beginning on Monday,
students had to brainstorm as many book
titles as they could in our media center.
Mr. Swogger, Mrs. Tedders and Ms.
Queen's SURF classes did an exceptional
job and earned class treats. On Tuesday,
the students performed a reader's theater
of The Stagecoach wherein a story of the
old west was narrated by the teacher and
students were chosen to "act" out char-
acters such as a screaming woman and a
creaky stagecoach. Sound effects were in
full force across Yearling's halls.
On Wednesday, Mr. Brewer led the stu-
dents in a quick write that was inspired by
one of his favorite books, 'All I Need to
Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Thurs-
day's SURF activity brought shouts of
BINGO as students looked to make a Y on
their literacy bingo card. Questions for the
BINGO ranged from popular authors in our
library to call numbers to find books in our
library. The culminating activity took place
on Friday with a "Trail Mix" party. Students

who had won throughout the week's
games were invited to a party held in the
library. Each student was given a baggie
to fill with trail mix items that went from
chocolate and nuts to cereal and banana
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Ropers Gathering continues traditions

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Crowds continue to grow larger for the
annual Ropers Gathering held at Gordie
Peer's ranch in Okeechobee.
The long weekend is actually a reunion
for many wild west and cowboy enthusiasts
as the faces get familiar. Many of the visitors
swear by what they learn, and return time
and time again.
There are men who hold records in the
Guinness Book of World Records, and even
old Hollywood stars.
Mr. Peer himself spent a career in the en-
tertainment business and loves to organize
the event each year. He teaches the tricks
he's learned with ropes, knives, and shares
stories about his experiences.
Bruce Brannon, who lives in Pike Road,
Ala., has a wild west show with his wife
Vernelle. He specializes in trick and fancy
roping, cowboy poetry and the bull whip.
Even with his skills and knowledge, he ad-
mits he learns something new at Gordie
Peers Cowboy School house.
"What a hoot. For a guy that has totally
merged into the cowboy life, this is like cow-
boy Disney land. I'm so thankful that Gordie
continues to put all the work into this," he
said. He got involved in the rope, whip and
knife throwing contests.
Mr. Brannon taught art in public school
for 33 years. He always wanted to be a cow-
boy and when he retired he began his Wild
West show, "My job is to play cowboy and
paint pictures. I wouldn't trade jobs with
anyone. I thank God that he saved this des-
sert for the end. I've never been happier."
He admits that kids today barely know
what cowboys are. Back in the 50s when he
was a kid, cowboy was king. He said most
kids just grow out of liking cowboys, but he
just got worse.
Richard Hinson of Zephyrhills said he
learned a lot about knife throwing and rop-
ing. He said he learned a lot from the class-
es. "One minute I throw a good one and the
next I can't hit the target at all. A couple of
inches means a lot in knife throwing."
Bill Leighton, a dead ringer for Buffalo
Bill, is also an entertainer. He is a teller of tall
tales, showman, horseman, rifleman, and is
an instructor in the use of whips, bull whips,
and even a stage combat swordsman.
He puts on shows for churches, commu-
nity organizations, and parties. He learned
the art of the quick draw from Bob Munden
in Butte, Mont. Munden holds the world
record for the fastest draw for a 1873 Colt.
He basically drew a weapon 3-4 times faster
than the human eye blink. Leighton said the
draw is too fast for film and would be of no
use in Hollywood.
Other top entertainers included John

Bailey, who is billed as the man with the
fastest whip, Mike Bainten, a world record
holder in knife throwing, and Charlie Keys,
who holds the world record for the largest
rope loop, some 114 feet and five inches.
Michael Jordan, who is a mechanic in
Philadelphia, Pa., and west Texas native,
said he has been in awe of the talent at the
roper's gathering. He
himself won a world
championship in
tomahawk throws.
His effort was mea-
sured at 87 feet.
"This event is just
a great time. As long
as we have these peo-
ple here, that want to
carry on the tradition,
the west will never
die," he said.
Another entertain-
er Donn Crothers of
SW Ranches, said he
works with cowboy
re-enactments, fairs,
festivals and private -
parties. He said he is
amazed at how much '
he has learned this
week. "This is a great Cow Patty, aka
event. I'm learning lot oa Char Hoogheem,
things I didn't know," gives the whip
he added. contest a try.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left) Donn Crothers practices on a
long 44 foot bull whip at the Ropers
Gathering. (right) Richard Hinson of
Zephyrhills tries his hand at knife
throwing at the Ropers Gathering.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Gordie Peer (left) hands out advice in rope tricks to Doug Smith. (right photo)
Michael Jordan competes in a bull whip contest at the Ropers Gathering.

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The bridesmaids were Savannah Joiner
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in a motor vehicle crash Friday afternoon. According to Deputy Adrian Rogers,
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IRSC offers unique Okeechobee Writers League Series

Treat yourself to a unique literary experi-
ence in Okeechobee as the Indian River State
College Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) cel-
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plus with a special series, "The Art & Craft
of Writing with the Okeechobee Writers
League," March 2 and 9, from 1-3 p.m. at
the Williamson Center located on the IRSC
Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee. Cost
for this series is $30.
This exciting series has a panel of talented
peer leaders. Jan Day and her writing league
colleagues Lesley Diehl, Carroll Head, Gary
Hoffman, Glen Nilson and Betty Williamson
are all published authors and will provide a
panel discussion/workshop on the writing
process and publishing. The group will also
be discussing, "Headwaters: An Anthology
by the Okeechobee Writers League." Day is
a current LLI advisor and returning LLI peer
The panel members for the Art and Craft
of Writing are:
*Jan Day worked in publishing for twenty
years. She is the author of five children's pic-
ture books published by Pelican Publishing,
writes for Okeechobee, The Magazine and
is working on a mystery set in Okeechobee
Lesley Diehl, a former professor of psy-
chology, is the author of A Deadly Draught,
a mystery to be released by Mainly Murder
Press in April 2010. She won first place in the
2009 Sleuthfest Short Story Contest.
*Carroll Head moved to Okeechobee

after thirty years in the aerospace industry.
He is an avid bass fisherman, environmen-
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Friends of Lake Okeechobee. He is writing a
mystery set on the lake.
Gary Hoffman taught school for twenty-
five years. He has published over 200 short
stories and won or placed in many contests.
He has recently moved to Okeechobee
where he is working on a mystery novel.
Glenn Nilson, a former sociology pro-
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Betty Chandler Williamson is co-author
of Strolling Down Country Lanes, Okeecho-
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the Okeechobee Historical Society for over
a decade.
Another upcoming LLI offering in
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offered April 20, 27, May 4, 11 from 10 a.m.
to noon. Foundation Board member and LLI
advisor/founding member Frank Irby will be
the peer leader for this class. This offering is
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Also to be offered by LLI in Okeechobee
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re-enactor, Mary Fears on Saturday, Feb.
27, at 3 p.m. Ms. Fears will present, "How
people of color served in the Civil War."
The program is provided by the Florida
Humanities Council and is free and open
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Senior hopes to lead girls

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Katie Walker is the only senior on this
year's Okeechobee High School girls tennis
squad. Normally a lack of veterans might
spell trouble for a team, but Walker knows
this team is in good shape.
Walker, who had an excellent year in sin-
gles last year, has been joined by a couple of
talented freshmen this year who could take
Okeechobee girls tennis to the next level.
"I think my senior season will go extreme-
ly well. There is a lot of talent out here. Sam
Rivero and Heather Lanning are awesome.
I'm looking forward to playing with them this
year," she said.
Walkerwon't have to carry the load by her-
self and can slot in the middle of the singles
brackets where she should shine and pick up
a lot of wins for her team. She also hopes to
be a good role model for the younger girls.
"A lot of responsibility comes with being
the only senior on the team. I hope to be a
person that they can look up to," she added.
Three players graduated from last years'
squad Kari Berger, Alisha Wilcox and Shaina
Ragamat so Walker will be counted on in that
leadership role. Still she marvels at how good
the young freshmen are. She said they play all
year round and are committed to the game.
"I envy them. They are just awesome ten-
nis players. They are absolutely amazing.
They will do well for the team this year," she
Walker's parents are Steve and Michelle
Walker. She said she doesn't have to worry
about having support from the community.
She said her entire family, including her grand

Tennis teams lose

to Martin County

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The season opener for Okeechobee High
School may have been their toughest match
of the year.
Okeechobee lost to Martin County, 6-1 in
boys tennis action, and 7-0 in girls tennis ac-
tion in Stuart.
The boys were swept in the singles
matches but did manage a doubles victory
behind the team of Austin Willard and Jona-
than Hudoff. They defeated Robert Hyland
and Ahuja Keshav, 6-0, 6-1.
Zach Fowler lost in straight sets 6-1 and
6-2 to Will Davenport. Willard was able to
win three games in his straight set loss to Ian
Coach Bryan Van Camp said Martin
County has had a strong boys team for a
long time. Their coach earned his 200th vic-
tory of his coaching career in this match.
The girls squad ran up against the defend-
ing state champion Lady Tigers who have
won 30 consecutive matches. Okeechobee
lost all of the singles matches.
The tennis teams host John Carroll on
Tuesday and Fort Pierce Central next Thurs-
day at 3:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Sports

parents, is big Brahman boosters. She expects
to have a decided home court advantage for
her matches this year.
Walker is also happy with how she has
improved her game in the off season, "I've
worked out a bunch this year and have hit
the ball well. I think practice is going well. My
serve and ground strokes have improved and
are much better than last year."
After high school Walker will attend Lib-
erty University in Lynchburg, Va. In April
she will try out for the college cheerleading
squad. For now she will remain focused on
Okeechobee tennis. "I'm very excited. I'd like
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fenced. w/ 3/2 dbl wide,
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CBS 4/2, for sale, rent
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February 21, 2010 Okeechobee News

Okeechobee Arrest Report
BANK REPO'S 8622 150th Court North
MOVE TO YOUR LAND W Palm Beach Gardens FL 33418 The following individuals were arrested on felony *
Mobile Home Angels For more listings, Attorney for Personal Representatve or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Oke
561-721-2230 go to 115 NW llth Avenue
561-21-223 www.nOkehobee Floda34972 Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the royd
LAKEPORT Furnished a Bar No.: 778125 Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Flor- with
35' mobile home, match- 3 ida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife frau
cuing sun po rchds 000,loads of IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of
cupboards, $15,000, Lot OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
fee $170 monthly. Stack IN THE CIRCUIT COURT PROBATEDIVISION C rrectios (DOC). cle
Washer/Dryer. Glass OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL File No. 2009CP235 C remiio BOrja cle,ho
r/Drye SS CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR Emilio Borja-Nunez, 37, N.W 23rd Ave., Okeecho-
doors, at 31 Lakebreeze OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, IN RE: ESTATE OF bee
Park. (705)340-1446 FLORIDATE DIVIS CLINTON G. MAY, JR. bee, was arrested Feb. 18 by Deputy Dale Hardy on an sion
File No. 2009-CP-126 Okeechobee County warrant charging him with driving
ba screened porch KENNETH W. SCHWERTEGER The administration of the estate of under the influence with prior convictions. His bond cha
w/windows, shed, cen- Deceased CLINTON G. MAY, JR., deceased, was set at $2,500. was
whose date of death was June 19,
trial a/c,furnished Pi- NOTICE TO CREDITORS 2009, i pending in the Circuit Court Christopher S. Singleton, 28, S.E. 22nd Court, T
rates Cove, Lot 30, for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
9861 Hwy of Theadminisationofeestate bate Dn the ad essf whh Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 18 by Deputy John Hazy other
78 W, $16,000 deceased, whose date of death was bee, Florida 34972. The names and
(863)467-9913 October 9, 2008, and whose Social addresses of the personal represen- O an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with inn
security number is 561-84-0561, is tative and the personal rep violation of probation dealing in stolen property (two is w
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee, tive's attorney are set forth below. violation of probation dealing in stolen property (two is
OKEECHOBEE- 1981 Forda, Probate Division File No.: All creditors of the decedent and counts). He is being held without bond. will
2009-CP-126; the address of is Pro- other persons having claims or de-
dbl wide on water, porch, bate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, mands against dec dent's estate on
Ig edition, boathouse, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The whom a copy of this notice is re- in/ I
$100,000 (863)763-4 names and addresses of the personal quired to be served must file their
$100,000(863)763-0474 representative and the personal rep claims with this court WITHIN THE
resentatve's attorney are set forth LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
REDUCED! 62x24', beAll creditors of the decedent and OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER c W .
3bd/2ba MH on 2 water- other persons havin claims or de THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
front lots, seawall, lake hands against dece e state, in OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. d o
cac bo us C luding unmatured, contingent or All other creditors of the decedent
aCCeSS, boathouse. CBS unliquidated claims, on whom a copy and other persons having claims or -
garage 28'x40', w/bath. of this notice is served must file their demands against decedent's estate V r
claims with this court WITHIN THE must file their claims with this court -
All other creditors of the decedent SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA -
and other persons who have claims PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER t
or demands against the decedent's BARRED.
estate, including unmatured contin- NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME I
gent or unliquidated claims must file PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY l
their claims with this Court WITHIN CIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
go to OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT The date of first publicabon of this
go to FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS notice is February 21, 2010. SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
___________ THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL Personal Representative: n
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED Okeechobee, Florida 34974 9
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER Attorney for Personal Representabve:
IS BARRED. Florida Bar No. 0127043 -
1987 Sea Nymph Tour- The date of first publication of this Thurlow, Thurlow & Giachino, RA.
nament Boat 50 hp Notice is 2/21/2010. 17 Martin Luther King J Blvd.
Mercury power trim; Kate Ellen Anthony Stuart, Florida 34995-0106
ready to fish; live well Personal Representatve Telephone: (772)287 -0980
Call 863-763-2526 after 346637 ON 2/21,28/10
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Anthony Todd Summers, 27, N.E. Fourth Ave.,
echobee, was arrested Feb. 18 by Officer Ryan Hol-
on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him
attempting to obtain a controlled substance by
d (six counts). His bond was set at $15,000.
Lawrence Williams Johnson III, 22, N.E. 72nd Cir-
Okeechobee, was arrested Feb. 18 by the Okeecho-
Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of posses-
of marijuana over 20 grams and a misdemeanor
ge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond
set at $6,000.
his column lists arrests and not convictions, unless
rwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found
'cent or has had the charges against them dropped
welcome to inform this newspaper. The information
be confirmed and printed.

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Okeechobee News

Cattlemen's spring rodeo set for March 13-14

The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's As-
sociation will hold their Annual Spring PRCA
Rodeo at the Agri-Civic Center, March 13 and
14 at the Agri-Civic Center. Entrance will be
on Hwy. 710.
Mutton Bustin' for the cowkids will begin
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday,
March 14. All cowkids from ages 3-5 can en-
ter to win a shiny western belt buckle. Ad-
vance registration is required. Please call the
Okeechobee Livestock Market at 863-763-
3127 to register.
The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
rodeo will show contestants competing to
win cash prizes and points toward a circuit
championship. The Okeechobee rodeo has
a well-deserved reputation of being the
"wildest rodeo east of the Mississippi!"
Visitors from many areas of South Florida
are expected in attendance to observe tra-
ditional rodeo events such as; calf roping,
saddle bronc, steer wrestling, bareback rid-
ing, team roping, ladies' barrel racing and
the favorite of all, bull riding.
"We are proud to host two annual PRCA
Rodeos every year right here in Okeecho-
bee," says Dudley Kirton, Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation President.
This year's rodeo will bring some of the
nations top cowboys to show their talents
and compete. Participants come from all
over the United States and Canada to com-
pete for their titles.
Jerry Todd will return to Okeechobee
to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the
2009 Spring Rodeo. Todd travels with wife
Candi and son Kyle. Candi entertains the
crowd with her talents of background mu-
sic and Kyle serves as rodeo clown during
the Muttin' Bustin' event. Jerry Todd was
awarded announcer of the year for WPRA
in 2004, World's Toughest Bulls and Broncs
Announcer in 2005 and 4L Rodeo Company
Mossy Oak Series announcer from 2004-
Special showing by the "One Armed Ban-
dit and Company." After a severe electrical

shock of 7,200 volts, that nearly burned his
fingers off, John fell 25 feet to his death. He
was given CPR and brought back to life. John
and Judy Payne are responsible for what is
now the most sought after gang in the rodeo
world today. He is a nine time, Professional
Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) "Spe-
cialty Act of the Year."
Rodeo tickets may be purchased in ad-
vance at Eli's Western Wear, 907 NW Park
Street, Okeechobee or at the gate. Premier
tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the
gate. Children under 12 are $10 in advance
and $12 at the gate. Reserved seating tick-
ets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate.
Reserved seating tickets for children 12 and
under are $6 in advance and $8 at the gate.
Sponsors for the 2010 Spring Rodeo in-
clude Presenting Sponsor Marcum & Associ-
ates; and, supporting sponsors Okeechobee

Special to te Oeec o ee ews
Called the One-Armed Bandit and Com-
pany, this nine-time PRCA "Specialty
Act of the Year," will appear in March at
the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
Annual Spring Rodeo.


County Cattlemen's Association, Cowboy's,
Eli's Western Wear, Dodge, Riverside Bank, The Okeechobee County Fair starts on
Seacoast National Bank and Professional Friday, March 12, also presented at the Agri
Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Civic Center. For more information on the
For ticket information, call Eli's West- fair, please contact Main Street at 863-763-
ern Wear at 863-763-2984 or visit: www. MAIN (6246).

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