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Vol. 102 No. 16 Sunday, February 6, 2011

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Missie Peaden
High school rodeo coming to Okeechobee
Okeechobee High Schools Rodeo Team is working their way up in the state stand-
ings. A Florida High School Rodeo competition is planned at the old Cattlemen's
Arena in Okeechobee in March. Okeechobee will host the Florida State Rodeo Finals
in May. Above, Jacob Anuez competes in Tie Down Roping. For more on the story,
see page 2.

Funding problems stall plans

to turn battlefield into park

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The current budget crunch is far reach-
ing, affecting even the development of the
Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park.
The significance of the battle is that it was
the turning point in the Second Seminole War.
It was the largest and last major battle of the

war and the frequency of smaller conflicts de-
clined afterward.
The 145 acre site on S.E. 38th Avenue, which
contains part of the battle site, was purchased
from private owners on Nov. 30, 2006 with
funds from the Florida Forever Program. The
See BATTLE - Page 5



a threat to

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
They're smart.
They're hungry.
They've lost their fear of man.
And they're here.
Coyotes, once thought to be found only
in western states, have made themselves at
home in Florida. According to a report by
the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute of
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission,
coyotes can be found in all 67 Florida coun-
ties and the population is growing.
Coyotes are believed to have migrated to
See COYOTE - Page 5

Special tot he Okeechobee News/IFAS
Coyotes have been a concern for Flor-
ida ranchers since the 1990s. In recent
years, coyotes have been seen in the
more populated areas of the state.


Okeechobee High school rodeo team doing well

Okeechobee to host state
rodeo finals in May

By Missie Peaden
OHS Rodeo Team
The Okeechobee High School Rodeo
team is making good progress this school
In November, the team traveled to Perry,
Ga. to compete in the "Southeastern Show-
down" which included contestants from
nine states. Following that, the team trav-
eled to Zolfo Springs, Leesburg and Bunnell.
Throughout these rodeos Nat Stratton and
Tyler Mills have been unstoppable in Saddle
Bronc, Bareback and Bull Riding events. Nat
won three championships and one second
place in Saddle Bronc, ranking him first in
the state high school rodeo standings. Tyler
won championships in Bareback and tied
for first in another, placing him number one
in the State. Tyler also won two Champion-
ship rounds in Bullriding, and is currently
placed ninth in the state.
Andrew Holmes is currently ranked sec-
ond in Bareback and tenth in Bull Riding.
Currently the OHS rodeo team has several
members high in the team roping rankings.
In this event, many points have been earned
which constantly changes the state rankings.
Jacob Anuez is sitting in fourth place, Garrett
Rucks in seventh, Joshua Lea in eighth, Nat
Stratton in tenth, Allyson Trimble and Dalton
Boney in 16th.

In Pole Bending, Carlie Lanier is moving
up the chart and currently sitting 11th place.
In Barrel Racing, OHS team members
Carlie Lanie and Raybon Durrance are tied
for 16th place.
In Breakaway Roping, Lexi Peaden is cur-
rently ranked tenth, Shiloh Anuez is in 22nd
place and Allyson Trimble is in 24th place.
In Tie Down Roping, Garrett Rucks is cur-
rently ranked fifth, Jacob Anuez is sixth, Dal-
ton Boney has moved up to 16th, Nat Strat-
ton is 18th, and Jake Jimmerson is 21st.
In the Girls Cutting Horse event, OHS

team member Carlie Lanier is tied for fourth
There are only seven high school rodeos
left until State Finals in May, which will be
held in Okeechobee at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter off State Road 710. The kids know it is
crunch time and only the top 15 in each
event will be competing at the State Finals.
Their performances are getting better and
better with each rodeo.
On Feb. 18 and 19, the team will be trav-
eling to Ocala for a two-day event. March 5
and 6, they will be in Williston for another
two-dav event. March 25 and 26 will brinQ

high school rodeo to Okeechobee at the old
Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway
Spectator admission to high school rodeo
events is free. There will be a concession
stand and later that evening following the
rodeo, the rodeo contestants will put on a
"Parent Rodeo" which is ALWAYS full of fun.
Parents who instruct and preach all year, get
to show that they don't always practice what
they preach.
For more information concerning OHS
Rodeo team or FHSRA, please contact Mis-
sie Peaden at 863-634-7825 or FHSRA.home-


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February 6, 2011

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Wildlife refuge to be

discussed at meeting

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Local residents need not fear losing
their property to eminent domain because
of a recently announced wildlife refuge.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
is planning a 150,000 acre wildlife refuge
that would include parts of Polk, Osceola,
Indian River, Okeechobee and Highland
Some landowners have expressed fear
that they would be forced to sell their land.
That is not true according to Charles Pel-
izza, manager of Pelican Island National
Wildlife Complex in Vero Beach, who is
heavily involved in the project.
"This is a misconception," Mr. Pelizza
said. "We are different from other agen-
cies. We are working only with willing sell-
Mr. Pelizza said that it is the policy of
FWS on this and all their other projects to
work only with willing sellers.
Plans call for FWS to buy 50,000 acres
in the area from southern Osceola County
to the northern shore of Lake Okeechobee.
Conservation easements will be sought for
another 100,000 acres. This means the
property owner will retain possession of

the land, however there will be restrictions
on development. While some grazing will
be allowed, the owner would be restricted
from raising row crops.
Some local governments have ex-
pressed concern with state projects that
have bought lands and taken them off the
tax rolls. However, in this case Mr. Pelizza
said local governments would receive rev-
enue sharing payments in lieu of taxes
indefinitely. He added that in some cases
those payments amount to more than the
local government would have received in
South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict has agreed in principle to work with
FWS on this project.
Residents who want more information
are invited to a public meeting Wednes-
day, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at Okeechobee High
School. There will a presentation on the
planned wildlife refuge and FWS officials
will be on hand to answer questions. Land-
owners who wish to sell or to participate
in a conservation easement can get more
specific information.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

City code board may

consider fine reduction

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they meet Tuesday night, the City
of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board is
scheduled to hear six cases including one
request for fine reduction.
The 922 N.W Tenth St. property of Leon
and Ulysee had been assessed a fine of $25
a day. That fine ran for 94 days, totalling
$2,350. They have requested a reduction of
that fine.
Robert and Melody Jennings will have to
answer charges that they installed new win-
dows at their 506 S.E. Eleventh Ave. house
without the proper building permit.
In two separate cases Jane Doster and
Caril Simmons have been charged with ne-
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Reflections from the pulpit

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Public Forum. There, you can create
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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

No lines - not safe
* Would someone be kind enough to
inform residents as to why there are no di-
viding lines on N.W. Ninth Street after it was
paved weeks ago. It would sure be great and
safe that there was some form of division
placed on that street especially with all those
large vehicles operating out of Walpole on
that street. Can't something be done? Thank
you kindly.

Dangerous curve
* I think the county needs to do some-
thing to slow down the traffic on the curve
where SW 16th Street turns into SW 48th
Avenue. Too many people speed through
that curve and wind up hitting wild animals
that cross the road there. This week alone I
have seen a deer, a coyote and an armadillo
killed there. While some people will be glad
the coyote was killed, that does not reduce
the danger of vehicles speeding through that
curve. With the larger animals, there is prob-
ably quite a bit of damage to the vehicles,
and those driving and their passengers could
be injured. The wrecks could also endanger
other drivers. Maybe just some "SLOW
WILDLIFE CROSSING" signs would help.
There are already speed limit signs, but
many drivers seem to ignore those.
* I have seen dead hogs there. But I also
see animal remains dumped there for the
* I drive slowly in that area and I seen
plenty of live wildlife there. I have seen quite
a few deer running back and forth between
the pasture on one side of the road and the
wooded area on the other side. Sometimes
there are deer grazing with the cattle in the
pasture. I have seen wild turkeys there on
many occasions. One day I stopped and
watched a string of turkeys strut across the
road. And of course the vultures are there all
the time because they always have plenty of
road kill to eat.

* That area is not far from Popash
Slough, reported home of the famous Skunk
Ape. Maybe we could put up a Skunk Ape
crossing sign. That might get folks to pay at-
* I noticed today there is a 15 mph sign
on SW 16th Street just before the curve, but
going the other direction, coming south on
SW 48th Avenue, there is no sign. People
should be warned they need to slow down
for that curve, especially since there is quite
often likely to be a deer, coyote or turkey
in the road just after that curve and if they
are going 50 mph, there is no way they can
avoid an accident.

Wildlife refuge
* I hope everyone remembers to go to
that meeting about the proposed wildlife
refuge on Wednesday evening at the high
school. From the looks of the map, they
are talking about turning a good portion of
Okeechobee County into a wildlife refuge.
Now that might be a good thing and it might
be a bad thing. But I think we need to have
a good crowd there so they know we are

County commission
* I don't think that there are any sitting
on the board of county commissioners that
don't want to see Okeechobee grow but we
need to do it right. There are so many things
that have been approved and weren't looked
into in enough detail and now the land sits
vacant or the business never started.
* The bottom line is, the more red tape
you give to companies trying to come to
town, the more problems there is going to
be with them setting up shop. Period. All of
the members of the BOCC are very intelli-
gent people. But the biggest problem I have
is at all times they need to remember they
serve the public. In the future they need to
know that the ENTIRE public is watching.
We do not need to be putting off decisions
until tomorrow and tomorrow and tomor-
row. We need answers today. We have to act
today. People who are losing income do not
have the luxury of waiting until tomorrow.
They need money, their kids are hungry, they
need a roof over their head. It is not going to
get better until we take an EXTREMELY pro-
active stance in wooing these businesses to
come, because the next county does want
them. The businesses are going where the
red carpet is being laid out for them, not the
red tape they have to cut through.

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God meets us where we are

By Nancy Vaughan
Director of Christian Education, First United
Methodist Church
I can't say I've had a Damascus Road
experience. I know that there are folks
who have and I believe them. Wouldn't it
be awesome if we all could encounter the
risen Christ in that way? There would be no
doubting the message; no denying the blind-
ing then restoration of our sight; no way we
could avoid the "turn around" result in our
People who know me, know that I love
butterflies. Not just the creatures, but the
symbolism of "new life" in Christ. Today's
devotion by Dr. Charles Stanley is based
on Ezekiel 36:25-27. He made me realize
that the immediate effect of salvation (John
Wesley said that his heart was "strangely
warmed") is just as radical and miraculous
as the butterfly's transformation, whether
we feel it or not!
God says, "I will sprinkle clean water
upon you, and you shall be clean from all
your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I
will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you,
and a new spirit I will put within you; and
I will remove from your body the heart of
stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put
my spirit within you, and make you follow
my statutes and be careful to observe my or-
dinances." (Ezekiel 36:25-27 New Revised
Standard Version)
So, why do I still struggle every day in my
walk with the Lord? Why do the concerns of
this world still dominate my thoughts? Just
how much of my heart is still stone and not
flesh? Will I forever be tempted away from
His statutes and ordinances?

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All classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held
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The answer to my last question is, "Yes!"
As long as I am still in this world, I'm a-gon-
na struggle. But I have His promise that I will
not be tempted beyond what I can endure;
that He will always be with me and that I
will have a window of escape when a door
is shut.
Salvation is a "one time" thing unless we
choose to fall away, but sanctification is a
life-long adventure! Yep, I am going to sin.
I'm going to disappoint folks. But I hope I
keep experiencing "Emmaus" road experi-
ences where "my heart burns within me"
when I read or hear His Word, like today.
Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus,
others on the road to Emmaus, Zach up in
a tree, Matt collecting taxes, Pete, Jim, and
Andy fishing... Where did you meet Him?
Where do you continue to meet Him?
Butterflies, butterflies.


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Florida from the western states over many
years. According to the FWC coyotes have
also been illegally trucked in from western
states and released. FWC has documented
releases of coyotes in Gadsden, Liberty, Co-
lumbia and Polk counties. In Polk County,
coyotes were released by a local fox hunter
who believed he was stocking a depleted
fox population with animals sold to him as
"black fox."
In Okeechobee County, ranchers have
been dealing with a growing coyote prob-
lem for more than 10 years. Residents of the
urban area of the county are also reporting
sightings. In recent months coyotes have
been spotted in populated areas such as
Lazy 7, R-Bar Estates, Basswood, Seminole
Cove and Buckhead Ridge.
"They are opportunistic omnivores,
meaning they eat whatever animal and
plant material is most abundant," states the
FWC report by Walter McCowen and Brian
Scheick. "Although food items include wild
species, conflicts with humans arise when
coyotes prey on domestic animals such as
sheep, goats, chickens, house cats and con-
sume agricultural products such as water-
melons and cantaloupes."
Okeechobee County Livestock Agent
Pat Hogue said coyotes also prey on baby
"The coyotes are starting to become
a real problem," he said. "They take baby
calves when they're born. They have even
been seen chasing older calves."
"I've shot a couple coyotes when I've
seen them messing with the cows," he said.
He said it is difficult to know how many
calves are lost to coyotes each year because
on the large ranches, the ranchers don't
know exactly how many calves they have
until the round up. If a cow they know was
pregnant does not have a calf at her side,
the rancher doesn't know if the baby died of
natural causes or was taken by a predator.
Most troubling, Mr. Hogue said, is that the
coyotes seem to be losing their fear of man.
He speculated this could be because they
are crossbreeding with feral dogs.
"I've seen coyotes in the daytime more in
the past year than ever before," he said.
He added that the coyotes seem to be
getting larger, which also indicates they may

"I've seen coyotes in the
daytime more in the past year
than ever before."
Livestock Agent Pat Hogue
be cross breeding with larger dogs.
"I saw one coyote out in the middle of the
day it must have been 80 pounds. It must
have been crossbred," he continued. While
coyotes in other areas have been known to
breed with wolves, in Florida it is more likely
they are breeding with large dogs, he said,
because there are no wolves here.
"They still look like coyotes," he said.
Coyote numbers are controlled to some
degree by hunting and trapping.
"It's hard to hunt coyotes because it most-
ly has to be done at night," he said. While
you can hear the coyotes, finding them is dif-
ficult even for an experienced hunter.
Mr. Hogue said some ranchers hire hunt-
ers to help keep the coyote population un-
der control. Property owners do not need a
permit to shoot a coyote, but special require-
ments are required to hunt coyotes at night
and to use certain traps. He said there is no
market for the pelts from Florida coyotes,
due to the concerns about breeding with
dogs and also because the weather does
not get cold enough for the coyotes to grow
thick fur. The only way a coyote hunter can
make money is to work for a rancher.
Guard animals can provide some protec-
tion for livestock, he said. Donkeys, alpacas,
llamas and certain breeds of dogs have prov-
en to protect livestock from coyotes.
"Donkeys make excellent guard animals,"
Mr. Hogue said. "Donkeys will become vi-
cious when a predator comes around."
He said his own cattle are protected by
a Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd mix
The effectiveness of any guard animal de-
pends on the size of the herd and the size
the property. You also have to consider the
nature of the guard animals. For example,
donkeys are very social. If you put a single
donkey in a pasture with cattle or goats, the
donkey will usually bond with the herd. But
if you put several donkeys in the pasture, the
donkeys may make their own herd, ignoring
the other livestock. Male or "jack" donkeys
used as guard animals are usually gelded;
a jack that has not been gelded may be ag-
gressive toward newborn members of the

Protect your property from coyotes

* To make your property less attractive
to coyotes, limit the food sources. Do not
leave pet food out at night. If you put gar-
bage cans outside, make sure they have
tightly fitting, locking lids.
* Coyotes may carry rabies. Make sure
your animals have been vaccinated against
* If coyotes are in the area, do not leave
pet cats or small dogs outside at night. Coy-
otes view cats and small dogs as "prey."
* Fencing can help keep coyotes out.
To exclude coyotes, woven or welded
wire fences should be at least 4 feet high
with barbed wire above for a total mini-
mum height of 5 feet. Adding height to the
fence will increase its effectiveness. Mesh

sizes should not exceed 4 x 6 inches. An
outward overhang of fence wire will help
prevent coyotes from jumping over. Elec-
trifying the fence may also help to deter
coyotes from crossing.
* If lethal control measures are neces-
sary, they should be directed at specific
coyotes or toward coyotes in a specific
area. Indiscriminate killing of coyotes is un-
likely to reduce coyote populations, which
can withstand 70 percent annual kill.
* In pastures, guard animals such
as donkeys, llamas, alpacas and certain
breeds of guard dogs may protect livestock
from coyotes.
Source: FWC

Coyote facts

* The coyote is a member of the
dog family, similar in appear-
ance to a medium size German
Shepherd. They weigh between
20 and 30 pounds, have pointed
ears, a narrow muzzle, and bushy
tail. Pelts are usually grayish-
brown, but occasionally black,
often with a patch of white chest
hair. When running, coyotes usu-
ally hold their tails at "half mast."
* Coyote tracks are narrower and
more elongated than dog tracks.
* Coyotes usually hunt alone,
sometimes as a pair, but rarely, as
a pack. The most important foods
are rats and mice, rabbits, wild
fruits, insects, birds and virtually
any type of carrion.
* Coyotes are most active at sun-
set and sunrise. Coyote home
range sizes vary greatly. In a
southeastern study, home ranges
of adult coyotes ranged from 1,500
to 12,000 acres.
* Coyotes may carry off small
animals, such as chickens or new-
born goats, leaving only tracks.
They most often kill larger prey by
biting the throat, causing death by
Source: FWC

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area where Colonel Taylor's troops camped
prior to the battle is outside the current park
boundaries but is considered eligible for the
National Registry of Historical Places.
A unit management plan for the park
was approved on Dec. 22, 2010. Although
the 50-plus page report recommends many
improvements to the park, it also notes that
most of them are unfunded at this time.
Currently, the budget only contains funds
for routine maintenance and land manage-
The plan calls for an open air interpretive
center with historical displays, seating areas,
a large picnic pavilion and a restroom as well
as a short trail around the battlefield area. A
small herd of Cracker Cattle is also suggested
for the park since the cattle were mentioned
in narratives of the battle and ranching is still
important in the region today. Cracker Cattle
were brought to Florida by the Spanish and
were herded by Seminoles and whites prior
to the battle.
The cost of implementing the plan and op-
erating the park for 10 years total $4,131,291.
That includes $585,000 for resource manage-
ment, $208,791 for administration and sup-
port, $2,775,500 for capital improvements
and $568,00 for recreation visitor services.
The vast majority of the plan's proposals are
unfunded this time.

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Community Events Obituaries

Fountain of Life Church will
host special program Feb. 6
His Majesty's Ministries will be at Foun-
tain of Life Church, 1301 S.W 32nd St., Sun-
day, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., to do a re-enactment
of the Last Supper. Several men from the
church will be a part of the re-enactment.
A fellowship dinner will follow the service.
For more information call Pastor Dave Rob-
ertson at 863-801-1297.

Post 64 hosting birthday club,
Super Bowl Party on Sunday
American Legion Post 64 will have their
monthly birthday club pot luck dinner Sun-
day, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. Open mic karaoke
with Michael will be from 3 until 6. Bring
your favorite snacks and finger food to stay
and watch the Super Bowl on our big screen

VFW Post to host Super Bowl
The VFW North Post, 300 N.W 34th St.
will be hosting a Fried Chicken Dinner from
2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, with a Super
Bowl party to follow.

Okeechobee to host meeting
on proposed wildlife refuge
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 Okeecho-
bee High School. At this early stage input is
requested from the public.

Diabetes Education Program
"Living with Diabetes." a free Diabetes
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 Liv-
ing Facility, 203 S.E. Second St. For more in-
formation call 863-357-2197.

Presidential candidate will
visit Okeechobee on Feb. 9
Republican Presidential Candidate for
2012 John Davis will stop in Okeechobee
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 9:25 a.m. at the Re-
publican Party of Okeechobee Headquarters.
401 N.W. 4th Street, Okeechobee. For more
information, call Debi at 863-532-9623.

Hospice to hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is holding its
Yard Sale on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday,
Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard
sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth
Street and S.E. 3rd Ave. Be sure to visit our
Country Store for those special items. For in-
formation call 863-467-2321 or see our web
page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org.

Selby S. Lee, 55
OKEECHOBEE - Selby S. Lee, died at her
home on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.
Originally from
Corbin, Kentucky,
she had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee
since 1986. Her
hobbies included ..
reading, coloring
and working cross-
word puzzles.
She was preceded
in death by her sis-
ter, Tammy Lewis.
Survivors include
her husband of 23 --
years, Mike; son, Willie (Rachael) Woodhouse;
daughter, Wendy (Kyle) Dean; grandchildren,
Meghan, Austin, and Nicholas Woodhouse and
Kayla Dean, all of Okeechobee; sisters, Kathy
(Bob) Riddings of Keavy, Ky., Rita (Bob) Kinser
of Ashville, Ala., and Lynn (Jay) Lee of Land
O'Lakes, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cou-
sins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Feb.
8, at 6 p.m., at Buxton-Seawinds Chapel at
Abundant Blessings Church.
Friends may send their condolences online to
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
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Gerelda M. Hill, 91
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at the ('i.... - i i'- -. Health Care Facility on Fri-
day, Jan. 28, 2011. She was a native and life-
time resident of (0i., -ii,,, She was a
member of the First Baptist Church and the La-
dies of the Moose.
Gerelda was preceded in death by her hus-
band, James Hill. Survivors include sons, Bob-
by Jo (Jackie) Jenkins of St. Augustine, Mike
(Rhoda) 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 (,i., ii - , and a sis-
ter, Mildred (Jack) Coker also of Okeechobee.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, Jan.
30, 2011, at Basinger Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent online to www.bux-
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OKEECHOBEE - Maurice L. "Doc" Joselson,
age 85, passed away Jan. 31,2011, at his home.
He was preceded
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Max and Rose Josel-
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Central Elementary Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 24 are all very
happy to have been selected including, kindergarten: Desel Arnold, Chase
Ford, Emery Soto, Logan Bottari, Ira Garin, Keith Simpson, Daniel Tindall;
first graders, Blake Hollister, John Smith, Stephanie Yanez, Zayda Ramirez,
Brenden Willcuts, Labrissa McDuffie; second graders, Autumn Melear, Kate-
lyn Shaw, Ke'Vin Floyd, Nataly Solis, Timoteo Mejia, Makayla Belangia; third
graders, Cole Younger, Reed Jones, Lillian Arellano, Brianna Kukulka, Austin
Allen, Bailey Manning; fourth graders, Jessica Rivas, Maria Aguilar, Daniela
Caballero, and Martin Bornheimer.

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Revival this week
Rev. Kenneth Shouse will speak at
revival services at Westside Chris-
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day through Wednesday, Feb. 6-9.
Services on Sunday will be at 10
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Speckled Perch festival set for March 12-13
The 43rd Speckled Perch Festival will be March 12 and 13, in downtown Flagler Park.
The event will be hosted by Okeechobee Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce of
Okeechobee County. The event will feature various craft and food vendors beginning at
9 a.m. each day in the park. The Speckled Perch Festival parade will begin at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, March 12. Parade applications can be picked up at the Okeechobee Main Street
office or by downloading it from the Main Street website (www.mainstreetokeechobee.
corn). For more information, call OKMS Executive Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-6246.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/SES

Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary for the
week of Jan. 24-28. They are: Kayden Carnley, Brice Anuez, Matlyn Staton,
Jasmine Desai, Cobi Hernandez Aguillon, Christian Vega, Braelon Pelt, Yas-
min Abonza, Alex Miller, Justin Scruggs, Irene Urvina, Alek Betscher, Sheila
Flood, Jamaica Henry, Emily Land, Sharondra Jackson, Lane Collins, Ashley
Travieso, Jesus Denova, Brianna Herrera, and Brenda Aguilar.

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Students of the Week
Everglades Elementary students achieving excellence in the classroom for
the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4 include: Kindergarten students, Izaiah Bradley,
Lizbeth Guerrero-Castro, Leticia Mejia, David Chapman Bulhmaier, Carlos
Antonio-Rueda, Katelyn Slone, Daniela Sontai-Perez; first graders, Byrton
Bohannan, Jordan Rickard, Philip Sanders, Drue Giles; second graders,
Jesse Luna Raya, Zack Sutherland, CJ Kinder, Alex Younglove, Ashton Harp-
er; third grade students, Bianca Fulks, Jonathan Johnson, Hailey Macrae,
Josmar Estrada, Natalie Banuelos, Esrat Jahan; fourth graders, Brayan Ri-
vera, Monica Luna, Earl Holiday; fifth graders, Juan Palacious, Perla Orozco,
Margarita Elias, ALyssa Purviss, Alexandra Jacobo, and Destiney Reynolds.
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OHS animal science students learning cattle management

By Kati McWaters
Special to the Okeechobee News
Animal Science students at the Okeecho-
bee High School are learning first-hand what
it takes to manage a small-scale cattle opera-
Students fill in the roles of foremen,
hired-hands, accountants, ranch managers,
and day workers on a 207 acre lease known
as Grassy Island. The land was leased to
Okeechobee High School for 30 years at the
cost of one dollar per year by the South Flor-
ida Water Management District (SFWMD)
to offer students as opportunity to learn in a
real-world setting.
Animal Science Instructor Roger McWa-
ters has the students fill out a job application
at the beginning of the school year, and from
the time they are "hired," the students man-

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age 70 brood cows which are bred using
a 3-breed rotation of Brahman, Angus and
Gelbvieh bulls, build fences and maintain
water sources on Grassy Island. They also
keep track of financial records when cattle
are sold.
According to Josh Lea, current Animal
Science student, the profits from the sale of
the cattle are used to support the activities of
the agricultural program and the high school
Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.
The SFWMD works closely with the Ani-
mal Science classes to teach them about
Best Management Practices (BMPs). These
BMPs such as pasture rotation, controlled
burns, and plant management are used on
the lease to improve production of the land
while maintaining Grassy Island's environ-
mental integrity.

Brush fire

burns 55 acres

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue,
Okeechobee City Firemen, and the Divi-
sion of Forestry spent five hours Wednesday
to put out a brush fire that damaged some
fence and fence posts at a local ranch at
4351 S.E. Berman Road.
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Lt. Ev-
erette Wooten said firemen were greeted by
a large white column of smoke as they ap-
proached the fire near State Road 710. The
fast moving fire burned up some pasture
and caught a cabbage hammock and some
woods on fire.
Lt. Wooten said a flying ember from a
burn barrel apparently sparked the fire. No
buildings were damaged and no injuries
were reported.
The American Red Cross Okeechobee of-
fice assisted firemen. About 2,000 gallons of
water was used to put out the flames.
A burn ban remains in affect for Okeecho-
bee County due to the ongoing drought and
high threat of brush fires.




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Other members of the community have
followed in the generous footsteps of the SF-
WMD and have contributed to Grassy Island
in the form of a beautiful rock-wall entrance
donated and installed by Mike Wallace, and
a well and pump donated by Superior Water
"It was awesome that SFWMD leased
Grassy Island to our class as a way to rep-
licate a real ranch-type setting," said Daniel
Ciorrocco, former Animal-Science student.
"Grassy Island is an unmatchable education
Mr. McWaters is glad his students have an

opportunity to work outside and apply skills
learned in the classroom in a real-world set-
"Instructors and students are very appre-
ciative of this rare opportunity to have the fa-
cilities to train students so they will be more
employable in the agriculture industry," said
Mr. McWaters. "We are so grateful for the
support the community has shown our pro-
gram, and we hope we will be considered
good stewards of the land."
Editor's note: Kati McWaters is a former
Animal Science student at Okeechobee
High School.

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2011
Breaking $65.00 $7(
Cutter $60.00 $7;
Canner $45.00 $5(
1000-1500 $75.00 $8
1500-2000 $60.00 $6[


Monday Tuesday
468 837
116 585
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6 39
12 65
22 50
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626 1600

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0.00 200-250
2.00 250-300
0.00 300-350
7.00 450-500
8.00 550-600

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- 125-155
150-165 112-137
140-160 110-138
125-152 115-130
127-147 108-122
124-135 114-116

Small #1
250-300 160-172 115-131
300-350 120-125
350-400 100-142
It looks like cow prices
may have leveled off for a
little bit. Best ones from 65-
70. Best bulls from 80-85.
Calves on the other hand,
were still higher as supply
slows down. Winter weath-
er & short supply will keep
prices good for a little while.
Hobert Lee, Syble Lay and
Ru-Mar topped the calf mar-
ket with a high of $2.05. Jus-
tin Hartt and Peeples Family
topped the cow market with
a high of $76. Todd

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daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Williamson and
Mr. and Mrs. Red Larson of Okeechobee. Kristin
graduated from the University of Florida and is cur-
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Flight school could benefit local economy

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A proposed flight school at the Okeecho-
bee County Airport could help Okeecho-
bee's ailing economy.
The Academy of Aviation, based in Farm-
ingdale, NY, first made a proposal at the Dec.
16, 2010, meeting of the Okeechobee County
Commission. At that time the school wanted
to open on Jan. 1, 2011. County administra-
tor Lyndon Bonner said that would not be
possible because there was not enough
time since he only received the proposal on
Dec. 12. The school wanted a hangar but
there were no hangars available. The school
also wanted permission to erect a modular
building at the airport. That would require
such things as permitting and possibly a site
plan review, further delaying the opening of
the school. Commissioners Ray Domer and
Clif Betts were against a modular building.

Commissioners Joey Hoover, Bryant Cul-
pepper and Margaret Helton were in favor
of a modular building being used temporar-
ily for no more than 18 months. The board
took no official action at that time.
The matter came up again at the Jan. 27
meeting. This time there was no request for
any type of building. The school offered to
rent conference room space from a local ho-
tel for classroom instruction. The school just
wanted guaranteed tie down spaces for two
aircraft that they were willing to pay for. Cur-
rently there is no charge for tie down spaces.
The board voted their approval of the flight
school and directed staff to come up with a
policy and rate schedule for tie down rent-
According to figures supplies by the
school, the total estimated direct economic
impact generated by the school would be
$687,019 annually. This includes $37,980 an-

nually for the required 100 hour and annual
inspections of the two aircraft that would be
used by the school. The two aircraft would
burn an estimated 56,800 gallons of aviation
fuel annually at a cost of $276,900.
The flight school would be willing to
pay $148 per aircraft per month in tie fees.
That amounts to $3,804 a year. Total annual
salaries for three flight instructors would be
The school estimates that students would
spent an average of $15 a day for two meals
at the airport restaurant. Based on 10 stu-
dents, that comes out to $8,760 a year. Inci-
dentals for student pilots were estimated to
be $3.50 a day or $12,775 annually. The 10
students would pay a total of $4,380 a year
in lodging in local hotels.
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KOA Convention Center. This spectacular
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Soccer player charged with felony

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man reportedly "excited" because his
team had just won a soccer match was ar-
rested after he allegedly bumped an apart-
ment manager with his car.
Emanuel Salvador Castaneda, 18, N.E.
64th Ave., was arrested Thursday, Feb. 3, on
a felony charge of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon and a misdemeanor charge
of racing on a highway.
Castaneda is being held in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail in lieu of $10,500 bond.
An arrest report by Officer Bryan Enderle
of the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD) stated that he clocked two cars on
U.S. 441 N. travelling at a speed of 73 mph
each in a 40 mph zone. The two cars-one
black and the other yellow were racing in
the 1100 block of the highway, stated the of-
When he pulled out onto the highway
and turned on his emergency lights both ve-
hicles turned onto N.W. Ninth St., the report
stated. The officer said the yellow car pulled
into an apartment complex, while the black
car continued west on N.W Ninth St.
According to the officer's report, the
driver of the yellow car (Castaneda) turned

off the headlights then turned in behind
a building after driving through the grass
and over a sidewalk. The manager of the
complex stopped the vehicle and told Cas-
taneda he needed to stop and wait for po-
lice. Instead of stopping,
Castaneda bumped the
manager with the car's
front bumper "... and fled
the parking lot in a reck-
less manner," the report
Officer Enderle went
on to indicate that he saw
Emanuel Castaneda's car leave
Casteneda the parking lot at a high
rate of speed. The officer
stated that he was able to stop Castaneda
on N.E. 14th Ave. According to the report,
Castaneda finally stopped when he realized
he "... was not able to avoid contact..." with
law enforcement.
The man allegedly told Officer Enderle
that he was racing his friend because they
were both excited about winning a soccer
The report does not indicate who was
driving the other car, or if that driver was ar-

Drug arrest made at boat ramp

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man was booked into the county jail
Thursday night after suspected marijuana
and some alleged prescription medications
were reportedly found in one of his shoes.
Dewayne Edward Rutherford, 22, S.W
11th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Feb.
3 on a felony charge of possession of a
controlled substance (oxycodone) and
a misdemeanor charge of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams.
He is being held in the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $10,500.
An arrest report stated that a detective
with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
was summoned to the Taylor Creek Boat
Ramp in regard to a suspicious vehicle. Af-
ter arriving at the ramp, the detective met
with the people in the vehicle and asked
them to consent to a search.
While searching Rutherford, the detec-

tive stated that three
oxycodone tablets and
three unidentified tab-
lets were found in one
of his shoes. The detec-
tive went on to state
that a small plastic bag
containing a green leafy
substance was also
DeWayne found in his shoe.
Rutherford When that substance
was field tested, the test
indicated a positive result for the presence
of marijuana.
According to the report, the suspected
pot weighed 6 grams.
The detective's report also stated that
Rutherford paid approximately $75 for the
The seized pills will be sent to the In-
dian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce where
they will be analyzed and identified.

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ECMHSP is now
accepting applications
for Center Director to
supervise the opera-
tion of a Migrant
Head Start Program in
Okeechobee, Fl. Re-
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by 2/18/11 via
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tor, 1111 SE Federal
Hwy, #226, Stuart, Fl.

When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.

Immediate opening at
Okeechobee Juvenile
Detention Center food
service department. In-
stitutional cooking and
hands on experience
preferred. Competitive
wages and benefits.
Must pass background
check and pre-employ-
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& Hwy. 70 E.

Lincare, leading nation-
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seeks Healthcare Spe-
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Program, clinical
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863-763-5191 or call

part time, 3 days a
week for Basinger par-
rot farm. Hours are
8:30am-4:30pm. Bird
exp. a plus. Background
Check. 863-801-9544
Must have excellent com-
puter skills, customer
service and creativity.
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Queen Size sleeper sofa
Lazy Boy $375 OBO,
Twin size bed with linens
$275 OBO Like new.
Call 863-763-6600

Daschund Puppies
Full blooded, adorable,
4 left $250 each &
6'x5' Metal cage for dogs
asking $150.
Call (863)801-3071

For info. leading
to the arrest of persons
that sold a stolen an-
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lection.Sold at local flea
market 3yrs ago

Wanted 5 or 10 Acres
For an out of town buyer
to put a Mobile Home
on. Call:
Bill F. Stegkemper,
863-763-2334 or
863-801-9497. Note:
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2009- 50" Dixie
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have 2009 6x12 En-
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Call 863-801-4565

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2 Bedroom Apartment
Located in the City, with
or with utilities.
Call 863-634-8331
2BR/1BA Duplex in
town,a/c,ceiling fans, w/d
hook up. Very clean, no
lawn fee, septic/city wa-
ter,No pets or smoking
$600/mo. plus deposit.
Call (352)528-4795 or
2br/lba, tiled floors, wa-
ter included $750 mo. +
deposit Call Vicki @
TCI, On Lake with dock,
util/cable included. No
pets, $600/mo. 1st & last
month. (863)697-3351
River Acres- Cottage
1/1 on water, furn, satel-
lite & wireless network.
$500/mo, $250 deposit

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

1BR/1BA, 1st floor,
furn., pool & tennis,
boat dock, rec room,
very nice. Reasonable
Call 561-324-4902 or

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Adorable Large
lbd/lba Duplex
Newly remodeled,tiled
shower and all tile
floors,spacious yard
$550 a mo. plus $500
sec. Utilities not includ-
ed No smoking
Call 863-634-5185
4br/2ba, fenced yard,
Move in for $800.
$675 mo. Must have
references. Call
house, roomy, new floor-
ing and paint, $700/mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec.
KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ sec. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
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Newly remodeled, all tile
floors, walk-in shower,
spacious yard. $700 a
mo. plus $700 sec.,
Utilities not included
No smoking
Call 863-634-5185
*3br, lba, $800/mo.
*3br, 2ba, $750/mo
*3br, 2ba, w/pool, Lake
access, $1095/mo
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NW 50th Ave. 2 people
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smkg. $500 mo., plus
$250 deposit. Call:
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(561)248-3888 or
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family home, 3/2/2,
gated comm., pool,
appl. Maint. free lawn
$1100/mo. 1st, last &
sec. 954-644-3004

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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
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finance. $26,000

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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

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2br/2ba, Furnished.
Very clean. Small pets
welcome. $800 to move
in. $600 per month.
(863) 634-0663.
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Four Seasons, com-
pletely remodeled, too
much to list, $850/mo,
No Pets (863)634-8885
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

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18'Lund Boat
70 hp Johnson, trolling
motor, depth finders,
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Prowler Lynx travel
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tires, non smokers, no
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Asking $800 or OBO, also
have a 1990 Glass
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trailer asking $500 OBO
Call 863-610-1998

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4-wheel drive, new en-
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and LoJack asking
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Cotton thanks coaches, mom for prowess in sports

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
LeAnna Cotton is one of the few girls at
Okeechobee High School who will earn var-
sity letters in three sports this year, volleyball,
soccer and softball.
Cotton has already won the most valu-
able player award for volleyball, was one of
the top players in soccer, and will undoubt-
edly be one of the best players on the soft-
ball season this year.
The veteran and three-year starter figures
to play first or third base depending on how
the team shapes up during practice. She
will also bring a big bat to the middle of the
Brahman batting order.
"I think we are going to do great this year
and we should make it to the state finals,"
Cotton said.
She already has earned a scholarship to
Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, and will

play both softball and volleyball. She said
she loves both sports and a main reason she
chose that university was because she didn't
have to choose between the sports.
Cotton also participated in a volleyball
showcase in West Palm Beach in December
and got to test her skills against some of the
best players in South Florida.
Now she turns her attention to softball.
Cotton really became a force at the plate late
in the season. She thanked former coach
Kim Hargraves for helping her make adjust-
ments at the plate to improve her results.
"My hitting really came along last year. I
felt last year was my best year in softball so
far," she added.
Cotton said the girls have been kept on
their toes this year because no one has been
given a starting spot. She said there are a lot
of good young players who have challenged
the older girls to get better and work hard.
"I feel like all the seniors have been real

good role models and leaders so far. We all
have to fight each other for our positions.
The younger players are really nice people
to be around. We all get along really well,"
she said.
Cotton knows Jensen Beach will always
have a solid team. She also expects Sun-
coast to be a tough team this year. Nonethe-
less, Cotton is certain Okeechobee will be in
good shape.
"I feel we should be fine as long as we
play like we know how," she said.
Cotton started playing ball at a young
age in OCRA t-ball leagues. She thanked
her mother Karen Cotton for helping her to
play all of her sports. "If it weren't for her I
wouldn't have been able to play any of my
sports. I also thank my coaches who made
me the player I am and made me better."

Drew Selvey is ready to produce for OHS 'Boys of Spring'

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School boys base-
ball team will once again be anchored by
four year starter at shortstop, Drew Selvey.
Selvey has provided steady defense, great
production from the leadoff spot, stolen bas-
es, a solid bat, and occasional power over
his four year career.
Selvey batted .367 last year with three
homeruns. He also led the team in hits and
runs scored.
"I'm pretty excited for my senior year. My
goals are to go further into the post season,"
he said.
Selvey said he sees more camarade-
rie among the team so far in practice and
he thinks that togetherness and team spirit
could go a long way towards reaching more
"We've had some problems in the past
but I like the new coach. He has brought
some intensity and I'm looking forward to
the season," he added.
Selvey played in the off season for the
South Florida Titans in Port St. Lucie and for
a team in Fort Myers. He also will consider
college scholarship offers to play baseball in

Selvey has also embraced the role of team
leader this year. He said as a senior it is his
time to step up and help the younger players.
He said the seniors on the team have done
a good job so far playing hard and showing
the right way to play baseball.
Selvey said although he'd like to remain
the leadoff hitter in the lineup, he hasn't
been told where he might fit in. He said he is
a first ball fastball hitter and the leadoff spot
is where he is most comfortable.
"I'm not real big on sitting back and hit-
ting curveballs, I want to hit the fastball," he
Selvey predicts Lincoln Park to remain
Okeechobee's biggest rival this year. The
Greyhounds defeated Okeechobee last year
in the District semifinals.
Selvey also predicted the Brahman pitch-
ing staff will play a big role in whether the
Brahmans go to the post season this year,
"We have Austin Hamilton and Brandon Far-
less so I think we should be alright."
Okeechobee opens up their season on
Feb. 18 against Jensen Beach at home.

Local runner finishes South Florida Marathon

Jesse Bryant, 20, ran in his first 26.2 mile
marathon on Jan. 30, finishing the ING Mi-
ami Marathon with a time of 4:32:18. Jesse
graduated from Okeechobee High School
in 2008 and is a junior at the University of
Miami studying Biomedical Engineering. He
is the son of Judge Jerry and Carol Bryant
of Okeechobee. When asked if he ever con-
sidered quitting during the race, he replied,
"There were a couple of times when I really
wished I was doing something else, but quit-
ting was not an option."
Attorney John Cook, of Okeechobee, ran
the 13 mile ING Miami Half Marathon, finish-
ing with a time of 2:24:15.

Drew Selvey takes some hacks at a re-
cent Brahman baseball practice.

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 863-634-0515.



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Jesse bryant alsplays nis meaal anter
completing the 26.2 mile ING Miami
Marathon on Jan. 30, 2011.

February 6, 2011

Okeechobee News

Brahmans slip by Titusville in double OT soccer win

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Diego Rodriguez scored in the 96th min-
ute in double overtime as Okeechobee de-
feated Titusville 2-1 in the Regional Quarter-
final match Thursday night in Okeechobee.
Rodriguez got a one-on-one opportunity
with Terriers goal keeper Nick Stover after
a great feed by Hunter Pritchard about 40
yards from the goal and buried the shot into
the lower left hand corner of the net to keep
the Brahman season going.
"We've been training hard and this is
what we've been training for," Rodriguez
said, "You have got to keep going until the
end and never give up. You must give 110
percent all the time."
Rodriguez said he knew he had to end
the match and he nut in a shot almost im-

possible to block.
Erick Garcia scored a first half goal for
the Brahmans in the 17th minute of the first
half on a long pass from Javier Garcia. Erick
flipped the ball high over the head of Stover
and it landed in the upper right hand corner
of the net.
Titusville scored five minutes later to tie
the score. It remained tied through the sec-
ond half and one 10 minute overtime period.
Both teams played at a high level of skill and
There were a few yellow cards but most
of the match was simply good, clean aggres-
sive soccer.
Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears did take
time to talk to the referees at the halftime
break after they had blown the whistle 12
times against his team and only three times
against Titusville.

"We are playing hard. If we keep play- winner over Fort Pierce Central in the other
ing hard we will be hard to beat. We are the regional match.
heartbreak kids. We have owned overtime Sears said he feels his team has the talent
for years," he said. to keep this run going, "The stars do come
Sears said he knew Titusville could score up with stuff. Our team is full of stars. Some-
goals and were physical. He said he was sur- body different has stepped up every single
prised the Terriers did a good job of control- game," he said.
ling possession of the ball.
He stressed possession to his
team at halftime.
He also told the Brahmans
to relax and make something
"I didn't expect that high
a level of soccer from them.
I was surprised they con- 4
trolled the ball and pushed
it around the field like they
did," he added.
A great, energetic crowd
was on hand to cheer on
the Brahmans. Coach Sears
said he told his team to
spread the word and bring
as many friends and fam-
ily to the match so his team . .
would have the home field:.; -..
advantage. He thanked the
crowd for making a lot of
noise whenever the Brah-
mans had the advantage.
He urged Brahman sports
supporters to do that again Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
for Tuesday as Okeechobee Hunter Pritchard controls the ball near midfield
will host Merritt Island, a 5-0 during the regional quarterfinal boys soccer match
Thursday against Titusville.

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