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Vol. 102 No. 14 Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Arcoho goes back to
Convicted of DUI-manslaughter A six-member jury earlier on Tues-
day, Feb. 1, had found Arocho guilty of
for death of detective in 1990, driving under the influence, but acquit-

man served less than a year
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"My advice to you is never, ever get behind
the wheel again when you've been drinking."
And with that admonishment by Circuit
Court Judge Robert Belanger, deputies hand-
cuffed Luciano Arocho and took him to the
Okeechobee County Jail where he will spend
the next 270 days.

ted him on a felony charge of corrup-
tion by threat. Following that trial, a
second mini-trial was held in which the
jury learned that this was Arocho's sec-
ond DUI conviction and they found him
guilty of the prior DUI conviction.
The jury could not be told of the pri-
or conviction until Arocho's trial had eni
Because of the prior conviction, it enh
Arocho's penalty from six to nine mor
the county jail, explained Assistant State

jail for DUI
ney Stephanie Tew, who prosecuted
the case.
Arocho was looking at a maxi-
mum sentence of five years in prison
if he had been convicted on the third-
degree felony charge, added Ms. Tew.
His prior conviction came in 1990
when he was found guilty of DUI-man-
Luciano slaughter and DUI involving serious
Arocho bodily injury. Arocho was involved in
ded. a traffic crash that killed off-duty Okeechobee
anced County Sheriff's Office Detective Fonda Marie
ths in Cook on June 29, 1990. The crash also injured


See DUI - Page 7

Submitted photos/OCSO
(Photo above, far left) Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May (left) presented Amanda 'Amy' Fisher (right) with a certificate after
she was named the OCSO employee of the year in the administrative category. Ms. Fisher was also named the employee of the
quarter for the fourth quarter in the administrative category. (Photo second from left) Donnie Trent was named the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office employee of the year in the citizen volunteer category. (Photo third from left) Detention Deputy Corporal
Mark Garland was the OCSO employee of the year in the detention deputy division. (Photo above right) Deputy Sarah Green
was named the OCSO employee of the year in the law enforcement category.

Sheriff honors outstanding employees
By Eric Kopp The top winners were chosen from those employees of the quarter for the fourth quar-
Okeechobee News nominated for employee of the quarter rec- ter were announced. Those employees were:
Four employees at the Okeechobee County ignition. Employees are chosen from four Administrative - Amanda 'Amy' Fisher; Citizen
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) were awarded for their categories-administrative, citizen volunteer, Volunteer - Jerry Trout; Detention Deputy -
hard work last week when they were each detention deputy and law enforcement. Karen Green; and, Law Enforcement
named employee of the year for their respec- Prior to the employees of the year being
live categories, named at the Friday, Jan. 21, ceremony the See SHERIFF - Page 2

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Detective Rosemary Farless.
Each of them will receive a day off with
pay for their achievement.
Sheriff Paul May then named the year's
top OCSO employees, who each received a
check for $500 as their reward.
OCSO employees of the year were: Ad-
ministrative - Amanda Amy' Fisher (fourth
quarter); Citizen Volunteer - Donnie Trent
(third quarter); Detention Deputy - Corporal
Mark Garland (first quarter); and, Law En-
forcement - Deputy Sarah Green (second
"I am very proud of these employees, as
I am of all our employees," said Sheriff May.
"They do a wonderful job for the people of
this county. I could not ask for a better group
of people."
Sheriff May said Amanda Fisher was
nominated by Ronda Butler because she is
an excellent employee and has a great atti-
tude and work ethic.
Ms. Fisher transferred into the traffic clerk
position in June 2009, which meant that she
also had to receive training in the civil divi-
sion. Since then, she has also assumed the
duties of another employee who has retired,
pointed out Mrs. Butler.
Mr. Trout was nominated by OCSO
Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling because he
"always goes above and beyond what is ex-
pected of him." Mr. Trout has volunteered
186 hours of service between Search and
Rescue and Citizens on Patrol (COP).
Sgt. Stripling said on a recent call-out, Mr.
Trout was asked for medical help by a citi-
zen. He responded to the incident without
hesitation and stayed with the citizen until he
was relieved. Mr. Trout also stripped, sanded
and painted three of the Search and Rescue
boats which saved the sheriff's office about
$1,000 in contract labor.
Detention Deputy Green was nominated
by Captain Tony Madrigal, who said: "Karen
consistently performs her duties as required
of her position as laundry detention deputy,
day in and day out."
Capt. Madrigal went on to say that her
position is not the most forgiving, but she ac-
cepts the challenge and her tasks are com-
pleted with no issues.

"I am very proud of these
employees, as I am of all
our employees. They do a
wonderful job for the people of
this county. I could not ask for a
better group of people."
Sheriff Paul May

Detective Farless was nominated by De-
tective Lieutenant Brad Stark and Detective
M.D. Faulkner because she has "... shown
resilience and maintains a good work ethic"
despite the difficult cases she works. Detec-
tive Farless handles a lot of the investigations
dealing with sexual battery to both children
and adults.
Lt. Stark and Detective Faulkner went on
to say that her "... dedication to her job and
(her) performance is above any scrutiny"
and that Detective Farless is always willing to
help whether she is on call or not.

sr i r Submitted photo/OCSO
Submitted photo/OCSO Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May fice (OCSO) Detention Deputy Karen
(left) presented Jerry Trout (right) with Green (left) was recognized Friday,
a certificate honoring him for being Jan. 21, as the OCSO employee of the
named employee of the fourth quarter quarter for the fourth quarter and was
in the citizen volunteer category dur- given a certificate for her achievement
ing a ceremony held Friday, Jan. 21. by Sheriff Paul May (right).

buDminea pnoio/uusu
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) Detective Rosemary Farless
(left) was honored Friday, Jan. 21, for
being named the OCSO employee of
the quarter for the fourth quarter in the
law enforcement category by Sheriff
Paul May (right).

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Watching the play The Dixie Swim Club,
which will wrap up the Okeechobee Com-
munity Theatre's 32nd season next month,
has been described by one theatre reviewer
as being, "like taking a pleasant, relaxing
swim." Another calls it "one of those breezy,
carefree, feel-good productions that's defi-
nitely worth diving into."
In its short tenure on the theatre circuit,
the play has become an instant classic, rem-
iniscent of the funny but poignant style of
Steel Magnolias.
Local audiences have an opportunity to
reserve their seats early, as advance tick-
ets are now on sale for the performances
scheduled for 8 p.m. on March 4, 5, 11 and
12. They are available for $12 each at the
office of Okeechobee-the Magazine, and

There are hundreds of homeless veterans
living in wooded areas of Martin County, un-
known and unseen to many residents. The
'Hurricane Saturday' Poker Run on Feb. 5,
2011 hopes to raise money for a homeless
shelter specifically for veterans. The event is
sponsored by Vietnam Veterans and Legacy
Veterans Motorcycle Club, Treasure Coast
Harley Davidson and Philip DeBerard, Injury
Motorcycle Poker Runs will leave from
Barracuda's in Okeechobee, American Le-
gion Post 394 in Palm Bay, Ralph's Stand Up
Bar in Jupiter, American Legion Post 40 in
Fort Pierce and Treasure Coast Harley Da-
vidson at 10 a.m., with the last card dealt
by noon. Local riders can purchase poker
hands the day of the event at Treasure Coast
Harley Davidson.

the Pennysaver, 111 N.E. Second Street, just
north of CVS Pharmacy. Hours are 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dixie Swim Club is the story of five south-
ern women who met at age 18 when they
were all members of a championship col-
lege swim team. It follows the ladies as they
meet once a year each August at a North
Carolina beach cottage to reconnect, with-
out husbands, children or jobs to interrupt.
Spanning a 33-year period, the characters
experience numerous changes in life which
include heartaches, joys, divorces, births
and more.
It's lighthearted and funny, punctuated
by spiffy writing by playwrights Jessie Jones,
Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the same
team responsible for previous Okeechobee

The winning hand and $1,000 winner
will be announced at Treasure Coast Harley
Davidson at 2:30 p.m. There will be food,
contests and live music by Acoustic Remedy
from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and The Bobby Friss
Band at 3 p.m.
The Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets Mo-
torcycle club already owns a small, por-
table building and will use money raised at
the event to later purchase land. The event
is called 'Hurricane Saturday' because the
shelter will provide a place for homeless vet-
erans during emergency situations, such as
a hurricane.
"Mr. DeBerard came across with spon-
sorship and it really helped us out. It has en-
abled us to get this far," said a spokesman
for the event.

Community Theatre hits, Dearly Beloved
and Christmas Belles. Wooten practiced his
skill writing witty dialogue for strong and
engaging female characters for the classic
TV sitcom, The Golden Girls. "I never knew
what true happiness was until I got mar-
ried," one of the Dixie Swim Club characters
states. "By then, it was too late."
The women of the Okeechobee Com-
munity Theatre's ensemble cast make the
most of the lines and situations, and ensure
that the laughs just keep on coming. Laurie
Garner and Louise Chandler are both veter-
ans of the former Jones, Hope and Wooten
plays performed by the OCT.
Phyllis Walker returns to the stage fol-
lowing her appearance in Dearly Departed,
and Tina Welborn will be remembered for
her roles in Over the River and Through the
Woods, and 110 in the Shade. A newcomer
to the OCT, Kelly Davis, brings considerable
theatre experience with her, including hav-
ing played the part of Truvy, the beauty op-
erator, in a production of Steel Magnolias.
Dixie Swim Club will be performed at the
theatre on S.W Second Avenue at Seventh
Street, one block west of Golden Corral res-
The Okeechobee Community Theatre is
an all-volunteer organization of local resi-
dents who produce Broadway-style musi-
cals, comedies and dramas. It is a member
of the American Association of Commu-
nity Theatre and the Florida Theatre Confer-

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Letters to the editor

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, 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!

Parking between the lines
* If your vehicle needs more space, park
out where there is more room without mak-
ing it inconvenient for others. I am not lazy, I
do normally park wherever I find a spot - but
when I see someone taking up more than one
space, it is very annoying. You choose to drive/
own that vehicle and if you can't manage a
"regular size" parking spot that should be your
issue not mine. If your vehicle doesn't fit or you
are one of these people afraid someone might
door ding your "special" vehicle then park it in
a special place.
* Another problem is folks who think they
can just park anywhere they please. This morn
ing at an awards program at a school, people
parked big trucks along the yellow curb, which
is a no parking area. They lined both sides of
the drive, making it nearly impossible for oth-
ers to leave as instead of having a two lane area
to drive through easily, those departing had to
carefully maneuver their vehicle between two
large vehicles, with barely enough room for
the third vehicle to pass between them. One
woman driving a large truck herself had to
spend quite a bit of time backing up and pull-
ing forward trying to line it up as she only had
a few inches clearance on each side.
* If you drive the truck all the time, you
should be experienced enough to be able
to park it without taking up more than one

Wildlife refuge
* What people don't understand is the gov
ernment already controls over 650,000 acres
from the Lake to Kissimmee. This includes
Avon Park bombing range, Three Lakes, and
the Kissimmee Prairie Park, just to name a few.
The big landowners in this area who sell the
conservation rights are going to make a lot of
money. They get our money and we get no use
of the land. If this goes through the only boat
on the river will be paddled. Everyone needs
to attend these meeting and bring people with

* As a community we have to fight this or
we will never get anything in here to sustain
our economy! Write to anyone you can and
absolutely be at the meeting! This is NOT a
good thing for the area at all. You want to see
Okeechobee shrivel up and die, let it happen.
* Money talks, money corrupts. Money
blinds you to seeing that "our economy" and
"jobs" concerns should be focused on growth
within the community itself and not allowed to
further destroy the wonder around it that is all
that makes it distinct from Hialeah. For once,
the government has got it right. Your govern-
ment is asking for your support in trying to
help you do the right thing, and yet the plun-
derers of the land send their bejeweled wives
and daughters out to seduce you into opposing
modest, reasonable, overdue protections and
restorations. Think long term, think clean air,
think groundwater quality and reserves, think
what is best for thousands of residents and ad-
miring visitors.
* As I understand the project, it will pur-
chase 50,000 acres and buy easements on an
additional 100,000 acres. Here's the problem I
see with the entire deal. First, the 50,000 acres.
As I read the map, this parcel will be adjacent
to the Avon Park Bombing Range. They have
been trying to increase live bombing at the
range since they closed the range in Puerto
Rico. If the land becomes part of APBR it will
have limited public access like the current regs
on the range. It will also add more of the area
to bomb and destroy the native habitat. An old
tank target in the middle of a flag pond isn't
conservation. Secondly, the easements will be
purchased with public dollars but most likely
won't allow any public access to the private
property. So, in reality the public will foot the
bill for all this and probably not have any more
publicly accessible areas than those that cur-
rently exist.
* The advantage of paying ranchers for
conservation easements is that this keeps the
ranch land in its current state. This means the
ranchers agree they will not develop their land
for housing, industry, etc. This provides lots of
land for the rainfall to soak into so that it re-
charges the aquifer. That is a benefit to every-
one who drinks water. Because the water can
soak into the ranch land, it also helps reduce
flooding in the developed areas. It also provides
habitat for the many wild animals who coexist
with cattle on the ranches. For example, the
sandhill cranes, who lost their original migra
tory homes in Central America are thriving on
Florida ranch land. Ranching and farming are
not an easy way to making a living. Without
the conservation easements, the ranchers are
often tempted to sell the land to developers.

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Intersection should be
four-way stop
We are located at 509 S.W Second Ave-
nue in Okeechobee. However, the entrance
is on 6th Street.
In order to reach Hwy. 70, we prefer not
to make a left, but to make a right on 2nd
The avenue has stop signs on each cor-
ner, but the street does not.
On Jan. 26, at about 4 p.m., there was
an accident. Several years ago somebody
was killed at this intersection. There is an
accident at this intersection about every six
We believe the city should install four-
way stop signs at all intersections on 2nd
Ursula Metzger
Metzger & Wellisch, PA.

Help us celebrate our
'Hometown Heroes'
This year the Okeechobee County Fair is
saluting our local heroes.
We are having a Student Essay contest.
We want you to tell us why your candidate
should be recognized as a "Hometown
Hero." The essay will be limited to 500
words. Deadline for submission is Friday,
Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. Any entries received after
the deadline will not be considered.
The winners and their heroes will be ac-
knowledged on "Heroes Night," Tuesday,
March 15. First place will receive four tickets
for admission to the fair and two ride wrist-
bands. Second place will receive two tickets
for admission to the fair and one ride wrist-
band. Third place will receive two tickets for
admission to the fair. All the "Heroes" will
receive four tickets to the fair.
If you know someone who deserves to
be recognized that has served in the military,
law enforcement, fire rescue, or someone
who has done something for someone else,
please let us know.
Entries can be sent to:
Okeechobee County Fair
P.O. Box 1306
Okeechobee, FL 34973
Or you can e-mail us at: info@okeecho-
Okeechobee County
Fair Committee

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Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Pet

Pet of the Week
Aggie is a young spayed female me-
dium size mix breed. She is a shy
and easy going girl. Her adoption
fee is $135, which includes spaying
and all shots. She is available for
adoption at Okeechobee Humane
Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98,
next door to the Livestock Market.
For more information, contact Hu-
mane Society Pet Rescue Florida,
at 863-357-1104. To see more avail-
able animals go to petfinder.com.

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy with a slight chance
of showers. Highs in the lower 80s. South
winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 per-
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a slight
chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s.
Northwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of
rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Considerable cloudiness
with a chance of showers. Highs in the mid
70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Thursday night: Considerable cloudi-
ness with a slight chance of showers. Lows
in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Florida Lottery - Here are the num-
bers selected Monday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 8-3-1; Play 4: 5-8-6-6; Fantasy 5:
9-13-16-18-26; Mega Money: 1-16-30-34
MB 1; Florida Lotto: 12-17-19-20-33-37
X 4; Powerball: 24-28-45-49-52 PB 2 x4.
Numbers drawn Tuesday, Cash 3: 6-5-4;
Play 4: 1-9-9-1.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 2, 2011

Okeechobee News

Top of the Lake BBQ Affair another success

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Toni Doyle

Top of the Lake BBQ
The Ninth Annual Top of the Lake BBQ Affair hosted by
Okeechobee Main Street brought out the best of the best BBQ
Cook Teams for the first of three Florida legs of this year's
FBA Triple Crown. Bub-Ba-Q took home the Grand Cham-
I pion Trophy again this year as well as First Place for Ribs
and Brisket. Jack's Old South Team took home the Reserve
Grand Champion Trophy. Placing first in Chicken was South-
ern Style BBQ and The Woodhouse Grill Team placed First in
the Pork category. The area favorite, the Amateur Backyard
"Homeboy" competition is for Okeechobee County residents
only. The team of Heatin and Beatin took the Homeboy Grand
Champion prize with Hill Jack BBQ Team winning the Home-
22,2 boy Reserve Grand Champion prize. Okeechobee Main Street
would like to thank all of those who volunteered to make this
another areat event for our community!

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Magi Cable
Battle of Okeechobee
At the January Okeechobee His-
torical Society meeting the featured
speakers were Dowling Watford
and Shawn Henderson, who repre-
sented the Okeechobee Battlefield
Friends. During their presentations
they shared many artifacts with
the Historical Society members in-
cluding the Albany, N.Y. newspaper
that Dowling is holding which had
an article about the battle. Shawn
is holding a woodcut of the battle.
The Okeechobee Historical Soci-
ety will be present at the Battle of
Okeechobee Re-enactment this
coming weekend.

6 Okeechobee News February 2, 2011


Sandra 'Sandy' D. Geary, 66
OKEECHOBEE - Sandra "Sandy" D. Geary,
age 66, died at her residence on Friday, Jan. 28,
Sandy was born in Shamokin, Pa., to John and
Victoria Dwinchick. She grew up in Pottstown,
Pa., and moved to Florida in 1979 settling in St.
Petersburg and then
in ( 1., - ..1 - - ten
years ago.
Her hobbies were
,inie, gardening,
and traveling. Sandy
owned and operated
laundromats with
her husband for 15
years until early re-
She was preceded
in death by her par-
ents and
brother, Daniel Dwinchick. Survivors
include her husband, Richard; sons, Brian (Su-
san) of Red Lion, Pa., Kevin (Michelle) of New-
nan, Ga.; brother, Michael Dwinchick of
Pottstown, Pa.; sister, Mary Kedra of Phoenix-
ville, Pa.; seven grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren, as well as many nephews and
There will be no services at this time. Sandy
will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery
in Bushnell, Fla.
In her memory, the family asks that you go out
to dinner and celebrate all the good times you
spent with Sandy.
Condolences may be sent online at www.bux-
All arrangements are under the care of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, Fla.
Joy Morley
OKEECHOBEE -Joy Morley, of . H ,l, , 1,
passed away at age 87, at her home, on Jan. 18,
She had lived in Okeechobee since 1981.
She was a member of the ( i., I .... - Pres-
byterian Church, Historical Society, Genea-
logical Society, Red Hatters Society, Foxy Divas,
and Ladies Circle at Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a stepson, John Morley and
stepdaughter, Lois Myers, both of California;
eight nieces and nephews, all of California; a
son-in-law and wife of ( i.., iI, and a
group of old friends.
There will be a memorial service at the Pres-
byterian Church on Feb. 15, 2011, at 6 p.m.
Gerelada M. Hill, 91
OKEECHOBEE - Gerelada M. Hill, age 91,
died at the (i I... -- -I Health Care Facility on
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.
She was a native and lifetime resident of Okee-
chobee. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church and the Ladies of the Moose.
Gerelada was preceded in death by her hus-
band, James Hill. Survivors include sons, Bobby
Jo (Jackie) Jenkins of St. Augustine, Mike (Rho-
da) Hill of (, - i -i , Dennis Jenkins of Ga.;
numerous grandchildren including Jackie
(Chuck) Pattison, Julie (Randy) Thomas and
numerous great-grandchildren including Willie
and Zack Pattison all of Okeechobee; and a sis-
ter, Mildred (Jack) Coker also of ( 1,i .. I,, ,i ,
Graveside services were held on Sunday, Jan.
30, 2011, at Basinger Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent online to www.bux-

All arrangements were under the care and di-
rection of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fla.

Deke A. Padgett, 24
OKEECHOBEE - Deke A. Padgett, age 24,
died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.
Deke was a lifetime resident of ('I., , iI,, ...
and a member of the First Baptist Church of
( I., I - 1 and an
active member of
their Youth Group
throughout high
He was a member
of the Class of 2005
at OHS and a mem-
ber of Fellowship of
Christian Athletes
and the baseball
Deke's hobbies
were hunt-
ing and fishing and he was a member
of the Quality Deer Management Federation.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mar-
gie Gray Stokes; grandparents, Robert and Min-
nie Lea Padgett; and an aunt, Donna Gray Yates.
Survivors include his father, Kenny (Wendy)
Padgett; brother, Ryan Padgett; sisters, Lindsay
Padgett, Tara (Brad) Newman of Orange, Tex-
as; Uncles, Larry (Judi) Padgett of Dothan, Ala.,
John (Gretchen) Greer, Vince (Tiffany) Greer,
both of St. Cloud, Fla., Paul Gray, Jr, of Okee-
chobee, Larry and Steve McBride, both of New-
port News, Va., Lamar McBride of Ft. Wayne,
Ind.; aunts, Becky (Leland) Hale of Lake Wales,
Fla., Gigi (Dave) Ridley of Sebring, Gena Gray of
( 'i.... i... , Gail Stark of Cloutierville, La.;
grandparents, Paul and Etta Gray of Okeecho-
bee, and Tom and Peggy Greer of Rickman,
Services will be held today, Wednesday, Feb.
2, at 1 p.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Chapel at
Abundant Blessings Church. Burial will follow at
Kenansville Cemetery in Kenansville.
In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the
Deke Padgett Memorial Scholarship Fund,
14344 N.E. 56th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy.
441 N , (i., ... i. i , Fla.

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Norman 'Hoss' G. Maupin, 71
OKEECHOBEE - Norman "Hoss" G. Maupin,
age 71, died at home Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.
He was a resident of Okeechobee for 35 years
and owner, operator of Hoss & Sons Alumi-
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of
Eagles. His hobbies included spending time
with family, playing the guitar, singing, and clas-
sic cars.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Patty;
sons, Jesse (Susan) Maupin of Md., Gregory,
Norman (Adrianna), and Jason Maupin, all of
( i.,,, i -i,,,, daughters, Norma Jean Axon of
Sebring, Yvonne and Tonya Maupin, both of
(ii.... i.l , 12 grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence (Jan) Mau-
pin, Jr. of Jacksonville; and sisters, Norean
Schoonmaker of Ga. and Elsie (Donald) Taylor
of Okeechobee.
A private memorial service was held Sunday,
Jan. 30, 2011.
Friends may make memorial donations in
Norman's name to Big Lake Hospice, 1203 N.
Parrott Ave., ( i.. . il i , FL 34972.
Condolences may be sent online at www.bux-
All arrangements were under the care of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Fu-
neral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy. 441 N.,
( I.,. . i, , FL.

James 'Jamie' Allan Bigford, 27
OKEECHOBEE - James "Jamie" Allan Big-
ford, age 27, of ( i. .. . i1 , passed away Jan.
30, 2011, in Okeechobee.
He was born March 13, 1983, in Fernadina
Beach, to James Big-
ford (Terri) and his
late mother, Gina
Bigford. He loved to
do tattoo work and
he also worked in
the construction in-
Mr. Bigford was
preceded in death
by his mother, Gina
Bigford; grandfather,
Kenneth Temple;
and grandfather,
Jimmy Bigford.
He is survived by his children, James Allan
Bigford, Jr. and Jordan Temple Bigford; father,
James Bigford (Terri); companion, Tiffany Bull-
ington; brothers, Kenny Ray Bigford, Cody Big-
ford, Mark Bigford, all of (I ... -i - i , Jeremy
Barfield of Blountstown; Benjamin Barfield of
Altha; sister, Tiffany Barfield of Altha; grand-
mothers, Cathy Rogers of ( I....I I ..1- - and
Sherry Grover of Blountstown and many be-
loved friends and family.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., today, Feb. 2,
2011, at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th
Street, Okeechobee. Interment will be in Blount-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 NE 5th, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. On-line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at

Timothy Le Russell, 46
OKEECHOBEE - Timothy Le Russell, 46, of
Okeechobee, died Jan. 28, 2011.
He was born Sept. 11, 1964, to Willard and
Frankie Russell and welcomed home by his big
brothers, Terry and
Tony. He was a
registered LPN for
16 years.
Tim was preced-
ed in death by his
father, Willard Rus-
sell; grandparents,
Frank and Dana
Hargrove, and For-
est and Beulah
Russell; uncle, Car-
veil D. Hargrove;
and nephew, Zach-
ary Russell.
He is survived by his daughter, Taylor and son,
Tyler; mother, Frankie Russell; brothers Terry
Russell (Karen) and Tony Russell (Vickie); niec-
es, Amber, Anna, Dana; nephews, Tab (Caitlyn)
of Hamilton, Ohio, and Jason; cousins, Carylon
Brock (Joe), Jody Harmon (Eddie), Kim Har-
grove, Teresa Maines (Jeff); Uncle Richard and
Aunt Martha Russell; many other aunts, uncles,
cousins and friends; special friends, Tommie
and Betty Rucks; Charles Graves and Doug
Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Be-
thesda, MD 20814.
Memorial Gathering will be 6 to 8 p.m. today,
Feb. 2, 2011, at Bass (ii -.... i Funeral
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Community Events

Moose to hold pancake dinner
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge,
#2417, will hold a pancake supper on
Thursday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. until they run
out. The donation is $4.49 for members and
guests. Pancakes are buttermilk or blueber-
ry, served with sausage and fresh fruit. Call
863-763-2250 for information.

Legion has Wing Ding day
The American Legion Riders will sponsor
Wing Ding Dollar Day on Thursday, Feb. 3,
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. All of the following
will only be $1 each; hamburgers, hotdogs,
fried bologna, tuna, egg salad, ham salad
sandwiches, chili, vegetable soup, beans/
cornbread, and chicken wings 3 for $1.

Friday dinner/dance set
American Legion Post 64 will have dinner
Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 until 7:30 p.m. The en-
tire meal is only $6 with your choice of baked
ham or country fried steak with mashed po-
tatoes/gravy, salad, vegetable, roll, and des-
sert. Awesome dance music with Michael
starts at 6 p.m.

Musical presentation
at the library
A program on the great Broadway com-
posers and performers will be presented
at the Okeechobee County Library on Sat-
urdays, Feb. 5, 12 and 26, at 1 p.m. R.B.
Nairnsey, who is very knowledgeable, is the
speaker for the program and will present
slides and musical illustrations. The topic for
the Feb. 5 program will be Meredith Will-
son who wrote "The Music Man."

Moose Lodge to host Lip Sync
music show
The Okeechobee Lip Sync Group includ-
ing Classic Music - Vaudeville - Comedy will
entertain on Saturday Feb. 5, from 1 to 3
p.m., at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge on
N.W 36th Street. Parking and admission is

Legion has Ohio Day
American Legion Post 64 will host Ohio
Day this Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.
Please bring a covered dish and enjoy an af-
ternoon with all of your Buckeye friends.





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Wildlife refuge meeting
in Okeechobee
As part of the planning process for the
proposed 150,000 acre wildlife refuge, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will
hold a public meeting to solicit input at 6
p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Okeechobee
High School. At this early stage input is re-
quested from the public.

OCRA monthly meeting
An OCRA monthly meeting will be held
on Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Annex
Building on Hwy. 98. The public is invited to
attend. For more information call 863-634-

Church to host yard sale-
tables still open
The Church of God Ladies Ministry will
host a community yard sale on Feb. 5, from
9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Church of God, 301
N.E. Fourth Ave. The public is welcome. Sell-
ers - Come join us with a space with table
for just $10 and a space and bring your own
table for just $5 while spaces last! To reserve
your space with our without a table, please
call Norma Sue Kemp at 863-634-2930.
Church of God Ladies Ministry will take care

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a passenger in the car with Ms. Cook.
Then-Judge William Hendry later sen-
tenced Arocho to seven years in prison to be
followed by eight years probation.
Department of Corrections (DOC) re-
cords show that Arocho entered prison on
Feb. 21, 1991, and was released from prison
on Nov. 8, 1991.
In answering a public records request
as to why Arocho served such a minuscule
sentence, DOC replied that he was released
due to a gain time formula and the Control
Release Program which was aimed at avoid-
ing prison overcrowding.
Arocho did, however, successfully com-
plete his probation period.
He was arrested again on Aug. 22, 2010,
by Sergeant Justin Bernst of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department (OCPD). He was
charged with DUI and corruption by threat
after he told Sgt. Bernst that he would "get"
the officer for arresting him.
"He said he was going to get me for this
and I'd better smoke a cigarette because it
would be the last one I would ever smoke,"
Sgt. Bernst told the jury Tuesday morning
under direct examination.
The OCPD officer also testified that Aro-
cho claimed the arrest was racially motivat-
ed because he is Puerto Rican.
Sgt. Bernst also told the jury that he had
to take the threat seriously, because he (Aro-

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But under cross examination by defense
attorney Shannon Henne of the Public De-
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the threat "was pretty vague."
She alluded to that statement in her clos-
ing argument to the jury, and she also point-
ed out that the traffic stop and what went
on during the stop was not recorded. Sgt.
Bernst had stated in earlier testimony that
his patrol car is not equipped with a video
"If he (Arocho) said anything at all, I
submit to you it was just mouthing off," Ms.
Henne told the jury.
Prior to being sentenced, Arocho asked
Judge Belanger for leniency because he had
just found a new job and because he has to
pay child support. However, the judge was
not swayed by the man's request and point-
ed out to Arocho that it appears he is willing
to drink and drive and take the chance that
he will again kill someone.
"I'm primarily concerned because you
killed someone. You killed somebody be-
cause you drank and drove. I'm not will to
let you go out and take those chances," the
judge told Arocho.
Besides the county jail sentence, Arocho
will have to: pay a fine of $1,000; surrender
his driver's license for one year; attend DUI
school; face all DUI sanctions: and, pay court
costs and fees totaling $988.


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Man's body found Sunday

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Local authorities said the body of
a young man found on S.R. 70 East
Sunday morning has no connection
to a body found Friday on S.R. 710.
A motorist called the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) -
around 7:13 a.m. on Jan. 30 in re- James
gard to a man's body lying along S.R. Bigfor
70 E. at N.E. 64th Ave. That man has
been identified as James Allen Bigford, 27.
According to OCSO Public Information
Officer Michele Bell, Mr. Bigford's body was
found about 30 feet off the roadway. He was
fully clothed and there were no visible signs
of trauma, she added.
Although it was not known Monday
when Mr. Bigford died, Mrs. Bell said it didn't
appear as if his body had been there very
An autopsy was tentatively scheduled
for sometime Monday, and was to be con-
ducted by the District 19 Medical Examiner's
Office in Fort Pierce.
Mrs. Bell said there was no connection


between Mr. Bigford's death, and
the death of Timothy Lee Russell,
46. Mr. Russell's body was found
around 9:23 a.m. Friday in a wooded
area on S.R. 710 by two bicyclists.
Mr. Russell had been reported
missing by his mother on Wednes-
day, Jan. 19. She told OCSO Detec-
Allen tive Susan Morrison that her son had
left her home on his bicycle around
1 p.m. on Tuesday for an appoint-
ment in Okeechobee.
Detective Morrison said according to
preliminary autopsy results, foul play does
not appear to be the cause of Mr. Russell's
She said more will be known once a toxi-
cology report has been completed. Detec-
tive Morrison said those results should be
known in about two weeks.
OCSO Detective M.D. Faulkner is the lead
investigator in Mr. Bigford's death.
If anyone saw or had contact with Mr.
Bigford on Saturday night or early Sunday
morning and have not already been inter-
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Man charged with sexual battery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man remains in the
county jail under $50,000 bond following
his arrest for allegedly forcing a woman to
perform a sex act.
Christopher Thomas Spells, 30, N.W
42nd Ave., was arrested Friday, Jan. 28, on
a felony charge of sexual battery.
An arrest report by Detective M.D.
Faulkner of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) stated that the victim

agreed to give Spells a ride home Thursday
night, Jan. 27. At some point Spells report-
edly made his demands.
The detective's report stated that
Spells grabbed the woman by the throat,
punched her in the mouth and forced her
into a nonconsensual act. The victim's bot-
tom lip was cut, the report continued.
Detective Faulkner said once his inter-
view had concluded, the victim went to
Raulerson Hospital.

Chief urges residents to register their ECI

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee City Police Chief Denny Da-
vis is urging everyone to take part in a free
state service that could ultimately be the dif-
ference between life and death.
Over 4 million Florida citizens have regis-
tered their Emergency Contact Information
(ECI) with the Florida Department of High-
way Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV),
which can be accessed by law enforcement
officers in case of emergency.
This information is critical in saving time
if it ever becomes necessary to contact fam-
ily members.
"It is extremely important that all Florida
residents register their ECI so officers can
quickly find loved ones who know you and
your medical history," said Chief Davis. "You

may not be able to speak for yourself."
ECI allows licensed Florida drivers, or res-
idents with a Florida identification card, to
register two contacts to notify in case of an
emergency such as a motor vehicle acci-
dent. The information can only be accessed
by members of law enforcement.
Registration can be done at any state or
tax-collector-operated driver's license office.
Or, it can be done online by going to www.
flhsmv.gov/eci. There is no cost to register.
"It is reassuring to see the number of ECI
registrants climb, but with more than 15.5
million licensed drivers in Florida we still
have a long way to go," said DHSMV Execu-
tive Director Julie L. Jones. "Our goal is for
all Florida drivers and ID card holders to reg-
ister their Emergency Contact Information."
The ECI program began in 2006.

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OHS boys 'ready to play' in soccer victory

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Erick Garcia and Sergio Vargas scored
goals as Okeechobee won the District 14-
4A District title for boys soccer, 2-1 over Fort
Pierce Central, Friday night at Brahman sta-
Okeechobee will host the Regional quar-
terfinal match on Thursday night against Ti-
tusville the runner up in District 13-4A.
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early deficit on Friday. By early, we mean
very early. Fort Pierce scored only 37 sec-
onds into the match. Miguel Morales took a
pass from Bidson Joseph to give the Cobras
the advantage. Garcia scored at the 36 min-
ute mark of the first half off a corner kick by
Carlos Contreras to tie the match.
It was a tough physical battle in the first
half. Fort Pierce came out strong and con-
trolled the ball for the first ten minutes. Mo-
rales had to go to the bench due to a yellow
card as things got testy on both ends of the
field. Fort Pierce had several
opportunities to score and
one shot hit the post on
an open net opportunity.
Okeechobee too had several
chances to score but Cobra
*. goal keeper Kevin Coleman
played awesome in net with
12 saves and other smart
Brahman Coach Lon-
S - nie Sears said Fort Pierce
S- was very impressive as they
came out with a high level
of soccer, "We didn't see
that level of soccer in the
- - first two matches we played.
They came out ready to play
Sears said he knew the
Brahmans would score
/Charles Murphy some goals because after
midfield dur- the initial Fort Pierce rush,
Championship Okeechobee was able to
control the ball. "We were

hammering the ball at the net, knew we'd
get a couple in the net, the bottom line is
we did it."
This is Sears' first District Championship
as head coach, he was an assistant coach for
two other OHS District titles. He said win-
ning the title in Okeechobee had a special
"It's an unbelievable feeling. For two
years we lose on penalty kicks. Then hosting
districts for the first time, we win it on our
home field, it's unbelievable," he added.
Fort Pierce Coach Jay Stewart said his
team came close and had a couple of shots
hit the goal post. He said it was a very com-
petitive match and both teams played very
"It was a tough hard battle. It's a journey.
It is all about getting to this level and play-
ing. My guys at my school know there has
never been a district title at Fort Pierce Cen-
tral. Someday we are going to get one. We
will keep working hard and we'll be back
another day," he said.
Vargas said scoring the winning goal with
under 10 minutes left to play really was a
dream come true. He said the entire team
worked together and wanted this victory.
"I feel like I did what I had to do for my
team. It was tough. We really fought until
the end and that is what we had to do to win
this game," he said.
Vargas said the Brahmans are satisfied
with this title and want to win some post sea-
son games. "It should be an exciting match
on Thursday. If we discipline ourselves we
will probably find another victory"

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Audrey Driggers
From the Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Sweetheart 2010 Pageant are: Donnielle
Harper, Layla Edmonds, MRO Princess 2010 Cali Pearce, McKenna Hickson
and Kaitlyn McKay. In the back row are: Katie Brummett, Sierra Coward, Raybon
Durrance and Megan Mullin.

Miss Rodeo Pageant set for Saturday
The Okeechobee County Cattlewomen The pageant will continue with the horse-
Association will host the Second Miss Ro- manship division at 1 p.m. at the Okeecho-
deo Okeechobee Pageant, Saturday, Feb. bee Cattlemen's Arena on U.S. Hwy. 441 N.
5. Seven young ladies will compete for four A BBQ Beef lunch will be available at the
titles: Miss, Miss Teen, Princess and Sweet- arena from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for a $10 dona-
heart. The pageant will begin at 9 a.m. at the tion. Admission to the pageant is free and
IRSC Williamson Center for the modeling, the public is encouraged to attend. All pro-
speeches and personal interview categories. ceeds go towards hosting the pageant.

Churches plan special events

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee New
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third
Terrace, will host a revival with Evangelist
Jerry Cottrell, services will
be Thursday, Feb. 3, Fri-
day, Feb. 4 and Saturday,
Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. On Sun-
day, Feb. 6, services will
be at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Grace Brethren
Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave., will have a free family
movie night, Friday, Feb. 4,
at 7 p.m. The movie "The
Ultimate Gift" with Abigail
Breslin, Brian Dennehy and
James Garner is the story of
a young man who receives
an unusual inheritance that
challenges him to grow, WAT
change and discover the Or
true meaning of wealth.
The Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th
St., announces a series of Southern Gospel
Concerts. The Mark Trammel Quartet will
perform Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The Perrys
will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.
The Kingsmen will sing on Thursday, March
3, at 7p.m. The Dixie Echoes will be in con-
cert Saturday, March 19, at 6 p.m. A love
offering will be taken at each concert. For
more information call 863-763-7113.
Fountain of Life Church,1302 S.W



32nd St., will host "His Majesty's Ministries"
at 11a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, to do a re-
enactment of the Last Supper. Several men
from the church will be a part of the re-en-
actment. A fellowship dinner will follow the
service. For more informa-
tion call Pastor Dave Rob-
ertson at 863-801-1297.
Westside Christian
Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W,
is hosting a revival Sunday
through Wednesday, Feb.
6-9 with Rev. Kenneth
Shouse as evangelist. Ser-
vice times are Sunday at 10
a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday
through Wednesday ser-
vices will be at 6 p.m. Rev.
oCf Shouse is pastor at New
?S Of Liberty Christian Church
in Lawrenceburg, KY. He
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__ KY and Shelby Christian
Church in Shelbyville, KY.
He is a graduate of Ken-
tucky Christian University, Grayson, KY.
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Cath-
olic Church, on SR 78 at Choobee Loop in
Buckhead Ridge, now has Sunday Mass in
English at 10 a.m., French at 11:15 a.m. and
Spanish at 12:30 p.m.
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Okeechobee News February 2, 2011

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Mike Hernandez led three played
double figures as Okeechobee High S
rallied from an 11 point fourth quarter
to defeat Jensen Beach 64-60 in theii
home game of the season on Friday ni
Hernandez scored five of his 12 poi
the final 90 seconds as Okeechobee
pleted a huge comeback win against
trict arch rival.

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Tim Hirst (Center) held his own u
the hoop and on the defensive en
was a key reason Okeechobee de
ed Jensen Beach for the second
this year on Friday.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Senior night
Okeechobee High School Girls
Basketball Team member Jodi
Raulerson celebrated senior night
with her mother, Cindi Raulerson
on Jan. 27 at OHS.

hoopsters topple
"Coach told us to play for pride," Hernan- Jensen Bee
dez said, "He said give it your best in your foul and H
ers in last home game. For us seniors this was our to tie the s
school last game in this gym so we gave it our all." dez hit an
deficit Deforest Shanks had 11 points and Alon- lay-up off a
r final zo Coleman added 10 points for the Brah- point lead.
ght. mans (8-9). Tim Hirst had eight points and cities to sc
nts in seven rebounds. He also played good de- seconds bi
comrn- fense against the Falcons Daniel Thompson, man defen
a dis- holding him below his average. Thompson less than st
had 12 points and Sherrod Huntley had a
game high 23 points for Jensen Beach. B ra
Brahman Coach Bryan Van Camp said he Bra
knew this game would be close all the way.
Okeechobee had a comfortable lead in the By Chai
second quarter but Jensen held a 34-32 lead Okeechol
at the break. Devon
"This game was totally about effort in the -- 22 aftei
second half. Jensen Beach had momentum defeat Ok
and I knew they were too good to go away. boy's ba
They were going to make a push. I told our Highland,
guys, how will we respond? How hard are Flemn
you willing to work to pull this out?" in the se(
murphy Jensen Beach went on a 10-1 run keyed number
inder by Huntley in the third quarter and held a 56- stop him.
i and 45 lead at the end of three quarters. "We p
feat- Okeechobee responded with a run of was able
time their own in the fourth quarter as Deforest When we
Shanks hit a three pointer and a lay up. Her- he was a
nandez also hit a huge three point basket. over they
Camp sai
a two ga
to South
by 19 po

Deforest Shanks, six points down the
stretch, helped Okeechobee erase an
11 point deficit against Jensen Beach.

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Jensen Beach, 64-61

ich was also hit with a technical
ernandez drained the free throws
core at 57 with 3:36 left. Hernan-
other three point basket and a
steal to give Okeechobee a two
Jensen Beach had four opportu-
ore to tie the game in the final 23
ut couldn't find the range. Brah-
se made their shot opportunities

"That was a testament to our defense. We
always had a hand in their face," Van Camp
said. He praised Hirst for holding Thompson
scoreless in the final eight minutes.
Hernandez said the final 30 seconds
seemed to last forever. He said he thought
the game would never end. "Coach believed
in me and I believed in myself. It all went
well tonight."

hmans fall 77-71 to Lake Placid

rules M. Murphy
bee News
tra Flemming scored 33 points
r halftime -- to help Lake Placid
eechobee 77-71 in high school
sketball action Monday night in
s County.
ing was able to dominate play
:ond half as Okeechobee tried a
of defensive schemes to try and
ut our big guys on him and he
to take them off the dribble.
put our smaller guards on him,
ble to post them up and shoot
n," Brahmans Coach Bryan Van
hobee ends the regular season on
ne losing streak as they also lost
Fork on the road Saturday night
ints, 76-57. Mike Hernandez led

Okeechobee in that game with 17 points.
Okeechobee (8-11) is off until the District
14-4A tournament next week.
Colby Frank had a career high 21 points
for Okeechobee. The senior also grabbed
10 rebounds. Deforest Shanks had 17
points which included three, three point
baskets. Freshman Eddie Neal also had a
career high 13 points which also included
three, three point baskets.
Okeechobee held a 39-31 lead at half-
time but were unable to keep the lead in
the second half. Coach Van Camp said it all
came down to defense in the second half,
"In the first half we really shot the ball well
and ran the fast break. Lake Placid picked
up their defensive intensity in the second
half. Flemming kind of went nuts on us in
the second half."
Lake Placid (12-11) outscored Okeecho-
bee 46-32 in the second half.

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Yearling girls defeat Osceola Middle

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Delaney Osceola had 26 points as Year-
ling defeated Osceola 43-39 in middle school
girls basketball action Monday afternoon at
Okeechobee High School.
Cheyenne Nunez added 12 points for
the Lady Bulls who avenged a loss just one
week earlier at Osceola. Taylor Trent had 18
points and seven steals to lead Osceola.
It was a tight battle throughout as Osceo-
la led 6-4 after the first quarter and Yearling
held a 17-16 lead at halftime. Yearling built a
nine point lead in the third quarter but Os-
ceola battled back to cut the deficit to 33-29
after the third quarter.
Carly McCoin had 15 points, eight re-
bounds and three steals for Osceola. She
fouled out with 2:28 to play with Osceola
clinging to a 36-35 lead.
Yearling did a great job defensively and
Osceola repeatedly scored on fast break
baskets in the first half. Shadasia Williams
had seven rebounds, four steals, and a great
defensive effort for the Lady Bulls. Sandra
Luviano also provided some key steals in the
second half.
Osceola out rebounded Yearling 23-18
while Yearling had 18 steals to Osceola's 17
steals as a team.
Trent said she was very impressed with
how Yearling responded from a blow out
loss last week to her team, "I wanted to
win and I was mad at the end. I was happy
I scored a lot of points today. I have a lot of
friends on Yearling and I congratulated all of

UKeecnoDee News/unaries Murpny
Taylor Trent looks to pass as Carlee
Angle defends during Monday's game
at OHS between Osceola and Yearling
Middle School.
them for winning. They did a good job to-
Trent, whose goal is to play college bas-
ketball, said she was pleased she shot the
ball well from the outside. She also had
three assists.
Osceola said Yearling really focused on
defense and tried to prevent McCoin from
taking over the game. She had 38 points in
Osceola's victory last week.
We came out positive and played our
game today. We tried harder during prac-
tice and we've been playing as a team. We

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Shadasia Williams (right) celebrates
with Michael Myers, Yearling's upset
win on Monday.
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NW 50th Ave. 2 people
only, very clean. Non
smkg. $500 mo., plus
$250 deposit. Call:
(863) 697-1168.

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

OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
moves you in.
(561)248-3888 or

S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA.,
CBS Home. Annual
lease. W&D, Water fur-
nished. $850 mo. 1st. &
last sec. dep.

Down Town Area -
4,000 square feet. Set
up for restaurant. Call
(863)634-7353 for de-

Get a quick response to
any item you may be sell-
ing with a classified ad.

mer Well Drilling/Weld-
ing shop. 6420 Hwy
98N., (863)261-3556

go to

Hwy 441N, 8.410
acres, with house,
needs work. Pond,
barn, adjacent to Indian
Hammock. $350,000

acres w/mob home. Ag-
ricultural shop, Hwy 98
frontage. $450,000

OFF 710 & 15A, 1/2
Acre vacant lot, fenced.
Oak trees. House or
Mobile Home okay (or
just for storage). Owner
finance. $26,000

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

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go to

Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $525 mo. No
pets. Yearly lease plus
sec. (863)763-4031

2br/2ba, Furnished.
Very clean. Small pets
welcome. $800 to move
in. $600 per month.
(863) 634-0663.

Estates, 2 Bedroom,
17503 Broadland Ln.
Nice, clean home w/car
port and 3 large sheds.
$500 mo. + $550 sec.
Lawn & Water mainte-
nance included.
317-402-5441 or

1BA with large back
porch & front porch on
large scenic,wooded,
fenced lot.$700 mo.
Also a 1 BR/1BA $500
mo. Call 863-634-3451

Clean, comfortable, On
Rim canal, $450 + $300
Sec. Call (863)697-0214

Starting at $15,000
Mobile Home Angels

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go to

18'Lund Boat
70 hp Johnson, trolling
motor, depth finders,
Very good condition.
$5,800 Call

2005 Alfa See Ya
36 ft. 5th Wheel
3 slides & front canopy
Call 814-688-4424

Airstream Interna-
tional 1978, 31 foot,
needs a little work
$1500 ready to go

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go to

1995 Ford T-Bird V8
Asking $800 or OBO, also
have a 1990 Glass
Fishing / Ski boat with
trailer asking $500 OBO
Call 863-610-1998

'94 Ford Bronco XLT
Heavy duty susp.
4-wheel drive, new en-
gine, trans., and trans-
fer case, ice cold a/c
and LoJack asking
$2,300 obo
Call 863-467-1958

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Public Aucbon will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on FEBRUARY
18, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1987 Mazda Pickup
2004 Ford F150 XLT
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
WILL BE, MADEi Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
377645 ON 2/2/2011

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its Regu-
lar Session on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the "Judge
William L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse, 304
N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meebng will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the County Administrator's Office not later than four (4)
working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TRY).
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
377655 ON 2/2/2011

Case No. 2011-CP-14
Summary Administration
You are hereby notified that an Or-
der of Summary Administration has
been entered in the Estate of SYLVIA
ANN BURKETT, deceased, Filed No.
2011-CP-14 by the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972; that the decedent's date of
death was July 22, 2010; that the to-
tal value of the estate is $60,817.13
and that the names and address of
those whom it has been assigned by
such order are:
Carl E. Burkett, Jr.
135 Cumquat Rd. NW
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Robby A. Burkett
36 Sirena Drive
Lake Placid, FL 3385
DeWayne E. Burkett
1228 Sandlewood Dr.

Lake Placid, FL 33952
Kimberly A. Rodreguez
1748 Griffin Road
Wauchula, FL 33873
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate oth-
er than those for whom provision for
full payment was made in the Order
of Summary Administation must file
their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publicabon of this
notice is Feb. 2nd, 2011.
Gary R. Gossett Jr.
Florida Bar No. 080194
Christopher L. Cober
Florida Bar No. 74718
2221 US 27 South
Sebrng, FL 33870
Telephone (863) 471-1119
Attorneys for
Personal Representative
Persons Giving Notice:
Carl E. Burket, Jr. and
Robby A. Burkett A. Burkett
377636 ON 2/2,9/2011


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet
in regular session on Tuesday, February 8 2011 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
All interested parties for or against the proposed Budget and other changes
can be heard at said time and place. The needs of hearing or visually im-
paired persons shall be met by contacting the Execubve Director's Office at
863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person
wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meebngs, he
or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
John F. Hayford
Executive Director
377556 ON 2/2/2011

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Special
Meeting to discuss American Well Drllng on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at
1:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the "Judge William L. Hend-
ry Courtroom" 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
which record shall include the tesbmony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilibes Act, persons with
disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the County Administrator's Office not later than four (4)
working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or
voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts Jr., Chairman
Board ofCounty Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
377653 ON 2/2/2011

Sour Orange Festival set
The Lakeport Sour Orange Festival
will be Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the Lakeport Community Center on State
Road 78. In addition to the annual sour
orange cook off, there will be local ven-
dors and craftsmen, a flea market, a visit
from the bloodmobile, music, children's
fingerprinting, a quilt show, historical
displays, clowns, raffles and more. For
information, call 608-345-1324 or 863-
946-0905. Seating is limited, so bring your
own lawn chairs.

Task force nabs two on trafficking charge

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A traffic stop for an obstructed li-
cense tag led to felony drug charges
being filed against an out-of-state cou-
ple who were traveling on the Florida
Turnpike. Sage N.
Sage N. Ross, 18, Brookston Road, Ross
Cloquet, Minn., and Kyle Ramone
McBride, 23, Princeton St., Detroit, Mich., were both ar-
rested and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on
bonds of $116,000 each.
Both Ross and McBride were charged with the felo-
nies of trafficking in a controlled substance (percocet)
and possession of ecstacy. Each one was also charged
with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijua-
na under 20 grams.
An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force stated that a 2007 Lincoln was
stopped at mile marker 183 because part of the Min-
nesota license tag was obstructed. Ross was the owner
and driver of the vehicle, the detective pointed out.
The report then stated that Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Deputy Brian Cross walked his
K-9 Barco around the vehicle to sniff its exterior. Barco,
continued the report, alerted to the vehicle.
According to the detective, some partially smoked
cigarettes were found in the ashtray. When field tested,

those cigarettes indicated a positive re-
sult for the presence of marijuana.
A more extensive search of the vehi-
cle was then conducted, continued the
detective's report, and a can of punc-
ture seal instant tire repair was found in
eRamone the trunk. When inspected, the bottom
Kyle Ramone of the can was threaded, the detective

When the bottom of the can was removed, the de-
tective's report stated that they found two clear plastic
bags of a green leafy substance, 47 percocet pills and
one other pill that, when field tested, indicated a positive
result for the presence of ecstacy.
The green leafy substance was also field tested and
indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana.
One of the bags of suspected pot weighed 1.9 grams
and the other weighed 5.6 grams, the report stated.
As they continued to search the vehicle, the detec-
tive said $4,201 in cash was found in the glove compart-
The detective said the vehicle has been impounded
at the sheriff's office and forfeiture proceedings have
begun for the vehicle and the cash.
Ross was issued a traffic citation for the obstructed
tag and for operating a motor vehicle without a license,
the detective added.




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Arrest Report

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).
* Stewart Lynn Gray, 30, S.W 10th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 27 by Detec-
tive Rick Durfee on a charge of dealing in sto-
len property. His bond was set at $10,000.
* Justin Lee Harris, 29, N.E. Third Lane,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 28 by Detec-
tive Mark Shireman on a charge of posses-
sion of a motor vehicle with altered vehicle
identification number. His bond was set at
$2,500. Harris was also arrested by Deputy
Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with giving false infor-
mation to a law enforcement officer during
a felony investigation. His bond was set at
* Dennis Allen Herd, 41, N.W 17th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 28 by Depu-
ty Eliberto Carmona on a charge of failure to
register as a sexual offender. His bond was
set at $20,000.
* Terry Miller, 41, S.E. 20th Terrace,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 28 by Depu-
ty Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation - driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $1,500.
* Cassie Bell, 26, S.R. 78 W, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 29 by Deputy Sergeant Clif
Gill on an amended Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with violation of pro-
bation - obtaining a controlled substance by
fraud (six counts). She is being held without
* Alfredo Gomez, 32, S.E. 33rd Terrace,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 29 by Depu-
ty Steven Pollock on a felony charge of child
neglect and a misdemeanor charge of disor-
derly intoxication. His bond was set at $750.
* Edwin Olmo Aponte, 42, N.W 15th
Place, Sunrise, was arrested Jan. 29 by Dep-
uty Patricia Massung on a Broward County
warrant charging him with burglary of a
conveyance, possession of burglary tools
and possession of marijuana. He is being
held without bond.
* Tod Charles Lozen, 50, 26th Ave. West,
Bradenton, was arrested Jan. 29 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on a DOC warrant charg-
ing him with violation of probation - ob-
structing a criminal investigation, violation
of probation - resisting a law enforcement
officer without violence and violation of pro-
bation - refusal to sign a citation. He is being
held without bond.
* Zila Lerma, 41, S.W 28th St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Jan. 30 by Officer Scott
Morgan on a charge of driving under the in-
fluence. Her bond was set at $500.
* Lucio Moran Aguilar, 45, was arrested
Jan. 30 by Deputy John Hazy on charges of
driving under the influence and no valid driv-
er's license. His bond was set at $1,500.
* David Joseph Yoder, 29, N.E. Sixth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with failure to appear - possession of metha-
done and failure to appear - driving while
license suspended. He is being held without
bond on those charges. Yoder was arrested

on a second warrant charging him with the
misdemeanor of failure to appear - resisting
a law enforcement officer without violence.
His bond on that charge was set at $1,000.
* Christopher Edward Gillaspy, 37, S.E.
33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan.
30 by Deputy Steven Pollock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with the
felony of burglary and the misdemeanor of
petit theft. His bond was set at $36,000.
* Keosha Edith Butler, 28, S.E. 18th Ter-
race, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 30 by
Deputy Adrian Rogers on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. Her bond was set at
$1,500. Butler was later arrested by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with failure to appear
- driving while license suspended. Her bond
on that charge was set at $1,000.
* Kim Marie Fontanetta, 53, Wingate
Drive, Sarasota, was arrested Jan. 31 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee

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County warrant charging her with violation
of probation - driving under the influence.
She is being held without bond.
* Rebecca Goodman, 28, Haines City,
was arrested Jan. 31 by Deputy Greg Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with violation of probation -
battery, violation of probation - burglary and
violation of probation - petit theft. She is be-
ing held without bond.
* Fortino Hernandez, 25, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 1 by Deputy John Fisher
on a charge of possession of a controlled
substance without a prescription (xanax).
His bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, 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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Education Program, will be presented by
Wanda Haas, RN, CDE on Feb. 9, at 1:30
p.m. at the VNA's Grand Oaks Assisted
Living Facility, 203 S.E. Second St. For
more information call 863-357-2197.

Republican candidate
to visit Okeechobee
Republican Presidential Candidate for
2012 John Davis will stop in Okeechobee
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 9:25 a.m. at the
Republican Party of Okeechobee Head-
quarters. 401 N.W 4th Street, Okeecho-
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February 2, 2011 Okeechobee News

YMS gets a 42-22

hoop win over OMS I
By Charles M. w
Yearling Middle
School jumped
out to a 19-2 lead
after the first quar- eec o ee ew
ter and won their Charles Murph
10th game of the Expavious Mills (left)
season to set a and Roshell Thomas
school record for are two bright stars of
wins Monday with thefutureforOkeecho-
a 42-22 win over bee basketball.
arch rival Osceola
Middle School in
boy's basketball action at Okeechobee High
Yearling did not have anyone in double
figures as 14 players hit the floor for the
Bulls. Trewiston Pierce led the way with nine
points, five rebounds, four assists and three
steals. Tyrell Taylor had seven points, and five
blocks. Tyrone Joseph had six points and five
rebounds for Yearling.
Osceola was led by Expavious Mills who
scored eight points. Jaquan Smith had seven
rebounds for the Warriors.
Yearling held a 36-7 lead at the half and led
40-15 after the third quarter. Yearling played
their reserves for most of the final three quar-
Yearling Coach Efrain Ochoa said his team
was flat in the first game the team's played
last week, "This was their last game and they
wanted it. They played from the get go. If we
play like that all year we go undefeated."
Ochoa said his team's first goal was to go
undefeated. After they suffered some losses
in early January he said the team just wanted
tohav get the best goal possible, which wdown 10
Point guard Roshell Thomas, said he felt
the team could have gone undefeated but still
finished the season strong after some disap-
pointments. "We showed up because this
was our last game. We came together as a
team and I feel good about our record."
Ochoa said even though his team jumped
to an early lead he didn't want them to get
comfortable. "Osceola has good talent. If you
give them any kind of an opening or chance
they will come back and make you pay. You
have to get them down and keep them down
because they are good enough to come
back," he added.

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