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Mock accident: Students see results of drinking and driving

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Vol. 101 No. 53 Sunday, Ma
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Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dale Hardy (far left) helps emergency personnel remove a 'fatality' -- played
by Okeechobee High School student Billy Childers -- from the hood of this Ford Mustang. To the right, Karl Holtkamp,
from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, and OCSO Deputy Mike Bobrowski render aid to the driver of the car, Crystal
Garcia. In the foreground, Matt Vinson and an unidentified firefighter aid victim Heather Collier, who was later put into
an Omni-Flight helicopter and flown to an out-of-town hospital. This mock crash was staged Friday morning for OHS
students to warn them of what can happen when a drunk gets behind the wheel of a car. For more, see Page 5

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of abusing

Detective said injuries
have put child in hospital
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As a 2-year-old child clings to life in a
West Palm Beach hospital, her Inother's
boyfriend has been arrested and accused
of physically abusing the child.
John T. Coleman, 26, 11.S. 98 N., was ar-
rested Thursday, April 29, on felony charg-
es of aggravated child abuse and child ne-
glect. He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail where he is awaiting his first-
appearance hearing.
Also arrested was the girl's mother,
Arnanda Lynn Ashby-Harden, 28, 11.S. 98
N. Ashby-Harden was also arrested Thurs-
day afternoon on felony charges of child
See ABUSE Page 2

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Okeechobee News

May 2, 2010

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As surnrer cornes on the weather and
local political races are sure to heat up.
This year there will be two county con-
mission and three school board seats up for
grabs. The District 2 county corniission seat
currently held by Noel Chandler and the Dis-
trict 4 seat currently held by Joey Hoover will
be up for election. The District 4 seat incun-
bent was not elected. He was appointed by
the governor in 2008 to fill a vacancy caused
by the death of Marvin Wherrell.
Seats representing school board districts
1, 3 and 5, currently held by Joe Arnold, Gay
Carlton and David Williams, respectively,
will be up for election.
The at large city council seats currently
held by Dowling Watford, Clayton Williams
and Lowery Markharn are all up for elec-
None of the county constitutional officers
-the clerk of the circuit court, the property

tin rte tpas cleco > e rp fr ecteon
this year.
There are two ways to qualify to run for
office. The first way is to pay a qualifying fee
of 6 percent of the annual salary of the de-
sired office for a partisan office or 4 percent
of the annual salary for a nonpartisan office.
The second method is the petition process.

Prospective candidates must secure the sig-
natures of one percent of the registered vot-
County corniission candidates who opt
to pay the qualifying fee will pay $2,008.28
as a partisan candidate and $1,338.84 as a
nonpartisan candidate. If they decide to use
the petition route, they will need 189 signa-
The qualifying fee for nonpartisan school
board seats is $1,054.04. For the petition
Inethod, 189 signatures are required.
Citizens seeking school board or county
corniission seats have until noon, May 17
to turn in a petition or noon, June 18 to pay
the qualifying fee.
While there is already talk of county
cornrission and school board elections,
city council campaigns start later. City coun-
cil candidates qualify the week of Aug. 16
through 20. The city clerk has not yet cal-
culated the dollar amount or number of
signatures required to qualify as a candidate
for city council. Because of the nominal fee
required in the city more people elect to pay
the qualifying fee for city council than use
the petition method.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reachedant

girl. "And, her mother had knowledge (of
the abuse)," Detective Farless added.
She said the mother suspected Colernan
was abusing her child but did not report it.
The detectives becarne involved after a
concerned party contacted the Department
of Children and Families (DCF) and they,
along with OCSO Deputy Sarah Green, went
to the horne.
Apparently, Coleman would beat the little
girl so severely that he would leave bruises
on her backside, even though she would be
wearnn a di per at the time.
Detective Farless said if the little girl would
defecate in her diaper, Coleman would take
the diaper off then rub the child's face in the
filth and would not let the child clean her
face for a period of time. This was repeated
on numerous occasions, added the deputy.
There was also an occasion where Cole-
man was throwing the little girl into the air
and actually threw her so hard that she hit
her head on a bearn in the ceiling, continued
Detective Farless.
Both detectives said there was no sign of
sexual abuse.
Detective Lowe said there were other
children in the horne but they showed no
signs of abuse.
He went on to say that Coleman, who
is unemployed, has a criminal history and
was arrested on charges of grand theft and
conspiracy to cornrit grand theft in North
Detective Lowe went on to say that the
child's father is also in prison.
The OCSO detectives said they have been
working this case for a week.

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neglect and failure to protect a child. Like
Coleman, she is awaiting her first appear-
ance hearing.
Bond for Colernan and Ashby-Harden will
be set at their first-appearance hearings.
The couple were arrested by detec-
tives Rosemary Farless and Bryan Lowe of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) .
According to Detective Lowe, as of Friday
afternoon the little girl was still in the pediat-
ric intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital
in West Palm Beach.
She is suffering from numerous injuries,
said Detective Farless, including: bleeding in
her brain; bruising to both the left and right
side of her brain; bilateral retinal bleeding;
an impact fracture of the right elbow; liga-
inent injury to her neck; and, a multitude of
bruising to her face and body.
Detective Lowe said the child "is still un-
responsive" and the doctors have been un-
able to give him a prognosis.
"She's not out of the woods yet," he said.
"The doctors said her condition one year
from the date of her injuries is the best she
will ever be.
According to the detectives, Ashby-Hard-
en and Colernan have been in a relationship
for about four months and were, at the time
of their arrests, living together. While Ashby-
Harden was at work, Colernan was the pri-
mary care giver.
Detective Farless said over a six-week pe-
riod, signs of abuse began to show on the

Arrest Report

Would like to Thank the
Mayor, & Elected
Representatives of the City
and County, &~ the general
public who attended the
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
on Friday, April 30th at
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Motorcycle accident
The operator of this 1997 Honda trike -- 74-year-old Lawrence Louderback
of Lake Worth -- was taken to Raulerson Hospital Friday afternoon with an
injured shoulder and lacerations, said Officer Charles Green of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department. The officer said Mr. Green was westbound on
S.W. Third St. when a 2005 Toyota SUV pulled into the intersection at S.W.
Second Avenue and S.W. Third Street in front of Mr. Louderback, who then
crashed into the side of the SUV. The driver of the Toyota -- Jennie Hudson,
46, of Port St. Lucie -- was cited for failure to yield the right of way, said the
officer. Officer Green said Ms. Hudson was not injured in the crash. Mr. Lou-
derback's injuries were non-life threatening, added the officer.

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Okeechobee News

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
*David Seppi, 25, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested April 28 by Deputy Greg
Popovich on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with criminal use of per-
sonal identification information. His bond
was reduced to time served.
*Efrain Cosme Cabrera, 49, S.R. 70 E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by Dep-
uty John Hazy on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation driving under
the influence and violation of probation -
carrying a concealed firearm. He is being
held without bond.
*Joseph Earl Snyder, 44, N.E. 11th St.
Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by Dep-

uty Mark Shireman on Department of Proba-
tion and Parole warrants charging him with
violation of probation grand theft (three
counts), violation of probation fraudulent
use of a credit card (three counts) and viola-
tion of probation possession of cocaine. He
is being held without bond.
*Florian Jimenez-Jimenez, 23, N.W. 34th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by
Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with attempt-
ed first degree murder with a deadly weap-
on, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or
battery while armed and aggravated battery.
He is being held without bond.
*Augustino Jimenez-Jimenez, 27, N.W
34th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April
28 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with at-
tempted first degree murder with a deadly
weapon, burglary of a dwelling with an as-
sault or battery while armed and aggravated
battery. He is being held without bond.

*Eleazar Jimenez-Garcia, 52, N.W. 34th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with attempted first degree murder with
a deadly weapon, burglary of a dwelling
with an assault or battery while armed and
aggravated battery. He is being held without
avier Jimenez-Jimenez, 25, N.W. 34th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with attempted first degree murder with
a deadly weapon, burglary of a dwelling
with an assault or battery while armed and
aggravated battery. He is being held without
SMichael Jacobs, 28, N.W. Fourth St. '
Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by Depu-
ty Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation burglary of an occupied dwelling.
He is being held without bond.
*Jessica Throop, 28, N.W. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 28 by Depu-
ty Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with violation of pro-
bation grand theft and violation of proba-
tion giving false information to a pawnbro-
ker. She is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con-
oictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

Public Forum/Speak Out

order, or destructively towards nature, we
are frustrating and hindering the nonhuman
praise to God, thus hindering our own praise
to Him.
The practicality of nature's praise to God
is dependent upon humans and our honor-
ing of God's intentions for our life. When
the created order is running smoothly, all
creatures praise our God because it comes
naturally out of our honor for God's creative
intentions in creating us. Let us begin today
to praise God through our partnership in giv-
ing life, and through our recognition of the
beauty and utility He has crafted in every liv-
ing thing.
This Acre of H.O.P.E., a community gar-
den is given to God to be a source of hope
and blessing for the great people of Okeecho-
bee. As we plant, water, and work together
for God's glory- He will give the increase.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Southeast wind between 5 and 15 mph,
with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 72. East southeast wind between 5
and 10 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
93. Calm wind becoming southeast between
10 and 15 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 71. Southeast wind between 5 and
10 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
92. Calm wind becoming south southeast
between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust
as high as 20 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 70. Southeast wind between 5
and 10 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. High near 91.


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

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!

Funeral home
*I wa lad to e that the f neal h m
waloes go t obee Ild jobsuner k. ome i
empl ge vo that rass fu eral h me an
Burton funeral home are now owned by
the same people. But it is very common for
funeral homes to keep the original name
when they are purchased by someone new.
I guess they buy the company name along
with the building and assets. Also good to
hear the contracts for those who prepaid
will be honored.

*Theodore Roosevelt wrote, "In the first
place, we should insist that if the immigrant
who comes here in good faith becomes an
American and assimilates himself to us, he
shall be treated on an exact equality with
everyone else, for it is an outrage to dis-
criminate against any such man because
of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is
predicated upon the person's becoming in
every facet an American, and nothing but
an American...There can be no divided al-
legiance here. Any man who says he is an
American, but something else also, isn't an
American at all. We have room for but one
flag, the American flag. We have room for
but one language here, and that is the Eng-
lish language. And we have room for but
one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the
American people."
*Of historical interest, the immigrants
that Teddy Roosevelt was writing about in
1919 were in this country legally. Still, he
thought it was wrong for them to refer to
themselves as "German Americans" or "Irish
Americans". He said their first and only loy-
alty should just be to the United States and
they should just call themselves "Americans."
Many of the immigrants agreed with him.
They even changed their names to sound
"more American." Schmidt became Smith,
Gerhard became Garrett. Fritz became Fred.

*Any individual who steps foot on Amer-
ican soil with the intent to reside, work, ob-
tain benefits, or in some manner, further
their lives for the better, owes every loyalty
to this country. If they don't want to be loyal
and contribute on a daily basis as a produc-
tive individual in society, they need to stay
in their own countries and fight to change
what is lacking within their own nation
that causes them to come knocking on our
*Immigrants should learn English and
blend into American society. If they don't
want to learn the language and the customs,
they need to stay in their own country. In the
1800s when immigrants came from Europe,
they learned English and were proud to be-
come American citizens.

*If you cross the North Korean border
illegally, you get 12 years hard labor. If you
cross the Iranian border illegally, you are
detained indefinitely. If you cross the Afghan
border illegally, you will be shot. If you cross
the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will
be jailed. If you cross the Chinese border il-
legally, you may never be heard from again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally,
you will be branded a spy. If you cross the
Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown
into a political prison to rot. If you cross the
U.S. border illegally, you get ... a job, driv-
er's license, social security card, welfare,
food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent
or a loan to buy a house, free education,
free health care, billions of dollars worth of
public documents printed in your language
and the right to carry your country's flag
while protesting that you don't get enough
*I guess that makes Arizona sort of like
North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Ara-
bia, China, Venezuela, and Cuba -- really
nice company to be in! They deserve each
;Show us your papers" Isn't that what
the Nazis asked the Jews? Just in case you
forgot, America is a country of immigrants,
founded by immigrants and was made what
it is today by immigrants, like the ones our
families were. Sure, there is an issue with il-
legal immigrants that needs to be addressed'
that is quite obvious, but we aren't going to
hiabu glk sthe nations we are currently

Acre of H.O.P.E groundbreaking:
An Okeechobee community garden

By Rev. Lois Moranville
Pastor, Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene
In the first chapter of Genesis God began
a work between Creator and creation. We
join hands with God and ground, with our
Creator and Creation, to continue the life-
giving work God began. Light was brought
out of the darkness, the waters were sepa-
rated from each other into sea and sky, and a
firm ground was established out of the cha-
otic waters, but the first time something is
given life is found in Genesis 1:11. This gift of
life given from Creator to Creation is not just
the ability to live, but the ability to continue
giving life. God says, "Let the land produce
vegetation," and it does. The gift continues
to be a gift as it is continually given.
God creates humans in His image and
puts this nonhuman creation under the rule
of humans. When He creates us in His im-
age, He intends for us to rule in the same
way: giving life and giving the ability to give
life. Soon after, the command comes from
God to "be fruitful and increase in number."
We are partners with God because we are
made in His image and He has told us to rule
over the Creation He made. We are partners
with God and we, as well as all things He
created, reflect our Creator. We are partners
with God and thus praise God for what He
has created.
Creation praises God through both its
function and its beauty. A tree that performs
its task of providing fruit, while also looking
beautiful, praises God by honoring Him with
its production and bearing witness to Him
with its beauty. There is an interdependency
between nonhuman and human praise.
The tree that performs its functions of food
production and beauty gives something for
the human to call out as a witness to God's
goodness, which is praise. We praise God by
giving His Creation the same gift of life that
He gave to us. We praise God when we wit-
ness to the beauty of what our partnership
with God has created.
Our toil with the ground is a constant re-
minder to our mistrust of God and the inevi-
table ori inal sin from which we still suffer
God rem nds us through our work that we
a to hav faith inHi for the h ret ad
eorejecta te abuse of ur power ovrne-
ation. When we act adversely to the creative

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Though staged, crash scene makes its point

said in the fictional accident story Tyler Rho-
des -- along with Raybon Durrance, Tyler
Finney and Taylor Robbins -- all went to an
after prorn party where Tyler Rhodes drank
too much. After leaving the party, the Datsun
280Z driven by Tyler Rhodes slarnred into
the Ford Mustang being driven by Crystal
Garcia. She was trapped inside the Mustang,
while Billy Childers was thrown from the
A passenger in the 280Z then called the
sheriff's office. Her call was answered by
OCSO Dispatcher Dannye Strickland, who
then surnroned the proper personnel to
the scene.
Sgt. Stripling said this was not the first
time they have staged fatality accidents for
students, and it won't be the last.
"We're continually making an effort with
the high school to lessen the incidences of
drunk driving," he said after the exercise.
"And, we would like to thank those in the
corniunity that helped. We certainly appre-
ciate their donations."
The OCSO sergeant said the two cars
were donated by Guaranteed Salvage and
use of the Ornni-Flight helicopter was donat-
ed by St. Lucie County. He added that artists
from Indian River State College did the make
up on those involved in the crash.
The OHS prorn was held Saturday night.

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Although Friday's bloody crash scene was
staged, it still drove horne the consequences
of drunk driving.

(OCT%)Pd >ehobee Cont yhre f c
and the City of Okeechobee Fire Depart-
Inent went to great lengths on April 30, to

show Okeechobee High School students
what goes on at the scene of an automobile
Ornni-Flight from St. Lucie County was
on hand to airlift one of the "victims" from
tae b norof Bra man hStadium while Roa<
erson Hospital.
Students sat quietly in the football stadi-
urn as emergency personnel cut the roof of
a car to safely remove Crystal Garcia, while
other emergency personnel loaded Heather
Collier unto the helicopter. As this was going
on their classmate, Billy Childers, laid on the
asphalt track -- his motionless body covered

with a plain white sheet.
Once the injured and the fatality had been
removed, OHS senior Tyler Rhodes was put
through a series of field sobriety tests. He
failed every one and was then arrested on
a hrge of divin Hde dthe infl :eceb~y

The exercise was staged by the medical
and law enforcement nernbers, as well as
the OHS Students Against Distracted Driv-
ing (SADD) group, led by Kenny Buckner, to
show what can happen when teenagers Inix
alcohol with their prorn
OCSO Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Accident victims Raybon Durrance
(left) and Tyler Finney (right) wait pa-
tiently in an ambulance for their trip to
a local hospital. The two Okeechobee
High School students took part in the
staged accident to warn other stu-
dents about the dangers of driving and

U~eecnonee Ivewsitnce Kopp
Okeechobee High School students sat in the stands at Brahmans Stadium
Friday morning and watched how emergency personnel handle a car crash in
which there was one 'fatality' and several others 'injured.' Since the OHS prom
was held Saturday night, the mock crash was held to warn students about the
dangers of drinking and driving.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Is the county's budget too large? Is the
county administrator's salary appropriate
for the job? Does the county need two depu-
ty administrators? A survey of several other
montien bsedlomr While there may be factors involved that
would balance things out such as the cost of
living in a particular area of the state, salaries
in nearby areas, the duties assigned to indi-
vidual county staff nernbers, or the number
of square miles in the county, it appears that
sorne other counties have a lower tax rate
a lower budget and are more conservative
with their salaries and the number of top ad-
The Okeechobee County Adrninistra-
tor has an annual salary of $133,223. One
deputy county administrator makes $98,321
and the other deputy makes $82,950. The
2009 estimated population of the county
was 39,703. As of 2008, the latest year fig-
ures were available, the average annual sal-
ary in the county was $30,295. The current
budget is $91.7 million. The current Inillage
rate is 7.5030 mills. One mil equals $1 for
every $1,000 of assessed value. That means
that Okeechobee County residents pay $7.50
for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

County residents also pay an addition 26
cents per $1,000 of assessed value for debt
service. In addition to ad valorurn taxes,
county residents pay annual assessments for
fire protection, emergency medical services
and garbage collection.
Oke oto eCounty is sligh ly snie ntha
2009 population of 34,792. The DeSoto
County Administrator earns $100,000 an-
nually. He does not have a deputy admin-
istrator. In 2008 the average annual salary
in DeSoto County was $29,680, slightly less
than Okeechobee's. The current budget for
DeSoto County is about $52 million which
is a little over half the Okeechobee County
budget. DeSoto county residents currently
pay 6.89 mills in taxes or $6.89 cents for
each $1,000 of assessed value plus an addi-
tional 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value
for emergency medical services.
While Hendry County is slightly larger
with an estimated 2009 population of 41,320,
their county administrator makes slightly
less than ours-$125,500 annually. He does
not have a deputy administrator. The aver-
age salary in Hendry County in 2008 was
comparable to Okeechobee's at $30,618.
The budget for the 2009/10 fiscal year in
Hendry County is $76,7 million. Residents of
Hendry County currently pay property taxes

at the rate of 6.5 mills or $6.50 per $1,00 of
assessed value.
The next larger county in terrns of popula-
tion is Gadsden County with a 2009 estirnat-
ed population of 50,046. In that county the
administrator makes $100,000 and the one
deputy county administrator makes $94,600.
In 2008 the average income in Gadsden
County was $30,679. The current budget
for Gadsden County is $44,437,753. This is
less than half of Okeechobee County's bud-
get even though Gadsden County residents
pay a higher tax rate. Gadsden County resi-
dents pay $8.90 in property taxes for every
$1,000 of assessed value. However, when
comparisons are made, it must be realized
that Okeechobee County residents also pay
assessments for fire protection, emergency
medical services and garbage collection in
addition to ad valorurn taxes.
All average salary and population fig-
ures corne from the Florida Association of
Counties. Administrator salaries and budget
figures were released by the counties in-
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can

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Wilmer ET KrutZ
OKEECHOBEE -Wilmer P. Krutz, 93,
p~asseed away April 29, 2010 at the Hamrick
Born Au ust 19,
1916 in Chi ago, Ill.'
to William and Ber!
tha Krutz
He was a retired
truck driver. He
came to Okeecho-
bee from Toma-
hawk, Wis. in 2005.
Mr. Krutz proudly
served our country
in the U.S. Army dur-
ing WWII
as a Tech. Sergeant. He was a mem-
ber of Peace Lutheran Church, VF.W life
member and he enjoyed fishing, boating and
Mr. Krutz is survived by his wife of 58 years,
Norma Krutz, of (11..~ . il. L. sister, Florence
Haak of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and three neph-
ews, Russell Haak of Park Ridge, Ill., Arthur Sec-
ondi of Bangor, Mich., and Albert Schmidt of
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time at
11 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at Peace Lutheran
Church with Pastor John Hirst officiating.
Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran
Church Memorial Fund.
Friends may sign the cll. i l~. ..i. at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St, (il.. ~~l...In FI

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1MarY C010mall
THAYlER, Ind. -Mary Coleman went to be
with the Lord on April 29, 2010, at I1:43. She
was born Sept. 20, 1924. She was the wife of the
late Harley Coleman and they were married for
58 years.
She is survived by two sisters in Indiana, six
children, 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchil-
dren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Mary enjoyed playing cards and games with
her friends at Riverbend Trailer Park.
We would like to thank her many friends at
Riverbend for their friendship and love.
Mary will be buried at Glancy-Walker Funeral
Home, 109 West Windsor Street, Montpelier,


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May 2, 2010

Community Events

Summer play camp
registration starts May 3
Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks
and Recreation Summer Play Camps will
open on Monday, May 3, at 8 a.m. Pre-regis-
tration will be held Monday-Friday from 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Spo ts Cmplx i he Pa ks an~d Re~c a io
28. Enrollment is limited and slots will be
filled on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.
Campers must be from 6 to 12 years old.
Play camps will operate Monday-Friday, from
June 21 to Aug. 6 (except Monday, July 5)
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Civic Center and at Osceoloa Middle
School. Fees are $60/week per participant,
plus fees for field trips and special activities,
with special rates of $40/week for children
on the reduced school lunch program and
t2/ek o h Odrenon tef eulunc hpr -
System during the 2009-10 school year. A let-
ter of participation from Okeechobee Coun-
ty School Food Service must be presented
at the time of registration in order to qualify
for the special rates. Extended camp hours
of 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be
available for an additional $10 per week per

Yard sale to benefit
Martha's House
Martha's House is having a HUGE yard
sale on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8,
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They have a wide se-
lection of new and gently used clothing and
shoes. Shoppers can also browse through a
selection of linens, brick-a-brack books and
a wide range of miscellaneous items.

Gang Free Okeechobee
Help support our fight against criminal
street gangs. Bike Fest in the Park will be
presented on Saturday, May 8, beginning at
9 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The event
will include live music, food, prizes, Poker
Run, Burn-Out Pit, Car and Bike Show and
more! For more information, please contact

Crochet, crochet, crochet
group to meet
Buckhead Ridge Craft group meets May
5, at noon at the Buckhead Ridge Moose
Lodge. Call Bonnie 863-357-1556.

Hospice to host special
yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE 4th
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7, from 8
a.m. until noon. Specialty items at this sale
are: nice children's clothes and furniture.
We have NEW ITEMS galore offered at ex-
tremely reasonable prices. Funds raised will
benefit patient care, including services at
The Hamnick Home. For information call

G011 t0urney planned for
Chaka's StarS
Tee it up with the stars at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club on Saturday, May 8,
for the Second Golf Tourney to benefit Cha-
ka's Stars. The event begins at 7:15 a.m. and
is hosted by Channing Crowder and Phillip
Merling of the Miami Dolphins. Registration
begins with a Continental Breakfast and be-
gins promptly at 7:15 a.m. Scramble with
shotgun starts at 8 a.m. $75 per person,
$300 per foursome. Includes lunch and prize
drawings. For more information, please call
Chaka Smith at 863-634-7424 or Terry at 863-

Stamp Out Hunger
FOOd Drive set
The National Association of Letter Car-
riers in conjunction with the United States
Postal Service will be collecting non-per-
ishable food items like canned meats and
fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables,
cereal and rice on Saturday, May 8, to help
families in need in our community. You can
help by placing your food donation at your
mailbox on May 8 before your letter carrier
arrives with the day's mail. It will be taken
to the Post Office and then delivered to lo-
cal food banks or pantries. Please do not
include items that have expired or those in
glass containers.

0HS class of '81 to hold
reunion planning meet

The Okeechobee High School Class of 1981
will get together May 11I at 6 p.m. at the
Speckled Perch Lounge to discuss the re-
union. For more information, call 863-697-

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EAA BMPs may change
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
While growers in the Everglades Agri-
cultural Area (EAA) have made progress
in diminishing the amount of phospho-
rous being discharged into the Everglades,
the Audubon Society does not think this is
enut te last meeting of the Board of Gov

etrsDistri t, Au bo 1fFord p eped
stiffer best management practices (BMPs)
for the EAA.
Paul Gray of the Audubon Society later
said that the EAA BMPs were put into effect
in the early 1990s and have not been up-
dated. While growers have met their goals
in reducing phosphorous runoff, Mr. Gray
des notr thnd tis 1) yd eog H dsay

The Florida Farm Bureau, in its April 22
newsletter, says that Audubon's focus is en-
tirely on stormwater treatment area (STA)
performance. The farm bureau claims that
water enters the STAs from Lake Okeecho-
bee, either directly or through the EAA or
from urban areas to the east of the STAs.
The farm bureau says that Audubon fails to
take into consideration the condition of the
water from the lake or urban areas. Making
the BMPs more stringent is another example
of the differences of philosophy between the
agriculture industry and environmentalists.
AnI article in the April 22 Farm Bureau news-
lttr saesd ts"M bh effetrt and sources are
of coming together in consensus on those
things which we are in agreement."

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USDA Farrn Service Agency (FSA) Admin-
istrator Jonathan Coppess rerninded produc-
ers to submit their annual report of acreage
to their local FSA county office to meet FSA
program eligibility requirements.
"Producers must file their reports accu-
rately and timely for all crops and land uses,
including prevented and failed acreage, to
g sru@ fth rs sbvetle "rnxinmnFSA pro-
Accurate acreage reports are necessary
to determine and maintain eligibility for vari-
ous programs, such as the Direct and Coun-
ter-cyclical Program and newer programs
authorized in the 2008 Farrn Bill. Programs
include the Supplemental Revenue Assis-

tance Payments Program (SURE), Average
Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE),
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP),
Tree Assistance Program (TAP), and Erner-
gency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees,
and Farrn Raised Fish Program (ELAP).
Acreage reports are considered timely
filed when completed by the applicable fi-
nal eroptreyxorting ead pne,e rhc Iavar
be reported within 15 calendar days after the
final planting date. Failed acreage must be
reported before the disposition of the crop.
Producers should contact their county FSA
office if they are uncertain about reporting

Late-filed provisions may be available to
producers who are unable to meet the re-
porting deadline as required. Reports filed
after the established deadline must meet
certain requirements to be accepted and
may be charged late fees.
Producers should visit their county FSA
office to complete acreage reporting. For
questions on this or any FSA program, in-
cluding specific crop reporting deadlines
and planting dates, producers should con-
tact their county FSA office. More inforrna-
tion on FSA programs is at: http://www.fsa.

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Calves were all strong. Internet
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What: Construction Industry
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When: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday,
May 4
Where: Okeechobee Coun-
-7tv Health Department Audito-
rium, 1728 N.W. 9th Ave.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Recently, with the slow down in construc-
tion, meetings of the Okeechobee County
Construction Industry Licensing Board
(CILB) have been rather routine. Tuesday's
meeting could prove to be an exception
with cases dealing with forged signatures
and missing funds.
First on the agenda is the case of Gary
Skinner doing business as Perfect Pools of
Okeechobee Inc. In a case that was inves-
tigated by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, Mr. Skinner will have to answer
charges that he performed work that was not
within the scope of his license, performed
an act which assists a person in unlicensed
contracting and violated building codes. Ac-
cording to the building official's findings, on
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 a representative of Per-
feet Pools came into the lobby of the building
department and filled out a building permit
application. When this person left the front
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The yard sale event will be held on
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application had been signed by the Perfect
Pools representative in the lobby. An investi-
gation revealed a total of 13 permit applica-
tions made by Perfect pools with the sane
signature. When contacted, this electrical
contractor denied signing any of the permits
in question or doing any of the work.
Mr. Skinner's attorney, Jeffrey Fadley, re-
quested that the building department issue
subpoenas to four people including the elec-
trical subcontractor, to appear at the hear-
ing. A subpoena was also issued to one of
Mr. Skinner's employees.
This is Mr. Skinner's second appearance
before the CILB. On June 23, 2009 he was
fined $100 for working outside the scope of
his license.
Turning to the other case, a nerno dated
Nov. 3, 2009, from an administrative assis-
tant, to John Cassels, county attorney states:
"As you may already be aware, we had a
deposit on November 12, 2008 that never
made it to finance. The deposit had a total
of $334.25 in cash and $8,261.33 in check
form. Frorn that deposit we have re-collect-
ed a total of $1,361.92."
One of the checks still unaccounted for
was from Lacert Hornes, Inc. in the amount
of $6,669.10. The building department has
a photocopy of the check, proving that it
was given to then. However, it was never
deposited in the bank. Therefore, the CILB
is looking to Lacert Hornes to make good on
the check.
This raises the larger question of why
such a large amount of money was never

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The Eighth Annual Fisheating Creek Jakes Day was held on April 17 and was
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Jakes Day attracts area youth

The Eighth Annual Fisheating Creek
Jakes Day was held on April 17, at Fisheat-
ing Creek WMA in Lakeport. The event was
attended by over 140 youth and their farni-
lies from Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Col-
lier, Okeechobee, and other counties. The
youth were divided into age groups and
were exposed to various outdoor, hunting,
and conservation activities. The Florida Pub-
lic Archeology Network presented an atlas
activity. The Florida Alert Response Tearn
was on hand to help with a first aid presen-
tation as well as shotgun and archery ses-
sions. Archbold Biological Station presented
wildlife information and brought non-ven-
ornous snakes for the youth to view. Many
FWC Law Enforcement Officers were pres-
ent to instruct the firearms sessions. Youth
were exposed to air rifles, shotguns, skeet,
and muzzle loading. FWC Fisheries donated
fishing poles for bank fishing. The highlight
of the day was swamp buggy rides through
Fisheating Creek WMA by the FWC Wildlife
Technicians to view wildlife and learn about
Fisheating Creek WMA. Participants, parents
and volunteers were treated to lunch of BBQ
pork, hamburgers, hotdogs, and chips. Spe-
cial thank you to Lowell Roberts for donat-

ing the hog, Lisa and Mike Lilley, and Mike
Lee for cooking!
The Fisheating Creek Jakes Day corniit-
tee would like to thank the numerous volun-
teers, from farnily nernbers of participants
to the FWC staff, for helping to make the
Eighth Annual Jakes Day a success. With-
out the support of the local cornrunity, the
event would not be possible. Generous do-
nations were received from: Seminole Tribe,
Lykes Bros. Inc., Glades Electric Coopera-
tive, Burke Marine Construction, Citrus Ani-
Inal Clinic, Bass Pro, Pepsi Bottling Group,
McDonald's (LaBelle), Aberns BP, Bass
Assassin, Sweet Bay Supermarket (Lake
Placid), Publix, Beall's Outlet, Tractor Sup-
ply, Alan Jay, Everglades Seasoning, MC Ven-
tures, Cabela's, Randy's Garage, Gatorarna'
Fisheating Creek Outpost, Chappy's, Gator
Harnrock, Winn Dixie (Lake Placid), Lake
Placid Marine, Photography by Jerri Lynn'
Mickey's Bait and Tackle, Glades County
Sheriff Office, U-Save, Country Side Caf6,
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J&J Snacks and D.O.T. Hosts for the event
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Making a joyful noise
Some of the kids in attendance at a recent outdoor benefit for the Jesus Holy
Ghost Crusade got up on the stage for a sing along. Pictured are, left to right,
Alvin Tumblin, George Marshall, Jortravious Marshall, Abrelia Tumblin, Stin-
teria Slappell, Scottiana Montgomery, Megan Hotmire and Darrine Hotmire.
The Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Choir also sang. Pastor Dorothy Harris and
assistant pastor Emmaline Harris spoke about the mission which has been
feeding the homeless in the area for the past 17 years.

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ohn Patrick Brennan II and Ashley Tarae Donaldson were mar-
officiated the ceremony. The maid of honor was Barbie Ferreira
and bridesmaids were Jenny Maynor, Brooke Danley, Emily Davis, l
Kayla Wise, and Brooke Railey The best man was Cody Harden and l~,
the groomsmen were Jarred Maynor, Marty Garcia, Brad Karns, Joel
Foster, and Dustin Hoover The Jr bridesmaid and the flower girl were
Kearstyn and Alyla Donaldson and the ring bearer was Ashley and JP's
son Hayden Brennan. The bride is the daughter of David Berggren and
Kim Donaldson-Brown and is a student at IRSC. The groom is the son of
Dr. Pat Brennan and Shirley Brennan and is an electrician in Union Local
728. After their honeymoon on North Captiva Island, the couple will re-
side with their two sons, Hayden and John Patrick Ill, in Okeechobee. 1

Special to the Okeechobee News/OSWCD

Speech contest winners
Winners of the 2010 Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District
Speech Contest are: Matthew Evans, Judge Ken Kenworthy, second place
$175 winner-Nreresa Mclaren, first place $250 winner-Benjamin Kielbasa,
third place $75 winner, William Smiley, Judge Lisa Kreiger, Alexis Muller,
Judge Bonnie Wolff-Pelaez and Jake Menendez. Students spoke on the top-
ic "How Do Conservation Habits Equal Healthy Habitats?" Mr. Kielbasa will
represent Okeechobee SWCD and compete for his chance for State at the
Association of Florida Conservation District's Area VI Speech Contest, May
4, at the Alton Chandler Civic Center.

Okeechobee News

May 2, 2010

Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS

Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School students of the Week for April 12-16. They were
caught being respectful, responsible, and safe in and out of the classrooms.
Their teachers are proud of them and wanted to congratulate them for being
model students! AII of them enjoyed Domino's Pizza for lunch on Thursday,
April 15. In the photo sitting, left to right are: Ashley McDuffie, Kelsey Orr,
Heidy Almanza, Shyane Adkins. Standing, left to right: Gavin Wilinski, Dylan
Boyer, Andrea Sauro. Not pictured: John Dowler.


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~in Stuart. He weighed 8 pounds and I ounce
and was 20 inches long. Casyn was welcomed
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Maternal grandparents are Roland and Brenda I
Arnold of Okeechobee. Paternal grandparents
;:a Fir,~I Iare Rex and Judy Lineberry of Okeechobee. ~'~
j Maternal great-grandmother is Betty Jean
Lanier. Paternal great-grandfather is Lou Reno.
Maternal great-great-grandmother is Beedie
.. Mae Thomas of Okeechobee.


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Students of the Week
Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of April 23,
were: Tristin Simmons, Yasmin Abonza, Ruben Aguillon Gonsalez, Bryan
Leonard, Mary Higuita, Juliana Sheldon, Matthew Nguyen, Madison Sch-
neider, Alley Arellano, Lilly Henry, Gauge Chandler, Anthony Richards, Zach-
ary Wharin, Marisol Rodriguez, Daniel Parker, Janneth Jimenez-Armenta,
Rachel Helfinstine, Jesus Gomez, Sarah McNitt, Cheyenne Rhoden, Dakata
Ray, and Marisabel Gomez. Congratulations! Go Eagles!

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Students of the Week
Central Elementary students of the week for April 19, included: kindergarten
students, Blake Hollister, Pedro Santiago, Marysa Farmer, Anthony Boswell,
Benjamin Shirley, Jaidyn Deck; first graders, Yamila Lopez, Alayla Barrett,
Seena Fawzy, LaDarian Jones, Austin Suarez, Juan Seca; second grade
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Carmen Coreas, Ashley Cheney, Luis Rodriguez, Jaylen Boswell, Jacaira
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The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office will host a Law Enforcement Memorial on
Friday, May 14, beginning at 9 a.m. The service will be held on the front steps at the
sheriff's office, and will honor members of law enforcement that were killed in the line
of duty in 2009. There were 126 officers killed last year, with eight of those being in the
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Sheriff Paul May said he
is encouraged by news that the crime rate
in0 Okeechobee went down 6.9 percent in
The annual uniform crime report from
Florida's Department of Law Enforcement
was released last week and Okeechobee

prde t60 ,7 iln 20.sTlne ttal crm ha e
went down 7.6 percent.
"We followed a state wide trend and
we've had a reduction. I'm very proud of
this. I think the City Police Department and
the Sheriffs Office works hand and hand to
curtail crime," Sheriff May said.
May said 2008 saw a big increase in
crime. He said the latest report may be a sign
that economic times are going to get better.
He noted the drug problem, especially pre-
scription drugs, cause most of the crime in
this county.
"We are working hard to put these
people out of business. Prescription drugs
are quickly becoming a bigger problem
than street drugs. The majority of crimes in
Okeechobee you can trace back to alcohol
or drugs," he added.
Okeechobee had four murders in 2009
which was an increase from two murders in

2008. There was a reduction in forcible rape
crimes from 19 to 14, and robberies from 36
to 19 last year.
The report also revealed that there were a
reduction in aggravated assaults, 238 to 214,
and burglaries, 589 to 512 in 2009.
There was also a slight decline in larceny
type crimes like grand theft auto.
The report said about 75 percent of the
crimes was reported in the county, 1,224,
and 25 percent in the city, 396, during 2009.
The city had one murder, seven robberies,
12 aggravated assaults, 63 burglaries, and
296 larceny type crimes.
The crime report also included ar-
rests. Last year there were 2,128 arrests
in Okeechobee. There were 2,357 arrests
in 2008. There was also a reduction in the
amount of juveniles arrested from 2009 to
2008 from 294 to 236.
Sheriff May said he does see an increase
in the amount of domestic violence type
crimes. He noted in one weekend there were
at least eight arrests for domestic violence.
"There's a lots of unemployment and no
money leads to arguments and arguments
lead to domestic violence and domestic vio-
lence involves us."
The Sheriffs Office had a total of 1,547 ar-
rests and the City Police 442 arrests in 2009.
The most common arrest was for simple as-
sault and drugs. There were 78 DUI arrests

in the County and 23 in the city an increase
over 2008.
Sheriff May said the economy really
hasn't resulted in an increase in the number
of crimes which involve alcohol. He noted
the DUI rate has gone down in recent years.
He said part of the reason for the de-
crease in crime is his active patrol unit. He
said you can't go far without seeing a city
police vehicle or a deputy sheriff and that de-
ters crime. "We cover the County well. We
hope to continue that coverage because it is
very important."
The sheriff said he continues to be very
supportive of the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force and the work they do. He said the
recent seizure of 23 pounds of meth shows
just how valuable the Task Force is.
"That is a lot of death and misery right
there. I'm tickled to death at these men and
women and the job they do. They amaze me
how they work and get the job done. I want
to keep them together," he said. "I don't
want to lose that drug squad."
Glades County reported a 35 percent de-
crease in the total crimes reported in 2009.
There were 250 crimes reported. Glades
County reported two rapes, three robber-
ies, 28 aggravated assaults, 85 burglaries,
and 123 larcenies in 2009. There were 581
arrests, which included 20 juvenile arrests.
There were 692 total arrests and 46 juvenile
arrests in 2008.
The report said 50 DUI arrests were made
in 2009 an increase from 36 in 2008.

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Treatment Center. For three and a
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Florida Department of Corrections.
He has been with the Florida Depart-
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he was one of many doctors on
staff. Here is the only doctor for the health
However, before he was at Indian River,
Dr. Gutierrez was on the staff of the Surnter
County Health Department. Surnter Coun-
ty is even more sparsely populated then
Okeechobee. So he is familiar with rural
rnedicine. Dr. Gutierrez is also familiar with
Okeechobee County because he has owned
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Okee Obk ch bee County Health
Department recently announced
the appointment of Dr. Victoriano
Gutierrez as medical director and
primary care physician. Although
the county health department has
fro in he vialtrh ded rtcons, t DrtVict
has been two years since a Inedi- Guierr
cal doctor has been a full tune staff
nernber. Mitch Srneykal, preparedness and
response coordinator for the health depart-
inent, said it took time to find someone who
was the night match. .
"We're very excited to have Dr. Gutierrez
on board," Frank Kruppa, health department
administrator said in a press release. "He is
an outstanding physician and I'rn confident
that his personality and expertise will be a
great benefit to our cornrunity."
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Channing Crowder and Phillip Merling
of the Miami Dolphins will be the headlin-

The theme this year is come tee up with
the Stars. Entry fees are $75 per person and
$300 per foursome.
C.H.A.K.A. is an acronym for Communi-
ties Holding All Kids Accountable. The Cha-
ka's Stars Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)
(3) founded in 2007 by Chaka Smith, Suraiya
Smith, Alfreda McFarlane, Lashawn Miller,
Margie Neal and the late Valerie White, all
Okeechobee residents.
The foundation offers a variety of pro-

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Ricky Nieto will make a return trip to the
state track meet after he won the high jump
competition at the Region 4 Class 3A track
meet on Wednesday with a leap of 6'6".
Nieto was the only Okeechobee High
School Brahman to reach the state track
meet this year. Several athletes did turn in
fine performances.
Isabella Pinedo barely missed qualifying
as she finished fifth in the girls 800 meters
with a time of 2 minutes 31 seconds. Lionel
Jones also put in a strong performance in
the boys 800 meters as he finished in sixth
place with a time of 2:01.11.
The girl's 4x100 meter relay team fin-
htehde n 1shinT etepareli icnare nd kis h
Youmans, Calandra Youmans, Monica Koger
and Essence Williams.
Jewel Buck finished in 10th place in the
girls discus throw. Her best effort was 95 feet
3 inches. Monica Koger finished 14th in the
girls long jump with a leap of 15 feet 1 inch.
Markeisha Youmans finished 11th in the
girls 200 meters with a time of 26.96 sec-
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and Keighly Stewart finished in 12th place
with a time of 4 minutes 29 seconds.
The girl's 4x800 meter relay team of
Marilu Rodriguez, Keighly Stewart, Graciela
Varela and Isabella Pinedo finished in 11th
place with a time of 10 minutes 59 seconds.
The boy's 4x800 meter relay team came
in 14th place with a time of 8 minutes 59 sec-
onds. Team members include Lionel Jones,
Adrian Tagle, Roger Dugue, and Shawn Hor-
vath. Adrian Tagle finished 11th in the boys
1600 meters with a time of 4 minutes 57 sec-
onds. The girl's team finished 15th out of 21
teams while the boys team finished 13th out
of 21 teams.

grams and services that will provide the
area's youth with skills and opportunities
cialy sTa gobaso baeledee ha the ydou
of today need to be exposed to a variety of

expects the golf tournament to be a huge
success this year. He is working to bring
other well known athletes to the event.
Smith said he lives by the words that it
takes a village to raise a child. He said he is
one child that was raised by a village. "We
want the youth in Okeechobee to reach their
full potential as productive citizens in a di-
verse society and parents look forward to
the programs that the Chaka's Stars Founda-
tion has to offer."

Proceeds from the golf tournament will
go toward the operation of the Chaka's Stars
ets Te tkeche le n il rn' hS rvic
Council, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and

The tournament will also include a con-
tinental breakfast, lunch, and opportunities
to win several other prizes. There will also
be a silent auction comprised of items auto-
graphed by professional athletes.
For more information about the Chaka's
Stars Foundation and the golf tournament
please contact Chaka Smith at 863-634-7424,
or Terry Lanman at 763-6228 or visit the pro-
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By Pete Gawda
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Action on a moratorium on pain pill clin-
ics and budget adjustments appear to be
the highlights of Tuesday's Okeechobee City
Council meeting.
The council is scheduled to take final ac-
tion on an ordinance that would put a one
year moratorium on the opening of pain pill
clinics. At the last council meeting it was ad-
mitted that this was a stopgap measure until
state legislation or a more comprehensive
local ordinance could be passed.
Turning to the budget, the council will re-
ceive a mid year financial review and make
appropriate budget adjustments. There is
some good news. As of March 31, half way
through the fiscal year, 44.26 percent of the
money budgeted for expenditures has been
spent. Building and permitting revenues are
at 104 percent of budget. Fuel consumption
continues to decrease. Ad valorum tax rev-

TrOpical Speech Contest
Yearling Middle School winners of the Tropicana Speech Contest are: Tyler
Selph (1st- Pod 300), Rachel Gomez (2nd-Pod 300), April Woodard (3rd-Pod
300), Cody Prescott (1st-Pod 400), Carolanne Lundy (2nd-Pod 400), Jacie
Harvey (3rd- Pod 400). First and Second place winners will advance to the
district level at the OFC auditorium on May 10, at 4:30 p.m.

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One way traffic
For the next six or seven months
while the bridge on S.E. 43rd Av-
enue in Treasure Island is being
rebuilt, traffic will be restricted tO
one lane at a time in each direction.
Motorists are cautioned to watch
the traffic lights at each end of the
bridge. During this time the canal
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55 S.E. Third Ave*

enue is 14 percent less than last year at this
time but that is to be expected since taxable
values are down by 14 percent.
In another item, the council is scheduled
to hold the first reading and set a final pub-
lic hearing date for a proposed ordinance to
change the zoning of a S.E. Third Street lot
from residential multi-family to commercial
professional office.
The mayor is schedule to proclaim the
month of May to be Teen Pregnancy Pre-
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Wendt with a Ten Year Service Award.

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AC Zoning: Residential
Property Addree: 1T21p
City* okeechobee
Zip/Postal Code: 34972
State/Province: Florida
(859)907-1777 or

Medical Assistant
Must have 1 yr exp. Bi-
lingual Spanish/English
preferred. Fax resume to
(8 )L 3C57-2r991itor apa y
Centers, 1100 N. Parrott
Ave., Okeechobee, FL. e-

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Mobile Repair
On call 24/7

We provide maintenance
and repair services on
heavy equipment, also
an off road equipment
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No stress about down-
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nosing and repairing
heavy equipment at
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rectly to you for all re-
pairs in order to
minimize your down-
Fast quality work with
low prices! So there is
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your pocket!
We offer repair services
for off highway and sta-
tionary equipment.

H aFarm Eqmipmen tep
Of Road Vehicles

*B Hea Euipment load-
*Motor graders
*Mounted Equipment /
Engines / Transmissions
* Hydraulic Services
All Types of Equipment
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Kenmore Stackable
Washer Dryer Combo -
Excellent conditions
$ 5 0 0 O 0 / fi rm .

One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an
ad in the classified "

DOG for sale male
miniature dachsund
$ 1 00.O0 / neg .
DOGS for sale (2) red
female miniature dach-
sund $200.00 neg/
black & white male bos-
ton terrier $350.00
neg...Call 863-634-6087
Siberian Husky 10
weeks old, grey/white
male bi-colored eyes.
Great with kids.
$ 4 00 .O0 /neg .
(863)697-1244 or
Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the

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Gaes Pop As ,6 Silver
Peaches, Sa otes,
Srawbw my CGua as,
Blackberries, Pome-
granate, Papaya, Avo-
cado, Man o- Lic#
4 8 00 67 4

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go to

RIVER ACRES, 1/1 Effi-
ciency, fully furnished,
very clean. Includes Pri-
vate Dock, utilities &
Dish TV. $600 mo.
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

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

1000 sf, on busy inter-
section. With approx .6
acre vacant lot. Formerly
Trailer sales, possibility
for boat, RV, Auto, etc.
sales/service. Asking
$2000 per month plus
depsit.Yearly lease.

3BA, ON 1.5 acres, NW
144th Dr., $1000/mo,
1st last & sec.
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo, 1st & sec. moves
you in. (561)248-3888
or (863)599-0156
Rental Available -
3bd/3ba CBS home built
in 2009. Vaulted ceilings,
tile tloor on corner lot.
Located in Okeechobee
Hammock Pritchards Real
Estate 863-610-1980

Free Wifi! Weekly $150
or mo. $375 incl. elec.
Call 863-763-0295

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Residential and Com-
mercial Computer &
Laptop repair. Network-
ing and Security, Data-
bases. Cheap rates. Get
that virus removed and
fix that internet connec-
tion. Block your kids
from dirty websites. Re-
move that password
you forgot. Anything
can be fixed. Just call
residential work done
after hours. Glades
Area 561-261-3770

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Ltd. is a completely off-
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P ekerrokken W nt
by Collector I collect
Florida picker tokens of
all types. Old and new,
let me know what you
have and I will offer
you a fair price. Steve
Ratliff, 1717 Saint Mar-
ys Bay Drive, Milton, FL
32583 steve@rat-

Charlie Daniels Auto-
graph It's a drum stick
autographed about
9-10yrs ago, he was
doing a concert at Felda
and he threw the drum
tckkdootuheacnrdwd a d I
$550.00/or best offer.

Computer towers for
sale From Pentium 4
systems to Dual core
systems. Running from
512mb-4gb of ram.
Starting at $40 and up.
Trade ins taken for up
to $75 off. Contact for
details. $40.00.
- Complete System -
P4-2.8GHZ, 512MB,
LEFT!! $199.00/firm.
(863)634-6588 or


frot, holds 8 ites pus
ammo storage. Very
god condition
12.00/or best offer.
(863)674-0281 or

er, room purifier -

cherry maple, 2 pc
hutch, beautiful wood-
work, looks like new,
dining table incl.
$ 2 00 0 .

Calspar Hot Tub Tur-
quoise-Green Marble Ef-
fect. Have all the parts.
This is a Great Spa, go-
In enhedp because yu

moann nature itnooget ahe
oth r one. They ra nt

old one. All told you'd
be looking at a Wonder-
ful Spa for not much
Mooolah. I have all the
manufacturers' info and
you can call to verify
before taking the tub
away, so you will know
that I'm talking straight.
$250 firm.
SALE 1987 2 BED-
$4,500.00/or best offer.
(863)532-1042 or
park, 2BR,
$ 6 00 O0 / frm .
(6)697-2744 or

AKC German Shepherd
Puppies Big, Beautiful
12 weeks old. Health
Cert, Vet checked, all
up "to date". Paper
trained, family raised in
home, not outside in
kennels. German Back-
ground, parents on site.
$ 65 0.O0 / neg .
(954)801-7383 or
Amazon parrot 5 year
old, talks, prefer no
children. $650.00/firm.

Waterfront, 2BR house,
furnished. $875 mo.
561-352-5977 or
HOUSE, $450.00/mo
(863) 261-6381
CBS 3BR, Southwest
section, great location,
remodeled & upgraded,
Corian, marble, Oak
cabinets, tile tloors,
24/14 enclosed FL rm,
huefenced backyardwo h d, iad

escaped. Move in June
25th. $900/
1st, last & sec. Credit&
background check.
863-357-0391. HURRY!

2ba, $875/mo + sec.
Call (772)528-7004 or

Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the

TURNTABLE to record
vinyl to Cd Start a part
time business. All nece-
sary equipment to turn
vinyl into cd and make
money part time. Good
opportunity. Turntable
and software to install /
plug and play. $250.00
value asking $ 150.000r
reasonable offer. please
call @ 863 697 2744 or
863 467 6036
$150.00/or best offer.
(863)697-2744 or
Get a quick response to
any item you may be sell-
ing with a classified ad.


Bedroom set Queen 6
piece bedroom set,
Ashley pearlwood.
Headboard w/mirror, 2
nightstands, dresser
w/mirror, metal mat-
tress frame. Excellent
condition. $300.00/neg.


D 6 s atr Mod bcu i
go 25.O cond.
(863)357-6633 *
FOR SALE Blue and
white loveseat $350.00
Call 863-763-1071

Furniture moving sale
I have stove $350, re-
f ierto $600, k n
s ee bed $200, dressed
$75, night stand $40,
entertainment center
$40, computer cabinet
$50, living room furni-
ture $300, complete
bedroom set $700 take
all for $2,300.00/neg
(863)697-6278 or
Girl's Twin Captains Bed
-Light colored with
small pink flowers. 3
drawers underneath,
Bookcase Headboard,
with matching 5 drawer
Dresser. $65.00/or
best offer.
COST $2,500. WILL
or buy one for
$ 3 00 /2 00.
$ 5 0.O0 / neg .

Gun 20Ga. Mossberg
New Haven, shotgun
pump with lock and car-
rying bag $200.00/or
best offer.


Taylor Creek Condo
1/1 Furn. $975 move
in, 1ST mo FREE
W&D, water & elec.


3/2/2 in town. Ceramic
tile floors throughout.
Kids & pets welcome.
863-634-9330 or

BASSWOOD 1300 sq
ft CBS, 3br, 2ba, tile
throughout, fenced
yard, 10x10 shed,
$1000/mo, 1st, last &
Sec. Avail immediately.
Call Tony

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Basswood 3BR/2BA, 1
car garage, tile & car-
pet, split plan, dish-
washer, $1100 mo.

147 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee

1999 Mustang Convertible only t5295
Auto, N/C, Leather, Loaded #U5051
2002 GMC Sonoma SLS only t4695
5 pd, N/C, 3dr, 1 owner, x clean #U4714
1997 Geo Tracker only 11995
5 sp, 4 cyl, new tires, #U2900
1999 BMW 528i Black Beauty onlys5995*
Auto, alc, 6 cyl, leather, moon roof, loaded #Ul390
2002 Nissan Sentra GXE only t5495*
Auto 4 cyl, N/C, 4dr, PW, PL, Cruise Tilt Loaded,
gas saver; 83,000 miles #U5822
2001 GMC 2500 SL only t4995
Utility box, Auto,NAC, 6.0 V8 #U3106
1999 Mazda Protege only *4295
N/C, Auto, PW, PL, CD Stereo, low miles #U6660
2002 Mercury Villager Van only t5695
7 pass, A/C, moon roof, leather interior, loaded #8436
2006 Chevy Colorado Pickup only t5495
N/C, 5spd, 4 cyl, bedliner #U8619
2003 Ford F 150 only t5995*
Auto, 6 cyl, bedliner ste side #U1991
2001 Lincoln Navigator only 16495
V-8, N/C, Leather, TV, Loaded #U6125
2003 Mitsubshi Spider Conv. sny 6295*
Auto, Leather, Loaded #U2337 ony
2001 VW Jetin ony 4995*
5 spd, 4 cyl, moon roof, gas saver #U0188
2000 Ford Expedition XLT only $5995
V8, auto, a.c, leather, 3rd row seating, loaded, #U3225
1999 Lincoln Continental only $3495*
N/C, auto, leather, loaded, #U3363
'plus tax, title, tag & dealer fees se habla espafiol

Okeechobee couentsi nsotmdtion Industry

TeOkeechobee county Constmection Industry Licensing Board will hold a
public meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 3:30 RM. The public meeting
wilbe held at the Okeechobee county Health Department Auditonum,lo
tat the 178 NW 9HhufA nue,atOk echo ee,nlRordaan Der oep Ine

pjladment, 499 N.W 5th Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972,
I n~tere2 -301rtles shall have the opportunity to be heard at this pbi
eoadwilth nrespc co ecidmnatter cnpdr ede dnatdtehss on etng the Lnced d
enumtat a verbatm record of the paoceedingwIs made and thatth
bae.P tniga d Deve pnn tpes u or tnhe shl pup ee o I
Fae Huffman, Secretary to Board
k~eechobee county Constmection
Inds s ROLiNo ng nBoard

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an order Issued byth
ConyCourt of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 22nd day of January,
2010, in the cause wherein FIRST SELECT, INC being Plaintiff and WILLIAM
S.BROWN being Defendant, bengCase No. 2000-CC-192 In the said Court,
10u o. afor as Shnfofkee~choboee Co nty rF ritdoaw all offer the fl
Shall offer the above described property for sale subject to all prior liens
ndencumbrances If any, on the 3RD day of JUNE, 2010 at 11:00AM or as
sonas possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFFS OF-
FICE, 504 N.W. 4th STREET, Okeechobee, Florida and will sell to thehg-
etand best bidder for cash, all right, title and interest, of defendant In said
Stmay be seen one hour nror to sale @ BML Towing,
Date .at Okeeho ke rld bhi s209r ada34 o pril, 2010.
Paul C. May, Sheriff
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act eesons
wihdisabilities needing a special accommodation to pa tciate in
the proceeding should contact Okeechobee County Sherifs Office
not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117,
.52 8 ON5/2,9,16,23/10

(863)763-46010OR (863)634-3166
3525610N 5/2/10

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May 2, 2010

TOW HITCH equipment
complete, for travel
trailer, 'electric brake
controller, tongue jack,
201b propane tanks
1 0.0 watt generate'
$250 2il se .

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the classified.

Your next job could be
in today's classified.
Did you look for it?
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the

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Wrecked, 1 owner, very
low mileage Caprice
Classic. This car was in
Immaculate condition
until the accident. The
engine and transmis-

nmas ieg ho he whle
car. Interior is perfect.
Tires are new. A/C
compressor/dryer were
just replaced. I want to
sell the car, but I would
be willing to buy a front
clip and repair it if you
have a nice one for
sale...No Junk please.
$2000.00 OBO. Possible
trade for equal value
item that takes up less
garage space. This was
a family vehicle since
day one so I can an-
swer any and all ques-
tions about it. Car does
crank up and drive.
Do not contact me at-
tempting scams or
fraud. I will not respond
to e-mails where a po-
tential buyer is not
available via telephone,
they want to ship out of
the country via a
shipper and pay extra
costs, etc etc. I wasn't
born yesterday.---WIS
Air conditioning, auto-
matic transmission,
cruise control, loaded,
one owner, power
locks, V-8 $2,000 /or
best offer

When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.

How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell
it in the classified.

MUD TIRES- Nitro all
terrain, Terra Grappler
size 33's on 20 inch
Motor Metal Chrome
3is OPaidora lttle 3ov r

tires. Still like brand
new. Call with offer.
The rims came off a 6
lu2 0GOMCO/Hummerof r3.
(954)553-4922 or

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1994 FORD FORD F150
-Air bags, V-6, tinted
windows, automatic
transmission, air condi-
tioning, anti-lock brakeS
$1,0006 /r87best offer
(863) 6-67

1997 FORD F150 with
aonpdperewunnn b ad
pkg, cold air in great
shape, air bags, V-6,
one ownerC 0ris 0

anti-lock brakes, power
locks, tinted windows
8499 697r7best off r

2003 FORD F-150 XLT -

power wheels, tint d
windows, automatiC
transmission, v-6, air
bags bucket seat ,
cruise control, one own-
er, anti-lock brakes, air
conditioning, CD, power
10ks alarm sy tm


Pickup. 4cyl, man trans,
camper top, Good con-
dition. Call
(239)895-1613, $1,800
/or best offer

heavy dtsingle axle,
farm hicno lights,
(bed 8'x 5.5') Good con-
dition, $123, Mon.-Fri.
8:30-3:30. 863-467-9800

96 DODGE B2500 Hit-
opConversion Van, 5.2
V/,front and rear ac,
145,000 miles, excellent
running, Very Good
over all condition.
$2,750 /or best offer

teOkeechobee Utility Authority
meet In regular1s~es ion on
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New battery. Many new
parts. A/C. Good Tires
$1,300 /or best offer

LOVELY 2BR, 2BA Taylor
Creek Isles, lake access,
Fl. room, dock, carport, 2
storage sheds. $850 mo.
Call 863-484-0411

dbl wide on water, porch,
Igedition, boathouse,
100,000 (863)763-0474

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14ft Alumacraft John-
son 25HP w/elec start-
Trolling motor (2) Bat-
tery's Exc Cond
$2,800 863-357-2944
1999 Legacy Sea Era
23' CC with 200 lohn-
'soand oaie eGiarin
cover, spot tower, vhs,
and the normal stuff.

Bok ats oer $ 300
Nice boat for a 1999.
$e1r0,000. 0/5r 3st of-
f (772) 0-52

1996 Terry TRAVEL -
30' with 14ft. slide out,
12v-30amp solar panel,
replaced 2 deep cycle
batte y's ar heat, f ig
toilet, tires, brakes, run-
ning lights, vent cov-

er4,99a 00 pin
(772)530-6448 or

2.50" OR 3.00" IN.
$200.00 PAIR (REGU.
LAR PRICE $110.00
FLERS.COM $200.00.
(256)538-0376 or

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1997 KZ1000 POLICE
BIKE Turn Key Bike,
runs great. Also includ-
ed an extra "parts"
bike. Get 2 for the
price of One!! Call for
more details.
$900.00/or best offer

-green, 4 dr., auto,
$900. (812)989-3022

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heOkeechobee Counk h School
ad 5:00 o. tuesdaop
S olBoardr meeting aP6:00

kehoe.The subjects tobe
dsusdrelate to budget and
oepg ttbeh Isual/ [his wo khop Is
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Suernendeo ofSchools
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N Can-3/1 P$ 2,000
Call for info

Oak Lake Villa one sto-
ry, 2/2, tile tloors, w/d,
ndlappl's incl5, x.


Speca a0ELFna~ncing
Available, Any Credit,
A Income. Vacant
rad located at 20 NE
363rd Ct., Okeechobee,
$109,900. Visit
D~ri 24968then call

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go to

BHR, 2br/2ba,
Furn. W&D. $975
move in, $725 mo.
Small pets ok

FOR RENT: 3/2 (avail.
July) and 2/1 Cottages.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
(863) 467-2982
For Rent: Well main-
tained Treasure Island
2bd/2ba w/lake access,
furn. or unfurn., Ig Fl.
rm., screened in porch,
dock must see to ap-
preciate $800 mo.
1st,last & sec. Call

good condition. 4 speed
manual transmission.
1641 CC air cooled pro-
fessionally built motor
with hemi cut 041
heads, 8 pin fly wheel
cut .030, magnesium
rocker shaft, longreach
plugs, bug pack cam,
and dual exhaust. New
front seats, rear seat
covers, and interior
door and side panels.
New tires. Body does
need some work.
Odometer reads 76652,
but motor only has
7411 miles on it. Ask-
ing $4500 or best offer.
Located in Okeechobee,
FL (863)763-5567
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items
in the classified

The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

TA LX Air bags, alloy
wheels, bucket seats,
cruise control, rear de-
frost, air conditioning,
anti-lock brakes, CD,
leather, power locks,
sun roof, automatic
transmission, loaded,
V-6 $3,900 /or best of-
fer (863)946-0234

Chevy S10 Bedliner -
good shape. Call for
more details $60.00/or
best offer.

Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?

0HS Wrestlers end their season with mat banquet

OHS Brahman fundraisers

May 2, 2010

Okeechobee News

Vidal Torres has opened a gym that is avail-
able to the wrestlers for training and condi-
tioning. He said the greatest gains a wrestler
make is when they work on weights and
conditioning during the summer.
He also intends to take a group of wres-
tlers to a camp at Martin County High School
between June 14 and June 18. Two former
Olympians will be instructors at the camp.
He also encouraged the wrestlers to focus
on their academics for the next six weeks so
that they remain eligible for next year.
Zac Griffith was also honored with a
three-year letter at the banquet.
Gruber said he was very happy with his
senior year but was disappointed he missed
out on a trip to the state tournament. "My
whole wrestling career has been great. To
win the MVP award was a very big honor.
I just tried to do my best on and off the mat
this year."
Gruber plans to attend Indian River State
College and will attempt to become a Navy
Seal. He said the hard conditioning regiment
of wrestling should help him in that effort.
Bryan was praised for coming into his
own this year and for improving his com-
munication and leadership skills by Coach
Jahner. Bryan suffered a broken hand at the
district tournament which has made him
even more determined to work this sum-
mer. "The injury was extremely disappoint-
ing but it has driven me to push myself. I've
been in the gym every day. I have high ex-
pectations for next year. I want the younger
guys to look up to me and learn something
from me."
Coach Jahner said he was very pleased
with the team's attitude and work ethic this
year. He said even after a five month season
the kids were anxious to show up and work
every day. "I take my hat off to them. The
kids were just great and a lot of fun to work

victories this year. Also in photo is
wrestling coach Bruce Jahner.

un~cm luu m~ movYww.......... ..p.rY
Josh Gruber won the Most Valuable Wrestler award. He is a senior this year.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School wrestling
team celebrated their season with a banquet
April 28 in the high school cafeteria.
Josh Gruber won the Most Valuable Wres-
tler Award while Donald Bryan took home
the Brahman award. Ryan Hagan won the
rookie of the year award and Bryan Levins
won the most improved wrestler award.
Coach Bruce Jahner said the 15-6 Brah-
mans actually had a good season and should
have an even better season next year.
"I thank the wrestlers and their parents.

They did a great job this year. We didn't have
any state qualifiers but we had a pretty good
season," he said.
Mitchell Dean, Josh Gruber, Allan Garza
and Tony Bonnett graduate from the team
this year. Jahner said there are younger
wrestlers ready to step in and replace them
in the lineup.
"We had a great group of ninth graders
this year and I expect another great group
this year. My message to the younger wres-
tlers is that things will get better," he added.
He also urged the wrestlers to be active
this summer. Assistant Wrestling Coach,

most rane aowns mis year.

uonala trryan IOOK nome mne trn
award at Wednesday's banquet.

most escapes from OHS wrestling
Coach Bruce Jahner.

wrestler award from OHS Wrestling
Coach Bruce Jahner.

award from Wrestling Coach Bruce

The Okeechobee High School football team will
btaallun arairser wa1kItkhon on Stur ,bMayH 5.
School to Lock 7 and back starting at 8 a.m. Any per-
son or business who would like to sponsor a player
can contact Coach Myron Jackson at 863-462-5050.

The team hopes to raise funds to purchase more
equipment for their fall season.
The annual purple and white Brahman football
scrimmage will be held on Friday night, May 21, at
the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Games

are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. An eighth grade
scrimmage and a varsity and junior varsity scrimmage
are being planned. Barbecue dinners will also be sold
to raise funds for the football team. Dinners are $7. For
more information please call Coach Myron Jackson at

The Brahman football team will hold a fund rais-
er clay shoot at Quail Creek Plantation on Saturday,
June 5. Business sponsorships are being sought. For
more information contact Coach Myron Jackson at

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Rebates and Federal Tax Credits based on model and efficiency rating. Factory rebates available March 16th June 30 2010 through
participating dealers only. Financing eligible with approved credit.





Okeechobee News

May 2, 2010


/ Up to $1,100 Factory Rebate

/ Up to $1,495 FPL Rebate

/ Up to $1,500 Stimulus Tax Credit

/ 10 Yr Parts & Labor Warranty
v FREE 1st Year Maintenance

vup to 24 Months to Pay
/ 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Air Conditioning & Refnigeration

A.ll You Can Eat
SFish or Shrimp
~~Shrimp Fest %9 *

Shrimp Scampi 7~
IShrimp Ceasar Sa s
Sweet "N Sour Shrin p s7!
Sweet Alfredo sy'

2 Dinners Your Choi~g
For the Price of one!
1. N.Y. Strip Steak
jI 2. Chicken and Shrimp
S.3. Grilled Tilapia
" 4( Shrimp Ceasar Salad
Q Country Fried Steak
!" B6. Grilled Pork Chops
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Closeout Paints
'995 pe a

Paint Thinner95nr a

40 yr Siliconized
89e per tube

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Ben amin Burgess Paint Supply 1
Moore Serving Okeechobee for 65 Years
Paints 113 S.W. 5th Ave.* Okeechobee (863) 763-3824* Fax (863) 763-2576

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