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Vol. 101 No. 29 Sunday, March 7, 2010

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Spring flag football: OHS girls take to field

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee High School's Brittany Freeman looks for room as Kelsey Hammack (left) grabs for
her flag during a recent spring flag football practice. For more, see Page 20.

Lake Levels
13.58 feet
Last Year: 12.62 feet

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts like Ethan
Kersey are making a dif-
ference in the Okeechobee
community. For more on
Scouting, see page 10.




By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
This month the U. S. Census
Bureau is mailing out census
forms. It is important for ev-
eryone to answer the 10 short
See CENSUS Page 2

County staffing

positions shrink

Jobs cut through
attrition and layoffs
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Like private corporations, dur-
ing these hard economic times
our county is looking at reducing
personnel costs.
As a cost saving measure, this
past year the county has laid off
some employees and left some
vacant positions unfilled.
The number of employees
under the board of county com-
missioners had risen from 152 in

March of 2005 to a high of 169
in March of 2009. By March of
this year that figure had dropped
to 153. These figures exclude
employees of the constitutional
officers-the clerk of the court,
the supervisor of elections, the tax
collector, the property appraiser
and the sheriff.
Last year the building depart-
ment was cut from 14 to six em-
ployees. That department is fund-
ed in part from building permits
and other fees. As a result of the
building slump, those fees were
not coming in at the rate originally
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Sandra Pearce
Queen of the rodeo
The Okeechobee County Cattlewomen's Association host-
ed the 2010 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Contest on Thursday
at the Cattlemen's Arena on US 441 N. Left to right are Miss
Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart Donnielle Harper, Miss
Teen Rodeo Okeechobee Amanda Sheffield, Miss Rodeo
Okeechobee Brittany Nethers and Miss Rodeo Okeecho-
bee Princess Cali Pearce. For more, see page 9.


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questions on that form and return it in the
mail. In the last census, 54 percent of the
forms sent to Okeechobee County were re-
turned. This time census officials have set a
goal of 75 percent.
Floridans learned in the 2000 presidential
election that every vote counts. Likewise, ev-
ery census form counts.
The information derived from these
forms has a wide range of uses. The num-
ber of seats a state has in the U.S. House of
Representatives is determined by the latest

census. The 2010 census will help commu-
nities receive federal funds for such things
as hospitals, job training centers, schools,
senior centers, public works projects and
emergency services. Local governments
use census information for evacuations and
planning purposes. There are at least 50
ways census data are used.
It is estimated that most people can com-
plete the form in 10 minutes. Local assis-
tance centers will be set up for those need-
ing help.
The information on the forms is confi-
dential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot
share responses with anyone, including
other federal agencies and law enforcement

Continued From Page 1
During this fiscal year, three firefighters
retired. Those were funded positions and
those employees were replaced. Currently
another firefighter is out on medical leave
and a firefighter/EMT has been hired to tem-
porarily fill this position. County administra-
tor Lyndon Bonner said this was cheaper
than paying overtime.
After the layoffs at the building depart-
ment, a licensing specialist was hired whose
salary is being paid by a Workforce Solu-
tions grant. The salary for a funded facilities
maintenance position was offset for a time
by a Workforce Solutions grant.
The property appraiser currently has 15
employees and he plans to lay off one at the
end of this fiscal year. In the last fiscal year
he laid off three employees. The sheriff's of-
fice currently has 234 employees. According
to Undersheriff Noel Stephen that number
is necessary to maintain a satisfactory level
of service.The tax collector has eliminated
one unfilled position. That officer currently
has 12 employees and has had that number
since at least 2001.
The clerk of the court has 43 employees
and nine unfilled positions.
As a result of cutting the Emergency

Medical Services' assessment and exempt-
ing non-profits, $915,105 had to be removed
from the landfill trust fund to make up the
On May 28 of last year commissioners
voted to set a floor on the landfill trust fund
of $8 million. That means it cannot be al-
lowed to go below that amount. If all goes
well, according to the projected budget, at
the beginning of the 2010/2011 fiscal year
that fund will be at $8.3 million. So it will be
of little help in balancing the budget.
The amount of money coming into the
landfill host fund had increased until about
two years ago when it started dwindling, in
part because other counties are taking their
trash to other sites beside the county landfill.
That fund was used to balance the 2008/2009
budget. Before that time it was used in small
amounts to help fund some accounts.


A word was omitted from a statement
attributed to Okeechobee County Commis-
sioner Ray Domer in an article appearing on
page 13 of the March 3, Okeechobee News
under the headline "Commissioners con-
cerned about budget." What Commissioner
Domer said was that he did not want history
to record him as being on the board of coun-
ty commissioners that caused the county to
go broke. We apologize for the error and for
any inconvenience it may have caused.

Okeechobee County

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to anyone enrolled in Part B and entitled to Part A of Medicare
through age or disability. Members must use network providers
except for emergency, urgently needed, or out-of-area dialysis ser-
vices. A Sales Representative will be present with information and
applications. For accommodation of persons with special needs at
sales meetings call 1-866-747-2700, 8:30AM to 5:00PM, Monday -
Friday. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, premium and/or
co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1, 2011.
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Okeechobee News/Diana Whitehall

Kiwanis Club learns about local school
The Thursday, March 4, Kiwanis meeting was held at the American Legion
Building in Okeechobee. In the photo from left to right are: Jim Vensel, Presi-
dent of the Kiwanis Club; Carly and Sherri Enfinger; Madison and Heather
Hancock and Nick Reynolds, the speaker. Heather Hancock, Mr. Reynolds
spoke about Okeechobee Christian Academy.

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OCI visitor arrested on drug charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News

A Lauderhill woman was arrested Saturday,
Feb. 27, when she was allegedly caught with
over 200 grams of suspected marijuana in the
parking lot of the Okeechobee Correctional
Institution (OCI). Jerika Laqyanda Sharpe, 27,
was charged with the felonies of introduction
of contraband into a state prison and posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to distribute. She
was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $10,000. An arrest report by
Darrell R. Grabner, a senior inspector with
the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC),
states that Sharpe and her 19-month-old son
were at the prison to visit an inmate. During a
contraband interdiction operation all vehicles

parked in the facility's park-
ing lot were screened.
Inspector Grabner said
fellow DOC inspector Bruce
Montanez and his K-9 Dillon
screened the 2007 white Kia
0 Sportage driven by Sharpe.
_L During this screening K-9 Dil-
Jerika L. lon alerted to a bag in the rear
Sharpe of the vehicle. Inside the bag
were six quarter coin rolls
with a quarter at each end. When the quarters
were removed from the rolls, it was discovered
that each roll was filled with a green leafy sub-
stance, stated the inspector's report. A field test
was done.
The total weight of the suspected pot was
203.8 grams, the report stated.

Man climbs into ceiling to hide from cops

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man
was arrested Saturday, Feb.
27, on a domestic battery
charge that turned out to be
his second arrest in twarresto report by Officeays
and on the same tye e charge.e City Police De-
William Leslie Thomas, 44, William L.
S.Wa 1th St., was arrested Thomas
on a charge of felony do
mestic battery and a misdemeanor charge of
violation of injunction against repeat violence.
He was booked into the Okeechobee County
Jail where he is being held without bond.
According to an arrest report by Officer
Russell Cale of the Okeechobee City Police De
apartment (OCPD) Thomas was arrested after
witnesses reported seeing him beat the female
victim. Then, as the victim tried to run away,
Thomas allegedly grabbed her by the hair and

neck and "... drug her across the ground and
into his yard."
Another arrest report by OCPD Officer Kelley
Margerum indicated that she arrested Thomas
on Thursday, Feb. 25, for hitting and choking
the same victim. In that report, Officer Marg-
erum stated that while she and OCPD Sergeant
Justin Bernst searched for Thomas in his home
they heard a loud noise in the kitchen. When
the two officers entered the kitchen they found
Thomas lying on the floor and laughing.
Officer Margerum said Thomas had been
hiding in the attic and fell through the ceiling.
The officer stated in her report that the vic
tim had blood on her face, a cut to her upper
lip and dark red marks on both sides of her
Officer Margerum also stated in her report
that Thomas has been arrested and convicted
of misdemeanor battery four different times,
which is why he is currently charged with fel
ony battery.

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Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are
among Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons. There are ac-
tive warrants for each of them.
The criteria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top five is
based on the severity of the
crime in conjunction with the Marcel
age of the warrant. If you have Bates
any information on the whereabouts of any of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted you can call the
Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-

ITIPS (8477). If you call Treasure
Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have
the option of remaining anony-
mous. You can also receive a
reward if the information results
in an arrest.
Marcel Bates, DOB 10/13/1976,
Jamie Failure of Sexual Offender To Report
Samperio To DHSMV Bond $10,000.
Jamie Samperio, DOB 7/14/1982, 5'7", 190
lbs. FTA Fraudulent use of personal ID No

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Will hold its monthly meeting to discuss and work on issues relating to
tobacco prevention and education in the community
Wednesday, March 31, April 28, May 26,
Wedney June 23, 2010
Hampton Inn Conference Room
1200 NE Park Street (next to the Post Office)
4:00pm 5:00pm
To confirm attendance, please call 863-462-5781
Building the foundation for a healthy future for the residents of Okeechobee County

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Reflections from the pulpit

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!

Meth can rip a family apart, all it takes
is ONE time, it is that addictive. Let me say it
again, all it takes is one time. Those caught
selling or manufacturing meth, should be
locked away without parole. It completely
changes a person, and it affects everyone
around them. A meth user will ALWAYS
crave meth. A user can be helped, but they
have "triggers" that will always be there.
There are signs that someone is using meth,
but those closest to them do not realize it
until it is too late. It not only takes a family to
help meth users, but an entire community.

Sounds like Hendry County has figured
out how to promote ecotourism with their
Big 0 Birding Extravaganza drawing bird
watchers from all over the country. They
stay in a hotel in Clewiston and go on dif-
ferent outings every day. Instead of just pro-
moting bass tournaments, I think Okeecho-
bee County should come up with some
ideas like that something to bring folks to
Okeechobee and spend some of that tour-
ism money here.
There was an endurance race around
the lake last weekend, which started at
Okee-Tantie. It probably didn't contribute
much to the local economy but every little
bit helps. There's probably not too many
people who can run 118 miles. Hats off to
those who tried. The Rotary is going to have
their annual run-ride-walk event this month
also and that brings cyclists, runners etc.
from other places to participate.
I am amazed that those people ran
around the lake. I cannot imagine even
walking 118 miles, let alone running it in
less than a day. And what a surprise that a
woman not only was the winner, but beat
the best previous time which was set by a
I think we have enough tourists here
already. Have you tried to drive downtown?

A 7.0 earthquake hits Haiti and in its
wake leaves an estimated 300,000 dead.
Then in the news an 8.8 earthquake hits
Chile, and although they say half a million
homes were damaged or destroyed, the
death count is between 700 and 800. Obvi-
ously, the structures in Haiti were already
of very poor quality for so many people to
be killed. On the news I saw an apartment
building in Chile that had been twisted by
the quake so that it was slanting sideways,
and yet no one who was in it during the
quake had died.
The quake in Haiti was relatively small
in the area that it shook, and it was extreme-
ly shallow. These two things are huge fac-
tors in how much destruction they will leave
behind. Think of it like hurricanes ... some-
times, even though a Cat 4 can hit, the area
that receives the Cat 4 wind speeds may be
very very small. In the Chile quake, nobody
experienced the extremely violent shaking
that millions of the people in Haiti experi-
enced. The way they rate earthquakes is not
just how powerful the shaking is, but the
area of the shaking as well, and that is what
gave it a higher rating than the Haiti quake.
And then there is the fact that Chile is very
prepared for earthquakes. Their building
codes require earthquake safe structures.
The people in Chile obviously invested
a lot of money in their infrastructure and
in maintaining their building codes. While
hundreds of thousands of buildings were
damaged or destroyed in that massive earth-
quake, less than 800 people died because
at least the buildings stood long enough
for the people to get out. I think people in
Florida should take a lesson from that. We
can build structures that can survive hurri-
canes. Most people just don't want to spend
the money. But it would be better to build a
smaller, stronger home than a larger home
that will fall down in a high wind.
The people in Haiti were living in pov-
erty even before the quake hit. I think it is
time the media started giving the public the
background on the reasons for their plight. It
goes back to the way France punished Haiti
by forcing them to pay reparations to pun-
ish them for seeking their independence.

Cookie shortage
I bought more than a "few" boxes of
Girl Scout cookies when the girls were at the
stores, but my supply is running out. Any
more boxes out there?


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By Chaplain Wendy Schaffer
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee

New Life
In one more week this cold winter will
be over. It will be Spring. The days will be
warmer and the plants will begin to grow.
In fact, Webster defines Spring as, "that
season of the year which follows Winter,
in which flowers grow...a period of begin-
ning. The month, in the Bible, that begins in
March is called Nisan. Nisan is the beginning
of the calendar of sacred feasts and start of
the barley harvest. Nisan means "month of
the opening ears." I pray this Spring that we
open our ears and our hearts to all the new
life around us.
Life is defined by Webster as meaning
"that property which makes it possible for
them to take in food, get energy from it, to
grow. The word "them" means plants, ani-
mals and people. I take this opportunity to
remind the readers that "people" includes
the precious lives of the unborn children.
These unborn children receive nourishment
and food from their mothers and they con-
tinue to grow for nine months until their
birth from the womb.
The Bible places great value on life and
on the unborn children. "God created man
(all people) in His own image." (Genesis
1:27 KJV) The Lord God formed man...
and man became a living soul." (Genesis
2:7 KJV) Further on in the Scripture, the
Lord came to Jeremiah saying: "Before I
formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and
before thou camest forth out of the womb
I sanctified thee." (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV) Isaiah
states: "The Lord hath called me from the
womb; from the bowels of my mother."
(Isaiah 49:1 KJV) David inspired by God elo-
quently wrote: "For thou hast possessed my
reins; thou hast covered me in my mother's
womb. I will praise thee, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy
works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when
I was made in secret...Thine eyes did see my
substance, yet being unperfect, and in thy
book all my members were written." (Psalm
139:13-16 KJV)
God's Word clearly reveals the value of
each life, and that life begins in the womb.
God is the true source and giver of life. God
truly nourishes each life and His Word and
His presence covers each life.

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As Spring approaches, we notice new
buds on the trees and we see flowers blos-
soming forth, I ask that we each take a mo-
ment to pray, and continue to pray, for the
new lives of the unborn children. Pray for
their well-being. Pray for support for the
mothers. Pray for their mothers to love and
value them. Pray for mothers to care for
themselves. Pray that the mothers seek God
and are drawn into a closer relationship with
our Lord Jesus Christ for if the moms are liv-
ing in God's will, then their babies will "have
life and have it more abundantly." (John
10:10 KJV)



Today: Sunny, with a high near 74. North
northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
44. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
75. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 47. East wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. East
northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
48. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.
East southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance
of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
60. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South
southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Florida Lottery Here are the num-
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sy 5: 3-8-13-21-33; Mega Money: 1-3-5-18
MB 3; Florida Lotto: 21-33-34-38-43-44 X
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purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
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debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
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potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
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* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Okeechobee students do well at Regional Science Fair

On Feb. 17, 114 students from Okeecho-
bee County participated in the Heartland
Region Science and Engineering Fair. The
Heartland Region includes Okeechobee,
DeSoto, Hardee, Hendry and Glades coun-
ties. This year the fair was held at the Semi-
nole Tribe's Veterans Building at the reserva-
tion. Below is a list of Okeechobee students
who participated in the fair and results.

Senior Division: Behavioral
And Social Sciences, Medi-
cine And Health, Microbiol-
ogy And Zoology
Daniel Jansen, Aubrey Robertson, Kylie
Shirley, Katlyn Haymond, Darby Jones, Mat-
thew Saucier, Jessica Suit, Danielle Crane,
Judd Harris, Alex Guido, Monica Hernandez,
Benjamin Kielbasa, Emily Raulerson, Elise
Scott, Sierra Story, SECOND PLACE: Kylie
Shirley, Darby Jones, Alex Guido, Benjamin
Kielbasa FIRST PLACE: Daniel Jansen,
Monica Hernandez
mo, Nick Flood, Summer Howard, Audrey
Metcalf, Shelby Pollack, Brittany Serrano,
Zach Willie
Davis, Taylor Fulford, Kayla Harrison, Dalton
Jesus Jaimes, Jessica Jimenez, Brendon
(BJ) Jonassaint, Nicholas Methner, Tyler Mil-
rot, Carma Rowlett, Krista Ward SECOND
PLACE: Kayla Harrison FIRST PLACE: Car-
ma Rowlett, Sarah Davis

Senior Division: Computer,
Earth And Space Science,
Engineering, Environmental
Sciences, And Mathematics
Brittney Ball, Joseph Chandler, Dayla
Ferneau, Jason Rucks, Damien Womble,
Macy Gamiotea, Kailey Hoover, Jenna Rath,
Richard Donegan, Timothy Farrell, Tyler
Finney, Dustin Houston
THIRD PLACE: Kailey Hoover
FIRST PLACE: Brittney Ball, Joseph Chan-
Blair, Casey Hurst, Tyler Nelson, Krista Pope,
Samantha Rivero, Margaret Ruede-McKane,
Daniel Ruiz, Jami Sanchez, Cade Stokes,
Alexis Torres
THIRD PLACE: Krista Pope, Samantha
FIRST PLACE: Margaret Ruede-McKane

Junior Division:
ioral And Social


Biochemistry, Medicine
And Health, Microbiology
Brandon McKee, Daron Jones, Tyler El-
liott, Jacob Stewart, Brittany Milrot, Rafe
Fisher, Anali Torres
THIRD PLACE: Jacob Stewart
SECOND PLACE: Daron Jones, Tyler El-
liott FIRST PLACE: Brandon McKee, Rafe
itez, Hannah Bostwick, Irfan Chaudhary,
Brittany DeWitt, Jorge Gallegos, Nicholas
Kielbasa, Jake Menendez, Shayla Pendrey
SECOND PLACE: Odon Benitez, Irfan
Chaudhary, Shayla Pendrey
CONSUMER SCIENCE: Alyssia Boldin, Hunt-
er Boshell, Taylor Boyett, Sean Chauhan,
Kirsten Doney, Emmanuel (Manny) Goana,
Khrysta Herndon, Ana Huerta, Ben Levins,
Carley McCoin, Jaycee Palomino, Hannah
Raulerson, Samuel Rogers, Colton Rusinko,
Jaisalyn Santiago, Saiti Sawka, McKayla
Snow, Leticia Soriano, Marshall Tommie, Iv-
ette Vega, Karyna Villalpando, Destinee Vil-
larreal, Cody Walker, Macy Watt, Sha'dajia
Williams, Kaitlyn Wilson THIRD PLACE:
Leticia Soriano
SECOND PLACE: Samuel Rogers, Jaisa-
lyn Santiago, Saiti Sawka, Taylor Boyette
FIRST PLACE: Kirsten Doney, McKayla

Junior Division: Earth And
Space Sciences, Engineer-
ing, Environmental Sci-
ences And Mathematics
Braydon Kassella, Adam Davis, Alec Em-
monds, Lynn Romer, Tristan Mavroides,
Avery Plemons, Hannah Sadler, Filipe Soto,
Chris Joles, Miriam Mojica
THIRD PLACE: Avery Plemons, Filipe
SECOND PLACE: Braydon Kassella, Han-
nah Sadler.
FIRST PLACE: Tristan Mavroides.
Bowman, Caleb Crews, Michael Daniel, Erik
Gaitan, Kayla Orr, Ryan Reister, Alexis Strip-
ling, Cassidy Watford
Third Place: Selena Bowman, Michael
Daniel, Alexis Stripling
Second Place: Ryan Reister.
First place: Kayla Orr, Cassidy Watford
Special Awards were given to the follow-
ing Okeechobee students:

American Psychological Association pre-
sented a certificate of award to the project
that demonstrates outstanding research in
psychology to a senior project in behavioral
and social sciences. This certificate went to
Daniel Jansen. ASM International Founda-
tion provided a certificate and a medallion
to the student with the best materials engi-
neering project. This award went to Joseph
Chandler. Association for Women Geosci-
entists provided a certificate to a student
whose project exemplified high standards of
innovativeness and scientific excellence in
the geosciences. Special consideration was
given to projects that increase the public
awareness of the geosciences, illustrate the
interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences or
promote the sensitivity to the earth as a glob-
al system. This award went to Macy Gami-
otea. Intel Excellence in Computer Science
Award provided a certificate and a check for
$200 for the most challenging, thorough and
creative investigation of a problem involving
Computer Science in the Senior Division. This
award went to Brittney Ball. International
Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and
Environmental Project (I-Sweep) provided
an opportunity for a top high school project
in Energy, Engineering or Environmental
Science whose project displays outstand-
ing work in the theme of environmental
sustainability and innovation. The student
may have an opportunity to participate in an
I-SWEEP conference in Houston, if chosen
to participate. The Outstanding Sustainabil-
ity Award went to Joseph Chandler; the I-
SWEEP recognition certificate went to Jason
Rucks. Mu Alpha Theta provided a certificate
for the most challenging, thorough and cre-
ative investigation of a problem involving
modern mathematics in the Senior Division.
This certificate went to Tyler Finney. RICOH
Sustainable Development Award provided a
certificate of achievement and an opportu-
nity to participate in a drawing for a digital
camera for a project that has principles and
technical innovations that offer the great-
est potential for increasing our ability to
grow environmentally friendly and socially
responsible businesses. This award went
to Kailey Hoover. Stockholm Junior Water
Prize provided three certificates for out-
standing water related research at the high
school level. The Okeechobee winner was
Macy Gamiotea. Yale Science and Engineer-
ing Association, Inc. provided a certificate
for the most outstanding 11th grade student
exhibiting in the areas of Computer Science,
Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. This
award went to Carma Rowlett. United States
Air Force provided an award certificate, a
Connections Computer Accessories Kit, A
Slazenger Sport Deluxe Sling and a Magnetic
Floating pen/pencil set for outstanding sci-
ence fair achievement. This year's awardees
were Monica Hernandez and Daniel Jansen.
United States Navy and Marine Corps pro-
vided certificates, medallions and for Senior

Division winners, a gift certificate for $50.
These awards went to the most outstanding
projects in the Senior and Junior Division.
These awards went to Monica Hernandez,
a Senior Winner receiving a certificate, me-
dallion and $50 gift certificate, and Brandon
McKee, a Junior Winner receiving a certifi-
cate and medallion. United States Army has
provided a certificate, a presentation folder,
and a polo shirt bearing the Army's science
fair logo for the most outstanding projects in
the Senior Division. Awards went to Joseph
Chandler, Brittney Ball, and Monica Hernan-
dez. The most outstanding of the five win-
ners to receive the Bronze Medallion was
Monica Hernandez.
The twenty-four students from the region
selected to attend the Florida State Science
and Engineering Fair in April included the
following students from Okeechobee: Se-
nior Division students Daniel Jansen, Sarah
Davis, Carma Rowlett, Brittney Ball, Joseph
Chandler, Margaret Ruede-McKane, Monica
Hernandez, Kayla Harrison, and Benjamin
Kielbasa; Junior Division students include
Brandon McKee, Kirsten Doney, Tristan Ma-
vroides, McKayla Snow, and Cassidy Wat-
Monica Hernandez was one of two Senior
students selected to represent the region at
the International Science and Engineering
Fair in San Jose, California this May.
Special thanks are extended to the Semi-
nole Tribe for hosting the fair, and to all of
the teachers, administrators, judges, and
parents who supported this outstanding aca-
demic competition.

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Softball tourney to benefit Devon Venables memorial scholarship
A co-ed softball tournament fundraiser tration at the field. Bring your own base- Foundation with a notation in the memo of
will be held in memory of Devon Venables balls, 44 Core-ISA Rules. All proceeds will your check -- "Devon Venables Memorial
on March 13, at the Adult Softball Fields go towards the Devon Venables Memo- Scholarship." For more information, con-
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Community Events

HIV/AIDS Awareness
Prayer vigil planned
There will be a HIV/AIDS Awareness
Prayer Vigil on Tuesday, March 9, down-
town in the park at 7 p.m. This serves as an
opportunity for all pastors, ministers, and
laymen to come together to offer prayer and
support for those who have been impacted

Shrine Club to host
Spaghetti Dinner Night
Okeechobee Shrine Club will host their
weekly Spaghetti Dinner Night on Tuesday,
March 9, from 4 until 7 p.m. For a donation
of just $5, you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner
with all the fixings, including salad, roll and
spaghetti with meat sauce. Music will begin
at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Come to 1855 S.W 53rd
St. (Hwy. 78 W) and enjoy a bit of Italy...for
dinner! Call 863-763-3378.

Financial Services Workshop
On March 10, the Business Development
Board of Okeechobee and Economic Coun-
cil of Okee are hosting a financial
services workshop. Speakers will include
Tom Johnson of RSM MCGladdrey who will
be speaking on Enterprise Zone tax credits,
and Vince Lopresti of the Small Business Ad-
ministration who will be speaking on SBA
loan programs.
Session One will be from 10 to 11:30
a.m., and will be limited to financial services
professionals only (bankers, accountants
and insurance professionals). Session Two
will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for all interested
persons. There is no cost to attend, but ad-
vance registration is required. To register,
please contact Brian Cartland at 863-467-
6246,, or Tara Minton
at 863 4657 0200 executivedirector@ecoo-
Healthy Start Coalition meeting set
The Board of Directors of the Healthy
Start Coalition will meet on Wed., March
10, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, located at
575 S.W 28th St. within the New Endeavor
High School Building. Meeting is open to the
public. For information, please call 863-462-

Learning Coalition meets
Early Learning Coalition of Indian Riv-
er, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory
Council Meeting, Wednesday, March 10, at
noon at the American Red Cross, 323 North
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee.

Service club to host dinner
The VFW Post 9528, 29012 East Hwy 78,
Okeechobee, will host a Corned beef dinner
on March 14, from 12:30 until 4 p.m. The
menu includes corned beef, small potatoes,
cabbage, carrots, and dessert.
All members and guests are invited.
There will be music from 1 until 4 p.m. We
will have door prizes. Donations are $8. For
more information, call 863-467-2882.

Yard sale helps Martha's House
Martha's House is having a huge yard at
their outreach office, located at 4134 Hwy.
441 North (just north of the Circle K on the
east side of 441) from Thurs., March 11
to Sat., March 13. Find great deals on new
and gently used clothing and shoes for men,
women and children. For sale is also a wash-

Lighthouse Refuge to hold
yard sale March 12 and 13
THe Lighthuose Refuge a non-profit or-
ganization helping women in need will hold
a yard sale on March 12 and 13, from 8 a.m.
until 3 p.m. at 280 Hwy 441 S.E. 1/4 mile
east of traffic light at 78 West and Hwy. 441
South on right. Donations will be accepted
and appreciated at the yard sale. For more
information on the sale or services, please
contact Donna Dean at 863-357-2106 or 863-

Red Cross to host Annual
Poker Run on March 13
The American Red Cross will once again
host the 'Ride for the Red' Poker Run and
Bike Fest. The event held on Saturday, March
13 and will be sponsored in Okeechobee
County by Big Mike's Sports Bar. Okeecho-
bee stops at Iron Eagle Registration and
last bike out at 11:30 a.m. The finale will be
at Big Mike's Sports Grille at 2:30 p.m. For
more information, please call 863-763-3488.

Cypress Hut Eagles to host
St. Patrick's Dinner
The Cypress Hut Eagles #4509 of
Okeechobee will host their third annual St.
Patrick's Day Dinner with all the trimmings
on Saturday, March 13.

Nutritional analysis offered
CRA Nutritional Analysis Class will be
offered on Monday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m.
at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center.
The class is taught by Dr. Edward Douglas.
For more information, please call 863-763-
4320. There is no charge for this class.

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BBQ contest to benefit
OHS baseball program
The event will be held Saturday, March
13, at the OHS baseball field. The teams
will be competing for the BEST Ribs and
Chicken. Entry fee is $100 per team. The var-
sity baseball team will be playing a double
header against Boynton Beach at 1 p.m.
and 3:30 p.m. So, come on out watch some
baseball and eat some hometown BBQ. For
additional information, call Mark Ward (af-
ter 1:15 p.m.) at 863-634-1722.

Shrine Club to host dinner
A traditional St. Patrick's Day Dinner will
be served including Corned Beef and Cab-
bage with all the trimmings. Don your best
"Green" and come join us on Wednesday,
March 17, from 6 until 8 p.m. and enjoy be-
ing Irish, even just for the evening! Dona-
tions for the dinner are just $7. Tickets are
on sale now. Please call the Shrine Club at
863-697-2049 for more information.

Church plans chicken dinner
United Methodist Men of First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,
will be selling smoked chicken dinners on
Friday, March 19. There will be delivery
available for 10 or more dinners. Tickets are
available at the church office.

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Former local predator arrested in Stuart

By Eric Kopp and did not have a place to sleep.
Okeechobee News Curl, who was employed at the
Howard Johnson's Motel at 950 S.E.
hA registered sexual predator who Federal Highway as a desk clerk, then
time has been arrested in Stuart and reportedly told the victim he could stay
charged with raping an 18-year-old the night in Curl's motel room. Curl
homeless m ran. was allowed to stay in room 126 as
Steven Nelson Curl, 58, 950 S.E. part of his payment for working there.
Federal Highway, Stuart, was ar- S Detective Rice's report goes on to
rested Tuesday, March 2, on charges Steven N. state that the victim became drunk and
rested TuesdayCurl after he laid down on the floor to go
of sexual battery and false imprison the to sleep the 5-foot-7-inch, 185-pound,
ment. He is beingnt held without bond n t Curl jumped on his back and sexually assault-
Curl was released from the Glades Correc- ed him.
tional Institution (GCI) Oct. 19, 2000, follow- The alleged incident occurred around I
ing his 1996 conviction of lewd and lascivious a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, but due to fear and
ingass onvichiondef le age ofc16 u shame the victim did not file a report until
According to an arrest report by Detective Tuesday, continued the report.
Michael Rice of the Stuart Police Department iff's Office (OCSO) indicate that Curl was ini-
(SPD) Curl met the victim Sunday, Feb. 28, at iffs Office (OCSO) indicate that Curl was ini-
a gas station on S.E. Federal Highway. Detec- tially arrested in Palm Beach County in 1989
tive Rice said the unnamed victim told Curl he on a charge of lewd and lascivious assault on
had just been kicked out of his halfway house a child under the age of 16. His next arrest
was a similar charge in 1996.

Those same OCSO records indicate that
upon his release from GCI, Curl went to the
Prison After Care Treatment Center (P.A.C.T.)
located on U.S. 441 N. He first registered as
a sexual predator in Okeechobee County in
On July 12, 2003, Curl was arrested on
charges of sexual activity with a minor and
contributing to the delinquency of a minor in
Okeechobee County, but those charges were
later dropped by the state.
Curl worked as a desk clerk at the Holiday
Inn in Okeechobee from 2005 to 2006. In Oc-
tober of 2006 he reported that he was working
in Stuart but living in his car in Okeechobee
County. OCSO records show that he would
report his whereabouts by calling the local
sheriff's office.
Records also indicate that Curl was ar-
rested in August of 2009 in Martin County
on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. He
was arrested again on Feb. 5, 2010, for having
an open container of alcohol-also a misde-

Dixie Melody Boys to perform at Church of the Nazarene

One of Gospel music's most popular quar-
tets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured
at the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene,
425 S.W 28th St., on Thursday, March 25. The
Dixie Melody Boys will share their unique,
four-part harmony during this musical event
beginning at 7 p.m.
Since organizing over four decades ago,
The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much
success, including a Grammy nomination and
numerous Fan Award nominations from The
Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel
Music's leading fan and trade publication. Hit
releases have flowed their way in bunches,

including recent releases such as "I'll Be Liv-
ing That Way," I Won't Compromise," "Wel-
come Home," "Antioch Church Choir," and
"I'm One of Them." Their goal of delivering a
first-class performance filled with excitement
energy and lots of great traditional, Southern
Gospel Music are traits which have been in-
stilled in each member by group leader Ed
O'Neal, a 45-year Gospel Music veteran, who
was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music

Association Hall of Fame in 2004. These char-
acteristics, united with their desire to never
compromise their responsibility to spread the
Gospel through Southern Gospel Music in a
professional manner have allowed The Dixie
Melody Boys to firmly establish a place at the
forefront of Southern Gospel Music.
For more information, call 863-763-3519 or

The Dixie Melody boys are featured at
the Okeechobee Church of the Naza-
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Pesticide applicators: Do you need to renew? I|J IIii

By Dan Culbert, horticulture
Extension Service, Okeechobee
Pesticide applicators that need to renew
their licenses may be interested in regis-
tering for a FREE class to be offered at the
Okeechobee County Extension office. The
class will be held at the UF/IFAS MFREC in
Apopka, but will be able to be viewed here
in Okeechobee using an Internet-based con-
ference system (Polycom). Training time
will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday,
March 30.
Current applicators that hold valid licens-
ees may earn up to 6 Continuing Education
Units (CEUs) in several different pesticide
license categories including aquatic weeds,

tree crop, row crop, ornamental and turf,
pest control operator (lawn and ornamen-
tal), and limited certificates for landscaping
Statewide experts from UF will be pre-
senting information on herbicides used in
agricultural and natural area management
situations. Specific topics will include how
herbicides work, plant anatomy, new herbi-
cides, managing herbicide resistance, new
weeds, biocontrol, herbicide selection and
minimizing non target herbicide effects.
Attendance is limited to the first 30 per-
sons who register. Please contact Extension
secretary Monica Markham by calling 863-
763-6469 or sending an e-mail to Extension
agent Dan Culbert, giving

your name, address, telephone and license
Persons who do not have licenses may
contact this office to learn about other pro-
grams available to obtain a Florida Pesticide
applicator license.
For more information, contact the
Okeechobee Extension office at 863-763-
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By Tony Young
Better start brushing up on your turkey
calling, because spring gobbler season's
here. Whether you prefer to use a mouth
call, box call, slate or any combination,
March means it's time to start talking' turkey.
One of the most coveted and sought-after
game species in Florida is the Osceola tur-
key, also known as the Florida turkey. This
unique bird is one of five subspecies of wild
turkey in North America.
The Osceola lives only on the Florida pen-
insula and nowhere else in the world, mak-
ing it extremely popular with out-of-state
hunters. They're similar to the Eastern sub-
species (found in the Panhandle) but tend
to be a bit smaller and typically are darker
with less white barring on the primary flight
feathers of their wings.
The National Wild Turkey Federation
and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) recognize any
wild turkey harvested within or south of the
counties of Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union,
Bradford, Clay and Duval to be the Osceola
subspecies. Eastern turkeys and hybrids are
found north and west of these counties into
the Panhandle.
The highly anticipated spring turkey sea-

son runs March 6 April 11, in the South
Hunting Zone and March 20 April 25, in the
Northwest and Central zones. The exception
is Holmes County, where the season runs
March 20 April 4.
Hunters may take bearded turkeys and
gobblers only, and the daily bag limit is one.
The season and possession limit on turkeys
is two, except in Holmes County, where the
season limit is one. Shotguns are the best
choice when hunting turkeys, but if you're
so inclined, you may use a rifle, muzzleload-
er or handgun, or you can try your luck with
a bow or crossbow. Shooting hours on pri-
vate lands are one-half hour before sunrise
to sunset, but on wildlife management areas
(WMAs), you must quit hunting at 1 p.m.
To participate in spring turkey hunting,
you'll need a Florida hunting license and a
turkey permit. If you plan to pursue a gob-
bler on one of Florida's many WMAs, you
also must purchase a management area
permit. All of these licenses and permits are
available at county tax collectors' offices,
most retail outlets that sell hunting and fish-
ing supplies, by calling toll-free 888-HUNT-
FLORIDA (486-8356) or online at www.wild-

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


1000-1500 $61.00
1500-2000 $65.00



266 393
109 482
19 6
23 11
48 25
20 14
7 0
492 931

Med #1 Steers
170-200 160-210
200-250 145-170
250-300 135-150
300-350 131-140
350-400 119-135
400-450 117-128
450-500 113-126
550-600 115-120
600-650 100-110
Med #2 Steers
200-250 110-140
250-300 110-135
300-350 110-120
350-400 105-116
400-450 95-114
Small #1
220-235 130-150
350-400 114-116


Not much ot a run this
week. I guess due to bad
weather on Tuesday. That's
what is keeping the prices so
high. Cows and bulls are still
pretty high and calf prices
have gone sky high. Good
500# steer 115-120. Wolf
Creek topped the calf market
with a high of $2.05, bought
by Curtis Wilson. Lightsey
Cattle topped the cow mar-
ket with a high of $60.50,
bought by Central.
Don't forget, we're sell-
ing on Mondays all year long
and pregnancy checking is
available on Mondays.
See ya next week, Todd

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Cattlemen's spring rodeo set for March 13-14

The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's As-
sociation Spring PRCA Rodeo will be March
13 and 14 at the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center.
Mutton Bustin' for the little cowboys and
cowgirls will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
March 13 and Sunday, March 14. All cowk-
ids from ages 3-5 can enter to win a shiny
western belt buckle. Advance registration is
required. Please call the Okeechobee Live-
stock Market at 863-763-3127 to register.
The Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
Rodeo will feature contestants competing to
win cash prizes and points toward a PRCA
(Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)
circuit championship.
The rodeo will include traditional rodeo
events such as; calf roping, saddle bronc,
steer wrestling, bareback riding, team rop-
ing, ladies' barrel racing and 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. Rodeo tickets may be pur-
chased in advance at Eli's Western Wear,
907 NW Park Street, Okeechobee or at the
gate. Premier tickets (for the best view of
the bucking chutes) are $18 in advance and

$20 at the gate. Children under 12 are $10 in
advance and $12 at the gate. Reserved seat-
ing tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the

gate. Reserved seating tickets for children 12 For ticket information, call Eli's West-
and under are $6 in advance and $8 at the ern Wear at 863-763-2984 or visit: www.

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10 Okeechobee News March 7,2010

Special to the Okeechobee News/Ray Worley
Left to Right, Kurt Jansen, Scout Master Troop 955, Ray Worley Chairman Big
Lake District, Eagle Scout Ethan Kersey, Troop 955, Judge William L, Hendry
Chairman Big Lake District, Eagle Review Committee and David Fox, Big Lake
District Membership Chairman. U

Local Scout goes before I

District 'Eagle' committee i

On March 3, Ethan Kersey, of Okeecho-
bee met with the Eagle Committee of the Big
Lake District of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Eagle Committee consists of Chairman
Judge William L. Hendry; David Fox, Big
Lake District, Membership Chairman and
Ray Worley, Chairman of the Big Lake Dis-
Led by Judge Hendry who received his
Eagle Scout Badge in 1943, the committee
met at the Troop Sponsor's facility and eval-
uated Ethan on the merits of all the work he
had completed to become an Eagle Scout.
The Troop sponsor is Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church and they Chartered Troop 955
nine years ago. Scout Master Kurt Jansen
said, "We started with six Scouts and four
parents. We have had our share of boys
come and go but we always managed to
have around 15 boys. The boys have had
the opportunity to attend several summer
camps and many of our own campouts. The
camp outs have given us the opportunity to
experience the outdoors, learn new skills
and create many memories. Our meetings,

where we would learn the Scout ways, earn
merit badges and build leadership, have al-
ways been on Monday nights from 6:30 to
8 p.m. I have seen four young Scouts grow
into young men and earn their Eagle rank. I
hope to see many more achieve this honor
with Troop 955."
If you would like to get involved with
Troop 955 you can call Kurt Jansen on his
cell 561-722-8668.
Ethan made a difference in our commu-
nity with a project that brightens an other-
wise somber occasion. Over a six weeks
period he and his troop members cleaned
and painted the entryway monuments at
all three of our county cemeteries. Ethan
noticed the deteriorated condition of these
monuments and decided to do something
about it. An Eagle Scout makes a difference
in his community and the Big Lake District
is proud to award Ethan Kersey the Eagle
Scout honor for a job well done. Shake this
young man's hand and say congratulations
if you see him.

OCA kids gather items for Easter Baskets

Okeechobee Christian Academy is or-
ganizing an Easter basket give away for
children of families financially struggling in
our community. Each class will be partici-
pating by collecting items such as baskets,
snacks, candy, small toys, stuffed animals,
coloring books, crayons, cellophane to
wrap up the baskets, etc. We also need
items donated from the community. Our
goal is to share a little piece of God's love
with as many children as possible this Eas-
ter! The student body will be assembling
the baskets and then the baskets will be

distributed. The number of baskets that
can be assembled depends on the amount
of donations received. All items must be
collected by March 21, in order for the stu-
dents to prepare the baskets and get them
distributed before spring break arrives.
Donations can be made at Okeechobee
Christian Academy located at 701 S. Par-
rott Avenue. If you are interested in helping
out or if you have any questions please call
the school office at 863-763-3072. You can
also visit our website at: www.okeecho-


March 7, 2010 Okeechobee News 11

M ark and Heather Shireman of
hOkeechobee are the proud parents of
Kay Marie Shireman. Kay came into
If t,, .the world at Saint Lucie Medical Center in Port
Saint Lucie on January 4, 2010 at 10:49 p.m.
..She weighed eight pounds and nine ounces,
II and measured 21 and a half inches in length.
I She is blessed to have Ray and
SNorneta Bartoe of Okeechobee, as her
maternal grandparents, as well as Artie
and Candace Shireman of Okeechobee,
as her paternal grandparents. One great
grandmother, Pauline Pearson of Tennessee.
Kay was welcomed home by her big brother
Kyle,15, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Well Worth It: Helping Haiti
In carrying out its "Service Above Self" creed The Rotary Club of Okeecho-
bee is working diligently to start an international foreign aide project that
will begin with the installation of wells in Haiti. The Rotary Club along with
local business partners American Drilling Services, Superior Water Works,
The Well Worth It Foundation, and More 2 Life Ministries will embark on a
reconnaissance mission in April to determine the priority for well placement.
The portable well rig pictured was purchased by American Well Drilling and
will be modified to withstand current terrain conditions. Once transported to
Haiti the drill team will work with two local non-profit organizations YWAM
and CARHA who currently provide care for 6,000 Haitian natives who are
temporarily housed in a make-shift "tent city." Due to the earthquakes in
January many wells that produced potable water are now collapsed. Viewing
the rig are Linda Bridges, Donna Gaiser, Frank DeCarlo, Kyle Reno, Tabitha
Trent, Mike Costopoulos, Lyle Fried, Kristy Crawford, Jeanette Miller and Jim
Mclnnes. If you are interested in volunteering, providing monetary support
or even sponsoring a well, please contact Tabitha Trent 863-824-6700.

Local church food bank needs donations

The food bank at Living Word of Faith
Church in Okeechobee is in desperate need
of donations for the shelves. The economy
has affected many more families this year

and the food items go quickly. If you can
donate any items, please call either Brenda
at 863-484-2766 or Mary at 863-697-1335 to
make arrangements for drop off.

Students of the Week
The most recent Students of the Week selected at Osceola Middle School
are (left to right) Tyler Winner, Levi Boney, Anupsinh Chauhan, Jesus Yanez,
Omar Gazga, Jennifer Baker, Daniela Jiminez, Hayley Palmisano. These stu-
dents were commended by their teachers for being model Warriors for the
week of March 1-5! They are excelling at being respectful, responsible, and
safe. While feasting on pizza furnished by Domino's, they discussed plans
for their upcoming Spring Break and hoped that Florida weather will return

A nabel was born at 10:35 AM
on January 5, 2010 in St.
Lucie Medical Center. She
weighed 8.00 pounds and was 19
1/2 inches. She is the daughter of
Mario and Cristal Nunez. She was
welcomed home by her 2 year old
brother, Mario Devon. Her mater-
nal grandparents are Sandra and
Javier Martinez of Benton Harbor,
Michigan and Abel Tehandon of
Sprucepine, North Carolina. Her
paternal grandmother is Margarita
Nunez of Okeechobee, Florida.




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Okeechobee Middle School students selected for the Florida State Science
and Engineering Fair include: (Front Row) McKayla Snow; In the back row
from left to right: Cassidy Watford, Kirsten Doney, Tristan Mavaroides, and
Brandon McKee.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Raulerson Hospital
Prize winner
Dr. James Bradfield of Raulerson Gynecology presents Leah Suarez a beau-
tiful floral arrangement she won at Dr. Bradfield's booth at the Okeechobee
Health and Safety expo.

City code enforcement board to hear 5 cases

When they meet Tuesday evening the
city code enforcement board will hear four
new cases and could take further action on
an old case.
Serafin Cervantes was cited because the
property at 209 S.W. Seventh Ave., does not
meet standards for single family dwellings.
According to code enforcement offi-
cers, the S.E. Seventh St. and the S.E. Tenth
St. properties of David Black do not come
up to general cleaning and beautification
Wendi Snow was also cited for the same
reason because of the condition of her 810
S.E. Sixth Court property.
Bank of America has been accruing a
fine on 301 S.E. Third St. for over 90 days.

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Edward Jones moves up

The financial-services firm Edward
Jones, which has a branch office that serves
the Okeechobee area, once again has been
named a top company for training, ranking
No. 31 on Training magazine's 2010 Training
Top 125 list. Edward Jones has made the list
for 10 years in a row, dating back to the de-
but of the Training Top 50 in 2001.
"What a great honor it is to be recognized
again for our training programs," said Sha-
ron Ming, an Edward Jones financial advisor
in Okeechobee. "Training is an investment
in our workforce, one we continue to make.
Investing in good people and helping them

to develop is one reason this firm serves cli-
ents so well. We are proud to be recognized
for a principle we strongly believe in."
Edward Jones not only moved up the
ranking dramatically from No. 64 in 2009
to No. 31 this year-but also received spe-
cial recognition for achieving one of the top
scores in the evaluation and business metric
section of the firm's application. Only four
companies were recognized for top scores
in this area.
The firm has consistently earned high
marks as an employer of choice in other
national rankings. For the 10th year, Edward

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Jones was named one of FORTUNE maga-
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2010." The firm took the No. 2 overall spot
in the ranking and also was named to the
No. 1 spot for large companies. For the 17th
consecutive year, Registered Representative,
a trade magazine, rated Edward Jones No.
1 among the nation's leading brokerages in
its anonymous survey of financial advisors
from the nation's five largest brokerages.
Edward Jones provides financial services
for individual investors in the United States
and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

Pristine Properties welcomes Pinson and Townes

Stephen Jara, president and managing
broker for Pristine Properties International,
a participant with Cabela's Trophy Prop-
erties, is pleased to announce that Debra
Pinson and Jayla Townes have joined the
firm as realtors. Mrs. Pinson's professional
Real Estate career began in 1999 by acquir-
ing her Mortgage Broker's License and then
obtaining her status as Sales Agent in 2003
then obtaining her Brokers License in 2009.
Debra worked at the Palm Beach County
Courthouse in the foreclosure department
as well as launching a foreclosure research
company. Debra's knowledge of local prop-
erties and her customers needs is of the up-

County fair needs

volunteer help

The Okeechobee County Fair needs
some volunteers who don't mind do-
ing a little work and having a great time!
The fair is just around the corner and or-
ganizers could still use some help.
The Okeechobee County Fair opens
March 12 and runs through March 21. It
will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center (entrance is off SR 710).
If you are interested, please contact
Linda Woloski at 863-357-1866 or you
can e-mail her at

most importance. Ms. Townes' professional
background includes Real Estate Appraisal,
Real Estate Sales Associate and a graduate
of Mortgage Broker Class. Jayla specializes
in Residential and Recreational and Sport-
ing Properties for this global real estate firm.
Jayla loves to spend time with her family in
any outdoor adventure from land to water.
"I am pleased to welcome Debra and
Jayla to our Full-Service Global Real Estate
Company," said Mr. Jara. "I am confident
that they will add to the success of our In-
ternational Team." Debra can be contacted
on her cell phone at 863-801-9163 or Deb- and Jayla can be

reached on her cell phone at 863-634-0095
or Pristine Prop-
erties currently has offices in Delray Beach,
Jacksonville and Okeechobee.
Pristine Properties International is the
Cabela's Trophy Properties participant for
Florida specializing in Sporting and Recre-
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a unique opportunity with its affiliation with
Cabela's Trophy Properties assisting buyers
and sellers. "Our team of professionals not
only understands sporting and recreational
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There's some good news for Florida par-
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Florida KidCare is offering health insur-
ance benefits to children under the age of
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loss in the event of a serious medical issue.
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It's now even easier for families to access
Florida KidCare benefits through a more
streamlined enrollment process. An increase
in funding will also expand the program to
cover more children, helping to make sure
no child in Florida goes without health in-
To continue toward this goal, the Gov-
ernor's Office and six state agencies are
working with dozens of community and
business partners to implement a statewide
push to reach families with uninsured chil-
dren. Okeechobee County School District
is actively involved in this effort, providing
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's softball team
improved to (7-0 overall and 3-1 in district)

with a 7-5 victory over
Lincoln Park at a frigid
Brahman field Thurs-
day night.
It was a back and
forth game as Lincoln
Park held two leads in
the game, 1-0 in the
second and 3-2 in the
5th. Brahman Coach
Kirn Hargraves said
her team continues to
make silly mistakes,
and she has been sur-
prised that it has been Samantha Harrell
veterans making the releases a pitch
miscues. "Some of the during the sec-
older girls aren't doing ond inning of the
the things they should game.

be doing. They are making horrible mistakes
on routine plays. Some of them have gotten
too comfortable. I'm not the one who will
sit around and let them make mistakes over
and over. I'll put in some of the younger girls
who are hungry."
Okeechobee trailed 1-0 until the bottom
of the third when they scratched across two
runs. Key hits included a single by Sarah Da-
vis and RBI singles by Ashtyn Brown and Vic-
toria Blevins. Lincoln Park went back on top
in the fifth thanks to a walk and two singles
against Brahman starter Samantha Harrell
who was battling an ankle injury. She still
pitched five solid innings.
Okeechobee went ahead for good with
two runs in the fifth thanks to three walks
and a two run double by Courtney Wilson.
Okeechobee padded the lead with three
runs in the sixth as Davis singled, Brown
had an RBI single and LeAnna Cotton had
an RBI double. LPA made it interesting in the
seventh as the Brahmans dropped a fly ball

Softball team defeats South Fork

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School managed a 5-2
win over South Fork at home Wednesday but
weren't that impressive as they struggled at the
plate and in the field.
Coach Kim Hargraves said her team did just
enough to win. "Unfortunately, I don't think
we played a typical Okeechobee softball game.
The girls did what was needed but that's about
it." Hargraves was not happy with the defense
as she noted the girls made a number of er-
rors which hasn't been the case for much of
this season. She challenged them to have a
better attitude for future games. She noted the
team had beaten South Fork 10-0 earlier in the
year and that might have been a factor in the
rematch. "It's a young group of girls. I think
they were more relaxed tonight. To me I would
have liked a bigger margin and a bigger mercy
rule. That's the mentality the girls should have.
When you have a team down and the knife in
you've got to twist it." Hargraves said the girls
need to remember that you don't let up and say
we have a few runs on the board let it go. She
said the killer instinct is something the team
needs to work on to make it further in the post
season this year.
Katarina Suarez was solid on the mound for
Okeechobee, (6 1). She allowed five hits and

struck out six. At the
plate LeAnna Cotton
hit a home run in the
second inning. Naomi
Stephens had two

in the third to see the
game tied, she wiggled
out of a two on two
out jam in the fifth.
Ashtyn Brown scored
on a throwing error in
the fifth as the Brah
mans put two runs on
the board. Courtney
Wilson scored on an
RBI ground out by Me
gan Clements to finish eec ee ews
the scoring. Clements Charles Murphy
also made a diving Katarina Suarez
stop with the tying run pitched well in the
at the plate in the sev Okeechobee win
enth inning., over South Fork
South Fork fell to Wednesday.
(2 4) on the year. The
varsity team's next
home game is Thursday, March 18, against Fort
Pierce Central.

that might have ended the game. Two runs
scored on the play. Katarina Suarez was able
to get the final out on an infield pop fly to
end the game. Coach Hargraves said she
isn't afraid to use her bench if the outfield
play continues to struggle. "You want to be
relaxed as a ball player but when you miss
balls hit right to you, I have an issue with
that." Hargraves said LPA is an improved
team that always fights to the bitter end.
The Brahman JV hosted a tournament
Saturday at the High school. The JV has
played well this week with big wins over
South Fork 17-0, and Lincoln Park 16-2.




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Girls tennis team shutout by LPA
Girls tennis team shutout by LPA Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is Mard r ,
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Okeechobee played mostly competitive
matches but were unable to break through
against Lincoln Park, 5-1.
Michelle Sabado and Samantha Rivero of
Okeechobee squared off in a match among
USTA players and they slugged away at each
other for almost 90 minutes before Sabado
prevailed 8-4. Nidhi Patel defeated Katherine
Ragamat of Okeechobee 8-1 in the second
seed match. LeeAndrea Jones defeated
Jenna Rath in the third match, 8-4. Allison
Gosney defeated Liz Turner at number four,
8-3. Kaylie Eible finished off the sweep with
an 8-2 win over Vanessa Watt.
In doubles play, Abby Dixon and Neha

Jenna Rath played a competitive match
against LPA.

Liz Turner battled Allison Gosney in an
entertaining singles match. The two played
a lot of long rallies and Turner trailed only
3-2 midway through the pro set.
"I think the match went pretty well. I still
have things to work on. She was really good
but I was good too. She just won today,"
Turner said.
Turner said Gosney was good at covering
the court and made her run. Turner said the
wind was tough for both players. "I continue
to work on my game during the weekend.
I need to improve my serve and volleys. I
think my season is going pretty well."
Rath, who began to play tennis four years
ago with Rivero, said her opponent hit the
ball hard and kept her off balance.
"I made a lot of unforced errors. She hit
with a lot of power. If I floated a shot she just
took it," she added.
Rath trailed only 4-3 midway through the
set as she made a number of nice shots. Her
opponent did have a few double faults on
"I made more errors down the stretch. I
should have hit with less power at times,"
she added.
This was the first time Rath played as the
number 3 seed. Okeechobee missed two
of their starters, Heather Lanning, who is
nursing a shoulder injury, and senior Katie
"It was fun and I love tennis now. I hope
to make it top number 3. It's a lot tougher
match than the number 5 matches," she
The girls tennis team travels to Fort Pierce
Central next Thursday. The teams next
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March 7, 2010 Okeechobee News

Boys tennis team shutout by Greyhounds

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was a long afternoon for the Okeecho-
bee High School Brahmans boys tennis team
as they were walloped by the Greyhounds
of Lincoln Park on their home court, 8-0, on
Zach Fowler, Max Norman and Jonathan
Hudoff all lost their matches by shutout, 8-0.
Austin Willard and Chris Wegmann managed
to win one game.
LPA also swept the doubles. Willard and
Hudoff were defeated for the first time this
year as they fell to Kethan Rao and Andrew
Blair 8-4.
Lincoln Park (5-1) has a number of USTA
players. Rohan Reddy, their top seed, looked
good as he dismantled Fowler in a quick
Brahman Coach Bryan Van Camp said he is
impressed with the improvement his team has
made despite Thursdays results. He praised
Wegmann for improvement and being much
more competitive in his matches.
"Lincoln Park is a very deep and talented

team. The boys competed to the best of their
ability but we were over matched," he added.
Van Camp said the team is still gaining valu-
able experience by playing a tough non district
schedule this year.
The boys tennis team travels to Fort Pierce
Central next Thursday, March 11.
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Track team ready for successful season

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Track coaches Derek
Stewart and Jenna Shook have been work-
ing for a couple of weeks with a large con-
tingent of athletes who comprise the Brah-
man track team.
The team has a number of returners
which has made it easy for the coaching
staff to get the team ready.
"We have some people coming back in
key spots. It is good to have experienced
people," Stewart said.
The team appears strong in long dis-
tance runners on the boys side with cross
country runners like Adrian Leon, Shawn
Horvath and Lionel Jones, and also return
state qualifier Ricky Nieto in the high jump.
Kyle McGee should do a solid job in the
field events that include the shot put and
the discus.
"Were excited. The number of kids has
increased this year. It seems like there is
more interest. We have some football play-
ers that will compete," he noted.
The girls team also has a number of
veterans as seniors Monica Koger and

Markeisha Youmans return along with Ca-
landra Youmans. Janezzka Koger will also
help in sprint races.
Other athletes to watch include Alon-
zo Coleman, Deforest Shanks, and Jesse
Thomas in the running events. Tyronte
Files and Mike Minondo will help out in the
4X100 meters.
The 4x400 relay team includes Lionel
Jones, Shanks, Roger Dugue and Marcos
Fonseca. The girls 4x100 relay team in-
cludes Koger, the Youmans sisters and Es-
sence Williams, a newcomer to track.
The girls 4x400 relay team includes
Koger, Markeisha and Calandra Youmans
and Keighly Stewart. Koger will also com-
pete in the long jump. The Youmans spe-
cialty is the 200 meters. Janezzka Koger
will compete in the 100 and 200 meters.
Stewart said the area that might need
some work is the sprint teams. He said
there are a lot of newcomers in those rac-
es. Stewart said the community has been
a great help to the track team. They were
able to purchase new hurdles this year.
They also hope to host a track meet or two
next year. There are no meets scheduled
for Okeechobee this year.

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CASE NO. 2009 CA 797
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporabtion
1299 E. 93RD STREET
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the N 1/2 of
the N1/2 of Tract 32 Section 26 all
in Township 34 South, Range 33
East, Okeechobee County, Florida,
according to the Plat thereof, re-
corded in Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A
D, inclusive of the Okeechobee
County Public Records.
Strap Number(s):
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
Florida Bar No. 142618
347421 ON 2/28;3/7/10

Case #2009 CA 000831
BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP
f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans
Servicing, L.P.,
Stephanie N. Smith; Unknown Parties
in Possession #1; Unknown Parties
in Possession #2; If living, and all
Unknown Parties claiming by,
through, under and against the
above named Defendant(s) who are
not known to be dead or alive,
whether said Unknown Parbties may
claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs,
Devisees, Grantees, or Other Clai-
TO: Stephanie N. Smith
Residence unknown, if living, includ-
ing any unknown spouse of the said
Defendants, if either has remarried
and if either or both of said Defen-
dants are dead, their respective un-
known heirs, devisees, grantees,
assignees, creditors, lienors, and
trustees, all other persons clam-
ing by, through, under or against the
named Defendant(s); and the afore
mentioned named Defendants) and
such of the aforementioned unknown
Defendants and such of the afore-
mentioned unknown Defendants as
may be infants, incompetents or oth-
erwise not sui jurns.
that an action has been commenced
to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing real property, lying and being
and situated in Okeechobee County,
Florida, more particularly described
as follows:

more commonly known as
3758 Northwest 36th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972.
This action has been filed against
you and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defense, if any,
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
2424 North Federal Highway, Suite
360, Boca Raton, Florida 33431,
within thirty (30) days after the first
publication of this notice and file the
original with the clerk of this Court
either before service on Plaintiffs at-
torney or immediately there after;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on the 1st day of March, 2010.
Circuit and County Courts
BY Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
348069 ON 3/7,14/10

CASE NO. 2009 CA 797
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporation
1299 E. 93RD STREET
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The E1/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2 of
the N1/2 of Tract 32 Section 26
all in Township 34 South, Range
33 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public
Strap Number(s):
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantabon, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default wil be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantabtion Florida 33324
(954) 473-6605
Florida Bar No. 142618
347409 ON 2/28;3/7/10

South Carolina Department of
Social Services,
Tusha Jacobs
Alan C. Foley
In the interests of:
Love Jacobs DOB: 11/21/96
Elaine Jacobs DOB: 01/07/98
Minors under the age of 18.
required to answer the complaint for
termination of your parental rights in
and to the minor children) in this
action, the original of which has been
filed in the Office of the Clerk of
Court for Abbeville County, a copy of
which will be delivered to you upon
request; and to serve a copy of your
answer to the complaint upon the

undersigned attorney for the plaintiff
at 105 W. Pinckney St. Abbeville SC
29620 within thirty (30) days follow-
ing the date of service upon you, ex-
clusive of the day of such service;
and if you fail to answer the com-
plaint within the time stated, the
plaintiff will proceed to seek to termi-
nate your parental rights to the
above-captioned child
have the right to request the ap-
pointment of an attorney to repre-
sent you, should you be unable to
afford an attorney. If you are finan-
cially unable to afford legal counsel,
then you should apply to the Clerk of
Court for the appointment of counsel
to represent you, upon proper show-
ing of indigency. YOU MUST APPLY
Name: R. Eugene Pruitt, Jr.
Attorney for Plaintiff
105 W. Pinckney St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
Fax: 864-366-8902
S.C. Bar No. 4590
Abbeville, South Carolina
February 23 2010
347399 ON 2/28;3/7,14/10

CASE NO. 2009 CA 796
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporation
1299 E. 93RD STREET
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The E1/2 of the El/2 of the S1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 21 Section 25
all in Township 34 South, Range
33 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public
Strap Number(s):
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PRA., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default wil be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Sulte 201
Plantation FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
Florida Bar No. 142618
347425 ON 2/28;3/7/10

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CASE NO. 2009 CA 795
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporation
1299 E. 93RD STREET
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint forelosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The Wl/2 of the E1/2 of the N1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 7 Section 25
subject to an easement of the
North 30 feet thereof for road and
drainage purposes all in Township
34 South, Range 33 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, according
to the Plat thereof, recorded in
Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, inclusive
of the Okeechobee County Public
Strap Number(s):
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA., At-
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on Feb. 23, 2010.
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
Florida Bar No. 142618
347359 ON 2/28;3/7/10

CASE NO. 2009 CA 795
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporation
1299 E. 93RD STREET
YOU ARE HEREBY nobtified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The Wl/2 of the El/2 of the N1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 7 Secton 25
subject to an easement of the
North 30 feet thereof for road and
drainage purposes all in Township
34 South, Range 33 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, according
to the Plat thereof, recorded in
Plat Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, inclusive
of the Okeechobee County Public
Strap Number(s):
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA., At-
torneys for Plainbff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default wil be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal ofthis
Court on 2/23/2010.
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Attorneys for Plaintiff
1333 S. University y Drive, Suite 201
Plantation FL 33124
(954) 473-6605
Florida Bar No. 142618
347258 ON 2/28;3/7/10


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CASE NO. 2009 CA 796
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporation
1299 E. 93RD STREET
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a
Complaint for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage involving real estate located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, and le-
gally described as follows:
The El/2 of the El/2 of the S1/2
of the S1/2 of Tract 21 Section 25
all in Township 34 South, Range
33 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 4,
Pages 3 A-D, inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public
Strap Number(s)
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
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torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
1333 S. University Drive, Suite 201,
Plantation, Florida, 33324, within 30
days of first publication, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default wil be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on 2/23/2010.
Clerk of the Court
By: Arlene Nealis
As Deputy Clerk
Attorneys for Plaintiff
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Okeechobee News

March 7, 2010

OHS girls flag football team

enthusiastic and optimistic

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
There are a lot of new faces on the
flag football practice field this year which
include new coaches, Bruce Jahner and
Todd Jones, and about 40 new players.
Coaches Jahner and Jones agreed to
take over the program this spring in ad-
dition to the programs they already have
done excellent work with, wrestling and
volleyball. School officials hope these vet-
eran coaches will have the same magic
touch with the struggling flag football pro-
"It's been a lot of fun so far," Jahner
said, "The girls always come to practice in
a good mood. Every day they are excited
for practice and even like to run and condi-
tion. Nobody is down on this field."
Jahner has been greeted by less than
ideal weather in the first week of practice.
He said they have 40 girls at practice and
will have both a junior varsity and varsity
program. The team did not win a game last
year and won just one game in the 2007-
2008 season.
Jahner said that should not make the
team feel they shouldn't strive to win.
"Why not? The girls are working hard, ev-
erybody puts in a great effort and they are
really going to go after it. They want to win
as much as anybody, so why not?"
Jahner said flag football is a lot differ-
ent than regular tackle football. He said he
and the girls are actually learning the game
together. He recently gave the girls a writ-
ten test to improve their knowledge and
understanding of the rules and the policies
of the game.
"Learning the game is the biggest thing.
If we have a better understanding of the
game I think we'll produce a bit better," he
"It's not just handing the ball to the girls
and letting them run with it, there's a lot to
this game," he said.

Jahner said there are a lot of good ath-
letes on the team but none of the girls have
separated themselves from the rest at this
point. He said there is a lot of competition
for starting positions.
"There are a bunch of go getters on this
team. They are pretty aggressive. I think
some of them could compete with the
boys football team," he quipped.
The team will have six games on their
schedule this year and three home games.
Teams in their district include Royal Palm
Beach, Glades Central, Pahokee, Seminole
Ridge, and Wellington.

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