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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 08-26-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, August 26, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 103 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 12.37 feetLast Year: 10.57 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.Of cials monitor tropical storm ... Page 3 OHS bowling team starts season ..Page 15 Raulerson offers occupational health services ... Page 8 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Thursday, Aug. 23, budget workshop held by Okeechobee County Commissioners resulted in good news for taxpayers and bad news for county employees. Commissioners agreed to leave the millage rate at the current year’s rate of 8.547. One mil equals one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed value. With declining property values that means many taxpayers will see a reduction in their tax bill. At the same time this millage rate will bring in less revenue for the county than it did last year. Commissioners expressed fear of raising millage rates and getting closer to the mandatory 10 mil cap on ad valorum taxes. If the current trend in falling property values continues, the millage rate would have to be raised just to bring in the same amount of revenue as the previous year. At this point the total proposed budget is $81.8 million, a 7.4 percent decrease from the present budget. Commissioner Frank Irby suggested that the reserves held by the sheriff be held by the county commission instead. “I don’t feel comfortable coming back i f something happens,” Sheriff Paul May responded. “It would look bad for the sheriff to go back to the commissioners for more money.” “We really don’t budget in excess,” asserted Juanita White, the sheriff’s secretary. “It is not really an excess because we don’t know what our expenses will be.” Undersheriff Noel Stephen noted that several large line items in the sheriff’s budget are County plans $81.8 million budget Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOffensive tackle Cade Stokes (left) works on his pass blocking during a drill at OHS By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee Brahman football has high hopes for the 2012 season as they return a number of starters on both sides of the ball and appear to have a less grueling schedule. Coach Chris Branham has praised the young men for their character, hard work, and enthusiasm for conditioning and practicing. He had record amounts of young men attend camps this summer. He also had over 1,000 days of weight lifting training put in by prospective Brahmans Brahmans ready for 2012 seasonSee FOOTBALL — Page 5 See BUDGET — Page 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May, who won the Republican primary with 82 percent of the votes cast, will face an unusual situation in the general election. His name will be the only one on the ballot in the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Race. Sheriff May’s only opposition is writein candidate Timothy Allen Higgins, “A write-in does not get their name on the ballot,” explained Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler. She said the ballot will have Paul May’s name rst, with the indication that he is the Republican candidate. Under Paul May’s name will be a Sheriff’s race will only have one name on ballotSee SHERIFF — Page 5


Weather forecast for Okeechobee and surrounding area from the National Weather ServiceToday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Sunday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. Windy, with a east northeast wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.Extended ForecastMonday: Showers likely and possibl y a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Windy, with a east southeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Monday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a lo w around 79. Windy, with a east southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 93. Windy, with a south southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&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 S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 2 Okeechobee News August 26, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Aug. 24, Novelee Thomas, Cristian Diaz, Hannah Adams, Eutimio Bucio, Francisco Valdez, Maria Jaimes, Maylin Campos, Maxwell Downing, Fabian Tagle, Megan Burns, Karla Alderman, Alexis Llanas, Veronica Trejo, Jose Guzman and Kyle Barrett. With the potential for heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaac, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has begun preparations to maximize storage for stormwater runoff to reduce ooding where possible. With up to several inches of rain forecast, canals and water control structures in Miami Dade-County and the Big Cypress Basin in Collier County have been placed in the low range. The structures will open as needed to maintain canals at levels that will enhance the ability of local drainage facilities to route excess runoff into the District canal system. Depending on the storm's path and rainfall received, water managers will make adjustments to structures in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties and the Kissimmee region as necessary. Water levels and ows are monitored around the clock by eld staff and the District's Operations Control Room in West Palm Beach. As a reminder, complete ood-proo ng is not possible in South Florida given the potential for excessive rainfall from storm events. Residents are urged to review their emergency plans and supplies and stay clear of water control structures, where there may be a rapid water ow even before a storm. For updates in case of an emergency, residents and visitors can follow the District's Twitter feed (@SFWMD) and its list of weather and emergency management tweeters related to South Florida (@SFWMD/emermanagement). South Florida Water managers closely monitor weather forecasts


By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County of cials are keeping a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Isaac. On Friday, school of cials were planning to keep the schools open on Monday. They w ill monitor the situation over the weekend. If the winds are 40 mph or higher, school w ill have to be cancelled as the school buses cannot operate in high winds, explained A ssistant Superintendent of Schools Joanie A rd. She said local of cials will meet this afternoon (Sunday, Aug. 26) at the Emergency Operations Center to review the storm's projected path and intensity. If of cials nd they do have to close schools, they will notify parents via the automated telephone message system. The information will also be on local television and radio stations, on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook and the Okeechobee County School System web page. Parents who have an email address in the Skyward system will also receive an email if a decision is made to close the schools. "If there is a tropical storm system out there, people need to stay prepared," said Mitch Smeykal, Okeechobee Emergency Management director. "You should have your supplies on hand with enough nonperishable food and water for three days, minimum." He said even though Okeechobee County is off the projected path of the storm, the county is likely to experience thunderstorms early in the week and there could be some localized ooding. Mr. Smeykal added that residents should keep up with updates on any changes in the storm's projected path. The situation can change pretty quickly, he said. Emergency information will be broadcast on local radio and television stations. The radio stations are WOKC-FM 100.9, WOKC-AM 1570, and WWFR-FM 91.7 in Okeechobee, WQCS-FM 88.9 in Fort Pierce, and WAFCFM 100.5 in Clewiston. The television stations are Channels 5 and 25 from West Palm Beach, and the local cable station. For storm updates online go to okeechobeeeoc.com, oridadisaster.com or the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. You can also follow Okeechobee Emergency Management on twitter and see updates on their Facebook page. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 301 N.E. 19th Drive(Across from the old hospital)112 South W. C. Owens Ave. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but more than 98 percent of skin cancers can be cured with early detection. 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US 98/US 441: From NW 36th Street to NW 9th Street: Maintenance project Crews will be edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected however motorists should drive with caution. US 98: South of CR 68: Maintenance projectCrews will be making repairs to the shoulders of the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated. SR 710: From north side of SR 710 between SR 70 & NE 34th Avenue: Maintenance projectCrews will be making drainage structure repairs on the northside of SR 710 between SR 70 & N.E. 34th. Ave., there are no lane closers expected. However traveling motorists should be aware of crews in the area. SR 70: Between S.W. 72nd Terrace and SW 8th Avenue: Maintenance project Crews will be repairing drainage structures on SR 70 between SW 72nd Terrace and SW 8th Avenue. Work will be on the south side of the road with no lane closures expected. The traveling public should drive with caution while in work zone. SR 70: From SW 24th Street to US 98/ US 441: Maintenance projectCrews will be edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected however motorists should drive with caution. Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding nes are doubled in work zones. Road work planned in Okeechobee County


Colored crystal meth The drug dealers have come up with a new way to hide their c rystal meth. It looks and smells like strawberry ‘pop rocks’ candy. It comes in different avors so it looks just like the candy. Parents w atch your kids. This stuff kills. Tell them not to take candy from s trangers. Editor’s note: According to Snopes.com, rumors about avored crystal meth began around 2007. According to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency: “ While colored versions of methamphetamine that somewhat resemble candy may have been found, t he notion that drug dealers are deliberately targeting children by producing avored versions of the drug intended to mimic the appearance and taste of candy appears to have been based on mist aken assumptions. When colored version of meth turn up, the c oloring of the drug is likely to be incidental to the manufacturing process (rather than a quality deliberately introduced to increase t he appeal of meth), and since police drug labs don’t generally test drugs for avoring ingredients, statements about seizures of av ored meth have probably been based on the drug’s brightly hued appearance and not on its actual taste.”Questions in our schools I was shocked to nd out at Okeechobee High School there is a day care for all the kids that are going to school that have babies. T here are people hired to watch these babies. If they do not have a car, they ride the school bus with their babies to go to school. Is t here something that I don’t understand here or what? When I was in school if you became pregnant, you were GONE—they didn’t t ake care of your baby at school. What is this place coming to?  It’s actually not something they get to choose. They are required by state mandate to provide care and such for children of s tudents so that the parents remain in school and complete their education and prevent them from dropping out. I know that not every high school has them, so I can only assume that there are some milestones that need to be reached or, maybe, some intervention/ action at a local level that results in the school having to dip into its operating budget to provide the service. These programs usually don’t get money from the state. So they are called “unfunded mandates,” which means the law says you need to do these things w hich are rather expensive but we’re not going to give you any help in implementing them.  I understood they get federal money/grant for following “their” guidelines and that’s where a lot of the money comes from.  I believe the mind set is that if these teenage mothers drop out of school, they have little chance of nding a job and will be a burden on society. If they stay in school, they are more likely to eventually work and support themselves and their children. The real problem is the high teenage pregnancy rate in Okeechobee County. The parents, schools, churches and community organizat ions need to do more to prevent teen pregnancy. Help! I need plastic surgery!Recently I returned from a trip to Colorado to welcome our rst great-grandchild. Those of you who have several know what a joy the rst one is. Anything his parents needed for him, I whipped out the old Mastercard and bought. After I came home we went on a short vacation to visit another grandchild in Tennessee, work on our old house, and buy what we needed for that trip. Once again, out came a credit card. After Tennessee we went to Mississippi to visit elderly, ailing relatives. Again, out with the credit cards, gas, food, motel, etc. Not one time did I give any thought to what these would add up to as we were using them. On the way home from Mississippi, I pulled a wad of receipts from my purse. WalMart, Kroger, K-Mart, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Weigle’s, Kids-R-Us, Furniture Factory, Airline tickets, motel receipts, gas receipts, Lowe’s Lumber, Ace Hardware, Loaf’N’Jug, restaurants, etc. I could not believe the amount I had put on several different cards, three different gas cards, three different credit cards, and practically every store we went to we had to have a card to get the discounts. My wallet is full of plastic cards. I have no less than 30 of them! Today, I have decided to do plastic surgery. I am keeping one grocery store card, one gas credit card and one major credit card. And I will keep the Lowe’s card. The rest are going to that great wastebasket in the far beyond. By shopping in the one grocery store I will get cents off the gallon on gas for the very gas card I keep, I may not get a lot of bargains, but I will get gas and not waste it going from store to store for the bargains. The major credit card I will save for emergencies, if I don’t have cash for everything else, then I don’t need it. Ah, my purse is already lighter! God is a great God, He supplies our every need, yet we always tend to overdo with wants, or must-haves-right now. I can only imagine the look on His face (His I-told-you-so look) when I nally realized how much I put out on credit. He doesn’t want us to do that and I know it, but I did it anyway. Now I will have to deal with consequences of my actions. Cut backs will be top priority for the next couple of months until they are paid off. All I can do right now is ask God to forgive me for being foolish with what He provided and thank Him for His Grace and Mercy that surpasses all my stupidity. Hopefully, someone else will look at what I did and remember not to do it themselves. Remember, God makes provisions for us all, every day in every way. I’m going back on His 10-20-70 plan. The top 10% goes to Him in tithes, the next 20% goes in savings and we will live off the last 70% to pay bills, food, and help others. Thank You, LORD, for being so good! Jesus loves you ~ and so do I, Cheryl GawdaWildlife restoration program celebrates anniversaryThe Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program turns 75 this September. It is likely you haven’t even heard of this program, but people everywhere who care about sh and wildlife conservation should be celebrating this anniversary. Without question, this is one of the most highly successful user-funded/public-bene t conservation programs in our nation’s history. It all began back in 1937 when hunters, joining with vendors of hunting equipment, approached the U.S. Congress to collect revenue from the sale of outdoor equipment and products to be used solely for the enhancement of wildlif e conservation. Wildlife Restoration funds have been critical to establishing healthy populations and habitats for many wildlife species, including the wild turkey, white-tailed deer and blac k bear just to name a few. These funds are essential to providing broader access and opportunities for public hunting and wildlife viewing, monitoring wildlife populations, conducting practical wildlife research, providing hunter education, acquiring key wildlife habitats and developing public shooting ranges. Sport Fish Restoration funds are used to provide broade r access for public shing and boating by constructing boa t ramps, docks and shing piers, conducting key sheries research, restoring critical sheries habitat, and delivering educational programs targeting conservation of sheries and their habitats. Not only is September the 75th anniversary of the Restoration Fund, but Sept. 1 is also one of our saltwater license-fre e shing days. What a great opportunity to introduce a nonangler to the sport of saltwater shing. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proud to be partners with all of th e sportsmen, businesses and government agencies that help keep it that way. As we enjoy the bene ts owing from hunters and anglers and the outdoor industry to sh and wildlife conservation and then back to everyone who enjoys our plentiful sh and wildlife resources, let’s all remember that forward-thinking pioneers established the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. It indeed forms a strong circle of stewardship and support around sh and wildlife unrivaled by any other conservation program in the world. So, if you are out enjoying a day in the eld or on the water, or just observing wildlife, and you come across a hunte r or angler … offer your thanks for their leading role in conservation. They deserve major credit for the rich diversity of sh and wildlife resources we enjoy today. Kenneth Wright, ChairmanFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionWhatever you do...watch the convention!All right, can I say who is Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan? Will these guys continue to pull a page from Pres. Obama’s 2008 Presidential bid or will Ryan tell Romney he is really the leade r if he looks that way. Please don’t slash my future Medicare/Social Security/immigration/women’s rights and personal funding. Life is mor e than just about your private sector friends boardroom mentality. Romney was a one-term governor, Harvard Law business graduate, Bain Capital Private Equity rm, CEO. How can you tell me he is for the everyday working American when h e does not release his own taxes. Ryan did! Also Pres. Obam a is still leading in every poll out there. Hello! Likability, smil e whatever you do for the master, let in be real. I’m just saying, I too am America. Watch those conventions! Rock the vote. Brenda Scott, Poet, Playwright August 26 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and e asier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go t o www.newszap.com, click on the community name and y our local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new t opics or comment on existing topics. What follows is a s am pling of some of the discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!


strictly invoice driven. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said he w ould rather have the sheriff hold surplus funds. “How does it bene t us if we hold it rather than the sheriff?” he asked. Commissioner Irby replied that if the county has the money it can be used for emergencies. The sheriff noted that for the fth year his budget has decreased. He pledged to return almost $600,000 to the county in unused funds from the current year’s budget. Because county employees are not getting a raise, the sheriff agreed to remove the 3 percent raise for his employees that had originally been in his proposed budget. However, he said that out of this year’s surplus funds he would give his employees a one-time 5 percent bonus. “We’ve cut, cut, cut until it is no longer a cutting problem,” asserted Commissioner Culpepper. “It’s a revenue problem. How can you keep cutting without reducing the level of services? We have reached the point where we are in crisis management.” Commissioner Culpepper was in favor of using capital funds to give employees a raise, an idea not shared by his fellow employees. “I think you are walking on thin ice when you talk about using capital funds for operating expenses,” was the opinion of Commissioner Irby. “The citizens of this county cannot afford for us to give our employees a raise,” Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton said. She noted that if county employees got a raise, in all fairness the employees of constitutional of cers would also deserve a raise. This would necessitate an increase in their respective budgets which, in turn, would have to be funded by the county. Commissioners discussed the idea of closing Okee-Tantie Campground to save money. The area would still be available as a park but there would be no camping. The marina and the restaurant would still be open. Commissioner Joey Hoover suggested cutting library hours to save money. Commissioner Irby noted that the commission’s part of the budget is only 25 percent of the total budget. The remaining 75 percent belongs to the constitutional ofcers. He asked that the constitutional ofcers, some of whom were present in the audience, look again at their own budgets to see if they could make further reductions. Commissioners also considered requests from private organizations. They agreed to give Main Street $2,773 for the Halloween event at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. That is up from the $2,043 Main Street got last year. County administrator Robbie Chartier stated that the increased funding was more in line with the actual expenses based on the amount of time the ag center was in use for setting up and taking down the event. The Youth Livestock Sho w is trying to become more self suf cient. Last year they got $9,400. This year they requested $3,500. The Cattleman’s Association was given $4,068 for the Florida High School Rodeo Finals, the same amount as last year. They were also given $4,000 for a regular high school rodeo. That is up from last year’s $3,124. Relay for Life was given $1,000. The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County got $40,000. The Health and Safet y Expo was given the same amount as last year, $1,413. Since this was a workshop no of cial action could be taken. Commissioners will hold another budget workshop on Monday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers. There will be two public hearings in September before adoption of the budget.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. BUDGETContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 26, 2012 this summer. The team also did well in several 7 on 7 passing leagues. Here is a closer look at the team.Defensive outlookCoordinator Tyrone Smith has implemented a 4-3 defense again to the Brahman defense. The coaches are enthused by the group’s athleticism and speed and predict this could be a very strong defense. In the past few years the defense has struggled at times and has not been able to force many turnovers. They have also struggled getting a pass rush on opposition quarterbacks. That could change in 2012. On the defensive line the team is thrilled w ith defensive tackles Cody Walker and team Captain Cory Vickers. They hope to limit the amount of time they have to play on both offense and defense this year to keep them fresh. Jose Garcia will also see a lot of time at defensive tackle. The defensive ends w ill be led by Eddie Neal and Cade Stokes. Devon Wigfall and Jefferson Davis are also in the mix for playing time. Coach Branham is also excited about the potential of his linebacker corps. Elijowan W illiams is a returner and will start at middle linebacker. Rico Garza and Adrian Minondo should also start. Dee Shockley provides solid depth at the position and Joey Santibanez could also see time there. The secondary has depth and talent. G.W Jarrell returns at cornerback. Al Morris has recovered from a devastating leg injury. LaVante Spivey is a quality option. Other options include DJ Washington, Zachary Wingeld, Santibanez, and Khalil Smith. Unlike other years, the defense has numbers and depth in case of injuries.Offensive outlookPeople don’t realize last year’s Brahman team rushed for over 1,700 yards as a team. They should be able to rush the football, and should have QB Jack Radebaugh ready for a full season. Coaches expect execution, intensity, and solid ball control this year. Coach Branham praised Radebaugh for his intelligence and football savvy and expects big things from his senior signal caller. Radebaugh will see the bulk of time at QB. He’ll be counted on to be accurate with his throws. He also likes the pass protection in front of him and is excited about the opportunity to throw the ball more. Washington could see some time there in certain formations. Dee Shockley provides depth, intensity, and knowledge of the offensive play book. Running back will feature Washington and Fabian Howard. Both can run the football inside the tackles and occasionally break a long play on the outside. Khalil Smith played well at times last year and should also help in the back eld. The offensive line will feature Vickers, Walker, Cade Stokes and other linemen. Top linemen Bobby Jo Garza is out for a few weeks due to shoulder surgery. He will be counted on to lead the line once he returns. Wide receiver is another position of depth as most of the defensive secondary starters are capable receivers. Eddie Neal had a strong second half of 2011 and can play inside and outside. LaVante Spivey can take advantage of slower defenders. Al Morris was the top receiver last year until he was injured against Centennial. Washington can also line up at receiver. Okeechobee will show different formations and are capable of running ve wide at times. A key reason for optimism is the lack of dominating opponents on the Brahman schedule this year. Top district opponents should be Sebastian River, South Fork and Olympic Heights. Palm Beach Lakes has a new coach and is always capable of elding a strong team. Forest Hill has struggled in football for years. Others on the non-district schedule include a solid Clewiston team, Port St. Lucie, Desoto-Arcadia, Martin County, and Centennial. FOOTBALLContinued From Page 1 blank line with the words “write-in” in small type under the line. Voters have the choice of voting for Sheriff May or writing in another name and voting for the write-in. Voters can write anything they wish on that line. However, only votes for registered w rite-in candidates count in the election. Every election there are write-in votes for people—and cartoon characters—who are not registered as candidates, explained Mrs. Chandler. She has even heard that some people just write in their own names. Those v otes do not count. “They can write a name in but we can’t count it unless you are a registered candidate,” she said. Write-in candidates have to register the same way other candidates do, she said. But a write-in does not pay a qualifying fee or get petitions signed, so the name does not appear on the ballot. People who want to vote for a write-in must know the write-in name before they go to the polls. Under Florida law, there can be no signs showing the write-in candidates’ names inside the polling place. And the poll workers are not allowed to tell the voters who the write-in candidates are or how to spell their names. Poll workers are not allowed to answer a question about a write-in candidate even if a voter asks. “We can’t post it or have anything by the ballots,” said Mrs. Chandler. “You have to know the name.” If you misspell a write-in candidate’s name, the vote can still count, she added. “Spelling doesn’t count in write-ins as long as it can be ascertained by the canvassing board it was the voter’s intent,” she said. Since there will be a “write-in” line, Mrs. Chandler expects to nd a variety of answers on the ballot. “People sometimes entertain themselves,” she said. “Mickey Mouse gets a lot of votes every year, but he is not a registered candidate.” The world-famous rodent is apparently viewed by his fans as skilled to do just about anything, she continued. “Mickey gets votes in all kinds of local, state and national races. Apparently people think he can do just about anything.” SHERIFFContinued From Page 1


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.Dennis J. Brunning, 58OKEECHOBEE — Dennis J. Brunning, died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in the Jay Robert Lauer Unit of Hospice of Palm Beach County at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla. Born in Beech Grove, Ind., Dennis relocated to Okeechobee in 1985. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed bowling, shing, playing cards and cooking. Along with his mother Sandy, he was co-owner of Bee’s Elite Catering and Restaurant. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Sandy Brunning; brother, R. Michael Brunning; and a sister, Judith Brunning. He is survived by his son, Denny Brunning; sister, Beth Hughes; nephews, Shawn, Eric and Todd Bryant; and niece Tara Higgs, all of Indianapolis, Ind. There will be no services held locally. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 26, 2012 Martha’s House to host fundraiserA pancake breakfast will be held to bene t Martha’s House on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 7-11 a.m. at the Frosty Mug, 6315 U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee. The club will donate all food and supplies and 100 percent of the proceeds will bene t Martha’s House. The breakfast is only $5 and includes pancakes, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee and OJ. Donations will also be accepted. For more information, please call 863-4678232.FFA Alumni to meetThe Okeechobee FFA Alumni will be having their rst meeting of the new year on A ug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Of ce. A nyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. For more information please call 467-8696.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Serv ices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Eagles to host bingoEagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m.; and W ednesday, Aug 29, bingo at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund.Program explains synthetic drug problem“Knock Out SPICE” is an educational presentation for public servants, parents, students, community members, civic organizations, grandparents, business owners and community leaders. The presentation w ill be held in the Okeechobee High School lecture hall on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m.County Fair Board to meetThe Okeechobee Fair Board of Directors w ill meet Aug. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. OCEA to hold general membership meetingThe Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its rst general membership meeting of the 2012-2013 school year on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Central Elementary School, 510 S.W. Fifth Ave. Contact OCEA at 863-467-1564 for more information.Healthy Start annual meetingThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will have their annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. 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 to pregnant women and children under 3 years of age. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Kay Begin, Executive Director, at 863-462-5877.OKMS taking applications for vendors and non-pro tsOkeechobee Main Street is proud to announce the 2012 All-American Labor Day Celebration scheduled for Sept. 1, 2 and 3, in the Flagler Parks! While in town, visit our local shops and see what they now have to offer! OKMS is now taking applications for vendors and non-pro ts interested in setting up a booth. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or visit our website at: www.okeechobeemainstreet.com. First Baptist Church to host ag footballBoys and girls, k-12 come sign up for First and Goal Flag Football. Registration is just $35 with sign up deadline on Sept. 8 Games will be held from Sept. 22-Nov. 17. Games are sponsored by First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and the Recreation Outreach Center, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. For more information, please call 863-467-7625.Tobacco Free Partnership to hold September meetingThe Tobacco-Free Partnership of Okeechobee will meet Sept. 5 at noon. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP by calling 863-447-9140. The meeting will be held in the Thompson Hall, next to the Pentecostals of Okeechobee Church, 405 SW 10th Avenue. The mission of the TobaccoFree Partnership Okeechobee is to mobilize community partners to establish long-lasting system and policy changes that promote tobacco-free social norms in order to prevent usage of tobacco products by youth/young adults, encourage and support tobacco cessation, eliminate health hazards of secondhand smoke and decrease the number of deaths due to tobacco products. Freedom Outreach shing tournamentThe Freedom Outreach shing championship will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 The entry fee is $120. 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.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – noon in room 261 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Children Services Council to hold budget meetingThe Children’s Services Council o f Okeechobee will have their First Public Budget Hearing for the year 2012-2013 on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, room 303 at 700 S.W. Second Ave. Community Events


By Tom NordlieUniversity of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla.—It might appear that the only people who pro t from Florida’s forests are landowners, but a University of Florida study says the trees provide valuable services to land users and people in surrounding communities. As forests grow, they lter water, store carbon and perform other helpful functions that are known collectively as ecosystem serv ices. These services are often overlooked by the public but UF researchers found a w ay to estimate their dollar value, which can exceed $5,000 per acre over 20 years. Results from the two-year study, called the Stewardship Ecosystem Services Survey Project, were just published at http://www. sfrc.u .edu/cfeor/SESS.html Researchers hope the report increases awareness of the bene ts of forestland and the opportunities that exist for Florida landowners, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. “This is a groundbreaking study for Florida, because it actually gets into the numbers,” Payne said. “It establishes dollar values for some—not all, but some—of the bene ts that forests create for our residents and visitors.” The study focused on four key ecosystem services—water quality, carbon storage, timber production and wildlife conservation. It also focused on forestland acreage enrolled in the Florida Forest Stewardship Program. The voluntary state program helps landowners manage their forests for multiple uses, to increase its economic value and maintain its environmental quality. Those uses may include timber production, hunting, ecotourism or activity on the carbon credit market. Currently, about 438,000 acres of forestland are included in the program, out of Florida’s total 34.7 million acres of land. The total value for the ecosystem services provided by those 438,000 acres is $2.07 billion, researchers found. Forestlands enrolled in the program are likely to provide ecosystem services better than comparable unmanaged lands, said Tim White, director of UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. “The program is all about developing and implementing management plans based on the owners’ goals,” White said. “So it’s natural to expect that these forests would be doing very well, in terms of their growth and health.” Founded in 1990, the Florida Forest Stewardship Program is a partnership among UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Forests bene cial to surrounding communities 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 24TH Thurs., Aug. 30THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE CAMPAIGN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “HOPE SPRINGS”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “PARANORMAN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 A legitimate role for the press is that of the publics watchdog.Ž Most citizens cant spend the time necessary to personally observe their public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions are carrying out their public mission. But too many newspapers these days act more like mad dogsŽ than watchdogs.Ž Were proud to be different. We try to carry out our watchdogŽ role as humble representatives of the public, always maintaining a courteous tone and our reputation for purposeful neutrality. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 26, 2012 The Livestock Market will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 for Rodeo. Feeder calves took a little jump this week with most calves $2-3 higher. Slaughter cattle were about steady to a little weaker. Seems a little rain out west sure helped attitudes. Watford Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.95 bought by Foy Reynolds. Seminole Tribe/Big Cypress, Okeechobee, topped the Cow Market with a high of 89.00 bought by Central Beef. Oct. 12: OLM Bred Heifer Sale & Little Springs Horned Hereford Bull Sale Oct. 19: “44 Farms” Angus Bull Sale Oct. 26: Little Creek Farms Brangus Bull Sale. Todd Livestock Market Report


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When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 8 Okeechobee News August 26, 2012 Melanie Giles, director of Raulerson Hospital’s Company Care Department recently answered some questions regarding local occupational health services and how employers may bene t from utilizing these serv ices. Question: What trend or bene ts can b e associated with companies who cond uct pre-employment drug screenings? Answer: Drug testing has become an important safety issue in the workplace. A large percentage of Fortune 500 companies perform drug testing. The purpose is to lessen the impact from drug abuse in the workplace, including tardiness, absenteeism, turnover, attitude problems, theft, decreased productivity, crime and violence. The U.S. Dept of Labor estimates that druguse in the workplace costs employers $75 to $100 billion dollars annually in lost time, accidents, health care and workers compensation costs. Sixtyve percent of all accidents on the job are related to drug or alcohol, and substance abusers utilize 16 times as many health care bene ts and are six times more likely to le workers’ compensation claims than non-abusers. By implementing a drug free workplace program a business can possibly receive a reduction in their workers’ compensation insurance by 5-15 percent. Question: Why should employers in c ertain industries (which industries speci c ally?) require annual employee physicals? Answer: Physicals are required or recommended annually or biannually for employees who work in positions affecting public safety.  The Department of Transportation requires that truck drivers with a Class A or B driver’s licenses have a medical physical every 1-2 years. Drivers with certain medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes require the more rigorous requirement of annual physicals, while those without speci c medical conditions may be certi ed for two years at a time. The DOT also recommends workers in the eld of public safety, such as re ghters and police of cers receive a physical every 1-2 years. Question: Does an employer have to employ a certain number of people to use an Occupational Health Services Company, like Company Care? Answer: It doesn’t matter if you have 5 or 50 employees. Keeping your employees healthy is good for your business. Company Care can provide physicals, vaccinations, t testing, spirometry (lung function) vision screening, audiograms (hearing tests), postexposure to blood and body uids and lab work along with many other services. Question: What resources can an Occupational Health Service Provider, like Company Care, offer employers who need assistance with an injured employee's medical care and or workers' compensation protocol? Answer: Company Care provides employers with a one-stop shop for quality care for injured workers. When an injured employee is sent to Company Care, they can receive a full range of occupational health services including treatment for their injury, a drug-screening (if requested/required), xrays, labs and more all in one location. Company Care also provides comprehensive case management services to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the medical care of the injured employee. Company Care communicates to employers and/or workers’ compensation insurers to con rm the Medical Plan of Treatment is being adhered to for an aggressive light duty and return to work status. Question: How can employers learn more about the services provided by Company Care? Answer: Employers wishing to know more about Company Care’s Occupational Health Services may call 863-763-2670 and ask to speak with Melanie Giles, visit Raulerson Hospital.com or drop by the Company Care of ce located at 1930 Hwy. 441 North, just north of Raulerson Hospital. Raulerson Hospital’s Company Care answers questions about services Hospital offers program on back painIf you or a loved one suffer from back pain, you are invited to a program at Raulerson Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 30 for dinner and a physician lecture about spine surgery. Surgeon Dr. Don Moore will present an educational lecture about spine surgery. Dinner and dessert is available in the cafeteria at 5 p.m. for $5 per person) The lecture is free and it will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to: 763-9228.August blood drives plannedThe Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee on Thursday, Aug. 30 – Okeechobee High School, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Relay for Life kickoff celebration plannedEveryone is invited to join the Relay for Life group at Lunker’s Sports Grill on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this year’s event is “All-Star Relay: Scoring Against Cancer” so wear your favorite sports memorabilia. For more information, please contact Missy Fipps 863-634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765.


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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 Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Patricia Ann Basile, 67, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with the felony of obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (two counts). Her bond w as set at $5,000.  Nichole Johnson, 22, N.E. 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging her with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed and robbery with a weapon while wearing a mask (three counts). Her bond was set at $1,000,000.  Jaye Wade Gary Jr., 20, Seminole Ave., Fort Myers, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed and robbery with a weapon while wearing a mask (three counts). His bond was set at $1,000,000.  Shaqanda Johnetta Williams, 24, Sabal Palm Blvd., Fort Myers was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felonies of burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed and robbery with a weapon while wearing a mask (three counts). Her bond was set at $1,000,000.  Michael Prescott Brantley, 47, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Max Waldron on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation possession of methamphetamine. He is being held without bond.  David L. Moore, 59, U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Max Waldron on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of attempted rst-degree murder of a law enforcement of cer (two counts), attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement of cer (two counts) and introduction or possession of contraband in a correctional institution alcohol or weapon (three counts). His bond was set at $200,000.  Breanna Marie Hines, 11, S.E. 30th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 22 by Deputy Cari Arnold on felony charges of battery on a law enforcement of cer and resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce  James Alvin Brady, 50, Freeman Road, Rebecca, Ga., was arrested Aug. 23 by Deputy Bryan Holder on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear violation of probation lewd and lascivious assault or act. He is being held without bond.  Shannon Underhill, 41, N.W. 33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by Deputy Raul E. Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of grand theft and failure to appear on bail. He is being held without bond.  Chad Frederick Edwards, 34, N.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 23 by Deputy Raul E. Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. He was released on his own recognizance.  Benjamin Robert Wilson, 16, of S.W. 22nd St., was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 22, on felony charges of burglary and grand theft. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then released into the custody o f a parent. OSCO Deputy Matt Crawford was the arresting of cer. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. 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The pre-season tournament does not count in the standings but does give the team to get ready for the regular season and playing time for some of the younger players. “I was quite proud of how well some of our new players lled their role on the court. It won’t take long for the team to be ring as a single unit,” he added. Okeechobee opens up their home schedule next Thursday when they host Lincoln Park. OHS volleyball sweeps Highland preseason tourney The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced changes to the lion sh harv est. Harvesting invasive lion sh no longer will require a shing license when using certain gear, and there is no recreational or commercial bag limit. The FWC is taking these actions to encourage more Floridians and visitors to harvest lion sh. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hopes that by increasing the opportunity for people to harvest invasive lion sh, we can limit the impact this nonnative invasive species has on Florida’s marine sh and wildlife,” said Jessica McCaw ley, director of the FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management. “We also want to express our gratitude to everyone, especially divers, who already go out on a regular basis to harvest lion sh.” The changes, enacted by an executive order, apply only through August 2013. They are:  A recreational shing license is not required to target lion sh while using a pole spear, a Hawaiian sling, a handheld net or any spearing device that is speci cally designed and marketed exclusively for lion sh.  There is no recreational or commercial harvest bag limit for lion sh. The changes do not allow spearing in areas where spear shing is prohibited and apply to state waters only, which is from shore to 9 miles in Gulf of Mexico waters and from shore to 3 miles in Atlantic waters. Lion sh are a nonnative invasive species that threatens Florida’s saltwater sh and wildlife. They prey on native sh and wildlife and can reduce native populations. Lion sh also compete for food with native predatory sh such as grouper and snapper. The FWC encourages people to remove lion sh in Florida waters to limit negative impacts to native sh and wildlife. Lion sh have venomous spines, so the FWC urges careful handling. Unless a person is allergic to the venom, lion sh stings are rarely fatal. Anyone getting stung should immerse the wound in hot (not scalding) water or apply heat to the affected area for 30 to 90 minutes to help break down the toxin. Also, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Lion sh harvest opportunities increase


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Public Notice Public Notice School Board Executive Session and Negotiations The Okeechobee County School Board will meet in closed Executive Session on Monday, August 27, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the of ce of the Superintendent, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meeting is for the School Board members, their attorney, and chief negotiator to prepare for negotiations with Okeechobee County Education Association #1604. A bargaining session will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the School District Administration Building, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Collective bargaining sessions are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 424850 ON 8/24,26/2012 School Board Meeting September 6, 2012 The School Board of Okeechobee County will conduct its regular monthly meeting as well as a nal public hearing for adoption of the 2012-13 millage rates and district budget on Thursday, September 6, 2012. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee bowling team has used a new strategy this year to become a stronger program, use the talents of parents to help coach the team. George Marshall and Carole Olney have become assistant coaches to new bowling coach Martha Bloom. Marshall’s son George is one of the boy’s teams top bowlers. Other players include A ustin Walker, Jarion Williams, Allen Perry, Brian Chapman, and Samuel Rogers. Marshall said he has high expectations for the team despite the loss of a couple of experienced senior bowlers. “We have good players this year and we should show some good scores and do very well.” He said Chapman has really done well despite the fact he only started bowling a year ago. He has high hopes that he can be one of the better bowlers around. His message to the kids is have fun and do their best. “We hope to continue building the team and do well this year and even better in the coming years,” he added. Coach Olney has enjoyed great success as a bowler and will be named to the National Bowling Hall of Fame in October. He daughter Jessica was MVP last year. The bowling team last year went undefeated in the regular season. “I think were going to be okay. We’ll be ne as long as the girls listen and keep their heads together,” she noted. Other bowlers on the team include Ashley Byrd, Brittany Baker, Tiffany Marshall, Kirsten Doney and Meghen Davis. Olney has emphasized the girls should represent Okeechobee well and be respectful of each other. Bloom was a bowler in high school and in college at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She moved to Okeechobee in 1996. She has taught off and on over the years and is a teacher at OHS this year. She said she was very excited to become involved in the young people and is very impressed with the knowledge and the coaching skills of her volunteer parents. “They are really good and very knowledgeable about this sport. They are very engaged and are very clear about their expectations and the rules of the team. I’m very excited,” she added. Home matches for Okeechobee this year include an Aug. 30 date with Jensen Beach, a match with Fort Pierce Westwood on Sept. 17, Fort Pierce Central on Oct. 4, Sebring on Oct. 9, and Lake Placid on October 12. Bloom thanked Lucky Lanes for all of their help and support for the Okeechobee bowling team. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 To all my Republican friends that supported me, and all my Democrat friends, that changed to the Republican party so they could vote for me in the recent primary election, I just wanted to say from my heart thank you so very much. Bill Sherman Thank You Paid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, For Property Appraiser 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 26, 2012 OHS bowling looks forward to new season with new coach Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOHS bowling coaches Carole Olney, George Marshall and Martha Bloom. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrittany Baker will be counted on to contribute to the Lady Brahman bowling team this year. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyJessica Olney was MVP for the Lady Brahman bowling squad last fall and hopes to continue her improvement this year. George Marshall will be depended upon as one of the boys team’s best bowlers.