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Publication Date: 04-01-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, April 1, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 40 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.40 feetLast Year: 11.52 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. C i t y c o u n c i l t o C ity council to c o n s i d e r n e w c onsider new m u r a l m ural ... Page 7IRSC expands degree program ... Page 14OHS wrestlers honored . s e e ... see P a g e s 1 8 Pages 18 & 1 9 &19 Special to the Okeechobee NewsJewel Buck, of Okeechobee, will compete in the Miss Indian World Pageant in New Mexico. Jewel Buck, a member of the Seminole/Cocopah tribe, will compete in the Miss Indian World Pageant as part of the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations, the most prominent Native American powwow in the world, held between April 26 and April 28, in Albuquerque, N.M. As part of the Gathering of Nations, 28 Native American women Jewel Buck to compete in Miss Indian World PageantSee PAGEANT — Page 5 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Discussions about the restoration of the Everglades and the management of Lake Okeechobee often disclose differences of opinion. That was the case at the Friday, March 30, meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The coalition, which met at the Okeechobee Courthouse, is make up of representatives of 10 counties in South Florida affected by the lake. Temperance Morgan, state policy chief for South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), gave the coalition an update on Caloosahatchee River Watershed Protection Plan. The plan, which consists of local, state, and federal projects, has a two fold goal: reducing total nitrogen levels and establishing salinity in the estuary. “There are a lot of phases in this project and it will take us a long time,” Ms. Morgan said, She also spoke of the dispersed water management program which stores excess water on private property to provide shallow groundwater discharge, improve wetland systems and reduce harmful effects on Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries. Glades County Commissioner Russell Echols expressed frustration that SFWMD was buying large quantities of land in his county and not doing anything with it. Such state purchases take property off the county’s ad valorum tax roles. “We share your interest in making use of the land,” responded Ms. Morgan. Commissioner Echols also expressed concern about the length of time involved in the permitting process. “Any agenc y that has the authority for permitting should have the responsibility to issue a permit in a timel y manner,” he said. Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kinard, deputy district Engineer for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), gave an update on the Herbert Hoover Dike ReCoalition updated on lake conditions By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Records obtained thorough a public records request have once again raised questions about the leasing of land by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Prior articles have dealt with SFWMD’s leasing practices and their apparent proclivity for not following state statute 373.093 which requires them to advertise their intention to put the lease out to bid, and to get bids from potential lessees. However, the district has, on several occasions, awarded leases without allowing other parties to place a bid. One such instance are the three non-contiguous parcels of property in Glades County that is referred to as the Pearce-Pomcor Tract. In January of 2006, SFWMD agreed to purchase these parcels from a Lake Worth-based company known as Pomcor, Inc. Pomcor had an option to buy the property from Glades County rancher J.F. Pearce and exercised that option in March of 2006 when they bought a SFWMD lease questions go unansweredSee SFWMD — Page 5 See LAKE — Page 5


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Garments as symbols Some fashion statements just aren’t safe. I recall a few years ago reading about a kid who was not in a gang but wore “gang colors.” He was mistaken for a real gang member by a rival gang and was killed.  I want to be a gansta. I don’t want to be killed but I like looking like a gansta.  This reminds me of the movie “Shenandoah,” set in the Civil War era, in which a boy playing in a eld nds a cap -a Rebel army cap lost there during a battle. He puts on the cap because he thinks it looks good. Shortly after, he is picked up by Union soldiers as an enemy prisoner. When he tries to explain that he just found the cap, no one w ill believe him. People do use and perceive clothing as a symbol. So be careful what y ou wear or you could wind up with consequences that you did not intend or expect.  You wear a hood, you are a hood.WaterFest I want to thank the organizers of WaterFest which was held over the weekend at C. Scott Driver Recreation Area. I had never been there before as I thought it was just boat ramps. But it is actually a nice park area and I can see it would be a good place for more festivals. They had the big bass tournament going on of course, and the barbecue contest, but there also were quite a few booths that were giving away free stuff. We even got free T-shirts which were silk screened while w e watched. One lady in our group won a nice jacket. The boat races with the little Mini Regatta races were fun to watch. If they have this again, it would be nice to have a few more things for the younger kids. But us big kids had a great time.  Water Fest was a great deal because it w as free to get in and there were lots of giveaways. That sounds like a no brainer!  Congrats and thanks to Kathy Scott.Stand up for the ag We are not teaching our kids the respect and importance of our ag and what it means. Kids have no idea anymore and you can’t depend on the schools to teach them everything it needs to come from home.Scam warning Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced. The caller claims to be a jury duty coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo, your identity was just stolen. The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states. This swindle is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.Religion These things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19  People make religion so complicated. Christ made it easy. All you have to do is: Love God and love your neighbor. Treat everyone with love, as in feed the hungry, take care of the sick, comfort those who are suffering. Leave judgement to God.Power Pole Slam Just in case you did not notice, these guys were a class act. They came here, spent lots of money and showed the entire world that Lake Okeechobee is as good as it gets. They praised the lake the entire time. They caught several swamp donkeys and loved every minute of it. It will be on ESPN on Sunday @ 8. Sunday, April 1, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €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 it with 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. MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Palm SundayBy Bruce Simpson, pastorFirst United Methodist Church In the liturgical calendar, today is Palm Sunday. We remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. For many, the long awaited messiah had come. In Mark 11:8-10, Mark describes the reaction of the crowd. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the elds. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (New Revised Standard Version) We are reminded in Isaiah 55:8 that our thoughts are not His thoughts and His ways are not our ways. God understood that the changing of the governing body would not correct a deeper problem. The real problem was sin. The same people who are praising Jesus will be cursing him by the end o f the week. Isn’t it so human for us to want change, as long as, the change does not require a change in our behavior? We begin today the walk to the cross. Quite different than what was expected. The Savior of the World would lay down his life for you and me. The pain and suffering would exemplify great love. A new kingdom would come; not with a conquering army, but with a conquering Spirit that would cleanse and change a sin sickened heart. At the close of this week of remembrance, Amazing Love will have been demonstrated. God’s only son will have laid down his life for all sinners, once and for all. The broken relationship between God and humanit y will have been mended. As the result of the above, the life that becomes the Gospel can become a reality. God is good! Is there no joy in your life? Have you made some mistakes in your life choices? Come to Jesus! Come to Jesus! He loves you and wants onl y the best for you! Re ections from the Pulpit Breaking our willful pridePsalm 32: 8 says “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way in which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.” Jesus Himself established a church that turned the world up-side down. Today the world is turning the church up-side down. We don’t need bigger churches, we need stronger churches. We need to keep the integrity of the message intact. A strong church is one that reaches the people biblically, not by entertaining or being political. 1st Peter 4:11 says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glori ed through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen “ We as a country have become too prideful. We think nothing can take away our freedom to be what we want or do as we please. How sadly wrong! Our country is slowly degenerating. We have turned our backs on what is moral and acceptable and pleasing to our Creator. And instead have left the gate wide open for attacks of all kinds. Television, computers, I-pods, all these great inventions that could be, and are in some cases, useful learning tools have become the devil’s toys to lure our children into his unholy abyss. We look to the churches for solace and comfort and in some instances they are teaching “live and let live” because God created all and He loves us all no matter what. And it is true that He loves us all no matter what, but He does not love our corruption and sinful ways. The good news is that those that have confessed their past sins are forgiven and they can now live a new life in Christ if the y accept His gift of salvation. All churches should be reaching the people with the word of God as it is written, not gloss it over for fear of offending someone. Church is a hospital for sinners seeking to get well, not a hotel for saints. If you are offended by the message, that’s a good thing. It means God is speaking to you and He wants you to come to Him and let Him heal you. Sometimes we need to be broken in order for us to hear Him calling us. God gave His only Son to die as a living sacri ce for the atonement of our sins. Let’s turn this world around to the wa y God created it to be, let Jesus be the central focus of your life. He died for you, so live for Him. Jesus loves you ~ and so do I Cheryl Gawda Letters to the Editor


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A pril 1, 2012 representing their different tribes and traditions will compete for the title in the areas of cultural tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment. “Being named Miss Indian World is one of the most prestigious honors a young Native American woman can achieve for herself and her tribe as the title is highly respected in the Native American and indigenous world,” said Melonie Mathews, coordinator of the Miss Indian World Pageant. “Equivalent to the Miss America title, the winner will represent all native and indigenous people throughout North America and will serve as a cultural goodwill ambassador throughout the world.” The pageant will begin on Thursday, April 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, at 11000 Broadway SE, in Albuquerque, N.M., featuring the traditional talent presentations from each contestant. Lisa Meeches, executive producer of Eagle Vision Inc. and Meeches Video Productions from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Jason Whitehouse, a performer from the Native American Dance Theatre in Madison Heights, Mich., will cohost the Miss Indian World talent presentations. In addition, there will be a special performance by “NRG Rising,” an all-female reggae musical group from Aotearoa, Ne w Zealand during the competition. On Friday, April 27 at the Gathering o f Nations powwow at The University of Ne w Mexico Arena (known locally as “The Pit”), the contestants will participate in the speaking competition at Stage 49, the staging are a for music and entertainment, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. with the nal announcement and crowning of Miss Indian World taking place on Saturday, April 28. The ne w Miss Indian World will travel to many native and indigenous communities throughout the world on behalf of the powwow. Tickets for the Miss Indian World Pageant on Thursday, April 26 are $14 and will be available at the door the night of the event. Tickets to the Gathering of Nations powwo w cost $17 per day, or $34 for a two-day pass and can be purchased at the door. The Miss Indian World Pageant can also be followed on Twitter by going to twitter.com/MissIndianWorld. PAGEANTContinued From Page 1 habilitation Project. He said the dike is rated Dam Safety Action Class Level 1 with 1 being the least safe and 5 being the safest. He said that was good and bad. It is bad in terms of the safety of residents, but it is good in the fact the dike received over 20 percent of the national dam safety budget for three years. The colonel said the approach of COE has changed. Originally the dike was divided into 8 sections called reaches. Work was done rst on the worst reach, between Port Mayaca and Belle Glade. The emphasis is now on a system wide approach to reducing the risk. The goal is to replace 28 culverts around the dike, remove one and abandon three. “It all depends on funding,” he said of the pace of rehabilitation. The colonel said that as rehabilitation is progressing COE would be working on a new lake regulation schedule that would accommodate higher water levels. In giving a summary of current water conditions, Susan Sylvester, SFWMD’s water control operations bureau chief, noted that for the past several years we have had drier than normal dry seasons. Currently most of the 16 county area by SFWMD is at 50 percent or less of the average March rainfall. She said predictions for April and May call for below normal rainfall. Ms. Sylvester did say that water levels in the Kissimmee Basin are holding steady. Ms. Sylvester said that the current lake regulation schedule does not call for any releases to the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Kurt Harclerod, who represented Lee County, disagreed with that reasoning. He made a motion to send a letter to SFWMD recommending that environmental releases of water be made from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River to improve the salinity level in the estuary. That motion passed with Commissioner Echols casting the lone dissenting vote. After the meeting Commissioner Echols said he did not have enough information to approve the motion. “We don’t have the water to release,” he asserted. The opposite opinion was expression b y Hendry County Commissioner Carson Turner who was in favor of all parties cooperating. “Permitted users need to have what the y need,” he said after the meeting. Kim Taplin, chief of the Central Everglades branch for COE gave an update on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Components of the plan under consideration include storage, treatment and conveyance of water in the Everglades Agricultural Area, decompartmentalization and sheet ow enhancement, seepage management and operations changes. She explained how COE was streamlining the planning process for projects from up to 6 years to as little as 18 months. The streamlined process involves receiving input during the planning rather than at the end. Ms. Taplin stated that 12.5 to 15 feet would be a healthy range of depth for the lake. When the rehabilitation of the dike is completed she said that range of depth would still be good for the ecology. “It is not the intent to have a schedule that holds the lake at 17 feet,“ she said. Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper addressed the coalition expressing his great pleasure in the quantit y and quality of sh caught in the lake at last weekend’s Bassmaster Tournament. He attributed the successful catch to Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Biologist Don Fox, whom he called “the Father of Lake Okeechobee.” Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com LAKEContinued From Page 1 total of 4,734 acres. That same month, The Nature Conserv ancy purchased 1,646 acres of that property from Pomcor on behalf of the SFWMD for about $16.3 million because SFWMD did not have the funds available to make the purchase at that time. Water managers agreed to reimburse The Nature Conservancy, plus interest and carrying costs, and did so in August of 2007. The district then closed on the remaining property -3,088 acres -in May of 2006 for about $38 million. A closing statement obtained through a public records request lists a closing date of May 9, 2006, when SFWMD apparently agreed to purchase the property. This date, however, is different than what w as earlier reported. Other records show that SFWMD purchased that property on May 11. An e-mail from this newspaper was sent to the district Thursday, March 29, that asked about the difference in the dates. An answer, in the form of an e-mail, was received from Gabe Margasak, a media representative with SFWMD. That response stated that even though the closing statement was dated May 9, the district did not actually take possession of the property until May 11 -which, he added, is the date on the deed. But, that raised yet another question. As stated above, the closing statement indicates a date of May 9, 2006. But on May 10, 2006, Pomcor entered into a lease with Stuart-based Real Estate salesman Ricou Hartman on the remaining 3,088 acres. In 2008, Old River Cattle Company, an Okeechobee-based company, joined Mr. Hartman on that lease. So, if Pomcor agreed to sell that property to the district on May 9 how could they then enter into a lease agreement with a third party on property they no longer owned on May 10? In trying to ascertain how this could happen, this newspaper posed that question to a prominent Real Estate attorney. The attorney explained that it’s not unusual for a Real Estate closing to be held one day and the deed then transferred at a later date. The transaction, he added, isn’t of cially closed until the buyer receives the deed. But, for a third party to lease the property they just sold in between the closing and the transfer of the deed -well, that’s another matter. According to the attorney’s explanation SFWMD could have, and probably should have, invalidated the deal because Pomcor had just encumbered the property without a right to do so. But, continued the attorney, the district could choose to ignore that encumbrance if they had something to gain from it. When asked why the district did not invalidate their transaction with Pomcor, Mr. Margasak replied via e-mail that: “It would be helpful if you would provide the legal opinion you received regarding Pomcor’s actions.” Another e-mail, stating that the opinion came from a Real Estate attorney, was sent to Mr. Margasak. That same e-mail also asked for a response to the question of how could Pomcor enter into a lease on the property on May 10 after they had closed on the sale to SFWMD the day before? As of newspaper deadline, we have not received an answer to that question. That rst e-mail also contained the question: “If the exchange closed on May 9, how could there currently be a valid lease on the Pearce-Pomcor tract by Old River Cattle Company?” Again, as of newspaper deadline, an answer to that question had not been received. Records show that SFWMD acquired the Glades County property and, without putting it out for bids, amended it in 2007 and 2008. On May 28, 2008, the district awarded Mr. Hartman and Old River Cattle Company an extension on their lease that runs until May 14, 2012. And, as previously mentioned, this lease was not put out for bids when Pomcor entered into the lease with Mr. Hartman or when it was amended and ultimately extended for 10 years in December of 2011. It should also be pointed out that this lease is not the only one that has been extended without being put out for bid. The district extended at least three other area leases in December of last year without notice and without allowing others to submit a bid. SFWMDContinued From Page 1 Flower card sale bene ts preschoolNorthside Headstart a pre-school for 3-4 year olds, located at 1798 NW 9th Ave., Okeechobee, Fla. 34972 is currently selling Flower Cards to raise funds for supplies and equipment. Flower Cards may be purchased for $20 each. A Flower Card allows the purchaser to go in to Pat’s Floral, located at 300 N. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fla. 3492, once a month for an entire year and get a free bouquet of owers! Not only is that 12 bouquets of owers for $20 but you are also supporting local children in early education. Great gift idea for Mother’s day, it’s a gift that will keep giving all year! For more information or to purchase a Flower Card call Christina Santibanez at 863-357-8677.OCRA announces Chobee Bulls' football travel leagueOCRA is currently signing up football players and cheerleaders for our upcoming football traveling teams. Yes, OCRA is bringing back the “Chobee Bulls” travel league. We will have one team from each league traveling and participating in the Mid-Florida Football Conference. If your child would like to participate with this great organization, call 863-634-0515. Signups are: Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29, 5:30–7:30 p.m.at the Sports Complex at the concession stand. Birth certi cates are required.


Okeechobee Chapter W omen Of The MooseOkeechobee Chapter Women Of The Moose will hold their Green Cap Activities A fternoon celebrating their own Junior Graduate Regent, Kathy Baker on Sunday, A pril 1 The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. w ith a reception to follow at the Moose Lodge located at 159 NW 36th St.Freedom Outreach Ministry having a yard saleA Yard Sale will be held by Freedom Outreach Ministry at 912 N.W. 2nd Street, (2 blocks West of the Meat Shoppe on 2nd), on Sunday, April 1 beginning at 9 a.m. Furniture, electronics, tools, clothing, toys, knickknacks, home accessories, and more.Cypress Eagles to host Sunday dinnerOn Sunday, April 1 from 1-5 p.m., the Cypress Hut Eagles will be having a Fried Chicken Dinner. $6. per dinner. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public Welcome.OREA plans to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educator’s Association (OREA) will be meeting on Monday, April 2 beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O’Brady’s. Any retired educator is encouraged to attend. We will be having the drawing for our Kindle Fire raf e, W almart gift card and purses at this meeting. The funds from this raf e will be used to fund our OHS scholarship.ConKerr Cancer ‘sit & sew’ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. We now provide pillowcases to St. Mary’s, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. The next ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and child-friendy fabric and sew with other ladies in our community w ho want to help make a difference to a sick child. For more information, please call Joan at 863467-0290. Easter services plannedThe Okeechobee Ministerial Association w ill host an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Lock 7 Pier (where U.S. 441 meets State Road 78). The services will include congregational singing and special music by the Okeechobee Community Choir Men’s Quartet. Donations will be accepted for Faith Farm ministries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, coffee and hot chocolate.Hospice hosts monthly yard saleHospice of Okeechobee will be having their next yard sale on April 4 and 5. Hospice of Okeechobee is currently having weekly Grief and Loss Groups, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.Living with Diabetes presentation plannedLiving With Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community, 203 SE 2nd Street, on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will be given in the Center’s Activities Room. This seminar is offered by the Visiting Nurses Association.Healthy Start Coalition to meetThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877. Brat Club plans Teen DanceThe Building Relationships Among Teens (BRAT) Club will host a Teen Dance Party on Saturday, April 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Avenue. The party is open to ages 12 to 16. Cost is $7, and includes music, games, pizza, soda and chips. For more information, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.BHR VFW plans dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post on State Road 78 West will host an Easter dinner on Sunday, April 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The menu will include ham, sweet potatoes, peas with new carrots and dessert. The VFW asks for a $7 per person donation to bene t veterans’ projects. The public is invited. For more information, call 863-467-2882. The VFW will also hold ve card bino at 5 p.m.Speech contest plannedOkeechobee Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Speech Contest, “SHOULD FOOD CROPS BE USED FOR FUEL?” will be held, April 10 The contest is open to any Okeechobee County students, grades 6 through 12. First place is $200. For a complete list of rules and entry form contact 763-3619 ext. 501, email: jared.prescott@ .nacdnet.net or visit www.okeechobeeswcd.com. Deadline is April 9.Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, April 15 May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at OkeeTantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Chamber Concealed Weapons Permit ClassThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee is hosting a Concealed Weapons Permit Class on Thursday, April 19 at the Hampton Inn from 7 to 9 pm. Range training will be conducted on the following Saturday morning. The cost of the class is $30, and a concealed weapon permit package will be provided to each participant. You do not need to own a gun to attend class. Pre-registration and prepayment is required at the time of registration. Register online at www. OkeechobeeBusiness.com. Go to calendar of events and click on the April 19, Concealed Weapons Permit Class. Then follow instructions to register online. You may also complete a registration form at the Hampton Inn. If you should have additional questions, please contact the Chamber at terry@ OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246.Shockwaves registration openThe Okeechobee County Recreation Department will hold registration for the Shockwaves competitive swimming team on April 15 and 16 at the Sports Complex Pool, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the league fee and $60 for the team fee. This is a competitive swim league for ages 5-18 practice is held three days a week in the afternoons until summer and then goes to ve days a week with morning practice. Meets are held on Saturdays. The team does travel to meets in other counties and to the regional nals. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Mary Jo Baker,73 OKEECHOBEE — Mary Jo Baker of Okeechobee died, Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 in Raulerson Hospital. She was born June 29, 1938 in Indiana and had been a resident of Okeechobee for the past seven years. She enjoyed taking care of animals. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard Baker. She is survived by two sons, Rick Baker of Jupiter, Fla., Randy Baker (Syndy) of Lantana, Fla.; grandson, Ricky Baker of Melbourne, Fla. There will be no public visitation or services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. Ronald Rowland Jr., 52OKEECHOBEE — Ronald Rowland Jr., beloved son of Judy Rowland, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Rowland Sr.; and brother, Randy Rowland. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Robert Rowland; neice, Kasi Rowland of Tallahasee; and many relatives and friends. No services are planned. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News April 1, 2012 Community Events


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 863 484-0994Hwy 70 EBEHIND W & W Lumber Eli William RenfranzJune 22, 1990 to April 1, 2008We, your family and friends, will always remember your endless wit, humor and energy! We rejoice in knowing that someday we will see you again, and that you will welcome us to your home in God’s Heaven. Of that there is no doubt. Eli would wish that the Skatepark be kept alive and open. There are many people who have worked hard to do that. If your heart leads you to do so, please make a tax-deductible gift to those running the Skatepark: CIS-PAL of Okeechobee, Inc P.O. Box 2412 Okeechobee, FL 34973Note on the check “Skatepark in Memory of Eli Renfranz.”Any questions, phone Jill Rogers, Director at 863-462-5125, extension 128 Supplement to the Okeechobee News € January 27, 2012 € Also Available Online at newszap.com IN F O R M A T I O NGU I D EF rid a y ,O c to b e r 2 8 ,2 0 1 1 S up pl e m en t t o t h e2011-2012 MEDICAL S u p p l e m e n t t o t h e O k e e c h o b e e N e w s, A u g u s t 1 7, 2 0 1 1D D r r . F F r r e d d B r r o o w w n n C C h h i i l l d d r r e e n n   s s H H e e a l l t t h h C C e e n t t e e r r 2 0 1 1 5 5 H H w w y y 4 4 4 1 1 N N o o r r t h , O O k k e e e e c c h h o b b e e e , F F L L € € 8 8 6 3 3 7 7 6 6 3 3 1 1 9 9 5 5 1 1 F F l l o o r r i i d d a a C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y H H e e a a l l t t h h C C e e n n t t e e r r s s , I I n n c c . F F o o r r m m o o r r e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n , p p l l e e a a s s e e v v i i s s i i t t o o u u r r w w e e b b s s i i t t e e a a t t w w w w w w . f f c c h h c c i i n n c c . o o r r g gCall to schedule your appointment today! S e e B a ck C o v e r f o r G i ft C e rt i f i c a te f o r a n e y e e x a mF eaturing: Superintendent Letter Calendar School Bus Schedule Report CardSchedule School ListingsO O p p e e n n H H o o u u s s e e : : A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 8 8Ad v e rt i s i n g S p o n s o r Available 24/7 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=65039&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 9 Okeechobee News A pril 1, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekThese Osceola Middle School Students of the Week are feeling March Madness in honor of the NCAA Final Four. Pictured (left to right/front row) are: Brianna Leonard, Ilen Garcia, Christina Orender, Candace McGlamory, Ricky Courson, (back row) So a Medrano, Tiarra Johnson, Brittney Kicklighter, Niki White and Naimah Campbell, Way to go, students! The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee is proud to be hosting their 40th annual Easter Pancake Breakfast! The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee has always had a focus on serving the children and youth of Okeechobee and supports many projects to accomplish this. This Club was one of the rst to offer a college scholarship at the OHS Scholarship Night, was a founding sponsor of the Grad Night Party and continues to help support it nancially, and is the co-sponsor of the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program for the Okeechobee elementary schools. In addition, the club sponsors Builder's Clubs at the middle schools and a Key Club at OHS, has a Terri c Kids awards program in the elementary schools, and sponsors "Math Mini-Grants" thru the Okeechobee Educational Foundation. Events put on by our club include the Farm-City Week BBQ, G4S (previously Eckerd Youth Development Center) Christmas party, Santa-in-the-Park, Souper Bowl of Caring, National Day of Prayer, Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, and a school supply drive for Real Life Children's Ranch. To fund these projects the Club holds an annual Radio Auction and Easter Pancake Breakfast. The Easter pancake breakfast is their major fundraiser of the year. The breakfast will be on Easter, April 8, at Cowboy's BBQ & Steak Restaurant, 102 SW 14th St, from 7 to 10 a.m.. Breakfast is freshly made pancakes, homemade sausage (donated by Larson Dairy), fresh squeezed orange juice (donated by Hazellief's Grove and Jack Wolff) and coffee, all this for $5! They also provide breakfast at a satellite location at the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 200 NW 2nd St at the same time. Kiwanis Club hosts 40th Annual pancake breakfast on Easter Sunday


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 The Okeechobee Community Choir Under the Direction of Sandy Perry, Will Present its 13th Annual Easter Cantata Concert, Christ Arose! Easter Favorites & Handel’s Hallelujah! Chorus During which audience participation is encouraged!Friday, March 30th7pm Saturday, March 31st7pm Sunday, April 1st 3pm First United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd St Okeechobee(Northwest of Walgreens at the intersection of US 441 & SR 70)The 40 voices comprising this season’s choir represent singers from Thirteen local churches who began rehearsing in February. Composer, Concert Pianist, Director of Music & Arts at Good Shepherd United Methodist, West Palm Beach and Special Guest Accompanist, Frank Carter, Composed his second Easter Cantata, Christ Arose! Especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir!Soloists: Chris Askeland, Betsy Cheney, George Clement, Bobby & Debby Huntley, Lonnie Kirsch, Sue Kohltfarber, Tommy Markham, Allen Patterson, Cameron Patterson, Elsie Ratliff, Leah Suarez, Victoria Williams and Mike Zierden. Special Guest Soloist: Joseph McColly, trumpet, Good Shepherd UM Frank Carter, Accompanist Nicolle Wood, Narrator Sheila Brown, Sound Love Offering Will Be Taken to Defer Advertising Expenses. Questions? Call 634-7714 EmoryWalkerCo.,Inc.(863) 763-6742Serving the Lake Area Since 1966 A/C and Heating at its Best! License # CAC014022 CAC042747 CAC057219 208 SW 5th Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 10 Okeechobee News April 1, 2012 Sacred Heart Catholic Church had a Golden Jubilee celebration for Father Sean Mulchay on Saturday, March 17. Father Sean has been at Sacred Heart Church for six years after retiring from parishes in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach Gardens. He has a retreat house in Lorida. The Golden Jubilee (50 years of priesthood) celebration was attended by over 200 of Father Sean’s friends. The dinner included the famous St. Patrick’s Day special of corned beef and cabbage. Entertainment included the Chobee Steelers, a Mexican band, a Martial Arts presentation and Irish songs. The day concluded with a concelebrated Mass by Father Sean and Father Hugh Duffy. Father Duffy then presented Father Sean with a beautiful plaque thanking him for his serv ices, a picture signed by all the attendees and a basket of cards, congratulating him for his 50 years of being a priest. Father Sean Mulchay honored on golden jubilee Special to the Okeechobee NewsFather Sean Mulchay celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest with a special gathering on March 17. Pregnancy Center offers free servicesFree Pregnancy tests are available at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. Of ce located at 500 N.W. Sixth St. and you may call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Free Parenting Classes available for mothers (and fathers) to be or those already with babies on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Call the of ce at 863-467-8748. Come nd out about the Baby Boutique! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News There is a new chiropractor in town and she is a native Floridian. Dr. Jennifer Cook is from Clewiston and her mother is from Okeechobee. Dr. Cook received her education at Sherman College in Spartanburg, SC. Since September of last year she has been practicing in Clewiston. She said she got a lot of calls from Okeechobee. Now she is in Clewiston three days a day and in Okeechobee two days a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until the last patient is seen Dr. Cook treats patents at Douglas Chiropractic & Fitness Center, 916 W. North Park st. For appointments call 863-233-6084. Dr. Cook treats such things as lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot pains and headaches. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com New chiropractor in town Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaDr. Jennifer Cook, left, is now seeing patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the of ces of Dr. Edward W. Douglas, right, at 916 N. West Park St.


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Christopher Crum, Cameron Howling; second grade: Michael Henderson, Albert Schwendeman, Nancy Garcia; third grade: Taylor Smith; fourth grade: Elijah Williams, Tyler Boatwright, Jacquelyn Adcock, Briana Hight; fth grade: Yessenia Ramirez, Trasaont Bowser, Emily Hernandez, Reganne Beach, Maira Crespin. Congratulations to the many outstanding students. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CenterState BankPrize winnerCongratulations to Ricky Fralix! Ricky attended CenterState Bank’s grand opening event on March 16, and was the lucky winner of a 37” Flatscreen TV. As luck would have it Ricky shared with the CenterState staff, “the timing could not be better, as my TV went on the blink and we feel this was God’s way of looking out for us. We love CenterState Bank!” From left to right are: Sherri En nger, Jennifer Lafferty, Tabitha Trent, Ricky Fralix and Shannon Conrad. Free tax preparation and e- ling help offeredAARP Taxaide volunteers will be available to provide free income tax preparation and e- ling through April 17, at the American Legion, 501 SE 2nd Street, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those who need help with their tax forms must bring photo ID, Social Security cards for dependents, last year's tax return and all 2011 nancial statements. No appointment is necessary. First come, rst served. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Please DO NOT call the American Legion. For more information, please call 863-357-1694 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.mid” orida.comFederally insured by NCUA. It pays to bank withOKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S.(866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376 If your bank is charging you for your debit card, come to MIDFLORIDA where you can earn FREE Debit Card Rewards. No fee for carrying the card. No per-debit usage fee. Just use the card, skip the PIN and rack up! Rewarding you for using your MIDFLORIDA debit card to pay for everything … just remember to select credit when you pay. Earn up to 10¢ with every qualifying transaction. INTRODUCING POWER USERRewardsO er valid as of 9/18/11 $5 minimum savings account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA. A checking account is required for a debit card. This program is not available on the following account types: Freedom or On-The-Go. Rewards money will be deposited to the checking account attached to the debit card and can be deposited daily or monthly. O er subject to change without notice. ATM transactions and purchases made using a PIN will not qualify for rewards. 1-19 signature-based transactions earn 5 each, per month 20+ signature-based transactions earn 10 each, per monthRegister your card at mid” orida.com/rewards 12 Okeechobee News April 1, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CenterState BankDonation to the bandAt its grand opening celebration on March 16, CenterState Bank proudly presented a check for $1,000 to the OHS Jazz Band. The donation is to help support the band’s musical quest to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC on May 28. The band was nominated by Congressman Tom Rooney and to date is the only high school band representing the State of Florida; this is quite an accolade. The band’s performance will pay tribute to our American heroes who have made many sacri ces to defend our nation’s freedom. The friends, family and staff at CenterState Bank wish the OHS band members the best as they proudly represent the Okeechobee Community. Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESStudents of the WeekCentral Elementary School is pleased to announce the names of Students of the Week for the last week in March including: Aiden Havens, Priscella Velasquez, Skyer Ingram, Julio Leal, Dosselena Flores, Cody James, Ashlynn Hayen, Gabriela Orozco, Syleena Lawson, Kaitlyn Freeman, Emma Arnold, Alexandra Pacheco, Monique Silvas, Katelynn Terry, Isabella Sausedo, Isabela Calvillo, Ja’bria Brinkley, Logan Rhoden, Tim Mejia, Andread Ramirez, Diana Ayala-Godinez, Tara Hunt, Abigail Smith, Victoria Cline, Gariesha Johnson, Nathaly Rodriguez, Borrke Whaley, Eboni Koivunen, Tyler Arnold.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 13 Okeechobee News A pril 1, 2012 Raulerson Hospital’s Radiologist Dr. Alex V ennos was the guest speaker at March’s Dine with the Doctor Physician lecture series. Other speakers included Ed Nuzello, director of Radiology at Raulerson Hospital and the Chief Technologist Cheryl Gunter. A ttendees learned about each of the ve imaging modalities Raulerson Hospital is accredited in by the American College of Radiology: MRI, CT Scan, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. V ennos presented images from each modality and explained what portion of the body the images were from and what if anything w as detected. The group also learned about HCA’s, Raulerson Hospital’s parent company, safe imaging initiative known as Radiation Right. Raulerson Hospital follows nationally accepted guidelines to assure that patients always receive the lowest effective dose of radiation possible. Join Raulerson Hospital on the last Tuesday of each month for Dine with the Doctor. There is no charge for the lecture, but there is a charge for the meal for those who choose to dine there. Call 864-763-9228 to RSVP or for more information. Raulerson Hospital hosts Dine with the Doctor program Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalRaulerson Hospital’s Radiologist Dr. Alex Vennos, Radiology Director Ed Nuzello and Chief Technologist Cheryl Gunter educated community members about digital imaging and radiation during March’s Dine with the Doctor physician lecture series.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Email: century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. Check out our updated website: Century21okeechobee.com • 20+/-ACRES NW 72nd Ave. **Not buildable** Seller is open to offers. $40,000 MLS #205495 • FORECLOSURE 20+/-acres located in a rural area of NW Okeechobee County. Pasture land suitable for cattle/agriculture. **Not Buildable** $38,000 MLS #205578 • 50.4+/-acres SR 710 MLS #204068 • Blue Heron Lot S.E. 14t CT. $20,900 MLS #205527 • Basswood Lot NW 33rd Ave $6,000 or better offer. MLS #205239David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 • Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 • Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104Se Habla Espaol 1001-H: Oak Tree Place In town condominium conveniently close to everything. Porch just off the kitchen area. Seller very motivated to sell. Unit #10-G Make offer! $52,000 NOW $39,000 MLS #203425 3006-H: Treasure Island lake access. CBS and frame home with front & back screen porch. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or a place to call home. $53,900 MLS #205626 5011-M: Four Seasons 2006, 2br/2ba MH on acre. Great location for east coast commuters! Fenced yard with 4 sheds, wooden front porch. Motivated seller, make an offer! $78,000 NOW $65,000 MLS #204129 3003-H: King’s Bay 2 Bd 2 bath, screened porch, concrete driveway. Easy to show. HOA includes pool, clubhouse, tennis court, and lawn. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205169 3004-H: King’s Bay 2 Bedroom 2 bath, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliance stay. HOA. Easy to show. $54,000 NOW $47,900 MLS #205168 4002-H: Buckhead Ridge Lake Access two story 3 bd/2 ba. Upstairs & downstairs kitchen, lg storage bldg, hurricane shutters, seawall, RV Prkg. 2,560 sq. ft. of living. Way too much to list! $399,000 NOW $349,000 MLS #204356 FORECLOSURE REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED 11.5 +/ACRES OFLIGHT INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL PROPERTYWith frontage on Hwy 441 North. $249,000. Call Bryan Holden (863) 634-5792 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y Over 100 Listings Welcomes Welcomes Tonya Tonya Tyson Tyson863-634-0571 O w n e d & O p e r a t e d b y J o h n E d B u r d e s h a w LA K EOK E E C H O B E ETI T L E8 6 3 7 6 3 3 7 4 96 0 8 N W P A R K S T R E E T For All Your Real Estate Closing Needs 14 Okeechobee News April 1, 2012 New educational opportunities in Business A dministration and Criminal JusticeFORT PIERCE, FL – Indian River State College received unanimous approval from the State Board of Education on Tuesday, March 27 to launch new Bachelor’s Degree programs in Business Administration and Criminal Justice, expanding IRSC’s Baccalaureate program choices to 18. Classes will begin A ugust 23 and applications for the new programs will be accepted beginning May 14. “With our economy beginning to strengthen and diversify, it’s very important that Treasure Coast residents have local access to higher education opportunities that open new doors. The new IRSC Bachelor’s Degree program in Business Administration w ill support new and existing businesses in key growth elds in the life sciences, energy, digital media and other new technologies. The program in Criminal Justice will prepare law enforcement of cers for career adv ancement,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “IRSC has continued to expand its Bachelor’s Degree programs over the past four years and the new offerings reinforce the College’s role in development of a ourishing regional economy.” Over 100 area employers and community leaders wrote letters to the Florida Board of Education supporting IRSC’s program proposals. “IRSC is responding to a community need,” said Tammy Simoneau, Executive Director of the Economic Council of Martin County. “We are always eager to endorse expansion of Bachelor’s Degree programs for the far-reaching bene ts to our community. IRSC degree programs assist in the attraction and retention of businesses in our region and allow us to offer employment opportunities for students just starting their careers and to those expanding or changing career plans.” Fort Pierce Police Chief Sean Baldwin provided input for the development of curriculum for the new Criminal Justice Degree. “One of the great things about IRSC programs is the connection to real-world applications. The new Criminal Justice Degree program is tailored to our law enforcement needs right here on the Treasure Coast,” commented Chief Baldwin. Jamie Duplantis, a 2010 graduate of the IRSC Bachelor’s Degree program in Organizational Management, wrote a letter of support stating: “With so many people seeking employment, employers really focus on higher quali ed talent. This has given a clear edge to individuals that have earned degrees through an institution with a great reputation like IRSC. Many of the students receiving education at IRSC are staying in the local area; they continue to grow with local employers, or start/expand businesses of their own.” The two new Bachelor’s Degree programs were selected based on a needs assessment of student interest, economic development trends, projected job growth and analysis of College resources such as faculty, facilities, libraries and technology. Over 2500 students are now enrolled in 16 Bachelor’s Degree programs at IRSC, majoring in elds such as education, nursing, organizational management, biology, digital media and human services. IRSC began offering four-year degree programs in 2008 and 584 students have graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees since the program’s inception. Another 260 students will complete their Baccalaureate level courses over the next ve months. Students interested in the new programs can get a head start by enrolling in general education courses and prerequisites during the Summer Semesters. For more information, contact the IRSC Call Center at 1-866792-4722 or visit www.irsc.edu. Indian River State College adds more Bachelor’s Degree programs


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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesMOVING SALE 3201 SE 33rd Terr. Unit #14 ,Sat. 31st and Sun. 1st,9 am-4 pm Furniture, 5000 records,Country Elvis,signed oil paintings,music,frames and pictures. Old Books from 50 to 130 yrs. old 321-213-3046 Moving Sale April 1st,2nd & 3rd at 3311 SE 28th St in Treasure Island. Beer signs, furniture, appliances. Everything must go! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! ServicesWe pay cash for cars in ANY condition. No title needed. 863-268-JUNK. (863)268-5865 www.268junk.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeTRUCK DRIVER NEEDED CLASS ACDL WITH HAZMAT AND TANKER ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED. APPLY WITHIN AT: DIAMOND R. FERTILIZER, 710 NE 5TH AVE. Wanted Commercial Plumbing Supervisor and plumbers helper for a local job. Call 863-287-4785 Wanted Experienced Barber For Busy Shop Call 863-634-1492 For Interview WELDER MECHANIC NEEDED 3 YRS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER LICENSE. APPLY WITHIN AT DIAMOND R FERTILIZER, 710 NE 5TH AVE. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Medical Immediate Openings:• Dietary Supervisor: FT • Dietary Tech: PRN • Housekeeper: PRN • RNs: F/T, P/T, PRN • Ultrasound Tech: F/T, PRN • Occupational Therapist: PRN • Occupational Therapy Assistant: PRN • PBX Operator: PRN We offer competitive wages We offer competitive wages & excellent bene ts & excellent bene tsTo complete an online application, please visit www.raulersonhospital.com or you may come to Human Resources, Raulerson Hospital, 96 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee, FL Employment Medical For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. FREE TOWING. (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm EquipmentDiesel injector pumpsJohn Deere, Komatsu, Case, Kubota, and others, $300. Turbos: Cummins, John Deere, and more, $300. Call (863)381-0538. Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Call 863-634-7051 HorsesUnable to ride, had a horse but no longer. We have 30 Morgan’s and training facility for barrel riding, obstacles, mounted shooting, pole bending. Need riders with experience, desperate to ride and train with no horse of their own you can pick a horse to train or play with, need you on weekends. 561-386-5283 text in evening with info and experience. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2 BR, 1BA apartment, $550/mo + utils. Located in city, NW section. Call John (863)697-0413 or (863)357-8769 KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom Apartments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 Houses RentFOR RENT: ONE & TWO BEDROOM FULLY FURNISHED DUPLEX OR MOBILE HOMES. EITHER IN KINGS BAY WITH HEATED SWIMMING POOL TENNIS COURT GARAGE AND WASHER AND DRYER OR WATER FRONT ON RIM CANAL OR KISSIMMEE RIVER, AVAILABLE BY THE DAY-WEEK-MONTH OR YEARLY LEASE. RATES VARY BY LENGTH OF STAY. MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. CALL TODAY (863)467-4371 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Office Space RentOFFICE SPACE AND STORE FRONT FOR RENT: DOWNTOWN OKEECHOBEE PARK STREET OFFICE SUITES LLC. STARTING @ $350.00/ MONTH UPSTAIRS & $1500.00/MONTH DOWNSTAIRS, 1200 SQ FT STORE FRONT CALL 863-634-7622 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lots SaleFOR SALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT CLOSE TO BLUE HERRON IN BRENT WOOD ESTATES. LOT SIZE IS 0.65 ACRES HAS HOUSE PAD IN PLACE TO ACCOMADATE A 3500 SQ. FT. HOME WATER DEPOSIT PAID READY TO BUILD ON. $45,000 OR O.B.O. CALL CARL @ 863-634-8617 Okeechobee, Florida, Northwest Addition Block 26. Lot #8, Lot #9, & Lot #10. Located on NW 3rd Street, corner lot on the city limit line and two adjoining lots. Three lots $39,500. Call 850.420.5997. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 16 Okeechobee News April 1, 2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home LotsLOT FOR RENT: Big “O” RV PARK: Yearly only. Avail. May 1st $225 mo. (863)357-3830 Mobile Home Rent1BR 1Bath fully furnished from dishes to linens... DWMH for rent $650. + electric. Boat Ramp/marina with access to Kissimmee River 863-763-8548 Mobile HomeSale Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPOS Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 CASABLANCA PARK 3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, screen room, Florida room, newly remodeled and painted. $16,000 OBO (219)384-3407 For Sale: Mobile Home in a Adult Park (Pine Ride Park), 14x48, 2bd and 1 1/2 bath,includes stove,refrigerator and washer/dryer. $10,700 Call 239-246-5793 or 863-357-2888 Furnished Mobile Home with dishwasher, Fl. room, roof-over, 2 yard sheds, quiet 55+ park in town, great neighbors. Call 467-7996 PALM HARBOR HOMES New Home Stimulus $5K for your used mobile home. Any condition! 800-622-2832 ext 210 TREASURE Island Nice 2005 Doublewide w/lot. Large 3BR/2BA w/ replace & fenced back yard. $89,900 Will lease $850 month. Nice 2006 Singlewide w/lot. 3BR/2BA $69,900 Will lease $750 mo. 863-634-9119 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsIn atable Boat 9’ 3 Person, 705lb capacity, 9.9hp, solid wood deck, as new never in water. Google SEABO MS-81275 Cost $1,150 Sell $550.00 772-359-9550 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentRV lot for rent $400. Sewer, electric and water included. Boat ramp/marina with access to Kissimmee River 863-763-8548 Sports Vehicles/ ATVs1997 SeaDoo ‘speedster’, twin 85 hp rotax, with trailer, white, yellow, purple color scheme -seats 5, rear trunk storage, and in good condition, Was used on Lake Michigan before moving to Lake Okeechobee (Fresh water use) $3900 863-763-8548 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticeNOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION STATE OF FLORIDA, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION DIVISION OF SECURITIES IN RE: DAVID KLEIN, CRD#2034286 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION TO: David Klein 9244 NW 142nd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Petitioner’s Attorney, Tobi Pam, Senior Attorney, whose address is Of ce of Financial Regulation, 200 East Gaines Street, Suite 604, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0372 on or before May 8, 2012 and le the original with the clerk of this agency either before service on Petitioner’s Attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint: Jan Council, Agency Clerk Of ce of Financial Regulation The Fletcher Building, Suite 526 101 East Gaines Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-0350 412620 ON 3/18,25;4/1,8/2012 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 413670 ON 4/1/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AGENCY : Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ACTION : Notice of Availability (NOA) SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is issuing a Finding of No Signi cant Impact (FONSI) for approving the construction and leases of homes on trust property for Seminole Tribal member leases received in February 2012. The BIA has approved and adopted the following Environmental Assessments (EAs), dated February 2012, prepared by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Environmental Resource Management Department: • Timothy Nolan Gopher Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Ty Huff Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Jessica Billie Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Stephanie Johns Proposed Home Site. Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Shannon Purvis and Amber Craig Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Megan T. Bettelyoun Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Paula Bowers Sanchez Proposed Home Site. Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Todd Christopher Johns Proposed Home Site, Brighton Reservation, Glades County • Isabell Garza Proposed Home Site, Big Cypress Reservation, Hendry County • Texas Billie Proposed Home Site. Big Cypress Reservation, Hendry County The EAs above have been adopted and a FONSI issued for the approval of the home construction and leases of trust lands in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NOTICE : This is a Notice of Availability (NOA), that the EAs and FONSI for the federal action of approving the proposed home construction and leases of trust property are available for public review. The BIA has approved and adopted the above referenced EAs which address these proposals. The FONSI determination was based on review and analysis of the information in the EAs. Based on a review of the EAs listed above, it has been determined that the proposed actions will not result in signi cant impacts to the quality of the human environment, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. You may obtain a copy of the EAs and FONSI from the B1A Eastern Regional Of ce or the Environmental Resources Management Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6365 Taft Street, Suite 3008, Hollywood, FL 33024, telephone (954) 965-4380. APPEALS: “Any person who may be adversely affected by this decision may appeal the decision to: Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Region, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville TN 37214 in accordance with the regulations set forth at 25 CFR Part 2. The notice of appeal must be signed and mailed within thirty days of the date of this decision. The notice should clearly identify the decision being appealed, and a copy of the decision should be attached to the notice of appeal. Copies of the notice must be sent to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, MS 4140-MIB, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20240, as well as to my of ce and to all other interested parties known to the person appealing the decision. The notice of appeal to the Regional Director must also certify that the appealing party sent copies to each of these parties. The Regional Director will notify an appealing party of further appeal procedures. If no appeal is timely led, this decision will become nal for the Department of the Interior.” For further information please contact Chet McGhee, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Regional Of ce, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37214, telephone (615) 564-6830. Mary Umholtz Date: 3/5/2012 Acting Superintendent, Seminole Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs 412648 ON 4/1/2012 17 Okeechobee News A pril 1, 2012 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in toda y s classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (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). Robert Hardman, 33, S.E. 21st St., Okeechobee, w as arrested March 29 by Deputy Greg Popovich on a Glades County warrant charging him with sale of a narcotic. His bond was set at $50,000. Eric William Dodds, 54, S.E. 31st Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested March 29 by Of cer Chad Troutman on a charge of driving under the in uence. He was released on his own recognizance. Carl Douglas Lambert, 43, Justice Lane, Bunnell, was arrested March 29 by Deputy Corporal A ric Majere on DOC warrants charging him with v iolation of probation grand theft motor vehicle (two counts), violation of probation traf cking in stolen property (two counts), violation of probation petit theft (two counts) and violation of probation grand theft (two counts). He is being held w ithout bond. John Patrick Pace, 24, Mississippi Ave., Soperton, Ga., was arrested March 30 by Deputy Matt Grumbling on a charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who i s later found innocent or has had the charges a gainst them dropped is welcome to inform this n ewspaper. The information will be con rmed a nd printed. A rrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce investigated the following reports of crimes last week. ASSAULT 1700 block of U.S. 441 N. BURGLARY 2600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 2000 block of N.W. Fourth St. 2800 block of U.S. 441 N. 3000 block of S.E. 33rd Drive 3800 block of S.E. 25th St. 4300 block of S.E. 26th St. U.S. 98 N. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1200 block of N.W. 34th St. FRAUD 800 block of N.E. 30th Terrace 1300 block of S.W. 83rd Ave. ROBBERY 3600 block of N.W. First St. S.R. 710 at 15A THEFT 3200 block of S.E. 33rd Terrace (cable box) 4100 block of U.S. 441 S. (cash) 3200 block of S.E. 27th St. (jewelry) 3900 block of N.W. Seventh St. 9500 block of S.E. 126th Blvd. (scrap metal) 3300 block of U.S. 441 S. S.E. 30th Lane 1700 block of S.W. 24th Ave. 6800 block of S.E. 86th Blvd. (scooter) 30000 block of N.E. 17th Terrace 500 block of N.W. 27th Lane (cell phone) 300 block of S.E. 25th St. (vehicle) VANDALISM 1600 block of N.W. 47th Terrace Investigations Art and Music Fest calls for artistsOkeechobee Main Street is sending a CALL FOR ARTISTS Booth, Adult Gallery and Studentsto participate in the 2012 Top of the Lake Art and Music Festival. They are also looking for Farmer's Market vendors and representatives from various ethnic groups to perform. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, in Flagler Park off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. In addition to amazing artwork on display and for sale by Florida and local artists, the Art and Music Fest will include a children's art and activity section, farmer's market and a salute to our local ethnic groups. On Saturday musical entertainment will ll the air and a special presentation of selections from Broadway will be performed by the students at Leslie's Dance Studio. The highlight of the Art and Music Fest will be the special dedication of the Okeechobee Main Street's 5th mural project on the Old Bank Building Mural on State Road 70. This is a not-to-miss event for anyone who enjoys culture, history or just a pleasant walk through the parks!‘Fake’ marijuana use a growing problemPaula Friedrich, Delinquency Prevention Specialist, Department of Juvenile Justice will share information about the growing problem of "fake marijuana" use among teens, at the Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council meeting on Friday, April 20 at noon a, Beef O'Brady's. The presentation was put together by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's of ce.‘Idol’ to bene t Substance Abuse CoalitionThe very rst "Chobee Idol" competition invites local and surrounding area amateur vocal talents to tryout for this fundraiser competition. The event will be held on April 21, at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, at 1855 S.W. 153 Street. All proceeds from the event will bene t the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the rst place winner of the competition. For more information, please call 863-801-2941.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The annual Okeechobee High School W restling Banquet honored 10 regional quali ers, four wrestlers with at least 17 wins this season, a Lady Brahman who nished fth in the state, and a senior who nished in the top eight in the state this year. It was a good year for rst year coach Robert Olive who took over from long time Okeechobee coach Bruce Jahner in 2011. "I'm really proud of the guys. It was a rough transition at times as they didn't buy into me right away but the guys started to come around," he added. Olive said the word for the program is "potential." Most of the wrestlers are freshmen and sophomores. The junior class is loaded with a lot of real solid wrestlers who have the potential to be state quali ers. Olive said another year of development and continuity should only help him get more out of his wrestlers. "We have a great corps of people. We w ant to focus on conditioning and toughness. I don't want to in ate anyone's ego but I think next year will be very successful," he said. John Kemp was the team MVP. He went to the state tournament and nished in the top eight in the state. He intends to enter the Indian RiverState CollegePoliceAcademy after graduation. He said he really enjoyed his career as a wrestler and football player at OHS. "I'm very grateful that I have friends and family around me that helped me and pushed me to do wrestling. It gave me an opportunity to get out and have fun. I love the sport and I'm very competitive. The season turned out pretty well but didn't go exactly the way I wanted to. Overall being in the top eight in the state is really good," he added. Justin Morgan won the Brahman Award. He also earned a two year letter. He was praised for his all out effort and his energy on the mat, both during practice and during matches. "The Brahman Award is a nice honor to have and I appreciate it. I always gave 100 percent and I showed my teammates I never give up and do my best. I don't like to lose," he stated. Morgan said the Brahman Award meant he worked hard everyday and tried to improve. He said it also meant he was a team leader because he helped his teammates out and tried to make them better. Morgan intends to go to Indian River State College and would like to become a Pediatrician. Allen Leitner won the Bottom and Top Master Awards as he led the team in reversals, escapes, near falls, and pin falls this year. He suffered a shoulder injury that may have prevented him from making the state tournament. Leitner said he practiced real hard this year and he felt he earned the award. He went from nine pins as a sophomore to 22 pins as a junior. "I did a lot of running and weight lifting and really came a long ways this year. I think I could have gone to state but my shoulder injury really affected my game plan. I hope to place in state next year," he added. Greg Hernandez was named the Top Newcomer for the wrestling squad. The freshmen won 17 matches and quali ed for the regional tournament in Stuart. He had OHS wrestling team members honored at banquet 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Protect the Health of Your Skin with Regular Exams byaDermatologistJonathanSanders,M.D.,J.D. 772.778.7782 863.467.9555www.TCDermatology.com 18 Okeechobee News April 1, 2012 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyIn the left photo, Jake Menendez shared the award for Most Improved Wrestler (left) given by OHS Wrestling Coach Robert Olive (right). In the right photo, Todd Lanning shared the Most Improved Wrestler Award. Also in photo is OHS Wrestling Coach Robert Olive. See WRESTLING — Page 19


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Okeechobee News A pril 1, 2012 never wrestled before this year but stated he did play football which helped him in wrestling. “I felt great about this award and I’m happy. I tried my hardest out there. I hope to go to state next year,” he added. Tiffany Bowers was honored as she nished in fth place in the FloridaState women’s Championships. Jake Menendez and Todd Lanning shared the Most Improved Wrestler Awards. Ryan Hagan won the Take Down Master Award for defensive excellence. Kemp also won the Defensive Master Award for being taken down the fewest time of any wrestler on the squad. The team had a share of accomplishments this year. Del no Garcia won 19 matches, Bryan Levins won 12, Michael Thomas won 13, Larry Tabor won 17, Leitner won 21, Hagan won 22, Zadoc Simmons won ve and made it to the regional, Kemp won 23 matches, and Cody Grif th 15 matches. Zach Reed joined the group at the regional tournament. Coach Olive said he intends to bring the team to more tournaments next year including a 32 team tournament at St. Cloud before Christmas and a 32 team tournament in Jupiter in January. He also plans to work the team in the weight room and with different agility routines and demand more conditioning from his players. “We want to have a higher level of competition. I also want the guys to know they aren’t just wrestling for themselves but for their school. We will expect excellence on the mat, in the classroom and in the community,” he explained. Olive compared his plan for conditioning as joining the Army or the Marines. He also plans a parent night to help with team unit y next season. “I want to test them to get better. My vision for the team is not to just show up at tournaments and people say oh there’s Okeechobee. I want intimidation. I want us to show up at a tournament and they say, oh no, Okeechobee is here, they’re good. I want to be in the upper echelon in the state and won’t settle for less.” W RESTLINGContinued From Page 18 Ryan Hagan won the Take Down Master Award at the OHS Wrestling Awards Banquet Thursday. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGreg Hernandez received Newcomer of the Year award for the OHS Wrestling Team. Allen Leitner showed off his award for most reversals and escapes, pins and near pin falls. Johnathon Kemp received the Most Valuable Wrestler Award and the Defensive Master Award at the OHS Wrestling Banquet. Justin Morgan shows off his Brahman Award for OHS Wrestling.


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