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Publication Date: May 30, 2010
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Students Working Sex offender accused of molesting girl

Tobacco By Eric Kopp tion victim 12-16 years of age and of- from hirn and went to the bathroom, but
Okeechobee News fender over 18. He was booked into the Webb followed her, stated the report. He
Okeechobee County Jail where he is be- tried to follow her into the bathroom but
to A registered sex offender living in


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According to an arrest report by De-
tective Rosemary Farless of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
Webb went to the victirn's borne with
another man on Sunday, May 23, where
he fondled the young girl. She got away

the child locked the door, the detective's
re ort stated.
Later the child and another wornan
wiet th gial's fthr rnhie eb a e
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Okeechobee County has been accused
of re-offending after he allegedly molest-
ed a 12-year-old girl.
Billy Wayne Webb, 37, South Parrott
Ave., was arrested Thursday, May 27, on
***Pa~ a ,harge of lewd and lascivious rnolesta-

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Commissioners oppose reservoir in lake idea
By Pete Gawda -~t ~ 1`j i
Okeechobee News i
At their meeting on Thursday, May 27 Okeechobee
County Corniissioners strongly expressed disapproval|
of a water storage proposal.
Corniissioner Noel Chandler informed his fellow l..__ I~
<:orniissioners of plans for a proposed reservoir within :: 6
the northeastern part of Lake Okeechobee that would .
<:over all of Okeechobee County's lake frontage. He said
it would be 15 to 20 feet deep. Cornrissioner Chan- L
dler said that with the reservoir at that depth, the entire "--oiJ
southern part of the county would be either wet or un- r
derwater. He noted that the city council wrote a letter
to South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) J ;`
opposing the plan as well as the Tourist D~evelopment ---------~,~~; k\
Corniission and Okeechobee Main Street. Earlier in ~ _j/jI f.l
the meeting, during the public cornrent period, Tara
Minton, of the Economic Council, stated that her orga--r--
nization was also opposed to the project. a egnd C
"Okeechobee County is a red headed stepchild," said i~~~I
Cornrissioner Chandler. He felt the project was not as Shase oundar
publicized as it should be. ESrFCRI 5r r s~etuosrrieuanl .5ptionae men rWeas -1~5_EF
"We can'tall ow this to happen." Corniissioner Chan- ca mosnrn...s, -lrOrettneFAuE
dler said. "They are using Okeechobee and Okeechobee 3 ,, Gnr rut..
County to clean up the water south of us." **-can. e...~wJ
"For the record, it is niot a SFWMD) positionl," said E"s'... c..
Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD's Okeechobee Service '~"".~" """''....."' ~C .r PU It
Center. He said the proposal was part of a process 5"'' C""^ ""'"'S"""" inu o .~alc
that started back in 2008 when the public was asked Special to the Okeechobee News/SFWME
to corne up with possible configurations that would This graphic provided by the South Florida Water Management District,
create 1.2 to 1.4 million acre feet of water storage to shows the area of northern Lake Okeechobee proposed for a reservoir
help prevent discharges to the east and west. He said within the dike. This plan, authored by Tom MacVicker, Kevin McCarthy, Re-
the reservoir within the lake was one of nine options becca Elliot, Linda McCarthy and Scott McCaleb, is one of nine ideas pro-
posed to store excess water.
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In the photo left to right are: Whitley Burch, Okeechobee County Health De-
partment Tobacco advisor; Derek Borroto, president of Students Working
Against Tobacco (S.W.A.T.) at Okeechobee High School as well as S.W.A.T.
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parently began in 1995. He was first sent
to prison in 1996 after being convicted of
grand theft-motor vehicle, state Department
of Corrections (DOC) records.
In 1999 Webb was arrested in Suwanee
County and convicted on three counts of
lewd and lascivious assault on a child un-
der 16. On Aug. 13, 1999, he was sentenced
to serve 18 months in prison. DOC records
show that Webb was released 14 months
He was again sent to prison on May 3,
2005, after being convicted for cocaine pos-
cesIon e whaos released J une 1 0, 2 0 06,
On June 30, 2006, he was arrested in Bro-
ward County for failing to register as a sex
offender and was sentenced to a year and
a day in prison. DOC records show that he

was released March 1, 2008.
Webb first registered with the OCSO on
March 30, 2009. However, he did not stay in
Okeechobee County long.
Records at the Glades County Sheriff's
Office show that Webb was arrested there
on April 14, 2009, for failing to register. He
served eight months in the county jail there
and was released on Jan. 7, 2010.
On Jan. 14, 2010, he registered with the

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office where
records show that he was listed as being
OCSO officials explained that it was not
against the law for him to be registered as a
'transient' because he was not on probation.
If Webb had been on probation, he would
have been required to have a permanent ad-


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portedly sitting in the living room. When the
girl told her father what had happened, he
immediately went to the living room to con-
front Webb, but he was now gone.
The girl's father went up and down his
street looking for Webb. He was reported-
ly told by some men that they saw a man
matching Webb's description running down

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other side, indicated the detective's report.
Webb was taken into custody Thursday.
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The Inaugural "O.L. Raulerson, Jr." Fourth
of July BBQ Contest will be held July 2-3 at
Okee-Tantie Marina, 10430 Highway 78 W
The contest is open to "backyard" barbecue
cooks only.
1. Occupancy per site: One camping unit
One vehicle. '
2. Camp sites have water but vary in size
and electrical hookups.
3. Backyarders only.
4. Wood and charcoal only.
5. No electric or gas grills.

tive6 pwe rp aes, unIs theae sdaa poe
outage in the park.
7. Garbage or litter, placed in other than
containers provided, must be in bags, no
loose garbage or trash.
8. No disturbances that become a nui-
sance to others, between midnight and 7
9. No ground fires in other than desig-
nated areas.
10. Consumption of alcoholic beverages
is permitted subject to statutory prohibitions
on public intoxication or disorderly conduct.
Under no circumstances shall any alcoholic
beverages be distributed to the general pub-
11. Clamshells or containers will be pro-
vided for each entry. No garnish allowed. No
identifiers or entry may be disqualified.
12. Must bring separate container for
grease and ash disposal.
13. Meat inspections must be conducted

before meat is seasoned and/or cooked. In-
spection will be made available upon cook
teams request to the "event staff tent." Prop-
er storage of meat is required. Prior to cook-
ing, meat must be maintained at 40 degrees
or less packed on ice. After cooking, all meat
must be held at 140 degrees or above.
14. Vinyl or latex gloves must be worn
when handling meat.
15. Entries categories are: "Anything Butt, "
Sauces, and Pork Butt, Ribs & Chicken. A
cook must enter all three meat events to be
eligible for Grand or Reserve Champion.
3rd1 la dsal ybh gvn tfor SIst, 2nd and
Butt, Ribs & Chicken; Grand Champion and
Reserve Grand Champion Overall. Awards
Presentation will be Saturday, July 3, 2010 at
3 p.m.
17. Judging will be based on appearance,
tenderness/texture and taste. Judging scores
range from five highest to one being lowest.
18. Turn in entries to the "Judging Tent,"
five pieces required and the times are as fol-
lows: "Anything Butt": Friday, July 2, 2010
at 7 p.m. Sauces: Friday, July 2, 2010 at
7:30 p.m. Chicken: Saturday, July 3, 2010 at
noon. Ribs: Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 1 p.m.
Pork Butt: Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 2 p.m.
19. Cooks Mandatory Meeting will be on
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Reflections from the Pulpit

It was God's intent that the people did not
forget what He had done for them. He wants
to be remembered. God has not changed. If
we fast-forward from the time of Joshua to
the time of Jesus we find that Jesus asked
the disciples to remember him. He was eat-
ing the Passover meal with his disciples and
according to Luke's account he took the
bread, blessed it and instructed the disciples
to "do this in remembrance of me." Jesus,
the Son of God wants to be remembered.
I hope this weekend you will take time
from your schedule and remember God.
Remember what He did for the Israelites.
Remember what God has offered for you-
forgiveness and salvation through His only
Son Jesus. Do you have a memorial stone of
salvation you can talk about to future gen-

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: A 50 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 87. East southeast
wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms before midnight.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South-
east wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Memorial Day: A 40 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m.
Partly cloudy, with a high near 89. Southeast
wind around 5 mph.
Monday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 70. Calm wind becoming

souTday: t30 opuecent ch nee of show-
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Sunday, May 30, 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!

IVemorial Day
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who
has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who
has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has
given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus orga-
nzr, who has given us the freedom to as-
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who
has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN who salutes the flag.
It is the VETERAN who serves under the
We can be very proud of our young men
and women in the service no matter where
they serve.
*There is a tradition of the president to
lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown
soldier. It is a show of respect and gratitude.
It should not be the VP who is doing this. In
my opinion he might just as well spit on the
tomb as to send Biden to do his job. Guess
a vacation is much more important that any-
th Itlng e se to h1m.
*Why is it a big deal that Obama won't
be at Arlington for Memorial Day? Other
presidents have let someone else do the offi-
cial Memorial Day ceremony there. In 1983,
President Ronald Reagon was at a sum-
mit meeting in Virginia. In 1992, President
George H.W Bush was in Maine for Memo-
nial Day. In 2002, President George H. Bush
was in Normandy for Memorial Day services.
WNhile it is true that none of them just took
the weekend and went home on vacation,
they weren't at the memorial in Arlington.
Does it really matter where the president ob-
serves Memorial Day?
*Instead of going to Chicago for the
weekend, I think Obama needs to get down
to the gulf and put some pressure on BP.

*Every week you have Reflections from
the Pulpit written by someone from a Chris-
tian Church. Why doesn't the newspaper
run columns written by a Jewish rabbi or a
leader of another religion? Editor's note: The
Reflections from the Pulpit column comes
from the Okeechobee Ministerial Associa_
tion, and various members of that orvgiani
zation take turns writing it. However, if an-
other religious leader who is not a member
of thatgroup would like to submit a column,
we would certainly give it consideration for
publication. We also welcome letters to the
editor from any community member on any
topic ofgeneral local interest.

Dogs loose
*Folks, you all know when garbage day
is in your neighblrhood.dHaver aittl cour-

garbage day. If you are in the habit of just
opening the door
and letting the dog
out in the morn-
ing to "do his busi-
ness," at least on
garbage day make
a little effort and
go outside with the
dog to make sure
he does not run
next door or down
the street to tear up the garbage. This week
I plan to be ready with a camera and take
pictures so I can prove whose dog is doing
this. So, you are warned.

*The DOT plan for a bypass does not
make a lot of sense to me. It looks like they
are going to just make things worse by hav-
ing the loop go right through an area that is
already pretty busy. They need to route the
bypass as far north as they can. The county
commission's original suggestion that it
should come out north of Cemetery Road
make sense to me.

*I see in the paper that the football team
is working hard to get ready for the fall sea-
son. They should take heart. At least they
can't do any worse than the team did this
year. There is no where to go from here but

Remember when ..

By Rev. Lois Moranville
Pastor, Okeechobee Church of the
N azarene
Quite often families gather for special oc-
casions, and if your family is like mine we
aren't in the same room long before we be-
gin to reminisce. We remember significant
times that were funny. We share memories
of sad times. We recall times of joy such as
births of our children, weddings, gradua-
tions, and other fun filled times.
This weekend, we pause to remember
Our veterans who lost their lives in the fight
for freedom for this great country. Each
battle that was fought in the history of our
nation marks an historical event in the life
of America. Every soldier who gave his or
hr life tdo make th s nation what it is today is

Joshua reminds us in Joshua chapter 4
verses 4-7 that memorials are important.
Memorials serve to take us back to a sig-
nificant event and they afford us the op-
portunity to pass on the memory to future
generations. Here is what Joshua said to the
Israelites. "So Joshua called together the 12
men he had appointed from the Israelites,
one from each tribe, and said to them, "Go
over before the ark of the Lord your God
into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is
to take up a stone on his shoulder, accord-
ing to the number of the tribes of the Isra-
elites, to serve as a sign among you. In the
future, when your children ask you, "What
do these stones mean?" tell them that the
flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark
of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed
the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were
cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to
the people of Israel forever "
Why did God want Joshua to have the
Israelites make a memorial? I think God not
only wanted the Israelites and future genera-
tions to remember the crossing of the Jordan
but I think God wanted to be remembered.
It was God who parted the waters so the
Israelites could cross on dry ground. It was
God who saved them. So building a memo-
rial from the stones would give an opportu-
nity for the Israelites to continue to share the
miracle of what God did with future genera-
tions. This memorial serves as a "remember
when God miraculously stopped the waters
of the Jordan and we crossed on dry land- or
remember when God saved us!"

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Reservoir within the lake just one of 9 proposals

Lent, Paul Grey, Mark Oncavage, Cynthia
Plockellnan, Maggy Hurchalia, Joanne Da-
vis, Lisa Interlandi, Jennifer Nelson and Karl
*Performance Cost would be focused
on meeting standards derived from perfor-
Inance maps. It calls for roughly 300,000
acre-feet of storage north of the lake and
roughly 550,000 acre-feet of storage south of
the lake. The storage south of the lake would
be divided between shallow and deep stor-
age. Kevin Henderson is the author of Per-
forrnance Cost.
*The Marshall Plan Element 6 seeks to
establish a flow-way at the south end of the
lake that would be wet year round. There
would also be 36,400 acres of water storage
to a depth of 18 feet south of the lake, The
plan calls for 650,000 acre feet of water stor-
age north of the lake. This plan is authored
by Martha Musgrove, Joel Van Arrnan, John
Marshall, Deborah Nichols and Run Poul-
All of the these nine proposals will have
to go through a process of public hearings
before a final decision is made by SFWMD.
However, a May 20 announcement on the
SFWMD website states that "due to re-
straints" the public workshop process has
been temporarily deferred and will resurne
in the future. It is not known when they
will resume. The message urges readers to
check back for new details.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forumant Reporter Pete Gawda can
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unemployment last April while Glades from 10.2 to 9.5 percent.
County had 7.5 percent unemployment. Around the area St. Lucie had 13.7 per-
The state unemployment rate stood at cent, Highlands 11.1 percent, Hendry 13.3
1 1.2 percent in April down close to 1 percent percent, and Martin County 1 1.8 percent. All
from March. of those counties reported declines in the
The nation's jobless rate also declined unemployment rate in April.

B10od Centers send out the Biff Red Bus
The Florida Blood Centers needs you this Memorial Day Weekend! The Big Red Bus
will be at The Clock Restaurant on Sunday from 10 a.In. until 3 p.In. and on Monday,
Memorial Day the JROTC Cadets will be assisting the Big Red Bus at the Memorial Day
gathering in the park downtown from 9 a.In. until 2 p.m. Celebrate Memorial Day by
giving blood.
Blood drives will also be held: Wednesday, June 2 at Publix from noon to 2:30 p.m.
and at Beef O'Brady's from 4- 7 p.In.; Monday, June 7 at 11-Save from 1-7 p.In.; Thursday,
June 10 at Ancient Oaks Park from 9:30 1 1:30 a.In. and at Publix from 1-3 p.In.; Friday,
June 11 at Lincare, S.W 17th St. from noon 5 p.In.; and, Saturday, June 12 at Arnold's
Wildlife Center from 11 a.In. to 3 p.n.

May 30, 2010

Okeechobee News

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Reservoir Within Lake Okeechobee '
which has caused so Inuch concern among
the Okeechobee City Council and the
Okeechobee County Corniission is actually
one of nine proposals under consideration
by South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) to increase water storage capacity
and eliminate the need for large discharges
to the estuaries. The other eight plans in-
clude water storage to the north, east or
south of the lake.
Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD's
Okeechobee Service Center told the
Okeechobee County Corniissioners at their
May 27 meeting that the process began in
2008 when groups of citizens were tasked
with corning up with proposed plans that
would provide 1.2 to 1.4 million acre feet of
water storage.
A check of the SFWMD website reveals
that all nine proposals were on the agenda
for each of SFWMD's water resources ad-
visory corniission monthly meetings from
May through September of 2009. The May
and June meeting agenda contained maps
of all nine proposals. The June meeting was
held at John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston.
The other meetings were held in West Palm
Beach. In a telephone interview, Okeecho-
bee County Corniissioner Noel Chandler
stated the meetings were not properly ad-
vertised and that the public was not aware
of the plan until recently.
*The Reservoir Within Lake Okeecho-

bee proposes construction of a reservoir in
the northeastern part of Lake Okeechobee
that would enclose 158,000 acres to a depth
of 8 feet, providing 1,200,000 acre feet of
storage. A gravity structure on the southern
end of the reservoir would allow for water
release into the lake. There would be two
gravity structures on the south end of the
lake admitting water into canals leading to
a storrnwater treatment area (STA). In addi-
tion, Nicodernus Slough, on the eastern side
of the lake in Glades County, would be used
to store 30,000 acre feet of water on 18,000
acres. Under the proposal, the Kissirnree
River would not flow into the reservoir. This
proposal was authored by Run MacVicar,
Kevin McCarthy, Linda McCarthy, Rebecca
Elliot and Scott McCaleb.
*The Everglades River of Grass Northern
Expansion proposal would use natural, veg-
etated flow-ways at the southern end of the
lake that would mirnic historic sheet flow as
much as possible. These flow ways would
be wet year round. The proposal would pro-
vide storage north of Lake Okeechobee and
provide STAs at Lake Hicpochee and Disston
Island to improve water quality in the Caloo-
sahatchee River. Bret Hauguitz and Drew
Martin are responsible for this plan.
*The Florida Crystals proposal would
also use a 45,000 acre flow-way at the south-
ern end of the lake. This flow way would be
seasonal and would be dry during certain
times of the year. In addition, the proposal
calls for 500,000 acres of distributed storage
north of the lake, a 32,000 acre STA south of
the lake and a 1,400 acre effective treatment

area east of the lake. Florida Crystals, Sarn
Poole, Burns & McDonnell and Galen Miller
carne up with this plan.
*The Estuary Driven Everglades Resto-
ration proposal uses performance charts to
achieve large reductions in discharges to the
estuaries while Inaxirnizing storage north of
the lake and rnaxirnizing storage and con-
veyance features south of the lake. Pete Qua-
sias, Mark Perry, RaeAnn Wessel, George
Jones, Ted Guy, Paul Millar and Rob Loflin
are the authors of this plan.
*Restoration Plus Ernployment would
use 22,500 acres north of the lake for stor-
age at a depth of 15 feet. South of the lake
the proposal calls for 83,000 acres of storage
at a depth of 12 feet and an 18,000 acre STA
with a depth ranging from one half to four
feet. Joan Davis and Bevin Beaudet came up
with this plan.
*The Chain of Lakes proposal uses
above ground water storage and treatment
features to nirnic a natural setting. There
would be vegetated variable sided slopes.
These water storage features would also be
used for recreational purposes such as hik-
ing, fishing, birding and hunting. The plan
calls for storage north of the lake to reduce
lake discharges to the east as well as storage
at Disston Island to reduce discharges to the
Caloosahatchee River. Forest Michael is the
author of this proposal.
*The Perforrnance proposal uses 200,000
acre feet of storage north of the lake, at 18
foot deep, a 75,900 acre reservoir south of
the lake and a 15,600 acre STA east of the
lake. The authors of this plan are Run Van

"It does present a body of opinions on
the configuration," Mr. Ritter said. "That is
why we have this process going on."
While he stated he did not know any of
the particulars, Mr. Ritter said the idea of a
reservoir within the lake has been around
since the early 1980s.
"This whole idea is not even in the realm
of possibility," stated Cornrissioner Joey
Hoover. He said he opposed construction
of any internal reservoir because of environ-
mental and economic concerns.

The board decided to write a letter to SF-
WMD opposing the reservoir.
On May 19 Corniissioner Chandler sent
his own letter to SFWMD opposing the proj-
ect. The letter states in part: "Okeechobee
County has been drastically affected by the
poor economic conditions that exist. This
proposed reservoir would darnage our eco-
nornic growth even further."
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Fete Gawda can
be reached at

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Economic news improved a bit this week
as the state revealed unemployment rates
fell more than one point in Okeechobee
County during April.
The Florida Agency for Workforce Inno-
vation, Labor Market Statistics Center report-
ed there were 2,230 people out of work in
OkecObe i sunty n A~pril,ha reductiolne
were 12.1 percent out of work in April and
13.2 percent in March, 2010.
The report said Glades County had a
7/10th of a point decline during April to 10.8
percent. 485 residents were out of work in
April, and 525 in March.
The rates were still sharply higher than
April, 2009. Okeechobee had 10.2 percent

Continued From Pagfe 1

developed. He added that the review and as-
sessrnent process has been going on since
2008 and that there have been presentations
of the proposals.
"I'rn not sure why people don't feel they
are not informed," Mr. Ritter said. He added
that the proposal has been pretty much dis-

Florida unemployment levels decline

I -I ICommunity Events

Main Street plans mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's June Mixer
will be held on Thursday, June 10, hosted
by Seacoast National Bankat their 500 North
Parrott Avenue Office from 5-7 p.m. Main
Street Mixers are a great networking oppor-
tunity for the businesses and residents of
our area. Main Street Mixers are open to the
public, whether you have an established or
new business, new to our area or just want
to know more about Okeechobee Main
Street you're invited to join us for network-
ing, refreshments, door prizes and a chance
at the yearly Mega 50-50. For more informa-
tion call 863-357-MAIN (6246).


All Obituaries now include Galiser Glrestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,

Memorial Day services set
The American Legion Post 64 of Okeecho-
bee invites the public to join in celebrating
Memorial Day at Veterans Park on May 31 at
10 a.m. Our guest speaker will be City Com-
missioner Clif Betts, Jr. and the New Ground
Quartet will perform. All veterans and their
families are encouraged to attend to honor
our country's veterans past and present.
Please bring your own lawn chairs.

Hospice hosts yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4, from
8 a.m. until noon. Specialty Items this sale:
lots of children's school clothes. Funds raised
will benefit patient care, including services
at The Hamrick Home. For information call


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-rnailing
ob its @newszap.corn. Customers rnay also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at

Retha M~arie D'Agostina, so
OKEECHOBEE -Retha Marie D'Agostina,
passed away peacefully surrounded by her fami-
ly, on Thursday, May 27, 2010.
Retha was born,
August 15, 1919 in
ci.. l.I~ n .~ Florida
to the late Robert
and Elizann Upthe-
grove. She was a
lifetime resident of
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joyed her orange
groves, sewing,
cooking and all her
She is predeceased
by her hus-
I eih Paul D'Agostina and grandson,
She is survived by her daughter, Paula Baker
of Okeechobee; son, Paul Chris D'Agostina of
North Carolina, sister, Larue Williams of Vero
Beach. In addition she was Nanny to Grandchil-
dren; Megan, Denise, Lori, Lisa, Chrissy, Chan-
del, Johnnie, Christopher, Nicholas, Steve, great
grandchildren, Justan, Zachary, Shyla, and a
host of nieces and nephews. In addition she is
survived by many friends and her beloved pets
Frosty and Peanut.
Services will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2010
at 2 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel
with Pastor Cary McKee officiating. Interment
will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers memorial donations may be made to
the Human Society Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 233,
ci. ,~ i .~ 1.. FI 34973
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. On-line condo-
lences may be made at www.buxtonfuneral-

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Guest Reader School Board Member Gay Cariton read to a class.

Maurice 19ast
you never said you were leaving
you nevetr said "goodbye"
you were gonet before we knew it
and only God knows why.
*( million times we eried
If love alone could
have saved you,
goa never would have died
In life we loved gou dearly,
In death we love you still
In our hearts you had a speelal plaes
That no one elag could fill
It broke our hearts to lose you
8at you didn't go alone,
for part of us went with goa
The day God took goa home.

We l0Ve and miss you
Your Loving Wife Margaret; Children: Cheryl,
Maurice, Cindy, R. Bruce, Mike & Tommy,
18 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren

Okeechobee News

May 30, 2010

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School welcomes guest readers
Betty Williamson was one of the guest~ readers at Guest Reader Day at Cen-
tral Elementary School. She used canned fruit and other items to illustrate
the book she was reading to the students about fruit.

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After he finished reading his assigned book on Guest Reader Day at Central
Elementary School, Major Noel Stephen of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office answered questions from the students.

Alligator hunters must resubmit applications

Freedom Outreach Fishing Tournaments
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Rournarnents will be held on the following dates:
May 30, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29. The $80 cash entry fee for each tournament in the
series includes the Big Fish Pot and the Classic Fund, with a 70 percent payback. The final
event, the Classic, will be held Sept. 26. R> qualify for the classic, you must have fished
at least four events from now to August. All tournaments are held at Scott Driver park
from safe light until 2 p.m. with Taylor Creek as the alternate in case of low water. Please
register early. For information, call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Cornrission (FWC) is working to get
things back on track after learning about a
problem with alligator hunting permit appli-
cations. Active Outdoors, the company that
provides the FWC's licensing and permitting
systern, said a coding error resulted in the re-
cording of incorrect harvest period choices
for many of the Florida alligator hunting ap-
The FWC has taken steps to ensure that
Active Outdoors has fixed the problem, but
because the company was unable to re-
cover customers' selected harvest periods,
new applications will have to be submitted
before a randorn drawing can be conducted
and permits issued. The agency will be ac-
cepting new applications between June 1
and June 14. Everyone who previously sub-
initted an application will have to resubrnit a

new application during the new application
Meanwhile, Active Outdoors general
manager David Dutch issued a statement
saying, "Active Outdoors, vendor for the
FWC licensing systern, recently discovered
we had an issue with the alligator applica-
tion process that requires applicants to re-
submit their applications. We deeply regret
this error, and we understand and sincerely
apologize for the inconvenience caused to
FWC staff and its constituents. In addition,
Active Outdoors, in furtherance of our con-
rnitrnent to FWC and its constituents, is
waiving all convenience fees for online In-
ternet purchasers of the licenses awarded
as a result of the randorn draw. Florida resi-
dents buying online will save over $9. Active
Outdoors will forego an estimated $75,000
in revenue from these waived convenience

fees while covering all costs of the online
purchase, including processing the payment
and printing/Inailing the license."
Erin Rainey, head of the FWC's Recre-
ational Licensing Section, said prospective
gator hunters had submitted 9,681 applica-
tions during the original application period.
The FWC is contacting all applicants via
e-rnail or the U.S. Postal Service to inform
then of this issue.
The FWC had planned to post the results

of the randorn drawing on its website on
May 27, but resolving the problem made
that impossible.
"Customer service is a high priority in
this agency, and we are disappointed with
the service provided by the vendor in this in-
stance," Rainey said.
The start of the alligator hunting season,
Aug. 15, will not be delayed.
For more information about gator hunts,
visit MyFWC.corn/Gators.

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"It has grown a lot in the past five years,"
he said. "In middle school we had almost
100 students but few of them were commit-
ted. We expected more of a turnout in high
school and you still see smoking around
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Local authors
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and Elaine Lantz-Davis
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publishiing of their books.
Thiey will be also holding a
book signing at thre
Ok~eechiobee Bank oftlmerica
June 2, 2010
9:00 am till 2 pm.

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May 30, 2010

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Students from the middle schools, fresh-
man campus and Okeechobee High School
who volunteered their time to help Students
Working against Tobacco were honored at a
special ceremony Thursday at the Okeecho-
bee School Board offices.
Angela Kelly with the Okeechobee
County Health Department told the group
that their voices are stronger now than they
will ever be. She said while membership in
SWAT declined this year, the quality of those
students improved.
"I believe your efforts are taking root in
this community," she said. "It is challenging,
but we've come a long way." '
The state shifted from education to policy
change for SWAT groups this year. She said
the transition has been slow but the kids did
attend a number of public meetings and will
continue to encourage bans on smoking in
public places like the Sports Complex and
She also thanked the Health Department
for their assistance.
Among the students honored were Kim-
berly Mullin, President of the Osceola Middle
SchooleSPWeT d gam OAl0Sns Pot carrce{
Borroto, President of the Okeechobee High
School SWAT and Benjamin Kielbasa, Vice
President of the Okeechobee High School
King rl 1 utli eas also hnredfoo oboel
part in the Youth Advocacy Board for the
State Organization.

hosted an inspirational speaker to educate
students and the public about the dangers
of tobacco.
Advisor Rick Kielbasa said it was a real
good year for his group. He praised the kids
for their hard work.
Each of the students received certificates

for their work this year. Ken and Deanna
Kielbasa, advisor for the Osceola Middle
School group, also were honored for their
assistance this year.
Whitley Burch and Candace Pope of the
Health Department also received awards.

Deric Boroo was presidn fteOs
SWAT this year. He received an honor
from SWAT advisor Rick Kielbasa.

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Benjamin Kielbasa, vice president of
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Outdoor meeting
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member Lonnie Kirsch was invited to speak on the importance of belonging
to a service club providing service to the local community. (In the photo
below) Kiwanis Club members also hosted Yearling Middle School Builders
Club with Principal Andy Brewer and Sylvia Bandi, sponsor of the Build-
ers Club (not present). Dr. Patricia Cooper, superintendent of Okeechobee
County Schools, gave an outstanding speech emphasizing the importance
of belonging to a service club and then everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch
of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

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Gov. Charlie Crist has announced two free
fishing weekends to help draw visitors to the
beautiful Sunshine State. Both residents and
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Keighly Stewart won the Brahman award
and Essence Williams took home the most
valuable player award at Wednesday's
Okeechobee High School Girls Track Team
banquet held at the Freshman Campus au-
Several of the girls reached the regional
meet this year in what was a successful year
for the Lady Brahmans. There are a number
of seniors who will graduate next month

hcra r'l Clsoe a luoleof Bophen positions eoek

Stewart and Jenna Shook said goodbye to
eight girls who will graduate next month,
Bohannon said she felt the team really

ac ep sad a nr dble ear as our 4 by
100 team made regional along with sev-
eral individuals," she said. "It was a really
successful season and I was very proud of
She said the team will need to find more
sprinters next year with the graduation of
Monica Koger and Markeisha Youmans. She
said she expected her returning runners to
encourage their friends to come out and run
next year. "We are not lacking in talent just
in numbers. It will be interesting next year
because we have room to grow. A lot of new
people came out this year and I'm working

on getting younger runners this summer."
Bohannon said she will rely heavily on
younger girls next year.
Williams said she plans to work hard in
the ott season to prepare her for another
year of track and basketball. She said she in-
tends to attend a training camp in Jackson-
ville to improve her strength and speed this
"I think I'll be even faster next year be-
cause I'll be working out. I'm glad we made
the regional this year in the 4x100. I felt we

tderss tll 20 metesa ndh lntg ju pO m
said at first she really wasn't into it, but really
started to enjoy the sport toward the end of
the season.
relyI dassaurr t tdItgot th V bu~t It'm
season I really wasn't focused. Toward the
middle of the season that all changed and I
was really good at the end," she added.
Calandra Youmans was a scholar athlete
and earned a two-year letter. Gabby Rodri-
guez earned a three-year letter and was also
a scholar athlete. Graciela Varela earned a
three-year letter and was a scholar athlete.
Markeisha Youmans and Janezzka Koger
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May 30, 2010

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Samantha Harrell set a new school record
for strikeouts in a season and was named
the most valuable player of the Okeechobee
High School Lady Brahmans Softball Team
at their awards banquet Thursday.
Harrell won 14 games and struck out
203 batters in just 143 innings this year. She
pitched to an unheard of earned run aver-
age of 0.68. Okeechobee finished 21-7 and
reached the regional semifinals in Class 4A.
They also claimed the District 14-4A Title.
Harrell said she was surprised she won
the award despite the huge success she had
this year, "It felt really good but there were
certainly a lot of people who should have
got it besides me." .
A key for Harrell's success this year was
her control. She walked only 29 batters and
allowed just 57 hits. She praised Coach
Heather Gillis and her father Wayne Harrell
for their assistance in making her a great
"I want to do better next year. We had
some improvement this year but we hope
to progress as we go on. We are a state title
contender, absolutely," she added.
Courtney Wilson won the Brahman
award. She provided steady offense and de-
fense this year. She led the team in runs bat-
ted in with 18. Wilson agreed that Okeecho-
bee can talk about a state title in softball
without it being a pipe dream. "I have defi-
nitely improved and I feel very confident in

my ability. I feel next year will be even better.
I definitely feel that we can win a state title. I
feel we should have won it this year. I know
we'll come out next year with a bang.
Taylor Kinman won the rising star award,
Frances Bosworth won the team player
award, Jaryaca Baker won a special coach-
es award for potential, Ashtyn Brown took
home the Gold Glove Award, and LeAnna
Cotton won the Purple Bat Award for the
highest batting average. LeAnna hit .324 and
drove home 11 runs this year.
First year letter winners included Erena
Billie, Jaryaca Baker, and Sarah Davis. Two
year letter winners included Taylor Kinman,
Victoria Blevins, Samantha Harrell and Fran-
ces Bosworth. Three year letter winners
included Naomi Stevens, LeAnna Cotton,
Ashtyn Brown, Courtney Wilson, Taylor
Douglas, and Emily McCullough.
Megan Clements was the only four year
letter winner.
Students who earned a 3.5 grade point
average or higher during softball season
to earn Scholar Athlete Awards included
Frances Bosworth, Kayla Harrison, Megan
Clements, LeAnna Cotton, Taylor Fulford,
Ashtyn Brown, Courtney Wilson and Taylor
Parents and volunteers who assisted with
score keeping, the public address announc-
ing, and the concession stand included Lisa
Clements, Brad Farris, Katrina Bosworth,
and Kim Blevins. Bill Farris was given a
special commendation for this support and
other volunteers were also honored.

Brahman Coach Kim Hargraves said she
was very excited about the future of the pro-
gram. She said the team had more drama
than it needed to but stuck together through
some tough times. "It was a great season.
We didn't want it to end on a sad note. Red
(Heather Gillis) and I put our hearts and soul
into this program. We have a good group of
corps players and we have a lot of hungry
freshman coming in next year."
Hargraves admitted that the off season
softball program has a huge impact on their
success. She noted it's also nice to have only
one high school in town because that means
the best softball players are all on one team.
"If the girls continue to dedicate themselves
in the off season it will pay off. I can't wait
for next season to get started."
JV Coaches Tyrone Smith and Darryl Al-
len guided the JV to a strong 1 1-4 season this
year. They issued certificates to their players.

Coaches challenged the JV players to con-
tinue to improve because there will be jobs
open on the varsity next year.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Courtney Wilson won the Brahman
award for the girls softball team. She
is flanked by softball coaches Heather
Gillis (right) and Kim Hargaves (left).

Taylor Kinman took home the Rising
Star Award at the May 27 banquet
from coaches Kim Hargraves (left) and
Heather Gillis (right).

strikeouts this season. She received her
trophy from Brahman coaches Kim Har-
graves (left) and Heather Gillis (right).

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SOftball award banquet
LeAnna Cotton took home the offensive player of the year award that includes a
purple Brahman bat. She had the highest batting average on the team this year. Also
in the photo are softball coaches Heather Gillis (right) and Kim Hargraves (left).

KOA to host charity Putt-Putt tourney
The Seventh Annual Putt-Putt Tournament will be held at the KOA on Memorial Day,
May 31. Sign ups will be held at Good Spirits from 10 a.In. until 12:30 p.m. Players must
be 21 to play and be signed up by no later than 12:30 p.m. Tee off time at KOA is 2 p.m.
Entry is $8 for two-inan scramble blind draw. All proceeds from the garne will benefit
KOA Care Carnps reaching out to kids with cancer.

O.G. & C.C. Golf Re sults

Gold Tee winners are:
First place tie-D. Bockoras and J. Masters.
Second place tie- J. Albrechta and B. Meyer.


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Okeechobee News

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 91 year old Okeechobee wornan was
treated for smoke inhalation Wednesday af-
ter a fire at 1332 N.E. 14th Avenue, Okeecho-
bee County Fire Rescue said.
Sheriff Deputies said Mary Dennis was
treated at Raulerson Hospital after being res-
cued from the horne by bystanders.
County Fire Rescue Lt. Everette Wooten
said approximately $45,000 in property dan-
age was done in the fire. Firemen arrived at
about 7:50 p.m. and found heavy smoke and
a large crowd of bystanders. Several good

Samaritans had grabbed their garden hoses
to help put out the flames.
The fire report said the cause was a lit
cigarette that had been left burning in the liv-
ing room on sorne upholstery. Darnage was
confined to the south end of the horne.
Five units and nine firemen from
Okeechobee County and the Okeechobee
City Fire Department responded to the blaze.
About 250 gallons of water was used to put
out the flarnes.
The American Red Cross was also on
the scene to assist firemen and the farnily in
their time of need.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County schools had 77
percent reach state averages in math and
t65iprcn gcr d3taverahg or above in the
Glades County schools had 78 percent
score at or above grade level in reading and
92 percent score at that level in math.
Twenty-one students in Okeechobee
were at risk of being retained for their read-
ing scores. Glades had 13 students score
at the lowest reading level according to a

report released by the Florida Department
of Education on Thursday.
Central Elementary had 62 percent
score at grade level in reading. South El-
ernentary had 72 percent, North Elernen-
tary 71 percent, Everglades 66 percent,
and Seminole 58 percent. Seminole had 30
students score at the lowest level and Ever-
glades 22 students.
Central had 83 percent score at grade
level in math, South had 76 percent, North
had 89 percent, Everglades 69 percent and
Seminole 70 percent.

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